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Eight to be Honored Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at 85th Homecoming Weekend

Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 [1:39 PM]


*Click here to watch the Alumni Awards & Athletic Hall of Fame Celebration live at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday, Oct. 1.


COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Six alumni and two longtime friends of the college will be honored at Lindsey Wilson College's 85th homecoming weekend, to be held Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.


The weekend will also feature several reunions, including reunions of the college's cycling and baseball alumni.


"We are looking forward to what we believe will be the best Lindsey Wilson homecoming celebration ever," said LWC Director of Alumni Relations Randy Burns. "We have programs and activities planned that will appeal to a broad range of people."

This year's LWC homecoming will also feature a dedication ceremony for the victory bell tower newly constructed on the campus quadrangle.

The original victory bell hung in the L.R. McDonald Administration Building until the early 1970s and was rung after each victory in basketball, the only sport at the time. The same historic bell has been relocated to a 30-foot-tall tower at the center of campus.

"Students would race back to campus to be the first to ring the bell," said Burns. "We want the current students to decide the new traditions for the victory bell. The alumni office and LWC administration will work with student government to make that happen."

At the Alumni Awards & Athletic Hall of Fame Celebration, two alumni will be inducted into the LWC Athletic Hall of Fame and six individuals will be honored by the LWC National Alumni Association. The event will be held at 11 a.m. CT Saturday, Oct. 1, in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive. 


The new members of the LWC Athletic Hall of Fame are: former cyclists Jeni South '04 Huff and Joe Haley '02. Huff and Haley's inductions coincide with the 20th anniversary of cycling as an intercollegiate sport at LWC.


The LWC National Alumni Association will honor four alumni and two longtime friends of LWC.

The four alumni:

* Dr. S. Ross Martin '05 of Oklahoma City, Okla., will receive the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award;

* Dr. April Richardson-Hatcher '02 of Lexington, Ky., will receive the Outstanding Young Alumna Award;

* J. Paul Long '75 of Stanford, Ky., will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award;

• and Amy Thompson-Wells '99 of Columbia, Ky., will receive the Distinguished Service Award for almost two decades of service to LWC.


The two longtime friends:

* Longtime LWC supporter Evlyn Komosa of Columbia, Ky., will be named an honorary alumna;

* and LWC Professor of Business Dr. Mohammad Pourheydarian Campbellsville, Ky., who has been a member of the LWC faculty since 1990, will be named an honorary alumnus.

This will be the fourth year the LWC National Alumni Association and LWC Athletic Department have combined their annual awards ceremony.

"The addition of the athletics hall of fame inductions to the homecoming program has been a natural fit. It has quickly become a celebrated tradition the Lindsey Wilson community looks forward to with a great amount of pride."

Another big part of homecoming weekend will be the 35th anniversary celebration and reunion of LWC baseball program. The festivities will include a home run derby on Saturday afternoon at Egnew Park - Lindsey Wilson Sports Park, 820 Hanley Lane.

The weekend will conclude with the  LWC-Union (Ky.) College football game -- which kicks off at 6:30 p.m. CT at Blue Raider Stadium, 828 Russell Road.


"It's always great to have everyone back on campus -- to both see the incredible changes that have taken place as well as catch up with old friends," Burns said. "This weekend will be a wonderful celebration of old and new traditions, friends and alumni, and the Blue Raider spirit."


For more information about LWC's 2016 homecoming weekend, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, contact Burns at alumni@ or 270-384-8400. Registration is available at or click here to see the official schedule of events. 




Wednesday, Sept. 28

10 a.m. - Dedication of the Fouser

Sustainability Lab

Fugitte Science Center Room 329

In appreciation of the generosity of alumna Nancy Fouser '62, and her late husband Charles '62, join us as we dedicate the Fouser Sustainability Lab, the home of LWC's Sustainability and Energy Applications Program.  Be sure to visit to find the time of the dedication ceremony.


2:30 p.m. - College/Church Celebration

V.P. Henry Auditorium

This annual gathering of the campus

community is a worship service celebrating our historic connection with the United Methodist Church and highlighting the significance of faith-life at Lindsey Wilson College.


