Published originally in the Spring 2009 issue of Berea College Magazine
by Megan Smith, ’11
Holding a torch to unmask the early morning fog, Treshani Perera, ’10, hiked up a hill where 16 boys awaited her. In Sri Lanka it is not normal for girls to be surrounded by so many boys. “Don’t give them your address!” her parents had warned. “These boys were once terrorists.” They were Tamils. She was a Sinhalese girl. Could she break through the prejudices from a long standing ethnic war? Treshani did not even speak their language. Continue reading Student Interns: Their Lights Shine Brightly →
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 →
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 →
Published Originally in the Winter/Spring 2012 Issue of Berea College Magazine
By Rachel Tsvetanov
Since its founding in 1855, Berea College has been dedicated to Appalachia, not only educating students from the region but also providing outreach services. This commitment has always extended beyond the borders of campus, and with four new grants from the U.S. Department of Education, the College will make a significantly larger impact on education in the neighboring region. In fact, the educational systems in some 17 southeastern Kentucky counties will receive comprehensive educational support for children, teens and parents through programs administered by the College. Together these grants, totaling over $100 million, will impact the lives of more than 20,000 people. Continue reading Dreama Gentry is GEARed UP →
The 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 →
The Center for International Education at Berea College announces that Janice D’Souza has been named as a 2015-2016 American India Foundation Clinton Fellow. Continue reading Berea College Grad Wins Prestigious AIF Clinton Fellowship →