COLUMBIA, Ky. -- A record number of degrees
awarded, thousands of hours of community service, three
accreditations, a trio of national champions and a growing theater
program were among the 2013 highlights at Lindsey Wilson
644 Degrees Awarded in 2013; Record
Residential Enrollment: A record 418 degrees were
awarded at winter commencement, held Dec. 14 in Biggers
Sports Center. Combined with the 226 awarded at spring commencement, held May 11 in Biggers
Sports Center, LWC awarded a total of 644 undergraduate and
graduate degrees in 2013.
The 2013-14 school year opened with with 1,145
residential students -- the largest population in college history
and a 58 percent increase over the last five years. Overall
enrollment is 2,645, the second largest in college history. This
year's LWC student body includes 110 international students from 40
countries, the second largest international student enrollment in
the college's 110-year history.
Jason Blumlein Named Counselor Educator of
the Year: Assistant Professor of Counseling Jason Blumlein was named the
Counselor Educator of the Year at this year's Kentucky Counseling
Five-Year Writing Initiative:
In January, the LWC community kicked off "Lindsey Writes," a five-year celebration of
writing that reaches across the curriculum to help students become
better writers to "explore ideas, clarify thoughts, develop and
communicate knowledge and engage themselves as global
Students Show Their Entrepreneurial
Spirit: A record 93 students collaborated on 34
exhibits at the Third-Annual Entrepreneurial and Career Expo, held Nov. 7 in
Norma and Glen Hodge Center for Discipleship.
Drake Out, Coleman In as Chief Financial
Officer: After more than eight year as LWC's vice
president of administration and finance, Roger Drake left to become
the 26th president of Central Methodist (Mo.) University. He was
succeeded by Mark Coleman, who came to LWC
from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, where he was chief
financial officer for the North Carolina school.
A Year of Giving
Bonner Program Honored for Supporting
Education in Adair County Schools: In May, the LWC
Bonner Scholars Program received an AppLE Award from Forward in the Fifth for work
that improved education through engagement in service-learning. The
program specifically received an AppLE Award -- which stands for
Appalachian Leaders in Education -- for its partnership with
Camp Casey, an after-school program at Colonel William Casey
Elementary School. During the 2012-13 school year, a total of LWC
32 Bonner Scholars assisted and led more than 35 activities at the
after-school program for more than 360 students from preschool
through second grade. Overall, LWC students at the college's 27
campuses combined to give more than 30,000 hours of community
service in 2013.
Student-Athletes Lead Effort to Support
Operation Christmas Child: Vice President for
Educational Outreach and Student Financial Services Denise
Fudge and Athletics Administrative Assistant Beth
Boisvert led a campuswide effort to collected nearly 750
shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies and personal items for
Operation Christmas Child. The shoeboxes were
shipped to children around the world. In addition to Operation
Christmas Child, more than a hundred LWC student groups gave up
their spring and fall breaks to take part in service-learning trips
around the United States.
Bonner Scholars Program Gives $2,000 in
Grants to Adair County Schools: The LWC Bonner
Scholars Program awarded $2,000 in grants in May to Adair County
schools. The grants were used to enhance after-school programs
at Adair County Elementary School and Adair County Primary
MLK Day Celebrated with
Service: The LWC Bonner Scholars Program led a
celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a day that
included community-service projects and a discussion of King's "I
Have a Dream" speech.
Record Safe Halloween: A record
970 area children participated in the 20th-annual "Safe Halloween," held Oct. 29 in LWC residence
SACS Reaffirms College's
Accreditation: At its December meeting, the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools reaffirmed the college's
accreditation and approved the college's move from a Level III
institution to a Level V institution. That means the college is now
allowed to offer a doctorate in counselor education and
supervision; the first cohort will be enrolled next fall.
Nursing Program Receives National
Accreditation: LWC's bachelor of science nursing
program earned accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate
Nursing Education. Its first group of graduates earned degrees in
May, and in fall another 27 students were welcomed into the program
at the annual "Ceremony of Blessing & Transition."
Education Program Earns National
Accreditation: In late fall, the LWC Education
Division was informed that it had received accreditation from the
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Theatre Program Continues
The LWC Theatre Program staged more than a half-dozen
productions in 2013. The highlight of spring was a production of Romeo and Juliet. Summer featured the
debut of TheatreFest, which included
productions of Perfect Wedding, Mark Twain and a
75th anniversary celebration of Our Town. Fall included
the award-winning The Diviners, Charlotte's Web for area
schoolchildren and the Stephen Schwartz musical Pippin.
