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This Week at CBU

The Presidential Search Committee has completed the initial interview process and narrowed the field to four finalists. The first two candidates will meet with various campus constituencies on Monday and Tuesday, April 1-2 and Thursday and Friday, April 4-5. The itinerary for each two-day visit is available at this link in a printable PDF and at, along with bios of the candidates. 

The  Writing & Communications Corner (WCC) consultants are hosting various workshops on Mondays and Tuesdays during April, tailored to usher students through their end-of-semester papers, projects, and exams. These workshops are both dynamic and adaptive to all majors and assignments of communicative nature or with writing components. The schedule below details the focus of each workshop. As an added bonus, WCC has implemented relaxation days on Fridays, featuring coloring, meditation, journaling, and games!
Schedule: Each Day from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in The WCC (Rosa Deal 102)
  • April 1 and 2: Project Planning and Developing
  • Friday, April 5: De-stress Fridays: Journaling
  • April 8 and 9: Project Researching, Developing, and Drafting
  • Friday, April 12: De-stress Fridays: Meditation and Yoga
  • April 15 and 16: Project Developing, Drafting, and Finishing
  • April 23 and 24: Project Drafting, Finishing, and Proofing
  • Friday, April 26: De-stress Fridays: Anti-Stress Games
  • April 29: Project Finishing and Proofing

Yoga classes continue with instructor Kathleen S. Hall on Tuesday, April 2 in the Wilson Family Commons in the LLC from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Yoga mats will be provided, but you may bring own. Future classes will be held on April 9, April 16, and April 23. For more information, please contact Ian Boyd, Recreation & Intramural Coordinator, at
Free Martial Arts classes with instructor Dr. John Malmo (Management, Marketing & Economics) will continue on Thursday, April 4 in Sabbatini Lounge, 7:00-8:00 p.m. The martial art style we will focus on this semester is Kombatan Arnis, a Filipino martial art of stick fighting. All participants will be required to sign a waiver before starting the class. Future classes will be held on April 11, and April 25. For more information, please contact Ian Boyd, Recreation & Intramural Coordinator, at

Mike Ardoline, doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Memphis, will speak on "Powers of Difference: Getting Necessary Truths Without Necessary Objects" on Thursday, April 4 at 5:0 p.m. in Spain Auditorium.

Eat, Pray, Discuss invites all faculty and staff to join them for simple soup lunches on Fridays during Lent. They will meet on Fridays — April 5 and April 12 — from 12:00-12:50 p.m. in the Cooper-Wilson Conference Room. Email for more information — or just show up!

Visiting artist Fidencio Fifield-Perez will conduct a printmaking workshop and deliver an artist's lecture on Friday, April 5 at CBU. A nationally exhibited artist, Fifield-Perez was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, but was raised in North Carolina after his family migrated. His current work examines immigration, the drug war, and socio­economic issues affecting Mexico. A graduate of the Memphis College of Art, he is currently based out of Columbia, MO. The printmaking workshop with CBU students will be conducted from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the printmaking room in Rosa Deal 132 — first-come, first-served for 15-20 CBU students. Students can register in advance to attend on a sign-up sheet on Professor Nick Peña's office door at Rosa Deal 124. Fifield-Perez will present a public lecture at 4:30 p.m. in Sabbatini Lounge, with a reception to follow. More info at »»


CBU students and their families are invited to spend Parent & Family Weekend together on April 5-7 to celebrate one another and their extended Buccaneer family! Events are designed around the theme of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" to cheer on the Buccaneers on the baseball and softball diamonds while enjoying some traditional treats; visits with campus administrators, faculty, and staff; fun family meals; and sharing the Lasallian spirit at service opportunities through our new AutoZone Center for Community Engagement. Invite your parents and families to attend! Please click this link to see the full weekend schedule and encourage them to complete the registration process by picking the parent package that works best for them! Note: a few activities may be capped or require pre-registration.

