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UC Students Serve with MO during Spring Break in Pikeville

Williamsburg, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) Mountain Outreach (MO) program has the largest group of students from UC to ever serve with them during a spring break trip. With students totaling 39 and an additional 10 faculty/staff/senior adults, MO looks to make an impact in Pikeville, Kentucky on March 17 through March 20, 2014.

"We were personally invited by Pike County Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford for Mountain Outreach to come up there and do some projects," said Marc Hensley, MO director.

MO serves outside of Whitley County typically only once a year and most often during spring break. For the past five years, they have been working in Letcher County, Ky. MO was pleased to accept Rutherford's invitation to work in Pike County.

"I'm looking most forward to meeting new people and being able to help and minister to people," said Brandon Nance about his last trip with MO as a senior at UC.

Students will be working three projects. They are helping a senior adult lady by repairing and modifying her wheelchair ramp which is ten years old. They will be replacing a shingle roof with metal for another lady and they will also be replacing the ceiling, floors, and doors as well as painting and cleaning out a community center in Pike County.

"I'm excited to work, help the people, share the Word with someone, and see their faces and how happy they are after how we've helped," said Lauren Hooks, a freshman at UC.

Other students going on MO's spring break trip include:

Sara Donahue, Madison Mitchell, Anna Hoekstra, Tracy Taphouse, Katie Reid, Brodie Craig, Kara Cliffe, Shawnee Holbrook, Kayla Sears, Mary Allen, Kory Sears, Lauren Hooks, Zheran Wang, Kayleigh Lawson, Caroline Straw, Brandon Nance, Kendal Vickers, Lucas Pittman, Ruochao Wang, Austin Nantes, Zach Austin, Jordan Perkins, Justin Dyer, D'Artaghan Hudson, Chad Bond, Shawn Harris, Jeremy Berta, Cory Clark, Dalton Logan, Dirk Berta, Nathan Vaughn, Jacob Lowrie, Jeremiah Brown, and Randy Maynard. In addition to the students attending, there are four faculty/staff volunteers and six senior adult volunteers on the trip.

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; ten 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

Article Provided by Lydia Huggins, Multimedia and Athletic Services Department Student Assistant