Class of 2016

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Class of 2016

CBU Lasallian Fellows of the Class of 2016

Ian Boyd (English)
Mustafa Hmood (History)
Sara Swisher (English)
Kierra Turner (Business Administration)
Rebecca Wauford (Mechanical Engineering)

Ian Boyd, an English major, has served for ten years in the Army National Guard, during which he earned two Army Achievement Medals in addition to numerous service awards merited from his tour of duty in Iraq.

He has served as Phi Beta Sigma’s local Alpha Beta Delta Chapter President since the Fall 2013 semester. As their president, he actively seeks to co-sponsor events with other organizations and serves as a mentor to less experienced students who are Greek leaders. He also holds the position of Vice-President of the campus NPHC organizations.

His wider civic participation includes volunteering at the March of Dimes Foundation and American Cancer Society, helping new students and staff members at CBU register to vote, providing free, confidential HIV testing to the CBU community, and volunteering and reading to students at Levi Elementary School. 

Mustafa Hmood, a History major with a minor in Political Science, is a native of Damascus, Syria. After receiving his high school diploma in his home country, he came to Christian Brothers University with a desire to build relationships and impact others. On campus, he has distinguished himself in the classroom and as a member of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society; the CBU Mock Trial Team; and serving as a student member of the judicial board. In addition to his academic and extracurricular activities, he has been a valued member of the Sam Ross Art Gallery – advertising for and preparing the gallery for exhibitions.

Mustafa has always been a very friendly face for international students, assisting with the transition to CBU. He has always been willing to share his story of struggle and triumph as a means to educate, encourage, and serve others. With the recent influx of Kuwaiti students to campus, Mustafa immediately saw the importance of establishing the Muslim Student Association, a group focused on meeting the needs of all Muslims on campus. In addition to the MSA, Mustafa partnered with the CBU administration to establish a multi-faith prayer room on campus, where students of all faiths can reserve times to pray, share, and commune. In the community, Mustafa has been active in the Memphis Iraqi Student Project- a non-profit which assists war-displaced Iraqi students acquire an undergraduate education, so they can return to help rebuild their home countries. 

Sara Swisher, an English major with a concentration in Secondary Education and a minor in Sustainability Studies, has a deep commitment to service and sustainability. She created the students' English Club and served as its first President.  She has become a prominent and vocal advocate for sustainability in general, and sustainably grown, local food in particular, on CBU’s campus. She is particularly adept at utilizing social media to promote and give a young person’s voice to community organizing and environmental issues. Her semester-long internship improving the media and communications for Caritas Village, our city’s modern-day-settlement house, helped integrate her skill set and beliefs for positive urban change. Sara, along with her peers in the Student Sustainability Coalition, gathered more than three hundred signatures in a door-to-door grassroots campaign to establish a green fund for environmentally friendly initiatives on campus. This past year Sara successfully advocated for the creation of a Food Policy Committee, as well as a campus food pantry as a means to address the food insecurity many of our students face on a daily basis. 
Kierra Turner, a Business Administration major, co-founded a gospel choir that became the Divine Voices, which has emerged (in part due to Kierra’s beautiful soprano) as the premier musical group on campus. Kierra is also an accomplished actress, often stealing the show and lending her comedic skills to such CBU plays such as last year’s Dearly Departed. 

Blessed with a warm, thoughtful, and outgoing personality, Kierra has won a large following and is recognized by students, faculty and staff as an accomplished leader. As a Resident Advisor, she has been a responsible for providing counsel and support to on-campus residents. As a Peer counselor, she has enthusiastically welcomed and mentored fledgling CBU freshmen. As a member of the CBU Honors Program’s Executive Council and September of Service she has embraced the opportunity to give back to the Memphis area by serving at many agencies such as MIFA and the Memphis Child Advocacy Center. And this year, as Student Government President, Kierra will undertake the task of leading CBU’s entire student body. Kierra’s days are so full that it is hard to imagine her having time for school work. However, she is well on her way to earning a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. 

Rebecca Wauford, a Mechanical Engineering major, embodies the best of CBU by not only volunteering to assist with community activities, but by often leading the activities by organizing the events and encouraging others to participate. She has assisted The Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center in providing support to families, and as an AmeriCorps Member has supervised volunteers in setting up teams for events and assisted in office duties.

Rebecca serves as President of the Tennessee Delta chapter of Tau Beta Pi (2015), President of CBU’s Chapter of the Mathematical Association of America, and a member of the Board of Directors of Christian Brothers University Honors Program.  Additionally, she is a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, International Safe Transit Association, National Society of Professional Engineers, and Theta Tau.

Rebecca actively participates in the CBU packaging program, developing software to assist colleges in packaging design and developed specialized packaging components for orthopedic devices. She has obtained the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) Certification in Packaging and she has co-authored a paper for the International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology titled Effect of Cushion Placed on Wooden Pallets. She has also represented the packaging program and CBU in visits to Barcelona, Spain and Leon, Mexico and has made presentations at Ignite CBU.