March 18, 2019                                 View this email in your browser

This Week at CBU


The Office of Recreation will host a raffle for 25 lucky winners for the Memphis Express vs. Birmingham Iron, which will be played at the Liberty Bowl on Sunday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. The raffle will be held Monday through Thursday this week in Alfonso Dining Hall during lunch. Winners will be contacted via text message on Thursday afternoon. Transportation will not be provided. For more information, please contact Ian A. Boyd at

Drop by the Divine Voices tables in Buckman Quadrangle and in front of the Rosa Deal School of Arts and Cooper-Wilson Center every Monday in March, and pick up a doughnut to brighten the beginning of another week.

Ron Brandon (CFO, VP for Administration & Finance) will hold two information meetings for faculty and staff to discuss changes in medical insurance for the upcoming year. The meetings will be held in Sabbatini Lounge, the first on on Monday, March 18 at 2:00 p.m. and the second on Tuesday, March 19 at 1:30 p.m.

The Student Government Association will hold an Interest Meeting and Transparency Forum on Monday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. The purpose of this event is to inform students, faculty, and staff about SGA’s accomplishments and progress this year, in order to remain transparent with our CBU community while giving interested candidates a deeper look in the roles of individuals in SGA. Students who are interested in running for the 2019-2020 school year SGA positions should really considering coming to this meeting to gather information and ask questions. SGA will hold elections in early April in order to provide ample time for transitioning and training. With that being said, SGA will be opening applications next week for candidates for the upcoming school year. If you have any questions, please contact Megan Wilson (SGA President) at

Love Science? Trivia? Or both? The Society of Physics Students is hosting a Science Trivia Night on Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. in St. Joseph Hall 10. Test your knowledge of science and math! Bring your competitive friends!
Eat, Pray, Discuss invites all faculty and staff to join them for simple soup lunches on Fridays during Lent. They will meet on Fridays — March 22, 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!

Bob Levey, a journalist whose career includes nearly four decades at The Washington Post and an extensive career in electronic media as a commentator and talk show host, will debut his first novel on Friday, March 22 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. Larry Felder, Candidate features a main character who is an award-winning journalist who quits his Washington, DC newspaper job to run for Congress. Levey will discuss his time at The Post, Watergate, writing, and the current state of journalism. He will also sign copies of his book. This appearance is in partnership with Memphis Reads and Christian Brothers University.

Men’s Morning of Spirituality (MMOS), an annual event for men seeking to enrich their Catholic faith, with keynote speakers and local witness speakers sharing stories, traditions and dogma, related to theme topics, will be held on March 23 at Church of the Incarnation (360 Bray Station Road, Collierville), 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Keynote speaker is Damon Owens, executive director of the Theology of the Body Institute. Damon is a gifted and sought-after speaker for national conferences, marriage seminars, seminaries, and youth groups on the good news of sexuality, chastity, theology of the body, theology of the family, and NFP. More info at »»

Career Calendar

Tuesday, March 19 | 12:30-2:00 p.m. | Spain Auditorium

Join Career Services for this panel discussion on women, careers, and leadership — featuring (l-r, above) Lani Glancy (Vice President of Talent Development, AutoZone), Kat Gordon (Owner, Muddy's Bake Shop), Holly Goughnour (Vice President Of Tax, International Paper; CBU '98), Sarah Petschonek (Executive Director, Volunteer Odyssey), Mearl Purvis (Anchor, WHBQ Fox 13 News), Tami Sawyer (Shelby County Commissioner, Memphis Mayoral Candidate), and Patrice Thomas (Chief Administrative Officer, Shelby County Government; CBU '97). 

Wednesday, March 20 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Montesi Executive Center
Learn about FedEx Services, who they are and what they do, and learn about career and internship positions that they have available. Plus, enjoy free Muddy's cupcakes while they last. Open to all interested students in all majors. 

Thursday, March 21 | 12:30-2:00 p.m. | Boshwit Courtyard
Companies will be on campus recruiting for summer jobs, summer camps, summer volunteer opportunities, and more! Music and prizes too! More than 15 are scheduled to attend, including Memphis Zoo, Agape Child & Family Services, Memphis Botanic Garden, Children's Museum of Memphis, and Just City. 

Admitted Buc Day


The Office of Admissions will be having an Admitted Buc Day on Saturday, March 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and would like to invite current students to join in for some of the activities on campus. Current students, faculty, and staff are welcome (and encouraged) to participate as panel members for the following sessions:
  • Faith, Service, and Community
  • Study Abroad
  • Real Talk w/Current Students (student-only panel)
  • The First Year Experience
  • The Transfer Experience
All are also encouraged to eat lunch in Alfonso that day! All of the prospective students who come to Admitted Buc Day will be eating lunch in Alfonso at noon. Admissions would love to see some of our current students at that time as well to mingle with the potential incoming students.
       At 2:00 p.m., there will be a Firepit Farewell on campus with s’mores, volleyball, and basketball! All are welcome to attend!
FOR MORE DETAILS on the sessions, such as time or expectations, or for general information about Admitted Buc Day, please contact Rachel Clark at or (901) 321-3205.

