Campus Ministry News

Three CBU students and four Christian Brothers attended SEEK 2015 in Nashville, January 1-5, sponsored by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). CBU participants joined over 9,500 students from public and private universities across the country to answer the question Christ asked his disciples: What do you seek? (John 1:38) – What moves you in your life and in your faith? The program consisted of keynote speakers, small group impact sessions, fellowship, prayer experiences, and evening entertainment. Pictured above are (l-r): Br. Tom Sullivan, John Buttross (Biology ’17), Clare Sauser (Natural Science ’18), Ben Kueter (Chemistry ’18), Br. Paulos Welday, Br. Dominic Ehrmantraut, and Br. Getachew Alemayehu.

New Student Discounts

GNCGNC (General Nutrition Center) franchises in the Mid-South area are offering a 10% discount to any CBU student with a current student ID. Participating GNC outlets are located at 1235 Ridgeway (Memphis), 890 Market on Poplar (Collierville), 5142 Goodman Rd. (Olive Branch), 7447 Goodman Rd. (Olive Branch), and 2214 Jackson Avenue (Oxford).

For a list of other retail, dining, and recreational establishments that offer CBU discounts, click here.

CBU in the Media

The “Walk Out to the Chalk Out” event organized by the NAACP chapter at CBU was covered by The Commercial Appeal in its December 9 edition in an article entitled “CBU students walk out for ‘chalk out’ to protest police killings; LeMoyne-Owen students march.” The article quoted Dr. Kelly James (Behavioral Science), Taylor Flake (History ’17), and Rakesha Gray (English ’17), and was illustrated with a photo of David Lawson (Business Administration ’17) participating in the “Chalk Out.” The event was also referenced in article in the December 11 edition of the Memphis Daily News, entitled “Armstrong’s Comments Overshadow Attorney General’s Visit.”

The photograph of David Lawson was also picked up by the Associated Press and ran on the SFGate website (the online edition of the San Francisco Chronicle).

See the World in a New Light

See the world in a new light by studying abroad.
Study in London and Paris in May 2015 and broaden your horizons. Take courses in International Finance and Global studies and experience the life of London and Paris.  There are many amazing sights include Buckingham Palace, House of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Piccadilly Circus, and you may even spot the royal family. Experience the world for yourself, as it will have great advantages in your future careers and in life. Study Abroad now has four $500 dollar need- based stipends for qualified students who are traveling abroad this year. For more information on the London Paris trip or stipends click here.

$$$$$ FLASH FOR LONDON/PARIS STUDY TRIP! In addition to the four $500 need-based stipends for the trip, there are now four $300 scholarships for students who have travelled before with CBU on a study trip or have spent a semester abroad on a CBU program. Early applications are advised. Request educational travel for your Christmas gifts and remind family and friends that Amy Ware, Director of Career Services at CBU, indicates that international learning experiences enhance your resume. Applications available on the Study Abroad website.

Black Lives Matter

In light of recent events in Ferguson, MO and New York, CBU’s Collegiate Chapter of the NAACP will be hosting “Black Lives Matter” in order to educate, raise awareness and promote positive action.

Show your support by stopping by the table outside Alfonso Dining Hall to sign the banner and tweet #CBUNAACP.
Whether you are in class, your dorm, or the caf, walk out at 12:00 p.m. and join the NAACP in Buckman Quad to drink hot cocoa and draw chalk body outlines in the Quad to represent all African Americans who have been gunned down by police officers!
Stop by the table in Alfonso Dining Hall 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. as the NAACP collects change and books to donate to the Ferguson Public Library!
Join the chapter at 5:00 p.m. in Sabbatini Lounge for the Knowledge is Power teach-in led by Dr. Jeffrey Gross and Dr. Leigh Johnson, and hear from community leaders about the Ferguson case and other justice disparities that still exist even today.
DEC. 12: CANDLELIGHT VIGIL co-sponsored by CBU’S Black Student Association
The vigil will begin at 5:00 p.m.

