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Admissions Staff Accepts Challenge, Turns South Laurel Senior into Candy Man”

What makes EKU special?

Ask Chris Butcher when he arrives on campus this fall from South Laurel High School. It all started as what he considered a good-natured joke.

But when Butcher, a senior at South Laurel High School, tweeted, “@EKUAdmissions better step up their game because (a rival school) sent me some candy,” he soon found out just how seriously Eastern Kentucky University was taking his interest.

Butcher’s initial tweet was quickly met by a response from EKU Admissions: “What’s your favorite? We will see what we can do.”

Just three days later, with permission from the school’s guidance counselor and Butcher’s teacher at that time, Fe’Lisa Wilson and Beth Brashears from the EKU Admissions staff, along with a current EKU student and the Colonel mascot, made the 50-mile trek to London and appeared at his South Laurel classroom door with a surprise treat. A basket was filled with not only his favorite candy but also an EKU banner, some EKU shirts, and other University paraphernalia.

Butcher was not alone in feeling special. For the 86 other South Laurel students who had also applied to the University, Wilson and Brashears brought each a bag full of Starbursts with a note that said, “We are bursting with happiness that you’re a #FutureColonel.”

The surprise visit and gift basket certainly made a vivid impression on Butcher, and made me proud of our University and of our hard-working Admissions staff.

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Published on February 05, 2015

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