MEMPHIS — Christian Brothers University will celebrate the inauguration of Jack Shannon as its 23rd president throughout the week of September 29 - October 5. Members from all parts of the CBU community—students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends—will join together for various events to welcome President Shannon to the CBU family.
To celebrate CBU’s Lasallian heritage, excellence in education, and commitment to service, the University has planned a series of Inauguration Week activities for the campus community and the larger Memphis community. Public events include:
- CBU hosts John A. Fry, president of Drexel University, on Monday, September 30 at Crosstown Concourse where he will deliver an inaugural address entitled “The Future of Higher Education and What it Means for Memphis.” Under Fry’s presidency, Drexel has helped lead the continuous revitalization of West Philadelphia, spearheading the designation of this area as a federal Promise Zone, and initiating Schuylkill Yards, a 14-acre innovation district at 30th Street Station.
The event, which is open to the public, begins with a reception at Crosstown Theater at 5:30 p.m. and President Fry’s address will begin at 6:00 p.m. CBU will also announce the recipient of its annual Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award, which is presented to a member of the faculty or staff who has demonstrated a sustained devotion to the Lasallian educational mission. Following the address, attendees are invited to continue the conversation at a reception in CBU’s Crosstown location (Central Atrium, Level 4).
- The public is also invited to CBU’s University Theater on Thursday, October 3 for the Festival of Ideas, an exciting community academic event. This event will feature music, food, and a short program of eight CBU faculty members giving brief — but dynamic — presentations that demonstrate how CBU is moving its academic fields and its students in an exciting direction, from creative teaching to groundbreaking research and meaningful community engagement.
Presenters and their topics will be:
- Dr. Stanley Eisen (Professor of Biology): "Each One, Teach One"
- Dr. Juliette Paul (Assistant Professor of Literature & Languages): "This is Humanities Computing at CBU"
- Dr. Ted Clarke (Assistant Professor of Physics): “Ode on a Grecian iPhone”
- Dr. Jennifer Weske (Associate Professor of Accounting): "Accounting Pedagogy Innovation"
- Dr. Jeffrey Sable (Associate Professor of Behavioral Science): "The Mid-South's Hub for Interdisciplinary Cognitive Neuroscience"
- Dr. Leigh Johnson (Associate Professor of Religion & Philosophy): "Technology versus Humanity”
- Dr. Michael "Sean" June (Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering): "The Gadomski Center for Engineering Innovation"
- Bryan Barringer (Director of CBU’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation): "Generation Z - The Next Greatest Generation"
- The formal installation of John T. (Jack) Shannon Jr. as the 23rd president of Christian Brothers University will take place on Friday, October 4 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1695 Central Avenue. Delegates from U.S. universities will join CBU faculty, trustees, and members of the University community — including the De La Salle Christian Brothers — in procession at the formal academic ceremony. The installation will begin with a Celebratory Mass at 1:00 p.m. The Most Reverend David P. Talley, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis, will officiate. Following the ceremony, guests are invited to a reception in Marian Hall at the Cathedral. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP at www.cbu.edu/inauguration.
- Christian Brothers University will hold its eighth annual Bell Tower Gala on Saturday, October 5 at the Guest House at Graceland, with the evening’s festivities beginning at 6:00 p.m. This year's Gala, generously presented by FedEx Corporation, will serve as a concluding celebration of the Inauguration of President Shannon. This year’s Gala will also serve as the formal introduction of the CBU Lasallian Fellows Class of 2020 — five senior students who are honored each year, based upon the reflection of Lasallian values in their scholarship, leadership, and service. Individual tickets for the event are $150 and can be purchased online at www.cbu.edu/gala. All proceeds from the Bell Tower Gala go to support the exceptional academic programs at CBU.
A full list of Inaugural Week Celebration events at CBU and additional detials are available at www.cbu.edu/inauguration.