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!


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(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)