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2010-2011 Alumni AssociationBoard of DirectorsPresidentRichard Prewitt, ’80President-ElectSusan Rice Bradley, ’98Past PresidentDavid Rhodes, ’80SecretaryTerry Dixon, Ed.D., ’68Executive DirectorDave Bergman, ’89Board Member EmeritusMary Doyle Johnson, ’48Dick Koeniger, ’67Term Expiring 2011Jeffrey W. Davis, ’80Maureen “Cookie” Henson, ’74John P. Hollingsworth, Ph.D., ’63Mike Parsley, ’89Allen Robbins, ’90Term Expiring 2012Jonathan Childers, ’00Melanie Mackey Evans, ’90Duane Floro, ’79Shannon Evans Harrington, ’00Jimmy Huddleston, ’87Term Expiring 2013Tom Broyles, ’80Kathy Byrd, ’83-’87Brittney House, ’09Terry Stigall, ’75Amy Stroud, ’04Ex-officio MembersJames H. Taylor, Ph.D., ’68, PresidentSue Wake, ’70, V.P. for Institutional AdvancementDaphne Baird, Director of Media RelationsPaul P. Steely, ’49, Trustee LiaisonJacob Moak, ’11, SGA PresidentAlumni Family and Friends,Whether you are in your favorite living room chair, on abusiness trip or online, we are pleased that you are readingthis 2011 winter edition of Cumberland Today. Your alumnimagazine is intended to keep alumni and friends informedof all-things-Cumberland, both on campus and afar.The New Year is well underway and exciting things are alreadyplanned for the year ahead. Please see our “Save the Date”schedule of events located on the pages ahead and join usfor an event this year. Your Alumni Board of Directors metin December to get the new term of office off and runningwith strategic planning. The Leadership Commitment ofthe Board is secure. Rich Prewitt, ’80, alumni president, andSusan Rice Bradley, ’98, alumni president-elect, are poised to offer excellent leadership thisyear along with executives Dr. Terry Dixon, ’68, secretary, and David Rhodes, ’80, pastpresident. Each of these alumni has served the Alumni Board with distinction and humbleservice. Their commitment is unquestioned and unwavering as they blaze a wide path backto campus not only for themselves as leaders but also for others to follow. We solicit yourLeadership Commitment if you have the right stuff.If, while reading Cumberland Today, you should think of someone among the alumni familywho deserves recognition for service or leadership, please contact the Alumni Office or anyone of our Alumni Board members. We will be glad to follow up on your recommendationand perhaps even feature that alumnus in a future issue of your alumni magazine. Thankyou.Sincerely,Dave Bergman, ’89Alumni DirectorLeadership CommitmentVisit us online: www.ucumberlands.edu/alumniOr email us: alumni@ucumberlands.eduWe’d love to hear your comments!Cumberland Today is published by the Office of MediaRelations. Mail contributions, letters and addresschanges to University of the Cumberlands, AlumniServices, 7075 College Station Dr., Williamsburg, KY40769, or emailed to alumni@ucumberlands.edu.Graphic DesignerMeghann HolmesContributorsDaphne BairdDave Bergman, ’89Elaine CroleyRobbie Floyd, ’11Laura Silvers, ’11Stephanie Quattrociocchi, ’11University PhotographersDaphne BairdMeghann HolmesRobbie Floyd, ’11Jeff Meadors, ’96Sports InformationPrinted byWelch Printing Company


Dear Alumni and Friends of UC,Recently I attended the Madrigal Dinner at University of the Cumberlands. My wife Nina and I celebrated our 30th class reunion fromCumberland, and we would never have thought about attending that event back then, in college. I think this is my third in a row since joiningthe Alumni Board, and it gets better every time. The food, the music and the camaraderie are magnificent.Dr. Taylor had a few words at the beginning and a little as a closing, and in both talks he implored everybody to drive around campus.Truthfully, I am thinking, what for? I’ve lived in Williamsburg most of my adult life; from my home I could hear the outside activitiesdowntown and on campus. I go to church near campus. I cut through campus on Main St. at least weekly. Why did Nina and I need to drivearound? We are experts.Respectfully,In driving around, I gained a much deeper appreciation of Dr. Taylor and his staff. The University of theCumberlands and my Cumberland College are like leaving Earth and visiting Mars. What Dr. Taylor hasdone in his leadership role as president of our beloved University is nothing short of remarkable. EverythingI ever loved about Cumberland is still right there; there is just so much more.There is absolutely nothing at U of C that isn’t at an all-time high; from enrollment to student services, todegrees and programs to buildings and grounds. But perhaps the need for you is also at an all-time high. Forjust as many reasons, if not more, we want you back. Please make this the year you come to homecoming,earn another degree, come to a game, or encourage a potential student. Please, we really want you back.Rich Prewitt, ’80Alumni PresidentCumberland Alumni,As president-elect of your Alumni Board of Directors, I want to share a few words about the University and whatit means to me. Sounds easy, right? Well, it is more difficult than I originally thought.My immediate thoughts were the great memories; friends I met, cheering at football and basketball games, andmost importantly, meeting my husband. But, what does Cumberland mean to me now? Twelve years followinggraduation, I have a kind, honest and Godly husband. I have a career that I have been working at for twelveyears. I have great friends. I belong to a wonderful church that I try to serve.After much consideration, I came to the conclusion that I love my University and want to “pay forward” toothers the same experience I had at Cumberland. In my opinion, the years we spend in college are unmatched.It is the time that prepares us for how we will fulfill our futures. It is the time when we discover our interestsand talents that will shape us for our future career paths. Most people find their future spouse and that lays thegroundwork for children and family.Can you imagine any greater place to spend such a crucial, transitional time in life; the presence of God surrounding you each day as you arelearning and maturing? Well, I decided I want the same experience for my family and my loved ones, and as a Christian, I should want thatfor strangers. After all, I was a stranger at one point, and thanks to the grace of God and the generosity of the late Kentucky Governor BertT. Combs, ’30, I was given such an opportunity.As an involved alumna, I believe it is my turn to “pay forward” my blessings to future generations. I feel this alumni role is a ministry thatneeds to be filled through my service on the Alumni Board.I want to personally invite you back to campus. Bring your family and refer a student to Cumberlands. By coming back to campus regularly,you will get to know your University in new ways, and perhaps you will feel the same about giving back as Alumni Board members do. Youwill not regret the decision to pass along Cumberlands’ blessings to others.Susan Rice Bradley, ’98President-Elect, Alumni Board of DirectorsWinter 2011 • CumberlandToday • 1


contentsCOVER STORYMajorGeneralDowd25-27COVER: Kenneth S. Dowd,’79,was promoted from the rank ofbrigadier general to major generalin 2008. He is pictured receivinghis second star from GeneralDavid Petraeus, who currentlyserves as the commander of theInternational Security AssistanceForces (ISAF) and commander ofthe U.S. Forces Afghanistan.34-72011 Save the Date!Campus NewsPhotos submitted.8-910-121314-1718-2425-2728-3435-36373839-4041Athletic Hall of Fame InducteesStudent SpotlightGift AnnuitiesUC Alum Serves in KenyaHomecoming 2010COVER STORYAlumni NewsAlumni SpotlightAlumni Hall of Honor PosthumousInducteeAlumnus Receives Honorary DegreeTribute ProgramWhere are They Now?Chelsea Belt, ’11, elegantlyrepresented University of theCumberlands as the 2010Kentucky Mountain LaurelFestival Queen candidate.2 • CumberlandToday • Winter 2011


Leadership in a Free and Strong AmericaPresented by Forcht Group ofKentucky Center for Excellencein LeadershipFeaturing: Mike Huckabee,former Arkansas GovernorSpecial Music by Lee Greenwood7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April, 5, 2011,O. Wayne Rollins CenterHomecoming 20102011Save The Date Campus EventsAlumni, Faculty, Staff, Students andFriends WelcomeWednesday, March 30, 2011:Career Fair for Students,Alumni, and ProspectiveEmployers, Boswell CampusCenter, 10:30 a.m. – 3:00p.m.Monday, April 25, 2011:Honors Day Convocation10:00 a.m., O. Wayne RollinsCenterSaturday, May 7, 2011:Graduation/CommencementExercises, O. Wayne RollinsCenter, 10:00 a.m.Class of 1961 50th yearGolden MarchSaturday, October 29, 2011:Homecoming Football Game1:30 p.m., James H. Taylor IIStadiumBelhaven College vsUniversity of theCumberlandsHomecoming,Alumni & StudentWeekendFriday, Saturday,Sunday October 28-30, 2011Winter 2011 •• CumberlandToday •• 327


campus newsCumberlands Holds First White Coat CeremonyOn Dec. 16, 2010, the first class, or cohort, of students in the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program reached an importantmilestone in their studies that began in January 2010 with the completion of the Correll Science Complex.As the students completed the first year of the program, each received a white lab coat embroidered with his or her name during animpressive ceremony held in Gatliff ChapelFor the remainder of the program, these MPAS students will complete eight, supervised, clinical rotations, gaining the hands-on experiencevital to the successful training of competent physician assistants. They will meet at the end of each rotation to share experiences and casestudieswith their peers.As the first cohort has moved into the clinical phase of the program in January, Cumberlands’ second MPAS cohort will begin studies in theclassrooms and simulation laboratories of the Forcht Medical Wing of the science complex in May.Two Students in the Master of Physician AssistantStudies Program to Study in CaliforniaOne MPAS student is Gloria Kim,’09, a Cumberlands graduate who initially wanted to becomea dentist. However, difficulties and financial concerns for international students to attendAmerican dental and medical schools influenced Kim, who is from South Korea, to followanother path. She felt the MPAS program was the right choice for her. “I love it. The professorsreally care about you, and you know that they really want to help you succeed,” said Kim.Kim is one of two MPAS students who will travel to Los Angeles for their clinical rotations. Sheand Kristen Mercier are excited about the opportunity to experience a new and diverse learningenvironment, but “a tad nervous about ‘getting out of our comfort zone’ in Williamsburg,” saidKim. When asked how the opportunity came about, she replied, “One of our professors, Dr.Peter Geissler, has taught at numerous places around the world.” Geissler helped to arrange forthe two to complete in their clinical internships on the West Coast. “He wanted a couple ofstudents to go so that they could work together and rely on each other,” Kim said. “My classmate,Kristin Mercier, is originally from California, so everything seemed to fall into place.”“I think that the MPAS program is going very well,” Kim states about her first year in theprogram. “We prayed together, studied together and developed relationships that surpassed myexpectations.”4 • CumberlandToday • Winter 2011


Cumberlands Ranked inWashington Monthly’s Top 20 for Servicecampus newsWashington Monthly 2010 College Guide has ranked University of the Cumberlands in its 50 baccalaureate colleges and universitiesand in the top 20 for service.Unlike most college rankings, which position institutions according to how they benefit students alone, the Washington Monthly’sAnnual College Guide looks at how well colleges and universities serve their communities and the country. According to its editors,the magazine uses public data to examine colleges through three lenses: social mobility, which considers how well an institutionprovides opportunities for first-generation and low-income students; research; and service.Cumberlands was ranked 13th in the magazine’s service category and 34th overall among the nation’s baccalaureate college anduniversities.“We are pleased to learn of this latest honor, and we appreciate the Washington Monthly’s recognition of Cumberlands’ contributionto not only our region but also to the country and ultimately, the world,” said Dr. Jim Taylor, Cumberlands’ president.The Washington Monthly, a Washington, D.C.-based magazine founded in 1959, began publishing its annual College Guide in 2005.This is the first year it has included both baccalaureate and graduate schools in its rankings.Cumberlands ROTC represented at the 2010 ArmyTen-MilerTwo representatives of University of the Cumberlands ROTC, Major Eddie Simpson,professor of military science, and Todd Olson, ’11, senior cadet, along withrepresentatives of the unit’s parent program at Eastern Kentucky University,participated in the team event of the 2010 Army Ten Miler in Washington, D.C.Each October tens of thousands of runners and spectators come to the capitalto enjoy this race classic, which is the nation’s largest ten-mile race. The racestarts and finishes at the Pentagon, passing by D.C. landmarks including theLincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and the Capitol Building. Theannual race weekend events also include a youth run, a youth activity fairand a pre-race pasta dinner. The race draws a large number of civilian andmilitary running teams.Out of 26,000 race participants, both Olson and Simpson finished in thetop 1600. The team competition is for the lowest total of four runnerswithin the eight-man team. The UC-EKU team placed 15th out of 63participating ROTC teams, with Olson leading the way with a time of 66minutes.This was the first time that cadets from Eastern Kentucky University andUniversity of the Cumberlands competed in the event. “With the success of theteam, we expect a higher finish for next year’s race,” said Simpson, who is alreadyplanning for 2011.Sponsored by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, the Army Ten-Miler is designed to promote the Army, build esprit de corps, support fitnessgoals and enhance community relations. Proceeds from the event supportArmy Morale, Welfare and Recreation, a comprehensive network of supportand leisure services designed to enhance the lives of soldiers and their families.ROTC team members Senior Cadet Todd Olson and MajorEddie Simpson of University of the Cumberlands, and LieutenantColonel Richard M. Livingston, of Eastern Kentucky Universityparticipate in the 2010 Army ten-Miler.Winter 2011 • CumberlandToday • 5


