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

Julie Nelms Wins 2017 Red Foley Music Award

2017 Red Foley Award winner Julie NelmsJulie Nelms ’17, a senior Appalachian studies major from Robbinsville, North Carolina, won the 2017 Red Foley Music Award. This award, established in memory of Country Music Hall of Fame star Red Foley who attended the Berea Academy, is presented by the Berea College Alumni Association once each academic year to recognize talented Berea students for their musical contributions to the social life of the campus community. The award consists of a plaque and cash prize intended to help the recipient in a professional music career, if he or she so desires. Continue reading Julie Nelms Wins 2017 Red Foley Music Award

Congressman John Lewis Inspires Graduates at Berea College Commencement

Congressman John R. Lewis addresses the graduates, Commencement 2017

U.S. Congressman and noted Civil Rights leader John Lewis urged the 265 members of Berea’s 2017 graduating class to “find a way to get in the way” of social injustices.

Lewis, who represents Georgia’s 5th District, encouraged the graduates to honor Berea College’s heritage of equality for all people. “When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you must stand up, speak up, and speak out,” Lewis stated. “You have a duty and a moral obligation given to you by the visionary founders of this college, who saw the need to build an inclusive interracial, coeducational community in 1855, before the end of slavery and the beginning of the Civil War.  We are still struggling against those same enemies of justice today.” Continue reading Congressman John Lewis Inspires Graduates at Berea College Commencement

Berea College Wins First Place in State Business Model Competition

State Business Model Competition

From left to right: Stephanie Purvis, Kentucky Innovation Network coach, Tran Nguyen, Ishwar Agarwal, Amar Zulejhic, Professor Peter Hackbert, Berea College.

Berea College students Ishwar Agarwal, Tran Nguyen and Amar Zulejhic won first place and $7,500 in the business model category at the Idea State U contest Saturday in Lexington. Idea State U, a statewide business plan and model competition that encourages entrepreneurship among Kentucky’s college and university students, is funded by The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development’s Office of Entrepreneurship, in partnership with the Kentucky Innovation Network. The Idea State U business plan competition is open to all post-secondary institutions in Kentucky and rewards creative entrepreneurial students. Continue reading Berea College Wins First Place in State Business Model Competition

Congressman Lewis and Bishop Wallace-Padgett to Speak at Commencement and Baccalaureate at Berea College

Congressman John Lewis and Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett will address the graduating class along with their faculty and invited guests at Berea College’s 2017 Commencement and Baccalaureate ceremonies, Sunday, May 7, 2017. Congressman Lewis will speak at Commencement, which begins at 2:00 p.m., in the Seabury Center, Main Arena. Tickets must be obtained in advance and are required for main arena as well as overflow seating for Commencement. Bishop Wallace-Padgett will speak at the Baccalaureate ceremony, which begins at 10:30 a.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. No tickets are required to attend this service. To watch the ceremonies via livestream, visit this page: https://livestream.com/accounts/5135608/events/7138419 Continue reading Congressman Lewis and Bishop Wallace-Padgett to Speak at Commencement and Baccalaureate at Berea College

Berea College Concert Choir’s Annual Spring Concert on April 23

Berea College Concert Choir

The Berea College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will present their annual spring concert in Gray Auditorium on Sunday afternoon, April 23 at 3:00 p.m. Gray Auditorium is located in Presser Hall (on Chestnut Street) on the Berea College campus, Berea, KY. The public is invited to attend, and there is no charge for admission. The choirs will be conducted by Stephen Bolster and accompanied by Lindsay Clavere on the piano. Continue reading Berea College Concert Choir’s Annual Spring Concert on April 23

Berea College’s Black Music Ensemble Presents “From Grace to Glory”

Dr. Kathy Bullock holds a microphone out to her sideBerea College’s Black Music Ensemble performed their annual spring concert, titled “From Grace to Glory,” at First Christian Church in Berea on Sunday, March 26, 2017. Continue reading Berea College’s Black Music Ensemble Presents “From Grace to Glory”

Berea College student honored as a Newman Civic Fellow

Megan Davis Newman Civic FellowshipBerea College student Megan Davis will be part of Campus Compact’s 2017 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. Campus Compact, a non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education across the country, has announced the 273 students who will make up the organization’s 2017 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. Continue reading Berea College student honored as a Newman Civic Fellow

Prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship Awarded to Berea College Student

Zakiyya S. Ashe

Zakiyya Ashe, winner of the national competition for the 2017-2018 Thomas J. Watson Fellowship.

