CBU Scores Big in College Rankings

USNews_logosCBU continues to claim its place among the Top Tier of Southern Universities according to U.S. News and World Reports 2016 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.” CBU is ranked 27th of 127 schools included among the Regional Universities category in the U.S. News methodology, which is based upon classifications created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. U.S. News also ranks CBU ninth for Best Value and fourth for Campus Ethnic Diversity among its peers in the South. CBU was also ranked as an A+ School for B Students and among the Best Colleges for Veterans.” The CBU School of Engineering also continues to be ranked among the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs in the U.S. More info »»»

Best-Value-SchoolsCBU has also been ranked as a “Best Value Small College for a Business Administration Degree” by BestValueSchools.com. The ranking, which was published in July, was created using National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator data to identify the most affordable competitive small colleges in the U.S. for a degree in business or management. CBU, which ranked 19th among the Top 50, is noted for its seven different business options for a business degree.

New Peer Tutoring Program this Fall

The Office of Academic Services is now coordinating a Peer Tutoring Program. Peer tutors will be available for weekly meetings and will be paid. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors in good standing are eligible to apply to become tutors. Tutoring is free to ANY student who would like academic support. If you would like tutoring or would like to become a tutor, contact Ms. Justin Bowles at justin.bowles@cbu.edu or stop by Academic Services in Barry Hall 37.

Study Abroad Meeting Not To Be Missed

Are you interested in Studying Abroad… and who doesn’t want to see the world?
Bring your questions to the Study Abroad meeting Thursday, September 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Buckman Hall 358. We will discuss studying abroad and the two study trips: Chemistry of Cooking in San Sebastian, Spain in May and Remembrance of WWI in Paris and Belgium during spring break. Both satisfy a GER, and both offer regular and honors credit. LIMITED SCHOLARSHIPS AND STIPENDS UP TO $500 ARE AVAILABLE  FOR EARLY APPLICANTS for those who qualify. Deadlines have been extended to October 7 or until limited seats have been filled.

If you have any question about the two trips and/or studying abroad, go to www.cbu.edu/studyabroad, email studyabroad@cbu.edu, or come to the Study Abroad office in Buckman Hall 342 and 346.


Robert Buckman
(Board of Trustees) was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree by Furman University at its annual fall convocation in Greenville, SC last weekend. “Throughout his life, Bob has encouraged the old to embrace the new, and kept the new guided by the old,” Furman cited in the award. “In short, he has made the revolutionary abide.” Buckman and his wife, former trustee Joyce Mollerup, (pictured above) were both awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree by CBU in 2014. He also holds an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Rhodes College, an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from North Carolina State University, and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Asbury Theological Seminary.

Danielle Reid (Business Administration, Pre-Law ’16), a member of the Mu Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, received the following awards on September 5 at the Best in Black Awards:
• Event Planner of the Year (2nd year in a row)
• Best Consultant/Professional Service
• Rising Star

CBU Honors Program filmmakers Cathy HolmesBecky Wauford, and Trey McGinnis, were proud (and surprised) winners this weekend when their film “Memphis is Rockin’” took the grand prize of $500 and a cool trophy in the Memphis Rocks category of the On Location: Memphis International Film and Music Festival. The Memphis Rocks category is sponsored by the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, which invites all Memphians to submit five-minute films about what they think makes Memphis rock. This is the third year in a row the CBU Honors Program has submitted a winning film but the first year there was some cold hard cash on the line, never a bad thing for college students. Congrats to Becky, Trey, and Cathy, whose film can be seen here, and to Josh Colfer, CBU’s social media guru, who also entered a film about CBU in the contest.

The Physician Assistant Historical Society is featuring the CBU Physician Assistant Studies Program on its homepage for the month of September. The photo above from the website features CBU students interacting with UT College of Dentistry students in the Make a Splash community service event, which is cosponsored by Methodist/LeBonheur and the MERI Center.

The men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. won Best Fraternity and Best Sorority Awards at the Best in Black Awards on September 5.

Spice Up the School Year

Spice up the school year by studying abroad. We have two trips scheduled: Chemistry of Cooking and Remembrance of WWI.

Love to cook? Love to eat? Or, do both? Then the Chemistry of Cooking is the trip for you. Learn basic chemistry principles in the kitchen! Also, explore Europe’s top culinary city of San Sebastian, Spain, and see amazing sites like the Bay Biscay. Not to mention tasting different foods. This trip is right after graduation in May 2016.

Are you a history buff? Then Remembrance of WWI is for you. Travel through Paris and visit Belgium to see WWI battle sites. Explore both countries and visit amazing sight like the Eiffel Tower or the Notre Dame Cathedral. This trip is during Spring Break of 2016.

Both trips are open to everyone from freshmen to seniors, but sign up fast as space is limited.

If you are interested and want to learn more, visit www.cbu.edu/studyabroad, drop an email to studyabroad@cbu.edu, or come by the Study Abroad office in Buckman Hall 342 and 346. You can also email Dr. Anthony Trimboli at atrimbol@cbu.edu if you are interested in the Chemistry of Cooking or Dr. Neal Palmer at npalmer@cbu.edu for the Remembrance of WWI.

Are You Planning to Graduate This Year?

If you plan to graduate during the 2015-16 academic year it is very important that complete an “Intent to Graduate” application. Application deadlines are as follows:

December 2015 Graduates: September 15, 2015
May 2016 and August 2016 Graduates: December 1, 2015

Degrees cannot be conferred without an “Intent to Graduate” application and the appropriate approvals. If you haven’t already done so, please file your intent immediately!

