Campbellsville University holds ‘Best of the Bluegrass’ Homecoming; Lindy Forbes is Distinguished Alumna; Jesslyn McCandless is Homecoming Queen

Campbellsville University holds ‘Best of the Bluegrass’ Homecoming; Lindy Forbes is Distinguished Alumna; Jesslyn McCandless is Homecoming Queen

Oct. 15, 2016
For Immediate Release

By Joan C. McKinney, coordinating director

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University’s Homecoming 2016 theme was “Best of the Bluegrass,” and it showed throughout the many events held on campus Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14 and 15.

Lindy Forbes of Campbellsville, a class of 1987 member and an educator, was named Distinguished Alumna.

The Campbellsville University Marching Band led the parade in downtown Campbellsville in new uniforms. This was the 25th anniversary of the band. (Campbellsville University Photo by Drew Tucker)

Forbes taught in Barren, Green and Hart County School Systems of which the last 10 years were spent teaching science to middle schoolers. She retired three years ago and is enjoying writing, painting and traveling.

Her mother, Betty Forbes of Hardyville, Ky., was named an Honorary Alumna.

Lindy Forbes, second from left, receives the Campbellsville University Distinguished Alumna Award from Dr. Michael V. Carter, president, left; Dr. Benji Kelly, vice president for development; and Darryl Peavler, director of alumni relations. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joan C. McKinney)

Ricky Skaggs, right, watches lead guitarist Jake Workman during the concert. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joshua Williams)

Bluegrass musician Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder held a concert on Thursday, Oct. 13, to kick off Homecoming festivities. Ransdell Chapel was nearly full for the concert.

Homecoming Queen Jesslyn McCandless receives a hug from Mary Kate Young Rodgers, the 2013 Homecoming Queen, after she was crowned queen. (Campbellsville University Photo by Drew Tucker)

Jesslyn McCandless, a junior social work major from Elizabethtown, Ky., was crowned 2016 Campbellsville University Homecoming Queen at Homecoming today. She represented the Student Government Association.

First runner-up was Destiny Farlow of Elkton, a sophomore from represented Stapp Hall. Second runner-up was Mary-Kate Shelby, a senior elementary education major from Ridgeland, Miss., who represented the Women’s Village Phase 4.

Freshman attendant was Allie Lambert from New Albany, Ind. She is majoring in biology.

The float winner was International Student Association who won $300. Second was Sigma Zeta, winning $200 and third was Baptist Campus Ministry, winning $100.

The Fighting Tigers enter Citizens Bank Field at the start of the game. They lost a close game to Bethel University 59 to 53. (Campbellsville University Photo by Drew Tucker) 

The Campbellsville University Fighting Tigers lost a heartbreaker to Bethel University 59 to 53.

The Class of 1966 was inducted into the Golden Heritage Club, for those who graduated 50 years ago and earlier. The men who lived in the Lebanon House also had a reunion.

The Tiger Marching Band held its 25th anniversary with Dr. David McCullough, the first band director, returning from Alabama to direct the band made up of around 50 alumni and current members.

Diane Golder, aunt of Fighting Tiger Jordan Duff, no. 23, cheers on the team. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joshua Williams)

Artists who display work in the Chowning Art Shop were honored with a reception before a show of their work in the Turner Log Cabin.

Former music professor, Dr. Ronnie Smith, who also coached tennis at CU, met with several alumni at a reunion in his honor.

Other reunions involved softball alumni and men’s wrestling.

There were 112 cars in the 24th annual Homecoming Car Cruise. The Exie Boys performed at the annual Homecoming Breakfast Buffet.

The Homecoming Car Cruise celebrated 24 years with 112 cars on display. (Campbellsville University Photo by Drew Tucker)

“Little Women: The Musical” was performed by the Department of Theater with the last performance being Sunday, Oct. 16 at 2:30 p.m. in Russ Mobley Theater.

It was the first Homecoming spearheaded by Darryl Peavler, who became director of alumni relations in July.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,500 students offering over 80 programs of study including 24 master’s degrees, seven postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is

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About 50 former Campbellsville University Tiger Marching Band members gathered for a photo with Dr. David McCullough, the first director of the band, for their 25th anniversary. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joshua Williams)

Alumni and friends visited the Homecoming Car Cruise at the entrance to campus. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joshua Williams) 

Exie Boys perform at Homecoming Breakfast Buffet.
The Exie Boys performs during the Homecoming Breakfast Buffet. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joan C. McKinney)

Artist Carolyn Ogden, left, discusses Linda J. Cundiff's acrylic painting with Kyrsten Hill, a senior at Campbellsville High School, who is also an artist and who is doing an internship at Campbellsville University. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joan C. McKinney)

Rozy Kuriger Snider, a 1988 graduate, gives her lunch ticket to Vickie Senior and her husband, B.J., a 1968 graduate, a member of the Alumni Board. At far left is Tim Snider, Rozy's husband. They are the parents of Campbellsville University senior Jordan Snider. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joan C. McKinney) 

The Tiger Marching Band congratulates the Fighting Tigers Football Team. (Campbellsville University Photo by Jordan Snider)

Diana Derringer, a 1972 graduate, signs a copy of her new book, "Beyond Bethelem and Calvary: 12 Dramas for Christmas, Easter and More!" for Juanita Herron. Also, Paul E. Osborne, a member of the Campbellsville University Board of Trustees and a former mayor of Campbellsville, signed his book, "A Mayor's Diary," and talked with Campbellsville University president Michael V. Carter. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joshua Williams)