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student profile: Abby BIDDLE Thanks to a new program at Lindsey Wilson College, the city of Columbia now has an additional source to help the food insecure. The Campus Kitchen project at Lindsey Wilson College, which is sponsored by the Bonner Scholars Program, launched in September, 2016 and for the past several weeks has been providing warm meals to over 60 food insecure community members. The Campus Kitchen program focuses on using excess or leftover food that normally gets thrown out by restaurants or cafeterias as a main source of creating meals for the food insecure. Abby Biddle, an elementary education junior and campus kitchen coordinator, said that the program has exceeded her expectations already. “ “At first I was worried that there wouldn’t be enough support in terms of community food partners,” said Biddle. “However, we have a lot more food than we thought I’d like to see us feed we would get. We’ve had enough to provide weekly meals and add more people to even more people and our client list. We’ve moved from 40 clients to 60 clients quickly.” perhaps expand the Campus Kitchen has worked closely with the family resource center, Adair program to two or Friends and Neighbors, Agape House and others to identify the most needy clients. Biddle says that volunteers deliver the meals to clients as opposed to setting up one three meals a week.” location for the meals. “Many of our clients don’t have reliable means of transportation,” said Biddle. “Delivering the meals to them is the best method for the clients we serve.” While volunteer support has been encouraging, Biddle says that Campus Kitchen is always looking for more volunteers in order to expand its mission to more clients. “Campus Kitchen is not specifically just for Bonners,” said Biddle. “ We’ve had campus-wide support in the volunteer application process. But we’d really like to continue to grow a consistent base of volunteers for food delivery in order to reach more families. I’d like to see us feed even more people and perhaps expand the program to two or three meals a week.” Natalie Vickous, Bonner Program Coordinator, was instrumental in bringing a Campus Kitchen to LWC. She feels that the programs serves two major roles. “Not all schools are as service oriented as we are,” said Vickous. “President Luckey and Elise Luckey have always been supportive and mindful of service. I think that really fits into our mission here at the college, especially the part about learning and growing and feeling like a real human being. And this program not only helps to meet a need that our community has, but it also helps to empower students and allow them to see how they can change the world through their actions.” Vickous is impressed with what she has seen from student leaders. “It’s been exciting to see Abby grow in her leadership through this and also all of our other students who are stepping up into leadership roles,” said Vickous. “They can make a change in this community but also take what they’ve learned back to their homes or wherever they end up after they graduate from LWC.” 19

student profile: Airada Daamdee BRICKER “ ...I know what its like to be different and be in a new land, to experience a new culture.” Airada Daamdee Bricker is a role model for getting the most out of a college education. She’s also a role model for her family and a living example of the American dream. Bricker, a psychophysiology sophomore, is involved in several clubs and organizations including: Student Government Association, Bonner Volunteers, Upward Bound and the marching band. She also serves as a tutor. Bricker broke new ground at LWC when she was selected field commander for the LWC marching band, the first time a freshman has held that honor. She was also elected LWC’s 2016 homecoming queen by her peers. But being crowned queen wasn’t the most memorable thing she experienced homecoming weekend. Less than 24 hours before her crowning, she became a naturalized U.S. citizen. “That was a really big weekend for me,” Bricker said. “Others at the naturalization interview asked me if I was going to go party. I said, No, I’m going to go practice.” Bricker said it was humbling that her classmates voted her to be homecoming queen. “I didn’t think I would win,” she said. “I told my family to not expect very much.” Bricker is from Elizabethtown, Ky., but she was born in Thailand. When she was 8, she and her mother immigrated to the United States. Bricker said she is driven to be successful because of a promise she made to her family. “My whole family – my grandparents, aunts, uncles and nieces – are in Thailand,” she said. “They are my motivation. We didn’t come from a wealthy family. We started at the bottom and are still working our way up.” “My grandparents have experienced a rough life, and have lived in poverty. My mom went through it as well, she didn’t have the chance to finish high school. In a way, I’m their hope and their chance to have a better life. There’s a lot of pressure on me to do well in school because I promised them that someday I’ll be able to take care of them.” Bricker said it was difficult to immigrate to America. Because of her experience, she works with LWC’s International Student Program. “We play together, pray together, study and eat together,” she said. “I am passionate about it because I know what it feels like to be different and be in a new land, to experience a completely new culture. The least I could do is give them guidance and be a person they can go to when they need help, love, and support.” Bricker said the people have been the best thing about her LWC experience. “Lindsey has made a huge impact on my life and my faith,” she said, “I am surrounded by so many great people who have helped me find my way.” Recently, Bricker won first place at a student showcase event called “Lindsey’s Got Talent.” She dedicated her performance to one of those friends she met at LWC. “I represented her on the stage because she has been such a great friend and has helped me through so much,” she said, “She was homeless before coming to Lindsey, and she has no support from her family. The first-place prize was money and I gave it to my friend to show support and to say thank you.” Bricker plans to attend medical school after LWC. “Originally I was signed up as a biology major but switched because I also enjoyed the psychology aspect of psychophysiology,” she said. “I plan on going to medical school, so it’s a perfect major for me. I couldn’t imagine being in a better program or at a better school. I just love this place and the people here.” 20

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