September 4, 2018                                 View this email in your browser

This Week at CBU


Memphis Reads/Fresh Reads author Colson Whitehead will discuss his book, The Underground Railroad, and host a Q & A session in the University Theater on September 5 at 7:00 p.m. A book signing will follow. Whitehead is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad (an Oprah’s Book Club selection and winner of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize), The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and one collection of essays, The Colossus of New York.

The Student Commuter Council invites you to grab a FREE DONUT AND JUICE on the way to class on Wednesday morning, September 5, from 8:00-9:30 a.m. outside St. Joseph Hall. Or just pause to chit-chat with your fellow resident and commuter students —either way, it's a great way to start the day!

Delta Sigma Pi is a professional fraternity organized to foster the study of business in universities; to encourage scholarship, social activity and the association of students for their mutual advancement by research and practice; to promote closer affiliation between the commercial world and students of commerce, and to further a higher standard of commercial ethics and culture and the civic and commercial welfare of the community."The fraternity is one of the largest co-ed business professional fraternities open to all Business Administration, Accounting, and Cyber Security majors.  All students interested in learning more about the fraternity, are invited to the events below. Snacks and prized will be provided. For additional information, contact
SHARK TANK: Wednesday, September 5 • Buckman Hall 224 • 3:00-4:00 p.m.
RESUME REVIEW & LINKEDIN: Thursday, September 6 • Buckman Hall 208 • 12:15-1:00 p.m.
MOVIE NIGHT: Friday, September 7 • Spain Auditorium • 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Calling all women interested in recruitment! Join the ladies of National Panhellenic Council at S'mores Night on Wednesday, September 5 at the LLC fire pit, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Meet the ladies on the Panhellenic Council and the Gamma Chis who will be in charge of Recruitment Week. Learn more about Recruitment Week, Greek life, and the Panhellenic Council and enjoy some tasty s'mores for FREE! To RSVP please go to

Are You a Champion in the Making? Intramural Season is officially upon us with a Sand Volleyball Tournament starting on Wednesday, September 5 at 6:00 p.m. on the Sand Volleyball Court. To sign up for this and other intramural sports this academic year, please visit If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact Ian A. Boyd at or (901) 321-4442.

Come meet some Psychology Club members and catch up with old friends on Thursday, September 6 at 12:30 p.m. outside the Rosa Deal School of Arts! Free lemonade and cookies for those in attendance!

The ladies of Zeta Tau Alpha invite everyone to join them for dinner at Chick-fil-A at 1980 Union Avenue on Thursday, September 6 between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. Mention ZTA at the register and a percentage of your purchase price will be donated to further Breast Cancer Education and Awareness
The Omicron Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity will hold a membership informational meeting on Friday, September 7 in Buckman Hall 358 at 7:00 p.m. CBU and Rhodes College students are welcome. Business professional attire is required.

"Thank You!" from Ms. Sadie

Ms. Sadie wishes to express her sincerest and deepest gratitude to EVERYONE who planned, prepared, and participated in making her retirement party such a happy and forever memorable occasion. "What a rich, highly meaningful privilege and blessing it is," she says, "to be a part of the beloved CBU Family of Administrators, Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni, and CBU Associates and Friends. It was truly a RED-LETTER DAY for me!"

September of Service: Off to a Great Start!

Great job, CBU! Over Labor Day weekend over forty awesome volunteers cleared kudzu at Lichterman Nature Center, cleaned barns (and hugged chickens) at ARK Farms, and provided hospitality to homeless individuals at Manna House. If you want to be awesome too, go to to sign up for one of our upcoming events. Here are some where we need the most help. We'll be adding four more dates in the coming days, so be sure to check back.
  • Tuesday, September 11, 2:15-6:20 p.m. across from CBU cleaning up the Spanish American Memorial Park with Volunteer Memphis (18 spots left)
  • Wednesday, September 12, 12:15-3:50 p.m. cleaning coolers used by MIFA’s Meals on Wheels program (12 spots left).
  • Monday, September 17, 12:15-4:20 p.m. at Meritan, cleaning up the grounds at a senior citizen's home (8 spots left).
Thanks for helping our community, everyone! Sign up at and be sure to like our SOS Facebook page where we post your cute service photos. 

Career Calendar

Wednesday, September 5 | 3:30 p.m. | Buckman Hall 224
Learn about CBIZ, about who they are and what they do, about current job/internship opportunities they may have, and enjoy free Muddy's cupcakes while they last!  Open to all interested students... those majoring in Accounting and all Master of Accountancy candidates are strongly encouraged to attend.

Thursday, September 6 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Montesi Executive Center
Learn about the Tennessee Department of Transportation, about who they are and what they do, about current job/internship opportunities they may have, and enjoy free pizza while it lasts!  Open to all interested students... juniors and seniors in engineering-related majors are strongly encouraged to attend!

