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Chap Connection Refreshes, Retools, and Reunites Education Graduates

Lubbock Christian University’s School of Education held its Fourth Annual Chap Connection on Monday, Nov. 10.

Chap Connection is a professional development day for LCU School of Education graduates who have been teaching in the classroom for three years or less. Associate Professor and Secondary Education Coordinator, Dr. Cathy Box, said that the program is a way to support graduates even after they leave LCU and that the program is fashioned around their needs.

Box said that this year’s Chap Connection had a great turnout with 25 graduates in attendance. The graduates attended sessions where they shared their own teaching strategies and gained insight through panel discussions. Along with the sessions, three guest speakers were in attendance, two of which were LCU alumni. Box said that the event fosters a sense of community for the graduates.

“They’re not in this alone. LCU supports them. They have their friends they graduated with, they have their professors, they have the staff here that still supports them and keeps them connected to LCU,” Box said.

And with that sense of community, Chap Connection also aims to “refresh, retool, and reunite” the graduates. Box said that the stress of the semester can become overwhelming around November, so the event allows the graduates to step away and take a breath.

“We are trying to give them their second wind,” Box said.

Chap Connection is funded by the Jean Hines Endowment Fund and is headed by a committee of three: Jennifer Hardin, Annette Mahan, and Cathy Box. But, Box said that they received help beyond the fund and committee, “All of the School of Education pitched in to make this happen. Everyone had a part.”

Planning for the next Chap Connection will begin in April, 2015.