This Week at CBU

FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION: Monday, December 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holy day of obligation for U. S. Catholics. Mass will be offered at 5:00 p.m. in the De La Salle Chapel, near Lambert Hall.

MEDITATION FOR STRESS RELIEF: Dr. Pong Malasri will offer a session on “Meditation  for Stress Relief” on Tuesday,  December 9  at 1:00 p.m. in Nolan Engineering Center Room 235. Sponsored by the President’s Commission on Women

Please join the CBU College of Adult Professional Studies for its 1st Annual Holiday Open House! There will be warm beverages, sweets to nosh, and holiday music for you to enjoy. So be sure to stop by and mingle with the C.A.P.S. staff on December 9, 2014, 2:00-4:30 p.m., in Buckman Hall, Room 214.

STRESS FREE ZONE: If finals have you stressed, you should definitely come to Paws to Relax with the Therapy Dogs, Thursday, December 11, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on the Buc Patio. It’s a proven fact that petting a dog can relieve stress and lower blood pressure.  Come visit with the Therapy Dogs, brought to campus by the Mid-South Therapy Dogs and Friends Organization and sponsored by the Departments of Counseling and Health Services.

If you like arts and crafts and being creative, you should come to the Sustainable Crafts Day event. We will be taking old bottles and toilet rolls and such, and reusing them to make awesome new things. You will get to make and decorate whatever you would like. The event will be held on Thursday, December 11 at 1:00 p.m. in the LLC Classroom.

ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE: The mid-city and downtown churches are gathering together for an Advent Penance Service on Thursday evening, December 11 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. All members of the CBU community are cordially invited! If any student needs a ride, contact Brother Tom in the Campus Ministry office at or (901) 321-3477.

THE NUTCRACKER: Join Student Life at the Orpheum Theatre at 2:00 p.m. on December 13 for “Nutcracker 2014.” More than 100 professional dancers, children, musicians, and vocalists make this holiday tradition the one to see, and an extraordinary experience for all. With magical sets that change before your eyes, snowflakes trickling from the sky and dances from around the world.  Tickets are limited so sign up now at

Black Lives Matter

In light of recent events in Ferguson, MO and New York, CBU’s Collegiate Chapter of the NAACP will be hosting “Black Lives Matter” in order to educate, raise awareness and promote positive action.

Show your support by stopping by the table outside Alfonso Dining Hall to sign the banner and tweet #CBUNAACP.
Whether you are in class, your dorm, or the caf, walk out at 12:00 p.m. and join the NAACP in Buckman Quad to drink hot cocoa and draw chalk body outlines in the Quad to represent all African Americans who have been gunned down by police officers!
Stop by the table in Alfonso Dining Hall 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. as the NAACP collects change and books to donate to the Ferguson Public Library!
Join the chapter at 5:00 p.m. in Sabbatini Lounge for the Knowledge is Power teach-in led by Dr. Jeffrey Gross and Dr. Leigh Johnson, and hear from community leaders about the Ferguson case and other justice disparities that still exist even today.
DEC. 12: CANDLELIGHT VIGIL co-sponsored by CBU’S Black Student Association
The vigil will begin at 5:00 p.m.

More info:


Dr. Andrew Assadollahi (Civil Engineering) recently presented a paper entitled “Minimization of CO2 Emissions for Spread Footings under Biaxial Uplift Using a Big Bang-Big Crunch Algorithm” at the International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure in Long Beach, California, November 6-8, 2014. The conference was hosted by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (Biology) has been elevated to a Gold Level Fellow by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). ARVO Fellows serve as role models and mentors for individuals pursuing careers in vision and ophthalmology research and help further ARVO’s vision ”… to facilitate the advancement of vision research and the prevention and cure of disorders of the visual system worldwide,” which includes advancing basic and clinical knowledge and serving as the leading international forum for vision research and the primary advocate for vision science worldwide. Dr. Fitzgerald was made a Silver Fellow in 2010, and as a Gold Fellow she will be among a select group of only 22 individuals. The official medal will be presented at the ARVO Annual Meeting in May in Denver.

