||It has been suggested that Georgetown Tigers football be merged into this article. (Discuss) Proposed since October 2013.|
|Motto||Vim Promovet Insitiam (Latin)|
|Motto in English||Learning Promotes One's Innate Power|
|Type||Private Liberal Arts|
|Endowment||US $20 Million|
|President||M. Dwaine Greene|
|Location||Georgetown, KY, USA
|Campus||Suburban, 104 acres|
|Athletics||17 varsity teams|
|Colors||Orange and Black
|Affiliations||Great Midwest Athletic Conference (Provisional)
Georgetown College is a small, private liberal arts college located in Georgetown, Kentucky, United States. Chartered as a college in 1829, Georgetown College was the first Baptist college west of the Allegheny Mountains. The school offers many undergraduate degrees and a Master of Arts in Education.
In 1829, the Kentucky General Assembly chartered the Kentucky Baptist Education Society with the purpose of establishing a Baptist college in the state. Twenty-four trustees under the leadership of Silas Noel selected the town of Georgetown as the site for the new school. Georgetown was selected because the community agreed to raise $20,000 and to donate the assets of Rittenhouse Academy, a failed land-grant school that had recently closed. Rittenhouse Academy was the predecessor of Royal Springs School.
Georgetown College had numerous difficulties and changing leadership in its early years. The first president hired for the college in 1829, William D. Staughton, died before assuming his duties. The second president, Rev. Joel Smith Bacon, stayed two years (1830–1832) fighting court cases to release funding for the college before leaving out of frustration. The funds were not released until 1836, when Benjamin Franklin Farnsworth became the third president hired. By then there was a power struggle in progress, and Farnsworth had been hired by the Baptists to frustrate the Campbellites who were attempting to take control of the college. After the Campbellites founded a rival college only blocks away, Farnsworth found his attempts to build up Georgetown College stymied, and resigned in 1837.
In 1838, Rev. Rockwood Giddings became the fourth president hired for the college. During his short tenure, Giddings began construction on Recitation Hall, the first permanent building for the school. He made many other advances that put the college on sound footing. Giddings died of exhaustion after a year in office and was replaced by Rev. Howard Malcolm in 1840. Malcolm oversaw the completion of the construction of the building, now known as Giddings Hall. He also expanded the educational offerings beyond the classics and encouraged the founding of literary societies and the Georgetown Female Academy. He resigned in 1849 when his anti-slavery vote at Kentucky's third constitutional convention resulted in much criticism from slavery proponents and a threat on his life.
As the student population grew the administration sought out ways to diversify the campus, as such in 2005, Georgetown College and the Kentucky Baptist Convention ended their formal relationship. With the approval of the new agreement by the Convention, the College reverted to its original arrangement with Kentucky Baptists. From 1829 to 1942, the College had an independent, self-perpetuating board of trustees and was designated as the senior, liberal arts college for Kentucky Baptists until the 1960s, when Campbellsville College and Cumberland College became senior colleges. Under a 1942 agreement, the Convention chose the College’s trustees. The College’s board submitted candidates to the Convention’s Committee on Nominations and delegates to the annual meeting of the Convention elected them. Georgetown College also received an annual contribution from the Convention for all of the Twentieth Century. Under the new agreement, the Convention’s annual contribution will be phased out, the trustee board will elect its members, and at least 75 percent of the board’s membership will be Kentucky Baptists. However, the College will continue to work cooperatively in ministry with the Convention, which will be coordinated through the Campus Minister, a Convention funded position. The College also has a partnership with Regent's Park College, a Baptist institution of the University of Oxford, has joined the Baptist World Alliance, and has an agreement with the International Baptist Convention, which allows Georgetown students to work as interns in European Baptist churches. This has allowed for non-baptist and non-Christian professors to be considered for tenure, diversifying the teaching body.
