Lubbock Christian University was recognized as the “Private University of the Year” earlier this month by The Washington Center. The award was presented at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. as a part of the 2013 Academic Affairs Awards from The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. LCU was selected from over 450 universities across the nation.
"LCU's Washington, D.C., internship program offers a high impact, transformative experience for our students," said LCU President, Tim Perrin, of the award. "We are honored to be recognized as the private university of the year and give thanks for the strong leadership of the program provided by Dr. Stacy Patty, for the students who have participated in LCU Washington, and for our friends who have generously funded the program."
Several university leaders, current LCU interns and LCU alumni joined President Perrin to receive the award in a packed room of the National Press Club. Lubbock Christian University was honored again at the Washington Center Gala held in the National Buildings Museum in front of a dinner crowd numbering around a thousand participants, which included U.S. government dignitaries and representatives. LCU has participated in the Washington program since 2005, and since the program's inception, 32 students have experienced a working internship in our nation’s capital.
"LCU Washington offers our students unparalleled opportunities for leadership development, spiritual growth, and professional experience in the heart of a leading global city," said Dr. Patty, Director of the University Honors program and Professor of Religion and Ethics. "I am proud to receive this honor on behalf of our students, our benefactors who make the program possible, and our university."
Dr. Patty has been integral to the success of LCU Washington and his efforts to secure internships of significance for our students has been extraordinary. Dr. Patty indicates that not all the internships are political in nature – this year, students are interning at a sports consulting firm and a naval museum as well as the U.S. Department of the Interior, among other placements. Each student earns a full semester of academic credit while in Washington, not to mention the life changing experience they encounter.
The seven LCU students currently interning in D.C. were able to attend the National Press Club event and the Washington Center Gala. Angela Crouch, Keegan McCrady, Masy Miller, Crissta Morrison, Allyson Reeves, Kalee Robinson and Cameron Winegar are all enjoying their time in D.C. and were honored that their university received such a significant honor.
"It has been very exciting for us to see the impact LCU has on The Washington Center," said Robinson. "Just the idea that our university is held in such high regard among the others here is amazing. We're all very proud to be a part of this program and to represent LCU, and we're thankful for the support of the administration as well as those that fund the internship program."
Amanda Hale, LCU Alumnus and Director of Operations for the Americas Region with Deloitte LLP, joined LCU representatives in D.C. for the award presentation. “As an alum of LCU and a supporter of the LCU in Washington program, I have to say I am very excited to see LCU involved in such a strategic partnership. I believe it provides a life-changing opportunity for the students – it gives them a springboard to expand their horizons, grow their networks, and strengthen their leadership skills – all while experiencing history unfold in the heart of our nation. I just wish they had had this program when I was a student!”
Photos taken by LCU personnel can be found in the gallery below, and event photos taken by The Washington Center can be viewed here.