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UC Earns AIKCU Technology Awards for 2013

Williamsburg, KY., - The Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) recently announced its AIKCU Technology Awards recipients for 2013. University of the Cumberlands (UC) is pleased to announce they won one category and were nominated for the remaining categories available.

AIKCU is the voice of Kentucky’s private, non-profit, four-year colleges and universities and UC is one of its 20 active colleges or universities members. University of the Cumberlands, along with 19 other colleges and universities, receive substantial support from AIKCU.

At this year’s Fall IT Directors Meeting, the AIKCU Technology Awards were announced. All colleges or universities who are members can nominate projects in four different categories. The categories are best new campus application, most innovative use of technology for instructional purposes, best online student service, and most successful infrastructure project. A team of experts and outsiders carefully evaluate each application and nomination to decide which college or university best qualifies and deserves the awards. This year had a record breaking number of nominations which made the competition more difficult.

“We have an excellent team here at University of the Cumberlands,” said UC’s Informational Technology Vice President, Donnie Grimes. “I am proud that we have made the advancements in technology that we have made over the years. There are some wonderful colleges and universities in which we are up against and since we have won eight out of the twenty technology awards given over the last five years, it is safe to say that UC is in the technology lead. I am glad that we aren’t trailing behind the others. Our IT Department is currently working to place wireless, high-speed internet in the residence halls. We are also always working on software and improving the network and internet to better serve the students, faculty, and staff as best as we can possibly do.”

The University of the Cumberlands took first place as winners of the Best Student Online Service category beating out Transylvania College, Berea College, Thomas More College, and Bellarmine University. The award honored their project called Student Support Service Desk. This project transformed and integrated the existing help desk for faculty and students into a larger, more adequate service desk.

UC was also nominated for the remaining categories with their projects being: Best New Campus for EDUCAN 2.0, Most Successful Infrastructure for Datacenter Disaster Recovery Project, and Most Innovative Use of Technology for Instructional Purposes for its iLearn program.

“I am extremely proud of UC’s IT Department and I am beyond convinced that we have the best IT staff in the state,” said Grimes. “Whether there is an award at stake or not, we always strive to do the best we can do. It is nice to receive these awards and nominations for many reasons but one reason is because it provides an external evaluation and appraisal and lets our team see where they rank, next to the other colleges and universities.”

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