Georgetown College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate and masters degrees. Georgetown College is also accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board for initial and advanced level educator preparation programs. Its affiliations include the American Council of Education, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Association of American Colleges and Universities, Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Kentucky Independent College Foundation, the Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities, and the Association of Southern Baptist Colleges and Schools. Additionally, faculty and staff are affiliated with a number of regional, national and international professional organizations.
Curriculum, Degrees, Majors
Georgetown College offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, Master of Arts; 41 undergraduate majors; graduate education programs.
Georgetown College has 58 student clubs and organizations, including four national fraternities. The college offers a chapel, several Christian and other religious groups for students. Its social organizations cover a wide range of interests, including government, recreation, community service, activism, the arts, and academics.
Georgetown College has four national fraternities (Kappa Alpha Order, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Kappa Tau and Pi Kappa Alpha) and four national sororities (Alpha Gamma Delta, Kappa Delta, Phi Mu and Sigma Kappa) on campus. It also has an independent brotherhood known as the President's House Association, which was formed in 1964 as an alternative to the traditional fraternity system. An Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council are also part of Greek life at Georgetown College.
Government-minded students can join the College Democrats, College Republicans, United Nations Georgetown, and the Student Government Association.
Recreation and activity oriented groups include the Georgetown Activities Council, intramurals, Georgetown College Equestrian Team, Georgetown College Film Club, Outdoor High Adventure Club, Social Plug, and the Georgetown College Disc Golf Club.
Activist groups include the Georgetown Sustainability Initiative, Campus Spectrum, Habitat for Humanity, Student Abolitionist Movement, and the American Red Cross Club.
Students interested in the arts can participate in the Dance Marathon, George-Tones, Gospel Choir, Lyric Theatre Society, Maskrafters/Alpha Psi Omega, MTNA piano club, Praise Dance Ministry, and the Step Team.
Religious organizations include Common Ground and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Academic groups include Alpha Lamda Delta, Biology Club, Brokmeyer Society (philosophy), Delta Omicron, Georgetown College Athletic Training Students, Kentucky Education Association, Math/Physics/Computer Science Club, Nat'l Association for Music Education, Psi Chi/Psi Alpha Omega, Sociology Club, Student Women and Gender Society, Students of Nat'l Association for Teachers of Singings, and the Academic Team.
Other student organizations include Ambassadors of Diversity, Pre-Health Association, SHAC, SHMAC, Tiger Squad, Commuter Club, and the Real Food Coalition.
The Georgetown College Maskrafter theatre group is the oldest collegiate theatre company in Kentucky and offers traditional theatre, an emphasis on creating original work, and new initiatives in digital motion picture art. As of 2007, the Maskrafters have produced a feature-length movie entitled "Surviving Guthrie", and have put on the musical "She Loves Me". The Maskrafters have also done recent plays including Proof,The Fantasticks, Grease, and Shakespeare's The Tempest. The Maskrafters are primarily students at Georgetown, and are guided by staff.
Songfest - Songfest is an evening of skits written by, starring, and produced by Greek and independent groups on campus. Skits are centered on the Homecoming theme, and also incorporate singing, dancing, and acting. Groups engage in competitions to win awards.
Chapel Day and Men’s Bid Day - Chapel Day and Men's Bid Day takes place each January. Chapel Day is a sorority event letting the active members know which pledges accepted their bid to join the sorority. The pledges dress in their new sorority’s colors and run through the doors of the Chapel into the waiting arms of their sisters. The fraternities’ version of Chapel Day occurs the following week. Referred to as Men’s Bid Day, it operates in a similar fashion and is held at Cooke Memorial. Even independent students, faculty, staff, family, and sometimes pets brave the cold to enjoy the excitement of this special campus tradition.
Homecoming - Homecoming is an annual tradition, which is highlighted by Songfest and a football game. Every year, alumni heads back to Georgetown’s campus. On Saturday morning, have brunch, listen to live music and fellowship with fellow alumni, professors and current students. A Homecoming King and Queen, elected by the student body, are crowned during halftime of the football game.
