This Week at CBU

The men of Phi Beta Sigma are hosting a full week of activities on campus:
Monday, April 27: Breakfast for Students: Phi Beta Sigma will provide doughnuts and juice for the campus from 9:00 until 10:00 a.m. near the St. Joseph Breezeway close to ITS.
Avengers 2 Movie Raffle Contest: The men of Phi Beta Sigma will host a raffle contest for 6 to 10 lucky students, faculty, or staff to win a ticket to the Avengers 2: Age of Ultron movie on May 1. For those who win and do not have transportation, Phi Beta Sigma will provided transportation to and from the movie theater.
Whose Line is it Anyway: The men of Phi Beta Sigma will host its own version of the hit game show, “Whose Line is it Anyway?” Come out and have a good laugh. The event will be held in Spain Auditorium from 7:30 until 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 28: Game Night: Come out and relax in the world of board games and video games. The men of Phi Beta Sigma will host its Game Night from 7:30 until 10:00 p.m. in Maurelian Lounge. Refreshments will be provided.
Wednesday, April 29: Think Like a Man/Woman: Join the men of Phi Beta Sigma as we have an open and honest discussion about male/female perception in today’s society in terms of relationships, dating and casual conversation. The event will be held in Montesi Executive Center and start at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 30: Volunteering at Levi Elementary: The men of Phi Beta Sigma will travel to Levi Elementary to read to the children and perform various cafeteria duties from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Dodgeball: The men of Phi Beta Sigma will host Dodgeball in Canale Arena from 7:30 until 10:00 p.m.
Friday, May 1: Breakfast for Students: Phi Beta Sigma will provide doughnuts and juice for the campus from 9:00 until 10:00 a.m. near the St. Joseph Breezeway close to ITS.
Sigma BBQ: The men of Phi Beta Sigma will be lighting up the grill and providing food for the campus and IT’S FREE!! The event will take place near the Gazebo from 12:00 until 4:00 p.m.
CBU Appreciation Day: The men of Phi Beta Sigma will present awards of appreciation to the faculty and staff who have helped them throughout the 2014-2015 school year. The ceremony will take place at 12:30 p.m. near the Gazebo.
Avengers 2: Age of Ultron Movie Premiere: The men of Phi Beta Sigma and the lucky winners of the raffle contest will travel to Studio on the Square at 10:00 p.m. and watch the movie.

YOUNG LADIES UNITED MOCK ETIQUETTE CLASS: Young Ladies United will be hosting a Mock Etiquette Class on April 28 in Sabbatini Lounge, 5:00-6:30 p.m. Amy Ware (Career Services) will be the instructor. Tickets are $5 per person. Pizza, drinks and other snacks will be served. Please RSVP to Amber Campbell  at and pay for your ticket by April 17 in order to reserve your seat.

Archbishop-Di-Noia-2012LUMEN CIVITATIS SPEAKER SERIES: The initial presenter for the 2015 Lumen Civitatis Speaker Series is Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia, O.P., a key contributor to the magisteriums of both Pope John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who will address “The Legacy of Pope John Paul II” on Tuesday, April 28 in the University Theater. Archbishop Di Noia was for years a beloved professor on the Trinity and Catholic Dogma at the Dominican House Studies in Washington, DC and has also served as Executive Director of the Secretariat of Doctrine at the USCCB and as Undersecretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) under Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. He is currently Adjunct Secretary of the CDF.  Archbishop Di Noia has authored and edited numerous books and articles, including The Love that Never Ends:  A Key to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Veritatis Splendor and the Renewal of Moral Theology. There is no charge to attend this public talk, but please register by clicking here to confirm your attendance. Light refreshments will begin at 5:00 p.m, followed by the talk at 5:30.

CHAT N CHEW WITH INTERNATIONAL FACULTY: The weekly Chat N Chew gathering of International Student Services has something for everyone this week! Members of CBU’s very own international faculty will be sharing brief tales of their most memorable experience from when they first came to the States to study and/or work on Wednesday, April 29 in Maurelian Lounge, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Faculty committed to speak at this writing include: Frank Buscher (Germany), Federico Gomez-Uroz (Spain), Divya Choudhary (India), Asit Ray (India), Clint Browne (England), and Siripong Malasri (Thailand). After the faculty have shared their stories, there will be time for questions or add ons. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!! Then there will be food! And ISS/Academic Services will provide it! Please feel free to bring a dish—international foods are most welcome! If you want to reserve something delicious to eat, please RSVP to before end of business on Monday, April 27. 


STRESS FREE ZONE: If you feel stressed, you should definitely come to Paws to Relax with the Therapy Dogs, Thursday, April 30, 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. “Not all medicine comes in a bottle.” 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.

ewelchTHE LAST LECTURE: Please join the Honors Program and the CBU community for the 8th Annual CBU “Last Lecture” on Thursday, April 30 at 12:45 p.m. in Spain Auditorium, during which Dr. Eric Welch (Electrical & Computer Engineering) will give his hypothetical “Last Lecture.” Last Lectures usually include the professor’s reflections on their academic career, advice for better living, and even a few laughs. Known for dynamic lectures and his expertise in aviation and forensic engineering, Dr. Welch will not disappoint. Light refreshments will be served at 12:30. This is open to the entire University and, based on past Last Lectures, this is a not-to-be-missed event!

FRIENDS OF FOOD RECOVERY DAY: Currently CBU is the only college in Memphis that is participating in the nationwide Food Recovery Network attempt to reduce food waste and feed those that, without help, would not eat. On Thursday, April 30, FRN would like to open the last recovery to the CBU community. Only a limited number of people will be able to participate — no more than five — and it will be first-come-first-selected. We would have those that choose to volunteer assist in. The recovery will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Alfonso Dining Hall and will last about 30-45 minutes — tasks include choosing, packaging, and weighing the food that will be delivered to St. Vincent that evening. Anyone interested in volunteering may contact Blaire Jefferson at or Mike MacMiller at

INTRAMURAL END OF YEAR BOWLING BASH: Come join CBU Recreation at Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes (1576 S. White Station Rd) on Thursday, April 30 from 9:30 p.m. to midnight for $5.  Compete in Intramural Bowling for a Championship T-Shirt and celebrate the end of the 2013-2014 Intramural Season. No sign Ups required. For questions, please contact Thien Nguyen at

BFA SENIOR SHOW & CASTINGS RELEASE PARTY: Graduating fine arts students Lauren Browning (Graphic Design ’15), LaDarrious Dortch (Graphic Design ’15), and Emily Dawn Phillips (Studio Art “15) will present their artwork at Glitch Gallery (2180 Cowden) on Friday, May 1 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Also at the exhibit, the 2015 edition of Castings literary and art journal will be released.

Return of Sloshball!


