April 29, 2019                                 View this email in your browser

This Week at CBU

The Christian Brothers University family lost a beloved member on Friday, April 12, 2019, when Ms. Sadie Lisenby passed away at home in her garden of natural causes. She had been the Director of Counseling at CBU for 31 years, insisting that the students kept her young, verified by the fact that she retired reluctantly at age 84 in 2018. Ms. Sadie’s contributions touched the lives of nearly every student through the Peer Counselor and Pet Therapy programs among others. There will be a memorial service for Ms. Sadie on Monday, April 29 at 5:00 p.m. in the University Theater at CBU.
Her legacy will live on in the hearts of those who knew her. In lieu of donations, the family would have you honor Ms. Sadie by bringing flowers to a friend or family member in need, or writing a heartfelt letter thanking someone who helped you, or having a smile and a listening conversation with a neighbor or service person, or playing a game of cards or croquet with nieces and nephews, or generously giving any manner of cheer, support, and encouragement to all of the people and animals you encounter. 

The Dinstuhl’s Gourmet Chocolate Tasting Event, hosted annually by Dr. Stan Eisen's BIO 103: Biology of Addiction class, will be held on Monday, April 29 in the Montesi Executive Center of Buckman Hall from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Learn how the cacoa plant is cultivated, how the pods are harvested, roasted and fermented, and how chocolate is prepared. Each attendee will receive three wafers, consisting of white chocolate, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate, to contrast the SOUND, the FRAGRANCE, and finally, THE FLAVOR of each. DOOR PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED!!

Tuesday, April 26 is a big day for celebrating retirements at CBU!
The Business Office invites the community to stop by the Staub Lounge on the second floor of the Cooper-Wilson Center between noon and 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday to wish Johnnie Sue Huddleston (Studio Arts '14) well in her retirement, after 14 years in Accounts Receivable.
The Gadomksi School of Engineering will host a retirement reception for Dr. John Ventura (Electrical & Computer Engineering), who will retire at the end of the academic year after 24 years at CBU,  on Tuesday in Nolan Engineering Center 241 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Dr. Ventura (Electrical Engineering ’65) has served CBU in many capacities over the years, including chair of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department. He has published numerous papers, and under his supervision, the CBU IEEE Student Chapter has received awards from IEEE SoutheastCon competitions consistently over the years. Among his many awards/honors are the J. Everett Pidgeon Chair (CBU), Advisor of the Year (CBU), Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award (CBU), Award of Excellence (Memphis-Area Joint Engineers Council), Distinguished Service Award (Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers), and Volunteer of the Year Laureate (MS Industrial Development Council).

The new Gadomski Center for Engineering Innovation will hold an Innovation Competition on Tuesday, April 30 in the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery at 7:30 p.m. Three local judges will evaluate five-minute student presentations that answer the following questions:
  1. What is the problem being solved? 
  2. How have others solved the problem in the past?
  3. What is your invention?
The winner will receive $1,000 to fund a Senior Design project for product development. The Competition is open to all students. Hors-d'oeuvres and light refreshments will be served.


Dr. Mary McConner (Student Life/Study Abroad) has been selected as a member of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Management Development Program (MPD) Class of 2019. The Management Development Program is designed to prepare mid-level managers in higher education with the skills to succeed in complex roles and shifting institutional and cultural landscapes. This intensive, two-week training program will take place during the Summer 2019 term.

Alumni News

Josh Cathey (English '02, MEd '04, MSEL '05 ) has been selected to be the new deputy superintendent of the Germantown Municipal School District. He is finishing his 17th year in education — starting as a teacher and coach at Central High School, then at Houston High School. He then moved into administration and was an assistant principal at Millington High School and principal at Germantown Middle School. For the past five years, Josh has been serving as the chief of operations for the Germantown Municipal School District. He is replacing the retiring Dan Haddow, who received his teaching licensure from CBU.
Elissa Stratton (Psychology '99) has been named the executive director of human resources at Germantown Municipal School District. She has been serving as the human resources supervisor for the past five years.

CBU in the News

The selection of Jack Shannon as the 23rd president of CBU was covered widely by the local media, including the video report by WMC Action News 5 above. Other reports were featured in The Daily Memphian, The Commercial Appeal, and Memphis Business Journal, as well as on TV stations WREG News Channel 3 and Local Memphis 24.

