Berea College Faculty Member, Kate Egerton, Chosen to Participate in Selective Seminar on Ancient Greece

Katherine Egerton, Associate Professor and Program Chair of English at Berea College is one of a select group of faculty members nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the Center for Hellenic Studies to participate in an Ancient Greece in the Modern Classroom seminar on “Song Culture of Athenian Drama.” Continue reading Berea College Faculty Member, Kate Egerton, Chosen to Participate in Selective Seminar on Ancient Greece

Berea College Students and Alums Honored for Earth Day 2015

Berea College students and a Berea alumna were among the individuals and groups who received Earth Day awards from the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission in recognition of significant contributions to environmental protection. Continue reading Berea College Students and Alums Honored for Earth Day 2015

Two from Berea College Get Top Honors in Kentucky

A Berea College student and a supervising employee have been recognized by the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA). Kelly Grenier, a graduating senior (May 2015), has been selected as the recipient of the “MASEA Student Employee of the Year for the State of Kentucky.” Larky Crawford, of the Berea College art department, is the recipient of the first ever “MASEA Student Employment Supervisor of the Year for the State of Kentucky.” Continue reading Two from Berea College Get Top Honors in Kentucky

Retired Berea College Faculty Member Authors Appalachian Dance Book

Susan Spalding

Susan Spalding, author of “Appalachian Dance: Creativity and Continuity in Six Communities.”

After interviewing black and white Virginians, Kentuckians and Tennesseans over a twenty-five year span, Susan Eike Spalding has authored “Appalachian Dance: Creativity and Continuity in Six Communities”, a book that explores the evolution and social uses of dance in each region. Spalding’s book analyzes how issues as different as industrialization around coal, plantation culture, race relations, and the 1970s folk revival profoundly influenced freestyle clogging and other dance forms like square dancing. Her research identifies how African Americans and Native Americans, as well as European immigrants drawn to the timber mills and coal fields of Appalachia, brought movement styles that added to local dance vocabularies. Continue reading Retired Berea College Faculty Member Authors Appalachian Dance Book

More Opportunities for Peace and Pizza

Peace and Pizza is a unique series at Berea College featuring talks with renowned peace advocates from around the world and from right at home — with pizza. This educational lecture series is sponsored by Berea College’s Peace and Social Justice Studies and is guided by Michelle Tooley and Meta Mendel-Reyes. This year’s lineup is special, because it features student and faculty speakers, which Tooley refers to as Berea’s “internal resources.” Tooley invites all faculty, staff, students and community members to attend Peace and Pizza, stating: Continue reading More Opportunities for Peace and Pizza

Berea College celebrates 139th annual “Mountain Day” October 15

(#SeeYouAtTheTop #MTD14 #Conquer MTNDay)

Following a College tradition since 1875, Berea College students will get a day off from classes and labor to experience a day of outdoor fun on Wednesday, Oct. 15 for the annual Mountain Day. Continue reading Berea College celebrates 139th annual “Mountain Day” October 15

Dr. Ron Rosen: “Research is not something extra.”

Many individuals seem to find themselves at Berea somewhat serendipitously, knowing little about the institution before they arrive. Ron Rosen, Professor of Biology and Chair of Academic Division I, is not one of them. Before joining the Berea College family, Rosen taught at Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky. Continue reading Dr. Ron Rosen: “Research is not something extra.”

Dr. Jan Pearce: she lives the liberal arts

Jan Pearce, Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics, is a woman of many talents and passions. When asked about her interests, she responds with a deluge of answers that sound more like driving directions explaining her present position by telling where she has been. Continue reading Dr. Jan Pearce: she lives the liberal arts

Dr. Janice Blythe teaches & learns “with, from and about students all the time”

Dr. Janice Blythe, chairperson of Division III at Berea College, is interested in people and the influential choices they make. She teaches a variety of courses dealing with food, nutrition, and other decisions we make as families and individuals. Continue reading Dr. Janice Blythe teaches & learns “with, from and about students all the time”

Dr. Rick Meadows: Learning Like a River

Rick Meadows, Associate Professor of French and Chair of the Division of English, Theatre, Communication, Music, and Foreign Languages, is not the most orthodox professor. He prefers games to lectures in his classes. He uses unusual discussion techniques and frequent visual metaphors. When describing the Liberal Arts, for example, where knowledge is amassed from a variety of sources, Meadows invokes a picture of the Mississippi River whose greatness is owed to the waters of many smaller tributaries. It is an observation uniquely applicable to Meadows who daily draws on a personal history of diverse experience to innovate in the classroom and enrich the lives of his students. Continue reading Dr. Rick Meadows: Learning Like a River

