Opening Convocation September 6 was so emotional for President Bill Crouch that he chose to be the speaker himself. He got to tell the campus community the many reasons this day has always been so special for him these last 20 years â€“ including introducing his newest group of 22 Presidentâ€™s Ambassadors.
With a sad 10-year anniversary only days away, President Crouch recalled for the students â€“ who werenâ€™t even teenagers at the time â€“ how Georgetown College boldly dealt with the horror of September 11, 2001. How, instead of sending students home to their families, he gathered the entire campus community in Hill Chapel twice on 9-11 to help everyone try to make some sense of the awful tragedies at New Yorkâ€™s World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in rural Pennsylvania. The students â€“ especially the freshmen of only a couple weeks â€“ needed to know they had a â€śGeorgetown College familyâ€ť for comfort.
On a happier note, the President got to bestow an honorary doctorate on Dr. Eugene Enlow, a 1944 cum laude graduate of Georgetown who as a Baptist pastor for 47 years served in a variety of denominational leadership positions on local, state and national levels.
As a student, Enlow was treasurer of the student government association, vice president of the ministerial association, president of the Baptist Student Union of Kentucky, and a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity. He was captain of the basketball team and was voted GCâ€™s Most Outstanding Athlete.
Dr. Enlow has been a member of the Georgetown College Alumni Advisory Board. He has established scholarships for Georgetown students and has provided funding for The Eugene and Cully Enlow Endowment for Excellence in Preaching within the Collegeâ€™s Marshall Center for Christian Ministry.
Other convocation highlights included Provost Rosemary Allen announcing Dr. Chris Nix, Department Chair of Communication & Media Studies, as the Manning Award winner; and Dean of Students Todd Gambill introducing Molly Shoulta, a junior from Louisville, again as President of SGA. We think that makes Molly the first to repeat in that office.