AN ALUMNI MAGAZINE
to the Future
Going Green with
Hybrid Vehicle Research
Campus News Alumni in Technology Homecoming 2009
Alumni Board Open Letter Tradition Returns
Members of the Cumberland Alumni Family,
This edition brings back an old tradition of sharing with alumni, an open letter from the Alumni Board
Executives. Your 2009-10 President, David Rhodes, ‘80, and President-Elect, Rich Prewitt, ‘80, have each
served a full three year term as Board Members. Now they are poised for leading the association.
I yield the remainder of my space for you to enjoy messages from these two alumni leaders.
Visit us online:
www.ucumberlands.edu/alumni Dave Bergman, ’89
or email us at: email@example.com Alumni Director
We’d love to hear your comments!
Return, Rally, and Reunite = Alumni Rewards
As president of the Alumni Association, I want to welcome you to the winter edition of Cumberland Today.
If you haven’t returned to campus recently I want to invite you to some exciting events that will take place
this year that perhaps will spark an interest in your desire to visit your campus, renew old friendships and
visit with former classmates.
A special opportunity is on April 6, when the “Architect” of President George W. Bush’s administration, Karl
Rove, will be the keynote speaker for the 21st Century Leadership Program.
And, please, please, please mark your calendar for Homecoming Weekend, October 1, 2 and 3. You do not
want to miss this opportunity to share “your story” with other alums who will be on campus to reunite. You
may also want to donate something of value for our Alumni Auction held every year during Homecoming.
It’s a great way to raise money for our alma mater, not to mention a lot of fun!
In addition, the Alumni Board is considering a spring golf outing. We anticipate many Alumni will rally in support of this event and
hope to have the first golf outing in 2010. Please keep checking with your Alumni Services Office for developing details.
One final note, thanks in part to former board member Jeff Barker, we have now established a Young Alumni Association. Recent
graduates, please contact the Alumni Office for more information about this program. By getting involved now, your Alumni Rewards
Again, I want to thank you for reading Cumberland Today and thank you for allowing me to serve as your 2009-2010 Alumni Board
President. Please contact me at 859-585-3314 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May God Bless,
David Rhodes, ’80
Alumni Board President
Dear Fellow Alumni,
If you are like me, it seems like only yesterday that I would climb out of bed, head across the viaduct, and make my way to the various
classroom buildings. As I reminisce, I try to think why those memories are still so vivid after 30 years. It is because it was such a good
time in my life. I was moving toward a career in which I could spend my life, and I met my best friend, my wife. I met other friends
that are still treasured today. I unknowingly entered into a second family.
University of the Cumberlands, along with my mother and father, helped define who I wanted to be. Being fun-loving, honest, caring,
and a Christian meant more to me than a piece of paper and the degree. These are just some of the things I took from campus. University
of the Cumberlands gave me way more than I gave it.
I encourage you to get involved. Do not miss the opportunity to visit campus, come to events, donate,
volunteer, encourage future students, or whatever you can do. Do something, anything, to keep that
connection to the college. It will bless you in ways you have yet to discover.
I would like to thank Dr Taylor not only for his leadership, vision, and management skills, but more for
keeping the University of the Cumberlands a family for so many. I hope to hear from you, the alumni,
Rich Prewitt, ’80
Alumni Board President-Elect
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Kate Smith Hill, ’63
1966-1967 Cumberland College – 1968
Conley L. Manning ’54 1990-1991 Russel E. Bridges ’51
Dr. Jerry Lowrie, ’58
Wanda Bowling Freeman ’61 1991-1992 Dr. James H. Taylor ’68
Ray Lipps, ’70
*Dr. Jerry D. Hayner ’57 1992-1993 John E. Lancaster
*The Honorable Jerry Bryant, ’69
*Robert K. Jones, ’51 1993-1994 Dr. Oline Carmical, Jr. ’66
**Richard F. Koeniger, ’67
*Meriel D. Harris ’33 1994-1995 John E. Clinton ’78
Paul P. Steely, Sr., ’49
*Dr. Howard R. Boozer ’42 1995-1996 William H. Lynch ’81
*Doris Jean Spafford ’50
The Honorable Harry “Gippy” Graham ’50 1996-1997 Dr. Brian L. Shoemaker ’79
Dr. D. Terrell Bradley ’81
Ann Hollin Smith ’56 1997-1998 Patty Evans Bryant ’81
Jimmi S. McIntosh ’81
**Mary Doyle Johnson ’48 1998-1999 R. Alan Coppock ’87
Jerry L. Connell ’63
*Tom Warren Butler ’51 1999-2000 Dr. Rick A. Fleenor ’85
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Nick F. Greiwe ’74 David S. Bergman ’89
Dr. Chole Chitwood ’49 2001-2002
David Paul Estes ’90
David L. Davies ’55 2002-2003
L.C. Madron ’64
The Honorable Pleas Jones ’34 2003-2004
Ralph Lipps ’70
Fred R. Conatser ’77 2004-2005 (also 1974-1975)
**Mary Doyle Johnson ’48
1981-1982 (also 1970-1971)
*Meriel D. Harris ’33 2005-2006
V. L. Stonecipher ’66
Lillian C. Galloway ’55 2006-2007 (also 1993-1994)
**Dick Koeniger ’67
Mary Farler Rutledge ’56 2007-2008
Dr. Terry Dixon ’68
Dr. James E. Croley, III ’72 2008-2009
William R. Lyttle ’75
Jerry L. Hodges ’71 2009-2010
David B. Rhodes, ’80
Dr. Eleanor M. Behrmann ’36 2010-2011
President-Elect, Richard Prewitt, ’80
Phillip M. Armstrong, JD ’70 *Deceased
**Served twice as President
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2009-2010 Alumni Association
Board of Directors
David Rhodes, ’80
Richard Prewitt, ’76
Bill Lyttle, ’75
Wheeler Conover, Ph.D., ’87
Dave Bergman, ’89 to the Future
Board Member Emeritus
Mary Doyle Johnson, ’48 10-12
Term Expiring 2010
Susan Rice Bradley, ’98
Jimmy Huddleston, ’87
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Guy Jones, ’84 of Public Relations and Communications
Patti Mullins, ’91
V.L. Stonecipher, ’66
Term Expiring 2011
Jeffrey W. Davis, ’80
Maureen “Cookie” Henson, ’74
John P. Hollingsworth, Ph.D., ’63
Mike Parsley, ’89
Allen Robbins, ’90
Term Expiring 2012
Jonathan Childers, ’00
Terry P. Dixon, Ed.D., ’68
Melanie Mackey Evans, ’90
Shannon Evans Holt, ’00
James H. Taylor, Ph.D., ’68, President
Sue Wake, ’70, V.P. for Institutional Advancement 4-7 Campus News
Daphne Baird, Director of Media Relations
Paul Steely, ’49, Trustee Liaison
Jacob Moak, ’10, SGA President
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A Dedicated Year
During 2009-10, a melody frequently heard on campus has leaders and philanthropists who made the facility possible.
been “On Holy Ground,” the hymn that is nearly always sung at The newly renovated building includes several laboratories and
Cumberlands’ dedication ceremonies. classrooms, as well as departmental offices
Indeed, this has been a year of and offices for the physicians, other
dedications. medical professionals and professors who
The series of dedications actually will teach there.
began in April 2009, when Lenora Fuson During the Founders Day convocation
Harth Hall was dedicated. Then, in on January 18, the University dedicated
September 2009, the Ward and Regina Cumberlands first building to honor the
Correll Science Complex was dedicated, memory of Dr. E.S. Moss, a founder of
followed in October by the dedication Williamsburg Institute (now University
of the Terry and Marion Forcht Medical of the Cumberlands). The building,
Studies Wing of the science complex. which has served as a classroom and
In January 2010, the new semester administrative building, is now a men’s
began with the dedication of a historical Ward Correll in front of the Ward and Regina Correll Science
residence hall. It has been called the
building, Roburn Hall, with the addition Complex, named for Correll and his late wife, Regina, faithful Institute, and later, the Old Recitation
of the name Moss Hall to honor one of supporters of Cumberlands. Building, but most Cumberlands
Cumberlands’ founders. graduates and students know it as
Unfortunately, Regina Tartar Correll, Roburn Hall. It is the building that first
of Somerset passed away on June 7, 2008, opened its doors to students on January
before seeing the completion in December 7, 1889, when students were entering as
2008 of the beautiful facility that bears the builders swept the last debris out the
her name and that of her husband, back. Moss was one of those who not
Ward. Cumberlands’ newest classroom only raised funds for the school, but also,
building is named for these two generous literally built it.
benefactors who contributed much to During the dedication ceremony, Dr.
help make the building possible. William E. Moss, M.D. and Mrs. Marcia
“University of the Cumberlands can Pennington, of Louisville, the grandson
boast of a well-earned reputation in and granddaughter of Dr. E.S. Moss,
the sciences, and this marvelous new each recounted stories of “Grandfather.”
facility will allow the students and Dr. E.S. Moss was a founder and
faculty members who work and learn Terry and Marion Forcht are pictured in one of two Patient first chairman of the Board of Trustees
here to strengthen that reputation as they Assessment Labs in the Forcht Medical Wing. These labs are of Williamsburg Institute. He was one
establish careers and create an impact in vital to the new Physician Assistant program. of the first six trustees of the Institute
the region and, ultimately, the world,” appointed by the Mount Zion Association
said Dr. Jim Taylor, president, during the on December 31, 1887, and he served as
dedication ceremony in September. chairman for fifteen years, although his
On October 15, Cumberlands interest in the College continued until
dedicated the Terry and Marion Forcht his death in 1943.
Medical Studies Wing of the new science He helped organize the Williamsburg
complex. The Forcht Wing is the home Baptist Church in 1883, the Bank of
of the new Master of Physician Assistant Williamsburg, and the First National
Studies program. The wing will also Bank of Williamsburg, where he served
house programs to prepare future as president for 31 years. Dr. E.S. Moss
medical professionals, including the and his son, Dr. Clive Arthur Moss,
many physicians, dentists, pharmacists, class of 1905, practiced medicine in
psychiatrists, veterinarians and others Williamsburg for a combined total of
who will achieve their pre-professional more than 100 years.
education at Cumberlands. Dr. E.S. Moss with his horse and buggy made house calls It is fitting that the dedication
The Forcht Medical Studies Wing is throughout the county. (Photo courtesy of Moss Family) ceremonies held this year have honored
named in honor of Terry and Marion not only Cumberlands’ bright future but
Forcht, prominent Corbin business also its remarkable past.
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Four inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame
The induction of four new members of University of the Cumberlands Athletic
Hall of Fame took place on February 27, 2010, during half-time of the men’s
basketball game OF THE
year’s inductees were:
Mark Barrett Wayne Seivers
Class of 1991 - Football Class of 1979 - Baseball
Anthony Kabara Gareth Wilford
Class of 2004 - Track Class of 2000 - Track, Cross Country
Patriot football star is a winner on
and off the field
University of the Cumberlands football standout Paul
Jeffrey (P.J.) Hughes, senior linebacker, was the only
NAIA player to be named to the 2009 Allstate American
Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works
Team. From 106 national nominees, the largest number
in the program’s 18-year history, only 22 individuals were
The Good Works Team in the courtyard at New Orleans’ Wilson Elementary School. Cumberlands’
P.J. Hughes is second from right in front row. selected for this prestigious award presented at the 2010
Allstate Sugar Bowl game in New Orleans.
Members of the Good Works Team are honored not for prowess on the field, but for their commitment to working with a charitable
organization, service group or community service while maintaining a good academic standing.
A senior business administration major from Montezuma, Ga., Hughes holds a 3.93 GPA and has been named to the Dean’s List for
six consecutive semesters. For his accomplishments, he has also been named a Mid-South Conference and NAIA All-Academic Award
Hughes is well-known for his participation in campus life and his service to the community. He is a STAR, a student leader in the
freshman Insights program; an academic peer tutor at the Academic Resource Center (ARC); a Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM)
Life Group leader; and an active member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He also volunteers at the local elementary school, at
Williamsburg Nursing Home, where he has escorted residents in their annual beauty pageant, and during UC’s Mountain Outreach Gift
Day. Additionally, he has participated in missions work in Hollis, Alaska, and with BCM in New Orleans.
“I have learned that as an athlete people are always watching everything we do,” said Hughes. “And, I have also learned that our true
character is not defined by how we act when people are watching, but by the things we do when no one is around.”
Hughes was pleased to have an opportunity to serve in New Orleans again, as the Good Works Team did some volunteer work to help
out the community while they were there.
“Not many people had heard of UC,” Hughes explained. “I let them know about us though. I wore all my championship gear, shirts,
and rings and told them about our football program and our school. I believe the publicity will be great for our school and I was proud
to tell people about University of the Cumberlands.”
