August 26, 2019                                 View this email in your browser

This Week at CBU

The CBU Gay Straight Alliance Community will be in the Buckman Quadrangle every day this week from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to register voters for the upcoming elections. Register now — every vote counts! @CBUGSA

Are you ready for the biggest service initiative CBU has ever seen? It's the eighth year for CBU’s September of Service: 30 Days of Good Deeds, and we are better than ever! We will have 30 days of great projects and hundreds of volunteer slots, so now all we need is YOU!!! Join S.O.S. on Monday in the Buckman Quad, 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., to kick it into gear and get ready for all the fun, new friends, and SERVICE. There will be signups, free snow cones by the Sigmas, music, "Why I Serve" photos, chalking the Quad, great new S.O.S. t-shirts for only $10, and more! S.O.S. is open to EVERYONE at CBU! Yes, everyone: students, faculty, staff, alumni, Brothers, and family members. We’re working on the calendar now and will have it open for signups at the kickoff. Check us out at, like us on Facebook, follow @soscbu on Instagram, @cbusos on Twitter, and get ready to rock Memphis!

Do you want to start the semester off right? Do you have questions about on-campus resources? Attend the Student Success Series workshop this week on "Where I’ve Been, Where I Am, Where I’m Going" to start the semester with a positive mindset and develop a set of goals. Also, learn about on-campus resources to help you succeed this semester. The same workshop is offered twice this week, on Wednesday at 4:00-4:50 p.m. and Thursday at 1:00-1:50 p.m. All workshops take place in St. Joseph Hall 10.
The CBU GSA Community will hold its first general meeting of the semester on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. in Rosa Deal 109. Everyone is invited to find out more about this student organization — and to participate in Trivia Night fun! 

Are you interested in participating in intramural sports this semester? Then this meeting is for you! Get together in the Montesi Executive Center on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and learn more! For more information, contact Ian Boyd at

The Society of Women Engineers will hold their first fundraising event of the year on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:15 in the Buckman Quad. They will be selling four flavors of Bubble Tea — Thai, honeydew, peach, and lychee — for just $3.50 for a cup!
The Society of Women Engineers will hold an informational meeting for its agenda this school year and follow-up on current and upcoming events on Thursday at 1:15 p.m. in Nolan Engineering Center 236. Muddy's Cupcakes and other sweets and refreshments will be provided — along with the chance to win $25 Amazon Gift Card! Open to All CBU Students!
The Academic Convocation will be held Thursday at 5:00 p.m. in the University Theater. The Convocation is the opening ceremony of the 2019-20 Academic Year and is open to students, faculty, staff, board members, and emeriti. Featured speakers will include President Jack Shannon, SGA President Kristine Truong, and Dr. Jennifer Hitt-Mayo (Nursing). Also on the agenda are the presentations of the Academic Advising Awards, CARL Awards, Endowed Academic Chairs, Faculty Rank and Tenure, the Dr. Marguerite Cooper Award, and the CBU Spirit Awards.

First Love is an on-campus ministry inviting young people to have a fresh and exciting experience of God by fostering a personal relationship with God and strong interpersonal relationships with its members. Join them every Sunday at 1:00 p.m. for First Love Center, an afternoon of music, plays, and dancing in Spain Auditorium. @firstlovecbu

Mark Your Calendar: Inaugural Week Celebration

During the week of September 29 - October 5, Christian Brothers University will celebrate the inauguration of Jack Shannon as our 23rd president. Members from all parts of the CBU community — students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends — will join together for various events to welcome President Shannon to the CBU family. The Celebratory Mass and Installation Ceremony will take place at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (1695 Central Avenue) on Friday, October 4 at 1:00 p.m. The annual Bell Tower Gala will be held the following day (Saturday, October 5) as a special celebration honoring the Inauguration of President Shannon at the Guesthouse at Graceland. Details are still forthcoming on many of the events being planned, but a preliminary list is available online at to help the members of the community mark their calendars.

Career Calendar

Wednesday, August 28 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Montesi Executive Center
Come learn about Wills Towers Watson, multinational risk management, insurance brokerage and advisory company. Find out who they are and what they do, what sort of career opportunities they offer — and enjoy free Muddy's Cupcakes while they last! 

Thursday, August 29 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Montesi Executive Center
Open to all students (especially juniors and seniors) majoring in Accounting, as well as all Master of Accountancy candidates. Meet approximately a dozen companies who recruit Accounting majors, including many local public accounting firms. Dress professionally and bring plenty of resumes.


Dr. Robin Gallaher Branch (Religion & Philosophy, Adjunct) wrote an article entitled "Children Who Say 'NO!"' that was published in the August 19 edition of Parents & Kids.

Alumni News

Anthony Maranise (Religion & Philosophy ’11, MACS ’17) received the President's Choice Medal for the 2019 Independent Book Awards for his newest book, Cross of a Different Kind: Cancer & Christian Spirituality, in both the "Personal Growth" and "Self-Help: Spirituality" categories. It was also named as a finalist in the "Health-Cancer" category of the 2019 International Book Awards. The book's sales proceeds continue to benefit the lifesaving work of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Dr. Minoli Perera (Biology '97) will be a speaker at the UTHSC Biomedical Symposium, titled "Pathway to Discovery: From Basic Science to Translational Medicine," on Friday, September 20 at Memphis Bioworks. Dr. Perera is a professor in the Department of Pharmacology at Northwestern University and principal investigator for the NIH-funded African American Cardiovascular Pharmacogenetic Consortium

Attention Seniors & Graduate Students!

