American Spiritual Ensemble Returns To Berea

The American Spiritual Ensemble, a critically acclaimed professional singing group that performs classic spirituals throughout the country, will perform and conduct workshops at Berea College on February 21-23. These events are open to the general public. Continue reading American Spiritual Ensemble Returns To Berea

Berea College Mountaineers Host Carbon-Neutral “Green Games”

Berea College hosts Kentucky’s first carbon-neutral basketball game in a doubleheader with Alice Lloyd College men and women’s teams on February 18 in the Seabury Athletic Complex. It’s just the second time a carbon-neutral basketball game has been played in the country. Continue reading Berea College Mountaineers Host Carbon-Neutral “Green Games”

President Roelofs Joins Governor in Tax Refund Campaign

Gov. Steve Beshear joined Berea College President Lyle Roelofs, local officials and representatives from regional Asset Building Coalitions at Berea College on January 31 to launch an annual campaign urging eligible Kentuckians to apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a refundable federal tax credit for low- and middle-income working individuals and families. Continue reading President Roelofs Joins Governor in Tax Refund Campaign

Local “Stars” Dance to End Power-based Violence

The first Berea College “Dancing with the Stars” event will be held on Friday, January 31 at 7 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel and feature former Miss Kentucky Djuan Trent and local “stars” Reid Connelly, Reverend Rachel Small-Stokes, Berea College faculty and Berea College dance groups. Continue reading Local “Stars” Dance to End Power-based Violence

Bereans earn honors from KY Academy of Science

During the Kentucky Academy of Science’s 99th annual meeting, Berea College faculty and students earned 17 awards, including eight first-place awards, tying Northern Kentucky University for the most first-place awards in Kentucky.

Since 1913 the Kentucky Academy of Science Annual Meeting has provided a venue for Kentucky’s scientists and student scientist to publicly present their research before more than 800 attendees. Continue reading Bereans earn honors from KY Academy of Science

Monica Jones: An advocate for education and sacrifice

Monica Jones, a native of Zanesville, a town in the Ohio foothills of the Appalachian region, was named the director of the Black Cultural Center (BCC) at Berea College in July of 2012. Jones believes the center serves as a leader in facilitating the college’s mission of interracial education, through the understanding that God has made one blood of all peoples of the earth. “I provide a space that allows them (students) to have a place for study, a space to deal with cultural understandings of each other, and a space where they can just hang out with one another.” She adds, “However, I think that when they are in this space, they realize that I have expectations for them, that they will always be seen as scholars and that I am committed to their education.” Continue reading Monica Jones: An advocate for education and sacrifice

Naomi Tutu Facilitates ‘Truth & Reconciliation,’ January 20

Naomi Tutu, daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and a 1983 alumna of Berea College, will facilitate a workshop titled “Truth and Reconciliation” on January 20 from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Carter G. Woodson Center Gallery in the Alumni Building. Dinner is provided. Continue reading Naomi Tutu Facilitates ‘Truth & Reconciliation,’ January 20

Speech & Debate Excels to Top 25 Ranking

For the first time in school history, the Berea College Speech and Debate Team of 2013-2014 is nationally ranked. According to the National Parliamentary Debate Association, Berea is ranked 19 out of 146 colleges in the nation. Inclusion in the top 25 ranking qualifies the team to compete in the national tournament in February. Continue reading Speech & Debate Excels to Top 25 Ranking

Sam Gleaves Talks Berea and Mountain Music

Originally posted on April 14, 2011 by WC Kilby

Sam Gleaves’ casual and cheery demeanor accounts for his nicknames, “Smiling Sam” and “Sunshine Sam,” as he is known around campus, both for his friendly nature and yellow hair. Continue reading Sam Gleaves Talks Berea and Mountain Music

Tommy Boykin Thoughtfully Defines His Future at Berea

Originally posted on November 17, 2009 by Jay Buckner

What kind of socks does a physics major wear? Well, if you’re Tommy Boykin, there are two kinds of socks in the world: dress socks and black Nike athletic socks, specifically the running type that are engineered for each foot. On laundry day Tommy dutifully matches right with left, mashes them into a ball and puts them in the top drawer of his dresser in Blue Ridge, a residence hall at Berea. Continue reading Tommy Boykin Thoughtfully Defines His Future at Berea

Kay Smith Offers Scholarships and Encouragement

Originally posted on November 20, 2009 by Jay Buckner

Kay Smith first learned about Berea College while she was a student enrolled at Sullins College in Virginia. During a convocation, the Sullins president’s wife mentioned Berea as one of those distinctive educational institutions that served Appalachia. “It just made such an impression on me,” Kay says. “Here’s a college that offers an education to those students who need it. I thought it was wonderful.” Continue reading Kay Smith Offers Scholarships and Encouragement

Shirley Fowler Offers a Legacy of Support

Originally posted on November 20, 2009 by Jay Buckner

As a private money manager, Shirley Fowler has always been impressed by how Berea handles its finances. “I have watched your balance sheets with interest,” she once wrote President John Stephenson, “and I agree with your objectives. As you know, I have admired and supported Berea for years.” Tied to her understated admiration is a deep respect for the Berea mission born from personal experience. Continue reading Shirley Fowler Offers a Legacy of Support

Berea College Students Explore Poverty, Abundance and Peace

Originally posted on December 16, 2011 by Erica Cook

by Erica Cook ’13

From November 13 to the 15, eight Berea College students traveled to the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina to attend the 2011 Lake Junaluska Peace Conference. The conference was positioned in a beautiful setting, almost idyllic. The speakers focused their topics on “Poverty, Abundance, and Peace: Seeking Economic Justice for all God’s Children,” the theme of this year’s conference. Continue reading Berea College Students Explore Poverty, Abundance and Peace

Dr. Robert Hoag: Discovering Truth in Philosophical Pursuits

Originally posted on January 31, 2012 by Erica Cook

by Erica Cook ’13
Dr. Robert Hoag Passionate about the search for ethical and moral truth, Dr. Robert Hoag, Chairman of Division V, teaches philosophy courses in ethical and political philosophy and law at Berea College.

