Welcome (Back) Weekend Thanks

Under the superb direction of Denise Parnell, I wish to thank so many members of the CBU community, Brothers, faculty, staff, and administrators, for sharing your time on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to make Welcome (Back) Weekend a memorable experience for CBU students and their families. The CBU spirit was palpable, and the campus sparkled in spite of the August heat. All divisions of the University came together in synchrony to welcome the largest freshmen class in CBU’s history. My interactions with parents who attended the weekend events were most positive and with the enthusiasm of both new and returning students, I am optimistic for the future for CBU’s recruiting efforts.

With sincere appreciation and best wishes for a successful 2014-15 academic year,

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SGA Welcome Week

Welcome (back) to campus! The Student Government Association has organized a few festivities to help keep your mind off starting classes, kicking off on Tuesday with…

An Inflatable Water Obstacle Course on Nolan Field, starting at 5:00 p.m. And just in case it’s still beastly hot, Frosty Treat will set up a truck and will be selling frozen goodies for $1-2.

 The fun continues on Wednesday evening with a campus-wide game of Capture the Flag. Here’s how it works: 2-3 teams, each with their own color glowsticks for identification purposes, and their own “flag” hidden on their respective side of main campus. The flags get hidden. The teams compete to capture the other teams’ flag. Want to know more? Meet at the Gazebo at 7:30 p.m. for more detailed rules. Games will start at 8:00 p.m. Sign Up in Advance: In Alfonso Dining Hall during lunch Monday-Wednesday. Look for a sign-up table (or wandering upperclassmen…).

 The Student Involvement Fair is scheduled for Thursday in Buckman Quad, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Come out and get involved! Student organizations will be set around the Quad with information and goodies and ways for you to join! Also, various Memphis non-profits will set up booths to let you know how to get involved off-campus!

Celebrate the end of the first week of school with the Welcome Week Beach Bash on Friday, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Rozier Deck. Food! Drinks! Tiki Torches! Volleyball! A Swimming Pool! DJs Mordecai and Myles! What more could you want?

 CBU Football: Undefeated since 1871! OK, just because CBU doesn’t have a football team,* that doesn’t mean we can’t tailgate! That’s right, CBU is hosting its first-ever Football Tailgate Party on Saturday, starting at 4:00 p.m. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and a broadcast of NFL games projected on screens near the Maurelian Lawn! (*American football, that is…)

Academic Convocation

The opening gathering of faculty, staff, students and administration to celebrate and welcome the 2014-15 Academic Year will be held on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. in the University Theater. The ceremony will feature remarks by the President John SmarrelliMatt Winemiller, SGA President; Dr. Paul Haught, Dean of the Rose Deal School of Arts; recognition of student and faculty research and presentations; announcements of the 2014 endowed faculty chairs; and presentations of the following awards:
Academic Advising and CARL Awards;
 Dr. Marguerite Cooper School of Sciences Award
 Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award
 CBU Student Spirit Awards
• CBU Lasallian Fellows Class of 2015


September of Service: 30 Days of Good Deeds

Are you ready for the biggest service initiative CBU has ever seen?!

CBU’s September of Service: 30 Days of Good Deeds is back and better than ever. We have 30 days of great projects and 1000 volunteer slots, now all we need is YOU!

Join S.O.S. on Friday, August 29 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, growth, learning, new friends, and SERVICE. There will be sign-ups, refreshments, music, “Why I Serve” sign pictures, chalk, new S.O.S. t-shirts for only $10, free pens, and of course door prizes!

S.O.S. is open to EVERYONE at CBU! Yes, everyone: students, faculty, staff, alumni, Brothers, family members, and pets (well, maybe not pets). We’ll let you know when our S.O.S. website is ready to view. In the meantime, like us on Facebook and get ready to rock Memphis!

ROGUE SOSing is back! If you can¹t join us for one of our scheduled service projects, we welcome you to don your SOS shirt, serve your community (wherever you are in the world), and post your good deed (including a picture) to our Facebook page. Don¹t have an SOS shirt? Make a sign! Don¹t have a sign? SOS anyway! (Thanks to Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald for this great idea!)

Welcome New Faculty!

Dr. Andrew K. Assadollahi joins the School of Engineering as a full-time Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Assadollahi is an alumnus of CBU (Civil Engineering and Mathematics ’09) and the University of Memphis (PhD). He has been an Adjunct Professor at CBU for the past year.

Dr. Leigh M. Johnson joins the School of Arts as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy. Dr. Johnson comes to CBU from Rhodes College. A native Memphian, she attended the University of Memphis (BA), Villanova University (MA), and Pennsylvania State University (PhD). She is the author of a well-read blog entitled ”Read More Write More Think More Be More” and creator of the American Values Project.

Dr. Alison A. Lukowski joins the School of Arts as an Assistant Professor of Literature and Languages. Dr. Lukowski comes to CBU from Northern Illinois University, where she also recently received her PhD. She also holds degrees from Alma College and Loyola University of Chicago.

Dr. Kristian O’Hare joins the School of Arts as an Assistant Professor of Literature and Languages. Dr. O’Hare comes to CBU from Las Positas College (CA), and holds degrees from Boston University (MA) and Western Michigan University (PhD). His plays have been developed or produced by the Whole Art Theatre (Kalamazoo, MI), Ringwald Theatre (Detroit), The Dramatists Guild Footlights Series (San Francisco), Great Plains Theatre Conference (Omaha), Ruckus Theatre (Chicago), Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA), Sanguine Theatre Company (NYC), Ivy Theatre Company (NYC), and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. In August 2013, his full-length play Like Poetry had a successful run at FringeNYC (New York International Fringe Festival).

