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Kern is pictured with four generations of his family: one of his daughters, his grandson and his first great-grandchild, born January 2019.
Rev. Kern Eutsler is looking forward to celebrating his 100th birthday on Aug. 2, 2019. He continues to reside at Covenant Woods in Mechanicsville, VA.
Dr. Robert Auerbach was featured in the March 31, 2019 Wisconsin State Journal article, “Chance at education inspires love and generous gift.” For his 90th birthday on April 12, Bob committed to matching up to $100,000 in donations to the University of Wisconsin Odyssey Project. The two-semester program is for adult students facing economic barriers to college and founded by Bob’s daughter, Dr. Emily Auerbach, a professor at UW-Madison. Odyssey’s no-tuition model and mission was inspired by Berea College and the story of how her parents, born 4,000 miles apart, found each other there. Bob’s family narrowly escaped Nazi Germany when he was a child, and his late wife, Wanda Irwin Auerbach ’50, grew up in poverty just outside of Knoxville. The two met at Berea and married in Danforth Chapel. In 2017, Bob was presented with the Distinguished Alumnus Award during Summer Reunion. Read the full article in Wisconsin State Journal here.
Mary Alice Neal is in assisted living in Colorado Springs, CO.
Raymond R. Beverly attended the Berea College Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building dedication in October 2018. He enjoyed visiting with his old roommate James Grizzle ‘51 and his wife Barbara Huntsman Grizzle ’52, as well as two other 1950s friends, Steele Mattingly ‘50 and his wife Betty Dimmick Mattingly ’51.
George “Ed” Biddix, Jr. and Reva Mink Biddix married shortly after graduation and moved to North Carolina. Ed enjoyed a 35-year career with the North Carolina Agriculture Extension Service and Reva was a school teacher wherever Ed’s job took them. The couple has two daughters and a new granddaughter named Adeline. Reva said she and Ed “have had a good life and are thankful for all that Berea College has done for us.”
Jessie Reasor Zander moved to Atria Valley Manor in August 2018. She is living in a one-bedroom apartment and getting adjusted quite well. Jessie said she is approaching age 87 and traveling is not as simple as it once was, so she could not attend Summer Reunion this year. “My regards to all who may remember our time together at Berea. I know it was always wonderful,” she said.
Doris Hinkle Musser is happy in her assisted-living facility and is blessed with five kids, 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Dr. Peter Scudder Thoms retired on Dec. 12, 2018 after 57 years of family practice, giving up what he enjoyed doing for decades. While his health is excellent and his brain functions, it was just time to close up shop, Peter said. He and his wife Cheryl still have plenty to do with their eight children, 22 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and one in the “oven.” Peter and Cheryl have used their timeshare to spend five weeks in Florida and other destinations. They have also split their chores: the yard and gardens are Peter’s to manage while Cheryl cares for the house, finances, social calendar and birthdays. Peter said that God gave him the best job for him, and now in his retirement, he is enormously blessed. He was presented with the Alumni Loyalty Award on June 15 during Summer Reunion 2019.
Loring Vance was inducted into Moorefield High School Hall of Fame (WV). He played on the only West Virginia state championship basketball team in the school’s history.
Robert Wilkerson retired from the Wedco District Health Department and his wife, Juanita Turpin Wilkerson ’55, is a retired public-health nurse and preschool-certified teacher. She also worked as a substitute teacher for 15 years.
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Willard Gayheart was featured in a May 14, 2019 PopMatters article, “With ‘Kentucky Memories,’ Willard Gayheart Shares the First Song He’d Ever Written (premiere).” In the article, Willard talks about his song-writing influences, from his family’s Appalachian history to his time in English composition class at Berea College. “Ms. Faulkner always told me to write things I knew about … So I just tried to use her teachings in that song—just say it like it was,” Willard told PopMatters. On May 24, the 87-year-old pencil artist released his debut solo album, At Home in the Blue Ridge, on Blue Hens Music. Read the full PopMatters article here.
Royce H. Bailey earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Louisville in 1973. He is president of Bailey Properties, Inc. in Louisville where he specializes in the purchase, restoration and management of historic properties. Royce was married to Nancy Shetterly, who passed away in 1992. He is now married to Linda S. Bailey, a school director at Bellarmine University.
Patricia Ann Daner is retired and living in Sharon, MA.
