Duck Dynasty’s Robertson family to speak in Midland on May 18

Duck Dynasty stars Phil and Kay Robertson will speak in Midland along with their sons, Alan and Willie, and daughters-in-law, Lisa and Korie, at the Horseshoe on May 18.
The evening, called “Dynasty of Faith,” is hosted by the Lubbock Christian University Foundation and is an opportunity for the residents of West Texas to hear firsthand from the Robertsons about faith, family and ducks, and how the Robertsons’ increasing popularity has impacted their lives.

Several local businessmen serve on the LCU Foundation Board and have been instrumental in bringing this event to Midland to benefit Lubbock Christian University Athletics.

“This event will be another avenue of introducing LCU to the Midland community. This area continues to benefit by gaining LCU graduates that bring values, character, and integrity to their career fields,” said Eldon Schoolcraft, president of Basin Electric Co. and a member of the LCU Foundation Board. “LCU teaches students to enter business with a Christian worldview.”

Other LCU Foundation Board members from Midland include: Terry R. Creech, Rick Fletcher, C. Ray Tobias and Kent Gaultney, who serves as treasurer of the LCU Foundation Board and is also a member of LCU’s Board of Trustees.

The Robertsons’ rise to fame began with Willie’s desire to inspire future hunters in an entertaining way, leading to the Duck Commander and Buck Commander television series, which both aired on the Outdoor Channel. A&E quickly became interested in the family and decided to film a reality show about their lives, now known as A&E’s Duck Dynasty. The show is now one of the most popular television series on cable.

“When we first started talking about hosting an event in Midland, we wanted to make sure that we brought in someone with a story that people wanted to hear,” said David Pruett, LCU Foundation president. “The values of the Robertson family reflect the values that are important to us in West Texas. We are looking forward to an inspiring and humorous evening with Phil, Miss Kay, Alan, Lisa, Willie and Korie.”

Mark Lanier, of the Lanier Law Firm, will be the emcee for the event. Lanier lives in Houston and maintains law offices in New York, Houston, and Los Angeles, and is also a member of the LCU Foundation Board. The title sponsor of the event is ProPetro Services Inc., Dale Redman CEO.

Tickets for this event went on sale today and may be purchased at or at the Horseshoe box office. Premier seating is $100, preferred seating is $80, and general admission bleacher seating is $60.
Lubbock Christian University has more than 2,000 students and is a four-year, private higher education institution. LCU promotes unique educational opportunities with a strategic focus on student success in four key areas: spiritual formation, intellectual growth, personal stewardship and leadership development.

For more information about the event, visit LCU Foundation’s website at Limited corporate sponsorships are still available. If you are interested in being an event sponsor, contact Raymond Richardson on (806) 786-6338.


John Coors Contrasts Investment vs. Philanthropy With Students

John K. Coors is Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer of CoorsTek, a company that has become the largest technical ceramics manufacturer in North America and that develops custom engineering experts for tomorrow’s next-generation technologies. He and his wife Sharna are also the founders of Community Uplift Ministries, a Christian non-profit organization which works on several initiatives in Africa.

From John and Sharna Coors have nine children (the oldest four are biological, the youngest five are adopted — two of whom are African-American). In 2001, John was flying from Amsterdam to Nairobi, Kenya because he felt compelled to find out more about one of his adopted son’s African roots. In the middle of the night, he woke up just as they were crossing from the Sahara Desert into sub-Saharan Africa. He knew there were millions of people living down there, but as he looked, he could see no lights. John felt God was telling them to do something about that. A plan came to mind then soon developed. John had some previous work experience in rural energy development in Africa when he was with a solar electric company in the mid 1990s. That’s when he discovered that one-third of the world has no access to electricity. John was shocked. But he couldn’t solve that problem working out of the U.S. The Coors decided to partner with a Kenyan ministry called Servanthood and Light Development Foundation. This organization has a great degree of autonomy in carrying out operations. (By the way, a rep from CoorsTek said that they have ten children.)

Mr. Coors was already coming to speak at LCU and meet with some members of the community here on campus, but he talked with David Pruett about the poverty initiative at LCU and said he would like to meet with students, faculty, and staff to discuss in a more personal setting his work in Africa.

