Tyler Sams Receives Prestigious Scholarship

At an October 28 awards banquet,Honors Scholar Tyler Sams rectyler samseived a $5,000 scholarship from the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists national organization. Sams, a junior Biology major from Atlanta, was one of twenty awardees, with most of the recipients coming from the Texas Tech Graduate School.

Tyler plans to become a medical missionary after graduate studies.  He has served on summer mission trips in Africa and Central America.  Tyler is currently working on undergraduate research projects with Professor Julie Marshall, and he has presented research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

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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.


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Lubbock Christian University 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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