Thursday, September 27, 2012

Global Reach, Local Impact

If you didn't get a chance to read yesterday's Longview News Journal editorial, I would encourage you to do so. Describing LeTourneau University as a "flourishing jewel" for our expanding global reach and local impact, LNJ Editor Ric Brack noted many of the great strides we have made in the past few years, including the construction of the Belcher Center, the Abbott Center, South Hall, the Joyce Athletic Village and, now, the new Anna Lee and Sidney Allen Family Student Center.

The editorial reads:
Make no mistake: These are major efforts that have a big impact on the economy of our city and region. And the student center represents a marquee addition to the tally of major construction projects in the Longview area, which also include expansions of our city's two hospitals, construction of streets and highways and a continuing strong home construction market.
As chairman of the Longview Chamber of Commerce this year, I have seen how blessed East Texas has been in comparison with so many other communities around the country since the economic meltdown of 2008. We are blessed, and we know it. And we are making the best use of this time to prepare for when the economy does turn around, and we seek to grow to 1,600 students on campus.

The LNJ editorial also notes that our new $27.5 million fundraising campaign is part of our growing outreach that supports our Center for Faith and Work and our Center for Global Service Learning. I was especially glad to see this:
One of the many things we appreciate about LeTourneau is how it finds ways to reach beyond the typical classroom and laboratory learning experience to give students a chance to put their imaginations and their faith to work in real-world situations. By so doing, it creates an exciting and rewarding learning experience for its students. But it also provides an example for all of us about how we might make our faith and our work more entwined. 
Every great city has a great university. Isn't it great to know that our fellow citizens are noticing the value of LETU? We can be proud to be seen as a "jewel" because we know our work will point some to the "pearl of great price" (Matthew 13:45).