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»»


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.


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

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.

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»»


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


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!

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

Return to Lender

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

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

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

Questions? Call (901) 321-3432 or email

Youth & Vitality vs. Old Age & Deceit

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

Plan Ahead — And Study Abroad!

With the school year coming to a close and new one coming soon, it’s time to save money for the new study abroad trips.
There are trips to San Sebastian, Spain; Paris; and Belgium. Studying abroad is an experience of a lifetime that has many benefits for future careers and life. Improve your language skills, experience new culture, learn in and out of the classroom, and meet new people.

For more information on upcoming trips go to!

Study abroad is now on social media! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter @cbubucs_abroad, and Instagram @studyabroadcbu.


Chris Oxford (Religion & Philosophy ’15) has been accepted to the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis.

Dr. Bev Vitali (Management) has been selected as the recipient of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Region III Excellence in Advising – Faculty Role Award for the state of Tennessee. The award will be presented during the NACADA Region III Conference on April 14, 2015, in Covington, KY.

Join the Nursing Program in Helping Memphis

Greeting to the entire CBU Community:

My name is Roslyn Nichols, and I will be graduating from CBU with a BSN degree in May. As a working Registered Nurse, I’ve never been exposed to so many community needs as I have while completing my recent CBU clinical experiences in what is known as the Memphis Immersion Experience (MIE). During the MIE program, RNs like me engage directly with the community of Memphis to serve those that are less fortunate. We dealt directly with poverty, homelessness, food insecurities, and many other issues pertaining to the welfare of the people of Memphis by serving in many nonprofit organizations.

After doing the MIE program, my mind was totally transformed and the words on the patch on my CBU Nursing bag became ever so more real as we lived out the very mission of CBU: Faith, Service, and Community. I never really thought about being a community resource nurse until I had this life-changing experience where I was met with so many people in so many different stages of life in such need for even the simplest of things we take for granted. After doing this project with my Nursing peers, we felt the need to come together as a community and give back to the organizations that we served.

This is where the entire CBU community can get involved in the mission with the Nursing Program to make an even bigger difference in our community with the various organizations served through our Memphis Immersion Experience for clinical rotations.

The Nursing Program is currently taking donations for the following groups: Catholic Charities of West Tennessee, Caritas Village in Binghamton, and the Alzheimer’s Daycare Centers of Memphis (which includes Dorothy’s Place and the Grashot Center). All donations can be delivered in the Nursing Program offices in Buckman Hall 328. We will be accepting donations April 7-17. All donations — no matter how big or small — will be a blessing to these agencies.

Here’s a list of the items most needed:

  • Cans of Vienna sausage
  • Ensure or other nutritional supplement drinks
  • Pudding cups
  • Fruit or applesauce cups
  • Small packages of peanut butter or cheese crackers
  • Snack bars and granola bars
  • Small individual bags of chips
  • 16 oz. Gatorade or bottled water
  • Individually wrapped snack cakes (such as Little Debbies)
  • Cans of soft drinks
  • Paper towels
  • Baby wipes
  • 55-gallon trash bags

If you prefer to make a cash donation or write a check to assist with this, simply make it out to CBU Nursing or email Stacey Trotter at to make a monetary donation to our cause.

Thanks so much for allowing me to be a part of such a generous community. CBU has done very well by me as I did enter to learn, and I’m leaving CBU with an even more intense desire to serve.

Roslyn Nichols, RN (BSN ’15)

Graduation Fair 2015

The Graduate Fair is this Tuesday, March 31, in Sabbatini Lounge (across from Alfonso Dining Hall).

Graduating students are required to attend this event.Graduates may attend one of the two sessions — either 12:00-1:30 p.m. or 4:30-6:30 p.m. The event is a come-and-go affair; however, please schedule for 20-30 minutes at the fair.

All surveys — both from Career Services and Melissa Andrews — must be completed by the time you arrive to the Grad Fair on Tuesday in order to receive your rain site tickets and announcements .

Photographers will take cap and gown (loaned for the shoot) photos of graduating students at the Grad Fair. There is no sitting fee and no obligation to purchase. Proofs will be emailed to students within 1 week of the sitting.

You will also have the opportunity to check your name in the program, contribute to the Common Cents Fund, sign-up for the alumni mixer, check with the Business Office, purchase a class ring, or leave wisdom for future BUCS!

Anyone unable to attend the Graduation Fair will be contacted by Wilson Phillips on Thursday, April 2 to schedule appropriate pick-ups. Please note that students may not have their classmates pickup their rain site tickets or announcements/announcements.

Should you have any additional questions regarding Commencement, or if you have a true emergency situation, please contact Wilson Phillips in the Office of Student Life. You may reach him by emailing


This Week at CBU

Every Friday in Lent: Stations of the Cross with Campus Ministry at De La Salle/Stritch Chapel, 5:30 p.m.
Every Tuesday in Lent: Lenten Reflections with Peer Minsters in St. Joseph Hall 10, 7:00 p.m.

BLOOD DRIVE: The Mu Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is partnering with Life Blood on Monday, March 30 for a blood drive from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. outside of the CBU Bookstore. Your donation of blood can help save up to three lives. Someone needs blood in the United States every two seconds. Make sure you eat before and get a good nights rest. Free t-shirts to donors! You can sign up online for an appointment at this link.

