September of Service: Week 3

Congrats, CBU! In the first two weeks of September of Service, 141 volunteers have served over 500 hours at 13 Memphis agencies. Thanks to everyone who has come out and shown their CBU spirit! If you have signed up for a future project, please make SURE you can attend; we have had a lot of last-minute cancellations that hurt our ability to effectively serve our agencies.

Below are this week’s projects. Go to to sign up. We have several openings for most of our events this week — but remember: Students, don’t miss class for SOS!
Monday 1:15-4:30 p.m. (3 of 5 spots left due to last-minute cancellations)
We will do yard work and wash windows for the Memphis Center for Independent Living, which assists persons with disabilities become integrated into the community. Contact Kierra Turner
Tuesday 3:20-6:00 p.m. (6 of 15 spots left)
We will serve Caritas Village by picking up trash around the Binghampton neighborhood. Caritas Village is a community center that provides services and creative outlets to the Binghampton neighborhood.
Wednesday 6:15-10:00 a.m. (5 of 16 spots left)
We will be serving at St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen making sandwiches, chopping vegetables, serving food, sorting clothing, bagging toiletries and touring the church and learning the history of the soup kitchen, which has been operating continuously for 145 years.
Thursday 3:20-6:00 p.m. (6 of 17 spots left)
We will be assisting First Congregational Church where we will be painting, cleaning, and beautifying the new space for their pantry, community meals, and clothes closet. First Congregational Church provides religious, art, music, and food ministries as well as shared living spaces.
Friday 1:00-4:00 p.m. (4 of 15 spots left)
At Elmwood Cemetery, we will be cleaning headstones and monuments.
Saturday three shifts between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. (1-2 spots left for each shift)
We will supervise the children’s area of games and bounce attractions at the Cooper-Young Festival.
Sunday 1:15-4:00 p.m. (Full now — but check in case of cancellations)
We will serve De La Salle Elementary School with campus beautification, painting, and organizing.

This is your chance to be awesome! Go to and sign up! Watch your email for a confirmation request two days ahead of your event. And be sure to like, where all our pictures are posted.

LAST week, dozens of BUCs worked at seven local agencies. Members of the CBU family helped setup and cleanup for the farmers market at the Church Health Center; sorted toys at Harwood Center; sorted 4,000 pounds of food at the Mid-South Food Bank; weeded the sensory garden at SRVS; cleaned up with Literacy Mid-South after the Mid-South Book Festival; and assisted with a polo tournament for the Wings Cancer Foundation. Pictures of all these projects can be seen at

This Week at CBU

SUSTAINABILITY COALITION YOGA CLASSES: Everyone needs a little “me” time, so CBU’s Sustainability Coalition is going to help you out, starting this Tuesday! Meredith Melvin, a yoga instructor from Delta Groove Yoga, will be teaching classes throughout September, October, and November. So, whether you’re just beginning or are experienced, come out for some fun and relaxation! Mark your calendars for September 15, September 29, October 6, November 3, November 10, and November 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Living learning Center Classroom. (There is no fixed fee, but donations are appreciated.)

 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

PSI CHI ICE CREAM SOCIAL: The Psi Chi Psychology Club is hosting an Ice Cream Social on Thursday, September 17 at 1:00 p.m. in St. Joseph Hall Room 10 to discuss upcoming events as well as enjoying delicious ice cream. It will be fun, laid back, and psychological. All majors are welcome, so feel free to bring a friend!

galleonGALLEON INTEREST MEETING:  Interested in writing for CBU’s very FIRST digital news magazine? The Galleon is holding a general interest meeting this Thursday, September 17 to offer an overview of the upcoming news site and opportunities for any students interested in writing, photography, web development, design, or videography to get involved. St. Joseph Hall Room 10, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Unable to attend? No problem — contact editor Josh Colfer at to schedule an interview for a position on the editorial board.

