Student Labor Program Celebrates Labor Day 2006

Students, staff, and faculty joined together in celebration of student labor on Tuesday, April 25. Events kicked off the night before with the annual Labor Awards Banquet at Boone Tavern, after which many attended the first annual Berea Idol semi-finals at Phelps-Stokes Chapel. Labor Day revelers were invited to engage in service projects during the morning hours, and were later treated to a festival at Seabury Center that included labor-themed booths, CAB-sponsored inflatables, a picnic-style lunch, and a variety of specialty food vendors. Guests were treated to performances by the Jazz Band, the African- Latin- American Drum Ensemble, and the finalists for Berea Idol. The evening continued with a special dinner at Food Service, followed by a concert by the Jazz Band and two wind ensembles. It was a wonderful way to celebrate our working community.

Berea Idol Competition
There were 22 initial contestants in the Berea Idol singing competition. The following semi-finalists were selected after the performances on Labor Day Eve:

Jessica French
Valton Jackson
Rebekah Hall
Ashley Nicole Long
Lamont Hill
Jessica Slaton
Erinn Horton
Charity Warren
Zackary Kocher
Alana Williams-Robinson

These final three contestants performed at the Labor Day festival:

Lamont Hill
Ashley Nicole Long
Alana Williams-Robinson

Winner: Alana Williams-Robinson

Many thanks to Chris Lakes, Debi McIntosh, and John Stauffer for playing Simon, Paul and Randy. Thanks also to Media Services for their concert support.

Labor Banquet Award Winners

Building Care Award

Draper Building (Jasper Gross, Thupten Dhondup, Cortney McCarty, Craig Ogle, Sarah Houser, Dominique Hillman, and Gary Nance)

Photo Awards

1st Place: Jennifer Adkins
2nd Place: Kristopher Hammons
3rd Place: Emily Puckett

Danforth Creative Effort Awards

1st Place: Jared Patterson
2nd Place: Jacob Martin
3rd Place: Bethany Kershner and Carman Smith

Raymond B. Drukker Memorial Award for Library Science

Amy McNally
Wilson and Ellen Best Evans Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award
Caroline Twiggs and Bartholomew Williams

Food Service Special Award

Jessica French

Clara Bell Hall Crafts Award

Sreirath Khieu

Richard T. Hougen Hotel Management Award

Maria Karlsson and Stephanie Phillips

Gladys Jameson Accompanist Award

Dipendra Sunam

Anna Mae and Phyllis Shumaker Award

Jack Green

Sarah Fuller Smith Loom Award

Mary Beth Powell

Margaret G. Rogers Nursing Award

Keith DeLong

Russell I. Todd Award

Megan Allen

Outstanding Supervisors of the Year

1-15 students: Linda Reynolds, Public Relations
16-30 students: Deloris Coleman, Student Crafts

Outstanding Mentors of the Year

1-15 students: Lesia Holder, Labor Program Office
16-30 students: Carolyn Nicely, Facilities Management
31 or more students: Dodie Karr, Campus Life

Outstanding Student Employee of the Year

This year’s recipient was also named the Kentucky MASEA Employee of the Year, and nominated by Berea College to receive the Truman Scholarship

Esther White

In addition to endowed awards nominated by colleagues and reviewed by a selection panel, many students were recognized through Departmental Awards. These awards are presented by supervisors to the student or students (depending on department size) who contribute the most to their labor departments.

Labor Day Festival

Booths sponsored or staffed by:

African and African-American Studies
Black Cultural Center
Campus Christian Center
College Relations
Fairchild Hall Office Workers
Information Systems and Services
International Center
Learning Center
Lincoln Hall Office Workers
Media Services
Public Relations
Recycling / SENS
Student Crafts

Students who visited the booths received small prizes and a stamp on their prize card for each booth engaged. Once six stamps were received, the cards could be submitted for a grand prize drawing. 555 cards were submitted, which represents at least 3330 visits to booths during the festival. Prize winners were:

Sampson Wuo (Mongoose Bike), Bangha Song (DVD player), Shawn Kennedy (DVD player), Hannah Haverkamp (20” flatscreen TV), Gertrude Saah (27” TV), Matthew Weibert (stereo), Dewey Burchfield (portable CD player), Zachary Kocher (portable CD player), Paul McPherson (portable CD player), Brian Sutton (portable CD player), Jamie Miller (portable CD player), Caroline Muriuki (small boom box), Jamie Helle (small boom box), Henrietta Opoku (large boom box), Jacob Martin (13” TV), Joe Saleem (PlayStation 2), Brittney Westbrook (laptop case), Vanessa Oliver (college crafts wastebasker), Gugulethu Hlongwane (college crafts bookends), Rio Johnson (GPS receiver), Jessica Smith (Kodak Easyshare camera), Aicia Pense (one night stay at Boone Tavern), Erin Horton (DVD player), Terri Horn (portable DVD player with car case), Jeremy Brook (Berea College T-Shirt), Orian Baker (quilt rack and shelf), Olatunde Oluyitan (quilt rack and shelf), Gyude Moore (quilt rack and shelf), Konul Amrahova (quilt rack and shelf), Ciquienta Vaughn (quilt rack and shelf), David Foster III (portable radio), Dustin Hodges (large boom box), Jessica Ammons (digital camera).

Prizes and contest support were provided by the following:

David Powell Painting
Baker Sanitation
Premier Products
Tel Planning
Berea College Marketing & Distribution
Lyons Company
Ken Isaacs Interior
Boone Tavern
Davis and Powell Funeral Parlor
Campus Activities Board
Total Comfort
Christian Appalachian Project
Simpson Paint
Chris Turner Carpet
Barnett HVAC and Plumbing
Madison Termite
Coyle and Hymore
Kock Corporation
Wal Mart
The Potting Shed
Hicks Lumber
Allens Flowers
Renfro Valley

In addition to the booth sponsorship, over 50 individual faculty / staff / students volunteered from across campus, helping with set-up, meal service, and much more. Special thanks to the following staffs for their tremendous support: Facilities Management, Food Service, and Seabury Center. We are especially grateful to Jeannie McConnell for soliciting and transporting prizes for the festival.

Labor Day events organized by David Slinker, Training and Assessment Specialist
Labor Award Banquet organized by Darlene Stocker, Workplace Development Associate
Give them a big thanks when you see them on campus!