September 16, 2019                                 View this email in your browser

September of Service 2019

Yesterday, SOS hit the halfway point. So far this month, 197 volunteers have served over 700 hours in our community. Wow, that's a LOT!!! This past week, 84 rockstar volunteers provided hospitality to the guests of Manna House, organized the clothes closet and sewing classroom at DeNeuville Learning Center, cleaned and restocked the transport van at Catholic Charities of West Tennessee, removed weeds and stinky wild onions at Ave Maria, created labels and put up the Christmas tree (already!) at Meritan, helped kids have fun with Civitan at Saturday's Cooper-Young Festival, and helped out at the Levitt Shell's Sunday concert. If you want to join in the fun and help your community, go to to sign up for one of our upcoming events. Don't miss out! Below are those at which we need the most help:

• Wednesday, September 18, 12:15-3:20, cleaning up trash and clearing brush at Wolf River Conservancy,  (31 spots left — wow, that's a bunch!)
• Tuesday, September 24, 12:15-3:20, sorting food at the Mid-South Food Bank (12 spots left)
• Monday, September 30, 1:45-4:50, helping with a mulch project at Overton Park Conservancy (a million spots left).

Thanks for helping our community, everyone! Sign up at and be sure to like our SOS Facebook page where we post your cute service photos.

This Week at CBU

Free martial arts classes with instructor Dr. John Malmo (Management, Marketing & Economics) will begin this semester 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 Epsilon Psi Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi will be having a Paleta Sale on Tuesday in the Buckman Quad from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. $3.00 each or two for $5.00. Flavor choices include Strawberry, Cookies & Creme, Mango Chamoy, and Fresa Con Crema.

CBU commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution! Copies of the U.S. Constitution will be available for free on Tuesday in the lobby of Alfonso Dining Hall, starting at 11:30 a.m. (while supplies last). Please stop by and pick up your own copy of this vital document.
Free yoga classes with instructor Kathleen S. Hall will begin this semester 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
The American Society of Civil Engineers student chapter is having a fundraiser during lunch this Wednesday, selling fruit cups ($5) and corn-on-the-cob ($3) in Buckman Quad from 11:30 a,n, to 1:30 p.m.
After reading 100 pages, do you have a hard time remembering what you read? Do you struggle with making connections between the reading and studying for a test? Attend the Student Success Series Reading Strategies Workshop to learn strategies for remembering what you read, how to use your reading homework as a way to study, and prepare yourself for class lectures. The same Reading Strategies 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. 

CBU will host a panel discussion with Memphis: 200 Years Together contributing writers Geoff Calkins, County Mayor Lee Harris, Charles Hughes, and Zandria Robinson on Wednesday in the University Theater at 6:00 p.m.
“Memphis 3.0 and the Digital Divide,” a roundtable with Earnestine Jenkins, Andre Johnson, and Shamichael Hallman will be held on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at the University of Memphis Art & Communication Building, Room 314.
 Community Conversations: a panel discussion with Memphis: 200 Years Together contributing writers County Mayor Lee Harris, Charles Hughes, Preston Lauterbach, and Zandria Robinson at Rhodes College on Thursday in McNeill Hall at 6:00 p.m. Book signings will follow both events.

The Asian Student Association will host a Filipina Lumpia Sale on Thursday in the Buckman Quad from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Two for $3.00 each or a combo for $5.00. Assorted Asian drinks will also be available! 
International Talk Like A Pirate Day is Thursday, and the Office of Recreation will host a small celebration in Buckman Quad to invoke the ways of a pirate from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.! The event will consist of pictures, painting your own sword, and a scavenger hunt (in which the winners can win one of three gift cards, beginning at 12:30 p.m.). The celebration concludes by revealing what is in the treasure chest! Make sure you visit the mess hall during lunch in Alfonso for a pirate-related feast!
In the evening, Athletics invites everyone to attend the 5:00 p.m. women’s soccer game as our Lady Bucs look to defeat Harding. There will be free hot dogs for the first 100 attendees and a costume contest for the best pirate outfit during halftime. The top three winners will receive a gift card, and winners will be determined by crowd favorite. So dust off your hats, don your eyepatches, and raise your swords in support of the game!


The Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery opens a new exhibition entitled "The Great Moon Hoax: Science and the Recreation of the Artificial" by artists Mark Schoon and Casey McGuire on Friday with a public reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. "The Great Moon Hoax" merges science and art by exploring the complicated relationships between observation, representation, and understanding. This collaborative project springs out of the artists' individual research that each address different aspects of the real, the artificial, and unattainable. The exhibition will be on display through October 30. More info at >>

Hispanic Heritage Month


Christian Brothers University honors widely recognized awareness months that increase understanding for different ethnic groups, cultures, and causes. National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans in North America. "The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively." (Source:

