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Georgetown College student gains valuable insight working with Kentucky Refugee Ministries

Georgetown College aims to produce servant-leaders who make a difference in their communities. One student making a difference is senior sociology major Melanie O’Neal, who just completed an internship with Kentucky Refugee Ministries. “I had just finished an internship within a preschool and was looking to make a difference by serving marginalized families entering the United States,” said O’Neal....

David Scott to be nominated for second vice president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention

By Chip Hutcheson Kentucky Today David Scott, who has served in ministry positions in Kentucky Baptist churches for more than 35 years, will be nominated for the position of second vice president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention at its annual meeting in November. 
Scott will be nominated by Paxton Redd, pastor of Liberty Point Baptist Church in Cadiz. 
“It is my great privilege to nominate...

Kentucky Horse Council appoints Sarah Coleman as executive director of Lexington organization

The Kentucky Horse Council has appointed Sarah Coleman as the new executive director of the Lexington-based organization. Coleman will begin her role Sept. 29. An avid equestrian, Coleman grew up in northeastern Ohio and graduated from the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. Coleman moved to the Bluegrass in 2004 to work with multiple equine- and agriculture-related publications based...

Hatch joins Georgetown as Associate Professor of Religion, Endowed Chair of Baptist Studies

Dr. Derek Hatch has joined Georgetown College as Associate Professor of Religion and Endowed Chair of Baptist Studies. In 2019, the college received an anonymous $1 million gift which established the Endowed Baptist Chair, with Hatch now serving in that role. Hatch comes to Georgetown from Howard Payne University in Texas, where he taught for nine years. He achieved degrees from East Texas Baptist...

Toyota Tsusho America rewards Georgetown College student’s idea with RAV4 XLE vehicle donation

Philipp Hoeper, a recent Georgetown College graduate and New Zealand native, experienced firsthand how challenging life can be without transportation. As a foreign student, he came to America without a vehicle and didn’t earn enough money to buy one – a 1999 Toyota Camry – until he was late into his college career. Prior to that, he depended on his peers and fellow members of the Lambda Chi Alpha...

Georgetown College student takes summer to pursue research project on spinal cord injuries in mice

While summers are typically for relaxing and gearing up for the new semester, many Georgetown College students take the summer to further their academics. This past summer, senior John Lowe took the unique opportunity to further his education and complete a research project studying how age and sex affect spinal cord injuries in mice. John Lowe took the unique opportunity to further his education and...

Georgetown SGA president — and quarterback — Zach Dampier earns Kappa Scholar Award

Excellence inside the classroom is a key component for all Georgetown College students. This past week, a Tiger leader was honored for commitment to his studies. Zach Dampier Georgetown football quarterback, SGA president and Rho Sigma Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity member Zach Dampier earned the Kappa Scholar Award during the South-Central Province Council virtual meetings. “I’m...

Georgetown College graduate Mariah Addington returns home to Russell to teach new generation

It’s a bit of a homecoming for recent Georgetown College graduate Mariah Addington. A graduate of Russell High School, she is returning home this fall as an English teacher, having just graduated from Georgetown this spring. So how does she plan to tackle this new challenge? “I once heard one of the best things you can do for your job is find the people who are like marigolds to you,” Addington...

Georgetown named best college in Kentucky for students finding jobs, graduate school acceptance

For the third consecutive year, Georgetown College has been named the best college in Kentucky for students getting a job or into graduate school. With students increasingly focused on college kickstarting their careers, Georgetown stands out as the best in the Commonwealth. “Georgetown College stands out in Kentucky and the Southeast for the transformational education that we offer to our students,”...

Georgetown College selects Laura Callihan and McKala Bozman as 2020 President’s Award recipients

Georgetown College has announced that the 2020 President’s Award winners are Laura Callihan and McKala Bozman. One of the most prestigious honors at Georgetown, the President’s Award is given to two students each year and chosen by the president of the college. It awards students who exemplify the values of Georgetown, those who excel academically and show themselves to be student-leaders ready...

