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University of the Cumberlands SGA Makes Pledge for Challenge Grant


Left to Right: John Leistner, current VP of Student Government Association, president elect for next year; Dr. Taylor; Jacob Moak, current President of Student Government Association, and Chris Johnson, Vice-President elect for Student Government Association for next year.

Williamsburg, Ky. - University of the Cumberlands (UC) Student Government Association (SGA) stepped up to help answer the call Dr. Jim Taylor requested when he informed the university family that the Reeves Foundation had issued a $500,000 challenge grant. The challenge grant assistance will go toward the renovation and expansion costs of the facilities for a new Student Health and Wellness Center.

In order to receive the $500,000 challenge grant, the university must raise $1.5 million in cash and solid pledges by May of 2012. In answer to Taylor’s request, SGA leaders with the support of Dr. Michael Colegrove, Vice-President of Student Services, pledged $40,000 over the next four years, payable at $10,000 a year in an effort to assist the university’s efforts to support the students.

“I am delighted and grateful for our students’ assistance,” said Taylor when SGA officials informed him of their commitment.

“This is a great way for the Student Government Association to be involved in campus improvement,” said current SGA president Jacob Moak. “With this pledge to the university, we can set groundwork for students to enjoy the university for years to come.”

The plan is to construct and equip a Health and Wellness addition to the university’s student center and to remodel the student center to accommodate areas for exercise, health and nutrition education, and wellness seminars.

Open to students, faculty, staff, and community, this facility will help the university address almost all dimensions of health maintenance.