rotaract_logoROTARACT CLUB MEETING:  Join Rotaract, a global community of young adults (ages 18 – 30) that takes action to make a positive change in the community. As a club at CBU, Rotaract does hands-on service projects every month, and engages in networking and professional development. Rotaract is a great resume builder and a perfect club to get to know not only the CBU campus but the greater Memphis community.  Everyone is invited to attend the Rotaract Club’s first Fall 2015 meeting on Thursday, September 17 at 5:30 p.m. in Buckman Hall 103. Follow Rotaract on Facebook for more information, or contact  Savannah Smith at

CBU Cheer will hold clinic sessions on Thursday and Friday, September 17 and 18, at the Kroc Center soccer arena, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Tryouts for the squad will be Saturday, September 19 in Canale Arena at 6:00 p.m. Contact Kenzie Bergloff for more information at, (731) 212-2018 or (901) 321-3267.

tlap_dayINTERNATIONAL TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY: We are the Buccaneers, correct? Then let’s celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day on Saturday, September 19! International Talk Like a Pirate Day is the only holiday on the calendar that encourages people to babble like buccaneers for the sheer, anarchic fun of it. It’s been celebrated by millions of people on all seven continents – yes, even at the South Pole – and on the International Space Station! More info at — including a map of all the parties, festivals and other piratical goings-on — including this one at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital!

cyfestCOOPER-YOUNG FESTIVAL:  The Cooper-Young Festival, hosted by the Cooper-Young Business Association and sponsored by CBU, is Memphis’ most anticipated outdoor celebration. Held in Memphis’ largest historic district, the Cooper-Young Festival is this Saturday, September 19. In its 28th year, this event has grown tremendously and more than 130,000 guests will enjoy an appealing mix of art, music and crafts presented by over 435 artisans from around the country. The Cooper Young Festival is a true celebration of the arts, people, culture and Memphis heritage. The Roo and CBU are also providing shuttle service from the Central Parking Lot, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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. The symposium is FREE and open to the public. A light breakfast will be available starting at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon. If you plan to attend breakfast and/or lunch, please RSVP to Julia Hanebrink at before noon on Wednesday, September 16 so catering arrangements can be made. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in the summer projects for 2016 to meet with students, learn more about the program, and find out how they can qualify for an all-expense paid international research experience! Applications will be accepted for next summer October 1 through December 18. For further information, visit or email

Help Wanted!

Join fellow CBU Community Members (students, alumni, faculty, and staff) to spread the news about CBU’s awesomeness at CBU’s Booth at the 2015 Cooper Young Festival on Saturday, September 19 – 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Each shift is three hours (except the 5:00 p.m. one, which is a “break down” shift). All volunteers get a really cool CBU “Rooted in the Heart of Memphis” t-shirt and our undying gratitude. The CBU Booth is located in the middle of all the action at the corner of Cooper and Young. SIGN UP HERE! For more information, please email

Student Activities Council

Interested in serving on the 2015-2015 Student Activities Council of SGA? The Student Activities Council (SAC) is a student-led programming board that coordinates and executes events at CBU that focus on promoting fun and creating pride in our University. Learn more and apply today at!  Applications are due by Wednesday, September 16 at 5:00 p.m. Questions? Contact Sushma Kalava at


Hispanic Heritage Month Profile

Highlighting successful Hispanic professionals during Hispanic Heritage Month

andradeDr. Juan Andrade was born in Brownwood, TX. His parents, born of Mexican ancestry, never got to finish primary school, but they always stressed education. During his childhood and adolescence, he helped his family by selling newspapers for lunch money, working in restaurants for clothes, and working in meatpacking plants for college money. He also worked as a farm worker, picking cotton and hoeing weeds in fields of cabbage, watermelon, cantaloupe, and peanuts. Without letting his financial situation define his educational achievement, he went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from Howard Payne University, a master’s in Education from Antioch College, an educational specialist and doctoral degrees from Northern Illinois University, and a post-doctorate master’s degree from Loyola University Chicago. Shortly after finishing college, Dr. Andrade spent his time as a teacher in the state of Texas until he was fired and incarcerated for speaking Spanish to his students. Dr. Andrade then left Texas and relocated to Chicago, where he worked as a political commentator and columnist until he co-founded the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI). USHLI promotes education and leadership development and conducting research on the social, economic, cultural, and political implications of Latino population growth. “Doc,” as he is known by his friends, gives this piece of advice to students everywhere: “Remember, success is not measured by how high you climb, but how wide you can reach. So reach wide and the height will take care of itself.”