Friday, September 7 | 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Montesi Executive Center
Students, if you need assistance in building your professional wardrobe, stop by during this event to pick out up to four pieces of gently used professional clothing items, donated by our alumni and employer partners. Come by early for best selection. Suits, shirts, blouses, pants, skirts, shoes, belts, ties, accessories, and more! 


Lindsey Alexander (MAcc) has been selected as one of two Excel University scholarship winners. While pursuing her master's degree at CBU, Lindsey is also working full-time as a financial analyst, and has held leadership positions in a variety of organizations. The scholarship is a $1,000 award and includes enrollment into Excel University online training.
Lady Buc outside hitter Emma Lenoir (Early Childhood ’21) was named by the Gulf South Conference as its Volleyball Player of the Week after she led the Lady Bucs to a 2-2 week in the CBU Invitational. Lenoir averaged 5.17 points, 4.44 kills, 2.78 digs and 0.56 aces per set, hitting .259 as she racked up double-figures in both kills and digs in all four matches. She and Miaya Smith (Unspecified Science ’22) were also named to the CBU Invitational All-Tournament Team. Smith hit .455 for the week, averaging 4.03 points, 3.67 kills and 0.56 blocks per set.
Dr. Juan Carlos Olabe (Electrical & Computer Engineering) participated as the invited keynote speaker at the 2018 International Conference on Education and Distance Learning, held in Nice France, July 17-19. The topic of his talk was "Using the Computational Model of the Mind to Design Educational Methodologies:  Solving Problems More Efficiently in the Classroom." This work is supported in part by the University of the Basque Country (Euskal Erriko Unibersitatea) and the Department of Education of the Basque Country (Hezkuntza Saila, Eusko Jaurlaritza).
Patrice Williamson-Thomas (BSBA-Accounting ’97) has been named chief administrative officer for Shelby County by Mayor-elect Lee Harris. She is currently deputy chief operating officer for the City of Memphis. Thomas previously worked as senior financial analyst at Smith & Nephew Richards and manager at First Tennessee’s Corporate Controller’s Division. In 2004, she joined the City of Memphis, where she eventually became deputy director of public works. 

In Memoriam

Shirley Hannon McNeil, mother of CBU trustee Harold McNeil Jr. (Mechanical Engineering ’79), passed away on August 27, 2018. She was a lifelong homemaker and loving wife to Harold McNeil Sr. for 63 years. She is also survived by her daughter, Teresa Jackson; four grandchildren; and one great granddaughter. The family requests any memorials in her honor be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Current Job Openings at CBU



Attention Seniors & Graduate Students!

IF YOU PLAN TO GRADUATE DURING THE 2018-19 ACADEMIC YEAR, it is very important that you complete a Graduation Application, which is located inside of BannerWeb under "Student Services – Student Records – Apply to Graduate." Application deadlines are as follows:
  • December 2018 Graduates: September 15, 2018
    Degrees cannot be conferred without a Graduation Application and the appropriate approvals.  If you have not already done so, please file your intent immediately!
  • May 2019 and August 2019 Graduates: December 1, 2018
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 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 $50.00.

CBU in the News

Jose Ayala (Psychology '22) was one of five local students featured in a story in The Commercial Appeal about their experiences this summer in South Africa as part of the Memphis Music Initiative's MMI Works program, working as interns at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival. Jose is pictured above, second from left, with Tavian Williams,  Allyson Smith, ZaVon Glass and Alicia Taylor on a beach in South Africa. (Photo: Memphis Music Initiative)

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

Campus Ministry News & Events

VOYAGE FIRST-YEAR STUDENT RETREAT: Calling all new Buccaneers to set sail for your first voyage at CBU! The Voyage Retreat is for all first-year students to meet other first-years, build connections to the CBU community, and explore your own journey to success in your first semester. The retreat will be an all-day event held on Saturday, September 8. Interested in signing up or want more information? Please contact Scott Baietti at or Joey Preston at Spots are limited so please make sure you act fast!
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.
MASS IS BACK: 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.
PB&J SERVICE WITH CAMPUS MINISTRY: Want to give back to your community? Have and 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 2:00-3:00pm 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.

