Friday, May 20, 2016

Fear the Sting!

LeTourneau University is again included among the Top 10 aviation programs in the nation!

LETU's "Sting" Precision Flight Team placed 7th place in the nation, ahead of noteworthy competitors including the U.S. Air Force Academy, Liberty University and my alma mater Oklahoma State University at the 2016 National Intercollegiate Flight Association SAFECON flight competition held at The Ohio State University last week. This year's Sting Team improved on last year's 8th place finish. LETU finished 15th in 2014.

LETU was ranked 6th in Ground Events and 7th in Flight Events with an overall 7th place ranking, which is the highest LETU has ever achieved. It was the third time since we began competing, in 2004, that LETU has ranked 7th.

This year was exceptional because it was the first time in our team's history that it earned more than 200 points overall, and our LETU team of Cameron Laramee and Jonathan Deak not only became national champions by placing in first, but they made NIFA history with the best score ever in national competition history with a score of 20 in the Crew Resource Management (CRM) competition.

This year was also the first year that Jered Lease was faculty advisor for NIFA, since former advisor Brad Wooden is teaching full-time at our new McKinney site. Jered is no stranger to NIFA
competition, and this year's showing is certainly one I know Jered wants to build upon.

This year's team members were team captains Cameron Laramee and Jacob Weeks, Er-Jin Jang, Thomas Alley, James Galan, Noah Bronner, Jonathan Deak, Jonathan Reigle, Cody Shamblin and Trevor Taylor. See more details about their individual accomplishments on our website here.

Kudos also go to our residential admissions team for last weekend's SWARM event that hosted over 60 new LETU students and their families.

These are incoming students who are now a part of our LeTourneau University family. They got to meet Buzz, our mascot, as well as acclimate to campus life with prayer and praise activities, early registration for classes and residence hall assignments.  

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Commencement Weekend: Graduating Ambassadors for Christ

This week we celebrate!

Commencement 2016 includes many celebrations including tonight's historic pinning ceremony in the Speer Chapel for our first BS-Nursing graduates, to tomorrow morning's senior breakfast, afternoon ivy cutting and graduate reception.

And, of course, Saturday is a big day.

Over 400 LETU students will receive their undergraduate and graduate degrees, and many of them will cross the stage in our Belcher Center during our 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. ceremonies. Between the two events, I expect we will fill 4,000 seats with family and friends.

Delivering our commencement address is former director of the United States Mint Edmund C. Moy, who is a public servant, senior executive, commentator, author and director at publicly and privately held companies.

He served as the 38th director of the United States Mint from 2006-2011, responsible for running the world's largest manufacturer of circulating coins, precious metal bullion, and numismatic products. His role included working closely with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the White House, Congress, and the Federal Reserve during the Financial Crisis and following Great Recession.

He served from 2001-2006 at the White House as a Special Assistant to President George W. Bush, assisting the President with staffing most cabinet departments and independent agencies. He also was involved in the creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Ed helped found and lead the White House Christian Fellowship during the Bush administration.

He frequently comments on monetary and fiscal policy, gold, currency, and cryptocurrencies for national financial media. You may have seen him featured on television on CBS' 60 Minutes or on the Jim Lehrer News Hour on PBS, as well as his many appearances on CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business Channel, MSNBC, and Bloomberg TV. You may have seen him quoted in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Fortune Magazine, Forbes, Dow Jones, and Thomson Reuters. He also is a contributor to Newsmax.

He has served on the board of Christianity Today International and the Executive Advisory Board for the School of Business & Economics of Seattle Pacific University and its Center for Integrity in Business. Ed will also be a featured speaker at the Faith@Work Summit LeTourneau University is sponsoring in Dallas on Oct. 27-29.

Let's celebrate 400 graduates leaving here as ambassadors for Christ in every workplace, every nation!