Hunger Hurts Drive Collects 792 Bags of Food

A Boy Scout carrying food drive items in front of a table of several donated items

Members of the Wieblos Boy Scout Troop 516, Wyatt Jones (pictured), 9, and Cole Jones, 6, volunteer to sort food with Berea College students at the annual Hunger Hurts Food Drive on Sat.
(Photo: Crystal Wylie ’05)

The Berea community responded generously to the 26th annual Hunger Hurts Food Drive with 792 bags of food. Coordinated by Berea College’s Center for Excellence in Learning through Service (CELTS), in collaboration with Berea Faith Community Outreach (BFCO), the food collection netted more than 100 bags of food than last year.

More than 700,000—or one in six—Kentuckians struggle with food insecurity, and each week 53,400 Kentuckians receive food from a food bank. For 26 years, residents of Berea have responded to these needs.

Close up shot of donated items including Gatorade, salt, and canned soups

(Photo: Crystal Wylie ’05)

Volunteers began distributing brown paper bags, donated by Richmond Kroger, to households within the Berea city limits during the last week of October. Community members participated by filling the bags with non-perishable food and toiletry items. Then, volunteers picked them up and delivered them to the Berea Community Food Bank, located on Parkway Avenue.

Berea College alumni volunteers in the Cincinnati, Knoxville, Lexington and Louisville areas also donated food at participating organizations for the College’s first Berea Day of Service, which coincided with the annual Hunger Hurts Food Drive. Results from those four locations are pending.

The Berea Community Food Bank and Bereans United for Utility and Rent Relief (BUURR) serve more than 1,000 families who access their services annually. In addition to the Hunger Hurts Food Drive, many individuals, churches, schools, businesses and organizations contribute food and money to the food bank throughout the year.

Residents of southern Madison County who have an emergency food need or would like to request assistance from the BUURR program can call 859-985-1903 for more information.

Berea Names Gym After Dr. Joy Hager

Dedication of the Dr. Joy Hager Gymnasium, recognizing 49 years of service.The Dr. Joy Hager Gymnasium will be dedicated at a naming ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 1, to memorialize her commitment and leadership during her 49 years of service to Berea College. The ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the Upper Gym at the Seabury Center on Berea’s campus. Continue reading Berea Names Gym After Dr. Joy Hager

Hunger Hurts Food Drive Underway

An anonymous woman in a Berea College t-shirt handling cans of vegetables and other foods

The 26th annual Hunger Hurts Food Drive, coordinated by Berea College’s Center for Excellence in Learning through Service (CELTS), in collaboration with Berea Faith Community Outreach (BFCO), runs from Oct. 27 to Nov. 3, 2018.

More than 700,000—or one in six—Kentuckians struggle with food insecurity, and each week 53,400 Kentuckians receive food from a food bank. For 26 years, residents of Berea have responded to these needs. Continue reading Hunger Hurts Food Drive Underway

Three Alumni Awards to be Presented at Berea College Homecoming

Each year during Homecoming Bereans are recognized for their professional accomplishments, contributions to the community and commitments to the mission of Berea College. This year, Larry Allen ’78 and Jack Roush ’64 will receive Distinguished Alumnus awards. Silas House, published author and member of the College teaching faculty, will be presented an Honorary Alumnus Award. Recipients will be honored at the Alumni Awards Presentation and Reception at 6 p.m., Nov. 16 in the Boone Tavern Events Center. Continue reading Three Alumni Awards to be Presented at Berea College Homecoming

Berea College Welcomes Public to 2018 Opening Convocation

Lyle Roelofs, President of Berea College

Lyle Roelofs, President of Berea College

The public is invited to join the entire Berea College community in marking the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year at the College’s Opening Convocation on Thursday, August 30, 2018, at 3 p.m. in the Seabury Center. The program is free. The theme for this year’s opening convocation will be Berea Stories. Continue reading Berea College Welcomes Public to 2018 Opening Convocation

Berea Alumnus honored with Hall of Fame induction

Jack Roush

Jack Roush ’64

Berea College Alumnus Jack Roush ’64 went from Mr. Fix-It in his college years to an enormously successful career in the drag-racing, road-racing and, eventually, NASCAR fields. Since 1998, Roush’s racing teams have won 325 races in the three NASCAR national touring series, more than any other car owner in history. On Feb. 1, 2019, he will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Continue reading Berea Alumnus honored with Hall of Fame induction

Local Berea College Alums Invited to Join President’s Run/Walk Club

Student Life staff participate in the first Collegium Run with President Lyle Roelofs.

