LCU Honors Newsletter • Fall 2019
Honors College Newsletter
FALL 2019
Welcome from the Dean

Greetings from the Honors College! Dr. Olga Pahom (Associate Dean) and I are pleased to provide this biannual summary of the college. For the spring 2019 semester, the college includes 196 students across 42 majors with an average ACT score of 28.5. We feature here some significant events over the spring and fall semesters.
Stacy Patty
Dean, Honors College

2019 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) and the LCU Scholars Colloquium 

Honors students continue to showcase their research in both local and national settings. In April 2019, 10 Honors students presented at the 2019 NCUR at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Their presentations spanned several fields, from humanities to sciences. In addition, 37 students presented 47 research projects at the 2019 LCU Scholars Colloquium. The 47 presentations represented 33% of total colloquium presentations.

NCUR 2019
LCU students and faculty at the 2019 NCUR at Kennesaw State University in Georgia
Scholars Colloquium
Honors students Brittany Michaleson and Jessica Mealer present “Literary Analyses of Cross-cultural Literature” at the 2019 Scholars Colloquium (with Charmel Royster)
Leadership & Vocation

Honors Interns in Washington, D.C. 

Six honors students joined four other LCU students for LCU Washington internships in the summer and fall of 2019. The students represented the LCU School of Business and the College of Humanities: Alexis Carter (History), Colton Elliott (Information Systems), Jake Weathers (Criminal Justice), Carrina Garcia (Digital Media), Aaron Mason (Humanities), and Rita Reyes (Humanities).

Washington D.C. Interns
Honors Interns Rita Reyes and Carrina Garcia. Recent LCU graduate Michael Torres (interning with the Department of Education) is in the foreground.

Study Abroad 

The Honors College provides various study-abroad opportunities, including in Avila, Spain and in Oxford, England. For example, Honors student and Mattox Scholar Sarah Fantinel (English and Humanities) was our 2019 Summer Oxford Scholar. The exciting and challenging courses she took at Oxford and her extensive travels throughout England made for an experience that she describes as “simply wonderful.”

Study Abroad - Sarah
Honors student Sarah Fantinel in Oxford, England
New Academic Initiatives

Minor in Linguistics 

One of the newest academic initiatives in the Honors College is the interdisciplinary minor in linguistics under the leadership of Dr. Olga Pahom, Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Cultural Studies and Associate Dean of the Honors College. The linguistics minor prepares students for successful work in multicultural and multilingual settings, such as Bible translation, language education, marketing, technology, and foreign service. This semester, linguistics students had the opportunity to take various new courses, present papers at the Scholars Colloquium, attend a talk by Dr. Greg Pruett (president of Pioneer Bible Translators), and participate in a linguistics movie night on campus.

Dr. Olga Pahom
Dr. Olga Pahom
Alumni Connect

Nathan (Will) Wehe graduated from LCU in 2017 with a B.B.A. in Accounting. A varsity golfer and the Student Senate president in his senior year, Will also interned in Washington in the summer of 2016 (Partners for the Common Good). Will recently completed the Master of Accounting degree at Arizona State University. He is now an audit associate at Deloitte in Phoenix. We look forward to seeing Will’s many successes in the future.

Will Wehe
Will Wehe addressing the student body at Chapel on October 15

Jamila Branch was part of the first Honors cohort at LCU. She graduated in 2004 with a degree in General Kinesiology, got married, and joined the Air Force the same year. She served as an officer for six years and was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. After the completion of her military service 10 years ago, Jamila, her husband Sam, and their three boys moved back to Lubbock and became business owners of Brothers Septic Systems. She also came back to LCU and got a second degree in Accounting last December. She has been an active member of both the Veterans of Faith organization on campus and of the Honors Alumni Advisory Council. Jamila also hosted the Honors Alumni Coffee in November 2019.

Jamila Branch and her family
Upcoming Events

The Honors College celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. We will host a Homecoming luncheon on Saturday, February 8 at 12:00 pm in the Cardwell Welcome Center. Stay tuned for more information about this luncheon and other events related to the Honors anniversary.


Join us in serving students at LCU. Donations may be designated to the Honors College Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund or to the Honors College Fund.

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