CU President Speaks at First Chapel of Semester

CU President Speaks at First Chapel of Semester

Sept. 1, 2009

For Immediate Release




By Rachel Crenshaw, student news writer


CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky.—Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University, challenged students and faculty to “set your standards high” at the first chapel series of the 2009-2010 academic school year Aug. 26 at the Ransdell Chapel.

Dr. Michael V. Carter, president, spoke to the incoming students and faculty, staff and coaches at the first chapel of the new school year Aug. 27. He advised students, “set your standards high, expect much, and ask the Lord Jesus Christ to be your partner as you face the challenges of life.” (Campbellsville University Photo by André Tomaz)

In his address, Carter asked the students to “expect much and ask the Lord Jesus Christ to be your partner as you face challenges.” In addition, Carter advised the students to keep safety first and to pay careful attention to the threat of the H1N1 virus by taking the appropriate sanitary precautions.


Hope for the future was the theme of the responsive reading by Shajuana Ditto, admissions counselor, and Dr. Skip Alexander, pastor of Campbellsville Baptist Church.


Carter joined Dr. Frank Cheatham, vice president for academic affairs, in presenting Dr. Helen Mudd, director of the CU Baccalaureate Social Work program, with the non-tenured faculty award.


Cheatham said in his introduction, “This faculty member exemplifies service as her middle name.” Mudd has worked on special fundraising campaigns such as Cardboard Nation and Prevent Child Abuse, and serves on state advisory and community boards. She is director of the Public Child Welfare Certification program for the Carver School BSW program and has served as an advisor for the SWITCH CLUB (Social Workers in Touch Can Help) since coming to CU.


Christina Miller, a senior from Danville, Ky., president of Campbellsville University’s Student Government Association (SGA), presented the challenge to the students of 2009-2010. She said, “I dare you to make a goal for yourself and join the SGA in its efforts for a united campus through servant leadership.” She invited everyone to participate in SGA week coming up Sept. 8-11. (Campbellsville University Photo by André Tomaz)


New faculty members were welcomed by Carter and Cheatham and introduced to the assembly. They included:

Dr. Russell Barclay, visiting professor of public relations; Bill Cassell, assistant professor of criminal justice; Michelle Dickens, clinical instructor of nursing; Dr. Joe Early, assistant professor of theology;


Dale Furkin, instructor of English; Dr. Candace Hansford, assistant professor of social work; Nicole Loy, clinical instructor of nursing; Ashlee Matney, instructor in mathematics; Dr. Sam Melloy, assistant professor of education; Dr. Ann Moor, associate professor of business;


Dr. Matthew Oliver, assistant professor of English; Nadina Olmedo, visiting professor of Spanish; Mary Lou Stephens, assistant professor of social work; Davie Reneau, assistant professor of art; and Bob Wade, assistant professor and dean of nursing.

Chapel is open to the public free of charge, designed to provide opportunities for corporate worship and exposure through of a variety of informative speakers and presentations.


All chapel programs are televised live on WLCU-TV-4 (Comcast Cable channel 10) and are streamed live on the Internet at by clicking on Media, selecting to WLCU, then following the prompts to live video streaming.

For chapel information, call the Office of Campus Ministries at 270-789-5227.


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 2010 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 23rd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South and fourth in “up-and-coming” schools in the south. CU has been ranked 17 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report. The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges® and to G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his 11th year as president.