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This Week at CBU

Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority and Kappa Sigma Fraternity are teaming up to present "Warmer Hands, Warmer Hearts," a glove drive benefitting the Union Mission in Downtown Memphis. They'll be collecting donated gloves in Alfonso Dining Hall all week, November 26-30, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. everyday. If you have any questions, contact William Foner at and Rebeca Velazquez at

The Asian Student Association, a new organization on campus promoting the diversity of Asian culture here at CBU, will hold a sale of bubble tea and steamed buns in Buckman Quad on Wednesday, November 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. $3.00 for bubble tea and $3.00 for steamed buns — save and buy a combo for $5.00!

A make-up photography session has been scheduled for any faculty or staff members who have missed getting their photos taken for the new online directory. 
Date: Wednesday, November 28
Time: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.  
Place: Buckman Hall 357
Dress: Professional (dark solid colors preferred)
Who: Any members of the faculty/staff who have not yet had their picture taken for the online directory.

Tri-Beta will be hosting a holiday party on Thursday, November 29 in St. Joseph Hall Room 10 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. All majors are invited to attend! Come out for a study break to enjoy some good food and to meet some new people!

The "My Favorite Film" series continues on Friday, November 30 at 7:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium with Campus Minister Brother Tom Sullivan’s favorite film, Trains, Planes, and Automobiles! Kick back and relax and come learn why it’s Brother Tom’s favorite movie! Popcorn, candy, and drinks will be provided!

Everyone is invited to attend the first-ever lighting of the CBU Chanukah Menorah at Buckman Quad on Sunday, December 2, at 2:30 p.m. Rabbi Jeremy Simons of Hillels of Memphis will say a few words about the meaning and customs of the holiday, and the candles will then be lit. After the lighting, there will be a reception with soft drinks and donuts in the Sabbatini Lounge. There will also be dreidels and instructions on how to play the dreidel game, which has a part in the Chanukah story. Chanukah lasts for eight days, so an additional candle will be lit during each day of the holiday, through Sunday, December 9. For more information, please contact Dr. Stan Eisen at or (901) 321-3447. Assembly of the Menorah has been a cooperative effort by Russell Gourley of the CBU Physical Plant, as well as Sara Laney, Matthew Etts, Michael Mendez, and Lance Silvis.

Deck the Arches!

Christmas is just around the corner, which means it's time to get festive! To celebrate, the CBU is once again hosting "Deck the Arches," the Christmas Archway Decorating Competition! All student organizations and any other groups are invited to participate, so please fill out the form at before Friday, November 30. A few things to remember, if you compete:
  • If you include decorations that require power (lights, etc.), your team is responsible for working with CBU Maintenance to ensure proper installation and safety protocols are followed.
  • Archways will be judged on Wednesday, December 5. Winners will be announced at the CBU Christmas Celebration (see below) that evening. At least one member from the team must be present.
  • Archway decorations must be removed on or before Tuesday, December 10 (or your organization will be fined). Each organization is responsible for returning their archway to its original state following the competition.
  • Content must be tasteful, and is subject to removal at the discretion of the Office of Student Life at any time.
Questions? Contact Connie Beck at Sign up today at!

Career Calendar

Tuesday, November 27 | 12:30 p.m. | Montesi Executive Center
Something all college students could learn from! Join us for this informative event. Free pizza while it lasts!

Wednesday, November 28 | 3:30 p.m. | Montesi Executive Center
Learn about
Frontdoor (The parent company of American Home Shield, HSA, OneGuard & Landmark), who they are, what they do, and what types of positions they offer — plus, enjoy free Muddy's Cupcakes! Open to all interested students. Open to all interested students — those in the School Of Business are especially encouraged to attend.
Thursday, November 29 | 12:30 p.m. | Montesi Executive Center
Learn about U.S. Customs & Border Patrol, who they are, what they do, and what types of positions they offer — plus, enjoy free pizza! Open to all interested students in all majors.


Gabby Salinas
(Biochemistry '11) was the subject of a report on NBC's Today Show on Thanksgiving Day. The profile covers her recent campaign for a Tennessee state senate seat during the 2018 midterms, her childhood battles with bone cancer and thyroid cancer and how how St. Jude changed her life, including her relationship with Marlo Thomas, actress and St. Jude outreach director.