Modest in spite of his many accomplishments, Hughes said, “It’s a great honor, and I feel like I am not deserving of it. “It was an
awesome experience and something that I will never forget in my life.”
Winter 2010 CumberlandToday 5
“Our freshmen are good, at peer institutions.
but our juniors are even better” score about 9%
higher in the highest
Every year, Cumberlands’ entering freshmen take either the writing level, and the
Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress (MAPP) or a same as the peers in
combination of the California Critical Thinking Disposition the highest level in
Inventory (CCTDI) and the California Critical Thinking Skills math.
Test (CCTST) as part of the freshman orientation class. Students “These are really
take these tests again as juniors, and the results are compared as a impressive figures,
measure of the quality of instruction and, more importantly, the and we have every right to be proud of our excellent students,” said
extent of student learning, i.e. the value added through education Weaver. “Our freshmen are good, but our juniors are even better,
at Cumberlands. “The scores also provide insights about how our and that certainly says a lot about the quality of a Cumberlands
students are doing in our commitment to critical thinking across education as well as the caliber of our students.”
the curriculum,” said Dr. Susan Weaver, director of Teaching and Results of the critical thinking tests, the CCTDI and CCTST,
Learning, and director of Assessment at Cumberlands. also show that Cumberlands students are improving. In fact,
The MAPP allows Cumberlands to compare scores with those of its juniors who took the CCTST in February 2009 scored higher than
peer Carnegie Classification institutions, Masters (Comprehensive) juniors in all previous years in every standard of critical thinking,
Colleges and Universities Levels I and II. The average scores of including analysis, inference, evaluation, inductive reasoning
entering freshmen during the past 4 years are almost identical with and deductive reasoning. A specific study of 56 students whose
national norms, but the juniors’ averages are higher than those of freshmen scores were compared to junior scores reveals statistically
the Carnegie reference group in virtually every category. In fact, UC significant increases in inference, evaluation, deductive reasoning
juniors score almost 17% higher in critical thinking than juniors and total scores from freshman to junior year.
Cumberlands announces Sullivan Awards recipients
Katie Faison Riley and Brian Jones have received the 2010 Mary Mildred and
Algernon Sydney Sullivan awards for their dedication to education and service The
awards are given annually on Founder’s Day to a graduating male and female senior who
have demonstrated outstanding spiritual qualities, satisfactory academic achievement,
a high degree of leadership ability and a willingness to participate in extra-curricular
Riley, the recipient of the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award, is a native of Wilmington,
Ohio. She is married to Tim Riley, also a senior at Cumberlands. A communications
major with a minor in religion, she has maintained a GPA of 3.97.
Riley has been a Star with the Insights program, a tutor for the Academic Resource
Center (ARC); and an active member of Cumberlands’ championship speech and
debate team and of Pi Kappa Delta honor society. She also serves in the children’s
ministry at Pleasant View Baptist Church. Upon graduation, Riley and her husband
Tim will direct Lighthouse Christian Camp in Smithville, Tenn.
Brian Jones, the recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, is the son of
Truman and Carol Jones of Cawood, Ky. He is a history and secondary education
major, and while at Cumberlands, he has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.9.
Jones has worked with the Mountain Outreach program and Appalachian Ministries.
He has also been a member of Cumberlands’ varsity track and cross country teams,
Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Phi Alpha Theta and Kappa Delta Pi, and he was Dr. Kirby Clark, associate professor of religion, presents
named a Hutton Scholar. Jones completed his student teaching in December and is the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award to Katie Faison Riley
currently on a mission trip to India. Upon his return, he plans to become a high school during Founder’s Day Convocation at University of the
history teacher. Cumberlands. Brian Jones, winner of the Algernon Sydney
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation promotes service to others and service to Sullivan Award, who is on a mission trip to India, could
not be present.
the broader community, values that were exemplified by Algernon and Mary Mildred
Sullivan, the parents of the organization’s founder. The Foundation provides support
for financial aid to small private colleges, primarily in the Appalachian region, and
also presents awards in memory of the Sullivans at 54 southeastern colleges and
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New programs welcome a variety of backgrounds, each possessing
unique skills and life experiences that will
first classes enhance the learning opportunities of the
Cumberlands continues to expand its program. Each has completed a bachelor’s
educational horizons with the growth degree and core course requirements that
of its graduate programs. The 2009-10 will prepare the student for an intensive
academic year has seen the inaugural postgraduate course of study. Students are
classes of three new programs, the Master positioning themselves as future members
of Arts in Professional Counseling, of a health care team practicing medicine
(MAPC) and the Master of Arts in School under the supervision of a physician in
Counseling (MASC), which began in the a variety of settings,” stated Dr. Eddie
fall sememster, and the Master of Physician Perkins, director of MPAS.
program. Physician assistants are trained in
Assistant Studies (MPAS), which began in
The MPAS program welcomed its first a medical model and are defined by
the spring semester.
cohort of 28 future physician assistants Physician Assistant Education Association
Through MAPC, the University’s
in January. The curriculum is designed to (PAEA) as health professionals licensed
Department of Psychology seeks to develop
prepare clinicians to work in medically to practice medicine with the supervision
clinically and technically competent,
underserved areas. The profession is one of a physician. Within the physician/PA
as well as ethically responsible, mental
of the ten fastest growing professions, and relationship, physician assistants exercise
health counselors to serve communities
according to the Department of Labor, autonomy in medial decision making and
in a variety of clinical settings, including
employment opportunities are expected to provide a broad range of diagnostic and
private practice, mental health centers and
grow for physician assistants by 27 percent therapeutic services.
through 2016. Cumberlands’ MPAS is one For more information about any of UC’s
To better meet the needs in the region,
of only two such programs currently offered graduate programs, please contact the
two program track options are offered.
in the state of Kentucky. Graduate Admissions Office at (606) 539-
One, a two-year program, is designed for
“We have been blessed with students from 4390 or email@example.com.
students with a baccalaureate degree who
seek to become Licensed Professional
Counselors; the second is an advanced-
standing track for licensed professionals 2009-2010 Alumni Board
who seek to add the Professional Counselor
license to their resume.
Dr. Dennis Trickett, ’79, chair of the
Department of Psychology and director
of the MAPC program, has said, “We
are pleased with our Master of Arts in
Professional Counseling program, which
will help fulfill UC’s mission to serve the
needs of Appalachia by better preparing
individuals to provide counseling services
in Williamsburg and surrounding
The MASC program is designed for
the practicing teachers or administrators
and will be delivered by different formats,
including the traditional week-night
graduate course, weekend courses and on-
line web-enhanced classes. Additionally,
100% of the courses will be available for
Row 1: David Rhodes, ’80, Terry Dixon ’68, Allen Robbins, ’90, Bill Lyttle, ’75, Patti Mullins, ’94, Melanie Mackey
completion in a strictly online format. Five Evans, ’91.
of the graduate school counseling courses
require the advanced candidate to complete Row 2: Dick Koeniger, ’67, Jimmy Huddleston, ’87, Jeff Davis, ’80, Rich Prewitt, ’76, Wes Cornett, ’90, Shannon
field-experience hours. That experience, Evans Holt, ’00, Dave Bergman, Alumni Director, ’89.
coupled with the practicum and internship,
Absent when photo taken: Maureen “Cookie” Thompson Henson, ’74, Wheeler Conover, ’87, Jonathan Childers,
will provide the non-classroom experiences ’00, Guy Jones, ’84, V.L. Stonecipher, ’66, Mike Parsley, ’89, Susan Rice Bradley, ’98, Mary Doyle Johnson, ’48,
needed for an outstanding counselor Board Member Emerita.
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“I love Cumberlands, and I want to make a difference
in the lives of students—today and in the future.
What can one person do?”
Give an Unrestricted Gift
Unrestricted gifts allow University of the Cumberlands to continue to provide amazing educational opportunities that have earned praise and
confidence both within and without the educational community. This is reflected in UC’s rankings and the heartfelt gratitude of its graduates.
Did you know. . .
• that unrestricted gifts allow President Taylor to address the most urgent needs of the college?
• that if 10 people give $100, UC can provide an emergency scholarship to a student in need?
• that if 10 people give $50, a UC student could attend a national conference to present research?
• that giving is easy? To make your secure online gift today, go to www.ucumberlands.edu/give/online.html or send a gift to:
University of the Cumberlands
6191 College Station Drive
Williamsburg, KY 40769
Even small unrestricted gifts help both today’s students and future students who share many of the same traits that distinguished you when you
first stepped onto campus. They are bright, eager to learn, a little daunted by the task ahead of them, but also ready to take on the world—just
as you were. By contributing to their success, you will help to maintain Cumberlands’ reputation for excellence.
Create an Endowed Scholarship
Most Cumberlands’ students receive some scholarship assistance. An endowed scholarship, named for you, your family or someone you
admire, is sustaining and will grow over time, continuing to bless students for many years to come.
An endowed scholarship fund will allow an individual or family to assist future Cumberlands’ students indefinitely.
You can remember Cumberlands in your will or trust, or you might want to create a Charitable Gift Annuity to provide you with a lifetime
income as you assist deserving students.
With charitable gift annuities:
• The rates are significantly greater than bond rates and certificates of deposits.
• Annuity payments are fixed and based on the age(s) of the annuitant(s).
• Annuity payments are extremely favorably taxed.
• The donor is entitled to 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 gains taxes are not
immediately due as they are when securities are sold by the donor.
• A gift annuity is the simplest of all split-interest planned gifts.
8 CumberlandToday Winter 2010
University of the Cumberlands offers numerous planned giving
vehicles for its graduates and friends, who require a guaranteed Age Deduction*
income for the remainder of life. Other alumni and friends have
established trusts and deferred gift annuities naming a loved one 65 5.3% $ 530.00 $ 3,107.80
as the income beneficiary. With the low payout rates currently
on certificates of deposit (CDs) and the volatility of the stock 70 5.7% 570.00 3,748.20
market, deferred gift annuities are becoming extremely popular 75 6.3% 630.00 4,324.80
for young adults who will not be retiring any time soon but want
to plan and secure a steady, fixed income that will begin when 80 7.1% 710.00 4,931.30
they retire. For instance, a 45-year-old can defer a gift annuity for
15 years and receive income at a rate of 9.2 percent. The income 85 8.1% 810.00 5,565.50
tax deduction would be immediate (during working years when
90 9.5% 950.00 6,136.30
your tax bracket is higher) and the income would not begin until
you are 60. As with regular gift annuities, the entire amount of *based on minimum age of 65; a gift annuity of $10,000; figures for annual payment and
the annuity would be backed by all of the College’s assets. IRS discount rate of 2.8%, as of June 2009
If you are considering the establishment of a Charitable Gift Annuity to provide life-long income for yourself and vital support for University
of the Cumberlands, please contact President Jim Taylor at 606-539-4201 or firstname.lastname@example.org. He gladly will answer your questions
about all forms of planned gifts for one or two people, including Charitable Gift Annuities, and the importance of making a planned gift now.
He can design a plan just for you to meet your needs.
Remember, as a financial supporter of Cumberlands, you are encouraging today’s students as you also demonstrate your continuing commitment
to the college’s mission to educate individuals for lives of responsible service and leadership.
AFCEA Educational Foundation STEM
Garnett Chrisman, associate professor of education, presented Kamalian with her scholarship check.
Science education major Sarah Zarrie Kamalian received a 2009 $2,500 scholarship for Math and Science (STEM) Teachers from the
Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Educational Foundation.
Kamalian, a junior, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mehdi Kamalian of Springboro, Ohio. She has worked in the Academic
Resource Center as a tutor for other students, served as an ambassador in the Admissions Office and served as a STAR for the Insights
program. In addition to these activities, she is active on the junior varsity soccer team and is a member of the Kentucky Beta Chapter
of Kappa Mu Epsilon (Mathematics Honor Society) and the Alpha Delta Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society in
The scholarship for Math and Science (STEM) Teachers is awarded annually to two students who are pursuing an undergraduate
education degree for the purpose of teaching science, mathematics or information technology (STEM subjects) at a U.S. middle or
secondary school. Applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.
The AFCEA Educational Foundation was established to promote educational excellence, encourage professional development and
recognize academic achievement. Each year, more than $450,000 in scholarships and awards are granted to outstanding students
majoring in science and engineering.
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James Gover, ’59
Photo courtesy of the Kettering University Office of Public Relations and Communications
to the Future
he community of “My work at Sandia led me to switch my graduate study from
Bronston, Kentucky, lies electrical to nuclear engineering, do my doctoral research in
on the banks of Lake mechanical engineering on nuclear materials and take many graduate
Cumberland in Pulaski County. courses in physics. These resulted in my broad technical interests,” he
When the lake was impounded said. He is also interested in political science and economics and said,
in 1952 to provide flood control “I now find the politics of nuclear weapons to be more challenging
and hydroelectric power, James and of more interest than weapons’ technology.”