Peer Mentoring Program

Are you interested in taking charge of your education? Do you want an accountability partner? Would you like additional support in regards to academics, the CBU community and campus, or networking opportunities? Do you want to build strong relationships with your peers? If you answered YES! to any of these questions, then the Peer Mentoring program is for you! Applications are currently being accepted for students interested in taking charge of their education and having a peer mentor this semester. You can submit your application online and address any questions to Shelby Roberts in Academic Services, Barry Hall 37.

Upcoming Events

CBU CELEBRATES CONSTITUTION DAY 2015: To commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, members of the CBU Pre-Law Society will once again distribute free copies of the Constitution to the CBU community. Constitutions will be available Thursday, September 17 starting at 12:20 p.m., in front of Alfonso Dining Hall, while supplies last. It’s your Constitution, so here is your chance to read, consider, and discuss the most important legal document in our nation’s history. Any questions regarding Constitution Day may be sent to Dr. Karl Leib at kleib@cbu.edu.

MHIRT SYMPOSIUM: The students who participated in the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) program during the summer will be presenting their summer abroad and research on Saturday, September 19. Everyone is invited to view this great work in Cooper-Wilson Center 105, 9:00 a.m. until noon.  Also you can find out if this program is right for you — applications will be accepted for next summer on  October 1 through December 18. Don’t let this all-expenses-paid summer research opportunity slip away! For further information, visit www.cbu.edu/mhirt or email mhirtcbu@gmail.com.

 Join the Muslim Students’ Association for a traditional Arabian dinner! All students, faculty, and staff are invited to celebrate Eid al-Adha, a religious holiday which celebrates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Ismaiel, his son, as an act of devotion to G-d. Admission is only $4.00 and covers a meal consisting of two grilled kebabs skewers, basmati rice, salad, hummus, pita, and a beverage. This dinner will be held on Friday, September 25 at 5:30 p.m. in Buckman 358. Sign up HERE before 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22.

This Week at CBU

The Student Government Association and other registered student organizations will be hosting a Voter Registration Drive September 1-8, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily. Please look for tables outside of the Cooper-Wilson Center, Buckman Hall, Alfonso Dining Hall, and the Buc. If you have any questions about the upcoming elections, please stop by and ask because Your Vote Counts!

NAACP WEEK: The CBU NAACP Chapter is celebrating NAACP Week, August 31-September 4. Events will include:
• August 31: “The Hunt” Begins —  Still want to register for the NAACP scavenger hunt? It’s not too late! Email naacp@cbu.edu. Single Registration is $2; Group Registration (3-5) is $5.
• September 1: Voter Registration Drive & Community Conversation — Get Registered to Vote (see above), 11:00-2:00, and then meet in Sabbatini Lounge at 5:30 p.m. to talk with MPD’s Command Staff and the Tri-State Defender newspaper about what happens when social justice issues arise and what we can do to help.
• September 2: #IMATTER Campaign — Post your favorite photo, use the hashtag #I MATTER, and tag @NAACPCBU on Twitter and @naacpatcbu on Instagram. Don’t forget to say why YOU matter!
• September 3: Voter Registration Drive — Miss out on Tuesday? Stop by Alfonso, the Bue, Buckman Hall, or Cooper-­Wilson to Register to Vote!
• September 4: Pep Rally —  Come celebrate the NAACP’s first anniversary at CBU in the Buckman Quad with food, performances and games! 2:30-5:00 p.m.

30 IN 30 BACKPACK DRIVE: The Most Elegant Ladies of the Mu Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will be kicking off their first annual “30 in 30″ Backpack Drive on Tuesday, September 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Sabbatini Lounge. The purpose of this event is to provide 30 backpacks filled with school supplies to underprivileged students at Double Tree Elementary School. A table will be set up every day this month to accept donations of any sort (i.e., school supplies, lightly used backpacks, etc.). The event will conclude on September 30 (hence the “30 in 30″). Please help to support the school and students in any way possible — your participation will be greatly appreciated!

SO YOU WANT TO BE A <FILL IN THE BLANK>: Dr. Linda Pifer of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will present “So You Want to be a Clinical Laboratory Scientist,” the first in a series of presentations regarding graduate-level healthcare professions, on Wednesday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m. in Assisi Hall 122. Refreshments (provided by Mama D’s) will be served at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Stan Eisen, Director of Preprofessional Health Programs, at (901) 321-3447 or seisen@cbu.edu.

ZINGO: Did the Bookstore wipe you clean of extra funds? Still in need of school supplies? Well, you are in luck! The Alluring Ladies of Alpha Mu of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. are hosting their second annual Zingo night on Wednesday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Joseph Hall 10. You can win an array of school supplies and items to help you get through the remainder of the school year. Did we forget to mention its’ absolutely FREE! Everyone is invited and encouraged to come and win awesome school supplies.

