Friday, November 30, 2012

Conveying the Wisdom & Mission of LeTourneau

Marsha and I have been in Tulsa most of this final week of November.

Our Tuesday night alumni reception was well attended with nearly 50 guests from across the years.

1958 industrial science graduate Charles Lucas and his wife, Mary, were there, along with May 2012 alumnus Charles Harris, who now works for Covington Aviation. Other alumni included 1978 welding engineering alumnus Jon Arrowsmith and his wife, Ruth, a 1980 chemistry alumna.

Sisters, Rebecca Currington and Elece Hollis, both met their husbands, Dennis Currington and Ron Hollis, respectively, at LeTourneau, and they were all there. We also welcomed parents Craig and Delia Bennetts, whose son Caleb is now a freshman mechanical engineering major. It was a good cross section of people whose lives have been enriched by LeTourneau.

Trustees Paul and Betty Abbott and Sheree and Jose Cosa hosted the event at Paul's church, First Baptist Church Broken Arrow. Our current LETU student president James Hilbish was also there with us and spoke to our alumni.

The Tulsa event was just one stop in our many national events to introduce the For Such A Time As This campaign. It was a special event for Marsha and me. Tulsa is my hometown, the place where Marsha and I met and where our daughters were born. I was surprised by four of my former colleagues from the University of Tulsa who came out on a very cold November night to say hello and learn something about LeTourneau University. What a joy it is to see old friends!

LETU Director of Development Randy Yeakley and I also visited the Mabee Foundation, which has participated in seven LeTourneau University construction projects dating back to 1980. These include funds for building the Trinity residence halls; Heath-Hardwick Hall; Longview Hall; Glaske Center for Engineering, Science and Technology; Solheim Recreation and Activity Center; S. E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center and now, they have contributed $1.4 million to our new Allen Family Student Center. Each of these facilities has transformed the university in a positive way, and I am so thankful for the investment this foundation has made in LETU.

On Wednesday, I spoke at FBC Broken Arrow and spent time with their senior pastor Nick Garland. Pastor Garland and his staff have recently come to the conclusion that workplace evangelism should be a new focus of their overall ministry program.

The wisdom of R.G. LeTourneau and the mission of LETU continue to encourage others to claim the workplace for Jesus Christ.