Gover was a boy growing up As a noted expert in his field, Gover sees great possibility in the
on a farm in that community. future of electric vehicle technology and understands the various
The development of the lake options that the U.S. faces for stationary electric power generation
changed the lives of thousands by and mechanical power generation for transportation. He readily
bringing electrical power to rural admits, “The future of fuel cells, high energy density batteries and
communities. As Gover witnessed other energy technology will depend on regulations, such as how
this phenomenon, graduated from energy is taxed. In problem solving, engineers cannot simply address
Burnside High School and came technical issues but must consider economic, political and social
to study at Cumberland College in Dr. Jim Gover, ’59
issues as well.”
1957, he had no idea that someday Dr. Gover had the opportunity to learn firsthand the significance
he would be part of a technological of these non-technical issues during the five years he and his wife Lois
advancement with the potential to affect the future as much as the Jean lived in Washington, when he worked as an IEEE Congressional
construction of Lake Cumberland. Fellow and Competitiveness Fellow. “It was enlightening to work
Today, Dr. James E. Gover, professor of electrical engineering at for Congress and witness its focus on constituents, compromise and
Kettering University in Michigan, is a leader in the research and innovation and we had the opportunity to see all the cultural and
development of hybrid vehicles and in hybrid vehicle education. historical features the region offers. It’s a very intellectual environment.
Recently Kettering received a grant of $500,000 from the American It took me about 6 months to adjust to the Congressional culture,
Recovery and Reinvestment Act that will provide for the creation of which differs from that of a national laboratory. It strongly affected
additional courses in hybrid electronics, batteries and green power the way we see the world today; it broadened our interests and it had
and help in the creation of a new hybrid vehicle/power laboratory a profound effect on my wife and me,” he said.
that will upgrade the teaching of three currently existing hybrid Dave Bergman, director of Alumni Services, recalls that in 1988,
vehicle/power electronics courses. Gover authored the proposal that Dr. and Mrs. Gover were the hosts of the Greater Washington alumni
resulted in the grant. gathering. Reflecting on the occasion, Bergman, then coordinator of
Kettering University’s Provost and Vice President for Academic alumni gatherings, says, “This event turned out to be one of the best
Affairs, Dr. Michael Harris describes Gover, “Professor Gover always attended celebrations of Cumberland College’s centennial year.”
approaches engineering problems from a ‘big picture’ point of view. Gover credits much of his professional success to the educational
He has an amazing ability to grasp not only the engineering details foundation he received at Cumberland College. “Cumberland
behind a technology but also its social, economic, and political
aspects. He is well-informed on a variety of subjects and he brings
that knowledge to the campus community.”
Before joining Kettering’s faculty 12 years
ago, Gover retired from Sandia National
Laboratories after thirty-five years in a career
that included energy subsystems research
and development, pulsed-power technology
for weapons’ firing sets and radiation effects
studies on weapons components and systems.
He was named an IEEE (Institute of Electrical
and Electronics Engineers) Fellow for his
work in radiation effects. He also worked
in public policy research and served Senator
Pete Domenici, the House of Representatives
Science Committee, Senator Bill Roth, the
Department of Energy and the Department of
Commerce as an IEEE Congressional Fellow
and IEEE Competitiveness Fellow. IEEE-USA
awarded him its Citation of Honor for his
After leaving Cumberland, Gover earned his Photos courtesy of the Kettering University Office of Public Relations and Communications
B.S. in electrical engineering at the University of
Above & left: Dr. Jim Gover examines the battery connection in the
Kentucky and his M.S. in electrical engineering Ford Escape Hybrid vehicle Kettering currently uses for student and
and Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the faculty research projects. Opposite page: Dr. Jim Gover examines a
University of New Mexico. set of nickel metal hydride battery cells used in hybrid vehicles.
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provided not only an excellent education for my colleagues
and me but also offered an opportunity for us to overcome
inadequate high school education experiences. Of the 16
courses I took at Burnside High School, only four (two
years of English, algebra and plane geometry) were useful
to helping me succeed in college. I came to Cumberland
with no classes in high school chemistry, physics,
trigonometry, or calculus; my biology class was little more
than memorization of names for body and plant parts, and
I had never written a paper. My first and only speech in
high school was my valedictorian’s address, which took
2 minutes and 34 seconds to read in a perspiration-rich
environment. I was 16 years old, painfully shy, socially
inexperienced, disconnected from the ‘big picture,’ and
I lacked confidence in my intellectual potential. A large
public university chews kids like me up and spits us into
the sewer on a daily basis; Cumberland slowly nurtured
our confidence while demanding that we perform at a Photo courtesy
of the Kettering
very high academic level.” University Office
of Public Relation
Dr. Jim Gover (le s and Commun
He also considers the significant impact that impact the new
ft), Flint Mayor
lab will have on (middle) and Mi
his fellow calculus students had on his intellectual the developme
nt of longer-lasti
ch. Governor Je
ng batteries for discuss the
development, and he states, “The thing I remember hybrid vehicles
most is the students. They were conscientious and really good kids
whom I still respect and admire. When I started in the
two-year pre-engineering program, and 2007 to speak to physics
about 72 of us began, but at the classes about nuclear power. “I
also discussed the importance
beginning of the second year, only
eight were allowed into calculus. We
“I hope to help promote of attending a small private
worked together, studied together Cumberland as a university university,” he said. He was very
pleased to learn that 25% of
and joked together. We were serious
about school, but knew how to have that prepares graduates for Cumberlands’ current students
are pursuing majors or minors in
fun without spending money. Of
those eight members of my calculus a career in engineering and mathematics, physics, chemistry,
or biology. When he returned to
class, one became a mathematician and
taught math. The others all became
science...” - Dr. Jim Gover Homecoming 2009 to celebrate
engineers, really good engineers.” his 50th class reunion, he was
Gover said that his favorite subject amazed to see the new Correll
in high school was English, but he had Science Complex that provides
a distant cousin who was an electrical a state-of-the-art learning environment for these students
engineer and influenced him to choose that and those who will follow them. “The Correll Science Complex is an
career path. He went on to extraordinary facility and is evidence of the ability of Dr. Jim Taylor,
say, “Also, Dr. Valandingham to do what a university president is hired to do, raise funds. That is
taught calculus from an especially challenging today when public institutions are spending so
engineering application point much money on fund raising and using their considerable political
of view.” muscle to get federal funds.”
Gover has retained much Gover hopes this trend continues and that other students will
that he learned at Cumberland, discover that Cumberlands is an excellent foundation for an
as he recently stated, “In engineering career as he did. “I hope to help promote Cumberland
December 2009, a student came as a university that prepares graduates for a career in engineering and
to me for help on a subject that science,” he said. “And after they finish at Cumberland, I invite them
I last saw in Dr. Val’s calculus to attend Kettering University.”
class in 1958. I was so proud “After attending Cumberland and teaching at Kettering University,
that I was able to use what he but doing the remainder of my undergraduate education and all of
had taught and help the student. my graduate education at public universities, it is clear that the public
Dr. Val would have smiled.” universities cannot compete with the quality of private universities,”
The author of numerous articles he stated.
in distinguished publications Dr. and Mrs. Gover are the parents of two daughters, Dr. Angela
Jim Gover and a well-known and respected Gover McQuade, mother of Maya Jean McQuade and resident of
Class of 1959 presenter and speaker, Gover Denver, Colorado; and Tamela Maria Patterson, mother of Maria Jean
returned to campus in 2006 Somerfield Patterson and resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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At most colleges, students pursuing majors in science,
technology, pre-engineering or math (STEM) represent
5-7% of the student body, but currently, STEM majors
comprise 29% of Cumberlands’ enrollment. While the
numbers may be greater than ever, Cumberlands has a long
history of educating professionals in these fields, as demonstrated
by these alumni, as well as Dr. James Gover, ’59, and the late Dr.
Charles J. Barton, ’29 (see page 26), and many, many others.
Brant Poore, ’94
Brant Poore, who earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and computer information systems (CIS), is the founder and CEO of
Information Capture Solutions, LLC (ICS), which provides customers the latest technology available for categorizing, capturing, and extracting
their vital business data into usable pieces of information, allowing them to focus on their core business functions. Integrating hardware and
software applications into a tightly integrated data capture workflow process allows customers to access necessary data more efficiently, which
enables them to make better, quicker business decisions.
“We give our customers the tools and technology they need to gather their critical business information sooner and more cost effectively,
which enables them to drive their product to market sooner and more economically,” said Poore.
Poore credits his Cumberlands education for his preparation to compete in an ever changing business
environment. His CIS degree gave him a good foundation in various programming languages,
techniques, and data structures. He learned, however, that technology changes at a much quicker
pace in the business world than it does in an academic setting, so students must be prepared to learn
when they leave school.
“My college experience taught me that my years at Cumberland were really the beginning of
my education and not the end. In the ever changing IT industry, if you ever think that you have
learned everything there is to know, you quickly become outdated and your competition will pass
you by,” said Poore.
He is also pleased that his connections to Cumberlands continue with mutual benefits. ICS
currently employs several Cumberlands alumni and Poore believes that those individuals
have played key roles in the growth and success of the company.
Recently, ICS installed content management and archive software at Cumberlands.
This product will store digital images of all student records and allow responsible
staff members to access, store, search, and retrieve records from their desktops, thus
eliminating the need for multiple copies of records, reducing the amount of paper
being used, shortening retrieval time, and eliminating the possibility of misplacing
Poore believes that his growing company will continue to affect the future of the
region. ICS is in the process of building a new headquarters building, which will
provide the capacity to employ more than 150 people in a three-shift day.
“We have been blessed with the ability to employ residents of Southeastern
Kentucky, which in turn benefits the communities where those individuals live and
work,” Poore said.
Enabling businesses and government agencies to provide better products and
services to their customers will positively affect the future for everyone.
Poore resides in Williamsburg with his wife Jennifer and sons, Eric, Alec and Evan.
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Bill Roark, ’82
Bill Roark is co-founder and CEO of Torch Technologies, Inc., an employee-owned, rapidly growing small business in Huntsville, Alabama.
Torch provides aerospace and engineering services primarily to Department of Defense (DOD) agencies, with an emphasis in: weapon system
performance analysis; modeling and simulation, primarily engineering level simulations; information technology; manned and unmanned
aviation systems engineering, requirements definition and performance analysis; test and evaluation; and advanced technology research and
Under Roark’s leadership, Torch has been named one of the Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies in America by Entrepreneur Magazine, and
consistently listed on Inc Magazine’s Inc 5000, which recognizes the fastest growing private companies. The company has twice received the
Better Business Bureau Torch Award for outstanding business ethics and has been recognized as the Huntsville
Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year. Locally, Torch has been named one of the Best Places to
Work in Huntsville/Madison County, and nationally, the Principal Financial Group has named it one of The
Principal 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security.
Roark credits much of the company’s success to the employees who not only work there but also own the
company, and he believes that Torch helps to make the DOD stronger, both defensively and offensively.
A new advertising poster in his office proudly proclaims, “Lighting the pathway to sustain our nation’s
Roark believes that Cumberland laid a good foundation for his successful career. A native of Leslie
County, he liked the environment, with its small classroom size, high quality education and faculty
members who cared about the success of their students. “Cecil Morris and Chester Nevels
oriented me in the right direction and individually helped me go forward,” he states. While
Roark earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics, he pursued a minor in physics, and
then went on to earn a master’s degree in physics from University of Kentucky.
At Cumberlands, in addition to meeting friends that are still a part of his life, Roark
met his wife Brenda Napier Roark, ’81, who worked in the dean’s office. The Roarks
have two daughters, Amy, a law student at University of Alabama, and Kaitlynn, a
junior at Birmingham Southern College.
Annie Saylor, ’72, Ph.D.
Annie Saylor is the executive vice president of SimTech, Simulation Technologies, Inc., in Huntsville, Ala., which provides radar and infrared
simulations and systems engineering services to the U.S. Department of Defense as a small business prime contractor and subcontractor.
In the early 1980’s, Saylor was one of a group of scientists and engineers who realized that small companies offer flexibility and incentives
for technical creativity that are not possible with larger businesses. The group organized SimTech in 1983 to emphasize technical excellence,
and the company has grown to include highly educated engineers and scientists with specialty areas such
as electromagnetics, digital signal processing, optics, systems engineering, and software and hardware
“Our work helps the Department of Defense develop and test missile systems needed for the
future,” said Saylor.