Academic Convocation Awards

Congratulations to faculty and students who were honored at the Academic Convocation on August 27:
Dr. Juan Carlos Olabe (Electrical & Computer Engineering) was the recipient of the Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award for 2015-16. The award — the highest presented by the University to faculty or staff — annually honors a CBU educator, nominated by his/her peers, who exemplifies the ideals of St. John Baptist de La Salle in the 21st century. Recipients must have been a Lasallian educator for at least five years, be actively involved in fostering the mission of Lasallian education, exemplify in his/her life the spirit of St. John Baptist de La Salle, and demonstrate an enthusiasm for the Lasallian tradition.
Mrs. Cathy Grilli (Mathematics) was the recipient of the Dr. Marguerite Cooper Distinguished Faculty Award, presented annually by the School of Sciences.
• Dr. Jeffrey Gross (Literature & Languages) was awarded the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award.
• Dr. James Moore (Biology) was awarded the Outstanding New Academic Advisor Award.
• Peter Bursi (Accounting ’18), Damini Patel (Biochemistry ’17), and Natalie Sterling (Liberal Studies ’17) were honored as Outstanding CARLs of the Year by the Office of Academic Services.
• John Dawson (Business Administration ’16), Rakesha Gray (English ’17), and Angel Rodriguez (Cybersecurity ’18) were honored by the Division of Student Life with the CBU Spirit Award.

Endowed Faculty Chairs were awarded to:
• The Harry B. Solmson Chair Of Business Administration was awarded to Dr. Bevalee Vitali (Management/Marketing/Economics).
• The Morrie A. & Lillian Moss Chair In Accounting was awarded to Dr. Jennifer Weske (Accounting).
• The Harold R. Krelstein Chair In Performing Arts & Communications was awarded to Nick Peña (Visual & Performing Arts).
• The Dr. John J. Shea Chair In Science & Mathematics was awarded to Dr. John Varriano (Physics & Natural Science).
• The Brother Bernard LoCoco Presidential Chair was awarded to Dr. Karen Golightly (Literature & Languages).
• The J. Everett Pidgeon Chair was awarded to Dr. Divya Choudhary (Electrical & Computer Engineering).

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS from the Academic Convocation (and also Service Awards from the Community Convocation on August 20) are available on the CBU Flickr site.

Alpha Chi Induction

Congratulations to the the new members of Alpha Chi, who were inducted on Saturday, August 29. Pictured above (not in this order) are George Gallarno, Carly Geis, Morgan Granoski, Noah Kelly, Trey McGinnis, Chandler Martin, Breeana Nikaido, Adam Okolicany, Thuy-Anh Phan, Gabriel Quiroz, Katie Robinson, and Rebecca Wauford. Not pictured are new inductees Alexis Blum, William Bottom, Chelsea Casaccia, Sheridan Cross, Tiffany Gardner, Jessica Love, Mikayla Ortner, Francis Sexton, Alexander Swims, Ben Tansey, and Arash Zainaleanin.

Alpha Chi is a national interdisciplinary honor society, open by invitation to juniors and seniors whose GPA is in the upper 10% of their School. Elected officers for 2015-16 are: Chandler Martin, president; Breeana Nikaido vice president; and Katie Robinson, secretary/treasurer. Faculty sponsors are Dr. Randal Price and Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald. The first alpha chi meeting will be  September 15 in Cooper-Wilson 118 at 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald at  malinda@cbu.edu.

Study Abroad for 2015-16

Welcome all students to Christian Brothers University. While getting adjusted to your classes and campus, it’s time to start thinking about studying abroad.

There are two travel study trips for the 2015-2016 academic school year. Remembrance of WWI in Paris, France, and Belgium in Spring Break of 2016 will be taught by Dr. Neal Palmer. Chemistry of Cooking in San Sebastian, Spain in May 2016 will be taught by Dr. Anthony Trimboli. Both trips are open to everyone. Study abroad opens up your world to new people, new places, and new culture. It is a life changing experience. Freshman through seniors are eligible and Honors sections are available.

Do not delay, as space is limited on both trips.

For more information on these trips or studying abroad, go to www.cbu.edu/studyabroad, email studyabroad@cbu.edu, come by the office in Buckman Hall 346 and 342, or leave a message at (901) 321-3264.

You can also contact Dr. Trimboli for Chemistry of Cooking at atrimbol@cbu.edu and Dr. Palmer for WWI trip at npalmer@cbu.edu

This Week at CBU

An exhibition of new paintings by Nick Peña (Visual & Performing Arts) entitled “Crosscut” is in the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery through October 8. In “Crosscut,” Peña continues his investigation of the ever-shifting concept of the American Dream, and the effects that ideal has on both our environment and our national psyche. While this new work still plays off of the contrasts between past and present, representation and abstraction, and stability and instability, the material used is pushed further in an attempt to highlight the unique balance of these apposing concepts. The Ross Gallery is located on the lower level of Plough Library and is open during regular Library hours.

NAACP MEMBERSHIP DRIVE: CBU’s NAACP will be conducting a membership drive August 24-28 in the Alfonso Dining Hall, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Dues for this year are $15 for those under 21 and $30 for those over 21!  Get involved and join TODAY!

WELCOME WEEK ZUMBA!  It’s Fun! It’s Fitness! It’s Zumba! Come out to Nolan Field on Monday at 7:00 p.m. for some seriously fun dancing! Bring a towel to wipe off sweat, some water, and a friend!

WELCOME WEEK SCOOP: Here’s the Scoop! Whether it’s vanilla or chocolate, or somewhere in between, choose your flavor at the Gazebo next to Rozier Hall on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Celebrate the end of a fun summer with your CBU SGA and then paint the rock!

WELCOME WEEK TRIPPY TIE DYE: Come to the Buckman Quad on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. to make your own retro CBU swag. First 50 students get a free t-shirt! It’s a totally rad tie-dye bonanza!

