April 23, 2019                                 View this email in your browser

In Memoriam: Dr. Vincent O'Neill

Dr. Vincent O'Neill (Literature & Languages) passed away on April 17 at Methodist Hospital in Germantown due to complications from surgery. Although Dr. O'Neill had semi-retired in recent years, he still taught several classes each semester from a list of courses that had become almost synonymous with his name for a half century of devoted CBU students and alumni: Introduction to Literature, British Survey, Chaucer, Renaissance Prose and Poetry, Milton and Seventeenth Century, Shakespeare, Modern Poetry, World Literature, and Advanced Practical Grammar.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 26, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Canale Funeral Home (2700 Union Ave. Ext.), and a Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, April 27 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anne Catholic Church (706 S. Highland). Please keep his family, friends, colleagues, students, and former students in your thoughts and prayers. A full obituary and online memories are available at the Canale Funeral Home website.

This Week at CBU

Please join the CBU Honors Program and the CBU community on Tuesday, April 23 at 12:45 p.m. in Spain Auditorium for this most special occasion — the 12th annual CBU Last Lecture, this year being presented by our esteemed president, Dr. John Smarrelli Jr. Last Lectures usually include the professor’s reflections on their academic career, advice for better living, and even a few laughs. While many Last Lectures are merely hypothetical, sadly, this year's is not; Dr. Smarrelli will be retiring from CBU in May. Please join us to send him off in style! Light refreshments at 12:30.

CBU students, faculty, and staff are all invited to join in a celebration of President Smarrelli's devoted service and inspiring leadership on Wednesday, April 24 from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. in Sabbatini Lounge.


The Office of Recreation will have a raffle contest for 65 lucky winners to attend a private screening of the upcoming Marvel Studios film, Avengers: Endgame on Saturday, April 27 at 9:30 a.m. at Studio on the Square. The raffle will begin during lunch in Alfonso Dining Hall on Tuesday, April 23 and continue until Thursday April 25. Winners will be contacted via text message starting at 1:00 p.m. All entries will only be accepted in person. Transportation will not be provided. Any questions, please contact Ian A. Boyd at

Have you attended a Student Success Series Workshop this year? If so, you are invited to celebrate your commitment to academic success on Tuesday, April 23 in the Cotros Presentation Room (Rosa Deal 111), 12:00-12:45 p.m. Certificates will be given to students who attended three or more workshops. Come have some Chik-Fil-A treats and refreshments, cheer your fellow students, and celebrate your success!

GOT SPIRIT? LET'S HEAR IT! Now's your chance to become part of CBU's Cheerleading Squad! Tryouts will be held Tuesday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 24 in Canale Arena, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Contact Ian A. Boyd at if you are interested and/or in need of an application.

Yoga classes conclude this semester with instructor Kathleen S. Hall on Tuesday, April 23 in the Wilson Family Commons in the LLC from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Yoga mats will be provided, but you may bring own. For more information, please contact Ian Boyd, Recreation & Intramural Coordinator, at

Various gaming systems will be available so people can play on Wednesday, April 24 in the Wilson Family Commons, LCC from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Open to all students! This event is planned by an ENVISION group.
Psi Chi and the Psychology Club will hold their final meeting of the year on Wednesday, April 24 in Rosa Deal 223 at 6:00 p.m. The main order of business is the election of next year's officers!
Take a “Paws” to RELAX from exam prep with your favorite four-legged friends from Mid-South Therapy Dogs on Thursday, April 25 in the Buckman Quadrangle from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the dogs will move to the Swashbuckler Lounge. Sponsored by the Counseling Center.
CBU has paired with University of Tennessee Health Science Center this year in a program called Go Baby Go in which CBU’s Gadomski School of Engineering is working with UTHSC Physical Therapy to modify off-the-shelf ride-on toys (such as Power Wheels) to accommodate children with special needs. The schools are responsible for purchasing all of the needed materials and supplies, and this can very quickly become expensive. In order to raise funds, they will be hosting a series of fundraisers at Frida’s Mexican Restaurant (1718 Madison) — the first one will be Thursday, April 25. Go to Frida's anytime between 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. and tell your server you are there to support Go Baby Go — 10% of your total bill will be donated (including 2-for-1 pitchers of beer)! Or make a direct donation at this link»»
Free Martial Arts classes with instructor Dr. John Malmo (Management, Marketing & Economics) will conclude this semester on Thursday, April 25 in the Wilson Family Commons in the LLC, 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. For more information, please contact Ian Boyd, Recreation & Intramural Coordinator, at


The Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery will present an exhibition of BFA graduates Erin McInnes, Darien Parsons, and Katherine Traylor entitled "Outside Looking In" in the main gallery, April 25 through July 8. In the gallery foyer, a concurrent exhibition of
artwork created by participants in art therapy sessions at the Memphis Brooks Museum and CBU students who learned about building connections and enhancing self-expression through art therapy, gallery discussions, and the creative process. Both exhibits will open with a public reception on Friday, April 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Theatre program will present an “Evening of Scenes” on April 26 and April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theater. Seating is limited, and admission is free. For more information, contact Professor Hamner at

Delta Sigma Pi Memphis Alumni Chapter
is hosting a money management workshop on Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Rosa Deal 111. This free event is open to the general public. Easy come, easy go. If you don’t want that to apply to your finances, join Delta Sigma Pi alums to learn some easy tips for saving money. There will be financial counselors from the Memphis area speaking about the small steps you can take today to prepare for your financial future. This event will be free, but donations will also be accepted. If you have any questions or concerns about the event, please contact the chapter at Register to attend at this link.