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.


Dr. Ted Clarke
(Physics) attended the American Physical Society’s March Meeting in Boston, MA during spring break. He is pictured here (on the right) with fellow physicist and WolframAlpha/ Mathematica creator Stephen Wolfram.

Dr. Juan Carlos Olabe (Electrical & Computer Engineering) presented a paper entitled “Design of Collaborative Computational Ecosystems for the Development of STEAM Competencies in Schools” at the 13th International Technology, Education and Development Conference, INTED2019, held in Valencia, Spain, March 11-13.

CBU in the News

President John Smarrelli (CBU President) is featured as "The Face of Educational Leadership" in the "Faces & Places Issue" special promotion section of the March Memphis magazine, currently on the newsstands. Dr. Smarrelli is cited for his advancement of CBU's "mission to prepare students from all faiths and backgrounds for lives informed by the Lasallian values — faith, service, and community. Dr. Smarrelli is recognized as an influential leader who works tirelessly to develop partnerships across sectors to work together and solve problems. A nationally recognized leader in higher education immigration policy, Dr. Smarrelli serves on boards locally, regionally, and nationally.

The same March of issue of Memphis magazine boasts a cover story on Louis "Ziggy Mack" Tucker (Psychology '07), entitled "The Mind's Eye: Louis 'Ziggy' Tucker." Ziggy (whose "floating" self portrait amidst the CBU arches is seen above) is a local artist and in-demand freelance photographer, whose work is featured regularly in the magazine's "Street Style" section. His photos also appear regularly in local media such as High Ground NewsThe Daily MemphianMemphis Parent, and The Memphis Flyer, and have also appeared in national publications like Essence.

Welcome to CBU

Jessica King joins the CBU community as its new Dean of Academic Services. Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Jessica has over 11 years of progressive experience in higher education. She has a master’s degree in Educational Studies from the University of Cincinnati, where she led scholar recruitment and merit-based scholarship strategy for the Office of Admissions. She later transitioned to a role overseeing the University Honors Program advising team during a period of strategic growth and implementation of mandatory advising requirements. Jessica has also worked as an adjunct instructor, has led numerous service-learning experiences, and continues to serve as a co-lead facilitator for the LeaderShape Institute. During her most recent role as director of Training & Programming at Chi Omega Fraternity’s Executive Headquarters, Jessica spearheaded the research and development of mental health education at a national level and was instrumental in helping the organization transition to a new learning management system.

Service-Learning Course Development Grants

CBU’s AutoZone Center for Community Engagement (ACCE) invites proposals for $1,000 Service-Learning Course Development grants from CBU faculty and adjunct instructors who teach undergraduate, graduate, and/or professional students. The ACCE seeks to award up to ten grants for the development of new or existing service-learning courses that integrate community-engaged service components in the curriculum.
      With the aim of fostering collaboration and professional development, the ACCE will host an accompanying workshop on May 8 for award recipients and for faculty and staff interested in learning more about service-learning pedagogy.
      Find more information about the grants here. To submit a proposal, please complete this online form. Contact Leslie McAbee with questions at

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

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.

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

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 of Advanced Assistant Professor of English (New Media & Digital Humanities)
• PA Program Faculty, Academic
• PA Program Clinical Pharmacology Instructor
• Adjunct Instructor (Part-time)

• 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.
• Safety Officer (full time) 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
• Safety Officer (full time) 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
• Executive Administrative Assistant to the CFO
• Dean of the College of Adult Professional Studies
• Maintenance Supervisor
• Administrative Assistant
• Online Student Success Specialist
• Director of the CBU Center for Entrepreneurship 
• Advising and Retention Coordinator
• Dean of Academic Services
• PA Program Clinical Administrative Assistant

2019-2020 Recreation Applications are OPEN

The Office of Recreation is seeking individuals who are punctual, assertive, well-versed in sports officiating, and can work a variety of hours. If this sounds like you or someone you know, please fill out one of the applications below. The applications will be open from March 11 until March 29 at 1:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Ian Boyd at or visit his office in Student Life.
  1. Canale Arena Desk Attendant »»
  2. Intramural Official »»
  3. Pool Attendant »»
  4. Lifeguard »»

Upcoming Events


In conjunction with the current exhibitions in the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery, local artist (and CBU alumna) Yancy Villa-Calvo will present her nationally-exhibited art installation Barrier Free in CBU’s Buckman Quadrangle during the week of March 25-29. Barrier Free uses the power of art to reverse the controversial idea of the U.S-Mexico border proposal. The traveling installation advocates for and celebrates unity, diversity, and inclusion. It provides opportunity to reflect on the challenges of human-made and systemic barriers that divide us, from immigration laws to mass incarceration. The interactive piece, along with its programmatic elements, is a call to action to build a society that embraces the contributions of a diverse world. Meet Yancy and learn more about her artwork from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on March 25, 26 and 28 in the Quad. More info at »»


Come learn about why self-care is important to student success on March 28 in St. Joseph Hall 10 at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy sweet treats, make some relaxing and reinvigorating crafts, mix and mingle with students and staff who care about your health. Please RSVP at this link. This event is sponsored by Residence Life and the Maurelian Hall RAs.

