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Thomas and Bowman named outstanding graduates at University of the Cumberlands; receive Berger Awards


Dr. Jim Taylor, president, University of the Cumberlands, presents the 2010 Berger Award to Taylor Bowman during Commencement on May 8.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.-During Commencement exercises at University of the Cumberlands on May 8, Anne Chandra Thomas and Taylor Douglas Bowman received the H. N. and Frances Berger Awards as the most outstanding graduates of the Class of 2010. Thomas earned a. Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. Bowman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in English and history and a minor in Spanish, and he also graduated summa cum laude, which requires a GPA of 3.95 to 4.0.

Each year during Commencement, University of the Cumberlands honors the most outstanding male and female members of the graduating class with the H. N. and Frances Berger Awards. The awards are presented to those students who have exhibited sound academic achievement combined with superior leadership and service to the college community and the larger community as a whole.


Dr. Jim Taylor, president, University of the Cumberlands, presents the 2010 Berger Award to Chandra Thomas during Commencement on May 8

Thomas and Bowman both received additional honors during Cumberlands’ 51st annual Honors Day Convocation. Thomas received the Biology Departmental Award, and Bowman received the Emma McPherson English Award, as well as the History Departmental Award. Departmental awards are based on three criteria: academic achievement; service to the department; and service to the university. Bowman also was recognized as a Student of High Honor and was inducted into the J.T. Vallandingham Scholastic Honor Society, which recognizes the highest level of academic achievement at Cumberlands.

Both students were active in many areas of campus life during their college careers. Both were members of several clubs and organizations, including honor societies, and during Commencement, both were named Hutton Scholar, an honor bestowed on graduating seniors who have contributed 200 or more volunteer hours to community service during their college careers.

The daughter of Marcella Halfhill and Stephen Thomas of Lexington, Thomas will pursue a career in dentistry or scientific research.

The son of Roger and Stephanie Bowman, of Escondido, Calif., Bowman plans to continue his studies in graduate school in the near future, with the goal of a doctorate in English literature in mind.