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March 26, 2009

For Immediate Release


Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University’s School of Education building will hold a Prayer Walk Monday, March 30, at 4:30 p.m. in the new building at 302 N. Hoskins Ave., Campbellsville.

The Prayer Walk will serve as an act of dedication during the construction phase of the 14,000-square-foot building. Those attending will be able to write favorite scriptures on the floor of the building as an act of dedication of the building to the Lord.

Dr. Michael V. Carter, president, will give opening remarks with reflections on the past and projections for the future.

“The new School of Education building will house one of our largest educational programs and it will be a place from which newly trained teachers go into all the world to serve as Christian servant leaders,” Carter said.

“As we gather on March 30 for a time of prayer and posting of scriptures in the new building, we will thank God for the teachers this institution has already produced and pray for those who are studying here now and for those who will attend in the future.

“We are preparing this building to become a place in which Christ is honored and where teachers are prepared to help educate countless children and youth.”

Dr. Frank Cheatham, vice president for academic affairs, will give the welcome and invocation.

Further reflections will consist of reminisces by faculty, alumni and a student. Dr. Carol Garrison, professor of education, and William Myles, who taught education from 1959 to 1965, will give remarks concerning the past.

Alumni, all of whom are now professors in the School of Education, will give remarks on the past and present. These include: Don Cheatham, instructor in education, computer information systems; Dr. Beverly Ennis, assistant professor of education; Dr. Donna Irwin, associate professor of education; and Dr. Teresa Spurling, assistant professor of education.

Mallory Farquhar, a senior education major from Columbus, Ohio, will give a students’ dream of the future.

Dave Walters, vice president for admissions and student services, will lead in a responsive reading.

New Doxology, a music group of CU students led by Dr. Tony Cunha, assistant professor of music and associate dean, will perform. Dr. Robert VanEst, associate professor of education, will lead the closing and prayer.

Light refreshments and fellowship follow the ceremony.

The School of Education building plans to be open in fall 2009. It will house classrooms for students and offices for the School of Education faculty. It will also house the Campbell Children’s Literature Collection Room named after CU alumna Beulah Campbell of Campbellsville.

The School of Education has 19 programs with 14 faculty members. It is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), a national accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education authorized by the U.S. Department of Education. NCATE determines which schools, colleges, and departments of education meet rigorous national standards in preparing teachers and other school specialists for the classroom.

The CU School of Education’s mission is to prepare teachers for their respective fields by providing an academic infrastructure based on scholarship, service and Christian leadership.

The primary goal of the program is to advance scholars who are competent, caring and qualified, who can positively impact student leading and who are committed to life-long learning in a global society.

Everyone is invited to the Prayer Walk. For more information, contact the School of Education at (270) 789-5252 at

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 2,601 students who represent 93 Kentucky counties, 27 states and 31 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2009 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 22nd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South for the second consecutive year. CU has been ranked 16 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.