campus newsCumberlands to Present First Doctoral Degreesat May 2011 CommencementDecember 18, 2010 marked a day in history for the University of the Cumberlands as the members of the first cohort to complete the newDoctorate of Education in Educational Leadership program gathered to take their comprehensive exams. Six candidates also presented oraldefense of their dissertations. Under the leadership of Dr. Barry Vann, director of the program, and Dr. Michael Eskay, professor of education,these candidates were successful in defending their projects before their committees.The Ed.D. program, which began in the fall of 2008, is designed for working professionals who desire to develop their career potential andthose who seek to learn more about today’s educational issues.Additional information about the Ed.D. or any of Cumberlands’ graduate programs is available at 800-434-1609 or 606-539-4390, or on-lineat http://www.gradweb.ucumberlands.edu.Doctoral candidates who defended their dissertations in December:Front: Carolyn West Reaves, ’74 Williamsburg; Back row from left: Matthew Ewers, Louisville; RobbieAdell, Ashville, N.C.; Linda Keck, Harrogate, Tenn.; and Margie Langley, Rocky Face, Ga.;Not pictured: Jason Reeves, Barbourville.President Taylor Recognized by SACSIn 2010, President Jim Taylor, ’68, received the Meritorious Service Award from the Southern Association of Colleges and SchoolsCommission on Colleges (SACSCOC), presented at the organization’s annual conference for “Involvement in all aspects of the Commissionover the years and for his longevity as a successful president while also rendering voluntary service to the Commission.”“What a joy it is to work with SACSCOC,” said Taylor. “In my view, it’s the best continuing education opportunity available, and I alwayslearn more than I am able to contribute. I’m also very humbled by this honor and equally appreciative.”The Meritorious Service Awards are presented for demonstrated, extraordinary commitment to and understanding of accreditationprocesses in higher education, to those who are respected by their peers for their integrity and the meritorious quality of their service, andwho are recognized as models of competency, creativity, and accomplishment. Nominations for the awards come from the Commission’s800 member institutions.6 • CumberlandToday • Winter 2011


campus newsComing This Spring!Your new 2011 Alumni Directory is on its way.“Thank you, everyone who provided updated information. Your assistanceis vital to keeping Cumberlands alumni connected, and we appreciate yourtaking the time to let us know where you are and what you’re doing,” saidDave Bergman, Alumni Services director.If you ordered a directory, you should receive it by June 2011. If you havenot ordered, it’s not too late. The deadline is April 1. Call (877) 464-0063to reserve your copy. Please contact us if you have any questions. AlumniServices office: (606) 539-4355 or alumni@ucumberlands.edu.New CD Release:Virgil and Rayford: Hills and HollersDon’t miss hearing Rayford Watts,’63, and Virgil Bowlin,’97, during Homecoming 2011, as theysing and play some of the songs that Rayford has written and Virgil has put to music in the pastyear. To date they have recorded six CD’s. Their latest, “Hills and Hollers; Music from EasternKentucky” contains 21 of their “greatest hits.”Come Witness Cumberlands’ Newest TraditionClass of 1961 • 50th year Golden MarchThe Class of 1961 was the first graduating class after Cumberland returned to a four-year baccalaureate program following 48 yearsas a junior college. To honor the 50th anniversary of this historic event, the University has invited the members of this class toparticipate in the 2011 Commencement exercises on May 7. The 1961 alumni, in caps and gowns, will march in with the 2011graduates and be recognized, and each will receive a commemorative token of the event. Cumberlands hopes to continue thistradition for future 50th anniversary classes. Come support your fellow alums from the class of 1961 and plan to join your graduatingclass at Commencement upon your 50th anniversary.Attention all former Baseball players!Whether you were an Indian, a Patriot or both, you are invited to a Baseball Alumni Reunion April 8-9.Cumberlands will host Lindsey Wilson in conference play on both days, and a reception will provide alumni an opportunity to reminisce.“We are excited about having former baseball players return to campus,” said Brad Shelton, head baseball coach. “We hope for good weatherso players from the past can get together again, enjoy a game, see our facilities and have a good time.”For information or to register, call the Office of Alumni Services at 606-539-4355 or the Baseball Office at 606-539-4387 ore-mail dave.bergman@ucumberlands.edu or brad.shelton@ucumberlands.edu.Winter 2011 • CumberlandToday • 7


UNIVERSITYAthletic OF THE Hall of FameCUMBERLANDSEstablishedATHLETICin 1996HALLby the Alumni Board of Directors, the Athletic Hall of Fame has inducted65 formerOFathletes,FAMEcoaches and contributing supporters as well as three athletic teams. Eachyear approximately 600 Cumberlands student athletes dedicate countless hours towardpractice, training and competition, all while maintaining their grades as they are, above all,students. The Hall of Fame is one way that Cumberlands recognizes the individuals who havegiven tirelessly to the athletic program and to the university.September 2010 Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame InducteesAnthony Kabara, ’04Track and FieldAnthony Kabara, ’04, came to the United States from his home in Nairobi, Kenya, to pursue his dream of attaining an education and to runtrack at Cumberlands. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 2004, with a major in movement and leisure studies and a minor inbusiness administration.At Cumberlands, Kabara broke eight school records, earned 11 NAIA Championships, and was awarded 18 NAIA All-American awards. In2000 and 2002, he was named the NAIA Indoor Outstanding Performer. In 2001, he ran the 800M, in 1:45.29, third fastest in the world atthat time, and by the end of that year, he was ranked 36th in the world.Kabara continues his regimented training for future world track events and the dream of representing his home country in the Olympics.From left: Matt Lowers, head wrestling coach; Latoya Irving; Michael Irving,’02; Anthony Kabara,’04;and Dr. James Key, associate professor of exercise and sport science.Michael Irving,’02WrestlingMichael Irving,’02, a two-time, Florida high school state champion, was a member of Cumberlands’ first wrestling team under Coach JessWilder. A four-time NAIA All-American at Cumberlands, Irving won the 2000 National Championship in the Heavyweight Division. His111 career wins and his eleven pins in a single season earned him the ranking of fourth and third, respectively, all-time best at Cumberlands.Following his graduation with a B.S. in religion and public health, Irving was a graduate assistant with the Cumberlands wrestling program in2003; then he returned to Florida to teach health and physical education at Clewiston High School. In 2006, Irving resigned from teachingto train full-time for the 2008 Olympic team. He was considered a legitimate Olympic hopeful and was ranked 34th in the world in 2008.Irving resides in North Carolina with his wife Latoya, where he teaches health and physical education at Jordan High School. He is also anassistant coach for the Duke University Blue Devils wrestling team.8 • CumberlandToday • Winter 2011


Five individuals inducted into theAthletic Hall of Fameon February 19, 2011.(Coach Garry Nelson, andmembers of the UC swimteam accepted on behalf ofJanek, who lives in Finlandand could not attend)Kelley Tragesser Wood,’02, SoccerLibor Janek, ’01, SwimmingFred Sagester, ’69, Track & FieldJason Ellis,’03, BaseballHarold Hubbard, Honorary Alumnus2008, Outstanding ServiceWinter 2011 • CumberlandToday • 9


student spotlightMore than a Football PlayerIt was sunny and cool: a perfectcombination for any football game. As thegame finished with the Cumberland Patriotsstanding victoriously, a group of tall, strong,muddy offensive lineman quickly shuffled offthe field to the 2010 Mid-South ConferenceChampionship trophy presentation on thefar side of James Taylor II Memorial Stadium.With grunts of enthusiasm, while sweatand tears ran down their faces, the playerscelebrated happily for several minutes,hoisting the trophy over their heads andtaking multiple pictures as MSC champions.It was the picture-perfect site and the mostdesirable way for senior Madison McCalmonto end his college football career.However, McCalmon was nowhereto be found in the dozens of excited men.Instead, he was in the background of mostpictures, embracing his family and friendstightly and thanking God for the manyaccomplishments with which he had beenblessed.Too few student-athletes in today’ssociety look beyond their duties on the fieldand toward their responsibilities off it. As thegame of football has become more focusedon financial success and individual praise, itis refreshing to find a player like McCalmon,a well-rounded athlete who understands theimportance of putting others first. Because ofhis unselfish efforts, McCalmon has receivednational recognition.An offensive lineman and a standoutstudent with a 3.97 GPA, McCalmon“Madison isdoing greatthings with theopportunitieshe has beengiven....”received one of the most prestigious awardsin college football when he was selected tothe 2011 AllState AFCA (American FootballCoaches Association) Good Works Team.Based on not only his efforts on the field butalso on his service to the community, he wasone of only 22 football players chosen thisyear out of 112 students nominated from allNCAA and NAIA divisions.“This award means a whole lot,”McCalmon said. “I am so excited to be ableto represent the school this year.”On campus, McCalmon is a STAR(Student Trained and Read) for an Insightsclass, a freshman orientation program;director of Cumberlands’ FCA (Fellowshipof Christian Athletes); and an academicpeer tutor in the Academic Resource Center(ARC). He is also an active member in thewider Cumberlands’ community, readingto local elementary school students andescorting patients at the nursing home intheir annual beauty pageant.Since the summer of 2005,McCalmon has participated in a mission tripto Ecuador and Jamaica each year. In his firstyear as director of FCA, McCalmon decidedto organize a trip for spring break in 2010,and he and a group of fellow classmatestraveled to Ecuador. The students rebuilt andrepaired churches and spent their spare timeinteracting with the children of the area.“I’m the kind of person who hasto stay busy all the time,” McCalmon saidBy Stephanie Quattrociocchi, ’11smiling. “It may sound cliché, but I definitelytake more out of the experience than I putinto it.”McCalmon finished hisCumberlands football career as part of themost winning team in school history, addingfour Mid-South Conference championshipsto his resume, and he is the second Patriotto be named to the Good Works Team.His former roommate and best friend P.J.Hughes, ’10 was the only NAIA member oflast year’s team.“It’s a tremendous honor thatMadison received this award, and I couldn’tthink of a more deserving individual,” saidHughes. “Madison is doing great things withthe opportunities he has been given and willeasily make an impact.”The AllState AFCA Good WorksTeam, which over the past 19 years has beenawarded to players all over the country, isgiven to those not only actively involvedand committed to working with a charitableorganization or service group and maintaininggood academic standards, but who alsodisplay sincere concern and reliability,while making a favorable impression on theorganization with which they are involved.Each year’s team members travel to NewOrleans, to attend the Sugar Bowl, wherethey are recognized during half-time. Whilein New Orleans, they also perform severalhours of community service to help make lifea little better for someone else.10 • CumberlandToday • Winter 2011


Digging Deeperstudent spotlightKyla Fitz-Gerald, ’12, a history major with a minorin criminal justice, spent a week during the summerof 2010 on St. Eustatius (Statia), an island in theNetherlands Antilles, 20 minutes from St. Maarten byair. The island is so small that one can see the oceanfrom any point, and the airstrip almost spans thewidth of it. She worked with SECAR, St. EustatiusCenter for Archaeological Research, which conducts anontraditional field school that allows students hands-on experience with all aspects of an archeological dig.Kyla arrived on the island just as the group began anew project, excavating the S. Hoek house. It was anolder home, which had been disassembled leaving thefoundation for the group to dig within, and the artifactsfound will be used to date the home.“Before we even mapped the site out we were findingsurface artifacts, and when we worked on meter bymeter units everyone filled their artifact bags by noon,”said Kyla. After lunch each day, the group returned tothe SECAR house to clean and catalog their findings.“This made me realize how much I have to learn aboutpottery and ceramics; it really got me excited about mymaster’s work,” said Kyla. “I cannot wait to graduateand get into a graduate program.”“This trip was also an amazing cultural experience forme,” said Kyla. “The islanders were so friendly, andalways remembered you.” She describes some of herexperiences, “I got lost (which IS possible there) on myway to buy stamps one day, and everyone I met wasvery helpful. I swam in the ocean for the first time,and I hiked the dormant volcano.” Living conditionsat the SECAR house were rather primitive, so it reallymade Kyla appreciate all the little things when shereturned home, “Hot water, milk, towels, but mostlyair conditioning.”This journey was financially difficult for Kyla, andshe is grateful for tuition aid that she receives atCumberlands, because without it, she says that shecould never have taken advantage of such a remarkablelearning opportunity.Kyla, the current president of Upsilon, Upsilon,Cumberlands’ chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, nationalhonorary history society, is also actively involved inMountain Outreach.“This tripwas also anamazingculturalexperiencefor me”Winter 2011 • CumberlandToday • 11


