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'Change' Celebrated at Founders' Day Dinner

Posted on Friday, April 25, 2014 [12:17 AM]

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 world.

 

"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 spring meeting.

 

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 authentic.

 

"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 keynote address.

 

Harris said that LWC "put a little fire in your belly."

 

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 Inc.

 

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 said.

 

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:

 

Student Awards

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 reported story.)

 

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 Management

 

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

 

Kasey Litzinger of Maysville, Ky. -- Outstanding Academic Achievement, 8-12 Secondary Education

 

Chantal Livesay of Scottsville, Ky. -- Outstanding Achievement & Performance for Media Studies

 

Casey McGowan of Jamestown, Ky. -- Outstanding Academic Achievement English; Outstanding Academic Achievement Criminal Justice; Excellence in Scholarship and Service Women's Studies

 

James McIntosh Jr. of Columbia -- Outstanding Achievement in Journalism

 

Lizabeth McKinney-MeHas of Columbia -- Outstanding Academic Achievement Counseling & Human Development

 

Matthew Meredith of Louisville, Ky. -- Outstanding Academic Achievement  Psychology

 

Charles Mullennex of Louisville, Ky. -- Outstanding Academic Achievement, P-12 Physical Education

 

Musa Mawanda of Kampala, Uganda -- Outstanding Achievement & Clinical Performance in Nursing

 

Kailey Moorhead of Wolfforth, Texas -- Female Scholar Athlete of the Year

 

Brenna Murray of Russell Springs, Ky. -- Alpha Eta Gamma Outstanding Thespian Award

 

Zac Oakes of Russell Springs, Ky. -- Outstanding Academic Achievement Student Media Productions

 

Mitchell Osnowitz of Bloomington, Ill. -- Outstanding Academic Achievement Business Administration

 

Sarah Parkhurst of Scottsville, Ky. -- Outstanding Achievement & Performance for Library Services

 

Jessica Phelps of Edmonton, Ky. -- Outstanding Academic Achievement Counseling & Human Development

 

Jonathan Poff of Columbia -- Fort Knox National Company Junior Award: Outstanding Achievement in Business Administration

 

Cassie R. Pollard of Glasgow, Ky. -- Outstanding Academic Achievement Biology

 

Matthew Powers of Harrogate, Tenn. -- Outstanding Achievement & Performance for Psychophysiology; Male Scholar Athlete of the Year

 

Emily Ramage of Columbia, Ky. -- President's Award; Outstanding Academic Achievement Communication

 

Rachel Ray of White Mills, Ky. -- Elizabeth Lowe Whitfield Nursing Professional Development Award

 

Lacy Roberson of Hickman, Ky. -- Outstanding Academic Achievement, 5-9 Middle Grades Education

 

Billy Roberts of Somerset, Ky. -- Outstanding Academic Achievement Criminal Justice

 

Maria Sanchez of Alcante, Spain -- Outstanding Academic Achievement,  P-12 Physical Education & Health

 

Tyler Scott of Tompkinsville, Ky. -- Outstanding Achievement & Performance for Academic Excellence in Nursing

 

Renan Serafim of Sorocaba, Brazil -- Center for Entrepreneurship  Outstanding Achievement  Business Concept Competition Award (Click here to read about this previously reported story.)

 

Allison Stafford of Bradfordsville, Ky. -- Noma Dix Winston  History Scholarship Award

 

Kyle Weiner of Cecilia, Ky. -- Begley Scholar Award

 

Jessica Wilkinson of Columbia -- Marit B. Robb and Sheila K. Robb Nursing Award

 

Noel Wilson of Owenton, Ky. -- Outstanding Achievement & Performance in Academic Success Center Peer Tutoring

 

Student Government Association Club/Organization of the Year -- Living in Faith Eternally

 

Faculty Awards

Biology Instructor Tabitha Ellis -- Faculty Affairs Council Exemplary Teacher

 

Instructor of Energy Technology Career Doug Keaton -- Academic Advisor of the Year

 

Instructor of Communication Benson Sexton; Assistant Professor of History Asa Swan -- Student Government Association Teacher of the Year

 

More ...
Click here to see more pictures from Honors Convocaiton.

Click here to see more pictures from Founders' Day Dinner.

 

 



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