08/12/2019: On May 1st the Center Directors gathered at Richard Cahill’s (Director of the Center for International Education) farm for this year’s Center Directors Retreat. This retreat allows for planning for Center work for the coming year, and also allows for time to celebrate work well done by each of the Center Directors in the past year. A special welcome to our newest Center Directors, M. Shadee Malaklou (Women’s and Gender Studies Center) and Jessica Klanderud (Carter G. Woodson Center)
06/09/2019: Our office recently gathered together at Susan Vaughn’s gorgeous house to say thank you and goodbye to our beloved colleague, Dr. Chad Berry. Chad has served for the last 8 years as Academic Vice President and Dean of the Faculty. However, beginning July 1st he will no longer be in this role. As part of this celebration of Chad’s hard work for nearly the last decade we gathered for a delicious dinner, fun, fellowship, and even sung a song in his honor. We will miss you, Chad!
05/01/2019: On May 1st the Center Directors gathered at Snug Hollow Bed & Breakfast for their annual Center Directors Retreat. This retreat allows for planning for Center work for the coming year, and also allows for time to celebrate work well done by each of the Center Directors in the past year. This year’s retreat was a special event because it also was the day that it was announced internally that Dr. Linda Strong-Leek would be serving as Provost for Berea College beginning on July 1st, 2019. To celebrate, the Center Directors toasted in her honor and she received a sparkler on her piece of pie. Congratulations, Linda!
07/19/2018: On Thursday, July 19th, 2018 the AVP Office took a yearly retreat to the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky. There, we learned about Ali’s journey to become “The Greatest,” and had a wonderful lunch at Shirley Maes Cafe. While there, Shirley told us where to find the gym, (right down the street from her restaurant), where Ali trained as a young man. Susan Vaughn snapped this photo of most of the AVP Office staff in front of a sculpture erected by the residence of Smoketown near that gym. Not pictured is Jim Strand, who was paying our bill at the restaurant.
05/06/2018: Today was Berea College’s Baccalaureate and Commencement Services. Congratulations to all Berea graduates, including our very own Student Administrative Associate, Jose Zindia, who hails from South Sudan. Here, Jose is pictured with Executive Administrative Assistant, Sarah Broomfield, who served as Jose’s Labor Supervisor. We will miss you, Jose, but we know that you are off to do truly great things, along with the other 1600 graduates in the Class of 2018.
11/16/2017: A moment of levity in the AVP Office! Here, Executive Administrative Assistant, Susan Vaughn, holds Archibald the Hedgehog, who came to visit our office in order to spread some cheer.
07/10/2017: On Monday, July 10th, 2017 the AVP Office took a yearly retreat to Cumberland Falls. There, we enjoyed a hike to Eagle Falls, the views of Cumberland Falls, and lunch at the DuPont Lodge in the State Park. Susan Vaughn and Rob Smith snapped a few great photos during our visit and we wanted to share them here.
05/09/2017: On May 9th, 2017 Dr. Chad Berry, Academic Vice President and Dean of the Faculty, along with Dr. Lyle Roelofs, President of Berea College, hosted a Faculty Fish Fry at the Appalachian College Association in Richmond, Kentucky to celebrate the end of the term. Here are just a few snapshots from that event, sent to us from Dr. Richard Cahill, Director of the Center for International Education and Associate Professor of History. Click on the slideshow at right to make the photos larger.
12/16/2016: We were all stunned today when, who should appear, but good ole’ Dean Claus, ready to celebrate the Holidays with all of us! Here he is, pictured with Katie Basham, Berea’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives and Title VII/Title IX Coordinator. She is just as surprised as we were!
08/30/2016: On August 30th, 2016 AVP Office Staff gathered together with our three labor students, Jose, Eny, and Johanna, to hear more about their home countries of South Sudan, Mongolia, and Bulgaria, respectively, as well as their Berea journey. We thank our students for all the incredible work they do to help keep our office running!
08/01/2016: On August 1st, 2016 most of the staff of the Academic Vice President’s Office attended our annual office retreat. This year the destination was Natural Bridge State Resort Park! Here is a snapshot captured at the top of the bridge.
04/28/2016: Student workers really help to keep our office running! Last Thursday, the staff of the Academic Vice President’s Office gathered on the terrace of Lincoln Hall to celebrate the great work of our student workers, Eny, Glorie, and Jose, as well as the graduation of our senior student, Gloire. We enjoyed cake, ice cream, sunshine, and laughter. Congratulations, Gloire!
04/27/2016: Graduation is right around the corner! Recently, Dr. Chad Berry, Academic Vice President & Dean of the Faculty, and Dr. Linda Strong-Leek, Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, attended the Graduating International Students Celebration. Congratulations to all graduates!
09/28/2015: Today the AVP Office Staff, along with Rachel Roberts-Lakes, celebrated sending off boxes containing materials for the SACSCOC On-Site Visit Committee. We look forward to seeing them here on-campus very soon!