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Lindsey Wilson College's Homecoming 2016

Eight honored, royalty crowned, and a victory bell tower dedicated at Lindsey Wilson Colleges 84th Homecoming weekend
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By Travis Smith

Six alumni and two longtime friends of the college were honored at Lindsey Wilson College's 85th homecoming weekend, on Sept. 30 - Oct. 1, 2016.

The weekend also included two academic ceremonies, two milestone athletic reunions and a two dedication ceremonies.

Thanks to money raised by members of the class of 2016, the college's plant operations built a victory bell tower that now holds a historic bell near the campus quadrangle. The bell, which had once been used to signify sports victories and other important campus events, had not been rung in over 40 years until the dedication ceremony on Friday.

At the Alumni Awards & Athletic Hall of Fame Celebration on Saturday morning, two alumni were inducted into the LWC Athletic Hall of Fame and six individuals were honored by the LWC National Alumni Association.

The two new members inducted into the LWC Athletic Hall of Fame were: former cyclists Jeni South-Huff of the Class of 2004 and Joe Haley of the Class of 2002.

Also on Saturday, the LWC National Alumni Association honored two longtime friends and four alumni of the college. The two longtime friends were:
  1. Evlyn Komosa of Columbia, KY, received the Honorary Alumna Award
  2. and Dr. Mohammad Pourheydarian of Campbellsville, KY, received the Honorary Alumnus Award.
The four alumni:
  1. Dr. April Richardson-Hatcher '02 of Lexington, KY, was named Outstanding Young Alumna
  2. Dr. S. Ross Martin '05, of Oklahoma City, OK, received the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
  3. LWC Director of Civic Engagement Amy Thompson-Wells '99 received the Distinguished Service Award.
  4. and J. Paul Long '75 of Stanford, KY, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award
Sustainability lab named in honor of Charles and Nancy Fouser
On Wednesday, the LWC community dedicated the Fouser Sustainability Lab in the Jim & Helen Lee Fugitte Science Center. The lab was named after Charles and Nancy Fouser, owner's of Fouser Environmental, because of their longtime support of the college. The Fousers attended Lindsey Wilson and graduated in 1962. Nancy was a member of the LWC training school.

"Lindsey Wilson has always been dear to my heart and so has the environment," said Nancy Fouser at the dedication ceremony. "I'm tickled to death the college has started a sustainability program and what little bit I can contribute -- I'm honored to do it."

On Friday night, two of LWC's distinguished academic organizations held special ceremonies.

College's nursing program recognized 25 students
The college's nursing program recognized 25 students at its annual blessing and white coat ceremony. The ceremony prepared the students - sophomores who are in their first year of LWC's bachelor of science nursing program - to symbolically enter their profession.

Lindsey Wilson Singers hold annual Standards of Excellence Ceremony
Later in the evening, the Lindsey Wilson Singers held their annual "Standards of Excellence Ceremony" in W.W. Slider Humanities Center Recital Hall. The hourlong ceremony included scripture readings, reflections on the year's theme, prayers and singing. Each member of of the choral ensemble signed their name to the group's Standards of Excellence, pledging to maintain the group's high level of performance, academic excellence and live a life of integrity.

In addition to performing at the college's major events, the Lindsey Wilson Singers also give several public concerts during the school year and take a spring tour to a U.S. region where they perform at churches and become involved in community service.

Two athletic programs celebrate milestone anniversaries with reunions
On Saturday, The college's cycling alumni celebrated the 20-year anniversary of cycling as an intercollegiate sport at Lindsey Wilson College with more than 50 former cyclists in attendance. Later in the day, the baseball team gathered at Egnew Field in Lindsey Wilson Sports Park for their 35th anniversary. Six alumni of the first 1981 baseball team reunited with their former coach Bob Thrasher. More than 40 baseball players attended the reunion.

Homecoming King and Queen crowned at halftime of football game
During halftime of the LWC-Union College football game on Saturday evening at Blue Raider Stadium, the 2016 homecoming king and queen were crowned by LWC President, William T. Luckey Jr. Based on a popular vote of the student body, Airada Damdee of Elizabethtown, KY, who represented the international club, was crowned queen and Kamil Malone of Nashville, TN, who represented the Student Government Association, was crowned king.


