Photo: Tyler Rocquemore ’22
During the first in-person spring commencement ceremony in three years due to COVID, Berea College recognized 260 students. This included 45 students who graduated between 2019-2021. The 215 graduates for 2022 represented 18 different countries.
Guest speaker Geoffrey Canada, globally renowned president and creator of the Harlem Children’s Zone and advocate for education reform, spoke during the ceremony on meeting challenges facing our youth. Continue reading Berea College Recognizes 260 Students During First In-Person Spring Graduation Ceremony Since 2019 →
Symerdar Baskin was awarded the Honorary Alumna Award and Andrew Baskin received the Rodney C. Bussey Award of Special Merit at Homecoming 2021.
Photo: Crystal Wylie ’05
The Berea College Alumni Association presented Andrew Baskin with the Rodney C. Bussey Award of Special Merit during this year’s Black Student Union Pageant. Baskin’s wife, Symerdar, was presented with an Honorary Alumna Award.
Andrew Baskin was raised in Alcoa, Tenn., and came to Berea as a student in 1968. He majored in history and graduated in 1972 with enough hours for a double major in Black studies. In 1975, he earned a master’s degree in history at Virginia Tech University and went on to teach at Ferrum College in Virginia.
Continue reading Andrew and Symerdar Baskin Honored for Dedication, Commitment to Berea College →
The Berea College Board of Trustees has elected Megan Torres of Alexandria, Va., and Cassie Helen Chambers Armstrong of Louisville, Ky., to serve on the Berea College Board of Trustees.
Berea College Trustee Morgan Torres
After graduating from Berea College in 2009 with a degree in Business Administration, Torres returned to her home state of Virginia, where she worked at the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While there, she focused on a variety of projects, including contracting system administration, policy, training/certification management and performing market research for micro purchases.
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Jennifer Bentz, a Berea College alumna of Maryville, Tennessee, received a Fellowship worth $8,500 by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP)—the nation’s oldest collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Bentz is one of 58 recipients nationwide to receive a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship.
Bentz received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Berea College earlier this year. As a Phi Kappa Phi Fellow, Bentz will pursue a Doctor of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
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President Lyle Roelofs addressing crowd of Berea college graduates at mid-year commencement.
(Photo: Jennifer Lance ’20)
Berea College’s Recognition Ceremony for Mid-Year Graduates was held Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Jim Branscome, retired managing director for investment analysis of Standard & Poor’s (S&P), addressed the seniors who completed their degree requirements at the end of this term. The Berea College graduates represent 14 states and 10 other countries.
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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, Jim Gaines ’56 received the Distinguished Alumnus award and Sharyn Mitchel FD ’65 BC ’69 received the Rodney C. Bussey Award of Special Merit. Recipients were honored at the Alumni Awards Presentation and Reception at 6 p.m., Nov. 15 in the Boone Tavern Events Center. Continue reading Two Alumni Awards Presented at Berea College Homecoming →
Berea College alumni and former College staff members are performing in “Noel and Reb,” the final play at Berea Arena Theater. The play, a comedy by Paul Nelson Power ’58, is being performed as a tribute to Power’s widow, Barbara Byrd Power ’56.
“The proceeds go to the Paul Nelson Power Scholarship at Berea College in memory of this legendary professor, author and director,” said Eddie Kennedy ’68, who is the founder and producer of Berea Arena Theater. “The scholarship was established in 1998 by students, friends and family to honor his boundless energy and enthusiasm for theatre.”
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Berea College installed a Nobel Prize—won by alumnus John Fenn ’37, for his notable work in chemistry—in the new Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building. Science faculty, students, College officials and family members of the late Dr. Fenn gathered to hear remarks about his development of Electrospray Ionization and its impact on developing life-saving medicines.
Berea College’s Loyal Jones Appalachian Center has announced the winners of the “Appalachian Narratives for Our Time” award for essays about how Appalachians thrive in the places they call home.
The submitted essays focus on the authors’ compelling life stories and illustrate the challenges of coming of age, working and living in the realities of family and community.
“Appalachia has a rich and, at the same time, challenging history,” said Chris Green, director of the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center. “All too often, however, national media portrays difficulties in the region as the fault of people who live here. We wanted to give the majority of Appalachians who grow up and make good lives a new opportunity to tell their stories.”
Continue reading Berea College Announces Winners of “Appalachian Narratives for Our Time” Awards →
During Berea College’s Homecoming three Bereans were recognized for their professional accomplishments, contributions to the community and commitments to the mission of Berea College. Larry Allen ’78 and Jack Roush ’64 received Distinguished Alumnus awards. Silas House, published author and member of the College teaching faculty, was presented an Honorary Alumnus Award. Recipients were honored at the Alumni Awards Presentation and Reception on Nov. 16 in the Boone Tavern Events Center. Continue reading Three Alumni Awards Presented at Berea College Homecoming →
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. Continue reading Hunger Hurts Drive Collects 792 Bags of Food →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
Jim Branscome ’68 and Lavoyed Hudgins received the Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Honorary Alumnus Award, respectively. Continue reading Alumni Awards Presented During Berea College Summer Reunion →
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 →
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 →
Showcasing 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 →
Berea 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 →
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 →
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 →
Doris 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 →
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 →