Carver School of Social Work and Counseling graduates 51 at Campbellsville University

Carver School of Social Work and Counseling graduates 51 at Campbellsville University

May 29, 2015
For Immediate Release

Master's of Social Work were hooded at Campbellsville University Carver School of Social Work and Counseling's graduation celebration. From left: Front row - Erin Johnson, Kyle Perkins, Erica Cowan, Shelley Crawford, Anita Mudd, Debra Smith, Jordan Atwell, Rachel Abbott and Kelly Buck. Back row: Billy Fore, Stephanie Doss, Amy Dill, Rachel Spalding, Emily Campbell, Christy Morris, Olivia Buckman and Sabina Massey. (Campbellsville University Photo by Drew Tucker)


By Drew Tucker, communications assistant

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – “This spring, Carver programs are contributing 51 new graduates to the field that helps people improve their lives,” Dr. Darlene Eastridge, dean of Campbellsville University’s Carver School of Social Work and Counseling, said during a pinning and hooding ceremony May 8 in The Gheens Recital Hall in the Gosser Fine Arts Center on campus.

Eastridge said the pinning was a milestone for all of the graduates from CU’s Somerset, Louisville and Campbellsville locations.

“The Carver School and its mission to prepare Christian servant leaders is proud to add these new alumni to the current social workers and counselors that are working out in the field,” she said.

In addition to achieving their academic goals, the graduates also had to care for children, aging parents, conduct home maintenance, fill public jobs while working on field placements and also participate in mission and church activities.

“Their commitment to complete this degree is remarkable and demonstrates their passion to change the world,” she said. “The events of today are not a rite of passage, but rather from effort and achievement by our graduating students.”

There were students from the main campus of Campbellsville University, CU's Louisville Education Center, and CU's Larry and Beverly Noe Somerset Education Center who graduated with a bachelor's degree in social work. From left: Front row - Candy Rogers, Kristy Parmley, Ashley Keller, Chasity Leeann Jones, Autumn McKinley, Karen Bhatti, Courtney Chumbley, Amber Taylor, Cheyenne Gwilt, Kalyn Barnett, and Kari Salyers. Back row - Olivia Murphy, Lauren Moore, James Hadley, Haley Bumgardner, Emily Jewell, Alyssa Bryant, Lydia Flowers, Brent Rice and Jonathan Keith. (Campbellsville University Photo by Drew Tucker)

Anne Adcock, assistant professor of BSW and director of the CU Larry and Beverly Noe Somerset Education Center, and Dr. Helen Mudd, associate professor of social work, presented special honor awards.

The first honor award was for the Social Work Club.

“These folks have given an expert effort into the work of that club and what the club does, which includes participating in projects that serve their community,” she said.

Adcock said the students found charities and organizations that could use their help. They worked in homeless shelters, food banks and domestic violence shelters.

“All of this is to fulfill the mission of CU by creating Christian servant leaders,” she said.

The Social Work Club award winners are: Autumn McKinley of Somerset, Ky.; Lydia Flowers of Shepherdsville, Ky.; Kalyn Barnett of Burkesville, Ky.; Lauren Moore of Sturgis, Ky.; Kristy Parmley of Monticello, Ky.; Chasity Leeann Jones of Booneville, Miss.; and Ashley Keller of Eubank, Ky.

The other special honor award was for the Public Child Welfare Certification Program, where students planned early on to commit to working for child protective services upon graduation.

The PCWCP award winners are: Jonathan Keith of New Albany, Ind.; Kari Danielle Salyers of Frankfort, Ky.; Kalyn Barnett and Lauren Moore.

Dr. Jennifer Lanham, assistant professor of social work, introduced the Phi Alpha Honor Society’s candidates.

“These candidates have been elected by the society on the basis of their scholarly achievement and interest in social work. The highest honor one can achieve in social work at the Carver School of Social Work and Counseling is being extended to you because you are a proven candidate for initiation and have met all the requirements of our organization,” she said.

Lanham said the students had demonstrated a commitment to the standards, ethics and goals of the social work profession.

“Phi Alpha means love of humanity,” she said. “The society feels these candidates are dedicated to the idea of service to humanity.”

Nina Knight, right, was presented a hood for her master's of marriage and family therapy from Dr. Darlene Eastridge, dean of Campbellsville University's Carver School of Social Work and Counseling. (Campbellsville University Photo by Drew Tucker)

The Phi Alpha candidates are: Jonathan Keith, Brent Rice of Louisville, Ky; Kalyn Barnett, Alyssa Bryant of Lancaster, Ky.; Courtney Chumbley of Danville, Ky.; Emily Jewell of Greensburg, Ky.; Kari Danielle Salyers; Karen Bhatti of Somerset, Ky.; James Hadley of Somerset, Ky.; Chasity Leeann Jones; Shelley Crawford of Mt. Eden, Ky.; Stephanie Doss of Glasgow, Ky.; Billy Fore of Corbin, Ky.; Erin Johnson of Campbellsville, Ky.; Sabina Massey of Lexington, Ky.; Anita Kate Mudd of Bardstown, Ky.; Jordan Atwell of Buffalo, Ky.; Emily Campbell of Louisville, Ky.; and Erica Cowan of Campbellsville, Ky.

Lanham charged them to recognize and encourage scholastic achievement among the students who are majoring in social work, agree to improve and further the goal and objectives of social work by encouraging objectivity and awareness of current developments and practices in the areas and fields of social work and to stimulate research for a career in social work.

Darrell Locke, assistant professor of social work, introduced the baccalaureates of social work, who were hooded by Adcock and Renee Sartin, assistant professor of social work and site director of at CU’s Louisville Education Center.

The following received a baccalaureate of social work: Kalyn Barnett; Karen Bhatti; Alyssa Bryant; Haley Bumgardner of Winchester, Ky.; Courtney Chumbley; Lydia Flowers; Cheyenne Gwilt of Louisville, Ky.; James Hadley; Emily Jewell; Chasity Leeann Jones; Jonathan Keith; Ashley Keller; Autumn McKinley; Lauren Moore; Olivia Murphy of Mt. Sterling, Ky.; Kristy Parmley; Brent Rice; Candy Rogers of Paoli, Ind.; Kari Danielle Salyers; and Amber Taylor of Campbellsville, Ky.

Locke also introduced the master’s of social work candidates, who were hooded by Eastridge and Mudd.

The following received a master of social work: Rachel Abbott Stanford, Ky.; Marshall Allen of Bardstown, Ky.; Jordan Atwell; Jana Bowmer of Jamestown, Ky.; Kelly Buck of Campbellsville, Ky.; Olivia Buckman of Lebanon, Ky.; Emily Campbell; Donna Cole of Clay City, Ky.; Erica Cowan; Shelley Crawford; Amy Dill of Lancaster, Ky.; Stephanie Doss; Billy Fore; Deborah Haynes of Jamestown, Ky.; Erin Johnson; Sabina Massey; Almeta McGlothlin of Science Hill, Ky.; Christy Morris of Campbellsville, Ky.; Anita Mudd; Caleb Pate of Louisville, Ky.; Kyle Perkins of North Pole, Alaska; Debra Smith of Heidrick, Ky.; and Rachel Spalding of Lebanon, Ky.

Nina Knight of Hardyville, Ky. received a master of marriage and family therapy.

Sartin performed an a cappella version of “The Lord’s Prayer” and Kelly Joplin, assistant professor of the MFT program, gave the benediction.

Picture of the even can be found on CU's Flickr page at

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,500 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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