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.

McKenzie ’19, from Athens, Tennessee, became Berea College’s First NCAA DIII All-American in 2017 and was named Men’s DIII National Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association in April 2018.

To be eligible to participate in the championships, teams and individuals must qualify in their respective NCAA regions. Thirty-two teams were selected to participate in each championship. The top two, seven-person teams automatically qualified from each of the eight regions, for a total of 16 teams. Berea College was one of sixteen additional teams selected at-large.

The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh is hosting the championships Nov. 17, in Winneconne, Wisconsin. The men’s race begins at 1:15 p.m. Eastern time.

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Farah Siraj to Perform at Stephenson Memorial Concert

Farah Siraj

Farah Siraj
(Photo: Ann Blake)

Farah Siraj will perform World Peace Music, a fusion of flamenco, jazz, Bossa nova, pop and Middle Eastern music at Berea College’s Stephenson Memorial concert on Thursday Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel.

Siraj, born in Amman, Jordan and considered a Middle Eastern prodigy, earned a degree in music from Berkeley College of Music in Boston. Named Jordan’s “Musical Ambassadress” in recognition of her musical ability, her career has spanned across Europe, the Middle East, South America and the United States. Siraj has performed at various prestigious platforms around the world for notable people including King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan and King Juan Carlos of Spain.

Siraj uses her music to promote peace and give a voice to those who would otherwise go unheard. She brings awareness of the negative consequences associated with war and violence, while advocating for the rights of women, refugees and animals.

The convocation events, which are provided free to both the campus and public communities, are a significant part of a student’s educational experience at Berea College. Visit the Convocations website for the schedule of all convocations this academic year.

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Hunger Hurts Drive Collects 792 Bags of Food

A Boy Scout carrying food drive items in front of a table of several donated items

Members of the Wieblos Boy Scout Troop 516, Wyatt Jones (pictured), 9, and Cole Jones, 6, volunteer to sort food with Berea College students at the annual Hunger Hurts Food Drive on Sat.
(Photo: Crystal Wylie ’05)

The Berea community responded generously to the 26th annual Hunger Hurts Food Drive with 792 bags of food. Coordinated by Berea College’s Center for Excellence in Learning through Service (CELTS), in collaboration with Berea Faith Community Outreach (BFCO), the food collection netted more than 100 bags of food than last year.

More than 700,000—or one in six—Kentuckians struggle with food insecurity, and each week 53,400 Kentuckians receive food from a food bank. For 26 years, residents of Berea have responded to these needs.

Close up shot of donated items including Gatorade, salt, and canned soups

(Photo: Crystal Wylie ’05)

Volunteers began distributing brown paper bags, donated by Richmond Kroger, to households within the Berea city limits during the last week of October. Community members participated by filling the bags with non-perishable food and toiletry items. Then, volunteers picked them up and delivered them to the Berea Community Food Bank, located on Parkway Avenue.

Berea College alumni volunteers in the Cincinnati, Knoxville, Lexington and Louisville areas also donated food at participating organizations for the College’s first Berea Day of Service, which coincided with the annual Hunger Hurts Food Drive. Results from those four locations are pending.

The Berea Community Food Bank and Bereans United for Utility and Rent Relief (BUURR) serve more than 1,000 families who access their services annually. In addition to the Hunger Hurts Food Drive, many individuals, churches, schools, businesses and organizations contribute food and money to the food bank throughout the year.

Residents of southern Madison County who have an emergency food need or would like to request assistance from the BUURR program can call 859-985-1903 for more information.

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Tags: alumni, Berea Community Food Bank, Berea Day of Service, Berea Faith Community Outreach, Berea's United for Utility and Rent Relief, CELTS, Hunger Hurts Food Drive

Date Set for Annual Berea College Christmas Concert; Tickets Can Be Reserved Now

Musical ensemble members and directors standing in front of audience at the Christmas concert, 2016.

Berea College musical ensemble members and directors joined together at the end of the annual Christmas concert in 2016.
(Photo: Chris Radcliffe)

The annual Berea College Christmas Concert, co-sponsored by the College’s music department and the Willis D. Weatherford Jr. Campus Christian Center, will be held on two successive nights—Friday evening Nov. 30 and Saturday evening Dec. 1. Both performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Union Church. (more…)

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Tags: Campus Christian Center, Christmas, Christmas Concert, Music Department, Union Church

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

Berea Names Gym After Dr. Joy Hager

Dedication of the Dr. Joy Hager Gymnasium, recognizing 49 years of service.The Dr. Joy Hager Gymnasium will be dedicated at a naming ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 1, to memorialize her commitment and leadership during her 49 years of service to Berea College. The ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the Upper Gym at the Seabury Center on Berea’s campus. (more…)

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Tags: alumni, athletics, Dr. Joy Hager, Health and Human Performance Department, Seabury Center

Horse Logging Conference Features Demonstrations

Man operating logging equipment using two horses

Wendell Berry among Featured Speakers

Berea College will host a horse-logging conference at its Forestry Outreach Center October 29 through November 3. To culminate the week-long event, the public is invited to a free day of demonstrations and presentations on Saturday, November 3, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Speakers include noted Kentucky author and sustainable forestry advocate Wendell Berry. The event is open to people of all ages and takes place at the Berea College Forestry Outreach Center on Highway 21, just east of Berea. (more…)

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Tags: Berea College Forest, Event, Forestry, Forestry Outreach Center, Horse Logging, sustainability, Wendell Berry

Omer Quartet Brings Invigorating Classical Music to Berea College Stephenson Memorial Concert

Omer Quartet holding their instruments
The Omer Quartet will perform classical music Thursday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel, at the Berea College Stephenson Memorial Concert Series.