WELCOME WEEK ORGANIZATION FAIR: From Greek Life to the Honors Program to Black Student Association to even SGA, if you want to get involved on campus, be sure to swing by the Organization Fair in Sabbatini Lounge on Thursday from 11:00  to 2:00!

WELCOME BACK BOOK FAIR: The CBU Dystopian Literature Society will be hosting a campus-wide Welcome Back Book Fair in the Plough Library on Thursday, August 27. The Book Fair will feature some of your favorite titles and maybe some you haven’t heard before! Refreshments will be served on the main floor of the library. Stop by and check it out!

ACADEMIC CONVOCATION: Join us to celebrate the best and brightest of the CBU community at the annual Academic Convocation on Thursday, August 27 in the University Theater at 5:00 p.m. Welcoming remarks from President Smarrelli and SGA President Kierra Turner will precede a presentation by Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (Biology, MHIRT Program Director), and the announcement of the Endowed Chairs for 2015-16 and the CBU Lasallian Fellows Class of 2016. Awards will be presented to outstanding  Academic Advisors and CARLs, and CBU Spirit Awards will be presented by Student Life. The School of Sciences will present the Dr. Marguerite Cooper Award to a member of its faculty, and CBU will present the Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award. the highest University honor for a faculty or staff member.

SOS15SEPTEMBER OF SERVICE KICKOFF: Are you ready for the biggest service initiative CBU has ever seen?! CBU’s September of Service: 30 Days of Good Deeds is back and better than ever. We have 30 days of great projects and hundreds of volunteer slots, so now all we need is YOU! Join S.O.S. on Friday, August 28 in the Buckman Quad, 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., to kick it into gear, and get ready for all the fun, growth, learning, new friends, and SERVICE. There will be signups, refreshments, “Why I Serve” sign pictures, chalk the quad, great new S.O.S. t-shirts for only $10 (or you might win one!), face painting, and more!  S.O.S. is open to EVERYONE at CBU! Yes, everyone: students, faculty, staff, alumni, Brothers, family members, and pets (well, maybe not pets). We’re working on the calendar now and we’ll have it open for signups at the Friday kickoff. In the meantime, check it out at www.cbu.edu/sos, like us on Facebook and get ready to rock Memphis! ROGUE SOSing is back! If you can’t join us for one of our scheduled service projects, we welcome you to don your SOS shirt, serve your community (wherever you are in the world), and post your good deed (including a picture) to our Facebook page. Don’t have an SOS shirt? Make a sign! Don’t have a sign? SOS anyway!!!!

BSA BIG SPLASH: Join the Black Student Association and DIVE INTO THE SCHOOL YEAR on Friday afternoon, 4:00-7:00 p.m., in the Canale Pool and the Sand Volleyball Court!

WELCOME WEEK MOVIE NIGHT: Tired from a long first week of classes and moving in?  Come over to Spain Auditorium on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. for a great movie and popcorn! (HINT: Who knew detention could be fun too?!)


Brother Terence McLaughlin
celebrated his 75-year Jubilee as a De La Salle Christian Brother at the Midwest District Day at Lewis University on July 25. Brother Terence is a former president and trustee of CBU and the author of numerous books on Lasallian topics and CBU history. He is picture above at the celebration with Julia Kueter (’14), and second-year Lasallian Volunteer and CBU Lasallian Fellow Class of 2014. (Photo courtesy of the Christian Brothers of the Midwest)

George Eason (Chemical Engineering/Physics ’17) was selected by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers national “Featured Student for August 2015.”

Dr. Juan Carlos Olabe (Electrical & Computer Engineering) presented the paper entitled “HelloScratchJr.org: Curricular Design and Assessment Tools to Foster the Integration of ScratchJr and Computational Thinking into K-2 Classrooms”, at the 7th International Scratch Conference held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, August 12-15. This research project received funding from the University of the Basque Country (www.ehu.eus) and from the Summer Faculty Development Grants of the School of Engineering at CBU.

Dr. Ali Pourhashemi (Chemical Engineering) served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the book Research Methodology in Physics and Chemistry of Surfaces and Interfaces, recently published by Apple Academic Press.

Welcome to CBU

Rev. R. Bruce Cinquegrani has joined the School of Arts as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion & Philosophy and Director of the Catholic Studies Program. Father Bruce has served two years as an as an adjunct professor at CBU. He has also served as Associate Pastor at St. Ann, Bartlett, Chaplain and Director of Catechesis at Bishop Byrne High School, Vocation Director and Director of Seminarians for the Diocese, Secretary for Worship and Spiritual Life, and Pastor of St. Philip the Apostle, in Somerville, TN for four years, St. Ann in Bartlett for 14 years, and continues to serve as Pastor of St. Brigid Catholic Church in Memphis, where he has been assigned since 2006.

Dr. J. Seth Lee has joined the School of Arts as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Literature and Languages. Dr. Lee is originally from Southwest Virginia and comes to CBU by way of Lexington, KY. He is a scholar of the trans-Reformation period whose research examines the literary works of exiles from the 14th to the 17th centuries. His current project is a book defining a new critical category called the “mind of exile,” a cognitive phenomenon that influences textual structure and metaphorical usage in 16th century English literature.

