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Aug. 18, 2008

For Immediate Release




By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University’s School of Education hosted its second Future Educators of America (FEA) camp, which was sponsored by a $25,000 grant from the Kentucky Department of Education.

CU is the only private institution in Kentucky to serve as an FEA camp site, according to Dr. Donna Irwin, associate professor of education who is coordinator of the camp. The camp was co-directed by CU alumnae Laura Gordon (’03) and Kandice Spalding (’02).

FEA sophomore, junior and senior high school students from Kentucky attended the six-day camp. The students participated in various engaging activities and workshops, including listening to accomplished, experienced teachers, principals and administrators, Irwin said. She said campers interviewed and questioned these individuals about the education profession.

Students attending the second Future Educators of America camp at Campellsville University were from left: Kneeling – Autumn Vaughn and Bianca Taylor, both of Campbellsville High School. Second row -- Ashyya Robinson of Campbellsville, Vincent Taylor of Campbellsville, Donna Purdy of North Hardin High School, Sara Young of Elizabethtown High School, Alicia West of John Hardin High School, Brittany Estes of Green County High School, Laura Gordon, director; Angel Padilla-Thornton of Campbellsville, Chelsea Allen of Oldham County High School and Lindsay Bramble of Elizabethtown. Back row -- Kandice Spalding, director; Alice Miller, counselor, of Hardin County; Kendrick Johnson, counselor, of Hardin County; LaJuan Hazard of Campbellsville, Dana Etherington, counselor, of Pulaski County High School and Brittany Burnside of Marion County High School.

The campers experienced teaching a class of preschool children, as well as recreational activities such as archery, bowling and spending time at Green River Lake.

The students also researched and developed a camp project using the Campbellsville University FEA camp motto, “Aspire To Go Higher…TEACH!”

Irwin said the students chose one of three project options and created and presented their projects to the campers, faculty and public audience on the last day of the camp.

Brian Clifford, Taylor County Elementary School principal and a 2002  graduate of Campbellsville University, was the guest speaker on the last day of the camp.  “His motivation and expertise gave a lasting impression as he spoke to the campers on his experiences of being a teacher and principal,” Irwin said. 

“Campbellsville University hopes to host future FEA camps and encourages all high school students interested in the teaching profession to apply for a wonderful, educational opportunity found right here in the local community,” she said.

For more information, contact Irwin at or (270) 789-5241.

Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 2,405 students who represent 98 Kentucky counties, 25 states and 36 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2008 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 22nd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South and eighth in the South for “Great Schools, Great Prices.” CU has been ranked 15 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report. The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges®. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his tenth year as president.