Berea College Service Award Recipients to be Recognized at Annual Service Convocation


On Thursday, March 27 at 3 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel, during the annual Berea College Service Convocation, the 2014 Berea College Service Award will be presented to Henry Red Cloud and Carolyn Sundy. The Berea College Service Award honors persons who in their daily lives and their service to humanity have exemplified Berea’s Great Commitments. The award honors practical service by persons in all walks of life.

Henry Red Cloud, a 21st century Oglala Lakota warrior born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, is bringing green technology and employment to Native American communities. The Oglala Lakota are one of the seven subtribes of the Lakota people.

For more than a decade, he has devoted himself to developing his expertise with renewable energy applications that are environmentally sound, economically beneficial, and culturally appropriate. In 2006, he established Lakota Solar Enterprises, a family-scale renewable energy installation company and manufacturer of solar air heaters. He now offers renewable energy trainings to Native American communities. His work to create employment, affordable energy, and cultural pride for his people has received much attention; he has received several national and international awards for his innovative work.

Carolyn Sundy is the vice president for diversity/inclusion and special programs for Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in Cumberland, Kentucky, where she holds the rank of full professor and has served as a long-time administrator. She has served on multiple national and regional boards of organizations focused on diversity in higher education and strengthening communities in Appalachia. She has committed her career to mentoring students in Eastern Kentucky, developing young leaders, and working to stem the African American “brain drain” from Eastern Kentucky.

Henry Red Cloud will also deliver the annual Service Convocation address, titled “Green Jobs for Native Americans: A new way to honor the old ways.” All are invited to a discussion with both service award recipients immediately following the convocation in Stephenson Hall room 214, on the Berea College campus.

The Berea College Service Convocation is sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Learning through Service (CELTS) and the Willis D. Weatherford, Jr. Campus Christian Center. For more information, contact Ashley Cochrane, at 859-985-3605 or Ashley.cochrane@berea.edu.

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College admits only academically promising students with limited financial resources, primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia, although students come from 40 states and 70 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally-recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly, earning money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.