student spotlightTommie Thompson, ’11andJared Stafford, ’11Sullivan Award RecipientsUniversity of the Cumberlands’ students Tommie Thompson, ’11, and Jared Stafford, ’11, received the prestigious Mary Mildred and AlgernonSydney Sullivan awards during UC’s Founders’ Day ceremony on Jan. 17. The awards were given to the two students in recognition of theiracademic and spiritual excellence and their dedication to service to others.“It is a very humbling reward and I will always feel very privileged to be a Sullivan Award winner,” said Thompson, winner of the MaryMildred Sullivan Award.Stafford, recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan award, said of learning about his nomination, “I was informed by e-mail, and I had a hardtime believing it. I know the other guys that were nominated and they are great guys and very deserving.”Though surprised, Stafford said “I am just very thankful to those who nominated me and pray that my conduct represents God in a worthymanner.”Equally surprised when learning of her nomination, Thompson said, “I really didn’t understand what it was…but I felt very honored to benominated, and even more honored when I found out that I received the award.”Thompson, an elementary education major and native of Jellico, Tenn., is a member and scholarship recipient of the Kappa Delta Phi (KDP)educational international honor society and an active participant in UC’s Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM), Fellowship of Christian Athletes(FCA) and Mountain Outreach.Thompson is also a member of the UC volleyball team and the Student Government Association’s house council. She has participated inmission trips to Africa and plans to teach after graduation.Stafford majors in Political science, with minors in history and French. He currently serves as vice president of the UC Phi Alpha Theta historyhonor society and is a member of the FCA leadership team. The Morehead native holds weekly prayer meetings with athletes at Whitley Co.Middle School as an FCA representative. He is a member of the Patriots baseball team and plans to pursue a degree in law.Dr. Andrew Hockert, assistant professor of biology and chair of UC’s student awards committee said of Thompson and Stafford, “Their recordof service and spiritual leadership is what helped them to win the awards.”The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, now located in Oxford, Miss., was chartered in New York State in 1930. Its purpose is to promoteservice to others and service to the broader community, values that were exemplified by Algernon and Mary Mildred Sullivan, the parents ofthe organization’s founder.In addition to providing support for financial aid to small private colleges, located primarily in the Appalachian region, the Sullivan Foundationalso collaborates with 54 southeastern colleges and universities to present awards in memory of Algernon and Mary Mildred Sullivan.12 • CumberlandToday • Winter 2011


The Future and You“I love Cumberlands, and I want to make a difference in the livesof students—today and in the future. What can one person do?”Create an EndowmentThere is no minimum gift to establish an endowment fund, although, generally, gifts musttotal $1,000 for a “named” fund. Endowments may have specific guidelines detailing theirpurpose or they may be unrestricted. These guidelines may contain such information asthe use of income; the persons, offices or departments to be involved in administering theendowment; and the preferred form of investment of the fund.Give an Unrestricted GiftUnrestricted gifts allow University of the Cumberlands to provide educational opportunities that have earned praise andconfidence both within and without the educational community. Did you know that. . .• unrestricted gifts allow President Taylor to address Cumberlands’ most urgent needs?• if 10 people give $100, Cumberlands can provide an emergency scholarship to a student in need?• if 10 people give $50, a Cumberlands student could attend a national conference to present research?• if your company has a matching program, the value of your gift to Cumberlands can be increased?• giving is easy? Go online to www.ucumberlands.edu/give/online.php or send your check to:University of the CumberlandsPresident’s Office6191 College Station DriveWilliamsburg, KY 40769Remember CumberlandsYou may wish to include Cumberlands in your will or trust, or you might want to create a charitable gift annuity to provide you with lifetimeincome as you assist deserving students.• With charitable gift annuities:• The rates are significantly greater than bond rates, interest income or certificates of deposits.• Annuity payments are fixed and based on the age(s) of the annuitant(s).• Annuity payments are favorably taxed.• You will receive an income tax charitable contribution deduction.• Appreciated securities given to Cumberlands for a charitable gift annuity are valued on the date of the gift; capital gainstaxes are not immediately due as they are when you sell the securities.• A gift annuity is the simplest of all split-interest planned gifts.University of the Cumberlands offers numerous planned giving vehicles guaranteeing income for the remainder of life. Several alumni andfriends have established trusts and deferred gift annuities naming a loved one as the income beneficiary. With the low payout rates currentlyon certificates of deposit (CDs) and the volatility of the stock market, deferred gift annuities are becoming extremely popular for young adultswho will not be retiring any time soon but want to plan and secure a steady, fixed income that will begin when they retire. For instance, a45-year-old can defer a gift annuity for 15 years and receive income at a rate of 9.2 percent. The income tax deduction would be immediate(during working years when his/her tax bracket is higher), and the income would not begin until age 60. As with regular gift annuities, theentire amount of the annuity would be backed by Cumberlands’ assets.If you are considering the establishment of a Charitable Gift Annuity to provide life-long income for yourself and vital support for Cumberlands,please contact Jim Taylor at presoff@ucumberlands.edu. He will gladly answer your questions about all forms of planned gifts for one or twopeople, including Charitable Gift Annuities, and the importance of making a planned gift now.Remember, as a financial supporter of Cumberlands, you are encouraging today’s students as you also demonstrate your continuing commitmentto the University’s mission to educate individuals for lives of responsible service and leadership.AgeYearlyRateAnnuityPaymentCharitableDeduction*65 5.5% $ 550.00 $ 2,666.3070 5.8% 580.00 3,503.3075 6.4% 640.00 4,175.7080 7.2% 720.00 4,842.5085 8.1% 810.00 5,571.5090 9.5% 950.00 6,142.00*based on minimum age of 65; a gift annuity of$10,000; figures for annual payment and IRS discountrate of 2.8% as of February, 2011Dr. Jim Taylor • 6191 College Station Drive • Williamsburg, KY 40769 • (606) 539-4201Dr. Taylor: Kindly send me, without obligation, your annuity booklet.Name_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Address_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________City___________________________________________________State___________Zip___________________________________________________Date of Birth_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Winter 2011 • CumberlandToday • 13


Amanda Walton ’02Miles of Smilesaway from CumberlandsBy Laura Silvers, ’11Imagine selling your home, resigning from a job that you love andleaving behind all of your family and friends, everything that youhold dear, to go to a place with no running water, no electricity andnone of the comforts of home. That is exactly what Amanda Walton,’02, did in 2010, when she traveled to the Tumaini Miles of SmilesCenter, an orphanage and school in Kakunga, a small rural area northof Mombassa, in the Republic of Kenya.Meaning “hope” in Swahili, Tumaini currently serves 180 students,30 of whom are orphans, but the center is constantly growing. Here,Walton is helping to organize an after school program for the children.She also teaches English, Christian education and physical education.In addition, she makes bricks, visits widows and relieves the overworkedTumaini workers.For the daughter of David and Judy Walton and the older sister ofBrandon Walton, ’04, Tumaini is a long way from Knoxville, Tenn.,her hometown, and from Cumberlands, where she earned a Bachelorof Science degree in psychology and worked as an admissions counseloruntil becoming a full-time missionary. She was a standout volleyballplayer during her college career and served as coach after she graduated.She first journeyed to Tumaini with the International Sports Federationa few years ago and finally embraced a passion for Africa she had heldsince childhood.More trips followed, and she began to realize more and more that Godwas calling her to do more than just visit. During one trip, she talkedwith Rose Bugusu, director of TMSC. “After a two-hour conversationabout the needs of the organization, it clicked in my mind that thosewere the gifts God had given me,” Walton says. TMSC was in desperateneed of an organized after school program for the children, and sheknew that she could help them get it off the ground and teach theleaders how to make it successful.“After that visit,” Walton explains, “home looked different; as if I didnot belong there anymore.” She remembers that God impressed uponher heart, “‘Amanda, it’s time for you to return everything that youhave to me, because it is mine anyway. I’m going to take what yousurrender and make what is good great.’”Still, the decision to go into full time ministry was difficult. SaidWalton, “When I first surrendered fully to doing this, I asked God,‘Why?’ I felt like I was [already] in a place where I could serve Him andI enjoyed it. His answer was, ‘Right now, you have what you think isbest, but I have something better for you.’”Life has changed for Walton since her arrival at TMSC because an14 • CumberlandToday • Winter 2011


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extended visit is quite different from a short-term trip. When she left theUS, she expected to live in a guesthouse and serve the children and staffof TMSC. Instead, she lives in the home of a Kenyan family. “When youhave an opportunity to live among the people you are serving, the needslook a lot different.” She has realized that this family interacts with eachother as any strong family would: they share laughs over dinner, sing, playand dance, and discuss the events of the day. “They may not have runningwater, or plumbing or electricity, but they do have the greatest amenityone could ever ask for…a family that treasures one another,” Walton said.“I quickly became Auntie Amanda and I receive more love on a daily basisthan I could ever give in a lifetime.”“Once I arrived, I noticed that goals are still important, but not nearlyas important as relationships.” While she has a greater understanding ofKenyan culture and has learned how to make lasting change and advocatefor widows and orphans when she returns to the U.S., Walton states thatmany goals still need to be met and others have changed.Walton hopes to see the continuation of a lunch-time reading programput into place in January, and she is working to build a library for thechildren at TMSC and members of the community. “It’s amazing to seethe kids’ eyes light up as we bring the books in each day at lunch. Theycan’t seem to get enough of this new world they get to experience as thepages come alive in their minds,” Walton said.“I know that God brought me to Tumaini to be an encouragement tothe staff and to provide some small relief to the overwhelming task oflooking after orphans,” Walton said. “But, by accepting ‘African time’I’ve embraced relationship over task. As a result, I’ve been blessed beyondAbove: Orphans at Tumaini receive love and careand they are happy and well-adjusted.Teaching is only one of Waltons’ responsibilities at Tumaini16 • CumberlandToday • Winter 2011


measure to catch a glimpse of what it means to praise God in a newway, and what it means to rely on my relationship with Him as myprimary source of sustainable life. He is all I need.” She goes on tosay, “The greatest blessing has been seeing how alive and active God isin the hearts of the people here. . . . I look out over God’s beautifulcreation, and I can hear drums and voices praising God with recklessabandon. They have little by earthly standards, but they are richbeyond belief in that the Lord they are praising is everywhere,”As she plans to return home in March to work on TMSC’s behalf,Walton states, “The Lord has already begun to open doors for me toserve in a bigger way in the US, and I continue to pray about all thepossibilities.”Walton aspires to create a long lasting link between members of theCumberlands family and TMSC. Some UC students and alumnihave already traveled to TMSC, but she would like to see othersinvolved in the work. “I can’t help but notice how God has provideda perfect opportunity to enlist the help of Cumberlands alums whoare looking for a way to get involved with something much biggerthan themselves.”“My heart is for Africa, and I plan to return as much as the Lord willallow. Tumaini has a piece of my heart. I believe in the ‘Hope’ that itstands for, and I can’t imagine going for long without seeing the kidsand the staff. They are my Kenyan family for life,” she said.Winter 2011 • CumberlandToday • 17


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homecomingHundreds of alumni “cruised back” to campus to attend at least one of themany events of Homecoming 2010.Creech-Boswell DinnerOn Friday, October 1, Homecoming kicked off with the Creech Boswell Dinner, named for two long-servingpresidents of Cumberland College, where the members of the Class of 1960 were inducted into the CreechBoswell Club in honor of their 50th graduation anniversary.The club’s outgoing president Marcella Faulkner Mountjoy, ’41 welcomed the attendees, spoke ofthe old days”on campus and about all the changes that have taken place. She reminded everyone of early professors, like P.R.Jones, J.T. Vallandingham, Albert Evans and Bess Rose. “These professors taught and exhibited great leadership.Some of them taught through and following WWI, when the great flu epidemic killed thousands,” said Mountjoy.“[They] showed superior scholastic work, truthfulness, honesty, dignity and courage. These were just a part of thegreat early educational experience offered mountain students from the founding in 1888.”Outgoing presidentMarcella FaulknerMountjoy,’41, inductedGeorge Roberts, ’50, aspresident for 2010-11.Peggy Cooper Inks, ’55,and ’61, entertainedthe attendees witha song she composedabout the woes andadvantages of growingolder, “No SpringChicken, Anymore.”Saturday’s Boswell 5k Run welcomed 32 participants:The top three male finishers: time age• David Allison 19:16.21 40-49• Zach Jacobs (current student) 19:28.82 20-26• Bruce Hicks (faculty) 22:26.48 50+Top 3 females:• Emily Kerber (current student) 24:00.71 20-26• Sarah Hobbs (current student) 24:14.72 20-36• Melynda Jamison 25:02.05 27-34For the first time, the Carnival was held in Briar Creek Park, close to James Taylor II Memorial Stadium, where beautiful weather,available parking and longer hours resulted in a large crowd of alumni, students, families and community members.20 • CumberlandToday • Winter 2011


