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University of the Cumberlands’ Sigma Beta Delta Society inducts new members


Williamsburg, KY - On November 7, 2013, University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) National Honor Society for business and management, Sigma Beta Delta, hosted their 8th annual induction ceremony at the Cumberland Inn in Williamsburg, Kentucky.

Sigma Beta Delta was established to honor those students who have achieved superior records in business programs and to recognize scholarly excellence. The society is represented by three Greek words which signify wisdom, honor, and the pursuit of meaningful aspirations. Dr. Margaret Combs, Dr. Michael LaGrone, and Ms. Jane Carter started the society at UC in December of 2006.

“This turned out to be the one most appropriate for our school,” said Dr. LaGrone, faculty advisor for Sigma Beta Delta.

The banquet was a good opportunity for the inductees to become associated with professors and other members of the society. “It’s a way to really talk with them and make connections and figure out which direction you want to go,” said Laura Brock, student president of Sigma Beta Delta.

In total, 12 students were inducted to the society for being the elites of their class. These students included: Luke Atkeson (Galena, OH), Amber McDaniel (London, KY), Brittany Bloyd(Louisville, KY) , Mary Anne Meadows (Williamsburg, KY), Rachel Cook (Stanford, KY), Tamara Tipton (Lexington, KY), Gabriel Jefferson (Cummins, GA), Michael Tracey (Lexington, KY), Matthew Maher (Corbin, KY), F. Andrew Underwood (Williamsburg, KY), Jonathon McCully (Corbin, KY), and Naomi Yasuda (Williamsburg, KY).

Guest speaker Kelly Miller attended UC as a student and worked with the INSIGHTS program, Appalachian Ministries, and as a secretary in the Admissions office. Kelly interned at Kentucky Highlands the summer after her junior year and ended up working there for the next 12 years. She now works as the Director of Finance at Baptist Health in Corbin, KY.

“I am exactly where God planned for me to be, even though it’s nowhere near where I planned to be,” said Miller.

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

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