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Cumberlands Student Tessie Rice Receives Multiple Awards at Honors Day


Williamsburg, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands (UC) Human Services department awarded the 2011 award for outstanding achievement in human services to Tessie Rice (Paintsville, Ky) at the annual Honors Day event on April 25th, 2011 in the O. Wayne Rollins Center.

Candidates for the departmental honor are selected on the basis of GPA, commitment to the department and service to the university and the community. Rice will also graduate with honor for having attained a minimum of a 3.70 cumulative standing.

She was also inducted into the J.T. Vallandingham Honor Society on Honors Day. In order to be eligible for membership, a student must have completed at least 96 semester hours as a full-time student and have a 3.5 standing or better each semester. The student must have a cumulative standing of 3.7 or better. Students who have transferred to the University have a different set of rules depending on G.P.A. and number of hours taken at UC.

Tessie was also inducted into the Who’s Who Among Students In American Universities and Colleges. Who’s Who is open to juniors and seniors who have been selected by the faculty and staff. These students have excelled in one or more of the following areas: participation and leadership in academic and extracurricular activities; citizenship and service to the school and community; and potential for future achievement.

Rice has a double major in psychology and human services with a GPA of 3.82. During her time at UC, she has served as captain of the junior varsity volleyball team for all four seasons of play and has also been a thrower for the track and field team.

Rice balances academic dedications with a multitude of volunteer activities including serving as a UC mentor, participating in the Mountain Outreach gift giveaways and sponsoring a young African girl through the Tumaini Miles of Smiles sponsorship program.

A member of the Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, Tessie will begin the UC Masters of Counseling program after graduation to prepare for a career in advocating for victims of child abuse.

Tessie is the daughter of Jeff and Sandy Rice of Paintsville, Ky.

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.