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. A full schedule of events is available at


The 14th annual Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium will be held at the University Theater on Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. The Symposium features a noted speaker who addresses social and moral issues related to peace and justice and/or Catholic social teaching. This year's keynote speaker is Richard Cohen, who will speak on the topic of "With Justice for All in a Changing America." Cohen is the president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization dedicated to fighting hate, teaching tolerance, and seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society. Under his guidance, the SPLC won a series of landmark lawsuits against some of the nation’s most violent white supremacist organizations. In 1997, the national legal magazine The American Lawyer selected him as one of 45 public sector lawyers “whose vision and commitment are changing lives.” In 1999, he was a finalist for the national Trial Lawyer of the Year Award for his work on Macedonia Baptist Church v. Christian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, a lawsuit that ended with a record $37.8 million judgment against a Klan group for its role in the burning of a South Carolina church.
    This evening event also includes the presentation of the Dr. Gerard A. Vanderhaar Student Peace Award to a Mid-South university student who has been involved in peace and justice work in our community. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC BY REGISTRATION. 
The Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium is sponsored by Christian Brothers University, Just City, Latino Memphis, the National Civil Rights Museum, and the Urban Child Institute.

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

Intramural Corner

The Office of Recreation would like to extend its congratulations to the 2018-2019 Intramural Competitive Basketball Champions – the Golden Snipers, who won the championship on February 28. Their victory earned the team the honor to represent the student body as they play against the faculty and staff on April 15 at 8:00 p.m. in Canale Arena. Members on the team are (l-r): Joseph Smith, Jermani Douglas, Gil Erwin, Gerardo Reyes, and Chris Fagin. Not pictured is Jordan Strickland

Buc Bulletin

BASEBALL (7-17, 4-11 GSC): The Bucs used a five-run fourth inning to power by the Shorter Hawks 7-5 last Monday. On Wednesday, visiting Rhodes College scored three runs in the third inning and held on to defeat the Bucs 3-0. The Bucs defeated No. 1 Delta State 7-4 on Saturday for the first time since 2002, but split the doubleheader by losing the second game 9-2. On Sunday, Delta State used a spectacular pitching performance to defeat the CBucs 7-2 in the series finale. The Bucs continue their home play as they take on Henderson State on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. Full schedule…
SOFTBALL (6-21, 1-13 GSC): The Lady Bucs earned its first GSC victory of the season last Monday, with an 8-5 win in a doubleheader split against Shorter. Shorter claimed a 5-0 win in the opener. The Delta State Lady Statesman swept the Saturday doubleheader over CBU, 5-1 in game one, and 13-5 in game two. On Sunday, Delta State held on for a 4-2 victory over the Lady Bucs. The Lady Bucs are scheduled to return to action on Saturday, March 23 when they travel to face Lee University for a three-game Gulf South Conference series. Full schedule…
GOLF: The Bucs had a strong showing at its host tournament last Monday, finishing third at the Buccaneer Spring Classic. The CBU "B" team finished in 13th in the 15 team field. The Lady Bucs wrapped up the Spring Classic with a fifth-place finish. Both teams are in Oklahoma Monday and Tuesday at the Rogers State Hillcat Classic.  Men's schedule…  Women's schedule…
TRACK & FIELD: The CBU track and field teams competed at the Rhodes Invitational on Saturday at Rhodes College. CBU finished the meet with two victories — Chelsea Walker finished in first place in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 14.32, and Emma Montoya sprinted her way to first place in the the 400 meter dash with a time of 56.79. CBU's next competition will be held on Saturday, March 23 when they travel to Searcy, AR to compete in the Harding Invitational. Full schedule…

Think Safety: Tips from Campus Police

1. Utilize Locks/Locking Devices/Security Systems: The No. 1 campus safety tip for college students is to always lock doors and windows when you are away.
2. Don’t Let the Electronics Steal Your Attention to Your Surroundings: Most college students (perhaps including yourself) are often immersed in their smart phones or MP3 players while walking in the campus, not knowing what is going on around.
3. Be Familiar with the Campus Environment

4. Avoid Walking Alone at Night: Go with a friend late at night, and walk on the designated pathways and well-lit areas.
5. Be Careful Before Getting into Your Car: Before you open the car door, look into the backseat to see if there is anyone uninvited.
6. Carry Defense Items with You: Pepper spray, a whistle, or other non-lethal weapons are all useful campus security supplies you can put in your bag when you are out.
7. Don’t Accept Substances from Strangers: You should be aware that powders, pills, and liquids can be absolutely anything, in any concentration. Don’t accept any substance from casual acquaintances or strangers.
8. Tell Your Friends Your Whereabouts: Before you go some place on your own, tell your friends or family where you are going and the expected returning time.
9. Follow Your Intuition:
When you notice someone out of place in the dorm, don’t be afraid to report it to the RA or to campus police.
10. What to Do If You Fall Victim to Campus Crime:
  • Stay calm and call the police.
  • Follow the instructions from the officer or the 911 operator.
  • Call your relatives or friends.
  • Take some time to recover. 
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