Ellen Harmon Coomer, BSN, represented Berea College and Pres. Lyle Roelofs in Nov. 2018 at the inauguration of Dr. Anthony “Tony” Floyd, the 22nd president of Mars Hill University in Mars Hill, NC. Ellen is the retired medical director of health services at MHU and currently is serving as vice president of retired faculty-staff personnel. She also is on the advisory council for the Judge-McRae School of Nursing at MHU. Ellen can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Celia Hooper Miles published the third novel in her Sarranda series in July 2018. She describes the series as “strong women’s fiction in post-Civil War western North Carolina.” Learn more about Miles here.
George Osborne Wilson Jr. published Osborne Wilson’s Civil War Diaries. His great grandfather Osborne Wilson kept a diary almost every day from Jan. 1, 1861 to July 1865. He enlisted with the 31st Virginia Infantry Regiment, CSA, in Monterey, VA in May 1861, and he was captured in April 1865, near Appomattox, VA. He was released in July 1865, and returned home to
Highland County, VA, to live a long life until he died in 1916.
Linda Hall Jackson and her husband, Howard, moved from Asheville to Brevard, NC to be near their son and his family. They enjoy living in the mountains, hiking, kayaking and volunteering at the Cradle of Forestry historic site in Pisgah National Forest.
David B. Nolle is happy to announce the early online publication of his co-authored article titled, “The Mosaic of Muslim Religiosity and Social-Political Attitudes in Kyrgyzstan: A Gender-Based Exploration” in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, the leading journal in the social science of religion. David has authored or co-authored articles in a variety of academic journals including the Journal of Marriage and Family, Sociology of Education, Social Forces, Political Research Quarterly, Nationalities Papers, and Race and Ethnic Studies plus he co-authored a chapter titled, “Afghan Refugee Camp Surveys in Pakistan, 2002” for the book “Statistical Methods for Human Rights.” He currently lives in the Maryland suburbs of the Washington, D.C.,
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Denise Hansel Rhoney-Metzger, the daughter of Mary Ellen Hansel Rhoney, has been named associate dean of the Eshelman College of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Rhoney is a MacFarlane distinguished professor at UNC. She earned her degrees at University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and was selected chief resident. She served as both clinical and associate professor at Detroit Receiving Hospital and Wayne State University prior to joining the UNC faculty in 2012.
Geraline Yeatts Scardo continues to be involved in environmental activist work and is employed as a social worker. She plans to retire, for the fourth time, to do volunteer work in the health field.
Wayne Hambright’s great grandson, Andrew Wayne Poole, graduated first in his class from Army Avionics Advanced Individual Training at Fort Eustis, VA on Feb. 21, 2019. Andrew maintained 100s for every assignment and each test. As first in his class, he received the Distinguished Honoree Graduate Award.
Bobby and Norma J. Galyean Hand are both now fully retired and enjoying life in Bristol, VA.
Doris Enix Vargo has retired as a high school teacher and said she is proud to be a Berea graduate.
Bob Vinson is keeping busy after retirement with quilting. Bob has been making quilts for fire survivors in California. He also made a number of Quilts of Valor and quilts for fundraisers.
Dr. Bethany H. Flora, daughter of Leon Alder and Linda O. Crane ’69, was appointed president of North East Tennessee State Community College in January 2019. She was associate director of community college leadership at East Tennessee State University. Bethany also served as an associate professor of post-secondary leadership in the College of Education. She earned her Ph.D. from Virginia Tech and a bachelor’s degree from Clinch Valley College, which is now UVa’s College at Wise.
Berea Home Village Executive Director Katie Heckman ’78, left, presents the Volunteer of the Year Award to Carol Gilliam ’67.
Carol Gilliam received the Berea Home Village Volunteer of the Year Award for 2019. Carol is an active charter member and secretary of the board of directors. She served as a member of the steering committee and is a donor at the Founder level. In addition to serving on the board, Carol chairs the programming committee and makes time to provide transportation and other support to members. A part of the growing Village Movement, Berea Home Village is a not-for-profit organization that offers volunteer help to Berea seniors to help them remain in their own homes as they age.
Elizabeth A. Rose retired in 2001 from the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, where she worked as the human resource development director. She moved back to the family farm in 2011 from Frankfort, KY.
From Left to Right: Jeanie Wilson Giambri, Debbie Trusty Rumble, Sharon Payne Triplett and Dustina Wooten Reece.
Sharon Payne Triplett and four ladies who came to Berea College in 1964, reunited in April 2019, for the first time in 51 years. Sharon said that the experience was phenomenal and everyone vowed that nothing in their relationships had changed since back then.
