Blue Raider Shuttle Saves Gas, Students Steps
Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 [11:33 PM]
International Student Campus Activities Coordinator Dustin
Harris (left) and Catie Bilz of the residence life office operate
the Blue Raider Shuttle, which was made possible by a gift from
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- A partnership between Lindsey
Wilson College and Wal-Mart helps the environment and students
stretch their dollars.
Lindsey Wilson officials re-launched the Blue Raider Shuttle
this week. The 15-passenger van - which was purchased with money
donated to the college by the Columbia Wal-Mart Super Center -
shuttles students twice a day during weekdays and once a day on
weekends from the A.P. White Campus to the Wal-Mart store on Exit
46 of the Louie B. Nunn Parkway.
The free service was created to meet the needs of resident
students who do not have cars, according to Catie Bilz, an apartment manger and student
services graduate assistant who helps oversee the program.
"When Wal-Mart was closer to campus, it was easier for students
to walk there, but when it moved to its new location, they couldn't
walk more than three miles each way," Bilz said. "So we decided to
find a creative solution to meet our students' needs, and Wal-Mart
stepped in and help us out."
The Blue Raider Shuttle runs to Wal-Mart 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. CT
Monday-Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. It returns to
campus about an hour later.
"But we will stay as long as we need to for the students," Bilz
The Blue Raider Shuttle is operated by Bilz and International Student Campus Activities
Coordinator Dustin Harris.
In addition to providing students a valuable service, the Blue
Raider Shuttle is also environmentally friendly.
"Because students don't have to drive to Wal-Mart, we are
keeping several cars off the road and that helps out the
environment," Bilz said.