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UC Students Receive Blast from the Past


Williamsburg, Ky. — On Thursday, March 21st, the University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) Upsilon-Upsilon Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta (PAT) held one of their Phi Alpha Theta Lectures in the Kohn Theatre located in the Grace Crum Rollins Center.

The lecture focused on faculty/staff at the University that graduated from Cumberlands back when it was known as Cumberland College (CC). Each speaker had fond memories to reminisce about with the student body.

The first to speak was Dr. Michael B. Colegrove (Point Pleasant, WV). Dr. Colegrove earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from CC and graduated in 1971. Later, he went on to earn his masters from Eastern Kentucky University, and his doctorate from Vanderbilt University. Out of all the experiences that Dr. Colegrove had at CC, his fondest memory was meeting his wife, Donna. Other memories that he had to share consisted of the importance of teamwork that he displayed through his athletics and sportsmanship while attending CC and some major changes the school has gone through over the past few decades. Dr. Colegrove is now Vice President for Student Services, Director of Leadership Studies and Professor of Education.

The second faculty member to speak was Ms. Jane Carter (Williamsburg, Ky.) She attended CC from 1971-1975 and received a B.S. in Music Education. In 1980, she earned an M.B.A. from the University of Kentucky, and has since completed further study at West Georgia College, the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, and the Philanthropy Tax Institute. Carter spoke of times where bell bottoms and long hair were all the rage. Women were expected to wear dresses during the conservative eras of CC. Carter spoke of opportunities that were provided by the college that she would not have gotten to experience otherwise, such as traveling and preforming with the college’s music department. Carter later received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 1991 and was considered an honored professor by the Student Government Association (SGA) in 1994. Carter continues to work at UC as an associate professor in the business department.

The last faculty member to share his memories was Dr. Thomas Frazier (Evarts, Ky.). He earned a B.A. in English and History, with a minor in French. He was graduated in 1969. His great grandfather attended CC and was one of the first graduating classes back in the 1890’s. Dr. Frazier spoke about his rebellious days which consisted of staying up all night to play basketball and poker. Some more of Dr. Frazier’s memories were centered on his Quiz Bowl days. Forty-one years later, Frazier is still at UC as the department chair for English and Foreign Languages. In 1987, the CC faculty designated him Honored Professor, and in 2004 recent alumni voted him the J. B. Fuqua Excellence in Teaching Award.

Altogether, the program offered warm memories on how things used to be, the changes that UC has undergone, and how the rich history of the college continues to influence the university to this day.

UC sophomore, Kyle Moses (Williamsburg, Ky.) said, “It was so interesting to hear perspectives from the past and how things used to be. I really enjoyed the program. It has been my favorite convocation all year.”

The Upsilon-Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta was established at the University of the Cumberlands in 1974. The group annually sponsors the oldest continuous lecture series on campus and publishes “The Upsilonian,” a journal that has won the outstanding journal award for schools with less than 150 majors.

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.

Article provided by Rhyana Barker, University of the Cumberlands Multimedia and Athletic Services Department Student Assistant