Needle Work Musical Drama Coming to Berea College March 26th

Higher Ground will present an original one-act musical drama, Needle Work, at the Phelps Stokes Chapel at 7 p.m., Tuesday March 26, 2019. The performance includes stories collected in eastern Kentucky communities and music from the cast and local musicians. It is free and open to the public.

Needle Work examines the pros and cons of needle exchanges, where substance abusers can exchange dirty syringes for clean ones without fear of legal consequences, as a way of stemming the spread of diseases such as hepatitis and HIV/AIDS.

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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. Continue reading Hunger Hurts Drive Collects 792 Bags of Food

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

16th Annual Empty Bowls Event to be Hosted at Berea College

Student holding a handmade bowl at the Empty Bowls eventBerea residents can help address local hunger needs on Wednesday, March 28, by participating in the annual Empty Bowls event and meal.

The Empty Bowls event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Commons, located in the Woods-Penniman Building on the Berea College campus. The idea behind Empty Bowls is simple – in exchange for $10, guests will be served a meal of soup in a ceramic bowl made and donated by Berea College ceramics student volunteers and local potters. Guests keep the bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. Continue reading 16th Annual Empty Bowls Event to be Hosted at Berea College

Berea College Student Honored as 2018 Newman Civic Fellow

Hunter MaloneBerea College student Hunter Malone has been named a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, a Boston-based, non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education. Malone, a junior sociology major with a history minor, is one of 268 students from colleges all across America who will make up the organization’s 2018 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows.

“Hunter is a creative and collaborative student leader who is actively involved in mentoring and training others,” said Berea College President Lyle Roelofs. “He is also committed to developing opportunities for others to learn and take action on the issues that are important to them. Hunter is particularly interested in exploring intersections of human rights and social issues.” Continue reading Berea College Student Honored as 2018 Newman Civic Fellow

Berea College Observes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

MLK Day Celebration March from Union Church to Presser Hall

Berea College students, faculty, staff and community members marched from Union Church to Presser Hall during the 2018 MLK Day Celebration

Berea College staff, faculty and students observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Monday, Jan. 15 with events throughout the day co-sponsored by the Office of the President, Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education, Black Cultural Center, Willis D. Weatherford Campus Christian Center, Center for Excellence in Learning Through Service, Berea College Music Department and Union Church. Continue reading Berea College Observes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Hunger Hurts Food Drive Brings Berea Community Together for 25th Year

CELTS logoThe 25th 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 October 21 to October 28, 2017. Continue reading Hunger Hurts Food Drive Brings Berea Community Together for 25th Year

Berea College to Host 2nd Annual Kentucky Hunger Dialogue

CELTS logoCollege students and others interested in eliminating hunger will be urged to take action at the second annual Kentucky Hunger Dialogue on Saturday, September 30. Hosted by the Berea College Center for Excellence in Learning through Service (CELTS) and sponsored by Kentucky Campus Compact, the theme for this year’s Kentucky Hunger Dialogue is “Asset-Based Responses to Hunger.” The event will highlight successful programs already at work in our communities and present tools for engagement with hunger on three levels: emergency response, food systems, and policy change. Alongside non-profit and state agencies, students from colleges and universities across the commonwealth will spend the day networking, learning, and building coalitions. Continue reading Berea College to Host 2nd Annual Kentucky Hunger Dialogue

Berea College Student Groups To Hold Refugee Simulation

“Walk A Mile in My Shoes” on February 25

Student groups at Berea College have planned a dynamic learning experience to provide a glimpse into what many immigrants and refugees endure when fleeing from their homes and seeking safety in a new community. The simulation, which begins at 1:00 p.m. on February 25, seeks to bring a balanced conversation to immigration policy that affirms both the perspective of refugees and that of the receiving community. Continue reading Berea College Student Groups To Hold Refugee Simulation

Hispanic Outreach Project’s “HOP Talks” Shares Information about Current Issues and Culture

celts-logo-200x200The Hispanic Outreach Project of Berea College is offering a series of educational presentations in which representatives from Kentucky-based organizations present about Latino issues and cultural topics. These talks are held on Berea College’s campus. Continue reading Hispanic Outreach Project’s “HOP Talks” Shares Information about Current Issues and Culture

Hunger Hurts Food Drive Celebrates 24 Years of Giving Back to the Community

Logo for the Center for Education in Learning through ServiceAnnual 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), will run from October 22 to 29, 2016.

Beginning on October 22nd, volunteers will distribute brown paper bags, donated by Kroger, to local households. Community members can help by filling the bags with non-perishable food and toiletry items and placing them near their front door by 9 a.m. on October 29th, for volunteers to pick up. Continue reading Hunger Hurts Food Drive Celebrates 24 Years of Giving Back to the Community

Berea College CELTS, Ceramic Student Volunteers and Dining Services Present 2016 Empty Bowls Event

Berea residents can help address local hunger needs on Wednesday, March 30 by participating in the annual Empty Bowls event and meal.