ATTENTION ALL GRADUATING STUDENTS! Sign ups for Sloshballl end this week, so sign up now!  Register online at and join a team. Even if you decide not to play, all graduates in the Class of 2015 are invited to join the CBU Alumni Association for a Happy Hour at Bland Field for food, music, beer, and yes, Sloshball on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 starting at 4:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Thien Nguyen, RSVP to the party at

Commencement Week is Coming!

Wednesday, May 13 • Canale Arena (6:00 p.m.)
This event is mandatory for all students participating in the Commencement Exercises. Reception to follow Rehearsal in Buckman Quad.

Thursday, May 14 • Sabbatini Lounge (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)
Invitations will be issued to legacy students and their alumni family members to get together for a relaxing dinner and induction into the Legacy Society. Invitees should RSVP by May 6 to or (901) 321-3270.

Friday, May 15 • University Theater (10:00 a.m.)
By invitation only, the Presidential Student Recognition recognizes undergraduates who have excelled in the classroom, athletically, and across campus. Parents and CBU faculty/staff are also invited to attend.

Friday, May 15 • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (7:00 p.m.)
The Baccalaureate Service commences at 7:00 p.m. Students will meet at the Cathedral by 6:30 p.m. (Undergraduates: Wear regalia only; Graduate students: wear regalia and hood. Please do not bring your cap.) Brother Robert Schieler, Superior General of the Christian Brothers, will deliver the Baccalaureate address. A reception for graduates and guests will be held following the Baccalaureate Service in Marion Hall. Families will have the chance to take photos with their graduates. Click here for more info and RSVP »»

Saturday, May 16 • Signaigo Field* (9:00 a.m.)
The ceremony begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. Reception to follow in the Buckman Quadrangle. Graduates must arrive at Canale Arena by 7:30 a.m. Gates for the general public open at 8:00 a.m. Click here for Commencement parking map»»


SGA Election Results

The results are in, and the 2015-16 Student Government Association officers are:

  • Kierra Turner, President of SGA
  • Eli Ostrow, Vice President of the Senate
  • Bijou Coulibaly, Vice President of Finance
  • Maria Dopico, Vice President for Communication
  • Sushma Kalava, President of Student Activities Council
Please keep an eye out for Senate elections, they will be coming out soon!


J D Wolfe
(Biochemistry ’15), pictured above with Dr. Johnny Holmes (Dean of Sciences), was the recipient of the Brother Dominic Dunn Award from the School of Sciences at the 19th Annual Student Research Poster Session on April 21. This award is presented annually by the faculty of the School of Sciences to the outstanding graduating senior with a major in science or mathematics. The award is given in the memory of Brother Dominic Dunn to the graduate giving strong evidence of academic excellence and of service to the University and/or the community.

alana_byrdAlana Byrd (Chemical Engineering ’18) passed the CPLP Technician Exam and has become an ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technician. Alana was valedictorian of Liberty Tech Magnet High School in Jackson, TN. At CBU she is a member of CBU softball team, works as a library assistant, and serves as social media/webmaster for CBU Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. Alana has received several awards, including the Sports Writer’s Guild Award, Jackson Sun Defender of the Year, and Sports Orthopedics and Spine Athlete Award.

herveAntoine Herve passed the CPLP Technician Exam and has become an ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technician. Antoine is an exchange student from ECAM Rennes Louis De Broglie, France, attending CBU during the Spring 2015 semester. His study focuses on industrial, mechanical, and energy engineering. He. He was the ECAM Student Government Vice President, co-founder and organizer of Printemps de I’ECAM Music Festival, and worked as project manager assistant for Total S.A. in Pau, France. Antoine speaks French, English, and Spanish.  His hobbies include soccer, volleyball, swimming, and guitar.

Dr. Emily Holmes (Religion & Philosophy) presented a workshop entitled “Know Food, Know Peace? Community Based Agriculture and the Practice of Non-violence” at the 2015 Gandhi-King Conference, held at LeMoyne-Owen College on April 11.

Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering) attended the 2015 TransPack Forum in Orlando, FL on April 8-10. CBU was one of the 24 exhibitors at the event. Other university exhibitors were packaging programs at Clemson, Michigan State, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Virginia Tech. On the way to the forum, Dr. Pong gave a talk on CBU packaging research at the packaging engineering program at University of Florida in Gainesville on April 6.

JakePorterJacob Porter (Civil Engineering ’15) passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam and is now a new Engineer Intern. He interned with the Civil Site Design Group in Nashville, where he will roll into a full-time engineering position upon graduation this May.  He will also continue to serve the Tennessee Army National Guard as a combat engineer.  Jake is a member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and has been an active member of CBU Kappa Sigma Fraternity by serving as its president, vice president, and scholarship chairman. Kappa Sigma honored him with Scholarship Leadership Award and Outstanding Scholar Award. Jake is also a member of CBU baseball team and was on NCAA D2 Gulf South Conference All-Academic Honor Roll and recipient of Division 2 Athletics Directors Association Academic Achievement Award.

yulianaYuliana Sanchez-Luna (Civil Engineering ’17 & Packaging Minor) passed the CPLP Technician Exam and has become an ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technician. She has been involved with the Healthcare Packaging Consortium research projects and has co-authored two journal articles, “Rice Hulls as a Cushioning Material” and “Shock Absorption of Crumb Rubber and Coconut Fiber.”  Yuliana currently serves as secretary of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Society of Women Engineers. She speaks English and Spanish fluently. 

The CBU Moon Rover Team was awarded the Frank Joe Sexton Memorial Pit Crew Award  at the 2015 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge on April 17-18 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. The award is presented for ingenuity and persistence in overcoming problems during the race. It is named after a NASA welder who mentored numerous welders and worked on the original lunar rover and numerous other space vehicles.

News at CBU

CBU’s Divine Voices Gospel Choir, on the heels of a successful concert last week, spent the weekend in a studio recording music for the web and for CDs to distribute to CBU friends, supporters, and visitors. The choir is entirely student-run, and is conducted by founder Kierra Turner (Accounting ’16).

The first annual Buc eDay was held on Saturday, April 18. High school and middle school students were invited to CBU to compete in a variety of competitions including Egg Drop, CO2 Car, Truck, Bridge, and the Arduino Challenge. There were other demonstrations and mystery events conducted by Engineering and Sciences faculty and students. Special thanks to Patrick McGinnis for organizing the event. Pictured above: Patrick McGinnis (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science ’15) demonstrating his Senior Project robot named VRIL.


The CBU Colony of Theta Tau (engineering fraternity) was established on Sunday, April 19.  Special thanks to Cathy Holmes (Mechanical Engineering ’16) for spearheading the effort to have a colony at CBU. Pictured above are inaugural members: (top row) Paul Brown, George Eason, Noah Kelley, Chris Rivera, and Jason Owings; (third row) Luke Wade, Danny Vi, Jessica Eason, Robert Tworek, and Juan Vazquez; (second row) Tyler Stranburg, Becky Wauford, Trey McGinnis, Patrick McGinnis, Jennifer Gonzalez, Austin Feathers, and Ethan Hunter; (front row) Alex McCormick, Aryanne Johnson, Cathy Holmes, Meg Pitts, Jodie Crocker, and Dr. Andrew Assadollahi and Professor Gene McGinnis (Faculty Advisers).

Happy 25th Birthday, CBU Honors Program!

Seventy-five current and former members of the CBU Honors Program celebrated at the Honors Program 25th Birthday and Alumni Speed Networking Party on April 24. In addition to chowing down on ”Talk Nerdy to Me” birthday cake, the alumni and students participated in four rounds of intense networking designed to expose students to potential careers and provide them with advice from people who have been in their geeky shoes. A big thanks to all the participants, especially our Honors Program alums! Thanks also to Aramark Food Services and the CBU Alumni Office, whose assistance helped make the event a resounding success!
Showing off the birthday cake are party hosts Carol Dodge Whelchel (Civil Engineering ’08), Carly Geis (Psychology ’16), Tiffany Corkran (Chemistry ’15), Caroline Mitchell Carrico (History ’10), Raegan Cook (Religion & Philosophy ’12), and Trey McGinnis (Electrical Engineering, Computer Science & Mathematics ’16).
How many nerds can you fit on a staircase? Not enough! Pictured are some of the 75 students and alums who attended the Honors Program 25th Birthday and Alumni Speed Networking Party on April 24.

War and Cooking — In Europe!

Explore the history of World War I in Paris, the City of Lights, and Belgium for spring break 2016!  
Visit battle sites and Meaux Museum to learn about WWI. There are several history courses offered by Dr. Neal Palmer including HIST 339 (Europe and the Great War), HIST 108 (History since 1500), and an Honors course (Remembering WWI). While learning about WWI, experience the culture of France and Belgium. Explore both countries and see the Louvre, Galeries Lafayette, Notre Dame Cathedral, Left Bank/Latin Quarter, or even take a cruise down the Seine River. This trip is open to all students, and it fulfills General Education requirements.

Another great option is to learn chemistry in the kitchen with Chemistry 105: Chemistry of Cooking in San Sebastian, Spain. San Sebastian is one of Europe’s top culinary cities. If you love to cook and eat this is the trip for you. Study chemistry principles with Dr. Anthony Trimboli, including in-depth hands-on experience in the classroom and kitchen. While you are there, do not forget to visit numerous sites like the Bay of Biscay, tapas bars, Casa de la Historia Museum, and more!

Hurry now to receive a $200 discount if you make your $300 deposit by graduation.

For more information on this trip and other upcoming trips go to or contact the Study Abroad office at

Walk It Off!

buc_up_for_fitnessIn support of CBU’s Buc Up For Fitness, the Benefits and Compensation committee is providing tours of two of the walking trails on campus this week — on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to get some fresh air and to get to know other faculty and staff on campus. Both walks are 1 mile. If you are interested in participating in one of these tours, please contact the tour leader to RSVP: Randel Price leads the Tuesday walk, which starts at the East Parkway entrance; Matthew Hamner leads the Wednesday walk, which starts in the lot in front of Barry Hall.

Buccaneer Bulletin

BASEBALL (9-26, 4-21 GSC)
04/25: Bucs 3/2Lee University 15/13 (at Nadicksbernd Field)
04/26: Bucs 5Lee University 6 (at Nadicksbernd Field)

SOFTBALL (10-41, 3-26 GSC)
04/22: Lady Bucs 2/3, Trevecca Nazarene 3/5 (at Nashville, TN)
04/25: Lady Bucs 5, Lee University 2 (at Bland Field)
04/26: Lady Bucs 1/8Lee University 5/11 (at Bland Field)
04/20-21: Gulf South Conference Championships (Tunica, MS); Bucs 6th of 9 teams, led by Dallas Shepard (81-73-72 226); Lady Bucs 8th of 8 teams, led by Lauren Harrett (94-91-103 288)
05/02: Memphis Invitational (Jonesboro, AR)

This Week at CBU


SPRING AKA WEEK: The Mu Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will host its Spring AKA Week April 19-24. The week’s activities include:
Monday, April 20: Feelin’ Myself Sustainable Beauty Forum and Photo Contest  Join as AKA indulges in a “Do It Yourself” night and make sustainable beauty products by hand! 7:08 p.m. in Cooper-Wilson Center 105.
Tuesday, April 21:  Come and Kick it with ME — Come and Kick it with the Most Elegant Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha in a game of kickball! Not only will we be playing kickball but participants will be learning about the importance of exercise to reduce heart disease and mental illness. Canale Arena, 7:08 p.m.
Wednesday, April 22: Pink is the New Green — Come serve with AKA on the Sustainability Coalition Earth Day Project! 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 23: You Can’t Beat ME Sand Volleyball Tournament — Enter your team in AKA’s Sand Volleyball Tournament. Your donations will benefit “service to all mankind.”  Enter your team of five for only $20. For more information please contact Taylor Flake at
Friday, April 24: Pink Friday — Come celebrate the close of AKA Week in Buckman Quad at 5:08 p.m.  The celebration will end with a Special Surprise that you won’t want to miss!

DINSTUHL’S CHOCOLATE TASTING SESSION: Dr. Stan Eisen’s BIOL 103 Biology of Addiction Class hosts its annual Chocolate Tasting Session, featuring Dinstuhl’s Fine Candies, on Monday, April 20 in Montesi Executive Center, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Learn about the cultivation of cocoa, its harvest and processing techniques, and THEN enjoy the pleasures of its SOUND, its BOUQUET, and finally, its FLAVOR.

JOB SEARCH BOOT CAMP: Seniors! If you’re still looking for employment after graduation, then don’t miss this event on Tuesday, April 21! Group mini-sessions will be conducted on interviewing skills, networking, and job search strategies in Buckman Hall 102, 12:30-2:00 p.m. Plus, individual resume reviews by recruiters & alumni will be available. This is an RSVP event, so check with Career Services at to see if there are still openings.

DAY AT CITY HALL: The CBU Collegiate Chapter of the NAACP will host a student “Day at City Hall” at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21. Join the NAACP at City Hall and let our local legislators know that we care! For sign-up visit or contact

ENVISIONING CULTURES: Students in the Envision Program will present an event to spotlight North and South American cultures on Wednesday, April 22 in Buckman Quad at 11:30 a.m. On Thursday, April 23, they will focus on Indian culture in the Quad at 1:00 p.m., featuring traditional Indian food and music.

