Friday, July 26, 2013

From Longview to Fame

If the Summer of 2013 has a theme it must be "From Longview to Fame!"

You probably already know that Hollywood star Matthew McConaughey grew up in Longview.  Actor Forest Whitaker and Country Music superstar Miranda Lambert were also born in Longview.  And I won't even begin listing all the professional athletes who came from our university's home town.

New to the list of Longview-residents-made-good is Baltimore Oriole Chris Davis.  Davis was elected to the American League All Start team with more fan votes than any player this summer.

As I write, he leads Major League Baseball in home runs with 37. If you are not a baseball fan, 37 home runs at this point in the season is one of professional baseball's best ever performances. Davis played for Longview High School and was also a part of the Texas Rangers organization before being  traded away. Davis is baseball's new superstar.

But closer to home, two of our past LeTourneau University professionals have received some fame this summer.

Dr. Brent Ellis has been named the new president at Spring Arbor University in Michigan, and Dr. Sherilyn Emberton has been named the new president at Huntington University in Indiana.

I thank God that Brent and Sherilyn have answered God's call to serve His important work in Christian Higher Education.  I will look forward to working with them in our great cause.

This weekend is the Great Texas Balloon Race at East Texas Regional Airport.  For those of you who can attend, be sure to come out and visit with our LETU alumni who will be at the LETU Alumni Balloon Glow Hangar Party at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Abbott Center. The hangar party is free to faculty, staff and alumni.