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This Week at CBU


The Academic Convocation will be held Thursday, August 23 at 5:00 p.m. in the University Theater. The Convocation is the opening ceremony of the 2018-19 Academic Year and is open to students, faculty, staff, board members, and emeriti. Featured speakers will include President Smarrelli, SGA President Megan Wilson ('19), and Dr. Randel Price (Chemical Engineering). Also on the agenda are the presentations of the following:
  • Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award
  • Academic Advising Awards
  • CARL Awards
  • Endowed Academic Chairs
  • Faculty Rank and Tenure
  • Dr. Marguerite Cooper Award
  • CBU Spirit Awards
  • CBU Lasallian Fellows Class of 2019


Are you ready for the biggest service initiative CBU has ever seen?! It's the seventh  year for CBU’s September of Service: 30 Days of Good Deeds, and we are better than ever! We will have 30 days of great projects and hundreds of volunteer slots, so now all we need is YOU!!!
Join S.O.S. on Friday, August 24 in the Buckman Quad, 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., to kick it into gear and get ready for all the fun, new friends, and SERVICE. There will be signups, free snow cones by the Sigmas, music, "Why I Serve" photos, chalking the quad, great new S.O.S. t-shirts for only $10, and more!  
S.O.S. is open to EVERYONE at CBU! Yes, everyone: students, faculty, staff, alumni, Brothers, and family members. We’re working on the calendar now and will have it open for signups at the Friday kickoff. Check us out at, like us on Facebook, follow @soscbu on Instagram, @cbusos on Twitter, and get ready to rock Memphis!

The Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery will host a reception for two exhibitions on Friday, August 24:

"It's not personal" by Katie Hargrave will be on exhibition in the main gallery, showcasing her work that deals with "systems as broad as politics, history, our built environment, and our learning systems." Hargrave is a professor at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. She received her MFA in Intermedia from the University of Iowa, MA from Brandeis University, and BFA from the University of Illinois. Her work has been shown at DIY spaces, university galleries, non-profits, and festivals. She is a member of the collaborative groups “The Think Tank that has yet to be named” and “Like Riding a Bicycle.”
"Earth Ruminations" by Gustavo Plascencia will be on exhibition in the gallery foyer, feauring his series of photographic imagery using images and objects gathered from his environment. Plascencia was raised in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila. He attended the Escuela de Artes Plasticas Ruben Herrera in Saltillo, Coahuila, before immigrating to the USA. He received his MFA at the University of Colorado in Boulder in Photography and Media Arts and his BFA from the University of Texas at Arlington. Plascencia’s work has been shown at both national and international venues.
Both exhibitions are on display through September 19. More info at

Calling all students, faculty, and staff: Come out and enjoy some poolside snacks and chats with Voices United on Saturday, August 25 at Canale Pool, 12:00-3:00 p.m.! Voices United is a student organization that works to support immigration advocacy & our CBU Dreamers! Be sure to grab a friend and attend! All are welcome! 

Calling All Freshmen!

Congratulations on starting your first week of officially being a Buc! Being a Freshman Senator is the perfect way to get involved in CBU! You will be making a huge difference on this campus, alongside other students who wish to make a difference. The Senate acts as the voice of your CBU peers by writing legislation, recognizing new organizations, distributing allocations, and much more! Apply to be a Freshman Senator here! Applications are due August 31!

Career Calendar

Thursday, August 23 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Sabbatini Lounge 
Seniors, stop by for information on important dates you need to know about your senior year, and enjoy free tailgate-style food and beverages.

Wednesday, August 29 | 3:30 p.m. | Buckman Hall 224
Come learn about City Year, who they are and what they do, and enjoy free Muddy's Cupcakes while they last! Open to all interested students, but Education majors might be especially interested!

Thursday, August 29 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Montesi Executive Center
Open to all students (especially juniors and seniors) majoring in Accounting, as well as all Master of Accountancy candidates. Meet approximately a dozen companies who recruit Accounting majors, including many local public accounting firms. Dress professionally and bring plenty of resumes.


