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.

Roush was born in 1942 in Covington, Kentucky, just one year before his father left for World War II. He and his mother moved to Adams County, Ohio, where he grew up with little money and a dream to be an engineer. His high school superintendent introduced him to Berea College, where he majored in math, worked several campus jobs and met and married classmate Pauline Correll.

Roush credits his time and training at Berea with the success he has experienced in his career. Read the entire Herald-Leader article to learn more about Roush’s story and accomplishments.

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


Berea College’s Center for International Education announced that Samantha Robinson, Brandon Mitchell, Niki Clayton, Gerald Thomas, Tiana Moorer, Issac Domenech, Rebecca O’Connor and Chad Runyan are recipients of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. This award, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is providing $26,500 to support study abroad experiences for Berea’s students during summer 2018. The eight American students will complete coursework in Jamaica, Ghana, Japan, Costa Rica, Italy and Austria.

These Gilman Scholars receive an average of more than $3,300 per student to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs. The program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or internships abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness. Students receiving a Federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions who will be studying abroad or participating in a career-oriented international internship for academic credit are eligible to apply. Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages and economies—making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector. (more…)

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Le Vent Du Nord Brings Quebec Celtic Folk Experience to Berea College


Le Vent Du NordLe Vent Du Nord will perform the Quebec Celtic Folk Experience as part of the Stephenson Memorial Concert Series Thursday, April 12, at 8 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel.

Le Vent Du Nord is an award winning and highly acclaimed band in Quebec’s progressive francophone folk movement. The group draws from both traditional sources and original compositions as it continues to heighten its soulful music, rooted within the Celtic Diaspora and many other global influences. This group rocketed to success, performing more than 1,800 concerts in five continents. The band consists of singers and multi-instrumentalists including Nicolas Boulerice, Simon Beaudry, Olivier Demers, Rejean Brunet and Andre Brunet, who demonstrate the ability to retain tradition while implementing a unique style. (more…)

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Dr. Jill Biden to Speak at Rural College Access and Success Summit


Dr. Jill Biden

Dr. Jill Biden (Photo: Ece Ogulturk)

Partners for Education at Berea College will host the 2018 Rural College Access and Success Summit. The keynote speaker, Dr. Jill Biden, EdD, Board Chair of Save the Children US, will address the need to prepare students of all ages for academic and life success.

The Summit will bring together educators, legislators, non-profit leaders and many others to share ideas and strategies for ensuring that rural youth have the resources to successfully transition from high school to college and career. During the Summit, participants will explore best practices and highlight the unique opportunities to be found in rural America. The event will be held May 13-15 in Lexington, Kentucky. (more…)

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“Three Women” to Discuss being African-American and Growing up in Appalachia


Three Berea Women—Monica Jones, Dr. Alicestyne Turley, and Crystal Wilkinson—will be the featured speakers at the Berea College Appalachian Lecture on Thursday Apr. 5 at 3 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. This roundtable discussion will focus on what it was like being African American and growing up in Appalachia.

Jones currently serves as the director of the Black Cultural Center in the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education. A Zanesville, Ohio native and graduate from Ohio State University, Jones is no stranger to being the only African American in a room. She has used it as a way to stand out and excel in everything she sets her mind to. (more…)

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Exhibiting Art and Community Service


Dr. Valeria Watkins Feminist Artist Exhibit

Dr. Valeria Watkins showcasing some of her work at the “Engaging Communities to Impact Social Justice” art exhibition.

An art exhibition, on display at the Hutchins Library through the remainder of March, features the work of the Feminist Artists of Kentucky. The exhibition, “Engaging Communities to Impact Social Justice,” includes works of six Berea artists, Trish Ayers, Pat Cheshire Jennings, Jackie Pullum, Mary Ann Shupe, Patricia Watkins and Valeria Watkins. (more…)

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Weatherford Awards for Best Appalachian Books Announced


Winners of the Weatherford Awards for the best books about Appalachia in 2017 are The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash (fiction), Palindrome by Pauletta Hansel (poetry), and James Still: A Life by Carol Boggess (nonfiction).

