LCU Community Health Update - Coronavirus
The CDC has urged communities to plan for the likely future spread of COVID-19 in the United States. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is very important, and Lubbock Christian University will continue to monitor the situation with national, state, and local health officials as we work to ensure the safety of our community.
As with other viruses, the CDC recommends everyday preventive actions like frequent hand washing, staying home when sick, and covering coughs and sneezes.
Go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html for additional details and for the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
Even though the spring semester is now complete, the pace here at LCU has not slowed much. Across the university, we are working diligently to offer online summer classes and finish up the details for the spring semester. We are also creating alternative opportunities for those who would have attended one of our vibrant summer camps and are preparing for reopening the campus for our fall semester – lots of productivity and effort. We are looking forward with great confidence and courage about being back together for the fall. Below are some of the details of these efforts and other updates:
I began these weekly emails to keep you informed of changes being made in response to the dynamic and quickly evolving situations created by the Coronavirus pandemic. Over the course of the summer, I will be communicating with you as new developments arise and updates are needed.
As I have said to you before, I have been so impressed with the heart, talent, and abilities of the LCU leadership, faculty, and staff. They are passionately working with an audience of one in mind in their efforts to educate, engage with, and care for our students. We are excited about having our continuing students back on campus this fall, and we pray for God’s blessing on our new and returning students, and on our new graduates.
Blessings on you and your family.
Greetings LCU family,
As we conclude finals for the spring 2020 semester, I am writing to congratulate you on completing a very challenging semester with an amazing amount of poise and grace.
I particularly want to applaud our new graduates and invite you to watch a special video message from Provost Mills and me. We are proud of your accomplishments and invite you to come back to campus to celebrate in person this summer. We will have a university photographer in the campus mall on Friday, August 21, from noon to 7:00 p.m. to take complimentary photos of graduates in their regalia with their families. Commencement itself will take place on August 22, 2020, at 10:00 AM in the Rip Griffin Center.
While our business partner that creates LCU’s regalia (complete with monogrammed sleeves) was also shut down during the pandemic, they anticipate having your regalia in the mail to you by May 15.
Earlier this week we were thrilled to announce Matt Bumstead as our new Dean of LCU’s School of Business. The longtime, Lubbock business professional and civic leader was selected from a field of exceptional finalists and will begin his role at the beginning of the fall 2020 semester, following the retirement of current dean, Tracy Mack.
Bumstead is no stranger to LCU. In 2016, he was appointed CEO-in-Residence for the LCU School of Business with the express purpose of engaging students from the perspective of his real-world professional experiences of integrating faith into the workplace. The capstone class he teaches for graduating seniors draws on his expertise as a practitioner to equip LCU business students to become Christ-centered industry leaders and to advance LCU’s "business as ministry" initiative.
Matt is an active member of the Lubbock community and is best known for his distinguished career with United Supermarkets, having served as co-president for nine years and on their board 17 years. He has also served in numerous leadership roles in organizations including Lubbock Area United Way, Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, the Texas Methodist Foundation, and Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association.
As he considered this appointment, Matt said, “We are a business school focused on creating lasting success and long-term returns by staying focused on what really matters to businesses in the real world. Graduates of the LCU School of Business will be sought after – not only for their strong work ethic, humility, and integrity, but also for mission-focused energy, positive contribution, winning attitude, and commitment to high standards in all they do. Our commitment and expectation is this: any firm that hires one of our students will want another one as soon as possible.”
We are thrilled to have Matt in his new expanded role, and all of us look forward to having you on campus this fall.
Have a great weekend, and “Go Chaps!”
P.S. I would love for you to follow me on Facebook at https://facebook.com/LCUPresMcDowell where you will find more updates and information about everything happening at LCU.
Greetings LCU Family,
As you head into the final weekend of the semester, I am writing to share some important updates.
I utilized the virtual format to participate in my first LCU board meeting today. Even though we were literally scattered across the country, the spirit of love and support for our LCU students and the LCU mission was palpable. I am so grateful to be part of the Lubbock Christian University community and I anxiously await our safe re-opening this fall.
Have a great weekend.
As we begin the final week of classes next week and "head down the home stretch" of what has clearly been a surreal semester, please know that I am praying for all of you to finish strong.
I know that each of you has navigated this journey of uncertainty in a unique way, but as I have watched you do so I can tell you unequivocally that I have been inspired.
You are resilient. You are faithful. You are courageous. You are creative. You are LCU! I am so glad to be a part of this community.
New Points of Clarity:
Blessings on your weekend!
Greetings from Lubbock,
In spite of the stay at home restrictions, I've been fortunate in the opening weeks of my time here at LCU to interact virtually with literally hundreds of the Lubbock Christian and greater Lubbock community listening to advice and answering questions. One of the questions submitted asked about my "first 90 days plan" and when I saw that I couldn't help but smile.
I thought of the old Woody Allen line, "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans." I've also been reminded of the expression to "plan for the worst but hope for the best." While we certainly don't know yet how long these restrictions will last, news in recent days has given us reason to hope.
I'm certainly hopeful about welcoming our students back to campus for the fall semester and ask you to continue to remember LCU in your prayers.
New Points of Clarity:
Items still pending:
Have a good weekend and stay safe.
Greetings LCU family,
As we come to the conclusion of what Christians traditionally call Holy Week and anticipate Easter Sunday, we do so with the great hope that this linchpin of our faith gives us even as we continue to navigate the fluid and uncertain world of COVID-19.