Outdoor classrooms present exciting opportunity for engagement at Georgetown College this fall

One of the new developments coming to Georgetown College’s campus this fall will be outdoor classroom spaces. While several professors routinely hold class outside during the semester, the college has committed to building spaces outdoors so even more students can partake in outdoor learning. This practice will not only keep campus safe and healthy, it will also present an opportunity for students...

Georgetown College surpasses fundraising goal with $1.8 million for 2020 Annual Fund fiscal year

Thanks to the alumni and friends who support Georgetown College, the fundraising goal for the Annual Fund of $1,750,000 for FY20 has been met and surpassed. Georgetown finished the fiscal year on June 30 having raised a total of $1,827,122.61 towards the Annual Fund for the fiscal year. “Each year Georgetown College finds itself indebted to our generous alumni and friends who make our championship-level...

Marlin McKay named Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Georgetown College

As a new member of the faculty at Georgetown College, Dr. Marlin McKay brings a unique skill set and a fascinating background to his role as Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music. McKay, a jazz recording artist, is originally from Amarillo, Texas, and studied Education and Jazz Studies at the University of Wisconsion–Stevens Point. For McKay, his time achieving his bachelor’s degree...

Georgetown College science faculty tests classroom ventilation in preparation for upcoming fall semester

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the campus community at Georgetown College has pulled together in extraordinary ways, with faculty, staff, coaches and students all using their unique talents to improve the college and finish the semester strong. Now, as the college prepares for the fall, the work continues to ensure a great fall semester on campus. Professor of Biology Dr. Tracy Livingston, Professor...

Georgetown College prepares students to pursue careers in healthcare with close-knit supervision

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the importance of healthcare workers has been on full display. These local heroes have sacrificed their own safety and health while working tirelessly to ensure the comfort and health of so many, including family members and friends. Georgetown College takes great pride in preparing students who wish to pursue careers in healthcare, but that preparation goes beyond simple...

Georgetown College football player using his feet to raise money, combat racial discrimination and hunger

Time and a passion can be a beautiful combination. Georgetown College football player Branden Leff is discovering this. The junior wingback has tallied most of his yards for the Tigers on out routes for five catches and 60 yards. In July he wants to go the distance – hopefully 13.1 miles or more. Leff started a GoFundMe – Run for a Change – and will run a mile for every 80 dollars donated to...

Georgetown College announces selection of Dr. Jason Reeves as next Dean of Education

Georgetown College has announced the selection of Dr. Jason Reeves as its next Dean of Education. Reeves comes to Georgetown with more than 15 years of experience in P-20 education, postsecondary accreditation, and nonprofit organizational management. Most recently, Reeves served as Dean of Educational Studies, CAEP Accreditation Coordinator and tenured professor of education for Union College, which...

After enduring semester of tragedy, Georgetown College grad accepted into medical school at UK

For so many people, this spring has been turbulent, difficult and trying. For recent Georgetown College graduate Stefan Zak, his last semester included more highs and lows than he ever could have imagined. From a frightening diagnosis and family tragedy to the ultimate high of getting accepted into medical school, this semester threw everything at Zak. In March, Zak traveled to Paris, France, during...

Georgetown College moves spring commencement festivities to weekend of July 10-11

When Georgetown College was forced to close the campus to in-person classes in March, the cabinet also announced that the decision regarding canceling commencement would be put off until April 29. By waiting as long as possible to make that decision, the hope was that the situation would improve sufficiently to allow this important milestone and ceremony to occur as planned on May 9. Unfortunately,...

Incoming Georgetown freshman receives prestigious scholarship in ‘magical, unforgettable moment’

The phone call Kristen Howard received informing her that she was a recipient of the Distinguished Scholarship — the most prestigious scholarship awarded to incoming freshmen at Georgetown College — was a magical, unforgettable moment. “After I received the call I remember crying in my bed. They were happy tears, though,” said Howard. “It was just incredible to know that all of my hard work...