September of Service Sets New Record!

Congratulations, CBU — September of Service: 30 Days of Good Deeds 2014 set records for participation hours and volunteers! Our official service hours this year totaled 1,930 (that’s almost an entire work year!!) and our volunteers totaled 382 (compared to 1,725 and 291, respectively, in 2013; and 1,088 and 254 in 2012). We just keep getting better — next year, let’s shoot for at least 2,000 hours and 400 volunteers!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the S.O.S. Finale on Friday evening; it was a fun celebration of an outstanding month of service. Congratulations to Manaf Albazaz and RaKesha Gray, who served at the most S.O.S. events (8 and 7, respectively), and received a frameable certificate of S.O.S. Awesomeness and a CBU blanket to keep them warm until next September. Also, Finale participants voted to make a $100 S.O.S. donation to DeNeuville Learning Center, who will use it to help local women earn their GEDs.

A big CONGRATULATIONS and CBU THANKS to everyone who served and put our Lasallian values of faith, service, and community into action! We have really set the bar high for SOS 2015. See you then!

Pictured are the participants in our final project, SOS@CBU on September 30. What a great way to end the month!

This Week at CBU


THINK 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 on Monday — 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.cbu• Mr. CBU Pageant: Join the ladies of Zeta Tau Alpha for the 11th annual Mr. CBU Pageant on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the University Theater. 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 Friday night (into Saturday morning) for Midnight Volleyball at the sand court! All-you-can-eat pink pancakes for $5.00!

The Physician Assistant Student Society will host an Open House with free blood pressure screenings on Monday, October 6 in the Sabbatini Lounge lobby, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
 The Physician Assistant Student Society will offer Chick-Fil-A biscuits for sale in front of the Cooper-Wilson Center on Wednesday, October 8, 7:00-9:00 a.m.
The CBU PA Program will have an information table at the Health Fair on Wednesday, October 8 in Buckman Quad, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
 The Physician Assistant Student Society will host another Open House with free blood pressure screenings on Thursday, October 9 in the Sabbatini Lounge lobby, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

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.

YOUNG LADIES UNITED: Young Ladies United will have an info session Tuesday, October 7 at 4:00 p.m. in the Montesi Executive Center (Buckman 221). This organization is open to all women on CBU campus. Participants will discuss the purpose, events, the executive board, and the end goal for the organization.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE AT CBU! CBU is proud to announce the formation of a Women’s Lacrosse Club! If interested in learning more, attend the first interest meeting this Tuesday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Montesi Conference Room. The meeting will cover practices, coaching, club fees, fundraisers and much more. If you have any questions or wish to express interest, please email Abigail Lockard at

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:

libraryfestLIBRARY INSIDE-OUT FALL FESTIVAL: The CBU Community is invited to Plough Library Inside-Out Fall Festival! 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

SGA Teddy Bear Drive

CBU_TeddyThe Student Government Association is holding a Teddy Bear Drive this week to benefit the children at the Memphis Child Advocacy Center. Every child who visits the Memphis Child Advocacy Center for the first time gets to choose a brand new teddy bear from our Bear Wall. Every bear is a comforting symbol of love and protection. You can help by donating bears or other items from the current Memphis Child Advocacy Center wish list. Bears should be new and at least 10″ tall. The CAC also has need for bottled water, healthy snacks and juices: prepackaged/ individual (please no nut products), paper towels/facial tissue, stickers, gift cards (Target, Wal-Mart, Sam’s, Kroger, Lowe’s or Home Depot), chalk/magic markers, backpacks, and monetary donations. Any of these can be dropped off to the SGA Office in Student Life any time this week.

Lasallian Collegians

Lasallian Collegians is a movement… a movement that includes AND needs YOU.

Our Lasallian heritage connects each of us regardless of our backgrounds. St. John Baptist DeLaSalle, patron saint of educators, saw a need to educate the students of 17th century France. Along with his closest companions, De La Salle and the Brothers embarked on a journey that still changes lives in the 21st century.  In over 89 countries, the Brothers and their lay partners are committed to their five core principles of: concern for the poor, quality education, faith in the presence of God, respect for all persons, and inclusive community.  The Lasallian mission lives through its administrators, faculty, staff, and students!  It’s time to celebrate and appreciate our heritage- as a Lasallian community.  

Over the next five weeks, you’ll hear more about each of the five core principles from current CBU students. From the teachings of the Founder and the perspectives of others, it is hoped that YOU will become engaged in this movement.

To find out more about this movement, like CBU Lasallian Collegians on Facebook; follow @CBU_LCC on Twitter; and look for more information in the cafeteria on Wednesday at 11:30 a,m, and 12:30 p.m.

