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Pauline 'Polly' Bell Dunn, 96, recommends CU as wonderful place

She remembers two major events in her life: Winning national spelling bee and making the decision to do her teacher education at Campbellsville University
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By Linda Waggener, marketing and media relations coordinator

CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY - Pauline 'Polly' Bell Dunn, 96, always mentions twospecial things she did as a young woman. The first, she won the nationalspelling bee at age 13, and second, she chose to do her teachereducation at Campbellsville Junior College, now CampbellsvilleUniversity.


Her collection of photos includes one that shows her standing to theimmediate right of United States President Calvin Coolidge, wearing themedal she received for her win. She has worn that medal every day since,through her years of schooling in Grayson County, KY, through herstudent years at Campbellsville, and to this very day.

Polly Dunn always speaks lovingly of CU

Her daughter, Elinor, said that her mother always speaks lovingly of heryears at CU and pressed all four of her children to go there because itwas a small school where everyone knew each other.

Fred Stickle, a friend at Eastwood Baptist Church in Bowling Green, andfather of two CU students, told Dr. Darlene Eastridge, CampbellsvilleUniversity's dean of the Carver School of Social Work and Counseling,about Pauline Dunn whose memories of CU are so positive.

Stickle was on campus with his son, Jacob, a senior majoring inpsychology with a music minor, when he was at CU taking summer classes.Stickle's daughter Jodi graduated from CU with a bachelor of sciencedegree in psychology in 1999.

She and husband made hard transition in move to Bowling Green

Dunn and her husband Charlie have recently made a hard transition,moving out of their lifetime residence and into a small home createdespecially for them by daughter, Elinor, and her husband, Bowling GreenRealtor, Mike Salsman.

The Dunn's most treasured keepsakes still surround them in their newhome. It was there that Eastridge talked of their shared connection asMrs. Dunn spent 30 years working in the field of social work after abrief career teaching in one-room schools in Grayson County.

During the visit, Dunn cradled her precious "Girl's Graduate Journal"album from 1933 and showed it to Eastridge. One of the pages read:
"Stapp Hall
A rainy day, May 7, 1933
I'll remember you as one of my best friends.
With love,
Lorene Sullivan
Canmer, KY"
Other friends who wrote in Dunn's album while she was at CU included:Jenny Newland, Lena Franklin Higdon, Gladys Williams, Alice TaylorRagdon, Jessie Irvine, Curtis Phipps, Topsie Vera Pike, Mary FarrisRaywick, Vivian Whitlow, Lillie Turner, Thelma Lake and Jr. CrippsBradshaw.

These fellow students added their hometowns under their signatures:Evelyn Melborne, Perryville, KY; Mildred Nickols, Hodgenville, KY; RoyPat Helton, Coxs Creek, KY; Effie Jane Sears, Drum, KY; Martha LeeStallings, Louisville, KY.

Mary Kate Farris has been lifetime friend

"Mother and her dear friend from Campbellsville, Mary Kate Farris, keptin contact all of their lives." her daughter said. "One photo I hope tobe able to give the college, when it is unpacked, shows Mother and MaryKate with two other girls, each one wearing different colored polka dotpajamas, all leaning over the railing of Stapp Hall enjoying dorm life."

The Bowling Green daughter, beside whom Dunn and her husband live now,is one of four children. The other three are Dale Dunn who lives inKonxville, TN; Charlene Henderson, Spring Hill, TN.; and Kyle Dunnin Goodlettsville, TN.

In the background throughout the visit, an antique clock ticked awayeach second, occasionally chiming the hour, reminding all that even as achild of God nears the 100-year mark, life's precious seasons passquickly and reminders must be captured as Pauline Dunn has, wearing hermedal every day and keeping her album of good friends messages close by.

For more information about the Carver School of Social Work, call(270) 789-5049.

Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institutionlocated in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, CampbellsvilleUniversity is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has anenrollment of 3,006 students who represent 97 Kentucky counties, 30states and 37 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report's 2010"America's Best Colleges," CU is ranked 23rd in "Best BaccalaureateColleges" in the South, tied for fifth in "most international students"and fourth in "up-and-coming" schools in baccalaureate colleges in theSouth. CU has been ranked 17 consecutive years with U.S.News & WorldReport. The university has also been named to America's Best ChristianColleges(r) and to G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School.Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington,Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter isin his 11th year as president.


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Polly Dunn with friends at Stapp Hall



2009-10-28 - Campbellsville University, Campbellsville, KY - Photo Photo submitted. Pauline Dunn, second from the right, is shown here on the porch of old Stapp Hall with her fellow students, wearing different colored polka dot outfits. The girl on the far right is Dunn's lifetime friend, Mary Kate Farris, who taught at Fern Creek High School for years until retirement and is now deceased. (Photo submitted)
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Polly Dunn visits with Dean Eastridge



2009-10-28 - Photo by Linda Waggener. Pauline "Polly" Bell Dunn, center, in left photo, shows her keepsakes to Dr. Darlene Eastridge, dean of Campbellsville University's Carver School of Social Work and Counseling, at right. At left is Dunn's husband, Charlie. RIght photo: Pauline "Polly" Bell Dunn holds her keepsake medal from having won the national spelling bee. Her daughter Elinor said, "Mother has kept that gold medal with her every day all through her college years and she has worn it every day since." (Campbellsville University photo by Linda Waggener)
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Polly Dunn with President Coolidge



2009-10-28 - Washington, DC - Photo from Campbellsville University. US President Calvin Coolidge posed with national spelling bee winners in 1926. To his right is the winner of the second national spelling bee ever held, 13-year-old Pauline "Polly" Bell from Clarkson, just north of Leitchfield in Grayson County, KY. And to her right is the winner from the year before who was also from Kentucky, Frank Neuhouser, who won the first spelling bee ever held. He is also still alive and a resident of Louisville."
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