Mr. James H. Logan has joined Physician Assistant Studies as an Instructor and Clinical Coordinator. He comes to CBU with 30 years of experience in Fire-Based Emergency Medical Services (EMS). He has served as an acting Chief Officer and Paramedic for the Memphis Fire Department in an Emergency Management capacity where his focus was focused in EMS Consequence Management, Emergency Preparedness, Quality Improvement, and education. Mr. Logan is a nationally-known author with regular contributions in EMS World Magazine, JEMS, Firehouse, Fire Engineering, and other trade journals and texts. He is an EMS Instructor Coordinator and Fire Instructor for the Memphis Fire Department and the State of Tennessee. Jim has also received national attention and awards for innovation in EMS Education and is a JEMS EMS10 award winner (10 most innovative people in EMS). For more than a decade, Jim has also served as a Rescue/Medical Specialist and a Medical Coordinator for FEMA’s Tennessee Task Force One Urban Search and Rescue Team.

Mr. Steve Rivera has joined the School of Arts as a Visiting Instructor of Behavioral Sciences. He is  originally from New York, but has lived in the Memphis area since 1990. Mr. Rivera holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Tennessee and master’s degrees in School Counseling from the University of Memphis, and I/O Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Previous positions as adjunct faculty have been at CBU, University of Phoenix, and as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Memphis. Mr. Rivera is currently a student in the doctoral program in Counselor Education at the University of Memphis. He has worked as a K-12 school counselor, mental health consultant, and business consultant. His current area of interest is in career counseling, specifically working with students on self exploration to discover their best career matches, and working with persons in career or life transitions.

Dr. Serge Salan has joined the School of Sciences as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science. He comes to CBU from Washington & Lee University and previously taught at the University of Memphis, where he received his PhD in 2014.

Dr. Jing Wang has joined the School of Sciences as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science. Dr. Wang earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Science and Technology of China. He came to the United States for graduate study and received an M.A. in 2012 and a PhD in 2015, both in mathematics from George Washington University. Besides teaching math, he also enjoys doing mathematical research on knot theory and low-dimensional topology. Photography and tennis are his two biggest hobbies, and his ultimate dream is to travel the world.

News @ CBU

The CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium hosted a Corrugated Packaging Workshop for high school students on July 30. Twenty students from 14 high schools attended the workshop: Bartlett High School, Bartlett Ninth Grade Academy, Collierville High School, Home Life Academy, Home School, Horn Lake High School, Madison Academic Magnet High School, Middle College High School, Mitchell High School, Ridgeway High School, St. Agnes Academy, St. Benedict’s, Tipton Rosemark Academy, and Whitehaven High School. The workshop was run by Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering), Bob Moats (Engineering Technician), Henry Rhodes (Engineering Technician), and Stephen Russell (Chemical Engineering ’16). Six packaging professionals shared their experience and passion over lunch with students: Bret Cook (The Royal Group), Mike Tune (Bayer Consumer Care), Rick Chriswell (New-Tech Packaging), Jerrlyn Rushing (Worldwide Label & Packaging), Parker Hemphill (International Paper), and Larry Rutledge (CBU Packaging Lab). Additional pictures can be viewed at the CBU Packaging Facebook page.

GSK Joins CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium: GlaxoSmithKline, a science-led global healthcare company, has joined the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium. GSK presents in 115 countries. It produces medicines, vaccines and consumer healthcare products.  Melissa Simpson serves as its representative on the consortium. The Healthcare Packaging Consortium was founded in 2010 at CBU by seven founding members: Evergreen Packaging, FedEx, Medtronic, Bayer Consumer Care (formerlly Schering Plough then Merck Consumer Care), Plastic Ingenuity, Smith & Nephew, and Wright Medical. Since then, The Pallet Factory, Olympus Surgical Technologies America, WS Packaging, New-Tech Packaging, MicroPort Orthopedics, The Royal Group, Memphis Bioworks, and GlaxoSmithKline have since  joined the consortium.


Are You Alpha Chi Material?

seal-top-leftIf you are a junior or a senior a CBU and are in the upper 10% of your School (Arts, Business, Engineering, Science, Professional Studies) then watch your email for an invitation. Some were sent out this summer and others will be sent out this weekend.  Induction is August 29. Alpha Chi is a national interdisciplinary honor society. Membership is by invitation only. GPA for acceptance is usually around 3.7 (depending on School your major is in). For further details about AX see the national homepage. Or if you have questions about your invitation, contact Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald at malinda@cbu.edu or Dr. Randal Price at rprice@cbu.edu.

New Peer Tutoring Program This Fall

The Office of Academic Services is now coordinating a Peer Tutoring Program.  Peer tutors will be available for weekly meetings and will be paid. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors in good standing are eligible to apply to become tutors. Tutoring is free to ANY student who would like academic support. Contact Ms. Justin Bowles at justin.bowles@cbu.edu or stop by Academic Services in Barry Hall 37.

Upcoming Events

The Theatre Department will be holding auditions for the fall play on September 8 at 7:00 p.m., September 9 at 4:00 p.m., and September 10 at 2:00 p.m. Auditions will be held in the theater. We will be doing cold readings from various scripts. Please bring schedule conflicts. For more information contact Professor Matthew Hamner at mhamner@cbu.edu.

trivia_tvALUMNI TRIVIA WITH BROTHER IGGY: Join CBUnited Alumni Association on Friday, September 11 in  Alfonso Dining Hall for Trivia Night with CBU’s own trivia-master, Brother Ignatius BrownDoors at 6:30 p.m. First question at 7:00 p.m. Register your team of six for $15 per person — only $5 per person for current CBU students! Community tables will be available for individuals and walk-ins. Prizes will be awarded to all members of the first and second place teams. For more information and to register, visit cbu.edu/alumni-trivia.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: More details to come on these upcoming events!
Alumni & Family Weekend: October 1-4
Memphis Reads with Dave Eggers: November 6
Bell Tower Gala: November 14


Dr. Divya Choudhary (Electrical & Computer Engineering) was selected by the Memphis Business Journal as one of its 2015 Super Women in Business, noting in addition to her faculty position that Dr. Choudhary is director of the Graduate Engineering Program and director of the STEM Center for Women and Diversity. The 2015 class of Super Women represents some of the city’s most influential women, in a wide range of industries, who have achieved success through leadership in business and community contribution. They will be officially recognized at an awards luncheon on August 28 at the Hilton Memphis.