Johanna Wistokat (Business Administration '22) was named to the USTFCCCA  All-South Region team after leading the Lady Bucs to a 13th-place finish in the NCAA South Regional Cross Country Tournament (see below in Buc Bulletin). Johanna finished 19th of 130 runners, completing the women's 6k course in 22:45. Her honor marks the third consecutive year that a CBU Lady Buc runner has placed on the team, following Hannah Owen in 2016 and 2016; Johanna is the first freshman in CBU history to earn a spot.
The newest book by Anthony Maranise, OblSB (Religion & Philosophy ‘11, Catholic Studies ‘17), entitled Cross of a Different Kind: Cancer & Christian Spirituality [Eternal Insight Press, 2018], was declared category winner for Religion-Christianity at the American Book Festival in Los Angeles, thereby earning a Best Book Award. The honor comes with both the distinction as well as $5,000 in free publicity. As always, 100% of all proceeds from the sales of Anthony’s newest book directly benefit the lifesaving work at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. You may read the official announcement for this award (which also includes a link to purchase the book) by visiting this link.
Dr. Marius Carriere (History & Political Science) recently attended the Southern Historical Association Conference in Birmingham where he autographed copies of his recent book, The Know Nothings in Louisiana.
Dr. James McGuffee (Dean, School of Sciences) was a featured speaker at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts' "Science Speaker Series" on November 9. Dr. McGuffee, a 1985 alumnus of LSMSA, spoked on "Big Data and Artificial Intelligence."
Joseph Jones (BSBA-Accounting '88) was recently promoted to the position of executive director of the American Contract Bridge League, the world’s largest bridge organization and the sanctioning body for the game of bridge in North America. A lifelong Memphian, Joe has worked at the ACBL for eight years, where previously served as CFO. He also is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. He and his wife Julie, who is a neonatal ICU nurse, have a son and two daughters. 

Thanks & Congratulations

Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society thanks everyone who came out to support their fundraiser, Bowling for Uganda. Tri-Beta also congratulates the winners during this event:
Theta TauFirst Place
Tau Kappa Eplison, Second Place
Honors Program, Third Place
Sandra Davis, First Place Female
Emma Heiter, Second Place Female
Cameron HartFirst Place Male
Mike McAffeeSecond Place Male

CBU Snapshots

Rachel Stephens
(Physics '20) and Donal Newsome (Physics '20) show off some new equipment for an electron spin resonance experiment that they will perform when they take their Advanced Physics Laboratory (PHYS 452) course next year. Dr. John Varriano (Physics & Natural Science, Chair)) was awarded an equipment grant from the Johnathon F. Reichert Foundation to aid in the purchase of the equipment. The remaining cost of the equipment was covered by funds donated to the School of Sciences general fund by generous donors.

News at CBU

Christian Brothers University and the University of Memphis will co-sponsor the 2019 Shelby County Schools Spelling Bee, with the winner advancing to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC. The SCS Spelling Bee will take place at the University of Memphis Rose Theatre on Saturday, February 9, 2019. Seventy-four schools are currently registered for the SCS Spelling Bee. Each school's champion will take an online test administered and proctored by Scripps. Scripps will grade the tests and submit the top 50 spellers in Shelby County. The top 50 spellers will participate in the SCS Spelling Bee with the winner advancing to our nation's capital to compete with other champion spellers from around the United States.
     "The Scripps Spelling Bee is a great American tradition, and I am very happy CBU and the U of M could wort out this partnership to return the Regional Bee to Memphis, allowing our students to focus on spelling and not travel." said CBU President John Smarrelli.
     Schools can still enroll in the Scripps National Spelling Bee program by January 30, 2019, and receive all of the materials to conduct classroom and school spelling bees. For more information, go to

  1. CLOTHING DRIVE: Let's join together to collect clothing for St. Mary's Soup Kitchen. We're looking for MEN'S PANTS — new or gently used khakis, jeans, and sweatpants.
  2. GIFTS FOR GOD'S CHILDREN (benefitting Catholic Charities of West Tennessee): First, select a child from the Christmas Tree in Alfonso Dining Hall (all the families are from De La Salle Blessed Sacrament School). Then, go shopping for their gift. And finally, bring unwrapped gifts and your child’s card to Campus Ministry.
  3. FOOD DRIVE TO BENEFIT THE MID-SOUTH FOOD BANK AND ST. MARY'S SOUP KITCHEN: We're collecting non-perishable items such as canned soups, vegetables, beans, and fruits; and non-frozen microwave meals.
Drop Off All Collected Items in Campus Ministry by Friday, December 7

Attention Seniors & Graduate Students!

