Sixteen Berea College Students Awarded $42,000 in Gilman Scholarships

Sixteen Berea College students won Gilman Scholarships for international study this summer in seven countries on five continents. Morgan Guess will study in Argentina; Justin Vankirk in Australia; Kerron Liggins and Caitlyn Roberts in Ecuador; Ethan Dye in France; Moriah Avery, Kristen Timmins and Victoria Otto in Ireland; and Furaha Irankunda and Elizabeth Owens in Tanzania. Another student, Izabella Walker, was named an alternate for study in Thailand. Six other Berea students had previously been notified earlier this spring that their advance scholarship applications had been approved for study abroad this summer. They include Lucas Collett and Brianna Dewitt who will study in Ireland, Nicole Itumba in Argentina, Kailyn Johnson in Sri Lanka, Day’sha’ron Sloan in China and Alonna Walker in Tanzania.

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Tags: Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, Berea Abroad, Gilman International Scholarship, Study abroad

Three Alumni to be Recognized for Outstanding Contributions

Three Berea College alumni will be recognized with special awards during this year’s Summer Reunion. The Rodney C. Bussey Award of Special Merit will be presented to Virgil Burnside ’74 and Jackie Grisby Burnside ’74. The Berea Alumni Loyalty Award will be presented to Peter S. Thoms ’55. These three alumni will be celebrated during the Alumni Awards Presentation and Reception at 10 a.m., Sat., June 15 in the Boone Tavern Event Center. RSVP to attend the Alumni Awards Presentation and Reception here.

Each year the Berea College Alumni Association recognizes achievements of alumni with considerations given to professional accomplishments and service to their alma mater.

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Tags: Alumni Awards, Jackie Burnside, Peter Thoms, sociology department, Student Life, Summer Reunion, Virgil Burnside

Berea College Confers Degrees on 248 Graduates at Commencement

After remarks by American author and poet George Ella Lyon, Berea College conferred degrees to 248 graduates at Commencement on May 5. Focused on the topic of “Beginning Again,” Lyon said, “You can’t be sure where your path will take you. What you can be sure of is that it will change, you will change, the world and those you care for will change, too. Your job is to stay in touch with yourself and what matters to you most through these transformations.”

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Dr. Linda Strong-Leek Named Berea College Provost

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Dr. Linda Strong-Leek

Berea College President Lyle Roelofs appointed Dr. Linda Strong-Leek as provost, effective July 1. She currently serves the College as vice president for Diversity and Inclusion, associate vice president for Academic Affairs and professor of women’s and gender studies and General studies.

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Emmanuel A. Tuffuor ’88 Elected to Berea College Board of Trustees

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Emmanuel A. Tuffuor ’88

Emmanuel A. Tuffuor ’88, CPA, was elected to serve on the Berea College Board of Trustees on April 13, 2019. His six-year term will run through June 30, 2025.

Tuffuor is the Head of Private Equity Business Development for the Americas and Global Head of Tax for Apex Fund Services, where his responsibilities include expanding the private equity fund administration business in the Americas as well as developing a comprehensive tax strategy to serve existing and future clients.

“It is a great honor and privilege to serve such a wonderful and historic institution that has changed so many lives and has a very special place in our hearts and lives,” Tuffuor said. “I look forward to serving and contributing to the progress of Berea College and continuing to fulfill the great commitments that has made Berea College unique in American education.”

From 1996 until March 2018, Tuffuor was with KPMG, LLP in New York, where he was a senior partner. He served as partner-in-charge of the Alternative Investment Tax Practice, one of the firm’s priority industries. He previously was associated with Coopers & Lybrand LLP and Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Tuffuor has provided leadership as a member of the Board of Directors of KPMG LLP, partner-in-charge of the Metro New York Alternative Investments Tax Practice and National Industry Tax Leader for the Asset Management Practice. He has extensive experience with strategic acquisitions including serving on the due diligence and post-acquisition integration team relating to KPMG’s acquisition of a regional accounting firm.

Throughout his career, Tuffuor has been active in professional associations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State & Maryland Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Wall Street Tax Association. He has authored and co-authored industry-related articles, taught courses on taxation of hedge funds and investment partnerships and served as panelist at numerous industry seminars.

A resident of Plainsboro, New Jersey, Tuffuor’s undergraduate education was at Berea College, where he earned a BA degree in economics and BS degree in business administration. He holds an MA in economics from Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia and a MAcc in taxation from the J.M. Tull School of Accounting at the University of Georgia.

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Education is Key to the Future of Eastern Kentucky

Dreama Gentry

Dreama Gentry, executive director of Partners for Education at Berea College

Dreama Gentry, executive director of Partners for Education at Berea College, recently spoke with WEKU’s Tom Martin about prominent educational challenges facing rural Appalachia and the Rural College Access and Success Summit planned for April 28-30 in Lexington, Ky. Gentry and Martin also discussed the work Partners for Education does in the region to provide college readiness programming for young students.

“We get paralyzed as a community into inaction because it often seems insurmountable to think about how we revitalize this region, but we have to do something and continue to do something,” said Gentry, when talking about the work Partners for Education does in addressing educational access in its service area.

