Each year, five senior students are selected for the distinction of Lasallian Fellow because they embody the values set forth by CBU’s founder, St. John Baptist de la Salle. The Fellows are nominated by CBU faculty and staff because of their commitment to the underserved, their sensitivity to social and community needs, the active nature of their faith, and the difference they make in the world. Each Lasallian Fellow is awarded $5,000 as a means of perpetuating their work in the community. The Lasallian Fellows Awards were made possible by a generous donation from CBU Trustee Joyce A. Mollerup and her husband, Bob Buckman.
As the school year draws to an end, we are super excited to catch up with the 2012-2013 Lasallian Fellows, talk to them about their proudest CBU moments and what lies ahead.
Name: Lauryn Murphy
Hometown: Brighton, Tennessee
Please introduce yourself!
I am a Biology major here at CBU. I am from Brighton, TN, and attended St. Benedict at Auburndale High School. I have been very involved in the College SEARCH program: I was a Co-Director in 2011, and a Table Leader in both 2010 and 2012. I am currently the Co-Volleyball Chair for Tri-Beta’s Annual Charity Volleyball Game, and was Co-Social Chair the previous year. I am on the Honors Board of Directors, and was on the September of Service Board last semester. I am part of the Brother’s Keepers program, which has allowed me to be on the Board of Directors for Friends For Life, a local non-profit organization that helps those with HIV/AIDS. I do work study for Dr. Ogilvie and Dr. Thompson-Jaeger, preparing labs for both of them. I have been Chairperson for President’s Ambassadors, and was a Peer Counselor for the past two years. I am currently the President of the CBU GSA.
What does being a Lasallian Fellow mean to you?
To me, it means being a true leader on campus, both through your actions and your beliefs. It means that you are a positive role model for others. It also means that you are reliable, that others can count on you to do what you say you will do. Being a Lasallian Fellow means standing up for others. Lastly, it means living your faith through how you act and think.
What is your proudest moment at CBU?
My proudest moment at CBU was probably at the College SEARCH Retreat when I was a Co-Director. We had worked long and hard to make it perfect, but like all other things it did not go exactly how we planned it. We were worrying because we had to make some adjustments to a key aspect of the weekend, and we were afraid it was just going horribly. It turned out great though, and everyone enjoyed it. And near the end of the weekend, a few members of the SEARCH Team presented each of us Co-Directors with a beautifully hand-painted mug that had the SEARCH banner on it, and told us thanks for all we had done and how good of a job we did. It was just very rewarding to know that people had enjoyed the weekend and that they had thanked us personally for all the work we put into it.
What do you wish you knew when you were first getting started as a freshman?
I wish I had known that you should never be afraid to do something. Also, you should not be afraid to look stupid if you are doing something you love or something you are passionate about. I also wish that I was as good at time management when I was a freshman as I am now as a graduating senior. Lastly, I have learned that it’s always good to be nice and welcoming towards others. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to others or say hi or reach out to them: it can really make a difference.
Have you made any post-graduation plans yet? How do you plan to spend your Fellowship stipend?
Yes, I have been offered a year-long position at the Church Health Center as a part of their Scholars program. I will probably be saving most of the money for Physician Assistant school that I hope to enter the following year, but hopefully I will be able to splurge a little of it on a trip or something similarly awesome.
To learn more about the Lasallian Fellows and previous recipients of this prestigious award, click HERE.