The Omer Quartet is distinctive among today’s young string quartets. The quartet, which took first prize in the 2017 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, consists of Mason Yu and Erica Tursi (violinists), Jinsun Hong (viola) and Alex Cox (cello). (more…)

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Tags: Convocation, music, Omer Quartet, Stephenson Memorial Concert

$109 Million in Grants for New Berea College GEAR UP Programs to Assist Area Families

Partners for Education at Berea College has been awarded two Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grants worth a combined $109,177,600 to serve students in Appalachian Kentucky. The United States Department of Education grants will provide 19,496 students in 19 counties with an array of services aligned to accomplish four overarching goals: lift educational aspirations, build academic skills, connect academics to college and career, and engage parents as partners. (more…)

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Tags: GEAR UP, grant, Partners for Education, SOAR

Dr. Diane White-Clayton to Discuss: Jesus, the Ultimate Rebel with a Cause

Dr. Diane White-Clayton headshot

Dr. Diane White-Clayton

Dr. Diane White-Clayton will speak about “Jesus, the Ultimate Rebel with a Cause,” on Thursday, Sep. 27 at 3 p.m. at the Berea College Accent of Christian Faith Lecture in Phelps Stokes Chapel.

This lecture, sponsored by the Willis D. Weatherford Jr. Campus Christian Center, will discuss the common depiction of Jesus as frail and tender-hearted, as well as the uncommon depiction of Jesus as a rebellious, defiant trouble-maker who never allowed rules to dictate his path. Berea College, whose rebellious beginnings directly defied societal norms of the time, challenges new rebels who, through faith and determination, will change the world. (more…)

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Tags: Campus Christian Center, Christianity, Convocation, Dr. Diane White-Clayton

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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Tags: student crafts, Technology and Applied Design Department, Westervelt program, Woodcraft

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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Tags: Event, student crafts, Woodcraft, Woodworking Crafts

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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Tags: Accolade, Berea College Theatre Laboratory, theatre, Theatre Department

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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Tags: Berea Patrons, CASE, Philanthropy, Student Philanthropy, Students

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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Tags: Bluegrass Ensemble, Brenna MacMillan, Music Department, Red Foley Music award, Students

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

Berea College Named as a Gilman Top Producing Institution

The U.S. Department of State announced its inaugural list of U.S. higher-education institutions that sent the most students overseas on the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program in the 2016-17 academic year. Berea College has been recognized for its success in making international study and internships more accessible and inclusive for American students of all backgrounds through the Gilman Program.

The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with the Institute of International Education, compiles the list, organized by institution size and type. Berea College was cited for success among top small colleges and universities with fewer than 5,000 undergraduates. Only two other schools—Spelman College and Worcester Polytechnic Institute—were in cited in this category. (more…)

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Tags: Accolade, Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, Gilman International Scholarship

Jessie Ball duPont Fund Extends Grant to Berea College, Supports Berea’s Latino Male Initiative

Students walking in front of the Draper buildingThe Jessie Ball duPont Fund (Jacksonville, Fla.) has awarded a grant to Berea College to extend the Jessie Ball duPont Fund Postdoctoral Fellowship in Latino Male Academic Success. The grant of $54,060 supports Berea’s Latino Male Initiative, a program to enhance first-to-second-year retention and encourage a sense of belonging among Latino male students at the College.

The renewed grant funding allows Berea to retain a postdoctoral position and continue to explore the effectiveness of a combined academic and co-curricular approach in supporting male persistence through college. The Latino Male Initiative addresses gaps in retention and graduation that can otherwise disproportionately impact male students and students of color, both at Berea and nationally. (more…)

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Berea College Concert Choir to Perform Annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 15

Concert Choir and Chamber Singers

The Berea College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers performing during their annual spring concert April 23, 2017.

The Berea College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will present their annual spring concert in Gray Auditorium Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m.  The public is invited to attend this free performance. The choirs are conducted by Dr. Stephen Bolster and will feature several student conductors. Lindsay Clavere will accompany on the piano. (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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Local Berea College Alums Invited to Join President’s Run/Walk Club

Student Life staff participate in the first Collegium Run with President Lyle Roelofs.

With the arrival of spring comes the resumption of the President’s Run/Walk Club, which has been on hiatus from the end of last semester to after Spring Break.
The President’s Run/Walk Club is open to current active members and anyone new wanting to join us—including Berea College alumni who live in the area.  The group meets at 7:00 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays (weather permitting) at Seabury Circle, on the side of the building facing the Danforth Technology Building. (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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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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Tags: Art Department, Feminist Artist of Kentucky, Hutchins Library, Jackie Pullum, Mary Ann Shupe, Pat Cheshire Jennings, Patricia Watkins, Trish Ayers, Valeria Watkins