Think about this: one of the challenges that people in Africa must overcome every day is the gathering of fuel. In order to cook and provide heat, a family often has to hunt wood or other fuels, sometimes for extended periods of time. This hunt takes away precious time that could be used in other, more productive ways and often separates mothers from their children for hours every day. John Coors is working to help find practical solutions to this problem, in conjunction with communities in Kenya and Mozambique.

LCU and Covenant School of Nursing partnership will reshape community healthcare

Taking their existing partnership to the next level, LCU and Covenant have joined together to combine the excellent, hands-on training at Covenant School of Nursing with the mind-opening experience of a bachelor’s degree in nursing at LCU. This partnership, the first of its type to be developed in Texas, is an important one both for Lubbock and for the surrounding region.

Covenant School of Nursing and Lubbock Christian University are the first to form a partnership of this type in the state of Texas. Both organizations would like to stress the word “Partnership”. This is not a merger because both entities will retain their own identity. We are forming a united front to benefit future nursing students. The Texas Board of Nursing has commended us for our innovative approach to helping students achieve a higher level of education. We are dedicated to providing future nurses the best education and real-world experience they can receive.

Download informational flyer here.

Quick Degree Overview

1. Begin by completing the 12 prerequisites listed in the chart on the next page
2. Once enrolled in the last of those courses apply to Covenant School of Nursing before the application deadline. Prerequisites do not have to be complete to apply, but must be complete by your first day at CSON.
3. Once accepted at Covenant, you will complete the 2 year diploma program. You will need to take Stats, Genetics, Bible, and Intro to BSN in the summer sessions unless you have taken those approved courses before entering.
4. After graduation from CSON you receive a temporary license to work as a Graduate Nurse until you take the Texas Board of Nursing RN Licensure Exam.
5. After passing this exam and gaining employment (length of time is usually about 3 months) you will continue at LCU for your BSN.
6. The degree plan at LCU from RN to BSN is 2 semesters and is designed to fit into the schedule of a full-time working nurse. You take fewer courses at a time over a 6-8 week span until you have completed all classes. Upon completion of these requirements you graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN).

Prerequisite Courses

All courses must be from a regionally accredited college or university to transfer into our program, and a minimum grade of “C” in each of the prerequisite courses is required. To qualify to apply you must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher in the prerequisite courses (we only count the prerequisites for your GPA). The Nursing Careers Counselor is available by appointment to applicants for academic guidance and consultation during the pre-nursing phase of completing these required courses. To set up an appointment, email or call 806-797-0955. CLEP credit is accepted for English I, English II, Spanish, Introduction to Psychology, Nutrition, US History, American Government, and an Elective. Dual Credit is accepted if it meets all the minimum requirements for regular transfer credit of prerequisites.  Pre-nursing students attending classes full time should expect to complete the prerequisite courses in 3 semesters.

Chart of prerequisite courses can be downloaded here.

Entrance Exam

Each applicant must have a valid score submitted with application documents on or before the deadline (September 15th and March 15th) to be considered a candidate for admission. You can find our entrance testing information online at The entrance exam currently accepted is the Test of Essential Academic Skills V (TEAS V). This exam consist of the following 4 different sections: Reading, Math, English, and Science. To register for this exam download our registration form or email to begin the process.


1. Will I be able to complete the CSON program and get my RN within 2 years just like the previous degree plan?
Answer: Yes, you will be able to obtain your diploma in nursing within 2 years of starting Covenant School of Nursing. You can then take the state licensure exam to become a Registered Nurse.

2. Will it take me longer to get my BSN at LCU then at another college or university?
Answer: No. By completing the program designed by CSON and LCU you have, on average, 15 fewer hours to complete the degree plan. These courses are: History 1302, Government 2302, Fine Arts, Humanities, and Sociology. This means you could graduate 1 semester earlier at this program.

3. Why did Covenant and LCU partner in the first place?
Answer: The partnership was formed in response to the Sunset Bill (HB 2426) passed in 2007, which requires programs that provide the initial registered nurse (R.N.) licensure to now also entitle the graduate to an academic degree.

