September of Service: Week Four Recap

WE BROKE OUR RECORD, CBU! And we still have two days to go!

In week four of September of Service: 30 Days of Good Deeds, 90 volunteers served 272 hours in our community for a total of 1,742 hours, squeaking past our 2013 record of 1,725. But with two days left in September and with Rogue SOS hours still to add, we may break 2,000 hours! That is AMAZING!

Reverend Bill Marler and SOSers Kenneth Savage, Kristin Crone, Derek Zabella, John Austin Tubbs, Baptiste Goupil, Manaf Albazaz, Jesse Loomis, and Grazielle Gonzales demonstrate their demolition moves in the Beltline.

Reverend Bill Marler and SOSers Kenneth Savage, Kristin Crone, Derek Zabella, John Austin Tubbs, Baptiste Goupil, Manaf Albazaz, Jesse Loomis, and Grazielle Gonzales demonstrate their demolition moves in the Beltline.

Last week’s volunteers sorted 9,000 pounds of food at the Mid-South Food Bankcollected trash and recyclable items in the old forest of Overton Park; demolished walls in a home scheduled for renovation in our neighboring Beltline Community; distributed coffee, toys, and hospitality items to the patients and families of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital; helped Livable Memphis prepare for an October MemFix event by cleaning up and restoring a section of Monroe Avenue, including the King’s Heartbreak Hotel and the former Hattiloo Theatre; valiantly fought the kudzu overtaking the trails at Lichterman Nature Center; and cleaned the facilities and walked and played with the dogs at the Collierville Animal Shelter. 

In our final two days of S.O.S., volunteers will assist teachers at Madonna Learning Center and work together to clean up our own campus during SOS@CBU.

Additionally, over the past month there have been many Rogue SOSersDr. Pong Malasri cooked fried rice to help a student raise tuition funds and the entire CMBA 608 Marketing Capstone class prepared and served meals to families of Le Bonheur patients. Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald helped Manna House and alum Burton Bridges (Economics and Finance ’09) prepped takeaway meals and served food at St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen. A Campus Ministry group of seven (Adam Thornton, Lauren Harrett, Becky Wauford, Margretta Dobbs, Cathy Holmes, Tyler Stranburg, and Ronald Fotso) participated in the St. Vincent DePaul’s Walk/ Run. Jasmine Franklin helped with the GradNation summit held at CBU, and Elizabeth Parr spent hours helping the CBU Department of Education pack and move their belongings from Kenrick to Rozier. If YOU were a Rogue SOSer, let us know by emailing Dr. Tracie Burke at

Be sure to attend our SOS Finale at 6:00 p.m. Friday evening, October 3 in the LLC. We’ll have refreshments, fun awards, participation prizes, your “Why I Serve” printed photos, our always popular SOS video, and an opportunity to vote for an agency to receive a donation from S.O.S.! What could be more fun than all that?!

CBU Rocks! This Weekend!

cburocksCome out to celebrate with our Alumni & Family Weekend! From a concert, to a cook-out, to tailgating and reconnecting with classmates, this is one weekend at CBU that you can’t miss! Alumni Weekend takes place simultaneously with Family Weekend and offers a unique opportunity for the entire CBU family to come together and share our points of pride through an exciting selection of collaborative programming.


