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Student OrganizationsDon’t let the small size of our campus fool you—there are enough activities going on every day at Cumberland to fill a dozen college careers, let alone one. Whether your interest lies in athletics, creative expression, student government, academic enrichment, community service, spiritual development—or in any combination of these areas—you’ll find an outlet here for your energy.

Many academic departments sponsor clubs and academic honor societies for students with a particular interest in the discipline, so be sure to visit the departments that interest you or contact a faculty member in that department for more information.

New clubs spring up every year according to student interest, but here’s a sampling of some that have been a part of life at Cumberland College for a number of years. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be the inspiration for the next organization that others can’t wait to join.

For more information on any of the activities you see listed here, contact Lisa Bartram, Director of Student Activities, or the designated sponsor.

Lisa Bartram, Director of Student Activities
Phone: 606.539.4232

Academic Team 

UC's Academic Team is a member of the Kentucky College Quick Recall League adn participates in numerous tournaments each semester. For more information, contact:

Dr. Pilant 
Phone: 606.539.4461
Website: Academic Team

American Chemical Society Student Affiliates (ACSSA) 

Sponsored by the Department of Chemistry, this club organizes seminars, tours industrial laboratories and graduate schools, performs service projects, and hosts social activities. Membership is open to any student interested in chemistry, regardless of his or her major area of study. For more information, contact:

Department of Chemistry
Phone: 606.539.4319

Appalachian Ministries

Volunteers for Appalachian Ministries organize and direct recreational activities and Bible studies for area children. Through the Special Children’s Ministry, students also have the opportunity to work with handicapped children and to train athletes for the Special Olympics. For more information, contact:

Appalachian Ministries
Phone: 606.539.4173
Website: Appalachian Ministries

Baptist Campus Ministries 

BCMBy far the largest organization on campus, Baptist Campus Ministries coordinates the majority of Christian ministries and activities on campus. To learn more contact:

Dean Whitaker, Campus Minister
Phone: 606.539.4343
Website: BCM


Beta Beta Beta

The Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta) Honor Society is a national honor and professional society for students in the biological sciences.  The Beta Sigma chapter at University of the Cumberlands strives to stimulate interest, scholarly advancement, and investigation in the biological sciences, and to promote dissemination of information and new interpretations among students of the life sciences.

Beta Beta Beta 
Phone: 606.539.4322
Website: Beta Beta Beta


Campus Activity Board (CAB)

Sponsored by the Office of Student Services, CAB organizes a vast array of recreational, educational, and social activities on campus including dances, films, and lectures, as well as Welcome Week and Spring Fever events. For more information contact:

Lisa Bartram, Director of Student Activities
Phone: 606.539.4232
Website: CAB

Campus Ambassadors 

This group of student volunteers assists the admissions staff by talking with prospective students, leading campus tours, and answering the questions that only a current student can. In addition to the reward of knowing they have eased the new freshman’s transition into college life, ambassadors gain valuable practical work experience.

Shelleigh Moses
Phone: 606.539.4241

Council for Exceptional Children

This organization assists those who have a desire to work with exceptional children by offering support, skill training, and opportunities for helping children through tutoring and other services. For more information, contact:

Department of Education
Phone: 606.539.4433

Cumberland Mentor Program 

This program organizes volunteers who want to make a profound difference in the life of young people in the community. Following a week of special training, volunteers are matched with local middle-school students whom they mentor in academic, athletic, social, or service activities, depending on their interest and expertise. For more information, contact:

Debbie Harp
Phone: 606.539.4259

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) 

The Cumberland chapter of this international organization is open to all students and meets weekly to discover ways it can fulfill the International FCA’s mission to “present athletes and coaches, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and of serving Him in the fellowship of the Church.” For more information about the FCA at Cumberland, contact:

Trevor Laughlin
Website: FCA

Intramural Athletics

High FiveAll students are eligible to participate in intramurals. To learn more about available opportunities and to hear what students have to say, contact:

Mr. Kris Strebeck
Phone: 606.539.4437

Mathematics and Physics Club 

Open to any student with an interest in mathematics or physics, this club is devoted to developing a deeper appreciation of the natural sciences through a variety of lectures, films, field trips, and social activities. For more information, contact:

Department of Mathematics and Physics
Phone: 606.539.4375


Mountain Outreach 

No experience is needed to participate in this ministry, which is dedicated to building and repairing homes for area families who live in poverty. To learn more about Mountain Outreach contact:

Mountain Outreach
Phone: 606.539.4346
Website: Mountain Outreach 

Patriot Adventure Club 

Few college campuses are as blessed with the abundance of natural beauty and opportunity for outdoor adventure as Unversity of the Cumberlands. Canoe TripCumberland’s home—Willliamsburg, Kentucky—is encircled by the Daniel Boone National Forest, Cumberland Falls State Park, and the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Members of the Patriot Adventure Club take full advantage of this bounty through hiking, camping, caving, canoeing, and white-water rafting. In addition, the club frequently participates in environmentally related service projects and invites area experts to share their knowledge of the region. Membership is open to anyone interested. For more information, contact:

Lisa Bartram, Director of Student Activities
Phone: 606.539.4232

Residence Hall Council 

The Residence Hall Council is a group of students elected by their peers to work with the Office of Student Services and the residence hall staff to address the concerns of students regarding the improvement and management of the residence halls. Members of the Council also help organize a variety of cultural, educational, and social activities to make residence-hall life more enriching and enjoyable for everyone. For more information, contact:

Ms. Linda Carter, Dean of Student Life
Phone: 606.539.4230

Rollins Rowdies

Rollins RowdiesThe Rollins Rowdies, taking their name from the O. Wayne Rollins Center, where many of Cumberland's sports play out were formed approximately five-six years ago. Unlike many other sporting traditions at Cumberland, this one's roots lay solely in the hands out the students. Students independently formed the group and still maintain it today. The "Rowdies," as the student body has grown to call them are a group of dedicated Cumberland fans. No one knows when they will appear, but you can find them face-painted and cheering at most home basketball and football games.


Speech & Debate 

Debate TeamOver twenty members of the University of the Cumberlands speech and debate team compete each year in a variety of events. Squad members can participate in both parliamentary debate and individual events. In individual events, students can choose from a variety of speech formats (informative, persuasive, etc.); interpretive categories, including prose and poetry readings (much like reader’s theater); or limited preparation events, such as impromptu speaking. Learn more by visiting the Speech & Debate Website.

Mr. Jay Bourne 
Phone: 606.539.4458
Website: Speech & Debate

Student Government Association 

SGA PresidentOrganized according to the model of the United States Government—with Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches—the Student Government Association is dedicated to giving students a voice through elected representatives. In addition to promoting student concerns and working as a liaison between students and college administrators, the SGA provides a number of important services, including running shuttles to and from the local Wal-Mart Supercenter, malls in Lexington and Knoxville, and regional bus terminals and airports. In addition, the SGA sponsors a number of student-centered events throughout the year. For more information on how to get involved, contact:

Student Government Office
Website: Student Government Association


Swing Dance Society 

When? The Society meets every Thursday at 7:00 pm for a little over an hour for lessons and dancing.
Where? Andersen Building Auditorium, on the campus of the University of the Cumberlands.
Who? EVERYONE! You don't need to sign up, just show up!
Why? Swing Dancing is a fun, easy, fitness-promoting activity. If you can count to six, you can swing dance!

Swing Dance Society