The Berea College Center for International Education is proud to announce that Berea College Nominee Zakiyya Ashe won the national competition for the 2017-2018 Thomas J. Watson Fellowship prize of $30,000.

Ashe will engage in purposeful exploration—traveling the world for 365 days—after she graduates in May. Continue reading Prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship Awarded to Berea College Student

Berea’s Success Graduating African-American Students Highlighted by “Diverse” Magazine

Dr. Linda Strong-LeekLinda Strong Leek, Berea’s vice president for diversity and inclusion and associate vice president for academic affairs, was interviewed for a recent article published by DIVERSE Issues in Higher Education. The article focused a comparison of graduation rates of Black students and their White counterparts, as presented in a report by The Education Trust that identified institutions that are succeeding (or not) in graduating Black students. Continue reading Berea’s Success Graduating African-American Students Highlighted by “Diverse” Magazine

Berea College Crafts Program Featured on Kentucky Educational Television

TimGlotzbach-356Tim Glotzbach, Director of Berea College’s Student Crafts Program is being featured on Kentucky Life on KET – Kentucky Educational Television. Host Doug Flynn interviewed him about Berea’s student-made crafts and Berea’s new AIR Institute, which builds on the College’s tradition of serving artists. The AIR Institute expands financial opportunities for Appalachia, and promotes arts, crafts, and creative business practices so students and others in the region can learn to develop a financially sustainable living as artists and social entrepreneurs. Continue reading Berea College Crafts Program Featured on Kentucky Educational Television

Berea’s African American Students’ Successes Make Black History

The African American students at Berea College continue the next chapter in Black History. Inspired by the achievements of generations of African-American students preceding them, today’s students gain success in the classrooms, in labor, in extracurricular activities and organizations as a result of their own diligence and the many initiatives the College has put in place to ensure successful outcomes for this cohort of students. Continue reading Berea’s African American Students’ Successes Make Black History

Experiencing Black History

Students holding college motto on a sign behind them
Berea has made history, since its remarkable beginning as the South’s first interracial and coeducational college, to educating Carter G. Woodson, the “Father of Black History.”

Berea’s students and faculty members continued to make history when they participated with Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Civil Rights March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Continue reading Experiencing Black History

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

Berea Student McQueen Publishes Book, Serves as Role Model

Kenneth McQueenKenneth McQueen, ’17, is headed in one direction―up! And he’s is pointing others in that direction by serving as a role model for others.

During his youth in Birmingham, Alabama, McQueen saw few black professionals, but that didn’t stop him from pursuing his ambition of getting a good education to prepare him for law school. Continue reading Berea Student McQueen Publishes Book, Serves as Role Model

Mid-Year Graduates Recognized in Ceremony at Berea College

Mid-year Graduation 2016M. Elizabeth Culbreth, former Director of the Office of Administrative Appeals for the United States Department of Labor, spoke at the Recognition Ceremony for Mid-Year Graduates on Sunday, December 11 at 3:00 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Continue reading Mid-Year Graduates Recognized in Ceremony at Berea College

A Special Christmas Message from President Lyle Roelofs and First Lady Laurie Roelofs

Black Music Ensemble - Christmas Concert 2016

Black Music Ensemble – Christmas Concert 2016

From our family to yours,
May your Christmas and New Year be blessed and filled with rejoicing.

As we celebrate Christmas, we’re reminded that the message of Jesus Christ, whose birth we celebrate at this season, is the message of Berea College, too. Jesus showed the world that love can triumph over hate, that peace can be achieved through justice, and that all of us are equal in the eyes of God. And nowhere is our mission captured better than in the diversity of our musical ensembles. Continue reading A Special Christmas Message from President Lyle Roelofs and First Lady Laurie Roelofs

Alumna Elizabeth Culbreth to Speak at Berea College Mid-Year Graduation

Elizabeth CulbrethM. Elizabeth Culbreth, former Director of the Office of Administrative Appeals for the United States Department of Labor, will speak at the Recognition Ceremony for Mid-Year Graduates on Sunday, December 11 at 3:00 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. The ceremony will be streamed at: https://livestream.com/accounts/5135608/events/6654941 Continue reading Alumna Elizabeth Culbreth to Speak at Berea College Mid-Year Graduation