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)