February 25, 2019                                 View this email in your browser

This Week at CBU

SAFE SPRING BREAK ACTIVITIES: Work Hard, Play Smart, Live Well
Be a Spring Break “Smartie” on Monday, February 25, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Drop by in front of the bookstore to grab some Smarties candy and learn some facts and tips about having a safe Spring Break.
A Safe Spring Break Requires Relaxation: On Tuesday, February 26, come by the Quad breezeway between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  and pick up a water to hydrate. Celebration and proper hydration.
Commuter Breakfast: Come grab a donut on Wednesday, February 27 in the St. Joseph Hall  breezeway from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. Learn some "do’s" and “donut’s” about Spring Break. Then come by Alfonso Dining Hall during lunch and grab a Spring Break survival kit.  
Throughout the week, be sure to check out the “cab-cop” car parked in front of the bookstore and provided by the Memphis Police Department. “Choose your ride. Drink. Drive. Go to jail.” Learn some facts about drinking and driving, along with DUI facts in the State of Tennessee.  

The CBU Physician Assistant Studies Program will host a screening of To Err Is Human: A Patient Safety Documentary on Monday, February 25 in the University Theater at 6:30 p.m. The film is an in-depth documentary about medical mistakes and those working behind the scenes to create a new age of patient safety. Through interviews with leaders in healthcare, footage of real-world efforts leading to safer care, and one family's compelling journey from victim to empowered patient advocate, the film provides a unique look at our healthcare system's ongoing fight against preventable harm. All students interested in the medical sciences are welcome! A panel discussion will follow the film. 

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes will hold a meeting on Monday, February 25 in Rosa Deal School of Arts, Room 109, 8:00-9:00 p.m.
A month-long collaboration of CBU student organizations to create an educational celebration of diversity and culture. This week's events include:
Monday, February 25 • Rosa Deal 111 • 6:00-7:30 p.m.
This event will allow students to have an open forum for students to discuss hot topics that can negatively affect the African American community.

Tuesday, February 26 • Spain Auditorium • 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Zeta Phi Beta hosts a forum/panel event focused on discussing the importance of mental and physical health of African American women. Undergraduate students and professional women will be sharing their experiences.

Wednesday, February 27 • University Theater • 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

The Divine Voices Gospel Choir will present a concert to honor the contributions of the African American heritage. Ticket prices are as follows: College Students: $3 with Student ID, $5 at the door with Student ID. Faculty/Staff: $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Purchase tickets here »» 

Thursday, February 28 • Rosa Deal 109 • 6:30-7:30 p.m.
A deep discussion and comparison of the Harlem Renaissance to the things we do today and how has this movement impacted us.

Come visit Divine Voices Gospel Choir on Tuesday, February 26 in the Buckman Quad from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and purchase concert tickets, food, and apparel. Vendors will be Chick-fil-a, Rotel, Krispy Kreme, Office Depot, and Strategic Apparel. Please wear your best music-themed attire! 
The CBU student branch of the Mathematical Association of America will present “Paradoxes in Probability” with Dr. Jing Wang (Mathematics) on Tuesday, February 26 at 1:00-2:00 p.m. in Cooper-Wilson Center, Room 320.

The Student Success Series Workshop this week is "Know Yourself: Stress Management, Self-Care, and Self-Talk."  Are you feeling the midterm crunch? We will evaluate our stress levels and review how to take care of ourselves when experiencing high stress times. We will also work on what we tell ourselves when feeling stressed or overwhelmed. The same Midterm Preparation Workshop is offered twice this week: Tuesday, February 26 at 1:00-1:50 p.m. and Wednesday, February 27 at 4:00-4:50 p.m. All workshops take place in St. Joseph Hall 10.


Since Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday fall next week during Spring Break, Campus Ministry invites everyone to celebrate early with the Pre-Ash Bash on Tuesday, February 26 in the Wilson Family Commons of the Living Learning Center, 7:00-10:00 p.m. Drop by for some king cake, great fellowship, and much more! 


