COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College
President William T. Luckey remembers the first LWC homecoming he
attended in 1983.
That weekend's highlights were wrapped up in three events: an
alumni awards banquet and a men's and women's basketball
"Homecoming has become much more than just a couple games," Luckey
said at Saturday at the annual Alumni Awards Brunch in Roberta D.
Cranmer Dining & Conference Center. Overall, the weekend's
events marked the college's 81st homecoming weekend.
"This place has blossomed right before our very eyes," said
Luckey, who has been LWC's eighth president since 1998. "We've seen
it happen, in slow motion almost."
As an example of LWC's dramatic changes over the last three
decades, Luckey recited several of this year's homecoming weekend
activities: three basketball games, two soccer matches, a football
game, a performance by a world-renowned classical violinist, two
theater productions, a 5K run/walk, multiple reunions and the
rededication of an auditorium.
"You can't see the grass grow, but it's growing; the same thing
with this college," Luckey said. "Sometimes you're so close to it
that you can't see it. But if we step back for just a moment, this
college is just blossoming here."
At the Alumni Awards Brunch, the LWC National Alumni Association
recognized three individuals: 1961 alumnus Ben Breeding, an Adair
County native who now lives in Springfield, Ky., received the
Distinguished Alumnus Award; 1997 alumna Amanda Main of Louisville,
Ky., received the Outstanding Young Alumna Award; and Tula Peterson
of Campbellsville, Ky., received the Honorary Alumna Award.
On Saturday afternoon, the LWC student body crowded the homecoming
queen and king during halftime of the LWC-Bethel (Tenn.) University
football game at Blue Raider Stadium. Emily Ramage of Columbia was
crowned queen, and Musa Muwanda of Kampala, Uganda, was crowned
king. Ramage represented the Lindsey Wilson Singers, and Muwanda
represented the men's soccer program.
The weekend was rounded out with a Saturday night rededication of
V.P. Henry Auditorium, which proceeded a performance of the French
farce Don't Dress for Dinner, directed by LWC Assistant Professor
of Theater Robert Brock.
Part of one of LWC's original three buildings, V.P. Henry
Auditorium was expanded during Henry's presidency, which was from
1942-54. Over the summer and fall, the college spent more than
$150,000 to overhaul the century-old space was more than $150,000
"I feel very fortunate," Brock said during the rededication
ceremony. "To work at a college where you have these kind of people
at the top who believe in this kind of thing and are going to get
behind it -- that doesn't happen everywhere."
Luckey said that without the Henry family, LWC might not have
survived the 1950s. That's why he said the Henry family is "perhaps
the most important family in the 109-year history of Lindsey Wilson
During Henry's tenure as the college's third president, enrollment
dropped to 62 because of World War II. Henry, however, was not
discouraged. He served at least three years without salary while
continuing to work for the Louisville Annual Conference.
After LWC narrowly avoided an effort to close it, Henry turned the
college around. The Emily Hundley President's Home and the T.D. and
Rowena Everett Building -- which was originally the college's first
free-standing library building -- were built, and LWC also received
its first accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges
"We owe an entire debt of gratitude to the entire V.P. Henry
family," Luckey said.
Ed Henry, who is one of President Henry's two surviving children,
marveled at how LWC has remained true to its mission while also
"It is a gratifying thing for us, as members of the Henry
family, to see what is happening at this school at this time during
these years," he said at the rededication ceremony.
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