JIFF Seeking Volunteers & Mentors

JIFF (Juvenile Intervention and Faith-based​ Follow-up), a local organization that addresses and reduces juvenile crime and violence in Memphis, is seeking volunteers and mentors to work in their four programs which lend support and intervention to youth through a focused, individualized, and holistic approach:
  • Intensive Case Mentoring: A four-month intervention program designed to give court-referred youth, ages 12-18  and their families, the skills, support, and direction necessary to break the destructive cycle of juvenile crime.
  •  Evening Reporting Center (ERC): Designed to provide a community-based alternative to detention. This short term (five days each week for 20 days) intensive supervision program provides highly targeted programs and positive activities in a structured environment for youth 12–17 years of age.
  • Early Intervention Program (EIP): In partnership with Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County, this program is designed to provide 12-17 year-old males and females alternative sentencing options.
  • Live Life Together (LLT) Mentoring Program: A community-based mentoring program for youth who have been served in one of JIFF’s other programs. Mentors provide their time, knowledge, experience, and love to help these young men and women grow, develop, and aspire to a thriving future.
IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING OR MENTORING, please contact Franklin Wright (Professional Psychology '19) at

Upcoming Events

The Chi Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity will hold a formal interest meeting on Monday, September 10 in St. Joseph Hall 10 at 7:11 p.m. Attendees must possess a cumulative GPA of 2.5, have completed at least 28 semester credit hours, a copy of their unofficial transcript and be dressed in business attire (jacket and tie). For more information, contact or

Meet the officers of the Psychology Club and learn about all the activities planned for the semester! Monday, September 17, 2:00-2:30 p.m. — stay tuned for a location! Pizza will be provided to those who RSVP

Ladies, interested in going Greek? Well then, if yes, save these dates! Take a Ride on the Greek Side and Go Greek! Recruitment Week starts Tuesday, September 18 and goes through September 22. If interested, please sign up by going to Please remember to pay your $25 recruitment fee to Connie Beck in Student Life in order to get your Panhellenic shirt and go through rush. Questions??? Contact Kennedy Simmons at


Join CBU's alumni for food, fun, and everything that makes us family! A list of events and registration can be found at

The CBU Athletics Department will hold the 30th annual Brother Mark Sullivan Golf Tournament on Monday, October 22, at 12:30 p.m. at Germantown Country Club. For more information and registration, visit

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Bell Tower Gala on November 3 at the Peabody Hotel! This is CBU's event of the year, celebrating our remarkable alumni and faculty! This year's honorees are:
Brother Chris Englert (’77), Distinguished Alumnus
Dr. James Parker, National Alumni Board Teaching Excellence Award
Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., A Special Tribute
For information or to purchase tickets, visit today.

Tryout to be a Potential Lady Buc! 

Think you have what it takes to play for the CBU Lady Buccaneer basketball team?
If you’re interested in trying out, all of the following requirements must be turned in by September 4:
  • Copy of insurance card
  • Tryout participation release form
  • Proof of physical that has been done within the last six months. MUST BE SIGNED BY A DOCTOR!
Please contact Coach Robinson ASAP via email if interested:

Buc Bulletin

MEN'S SOCCER (0-2, 0-0 GSC): Lynn University scored four first-half goals as they rolled to a 7-0 victory Friday night against the Bucs in the season opener for both squads. On Sunday, the Bucs held Palm Beach Atlantic to a single goal in the first half, but the Sailfish scored two goals in the final 30 minutes as they pulled away for the victory. The Bucs return home to host their home opener on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. against LindenwoodFull schedule… 
WOMEN'S SOCCER (1-0-1, 0-0 GSC): The Lady Bucs drew even against the Drury Panthers 2-2 in a double overtime marathon on Friday night. The Lady Bucs capped off their season-opening road trip with a 1-0 win against Missouri S&T in S&T Soccer Field on Sunday afternoon. They return to Memphis for their first home match to face off fellow Buccaneers from Barry on Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Signaigo Field. On Sunday, they face off against the Rockhurst Hawks at 1:30 p.m.. Full schedule… 
VOLLEYBALL: (3-5, 0-0 GSC): The Lady Bucs lost a pair of matches in the Pittsburg State University Gorilla Classic Friday, losing to Chadron State in four sets and Northwestern Oklahoma State in three sets. They split two matches Saturday, defeating Cameron in a thrilling five-set match before losing to host Pittsburg State in straight sets. The Lady Bucs hit the road again next weekend for their final tuneup before GSC play with three matches in the Union University Volleyball Classic. CBU faces Belmont Abbey Friday night at 5 p.m. before playing Henderson State and LeMoyne-Owen Saturday. Full schedule… 
CROSS COUNTRY: The CBU cross country teams kicked the season off in the 16th annual Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic hosted by CBU at Mike Rose Soccer Complex on Saturday. The Lady Bucs finished 16th with an average time of 434 points. Freshman Johanna Wistokat had the best finish on the team, placing 76th out of 182 runners, with a time of 20:14.05. In the men's four-miler, junior Jack Goodwin had the Bucs' best finish with a time of 22:36.21. As a team, the Bucs finished 17th overall. Memphis finished first in the men's race with 65 points. Both teams return to action September 15 in the Rhodes College Invitational at Shelby Farms Park. Full schedule…
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