Oct. 14, 2013
For Immediate Release
CU Education’s Kappa Delta Pi chapter initiates new members
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Initiates of Campbellsville University’s School of Education’s Kappa Delta Pi became members of the Alpha Epsilon Omicron chapter on Sunday, Oct. 13.
Dr. Donna Hedgepath, dean of the School of Education, welcomed the audience and gave an opening prayer. She thanked the families that came in support of the initiates. “We are proud of our initiates today,” she said.
“Everyone sitting in this room is a teacher,” said Dr. Charles Hamilton, associate professor of education and chair of undergraduate programs, who was the keynote speaker. “You may not understand but you are. Everything you say and do has an influence on someone.” Hamilton said that one teacher had a special impact on him when he was in middle school, and he had built a special bond with the teacher.
When Hamilton had earned his doctorate, the same teacher had called him to congratulate him. “He felt a lifelong connection with me and was able to take some pride with my career,” he said. Hamilton said every time we come into contact with someone we influence them. He said he felt a connection with his teacher and through that students of his felt a connection with him. “Those are the things you cannot forget. That’s what makes you a teacher. With everything you say and do, someone is watching and being influenced by it,” he said. “The greatest being to ever walk this earth was called teacher and you’ve put yourselves in the shadow of greatness.”
The counselors of CU’s KDP chapter, Dr. Beverly Ennis, associate professor of education, and Dr. Carol Garrison, professor of education, installed the new officers of the chapter: Kelly Hill, vice president; Chasity Ballard, secretary; Haley Carman, membership committee; Hannah DeJarnette, membership Committee. Emily Hatley, Treasurer, and Jennifer Hatley, historian.
The faculty initiates were: Dr. Lisa Fulks of Lousiville, KY, assistant professor of education; Dr. Charles Hamilton of Lebanon, KY, associate professor of education and chair of undergraduate programs, Dr. Robin Magruder of Bardstown, KY, assistant professor of education; and Deborah Spalding of Lebanon, KY, assistant professor of education.
Senior officers, Reynolds, Hill and Ballard were presented with honor chords for graduation by Ennis and Garrison.
Rock of Ages Gospel performed special music for the event. Members include: Brooke Gupton, CU financial aid counselor for graduate and professional studies, vocalist; Josh Gupton, vocalist/piano and Aron Neil, percussion.
Jennifer Hatley said that Kappa Delta Pi was founded on March 8, 1911, at the University of Illinois. The Society was incorporated on June 8, 1911. The Alpha Epsilon Omicron Chapter at Campbellsville University was installed by Dr. John Light on September 27, 2009.
Hatley said the chapter participates in Literacy Alive. “Literacy Alive is the signature service initiative for Kappa Delta Pi,” she said. “This is to reach out to the community of the Chapters and to improve the literacy skills of those who participate.”
This year’s Literacy Alive proposed project is a fundraiser for the School of Education trip to Belize during spring break to Belize. Students will collect clothing, books and other supplies. They will visit schools, cultural sites and an orphanage. The mission of Kappa Delta Pi is to sustain an honored community of diverse educators by promoting excellence and advancing scholarship, leadership, and service. The vision of Kappa Delta Pi is to help committed educators be leaders in improving education for global citizenship.
Through its programs, services, and products, Kappa Delta Pi supports and enhances the professional growth and teaching practices of its member educators throughout the phases and levels of their teaching careers. This support is essential to inaugurating and retaining the best and brightest professionals in the field of education, according to the organization’s website.
There are 600 chapters and more than 45,000 members in the international organization. For more information about KDP, go to www.kdp.org.
Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,600 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu