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CU receives The Gheens Foundation grant

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Linda Waggener

Campbellsville University

Campbellsville University has received a grant from The Gheens Foundation to provide for placement of the new "CU 360" system on the Simmons College campus in Louisville.

"This is exactly the type of project that The Gheens Foundation likes to approve," said Carl M. Thomas, executive director of the foundation, at a recent check presentation. Louisville.

Thomas said he knew the late C. Edwin and Mary Jo Gheens would be smiling down on the group assembled there because of their deep Baptist roots and dedication to education.

Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University, and Dr. Kevin Cosby, president of Simmons College of Kentucky, received a check from The Gheens Foundation in the amount of $20,000 to install a teleconferencing center on the Simmons campus.

The new initiative grows out of the historic covenant partnership agreement signed by Carter and Cosby nearly five years ago.

Carter said, "We are very grateful for the opportunity The Gheens Foundations has afforded our two schools for this idea whose time has come, reaching multiple sites in a split second. It is a very exciting day as we further our partnership."

Campbellsville University and Simmons College faculty, staff and students will use the "CU 360" technology. A CU faculty member may sign in on the main Campbellsville campus to teach a course with students at Simmons and other sites linked into the class instantaneously and have complete ability by all involved to interact and participate.

The teleconferencing capability provides both institutions with the ability to participate and interact with groups at any similar site across the nation and world.