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Home Energy Partners’ Workshop at Berea Public Library: an example of blending classroom and community

Originally posted on February 24, 2012 by Jessica Roberge

by Jessica Roberge ’13

“All students have to live somewhere, so they need to know how to be energy efficient in whatever way they can,” said Berea College teacher Jason Coomes. Coomes has been a teacher at Berea College since 2008. He started out in Ecological Design in the Sustainability and Environmental Studies (SENS) program but in fall 2011 he switched to the Technology Industrial Arts program. This semester Coomes is teaching a course called Building Renovation Practicum. The course consists of focusing on renovating existing buildings to radically lower energy costs and energy usage for the building. Coomes had become familiar with the local organization Home Energy Partners and had his class attend one of their workshops to reinforce the material they had been learning in class. Continue reading Home Energy Partners’ Workshop at Berea Public Library: an example of blending classroom and community

Ragtime: the musical – Berea’s summer 2012 sensation

Originally posted on August 15, 2012 by Sam Gilbert

On July 6, 2012, Ragtime: the musical opened to boisterous applause. The student actors were confident and capable. After a month of rehearsals as well as voice training they had good reason to be.

Continue reading Ragtime: the musical – Berea’s summer 2012 sensation

Berea College Forestry Tackles Invasives

Originally posted on October 3, 2012 by Bethany Cook

Protective gear guarding them against stray wood shards and the constant drone of the chainsaw, students Sam Marshall and Sean McCoy work together fluidly as a team. One continuously cuts shrubs down while the other sprays the remaining stump with blue herbicide and chucks the leftover shrubbery aside. Continue reading Berea College Forestry Tackles Invasives

Dr. Alicestyne Turley: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Originally posted on December 17, 2012 by WC Kilby

Dr. Alicestyne Turley, Director of the newly established Carter G. Woodson Center and Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies, holds degrees in Anthropology/ Sociology, Public Policy Administration, and History. Continue reading Dr. Alicestyne Turley: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Deep Green Dorm Is Over Half-Way Complete

Originally posted on April 16, 2013 by Bethany Cook

“The Living Building Challenge is LEED on steroids,” says Rich Dodd, project Manager of Berea College’s new Deep Green Residence Hall, with lots of “extra special efforts” along the way designed to make the building not only 55% more energy efficient than most buildings, but the entire construction process more sustainable. Continue reading Deep Green Dorm Is Over Half-Way Complete

Students Attend Conference Centered on the Transformative Power of Non-Violence

Originally posted on December 20, 2012 by Erica Cook

Berea College students enrolled in Peace and Social Justice courses taught by Dr. Michelle Tooley and Jason Strange attended the 2012 Lake Junaluska Peace Conference from November 8-11. Lake Junaluska is located in the Smokey Mountains of Western North Carolina and has been a Methodist Retreat Center since 1913. Continue reading Students Attend Conference Centered on the Transformative Power of Non-Violence

James Atkinson: from aspiring Marine to Certified Career Expert

Originally posted on July 5, 2013 by Bezawit Moges

Supporting students in finding their calling in life, James Atkinson has spent the last two years as the Director of Career Development at Berea College’s Center for Transformative Learning (CTL). However, a career in career development was not what Atkinson had in mind when he was trying to find his own calling. Continue reading James Atkinson: from aspiring Marine to Certified Career Expert

Esther Livingston’s Meandering Path FROM Berea College TO Berea College

Originally Posted on September 27, 2013, 2013 by Bezawit Moges

She is a fan of ballroom dancing. She spends much of her free time doing Swing, Cha Cha, Waltz or Hustle. She enjoys music of all kinds, and is a member and frequent attendee of WoodSongs, a folk music program in Lexington. She loves nature and hiking, too, and that is what brought her to Berea in the first place. She is Esther Livingston, Continue reading Esther Livingston’s Meandering Path FROM Berea College TO Berea College

Dr. Leslie Ortquist-Ahrens: a life of Art, Literature, Language and Education

Originally Posted on October 14, 2013 by Bezawit Moges

Though she grew up in Springfield, Ohio, she and her family have always tended to orient themselves to Michigan, where she was born and went to college. She never expected to live in Kentucky, the state where her grandfather, a great admirer of Berea College, was born and raised. It has now been a year since Dr. Leslie Ortquist-Ahrens came to Berea College’s Center for Transformative Learning (CTL), initially to revitalize faculty development offerings as Scholar of Teaching and Learning, and then eventually to direct the unit. Continue reading Dr. Leslie Ortquist-Ahrens: a life of Art, Literature, Language and Education