Dr. Paul Haught (VP for Academics) wrote guest column on Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato si (Praise Be to You: On the Care for Our Common Home) for the June 30 edition of the Memphis Daily News, entitled “How Pope Francis’ Climate Encyclical Translates to Memphis.” Dr. Haught also spoke on the encyclical at at the Cathedral of the Immacualte Conception on July 23.

Dr. Karen Golightly
(Literature & Languages) organized the recent Paint Memphis event on July 18, which brought together more than 50 artists to create the largest collaborative mural in town on the south side of the Wolf River flood wall that runs .3 miles along the proposed Chelsea Greenline in the New Chicago/North Midtown neighborhood. More information (and photos) are available at paintmemphis.org or facebook.com/PaintMemphis.

mallory_FEMallory Harvey (Civil Engineering ’15) passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam and is now an Engineer Intern. This is the first step toward being a registered Professional Engineer (PE). Mallory is currently a structural engineer with the US Army Corps of Engineers, where she designs concrete and steel hydraulic structures along the Mississippi River. While she was a student at CBU, she interned with Memphis Shelby County Airport Authority, MicroPort Orthopedics, and US Army Corps of Engineers. She was one of the 2015 CBU Lasallian Fellows. She was also active in packaging research while at CBU.  She coauthored six conference papers and eight journal articles and is also an ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technician. She was active with SWE, ASCE, and TAPPI student chapters at CBU.

Tin “Tony” Le (Chemical Engineering ’16) was selected by Georgia-Pacific as a 2015 summer intern supporting the company¹s Nonwovens operations. Tony graduated from Lewisburg High School and during his internship will be working in the engineering department.

Ryan Smith (Civil Engineering ’15) passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam and is now an Engineer Intern — halfway toward being a registered Professional Engineer.  Since his graduation in May of 2015 with BS in Civil Engineering and a minor in Business Administration from CBU, he has worked as structural engineer for Gulf States Manufacturers (a Nucor Corporation Company) in Starkville, MS, where he designs various metal building products and provides technical assistance to field sale engineers. While at CBU, Ryan interned with Professional Services Industries and ENSCOR. He was a tutor for CBU Math Center and a member of CBU baseball team.

JD Wolfe
(Biochemistry ’15) was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force Health Scholars Program on July 9. His dad, a retired Lieutenant Colonel, got to read him his oath and give him his rank (Butter Bars) that he’d received 37 years ago. JD starts med school at the University of Arkansas next month.

Upcoming Events

FRESHMAN ORIENTATION: The last session of Freshman Orientation, welcoming the Class of 2019, is Thursday, July 30 through Friday, July 31. Their busy schedules will include sessions to inform them about CBU services and resources, group academic advising, placement tests, class scheduling, and LOTS more!

COMMUNITY CONVOCATION: The annual pre-semester meeting of all faculty and staff will be held Thursday, August 20 at 10:00 a.m. in the University Theater with reports from the CBU Administration and recognition of faculty/staff service. Faculty meetings will follow in the afternoon.

WELCOME (BACK) WEEKEND: The 2015-16 academic year begins at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, August 21 when the resident students of the Class of 2019 starts moving into the residence halls. All first-year freshmen are required to attend, and parents are strongly encouraged to join their students. You’ll have an opportunity to learn more about campus, give back to the community, enjoy activities and start building lifelong friendships. Upperclassmen will be welcomed back to campus on Saturday, August 22. A tentative schedule of events is available at cbu.edu/welcome-back-weekend.

Crosscut,” an exhibition of paintings by CBU’s own Nick Peña (Visual & Performing Arts) will open with a public reception on Friday, August 21 in the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The exhibition will continue through October 8 in the gallery and foyer, which is located on the lower level of Plough Library.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: More details to come on these upcoming events!
Academic Convocation: August 27
Alumni & Family Weekend: October 1-4
Memphis Reads with Dave Eggers: November 6
Bell Tower Gala: November 14

Commencement Awards

The following graduating seniors were recognized at the 2015 Commencement Exercises with awards from the various schools and the University.

