The 2016 Alumni Awards Luncheon took place during Homecoming Weekend at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 12. At the luncheon, five awards were presented to recognize six awardees for 2016: Rachel Curtis (’03), Royce Hunter (’62), Craig and Leslee Altrock (’91), Hanson Ling (’69), and Patti J. Patterson (’78).

The following five awards are presented annually 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.


Rachel Curtis (’03)

Young Alumna of the Year

Rachel (Henderson) Curtis graduated from LCU in 2003 with a BS in Exercise Science and Nutrition. After graduation, Rachel amassed an impressive collection of fitness certifications and qualifications including being an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Cooper Institute Certified Health Promotions Director, and ACE Certified Advanced Health Coach.

After graduation and as she started her career, Rachel routinely held fitness classes for women in school gyms, cafeterias, and various locations. These small meetings would eventually grow into P31, a program based on biblical principles of truth, which she and her husband, Braughn, have enjoyed building into a franchised-based business. Rachel is also a JuicePlus+ representative and helps her husband with his company, Custom Team Bags.

Rachel and Braughn have four children, Madison, Jaxon, Taylor, and Reagan, and reside in Trenton, TX.


Royce Hunter (’62)

Distinguished Alumnus of the Year

Royce Hunter grew up in Lubbock and graduated from Lubbock Christian University in 1962. In 1964, he married Barbara Brown (’62) and graduated with a degree in Economics from Texas Tech University.

Royce began his highly-successful career with Southwestern Life Insurance Company in 1964, where he eventually served in several high ranking positions, including President, until he became one of the owners of Lone Star Life in 1988 and remained Chairman and CEO until 1999. He continued to serve as an independent consultant to insurance companies and financial management organizations until he retired in 2006.

Royce has held a distinguished record of service on a variety of boards including the Board of Trustees for Lubbock Christian University. He was awarded the F.W. Mattox Award in 1996 for outstanding service to LCU. Hunter was also recognized for excellence as Fellow, Life Office Management Association.

Royce and Barbara have three children, Lezlie Suzanne, Ronald, and Lorri Hunter Kendrick, and five grandchildren.

Craig and Leslee Altrock (’91)

K. C. Moser Award

Dr. Craig Altrock and his wife, Leslee (Duncan) Altrock both graduated from Lubbock Christian University in 1991 with degrees in Bible and Education, respectively. Craig went on to achieve his Masters of Divinity in 1995 and his Doctorate of Ministry in 2005, both from the Harding School of Theology.

Craig and Leslee have both been involved in and provided leadership for the Let’s Start Talking Ministry (LST) since 1998, having participated in LST projects since 1992. Leslee currently serves LST as Team Developer and provides critical support to the ministry. Craig currently serves as Senior Director of Operations at LST and is responsible for all aspects of the ministry on a daily basis.

Dr. Altrock has also written an 80-page book called The Shaping of God’s People: One Story of How God Is Shaping the North American Church through Short-Term Missions.

Craig and Leslee have three children: Joshua, Matthew, and Andrew. Their family is heavily involved with the Hills Church of Christ in North Richland Hills, TX.


Hanson Ling (’69)

F. W. Mattox Award

Hanson Ling came to Lubbock Christian University in 1969 and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas Tech University in 1971. He achieved his Master of Fine Arts in 1973 and began his life of service to LCU when he returned to teach in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.

Hanson has worked at Texas Tech Health Science Center for close to 30 years, and also enjoys work as a commercial artist, calligrapher, camera man, and print stripping expert.

Hanson has provided leading gifts to the university, including one for the Diana Ling Center for Academic Achievement, which was dedicated to his aunt in 2011. His most recent support was in the form of the leading gift for the James and Jeanette Ling Science Center that broke ground on August 31, 2015, and is scheduled to be operational fall 2017.

Hanson’s aunt, Diana Ling, and brother, Mason Ling, are both deceased. His parents, James and Jeanette Ling, had four other children: Hanson, and three brothers, Jason, Lonson, and Samson.


Patti J. Patterson (’78), MD, MPH

Gary & Pat Estep Award

Patti Patterson graduated from Lubbock Christian University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1978. She received her MD from University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1982 and achieved a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston in 1990.

Dr. Patterson has been heavily engaged with the Texas Department of Health throughout her career, serving as a Pediatric Consultant, Chief of the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, Executive Deputy Commissioner, and ultimately Commissioner of Health for the State of Texas.

From 2000 to 2007, she served as Vice President of Rural and Community Health for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and currently serves as Director of Child Protection Pediatrics and Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Education and Public Health. Dr. Patterson is an active member of the LCU Board of Trustees, serving on several committees.

Dr. Patterson’s husband, Scott Zapalac, served as president of Olive Branch Ministries International until his passing in 2012. She continues the great work of Olive Branch Ministries, reaching out to the children and adults around the globe who need the healing hand of Jesus.