homecomingIn the Homecoming Game, the Patriots again welcomed the Union College Bulldogsfor the Battle of the Brass Lantern. With a score of 35-21, Cumberlands kept thecoveted trophy for the fourth consecutive year. During Halftime, Chelsea Belt, ’11,was named Homecoming Queen and Allan Cutshall, ’12, Homecoming King. TimCutshall, Allan’s father, escorted Chelsea, as Allan, who plays tight end for the Patriots,was unavailable during halftime.Homecoming Queen Chelsea Belt,’11, and Tim Cutshall, father ofHomecoming King Allan Cutshall, ’12Chelsea Belt,’11, and Allan Cutshall,’12,Homecoming Queen and KingUC Marching Patriots performanceRev. Michael Cabell,’01,delivered an appropriatemessage with a “cruise”theme; he spoke aboutJonah and his ill-fatedvoyage.At the Alumni Dinner on Saturday night,“Captain” Dave Bergman welcomedall the “cruisers,” especially those fromthe honored years of ’60, ’65, ’70, ’75,’80, ’85, ’90, ’95, ’00, ’05 and ’10. TheCaptain presented the alumni awards,and new Alumni Board members andofficers were inducted. Dr. Betty Siegel,’50,president emerita of Kennesaw StateUniversity and endowed chair of theSiegel Institute for Leadership, “Ethics &Character,” spoke about the importance ofreturning to “our remembrance rock’ andthe evening concluded with a spectacularfireworks presentation in front of theHutton School of Business.Homecoming concluded with the Sundaymorning worship service in Gatliff Chapel.It has become a tradition at the end of theservice for all the attendees to join handsand form a circle around the Chapel for theclosing prayer.Worship leader, Brent Foley,’10Winter 2011 • CumberlandToday • 21


homecomingClass of ’60Nancy Baker Cooper, Bill Carlyle, Joyce Merchant ClarkClass of ’65Alice Fae Butts Willard, Dr. Eric Wake, ZaferRoback, Juanita Brown Sharpe, Alvin SharpeClass of ’70Earl (Bud) Anderson, Libby Sweet Atkinson,Raymond Cox, Donna Sellers Sox, Ted Byrd, SueDoan Wake, Sue Stubblefield Harris, Wanda TaylorClaypool, Ralph Lipps, Ray LippsClass of ’75Charles Reed, Clara Higgins Reed, BillLyttle, Don MiracleClass of ’80Kim Washburn Mullins, Donna Gregory Bennett,Patricia Flowers Spears, Nina Hicks Prewitt, Rich Prewitt,Kimberly Jelle Jones, Jeff Davis, David Rhodes, LindaCaverly Roach, Keith Roach, Tom BroylesClass of ’85Jennifer Jones WyattClass of ’90Debbie Welky Wesley, David Wesley, RayHammons, Jeff Harris, Melanie Mackey Evans,Kime Malcolm HarrisClass of ’10Kati Reager, Katie Atwood, Megan Williamson22 • CumberlandToday • Winter 2011


Cumberlands inducts six new membersof the Alumni Hall of HonorHoward, ’71, and Libby, ’70, Atkinson were inducted into the Hall of Honor for theirservice in the ministry as Dave Bergman stated, “from Carpenter (Ky.) to Cuba,” includingevangelism and church planting and pastorates in the U.S. and Bogotá, Columbia.Howard is now director of missions for the West Union Baptist Association.Harry “Gippy” Graham, ’54, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Afterreceiving his associate’s degree from Cumberland College and serving as captain of thebasketball team, Graham earned his B.A. at Georgetown and served as their basketballcaptain as well. He earned his master’s degree at UK and has served as a teacher andcoach, as a member of Kentucky’s General Assembly and is now mayor of Frankfort.David Atwood, BA ’07, Master of Education, ’09, anative of Lilburn, Ga., received the Young AlumnusAward. Atwood, a 7th grade math teacher at WhitleyCounty Middle School, has said, “I love helping studentsrealize and reach their full potential.” His wife Megan,’07, is director of Appalachian Ministries, a program ofCumberlands’ Baptist Campus Ministries, and his sister,Katy, is a 2010 UC graduate.Mary Doyle Johnson,’48, and Dick Koeniger,’67, were named board membersemeriti, in honor of their long, dedicated service to the Alumni Associationthroughout the years. Koeniger was unable to attend.Teddy R. Byrd, ’70, received the Alumni AppreciationAward. Byrd was honored for his strong support of theUniversity. “He has touched this campus from pillar topost,” said Dave Bergman. “He has been a strong supporterof Cumberlands athletics, both as an Indian and as aPatriot.” Byrd and his wife Cookie are lifelong residents ofWilliamsburg, and he is co-owner of Byrd Glass.Ray Hammonds, ’90, was named Alumnus ofthe Year. Hammonds, owner of Roller Die andForming in Louisville, has been a strong supporterof Cumberlands, returning often for campus events.He now serves as a member of Cumberlands Boardof Trustees. He and his wife Kelly reside in Louisvillewith their two daughters.Winter 2011 • CumberlandToday • 23


homecomingDr. Betty Siegel, ’50, inspiredattendees at the Alumni Dinner,stating, “Tonight we testify asto who we are; where do wecome from; where are we going;how do we matter; what is themeaning; what is our legacy; andwhat do we give back?” (picturedwith autographed sneaker of 7’2”Dikembe Mutombo, former NBAbasketball star)photo courtesy ofMark White, News Journal24 • CumberlandToday • Winter 2011


Photo submitted.Major General Kenneth S . Dowd ’79Cumberlands Alumnuskeeps U S Military moving. .when Kenneth S. Dowdgraduated from CumberlandCollege in the spring of 1979,names like Afghanistan,Kuwait and Iraq were simply places on theworld map to most members of the campuscommunity.Today, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq aremore than familiar names to Dowd, nowMajor General Dowd, who in 2010 assumedcommand of the First Theater SustainmentCommand, which includes all the logisticsoperations in the Middle East. TheCommand is headquartered at Ft. Bragg,N.C., and General Dowd’s family lives closeby, but most of his time is spent in the field,largely in Kuwait.Logistics, according to Webster, is “thebranch of military science having to do withprocuring, maintaining and transportingmateriel [military spelling], personnel andfacilities.” An important and daunting taskunder any circumstances, during a war,logistics becomes vital not only to day-to-dayoperations but also to the ultimate outcomeof the conflict.An old adage says, “An army moves on itsstomach,” and while that may be true, theU.S. Army also moves with tanks, planes,weapons and thousands of other items thatfall under Dowd’s command—includingrations. According to Jennie Dowd, thegeneral’s wife, “Ken has found his niche. Heloves what he does, helping young soldierswith what they need and having the abilityto supply their needs.”Dowd’s path to his current position couldhave begun when he arrived on Cumberlands’campus from his home in Jacksonville,Winter 2011 • CumberlandToday • 25


“I know youwon’t believethis, but 30years ago,Ken told mehe would bea general.”Florida, with a basketball scholarship. Here, he discovered that he likedthe order and regimen he found in the ROTC. It was also here thathe forged strong friendships that have lasted, most notably with hisroommates Dave Jones, ’79, and Rich Prewitt,’80, the current AlumniAssociation president.“Ken was fun-loving and care-free out of class, and very serious inclass,” says Prewitt. There were actually three of us who ran aroundtogether, and even in those days we joked about the future. We had itall figured out. I know you won’t believe this, but 30 years ago, Kentold me he would be a general.”“I knew Ken Dowd as a student at University of the Cumberlands,”said Dr. Michael Colegrove, vice president for Student Affairs. “As Irecall, his primary focus was Army ROTC. He was career-oriented as astudent, often professing his desire to become a career Army officer.”When Dowd graduated with a B.S. in history and political science,he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Fromhis first tour of duty in Korea, through a continuous succession ofincreasingly responsible assignments, he has advanced to his currentcommand. During this time, he also earned an M.S. from theFlorida Institute of Technology and an M.S. from the University ofPennsylvania.Colegrove stated, “Later on in my career in the US Army Reserve, Ibecame acquainted with Ken’s work in the area of logistics. He rapidlyrose through the ranks and was certainly well known as one of themilitary’s brightest and best.”Rich Prewitt, above, and KenDowd, left; class photos fromthe 1979 Cumberland CollegeyearbookThroughout his career and his life, Dowd has focused on relationships.His family is vitally important, and although he is unable to spendmuch physical time with them, he works hard at keeping his familystrong. The Dowds are the parents of two teenagers: a son, Cody, whois a freshman at Virginia Tech, and a daughter, Correy, 17, a highschool senior who is in the process of choosing a college.The lifetime friends that Dowd made in college, Jones and his wifeLisa and Prewitt and his wife Nina Hicks Prewitt, ’80, have remainedclose to the Dowds, and have been supportive of the general and hisfamily.Maj. Gen. Dowd showshis Cumberlands Pridewhile he exercises at Ft.Bragg during a recentvisit to the U.S.Photo submitted.“These friends are our best support,” says Jennie Dowd. “Rich calls meabout once a month, just to see how we are. We believe Cumberland’ssmall campus environment bred that kind of closeness.”“As we travel through life, our greatest treasures are not possessions,but family and friends,” says Prewitt. “Occasionally in life you comeacross friends that become family. Ken Dowd was that kind of friend.I love him as much now as I did back 30 years ago when we becamefriends at Cumberland College.”“In every conversation my husband and I have had about Cumberland,it stands out that it was the smallness of the school that Ken enjoyedmost, as well as the basketball and ROTC,” said Mrs. Dowd. “And, heespecially liked how the faculty wanted to actively help the students.”Dowd has demonstrated throughout his career the importance ofrelationships. In an article he wrote entitled “Building ‘Log Nation’ inthe U.C. Central Command,” he explained his approach to his positionas director of logistics at the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM),26 • CumberlandToday • Winter 2011


where he served from 2007until he assumedhis current command in 2010.“Log Nation” is a term Dowd coinedto describe the complexity and sharedresponsibility required to supply the needsof America’s fighting men and women. Inhis article, he reflected on his experience inCENTCOM:“…I am overwhelmed and humbled by thesense of teamwork, dedication and pridethat I have consistently witnessed acrossthe logistics enterprise. From the Office ofthe Secretary of Defense right down to thetactical-level truck companies and supplysquadrons, the Soldiers, Marines, Sailors,Airmen and Department of Defense civilianshave all worked together to document, trackand move mountains of critical resources.Along with the dedicated personnel of theJoint Defense Logistics Agency and ourservice components, [they] all constitutewhat I like to call “Log Nation.”This recognition of the contributions ofothers and appreciation of teamwork hasbeen a hallmark of Dowd’s leadership.“His approach to leadership relies on the stylethat promotes teamwork,” says Colegrove.“He is a consummate professional and hascertainly made his mark on the militaryworld. University of the Cumberlands cantake great pride in having a part in theprofessional development of Major GeneralKen Dowd.”Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dowd at his promotion from brigadier general in 2008, pictured withGen. David Petraeus, at left, and his family, including his mother Eleanor Dowd; his wifeJennie Dowd; his children Correy and Cody Dowd; and his father, the late Ron Dowd whopassed away in March 2010.“Ken has found his niche.He loves what he does....”Maj. Gen. Dowd meets several sailors during his initial battlefieldcirculation tour. The 1st TSC is a split-based, forward deployedheadquarters, responsible for the U.S. Central Command’s sustainmentmission, specifically for Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom.Maj. Gen. Dowd and his aid, Capt.Josh Hartwick, take a walking tour ofCamp Patriot, Kuwait, escotred by Lt.Col. Marty Nichols, 53rd IBCT.Photos submitted.Winter 2011 • CumberlandToday • 27


