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Cumberlands students learn importance of fire safety


Williamsburg, Ky. – On Wednesday, December 5th University of the Cumberlands (UC) welcomed Gail Minger, President of the Michael Minger Memorial Foundation, to campus to talk about fire safety in dormitories with the UC Resident Directors and assistants.

The topic was on the Minger Foundation’s new documentary entitled “9 Fires” that is about campus related fires. The students in attendance were involved in a discussion on the best options to reach students today with the technology that is available to relay campus safety messages.

“I was very moved by the participation and attention of the students at Cumberlands,” said Ms. Minger. “As I shared with them, I cannot bring my Michael back, but I can do all I possibly can to help other students understand the danger and devastation of campus related fires. He would expect his mother to do no less.”

Everyone involved learned the reality of campus fires and that they occur more than we realize. Students were taken through steps on what to do when a fire occurs, knowing two ways out, and other general fire safety information.

“Ms. Gail Minger is a great friend to the University,” said Vice-President of Student Services Dr. Michael Colegrove. “She gives freely of her time and resources to assist us in the training of our housing staff in the important areas of campus safety and security, especially fire prevention.”

Further information on the Michael Minger Memorial Foundation can be found at

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