May 6, 2019                                 View this email in your browser

Commencement Week

Wednesday, May 8 | 11:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Sabbatini Lounge
Graduates participating in the ceremony will have the opportunity to pickup their regalia. Dr. Bru Wallace and Ms. Amy Ware, the readers for commencement, will be in Sabbatini from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. if you would like to make sure your name is announced correctly.

Thursday, May 9 | 6:30 p.m. | Sabbatini Lounge | Invitation Only 
Honoring the Alumni Legacy Graduates of the Class of 2019. Invitations are sent to legacy students and their families to join the CBU administration for a relaxing dinner and legacy pinning ceremony, wherein graduates and their family members who are alumni will be awarded a pin that is a symbol of inclusion in the Legacy Society.

Friday, May 10 | 10:00 a.m. | University Theater | Invitation Only 
The Presidential Student Recognition recognizes undergraduates who have excelled in the classroom, athletically, and across campus. Parents and CBU faculty/staff are invited to attend. Brunch will be served afterward in Alfonso Dining Hall.

Friday, May 10 | 7:00 p.m. | Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Students should plan to meet at the Cathedral by 6:30 p.m. (Undergraduates: Wear regalia only; Graduate students: regalia and hood. Please do not bring your cap.) A reception for graduates and guests will be held following the Baccalaureate Service in Marion Hall. Families will have the chance to take photos with their graduates. 

Saturday, May 11 | 9:00 a.m. | Signaigo Field
The ceremony begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. Graduates should plan to arrive at Canale Arena by 7:30 a.m. Gates for the general public open at 8:00 a.m. Assisted transportation for the elderly and handicapped will end at 9:50 a.m. The Honorary Doctorate of Public Service will be awarded to commencement speaker Jim Strickland, mayor of the City of Memphis.
 Additional details about CBU's 2019 Commencement may be found here. 

Other Events This Week at CBU

Do you want to designate your office as a CBU Safe Zone? Safe Zone training for interested faculty and staff will be conducted on Monday, May 6 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Cotros Presentation Room (Rosa Deal 111). Dr. Kelly James (Behavioral Sciences) will facilitate the training. Contact her at to sign up. CBU’s Safe Zone Program launched in Fall of 2013, when several faculty and staff members completed training and became Safe Zone Allies. Sponsored by Student Life and the CBU Gay Straight Alliance and endorsed by the Faculty Assembly, the Safe Zone Program aims to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersexed, asexual or ally (LGBTQIA) students; to improve the overall campus environment for these students; and to educate students, faculty and staff on LGBTQIA issues. More information about CBU Safe Zones, along with a list of Safe Zone Allies, can be found at


It's a busy time of year as we prepare to celebrate our latest crop of graduating students. But CBU also wants to celebrate its faculty and staff — so take a break and join the community for Employee Appreciation Day, our slightly-belated Cinco de Mayo fiesta, on Tuesday, May 7 from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Gazebo and Thomas Center Courtyard — complete with Mexican-style cuisine, margaritas, and paletas (popsicles) from La Michoacana! During the celebration, we will recognize some of our CBU family members with Employee Service Awards for their years of service to the university. Service Award Recognition will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Gazebo. To top it all off, the traveling Amurica photo booth will be available for some fun, laughs, and pictures!

Faculty and instructors, are you passionate about addressing a community need? Do you welcome collaboration and an exchange of resources with one or more community partners? Are you eager to engage students in a high-impact practice and experiential learning?  If YES, the AutoZone Center for Community Engagement (ACCE) invites you to attend the Community-Engaged Learning Course Development Workshop on Thursday, May 9 from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the Cotros Presentation Room (Rosa Deal 111). Join us for discussion, models, and resources to learn how you can transform your pedagogy. This event is open to CBU faculty and instructors and includes breakfast upon registration. Please email Leslie McAbee at to register — and please note any dietary restrictions in your message.


Carly Downing (Natural Science '17) has been accepted to the University of Memphis Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition Program and combined internship.
Dr. Paul Haught (VP for Academics & Student Life) was the guest speaker at the Northeast Memphis Optimist Club on Wednesday, May 1 at the 7:00 a.m. breakfast meeting held at the Crescent Club.

CBU in the News

Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering) and Dr. Divya Choudhary (STEM Center for Women and Diversity) appeared on WMC’s Bluff City Life on May 1 to talk about the Gadomski School of Engineering's STEM camps for high school students going on this summer at CBU.

President John Smarrelli is the subject of a "Front and Center" interview in the May issue of Memphis magazine, in which he discusses his decade as president of CBU, his relationship with students, the challenge of being the first lay president, his work with Crosstown High School and the efforts to convert the Diocesan Jubilee Schools to public charters, and his work to make CBU open and easily available to DACA students. The magazine is currently available on the newsstands, and the interview is also available online at this link.