4. What’s the difference between a R.N. and a Bachelor Degree R.N. produced from this partnership?
Answer: A registered nurse (R.N.) without a bachelors degree is suitable for bedside nursing, but lacks further education in areas such as: research, community health, leadership/management, genetics, and statistics. A student nurse in a traditional B.S.N. program usually per forms less hands on clinical work, but more theory in the classroom. With this new partnership we are combining the best of both. You receive over 1300 hours of clinical training as well as obtaining the last year of in depth theory education.

5. Is this program more expensive than the typical BSN program since it is through private schools?
Answer: No, the cost break down of this program is extremely competitive and the last 2 semesters of the program you will be able to become employed as a registered nurse and be qualified for tuition reimbursement plans provided by health care facilities. For a detailed break down of the cost of our program with the partnership please visit our website at

6. How do I start this program when I have already taken prerequisite courses somewhere else?
Answer: Your prerequisites can be taken at any college or university accredited by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) and will automatically transfer to Covenant.  If the school you attended is not accredited by SACS, credit will be awarded if the course description meets our minimum requirements.

7. When does the partnership go into effect?
Answer: The partnership starts for students beginning in January of 2012. These students must apply to Covenant School
of Nursing by September 15th and turn in all items for the application (including the TEAS exam scores) to be considered.

8. How many hours can students work as a RN in the last few semesters while completing the LCU requirements?
Answer: Once completed with Covenant School of Nursing you can obtain employment and pass your state board exam. Within 2-3 months you begin the seamless transition to BSN at LCU. At this point most students work full time and complete their courses as a full time student. These courses are adapted to shorter periods with less classroom meeting time to allow for the working student.

9. Can a LVN still complete the transition program with the new partnership?
Answer: Yes, LVN students apply within the same application period as our regular students. Then according to acceptance they skip the first and possibly second semester (if eligible) at CSON. Those students will continue with the as any other student in the partnership.

Condoleezza Rice shares her inspiring story with friends of LCU

The latest prestigious speaker for Lubbock Christian University’s “An Evening With…” series, Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gave a moving and enlightening address, telling the sold-out crowd about her experiences while in office and her passion for higher education.

“I look at this event to not only be a benefit for Lubbock Christian University, but one that will benefit the community of Lubbock in being able to host another world leader,” said Jones. “Condoleezza Rice has a passion for higher education. Beyond that, she served our country with integrity and strong leadership which aligns with the values of LCU. We look forward to hearing her reflection of that time.”

Randy Andrews, founder and CEO of GRACO Real Estate Development, has committed GRACO as the Title Sponsor of the event. PlainsCapital Bank, City Bank, and LCU trustee Bill Bundy are Platinum Sponsors. LCU trustee Al Smith of Amarillo is a double Platinum Sponsor.

This event will be the third benefit dinner for the university featuring a nationally known speaker since the “An Evening with” series was introduced in 2007 with General Colin Powell. Continuing the biennial tradition, the university hosted President George W. Bush in 2009. This series has raised almost $300,000 for the direct benefit of university scholarships. Indirect benefits have been the lead gift for the Cardwell Welcome Center along with other gifts to benefit various programs and activities to enhance the future of the university.

Condoleezza Rice is a professor of business and political science at Stanford University and the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution. From January 2005 to 2009, she served as the 66th secretary of state of the United States. Before serving as America’s chief diplomat, she served as assistant to the president for national security affairs (national security advisor) from January 2001 to 2005.

For more information about table sponsorships for the event contact the LCU Office of Public Relations at 720-7219. A table sponsorship is $1,000 and individual tickets are available at $100 each.

LCU awarded highest rating from national council

Lubbock Christian University is pleased to announce the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design has awarded the Cardwell Welcome Center with a platinum rating, the highest the council grants.

The formal presentation and announcement will take place on Tuesday, November 15 at 10 a.m. and is open to the public. For the last 52 years, the F.W. Mattox Administration Building has been the front building at the entry point of the university. The new Cardwell Welcome Center has changed the “face” of the university as viewed from 19th Street and today’s ceremony recognizes the facility with one of the highest certifications that is attainable from the U.S. Green Building Council.

“Getting any sort of good rating through LEEDS is a difficult task,” said Mr. Alex Scarborough, a member of the Alliance for a Sustainable Lubbock committee, who made the presentation to LCU. “The sheer amount of paperwork is daunting. It takes diligence and a tremendous amount of effort. This is a significant thing for LCU.”