HOW DO YOU LOOK ON PAPER? The Living Learning Communities and Career Services would like to invite any/all CBU students to attend a free Resume Envisioning Dinner Event Monday, March 30 in the LLC 104 Classroom, 5:00-6:15 p.m. Sketch out what your resume for jobs or graduate school looks like now. Then envision with other students over dinner what it could look like when you graduate!  Career Services staff will also explain the purpose and best practices for resumes, and show examples of good student resumes in different job fields. RSVP to Dr. Ben Jordan at  to attend.

STUDENTS HELPING STUDENTS:  Academic Services will hold a meeting in Spain Auditorium for all students who are interested in our Students Helping Students Program on Monday, March 30, at 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday, March 31 at 6:00 p.m. This covers CARLs, PCs, and Peer Mentors. Pizza will be served!  If you are unable to attend this meeting, see Academic Services for handouts after the meeting.

LASALLIAN COLLEGIAN CROSS:  In preparation for Founders Week (April 7-10), the Lasallian Collegians will have a cross in Alfonso Dining Hall during lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Members of the CBU community are invited to write prayer requests and intentions to be placed on the cross. This cross will be incorporated into the Founder’s Mass on Tuesday, April 7.

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE OF THE CROSS: CBU’s neighbors at Lindenwood Christian Church are presenting a special Good Friday service on April 3 at 5:30 p.m., featuring the Lindenwood Chancel Choir, Orchestra, and Soloists performing motets and selections from the requiems of Mozart, Dubois, and Rutter. Guest clergy for the event will include CBU trustee Msgr. Valentine N. Handwerker (Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception), Dr. Scott Morris (Church Health Center), Rev. Sonia Louden Walker (First Congregational Church), and Rev. Virzola Law (Mississippi Blvd. Christian Church).

Are You Participating in the Commencement Ceremony?

If you are participating in the Commencement Ceremony on May 16, 2015, please review the commencement proofs on the CBU website. If you indicated on your Intent to Graduate Application that you wanted to participate in the commencement ceremony, your name should appear on the proof. Please take the time to check your name and major / concentration to make sure that the information that is being printed in the graduation program is accurate. Undergraduate students are listed at, and graduate students are listed at

Please be advised that your diploma/program name must match your name as it is listed in Banner. The only exception to this is if you want to use a middle initial rather than a middle name or vice versa. Any other changes will require the completion of a Request for Name Change form, as well as legal documentation verifying your name.  If you want to participate in the program, and your name does not appear, your status will need to be changed to walking. Please contact with any necessary corrections at  no later than April 10.


The CBU ASCE Student Chapter traveled to Oxford, MS to compete against 13 other universities during the 2015 ASCE Deep South Conference, hosted by the University of Mississippi on March 19-21. The CBU ASCE student chapter placed third in the surveying competition. The surveying team (pictured above, l-r) consisted of Austin Feathers, Kolbie Seay, and Robert Tworek (Christine Moore is not pictured). Other Civil Engineering students attending and competing in the conference included Reggie Raney, Jaemi Guieb, Lauren Harrett, Eric Rodriguez, Mobarak Alsulaiman, Georgina Johns, Ana Rodriguez, Jodie Crocker, Ibrahim Chum, Jacob McNamara, Grey Peevy, Blake Amato, Brennon Clement, Orlando Femat, Omar Almutairi, and Mitch Bourgeois. The students were accompanied by Dr. Andrew Assadollahi and Mr. Gene McGinnis. Dr. Louie Lin also visited during Saturday’s competition.

Buccaneer guard Trey Casey (Business Administration ’15) was selected by the National Association of Basketball Coaches to the Reese’s Division II East-West All-Star Game, and was also named to the NABC and Daktronics All-South Region Teams. Casey is the fourth CBU basketball player to play in the Reese’s All-Star Game, which is played annually as part of the Division II Elite Eight. This year’s game was played March 27 at the Ford Center in Evansville, IN, the night before the national championship game. Casey was one of four GSC players selected to the NABC All-South Region First Team, and he was one of two GSC players named Second Team Daktronics All-South Region.

Nate Celeski (History ’15) has been accepted by the following law schools: Mississippi College, Mercer College, the University of Memphis, and the University of Mississippi. He has decided to attend the University of Mississippi.

Jessica Hefner (Psychology ’15) has been accepted by the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis.

An article by Dr. Karl Leib (History & Political Science), entitled “State Sovereignty in Space: Current Models and Possible Futures,” has been published in the journal Astropolitics.

mcginnisKatherine McGinnis (Civil Engineering ’10) has been recognized as a Professional Engineer by the Tennessee  Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners. Currently, she is the Operations District Supervisor for the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Construction Office in Covington, TN where she supervises inspectors on various jobs including the Canada Road interchange in Lakeland. While Katherine was a civil engineering major at CBU, she interned with the Pickering Firm, Allen & Hoshall, and Airfield Etc. Inc. After graduation she worked as an Operations Specialist with TDOT in Nashville. She then moved back to Memphis and worked for ETI Corp before her current position with TDOT in Covington.

The Alpha Beta Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. traveled to Tulsa for their 63rd Southwestern Regional Leadership Conference on March 26-29 and won eight awards. The chapter was recognized with the Social Action AwardMission Possible Silver LevelAdopt-a-School Initiative, and the Outstanding Model Chapter of the Year Level 3 (for chapters with membership between 5 and 11). Ian A. Boyd (English ’15) won the John T. Thornton Collegiate Bigger & Better Businessman Award, and Samuel Tope-Ojo (Business Administration ’17) won the Debate Competition and was awarded the Distinguished Service Chapter Scholarship and My Brother’s Keeper Scholarship.