Westervelt Program Open to Public at Berea College

The Berea College Technology and Applied Design Department is accepting course registration for the fall 2018 Westervelt Program. The Westervelt program is offered each year to Berea townspeople as well as students, faculty and staff. The program provides excellent opportunities for individuals to develop a well-rounded educational background and pursue specific areas of interest. (more…)

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Woodworking Hand Tool Event at Berea College Crafts

Attendees at a previous Hand Tool eventLie-Nielsen Toolworks®, a U.S. manufacturer of heirloom-quality woodworking tools, is bringing its popular Hand Tool Event® to Berea, Kentucky on Sept. 28 and 29 at Berea College Crafts, located in the Mueller Building, 100 Student Crafts Court. This event, which is part of the company’s ongoing international program, provides woodworkers of all ages and skill levels exposure to the benefits of traditional hand tools and techniques. The event will take place Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is an opportunity for the public to receive first-hand instruction directly from the toolmakers. (more…)

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Berea College Among the Top 25 B.A. Theatre Programs for 2018-19

Two theatre students in a production locking eyes

Berea College’s Theatre Department concluded its 125th Anniversary Season with William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which opened April 13, and ran April 14, and 18-21.
(Photo: Desiree Dunn ’20)

OnStage Blog, a media site that covers theatre on an international level, ranked Berea College’s Theatre Department in the top 25 Bachelor of Arts programs in America.  Each year, OnStage Blog reviews theatre programs across the country to provide a resource to prospective students and families who are researching the best academic theatre programs in the country for dance, design, tech and performing. Berea came in at No. 23, with a major highlight of its “First Theatre in Human Culture” course, which studies the first theatres and extant play scripts of selected human cultures representing Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. (more…)

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Historical Marker Unveiled at Middletown School

Ceremony attendees gathered around the Middletown Consolidated School historical marker

Crowds gathered around the Middletown Consolidated School historical marker on August 18, 2018.
(Photo: Jay Buckner)

The history of the Middletown Consolidated School in Berea was recognized with a ceremony unveiling the highway marker placed by the Kentucky Historical Society. The public event took place Saturday, August 18 at the old Middletown Consolidated School on Walnut Meadow Road in Berea.

The event included representatives from state and local governments, and officials from Berea College and Berea and Madison County School systems and numerous Middletown School alumni, faculty and staff. The occasion marked the significance of the site as a Rosenwald school for African American children during the segregation era. The unveiling ceremony was followed by building tours and a reception.

As one of more than 100 Rosenwald schools built in Kentucky, this school—officially called the Berea Consolidated School for African American children—is a local historical landmark.

The steering committee that arranged the historical marker’s placement and organized the unveiling ceremony included local residents Sharyn Mitchell, Dr. Jackie Burnside and Dr. Janice Blythe, all of whom are members of Berea College’s faculty and staff.

The Kentucky Historical Marker program allows Kentucky communities to recognize sites, events and personalities considered to be significant to local, regional, state or national history. More than 2,400 such markers exist across Kentucky, including four others in Berea.

The Middletown Consolidated School was built in 1927 for African American children in the Berea area. A key factor in developing the school was the Julius Rosenwald Fund, named for the man who built Sears, Roebuck and advanced the cause of Black education in the American South. Coincidentally, the Julius Rosenwald Fund was managed by Edwin Embree, grandson of Berea College’s founder John G. Fee. Embree was president of the Rosenwald Fund and oversaw its distribution in addressing issues of racial discrimination in the U.S.

One of the features of the Rosenwald school-building program across the South was that the Rosenwald Fund would put up about 15 percent of the cost of a school and insist the local community—both black and white—contribute an agreed-upon amount (in money, materials and/or sweat equity), and that local officials assume ownership of the school and maintenance responsibility when the structure was completed. Berea College partnered in the project by providing the land on which to build, as well as installing electrical and water lines for the building. This approach encouraged both blacks and whites to buy into the project, and prod local school boards into expanding educational opportunities for Black youth.

