September 23, 2019                                 View this email in your browser

September of Service 2019


Big shout out to all our SOS volunteers who have served and to those who are signed up. 334 volunteers have served 1,096 hours so far this month. If you haven't been out with SOS yet, jump on in at Although most of our events appear full, please sign up on the waitlist because people drop out every day, and we need volunteers to fill those spots.
Last week our amazing volunteers cleaned classrooms and played with the special needs students at Harwood Center, helped K-4th graders with homework, financial literacy and games at Ira Samelson Jr. Boys and Girls Club, cleared brush, mud, and trash at Wolf River Conservancy, participated in LeBonheur Children's Hospital's Talk Like a Pirate Day by coloring, decorating, and helping with refreshments. They also painted railings along the riverfront with Memphis River Parks Partnership, shoveled and bagged compost with the Compost Fairy, and cleaned up the playground and walkways at Shelby Farms Park. What a great week!!! Thank you, volunteers!!!
Join us for our biggest project of the month (100 spots!!) helping with a mulch project at Overton Park Conservancy on Monday, September 30, 1:45-4:50, and be sure to like our SOS Facebook page where we post your adorable service photos.

This Week at CBU


Voices United is selling handwoven Nicaraguan pulsera bracelets all week in Alfonso Dining Hall from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Each bracelet is $5 and 100 percent of the proceeds will be sent back to Central America to help communities and the artists that made the pulsera bracelets.

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 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

The CBU Student Commuter Council and the Office of Student Life are hosting a Commuter Student Fair on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in front of the Cooper-Wilson Center — complete with free food, fun, and games! Co-sponsored by the Rotaract Club, the Coordinator for Recreation, and the Dean of Students.

Free yoga classes with instructor Kathleen S. Hall will continue on Tuesday 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

Health & Prevention Services will present the Health & Wellness Fair on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Buckman Quad, featuring a rock climbing wall, free snow-cones and giveaways, spine screenings, hands-only CPR demos, and blood pressure screenings. Join Cardio Fitness for Weight Lifting, 12:00-12:15 p.m. and Zumba! with Jae Fitnezz, 12:15-12:30 p.m. Other booths and vendors include Chiropractic Memphis, Shelby County Crime Victims & Rape Crisis Center, Mid South Donor, Birthright, Vitalant, St. Francis Hospital, Alzheimer's & Dementia Services, Health Springs, Lifesigns, Shelby County Health Department, Memphis Fire Department, and the American Cancer Society. Walgreens will be a participant and will be providing flu shots. Please bring health insurance information with you so they can bill your insurance.

Get the most out of your time in class. Attend the Student Success Series Classroom Success Workshop to find out how your classmates and your instructors are valuable resources for your success. The same Classroom Success 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 President’s Ambassador Program is looking to add some new members to its ranks! President’s Ambassadors (or PAs) are a diverse group of friendly, talented, CBU-loving students who volunteer their time to give campus tours for prospective students and their families, as well as joining the Admissions staff during scholarship events and "Preview Days." PAs are truly the face of CBU for prospective students. It’s not all work either! We have monthly meetings where you can grab some lunch and socialize with the group. There are also monthly drawings for a reserved parking spot and gift cards! Plus, at the end of the year, we have a big celebration where you are rewarded for all of your hard work! If you like volunteering, meeting new people, making new friends, and if you love CBU, then the President’s Ambassador program is for you! If you would like to hear more about PAs and meet a few members of the team, please stop by our Info Session on Thursday at 12:15 p.m. in Buckman Hall 223 (lunch will be provided). RSVP by Tuesday to To apply for the President’s Ambassador program, please contact Rachel Dickerson at or stop by the Admissions Office at Buckman Hall 127.

The CBU Counseling Center presents "Live Out Loud" on Thursday in Spain Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. The suicide-prevention awareness event will feature spoken word poetry, live music, a guest speaker, and a candlelight vigil.


The Student Activity Council and the Black Student Association are hosting a Tailgate in support of CBU's women and men's soccer on Friday, starting at 3:30 p.m. There will be free grilled food, beer (21+), and music! Come out and get the energy building! The women's game is at 5:00 p.m. and the men's game at 7:00 p.m.

The 2019 Mid-South Coalition for Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Symposium will be held Saturday at Rhodes College in Frazier Jelke Science Center, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Students who participated in the Summer 2019 projects will present the results from their international research experiences in Brazil and Nicaragua. A light breakfast will be available starting at 8:30 a.m. Four CBU participants will be presenting — Sophiana Lindenberg (Biomedical Science '19) at 10:00 a.m., Ashley Cavaliere (Natural Science '19) at 10:45 a.m., Amalia Skalos (Biomedical Science '20) at 11:05 a.m., and Bawan Qaladize (Biology '20) at 11:50 a.m. (Times are preliminary and may not be final.) NOTE: This will be the final Symposium for the Mid-South Coalition for MHIRT. More than 200 students in biomedical and behavioral sciences have participated around the world for nearly 20 years, so please come celebrate the culmination of this program! The symposium is free and open to the public. Breakfast and lunch will be served. If you plan to attend breakfast and/or lunch, please RSVP to Daryl Stephens at before noon on Tuesday, September 24 so catering arrangements can be made.

