Lubbock Christian University
|Lubbock Christian University|
|Religious affiliation||Churches of Christ|
|Chancellor||L. Ken Jones|
|Location||Lubbock, Texas, USA|
|Colors||Blue and White|
Lubbock Christian University is a private Christian university associated with the Churches of Christ located in Lubbock, Texas, in the United States. It was established in 1957. A fall 2012 count showed 2,135 students enrolled at Lubbock Christian University, of which nearly 500 are graduate students. LCU is located just off Loop 289.
In 1954 the State of Texas approved the operation of a private educational institution for students from kindergarten through college. An elementary school was established that year, and a junior college was added in 1957. F. W. Mattox was the founding president. Accreditation as a senior college came in 1972. Advancement to university status came in the fall of 1987. Presidents who have led Lubbock Christian University are F. W. Mattox (1957-1974), W. Joe Hacker (1974-1976), Harvie Pruitt (1976-1982), Steven S. Lemley (1982-1993), L. Ken Jones (1993-2012), and L. Timothy Perrin, whose investiture was September 27, 2012.
The Katie Rogers Hall is a women's dormitory for 250 students. It was built in the 1960s and underwent major renovation in 1999. The Katie Rogers Courtyard houses forty-eight upperclass women with private bedrooms and semi-private bathrooms.
Johnson Hall is the men's dormitory and can house nearly two hundred men. The Mabee Living Center has capacity to house 48 upperclassmen. Residents have private bedrooms and semi-private bathroom. The university also offers university apartments for upperclassmen, married students with no children, and graduate students. Apartments are located on the west and east sides of campus.
Built in 1961, the Betty Hancock Campus Center once served as the university's cafeteria. A newer, more contemporary cafeteria, known as "the Caf," has since been added. A parlor is also available for receptions.
The McDonald Moody auditorium has a seating capacity of 1166 and serves as the venue for daily chapel assemblies. The Allison Music center is adjacent to the Moody auditorium. The center has rehearsal halls for bands and choruses, 12 practice rooms, and also houses the music professors' offices.
The Rhodes-Perrin Field House (now know as the "Recreational Center") serves as the athletic center and houses the Ramona Perrin Fitness Center. The building has an indoor oval running track, volleyball, basketball, and badminton courts. The department of Kinesiology has its offices there. This building is currently under renovation.
The Mabee American Heritage Center houses the department of history, political science, and English, the Cardwell Lecture Hall, and administrative offices. Other administrative offices are housed in F. W. Mattox Administrative Building. Built in 1958, the Mattox Administrative building was the first permanent brick structure on campus. The 2nd floor of the building contains the offices of the department of Business.
The Mabee Science Laboratory, built in 1970, houses the department of Natural and Physical Sciences. The building also contains laboratories and equipment rooms.
The Associate Behavioral Science Building was built in 1967 and houses the Department of Behavioral Sciences which include psychology, sociology, and social work. The building also houses the counseling center.
The department of Natural Sciences is located in the Cook Agricultural Environmental Building.
The Maddox-Pugh Educational Center houses the department of Education, a computer lab, several classrooms, and the West Texas Core Knowledge Center.
The Art Building contains classrooms for painting, drawing, and design. The archaeology center is also housed there.
The C.L. Kay Christian Development Center houses the Bible department It was built in 1974.
The Center for Academic Achievement was completed in 2007 and houses the Communications, Fine Arts and Mathematics departments. The Center for Student Success is also located in this facility.
The Mabee Nursing Center opened in 1994. It has a lab for the nursing programs and multipurpose classrooms for the nursing students.
The Rip Griffin Center (aka "The Rip") houses the university's intercollegiate athletic teams. It can seat up to 1,925 with an additional 565 when floor seating is utilized.
Newly constructed on the north end of campus is the Cardwell Welcome Center. Completed in 2010, the Welcome Center will qualify for a Silver to Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council under its LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System.
In November 2010, Lubbock Christian University began offering graduate online graduate degrees via Online-lcu.com.
The university is not affiliated with national fraternities and sororities in the traditional sense. Lubbock Christian University has had gender-based "Social Clubs". The women's social clubs are Christliche Damen, Zeta Gamma, Kappa Phi Kappa, and Lambda Omega Alpha. The men's social clubs are Koinonia, Kyodai, Alpha Chi Delta, and Sub T-16.
There is actually one social club on campus that has chapters at other Christian schools. Sub T-16 Men's social club which was founded on the campus by F. W. Mattox, who also served as the first president of Lubbock Christian. The university is also affiliated with several professional organizations including Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), Students in Free Enterprise, and the Student Education Association.
The university's online newspaper is the DusterToday.
LCU also has an a cappella ensemble called Best Friends. They tour across the country and record studio albums. Several of their alumni have gone on to work for The Acappella Company, an established member of the a cappella community.
Lubbock Christian University teams, nicknamed athletically as the Chaparrals, are part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II level, competing in the Heartland Conference. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf and soccer; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball and volleyball.
Some noteworthy accomplishments by the sports programs are:
- Chaparral Baseball won the NAIA World Series in 1983 and 2009, and came in second in 2011;
- Lady Chaparral Softball won the National Championship the year the program began; and
- Lady Chaparral Basketball was in the NAIA tournament championship game in 2006, the quarterfinals in 2008 and the Fab Four in 2012.
- R. Gerald Turner, President of Southern Methodist University
- James Johnson, Former President of Ohio Valley University
- Larry Hays, retired Texas Tech Red Raiders baseball coach
- The Otwell Twins, singers on The Lawrence Welk Show, Amarillo businessmen
- Randy Velarde, Retired Major League Baseball player
- Shane Shuttlesworth, President, Osteogenics
- Rob Evans, former head men's basketball coach, University of Mississippi, and Arizona State University
- Marvin Lee Aday, musician and actor - attended briefly in 1965 then transferred to North Texas State College
The roadrunner or chaparral is the sports emblem of Lubbock Christian University.
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- Williams, Don (2012-07-13). "LCU to move from NAIA to NCAA Division ii". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved 2012-09-27.
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