Built at a cost of $12,000 and based on the four-room, four-teacher design typical of Rosenwald plans, construction of this school allowed for the consolidation of several one-room schools for African American students in the southern part of Madison County. It was this collaborative partnership that from the 1920s to the 1960s served students in grades one through eight at the Middletown School. After re-integration of public schools, the building later served as a community center before languishing vacant for more than two decades. Berea College completed an eco-sensitive renovation of the structure in 2006-2007, retaining much of the original materials and features of the building. Modern amenities, such as adding indoor restrooms, replacing the original privies, installing energy-efficient new windows, and adding an elevator with an accessible, exterior entrance, equipped the building for 21stcentury use.

The building now houses the College’s Partners for Education Program, which provides regional outreach services to lift educational aspirations, build academic skills and offer college and career connections for students, families and communities.

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Washington Monthly Again Ranks Berea No. 1, Twice; As Best National Liberal Arts College and Best Bang for the Buck in the South

Washington Monthly once again ranked Berea College No. 1, in two major classifications, citing Berea as the nation’s top liberal arts college and ranking Berea as the Best Bang for the Buck College in the South. Berea’s top rank in the 2018 Washington Monthly College Guide and Rankings comes from its success in educating and graduating academically-talented students who have great financial need to become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities. (more…)

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Berea College Welcomes Public to 2018 Opening Convocation

Lyle Roelofs, President of Berea College

Lyle Roelofs, President of Berea College

The public is invited to join the entire Berea College community in marking the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year at the College’s Opening Convocation on Thursday, August 30, 2018, at 3 p.m. in the Seabury Center. The program is free. The theme for this year’s opening convocation will be Berea Stories. (more…)

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Fund at Berea College Memorializes Martha Fox

Martha Fox on the telephone at work

Portrait of Martha Fox

Martha Fox

The late Martha Fox, a native of Beaver Dam, Kentucky, is being memorialized in a new fund at Berea College. Established by her son, R. Steven Fox, the Martha Fox Memorial Psychiatric Nursing Lecture Fund at Berea College will support four on-campus, continuing education presentations on topics of mental health for students and faculty as well as regional health practitioners and the public. The fund will cover lecture-related expenses such as travel, honorariums, educational supplies, food and printed materials. It will be managed by the College’s Nursing Department. Berea’s nursing program is the oldest college-affiliated program west of the Allegheny Mountains. (more…)

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Berea College Highlighted for Low Student Debt, Nationally and Locally

Berea College captured the national spotlight again for helping students graduate with little or no debt. In a newly-released report focused on student-loan debt for each state, Kentucky’s Berea College was ranked No. 1 among private colleges and universities in the state and fourth among private schools nationwide. (more…)

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British Magazine Features Student Woodcrafts

Student working at woodcraft

(Photo: Jon Kemp ’19)

Berea’s student woodcraft program is featured in the latest issue of Woodworking Crafts, a British magazine by the Guild of Master Craftsmen Publications. The article includes many photos and comments by woodcraft students as well as a profile of Andy Glenn, Berea’s woodcraft supervisor. The feature provides a brief overview of Berea College’s distinctive no-tuition model to provide a high quality education for a diverse range of students who could not otherwise afford college. The article also describes the history of the woodcraft program along with explanations of the day-to-day operations that produce the beautiful and functional crafts that consumers prize. (more…)

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Berea Student Develops Hackathon in Tajikistan

Group of hackathon participants

KhujandHacks participants gathered for Tajikistan’s first hackathon on April 30, 2018.
(Photo: Sher Sanginov ’19)

Sher Sanginov ’19, a Berea College senior majoring in computer science, recently conducted a hackathon in Khujand, his home city in Tajikistan. Sanginov did not know what a hackathon was until he came to college in the United States, but during his time at Berea College he has had opportunities to participate in Major League Hackathons (MLH). A hackathon, sometimes called an invention marathon, is usually a day-long event where technology professionals and students meet; design a product, such as a web application; and develop a business plan to create a technology solution for a given issue. (more…)