The Daily Memphian published an in-depth interview with President John Smarrelli entitled "Exit interview: Smarrelli details regrets, proudest accomplishments" on Sunday, April 28. “Instead of being a fenced in college campus, let’s look the other way. We can take the resources of the university — the expertise of our faculty, our amazing students — and be a catalyst for change in the Memphis region.” — John Smarrelli Jr., CBU president 

SGA Senate Election Results

Congratulations to the following newly-elected SGA Senators for the 2019-20 academic year!
Senators for Rosa Deal School of Arts:
Yahya Al-Eryani (Psychology '22)
Adair Mojica Roman (Liberal Studies '22)
Miguel Garcia (English for Corporate Communications '21)
Senators for School of Business:
Victor Hernandez Barajas (Business Administration '20)
Irving Sandoval-Gonzalez (Business Administration '22)
Matthew Nguyen (Business Administration '22)
Senators for Gadomski School of Engineering:
Megan Brown (Chemical Engineering '21)
Cesar Mireles (Mechanical Engineering '20)
JP Villa (Mechanical Engineering '21)
Senators for School of Science:
Fred Oweijan (Computer Science/Mathematics '22)
Josue Bohorquez (Computer Science '22)
Dessence Harris (Biochemistry '22)

CBU Snapshots

Incoming President Jack Shannon (#23) and current President John Smarrelli (#22) posed in the "President's Corner" in Barry Hall last week in front of photos of all the past presidents of CBU.

Members of Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society, met at  Young Avenue Deli for an end-of-the-year lunch last week. Pictured above (l-r) are Dr. Marius Carriere, Parker Sewell (History '19, accepted to the University of Mississippi Law School), Will Foner (History '21), Laura Garza (Early Childhood '19), and Dr. Karl Leib. Other Phi Alpha Theta members, Cenetria Crockett (History '19) and Griffin Henry (History Education '21), were unable to attend.

Students: Answer These Five Questions

  1. Are you awesome?
  2. Do you want to lead the largest service initiative in the history of CBU?
  3. Do you want to make a difference on our campus and in the Memphis community?
  4. Do you want to develop your leadership, organizational, public relations, event planning, and maybe even geeky technical skills?
  5. Do you love to do hard work and attend long summer meetings for minimum wage?
If you answered YES to all five of these questions, you are a perfect candidate to lead September of Service: 30 Days of Good Deeds 2019! If you are interested, please send an email to Dr. Leslie McAbee at to share your interest and complete an online application
The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. Monday, May 20.

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.

Current Job Openings at CBU

 PA Program Faculty, Academic
• Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics 
• PA Program Part-Time Clinical Faculty
• 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)

• Academic Transcript Evaluator
• Administrative Assistant
• Part Time Maintenance Helpers - Temporary for Summer (4 Positions)
• Administrative Assistant - Physician Assistant Program
• Director of Clinical Education 
• Programmer Analyst
• 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.
• Human Resources Director
• Canale Pool Lifeguard (Part-time, Seasonal)
• Assistant Athletic Trainer
• Director of the CBU Center for Entrepreneurship 
• PA Program Clinical Administrative Assistant

Upcoming Events

Students in Experimental Research Methods and Statistics will be presenting their semester research projects on Saturday, May 4, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Montesi Executive Center (Buckman Hall). All members of the CBU Community are invited to attend. The session will include posters of the following projects:
  • "Brightness of Visual Art and Simultaneous Presentation of Music do not Affect Emotional Intensity" by Chelsea N. Joyner, Will R. Dudley, and Briana N. Taylor
  • "Grades and Expectations Interact to Affect Satisfaction" by Josey Chumney, Maria Aguirre, Nereida Aranda, and Jeremy Goodwin
  • "Sex and Snack Type do not Affect Self Body-Image" by Santiago Lemus and Connie Strini
  • "Video Content and Race do not Effect Social Distance Levels" by Anna Della Rosa, Magy Botello, Maria Solis, Janette Anaya, and Joliza Ferguson
  • "Active Help-Seeking and Information about Depression do not Effect Personal Stigma Scores about Depression" by Megan R. Morrison, Rafaella Angelidou, Mackenzie Jones, and Nick Blancett
  • "Valance in Social Media Affects User Emotion Regardless of Platform" by Shelby Crocker, Esther Ferreira, Nadia Rivas, and Arielle Guy
  • "Sex but not Content Affect Emotion from Memes" by Zach Lindenberg, Alex Doane, and Rachel Hickman
  • "Key of Music and Song Type do not Affect Emotional Responses" by Itzel Gomez, Riley Chafin, Kayla Little, and Calvin Gill
  • "Parental Attachment Styles and Valence of Images Presented Have no Effect on Relationship Satisfaction" by Antonio Requa-Fielding, Courtney Carter, Jared Schools, and Lisheena Clark
Best Value Schools called CBU’s Behavioral Sciences Department “a powerful incubator for undergraduate research, encouraging all students to produce original work and share their results with others in order to maintain a thriving intellectual community on campus.” This annual poster session is one of numerous manifestations of these efforts.
Do you want to designate your office as a CBU Safe Zone? Safe Zone training for interested faculty and staff will be conducted on Monday, May 6 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Cotros Presentation Room (Rosa Deal 111). Dr. Kelly James (Behavioral Sciences) will facilitate the training. Contact her at to sign up. CBU’s Safe Zone Program launched in Fall of 2013, when several faculty and staff members completed training and became Safe Zone Allies. Sponsored by Student Life and the CBU Gay Straight Alliance and endorsed by the Faculty Assembly, the Safe Zone Program aims to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersexed, asexual or ally (LGBTQIA) students; to improve the overall campus environment for these students; and to educate students, faculty and staff on LGBTQIA issues. More information about CBU Safe Zones, along with a list of Safe Zone Allies, can be found at