CHAT ‘N’ CHEW: Chat ‘n’ Chew is held every Wednesday from 2:00  to 4:00 p.m. in the newly remodeled Maurelian Lounge. Chat ‘n’ Chew is an informal gathering mostly geared toward support of CBU’s international students, but all are invited as we join together as a community to help CBU’s international students to feel more at home. Goal of Chat ‘n’ Chew: acculturation, internationalization, information sharing, Q and A, and fun! Please come! Let us all laugh, learn, and share.

Please join CBU’s President’s Commission on Women and Junior League of Memphis for a screening of Miss Representation on April 22 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the University Theater. A panel discussion will follow the film featuring women in prominent roles in our community; panelists will share their reactions to the film, personal experiences, and answer questions from the audience. Many thanks to First Tennessee, Baker Donelson, and Christian Brothers University for supporting this effort. Premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, Miss Representation is written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom and exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself. RSVP for the screening here »»

DIVINE VOICES SPRING CONCERT: CBU’s Divine Voices Gospel Choir will present “Freedom in Christ,” its annual spring concert on April 22 in the University Theater at 7:00 p.m. The concert will feature music by the Divine Voices, poetry, praise dances, and light refreshments. Tickets are $5 at the door, $3 for students with ID. For advance tickets, see a member of the choir or email Devon Wade at

unmaskUNMASKING SEXUAL VIOLENCE: The Memphis/Shelby County Domestic and Sexual Violence Council invites you to attend, Unmasking Sexual Violence, an evening of art and activism. The event will be hosted by West Memorials located at 2481 Broad Avenue during the April 24 Broad Avenue Spring Art Walk. The event is from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and is free to the public. Visit the Memphis/Shelby County Domestic and Sexual Violence Council and join the event page on Facebook! This event is sponsored by the Office of Student Life, the Office of Health Resources, and the Title IX Coordinator.

PEER MINISTRY RETREAT:  Need a faith refresher? Make the most of this Lenten season and give your spiritual life that much needed boost. In 2014, the CBU Peer Ministers, a group of students dedicated to spreading awareness about the Catholic faith, formed with the desire to encourage a vibrant Catholic identity for the student body. As part of this effort, the Peer Ministers will facilitate a retreat on April 25 in the Canale Skybox, 12:30-6:00 p.m. — complete with faith-sharing, fellowship, reflection, Mass… and of course food. To register for the retreat, click here. The cost to attend this retreat is $20.00 per person and can be turned in via cash or check to Br. Tom Sullivan or Mrs. Cyndy Benton in the Office of Campus Ministry.


Taylor Flake
(History ’17) was honored at the Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium on April 16 as the recipient of the 2015 Vanderhaar Student Peace Award. Taylor was recognized for her role as founder of the CBU Chapter of the NAACP and lauded for her passion to solve social justice issues and implement long-lasting change in society. Through programs like the Juvenile Justice Summit, NAACP Reads, and the Black Lives Matter Campaign, CBU’s Collegiate Chapter of the NAACP has worked tirelessly under her leadership to create programs and initiatives that challenge CBU and the city of Memphis to face the issues in our community and work together to solve them.

Pictured above: (l-r) Dr. Eric Welch, Trey McGinnis, Kate Bollinger, Nick McKee, Melissa Dollar, Hayden Roth, Htet Cho Oo, Micheal Stuart, Brian McGinnis, Patrick McGinnis
Twelve CBU Engineering students attended the Region 3 IEEE Southeast Con in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on April 9-12. Brian McGinnis (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science ’18), Patrick McGinnis (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science ’15), Melissa Dollar (Electrical Engineering ’17), and Kate Bollinger (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science ’18) were awarded second place for their Star-Trek themed submission to the t-shirt competition. In addition, Patrick McGinnis and Brian McGinnis were awarded second place for their work on the CBU IEEE website. The CBU IEEE Student Section was also recognized for their third-place award in a national competition for the best SPAx event. Other CBU competitors included:
Software Team: Trey McGinnis (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science & Mathematics ’17), Jonas Broughman (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science ’16), and Brian McGinnis
Student Paper Presentation: Micheal Stuart (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science ’15)
Professional Paper Presentation: Jonas Broughman and Hayden Roth (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science ’15)
Hardware Team: Htet Cho Oo (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science’15), Nick McKee (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science ’15), Tyler Stranburg (Mechanical Engineering ’15), and Fred Smith (Mechanical Engineering ’15)

Anna Baumheckel (Chemical Engineering ’15) recently passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam and becomes an Engineer Intern. In February 2015, Anna was recognized as the 2015 CBU Featured Engineering Student. She interned at Logical Systems, Inc. from January to December 2014.  She has been a tutor at the CBU Math Center and an assistant to the Dean of Academic Services.  In 2012, Anna raised over $13,000 for Memphis Walk Now for Autism Speaks.

Paris Hardee (Nursing ’15) was featured on the Catholic Charities Facebook page for her efforts in the drive that the Nursing students organized to help with various charities. Paris managed to raise over 1,000 packages of Ramen Noodles on her own, which are in high need by Catholic Charities.

Dr. Paul Haught (Dean of Arts, Religion & Philosophy) and Dr. Eric Welch (Electrical Engineering) recently presented their research on CBU’s STEM educational outreach programs at the second annual meeting of Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering (SRPoiSE). The meeting took place in Detroit, and the title of their presentation was “Educating Minds and Touching Hearts: Adventures in STEM Educational Outreach.”

Lynda Miller and Brother Thomas Sullivan (Biology) had their article “Preliminary Lichen Inventory of Overton Park, Memphis, Tennessee”  published in Evansia, a journal of the American Bryological and Lichenological Society, Inc.

Daniel Schenck
(Ecology ’17), pictured above, won a Best Paper Award at the 2015 Western Collegiate Division Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Sciences on April 11 at the University of Memphis for his presentation “Testing of Stream Health of the Loosahatchie River Using Macroinvertebrates.” Brooke Joyce (Biology ’15) won a 2nd Place Award for “An examination of tight junction protein expression in human brain microvascular endothelial cells (hBMEC) in the presence of conditioned media from medulloblastoma subtypes.” Andrew Aristorenas (Biomedical Science ’15) won a 3rd Place Award for “Diabetes attenuates metabolic oscillations regulated by circadian clock rhythms.”

Pictured above (l-r): Damien Stevenson, Felicia Williams, Brock Swims, Caitlen Powell, and Shannon Little

The Gay Straight Alliance attended Middle Tennessee State University’s annual LGBT+ College Conference on April 9-11. The theme for the conference was “Diversify Your World!” and it was hosted on MTSU’s campus in Murfreesboro, TN. Brock Swims (Cybersecurity ’16), President of GSA, received the Academic Advancement Award at the conference, which “recognizes Tennesseans who have made a tremendous impact on diversity and inclusion through study, research, or thought at an academic institution.” Brock also hosted one of the many sessions at the conference, with his session entitled “LGBT+ Programming at Private Institutions.”

