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COLUMBIA, Ky. -- A record fall enrollment, a record
graduating class, the largest faculty in college history and two
new buildings were among the highlights of 2011 at Lindsey Wilson
"Lindsey Wilson College has never been stronger. ... It's pretty
clear to me that there is no college in Kentucky that has
experience the kind of transformation we have experienced," LWC
President William T. Luckey Jr. said in April at the
Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce spring banquet.
Since Luckey became LWC's eighth president on July 1, 1998, he
has presided over the largest expansion in the college's 108-year
history. More than two dozen buildings have been added to the A.P.
White Campus, the budget has almost tripled, and enrollment has
But as Luckey noted in his April speech, one of his greatest
achievements has been expanding the college's full-time faculty
from 42 to its current level of 113.
"I think the most dramatic and the most important change at the
college is occurring with our students and the interaction they
experience with our faculty," he said.
Here is a chronological review of 2011 at Lindsey Wilson:
JANUARY LWC Community Celebrates King's Legacy with Day
of Service: Before the 2011 spring semester got under way,
students, faculty and staff spent a day on campus living the spirit
of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life of service. Click here to read about it.
Nursing Students Celebrate Historic White Coat
Ceremony: A group of 22 students were the first to
participate in the college's first white-coat ceremony, marking
their official entry into the LWC baccalaureate nursing program.
The students will earn a bachelor of science degree in nursing in
May 2013. Click here to read about it.
FEBRUARY Thompson Named Vice President of
Development: Kevin A. Thompson, who has been a LWC since
1992, was named head of the college's fund-raising program, which
includes the alumni relations, the annual fund, grant-writing and
planned giving. Cick here to read about it.
MARCH Record Residential Enrollment Leads to New
Residence Hall: A near doubling in the college's
residential population from 1998-99 to 2010-11 led the LWC Board of
Trustees to building a new residence hall. LWC opened '10-11 with a
record 1,052 students living on campus. Named Jerry and Kendrick
McCandless Hall, the one-story 16,100 square-foot residence hall
includes 52 rooms and a resident hall director's apartment. Click here to read about it.
Energy Technology Career Academy Students Begin Plans to
Make Alternative Fuel with Biodiesel Processor: Students
in the Energy Technology Career Academy spent most of the year
trying to make biodiesel fuel from recycled vegetable oil waste
from area restaurants. In March, the program acquired a 40-gallon
biodiesel processor, and in December began a partnership with
Newcomb Oil Co.'s FiveStar stores. Cick here to read about the processor; click here to read about the partnership with
APRIL Fred Smith Sr. Leadership Symposium:
Leadership and integrity in an age of conflicting values were the
topics of a two-day symposium for LWC students. Sponsored by the
popular Breakfast with Fred series, the symposium featured nine
leaders from the business world who interacted with students during
their two days on campus. Click here to read about it.
LWC & Elizabethtown Community & Technical
College Announce Expansion of Educational Partnership:
Elizabethtown Community & Technical College and LWC formed a
partnership to expand educational opportunities for Kentuckians.
The agreement provides for the seamless transfer of academic
credits between ECTC's associate's degree in applied science degree
in human services and LWC's bachelor of arts degree in human
services and counseling. LWC has similar partnerships with a total
of 25 community colleges in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and
West Virginia. Click here to read about it. Click here for LWC's partnerships with
Elizabeth Lowe Whitfield House of Student Financial
Services Dedicated: The financial aid building was named
the Elizabeth Lowe Whitfield House of Student Financial Services in
honor of 1949 alumna and trustee emeritus Elizabeth Lowe Whitfield
of Bowling Green, Ky. Click here to read about it.
President Luckey Challenges Community to Raise $100
Million for Endowment: At the annual Founders' Day dinner,
President Luckey challenged LWC supporters to increase the
college's endowment to $100 million. Click here to read about it.
MAY College Graduates Record Class: LWC
awarded a total of 158 degrees -- 141 undergraduate degrees and 17
graduate degrees -- at its spring commencement. Combined with the
365 degrees awarded at the 2010 winter commencement ceremony, the
LWC Class of 2011 was a record 523 graduates. Click here to read about it.
