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LWC Welcomes the Class of 2023

By Venus Popplewell

The Lindsey Wilson College A.P. White Campus was adorned in blue and white on Saturday as the liberal arts college's faculty and staff officially welcomed members of the Class of 2023.

The 2019 freshman class is made up of more than 500 undergraduate students and includes more than 50 international students; the largest incoming class of international students in the history of the college.

"We have students from a wide variety of countries and we're excited that several new countries are represented this year," said Director of International Programs Sabine Eastham. "We have new students from Greece, Honduras and Colombia and twin sisters from Morocco who will be on the swim team."

One of those new international students is Faith Lucy Kirabo from Kampala, Uganda who follows cousins Ronald Kaluya '10 and recent graduate Derrick Kisita '18 to join the Lindsey Wilson family.

"I'm happy to be at Lindsey Wilson College. I'm most excited about the family I'm going to make here -- everyone is so friendly and nice," said Kirabo. "Sabine (Eastham) is very great as our international advisor. She has been there for us for everything."

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 1,100 students to live on campus in 2019-20. That will increase Columbia's population by about 25 percent for the next nine months.


Roommates Parker Barnett from Albany, Ky., and Evan Smiley from Payneville, Ky., were among the LWC freshmen who moved into the residence halls on Saturday.

Barnett, who plans to major in nursing, says LWC was his first choice for his undergraduate education.

"Lindsey Wilson was actually the first school I applied to," said Barnett. "My friend dared me to apply because I didn't think I would get accepted and Lindsey Wilson ended up being the first school to accept me."

Lake Cumberland Region Admissions Counselor Emily Carnall says this is one of the more gifted and talented groups she has worked with during her time with LWC. Carnall's recruitment area includes Russell, Casey, Lincoln, Pulaski and Boyle counties.

"In my seven years of recruiting this is definitely the brightest class I have ever recruited with ACT scores coming in above the national average."

An academic forum was held on Saturday afternoon after the Kick-off Ceremony to allow students to interact with professors and learn about majors and special opportunities. English senior and military science minor Adam Hoehler from Somerset, Ky., participated in the forum representing ROTC. When Hoehler graduates in the spring he will be the first cadet to commission from the college.

"The Lindsey Wilson Army ROTC program started last fall with more than a dozen students -- so it was a learning experience for everyone," said Hoehler. "But being a part of the academic forum is helping us to reach out to freshmen early."

LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. said members of the Class of 2023 will begin an exciting chapter in their lives when the fall semester begins Tuesday, August 20, 2019.

"You've made a great decision in attending Lindsey Wilson College," said Luckey, who has served as the college's eighth president for 21 years. "But the next decision I want you to commit to is to do more than just attend Lindsey Wilson -- I want you to finish. In fact, I want you to finish together. Your class, the Class of 2023, will accomplish amazing things together. Love each other and take care of each other because that's what family is supposed to do. Welcome to this family and to your new home."


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LWC Move-in Day: A family affair



2019-08-19 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
It was a family affair for Stanford, Ky., freshman Jasmine Whited, center, as she moved into Phillips Hall on Saturday morning during LWC's official opening day for academic school year 2019-2020. Whited's mother, Jynise, left, says that while she is a little nervous for her daughter who plans to study nursing and play for the LWC volleyball team, she is also excited she has chosen LWC for her education. Whited's younger sister, Jada, sits at right.

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LWC Move-in Day: Parker Barnett and Evan Smiley



2019-08-19 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Freshmen roommates Parker Barnett from Albany, Ky., left, and Evan Smiley from Payneville, Ky., are among the more than 1,100 residential students who will live on campus this academic year. Barnett plans to study nursing and Smiley will major in business administration.

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LWC Move-in Day: Casino night



2019-08-19 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Social science senior Payton Veraldi of Chatsworth, Ga., enjoys acting as dealer during a fun and innocent casino night activity planned by the LWC Student Activities Board. Students were invited to play fun card games, spin the roulette wheel or try their luck at the slots for prizes. The college has organized a weeklong schedule of games, activities and information sessions to help students relieve stress and ease into college life.

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LWC Move-in Day: Lindsey Wilson College Class of 2023



2019-08-19 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Members of the Lindsey Wilson College Class of 2023 gather Saturday afternoon, Aug. 17, in Biggers Sports Center. Day classes are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

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LWC Move-in Day: Faith Lucy Kirabo from Kampala, Uganda



2019-08-19 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Incoming freshman Faith Lucy Kirabo from Kampala, Uganda is a part of the largest class of incoming international students ever in the history of LWC. More than 50 undergraduate students are expected to attend representing nearly 40 countries. Kirabo's cousins Ronald Kaluya '10 and recent graduate Derrick Kisita '18 also attended Lindsey Wilson College.

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LWC Move-in Day: Lending a helping hand



2019-08-19 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Members of the Lindsey Wilson football team and women's soccer team lend a hand by helping new LWC students move into the residence halls during LWC's opening day on Saturday.

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LWC Move-in Day: Narjis and Nissrine Bourbouh



2019-08-19 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Twins Narjis and Nissrine Bourbouh from Harhoura, Morocco are among the largest-ever incoming class of international students to attend LWC with more than 50 expected to be enrolled. The sisters will swim for Lindsey Wilson swimming team.

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LWC Move-in Day: Service Plunge Project



2019-08-19 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
A group of LWC incoming freshmen started their first week on campus by cleaning trucks and the bay at the Adair County Fire Department. The group was just one of eighteen different groups doing service work all over Columbia-Adair County during the college's Service Plunge Project which was a part of Welcome Week 2019.

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LWC Move-in Day: Adam Hoehler represents ROTC



2019-08-19 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
English senior and military science minor Adam Hoehler, right, from Somerset, Ky., participated in the academic forum representing LWC's ROTC program. This is the second year Lindsey Wilson's Army ROTC has been available to students. Last year more than a dozen LWC students participated in the program. When Hoehler graduates in the spring, he will be the first cadet to commission from the college.

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LWC Move-in Day: President Luckey addresses Class of 2023



2019-08-19 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. addresses the Class of 2023 at the 2019-2020 Kick-off Ceremony held in the Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center Saturday. Luckey, who has been president of the 116-year-old liberal arts college since 1998, told the group that life is about decisions and to decide now not to just attend LWC -- but to finish.

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