November 19, 2018                                 View this email in your browser

This Week at CBU

"SIP & SEE"…

Join Student Life for a grand opening of the brand new Swashbuckler Student Lounge in the Thomas Center on Monday, November 19 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Enjoy sipping a little afternoon coffee and doughnuts while checking out the new facility. Door prizes and giveways! And the lounge will be officially open 24/7 after the festivities!

The Asian Student Association, a new organization on campus promoting the diversity of Asian culture here at CBU, will hold a sale of bubble tea and steamed buns in Buckman Quad on Tuesday November 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. $3.00 for bubble tea and $3.00 for steamed buns — save and buy a combo for $5.00!
This week's Student Success Series Workshop deals with "The Connection Between Motivation, Emotions, and Learning."  Get a motivation check and learn how emotions and your level of motivation affect your learning. Be encouraged to finish the last few weeks of the semester strong! The SAME workshop is offered twice this week: Tuesday, November 20 at 1:00-1:50 p.m. and Wednesday, November 21 at 4:00-4:50 p.m. All workshops take place in Buckman Hall 226.
The CBU Language Center and the Office of International Student Services will host an International Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday, November 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Language Center (Rosa Deal 104). There will be traditional Thanksgiving food and activities!

Career Calendar

Tuesday, November 27 | 12:30 p.m. | Montesi Executive Center
Something all college students could learn from! Join us for this informative event. Free pizza while it lasts!

Wednesday, November 28 | 3:30 p.m. | Montesi Executive Center
Learn about American Home Shield, who they are, what they do, and what types of positions they offer — plus, enjoy free Muddy's Cupcakes! Open to all interested students. (The event previously scheduled on this date with United Recovery & Remarketing has been rescheduled for the Spring Semester.)

Thursday, November 29 | 12:30 p.m. | Montesi Executive Center
Learn about U.S. Customs & Border Patrol, who they are, what they do, and what types of positions they offer — plus, enjoy free pizza! Open to all interested students in all majors.


Dr. John Smarrelli
(CBU President) was honored by the Memphis Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals as "Outstanding Executive Leader" at its annual National Philanthropy Day Crystal Awards on November 13 at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis. Dr. Smarrelli is pictured above at the event with CBU students Raegan Hampton (Business Administration '21), Madison Cranford (Liberal Studies '19), and Hung Nguyen (Business Administration '19). Additional photos from the Crystal Awards are available at CBU Flickr site

Dr. Ben Jordan
(History & Political Science) was interviewed on C-SPAN for the broadcast this past weekend of its “2018 LCV Cities Tour” in Memphis. Dr. Jordan was interviewed regarding his book, Modern Manhood and the Boy Scouts of America: Citizenship, Race, and the Environment, 1910-1930, in which he explains that the organization’s original purpose was to teach adolescent boys how to become men through community service and political involvement. Dr. Jordan was also interviewed by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio Network on November 12 regarding the trademark infringement lawsuit filed by the Girl Scouts of the USA against the Boy Scouts after it announced that it would drop "boy" from the name of a program in 2019. Click below to listen:

Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (Biology) coauthored a manuscript entitled "Effect of the Decrease in Luminance Noise Range on Color Discrimination of Dichromats and Trichromats" that has been accepted for publication in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. (Authors: Terezinha M G Loureiro, Ketan Brodeur, Genevieve Schade, Felipe A. C. Brito, Railson C. Salomão, Leticia Miquilini, Daniela MO Bonci, Luiz CP Baran, Einat Hauzman, Paulo RK Goulart, Maria IT Cortes, Dora F. Ventura, Malinda E. C. Fitzgerald, and Givago S. de Souza) The research involved two universities in Brazil and three in the United States.

