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Live, Learn, Believe.Vim Promovet Insitiam (Latin)
|Motto in English||Learning Promotes One's Innate Power|
|Type||Private Liberal Arts|
|Endowment||US $47 Million|
|President||Dr. William H. Crouch Jr.|
|Location||Georgetown, KY, USA|
|Athletics||16 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.
Early history 
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.
Recent history 
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. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Georgetown College.
Georgetown College is 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.
Georgetown College does not discriminate, either in the admission of students or in the administration of any of its educational policies, programs, or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran/reserve/National Guard status.
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.
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Georgetown College is situated on 104 gently rolling acres in Central Kentucky, punctuated by an Arboretum and 23 varieties of trees. The campus has three antebellum buildings: Giddings Hall(administrative, development, and public relations offices), Pawling Hall (faculty offices and classrooms), and Highbaugh Hall (registrar and business offices.)
Twelve additional buildings house various academic, administrative, and student activities and organizations. The Asher Science Center houses offices and classrooms, laboratories, a computer lab, seminar rooms, a planetarium, and a green house. The Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Building houses offices and classrooms, studios, computer graphic facilities, portions of the College’s art collection, and a gallery. The Anna Ashcraft Ensor Learning Resource Center contains print and non-print materials, media collections, the Writing Center, a computer lab, a gourmet coffee shop, and an art gallery. The George H. W. Bush Center for Fitness includes a gymnasium, weight and game rooms and a room to house the Athletic Hall of Fame. The Cralle Student Center contains the offices for Student Life and the Student Government Association, dining services, the campus grille, bookstore, Porter Leadership Center, and radio station. DavisReid Alumni Gymnasium seats 1,500 for athletic events and contains areas for intramurals, fitness, and racquetball. The College’s primary chapel/auditorium, Campus Ministry office, student publications, classrooms, and offices are located in John L. Hill Chapel. Nunnelley Music Building, the Lab Theatre, Cooke Memorial, and the Business Administration/Economics Building complement the College’s academic physical plant. The McCandless House contains the office for International Studies and the Marshall Center for Christian Ministry.
Two residence halls, Anderson and Knight, are located just north of the academic commons, while the south campus area is the setting for 13 small residence halls, accommodating between 28 and 86 students each. On the East Campus, the College has four apartment-style residential buildings housing up to 32 students each, a Leadership and Conference Center and attractive athletic facilities. Rucker Village, new townhouse style residence halls for 84 students, opened August 2011. Hambrick Village, new townhouse style residence halls for 84 students, opened Fall 2012.
Student organizations 
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.
A student-run newspaper, called The Georgetonian, publishes multiple issues per semester. A student-run radio station, WRVG, is housed on campus in the Cralle Student Center.
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.
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Songfest, a Georgetown original, is an evening of skits written by, starring, and produced by Greek and independent groups on campus. These skits, centered on the Homecoming theme, incorporate singing, dancing, and acting, and range from elaborate and expertly-executed to off-the-wall. Groups engage in fierce competition to win awards, including Participant’s Choice, and the coveted Overall Winner.
Each January, sororities and fraternities await the arrival of their new members in two separate events, Chapel Day and Men’s Bid Day. Chapel Day is a sorority event; pledges dress in their new sorority’s colors and run through the doors of the Chapel into the waiting arms of their sisters. Active members of the sororities are unaware of which girls accepted their bids until they emerge on the Chapel steps. The fraternities’ version of Chapel Day occurs the next 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, an annual tradition, highlighted by Songfest and a football game, draws alumni from far and wide back to Georgetown’s campus. On Saturday morning, alums flock to the quad for brunch, live music and fellowship with fellow alumni, professors and current students. A Homecoming Queen and King, elected by the student body, are crowned during special football halftime festivities.
Belle of the Blue, Georgetown’s small-scale version of Miss America, is an annual scholarship pageant, open to freshmen, sophomore, and junior women. 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. While only one special lady can claim the coveted title of “Belle of the Blue,” the title of “Miss Congeniality,” as well as the equally coveted overall scholarship to Georgetown College, is also up for grabs.
