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

Respect for All People

Grace GilletteWhen Grace Gillette, Foundation ’66, arrived on Berea College’s campus in the fall of 1964, she was an “oddity,” she said.

When students heard a Native American was on campus, they expected her to dress differently – “like you would expect a Native American to look as portrayed in history books,” she said. “A lot of them thought we were gone. To this day, history makes it sound like Native people are gone.” Continue reading Respect for All People

Berea College Partners with KIPP Charter Schools to Increase College Completion Rates

KIPP logoBerea, KY – Berea College and KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) public charter schools have announced a partnership aimed at increasing college completion rates for KIPP students from educationally underserved communities. Berea College is KIPP’s first college partner in the state of Kentucky.

KIPP is a non-profit network of college-preparatory, public charter schools educating elementary, middle, and high school students. There are 200 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia educating nearly 80,000 students on their path to and through college, careers, and life. Continue reading Berea College Partners with KIPP Charter Schools to Increase College Completion Rates

Governor’s Top Honor To Berea Alumna Msiba Ann Grundy

Ann Beard Grundy

Ann Beard Grundy

Berea College alumna Msiba Ann Grundy ‘68, and her husband Chester Grundy, have just been named as recipients of The Milner Award, the top honor in the annual Kentucky Governor’s Awards in the Arts. Throughout their lives, the Grundys have actively worked―often through arts events such as the Lexington Roots and Heritage Festival―to empower African-American Kentuckians. Continue reading Governor’s Top Honor To Berea Alumna Msiba Ann Grundy

Middletown School Alumni Reunite at Historic Berea School Site

From 1927 until 1963, African American students in Berea attended the Middletown Consolidated Rosenwald School. This past weekend, a group of 51 former students plus 40 non-alumni who included parents, spouses, and siblings of alumni, returned for an eventful reunion, organized by a group of the school’s alumni. Continue reading Middletown School Alumni Reunite at Historic Berea School Site

Alumni Reminisce and Reconnect at Summer Reunion 2016

Laughs at picnicNearly 500 alumni from far and wide gathered this past weekend at the annual Berea College Summer Reunion.

The weekend’s festivities began with a reception for members of the Great Commitments Society, which recognizes alumni who have included Berea College in their estate plans to help the College carry out its Great Commitments. Family members of deceased donors whose names are being added to the Legacy Wall in Fee Glade on campus also were recognized. Continue reading Alumni Reminisce and Reconnect at Summer Reunion 2016

Alums To Gather, Three Bereans To Receive Special Recognition

The annual Berea College Summer Reunion will take place June 10–12, 2016. Alumni celebrating special reunions include the classes of 1946, 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981 and 1986.

Three individuals will be recognized with special awards at a ceremony on Saturday, June 11, at 10:30 a.m. in Baird Lounge in the Alumni Building. Dr. Miles Hayes ’57 will be presented the Distinguished Alumni Award. Janie Adams Frazier ’72 will receive the Alumni Loyalty Award, and Fred Baker will be presented with an Honorary Alumnus Award. The award presentations will be preceded by a “State of the College” address by President Lyle Roelofs. Continue reading Alums To Gather, Three Bereans To Receive Special Recognition

Two Berea Alumni Named College Trustees

Rocky S. Tuan and Betty H. Olinger were elected to the Berea College Board of Trustees at the Board’s April meeting. Both are alumni of Berea College.

Dr. Rocky Tuan

Dr. Rocky Tuan

Dr. Tuan, of Pittsburgh, PA, is the Founding Director of the Center for Cellular and Molecular Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where he also serves as the Arthur J. Rooney, Sr. Chair Professor and Executive Vice Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, with a joint appointment as Professor in the Department of Bioengineering. Continue reading Two Berea Alumni Named College Trustees

Female Alumni – Success Stretches Over Many Decades

From the beginning, women at Berea College have lived and learned alongside men. During Women’s History Month, we focus this week on several women who were educated here before pursuing successful careers in diverse fields. These few individuals listed here represent the thousands more who also used their Berea education to influence their world. Continue reading Female Alumni – Success Stretches Over Many Decades

Alumna, Naomi Tutu – Speaking Out for Justice and Common Ground

Naomi Tutu Speaking at a Berea College Convocation in 2014

Naomi Tutu Speaking at a Berea College Convocation in 2014

Nontombi Naomi Tutu was born in 1960 in Krugersdorp (an area of Soweto), South Africa. She was the fourth child and third daughter of Desmond and Leah Nomalizo Tutu. She and her siblings were educated internationally. At age 6, Naomi went from her home in Soweto to a boarding school located 1,000 miles away in Mbabane, Swaziland. The Waterford KaMhlaba School was one of 11 international United World Colleges, an educational movement that brings together students from all over the world based on merit, regardless of their ability to pay. Naomi also received part of her early education in England, where her father spent much of his early career. Continue reading Alumna, Naomi Tutu – Speaking Out for Justice and Common Ground

A Lifetime of Service

(Published originally in the Spring 2011 issue of Berea College Magazine.)

