Berea Colleges Top Moment in 2011

Our top 10 list has included some incredibly important milestones for the college. We saw an alumna promoting Berea College on a national stage, we saw a former U.S. President holding our institution up as a model for sustainability, we earned Washington Monthly’s #1 ranking, we embarked on a journey to restructure our academic program, we visited the White House, we celebrated and extended our mission to Appalachia through significant GEAR UP funding, and we enjoyed hearing our students’ stories on national radio. What can top all this? Continue reading Berea Colleges Top Moment in 2011

Berea College’s Top 10 Moments in 2011 (#2-5)

#5- National Public Radio Features Berea College

NPRWith a distinctive mission, Berea is no stranger to national media attention, and that will be evident in the remainder of our “Top 10” list. When National Public Radio co-host Noah Adams called about featuring us in a “Hard Times” segment on “All Things Considered” (the most listened-to, afternoon drive-time, news radio program in the country),  we answered, quickly. According to NPR’s website, “NPR’s ‘Hard Times’ series features stories of economic hardship and also stories of hope. We asked for ideas from listeners, and Emily Nugent of Berea College in Kentucky responded, writing: ‘With a student body composed entirely of students from low socio-economic backgrounds, Berea students know about the challenges Americans are facing.'” This is that story.   Continue reading Berea College’s Top 10 Moments in 2011 (#2-5)

Berea College’s Top 10 Moments in 2011 (#6-10)

In many ways it was a banner year full of significant challenges, accomplishments and change at Berea College. We saw alumni serving as leaders in their communities, students learning and growing and showing that they, indeed, have lives of great promise, faculty and staff earning impressive professional achievements, and the college as an institution undergoing (perhaps unprecedented) significant positive change. It was difficult limiting our list to just 10, and there are many honorable mentions that didn’t make the cut, including: Carter G. Woodson Center planned, student Shai Anderson named Kentucky Student Employee of the Year, the progression of Grow Appalachia (a program funded by John Paul DeJoria, co-founder and CEO of Paul Mitchell Products), the Hal Moses Summer Research Internship Program at Vanderbilt, the Bluegrass Ensemble and Country Dancers’ performances in New York City, administrators and alumni presenting during a Capitol Hill briefing on the Pell Grant program, Erin Finsel selected as a Compton Mentor Fellow, the Black Cultural Center’s alternative spring break in Harlem, and the college being named a Top 100 Social Media College, among many others. We were here for it all, and here are our top 10 moments for Berea College this year. Continue reading Berea College’s Top 10 Moments in 2011 (#6-10)