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New signs greet LWC students to start 2015 fall semester
When the students return to campus on August 15, 2015, Columbia's population will swell by more than 1,025 - an increase of nearly 25%
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By Duane Bonifer
News from Lindsey Wilson College
Columbia, KY - When Lindsey Wilson College residential students return to the liberal arts college this weekend, they will be greeted by more than a new school year.
They will also meet more than a dozen new faculty and two new signs to the A.P. White Campus.
The signs greet campus visitors at the corners of Lindsey Wilson and Fairgrounds streets on the west side of campus and on the corner of Williams and Young streets on the campus' east side. The signs -- which were built by LWC staff members -- cost about $12,500, according to LWC Director of Alumni Relations Randy Burns.
The money to pay for the signs was raised from donations by members of the Classes of 2015 and 1965. Donations left over after the signs are finished will be used to start a Class of 1965 endowed scholarship, Burns said.
"For a number of years, we've talked about how great it would be to have signs marking the main entrances to campus," said Burns, who is a 1993 LWC alumnus. "When a member of last year's senior class gift committee first mentioned the project, I thought it was too ambitious. Then I thought about it, and I thought about the possibility of the Class of 2015 working with the Class of 1965, who celebrated their golden alumni reunion last spring.
Burns said he likes that the signs were the result of LWC alumni working across generations.
"The aspect of the project I like most is that it joined together Blue Raiders who span 50 years of the college's history," he said. "It was a great way for alumni to come together and fund a project that benefits not only the college but the local community as well."
Undergraduate residential students began returning to campus earlier this month as LWC fall sports teams began practice. Most of the rest of LWC's residential students will return to campus on Saturday, Aug. 15. By the time they move into the college's residence halls, apartments and houses, more than 1,025 students will live on campus.
To put that number in perspective, LWC's residential student population will increase the population of Columbia by almost 25 percent. The 2015-15 school year officially gets underway on Wednesday, August 19, 2015.
"I know we take it for granted, but the more than 1,000 students who will live in college residence halls this school year are like adding nine-month tourists to Columbia-Adair County," said LWC Vice President of Student Services and Enrollment Management Dean Adams. "Those students will spend a lot money in local businesses and restaurants between now and mid-May, and they will also have a ripple effect. They will also attract family members and friends to the community, many of whom will discover Columbia-Adair County for the first time.
"And of course there will be other guests as well throughout the school year as the college will have more than six dozen home athletic contests, cultural affairs events and fine arts productions that will bring people to the community over the next nine months. So each Lindsey Wilson school year is quite a boost to the local economy."
Overall, LWC officials expect to enroll more than 2,600 students this school year. And teaching those students will be 16 new full-time faculty, who will be part of a 118-member full-time faculty -- the largest in LWC's 112-year history.
"We are very pleased with the outstanding quality of faculty who will be joining the college this year," said LWC Vice President of Academic Affairs Bettie Starr. "They are outstanding scholars who bring a love of learning and enthusiasm for teaching students."
This story was posted on 2015-08-12 00:47:16
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