Rare it is that a college would commit so much time and energy in one city, but Georgetown College is sending most of it’s “A” team – including the president and a former Kentucky governor – west for “Owensboro Week,” this Sunday through Wednesday, March 14.

Owensboro, the third stop on the college’s “12-City Tour,” is especially fortunate to have President Bill Crouch and former Gov. Martha Layne Collins, the college’s Executive Scholar-in-Residence, appearing together at a number of events, including visits to all four high schools. Monday is the busiest day with President Crouch addressing the Daviess County Rotary at 7 a.m. at American Bounty; later Dr. Crouch will introduce Gov. Collins, the keynote speaker for the Girls, Incorporated Athena Awards ceremony 11:30 Monday at the Executive Inn; then he will speak to the Lions Club at noon at Settle Memorial Methodist Church.

Marcia Carpenter, the guidance counselor at Daviess County High School who helped set up several of the College’s school visits, said, “The (students) will remember Georgetown College because when the president – and a former governor – take time to come in, they feel important.”

“President Crouch told me that in addition to the importance of higher education, he would stress job opportunities in the global workplace,” said Carpenter, daughter of Georgetown College trustee Bill Kuegel of Owensboro.

President Crouch is also bound to touch on the new Security Studies major and several of Georgetown’s programs of distinction such as the Christian Scholars, and Equine Scholars – especially with the FEI World Equestrian Games coming to the nearby Kentucky Horse Park in 2010. But, he and the others in the College’s party primarily want to reconnect with Georgetown alumni as well as learn more about Owensboro – a city that has sent the College so many wonderful young people. In fact, there are 32 current Georgetown students from Daviess and surrounding counties – Daviess 14, Henderson 5, McLean 4, Ohio 6, Union 2 and Webster 1.

“Our alumni will be at nearly every event the president and I attend this week, but we are especially looking forward to the alumni reception Monday night – because there are 109 Georgetown graduates in Daviess County alone!” said Collins, who is also Chair and CEO of the Kentucky World Trade Center in Lexington. Marcia Carpenter is the hostess of this private event at her home, which will also be open to parents of current students as well as prospective students and their parents.

“While making arrangements for our Owensboro visit, it’s been wonderful reconnecting with a lot of people I’ve known over the years and care about,” said Collins, who was governor from 1983-87 and still travels the state far and wide in behalf of Georgetown College.

President Crouch, who is on the national board of The First Tee and created the country’s initial collegiate First Tee Scholars program, will also meet with Don Mitchell, the executive director of Owensboro’s The First Tee chapter, and board Monday afternoon.

For more information, call Gov. Collins’ assistant, Devon Norat, at 502-863-7067 or e-mail Devon_Norat@georgetowncollege.edu.

Georgetown is a faith-based, residential, co-educational college defined by academic excellence in the liberal arts that teaches students to think, to lead, and to serve with balance and respect as demonstrated and modeled by Christian character. Historically Baptist affiliated, Georgetown College is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and has an undergraduate enrollment of 1,406 students, the largest in its history.

For additional information or to schedule interviews, please contact: Jim Durham, News Bureau Director, Georgetown College, Phone 502-863-8174 or e-mail jim_durham@georgetowncollege.edu

Georgetown College Comes to Owensboro!

Saturday, March 10 ………(a PRE-tour event)

9 a.m. –noon – Owensboro native Eric Fruge will sign his book The Traitors of Montsecours at Great Harvest Bread Company, 3211 Frederica Street. Fruge, a 1975 graduate, is back as director of Georgetown College’s capital campaign.

Sunday, March 11

8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. – Morning message delivered by President Bill Crouch at Lewis Lane Baptist Church.

10:45 a.m. – Morning message at Third Baptist, given by H.K. Kingkade, Georgetown’s Director of Church Relations.

11 a.m. – Morning message at Masonville Baptist in Utica given by Eric Fruge.

11 a.m. – Governor Martha Layne Collins will be attending service at First Baptist Church. She will be introduced and give a greeting prior to the service.

Noon – Mr. and Mrs. Hanberry will be hosting a PRIVATE lunch in honor of President Bill Crouch and Martha Layne Collins, Owensboro Country Club.

4:40-5:30 p.m. – “How to Prepare Your Student for College,” a presentation by Georgetown College Admissions counselor Omar Rasoul, will give parents information on the how to’s of sending their child to college for the first time, Bellevue Baptist Church.

6:30 p.m. – Evening message by current Georgetown College student Zac Bailes, a sophomore from Owensboro. Third Baptist, 527 Allen Street.

Monday, March 12

9:30-10:30 a.m. – Daviess-McLean Baptist Association coffee with President Bill Crouch and H.K. Kingkade, 1003 Scherm Road.

Noon – Youth Ministers’ Lunch with President Bill Crouch, Omar Rasoul and H.K. Kingkade.

1:30 p.m. – Daviess County High School visits – Governor Martha Layne Collins, President Bill Crouch and Omar Rasoul of Admissions.

2:30 p.m. – Apollo High School International Baccalaureate Program, Governor Martha Layne Collins, President Bill Crouch and Omar Rasoul.

6:30 p.m. – Reception for prospective Georgetown College students and their parents, parents of current students, alumni and the Georgetown College “team” led by President Crouch and Gov. Collins. Guidance counselors, principals and superintendents from surrounding area and Owensboro are also invite to this PRIVATE event at the home of Marcia Carpenter. (But MEDIA welcome!)

Tuesday, March 13

7:00 a.m. – Daviess County Rotary breakfast meeting with President Bill Crouch speaking on “The Vision, Programs and Academics of Georgetown College,”American Bounty on St. Ann Street.

8:30 a.m. – Owensboro High School auditorium, President Bill Crouch, Gov. Collins and Admissions’ Omar Rasoul meeting with juniors and seniors.

9:45-10:45 a.m. – Owensboro Catholic High School, President Crouch, Governor Martha Layne Collins and Omar Rasoul. (Georgetown Tiger football signee Nick Norcia will do a mock signing.)

11:30 a.m. – Athena Awards presented by Girls Incorporated with Governor Martha Layne Collins as a keynote speaker; introduced by President Crouch, Executive Inn Rivermont.

Noon – President Bill Crouch will speak at Lions Club about higher education, Settle Memorial Methodist Church, 201 East 4th Street.

6:30 p.m. – Business reception with area leaders invited by Golf Pro (Greg Fisher, GC class of ’78 and John Sansom of the Owensboro Economic Development Corporation). Athletic directors, coaches, players and parents, and all Georgetown College staff on trip will attend; Owensboro Country Club.

Wednesday, March 14

10-11:30 a.m. – Brunch at Moonlight Barbecue with the Golden Agers class of ’43 to ’63 with President Crouch and Georgetown College staff.

11:30 a.m.-Noon – GRADD (Green River Area Development District) with President Bill Crouch and Governor Martha Layne Collins attending (but not speaking) GRADD board room, 3860 Hwy 60 West.

Noon – Owensboro Rotary Meeting with President Bill Crouch and Holly James, the College’s internship coordinator, as guests.