With the arrival of spring comes the resumption of the President’s Run/Walk Club, which has been on hiatus from the end of last semester to after Spring Break.
The President’s Run/Walk Club is open to current active members and anyone new wanting to join us—including Berea College alumni who live in the area.  The group meets at 7:00 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays (weather permitting) at Seabury Circle, on the side of the building facing the Danforth Technology Building. Continue reading Local Berea College Alums Invited to Join President’s Run/Walk Club

Berea College Service Award Recipient and Speaker to be Celebrated at Annual Service Convocation

The 2018 Berea College Service Award will be presented to alumna Geraldine “Jeri” Baker on Thursday, March 22 at 3 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel, during the annual Berea College Service Convocation. The Berea College Service Award honors persons who exemplify Berea’s Great Commitments in their daily lives and service to humanity. The award honors practical service by persons in all walks of life. Continue reading Berea College Service Award Recipient and Speaker to be Celebrated at Annual Service Convocation

Berea College Alumnus John Fleming Plays Major Role in Opening Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

John FlemingShowcasing the significance of history is nothing new to John Fleming.

Dr. Fleming  ’66, is known throughout the country for his scholarship, particularly in the African-American experience. As a historian, author, academician and museum expert, Fleming has increased inclusion of African American stories and culture into museum presentations and education, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, and most recently the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Continue reading Berea College Alumnus John Fleming Plays Major Role in Opening Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

President’s Medallion Presented to Carl Thomas ’78 and Deborah Byrd Thomas ’80

Carl and Deborah Thomas with Lyle RoelofsBerea College President Lyle Roelofs presented Carl Thomas ‘78 and his wife, Deborah Byrd Thomas ’80, with the President’s Medallion at a surprise ceremony during the College’s 2017 Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, November 18.

Established in 1988 by then-President John B. Stephenson, the award is given at the discretion of the President to honor those who have shown “exemplary service in the advancement of Berea College and its cause.” Together, the Thomases are the 16th recipients of the President’s Medallion. Continue reading President’s Medallion Presented to Carl Thomas ’78 and Deborah Byrd Thomas ’80

Alumni Awards Presented at Homecoming

Each year during Homecoming selected Bereans are recognized for their professional accomplishments, contributions to the community, and commitments to the mission of Berea College. This year, Bill Daugherty ’76 received the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Dr. Kathy Bullock and Keith Bullock, members of the Teaching Faculty and General Faculty, respectively, were presented Honorary Alumnus Awards. Continue reading Alumni Awards Presented at Homecoming

Rocky S. Tuan ’72 to Share Research in Stem Cells, Skeletal Tissue Engineering and Regeneration

Dr. Rocky Tuan

Berea College welcomes the public and campus community to this week’s convocation featuring Berea alumnus Dr. Rocky S. Tuan, a prominent biomedical scientist who will discuss using adult stem cells, 3D printing, and nanomaterial technologies. The convocation will take place Thursday, October 19, at 3 p.m., in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Continue reading Rocky S. Tuan ’72 to Share Research in Stem Cells, Skeletal Tissue Engineering and Regeneration

Juried Alumni Art Exhibition Opens at Berea College

Alumni Art ExhibitDoris Ulmann Galleries at Berea College has announced the opening of its first Juried Alumni Exhibition. Held in the Lower Traylor Gallery of the Rogers-Traylor Art Building, the show will be on display from Oct. 1 until Nov. 17, 2017. A closing reception is scheduled at 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 17, to kick off the College’s Homecoming weekend. Continue reading Juried Alumni Art Exhibition Opens at Berea College

Berea College Theatre Celebrates 125 Years

BC Theatre, Celebrating 125 Years
The Berea College Theatre is celebrating its 125th Anniversary during the 2017-18 season. What began with a reading of Hamlet in 1892, the Theatre’s presence at Berea College has been a critical element to the academic and co-curricular lives of students. Continue reading Berea College Theatre Celebrates 125 Years

Berean Rocky S. Tuan Appointed Vice-Chancellor & President at Chinese University of Hong Kong

Rocky Tuan Vice Chancellor at The Chinese Univeristy of Hong Kong

Rocky Tuan Vice Chancellor at The Chinese Univeristy of Hong Kong

At its meeting held today (July 25, 2017), the Council of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) unanimously approved the appointment of Professor Rocky S. Tuan, an eminent biomedical scientist, as the eighth Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK. Tuan, a 1972 alumnus of Berea College (Berea, KY), was selected to serve a period of six years beginning January 1, 2018—succeeding Professor Joseph J.Y. Sung who steps down then to resume his position as Professor of Medicine and Therapeutics, the Faculty of Medicine, CUHK. Continue reading Berean Rocky S. Tuan Appointed Vice-Chancellor & President at Chinese University of Hong Kong

