Thursday, January 24, 2013

Going International

"It's a small world after all"...that refrain rings incredibly true at the start of each new semester when we welcome a new group of students from literally every corner of the world. The photo below shows just a handful of our new international students from South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Haiti this semester.


LeTourneau University has a goal of reaching every workplace in every nation. This ambitious goal that was established by Dr. Lunsford is two-fold, though. It is not simply about sending students out into all the world. It is also about bringing them in, exposing both the incredible academics as well as the Good News of Jesus Christ to an entire world of students.

LETU students have a long history of not seeing borders. With every new semester, our student population grows increasingly more diverse. The incoming students bring with them unique traditions, foods and languages. They add incredible richness to our campus and allow all of our students the opportunity to learn in ways that a mere classroom and books could never provide. Our Chief Information Officer at LETU, Matthew Henry, hosts an entire group of international students in his home every Thanksgiving and Christmas. As these students often can't fly home over the break, Matthew opens his home to share traditional American holidays with them. You can read about this incredible story in the Longview News-Journal here.

What does this mean to you as a faithful LETU alumnus, dedicated faculty member, or friend of the university? It means that our LETU family is growing. It means that LeTourneau University is following in the footsteps of our founder. We are carrying the Good News of Jesus Christ into every workplace and every nation. It also means that we are opening our doors to every nation to come be a part of the most exciting time in LETU history. It means that YOUR LeTourneau family is growing more beautiful in the diversity of God's creation.

If you'd like to learn more about some of our incredible international programs, check out LETU's Office of International Studies here on our website and here on Facebook.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

IncrediblyAlumni: Carrie Fitchett - International Tour Director

Carrie Fitchett ('98, BBA), a tour guide for Educational Travel Adventures, was recently featured in National Geographic's Intelligent Travel blog about the perks of her profession. She's living out her dream job leading groups of travelers through some of the world's most famous sights.

Interested in a career like Carrie's? Check out our International Studies major. But not every YellowJacket has to travel for a living to impact every workplace and every nation. What's your story?

Monday, January 14, 2013

Stay Up-To-Date

LeTourneau University is a very dynamic place. If you look outside on campus, there is always a building project underway. In our labs, there is a constant bubble of test tubes and whir of gears. LeTourneau is an incredibly innovative place. Ingenuity is around every corner. LETU Alumni, what continues to take place on campus every day is a part of YOUR story. The awesome accomplishments being made today are, in part, thanks to the groundwork that you laid here a few years or even decades ago.

There are many reasons, as fans of LeTourneau University, to stay up-to-date on what's happening on campus. We happen to think one of the best reasons is simply that it's fascinating stuff. LETU students are ingenious and there isn't a day that goes by here that there isn't something crazy cool happening. Whether that is a group of students carrying the Gospel of Jesus Christ to another continent or simply the spark of genius that yields new alternatives to fossil fuels, creative ways of adapting wheel chairs to the harsh terrain of Africa, or the low-cost production of hand-pumped wells for third-world countries…the stories are incredible.

And you can easily keep up with all of them through the LeTourneau University website and other internet tools like Facebook. If you are on Facebook, take a few minutes today to become a fan of any or all of our exciting university pages. You'll find link to those pages below.

One of these pages is our Aviation Facebook page. Something incredible has happened on that page over the past year. We brag on every one of our students when they receive new certifications or do excellent work. Many of our aviation alumni have stepped in to congratulate the students too. These words of encouragement from you mean the world to a student who has worked hard for the honors they receive. You can really encourage lives with a few simple words.

So take a few minutes today. Check out what's happening around here. 
You'll be blown away! 

View our full list of social media links to learn more.