CBU Snapshots

Institute for Leadership Development Goes On The Road! 
On April 26, faculty members from the School of Business drove to Blytheville, AR to the Tenaris-Hickman manufacturing plant. The Institute for Leadership Development (ILD) and Tenaris are partnering on a 10-month project designed to develop the next generation of Tenaris managers. Faculty will train Tenaris' high-potential employees in four topic areas: (1) self-management, (2) creativity and innovation, (3) business acumen, and (4) strategic planning and vision casting. The half-day and full-day workshops will be conducted every other week in Blytheville, on CBU's main campus, and at Crosstown Concourse. Pictured here are: Dr. Joe Turek (Dean of Business), Dr. Bev Vitali (Management, ILD), Dr. John Malmo (Marketing), Dr. Jennifer Weske (Accounting), and Dennis Clark (ILD). Not pictured is Dave Archer (Management).

Incoming President Jack Shannon (#23) and current President John Smarrelli (#22) posed with Mayor Jim Strickland at a meeting of The 800 Initiative on April 30 — wherein CBU interns with the project (below) were also recognized by the City of Memphis: Carlton Moore (Computer Science '19), Bria Dyer (English for Corporate Communications '21), Avyon Bess (Business Administration '20), Bernardo Ferreira (Business Administration '19), Joliza Ferguson (Psychology '19), Kemuel Owens (Business Administration '19), Valeria Martinez Gonzalez (Business Administration '19), Aaron King (Business Administration '19), and Alexus Kerr (Business Administration '19).

Students: Answer These Five Questions

  1. Are you awesome?
  2. Do you want to lead the largest service initiative in the history of CBU?
  3. Do you want to make a difference on our campus and in the Memphis community?
  4. Do you want to develop your leadership, organizational, public relations, event planning, and maybe even geeky technical skills?
  5. Do you love to do hard work and attend long summer meetings for minimum wage?
If you answered YES to all five of these questions, you are a perfect candidate to lead September of Service: 30 Days of Good Deeds 2019! If you are interested, please send an email to Dr. Leslie McAbee at to share your interest and complete an online application
The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. Monday, May 20.

Current Job Openings at CBU

 PA Program Faculty, Academic
• Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics 
• PA Program Part-Time Clinical Faculty
• 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 or Advanced Assistant Professor of English (New Media & Digital Humanities)
• PA Program Faculty, Academic
• PA Program Clinical Pharmacology Instructor
• Adjunct Instructor (Part-time)

 Summer Orientation and Transition Services Coordinator
 Academic Transcript Evaluator
 Administrative Assistant
 Administrative Assistant - Physician Assistant Program
 Director of Clinical Education 
 Programmer Analyst
 Human Resources Director
 Director of the CBU Center for Entrepreneurship 
 Maintenance Supervisor
 Assistant Athletic Trainer
 Campus Police Supervisor (Lieutenant) 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
 Campus Police Officer 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
 Safety Officer (part time) 3:00 pm. to 11:00 p.m.
 Safety Officer (full time) 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
 Canale Pool Lifeguard (Part-time, Seasonal)
 Part Time Maintenance Helpers - Temporary for Summer (4 Positions)

Upcoming Events


Registration is now open for the GRE/GMAT Summer 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.
  • June 1: Qualitative material
  • June 8: Qualitative material
  • June 15: Quantitative material
  • June 22: Quantitative material
The price to attend the sessions is $40 for CBU MBA applicants, $100 for CBU students and alumni, and $200 for visiting students. If interested in attending, students should submit a check or cash payment to Buckman Hall 343 before Friday, May 24.

Buc Bulletin

TRACK & FIELD: The CBU track and field squads collected nine medals in the Gulf South Conference Championship over the weekend. Led by Chelsea Walker (two gold medals and two conference records), Raeven Veal (two gold medals), Paul Bobinger (two silver medals), and Brian Braswell (one gold medal), the women's and men's squad finished in sixth and seventh place respectively. The women's squad set a program record for the most wins in one GSC Championship meet (three). Complete results and team standings are available at this link »»

Think Safety: Tips from Campus Police


Before you hit the road, plan your trip and let family or friends know your route. Then follow these suggestions:
  1. Check your tires for proper air inflation.
  2. Check the oil level.
  3. Is there enough antifreeze in the overflow tank?
  4. Don’t forget to check your window washer fluid level. One splash of mud or road debris can limit your visibility!
  5. Do you have a sparer tire and is it inflated? What about your tire jack and tire tool (to remove the lug nuts)?
  6. Pack your car with water and snacks.
  7. Provide your vehicle information to family or friends. Give them the make, model, year, and color of your car, as well as your license plate number.
  8. Start with a full tank of gas and try to fuel your vehicle before it gets below a quarter of a tank. Driving with a low fuel level, over time, can wear out your fuel pump. Safe travels!

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