  • 10th Annual International Festival of Hops: This is CBU’s 10th annual beer tasting, featuring an assortment of your favorite brew from the US, Germany, France, Italy and England! Burgers, beer, and live music! Friday, October 3, 6:00-9:00 p.m. on Nolan Field.
  • Campus Tours: See what’s new and upcoming on the CBU campus on a tour led by student President’s Ambassadors. Saturday, October 4, starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Cooper Wilson Center for Life Sciences.
  • President’s Brunch: Chat with President John Smarrelli, Athletic Director Brian Summers, and Frank Buscher, VP of Academics & Student Life, over brunch and discuss the University’s current and future state of affairs. Saturday, October 4, at 11:00 a.m. in Alfonso Dining Hall.
  • Divine Voices Gospel Choir Concert: CBU’s Divine Voices Gospel Choir will present their first concert of the semester as a part of Alumni & Family Weekend. Don’t miss it — they’re great! Saturday, October 4, 2014, 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the University Theater.
  • Levitt Shell Concert with Paul Thorn: CBU is sponsoring the Saturday night concert by Paul Thorn at the Shell, and all of our Alumni & Family Weekend attendees are invited to enjoy the concert in the VIP tent! Saturday, October 4, 7:00 p.m. at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park.
  • Siena Society Hat & Tea Party: Ladies, don your favorite hat and join hostess Eloise Smarrelli at the Deal Courtyard for afternoon tea (and the accompanying scrumptious goodies) at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 5.
  • AND MORE!!!


This Week at CBU

INTRAMURAL SAND VOLLEYBALL REGISTRATION OPEN: Registration is now open online for the 2014 Intramural Sand Volleyball season! Sign up online at now as an individual or as a team to compete for the coveted Intramural Championship Shirt. Games will be held on campus at the Sand Volleyball Courts by Rozier.

BLOOD DRIVE: The American Red Cross is hosting a Blood Drive on Tuesday, September 30, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., in the Sabbatini Lounge on the 2nd level of the Thomas Center.  All donors will receive snacks & drinks for your donation. You can make an appointment online at and enter the sponsor code CBROS  or come visit after your classes. Please make a donation for disaster victims and those in need.

CBU-Day-of-GivingSEPTEMBER OF SERVICE DAY OF GIVING: Join the CBU Community on Tuesday, September 30, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Volunteer: Help with the Kenrick cleanout, campus cleanup, and various other projects around campus. Register to volunteer at
Donate: Make a gift to the Leadership Scholarship Fund, which supports students each year for outstanding leadership and service in the community. Each gift made that day will be matched dollar for dollar! Make a donation here for scholarships!!

Following the S.O.S. Day of Giving, join us for a Picnic Dinner on Maurelian Lawn at 5:30 p.m. Students will use their student ID for dinner. All other guests should RSVP to for accurate catering counts.


• Take PrecAKAtion: Alpha Kappa Alpha will be hosting a driving forum on Monday, September 29 to educate students on how serious driving is and on precautions that need to considered while driving on the road. Although statistical information is important, hearing genuine situations and stories about how driving accidents have affected the lives of loved ones will have a major impact on this campus. Sorority acquaintance Ketia Francis, CBU alum Jamal Threlkeld, and CBU Kappa Sigma Junior Nash Lanigan will all share their stories on how a car accident affected their lives. This event will be held in Spain Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.
Greenhouse Effect: As a part of the environmental movement, one of the factors of going GREEN is restoring and repairing what is presently in place. AKA will work along with CBU SOS for their event to clean up the campus on Tuesday, September 30.
• Poise N Ivy: On Wednesday, October 1 at 5:00 p.m. on the Front Lawn, AKA will help bring awareness to our community on how mental health issues and stress relate, and ways to relieve stress. A guest professor will speak about mental illness and its relationship to college life, and then participants will engage in an art therapy session by painting on a large canvas on the lawn. Once the artwork is completed and dry, AKA will donate it to Lakeside Behavioral Health System.
Have Lunch with M.E.:  AKA will be spreading awareness about food deserts (neighborhoods don’t have access to a traditional grocery store) and how they have an impact in our Memphis community. This event will take place on Thursday, October 2 in Alfonso Dining Hall, 12:15-1:30 p.m.
The Big Bang Theory: Throughout the week, AKA will be collecting canned goods for overseas members of the armed services. AKA will also have arts and crafts in Alfonso Dining Hall on Friday, October 3 for students, faculty, and staff to make cards of appreciation and gratitude between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Step Show: AKA Week will wrap up with performances by local NPHC chapters in Memphis on Friday in the University Theater at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $3 for CBU students and all Greek students; $5 for guests.