Gentry also discussed the upcoming Rural College Access and Success Summit, hosted by Partners for Education. The Summit provides an opportunity for practitioners and people who believe in college access to highlight best practices and the unique challenges of increasing opportunities in rural America. Among the keynote speakers highlighted for this year’s Summit is John King, who served as Secretary of Education under the Obama administration.

Find out more information about the Rural College Access and Success Summit, including the full conference schedule and registration details.

Listen to the full interview with Dreama Gentry on Eastern Standard here.

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Tags: Dreama Gentry, Partners for Education, Rural College Access and Success Summit, WEKU

Berea College Student Shyeila Bowers Named a Newman Civic Fellow

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Shyeila “Shy” Bowers ’20

Shyeila “Shy” Bowers, a junior at Berea College, is one of 262 students named as a Newman Civic Fellow for 2019-2020 by Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization advancing the public purposes of higher education.

“Shy is a hard-working and positive student leader and undergraduate scholar,” said Berea College President Lyle Roelofs. “She uses her community-building approaches to promote dialogue and action to address pressing social issues.”

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Tags: Bonner Scholar, Education Studies Department, Newman civic fellowship, Peace and Social Justice Studies Department, Students

Nobel Prize Comes “Home” to Berea

Berea College installed a Nobel Prize—won by alumnus John Fenn ’37, for his notable work in chemistry—in the new Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building. Science faculty, students, College officials and family members of the late Dr. Fenn gathered to hear remarks about his development of Electrospray Ionization and its impact on developing life-saving medicines.

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Tags: alumni, Chemistry Department, John Fenn, Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building, Nobel Prize

Berea College Announces Winners of “Appalachian Narratives for Our Time” Awards

Berea College’s Loyal Jones Appalachian Center has announced the winners of the “Appalachian Narratives for Our Time” award for essays about how Appalachians thrive in the places they call home.

The submitted essays focus on the authors’ compelling life stories and illustrate the challenges of coming of age, working and living in the realities of family and community.

“Appalachia has a rich and, at the same time, challenging history,” said Chris Green, director of the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center. “All too often, however, national media portrays difficulties in the region as the fault of people who live here. We wanted to give the majority of Appalachians who grow up and make good lives a new opportunity to tell their stories.”

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Dervish to Perform at Berea College’s Stephenson Memorial Concert

Dervish

(Photo: Colin Gillen)

Dervish, acclaimed as one of the biggest names in Irish music internationally, will perform at Berea College’s Stephenson Memorial concert on Thursday Mar. 14 at 8 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel.

Described as “an icon of Irish music” by the BBC and “the most soulful Irish traditional folk band playing today,” by Irish journalist and broadcaster Stuart Bailie, Dervish has played at festivals from Rio to Glastonbury. They come to Berea just in time to set the mood for St. Patrick’s Day.

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Berea College Professor Awarded Whiting Foundation Grant

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Dr. Jason E. Cohen

The Whiting Foundation awarded a $50,000 grant to Jason E. Cohen, associate professor of English at Berea College. Cohen is one of seven humanities scholars named as a Fellow and grant recipient in the Whiting Public Engagement Program, which empowers early-career scholars and their collaborators to amplify unheard stories and circulate insights gleaned from immersion in the humanities. Cohen’s project, titled Histories of Overburden, is a partnership with the Pine Mountain Settlement School and public schools in Harlan County, Kentucky. The project will bring high school students into Pine Mountain’s vast archive of environmental and cultural history to study firsthand how the past—especially resource extraction and industrialization—has affected the local environmental and cultural heritage.

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bell hooks Honored in New York Times Column

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bell hooks speaking during the formal presentation of her papers to Berea College on April 10, 2017.
(Photo: Bethany Posey ’18)

bell hooks, Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies, was recently highlighted in a New York Times column by award-winning novelist and former student, Min Jin Lee. In the article, Lee looks back on her time as a student at Yale University in hooks’ “Introduction to African-American Literature” class. The writer reflects on how hooks’ writing helped shape the perception Lee initially had of her place in the feminist movement as a Korean woman. (more…)

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Tags: bell hooks, faculty, Feminism, New York Times, women's history, Women’s History Month

Berea Recognized in Kentucky House of Representatives

In its February sessions, the Kentucky House of Representatives takes time during Black History Month to recognize groups or individuals who have made a positive impact on the African American community. R. Travis Brenda, the Kentucky representative for District 71 and a Berea College alumnus, recognized Berea from the House floor for the College’s many historic efforts for racial equality. (more…)

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Tags: Black History, Black History Month, Carter G. Woodson, Dr. Alicestyne Turley, Jackie Collier, Kentucky House of Representatives, Kim Brown, R. Travis Brenda, Tim Jordan, Virgil Burnside

Diverse Magazine Features the Father of Black History

Berea College and the Father of Black History by LaMont Jones Jr.

