Alum underwrites Computer Science classroom

Louisiana Christian University unveils computer science classroom

By Norm Miller

PINEVILLE, La. (LCUNews)–Thanks to the generosity of alumnus Don Hill and Terry, his wife, Louisiana Christian University in Pineville unveiled a newly equipped and remodeled Computer Science classroom, Oct. 18.

“I am deeply grateful that Don and Terry recognize the importance of Louisiana Christian University’s mission and vision and have demonstrated such loyalty to Don’s alma mater,” said Dr. Rick Brewer, president of Louisiana Christian University, told about 50 members of Louisiana Christian University’s Board of Visitors gathered for its annual fall meeting.

Hill, a 1964 graduate from LCU, is an entrepreneur and restaurateur from Dallas who co-founded Saltgrass Steak House and the more recent Texas-based Lupe Tortilla. He is a member of LCU’s Board of Visitors, whose combined annual gifts of more than $200,000 solely and wholly support qualified student’s scholarships.

“This gift provides a huge lift to our emerging Computer Science major and our commitment regarding STEM becoming STEAM,” said Dr. Rick Brewer, president of Louisiana Christian University.

“I want to say thank you to Louisiana Christian University because the four years I spent here were the four most important years in my entire life,” Hill said. “LCU was the spring board for me to go on and have some success.”

The new classroom will attract students to Louisiana Christian University because there is an increasing national demand for computer coders and popularity regarding cyber security training, Brewer said.

“The remodeled classroom has four learning stations for 16 students, complete with laptops. The collaborative style furniture will enhance student engagement and learning outcomes.” said Louisiana Christian University’s CIO and Vice President for Information Technology Mark Shoemaker.

The classroom is equipped with video recording and transmission capabilities for reviewing lectures and for real-time online instruction.

“The classroom is a blessing for Louisiana Christian University” Shoemaker said. “And I want to personally thank the Hills for their investment in our students.”

Liberal arts colleges are facing many challenges because of a shrinking pool of students related to a decline in birth rates 20 years ago, and Louisiana Christian University is not exempt for those effects, Brewer noted.

“This is another reason why the Hill’s exemplary overture is so vital to Louisiana Christian University,” he said. “However, I am sure that Terry and Don would say that their generosity results from the blessings of God and hard work. And they would agree that God deserves all the glory.”