CLASS NOTESAlumni NewsThank you to the many alumni who submit information for the Alumni News sectionof the Cumberland Today. We enjoy sharing your news. If you have something tosubmit, please complete and return the form below, or email your news toalumni@ucumberlands.edu.Have photos? Just mail your prints or cd, or email your photos to our alumni office.Send all materials to: University of the Cumberlands, Alumni Office, 7075 CollegeStation Drive, Williamsburg, KY 40769 or alumni@ucumberlands.edu.1940’sJim Ford, ’48, was recently featured inGeorgetown News-Graphic’s “PeopleYou Should Know” column. A retiredarchitect, he is a member of the board ofdirectors of the Scott County Habitat forHumanity. He and his wife Doris live inGeorgetown.1950’sShirley Gaffney Scully, ’59, left, andWanda Mahoney Siler, ’59, right, atPlease publish this Alumni News in the Cumberland Today magazine.Name:Maiden name:Class Year:Here is my news:Photo submittedCumberland Inn on a visit to Williamsburgin September 2010. They were roommatesin Roburn Hall in 1958.1970’sPhoto enclosed: Yes NoPlease update my records:Current Address:Email:Telephone:Cell phone:28 • CumberlandToday • Winter 2011Maggie Evangeline Murray CampbellNapier , ’72, lives in Manchester with herhusband Johnny Napier. She has retiredafter 30 years of teaching.Neal Raymond Lickliter, ’74, and hiswife Ruth Brown live in Indian Trail,N.C. They have three children and sixgrandchildren. He plans to retire inAugust from his position as ministerof education at Mt. Harmony BaptistChurch in Matthew, N.C.Kim Alison Coyle Linn, ’76, and herhusband Bobby live in Umatilla, FL.They have three children: Josh, 26; Trista,26; and Jordan, 20. A Zumba instructorfor several years, Kim has great memories


of Cumberland and would love to hear fromany friends from “back in the day”.1980’sDonna Jane Gregory Bennett, ’80, and herhusband live in Gordonsville, Tenn., withtheir two children, Timothy and Philip.Donna has been an RN for the past 30years.Brenda Daughtery Silvestri, ’80, and herhusband Louis live in Lexington with theirdaughter, Kristin. Brenda is employed atUniversity of Kentucky Department ofSurgery, Grants Administration.William Daniel Jones, ’81, lives in Corbin,where he serves as president of the KentuckyAssociation of Elementary School Principals,2010-2011, and was named Kentucky’sElementary School Principal of the Year for2007-2008.Teri Feeback, ’83, currently teaches atMercer County 9th Grade Academy inHarrodsburg.Jeffrey Thomas Burdette, ’86, and his wifeTwila live in Mt. Vernon with their twochildren, Thomas and Zoe. He currentlyserves as vice-chief regional circuit judge ofthe 23 counties in the Cumberland Regionand chief circuit judge of the 28th Circuit,comprised of Lincoln, Pulaski and Rockcastlecounties.1990’sCarol Ann Toppings Christenson, ’92,lives in Charleston, W.V., with her husband,Mike and their three children, John, Hunter,and Carley. A global forecast analyst atMomentive Performance Materials (formerlyGE Silicones), she is also a children’s ministryleader at Oakwood Baptist Church.Jeffrey Forsell, ’92, lives in Clearwater,Fla., received master’s degree from EasternKentucky University in 1999, and graduatedfrom Florida International University Collegeof Law, in May 2008.Beth Ann Tingle Miller, BS’88, MS’93,lives in Jacksonville. Fla., with her husbandVern and their 16-year-old son, Ryan, whereshe is a high school math teacher at MandarinChristian School.Sarah Catherine Sleet, ’94, lives inFinksburg, Md. Currently on staff at FaithFamily Church as the director of Children’sMinistry and Women’s Ministry, she servedwith the International Mission Board from1997-1999, after teaching in the publicschool system for three years. She earned aMaster of Divinity degree from the SouthernBaptist Theological Seminary in 2003.Richie Alan Cheek, ’95, lives in Jeffersontownand serves as senior pastor of HenryvilleCommunity Church in Henryville, Ind.Kristin Elaine Stevenson Grogan, ’95, livesin Dayton, Ohio, with her husband Gerry andtheir two children, Kelly and Sarah, whereshe is employed by Abbott Laboratories.Rachelle Varble Stebe, ’95, lives in St.Peters, Mo., with her husband Nicholas andtheir seven-year-old daughter Hannah.Angela Gail Leach Dunn, ’96, lives inWilliamsburg with her husband Michaeland their three sons, Dakotah, Dalton andKeegan. Angela is employed by the KentuckyDepartment of Community Based Services.Elizabeth Geneva Baker-McLain, ’96, livesin Round Rock, Texas. A special educationteacher with the Killeen Independent SchoolDistrict, she is the mother of two sons, Johnand Benjamin and one daughter, Geneva.Brian Scott Kelley, ’96, and Devona MarieAbbott Kelly, ’96, live in Monticello withtheir 4-year-old son Samuel Emery, wherethey both work for the Cabinet for Healthand Family Services in Somerset; he as afamily support specialist and she as a legalsecretary.Robert E. Stephens, ’96, lives in WhitleyCity with his wife Tonya Morgan Stephensand their four children, ages 8, 7, 4 and 1.After graduating from the Louis D. BrandeisSchool of Law, University of Louisvillein 1999, he’s been a practicing attorney inKentucky since 1999, and has served asan assistant Commonwealth Attorney forWhitley and McCreary counties since 2004.Teresa Lynne McKinney Adams, ’97, andher husband Scotty live in Lancaster.Shelly Mortin, ’98, lives in Canton, Ohio,alumni newswith her husband Scott, ’00. An employeeof Hitchcock Fleming & Associates, Inc.,she recently was promoted to team leader/account supervisor of interactive projectmanagers, where she works to ensureconsistency in processes and engages instrategic collaboration with clients andinternal teams.Philip Ritchie, ’98, and his wife Stephanielive in Holt, Mo., where in the fall of 2010,he became the principal of Northern HillsChristian Academy. He is the former principalof Blue Grass Baptist School in Lexington.Tammy Lynn Higginbotham Stephens, ’98,and her husband Thomas R. Stephens, Jr. livein Williamsburg with their children, ThomasClark and Sarah Elizabeth. Tammy has beenthe coordinator of the Family Resource/Youth Services Center of the WilliamsburgIndependent School District for 11 years.2000’sPhoto by Ray WeikalHeather Turner Miles, ’00, was married onJuly 19, 2009 and lives in Winchester.Sarah Len Croy Nichter, ’00, and AndrewNichter, ’97, live in Pewee Valley with theirtwo children four-year-old Caroline and oneyear-oldSadie. Sarah recently became anassociate professor at Sullivan University.Sherman Robert Partin, ’01, and ChristinaMarie Nunn Partin, ’07, were married in2002 and now live in Middlesboro with theirthree children, five-year-old Lauren, fouryear-oldLogan and one-year-old Collin.Tyrhon Crawford, ’02, and his wife Nikkilive in Winter Haven, Fla., with their twosons, five-year-old Tahron and three-yearoldTeriq. Tyrhon is the dean of studentsand head men’s basketball Coach for PolkWinter 2011 • CumberlandToday • 29


alumni newsCounty Schools. In June 2009, he becamea licensed/ordained minister and serves asyouth pastor at New Bethel AME Church inLakeland, Fla. His wife, Nikki is a guidancecounselor for Polk County Schools.Amanda Wells King, ’03, and DavidKing, ’03, live in Lexington with their fivechildren: Noah, six; Samuel, five; Simon,four; Kaedmon, one; and Clara, sevenmonths.Nina Lois Hall Shotwell, ’03, and DavidBradford-Ross Shotwell,’03, live inLouisville, where Nina is employed inthe residential department of LouisvilleIndependent Case Management.Dr. Chase Wilson,’04, Family Medicinechief resident at the University of TennesseeGraduate School of Medicine, under thesupervision of Dr. Kenneth Bielak, associateprofessor and Sports Medicine Fellowshipdirector, volunteered with the Austin EastHigh School (Knoxville, Tenn.) footballteam in the fall of 2010. The service was partof a program that allowed residents to workwith athletic trainers to assess and examineinjured football players. He hopes to continueproviding this kind of service throughout hiscareer in family medicine.Erica Nicole Adams Bright, ’06, andJonathan Ray Bright, ’04, married in Mayof 2004, live in London with their daughterAva Madison, born in April 2009. Erica is acase manager at the Appalachian Children’sHome in Barbourville, and Jonathan is themedia pastor at Hawk Creek Baptist Churchin London, where Erica is also a children’sministry team leader.Toccara Montgomery, BS’06, and MS’09,has been named head coach of the women’swrestling program at Lindenwood Universityin St. Charles, Mo.Michael Powers, ’09, completed his degreein business administration online, after 22years since he last attended CumberlandCollege. Michael lives in Huntington Beach,Calif.Chris Souder, current graduate student,teaches at Harrodsburg Day Treatment inHarrodsburg.ENGAGEMENTS,30 • CumberlandToday • Winter 2011ANNIVERSARIES &MARRIAGES1950’sEila Jane Carlisle Gessells, ’56, announcesher marriage to Richard Thomas Gessells.They said their vows on August 16, 2010.The happy couple lives in Miamisburg,Ohio.1980’sRamona Gail Gross Davis, ’83, and JeffDavis, ’80, announce their marriage of April3, 2010, in Hawaii. They now live in Corbin,where she is employed by the Corbin SchoolDistrict, and he works for Owens-Corning.2000’sShannon Evans-Harrington, ’00, announcesher marriage to Edmund Harrington in thesummer of 2010. They reside in Nebraska.Randy Jay Greer, ’01, lives in Pendleton,S.C., with his wife, Brandi Hall-Greer.Uteaka Denise Hackett Knapp, ’04, wasmarried on June 12, 2010. Her husbandis in the United States Navy, and they liveon Andrews Air Force Base in Md. withtheir two-year-old son and six-month-olddaughter. Uteaka is currently a stay-at-homemom working on her MBA.Andrea Renee Chandler Hall, ’03,announces her marriage to Mario Hall in2006.Rocky Joseph Michael Hager, ’07, livesin Lewisport with his wife Lara, patientlywaiting on the arrival of their daughter.Sharon Lynn Wilson ,’07, announces hermarriage to Waylon Standifer on August 13,2010. The happy couple lives in Pine Knot.Nathan Michael Smith, ’09, lives inWilmore with his wife Kaci Hina Smith.BIRTHS1970’sJ. C. and Kathy Korek Harville, ’79, ofSpring, Texas, announce the birth of theirfirst grandchild born April 5, 2010. J. C. isprincipal of an elementary school and Kathyteaches high school math in Spring.1990’sDaniel Keith West, ’93, and his wife Patiencelive in Dothan, AL., with their two sons,Logan and Grant, and their two daughters,Vivienne and Sophie. They all anxiouslyawait the birth of another daughter.2000’sGareth Wilford, ’00, and his wife Laura,’00, announce the birth of their daughter,Charlotte Wilford, born on March 22,2010.FOND FAREWELLSPauline Mehlenbacher, former Universityof the Cumberlands employee, passed awayNovember 13, 2010, at her family’s home inMurfreesboro, Tenn. Ms. Pauline worked inthe T. J. Roberts Dining Hall where she was amom and friend to manystudents over the years.She is preceded in deathby her husband Walter W.Mehlenbacher, one sonHerman Mehlenbacherand two sisters, IreneBrewer and Donna Austin.Survivors include one son,Walter L. Mehlenbacher,’91 one step-son, Rodney George, sixgrandchildren, one sister, Ellen Lane andseveral nieces and nephews. Ms. Pauline willbe missed by everyone who knew her.Daniel J. Wilkerson, 31 years of age,current graduate student at University ofthe Cumberlands passed away at his homeNovember 21, 2010. He was a teacher at PRPHigh School as well as the school’s wrestlingand football coach. Daniel graduated fromPRP High School in 1998 and WesternKentucky University in 2004. He is survivedby his wife Fawn, his parents, Michael andDelores Wilkerson, one brother, Paul, a sisterMickie Winters, his grandmother, FrancisWilkerson and his loyal dogs, Mattie andGus.


1930’sMargaret Jean Harrell, ’32, passed away onJune 9, 2010. She was 98 years of age.Dr. Robert Edward Lawson, ’35, ofMemphis, Tenn., passed away at the age of93 on November 6, 2008. He was born inWilliamsburg and received his MD fromthe University of Tennessee College ofMedicine.Sister Dorthie Anne (Marianne) CliftonHall, ’38, passed away on December 16,2010, at the Sisters of St. Francis ProvincialHouse in Savannah, Mo. She taught atFederalsburg High School in Maryland andwas an instructor at Northwest MissouriState University in Maryville, Mo., beforeprofessing her vows with the Sisters of St.Francis, first in 1952 and again on July5, 1980. Sister Dorthie Anne served as ateacher and principal at St. Joseph Academyin Chillicothe, Mo. She taught English atIowa Central Community College in FortDodge, Iowa, and taught from 1978 to 1997at Donnelly College in Kansas City, Kan.She was also a published poet. Survivorsinclude her sister, Morna Smith, of Texas,many nieces and nephews and her sisters inthe religious community.1940’sElla Joan Evans, ’43, passed away on January26, 2010. She was married to Dr. DonaldStewart.Donald Reid Ellison, ’47, 83 years of age,Williamsburg, passed away September 27,2010. He attended Cumberland College,Wayne University and graduated fromthe University of Alabama in 1952, witha degree in electrical engineering. Theowner and operator of Groundhogs, Inc., aconstruction company in Birmingham, Ala.,Ellison was a member of several engineeringsocieties and held professional engineeringlicenses in Ala., Tenn., and Ky. He wasa veteran of WWII and a major in the USAir Force Reserve. A member of Universityof the Cumberlands’ Board of Trustees, healumni newshad taught in Cumberland College’s formerschool of mining. He is survived by his son,Gary W. Ellison and daughters, Donna West,Marlene Shealy and Marcella Shepherd, allof Birmingham; nine grandchildren and fivegreat-grandchildren. He is also survivedby Brenda T. Ellison, three children, ninegrandchildren and four great-grandchildrenall of Williamsburg.Benjamin H. McKeehan, ’47, Olney Md.,passed away July 6, 2010 at 83. He is survivedby his wife Virginia Ileene McKeehan; threechildren, Michael W., Patricia Stromberg andSharon Henderson; seven grandchildren; andone great-grandchild.Pauline Dozier Brown, ’48, 85 years of age,passed away on January 20, 2010. She issurvived by her son David Keith Brown ofVersailles, daughter Nancy Ellen Martin ofGlendale, Wis., and three grandchildren.Velma Jean Turner Clark, ’48, passedaway December 22, 2010 at Christian CareCommunity in Corbin after a long illness.Kathy Wilcox Storrie, ’71alumni spotlightAlum’s First Novel Brings Appalachia’s Past to LifeKathy Wilcox Storrie, ’71, is the author of “Fannie & Wilke: For the Love of aCountry Girl,” published in 2010, and she was one of the featured authors inAuthors’ Row at Homecoming 2010.The romantic tale of Fannie Brock and Wilkerson Lawson is based uponStorrie’s own grandparents’ courtship and ultimate marriage. Set in Kentucky’sBell County more than 100 years ago, it reveals much about the customs of theregion and offers a unique insight into Appalachia culture.“This book will not only teach and entertain but it also will take many peopleback to a time and place that has been long forgotten or they never knewexisted,” says Storrie.Dr. Susan Weaver, director of Cumberlands’ Teaching and Learning program,serves as the coordinator of Author’s Row and had this to say about Storrie’sdebut novel, “This memorable book would be one to read aloud, share acrossgenerations, and cherish as a reflection of the spirit of a hard working funlovingyoung girl and a determined, industrious young man. I enjoyed it fromcover to cover.”Storrie, of Hamilton, Ohio, earned her B.S. from Cumberlands with a majorin elementary education and a minor in art education.Winter 2011 • CumberlandToday • 31


