By Matthew M. Billiot, student news writer, Office of University Communications
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – “We’ll always be family,” said Dr. H. Keith Spears, vice president for communications and assistant to the president, at Campbellsville University’s English as a Second Language (ESL) pinning ceremony, “That’s what language does for us, it makes us brothers and sisters and cousins.”
Students who received their ESL completion certificates were: Abrar Aldawood of Saudi Arabia; Alex Aramayo of Bolivia; Bayartsestseg Battumur of Mongolia; Tuul Bayambaa of Mongolia; Yensel Carcamo of Honduras; Zexuan Fan of China;
Wenhui Li of China; Ximeng Li of China; Israfil Madzhunov of Russia; Otgontuya Munkhbaatar of Mongolia; Jaqueline Torres Aguirre of Costa Rica;
Israel Tshijik of Congo; Shurentsetseg Tumurbaatar of Mongolia; Yiheng Wu of China; Zhuojie Yang of China; and Hui Zhang of China.
Students from both the main campus and Louisville Education Center were among those who received their ESL certification.
Zhoujie “George” Yang, a main campus student, and Abrar Aldawood, a Louisville center student, received the Outstanding ESL Student Award.
Joshua Detherage, ESL and MA TESOL instructor, said about the ESL program, “This is no small task. It is a challenge to not only learn a second language, but to do so while living in a second culture and being immersed in that second language.”
Campbellsville University is a widely-acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 13,000 students offering more than 90 programs of study including Ph.D., master, baccalaureate, associate, pre-professional and certification programs. The university has off-campus centers in Kentucky cities Louisville, Harrodsburg, Somerset, Hodgenville and Liberty with Kentucky instructional sites in Elizabethtown, Owensboro and Summersville. The university also has a full complement of online programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.