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280 incoming LWC freshman at June 4-6, 2015 EDGE days

Next EDGE days are July 24-25, 2015. Fall semester starts August 19, 2015
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By Duane Bonifer

COLUMBIA, KY - Autumn Burton was ready to start college less than two weeks after finishing high school.

The Russell County (KY) High School graduate was among 280 incoming Lindsey Wilson College freshmen who attended the first three EDGE days of the summer. The first three were held June 4-6; the final two will be July 24-25.

"It's a relief (to have finished high school) because I was tired of high school," said Burton, of Russell Springs, who graduated May 28. "I'm just ready to be out on my own."

Burton attended the Saturday EDGE day with fellow Russell County alumna Billie Peel, also of Russell Springs. Both plan to major in human services and counseling at LWC.


Peel said she is both anxious and excited about starting college.

"It's kind of scary, but it's an exciting time," she said. "Just the transition from high school to college is going to be such a big difference."

The purpose of EDGE is to help students such as Peel make that transition. EDGE -- which stands for education, development, growth and experience -- is an orientation program for incoming freshmen. The day introduces freshmen to the LWC community and gives them several opportunities to meet the college's faculty, staff and students.

While freshmen are with new classmates, parents and family members meet with college administrators and staff members to learn how to support their students during their time as Blue Raider undergraduates.

LWC's 2015 fall semester begins Wednesday, August 19, 2015.

Andrew Coffey of Monticello, KY, said he is looking forward to life as a Blue Raider.

"In high school you had to follow a set schedule and what other people wanted you to do, so I'm looking forward to pursuing my interests," said Coffey, who graduated May 29 from Wayne County (KY) High School and is the son of LWC alumni George and Carol Coffey.

Also during EDGE days, students discuss 10 issues that affect U.S. young people. In sessions led by LWC Office of Civic Engagement staff members, incoming freshmen explore a range of issues that include bullying, poverty and violence in schools.

"We want our future Blue Raiders cognizant of issues facing them today, and we want them to think how they can be change-makers within their profession," said LWC Director of Civic Engagement Amy Thompson-Wells, who led some of the sessions.

LWC freshman LaDanna Froedge of Columbia was among the freshmen who were impressed by the consciousness-raising sessions.

"I'm very excited about attending Lindsey Wilson College" said Froedge, who graduated Friday from Adair County School and plans to major in nursing. "I learned many statistics that bettered my understand about issues in our community and nation. ... I would love to volunteer and help out around the community." - News from Lindsey Wilson College


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EDGE Leader Kate Durham, Columbia, KY takes picture of group



2015-06-06 - Holloway Health & Wellness Center, 399 Williams Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College student EDGE leader Kate Durham of Columbia takes a picture of her group Thursday, June 4, 2015, in the Doris and Bob Holloway Health & Wellness Center. - DUANE BONIFER, LWC

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Lindsey Daniel, Russell Springs, KY, participates in ice breaker



2015-06-06 - Holloway Health & Wellness Center, 399 Williams Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer.
Lindsey Wilson College freshman Lindsay Daniel of Russell Springs, KY, participates Thursday in an EDGE ice-breaker session in the Doris and Bob Holloway Health & Wellness Center.- DUANE BONIFER, LWC

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Jessica Jones, Russell Springs & Chayton Pendley, Beaver Dam



2015-06-06 - Holloway Health & Wellness Center, 399 Williams Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College freshmen Jessica Jones of Russell Springs, KY, and Chayton Pendley of Beaver Dam, KY, participate Thursday in an EDGE ice-breaker session in the Doris and Bob Holloway Health & Wellness Center. - DUANE BONIFER, LWC

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Cheryl Karnes welcomes Colton Bush of Greensburg, KY



2015-06-06 - Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College. Cheryl Karnes of the Lindsey Wilson College Admissions Office welcomes freshman Colton Bush of Greensburg, KY, to LWC with a packet of information Thursday in the Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center.- DUANE BONIFER, LWC
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Director of Civic Engagement Amy Thompson-Wells speaks



2015-06-06 - Holloway Health & Wellness Center, 399 Williams Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College Director of Civic Engagement Amy Thompson-Wells speaks to freshmen during a civic engagement break-out session Thursday in the Doris and Bob Holloway Health & Wellness Center.- DUANE BONIFER, LWC

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Brittney Jessie discusses school violence with incoming students



2015-06-06 - Holloway Health & Wellness Center, 399 Williams Street, Columbia, KY - Photo By Duane Bonifer. hr>Lindsey Wilson College student EDGE leader Brittney Jessie of Edmonton, KY, discusses school violence with freshmen, from left, Aaron Taylor of Columbia, Steven Best of Russell Springs, KY, and Brandon Crews of Russell Springs, KY, during a civic engagement break-out session Thursday in the Doris and Bob Holloway Health & Wellness Center. - DUANE BONIFER, LWC
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Raider Bob and student leaders perform opening skit



2015-06-06 - Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College mascot Blue Raider Bob and student EDGE leaders perform an opening skit before the start of Saturday's EDGE day in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center. - DUANE BONIFER

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Jacob Conner talks with Director of Music Gerald Chafin



2015-06-06 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College freshman Jacob Conner of Russell Springs, KY, talks to Associate Professor of Music Gerland Chafin at Friday's EDGE day in Biggers Sports Center. - DUANE BONIFER, LWC

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Edge Days June 4, 2015: Brooklyn Ferrell poses for student ID



2015-06-06 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College freshman Brooklyn Ferrell of Campbellsville, KY, poses for her student ID photo for LWC evening admissions counselor Regina Haugen in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center at Thursday's EDGE day. - DUANE BONIFER, LWC

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Greensburg, KY students check in at Biggers



2015-06-06 - Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College. Lindsey Wilson College freshmen, from left, Dillon Loyall, McCayelee Johnson and Baylee-Ann Ferguson, all from Greensburg, KY, check in at Biggers Sports Center during Friday's EDGE day.- DUANE BONIFER, LWC
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VP Mark Coleman speaks to family members at Edge Days



2015-06-06 - V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College Vice President for Administration & Finance Mark Coleman speaks to family members in V.P. Henry Auditorium during Thursday's EDGE day.- DUANE BONIFER, LWC

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LWC Admission Counselor Emily Carnall visits with Somerset family



2015-06-06 - Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College admissions counselor Emily Carnall visits with freshman Amanda Estep of Somerset, KY, left, and Estep's mother, Heather Waddell, before the start of Saturday's EDGE day in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center. - DUANE BONIFER, LWC

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