If John Baptist De La Salle heard about a group of students studying
him and the Christian Brothers, who happened to hail from the far corners of a
country that didn’t exist yet as he stood in the French classroom teaching
disenfranchised students 300 years ago, chances are he probably wouldn’t have
believed whoever it was that told him….
Yet that is what happened on CBU’s campus this past week as
the student and Campus Ministry-run Regional Lasallian Collegians Conference brought
representatives from four Lasallian colleges across the United States together
for a heritage-rich week of programming. Fifteen Lasallian Collegians from St.
Mary’s University of Minnesota, La Salle University, St. Mary’s College, and
Lewis University flew into Memphis on Tuesday, June 9th, and took up
residence in the Living Learning Community on campus.
The week’s programming
included sessions themed around topics like “Worldwide Mission of Lasalle,”
“Lasallian Story in Embattled Memphis,” and “Lasallian After College.” In
addition, students got a chance to visit some of Memphis’ most iconic and
historically significant landmarks like The National Civil Rights Museum,
Autozone Park, Sun Studio and Tom Lee Park.
Becky Wauford (’16) and Director of Campus Ministry Wilson
Phillips served as the co-chairs of the conference, and were excited to host
the 2nd annual gathering for Lasallian Collegians at CBU’s campus. Last year, the conference was held at St.
Mary’s College in Moraga, CA, and began “when it was recognized that there was
a lack of national gatherings for college and university aged Young Lasallians”
at the International Lasallian Leadership and Global Understanding
Conference at La Salle University in 2013.
The 2nd annual Regional Lasallian Collegians
Conference even attracted the attention of local news outlet The Commercial Appeal about the service project that collegians took
part in during one of their off-campus sessions (click here to read). To see more photos from the conference, click on the image