alumni newsThelma Ruth Jones Baker Leigh, ’49, 79years of age, passed away September 14, 2010,in Grants Pass, Ore. A first grade teacher for40 years, she began her career in Memphis,Tenn., before moving to Oregon, where shetaught at Tenmile, Dillard and McGovernelementary schools. She also owned andoperated a 40-acre farm in Looking Glass,where for 35 years, she and her three childrenraised cattle, swine, horses, sheep, dogs, catsand other animals. An active member ofFarmer’s Chiquita, a large 4-H livestock clubin Looking Glass, she was also a member of theAmerican Association of University Womenand served as a crisis counselor for a batteredwomen’s group. After retiring at the age of62, she learned to play tennis and became amember of the Roseburg Tennis Club andthe United States Tennis Association teams,serving as team captain for several years. Sheis survived by her three children, CynthiaLuce, Christopher Baker and CandaceSchlenker, and four grandchildren.1950’sGerald A. Leigh, ’50, 77 years of age, passedaway on March 27, 2008, at his home inSomerset. He was born in Eubank. He issurvived by one son, Steve A. Leigh, onedaughter, Angela M. Smith, one sister,Donna Wilkinson, three grandchildren andone great grandchild.Florence V. Smith, ’50, of Sweetwater,Tenn., passed away in 2000.Fazda Risner Jones, ’51, 77 years of age,originally from Pineville, passed away in CasaGrande, Ariz., on December 24, 2010, withher husband and children by her side.Priscilla J. Anderson, ’52, 79 years of age, ofWest Chester, Ohio, passed away on August31, 2010. After teaching in Kentucky fortwo years, she was a third-grade teacherfor the Northwest Local School Districtfor 37 years and retired in 1989. She issurvived by her daughter, Kay Gowsell, twograndchildren, Kevin Gowsell and SabrinaGowsell, a brother, Richard Lee James andtwo sisters, Phyllis Rupp, and Nancy Bright.Nola Brown, ’52, 91 years of age, passedaway November 2, 2010, in Williamsburg.She is survived by one daughter, JuanitaSharpe ’65, and her husband Alvin, ’65;32 • CumberlandToday • Winter 2011a son, Dewey Brown and his wife Sue; hergrandchildren, Tim Brown, Jeff Sharpe,’90, and his wife Missy, Mike Sharpe, ’93,and his wife Regina, ’99; and three greatgrandchildren,Becky Sharpe, ChristianSharpe and Anabeth Sharpe.William Howard Dykes, ’53, 80 yearsof age, of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., passed awayon December 12, 2010. While attendingCumberland he met his wife, the late MaryAnn McIntyre, ’54. He is survived bydaughters, Margie Dykes Smith and JackieEllen Dykes Chafin; sister, Ida ElizabethWilson; brother, Joseph Lee Dykes; threegrandchildren and numerous nieces andnephews.Robert Glenn Fox, ’58, passed awaySaturday, December 11, 2010, in Scottsburg,Ind. The first person in his family to graduatefrom college, Fox was an educator and schooladministrator from 1960 to 1995, when heretired from Austin School System. He wasalso a contractor/builder from 1960 to 1975and built more than 100 homes. From 1960to 2010, he was a farmer who raised grain,tobacco, hay and beef cattle. He loved totravel across the United States and Europe,researching and visiting historic sites. Heis survived by his wife of 46 years, Karen,children, Laura Lynn Nowling, GlennEdward Fox and Jenny Lou Fox, and sevengrandchildren.Clayton Wendell Blanton, ’59, passed awayMarch 29, 2007.1960’sJames H. Hampton, ’60, of Barbourvillepassed away October 2, 2006, of heartfailure. He was superintendent of KnoxCounty School System, and he is survived byhis wife Joan.Velma J. Ball, ’61, of Pineville passed awayin 2000.Randall Byrd, ’61, 77 years of age,Williamsburg, passed away August 27, 2010.An employee of Renfro Supply Companyin Williamsburg, he was a veteran of theUnited States Navy. He is survived by adaughter, Cindy Lovitt, of Ryland Heights,a son Eddie, of Sanford, a brother, Robert, ofWilliamsburg, two sisters, Georgia Cawood,of Monroe, Mich., and Ruth Peace, ofWilliamsburg. He had eight grandchildrenand five great-grandchildren who will misshim dearly.Evelyn W. Jeffers, ’61, 90 years of age, fromCrossville, Tenn., passed away in 2006.Mary Elizabeth Chadwell Johnson, ’61, 82years of age, from Jacksboro, Tenn., passedaway July 25, 2003, at St. Mary’s MedicalCenter of Campbell County. A teacher for38 years in Campbell County and MichiganSchool systems, Mrs. Johnson is survived byher husband of 61 years, Charlie A. Johnson;sons, Roger and Dallas; daughters, Karenand Nancy; seven grandchildren and sixgreat-grandchildren; and one sister, MarthaGibson.Dalton E. Jones, ’61, of Lexington passedaway in 2008.Jo Ann Pursiful, ’61, passed away severalyears ago.Fredrick “Freddie” Wayne Robbins, ’61,67 years of age, passed away December14, 2007, at his home in Calvin. Heis survived by his sister-in-law, JoAnnRobbins, Clarkston, Mich.; nephew CharlesE. Robbins, Jonesville, Va.; nieces, TeresaKirkland and Missy Cordes of Calvin, LisaFogus of Corbin, and Jenny Robbins ofClarkston, Mich.Charles W. Waldroup, ’61, 81 years of age,from Williamsburg, passed away in 2000.Fred Johnson Sandlin, ’62, 70 years ofage, passed away September 17, 2010, inDaytona Beach, Fla. He is survived by oneson, David, and an aunt, Mary Brough,of Scottsburg, Ind. Mr. Sandlin began histeaching career in Spencerville, Ohio; thenmoved to Avon Park, Fla., in 1966, wherehe taught driver’s education and served ashead coach of the boys’ basketball teamfor more than a decade. A businessman inthe restaurant and insurance fields, he laterbecame a co-owner of Sunshine Title andSunshine Leasing Company, which grewto be one of the largest private firms in thestate.Glenn E. Shepard, ’63, passed away in2008.Billy Ray Neely, ’64, of Florence, passed


away July 11, 2010, after a short illness withcancer. A retired school teacher with theBoone County School System, he is survivedby his wife Carol; son Darren, Florence ; anddaughter, Shawnta, Denver, Colo.Thelma L. Terry, ’65, 78 years of age, of theMountain View community and a residentof Huntsville Manor in Scott County, Tenn.,passed away November 28, 2010. A memberof the Retired Teachers Association and amember of Eastern Star Sunshine Chapter#279 of Robbins, Ms. Terry was a schoolteacher for 42 years. Survivors are her nieceand caregiver, Lisa Lowe and husband Tim;a sister Wilma Ruth Jeffers and family;and special roommate and friend, GenevaMarcum of Huntsville Manor.Enoch Foutch, ’68, of Bardstown, formerlyof Harlan County, passed away on Oct.12, 2010, frominjuries received inan auto accident.Foutch, 64, heldadditional degreesfrom Universityof Kentucky andEKU. He was ateacher, coach andprincipal at LynchHigh School;Photo submittedprincipal at HarlanElementary andMiddle School, and then Director of SpecialEducation before his retirement. He was alsoan adjunct instructor of math and physicsfor Southeast Community College. Hewas team leader of the sorghum molassesdemonstration at the annual KingdomCome Swappin’ Meetin’, mastered thecraft of creating dulcimers and was an avidhunter and outdoorsman, A member ofthe NRA, he taught hunter education andconcealed weapons classes. His many awardsinclude two National Institute for Staff andOrganization Development (NISOD) awardsand being named a Kentucky Colonel andan Honorary Harlan County Coal Miner.He was a member of the Parkway BaptistChurch in Bardstown and Howard MasonicLodge. He is survived by his wife Karen, hismother Elizabeth Foutch, two daughters,seven grandchildren, two sisters, a brother,and several nieces and nephews.Charlene Lawson Nixon, ’68, 64 years of age,from Amelia, Ohio passed away November7, 2010. She is survived by her husband,Mark Nixon, three children Michelle Green,Jennifer Anderson and Russell Nixon; onegrandchild, Cameron Anderson; two sisters,Sandra Lewis and Terry Wilson and threebrothers, J.L., Glenn and Don.Clay Gibson, ’69, Rio Rancho, N.M.,passed away July 3, 2010, in a tragic accidentin Dove Creek, Col., in which his older son,Zane, also lost his life. He is survived byhis wife Nancy and son, Cody. Mrs. Gibsonrelated that Clay was very proud to be analumnus of University of the Cumberlands,and she requested that the Cumberlandscommunity remembers this family in dailythoughts and prayers.1970’sGlenna M. Collins, ’70, 62 years of age,passed away August 22, 2010, at her home inOneida, Tenn., with her family by her side.Mrs. Collins was a member of the Order ofthe Eastern Star, Oneida Lodge #695, whereshe held numerous positions includingWorthy Matron. She was a foster motherto more than 40 children, adopted four andreceived the 2002 Mother of the Year Award.She began her teaching career at CoalfieldHigh School for two years, and then taught atScott County High School for more than 18years, until her retirement. She is survived bysons, Kenneth Lee Collins and ChristopherLynn Collins of Columbia, Mo.; her adoptedchildren, Reshonda Harness, Jessica Wentz,Phillip Collins and Crystal Washam; her 14special grandchildren; sisters, Irene Strunk,and Norma Jean Potter; and brothers, ErnestCrabtree and Shirl Crabtree.Charles Lewis, ’70, passed away June 23,2010.Charles Thomas Snapp, ’76, 58 years ofage, of Effingham, Ill., passed away Sunday,October 17, 2010, at St. Anthony’s MemorialHospital. A captain in the United StatesArmy Reserves, he was a member of theEffingham VFW and American Legion. Heworked with Addus Home Health Care. Heis survived by his special friend of 20 years,Brenda Mundt; brother, Marion Snapp, Jr.of Paris; sisters, Linda Hyatt of Millersburg,Wanda Gaunce of Carlisle and Mary FrancisWalls of Lexington.Gloria Jean Dezarn Lowe, ’77, 57 years ofalumni newsage, of Pineville passed away September 11,2010, after an unexpected illness. A nativeof Clay County, she met her husband of 35years, Darrell Lowe, ’75, while they werestudents at Cumberland. After 27 yearsof teaching, she retired to work with herhusband in ministry at the Lighthouse, thechurch they began. She is survived by herhusband Darrel Lowe; a niece, Sherry Reed;brothers Charles Dezarn, Dan Dezarn, PaulDezarn and Clarence Dezarn; sisters, NancyCrawford, Bev Roberts, Doris Gross andCharlotte Stewart.1980’sRuby M. Wadley Clark, ’80, 51 years ofage, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., passed awayOctober 31, 2010. She was a retired schoolteacher with Volusia County Schools and amember of Servant’s Quarters Fellowship.Survivors include her devoted husband of25 years, Jesse Clark; her children, Jonathan,Camilya, James; parents, Ercelle and JimmyHives and Ezra Wadley; brothers, AlvinWadley, ’80, and Ezra K. Wadley; and sister,Dianna Wadley.Keith Boyd Collins, ’80, passed away.Barbara Faith Marass Lawson, ’82, 50years of age, of Whitley City, passed awaySeptember 1, 2010. Faith served in theUnited States Navy, worked as a social workerat Scott County (Tenn.) Hospital and later atSt. Mary’s Hospital in LaFollette, Tenn. Sheis survived by her mother and stepfather,Barbara and Dillard Strunk; her father,Frank J. Marass, Jr.; her husband, WilliamSaul; two children, Kayla Paige Lawson andDustin James Lawson; and two grandsons,Carter and Curtis Lawson.1990’sRenee Lynn Polan, former student attendingin 1998, passed away at her home inNorwalk, Ohio. She was 31 years of age. Sheis survived by her husband James Calhoun;son, Dakota Lee and her daughter, DonnaJoKatherine; three sisters Lorie Ann Polan ofCanada, Veronica Lee Knoll of Norwalk andNancy Marie Houston of Wakeman, Ohio;and two nephews and two nieces.Winter 2011 • CumberlandToday • 33


