Anthony Rupard has many roles on campusBy VICTORIA ENGELHARDT, Staff Writer
Anthony Rupard is the Associate Dean of Students. You may have seen him walking around campus, eating in the Caf or working out in the Rec. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich. Rupard went on to earn a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. Currently, he is working on obtaining his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Louisville. This Lexington native found his way to Georgetown College after visiting a friend here and loving the atmosphere of a small, private college, especially one that wasso close to his family.
He and his wife Natalie have a 22-month-old daughter, Anna Mae. While playing with his daughter is his favorite activity, he also likes to read, play basketball and ultimate frisbee and do anything outdoors. He also loves going to plays, concerts and coffeehouses. His favorite artist is Ben Harper, and he loves UK football and basketball.
As Associate Dean of Students, Rupard has many responsibilities. He offers supervision and support to the Student Wellness Center, all of the area coordinators and residence life staff. As of this year, he is the Judicial Affairs OfFIcer, and is the director of Housing. His favorite part of his job is getting able to interact with students; even though he stays busy, he tries to go out and mingle for at least an hour a day. He is very motivated and passionate about connecting with students, especially those at risk, because he struggled in college and wants to help those in situations similar to his.
Rupard’s job is helping students with what goes on outside of class so they can be successful inside the classroom. On any given day he may meet with students about write-ups, have staff meetings with the area coordinators, talk to a few parents about roommate or dorm related issues, do paperwork, answer emails and still have the energy to work out over lunch. To him, his job isn’t stressful. Actually, he loves getting to know students better, even if it is because they are sent to him over a judicial issue. While judicial meetings aren’t necessarily his favorite, he thinks they are a good challenge for him. If you ever have to meet with him, don’t worry, he’s a really nice guy. In the past he has taught a few semesters of Introduction to Psychology and one day would like to teach fulltime. But for now, he is content with being the psuedocounselor of the dean’s office.
Belle of the Blue plans to “capture the moment”By LAURA HOFFMAN, Staff Writer
This year the Belle of Blue scholarship pageant will make its 59th appearance at Georgetown College. The theme for this year’s contest is “Capture the Moment,” something the pageant has traditionally been known to do. The annual pageant will consist of 15 women who are selected by each of the dorms (Greek and Independent) on campus. The content of the pageant will include an onstage interview with each contestant as well as a talent performance. The contestants will also be judged on their poise and appearance. The five finalists of the competition will be asked an unrehearsed question on stage. The con-testants’ GPAs are also considered.
Directing this year’s pageant are sophomore Abby Watkins and junior Madison Osborne. “All of the participants have been working very hard,” said Osborne. “I feel honored to be able to work with all of these amazing ladies. Everything has gone very smoothly.” The participants in this year’s pageant are Katy Truman representing Allen Hall, Rebecca Smith representing Phi Mu, Arielle Evans representing Knight Hall, Heather Drake representing Phi Kappa Tau, Megan McKay representing Kappa Alpha, Laura Schumacher representing Pi Kappa Alpha, Morgan Faulkner representing President’s House Association, Tara Jo Sword representing Lambda Chi Alpha, Rae Dunn representing Flowers Hall, Lacey Lamb representing East Campus, Lindsay Conner representing Sigma Kappa, Katlin Johnson representing Kappa Delta, Emily Dodson representing Alpha Gamma Delta, Emily Faulkner representing Pierce Hall and Sarah Catron representing Anderson Hall. Collier Hall didn’t select a represenative. “I’m really excited about the variety of talents in this year’s pageant,” said Watkins. “The girls have been great to work with. Getting all of this together has been a lot of work, but I think it will pay off and the show will be great.”
The pageant is Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. in John Hill Chapel. Everyday this week from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tickets will be on sale outside of the Caf.
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: KRISTIN DICKINSONBy WHITLEY ARENS, Opinion Editor
Senior Kristin Dickinson once swallowed a live minnow on a dare. Though she “wouldn’t suggest trying it,” it certainly does make quite the impression. This minnow-swallowing daredevil is a Theater major, Chemistry minor that describes herself as outspoken and opinionated. Her outspoken and opinionated nature has only been fostered by her four years at Georgetown, though she believes her mother would have liked the opposite— “This is part of my personality I think my mother would hope that I have grown out of, and I hate to tell her this, but I think it’s just intensified over my four years here!”
In addition to being able to pursue her interesting major/minor pairing (of which she says, “Random combination, I know!”) at GC, Dickinson has also gained a slew of wonderful memories, so much so that she can’t pick just one. In trying to choose, she says, “Oh my gosh! I have to name just one?! Probably playing in the snow, and random road trips, and rolling our pumpkins down the hill, and spring breaks, and Directions… I could go on and on.” In light of this information, one may find it interesting that Dickinson almost didn’t go to Georgetown College. In fact, until the last minute, she had something very different in mind— “Actually, I was dead-set on Western Ky University. But then, about two weeks before applications were due, my guidance counselor suggested I look at Georgetown because she thought I would be better suited at a smaller college. Once I came up to visit, I wanted my family to just leave me here! I felt right at home, and knew there was nowhere else I would be as happy! And I definitely made the right decision!”
Though she almost didn’t make it here, Georgetown has definitely shaped who Dickinson is today. She says, “Well, I would like to think that I have grown up a lot since freshman year, and hopefully, I am more responsible than I was!” And, after a love at-first-sight introduction to the college, Dickinson doesn’t really want to leave. Instead of the usual mix of excitement and fear in regards to graduating, Dickinson tends to favor the latter in honestly divulging the following—“Oh, I’m scared to death! I have absolutely no concept of being an adult! It just feels like I just started college, and I shouldn’t be this old yet! And what am I going to do without all of my friends? It’s just strange to think that we are all going to go our separate ways and begin new lives…real lives! I don’t even know where to begin!”
Even though graduation seems a little daunting right now, Dickinson does have a plan: “Hopefully, I will get a job in pharmaceutical sales after graduation. If that doesn’t happen, I will look into any kind of public relations job. Eventually I’m sure I will go back to school and get my master’s degree, probably in chemical engineering (which sounds kind of boring, so maybe I can get a good enough job that I don’t have to go back)!” Hopefully , Dickinson ’ s decently-silly sense of humor is coming through by this point. Apparently, people here think she’s all kinds of funny, though this may be the exception and not the rule—“ Up here, people think I am really country, a complete redneck. But when I go home, I am one of the least country people I know! Oh, and people think I am kind of funny here at school, but I am really, really not considered funny at home.”
It seems that Dickinson might be living some sort of weird double-life, though that would be oddly fitting seeing as how she’s a Theatre major. For the record, the “home” in which she is neither redneck nor funny is Trenton, Ky. Coming to Georgetown from Trenton was quite an adjustment for her—“I was born and raised in Trenton, Ky, which is in Todd Co., about four hours west of Georgetown. It is completely in the middle of nowhere, so I am definitely a small town girl! I even think Georgetown in a big city, and everyone laughs at me when they hear me say that!” Somehow, it would seem likely that Dickinson probably just laughs right along with them.