Jul 27, 2009

This Week @ LWC -- July 27-31


More Than 160 Attend 2nd EDGE Weekend

Incoming LWC freshmen Brittney Chumbley of Columbia (left) and Amanda Gosser of Russell Springs, Ky. (center), listen Friday morning as Ashlie Haworth of Floyd Knobs, Ind., makes a point during an EDGE activity held in the Jim & Helen Lee Fugitte Science Center.

More than 160 additional incoming freshmen experienced the EDGE on Friday and Saturday at Lindsey Wilson College.

The students participated in the college's second EDGE weekend of the year. EDGE -- an acronym for education, development, growth and experience -- gives incoming LWC freshmen and their family members information about the college's academic, social and residential life.

Combined with the more than 310 who attended LWC's first EDGE weekend, held in early June, the college expects more than 470 freshmen when 2009-10 classes begin next month. Residential freshmen return to the A.P. White Campus on Aug. 15, and then classes begin the week of Aug. 17.

Scenes from Second EDGE Weekend ...

'Three-Minute Thursday'
Swimming & Diving Coach Bart Garlick

Director of Alumni Relations Randy Burns talks LWC swimming and diving coach Bart Garlick.

Methodist Women Discuss Marginalization
of Native Americans, Crisis in Sudan

Members of the School of Christian Mission for the Women's Division of The United Methodist Church gather July 17 for a plenary session in the Norma and Glen Hodge Center for Discipleship. Leading the singing is Sue Pafford of Elkton, Ky.

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- For four days last week at Lindsey Wilson College, more than 100 Kentucky United Methodists explored the marginalization of Native Americans and the crisis in the Sudan.

The topics were discussed at the annual School of Christian Mission for the Women's Division of The United Methodist Church, held last Thursday through Sunday at LWC.

The annual four-day training school, held in conjunction with the Kentucky Redbird Mission, educates women and children about spiritual, political and geographical issues through a faith-based lens.

The theme of this year's school was "Together at the Table," which focused on creating a more inclusive world community.

"The purpose of the School of Missions is to raise awareness of the need for missions," said Pat Kees of Ashland, Ky., who served as the school's dean. "We also bring spiritual growth studies into the school to help enrich us."

This year's school attracted a total of 102 adults and children from the Kentucky and Red Bird conferences, which cover all of Kentucky except the area west of Paducah.

The school focuses on a social-action issue and a geographic issue. This year's social-action issue was discrimination against Native Americans, and the geographical issue was a study of the Sudan crisis.

"We try to raise awareness about what The United Methodist Church is doing on these issues and what we as individuals can do," Kees said. "Our subjects are always geared toward something that helps bring people closer to God as well as enriching our own lives."

While adults attended educational sessions, the children participated in corresponding classes.

"In working with the children, I've tried to look at the Commandments that God has given us to love one another," Kees said. "We get into a discussion of, Who is your neighbor and how can you show that love when you are over here and they are over there? I've told the children that we can't live out God's commandments without doing something when we become aware of what is going on around us."

The adults also heard from several guest speakers, including Deng Kuer of Louisville, Ky. A native of Sudan, Kuer was one of that African nation's "Lost Boys."

Kuer told an audience Saturday afternoon in the John B. Begley Chapel how at the age of 7 his country's civil war forced him on a 14-year nomadic journey. His journey included stops in Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya before arriving in Louisville.

Now a college graduate and U.S. citizen, the 29-year-old told the audience that he has high hopes for his country since the end of its 22-year civil war in 2005.

Kuer's talked inspired many of those in the audience, who said they planned to become more active in trying to assist the Sudanese in rebuilding their nation, which has been decimated by war, famine and drought.

"The more immersed you get into Methodist Women, it just makes you start looking inwardly of what God is commanding each one of us to do," said Kees, who has been involved with Methodist Women for 15 years. "I take it to heart, and it stretches to me until I have to take action. It makes me uncomfortable a lot of times, and it pushes me to live out my faith. … We leave this school physically exhausted but spiritually renewed."

Scenes from School of Missions ...

This Week @ LWC -- July 20-24


Jo Ann M. Wever Named Nursing Director

LWC Vice President of Academic Affairs Bettie Starr (left) hired Jo Ann M. Wever to direct the college's bachelor of science program in nursing.

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Veteran health care professional and educator Jo Ann M. Wever has been named chair of the Lindsey Wilson College nursing division.

Wever comes to Lindsey Wilson with more than 40 years of experience in the medical profession. She will direct the new bachelor's of science program in nursing - which begins this fall with pre-nursing students -- and also teach several courses.