IF YOU PLAN TO GRADUATE DURING THE 2019-20 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 2019 Graduates: September 15, 2019
    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 2020 and August 2020 Graduates: December 1, 2019
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.

Congratulations on your impending graduation!

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 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. 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.

 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.
CAMPUS MINISTRY’S NEWEST MEMBER: Campus Ministry would like to welcome Jess Kaluzny to the CBU Community. She will be serving the next two years as Campus Ministry’s LV Scholar. Jess is a graduate of Lewis University’s theology and psychology programs. After college, she served as Lasallian Volunteer in Memphis at De La Salle Elementary School as a religion teacher. Her journey as a Lasallian educator continues as she studies here at CBU to earn her Master of Arts in Teaching. Welcome, Jess!

Upcoming Events

Looking for help with the Praxis Core Tests? The CBU Department of Education is offering prep sessions on Saturday, September 7 in the Cotros Presentation Room (Rosa Deal 111). Reading & Writing Prep will be offered from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and Math Prep will be offered from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cost is $50 per session OR $90 for both! Visit this link to register.

The Omicron Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity will hold a membership informational meeting on September 12 in Buckman Hall 222 at 7:11 p.m. Business professional attire and a laptop or mobile device are required. 

Free martial arts classes with instructor Dr. John Malmo (Management, Marketing & Economics) will begin this semester on Monday, September 16 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 in either Sabbatini Lounge or Wilson Family Commons in the LLC — check the Connection weekly or for up-to-date info. For more information, please contact Ian Boyd, Recreation & Intramural Coordinator, at
Free yoga classes with instructor Kathleen S. Hall will begin this semester on Tuesday, September 17 in the Sabbatini Lounge 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 in either Sabbatini Lounge or Wilson Family Commons in the LLC — check the Connection weekly or for up-to-date info. For more information, please contact Ian Boyd, Recreation & Intramural Coordinator, at
CBU will host a panel discussion with Memphis: 200 Years Together contributing writers Lee Harris, Charles Hughes, Zandria Robinson, and Preston Lauterbach on Wednesday, September 18 in the University Theater at 6:00 p.m. The same four contributors will also participate in "Communities in Conversation" at Rhodes College on Thursday, September 19 in McNeill Hall at 6:00 p.m. Book signings will follow both events. Other events include:
 Memphis Music Listening Party: Robert Gordon and Charles Hodges will explore Hodges' music career through five of his songs at the  Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library Memphis Room on September 11 at 7:00 p.m. 
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 (0-0, 0-0 GSC): The Bucs played the University of Memphis Tigers to a 2-2 draw in an opening exhibition match last Wednesday evening at the Billy J. Murphy Track & Soccer Complex. On Saturday, they finished the preseason with a 0-1 loss to Belmont University in exhibition play. The Bucs begin the regular season with a road trip to Missouri to play Lindenwood University on Friday, September 6 in St. Charles at 7:30 p.m. and then take on Maryville University in St. Louis on Sunday, September 8 at 11:00 a.m.  Full schedule…
WOMEN'S SOCCER (0-0, 0-0 GSC): The Lady Bucs will host their first home match of the regular season against Missouri S&T on Sunday, September 8 at noon. Full schedule…
VOLLEYBALL (0-0, 0-0 GSC): The regular season starts on September 5-6 with the CBU Invitational Tournament in Canale Arena, hosting teams from Maryville University, Lynn University, and Kentucky Wesleyan College. Full schedule… 
CROSS COUNTRY: CBU's cross country teams will kick off their season at the 2019 City Auto Memphis Twilight Classic on Saturday at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. College women start their race at 9:20 p.m., followed by college men at 10:00 p.m.

Think Safety: Tips from Campus Police

We know what fishing is: You bait a hook, toss it in the water, and hopefully you catch a fish. Phishing is similar to fishing; however, you could be the fish. Don't be the fish! Avoid being caught by reading the following tips.
      Phishing scams are typically fraudulent email messages appearing to come from legitimate enterprises (for example, your university, your internet service provider, your bank). These messages usually direct you to a spoofed website or otherwise get you to divulge private information (for example, passphrase, credit card, or other account updates). The perpetrators then use this private information to commit identity theft.

To guard against phishing scams, consider the following:
  • CBU and other reputable organizations will never use email to request that you reply with your password, full Social Security number, or confidential personal information. Be suspicious of any email message that asks you to enter or verify personal information, through a website or by replying to the message itself.
  • Read your email as plain text. Phishing messages often contain clickable images that look legitimate; by reading messages in plain text, you can see the URLs that any images point to.
  • If you choose to read your email in HTML format: Hover your mouse over the links in each email message to display the actual URL. Check whether the hover-text link matches what's in the text, and whether the link looks like a site with which you would normally do business.
When you recognize a phishing message, do not open it — report it to IT. Then delete the email message from your inbox, and empty it from the deleted items folder to avoid accidentally accessing the websites it points to. Don't get hooked!
For more detailed safety tips on this topic, visit
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