September 17, 2018                                 View this email in your browser

This Week at CBU

CBU commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution! The CBU Pre-Law Society will distribute free copies of the U.S. Constitution on Monday, September 17 in front of Alfonso Dining Hall, starting at noon (while supplies last). Get your own copy of the Constitution, and find out what it’s all about!

Meet the officers of the Psychology Club and learn about all the activities planned for the semester! Monday, September 17, 2:00-2:30 p.m. — stay tuned for a location! Pizza will be provided to those who RSVP

Ladies, interested in going Greek? Well then, if yes, save these dates! Take a Ride on the Greek Side and Go Greek! Recruitment 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

Are you interested in learning more about CBU’s study abroad programs? If so, come to one of the Study Abroad Information Sessions to learn more about our semester/summer abroad programs, travel study trips, and exchange programs. 
  • Wednesday, September 19 at 10:00 a.m. in Rosa Deal 111
  • Tuesday, September 25 at 1:00 P.M. in the Montesi Executive Center
 Light refreshments will be provided.
As the first event of Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month (see below), Hola CBU will be selling delicious paletas (Mexican-style popsicles) in the Quad on Wednesday, September 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If you’ve never tried a paleta, you’re in for a real treat!
International Talk Like A Pirate Day is Wednesday, September 19 and a small celebration will be held in Buckman Quad to invoke the ways of a pirate from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.!  Enter a scavenger hunt for a chance to win a gift card! And paint your own sword!
The Gay-Straight Alliance of CBU is hosting a voter registration drive before the November election in front of Alfonso Dining Hall this Wednesday, September 19, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Just bring your ink pen and GSA will bring you the form. You must be over 18 and a resident of Tennessee with a permanent address in Tennessee in order to register to vote using the form. For more information, contact


The CBU BucBand is CBU's official pep band and plays at several home volleyball and basketball games, as well as other events. If you're interested in joining the BucBand, please fill out this survey by September 20 at noon! Auditions will be held Thursday, September 20 in Rosa Deal 111 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. You may come and audition at any point during this time interval. If you are not able to try-out between these times, please email,, or by Tuesday, September 18 and make other arrangements.
Indoor Volleyball Intramural Registration ends on Friday, September 21 at 1:00 p.m. Regular Season will begin on Monday, September 24. To sign up, please visit Contact Ian Boyd at or visit him in Student Life for more information.

The Office of Recreation will host a raffle contest to award 30 lucky winners to take a tour of the legendary Stax Museum on Saturday, September 22 at 1:00 p.m. The raffle contest will take place all week long (September 17-21) in Alfonso Dining Hall. Winners will be notified on September 21 at 1:00 p.m. Contact Ian Boyd at for more details.

The 2018 Mid-South Coalition for Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Symposium is COMING UP SOON! Plan to be there on Saturday, September 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Rhodes College in Buckman Hall 110. Students who participated in the Summer 2018 projects will present the results from their international research experiences in Brazil, Dominican Republic, Peru, South Africa, and Uganda. A light breakfast will be available starting at 8:30 a.m. Two CBU students will be among the presenters: Jamila Ahmad (Biochemistry '19) will present her research on "Electrophysiology of New Zealand Rabbits," and Theresa Havelka (Psychology '19) will present "Olfactory Fear Conditioning in Rats: Combination of Interoceptive and Exteroceptive Stimuli." This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in the summer projects for 2019 to meet with students, learn more about the program, and find out how they can qualify for an all-expense paid international research experience! 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 Wednesday, September 19 so catering arrangements can be made.

Career Calendar

Tuesday, September 18 | 12:30-1:45 p.m. | Rosa Deal 111
Hear from a panel of CBU alumni about their experiences with paying for graduate school, and how they managed to do so. Free pizza while it lasts!

Wednesday, September 19 | Career Services Office
Interviewing is hard. And stressful. Wouldn't it be great if you could practice before you have a real interview?  Well, you can! Stop by Career Services by the end of the day on Monday, September 17 to sign up for a 30-minute mock interview slot. You'll face actual interview questions from one of our employer partners from such companies FedEx, CBIZ, CBRE, Neon Canvas, Coalesce Holdings, and others — but it's just for practice! Afterward, they'll give you feedback on how you can improve. Don't miss this chance. Time slots only available while they last!

Wednesday, September 19 | 3:30 p.m. | Montesi Executive Center
Learn about the Federal Bureau of Investigation, about who they are and what they do, about current job/internship opportunities they may have, and enjoy free Muddy's cupcakes while they last! Open to all interested students!

Thursday, September 20 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Sabbatini Lounge
Learn what to wear (and what not to wear) in a professional setting — on an interview, to your job, to your internship, and more. 


