Berea College Student Shyeila Bowers Named a Newman Civic Fellow

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Shyeila “Shy” Bowers ’20

Shyeila “Shy” Bowers, a junior at Berea College, is one of 262 students named as a Newman Civic Fellow for 2019-2020 by Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization advancing the public purposes of higher education.

“Shy is a hard-working and positive student leader and undergraduate scholar,” said Berea College President Lyle Roelofs. “She uses her community-building approaches to promote dialogue and action to address pressing social issues.”

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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

Books Open, Pencils Poised: Teaching English in South Korea

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

by Chris Backe, ’04

Graduating with a business degree didn’t prepare me for this. My first day on the job, I came face to face with a group of seven-year-olds, all speaking a foreign language and seemingly making as much noise as they could. After a few moments the other adult in the room spoke a few works to them, and the children sat up straight in their chairs, books open, pencils poised, reading to learn English. This is it, I thought; it’s really happening. I’m really reaching English in South Korea. It had not yet sunk in. Continue reading Books Open, Pencils Poised: Teaching English in South Korea

Diary of a First-Year Teacher

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

by Ali Duff, ’07

July

I thought a college degree would guarantee me a job. Applications and resumes had consumed me since April and I would soon be spotting holes in my first business suit. What was I going to do? I remember being told, “It’s not what you know; it’s who you know.” Soon, one of the “who you knows” called me. Continue reading Diary of a First-Year Teacher

Small Town Values – Big Time Rewards

Published originally in the spring 2009 issue of Berea College Magazine

by Normandi Ellis

When Ali Duff, ’06 began her teaching career at Pendleton County High School (PCHS) in Falmouth, Kentucky, she never expected to find fellow Bereans in her own back yard. Even though Ali grew up just across the river from Pendleton County, it felt good to know that there were other Berea-trained teachers in her school to provide support. Continue reading Small Town Values – Big Time Rewards