Thanks from Cheer for the Kids

A huge thank you to all of the CBU students that helped out with Cheer for the Kids this year. Over 50 CBU students volunteered their time at Saturday’s 8th annual event to help raise enough money for Make-A-Wish of the Mid-South to grant approximately five wishes. A special thank you to CBU student Mauricio Ramirez (Psychology) for all of his involvement over the past year in helping plan the 2015 event.

Cheer for the Kids is a grassroots non-profit organization founded by Professor Chanda S. Murphy (Behavioral Sciences) and fellow Memphian Ashley Bradford to help raise awareness and money for local child-focused philanthropy organizations. For more information or to get involved with Cheer for the Kids please visit

This Week at CBU

ACADEMIC IMPROVEMENT WORKSHOPS: During January and February, four workshop sessions will be offered to help students toward a more successful college experience in areas of basic study skills techniques, helpful resources, self-assessment, self-motivation, etc. The remaining sessions will be held at 1:00-1:50 p.m. on February 5 and February 12 in the LLC Classroom (Room 104) and will be facilitated by Ms. Sadie Lisenby, Director of Counseling. The sessions are designed for students who have the desire and commitment to become a more successful student.  Interested students are urged to attend all four sessions. 

VEGETABLE GARDENING BASICS: Whether you plant in the ground, build a raised bed, or grow your crops in containers, this workshop (hosted by Marie Dennan and Kenny Latta (’10), TIGUrS Garden Volunteers, Community Gardeners) will cover the essential knowledge needed to successfully grow a garden. Topics covered will include how to build a raised bed, plant/garden seasonality, tools, companion planning and much more. Thursday, February 5, Buckman Hall 358, 6:00-7:30 p.m. This workshop is part of the For the Love of Gardening Series to benefit GrowMemphis gardens. Cost for the entire series is $70, $20 for individual workshops, and FREE for CBU students ($10 per workshop for other students). To register, go to

EMERGING LEADERS SEMINAR – FINDING YOUR “HEAD, HEART, HUSTLE”: CBU and Teach For America are hosting a leadership development seminar on Friday, February 6, focused on unlocking your leadership potential by maximizing strengths and finding the right “hustle” for you. The “Emerging Leaders Seminar” will feature local leaders, training on how to be an effective leader on-campus and beyond, and opportunities for students to practice leadership skills beyond the seminar.  The event will be held in the Canale Arena Skybox, 3:30-8:00 p.m., and is OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS. Registration is completely free, and meals will be provided. Participation is limited to the first 50 students who sign up, so interested students should RSVP at NOW.

TRUSTEE SCHOLARSHIP INTERVIEWS: The CBU Admissions Office is holding interviews on campus with prospective students for the Trustee Scholarship Program on Saturday, February 7. The Trustee Scholarship is the most prestigious academic scholarship available at CBU. This merit-based scholarship benefits outstanding students for academic performance and covers full tuition and fees.

ROCKY HORROR SHOW: Join Student Life at Playhouse on the Square for the Rocky Horror Show on February 7 at 8:00 p.m. A satirical tribute to the science fiction and B-list horror movies of 20th century, the show centers around two naïve lovers, Brad and Janet, who seek shelter from a thunderstorm in an old castle and find themselves thrust into the laboratory of the cross-dressing mad scientist Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter and his motley crew. Tickets are limited, so sign up now at (Contains strong adult language and adult situations)

ASCE vs. Faculty/Staff, Monday at 7:00 p.m.
TKE 1 vs. Uncle Drew’s Nephews, Monday at 8:00 p.m.
 The Tune Squad vs. ZTA, Monday at 9:00 p.m.
 Pippen Ain’t Easy vs. Soccer Girls, Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
 The A Team vs. AXiD, Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.
 Soccer Globetrotters vs. ASCE, Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
 TKE Freshmen vs. TKE 2, Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.
 The Tune Squad vs. The A Team, Wednesday at 9:00 p.m.
 Soccer Girls vs. AXiD, Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
 Pippen Ain’t Easy vs. ZTA, Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
 Kappa Sigma vs. Redeem Team, Thursday at 8:00 p.m.
 G.M.O. vs. SAE, Thursday at 9:00 p.m.
All games are in Canale Arena

