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". . . we all have one thing in common: we want to change the world -- that's all. And we might not change it all, but we can at least change part of it. - DEAN JOHN RIGNEY
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By Duane Bonifer
News from Lindsey Wilson College

COLUMBIA, KY - Although he has one degree from Lindsey Wilson College and plans to work on another, Chris Hipshire had never seen the college's A.P. White Campus in Columbia, KY.

That changed on Saturday, June 26, 2010, when Hipshire joined more than 250 classmates for the inaugural Lindsey Wilson School of Professional Counseling Day. For Hipshire, that meant driving more than 250 miles from his home in Logan, WV, to the LWC A.P. White Campus.

Students attending the Lindsey Wilson College School of Professional Counseling Homecoming on June 26, 2010:

Billie Adams, Hazard, KY; Pamela Aldana, Hazard, KY; Alicia Alexander, Somerset, KY; Sharon Alexander, Lexington, KY; Jennifer Andrew, Columbia, KY; Judy Bailey, London, KY; Wendy Bargo-Miles, Richlands, VA; Annetta Barnette, Cumberland, KY; Nicole Barnette, Big Stone Gap, VA; Amy Bevins, Prestonsburg, KY; Lorena Blankenship, London; Karen Blevins, Somerset, KY; Audra Boggs, Hazard, KY; Tracy Booker, Cincinnati, OH; Deidra Boyken, Madisonville, KY;

Ronda Bradshaw, Somerset, KY; Paula Brown, Scottsville, KY; Jennifer Burdine, Columbia, KY; Erica Burger, Hillsboro, OH; Tina Carroll, Mt. Empire, VA; Angel Carter, Scottsville, KY; Diana Catron, Somerset, KY; Jeremy Casetler; Tarah Caudill, Hazard, KY; Tracy Champion, London, KY; Angelina Cheeck, Mt. Empire, VA; Teresa Covey, Maysville, KY; Darlene Crawford, Logan WV; Mathew Crouse, Richlands, VA; Rita Crutcher, Hazard, KY; Bill Cummings, Cumberland, KY;

Sabrina Cummings, Cumberland, KY; Kimberly Davidson, Hillsboro, OH; Cinty Davis, Richlands, VA; Amy Dawson, Hillsboro, OH; April Day, Big Stone Gap, VA; Rita Diets, Mt. Empire, VA; Phil Dingus, Richlands, VA; Maria Dizney, Mt. Empire, VA; Tiffiany Dominey, Somerset, KY; Gary Douglas, Hazard, KY; Lilly Dutton, Hopkinsville, KY; Clarissa English, Louisville, KY; Stephanie Fletcher, Mt. Empire, VA; Lavonne Fleming-Richardson, Prestonsburg, KY; Kylena France, Hillsboro, OH;

Sharon Furgerson, Madisonville, KY; Sonja Gamble, Ashland, KY; Julie Garland, London, KY; Jessica Garrett, Madisonville, KY; Jason Goforth, Mt. Empire, VA; Wendy Gullion, Wytheville, VA; Brian Hall, Wytheville, VA; Samantha Hall, Mt. Empire, VA; Denise Harris, Cincinnati, OH; Frank Hawkins, Logan, WV; Tim Heinen, Mt. Empire, VA; Rita Herslip, Hazard, KY; Jody Hileman, Richlands, VA; Amanda Hillard, Hillsboro, OH; Chris Hipshire, Logan, WV; Amanda Hobson, Danville, KY;

Viola Hopson, Hazard, KY; Subrenda Huff, Mt. Empire, VA; Diane Hughlette, London, KY; LaCeysha Jamison, Somerset, KY; Tracy Johns, Somerset, KY; Ashley Johnson, Cincinnati, OH; Dixie Kamplain, Mt. Empire, VA; Michelle Kelly, Mt. Empire, VA; Kellie Knotts, Logan, WV; Alexander Kuhns, Cincinnati, OH; Erin Laborda, Columbia, KY; Lucy Langdon, Hazard, KY; Julie Lawson, Logan, WV; Brandy Livesay, Scottsville, KY; Toni Lynch, Mt. Empire, VA; Katrina Lyvers, Columbia, KY;