More info:

News at CBU

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(top) CBU student 
finishers Matt Brint (Psychology ’16) and JD Wolfe (Biochemistry ’15); (bottom) alumni finishers Joe Birch (’78) and Gabby Salinas (’11). Dr. Frank Buscher (VP for Academic Affairs and Student Life) also completed the St. Jude Memphis Half-Marathon in 1:28:12. Mandi Balduf (Softball) participated and fundraised in the St. Jude 5k, finishing in 30:29. CBU’s Pi-Epsilon Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon volunteered at a water station at the 19-mile marker. (Photos courtesy of John Dawson johndawsonsucks, Matt Brint therealslimmatty, and Malinda Fitzgerald @MhirtDrFitz)

——————————————————————BGC1214BLACK GIRLS CODE: The CBU School of Engineering hosted the Black Girls CODE Memphis Chapter “Build a Game in a Day” workshop for girls ages 7-17 on December 6. This workshop focused on game development using Scratch (, a programming project spearheaded by the MIT Media Lab. Taught by Scratch expert Dr. Juan Carlos Olabe (Electrical & Computer Engineering), the workshop was geared towards introducing participants to animation, gaming, and creating interactive stories. (Photo courtesy of Meka Egwuekwe @Mekaeg)

Your Very Own Reserved Parking Space


Students who complete all of their
course evaluations will be eligible to win a PREMIUM PARKING SPACE FOR ONE SEMESTER! 

We’re not saying you can open your door and step into class, but it is close — really close — and it is reserved for the WINNER!

We will also continue to also give a cool, tech prize! Just ask Alexander McCormick who recently won a Google Chromecast.

Evaluations for full semester and 2nd 8-week classes will be open until December 14 — so don’t miss your chance to win!

Career Services Calendar

CUPCAKES & CONVERSATION: Attention All Rising Juniors & Seniors: AutoZone has a number of summer internships coming up next year, and the application process will be starting soon! Internships are available in a number of different areas: Information Technology, Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Merchandising, Supply Chain, and Human Resources. These are paid positions, full-time during the summer months at AutoZone Corporate Office in Downtown Memphis. Come learn more about the program on Wednesday, December 3 — and enjoy free Muddy’s Cupcakes (while they last!)  Make plans to be there! Montesi Executive Center, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

PIZZA & PROFESSIONALS: Come learn about Youth Villages on Thursday, December 4 — who they are, what they do, and about some of the positions they typical hire… and, enjoy free pizza! What a deal! Buckman 112, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Open to all interested students and alumni in all majors.  RSVP

CBU 200: Career Planning
 is designed to prepare students for a successful career. Topics will focus on self-assessment, career exploration and decision-making, job & graduate school preparation, and professionalism. Through this course, you will earn academic credit while completing necessary activities (such as job search skills, resume and cover letter development, and career exploration) to accomplish your career goals. Class will be held on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 to 1:50 during Spring 2015 (one credit hour). There are only a few spots still available, so register for CBU 200 today! CRN 20637, one credit.

News at CBU

Students in the Sustainability Living Learning Community, Dr. Ben Jordan, and Sean MacInnes went on a walking tour of Downtown Memphis on November 21 with tour guide extraordinaire Jimmy Ogle to learn more about its rich history and recent revitalization efforts. When the group stopped to get snacks at the Peanut Shoppe (in business on Main Street since 1949), the owner offered to climb up on the candy counters to take this picture of them.

It’s Exam Time: Paws to Relax!

“Not all medicine comes in a bottle.”
STRESS FREE ZONE: If finals have you stressed, you should definitely come to Paws to Relax with the Therapy Dogs, Thursday, December 11, 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.  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.

London-Paris Tour

Explore the world by studying abroad. Experience the life outside of the United States on the London-Paris trip. Learn about Global Studies—a general education requirement—and Finance while visiting places such as Buckingham Palace, Galeries Laffayette, Notre Dame Cathedral and much more. See the world in a different aspect by studying abroad. This trip is open to all students. Now, qualified students can study abroad with a Student Government Association Grant. Four $500 grants are available for students studying abroad this year. For more information on this trip or SGA grants click here.

Mailroom/Print Shop Christmas Holiday Hours

Wednesday, December 24: CLOSED
Thursday, December 25: CLOSED
Friday, December 26: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Monday, December 29: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 30: CLOSED
Wednesday, December 31: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 1: CLOSED
Friday, January 2: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Those receiving packages during this period this time will receive an email and are asked to pick up those packages during the times posted above.


All students, faculty, and staff are invited to come by Sabbatini Lounge on Monday, November 24, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Can’t make it by during lunch? Then drop by Canale Arena before the basketball games Monday evening, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Join us in making personalized “thank you” videos and write “thank you” cards to send to our great CBU donors, without whose support we could not offer the amazing educational programs that we do!

Invite your friends to come with you, encourage others to say THANKS by talking about #Thx4Bux on social media!


Settle Your Accounts for Spring!

