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UC’s Kappa Delta Pi inducts new members


Williamsburg, Ky. – On Monday, April 8th the University of the Cumberlands (UC) Kappa Delta Pi Upsilon Chapter inducted 11 graduate and 12 undergraduate students into the honor’s society during a ceremony in the Kohn Theatre on the UC campus.

Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society in education founded at the University of Illinois, on March 8, 1911. The Alpha Delta Upsilon Chapter was established by Dr. Sheila Smith on April 26, 2008 at UC.

The purpose of this society is to promote excellence in and recognize outstanding contributions to education. Education is a vital societal force that encourages universal welfare and individual progress. It is the cornerstone of democracy and the foundation for personal fulfillment. Members are guided by the Ideals of Fidelity to Humanity, Science, Service, and Toil.

As a profession its purpose and challenge is to inspire young and old to grow by using their heritage; to develop a concern for the needs of others; and to strengthen moral character and personality so that collectively, as members of Kappa Delta Pi, they may be worthy examples of a rich, wholesome life.

The eleven graduate inductees included: Andrea Mullikin (Covington, KY), Brenda Elam (Louisville, KY), Brooke Bennett (Forest Hill, MD), Carissa Wix (London, KY), Dana Goh (Versailles, KY), Joseph Caldwell (Jesup, GA), Lisa Carpenter (Anchorage, KY), Ryan Burke (Bowling Green, KY), Shane Munson (Lexington, KY), Stephanie McSpadden (Lexington, KY), and Tia Smith (Premium, KY).

The twelve undergraduate inductees included: Bethany Bargo (Barbourville, KY), Chelsey Campbell (Verona, KY), Hannah Spangler (Middlesboro, KY), Jared Martin (Corbin, KY), Jung Won Jo (Seolul, South Korea), Keigan Gregory (Hindman, KY), Lakia Henderson (Kissimmee, FL), Logan Reynolds (Corbin, KY), Mariah Carroll (Mt. Orab, OH), Shaina Thomas (Corbin, KY), Shannon Bishop (Glasgow, KY), and Shannon Whittenberg (Louisville, KY).

The keynote speaker for the induction ceremony was Rachele Rice who was graduated from UC in 1994 with a major in English and a minor in Psychology. She also has earned her Master’s and Rank I in principalship from UC. She is currently the assistant principal at Whitley County High School.

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.