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LWC's Malvina Farkle Day celebrates community, service

All the excitement in town yesterday: Malvina Farkle Day
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By Duane Bonifer

Columbia, KY For Lindsey Wilson College Assistant Professor of Religion David Calhoun, the college's annual Malvina Farkle Day is about the spirit of service.

Calhoun led a group of 10 LWC students to the Adair County Board of Education's main office, where they washed windows, and then over to the football field, where they helped out.

"It was good just to make a connection with people in the community we haven't met before," Calhoun said.


Calhoun said the spirits of friendliness and service are what sustain and support the day.

"It's just the spirit of it that makes it such a great day," he said. "I'm amazed at the turnout -- you get students up at 7 o'clock for breakfast, which is really just a lot of fun. There's just a real sense of being connected to the community in a way that I don't think a lot of places experience. ... (The day) keeps us in the spirit of being a servant. We want to develop servant-leaders ... people who really have a sense to give back, and the students here certainly display that on Malvina Farkle Day."

Malvina Farkle Day is named in memory of a mythical Lindsey Wilson alumna and staff member who lived a life of service and having fun. Classes are dismissed for the day while students spend the morning working on community service projects. The afternoon includes campus games and activities.

This year's afternoon activities also included workshops, sponsored by the LWC L3 Leadership and Bonner Scholar programs, that allowed students to reflect on their day of service.

"You see the smiles, you see the laughter and you see people coming together, and they really see it's a really great day," said LWC Dean of Students Chris Schmidt. "We give of ourselves, it truly becomes fully service-oriented."

LWC freshman Andrew Coffey of Monticello, Ky., said he enjoyed his Malvina Farkle Day because it gave him not only the sense of accomplishment but that he also helped others.

"I really enjoyed it because I just like being able to help out wherever you can," Coffey said.

The Columbia-Adair County places involved with Malvina Farkle Day were:
  • Adair County Board of Education
  • Adair County Head Startn
  • Adair County Primary Centern
  • Agape Housen
  • Bull Run Trash Pickupn
  • Clifty Creek Farmsn
  • Columbia-Adair Community Gardenn
  • Columbia Baptist Churchn
  • Columbia United Methodist Churchn
  • Dollhouse Daycaren
  • Green River Animal Sheltern
  • Holmes Bend Cleanupn
  • Kentucky 80 Cleanupn
  • Ole Homeplace Adult Daycaren
  • Operation Christmas Childn
  • Plum Point Cleanupn
  • PRIDE Cleanupn
  • Sugarfoot Animal Rescuen
  • Summit Manor Nursing Homen
  • Westlake Regional Primary Care
Duane Bonifer, the writer, is Director of Public Relations at Lindsey Wilson College.


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Susan Minton holds Malvina Farkle's pet possum



2015-09-10 - Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, LWC photo.
Lindsey Wilson College Associate Professor of Communication Susan Minton leads the LWC community in singing the "Malvina Farkle Day Song" Wednesday morning in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center. Minton is holding a toy possum, said to be the pet of the fabled mythical LWC student after whom the day of service and games is named. - DUANE BONIFER

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VP Denise Fudge declares 9 Sep 2015 Malvina Farkle Day



2015-09-10 - Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College. Lindsey Wilson College Vice President Vice President for Educational Outreach and Student Financial Services, right, declares September 9, 2015, the 2015 Malvina Farkle Day Wednesday morning in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center. Fudge is joined by LWC students, from left, Isobel Dalton of Bristol, England; Evan Loe of Galveston, TX; Damian Ontiveros of Fremont, CA, and Morgan Howard of Kennesaw, GA. - DUANE BONIFER, LWC
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Aymee Sheek makes fine friend at Green River Animal Shelter



2015-09-10 - Green River Animal Shelter, 155 Appleby Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College freshman Aymee Sheek of Louisville, KY, enjoys time with a dog at Green River Animal Shelter Wednesday morning, September 9, 2015, during the college's 2015 Malvina Farkle Day. About a dozen LWC students and staff members performed their community service at the animal shelter. - DUANE BONIFER

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LWC Football players make Fairground Street sparkle



2015-09-10 - Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Members of the Lindsey Wilson College football team's offensive line -- known as the "O-Line in football argot - gather trash along Fairgrounds Street, Columbia, Wednesday morning, September 9, 2015, during the college's Malvina Farkle Day. - DUANE BONIFER, LWC

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LWC Football players make Jamestown Street sparkle



2015-09-10 - Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College. Members of the Lindsey Wilson College football team's secondary defense gather trash along Jamestown Street in Columbia, Wednesday morning, September 9, 2015, during the college's Malvina Farkle Day.
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Jessica David, Amazon, made 60 job offers to area residents



2015-09-10 - J.L. Turner Building, 100 Blue Raider Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, LWC. Lindsey Wilson College Director of Career Services Ashley Miller, right, talks with Jessica David, a human resources business partner with the Amazon distribution center in Campbellsville, KY, Wednesday morning, September 9, 2015 in J.L. Turner Leadership Center during the college's Malvina Farkle Day. Amazon, who was on campus to interview potential workers, made job offers to more than 60 area residents. - DUANE BONIFER, LWC
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Washing windows at Adair County Primary Center



2015-09-10 - Adair County Primary Center, 151 Col. Casey Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College. These Lindsey Wilson College students washed windows Wednesday morning at Adair County Primary Center during the college's Malvina Farkle Day. Front row, from left: Bailey Scott of Columbia; Zoe Lockard of Campbellsville, KY; Alexa Koziol of Edmonton, KY; Delaney Overstreet of Forkland, KY; and Eri Sugiyama of Ogaki, Japan. Back row, from left: Braxton Shearer of Monticello, KY; Andrew Coffey of Monticello, KY; Abby Biddle of Louisville, KY; Kendall Ross of Louisville, KY; and Kayla Adams of Standford, KY. - DUANE BONIFER.
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Washing windows at Adair County Primary Center



2015-09-10 - Adair County Primary Center, 151 Col. Casey Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College. These Lindsey Wilson College students washed windows Wednesday morning at Adair County Primary Center during the college's Malvina Farkle Day. Front row, from left: Bailey Scott of Columbia; Zoe Lockard of Campbellsville, KY; Alexa Koziol of Edmonton, KY; Delaney Overstreet of Forkland, KY; and Eri Sugiyama of Ogaki, Japan. Back row, from left: Braxton Shearer of Monticello, KY; Andrew Coffey of Monticello, KY; Abby Biddle of Louisville, KY; Kendall Ross of Louisville, KY; and Kayla Adams of Standford, KY. - DUANE BONIFER.
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Organizing papers at ACPC on Malvina Farkle Day 2015



2015-09-10 - Adair Co. Primary Center, 158 Col. Casey DR, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College students Logan Adams of Somerset, KY, left, and Josh Powers of Hawesville, KY, organize papers Wednesday morning, September 9, 2015, at Adair County Primary Center during the college's Malvina Farkle Day. - DUANE BONIFER

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