Eight Honored at 82nd Homecoming Weekend
At the 82nd homecoming weekend, Sept. 27-28, the
Lindsey Wilson National Alumni Association honored three alumni and
three college friends, and two new members were inducted into the
Lindsey Wilson Athletic Hall of Fame.
Honoring Those Who
Served Lindsey Wilson Singers Honor U.S. Military Killed in
D-Day Invasion: A select ensemble from the Lindsey
Wilson Singers performed July 4 at a Memorial Recital and
Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery in France. The
students performed under the direction of LWC Associate Professor
of Music and Director of Choral Ensembles Gerald
Tribute to Dakota Meyer
Unveiled: A sculpture that honors Medal of Honor
Recipient Dakota Meyer was unveiled at the 11th Veterans Appreciation Luncheon, which
attracted more than 130 veterans and their guests. The sculpture is
on display through June in the Roberta D. Cranmer Dining &
Games Donated to Area Military Personnel
Serving in Jordan: A group of LWC staff members and
students in Residence Life Office, Student Activities Office,
Recreation Club and intramurals program held a drive to collect
recreational and sports equipment for soldiers serving in Jordan.
Rogers Scholars, Explorers
Spend Summer on Campus A total of 64 rising high school juniors from Eastern and
Southcentral Kentucky counties who spent a week LWC during the
summer as part of the Rogers Scholars program. One
group studied on campus in June, and the other group studied on campus in
July. The weeklong program gives students a
glimpse into college life and introduces them to career
possibilities in engineering, medicine, business, media and
communication. Earlier in the summer, 30 rising high school
freshmen from 16 Kentucky counties spent three days at LWC to get
an early taste of college life as Rogers Explorers. The students
were among more 120 Kentucky students selected to the program that
exposes rising ninth-grade students to science, mathematics and
technology. Both programs are sponsored by the Somerset-based
Center for Rural Development.
Record-Setting Seasons for Blue Raider Athletics For the third time overall and for the second consecutive
year, the LWC Athletics program won the Mid-South
Conference President's Cup. LWC Athletic Director Willis Pooler was named by his
peers as 2012-13 Mid-South Conference Athletic Director of the
Year, the fourth time he has received the award. Nationally, LWC
was runner-up in the 2012-13 NAIA Learfield Sports Directors'
Cup, the best finish in LWC history.
Individually, three Blue Raiders won national titles: Jameel Bryant won the NAIA
title in wrestling in the 184-pound class; and in the fall cyclists
David Novak and Josh Patton each snagged a
national title. LWC wide receiver Matt Powers earned 2013
Capital One Academic All-America College Division Football Team
honors, a first for LWC athletics.
Among the many Blue Raider team highlights of 2013 were
the men's basketball program --
who finished the season with a 32-5 record -- the second most wins
in program history -- and made it to the NAIA Fab Four for the
first time in school history. And early in the 2013-14 season, LWC
alumnus and coach Paul Peck won his 500th career
LWC football had another special
season -- the Blue Raiders flipped a 3-8 record in 2012 to a
program-best 8-3 record in 2013 and finished with a No. 19 NAIA
LWC volleyball was a program-best
36-6 in 2013, including a perfect 18-0 on the way to winning
another Mid-South Conference regular-season title.
Although this was the first time in three years that an
LWC men's soccer or women's soccer team did not
play for an NAIA national title, both programs made it to their
respective Final Four in 2013.
Baseball and softball also qualified for
their respective NAIA tournaments, and swimming set several new
records in 2013.
Elizabeth Lowe Whitfield '49 Was Longtime
Trustee:Elizabeth Lowe Whitfield grew
up next to the LWC A.P. White Campus, graduated from the college
and was one of the first female trustees when she was appointed to
the board in 1981.
Judge James E. Bondurant Helped Shape
LWC: Judge James E. Bondurant had a
distinguished legal career as both a lawyer and Kentucky judge, and
he also served two terms in the Kentucky House of Representatives.
Among his many contributions to LWC was chairing the Board of
Trustees when the college became a liberal arts college in the