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Campbellsville University alumni were welcomed to 2021 Homecoming with a “Together Again” sign on Stapp Lawn. (Campbellsville University Photo by Gerard Flanagan)

By Joan C. McKinney, director, Office of University Communications

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Homecoming 2021 was full of winning for Campbellsville University across the board.

The Fighting Tiger Football team defeated the University of Pikeville 31-28 in the Homecoming game Oct. 9 for their first win of the season and their first Homecoming win since 2015 when the Tigers defeated the University of Pikeville 42-34.

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Campbellsville University quarterback Joshua Meglis throws a touchdown pass to Luke Sheperson during Campbellsville’s 31-28 victory against the University of Pikeville at Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 9. (Campbellsville University Photo by Gerard Flanagan)

In addition to the Tigers’ win, there were also winners for Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Young Alumni, Homecoming Queen, Homecoming floats in the parade, the Classes of 1970 and 1971, Ashley Fox, the 25th anniversary of the Carver School of Social Work, the Mass Communication Center, a Virtual Trivia game and a scholarship fund start for the late artist Tommy Clark.

After a virtual Homecoming last year, Ashley Fox, director of alumni relations, won as this was her first in-person Homecoming.

Fox said, “It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces together again at Homecoming 2021. It was so much fun to reminisce will all the different alumni on their time here at Campbellsville University. Many had not been back to campus in years. They were blown away with all the changes.”

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Ashley Fox, director of alumni relations, visits with Judy Wise during the Alumni Reception and Awards Ceremony as part of the 2021 Homecoming. (Campbellsville University Photo by Alexandria D. Dalton)

Dr. Gerald Huddleston, a 1969 alumnus of Campbellsville College, was named Distinguished Alumnus for 2021. Huddleston is a lifelong believer in education, having served over 45 years in the profession, including serving a supervisor of the special education department from 1979 until 2009.

The Distinguished Young Alumna for 2021 was Jacqueline Nelson Graves, a 2014 graduate of Campbellsville University. She is employed at Morehead State University serving as assistant general counsel, visiting assistant professor of business law, secretary to the board of regents, faculty advisor for the university’s pro bono legal clinic and assists with legislative efforts in Frankfort.

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Dr. Gerald Huddleston, a 1969 graduate, center, is given the Distinguished Alumni Award at the Alumni Reception Oct. 8 from Dr. H. Keith Spears, interim president of Campbellsville University, and Ashley Fox, director of alumni relations. (CU Photo by Alexandria D. Dalton)
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Jacqueline Nelson Graves, a 2014 graduate, was named the Distinguished Young Alumni at the Alumni Reception Oct. 8. Dr. H. Keith Spears, left, interim president of Campbellsville University, and Ashley Fox, director of alumni relations, made the presentation. (CU Photo by Alexandria D. Dalton)

Homecoming Queen was Morgan Stone of Owensboro, Ky., a senior representing the Education Club. First runner-up was Madison Meyer of Katy, Texas, a senior representing Sigma Zeta, the science and math honors program, and second runner-up was Madison Sheppard of London, Ky., also a senior, who represented the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

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From left, Rebecca Lilley, Morgan Stone’s best friend; Mitchell Stone, Stone’s father; and Traci Stone, Stone’s mother, cheer as she is crowned the 2021 Homecoming Queen. (Campbellsville University Photo by Kelsey Overall)
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Morgan Stone, fourth from left, was crowned 2021 Homecoming Queen Oct. 9. From left: are Dr. H. Keith Spears, interim president of Campbellsville University; Emma Bell, freshman attendant; Madison Myer, first runner-up; Stone; Madison Sheppard and Sammy Rogers, last year’s queen. (Campbellsville University Photo by Alexandria D. Dalton)

It was a Campbellsville University first for Dr. H. Keith Spears, interim president, who escorted last year’s queen Sammy Rogers.

Winners for the Homecoming floats were: Carver School of Social Work, first; Women’s Soccer, second, and Education Club, third. They received $300, $200 and $100, respectively.

