Students Return to Campus Saturday to Inaugurate 2010-11 School Year
Posted on Friday, August 13, 2010 [3:52 PM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Beginning Saturday morning, the
population of Columbia will begin to expand by more than 25 percent
as Lindsey Wilson College officially welcomes undergraduate
students back to its A.P. White Campus.
Over the last week, student-athletes on fall sports teams moved
into residence halls. They were joined by more than four dozen Bonner Leaders, resident advisers and
Beginning on early Saturday morning, the rest of the
neighborhood will arrive as freshmen and new students arrive on
campus. Officially, freshmen and new students are not expected to
arrive until 9 a.m. CT, but LWC officials won't be surprised if
students and their families arrive shortly after the crack of
"We tell students and their families they will have plenty of
time to move in and get settled if they arrive by 9 a.m., but we
always have the early arrivals -- people who are anxious to get to
campus or people who made really good time driving to Columbia,"
said LWC Dean of Students Dean Chris Schmidt, who has been involved in more
than a dozen move-in days.
New students should report to the large tent on the Campus
Quadrangle, where they will be instructed where to proceed.
Returning students will move into the residence halls on Monday.
(Click here for a full schedule of events.)
By the time students are settled, the college expects well more
than 1,000 students living in residence halls this school year.
That would smash the college's previous record of residential
students, 847, set last school year. Classes begin on Wednesday,
"When you realize that Columbia's total population is 4,000,
that's like adding to the town by 25 percent," said Vice President
for Student Services and Enrollment Management Dean Adams. "That also means 1,000 more
customers for area merchants and stores. Or as some people have
called residential college students, Columbia's economy will
benefit from having nine-month tourists."
When residential students arrive at the A.P. White Campus, they
will assisted by a myriad of LWC students, staff and faculty.
"We want to make it the move-in process as easy and as smooth as
possible for our students and their family members," Schmidt said.
"Many of these students will be living away from home for their
first time in their lives. So they and their family members will be
more than a little anxious, and we want to allay those fears."
On Saturday, after students get settled in their rooms and enjoy
lunch on the Campus Quad or Roberta D. Cranmer Dining &
Conference Center, they will attend several informational
"Almost all of the students have attended an EDGE (orientation)
day, so they are familiar with the campus and the college," Schmidt
said. "But over the weekend, we will introduce them to different
parts of Lindsey Wilson life that will help them get off to a
successful start in college."
The weekend's highlights include "Lindseypalooza," a
team-building activity in the Doris and Bob Holloway Health & Wellness
Center; a picnic on the lawn of the Emily Hundley President's
Home; and excursions to several regional attractions.
"The idea behind scheduling a lot of activities between when
students move in and when they start classes on Wednesday is to
provide students with multiple opportunities to meet their new
classmates in a setting outside of the classroom and to also
prepare them for when classes begin," said LWC Director of Student
Activities Jayne Hopkins.
Monday's events will include a talk by legendary Kentucky
journalist David V. Hawpe. The retired editor of the
Louisville Courier-Journal will speak about "This I
Believe" in the Norma & Glen Hodge Center for Discipleship with
a simulcast available to an overflow crowd in V.P. Henry
For the third consecutive year, all LWC freshmen are reading a
common text. This year they are reading This I Believe II:
The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women -- a
collection of essays edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman.
Monday will also include a dress rehearsal for the return of football at Lindsey Wilson. The football
scrimmage -- which will take place at 7 p.m. CT at Blue Raider
Stadium -- will be preceded by the inaugural Raider Walk from the
Campus Quadrangle to the stadium. The walk begins at 6:15 p.m.
The LWC Student Government Association will host the L-Dub Club
Fair at 2:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday on the Campus Quadrangle. And
then at 6 p.m. CT on Thursday, Aug. 19, the annual Wares Fair will
be held in the Doris and Bob Holloway Health & Wellness
Sponsored by the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce, the
Wares Fair gives students an opportunity to learn about services
offered by businesses of Columbia-Adair County.
"The Wares Fair started in Biggers Center, but it's become such
a big hit that we have moved it to the Holloway Health &
Wellness Center," Hopkins said. "It's a great way to bring the
college and the community together. And a big reason Lindsey Wilson
is enjoying such incredibly success right now is because of the
great community support."
Click here for Opening Weekend
and Welcome Back Week activities.