Veronica Virgen Miguel, Outstanding History Student Award
Lauren Faye Ervin, Literature and Languages Faculty Award for English and English for Corporate Communications Majors
Nathaniel Rollie Celeski, Margarette J. Sather Outstanding School of Arts Graduate Award
Matthew George Kotek, Kenneth W. Mathis Award for Outstanding Education Graduate
Katelynn Logan Hicks, Behavioral Sciences Faculty Award
Kristen Faith DeRidder, Christine Ladd Franklin Award for Outstanding Non-traditional Psychology Major
Anna Elizabeth Liley, Psi Chi Outstanding Leadership Award
Emily Dawn Phillips, Outstanding Visual Arts Student Award

Ally Marie Wanta, Memphis Chapter – Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants Award
Shanice D’Shara Oliver, Moroni-Whaley Award
Jasmine Denean Lewis, School of Business Faculty Achievement Award
Trey Maurice Casey, Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key
Taylor Julian Seaman, Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key

Sean Michael Jenkins, T. Herbert Darnell Award
Nicholas Ryan McKee, Brother Philip Morgan Electrical Engineering Design Award
Lauren Ashlee Harrett, Outstanding Civil & Environmental Engineering Graduate Award
Anna Grace Baumheckel, Outstanding School of Engineering Graduate Award

John David Wolfe, Outstanding Chemistry Graduate Award and the Brother Dominic Dunn Award
Jonathan Andrew Aristorenas, Biology Faculty Award
George Edward Gallarno, Mathematical Sciences Faculty Award

Jenna Schletty
, College of Adult Professional Studies Academic Achievement Award

Earnest Spiller, Brother I. Leo O’Donnell Outstanding Student Leadership Award
Nathan Andrew Sampson, Thomas Lipsmeyer Award
Stancia Doretha Harvey, Christian Brothers University Alumni Award
Trey Maurice Casey, Christian Brothers University Alumni Award
Taylor Julian Seaman, Christian Brothers University Alumni Award


BelkEdward E. Belk Jr. (Civil Engineering ’84, MEM ’91) was named the recipient of the 2015 Craig Blackman Graduate Engineering Alumni Award at the Graduate Engineering Celebration on April 17. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Mississippi and a 1999 graduate of the Army Management Staff College at Fort Belvoir, VA.  Mr. Belk was selected by the Secretary of the Army into the Senior Executive Service (SES) in 2012 and currently serves as the Chief of Operations and Regulatory Functions for the US Army Corps of Engineers at command Headquarters in Washington, DC.  He has operational and investment oversight of the Corps’ $200 billion national infrastructure portfolio of locks, dams, reservoirs, levees, hydropower facilities, floating plant and related water resources infrastructure. Mr. Belk has received numerous prestigious awards over the years, to include selection as the General J.W. Morris Civilian of the Year for the US Army Corps of Engineers in 2012; the Bronze Order of the deFleury Medal, presented in 2009 for superb support and significant contributions to the Engineer Regiment while at war; two separate Army Meritorious Civilian Service Awards for meritorious performance during two tours in Iraq (2009, 2005); the Army Global War on Terrorism Medal for 2009 service as a senior engineering leader in Iraq; and the Outstanding Executive of the Year for the Memphis Area Federal Executive Association in 2006.  Mr. Belk was selected into Tau Beta Pi while at CBU in 1983 and is an active member of the Society of American Military Engineers, where he has served as both President and Director for the Memphis Post.

For the second consecutive year, the Gulf South Conference named Buccaneer basketball guard Trey Casey (Business Administration ’15) to the GSC Top Ten as a finalist for the Commissioner’s Trophy, awarded annually to the top overall student-athlete in the GSC, recognizing excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community. The first Capital One Academic All-America of the Year in the GSC, Casey graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA in business administration with a concentration in finance. He averaged 17.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game as a senior, earning First Team All-GSC and All-South Region honors, also earning Honorable Mention All-America.

Kyle Edmundson (MSEM) was selected by the Graduate Engineering faculty as a new member of the National Engineering Management Honor Society.  To be selected as a member, one must have at least 3.65 GPA and at least 18 credit hours completion.  Each year CBU new members are limited to 35% of graduate engineering students enrolled that year.  Kyle earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from CBU in 2011.  While he was an undergraduate engineering student at CBU, he co-oped with FedEx (AOD Aircraft Fleet Powerplant Engineering) and interned with Cummins (Manufacturing and Process Engineering).  He has been with FedEx since 2012 and currently is Powerplant Engineer.  He manages both on-wind and off-wing GE CF6 engine maintenance programs.

NCAA Division II south region softball coaches voted Lady Buc softball outfielder Jennifer Gonzalez (Mechanical Engineering ’16) to the National Fastpich Coaches Association All-South Region First Team, the first NFCA All-Region player in school history. Gonzalez hit .418 with a .567 on-base percentage and a .724 slugging percentage, finishing with 56 hits, 15 doubles, eight home runs, 44 runs batted in and 38 runs scored. She led the GS in batting average and on-base percentage, and she ranks 10th in the nation in on-base percentage. She is 28th in the nation in hit by pitches, 54th in walks, 67th in slugging percentage and 71st in batting average.

Lauren Harrett (Civil Engineering ’15) passed the FE exam and has become an Engineer Intern. Lauren is employed at Smith Seckman Reid, where she was a Structural Engineering Intern prior to her graduation. She also interned with Toyota Motor and Manufacturing as Facilities Engineering/Projects and Building Services Intern (Summer 2013, 2014) and Plant Engineering/Plant and Building Planning Intern (Summer 2012).  In 2013-14 Academic Year Lauren served as CBU ASCE Student Chapter President and served as Conference Chair for the 2014 ASCE Deep South Conference. The ASCE Tennessee Section named her as ASCE Student Member of the Year in 2014 for her leadership.  Lauren was selected as one of the 2014-15 Lasallian Fellows.  At CBU she was Golf Team Captain, President’s Ambassadors, Honors Program Member, Historian and Ambassador for Society of Women Engineer, and Graduate Engineering Intern.  Lauren was also named 2015 Featured Civil Engineering Student and 2015 Outstanding Civil Engineering Graduate.

