Merry Christmas and New Year

The Folk Ensemble plays at the 2012 Celebration of Christmas with Elizabeth DiSavino directing. Photo taken December 7, 2012.

The Folk Ensemble plays at the 2012 Celebration of Christmas with Elizabeth DiSavino directing. Photo taken December 7, 2012.

From our family to yours,

May your Christmas and New Year be blessed and filled with rejoicing.

Join us this season for Listen! A Musical Celebration of Christmas. Continue reading Merry Christmas and New Year

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.

Hispanic Outreach Project’s “HOP Talks” Shares Information about Current Issues and Culture

celts-logo-200x200The Hispanic Outreach Project of Berea College is offering a series of educational presentations in which representatives from Kentucky-based organizations present about Latino issues and cultural topics. These talks are held on Berea College’s campus. Continue reading Hispanic Outreach Project’s “HOP Talks” Shares Information about Current Issues and Culture

Hunger Hurts Food Drive Celebrates 24 Years of Giving Back to the Community

Logo for the Center for Education in Learning through ServiceAnnual 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), will run from October 22 to 29, 2016.

Beginning on October 22nd, volunteers will distribute brown paper bags, donated by Kroger, to local households. Community members can help by filling the bags with non-perishable food and toiletry items and placing them near their front door by 9 a.m. on October 29th, for volunteers to pick up. Continue reading Hunger Hurts Food Drive Celebrates 24 Years of Giving Back to the Community

Berea College at #18 in “The 50 Best Colleges for African-Americans”

Happy Graduate. class of 2016ESSENCE Magazine ranks Berea College 18 out of 50 on its list of top colleges for African-Americans. ESSENCE collaborated with MONEY Magazine to “create a definitive list of schools that serve us the most,” said Kenneth Terrell, a writer with ESSENCE. Continue reading Berea College at #18 in “The 50 Best Colleges for African-Americans”

Roelofs Confirms Support for Student Rights and Title IX

Lately there has been considerable commentary regarding a Title IX case that was heard in the Spring of 2015.  The discussion has proceeded mostly on social media, but I have received a number of emails on the matter and some faculty members report that the issue has come up in classes.  Additionally, remarks about the issue were issued publicly during the discussion session following last week’s convocation. Continue reading Roelofs Confirms Support for Student Rights and Title IX

Accolades, Accomplishments, and Awards for Bereans

Members of the Berea College community continue to distinguish themselves and the College by achieving recognition from regional and national organizations. Each success story below demonstrates an aspect of how Berea College carries out its Great Commitments through outstanding educational programs and their impact in serving “All peoples of the earth.” What follows is a small sampling of some of the recent honors. Continue reading Accolades, Accomplishments, and Awards for Bereans

Students Say “Buenos Dias” to Newly Opened Dining Option

Wholly Habaneros cafe opens on Berea College Campus
Now, in addition to many food stations in the Mountaineer Dining Room, Berea College students have another on-campus option at the new Wholly Habañeros Café. The new eatery serves fresh Mexican-style foods including a selection of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and nachos that can be customized with various toppings. Located on the first floor of the Woods-Penniman building, the new Wholly Habañeros Café is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Continue reading Students Say “Buenos Dias” to Newly Opened Dining Option

Sad News to Share

Beloved Bereans,

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of sad news about the sudden death of Joshua Grooms, a student from West Union, Ohio. At this time, family members have been notified and other details are still being processed. When other pertinent information becomes available, it will be shared in a timely manner. Continue reading Sad News to Share

Jean Ritchie’s Legacy Lives on Through Scholarship Program

Ethan Hamblin, Berea College graduate in 2014

Ethan Hamblin ’14

The ‘Jean Ritchie MA Scholarship,’ named after the internationally known ballad singer, dulcimer player, and “Mother of Folk” music, has been awarded to Ethan Hamblin, a 2014 Berea College graduate.

Hamblin is the inaugural recipient of the Jean Ritchie MA Scholarship, which is awarded to an outstanding Berea College student who has decided to pursue their Master’s degree at National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway. Hamblin will receive a full-tuition scholarship, beginning in September, as he pursues his degree in Rural Sustainability. Continue reading Jean Ritchie’s Legacy Lives on Through Scholarship Program

Berea College’s Nursing Program Ranked #5 by Top 50 Best Residential BSN Programs by TopRNtoBSN.com

Berea College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has been ranked #5 on the list of the Top 50 Best Residential BSN Programs by TopRNtoBSN.com. Competing with prestigious programs such as the Ohio State University, UCLA, Rutgers, and Purdue, Berea’s nursing program was ranked fifth with an average score of 96.5%. Continue reading Berea College’s Nursing Program Ranked #5 by Top 50 Best Residential BSN Programs by TopRNtoBSN.com

Berea Students Explore Career Opportunities

Every year, Berea College makes it possible for students to have extraordinary pre-professional experiences. We are able to do so through the same generosity that makes possible Tuition Promise Scholarships, which enable every student to attend with little or no tuition costs. Some of our students share their experiences this summer expanding their skills on-the-job. Continue reading Berea Students Explore Career Opportunities

Student-only Space the Focus of ‘Ground Floor’ Alumni Building renovation

Previously called the “Corner Pocket” by many and now named the “Ground Floor,” the newly renovated space in the Alumni Building houses space just for students, including offices for Campus Activities Board and the Student Government Association, the two largest student organizations on campus.

