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Lindsay Higdon honored during Honors Day and Commencement


Dr. Jim Taylor, president, University of the Cumberlands, confers the honor of Presidential Scholar on Lindsey Higdon.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.—Lindsay Higdon, daughter of Rick and Terri Higdon, of Louisville, recently earned several honors at University of the Cumberlands.

During the 50th annual Honors Day Convocation at, on April 27, she was recognized as the recipient of the Psychology Award; as a Student of High Honor; and she was inducted into the J. T. Vallandingham Scholastic Honor Society.

The J. T. Vallandingham Scholastic Honor Society requires each member to have completed at least 96 semester hours as a full-time student and have a GPA of 3.5 or better each semester. Students must also have a cumulative standing of 3.7 or better. The society is named for John Thompson Vallandingham, who served Cumberlands for more than sixty years in a variety of positions, including dean of men and associate professor of mathematics.

At Commencement on May 9, Higdon was named a Presidential Scholar for her significant research, and she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree after completing a double major in psychology and exercise and sport science.

Honors Research is conducted for a two-semester period within the last two years of college. Academically exceptional students are offered an opportunity for intensive work in their fields through advanced independent study or creative activity. Higdon’s advisor is Dr. Eric Stephens, and her paper is entitled, “Preferred Music Genre: The Influence of Major Personality Factors.” Her research has been published in a peer-reviewed journal and presented at a regional conference.

Higdon is a member of Who’s Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities; a member of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, which she has served as president during this past year. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA in her psychology courses and has a 3.96 cumulative GPA. An accomplished member on the award-winning UC Dance Team, Higdon has served as coach and choreographer of the team. She plans to attend graduate school at Ball State University.