The Empty Bowls event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Commons, located in the Woods-Penniman Building on the Berea College campus. The idea behind Empty Bowls is simple – in exchange for $10, guests will be served a meal of soup in a ceramic bowl made and donated by Berea College ceramics student volunteers or local potters. Guests keep the bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. Continue reading Berea College CELTS, Ceramic Student Volunteers and Dining Services Present 2016 Empty Bowls Event

From Treetop Vistas to VISTA Volunteer

Published Originally in the winter 2009 issue of Berea College Magazine

By LeAnna Kaiser, ’12

As a child, Megan Naseman, ’07, was a voracious tree climber, searching out high branches around her house. Her passion for trees was so strong that her parents imposed a height rule. She could only climb trees that she could both get up and down. But when her mother spied Megan stacking chairs on a wagon to reach a high limb, they realized her passion to explore nature was instinctive. As an adult, Megan has focused this passion on fighting environmental injustices. Continue reading From Treetop Vistas to VISTA Volunteer

Hunger Hurts Food Drive Gathers 7500 Pounds of Food from Community Members

CELTS logoThe 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), was completed on October 24, 2015. Continue reading Hunger Hurts Food Drive Gathers 7500 Pounds of Food from Community Members

Empty Bowls Addresses Hunger Through Raising Funds and Awareness

Picking out bowls.On Wednesday March 18, members of the Berea community will have the opportunity to help address local hunger needs by purchasing a simple meal of soup and a hand-made bowl, donated by the Berea College ceramics student volunteers or local potters. Continue reading Empty Bowls Addresses Hunger Through Raising Funds and Awareness

Berea College Selected by Carnegie for 2015 Community Engagement Classification

Hunger Hurts Food Drive staffed by Berea College students.

Berea College students work on the annual “Hunger Hurts Food Drive,” sponsored by the college’s Center for Excellence in Learning Through Service.

Berea College is one of 240 U.S. colleges and universities selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification. This classification, which must be renewed periodically, was first awarded to Berea College 2008. Continue reading Berea College Selected by Carnegie for 2015 Community Engagement Classification

Local “Stars” Dance to End Power-based Violence

The first Berea College “Dancing with the Stars” event will be held on Friday, January 31 at 7 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel and feature former Miss Kentucky Djuan Trent and local “stars” Reid Connelly, Reverend Rachel Small-Stokes, Berea College faculty and Berea College dance groups. Continue reading Local “Stars” Dance to End Power-based Violence

Hunger Hurts Food Drive Celebrates 21 Years of Giving Back to the Community

The 21st Annual Hunger Hurts Food Drive, coordinated by Berea College’s Center for Excellence in Learning through Service (CELTS), will run from October 19-26.

Prior to October 26, volunteers will distribute brown-paper bags, donated by Kroger, to local households. Community members can help by filling the bags with non-perishable food items and placing them near their front door by 9 a.m. on October 26 for pick up. Continue reading Hunger Hurts Food Drive Celebrates 21 Years of Giving Back to the Community

Hunger Hurts Food Drive Celebrates 20 Years of Serving the Community

The 20th Annual Hunger Hurts Food Drive, coordinated by Berea College’s Center for Excellence in Learning Through Service (CELTS), will run from October 20-27. Continue reading Hunger Hurts Food Drive Celebrates 20 Years of Serving the Community

19th Annual “Hunger Hurts Food Drive” collects food on October 29

The 19th Annual Hunger Hurts Food Drive in Berea, coordinated by Berea College’s Center for Excellence in Learning through Service (CELTS), will run from October 23-29. Continue reading 19th Annual “Hunger Hurts Food Drive” collects food on October 29

Berea College Names New Director of Service-Learning and Community Service Programs

Ashley Cochrane has been named the new director of Berea College’s Center for Excellence in Learning through Service (CELTS). Cochrane’s promotion comes after having served as associate director for service-learning and community service for the last four years. She began working at CELTS as service-learning coordinator in 2003. Continue reading Berea College Names New Director of Service-Learning and Community Service Programs

Berea College Receives National Recognition for Community Service

For the fourth consecutive year Berea College has been selected for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which has administered the honor roll since 2006, honored Berea College as a leader for supporting volunteer and service-learning activities and civic engagement. Continue reading Berea College Receives National Recognition for Community Service

Rachel Morgan: a goal of selfless teaching

“I came to Berea College to have my faith challenged,” says Rachel Morgan, ‘11. She acknowledges that over the last three years her beliefs have been further refined through interactions with people from all over the world who have made her look at life differently and question her assertions. Citing the Bible as her source of inspiration, Rachel hopes to one day follow the footsteps of those who are truly selfless in their love for others and their devotion to the well being of the society. A psychology major, Rachel coordinates students at Academic Services, represents Berea to alumni through the Berea Ambassadors program, and works for the Center for Excellence in Learning Through Service (CELTS) as a one-one child tutor. Continue reading Rachel Morgan: a goal of selfless teaching

Gyude Moore, aide to Liberian president, speaks at Berea convocation on April 14

Berea College graduate Gyude Moore, an aide to Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, will present his talk “Wired to Restore:  A Perspective on Service” at a convocation at Berea College on Thursday, April 14.

This presentation is scheduled for 3 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Auditorium and is free and open to the public. This event is the 2010 Service Convocation, co-sponsored with Willis D. Weatherford Jr. Campus Christian Center and Center for Excellence in Learning Through Service (CELTS). Continue reading Gyude Moore, aide to Liberian president, speaks at Berea convocation on April 14