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Cumberlands Host Rogers Explorers


Williamsburg, Ky. – On June 6-8th, University of the Cumberlands (UC) hosted a group of over 30 Rogers Explorers students from across Kentucky who participated in science, physics and mathematics activities.

The three day’s activities focus on mathematics, science and technology. The Explorers participated in a community service project and social activities, and had class sessions with four Cumberlands professors: Dr. James Manning, Professor of Physics; Dr. Renee Yetter, Associate Professor of Biology; Dr. Larry Newquist, Professor of Physics; and Mr. Jeffrey Schwarz, Assistant Professor of Chemistry.

“The Rogers Explorers program aims at sparking an early interest in math and science for young people in southern and eastern Kentucky,” said Delaney Stephens, The Center for Rural Development Youth Programs Coordinator. “This program provides participants hands on instruction that allows them to see what it is really like in these demanding fields.”

The students also had the opportunity to participate in a video conference with NASA, where they talked to NASA’s Director of Distance Learning Damon Telley. Telley discussed the current space mission, Endeavour, the Kennedy Space Station and how much gas is used in the space craft.

The activities are designed to teach young people leadership, technology, entrepreneurship and community service.

When talking about UC, Delaney thought very highly of the partnership that has been created. “We are very excited and gracious to have this partnership between The Center of Rural Development and University of the Cumberlands. The students enjoyed their time at UC and got to experience what it’s like on a university campus.”

At the end of the three days, the students participated in a graduation ceremony attended by their parents. Each student shared things they experienced and learned. Each Explorer received a diploma representing the completion of the program, presented by Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO of The Center for Rural Development.

The Rogers Explorers program is an intensive three day, two night program focusing on developing skills in leadership, technology, entrepreneurship and community service. It is developed, coordinated and supervised by The Center for Rural Development in partnership with The University of the Cumberlands, Lindsey Wilson College and Eastern Kentucky University. Students from The Center’s 42-county service area may apply during their eighth grade year. If selected through a competitive process, they will attend the program in Williamsburg, Columbia or Richmond during the summer before their ninth grade year.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; nine graduate degrees, including two doctorates, a specialist, and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.