Creating a Climate for Solidarity
—In celebration of the Feast of St. Francis, CBU will join hundreds of other Catholic parishes, schools, and colleges across the nation in this lunch discussion program to discuss the wisdom of the visions of Saint Francis and the current Pope Francis regarding the simultaneous duty to take care of both Creation and the poor. This program highlights the impacts of climate change on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and offers concrete ways that individuals and communities can respond. Thursday, October 2, 12:30-1:50 p.m. in the LLC Classroom 104. Hosted by the Sustainability LLC, please RSVP to Dr. Ben Jordan at

PINK OUT GAMES: CBU’s chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha will be sponsoring Pink Out games for the Buc and Lady Buc soccer matches against Alabama-Huntsville on Friday, October 3 to benefit Breast Cancer Education and Awareness. The Lady Bucs play at 5:00 p.m., and the Bucs play at 7:00 p.m., both at Signaigo Field.

MHIRT Grant Renewed for Five Years

The National Institutes of Health have renewed CBU’s Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) grant for five years. The grant funding of $1.3 million extends the MHIRT program through 2019. MHIRT is an innovative science and research initiative that provides funded summer research opportunities for students in basic science, public health education and qualitative projects in Brazil and Uganda. CBU’s program has been funded by NIH for 15 continuous years, and the successful renewal is largely due to efforts by program co-directors Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald and Julia Hanebrink, pictured above at far left and right respectively.

Participants in the 2014 MHIRT projects presented the results from their summer international research experiences on September 27.

Participants in the 2014 MHIRT projects presented the results from their summer international research experiences on September 27. Participants in the 2014 MHIRT projects presented the results from their summer international research experiences on September 27. (l-r): Malinda Fitzgerald (co-director), Felecia Malone (U of M), Alexandra Boss (Rhodes), Hope Npimnee (Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln), Susannah Acuff (Uganda site supervisor), Victoria Honnell (Rhodes), Daryl Stephens (CBU), Amaka Dike (Meharry Medical College), Ana Solorio (Washington University-STL), Josh Cortis (Truman State University), Adriana Martinez-Lopez (Rhodes), Elizabeth Walker (Rhodes), Teera Crawford (UTHSC), and Julia Hanebrink (co-director). Not pictured are Jayanni Webster (Program Coordinator) and Franklyn Rocha Cabrero (Univ. of Illinois-Urbana College of Medicine).

Memphis Reads

CBU and the Memphis Public Library and Information Center, in cooperation with the Memphis Mayor’s Office, are partnering to present Memphis Reads, a city-wide initiative to promote literacy that officially kicks off on October 1.

The Memphis Reads program will select one book annually to be read by the Memphis community at large. This month-long community read will consist of discussions, interviews with the author and sponsors, and related arts events, all of which will be free and open to the public. Memphis Reads will culminate in a series of live presentations by the author of the book, which for 2014 is The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Ethiopian immigrant Dinaw Mengestu.

Memphis Reads is affiliated with the “Fresh Reads” program at CBU, part of the First Year Experience, wherein all incoming freshmen participate  in the read and hold discussions and other events throughout the school year. The Memphis Public Library will be publishing the top ten essays on The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by CBU freshmen on its Memphis Reads blog site at So far, they’ve published “Home” by Abraham Hsuan-Hsin Lin (Biomedical Sciences ’18) andHome is Where the Fridge Is” by Rosie Schmitz (Chemical Engineering ’18).

The Memphis Reads blog will also post other news regarding the October community read and additional events that may be scheduled as the month progresses. You can also keep up by liking the Memphis Reads Facebook page!

Memphis Reads will host author Dinaw Mengestu at the conclusion of the community read with appearances and presentations at both the Memphis Public Library and CBU on November 4-5.

On November 4, Mengestu will make an appearance at the Memphis Public Library and Information Center at 5:30 pm. The “Fresh Reads” event at CBU will follow with a reception at 7:00 pm and Mengestu’s address in CBU’s University Theater at 8:00 pm. A booksigning will follow this presentation.