Preeminent scholar Dr. Carter G. Woodson has been dubbed “the father of Black history” and is known for earning degrees at the University of Chicago and Harvard, but less well known is how living in Appalachia and attending Berea College informed his towering intellect and tireless work ethic. Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine writer LaMont Jones Jr. visited Berea’s campus to learn more about this alumnus who changed the way America views Black history. Hear from Alicestyne Turley, Berea’s director of the Carter G. Woodson Center, about how Woodson’s Appalachian roots and time at Berea impacted his life and how Berea College is keeping Woodson’s legacy alive today. Read the full article here. Alternatively, you may view the print version of the article here (PDF).

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Tags: Black History, Black History Month, Carter G. Woodson, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Diverse Magazine, Dr. Alicestyne Turley, Father of Black History

Berea College Featured on “CBS This Morning: Saturday”

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“CBS This Morning: Saturday” featured Berea College in a broadcast about the rising cost of attending college on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. The show highlighted Berea’s unique no-tuition policy as a model to curb that national trend. (more…)

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Tags: athletics, CBS, CBS This Morning, Computer Science Department, Dave Bell, Track and Field, Tuition-free

Berea College Westervelt Program Registration Now Open to Public

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Dr. Alan Mills, Professor of Technology and Industrial Arts, helps Caleb Wetmore ’10, and Brittany Adams ’11, select their photographs, taken with an infrared camera.

The Berea College Technology and Applied Design Department is accepting course registration for spring 2019 Westervelt Program classes, which will focus on making jewelry, wooden boxes and photography. 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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70 Graduates Recognized During Mid-Year Ceremony

View full gallery of photos from the Recognition Ceremony for Mid-Year Graduates on Facebook.

Berea College’s Recognition Ceremony for Mid-Year Graduates was held Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Alexander Gibson, executive director of Appalshop, Inc., addressed the 70 seniors who completed their degree requirements this term. The Berea College graduates represented 18 American states and 6 other countries. (more…)

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Nine Berea College Students Achieve Awards at Kentucky Academy of Science Annual Meeting

Nine Berea College students received awards at the Kentucky Academy of Science (KAS) Annual Meeting held earlier this month at Western Kentucky University. More than 600 scientists and students attended the KAS meeting, and hundreds of students from Kentucky and regional colleges and universities participated in the research competitions. (more…)

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Three Alumni Awards Presented at Berea College Homecoming

During Berea College’s Homecoming three Bereans were recognized for their professional accomplishments, contributions to the community and commitments to the mission of Berea College. Larry Allen ’78 and Jack Roush ’64 received Distinguished Alumnus awards. Silas House, published author and member of the College teaching faculty, was presented an Honorary Alumnus Award. Recipients were honored at the Alumni Awards Presentation and Reception on Nov. 16 in the Boone Tavern Events Center. (more…)

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Men’s Cross Country Team Receives At-Large Bid to NCAA DIII National Championship

Logan McKenzie

Logan McKenzie ’19

The Berea College men’s cross country team earned one of the 16 at-large bids to go to the NCAA DIII National Championship on Saturday, Nov. 17. The announcement by the NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country Committee came on the heels of a third-place finish by Berea’s men’s team in the south/southeast region this past weekend and senior Logan McKenzie winning the region. (more…)

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Tags: athletics, Cross Country, NCAA, NCAA Division III, Track and Field

Berea College Joins with Other Colleges and Universities in Choral-Orchestral Performance

Dr. Stephen bolster singing with a song book in hand in front of the Berea College Concert Choir

Dr. Stephen Bolster will be honored for 39 years of service during the collaborative concert.
(Photo: Jonathan Kemp ’19)

Five musical ensembles from three Kentucky regional colleges and universities will join the Berea College Concert Choir in a collaborative performance Nov. 3 and 4. The concert in Berea will take place Sunday, Nov. 4 at 3 p.m., at Union Church. An identical program will be performed on the main stage at Norton Center in Danville at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evening, Nov. 3. Both concerts are free to the public. (more…)

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Tags: Berea College Concert Choir, Concert Choir, Dr. Stephen Bolster, music, Music Department

Three Alumni Awards to be Presented at Berea College Homecoming

Each year during Homecoming Bereans are recognized for their professional accomplishments, contributions to the community and commitments to the mission of Berea College. This year, Larry Allen ’78 and Jack Roush ’64 will receive Distinguished Alumnus awards. Silas House, published author and member of the College teaching faculty, will be presented an Honorary Alumnus Award. Recipients will be honored at the Alumni Awards Presentation and Reception at 6 p.m., Nov. 16 in the Boone Tavern Events Center. (more…)

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Tags: alumni, Alumni Awards, honorary alumni, Jack Roush, Larry Allen, Silas House

New Science Building at Berea College to be Dedicated; Dr. Mae Jemison, Former NASA Astronaut, to Speak

Mae Jemison

Dr. Mae Jemison

Berea College officials will conduct a dedication ceremony of the Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building on Saturday, October 20, 2018. The new 125,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility houses the College’s science disciplines, mathematics and nursing. (more…)

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Tags: Biology Department, Chemistry Department, Dr. Mae Jemison, Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building, Mathematics Department, Nursing Department, Physics Department