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WILLIAMSBURG, KY- University of the Cumberlands (UC) presented Russell Ridenour (LaFollette, Tennessee) with the Curtis S. Brown Outstanding Senior in Communication and Theater Arts Award during the fifty-second Honors Day Convocation on Monday April 25, 2011.

The son of Bob and Donna Ridenour, Russell has been actively involved in the Communication and Theater departments as a disk jockey for the campus radio station, an anchor for the campus television station, and in several roles in numerous theater productions.

He is a senior, graduating with a double major in Communication and Theatre Arts.

“His commitment to our department and his enthusiastic participation in our classes and extracurricular activities make him deserving of the Curtis S. Brown Memorial Award,” said communication professor Marianne Worthington.

The first Curtis S. Brown Award was named in memory of the 1998 Cumberlands graduate. Brown was working towards his Masters Degree in Communication Arts at Wichita State University when he suddenly passed away in the spring of 1999. The award is dedicated to the life and good works of Curtis Brown.

Ridenour also received the prestigious Angel Unaware award.

This award has been instituted in honor of Luther and Rosemary Smith to recognize a UC student…”who selflessly helps others through acts and deeds of kindness, who gives of himself/herself far beyond what is expected, who is always there to lend a helping hand, and does so without expecting recognition.”

Along with a glass statue of an angel, the award also includes a five hundred dollar monetary donation to the campus organization of the recipient’s choice in the name of the “Angel Unaware”. Mr. and Mrs. Smith make the final decision out of the nominated students.

Dr. Kim Miller, Ridenour’s nominator, said, “Whether Russell is working backstage on the set or meeting an audience after the show, he is always surrounded by people who enjoy being around him… Yet he is humble and has a self-effacing sense of humor that doesn’t waver whether it is just an ordinary day or a day filled with deadlines and projects which must get done.”

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.