First Group of Freshmen Get 'EDGE' at LWC
Posted on Thursday, June 03, 2010 [7:54 PM]
EDGE leader Kayla Clark of Greensburg, Ky., left, addresses LWC
freshmen June 3 in a
classroom in the Jim & Helen Lee Fugitte Science Center.
Looking on is LWC student
Jasmine Hammond of Columbia, who will be a peer leader this fall
in the college's
Freshman Year Experience program.
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- The Lindsey Wilson College community
officially began welcoming members of the Class of 2014 on
Thursday, June 3. And if the first three orientation days for
freshmen are any indication, it appears the college will have one
of its largest incoming classes in the school's 107-year
A total of 362 freshmen attended the first three EDGE days, held
June 3-5. The college will have two more before the 2010 fall
semester gets under way on Aug. 18.
EDGE -- which stands for education,
development, growth and experience -- is a daylong orientation
program for incoming LWC freshmen. The day introduces freshmen to
the LWC community and gives them several opportunities to meet the
college's faculty, staff and students.
College officials don't expect four more EDGE days of more than
225 students, but they like the way things started.
"A lot of students and their family members want to go through
orientation as early as possible so they have their summers free
until classes start in August," said LWC Dean of Students Chris Schmidt. "But we were
very pleased with the turnout on our first EDGE day. (June3) was
the largest single first-day crowd we've had in the history of the
program, and the day went incredibly well, which is a testament to
the staff and faculty who participated."
At EDGE, the LWC students are introduced to the college in a
variety of settings -- in small break-out groups where they met
some of their new classmates and a handful of the college's
upperclassmen; at lunch in the Roberta D. Cranmer Dining &
Conference Center; and in Biggers Sports Center, where they
completed paperwork and left with a class schedule for the fall
"By the end of the day, we want students to know what to expect
when they return for classes in August," Schmidt said. "That makes
the start of the school year much less stressful for them and their
Schmidt spoke to the new students' family members at a gathering
in V.P. Henry Auditorium. At the meeting, he told family members
that taking an active interest in their students' college careers
will help ensure a successful four years at Lindsey Wilson.
Meanwhile, students heard what to expect in college.
"When I got into college, I realized I was in a while new game,"
biology instructor Tabitha Ellis told a group
of students in the J.L. Turner Leadership Center on the June 3 EDGE
One of the messages students heard in their breakout sessions was
the importance of getting involved.
"It is important to find something you can do in life and love,"
Freshman Advisor Jennifer Furkin told another
group of students on June 3 in the Jim & Helen Lee Fugitte
Science Center. "Finding something you all love may take some time
in college, but this is the place to do it."
And judging from some freshmen's comments, the messages were
"I learned a little bit more about campus life and what it takes
to be successful," said Iseal Reyes, who attended the June 3 EDGE
day with fellow Danville, Ky., residents Jonathan Tanner and Zach
Lynch. "I also learned a lot about the history of the college,
things I didn't know before."
The final two EDGE days of 2010 will be July
23-24. For more information about EDGE, contact the LWC Admissions Office at
email@example.com, (800) 264-0138 or (270) 384-8100. Register
for an EDGE day online
Scenes from EDGE
Click here to see pictures EDGE days.