Dr. Christophe D. Ringer joins the School of Arts as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy. Dr. Ringer comes to CBU from Nashville, where he serves as Pastor of Howard Congregational United Church of Christ. He holds degrees from University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (BA), Vanderbilt University Divinity School (Mdiv), and Vanderbilt University (PhD).

Mr. Anthony P. Schnuerer joins the MPAS Program as an Instructor of Physician Assistant Studies. Mr. Schnuerer comes to CBU after retirement from Medtronic Sofamor Danek, where he was the primary author of the text, Basic Anatomy and Pathology of the Spine. He received several awards while at Medtronic Sofamor Danek, including the Eagle Award for field sales support and the International Division’s “Simply the Best” award. He completed the Primary Care Physician Assistant program at the Cleveland Clinic Educational Foundation after serving three years as a corpsman in the United States Navy and holds a BA from Cleveland State University.



CBU Physician Assistant Studies faculty, students and graduates teamed with students from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy to provide free training in CPR and pool safety to the Memphis community in July. The event, sponsored by the Safe Kids Coalition, was held at the MERI Center and is an annual event. Students assisted in the instruction of the American Heart Association Friends and Family Course.

Congratulations to Mallory Harvey (Civil Engineering ’15) and Gabriela Gomez-Pedro (Mechanical Engineering ’15) for passing the ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technician Test!  They join three other Mechanical Engineering students and recent alumni — Alex Othmani (’17), Caleb Smith (’14), and Rebecca Wauford (’16) — and other 200+ individuals worldwide as ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technician.

Trey Casey (Basketball, Business Administration ’15) and Alison Welch (Volleyball, Psychology ’14) were recipients of the Gulf South Conference Top Ten Awards this past summer. These awards, based on athletic, academic and extracurricular achievement during the 2013-14 academic year, recognize the top five male and top five female student-athletes in the conference. (This year, six female members were selected due to an impressive pool of candidates.)

Dr. Dan Brandon (Management Information Systems) was awarded a Presentation Excellence Award for his presentation of “Teaching Data Mining Principles” at the International Conference on Learning and Administration in Higher Education 2014 in Nashville in June.

Richard Gadomski (CBU Trustee) gave a talk entitled “Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Paying it Forward” at the Engineers’ Club of Memphis meeting in July.  Dr. Chad Baker (Electrical Engineering), Dr. John Ventura (Electrical Engineering), and Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering) attended the meeting.

Dr. Emily Holmes (Religion & Philosophy) gave a lecture on “Mary of Magdala and Marguerite Porete: Faithful Witnesses” at St. Patrick¹s Catholic Church on July 22, the Feast of St. Mary of Magdala.

Aaron Lamey (Information Technology Services) graduated from the University of Memphis with a Master of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems.

Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering) gave a Professional Development Hour talk entitled “Healthcare Packaging Consortium: A University-Industry Partnership” at the Engineers’ Club of Memphis meeting in June. Dr. Divya Choudhary (Graduate Engineering) and Dr. Andrew Assadollahi (Civil Engineering) were also in attendance.

Anthony Maranise, OblSB (Religious Studies ’11; Catholic Studies ’17) will have his scholarly book review of Sports & Christianity (Eds, N. Watson & A. Parker; Routledge, 2013) published in the September 2014 issue of the journal, Religious Studies Review. Further, he has contributed a chapter entitled “Beyond Praying for Players: The Responsibilities of Sports Chaplains” to a forthcoming text, Sports Chaplaincy: Trends, Issues, and Debates (Eds, A. Parker, N. Watson, & J. White; Ashgate Press) scheduled for publication and release in April 2015.

Dr. Juan Carlos Olabe (Electrical Engineering) gave a week-long workshop entitled “Introduction to Computational Thinking” to the faculty of the Maxine Smith STEAM Academy (MSSA) on July 21-25. The Maxine Smith STEAM Academy, formerly Fairview Middle School, is a collaboration with CBU.

Dr. Asit Ray (Chemical Engineering) recently made a two-hour presentation on “Medical Packaging” and another two-hour presentation on “Plastics Used for Packaging” at the Indian Institute for Packaging (IIP) at Kolkata. His presentations were attended by about 40 graduate students and 10 professionals from medical industries. He established contacts with Professor Bidhan Das, the deputy director and regional head of the Institute and his colleagues and two other highly regarded packaging specialists. Dr. Ray also visited IIP in Delhi and met with Dr. Tanweer Alam, Joint Director and Regional Head of the institute.

Course web pages by Dr. Anna Ross (Biology) have been singled out by the Biology Editorial Board of MERLOT (Multimedia Education Resource for Learning and Online Teaching), a web-based project of California State University devoted to identifying, peer reviewing, organizing and making available existing Internet resources in a range of academic disciplines for use by higher education faculty and students. Her Animal Histology course web page was recently selected for peer review by the Editorial Board, and five other course web pages have received five-star editorial reviews.


President John Smarrelli (far right) and CBU trustee Jim Issacs (far left) played in the August 2 Boys & Girls Club Tennis Tournament Benefit, proudly wearing CBU attire.