by Lindsay Roe, ’14

April 10, 2011, was a special day for a special supporter of Berea. On this day, Earl Hager, ’32, West Virginia native and alumnus of the Berea Foundation School and Academy, celebrated his 102nd birthday. When congratulated for his long, healthy and eventful life, he comments, “I don’t know if I’m your oldest alumnus, but I’m sure enough the oldest person in all the stuff I do around here!” Earl has certainly been involved in a lot of “stuff,” if this is how one should properly categorize his lifetime of service, vigor and generosity. Continue reading A Lifetime of Service

Green P. Russell and Jessie Reasor Zander

Berea’s long standing commitment to education

As beneficiaries of Berea College’s commitment to interracial education, throughout the decades many Bereans have extended the legacy of education to others. This profile features two such alumni, one from the 1800s and one from the 1900s, who are representative of thousands of other teachers and educators who have carried Berea’s values into the wider world. Continue reading Green P. Russell and Jessie Reasor Zander

Keven McQueen’s Life of Crime

Published Originally in the Winter/Spring 2012 Issue of Berea College Magazine

W. C. Kilby ’13

Keven McQueen, ’89, has found a way to make crime pay. During the day, he appears to be a perfectly respectable instructor at Eastern Kentucky University, where he has been teaching composition and literature since 1989. However, his free time is spent associating with blood-thirsty murderers, rambunctious thieves and the occasional lynch mob. Continue reading Keven McQueen’s Life of Crime

Green P. Russell and Jessie Reasor Zander Illuminate Berea’s Long-Standing Commitment to Education

As beneficiaries of Berea College’s commitment to interracial education, throughout the decades many Bereans have extended the legacy of education to others. This profile features two such alumni, one from the 1800s and one from the 1900s, who are representative of thousands of other teachers and educators who have carried Berea’s values into the wider world. Continue reading Green P. Russell and Jessie Reasor Zander Illuminate Berea’s Long-Standing Commitment to Education

The Father of Black History, Carter G. Woodson Graduated from Berea College

During Black History Month, Berea College proudly recognizes notable alumni who have contributed significantly to Black History and each week features remarkable Bereans. Most notable is the “Father of Black History,” Carter G. Woodson, who enrolled at Berea College in 1897 and graduated in 1903. Continue reading The Father of Black History, Carter G. Woodson Graduated from Berea College

AMANDA LUCAS’ Global Gift

Published Originally in the Winter/Spring 2012 Issue of Berea College Magazine

Emily Applegate, ’14

Amanda Lucas, ’09, the new Global Studies Coordinator at Piney Woods School in Mississippi, is sharing the gift of international education with her students. During their spring break, she and her class will spend one week in China, taking part in various service projects, including teaching English to students in the capital city of Beijing. While staying with a local host family, they will visit the Great Wall of China and the “Forbidden City.” Lucas and her students will then travel to the growing cities of Shanghai and Xi’an, immersing themselves in the country’s unique culture. They will try their hands at the Chinese martial art of Taijiquan, attend a Kung Fu Show and view a “Tang Dynasty Show” that will open their eyes to traditional dances, art and music. “What better way to introduce students to global power than to visit one of the world’s fastest growing economies?” she asks. Continue reading AMANDA LUCAS’ Global Gift

The Berea College Story Told on NPR

Published originally in the Winter/Spring 2012 issue of Berea College Magazine

By Annie Hammell, ’15 It travels: by spoken word, in photographs, through video, by you and me. A story travels. In today’s high-tech world, many stories travel through the Internet. It was through Facebook that Noah Adams of National Public Radio (NPR) found the Berea College story. Continue reading The Berea College Story Told on NPR

Superlative Superintendents

Originally published in the Spring 2009 issue of the Berea College Magazine

Complied by Michael Loruss, ’10, and Patricia Stephens, ’11

A little over a year ago, David N. Cook, ’85, contacted the Berea College Magazine with an idea for a feature on eight Berea alumni employed as superintendents of public education in Kentucky. As a policy advisor for the state Department of Education’s Office of Leadership and School Improvement, David mentioned that of the 174 public school superintendents, Berea College had the distinction of having more Kentucky school superintendents than any other private college. Continue reading Superlative Superintendents

Bob Smith Pays It Forward

Bob Smith

Bob Smith will retire after having served more than 30 years as executive director of the North East Florida Educational Consortium.

Published originally in the Spring 2009 issue of the Berea College Magazine

by Patricia Stephens, ’11

Growing up in the small town of Clothier, “Bob” Smith, ’72, knew the scarcity of educational opportunities. He also knew he was determined to have that college degree.

“If you’ve seen the movie Coal Minter’s Daughter, you have a pretty accurate picture of the town and the people,” says Bob. clothier had one grocery and no other stores, no stop lights and no city government. His father worked in a coal mine and his mother took in laundry. Even though Bob’s father had only a third grade education, he knew what it took to get ahead and he made it clear that his sons were to attend college. Continue reading Bob Smith Pays It Forward