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Berea Alumnus honored with Hall of Fame induction

Jack Roush

Jack Roush ’64

Berea College Alumnus Jack Roush ’64 went from Mr. Fix-It in his college years to an enormously successful career in the drag-racing, road-racing and, eventually, NASCAR fields. Since 1998, Roush’s racing teams have won 325 races in the three NASCAR national touring series, more than any other car owner in history. On Feb. 1, 2019, he will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. (more…)

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Student Philanthropy at Berea College Earns National Award

Berea Patrons at Labor Exploration Day

Berea Patrons talk to fellow students about the importance of giving back at various events throughout the year, such as during Berea’s annual Labor & Exploration Day.
(Photo: Crystal Wylie ’05)

The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) presented a bronze Circle of Excellence award in fundraising to Berea College. The award recognizes Berea Patrons, the College’s student philanthropy initiative, as an emerging program. (more…)

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Berea College Student Awarded Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant

Grace Kinner

Grace Kinner

Phi Kappa Phi (PKP), the national honor society, has awarded a Study Abroad Grant to Grace Kinner. The Berea College senior from Clermont, Ohio, is one of only 75 recipients of the Study Abroad Grants awarded nationally each year. (more…)

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Berea Student Featured in “The Unafraid,” Making New York Premier June 21

Human Rights Watch Film Festival LogoA Berea College student is one of the subjects featured in “The Unafraid,” a documentary film that makes its New York premier on Thursday, June 21 during the closing night of the Human Rights Watch Film Fest (HRWFF).

“The Unafraid,” is a feature-length documentary produced by Presente Films that follows the personal lives of three Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students in Georgia, a state that has banned them from attending their top state universities and disqualifies them from receiving in-state tuition at any other public college. Shot in an observational style over a period of four years, this film, by directors and co-producers Anayansi Prado and Heather Courtney, takes an intimate look at the lives of DACA students as they navigate activism, pursuing their right to education and fighting for the rights of their families and communities. (more…)

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Six Berea College Students Awarded U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to Study Abroad

Six Berea College students—Sophia Winkowitsch, Deshontanae Davis, Joy Leis, Simeon Huff, Manuela Hincapie Vidal and Tyler Goins—have been awarded national study abroad scholarships. They are part of a select group of undergraduates across the U.S. chosen to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study overseas during the Fall 2018 term. These students will complete their coursework in various countries, including Ireland, Spain, Thailand, Chile, Malaysia and Australia. (more…)

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Berea College Student Receives Freeman-ASIA Scholarship for Study Abroad

Jesse Paul

Jesse Paul, recipient of the Freeman-ASIA Award

The Berea College Center for International Education (CIE) announced that Berea College student Jesse Paul has received the prestigious Freeman-ASIA Award for education abroad purposes during the fall 2018 semester. Paul, a junior Asian Studies major from Boone, Kentucky, plans to study in China. (more…)

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Berea College Student Wins two Awards in Vocal Competition

Group at the Audrey Rooney Vocal Competition of the Kentucky Bach Choir

Pictured (left to right): Audrey Rooney, Miguel Bañales, Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa, Nola Richardson and Marlon Hurst

Miguel Ángel Ortega Bañales, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music at Berea College, was awarded the Audience Choice Award in the seventh Audrey Rooney Vocal Competition of the Kentucky Bach Choir. Bañales, a student of Berea College music professor Mark R. Calkins, competed against eight student singers in the recent live vocal competition in Lexington. The Mexican-born tenor also received an Encouragement Award. (more…)

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Berea College Board of Trustees Elects Three New Members

Diane Artist Wallace, Miriam (Mim) R. Pride and Ken Koh have been elected to the Berea College Board of Trustees. Their new terms will begin July 1, 2018.

