The 2015 Alumni Dinner was held during Homecoming weekend, and preparations are being made for the next Alumni Awards Dinner.
Distinguished Alumnus Award: Denny Bullard (67)
The Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award is given to an alum who has had significant professional and/or personal achievement. This year’s recipient, Denny Bullard (67), received his associates degree from LCC and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University. Denny is Senior Vice President of Operations Services for Pioneer Natural Resources and currently serves on the Texas Tech University Industry Advisory Board for Petroleum Engineering and the Texas Tech University Dean’s Council. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts.
F.W Mattox Award: LCU Associates
The FW Mattox award is given in recognition of excellence and outstanding service to the university. This year’s recipients are the LCU Associates. The organizational meeting for the Associates occurred on April 29, 1958, in the LCU cafetorium barracks. One of the first projects was to sew curtains for the windows. By October of that year there were 900 charter members. Many are still active participants. The organization has raised almost $3 million for LCU. Each year, the Associates fund unbudgeted items for departments and offices. Their ongoing project is providing funds for the library to purchase books and other media requested by the faculty. Funds were also raised to convert the library card catalog to an online catalog. The Associates will celebrate the 100th birthday of the Arnett House in 2015.
K.C. Moser Award: Tim (79) and Rebecca (Henderson 79) Talley
The KC Moser award is given to an alum who has demonstrated excellence and outstanding service to the church. This year’s recipients, Tim (79) and Rebecca (Henderson 79) Talley, have spent the majority of their lives in ministry on the mission field, serving the people of East Africa. For approximately 27 years, 1985 to 2012, they worked with churches and villagers of Kenya and Tanzania, supported by the Broadway Church. Tim’s first 12 years in Kenya saw him involved in a rural work of evangelism, church planting, and leadership training among the Giriama people group, working in their mother tongue. Rebecca taught rural women in Kigiriama and urban women in Swahili as well as providing counseling support to women with marriage problems. During this period, Jim Beck and Tim started the Uzima Christian Training Center in Malindi, Kenya that continues to serve as a regional training center for Christians of coastal Kenya. Rebecca currently is an adjunct professor at LCU in the Bible department.
Gary and Pat Estep Award: Dr. Willie K. Sang (75 to 78)
Dr. Willie K. Sang (’75 to ’78), Chief Research Officer at Kenya Medical Research Institute, has been named recipient of the Gary and Pat Estep Awardin recognition of excellence and outstanding contributions to the sciences. He is the principal investigator for the Walter Reed Project and East African Public Health Laboratory Networking Project (EAPHLNP). He also serves as the head of the Center for Microbiology Research (CMR). Dr. Sang earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya (2003 to 2007), a Masters in Medical Microbiology from the London School of Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom (1987 to 1988) and a Bachelors in Microbiology from Texas Tech University USA (1978 to 1981). While a student, he was active in campus life and was a member of the Lubbock Christian University cross country team, being named all-American in 1977. In addition to his studies, Sang received extensive training at the Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, the Osaka Medical School in Japan and Gifu Medical School, Japan and was attached at the Public Health Laboratories at Collindale, UK. He is credited with numerous publications.
Young Alumna of the Year: Elizabeth (Atkinson 02) Ryan
The Young Alumna of the Year award goes to an alum aged 40 years or younger for their distinguished service to LCU and/or professional achievement. Elizabeth (Atkinson 02) Ryan is a summa cum laude graduate of Lubbock Christian University with a B.A. in Humanities (emphasis in pre-law) and a minor in Biblical Studies. She received her J.D. cum laude from Texas Tech University School of Law, where she served as the executive student writing editor for the "Law Review". In January2011, Governor Susana Martinez appointed Elizabeth to New Mexico’s Environmental Improvement Board (EIB), where she currently serves as board secretary. She’s also an active member of Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico. She has served on the board for the State Bar of New Mexico Section on Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law and is a trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation as well as the New Mexico author for the Foundation’s Mineral Law Newsletter. Elizabeth is a published author on issues ranging from appellate review to oil and gas topics and was the 2011 president of the Chaves County DWI Planning Council.