Honors Chapel and Convocation

Yesterday morning Honors faculty and students gathered in the Christian Development Center Theater room to honor our twenty-three spring 2014 graduates. The Honors Program tries to have at least two Honors chapel a semester. The Honors Convocation is the last chapel of the semester where we offer blessings over our seniors as they proceed to graduate school or future job placements. Afterwards we gather in the Christian Development Center for a small reception. This year the Honors Program brought in Einstein Bagel Brothers for bagels, fruit, and orange juice. It is always an encouraging time to witness how each student has developed academically as well as spiritually as they continue in their specific vocation. Below are the names of our spring graduates along with information pertaining to their major and graduation status.

Aubrey Bassett
Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, Secondary Education, Summa Cum Laude

Becca Biard
Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, Secondary Education, Cum Laude

Jared Brandon
Bachelor of Business Administration, Management Information Systems, Summa Cum Laude

Alex Branson
Bachelor of Science, Biology, Summa Cum Laude

Allison Brinson
Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science, Summa Cum Laude

Abbi Brock
Bachelor of Science, Agriculture Science, Summa Cum Laude

Tyler Caldwell-Webster
Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science, Summa Cum Laude

James Taylor Cockrell
Bachelor of Arts, Youth & Family Ministry, Magna Cum Laude

Kayla Copenhaver
Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, Early Childhood Education, Summa Cum Laude

James Caleb Cunningham
Bachelor of Science, Math

Niel DuPreez
Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance, Magna Cum Laude

Kayli Head
Bachelor of Arts, Theatre, Magna Cum Laude

Bryan Hettick
Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, Cum Laude

Abigail Lane Jones
Bachelor of Arts, Math, Magna Cum Laude

Whitney Jordan
Bachelor of Science, Agriculture Science, Summa Cum Laude

Grace Kang
Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, Early Childhood Education, Summa Cum Laude

Crissta Morrison
Bachelor of Arts, English, Magna Cum Laude

Leslie Ann Prather
Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting, Summa Cum Laude

Kassidy Riley
Bachelor of Science, Biology, Summa Cum Laude

Nolan Rutherford
Bachelor of Science, Biology, Summa Cum Laude

Macy Skipworth
Bachelor of Arts, English, Summa Cum Laude

Samantha Turley
Bachelor of Arts, English, Summa Cum Laude

Kaitlyn Wilhoit
Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, Early Childhood Education, Summa Cum Laude

The average GPA of our spring graduates is a 3.8 and the Honors Program could not be more proud of them. The Lubbock Christian University Undergraduate Commencement will take place Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 10 AM in the Rip Griffin Center on the LCU campus. Come join us as we celebrate our LCU graduates.


Lubbock Christian Univeristy Honored in Washington D.C.

Lubbock Christian University was recognized as the “Private University of the Year” at the beginning of October by The Washington Center. The award was presented at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. as a part of the 2013 Academic Affairs Awards from The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. LCU was selected from over 450 universities across the nation.Interns - 2

Several university leaders, current LCU interns and LCU alumni joined President Perrin to receive the award in a packed room of the National Press Club. Lubbock Christian University was honored again at the Washington Center Gala held in the National Buildings Museum in front of a dinner crowd numbering around a thousand participants, which included U.S. government dignitaries and representatives. LCU has participated in the Washington program since 2005, and since the program’s inception, 32 students have experienced a working internship in our nation’s capital.

To see pictures of the event please follow this link: Washington Gala 2013.

For more information about the LCU Washington program please visit the LCU Honors Program website or contact the Director of LCU Washington, Dr. Stacy Patty, at stacy.patty@lcu.edu.

