December 9, 2019                                 View this email in your browser

Student Life Study Break

The Student Life Study Break will be from 9:00 to 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Alfonso Dining Hall. Students are invited to enjoy a pancake breakfast, grab some candy to help the studying process, and enter a drawing for some free gift cards.

Christmas @ CBU


Did you have your picture taken with CBU's own "Stanta" Claus at the Christmas Celebration last Thursday?
If so, you can download and/or share your photo from this site


Thanks to all the offices and student organizations who participated in the "Deck the Arches" and "Deck to Doors" holiday contests for helping to put the who CBU Community in the Christmas spirit! And congratulations to the contest winners! Theta Tau won first place in "Deck the Arches" (along with $100 to their philanthropy), Best Buddies took second place (plus $75 to their philanthropy), and GSA took third place (and $50 to their philanthropy). In "Deck the Doors," the Department of Education won first place for their "Twelve Days" series of doors (a few of which are pictured above), Student Life took second place, and third place went to the Office of Admissions

As in past years, CBU will be making the holiday season brighter for our neighbors who receive assistance from Catholic Charities’ Gifts for God’s Children, a program that provides gifts to children and their families. From games and Nerf balls to winter coats, your gift donations will animate the Lasallian spirit of service and fellowship to our community this holiday. To select a gift donation, please grab a tag off of the Christmas tree in Alfonso Dining Hall between now and next Wednesday, December 11. Each card will have one or more items listed for donation. Once you make your purchase, please deliver your donation to the Office of Campus Ministry by Thursday, December 12 (between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.). Thank you for your generous spirit and love of community, and have a happy holiday!  If you have questions or concerns, please see Dr. Leslie McAbee; Joey Preston; or Wilson Phillips.

Exam Week & Holiday Hours

The University (and all of its offices) will be closed for Christmas Break from Monday, December 23 through Wednesday, January 1.
The following are hours posted by campus offices and facilities for final exam week and the Christmas holidays:
Monday-Thursday, December 9-12: 7:45 a.m. - Midnight
Friday, December 13: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 14: Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 15: CLOSED
Monday-Friday, December 16-20: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 21 - Wednesday, January 1: CLOSED
Thursday-Friday, January 2-3: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 4: CLOSED
Sunday, January 5: 1:00-5:00 p.m.
COMPUTER CENTER: The ITS Help Desk will be closed during Christmas Break. The Computer Lab will be accessible during the break by swiping your CBU ID card at the door. 
ONLINE LEARNING & EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY: Instructional Designers are available to assist you with your Canvas classes via one-on-one, in-person appointments, emails, phone calls or WebEx videoconferencing until Christmas Break. The OLET office will be closed during Christmas Break. Canvas Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and throughout the Christmas Break. You can reach a representative at any time by calling (901) 318-3024. You can also chat with a Canvas Support representative inside Canvas.


Dr. Juan Carlos Olabe
(Electrical & Computer Engineering) participated in the Third International Conference on Education and E-Learning at the University of Barcelona, Spain, on November 5-7 with the presentation of the keynote entitled "Modern Education with a Computational Model of the Mind." This presentation summarizes the latest developments of Dr. Olabe’s research in the field of neural computing of the brain. It describes an ontological model of the computational mind and its fundamental components: human cognitive primitives and computational virtual machines. This research has direct applications in the areas of learning and teaching and curriculum development. 

Kudos to CBU’s Society of Physics Students (SPS) group for being designated as a Distinguished Chapter by the National SPS Office for the 2018-19 academic year. The designation recognizes our chapter member’s efforts in community outreach as well as activities that they hosted on our campus. Rachel Stephens (Physics & Math ’20) and Donal Newsome (Physics & Math ’20) served as SPS officers for the year. Rachel prepared the annual report that was sent the national office. Dr. Ted Clarke (Physics) served as the SPS Faculty Advisor. 

"The crocodile is full from his last meal and is getting sleepy and ready for bed. It's time for his teeth to be brushed. The crocodile opens his mouth wide and yawns. As he opens his mouth his friend, the Egyptian Plover bird, sits in his mouth. The Egyptian Plover bird is a special dentist for crocodiles and is ready to clean the crocodile's teeth for him. The tiny Plover bird sat on the crocodile's sharp teeth and said to the crocodile, 'Your breath is sure stinky today, Croc!' The crocodile laughed and said, 'Can you help me out with that Dr. Plover?' The bird said, 'Sure Croc, what are friends for?'"