ATTENTION STUDENTS: You need to register and settle your account for Spring quickly!  Students can begin settling their accounts online Monday, November 24 — see for instructions. The deadline to settle your account for Spring is Friday, December 19. Most administrative offices will close on December 23 and will not reopen until January 5, which is just a few days before classes start.


Lady Buc guard Courtney Banks (Natural Science ’18) won the inaugural Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Week award after leading the Lady Bucs to a 1-1 week. She averaged 9.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists for the week.

Dr. Sue Trzynka
(Nursing) presented a poster at the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Baccalaureate Education Conference in Baltimore on November 21.


Intramural Commissioner Application

Do you like sports? Do you have experience working in recreation? Do you want to be a part of an exciting and rapidly growing program? The Recreation Office is excited to announce the opening of an Intramural Commissioner position and will be accepting applications until the position is filed.

Position: Intramural Commissioner
Location: Student Life, Rozier Hall
Reports To: Director of Recreation

Description: The Recreation Office at Christian Brothers University provides intentional programming that aids in the holistic development of its students.  The Office employs two (2) intramural commissioners and one (1) staff assistant who supervise twelve (12) intramural officials and ten (10) team managers.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Full administrative responsibilities in managing a comprehensive Intramural Sports program (including but not limited to equipment inventory, facility scheduling, event clean up, report writing, and developing officials work schedule)
  • Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate intramural officials for use during recreation events
  • Serve as general coordinator and supervisor of all intramural and recreational activities (i.e., basketball, flag football, Humans Vs. Zombies, sand volleyball, etc.)
  • Market and advertise all recreation events to University community
  • Assist with development and implementation of learning outcomes for recreational events
  • Develop and communicate calendar of intramural activities to be offered during regular academic year
  • Troubleshoot concerns and safety issues raised by players, coaches, managers, staff, and fans in the area of intramural and recreation
  • Serve as general coordinator of the Swashbuckler Fitness Center.
  • Interface with Student Life, Athletics, Event Services, Campus Safety and other offices and departments on campus


  • Ability to recruit, train, and supervise college student personnel (managers and officials)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of a variety of sports and intramural programs
  • Experience within a campus recreation setting
  • Background in sports and knowledge of games rules and regulations
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and proficiency in problem solving and leadership

Application Instructions:
To apply for the Intramural Commissioner position please submit a resume and list of 3 references to the Recreation Office, Rozier Hall or through email to Thien Nguyen at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Gulf South Conference volleyball coaches voted three Lady Bucs to the All-GSC Volleyball Teams.

  • Outside hitter Alexis Gillis (Visual Arts ’16) was a First Team All-GSC pick for the second consecutive year. She led the Lady Bucs (16-15) with 2.96 kills per set, 3.23 digs per set and 0.50 aces per set. She is second in the GSC in aces and fourth in kills.
  • Middle blocker Brinsley Cooper (Business ’17) joined Gillis on the All-GSC First Team. She was Seocnd Team All-GSC and GSC Freshman of the Year last year. Cooper led the GSC with a .322 hitting percentage and finished second on the team with 2.46 kills per set and 0.76 blocks per set.
  • Setter Sami Gruse (Cultural Studies ’15) was named Second Team All-GSC after leading CBU and finishing third in the GSC with 9.54 assists per set. She also averaged 2.25 digs per set.

Dr. Marius Carriere (History & Political Science) attended the Southern Historical Association Conference in Atlanta, November 13-16.

News at CBU

The CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium hosted its 2014 HPC Fall Meeting on Friday, November 14. The meeting was well attended with a total of 36 participants from CBU, Memphis College of Art, MicroPort Orthopedics, Autozone, FedEx, The Royal Group, Smith & Nephew, Century Wealth Management, Southern Growth Studio, and Bayer Consumer Care. More information can be found in the meeting proceedings.


Important News from the Registrar

Fall 2014 DAY Final Exam Schedule is now available on the Registrar’s website.

Fall Withdrawal Dates
 November 28: Last day to withdraw from a 2nd 8-week course

Spring & Summer 2015 Registration Opening Dates
 OPEN: Adult Professional Studies (CAPS) & Graduate
 OPEN: Day Seniors
 OPEN: Day Juniors
 OPEN: Day Sophomores
 OPEN: Day Freshmen

The Spring and Summer Course Schedules are now available on the Web.

