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Staff Report

Aug. 28, 2013

LCU students head to Washington, D.C. for fall semester

DC Interns airport
Pictured together during a layover in Dallas, the LCU Washington intern group is made up of: (top, l-r) Cameron Winegar, Keegan McCrady, Allyson Reeves and Crissta Morrison and (bottom, l-r) Angela Crouch, Masy Miller and Kalee Robinson.

Six Lubbock Christian University students departed Lubbock on Wednesday morning as they headed to Washington, D.C. for their semester of academic internships as part of the LCU Washington program. The group was adding a member on a connecting flight in Dallas, which brought the total number of students to seven for the fall semester. This group joins a legacy of 25 previous LCU interns, bringing the total of participants to 32, spanning a total of 11 semesters that the university has sent students to take part in the program since the fall semester of 2006.

Under the direction of Dr. Stacy Patty, Director of the University Honors Program and Professor of Religion and Ethics, the LCU Washington program has become one of the premier intern opportunities for the university. The Washington Center, which places some 1500-2000 students in internships each year, coming from over 450 colleges and universities, including public as well as private institutions, has named LCU the "Private University of the Year" for 2013. LCU will be honored by the National Press Club on October 7th in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Patty introduced the seven students that will be interning in D.C. this fall during an announcement to the LCU campus community and they are: Angela Crouch, Economics major, working at the Consumer Goods Forum; Keegan McCrady, Biology graduate, working at the Ecological Society of America; Masy Miller, Accounting major, working at the U.S. Department of the Interior; Crissta Morrison, Humanities/English major, working at the Koch Institute; Kalee Robinson, Sport Exercise Psychology major, working at the DLE Agency, a full service sports agency; Cameron Winegar, Youth and Family Ministry major, working at the U.S. Department of the Interior; and Allyson Reeves, Humanities/History major, working at a museum to be announced.

The students will be working 36 hours per week in professional entry-level internships, completing a rigorous co-curricular leadership/civic engagement component, and taking an academic course in the evenings. The DusterToday had the opportunity to visit with Dr. Patty as the newest group of LCU interns got set to experience life in Washington, D.C.:

Duster: With the success that LCU has enjoyed regarding the LCU Washington program, do you have any special thoughts about this new group heading to D.C.?

Dr. Patty: Overall, I think the placements are more high profile, a testimony to the reputation our previous students have left. These seven represent a wonderful diversity of interests, majors and career goals, and they go with a variety of levels of travel and intern experience. Some of them are a bit apprehensive, a natural tendency, but I have every confidence that they will do very well.

Duster: What were your one or two most encouraging things that you told the students as they got set to head out on this, for most, new adventure in life?

Dr. Patty: Similar to what (LCU) President (Tim) Perrin told the entering first-year students: seize the day, think big, and be blue. This is a truly extraordinary experience, a rare privilege for college students; take full advantage of it. Even when nervous or tired, give your full efforts to the program, both at the jobsite and at the TWC programming site. Dream big; you are capable of doing much more than you may think; you are going to accomplish major things. Network everywhere. Anticipate opportunity. Expect great things to happen. They will. And keep in mind your LCU identity. Represent your alma mater with pride, dignity, and character. Be blue.

Duster: Overall, what is your hope that these students experience the most during the next three-four months?

Dr. Patty: I hope they each learn more about themselves, who they are, what they want to be. I hope they grow more confident, increase their faith in God, and develop more compassion and understanding for people of other heritages, faiths and perspectives.

Duster: With LCU being honored this year as the "Private University of the Year," do you feel that there is a sense of accomplishment that this program has achieved at such a high level in just a few short years?

Dr. Patty: Yes, indeed. With the courageous vision of (former university president and current LCU chancellor) Dr. Ken Jones, the strong support of our major donor, and the committed backing from LCU provost and deans, LCU has been able to secure a plan and placement that is more substantial than most TWC partners and has been done much more quickly. They are, indeed, impressed with our work. But clearly, we all owe Dr. Jones much thanks; without his work to secure funding, we would not be in this position.

Duster: Finally, with the various backgrounds of all these students do you find one common denominator that each possesses that will enable he or she to be successful on this D.C. journey?

Dr. Patty: Courage.

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