"I'm excited Jo Ann has joined the Lindsey Wilson community because she brings a great deal of knowledge and expertise that will benefit our students," said LWC Vice President of Academic Affairs Bettie Starr. "We were very fortunate to find Jo Ann Wever, who has years of experience as a practicing nurse and teaching students how to be nurses. She will start what I think will be an outstanding nursing program."

Wever said she is excited to help start a four-year nursing program. This will be the second nursing program she has started in Kentucky. Earlier this decade, she helped Campbellsville (Ky.) University establish a two-year nursing degree.

"I think Lindsey Wilson's nursing program can be the best in the state," Wever said. "This program has a lot of potential because it is fresh and not tied to a certain way of doing things. It also has a very experienced person leading it."

Wever said she has been impressed with Lindsey Wilson's commitment to nursing education.

"There is a great sense of collegiality here at Lindsey Wilson, and the college has a top-notch science building for students," she said.

Students will enroll their freshman year as pre-nursing majors and be part of a special learning community in which they work with their professors and academic advisers. Students who meet the program's rigorous academic criteria will be admitted to the nursing program at the end of their freshman year and begin the nursing program in fall 2010.

During their final three years at LWC, nursing majors will take mix of classes and also several practicums at health-care centers and hospitals throughout the region.

"I've been very encouraged by the support we have received from the directors of nursing where we will have clinical sites," Starr said. "There are a lot of resources in the region for our students."

Wever said the ideal candidate for the Lindsey Wilson nursing program will be a "hard-working, dedicated, detail-oriented and compassionate person."

Prospective students should prepare for the program in high school by taking plenty of courses in mathematics, science and English.

"Nursing is not for the faint of heart," she said. "It's a very challenging major, but it offers students who succeed a very rewarding career."

Alumni Council Holds Summer Meeting

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Members of the Lindsey Wilson College National Alumni Association board of directors held their summer meeting on July 15 at Mulligan's, the restaurant at the Pines at Lindsey Wilson. Board members discussed plans for the college's 2009 Homecoming Weekend, which will be Nov. 13-14. The LWC National Alumni Association president is Carrie Luker Farris, a 1968 Lindsey Wilson graduate who now lives in Versailles, Ky.

Members who attended the summer meeting were (sitting, from left): Amy Thompson-Wells '99 of Columbia; Jan Keneipp Woody '77 of Columbia; Jean Dohoney McLean '49 of Columbia; Jacqui Nix Cunningham '00 of Lexington, Ky.; and Sheena London'08 of Columbia; (standing, from left): Gary Franklin '94 of Hindman, Ky.; Denise Glass Fudge '82 of Columbia; Bonnie Long Greenawalt '53 of Campbellsville, Ky.; Danielle Hunter Oldham '04 of Columbia; Farris; Allysa Pruitt Gooden '08 of Columbia; Dr. Julius Stephenson '47 of Burkesville, Ky.; and LWC Director of Alumni Affairs Randy Burns '93 of Columbia.

Alumni Association Celebrates
Dr. Stephenson's Birthday

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- The summer meeting of the Lindsey Wilson College National Alumni Association was a special one for one longtime member of the organization. Dr. Julius Stephenson celebrated his 89th birthday following the association's meeting, held Wednesday afternoon at Mulligan's, the restaurant at the Pines at Lindsey Wilson golf course. Stephenson, who is a 1947 LWC graduate, has maintained a longtime dental practice in nearby Burkesville, Ky. Joining Stephenson are LWC Alumni Director Randy Burns '93 (left) and LWC Alumni President Carrie L. Farris '68 of Versailles, Ky.

Jul 10, 2009

'Three-Minute Thursday'
Master's of Christian Leadership

Director of Alumni Relations Randy Burns talks to Dean of the Chapel Terry Swan about the new graduate program in Christian leadership.

Jul 1, 2009

First & Farmers Donates $10,000
to Lindsey Wilson Fund

LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. is presented Wednesday morning with a $10,000 check for the Lindsey Wilson Fund by First & Farmers National Bank President Ann Martin. At right is First & Farmers Assistant Vice President Martin Marsha Bennett.

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- First & Farmers National Bank of Columbia knows the value of Lindsey Wilson College to the Columbia-Adair County economy.

That’s why the bank on Wednesday contributed $10,000 to the Lindsey Wilson Fund. The donation will be used to provide scholarship aid for Columbia-Adair County residents to attend LWC. During the 2008-09 school year, more than 300 Columbia-Adair County residents attended Lindsey Wilson.