Prepare now for registration:
 Undergraduate Day, Nursing & CAPS (Evening) students meet with their advisors to receive their alternate PIN. Contact your advisor to set up an appointment. Once you have registered for one course, your alternate PIN for that semester will be available on BannerWeb.
 Graduate students have their ALT PIN available in BannerWeb at all times
 There is a distinct alternative PIN for spring and another for summer.
2. Please note: CAPS students may only take CAPS courses and all other Undergraduates may only take NON-CAPS courses. You can easily find which sections are CAPS courses as they have CP in the campus (Cmp) section, such as:
3. Check BannerWeb to see if you have any holds. Take care of these now so you will be able to register on time.

Being “Young Lasallians”

The Lasallian Collegians thank to all who came out to support the movie they brought to campus, When the Game Stands Tall. The event was a success, judging by the  applause and cheering that went on during and after the movie. About 150 people came out and had a great time! Keep an eye out for the next event! (And if you missed the event but still want to see the movie, the DVD comes out on December 9, and it is still showing at the discount Malco in Bartlett.)

dustinperryBefore the movie began, CBU alum and CBHS math teacher Dustin Perry (Mathematics ’10) spoke about his Lasallian journey and what it means to be  a Young Lasallian. Young Lasallians, according to, are 16-35 year-old “adolescents and young adults who are moved by the spirit of St. John Baptist de La Salle, to be an active agents of change against poverty and injustice as they affect the lives of the young, especially the poor.” The site also says that Young Lasallians are “Responding to an invitation/call; On a journey; Living the Lasallian Values and Principles.” We are proud to say that we are Young Lasallians, and we hope that you feel that way too!

New Coffee Bar on Campus

The Brew is located just inside Plough Library, right of the main entrance, and offers Starbucks coffee (with premium flavor options), assorted Tazo teas, hot chocolate (with or without marshmallows), and quick snacks for students on the move. Open Tuesdays 7:45-9:15 a.m. and Thursdays 2:30-5:00 p.m.

  • Large coffee and all hot teas: $2.00
  • Small coffee, hot chocolate, flavor shots: $1.00
  • Snacks $1.00-2.00


Mammogram Screenings

The Mobile Mammography Unit from the Women’s Health Center at Baptist Memorial Hospital is coming to Christian Brothers on December 4. Appointments begin at 8:30 a.m. and are every ten minutes up until 2:30 p.m. This service is covered under TICUA. If you have any medical insurance other than TICUA, please contact your insurance company and check to see if you are covered with Baptist Memorial Hospital.

If you would like to get a mammogram on this day, please preregister with Human Resources by Friday, November 21. Walk-ins are welcome, but preregistration is preferred. We need to have at least 10 to 15 people signed up in order for this unit to come to CBU.

Participants for screening mammograms on the mobile unit must:

  • Be 35 years or older
  • Have no symptoms (new lumps or masses)
  • Have no personal history of breast cancer
  • Not be pregnant or nursing
  • Have a physician to receive the mammography results report
  • Have seen your physician within one year
  • Be able to walk up stairs and stand alone

For more information and to preregister with Human Resources, please contact Lauren Bowen at or Ashley Reed or call Human Resources at (901) 321-3307 with your available times for an appointment and they will provide you with the paperwork required for preregistration.

Networking Opportunity with Teach For America

Teach For America is developing a movement of leaders who will help drive change at every level of our education system toward the goal of ensuring all kids have an education that expands their opportunities and gives them more choices in life.  Representatives from Teach For America are visiting campus on Thursday, November 20 to meet with CBU students. Please sign-up for a 30 minute networking meeting. This is an informal conversation to learn more about Teach for America and share about your experiences and aspirations.  Full salary and benefits. Federal student loans deferred. All majors and career backgrounds.

News at CBU

In mid-August, the CBU School of Engineering was asked by the India Association of Memphis to design and create an abstract lotus structure to be the centerpiece at India Fest 2014 on November 1. After several meetings with the India Fest planning committee and CBU faculty, staff, and students, it was agreed to build an all-aluminum, animated “sculpture“ with a contemporary appeal that would open and close by the turn of a wheel. Once the sculpture was completed, it was transported to the event and the final touches (fabric and lights) were added by the India Fest planning committee. Mr. Bob Moats (Engineering Technician) was the manager of the project with help from many CBU faculty, staff, and students: Andrew Assadollahi (Civil Engineering), Dr. Ray Brown (Mechanical Engineering), Dr. Divya Choudhary (Electrical & Computer Engineering), Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean), Dr. Randel Price (Chemical Engineering), Henry Rhodes (Engineering Technician), Dr. Paul Shiue (Mechanical Engineering), Dr. John Ventura (Electrical & Computer Engineering), Jake Arnold (Mechanical Engineering ’17), David Barnett (Mechanical Engineering ’15), Jaemi Guieb (Civil Engineering ’17), Rene Hudlet (Chemical Engineering ’17), Joshua Jenkins (Chemical Engineering ’18), Wes Kelly (Mechanical Engineering ’15), Yuliana Luna (Civil Engineering ’17), Yuki Namba (Mechanical Engineering ’15), and Reggie Raney (Civil Engineering ’17). Additional photos are available at the School of Engineering Facebook page.

