September 30, 2019                                 View this email in your browser

Inaugural Week Celebration

During the week of September 29 - October 5, Christian Brothers University will honor the inauguration of Jack Shannon as our 23rd president in a celebration of our Lasallian heritage, excellence in education, and commitment to service. #CBUPrez23
A Plenary Address by John A. Fry, president of Drexel University will be held at Crosstown Concourse starting at 5:30 p.m. Fry has set out to transform Drexel into a private research university with a strong public purpose — an institution that harnesses its strengths in cooperative education, translational research, online education and entrepreneurship to serve students, its neighborhood, the city, and nation. The evening will also include a special announcement of the 2019-2020 Lasallian Educator of the Year. More info…
Put together a team of up to seven shipmates and meet at 7:00 p.m. in Alfonso Dining Hall to test your knowledge of Memphis, CBU, and our new first family, the Shannons. Pirate booty will be awarded to the top three crews and the team with the best table décor. Register your team here…
In the spirit of St. John Baptist de La Salle, the CBU community is asked to spend time giving back to others during this week of celebration, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sign up to serve here!
AHOY STUDENTS! Join us on Nolan Field at 5:00 p.m. for dinner and our inaugural Buccaneer Battle to honor Captain Jack Shannon! PLUS a special announcement of the 2019-2020 Lasallian Fellows at 6:00 p.m. More information and sign-ups are available here…
Join us at 12:15 p.m. in the University Theater for an exciting CBU community academic event that will feature music, food, and a short program of eight CBU faculty members giving brief but dynamic presentations that demonstrate how CBU faculty members are moving their academic fields and their students in an exciting direction. More info, including the line-up of faculty presenters…
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (1695 Central Avenue) • 1:00 p.m. 
Classes will cancelled, and transportation from the CBU campus will be provided to the Celebratory Mass and Installation at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Shuttles will run regularly from the Cooper-Wilson Center, starting at 12:00 p.m. Click here to RSVP… 

6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception • 7:00 p.m. Dinner and Entertainment at the Guest House at Graceland (3600 Elvis Presley Boulevard)
All are invited to a special celebration presented by FedEx in honor of the Inauguration of our 23rd president. Purchase tickets at this link…

Other Events This Week at CBU

Free martial arts classes with instructor Dr. John Malmo (Management, Marketing & Economics) continue on Monday in Sabbatini Lounge, 7:30-9:00 p.m. The martial art style we will focus on this semester is Kombatan Arnis, a Filipino martial art of stick fighting. Classes will be held most Mondays during the semester — check the Connection weekly or for up-to-date info. For more information, please contact Ian Boyd, Recreation & Intramural Coordinator, at
Free coffee, orange juice and donuts! The Office of Student Life and the Student Commuter Council will be stationed outside St. Joseph Hall on Tuesday morning, 8:30-10:30 a.m. to provide a free breakfast for CBU commuter students.

Free yoga classes with instructor Kathleen S. Hall will continue on Tuesday in the Wilson Family Commons in the LLC from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Yoga mats will be provided, but you may bring own. Future classes will be held most Tuesdays during the semester — check the Connection weekly or for up-to-date info. For more information, please contact Ian Boyd, Recreation & Intramural Coordinator, at

In conjunction with the Day of Service celebrating the Inauguration of President Shannon, Vitalant (formerly Lifeblood) will be on campus Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. as another way to give back to the community. The bloodmobile will be parked by the Rosa Deal School of Arts. Donors will receive a free t-shirt (while supplies last) and be entered to win a chance for a $1,000 Amazon gift card. Go to, click "Donate," and enter sponsor code "CBU" in order to sign up for a donation appointment.


Physicist and science fiction author Les Johnson will be speaking to the CBU community on Wednesday, October 2 at 2:30 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. Everyone is welcome. Johnson is the author of several non-fiction books, including Graphene: The Superstrong, Superthin, and Superversatile Material That Will Revolutionize the World. He is also a science fiction author, including the novel Mission to Methone. His latest anthology, Stellaris: People of the Stars, coedited with Robert Hampson, was released in September 2019. He was technical advisor for the films Europa Report and Lost in Space and has appeared on episodes of the Discovery Channel series Physics of the Impossible and the Science Channel series Exodus Earth, as well as several other television documentaries. By day, Johnson leads research on various advanced space propulsion technologies at the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. During his career at NASA, he has served in several other managerial positions and is a three-time recipient of NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal.

Do you feel overwhelmed with midterms approaching? Do you struggle trying to study for so many different type courses? Attend the Student Success Series Midterm Preparation & Pizza Workshop learn from successful student leaders on how to properly review notes, staying organized, and how to study for different types of courses. Also, review your academic performance so far and figure out how to make changes accordingly with midterms approaching. The Midterm Preparation & Pizza Workshop is offered once this week on Wednesday, October 2 at 4:00-4:50 p.m. in St. Joseph Hall 10. 

Would you like to gain some one-on-one interviewing experience with people working in your future professional field?
Sign up for the Annual Tri-Beta Mock Interview Event scheduled for Thursday at 6:00 p.m.on the second floor of the Cooper-Wilson Center. FREE dinner will be provided at this event! Just a few of the professions participating in the Mock Interview include Medicine, Physician Assistant, Dentistry, Optometry, Nursing, and many more! Deadline for sign-up was last week, but contact Amber Lamberty at for more info.


Registration is now open for the GRE/GMAT Fall Prep Series!
Applicants for the program have found these sessions to be incredibly valuable as they prepare for either the GRE or the GMAT exam. The four sessions are held on the dates listed below from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Each session will focus on different material, so students are encouraged to attend all four, if their schedule permits.
  • October 5: Quantitative material
  • October 12: Quantitative material
  • October 19: Qualitative material
  • October 26: Qualitative material
The price to attend the sessions is $40 for CBU MBA applicants, $100 for CBU students and alumni, and $200 for visiting students. For more info, contact Jazmyne Tribble at

Want to learn something new and contribute to a great cause? Join an afternoon of Square Dancing to Benefit Alzheimer's Research on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Bartlett United Methodist Church (5676 Stage Rd). There is no entrance fee, but donations are encouraged. There will also be a silent auction with all proceeds benefitting the Alzheimer's Foundation. Speaking of square dancing… When was the last time you learned something new? Join a 12-week series of lessons to learn the basics of square dancing. Classes begin on October 9, 7:30-9:00 p.m. at 5676 Stage Rd. $65 for the series. For more info, visit or contact Robert Moats at

September of Service Finale on Thursday!

We've served and served and SERVED! Now it's time to CELEBRATE!
This week, 140 amazing September of Service& volunteers made publicity materials for the Memphis Child Advocacy Center, boxed almost seven tons of food at the Mid-South Food Bank, helped the Memphis Area Women's Council set up for Walk A Mile in Her Shoes, played games and assisted children with homework at Memphis Athletic Ministries, and tutored children and cleaned up at Word of Faith Ministries, completed several gardening tasks at Memphis Tilth's Alpha Omega Veterans Garden, and served dinner to guests of Dorothy Day House. Thanks, volunteers! We love you! Our last project is today from 1:45 to 4:50 p.m. at Overton Park Conservancy. Sign up at

Now that SOS 2019 is a wrap it is time to CELEBRATE! Come to the Wilson Family Commons in the LLC at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday (October 3) for our annual celebration of the biggest service initiative of the year. We will reveal this year's service statistics (did we set any records?) and have refreshments, fun awards, participation prizes, prints of your "Why I Serve" photos, and our always popular SOS finale video. What could be more fun than all that?! If you participated in SOS, look for your picture on finale flyers around campus this week. Remember, for every SOS project in which you participated, you get a chance to win a fun participation prize. Plus, the two students who served at th most projects win a special prize. Don't miss the SOS Finale!

Be sure to check out, where all our pictures are posted.

Career Calendar

Wednesday, October 2 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Buckman Hall 102
Learn more about AutoZone, about who they are and what they do, and learn about any potential positions/internships they may have available. All students are welcome, but seniors and juniors in the School of Business are encouraged to attend. Plus, enjoy free Muddy's cupcakes while they last.  

Wednesday, October 9 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Cotros Presentation Room (Rosa Deal 111)
Learn more about the Lasallian Teacher Residency Program at CBU, about who they are and what they do. Plus, enjoy free Muddy's cupcakes while they last. 


Lady Buc Bobbie Willis (Natural Science '20) was named Defender of the Week by the Gulf South Conference for the week of September 16-22. Bobbie earned the honor after scoring a pair of goals in the 4-1 victory over Harding on September 19 and then helping to lead the team to a 1-0 victory over Ouachita Baptist without allowing a shot on goal. The two goals were a career high for her — she now has three this season and five for her career. 

CBU in the News

President Jack Shannon appeared on "Behind the Headlines" on WKNO-TV on September 27 with Marjorie Hass, president of Rhodes College, to discuss the challenges and opportunities of higher education in Memphis with Bill Dries, reporter for The Daily Memphian, and host Eric Barnes.

President Shannon also appeared on the CityCurrent radio show on September 22 with SOS student leader Calvin Gill (Psychology '20) to discuss September of Service with host Jeremy Park. Click here to listen to the interview.
Collin Dice (Ecology '21) and Jill Johnson (Interdisciplinary Studies '20) were interviewed in an article in The Commercial Appeal about the global climate strike last week in front of Memphis City Hall. Collin was noted in the article for reviving the CBU's Sustainability Coalition his freshman year. 
Michael Foner was mentioned in an article from regarding his work with the Fair Immigration Reform Movement this summer.

