This Week at CBU

STRITCH CHAPEL OPEN FOR PRAYER AND REFLECTION: The Lambert Hall Community and the Office of Campus Ministry welcome students, faculty, and staff to use Stritch Chapel for prayer and reflection during exam week (Wednesday, May 6 - Monday, May 11). The chapel will be open and available each day from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Students are invited to join the Brothers for daily mass at the posted times on the doors to the Chapel. Please contact Br. Tom Sullivan in Campus Ministry with questions.

DANCE CLUB INTEREST MEETING: Why not get your mind off exams for an hour and de-stress at the Dance Club interest meeting on Tuesday, May 5 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Buckman Hall 208. No experience is required to join. This event is primarily for students interested in joining a new club and becoming more active with campus events. The Dance Club’s purpose is to support CBU activities, faculty, and staff while having fun in the process. Already a dancer and looking for a place to brush up your skills? Come see what it’s all about and what the plans are for next semester!

ATTENTION ALL GRADUATING STUDENTS! 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

CHAT N CHEW: Chat N Chew is Wednesday, May 6 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. This week’s Chat N Chew will be all about summer plans. Let’s get together and chat about the fun summer can bring.

PB&J FINALS: This Wednesday (May 6) is the last PB&J session for the semester.  Students will gather at 3:00 p.m. in Alfonso Dining Hall and make 150+ sandwiches. Due to the exam schedule,  faculty and staff are especially invited this week to help.

STUDENT LIFE PANCAKE STUDY BREAK: The Office of Student Life invites CBU students to attend the Pancake Study Break on Thursday evening, May 7 in Alfonso Dining Hall at :00-11:00 p.m. Featuring pancakes, sausage, tater tots, eggs, and all the toppings. It’s not really a proven fact that pancakes help you study, but they certainly can’t hurt…

Commencement Week Countdown

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»»


Student Commencement Helpers Needed

Student commencement helpers are needed to assist with the execution of Commencement Week activities. Please complete the survey at if you are interested. Should you have any questions, contact Wilson Phillips in the Office of Student Life or email wilson.phillips@cbu.eduPlease note: Completing the form does NOT mean you are automatically part of the commencement team; those chosen will receive a confirmation later in the week.

Seeking Words of Wisdom

Your classes over the the past four years have taken the Class of 2015 to their goal of graduation. Now we’d like for you to share your “words of wisdom” with our graduating students. But there’s a twist: We want those words of wisdom to be in either video or image form!

Here’s how: Send an mp4 video of you speaking your Words of Wisdom OR send a photo of yourself holding your Words of Wisdom to Josh Colfer at The deadline is Thursday, May 7 at 4:00 p.m. C’mon, faculty — put those smartphone cameras to some good, creative use!

HERE’S THE PRIZE: Two tickets to the Grizzlies vs. Warriors NBA Playoff Game on Saturday, May 9 at FedEx Forum!


Darianne Butler (Natural Science ’15) has been accepted to the University of Tennessee Doctorate in Physical Therapy program.

Buccaneer pitcher/third baseman Mac Cooley (Special Education ’15) was named by the Gulf South Conference to the All-GSC Second Team. Cooley hit .311 this season with 37 hits, 10 doubles, four homers and 28 RBI’s, all team-highs, for the Bucs this season primarily as designated hitter. He is CBU’s first two-time All-GSC selection since Joseph Kaminski in 2008-09.

Lady Buc outfielder Jennifer Gonzalez (Mechanical Engineering ’15) was named by the Gulf South Conference to the All-GSC First Team. Gonzalez led the GSC with 15 doubles, a .418 batting average and a .567 on-base percentage, and her .739 slugging percentage ranked second in the conference. She tied or broke 19 CBU school records. This season, she broke CBU school records for on-base percentage, slugging percentage, runs scored, RBI’s, walks and hit by pitches, and she tied the single-season home run record. She owns the career records for on-base percentage, RBI’s and hit by pitches, and she tied or broke single-game records for hits, runs home runs, total bases, walks and hit by pitches.

Brooke Joyce (Biology ’15) has been accepted into the Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program at the Loewenberg School of Nursing at the University of Memphis.

Johnnathon Kring (ITS) has earned the Cisco Certified Network Associate – Voice (CCNA Voice) professional certification, showcasing his knowledge of Voice over IP (VoIP) fundamentals.

