COLUMBIA, Ky. -
Lindsey Wilson College sophomore Elizabeth Goode of Somerset, Ky.,
told a classroom of incoming freshmen on Friday morning why she
prefers to wear flip-flop sandals. And then the freshmen told her
something about their shoes.
Freshmen participate in the human knot
June 5 outside of the Jim & Helen Lee Fugitte Science
Center: (clockwise, from bottom): Holly Begley of Campbellsville,
Ky.; Cyndi Carter of Campbellsville; Brittany Jackson of
Campbellsville; Terrah Kessler of Campbellsville; Nathan Davis of
Tompkinsville, Ky.; and Tyler Welch of
The exercise was part of an
introduction session Lindsey Wilson uses on EDGE Day to introduce
students to their new classmates.
Breaking the ice is a big part of an LWC EDGE Day. EDGE - which
stands for education, development, growth and experience - is an
orientation program for the college's incoming freshmen.
A total of 171 incoming freshmen attended Friday's EDGE Day, and
142 more attedned Saturday's EDGE Day. The college will hold a
total of four five-hour orientation days this summer.
But freshmen don't spend the entire time in a classroom.
Following ice-breaking sessions, they go outside to participate in
team-building activities that include untying a human knot and a
"We get them out of the classroom and get them around campus,"
Owen said. "We do team-building activities with them. A lot of
students find their roommates on an EDGE Day through the
While students break ice and build teams, parents and family
members meet with college officials to learn about student life at
Lindsey Wilson. Then following lunch in the Roberta D. Cranmer
Dining & Conference Center, students and family members visit a
series of stations in Biggers Sports Center.
By the time they exit Biggers Sports Center, the freshmen have a
class schedule for the 2009 fall semester, a parking permit and
have completed paperwork necessary to enroll.
"They are building those relationships now, then on opening
weekend in August they will further solidify their relationships
with several more activities and events," Owen said. "By the time
the school year begins, they won't feel like strangers in a
EDGE also helps demystify the college experience, Owen said.
"One of the questions we ask freshmen on an EDGE survey is
whether they would be afraid to talk to a professor a staff member
when they first get to Lindsey Wilson," Owen said. "Many of them
tell us that they are because they often enter college with the
pre-conceived notion that professors and staff members cannot be
bothered with students. But on EDGE Day, we tell them that at
Lindsey Wilson that's what professors and staff members are here
for - they want to have contact with their students and they want
to help them."
EDGE Day also is an opportunity for incoming freshmen to meet
upperclass students who share similar interests and
"When we assign students to an EDGE group, we go out of our way
to look at their intended major and their extracurricular
activities so that we can pair them with an EDGE leader with
similar experiences," Owen said. "That makes it easier for freshmen
to ask questions such as how to get involved at Lindsey
LWC's final two EDGE Days of the summer will be July 24-25.
For more information, contact the Student Activities Office at firstname.lastname@example.org (270) 384-8100.