December 3, 2018                                 View this email in your browser

This Week at CBU


Dr. and Mrs. John Smarrelli Jr., the Brothers of the Lambert Hall Community, and the Student Government Association invite the entire CBU community — students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and families — to the annual Christmas Celebration and Tree Lighting on Wednesday, December 5! Please join us for this festive celebration of the season! The Tree Lighting will open the celebration at 5:00 p.m. in the Quad, with dinner to follow in Alfonso Dining Hall! More info and RSVP* at… (*Students are not required to RSVP!)

Do upcoming exams have you stressed out? Stop by and take some time to relax with FREE shoulder and neck massages on Tuesday, December 4 from 11:30 a.m.  to 1:30 p.m. in the Thomas Center Conference Room. Sponsored by Health Services and Student Life.
STARS is excited to announce its upcoming "Mistletoe Variety Show" that will be held in the University Theater on Tuesday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. This fundraiser is a campus-wide event in which STARS invites students, faculty, and staff to not only participate in the show but also to be members of the audience. Show off your talents, skills, and creativity — Musical Instruments, Dancing, Singing, Skits, and More! Prizes will be awarded to the top performances! Tickets are $7.50 during the pre-sale online event and $10 at the door. For tickets go to This is a campus-wide event open to students, faculty, and staff. 
CBU will host the Official Release Party for a new book by Candous S. Brown (English '07, MAT '12) entitled The Life of an Educator and the new publishing company, One Dove Ink, the creation of Reginald O. McCray (BSBA-Management '05) on December 4 at 7:00 p.m. in Sabbatini Lounge. Brown, a teacher in Shelby County Schools for the past 11 years, wrote The Life of an Educator as her story and a plan of action to educate the teachers of the future. Copies of the book can be pre-ordered at for $20.00 and received signed by the author that night as well.
The Shelby County Health Department is offering a free flu shot clinic on Wednesday, December 5, during a special “FightFluTN” statewide vaccination event. The vaccine will be offered from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., on a first-come, first-served basis at 1826 Sycamore View Road (former Scan Interiors Building), conveniently located just off Summer Avenue, close to Interstate-40.

To raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in accordance of World AIDS Day, the Gay-Straight Alliance will host Sally DiScenza, NP from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for a talk on HIV/AIDS prevent on Wednesday, December 5 between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. in Rosa Deal 111. Free HIV testing kits and pizza are also be available during the event. For more information, please contact Michael Murphy at anytime.
If finals and end-of-the-year activities and demands have you stressed, you should definitely come to PAWS TO RELAX WITH THE THERAPY DOGS, Thursday, December 6, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the new Swashbuckler Lounge. It’s a proven fact that petting a dog can relieve stress and lower blood pressure. Come visit with the Therapy Dogs, brought to campus again by the Mid-South Therapy Dogs and Friends and sponsored by Student Life. "Not all medicine comes in a bottle."

Student Life will host a "Meet and Greet" on Thursday, December 6 in the new student lounge underneath Alfonso Dining Hall. The event starts at 6:00 p.m. and is open to all students! The goal is to foster community on campus and allow for light conversation in a friendly, warm environment. So come on out for hot chocolate, cookies, and conversation in a speed dating format! For more information, contact (901) 279-2124.
The Theatre Department will be presenting Improvisation Night at the University Theater at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 6. Students of the Improvisation class will perform games in the tradition of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" Admission is free.

  1. CLOTHING DRIVE: Let's join together to collect clothing for St. Mary's Soup Kitchen. We're looking for MEN'S PANTS — new or gently used khakis, jeans, and sweatpants.
  2. GIFTS FOR GOD'S CHILDREN (benefitting Catholic Charities of West Tennessee): First, select a child from the Christmas Tree in Alfonso Dining Hall (all the families are from De La Salle Blessed Sacrament School). Then, go shopping for their gift. And finally, bring unwrapped gifts and your child’s card to Campus Ministry.
  3. FOOD DRIVE TO BENEFIT THE MID-SOUTH FOOD BANK AND ST. MARY'S SOUP KITCHEN: We're collecting non-perishable items such as canned soups, vegetables, beans, and fruits; and non-frozen microwave meals.
Drop Off All Collected Items in Campus Ministry by Friday, December 7


Dr. James McGuffee
(Dean, School of Sciences) discussed how Google uses personal user data to target advertising in a two-part report on Local Memphis Channel 24 on November 19 and November 20 and offered tips on managing your privacy. The station also offers a "web extra" report that is a solo interview with Dr. McGuffee.

