At Homecoming Weekend, Alumni Impressed with LWC’s Pace, Degree of Change
Posted on Sunday, October 23, 2011 [12:17 AM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- If the Lindsey Wilson College
alumni who visited the A.P. White Campus this weekend shared one
common opinion, it was how much the college has changed.
That's what college officials heard from alumni who attended
events at the college's 80th homecoming weekend.
"The one comment I heard over and over again was how much this
place had changed, how much it had grown with the expansion and new
buildings," LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. said at the homecoming
awards brunch on Saturday morning in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining
& Conference Center. "And these were comments from students who
had graduated two years ago … not 40 years ago."
At the brunch, the Lindsey Wilson National Alumni Association
honored two of its graduates and made a longtime LWC staff member
an honorary member of its association.
The Distinguished Alumnus Award was presented to longtime
educator Bill Mauney of Somerset, Ky., a
1961 LWC alumnus; Dr. Ricky Farmer of
Somerset, a 2000 alumnus, received the Outstanding Young Alumnus
Award; and Nancy Sinclair of
Summersville, Ky., who has been an LWC staff member since 1987, was
named an Honorary Alumna of the association.
Also on Saturday afternoon, a new king and queen were crowned at
the LWC-Kentucky Christian University football game. Lydia
Tiller of Columbia was crowned 2011 homecoming queen, and
Daniel Pulliam of Crestwood, Ky., was crowned
Tiller, who represented the Bonner Scholars, is the daughter of
Mike and Linda Tiller of Columbia. She is an LWC junior, majoring
in biology, Christian ministries and secondary education.
Pulliam, who represented the Student Activities Board is the son
of Wayne and Karen Pulliam of Crestwood. He is a psychology
Since Luckey became the college's eighth president on July 1,
1998, more than a couple dozen buildings have been added to the
A.P. White Campus and enrollment has almost doubled. This Friday,
the college will dedicate its two latest buildings - Jerry and
Kendrick McCandless Hall will be dedicated at 11 a.m. CT, and Dr.
Robert and Carol Goodin Center for Nursing and Counseling will be
dedicated at 11:30 a.m. CT.
But Luckey said the essence of LWC has remained the same.
"While the physical appearance of the college continues to
change as we dedicate two new buildings next Friday, it is our
mission, our commitment to students, that remains constant," he
Luckey said probably the biggest change at LWC over the last 13
years has been one of the least-noticed -- the number of full-time
faculty has increased by 170 percent. LWC had 42 full-time faculty
when Luckey became president; this school year it added 18 new
faculty positions to increase that number to 113.
"And while you can see and experience the physical changes in
the new facilities, I would argue that it's the growth and the
strengthening of the faculty where the most dramatic changes are
taking place," he said. "That to me is so much more important than
a new building."
More ... Click here to see scenes from Homecoming 2011
on The Hill.