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Jones and Moak Receive Berger Awards for Outstanding Graduates


UC President Dr. Jim Taylor presents Debra Iles Jones with the 2011 Outstanding Female graduate Berger award.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.-University of the Cumberlands (UC) recognized Jacob Moak (Prestonsburg, KY) and Debra Jean Iles Jones (Cincinnati, OH) during commencement ceremonies as the H. N. and Frances Berger Award Recipients for the most outstanding graduates of the Class of 2011.

The daughter of Richard and Teresa Iles and wife of Ray Jones, Debra earned a bachelor of arts in Music Education. She also demonstrated leadership throughout her time at the University where she served as a resident assistant for Hutton Hall, Vice-President of Chorale, as a STAR, and as member and team Chaplin for the UC cheerleading squad.


UC President Dr. Jim Taylor presents Jacob Moak with the 2011 Outstanding Male graduate Berger award.

Jones served as treasurer for the State Collegiate Chapter of the National Association of Music Education. She had multiple recognitions of her academic success including selection in Who’s Who, Kappa Delta Pi honor society in education, Alpha Lambda Delta honor society, and J.T. Vallandingham scholastic honor society. She was honored as a Mid-South Conference Academic all conference recipient twice and earned the Harold Wortman Memorial scholarship.

The son of Thomas Moak and Jo Ann Harvey, Jacob earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Political Science and Spanish. In addition to serving as a senator, secretary of the interior, Vice-President, and, for the past two years, as SGA president, he was also a member of the UC soccer team for four years.

Moak has also been a STAR in the insights program and a peer tutor at the Academic Resource Center. He has been honored as a member of the freshman honor society selected to Sigma Beta Delta Business Honor Society, to Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honor society, and has received departmental awards from both the Political Science and Spanish departments as the outstanding student.

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.

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 graduate degrees, including two doctorates, a specialist, and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.