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Campbellsville University recently added a chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, a national honor society for students in religious studies and theology programs, and inducted 12 students and three faculty moderators.
To be eligible, students must have a 3.5 grade point average in religious studies and/or theology and a 3.0 GPA overall. Residency, class ranking and unit requirements must also be met.
The following students from Campbellsville University were inducted: Sarah Adkins of Somerset, Kelly Dillard of Campbellsville, Melody Hall of Bowling Green, Josh Hardesty of Owensboro, Brian Isaacs of Lancaster, Tim Johnson of Campbellsville, Wade McGuire of Scottsville, Leland Merritt of Jacksonville, Fla., Daniel Motley of Scottsville, Joshua Petrey of Eubank, Jesse Reese of Old Bridge, N.J., and Micah Spicer of Wingo.
The faculty members initiated were: Dr. J. Dwayne Howell, associate professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, moderator; Dr. Joe Early, assistant professor of theology, assistant moderator; and Dr. Jarvis Williams, assistant professor of New Testament and Greek, assistant moderator.
Dr. Bob Dunston, professor of religion and department chair at the University of the Cumberlands and national treasurer of Theta Alpha Kappa, was guest speaker at the induction ceremony.
Dunston told students their induction into Theta Alpha Kappa "means that you have decided to be more than just average or above average. You have decided to be excellent, at least academically."
Theta Alpha Kappa began in 1976 by Professor Albert Clark at Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y. Since then, the organization has grown to more than 200 chapters nationally. It is the only national honor society dedicated to recognizing academic excellence in baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate students and in scholars in the fields of religious studies and theology.
- Ashley Zsedenyi is a staff writer at Campbellsville University.