Career Calendar

Tuesday, September 24 | 12:30-1:45 p.m. | Montesi Executive Center
Learn how to adult! Trying to figure out how to pay for graduate (or law or medical) school can be a tricky thing! Learn how some CBU alums have done it. There will be pizza — while supplies last. No need to RSVP, just come on by and bring your friends. Co-sponsored by the Honors Program, CBU Career Services, and CBUnited Alumni Association.

Thursday, September 26 | 12:00-2:00 p.m. | Canale Arena
More than 60 graduate school programs from across the region will be on campus to speak with you about their program. Check your CareerLinX account for an up-to-date list of schools and programs scheduled to attend thus far.

In Memoriam

Billy Harrell Moore, retired CBU director or maintenance and father of Donna Freeman (President's Office), passed away September 21. He retired from the US Navy as a Sr. Chief Petty Officer having served in the Bay of Pigs Invasion and during the Vietnam War. The family will receive friends on Monday (September 23) at the Munford Chapel from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held Tuesday at the Munford Chapel at 10:00 a.m. Please keep Donna and her family in your thoughts and prayers.


CBU's American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Steel Bridge Team, made up of Civil Engineering students, traveled to the National Student Steel Bridge Compet in Carbondale, IL back in June. Grettio Rivas ('21) was quoted in the August edition of the Modern Steel Construction magazine: After all the work that teams put into their bridges, it’s not uncommon to develop an affection for them. The Christian Brothers University team even named their bridge. "Her name is Bridget," said junior Grettio Rivas. "Because she’s a bridge." Christian Brothers University’s Rivas got a lead on a potential internship at the event itself, during the networking session. "You never think that this would be very impactful on your career, but once you attend the event it really does open many doors for you," he said. "It really takes you places." Pictured above (l-r) are: Dr. Andrew Assadollahi (Civil Engineering), Ricardo Velazquez ('21), Carlos Najera ('21), Viridiana Gonzalez ('20), Ashley Martinez ('20), Sarah Fong ('21), Grettio Rivas ('21), Luis Camarillo ('21), Regan Roy ('21), and Francisco Delgado ('21). 

Arnecia Holmes (Biochemistry '20) has been accepted to the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. 
Danny Nguyen (Biology '21) has been accepted to the 3+1 Doctor of Pharmacy program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Alumni News

Chelsea Chandler (Psychology '12) was named "Best TV Weatherperson" in the Commercial Appeal's Memphis Most awards. Chelsea is the morning meteorologist and Time Saver Traffic reporter on Local 24 and the CW 30.
Kevin Johnson (Psychology '13), a former counsel for Congressman David Kustoff, has joined House Speaker Cameron Sexton’s staff as general counsel and senior adviser. Kevin, who earned his law degree from the University of Memphis, is responsible for offering legal counsel on legislative matters and other items for the Speaker’s office and the Tennessee General Assembly.
Michael W. Smith (Humanities & Management Information Systems '87) is the subject of a feature "Movers and Shakers" column in CIO magazine, entitled "How Estée Lauder Companies developed a culture to attract and retain IT talent." Michael is the chief information officer for Estée Lauder Companies in New York City.

CBU Student Leader of the Week

This week’s student leader of the week is Collin Dice! A junior at CBU, Collin has demonstrated great strides to make an impact on campus! By reviving the Sustainability Coalition to being a member of Tri-Beta and the Honors Program, Collin has been a huge advocate for environmental change on campus! Be sure to check out his thoughts on leadership below as we congratulate him and thank him for his service! Go Collin! 🤗
Major: Ecology with a Sustainability Minor 
Hometown: I was born and raised in Memphis, and have lived here my whole life. 
Involvement on campus: I am the president of the Sustainability Coalition, CBU's student environmentalist organization, which I revived my freshman year and have led ever since. I am also a member of Tri-Beta and the Honors Program. 
Advice on leadership: Having started an organization from the ground up, I can say there will always be mistakes and stumbles along the way. It takes time and sacrifices to be the best leader you can be, but that doesn't mean you can control the weather. 
Favorite thing about CBU: My favorite aspect of life at CBU is the size. Being a smaller, private college, your place in the community is what you make of it. You can start college a student and very quickly take off as a leader. 

