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Giving Thanks, Thanksgiving 2011: At Ransdell Chapel, CU

Campbellsville University supporter, former employee and alumna Ginny Flanagan gives thanks at annual Thanksgiving chapel
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By Joan C. McKinney
News from Campbellsville University

CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY - Ginny Flanagan, a 1965 graduate of Campbellsville University, a financial supporter of the university, a former employee of the university who remains a part-time employee, gave a testimony of why she's thankful for the university at the annual Thanksgiving service November 16, 2011.

Flanagan's address was made possible through a grant from the Reuben and Jewel Robertson Worship Endowment Program.

She reminisced about her days both as a student and employee at CU. She told the students, "Chapel is just one of the many good memories I have of my time as a student at what was then Campbellsville College.

She said the professors then, as they do now, "cared for us and helped us to grow."

She and her husband, Dan, whom she calls her "best friend and prayer partner," both graduated from CU and have both served on staff at the university. She was director of public relations and marketing for over 20 years and director of the Technology Training Center, and Dan Flanagan was campus minister and vice president for student life.

Flanagan said the students she and her husband met andworked with while they were staff members at CU "were and still are part of our lives, and we are very grateful for that."

"The university, under Dr. Michael Carter's leadership, has expanded its programs and helped many, many people in this region of the state make it through some pretty tough financial times," she said.

She helped set up and worked in the Campbellsville University Technology Training Center, along with John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president.

"The Tech Center programs have achieved national recognition and have the support of our state and national leaders."

Flanagan said, "The benefits we received from Campbellsville can't be measured with numbers and dollars, but dollars were what made the opportunity for us possible."

Flanagan said she and her husband learned the importance of giving first hand while at the university. "I have seen the sacrificial giving of wonderful Christians who have made the difference for this institution," she said.

She said she is thankful to Campbellsville University for the academic opportunities she had as a student, for the personal growth the university gave her both as a student and staff member, for meeting her friends and working with "wonderful" people as an employee and for having met her life partner at CU and raising her two sons, Will and Matt, in the CU environment exposing them to all the opportunities a "Christian college family gives."

"But most of all," she said, "I am thankful to my Heavenly Father for making this possible and for giving to us all his Son."

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Giving thanks, Thanksgiving 2011, at Ransdell Chapel

2011-11-23 - Ransdell Chapel, 401 N. Hoskins Avenue, Campbellsville, KY - Photo from Campbellsville University. Ginny Flanagan, left photo, spoke on what Campbellsville University has meant to her at chapel. The United to Praise Choir, with Josh Percell, far right, right photo as director, performs at Campbellsville University's Thanksgiving chapel. Campbellsville University Photos by Nicholas Osaigbovo
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