Staff Announcements

The Staff Forum is a venue for you to keep other staff members updated, informed, and to celebrate departmental achievement. We invite you to submit any departmental, center, or programs updates, including (but not limited to):

  • new team members
  • new programming
  • departmental updates
  • important departmental milestones or achievements
  • departmental awards or recognition

If you have any announcements of your own, please complete our Staff Announcements form or email Sam Cole (

We will update this page periodically, so check back frequently to see new additions. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for this page.

Recent Departmental Announcements

Counseling Services

Joy Harris is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor (LPCC-S), Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (CADC-T), a National Board Certified Counselor (NCC) and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to treat trauma on all levels and Gottmen Couple’s Method trained to address relationship concerns. She is an interactive, empathetic therapist, and licensed minister who loves people and believes in living her BEST life because we only have one life to live. Joy strives to help her students live life to their FULL potential (spiritually, mentally, emotionally and professionally) by providing a caring, non-judgmental, confidential and supporting environment for them to thrive. Joy’s goal is to inspire you to BE…and hopefully bring you a little JOY 🙂  along the way as you soar to the destination created just for YOU. Joy is a psychotherapist hired as a part of the 2016 ARCT Diversity and Inclusion Programming Grant-Increase Mentoring and Counseling Support for Students of Color. Her milestones to achieve include to increase support services to address the psycho-social needs of the College’s diverse population of students. On the top of Joy’s agenda is to collaborate with Centers and campus programs that serve students of color, to provide individual/group counseling and programming directed towards issues of being part of the minority population on campus, while being inclusive to all interested students.

Student Life Team

Rick Holland was recently added to the Student Life Team. He will be managing Blue Ridge Residence Hall and also working with other functions on campus to provide support, create opportunities of involvement and develop engaging programming for our students. He recently obtained his B.A. in Psychology from Berea College in May 2018. Rick says, “I am excited to transition from life as a student to being on staff at Berea to give back to the institution that helped to build me into the person that I am today!”

Student Life Team

Michelle Johnson was recently added to the Student Life Team. She will be managing Bingham and Fairchild Halls and also working with other functions on campus to provide support, create opportunities of involvement and develop engaging programming for our students. She also obtained her M.S. in Higher Education from California State University, Fullerton in May 2018. Michelle says, “I am excited to be here and to learn more about Berea!”

Forestry Outreach Center

Beginning Sept. 1, guided Pinnacles hikes will be offered every Saturday and Sunday. Hikers should meet at the Forestry Outreach Center at 1 pm. (Saturdays only after Thanksgiving).  Documentary Dialogues will resume Sept. 20th and continue every 3rd Thursday of the month from 6:30-8:00. Stay updated on Center activities on the FOC website and on Facebook at Berea College Forestry Outreach Center. This month we welcomed new VISTA, Alison Adkins and John Abrams, to our FOC team.

Alumni & College Relations

The department was able to surpass their Berea Fund goal and raise nearly $4.5 million dollars to complete tuition scholarships in FY17. Congratulations to Alumni & College Relations!

Meet new Berea College faculty and staff members! Human Resources has put together a PowerPoint presentation welcoming all new employees for the College so far, this year. Click on the link to the right to download the presentation file.

Campus Christian Center: Welcome to Ben Groth!

We are delighted to announce the arrival of a new Campus Christian Center colleague, Ben Groth. Ben will be our Chaplain Intern for the next two years. Ben comes to us from Menomonee Falls, WI and has degrees from Oberlin College and Conservatory, Yale Divinity School and Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. We are excited to have Ben as a new member of our team. Please join us in welcoming Ben and his family to Berea College.

Development Update: Fundraising, Giving Day, and More…

This past year was one of the strongest fundraising years in the College’s history because alumni, students, and friends made more than $21 million in philanthropic investments to the campus, including supporting the Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building. As we had hoped, the campaign invigorated all areas of giving. Giving to the Berea Fund remained strong and resulted in over $4.3 million to the college. We are particularly proud of our student supporters, the Berea Patrons, who responded to campus-wide efforts with 839 donors, more than half of Berea’s students, which is also an increase of 311 students, contributing to the Berea Fund. And, as for alumni their giving accounted for 27% of the total raised for Berea Fund.

Berea’s first ever Giving Day, September 1, 2016 had a goal of $25,000 in 25 hours.  Our tentative total of gifts at the end of the 25 hours was $167,890.  In addition, our Berea Patrons program added 116 new patrons.

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Country Dancers: U.S. State Department Grant

With the assistance of the BC grants office, Country Dancers were awarded a grant through the U.S. State Department in Beijing to travel to Yunnan Province in southwest China in May 2017. The grant will cover all expenses for a team consisting of both Country Dancers and Berea Festival Dancers, three leaders, and one musician, as well as hiring some musicians there in China. We will be presenting programs focused on Appalachian dance, music and culture, partnering with the Linden Centre in Dali and Yunnan Arts University in Kunming.

Grow Appalachia Update: Celebrating Seven Years of Success

Grow Appalachia is currently in its seventh year of operation, working with 31 partner sites in six central Appalachian states for 2016. To date, approximately 2,384,167  pounds of organically- grown fruits and vegetables have been harvested by 4,375 participating families. Our sites have also leveraged $2,243,783 in community resources. This summer, Grow Appalachia and Berea College also sponsored the first open and mobile USDA-funded Summer Food Service Program in the city of Berea and in the state of Kentucky. A total of 13,880 meals were served, equating in savings of $44,519.14 to Berea families for meal costs this summer.

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