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This Week at CBU


Founder’s Week honors the Legacy of our Founder, Saint John Baptist de La Salle — this year, in the 300th anniversary of his death — who founded  an Institute in the Catholic Church for the purpose of teaching, particularly the young and the poor. The week of April 7-12 honors that legacy with numerous events, from the fun and casual to the challenging and thought-provoking, with each day evoking one of the Five Core Principles. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS»»

The Presidential Search Committee has completed the initial interview process and narrowed the field to four finalists. The final two candidates will meet with various campus constituencies on Monday and Tuesday, April 8-9 and Thursday and Friday, April 11-12. The itinerary for each two-day visit is available at this link in a printable PDF and at, along with bios of the candidates and their resumes. 


The month of April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. There will be activities throughout the week of April 8-12 to raise awareness and education for this sensitive topic. Please come by the Alfonso Dining Hall Foyer to experience the "What Were You Wearing?" survivor art exhibit. Survivors of sexual assault are often asked this question after an assault. The exhibit aims to explore the victim-blaming attitude that implies that clothing provokes sexual assault. This myth reflects the faulty reasoning that the victim is to blame, and it excuses the attacker. This exhibit presents replicas  of clothing worn by survivors. They reflect the truth to the question "What were you wearing?" 

The Office of Recreation is hosting a raffle for 25 lucky winners to Incredible Pizza, located at 1245 N Germantown Pkwy #104, on  Saturday, April 13 at 2:00 p.m. The raffle will be held Monday through Thursday this week in Alfonso Dining Hall during lunch. Winners will be contacted via text message on Thursday afternoon. Transportation will not be provided. For more information, please contact Ian A. Boyd at
The  Writing & Communications Corner (WCC) consultants are hosting various workshops on Mondays and Tuesdays during April, tailored to usher students through their end-of-semester papers, projects, and exams. These workshops are both dynamic and adaptive to all majors and assignments of communicative nature or with writing components. The schedule below details the focus of each workshop. As an added bonus, WCC has implemented relaxation days on Fridays, featuring coloring, meditation, journaling, and games!
Schedule: Each Day from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in The WCC (Rosa Deal 102)
  • April 8 and 9: Project Researching, Developing, and Drafting
  • Friday, April 12: De-stress Fridays: Meditation and Yoga
  • April 15 and 16: Project Developing, Drafting, and Finishing
  • April 23 and 24: Project Drafting, Finishing, and Proofing
  • Friday, April 26: De-stress Fridays: Anti-Stress Games
  • April 29: Project Finishing and Proofing

Yoga classes continue with instructor Kathleen S. Hall on Tuesday, April 9 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. Future classes will be held on April 16 and April 23. For more information, please contact Ian Boyd, Recreation & Intramural Coordinator, at

Calling all creatives! CBU students of all majors are invited to the Xpress Yourself Interest Meeting on Wednesday, April 10 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in Buckman Hall 224. Light refreshments will be provided along with materials for a creative activity! Xpress Yourself is a CBU ENVISION Initiative that aims to bring together like-minded creatives at CBU. Whether you’re interested in music, art/design, creative writing, or other creative areas, you are welcome to join in!

Ben Curtis, doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Memphis, will speak on "You Have Nothing to Lose But Your Chains: Why Marx is More Important Than Ever" on Wednesday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m. in Spain Auditorium.

(previously known as Lifeblood) will be on campus Thursday, April 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The mobile unit will be parked in the Speer Pedestrian Plaza between the Rosa Deal School of Arts and the Thomas Center. Your one donation can save up to three lives! Giving blood saves 4.5 million lives each year in the United States. People under 40 aren't donating like generations before them, so please consider becoming a part of this mission to Save the Humans and transform lives. To make an appointment, please go to, select "Locate a Blood Drive," and then enter the sponsor code CBCO. If you choose to donate, please complete a Fast Track Health History before your allotted appointment time on the website.

Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity will be selling tacos and small drinks for the Christian Brothers University community on Thursday, April 11 in Buckman Quad from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Free Martial Arts classes with instructor Dr. John Malmo (Management, Marketing & Economics) will continue on Thursday, April 11 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. All participants will be required to sign a waiver before starting the class. The final class will be held on April 25. For more information, please contact Ian Boyd, Recreation & Intramural Coordinator, at


CBU will be hosting the Southern Literary Festival April 11-13. The festival was designed to create an opportunity for local undergraduate writers to develop their craft while simultaneously providing them with concentrated exposure to successful Southern authors. For more information, visit

Eat, Pray, Discuss invites all faculty and staff to join them for simple soup lunches on Fridays during Lent. They will meet on Friday, April 12 from 12:00-12:50 p.m. in the Cooper-Wilson Conference Room. Email for more information — or just show up!


