Lindsey Wilson College Homecoming 2017

COLUMBIA, KY. -- Six alumni were honored at Lindsey Wilson College’s 86th homecoming weekend, on Oct. 20-21, 2017.

Homecoming festivities opened with a bang on Monday night with a fireworks show sponsored by LWC Student Government Association. The week also included several reunions, two academic ceremonies, a commemorative chapel service, the 2017 Fall Trustee Luncheon and the alumni and athletic awards celebration.

At the Alumni Awards & Athletic Hall of Fame Celebration on Saturday morning, three alumni were inducted into the LWC Athletic Hall of Fame and three alumni were honored by the LWC National Alumni Association.

The new members inducted into the LWC Athletic Hall of Fame were: former men’s basketball players Cetric Anderson ’05 and Scott Cook ’06, as well as former wrestler Charlie Pingleton ’12, who was inducted posthumously. Pingleton is the first wrestler to be inducted into the LWC Athletic Hall of Fame.

Also on Saturday, the LWC National Alumni Association honored three alumni of the college.

* Robert W. Flowers ’70 of Columbia, Ky., received the Distinguished Alumnus Award;

* Carrie Luker ’67 Farris of Versailles, Ky., received the Distinguished Service Award;

* and Lori Riddle ’02 Eberenz of Louisville, Ky., received the Outstanding Young Alumna Award.

On Wednesday morning, the LWC community gathered for a commemorative chapel service celebrating the 20th anniversary of the dedication of the John B. Begley Chapel. And on Friday evening, two of LWC’s distinguished academic organizations held special ceremonies.

LWC Nursing Program Recognizes 19 Students

The college's nursing program recognized 19 students at its annual blessing and white coat ceremony. The ceremony prepared the students - sophomores who are in their first year of LWC's bachelor of science nursing program - to symbolically enter their profession.

Lindsey Wilson Singers hold annual Standards of Excellence Ceremony

Later in the evening, the Lindsey Wilson Singers held their annual "Standards of Excellence Ceremony" in the John B. Begley Chapel. The hourlong ceremony included scripture readings, reflections on the year's theme, prayers and singing. Each member of of the choral ensemble signed their name to the group's Standards of Excellence, pledging to maintain the group's high level of performance, academic excellence and live a life of integrity.

2017 Trustee Appreciation and Endowed Scholarship Recognition Luncheon

At the annual Trustee Appreciation and Endowed Scholarship Recognition Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 20, LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. honored the people who “make a world-class education possible.”

“Growing our endowment is so important to the future of this college,” Luckey said to more than 350 guests. "Your commitment to LWC and its people will impact the college students you see here today and for generations to follow.”

Luckey reported that the Lindsey Wilson Endowment $100 Million Challenge had helped more than double the college’s endowment over the last seven years. When Luckey issued the challenge in 2010, the Lindsey Wilson Endowment stood at $9 million; it recently reached nearly $26 million.

In her keynote address, Lindsey Wilson trustee Linda Underwood ’67 King of Louisville, Ky., told the crowd to “pick up the blue apple” to symbolize taking chances and making brave choices in life.

“All of you in this room have ‘picked the blue apple’ in one way or another,” said King. “You’ve given money or scholarships to the young men and women who sit here today. And I thank you immensely from the bottom of my heart. I truly know what it is doing for them because it changed my life.”

Mr. and Mrs. Walter T. Stephens from Russell County (Ky.) provided the scholarship money allowing King to attend Lindsey Wilson College in 1965.

“My life has never been the same since Mr. and Mrs. Stephens sent me to Lindsey Wilson College.”

King and her husband, Rev. L. Carman King endowed the L. Carman King and Linda Underwood King Endowed Scholarship in 2014.

2017 Homecoming King and Queen crowned at halftime of football game

During halftime of the LWC-Cumberland (Tenn.) game on Saturday afternoon at Blue Raider Stadium, the 2017 homecoming king and queen were crowned by LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. Based on a popular vote of the student body, Kate Durham of Columbia, who represented Lindsey Wilson Singers, was crowned queen and Anthony Thompson of Louisville, Ky., who represented Black Student Union, was crowned king.