CBU Celebrates Black History Month

Wednesday, February 3
Soul Food Day (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Alfonso Dining Hall) Enjoy an array of healthy Soul Food choices!
Black Student Association Lunch and Learn: “Food for the Soul: Heart Disease and Hypertension” (12:00 p.m., Sabbatini Lounge) Dr. John Davis from the PA Program will make a presenta tion on “Heart Disease and Hypertension” that will help students not only catch early signs of these ailments, but know how to combat them through healthy lifestyle choices. The Food Recovery Network will also make a presentation on what they do to feed the hungry in the Memphis area, and how others can get involved Bring your lunch and join us! Bring your lunch and join us! Free health screening will be provided by the Physician Assistant Program. Health screenings will also be available on February 4.

Friday, February 6
Know Your Worth College Tour: Domestic Violence Forum (6:30 pm-9:30 p.m., Montesi Executive Center) Sponsored by Phi Beta Sigma and featuring Aaron Jordan Jr., author of The Power Within, A Woman’s Worth: From Both Sexes. Panelists will include Dr. Timothy Doyle, Associate Vice President for Student Life; Dr. Kelli James, Assistant Professor; and Karen Barnett, Dean of Students.

Thursday, February 12

BSA and Student Life Movie Night (6:30 p.m., Spain Auditorium) A screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, starring Idris Elba.

Friday, February 13
Open Mic Night for “Ebony Expressions of Love” (6:30-10:00 p.m., Sabbatini Lounge) Dazzle the audience with expressions of love through poems, singing, etc.

Career Services Calendar

 Tuesday, February 3: Career Power Hour – Resume Writing (Buckman Hall 102, 1:00-2:00 p.m.) Whether you’re starting a resume from scratch, tweaking one that you’ve been using for years, or anywhere in between, this workshop can help!  Join us to learn some of the fine points of resume writing, what to include (and not to include), as well as tips on cover letters and references.  Be there!
 Wednesday, February 4: Mock Interview Day  (Buckman Hall 207, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) Whether you’re a “rookie” w hen it comes to job interviews, or whether you’ve been on several, it’s always a good idea to brush up on your skills.  This is your chance to interview with a professional recruiter from such companies as ServiceMaster, CBRE, CBIZ, and others, and then get immediate feedback on your interviewing skills.  This is just for practice, so it’s great way to shake the nerves and brush up on your skills before the real thing!  This opportunity only comes around once semester…so don’t miss out!  Sign up begins on January 21st.  Advanced Sign-Up Required
 Thursday, February 5: Practice Test Drive: LSAT and MCAT (Buckman Hall, 1:00-4:30 p.m.) If you are interested in taking the practice test for the LSAT or the MCAT, sign up through your CareerLinx account no later than Monday, February 2nd.  This is the written version of a retired test (minus the essay parts), and is a great way to prepare.  It is scored just like the real thing, and you get your results back almost instantaneously.  $5.00 covers your materials (payable on test day).  Sign up today! Advanced Sign-Up Required
• Friday, February 6: Kaplan Campus Visit – Sample Tests, Questions, Test Review (Buckman Hall 208, 1:00-3:00 p.m.) A representative from Kaplan Testing Services will be on campus to answer any questions you may have about ANY of the graduate admissions tests (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, DAT, OAT, PCAT), demonstrate some of the on-line practices tests that are available (for those not offered in hard-copy), as well as the test-prep services offered by Kaplan.  If you are considering going to graduate school, this is great opportunity to ask questions about the testing process.  Make plans to attend!

