Mr. Aaron Stephenson and Ms. Samantha Turley were named Mr. and Ms. LCU 2014 by the Lubbock Christian University student body.
Ms. Turley is an English major and music minor from Pampa. While attending LCU, Turley was involved in the musical groups Praise Choir, Chamber Singers, and Forte, and served as President of Choir during this time. She was in Honors and served as Vice President and Activities Director on the honors advisory board. Turley was a Master Follies director for Zeta Gamma two years, and banquet director one. She was also an active cast member in LCU theatre all four years.
Turley was inducted into the Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society, Alpha Chi Honors Society, and Kappa Delta Pi Education Honors Society. She is on the President’s list and she was accepted to present her senior research project at LCU’s 2014 Scholars Colloquium.
“LCU has given me confidence to experience things that I never thought that I could before,” Ms. Turley comments. “It has made me question my limits and refuse to settle for less. I feel so honored to be considered an embodiment of the values of LCU.”
After graduation, Turley hopes to attend graduate school at Pepperdine University for Screenwriting Film and Television. She intends to pursue a career in writing.
Mr. Aaron Stephenson is a biology major and a Lubbock native. During his time at LCU, Stephenson was very active in athletics. He played basketball all four years, received Academic All Conference two years, and served as president of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. Stephenson was a counselor for camp Encounter and an orientation leader, where he won the Tyler Wilson award for best orientation leader.
In addition to being named Mr. LCU, Stephenson was also voted Homecoming King for 2014 by the student body. He made the President’s list or Dean’s list every semester while attending LCU. Stephenson was selected to travel to Peru for a medical mission trip sponsored by LCU in May.
“My experience at LCU has been one that has made me a stronger person and I have grown immensely during these four years,” says Mr. Stephenson. “My academic knowledge has been sharpened by our top notch faculty. My athletic ability was pushed to the limits by Coach Duncan and Coach Imes. Most importantly, my spiritual life grew because of the place that LCU is; because of the faculty and staff, and because of my fellow peers and colleagues. LCU has changed me, it has taught me that my identity is not in athletics, relationships, or careers, but in Christ alone.”
Stephenson plans to go to optometry school in either Houston or San Antonio after graduation. After becoming a licensed optometrist, he wishes to open a private practice.
At the conclusion of each school year, LCU faculty nominate a list of men and women who represent LCU and the student body votes on who they believe encompass LCU from a student perspective. The recipients for Mr. and Ms. LCU are then announced at the Student Awards Dinner.
Watch an interview with all six nominees prior to the dinner. Ms. LCU honorees include Abbi Brock and Emily Pool. Mr. LCU honorees include Caleb Blakeney and Chase Smith.
Lubbock Christian University has more than 2000 students and is a four-year private master's level institution that promotes unique educational opportunities with a strategic focus on student success in four key areas: spiritual formation, intellectual growth, personal stewardship and leadership development. Degree programs are offered for both bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees. For over 55 years, the school has offered academic excellence in a Christian environment. For more information about Lubbock Christian University visit their website at www.lcu.edu.