Diane Artist Wallace

Diane Wallace

Wallace is an independent contract editor for Kinesis-Cem, a market research company with which she has worked since 2007. Much of her career has been associated with the Social Security Administration (SSA). She also was district manager for the SSA in Montana from 2001 to 2007. Previously, Wallace served as program manager for programmatic training at the SSA’s Office of Training headquarters in Maryland, a production coordinator for the SSA’s Distance Learning Training Studio in Georgia, a systems coordinator for SSA in Alabama, and various technical and claims representative positions for the SSA in Kentucky and Alabama. (more…)

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hillbilly Documentary Film to Debut, Berea College Faculty Featured

hillbilly documentary posterhillbilly, a new documentary film that explores the historical basis of cultural stereotypes about people from Appalachia in film and television, is scheduled to make its worldwide debut at the Nashville Film Festival on May 19, 2018.

The film’s two directors, Ashley York and Sally Rubin, both with Appalachian roots, interviewed Berea faculty, including Chad Berry, bell hooks and Silas House. Other Bereans connected with the film are musician and alumnus Sam Gleaves, who was interviewed and contributed music, and Sam Cole, who is the associate producer. Several other alumni made appearances in the film as well. (more…)

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Berea College Graduates Challenged by Dr. Earl Lewis Before Receiving Degrees

Close Up of Earl Lewis 2018 Commencement Speaker at Berea College

Founder of the Center for Social Solutions at the University of Michigan, Dr. Earl Lewis addressed graduates on Sunday, telling them to change the world responsibly.
(Photo: Chris Radcliffe)

Dr. Earl Lewis, founder of the Center for Social Solutions at the University of Michigan and former president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, received an honorary degree then addressed the 258 members of the 146th graduating class of Berea College on Sunday, May 6. (more…)

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Senior Chemistry Major Receives Berea’s 2017-2018 Red Foley Memorial Music Award

Brenna MacMillan '18 performing

Brenna MacMillan ’18 performing with the Bluegrass Ensemble during their annual spring concert on April 21, 2018.
(Photo: Jonathan Kemp ’19)

Brenna MacMillan ’18, a senior Chemistry major from Winchester, Kentucky, received Berea College’s 2018 Red Foley Memorial Music Award. Following graduation, she plans to move to Nashville, Tennessee, to perform with her brother Theo MacMillan (2016 Red Foley recipient) and pursue her musical career.

This award, established in memory of Country Music Hall of Fame star Red Foley, is presented annually by Berea College to a talented Berea College student in recognition of his or her musical contributions to the social life of the campus community. The award assists the recipient in a professional music career, if he or she so desires, and promotes the kind of music associated with Red Foley’s career, such as folk, country, bluegrass, gospel and popular music. (more…)

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New Study Reveals Berea College Makes $202 Million Impact on Local Economy

A newly-commissioned study reveals that Berea College’s operations make a yearly economic impact of more than $202 million in Madison County. The study quantifies the economic impact of Berea College on the local economy. It looks at the impact generated by all operations of the College.

Although the economic impact generated by the college goes throughout the Appalachian region, this analysis focuses on Madison County. The $202 million is a measure of the total dollar value that flows through the Berea-Madison County economy because of the operations of Berea College. The exact amount is $202,413,426 for the 2016-17 academic year. (more…)

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Former Andrew W. Mellon Foundation President Earl Lewis to Speak at Berea College Commencement

Earl Lewis

Dr. Earl Lewis, former president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Dr. Earl Lewis, former president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will speak at Berea College’s 2018 Commencement Ceremony, May 6 at 2 p.m.

A noted social historian, Lewis has held faculty appointments at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Michigan. During his career he has championed the importance of diversifying the academy, enhancing graduate education, re-visioning the liberal arts, exploring the role of digital tools for learning and connecting universities to their communities. Lewis currently is the founding director of the Center for Social Solutions at the University of Michigan. (more…)

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