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University of the Cumberlands graduates selected for medical honor society


Chase Wilson and Brent Morris

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. -- Two former University of the Cumberlands graduates, Brent Morris and Chase Wilson who have just completed their third year at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, have recently been selected as members of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (AOA).

Out of approximately 100 in their class of 2008, only five were chosen for this honor. For selection to AOA, students must be in the top 25% of their class and show exceptional performance inside and outside the classroom. Dr. Charles Griffith, M.D., counselor for the University of Kentucky College of Medicine’s AOA chapter said, “This is a high, high honor and achievement. It is not just grades that are considered, but excellence in service, class leadership, research and professionalism.”

Both Morris and Wilson exemplify the motto of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, which is “Worthy to Serve the Suffering.” For more information about AOA, visit their Web site,

“I was humbled to receive the award,” said Morris. “The education and values I received at University of the Cumberlands have provided the solid foundation for my achievements in medical school. Going to Cumberlands was the best decision I could have made.”

Wilson was so confident in the pre-med program offered at University of the Cumberlands, it was the only school to which he applied for his undergraduate degree. When talking about his years at Cumberlands, he said. “I would not change my Cumberlands’ background academically, socially or culturally. It helped me to be the person I am. I feel fortunate and blessed,” said Wilson.

Morris is the husband of the late Madison Wright Morris of London (’06), and son of Lonnie (’77) and Cathy Morris of Clay City. He competed for University of the Cumberlands Patriot Golf team and graduated in 2004 with a B.S. in chemistry and biology. Morris plans to pursue a career in orthopedic surgery.

Wilson is the husband of Nicole Stacy Wilson (’04), a third year pharmacy student at UK, and son of the late Grover (’87) and Vicki Wilson (’85) of Pine Knot. Wilson earned his undergraduate degree at Cumberlands in the area of biology. Wilson’s wish is to serve his rural, home-town community as a family physician.

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Ky., is a private liberal arts college in its 118th year of operation. Cumberland 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 busy adults.