sayftTwo CBU alumni were part of a charity event held on October 20 at Hope House, a kindergarten for children with families impacted by HIV. The children were provided costumes that they each picked out. In addition to the costumes, candy, and presents, hygiene kits were all given to the children. The event was organized by Say Ft., a charity started by CBU alumna Anastasia Domashova (’07). Say Ft. supports health and safety programs for children from 20 states and more than 10 countries. Dan Messinger (’95 & ’03; Education Department) volunteered to play the part of Mr. Watermelon for the event. The watermelon is the Say Ft. logo, and the children look forward to his return next year! If you would like to learn more about Say Ft., please visit the website at

The Lady Buc basketball team volunteered as a cheer station at the Making Strides for Breast Cancer walk on October 19 at the Liberty Bowl.

A delegation from CBU met up with royalty at the recent Magnificat Day celebration held at the Cannon Center in Memphis. Pictured above (l-r) are Brother Getachew Nadew, Father Bill Parham, Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein, Brother Paulos Welday, Brother Dominic  Ehrmantraut, Wendy Sumner-Winter, and Bishop J. Terry Steib.

Important News from the Registrar

Fall 2014 DAY Final Exam Schedule is now available on the Registrar’s website.

Fall Withdrawal Dates
 November 28: Last day to withdraw from a 2nd 8-week course

Spring & Summer 2015 Registration Opening Dates
 OPEN: Adult Professional Studies (CAPS) & Graduate
 November 17: Day Seniors
 November 19: Day Juniors
 November 21: Day Sophomores
 November 25: Day Freshmen

The Spring and Summer Course Schedules are now available on the Web.

Prepare now for registration:
 Undergraduate Day, Nursing & CAPS (Evening) students meet with their advisors to receive their alternate PIN. Contact your advisor to set up an appointment. Once you have registered for one course, your alternate PIN for that semester will be available on BannerWeb.
 Graduate students have their ALT PIN available in BannerWeb at all times
 There is a distinct alternative PIN for spring and another for summer.
2. Please note: CAPS students may only take CAPS courses and all other Undergraduates may only take NON-CAPS courses. You can easily find which sections are CAPS courses as they have CP in the campus (Cmp) section, such as:
3. Check BannerWeb to see if you have any holds. Take care of these now so you will be able to register on time.

Lasallian Collegians Update

Last week, the some of the Lasallian Collegians helped with CBU’s Food Recovery Network, which takes leftover food from the cafeteria and delivers it to locations that distribute food to people in need. Together, we harvested 67 pounds of food and delivered it to Memphis Union Mission. Check out the picture of everyone in their cool hairnets!

Many people have heard of St. John Baptist de La Salle, but might not know more than just his name. John Baptist de La Salle was a priest in 18th Century France. He noticed the number of children that were not getting an education and decided to do something about it. He formed a group of laymen whose goal was to educate: not just the wealthy; but everyone. He renounced his position of Canon and gave up his wealth to form the community of Brothers that we know today as the De La Salle Christian Brothers. The Brothers you see on campus take vows of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience in order to be a part of this community and to teach. Did you read that? They give up most EVERYTHING to provide an education to students like us. Wowzers.

Remember, Friday, November 14 will be the showing of When the Game Stands Tall, in the University Theater, 6:00-9:00 p.m. See This Week at CBU above — This is a super nifty movie. The Lasallian Collegians hope to see you there!

Fresh Reads: Dinaw Mengestu at CBU

Memphis Reads, the citywide community reading program affiliated with CBU’s “Fresh Reads” program and sponsored by CBU and the Memphis Public Library, in cooperation with the Memphis Mayor’s Office, will host author Dinaw Mengestu at both the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library and CBU on November 4.

Mengestu is the author of this year’s “Fresh Reads” book, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bearswhich was chosen by Memphis Reads as the inaugural book for its annual reading program to promote literacy in the city. The Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue) will host Mengestu for an author reading on November 4 at 5:30 p.m.

Following the reading, Mengestu will speak at the University Theater on the Christian Brothers University campus at 8:00 p.m. A book-signing will follow in the Theater.