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Kayla Smith honored with multiple awards at UC


Williamsburg, KY- University of the Cumberlands (UC) presented Kayla Smith with the 2014 Honored Graduate in Missions and Ministry Award during the Fifty-Fifth Annual Honors Day April 27th in the Gatliff Chapel on UC’s campus.

Each year, the Missions and Ministry Department presents a UC graduate student with this award who has shown excellence in missions and ministry work and who exemplifies a true advocate for Christ.

Smith currently serves as the Baptist Campus Ministry (BCM) President and is a member of Theta Alpha Kappa, the National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology. She has been very involved in missions including two trips to Northern Ireland; three trips to Denver, Colorado; one trip each to Haiti, San Francisco, and New York; and service in many places throughout Kentucky. In fact, Kayla has performed 4,548 documented hours of community service while at UC and those hours do not include all she has done and continues to do.

Smith is an active member of Faith Baptist Church in Corbin and has also been very involved in Appalachian Ministries (AM). This summer she will serve with M-Fuge in Nashville, TN. In the fall she will be a Campus Ministry intern with UC. Her long-term plans are to work with at-risk youth.

In addition, Smith 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.

And last, but certainly not least, Kayla 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.

Smith is the daughter of Rick and Pam Smith of Williamsburg, Kentucky and is a double major in Youth and Family Ministry and Human Services.

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