CBU Snapshots

President John Smarrellipictured at top with Board Chairman Steve Dunavant ('83) and Board Secretary Emily Greer ('84), was celebrated with a special tribute award at the CBU Bell Tower Gala, held on November 3 at the Peabody Hotel. Also honored at the 2018 Gala were Brother Chris Englert ('77) as Distinguished Alumnus, pictured above left with Trustee Emeritus Bob McEniry, AFSC and Brother Joel McGraw ('68); and Dr. James Parker (Business Law) as recipient of the NAB Excellence in Teaching Award, pictured above right with 2017 NAB honoree Dr. Tracie Burke (Behavioral Sciences). For more photos from the Bell Tower Gala, please visit the CBU Flickr site… 

The Kemmons Wlson Family Foundation hosted a breakfast on November 15 for the Wilson Scholars, students supported by the Foundation with scholarships in the CBU School of Sciences in honor of Marguerite Cooper’s long tenure at CBU as a chemistry professor. Pictured above with Bob and Susan Cooper Wilson (left), Kem Wilson Jr. (rear center), Dr. John Smarrelli (CBU President, right), and Mark Billingsley (CBU VP for Advancement, rear right) are Steven Chen (Biochemistry ’20), Arnecia Holmes (Biochemistry ’20), Regina Acuna (Natural Science ’20), Bawan Qaladize (Biology ’20), and Shawna Houston (Natural Science ’20). 

Triumph Bank has given $10,000 for CBU scholarships to students from Memphis who are interested in pursuing careers in STEM. Pictured above (l-r) are Katie Hargett (Banking Officer/Executive Assistant & Human Resources Assistant, Triumph Bank), Traci Strickland (Senior VP Marketing, Triumph Bank), Dr. John Smarrelli Jr. (CBU President), Brian Summers (CBU Director of Athletics), and George Lumm (Senior VP/Chief Financial Officer, Triumph Bank). 

Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society
recently held its annual Bowling for Uganda event, which benefits the Ishaka Health Plan in Uganda. There were 22 different participating teams made up of students, faculty, and different organizations around campus. More than $1,700 was raised during this event. Tri-Beta wants to personally thank everyone who attended this event and helped support this fundraiser! Thanks also to bowling chairs, Starla Phelps and Sydney Diehl, for organizing this event.

Attention Seniors & Graduate Students!

This is a friendly reminder that a graduation application is required in order for all degrees to be conferred. If you plan to graduate in DECEMBER, and you have not already completed a graduation application, you must do so immediately. Please be advised that the graduation application deadline for December graduates has passed, and those filing after the September 15 deadline will now be assessed a $50 late fee in addition to the $130 standard graduation fee. 
For students anticipating graduation in May or August, the graduation application deadline is December 1. 
The $130 graduation fee is applied at the beginning of the semester in which graduation is anticipated. This application fee is applicable for one year. After this time, students who have not completed their degree requirements will be removed from the graduation list, and they must reapply for graduation, as well as repay the graduation fee. Those filing after the stated deadlines will be assessed a non-refundable late fee of $50.

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)

• 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
• Police Supervisor (Lieutenant)
• Director of AutoZone Center for Community Engagement
• PA Program Clinical Administrative Assistant

Online Directory Photo Session

A make-up photography session has been scheduled for any faculty or staff members who have missed getting their photos taken for the new online directory. 
Date: Wednesday, November 28
Time: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.  
Place: Buckman Hall 357
Dress: Professional (dark solid colors preferred)
Who: Any members of the faculty/staff who have not yet had their picture taken for the online directory.

Apply to be a Peer Mentor or Peer Tutor 

Applications now being accepted for Spring 2019 Peer Mentors and Peer Tutors!
Do your friends say you explain things well? Do you like helping others understand course material? Are you considering a career in teaching or corporate training? If so, you should apply to be a Peer Tutor!
Do you like encouraging others? Do you enjoy helping others get organized, meet new friends, and find their way around campus? Are you considering a career in social work, counseling, or education? If so, you should apply to be a Peer Mentor!
Fill out the online application. You will be contacted for an interview. If you have questions, you may email Ms. Justin Bowles in Academic Services at

Drop-In Tutoring

Drop-in tutoring is available in the School of Business Tutoring Office in Buckman Hall 314 where you can walk in on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. or Tuesday/Thursday 4:00-6:00 p.m. Meet with an experienced Peer Tutor for help with your Core Business requirements like ECON 214, MIS 153, and ACCT 260, as well as many of your General Education requirements like MATH 105, SPCH 125, and ALG 120.
      The Student Success Center is located in Thomas Center 50, and is open all day to students, with drop-in tutoring scheduled in the evenings. Tutors are available to help you with most freshman- and sophomore-level courses, including General Education Requirements and Biology, Chemistry, Math, Physics, and Computer Science. Check the schedule in the Center for exact courses available. Fall 2018 hours are as follows: Monday through Thursday from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., Fridays 3:00-5:00p.m., and Sundays 1:00-9:00 p.m.

