Campbellsville celebrates 'there's NO place like homecoming!'

Campbellsville celebrates 'there's NO place like homecoming!'

Oct. 5, 2013
For Immediate Release

Jolene Thompson Lord, left, and Wilma Leslie Waff hadn't seen each other in 50 years. They were
roommates at Campbellsville College and wore the same wedding dress along with two other
of their friends. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joan C. McKinney)


By Samantha Stevenson, student news writer

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — It was a good Homecoming for Campbellsville University as alumni returned (including special reunions for the classes of 1953 and 1963), the CU Fighting Tigers won the football game 23 to 6, Ronnie Hord and Pat Cave Webster were honored as Distinguished Alumnus and Alumna, the parade brought many people to downtown Campbellsville and on campus and Mary Kate Young was crowned Homecoming queen.

Homecoming weekend, “there’s NO place like homecoming,” kicked off with a reception for the 1953 class on Oct. 3, a special convocation for the class of 1963 on Oct. 4 and all kinds of activities on Oct. 5.

Pat Cave Webster, second from left, and Ronnie Hord, fourth from left, received Distinguished
Alumna and Alumnus Awards, respectively, at Homecoming. From left are Dr. Michael V. Carter,
president; Webster; Paula Smith, director of alumni relations; Hord and Benji Kelly, vice president
for development. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joan C. McKinney)


Ronnie Hord, a 1967 alumnus, was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award, and Pat Cave Webster, a 1958 and 1960 alumna, won the Distinguished Alumna Award. Both are from Campbellsville. Dr. Michael V. Carter, president; Benji Kelly, vice president for development, and Paula Smith, director of alumni relations, presented the awards at a Homecoming reception.

Carter said, “Homecoming 2013 has been a great time for Campbellsville University as we welcomed back alumni and friends from across the nation.

“The current students benefit tremendously from interacting and visiting with alumni, and I always hear the common theme of how CU has helped thousands to find their calling. We are grateful to our faithful alumni and friends who support CU in so many ways.”

Smith said, “This was one of the best Homecomings ever! The theme “there’s NO place like homecoming!” brought alumni and friends together. What a great day in the life of CU!” The theme played on the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz.”

From left are Emily Shultz, last year's Homecoming queen; Erin Clarkson, second runner-up; Mary
Kate Young, queen; Audrey Wunderlich, first runner-up; and Brittany Salmon, freshman
attendant. (Campbellsville University Photo by Ye Wei "Vicky")


Mary Kate Young of Paris, Ky., representing Stapp Hall, was crowned queen. First runner-up was Audrey Wunderlich of Frankfort, Ky., representing Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), and second runner-up was Erin Clarkson of Leesburg, Ohio, representing Kentucky Association of Nursing Students (KANS). The freshman attendant was Brittany Salmon of Campbellsville.

Coach Perry Thomas’ Fighting Tigers defeated Kentucky Christian University’s Knights 23-6 on Citizens Bank Field at Finley Stadium.

The Residence Life float placed first in the competition with the Kentucky Association of Nursing Students (KANS) receiving second and Social Workers in Touch Can Help (SWITCH) placing third.


Among the reunion groups at Homecoming were from left: Mindy McCowan Lyons (’09), Christina Miller Kern (’10, M ’12); Maggie Argenbright (’10), Whitney Tingle (’10), Kelsey Davis Scanlon (’09), Rachel Crenshaw Tingle (’09, M ’11) with Presley; and Lauren Toadvine Morris (’10 and M ’11). (Campbellsville University Photo by Joan C. McKinney)

In the car show, that had 124 cars, trucks and motorcycles, John Blakemore of Lebanon, Ky., won Best of Show with a 1944 Ford pickup; Best Alumni Vehicle was won by Marvin Wells of Danville, Ky., a 1973 alumnus, with a 1966 Pontiac GTO, and Participants’ Choice was won by Ronald Rodgers of Liberty with a 1966 Chevelle SS.

Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth W. Winters, president and first lady of CU from 1988 to 1999, attended the Student Government Association breakfast reunion, and Winters performed the coin toss to start the football game.

Pictures from Homecoming can be found on Flickr at

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,600 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is

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