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Convocation Awards & Honors

The Academic Convocation for 2018-2019 was held on August 23 in the University Theater. Featured speakers included President Smarrelli, SGA President Megan Wilson, and Dr. Randel Price (Chemical & Biochemical Engineering).

Congratulations to the CBU Lasallian Fellows Class of 2019! CBU Lasallian Fellowships are presented annually to five members of the senior class based upon the reflection of Lasallian values in their scholarship, leadership, and service. Each student was nominated by a member of the CBU faculty or staff because of academic excellence, commitment to social justice, the active nature of his/her faith, and an inspired approach to change-making. Upon graduation, the Fellows will be awarded $15,000 as a means of perpetuating their work in the community. The Fellowships are made possible through the creative generosity of Joyce Mollerup and Robert Buckman. The following students were selected as this year's CBU Lasallian Fellows (pictured above with President John Smarrelli, l-r) Nikole Agront Rodriguez (Psychology ’19), Erin Aulfinger (Creative Writing ’19), Carlee Darnell (Religious Studies ’19), Yuri Hayslett (Business Administration/Finance ’19), and Gabriela Morales Medina (English for Corporate Communications ’19).

Dr. Paul Shiue 
(Mechanical Engineering), pictured above with President Smarrelli, was honored as the Distinguished Lasallian Educator for 2018-19, the highest honor given to CBU faculty and staff, nominated by their peers as being exemplary in advancing and bringing to life the Lasallian hallmarks that are part of the core identity of CBU.
The School of Sciences granted its highest award, the Dr. Marguerite Cooper Award, to Sandra Davis (Mathematics & Computer Science).
Other awards and honors included:
  • Dr. Andrew Assadollahi (Civil & Environmental Engineering), Outstanding New Advisor
  • Dr. John Ventura (Electrical & Computer Engineering), Advisor of the Year
  • Katelyn Cherry ('21), CARL Rookie of the Year
  • Kel Nesbitt (’20), CARL Student Choice Award 
  • Michelle Nichols ('20), CARL of the Year
  • Chase Encalade ('19), CBU Spirit Award
  • Chris Fagin ('19), CBU Spirit Award
  • Hung Nguyen, CBU Spirit Award
The following faculty members were awarded endowed chairs:
  • Dr. Bjoern A. Claassen, Harry B. Solmson Chair of Business Administration
  • Dr. Jennifer Weske, Morrie A. & Lillian Moss Chair in Accounting
  • Nicholas Peña, Harold R. Krelstein Chair in Performing Arts & Communications
  • Dr. Jerad Henson, Dr. John J. Shea Chair in Science & Mathematics
  • Dr. Samantha Alperin, Brother Bernard LoCoco Presidential Chair
  • Dr. John Ventura, J. Everett Pidgeon Chair

This Week at CBU


The Yida Photography Exhibit examines the crisis in Sudan through the lives of those who have escaped. The 313 breathtaking images featured in this traveling exhibit are part of a collection of 4,535 photos taken in Yida Refugee Camp by Operation Broken Silence’s photographers. The Yida Photography Exhibit is an immersive experience that takes you into what life is like in the refugee camp. But this is more than your average photo exhibit. Throughout this experience, you will be introduced to the crisis in Sudan, who refugees are, different aspects of Nuba culture and life in Yida, and tangible ways to get involved in supporting the Sudanese people through fundraising and giving. The exhibition will be open to the public in Sabbatini Lounge August 27-30 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on August 31. 


Join in the awesome events of CBU NPHC Week! Come learn about the NPHC Greek Council as well as participate in specials events such as those listed below:
  • Meet the Greeks on Monday, August 27 in the Montesi Executive Center, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Flavor of Love Speed Dating on Tuesday, August 28 in Rosa Deal 111, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Top Chef: PB&J Service with Campus Ministry on Wednesday, August 29 in Alfonso Dining Hall, 2:00 p.m.
  • Minute to Win It Game Night on Thursday, August 30 in the Wilson Family Commons in the LLC, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
  • 106 & Park BBQ Party on Friday, August 31 at the Gazebo from 6:00 p.m. until… 

Interested in going through recruitment? Have any question about Greek Life? If yes, come and join the National Panhellenic Council and  Interfraternity Council at Meet the Greeks on Tuesday, August 28 in the Montesi Executive Center from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Here you can speak with active Greek women and men about recruitment and Greek life at Christian Brothers University. To RSVP go to!