CBU on Ice

By now, you’ve probably already seen Dr. John Smarrelli‘s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (which Dr. David Rudd at the University of Memphis is scheduled to accept today). And maybe you’ve also seen the collective Advancement Office challenge. Not to mention the numerous CBU students, staff and faculty members, and alumni challenge videos. Now mascots have gotten into the act. Our own Bucky was challenged by Louie the Tiger at the University of West Alabama, and (following in Dr. Smarrelli’s footsteps) has passed along the challenge to Pouncer at the University of Memphis.

News @ CBU

CBU Christian Brothers Celebrate Jubilee Years
Four Memphis Christian Brothers celebrated their Jubilee anniversaries in ceremonies on July 19 at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. Pictured above (l-r) are President John Smarrelli, Brother Mark Gubbels, Brother Joel McGraw, Brother Dominic Ehrmantraut, Brother Robert Staub, and Brother Joel Baumeyer.
• Brother Robert Staub, Professor Emeritus in Biology, entered the Christian Brothers in 1939 and is celebrating his 75th year. He received his B.S. in Biology from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and was given his first teaching assignment at De La Salle High School in Minneapolis. He received his M.A. and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He has taught in schools in Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, and Tennessee.
Brother Joel Baumeyer, Professor Emeritus in Mathematics, entered the Order in 1954 and is celebrating his 60th Jubilee. He received both his B.A. and M.Ed. from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and his M.A. and Ph.D. from St. Louis University. Brother Joel has taught in schools in Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, and Tennessee. He presently serves as Math Center Director since his semi-retirement in 2011.
Brother Mark Gubbels, Retired Business Office Manager, entered the Brothers in 1954 and and is celebrating his 60th year. He completed his B.S. and M.Ed. at St. Mary’s University. Brother Mark has taught in the Brothers’ schools in Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Tennessee. He came to CBU in 1981 and retired in 1999. He is now in his 16th year of volunteering at the Church Health Center.
• Brother Joel McGraw, Assistant Principal at Christian Brothers High School, joined the Christian Brothers in 1964 and is celebrating his 50th Jubilee. He is a native Memphian and a graduate of CBHS. He holds his undergraduate degree from CBU and Master’s degrees in English and Educational Administration from the University of Memphis. He has taught at schools in Missouri, Oklahoma, and Tennessee and has served as a board member for CBU, Memphis Catholic High School, Immaculate Conception Schools, and St. Louis School.
Two other Brothers affiliated with CBU also celebrated Jubilees — Brother Bernard LoCoco, Trustee and Former CBU President (1973-80), is celebrating his 60th Jubilee; and Brother Robert Veselsky, former Director of Campus Ministry, is celebrating his 50th year as a Brother.

CBU Receives Grant For New Psychology Lab With EEG Equipment
CBU has received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for nearly $60,000 to purchase an Advanced Psychophysiological Recording System, including a 64-channel electroencephalography system (commonly known as an EEG machine). The grant, awarded to the CBU Department of Behavioral Sciences, came after a proposal was submitted in January to fund the purchase of the whole-head EEG system. Along with the purchase of the EEG system, the grant will allow the creation of the only whole-head laboratory geared to undergraduate education. More info »»

Official Journal of CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium Receives ISSN Number
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (New Delhi, India) issued an ISSN number (ISSN 2349-6665) to the International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology, the official journal of the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium.  ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) is an international organization with its headquarters in Paris, France. Currently the ISSN network is comprised of 88 member countries. The CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium (founded in 2010) announced a collaboration with Cloud Publication (India) in designating the International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology as the consortium’s official journal on October 17, 2013. It is an open-access online journal where published articles are available free of charge to the public.

Summer Program Introduces HS Students to Packaging Engineering
The 2014 Packaging Summer Program in July, sponsored by the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium, was a huge success. The one-day program introduced high school students to the fundamentals of packaging engineering. They were given a tour of the CBU ISTA certified packaging lab in the morning followed by a hands-on activity involving corrugated cardboard packages. During lunch, the students were introduced to a panel of representatives from FedEx, Ring Container, Merck Consumer Care, WS Packaging, and Worldwide Label & Packaging, where they shared their stories on how they got into the packaging profession and where it led them. In the afternoon session, students performed pre-shipment tests on their package, including drop, vibration, compression, and incline impact. An excerpt from an email receiving from a participant’s mother the day after the program: “I want to let you know that he was so excited about what he learned during that session…  You may have a future student in four years. Thank you for  allowing this opportunity for high school students to explore this area of expertise.” More photos of the program can be viewed at the School of Engineering Facebook album.

School of Engineering Tours Catholic High Schools in New Orleans

Professor Gene McGinnis (Chair, Civil Engineering), Dr. Andrew Assadollahi (Civil Engineering), Lauren Harrett (Civil Engineering ’15), Patrick McGinnis (Computer Engineering and Computer Science ’15), Nadia Earle (Biochemical Engineering ’15), Cathy Holmes (Mechanical Engineering ’16), Trey McGinnis (Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics ’16), and Reggie Raney (Civil Engineering ’17) visited St. Paul’s High School, St. Scholastica Academy, De La Salle High School and Archbishop Rummel High School in New Orleans to discuss opportunities in engineering and science at CBU.

CBU in the News

Melissa Duong (Marketing ’13) was featured in the New Memphis Institute’s “I Choose Memphis” spotlight in The Daily News in June.

The Daily News published an article on a presentation at CBU calling for reform of immigration reform, featuring President John Smarrelli and alumnus Mauricio Calvo (’97) of Latino Memphis, entitled “Memphis Immigration Reform Discussion Quiet But Complex” on July 15.