National Convention for AAHPERD’s Research Consortium

Sarah Mannon, Sophomore


The Honors Program is proud to announce that Christa Daniel and Sarah Mannon’s research was accepted to the National Convention for AAHPERD’s Research Consortium. They will present and be published in the Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. The convention is held in St. Louis from April 1-5. The mission of AAHPERD Research is to advance and disseminate research in physical activity and health. The discipline areas include: biomechanics, dance, exercise physiology and fitness, health, leisure and recreation, measurement and evaluation, motor behavior, pedagogy, physical activity epidemiology, psychology, sociocultural aspects of physical activity, special populations, sport management and administration and sports medicine. Sarah Mannon and Christa Daniel are both Sports Exercise Psychology majors at Lubbock Christian University.

The University Honors Program promotes scholarly excellence, and it is evident that Honors students take advantage of the various opportunities to enhance their education and improve their postgraduate options.

Fall 2013 LCU Washington Interns

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D.C. Interns Depart Lubbock

DC Interns airportPictured together during a layover in Dallas, the LCU Washington intern group is made up of: (top, l-r) Cameron Winegar, Keegan McCrady, Allyson Reeves and Crissta Morrison and (bottom, l-r) Angela Crouch, Masy Miller and Kalee Robinson.

Six Lubbock Christian University students departed Lubbock on Wednesday morning as they headed to Washington, D.C. for their semester of academic internships as part of the LCU Washington program. The group was adding a member on a connecting flight in Dallas, which brought the total number of students to seven for the fall semester. This group joins a legacy of 25 previous LCU interns, bringing the total of participants to 32, spanning a total of 11 semesters that the university has sent students to take part in the program since the fall semester of 2006.

Under the direction of Dr. Stacy Patty, Director of the University Honors Program and Professor of Religion and Ethics, the LCU Washington program has become one of the premier intern opportunities for the university. The Washington Center, which places some 1500-2000 students in internships each year, coming from over 450 colleges and universities, including public as well as private institutions, has named LCU the “Private University of the Year” for 2013. LCU will be honored by the National Press Club on October 7th in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Patty introduced the seven students that will be interning in D.C. this fall during an announcement to the LCU campus community and they are: Angela Crouch, Economics major, working at the Consumer Goods Forum; Keegan McCrady, Biology graduate, working at the Ecological Society of America; Masy Miller, Accounting major, working at the U.S. Department of the Interior; Crissta Morrison, Humanities/English major, working at the Koch Institute; Kalee Robinson, Sport Exercise Psychology major, working at the DLE Agency, a full service sports agency; Cameron Winegar, Youth and Family Ministry major, working at the U.S. Department of the Interior; and Allyson Reeves, Humanities/History major, working at a museum to be announced.

The students will be working 36 hours per week in professional entry-level internships, completing a rigorous co-curricular leadership/civic engagement component, and taking an academic course in the evenings.

Kristen Vander-Plas To Speak At Commencement Ceremony

KristenCongratulations to Honors Scholar and Humanities major, Kristen Vander-Plas, who was chosen to speak on behalf of the May 2013 Graduate class during the Spring Undergraduate Commencement ceremony.

Kristen is an active member of both the Honors community and the Lubbock community, and will be attending Texas Tech School of Law in the fall.  We are so proud of Kristen and anxiously await her address.

The ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 4th at 10:00am in the Rip Griffin Center.

Student Involvement: Honors Representatives Visit the Capitol


The LCU students “gavel in” with Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst

On Thursday, March 21st, seven individuals from LCU traveled to Austin to meet with fellow Texas College Republicans and attend a special breakfast with our Lieutenant Governor, David Dewhurst. The meeting was facilitated by Honors senior Kristen Vander-Plas, who was joined by fellow Honors students Alexis Farrell and Weston Wyly. We are thankful our Capitol gave the surrounding universities an opportunity to speak their minds and we are proud of our students for being active in the community. Read each of their responses below.

Alexis Farrell, Freshman:

“Having breakfast with the Lieutenant Governor was such a blessing and an enlightening experience. Not only did we have the opportunity to hear his beliefs and how he is trying to carry them out in legislation, but he asked us about our beliefs too. We were able to express our concerns about the government and feel confident that we were actually being heard. Because of this and the great relationships made with students and faculty, the time spent at the Texas Capitol was a truly unforgettable experience. I am so grateful that LCU encourages events like this for their students.”