JD Wolfe (Biochemistry ’15) has formally accepted a position in the United States Air Force Health Scholars Program and will be commissioned in the coming months as a Second Lieutenant.

Bucs Dominate Academic All-GSC Team Again

For the third consecutive year, the Christian Brothers University Bucs comprised half of the Academic All-Gulf South Conference men’s basketball team.

Guard Trey Casey (Business Administration ’15), the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year, was a third-time selection as Academic All-GSC after averaging 17.9 points, 2.8 assists and 2.4 steals per game. He was also named First Team All-GSC and All-South Region for the second consecutive season. Casey carries a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Forward Drew Hildreth (Cybersecurity ’16) earned his second consecutive spot on the Academic All-GSC team. Hildreth averaged 9.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game for the Bucs this season. He carries a 3.46 GPA.

Forward Charlie Oswald (Accounting ’17) joined them on the Academic All-GSC squad. Oswald averaged 8.1 points and 1.9 rebounds per game, and he has a 3.60 GPA.

CBU placed a total of 14 players on the GSC Winter Academic Honor Roll, with nine men’s players and five women’s players representing CBU: Trey Casey, Dominic Fragale, Cody Garbuzinski, Ike Griffith, Drew Hildreth, Jack Hummel, Jeff Larkin, Ryan McArthy, Charlie Oswald, Mikaela Blissett, Rachel Lee, Taylor Pugh, Emily Reeves, and Breanna Ridgell.

To be nominated for the Academic All-GSC Team, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and be starters or significant contributors to the team. Freshmen and first-semester transfers are ineligible. SID’s and FAR’s of GSC member schools conduct a joint vote to select the winners. The Academic Honor Roll comprises all players who carry at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA and participate in at least one game, match or meet against outside competition.

News at CBU


The CBU chapters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Alpha Xi Delta joined forces on April 18 to perform a day of service at Binghampton Christian Academy, a non-profit day school and residential program for students in the the Binghampton community. SAEs and AXDs spent the day painting (indoors and out), cleaning the grounds, and even washing the school vans.

The CBU Nursing Program headed back to Haiti on April 11 for their Spring Mission Trip. Nursing students and faculty from the program go to Haiti twice a year with the West Tennessee Haiti Partnership to serve at St. Vincent’s School for Handicapped Children in downtown Port-au- Prince. The CBU nurses see the children in clinic and also take food, medicines, and school supplies. Pictured above are (first row at left) Deborah Mwazi, Kelly Youngblood, Calley Dunn, Dr. Sue Trzynka; (second row) Matthew Gardner (Briarcrest Christian School, Grade 9), Tiffany Gardner, Heather Leland, Margaret Collier; (third row) Angela Collins, Ms. Cecilia Garrison.

Faculty and Staff: Have you checked out the Human Resources website lately? The site has employee benefits and documents, as well as Buc Up for Fitness information, like campus walking trail maps, local race, biking, and running information, and health newsletters. All of this information can be accessed at  CBU is committed to keeping our employees healthy and the Benefits committee and Human Resources will continue to update this site with health information.

As part of a class research project, CBU MBA students are conducting a short survey about thrift or second-hand stores. This survey is designed to collect information about donation options in and around the Memphis area and should take just 2-3 minutes. Click here to aid in the research:

CBU was well represented at the Tennessee Collegiate Honors Council (TCHC) conference at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN on Saturday, April 18. The following CBU Honors Program students put on their best duds and impressed the other attendees with their charm, good looks, and outstanding presentations: Hooah Marketing by William Norman; Voices From the Field: Self-Written Women in Short Stories of The Troubles by Madeline S. Faber; Solar Roadways: Are they possible? Practical? Needed? by Juan MejiaLimits of Muggle Science and the Parallels to the Laws of Magic by Tiffany Corkran; 81 Days of Kindness and Counting: The CBU Honors Program’s Deliberate Acts of Kindness Project by Tiffany Corkran and Dr. Tracie Burke; Environmental Justice in Memphis, Tennessee by Sara Swisher; 112 by Taylor Flake; Faith, Poverty, and Justice by Kierra D. Turner; and The End of the World As We Know It: Understanding Apocalyptic Imagination by RaKesha Gray.  Also on the trip was Megan Mosierwho spent the day in an Austin Peay lab measuring over 60 salamanders for her senior research project in herpetology. As they say in Clarksville, Go Peay!

From the Vatican to Memphis

Archbishop-Di-Noia-2012The initial presenter for the 2015 Lumen Civitatis Speaker Series is Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia, O.P., a key contributor to the magisteriums of both Pope John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who will address “The Legacy of Pope John Paul II” on Tuesday, April 28 in the University Theater

Archbishop Di Noia was for years a beloved professor on the Trinity and Catholic Dogma at the Dominican House Studies in Washington, DC and has also served as Executive Director of the Secretariat of Doctrine at the USCCB and as Undersecretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) under Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. He is currently Adjunct Secretary of the CDF.  Archbishop Di Noia has authored and edited numerous books and articles, including The Love that Never Ends:  A Key to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Veritatis Splendor and the Renewal of Moral Theology.

There is no charge to attend this public talk, but please register by clicking here to confirm your attendance. Light refreshments will begin at 5:00 p.m, followed by the talk at 5:30.

Deliberate Acts of Kindness

Vending-MachineThe Honors Program Deliberate Acts of Kindness (DAK) Project, created by Honors Program Director Dr. Tracie Burke and senior Tiffany Corkran, has just completed its second successful year. For the last two spring semesters, Honors Program students and faculty members participated in completing an act of kindness each day through the months of February through April—that’s over 60 consecutive days of kindness each year! Acts ranged from donating blood, time, money, can tabs, hair, and food to writing cards, thank you notes, and inspirational post-its and even more!

What made this project so special is that the participants planned and completed their kind acts deliberately rather than randomly. To take the initiative and the time to plan these acts allowed the participants to fully understand how lending a helping hand truly affects, not only the lives of the people they are helping, but their own lives, as well. The true purpose for the DAK Project is to help people to become more involved with their community, to become more aware of the societal issues affecting our immediate community and beyond, and to #SpreadTheKindness.

It is hoped that through the DAK posts on the CBU Honors Program Facebook Page others would be inspired to get out to continue helping their neighbors and those in need. Though the project only lasts for a few months, the participating students hope that the loving, caring aura will continue throughout the year and infect others with the desire to share their time and love with their community. Like the Honors Program on Facebook and see all the DAKs from this year and last!

Welcome, New CARLs!

