Thursday, July 26, 2012

Recruiting Ambassadors for Christ, With Honors

We are in the final days of recruiting our Fall 2012 cohort of new traditional program students. It will be September before we know new and returning enrollment totals, but two exciting characteristics of this new class are already known.

A record number of prospective students have applied for admission to LETU. This demonstrates a growing interest in the quality of the educational experience we offer here in Longview. We are making progress in more widely and effectively communicating to prospective students, and they see the value in an LETU degree.

The incoming class looks to be not just larger but also includes a record number of honors students.

Nearly 50 incoming freshmen honors students  double the number of honors students in any previous year  are scheduled to become a part of the LETU Honors College.  

The quality of these students, who bring a 1,400 SAT and 4.0 grade point average, is among the finest in the country!

Drs. Coyle, Mason and Condon are leading a reinvention of our honors program. This new program is now known as the LeTourneau Honors College.

Designed to promote spiritual, intellectual and social growth and service opportunities in line with LETU's Christ-centered mission, the Honors College is an academic and extracurricular community of highly ambitious and accomplished students who are already thinking about the leadership roles they will assume in the next two decades and how they will prepare for them. They come from a variety of majors. Just imagine the potential of this group as ambassadors for Christ in their chosen professions!

To be considered for acceptance into the LETU Honors College, these students provided applications featuring their accomplishments, extracurricular activities, church involvement, international experiences and spiritual commitment, as well as telephone and Skype interviews.

The first floor of Davis Hall was known as the Honors Commons for incoming freshmen last year, and with the expanded honors class, this year the first TWO floors will be designated as the Honors Commons. Steve Mason is currently serving as the Honors College director, assisted by Kate Gronewald.

God has blessed these students with high abilities. Join me in praying that these students will hear God's call for their lives and fully use their time with us to prepare themselves to be ambassadors for Christ wherever God may lead them.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Summer Storms & Lightning-Fast Recovery

Monday afternoon a strong summer storm erupted over the LETU campus in Longview.

Lightning caused some damage on campus that left several buildings without power and air conditioning. Power was turned off for about 15 minutes to the entire university Monday night while blown fuses were replaced.

The power outage shut down all the desktop computers on campus, but our IT generator kept the server and data operations running seamlessly until power was restored, so students in our online programs would not be adversely affected. Our IT teams were here late Monday to ensure no technology disruptions remained, and we appreciate their efforts.

Several heating and air conditioning motors needed to be replaced, including two in Tyler Hall that burned up and caused smoke, setting off a fire alarm and alerting the local fire department. Power was turned off to all of Tyler Hall East and West for safety reasons. Power there was restored by Tuesday, with work on the air conditioners at Tyler Hall to be completed before students return next month.

The air conditioning was out in Belcher Center, Education Building, Longview Hall, Heath Hardwick Hall, MSC and all the residence halls. Most everything was back up and systems were all reset and working by Monday night. Only Longview Hall and the Education Building remained, and they were restored by midday Tuesday. We owe a big thanks to Dan Fiedler and his facilities team for responding quickly to serve those of us at work and the campers who were staying in our Rez halls.