October 7, 2019                                 View this email in your browser

A Few Highlights from Inauguration Week

After being formally presented with the Presidential Medallion (which had just been blessed by the Most Reverend David P. Talley, Bishop of Memphis), President Jack Shannon is welcomed to CBU with a standing ovation from the audience at the Inauguration Ceremony at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on October 4 — including its presenters, Kristine Troung (SGA president), Dr. John Smarrelli (former president), and Brother Dominic Ehrmantraut (Special Assistant to the President).

Dr. Jeffrey Sable
, associate professor of Behavioral Sciences (pictured above with Dr. Paul Haught, VP for Academics & Student Life), was presented with the 2019/20 Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award, prior to the Plenary Address held at Crosstown Theater on September 30. The prestigious award recognizes members of the CBU community who are noteworthy in their sustained devotion to the Lasallian educational mission. More info on Dr. Sable's award…

The CBU Lasallian Fellows Class of 2020 was announced and introduced on October 2 during the Buccaneer Bash (and formally recognized on October 5 at the Bell Tower Gala). Pictured above with President Jack Shannon are (l-r) Zane Turner (Business Administration/Finance and Management ’20), Kristine Truong (Biology ’20), Chelsea Joyner (Psychology ’20), Chris Fagin (Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics ’20), and Beverly Agsaulio (Business Administration/Finance ’20). More info on the Class of 2020… 

President Shannon shared the stage with President John A. Fry of Drexel University at t
he Plenary Address held at Crosstown Theater on September 30, for a discussion and audience Q-&-A following President Fry's address on "The Future of Higher Education and What it Means for Memphis."
COMING SOON: Be sure to check in the near future for more photos and videos from the Inaugural Week Celebration!

September of Service Finale 

Thanks to everyone who came out to our SOS Finale on Thursday, and congratulations to all who served with us this year. Super-duper congratulations to Cesar Samaniego and Atlantica Smith, who were recognized as our top volunteers and received $50 Target gift cards. In September of Service 2019, 516 volunteers served 1,723 hours in our community making this year’s contribution worth $38,991. Over September of Service’s eight years, 4,312 volunteers have worked 14,034 hours, contributing the equivalent of $301,508 to non-profit agencies in our city. That’s AMAZING!! Thank you to everyone who has ever volunteered with September of Service: 30 Days of Good Deeds. You have made such a big difference to so many people! See you next year!

This Week at CBU

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 — check the Connection weekly or for up-to-date info. For more information, please contact Ian Boyd, Recreation & Intramural Coordinator, at
Someone left the entrance to the Hive open and zombies have been spotted on the campus! Yes, it's Humans vs. Zombies time! CBU Human vs. Zombies '19 is open to all students, faculty, and staff — to register, please visit Tuesday through Thursday. Informational sessions will be held in Alfonso Dining Hall this week, Tuesday-Thursday, from 11:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. You must attend one of these sessions and sign a waiver in order to participate in the game. The game will officially begin on Monday, October 21 and end on Friday, November 1. For more information, please contact Ian A. Boyd at or visit him in Student Life.

Free yoga classes with instructor Kathleen S. Hall will continue on Tuesday in 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 — check the Connection weekly or for up-to-date info. For more information, please contact Ian Boyd, Recreation & Intramural Coordinator, at

CBU Students, Faculty, and Staff! You are cordially invited to Plough Library’s Fall Fest, on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Stop by Buckman Quad for food, fun, and free stuff!

Kyra Sanchez Clapper (History '13) will discuss "Romanticism and the History of the Garden in France and Germany" and cover the history of garden design during the Romanticism movement at the Dixon Gallery & Gardens in the Winegardner Auditorium on Wednesday, noon to 1:00 p.m. The brown-bag lecture will start by looking at Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Ermenonville, which is considered to be the first English style garden constructed in France, and then shift to the botanophilia phenomena that took place in 18th-century French salons. Free for students! Kyra is currently a French instructor and a PhD candidate at the University of Memphis Department of History.
The Office of Recreation would like to thank the CBU Community for the feedback, comments, and constructive criticisms received during this pool season which opened on April 24 and will close for the season on Thursday. The last day to enjoy Canale Pool will be Wednesday! As always, thank you for selecting and trusting the Office of Recreation to cater and enhance your aquatic needs.

