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Bailey Mays awarded and honored at UC’s Honors Day


Williamsburg, Ky. – Bailey Brooke Mays (Clinton, Tenn.) received several awards and honors at the University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) 55th Annual Honors Day in the Gatliff Chapel, Sunday, April 27, 2014.

Mays, the daughter of Randy and Tammy Mays, is a senior at UC and will be receiving a degree in Psychology with a minor in Christian Studies. At Honors Day, she received the 2014 Outstanding Senior Psychology Major Award and the 2014 Gorman Jones Campus Leadership award.

The Gorman Jones Campus Leadership award is given to graduating seniors who have exemplified the roles and qualities of leadership on campus while maintaining a high academic standing.

Mays was chosen for the 2014 Outstanding Senior Psychology Major Award because of her leadership and service to the department over the last four years. She has been President of Psi-Chi, the Psychology department honor society, for two years and in that capacity has organized several fund-raisers and community service projects. Her efforts made UC’s chapter of Psi Chi the most active in recent history. The department presented her with the most recent addition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders to use in her graduate studies.

In her capacity as research assistant for the Center of Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Mays compiled and analyzed freshman and junior testing data to identify crucial trends. She was able to present her research findings in a faculty and student colloquium and at a Regional Research Conference.

Mays has been a member of the women’s tennis team and an ambassador for the Admissions office. She volunteers as a high school girls’ Bible study leader at Main Street Baptist Church in Williamsburg and has led Bible studies on campus for women in the dorms. Off campus, she has accumulated over 600 hours of community service that includes helping care for an elderly lady, working in a food bank, assisting with Operation Christmas Child at their headquarters in North Carolina, teaching tennis, working at a women’s shelter and teaching Bible study classes. Mays has also served on mission trips to the Bahamas, Boston, New York, and Indiana.

In addition, Mays was also named to the J.T. Vallandingham Scholastic Honor Society. In order to be eligible for membership, a student must have completed at least 96 semester hours as a full-time student and have a 3.5 standing or better each semester. The student must have a cumulative standing of 3.7 or better. Students who have transferred to the University have a different set of rules depending on G.P.A. and number of hours taken at UC.

Mays was also named to the University’s Honor Roll. Students recognized for this honor must attain a minimum of 3.70 cumulative grade point average standing.

And last, but certainly not least, Mays was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Who’s Who is open to juniors and seniors who have been selected by the faculty and staff. These students have excelled in one or more of the following areas: participation and leadership in academic and extracurricular activities; citizenship and service to the school and community; and potential for future achievement.

Mays has the opportunity to continue her leadership role at Carson Newman College’s School Counseling program. She has been described by a faculty member as, “A natural leader with tremendous insight and a gleam in her eye that tells you she’s always up to something!”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten 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