CBU’s Got Talent!

Are you a performer of any kind?! If so, the Black Student Association is looking for students and faculty/staff who are interested in participating in the annual “CBU’s Got Talent” Talent Show. This event is open to ALL CBU students and faculty/staff. You can participate in groups or individuals and ALL talents are welcome! If you have any questions about the show or would like to sign up for auditions, please contact!

September of Service: Week 2

September of Service is Off to a Great Start! 
Dozens of volunteers worked at seven local agencies during the first week of September of Service. CBUers and their friends and family members tidied a golf course for Memphis Athletic Ministries; organized shelves at Habitat For Humanity ReStore; helped clients of Alzheimers Day Services; cleaned and organized at Dorothy Day House of Hospitality; cleaned toys and rolled silverware at Target House at St. Jude (pictured above); cleaned cages and played with the animals at Collierville Animal Services; and provided hospitality for clients of Manna House, which serves homeless individuals. Pictures of these projects and the SOS kickoff can be seen at

Below are this week’s projects — go to to sign up. We have several openings for most of our events this week — but remember students, don’t miss class for SOS!

Tuesday 12:30-3:30 p.m. (3 of 8 spots left) — We will assist the Church Health Center at their farmers market. The Church Health Center provides free health care to working Memphians who do not have insurance.
Wednesday 12:15-3:00 p.m. (4 of 8 spots left) — We will be serving at Harwood Center cleaning toys and doing other tasks for the children served by the agency. Harwood helps children with developmental disabilities.
Thursday 12:30-4:00 p.m. (35 of 50 spots left) — We will sort food at the Mid-South Food Bank, whose mission is to assist those in the Mid-South who are food insecure.
Friday 12:30-4:00 p.m. (32 of 35 spots left) — We will we be weeding the Sensory Garden and other tasks at SRVS. SRVS helps adults with physical and intellectual disabilities.
Saturday 4:15-7:00 p.m. (12 of 30 spots left) — We will help clean up after the Mid-South Book Festival, which benefits Literacy MidSouth, an organization that helps Memphians learn to read.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (FULL) — We will assist WINGS Cancer Foundation with their annual polo tournament. Volunteers can dress up for this one!

Go to the September of Service: 30 Days of Good Deeds webpage at and sign up for your favorite events. We appreciate your service for our community and we’ll see you soon! And be sure to like

Way to go, CBU — let’s make Week 2 even better than Week 1!

This Week at CBU

THEATRE AUDITIONS: The Theatre Department will be holding auditions for the fall play, A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia, 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. About the play: Greg, a man on the verge of a mid-life crisis, falls in love with a stray dog (played by a woman) and brings her home. Greg’s wife doesn’t want the dog and will have nothing to do with it; but he has fallen head over heels for his new canine friend, Sylvia, and she becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. You’ll be laughing out loud while getting the straight “poop from the pooch” in this hilarious and touching comedy by A.R. Gurney. Roles available are:

  • SYLVIA (F) — The dog. Cute, sexy, spunky, sarcastic, full of youthful exuberance. A physical role – requires crouching, crawling, jumping, etc. Robin Williams type character.
  • TOM (M) — Dog lover, a good natured guy who is a little too proud of Bowser, full of confidence.
  • LESLIE (M or F) — a marriage counselor-Role will be played in drag.  Former MR CBU contestants are welcome to audition.
  • PHYLLIS (F) — Upper west side, socialite from New York, drinks a little too much, best friend to Kate.