Zeta Tau Alpha
will be having a fundraiser — Zater Tots — this Wednesday, February 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Alfonso Dining Hall to raise money for their philanthropy, breast cancer education and awareness. They will be selling tickets in Alfonso Monday through Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Follow @ztaiotaxi on Instagram for an update on ticket prices!


The Divine Voices Gospel Choir will host a musical symposium on Thursday, February 28 in Montesi Executive Center at 6:00 p.m. to explore their upcoming March 4 Music honoring the life and legacy of Aretha Franklin. Attendees can sign up for events and enjoy refreshments (from Krispy Kreme!) 

Psi Chi, the International Psychology Honor Society, will be in Buckman Quad this Friday, March 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. selling hotdogs and drinks! Come and buy a hot dog or drink for $1 to support the organization. 

Career Calendar

Tuesday, February 26 | 12:30-1:45 p.m. | Montesi Executive Center
Come learn about why your credit score is so important, and steps you can take to monitor your score, and keep it as high as possible! Free pizza will be served.
Wednesday, February 27| 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Montesi Executive Center
Learn about Coalesce Holdings, about current and future job opportunities that are available, and enjoy free Muddy’s cupcakes while they last! 
Thursday, February 28 | 12:30-1:50 p.m. | Sabbatini Lounge


Dr. Andrew Assadollahi, PE (Civil & Environmental Engineering, Construction Engineering & Inspection Consortium) was honored as the TSPE Young Engineer of the Year at the Engineers Week Banquet hosted by the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (Memphis Chapter) on February 18.
Dick Gadomski, PE (Chemical Engineering '62, Trustee Emeritus, CBU Engineering Advisory Board Chair) was recognized with the TSPE Distinguished Service Award at the Engineers Week Banquet hosted by the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (Memphis Chapter) on February 18. 
Elizabeth Hayes (Electrical & Computer Engineering '18) was named the 2019 Featured Engineer by the Memphis Section of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers at the Engineers Week Luncheon on February 13. Elizabeth is a System Analytics and Planning Engineer at Fisher Arnold.
Dr. L. Yu Lin, PE (Civil & Environmental Engineering, Surface Water Institute) was honored as the TSPE Outstanding Engineer of the Year at the Engineers Week Banquet hosted by the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (Memphis Chapter) on February 18.
Gene McGinnis (Civil & Environmental Engineering, BSEM Construction Management) served as a judge for the Memphis Business Journal's 2019 Building Memphis Awards, which celebrated the top new construction and revitalization projects in the Mid-South on February 19. 
Randall Tatum, PE (MEM '06) was recognized with the TSPE Professional Engineer in Government Award at the Engineers Week Banquet hosted by the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (Memphis Chapter) on February 18. Randall is the Administrator/City Traffic Engineer for the City of Memphis Division of Engineering.
Noah Vongphit (Electrical & Computer Engineering '19) was named the 2019 CBU Featured Engineering Student at the Engineers Week Banquet hosted by the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (Memphis Chapter) on February 18. Noah had an internship with International Paper and another externship with FedEx. 

CBU Honors Program students attended the Tennessee Collegiate Honors Council conference in Gallatin, TN at Volunteer State Community College on February 16 and made the following presentations: "The Relationship Among Social Media, Anxiety, and Self-Esteem" by Tony Fielding and Rachel Black; "Sex and British Rock ’n Roll" by Mary Anna Tucker; "Physiological and Chemical Characterization of Produce Bacteria" by Bano Qaladize; "Identification of Bacteria Through the Sequencing and Barcoding of 16S RNA" by Sarah Laney, Gabriel Christian, and Carmen Shimizu; "Making Great Students Even Greater Leaders" by Kelsey Morrisson, Bawan Qaladize, Madison Bickerstaff, and Peyton Cullen; "The Relationship Between British National Identity and the Rock Bands from the 1970s to the 1990s" by Bawan Qaladize; and "DNA Isolation, Amplification, and Separation" by Edward Kochan Lovett. The students were accompanied by Dr. Tracie Burke, Honors Program Director.

