Ground is broken on a 6,000-square-foot building
for the LWC physical plant operations. From left: LWC President
William T. Luckey Jr., Vice President for Administration &
Finance Roger Drake, LWC trustee Mark Weaver of Henderson, Ky.,
Housekeeping Supervisor Charlette Allen, custodian Jon Conover,
Director of Physical Plant Mike Newton and Chancellor John B.
COLUMBIA, Ky. - A "tsunami of
students" is headed to Lindsey Wilson College.
That was the message LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. told more
than 300 college supporters at the annual Founders' Day Dinner,
held Thursday night in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining and
With the college adding football, marching band, swimming and
wrestling over the next couple years, Luckey said a wave of
students will descend on Columbia-Adair County.
"We have a student tsunami that is about to hit this campus and is
about to hit this community," he said. "I believe it will
dramatically change and improve this college."
To serve the additional students, Luckey said Lindsey Wilson will
hire additional faculty and staff. For the 2009-10 school year,
Lindsey Wilson will add six faculty and nine staff members.
"There will be more mouths to feed; there will be more lives to
change; there will be more faculty to teach," Luckey said.
Also on Thursday, Lindsey Wilson held its annual Honors Convocation
and broke ground on a new home for the physical plant
"This college is a joyful place to be," Luckey said at the
Founders' Day Dinner. "It is spirit-filled, and you can sense it as
you walk on this campus."
Although Lindsey Wilson has felt the impact of the worldwide
recession, Luckey said Lindsey Wilson continues to thrive.
"I don't believe this college has ever been stronger than it is
right here, right now," he said.
Paraphrasing 19th-century Scottish author Henry Drummond, Luckey
(below) said that even during challenging economic times, the
college must push forward.
"Unless a college undertakes more than it can possibly do, it will
never do all that it can do," he said. "While this is clearly a
challenging time for Lindsey Wilson College, our history, our
heritage as an institution is to find a way to survive and to
thrive during difficult times. In fact, what better time to honor
those who have dedicated their lives to bringing this great college
to where it is today than to celebrate their sacrifices on this
Acknowledging the men and women who led the college
during its first 106 years, Luckey said that now is the time for
the current generation of Lindsey Wilson leaders and friends to
leave their mark on the institution.
"Our time is now, to lead this college and to advance its mission,"
he said. "The immediate success of this college will be directly
proportional to the sacrificial giving of the people who know us
and love us the best. You can do no greater favor to this college
and its students than to match the courage, to match the vision, to
match the faith and the commitment of our predecessors."
Earlier in the day, the college broke ground on a 6,000-square-foot
physical plant building. Located on Wheeler Street on the southern
edge of the A.P. White Campus, most of the building will be
constructed by plant's employees. The building will be opened
during the 2009-10 school year.
Plant's current building, which it has occupied since 1988, will be
the home of the college's marching-band program.
At the ground-breaking ceremony, Luckey said the 41 men and women
who comprise the physical plant operations "perform the vital role
of serving this mission in the seams."
"Every time I visit another campus, I'm reminded just how blessed
we are to have this group of talented craftsmen and dedicated
workers," he said.
LWC's plant personnel maintain almost 500,000 square feet of
floor space that are scattered over a 200-acre campus.
"Our pledge for this facility is that we'll utilize it to benefit
the college to the best of our ability," said Director of Physical
Plant Mike Newton.
At Honors Convocation, the college recognized more than two dozen
students for their academic accomplishments during the 2008-09
Drew Sadler - an accounting senior from Glasgow,
Ky., and two-term president of the LWC Student Government
Association - received the President's Award.
Assistant Professor of History Melinda Senters
received the Teacher-of-the-Year Award, the third time she has
received the honor since joining the faculty in 2000.