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

British Magazine Features Student Woodcrafts

Student working at woodcraft

(Photo: Jon Kemp ’19)

Berea’s student woodcraft program is featured in the latest issue of Woodworking Crafts, a British magazine by the Guild of Master Craftsmen Publications. The article includes many photos and comments by woodcraft students as well as a profile of Andy Glenn, Berea’s woodcraft supervisor. The feature provides a brief overview of Berea College’s distinctive no-tuition model to provide a high quality education for a diverse range of students who could not otherwise afford college. The article also describes the history of the woodcraft program along with explanations of the day-to-day operations that produce the beautiful and functional crafts that consumers prize. Continue reading British Magazine Features Student Woodcrafts

Berea Student Develops Hackathon in Tajikistan

Group of hackathon participants

KhujandHacks participants gathered for Tajikistan’s first hackathon on April 30, 2018.
(Photo: Sher Sanginov ’19)

Sher Sanginov ’19, a Berea College senior majoring in computer science, recently conducted a hackathon in Khujand, his home city in Tajikistan. Sanginov did not know what a hackathon was until he came to college in the United States, but during his time at Berea College he has had opportunities to participate in Major League Hackathons (MLH). A hackathon, sometimes called an invention marathon, is usually a day-long event where technology professionals and students meet; design a product, such as a web application; and develop a business plan to create a technology solution for a given issue. Continue reading Berea Student Develops Hackathon in Tajikistan

Student Philanthropy at Berea College Earns National Award

Berea Patrons at Labor Exploration Day

Berea Patrons talk to fellow students about the importance of giving back at various events throughout the year, such as during Berea’s annual Labor & Exploration Day.
(Photo: Crystal Wylie ’05)

The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) presented a bronze Circle of Excellence award in fundraising to Berea College. The award recognizes Berea Patrons, the College’s student philanthropy initiative, as an emerging program. Continue reading Student Philanthropy at Berea College Earns National Award

Berea College Student Awarded Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant

Grace Kinner

Grace Kinner

Phi Kappa Phi (PKP), the national honor society, has awarded a Study Abroad Grant to Grace Kinner. The Berea College senior from Clermont, Ohio, is one of only 75 recipients of the Study Abroad Grants awarded nationally each year. Continue reading Berea College Student Awarded Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant

Berea Student Featured in “The Unafraid,” Making New York Premier June 21

Human Rights Watch Film Festival LogoA Berea College student is one of the subjects featured in “The Unafraid,” a documentary film that makes its New York premier on Thursday, June 21 during the closing night of the Human Rights Watch Film Fest (HRWFF).

“The Unafraid,” is a feature-length documentary produced by Presente Films that follows the personal lives of three Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students in Georgia, a state that has banned them from attending their top state universities and disqualifies them from receiving in-state tuition at any other public college. Shot in an observational style over a period of four years, this film, by directors and co-producers Anayansi Prado and Heather Courtney, takes an intimate look at the lives of DACA students as they navigate activism, pursuing their right to education and fighting for the rights of their families and communities. Continue reading Berea Student Featured in “The Unafraid,” Making New York Premier June 21

Six Berea College Students Awarded U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to Study Abroad

Six Berea College students—Sophia Winkowitsch, Deshontanae Davis, Joy Leis, Simeon Huff, Manuela Hincapie Vidal and Tyler Goins—have been awarded national study abroad scholarships. They are part of a select group of undergraduates across the U.S. chosen to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study overseas during the Fall 2018 term. These students will complete their coursework in various countries, including Ireland, Spain, Thailand, Chile, Malaysia and Australia. Continue reading Six Berea College Students Awarded U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to Study Abroad

Berea College Student Receives Freeman-ASIA Scholarship for Study Abroad

Jesse Paul

Jesse Paul, recipient of the Freeman-ASIA Award

The Berea College Center for International Education (CIE) announced that Berea College student Jesse Paul has received the prestigious Freeman-ASIA Award for education abroad purposes during the fall 2018 semester. Paul, a junior Asian Studies major from Boone, Kentucky, plans to study in China. Continue reading Berea College Student Receives Freeman-ASIA Scholarship for Study Abroad

Berea College Student Wins two Awards in Vocal Competition

Group at the Audrey Rooney Vocal Competition of the Kentucky Bach Choir

Pictured (left to right): Audrey Rooney, Miguel Bañales, Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa, Nola Richardson and Marlon Hurst

Miguel Ángel Ortega Bañales, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music at Berea College, was awarded the Audience Choice Award in the seventh Audrey Rooney Vocal Competition of the Kentucky Bach Choir. Bañales, a student of Berea College music professor Mark R. Calkins, competed against eight student singers in the recent live vocal competition in Lexington. The Mexican-born tenor also received an Encouragement Award. Continue reading Berea College Student Wins two Awards in Vocal Competition

Berea College Graduates Challenged by Dr. Earl Lewis Before Receiving Degrees

Close Up of Earl Lewis 2018 Commencement Speaker at Berea College

Founder of the Center for Social Solutions at the University of Michigan, Dr. Earl Lewis addressed graduates on Sunday, telling them to change the world responsibly.
(Photo: Chris Radcliffe)

Dr. Earl Lewis, founder of the Center for Social Solutions at the University of Michigan and former president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, received an honorary degree then addressed the 258 members of the 146th graduating class of Berea College on Sunday, May 6. Continue reading Berea College Graduates Challenged by Dr. Earl Lewis Before Receiving Degrees

Senior Chemistry Major Receives Berea’s 2017-2018 Red Foley Memorial Music Award

Brenna MacMillan '18 performing

Brenna MacMillan ’18 performing with the Bluegrass Ensemble during their annual spring concert on April 21, 2018.
(Photo: Jonathan Kemp ’19)

Brenna MacMillan ’18, a senior Chemistry major from Winchester, Kentucky, received Berea College’s 2018 Red Foley Memorial Music Award. Following graduation, she plans to move to Nashville, Tennessee, to perform with her brother Theo MacMillan (2016 Red Foley recipient) and pursue her musical career.

This award, established in memory of Country Music Hall of Fame star Red Foley, is presented annually by Berea College to a talented Berea College student in recognition of his or her musical contributions to the social life of the campus community. The award assists the recipient in a professional music career, if he or she so desires, and promotes the kind of music associated with Red Foley’s career, such as folk, country, bluegrass, gospel and popular music. Continue reading Senior Chemistry Major Receives Berea’s 2017-2018 Red Foley Memorial Music Award

Eight Berea College Students Awarded U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to Study Abroad

Berea College’s Center for International Education announced that Samantha Robinson, Brandon Mitchell, Niki Clayton, Gerald Thomas, Tiana Moorer, Issac Domenech, Rebecca O’Connor and Chad Runyan are recipients of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. This award, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is providing $26,500 to support study abroad experiences for Berea’s students during summer 2018. The eight American students will complete coursework in Jamaica, Ghana, Japan, Costa Rica, Italy and Austria.

These Gilman Scholars receive an average of more than $3,300 per student to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs. The program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or internships abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness. Students receiving a Federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions who will be studying abroad or participating in a career-oriented international internship for academic credit are eligible to apply. Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages and economies—making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector. Continue reading Eight Berea College Students Awarded U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to Study Abroad

Berea College Student Wins Prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship

Sunaina Sherchan

Sunaina Sherchan, winner of the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for 2018-2019

The Center for International Education is proud to announce that Berea College nominee Sunaina Sherchan won the national competition for the 2018-2019 Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. The Watson includes a cash prize of $30,000 to provide a year of international discovery for select graduating college seniors in many disciplines.

Sherchan’s project, “Exploring Identity Through Folktales,” will include travel to Japan, New Zealand and Finland. Continue reading Berea College Student Wins Prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship

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

Berea Recognized 47 Graduates During Mid-Year Ceremony

Dawneda WilliamsBerea College’s Recognition Ceremony for Mid-Year Graduates was held Sunday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Dawneda Williams, an honorary Berea College trustee whose work has made a difference in the lives of many in Appalachia, addressed the 47 seniors who will complete their degree requirements at the end of the fall term. Williams is an advocate and supporter of educational opportunities for young people in Appalachia and beyond. Continue reading Berea Recognized 47 Graduates During Mid-Year Ceremony