The roles of Greg and Kate have already been cast. For more information contact Professor Matthew Hamner at

MEET THE POODLES WEEK:  The Pi Pi Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. is hosting “Meet the Poodles” Week, September 8-11. All activities are free and open to the public. Also, you do not have to be interested in joining the sorority to come to the fun-filled activities. For more information, visit or email the chapter at
• Tuesday, September 8: PIe Day (All Things π) – Free food and music in Buckman Quad, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
• Wednesday, September 9: Stress Free Me (Ain’t Nobody Got Time for Dat) – Come out to Ieam to manage stress and make your own personal stress ball! Buckman Hall 103, 7:00 p.m.
• Thursday, September 10: Meet the Poodles Table – Outside of Sabbatini Lounge, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
• Thursday, September 10: Meet the Poodles Informational – Buckman Hall 217, 7:22 p.m.
• Friday, September 11: T.G.I.FRHO-ZEN – FRHOzen treats outside of Sabbatini Lounge, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

PHI ALPHA DELTA INFORMATIONAL MEETING: Come see what the new CBU Pre-Law Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity has to offer as Memphis’s first PAD undergrad chapter on Tuesday, September 8 in Beckman Hall 102, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Learn about PAD’s purpose and mission for the year and meet the Executive Board for Phi Alpha Delta, who will be prepared to answer any questions. All majors are welcome. For more information, contact

The National Panhellenic Council will host a Roundtable Discussion for those students who are interested in learning more about a specific organization, requirements, intake practices, community service initiatives,  upcoming informationals, etc. on Wednesday, September 9 at 5:00 p.m. in Montesi Executive Center (Buckman Hall). Light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding NPHC activities, please contact Ian A. Boyd at or Zachary Knight at

MSA WELCOME BACK MEETING/DISCUSSION: Come join the Muslim Student Association on Wednesday, September 9 for a presentation/discussion about Islam’s view of and relationship with other faiths, mainly Abrahamic religions (Judaism/Christianity). All faith backgrounds are welcome to come and participate! Buckman Hall 103, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

DODGEBALL: Looking to relieve some stress from papers, exams, and studying? Well, come out and channel that energy as the men of the Alpha Beta Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. host Dodgeball on Thursday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Canale Arena.

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


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.

Welcome to CBU

Jennifer Alejo has joined the CBU family as the Director of Cultural Enrollment Initiatives. Jennifer will recruit Latino and international students, and she will also serve as the advisor for Hola CBU. Before coming to CBU, Jennifer was the Director of College Access and Success for Abriendo Puertas and Latino Memphis. There, she worked with multi-cultural students throughout the metro area as they pursued the post-secondary application process, and she worked with multi-cultural students in post-secondary institutions to ensure retention and provide students with networking and career opportunities.

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

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 or email

 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 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

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.

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

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, 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?!)

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 or stop by Academic Services in Barry Hall 37.

Best Buddies at CBU

Best-buddiesBest Buddies is at CBU! Best Buddies is an international organization whose purpose is to bridge the social barriers between people with special needs and those without by building one-to-one friendships. Through these relationships, the goal is to see people with special needs and people without working together academically, professionally, and socially. If you have a heart for service or social advocacy, this is the organization for you. As a member of Best Buddies, you have the choice of being an associate member or a peer buddy (someone matched with a person with special needs in our community). If you are interested in either membership roles, please contact Jazzmyn Davenport at For more information about the organization, feel free to visit the international website During the upcoming semester, be on the lookout for CBU interest meetings.

Walk/Run for St. Jude

On September 26, thousands of supporters of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 58 communities will join together for the inaugural St. Jude Walk/ Run to End Childhood Cancer locally presented by First Tennessee Bank to raise funds and awareness in support of the hospital’s mission. Set in the middle of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, this event affords us the opportunity to bring the global St. Jude mission to life for the local Memphis community. This new event provides a unique opportunity to walk and run through the St. Jude campus as well as the beautiful sights and sounds of downtown Memphis. Register your team today at and show Memphis that CBU supports St. Jude!