Career Calendar

Wednesday, April 3 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Montesi Executive Center
Learn about Green Dot Public Schools, who they are and what they do, and learn about upcoming career opportunities. Open to all students (bachelor and master degrees); those majoring in Teaching/Education, or who are interested in a career in teaching, are especially encouraged to attend. Plus, enjoy free Muddy's cupcakes while they last.

Thursday, April 4 | 1:00-2:00 p.m. | Rosa Deal 111
Don't miss this opportunity to network with professionals who work with kids in their various professions. Open to all students in all majors! Featuring:
Grant Monda, Aurora Collegiate Academy
Patricia Badford, Exceptional Children & Health Services
Reece Daugherty, Bodine School
Dr. Sonia Waites, Le Bonheur Rehab Services
Dorcas Kennebrew, Gestalt Community Schools

Daily Lenten Reflections

During the Lenten season, Campus Ministry is publishing brief — yet substantial — daily reflections to the website and its social media platforms, written by students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, Brothers, and trustees. The CBU Community is invited to visit Daily Lenten Reflections everyday during Lent.


The Gulf South Conference named Brian Braswell (Electrical Engineering '19) as its Field Performer of the Week, after he earned a win in the pole vault event (4.25 meters) and finished second in the javelin throw (47.52 meters) in the Harding Invitational.
Dr. Ben Jordan (History & Political Science) was an expert guest on American University Radio WAMU 88.5 in Washington, DC on March 25 for a Morning Edition report entitled "Scouting Out New Horizons In 2019,"  a conversation about the changes in Scouting in America — especially the recent acceptance of girls into Boy Scouts of America. Dr. Jordan is the author of Modern Manhood and the Boy Scouts of America. The full radio report can be accessed here »»
The Gulf South Conference named Lady Buc basketball player Brynne Lytle (Biology '20) to the Academic All-GSC Team for winter sport athletes. Lytle currently has a 3.60 grade point average and was also named a Buccaneer Silver Scholar for her exceptional performance as a student-athlete.
Juan Monserrat (History '19) presented a paper on "Memphis and Music" at the Tennessee Regional Conference of the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society at Belmont University on March 30.
The Gulf South Conference named Leo Stefanski (Unspecified Business '22) as its Freshman Field Performer of the Week, after he  earned his first victory of the season in the 800 meters at the Harding Invitational, finishing with an impressive time of 1:53.66.

In Memoriam

Harrel Crone — father of Chris Crone (’76); father-in-law of Donna Crone (Athletics, ’83); grandfather of Kristen Crone ( ’11), Justin Crone (’16); and future grandfather-in-law of Meg Mattis (’18) — passed away after a short illness on Monday, March 25. Please keep the Crone family your thoughts and prayers. The family requests that memorial donations be made to St. Patrick Churchthe Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, the Sisters of Mercy in Nashville, or to the charity of the donor's choice.

CBU Snapshots

Four CBU students were selected to participate in the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) program this summer: Bawan Qaladize (Biology '19) will go to Florinapolis, Brazil to work with Dr. Risoletta Marques; Ashley Cavaliere (Natural Science '19) will be going to Managua, Nicaragua to work on a project with AMOS Health and HopeSophiana Lindenberg (Biomedical Science '12) and Amalia Skalos (Biomedical Science '12) will be joining Dr. Dora Ventura's laboratory in Sao Paulo, Brazil to conduct visual system related research. All of the participating students are pictured above at a recent retreat at Heifer Ranch.