New Points of Clarity:
Items still pending:
Thank you for the wonderful welcome you have extended to me and my family. We absolutely love Lubbock, Texas and are thrilled to be a part of the LCU community. We eagerly anticipate the time when we can be with all of you in person.
The words of the apostle Peter are appropriate as we enter this Easter weekend: "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Peter 1:3 NIV).
Especially during these challenging times, I pray this living hope is a reality for you and for those you love.
Greetings LCU family,
As I enter my first weekend as LCU's 7th president, I am writing to provide some key updates on our COVID-19 response and to establish a rhythm of weekly communication from this office.
Here's what we have clarity about:
Here's what is still pending:
I am so grateful to be a part of this wonderful University. I have received literally hundreds of messages, notes, and letters of encouragement as we begin this journey together.
While all of these notes have been incredibly inspiring, one of the consistent themes has been a recurring expression of empathy regarding the circumstances of this beginning.
Even though I've told many of you that I wouldn't have chosen to start this job during such a crisis, the more I reflect, the more I realize that this might just be the absolute best time to begin this journey.
When I was introduced to the community more than a month ago, I pledged to be "fully committed" to the Lord. I can tell you definitively that this pandemic has made it abundantly clear – there simply is no other way.
For Lubbock Christian University to be a success, God must make us a success.
This pandemic was not a surprise to him, and we work in joyful anticipation of how he will provide and see us through this chapter of LCU’s story.
Have a great weekend.
The events of the past several weeks associated with COVID-19 are unprecedented. We are all adjusting to a new way of doing things in new places and in new ways – and this includes day-to-day operations of the LCU Campus.
To secure the safety and health of our staff, faculty and students, and in alignment with federal, state and local health and regulatory guidelines, most of our campus facilities are closed. Only essential university employees have been granted access to our facilities, and even then, social distancing and other safety restrictions are mandated. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
LCU Public Safety will continue to provide 24-hour surveillance.
Should you confront an extraordinary circumstance and need assistance, please call LCU Public Safety at 806.928.6803.
Academic instruction and finals for all classes will be provided via distance learning through the end of the spring semester.
Distance learning will commence on Monday, March 30. Specific details regarding course access and procedures will be sent from faculty to students via email.
Our hope was to resume vibrant, on-campus life for the remainder of the semester. However, this is no longer possible, and we must take steps that are in the best interest of sustaining the educational enterprise for now. More details can be found here.
In view of the continually changing environment created by the COVID-19 pandemic, LCU is amending the guidance provided earlier this week, consistent with new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and federal, state, and local health officials. Important points are noted below:
Detailed guidelines were provided to students via their LCU email and are available here.
In view of the changing dynamics created by COVID-19, LCU is adjusting plans for campus based on the most recent guidelines released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the White House. Of utmost importance to all of us is keeping you safe and healthy, while helping you continue your academic pursuits.
As of today, based on current guidelines from the CDC and the White House, the University will be operating on the schedule as outlined below:
As we move forward with an extended break and with the utilization of distance learning when classes resume, we understand that some students will choose to stay home, while others will choose to return to campus. LCU faculty and staff are dedicated to making the experience as pleasant and effective as possible, but there may be some challenges as we all adjust to a new normal for a while. As you get into the new routine, please let us know if you are encountering any difficulties for which we might be able to offer a solution.
As stated in the Student Handbook, official communication with you as a student will occur through your LCU email account, so any changes and updates to this schedule will be shared in this medium. Updates will also be posted to the LCU website to which you can point family and friends.
The Interim Leadership Team is prayerfully dedicated to godly wisdom and discernment as they make decisions during this unique situation affecting our community, state, nation, and world. We humbly ask you to pray regularly for LCU’s campus leadership, faculty, and staff as they strive to provide you with the best possible solution for you to continue your academic pursuits with minimal disruption in a safe environment.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) occurrence has been the topic of much conversation and news coverage. Your safety and health are of critical importance and LCU leadership has been continuously monitoring reliable sources of information such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Last week, because of escalating concerns related to the spread of COVID-19 and upon the counsel of the CDC, university-sponsored international travel was suspended until further notice. Since then, you have likely heard of universities suspending on-campus classes, extending Spring Break or making other scheduling changes. While we respect the decisions made by others, we have not received any authoritative guidance indicating it would be in the best interest of LCU students to make extensive changes at this time.
The university will resume operations beginning Monday, March 23 with all student services available, however, classes will not resume until Wednesday, March 25. Students who may feel their well-being could be compromised through their ongoing activities on campus should consult with their personal physician. For those instances, a form for your physician to complete can be found here (form no longer needed) which will allow for alternative academic instruction.
The leadership team will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and seek guidance from our local, state, national, and international health agencies. While there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus on the LCU campus, this decision was made due to the unpredictability of the virus and its rapid spread. If such guidance dictates the need for further changes, we will update our plans and notify you by campus e-mail.
Spring Break will afford us an opportunity to deep clean and sanitize our facilities, to implement extra precautionary measures in the Cafeteria, and to prepare some housing options in case we need to provide quarantine accommodations to any campus residents in the future. We urge you to be vigilant in your health and well-being, taking extra precautions while on campus and while you are on spring break.
While community unfortunately provides the opportunity for disease to spread, the LCU community also provides opportunities for faith, hope and love to spread as well. We pray that the Lord will allow us to safely maintain the continuity of that community through the end of the semester.
Presidential Interim Leadership Team