Welcome to CBU

Please join Aramark in welcoming Bryan Black to CBU as its new executive chef. Chef Black has 30 years of experience in the culinary world and graduated with an associate’s degree in Culinary Arts from Sullivan College in 1994. His favorite cuisine to cook is Italian food, and he’s looking forward to serving the students of CBU.

CBU in the News

CBU's partnership in The 800 Initiative was noted in an article in Forbes entitled "Memphis' Goal: To Grow Revenue At Minority-Owned Firms By $50M In Five Years." The Initiative, hosted by the city’s Office of Diversity and Compliance, is funded in part by a $500,000 allocation in the city’s 2018-2019 budget and by a $1 million commitment over four years from FedEx. The program offers business coaching, technical assistance, and education, as well as access to loans and grants to help the businesses scale.

CBU Snapshots

President John Smarrelli Jr.
with Tennessee Commissioner of Education Penny Schwinn at the annual meeting of the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA) in Nashville on February 19.

President Smarrelli (far right) with other speakers at a discussion held at Rhodes College entitled "Religion & Ethics: How they can inform leadership within the framework of education" on February 21: (l-r) Hamid Shirwany, president of the Rhodes Honor Council; Dr. Marjorie Haas, president of Rhodes College; and Ben Crane, a Rhodes student. Other members of the panel included Rev. Beatrix Weill, Rhodes College chaplain, and Rabbi Jeremy Simons, director of Hillels of Memphis.

The Big Scoop

The Big Scoop is the ice cream social during summer Orientation where you get a chance to meet the new students and get them involved! Sign up here to reserve your booth at The Big Scoop!
The deadline to sign up is May 1, 2019.

Need a Place to Study for Midterms?

The Student Success Center (lower level of Thomas Center) will be open Monday through Thursday 4:00-9:00 p.m. with Peer Tutors on hand to answer questions and give study advice. Tutors are available to provide academic support in many courses including Biology, Chemistry, History, and Math. Stop by or contact if you have questions!  
The School of Business Tutoring Office (Buckman Hall 314) is open this week Monday though Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for core business classes, math, and more. Drop in during those times or schedule an appointment at Stop by or contact if you have questions!

Private Math Tutoring

The Math Center now offers private tutoring in addition to its regular tutoring program.

The regular tutoring schedule is:
  • Monday 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday  9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
  • CLOSED Saturdays and Sundays
   More info on Math Center Tutoring at

Current Job Openings at CBU

• Director of Biology Laboratories
• ECE Visiting or Asst/Assoc/Full Tenure-Track Professor
• Assistant Professor of Biology (Tenure Track)
• PA Program Clinical Anatomy, Physiology & Pathophysiology Instructor
• Assistant Professor of Psychology (Tenure Track)
• Faculty Position in Accounting
• Faculty Position In Marketing
• Assistant of Advanced Assistant Professor of English (New Media & Digital Humanities)
• PA Program Faculty, Academic
• PA Program Clinical Pharmacology Instructor
• Adjunct Instructor (Part-time)

• Maintenance Supervisor
• Administrative Assistant
• Online Student Success Specialist
• Instructional Designer and Curriculum Development Specialist
• Director of the CBU Center for Entrepreneurship 
• Advising and Retention Coordinator
• Dean of Academic Services
• PA Program Clinical Administrative Assistant

