Campbellsville University Names Mr. and Miss Campbellsville

By Heather Campbell, student news writer

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Named to the honor of this year’s Mr. and Miss Campbellsville University were Korey Mitchell of Huntington, W.Va., and Lindey Nelson of Jacksonville, Ala. at the Honors and Awards Day, held for the first time in the new Ransdell Chapel.

“Mr. and Miss Campbellsville are two students who best exemplify a typical student. The honor is based on scholarship, leadership, character and the potential for success,” said Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University.

Mitchell, the son of Kenny and Joanna Mitchell of Huntington, W.Va., is a 2007 graduate with a major in biology and minor in chemistry. He has been named to the academic dean’s list and to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Mitchell also received the Rotary Award, Alumni Association Double “A” Award and the Biology Award at Honors and Awards Day.

He has been accepted to the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University for graduate study in the fall where he will pursue his M.D. degree.

On top of being a “polite and respectful young man,” said Carter, Mitchell has also been a star athlete on the basketball court. He has scored 1,027 points in his career and is the 27th highest scorer to play for CU. Mitchell has also tied the CU record for the most 3 point shots in a game and is a two-time Mid-South Conference Player of the Week.

Nelson is a 2007 magna cum laude graduate with a major in art education. She also received the Art Award at Honors and Awards Day and has been named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

She is a member of the CU Women’s Tennis Team, which for the first time in eight years, competed in the 2007 regional tennis tournament, however, there was not a regional competition in 1999, teams simply went straight to nationals.

“This is the first time we have been to regionals since they started doing a region tournament before nationals,” Coach Shannon Thomas said.

Nelson is an initial member of Spin 4, which is a juggling ministry started by CU students. Nelson has been involved with Baptist Campus Ministry and mission trips, and is a member of the Vineyard Church in Campbellsville. Carter said she is always “sharing her testimony in a sweet and humble way.” She attended the Kentucky Baptist Convention International Mission Conference in 2005.

She is the daughter of Doug and Jo Jo Nelson of Jacksonville, Ala. Nelson plans to stay in Campbellsville through at least the next semester to complete her student teaching at Taylor County Elementary School with Jeff Walker and at Washington County High School with Marilyn Peters.

“After that, I’m not sure what will happen but am excited to see what God does!” Nelson said.

Nelson said she loves her peers and is honored they voted for her. “They make Campbellsville Campbellsville. It’s all about the people, the students and teachers and faculty and staff and church folk and workers – everyone, and not just CU, but Campbellsville as a community.”

Campbellsville University, now celebrating her Centennial year, is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 2,310 students who represent 100 Kentucky counties, 32 states and 28 foreign nations. Listed in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” 14 consecutive years as one of the leading Southern master’s colleges and universities, Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his eighth year as president.

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