Jerry Kidd published a third book in April 2019. It is a compilation of his family genealogy records, documents and old photos. His first book was “The Lynching,” a historical novel about the Jerome Boyatt story that occurred in Pickett and Scott counties in Tennessee in spring 1933. Jerry then published a compilation of articles about modern history and the integrity of historiography in a modern technical society. His latest is titled, “Kidd Family Genealogy.” His books are available on Amazon.com. Jerry is retired and lives in Lafollette, TN.
Bruce Garrison retired in 2009 after teaching 36 years at Taylor County Middle School (KY). Early in his career, he taught two years on the Navajo reservation in New Mexico.
Carolyn David Garrison is a professor and assessment chair at Campbellsville University, KY.
Ronald C. Dockery was installed as the Grand Master of the First Veil, Grand Chapter of Kentucky, Royal Arch Masons in Lexington, KY, at the annual Grand Sessions of the Grand York Rite Bodies of Kentucky in September. Ron and his wife, Charlotte, live in Greenville, KY and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boyd Alton McKay and Ellisa are celebrating their 46th anniversary, Boyd’s 70th birthday and Ellisa’s 66th birthday. They have four children: Teresa, Joshua, Christopher and Philip; and five grandchildren: Jan, Hailey, Jocelyn, Coralyn and Breelyn.
Wm. Paul Phillips retired in 2012 after 33 years as the attorney general for the 8th Judicial District in Tennessee and is now general counsel of the Elgin Children’s Foundation, which works in 30 counties in Appalachia to ensure children receive dental treatment their families otherwise could not afford.
Donna Griffith Hornsby graduated with a master’s degree in special education from Vanderbilt University, Peabody College for Teachers in 1975. She went on to graduate from DeVry University in 2000 with a master’s degree in business administration and information management. In 2018, she was licensed to the ministry in the Church of the Brethren.
Eva Cochran retired June 1, 2018 after 17 years with the Kentucky Department of Corrections at the Northpoint Training Center. She lives in Danville, KY.
From left to right: Julius, Adanna, Jonathan and Stella.
Dr. Julius Kpaduwa and Dr. Stella Kpaduwa celebrated the marriage of their daughter, Adanna Kpaduwa to Jonathan Maduka on April 13, 2019 in Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.
Barbara Gaines McCoy retired in 2018 from a nursing career at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO. She is enjoying traveling and spending time with her three children and 10 grandchildren.
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Sumit Kumar Ganguly was awarded the title of distinguished professor of political science in 2017 at Indiana University, Bloomington. Sumit has taught at IU for the past 15 years after moving from the University of Texas in Austin.
John and Susan McGuffin Alexander wanted to say, “We are just living the dream. We are so thankful for Berea.”
Larry Allen was featured in a May 6, 2019 article in The Birmingham Times chronicling his 35-year career in pottery, having first embraced the craft while a student working in the pottery department at Berea College. Last year, he was presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award during Homecoming.
Rev. Dr. Lynne Blankenship Caldwell and husband, Neill, moved to Winston-Salem, NC. Lynne is the director of program and site development for Neighborhood Seminary, which connects people and places with God’s loving activity in the world. With an integrated team of scholars, church leaders, community practitioners and trained spiritual directors, Neighborhood Seminary equips persons for ministry in homes, neighborhoods, workplaces and communities through robust missional, spiritual, theological and practical formation. Lynne may be contacted at email@example.com.
Ruth Nissley has worked as a cardiac registered nurse at Sarasota Memorial Hospital for 15 years and a registered respiratory therapist for 26 years.
Denise Marrs retired in 2013 from Buchanan County Schools, where she was an early childhood special educator and special education coordinator. She became a widow in 2014 and is a grandma of eight.
Iris Clay Mullins is the interim director of Radford University School of Nursing. She earned a master’s degree in nursing education and adult health from Troy State University and a Ph.D. in family nursing from Georgia State University.
Robert Teague retired from public school teaching after 33 years. He now works as an adjunct professor of music at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in North Carolina.
Amy Swango-Wilson is living in Alaska and has been working for 16 years in research with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. She is the research coordinator/co-investigator of a National Institutes of Health Institutional Development Award States Pediatric Clinical Trial Grant. Amy has more than 30 years in nursing undergraduate education and is entering her 11th year as a contributing faculty member in the MSN core program for Walden University. She earned her MSN from the University of Kentucky and Ph.D. in public health from Walden University. Amy always shows her fellow Bereans the state of Alaska when they are in the area.
