UC Hosts Creech-Boswell Luncheon At 125th Homecoming Weekend
Williamsburg, KY- On September 26th, University of the Cumberlands (UC) began its 125th year anniversary Homecoming weekend with an elegant and memorable Creech-Boswell Club luncheon which welcomed and recognized UC’s class of 1964. Over 70 people were in attendance and two were inducted into the prestigious club.
The Creech Boswell Club, named in honor of two Cumberland College (now University of the Cumberlands) presidents, Dr. James Creech and Dr. James Boswell, is an exclusive club which includes alumni who have been graduated from the University for 50 years or more. Each year the group inducts its newest members at the Creech Boswell luncheon, one of the first events of the Homecoming weekend.
“Thanks for coming back and welcome class of 1964,” said Alumni Services Director, Dave Bergman. “Over the years, faces change and buildings change but we are all still connected to this institution that has changed many of our lives for the better. Over 125 years ago, the founding fathers of Cumberlands put together a foundation that is stronger today than ever. It’s our influence as alumni that keep us together and memories alive. Young and old, we are all a part of Cumberlands. We started the 125th anniversary last year at Homecoming and this is our years’ conclusion. Thanks for being here—let’s make the best of it.”
UC President, Dr. Jim Taylor, gave a warm welcome to the Class of 1964 and guests enjoyed their lunch and mingled with former classmates, sharing memorable stories of the past and promising plans of the future. The microphone was then passed around the room, allowing everyone in attendance to personally introduce themselves, share their experiences at UC, and let fellow classmates and friends know what their lives have been like since graduating from University of the Cumberlands.
“One of the most important things in my life is Cumberland,” said Mack Gibson, class of 1964. “Cumberland has had a great influence on my life. I thank this University for everything.”
David Bergman, UC’s Director of Alumni Services ’89, and Bill Bryant, Creech-Boswell President, conducted the pinning ceremony of 1964 class members and other alumni. The newest members of the Creech-Boswell Club for 2014 are Alvin Carr and Jimmie Lou Manning Rice.
After pictures were snapped and pins were graciously received, Dr. Travis Freeman, UC’s Adjunct Professor of Religion and Corbin native, shared his story and journey after losing his eye-sight at the age of 12 and the struggle and triumph of believing in himself and succeeding. Releasing in October nationwide will be the major motion picture based on Freeman’s life called “23 Blast,” which was filmed in Corbin, Kentucky. Freeman attended Corbin High School and after becoming blind due to a sinus infection, he still had the desire and the will-power to play football; and he did. He shared the movie’s trailer with the Creech-Boswell Club and led the Benediction.
“I am proud to say that this right here is what a reunion is all about,” said Bergman as he witnessed the overflow of love and support for Freeman. “This is our UC and I am proud to say that. I hope to see each and every one of you here next year as we continue to celebrate the university that brought us together and made us family.”
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; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit www.ucumberlands.edu.