alumni newsAlumni Boardof Directors:From left: Dr. JohnHollingsworth,’63;Dr. Terry Dixon, ’68,secretary; Bill Lyttle,’75;Susan Rice Bradley,’98,president-elect; PaulSteeley,’49; MelanieMackey Evans,’87-’90;Amy Stroud,’04; KathyByrd, class of ’83-’87;Dave Bergman,’89,director, Alumni Services;and David, Rhodes,’80,past-president. Notpictured: Richard Prewitt,’80, president; Mary Doyle Johnson,’48, member emerita; Maureen “Cookie” Henson,’74; Tom Broyles,’80;Brittney House,’09, president Young Alumni Association; Dick Koeniger,’67, member emeritus; Jeffrey W. Davis,’80; Mike Parsley,’89;Allen Robbins,’90; Jonathan Childers,’00; Duane Floro,’79; Shannon Evans Harrington,’00; Jimmy Huddleston,’87; and Terry Stigall,’75.Six new boardmembers joined the Alumni Board at Homecoming; five whose termexpires in 2013 and one who will fill an unexpired term, expiring in 2012.Amy Stroud, ’04, is currently the community liaison and salesassociate for the Center for Rural Development in Somerset. Sheserved as a field representative and district director for former GovernorErnie Fletcher and as the director of Planning/Special Projects in theGovernor’s office. A member of Young Chamber Professionals of LakeCumberland, Young Professionals of East Kentucky and the Board ofDirectors of Girls Scouts of Kentucky Wilderness Road Council, sheis a Fellow of UK’s Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute andis a Certified Entrepreneurial Coach.Kathy West Byrd, ’87, Title Examiner at Cumberland Valley TitleCompany, London, KY. She is a member of the Tri-Co RepublicanWomen's Club, Friends of the Library and a former WilliamsburgCity Council Member. She is also involved with the Whitley CountyHistorical Society. Married to Eddie D. Byrd, ’70, for 27 years, shehas four children: Adam Sharp (wife Jennifer), Jon Sharp, TeresaAbbott, ’09 (husband Mike Abbott, BA,’97, MA’02) and CarrieByrd (research librarian at Cumberlands). She has four grandchildren:Avril and Skeet Sharp and Lillie and Grace-Ann Abbott.Tom Broyles, ’80, employed with Bayer Healthcare since 1984and currently serves as the team leader who manages the company’sKroger business nationwide. Broyles, who enjoys spending timewith family and friends, traveling and attending athletic events, is34 • CumberlandToday • Winter 2011married to Rhonda Hodges Broyles, ’83. She is the freshman coachand assistant varsity basketball coach at Conner High School andalso works for The Cross-mark Co., managing brand positioning atKroger. They live in Morristown, Tenn., and are the parents of threesons: Derek, Cody and Jeremy.Dr. Duane Floro, ’79, has served as senior pastor at a number ofmulti-staff churches and currently serves as the ministry evangelismstrategist of the Ohio Baptist Convention in Columbus, Ohio. Flororeceived a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern BaptistTheological Seminary in 1983 and a Doctor of Ministry degree fromGolden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in 2007. He and his wifeDeana Henson Floro are the parents of four children and grandparentof one granddaughter.Terry Stigall, ’75, served as Cumberlands’ head baseball coach from1983 until 2001, and was named Coach of the Year three times.He led his team to five KIAC championships, with six second-placepositions; saw 82 players named to All-Conference honors andhad ten players sign professional contracts. Stigall is a member ofthe Health, Movement and Leisure Studies Department faculty atCumberlands, and he resides in Williamsburg with his wife Carol.Stigall is the father of two children, Adam and Alicia.


Brittney House, ’09Young Alumni Association“YAA” might sound like something heard at a Patriot athletic event, but here atCumberlands, it is an exclusive organization within the Alumni Association for graduatesof ten years or less. There are no financial dues. The only requirements are dedication toCumberlands and a desire to see it succeed and continue to offer outstanding educationalopportunities to future students.alumni spotlightBrittney House, ’09, met those requirements long before she was inducted into theAlumni Board and as the first president of the YAA during the Alumni Dinner atHomecoming 2010.As president of UC’s Student Government Association from 2007-09, House increasedSGA participation from about 12 members to more than 50 members. She also updatedthe campus movie rentals, brought back the recycling program, helped to restore theviaduct and bought bike racks that were dispersed around campus. As SGA president,she also served as an ex-officio member of the Alumni Board.Young alumni interested in being a part of this vital group can contact the AlumniServices office at 606-539-4355 or alumni@ucumberlands.edu.Brittney House,’09.Dr. Robert Moore, ’70Dr. Robert Moore, ’70, has built a strong career across three states,Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, as the owner of nine Bell ToneHearing Centers. An authorized audioprosthologist, he has helpedindividuals overcome hearing loss since 1976.Moore credits much of his success to the education he acquired atCumberlands, where he earned a B.A. in history and political science.“Cumberlands was important in shaping my life and attitudes. It gaveme the impetus, the courage to succeed,” he said. “It helped me overcomethe mindset I came from and showed me what I could accomplish.”A native of Barbourville, Moore came to Cumberlands on a trackand cross country scholarship, after an outstanding high school trackcareer. He placed second in the mile at the Kentucky high schoolchampionships during his senior year. At Cumberlands, his speedearned him the nickname “Rabbit.” Moore was the first in his familyto attend and graduate from college. Of his four siblings, his youngersister, Shirley Blanton also attended Cumberlands.Dr. Robert Moore in his Lafollette, Tenn. lab with a photo of his Cessna Stationaire,which allows him to travel easily among his businesses.Following his graduation, Moore went on to earn a Master of Ministrydegree and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Southern BaptistCenter for Biblical Studies in Marietta, Ga. He also completed the ACA program of the International Hearing Society.In the early 1980’s Moore developed his love of flying when he took flying lessons and completed his first solo flight. However, the expenses ofa young family and business intervened until 1998, when he bought his first plane and said, “Now, I’m going to learn to fly this.” Today, witha larger more comfortable plane, Moore commutes among the cities where his businesses are located. He primarily works in the LaFollette,Tenn., and Somerset locations, where he divides his time each week.Moore enjoyed his years at Cumberlands, saying, “I had more fun in college than before or after.” He formed important relationships duringhis student years. He and Jim Taylor, ’68, now Cumberlands’ president, were both young ministers who served as pastors, Moore in Somersetand Taylor in Monticello, and on the weekends they carpooled to their small churches to save gas money. He also formed a friendship withGordon Bocock, ’67, who was a senior when Moore was a freshman and who served as a role model for Moore.However, Moore says that the best thing he found at Cumberlands was his wife, Trena Hammons Moore, who was also a student. The Moores,who have homes in Somerset and LaFollette, are the parents of three children: John, 39; Robert, 25; and Rebecca, 23.Winter 2011 • CumberlandToday • 35


alumni spotlightThe Lord(’s) MayorMichael Bryant,’69Cumberlands alumnus, Michael (Mike) Bryant, ’69, has returned to his roots in a big way. Although he was born in Cincinnati and grew upin Michigan, his parents were natives of southern Kentucky who both grew up in Pulaski County. The child who often visited Mount Vernon,Kentucky, could never have dreamed that someday he would become its mayor. But, in the 2010 election, Bryant was indeed elected Mt.Vernon’s mayor, and his term began in January.Always active in his community, Bryant has been approached a number of times to seek public office; to run for mayor, county judgeexecutive,or even sheriff. However, this time, when someone suggested a campaign for mayor late in 2009, he said that he would pray aboutit. As he prayerfully considered such a step, he became more overwhelmingly convinced it was the right thing to do. “Of course, just seekingthe office did not mean winning,” he states. What followed was 10 months of campaigning, then two months of transition before assumingoffice. “It has been an interesting journey,” Bryant says. “Politics is a journey I had not traveled before.” He goes on to say, “But more andmore, I can see God’s hand at work. This is clearly not an accident or a coincidence, but true providence. I do not know and may never knowall the ‘whys.’”The road to Mt. Vernon’s city hall has taken Bryant on a global journey. After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in religion with a minor inpsychology at Cumberlands, he went on to earn a Master of Theology degree in 1980 and a Doctor of Ministry degree in 1982, both fromthe International Seminary.During the past 42 years, Bryant has served as a pastor, evangelist, chaplain and certified counselor, and he has spent time on the mission fieldin the US, Mexico and Guatemala. A sworn deputy sheriff and chaplain with four different sheriffs, he has spoken at more than 120 churchesin eight states, Israel, Mexico and Guatemala. Additionally, he worked for the Kentucky Cabinet for Families & Children, from which heretired in 2000 as Family Services Office supervisor.Bryant is truly enjoying his new position. “Mount Vernon, by comparison, is a small town, but I’ve realized that it is like a large business.Just being mayor means managing multiple departments with multiple issues, and it’s a challenge to ‘keep all the plates spinning’ each day,”he says.Serving in more than 80 business, civic and professional organizations through the years, Bryant has held office in many of them and hasearned numerous awards for his service and outstanding citizenship. Currently, he is a member of several groups, including Cumberlands’Church Relations Board.Bryant and his wife Carol Owens Bryant, an alumna of Sue Bennett College and Ohio’s Bowling Green State University, first lived in MountVernon from 1970 to 1974, but moved there permanently in 1977. When asked the best thing about living there, he readily replied that itprovides the best of small-town living, while being strategically located beside I-75, within an easy drive of larger towns, like Richmond andLexington. “Here, you don’t have to give up the joy of living in a small town for the convenience of city living,” he said.The Bryants are the parents of four children, all of whom haveattended Cumberlands. Melissa Bryant Stewart graduated in1987and served as SGA president; her husband Jon Stewartgraduated in 1985; Michael Bryant II attended from 1987 to1990, and his wife Rhonda Reid Bryant, is a 1994 graduate;Marla Bryant Hart attended; and Matthew Bryant graduated in1999. Twelve grandchildren, including twin grandsons, Lincolnand Sawyer, born January 4, 2011, complete their family.When he manages to find any free time, Bryant enjoys hunting,fishing, camping, ATV/horseback riding, canoeing, knifecollecting, 18th century & civil war reenacting and martial arts,in which he is a black belt certified instructor.Bryant wants to leave a legacy for future generations in MountVernon. “This is a ‘we’ not a ‘me’ thing,” he states emphatically.“Thinking futuristically, my hope is that by building on thingsmy predecessors began, we can make this a better place, a bettertown and leave some things in place for my successors to buildupon.”36 • CumberlandToday • Winter 2011


Hubert F. White, ’23, PosthumouslyInducted into Hall of HonorDuring the 2011 Founders’ Day and Martin Luther King Memorial convocation,University of the Cumberlands honored outstanding alumnus, Hubert F. White, ’23,who posthumously received the Distinguished Alumni Award and was inducted intothe Alumni Hall of Honor.A native of Williamsburg, White attended Cumberland College from 1921 to 1923,where he served as captain of both the football and basketball teams. He graduatedwith an Associate of Arts degree and enrolled at the University of Kentucky in 1923,where he completed his undergraduate degree in 1925 and graduated from law schoolin 1927. He practiced law in Harlan and Middlesboro for 55 years and served as thecity attorney for Middlesboro for a total of 30 years. Following in the footsteps of hisfather, a three-term mayor of Williamsburg, White served as mayor of Middlesborofrom 1958 to 1962. He was married to the former Fay Cawood for 60 years, and hepassed away in 1990.White’s sons, Robert C. White, of Knoxville, Tenn., and Frank M. White of Lexington,Ky., accepted the award on behalf of their father.Robert White expressed the family’s gratitude for the honor given his father and forthe educational opportunities the elder White experienced at Cumberlands.“When he left Cumberland, he went on to pursue his studies in other places,” saidRobert White of his father. “But, he always maintained that the start he received onthis campus was paramount to the success he achieved academically later.”“He alwaysmaintained that thestart he receivedon this campus wasparamount to thesuccess he achievedacademically later.”Robert White, left, and Frank White, right, accept the Distinguished Alumni Award on behalf oftheir father, the late Hubert F. White, from Rich Prewitt, center, Alumni Board president.Winter 2011 • CumberlandToday • 37


