Daily COVID-19 Update: April 20, 2020

Dear Bereans,

This is the update for Monday, April 20, 2020.

The latest concerning COVID-19 in Madison County

Today’s update lists no new cases in the county and it has now been a week since we have had a new case.  Statewide things are still more challenging, particularly in some of the extended care facilities.

An announcement from the Center for International Education

The CIE is pleased to announce that two Berea College graduates have received national recognition from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program through the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Meredith Black ’19 received her Fulbright award to be an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Germany, and Shelby Wheeler ’16 was named an ETA alternate for Spain.

Meredith and Shelby were chosen, along with some 2,000 U.S. citizens, for this honor. They will teach abroad for the 2020-2021 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Fulbright recipients are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as their record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.

We congratulate Meredith and Shelby for their high achievement in winning this prestigious Fulbright recognition. They will be contributing greatly to international understanding at a time when it is urgently needed.

An announcement for staff from HR

Annual Performance Evaluations are open and available in Cornerstone. Evaluations are due by May 31st. Please remember that all steps of the evaluation process must be completed through to signatures to be considered complete. Contact your Human Resources partner if you have any questions.

An announcement from Marketing and Communications

We need your help to celebrate our May graduates! Normally, we would be snapping and gathering photos and capturing videos of our soon-to-be alumni to compile a highlight reel to be shown at Senior Celebration. This year is a bit different. Please submit any photos and videos you’ve captured of them, especially if you have some from impromptu celebrations shared with our seniors before leaving campus. Submissions can be serious or silly! Use the submission form to send us your contributions.

If you’d like to leave a short congratulatory video message for our seniors, check the box on the form so we can schedule those Zoom meetings with you soon. All photo and video submissions must be submitted by April 28 so the video can be completed to release graduation weekend.

An announcement from Counseling Services

Please remember, Counseling sessions are available via zoom.  Please contact one of the therapists directly to schedule an appointment or email our Administrative Assistant, Angela Taylor by calling 859-985-3212 or emailing her at  taylorang@berea.edu.  She will assist you in setting up an appointment that works best with your schedule. We are also offering  “check-in” conversations by telephone.  You are welcome to request a phone check-in by emailing one of our therapists directly or by contacting Angela.  We are happy to hear from students with small or more troubling concerns, or just to say things are going okay for you.

The therapists in Counseling Services are also offering opportunities to connect with other students via zoom in a number of creative ways.  Check your email for weekly reminders of these events which will contain information about the zoom link and password needed to join the session.

Meditation on Mondays at 1:00 with Joel Wilson.

Coffee with a Counselor; Sip, Connect and Laugh at 8:00pm Mondays with Julie.

Talk about Troubles and Triumphs with Tricia on Tuesdays at 2:00.

Toning on Tuesdays at 4:00 with Joel Wilson.

Midweek Yoga session with Sue from 5:30-6:30 Wednesdays.

Break Time with Josh Thursdays at 3:00.

Special events for residents of EcoVillage that will be fun to do with children although all students are welcome:

Nailed It – a Cooking Project, April 23rd at 6:00 pm.

Nailed It – Art Project,  April 25th at 2:00

We look forward to having you join us as we socially connect while maintaining healthy physical distance.  And don’t forget to check out our FaceBook page at for Mindfulness Mondays, Tuesday Tips, Wellness Wednesday, Thoughtful Thursday, and Funny Friday.  There is sure to be a post that resonates with you!  Most importantly, stay safe, healthy and in good spirits. We are here for you – please don’t hesitate to contact us for any reason.

A poetic perspective

By Harrie Buswell, retired faculty member, now residing in Western Kentucky

Taking Windage

January wind is king of the out of doors.
But come July the sun will rule the soils
And oh, interesting are the in-betweens,
Those special moments Sun and wind
Striving for moments of dominance
Occasional warm February days
Feeling good in the sunshine,
Until when  clouds chase in
Bringing shade and winds
Chilling are these winds
And then come fall days
Of October when fierceness
From sun is countermanded
By gently cool northerly winds
Bringing a fresh taste to the lips
Momentarily like cool fresh water

A new way to share with one another

The perspectives that a number of Bereans have shared via this space have been very well received proving that we are indeed a community intent on learning, even when going through a challenging time.  I am now proposing another avenue for sharing with one another, this one borrowed (with her permission) from a SOC 100 course taught by Prof. Andrea Woodward.

Prof. Woodward has asked her students to share a photo and brief description of a moment of meaningful connection with nature or with other people (while social distancing). The full assignment is available here for your interest, as is Prof. Woodward’s photo with which she illustrated the assignment.  The op-ed that inspired the assignment can be found here.

Welcome to week 6 of our changed circumstances; please continue to do all the right things.  We will get through this; we will get through this, together!

Lyle Roelofs, President