Each semester, the Caf selects one night during finals week to open at midnight. While music blares and games are played, professors serve students platefuls of comfort food to help fuel their late-night study sessions. The food is excellent and the atmosphere zany, but Georgetown students love the Midnight Brunch tradition simply because it provides an opportunity to dine, socialize, and take a break from the stress of studying for finals in the comfort of their campus community.
Undoubtedly Georgetown’s dirtiest tradition, Grubfest happens each September.students join in the Quad for the annual battle to see which team can complete the most challenges and, of course, get the filthiest! In a matter of hours, the Quad is transformed from a lush, green open area for socializing and studying 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. A lesser known aspect of Grubfest is the annual “Race for the Showers” that follows this Georgetown tradition.
Held in the Chapel in early fall, Opening Convocation is a campus-wide assembly intended to create a sense of academic community and common purpose as the academic year begins. According to tradition, students stand as all members of the faculty and administration parade in and out of the Chapel wearing their full academic regalia, and the entire assembly sings the Alma Mater together.
Each December at Hanging of the Green, 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. The service concludes on Giddings Circle, where attendees sing “Silent Night” as the hundreds of white lights that decorate the center of our campus shine brightly into the night at the beginning of the season.
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 this time, the professors introduce themselves by their first names as a symbolic gesture to remind seniors that the student-professor relationship has now come to an end. While the official tradition is to exchange a handshake, hugs abound and it is not uncommon for seniors (and their professors) to reach the end of the line teary-eyed.
Commencement is the reward for four years of hard work. Georgetown’s commencement ceremony takes place every May on lush Giddings Lawn during fair weather or is relocated to Alumni Gymnasium in the event of inclement weather. Seniors troop through the doors of Giddings Hall and fan out onto the front lawn, where commencement proceeds. There is nothing quite like an outdoor commencement and the mood is often festive, rather than somber.
Religious affiliation 
Georgetown College, historically linked with the Kentucky Baptist Convention, has recently changed its relationship with the Convention. The college retains its Baptist heritage, and is still affiliated with the KBC, but no longer receives money from the Convention. It has the right to elect its own trustees independently, without the Convention's approval.
Georgetown College teams, nicknamed athletically as the Tigers, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Mid-South Conference. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, dance, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
The football and basketball programs have long been regarded as perennial powerhouses. The Georgetown football program takes pride in its state-of-the-art football facilities that doubled as the former summer training camp home of the Cincinnati Bengals. Until recently plans for a turf field has been released.
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.
- National Champions - 1991, 2000, 2001
- National Finalist - 1991, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
- National Semi-Finalist - 2004, 2011
- 17 Mid-South Conference Champions - 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011
- 1998 National Champions
- 2013 National Champions
- 31 appearances in NAIA National Tournament
- 57 wins in National Tournament History
- 22 Sweet Sixteen appearances
- 14 Elite Eight appearances
- 12 Fab Four appearances
- 5 National Title games
- Georgetown Baseball - Notable Alumnus - Billy Ray Cyrus
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.
Student events 
Georgetown College offers several events every year that give students the option to participate. The biggest of these is Songfest, a stage performance put together by the individual dorm houses, including (but not limited to) the fraternities and sororities. It is part of Georgetown's homecoming celebration. Other events include the Belle of the Blue, a scholarship pageant, and Greek Week, part of the rush and pledging tradition.
Notable alumni 
- LaVerne Butler, Southern Baptist pastor and former president of Mid-Continent University in Mayfield, Kentucky
- Forest Shely, physician and long-time trustee of Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Kentucky
- Blanton Collier, National Football League head coach of the Cleveland Browns, 1963-1970.
- Billy Ray Cyrus, Country singer and father of Miley Cyrus
- Steven Curtis Chapman, American musician, songwriter, actor, author, and social activist
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- 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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