This text is from Mutualism: Friendship in All Forms by Hema G. Lobin, the new children's book by students in Dr. Stan Eisen's Parasitology class (in fulfillment of course requirements). This class' book is about mutualism, which is defined as a relationship between individuals of two species in which both win by helping each other. It is available on Amazon in both print and Kindle versions.

Lasallian Student Leader of the Week

This semester's last Lasallian Student Leader of the Week goes to Kristen Howard ('21)! Kristen is a Biomedical Sciences major from Memphis, Tennessee. She currently serves as a Resident Assistant (RA) on campus. You may also know her as a previous CBU Advising Registration Leader (CARL), Student Activities Council member, and a senator for the School of Sciences. Kristen is an initiative-taker, a go-getter, an encouraging hype-leader to all. Give her a high-five today and be sure to check out her thoughts on what it means to be a Lasallian Leader below! Go Kristen!! 
What does being a Lasallian Student mean to you? Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve. A Lasallian student is someone who values both academics and service. To me, it is someone who is capable and always willing to lend a helping hand whenever they can. On campus, I am always helping out with various events on campus.
What advice do you have for other students when it comes to leading? Be a friendly face and talk to EVERYONE. Part of being a successful leader on campus is building alliances and shared experiences with your fellow colleagues. Have a genuine interest in the people you are leading.
What is your favorite thing about CBU? My favorite thing about CBU how easy it is to become involved. Through my involvement, I have been able to strengthen my interpersonal skills that will help me in my future workplace. If you truly want to develop strong leadership skills, the organizations here are a great way to it.

Community Service

Members of the CBU Community – specifically the Honors Program – rang the bells for the Salvation Army on behalf of CBU on Saturday. Many thanks to the following individuals who served: Juan VenturaDalton BaileyNellina WootenChelsea JoynerLauren Lombardo, Faith Ivy, Daniela Garcia, Bailey Jones, Ian Dover, Rylee Nelson, Brianna Brady, Heidi Stonecipher, Emily Russotto, Carmen Shimizu, Julian Johnson, Caleb Parrish, and Ralph Guimera. CBU staff and alumni will return to the Kroger on Union on Saturday for another day of service.

The CBU Lady Buccaneer Softball team volunteered for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon on Saturday.

Student Organization News

Beta Beta Beta
, the national Biological Honor Society, hosted Bowling for Uganda last month to raise money for Mother Health International. Mother Health International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to responding and providing relief to pregnant women and children in areas of disaster, war and extreme economic poverty. They are committed to reducing maternal, infant and child mortality rates by creating culturally competent and sustainable birth centers using the midwifery model of care. The Bowling for Uganda event raised $2,000! Tri-Beta thanks everyone who came out and participated. Pictured above is the winning team from Theta Tau; Dr. Moore’s team took second place. First place for a female bowler went to Missy Elliot, and first place for a male bowler was awarded to Matthew Scott (Biology '20). 

Beta Beta Beta
Biological Honor Society recently hosted its coffee-and-conversation event with special guest Dr. Jennifer Hendricks, DO (Biology '06). Tri-Beta thanks Dr. Hendricks for her time and all the guidance provided to the students. Pictured above (l-r) are Emily Truong (Biochemistry '22), Amber Lamberty (Biology '22), Bano Qaladize (Biology '22), Dr. Hendricks, and Edgar Espinoza (Biomedical Science '22). 

also hosted a Mock Interview event recently to provide students with an opportunity to practice their interviewing skills in an environment similar to that of an actual interview for graduate school in health-related careers. Pictured above, front row (l-r) are Anna Birg (Biochemistry '14), Bano Qaladize (Biology '22), Amber Lamberty (Biology '22), Megan Huynh (Biology '17); back row (l-r) Dr. Christina Tran (Biology '06), Ben Tansey (Biology '16), Anmol Khan (Biology '10), Dr. Jason Porter (Biology '08), Dr. Mary Ogilvie (Biology), John Buttros (Biology '17), and Dr. Nick Qualls, SCO.

