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This job lets me be God's hands and feet to international students

IMG 1239 We at the International Office are so excited to be starting a new semester! To kick off Spring 2016 we are doing a new blog series highlighting some of our amazing faculty members here at DBU. This week I had the chance to sit down with Susie Lambright, and ask her some questions about her job. Ms. Lambright is passionate about serving and caring for International students, and we so appreciate everything she does for DBU International.

How did you get to DBU?

 “I have a background in student life. I was an RD for nine years at a university in Indiana where I am from. I ended up going to Lithuania, which is a small country in Eastern Europe working at a small private university. I was the director of community life. It was a volunteer position, and most of the other faculty/staff were volunteers, as well. They did this to keep the cost of attendance low so that students could afford to attend. I had to raise support here in the U.S. in order to go.

While I was there I met Dr. Debra McCollister, who is an English professor at DBU. We became fast friends, and that was the first time I heard about DBU. At the end of my third year in Lithuania I was looking for a job, and Dr. McCollister told me to send her my résumé. Within hours I had an email saying that they would like to interview me via Skype. The day before I moved back to the U.S. I got a call from DBU saying they wanted to send me an application. I had one more interview at DBU, and was offered the position.

I had another serious offer at the time, and I really prayed that weekend about where God wanted me to go, but there was just something in my spirit that told me DBU was where I was supposed to be. I packed up my car, and moved from northern Indiana to Dallas, and I have been here about two and a half years.”


What do you do at DBU?IMG 1235

 I am the Director of International student services, which means that I work with the team that coordinates the outside-of-the-classroom needs of our International students. This entails everything from housing, to transportation, to shopping trips, to tutoring services, to student clubs, to spiritual support. There is a team of six of us who work together to coordinate and plan all of these things, and I lead the team. I serve on a lot of committees, and I work with registration and retention for our International students.

One of my favorite things about my job is that I get to go to the hospital with students when they are sick. Obviously I never like it when students get sick, but I love being there to comfort and help them when they do have to go. I help translate if they need that, and I just get to be there for them. Because of that and other ways that I connect with DBU students, many International students call me their ‘DBU Mom.’”

 Why do you do what you do?

“This job lets me be God’s hands and feet to the students I serve. Oftentimes International students who come to DBU do not know the Lord, and while sharing the Gospel with them is important, it is equally important to show them Jesus through loving and caring for them. Many times it is in moments of crisis and fear that students see us treating them with love that Jesus becomes real to them in a new way. That is why we do the work that we do here. It is not just about getting an education, although that is important; it is about getting a Christ-centered education where students learn how to serve and minister to others. I want how I treat and care for students to reflect how Christ has taken care of me.”

 DBU students have been blessed with incredible professors and faculty members who love to serve, teach, lead, and point their students to Christ. Be on the look out for our next installment in blog series highlighting a few of these individuals, and if you see Ms. Lambright or any of our other faculty, make sure to thank them for all they do for our university!


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