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New LWC Freshman Class is brightest ever, record total enrollment likely

Lindsey Wilson opening day dramatically changes the face of Columbia, KY, as what is expected to be a record number of residence hall students arrives to surpass 2010's on campus student population of 1,052. Total enrollment, last 2,554, is expected to increase as well.
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By Duane Bonifer
News from Lindsey Wilson College

COLUMBIA, KY - Freshmen Hayley Helton and Katarina Gimborys thought that they had packed everything for their room in Lindsey Wilson College's Jerry and Kendrick McCandless Hall.



Then Helton realized she had overlooked shampoo and conditioner. Gimborys found that the shower curtains in the new residence hall were a little too short for her.

After a quick trip to the store, the two LWC freshmen were settled in their room, the first LWC students to live in the college's latest residence hall.

"It's a really nice dorm, we like it a lot," Gimborys said. "We're excited to be living in it."

Helton and Gimborys were among more than 1,000 students who moved into LWC's residence halls this week. Helton and Gimborys moved in to McCandless Hall on Thursday because they are members of the LWC cross country program. Most of their freshmen classmates moved into residence hall rooms on Saturday morning and early afternoon.

LWC officials will not know final enrollment numbers until later next month, but they expect a record number of students to be living in residence halls as well as an overall record enrollment. LWC set records in both categories last school year with 1,052 and 2,554 students, respectively.

But college officials already know one thing - this year's freshman class is the most academically gifted class in LWC history.

"The Class of 2015 has the highest ACT scores and the highest (cumulative high school) GPA (grade point average) in the history of this college," LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. said at a Saturday afternoon welcome ceremony in the Doris and Bob Holloway Health & Wellness Center. "So not only have we grown the campus through all of the new programs and the new buildings, but more importantly we are growing the quality of the students we choose and that choose Lindsey Wilson College. You chose us and we chose you to be part of this dynamic enterprise."

In the last two years, LWC has built an outdoor sports park, a health-and-wellness center, a classroom building and two residence halls.

"I don't know of any other college in the country that is accomplishing as much as what this staff has delivered in the last 24 months," said Luckey, who has been the college's eighth president since July 1, 1908, told the freshmen. "Your college has been on an amazing roll."

Freshman Jennifer Miller of Ashland, KY, said she is excited about the prospects of studying in the new classroom building, which houses LWC's baccalaureate nursing program and nationally accredited School of Professional Counseling.

"I like the building a lot, it's just very exciting," said Miller, who is a pre-nursing major this school year. "There's just so much happening here right now."

Fellow freshman Billy Maraman of Lebanon Junction, KY., said LWC's exponential growth over the last two years is what attracted him to the college.

"I love that it's growing," said Maraman, who plans to major in Recreation, Tourism and Sports Management. "And I just want to be part of something that's growing." - DUANE BONIFER


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LWC Move-In Day: Getting started



2011-08-14 - Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC Photo.
Lindsey Wilson College freshman Sean Cantrell of Leitchfield, KY, right, receives his check-in information Saturday morning on the LWC Campus Quadrangle from LWC student Emily Carnall of Shepherdsville, KY, center, as fellow LWC student Janette Guzman of Bowling Green, KY, left, looks on.

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LWC Move-in Day Fall 2011: Colombian arrives in Columbia, KY



2011-08-14 - Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC Photo.
Lindsey Wilson College International Student Programs Director Suzy McAlpine, right, points the way to LWC freshman Yesica Mendoza of Barrancabermeja, Colombia, Saturday morning, August 13, 2011, on the LWC Campus Quadrangle.

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LWC Move-In Day Fall 2011: Kady Begley, getting organized



2011-08-14 - Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC Photo.
Lindsey Wilson College freshman Kady Begley of London, KY, folds a pair of blue jeans on Saturday morning in her Phillips Hall room.