New to the Plough Library Collection

by Akwaeke Emezi

An extraordinary debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centers around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves within her as a result of being born "with one foot on the other side." Unsettling, heartwrenching, dark, and powerful, Freshwater is a sharp evocation of a rare way of experiencing the world, one that illuminates how we all construct our identities. Ada begins her life in the south of Nigeria as a troubled baby and a source of deep concern to her family. Her parents, Saul and Saachi, successfully prayed her into existence, but as she grows into a volatile and splintered child, it becomes clear that something went terribly awry. When Ada comes of age and moves to America for college, the group of selves within her grows in power and agency. A traumatic assault leads to a crystallization of her alternate selves: Asụghara and Saint Vincent. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these selves, now protective, now hedonistic, move into control, Ada's life spirals in a dark and dangerous direction. Narrated from the perspective of the various selves within Ada, and based in the author's realities, Freshwater explores the metaphysics of identity and mental health, plunging the reader into the mystery of being and self. Freshwater dazzles with ferocious energy and serpentine grace, heralding the arrival of a fierce new literary voice.
Find it here: NEW BOOKS 823 E44 2018
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Castings Call

Castings, CBU's Journal of Literature & Fine Arts, is seeking submissions in the following genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction/essay, fine art, and photography. Each submission will be considered for the 2019-2020 Castings Awards. The top three entries in each genre will win a showcase at the Vincent O'Neill Reading Series/CastingsRelease Party and a CASH PRIZE! 1st Place: $100, 2nd Place: $50, 3rd Place: $25. Send your best creative work to by February 2, 2020!

Campus Ministry

 Catholic Relief Services would like to thank all of those that participated in the Holiday Fair Trade Sale. The rest of the stock is available to purchase in Campus Ministry! Please stop by to see what we have! 

STUDENT MASS: Join us to pray together as a faith community this Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. for our weekly Student Mass held in the Stritch Chapel. It will be our last of the semester; we hope to see you there!
PB&J SERVICE WITH CAMPUS MINISTRY: There will be no PB&J this week; we will resume after Christmas Break.
ADORATION AND RECONCILIATION: There will be no adoration and reconciliation this week; we will resume after Christmas Break. 
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Buc Bulletin

MEN'S BASKETBALL (4-4, 1-1 GSC): The Bucs traveled to Jackson (TN) on Saturday to take on the Dragons from Lane College. Lane outscored CBU 30-15 in the first half and held on for a 63-56 win.The Bucs return to action on Thursday when they travel to face Union for a Gulf South Conference matchup. Full schedule…
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (2-3, 1-1 GSC): Visiting Rhodes College made 11 three-pointers to help lift it to a 73-70 victory over CBU on Tuesday night at Canale Arena. The Lady Bucs return to action on Thursday when they travel to Union. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.  Full schedule…
TRACK & FIELD: CBU's track and field teams opened their indoor season at the Birmingham-Southern College Panther Indoor Invitational on Friday. The teams ended with seven top-10 finishes, which included four top-five results. 
  • Raeven Veal claimed the best result of the day as she crossed the finish line in second place in the women's 800 meter race. Lea Gray also claimed a top-10 finish in the same competition as she landed in sixth place.
  • In the women's 400 dash, Chelsea Walker sprinted her way to a third-place finish.
  • Johanna Wistokat was able to pace herself with a time of 5:30.45 in the one-mile competition. This was quick enough for her to grab a ninth-place result. 
  • Leo Stefanski halted his time at 49.38 in the men's 400 dash race, which was fast enough for a third-place finish.
  • Michael Waldrup finished ninth in the men's 800-meter competition.
  • The men's team collectively finished third in the men's distance medley.
 Full schedule…

Think Safety: Tips from Campus Police

  1. Lock your vehicle doors and close the windows — all the way up!
  2. Secure packages in the trunk of your car.
  3. If you leave items in your vehicle, cover them with a jacket or a large black trash bag.
  4. Do not leave spare change in your ashtray or center console. If they can see it, they will take it.
  5. Park in a well-lit area. Is there a flashing blue light camera mounted on a pole? Park near the camera. Some police agencies station a mobile blue light unit. Park as close as you can, without an obstructed view of the camera.
  6. When stopping at a convenience store, do not leave your vehicle running, even for a minute, even if you are watching it as you go in to make a purchase.
  7. In addition to subjecting your vehicle to auto theft,  you may be  charged with Tennessee Code 55-8-158 Unattended Vehicle.
  8. Enjoy the holidays!
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