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Seeing Through R.G.'s Eyes

LeTourneau University's founder saw the world in a unique way. He never saw a mountain that he couldn't move. This year would mark his 125th birthday and we are celebrating by inviting all of our students, staff, alumni and friends to don a pair of glasses just like R.G. wore at the end of his life. (SOME RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS EDITED FOR LENGTH. TO SEE FULL RESPONSES, VISIT WWW.LETU.EDU/RGGLASSES)

James Swihart | Graduated: 1981 | Major: Mechanical Technology | Current Employer: Dickinson Press | Job Title: Production Manager | What does RG LeTourneau mean to you? "God inspired creative inspiration." | What's something you love about LETU? "Good people, good memories."

Ed Lavelle | Graduated: 1966 | Major: Mechanical Technology | Retired | What does RG LeTourneau mean to you? "R.G.LeTourneau often referred to God as his partner in life and business. I am convinced that in today's world...the most important recommendation to young people is exactly the message R.G. preached. Make Jesus a part of your life and depend daily on him. Seek ye first the kingdom of God." | What's something you love about LETU? "Christian friends forever."

Doug Wingert | Graduated: 1984 | Major: Aviation Technology | Current Employer: UPS Airlines | Job Title: Supervisor, Aircraft Maintenance Technical Publications | What does RG mean to you? "Enabler - visionary serving the Lord." | What's something you love about LETU? "Christian Foundation and hands on, in addition to books, learning. Great place build a young college student's foundation in the Lord before going out into the world where there are forces constantly trying to tear it down."

Paul Nielsen, CMfgE | Graduated: 1981 | Major: Industrial Management | What does RG LeTourneau mean to you? "Gave me a firm foundation." | What's something you love about LETU? "The fellowship with the guys & hall devotions."

David Schroeder | Future LETU Student | Plans to study: Mechanical Engineering

Keith Jones | Major: Mechanical Engineering | Current Employer: Tennessee Valley Authority | Job Title: Startup Test Engineer | What does RG LeTourneau mean to you? "God wants Christian businessmen as well as pastors and missionaries."

Everett Henderson | Completing Ph.D. in Architectural History & Theory at University of Florida | What does RG mean to you? "I am currently finishing my PhD, & R.G. LeTourneau is my case study. My dissertation title is: THE MACHINE & THE CRAFTSMAN IN MODERN AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE: TOURNALAYER HOUSING IN THE 1940s. R.G. was a fascinating man." | What's something you love about LETU? "I found that the people on the campus were extremely nice and excited to be there. The environment is wonderful."

David Dressner | Graduated: 1980 | Major: Industrial Management | Current Employer: GPM Division of Tencarva Machinery | Job Title: Repair Administrator | What does RG mean to you? "Fully committed to Christ; curious tinkerer & inventor; risk taker but safe as he knew his life was in God's hands." | What do you love about LETU? "The practical education I was given from caring professors who were great examples. That foundation, with God's blessing, has given me & my family a wonderful life!"

Manogya Thaiba | Graduated: 2010 | Major: Business Management | Current Employer: A to Z Mart | Job Title: Owner/Manager | What does RG LeTourneau mean to you? "Inspiration." | What's something you love about LETU? "Love all the faculties members, very co-operative. Loved the subject material of study books. Proud to represent Letourneau University. Proud to graduate from this university."

Rebekah Valencia | Graduated: 2010 | Major: Electrical Engineering | Current Employer: Tinker Air Force Base | Job Title: Electronics Engineer | What does RG LeTourneau mean to you? "Deeply Christian man in the truest sense of the word. He gave of his time, money, resources, talent, love, and more to further the Gospel." | What's something you love about LETU? "I love that the moment I know someone is from LeTourneau, we instantly have a connection in Christ."

Aaron Iwema | Graduated: 2011 | Major: Aeronautical Science

Deron Weaver | Graduated: 2010 | Major: Mechanical Engineering | Current Employer: Wenger-Gentry Farm (self-employed) | Job Title: Manager & Head of Operations | What does RG LeTourneau mean to you? "R.G. LeTourneau is an example of pressing fully into a walk with God and a walk in the world without divorcing the two." | What is something you love about LETU? "The hands-on learning environment and community, both academically and personally/spiritually."

