Volume 63 • Issue 3 • Fall 2023
Sitting with People – An Unexpected Calling
When Dr. John Delony graduated from Lubbock Christian University in 2000, he never dreamed that he would later be called a Dave Ramsey Personality, have nearly half-a-million followers on Instagram, host his own radio show regularly viewed by thousands of people, or write books that land at the top of the New York Times’ Bestsellers list. But a couple of decades later, he is undoubtedly what he had once dreamed of being—famous.
When my parents were very new to their Christian faith, they had a preacher who stressed the significance to them of being intentional about their relationship with God and making sure that it was a part of their everyday lives. One of the passages that he emphasized was what the Israelite people called the Shema from Deuteronomy 6:4-9. One writer calls this passage, “the essence of Judaism” because it drives home the fact that “God must be loved and obeyed at all times.”
A dynamic group of fifteen students from LCU’s pre-health professional programs embarked on a medical mission trip to Peru in May. With purpose, perseverance, and passion, these students ventured into new territories with the desire to make a tangible difference. Guiding this endeavor was LCU professor Dr. Andy Laughlin, Chair of the Department of Natural Sciences.
Now in its fourth full year, LCU’s premiere full-tuition leadership scholarship—the Cornerstone Scholars—continues to bless exceptional young people throughout their college experience. Cornerstone Scholars demonstrate leadership through their relational skills, serving as a role model whose influence helps others realize their own full potential. Just as a cornerstone is the pinnacle structural element of a building and Christ the foundation of our faith, the Cornerstone Scholar is an anchor to their community. Steadfast and enduring, their presence is a stabilizing and unifying force to others—providing strength in storms, steadiness in uncertainty, and direction in doubt.
Graduating students are invited to audition for the honor of presenting their thoughts on their LCU experience at commencement. The student commencement speaker for May 2023 was business major graduating Summa Cum Laude, Clement Catteau from Halluin, France, introduced by faculty member Matt Bumstead, CEO in Residence in the School of Business.
Lubbock Christian University launched its first doctoral program, the Clinical Doctor of Nursing Practice, at the beginning of the fall 2023 semester. This milestone also marks an institutional level change granted in June by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the accrediting agency for all colleges and universities in the Southern U.S.
Lubbock Christian University welcomes new full-time faculty members starting in the 2023-24 academic year. These accomplished individuals bring a wealth of expertise and diverse perspectives to our academic community, enriching the experience for both students and colleagues. With their passion for Christian higher education and commitment to excellence, they are poised to make a significant impact on the LCU community.
Lubbock Christian University’s summer alumni gatherings provided a unique opportunity for reconnecting, reminiscing, and celebrating shared LCU experiences. These events foster a sense of community among alumni, allowing them to forge new connections with strengthening existing ones.
The biblical narrative of Joseph and his brightly colored coat was brought to life this summer as the LCU Theatre Department produced Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. With an extremely talented cast of singers, musicians, and performers, the production was staged in the McDonald Moody Auditorium on August 12 and 13 and brought in the largest audience to date for an LCU summer production.
As we look to 2027 and pour ourselves into our mission of transforming the hearts, minds, and hands of students for lives of purpose and service, our vision is to be a leading Christian university, known for its academic excellence and its commitment to faith that seeks understanding, where wisdom is pursued, vocation is discerned, service is fostered. As we walk out this mission and step into this vision, we have 4 strategic goals, each addressing a key area for growth and continuous improvement.
A team of LCU faculty and staff spent the last several months working to enhance the clarity of our “brand promise,” a value or experience that our students can expect to receive because they choose to get their education with us. The group’s goal was to create an “authentic promise that we deliver on, which strengthens our overall value in the mind of our prospective students, prospective parents, alumni, donors, and our community.”
Summer is a time of exploration and growth, and at Lubbock Christian University, this principle extends to our vibrant summer camp offerings. These programs cater to high schoolers, middle schoolers, and even those seeking a serene getaway in the mountains.
There is a new alumni site to share life updates such as moves, career changes, marriages and future Chap baby photos. Stay connected to LCU and fellow alumni by engaging in that site at www.lcualumni.com or login to the space below.