From the Editor

From the Editor

From the Editor...

            It is a pleasure to welcome readers to this third volume of The Campbellsville Review. The Review began in 2002 through the efforts of founding editor Mark Medley. Its first two volumes were published under his editorship. Like faculty journals in other institutions of higher learning, The Campbellsville Review quickly established an air of scholarship and research on campus which came to be recognized both internally and externally. Readers will find that same level of scholarship and academic inquiry in these pages as well.

 
           In the dozen or so years since Campbellsville College was renamed  Campbellsville  University, the pace of change  has accelerated beyond anyone’s imagination. This “fourth season” of success, as it is occasionally referred to, has seen enormous growth in the student body and campus facilities. This growth was  signaled over the past year when the number of full-time faculty reached one hundred, an unimaginable figure when this writer arrived on  the scene twenty-six years ago to join forty-two other faculty members.

            Among the many developments in recent years  has been the construction of Ransdell Chapel. This facility marked the fulfillment of the dream of many in the University community as the institution sought to enhance its mission in Christian higher education.  Two articles in this issue chronicle the development of the facility, and the editor expresses appreciation to President Michael V. Carter for accepting his invitation to write an article on “The Ransdell Chapel Story.” An additional article by  the editor  chronicles  the history  of the Chapel’s Farrand and Votey organ, while Linda J. Cundiff draws our attention to the center of the building’s architectural features on the journal’s cover.            

            Readers will find two commencement addresses by E. Bruce Heilman and John Hurtgen fascinating, even if read out of their original context. The first presents an exhilarating story of the author’s life, with the admonition to graduates to be ready for wherever life’s challenges may take them, and the second urges graduates to use time wisely to buy a “compelling future.” The issue of human domination over other humans is explored in Victoria Barnett’s compelling assessment of causes and lessons from the Holocaust, as well as in
Jaoko Japheth’s revealing study of violence against married women in areas of Kenya. Will we homo sapiens ever be able to love and respect one another? There is still hope...  

           Educational effectiveness is explored in Teresa  Spurling’s detailed study of motivation and self-efficacy in university  students while Eddie McGee reports on educational challenges he encountered teaching in post-Soviet Azerbaijan.

            The mystique of life comes to us fresh and alive through two poems by Robert L. Doty and through Linda J. Cundiff’s pen and ink drawing of two lambs. While the lady in Kingsway could be found nearly anywhere, it reminds me of the blind erhu players my wife and I occasionally heard on sidewalks in China several years ago, and evokes strong images of a life so distant, yet so close to our own.

            Lastly, the editor expresses appreciation to the Editorial Board for its guidance throughout the formation of this issue, as well as to Anne Gibbs, editorial assistant, whose command of computer skills often came to my rescue.

M. Wesley Roberts
July 2008