Berea College Christmas Concert This Week on December 1 and 2

Black Music Ensemble - Christmas Concert 2016

The annual Christmas Concert, co-sponsored by the Berea College Music Program and the Campus Christian Center, will be held on two successive nights, Friday evening December 1 and Saturday evening December 2. Although tickets to attend this popular yearly event are already gone, it will be live streamed for those that would like to watch the Christmas Concert from the comfort of home or elsewhere via the following Livestream links: Continue reading Berea College Christmas Concert This Week on December 1 and 2

Mortar Board Presents Gold Torch Award to Berea College Chapter

Mortar Board National Honor SocietyMortar Board National College Senior Honor Society presented a Gold Torch award to its chapter at Berea College. The Gold Torch, a national distinction conferred annually upon the most outstanding chapters of Mortar Board, honored Berea’s excellence in all areas of chapter operations while promoting scholarship, leadership and meaningful service to the College. Continue reading Mortar Board Presents Gold Torch Award to Berea College Chapter

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 Welcomes Ntozake Shange

Ntozake ShangeBerea College welcomes the public and campus community to its weekly convocation this Thursday, September 21, 2017, featuring award-winning poet, playwright, performer, novelist and educator Ntozake Shange. In her presentation, Wild Beauty, Shange will explore the many contradictions people of color confront in their daily lives emotionally, psychologically and politically. Through music and language, Shange approaches her material with delicacy and brutal honesty, leaving the audience with a textured mosaic of what it means and how it feels to be a 21st century colored person who speaks English. This convocation is co-sponsored with Theatre. Continue reading Berea College Welcomes Ntozake Shange

Summer Programs at Berea College Help Ensure Student Success

This summer, Berea College’s Office of First-Year Initiatives coordinated several events and programs designed to provide students with many opportunities and necessary resources to achieve success at Berea. While the Berea Bridge program and Summer Success Experience (SSE) both seek to foster a strong work ethic and thirst for learning in Berea students, they do so in different ways. Continue reading Summer Programs at Berea College Help Ensure Student Success

Ten Berea College Students Awarded U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship To Study Abroad

Berea College’s Center for International Education announced that Kris Tina Anderson, Caleb Bannister, Dorothy Coe, Timothy Hammett, Kyree Hobson, Dominique Jenkins, Emily Newton, Brandon Pollock, Ruth King and Layne Sinkhorn as recipients of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. This award, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairsprovides funds to study abroad during the Fall 2017-18 Academic Year. The 10 American students will complete coursework in Peru, the Czech Republic, China, South Korea, Cyprus, India, Bhutan, France, Japan, Brazil, and South Africa. Continue reading Ten Berea College Students Awarded U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship To Study Abroad

Berea College Welcomed Into USA South Athletic Conference

USA South Athletic Conference LogoUSA South Athletic conference officially welcomed Berea College into its conference on July 1, in time for competing in the league in the fall.

Berea College comes to USA South as a full NCAA Division III member and is eligible to compete in all USA South championships and Berea’s student athletes are now eligible to receive any Conference-awarded academic and/or sportsmanship honors. Continue reading Berea College Welcomed Into USA South Athletic Conference

Berea Students Win KYCPA Scholarships

PEAK Team

Standing from left to right: Elyor Tukhtasinov, Treasure Rogers, Ed McCormack, Matthew Schwartz, and Starson Audate. Seated from left to right: Natasha Mupfunya, Jose (Lucio) Ixcoy, and DeAnna Ellis

Two Berea College students were recognized recently by the Kentucky Society of CPAs. Treasure Rogers and Matthew Schwartz were awarded scholarships from the Educational Foundation of the KYCPA, which presents scholarships sponsored by many CPA firms and businesses in Kentucky to accounting students across Kentucky. Matthew Schwartz won a KYCPA scholarship and Treasure Rogers won the Brown Forman Diversity Scholarship and Internship. This is the second year that a Berea College student has won the Brown Forman Diversity Scholarship. Continue reading Berea Students Win KYCPA Scholarships

Five Berea College Students Awarded Scholarships to Study Abroad

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship logoFive Berea College students have been selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The Gilman Scholarship Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is an undergraduate program for U.S. citizens of limited financial means to enable them to study abroad, thereby internationalizing their outlook and better preparing them to thrive in the global economy. Continue reading Five Berea College Students Awarded Scholarships to Study Abroad