Career Services Calendar

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.

PIZZA & PROFESSIONALS: Come learn about the Mass Mutual on Thursday, October 16 — who they are, what they do, and about some of the positions they typical hire… and, enjoy free pizza!  What a deal!  Buckman 112, 12:30-1:30 p.m. RSVP by October 14.  Open to all interested students; students in business, accounting and finance may have particular interest!


Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering) gave a one-hour talk on Packaging Research at the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium at Tennessee Tech University (TTU) on September 23. The event was hosted by TTU Center for Manufacturing and Center for Energy Research. He also explored packaging research collaboration opportunities with Dr. Joseph Rencis (Dean of Engineering), Dr. Vahid Motevalli (Associate Dean of Research and Innovation & Interim Director of Center for Manufacturing Research), Dr. Periasamy Rajan (Interim Director for Energy Systems Research), and Dr. Mohan Rao (Mechanical Engineering Department Chair). On the same trip, he also had a dinner meeting with five engineering alumni — Tom Doss (Electrical Engineering ’63), Mike William (Electrical Engineering ’83), David Swaney (Electrical Engineering ’01), Tricia Swaney (Civil Engineering ’01), and  Paolo Fonda (Civil Engineering ’02) in Nashville on September 23, visited Father Ryan and Harpeth Hall high schools in Nashville with Erica Mitchell (Admissions) on September 24, and set up a CBU booth at the 2014 Tennessee Engineers’ Conference in Murfreesboro on September 25-26.

The Gulf South Conference named Abby Moore (Civil Engineering ’18) as its Cross Country Women’s Freshman Runner of the Week after her performance in Saturday’s Rhodes College Invitational. Moore ran the 6k course in 23:42, finishing 24th among 154 runners in a race comprising mostly Division I opposition. She was the top D-II freshman, the second overall D-II runner and the sixth overall non-Division I runner.

The Gulf South Conference named Lady Buc goalkeeper Robyn Wade (Mechanical Engineering ’15) as its Defender of the Week for the sixth time of her career after she led the Lady Bucs to a pair of road wins last week. Wade made eight saves for the week, recording two in a 2-0 shutout win at Spring Hill and six in a 4-2 win at West Florida. Her final save at West Florida broke the school record for career saves with 236. Wade broke the records for career shutouts and victories earlier in the season.


CBU in the Media

The Memphis Business Journal published an article on CBU and the Memphis Reads initiative entitled “CBU and Memphis Public Library launch new program” on September 29. The Business Journal also published an article on CBU’s freshman class entitled “CBU freshman class is historic” on September 30. Both articles were also written by Madeline Faber (English ’15).

Life on the Rock, a program on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), featured an interview with Andrew Bowie, president and cofounder of Lumen Civitas — with Steve Denegri (Chemical Engineering) and Fr. Paul Watkins (Marketing) — in which CBU was prominently mentioned, especially in regard to the organization’s upcoming series of speakers on campus and its involvement in Catholic studies and funding the adjunct professorship of Father Bruce Cinquegrani. (If the video above does not play or appear on your browser or mobile device, please click here.)

News at CBU

CBU PRIDE: CBU’s Gay Straight Alliance had its historic first-ever presence in Memphis’s 11th Annual Pride Parade. The Festival & Parade, put on by Mid-South Pride, was held on September 27 at Robert Church Park across from the FedEx Forum. GSA members and others from the CBU community showed off their Buccaneer and LGBT Pride as they marched down Beale St. and received an overwhelmingly positive response from the crowd. CBU’s GSA was also announced live on the radio by The Q on 107.5 FM during the parade.
RESEARCH ON THE RIVER:  Dr. James Moore (Biology) and his Ecology class took a canoe trip along the Wolf River on September 28, during which they discussed the consequences of channelization on the dynamics of a river ecosystem. (Photo and video courtesy of Dr. Stan Eisen.)

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October Eclipses

Brother Kevin Ryan (Physics/Astronomy), CBU’s local chronicler of the stars and sky, has informed us that October will offer glimpses of two eclipses — one lunar and one solar!
A total lunar eclipse will be visible this Wednesday, October 8 at approximately 4:15 a.m. Brother Kevin suggests that you set your alarm for 4:15 and peek out the window. If you can’t see anything, just go back to sleep.
A partial solar eclipse will be visible (using the pin-hole method — don’t look straight at the sun!) on Thursday, October 23 at approximately 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Stop Searching for a Parking Space! Evaluate!

