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Insight to Love and Giving


University of the Cumberlands freshmen, along with their Insights instructor, proudly displays the $74 donation they raised for Emergency Christian Ministries.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.-A small group of freshman attending Insights at University of the Cumberlands recently held a unique fundraiser. It was unique in that their instructor, Dean Whitaker, didn't tell them how much to bring, nor what to do with the money once it was collected.

"I gave the assignment to help them begin thinking about their personal values and how important it is to build community in some way," he said.

The Insights class, assigned to first-semester freshman and transfer students, meets once a week during the semester and is designed to help make adjustment to college life easier.

On their own initiative the class demonstrated, through an act of love, the importance of giving. After collecting $74, the group donated it to Emergency Christian Ministries in Williamsburg.

When asked why the donation was made to the local charity, Williamsburg High School graduate, Josh Lowe, explained, "Our little bit of money can make a bigger difference here than if we donated to a cause like Katrina. Locally we can see a difference."

But, the class had more than monetary assistance in mind when they made their contribution.

"I think it's a good witness. When people see the university working with the community, it is a good witness for Christ," said Kiersten Friend of DeMotte, Indiana.

In their efforts to assist the community, the freshman learned a lesson in love and sacrifice.

"Giving up a few dollars doesn't affect us much, but it can mean a lot to someone else. A small personal sacrifice can make a huge difference in some else's life," said Nuala Deans, of Edinburgh, Scotland.

And how did the instructor feel about the group's selfless act?

"I was greatly impressed with them for choosing to help Emergency Christian Ministries," he said. "The assignment did not have a grade attached to it at all, but if I were grading it, they all deserved an A!"

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts college in its 117th year of operation. Cumberlands offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and nine pre-professional programs, as well as online and accelerated, nontraditional programs for adults.