Weston Wyly, Freshman:

“Our breakfast with Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst was an incredible experience. This meeting provided a unique opportunity to sit down with the man that presides over our state senate, to voice our concerns, and to discuss what he could do to strengthen the trust we have in our state’s future. There were students from the University of Texas, Texas State, and several other large scale universities. It was amazing to see Lubbock Christian University having more students at the breakfast than these powerhouse state institutions. The TEG (which greatly benefits many Lubbock Christian University students) was just one of the topics mentioned. Hearing the Lieutenant Governor personally promise its continuation was reassuring and exciting. This shows that the impact made by Lubbock Christian University and institutions like it are seen by many.”

Kristen Vander-Plas, Senior:

“I was proud to facilitate the meeting with Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and equally glad that so many from LCU were able to attend (we represented 7 out of 28 total attendees). Gov. Dewhurst was so gracious with his time, answering all of our questions, encouraging us in our career fields, and overall making us proud to be Texans and Americans. I especially appreciated the time he spent telling us about his family and his father’s experience in France on D-Day. Then, he allowed us to “gavel in” the Texas Senate – even taking pictures with us up on the dais! His generosity in time was amazing.

Additionally, it was a real treat to spend time with each of our Lubbock representatives: Senator Robert Duncan, and Reps. Charles Perry and John Frullo. All three were very enthusiastic in their support of LCU and I was proud to be an LCU ambassador. Special thanks to our Executive Vice-President Brian Starr, who, despite an incredibly full schedule, dropped everything in order to accompany us when it became clear we needed a faculty sponsor.”

Congratulations To:

  • Jordan Meuse, Gary Head, Devon Langford, Kristen Vander-Plas, Keegan McCrady, and Nolan Rutherford!  Their abstracts were accepted by the National Council on Undergraduate Research. The conference will take place April 11-13th in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
  • Bobby Hooten III and Kristen Vander-Plas! Both will be attending Texas Tech School of Law in the fall.
  • Recent  graduate Courtney Tyler and senior Caitlin Brinsfield! Both ladies were picked to present at the National Art Education Association in March.


Honors Students Attend the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra

The Honors Program is split into two major components – The Curricular and the Co-Curricular. To fulfill the Co-Curricular requirements, students must attend two speaking and two cultural events each academic year, and write a report afterwards.

One of our mostSymphony popular cultural events is the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra’s concert series. The Honors Program offers a number of free tickets to students who are interested in attending. This year’s series, On Fire, has been particularly popular. The series includes five concerts, each with a special guest appearance.

Jared McDougal, one of our Honors Students, wrote in his January LSO concert report, “Conrad Tao, the teenage pianist, was by far the most impressive part of the evening. It was refreshing to see such a young and amazing performer who was comfortable enough in front of an auditorium of strangers to play to the best of his ability. Directly, this concert had nothing to do with my Exercise and Sports Science studies, but watching Conrad Tao play the piano was all the more impressive because of my knowledge of the body’s nervous system. That took great fine-motor skills, rhythm, and even coordination to produce such advanced piano music.”

Jared’s report eloquently explains the reason the Honors Program requires cultural and speaking reports – to expand students’ educational experience outside of the classroom and their major. These events lead many students to discover elements of their studies in other areas, creating well rounded and experienced adults.

The next concert in the series, Classical 4: Bowdacious, will star guest violinist Robert Chen and include pieces by Glinka, Mendelssohn, and Brahms. LSO will perform on March 1st. For more information or tickets, visit their website.