Apex Institute Civil Rights Fellowship

The Apex Institute of Memphis announces the formation of its inaugural cohort of Civil Rights Fellows, running May 2019—April 2020. Qualified applicants are rising juniors recruited from Memphis institutions with competitive GPAs, with two slots guaranteed for CBU students.  During the course of this program, Fellows will select a specific topic from three general areas — housing, health care, or criminal justice  and become subject-matter experts. Following the completion of an intensive, full-time Summer Institute, Fellows will spend the next two semesters engaged with a community partner whose mission aligns with their impact area for 10 hours/week.  Civil Rights Fellows will be trained to drive positive change in Memphis and across the mid-south region. Each Fellow will develop actionable policy recommendations and create a research-based final project addressing their topic of choice. Fellows will receive stipends of $3,500 for the summer and $2,500 for the academic year in addition to potentially receiving academic credit through their department or school. Act fast, since the deadline is Friday, April 5, 2019. Students can find more information and APPLY HERE. If you have questions about the program, please contact Dr. Leslie McAbee, Director of the AutoZone Center for Community Engagement, at (901) 321-3537 or

Sustain-a-Book Contest

Plough Library's repurposed book art contest, Sustain-a-Book, is back for Spring 2019. Take an old, worn-out book and make something new! Enter by April 8 for a chance to win one of three prizes.

CBU students, faculty, and staff can enter the contest
Use an old book of your own, or take one from our Free Books shelves in the library. Please only use books in poor condition.
You may use more than one book, along with other discarded paper material (newspaper, magazines).
You may use other materials, as long as a book is part of the finished piece.
Make something of any size, preferably under three feet square in dimension. (NOTE: Larger items will not be disqualified but may be more difficult to accommodate in a library display of contest entries.)
1st Place - $60 gift card   2nd Place - $40 gift card  3rd Place - $20 gift card
The contest deadline is 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 8!
For more information and photos of previous winning entries, see

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

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 Part-Time Clinical Faculty
• Director of Biology Laboratories
• 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)

• Human Resources Director
• Maintenance Supervisor
• Canale Pool Lifeguard (Part-time, Seasonal)
• Assistant Athletic Trainer
• 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.
• Executive Administrative Assistant to the CFO
• Dean of the College of Adult Professional Studies
• Administrative Assistant
• Online Student Success Specialist
• Director of the CBU Center for Entrepreneurship 
• Advising and Retention Coordinator
• PA Program Clinical Administrative Assistant

Upcoming Events


Founder’s Week honors the Legacy of our Founder, Saint John Baptist de La Salle — this year, in the 300th anniversary of his death — who founded  an Institute in the Catholic Church for the purpose of teaching, particularly the young and the poor. The week of April 7-12 honors that legacy with numerous events, from the fun and casual to the challenging and thought-provoking, with each day evoking one of the Five Core Principles. CLICK FOR A TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS »»


The month of April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. There will be activities throughout the week of April 8-12 to raise awareness and education for this sensitive topic. Please come by the Alfonso Dining Hall Foyer to experience the "What Were You Wearing?" survivor art exhibit. Survivors of sexual assault are often asked this question after an assault. The exhibit aims to explore the victim-blaming attitude that implies that clothing provokes sexual assault. This myth reflects the faulty reasoning that the victim is to blame, and it excuses the attacker. This exhibit presents replicas  of clothing worn by survivors. They reflect the truth to the question "What were you wearing?" 


Ben Curtis, doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Memphis, will speak on "You Have Nothing to Lose But Your Chains: Why Marx is More Important Than Ever" on Wednesday, April 10 at 5:0 p.m. in Spain Auditorium.

(previously known as Lifeblood) will be on campus Thursday, April 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The mobile unit will be parked in the Speer Pedestrian Plaza between the Rosa Deal School of Arts and the Thomas Center. Your one donation can save up to three lives! Giving blood saves 4.5 million lives each year in the United States. People under 40 aren't donating like generations before them, so please consider becoming a part of this mission to Save the Humans and transform lives. To make an appointment, please go to, select "Locate a Blood Drive," and then enter the sponsor code CBCO. If you choose to donate, please complete a Fast Track Health History before your allotted appointment time on the website.   


The Black Student Association will host a panel discussion on black authorship with three CBU alumni on Friday, April 12 in the Living Learning Center 104 at 5:30 p.m. The three alumni are Candous Brown (BA '07, MAT '12), author of My Life as an Educator: What my Teacher Education Program Didn't Teach MeBrandy Chalmers (BA '06), author of Captain Love and the Important Lesson; and Martinis Jackson (BA '06, MAT '08), author of Justice My Way: Memoirs of a Black Prosecutor.