Saylor came to Cumberland after winning the 1969 math contest held on campus and receiving
a math scholarship. “Chester Nevels [math professor] and Cumberland College provided me the
opportunity to attend college when my parents were unable to pay,” she said. “My parents helped
me build the desire to learn and the discipline required to achieve.” She also worked as Nevels’s
assistant and received National Defense student loans to help pay for her college education. “The
math professors at Cumberland were instrumental in my attending graduate school at the
University of Kentucky,” Saylor explained.
After earning her doctorate at UK, Saylor moved to Huntsville to teach. Four years
later, she helped to found Simulation Technologies, Inc. She is pleased to be part of
a company that not only addresses America’s future technology needs but also
employs engineers who are caring for their families and preparing
their children for the future.
Saylor, whose parents and extended family still live in Harlan
County, Ky., credits her success to her upbringing. “My instincts
for business management have come through my experience as the
daughter of a coal mine operator. My father taught me to love hard
work, and that lesson has taken me far in life,” she says.
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Red carpets could be seen everywhere as University of the for the Patriots
Cumberlands welcomed returning alumni and current students, to meet the Union College
as well as their families and friends and community members to Bulldogs in ‘the Battle for the Brass Lantern,’ which Cumberlands
Homecoming during the weekend of October 9-11. From the kick- won 24-12. “It is unusual for the brass lantern game and the
off golf outing and team reunion on Friday to the Sunday morning homecoming game to coincide, but it resulted in an especially
worship service, participants enjoyed this year’s event, “Now Playing” exciting game this year,” said Randy Vernon, athletic director.
which featured “star-studded” entertainment for the entire family in Ironically, 2010’s Brass Lantern game also falls on Homecoming.
a weekend filled with movie-related fun. A special welcome greeted Following the game, alumni, students and their families enjoyed
the “stars” of the event—this year’s reunion classes: ’59, ’64, ’69, either The Red Carpet Alumni Dinner at Boswell Campus Center,
’74, ’79, ’84, ’89, ’94, ’99, ’04, and ’09, as well as former members the Red Carpet Buffet at the dining hall or the special Homecoming
of the Judo teams. Buffet at Cumberland Inn, followed by a wonderful fireworks show,
On Friday, members of the Creech Boswell Club and the class of presented by Pyro Shows of Lafollette, Tenn., with additional
1959 walked the red carpet into their reunion dinner at Cumberland fireworks provided by Thunder Sam’s Fireworks of Jellico, Tenn.
Inn, and the Music Department’s annual Homecoming concert and Like the carnival, the day’s last event, the screening of “Up,” a
the USA Break Dancers performance drew large crowds. fun movie for the entire family, was moved into the Rollins Center
Saturday morning’s rain could not dampen the enthusiasm of the because of weather.
campus community, although it did drive the carnival from Briar The weekend wrapped up with a student-led, spirit-filled, Sunday
Creek Park into the Intramural Gym. The rain subsided just in time morning worship service.
Cumberlands Homecoming Royalty
The halftime highlight of the University of the Cumberlands’
Homecoming game, was the crowning of Homecoming Queen
Amanda Jean Howard, and the naming of Homecoming King P. J.
Howard, a senior from Salyersville pursuing a double major in public
health and health, exercise and sport science, has served as a Patriot
cheerleader for four years.
Hughes, a linebacker for the Patriot football team, was represented
by his father, Bobby Hughes, of Marietta, Ga., during the halftime
festivities. A senior business and communication arts major, he is also a
member of Baptist Campus Ministries and participated in the Sunday
Homecoming worship service.
P.J. Hughes and Amanda Howard are the 2009 Homecoming King and Queen at
University of the Cumberlands.
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Speech given at the 2009 Creech-Boswell Dinner
by Marcella Faulkner Mountjoy, ’43, president of the Creech-Boswell Club
Now, we’re here today because we love this place. It’s so exciting
to see different ones see each other, sometimes even for the first
time since graduation. Because we all have a common heritage, we
have so many memories. I’ve seen a face like Leonard Pierce, who
grew up in Williamsburg for a while, and it brings back so many
memories of growing up.
I love it when you talk about how pretty the campus is. I feel so
fortunate that I live here and I can drive through the campus every
day and see all of the new things that are going on. It’s such a treat
to bring out-of-town guests who come here, just to say hello and
reminisce a little bit and to show them what the campus is like now,
and it’s just really thrilling. I feel very blessed by my association with
this college because it’s been for almost all my life.
I started here in the third grade. Okay, you act surprised.
Cumberland had an elementary program when my family moved
back here from Pineville. I was supposed to go to the second grade.
I’d just had one grade. That little elementary school had just a few
students, but they didn’t have anybody for the second grade, so they
just stuck me in the third grade, and I held on. Cumberland also eighth grade, and his parents wanted him to have college, or high
had an academy for many, many years, and I entered that academy, school, as it was at that point. So he came in 1914; he was here
so I had four years of high school here on campus. Almost all of my two years, and then later entered the Marine Corps, because it was
classes were in the Gray Brick, which is now the Bennett Building. World War 1.
We were there with college students, and we had the same teachers. Now, my mother came here from out at Clio, which is between
Then I had two years here in the junior college, so I had a period of here and Corbin, and her parents wanted her to have an education,
six years that just all kind of run together in my mind, so I’m not and she came in to live in the dormitory. She spent five years here
sure whether a particular event happened in high school, or whether on campus. She came 1918, and she graduated from the academy
it happened in college, it was all here and practically all in the Gray in 1922, and had one more year of college.
Brick and in the gymnasium. But, I’ve got to tell you, about Mother’s roommate. When she
Now yesterday , I was trying to explain what Creech-Boswell came here and boarded in the dormitory, her roommate was Flora
Club really was to someone who hadn’t lived here very long. It Bryant from Poplar Creek. Flora was a doctor’s daughter, and Flora
occurred to me, that I did have a class under Dr. Creech, and I told had to take Mother home with her to spend a weekend a few times,
Jake, “I may be the only person there that ever had a class under Dr. and guess who Mother met? She met John Wesley Faulkner, who
Creech. Anybody have a class under Dr. Creech?... Aaahh. Well my had been here at Cumberland before her. They were married, and
husband just said “Now you see how old she is.” Well ,see I can’t I’m one of the products of that marriage.
remember whether it was in high school or in the junior college, and I must say that my mother’s father had only a fifth grade education
I don’t remember the name of the class, but he talked a lot about but he was so determined that his two daughters would be educated
phrenology. He kind of said it “free knowledgy.” And, I wasn’t that he sent Mother to Cumberland and his other daughter to a
really sure what that was, but a few years later, I thought, ‘You know, business school in Knoxville.
that’s what we talked about -- all those things about the head. So, Now, I’m going to come forward a little bit in time and say that
I feel like I’m kind of unique and honored that I had a class under I graduated in 1943 from the junior college. And while I was in
Dr. Creech. school -- I was in school for the whole of World War II -- Pearl
I don’t remember exactly when Dr. Boswell took over. It was Harbor was 1941, and victory day was in the summer of 1945.
sometime in the early forties. I can remember that Dr. Boswell I was in college that whole time. While I was in college, I didn’t
did leave college during the war, that’s the Second World War, you know that there was a person from Danville, Kentucky named Jesse
know. And he came back once for a visit in his beautiful white Barkley Mountjoy, who was out in the Pacific, in the U.S. Navy,
dress navy uniform. He was very handsome. And, sometime later in the North and the South Pacific. When he was discharged in
he became president. I wanted to tell you though, why the college 1946, and he came home, he decided that he would take advantage
means so much to me. of the G.I. Bill, which was offered to all the returning servicemen.
Both of my parents attended Cumberland College. My father And, he chose to come to Cumberland College. His main interest
came here in 1914 from up Poplar Creek. Now, that’s a community was basketball. I don’t think that he was too strong on academics
between here and Pineville, so we all just say, “It’s up 92.” My father at that time, ‘though he became more serious about it. But, our
came from Poplar Creek, because back then there were county paths crossed as I was here as a piano instructor at Dr. Boswell’s
schools but they went no further than the sixth grade or perhaps the invitation. I taught piano in the same building where I had entered
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the third grade. It was Dixie Hall, a large frame white building just there, and he was waiting for that permission. But the committee
about where the Gatliff Building is now. I had grade school there. I came to his house because not only was it a residence, it also was a
had piano lessons there, and I ended up teaching piano there. Jake tavern -- an inn, and it had an upstairs, and the committee stayed
and I met somehow, and we were married in 1948, and we’ve been there. He offered them some of his land for lots, and a place to build
married for 61 years, so you see, I can be old enough to have had a a courthouse and maybe treated them to a little something from his
class under Dr. Creech. tavern, and they accepted his offer, and from 1818 and on, this site
Now I’ve got to tell you, fast forward a little bit. Our younger was chosen to be the seat of justice, now that’s what they called it
son, and our third child, John David entered Cumberland in 1968, back then. We call it the county seat today. Williamsburg became
and there was a pretty girl here from Shepardsville and her name the seat of justice in 1818, and this became the center of Whitley
was Teresa Caudill. She was here in the nursing program. Well County.
they met; they later married and they had two children, two sons, Education was important, because Samuel Cox took a part of the
both of whom are here at Cumberland this semester, one as an upstairs of his house for a school room for his children and any other
undergraduate, and one as a graduate. So you see, that goes through children that were living in the community. From that time on,
four generations. education has been important. It grew and grew, and it has finally
Now, all of you can’t say that, but all of you can say what a great peaked today in a university that continues to grow and to offer a
influence this college has been on your life. We had teachers that wonderful education.
cared. We were not just numbers in a book. We were special and I’m blessed. I feel that you think you are too. I thank you for
we absorbed that as we left this campus and went on with our lives. coming, some of you have come a long distance to show that you
I feel so blessed with my life. So many good things have happened, want to support and love this college.
and I feel that so much of it is coming from a Christian education. I have [invitation response] letters from several people, and one
Education had always been important in Williamsburg. If you is a very interesting letter from Willard White. Now, he was the
go back with me to 1818, there was a group of people that came middle son of the three White boys that lived up on Eleventh Street,
through this part of the state looking for a place to put a new county and he wrote thanking me for the letter, saying that his health wasn’t
seat and have a new county, separated off from Knox County, which too good. He lives in Jupiter, Florida, and he’d love to be here, but
was too big. Now this committee came down to a house right beside he said “You know my class was really unique. One member became
the river, just right downtown where it is today. This man named a federal judge and one member served time in a federal prison.”
Samuel Cox had a big two story house. He’d already applied to the Again, Thank you for coming and welcome to Williamsburg and to
state for permission to build a ferry across the Cumberland River our campus.
An Alumnus at Last
Fifty years after Cecil Moses should have graduated from
Cumberland College, University of the Cumberlands has named
him an honorary alumnus. The presentation came at the Creech-
Boswell Club Dinner on October 9, during Homecoming
activities on campus. The Creech Boswell Club is comprised of
Cumberland alumni who have celebrated the 50th anniversary of
Following the presentation, Moses shared some of his story of
growing up on Little Wolf Creek in Whitley County and his life as
an FBI agent as well as his pleasure at finally becoming a “graduate”
According to Dr. Jim Taylor, “It is truly fitting to bestow this honor
on Cecil Moses, whose youthful dream was to attend Cumberland
Dr. Jim Taylor, president, right, presents a plaque to Cecil Moses, naming him an Honorary
and who has demonstrated a continuing interest in the University Alumnus of University of the Cumberlands.
and all its endeavors.”
Upon his graduation as valedictorian from Pleasant View High University. He has also pursued graduate studies at the University of
School in 1956, Moses was all set, with the approval of President Virginia and the University of Alabama.
J.M. Boswell, to attend Cumberland, which was then a two-year After an illustrious career as an FBI agent, which culminated in his
college. However, before he could begin classes, his father lost his appointment by President Ronald Reagan to the bureau’s prestigious
coal mining job as traditional mining gave way to strip mining. Senior Executive Service, Moses retired in 1989. He then served as
The family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, in search of work. Instead the police chief of Madison County, Ala. until a second retirement
of enrolling at Cumberland, Cecil became a clerk with the FBI in in 1999.
Cleveland, where he later was promoted to codes clerk, handling Moses and his wife, Penny, currently reside in Mulberry, Tenn. He
sensitive material. continues to serve as a consultant and lecturer on criminal justice
While working full-time for the bureau, Moses earned a bachelor’s and homeland security matters through C & M Consultants, LLC,
degree in personnel management and labor law from Cleveland State d.b.a. The Moses Group, of which he is a partner.