Johnnathon Kring (ITS) has earned the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) professional certification, showcasing his knowledge of IP networking.

The following CBU students who have been listed as new ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technicians in the June 2015 issue of ista viewsAlana Byrd (Chemical Engineering), Joseph Ferris (Mechanical Engineering ’15), Antoine Herve (ECAM Exchange Student), Sebastian Polania (Mechanical Engineering), Yuliana Luna (Civil Engineering), and Anne Youngblood (Mechanical Engineering). The newsletter can be viewed at ista.idigitaledition.com/issues/29.  Click here for a complete list of CBU students, faculty, and staff, who have received ISTA certification.

Phillip Loewenberg (Mechanical Engineering ’15) passed the FE exam and has become an Engineer Intern. While at CBU, Phillip co-oped with MLGW Power and Reliability and Gas Engineering Groups. He also interned with UTHSC, where he worked on a mice neuronal pathways research project. Phillip won First Place in the 2015 ASME Technical Poster Competition. He is also a member of Tau Beta Pi.

Dr. Pong Malasri
(Dean of Engineering) gave a one-day packaging seminar at the Thai Packaging Centre, National Research Council of Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand, on June 2.  About 50 people from 25 companies attended the workshop. More pictures of the event can be viewed at the CBU Packaging Facebook page.

Mike Nienaber (Athletics/Men’s Basketball) was inducted into the Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame in May. Nienaber has coached two All-Americans at CBU, both from Cincinnati. He has coached 10 All-South Region players at CBU, seven of whom hailed from Cincinnati, and 20 All-GSC players at CBU, 13 of whom are from Cincinnati. Nienaber has coached seven GSC Freshmen of the Year, four of whom come from Greater Cincinnati. In all, 40 players from Greater Cincinnati have played for Nienaber, all of whom graduated from college, including 38 that graduated under Nienaber at Bethel or CBU.

An article entitled “Effect of Temperature on Drinking Water Bottles” was published in the International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology, Volume 3, Number 1, pp 147-157, May 18, 2015.  Authors include Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering), Dr. Ali Pourhashemi (Chemical Engineering), Robert Moats (Engineering Lab Technician), Antoine Herve (Exchange Student from ECAM, France), Joseph Ferris (Mechanical Engineering ’15), Dr. Asit Ray (Chemical Engineering), and Dr. Ray Brown (Mechanical Engineering). This is part of an on-going R&D project sponsored by Walmart.

The Gulf South Conference named three CBU athletes to the FireSeeds Spring Academic All-GSC Teams, and 40 earned spots on the GSC Spring Academic Honor Roll. Two CBU baseball players earned spots on the Academic All-GSC Baseball Team. Pitcher Taylor Seaman (Business Administration ’15) graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA while he threw 42 innings as one of the Bucs’ weekend starters this season. First baseman Casey Goodwin (Business Administration ’17) carried a 3.76 GPA and started 28 games at first base, finishing second on the team with a .385 on-base percentage and recording a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage for the second consecutive season. Golfer Andrew Aristorenas (Biomedical Science ’15) represents the Bucs on the Academic All-GSC Golf team. He graduated with a 3.94 GPA and played in nine tournaments for the Bucs this season, capped by a 14th-place finish in The Buccaneer in October. The baseball team placed a school-best 15 players on the academic Honor Roll, followed by 11 softball players, five men’s tennis players, three women’s tennis players, three men’s golfers and three women’s golfers.

Commencement Week 2015


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 (6:00 – 8:00 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 alumni@cbu.edu 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.)
shielerThe 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»»



Anthony Maranise, OblSB (Religion & Philosophy ’11, Catholic Studies ’17) was recently invited to submit an article on the theology of sports and recreation to the summer 2015 issue of Church Health Reader, the official publication of Memphis’ own Church Health Center. Also, his recent paper entitled “Welcomed as Christ: Immigration Through the Lens of Benedictine Hospitality” has been accepted for publication in a forthcoming (yet undetermined) issue of Benedictines, a journal of contemporary monastic issues published by the Sisters of Mount Saint Scholastica in Atchison, KS.

White Coats for the PA Class of 2016

The Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2016 celebrated their White Coat Ceremony on May 9 in the University Theater, marking a rite of passage for the students from didactic classroom and lab instruction to practical clinical training. Congratulations to the members of Class of 2016, CBU’s third cohort of PA students!

International Student Summer Info

International Student Services (ISS) will not host Chat n Chew during the remaining Wednesdays in May. Chat n Chew will resume on Wednesday, June 3, 2:00-4:00 p.m. in Maurelian lounge. All international students who will remain on campus during break are encouraged to come by Buckman Hall 347 if they have any concerns or questions. Eliza Warren, Coordinator of International Student Services, is always happy to talk with you.

All international students who plan to leave the USA during summer break MUST see Dean Karen Conway in Student Life in order to have their I-20s signed. Have a great break!

Academic Services News

Academic Services welcomes Justin Bowles, who will serve as the academic advisor for tutoring and academic support. She will be working with department chairs and deans to provide a network for tutoring, supplemental instruction, and academic workshops for our students. Previously, she held a similar position at Memphis College of Art, and we¹re proud to welcome her to CBU. Her office is located in Barry Hall 33.
Eliza Warren, Coordinator for International Student Services, has moved her office to  Buckman Hall 347, across from International Initiatives. She will be working with both graduate and undergraduate international students who transition to and through CBU.