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Christina L. Kern
Students have begun making their way to Campbellsville University for fall sports, marching band and more as night classes begin Monday, Aug. 27, and day classes begin Tuesday, Aug. 28.
New students move in Saturday, Aug. 25, and all returning students move in Sunday, Aug. 26.
"We are excited about the beginning of the 2012-2013 academic year," Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University, said.
"Our fall enrollment looks to be another record, and we are unveiling additional academic programs that will attract new students to Campbellsville University.
"A new residence hall for men is opening, a new student commons and coffee shop in Montgomery Library is opening, construction has started on CU's new Alumni & Friends Park which is the new entrance into the campus, and we have a new men's swimming program and several new junior varsity teams. Campbellsville University is on the move."
CU's newest academic program is graphic design in the art department; the RN-to-BSN program for the School of Nursing began this past May.
CU expects to have more than 1,000 students living on campus. More than 400 students are already busy with activities on campus for fall sports, marching band and more.
Faculty members also show their excitement as students move back to campus.
Dr. Shane Garrison, assistant professor of educational ministries, describes what campus is like as students return. "Cross country runners pounding the campus mile in the early morning hours. Whistles blowing and helmets crunching in the late afternoons on the practice field. Sounds of the drumline working on the cadence from behind Gosser. I love the sounds of the new school year.
"The campus returns to a buzz of activity. The dining hall is packed. The sidewalks are filled with passing traffic. Parking places become a rare commodity. And then it happens. I walk into my first classes and see a whole new batch of students ready to learn. There is nothing like it on earth. I love my job," Garrison said.
Dr. Rick Corum, associate dean and professor of business administration, said, "I am excited about having the students back on campus for a new school year. They bring the campus to life; they are the reason why we are here. God has continued to bless us with young, impressionable minds and we have a great opportunity to impact their life forever."
Dr. Wendy Davis, associate professor of history, said she is excited for the upcoming year as she begins plans to attend the presidential inauguration with students again this year. She coordinated the last trip to the 2009 inauguration.
Evening classes begin Monday, Aug. 27, after 5 p.m. All other classes begin Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 8 a.m.
There are 35 student activities planned in the first two weeks of classes for Welcome Week and Freshman Week. For the full schedule of activities, visit www.campbellsville.edu/welcome-week.
Andrew Ward, director of student activities and intramurals, said, "We're very excited to have 35 events in two weeks. This is a great opportunity for students to get connected right away. Welcome Week and Freshman Week is always a great time of the year, and this year going to be our biggest and best that we've had so far."
There is still time to enroll for the fall semester at Campbellsville University. Contact the Office of Admissions for more information at 789-5220.