This weekend, alumni and friends of Campbellsville University will visit our community to celebrate CU's many accomplishments during homecoming.
Those who haven't visited in a while will notice some changes. Just in the past few years, we've seen the addition of the E. Bruce Heilman Student Center, the School of Nursing, the Ransdell Chapel and Gosser Gymnasium. Next on the construction agenda is a new School of Business and Economics.
But it's not just physical changes that are worth noting.
For the 17th consecutive semester, Campbellsville University has achieved a record enrollment with 2,601 students. There are now 43 academic programs and 15 master's programs in addition to online courses.
Campbellsville is continuously recognized by U.S.News & World Report as one of the "Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the South."
No wonder so many return for the annual homecoming activities.
But if meeting up with former classmates and seeing favorite teachers isn't enough, there is a multitude of activities scheduled - from the annual football game, barbecue, pep rally, reunions, parade and festival to the car and motorcycle show, an art exhibit, pancake breakfast and a theater production.
And all the people who attend these activities will be visiting our community. They will stay in our motels, shop in our stores and eat in our restaurants.
That's why it's important for us to put our best foot forward as a community. We need to show our visitors just why Campbellsville is so special. And that Campbellsville University is large part of who we are.
Leadership, scholarship, fellowship ... these three words are a permanent part of the official Campbellsville University seal. And the CU staff does its best to make sure they're also a part of the lives of every graduate who crosses the commencement stage each May.
Long a part of CU's motto, students are encouraged to "Find your calling," at CU.
Apparently, they're doing just that.