Tuesday, February 10: Career Power Hour – “Career Expo 101″ (Buckman 102, 1:00-2:00 p.m.) Learn the basics of preparing for a Career Expo event… how to dress, how to research companies in advance, questions you should be prepared to ask (and answer), and more! CBU’s Career & Internship Expo will be happening seven days after this workshop, so NOW is the time to prepare! Don’t miss it!
Wednesday, February 11: LGBT Career Panel (Spain Auditorium, 5:00-6:00 p.m.)
Thursday, February 12: Pizza & Professionals: Bridges Inc. (Buckman 102, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.) Join us to learn more about Bridges Inc. — what they do, jobs they typically have available, and of course, enjoy free pizza!  Don’t miss out!  All students interested in learning more about the company are welcome to attend; those interested in internships are especially invited to attend.
Thursday, February 12: Slam Dunk Networking (Canale Arena Skybox, 5:30-7:30 p.m.) Want a chance to practice your networking skills in a professional setting?  Then this event is a slam dunk…literally!  Join us along with several of our recruiter partners, many of whom are CBU alumni, who will be there to help you master the art of the “elevator speech,” and help you make the most of small talk at receptions and more social business events.  Practice makes perfect, so join us for this fun event, to be held during CBU’s men’s and women’s basketball games vs. West Florida.  An RSVP is required by Tuesday, February 10. Advanced Sign-Up Required

Castings Deadline This Week!

castingsWant to win money? Be published? 

Submit your work to the Castings literary and art competition!

  • Four categories: poetry, prose, digital photos, fine art
  • First, second, and third place in each category.
  • Submit to by February 2!

Winners will be published in Castings in May, and will present their work at the annual Castings kickoff!

News at CBU

President John Smarrelli Jr. was among more than 100 Catholic leaders — including 31 presidents of Catholic colleges and universities — to sign a petition entitled “Immigration is a Pro-Life Issue,” calling on Congress to pass immigration reform. “The immigration crisis will not be solved by threats to shut down government agencies, enforcement-only strategies or piecemeal approaches,” the petition states. “Breaking up immigrant families and denying protection to those fleeing gang or cartel violence, as just one example, is neither a humane or effective strategy. Comprehensive immigration reform that would create an earned path to citizenship for those in the shadows, expedite family reunification, strengthen refugee protection, and address why desperate people reluctantly uproot and cross borders, deserves a vote now.”

kuwaiti_embassyDr. Smarrelli and Dr. Frank Buscher (VP for Academics & Student Life) visited the Kuwait Embassy in Washington, DC last week, solidifying CBU’s partnership with the Kuwaiti Ministry of Higher Education and its scholarship program for Kuwaiti students to attend U.S. universities. Several nations, including Kuwait, have CBU on their list of preferred U.S. engineering programs.

Lasallian Collegians: February’s Core Principles

Thanks to all who came out to the “Cookies, Cocoa, and Collars” event last week! Everyone had a great time (and we’re pretty sure Brother Robert really enjoyed his cake)!

This month, the Lasallian Collegians are going to talk about two principles that go hand in hand: Respect for All Persons and Concern for the Poor and Social Justice.

Let’s think about Concern for the Poor and Social Justice. Service is everywhere at CBU. All of the organizations have a special cause that is near to their heart, and the entire campus comes out to help for September of Service. Did you know that this spirit of serving can be traced to way back in the day… like almost 400 years ago?

De La Salle’s concern was for the poor, the neglected, and the overlooked. Although he came from a wealthy family and was set for the rest of his life, he gave all of his money away to help the poor. He also gave up his comfort to teach and lead the De La Salle Christian Brothers.  As we go about our day today, let’s reflect on De La Salle’s sacrifice and how we can share his serving spirit with others. Have a nifty day!


In Memoriam

br_mattBrother Matthew Szatkowski passed away on Tuesday, January 27 at Villa Scalabrini in Sun Valley, CA. A De La Salle Christian Brother for 57 years, Brother Matt taught theater arts and speech at CBU from 1987 to 2009. After his retirement he lived in Los Angeles and most recently at Villa Scalabrini.

A graduate of De La Salle Institute in Chicago, Brother Matt entered the novitiate of the Brothers in Glencoe, MO. He professed his first vows in 1959 and his final vows in 1966. He earned his BA and MEd from St. Mary’s College in Winona, MN, an MA from the University of Notre Dame, and an MFA from Memphis State University.
Survivors include his brother James Szatkowski of Clarkston, WA; niece Cynthia Szatkowski of Camarillo, CA; and the De La Salle Christian Brothers. He donated his body to science.
Please keep Brother Matt, his family, and the Christian Brothers in your thoughts and prayers. Memorials may be sent to the De La Salle Christian Brothers Retirement Fund (7650 S. County Line Rd., Burr Ridge, IL 60527).