“First & Farmers supports Lindsey Wilson because Lindsey Wilson is one of Adair County’s most important assets,” said First & Farmers National Bank President Ann Martin. “We appreciate everything Lindsey Wilson does for this community and its people.”

Martin knows from experience the difference LWC makes in people’s lives. She is a 1975 graduate of the college; and her son Ross is a 2005 LWC graduate who is enrolled dental school at the University of Louisville.

And First & Farmers has hired its share of LWC graduates.

“We know firsthand the value of Lindsey Wilson because we have hired a lot of their graduates,” Martin said. “An educated workforce is a key component of a community’s economic-development strategy, and we are thankful Lindsey Wilson is committed to meeting this region’s educational needs.”

LWC officials say they are grateful for the support from First & Farmers National Bank.

“These are challenging times for higher education, but one reason Lindsey Wilson continues to grow and expand is because we have wonderful support from our local community,” said Lindsey Wilson President William T. Luckey Jr. “Because of partners such as First & Farmers National Bank, Lindsey Wilson can continue serve the vital role of meeting our region’s educational needs.”

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LWC Students Help Area Schoolchildren
Spend 'Summer with Shakespeare'

A total of 30 area schoolchildren are participating in Colonel William Casey Elementary School’s “Summer with Shakespeare.” The free program is supported by the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and the LWC Bonner Leader program.

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- More than two dozen area schoolchildren have spent the last four weeks at summer camp at Colonel William Casey Elementary School. But rather than learning how to improve their jump shot or hit a ball, the 30 students from kindergarten through grade five have studied William Shakespeare at “Summer with Shakespeare” camp.

At 1 p.m. CT on Thursday, the students will show what they have learned about the Bard when they perform a children’s version of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the school.

The free program -- which is overseen by Camp Casey Director Dana Harmon -- is supported by the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and the LWC Bonner Leader program.

“The ‘Summer with Shakespeare’ camp provides an opportunity for students to experience a form of learning that is not prevalent in this area,” Harmon said. “They have grown creatively, learned about teamwork and have also been physically active.”

During their five daily hours at the camp, the children have learned what it takes to produce a play, said Bradley Diuguid of the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. In addition to learning their parts in the play, the students have also worked on posters, costumes and scenery. They’ve also studied the history of the late-16th and early 17th centuries, the period when Shakespeare wrote A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The camp has also included numerous physical activities.

“While they are here they are not only playing a lot of games, doing a lot of physical activities, learning a lot of new vocabulary and increasing their reading, but they are also learning some things historically about Shakespeare’s world and his time period,” Diuguid said.

Assisting Diuguid are three Lindsey Wilson Bonner leaders: Mary Beth Jewell of Canmer, Ky., Patsy Richards of Hustonville, Ky., and Carissa Smith of Louisville, Ky.

“It’s been a learning experience to work with kids of different ages and see them learn about Shakespeare,” Jewell said.

One of Shakespeare’s romantic comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream tells the story of four young Athenian lovers, a group of amateur actors, the Duke of Athens, the Queen of the Amazons and fairies who inhabit a moonlit forest.

“I think it’s great to work with Shakespeare with kids this age because they are so willing to try new things and they have so much energy,” Diuguid said. “The thing I like about the theater and about performance is they give students a chance to be on their feet and be active, show off to each other, and to try new things.”

Diuguid said he has been especially impressed with the children’s willingness to learn new things.

“They are totally willing to dive into it and give it a try,” he said.

Diuguid noted that the 30 area children participating in “Summer with Shakespeare” are getting something he didn’t have growing up in rural upstate New York. Diuguid recently earned a bachelor’s degree in theater arts and English from State University of New York at New Paltz; this fall he will enroll in Harvard University’s graduate program in arts education.

“But I wasn’t exposed to much Shakespeare until I was in high school,” he said. “What’s great about this program is that it introduces Shakespeare to children at a young age. … I hope the main thing they take away is a deeper appreciation for Shakespeare and theater arts in general. I hope that they say in the future, ‘This is something that I have done and that I can do.’ I hope they hold on to that imagination.”

Lissette Trejo, 9, who will be a fifth-grader this fall at John Adair Intermediate School, said the camp has sparked her imagination and opened up for her the possibilities of theater.

“I like everything a lot -- it’s all OK,” said Lissette, who plays a fairy in the play. “I’ve learned what to do and how to act in plays. I’m excited about that.”

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