'Most Academically Talented' Freshman Class Welcomed to Campus
Posted on Saturday, August 16, 2014 [11:50 PM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson
College's A.P. White Campus was decorated in blue, white and black
Saturday as the liberal arts college's faculty and staff officially
welcomed members of the Class of 2018.
Although several hundred students began to move into the
college's residence halls earlier in the month, the official
welcome ceremony was held Saturday. College officials expect more
than than 1,150 students to live on campus in 2014-15. That will
increase Columbia's population by about 25 percent for the next
A record 1,145 lived on campus last school year. College
officials will know the school year's final overall enrollment next
This year's freshman class is one of the larger ones in the
college's 111-year history, and LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. said it
is also the "most academically talented class this college has ever
Speaking to the freshmen Saturday afternoon at the Roberta D.
Cranmer Dining & Conference Center, Luckey said members of the
Class of 2018 will begin an exciting chapter in their lives when
the fall semester begins Wednesday, Aug. 20.
"You are going to accomplish some amazing things together and
also as individuals," said Luckey, who has been the college's
eighth president since 1998. "You will win national championships
together; you will travel across this country together and to other
countries as well; you will sing and act and make music together;
you will feed the homeless, volunteer in daycare and afterschool
programs together; you will laugh, you will cry, you will grieve
and you will celebrate together; you will walk across the
commencement stage on Saturday, May 12, 2018, together as the most
distinguished class this college has ever known."
Freshmen Corinna Benningfield of Lebanon, Ky.,
Cayci Crabtree of Monticello, Ky., and
Callie Fulkerson of Lexington, Ky., were among the
LWC freshmen who moved into the residence halls early. They arrived
on campus Aug. 10 to begin marching band practice.
Fulkerson, who is roommate with Crabtree in Jerry and Kendrick
McCandless Hall, said she "definitely likes the RA's (resident
advisers) because they are very open."
"It's a very welcoming place. I like the openness of
everything," she said.
Although many freshmen who moved into residence halls on
Saturday arrived on campus as early as 8 a.m. CT, roommates
Taylor Combs of Corbin, Ky., and Chris
Franklin of Madisonville, Ky., didn't roll into campus
until later in the morning. Franklin arrived around 10:30 a.m. CT
with his parents, Wesley and Amy Lynn; Combs and his twin brother,
Austin, arrived around noon CT with their parents, Joey and
The two freshmen met for the first time when they moved into
their Parrot Hall. If unpacking came easy for both of them, saying
goodbye to their parents later in the day was a bit more
"Of course the parents be sad was difficult, but everything else
went very smooth," Combs said. "Everyone was really helpful. The
moment we stepped out of the car there were four or five people
there to help us."
Combs said that even after he, his brother and Franklin
said goodbye to their parents, they continued to hear from them
throughout the day.
"Both of our parents have been lighting up our phones since they
left," Combs said.
More ... Cick here to see more pictures from opening
weekend. Click here to view a video greeting to the
Class of 2018.