Career Services Calendar

PIZZA & PROFESSIONALS: Come learn about Robert Half Accountemps on Thursday, October 2 — who they are, what they do, and about some of the positions they typical hire… and, enjoy free pizza! What a deal! RSVP by September 30. Open to all interested students; students in business, accounting and finance may have particular interest! Buckman Hall 112, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

CAREER POWER HOUR – INTERVIEWING SKILLS: How should you dress for an interview? What questions should you be prepared to ask? To answer? When should you follow up? Get the answers to these questions and more on Tuesday, October 7 in Montesi Executive Center (Buckman 211), 1:00-2:00 p.m.  RSVP now!

DRESS FOR SUCCESS: The second workshop in the First Impressions series will teach you how to dress professionally for your interview. What type of suit is appropriate?  Which colors work best with your skin tones? How much jewelry is appropriate? Find out on Thursday, October 9 in Montesi Executive Center (Buckman 211), 1:00-2:00 p.m. RSVP by October 7.


Kevin Dean (MAEL ’09) was the recipient of one of four Innovation Awards presented by MBQ: Inside Memphis Business magazine on September 24. Kevin is the executive director of Literacy Mid-South and was nominated for the award by Dr. Bevalee Vitali. He was lauded by MBQ for pulling “Literacy Mid-South out of a financial crisis while making reading and learning accessible to all ages of the Memphis community through a nationally adopted curriculum, an app that houses a framework for benchmarks for teaching literacy, and the creation of the first ever city-wide Book Festival, complete with its own app as well.”

Buccaneer soccer forward Jose Ferraz (Civil Engineering ’16) was named GSC Player of the Week for the second consecutive week after he led the Bucs to a pair of wins last week. Ferraz scored three goals in the week. First, he scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Rhodes College, and he scored twice in the Bucs’ thrilling 4-3 come-from-behind win over Union University.

Lady Buc outside hitter Alexis Gillis (Visual Arts ’17) was named the GSC Defensive Volleyball Player of the Week. Gillis collected 3.25 digs per set, 39 in all, for the Lady Bucs last week, adding 38 kills, five aces and four blocks as well.

Lauryn Murphy (Biomedical Sciences ’13) has been accepted to the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program at CBU.

Dr. Ali Pourhashemi (Chemical Engineering) has two books forthcoming for publication: Engineering Materials: Applied Research and Evaluation Methods (editor, Apple Academic Press, October 2014), and Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology for Composites: Design, Simulation, and Applications (coauthor, CRC Press, November 2014). This month, he published Chemical and Biochemical Engineering: New Materials and Developed Components ((editor, Apple Academic Press, September 2014).

News at CBU

The Commissioning Ceremony for the 12th Cohort of the LANCE (Lasallian Association of New Catholic Educators) and LEaPS (Lasallian Educators and Professional Scholars) was held September 23 in Stritch Chapel. Seven new members were commissioned to join the current six members in their second year. The LANCE teachers are placed in schools in the Catholic Diocese of Memphis, and our first LEaPS teacher is in the Shelby County Schools. They live in community on the CBU campus in the Avery apartments and are working on their master’s degrees in Education. The newly commissioned teachers are Elizabeth Ellman (MAT), Elizabeth George (MEd), Amber Lipford (MAT), Alexandra Odegaard (MEd), Clarence Say (MAT), Angelica Schutz (MAT), and Emma Voelker (MAT). Also pictured above is Brother Ignatius Brown.

CBU in the Media

Brian Summers (Athletics) was the subject of an article in The Daily News on September 25, entitled “New CBU Athletic Director Has Lofty Goals On, Off Field.

naimg-ritesThe book Naming Rites: A Biographical History of North American Team Names includes the origin story of CBU’s Buccaneer mascot: “The Lasallian Christian Brothers started several North American colleges, being obviously eponymous for Tennessee¹s Christian Brothers University on Memphis’s East Parkway. CBU’s Treasure Chest Players staged four plays between 1949 and 1951 that incorporated a pirate ship prop, and a few students got hold of a black flag and menaced the quad as ‘Parkway Pirates.’ Surrendering to the pressure in early 1951, the campus news became the Buccaneer and athletes were Bucs.” The account is credited to an article by Joy Christie Di Cresce (’93) entitled “Buccaneer Born in Theater,” from The Cannon (November 6, 1990), as well as to assistance from Deborah Babb (Plough Library).


