It seems Cornelia Calhoun has always loved KSU. A native of Frankfort, she never even considered attending another university. She was born and raised in Frankfort, and was then educated – and ultimately made her career – at KSU.
“That was just my way of life,” she explains. “I started here, and I decided to enhance my skills and establish a career here.” Two degrees and a 34-year career later, she is still active in KSU alumni activities, and is frequently seen on campus, either visiting, advising, or volunteering.
Cornelia graduated from KSU in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Education. She then went to work for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, but a few years later her life took a turn: She received a phone call from A.W. Wright, who was then chair of the Sociology Department at KSU. “Mr. Wright asked me to work for him in the sociology department as a secretary technician. When I retired in 2006, I was assistant to the dean of the College of Professional Studies.”
In the meantime, Cornelia never sat still. During her 34 years working at KSU, she added a Master of Public Administration to her resume (1994). She also served as a staff regent (2000 to 2006), and has always been actively involved in alumni activities. She is a life member of the KSU National Alumni Association (KSUNAA), and has served as secretary of the Frankfort Alumni Chapter and president of the Kentucky Region of the KSUNAA. Earlier this year, her contributions were recognized by the KSUNAA when she received the William H. Goodwin National Alumni Award “in recognition of and appreciation for outstanding service and support.”
Somehow – in the midst of all this activity – Cornelia also found time to serve her community. She has been active in the Women’s Club of Frankfort and the Capital City Retired Teachers Association, and has served on the board of the Greenhill Cemetery. She also volunteers for Project Graduation.
Even today, when KSU has a need, Cornelia is still ready to answer the call. One morning recently, she got a phone call asking if she could stop by campus that day for a brief visit. Her answer? “Give me a few minutes to get ready and I’ll stop by.” Some people just find a way to get things done – Cornelia Calhoun is one of those people.