Thursday, October 11, 2012

Graduates of Christ-like Character

This week, we had the pleasure of having Karisa Kaye, a 2009 graduate who is now a professional marriage and family therapist, come back to campus to teach as a guest lecturer in some of Dr. Melanie Roudkovski's and Dr. Phil Coyle's psychology classes.

Many of you might remember Karisa. She earned her bachelor's degree at LETU three short years ago in interdisciplinary studies with minors in Christian ministries, biology and psychology before attending Richmont Graduate University in Chattanooga, Tenn., where she became well-acquainted with Phil and Judi Coyle before they came to LETU.

As a transfer student from Alpena, Mich., Karisa initially came to LETU to play soccer and become a doctor, but she found her calling was more as a "doctor of the soul."

When talking about her undergraduate experience at LeTourneau, Karisa shares that members of the faculty her became like family to her, describing one as "like a second mom."  

She describes her experience in front of the classroom this week as a guest lecturer as "surreal" when she realized that just three years ago, she was on the other side of the lectern, and now, her professors have accepted her as a colleague.

She sees that her Christian faith is integral to the work God has called her to do. She understands that relationships matter, and in her work as a Christian marriage and family therapist in Maryland, she counsels hurting people dealing with trauma and intimacy issues.

Karisa is an excellent example of our LETU vision statement. She is a professional of Christ-like character, who is pursuing her calling and claiming her workplace as her mission field. She truly sees her work as a holy calling with eternal impact.