Upcoming Events

renee-emersonPOETRY READING: Renee Emerson, author of the poetry collection Keeping Me Still, will read from her poetry on Tuesday, October 7, at 2:00 p.m. in the Wilson Family Commons in the Living Learning Center. Emerson received her M.F.A. from Boston University, where she was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize in 2009. Previous publications include three chapbooks: Something Like Flight (Sargent Press), The Whitest Sheets (Maverick Duck Press), and Where Nothing Can Grow (Batcat Press). Her poetry has been published in Christianity and LiteratureBoxcar Poetry ReviewIndiana ReviewRock and Sling32 Poems and others, and she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2010. Emerson teaches creative writing and composition at Shorter University, in Rome, GA.

ThinkPink_WhiteTHINK PINK WEEK: Zeta Tau Alpha will holds its Think Pink philanthropy week benefitting Breast Cancer Education and Awareness October 6-10 at CBU. Activities will include:
• Buffalo Wild Wings Night: The Ladies of ZTA will be handing out tickets in the Quad — Take them to the Buffalo Wild Wings on Poplar Ave. from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. and 10% of the check will be donated to Breast Cancer Education and Awareness.
mr.cbuMr. CBU Pageant: Join the ladies of Zeta Tau Alpha for the 11th annual Mr. CBU Pageant! This event is an entertaining pageant in which male students compete in talent, swimsuit, and evening competitions! Tickets will be sold in the cafeteria from Monday, October 6 until Wednesday, October 8. You can also purchase tickets at the door.
Tickets will be $5 in the cafeteria and $7 at the door. All proceeds will be going towards breast cancer awareness and education.
Midnight Volleyball: Join the ladies of ZTA for Midnight Volleyball at the sand court! All-you-can-eat pink pancakes for $5.00!

HEALTH FAIR: The CBU Health Fair will take place on Wednesday, October 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Buckman Quad and Sabbatini Lounge. There will be more than 20 vendors participating with lots of educational and instructional information. Free blood pressure tests will be offered. Flu vaccines will also be provided, so take this an opportunity to protect yourself from the upcoming flu season! Free giveaways!

Student Life is hosting a Humans vs. Zombies game at CBU from Thursday, October 9 until Monday, October 13. This year’s game features a team component, epic missions and assignments and bandannas and socks galore.  Sign up online at:

LIBRARY INSIDE-OUT FALL FESTIVAL: The CBU Community is invited to Plough Library Inside-Out! Stop by Buckman Quad on Thursday, October 9 from 11 a.m. ­to 1 p.m. for FOOD, FUN, GAMES, and PRIZES.  Learn about all that the library has to offer you!

ART GALLERY OPENING: Creative Fire,” a retrospective exhibition of paintings by Sue S. Miller opens with a public reception in the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery on Friday, October 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Miller, a graduate of Memphis College of Art and the University of Memphis has exhibited widely in Memphis Area and eastern states. She is one of the four founders of Artists Link. Miller’s paintings are in the Contemporary Collection at the Tennessee State Museum, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and various private collections. The retrospective exhibition of her work runs through December 4. Showing concurrently in the foyer of the gallery are paintings by Bernard Freiden. A reception for Freiden’s exhibition will be held on Sunday, October 12 on the first floor of Plough Library, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

octoberfestOCTOBERFEST: Octoberfest celebrates the German tradition of good food, fellowship, and exciting drinks (for those of age!). CBU’s Octoberfest will feature a German-themed menu, several traditional beers, and will feature a traditional band. Friday, October 10, 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the Thomas Center Breezeway and Gazebo Area.