A poster coauthored by Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (Biology), entitled "Defective Choroidal Blood Flow Baroregulation and Retinal Dysfunction and Pathology Following Sympathetic Denervation of Choroid," has been accepted for publication in Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Research. The poster was coauthored with Chunyan Li, Nobel Del Mar, Anton Reiner, and Corey Haughey.

September of Service: Halfway Point!

This has been a great SOS so far! We are only at the halfway point and we have already served over 900 hours! That's AMAZING!! We are trying to beat our record of 1,958 hours set in 2015. It's going to be tough, but if everyone pitches in, WE CAN DO IT! Last week, 101 awesome volunteers weeded and planted and mulched (oh my!) with Memphis Tilth (pictured), cleaned and pruned the Spanish American Memorial Park with Volunteer Memphis, cleaned coolers and folded boxes that MIFA uses to deliver Meals on Wheels, organized with Agape Child and Family Services, played after-school games with the children served by Memphis Athletic Ministries, personed the children's area with Civitan at the Cooper Young Festival, and collected donations and helped guests at the Levitt Shell.  

If you want to join in the fun and help your community, go to to sign up for one of our upcoming events. Below are some where we need the most help. We have two brand new projects and will be adding two more, so be sure to check back.

  • NEW TIME! Monday, September 17, 1:45-4:45 p.m. at Meritan, cleaning up the grounds at a senior citizen's home (8 spots left).
  • NEW! Tuesday, September 18, 4:45-8:20 p.m. helping with meals for homeless individuals at Refuge Memphis (16 spots left).
  • Thursday, September 20, 4:15-7:20 p.m. sprucing up a compost facility with Compost Fairy (6 spots left).
  • Sunday, September 23, project TBD — we'll need volunteers! Stay tuned!
  • Monday, September 24, project TBD — we'll need volunteers! Stay tuned!
  • Thursday, September 27, 1:15-5:20 p.m., landscaping, trimming and pruning trees, in our neighboring Beltline Community with Jacob's Ladder (8 spots left).
  • NEW! Sunday, September 30, 8:45am to 1:45 p.m. helping with Memphis Botanic Garden's Japan Fest (9 spots left).
CBU, you are the BEST! Thanks for helping so many deserving individuals in our city. And if you haven't signed up yet, you can do that at and be sure to like our SOS Facebook page where we post your beautiful faces. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are the lifeblood of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, providing crucial support services that are vital to the hospital and the well-being of its patients. Every day, willing volunteers donate their time and energy so that St. Jude can fulfill its mission of finding cures and providing care. Filling a wide variety of roles throughout the hospital, the impact of volunteers extends beyond the immediate needs they meet. Whether they are playing games with children, giving parents a much-needed break, or working the Happy Cart like CBU Lasallian Fellow Alison Allensworth ('18), their generosity leaves a lasting impression on all those they serve. 

The Tennessee Democratic Party is actively recruiting students, faculty, and staff with a high interest in voter integrity who also would not mind learning or already have a working knowledge of election laws to serve as poll watchers, on-call attorneys, and hotline workers. The Party is looking to recruit at least two workers for each precinct for Early Voting (for each of the 27 precincts and each of the 14 days) and Election Day Voting (each of the 55 sites). Training (potentially on campus) will be provided. For more information, contact Kendra Lee, Regional Voter Protection Director for West TN at or (901) 830-9348.

Current Job Openings at CBU


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


• Instructional Designer
• Director of Counseling
• Sr. Administrative Assistant, School of Business
• Police Supervisor (Lieutenant)
• Maintenance Technician I
• Director of AutoZone ® Center for Community Engagement
• Coordinator for Special Enrollment Initiatives
• Programmer Analyst
• Human Resources Coordinator
• Enrollment Advisor
• PA Program Clinical Administrative Assistant
• Graduate Assistant - Softball

CBU News

President John Smarrelli met with new Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris (above) on September 10 at CBU to discuss issues of justice in the community. It was also publicly announced last week that Dr. Smarrelli will be retiring from the CBU presidency at the lend of this academic year. The major announcement came in an article in The Commercial Appeal, which was published online on September 10 and then appeared on the front page of the printed edition on September 12 (pictured at left). The news of his retirement was also covered in an article in the Memphis Business Journal on September 11.

The Commercial Appeal also covered the announcement of the 2019 U.S. News college rankings — and CBU's high placement! — in a September 11 article entitled "Four Memphis colleges, universities make 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings." More info on the various college rankings is also available at

CBU Snapshots

A group of 37 Living Learning Communities students joined Professors Jenny Cowell, Karyna McGlynn, and Ben Jordan to walk from campus to Saturday's Cooper-Young Festival. They encountered a number of other CBU students helping with the children's play zone for September of Service, faculty, and alumni as well!