Dr. Ray Lipps, ’70,Receives Honorary Degree“I am proud to be agraduate of University ofthe Cumberlands, where allthe Indians are Patriots.”During its annual Founders’ Day and Martin LutherKing Memorial convocation, Cumberlands honoredRay Lipps ’70, with an honorary Doctor of Fine Artsdegree.“[It is] because of your stellar success, your support andcaring for your fellow man, and your commitment tomaking this world a better place,” said President JimTaylor.Founder and president of Esquire Galleries, a companythat sells art at auctions throughout the U.S., Lippshas been one of Cumberlands’ most dedicated alumni.He has never missed a Homecoming since arriving oncampus—44 straight Homecomings—and he has beenan avid supporter of the athletic programs, attendinghundreds of events including many national tournamentgames. One of the founders of Cumberlands’ AthleticHall of Fame, he instituted both the alumni homecomingauction, to support scholarships, and the Athletic Hallof Fame auction. He has also donated much of theframed artwork seen in campus buildings, for a totalcontribution in excess of $350,000.However, Lipps feels the greatest contribution he has madeto Cumberland is the many students he has recruited, andduring the ceremony, he introduced “potential future alumni”of Cumberlands in the audience, including a “member of theclass of 2033.”A native of London, Ky., Lipps was a student leader at CumberlandCollege who has continued to be active in many business, political and civic organizations.He served on the Cumberlands Alumni Association Board of Directors for more than20 years in several leadership roles, including three terms as president. Inducted into Cumberlands’ Hall of Honor in 1991, he received theJ. M. Boswell Outstanding Alumni Award in 1999 and in 2007 the University named a classroom in the Hutton School of Business the RayLipps Room.“I am proud to be a graduate of University of the Cumberlands where ‘all the Indians are Patriots,’” says Lipps, referring to UC’s former andcurrent mascots.Lipps, and his wife, Patricia Skeen Artman Lipps, residents of Powell, Tennessee, are active members of Powell Presbyterian Church. Twobrothers, his twin Ralph, of London, and, Abner, of Frankfort, also graduated from Cumberlands in 1970.38 • CumberlandToday • Winter 2011


Honor or Memorialize a Friend or Loved OneWhat is a Tribute Gift? A Tribute Gift shows love and respect for the personbeing honored or memorialized. It says to others that the world is a better placebecause of this person. Through a Tribute Gift to UC-Cumberland College, amemory of the past or an honor of the present is tied to the future as it is madeto live on and on in the lives of needy students. The size of the gift you send isup to you. Many send the amount they would spend on floral arrangements,candy or other appropriate purchases. Gifts generally range from $15 to $1,000,but the right amount for you is the one your heart tells you to send.What is an Honor Gift? An Honor Gift is a gift which shows admirationand respect for a loved one or friend on a significant day in their life such asbirthday, anniversary, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, etc.What is a Memorial Gift? A Memorial Gift is a gift in memory of a departedloved one or friend. It is a wonderful way to express sympathy and high regard oras a means to remember birthdays, anniversaries, or other special days (MemorialDay, Veteran’s Day, etc.) of a deceased loved one.Tribute ProgramHow are Tribute Giftsacknowledged?For a Memorial Gift the familyof the one you wish to memorializeis sent an appropriate card the sameday the gift is received by the college.Then the name of the giver and thedeceased will be listed in the nextissue of the college’s newsletter.For an Honor Gift the personbeing honored is sent an appropriatecard listing the honor giver as wellas the occasion for the honor. Thenthe name of the giver and the nameof the honoree will be listed in thenext issue of the college’s newsletter.University of the Cumberlands Tribute GiftsGiven by:Name___________________________________________________________Address_________________________________________________________City__________________________________ State_______Zip____________Gift In Honor Of:Name_____________________________________ Amount $ _____________Gift In Memory Of:Name_____________________________________ Amount $ _____________The occasion of my gift is __________________________________________Please send notification of my gift to:Name___________________________________________________________Address_________________________________________________________City__________________________________ State_______Zip____________Return Coupon To:Dr. Jim Taylor, 6191 College Station Drive, Williamsburg, KY 40769For all Tribute Gifts the amountof the gift is kept confidential, andall gifts are tax deductible as allowedby law.How will yourTribute Gift help?Your gift will provide a lastinglegacy for our needy students as itis used to help provide scholarshipand workship assistance, books andsupplies, food and housing, andmany other supportive services.Listings reflect the Tribute Gifts receivedSeptember 1, 2010 through February 22,2011. In preparing this list, every efforthas been made to ensure accuracy andcompleteness. If a mistake was made inthe way you are identified, or if your namewas omitted, we apologize. You can helpset the record straight. Please notify thePresident’s Office regarding any changesin the way your gift should be recorded infuture reports. Thank You.Winter 2011 • CumberlandToday • 39


In Memory OfIn Memory Of: Mrs. Ellen BiancoGiven By: Mr. W. F. BiancoIn Memory Of: Sgt. Kenneth W. Clarke,SonGiven By: Mrs. Gwendolyn T. ClarkePerrittIn Memory Of: Lt. Col. Theodore W.Clarke, HusbandGiven By: Mrs. Gwendolyn T. ClarkePerrittIn Memory Of: H. Thomas CollinsGiven By: Mr. & Mrs. Charles C. ArrediaMs. Nancy E. BrookshireMr. Peter Walbridge BrownMs. Debbie CaldwellMr. & Mrs. Harmon R. CollinsMr. Michael L. CraigMs. Mary Lou FoxMs. Roberta L. HawkinsMr. & Mrs. Christopher J.HensienMr. & Mrs. L. A. IsaacMr. Joseph C. JarvisMs. Katherine B. JonesMs. Deborah T. KnightMs. Patricia D. LeveyMs. Amy A. MarsalisMr. Robin Baither MillerMr. Barry NistelMs. Mary Beth SchoenMs. Norm & June ShapiroMr. & Mrs. Robert A. SmithMr. & Mrs. Wayne StaleyMr. David P. ThomasMs. Martha G. WheelerIn Memory Of: Esther ComptonGiven By: Dr. C. Sue PhelpsIn Memory Of: Professor Lloyd CreechGiven By: Mrs. Virginia O. LinkenhokerIn Memory Of: Donald Reid EllisonGiven By: Ms. Leona M. BegleyMr. & Mrs. Harry V. BenjaminMr. & Mrs. Darren BlaineBryantMr. & Mrs. John H. BullardMrs. Mary M. CollinsKid’s Market & MOMMr. & Mrs. Clayton A. KingMr. & Mrs. Richard A.McKinneyMr. Steven D. Payne40 • CumberlandToday • Winter 2011Dr. & Mrs. Jim TaylorTennenbaum Capital Partners,LLCMr. & Mrs. Carl Lee WilderIn Memory Of: William H. JacowayGiven By: USMA Class of 1961In Memory Of: Joe F. JonesGiven By: Ms. Judith Ann Pennington-PriceIn Memory Of: Professor P. R. JonesGiven By: Mr. Bernard MooreIn Memory Of: Mr. & Mrs. Jack & AngelaKeyesGiven By: Mr. Ronald J. KeyesIn Memory Of: Ora Manning, Jr.Given By: Dr. & Mrs. John David BroomeMs. Judith Ann Pennington-PriceIn Memory Of: Annie MooreGiven By: Ms. Kyla E. Fitz-GeraldIn Memory Of: Nate PilantGiven By: Dr. & Mrs. Waler Blaine Early,IIIIn Memory Of: James H. Taylor, IIGiven By: Mrs. Alice BowlingDr. & Mrs. Michael ColegroveMr. & Mrs. Charles MayerDupier, Jr.Mrs. Claudia Kay ManningMs. Sherry E. RoadenDr. & Mrs. Eric L. WakeIn Memory Of: Therman TaylorGiven By: Mrs. June TaylorIn Memory Of: Jack TrickettGiven By: Dr. & Mrs. John David BroomeIn Memory Of: Gwendolyn WhitakerGiven By: Hillcrest Baptist Church YouthGroup & Paul & MarshalIn Honor OfIn Honor Of: Cora Elizabeth Sweet“Libby” AtkinsonGiven By: Mr. & Mrs. R. WilliamWedekingIn Honor Of: Howard AtkinsonGiven By: Mr. & Mrs. William WedekingIn Honor Of: Linda CarterGiven By: Ms. Pearlie L. WingeierIn Honor Of: Josephine CochranGiven By: Mrs. Joanne C. HuddlestonIn Honor Of: Naomi HarpGiven By: Chaplain Major & Mrs.Kenneth Earl HarpIn Honor Of: Dr. Ray LippsGiven By: Dr. & Mrs. John RobertHeneisenMr. Jim HartMrs. Elaine LippsMr. Ralph LippsMr. Ralph E. LynchMr. Ed MeeIn Honor Of: Dr. Jerry LowrieGiven By: Petrey Memorial Baptist ChurchIn Honor Of: Jim & Dinah TaylorGiven By: Dr. & Mrs. Michael ColegroveOccasion: BirthdaysFPO“It’s Not Easy Being Green.”So, we need your help.Provide us with your email address,and we will send you CumberlandToday electronically. Not only will wesave thousands of trees by reducingthe number of printed magazines weproduce but we will also reduce theamount of ink used and prevent manypounds of paper from ending up inlandfills. On top of that—we willsave money for printing and postagethat can be put to better use providingoutstanding learning opportunitiesfor Cumberlands’ future alumni!Please visit us atwww.ucumberlands.edu/alumni/updateand update your contact information.You can let us know what’s beengoing on in your life—and you cansend us your email address. Withyour help, it will be easier to be“green” here at Cumberlands.


Where are they now?Dr. George G. RameyV.P. Business Services, RetiredAs many of you alumni are aware, I retired in August 2003, after 35 years as a professor of religionand as a college administrator. Whenever I meet alumni, you frequently ask four questions.I. “ARE YOU ENJOYING RETIREMENT YET?” The answer is “YES.” Each stage of mylife has been enjoyable and fun-filled. God has been gracious to my family beyond any dreams ofearlier years. Retirement years have been a time of thought and reflection. I have been able to enjoyeach moment that God has permitted me to live. My health has remained good so that I have beenable to do what I wish to do whenever I wish. Retirement is good!II. “WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR TIME?” My favorite pastime has beentraveling. As many of you will remember, my wife, Patricia, was an elementary math and scienceteacher. During our travels she constantly teaches me the wonders of nature. I am often speechlesswhen I see the oceans, the deserts, and the mountains. God has made a wonderful world to livein.Patricia and I have participated in Baptist meetings in Kentucky and around the world; attendednational and international meetings of archaeologists and biblical scholars; and participated intwo Katrina repair weeks. There have been many opportunities to serve through the church andcommunity organizations.Dr. George Ramey with wife PatriciaPhoto submittedRetirement years at Cumberlands are enjoyable because of all the activities at the University. There are concerts, lectures, dramas and athleticevents. There is never a dull moment.III. “WHAT WERE THE CHANGES YOU OBSERVED WHILE AT CUMBERLAND?” Whenever I stop and review those yearsat University of the Cumberlands (Cumberland College), I remember the many changes through the years.A. STUDENTS AND FACULTY: In 1968, the college had come through the growth cycle of the 1960’s when Cumberlandchanged from a junior to a senior college. If the 1960’s were the “childhood years, the 1970’s and 1980’s were the teenage years. The decadesof the 1990’s and 2000’s were a time of growing into adulthood. The enrollment of on-campus, full-time, day students has not changed in asignificant number. There are now graduate students in various programs and on-line students who seldom visit the campus.B. CAMPUS: The appearance of the college campus has changed radically. I am grateful for the opportunity to participatein these campus improvements. In 1968, the chemistry wing of the Science Building opened. Today that building has doubled in size. Thecampus I visited in 1968 had nine major buildings and many temporary structures. My office was in a small frame house. Today, the viaducthas been restored; the five pre-World War I buildings have been renovated;the old city school property renovated and many new permanentstructures added. The changes in the appearance of the campus are unbelievableC. ACADEMICS: A professor is pleased when his or her students graduate and are successful in life. I will always rememberthe superior students who have been successful after graduation, and the students who struggled to survive. There has been an increasingnumber who have gone on to graduate or enter professional schools. There are so many school teachers, medical doctors, dentists, lawyers,pastors who share the Cumberland story through their lives in many communities around Williamsburg. Several ROTC graduates haveserved our nation in Iraq and Afghanistan.D. TECHNOLOGY: The changes in technology have come so fast that the faculty scrambles to keep up with the advances.The students are able to find their niche much more easily. With easy access to information by the internet, students develop learning skillsfaster. Hopefully, the greater amount of information will enable them to make wise choices. During the 1980’s, every student residence waswired with television cable, phone cable, and computer cable. Today that wiring is becoming outdated because of wireless technology.E. COMMUNITY SERVICE: The students and faculty have always had a desire to serve others in addition to academicachievement. The Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM, formerly Baptist Student Union) has provided spiritual nourishment to students and isconstantly changing its programs to meet student needs. Over thirty years ago the Appalachian Ministry (originally Love in Action) programwas organized by students. A few years later two students began the Mountain Outreach program. The University was one of the firsteducational institutions to require community service.IV. “WHAT ABOUT THE FUTURE OF CUMBERLAND?” The future is bright! We have only just begun. I believe that I have hada small part in the making of Cumberlands. There is much more ahead.Winter 2011 • CumberlandToday • 41


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