Kappa Sigma Fraternity will host its 2019 Crawfish Boil on Saturday, April 27 at Canale Pool and the Sand Volleyball Courts, 2:45 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.. Prices are $7 for a plate and $3 for a drink. All proceeds go to the Military Heroes Campaign, Kappa Sigma's philanthropy.

Career Calendar

Wednesday, April 24 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Montesi Executive Center
Learn about the Grizzlies, about who they are and what they do, and about current/future job opportunities that are available, including 2019-2020 internship opportunities in departments such as Marketing, Sales, Information Technology, Community Engagement, Finance, and Operations (i.e. Engineering). Open to all students!

Thursday, April 25 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Montesi Executive Center
Learn about the Impact America, about who they are and what they do, and about current/future job opportunities that are available. Open to all students!


Alexa Marie Kintanar (Electrical Engineering '19) and Daniel Tran Nguyen (Electrical Engineering '19) placed second in the student paper/presentation competition at IEEE SoutheastCon 2019 held in Huntsville, AL on April 11-14 and were awarded $500. Their paper, "Smart Clothing with Haptic Technology," consists of developing a prototype that consists of e-textiles with haptic technology, more commonly referred to as “smart clothing” or “wearable technology.”

Dr. Randel Price
(Chemical Engineering) spoke at Memphis University School on April 17 on the topic of “Engineering:  Bridge to the Future,” about the varieties of engineering and engineering careers. Dr. Price's host was Analice Sowell (Chemistry '02, MAT '05), chair of the Science Department at MUS.

CBU in the News

Lady Buc soccer midfielder Anna Della Rosa (Psychology '20) was the subject of a report on WREG News Channel 3 on April 19. Anna, who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia last fall, has undergone several rounds of chemotherapy at St. Jude Research Hospital, and her cancer is now in remission. She is determined to return for her senior season and won’t let leukemia stand in her way. "We've got her number 9 jersey waiting for her," Coach Keiron Heblich says in the report, "No one is taking it."

Introducing Canvas...

Exciting things are happening at CBU! Since 2015, CBU has used Moodle as its Learning Management System (LMS). Moodle was one of the leading and innovative systems, being an open source, web-based system. However, it has become apparent that it is time to move on to a better, more current LMS that would serve both faculty and students alike.
      After a nine-month investigative process that included review of several LMS’s, conversations with other institutions, as well as Q-&-A sessions with the CBU faculty, we are proud to announce that Canvas by Instructure has been selected as the campus-wide LMS. The LMS search team and the faculty who were able to participate in the selection process voted nearly unanimously for Canvas, believing it offers the greatest opportunity for instructors to use best practices in teaching. Canvas includes some of the most advanced capabilities found in any LMS as well as the standard tools.
Since the contract was signed, we have been busily training the faculty on the use of Canvas. Many of them have gone through our training and many more will in the coming months. We are also preparing a short tutorial that will orient students to the navigation features of this new LMS. The switch to Canvas will take place before our summer sessions. Between now and the start of the summer session, we will be getting the place ready for you. This isn’t just “new paint on the walls” — this is a brand-new classroom, full of exciting and wonderful opportunities for you.
Keep your eyes on your CBU email inbox for more information to come this week!

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.

Peer Mentor & Tutor Applications Open

Peer Mentor and Tutor applications are open for the 2019-2020 school year! You should apply if… You love getting to know your fellow classmates. You want to develop leadership skills, teaching skills and strengthen your knowledge. You enjoying helping others meet their goals. You are positive and encouraging and enjoy helping others build confidence. You are willing to meet with your student partners on campus for study sessions. You want to connect with your student partners by phone, text, and email weekly. You are a responsible college student who is involved in campus life, and can teach others how to be a responsible college student as well. Peer Mentors are hired to support, encourage and motivate their mentees.  They are expected to help their mentees become more comfortable with college life. Peer Tutors are hired to support students in specific courses. Please complete the online application if you are interested.

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.

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)

• Administrative Assistant - Physician Assistant Program
• Director of Clinical Education 
 Programmer Analyst
• Safety Officer (Full Time) 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
• 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.
• Human Resources Director
• Maintenance Supervisor
• Canale Pool Lifeguard (Part-time, Seasonal)
• Assistant Athletic Trainer
• Executive Administrative Assistant to the CFO
• Dean of the College of Adult Professional Studies
• Director of the CBU Center for Entrepreneurship 
• PA Program Clinical Administrative Assistant

Upcoming Events

The Christian Brothers University family lost a beloved member on Friday, April 12, 2019, when Ms. Sadie Lisenby passed away at home in her garden of natural causes. She had been the Director of Counseling at CBU for 31 years, insisting that the students kept her young, verified by the fact that she retired reluctantly at age 84 in 2018. Ms. Sadie’s contributions touched the lives of nearly every student through the Peer Counselor and Pet Therapy programs among others. There will be a memorial service for Ms. Sadie on Monday, April 29 at 5:00 p.m. in the University Theater at CBU.
Her legacy will live on in the hearts of those who knew her. In lieu of donations, the family would have you honor Ms. Sadie by bringing flowers to a friend or family member in need, or writing a heartfelt letter thanking someone who helped you, or having a smile and a listening conversation with a neighbor or service person, or playing a game of cards or croquet with nieces and nephews, or generously giving any manner of cheer, support, and encouragement to all of the people and animals you encounter.

