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LETU Accepting Applications Now for 2012 Summer Home School Symposium


LeTourneau University is hosting a summer symposium specifically for home schooled students and their parents to learn about university life at LETU.

The symposium will be Sunday through Wednesday, July 15-18, and is designed for students entering their sophomore, junior or senior years of high school in Fall 2012. Applications must be received by July 1. A complete schedule, application and costs are available at www.letu.edu/homeschoolsymposium. For more information contact either Barnabas Bridgman at BarnabasBridgman@letu.edu or Elizabeth Smith at ElizabethSmith@letu.edu or call Barnabas at (903) 233-4336 or Elizabeth at (903) 233-4333.

Home schooled students make up over 20 % of the student body at LETU, which has the single largest endowment specifically to assist home schooled students. Parent participation is not required, however, parents are welcome to attend and can join the parent-focused seminars and activities.

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 2012 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 schooled students are a key component of the LETU community," said Mike Van Brocklin, director of Admissions. "More than 20 percent of our student body last semester were home schooled, and we have the largest endowment in the world that is 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 will have an option to tour the university's aviation center at East Texas Regional Airport. They will also be able to talk to other home schooled students who are now attending LETU.

Roundtable discussions and sessions will feature issues such as math readiness, competitive sports on campus, campus jobs, health care, dual credits and ministry opportunities. Financial aid professionals will be available to discuss navigating the financial aid maze.

Sessions will feature LeTourneau faculty who will discuss lifestyle evangelism, college readiness and expectations for writing at the college level. Matthew Henry, LETU chief information officer, will discuss digital literacy and cyberspace protection for families. Lois Knouse, associate professor of mathematics, will discuss the benefits of dual enrollment. Brenda Weatherall, director of Enrollment Information, will speak on creating a worthy high school transcript. Carlton Mitchell, director of Student Support Services, will speak on diversity. Alan Clipperton, AVP for international admissions, will discuss travel abroad and global learning and service opportunities. Dr. Stephen Ball, chair of the chemistry/physics department, is scheduled to give an astronomy presentation.

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

LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christ-centered university located in Longview, Texas, offering academic majors in aviation, business, communication, criminal justice, education, engineering, health science-nursing, human services, kinesiology, the liberal arts, the sciences and psychology. LETU also offers graduate degrees in business administration, counseling, education, engineering, psychology and strategic leadership. In addition to its residential campus in Longview, the university offers undergraduate and graduate programs online and at educational centers in Athens, Austin, Baytown, Bedford, Dallas, Harlingen, Houston, and Tyler.

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