Dr. Rick Meadows: Learning Like a River

Rick Meadows, Associate Professor of French and Chair of the Division of English, Theatre, Communication, Music, and Foreign Languages, is not the most orthodox professor. He prefers games to lectures in his classes. He uses unusual discussion techniques and frequent visual metaphors. When describing the Liberal Arts, for example, where knowledge is amassed from a variety of sources, Meadows invokes a picture of the Mississippi River whose greatness is owed to the waters of many smaller tributaries. It is an observation uniquely applicable to Meadows who daily draws on a personal history of diverse experience to innovate in the classroom and enrich the lives of his students. Continue reading Dr. Rick Meadows: Learning Like a River

Berea College’s Ninth President Begins Tenure

Lyle D. Roelofs, Ph.D., has begun his tenure as Berea College’s ninth president, effective July 1, 2012. He succeeds Larry D. Shinn, who retired on June 30, 2012, after serving for 18 years as president.

“My wife Laurie and I are so very excited to be joining the Berea community and are looking forward to fully investing ourselves in Berea’s historic mission,” says Roelofs, who comes to Berea after serving as provost and dean of faculty, and as interim president at Colgate University. Continue reading Berea College’s Ninth President Begins Tenure

Berea College’s 140th Commencement is May 6 at 2 p.m.

Internationally renowned writer, teacher and social activist, Parker J. Palmer will address 235 candidates for graduation during Berea College’s 140th commencement service on May 6 at 2 p.m. in Seabury Center. Palmer will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

The Reverend Joseph W. Daniels, Jr., lead pastor at Emory United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., will speak at the Sunday morning baccalaureate service at 10:30 in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Continue reading Berea College’s 140th Commencement is May 6 at 2 p.m.

Dr. Jan Pearce: Living Liberal Arts

Jan Pearce, Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics, is a woman of many talents and passions. When asked about her interests, she responds with a deluge of answers that sound more like driving directions explaining her present position by telling where she has been. Continue reading Dr. Jan Pearce: Living Liberal Arts

Dr. Stephen Bolster

Steve and Sandy BolsterDr. Stephen Bolster is the Mary W. McGaw Endowed Chair of Music at Berea College, where he has taught for 32 years. Professor of Music and Program Coordinator, he conducts the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, and teaches voice, vocal methods, conducting, and music literature. He holds music degrees from Dartmouth College (A.B. Music, 1973), the University of North Carolina (M.M. Choral Arts, 1977), and the University of Colorado (D.M.A. Literature and Performance of Choral Music, 1980) and conducted major choral organizations at each school before joining the Berea faculty in 1980. Under his direction the Berea College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers have toured annually in the eastern United States, and have performed in several cities in China in 2007, in Italy and Switzerland in 2002, and in central and eastern Europe in 1994. The choirs have been featured in several Christmas specials for educational television, have performed multiple times for the Kentucky Music Educators Association State Conference, and have twice performed at the American Negro Spiritual Competition in Cincinnati’s famous Music Hall. Continue reading Dr. Stephen Bolster

Sandy Bolster

Steve and Sandy BolsterSandy Bolster has dedicated her life to teaching mathematics, grades 4 through college. She has been involved with developmental math and/or computing at Berea College for over 30 years. Sandy recognizes that developmental math students often require support with study skills, time management, math anxiety, etc. As Director of Developmental Math, Sandy has coordinated support, including individual tutoring, to assist students in the program. Sandy was Instructional Computing Coordinator at Berea College for 20 years; in this position, she supported faculty with implementing technology in the curriculum, oversaw technology training, served on the committee that originated the Teaching, Learning, and Technology (TLT) lunches, and implemented the Office-Based Consultant program. Sandy also served on the Committee for Mathematics Achievement (Kentucky State Department of Education), Postsecondary Mathematics Workgroup (response to Kentucky Senate Bill 1), and the Appalachian College Association Technology Summit Planning Committee (multiple years).
Sandy holds degrees from the University of Maine, Orono ( BA in Mathematics, 1970) and the University of Colorado, Boulder (MA in Secondary Mathematics Education, 1980). Continue reading Sandy Bolster

Berea College Mourns the Loss of Dorothy Tredennick

Dorothy TredennickDorothy Tredennick, 96, of Berea died on Wednesday, February 9, 2011. A professor at Berea College for 41 years, she was known for her work as an art historian, an inspiring teacher and her life-long commitment to peace and justice. Continue reading Berea College Mourns the Loss of Dorothy Tredennick