The latest children's book in the series written by Dr. Stan Eisen's BIOL 413 Parasitology class is now available. Evil and Manipulative: How Parasites Turn Their Hosts Into Zombies by Ms. Hema G. Lobin tells the story of how parasites can alter the behavior of their intermediate hosts in order to make the hosts more likely to be captured by their predators, which are also the definitive hosts for the parasites. The life cycles of nine different parasites are described, each presenting a unique way in which the behavior, and sometimes the appearance, of the intermediate host is altered to make it more vulnerable to predation. 

The Writing and Communications Corner (WCC) hosted the 2018 TuColla Conference at CBU on October 27. TuColla, a conference for writing and communications consultants across the state of Tennessee, is an annual event hosted by colleges and universities who are members of the larger Southeastern Writing Centers Association (SWCA). The WCC was asked to host this event in recognition of the WCC consultants’ presentation of new research and scholarship at both SWCA conferences and the International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) conferences over the last several years. The conference program included several sessions, all led by graduate and undergraduate consultants across Tennessee. WCC consultants led four sessions, highlighted below:
  • Erin Aulfinger: roundtable discussion titled “’A Right to One’s Own Language’ and Creative Writing: Creating Space for Workshops with No Walls.”
  • Ariel Earnest, Josh Landers, Anayanci Sanchez, and Morgan Washington: panel presentation titled “What a Fully Multi-Modal, Communicative Writing Center Really Can Look Like: a View across Disciplines and Their Expectations.”
  • Ana Garcia: roundtable discussion titled “How to Consult in the Behavioral Sciences: Creating Student-Centered Workshops and Tackling APA.”
  • Josh Landers: new research presentation titled “How Collecting Sign-In Data Can Expand Writing Center Services.”
Joining the conference attendees at lunch were twelve local WCC alums, who all spoke about their work as consultants and how their work as consultants informs their lives now. Alumni present were: Ben Austin (ECCM ’05), Emily Austin (English ’04), Mary Clark (ECCM ’18), Raquel Darling-Greer (ECCM ’10) Kristen Downy (Psychology ’13), Tim Miller (Business Administration/Marketing ’08), Yolandalyn Murray (Psychology ’05), Andrea Munoz-Perez (Psychology ’17), Megan Murphy (Creative Writing ’16), Mandi Pitt-Reed (History ’09), Jennifer Sharp (ECCM ’13), and Tricia Wessels (ECCM ’06). The lunch was made possible by a generous donation by Dr. Manish Patel (Biology ’05) and the SWCA-TN.
      Pictured above are (l-r) Josey Chumney (Psychology '20), Morgan Washington (English '19), Dr. Clayann Panetta (Literature & Languages, WCC), Ariel Earnest (Civil Engineering '19), Ana Garcia (Applied Psychology '20), and Anayanci Sanchez (Natural Science '20).

CBU Snapshots

The first-ever lighting of the CBU Chanukah Menorah took place at Buckman Quad on Sunday, December 2, with Rabbi Jeremy Simons of Hillels of Memphis explaining the meaning and customs of the holiday prior to the lighting. Rabbi Simons is pictured above at left, with Dr. Stan Eisen (Biology) and President John Smarrelli. Chanukah lasts for eight days, so an additional candle will be lit during each day of the holiday, through Sunday, December 9. Assembly of the Menorah was organized by Dr. Eisen in a cooperative effort with students and CBU Physical Plant.

The Office of Recreation would like to introduce the 2018-2019 CBU Cheer Squad. The members are: Alexandria Gibson, Blake White, Brooke Johnson, Dajai Ross, Fatou Sow, Hannah Esgro, Jakia Cain, Jazzmyn Davenport, Leah Brown, Maquiesha Threkeld, and Na’Kayla Woods (not pictured). The head coach for the Cheer Team is Ms. Keyondra Page and staff sponsor is Mr. Ian A. Boyd. If you are interested in becoming a member of the squad for the 2019-2020 academic year, please contact Ian Boyd at or visit his office in Student Life.

Members of the CBU chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) were special guests for a recent Science Night at Holmes Road Elementary School. The event was organized by Ms. Jacqueline Mask, a fourth-grade science teacher at the school. Members demonstrated various physics phenomena to students and their families. Pictured above are SPS members Rachel Stephens (Physics ’20), Donal Newsome (Physics ’20), and physics professors Dr. Greg Vieira and Dr. Ted Clarke. The hour-long event was loads of fun and SPS members are looking forward to participating in the next Science Night. 

