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UC Professor Published in USA TODAY


Williamsburg, Ky. - Jeremiah Massengale, University of the Cumberlands (UC) assistant professor and faculty advisor to The Patriot, has recently published a popular article in USA TODAY College. Massengale’s “Six Ways Mr. Feeny Taught You How to Succeed in College” gives valid advice through the voice of television’s best teacher, George Feeny.

“I wanted to write an article that could pass on some advice to students to help them succeed during college, but I wanted to take an unusual, creative approach,” Massengale said. “People sometimes tend to underestimate the impact and usefulness of popular culture, so my first article for USA TODAY College paid tribute to the best teacher in the history of television, Mr. Feeny from “Boy Meets World.”

The popularity of Massengale’s article can only attribute to the interesting topic. Massengale, who grew up watching “Boy Meets World,” applied the valuable life lessons Mr. Feeny taught through the course of the sitcom into his article.

“Six Ways Mr. Feeny Taught You How to Succeed in College” was a creative way to take quotes from the iconic George Feeny and combine them with the most essential advice I’d give to any college student, whether that be taking advantage of modern technology or approaching each day as an opportunity to help someone else,” Massengale said.

This article has received a lot of attention since being published, including a Twitter message from one of the stars of the show, actress Danielle Fishel, who played Topanga Lawrence. The article has been shared on social networking sites by large universities, such as Duke University.

This article was not the last time Massengale worked with USA TODAY. In August, he published another article called “Four Movies to Get You Through Freshman Year,” which also received positive feedback. Along with USA TODAY, Massengale has published articles in PopMatter, ImageText, Collide Magazine, Glide Magazine’s Hidden Track, and RELEVANT Magazine. He said that he is also always working on new articles and he hopes to have another article published with USA TODAY soon.

Before becoming a published, freelance writer, he grew up in Monticello, KY and was graduated with a double major in Communication Arts and Business Administration from University of the Cumberlands. He went on to earn a M.S. from the University of Tennessee and has been a full time employee at University of the Cumberlands since 2007. Massengale teaches many classes, such as news writing, graphic design, and media law as well as advising the award-winning student newspaper, The Patriot.

Years of experience and his desire to help students obtain the skills they need for the future has given Massengale ammunition for this article; however, Massengale also took some of the same advice he’s given. “When the show was on the air in its original run, I took almost all of Feeny’s advice to heart because I was the same age as Cory Matthews.” Massengale said. “Feeny’s advice in the last episode, “Believe in yourselves. Dream. Try. Do good.” is simply brilliant.”

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