Belle of the Blue - Belle of the Blue is Georgetown’s small-scale version of Miss America. It is an annual scholarship pageant that any freshmen through junior woman can participate in. Each residence hall, including the male dormitories, nominates a woman to compete as their representative in the February event. On pageant night, the women are judged based on scholarship, interview, talent, poise and appearance. Another title awarded is “Miss Congeniality,” as well as an overall scholarship to Georgetown College.
Midnight Brunch -The Caf, each semester, selects one night during finals week to open at midnight. Students listen to music that blares and games are played, and the professors serve students platefuls of comfort food to help fuel their late-night study sessions.
Grubfest - Grubfest happens each September. Students join in the Quad for the annual battle to see which team can complete the most challenges. In a matter of hours, the Quad, a lush, green open area for socializing and studying, is turned into a slimy, muddy arena covered with food products. At the end of Grubfest, the two dirtiest and most creative participants are crowned king and queen of the year’s festivities.
Opening Convocation - Opening Convocation is held in the Chapel in the early fall and is a campus-wide assembly intended to create a sense of academic community and common purpose as the academic year begins.
Hanging of the Green' - Hanging of the Green is held each December, and students, faculty, and staff gather together in the Chapel on the first Monday night of the month for a worship service including an advent wreath lit by faculty and staff, an upperclassman offering the service’s message, and a Christmas tree trimmed on-stage with ornaments representing various organizations on campus. At the end, the attendees sing “Silent Night”.
Name Exchange Ceremony - Name Exchange Ceremony is one of Georgetown’s most bittersweet traditions. The Name Exchange Ceremony takes place on the day before graduation, following the senior banquet and preceding the Baccalaureate service. The soon-to-be graduates file out of the Caf and shake hands with the President and faculty members who have guided them over the past four years, but the professors introduce themselves by their first names, instead of their last names.
Commencement - The Commencement, or Graduation ceremony takes place every May on Giddings Lawn. Seniors troop through the doors of Giddings Hall and fan out onto the front lawn, where commencement proceeds.
On April 28, 2012, the college officially announced that after a year-long study, it had decided to transfer its athletics program to NCAA Division II. It is presumed they will join the newly formed Great Midwest Athletic Conference. However, on July 24, 2012, the college had released that it application to join the NCAA was denied. On Friday, July 13, 2012, the college received a letter from the membership committee stating "it felt that Georgetown College was not ready to enter the process at this time."
In December 2013, the College and KBC announced that they would officially sever ties on November 12, 2014. Though the recommendation was originally submitted prior to the 2012 Annual Meeting, action was postponed to accommodate the departure of former GC President Dr. Crouch.
- Ben M. Bogard, clergyman, founder of the American Baptist Association, based primarily in Little Rock, Arkansas
- LaVerne Butler, Southern Baptist pastor and former president of Mid-Continent University in Mayfield, Kentucky
- Blanton Collier, National Football League head coach of the Cleveland Browns, 1963-1970.
- Buell Kazee, American musician and Baptist minister
- Forest Shely, physician and long-time trustee of Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Kentucky
- Georgetown College History
- "Giddings Hall". Historic Campus Architecture Project. Council of Independent Colleges. November 2006. Retrieved 2008-08-05.
- CCSAC Accreditation
- Majors and Minors offered at GC
- Student Organizations
- Greek life
- Interested groups
- Maskrafters: Theatre & Film
- Georgetown College Traditions
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- "Georgetown College Athletics Applies for NCAA Affiliation". Georgetown College. April 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
- NCAA Division II Application denied
- KBC and GC Officially sever ties
- "Benjamin Marcus Bogard (1868–1951)". encyclopediaofarkansas.net. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- Michael Foust, Obituary of LaVerne Butler, Baptist Press, December 21, 2010
- William Lynwood Montell, Tales from Kentucky Doctors. Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky, ISBN 978-0-8131-2482-7. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
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