Student Activities Council will be hosting Farmers on the Quad on Thursday from noon to 2:00 p.m. The first 250 students to bring their IDs will be given $7 to spend! There will be multiple stands with produce, baked goods, Mempops, jams, jewelry, and more! Plus live music and a petting zoo!  


Got spirit? Let's hear it!
Now's your chance to become a part of CBU's Cheerleading Squad! Tryouts are Thursday in Canale Arena, 8:00-11:30 p.m. If you are interested and/or in need of an application, please contact Ian A. Boyd in Student Life or via email at

Career Calendar

Wednesday, October 9 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Cotros Presentation Room (Rosa Deal 111)
Learn more about the Lasallian Teacher Residency Program at CBU, about who they are and what they do. Plus, enjoy free Muddy's cupcakes while they last. Open to all students; those in education-related majors are especially encouraged to attend.
Thursday, October 10 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Montesi Executive Center
Learn about Paladin Freight, about current/future full-time and internship opportunities, and enjoy free pizza while it lasts!  Open to all interested students; juniors and seniors majoring in Management, Finance, Business, and related areas are especially encouraged to attend.

In Memoriam

Susan Burton, sister-in-law of Dr. Bev Vitali (Management, Institute of Leadership), passed away the morning of October 1 in hospice. She fought a long, courageous battle against breast cancer and was very active in the Hot Springs chapter of Our Promise Cancer Resources. As a memorial, please consider donating to them at Please keep Dr. Vitali and her family in your thoughts and prayers.


Lady Buc goalkeeper Riley Chafin (Psychology '21) was named the GSC Soccer Defender of the Week after she earned a 1-0 shutout over No. 13 West Florida and helped lead the Lady Bucs to a 2-0 record for the week of September 23-29.
Cory Dugan (Communications & Marketing) will be among the artists included in the exhibition "Catalyst: McGowan/MCCA/Number/South Main" at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis, which opens on October 20 and will run through January 11, 2020. The exhibit explores the Memphis art scene surrounding the artist, gallerist, writer, arts activist, and South Main Historic Arts District champion Robert McGowan (1947-2012). It will include McGowan’s historic preservation efforts on South Main, the work of well-known artists active in and around the Memphis Center for Contemporary Art (which was open on South Main from 1989 to 1991), and a history of Number:, the non-profit arts journal which McGowan co-founded with Dugan (as founding editor) and which will publish its 100th issue in December.
Buccaneer forward Maxi Galizzi (Business Administration '21) was named GSC Soccer Player of the Week after he helped the Bucs earn a 4-1 victory over Spring Hill on September 29 — by scoring all four goals. 

Congratulations to Donal Newsome (Physics & Mathematics ’20) and Rachel Stephens (Physics & Mathematics ’20) for being inducted into the CBU chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society, on October 1. A special attendee at the ceremony was Analice Sowell (Chemistry ’02, MAT ’05), the first Sigma Pi Sigma member to be inducted into the CBU chapter back in 2001. Analice and her family are generous benefactors to CBU’s Department of Physics. The students’ memberships fees and refreshments for the ceremony were covered by some of those donated funds. Picture above are (l-r) Analice, Donal, Rachel, and Dr. John Varriano, the faculty advisor for Sigma Pi Sigma.

Katelyn Cherry
(Liberal Studies '20), Sidney Vantreese (Liberal Studies '21), and Skylar Stephens (Early Childhood "21) represented CBU and the Department of Education at the Student Tennessee Education Association Conference this past weekend.

Alumni News

Michael Deutsch (Natural Science '90, MBA '94) won the 2019 Invest in Others Community Service Award, one of five awards presented on September 26 at the 13th Annual Invest in Others Awards Gala in Boston. Michael earned the honor for his charitable work with Memphis Inner City Rugby, which received a $45,000 donation from the Invest in Others Charitable Foundation. Michael is vice president of United Capital Financial in Memphis, and is also one of the alumni donors who contributed to start the CBU rugby program. 
Aimee Lewis (English '92) recently joined the Board of Directors of OUTMemphis, the Mid-South’s only LGBTQ+ community center. Aimee is the vice president of external affairs and chief development officer at Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi.
Emily Daniel Shores (Business Administration/Marketing '07) has been promoted to the position of senior marketing manager for Interventional Pain Therapies at Medtronic. Emily has been at Medtronic since 2012. 