This is a friendly reminder that a graduation application is required in order for all degrees to be conferred. If you plan to graduate in DECEMBER, and you have not already completed a graduation application, you must do so immediately. Please be advised that the graduation application deadline for December graduates has passed, and those filing after the September 15 deadline will now be assessed a $50 late fee in addition to the $130 standard graduation fee. 
For students anticipating graduation in May or August, the graduation application deadline is December 1. 
The $130 graduation fee is applied at the beginning of the semester in which graduation is anticipated. This application fee is applicable for one year. After this time, students who have not completed their degree requirements will be removed from the graduation list, and they must reapply for graduation, as well as repay the graduation fee. Those filing after the stated deadlines will be assessed a non-refundable late fee of $50.
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Current Job Openings at CBU

• 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
• Visiting Assistant Professor of English (Digital Rhetorics & Professional Writing)
• PA Program Clinical Pharmacology Instructor
• Adjunct Instructor (Part-time)

• Advising and Retention Coordinator
• Safety Officer (Part-Time) 7:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m
• Safety Officer (Full-Time) 3:00 p.m to 11:00 p.m
• Mail and Bindery Clerk 
• Safety Officer (Full Time)
• Dean of Academic Services
• Director of Counseling
• Police Supervisor (Lieutenant)
• Director of AutoZone Center for Community Engagement
• PA Program Clinical Administrative Assistant

Upcoming Events

STARS is excited to announce its upcoming "Mistletoe Variety Show" that will be held in the University Theater on Tuesday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. This fundraiser is a campus-wide event in which STARS invites students, faculty, and staff to not only participate in the show but also to be members of the audience. Show off your talents, skills, and creativity — Musical Instruments, Dancing, Singing, Skits, and More! Prizes will be awarded to the top performances! Tickets are $7.50 during the pre-sale online event and $10 at the door. For tickets go to This is a campus-wide event open to students, faculty, and staff. 
CBU will host the Official Release Party for a new book by Candous S. Brown (English '07, MAT '12) entitled The Life of an Educator and the new publishing company, One Dove Ink, the creation of Reginald O. McCray (BSBA-Management '05) on December 4 at 7:00 p.m. in Sabbatini Lounge. Brown, a teacher in Shelby County Schools for the past 11 years, wrote The Life of an Educator as her story and a plan of action to educate the teachers of the future. Copies of the book can be pre-ordered at for $20.00 and received signed by the author that night as well.

Dr. and Mrs. John Smarrelli Jr., the Brothers of the Lambert Hall Community, and the Student Government Association invite the entire CBU community — students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and families — to the annual Christmas Celebration and Tree Lighting on Wednesday, December 5! Please join us for this festive celebration of the season! The Tree Lighting will open the celebration at 5:00 p.m. in the Quad, with dinner to follow in Alfonso Dining Hall! More info and RSVP* at… (*Students are not required to RSVP!)

Student Life will host a "Meet and Greet" on Thursday, December 6 in the new student lounge underneath Alfonso Dining Hall. The event starts at 6:00 p.m. and is open to all students! The goal is to foster community on campus and allow for light conversation in a friendly, warm environment. So come on out for hot chocolate, cookies, and conversation in a speed dating format! For more information, contact (901) 279-2124.

The Theatre Department will be presenting Improvisation Night at the University Theater at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 6. Students of the Improvisation class will perform games in the tradition of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" Admission is free.

Intramural Corner

The Intramural Volleyball Championship Games will be held on Tuesday, November 27 in Canale Arena, starting at 8:00 p.m. Our matchups will be:
  • Recreation League: (1) Theta Tau vs. (2) Team Mango at 8:00 p.m.
  • Competitive League: (1) Men’s Soccer vs. (3) Sigma Alpha Epsilon at 9:00 p.m. 
The Intramural Dodgeball Tournament will be held on Wednesday, November 28 and Thursday, November 29, starting at 8:00 p.m. in Canale Arena.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Ian A. Boyd at or visit him in Student Life.

Buc Bulletin

CROSS COUNTRY: The Lady Bucs finished in 13th place in the NCAA South Regional Cross Country Tournament on November 17. The Lady Bucs were led by Johanna Wistokat, who completing the women's 6k course in 22:45, earning USTFCCCA All-South Region honors (see Kudos above). She finished finished 19th of 130 runners, and was the fourth-place freshman in the race. The Bucs fielded an incomplete men's team. Junior Jacob Axton led the way with a 110th-place finish of 36:04 on the men's 10k.
MEN'S BASKETBALL (3-1, 0-0 GSC): Visiting Lane out-scored the Bucs 6-1 over the final 1:11 as they claimed an 83-79 win Tuesday night in a nip-and-tuck game where neither team led by more than six points. The Bucs return from the Thanksgiving break Monday night at 7:00 p.m. as they host Harding University at Canale Arena. This weekend, they begin GSC play with games at West Florida and Valdosta StateFull schedule… 
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (2-0, 0-0 GSC): The Lady Bucs out-scored host Lane 6-0 in the last minute as they rallied for a 68-63 win Tuesday night after trailing by as many as 15 points earlier in the contest. The Lady Bucs open GSC play this week as they visit West Florida Thursday night at 5:30 p.m. Their next home game is Tuesday, December 4, when they host Lane College at 5:00 p.m. Full schedule… 
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