Are You Bold Enough to Be Bucky?

The Office of Recreation is seeking three individuals to carry the mantle of "Bucky and the Crew." These individuals will embody the spirit of the University by making appearances at various events, such as athletic events and Homecoming. Those interested should be energetic, have an excellent personality, and be able to put on a show for the audience. If this description fits you and you are interested, contact Ian Boyd at or visit him in Student Life for more information.

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

In honor of Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), we are proud to announce that we will be celebrating Hispanic and Latin American cultures at Christian Brothers University. Please join us at our upcoming events!

Wednesday, September 26 | Sabbatini Lounge | 5:00-7:00 p.m.
The Office of Multicultural Student Services, Hola CBU, and Voices United are hosting "Taste of Latin America." Not only will you get to learn about various Latin American cultures, you will also get the opportunity to try unique food from the different countries that will be represented. This event is free of charge and open to all students, faculty, and staff.

Tuesday, October 2 | Spain Auditorium | 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Voices United will facilitate a forum to promote awareness and engage in meaningful dialogue about the experiences that affect Hispanic-American students in the U.S. This event is free of charge and open to all students, faculty, and staff. Light refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, October 9 | LLC Classroom | 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Need a break during midterm exams week? Join Hola CBU, Voices United, and the Office of Multicultural Student Services as they host a relaxing event where students can converse, enjoy tasty pastries, and listen to music — all while hanging out in comfy pajamas. We look forward to seeing you there!

Upcoming Events

Health Services will host a Health & Wellness Fair on Wednesday, September 26 from 11:30 a.m.  to 1:30 p.m. in Buckman Quad. There will be many vendors in attendance with free giveaways, fitness demonstrations, blood pressure checks, lots of educational materials, and many other services. In addition, the Lifeblood mobile unit will be on campus. If you would like to donate, please sign up for an appointment time at and enter sponsor code CBCO. 

Join CBU's alumni for food, fun, and everything that makes us family! A list of events and registration can be found at The Friday night "Welcome Home Bucs" party is FREE for faculty and staff — drop by the Advancement Office to register and pick up wristbands!

The CBU Athletics Department will hold the 30th annual Brother Mark Sullivan Golf Tournament on Monday, October 22, at 12:30 p.m. at Germantown Country Club. For more information and registration, visit

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! This year's honorees are:
Brother Chris Englert (’77), Distinguished Alumnus
Dr. James Parker, National Alumni Board Teaching Excellence Award
Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., A Special Tribute
For information or to purchase tickets, visit today.

Coed Goaltimate

The Kroc Center will be hosting Coed Goaltimate (a version of Ultimate Frisbee) and will sponsor two teams from CBU to participate. If you are interested in representing CBU in this event, please contact Ian Boyd at or visit him in Student Life for more details.

Buc Bulletin

MEN'S SOCCER (0-4, 0-0 GSC): The Bucs held West Florida to a single goal in the first half, but the Argonauts pulled away in the second half tacking on three goals, defeating the Bucs 4-1 Sunday afternoon. The Bucs return to Signaigo Field to face Alabama Huntsville, Friday, September 21, at 7:00 p.m. Full schedule… 
WOMEN'S SOCCER (2-2-1, 1-1-0 GSC): The Lady Bucs opened up conference play with a dominant 5-0 win over Spring Hill on Friday, but then  fell in heartbreaking fashion at No. 4 West Florida 2-1 in overtime Sunday. Full schedule… 
VOLLEYBALL: (6-8, 1-2 GSC): Emma Lenoir pounded a school-record 34 kills — the most in the nation in one match this season — to lead the Lady Bucs to a five-set win at Union Tuesday night in the Gulf South Conference opener for both squads. On Friday, visiting Alabama Huntsville rallied for a five-set win over the Lady Bucs. On Saturday, the Lady Bucs rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force a decisive fifth set, but visiting Montevallo claimed a five-set win. The Lady Bucs hit the road Thursday night for a 6:00 p.m. match at West Alabama. Their next home match is Saturday, Sept. 22, at 1:00 p.m. as they host Mississippi College. Full schedule… 
CROSS COUNTRY: The CBU cross country teams returned to action in the Rhodes College Invitational Saturday, with the Bucs finishing eighth of 21 teams while the Lady Bucs were ninth of 20 teams. Johanna Wistokat paced the Lady Bucs with a 12th-place finish of 23:40 on the women's 6k course. Jack Goodwin led the Bucs with a 20th-place finish of 26:57 on the men's 8k course. The teams return to action Saturday in Fayetteville, AR in the Chile Pepper Festival hosted by the University of Arkansas.  Full schedule…
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