CORN MAZE AND SPOOKY TRAIL: Sign up now for a ticket to the Agricenter Corn Maze OR Shelby Farm’s Spooky Trail on Saturday, October 11. The Corn Maze is an 8-acre puzzle of twists and turns and some dead ends! It¹s all carved into stalks of corn that tower over your head, offering an experience that is fun for kids from 2 to 92! The Spooky Trail is the only haunted trail in Memphis at Spooky Nights at Shelby Farms with a half mile full of scares. Only five spots left! Sign up online TODAY at

LINDENFEST: Lindenwood Christian Church, CBU’s neighbor at Union and Parkway, will hold LindenFest, a city-wide harvest celebration, on Saturday, October 18 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The festival, themed “It is Well With My Rockin’ Soul,” will feature live music, food trucks, a farmers market, arts and crafts vendors, and a kids’ fun area. The CBU Community is invited to join in the fun!

$5 PAINTBALL:  Sign up now to go to Paintball Park on Saturday, November 1, at 2:00 p.m. with Student Life for only $5. Ticket will cover admission, standard equipment rental, and 100 paintballs per person. Sign up online now at (Limit to first 40 students who sign up).

What Are Your Plans for Spring Break?

Hey Engineering Majors and Sustainability Students! What are your plans for spring break?

How about a trip to Spain?
Choose from two courses, one hour credit or three, on the history of renewable energy and how it’s used around the world today. Along with these courses, take a trip to a wind and solar power sites around the lovely Malaga coast and learn the engineering challenges of today. While in Spain, visit the three major southern cites (Cordoba, Seville, and Granada) where the Moors built their civilization. Don’t forget to visit the cathedrals, Generalife gardens, flamenco shows, cafés, tapas bars, and much much more, all included in the cost of the trip.

Application deadline along with $300 deposit is due October 7Click here for more information.

Buccaneer Bulletin

MEN’S SOCCER (5-2, 1-1 GSC)
09/22: Bucs 0, Mississippi College 1 (at Signaigo Field)
09/26: Bucs 4, Spring Hill 1 (at Mobile, AL)
09/28: Bucs 0, West Florida 1 (at Pensacola, FL)
09/21: Lady Bucs 2, West Georgia 0 (at Carrollton, GA)
09/26: Lady Bucs 2, Spring Hill 0 (at Mobile, AL)
09/28: Lady Bucs 4, West Florida 2 (at Pensacola, FL)
09/23: Lady Bucs 3, Mississippi College 1 (at Clinton, MS)
09/26: Lady Bucs 3, Trevecca Nazarene 0 (at Canale Arena)
09/27: Rhodes College Invitational (at Plough Park): Bucs finished 12th of 18 teams, led by Jacob McNamara who finished 62nd of 171 (28:12.00); Lady Bucs finished 12th of 16 teams, led by Abby Moore who finished 24th of 154 (23:42.50)
09/22: Murray State Invitational (at Murray, KY): Bucs finished 13th of 13 teams, led by Colton Hall who finished in a tie for 19th (of 75) with a 219, +6.
09/22-23: FHU Fall Invitational (at Covington, TN): Lady Bucs finished 6th of 6 teams, led by Lauren Harrett who finished 22nd (of 36) with a 186, +42.

09/28: University of West Florida (Pensacola, FL; 12:30 p.m.)
10/03: University of Alabama-Huntsville (Signaigo Field; 7:00 p.m.)
10/05: University of West Alabama (Signaigo Field; 3:30 p.m.)
09/28: University of West Florida (Pensacola, FL; 3:00 p.m.)
10/03: University of Alabama-Huntsville (Signaigo Field; 5:00 p.m.)
10/05: University of West Alabama (Signaigo Field; 1:00 p.m.)
09/30: Union Universtity (Canale Arena; 7:00 p.m.)
10/03: Lee University (Canale Arena; 7:00 p.m.)
10/04: Shorter University (Canale Arena; 1:00 p.m.)
10/04: Chile Pepper Festival (Arkansas XC Course; 9:00 a.m.)