The Black Student Association will host a panel discussion on black authorship with three CBU alumni on Friday, April 12 in the Living Learning Center 104 at 5:30 p.m. The three alumni are Candous Brown (BA '07, MAT '12), author of My Life as an Educator: What my Teacher Education Program Didn't Teach MeBrandy Chalmers (BA '06), author of Captain Love and the Important Lesson; and Martinis Jackson (BA '06, MAT '08), author of Justice My Way: Memoirs of a Black Prosecutor.

The annual CBU Buccaroo music event will be held on Friday, April 12 in Boshwit Courtyard. The theme this year is “Chill” and the evening starts at 6:00 p.m. The first 300 students who arrive will be given seven free tickets (worth $7) to use for purchases at the food trucks that will be at the event. Shaved ice will also be available! Students 21+ will be given photo ID wristbands that are good for the purchase of three alcoholic beverages. Non-alcoholic beverages will be available as well.  Featured musical artists will be Danny Polo, who starts at 7:30 p.m., and Elizha Sanders & Live Band, who will play from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. Students are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and sunglasses! Cornhole, ping pong, and additional outdoor games will also be provided for more fun!

Career Calendar

Tuesday, April 9 | 1:00-2:00 p.m. | Buckman Hall 102
Hear some hiring "horror stories" from industry professionals, and learn how you can avoid some of the same pitfalls. Lunch served at 12:45 p.m.

Thursday, April 11 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Montesi Executive Center
Learn about the Peace Corps, about who they are and what they do, and about current/future job opportunities that are available. Open to all students!

Daily Lenten Reflections

During the Lenten season, Campus Ministry is publishing brief — yet substantial — daily reflections to the website and its social media platforms, written by students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, Brothers, and trustees. The CBU Community is invited to visit Daily Lenten Reflections everyday during Lent.

Vanderhaar Student Peace Award

The Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium at Christian Brothers University is pleased to announce that the recipient of its annual Gerard A. Vanderhaar Student Peace Award is Aylen Candela Mercado, a senior at Rhodes College. This award honors the Mid-South area college student who best exemplifies the spirit and practice of active nonviolence consistent with Dr. Vanderhaar’s life and work and has been involved in peace and justice work in our community.
     Aylen is a Clarence Day Scholar with a double-major in Urban Studies and Latin American and Latinx Studies. She was a creator of the Fed Up Student Union, a collegiate women's group, and she also volunteers and organizes at Desayuno con Libros, one of two free breakfast and literacy programs in the city. She will be presented with the Student Peace Award at a Vanderhaar Symposium reception to be held in the Montesi Executive Center at CBU on April 11 at 5:30 p.m.
      Also being recognized at the reception is Student Peace Award finalist Zane Strickland Turner (Finance & Management '20). Zane has been deeply connected with the Unknown Child project for over a decade, and during his service with this organization, over $25,000 has been raised to promote awareness and education regarding Jewish lives lost in the Holocaust. 
        The Vanderhaar Symposium was created in 2005 to honor Dr. Gerard A. Vanderhaar’s lifetime spent promoting peace and active nonviolence. A list of past Student Peace Award laureates is available at the Symposium’s website at


Alexa Kintanar (Electrical Engineering '19) and Jillian Johnson (Interdisciplinary Studies '19) served as panelists for the Memphis Women in Technology's "Millennials vs...Well, Everybody Else" event hosted by the Fedex Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis on March 28. 
Dr. L. Yu Lin (Civil & Environmental Engineering, Surface Water Institute) conducted a workshop entitled “Stormwater Drainage Manual Revision Workshop” under the request and sponsorship from the City of Memphis and Shelby County on March 29. Seventy-five professional engineers, governmental officers, and stormwater-related personnel attended the workshop, the outcomes of which are going to provide the guidelines for the future stormwater drainage manual revision that will be used for stormwater design and monitoring.

