School of Professional Counseling Students Celebrate LWC
Posted on Saturday, June 25, 2011 [4:46 PM]
School of Professional Counseling students from community campuses
and Virginia gather on the steps of the L.R. McDonald
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Marianna Tomilson is a
full-time Lindsey Wilson College student. But she never stepped
foot on the LWC A.P. White Campus until Saturday morning.
Tomilson, who is a human services and counseling major, has
taken all of her LWC classes at the college's community campus at
Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap, Va.
On Saturday, Tomilson was among 276 Lindsey Wilson students who
celebrated School of Professional Counseling Day on LWC's
A.P. White Campus. The day brought together students from LWC's 25
community campuses, which are scattered in Kentucky, Ohio,
Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
"I'm very impressed with the day," said Tomilson, who is from
Jonseville, Va. "I never thought I'd be able to come here and see
the campus. It is so beautiful."
Thanks to an innovative partnership between LWC and local
community colleges, students can earn a bachelor of arts degree in
human services and counseling or a master of education degree in
counseling and human development while taking classes from LWC
faculty at the community college.
"If it wasn't for Lindsey Wilson, I would not be able to be as
far as I am in my education," said Shanalee Applegate of Vanceburg,
Ky., who is an undergraduate student in LWC's program in Maysville,
Ky. "The weekend program is amazing for me -- I have kids, I have a
job, I have so many other things that go on. And without this
program, I would not be the person I am today."
Sherry Tinsley of Benham, Ky., said the LWC program "has helped
me find who I am."
"I was a person looking for a purpose in life, and this program
helped me find it," said Tinsley, who is a graduate student at
LWC's community campus in Cumberland, Ky.
LWC President William T. Luckey Jr., who earned has graduate
degrees while a working parent, told the students that "I have
great admiration for what you are doing."
"For most of you, I know you probably have either family or
jobs, and that's a tough way to go through and get an education,"
That was especially true for LWC alumna Pam Waddell of Tazewell,
Va., who graduated with a master's degree last December at Biggers
"This program truly was an answer to prayer for me," said
Waddell, who attended LWC classes at the community campus in
Richlands, Va. "I was at a point in my life where I wanted to go
back to graduate school, but I needed an option where I could still
remain a mother, a wife and be able to work full-time."
During their weekend in Columbia, the students attended several
seminars that dealt with their profession, participated in
community building activities as well as toured the region.
"All of the other colleges I've ever visited all look alike, but
this one is very different from other campuses because it's so
beautiful," Tomilson said.
As LWC regional enrollment director Tommie Ann Saragas reminded the students, it
is the Lindsey Wilson mission that makes the campus special.
"Lindsey Wilson is more than the beautiful buildings -- it is
about the faculty and staff who carry out the mission of this
school every day," she said.
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