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Robert “Mike” Duncan, ’71, Former RNC Chair, speaks to fellow alumni
Although Robert “Mike,” in his development at Cumberland, he also stated, “I could easily
Duncan is a well-known substitute many other names, some of whom are here tonight,” and
national political figure, he wove some of those stories into his main theme.
the alumni attending the Duncan did not name President Jim Taylor, because he said that
2009 Alumni Dinner he had met Taylor before coming to Cumberland. When Duncan
welcomed him as a member was a high school senior in Oneida, Tenn., Taylor, then a student,
of the class of 1971, a who worked in the admissions office, encouraged him to come to
former campus leader and the Williamsburg school. Now the university’s president, Taylor has
classmate, rather than as said, “One of my proudest accomplishments is that I recruited Mike
the former chairman of Duncan for Cumberland. He has exemplified the leadership and
the Republican National service that we strive to instill in all our students.”
Committee. After receiving his bachelor’s degree at then Cumberland College,
Recalling his campus Duncan graduated from the University of Kentucky School of Law
years, he spoke of “The in 1974, along with his wife, Joanne. The Duncans are the principal
Five People I Met at owners of two Southeastern Ky. banks, with five branches. Duncan
Cumberland,” bringing to serves as president of Inez Deposit Bank in Inez, Ky., and he has
memory former President served as president of the Kentucky Bankers Association and as
J.M. Boswell; classmates, J. the director of the Cincinnati branch of Cleveland Federal Reserve
Lynn Singleton, ’70, and Tim Henderlight, ’71; and professor, Jerry Bank. He is chair of the board of the Tennessee Valley Authority,
Davis. The fifth person he mentioned was Nelda Barton Collings, chairman of the board at Alice Lloyd College, past chairman of the
’78, who introduced Duncan at the dinner and had influenced him Center for Rural Development
in his political career and interests. A thirty-year, veteran political strategist, Duncan has served as a
Duncan said that Boswell instilled in him a sense of service. delegate to six national conventions and as a member of four standing
Singleton, who is a gifted storyteller and a Tony Award-winning convention committees. He has served on the campaigns of five
producer, taught him to look at life with humor and that we are all Presidents: Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George
connected. Through Henderlight, he learned not only patience but H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. He also was assistant director of
the importance of loyalty and of being a good friend. Davis, who public liaison at the White House under President George H. W.
is now president of College of the Ozarks, taught him that passion Bush. Prior to being elected the 62nd chairman of the Republican
for excellence in education and a love of students are vital. Collings National Committee in 2007, he served as treasurer and general
led him to seek adventure in life and taught him networking skills. counsel to the RNC.
Although he said that these five people had played important roles
Bill Lyttle, ’75, Alumni Board President ’08-’09, swears in David Rhodes, ’80 as the During the Alumni Dinner, Coach John Bland, center, presented 2009 Midsouth Conference
2009-2010 president, while Dave Bergman, ’89, director of Alumni Services, looks on. Championship rings to Lloyd Abdoo, ’80, left, and Ray Lipps, ’70, right. They were honored for their
extraordinary dedication and support of Patriots football.
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Row 1: Jim Ford, ’48, Marcella Faulkner Mountjoy, ’41, Mary Dale Sproule Freeman, ’42, Doris Bennet Pierce, ’48, Leonard Pierce, ’47
Row 2: Clint Taylor, ’44, Leo Taylor, ’44, Bill Freeman, ’49, Paul Martin, ’43, Paul Steely, ’49
Row 1: Carol Miller Yunker, ’50, Peggy Cooper Inks, ’55, Stella Davidson Steely, ’50, Virginia Jones Logan, ’49
Row 2: Cecil Moses, Hon., ’09, Bill Lyttle, ’75, Arliss Roaden, ’49, Robert C. Jones, ’50, George Roberts, ’50, Paul Steely, ’49
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CLASS OF ‘59
Row 1: Pattie Greene Herr, Margaret Narramore Lewis
Row 2: James Gover, Paul Roberts, Ortis Burns
CLASS OF ‘59
John Crockett , Harry Siler
CLASS OF ‘69
Row 1: Jackie Schwinn Campbell, Debbie Smith Hurt, Sharlene Proffitt Brody, Becky Gross Hicks, Skip Hicks
Row 2: Steve Schwinn, Earl Brady, Warren Gagner, Linda Brown, Richard Hurt
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CLASS OF ‘79
Debbie Harp, Lori Lowmaster, Keith Sherrill,
CLASS OF ‘84
John Harris, Erica Broome Harris, Sharon Greene
Oberschlake, Brian Oberschlake
Ben Baird, Zafer Roback, Terry Dixon,
Doug Fortune, Bill Stadtlander, Richard
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CLASS OF ‘89
Hans Warkman, Denise
Bender Sesler, Daphany Early
Prewitt, Ann Gillfillan Hansen,
Kelly Hull Ferguson, Dave
CLASS OF ‘64
Jimmie Lou Manning Rice
CLASS OF ‘74
Jalowski, Doug Fortune
(not pictured, Maureen
CLASS OF ‘04
CLASS OF ‘94
Jeff Barker, Andy Abbot, CLASS OF ‘09
Hunter Barber Brooke Mack (not pictured:
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Tribute Gift Program Honor or Memorialize a Loved One
What is a Tribute Gift?
A Tribute Gift shows love and respect for the person being honored or memorialized. It says to others that the world is a better place
because of this person. Through a Tribute Gift to University of the Cumberlands, a memory of the past or an honor of the present is tied
to the future, as it is made to live on in the lives of our students. The size of the gift you send is up to you. Many send the amount they
would spend on floral arrangements or presents. 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 tribute gift, which shows admiration and respect for a loved one or friend on a significant day in that person’s life,
such as a birthday, anniversary or other milestone.
What is a Memorial Gift?
A Memorial Gift is a tribute gift in memory of a departed loved one or friend. It is a wonderful way to express sympathy and high regard
or as a means to remember birthdays, anniversaries or other special days in the life of a deceased loved one.
How are Tribute Gifts Acknowledged?
For a Memorial Gift, an appropriate card is sent, on the same day the gift is received by the university, to the family of the one you wish
to memorialize. Then the name of the giver and the deceased will be listed in the next issue of Cumberland Today.
For an Honor Gift, the honoree is sent an appropriate card listing the name of the giver, as well as the occasion for the honor. Then the
name of the giver and the name of the honoree will be listed in the next issue of the Cumberland Today.
How will your Tribute Gift help?
Your gift will provide a lasting legacy for our students as it is used to help provide scholarship and workship assistance, books, supplies,
food, housing and many other supportive services.
If you would like to send a gift to be included in our Tribute Gift Program, please send the gift along with the appropriate additional
University of the Cumberlands
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Williamsburg, KY 40769
Listings reflect the Tribute Gifts received July 1, 2009 through January 31, 2010. In preparing this list, every effort
has been made to ensure accuracy and completeness. If a mistake was made in the way you are identified, or if
your name was omitted, we apologize. You can help set the record straight. Please notify the President’s Office
regarding any changes in the way your gift should be recorded in future reports. Thank You.
University of the Cumberlands Tribute Gifts
Name as you wish it to appear Phone Number
City State Zip
In Memory of: Please Notify:
In Honor of: Address:
On the occasion of:
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In Memory Of In Memory Of: Edna M. Stewart
Given By: Mr. & Mrs. Norman William Harp, Jr.
In Memory Of: Clyde Bennett
Given By: Mr. & Mrs. Clyde V. Bennett, III
In Memory Of: James H. Taylor, II
Given By: Mrs. Alice Bowling
In Memory Of: My Father, Howard Boozer
Dr. & Mrs. Michael Bruce Colegrove
Given By: Mrs. Claudia R. Boozer-Blasco
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Mayer Dupier, Jr.
Mrs. Claudia Kay Manning
In Memory Of: Velma Childers
Dr. & Mrs. Wallace R. Maples
Given By: Mr. & Mrs. Fred G. Karem
Ms. Sherry E. Roaden
Dr. & Mrs. Eric L. Wake
In Memory Of: My Husband, Lt. Col (Ret.) Theodore
Wilford Clarke & My Son, Sgt. Kenneth Theodore Clarke
In Memory Of: My Husband, Thermon Taylor
Given By: Mrs. Gwendolyn T. Clarke Perritt
Given By: Mrs. June Taylor
In Memory Of: My Brother, Ltc.Joseph Derwood Early
In Memory Of: Dr. Harold Wortman
Given By: Dr. Jack Early
Given By: Mr. & Mrs. Robert W. Surplus
Mrs. Lois Wortman
In Memory Of: Reverend Guy Etter
Given By: Dr. & Mrs. John David Broome
In Memory Of: Patty Alexander Golden
Given By: Bill, Fred and Wanda B. Twyford In Honor Of
In Memory Of: Ralph M. Hickey In Honor Of: Dr. John Broome
Given By: Mrs. Verna Lee Bruce Given By: Mr. Jeemes Lee Akers
Occasion: for his birthday, 12-18-09
for Christmas, 12-25-09 In Honor Of: Josephine Cochran
Given By: Mrs. Joanne C. Huddleston
In Memory Of: Billy Hurt
Given By: Dr. & Mrs. Howard Chitwood In Honor Of: Naomi Harp
Given By: Chaplain Major & Mrs. Kenneth Earl Harp
In Memory Of: Robert K. Jones Occasion: At Christmas
Given By: Mrs. Phyllis A. Jones
In Honor Of: Naomi Skeen Harp
In Memory Of: Alfred & Henrietta Link Given By: Mr. & Mrs. Norman William Harp, Jr.
Given By: The Reverend & Mrs. H. Marlowe Link
In Honor Of: Dr. Jerry Lowrie
In Memory Of: Nate Pilant Given By: Petrey Memorial Baptist Church
Given By: Dr. & Mrs. Walter Blaine Early, III
In Honor Of: Kelli Harp Mulberry
In Memory Of: Erna L. Skeen Given By: Mr. & Mrs. Norman William Harp, Jr.
Given By: Chaplain Major & Mrs. Kenneth Earl Harp
Mrs. Naomi Harp In Honor Of: Sue Wake
Mr. & Mrs. Norman William Harp, Jr. Given By: Mr. & Mrs. Robert Wyatt
Mr. Don Sears Occasion: Birthday
Mr. & Mrs. Melvin Skeen
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Dr. Charles J. Barton,’29
Charles J. Barton, of Oak Ridge, Tenn., passed away January 31, 2009, at NHC Healthcare in Oak Ridge, at 97
years of age. A native of Jellico, Tenn., Dr. Barton developed an interest in chemistry while he was a student at
Cumberland. He went on to earn a B.S. in 1933, and an M.S. in 1934, from the University of Tennessee, and in
1939, he received a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Barton worked as a chemist for TVA testing the quality of the concrete that went into the Norris Dam,
Industrial Rayon in Cleveland, Ohio and International Minerals in Bartow, Fla. He transferred to Oak Ridge
National Laboratories in 1950, where he was a pioneer in molten salt reactor research, developed techniques for
the safe handling of plutonium and worked extensively in health physics before retiring in 1977.
Dr. Barton was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Ruth Grant Barton and son, Michael Lee Barton. He
is survived by his wife Anna Kate Teague, sons, Charles Barton, David Barton, Ben Teague and Tom Teague, eight grandchildren and three
Owsley Stanley Combs,’40
Owsley Stanley “Stan” Combs, 94, passed away on November 27, 2009 in Atlanta, after a short bout with
pneumonia. One of seven children, Combs was born in Manchester, Ky., on December 12, 1914, the son
of Stephen G. and Martha Jones Combs. After graduating from high school in 1931, “college was delayed”
as Combs explained to family, due to The Great Depression. He worked from 1933-35 with the Civilian
Conservations Corps (CCC) and earned enough money to follow in the footsteps of older brother, Bert,
and a cousin by enrolling at Cumberland College and working his way through. After graduating from
Cumberland in 1940 with a degree in business, he joined the U.S. Navy and earned the rank of Lieutenant
Commander during World War II. He earned a degree in law from the Jefferson School of Law and worked
as an attorney for the Veterans Administration in Louisville for thirty-four years.
In the early 1960s, Mr. Combs, a widower with a young son, Gary, met his second wife, Alice Holladay. He
retired from the V.A. in 1973 and moved with his family to Niceville, Florida where he enjoyed fishing,
coaching Little League, gardening, the stock market, and his beloved dogs. Upon the death of Mrs. Combs in 2003, he moved to Atlanta
to be near his children and grandchildren.
Mr. Combs is survived by a daughter, Lisa Combs Jern and twin granddaughters, Katherine and Elizabeth; twin sons, Stephen Combs and
Bert Combs and their wives, Jill and Chanta, respectively, and grandsons Davis, Parker, and Henry; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Combs was the youngest brother of the late Honorable Bert T. Combs, ’30, a dear friend and generous supporter of University of the
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Former pastor of Williamsburg First Baptist Church, Herbert C. Gabhart, died September 10, 2009.
