CU to hear ‘SOS’ Gospel Group in Ransdell Chapel on Feb. 19

By Rachel Crenshaw, staff writer

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — The gospel group “SOS” from Simmons College of Kentucky will be performing for Campbellsville University at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 in the Ransdell Chapel.

The group was invited to Campbellsville University by the Office of Church and External Relations in order to participate in the sequential events celebrating Black History Month.

The public is invited to the event which is free of charge.

Other Black History Month Celebration Events at CU include: Feb. 6 – Dr. William H. Turner, National Endowment for the Humanities Chair in Appalachian Studies at Berea College, at 10 a.m. in the Ransdell Chapel, and Feb. 13 – Dr. Joseph Owens, pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Lexington, who is also a CU alumnus and member of the CU Board of Trustees, at 10 a.m. in the Ransdell Chapel.

These free events are also open to the public.

“SOS” consists of six members, Carol Kirby-Green, Karen Kirby, Sharron Sales, Troy Bell, Terra Leavell and Angela Tellis. Their music mainly features a variety of traditional African-American gospel music.

Kirby-Green, Kirby and Sales had been singing together since high school. However, they weren’t officially given a title until their choir director at St. Stephens Church decided to give them the nickname “SOS” meaning “Same ’Ol Soloist.”

Later in 2006 “SOS” realized they needed a few more potential singers in order to ensure the success of the group. Therefore, Bell, Leavell and Tellis were added to the group. They became a vocal ensemble for Simmons College of Kentucky.

Since then, the group has been performing for various audiences sharing the love and hope of Jesus Christ to all. They feel truly blessed to be able to give God glory and honor and praise through their music.

Campbellsville University and Simmons College of Kentucky have a partnership to facilitate the learning experiences of both institutions including faculty and student exchanges, worship experiences and technology pursuits. Dr. Kevin Cosby is the president of Simmons College of Kentucky which is located in Louisville.

For more information, contact the Office of Church and External Relations at CU at (270) 789-5520 or John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations, at

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 2,405 students who represent 98 Kentucky counties, 25 states and 29 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2008 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 22nd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South and eighth in the South for “Great Schools, Great Prices.” CU has been ranked 15 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report. The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges®. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his ninth year as president.

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