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 or

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.

2015 Student Leadership Awards

The Student Government Association and Student Life thank all of the nominees and attendees for taking part in this year’s Student Leadership Awards presentation. Special thanks to Dr. Kelli Hefner (Academic Services) for helping honor our distinguished student leaders, as well as Dr. Paul Shiue (Mechanical Engineering) for providing such great looking awards.
And the winners are…
  • Greek Chapter of the Year: Alpha Xi Delta (Rachel Depperschmidt, President)
  • Greek Woman of the Year: Rebecca Hall, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Greek Man of the Year: Ian Boyd, Phi Beta Sigma
  • Outstanding Greek Scholarship: Alpha Xi Delta
  • Outstanding Sorority Scholar: Katie Robinson, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Outstanding Fraternity Scholar: John Buttross, Kappa Sigma
  • Outstanding New Member (Sorority): Mariana Hernandez, Zeta Tau Alpha
  • Outstanding New Member (Fraternity): Angel Rodriguez, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Outstanding Organization Advisor: Tabitha Diaz & Wendy Sumner-Winter, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Resident Assistant of the Year: Shanice Oliver
  • Outstanding Senator(s): Taylor Flake & Brock Swims
  • Outstanding Student Scholar: Taylor Seaman, President of ENACTUS
  • Emerging Leader: Sean Rowland, Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Commitment to Diversity: Mustafa Hmood, President of Muslim Students’ Association
  • Saint Thomas More Award: Ian Boyd, Phi Beta Sigma
  • Outstanding Community Servant: Abigail Lockard, September of Service
  • Excellence in Community Service: Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Most Improved Student Organization: Zeta Tau Alpha (Lindsey Barnes, President)
  • New Student Organization of the Year: Food Recovery Network (Michael MacMiller, President)
  • Student Organization of the Year: Lasallian Collegians (JD Wolfe, President)
  • Campus Program of the Year: Trailblazers of Memphis (Jonathan Mosley & Taylor Flake)
  • Intramural Greek Cup (Sorority): Alpha Xi Delta
  • Intramural Greek Cup (Fraternity): Kappa Sigma

Student Government Senators for 2015-16

Congratulations to the new Student Government Association Senators for 2015-16:

School of Arts: Taylor Flake, Abigail Lockard, and Abbie Stovall
School of Business: Olivia ParselsBrock Swims, and Kaitlyn DeBaun
School of Engineering: Mikayla OrtnerAnne Youngblood, and Samantha Bennett
School of Sciences: Keyara BaltimoreCaroline Montague, and Joe Krebs

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…

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

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!

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.

SGA Election Results

The results are in, and the 2015-16 Student Government Association officers are:

  • Kierra Turner, President of SGA
  • Eli Ostrow, Vice President of the Senate
  • Bijou Coulibaly, Vice President of Finance
  • Maria Dopico, Vice President for Communication
  • Sushma Kalava, President of Student Activities Council
Please keep an eye out for Senate elections, they will be coming out soon!

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.

This Week at CBU


SPRING AKA WEEK: The Mu Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will host its Spring AKA Week April 19-24. The week’s activities include:
Monday, April 20: Feelin’ Myself Sustainable Beauty Forum and Photo Contest  Join as AKA indulges in a “Do It Yourself” night and make sustainable beauty products by hand! 7:08 p.m. in Cooper-Wilson Center 105.
Tuesday, April 21:  Come and Kick it with ME — Come and Kick it with the Most Elegant Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha in a game of kickball! Not only will we be playing kickball but participants will be learning about the importance of exercise to reduce heart disease and mental illness. Canale Arena, 7:08 p.m.
Wednesday, April 22: Pink is the New Green — Come serve with AKA on the Sustainability Coalition Earth Day Project! 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 23: You Can’t Beat ME Sand Volleyball Tournament — Enter your team in AKA’s Sand Volleyball Tournament. Your donations will benefit “service to all mankind.”  Enter your team of five for only $20. For more information please contact Taylor Flake at
Friday, April 24: Pink Friday — Come celebrate the close of AKA Week in Buckman Quad at 5:08 p.m.  The celebration will end with a Special Surprise that you won’t want to miss!

