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09-14-2006


Cumberlands Receives $700,000

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands recently announced it has received donations totaling $700,000. The contributions were bequested from the wills of three individuals: Ruth Hazlett, of Muscatine, Iowa; Dr. Elinor C. Kyte, of Cottonwood, Ariz.; and M. Allen Swift, of West Hartford, Conn.

“It is because of the benevolence of people such as these three that we are able to continue operating and provide an education to our students. Of the three, we only knew of one of the donations, and we are very grateful,” said Dr. James Taylor, president of University of the Cumberlands.

The funds are to be used to assist students in the pursuit of a quality education, and a portion may also be used in the $8.2 million science building’s renovation and expansion project which is currently underway.

Phase one, completed in fall 2005, saw the addition of three state-of-the art chemistry laboratories. When students returned for the fall 2006 semester, phase two was completed with the existing 50,000 square feet building's complete transformation from the inside.

The expansion (or phase three), which breaks ground in March, is to be a replica of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Mansion and will resemble Cumberlands’ antebellum and Patriotic architecture.

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts college in its 117th year of operation. Cumberlands offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and nine pre-professional programs, as well as online and accelerated, non-traditional programs for adults.