Plough Library News

Stay up to date with Plough Library!
CBU now has access to both the Daily Memphian and the New York Times. Read all about it!

The Daily Memphian has granted Plough Library complimentary access to its subscriber-only content! CBU students, faculty, and staff can view Daily Memphian articles while using any of Plough Library's six public computers on the main floor or downstairs in our computer lab (aka the InfoLab).

The New York Times is now available to current CBU students, faculty, and staff. Just register for a pass to get complimentary access to and the NYT mobile apps from any location.

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.
BUSY PERSON'S RETREAT: Need time to slow down? We have an opportunity for you on September 29–October 3! This retreat is designed for you to explore your personal story with the help of a spiritual companion 1-on-1 for at least 30 minutes each day of the retreat, Monday through Thursday. The spiritual companions are all experienced with this retreat and work around your busy schedule! The retreat team is not sending you out without any resource, but, rather, they have compiled a journal of their personal reflections around the theme "Do I trust God has a plan for my life." The retreat is free, but spots are limited. If you want more information or to sign up, contact or Sarah Laney at
@cbuministry @cbuministry
@ministryCBU @ministryCBU
@cbuministry @cbuministry

Upcoming Events


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, October 3 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! If you are interested in gaining AMAZING insight about your possible future profession and interviewing skills, contact Amber Lamberty at and please fill out the Google form by Wednesday, September 26. ONLY fill out the form if you are ABSOLUTELY certain that you can participate. Please include your profession of interest and your contact information in the email. 


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. If interested in attending, students should contact Jazmyne Tribble at and submit a check or cash payment to Buckman Hall 343 before Friday, September 27.
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.

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.

Campus Mass and S’mores with the Shannons
The campus community is invited to celebrate Mass at 9:00 p.m. in Stritch Chapel, followed by s’mores and fellowship at the Living Learning Center. 

"The Future of Higher Education and What it Means for Memphis"
A Plenary Address by John A. Fry, president of Drexel University will be held at Crosstown Concourse starting at 5:30 p.m. The evening will also include a special announcement of the 2019-2020 Lasallian Educator of the Year. More info…

CBU and Shannon Family Trivia Night
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…

CBU Day of Service
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. Check for upcoming registration link…
Buccaneer Bash
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…
Festival of Ideas
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…

Celebratory Mass and Installation Ceremony
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… 

Bell Tower Gala
6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception • 7:00 p.m. Dinner and Entertainment
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…

Buc Bulletin

MEN'S SOCCER (2-4, 0-1 GSC): The Bucs took a 4-0 shutout victory over crosstown foe Rhodes on Wednesday at Signaigo Field. On Saturday, the Bucs scored a pair of goals, down a player, but Cumberland added a late goal and another in overtime for a 3-2 win. The team returns to action on Friday, when they host West Florida at 7:00 p.m.  Full schedule…
WOMEN'S SOCCER (4-1, 0-0 GSC): The Lady Bucs powered their way to a 4-1 victory against Harding University on Thursday. On Saturday, the team earned a 1-0 shutout victory over Ouachita Bapist at Signaigo Field. The Lady Bucs return to action on Friday when they open Gulf South Conference play against West Florida at Signaigo Field.. Full schedule…
VOLLEYBALL (2-10, 0-0 GSC): The Lady Bucs never trailed the LeMoyne-Owen Magicians as they went on to win their Tuesday match, 3-0. At the Harding Invitational this past weekend, the team dropped matches against Missouri S&T, 0-3, and Ouachita Baptist, 2-3, on Friday. On Saturday, they fell to opponents Rockhurst University, 0-3, and Harding University, 0-3. The Lady Bucs return to Canale Arena to take on conference foe Union University on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Full schedule… 
CROSS COUNTRY: The teams return to action on September 21 at the Rhodes Invitational at Shelby Farms, starting at 8:00 a.m. Full schedule…
GOLF: The CBU women's golf team finished play on Tuesday at the State Farm Intercollegiate in Tazewell, TN, finishing in fifth place in the eight-team field. Lauren Mekalip led the Lady Bucs, shooting a 12-over-par 156 to finish in 19th place. Both CBU golf teams will play in the Flyer Intercollegiate Tournament on Monday and Tuesday, September 30-October 1, hosted by Lewis University in Lemont, IL. Men's schedule… Women's schedule…

Think Safety: Tips from Campus Police

• Create a password for your cell phone and laptop.
• Store the serial number for your cell phone, laptop, TV, and mini fridge in a safe place.
• When leaving your dorm, secure your electronics out of sight.
• Blocking your dorm door open is an open invitation to thieves. Lock your door, even when you are stepping out for "just a minute."
• Grabbing a bite? Do not leave your cell phone or laptop at the table. It takes less time to steal your phone or laptop than it does to go refill your drink. 
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