COLUMBIA, Ky. -- The transformative
power of higher education was on display Thursday night at Lindsey
Wilson College as the liberal arts college celebrated its annual
Founders' Day Dinner.
More than 400 alumni and friends heard speakers discuss
how an education from Lindsey Wilson can change lives and the
"Change happens here," Lindsey Wilson trustee
James R. Fugitte of Elizabethtown, Ky., said in
his role as Founders' Day Dinner master of ceremonies. "It happens
when young people have the opportunity to study, be inspired, be
nurtured and be challenged to change what they see in the world
needs changing. They are able to do that because of the
contributions each one of you make."
In addition to recognizing the college's top donors at
the Founders' Day Dinner in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining &
Conference Center, academic excellence was recognized at Honors
Convocation and the Lindsey Wilson Board of Trustees held its
At the Founders' Day Dinner, Fugitte reminded the guests
that they were the reason LWC has added more than $50 million of
capital projects over the last decade.
"It's you that permit these lives to be influenced at
Lindsey Wilson in the way that they are," he said. "It's you that
has underwritten this college from such a small institution 50-60
years ago to this tremendously thriving and prosperous place that
you see in front of you today."
LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. said another
reason the liberal arts college has thrived is because it is
"I don't know of any place that's more authentic than
Lindsey Wilson College," said Luckey, who has been the college's
eighth president since 1998. "We're not trying to be somebody else.
We love our jobs, we love our students, we love our mission, and we
love each other. Simply put, we're family."
Fugitte said that the Lindsey Wilson mission is another
critical ingredient in the college's success.
"It's about the mission, touching students every day, and
the commitment that faculty and staff … have to embracing and
nurturing young people," he said.
One of those students whose life was changed by the
Lindsey Wilson community was alumnus Bruce Harris
of Birmingham, Ala., who gave this year's Founders' Day Dinner
Harris said that LWC "put a little fire in your
Harris said he learned during his four years as an LWC
undergraduate that "whatever was out there could be yours -- your
destiny was not determined by circumstance, and you didn't have to
be a victim to it."
After Harris graduated from LWC in 2008 with a bachelor's
degree in biology with minor in chemistry and Christian ministries,
he earned a doctorate of pharmacy from Samford (Ala.) University,
where he attended its McWhorter School of Pharmacy..
Harris urged the Founders' Day Dinner crowd to continue
to "invest in the lives of young people."
"To invest in an institution that is making a difference
in the lives of young people, to invest in an institution that
wants to know the story behind the student … is one of the greatest
things you can do," said Harris, who is is a professional affairs
specialist with Alabama-based American Pharmacy Cooperative
Harris said that it was at LWC where he discovered the
"kindness of God."
"It couldn't be more true than it was in my own life,
than here at this place, on this campus, on this hill that the
kindness of God was made real, that his love and his kingdom were
made known to me, and it made all the difference in the world," he
Earlier in the day, a total of 38 LWC students received
academic honors and four faculty were recognized by their peers and
LWC students at the college's annual Honors Convocation, held in
Biggers Sports Center.
The following awards and honors were announced:
Jesse Baize of English, Ind. -- Alma
Jones Wade Scholarship Award
Clinton Berry of Henderson, Ky. --
Outstanding Achievement Christian Ministries
Loren Cerafice of Claremont, Calif. --
Center for Entrepreneurship Outstanding Achievement
Business Concept Competition (Click here to read about this previously
Kailyn Conner of Albany, Ky. --
Outstanding Academic Achievement Mathematics
Katherine Dickerson of Louisville, Ky.
-- Outstanding Achievement in Human Resources
Evgenia Egiazarova of Moscow --
Outstanding Academic Achievement Recreation, Tourism and Sports
Robert Ferguson of Columbia -- SIFE
Outstanding Team Member
Kanisha Frye of Cadiz, Ky. --
Outstanding Achievement & Performance in Writing Center Peer
Tutoring; Fort Knox National Company Senior Award: Outstanding
Achievement in Business Administration
Lorran Hart of Gamaliel, Ky. --
Outstanding Academic Achievement in History; Outstanding Academic
Achievement Political Science
Adam Howard of Columbia -- Outstanding
Achievement Evening College Program
Leah Kerr of Russell Springs, Ky. --
Outstanding Academic Achievement -- P-5 Elementary Education
Tara Lawson of Berea, Ky. -- Outstanding
Achievement & Performance in Writing Center Peer Tutoring