Taylor Flake (History ’17) has been elected as a justice on the 2015 Tennessee Intercollegiate Supreme Court. She will serve with four other justices from other universities in Tennessee.

Sarah Langsdon (Natural Science ’15) has been accepted to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine.

Dr. Y. Lu Lin (Civil Engineering) was recently appointed by Mayor A C Wharton as a member of the Memphis Stormwater Board. The Board oversees stormwater rules and regulations, and conducts hearing appeals due to civil penalties issued by the Stormwater Management Program in accordance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. Dr. Lin is a stormwater expert. He has worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineering for the last seventeen years on various projects, including St. John-New Madrid Flood Control, EnvirFish Program, Bayou Metro Irrigation, Potamology-Sedimentation Study, White River Comprehensive Study.  Dr. Lin also served as the expert panel to Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for TVA Hydrologic Projects.

Brother Francisco Martin
(Literature & Languages) was recently honored for his “generous commitment to the children of Operation Pedro Pan” by the organization of former child exiles from Cuba at an awards presentation in Miami. Operation Pedro Pan was a program created by the Catholic Welfare Bureau (Catholic Charities) of Miami in December 1960 at the request of parents in Cuba to provide an opportunity for them to send their children to Miami to avoid Communist indoctrination. The Church received the children in camps or foster homes. Brother Francisco was teaching and coaching in Nicaragua at the time, and raised money to relocate 250 Cuban children to the U.S. with visas. He also later worked in the Matecumbe relocation camp near the Everglades (that was nicknamed “el infierno verde” because of its rough natural habitat).

Camilla Rodrigues (Civil Engineering ’16) was named Second Team All-America by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Rodrigues, a forward for the Lady Bucs and a 2014 All-GSC First Teamer, finished second in total points in the conference this season (31). She scored 10 goals and paced the league with 11 assists. Rodrigues also garnered All-Region honors by both the NSCAA and Daktronics (see below).

Richard Townley
 (Physics ’17) marched in the “120 Mile March” in conjunction with the Justice for Michael Brown Initiative with the NAACP over Thanksgiving Break. He is pictured above with the NAACP National President Cornell Williams Brooks.

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America named four CBU Lady Bucs to their Division II All-South Region Teams:
• Forward Camilla Rodrigues (Civil Engineering ’16) was a first-team selection after she scored 10 goals with 11 assists for 31 points. She was one of four GSC players to earn a spot on the All-Region first team. She leads the GSC and is 11th in the nation in assists per game.
• Goalkeeper Robyn Wade (Mechanical Engineering ’15) was a third-team pick after collecting eight shutouts with a 1.00 goals against average. She made 53 saves. She is 93rd in the nation in goals against average and holds school records for career wins, saves, minutes played, games played and games started.
• Midfielder Chelsea Casaccia (Biology ’16) and midfielder Carmen Manes (Liberal Studies ’15) joined Wade on the Third Team. Casaccia started all 19 games at midfield with two assists and two points, playing 1,414 minutes. Manes also started all 19 games, logging three assists and three points in 1,195 minutes.

CBU’s TN Theta chapter of Alpha Chi has been informed that it will receive the Star Chapter Award for the seventh time from the national interdisciplinary honor society. Star Chapters are named each academic year based upon a number of criteria, including attendance and presentations at regional or national conventions and an annual scholarly program sponsored on campus during the academic year. The chapter will be officially recognized at Alpha Chi’s National Convention in Chicago in March 2015.

