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Milestones and Memories from 2013

Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 [1:33 PM]

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- A record number of degrees awarded, thousands of hours of community service, three accreditations, a trio of national champions and a growing theater program were among the 2013 highlights at Lindsey Wilson College.

 

Academic Achievements

644 Degrees Awarded in 2013; Record Residential Enrollment: A record 418 degrees were awarded at winter commencement, held Dec. 14 in Biggers Sports Center. Combined with the 226 awarded at spring commencement, held May 11 in Biggers Sports Center, LWC awarded a total of 644 undergraduate and graduate degrees in 2013.

 

The 2013-14 school year opened with with 1,145 residential students -- the largest population in college history and a 58 percent increase over the last five years. Overall enrollment is 2,645, the second largest in college history. This year's LWC student body includes 110 international students from 40 countries, the second largest international student enrollment in the college's 110-year history.

 

Student Journalists Win Record Number of Awards: Staff members of RaiderView, the LWC student newspaper, received an unprecedented 43 awards at the annual Kentucky Intercollegiate Press Association Conference. The awards, which recognize journalistic excellence at Kentucky's colleges and universities, were for work published in 2012.


Jason Blumlein Named Counselor Educator of the Year: Assistant Professor of Counseling Jason Blumlein was named the Counselor Educator of the Year at this year's Kentucky Counseling Association Conference.

 

Five-Year Writing Initiative: In January, the LWC community kicked off "Lindsey Writes," a five-year celebration of writing that reaches across the curriculum to help students become better writers to "explore ideas, clarify thoughts, develop and communicate knowledge and engage themselves as global citizens."

 

Students Show Their Entrepreneurial Spirit: A record 93 students collaborated on 34 exhibits at the Third-Annual Entrepreneurial and Career Expo, held Nov. 7 in Norma and Glen Hodge Center for Discipleship.

 

Drake Out, Coleman In as Chief Financial Officer: After more than eight year as LWC's vice president of administration and finance, Roger Drake left to become the 26th president of Central Methodist (Mo.) University. He was succeeded by Mark Coleman, who came to LWC from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, where he was chief financial officer for the North Carolina school.

 

 

A Year of Giving Back

Bonner Program Honored for Supporting Education in Adair County Schools: In May, the LWC Bonner Scholars Program received an AppLE Award from Forward in the Fifth for work that improved education through engagement in service-learning. The program specifically received an AppLE Award -- which stands for Appalachian Leaders in Education -- for its  partnership with Camp Casey, an after-school program at Colonel William Casey Elementary School. During the 2012-13 school year, a total of LWC 32 Bonner Scholars assisted and led more than 35 activities at the after-school program for more than 360 students from preschool through second grade. Overall, LWC students at the college's 27 campuses combined to give more than 30,000 hours of community service in 2013.

 

Student-Athletes Lead Effort to Support Operation Christmas Child: Vice President for Educational Outreach and Student Financial Services Denise Fudge and Athletics Administrative Assistant Beth Boisvert led a campuswide effort to collected nearly 750 shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies and personal items for Operation Christmas Child. The shoeboxes were shipped to children around the world. In addition to Operation Christmas Child, more than a hundred LWC student groups gave up their spring and fall breaks to take part in service-learning trips around the United States.

 

Bonner Scholars Make Christmas Bright: The Bonners Scholars and Student Activities Board raised more than $1,100 so that six area children from disadvantaged local families could "Shop With A Raider" and buy Christmas gifts for their family members. And the Bonner Scholars raised an additional $1,200 to buy winter coats for 52 children who attend Adair County Head Start.

 

Bonner Scholars Program Gives $2,000 in Grants to Adair County Schools: The LWC Bonner Scholars Program awarded $2,000 in grants in May to Adair County schools. The grants were used to enhance after-school programs at Adair County Elementary School and Adair County Primary Center.

 

MLK Day Celebrated with Service: The LWC Bonner Scholars Program led a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a day that included community-service projects and a discussion of King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

 

Record Safe Halloween: A record 970 area children participated in the 20th-annual "Safe Halloween," held Oct. 29 in LWC residence halls.

 

 

Accreditation Hat Trick

SACS Reaffirms College's Accreditation: At its December meeting, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reaffirmed the college's accreditation and approved the college's move from a Level III institution to a Level V institution. That means the college is now allowed to offer a doctorate in counselor education and supervision; the first cohort will be enrolled next fall.

Nursing Program Receives National Accreditation: LWC's bachelor of science nursing program earned accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Its first group of graduates earned degrees in May, and in fall another 27 students were welcomed into the program at the annual "Ceremony of Blessing & Transition."

