MEMPHIS — Christian Brothers University (CBU) conferred its 2015 CBU Lasallian Fellowships at a dinner for the honorees and their families and friends on September 11, 2014. Ronald Fotso,Lauren Harrett, Mallory Harvey, Shanice Oliver and John David “JD” Wolfe were officially inducted as the CBU Lasallian Fellows Class of 2015, the highest student honor granted by the Catholic university, which was founded by the De La Salle Christian Brothers.
CBU Lasallian Fellowships are presented annually to five members of the senior class based upon the reflection of Lasallian values in their scholarship, leadership and service. Each student was nominated by a member of the CBU faculty or staff because of academic excellence, commitment to social justice, the active nature of his/her faith, and an inspired approach to change-making.
Upon graduation, the Fellows will be awarded $5,000 as a means of perpetuating their work in the community. The Fellowships are made possible through the creative generosity of benefactors Joyce Mollerup and Robert Buckman.
Ronald Fotso, a Computer Science major and native of Cameroon, was a founder of the Lasallian Volunteers of Cameroon, the first program of its type in all of Africa. He also establish the Mutien-Marie Centre in Mbalmayo, Cameroon, which provides a high school education for those living in extreme poverty. He was a teacher and mentor to the students of MMC for over four years before continuing his own education in the U.S. at CBU. At CBU, Fotso has been a dedicated French tutor, a table leader, a featured speaker on several campus ministry retreats, and an advocate for international initiatives as president of the Intercultural Club.
Lauren Harrett, a Civil Engineering major from Fort Mitchell, KY, has completed three internships with Toyota Motor Corporation, is a member of the CBU Honors Program, and two-sport varsity athlete at CBU, competing in tennis and golf. Through the Brothers’ Keepers, CBU’s servant-leadership program, she sits on the board of directors of Page Robbins Adult Day Care Center in Collierville, TN. Harrett was selected to participate in the United Nations World Youth Peace Summit,
an organization that helps develop scholar-athletes and scholar-artists from around the world into successful peace advocates. She is also an officer in the Society for Women Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Mallory Harvey, a Civil Engineering major from Memphis, has been a leader in the Science Olympiad, the Memphis-Area Joint Engineers Council Engineers Week Student Contest, and MATHCOUNTS, a middle school math competition. She is president and a founding member of the student chapter of Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry and vice-president of the Society of Women Engineers. She serves as a technical assistant for the International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology and is one of approximately 250 individuals worldwide certified by
the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) to be a Certified Packaging Lab Technician. Harvey also holds a leadership position in CBU’s September of Service program, which organizes teams of CBU students, faculty, staff, and alumni to perform a different service project each day of the month each September.
Shanice Oliver, a Marketing major from Memphis, is very active at CBU and is involved in Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity, the Black Student Association, the Sustainability Coalition, the Honors Program, the student chapter of the NAACP, Enactus, SGA Senate, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and September of Service. She has has secured three internships while a student, two of which were with organizations that assist minority small business owners — the Mid-South Minority Business Council (MMBC) and EDGE. As an Enactus leader, she organized a month-long camp in partnership with Memphis Challenge for 47 rising 9th- and 10th-graders of color, teaching entrepreneurial skills to the next generation of business owners. Oliver was instrumental in starting a campus initiative called the Food Recovery Network, which is designed to donate excess produce and unused food to local food banks/pantries. In addition to all of her activities on campus, Shanice has started her own company, The Pretty in Me, a company designed to assist lower income girls with self-esteem and confidence.
John David “JD” Wolfe, a Biochemistry major from Sherwood, AR, has played an important role in two large annual fundraisers organized by the Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society to benefit Hope North in Uganda and the Church Health Center in Memphis. As philanthropy chair for Tau Kappa Epsilon, he organized events that raised $8000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Wolfe was selected to join the MHIRT (Minority Health Internal Research Training) program, a highly competitive program sponsored by the National Science Foundation that sends exceptional students from across the U.S. to work in various countries. He was matched in a lab in Sao Paolo, Brazil where his research involved aspects of visual physiology. His hard work was rewarded with first prize at a national vision conference for his poster on this research. As aspiring physician, Wolfe has also completed an internship at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.
These young persons exemplify the Lasallian values of Christian Brothers University: academic excellence and a commitment to a life of faith, service, and community. The Fellows, each in his/her own unique way, embody Lasallianism by acting upon their beliefs and by making a difference in the world.