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Cumberlands student lives a life of service to others


Williamsburg, Ky. – When Caleb Hetrick was just a little boy, it was obvious to everyone that he would one day grow into a responsible and admirable young man. At just the age of 14, he learned the unique talent of riding a unicycle, along with his ability to juggle. Caleb was extremely intrigued with the circus and all that it includes. His goal in life was to join the circus and have the privilege of entertaining people and putting a smile on their faces.

As he entered high school, his father informed him that he would later be attending college and his focus needed to be on school instead of his dream of joining the circus. Caleb obeyed his father’s wish and put his time and effort into his school work. His dedication and hard work paid off when he was offered an academic scholarship to University of the Cumberlands (UC).

Since his arrival on campus, the senior from Richmond, Kentucky, has thrived as one of the Patriots’ brightest and upcoming servant student leaders. He has received numerous awards and has been named to several highly regarded lists including the T.E. Mahan Award, the Angel Unaware Award, the J. T. Vallandingham Honor Society, the Eta Beta Rho Honor Society, the Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society, Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, the President's List, and the senior homecoming court.

Although Caleb has had success and triumph at UC, he still finds time to help others and makes it a point to spread joy to his peers. To this day, he rides his unicycle around campus everywhere he goes. Even though he chose a college career that has continued to bless him in numerous ways, he still has a love for the circus. “Riding the cycle is a great workout for my legs, a great chance to meet new people, a faster ride to class, and a stress reliever,” explained Caleb. “It's also a challenge, if I want it to be... to ride with more grace, or more quickly. I love challenges. For others, well, it just makes people smile sometimes. Some people think it is inspirational... if I can do this; they are inspired to try hard things too. It's entertaining to people.”

Caleb has also found time to do mission work during the summer. He is actively involved with UC’s Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM) and the Christian Camping Club. This past summer, he served as a counselor at Cedarcrest Camp and taught children about Christ through worship, recreation, and other activities. While in Haiti, he spent his time painting houses, helped with a feeding program, and helped teach an English class. He also spent time in Haiti leading a VBS and soccer camp for children.

Caleb is set to graduate this May with a double major in Business/Communications and Missions/Ministry with a minor in Biblical Languages. Caleb cannot deny the love he has for his Patriot family. When asked his feelings about his experience at the university, he replied, “It's hard to describe what I've liked about UC, because I've enjoyed so many aspects. But I would say I am blessed to have studied at UC because my learning has gone beyond the classroom. The variety of experiences I have had and the people I have met has provided a rewarding educational experience.”

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; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit