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University of the Cumberlands nutrition courses receive national accreditation from ANFP

Nutrition courses at University of the Cumberlands recently received accreditation from the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (ANFP). Cumberlands is the only university in Kentucky to receive this accreditation. The university now offers a program for students to become a Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) by completing just three courses: Applied Nutrition for the Dietary Manager,...

Cumberlands standout guard Tevin Olison named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week

University of the Cumberlands guard Tevin Olison has been named the Mid-South Conference Player of the Week. Olison averaged 27 points, 5.5 rebounds, four assists and three steals per game last week as the Cumberlands posted a 1-1 record. He scored 14 points with four rebounds and four assists in the Patriots’ 76-75 loss at Campbellsville. University of the Cumberlands guard Tevin Olison averaged...

W.D. Bryant donates tools for ministry program Mountain Outreach at the Cumberlands

Christmas came early for Mountain Outreach (MO), a ministry outreach program hosted by University of the Cumberlands. W.D. Bryant, a local building supplies and hardware store, recently donated a number of drill bits and saw blades to MO, with the donation totaling a value of $1,245. The store had received an extra shipment of the tools and immediately felt led to give them to a good cause. W.D. Bryant,...

University of the Cumberlands listed as safest college campus in Kentucky for second straight year

University of the Cumberlands was listed as the safest college campus in Kentucky in a recent 2020 ranking by YourLocalSecurity.com. Cumberlands was lucky number 13 countrywide. This is the second consecutive year the Cumberlands has ranked first in the state for campus safety. “We do all we can to make sure our students are safe on campus,” said Emily Coleman, provost of the university. “At...

Lindsey Wilson ranked No. 3 nationally in NAIA preseason poll by College Football America Yearbook

Lindsey Wilson is ranked No. 3 nationally in the College Football America Yearbook NAIA preseason poll. The Blue Raiders received the preseason ranking after going 12-1 — a program-best — in 2019 as they reached the semifinals of the NAIA playoffs for the first time. Lindsey Wilson also won its third Mid-South Conference championship last season. Lindsey Wilson’s Jaylen Boyd (right) is congratulated...

University of the Cumberlands receives College of Distinction honor for third straight year

For the third consecutive year, the University of the Cumberlands has been named a College of Distinction based on its commitment to engaged, experiential education and student success and satisfaction. Wes Creel, the founder of Colleges of Distinction, created the site 20 years ago to draw more attention to schools like Cumberlands whose “student-centered education prevails in applying theory to...

University of the Cumberlands donates board games to Ryan’s Place, a safe haven for homeless youth

When homeless youth staying at Ryan’s Place, a safe haven in Barbourville, were asked what they wanted most at the shelter, they said, “We would like some games to play together.” Jessi Montgomery, the fund development manager for Ryan’s Place and a graduate from the University of the Cumberlands who was finishing her MBA at the time, was stunned. She’d been discussing the shelter’s funding...

University of the Cumberlands, EKCEP offer cybersecurity classes for high schools students

High school juniors and seniors in 23 Appalachian Coalfield counties in Kentucky will have the option to develop cybersecurity skills and earn key industry certifications in two online computer science classes through University of the Cumberlands at no cost to the student this summer and fall. The Hazard-based Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP), staff to the Eastern Kentucky...

University of the Cumberlands distributing CARES Act emergency funding to students

Undergraduate students at University of the Cumberlands will soon receive emergency assistance funding from the university as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. In total, Cumberlands is disbursing $1,398,399 in federal emergency aid to eligible undergraduate students who switched from in-seat classes to online classes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Cumberlands...

EKU’s Jackie Alexander: A unique journey from Army officer in Iraq to college basketball coach

Jackie Alexander was raised 30 miles south of Eastern Kentucky University’s campus, along the Dix River in a small, close-knit community called Brodhead. Population at the last census: 1,211. “There’s something special about growing up where everyone knows everyone,” she said. Alexander became a basketball star at nearby Rockcastle County High School. As a senior in 2010, she led...

University of the Cumberlands provides meals for Williamsburg citizens in need through PatServe

As the impact of the novel coronavirus continues to spread, University of the Cumberlands is working to provide meals for some of Williamsburg’s most vulnerable citizens. To help support those in need, Cumberlands is collaborating with its food service provider, Pioneer College Caterers, and local partners to offer meals during this national crisis. University of the Cumberlands has a tradition of...

Office of Student Employment at the Cumberlands receives award from Whitley County BOE

The Office of Student Employment at University of the Cumberlands recently received a Community Partnership Award by the Whitley County Board of Education for the staff’s dedication to students and community partnership during a year of unprecedented growth for the University. The on-campus population at Cumberlands reached an all-time high during its fall 2019 semester, with more than 1,700 students...

University of the Cumberlands to finish semester with online classes due to COVID-19 threat

In response to the increasing threat of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), University of the Cumberlands has announced that all remaining in-person classes for the spring semester will be delivered through an online platform. “Based on recommendations from public health officials, we believe this is the most prudent course of action for all involved,” said Cumberlands President Dr. Larry Cockrum....

CU women’s wrestling wins first-ever NWCA National Duals with 24-19 win over McKendree University

With their backs up against the wall and behind 17-4, second-ranked Campbellsville University Lady Tiger wrestling out-scored No. 3 McKendree University, 20-2, in the final five matches to win their first-ever NWCA National Duals championship. The Lady Tigers swept their way to the title by beating No. 10 University of the Cumberlands (37-9), No. 6 Emmanuel College (26-18) and McKendree (24-19). The...

Veteran Cumberlands athletics director Randy Vernon announces retirement after 37 years

After more than 37 years on the campus of University of the Cumberlands, Randy Vernon, Vice President for Athletics, has announced his retirement, effective June 30. “There comes a time when you know it’s time to let someone else do the job,” said Vernon. “While I really enjoy what I’m doing, it is more difficult coming to work each day and it takes longer to finish tasks...

‘Can-do’ attitude helps single mother of four further her education, land rewarding job

Janice Higgins-Hagans was widowed with four young children when she decided to further her education. (Photo from HCTC)   By Evelyn M. Wood Special to KyForward   In 2000, after the tragic death of her husband, Janice Hagans-Higgins found herself a single mother of four young children. To make ends meet, Janice and her children moved in with her parents and survived on the money she received...

Georgetown advances to second round of NAIA Women's Basketball Championship

The second Kentucky team advanced to the second round of the 2013 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship, as Georgetown put away Lyon, 66-55, Thursday night in the Frankfort Convention Center.   The Tigers join Campbellsville in the now 16-team bracket. Kentucky teams St. Catherine and Cumberlands were eliminated Thursday.   Georgetown scored 21 of its 38 second half points...

Frankfort set to host women's basketball NAIA championship beginning Wednesday

The 33rd annual NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship will tip off Wednesday at the Frankfort Convention Center. The city of Frankfort and the Mid-South Conference are hosting the event for the second consecutive year with 31 games being played over seven days, ending with the championship final March 19 at 6:35 p.m.   The championship’s opening contest features...

Four Kentucky women's basketball teams set for NAIA championships in Frankfort

Campbellsville University women’s basketball will return to the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament for the 21st time in program history, March 13-19, in Frankfort at the Frankfort Convention Center.   The Lady Tigers (24-9) enter the tournament ranked No. 14 in the NAIA and will be a No. 4 seed, the NAIA national office announced Wednesday night. CU will meet Wiley College...