From left: Tran Nguyen ’17, Rebeccah Hunter ’17, Austin Farmer ’16 and Chelsey Lyons Greathouse ’16 reunite at Lachey’s in Cincinnati at the Young Alumni Networking event on Oct. 21, 2017. (Photo: Caroline Arthur ’16)
Starting in August 2017, the Alumni Relations office kicked off a series of regional alumni events to connect with Bereans of all ages in four areas with high concentrations of alumni–Cincinnati, Knoxville, Lexington and Louisville.
The first regional alumni gathering of the 2017-18 academic year was on Aug. 26 in the Square Room at Café 4, one of the restaurants/coffee shops that became a part of Knoxville’s downtown revitalization almost a decade ago. A second event was hosted at Patrick O’Shea’s Downtown, a rustic pub on Main Street in Louisville on Oct. 7. Alumni enjoyed drinks, hors d’oeuvres and mingling during both events, which were open to all ages. Cincinnati and Lexington regional gatherings are slated for spring 2018.
A second type of event was coordinated specifically for networking amongst young alumni who graduated within the past 10 years. Lexington-area young alumni met up downtown at Saul Good Restaurant and Pub on Sept. 19 for our first event. Young alumni then connected on Oct. 21 at Lachey’s in Cincinnati, a sports bar and grill opened by famed 98 Degrees lead singer, Nick Lachey, and his brother Drew. Plans are in the works for young alumni networking events in Knoxville and Louisville this spring. Alumni living in the Knoxville or Louisville areas should watch their email for event details.
With some assistance from the Alumni Relations staff, dedicated alumni volunteers continue to coordinate and host regional gatherings in their areas, such as Asheville, N.C., Charleston, W.V., Boulder, Colo. and Columbus, Ohio. Alumni interested in planning an alumni gathering in their area may contact Kristin Baker Dalessio ’06,
associate director for alumni events and regional programming, at Kristin_Dalessio@berea.edu or (859) 985-3104.