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Memphis –Christian Brothers University (CBU) selected Jenessa Gebers (Psychology ‘11), Rachel Haag (Biology ’11), Wesley Hall (Mechanical Engineering ’11), Ashley Jones (Psychology ’11) and Kathleen Nelson (Biology ‘11) as its 2011 class of the Lasallian Fellows. These five students were chosen because they embody the Lasallian values set forth by CBU’s founder, St. John Baptist de la Salle.
The Lasallian Fellows Awards were made possible by a generous donation from CBU Board of Trustee Joyce A. Mollerup and her husband Bob Buckman. These awards are presented to five members of the senior class based upon the reflection of Lasallian values in their scholarship, leadership and service. Each student is nominated by a member of the CBU faculty and staff because of their commitment to the underserved, sensitivity to social and community needs, active nature of their faith, and creation of a difference in the world and lives of others. Each Lasallian Fellows is awarded $5,000 as a means of perpetuating their work in the community.
Gebers is in continual pursuit of opportunities to serve others and explore the world. She has taken mission trips to Costa Rica and Romania, tutored Memphis City School students through the Memphis Literacy Council, and assisted in the annual Works of Heart fundraiser for the Memphis Child Advocacy Center. In addition to being in the Honors Program herself, for the past three years Gebers has been the program’s student assistant, playing a key role in the service activities including, developing the Big/ Little Geek mentoring program, and was co-creator of the Honors Big Give service project that benefitted one international and six local agencies.
Haag is a scholar and an athlete who exemplifies leadership in all areas of life. Academically, she is a member of the CBU Honors Program, TriBeta, the national honors society for biology, and has been a lab assistant at the Hamilton Eye Institute. As an athlete, Haag is member of the CBU Cross Country team. In addition, she is a Lasallian Ambassador, has served as a Peer Counselor for two years, been Student Government Senator, and Morale Captain of Up’Til Dawn. Haag was selected president of her sorority, Alpha Xi Delta, and voted as Greek Woman of the Year after serving as New Membership Chair.
Hall shares his faith every day as leader of College Search retreats, which he helped to create and has served as co-director. For the last three years, he has been an active participant in the Campus Music Ministry which performs weekly at the student led Masses. As a proponent of CBU, Hall has served on the executive committee for Up ‘Til Dawn, been a Peer Counselor and is active in the Ultimate Frisbee Club which benefits St. Jude. He has also been active in his fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon, served as Philanthropy Chair, worked with the Dream Factory of Memphis, and was instrumental in executing the Memory Walk at AutoZone Park.
Jones demonstrates leadership and a desire to serve through her participation as a Peer Educator with Girls Incorporated of Memphis, program coordinator and Co-Chairman of Porter-Leath Children’s Center’s youth advisory council, which she helped form, and is currently Director of Mentoring with MIFA’s College Offers Opportunities for Life (COOL) Program. She has been recognized for her service and leadership abilities by her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, and was awarded the 2010 Miss Outstanding AKA, Undergraduate of the Year for the Southeastern region and one of 14 nationally selected 2009 AKA Leadership Fellows. At CBU, Jones has served as a Lasallian Ambassador, giving tours to prospective students around the campus, been a member of the Commencement Committee, and worked for the Advancement Call Center.
Nelson is a successful student, gifted athlete, and an outstanding leader. As an accomplished flautist, she has been a part of the Campus Music Ministry, which performs weekly at the student led Masses, for the past four years. Nelson was one of the founders of the College Search Retreats and has been an active participant in CBU’s Campus Ministry. She is on the CBU softball team, but also uses her skills by coaching for the Returning Baseball to the Inner City program. In addition, she has volunteered countless hours at LeBonheur Children’s Research Hospital. Academically, Nelson is a member of the Honors Council in the Honors Program, and has served as Treasurer and Vice President of TriBeta, the biology honors society.
As the 2011 Class of Lasallian Fellows, these five students exemplify the spirit of the award and the Lasallian values. This new generation of community-minded individuals perpetuates the tradition of CBU graduates who act on their beliefs and make a difference in the world. ###