Special Offers

ARTWORK FOR STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS: Delegates of CBU fraternities, sororities, and other student organizations are invited to come by Rozier Hall 175 to see artwork you can sell to earn funds to support the good work you do. Come by this week Monday-Thursday, 9:30-11:30 a.m., or by appointment – Contact Brother Francisco Martin at

GRIZZLIES TICKETS: The Memphis Grizzlies offer great group discounts. As part of CBU’s Sport Management program, students who take Sport Management 410 act as a professional sales employee by selling tickets. Marcus Hodges (’16) has tickets available for games on Tuesday, March 3 (Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz at 700 p.m.) and Monday, March 30 (Grizzlies vs. Sacramento Kings at 700 p.m.). Tickets are $50 for First Tennessee Club, $15 for Terrace II, and $10 for Terrace IV. Tickets can be purchased individually or as an organization. Contact Marc Hodges at or or by phone at (901) 871-5714 (preferred).

London and Paris are Waiting for You!

Time is running out. London and Paris are waiting for you!
Make your college experience unique by going to two of the world’s premier international cities. Learn about International Finance and Global Studies while exploring London and Paris. See the Kensington Gardens, Montmartre, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben, or take a night river cruise in the “city of lights.” There is so much to see and do and the experience will be unforgettable!!

Now, Study Abroad has several $500 stipends for qualified students traveling abroad this year. For more information on this trip or stipend go to

Upcoming Events

WHAT IS NAACP?: Come and get your questions answered about the organization! Thursday, February 12 at noon; location TBA. More info at

SOIL BUILDING & COMPOSTING: This workshop is part of the For the Love of Gardening Series to benefit GrowMemphis gardens, and is hosted by Dallas Holland and Adam Guerrero, GrowMemphis Garden Leader Experts. The most crucial part of maintaining a successful garden is healthy soil. Building your own soil is the most economical and environmentally favorable choice when gardening. Learn how to turn scraps and waste into viable nutritious soil through composting and other related methods. Cost for the entire series is $70, $20 for individual workshops, and FREE for CBU students ($10 per workshop for other students). To register, go to

LEGISLATIVE DAY ON THE HILL:  Everyone is invited to join the NAACP at the Legislative Day on the Hill in Nashville on Tuesday, February 17. Email to express interest!

THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF BRITISH ROCK: As part of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens’ “Munch and Learn” brown-bag lecture series, Dr. Neil Palmer (History & Political Science) will examine the connections between British society and the innovative rock music it spawned from the 1950s to the 1990s. Dr. Palmer will discuss the historical context surrounding the creation of music by bands such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Clash, The Smiths, Joy Division, Oasis, Blur, and Radiohead. Wednesday, February 18 at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, noon to 1:00 p.m. Free for Dixon members and students with ID.

MAINTAINING YOUR GARDEN: This workshop is part of the For the Love of Gardening Series to benefit GrowMemphis gardens, and is hosted by Art Johnson, Garden Coordinator at TIGUrS Urban Garden. So your garden is planted. There are veggies growing all around. But you suddenly notice a bite taken out of a tomato, a cucumber plant is wilting, and weeds are taking over! No fear! We have solutions for your gardening problems. Come to this workshop to learn the best ways to maintain a healthy garden as well as stop pests, disease, weeds, and other scary garden problems before they even start. Cost for the entire series is $70, $20 for individual workshops, and FREE for CBU students ($10 per workshop for other students). To register, go to

BARTLETT ART ASSOCIATION EXHIBITION OPENING: An opening reception for an art exhibition by members of the Bartlett Art Association will be held on Friday, February 20 in the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery (lower level of Plough Library), 5:30-7:30 p.m. The exhibit will run through March 26.