Abraham Akech | Graduated: 2012 | Major: Master of Business Administration | Current Employer: Lennox International | Job Title: Accounting Analyst | What does RG mean to you? "Making a difference in the world, means a lot to me as it was what RG LeTourneau's dreams were all about. I want to carry on RG LeTourneau's dream." | What is something you love about LETU? "Christian base is what I love more about LETU. To be an Alumni from such a unique school, means more than just a degree to me."

Chris Bena | Graduated: 1993 | Major: Aeronautical Science, Aviation Technology | Current Employer: Alaska Airlines | Job Title: First Officer | What does RG LeTourneau mean to you? "Having the faith to give God everything I have as a sacrifice of praise to Him." | What's something you love about LETU? "I love the atmosphere of faith in God coupled with the drive for excellence in every field of study. I love the mission to bring Jesus to every workplace in every nation!"

Scott Storey | Graduated: 2008 | Major: Aeronautical Science | Current Employer: Express Jet Airlines | Job Title: First Officer | What does RG mean to you? "He was an innovator & Godly man. He not only changed the machinery industry but impacted so many individuals he encountered." | What's something you love about LETU? "I loved the professors who weren't afraid to share their faith and reach out to their students."

Rachel Storey | Graduated: 2012 | Major: Double Major in Management & Marketing | Current Employer: Torrey Johnson Health Care Center | Job Title: Admissions Coordinator | What does RG LeTourneau mean to you? "RG's testimony exemplifies a servant's heart who stayed obedient to God, trusting by faith. Because of RG, I am the beneficiary of a wonderful education and college experience." | What's something you love about LETU? "The professors!"

Jeremy Blackketter | Graduated: 1999 | Major: Aeronautical Science | Current Employer: Airtronics, Inc. | Job Title: Chief Engineer | What does RG LeTourneau mean to you? "Mover of Men and Mountains." | What is something you love about LETU? "It's where I met my wife!" | Photo taken during "Winter Weather" in Southern Arizona

Jon Sharpton | Graduated: 2007 | Major: Computer Information Systems | Current Employer: 1&1 Internet | Job Title: Server Support Technician | What does RG mean to you? "An example of how to be both a Christian & a businessman. Not just in his generosity with his money, but with his concern for his employees." | What's something you love about LETU? "Even as it might have a bit of a "bubble," the professors & students are still willing to help you grow intellectually, as iron sharpens iron."

Albert (Al) Rust | Graduated: 1951 | Major: Machine Science | Job Title: Retired | What does RG LeTourneau mean to you? | He was a living example of what a person could accomplish and you did not have to be ashamed of your Christian faith regardless of who you worked for. I was privileged to live in their home for 6 months. | What's something you love about LETU? The life long friends from college days that I still see and communicate with and are an inspiration for living for the Lord.

Winton Hancock | Graduated: 1953 | Major: Mechanical Science | Current Employer: Crane Institute of America | Job Title: Training Specialist | What does RG LeTourneau mean to you? "In 1950, Mr RG sponsored 5 scholarships. I was fortunate to receive one. Since I came from a poor family, I probably would not have attended college without the financial aid." | What's something you love about LETU? "The challenge. I accomplished more than I thought possible."

Dori Reno | Graduated: 1991 | Major: Design Technology | Current Employer: West Des Moines School District | Job Title: 1:1 Aide, Special Ed | What does RG LeTourneau mean to you? "An example of what it can look like to love God & do the things you love doing." | What is something you love about LETU? "The technical education in a Biblical environment." | Photo taken at Disney World in Orlando, Florida

Osvaldo Rodrigues | Graduated: 1983 | Major: Mechanical Engineering

Odilon Rodrigues | Graduated: 1983 | Major: Mechanical Engineering Technology | Current Employer: Premium Auto Works | Photo taken in Plano, TX

Omar Rodrigues | Graduated: 1983

Alex Schotanus | Graduated: 2009