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Message From the President Regarding Spring 2020 Semester

Update: March 18, 2020, 1 p.m. CT

Dear Friends,

While we have been hopeful to finish the semester in a face to face delivery mode, each day that possibility has continued to become less prudent. Earlier this week, the Center for Disease Control recommended we not gather in groups of 10 or more for the next 8 weeks. That projects into the middle of May and far beyond the end of the semester. Consequently, all classes will be delivered in an online format through the end of the semester.

Residential students should plan on removing all items from the residence halls by Tuesday, March 31st. This provides two weekends and longer than most colleges and universities have provided to move all of your belongings home for the summer. A limited number of students may remain on campus, but will be relocated to the Draper Apartments once the rooms have been cleared, cleaned and sanitized. We understand in rare circumstances an individual may not be able to return to campus to remove their belongings. Please communicate with Residence Life to develop an action plan for this scenario.

The college will continue to make arrangements for any students remaining on campus in regards to meals, security or any other challenges you encounter. You remain an important part of this family and we will continue to be there for you.

As I make this pronouncement, I find my mind drifting to our graduating seniors and the terrible pain this is creating in all of our lives. We will miss the opportunity to hug, thank and congratulate these seniors as they learn about acceptances to graduate schools, new jobs, engagements, victories, concerts, performances, honors, awards and triumphs. This has been an exceptional senior class whose impact on this campus will continue to be felt long after your physical departure from LWC! Dr. Parrish will be meeting with your SGA leadership today to seek counsel and guidance about how we recognize our student and faculty achievements at Honors Convocation and Commencement and when and how we might best do that.

So may God continue to bless each and every one of you as you depart knowing that LWC is Family. Don’t be a stranger and let’s plan on making our Homecoming scheduled for October 3rd an especially meaningful event. For those of you not graduating this semester, let’s return to campus in August realizing how precious our time is together and just how special your LWC Family is to each of us. We miss you terribly and before you know it our nationally ranked football team will be holding that Highway 55 sign over their heads; Susan Minton will be singing the Malvina Farkle song at the top of her capacity; Marching band, the LWC Singers and our theatre groups will be blowing us away with their talents; and, our Bonners will return to our community partners continuing to change the world. What a joyful and loved filled reunion it will be! Let’s all mark our calendars for Saturday, August 22nd, when we will gather on our front lawn for the best President’s Picnic this college has ever seen.

We will be providing more detailed information for faculty, staff and students in the days ahead. In the meantime, remember to run through the finish line in your classes. You must stay engaged and fulfill your responsibilities in your assignments so that you make progress toward your degree.

Attitude is the key to stay positive!


William T. Luckey, Jr.