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Cumberlands Names Recipients of Servant Leadership Award


WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — Kayla Minder and Matthew Ailstock recently received the Servant Leadership Award at University of the Cumberlands. Both Minder and Ailstock have displayed a unique desire to minister at Cumberlands and around the Williamsburg community. Because of their devotion and leadership qualities, each has been chosen as a 2006 recipient of the Servant Leadership Award.

Minder is a senior from Lexington, Ky. She is the daughter of Holly and Michael Minder. She has been actively involved in Campus Ministries’ leadership, Family Group, Social Work Club and Appalachian Ministries. Off campus she has been involved in the Appalachian College Association Citizen Scholars Program and has volunteered at Emergency Christian Ministries. Her future plans include marriage in the summer of 2007 prior to pursuing a master’s degree in clinical social work at the University of Kentucky. While pursuing her degree she plans to obtain a career in social work, possibly as a research assistant.

Minder has chosen to donate a portion of this award to the International Justice Mission in Washington, D.C.

Ailstock is a senior with a double major in psychology and religion. He is the son of Willie and Rebecca Ailstock of Dry Ridge, Ky. He has been actively involved in Baptist Campus Ministries for four years and played in the praise band for 3 years. He also served as a family group leader his junior year. He now serves as the worship leader at One Hope Community Church located in Burlington, Ky., where he has been since January. He plans to marry to his fiancée, Tiffany, in October of 2007. Ailstock has selected Emergency Christian Ministries of Williamsburg to receive a portion of this award.

The Servant Leadership program exists to identify and recognize college students who are leaders in the areas of ministry and community service. In 2001, University of the Cumberlands had the distinct honor of becoming a member of this national program which honors the Christian concept of reaching out and serving our communities by helping our fellow man. The Barney II and Moore Foundations jointly sponsor the program.

William Reichardt, president of the Barney II Foundation, and Martin Moore, president of the Moore Foundation, both feel that there are too few programs that recognize students who reach out to fellow human beings in compassionate service. In addition, both foundations hold Christian core values as important elements of their funding philosophies.

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, graduate degrees and certifications in education as well as online and accelerated, nontraditional programs for adults.