40th Anniversary of Summer Excitement

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Dear Summer Excitement Alum, 

We are so excited to be hosting the 40th anniversary of Summer Excitement and we invite you to come and share in this celebration

Who could have dreamed how God was going to use this leadership school to bless thousands of students and even more considering how those students have gone on to bless so many others. Summer Excitement began on Dallas Christian College campus and was sponsored by the Farmers Branch Church of Christ. It was the vision of Ed and Barbara Bonneau and Richard and Shirley Seymour as they were invited by Gil Strickland one year to attend Super Summer, a similar event held on the campus of Baylor University. That gracious invitation led to the dream for Summer Excitement and in 1985 that dream came true.

In 2003 the Branch invited the Quaker Avenue Church of Christ to take over the sponsorship and Summer Excitement was relocated to the campus of Lubbock Christian University where it continues to this day, 40 years later. And we want to celebrate those 40 years this summer, June 15th and 16th. We hope you can join us. There will be two main gatherings, an informal reception on Saturday evening at the Quaker Avenue church and a worship gathering Sunday morning on the campus of Lubbock Christian University.  If turnout exceeds capacity for our venues, we may need to make changes so check out the Summer Excitement website for any possible changes in venues etc. See below for further information. If you have any questions feel free to contact us at Quaker either by email or by phone 806-792-0716.

We hope to see you there!!

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Glory!!

For the Elders,
David Langford


Designing a schedule of events for this reunion is a challenge for a couple of reasons. One is that we will be simultaneously conducting the training for the team leaders and staff for this year’s Summer Excitement during the day Saturday. Also, given the fact that there are over 2000 S. E. alumni “out there” it’s difficult predicting just how many will be coming. For that reason, please let us know you are coming by responding to the link on the Summer Excitement website. Given the unknowns, we are keeping the plans for the reunion as simple and flexible as possible. So, below is our tentative schedule.

Saturday, June 15th

Feel free to come anytime Saturday and browse the campus of LCU and see the current venue for Summer Excitement. For those who haven’t been to campus in a while, there are many new sights to see. And you can relax in the student sub in the middle of the campus or in the foyer of the Christian Development Center or the atrium of the Collier auditorium to visit and meet others that no doubt will be around as well.

6:00-8:00pm – There will be an informal reception at Collier Auditorium Atrium, which is connected to the Talkington nursing school on campus. It’s on the northwest side of the campus just behind the Greenlawn Church of Christ. You can also enter it off of Frankfort Avenue immediately west of the LCU campus. It will be an informal time to come and go, a time to visit and reconnect with old friends.  Light refreshments will be available.  There will be no meal served, but several restaurants are close by. If turnout exceeds the capacity of Collier Auditorium Atrium, we may have to move the reception to another venue so be sure and check the Summer Excitement website for any possible changes in venues. 

Sunday, June 16th

10:30 a.m. we will meet at the Collier Auditorium on the LCU campus for our worship time. It’s on the northwest side of the campus and accessible from the campus and also from Frankford Avenue to the west. The auditorium holds about 500. If it looks like we will have a larger turnout than that, we’ll make arrangements to move to a larger venue, either Moody Auditorium or maybe even the RIP on the southeast side of campus, the basketball venue for LCU.

During our service we will take time to bless the team leaders, staff and leadership for this year’s Summer Excitement. We will also take time to give special honor and recognition to Ed and Barbara Bonneau and Shirley Seymour for their initial work in visioning Summer Excitement.

map of LCU campus


We have made arrangements at two hotels for Summer Excitement alum to stay at if you choose to.  They are the Courtyard Marriott ($89) and the Hampton ($119). There are of course several other hotels in Lubbock and of course some may make arrangements to stay with friends they know in Lubbock. 


While you are here, you might like to take advantage of some of the many special sights to see and experience in Lubbock. Here are just a few:

– Summer Excitement alum Jim Brett Campbell is director of the National Ranching and Heritage Center which is an outstanding tourist site in Lubbock. https://ranchingheritage.org/

– Summer Excitement alum Curt Langford is the alumni director at Texas Tech University. If you’re a Tech alum you might like to drop by and see the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center, or just take a drive/walk through the Tech campus. www.texastechalumni.org

– Summer Excitement alums Clinton and Donna Smith co-own with Greg and Christie Pare (also an S.E. alum) Lubbock’s most popular escape room, the Time Crunch Escapes. https://timecrunchescapes.com/

– Lubbock’s beautiful Mackenzie Park is home to the American Windmill Museum, the world’s largest windmill museum. https://windmill.com/

– The Buddy Holly Museum and the West Texas Walk of Fame celebrating the musical heritage of West Texas. https://ci.lubbock.tx.us/departments/buddy-holly-center

– The Science Spectrum and Omni Theatre. https://sciencespectrum.org/

– Museum of Texas Tech University. https://www.depts.ttu.edu/museumttu/

– Silent Wings Museum promoting history of WWII Military Glider Program. https://ci.lubbock.tx.us/departments/silent-wings-museum

– Adventure Park – Lubbock’s newest amusement park https://adventureparkfun.com/