New Academic Building to House Nursing & School of Professional Counseling
Posted on Saturday, October 09, 2010 [8:22 PM]
LWC School of Professional Counseling Dean John
Rigney and LWC Vice President for
Academic Affairs Bettie Starr review the drawing of the new
academic building that
will house the college's counseling and nursing programs. The
two-story building will be opened for the 2011-12 school
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- In
response to Southcentral Kentucky's public health needs, the
Lindsey Wilson College Board of Trustees voted on Saturday to build
a new academic building to house the college's nursing program and
School of Professional Counseling.
Construction on the 26,000-square-foot, two-story building will
begin later this year. The building -- which will be located next
to the college's Jim & Helen Lee Fugitte Science Center -- will
be ready in time for the start of the 2011-12. The cost of the
project will be about $3 million.
"In addition to housing one of the college's premier academic
programs and one of its up-and-coming programs, this new academic
building will also provide much-needed classroom space for our
growing college," said Lindsey Wilson President William T. Luckey Jr.
Figures for LWC's 2010 fall enrollment are not yet final, but
college officials already know a record of more than 2,500 students
are enrolled. The college's previous record enrollment of 2,341 was
set last fall. Included in this year's record student body are more
than 1,100 residential students, also the most in the college's
"We are out of classroom space on our A.P. White Campus, so if
we want to continue to serve the educational needs of Southcentral
Kentucky, we must have a new classroom building," Luckey said.
The new classroom building is welcomed news for LWC School of Professional Counseling Dean John Rigney, who oversees one of the college's
largest academic programs. Currently, the SPC's faculty and staff
are spread out among four houses that have been converted into
offices and classrooms.
"This is such a boon to our program because a new academic
building will allow all of our professors and support staff to be
in one location," Rigney said. "That will make it much more
convenient for our students, and it will create an atmosphere that
is more conducive for collaboration among our outstanding
The new academic building will also boost LWC's fledgling nursing program, which offers students a
bachelor of science degree. Since its inception, the two-year-old
nursing program has been housed in a remodeled floor of the
44-year-old Goodhue Academic Building.
"The Goodhue Building has been a great place to start the
nursing program, but the new academic building will offer our
nursing students numerous advantages," said LWC Vice President of
Academic Affairs Bettie Starr. "Locating it next to the Fugitte
Science Center will provide our nursing students with convenient
access to the buildings where they have most of their classes."
Starr said the new academic building will have several features
currently not available in the Goodhue Academic Building, such as a
nursing skills lab that will include an isolation room that
simulates working with patients with infectious diseases.
"It will be an incredible building when it is opened next fall,"
Having a building that houses counseling and nursing programs is
also a sign of LWC's commitment to meeting the region's health
needs, Starr said.
"There is a well-documented shortage of licensed professional
counselors in Southcentral Kentucky," Starr said. "Kentucky is also
one of the unhealthiest states in the country, and Southcentral
Kentucky residents consistently rank near the bottom in leading
healthy lifestyles. So this new academic building demonstrates
Lindsey Wilson's commitment to public health -- both physical and