The new Gadomski Center for Engineering Innovation, which will formally introduced on April 26 at the Healthcare Packaging Consortium Spring Meeting, will hold an Innovation Competition on Tuesday, April 30 in the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery. Three local judges will evaluate five-minute student presentations that answer the following questions:
  1. What is the problem being solved? 
  2. How have others solved the problem in the past?
  3. What is your invention?
The winner will receive $1,000 to fund a Senior Design project for product development. The Competition is open to all students. Hors-d'oeuvres and light refreshments will be served.
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 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!

Intramural Corner

Congratulations to the Golden Snipers, who defeated the FacStaff team in the Students vs. FacStaff Charity Basketball Game on Monday, April 15. The final score was Golden Snipers 80, FacStaff 40. The team consisted of: Jermani Douglas (Captain), Joseph Smith, Gil Erwin, Jordan Strickland, Gerardo Reyes, and Sean (Chris) Fagin. MVP of the game was Sean (Chris) Fagin, who scored 23 points.

Buc Bulletin

BASEBALL (9-31, 5-21 GSC): The Harding University Bisons used two late runs to lift them to a 4-2 victory over the Bucs last Tuesday afternoon. The Bucs split their Senior Day twin bill against Auburn Montgomery on Saturday, winning the first game 14-11 and losing the second 6-2. The Bucs continue their home play as they take on Ouachita Baptist on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. Full schedule…
SOFTBALL (10-36, 1-24 GSC): The Lady Bucs earned a split with Blue Mountain College last Wednesday at the BMC Softball Complex. The Toppers earned a 10-3 victory in the opener, but CBU bounced back to earn a 4-1 victory in game two. Auburn Montgomery pitchers allowed just three hits over two games in a doubleheader sweep of the Lady Bucs on Saturday at Bland Field. AUM took the opener 11-0 and did not allow a hit in a 7-0 victory in the nightcap. The Lady Bucs are scheduled to wrap up their season with a three-game series at in-state rival Union. The teams are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and a single game on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Full schedule…
TRACK & FIELD: The CBU track and field teams competed at the Auburn War Eagle Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Auburn University. CBU finished the meet with one victory — Peter Torres in the 5,000 meter run (15:20.87) — and five total top-10 finishes. CBU's next competition will be held on Thursday, May 2. They will be traveling to Rome, Georgia to compete in the Gulf South Conference Championships.

Think Safety: Tips from Campus Police

Christian Brothers University is committed to compliance with state and federal laws regarding individuals with disabilities. CBU recognizes the importance of Service and Emotional Support Animals to student residents with disabilities and has established the following policy and guidelines regarding them. CBU reserves the right to amend this policy as circumstances require. Faculty, staff, and students may ask two questions of a person with an animal:
  • Is the animal required because of a disability?
  • What work or task has the animal been trained to perform?
Generally, staff will not make inquiries about a service animal when it is readily apparent that an animal is trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. "Disability" is defined as a physical or mental condition or impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities. These limitations may include caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, working, and learning.
• Service Animal: a working animal (usually a dog) that has been individually trained to do work and perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a documented disability. Service Animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a Service Animal has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Examples of such work or tasks include, but are not limited to, assisting a person with a visual impairment with navigation or other tasks, alerting a person with a hearing impairment to the presence of people or sound, providing physical support and stability assistance to a person with a mobility impairment, providing minimal protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting a person during a seizure, or retrieving items. Service animals may accompany the person with a documented disability anywhere on campus.
• Emotional Support Animal: an animal that provides comfort to a person with a disability upon the recommendation of a healthcare or mental health professional. The comfort from an Emotional Support Animal serves to alleviate one or more identified symptoms or effects of a resident’s documented disability. Unlike a Service Animal, an Emotional Support Animal does not assist a resident with a disability with activities of daily living, nor does it accompany the resident at all times. Emotional Support Animals may be considered for access to campus housing, but they are not permitted in other areas of the college (e.g., library, academic buildings, classrooms, labs, etc.).
• Pet: an animal kept for ordinary use and companionship. A pet is not considered a Service or Emotional Support Animal. Pets are not covered by this policy. Student residents are not permitted to keep pets, other than fish, on college property or in on-campus housing.
• Approved Animal: a Service Animal or Emotional Support Animal that has been granted as a reasonable accommodation under this policy.
• Owner: the student resident or other covered person who has requested the accommodation and has received approval to bring the “Approved Animal” on campus.
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