George Ella Lyon to Speak at Berea College Commencement

George Ella Lyon

(Photo: Ann W. Olson)

George Ella Lyon, Kentucky Poet Laureate for 2015-16, will speak at Berea College’s 2019 Commencement Ceremony, May 5 at 2 p.m.

An American author and poet, Lyon has published award-winning books for readers of all ages. Her teaching takes the form of workshops, conferences and author visits to as many as 40 schools a year. Aside from publishing, she also taught writing at a number of colleges, including the University of Kentucky, Centre College, Transylvania University and Radford University. She has also acted as an executive committee member for the Women’s Writers Conference.

Adults and children read Lyon’s writing, which includes novels, picture books and poetry. Her poem, “Where I’m From” has been used as a model by teachers around the world and was listed by the New York Public Library in 2000 as one of the best books for teenagers. A sampling of Lyon’s book titles include “She Let Herself Go” (poems) and picture books including “Which Side Are You On?” “The Story of a Song” and “All the Water in the World.” Her book “The Pirate of Kindergarten” received the Schneider Award from the American Library Association. Other accolades for Lyon’s work include a Jane Addams Honor, a Golden Kite and the Bluegrass Award. A series of rhyming books about transportation include “Trucks Roll!,” “Planes Fly!,” and “Boats Float!”

Lyon is a graduate of Centre College, and holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Arkansas and doctorate in English from Indiana University.

Originally from the mountains of Harlan, Kentucky, Lyon says growing up surrounded by extended family and their stories helped develop her voice as a writer. Her Appalachian roots figure prominently in much of her work. Lyon has written more than 40 books, including the poetry collection “Mountain,” which won the Lamont Hall Award in 1983, and “Catalpa,” which was named Appalachian Book of the Year in 1993.

Tickets are required for admission to the Commencement ceremony. Tickets must be obtained in advance and are required for main arena as well as overflow seating. Contact Amanda Leger (legera@berea.edu or 859-985-3775 directly for ticket requests by Friday, April 19. Please note that seating is limited and cannot be guaranteed. Watch the ceremony via livestream on May 5 at 2 p.m.

Earlier in the day, a Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony for Berea’s nursing program graduates will take place at 8:30 a.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel.

The Baccalaureate Ceremony will follow at 10:30 a.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Rev. Paul Prather, pastor of Bethesda Church in Mount Sterling, Kentucky and a contributing columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader will be the speaker. Music will be provided by the Berea College Concert Choir.  (No tickets are required for the Nurses’ Pinning or Baccalaureate ceremonies.)

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Setting Sail: Berea Forestry Logs White Oak Trees for Ship Restoration

Berea College foresters riding horses on a trail in the forest

(Photo: Taylor Six, The Richmond Register)

Guest post by Taylor Six, The Richmond Register

A writer, photographer, a history professor and tree-logger from all across the nation were brought to the small town of Berea Thursday afternoon for their one shared similarity in the interests of John Steinbeck and the restoration of The Western Flyer.

The Western Flyer, known as “most famous fishing vessel ever to have sailed,” was made famous with the sailing of the author Steinbeck, along with marine biologist Ed Ricketts, in their 1940 journey to the Gulf of California, which helped accumulate the notes for their 1951 book, “The Log from the Sea of Cortez.”

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Tags: Berea College Forest, Clint Patterson, Forestry, Forestry Outreach Center, Wendy Warren

Red Molly to Perform at Berea College’s Stephenson Memorial Concert

Red Molly group portrait

(Photo: Whitney Kidder)

Red Molly, a group known for American music ranging from blues and folk, to country and bluegrass, will perform at Berea College’s Stephenson Memorial concert on Thursday, April 11, at 8 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel.

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Tags: Convocation, Red Molly, Stephenson Memorial Concert

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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Tags: alumni, awards, Dr. Chris Green, Loyal Jones Appalachian Center, Silas House

Needle Work Musical Drama Coming to Berea College March 26th

Higher Ground will present an original one-act musical drama, Needle Work, at the Phelps Stokes Chapel at 7 p.m., Tuesday March 26, 2019. The performance includes stories collected in eastern Kentucky communities and music from the cast and local musicians. It is free and open to the public.