JUNE Bonner Program Makes a Difference In Region,
Earns State Award: The LWC Bonners Leader program received
the 2010 Youth Volunteer Service Award, presented at the Governor's
Awards for Volunteerism and Service awards ceremony. Click here to read about it.
AUGUST Enrollment Reaches Record 2,600: The
2011-12 school year opened with a record 2,600 students enrolled.
Click here to read about opening week. Click here to read about the record
18 Added to Get to 113 Record Number of Full-Time
Faculty: The 2011-12 school year also opened with a record
number of faculty: 113. Since the 2007-08 school year, LWC's
faculty has expanded by 37 full-time members. Click here to read about it.
Montgomery Named to Lead School of Professional
Counseling: Jacquelyn Montgomery was named associate dean
of the School of Professional Counseling, LWC's largest academic
program. Click here to read about it.
SEPTEMBER Second Year of LWC Football: The LWC football
program began the second year of its revival. The Blue Raiders
finished the season 7-3. Since football has resumed, the program
has a 12-9 record. Click here to read about it.
Blue Raider Marching Band's Second Year: The
Blue Raider Marching Band began its second year under the direction
of the legendary Tim Allen. Click here to read about it.
TV Show Debuts: The student-produced Lindsey
Wilson News Magazine debuted in the fall. Produced in partnership
with DuoCounty Telecom, the monthly program features news, events
and people of LWC. Click here to watch it.
Robert L. Miller Drive Dedicated: The drive
leading into the Lindsey Wilson Sports Park was named in memory of
the late Robert L. Miller of Campbellsville, Ky., a trustee who
helped make the park a reality. Click here to read about it.
Thousands Served During Malvina Farkle Days:
Students on the A.P. White Campus and several community campuses
participated in Malvina Farkle Day, a day of service to local
communities. Click here to read about it.
Singers Perform Before Reds Game: The Lindsey
Wilson Singers performed the national anthem before the Sept. 20
Reds-Astros game at Great American Ball Park. In December, the
Singers were one of the featured performers at Mammoth Cave's
32nd-annual Cave Sing. Click here to read about the Reds game. Click here to read about the Cave Sing.
Center for Entrepreneurship Seminars: The
Center for Entrepreneurship offered a series of free monthly
seminars during 2011, designed to assist small businesses in the
region. Click here to read about the fall
OCTOBER LWC Dedicates 2 Buildings, Gets $400,000
Grant: Members of the LWC community dedicated the Jerry
and Kendrick McCandless Hall and Dr. Robert and Carol Goodin
Nursing and Counseling Center, and college officials received a
$400,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. Click here to read about it.
LWC's Methodist Heritage Celebrated: The LWC
community celebrated its ties to The United Methodist Church at the
annual church celebration day. Click here to read about it.
Four Honored at 80th Homecoming: Three alumni
and one longtime LWC staff member were honored by the Lindsey
Wilson National Alumni Association at the college's 80th
homecoming. Click here to read about it.
NOVEMBER Bicycle-Friendly Decals Raise Worldwide
Awareness: What began as an idea to help LWC cyclists in
Adair County has attracted a worldwide following. Click here to read about it.
Robert Brock Leads Lindsey Wilson Players: It
was a busy year for Assistant Professor of Theatre Robert Brock. He
directed the Lindsey Wilson Players in A Midsummer Night's Dream in the spring;
The Crucible in the fall; gave a one-man performance of Mark Twain in November;
a production of James Still's Jack and the Wonder Beans
for area school children; and collaborated with Director of Choral
Activities Gerald Chafin to produce a madrigal dinner for the Christmas season.
Record Crowd Hears Dakota Meyer at Veterans
Appreciation: Sgt. Dakota Meyer of Columbia spoke to a
record crowd at the college's annual Veterans Appreciation. Click here to read about it.
DECEMBER Men's Soccer Team Wins Program's Ninth NAIA
National Title: The men's soccer team capped a perfect
season with a 3-2 overtime win in the NAIA national title game. Click here to read about it.
287 Degrees Awarded at Winter Commencement: The
second largest winter commencement was held in Biggers Sports
Center. Click here to read about it.
LWC Tied for 7th in Directors Cup: The LWC
intercollegiate athletics program finished 2011 tied for seventh
place in the Learfield Sports Director's Cup standings among NAIA
schools. Click here to read about it.