Berea Spotlight

    Dr. Rick Meadows: Learning Like a River

    • Posted on by WC Kilby
    • Rick Meadows, Associate Professor of French and Chair of the Division of English, Theatre, Communication, Music, and Foreign Languages, is not the most orthodox professor. He prefers games to lectures in his classes. He uses unusual discussion techniques and frequent visual metaphors. (more…)

    Berea College Forestry Tackles Invasives

    • Posted on 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. (more…)

    Ragtime: the musical – Berea’s summer 2012 sensation

    • Posted on 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.


    Glimpsing Difference

    • Posted on by Zachary Thompson
    • Comparing the student experience at a big state university and a small private college (that provides full tuition scholarships for every student)

      In the Spring of 2012, EKU Junior Zachery Thompson interned in the Public Relations Office at Berea College. He compared the student life experience at Eastern Kentucky University — a large public university (over 17,000 students) with the student life experience at Berea College, a small, private liberal arts college with well under 1,700 students, all of whom receive full tuition scholarships for four years. (more…)

    Janice Blythe: From “R.D.” to “Dr.” with Kudos

    • Posted on by Jessica Roberge
    • Dr. Janice Blythe, Chairperson of Division III at Berea College, is interested in people and the influential choices they make. She teaches a variety of courses dealing with food, nutrition, and other decisions we make as families and individuals. (more…)

    Berea College Begins Construction on “Deep Green Residence Hall”

    • Posted on by Jay Buckner
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      Berea College will begin construction on what will be the most energy-efficient residence hall in the commonwealth of Kentucky, if not the country, in April 2012. The three-story, 42,000 square foot building – referred to as the “Deep Green Residence Hall” – will be constructed adjacent to Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant and will house 120 students in 66 rooms. Construction is expected to be completed by August 2013. (more…)

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

    • Posted on 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. (more…)

    Dr. Jan Pearce: Living Liberal Arts

    • Posted on by WC Kilby
    • Jan Pearce, Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics, is a woman of many talents and passions. When asked about her interests, she responds with a deluge of answers that sound more like driving directions explaining her present position by telling where she has been. (more…)

    This is My Heart for You Play written by Silas House, Directed by Adanma Onyedike Barton

    • Posted on by Erica Cook
    • Appalachia is a multifaceted host with as many different faces as hollows and hills. Some are beautiful, kind, and accepting. Some are filled with hate, and some are caught in between, unsure of where they stand until the line is drawn for them. Far too often, the unique rhythms of this place are lost in the stereotypes by which it is often characterized. This is My Heart for You, the latest work of acclaimed regional author Silas House, refuses this trap, embracing some of the most difficult and complex topics facing modern Appalachia. In the writer’s own words the play is “a prayer for things to get better, for us all to have more understanding and compassion.” (more…)

    Dr. Ron Rosen: “Research is not something extra.”

    • Posted on by WC Kilby
    • ron-rosenMany individuals seem to find themselves at Berea somewhat serendipitously, knowing little about the institution before they arrive. Ron Rosen, Professor of Biology and Chair of Academic Division I, is not one of them. Before joining the Berea College family, Rosen taught at Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky. (more…)

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