Automotive Hall of Fame to Induct Jack Roush, Berea College Alumnus, This Week

Jack Roush '64

Jack Roush ’64

Jack Roush, a legendary icon in the auto industry and 1964 graduate of Berea College, is one of four 2017 honorees to be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame on Thursday, July 20, in Detroit, MI. Continue reading Automotive Hall of Fame to Induct Jack Roush, Berea College Alumnus, This Week

Berea College Alumnus Ron Daley Inducted to Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame

Ron Daley

Ron Daley ’72

Ron Daley, a 1972 graduate of Berea College, is a newly-inducted member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. Daley was honored for his two decades of experience as the co-founder, publisher, and editor of the Troublesome Creek Times from June, 1980 to September, 2000.  Daley helped change the face of weekly newspaper journalism in Kentucky. During his tenure, the Times won more than 320 national and state press awards. Continue reading Berea College Alumnus Ron Daley Inducted to Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame

Berea College Awards Three Alumni with Special Recognition

Three Berea College alumni received awards during the College’s recent Summer Reunion. Awardees include Larry Woods, Alumni Loyalty Award; Robert Auerbach, Distinguished Alumnus Award; and Ann Beard Grundy, Distinguished Alumna Award.

Larry Woods

Larry Woods

Woods, a 1975 alumnus of Berea’s agriculture program, actively serves his Alma Mater in various capacities. He held terms on Berea’s Alumni Executive Council for seven years and is a past president of the Council. Woods was class reunion chair for his 35th and 40th reunions at Berea. He also assists with   helping fellow alumni return to campus. Continue reading Berea College Awards Three Alumni with Special Recognition

Loyal Jones ’54 Wins 2017 East Kentucky Leadership Tony Turner Award

Loyal Jones '54Berea alumnus Loyal Jones ‘54, a former faculty member and founding director of the Appalachian Center that now bears his name at Berea College, is one of the winners who will receive a special award at this week’s East Kentucky Leadership Conference in Richmond, KY. The award, given in honor of former WYMT broadcaster, Tony Turner, honors individuals for their contributions to the Appalachian region. Continue reading Loyal Jones ’54 Wins 2017 East Kentucky Leadership Tony Turner Award

Woolfolk and Whitt Selected Berea College’s 2017 Service Award Winners

Lynda Whitt Headshot

Lynda Whitt, recipient of one of the 2017 Berea College Service Awards.

The annual Berea College Service Convocation and presentation of the 2017 Berea College Service Awards will take place this Thursday, March 23 at 3:00 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Following the presentation of the 2017 Berea College Service Awards to Ms. Lynda Whitt and Ms. Odessa Woolfolk, three Berea College graduates will engage in a panel discussion, titled, “Careers in Defending Human Rights in Kentucky: Perspectives of three Berea College graduates.” The panelists include Rashaad Abdur-Rahman, Christian Motley, and Cara Stewart. Continue reading Woolfolk and Whitt Selected Berea College’s 2017 Service Award Winners

President’s Medallion Presented to Charles C. Rayburn

Charles Rayburn receives presidential medallion

On February 13, 2017, alumnus Charles Rayburn received the Berea College President’s Medallion. The award, first established in 1988 by then-President John B. Stephenson, is given at the discretion of the President as a way to honor those who have shown “exemplary service in the advancement of Berea College and its cause.” Rayburn is the first recipient of the President’s Medallion during President Lyle Roelofs’ tenure at Berea College and only the 15th honoree since the award was established. Continue reading President’s Medallion Presented to Charles C. Rayburn

Experiencing Black History

Students holding college motto on a sign behind them
Berea has made history, since its remarkable beginning as the South’s first interracial and coeducational college, to educating Carter G. Woodson, the “Father of Black History.”

Berea’s students and faculty members continued to make history when they participated with Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Civil Rights March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Continue reading Experiencing Black History

Alumna Elizabeth Culbreth to Speak at Berea College Mid-Year Graduation

Elizabeth CulbrethM. Elizabeth Culbreth, former Director of the Office of Administrative Appeals for the United States Department of Labor, will speak at the Recognition Ceremony for Mid-Year Graduates on Sunday, December 11 at 3:00 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. The ceremony will be streamed at: https://livestream.com/accounts/5135608/events/6654941 Continue reading Alumna Elizabeth Culbreth to Speak at Berea College Mid-Year Graduation