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University of the Cumberlands Presents Berger Awards


Christopher Peters receives the 2008 H. N. and Frances Berger Award from Dr. Jim Taylor.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.-Each year during Commencement exercises, University of the Cumberlands honors the outstanding female and male members of the graduating class with the H. N. and Frances Berger Award. This award is presented to those students who have exhibited sound academic achievement combined with superior leadership and service to the college community and the larger community as a whole.

This year’s recipients are Jolina Joy Miller and Christopher William Peters. Miller is the daughter of Merle and Beverly Miller of Greenbrier, Tenn., and Peters is the son of Michael and Kathy Peters of London.


Dr. Jim Taylor presents the 2008 H. N. and Frances Berger Award to Jolina Miller.

Miller, who received a Bachelor of Arts in English and in Communication Arts, has served as a STAR with the Insights program, a resident assistant since 2005, a campus ambassador, and a campus reporter for both The Patriot, the campus newspaper, and for the University’s Channel 19 TV station. She also has been a UC cheerleader and student editor for Pensworth, the English Department’s literary publication. A member of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, she recently was inducted into Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Miller, who has been involved in Baptist Campus Ministries and has led Bible studies, also worked with an orphanage in Columbia, and in 2004-05 she served as a missionary with an international sports federation in Greece.

Peters, who graduated Magna cum Laude, received a Bachelor of Arts in English. To graduate with the distinction of Magna cum Laude, a student must have a grade point average of 3.85 to 3.94. Peters has served as a tutor through the campus Academic Resource Center and has written for The Patriot and for Pensworth. His gift for writing has been recognized through induction into Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor society, and through presentation of his creative writing in public. Inducted into the J.T. Vallandingham Scholastic Honor Society, Peters also received this year’s Emma McPherson English Award. He has been a member of the University’s marching and concert bands, the pep band, and a variety of other ensemble groups. As a student, Peters led a weekly Bible study for band students, and he continues to be involved in his church.