News at CBU

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(top) CBU student 
finishers Matt Brint (Psychology ’16) and JD Wolfe (Biochemistry ’15); (bottom) alumni finishers Joe Birch (’78) and Gabby Salinas (’11). Dr. Frank Buscher (VP for Academic Affairs and Student Life) also completed the St. Jude Memphis Half-Marathon in 1:28:12. Mandi Balduf (Softball) participated and fundraised in the St. Jude 5k, finishing in 30:29. CBU’s Pi-Epsilon Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon volunteered at a water station at the 19-mile marker. (Photos courtesy of John Dawson johndawsonsucks, Matt Brint therealslimmatty, and Malinda Fitzgerald @MhirtDrFitz)

——————————————————————BGC1214BLACK GIRLS CODE: The CBU School of Engineering hosted the Black Girls CODE Memphis Chapter “Build a Game in a Day” workshop for girls ages 7-17 on December 6. This workshop focused on game development using Scratch (, a programming project spearheaded by the MIT Media Lab. Taught by Scratch expert Dr. Juan Carlos Olabe (Electrical & Computer Engineering), the workshop was geared towards introducing participants to animation, gaming, and creating interactive stories. (Photo courtesy of Meka Egwuekwe @Mekaeg)

Your Very Own Reserved Parking Space


Students who complete all of their
course 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!

We will also continue to also give a cool, tech prize! Just ask Alexander McCormick who recently won a Google Chromecast.

Evaluations for full semester and 2nd 8-week classes will be open until December 14 — so don’t miss your chance to win!

CBU Angel Tree

Angel Tree for the Community of St. Therese of Lisieux
A two-year residential support program for women who have survived abuse, trafficking, homelessness and addiction.

This year’s gift recipients include five women (ages 20, 61, 47, 35, and 17) and three children (ages 7 months, 2½, and 5). Please contact Margretta Dobbs in Campus Ministry for gift suggestions and clothing sizes — or (901) 321-3509.
Sponsored by SGA and Campus Ministry
Please tape your Angel to wrapped package and drop off at Campus Ministry Offices by December 15.
Thank you and God Bless!

London & Paris: May 2015

When you study abroad, you become a global citizen, a contributing member of our global society. By traveling abroad, you make yourself more attractive to employers and your experience and memories are with you for a lifetime. This experience allows you to not only grow as a person, but also as a member of the global community. Make those memories now by traveling to London and Paris in May.  While taking classes in Global Studies and International Financial Management, explore Notre-Dame Cathedral, Monmarte, Westminster Abbey, the Latin Quarter, Big Ben, go on the Seine River cruise, and more. Become a global citizen this year by studying abroad with us! There are now four $500 need-based stipends for qualified students who are travel abroad this year. For more information on this trip and stipends click here.

Buccaneer Bulletin

12/04: Bucs 73, Lee University 70 (at Cleveland, TN)
12/06: Bucs 74, Shorter University 61 (at Rome, GA)
12/04: Lady Bucs 51, Lee University 78 (at Cleveland, TN)
12/06: Lady Bucs 64, Shorter University 66 (at Rome, GA)

12/11: Delta State University (Canale Arena; 7:00 p.m.)
12/13: Mississippi College (Canale Arena; 4:00 p.m.)
12/11: Delta State University (Canale Arena; 5:00 p.m.)
12/13: Mississippi College (Canale Arena; 2:00 p.m.)

12/18: University of West Georgia (Canale Arena; 7:00 p.m.)
12/20: University of West Alabama (Canale Arena; 4:00 p.m.)
12/31: Harding University (Canale Arena; 3:00 p.m.)
01/03: Valdosta State University (Valdosta, GA; 7:00 p.m.)
01/05: University of West Florida (Pensacola, FL; 7:00 p.m.)
01/10: University of North Alabama (Florence, AL; 3:00 p.m.)
12/18: University of West Georgia (Canale Arena; 5:00 p.m.)
12/20: University of West Alabama (Canale Arena; 2:00 p.m.)
12/31: Harding University (Canale Arena; 1:00 p.m.)
01/03: Valdosta State University (Valdosta, GA; 5:00 p.m.)
01/05: University of West Florida (Pensacola, FL; 5:00 p.m.)
01/10: University of North Alabama (Florence, AL; 1:00 p.m.)