Students who complete all of their evaluations will be eligible to win a PREMIUM PARKING SPACE for one semester! We’re not saying you can open your door and step into class, but it is close — really close — and it is reserved for the WINNER!. Evaluations for 1st 8-week classes will be open until October 11, so don’t miss your chance to win! Evaluate now!

In Memoriam

Marvin G. Crutcher, father-in-law of Donna Crutcher (Business Office), passed away on September 30. Please keep the Crutcher family in your thoughts and prayers. Condolences may be sent to Donna in care of Campus Box 11. Memorials may be made to the Shepherd¹s Chapel, P.O. Box 416, Gravette, AR 72736.

Have You Ever Wanted to See the Eiffel Tower?

What about Big Ben? The Louvre?  Fulfill that wish by going on the May 2015 trip to London and Paris. Take a Global Studies course with Dr. Forsdick or a Finance course offer by Dr. Claassen. This trip is open to all students and is a General Education requirement through Global Studies.

If you are an engineering or environmental science major and want to learn about renewable energies, sign up for the Environmental Studies in Spain over Spring Break. Enjoy the sites in three major cities (Cordoba, Seville, and Granada) while taking courses in renewable energy.

For more information on both of these trips, click here or email

Join the CBU Deckhands

If you’ve ever dreamed of being the halftime show, this is your chance! The award-winning CBU Deckhands, CBU’s faculty/staff dance team, will be holding tryouts in November. (And by “tryout,” we just mean “show up”). If you are interested in participating, please contact Tracie Burke at or (901) 321-3357. Practices are held one evening per week until everyone can approximate the moves, and then it’s full-on halftime entertainment for the rest of the season (or six to eight games, whichever is shorter). Show your CBU spirit and have some fun with the Deckhands this year!

Be a Big Brother or Big Sister

bbbs-logoBig Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis is seeking student volunteers from CBU to serve as “Big” mentors. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way agency that matches boys and girls ages 7-17 with well trained, motivated volunteers who serve as mentors. The children served by this agency are from all races and economic backgrounds. The common denominator for our children is a need for a supervised, quality friendship that promotes caring, love and trust. Big Brothers and Big Sisters are special friends, not parental substitutes. These adult friends share and teach civic pride and self-responsibility.

To become a “Big”  you must be at least 18 and able to commit a regular and consistent amount of quality time with your “Little” for at least one year. It takes consistency and time to build positive, strong relationships between our matches. To ensure that you and your “Little” get the most out of your time together, Big Brothers Big Sisters conducts a careful screening of all applicants, offers a thorough orientation as well as an interview with a Case Manager. All of this information is used to determine which little will best suit your personality and interests.

Upon being approved by the agency to serve as a mentor, you are matched with an appropriate little. The Bigs and Littles can participate in our AMIGOS program until an appropriate match is made.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis offers a number of programs with one aim in mind, providing strong role models for adolescents who desperately need someone in their lives who will make a difference between a future bright with hope or filled with despair. We offer several options for interested volunteers, whether you can share a little or a lot of time.

For more information, call (901) 323-5440 or visit

Buccaneer Bulletin

MEN’S SOCCER (7-2, 3-1 GSC)
10/03: Bucs 1, Alabama-Huntsville 0 (at Signaigo Field)
10/05: Bucs 1, West Alabama 0 (at Signaigo Field)
10/03: Lady Bucs 2, Alabama-Huntsville 0 (at Signaigo Field)
10/05: Lady Bucs 0West Alabama 1 (at Signaigo Field)
09/30: Lady Bucs 3, Union University 0 (at Canale Arena)
10/03: Lady Bucs 3, Lee University (at Canale Arena)
10/04: Lady Bucs 1Shorter University (at Canale Arena)
10/04: Chile Pepper Festival (at Arkansas XC Course): Bucs finished 19th of 27 teams, led by Shelley DeHarte who finished 248th of 429 (27:15.6); Lady Bucs finished 20th of 25 teams, led by Hannah Owen who finished 125th of 375 (18:37.3)

10/10: Delta State University (Cleveland, MS; 4:00 p.m.)
10/12: Mississippi College (Clinton, MS; 3:00 p.m.)
10/10: Delta State University (Cleveland, MS; 1:30 p.m.)
10/12: Mississippi College (Clinton, MS; 1:00 p.m.)
10/07: University of North Alabama (Canale Arena; 7:00 p.m.)
10/10: University of West Georgia (Carrollton, GA; 5:00 p.m.)
10/11: University of West Alabama (Livingston, AL; 1:00 p.m.)
10/10: San Francisco State Invitational (San Francisco, CA; 5:00 p.m.)
10/06-07: The Buccaneer (Southaven, MS; North Creek CC)