Madeline Faber (English ’15), an editorial intern at the Memphis Business Journal, has published two recent stories spotlighting CBU — one about city officials holding a focus group at CBU regarding updating the regional pedestrian plan and another about social media usage at local colleges and universities.

The Commercial Appeal focused on CBU’s historic freshman enrollment in an article (“Christian Brothers University in Memphis greets largest freshman class in history” on August 11) and an editorial (“Good news on college enrollment” on August 14). WREG News Channel 3 also reported on our record enrollment with a report on August 12. (click on video still below for link to text and video at wreg.com)

The Commercial Appeal also published a guest commentary co-written by CBU President John Smarrelli and Lacey Upchurch, President of the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, entitled “Economy hinges on immigration reform” on August 14.

The Memphis Flyer published a commentary entitled “Let’s Go, Shelby County Schools!” on August 14 that praised CBU and its involvement with the Maxine Smith STEAM Academy.


Sam Franklin Jr., grandfather of Erica Franklin (College of Adult Professional Studies), passed away on August 13. Please keep Erica and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Condolences may be sent in care of Campus Box T-5.

Savanah Phillips, mother-in-law of John J. Davis (Physician Assistant Studies), passed away on July 25. Condolences may be sent to John and Rosie Davis in care of Campus Box 336. Please keep the Davis family in your thoughts and prayers.
Patricia Shea Wilson (Psychology ’95) passed away on August 9 in Cypress, TX. Patty was active in Zeta Tau Alpha at CBU, received her master¹s degree from the University of Phoenix, and was a neurophysiologist. She is the daughter of the late Dan Shea, a former VP of Administration & Finance at CBU, the sister of Kelly Shea Wilson (ECCM ¹90), sister-in-law of Daniel Wilson (Electrical Engineering ¹88), and aunt of Kaitlyn Wilson (Psychology ’17). Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to benefit Patty¹s four children. Donations can be mailed to Kelly Shea Wilson, P.O. Box 38282, Germantown, TN 38183-0282.

CBU Exhibitions

FACE IT MEMPHIS!  An exhibition of photographic portraits entitled “Face It Memphis!” is in the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery through October 2, 2104. The exhibition of portraits by Memphis Camera Club members contains 106 photographs. Artists represented in “Face It Memphis!” are Beth Behm, Bill Belus, Steve Copen, Paula Cravens, Saj Crone, Beverly Hammond, Saji Madapat, Patty McLaughlin, Becky Ross, McRae, Mike Neal, Paul Nolte, Patricia Possel, Tom Richey, Uttam Shah, Patti Smith, Rog Spahr, Quinn Strother, Mary Stubbs, and Joe Sullivan. More information is available at www.cbu.edu/gallery.


Nick Peña, What Lies Beneath (Slow Creep), oil on canvas.

PROCESSING THE IDEAL:  Nick Peña, Associate Professor of Art at CBU, is exhibiting his paintings at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens through October 5. The exhibition, titled “Processing the Ideal,” features large-scale paint­ings that re-visualize perceptions of the “American Dream” and the effects that pursuit has on our environment. Many of Peña’s paintings begin with personal nostalgia and culminate in serious, social, or polit­ical inquiries. He considers both changing social norms and the physical appearance of the American landscape in his work. “Processing the Ideal” presents an interesting conundrum and questions if the ground that we live upon is both physically and ideologically solid. More information at CBU News Center or at www.dixon.org.

Upcoming Events: September

footballARE YOU READY FOR SOME FLAG FOOTBALL? Registration is now open online for the 2014 Intramural Flag Football season! Sign up online at imleagues.com/cbu now as an individual or as a team to compete for the coveted Intramural Championship Shirt. Games will be held at the Kroc Center and the Liberty Bowl soccer fields. Contact Thien Nguyen at tnguye25@cbu.edu with any questions. Season starts September 2, so sign up today

MEET THE ACCOUNTING FIRMS: Accounting and Finance students, attend Meet the Firms on Tuesday, September 2 to meet with representatives from local and national Accounting/Finance Firms in order to obtain information on internships and jobs. 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. in Montesi Executive Center (Buckman Hall). Contact Career Services at career@cbu.edu.

CHEERLEADING TRYOUTS: CBU will have cheerleaders for the first time in many years! Look for a table at the Involvement Fair this week! Tryouts will begin Friday, September 5, 5:00-8:00 p.m., at the Kroc Center in the indoor soccer arena. This will be a clinic time where the cheer, dance, and jumps will be taught. On Saturday, September 6, 10:00-12:00, there will be a review of the information that has been taught and tryouts will be held that evening 5:00-8:00 p.m. (all at the Kroc Center). Please contact Kenzie Bergloff at hberglof@cbu.edu with any questions.

NAACP CHARTERING CEREMONY:  CBU’s Collegiate Chapter of the NAACP will hold a Chartering Ceremony on September 4 at 6:00 p.m. in the University Theater. CBU is the FIRST Lasallian University to have its own chapter of the NAACP and there has not been a chapter of the NAACP installed in the state of Tennessee in years —  so join the CBU Chapter as it makes history! All faculty/staff, alumni, NAACP friends and members of the press are invited.

PIZZA & PROFESSIONALS: Attend Pizza & Professionals on September 4 and September 11 in order to learn about job and internship opportunities from a local employer. Buckman 102, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Contact Career Services at career@cbu.edu.

CAREER POWER HOUR: Attend the Career Power Hour: Resume Writing session on Tuesday, September 9, 1:00-2:00 p.m. in Buckman 102. Contact Career Services at career@cbu.edu.

ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP INFORMATION SESSIONS: Attend an Academic Internship Information Session on September 10 to register for a spring term internship. Thirty-minute meetings will be held every half hour from 9:00 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. You only need to attend one session. All sessions take place in Buckman 207. Contact Career Services at career@cbu.edu.

marypoppinsMARY POPPINS AT PLAYHOUSE ON THE SQUARE: Saturday, September 6 at 8:00 p.m. Sign up online now for limited tickets to see Mary Poppins at Playhouse on the Square at www.tinyurl.com/cbutripsThe consummate Disney production features the irresistible story and unforgettable songs from one of the most popular Disney films of all time, plus brand-new breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stage-craft to make it everything you could ever want in a hit Broadway show. Tickets are limited! Contact Thien Nguyen at tnguye25@cbu.edu with any questions.

COOPER YOUNG FESTIVAL: The Cooper-Young Festival, hosted by the Cooper Young Business Association, is Memphis’ most anticipated outdoor celebration. Held in Memphis’ largest historic district, the Cooper-Young Festival is scheduled for September 13, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Enjoy free transportation from CBU to the festival with a valid CBU student ID. Experience art with over 425 artists from all over the nation.  Experience the music of local Memphis bands playing original tunes on three stages.  On the Main Stage, Cory Branan is this year’s headliner along with other popular Memphis musicians like Marcella Simian, Candace Ashir, James and the Ultrasounds, Mighty Souls Brass Band, Darrel Petties and Devil Train.  On the Memphis Grizzlies Stage, listen to your favorite garage punk bands with a lineup by Goner Records that will make you scream.  Be sure to catch Subtractions, Talbot Adams, Nots, Mark Edgar Stuart and the Manatees performing at 4:30 p.m.  The School of Rock Stage is located in the First Congo parking lot.  School of Rock students will be performing from noon until 5:00 p.m.  Go listen to a tribute to U2, some indie rock and more by these talented young people. CBU is a proud sponsor of the Cooper Young Festival!

THEATRE AUDITIONS: Theatre auditions for the Southern farce, Dearly Departed by David Botrelle and Jessie Jones, will be September 15 and September 16 in the University Theater at 6:00 p.m. Not since Steel Magnolias and Greater Tuna has a more colorful and dysfunctional group of Southern eccentrics gathered below the Mason-Dixon line. When the patriarch of the Turpin family keels over dead in the first scene, the struggle to get him buried involves the whole clan, including the not-so-grieving widow who wants to put “Mean and Surly” on the tombstone. For more information about the play and rehearsals, contact Matthew Hamner at mhamner@cbu.edu.

IMAGE IS EVERYTHING: PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS ETIQUETTE: Attend the First Impressions Series program, Image is Everything: Professional Business Etiquette, on Tuesday, September 16. 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Montesi Executive Center, Buckman Hall. Contact Career Services at career@cbu.edu.

MOCK INTERVIEW DAY: Participate in Mock Interview Day for a 30-minute practice interview with an employer. Wednesday, September 17. Students must sign-up for an interview time in advance. Note: Deadline to sign-up for an slot is September 15. Contact Career Services at career@cbu.edu.

BINGO IN THE BUC: Bingo, drinks, snacks and more in the Buccaneer Gallery & Grill on Friday, September 19 starting at 7:00 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL RED PANDA DAY AT THE ZOO: Join the Memphis Zoo in celebrating the 5th International Red Panda Day anniversary on September 20 as an expected 100,000 visitors at more than 40 zoos worldwide and over 1,000 students at schools in five states and abroad help us create as many Red Panda Rangers as possible in a single day! 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Contact Thien Nguyen at tnguye25@cbu.edu for CBU student ticket information. OR click here to see if registration for tickets is open »»

ALUMNI TRIVIA NIGHT: It’s time for our Semi-Annual Alumni Trivia Night with Brother Ignatius Brown! Friday, September 26, 7:00-9:30 p.m. Pre-register your team on or before September 24 for $15 per person. After September 24, registration is $20 per person — CBU students can register for $5 per person. BYOB/BYOF (food and drink). Free soft drinks and bar snacks will be available. Teams are comprised of 6 to 8 people. More info and registration »»

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA AT THE ORPHEUM: Join Student Life to view this timeless musical on September 27 with production overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh. The beloved story and thrilling score – with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade” is being hailed as “bigger and better than ever before.” Saturday Matinee Performance at 2:00 p.m. Limited availability – 20 free tickets! Click here to see if registration for tickets is open »»

THE CANNON BALL CONCERT: CBU’s first Cannon Ball is a concert event featuring country music star Ben Bradford and local rock group Fingertrick. Open to CBU students and high-school seniors. The Cannon Ball will also host several local food trucks! Saturday, September 27, 7:00-10:00 p.m. at Nolan Field and the Gazebo area. 


Student Callers Wanted

Looking to make a little extra cash?  Enjoy talking on the phone? Apply for a job with the CBU Phonathon! Following specialized training on automated calling software, callers contact CBU alumni and friends to ask for their support and financial commitment. You will also verify and obtain new and existing contact information.

  • Great resume builder
  • Develops your communication skills
  • Friendly environment
  • Flexible evening and weekend shifts

Job Requirements: You must be outgoing, friendly, hard working, and energetic. Excellent communication skills proper phone etiquette are also required. You’ll need to able to handle personal information with extreme confidentiality. Call Center experience is NOT required!

Shifts are available September 20 – October 8: Monday-Friday 5:45-9:00 p.m.;  Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 2:00-4:00 p.m.; and Sunday 1:30-4:30 p.m. & 6:00-9:00 p.m.