The Weatherford Awards honor books that best illuminate the challenges, personalities, and unique qualities of the Appalachian South. Granted by Berea College and the Appalachian Studies Association for 47 years, the awards commemorate the life and achievements of W.D. Weatherford Sr., a pioneer and leading figure in Appalachian development, youth work and race relations, and his son, Willis D. Weatherford, Jr., who was Berea College’s sixth president (1967-84). (more…)

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Berea College Professor Publishes Book Exploring New Facet of African American History


Dwayne Mack

Dr. Dwayne Mack, Carter G. Woodson chair in African American History

Dwayne A. Mack, the Carter G. Woodson chair in African American History at Berea College, has collaborated on a newly published book Freedom’s Racial Frontier: African Americans in the Twentieth-Century West along with Herbert G. Ruffin II.

Between 1940 and 2010, the black population of the American West grew from 710,400 to 7 million. That growth has prompted a burgeoning interest in the history of the African American West—reflected in the remarkable range and depth of the works collected in Freedom’s Racial Frontier. Editors Ruffin  and Mack have gathered established and emerging scholars in the field to create an anthology linking past, current and future generations of African American West scholarship. (more…)

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Berea College Service Award Recipient and Speaker to be Celebrated at Annual Service Convocation


The 2018 Berea College Service Award will be presented to alumna Geraldine “Jeri” Baker on Thursday, March 22 at 3 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel, during the annual Berea College Service Convocation. The Berea College Service Award honors persons who exemplify Berea’s Great Commitments in their daily lives and service to humanity. The award honors practical service by persons in all walks of life. (more…)

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Berea College Student Wins Prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship


Sunaina Sherchan

Sunaina Sherchan, winner of the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for 2018-2019

The Center for International Education is proud to announce that Berea College nominee Sunaina Sherchan won the national competition for the 2018-2019 Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. The Watson includes a cash prize of $30,000 to provide a year of international discovery for select graduating college seniors in many disciplines.

Sherchan’s project, “Exploring Identity Through Folktales,” will include travel to Japan, New Zealand and Finland. (more…)

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Book Talk on Police and Minorities, Community Welcome


Law Enforcement in the age of Black Lives Matter posterThe Carter G. Woodson Center is hosting a book talk with faculty members on “Violence Against Black Bodies,” Wednesday March 14 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Panelists in this community discussion will include Sandra Weissinger, Elwood Watson and Dwayne Mack. Lunch will be provided. Another session, “Policing Black and Brown Bodies,” will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. with panelists, Sandra Weissinger, Elwood Watson, Tyler Sergent, Dee Hill-Zuganelli and Dwayne Mack. Weissinger and Mack edited the book.

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Berea College Student Honored as 2018 Newman Civic Fellow


Hunter MaloneBerea College student Hunter Malone has been named a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, a Boston-based, non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education. Malone, a junior sociology major with a history minor, is one of 268 students from colleges all across America who will make up the organization’s 2018 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows.

“Hunter is a creative and collaborative student leader who is actively involved in mentoring and training others,” said Berea College President Lyle Roelofs. “He is also committed to developing opportunities for others to learn and take action on the issues that are important to them. Hunter is particularly interested in exploring intersections of human rights and social issues.” (more…)

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Brian Owens to Sing The Soul of Ferguson


Brian OwensSoul singer Brian Owens will perform “The Soul of Ferguson” at the Berea College convocation on Thursday, March 15 at 8 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. This event is a part of the Stephenson Memorial Concert Series.

Owens performs soulful, jazzy pieces while conjuring up the spirits of such Motown legends as Marvin Gaye and the Temptations. Growing up as a preacher’s kid in Ferguson, Missouri, Owens was no stranger to the beauty of music. His songs encapsulate his shared love of soul music and humanity. Owens uses his music to engage in conversation with his listeners, build community and share a powerful message about his hometown of Ferguson. (more…)

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Reynolds Named Dean of the Chapel at Berea College


Loretta ReynoldsDr. Loretta Reynolds has been appointed as Dean of the Chapel at Berea College.

Reverend Reynolds’ experience in the work and mission of Berea College began in 1998. Since then, she has served as Title IX coordinator, a member of the Residence Life Team, a professor in General Studies and, most recently, as senior College chaplain and interim director of the Campus Christian Center. Reynolds is trained in first responder emergency pastoral care and in brief pastoral counseling, and she is also a Berea College Green Dot trainer. (more…)

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