Berea College Welcomes Public to 2018 Opening Convocation

Lyle Roelofs, President of Berea College

Lyle Roelofs, President of Berea College

The public is invited to join the entire Berea College community in marking the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year at the College’s Opening Convocation on Thursday, August 30, 2018, at 3 p.m. in the Seabury Center. The program is free. The theme for this year’s opening convocation will be Berea Stories. Continue reading Berea College Welcomes Public to 2018 Opening Convocation

hillbilly Documentary Film to Debut, Berea College Faculty Featured

hillbilly documentary posterhillbilly, a new documentary film that explores the historical basis of cultural stereotypes about people from Appalachia in film and television, is scheduled to make its worldwide debut at the Nashville Film Festival on May 19, 2018.

The film’s two directors, Ashley York and Sally Rubin, both with Appalachian roots, interviewed Berea faculty, including Chad Berry, bell hooks and Silas House. Other Bereans connected with the film are musician and alumnus Sam Gleaves, who was interviewed and contributed music, and Sam Cole, who is the associate producer. Several other alumni made appearances in the film as well. Continue reading hillbilly Documentary Film to Debut, Berea College Faculty Featured

Reynolds Named Dean of the Chapel at Berea College

Loretta ReynoldsDr. Loretta Reynolds has been appointed as Dean of the Chapel at Berea College.

Reverend Reynolds’ experience in the work and mission of Berea College began in 1998. Since then, she has served as Title IX coordinator, a member of the Residence Life Team, a professor in General Studies and, most recently, as senior College chaplain and interim director of the Campus Christian Center. Reynolds is trained in first responder emergency pastoral care and in brief pastoral counseling, and she is also a Berea College Green Dot trainer. Continue reading Reynolds Named Dean of the Chapel at Berea College

Berea College Partners with Centre College on Leadership Colloquium

Berea College/Centre College Leadership Colloquium

The Berea/Centre Leadership Colloquium held its first meeting at a luncheon hosted by Centre College in Danville, Ky., on Dec. 11 . The year-long collaborative program aims to help the 24 faculty and staff participants become more knowledgeable and effective leaders on their respective campuses. Continue reading Berea College Partners with Centre College on Leadership Colloquium

President’s Medallion Presented to Carl Thomas ’78 and Deborah Byrd Thomas ’80

Carl and Deborah Thomas with Lyle RoelofsBerea College President Lyle Roelofs presented Carl Thomas ‘78 and his wife, Deborah Byrd Thomas ’80, with the President’s Medallion at a surprise ceremony during the College’s 2017 Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, November 18.

Established in 1988 by then-President John B. Stephenson, the award is given at the discretion of the President to honor those who have shown “exemplary service in the advancement of Berea College and its cause.” Together, the Thomases are the 16th recipients of the President’s Medallion. Continue reading President’s Medallion Presented to Carl Thomas ’78 and Deborah Byrd Thomas ’80

Berea College Employees Hit the Road for 2017 Civil Rights Seminar and Tour

Civil Rights Tour group gather for a photo in front of historical sign "Memorable Quotes from Letter from Birmingham Jail"
Last week, 40 Berea College faculty and staff members embarked on the biennial Civil Rights Seminar and Tour sponsored by the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education. The tour visited many locations significant to the American Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.  It also presented opportunities for faculty and staff to discuss a variety of topics related to race in America that are still relevant today. The idea of viewing race relations through the lens of a reparations paradigm versus a reconciliation paradigm was a consistent theme in these discussions throughout the trip. Continue reading Berea College Employees Hit the Road for 2017 Civil Rights Seminar and Tour

Berea’s Appalachian Center Director Interviewed on NPR

Chris Green, Director of Loyal Jones Appalachian Center

Chris Green, director of the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center, was recently interviewed on WEKU radio, about the impact that elimination of funding for the Appalachian Regional Commission―as called for in the recently-proposed federal budget―could have on southeastern Kentucky. A sound clip and text of the interview between program host Stu Johnson and Green can be accessed at:

http://weku.fm/post/bereas-loyal-jones-center-concerned-about-trump-budget-cuts

Advancing The Dream

Annual Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Berea College, January 16, 2017

Berea College staff, faculty and students organized a series of events in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, on Monday, January 16, 2017, including a convocation featuring Dr. Karsonya Whitehead, from Loyola University Maryland, as speaker. The day’s activities were co-sponsored by Office of the President, Berea College Music Program, Black Cultural Center, Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education, Center for Excellence in Learning through Service (CELTS), Berea College Music Program, First Christian Church, Union Church, and Willis D. Weatherford Jr. Campus Christian Center. Continue reading Advancing The Dream

Beautiful Weather for 141st Mountain Day

The first Mountain Day at Berea College was observed in 1875 for “enjoying the Fall colors and other natural wonders in the immediate vicinity and to provide a campus holiday free of classes and non-essential labor.”  It has become an annual tradition. In recent years groups, such as the Berea College Choir, sing to greet the rising of the sun after a morning hike. Mountain Day activities included climbing the Pinnacles, kettle corn, face-painting, winning prizes from various campus organizations and clubs, and dying t-shirts! Musical and dancing performances by campus student groups such as the Black Music Ensemble and the Berea College Country Dancers during the lunch hour drew a large crowd. This year marked the 141st year celebrating Mountain Day at Berea College.

Berea College’s 140th Mountain Day is Wednesday, October 21st

Media Advisory ­ October 16, 2015

All classes and labor are cancelled in honor of this historic celebration which has been a College tradition since 1875. In addition to hiking the pinnacles in the Berea College Forest (on Ky. Hwy. 21), Mountain Day activities, sponsored by the College Campus Life office, include games, music, performances, and contests. Continue reading Berea College’s 140th Mountain Day is Wednesday, October 21st

Berea Staff and Students on USA Today from Selma

Berea College President Lyle Roelofs, students and alumni are interviewed by USA TODAY about their experiences—past and present—in participating in the Civil Rights March in Selma. 

See video and print articles here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/03/08/selma-marchers-say-needs-still-unmet/24610095/

Martin Luther King, Jr. Events at Berea College

Berea College staff, faculty and students have organized a series of events in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, on Monday, January 19, 2015, including a convocation featuring Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, as speaker. The observance activities are co-sponsored by the Office of the President; Black Cultural Center; Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education; African and African American Studies; Campus Life; Center for Excellence in Learning Through Service (CELTS); Willis D. Weatherford Jr. Campus Christian Center; Loyal Jones Appalachian Center; and Technology Resource Center. The public is invited to participate. Continue reading Martin Luther King, Jr. Events at Berea College

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