Honors Graduates Highlight Fall Convocation


Ten students were featured as new Honors Scholars at this fall’s annual Graduation Convocation.  The graduates represent ten different majors from across the university, and fifty percent of the graduates n-uiMr9lvm-nUF7Ewu9Ut9iJr0y9Myw1FgVHdffYQ6Q,HzC_vn3NnzJGEZUVjvWcpldoN3f7UjwaKj5__xwvDIcare continuing on to graduate and professional schools.  Three of the students will move into mission fields — in Malaysia, Africa, and inner-city Houston.  Two graduates will begin their professional careers.  The ten graduates represent the largest cohort of fall graduates in the program’s history.


 Following the singing of the doxology, Honors Director Stacy Patty read the call of graduates, highlighting their favorite academic memories. Kendall McCullough noted the “Lord of the Rings Writing Carnival,” a centerpiece of

an annual fall university-wide Academic – Student Affairs experiential learning week.  Lauren Slaughter remember “playing with dry ice, magnesium, and fire in science education labs.”  Assistant Director Kregg Fehr completed the convocation with a charge to the graduates to face the future boldly and to continue to excel in all their endeavors.

The new Honors Scholars include the following:

Makalah Chadwick
Bachelor of Arts, Youth & Family Ministry
Summa Cum Laude

Joash Chong
Bachelor of Business Administration
Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude

Marissa Hale
Bachelor of Arts, English and Bachelor of Arts, Missions

Sarah Landers
Bachelor of Business Administration, Personal Financial Planning and Stewardship, Summa Cum Laude

Sarah Lobley
Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
Secondary Education, Magna Cum Laude

Kendall McCullough
Bachelor of Arts, English

Vincent Nieves
Bachelor of Arts, Children’s Ministry, Cum Laude

Renee Rhodes
Bachelor of Arts, English, Summa Cum Laude

Kimberly Silvia
Bachelor of Arts, Humanities

Lauren Slaughter
Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
Middle School Education, Summa Cum Laude

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Four Honors Students Lead Lady Chaps Victory

At Monday night’s final exhibition basketball game for the LCU Lady Chaps, four Honors students scored in double figures to lead the team in an impressive twenty-point victory.  Haley Fowler (Sr. Math major), Alison Szabo (Soph. Criminal Justice major), Haley Burton (Sr. Accounting and Finance major), and Hannah Harbin (Soph.  Chemistry major) joined a fifth player in leading the team with an average of 17 points each.  Fowler led all players with 25 points, Szabo had 16, Burton 14, and Harbin 11.

The Lady Chaps, who finished first in the NCAA II Heartland Conference last year with a 20-0 record, have been led by Honors students for several years.  “We are pleased that our students excel not only in the classroom but also on the court and in the community,” Honors director Dr. Stacy Patty noted.

Congratulations to Haley, Alison, Hannah, and Haley!


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Kristen Fellows Claims Academic All-District Honors

kristen fellowsKristen Fellows, Honors junior Accounting and Finance major, was recently selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America for the 2014 Capital One Academic All District Women’s Soccer Team.  Kristen holds a 3.86 GPA and is a defensive specialist on LCU’s women’s soccer team.  She has appeared in all fourteen games this season and has helped to spearhead a defense that ranks third in goals allowed per game among NCAA II Heartland Conference teams.

Kristen is an active campus leader at LCU, and she has served on the LCU Honors Student Advisory Council.

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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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