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Cumberlands Announces Faculty and Staff Awards

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands held its 15th annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner April 21st. Three members of the faculty and staff were honored with merit awards for their commitment and service.

Ms. Jane Carter, associate professor of business, is the recipient of the 2007 William T. Miles Community Service Award. As Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, she helps to select projects that will stimulate economic development and reduce poverty in Southeastern Kentucky. Among her many campus responsibilities, she is the chair of the International Studies committee. She has tirelessly promoted our study abroad programs in England, France, Spain, China and Thailand. During the summer of 2006, Carter traveled extensively in Asia, building relationships for the university and recruiting potential students.

Ms. Emily Meadors is the recipient of the 2007 Service Award for full-time administrators and non-teaching staff. For over three decades, she has worked at this institution. She started as a secretary in Admissions and Development. She now serves as the University’s Registrar. She helps students understand and satisfy the University’s academic regulations from the time when they first start until they graduate. For the faculty, Meadors is a constant source of information and guidance when dealing with advisees.

The recipient of the 2007 Excellence in Teaching Award is Ms. Jolly Sharp, associate professor of English. One student describes her as “an amazing teacher and an amazing person.” She “pushes students to reach loftier heights, but she is also able to come down to the student’s level.”

Sharp is currently working on her doctorate at Middle Tennessee State University. A colleague says, “To her, teaching is much more than a mere job; it is a calling, an academic ministry.”

In addition, Sharp has trained others, both on and off campus, in sign language.

University of the Cumberlands congratulates these award winners.