The Alliance for a Sustainable Lubbock is a network of ordinary people from different sectors of the community, who work together on an informal basis to improve the way of life in Lubbock and the High South Plains. They are as concerned about personal well being and enrichment of community life as they are about water conservation, harmony with nature, and elimination of waste and energy efficiency. The Alliance promotes constructive change by celebrating local achievements and providing networking events and services to its participants. Last spring the Alliance sponsored a Culinary Festival on Earth Day, where the crowd dined on locally produced meat and produce while honoring local achievements in sustainability. Lubbock Christian University was one of the businesses recognized by the organization.

The beautifully designed building complex has a 65-foot, all glass rotunda at its center, from which four wings extend East and West. The copper tiled rotunda towers several feet above the height of the four wings, and has the capacity to hold approximately 200 people for various events related to the university. Each wing contains a variety of office spaces, conference rooms, and flexible, general use open areas. The departments occupying the new facility are Admissions, University Advancement, Public Relations, Alumni Relations, and Marketing/Communications.

The center is named for successful El Paso businessman Jack Cardwell and his wife Evonne, who gave the lead gift for the building. The Cardwells have been long-time supporters of LCU having influenced and contributed to numerous buildings and initiatives around campus, as well as establishing endowments.

The Cardwell Welcome Center has many green initiatives incorporated and today’s Platinum Certification is truly an honor in which the university can take pride. There are currently 260 new construction projects in Texas that are registered with LEEDs and only 11 of them have a Platinum Certification.

LCU has been and continues to be an area trendsetter in using ecologically responsible, sustainable measures to conserve energy and reduce the amount of waste and carbon emissions produced by the institution.

In 2003 the two residence halls and several other campus buildings were converted to ground-source heat pumps, heating and cooling systems. In this operation, the earth and the playa lake on campus property serves as a heat sink to supply heat in the winter and absorb heat in the summer. The heat transfer requires electricity for operation of the heat pumps, but no natural gas is consumed to create heat.

As a part of the university green initiative, the playa lake at the southwest corner of the LCU campus has been enlarged. This will primarily serve as a heat sink for the heating and cooling of several campus buildings, but it is also designed to contain campus storm water runoff. The slope of the campus is generally downward from the north to the south, which directs storm water into the playa for later reuse in landscape irrigation.

In the Cardwell Welcome Center effective use of insulation in the walls, roof, and under the concrete slab floor minimizes heat loss or gain, thereby conserving energy, reducing costs by about one-third of what would be typical for a building this size. Along with the ground-source heat pump system, energy requirements for heating and cooling the all-glass rotunda are also minimized by use of double-pane glass containing argon and a transparent reflective film between the two panes. These windows are three times more efficient than typical commercial glass.

The parking area pavement around the building is light in color in order to reflect the sun’s heat, rather than absorb it. Shade trees have been planted around the perimeter, irrigated by captured rainwater from the building roof, supplemented with non-potable well water.

To preserve high quality indoor air inside the building, polished concrete floors were used, which eliminate carpet and any possible air contamination resulting from its use.

Freon has been previously denounced as a destructor of the ozone layer at high atmospheric elevations so each of the heat pumps for the HVAC system uses the newly approved refrigerant R 410A, as opposed to Freon.

During the construction of the building, about 85% of the construction waste was recycled, rather than depositing it into a landfill. This included cardboard, concrete rubble, paper, plastic, metal, wood, land clearing debris, and brick. The plastics and metals were taken to local recycling plants, but some of the other materials were reused right on campus. Land clearing debris was converted to mulch and used for campus landscaping, while wood and bricks were cleaned and used in other campus projects, with some wood even given to employees for use in home projects. Concrete rubble was crushed and used as road fill on campus or given to another concrete company for use as aggregate in new concrete.

MWM Architects, Inc. of Lubbock was the architectural firm who partnered with LCU on this innovative, green project. This energy-efficient building show’s LCU’s commitment to maximizing resources.

Special Prayer Time for ACU Community

By: Dr. L Ken Jones
Our hearts are heavy for members of the ACU Community as they mourn the loss of ACU student, Anabel Reid, and as they gather around others who were seriously injured in the tragic accident affecting a traveling group of ACU faculty and students Friday afternoon.