Elaine Marler, Somerset, KY; Misty Martin, Scottsville, KY; Beth Maryea, Maysville, KY; Shelton McElroy, Louisville, KY; Linda McGraw, Hillsboro, OH; Scotty McLean, Wytheville, VA; Amanda Miller, Richlands, VA; Susie Mills, London, KY; Heather Minton, Richlands, VA; DeeAnn Mock, Hillsboro, OH; Karen Nelson, Richlands, VA; Teresa Newberry, Richlands, VA; Felisha Nimety, Mt. Empire, VA; Reagan Orme, Lexington, KY; Megan Patton, Richlands, VA; Lori Peffer, Ashland, KY;

Tabitha Perdue, London, KY; Lisa Phelps, Ashland, KY; Nikki Phelps, Somerset, KY; Janie Ping, Somerset, KY; Angela Radford, Somerset, KY; Susan Reed, Madisonville, KY; Chris Reynolds, Cincinnati, OH; Julie Richardson, Henderson, KY; Wendi Rose, Mt. Empire, VA; Teresa Runyon, Richlands, VA; Pamela Sandipher, Cincinnati, OH; Cassie Scaggs, Ashland, KY; Shaunda Scott, London, KY; Myra Shiffletts, Richlands, VA; Casey Shoemake, London, KY; Beth Simmon, Wytheville, VA;

Mary Sledge, Scottsville, KY; Rita Slemp, Richlands, VA; Kimberly Slone, Hazard, KY; Chris Smiddy, Cumberland, KY; Stevanie Smith, Lexington, KY; Janice Sowell, Cincinnati, OH; Aarron Sparrow, Louisville, KY; Judy Stamper, Danville, KY; Tiffany Stephenson, Hillsboro, OH; John Sturgill, Cumberland, KY; Tobias-Walker, Hopkinsville, KY; Ella Thomas, Columbia, KY; Sherry Tinsely, Cumberland, KY; Paula Ward, Prestonsburg, KY; Sonia Waters, Henderson, KY;

Teresa Wayman, Logan, WV; Jason Weaver, Cumberland, KY; Amanda West, Scottsville, KY; Katherine White, Richlands, VA; Amber Williams, Scottsville, KY; Ida Wilson, Richlands, VA; Donna Wood, Scottsville; and Elanie Zander, Mt. Empire, VA.

"I don't get to travel much, and I've always wanted to see what the (A.P. White) Campus in Columbia looked like," Hipshire said. "I've seen pictures of it on the Internet, and it seemed like a nice place. I'm really glad I came."

Saturday brought together students from Lindsey Wilson's 21 community campuses, located in Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia. The students came to Columbia-Adair County to attend seminars conducted by LWC faculty, participate in games and activities, tour the A.P. White Campus, and hear from several LWC administrators.
Dr Luckey: 'This is your college'

"This is your college, and we want you to enjoy it," LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. said in an address to the students. "You are an important part of the Lindsey Wilson family."

In 2009-10, Hipshire earned a bachelor of arts degree in counseling and human development from LWC while attending classes at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College's Logan Campus. This fall, he plans to start on a master of education degree in counseling and human development at the same location.

BA or Masters can be earned on weekends

Thanks to an innovative partnership with local community colleges in Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia, students can either complete a bachelor of arts degree or earn a master's degree from LWC. Classes meet year-round, almost exclusively on weekends, and are taught by LWC faculty.

"I like the weekend format -- it's easier on people like me who have to work," Hipshire said. "And the faculty are just awesome."

Luckey echoed those sentiments. In his remarks, Luckey told the students that a big reason for the program's success is the faculty.

"I don't know of another program in the country like this, where the faculty make this kind of commitment," he said.

Most of the program's graduates will work in the mental-health profession, either in private practice, with government agencies or for other organizations. Many of them will serve communities with acute shortages of mental-health workers.

One goal in common: To change the world

"We are a very powerful force together," School of Professional Counseling Dean John Rigney told the students at a luncheon at the Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center. "We have all taken different roads and paths to be here today, but we all have one thing in common: we want to change the world -- that's all. And we might not change it all, but we can at least change part of it."

Rigney reminded the students that when they become mental-health professionals, they will have a "moral obligation to reach back and give others a hand."

"We're going to make the world a better place," he said. "We're not going to solve all the problems, but we are going to try."

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2010-06-29 - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo. 430 Helen Flatt DR, Columbia, KY
LWC School of Professional Counseling Dean John Rigney addresses students on Saturday afternoon in the Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center at Lindsey Wilson College.

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