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trustee profile: Leighton & Amanda MAIN Amanda and Leighton Mains’ support of Lindsey Wilson College started small. When Amanda was a student in the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law and Leighton was a new teacher in Louisville, Ky., the young alumni couple began to give $20 a year to their alma mater. They made the gifts as a way to show their love for their alma mater and also to show their gratitude to those who supported them when they were LWC students. More than 15 years after they first started to give to LWC, the Mains established the Vicki “ Because of the generosity of those that loved this school, this wonderful opportunity was made available to us.” Main Endowed Scholarship, named in honor of Leighton’s late mother. “This college means so much to me and my family because it is my family,” said Amanda, who is a 1996 LWC graduate and a member of the Lindsey Wilson Board of Trustees. One of three children, Amanda was a first-generation college student at LWC. Education was valued by both of her parents – her father was an Army veteran who worked at a printing plant in Louisville and her mother was an immigrant from Thailand who earned a GED when she came to America with Amanda’s father. “My parents valued education, and they wanted nothing more than for their three children to have educational opportunities,” she said. “For as much as my parents valued education, they had not saved enough money for me or my sisters to go to college. … so I was going to have to do it largely through scholarship money.” Although LWC was not the first school on Amanda’s list of prospective colleges, she fell in love with the college on her first visit. “It was still just as lovely as it is today,” she said. “In meeting with the students, teachers and staff, it really came across to me that the people were here because they wanted to be here, not because they had to be here. And by the end of my visit, I wanted to be here as well. … I truly believe that I was meant to be here.” Amanda received a Presidential Scholarship to attend Lindsey Wilson, and Leighton, who graduated in 1997, received a soccer scholarship. “Because of the generosity of those that loved this school, this wonderful opportunity was made available to us,” she said. While in law school, Amanda was an editor of UofL’s law review, and she graduated in the top five of her class. She then went on to work at one of Kentucky’s larger law firms before joining the in-house legal team at Louisville-based Brown-Forman Corp. “My Lindsey Wilson education laid the groundwork for all of that,” Amanda said. “It really is an amazing thing to look back on and contemplate right now. I could never pay back Lindsey Wilson for all of the blessings it has given me.” 25

alumni profile: Fina SIMPSON ’50 “ We all thought that American colleges were wonderful because this was the time when we saw a lot of movies set at colleges in America, so we all wanted to go to one.” Fina Simpson made history at Lindsey Wilson College. The 1950 alumna was one of the first Cuban natives to attend LWC. Thanks to a connection with the Rev. V.P. Henry, Simpson enrolled at Lindsey Wilson in the fall of 1949. Her parents had met Henry, who served as LWC’s third president from 1942- 54, when they attended Candler College in Havana. Before he came to Columbia, Henry’s ministry included a stint in Cuba, and Candler was an independent college operated by the Methodist church from 1899 until it was nationalized by the island’s communist government in 1961. Simpson earned one of two scholarships to attend LWC. Her enrollment marked the beginning of almost two dozen Cuban students who enrolled at LWC in the 1950s, thanks in large part to the contacts Henry had made while ministering in the Caribbean nation. Simpson said she was attracted to LWC not only because of President Henry, but also because of the portrayal of U.S. colleges and universities in the movies. “We all thought that American colleges were wonderful because this was the time when we saw a lot of movies set at colleges in America, so we all wanted to go to one,” she said. Simpson’s journey to LWC was not an easy one. After arriving in Miami, she boarded a bus to Columbia, but not without a little difficulty. “The lady at the travel agency in Miami had a hard time finding Lindsey Wilson, where it was and which bus I needed to take to get there,” Simpson said. While at LWC, Simpson worked in the college library, under the direction of legendary librarian Katie A. Murrell. That experience helped Simpson eventually find her calling later in life as a librarian at the Western Kentucky University Glasgow Campus library. “She was just a very sweet, friendly person,” Simpson said of Murrell. “I learned about the Dewey Decimal System from her, and I also learned a lot of idiomatic expressions from her. When I came to Lindsey Wilson, I knew English enough to manage very well, but I didn’t know idiomatic expressions until I worked for Miss Katie.” Simpson only spent a year at LWC because her father wanted her to return home. Simpson, who lives in Glasgow, Ky., said she still has several fond memories from that year she spent on The Hill – the chief among them meeting her future husband, Maxwell. The two were married in December 1950 by Simpson’s brother, Ernesto. Maxwell, who died in 2005, eventually brought the family back to the Glasgow area. Simpson said that it was fun to be a trailblazer for the other Cuban students who followed her at LWC. “At first I didn’t think anything about it, but it was very interesting for a lot of the people from Adair County because many of them had not encountered Spanish-speaking people before us,” she said. “Then we realized that what we were doing was making it possible for other students from our country to come to Lindsey Wilson.” While an LWC student, Simpson accompanied Henry to area churches, where she told local congregations about life in Cuba. Although Cuba has recently re-established diplomatic ties with the United States, Simpson said she doesn’t have much interest in returning to her native country. Her children have expressed interest in visiting where their mother grew up, but Simpson said she doesn’t long to see Havana again. “All of my family is dead now. I’m the only one left,” she said. “The Cuba I grew up with is gone. I’ve had friends who I grew up with go back and come back very depressed because of what they’ve seen there.” 26

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