Thursday, Sept. 29

11 a.m. - Faculty/Staff Homecoming

Cookout & Reunion on the Quad

All current and former faculty/staff members, and the LWC alumni family, are invited to come show our love and appreciation to the dedicated employees who live out our mission "Every student, every day!"  

Hosted by: LWC Alumni Council


Friday, Sept. 30

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Homecoming

Welcome Tent

Administration Building Front Lawn

Register your attendance at Homecoming 2016 and get all of the information needed for the weekend!  Also, be sure to register for door prizes to be given away at the Homecoming Reunion Tailgate Tent on Saturday afternoon! Tickets to the Homecoming football game can be purchased at the Welcome Tent for $5. (Tickets at the gate cost $10.)


10:30 a.m. - Alumni College Session #1


We are thrilled to offer these life-long-learning opportunities that will not only be educational, but we guarantee they will also be fun!  Be sure to check in at the Homecoming Welcome Tent for the "LWC Alumni College" courses offered during each time slot, as well as class location.


11:30 a.m. - Golden Alumni Luncheon

Robert D. Cranmer Dining &

Conference Center

Join other members of the LWC Golden Alumni Society (Class of '66 and before) for a terrific time of fellowship and conversation. Members of the class of 1967 are invited to attend as a preview of your 50 year reunion to be held in May 2017.


1 p.m. - Dedication of the Victory Bell Tower at the Campus Quadrangle

The LWC Class of 2016's Senior Gift Project resulted in the largest senior gift in the history of Lindsey Wilson College.  With their support, we dedicate the newest addition to the AP White Campus, connecting the students of today to the tradition of the Victory Bell which rang at LWC over half a century ago.


1 - 4 p.m. - Lindsey Wilson

Legacy Program

Homecoming Welcome Tent

If your family has a Lindsey Wilson legacy be sure to get your LWC family members

together and stop by the Homecoming

Welcome Tent to pick up your free "LWC Legacy - It's a Family Thing" t-shirts! To be considered an LWC Legacy, a student or alum must have a parent, grandparent, or sibling who also attended/attends LWC!   Register for this event and reserve your LWC Legacy t-shirts by contacting the LWC Alumni Relations Office.


1:30 p.m. - Alumni College Session #2


2 p.m. - 14th-Annual Morris Shepherd

Ping Pong Tournament

Cralle Student Union Building

Join other alumni and students in this

tournament hosted by Morris Shepherd '53.


2 p.m. - Inaugural Homecoming

Spades Tournament

Cralle Student Union BuildingJoin alumni Chris Estes and Ricky Farmer as they host this double elimination tournament of alumni and students to crown the LWC Homecoming Spades Champions for 2016! ​


5:30 p.m. - Bonner Scholar Reunion

Wilkerson Bonner House


5:30 p.m. - BSN Pre-Licensure Nursing Student Blessing and White Coat

Ceremony in V.P. Henry Auditorium

Alumni of the nursing program are

invited back to campus to celebrate

with the next generation of Lindsey

Wilson nursing students.


6-8 p.m. - President's

Homecoming Reception

Emily Hundley President's Home

The entire LWC Family is welcome and

encouraged to attend! Special guests:

2016 Homecoming Award Recipients and Athletic Hall of Fame Class.


6 p.m. - Blue Raiders Basketball Preview

Biggers Sports Center

Come meet the 2016-17 LWC Blue Raiders women's and men's basketball teams! The women's squad takes the court for an inner squad scrimmage at 6 p.m., followed by the men's team at 7 p.m.


7 p.m. - Men's Soccer vs.

Campbellsville University

Walter S. Reuling Stadium

It's the rivalry to end all rivalries! Come out and support the best

men's soccer program in the country as we face off against the Tigers.


8 p.m. - Blue Raider Alumni

Basketball Game

Biggers Sports Center

Alumni from the men's and women's

program will lace them up for this fun-filled,

action-packed alumni game to see who still has what it takes.


