The University occupies an 850-acre campus in the residential community of Buies Creek, NC, located in Harnett County, half-way between North Carolina's thriving metropolitan areas of Raleigh and Fayetteville. The region is one of the most progressive for education and research in the Southeast. Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina, and Fayetteville are each 30 miles away from campus. Within an hour of driving are the Research Triangle Park and the city of Durham. The nearby towns of Lillington, Erwin, and Dunn offer students a variety of restaurant and shopping options
Many stories exist as to the origin of the nickname " Fighting Camels" and the adoption of a camel as the mascot of Campbell University athletic teams. To date, there is still uncertainty as to why the unique mascot (only one other school in the United States -- and none in Division I -- has the nickname " Camels" ) was chosen.
According to historian J. Winston Pearce, author of " Campbell College, Big Miracle in Little Buies Creek," the nickname's origin perhaps stretches back to the turn of the century when all but one of the school's original buildings were destroyed by fire. In the aftermath, Z.T. Kivett visited the school's founder and president, Dr. James Archibald Campbell, at his residence
As Dr. Campbell bemoaned the fate of the institution he had worked 13 years to build, Mr. Kivett encouraged him, " Your name's Campbell; then get a hump on you! We've got work to do." Dr. Campbell thought that Mr. Kivett said, " You're a camel, get a hump on you." Hence the nomadic nickname.
Campbell's athletic teams were originally named the " Hornets." Copies of Creek Pebbles, the school newspaper, in the 1920s and 1930s described the teams as " Hornets." Other references to the athletic teams were " The Campbells" or the " Campbellites.
Although an official date is unknown, the changing of the mascot to a camel came in late 1933 or early 1934. There is no explanation why the nickname was changed to Camels, only this one sentence was printed in the Jan. 13, 1934 issue of Creek Pebbles: " Eight new men were recently initiated into Campbell's monogram club, which has changed its name from 'Hornets' to 'Camels.'"
From that point on, all Campbell athletic teams have proudly worn the Camel mascot.
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Campbell offers more than 90 undergraduate tracks and concentrations. Students may declare a double major and a minor. Seventy percent of these majors entail internships. Students also have opportunities for foreign study and independent study. For further information visit the Academics web page for a complete listing of undergraduate programs
Students have the opportunity to attend and participate in a weekly worship service called Campus Worship. Campus Worship meets each Sunday during the semester at 7 PM in Butler Chapel, and is organized by a student planning team under the direction of the Campus Ministry office. These services seek to represent a variety of traditions and worship styles in an effort to provide a quality gathering for the university community to worship. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend. For further specific information regarding Campus Worship visit the Camps Worship page.
Campbell University is a university of the liberal arts, sciences, and professions which is committed to helping students develop an integrated Christian personality characterized by a wholeness that includes: a method of critical judgment; an appreciation of our intellectual, cultural, and religious heritage; and a sensitive awareness of the world and society in which they live and work with persons.
Campbell University is a Baptist university affiliated with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Both in and out of the classroom, the University endeavors to present Christian principles to students and to foster their application to daily life.
The purpose of Campbell University arises out of three basic theological and Biblical presuppositions: learning is appointed and conserved by God as essential to the fulfillment of human destiny; in Christ, all things consist and find ultimate unity; and the Kingdom of God in this world is rooted and grounded in Christian community.
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