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UC Hosts 125th Anniversary Alumni Dinner during Homecoming


Williamsburg, Ky.— On October 5, 2013, University of the Cumberlands (UC) hosted its annual Alumni Dinner in the Gatliff-Intramural Gymnasium as a part of the 125th Anniversary Celebration Homecoming. Featured alumni musicians included Dick Tunney, ’79, Karin Erlandsson Pelfrey, ’89 (Berea, Ky.), accompanied by Laurel Bowlin Grimm, ’86, and Paul Pace, ’90 (Catlettsburg, Ky.).

President, Dr. James H. Taylor, UC class of ’68, offered a homecoming welcome, campus update, and recognition of guests.

“It is wonderful to have our alumni back home,” Taylor announced. “It exceeds our highest expectations. We are pleased to have a gathering for the stellar occasion of our 125th anniversary.”

This year’s honored classes were: 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, and 2013. The Alumni Board Officer Installations were made by Allen Robbins, ’90, the Alumni Board President for 2012-2013. Jimmy Huddleston, ’87, offered up new member installations for the Alumni Board of Directors as the Alumni Board President for 2013-2014. The evening also featured inductions of new members into the Alumni Hall of Honor. The 2013 class of new inductees included Donnie Bruce Patrick, Religious Service Award (’92); Lloyd Abdoo, Alumnus of the Year (’80); Dick Koeniger, Alumni Appreciation Award ('67); Brandon Hensley, Young Alumnus of the Year ('10); Andy Croley, Honorary Alumnus Award; Frances Begley Morris and Sue Begley Stooksbury, Alumnae of the Year (‘53/’50); Jerry Croley, Service Award (’78); and Patricia Skeen Lipps, Honorary Alumna.

The Alumni Hall of Honor Dedication was made in Ray Lipps’ name, ’70. Lipps has been a leadership figure to the Alumni Board of Directors and the Alumni Association since his graduation in 1970.

An enjoyable night to wrap up Homecoming events, the Alumni Dinner is held annually during UC’s Homecoming and Family Weekend 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

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