Education Program Earns National Accreditation: In late fall, the LWC Education Division was informed that it had received accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

 

 

Theatre Program Continues Growth

The LWC Theatre Program staged more than a half-dozen productions in 2013. The highlight of spring was a production of Romeo and Juliet. Summer featured the debut of TheatreFest, which included productions of Perfect Wedding, Mark Twain and a 75th anniversary celebration of Our Town. Fall included the award-winning The Diviners, Charlotte's Web for area schoolchildren and the Stephen Schwartz musical Pippin.


Eight Honored at 82nd Homecoming Weekend

At the 82nd homecoming weekend, Sept. 27-28, the Lindsey Wilson National Alumni Association honored three alumni and three college friends, and two new members were inducted into the Lindsey Wilson Athletic Hall of Fame.

 

Honoring Those Who Served
Lindsey Wilson Singers Honor U.S. Military Killed in D-Day Invasion: A select ensemble from the Lindsey Wilson Singers performed July 4 at a Memorial Recital and Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery in France. The students performed under the direction of LWC Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Ensembles Gerald Chafin.

 

Tribute to Dakota Meyer Unveiled: A sculpture that honors Medal of Honor Recipient Dakota Meyer was unveiled at the 11th Veterans Appreciation Luncheon, which attracted more than 130 veterans and their guests. The sculpture is on display through June in the Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center.

 

Games Donated to Area Military Personnel Serving in Jordan: A group of LWC staff members and students in Residence Life Office, Student Activities Office, Recreation Club and intramurals program held a drive to collect recreational and sports equipment for soldiers serving in Jordan.



Rogers Scholars, Explorers Spend Summer on Campus
A total of 64 rising high school juniors from Eastern and Southcentral Kentucky counties who spent a week LWC during the summer as part of the Rogers Scholars program. One group studied on campus in June, and the other group studied on campus in July. The weeklong program gives students a glimpse into college life and introduces them to career possibilities in engineering, medicine, business, media and communication. Earlier in the summer, 30 rising high school freshmen from 16 Kentucky counties spent three days at LWC to get an early taste of college life as Rogers Explorers. The students were among more 120 Kentucky students selected to the program that exposes rising ninth-grade students to science, mathematics and technology. Both programs are sponsored by the Somerset-based Center for Rural Development.


Record-Setting Seasons for Blue Raider Athletics

For the third time overall and for the second consecutive year, the LWC Athletics program won the Mid-South Conference President's Cup. LWC Athletic Director Willis Pooler was named by his peers as 2012-13 Mid-South Conference Athletic Director of the Year, the fourth time he has received the award. Nationally, LWC was runner-up in the 2012-13 NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, the best finish in LWC history.

Individually, three Blue Raiders won national titles: Jameel Bryant won the NAIA title in wrestling in the 184-pound class; and in the fall cyclists David Novak and Josh Patton each snagged a national title. LWC wide receiver Matt Powers earned 2013 Capital One Academic All-America College Division Football Team honors, a first for LWC athletics.

Among the many Blue Raider team highlights of 2013 were the men's basketball program -- who finished the season with a 32-5 record -- the second most wins in program history -- and made it to the NAIA Fab Four for the first time in school history. And early in the 2013-14 season, LWC alumnus and coach Paul Peck won his 500th career game.

 

LWC football had another special season -- the Blue Raiders flipped a 3-8 record in 2012 to a program-best 8-3 record in 2013 and finished with a No. 19 NAIA ranking.

 

LWC volleyball was a program-best 36-6 in 2013, including a perfect 18-0 on the way to winning another Mid-South Conference regular-season title.

 

Although this was the first time in three years that an LWC men's soccer or women's soccer team did not play for an NAIA national title, both programs made it to their respective Final Four in 2013.

 

Baseball and softball also qualified for their respective NAIA tournaments, and swimming set several new records in 2013.



In Memoriam

Elizabeth Lowe Whitfield '49 Was Longtime Trustee: Elizabeth Lowe Whitfield grew up next to the LWC A.P. White Campus, graduated from the college and was one of the first female trustees when she was appointed to the board in 1981.

 

Judge James E. Bondurant Helped Shape LWC: Judge James E. Bondurant had a distinguished legal career as both a lawyer and Kentucky judge, and he also served two terms in the Kentucky House of Representatives. Among his many contributions to LWC was chairing the Board of Trustees when the college became a liberal arts college in the mid-1980s.

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