Faculty & Staff News

Dr. Leslie Graff, current major gifts officer in the Office of Advancement, will transition to the role of associate vice president for Communications and Marketing, as of October 14. Among her new responsibilities, Dr. Graff will be serving as the University’s primary spokesperson as well as overseeing the day-to-day activities of the Office of Communications and Marketing. She will also be working with the President's Office and others across the campus to develop a comprehensive communications and marketing plan designed to increase student enrollment, publicize CBU on the local and national levels, and elevate the University’s reputation for academics, value, and excellence.

Welcome to CBU

Pamela Carder has joined the Office of Communications & Marketing in the position of digital content manager. She comes to CBU from the University of Lynchburg, where she was a digital content specialist.

CBU Student Leader of the Week

This week’s Student Leader of the Week goes to Kayla Little ('20)! This kind, super hardworking, absolute servant, and rockstar leader has impacted CBU in so many ways. From September of Service to working as a peer mentor, and everything in between, Kayla is known for her compassion, her gentle presence, and her consistent dedication. Give this girl a high-five today as we celebrate her for who she is: an incredible example to us all. We are so grateful for you Kayla! Thank you for being you and for all you do! 🏴‍☠️🤗
Major: Psychology major and Spanish Minor
Hometown: Memphis TN
What organizations are you involved in? Academic Services Peer Mentor, September of Service, and Excel Leadership
What have you learned about being a student leader over the years/any advice you have for other students leaders? From my experiences in leading, the one thing that I cherish most is having an opportunity to express an attitude of gratitude at any given chance. My advice for any student is to practice being thankful during good and even bad times.
What is your favorite thing about CBU? My favorite thing about CBU is the amount of support and love that I receive from my CBU friends and professors, whom I now consider family.

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.
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Think Safety: Tips from Campus Police

If so, plan ahead and consider enrolling in STEP. The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. State Department that allows U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to register their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

What are the benefits of STEP?
  • You will receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, which will help you make informed decisions about your travel plans.
  • Your registration helps the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, natural disaster, or civil unrest.
  • Your registration helps family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.
  • Register at
  • Please read this safety guideline provided by the FBI.

Intramural Corner

The Office of Recreation would like to offer its congratulations to the men of Sigma Alpha Epsilon as they became the first set of Intramural Champions by defeating Theta Tau 7 -3 in the Intramural Kickball Tournament on September 25. We will begin Intramural Flag Football on Monday, October 7, so come out and support your peers!

Buc Bulletin

MEN'S SOCCER (4-5, 2-2 GSC): The Bucs hosted Union on Friday and won a 1-0 shutout victory over the Bulldogs. The team returns to action on Friday, when they travel to Delta State for a 3:00 p.m. kickoff. While in Mississippi, they head for Clinton on Sunday for a match with Mississippi College. Full schedule…
WOMEN'S SOCCER (7-1, 3-0 GSC): The Lady Bucs won their sixth straight match in a 1-0 shutout against Union on Friday at Signaigo Field. They travel to Cleveland, MS to face Delta State on Friday at 1:00 p.m., and then take on Mississippi College on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Full schedule…
VOLLEYBALL (3-14, 1-4 GSC): The Lady Bucs matched up against GSC foe Mississippi College last Tuesday, but the Choctaws pieced together a more efficient hitting night as they downed CBU 3-1. The Lady Bucs returned to Canale Arena on Friday, where they rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat visiting West Alabama, 3-2. The Lady Bucs return to the court on Friday when they host Lee University in Canale Arena at 7:00 p.m. Full schedule… 
CROSS COUNTRY: On Saturday, the teams were in Fayetteville, AR for the Chile Pepper Festival hosted by the University of Arkansas. Peter Torres led the men's team to a fourth place finish as he individually ended his run in sixth place. Johanna Wistokat led the women's team with an individual 23rd place finish, which helped CBU to a 19th place team result. CBU hits the road to Owensboro, KY on Saturday for the Fast Cats Classic, hosted by Kentucky Wesleyan. Full schedule…
GOLF: The Bucs finished 10th of 18 teams in the Flyer Intercollegiate Tournament last Monday and Tuesday, while the Lady Bucs tied for 9th in a 16-team field. Both teams tee off again over Fall Break next Monday and Tuesday at the Dan Morris Invitational, hosted by Union University in Jackson, TN. Men's schedule… Women's schedule…
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