Academic Services wants to congratulate the following students for being selected as CBU Advising Registration Leaders CARLs for Summer 2015: Peter Bursi, Jazmin Castillo, Jasmine Cole, Brennan Clement, Jennifer Davidson, Ken Guy, Darrah Hall, Meghan Hutton, Benjamin Keuter, Hailey McKinney, Garrett Mitchell, Caroline Montague, Christie Moore, Sam Packard, Damini Patel, Prakruthi Phaniraj, Meg Pitts, Payton Powers, Jesus-Angel Rodriguez, Sean Rowland, Natalie Sterling, Shane Talley, Ryan Tomlinson, Felicia Williams, and Anne Youngblood.

Dr. Kelli Hefner says “This was the most difficult decision (and I’ve been doing this for five years) because of the strong applicants.”

Two New Study Abroad Trips!

With 2014-2015 school year coming to a close, spice up the new school year with two Study Abroad trips:
Make your 2016 Spring Break one of a kind with a trip to Paris and Belgium. See the wonderful sites like the Eiffel Tower, Versailles, Notre Dame Cathedral, Meaux Museum, and more. Learn interesting facts about World War I with numerous history classes offered by Dr. Neal Palmer.
If you love to cook and eat our May 2016 trip to San Sebastian, Spain for you! San Sebastian is one the top culinary cities of the world. The course offered is Chemistry 105: The Chemistry of Cooking with Dr. Anthony Trimboli. After class, visit the amazing sites including Bay of Biscay with its inviting beaches, then on to Monte Urgull, Museum of San Telmo, the numerous tapas bars and more! These are amazing trips that will definitely make 2016 one of kind. Don’t miss out!

Make your $300 deposit for either of these trips by May 15, 2015 (Graduation) and save $200 off of the total trip price.

For more information of these trips or studying abroad go to

Upcoming Events

YOUNG LADIES UNITED MOCK ETIQUETTE CLASS: Young Ladies United will be hosting a Mock Etiquette Class on April 28 in Sabbatini Lounge, 5:00-6:30 p.m. Amy Ware (Career Services) will be the instructor. Tickets are $5 per person. Pizza, drinks and other snacks will be served. Please RSVP to Amber Campbell  at and pay for your ticket by April 17 in order to reserve your seat.

If you feel stressed, you should definitely come to Paws to Relax with the Therapy Dogs, Thursday, April 30, 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. “Not all medicine comes in a bottle.” 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.

THE LAST LECTURE: Please join the Honors Program and the CBU community for the 8th Annual CBU “Last Lecture” on Thursday, April 30 at 12:45 p.m. in Spain Auditorium, during which Dr. Eric Welch (Electrical & Computer Engineering) will give his hypothetical “Last Lecture.” Last Lectures usually include the professor’s reflections on their academic career, advice for better living, and even a few laughs. Known for dynamic lectures and his expertise in aviation and forensic engineering, Dr. Welch will not disappoint. Light refreshments will be served at 12:30. This is open to the entire University and, based on past Last Lectures, this is a not-to-be-missed event!

GaryChapmanWILSON SPEAKER SERIES: The Tenth Annual Dorothy and Kemmons Wilson Speaker Series will welcome Gary Chapman, author of The 5 Love Languages, as its keynote speaker on Tuesday, April 28 at Christ United Methodist Church, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Dr. Chapman is the author of numerous other books published by Moody Publishers / Northfield Publishing, including Anger, The Family You’ve Always Wanted, The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted, Desperate Marriages, God Speaks Your Love Language, How to Really Love Your Adult Child, and Hope for the Separated. With Dr. Jennifer Thomas, he co-authored The Five Languages of Apology. Dr. Chapman speaks to thousands of couples nationwide through his weekend marriage conferences. He hosts a nationally syndicated radio program, A Love Language Minute, and a Saturday morning program, Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, both airing on more than 400 stations.

Buccaneer Bulletin

BASEBALL (9-23, 4-18 GSC)
04/18: Bucs 5/4West Georgia 8/15 (at Carrollton, GA)
SOFTBALL (9-37, 2-24 GSC)
04/18: Lady Bucs 3/2West Georgia 7/3 (at Carrollton, GA)
04/25: Lee University (Nadicksbernd Field; 12:00 p.m. doubleheader)
04/26: Lee University (Nadicksbernd Field; 1:00 p.m.)
04/22: Trevecca Nazarene University (Nashville, TN; :00 p.m. doubleheader)
04/25: Lee University (Bland Field; 2:00 p.m. doubleheader)
04/26: Lee University (Bland Field; 1:00 p.m.)
04/13-14: Gulf South Conference Championships (Tunica, MS)
04/25: Arkansas State Red Wolves Open (Jonesboro, AR)

This Week at CBU

BROTHER MARK SULLIVAN GOLF TOURNAMENT: The CBU Athletics Department will hold the 27th annual Brother Mark Sullivan Golf Tournament Monday, April 13, at 1:00 p.m. at Colonial Country Club. Registration, with lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. Individuals may enter for $195, or foursomes are available for $780. All proceeds from this year’s event benefit the CBU Athletics Endowment Fund. The Endowment Fund provides the critical support needed to fund small capital improvement projects that keep our programs competitive and sustain institutional health. More info and registration available online »»

Voss-Roberts-2RELIGION LUNCH & LEARN: The CBU Department of Religion & Philosophy presents a lunch and learn with Dr. Michelle Voss Roberts of Wake Forest University on April 13, who will be speaking on the topic of “Feeling My Neighbor’s Faith: Aesthetics and Hindu-Christian Encounter”   in Montesi Executive Center, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Christian encounters with other faith traditions can evoke strong aesthetic reactions, both positive and negative. At the same time, the intensity and meaningfulness of aesthetic experience have often been described in theological terms. Dr. Roberts brings together these insights in her study of Hindu traditions. In this lunch and learn discussion, she will talk about how Hindu theological aesthetics can illuminate the role of art and emotion in interfaith understanding. If you’d like to reserve a boxed lunch, please RSVP to Dr. Emily Holmes at (901) 321-3325 or

FAREWELL TO DR. NELSON: Help say fare thee well to Dr. Elizabeth Nelson as she prepares to retire. Dr. Nelson will hold a teach-in, discussing “10 Ways to Love Your Professors” on Tuesday, April 14 in St. Joseph 10, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Students will also conduct a brief roast (at her request—don’t worry, they really do love her). So, if you are a student and have anything you’ve always wanted to tell Dr. Nelson, now is the time. Do it before she leaves, folks! There will also be delicious cake and beverages for everyone to enjoy. Please RSVP to Caitlin Coney at if you are planning to come to this event — especially if you are planning to participate in the roast. Don’t miss it. It will be informative, fun, delicious, and Dr. Nelson will be there. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome.