Yes, the rumors are true.
😢 After 31 years of service to CBU, Ms. Sadie Lisenby, Director of Counseling, retired on August 3. While we hope she will continue to make frequent appearances on campus during basketball season and for special events, the Office of Student Life invites you to a celebration in her honor on Wednesday, August 29, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Montesi Executive Center. (If you are so inclined, we would love for you to wear red in her honor!)

Interested in participating in Intramural Sports this Fall semester?
Join the Team Captain's Meeting on Wednesday, August 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Montesi Executive Center. For more info, contact Ian Boyd at


Dr. Bev Vitali (Management/Marketing/MIS/Economics) and Dr. Dennis Clark (MAEL '09) presented a workshop called "Cementing Volunteer Engagement: The Role of Vision and Mission in Volunteer Motivation" at the Midsouth Nonprofit Conference on August 17.
Dr. Jennifer Weske (Accounting) published two articles this summer: "Fraud Detection Using Behavioral Traits" in the Tennessee CPA Journal, July/August 2018 issue and "Business Ethics, Moral Compasses and The Education Dilemma" in the May/June 2018 Issue. Dr. Weske also spoke to the Memphis Chapter of the Tennessee Society of CPAs on Tennessee State-Specific Ethics training on August 21.

Faculty News

The following faculty members have been granted tenure, as announced at the Academic Convocation on August 23:
  • Dr. Mary Campbell (Behavioral Science)
  • Dr. Cort Casey Jr. (Education)
  • Dr. Leigh M. Johnson (Religion & Philosophy)

Cheryl Scott (Physician Assistant Studies) been promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor, as announced at the Academic Convocation on August 23:
The following faculty members have been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor, as announced at the Academic Convocation on August 23:
  • Dr. Andrew Assadollahi (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
  • Dr. Mary Campbell (Behavioral Science)
  • Dr. Leigh M. Johnson (Religion & Philosophy)
  • Dr. Nancy Wilder (Education)

The following faculty members have been promoted to the rank of Professor, as announced at the Academic Convocation on August 23:
  • Dr. Sandra Thompson-Jaeger (Biology)
  • Dr. Bevalee Vitali (Management/Marketing/Economics)

September of Service

September of Service 2018 Kickoff a Success!!
 WOW! Way to go, CBU! Friday's September of Service kickoff was AMAZING; we have nearly 400 signups and 12 events are already FULL! Now, let's 'CBU up' to fill the other 200 or so spots. Below are the upcoming events where we need the most help. Go to to sign up and check out ALL our events.
  • Thursday, September 6, 3:15-6:20 p.m. at DeNeuville Learning Center. We will be outside doing yardwork and inside cleaning. (5 spots left).
  •  Monday, September 10, 2:15-6:20 p.m. in the St. Jude garden with Memphis Tilth. (9 spots left)
  • Tuesday, September 11, 2:15-6:20 p.m. across the street from CBU cleaning up the Spanish American Memorial Park with Volunteer Memphis (20 spots left)
  • Wednesday, September 12, 12:15-3:50 p.m. cleaning coolers used by MIFA’s Meals on Wheels program (16 spots left).
Thanks for helping our community, everyone! And be sure to like our SOS Facebook page where we post your kickoff and service pictures. 

Career Calendar

Wednesday, August 29 | 3:30 p.m. | Buckman Hall 224
Come learn about City Year, who they are and what they do, and enjoy free Muddy's Cupcakes while they last! Open to all interested students, but Education majors might be especially interested!

Thursday, August 30 | 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.

Residence Life House Calls

Wednesday, August 29 | 6:00-7:30 p.m.

