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Move-in Fall 2015, underway at Lindsey Wilson College

Columbia's Population is increasing dramatically today and this coming week. More than 1,025 students will live in LWC residence halls this school year, and total enrollment should top 2,600 for the fifth consecutive year.
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By Duane Bonifer, Public Relations Director
Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY


Columbia, KY - Lindsey Wilson College freshman Haley Vittitow of Shepherdsville, KY, started packing for her move to the college three weeks ago.

She wanted to make sure she didn't forget anything for her third-floor Phillips Hall room, and she also had to allow for the removal of her wisdom teeth.


By mid-Saturday morning, Vittitow and her parents, Keith and Sandy, and mostly decorated her room. Although Vittitow said there was a chance she had forgotten an item or two.

"I feel like I remembered everything, but I'm sure within a week I'll realize I forgot something," she said.

Vittitow - who was among the first LWC residential students to arrive on the college's A.P. White Campus on Saturday morning - said the biggest challenge of packing was deciding which clothes to bring with her.

"It was trying to figure out what I need to take, and what I don't need to take," she said.

It was not a challenge for Vittitow to become acclimated to LWC's campus life over the weekend. Along with more than 400 other new residential students, Vittitow was introduced the liberal arts college's culture over a whirlwind four-day period that included orientation sessions, lock-ins, speakers and movies.

The 2015-16 school year gets officially gets underway Wednesday, Aug. 19, although several programs begin on other days. More than 1,025 students will live in LWC residence halls this school year, and total enrollment should top 2,600 for the fifth consecutive year.

LWC Director of Student Activities Lafawn Nettles, who coordinated most of the weekend's orientation events, said the purpose of the events is "meeting, greeting, making new friends, building relationships"

"It's just about getting people out of their rooms, meeting people and making new friends so they don't feel homesick," Nettles said.

Down the hall from Vittitow, Phillips Hall resident Emily Garrison was getting ready for her second year as an LWC resident adviser.

Garrison, a junior from Willamsontown, KY, said she has been preparing for move-in day for several weeks.

"I love the freshmen, I love move-in day," Garrison said. "I love to meet the parents and let them know, 'Hey, I'm here for your daughter, and I'm going to help them out.' I also want to make the girls feel at home and make some kind of impact on them."

LWC officials likewise expect this year's freshmen to have an impact on the college.

At the Class of 2019 Kick-Off Ceremony, held in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center, LWC Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management Dean Adams told the freshmen that they are members of one of the brightest and most academically decorated classes in the college's 112-year history.

"You need to know we are expecting big things from you guys in the classroom," Adams said. "You guys are getting ready for a life-changing experience. You're going to be taught by incredibly caring and knowledgeable faculty. ... We're all entering into a partnership. A partnership of teaching and learning. And I promise you, we're going to do our part; we just need you guys to do your partnership. ... In a few years, we'll all celebrate this partnership when you walk across the stage and earn your college degree."

Nettles, who is a 2002 LWC alumna, could barely recall her first weekend at LWC. Not because it wasn't a big deal, but rather because its significance was supplanted by other college events over the next four years of her life.

"There's so much that happens to you when you are a college student that by the time you graduate, you won't even remember a lot of the anxieties or worries you had when your started your college journey," she said.



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LWC Residence Life Director Michael Burgan speaks



2015-08-16 - Patel Amphitheater, Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College Director of Residence Life Michael Burgan speaks with his student staff Saturday morning in the Dr. Shilpan M. Patel '04 Amphitheater. - DUANE BONIFER
(See also: Dedication of Amphitheater)

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Move-in Day: Samantha Ellis, Tompkinsville, KY



2015-08-16 - Phillips Hall - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College freshman Samantha Ellis of Tompkinsville, KY, tries her Phillips Hall key for the first time Saturday morning as Phillips Hall Director Nikki Wyrick, center, and Ellis' mother, Jinnie Hollinsworth, look on. - DUANE BONIFER

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Move-in Day: Breah Davis of Columbia, KY



2015-08-16 - Phillips Hall, Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College freshman Breah Davis and her friend Ryan Johnson, both of Columbia, move Davis into her Phillips Hall room Saturday morning. Davis said she decided to live on campus so that she could get "the full college experience." - DUANE BONIFER

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Move-in Day: Myah Underwood begins Volleyball career



2015-08-16 - Holloway Health & Wellness Center, 399 Williams Street, Columbia, KY - Photo By Linda Waggener.
Myah's parents, Leonard and Gloria Underwood, left, and her grandmother Ada Cargin from Louisville, watched their girl's first practice session from the upper level of the Holloway Health and Wellness Center. Myah can be seen at right just beyond her grandmother's shoulder. A graduate of Oldham County High School, Myah joins the top rated Lindsey Wilson varsity women's Volleyball team led by 2014 Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year Andy Cavins. - Linda Waggener

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Move-in Day: Emily Garrison of Williamstown, KY



2015-08-16 - Phillips Hall, Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer.
Phillips Hall Resident Adviser Emily Garrison of Willamsontown, KY, makes last-minute notes Saturday morning. - DUANE BONIFER

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Move-in Day: New students on the Quadrangle



2015-08-16 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer.
Several hundred of Lindsey Wilson College's new students gather Saturday afternoon on the Campus Quadrangle. - DUANE BONIFER

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Move-in Day: Lafawn Nettles Director of Student Activities



2015-08-16 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer.
Lindsey Wilson College Director of Student Activities Lafawn Nettles reacts to new students' response during the Class of 2019 Kick-Off Ceremony Saturday afternoon, August 15, 2015, in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center. - DUANE BONIFER

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Move-in Day: Dean Adams welcomes new students



2015-08-16 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. Lindsey Wilson College Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management Dean Adams welcomes new students at the Class of 2019 Kick-Off Ceremony Saturday afternoon in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center. Adams told the freshmen that they were among the most talented and academically gifted the college's 112-year history.
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Move-in Day: Jake Saylor of Louisville, Ky., welcomes new students



2015-08-16 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. Lindsey Wilson College Student Government Association President Jake Saylor of Louisville, Ky., welcomes new students at the Class of 2019 Kick-Off Ceremony Saturday afternoon in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center.
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Move-in Day: Matt Larwa chats with Doug Keaton



2015-08-16 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. Lindsey Wilson College student Matt Larwa of Eddyville, Ky., left, chats with Energy Instructor Doug Keaton Saturday evening at the #IAmABlueRaider Picnic on the Campus Quadrangle. Keaton helped coordinate the recycling bins at the event.
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