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LETU to Host First Home School Symposium June 27-30


LeTourneau University is hosting its first ever summer symposium specifically for home schooled students and their parents. The symposium will be Monday through Thursday, June 27-30, specifically for students who are currently home schooled 11th graders who plan to enter college fulltime in Fall 2012.

Parent participation is not required, however, parents are welcome to attend and can join the parent-focused seminars and activities. The complete schedule, application and costs are at www.letu.edu/homeschoolsymposium.
The symposium will feature seminars for students and their families to learn what to expect when they go to college and how to ease the transition into university life.

The Home School Symposium will be limited to the first 50 high school students who apply. Students who are accepted will receive a scholarship to attend the symposium.

"Home schoolers are a key component of the LETU community," said Linda Fitzhugh, vice president for Enrollment Services. "More than 18 percent of our student body were home schooled, and we have an endowment dedicated solely to provide scholarships for home schooled students. We see this symposium as a way to help them make the transition to college as easy as possible."

During the symposium, students and their parents will live on campus and enjoy meals in the university's corner café. They will participate in tours of Longview, the LETU campus and the Abbott Aviation Center, as well as orientation sessions and worship services. For fun during one evening, the LETU Biblical Studies Department will also host a Bible Challenge between the students and their parents.

Roundtable discussions and sessions will feature issues such as math readiness, competitive sports on campus, campus jobs, health care, dual credits and ministry opportunities.

Sessions will feature speakers such as Bill Peel, executive director of LETU's Center for Faith and Work, who will discuss lifestyle evangelism; Dr. Melanie Roudkovski, associate professor of psychology, who will discuss college readiness; Dr. Annie Olson, associate professor of English, who will discuss expectations for writing at the college level; and Matthew Henry, LETU chief information officer, about digital literacy and cyberspace protection for families.

Dan Buller, director for Global Study, will discuss travel abroad and global learning and service opportunities. James Townsend, director of Admissions, will discuss navigating the financial aid maze.

Fulbright Scholar Dr. Juan Castro, professor of finance and international business, will speak to the group, about research opportunities for students, and they will also meet and talk to other home schooled students who are now attending LETU.
Other sessions will provide students with insights into the degree programs offered in LETU's School of Arts and Sciences, School of Aeronautical Science, School of Business, School of Education, School of Engineering and Engineering Technology.

Students will also participate in a community service project like the ones that incoming freshmen do during their first week on campus. Younger siblings also can be enrolled in morning and afternoon summer camps that will be taking place that week at the Longview campus.

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