Following his tenure at Williamsburg, Gabhart served at McClean Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn., and
then went on to devote 50 years to Belmont University, Nashville, Tenn., serving as president from 1959 to
1983 and as the university’s chancellor 26 years.
While Gabhart was president, Belmont’s student body grew from 360 to more than 2,000; the budget
increased from $480,000 to $8 million and nine buildings were added to the campus. The academic
department grew as well, adding new majors and degrees such as music, nursing, and business.
Larry Thrailkill, a Nashville attorney and long-time friend of Gabhart said that Mr. Gabhart had provided
encouragement to the people around him. “He had a ‘don’t give up’ kind of spirit that was contagious. He
believed God truly had a mission for Belmont, and that faith gave him courage and perseverance when times
weren’t good and a reason to be joyful when things were great. It was easy to do your best around him.” He also said that Mr. Gabhart was
still attending Belmont basketball games at the age of 95.
Gabhart has served as president of the Association of Southern Baptist Colleges and Schools and was a member of the executive committee
of the Southern Baptist Convention. He was a long time member of the Nashville Kiwanis Club, the Chamber of Commerce, Belmont
Heights Baptist Church, and First Baptist Church of Nashville.
Michael D. Hayre,’74
The Alumni Services Offices recently learned that Dr. Michael D. Hayre,’74, passed away in August 2001, in
Memphis, Tenn., one day after being struck by a vehicle while he was jogging near his home. Dr. Hayre was
a renowned research advocate who was among the country’s foremost experts in the field of laboratory animal
Following his graduation from Cumberland, he received his Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine degree from
Tuskegee University in 1978. He began his career in the Army as the chief of veterinary services for the 3rd
Infantry Caisson at Arlington National Cemetery. He attained the rank of major and served a tour of duty in
the Republic of Korea.
At the time of his death, Dr. Hayre was the vice president of comparative medicine at St. Jude Children’s
Research Hospital in Memphis and a member of its Executive Management Committee. He also was the
chairman of the board of Americans for Medical Progress. Prior to that, he served as director of the Laboratory Animal Resources Center at
Rockefeller University in New York City.
An expert in comparative medicine, he was a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and a member of the
American Association for Laboratory Animal Science; the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners; the New York State VMS;
and the Tuskegee University Laboratory Animal Medical Society. From 1994–1995 he served as president of the metropolitan New York
branch of the AALAS.
The Americans for Medical Progress Fellowship in Public Outreach is named in his honor.
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Alumni News CLASS NOTES
Bernice Beach Meyers, ’52, resides in
Glencoe, Ky. After leaving Cumberland
Thank you to the many alumni who submit information for the Alumni News section College, Bernice received her master’s
of the Cumberland Today. We enjoy sharing your news. If you have something to degree from Baylor University and was
submit, please complete and return the form below, or email your news to alumni@ a professor in the Nursing Program at
ucumberlands.edu. Northern Kentucky University for several
Have photos? Just mail your prints or cd, or email you photos to our alumni office.
Send all materials to: University of the Cumberlands, Alumni Office, 7075 College 1960’s
Station Drive, Williamsburg, KY 40769 or email@example.com. John Clifton, ’67, recently became the
new principal of Whitley East Elementary
School. He has served as interim principal
at Whitley East since November 11, 2008,
Please publish this Alumni News in the Cumberland Today magazine. replacing Otis Reeves. Mr. Clifton has 40
years of experience as an educator working
in Ohio, Tenn., and Ky. He previously
Name: served as principal at Boston Elementary
School for seven years. After graduating at
Maiden name: Class Year: the top of his class at Cumberland College,
he moved on to University of Tennessee,
Here is my news:
serving as graduate administrative assistant
on the staff of then head football coach, Bill
Battle. While at U.T. Mr. Clifton received
the highly competitive and prestigious
Orin Graf Fellowship for Education
Zafer Roback, ’65, and Ann Faulkner
Roback, ’66, live in Knoxville, Tenn.,
with their five children, Kelley, Keshia,
Kephanie, Rashed, and Zafer. Zafer is in
the real estate business and his website is
www.themorelman.com. Ann is a teacher at
Concord Christian School. They would like
to hear from their classmates. Their email
address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo enclosed: Yes No
Jackie Lee Sears, ’66, lives in Keavy, Ky. He
has retired from teaching and administration
Please update my records:
and now owns his own insurance business.
Frank Bizjack, ’75, and Denise L. Taylor
Bizjack, ’76, reside in Ocala, Fla., where
Frank is a vocational education teacher, and
Denise is in her 26th year of teaching in
Email: the Marion County Public School System.
This year she teaches fourth grade math and
Cell phone: Jerry Rickett, ’72, was recently inducted
into the Kentucky Administrators for
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Economic Development Hall of Fame at at Los Lunas, on an Indian Reservation. She Amy Lynn Mulfinger Huss, ’87, resides
the annual conference in Bowling Green, returned home to Va. and started working in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband
Ky., on November 12, 2009. at Mountain Empire Community College and two children, Alyssa Lyda Huss born
teaching computer programming. Her May 5, 2005 and Ethan Edward Huss
Gregory Scot Rose, ’77, has recently immediate plans are to read all the books born June 30, 1997. Amy owns Amy’s Art
retired after 32 years of working at the Oak she can and to do a “grand tour” of Europe, Academy and Amy Mulfinger Huss Rental
Ridge National Laboratory in, Oak Ridge, Asia, Africa and return to Australia to visit Properties. She is active with their church,
Tenn. He now lives in Atlanta, Ga. friends of 35 years. volunteers in Boy Scouts of America and
A Caring Place, a pro-life group, as well as
Martha Susan Wynn Thompson, ’76, and 1980’s Milford Schools, where her children attend
William Frank Thompson, ’77, are back Dr. Michael L. Clark, ’85, now lives school. She also has two Security Licenses,
in the United States after serving 15 years in Kettering, Ohio, with his wife of 20 Series 7 and Series 63 and she is an Ohio
in Taiwan as missionaries. They reside in years, Stephanie and their four children, Notary Public. Amy graduated with a BS in
Bristol, Tenn., where they are both on the ages 5 to 15. He has joined the OB/GYN business administration from Cumberland
staff of Euclid Avenue Baptist Church. They staff at Kettering Medical Center. After College, with a minor in English, and an
have three children and five grandchildren. training at Wright State University OB/ MBA in financing and marketing from
GYN residency Dr. Clark spent 13 years Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Regina Fern Lefevers Warren, ’74, now with his family in Darke County, Ohio
lives in Pennington Gap, Va., with her as a solo practitioner, in a group practice Lura Hurt Janbakhsh, ’82, and her
husband Roger Warren. After leaving and for a Federal Qualified Health Center, husband Hassan Janbakhsh now live in
Cumberland she went to Australia where all in Greenville, Ohio. From there he was Somerset, Ky., They have three children:
she taught high school in Cobram, Victoria, invited to practice with one of the doctors Michael, 21; Daniel, 19; and Kayla, 15.
for four years. After returning to the United he trained under during his residency. Dr.
States, she obtained an MBA at Eastern Clark and his wife plan to spend their 20th Diana Dugan Warmoth, ’87, lives in
New Mexico University and taught school anniversary in Thailand. Wyoming, Ohio, where she is a resident
John McCauley ’82
Alumnus named to USDA’s Farm Service Agency
John McCauley recently has been named to serve as Kentucky State Executive Director for the
Farm Service Agency at the USDA. The agency oversees federal disaster assistance, conservation
projects and operating loan programs. It also buys commodities from farmers for low-income
Most recently the managing member of JWM Consulting Service for seven years, McCauley
brings twenty years of public service experience to his new position. He has served as director of the Division of Pesticide Regulation in
the Kentucky Department of Agriculture; on the governor’s Commission on Literacy; in the Kentucky Labor Cabinet; in the Kentucky
General Assembly; and on the staff of former U. S. Senator Walter D. Huddleston.
USDA’s Farm Services Agency works to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural Americans. Some of
the agency’s efforts include facilitating income support, disaster assistance and conservation programs, providing operating loans for the
procurement of farm equipment, seed and fertilizer, as well as offering ownership loans to help new and veteran producers purchase a
farm. FSA also works to procure various commodities to benefit low-income families through domestic food assistance programs.
“John McCauley has a solid understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing our rural communities and will help build on
the Obama Administration’s efforts to rebuild and revitalize rural America,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
McCauley’s agricultural roots go back to his grandparents’ farms in Muhlenberg County and in the hills of eastern Kentucky.
However, at Cumberland, he chose to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with an emphasis in economics and
management. He went on to complete graduate work at Kentucky State University and the University of Louisville.
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life specialist at a retirement community in management. Jason and his wife Robyn live the winning track.
Mason, Ohio. Her oldest son started college in Nashville, Tenn.
this past fall at University of Cincinnati,
and her daughter is now a sophomore in Michelle Williams Pray, ’93, was recently ENGAGEMENTS, MARRIAGES,
high school. inducted into the Southeast Kentucky AND ANNIvERSARIES
Volleyball Hall of Fame for her
1990’s accomplishments as the head coach at Perry 1990’s
Valerie Lynn Beshear Clark, ’95, married County Central High School and for her Dr. Joshua Eric Nichols, ’98, and Arynda
Christopher Clark in August 2008. They contributions as a representative of the 14th Lea Cogburn announce their marriage
live in Calcium, N.Y. Christopher is on region and co-organizer of the Southeast of June 27, 2009. Joshua is the son of
active duty with U.S. Army Aviation in Ft. Kentucky Volleyball All-star Game that the Reverend and Mrs. Larry Nichols of
Drum, N.Y. recognizes the best players of the 13th, 14th Somerset, Ky., and his bride is the daughter
and 15th regions. of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Cogburn of
Jeff Garmon, ’92, has recently made the Maryville, Tenn. She is a teacher at Pulaski
decision to step down from a 17-year Chris L. Sears, ’90, now resides in Corbin, County High School, and Dr. Nichols is
career with the Corbin Redhounds baseball Ky., where he is a yard master for the CSX the owner of two optometric offices, Eye
team. He is going back to his hometown of Railroad. Health of Somerset and Eye Health of
Glasgow, Ky., to have more time with his Stanford, Ky.
parents and siblings. He hopes there will Cindy Joann Moore St. Germain, ’96,
be an opportunity to serve as an assistant lives in Toledo, Ohio, with her husband Angela Colleen (Starnes) Swain, ’95,
baseball coach at Glasgow. Mark and three children, Madeline , born in announces her marriage to Matthew Fuller
2002; Joseph, born in 2004; and Benjamin, Swain on July 14, 2007. They reside in
Travis James Masters, ’99, and his wife born 2008. She received her Master’s degree Louisville, Ky., with their son John-Franklin
Sherry Clark Masters,’00, live in Xenia, in music in 2001 from The University of Swain, who joined their family in August
Ohio, where Travis is working for the Toledo and is teaching elementary music 2008. Angela is a stay-at-home mom.
U.S. Government Accountability Office at and beginning band in Point Place, Ohio. She works part-time coordinating televised
Wright Patterson Air Force Base as a senior chapel services at Southern Seminary. She
defense analyst. They have two children, Amy Denise Cummins Wilhelmus, ’95, also teaches voice, piano and supervises
Caleb who is four years of age and Madilynn married Mark Wilhelmus in April, 2004. ministry programs at Boyce College.
who is two years of age. She works as Director of the Moore Activity
Center in Covington, Kentucky. They have 2000’s
Robert Monestel, ’91, and his wife one child, Corran Michael born in January, Alan Wolanin, ’07, and Brittani Newman,
Julie have moved their family to Dhaka, 2008. ’09, were married on September 5, 2009.
Bangladesh, where Robert is a regional Brittani is the daughter of Frank and
medical officer for the U.S. Department 2000’s Melissa Newman of Barbourville, Ky. Alan
of State, taking care of embassy employees Tyrhon Crawford, ’02, is residing in is the son of Regis and Diane Wolanin of
overseas. Julie and Robert have three Winter Haven, Florida where he was Brook Park, Ohio.
children: Tyler, Celine and Austin. recently named Head Coach of the men’s
Basketball team at Webber International
Jason H. Padget, ’97, is currently the University. BIRTHS
project director of Tennessee Lives Count.
