Elizabeth “Bonnie” Jamerson (‘73)
“I learned a lot about patience at CBC. The Brothers had never taught girls before. When you raised your hand in class, they ignored you and would NOT call on you! A small group of us organized and took our concerns to Brother President Malcolm O’Sullivan. In time, it brought about change. Our voices were heard.”
Bonnie was a member of the first class of women accepted to Christian Brothers College, and despite the initial problems she describes above, she still says she loved being among the “first girls to attend this former ‘all-boys-school’” — and that one of her favorite memories is the street dances that were held in the parking lot on Friday nights.
Since graduation, Bonnie has spent her entire adult life nurturing young people. She retired as principal after 43 years at Harding Academy, and three weeks later, received a call from New Hope Christian Academy, asking if she would consider coming to teach for them. “I did a lot of thinking,” she says, “and I accepted their offer. I began my sixth year this fall and will retire at the end of the school year. I’m very proud to have been in education for 49 years! I love children! My passion is, and always has been, teaching!”
Bonnie has brought a joie de vivre to every place she’s been. She also serves as a ministry leader at White Station Church of Christ, has been a dynamic speaker in countless venues, and has been a volunteer for the Children’s Festivals at the Dixon Gallery, Children’s Museum of Memphis, the Latino Festival, Jesus Loves Memphis, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She has embraced a life-long mission, not only leaving to serve but setting a beautiful example of accepting all people and fighting for justice. In short, she has demonstrated the Lasallian mission of service to thousands in her care.
I loved my experience at CBU! I loved the small class sizes and the friendships I was able to make in this very unique place. I loved the personal attention I received from my professors. I have not been on campus many times since I graduated. However, the few times I have, I always ‘tear up’ as I reminisce the great times I had there. I love that place!