Alumni News

Wilson Phillips (Student Life, Religion & Philosophy '08) was awarded the CBU Distinguished Young Alumnus Award in a surprise addition to the Lasallian Leadership Awards ceremony on April 5. The Distinguished Young Alumnus Award publicly honors alumni who are 35 years old or younger for their outstanding personal and career achievements and contributions to society that are a credit to the University.
Dr. Jennifer Bonds-Raacke (Psychology '00) has been named the vice president for academic affairs at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI. She is currently dean of the graduate school and office of scholarship and sponsored projects at Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS.
Mitch Graves (Economics & Finance '83) has been named chief executive officer of West Cancer Center & Research Institute. He previously served over 30 years in leadership positions directly with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, as CEO of HealthChoice, LLC and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare's Affiliated Services Division. Mitch is a past chairman of the CBU Board of Trustees and currently serves as chairman of the CBU Presidential Search Committee. 
Nicole Ullman (Accounting & Finance '16) has announced her engagement to Justin Newman. The wedding is set for September 11 at 1000 Islands, NY. Nicole is currently an accounting associate at Malco Theatres, Inc. The prospective groom is a 2012 graduate of the University of Mississippi and is employed as an insurance underwriter for an independent underwriting management company.

Lasallian Leadership Awards

The inaugural Lasallian Leadership Awards (LLA) were held on April 5 at the Tower Center, in conjunction with Parent and Family Weekend.  The LLAs — formerly the Student Leadership Awards — recognize the work of individuals and organizations in our campus community throughout the year. In the context of the Five Core Principles of Lasallian education, the award winners are listed below. The LLA Planning Committee appreciates Steve Dunavant ('83), chairman of the CBU Board of Trustees, who offered the keynote address, and all those who were able to attend. 

Zeal of the Founder Award: Carlee Darnell      
Campus Ministry Award: Chase Encalade

Emerging Leader Award: Latifah Ahmad & Miguel Garcia
Commitment to Diversity Award: Eboni Holloway

Excellence in Programming Award: Beta Beta Beta National Honor Society
Outstanding Greek Scholarship Award: Alpha Xi Delta
Outstanding RSO Scholarship Award: CBU Honors Program
Outstanding Student Scholar Award: Selena Wood

Outstanding Community Servant Award: Brett Kim
Outstanding Community Service Award: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Excellence in Philanthropy: Tau Kappa Epsilon
Spirit of Smarrelli Award: Michael Cedric Mendez

New RSO of the Year Award: Asian Student Association
Outstanding New Member Award: Nathan Peden
Outstanding Senator Award: Cesar Mireles
Outstanding Advisor of the Year Award: Connie Beck
Outstanding SAC Member Award: Atlantica Smith
Resident Assistant of the Year Award: Michael Cedric Mendez                                       
Most Improved RSO of the Year Award: Student Government Association
RSO of the Year Award: Alpha Xi Delta
Greek Man of the Year Award: John Price Mattis
Greek Woman of the Year Award: Anna Payton Davis
Greek Chapter of the Year Award: Zeta Tau Alpha

CBU Snapshots

President John Smarrelli met with the Most Reverend Bishop David P. Talley, the new Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis, last week at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception during the first event of his Installation Celebration. 

Tri-Beta held its Trivia Night on March 27, and it was a huge success! The Biological Honor Society wants to thank everyone who came to Trivia and give a special shout out to Tara McElroy for organizing the event. Congratulations to the winners, Atomic Blondes, who are pictured above (l-r): Sara Owen (Biology '19), Amalia Skalos (Biomedical Science '19), Starla Phelps (Biology '19), Kayli Webb (Natural Science '20), and Savannah Hottel (Ecology '19).

The Office of Recreation sponsored 20 students to represent CBU in the Grizz 5K Race that was held on Saturday, April 6. Those who participated received free race entry, a Grizzlies 5K T-Shirt with our team name “CBU Buc Runners” on the back, donated to the Grizzlies Foundation, a ticket to the Wednesday, April 19 game of the Grizzlies vs. the Golden State Warriors and (if they were of legal drinking age) entry to the post-race beer tasting presented by Eagle Distributing. This year’s team members are: Metztonalli Garcia Arriaga, Xochilt Cruz Salcedo, Liza Sanchez Rebollar, Fabian Ortiz, Michael Mendez, Patrick Groben, Ashley Cavaliere, Zayda Hernandez Ramirez, Luis Hernandez, Ricardo Rocha Gonzalez, Lizeth Hernandez Salazar, Maria Patricio Ambrocio, Kennedy Jackson, Andrea Flores, Michael Fox, Edgar Trujillo, Jermani Douglas, Yadira Garcia-Alvarez, and Demarius Bridgeforth. This year’s team captain is Sean (Chris) Fagin.

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.

