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01-21-2008


Cumberlands announces Sullivan recipients

 


WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands is pleased to announce that Katherine Stienbarger and Bradley Bell are the 2008 recipients of the Mary Mildred and Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards. The awards are given annually on Founder’s Day to a graduating male and female senior who have demonstrated outstanding spiritual qualities, satisfactory academic achievement, a high degree of leadership ability and a willingness to participate to extra-curricular activities.

Katherine Marie Stienbarger, the recipient of the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award, is the daughter of Mary and Michael Rafferty of Emmalena. She is a religion major with a minor in psychology. While at the University of the Cumberlands, Katherine has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.419. She has been inducted into Theta Alpha Kappa Religion Honor Society and Eta Beta Rho Hebrew Honor Society. She also has been a Baptist Campus Ministries leader since her freshman year, including serving as a pastoral leader since her junior year. She has served as an Insights STAR for two years and as a Cumberland Ambassador for two years.

 


Katherine’s commitment to missions has led her to serve as a summer missionary in Thailand in 2006, as a summer camp worker at Camp Nathanael in 2005, on mission trips with First Baptist Church of Williamsburg, to Pascagoula, Miss., to South Dakota, and to New Orleans, and on mission trips with Mountain Outreach and with Fellowship of Christian Athletes. During the summer of 2007, she was the children’s ministry director at First Baptist Church of Williamsburg, and has served as a Youth Intern at First Baptist Church, Williamsburg, since her freshman year.

After graduation from University of the Cumberlands, Katherine anticipates either going directly to seminary or doing missions.

Bradley Rondal Bell, the recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, is the son of Howard and Crystal Bell, and is a native of Monticello. He is a double major in religion and communication arts and has a minor in Biblical languages. While at the University of the Cumberlands, he has maintained a cumulative GPA of 4.0 and has been inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society, Theta Alpha Kappa Religion Honor Society, Eta Beta Rho Hebrew Honor Society, and the J. T. Vallandingham Scholastic Honor Society.

Bradley also has served as an Insights STAR for three years, as an ARC tutor for four years, as a Cumberland Ambassador for two years, as president of the University of the Cumberlands Baptist Campus Ministries, and as president of Kentucky Baptist Campus Ministries. He also has served as youth minister at First Baptist Church in Williamsburg, since 2004, and as a substitute teacher at Williamsburg Independent School. His future plans include continuing to serve as Youth Minister at First Baptist Church, Williamsburg, through July 2008, after which he anticipates serving for two years in international missions working with unreached people groups, and then attending McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, Ga.

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, now located in Oxford, Miss., was chartered in New York State in 1930. Its purpose is to promote service to others and service to the broader community, values exemplified by Algernon and Mary Mildred Sullivan, the parents of the organization’s founder.

In addition to providing support for financial aid to small private colleges located primarily in the Appalachian region, the Sullivan Foundation also collaborates with 54 southeastern colleges and universities in presenting awards in memory of Algernon and Mary Mildred Sullivan.

University of the Cumberlands congratulates Katherine Stienbarger and Bradley Bell for their dedication to education and service as the 2008 recipients of the Mary Mildred and Algernon Sydney Sullivan awards.