|Lindsey Wilson College|
|Motto||Every Student, Every Day|
|Type||Private, 4 year|
|Chancellor||John B. Begley|
|President||William T. Luckey Jr.|
|Location||Columbia, Kentucky, USA|
|Colors||Blue █ and White █|
|Mascot||Blue Raider Bob|
|Affiliations||United Methodist Church, Mid-South Conference|
Lindsey Wilson College is a private four-year college affiliated with the United Methodist Church in an open ecumenical atmosphere. The 45 acre (182,000 m²) campus is located in Columbia, Kentucky. The school currently offers associate degrees in 11 areas of study, bachelor degrees in 20 areas of study and master's degrees in counseling and human development. Lindsey Wilson also sponsors athletic teams which compete in the Mid-South Conference of the NAIA.
Lindsey Wilson College was founded in January 1903 in affiliation with the southern division of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Named after the late stepson of Catherine Wilson, the college was originally called Lindsey Wilson Training School, educating grades one through twelve in a grade school on campus. Instruction focused on preparing young people of the area for coursework at Vanderbilt University and training students to become educators.
In 1923, the college expanded its curriculum to offer a two-year liberal arts program, and was given its present name of Lindsey Wilson College. In 1951, Lindsey Wilson received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The training school remained on campus until 1979.
In 1986, Lindsey Wilson became a four-year liberal arts college. The bachelor's degree was the highest degree attainable at the college until the mid-1990s when Master's programs in Counseling and Human Development and Education Curriculum and Instruction were added to the curriculum.
Among the first buildings on campus were the current L.R. McDonald Administration Building (funded in part by Catherine Wilson) and Phillip's Hall (funded by Mrs. James Phillips and Mrs. Kizzie Russell). Many photographs can be found at in the Katie Murrell Library on campus that depict the early years of the institution. The newest building in campus Fugitte Science building, a state-of-the-art building that houses both the Science Department and Mathematics Department. The Fugitte building was completed in the fall of 2007 and is equipped with the latest education technology.
Among the first buildings on campus were the current L.R. McDonald Administration Building (funded in part by Catherine Wilson) and Phillips Hall (funded by Mrs. James Phillips and Mrs. Kizzie Russell).
The John B. Begley Chapel was designed by E. Fay Jones, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. The two vertical cylindrical parts were inspired by rural farm storage silos. Gothic, Romanesque and Byzantine designs are found throughout the Begley Chapel. The chapel was named in honor of the college's chancellor who served as the college's sixth president, from 1977 to 1997.
The Katie Murrell Library is a 24,000-square-foot (2,200 m2) facility in the Holloway Building. A renovated and enlarged building was dedicated in 2002. As of December 2006, it had over 52,000 volumes; access to 106,000+ electronic titles; over 17,500 journal and magazine subscriptions in hard copy, microfilm and online formats; over 380,000 government documents and publications; and 44 Internet-accessible computers, Internet jacks, and a wireless network.
The Roberta D. Cranmer Dining Center is the dining hall for the students of Lindsey Wilson College and is also open to the public. The dining center has many meeting and conference rooms available to accommodate community organizations. The dining center offers three meals a day Monday through Friday and two meals offered on Saturday and Sunday. There is a variety of food that is served on eight different bars: the salad bar, fruit bar, the grill, main bar, pasta bar, breakfast bar, dessert section, and a special bar that includes ethnic food from different cultures. The Block & Barrel campus grill is located in the Student Union Building (SUB), which is centrally located on campus.
In April 2008, A wellness and fitness center was approved, along with a football team, marching band. A football field, baseball and softball complex will be built on the property owned by the college located on the Louie B. Nunn Parkway. The first football game is scheduled for September, 2010. The wellness center is scheduled to open in the fall of 2009.
Tuition at Lindsey Wilson College for the 2006-2007 school year is $14,852 or $592 per credit hour. There is an activity fee of $140, technology and computer fee of $0.90, room fee of $2,271, and a board fee of $3,892 to make a total of $20,082. The current President has stated that tuition can be expected to increase over the next several years. 98% of the students at Lindsey Wilson College receive financial aid.
There are four main types of financial aid that is offered at Lindsey Wilson College. They include grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.
Lindsey Wilson College's Campus Ministries are a vital part of campus life. Every student, regardless of his major, is welcomed to be involved in campus ministries.
Some scheduled activities include:
The Way: a contemporary worship service that offers a unique way to interact with the local community;
The Truth: a brief chapel service;
The Life: a contemporary, student-led worship service, and
Discipleship: The Discipleship wing of campus ministries is a relatively new ministry, and currently targets incoming freshmen, helping them with the transition to college life. One ministry divides freshmen into co-ed groups of 10-15, called "Freshmen Family Groups", and meet once a week for fellowship.
The Missions Study is conducted much like a Bible study in which various areas of the worldwide mission field are studied each week. In the past, this group has conducted a clothes drive benefiting the Mountain Methodist Mission, as well as collecting money for Samaritan's Purse.
The Small Group Ministry provides fellowship and Bible study for both co-ed and gender-specific groups.
Awakening is a ministry team that travels to local churches, conducting the service, and is made up of creative arts, drama and worship teams. This team seeks to "wake up" the Body of Christ. Awakening members also go on a mission trips during Lindsey Wilson's annual Fall Break—and has traveled to places such as China, New Mexico, Iowa, Boston, Kansas City, and Romania.
Rev. Troy Elmore is the current Chaplain and leader of the Christian Ministry at LWC. Assistant Chaplain include Laura Godby, Melanie Swofford, Carol Weddle, and Ben Martin. Dr. Terry Swan is the Dean of the Chapel.
Reference: Lindsey Wilson College. Campus Ministries [brochure]. (n.d.)
The college participates in several sports in the Mid-South Conference of the NAIA including basketball, softball, baseball, golf, tennis, soccer, track/field, and volleyball. The men's soccer team won the NAIA championship in 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2005. The women's soccer team won the 2004 and 2006 NAIA championship titles. They have recently added swimming/diving and wrestling for fall 2009. The Blue Raiders will also field a football team in 2010.
Under the guidance of Mrs. Misuzu 'Suzy' McAlpine, Director of International Student Programs since 1999, the enrollment for international students has grown from one student graduating in 1999 to 14 international students graduating in 2005. As of 2006, Lindsey Wilson College has 96 international students enrolled from over 40 countries.