Previously, he was director of Community Bob Lawson, ’03, ’05, has recently been 1990’s
and Grassroots Outreach for the Suicide chosen for the position of head football Christiane Kelly Herndon, ’98, and her
Prevention Action Network. He directed coach at Paul Lawrence Dunbar High husband Jeremy, along with big brother
two national programs aimed at advancing School in Lexington, Ky. He played Braxton, age two, announce the birth of a
public awareness and public policy. football while a student at University of new family member. A baby girl, Sydney
Before relocating to Tenn., he was the the Cumberlands and was an assistant Mae, was born on December 17, 2009 in
administrator of the suicide prevention coach for four years before going to Pelham Nashville, Tenn., where the family resides.
program at the Kentucky Department for High School in Alabama where he ran
Mental Health and Mental Retardation the defense for former Elizabethtown Nathan and Mykie Brinegar Howard,
Services. Padgett holds a master’s degree coach Brett Burnett. Mr. Lawson was the ’98, recently welcomed their second child,
in public administration from University associate head football coach and defensive a daughter, Ainsley Rose, into their family.
of Kentucky’s Martin School for Public coordinator at Henderson County School Ainsley was born on January 3, 2010. The
Policy and Administration and is working the last three years. He is looking forward Howard family lives in Morehead, Ky.
on a second master’s degree in project to getting the Bulldogs’ program back on
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2000’s Laura Emily Marsh Nutter, of Mount one son Jim Campbell and sister-in-law
Kelly Michelle Hutchens Foreman, ’04, Lookout, W. Va., formerly of Lancaster, Mary Annie Campbell. She taught for
her husband Jason and their four-year-old Penn., passed away May 30, 2009. She the Lenoir City School System for 43 years
daughter Shiela Faith welcomed into their was 96 years of age. She was an associate before retiring.
family Micah Thomas, born December professor of nursing at Cumberland
4, 2009. The Foreman family resides in College. She is survived by a son, Thomas C. Clayton “Doc” Lowery, ’38, 91 years
Richmond, Ky. M. Nutter and his wife, Deborah of Mount of age, passed away April 23, 2009 at the
Lookout, West Virginia, five grandchildren Methodist Hospital Yellow Rose Hospice
Brad and Amanda Pennock Godbey, ’01, and several nieces and nephews. Unit in Indianapolis, Ind. A native of
announce the birth of their second child, Bell County, he graduated from Indiana
Alex Bradford, on July 4, 2009. His two- Dr. Leon Simpson, age 72, of Florence University School of Dentistry in 1942.
year-old brother Blake welcomed baby Alex Township, Ohio, passed away October He worked his way through dental school
into the family. 27, 2009 in Community Health Partners as a bellhop for the Claypool Hotel in
West after a sudden illness. He was born downtown Indianapolis, at a funeral home
Jeremiah, ’03, and Carol, ’05, Tudor have in Mountain Park, Okla., on July 28, 1937. and for a suit tailor. He joined the Naval
a new addition to their family. On June 6, His family moved to Panhandle, Tex., where Reserves in 1941, served active duty from
2009 they welcomed Eli David. he graduated from Panhandle High School. 1943-1946 and remained in the Reserves
He continued his education and received until 1955. He retired in 1992 after
degrees from Texas Tech University, the 50 years of dentistry. Survivors include
FOND FAREWELLS Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Ill., daughters, Mary Anne (Ray) Bayer and
and the Southwestern Baptist Theological Sandy (Dennis) Sunderman and Sherri
Former Faculty/Staff Seminary. After completing his education, Carney, eight grandchildren and 11 great-
Silas G. Branham, age 86, of Winfield, Dr. Simpson taught at Cumberland College, grandchildren.
Tenn., passed away January 26, 2009 at was an assistant to Dr. W. A. Criswell at the
his home after a lingering illness. He was First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, and William T. Malone, ’39, age 93, of
a retired custodian at Cumberland College. he was President of Clear Creek Baptist Nashville, Tenn., passed away February
He is survived by one daughter, Treda Kay Bible College in Pineville, Kentucky. He 6, 2009. Malone was a musician and
Branham Muse, and a son, Arnold Bowling, also worked as editor at Lifeway Christian business owner and a veteran of WWII.
three sisters and one brother. Resources in Nashville, Tenn., before He graduated from Cumberland with a
moving to Florence Township, where he business degree and became Cumberland
Edna L. Lawson, age 93, of Atlanta, served as pastor of the Firelands Church for College’s first band director. Malone was
Ga., passed away June 10, 2009. She was 14 years. He is survived by his wife of 45 an active musician, playing with many
preceded in death by her husband Curtis years Marilyn Simpson and one daughter local bands as well as his own band, The
Lawson, her father M.L. Cooper and her Noelle Simpson, of Florence Township, Collegians. He was a charter member of
mother Beulah Medaris Cooper. Ms. two sons and five grandchildren. The Establishment, the big band comprised
Lawson was the great niece of the Reverend of businessmen and professionals, who
Robert Medaris, one the co-founders of Stephen Craig Jones, of Lexington, Ky., support scholarship funds. He owned and
Cumberland College. She is survived by passed away October 18, 2009. He was operated Roy Warden Piano and Organ
her daughter, JoAnna, one sister, Faye 60 years of age. His is survived by his wife Company and was one of the first inductees
Smith, and one brother, W. C. Cooper. Judy Land Jones of Lexington, Ky. He was into the MTSU Band of Blues Hall of Fame.
the son of Polly Jones Schewe of Lexington Malone is survived by three daughters, one
Opal Croley Mahan, age 91, of and the late Carl E. Jones of Williamsburg. son, one brother, six grandchildren and
Williamsburg, Ky., passed away January Mr. Jones graduated from St. Camillus three great-grandchildren.
3, 2010 at the Williamsburg Nursing Academy in Corbin and attended Sue
Home. She was the daughter of the late Bennett College and Cumberland College. Frances B. Martin, ’30’s, of Lebanon,
G. B. Croley and Molly Reynolds Croley. Tenn., passed away March 14, 2009, at
Ms. Mahan was an honored retiree of 1920’s University Medical Center. She was 91 years
Cumberland College with 27 years of Carl Lawson, ’29, age 86, passed away of age. Survivors include one daughter, one
service in the dining hall, and she was a October 21, 2009. sister, three grandchildren and seven great-
commissioned Kentucky Colonel. She is grandchildren.
survived by her daughter, Loretta Begley of 1930’s
Dayton, Ohio, son, Larry Mahan Mason, Mary Ellen Roberts Campbell, ’36, of 1940’s
Ohio, seven grandchildren and 12 great- Lenoir City, Tenn., passed away November Stellian Virgil Anderson, ’43, of Central
grandchildren. 14, 2009. She is survived by a daughter City, Ky., passed away April 13, 2009 at
Ann Campbell, granddaughter Stephanie, Owensboro Medical Health Systems. He
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“Do you remember when, we used to sing. . .”
In December 2009, Cumberlands
hosted its forty-second Madrigal
Dinners, which have become a
community and campus staple of
the Christmas season. The event,
begun by Dr. Harold Wortman,
features the Chamber Choir as well
as instrumentalists from the Music
Pictured are performers from one
of the earliest Madrigal Dinners.
One singer is unidentified and
some class years are unknown, so
anyone who can identify them or
provide additional information is
encouraged to contact the Alumni
From left to right: Hal Haynes, ’?; Donna Foley Colegrove, ’71; Jean Staggs Canter, ’72; Unidentified; Cyrus Bush, ’72;
Nancy Metcalf Harris, ’71; Doug Pennington, ’?; Myra Davis, ’73; Terry Landis, attended in ’71 (deceased); Britta Theren
Helgesson Anders, attended in ’71; Karen Gale Kidd Lovett, ’71; Sandy Phillips Roberts, ’74.
Reecia Samples ’74
Alumna chosen as superintendent of schools
The 2009-10 academic year in Clay County, Kentucky, began with a new superintendent of
schools, Reecia Samples, taking the helm. A native of Clay County, Samples has dedicated her
career to serving the educational needs of children in her home area.
“I’ve been around education all my life, says Samples. “It’s as all I know. So I want us to have a
system the entire community can be proud of, where everyone feels welcome.”
After graduating from Clay County High School in 1974, Samples earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration at
Cumberlands, followed by a master’s degree in education at Union College. She then received her Rank-1 certification at Eastern
Kentucky University, and later, her superintendent certification at Cumberlands. “I sort of ended up where I began, at University of the
Cumberlands. I went full circle,” explains Samples.
Samples’s career began in career development, and as computers became a part of everyday life, including education, she taught
computers, data processing and programming at Clay County High School. In 1995, she was appointed district coordinator, and later
became an instructional supervisor. Named assistant superintendent in May 2009, she became superintendent in July 2009.
As she assumed her new position, Samples created a strategy to reach numerous goals for Clay County Schools, including increasing
the graduation rate and improving communication among parents, students, teachers and administrators.
She stated, “I want three guiding questions to remain at the forefront of our goals: What do we want each student to learn? How will
we know when each student has learned it? And how will we respond when a student experiences difficulty in learning?”
“I thank the Board of Education for giving me this opportunity, but I thank the Lord above anybody else,” says Samples. “The Lord has
put a lot of good people in my life.” Most of all, Samples says she is thankful for being given the opportunity to serve her community.
Samples’s husband is Roger Samples, ’77, who teaches at Clay County Middle School. Their family consists of their son and his wife,
Brandon and Celia, and a granddaughter, one-year-old Daisy Parker Samples.
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worked for Kentucky Utilities Green River Eula Mae Roaden, ’41, 87 years of age, Johnnie Hall Terry, ’59, passed away
Power Station, and he was also a World War of Greenville, S. C. passed away April 11, December 23, 2007.
II veteran. Mr. Anderson is survived by his 2009. She was born in Williamsburg,
wife of 57 years, Anita Baxter Anderson, Ky., to the late Charles and Minnie 1960’s
three sons, 13 grandchildren, two great Smith Nicholson. She is survived by her John Elmer Melzoni, ’64, of Clinton,
grandchildren and one brother. husband of 67 years Jesse Roaden, four Tenn., passed away October 1, 1997, at
sons, seven grandchildren and seven great- Fort Sanders Hospital in Knoxville, Tenn.
Virginia Whitcomb, Brumbach, ’42, grandchildren. Mr. Melzoni was born August 6, 1939. He
passed away January 7, 2007 after a lengthy was a member of Popular Creek Baptist
illness. She was 84 years of age. Dr. Dr. C. R. (Pete) Smith, ’43, of Winchester, Church. He is survived by his parents Pete
Brumbach taught school for 60 years for Ky., passed away August 15, 2009. He and Betty Melzoni, a son, John Melzoni,
several different schools. She was selected practiced dentistry in Winchester for 48 Jr., four daughters, Cory Watts, Jessica
as Woman of the Year by the Garland years and developed land for Stoney Brook, Melzoni, Kim Melzoni and Kelly Melzoni,
area American Business Woman, served Stonecrest and Fort Estill subdivisions. a brother and two sisters.
as president of Delta Pi Chapter of Delta He was also a farmer. In addition to his
Kappa Gamma, was Outstanding Phi Theta wife of 62 years Josephine S. Smith, he is Daniel A. Palmer, ’68, of Brewster, N.Y.,
Kappa sponsor and Outstanding Faculty survived by a son and two daughters and passed away June 19, 2009. Mr. Palmer
Member nominated for the Piper-Stevens their families. was an educator for 33 years with the Port
award from Eastfield College. Chester School District and taught in
She is survived by twin daughters Dr. Mary Wilma Jean Helton Trotto, ’49, born in Kennedy and Park Avenue Schools. He was
Brumbach of Garland, Texas, and Margaret Corbin, Ky., passed away November 7, a member of the Port Chester Coast Guard
Bolding of Ft. Worth, Texas. 2008 in Casco, Mich. She is survived by Auxiliary and the Port Chester Knights of
her husband Arthur Trotto. Columbus. Mr. Palmer is survived by his
Anna Baker–Cormier, ’49, 79 years of age, life partner, Leslie Xavier of Brewster, N.Y.,
passed away August 16, 2009 at her home 1950’s one son, Anthony Palmer, one daughter,
in Canton Mich., where she had been Mary Ruth Beasy, ’51, passed away Jessica Palmer and two grandsons. He is
under the care of Saint Joseph Hospice. October 1, 1995. She was 76 years of age. also survived by his extended family, Joseph
She is survived by her husband Norman, Xavier, Dana Xavier and two grandsons.
her son Dr. Ronald Baker, her daughter Clarence Edward Bunch, ’52, of
Peggy Kemeny and many grandchildren Williamsburg, Ky., passed away June 26, Jane Delano Plumlee, ’62, of Etowah,
and great-grandchildren. 2009, at the Oaktree Hospital in Corbin, Tenn., passed away May 17, 2009. She
KY. He was 81 years of age. Mr. Bunch was 70 years of age. She is survived by her
Herbert Lee Reeves, ’47, passed away was a veteran of the United States Air Force. husband Horton Plumlee, three daughters,
November 7, 2009, at Baptist Village He is survived by two sisters. three grandchildren, one brother and one
Retirement Communities after an sister.
extended illness. He was a well-known Reverend Roy Lee Cox, ’57, of Wolf Creek
teacher, coach and principal in local and River Road passed away December 28, Jack Wade Scalf, ’62, of Lexington, Ky.,
area public schools for 40 years and was 2009, at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, passed away November 6, 2009, at the VA
a noted professional baseball pitcher. He Ky. He was 72 years of age. Reverend Cox Medical Center in Lexington. He was born
enrolled in Cumberland Junior College in served in the Kentucky National Guard in in Corbin on July 14, 1926 to the late S.