Alumni News

Frank Lanigan (Applied Psychology '17) is currently pursuing an MA in Journalism from the National University of Ireland, Galway. He recently wrote an article for The Daily Memphian about a proposed mixed-use project in Cooper-Young.
Kaci Murley (English for Corporate Communications '10) has joined the Overton Park Conservancy as its deputy executive director. Kaci was previously at Leadership Memphis and Complete Tennessee.
Thomas W. Slavings (Religion & Philosophy '11, MBA '14) has joined Southwest Airlines as a business consultant in IT Transformation. He was previously a program portfolio manager at FedEx Services. 

CBU Student Leader of the Week

This week’s Student Leader of the Week goes to Jessica Morrison! Faithful, consistent, kind, and understanding are just a few words to describe Jessica and her character. She is a breath of fresh air, a servant leader to the max, and an incredible team player who has impressed us all with her organization skills, attention to detail, and encouraging spirit to those around her.
      Give it up for Miss Jessica as we celebrate her for all of the wonderful ways she has impacted CBU! We see and appreciate you!! 🤗💫🎖
Major: Biochemical Engineering with minors in Sustainability and Chemistry.
Hometown: Memphis, TN.
Involvement: I am the VP of Panhellenic Recruitment, VP of Community for the Catholic Student Association, a Catholic Relief Services Ambassador, and a member of Society of Women Engineers, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and Alpha Xi Delta.
What you’ve learned about leadership/advice you have for others: Through my time at CBU, I have learned the value of being a servant leader. When in a leadership role, one must be in the role because of their passion for the cause/organization and not for personal gain. I learned the importance of making sure the people you lead understand that they are your equals, and having a title does not mean you are better or more important than anyone else. My advice to anyone wanting to be involved on campus is to stop wishing and start doing. Apply for the position. Go to the interest meeting. Be involved. Your college experience will be as rewarding as the amount of effort you put into it.
Your favorite thing about CBU: The Lasallian tradition and how it is still being practiced by the faculty and students today.

Private Math Tutoring



The regular tutoring schedule is:
  • Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 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


, 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 IV — or CBUK for short — will take place at St. Columba Retreat Center on November 1-3. 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: Donal Newsome, Rosa Santana, Lizeth Hernandez, Nicole Johnson, and Bailey Jones.   

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. Additional mass times on campus include an evening mass at 5:00 p.m. on Thursdays as well as the Brothers' mass at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays.
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 to 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.
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Upcoming Events

Two Hundred Years of Religion in Memphis: featuring local clergy and scholars including Dr. Andre Johnson and Dr. Earle Fisher at the Memphis Theological Seminary, Cumberland Hall 201 on October 9 at 11:15 a.m. 
Making Memphis - 200 Years of Community Exhibit: featuring community-curated artifacts and interactive exhibits at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum through October 20.

Buc Bulletin

MEN'S SOCCER (3-5, 1-2 GSC): The Bucs hosted West Florida on Friday, with the Argos pulling out a 2-0 win the second half. On Sunday, they returned to action against Spring Hill College, winning 4-1 at Signaigo Field. The Bucs are scheduled to return to action on Friday, when they host Union at 7:00 p.m. Full schedule…
WOMEN'S SOCCER (6-1, 2-0 GSC): The Lady Bucs opened Gulf South Conference play against West Florida at Signaigo Field with a 1-0 victory on Friday. They came back to Signaigo Field on Sunday and continued their winning streak with a 6-1 win over Spring Hill. The Lady Bucs continue their play at Signaigo Field on Friday as they take on Union University at 5:00 p.m. Full schedule…
VOLLEYBALL (2-13, 0-3 GSC): The Lady Bucs and the Union University Lady Bulldogs played an evenly competitive match last Tuesday in Canale Arena. Each set went down to the wire, but Union was able to come away with a 3-1 match victory. The team travelled to Alabama over the weekend, facing Alabama-Huntsville on Friday; Each set was highly competitive, but UAH was able to win the match 3-0. On Saturday, the Lady Bucs dropped a 3-1 decision at Montevallo. The team continues their road swing on Tuesday as they are matched up against GSC foe Mississippi College at 6:00 p.m. Full schedule… 
CROSS COUNTRY: Peter Torres crossed the finish line in 25th place to help the Bucs to an 11th-place finish at the Rhodes Invitational on September 21. With a 46th place finish, Johanna Wistokat led the Lady Bucs to a 12th-place finish. On Saturday, the teams head to Fayetteville, AR for the Chile Pepper Festival hosted by the University of Arkansas. Full schedule…
GOLF: Both CBU golf teams will play in the Flyer Intercollegiate Tournament on Monday and Tuesday, hosted by Lewis University in Lemont, IL. Men's schedule… Women's schedule…
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