At Saturday’s undergraduate commencement ceremony, the deans of Lubbock Christian University’s three colleges awarded a student from their respective college for excellence in their studies. The three graduates who received the Dean’s Award are Tara Espindola for the Hancock College of Liberal Arts and Education, Cassandra Brooks Coppedge for the B. Ward Lane College of Professional Studies, and Tim J. White for the College of Biblical Studies and Behavioral Sciences.
Espindola completed her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in Early Childhood Education degree Saturday with a 4.0 GPA. She is from Duncan, Oklahoma, and came to LCU after completing mission work in South Africa through the AIM program. While at LCU, Espindola was an officer in Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society and the Alpha Chi Honor Society.
“Tara Espindola whole-heartedly believes in letting her light shine before men, so that God is glorfied,” says Annette Mahan, assistant professor and professional development coordinator for the School of Education. “Along with her bright mind, she has a kind and compassionate heart. The faculty in the School of Education are pleased that she chose a profession to use her mind, heart, and passion for God as she works with children and their families.”
Coppedge received a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree Saturday and graduated with the highest GPA in the B. Ward Lane College of Professional Studies. She is from Mesquite, Texas, and will be attending Dentistry school this upcoming year. While attending LCU, Coppedge was a member of the TRIO program, on the LCU women’s soccer and cross country teams, and in May of 2013 she went with a group to Peru on a medical mission trip.
“I got to witness first hand her compassionate and serving spirit on this mission trip,” says Dr. Toby Rogers, Dean of the B. Ward Lane College of Professional Studies. “She is loved by her professors and is often relied on as a tutor for many of the most difficult science classes. It is truly an honor to be able to give this award to such a well-rounded and deserving young lady.”
White graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Youth and Family Ministry. White is from Lubbock and is a Navy veteran. His passions have led him to work with Carpenter’s Church in downtown Lubbock. He plans to pursue graduate school in Marriage and Family Counseling.
“Tim is an excellent student and a family man who has a heart for ministry—especially for the disenfranchised,” says Dr. Jesse Long, Dean of the College of Biblical Studies and Behavioral Sciences.