LWC Deidcates 2 Buildings, Receives $400,000 Grant
Posted on Saturday, October 29, 2011 [11:17 AM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- The Lindsey Wilson College
community celebrated one of its most historic days in the college's
108-year history on Friday, Oct. 28. Two buildings were dedicated,
and the college received a major gift.
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.
"What a roll this college is on, and I give thanks to all of you
for investing in this college and our students," LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. told 247 guests at the
annual LWC Endowed Scholarship Luncheon, held in Roberta D. Cranmer
Dining & Conference Center. "I don't know when we've had a more
exciting day in the life of this college."
On Friday morning, members of the LWC community first dedicated
McCandless Hall. Named in honor of longtime LWC trustee Jerry
McCandless and his wife, Kendrick, of Campbellsburg, Ky., the
16,100-square-foot, one-story residence hall can house up to about
LWC Director of Residence Life Heather Davis said since the residence hall
opened in August, McCandless Hall has become "a place that is
loved, that is home to so many ladies."
"McCandless Hall has proved to be a great addition to our
residential community, and it continues to foster our mission,"
McCandless Hall is the second residence hall opened at LWC in as
many years as the college's resident student population has
increased by more than 45 percent in the last two years. For the
second consecutive school year, LWC has more than 1,000 students
living on campus.
LWC's Physical Plant Division, whose members used some materials
that had been cast away and refashioned and recycled them into a
new residence hall, performed much of the work on McCandless
The Biblical significance of that was not lost on Jerry
"What this means to me is that Christ took us as worthless
people and no 'count people and by his shed blood he made us
beautiful," he said. "And that's exactly what's happened here."
The Goodin Nursing & Counseling Center is named in honor of
LWC alumnus Dr. Robert Goodin and his wife, Carol, of Louisville,
Ky. An Adair County native, Dr. Goodin also is a longtime member of
the Lindsey Wilson Board of Trustees.
"Dr. Robert and Carol Goodin may very well be the most highly
respected couple associated with this college," Luckey said at the
dedication ceremony. "We've received several substantial gifts in
their honor. … You are both decent human beings with a servant's
Goodin, one of nine children who grew up in the Millersfield
area, said attending LWC "opened a whole new world to me." A total
six members of his family attended the college.
"I never in my wildest dreams imagined standing here, or when I
was a student I would be standing here," said Goodin, who is a
longtime cardiovascular surgeon. "This building means so very, very
much to us because of hopefully what it is going to do."
The two-story, 27,100-square-foot Goodin Nursing &
Counseling Center houses LWC's nationally accredited School of
Professional Counseling and baccalaureate nursing program.
The Gooding Nursing & Counseling Center offers students
skills laboratories -- including a simulated hospital floor --
extensive computer suites, specialized training, evaluation and
study areas, and technologically supported lecture classrooms.
"The Dr. Robert and Carol Goodin Center promises an ideal
setting for contemporary nursing education," said LWC interim
Nursing Director Marian Smith. "When I think of the potential
outcomes of this program of nursing, which is possible through your
generosity, my heart swells up and pounds -- yes, I have
palpitations, tachycardia and some dysrhythmias.
"Deep in my heart, I know that these students will graduate from
Lindsey Wilson, and they will become nursing educators, and
advanced practice nurses in areas such as pediatrics, community
health, midwifery, anesthesia, family practice, emergency nursing,
medical surgical nursing, oncology and, true to your specialty,
critical care/cardiovascular nursing."
LWC Associate Dean of the School of Professional Counseling Jacquelyn Montgomery said the Gooding Center
for Nursing & Counseling is an ideal central location from
which to direct the school's 26 community campuses in Kentucky,
Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
"The Dr. Robert and Carol Goodin Nursing & Counseling Center
stands today as a symbol of the fruit that is born of opportunity,
academic excellence and dedication to service," Montgomery
Also at the dedication, LWC received a $400,00 grant from the
Appalachian Regional Commission. The grant will be used to purchase
equipment for the baccalaureate nursing program.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear "was so impressed with this project
and so impressed with the progress you are making at Lindsey
Wilson," Commissioner of the Department for Local Government
Tony Wilder said. "We're proud to make Lindsey Wilson the
educational destination for this entire commonwealth in four-year
Despite the day's celebrations, Luckey told supporters at the
annual Endowed Scholarship Luncheon that LWC must press ahead
toward one of its next major goals: increase the Lindsey Wilson
endowment from its current level of $11.7 million to $100 million
"The time is now upon us to put our collective feet on the
accelerator to launch this college forward and to secure its future
for the next generation," he said "It can happen, it must happen,
it will happen if we act and act now."
More ... To see pictures from the day, click here.