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Release date: May 7

Wayland recognizes honor students at luncheon

Wayland Baptist University students from honor society and the Honors Program were recognized Friday at a special luncheon.

Dr. James Reckner, director of The Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University, was guest speaker for the luncheon. A veteran of two tours in Vietnam, Reckner spoke of the importance of service.

"Service to our nation is ennobling, regardless of when or where you serve," he said.

Reckner recalled working for a Royal Navy officer who used a nautical phrase to compliment others: "That fellow sure knows which way is north." Using that same analogy, Reckner challenged students to set clear goals for success.

"Do you know which way is north? Can you chart a course for success?" he asked. "We have to know where north is or you'll set off without a destination. Until you discover the true north in your own life, you'll never be able to reach the goal."

During the luncheon, members of Alpha Chi, Alpha Psi Omega, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Alpha Theta and Psi Chi were recognized, as were students enrolled in the honors program and those receiving Pioneer Scholarships from the university. Graduating senior Emily Stewart received a certificate after giving a brief presentation on her honors thesis, titled "Transcription Factor FNA Expression in the MA-10 Mouse Leydig Cell Line."

Reckner founded the Vietnam Center at Tech in 1989 and teaches military history there. He serves as a member of the Secretary of the Navy's Advisory Subcommittee on Naval History. He has written two books on military history.