During House Calls, faculty members, staff, and administrators welcome new students to campus and get to interact with them on a personal level. Research supports the significant impact curricular and co-curricular interactions have on student educational achievement. Consequently, this program is a valuable asset to the CBU campus as we strive to be a more engaged and learner-centered community. Volunteers are essential to help reach all first-year residential students. This is your opportunity to see students in their personal living environment, hear about their first week of classes, and show your Buccaneer spirit! If you would like to participate, please email Scott Baietti, Associate Director of Residence Life, at

First-Year Students: Be in your room after 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday to greet your visitors!

Attention Seniors & Graduate Students!

IF YOU PLAN TO GRADUATE DURING THE 2018-19 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 2018 Graduates: September 15, 2018
    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 2019 and August 2019 Graduates: December 1, 2018
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.

Current Job Openings at CBU



CBU News

Shelby County Schools reversed a ruling it made in April and approved six charter schools proposed by New Day Schools, Inc. to replace the Jubilee Schools of the Catholic Diocese, which will close at the end of this school year. President John Smarrelli, chairman of the board for New Day Schools, was quoted in news articles in The Commercial Appeal and Chalkbeat and was interviewed in the above report by WMC Action News 5. "We promised the school board very strongly that what we would do was create a higher quality educational experience for those students, and I applaud and thank the school board for believing us," Smarrelli said. The new Compass Community Schools will be in the same buildings previously used by Jubilee Catholic Schools, and the same executive director running Jubilee will also oversee the new schools.

Campus Ministry News & Events

VOYAGE FIRST-YEAR STUDENT RETREAT: Calling all new buccaneers to set sail for your first voyage at CBU! The Voyage Retreat is for all first-year students to meet other first-years, build connections to the CBU community, and explore your own journey to success in your first semester. The retreat will be an all-day event held on Saturday, September 8. Interested in signing up or want more information? Please contact Scott Baietti at or Joey Preston at Spots are limited so please make sure you act fast!
CBU FOOD PANTRY: The CBU Food Pantry is open and available for anyone in our CBU community and provides nonperishable food items, spices, and limited hygiene products. If you or someone you know is in need of food, please fill out the form at, and we will set up a time that works for you to pick up the food. The CBU Food Pantry is located in the Campus Ministry Office in the Thomas Center.
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.
PB&J SERVICE WITH CAMPUS MINISTRY: Want to give back to your community? Have and 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. SPECIAL NOTE: This Wednesday only, August 29, PB&J will be at 2:00 p.m.
ADORATION AND RECONCILIATION: Eucharistic Adoration will be held every Wednesday from 2:00-3:00pm 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.

Calling all Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Bucs!

Want to show off your campus and community to other prospective students, their families, alumni, and/or Board members? Apply to be a President’s Ambassador!
“The President Ambassadors of CBU are a distinguished group of student volunteers who are selected to represent the institution and the office of admissions by providing prospective students with a personal look into the CBU community, guiding campus tours, and assisting with campus events.”
Rhonda Payne, President’s Ambassador ('19)
Please join us for an informational session in Rosa Deal 111 at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 30. Please RSVP with Lia at if you plan to attend.

CBU Serves!

Last Saturday, all of our incoming first-year students participated in CBU's annual service project, CBU Serves! Students participated in volunteering at over 10 volunteer locations and engaged in various projects such as raking leaves, pulling algae from lakes, arranging new trails, making PB&Js, organizing items, and beyond! Special thanks to all of the members of the Class of 2022 and the various volunteer locations that worked alongside us! We had a great time showing the City of Memphis how CBU Serves!  

Call All Greek Life!

The Stompdown is a National Touring Step Competition that is comprised of the nation's elite step teams that will be at the Cannon Center on Friday, September 7 at 7:30 p.m. They are looking for 10-15 volunteers who are currently active in a Greek organization on campus andt can work alongside their staff during the event. Interested in serving as a volunteer? RSVP your spot by emailing Greek Life advisor Connie Beck at!  Interested in performing at the event? If there is a step-team on campus that would like to compete in the Greek Fraternity, Greek Sorority, or Independent categories, please let Connie know! She will connect you to the volunteer coordinator and get your group plugged in! 

CBU Snapshots

Pictured above is the Divine Voices Gospel Choir for the 2018-2019 academic year. Want the Choir to sing at your next event? Contact them at cbudivinevoices@gmail.comWant to be the first to know upcoming events for Divine Voices? Check out their website today at for more information on concerts and year-round events. 