9:30 p.m. - Homecoming Pep Rally!

Campus Quadrangle

Join the LWC football team, cheerleaders, Blue Raider Marching Band,

and Blue Raider Bob for a Homecoming pep rally, complete with s'mores and hot chocolate.


Saturday, Oct. 1

7:30 a.m. - LWC Cycling

Reunion Road Ride

Holloway Health and Wellness Center

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the cycling program, the LWC cycling family is inviting former cyclists, friends of the

program, community members and family to participate in a group ride event leaving at 7:30 a.m.  There will be two distance choices.

Sponsored by: Campus Recreation


8 - 11 a.m. - Homecoming Registration

Robert D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center


9 a.m. - LWC Natural Garden and

Community Garden Tours

Join LWC Botany professor Dr. Michael Bosela for a tour of the LWC Natural Garden which features countless varieties of plants and flowers native to Kentucky.  The Garden is located at the bottom of the hill on the east end of Walter S. Reuling Stadium (Soccer Field).  Or visit the Community Garden,

located on the corner of West Guardian

and Monroe Streets in Columbia.


10 a.m. - Golden Alumni Society Reunion and Induction Ceremony


­(Classes of 1966 and before)

Hodge Center for Discipleship

If you attended LWC prior to 1967 and were not able to attend your 50 year reunion, this event provides you the opportunity to

officially be inducted into the Golden Alumni Society.  If you plan to attend, mark this

reunion group on your reservation form.


11 a.m. - 2016 Alumni Awards & Athletic Hall of Fame Celebration

Roberta D. Cranmer Dining &

Conference Center

Sponsored by: TJ Health - Columbia

The LWC National Alumni Association invites you to its 85th-annual alumni awards

celebration. Join classmates and friends as we honor this year's award recipients and Athletic Hall of Fame inductees.

Cost: $14 per person, $25 per couple.  Please register in advance for this event if you plan to attend.


1 p.m. - LWC Baseball Reunion &

Home Run Derby

Egnew Park - Lindsey Wilson Sports Park

This year marks the 35th anniversary of Blue Raider baseball and Coach Jonathan Burton invites all former LWC baseball players to return as we recognize the inaugural 1981 squad and celebrate the two most recent teams and their accomplishment of back-to-back World Series appearances! Plus, we will see who can still hit it out in an alumni Home Run Derby! The Home Run Derby will begin at 2 p.m. followed by team recognitions.


2 p.m. - LWC Alumni Association

Annual Meeting

Rotary Board Room - Roberta D. Cranmer Dining and Conference Center

All LWC alumni are invited to the meeting to learn how to become involved with the LWC Alumni Council.


3 p.m. - LWC Cycling Reunion Cookout

LWC Cycling Park

Sponsored by: The Schmidt Family

Alumni, family and friends of the cycling program are invited to this reunion cookout at the LWC Cycling Park under the big tent.  Come out, enjoy great food and cheer on the current Blue Raider cyclists as they compete in gravity and endurance races throughout the day.  


4 p.m. - Homecoming Reunion Tent

Blue Raider Stadium

Sponsored by:

Modern Woodmen of America

Join us for a tailgate meal and meet up with old friends at the Homecoming Reunion Tent! Cost: $3 per person (pay at the tent), plus the first 500 receive a free gift.  Register to win one of our great door prizes courtesy of event sponsor.


6:30 p.m. - LWC Homecoming

Football Game vs. Union College

Blue Raider Stadium

Let's cheer on the Blue Raiders to a Homecoming

victory and see the King and Queen crowned during halftime!


Sunday, Oct. 2


11 a.m. - Homecoming Worship Service

Columbia United Methodist Church

The congregation of Columbia United Methodist Church invites the

Lindsey Wilson family to join them in worship.  

Special music will be performed by the Lindsey Wilson College Singers.


10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Brunch

Roberta D. Cranmer Dining and

Conference Center

Conclude your Homecoming weekend with friends for brunch t

o share memories of the weekend. (Pay at the door event).


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