Service-Learning Course Development Grants

CBU’s AutoZone Center for Community Engagement (ACCE) invites proposals for $1,000 Service-Learning Course Development grants from CBU faculty and adjunct instructors who teach undergraduate, graduate, and/or professional students. The ACCE seeks to award up to ten grants for the development of new or existing service-learning courses that integrate community-engaged service components in the curriculum.
      With the aim of fostering collaboration and professional development, the ACCE will host an accompanying workshop on May 8 for award recipients and for faculty and staff interested in learning more about service-learning pedagogy.
      Find more information about the grants here. To submit a proposal, please complete this online form. Contact Leslie McAbee with questions at

Nominate Those Who Have Stepped Up

CBU is a proud community partner of the Volunteer Memphis Awards this year. The Volunteer Memphis Awards recognize individuals, civic groups, non-profits and companies who represent excellence in volunteerism and make the Mid-South a better place. Nominate an individual, group, non-profit, or company whose volunteerism you feel helps Memphis grow. To nominate, please visit All nominations must be received by May 17, 2019. 

Current Job Openings at CBU

• PA Program Part-Time Clinical Faculty
• Director of Biology Laboratories
• 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)

• Programmer Analyst
• Safety Officer (Part Time) 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
• Safety Officer (Part Time) 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
• Human Resources Director
• Maintenance Supervisor
• Canale Pool Lifeguard (Part-time, Seasonal)
• 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.
• Executive Administrative Assistant to the CFO
• Dean of the College of Adult Professional Studies
• Administrative Assistant
• Director of the CBU Center for Entrepreneurship 
• PA Program Clinical Administrative Assistant

Upcoming Events


The CBU Departments of Religion & Philosophy and Literature & Languages invite everyone to attend a free screening of the documentary Dolores on Monday, April 15 at 6:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. Discussion of the film to follow screening. Refreshments will be provided. "Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. Directed by Peter Bratt." — From 

The Office of Recreation will host the Faculty/Staff vs. Students Charity Basketball Game on Monday, April 15 at 8:00 p.m. in Canale Arena. This year, the charity that will be receiving the proceeds will be the March of Dimes Foundation. The Office of Recreation will have two containers, one of students and one for faculty and staff, to see which constituency can raise the most money. The winning constituency will be announced after the game. For more information, please contact Ian A. Boyd at

The School of Sciences and Tri-Beta will present the annual Students vs. Faculty Volleyball Tournament on Tuesday, April 16 in Canale Arena. Warm-up starts at 5:00 p.m., and the game begins at 6:00 p.m. $2 to play, and door prize tickets are available for $1 each! MemPops will be for sale for $3 each. All proceeds go to benefit Church Health. To sign up to play, contact,, or

The Divine Voices Gospel Choir will offer a couple of Easter send-off options on Wednesday, April 17. Come to the Buckman Quad from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to buy some sweet treats at their Dessert Sale and participate in an egg toss. Later the same day, stop by the Wilson Family Commons in the LLC for an Egg Decorating Party from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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. 

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.

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 25 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

Buc Bulletin

BASEBALL (8-25, 4-17 GSC): The Mississippi College Choctaws brought home seven runs in the seventh inning, which powered them to a 16-3 victory over the Bucs on Friday, then swept the Saturday doubleheader 6-1 and 9-0. Full schedule…
SOFTBALL (9-30, 1-19 GSC): The Lady Bucs combined for 21 runs and 29 hits in a doubleheader sweep of Lane College last Wednesday at Bland Field. They erased a 5-0 deficit to take game one 10-8, and scored in all but one inning of an 11-7 victory in the nightcap. Mississippi College defeat CBU 4-3 on Friday at Bland Field. On Saturday, Mississippi College used timely hitting, including 11 for extra bases, in a doubleheader sweep of the Lady Bucs at Bland Field. The Lady Choctaws took the opener 9-2 and the nightcap 19-0 in five innings.  Full schedule…
GOLF: The Bucs finished 15th of 17 teams in the West Florida Argonaut Invitational on April 1-2, with Tanner Munzel leading the team in a tie for 45th with a three-round 226. The Lady Bucs came in 10th of 11 teams, with Sophia Roth leading the team in 44th with a three-round 257. Men's schedule… Women's schedule…
TRACK & FIELD: The CBU track and field teams competed at the Rhodes College Seven-Way Meet, on Saturday. CBU finished the meet with eight victories and 21 top-five finishes. Both the men and women's team placed second place in the overall standings. More info »» Full schedule…
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