Career Calendar

Wednesday, September 18 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Nolan Engineering Center 236
Learn more about Carrier Corporation, about who they are and what they do, and learn about any potential positions/internships they may have available. Plus, enjoy free Muddy's cupcakes while they last. Open to all interested students; juniors and seniors majoring in Business, Engineering, and related areas are especially encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, September 18 | Career Services Office (Buckman Hall 207)
This is your opportunity to practice your interviewing skills with one of our employers partners, and get on-the-spot feedback and tips to improve! Sign up is now open in Career Services… stop by to select your interview time before they’re all gone! Deadline to sign up is Monday, September 16.
Thursday, September 19 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Cotros Presentation Room (Rosa Deal 111)
Panel discussion on careers in the communications field, featuring Brian Johnston (FedEx), Raquel Darling (Shelby County Schools), Ben Austin (Booz Allen Hamilton/US Navy), Sindhia Nichols (ALSAC), Emily Austin (Church Health), and Jennifer Sharp (Southern College of Optometry/Sharp Lifestyle Communications). 

Faculty & Staff News

Dr. Mary McConner, formerly director of Multicultural Student Services, has been appointed to the position of Chief of Staff in the Office of the President. In this newly developed role, Dr. McConner will serve as a member of the Executive Cabinet and provide leadership, guidance and support on a range of strategic matters. In addition, Dr. McConner will serve as the Executive Director of Inclusive Excellence, leading institutional efforts toward advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within the CBU community. She will also continue to serve as the chair for the Multicultural Student Development Committee to assist CBU in its multicultural student programming and responsiveness to relevant student concerns.
Scott Lawyer, formerly director of Graduate Business Programs and the Cohort MBA program, is joining the Office of the President as a Special Assistant for Corporate Strategies. In this new role, he will assist in developing a comprehensive strategy for CBU’s future corporate engagement activities. In doing so, he will partner with stakeholders across campus, including the Office of Career Services, the Office of Advancement, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Working together, they will identify and leverage opportunities for CBU to expand, deepen, and elevate our external relationships with local and national businesses.

Alumni News

Did you know that FIVE (5!) members of the Mathematics and Sciences faculty at Memphis University School are CBU graduates? (L to R): Garrett Smithson (Natural Science ’05, MAT ’11); Antony Eddy (Chemistry ’09, MEd ’17); Analice Sowell (Chemistry ’02, MAT ’05); Michael Gunn (Mathematics ’76); and Sabrina McCullough (Mathematics ’80).

CBU Student Leader of the Week

This week’s Student Leader of the Week goes to Mia Holmes! Mia is a go-getter who transferred to CBU last year. In her short time at being a student , she has exuded loyalty, kindness, and encouragement to those around her. She is fun, light hearted, and a great person to have by your side! Give this girl a shoutout for being a wonderful example of a good friend and faithful leader. Congratulations Mia and thank you for being you! @cbu_studentleadership
Major: Creative Writing with a minor in English
Hometown: Brandon, MS
Involvement at CBU: I am on the women’s soccer team, and I am member of SAC.
What have you learned about being a student leader and what advice do you have? I’ve learned many things from being at CBU this past year, especially about being a student leader. One of the main things being that you have no idea the impact you could have on others. So, try your best to be kind, be open, and be helpful. Your enthusiasm, participation, and pure desire to be a helpful member of any organization will not only help that organization, but it will also help you as a person for the rest of your life.
What is your favorite thing about CBU? I wish I could attach so many more pictures, because my favorite thing at CBU is the people I’m constantly surrounded by (and that includes staff members, classmates outside of soccer, SAC members, etc). I’ve grown, loved, and received more in this period of my life than ever before. I’m eternally grateful for CBU. ***Also, special shout out to Anna Della Rosa for telling me about SAC and getting me to join**

Freshman & Transfers Sought for SAC

The Student Activities Council is seeking to open opportunities for membership to all Freshman and Transfer students at CBU! Interested in event planning? Love planning social events? Want to make the CBU campus feel alive? Apply to join the SAC! All applications are be due Monday, September 16. If you have any questions, please reach out to SAC President Bennett Martin at or the Student Activities Coordinator Connie Beck at Click here to apply today!

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

President’s Ambassador Program Info Session

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, September 26 at 12:15 p.m. in Buckman Hall 223 (lunch will be provided). RSVP by Tuesday, September 17 to To apply for the President’s Ambassador program, please contact Rachel Dickerson at or stop by the Admissions Office at Buckman Hall 127.

