Aug. 25, 2009
For Immediate Release
Incoming freshmen listen to announcements before lunch during the Welcome Weekend Extravaganza. Pictured from left are: Katherine Lee from Owensboro, Ky.; Andrew McGinnis from Waynesburg, Ky.; Alexis Hester from Louisville, Ky.; and Dr. Michelle Tucker, assistant professor of social work at CU. (Campbellsville University Photo by André Tomaz)
By Ashley Zsedenyi, staff writer
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University has broken the record for the number of new students according to a statement from Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of CU.
CU currently has a total of 728 new students for the fall 2009 semester, which includes freshmen, transfer students and those who have been re-admitted, which is up from 648 at this time last year, according to Paul Dameron, director of institutional research.
There is also a record number of freshman enrolled at CU, 515, which is up from 449 in 2008.
Dameron said the final count of total fall enrollment will be released sometime in September.
Dave Walters, vice president for admissions and student services at CU, said an “apparent record number of students” are also living on-campus, but stated an official number is yet to be released.
CU freshmen had an opportunity to mingle and prepare themselves for the coming semester during the “Welcome Weekend Extravaganza” Aug. 21-23.
The weekend was full of informational sessions, fellowship, music, and numerous other activities to help the students get to know one another, as well as an inaugural dedication service for the Class of 2013.
CU students also participated in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record by stacking mattresses. It appears that attempt was successful, with a height of 12 feet, nine inches, but an official confirmation from Guinness has yet to be received.
A crowd on the ground watches as Brandon Thompson, CU admissions counselor, at left, Andrew Ward, director of student services and intramurals, Dave Walters, vice president for admissions and student services and Danny Pace, director of South Hall-West, stand on ladders to stack mattresses in the Guiness World Record Event. (Campbellsville University Photo by André Tomaz)
The annual Welcome Week activities continue through this week for all students and feature a campus-wide picnic, Cosmic Bowling at Phillips Lanes, a pool party, Snack Attack, and other activities, and next week will be Freshman Week, featuring Organized Mass Chaos, an open house with the president, Café on the Patio, and numerous other activities that help get students connected with each other and with Campbellsville University.
It is not too late to sign up for fall classes. The deadline to enroll is Friday, Sept. 4.
Campbellsville University 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 2,601 students who represent 93 Kentucky counties, 27 states and 31 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2010 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 23rd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South and fourth in “up-and-coming” schools in the south. CU has been ranked 17 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report. The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges® and to G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his 11th year as president.
Eric Anderson, a freshman from Corydon, Ind., tries to grab the bean bag from the farthest distance on the Bungee Run, one of the activities Campbellsville University’s incoming freshmen and returning students had the opportunity to participate in during the Welcome Weekend Extravaganza. (Campbellsville University Photo by André Tomaz)