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KDP holds induction ceremony at CU

By Emily Roberts, student news writer,
Office of University Communications

The Alpha Epsilon Omicron chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) at Campbellsville University held its induction ceremony at the Campbellsville University School of Education recently.

Six Campbellsville University students were inducted and welcomed into the organization: Anna Grace Eads, a sophomore from Campbellsville, Ky.; Hayley Padilla, a senior from Jamestown, Ky.; Leah Nelson, a sophomore from Greensburg, Ky.; Reagan Schatz, a senior from Louisville, Ky.; Sarah Ballard, a senior from Mt. Washington, Ky.; and Hannah Jeffries, a junior from Hustonville, Ky.

Kate Cecil, a current KDP member and president of the Student Government Association at Campbellsville University, said, when it comes to the calling of being a teacher, "KDP is that special place to support that calling."

Cecil mentioned KDP is a source of consistency in the lives of students and allows teachers to be a foundation of support and love in a student's life.

"Teaching is an art, not a science," Cecil said. "That means it takes a lot of practice. KDP is a good source for that."

Cecil concluded her speech by encouraging new members of KDP and congratulating them on the honor of joining the organization.

Dr. Robin Magruder, associate professor of education and undergraduate programs chair, discussed KDP's values.

Magruder stated, "KDP Members strive for personal excellence. They do this because they recognize with clear sight that their excellence can serve others."

Kappa Delta Pi was founded by William Bagley, Truman Kelly and Thomas Edgar Musselman in 1911 at the University of Illinois to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. The founders chose the name from the Greek words for knowledge, duty, and power.

Albert Einstein, George Washington Carver, Eleanor Roosevelt and Margaret Mead are just a few members who have made notable contributions to the development of professional education. For over a century, Kappa Delta Pi has consistently grown, starting with a local chapter to become the international organization it is today, with an initiated membership that exceeds 1.2 million.

Dr. Lisa Allen, dean of the School of Education, recited the KDP obligation to the Campbellsville University nominees. Allen then welcomed the newly inducted members as colleagues.

Don Cheatham, assistant professor of education and KDP co-sponsor, welcomed everyone to the ceremony. Dr. Elisha Lawrence, associate professor of education and KDP co-sponsor, presented the candidates.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university that offers over 100 programs of study including doctoral, masters, bachelors, associate and certification programs. The website for complete information is

This story was posted on 2023-04-09 12:38:36
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Green, Taylor, Russell students inducted in KDP

2023-04-09 - Taylor County, KY - Photo by Diego Gonzalez.
Six area students were inducted into the Alpha Epsilon Omicron chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) at the Campbellsville University' School of Education recently. Pictured from left are: Dr. Holly Graham, Don Cheatham, Kate Cecil, Anna Grace Eads, a sophomore from Campbellsville; Leah Nelson, a sophomore from Greensburg; Reagan Schatz, a senior from Louisville; Hayley Padilla, a senior from Jamestown; and Dr. Elisha Lawrence. (Not pictured: Sarah Ballard, a senior from Mt. Washington; and Hannah Jeffries, a junior from Hustonville.)

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