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2011 LW Homecoming is Friday, Saturday, October 21-22

Art show, USA top ranked men's soccer in action, Morris Shepherd Ping Tournament, basketball game, run-walk event, a football game, and honoring of alumni Dr. Ricky Farmer, Nancy Sinclair, and Bill Mauney, will be among top events at 80th annual homecoming

By Duane Bonifer

COLUMBIA, KY - The Lindsey Wilson College National Alumni Association will honor two alumni and one longtime employee of the college at this year's homecoming weekend.

LWC will celebrate its 80th annual homecoming weekend on October 21-22, 2011.

The theme of this year's homecoming is "Blue Raiders for Life."

"Whether you graduated from Lindsey Wilson in the 1940s or in the 21st century, the one thing you share in common is that you are a Blue Raider for life," said Lindsey Wilson Director of Alumni Relations Randy Burns.

Three individuals will be honored at the homecoming awards brunch, to be held at 9:30amCT on Saturday, October 22, in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY.

The LWC National Alumni Association will present the Distinguished Alumnus Award to longtime educator Bill Mauney of Somerset, Ky., a 1961 LWC alumnus; Dr. Ricky Farmer of Somerset, a 2001 alumnus, will receive the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award; and Nancy Sinclair of Summersville, Ky., who has been a Lindsey Wilson staff member since 1987, will be named an Honorary Alumna of the association.

"All three of these individuals epitomize what it means to be a Blue Raider for life," Burns said. "They have dedicated their lives to serving others and to making the world a better place through their work."

This year's homecoming will include one new event - the Helen G. Flatt Homecoming Alumni Art Show. Alumni and friends are invited to display original works of art in the Norma and Glen Hodge Center for Discipleship at 402 Helen Flatt Drive. The show will be displayed throughout homecoming.

The art show is named in memory of the late LWC professor, who taught at the college for almost four decades.

"Helen Flatt was one of the giants in the 108-year history of Lindsey Wilson," Burns said. "She not only taught art at the college for nearly 40 years, but she also graduated from the college as well. It's only fitting that we name our homecoming art show in her honor because of the hundreds of alumni who knew her."

Other events planned for this year's Lindsey Wilson homecoming include the 11th-Annual Morris Shepherd '53 Pingpong Tournament, the fourth-annual Running With the Blue Raiders 5K Run/Walk, a Friday evening varsity men's soccer match at Walter S. Reuling Stadium, a Friday night alumni men's basketball game at Biggers Sports Center, and a reunion concert of alumni and current students who have performed in Lindsey Wilson choral groups.

This will be the second year Lindsey Wilson's homecoming has been celebrated around a football game. Last year's homecoming celebrated the return of football after a 75-year hiatus from the college, which Burns said made it a big success.

"We've had some great homecoming weekends on the hill, but there's something about adding football that makes homecoming on a small-college campus a great experience," he said.

Lindsey Wilson College's homecoming 2011 will be October 21-22. The LWC Alumni Office at, 800-264-0138 or 270-384-8400. -DUANE BONIFER

Duane Bonifer, the writer of this article, is public relations director at Lindsey Wilson College.

This story was posted on 2011-10-12 02:31:04
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