Think Safety: Tips from Campus Police


What a terrible feeling. You are driving along, and all of a sudden, a police car pulls in behind you and turns on their blue lights and siren. What do you do?
  1. Safely pull to the right shoulder of the road or into a business parking lot to avoid being struck on the main road. Stay in your vehicle. Keep your hands visible. If you are on your phone, get off the phone. If your music is loud, turn it down.
  2. The officer should state why he stopped you — texting while driving, speeding, running a red light, disregarding a stop sign, improper turn, etc. The officer will request your driver’s license, vehicle registration, and insurance.
  3. Tennessee law states you must have your driver’s license with you, and it must be readily available. This means if you want to look for your license, the officer does not have to wait on you to find it to be written a ticket for No Driver’s License.
  4. You must also show the officer your vehicle registration (the vehicle owner information) and insurance card. If you do not have the card, you can show the officer your online policy.
  5. Do not argue with the officer. Sign your ticket. Your avenue for relief is at traffic court, not on the side of the road. Your signature acknowledges your receipt of the ticket, it is not an admission of guilt.
  6. Can you refuse to sign the ticket? Yes, if you want to be arrested. Think about it. What is best for you, a traffic ticket (a city ordinance violation) or an arrest for a driving offense (state misdemeanor)?
  7. For the few minutes you are stopped, give the officer your full attention, plus be courteous.  
Hopefully, the police aren’t pulling you over. They may be passing you on their way to an emergency call. Tennessee’s Move Over Law 55-8-132 states in part, "The driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to, the right hand edge or curb of the roadway, clear of any intersection, and shall stop and remain in such a position until the emergency vehicle has passed, except when otherwise directed by a police officer." FYI — emergency vehicles include ambulances, fire trucks, TDOT HELP trucks, police motorcycle officers, marked police cars (blue lights on top and the police logo on the doors), unmarked police cars equipped with a blue light and siren. Stay alert!

Campus Ministry

KOINONIA STUDENT-LED RETREAT: Koinonia, a  Greek word meaning "Community," is a peer-led, peer-planned, and peer-directed retreat that will be a wonderful experience open to all of our students. Join us for a stress free weekend as we discover ourselves, God, and others. Christian brothers University Koinonia III will take place at St. Columba Retreat Center on March 15-17. For more information and/or to sign up, you can reach out to Joseph Preston in the Office of Campus Ministry through email at or one of the following students who will be serving as the Koinonia core team: Caleb Parrish, Sonia Jaramillo-Perez, Donal Newsome, Amanda Dutra, and Eric Johnson
Please reserve the spots while they last, because they are limited.

CBU FOOD PANTRY: The CBU Food Pantry is open and available for anyone in our CBU community and provides nonperishable food items, spices, and limited hygiene products. If you or someone you know is in need of food, please fill out the form at, and we will set up a time that works for you to pick up the food. The CBU Food Pantry is located in the Campus Ministry Office in the Thomas Center. 
STUDENT MASS: Join us to pray together as a faith community every Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. for our weekly Student Mass held in the Stritch Chapel. If you are interested in joining the choir or playing an instrument please contact Joseph Preston at
PB&J SERVICE WITH CAMPUS MINISTRY: Want to give back to your community? Have around an hour to give? Join Campus Ministry in making peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches for St. Mary's weekly meal kitchen! Meet in Alfonso Dining Hall every Wednesday from 3:30 until 4:00 p.m.
ADORATION AND RECONCILIATION: Eucharistic Adoration will be held every Wednesday from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in the St. Joseph Chapel located in Barry Hall. Fr. Bruce Cinquegrani will also be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Please stop by even for a couple of minutes to say a quick prayer moment and a quiet moment in your day.
DAILY LENTEN REFLECTIONS: During the Lenten season, Campus Ministry invites you to participate in Daily Lenten Reflections (March 6 - April 21). Through this initiative, Campus Ministry would like to publish a brief — yet substantial — daily reflection to the website and our social media platforms featuring reflections written by students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, Brothers, and trustees. All reflections will be due the Thursday before the week they will be published. This ensures that we will have them edited and ready to be published in time. Submitted reflections may be edited by Campus Ministry Staff prior to publication on the website. If interested, please complete the form at this link by Monday, February 25. Campus Ministry will contact you by email on Wednesday, February 27 with your reflection date, readings to choose from, and due date for submission. 
JOIN US IN SAYING FAREWELL TO ASHLEY EVANS: On Thursday, February 28, the offices of Mission & Identity and Campus Ministry invite you to a reception in honor of Ashley Evans, who is completing her time at CBU and moving into new employment. Come one, come all to the Campus Ministry Office from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. — Donuts and pastries will be had! Join us in wishing Ashley the best as the future unfolds for her. We want to thank her for the many projects she assisted with during her time here at CBU.