CBU Battles Main Event: The Office of Recreation would like to thank the winners of the Main Event Entertainment raffle for coming out for the last Saturday Programming event of the semester. Make sure you read the CBU Connection and follow rec_cbu on IG for the upcoming Spring 2019 events!

Current Job Openings at CBU

• Assistant Professor of Psychology (Tenure Track)
• Faculty Position in Accounting
• Faculty Position In Marketing
• Assistant of Advanced Assistant Professor of English (New Media & Digital Humanities)
• PA Program Faculty, Academic
• Visiting Assistant Professor of English (Digital Rhetorics & Professional Writing)
• PA Program Clinical Pharmacology Instructor
• Adjunct Instructor (Part-time)

• Executive Administrative Assistant to the VP of Academic Affairs
• Advising and Retention Coordinator
• Safety Officer (Part-Time) 7:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m
• Safety Officer (Full-Time) 3:00 p.m to 11:00 p.m
• Mail and Bindery Clerk 
• Safety Officer (Full Time)
• Dean of Academic Services
• Director of Counseling
• Director of AutoZone Center for Community Engagement
• PA Program Clinical Administrative Assistant

Think Safety: Tips from Campus Police

Winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together. But that also means a potential greater risk for fire. Following a few simple tips will ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season.

Holiday Decorating  

Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn. 
Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.

Holiday Entertaining
Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.

More than a third of home decoration fires are started by candles.
42% of decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source.

CBU Holiday Decorations Policy 
Because of the potential for accidents or fires, the following regulations must be observed by anyone wishing to exhibit decorations:
Only artificial trees shall be permitted in student rooms.
No Christmas lights or decorative string lights of any type shall be permitted in student rooms.
Trees or decorations are not to be placed in any corridor or area which might obstruct an exit.
All interior decorations must be flameproof, or be made of a material that is flame-retardant.
No open flames (candles, stereo, liquid fuel, etc.) may be used.
At no time may hallway lights, exit lights, etc. be painted or covered over.

Private Math Tutoring

The Math Center now offers private tutoring in addition to its regular tutoring program.

The regular tutoring schedule is:
  • Monday 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday  9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
  • CLOSED Saturdays and Sundays
More info on Math Center Tutoring at

Bookstore Exam Week & Holiday Hours

The CBU Bookstore will be open regular hours — Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m. — through Wednesday, December 12. Hours during Exam Week/Winter Break will be as follows:
  • Thursday and Friday, December 13 and 14: Open 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. for Rental Check-In and Textbook Buyback
  • Saturday, December 15 (Rental Check-In Due Date): Open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to help facilitate any students that could not make it in during the week.
  • Sunday, December 16: Closed
  • Monday December 17: Open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for Rental Check-In grace period.
  • Tuesday to Friday, December 18-21: Open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • December 22 to January 1: Closed
  • January 2: Resume normal business hours

Intramural Corner

The Office of Recreation would like to thank the CBU Community for their involvement with Intramurals for the Fall 2018 Semester and would like to congratulate Team Mango (below left) for winning the Recreation Division Volleyball Championship and Sigma Alpha Epsilon (below center) for winning the Competitive Division Volleyball Championship. Also, the men of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (below right) went undefeated to win the Intramural Volleyball Tournament. The Spring 2019 Intramural Schedule will feature: Table Tennis Tournament, 5v5 Basketball, Outdoor Soccer, Flag Football Tournament, and Ultimate Frisbee Tournament. To sign up your squad for these events, please visit or contact Ian Boyd at for more information.

Buc Bulletin

MEN'S BASKETBALL (5-2, 1-1 GSC): The Bucs tied a school record with 20 three-pointers, shooting 14-of-17 from beyond the arc in the second half, as they rolled to a 90-74 win over Harding last Monday night at Canale Arena. On Thursday, the Bucs out-scored host West Florida 18-7 over the final four minutes as they pulled away to a 71-60 GSC opener win. Valdosta State started off hot with a 14-0 run against the Bucs and never looked back as they never trailed again in the ballgame as they ran away with a 84-71 victory over the Bucs Saturday night. The Bucs continue their road play as they take on Lane Wednesday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m. The Bucs return back to Canale Arena Saturday, December 15 at 3:00 p.m. against Auburn-MontgomeryFull schedule… 
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (2-1, 0-1 GSC): The Lady Bucs fell to the West Florida Argonauts 81-46 in Pensacola on Thursday, and then suffered their second consecutive loss on the road against Valdosta State 67-53 on Saturday. The next home game is Tuesday, when they host Lane College at 5:00 p.m. This weekend, they travel to St. Louis for games against Missouri-St. Louis and Maryville. Full schedule… 
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