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

Think Safety: Tips from Campus Police

On Wednesday, November 14, CBU issued an Inclement Weather alert, notifying everyone (signed up) of the university closing. If you did not receive the alert and you were signed up, did you remember to sign up again in August? Each August, you need to sign up for the mass notification system.
Want to sign up now? Go to and click the link for "Registration Page." Remember your username is the same as your CBU email (except you do not add to your username). Your password is the same password you use for your CBU email.
What is the Mass Notification System? The Mass Notification System allows students, faculty, and staff to receive emergency messages on multiple devices. Individuals may identify as many as three telephone numbers and one CBU email address (automatically) for receiving emergency notifications. Both voice and text messages can be sent to cell phones. To register or update your information, a valid CBU email account is required. Registration or updating your information is simple and straightforward. Simply go to the Registration Page and follow the instructions. If you do not wish to receive emergency notifications, simply do not fill out this form.
Other than periodic tests, this system will only be used for emergencies requiring immediate action on the part of the CBU community. For other questions, please contact the Department of Campus Safety & Police at or (901) 321-3550.

Deck the Arches!

Christmas is just around the corner, which means it's time to get festive! To celebrate, the CBU is once again hosting "Deck the Arches," the Christmas Archway Decorating Competition! All student organizations and any other groups are invited to participate, so please fill out the form at before Friday, November 30. A few things to remember, if you compete:
  • If you include decorations that require power (lights, etc.), your team is responsible for working with CBU Maintenance to ensure proper installation and safety protocols are followed.
  • Archways will be judged on Wednesday, December 5. Winners will be announced at the CBU Christmas Celebration (see below) that evening. At least one member from the team must be present.
  • Archway decorations must be removed on or before Tuesday, December 10 (or your organization will be fined). Each organization is responsible for returning their archway to its original state following the competition.
  • Content must be tasteful, and is subject to removal at the discretion of the Office of Student Life at any time.
Questions? Contact Connie Beck at Sign up today at!

Upcoming Events

Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority and Kappa Sigma Fraternity are teaming up to present "Warmer Hands, Warmer Hearts," a glove drive benefitting the Union Mission in Downtown Memphis. They'll be collecting donated gloves in Alfonso Dining Hall all week, November 26-30, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. everyday. If you have any questions, contact William Foner at and Rebeca Velazquez at

The "My Favorite Film" series continues on Friday, November 30 at 7:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium with Campus Minister Brother Tom Sullivan’s favorite film, Trains, Planes, and Automobiles! Kick back and relax and come learn why it’s Brother Tom’s favorite movie! Popcorn, candy, and drinks will be provided!

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.

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!)

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.

Intramural Corner

The last day to sign up for the Intramural Dodgeball Tournament will be Wednesday, November 21 at 1:00 p.m. The tournament will take place on Wednesday, November 27 and Thursday, November 28 in Canale Arena. To sign up, please visit If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please visit Ian A. Boyd in Student Life or contact him by email at

Buc Bulletin

MEN'S BASKETBALL (3-0, 0-0 GSC): The Bucs exploded to a 27-7 lead in the first nine minutes and never trailed as they defeated No. 3/8 Lincoln Memorial 81-75, on Saturday, marking the highest-ranked team CBU has ever beaten. The Bucs return to action Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. as they host Lane College. Full schedule… 
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (1-0, 0-0 GSC): The Lady Bucs rallied from a six-point deficit in the last minute to force overtime on their way to a 76-73 overtime win over LeMoyne-Owen Thursday night at Canale Arena. The Lady Bucs play their next four games on the road, beginning with an exhibition game at UT-Martin Monday morning at 11:00 a.m. Their next home game is Tuesday, December 4, when they host Lane College at 5:00 p.m. Full schedule… 
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