Needle Work examines the pros and cons of needle exchanges, where substance abusers can exchange dirty syringes for clean ones without fear of legal consequences, as a way of stemming the spread of diseases such as hepatitis and HIV/AIDS.

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Tags: CELTS, Higher Ground, Loyal Jones Appalachian Center, musical, Needle Work, Phelps Stokes Chapel

Berea College Named as a Gilman Top Producing Institution

Spectrum News recently highlighted Berea’s recognition as a Gilman Scholarship top producing institution. View the broadcast above and the full story on the Spectrum News 1 website.

The U.S. Department of State recognized Berea College as one of the U.S. higher education institutions that sent the most students overseas through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program in academic year 2017-2018.  Berea was noted for its success in making international study and internships more accessible and inclusive for American students of all backgrounds through the Gilman program.

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

Flamenco Louisville to Perform Free at Berea College

Flamenco Louisville performanceFlamenco Louisville will perform authentic flamenco music and dance at the Berea College Convocation on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 3 p.m., in Phelps Stokes Chapel.

Flamenco Louisville is the oldest flamenco organization in the area. The musicians and dancers of Flamenco Louisville are Spanish-trained professionals who bring authentic flamenco in the puro tradition. Flamenco Louisville is a community-oriented organization, dedicated to the life of their art form and sharing it with others. (more…)

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Tags: Convocation, Dance, Flamenco Louisville

Berea College Implementing Total Smoke-out

Students walking across campus with a gazebo in the backgroundThe Berea College General Faculty Assembly recently voted in favor of a new policy prohibiting use of tobacco and electronic smoking devices on campus. The new policy, scheduled to take effect in July 2019, designates all College property free of tobacco smoking and vaping products. (more…)

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Tags: Health, smoke-free, tobacco-free, wellness

Berea College and Community to Celebrate MLK Day with Convocation and Events

Campus members holding sign for MLK Day march

Community (Berea and campus) members begin to march from Union Church to Presser Hall on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018.
(Photo: Crystal Wylie ’05)

Berea College staff, faculty and students have organized a series of events in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The centerpiece event is a convocation featuring Zeb Harrison & The Sounds of Praise. The annual MLK Day activities are co-sponsored by Office of the President, Berea College Music Program, Black Cultural Center, Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education, the Center for Excellence in Learning through Service (CELTS), Berea College Music Program, First Christian Church, Union Church, and Willis D. Weatherford Jr. Campus Christian Center. (more…)

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Tags: Carter G. Woodson Center, Center for International Education, Center for Teaching and Learning, Convocation, Loyal Jones Appalachian Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Convocation, Union Church

Seven Organizations Named as Hubs for Results Count™ Leadership Development

Partners for Education, Berea CollegeIn a major step to boost the reach of Results Count™, its unique approach to leadership development, the Casey Foundation has selected seven organizations to work with the Foundation for three years as hubs that will expand the use of Results Count throughout the social sector.

The goal: to increase the number of leaders who take a results-oriented approach to accelerate measurable and equitable improvements in well-being for children and families in communities across the country. (more…)

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Tags: Appalachia, Dreama Gentry, Partners for Education, Results Count

Berea College Westervelt Program Registration Now Open to Public

Dr. Alan Mills with two students

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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Tags: Dr. Alan Mills, Jewelry, photography, Technology and Applied Design Department, Westervelt program, Woodcraft

“Viral” Video Reaches One Million People

Berea College’s Bluegrass Ensemble’s performance of the “Carol of the Bells” has reached more than one million people—1,373,876 as of this writing—since their video recording was posted to the College’s Facebook page last year. The always-popular Bluegrass Ensemble is one of a diverse range of musical groups at Berea College. (more…)

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Tags: Al White, Bluegrass Ensemble, Christmas, Facebook, Music Department

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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Tags: appalshop, commencement, graduation, mid-year commencement, Midyear Graduation, Students

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

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…)

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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

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