A book by Dr. Marius M. Carriere (History & Political Science), entitled The Know Nothings in Louisiana, has been published by the University Press of Mississippi. The book chronicles the history of a startling new political party that appeared on the American scene in the 1850s, reigniting political fires over nativism and anti-immigration sentiments. Dr. Carriere's book delineates the eventual downfall of the Know Nothing Party, while offering new perspectives on a nativist movement which has appeared once again in our changing, divided country. The Know Nothings in Louisiana is available from University Press of Mississippi.
Dr. Jeffrey Gross (Literature & Languages) has an article entitled "The Racial Veil: Small Government Rhetoric, Neoliberalism, and School Resegregation" published in Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society
The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia elected Mother Anna Grace Neenan, O.P. (MSEL '07) as the Prioress General of the congregation to lead the religious community from 2018 through 2024. She has served the religious community as a teacher at St. Vincent de Paul School in Denver and St. Henry School in Nashville, as well as a principal at St. Mary’s School in Greenville, SC. For the last six years, Mother Anna Grace has been the Director of Novices for the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, responsible for leading the formation of the sisters in their first four years of religious life.
Analice Sowell (’02, MEd '05) has been awarded 2018 Kishor M. Kulkarni Distinguished High School Teacher Award by the ASM Materials Education Foundation. This award was established in 2007 through a generous donation by Dr. Kishor M. Kulkarni, past trustee of ASM International, and his family to recognize the accomplishments of one U.S. high school science teacher who has demonstrated a significant and sustained impact on pre-college age students. Analice is a Materials Science & Chemistry teacher at Memphis University School.
Dr. James Buchanan Wallace (Religion & Philosophy) was quoted in a June 21 article published in The Commercial Appeal entitled "Ministry leaders say the Bible compels their immigration work."
Dr. Jennifer Weske (Accounting) was a featured speaker at the Tennessee Society of CPAs Convention at Isle of Palms, SC in June.

Calling all Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Bucs!

Want to show off your campus and community to other prospective students, their families, alumni, and/or Board members? Apply to be a President’s Ambassador!
“The President Ambassadors of CBU are a distinguished group of student volunteers who are selected to represent the institution and the office of admissions by providing prospective students with a personal look into the CBU community, guiding campus tours, and assisting with campus events.”
Rhonda Payne, President’s Ambassador ('19)
Please join us for an informational session in Rosa Deal 111 at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 30. Please RSVP with Lia at if you plan to attend.

Faculty & Staff News

 Dr. Joseph Turek has joined CBU as Dean of the School of Business. Dr. Turek comes to CBU from Lynchburg College (VA) where he served as dean of the School of Business and Economics from 2007 to 2017. More info »
Dr. Kevin M. Chovanec has joined the School of Arts as a Assistant Professor of Literature and Languages.
Dr. Alexander T. Happ has joined the School of Sciences as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics. 
Jordan Nikkel has joined the School of Sciences as an Visiting Professor of Mathematics.  
Dr. Gregory Vieira has joined the School of Sciences as Assistant Professor of Physics and Natural Sciences. 
Scott Baietti has joined Student Life as Assistant Director of Residence Life.
Will Brandon has joined the Plough Library as Periodicals Coordinator.
Stephanie Faust-White has joined the Office of Admissions as Assistant Director.
Dr. Mary McConner has joined Student Life as Director of Multicultural Student Services and the Study Abroad Program.
Erica Mitchell has been named to the new position of Director of Graduate Admissions.
Kim Parish has joined the Office of Administration and Finance as Director of Finance.

Current Job Openings at CBU



Print Services for Students

CBU Print Services will no longer provide color copies or printing to students, regardless of whether the need is University related. The closest locations to campus where color printing/copying is available are Office Depot at 785 Union Ave and FedEx Office at 1573 Union Ave. Any questions can be sent to the Director of Print Services at

LexisNexis Academic is now Nexis Uni

Paging all students and faculty! Be sure to check out Nexis Uni, the new research solution from LexisNexis designed with and for digital natives. Nexis Uni enables quick discovery across all content types, personalized discipline pages for those who set up individual profiles, and a collaborative workspace for group assignments.

LexisNexis Academic has been retired, but the content offered in Nexis Uni is largely the same as LexisNexis Academic. Initially, there are a few source categories that will NOT be available in Nexis Uni. However, you will gain access to some new sources such as expanded congressional materials (Congressional Quarterly), additional business sources, federal regulatory content, and new international news sources. 

Overall, you can expect the same comprehensive news, business and legal information—and as Nexis Uni progresses, there will be access to more sources than previously available in LexisNexis Academic.

View Nexis Uni search tips (PDF)

Note to Faculty: if you have assignments with specific instructions or links relating to LexisNexis Academic, you will have to update those assignments. Please contact the library at or call (901) 321-3432 if you need assistance.

CBU News

Jill Johnson (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science '20)was featured in a story about the first Memphis all-female Hack-a-Thon by WMC Action News 5 on July 21 entitled "First Memphis hack-a-thon encourages women, girls to pursue tech careers." Click on the video above to watch.