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Welcome Back, Lindsey Wilson College Students!!!
Columbia/Adair County has missed you. You've come home to a warm, welcoming community for your Fall Semester. The community wishes you the greatest Success. We hope you'll find a college hometown as wonderful as the one you left. (Suggestion homework this weekend recommended by JIM: Encore Classic: Gordon Crump - 'How I discovered Columbia . . . ')

 

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Twenty-five students receive nursing white coats



2016-10-05 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Travis Smith.
Back row, from left: Mark Bischof; Kayla Jones; Laryn Brock; Mackenzie Weston; Shawna Aaron; Molly Thompson; Cassie Squires; Angela Haste; Heather Scott; Sarah Calhoun; Kristy Shuffet; Kassidi Taylor

Front row:Ashley Strong; Kelsey Horsman; River Murley; Megan Sampson; Candice Beard; Emily White; Amber Foukes; Kelsie Brown; Kayley Rose; Hayley Rose; Mason Newton; Kristen House; Mikaela Beyea

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Charles E. and Nancy M. Fouser Lab dedicated



2016-10-05 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Travis Smith.
The Fouser Sustainability Lab was dedicated in the Jim and Helen Lee Fugiette Science Center on Wednesday, September 28 during Homecoming Week.(L-R): Ted Fouser (son of Nancy Fouser); daughter-in-law, Grainne; grandson, Charlie; Mrs. Nancy Fouser and freshman sustainability student Elizabeth Owens from Columbia, Ky.

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85th Lindsey Wilson College Homecoming King and Queen



2016-10-05 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Travis Smith. The winners of homecoming were announced at halftime of the LWC-Union Football Game on Saturday, October 1, 2016. (Left) Airada Damdee, Homecoming Queen (right) Kamil Malone, Homecoming King.
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20 Years Of LWC Cycling Celebrated



2016-10-05 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Travis Smith.
More than 50 LWC cycling alumni gathered to celebrate 20 years of LWC cycling during homecoming weekend 2016.

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National Alumni Association Winners



2016-10-05 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Travis Smith.
The Lindsey Wilson College National Alumni Association honored four alumni and two longtime friends of the college Saturday morning at the Alumni Awards & Athletic Hall of Fame Celebration in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center. From left: LWC President William T. Luckey Jr.; Joe Haley, a 2002 LWC alumnus, was inducted into athletic hall of fame for cycling; Jeni South Huff, a 2004 LWC alumna, was inducted into athletic hall of fame for cycling; Dr. April Richardson-Hatcher, a 2002 LWC alumna, received the outstanding young alumna award; Amy Thompson-Wells, a 1999 LWC alumna, received the Distinguished Service Award; Evlyn Komosa of Columbia, KY, received the honorary alumna award; J. Paul Long, a 1975 Alumnus of LWC, received the distinguished alumnus award; Dr. Mohammad Pourheydarian received the honorary alumnus award; Dr. S. Ross Martin, a 2005 LWC alumnus, received the outstanding young alumnus award; LWC Alumni Council President Kenneth Jessee '81 of Elizabethtown, KY; and LWC Director of Alumni Relations Randy Burns.

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Learfield Director's Cup Presentation



2016-10-05 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Travis Smith.
Keither Burdette (left) a representative of Learfield Sports and LWC Athletic Director Willis Pooler stand with the Learfield Trophy before the start of the LWC-Union homecoming football game. The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup is an award given annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics to the colleges and universities in the United States with the most success in collegiate athletics.

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Crowning The Queen



2016-10-05 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Travis Smith. LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. crowns Airada Damdee of Elizabethtown, KY as the 2016 Homecoming Queen.
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The Victory Bell Tower is dedicated



2016-10-05 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Travis Smith.
The victory bell is rung for the first time in 40 years at the dedication ceremony on Friday afternoon. Alumna Mrs. Nancy Fouser '62 gets help from class of 2016 alums Abigail Calhoun from Lexington, Ky., Emily Redmon from Columbia, Ky., and Brandon McDowell from Hebron, Ind. as Alex Janes of Fabco, Inc. and LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. look on. The victory bell tower was funded in part by gifts made by the Class of 2016.

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35th Anniversary Baseball Reunion



2016-10-05 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Travis Smith.
Former baseball coach Bob Thrasher (left) speaks during the 35th Anniversary Celebration at Egnew Field in the Lindsey Wilson Sports Park. Thrasher coached the 1981 team of which six members were present. The '81 team members present were (L-R) Mitchell Corbin, Phil Bloyd, Joe Thrasher, David Fields, Greg Parrott and Mark Fudge.

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