It's a busy time of year as we prepare to celebrate our latest crop of graduating students. But CBU also wants to celebrate its faculty and staff — so take a break and join the community for Employee Appreciation Day, our slightly-belated Cinco de Mayo fiesta, on Tuesday, May 7 from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Gazebo and Thomas Center Courtyard — complete with Mexican style cuisine, margaritas, and paletas (popsicles) from La Michoacana! During the celebration, we will recognize some of our CBU family members with Employee Service Awards for their years of service to the university. To top it all off, the traveling Amurica photo booth will be available for some fun, laughs, and pictures!

Faculty and instructors, are you passionate about addressing a community need? Do you welcome collaboration and an exchange of resources with one or more community partners? Are you eager to engage students in a high-impact practice and experiential learning?  If YES, the AutoZone Center for Community Engagement (ACCE) invites you to attend the Community-Engaged Learning Course Development Workshop on Thursday, May 9 from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the Cotros Presentation Room (Rosa Deal 111). Join us for discussion, models, and resources to learn how you can transform your pedagogy. This event is open to CBU faculty and instructors and includes breakfast upon registration. Please email Leslie McAbee at to register — and please note any dietary restrictions in your message.


Registration is now open for the GRE/GMAT Summer 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.
  • June 1: Qualitative material
  • June 8: Qualitative material
  • June 15: Quantitative material
  • June 22: Quantitative 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 submit a check or cash payment to Buckman Hall 343 before Friday, May 24.

Buc Bulletin

BASEBALL (9-36, 5-24 GSC): The Ouachita Baptist Tigers defeated the Bucs 9-2 Tuesday afternoon.
Powered by a four-run seventh inning, the Henderson State Reddies bested the Buccaneers 8-3 at Clyde Berry Field on Wednesday night. Union University used an impressive offensive day to lead them to a doubleheader sweep the Bucs Saturday afternoon, winning the first game 8-3 and the second game 17-3. In the season finale game on Sunday, the Bulldogs completed the sweep with an 8-6 victory. Full schedule…
SOFTBALL (11-38, 2-26 GSC): The Lady Bucs split a doubleheader at in-state rival Union on Saturday. Union held on to take the opener 5-4, but CBU came back in game two for a 2-1 victory. Union came back on Sunday for a 8-0 win in the last game of the season. Full schedule…

Think Safety: Tips from Campus Police

Tennessee alcohol laws apply to both residents and visitors. Alcohol laws vary from state to state, even within a state — Tennessee, for example, has many dry counties. Not knowing the state’s laws is no protection from jail. The legal drinking age in Tennessee is 21. In other words, you must be 21 years or older to legally purchase or consume any alcoholic beverage in the state. 
      Many states permit parents to serve their children alcohol in their home for cultural or educational reasons. Most permit consumption of alcohol for religious, medical, or other reasons. Tennessee alcohol laws do not. People under 21 may not consume wine for religious purposes, so communion wine or wine with Seder is prohibited. Tennessee law has zero tolerance for drinking under 21, and the use of a false ID to buy alcohol is a criminal offense.
      Many young people want part-time jobs, and the hospitality industry offers many — some of which involve alcohol. What’s the age for serving alcohol in a restaurant? For selling alcohol to be consumed off-site? What about for tending bar? Tennessee alcohol laws permit adults — those 18 or older — to be servers in venues that sell alcohol to be consumed on-site, to be bartenders, and to sell alcohol in venues for off-premises consumption, even those these sellers may not be old enough to purchase or consume the product they are selling.
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