On April 1, 2020, Dr. Scott McDowell began his tenure as the seventh president of Lubbock Christian University. Such a monumental event would normally be accompanied with great excitement and ceremony—instead, amid the challenges and changes introduced by the COVID-19 epidemic, his first days on campus posed more challenges than anyone would have expected when he was appointed in February.
Most people would never expect the word to describe their first visit to New York City to be “courageous,” but thanks to her medical experience and her dedication to helping others, the term perfectly fits LCU alumna and veteran nurse Nici Rogers’ decision to join the frontline heroes fighting in the COVID-19 epidemic.
During mid-April, LCU’s campus is usually bustling with students excited for the next baseball game, working on big class projects, or just enjoying the fresh spring air. This year, the absence of that usual activity is especially noticeable. The mall is nearly deserted, and almost all students who had been living on campus have returned home to their families. But even amid such desolate circumstances, one of the university’s brightest attributes continues to shine—the deep, rich spirit of community.
The Lubbock Christian University School of Education and The Knowledge Center, Inc. recognized ten Distinguished Educators of Lubbock County through video Friday morning. Two of those ten educators also received the Lubbock Christian University Award for Excellence in Teaching.
On the inaugural day of President Scott McDowell’s tenure on campus, the new president addressed the LCU community through an online stream of chapel. On April 8, LCU will continue streaming weekly chapel services through Facebook and the website as an effort to continue engaging its now-remote community.
In response to local and national quarantine recommendations due to the changing dynamics created by COVID-19, Lubbock Christian University announced on March 18 that it would be providing instruction for the rest of the spring 2020 semester remotely.
Terry Creech, chair of The Lubbock Christian University Board of Trustees, announced Dr. Scott McDowell has been selected as the University’s seventh president. Dr. McDowell’s appointment will begin on April 1, 2020. McDowell succeeds President L. Timothy Perrin who left the University last summer to return to Pepperdine University.
Dr. Ryan S. Smith, associate professor and director of bands at Lubbock Christian University, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Mu, an International School Bandmaster Fraternity.
Dr. Bart Durham was honored at the 2020 annual meeting of the Texas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (AFS), where he was awarded the Texas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Outstanding Fisheries Worker of the Year Award for Fisheries Education.
Dr. Kenneth Hawley, Director of the Rhodes Institute for Undergraduate Research, has announced that all 17 presentations/posters submitted by LCU students to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) 2020 were accepted.