President John Smarrelli was part of a panel of local education leaders who engaged in a public discussion at the Midsouth Minority Business Council Continuum's annual forum in June. The group collectively pledged to lead the way on closing the racial wealth gap in Memphis, from the opportunities they provide for students to the way they do business in the community. Pictured above (l-r) are Dr. Carol Johnson (Regional Executive Director of New Leaders, Inc.), Dr. Andrea Miller (President of LeMoyne-Owen College), Dorsey Hopson (Superintendent of Shelby County Schools), Jozelle Luster Booker (President of the MMBC Continuum), Dr. Marjorie Haas (President of Rhodes College), Dr. Tracy Hall (President of Southwest Tennessee Community College), Dr. Smarrelli, and Dr. David Rudd (President of the University of Memphis). An article on the forum was published in The Commercial Appeal

The College of Adult Professional Studies (CAPS) participated in EMS Appreciation Week by handing out custom-designed t-shirts at various locations all over the city including EMS Administration, MFD Training Academy, and fire stations. CAPS has been partnering with the Memphis Fire Department for the past three years on various initiatives including a continuing education class for new paramedics, participating on the Paramedic Advisory Board, and a degree program specifically for EMS workers in Applied Health Services.

Campus Dining News

With the start of the new school year, we’re excited to share some exciting new changes to Alfonso Dining Commons! We spoke with you and learned that quality, variety, and health are some of your top concerns, and so in response we’re introducing the Green Zone and Delicious Destinations stations. The Green Zone will be 100% vegan/vegetarian and will feature items like Kung Pao Cauliflower and a Mediterranean Stir Fry with Basmati rice. Our new Delicious Destinations station will feature exotic cuisines from around the world sure to deliver on flavor. Look out for items like Harissa Chicken, Pork Ramen, and Chicken Jiang Bing! Finally, upon request, we’ll be offering individually prepared meals made without gluten for any student, faculty, or staff member with a gluten intolerance or allergy. For more information about Campus Dining, including menus and hours of service, please visit our website at

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

Upcoming Events


The Yida Photography Exhibit examines the crisis in Sudan through the lives of those who have escaped. The 313 breathtaking images featured in this traveling exhibit are part of a collection of 4,535 photos taken in Yida Refugee Camp by Operation Broken Silence’s photographers. The Yida Photography Exhibit is an immersive experience that takes you into what life is like in the refugee camp. But this is more than your average photo exhibit. Throughout this experience, you will be introduced to the crisis in Sudan, who refugees are, different aspects of Nuba culture and life in Yida, and tangible ways to get involved in supporting the Sudanese people through fundraising and giving. The exhibition will be open to the public in Sabbatini Lounge August 27-30 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on August 31. 


Yes, the rumors are true.
😢 After 31 years of service to CBU, Ms. Sadie Lisenby, Director of Counseling, retired on August 3. While we hope she will continue to make frequent appearances on campus during basketball season and for special events, the Office of Student Life invites you to a celebration in her honor on Wednesday, August 29, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Montesi Executive Center. (If you are so inclined, we would love for you to wear red in her honor!)

Memphis Reads/Fresh Reads author Colson Whitehead will discuss his book, The Underground Railroad, and host a Q & A session in the University Theater on September 5 at 7:00 p.m. A book signing will follow. Whitehead is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad (an Oprah’s Book Club selection and winner of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize), The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and one collection of essays, The Colossus of New York.

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! For information or to purchase tickets, visit today.

Buc Bulletin

MEN'S SOCCER (0-0, 0-0 GSC): The Bucs take on the Cumberland University Phoenix in a scrimmage match on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. at Signaigo Field. Upcoming schedule… 
WOMEN'S SOCCER (0-0, 0-0 GSC): The Lady Bucs face off against Trevecca-Nazarene on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. on Signaigo Field, and then take on the Harding University Lady Bisons in a scrimmage match on Sunday at Searcy, AR. Upcoming schedule… 
VOLLEYBALL: The Lady Bucs play a scrimmage match with Rhodes College on Tuesday, and then host their first official matches of the season at a home tournament this weekend in Canale Arena, playing Maryville University on Friday at 9:00 a.m. and then facing Kentucky Weslyan at 7:00 p.m. On Saturday, CBU takes on Arkansas-Monticello at 9:00 a.m. and closes the tourney against Pittsburg State at 7:00 p.m. Upcoming schedule… 
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