Run for a Reason

The Office of Recreation will sponsor 20 students to run in the Grizz 5K, which will take place on Saturday, April 6. The package will include a donation to Grizzlies Foundation, race entry, a Grizzlies 5k t-shirt with organization/team name on the back, and an entry to post-race beer-tasting presented by Eagle Distributing (Ages 21+). If you are interested, please contact Ian A. Boyd, Recreation & Intramural Coordinator, at

Upcoming Events


The Study Abroad Office will host an information session on Tuesday, March 12 in Rosa Deal 111 at 1:00 p.m. for students who are interested in participating in a short-term travel study or semester long programs. Light refreshments will be provided.

Yoga classes continue with instructor Kathleen S. Hall on Tuesday, March 12 in Sabbatini Lounge from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Yoga mats will be provided, but you may bring own. Future classes will be held on March 19, March 26, April 2, April 9, April 16, and April 23. For more information, please contact Ian Boyd, Recreation & Intramural Coordinator, at

Free Martial Arts classes with instructor Dr. John Malmo (Management, Marketing & Economics) will resume on Thursday, March 14 in Sabbatini Lounge, 7:00-8:00 p.m. The martial art style we will focus on this semester is Kombatan Arnis, a Filipino martial art of stick fighting. All participants will be required to sign a waiver before starting the class. Future classes will be held on March 21, March 28, April 4, April 11, and April 25. For more information, please contact Ian Boyd, Recreation & Intramural Coordinator, at


A public reception for the new exhibitions in the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery will be held on Friday, March 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Both exhibitions deal with the subject of immigration. "Migration Now" is a collection of handmade prints that address the act of migration and immigration, and the political, social, and racial issues that often accompany it, which comes from the organizations Justseeds and CultureStrike
. "Mi Casa es Your House" features recent work by Vanessa Gonzalez in the gallery foyer. Both exhibitions will run through April 10. More info »» 

Buc Bulletin

MEN'S BASKETBALL (18-9, 13-6 GSC): Alabama Huntsville used a 23-0 run in the second half to help defeat the Bucs, 83-56, on Saturday in Huntsville. The Bucs close out the regular season on Thursday, when they travel to Union University. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Full schedule…
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (10-14, 7-12 GSC): Alabama Huntsville outscored the Lady Bucs 26-11 in the first quarter and never relinquished the lead in an 83-72 victory on Saturday in Huntsville. The Lady Bucs travel to Jackson, TN to face Union on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. Full schedule… 
BASEBALL (1-9, 0-5 GSC): Montevallo took a pair of wins in Sunday's doubleheader, 6-1 and 3-2. The Bucs look to grab game three against Montevallo this afternoon (Monday) at noon. On Wednesday, the Bucs face Lane College at home for a doubleheader at noon, then host Alabama-Huntsville for a three-game series this weekend. Full schedule…
SOFTBALL (3-11, 0-5 GSC): Montevallo used a 10-run inning in game one and a had a pair of two-run innings in game two for a doubleheader sweep of the Lady Bucs on Sunday. The Lady Bucs are scheduled to wrap up the series with Montevallo today (Monday) at noon. CBU plays its next games at home, on Wednesday against LeMoyne-Owen and Saturday and Sunday against Alabama-Hunstville. Full schedule…
TENNIS (Men 6-3, 1-1 GSC; Women 2-5, 1-2 GSC): The CBU men's tennis cruised to a 7-0 win over the Shorter University Hawks on February 16. The Lady Bucs took their first conference win by defeating Shorter 5-2. On Sunday, the Bucs defeated the Blue Mountain Toppers 7-2, and the Lady Bucs won 6-3 against the Blue Mountain women. Men's schedule…  Women's schedule…
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