APPLY at www.Phonathon.com with the entry code CBU14F. Please contact julian@wilson-bennett.com with any questions.

Future Women Engineers

The CBU School of Engineering hosted a week-long summer program called “Future Women Engineers” for high school girls from various Memphis area schools. Dr. Divya Choudhary was the program coordinator. Each day of the program, the students spent half the day in a hands-on engineering workshop. For the other half, they went on an industrial tour related to that particular area of engineering. The  half-day workshops were conducted by Dr. Choudhary (Electrical & Computer Engineering), Dr. Randel Price (Chemical Engineering), Dr. Paul Shiue (Mechanical Engineering), and Dr. Andrew Assadollahi (Civil Engineering) and Dr. Pong Malasri (Packaging workshop). Ms. Leslie Herlihy, Mr. Robert Moats, and Mr. Henry Rhodes helped with the program and workshops. The program was funded by CBU trustee, Mr. Richard Gadomski. Pictured above are Dr. Shiue,  Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering), Dr. Choudhary, Dr. Price and Dr. Assadollahi along with the participants of the program.

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CBU Welcomes Somali Refugees


Somali refugees and Peace of Thread volunteers at CBU.

CBU recently opened its doors to a group of local Somali refugee women and the organization that’s attempting to empower them in their new home. ensure that this organization had a place to work for a week. Peace of Thread is a non-profit organization started in Atlanta, aiming to help women refugees who were uprooted from their countries to become self-reliant and confident in their new homes in the United States. Through this organization, these women are taught a common skill such as sewing, so that they can support their families, adapt and thrive in an unfamiliar place.

CBU donated space for a week for the women refugees and their children to work and learn. While learning to sew, these refugees are taught many different necessities such as social interaction through group outings, learning how to speak English and are also taught to handle simple banking needs. They even begin to learn the value of the American dollar through the sale of their items on the online Peace of Thread store, where the proceeds go right back into the organization.

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RobinTurner[2]Robin Turner (MEM’02), Director of Global Packaging Development at Medtronic, was honored as the recipient of the 2014 Craig Blackman Graduate Engineering Alumni Award at the Annual Graduate Engineering Celebration on May 9. Robin, a Certified Packaging Professional (CPP), is a member of CBU Packaging Advisory Board and Medtronic representative for the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium. Her professional accomplishments and recognitions include the Paperboard Packaging Council Nationwide Award of Excellence in Structural Design for INFUSE Packaging, a U.S. Patent on Blister Packaging Cosmetic Article and Means to Protect Applicator, and a U.S. Patent on Modular Surgical Tray and Cover. She is a Leadership Memphis Executive Program graduate and has also been involved in various humanitarian activities, including the Nicaragua Mission Team, Kenya Mission, Habitat for Humanity, Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief, Mid-South Foodbank, Leadership Memphis, and St. Jude Hero.

The University of Tulsa’s McFarlain Library Special Collections Unit held a special exhibition through June 21 entitled “A Stranger from Paradise: The Divine Vision of William Blake,” an exhibit featuring a major gift of rare books given by Dr. Roger Easson (Literature & Languages, Retired) and his wife, Dr. Kay Easson. The Easson Library of William Blake includes facsimile editions of Jerusalem, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell and The Book of Thel, to name a few. The Easson collection also features a number of first edition texts that include original Blake engravings, notably Robert Blair’s The Grave: A Poem, William Hayley’s Ballads: Founded on Anecdotes Relating to Animals, and Edward Young’s The Complaint, and the Consolation; Or, Night Thoughts. The Eassons are also donating their extensive academic library to CBU’s Plough Library. So far, three walls of books have been delivered, and there are two more walls of books to come. The collection consists of relatively recent and important academic books that CBU’s students and faculty will appreciate.

Emily Phillips  (Studio Art ’15) was selected as a recipient of a $1000 award from the River Arts Festival, which was presented on May 30 at the Jay Etkin Gallery during the River Arts poster unveiling.

An article entitled “Softwood Pallet Stringer Temperature Estimation” by Dr. Ali Pourhashemi (Chemical Engineering) and Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering) was recently published in the International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology.  The work was part of the Pallet Project sponsored by FedEx with materials donated by The Pallet Factory, members of the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium.

James B. Moore (Electrical Engineering ’69), Captain Joshua K. Dove (Mechanical Engineering ’07), and Keith Wyrick  (Electrical Engineering ’10) were inducted into the Engineering Management Honor Society on May 9. Selection criteria were (1) having GPA at least 3.65, (2) completing at least 18 credit hours, and (3) being on the top 35% of active graduate students per faculty votes. James Moore is the founder and president of RadioMobile, Inc., a new startup company located in San Diego, CA. Captain Joshua Dove is a C-17A Instructor Pilot assigned to the 62nd Operations Support Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. He served four times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also flew airdrop missions in Afghanistan. He has received various military medals. Keith Wyrick has worked in the utility industry for Midsouth Utility Consultants as a protection and substation design engineer. He is engaged to Kasey Bramlitt (’12) and has a wedding date set for November 22 at the Memphis Zoo.

