CU School of Education inducts students into CU’s Kappa Delta Pi chapter

Campbellsville University School of Education faculty and students gathering for the Kappa Delta Pi initiation ceremony in Ransdell Chapel include from left: Front Row—Ashlee Guthrie, Hilary Winstead, Alyssa Bunch, Kate Cecil, Anna Lewis, Christian Winkler and Dr. Elisha Lawrence. Back row—Dr. Lisa Allen, Dr. Dottie Davis, Dr. Chuck Hamilton, Dr. Rocky Wallace, Dr. Marilyn Goodwin, Dr. Robin Magruder, Deborah Holt, Dr. James Dantic and Don Cheatham. (Campbellsville University Photo by Michael Hodges)

By Chosalin Morales, student news writer and photographer, Office of University Communications

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Six Campbellsville University students were recently inducted into the university’s Alpha Epsilon Omicron chapter of Kappa Delta Pi in Randell Chapel.

The students were Alyssa Bunch, a junior from Huston, Ky.; Ashlee Guthrie, a junior from Bardstown, Ky.; Christian Winkler, a senior from Elizabethtown, Ky.; Kate Cecil, a senior from Louisa, Ky.; Anna Lewis, a senior from Axis, Ala., and Hilary Winstead, a junior from Junction City, Ky.

Dr. Lisa Allen, dean of Campbellsville University’s School of Education, and Dr. Elisha Lawrence, sponsor of Delta Pi and associate professor of education, led the ceremony.

Lawrence said, “The initiation of new members are honored in the initiation ceremony to recognize their achievements and also their responsibilities that come with those achievements.”

“This shows momentous achievement for myself and my family because by the grace of God I have come this far in life. If you let God into your life, he can do great things and I sure do see it every day,” Winkler, a senior, said.

The members in KDP are promised to abide by the standards of KDP and to expand the influence of their purpose and principles. The International Honor Society in Education of Kappa Delta Pi’s purposefulness is to create a teaching excellence from university campus to the classroom.

“It [the honor society] promises greater freedom and a nobler vision, and these things belong to us all,” Dr. Chuck Hamilton, associate professor of education, said. “We fully embrace the duty to serve all regardless of heritage, age, gender, sexuality and ability.”

Members of Kappa Delta Pi are offered benefits ranging from KDP scholarships, nation-wide banking, and financial service to 24/7 member-only online community peer collaboration and guidance.

“I feel very grateful to be part of this prestigious organization that provides wonderful support and resources for educator,” student Kate Cecil said.

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.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university that has enrolled up to 12,000 students yearly. The university offers over 100 programs of study including doctoral, masters, bachelors, associate and certification programs. The website for complete information is www.campbellsville.edu.

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