2017 Alumni Awards

The 2017 Alumni Dinner was held during Homecoming weekend, and preparations are being made for the next Alumni Awards Dinner.

The following five award categories are considered on an annual basis to distinguish alumni that have contributed in dedication and service to the university and/or made strides in their professional fields and personal achievements:

  • The Young Alum of the Year award goes to an alum aged 40 years or younger for their distinguished service to LCU and/or professional achievement.
  • The Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award is given to an alum who has had significant professional and/or personal achievement.
  • The K. C. Moser Award is bestowed on deserving members of the alumni community for significant contributions to the church and to ministry. This year’s award goes to a couple who work side-by-side to share the message of Christ through language.
  • The F. W. Mattox Award is presented to deserving members of the alumni community who have demonstrated outstanding service to the university.
  • The Gary & Pat Estep Award is given to an alumna, alumnus, or special friend of the university who has made advancements, breakthroughs, or other significant contributions to the sciences. The Estep Award was not awarded in 2017.

The 60th Anniversary Enduring Legacy Award is a special one-time award established in recognition of Dr. B. Wayne & Yvonne Hinds for their contributions and service to the University.


Young Alumnus of the Year

Calder Hendrickson came to LCU with dreams of a career in baseball. When an injury ended his dream, he focused on his studies in Youth and Family Ministry. Shortly after graduation in 2009, he encountered a gentleman who introduced him to a product that made water last longer in soils. Hendrickson purchased the patent and continued to promote the technology as founder and CEO of AquaSmart. Other Major League franchises followed suit after the Oakland A’s began using AquaSmart PRO to hold more moisture in their infield skin. 

He and his team have gone from a patent used in sports fields to having over 20+ patents that are being developed and deployed in the Oil & Gas, Concrete, Agriculture, and Lawn & Garden markets.  AquaSmart now focuses on using the technology to increase energy production through hydraulic fracturing, reduce infrastructure cost, produce more food, and reduce water consumption around the globe. 2015 Forbes Magazine 30-Under-30 list named Hendrickson in recognition of his company’s success.

His wife, Ceri, graduated from LCU with an agriculture business degree. They have two future Chaps, Celah and Case.

LYNN (‘74) & JANIE (‘73) HARMS

K. C. Moser Award 

Lynn and Janie Harms achieved degrees in Education from LCC. Janie used her knowledge and experience as a principal, registrar, and teacher at Kingdom Preparatory Academy in Lubbock. She was a home educator for their four daughters, Elizabeth Siebert (‘06), Alicia Black (‘05), Anne-Marie, and April. In addition to private school and home education, Janie has served as an education and curriculum developer for Broadway Church of Christ in Lubbock.

Viewed as an expert in his field, Lynn provided staff development consultation for Hacienda of Hope in Ecuador and was a charter member of the Public-Private Partnership, a consortium of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and private Child Care Providers. Lynn led the Christian Homes and Family Services Association and Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services as president and served as executive director at Christian Homes of Arklatex in Shreveport, LA. With Janie by his side, he served as president of both the Texas Boy’s Ranch and the Children’s Home of Lubbock. In 2016, he participated in the successful transition of a new president and remains involved in the work of the Children’s Home as past president and advocate.



John King graduated with an Associates degree from LCC and met his wife, Elaine, while completing undergraduate studies at Harding. Elaine continued her education as a member of LCC’s four-year class. Their son Jonathan, and daughter Jennifer, and their spouses are all LCU graduates. Their four grandchildren are destined to be future Chaps. 

King has served the University in many important ways throughout his 47-year tenure. He worked with six University presidents, held key roles in six successful capital campaigns, and developed key alumni, donor and board relationships. He has been responsible for admissions, alumni relations, financial aid, university relations, and university advancement. It is fair to say that his steadfast commitment and service to our University will continue to impact positively, the lives of alumni, future alumni, and their children and grandchildren.

In addition to developing Encounter and Camp Champion, King led a Pine Springs Camp session and served as a Pine Springs board member. When Pine Springs became owned and operated by LCU, King hired LCU students as counselors and encouraged youth ministers to direct sessions and bring youth groups full of prospective LCU students. King is still a member of the Pine Springs Board and manages the operations on behalf of the University.


Distinguished Alumnus of the Year

Alan Rhodes and his wife, Robyn (‘79), met as students at LCC. Avid supporters of their Alma Mater, they established the Rhodes Educational Scholarship that provides support for students with a special gift in teaching. They also established The Rhodes Family Institute for Undergraduate Research, and have leadership roles in the 2020 Vision Campaign. They have three children and three grandchildren.

Rhodes began his practice of law with Underwood Law Firm in Amarillo immediately following graduation from Texas Tech School of Law in 1983. He is now president of the same law firm. Rhodes was general counsel for the Baptist St. Anthony’s Health System in Amarillo when the organization merged with a specialty physician hospital, acquired a cancer center and completed a $60,000,000 addition. The Dutch families Rhodes and his agriculture partner helped move from Denmark, along with families from California, have changed the face of Texas agriculture. Rhodes led the transaction team for the Stan Kroenke acquisition of the Waggoner Ranch, the largest ranch in the United States under a single fence, and served as lead counsel when the purchase closed in February 2016. 

Rhodes partners with Joe Bob McCartt on commercial real estate transactions with syndicated properties valued at $120,000,000. He partners with Kevin Nelson as the Texas franchisees of My Place Hotels. Their newest hotel is in Lubbock, and they have committed to building 30 Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico hotels.  Rhodes is a current member of the LCU Board of Trustee and LCU Foundation Board of Trustees, and past-president for many other boards and worthy causes.


60TH Anniversary Enduring Legacy Award

Dr. B. Wayne Hinds came to our University in the role of music department chairman in 1957. His wife, Yvonne, wrote the words to the Alma Mater, and he composed the music. Today, Yvonne is affectionately known as Mama Hinds.

He founded A Cappella Chorus in 1957 and directed the chorus until he retired in 1998. He formed the first LCC Band and Music Masters. Master Follies was performed and produced by Music Masters until responsibility shifted to social clubs. Dr. Hinds also founded Meistersingers and directed the chorus until he turned it over to Charles Cox in 1960. Meistersingers continued in Cox’s capable hands until he retired in 1996. Dr. Philip Camp continues the choral tradition with one chorus named Praise Choir. Through the years, each of these choruses has played a vital role in promoting awareness, recruiting prospective students, and sharing Christ’s love through music. 

The Hinds spent thousands of hours preparing for concerts, traveling the United States and taking chorus members on at least twenty-five mission trips abroad. Strong bonds of love and respect still exist between Dr. Hinds and his students. The Alma Mater remains unchanged and many of the traditions they established continue to live on through Dr. Philip Camp, Praise Choir, Master Follies, other musical programs on campus.