Commencement Awards

Congratulations to the following members of the Class of 2014, who were honored at Commencement on May 17:

School of Arts Awards
• Frederick L. AcostaChristine Ladd Franklin Award for Outstanding Non-traditional Psychology Major
• Matthew Davis BirchLiterature and Languages Faculty Award for English and English for Corporate Communications Majors
• Allison Nicole DavisBehavioral Sciences Faculty Award
• Taylor Alicia GoodePsi Chi Outstanding Leadership Award
• Erika Frances HansenKenneth W. Mathis Award for Outstanding Education Graduate
• Melanie Nicole HawkinsLiterature and Languages Faculty Award for English and English for Corporate Communications Majors
• Johnnie Sue Huddleston, Outstanding Visual Arts Student Award
• Julia Katharine KueterOutstanding History Student Award and Margarette J. Sather Outstanding School of Arts Graduate Award

School of BusinessAwards
Kelsey Adair Bizzell, Moroni-Whaley Award

• Edward Matthew GenesMemphis Chapter – Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants Award
Shirley Yvette Green, School of Business Faculty Achievement Award
Taylor Nicole Pugh, School of Business Faculty Achievement Award

• Laura Michelle Grissom Vernon, Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key

School of Engineering Awards
Charles Cahlen Armour, Thomas G. Morrison Award
Cali Shannon Copsey, Outstanding School of Engineering Graduate Award
Michael Brennan Powers, Brother Philip Morgan Electrical Engineering Design Award
Wei Shiong Siow, Philip M. Becker Award in Chemical Engineering
Caleb Daniel Smith, T. Herbert Darnell Award

School of Sciences Awards
Elton Lenard Banks Jr., Biology Faculty Award
Anna V. Birg, Brother Dominic Dunn Award and Outstanding Chemistry Graduate Award
Kristen Marie Davis, Crane Fellowship Award
Rebekah Ann Herrman, Mathematical Science Faculty Award

University Awards
Anna V. Birg, Thomas Lipsmeyer Award
Kristen Marie Davis, Christian Brothers University Alumni Award
Melanie Estelle Horne, Brother I. Leo O’Donnell Outstanding Student Leadership Award



News at CBU

Ed Church
, President of International Safe Transit Association (ISTA), visited the CBU Packaging Lab on May 13. The CBU lab has been an ISTA certified lab since October 2009. Pictured above are (l-r): Dr. Ray Brown (Mechanical Engineering), Bob Moats (Engineering Lab & ISTA Certified Lab Technician), Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering, Packaging Department & ISTA Certified Lab Technologist), Dr. Frank Buscher (Academic VP), Becky Wauford (Mechanical Engineering ’15 & ISTA Certified Lab Technician), Larry Rutledge (CBU Packaging Lab Manager), Dr. Asit Ray (Chemical Engineering), Ed Church (ISTA President), and Dr. John Smarrelli (CBU President). The visit was mentioned in an article in the June issue of  istaviews (“Ed Church visits Christian Brothers University Packaging Program”). The same newsletter from ISTA also contains a list of new ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technicians, including three CBU students: Alex Othmani (Mechanical Engineering), Caleb Smith (Mechanical Engineering’14), and Rebecca Wauford (Mechanical Engineering ’15).

Justin Alexander (Professional Psychology ’14), the first graduate of CBU’s College of Adult Professional Studies, was featured in an article in High Ground News entitled “Back to school: CBU focuses on adult learners” on May 27.
• CBU President John Smarrelli was featured on “Behind the Headlines,” a WKNO-TV interview program on May 30 along with LeMoyne-Owen College President Johnnie Watson and Rhodes College President William Troutt, discussing higher education in Memphis and their visions for their respective schools. The interview was also  discussed in a June 3 article in the Memphis Daily News, “College Presidents Promote Community Connections.”

(If the video does not appear in your browser or mobile device, please click here.)

New Landscaping for Barry Hall

Those of you who are on campus this summer have probably noticed some major landscape work being done around Barry Hall (and those of you are away will see the beautiful results when you return this fall).
Many of the existing azaleas and other plantings had grown too large and were holding moisture too close to the foundation of the building. Thanks to a very generous donation from a friend of CBU, all of the existing plantings encircling Barry Hall have been removed (except for the major trees, which will remain). The entire perimeter of the building, including the Brother Miguel Courtyard in the rear, has been re-landscaped with new shrubs, trees, and plantings that will provide seasonal color all year. A new irrigation/sprinkler system has also been installed to maintain these new campus enhancements.


Kenrick Hall Time Capsule

As you may know, Kenrick Hall is slated for renovation sometime this year. The CBU Honors Program is creating a Kenrick Hall Time Capsule, and would love to include your memories of the building.

Will you please take a few moments to think of your experiences in Kenrick Hall and send a couple of your favorite memories to Dr. Tracie Burke at tburke@cbu.edu?  Think of your classes, meetings, events, shenanigans, time in-between classes, the classrooms, the basement, the attic, classmates, professors, co-workers, etc. and document your favorite moments for inclusion in the time capsule.

In addition to your memories, you may suggest your ideas about what should be included in the Kenrick Time Capsule, the container for which will be one of the old Kenrick lockers. (Several students already suggested including Dr. Wranovix, but we asked her husband and he won’t allow it.)

This is your chance to be part of history, dont miss it! Send your memories and ideas to tburke@cbu.edu.

Br. Robert Schieler Elected Superior General

schielerThe Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools elected Brother Robert Schieler, FSC for the mission of Superior General during its 45th General Chapter in Rome.

Brother Robert Schieler was born in 1950 in Philadelphia, PA. He made his final profession in 1979. In its first year he served as a teacher in his own country and spent 13 years as missionary in the Philippines. He studied Modern European History and has a Ph.D. in Educational Administration.

