On Nov. 11, a series of Science Lectures provided academic enrichment opportunities for students and celebrated the sciences at Lubbock Christian University with a chuck wagon dinner.
This year, the lectures welcomed two guests: Stefanie (Fleming) Bailey (’10) and Dr. Bo Brock. Bailey is working on her Ph.D in cancer research, while Brock is a local veterinarian and author. In between the two lectures, guests had the opportunity to enjoy a chuck wagon dinner as a special celebration for the LCU 60th anniversary.
"Both lectures were over different categories, talking about very different things: medical research and veterinary work," said freshman nursing major T. J. Topp. "Both were very interesting, funny even, but also were serious. They showed us a glimpse of what is going on in different scientific fields."
The free lectures, sponsored by the Natural Sciences department at LCU, began in 2006 as a means to bring professionals in scientific fields to campus to further student education. From 2006-2011, LCU hosted 9 guest speakers for the science lectures.
“The intent is to bring speakers to campus so that our students can learn about current topics in science, interact with our guests about careers, seek advice about graduate and professional schools, and to model professionalism,” said Dr. Andy Laughlin, chair of natural sciences.
Of the speakers this year, Laughlin explained, “The benefit to our current students was the example of professionalism that Stefanie demonstrated and that Stefanie came through LCU taking the same classes they are currently taking and can be successful – successful as a Ph.D. student at one of the leading and most prestigious cancer research institutions in the country.”
He continued, “The additional value to our students was seeing Dr. Bo Brock and recognizing that it is important to do your work well, as working for the Lord, but to also have the ability to laugh and appreciate the joy in your career.”
Though the past four years have not featured lectures, the Natural Sciences department felt that the LCU 60th anniversary was an opportune time to relaunch the tradition and intend to continue holding lectures annually.
Visit the Natural Sciences Department page to learn more about the sciences at LCU.