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Joan C. McKinney
"Find out what your heart belongs to, and you will be well on your way to determining your legacy," Susan Blevins, a 1984 graduate of Campbellsville University who is a full-time assistant professor of education at her alma mater, said to the best and the brightest of Central Kentucky Scholars Saturday night at CU.
Blevins is part of a CU legacy with her father, Jimmy, having graduated from CU in 1962, and her daughter, Anne Russell Blevins, graduating in 2012. All belong to the Manion legacy of teachers.
Blevins told the high school seniors about her life struggles with cancer and the death of her husband and how she was a high school teacher for 24 years before she retired and "came home" to CU.
Shajuana Ditto, a graduate of the class of 2009 who now is a teacher at Meade County High School where she is the head girls' volleyball and basketball coach, said her coming to CU "was the best decision that I have ever made in my entire life."
Ditto said CU helped advance her spiritual life immensely. She enjoyed being able to pray before classes, in the cafeteria and during worship experiences throughout the week.
"What made my college experience so amazing was the unlimited opportunity to engage in extracurricular activities, the motivation to serve others and the amazing staff that supported my growth as an individual," Ditto said.
Dr. Michael V. Carter, who is in his 14th year as president at CU, told the students that the university embodies great truth and good Christian integrity and respect.
He told the students it is amazing to see where graduates of CU are now and "there is no better way to look at the final product of a university than her graduates."
Whitney Frields Mathis, a 2010 graduate of CU who is now an admissions counselor for the Western Kentucky area, told the scholars "we care for you as an individual."
She said she was homeschooled, and "I had the opportunity at CU that I would never have had at a bigger school."
She said, "You are bright students and a very selective group of students." She discussed academic programs and activities at CU as well as scholarships and financial aid available.
"You're more than your ID number at Campbellsville University," she said.
Dave Walters, vice president for admissions and student services, gave the blessing for the meal and the closing prayer was given by Adam Reynolds, a graduate student at CU who is admissions counselor for the out of state area.
The Central Kentucky Scholars from Campbellsville are Grace Arnold, Cassidy Blair, Erin Cox and Emily Florence.
The scholars were recognized at the CU vs. Union College football game following the dinner.