Tyler-Stranburg-Headshot[2]Tyler Stranburg (Mechanical Engineering ’15) passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam and is now an Engineer Intern. Tyler, an Honors Program student, was also recently recognized by the Mechanical Engineering Department as its 2015 Featured Mechanical Engineering Student.  Since June 2014, he has interned with the FedEx Packaging Lab in Collierville, TN.  He served as a ranger for BSA Philmont Scout Ranch and a tutor at CBU Math Center.  His many contributions to CBU include Honors Program Board of Directors Member, President’s Ambassadors, and Judicial Board Member.  Tyler earned Eagle Rank from Boy Scouts of America in 2007, OA Vigil Honor in 2010, Silver Award in 2012, Venturing Leadership Award (Council Level) in 2012, and was named Florida American Legion 2010-2011 Eagle Scout of the Year.

Stephanie Allen Winters (Biology ’14) has been accepted into the Master of Science in Pharmacology program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

The  American Society Of Mechanical Engineering Student Professional Development Conference (ASME-SPDC) was held on April 3-4 at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. CBU mechanical engineering senior students participated in this conference for oral and poster presentations. Henry Stefanov’s project “Cable Stripper Design” ranked fifth amongst the Old Guard Presentations and a project by Graham Lemly and Phillip Loewenburg entitled ”Sunshade Bridge Design” ranked first amongst the Poster Presentations.

Congratulations, PCs for 2015-16!

Academic Services wants to congratulate the Peer Counselors who were selected for Fall 2015: Samantha BennettBrianna BergLydonia BrownJazmin DeJesus CastilloJennifer DavidsonMaria DopicoTeresa FerranteTaylor FlakeKen GuyTayler Hildreth, Aaron LazaldeHailey McKinneyTaylor MeltonGarrett MitchellCarlton MooreNhi “Sunny” NguyenReva ObenchainSam Packard, April Ricks, and Santana Williams. Alternates are Morgan HarperLeanna KennonFelicia Williams, and Mia Williams.

Thanks to everyone who applied!  #CBUPCSUPERPOWER15

News at CBU

The Beverly and Sam Ross Studio Glass Collection at CBU is featured in an article in the current issue of Glass Quarterly. GLASS Quarterly is an art magazine published four times a year by UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, NY. Entitled “In Perpetuity,” the article by William Ganis discusses gifts of glass collections to major art museums across the country. CBU is the only university collection included in the survey. Click here for a PDF of the full article.

GRANT FOR ENGINEERING:  CBU received a $14,477 grant from the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners, as announced by the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance on April 27. The grant was awarded to the School of Engineering to be utilized to purchase a horizontal band saw, materials testing equipment, a glass digital temperature controller, microprocessor stations, and flowmeters.

ARCHBISHOP SPEAKS AT CBU: CBU hosted the 2015 Lumen Civitatis Speaker Series on April 28, featuring Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia, O.P., a key contributor to the magisteriums of both Pope John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Archbishop Di Noia spoke on the legacy of Pope St. John Paul II. Di Noia is pictured below with CBU President John Smarrelli and Brother Dominic Ehrmantraut.


Kenrick Hall Farewell Picnic

Saturday, May 23 • 11-2 • Maurelian Lawn

The CBU Community is invited to say goodbye to CBU’s oldest building, Kenrick Hall, on Saturday, May 23 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Maurelian Lawn. Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch, share your stories and memories, tour the building one last time, and then join the oldest high school band in the U.S. — the CBHS Band — in a Second Line parade around the building. Beer and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. All ages welcome!

RSVP at And while you’re there, share some memories with the Kenrick Memory Project! Words, pictures, videos, all forms of memorabilia are welcome for use in this collaborative, multimedia public history project>


Thank You from ISS

International Student Services
(ISS) would like to give a big, huge thank you to all of those who attended last week’s Chat N Chew! We had a great turnout!

Though there were not many international students present, CBU students, faculty, and staff enjoyed hearing stories of “coming to America” from CBU faculty/staff: Frank Buscher, Divya Choudhary, Federico Gomez-Uroz, Siripong Malasri, and Asit Ray.

The stories shared were about first hot dogs, pay toilets, dog walking in white-out blizzards, love letters (pre-Internet), learning how to deal with the police, and the shock of getting used to a lack of pedestrian foot traffic. We also heard from Mustafa Hmood, an international student from Iraq and the standing president of CBU’s Muslim Student Association, about moving from Iraq to Syria to the United States — and the cultural adjustments required.

Thanks to all of you for your stories and the beautiful diversity you bring to CBU’s campus! Aside from the “international” stories, everyone present was able to share a little bit about where they’re from and their role at CBU. We chewed. Then we chatted. And then we chewed some more! Speaking of which, ISS also gives a very, very special thank you to Dr. Jack Hargett, Dean of the School of Business, for donating an amazing spread of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food. And thank you, Ms. Sadie, for bringing the wonderful cream cake!

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