Last weekend, CBU alums and their families flocked to campus
to take part in the largest alumni and family weekend in CBU history. With over
20 events taking place across campus during the four-day program, alums had numerous
opportunities to participate in a wide range of activities, ranging from an
address by former U.S. Treasurer Anna Escobedo Cabral to sampling rums from
local liquor aficionado Brad Pitts at Saturday’s Cannon Ball.
Despite the difference in age, location, major, and life
experiences, there was one common factor of CBU tradition that enticed many to
come back to the arches for the October 1-4 events:
“Honestly, the sense of community itself is what keeps me
coming back to CBU every chance I get,” remarked Emily Ollis (’15). “Living in
Memphis, I meet so many CBU alumni; CBU is the common ground that creates an
automatic, strong bond, and that’s really special.”
While alumni and family weekend helped members of the CBU
community re-connect with their peers and reminisce about what’s new or
renovated on campus, it was also a time to be reminded of what makes a Lasallian
education significant, and how that meaning is exemplified in today’s world.
Sophomore Berlin Howell (’18) sat down to interview alumna Aileen
Reyes-Chrestman (’83) at Saturday night’s Cannon Ball, and walked away with a
new perspective on what it means to incorporate CBU tenants into day-to-day
“Four years of school taught me that I could potentially
help people suffering from mental health disorders,” Reyes-Chrestman reflected.
“The environment created by the school is soul-nurturing in a way that I have
never found anywhere else.”
Aileen works in the pharmaceutical field, and serves her
patients by connecting them with affordable prescriptions and other resources throughout
West Tennessee. Despite the decades that separate her from that graduation day
so many years ago, she believes that while a lot has changed about her alma
mater, much has not.
“I have witnessed quite the scope (thirty year’s worth) of
CBU’s progression, and the school has never failed to remain definitely modern”
In keeping with that spirit of modernity and faith in
progress, the CBUnited Association and President’s Commission on Women held the
inaugural Women’s Leadership Conference and CBU-Dunavant Symposium on Friday,
October 2. During the conference, female leaders led panels related to pertinent
topics like academia, negotiation, brand building, the arts, and more. The
conference culminated in a lecture by 42nd Treasurer of the United
States, Anna Escobedo Cabral, on which she spoke about hard work, focus, and
believing in oneself as the pillars of success in today’s world.
Browse and download hundreds of images from the 2015 Alumni
and Family Weekend HERE