What is Cornerstones?

Cornerstones, part of the First Year Experience, is a course that introduces students to the LeTourneau University community and encourages a holistic approach to life-long learning. In Cornerstones, students explore how to fulfill God's unique design for their lives.

The course develops four essential cornerstones of life and learning: personal, intellectual, spiritual, and community. Each class is comprised of 15-20 freshmen and is facilitated by a Mentor and a Peer Advisor.

Christian Leadership Distinctives

The Cornerstones curriculum is built around five Christian Leadership Distinctives:

  • Discovering Purpose
    The foundation of this course is based upon facilitating your exploration of God's purpose for your life. Three foundational questions provide the focus of this examination:
    • Who has God created you to be?
    • What has God called you to do?
    • How can you begin to prepare for as well as practice that calling while at LeTourneau University?

    In this course you will take several inventories, read articles, participate in discussions, and write reflections that will aid you in this journey. Through this investigation you will be challenged to pursue a more profound understanding of God's purpose for your life.

  • Grounding Values
    All truth is God's truth; therefore, all aspects of our learning find their foundation in the Christian faith. In this course you will examine your faith, why you believe what you believe, and why others believe what they believe in order that you will be able to serve as an effective ambassador of Christ to the world.
  • Broadening Knowledge
    The nature of this course is to inspire you to see your education as something that aids your development is all aspects of your life (cognitive, social, spiritual, physical, and emotional development). You will be challenged to understand the value of a liberal arts education, the importance of critical thinking, and the significance of competent communication.
  • Deepening Skills
    During this course, you will be encouraged to develop and hone a variety of lifelong skills. Learning how to learn about yourself as a personal, spiritual, relational, and intellectual being to develop necessary skills for your success in this university and throughout the scope of your life as a Christian leader called to Christ's work.
  • Collaborating Service
    As a unique member of the body of Christ inexplicably connected to others, each of us has a role to play in carrying out the work of God in our community and throughout the world. It is our expectation that as you discover your role in our community that you love and serve others in the same manner Christ loves and serves you.

Who are Mentors?

Mentors are capable, professional faculty or staff members who serve as Christian role models to their students. Mentor responsibilities include...

  • Assisting freshmen in the process of developing connections at LeTourneau.
  • Working to ensure that each student receives the benefit of social, spiritual, emotional, and intellectual counsel.
  • Leading students into self-discovery of God's plan for them.

Who are Peer Advisors?

Peer Advisors are experienced student leaders who have demonstrated academic and community success. Peer Advisor responsibilities include...

  • Connecting with a group of 15-20 freshmen who enter LeTourneau University with little to no college experience.
  • Assisting freshmen in making their own connections in the LeTourneau community.
  • Coaching new students into appropriate study habits.

Questions? Contact

Dr. Wayne Jacobs

Chair, Department of Kinesiology


Why Cornerstones?

The course helps students to...

  • Understand Self
  • Connect to LETU
  • Establish Mentor Relationships
  • Develop Friendships
  • Understand University Life