The brothers of Kappa Sigma hosted the Bahama Mama pool party Saturday at the Canale Pool.

Upcoming Events

The Student Commuter Council invites you to grab a FREE DONUT AND JUICE on the way to class on Wednesday morning, September 5, from 8:00-9:30 a.m. outside St. Joseph Hall. Or just pause to chit-chat with your fellow resident and commuter students —either way, it's a great way to start the day!

Calling all women interested in recruitment! Join the ladies of National Panhellenic Council at S'mores Night on Wednesday, September 5 at the LLC fire pit. Meet the ladies on the Panhellenic Council and the Gamma Chis who will be in charge of recruitment week. Learn more about Recruitment Week, Greek life, and the Panhellenic Council and enjoy some tasty s'mores for FREE! To RSVP please go to


Memphis Reads/Fresh Reads author Colson Whitehead will discuss his book, The Underground Railroad, and host a Q & A session in the University Theater on September 5 at 7:00 p.m. A book signing will follow. Whitehead is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad (an Oprah’s Book Club selection and winner of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize), The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and one collection of essays, The Colossus of New York

Ladies, interested in going Greek? Well then, if yes, save these dates! Take a Ride on the Greek Side and Go Greek! Rush week starts Tuesday, September 18 and goes through September 22. If interested, please sign up by going to Please remember to pay your $25 recruitment fee to Connie Beck in Student Life in order to get your Panhellenic shirt and go through rush. Questions??? Contact Kennedy Simmons at

Join CBU's alumni for food, fun, and everything that makes us family. Events include:


Join CBU faculty, staff, and alumni under the big tent on Nolan Field on Friday, September 28, from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. for fun party food and beer from local breweries. Bring a blanket and lawn chairs to enjoy our live entertainment. $10 per person (includes food and beverage)
On Saturday, September 29, bounce houses, burgers, hot dogs, sno-cones, face painting, baseball, softball, and basketball games, campus tours, and more will cover the campus with fun! #CBURocks painting at "The Rock." 
Join us for Mass on Sunday, September 30 in Stritch Chapel at 11:00 a.m., followed by brunch in Stritch Dining Hall. 
REGISTER TODAY AT CBU.EDU/WEEKEND! Contact Bettye Durham at or (901) 321-3254 for more information!

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Bell Tower Gala on November 3 at the Peabody Hotel! This is CBU's event of the year, celebrating our remarkable alumni and faculty! For information or to purchase tickets, visit today.

Tryout to be a Potential Lady Buc! 

Think you have what it takes to play for the CBU Lady Buccaneer basketball team?
If you’re interested in trying out, all of the following requirements must be turned in by September 4:
  • Copy of insurance card
  • Tryout participation release form
  • Proof of physical that has been done within the last six months. MUST BE SIGNED BY A DOCTOR!
Please contact Coach Robinson ASAP via email if interested:

Buc Bulletin

MEN'S SOCCER (0-0, 0-0 GSC): The Bucs head to Florida this week for matches against Lynn University in Boca Raton on Friday and Palm Beach Atlantic on Sunday. Full schedule… 
WOMEN'S SOCCER (0-0, 0-0 GSC): The Lady Bucs take on Drury University on Friday in Springfield, MO and then play the Miners of Missouri University of Science & Technology on Sunday at Rolla, MO. Full schedule… 
VOLLEYBALL: (2-2, 0-0 GSC): The Lady Bucs started the 2018 season with a pair of wins Friday in the CBU Invitational, sweeping Maryville 3-0 before holding off Kentucky Wesleyan 3-2 in five sets. Twice Saturday, the Lady Bucs rallied to force a decisive fifth set, but they came up short in losses to Arkansas-Monticello and Pittsburg State (2-3 both matches). This week, CBU heads to Pittsburg, KS for the Gorilla Classic Tournament on Friday and Saturday with matchups against host Pittsburg State, Chadron State, Northwestern Oklahoma State, and Cameron University. Full schedule… 
CROSS COUNTRY: CBU hosts the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic on Saturday at Mike Rose Soccer Complex, starting at 9:20 p.m.
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