School of Professional Counseling Day Celebrates Students at 21 Community Campuses
Posted on Monday, June 28, 2010 [4:23 PM]
Some of the LWC School of Professional Counseling students,
faculty and staff who
attended SPC day gather on the Campus
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Although he has one degree
from Lindsey Wilson College and plans to work on another, Chris
Hipshire had never seen the college's A.P. White Campus in
That changed on Saturday, June 26, when Hipshire joined more
than 250 classmates for the inaugural Lindsey Wilson School of Professional Counseling Day. For
Hipshire, that meant diving more than 250 miles from his home in
Logan, W.Va., to the LWC A.P. White Campus.
"I don't get to travel much, and I've always wanted to see what
the (A.P. White) Campus in Columbia looked like," Hipshire said.
"I've seen pictures of it on the Internet, and it seemed like a
nice place. I'm really glad I came."
Saturday brought together students from Lindsey Wilson's 21 community campuses, located in Kentucky,
Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia. The students came to
Columbia-Adair County to attend seminars conducted by LWC faculty,
participate in games and activities, tour the A.P. White Campus,
and hear from several LWC administrators.
"This is your college, and we want you to enjoy it," LWC
President William T. Luckey Jr. said in an address to
the students. "You are an important part of the Lindsey Wilson
In 2009-10, Hipshire earned a bachelor of arts degree in
counseling and human development from LWC while attending classes
at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College's Logan
Campus. This fall, he plans to start on a master of education
degree in counseling and human development at the same
Thanks to an innovative partnership with local community
colleges in Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia, students
can either complete a bachelor of arts degree or earn a master's
degree from LWC. Classes meet year-round, almost exclusively on
weekends, and are taught by LWC faculty.
"I like the weekend format -- it's easier on people like me that
have to work," Hipshire said. "And the faculty are just
Luckey echoed those sentiments. In his remarks, Luckey told the
students that a big reason for the program's success is the
"I don't know of another program in the country like this, where
the faculty make this kind of commitment," he said.
Most of the program's graduates will work in the mental-health
profession, either in private practice, with government agencies or
for other organizations. Many of them will serve communities with
acute shortages in mental-health workers.
"We are a very powerful force together," School of Professional
Counseling Dean John Rigney told the students at a luncheon at
the Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center. "We have all
taken different roads and paths to be here today, but we all have
one thing in common: we want to change the world -- that's all. And
we might not change it all, but we can at least change part of
Rigney reminded the students that when they become mental-health
professionals, they will have a "moral obligation to reach back and
give others a hand."
"We're going to make the world a better place," he said. "We're
not going to solve all the problems, but we are going to
Click here to see pictures from the inaugural