1945 after serving two and a half years in 1954 and joined the United States Army McKinley and Lula Sutherland Scalf. He
the U.S. Navy as a seaman second class on a in 1960, and served until 1963, when he is survived by his wife Eula M. Kersey Scalf,
destroyer in the Pacific. He quickly became suffered a heart attack. He later rejoined four children, four grandchildren and three
the basketball team captain and the top the National Guard. In 1970 he started sisters.
pitcher for Cumberland’s baseball team. preaching on the radio, and he was the
He was on the Kentucky Junior College assistant pastor at Mountain Ash Church Antonia Smith, ’62, passed away August
Championship basketball team when of God, where he taught Sunday School 20, 2009, at her residence in Lexington, Ky.
Cumberland won that title, and then went for 25 years. He is survived by his wife She was 83 years of age, and she was a retired
on to win the Southeastern Junior College of 50 years, Lois Dean Moses Cox, three school teacher for the Fayette County School
Championship by the defeating Alabama daughters: Lisa Haun, ’88, Irma Ivey (UC System. She is preceded in death by her
Junior College Championship team by a Development Office) and Jennifer Smith, parents Karl and Anna Bogenstatter from
score of 53 – 52. He was an all-around ’02, five grandchildren and two great- Munich, Germany. Survivors include one
outstanding athlete. Mr. Reeves is survived grandchildren. daughter Michelle Brummer of Lexington,
by his wife of 58 years Margaret Warren three sons, Eric Smith of Richmond, Ky.,
Reeves, one son and one daughter. H. Ray Ledbetter, ’57, passed away. Aaron Smith of Lexington and Manfred
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Smith of San Diego, Calif., and her beloved of Caryville, Tenn., passed away December as a result of complications from by-pass
husband Seamus. 14, 2008 at his home. He is survived by surgery. She was 39 years of age. She is
his wife Jane Petree two sons, two brothers, survived by her parents Ronald and Shirley
Reverend Lawrence Edward Tew, ’69, 67 and three sisters. Reverend Petree was King Hamblin, her husband Reverend Bruce
years of age, passed away February 19, 2009, pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Oak Dixon and their children, Courtney Brooke
at his home. He is survived by his wife, Ridge and was an interim pastor for several and Caleb Josiah all of Pine Knot, Ky.
Betty J. Tew, one daughter, one son, four churches. He was a volunteer Chaplin for
sisters, four brothers and two grandsons. the LaFollette Police Department, EMS 2000’s
and Ridgewood Fire Department. He was Rebecca S. (D’Ambrosia) Freeman, ’05,
Gary L. Veach, ’68, passed away January preceded in death by his son Timothy Petree passed away October 14, 2009, in Phoenix,
18, 2010, at the Baptist Regional Medical and parents Lee and Edith Bailey Petree. Az., at the Phoenix Baptist Hospital after
Center in Corbin. He was 63 years of age. a difficult battle with cervical cancer. She
He is survived by cousin and best friend, James “Jim” A. Taylor, ’75, age 59, of was 27 years of age. Becky is survived by
Doug Young and Dessie Neeley, both of Inverness, Fla., passed away July 11, 2009, her husband Stephen Freeman, her parents
Corbin, and two aunts. at Hospice of Citrus County Hospice Frank X. and Susan Kay D’Ambrosia, two
House in Lecanto, Fla. Mr. Taylor was stepsons, Mason and Stephen Freeman, Jr.,
Fernie D. Williams, Jr., ’67, passed away born in Detroit, Mich., on September a grandmother, Sylvia D’Ambrosia, two
October 8, 2009. He was well known for 22, 1949, to the late Benjamin and Lida brothers and a nephew. Becky graduated
his love of music and his love for teaching. Jones Taylor and moved to Inverness from Ayersville High School in 2001, where
He was named Teacher of the Year in from Williamsburg, Ky. He served in the she won the United States Girls Wrestling
1989. U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and Association National Tournament. She
graduated from Cumberland College. He earned her B.S. from Cumberland and
1970’s taught kindergarten at Inverness Primary was working on her master’s degree at
Randell B. Baker, ’70, 60 years of age, School for 21 years. James was the first Argosy University in Phoenix when she was
passed away February 8, 2009 at Madison male kindergarten teacher in Citrus diagnosed with cancer. Becky will be sorely
County Hospital in London, Ohio. He County. He is survived by his wife of 23 missed by everyone who knew her.
is survived by his wife Gail A. Baker one years Cathy Taylor one son, a brother, two
son Christopher C. and Carrie of Maumee, sisters, three grandchildren, four nieces and Marcus Wesley, last year attended 2006,
Ohio, his father Bolivar Baker of Dayton, two nephews. He will be missed by his passed away July 20, 2009 in Tampa, Fla.
Ohio, his special friend John (Wendy) entire family and many friends. Marcus played football for University of the
McCance of Dayton, Ohio, and Murphy, Cumberlands, and in 2006, he was named
his beloved ShihTzu. Warren D. Waddell, ’75, 55 years of age to the All-Conference 1st Team Defensive
passed away at his home in Science Hill, squad. He helped lead the Patriots to a 6-4
Kay Silcox Hill, ’71, passed away December Ky., January 2, 2009, after a long illness. season, recording 92 tackles on the season,
30, 2009. After receiving her BS degree He is survived by his two daughters and 45 of which were solo. He also had 14 ½
in education from Cumberland, Ms. Hill their mother, Marie Waddell, a twin sister tackles for loss, totaling 67 yards, four and a
continued her education at Union College Wilma Gayle Waddell Jones, a brother, two half sacks and three interceptions. Marcus
where she received her MA in elementary nephews, two step-nephews, one step-sister was also named to the NAIA South All
education. She taught in Campbell and one step-brother. Region team in 2006. He had a four-year
County Schools for 12 years and 13 years old daughter and a host of friends, as well
in Loudon County, at Eaton Elementary 1980’s as his Cumberland family, who will sorely
and Greenback School. Lois C. Terrell Meadors, ’82, of Meadow miss him.
Creek Road, Rockholds, Ky., passed away
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away November 20, 2009, as a result of Medical Center in Corbin. She was 50
complications from cancer. years of age. She is survived by her husband
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Jim Meadors, twin daughters Natasha Lynn
John D. Ledford, ’79, age 48, of Hamilton, Meadors Parsons and Jessica Leigh Meadors
Ohio, passed away February 24, 2009. He Jackson, one grandson Levi Perry Jackson,
is survived by his children Rocky Abbott, her mother Arlene Terrell, three sisters and
Megan Stubbs, Allie Stubbs, and Jacob one brother. HOMECOMING
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Pamela Hamblin Dixon, ’92, (’96
Reverend Donald Glen Petree, ’79, age 57 graduate) passed away January 13, 2010,
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ALUMNI CHAPTER MEETINGS
Alumni chapter meetings provide an excellent opportunity to
re-unite with classmates and get to know alums from different
class years who also love Cumberland(s). Two recent meetings
demonstrate how different these meetings can be.
In August 2009, Richard and Janie Kagy, both class of ’72,
welcomed alumni to their home for a meeting of the Florida
chapter. The gathering allowed alums to reminisce and reconnect in
a warm, informal atmosphere. In addition to the Kagys, alumni in
attendance were Eloise Sullivan Mitchell, ’50, Ronald Mitchell, ’51,
Dr. Willard White, ’56, Glenn Bennett, ’67, Darrel Wininger, ’51,
and his wife Marge.
Pictured (top right) are Darrel and Marge Wininger looking at a
yearbook, with Dr. Willard White in the background.
The Bluegrass chapter met in Georgetown in the fall, when the
Patriot football team met the Georgetown Tigers for Cumberlands’
only regular season loss for 2009. In spite of that fact, several alumni
enjoyed the game and the chance to get together.
In attendance were (bottom right): Row 1: (from left to right)
Emma Kate Bergman, future alumna, Kristie Lyons, ’79, Laura
Keown, ’82, Jim Ford, ’48; Row 2: Dave Bergman, ’89, Andy
Abbott, ’93, Mary Doyle Johnson, ’48, Garnett Beach Jones, ’50,
Carol Miller Yunker, ’50, Jim Taylor, ’68.
These are just two examples of the many possibilities for alumni
chapter meetings. Any alum who would like to coordinate a meeting
in his or her area should contact Dave Bergman in the Office of
Alumni Services at 606-539-4355.
Dr. Azmy Ackleh ’88
Cumberlands Graduate receives Distinguished Professor Award
Dr. Azmy Ackleh, professor of mathematics at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, (UL) was
one of three educators chosen to receive the UL Foundation’s Distinguished Professor Award in
When Ackleh arrived at Cumberlands in 1984 from his home in Nazareth, Israel, he had two
major goals – to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science and get a job. However, he changed
directions when he visited his brother Essam Ackleh,’86, a graduate student at the University of Tennesee. A visit to a mathematics lab
and encouragement from his brother and a UT faculty member turned him toward graduate school and a career in education.
“With my brother’s encouragement, I decided I would take a shot at a master’s degree,” Ackleh stated. As a graduate student at UT,
Ackleh discovered an interest in mathematical biology, an interdisciplinary field of study. He earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in
mathematical biology from the University of Tennessee.
Ackleh taught at the University of Tennessee and North Carolina State University before joining the faculty of the University of Louisiana
in 1995. Since 2007, he has held the Dr. Ray P. Authement Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair in Computational Mathematics.
As a professor of applied mathematics, Ackleh has a special interest in using mathematical models to predict population trends.
Ackleh endeavors to balance his work load and states. “I try to do my best in all areas.”
In addition to Essam and Azmy, the two remaining Ackleh brothers, Loay, ’96,and Samer, ’92, also graduated from Cumberlands.
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Thompson Henson ’74
Bob Jones ’50
Maureen “Cookie” Thompson Henson, ‘74, and Bob Jones, ‘50, are pictured above
at the 2009 Creech Boswell Alumni Dinner during Homecoming.
Bob Jones,’50, and Maureen “Cookie” Thompson Henson,’74, first met in 1958, when Jones became pastor of the Beattyville Baptist
Church. The congregation ministered to two African American families with a total of ten children, of which Cookie was one. Her
father and his brother, both single parents, were raising their children together to conserve expenses. During a revival meeting, Cookie
accepted Christ and was baptized by Jones.
Later, Jones moved away to take another pastorate, and Cookie’s family moved back to Clay County. As Jones continued to serve
churches throughout the region, Cookie grew up, graduated from Clay County High School and Cumberland College and became a
popular teacher at Clay County High School. Along the way, she learned sign language and interpreted for the deaf in church services;
served as a trustee at Eastern Kentucky University and on the Board of Control of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. She
is a current member of Cumberlands’ Alumni Board.
The two alums saw each other only twice during the 50 years after the Joneses left Beattyville, until the Creech-Boswell Dinner
during Homecoming 2009. Jones was amazed to meet the grown-up version of the youngster he had known so long ago.
“I never dreamed that when I baptized an 8-year-old girl she would become such a beautiful and successful person,” said Jones.
Jones, who earned a bachelor’s degree at Georgetown and a divinity degree at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, served the
Kentucky Baptist Convention as director of missions for twenty years; mountain missions director for seven years; and director of
missions of the Pike County Association for more than four years. In addition to Beattyville, he ministered to churches in Bowling
Green and Stephensport, Ky. and in Petersburg, W.Va. He retired in 1995. A faithful alumnus of Cumberland, he has served as the
class agent for the class of 1950 and as president of the Creech Boswell Club. In 1976, he was named Outstanding Alumnus.
“Pastor Jones was my inspiration in times when life was hard, but I really and truly did not know or feel the hatred in the world
because of the love that Bob Jones and his family gave to ten little black children. My life was blessed because God saw fit to bring this
family to a small town in the mountains of Kentucky. His plans for me began then and there. I thank God for His many blessings in
my life,” said Cookie.
“I am so proud of Cookie, who overcame tremendous odds to rise above poverty and became an outstanding person, said Jones.
“Now, ready to retire as a teacher, she is an example of a person who, through grit and determination, made something of herself.
Cumberland has played a great part in her life and in mine.”
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