Jacob Leibeck ’15 Researching Computer Science in Japan

Jacob Leibeck

Jacob Leibeck, October 2013

Jacob Leibeck ’15 is spending the 2013-14 academic year studying at Kyushu University in Japan, one of several Asian institutions with which Berea College has an exchange relationship.  Learn more about Jacob’s experiences by checking out this CNN story.  Jacob is one of many Berea students who have managed to combine an interest in Asian studies with interests with other fields.  Congratulations on your recognition by CNN, Jacob!

New East Asian Politics Professor in Fall 2014

Lauren McKeeThe Asian Studies Program and the Political Science Program are happy to welcome Ms. Lauren McKee, who will serve as Berea College’s ASIANetwork-Luce Foundation Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow during the 2014-15 academic year.  Ms. McKee – soon to be Dr. McKee — has taught at the University of New Orleans and Japan’s Doshisha University and currently is completing her Ph.D. in International Studies at Old Dominion University.  She brings a background in Asian and Asian-American literature to her study of political issues in East Asia and across the globe and has a special interest in nuclear energy policy, especially in Japan.

Vera Marinova ’06 Now Assistant Director of Indiana U.’s Global Village

Vera Marinova, 2013Vera Marinova ’06, who served as Visiting Instructor of Chinese at Berea in 2012-13, now serves as Assistant Director of Global Village, a living-learning community at Indiana University (IU).  Global Village combines on-campus housing with multinational, multicultural, multilingual, and multidisciplinary coursework for a select group of IU students with international interests.  Vera’s work also entails coordinating Books & Beyond, a non-profit service-learning project that seeks to prepare globally-minded students for life in the 21st century by increasing critical literacy skills, addressing the Rwandan “book famine,” and developing models for cross-cultural teaching and learning. Vera, who completed multiple graduate degrees at IU between her career as a Berea student and her year as a Berea professor, is excited about teaching and learning at her second alma mater.  Congratulations, Vera!  Gongxi gongxi, Ma Laoshi!

Molly Baker Halstead ’11 Becomes Curator/Art Gallery Manager

Molly Baker 2013Molly Baker Halstead ’11 has accepted the position of Curator and Art Gallery Manager at Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia’s David L. Dickirson Gallery in Beckley, West Virginia.  The Gallery showcases the juried work of over 500 West Virginia artists.  Molly, who double-majored in Art History and Asian Studies, says, “I wouldn’t have gotten very far without the experience and support of Berea…. I think of Berea often and the excellent support and advice I have gotten [not only] during my undergrad career, but also after. I’m certainly still a Berea Proud Grad!”  Congratulations, Molly!

New Summer Program in China Led by Berea Professors

Yunnan, China“Past and Present in the Middle Kingdom,” a BIST (Berea International Summer Term) course being offered in July 2014, will take Berea College students to China’s Yunnan Province as well as the cities of Shanghai, Xi’an, and Beijing for an intensive investigation of the world’s once and future superpower.  The course will be taught by Professors Robert Foster and Rebecca Bates.  Applications are due by October 15, 2013.  For more information, see http://www.berea.edu/cie/bist-china-2014/.

Caleb Towers ’12 Teaches in Taiwan

Caleb TowersCaleb Towers ’12 has accepted a one-year position as an English teacher in Taipei, Taiwan.  Caleb plans to take advantage of his time in Taiwan by improving his Chinese language skills and visiting neighboring countries during the generous amount of vacation time provided by his employer.