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LWC Move-In Day: Andrea Whelan, Rineyville, KY



2011-08-14 - Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC Photo.
Lindsey Wilson College freshman Andrea Whelan of Rineyville, KY, center, gets advice from her mother, Laura, and father, Les, on Saturday morning about how to organize her Phillips Hall, room. Whelan is living in the same dormitory room as her sister, Kelsey, did when she was an LWC freshman two years ago.

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LWC Move-in Day Fall 2011: Jacob Shepperd, Nancy, KY



2011-08-14 - 360 Spickard DR, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC Photo.
Lindsey Wilson College freshman Jacob Shepperd of Nancy, KY, receives the key to his room in Parrott Hall on Saturday morning in Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard DR, Columbia, KY.

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LWC Move-in Day Fall 2011: Brenna Smith, London, KY



2011-08-14 - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo.
After getting her Phillips Hall room in order, Lindsey Wilson College freshman Brenna Smith of London, KY, gets herself in order on Saturday morning.

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LWC Move-in Day Fall 2011: Donovan Ripley



2011-08-14 - 250 Holloway DR, Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC Photo.
Lindsey Wilson College freshman Donovan Ripley of Scottsville, KY, organizes his Horton Hall room on Saturday morning.

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LWC Move-in Day Fall 2011: Ashleigh Cunningham, E-Town, KY



2011-08-14 - 220 Holloway DR, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC Photo.
Lindsey Wilson College freshman Ashleigh Cunningham of Elizabethtown, KY, carries items into Jerry and Kendrick McCandless Hall on Saturday morning. Cunningham is one of about 100 freshmen living in the college's latest residence hall.

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LWC Move-in Day Fall 2011: Connor Wooten, Edmonton, KY



2011-08-14 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC Photo.
Lindsey Wilson College freshman Connor Wooten of Edmonton, KY, enjoys LWC's wireless A.P. White Campus on Saturday afternoon.

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LWC Move-in Day Fall 2011: Kendra Leveridge



2011-08-14 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC Photo.
Lindsey Wilson College admissions counselor Kendra Leveridge, Columbia, KY, right, welcomes freshman Glen Jennings of Prospect, KY, left and his mother, Mary, on Saturday morning.

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Dr. Luckey welcomes new residence hall residents



2011-08-14 - 299 Williams ST, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC Photo.
Lindsey Wilson College President William T. Luckey Jr. welcomes members of the LWC Class of 2015 on Saturday afternoon in the Doris and Bob Holloway Health & Wellness Center.

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SGA President Khyati Patel welcomes LWC Class of 2015



2011-08-14 - 299 Williams ST, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC Photo.
Lindsey Wilson College Student Government Association President Khyati Patel welcomes members of the LWC Class of 2015 on Saturday afternoon in the Doris and Bob Holloway Health & Wellness Center as LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. looks on.

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Jayne Hopkins addresses LWC Class of 2015



2011-08-14 - 299 Williams ST, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC Photo.
Lindsey Wilson College Student Activities Director Jayne Hopkins addresses members of the LWC Class of 2015 on Saturday afternoon in the Doris and Bob Holloway Health & Wellness Center. Hopkins was responsible for organizing and orchestrating LWC's opening-week activities.

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Listening: Freshman Stephanie Davis, Crestwood, KY



2011-08-14 - 299 Williams ST, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC Photo.
Lindsey Wilson College freshman Stephanie Davis of Crestwood, KY, listens to LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. address the Class of 2015 on Saturday afternoon in the Doris and Bob Holloway Health & Wellness Center.

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LWC Move-in Fall 2011:Welcome, Emily Mckinty, Belfast, Ireland



2011-08-15 - 301 Lindsey Wilson ST, Columbia, KY - Photo By Duane Bonifer.
Lindsey Wilson College President William T. Luckey Jr. welcomes student Amy Mckinty of Belfast, Northern Ireland on Saturday afternoon to the president's picnic, held on the front lawn of the Emily Hundley President's Home.

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