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

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.

Sarah Resnick ’11 to Study at Monterey Institute of International Studies


Sarah Resnick - Japan 2013Sarah Resnick ’11, who has spent the last eighteen months teaching English in Japan through the JET Program, has been accepted by the M.A. program in International Education Management offered at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS).  MIIS is among the most prestigious language and international policy studies schools in the United States.  Congratulations, Sarah!

Bereans in Japan: As Three Return, Three Depart

As the 2012-13 academic year draws to a close, three Asian Studies majors now studying in Japan soon will return to campus: Fatima King ’14 (currently at Kansai Gaidai University),  Sharon Lee ’14 (also currently at Kyushu University), and Amber Welch ’15 (also currently at Kyushu University).  This summer and fall, three more Asian Studies majors will journey to Japan: Kate Durland ’13 (with the KIIS Japan summer program), Katie Fawley ’15 (fall term at Kansai Gaidai University), and Hunter Kennoy ’15 (academic year at Kyushu University).  The Asian Studies Program is proud of these students and grateful for the invaluable assistance provided to them by our campus’ Center for International Education.

New Art History Professor in Fall 2013

Ashley Elston

Dr. Ashley Elston

The Asian Studies Program is happy to welcome Dr. Ashley Elston, who will join the faculty in Art History beginning in August 2013.  Dr. Elston previously served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at Rollins College.  A specialist in medieval and Renaissance Christian art and architecture, Dr. Elson also plans to offer cross-listed courses on Buddhist art and East Asian art history at Berea.