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UC Hosts Creech-Boswell Luncheon at 125th Homecoming Weekend


Williamsburg, KY.,- On October 4th, University of the Cumberlands (UC) jump started its 125th year anniversary Homecoming Weekend with an elegant and memorable Creech-Boswell Club luncheon which welcomed and recognized UC’s class of 1963. Over 80 people were in attendance and 14 were inducted into the prestigious club.

The Creech Boswell Club, named in honor of two Cumberland College (now University of the Cumberlands) presidents, Dr. James Creech and Dr. James Boswell, is an exclusive club which includes alumni who have been graduated from the University for 50 years or more. Each year the group inducts its newest members at the Creech Boswell luncheon, one of the first events of the Homecoming weekend.

UC’s president, Dr. Jim Taylor, gave a warm welcome to the class of 1963 and guests enjoyed their lunch and mingled with former classmates, sharing memorable stories of the past and promising plans of the future. The microphone was then passed around the room, allowing everyone in attendance to personally introduce themselves, share their experiences at UC, and let fellow classmates and friends know what their lives have been like since graduating from University of the Cumberlands. Almost everyone chose to speak including Dr. Boswell’s daughter, Louise Boswell Tipton ’54, who shared the story of how her father and the former UC president, Dr. Creech, first met.

“I received a wonderful education from University of the Cumberlands,” said Bill Bryant, ’62. “I like to think about the good times when we would gather at the jukebox between classes. All of these memories I have collected while at UC are very special to me.”

David Bergman, UC’s Director of Alumni Services ’89, and Bill Bryant, Creech-Boswell president, conducted the pinning ceremony of 1963 class members and other alumni. The newest members of the Creech-Boswell Club for 2013 are Peggy Taylor Meeks, Tony Sawyer, Barbara Tye Brown, Jim Bridges, Chuck Sheriff, Art Wilson, Lavonne Starker Wilson, Sandra Lindon Jackson, Ralph Souleyret, Sam Watts, Bob Cathcart, Mary Meadors Bowlin, Orland Hoskins, and Wanda Moses Jeffries.

After pictures were snapped and pins were graciously received, Charles Kelly, ’50, and his fun, energetic wife and author, Lois Carter Kelly, ’50 were introduced and were given the opportunity to speak to the audience. Charles Kelly is a photographer and his photographic collection and exhibit were featured at University of the Cumberlands’ 125th Homecoming Weekend at the Cumberland Inn Museum. A litany of dedication was read in his honor as he wept and thanked UC for the kind words and support as they stood for a well-deserving standing ovation.

“This right here is what a reunion is all about,” said Bergman as he witnessed the overflow of love and support for the Kelly family. Allen Robbins, ’90, Alumni Board President, made his closing remarks and Paul Steely, ’49, former Creech-Boswell president, led the benediction. Old friendships were rekindled at the Creech-Boswell luncheon and new memories were made as the class of 1963 concluded an enjoyable luncheon with University of the Cumberlands’ alumni. Everyone received a keychain light as memorabilia, and at the end of the ceremony, everyone held up the keychain, and shined their light for hopes of a bright future for their alma mater.

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; 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