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Cumberlands Honors Dr. Eric Stephens with Community Service Award


Williamsburg, Ky. – On Thursday, April 18th, University of the Cumberlands (UC) honored Dr. Eric Stephens, Psychology Professor, with the 2013 William T. Miles Community Service Award at the 21st annual Faculty-Staff Dinner.

Stephen’s community service is shown through a variety of projects. Among these has been his effort to assist the East Bernstadt area in cleanup after a tornado that struck the community in March of 2012. As a basketball coach for children in a local church ministry, Stephens has shown the love of Christ to both children and their families.

He has been active in his local church in several additional ways including serving as a Sunday school teacher, on church committees, and even as a Deacon. As Deacon Chairman he helped the church to establish some new ministries such as marriage counseling and organized certain Bible studies and construction ministry opportunities.

Stephens has modeled servant hood for the students of the university as well. As an Insights advisor he has worked to include service projects for his Insights students to complete. Some of these have included the Shoebox/Angel tree ministries and local projects that include basic yard work and home repair for elderly couples.

A colleague said this about Stephens, "As a true servant, Eric never draws attention to himself so I am glad to have the opportunity to do so. Whether in engaging in follow-up visits to elderly couples who have received aid from his Insights students, leading in the university effort to aid the East Bernstadt community, serving his church, or accepting the responsibilities of "League Commissioner" for the Upwards Basketball ministry for over 200 children in Williamsburg, Eric Stephens has demonstrated that he is an individual who quietly shows God’s love through his service to the community, the church, and the university.

The University presents the William T. Miles Memorial Award for Community Service to a faculty member who has made a significant contribution to the Williamsburg community in an area consistent with university goals. The individual must be a Christ-like servant who: lives the mission of Cumberlands; achieves a bold service focused on physical and spiritual health; provides humble service; and models service to others.

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.