From 1991 to 1998 he was Auxiliary Visitor of the District of Baltimore, served as Director of Education for former USA-Toronto Region from 1998 to 2001; later he was Visitor of his district from 2001 to 2007. During the last seven years he has been a General Counselor for the new Lasallian Region of RELAN (USA and Canada) residing in Washington.

The Institute of the De La Salle Christian Brothers and the entire Lasallian Family all congratulate Br. Robert Schieler and would like to offer him our unconditional support and prayer for the new endeavor entrusted to him as the 27th successor of St. John Baptist de La Salle.



Laura Smith, beloved grandmother of Kimary Lee (ITM ’02), passed away on May 11. Visitation will be Saturday, May 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:55 a.m., at Harrison’s Memorial Chapel (3320 Millbranch Rd.), with funeral ceremony at noon. Interment will follow at Payne’s Cemetery, Please keep Kimary and here family in your thoughts and prayers. Online condolences may be left here.

White Coats for the PA Class of 2015!

The Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2015 celebrated their White Coat Ceremony on May 10, marking a rite of passage for the students from didactic classroom and lab instruction to practical clinical training. Congratulations to the members of Class of 2015, CBU’s second cohort of PA students! More photos of the ceremony are available at the CBU Flickr site.

Commencement Week

Thursday, May 15
 Commencement Rehearsal for students in all degree programs will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Canale Arena. Attendance is mandatory for all graduating seniors and master’s candidates who plan to participate in Commencement. Candidates will leave Canale Arena and walk to Signaigo Field at 6:30 p.m. Following the processional, students will be able to pick-up regalia in front of the bookstore. The faculty is invited to attend the rehearsal.

Friday, May 16
• The Presidential Student Recognition will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the University Theater, honoring a select number of our graduates for their accomplishments during their careers at CBU.
• The Alumni Legacy Society Dinner will take place in Sabbatini Lounge from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Invitations have been issued to legacy students and their alumni family members to join us for a relaxing dinner before the Baccalaureate Service. Please RSVP by May 6 to alumni@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3270.
• The Baccalaureate Prayer Service is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (1695 Central Avenue). Brother Terence McLaughlin, former President of CBU, will be the baccalaureate speaker.  A Christian Brother for over 70 years, Brother Terence is revered for integrating CBHS in the early 1960s. A President¹s Reception will follow in Marian Hall at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Saturday, May 17
• CBU’s 2014 Commencement Exercises will begin precisely at 9:00 a.m. on Signaigo Field. Degrees for the 2013-14 academic year will be awarded to 255 bachelor and 189 master candidates. Mr. Bob Buckman and Mrs. Joyce Mollerup will receive Honorary Doctorates of Public Service, and Mr. Buckman will offer brief remarks to the graduates. (Our rain location is Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, located at 70 North Bellevue in Midtown Memphis. If necessary, the decision to use the rain location will be made by 5:00 a.m. on May 17. It will be broadcast to the campus community via email, text message, and web announcement. Commencement exercises at the rain location would begin at 11 a.m.)

Make a Difference, One Spray Can at a Time

Paint the Rock: Vote with Your Dollars!

We’ve assigned a paint color to five AWESOME projects that will improve the CBU Campus Experience. Vote with your dollars for the project you want to see funded, and at the end of the campaign, the winning project will receive all the money raised. WINNER TAKE ALL!

The projects are (color-coded):
A Library Lounge
New Pool Furniture
A Swingset
Lights on the Outdoor Basketball Court
New Recycling Bins

Each of these projects will cost around $5,000 to complete.  

Select friends to honor with your artistic abilities (a $10 donation will be added to your total for every friend you honor). Visit the Paint the Rock Home Page, make your donation, and watch your favorite project move towards the lead. The Rock on the home screen will change colors in real time, based on which group solicits the most support!

On Friday, May 16, during Commencement Weekend, we will unveil the winner by painting the ACTUAL rock, in honor of the winning project!


Buccaneer pitcher Jake Garbuzinski (Business Administration ’14) was named by the Gulf South Conference to the All-GSC Tournament Team following last week’s conference tournament. Garbuzinski threw a nine-hit shutout in the Bucs’ 1-0 win over West Alabama in Saturday’s second round. The win was CBU’s first-ever GSC Tournament victory, and Garbuzinski is the school’s first-ever All-GSC Tournament selection.

Buccaneer golfer Carter Billingsley (Business Administration ’17) finished 94th in the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional at Savannah Quarters Country Club. Billingsley shot 23-over (79-81-79-239) on the 7,016-yard par-72 course, finishing 94th of 108 golfers in the regional. Billingsley was CBU’s first-ever selection to an NCAA golf regional.

Jessica Hines-Beard
(Biology ’10) presented a poster entitled “Early and age-related changes in the glaucomatous  DBA/2J retina” at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) international meeting in Orlando, FL. Pictured above with Jessica are Dr. Tonia Rex, her PhD advisor at Vanderbilt, and Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (Biology). J D Wolfe (Biochemistry ’15) also presented his paper on his MHIRT summer research in Brazil at the conference.

Reception for Kay Cunningham

The Plough Library staff is hosting a reception in honor of Kay Cunningham, director of CBU’s library, on Tuesday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. The reception is in celebration of her selection as this year’s winner of the Memphis Area Library Council 2014 Award for Excellence. This annual award is for a Memphis area librarian who has demonstrated dedication to the profession, notable academic and professional accomplishments, contributed to professional organizations, and been involved in community activities.

All students, faculty, and staff are invited. Refreshments will be served.