Great Plains Honors Council Conference: Connecting in a Digital World, April 5 – 7

This year the Great Plains Honors Council Conference will take place at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, close enough that the LCU Honors Program can travel and sponsor several students to go. This conference is a great opportunity for students to practice upcoming presentations and senior projects in preparation for the upcoming Scholars Colloquium and finals in the spring. The Ambassador Hotel will serve as the central location and housing, with conference events divided between the hotel and the WTAMU campus in Canyon.


The Lighthouse at Palo Duro Canyon

A variety of events will take place during the conference, such as student poster and oral presentations, nuts and bolts Honors sessions, outstanding speakers, activities unique to the region, and many opportunities for students, faculty, and administrators to connect.

The conference will offer several afternoon activities for conference attendees on Saturday. The choices include Palo Duro Canyon, (the second largest canyon in the U.S.), Cadillac Ranch, and the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum. All activity fees are included in the registration cost, which is covered by the Honors Program for students presenting at the event.

If you are an interested student, or  know of an Honors student who would greatly benefit from this experience, please encourage them to submit an abstract. The final deadline for submissions is March 1st. For more information about the conference, visit the website.

LCU Washington – Holly Cooke

Holly Cooke, a senior and student in our Honors Program, is currently in Washington DC, where she’s spending the semester interning for the International Justice Mission. We checked in with Holly to see how her first week in the Capitol went. We are so excited to see what the semester brings for her!
What and where is your internship?
I am working for an organization known as the International Justice Mission whose vision is to “rescue thousands, protect millions, and prove that justice for the poor is possible.” They accomplish this by protecting people from violent forces of injustice through rescue and restoration and ensuring the public justice systems work for the poor. My job within this organization is known as the Constituent Engagement Intern. I communicate over the phone daily with individuals and big corporate donors, send out thank you notes through email and letter, create financial reports so that our constituents know exactly where their money is going, and continually build relationships with men and women who choose to donate to IJM.
Holly and friend at Capital Hill

Holly and friend at Capitol Hill

Describe your first week:
My first week has been packed with lots of new information. From 8:30 to 5:30 every day I have attended orientation. Yes, our orientation lasts an entire week. However, I am extremely grateful that IJM would take so much time, as well as bestow so much patience, to allow us to truly understand their operational structures, values, goals, mission, and so much more!
How does it feel to be living in Washington?
A first living in Washington D.C. felt very surreal. It looks completely different from Texas and it is a very fast-paced area; it feels as if everyone one is speed walking. Everyone always has some place to be so there is not a lot of casual talking. In other words, southern hospitality is hard to come by. However, adjusting has been very easy and I really enjoy it here. The weather is nice and cool (which I understand will not last much longer) and the people I’ve already come to know are so pleasant. I enjoy walking, as well as riding the metro to work every day. It is about a 45 minutes commute from my place of residence to IJM which gives me plenty of time to read, reflect, and pray about the day ahead.
427745_4947663250766_1804561467_nWhat has been your favorite experience so far?
My favorite experience so far can be understood through these quotes by Gary Haugen, the CEO of International Justice Mission: “The work of justice is meant to return to God as worship, because God is ultimately working through and in us” and “Violence is a serious issue. We pray every day not as a discipline but in desperation. The forces of evil are willful.” The International Justice Mission is one of the most humble and God-fearing, seeking, glorifying organizations I have had the pleasure in working for. It is only the first week and they instill in us that ultimately God who has commissioned us to justice is the only power and authority by which justice can be accomplished. The passion and anger that arise from social justice are not simply enough, but the sustaining peace and hope that rest in Christ Jesus who has already overcome all things in His death and resurrection. IJM acknowledges that hope in Christ and His authority are the only means by which social justice can be accomplished, especially for the long haul. So to sum up my experience, IJM encourages the pursuit of the God of justice before even beginning to pursue the mission of justice. It is so humbling, and I have already begun to grow so much in my faith.
We are so thankful Holly has the chance to grow through the LCU Washington program. To learn more about LCU Washington, or to see other student testimonials, click here.