Almost a decade ago, Joel Martin (class of 2013, History and English Education major from Salida, CO) had the distinction of being the first of two students featured in our departmental advertising brochures sent to prospective students. In addition to exceptional academic work, Joel worked in the ChapDesk and the University Writing Center and was involved in many organizations on campus. He also met his lovely bride, Lauren Hise Martin, during one of his very first weeks at LCU.
When asked about his experiences in our department, Joel responded: "While I was at LCU, the Humanities department proved time and time again that not only were they interested in teaching me, but also in seeing me grow as a person. Each member gave me a different perspective on life, and taught me that critically thinking about any situation is important to making the world a better place. I cherish each moment I had getting to know them, and I will never forget the impact they had on my life." Currently, Joel is employed at Texas Tech, managing an education-style platform very similar to YouTube. His role is pivotal in Tech faculty being successful teaching online and in asynchronous learning. He continues to enjoy being connected to and forming relationships with faculty, just as he did during his tenure at LCU. We are thankful for Joel, his work here and his continued good work in Lubbock, and for being an ambassador for the value of a Humanities degree.