CANDLELIGHT SERVICE FOR DAN MESSINGER: Campus Ministry will offer a brief Candlelight Service for Dan Messinger, Administrative & Licensing Officer Assistant in the Department of Education, in the Buckman Quad on Tuesday, April 14 at 5:00 p.m.  All members of the CBU Community are invited to attend. Dan passed away suddenly on Easter Sunday, April 5. Dan graduated from CBU with a degree in Marketing in 1999 and earned his MBA in 2003. He leaves his wife, Stephanie Raniszewski Messinger (’97, MBA ’99) and their daughter, Evie, as well as sister-in-law Tricia Raniszewski Swaney (’01), brother-in-law David Swaney (’01), mother-in-law Rita Raniszewski (Education Department, MBA ’07 & MEd ’15) and father-in-law Edward Raniszewski (’76).

ENVISION PRESENTATION: The Student Awareness of Local and Global Issues group of the 2015 ENVISION Leadership program will host Tina Bodenheimer and Pat Anderson for a discussion on “The Cost and Effectiveness of Education” on Wednesday, April 15 in Spain Auditorium, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. All members of the CBU Community are invited to attend.

The Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium presents Sister Simone Campbell as its 2015 keynote speaker on April 16 in the University Theater at 7:00 p.m.. Sister Simone has served as Executive Director of NETWORK since 2004. She is a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. In Washington, she lobbies on issues of peace-building, immigration reform, healthcare and economic justice. Around the country, she is a noted speaker and educator on these public policy issues. During the 2010 congressional debate about healthcare reform, she wrote the famous “nuns’ letter” supporting the reform bill and got 59 leaders of Catholic Sisters, including LCWR, to sign on. In 2012, she was also instrumental in organizing the “Nuns on the Bus” tour of nine states to oppose the “Ryan Budget” approved by the House of Representatives. This budget would decimate programs meant to help people in need. “Nuns on the Bus” received an avalanche of attention across the nation from religious communities, elected officials and the media. Simone has often been featured in the national and international media, including appearances on 60 MinutesThe Colbert Report, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She has received numerous awards, including a “Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award” and the “Defender of Democracy Award” from the international Parliamentarians for Global Action. In addition, she has been the keynote or featured speaker at numerous large gatherings, including the 2012 Democratic National Convention. For more information, visit

DAY OF SILENCE: This Friday, April 17, is National Day of Silence. On this day, you may choose to “speak” out against the bullying of LGBT+ individuals that occurs in school settings. The Gay-Straight Alliance of Christian Brothers University invites you to join us in a vow of silence. GSA will be handing out free stickers and speaking cards between 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. Friday morning in front of the Cooper-Wilson Center and Alfonso Dining Hall. GSA also reminds you to be respectful in your silence — if a professor requires you to speak during class, please do so.

SAFE ZONE TRAINING:safezone CBU will hold its spring Safe Zones training for interested faculty and staff on Friday, April 17, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Montesi Executive Center. Dr. Kelly James (Behavioral Sciences) will facilitate the training. In Fall of 2013, CBU’s Safe Zone Program launched with 32 faculty and staff members completing training and becoming Safe Zone Allies. Sponsored by Student Life and the CBU Gay Straight Alliance and endorsed by the Faculty Assembly, the Safe Zone Program aims to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersexed, asexual or ally (LGBTQIA) students; to improve the overall campus environment for these students; and to educate students, faculty and staff on LGBTQIA issues. To sign up, contact Dr. James, chair of the CBU Safe Zone Program Committee, aKJames2@cbu.eduMore information about CBU Safe Zones can be found at

moodyglassROSS GALLERY OPENING: The Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery at CBU announces an exhibition by Christie Moody entitled “Fluidity: Explorations in Glass” April 17 through May 22, 2015. A public reception for the artist will be held on Friday, April 17 in the gallery, which is located on the lower level of Plough Library on the CBU campus, 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Christie Moody is the owner of Blue Heron Glass Art of Carlton, GA, producing limited edition and one-of-a-kind hanging and functional pieces using fused, slumped, and engraved glass. For more information on Christie Moody and Blue Heron Glass Art, visit On concurrent exhibition in the gallery foyer will be an exhibition of the Memphis Camera Club 2014-15 Competition Winners.

SOFAPALOOZA! Join CBU SGA in Boshwit Courtyard for Sofapalooza 2015 on Friday, April 17, 6:00-11:00 p.m. for food, music, and fun! Featuring Baby Baby, FingertrickFre$co Day & Krucial, plus DJ Double E & Mordecai. Central BBQ Food Truck and beverages are provided (no outside beverages allowed)! Register for your free student ticket here:

 McKellar Lake and the Memphis River Warriors need YOU! The Student Sustainability Coalition is helping the Memphis River Warriors clean up McKellar Lake this Saturday, April 18. We are meeting in front of the Cooper-Wilson Center at 9:00 a.m. Please wear work boots and be prepared to get dirty! Check out these sites to learn more about McKellar Lake:;

ΣAE’s XTREME MAKEOVER GREEK EDITION:Come out and help support Sigma Alpa Epsilon and Alpha Xi Delta give back to the community by donating $1 to help build “Hand Trees.” ΣAE is preparing for its 11th annual and national “True Gentlemen Day of Service,” which will be dedicated to repairing Binghampton Christian Academy on Saturday, April 18. Want to learn more about Binghampton Academy? ΣAE will be outside of Alfonso Dining Hall all week,so come out and support this wonderful event! 

THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF BRITISH ROCK: As the closing lecture of the Dixon Gallery & Gardens exhibition “Hail! Britannia!,” 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. Sunday, April 19 at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Free for Dixon members and students with ID.

Founder’s Week Celebration

CBU Community (administration, faculty, staff and students), thank you to all for making Founder’s Week a fine experience as we honored our legacy and celebrated our Lasallian  Heritage with a spirit of Faith and Zeal, looking forward  to future advancements in the spirit of hope and excitement! A special thank you to our Lasallian Collegians, Campus Ministry Team, and the Administration of CBU ensuring a successful Founder’s Week!

— Brother Dominic Ehrmantraut
Director of Mission

Brother Dominic Ehrmantraut (Director of Mission; left) and President John Smarrelli join Brother Mark Gubbels and Brother Joel Baumeyer, who renewed their vows as Christian Brothers as part of the Founder’s Day Celebration and Community Update for faculty and staff on April 9.