The annual CBU Buccaroo music event will be held on Friday, April 12 in Boshwit Courtyard. The theme this year is “Chill” and the evening starts at 6:00 p.m. The first 300 students who arrive will be given seven free tickets (worth $7) to use for purchases at the food trucks that will be at the event. Shaved ice will also be available! Students 21+ will be given photo ID wristbands that are good for the purchase of three alcoholic beverages. Non-alcoholic beverages will be available as well.  Featured musical artists will be Danny Polo, who starts at 7:30 p.m., and Elizha Sanders & Live Band, who will play from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. Students are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and sunglasses! Cornhole, ping pong, and additional outdoor games will also be provided for more fun!

Please join the CBU Honors Program and the CBU community on Tuesday, April 23 at 12:45 p.m. in Spain Auditorium for this most special occasion — the 12th annual CBU Last Lecture, this year being presented by our esteemed president, Dr. John Smarrelli Jr. Last Lectures usually include the professor’s reflections on their academic career, advice for better living, and even a few laughs. While many Last Lectures are merely hypothetical, sadly, this year's is not; Dr. Smarrelli will be retiring from CBU in May. Please join us to send him off in style! Light refreshments at 12:30.

The Theatre program will present an “Evening of Scenes” on April 26 and April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theater. Seating is limited, and admission is free. For more information, contact Professor Hamner at

Think Safety: Tips from Campus Police

So you are checking your CBU email account and you receive an email from someone you know — a professor, fellow student, or friend. When we receive such an email, we naturally assume it is from the sender. Think again! The account below is about an actual email sent  from one CBU account to another — but not really. This is how it goes:
      A CBU employee receives an email from a fellow CBU employee. The email's subject line is: URGENT REQUEST. This would get most people's attention right away. In the email body, the sender asks, "Are you available?" Of course, you would respond, "yes," just as the receiver did.
      The sender then replies, "Okay, good, I need you to get a task done for me urgently. Is there any Walmart or store close to you?" Okay, this should be your red flag, especially when the sender asks you to go to the store and buy them gift cards to mail to an address. This is obviously a scam, but what can be done? Very little, since the origination email varies.
      What can you do to avoid this scam? Cease communication with the fake sender. Call the professor, fellow student, or friend and advise them that someone is using their email address. Also, advise Information Technology Services.
      If someone hijacks your email address, you may receive calls from your friends, fellow students, or professors, asking you if you sent them a request for gift cards. It is a hassle, it is embarrassing, and it happens. Be aware of email scams!  

Buc Bulletin

BASEBALL (8-22, 4-14 GSC): The Harding University Bisons scored the winning run in the top of the ninth inning to eke out a 2-1 victory over the Bucs last Tuesday evening. The team will host Mississippi College this weekend for a doubleheader on Saturday and a closing game on Sunday. Full schedule…
SOFTBALL (7-27, 1-16 GSC): Trevecca Nazarene earned a doubleheader sweep of the Lady Bucs on Tuesday in Nashville, winning the first game 5-2 and the second game 5-1. On Thursday, the Lady Bucs scored three runs in the first two innings and held off visiting West Alabama for a 6-2 win in the nightcap of a doubleheader, after UWA took the opener 4-2 in eight innings. CBU hosts Lane College on Wednesday and Mississippi College on Saturday and Sunday. Full schedule…
GOLF: The Bucs and Lady Bucs are in Pensacola Monday and Tuesday this week to play in the West Florida Argonaut Invitational. Men's schedule… Women's schedule…
TRACK & FIELD: The CBU track and field teams will be in action Saturday at the Rhodes 7-Way Meet, hosted by Rhodes College. Full schedule…
TENNIS: The Bucs and Lady Bucs face Auburn-Montgomery in Southaven on Saturday. Men's schedule… Women's schedule…
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