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.
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
FALL BREAK SERVICE TRIP: Spend your fall break in service! The Fall Break Service is taking place in St. Louis at the L’Arche St. Louis Community. For more information and to receive an application, please email Sonia at or Joseph Preston at

GLOBAL CAUSE, LOCAL SOLUTION: ​Catholic Relief Services is proud to present "Global Cause, Local Solution," aiming to educate and provide tangible ways to seek solutions to global issues. Our first speaker will be Kathleen Terry-Sharp (Advancement), who will share how her service in the Bahamas gave her a very real connection to survivors of Hurricane Dorian. Join us as she shares her story in Spain Auditorium on Thursday, September 19 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. 
TIE-DYE AND SAVE LIVES: ​Are you looking to help those affected by Hurricane Dorian? Come join STARS for "Tie-Dye and Save Lives" in the Quad on September 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to help the Abaco Island Hurricane Relief Initiative! We will be tie-dying t-shirts and bandanas for a minimum donation of $10 and $5 respectively. 100% of the profits will go directly to families in need in the Abaco Islands to help with food, shelter, and any way that can stabilize their lives in very traumatizing times. We hope you are able to come join our efforts! ​
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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.

Upcoming Events

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.

The Office of Recreation has secured 75 discounted tickets for the Saturday, September 21 match of Memphis 901 FC vs. St. Louis FC at 7:00 p.m. Tickets range from $9 to $17. The deadline to secure your ticket will be September 20 at 11:59 p.m. Please use this link to secure your spot today. There will also be a raffle contest for this game during the week of September 16. If you have any questions, please contact Ian A. Boyd at
The 2019 Mid-South Coalition for Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Symposium will be held Saturday, September 28 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.

Recreation Updates


In an effort to maximize security and provide a safe environment for activities in Canale Arena and the Fitness Center, all students, facility, and staff are required to show their CBU ID to the attendant(s) who work in the Arena. Per the CBU Compass handbook, Section X, Article K, under the heading 'Canale Arena' (pg. 91-92): "The use of this facility is restricted to students, faculty, and staff. One guest may accompany a CBU student, faculty member, or staff member." All visitors are required to sign-in, leave their state-Issued or military ID with the attendant(s) during their visit, and remain with the CBU student, faculty, or staff member until their departure from the facility. The guest’s ID will be returned upon leaving the facility. The desk will be staffed from 4:00 to 11:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. If you have any questions regarding this notice, please contact Ian A. Boyd at

On September 5, Canale Pool received a 96 out of 100 on its monthly Tennessee Department of Health Inspection. The Office of Recreation strives to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for the CBU Community. If you or your organization are seeking to reserve the pool for a public or private event, please contact Ian A. Boyd at for further information. Thank you for selecting CBU for your aquatic needs.

Buc Bulletin

MEN'S SOCCER (1-3, 0-1 GSC): The Bucs and the Bethel Wildcats went into halftime knotted up at 1-1, but the Wildcats pulled away in the second half to claim a 3-1 victory Wednesday evening at Signaigo Field. Montevallo scored three goals in the second half in a 4-0 victory over the Bucs on Saturday. CBU returns to action on Wednesday when they host crosstown foe Rhodes College at Signaigo Field at 7:00 p.m. Full schedule…
WOMEN'S SOCCER (2-1, 0-0 GSC): The Lady Bucs and the Clayton State University Lakers played a nail-biting two-overtime match on Friday. The match was knotted up 1-1 at the end of regulation, but the Lakers netted the game winner in the second overtime period. CBU faced St. Leo on Sunday in another close match that looked like it might go into overtime, but the Lady Bucs pulled it out in the 89th minute with a 2-1 victory. The Lady Bucs return to Signaigo Field on Thursday as they take on Harding University at 5:00 p.m. Full schedule…
VOLLEYBALL (1-6, 0-0 GSC): The Lady Bucs opened the Bellarmine Invitational on Friday by falling in their matches against Minnesota State-Mankato Mavericks, 2-3, and Bellarmine, 1-3. On Saturday, they dropped a pair of hard fought matches,  falling 3-1 against Tiffin and 3-2 to Virginia State. The Lady Bucs return to action on Tuesday when they travel to face crosstown foe LeMoyne-Owen at 6:00 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 men's golf team finished play at the Montevallo Full Moon Invitational by finishing in fourth place in the nine-team field on September 9-10. Men's schedule… Women's schedule…

Think Safety: Tips from Campus Police

ATTEND PARTIES WITH FRIENDS: Going in groups can prevent a you from being targeted for unwanted pursuit. Others will notice if one group member goes missing, or has too much to drink.
Go to parties with positive people that have your best interests in mind. Choose companions who will keep a watchful eye out for you, just as you will keep a watch on your companions. Do not let anyone wander off with strangers or "someone new" — especially if there appears to be drinking or drugs involved. There is safety in numbers!

PLAN YOUR EVENING AND HAVE A BACK-UP PLAN: Discuss who will be the designated driver for the night, and make sure that person is someone who can resist any social pressure to drink. Every year, thousands of people die from drinking and driving, about 30 people each day, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Know where you’re going, and how to get back home. Deciding on a time when you want to either regroup and leave, or discuss staying longer, is also a good way to check in with everyone. Know where emergency resources are on campus, such as blue phones, as well as the campus police number (321-3550). Have local cab or Uber programmed into your phone. If a designated driver has been drinking — even one drink — call a cab or a friend you know isn’t going to be at the party to get a safe ride home.
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