As the spring semester came to a close, construction crews wrapped up finishing touches on the $2.1 million ground-level renovation, but students began using the space since its grand opening March 17. Continue reading Student-only Space the Focus of ‘Ground Floor’ Alumni Building renovation

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

Seven Berea College students are among the 850 American undergraduate students from 324 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Gabriella Bugge, Elaine Barkley, Olivia Cundiff, Julie Jent, Joseph Leis, Kamryn Mason and Lilia Mundelius are the Berea students receiving Gilman Scholarships, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to study or intern abroad during the fall term of the 2016-2017 academic year. Berea’s students will study abroad in Central America, Greece, Japan, South Korea, and Russia. Continue reading Seven Berea College Students Awarded U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to Study Abroad

Mapping Foreign Policy

Lauren McKee Foreign Policy Course at Berea

What is foreign policy? How do you teach it? Dr. Lauren McKee, visiting professor at Berea College, answered those questions this summer by teaching a 4-week class titled U.S. East Asian Foreign Policy. The course built up to a crisis event and the students in the class represented different countries in East Asia. Using a 36 foot x 24 foot map on the floor, the students had to react to the crisis that had been introduced. They better visualized the crisis by walking across the giant map and became engaged by identifying places that were discussed in class. Dr. McKee said the map also gave students’ knowledge as to “where the mobilization of naval forces is possible and to calculate how close to another state is too close—that is, where is the 200 nautical mile territorial boundary of your own border.” In addition to the crisis simulation, the class played geographical games that tested the students’ knowledge of Asia. Continue reading Mapping Foreign Policy

Berea Students Travel in the Summer

Summer is not only a time for relaxing, but also for learning, exploring, reflecting, and expanding one’s horizons. Berea students are involved in a myriad of activities and adventures both in Appalachia and abroad this summer. Many students are building their resumes and improving their career skills by interning at tech companies, schools, hospitals, and even here at Berea’s own Grow Appalachia Program. Along with the internships off campus, the Entrepreneurship for the Public Good (EPG) hosts twenty students for the Summer Institute, an eight-week study of entrepreneurial leadership through community economic development. EPG students explore the creation of new ventures in Appalachia. Continue reading Berea Students Travel in the Summer

Two Berea Students Win Project Pericles 2016 Letters to an Elected Official Competition

Megan Yocum

Megan Yocum

Megan Yocum and Tran Nguyen, two Berea College students, were one of five winning teams in the National 2016 Letters to an Elected Official competition sponsored by Project Pericles. The other winning student teams were from Allegheny College, Carleton College, Hendrix College, and Pitzer College.

For the competition, students from member campuses of Project Pericles sent letters on various public policy issues to elected officials throughout the United States. For the first time, students also submitted project proposals outlining how they would use their award. Each of the five winning teams will receive $500 to work on their issue during the 2016-17 academic year. Continue reading Two Berea Students Win Project Pericles 2016 Letters to an Elected Official Competition

McCorvey Urges Berea Graduates to Pursue Impossible Dream

Dr. Everett McCorvey at Berea College

Dr. Everett McCorvey at Berea College

Dr. Everett McCorvey, director and executive producer of the Opera Theatre at UK, challenged the 2016 graduating class of Berea College to pursue their “impossible dreams” at the 144th Commencement on Sunday, May 8th. Continue reading McCorvey Urges Berea Graduates to Pursue Impossible Dream

11 Berea College Students Awarded National Gilman Scholarships

Berea College’s Center for International Education (CIE) has announced that 11 students have been selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The 11 recipients from Berea are part of a pool of 950 American undergraduate students from 356 colleges and universities across the nation selected to study or intern abroad during the summer 2016 term. Berea College’s Gilman Scholarship winners are: Daryl Sullivan, Nieva Arana, Jennifer Blume, Deanna Ellis, Jazmine Escamilla, Nicholas Oliver, Justice Wallace, Anna Reich, Willie Gosnell, Michael Moorer, and Amos Izerimana, who will study abroad in Ghana, Greece, Japan, The Gambia, Tanzania, Italy, Switzerland, and Costa Rica.  Three other Berea College students, Esther Omolola, Rebecca Dixon, and Julie Michael, were named as alternates for studying in Argentina, Ghana, and Costa Rica. Berea College students received a  total of $31,500 to help cover their summer expenses and a grand total of $61,000 for 20 students for the 2015-16 cycle. Continue reading 11 Berea College Students Awarded National Gilman Scholarships

Jinkins and McCorvey to Speak at Baccalaureate and Commencement at Berea College

Reverend Michael Jinkins and Dr. Everett McCorvey will address the 260 graduates along with their faculty and invited guests at Berea College’s 2016 Baccalaureate & Commencement ceremonies, Sunday, May 8, 2016. Baccalaureate, at which Rev. Jinkins will speak, begins at 10:30 a.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. No tickets required. Dr. McCorvey 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. Continue reading Jinkins and McCorvey to Speak at Baccalaureate and Commencement at Berea College

YES! Magazine Features Article by Berea Student

Berea College Student and former coal miner Nick Mullins writes an article in YES! Magazine about his experiences as a miner and why he quit. YES! Magazine focuses on current issues in society and explores their solutions with in-depth analysis, tools for citizen engagement, and stories about real people working for a better world. Read the full article here:

http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/life-after-oil/i-was-a-fourth-generation-coal-miner-heres-why-i-quit-20160328

Berea Women Sweep Competition in Computing Conference; Take All Three Top Places

Female students from Berea College completely swept their competition at the recent Tri-State Women in Computing Conference. They took all three top places in the undergraduate category of the poster session, which focused on research projects related to computer science or information technology. Continue reading Berea Women Sweep Competition in Computing Conference; Take All Three Top Places

Berea College Student Wins Prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship

Berea student Moondil Jahan won the 2016-2017 Thomas J. Watson Fellowship prize of $30,000. Berea is the only school in Kentucky from which The Watson Fellowship accepts candidates. As one of 152 finalists who competed at the national level, Jahan receive one of the 40 fellowships offered. Continue reading Berea College Student Wins Prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship