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Insights Class at UC Participates with Mountain Outreach


Williamsburg, KY.,- On August 26, University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) professor Dr. Christopher Leskiw and his Insights class, assisted Mountain Outreach (MO) with an outstanding project in the community. The MO team along with Dr. Leskiw’s class of UC incoming freshmen went to a home and built the resident a porch with steps.

“Doing work with MO makes me feel good about myself,” said freshman and Georgia native, John Williams. “It is nice to help those in the community who are in need. This definitely might make several students want to become a part of Mountain Outreach. It is an awesome program.”

Dr. Leskiw and MO Director, Marc Hensley, collaborated and made it possible for the Insights class to get involved with the community. Insights is typically a course where students can get to know their peers and learn more about the university as a whole.

“This is an amazing way to get us to meet one another and bond,” said Nikkie Velazquez. “This is much better than sitting in a classroom playing games trying to meet each other. This way, we grow closer and we are helping others in the meantime.”

“The people here are so friendly and willing to help others,” said Hawaii native, Kristin Yamasaki. “I really like UC and I like to see how they are servicing others in need.”

University of the Cumberlands’ Mountain Outreach is a student-led building organization that has been nationally recognized for its work: The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty selected it as one of ten charities to receive the Samaritan Award; USA Today noted the program in its “Make a Difference Day” competition; President George H. Bush honored Mountain Outreach as his 220th Daily Point of Light; University of the Cumberlands is ranked as one of the top schools by Washington Monthly because of the service its students provide to the community; and the University continues to be placed on the President’s “Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll” in recognition of our students’ commitment to community service. This is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for dedication to community-based service projects.

Located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, the University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit