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The Inspiration of LWC celebrated at 2016 Founders' Day Dinner

President William T. Luckey, Jr., recalled inspirational personalities from Lindsey Wilson College's past at Founders' Day Dinner, but reminds audience: 'While nostalgia is nice, it can't distract an institution from focusing on its future.' Keynote speaker was Pulitzer Prize winner David Hawpe, introduced by Elise Luckey. Student addresses were given by Mariah Stearns and Abigail Calhoun. The Welcome was given by James R. Fugitte, Trustee and Chairman of the Development Committee. The invocation was given by Gabby Pyles. The music was by the Lindsey Wilson College Singers under the direction of Dr. Gerald T. Chafin and Wansoo Cho. More than 300 were in attendance.
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By Travis Smith

COLUMBIA, KY - Inspiration was a common theme at this year's Lindsey Wilson College Founders' Day Dinner, held Thursday, April 28, at the college's Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center.

In the dinner's keynote address to more than 330 supporters of the college, Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame inductee David V. Hawpe praised the liberal arts college for being a college that exposes students to ideas that will inspire them throughout their lives.


Lindsey Wilson College celebrates the annual Founders Day Banquet
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Published YouTube on Apr 29, 2016: .Master of Ceremonies: Jim Fugitte. Student Speakers: Mariah Stearns and Abby Calhoun. Introduction by Elise Luckey at 37:26 minutes, and key note address by David Hawpe, at 40:14 minutes. Video by Travis Smith.
"A campus is the wrong place to expunge history or circumscribe ideas," said Hawpe, who spent most of his award-winning four-decade career as an editor with The Courier-Journal and Louisville Times. "And one of the things I like about Lindsey Wilson is that it doesn't happen here."

David Hawpe proud of his association with Lindsey Wilson

Hawpe said he is "proud of my association with Lindsey Wilson" because of the leadership it has received from President William T. Luckey Jr., who has served as the college's eighth president since July 1998.

"I'm proud of the achievements of President Bill Luckey and his wife Elise, who built on the firm foundation they inherited," Hawpe said. "They have raised up an institution physically, academically, spiritually and culturally in a way that should make everyone in this room proud."

Student Mariah Stearns tells how LWC changed her outlook, life

One student who spoke of how she has been inspired by Lindsey Wilson's firm foundation is Mariah Stearns, a junior media studies major from Bardstown, KY, Stearns said that LWC changed her attitude about what it means to live a meaningful life.

"Before attending Lindsey Wilson, I had decided that the only way I could be great is if the history books had my name in them," Stearns said. "I believed that greatness was truly defined by what history thought of me. That belief was not changed until I came to Lindsey Wilson College.

"This place has taught me that it's not getting my name in the history books that's going to make me great, it's the impact that I have on a different person every single day. Being kind, caring and driving those around you to be successful, that's what it takes to be great."

Student Abigail Calhoun passed up scholarships at six other schools

Abigail Calhoun, a human services and counseling and Christian Ministries senior from Lexington, KY, said she chose to attend Lindsey Wilson because it stood out from a crowd of other schools. And she said her decision to spend her undergraduate years in Columbia-Adair County has proven to be a wise one.

"I turned down six other schools, two of which I had full-ride scholarships, to enroll at Lindsey Wilson College," Calhoun said. "I was unsure of why I felt so strongly inclined towards Lindsey Wilson, but I followed that undeniably strong feeling in my gut, and I praise God that I did.
"The great American cities that I have been able to explore, the people I have been so fortunate in meeting and the cultural experiences I have gained have impacted my life in an amazing way."

Dr. Luckey asks supporters to ensure college continues to have impact

And Luckey told the college's supporters that it is up to them to ensure that the 113-year-old college continues to have an impact on rising generations.

"I just love Founders' Day because we get to hear from students like Abby and Mariah," Luckey said. "It also gives us the perfect opportunity to not only thank each of you for investing in our precious students here at Lindsey but also to pause and remember those who have served this college so faithfully when it was their turn to lead, inspire and when it was their turn to give."

Luckey noted that while nostalgia is nice, it can't distract an institution from focusing on its future.

"While the past is a wonderful place to visit, it's a lousy place to live," he said. "We don't have time to live in the past and rest of what we've accomplished.

"Friends, if we are going to continue to have an impact on students ... guess what? It's our turn to lead, it's our turn to inspire and it's our turn to give. It's our turn to create a legacy like our founders did for those who came before us."


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Student Mariah Stearns addresses Founders' Day gathering



2016-04-30 - Roberta Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Mark Bischof, Lindsey Wilson College.
Mariah Stearns, a junior media studies from Bardstown, KY, talks about how LWC changed her philosophy of what it means to be successful in life at the Founders Day Banquet held on Thursday, April 28 in the Roberta D. Cranmer Dining and Conference Center. Looking on is Abigail Calhoun, Lexington, KY who spoke immediately following Stearns. - Mark Bischof, LWC

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President Wm. T. Luckey, Jr. addresses Founders Day gathering



2016-04-30 - Roberta Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Mark Bischof, Lindsey Wilson College.
President of LWC William T. Luckey Jr. speaks to a crowd of more than 330 college supporters about the importance of leadership and inspiration at Lindsey Wilson College during the annual Founders Day Celebration held on Thursday, April 28, 2016, in the Roberta D. Cranmer Dining and Conference Center. - Mark Bischof

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Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame inductee David Hawpe



2016-04-30 - Robert Cranmer Dining Center, Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Mark Bischof, Lindsey Wilson College.
Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame inductee David V. Hawpe praises Lindsey Wilson College for being a college that exposes students to ideas that will inspire them throughout their lives during the Founders Day Banquet held on Thursday, April 28, 2016 in the Roberta D. Cranmer Dining and Conference Center. Looking on, left, is President Wm. T. Luckey, Jr. and right, James R. Fugitte, Lindsey Wilson College Trustee and Chairman of the Development Committee.

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