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Lindsey Wilson College welcomes Class of 2018

'Most academically talented' Freshman Class welcomed to Lindsey Wilson College. The 1150 students expected to live in residence halls will increase Columbia's population by about 25%.
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By Duane Bonifer

COLUMBIA, KY - Lindsey Wilson College's A.P. White Campus was decorated in blue, white and black Saturday as the liberal arts college's faculty and staff officially welcomed members of the Class of 2018.

Although several hundred students began to move into the college's residence halls earlier in the month, the official welcome ceremony was held Saturday. College officials expect more than than 1,150 students to live on campus in 2014-15. That will increase Columbia's population by about 25 percent for the next nine months.


This year's freshman class may be a record

A record 1,145 lived on campus last school year. College officials will know the school year's final overall enrollment next month.

This year's freshman class is one of the larger ones in the college's 111-year history, and LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. said it is also the "most academically talented class this college has ever known."

Speaking to the freshmen Saturday afternoon at the Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center, Luckey said members of the Class of 2018 will begin an exciting chapter in their lives when the fall semester begins Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

Class will accomplish some amazing things together and as individuals

"You are going to accomplish some amazing things together and also as individuals," said Luckey, who has been the college's eighth president since 1998. "You will win national championships together; you will travel across this country together and to other countries as well; you will sing and act and make music together; you will feed the homeless, volunteer in daycare and afterschool programs together; you will laugh, you will cry, you will grieve and you will celebrate together; you will walk across the commencement stage on Saturday, May 12, 2018, together as the most distinguished class this college has ever known."

Marching Band members arrived early

Freshmen Corinna Benningfield of Lebanon, KY, Cayci Crabtree of Monticello, KY., and Callie Fulkerson of Lexington, KY, were among the LWC freshmen who moved into the residence halls early. They arrived on campus August 10 to begin marching band practice.

Fulkerson, who is roommate with Crabtree in Jerry and Kendrick McCandless Hall, said she "definitely likes the RA's (resident advisers) because they are very open."

A very welcoming place

"It's a very welcoming place. I like the openness of everything," she said.

Although many freshmen who moved into residence halls on Saturday arrived on campus as early as 8amCT, roommates Taylor Combs of Corbin, KY, and Chris Franklin of Madisonville, KY , didn't roll into campus until later in the morning. Franklin arrived around 10:30amCT with his parents, Wesley and Amy Lynn; Combs and his twin brother, Austin, arrived around noon CT with their parents, Joey and Treva.

The two freshmen met for the first time when they moved into their Parrot Hall. If unpacking came easy for both of them, saying goodbye to their parents later in the day was a bit more difficult.

"Of course the parents be sad was difficult, but everything else went very smooth," Combs said. "Everyone was really helpful. The moment we stepped out of the car there were four or five people there to help us."

Combs said that even after he, his brother and Franklin said goodbye to their parents, they continued to hear from them throughout the day.

"Both of our parents have been lighting up our phones since they left," Combs said. The writer, Duane Bonifer, is Public Relations Director for Lindsey Wilson College


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LWC 2018 - Most academically talented class



2014-08-17 - Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo.
Members of the Lindsey Wilson College Class of 2018
gather Saturday afternoon, August 16, 2014, on the Campus Quadrangle. LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. told the freshmen that they are the "most academically talented class this college has ever known." - DUANE BONIFER

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LWC President Luckey addresses incoming freshmen



2014-08-17 - Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt DR, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo.
Lindsey Wilson College President William T. Luckey Jr. addresses the LWC freshmen Saturday afternoon in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center. - DUANE BONIFER

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Elise Luckey, Begley Scholar Advisor, visits with students



2014-08-17 - Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt DR, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo.
Bonner Scholar Program Co-Director and Begley Scholar Adviser Elise Luckey, center, visits with Lindsey Wilson College freshmen Lindsey Thomas, left, and Lexi Phipps, both of Hopkinsville, KY, Saturday afternoon at the President's Picnic. - DUANE BONIFER

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Upperclassmen welcome incoming freshmen to LWC



2014-08-17 - Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, LWC.
Lindsey Wilson College freshmen
Lindsey Mitchell of Paducah, KY, left, and Sarah Ferguson of Columbia are welcomed by the collegeís upperclassmen Saturday afternoon, August 16, 2014. - DUANE BONIFER

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LWC Presidential welcome for Lexington, KY student



2014-08-17 - Hundley House, 301 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo.
Lindsey Wilson College President William T. Luckey Jr.welcomes Callie Fulkerson of Lexington, KY, Saturday afternoon, August 16, 2014 at the Presidentís Picnic. - DUANE BONIFER

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History in the making: First students in Keefe Hall



2014-08-17 - Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo.
Lindsey Wilson College freshmen Alexa Wieland
of Franklin, TN, left, and Heather Collman of Rockton, IL, unpack in their Keefe Hall room. Keefe Hall is LWC's newest residence hall. - DUANE BONIFER

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LWC Peer Mentor Ashli Dickerson



2014-08-17 - 175 Blue Raider Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo.
Lindsey Wilson College Peer Mentor Ashli Dickerson
of Madisonville, KY, carries boxes to a Phillips Hall room Saturday, August 16, 2014. DUANE BONIFER

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Mother in first LWC baccalaureate class



2014-08-17 - Phillips Hall, 175 Blue Raider Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo.
Lindsey Wilson College alumna Angela Cape
of Shepherdsville, KY, center, helped her daughter, Samantha, left, and roommate Kendall Ross of Louisville, KY, organize their Phillips Hall Room. Cape graduated from LWC in 1988, the college's first baccalaureate class. - DUANE BONIFER

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LWC students help new arrivals unpack



2014-08-17 - Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo. Lindsey Wilson College students help Marjoie Riley, center, and Lisa Stewart, left, both of Richmond, KY, unpack on Saturday afternoon. They drove LWC student Maryssa Stewart to campus. - DUANE BONIFER
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Students from New Mexico, Illinois, and Arizona



2014-08-17 - Hundley House, 301 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo. Lindsey Wilson College students Domonique Smith of Albuquerque, NM, center, talks to fellow LWC freshmen Heather Collman of Rockton, IL left, and Sabrina Bice of Lake Havasu City, AZ, Saturday, August 16, 2014, at the President's Picnic.
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