SUSTAINING YOUR GARDEN: This workshop is part of the For the Love of Gardening Series to benefit GrowMemphis gardens, and is hosted by Adam Guerrero and Jovantae Thomas, GrowMemphis Garden Leader Experts. This last installment of For the Love of Gardening Workshop will include ways to ensure that your garden can continue on with little to no cost. By saving seeds from successful plants this year you can start next years garden for free. This workshop will teach the best way to save any seed from your garden and grow a healthy plant from it the next year.  Cost for the entire series is $70, $20 for individual workshops, and FREE for CBU students ($10 per workshop for other students). To register, go to

“BLUE OUT” BASKETBALL GAMES: Alpha Xi Delta will be hosting their annual ‘Blue Out’ basketball game on Thursday, February 26 to raise awareness for their national philanthropy Autism Speaks. Canale Arena will be decked out all in blue, the players will be provided blue shoes laces, and the entire school is highly encouraged to wear blue to the game! ‘Blue’ treats and Autism Speaks gear will be on sale, with the the profits benefiting Autism Speaks. There will also be drawings for really cool prizes! It will be a very fun night and a great way to support Autism Speaks and our CBU Bucs! Lady Bucs vs. Union University at 5:00 p.m., and Bucs vs. Union University at 7:00 p.m.

ayresFOOD & FAITH LECTURE: Dr. Jennifer Ayres will speak on “Come to the Table: Faith and Our Food System” in the University Theater on March 26 at 7:00 p.m. The table around which Christians regularly gather—the Lord’s table—stands as a witness to God’s abundance, God’s presence in the material gifts of the earth, and God’s delight in the nourishment and enlivening of earthly bodies. Each time we share the bread and cup, we testify to God’s presence in the simple acts of eating and drinking together. What does this action mean, however, in the midst of a food system faced with such serious challenges as food insecurity, obstructed access to healthy and affordable food, community instability, environmental degradation, and the disenfranchisement of people? Jennifer Ayres’ research interests include religious environmental education; social activism and religious identity; faith formation in the context of popular culture; and feminist practical theology. She is the author of two books, Waiting for a Glacier to Move: Practicing Social Witness and Good Food: Grounded Practical Theology. Dr. Ayres is is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church and Assistant Professor of Religious Education and Director of the Religious Education Program at Emory University. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture. Sponsored by the CBU Department of Religion & Philosophy and the Memphis Center for Food and Faith


Interested in Living on Campus!?!

The Department of Residence Life still has some Spring 2015 housing spots available for students. Those interested in applying for on-campus housing, please feel free to contact Alton Wade at or Wilson Phillips at in the Office of Student Life if you have any housing related questions. You also may reach them by calling (901) 321-3531 during the week, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Living on-campus can help simplify your transition to life as a Buccaneer. The Department of Residence Life is committed to your overall campus experience; so please let them know how they can best be of service.


Buccaneer Bulletin

01/29: Bucs 79, Mississippi College 68 (at Clinton, MS)
01/31: Bucs 71, Delta State 55 (at Cleveland, MS)
01/29: Lady Bucs 54, Mississippi College 52 (at Clinton, MS)
01/31: Lady Bucs 33Delta State 53 (at Cleveland, MS)
BASEBALL (2-0, 0-0 GSC)
01/31: Bucs 7/7, LeMoyne-Owen 4/0 (at Nadicksbernd Field)
SOFTBALL (0-2, 0-0 GSC)
01/31: Lady Bucs 1/8Harding 9/18 (at Searcy, AR)

02/05: University of West Alabama (Livingston, AL; 7:30 p.m.)
02/07: University of West Georgia (Carrollton, GA; 3:00 p.m.)
02/05: University of West Alabama (Livingston, AL; 5:30 p.m.)
02/07: University of West Georgia (Carrollton, GA; 1:00 p.m.)
02/03: Freed-Hardeman University (Nadicksbernd Field; 1:00 p.m.)
02/07: William Woods University (Nadicksbernd Field; 1:00 p.m. doubleheader)
02/08: William Woods University (Nadicksbernd Field; 1:00 p.m.)
02/07: Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, AR; 9:00 a.m.)
02/07: Lincoln University (Arkadelphia, AR; 3:00 p.m.)
02/08: University of Arkansas-Monticello (Arkadelphia, AR; 12:00 p.m.)
02/08: Ouachita BaptistUniversity (Arkadelphia, AR; 4:00 p.m.)
02/03: Stillman College (TPC at Southwind; 12:00 p.m.)
02/07: USATF National Cross Country Championship (Boulder, CO; 12:00 p.m.)