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CU alumni and friends can buy new license plate

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By The Staff

Campbellsville University alumni and friends can now buy a newly-designed license plate to support CU.

The new license plate went on sale Jan. 2 at all county clerk's offices.

The original license plate design, which included all 20 independent colleges with a common background and color scheme, reached the end of its state-mandated five-year life cycle in 2007.

With recent advances in license plate printing technology and the cooperation between the Association for Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, an opportunity developed for AIKCU campuses to develop their own identities.

Now, instead of only having a sticker for distinction, each private college and university will have its own unique plate design.

"We are extremely thrilled about our new license plate design," said CU President Dr. Michael V. Carter.

The license plate was designed by Mauro Cavassana, public relations specialist in the Office of University Communications at CU. The design was awarded an "Excellent" at the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education Conference in northern Kentucky in December 2007.

"I encourage everyone to buy the Campbellsville University license plate to show off our institution, and at the same time, support the general scholarship fund that helps keep CU an affordable place to find your calling," Carter said.

The new license plates will cost $44 to purchase or renew in 2008, and $31 to renew in subsequent years. Plate renewal is by birth month, but you must check with your local county clerk about early renewals, as some counties have restrictions on renewing early.

Ten dollars from the sale of each plate is returned directly to each college's general scholarship fund.

The license plate sales are also part of a "Battle of the Bumpers" competition sponsored by AIKCU, which challenges supporters of the 20 independent colleges to outsell each other and see who can raise the most money for student scholarships.

Centre College has won the "Battle of the Bumpers" competition for the past four years and was followed closely by Transylvania University last year, with Georgetown College coming in third place.

"Our new, unique license plate design will be sure to stand out amongst other college and university plates, and we want to be sure to give those other schools a run for their money in the 'Battle of the Bumpers' competition while raising money for our scholarship fund," said Benji Kelly, vice president for development at CU.

Plates must be purchased from a resident's local county clerk's office. For more information, visit www.MVL.ky.gov and follow the link to "License Plates" or "County Clerk."

- Ashley Sidebottom is a staff writer in the Campbellsville University Office of Communications.