CBU students, faculty, staff, alumni, and administration all got together at CBU Family Night at the Redbirds on April 10 for an evening of food, fun, fellowship, and baseball. More photos available at the CBU Flicker site »» 

CBU Athletics celebrated its legacy as a part of Founder’s Week by inducting its newest members of the Athletic Hall of Fame at an banquet on April 11. Pictured above is the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 (l-r) Bill Bintz (Basketball ’73), Taneisha Lenon (Basketball ’00), Leon Haag (Basketball ’60), Kenny Greene (Baseball ’84), and Charlie Leonard (Basketball ’75, Coach ’90-97). The Bob Stephenson Service Award was presented to Ed Murphy (’85) to recognize his long-standing service to CBU athletics and student athletes. More photos available at the CBU Flicker site »» 

SGA Election Updates

The SGA Election Commission will be hosting a night of speeches for the candidates running for office on Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the University Theater. All CBU students are encouraged to attend this event!
SGA Elections will commence on Wednesday, April 15 at 8:00 a.m. Keep an eye on your email for the voting link!
Any questions about the SGA Elections can be directed to Trey McGinnis at

Career Services Calendar

Tuesday, April 14: Career Power Hour – Negotiating Salary (Buckman Hall 102, 1:00-2:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, April 15: Cupcakes & Conversation: Careers with the Kroc Center (Buckman Hall 102, 3:00-4:00 p.m.)
Thursday, April 16: Pizza & Professionals: Shelby County Schools (Buckman Hall 102, 12:30-1:30 p.m.)


Dr. Emily Holmes (Religion & Philosophy) presented a paper, “Life through Death? Sacrifice, Gender, and the Ethics of Eating Animals,” at the Moral Cultures of Food Conference at the University of North Texas on April 3. 

Numerous CBU School of Sciences students presented at the 2015 Western Collegiate Division Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of[ Sciences, hosted by the University of Memphis on April 11:
Solomon Amiri (Biology '15) presented a poster entitled “Inhibition of Arginine-Gingipain by the Cysteine Protease Inhibitor E64.”
Andrew Aristorenas (Biomedical Science '15) presented an oral paper entitled “Diabetes attenuates metabolic oscillations regulated by circadian clock rhythms.” [Coauthored with Martin E. Young, University of Alabama at Birmingham]
Anqi Zheng (Biology ’15) presented an oral paper entitled “Correlation between adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) and cortisol expressions in young children.”  [Coauthored with Cynthia R. Rovnaghi and Kanjalweet Anand, University of Tennessee Health Science Center]
Danny Vu Cao (Biology ’15) presented an oral paper entitled “Real Time-qPCR Analysis of Gene Expression Levels in Oral Cancer Cells. [Coauthored with Yanhui Zhang, Franklin Garcia-Godoy, and Qian Zheng, University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry]
Brooke Joyce (Biology ’15) presented an oral paper entitled “An examination of tight junction protein expression in human brain microvascular endothelial cells (hBMEC) in the presence of conditioned media from medulloblastoma subtypes.” [Coauthored with Megan Jacus, Stacy Throm, and Clinton Stewart, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital]
Toni A. Patrick (Natural Science  ’15) presented an oral paper entitled “Blood chemistry in neonatal acute kidney injury.” [Coauthored with Adebowale Adebiyi, University of Tennessee Health Science Center]
Whitney K. Stepter (Biology ’15) presented an oral paper entitled “Effects of Human Traits vs. Motor Vehicle Elements on Whiplash Recovery.” [Coauthored with Bobby Myers, James Chiropractic and Rehabilitation]
Alexandra Bickenbach (Biology ’15) presented an oral paper entitled “Ethanol Effects on Diameter of Arteries That Irrigate Different Cerebral Territories.” [Coauthored with Anna Bukiya and Alex Dopico, University of Tennessee Health Science Center]
Erika A. Odigie (Biology ’15) presented an oral paper entitled “Impact of Surgical or Trans catheter device closure on weight gain in children with VSD, ASD or PDA.” [Coauthored with Michael Perez, Rana Khaznadar, and Shyam Sathanandam]
Austin Harriman (Ecology ’16) presented an oral paper entitled “Sampling of fish diversity as an indicator of stream health at Cypress Creek.’ [Coauthored with Lynda Miller (Biology) and Cheryl Goudie, University of Memphis]
Colton Terhune (Biology ’15) presented an oral paper entitled “Understanding the Population Dynamics of Trillium recurvatum in Western Tennessee.” [Coauthored with Dr. James Moore (Biology) and Jennifer R. Mandel, University of Memphis]
Daniel Schenck (Ecology ’17) presented an oral paper entitled “Testing of Stream Health of the Loosahatchie River Using Macroinvertebrates.” [Coauthored with Lynda Miller (Biology) and Cheryl Goudie, University of Memphis]
Heather Huff (Biology ’15) presented an oral paper entitled “Drug Screening of Candida albicans in Amphotericin B.” [Coauthored with P. D. Rogers and Sarah G. Whaley, University of Tennessee Health Science Center]

News from International Student Services

International Student Services took 13 CBU students for a fun day at Meeman-Shelby Forest on April 2. The students did field day activities (egg toss, three-legged race, etc.) ate a lot, and took in some fresh air. Countries represented in the outing by CBU students, graduate and undergraduate): China, India, Saudi Arabia. Brazil, Kuwait, Iraq, and five from the USA. Pictured above are Antonio Garrett, Saood Alazmi, Wail Jan, Carlos Meza, Mobarak Alsulaiman, Abin Nellamkuzhiyll, Mustafa Hmood, Amy Rohling, Wenting Zhu, Sam Savage, and Sultan Alharbi. (Not pictured: Jasmine Clinton)

International Student Services (ISS) has a new Facebook page: CBU International Student Services. Please like and share with faculty and students. Let’s help our international students to feel more at home while attending CBU.

International Student Services (ISS) has begun holding their weekly Chat and Chew. Chat and Chew will be every Wednesday, 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Maurelian Lounge. All are welcome!

ISS and Campus Ministry are happy to announce that CBU now has a Multifaith Prayer Room. For now, the room is located in the Hall of Fame room in De La Salle Hall. The Multifaith Prayer Room will be maintained as a sacred space for prayer.

Return to Lender

returntolenderReturn to lender, your books on loan.
Bring back those items, to their library home.

In May 2015, Plough Library will switch over to a new and improved library system!

We need your help with this process. Please return ALL of your checked out items to us by Monday, May 11 (the last day of finals). This invitation is especially intended for any faculty who have library books you’ve forgotten about in your office or home.

Questions? Call (901) 321-3432 or email

Youth & Vitality vs. Old Age & Deceit

The 13th Annual CBU School of Sciences Charity Volleyball Game was held on April 9 in Canale Arena to benefit the Church Health Center, presented by Beta Beta Beta and pitting the traditional rival teams of Youth & Vitality (students) against Old Age & Deceit (faculty). The Youth and Vitality team was made up of members of Tri-Beta and SMACS, and other School of Sciences students. Old Age & Deceit was composed of School of Sciences faculty plus a “ringer” from the Behavioral Sciences Department and a certain very highly placed member of the CBU Administration. In the end, the Youth and Vitality of the students won out over the Old Age & Deceit of the faculty. Click on photos in the gallery for larger views. Additional photos are available at the School of Sciences Facebook page.