DINSTUHL’S CHOCOLATE TASTING SESSION: Dr. Stan Eisen’s BIOL 103 Biology of Addiction Class hosts its annual Chocolate Tasting Session, featuring Dinstuhl’s Fine Candies, on Monday, April 20 in Montesi Executive Center, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Learn about the cultivation of cocoa, its harvest and processing techniques, and THEN enjoy the pleasures of its SOUND, its BOUQUET, and finally, its FLAVOR.

JOB SEARCH BOOT CAMP: Seniors! If you’re still looking for employment after graduation, then don’t miss this event on Tuesday, April 21! Group mini-sessions will be conducted on interviewing skills, networking, and job search strategies in Buckman Hall 102, 12:30-2:00 p.m. Plus, individual resume reviews by recruiters & alumni will be available. This is an RSVP event, so check with Career Services at to see if there are still openings.

DAY AT CITY HALL: The CBU Collegiate Chapter of the NAACP will host a student “Day at City Hall” at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21. Join the NAACP at City Hall and let our local legislators know that we care! For sign-up visit or contact

ENVISIONING CULTURES: Students in the Envision Program will present an event to spotlight North and South American cultures on Wednesday, April 22 in Buckman Quad at 11:30 a.m. On Thursday, April 23, they will focus on Indian culture in the Quad at 1:00 p.m., featuring traditional Indian food and music.

CHAT ‘N’ CHEW: Chat ‘n’ Chew is held every Wednesday 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. Goal of Chat ‘n’ Chew: acculturation, internationalization, information sharing, Q and A, and fun! Please come! Let us all laugh, learn, and share.

Please join CBU’s President’s Commission on Women and Junior League of Memphis for a screening of Miss Representation on April 22 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the University Theater. A panel discussion will follow the film featuring women in prominent roles in our community; panelists will share their reactions to the film, personal experiences, and answer questions from the audience. Many thanks to First Tennessee, Baker Donelson, and Christian Brothers University for supporting this effort. Premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, Miss Representation is written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom and exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself. RSVP for the screening here »»

DIVINE VOICES SPRING CONCERT: CBU’s Divine Voices Gospel Choir will present “Freedom in Christ,” its annual spring concert on April 22 in the University Theater at 7:00 p.m. The concert will feature music by the Divine Voices, poetry, praise dances, and light refreshments. Tickets are $5 at the door, $3 for students with ID. For advance tickets, see a member of the choir or email Devon Wade at

unmaskUNMASKING SEXUAL VIOLENCE: The Memphis/Shelby County Domestic and Sexual Violence Council invites you to attend, Unmasking Sexual Violence, an evening of art and activism. The event will be hosted by West Memorials located at 2481 Broad Avenue during the April 24 Broad Avenue Spring Art Walk. The event is from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and is free to the public. Visit the Memphis/Shelby County Domestic and Sexual Violence Council and join the event page on Facebook! This event is sponsored by the Office of Student Life, the Office of Health Resources, and the Title IX Coordinator.

PEER MINISTRY RETREAT:  Need a faith refresher? Make the most of this Lenten season and give your spiritual life that much needed boost. In 2014, the CBU Peer Ministers, a group of students dedicated to spreading awareness about the Catholic faith, formed with the desire to encourage a vibrant Catholic identity for the student body. As part of this effort, the Peer Ministers will facilitate a retreat on April 25 in the Canale Skybox, 12:30-6:00 p.m. — complete with faith-sharing, fellowship, reflection, Mass… and of course food. To register for the retreat, click here. The cost to attend this retreat is $20.00 per person and can be turned in via cash or check to Br. Tom Sullivan or Mrs. Cyndy Benton in the Office of Campus Ministry.


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.