Several LCU campus groups have indicated they will meet at various times over the weekend to pray for those affected, which will include taking time out from our gathering during Rally at the Rip on Saturday for this purpose.

The LCU Community will gather on Monday morning at 11:00 a.m. in McDonald Moody Auditorium to lift up the Reid Family and the ACU Community as they face very difficult days ahead.

Steward Overcomes Adversity to Graduate

By: Kelli Childre

For every Lubbock Christian University student who will receive their degree in an official capacity during commencement exercises on Saturday, Dec. 10th, the occasion will certainly be a special one. For one student in particular, though, this day seemingly would never get here for reasons that not many have to deal with.

Senior Zack Steward will receive his degree in Visual Communications during the ceremonies that take place in the Rip Griffin Center on Saturday. His journey, though, has been nothing short of amazing, beginning with his being diagnosed with Duchene’s Muscular Dystrophy as a seven-year old boy.

Steward was a normal baby boy, born with no complications. But, when he began having issues with falling a lot and having to walk on his tiptoes his family knew something was drastically wrong. After originally thinking that he had suffered a sports injury, a trip to Dallas and the Scottish Rite Clinic confirmed the diagnosis that would prove to change his life.

By the time Zack was in fifth grade he could no longer walk. His struggles weren’t restricted to the physical battles, but he also had to endure the days of dealing with peers who were not at all understanding and, at times, even could be as Zach says, “hateful” toward him. Not only were those personal obstacles put before he and his family, but he also had to manage the fact that many schools wouldn’t accommodate his specific needs.

Through it all, though, Zack persevered and he continues to follow his dream of becoming involved as a professional in graphic design. As he’s gotten older, though, the demands and the circumstances haven’t been any easier.

“There are struggles,” Zack says, ” … things like the ability to do simple things – get things out of the pantry, fridge and filing cabinet – and opening doors. My surroundings have to be constantly changed to accommodate me and fatigue and muscle pain come along easily.”

His college journey hasn’t been any easier. He has to get up five hours before his first class of the day in order to make the transfer from bed to his wheel chair, get dressed, get his hair done and do the simple (for most of us) daily hygiene things that are necessary.

Additionally, he found it hard to keep up with his class work because of the constant soreness of overworked muscles. He also found it somewhat overwhelming to try to find people that would help him with small things such as openings doors and things of that nature. Toss in two-to-three hours of physical therapy a day and going to a chiropractor one time a week and there isn’t much time for getting homework and studies taken care of.

After graduating high school Zack attended South Plains College to work on his basics. He attended SPC for three years before enrolling in LCU in 2008.

At LCU, “… (I’ve) enjoyed the professors, who have all been very accommodating and personable. The classmates here have been more understanding and accepting – no bullying anymore.”

While Zack is certainly going to be excited about moving on to the next phase of his life following graduation, the simple fact is it won’t get much easier for him. He is constantly battling the deterioration of his muscle function in his arms, legs and neck. His range of motion is limited to movement of his elbows and parts of his arms, although limited, and wrists. It’s a struggle on a daily basis, but his demeanor and his work ethic never seems to change.

“I’ve had the opportunity to visit with Zack a little during the fall semester as he’s been in my class,” said Kelly Robinson, who teaches ECA 1300 at LCU. “What I’ve been amazed by is his work ethic and his willingness to get the job done no matter what it takes. He is a breath of fresh air anytime you get the chance to see him and I know he is proud of what he’s accomplished by getting his degree. I admire Zack and will always look up to him for what he’s gone through and continues to experience. He is a great example of the mantra of ‘never give up’ that we should all wish to emulate.”

Zack will graduate with his degree on Saturday and he will take pride in what he’s accomplished. That, however, will never take the place of the pride he experiences on a daily basis – the pride in knowing that he has overcome obstacles in his life that most of us would see as insurmountable.

John Coors challenges and motivates LCU students

Continuing a long tradition of hosting excellent leaders on campus, Lubbock Christian University Foundation was honored to have Dr. John K. Coors, Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer of CoorsTek, speak to students. His visit was part of LCU’s ongoing initiative to develop leadership among students, faculty and staff.