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Faculty, staff and students from the Carver School of Social Float show off their first-place float during the Homecoming Parade. (Campbellsville University Photo by Brett Pierce)
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Paul and Janet Hert ride on the CU women’s soccer float during the 2021 Homecoming Parade, that won second place. The Herts, who are prominent athletic supporters but especially for the women’s soccer team, were named honorary alumni in 2019. (Campbellsville University Photo by Brett Pierce)

 

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Jamie and Alisha Lawrence wave from the School of Education float during the parade. The float won third place. (Campbellsville University Photo by Brett Pierce)

The Classes of 1970 and 1971 were recognized for their entry in the Golden Heritage Club that recognizes those who graduated 50 years and earlier. The Class of 1970 was supposed to have been recognized last year.

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Class of 1970 members inducted into the Golden Heritage Club are from left: Front row – Mikell Daley, Pamela Bennett and Judy Wise. Second row – Ashley Fox, director of alumni relations at Campbellsville University; Gwinn Thompson, Tony Roberts, H.R. Strong, David Doty and Dr. H. Keith Spears, interim president of Campbellsville University. Back row – Dr. Donna Hedgepath, provost and vice president for academic affairs; Gary Watson, Don Miller, Steve Small, James Howard, Richard Draper and Jimmy Bennett. (Campbellsville University Photo by Alexandria D. Dalton)
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Members of the 1971 class inducted into Campbellsville University’s Golden Heritage Club, those who graduated 50 years ago, are from left: Front row – Linda Probst, Peggy Lawson, Dan Hayes and Janice Elmore. Back row – Dr. Donna Hedgepath, provost and vice president for academic affairs; Ashley Fox, director of alumni relations; Forrest Wise, Butch Wheatley and Dr. H. Keith Spears, interim president of Campbellsville University. (Campbellsville University Photo by Alexandria D. Dalton)

The Mass Communication Center was open for its first official tours for the university and public, and a ribbon cutting was held for the center in which the Department of Mass Communication occupied the building in January 2021.

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Stan McKinney, chair of the Department of Mass Communication and associate professor of journalism, recounts his time and work at Campbellsville over the past full-time 21 years at the open house and ribbon cutting of the new Mass Communication Center. (Campbellsville University Photo by Alexandria D. Dalton)

Money for an endowed scholarship fund, in honor of the late Tommy Clark who was a professor of art at Campbellsville from 1972 until his retirement in 2010, was received from caricatures drawn by Andy Chase Cundiff and Scott Erwin, who both attended Campbellsville College in the 1980s and both studied under Clark.

His widow Judy Clark, who was married to Tommy Clark 48 years before his death in 2014, had her caricature made during the artists’ sessions. Four hundred and 15 dollars was received from the donations toward the scholarship.

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Andy Cundiff draws Otto Tennant’s caricature. Proceeds from the event went to a scholarship fund in the name of the late Tommy Clark. (Campbellsville University Photo by Gerard Flanagan)
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Judy Clark cheers as Scott Erwin draws her caricature. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joan C. McKinney)

The Homecoming Art Exhibit was by Alice Biskey Steele, a 1985 graduate of Campbellsville College, and Rob Collins Bell, morning host at WCKQ, Q 104.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 12,500 students offering over 100 programs of study including Ph.D., master, baccalaureate, associate, pre-professional and certification programs. The website for complete information is www.campbellsville.edu.

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Alumni of the Carver School of Social Work gathered in honor of their 25th anniversary of the founding of the Carver School of Social Work on CU’s campus and the retirement of Dr. Darlene Eastridge. From left are: Dr. Helen Mudd, Dr. Dianna Cooper-Bolinskey, Patricia Foster, Kendra Weathers, Mary Ann Sapp, Dr. Darlene Eastridge and Dr. Michelle Tucker (Campbellsville University Photo by Kaitlyn Fowler)
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CU Alumni, friends and family enjoy Campbellsville University’s Homecoming Parade down Main Street. (Campbellsville University Photo by Chosalin Morales)
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Michael Riggs cleans his 1957 Chevrolet Convertible at the Annual Homecoming Car Show during Homecoming. (Campbellsville University Photo by Kelsey Overall)
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Otto Tennant (left) and Dr. Ken Winters, former president of Campbellsville University, attend the Homecoming Breakfast in Winters Dining Hall. (Campbellsville University Photo by Kaitlyn Fowler)