Sharon Kinser Woods retired Feb. 2, 2019 from United Health Care as a clinical quality specialist. She completed 40 years in the nursing and health care fields. Sharon and her husband, Larry Woods ’75, reside on their farm at 1427 Kemper Lane in Lancaster, KY. They have two children and five grandchildren.
Dr. Lewis is pictured with Karen Cook, certified dental assistant, during a September 2018 Ohio Dental Association meeting.
Dr. Duane Lewis was selected to serve on the Hamilton County Oral Health Coalition by the Board of County Commissioners of Hamilton County, OH. The purpose of the coalition is to engage the dental, healthcare and other communities in addressing pressing oral health needs among Hamilton County residents. The function and duties include producing a strategic plan to implement the following goals and objectives: Increase dental capacity and access for Medicaid for low income, uninsured populations and improve overall oral hygiene of the population. Dr. Lewis is a general dentist at the Northside Health Center for the City of Cincinnati. Additionally, he serves as adjunct assistant professor in the Division of General Practice and Materials Science, Office of Community Education, for the Ohio State University College of Dentistry.
Fredrick McQueen retired from Jackson County Public Schools (KY) in July 2012 after 32 years of service. He is currently café manager at the Barnabas Home in Jackson County. Peggy Neeley McQueen also retired from Jackson County Public Schools in July 2012 after 32 years of service. She is now working part time as the gifted education resource teacher in Jackson County.
Sidi N. Bojang and Olimatou Jatta are happy to announce the graduation of their two sons, Bubakar Bojang and Muhamad T. Bojang, from high school and middle school. Bubakar will be attending college next year. Olimatou Jatta celebrated her 10th year in law enforcement.
Jim Halcombe became general manager of Racer Dining at Murray State University (KY) in December 2018. “I graduated from Berea College (in central Kentucky) and it was along about that time that I learned what it meant to serve. We’re here to serve and provide students with great opportunities,” Jim said to MSU’s Board of Regents, reported in an article by the Murray Ledger and Times.
Patrick Lynch’s paintings were featured in a group exhibit “Creative Harvest” at the Hopewell Museum in Paris, KY from October to December 2018. A solo exhibit of his paintings “Angels and Gramophones” were on display at the Woodford County Public Library in Versailles, KY in November 2018.
Woody Morrison was featured in the Nov. 6, 2018 article, “Health pro: Divine calling brings Morrison to chaplaincy” in Florida Today. He said he “sensed a divine call to the ministry” during his college years and talks about his work as the Hospice of Health First chaplain.
Dr. James E. Payne was named dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Texas at El Paso in January 2019. He will also hold the Paul L. Foster and Alejandra de la Vega Foster Distinguished Chair in International Business. James has more than 30 years of experience in higher education with 16 years in administration.
After 12 years in the field, Randa Powers moved from senior operations supervisor, responsible for gas pipeline construction and repair, to a position as senior gas compliance specialist for Vectren Energy Delivery’s Indiana Southeast Division. She is responsible for ensuring divisional operations meet state and federal regulations. Randa can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pamela Bates Larkin completed her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction at the University of Louisville in May 2019. She has served as a professor at Jefferson Community and Technical College since 1995 and lives in Shelbyville, KY.
Rev. Lisa Wilson Martin began serving First Presbyterian Church of Lynn Haven, FL in June 2018. Her ministry now focuses on helping Lynn Haven recover from the devastation of Hurricane Michael.
Jeffrey Darnell Carpenter was named program manager of Berea Tourism’s Art Accelerator Program on May 1, 2018. This unique program is designed to help emerging artists in the area receive support and training not only on the creative process but the business side to managing an art career and sustaining the legacy in upholding Berea as the arts and crafts capitol of Kentucky. With this program comes the hopes of establishing successful working artists and crafts people in the city of Berea through brick and mortar gallery development and an experience-based opportunity for tourists and community members to connect with these vibrant working people. Jeffrey also curates various locations throughout Berea showcasing up-and-coming craftspeople and visual artists outside of the program in his effort to accelerate the arts to and for everyone in the region.
Manuel Alvarado Vicente retired for medical reasons after more than 30 years working in various areas. His jobs included 12 years with the Atlanta Humane Society and 14 in the finance industry. Manuel’s last job was with the State of Indiana in the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, finally fulfilling his dream to work for the government.
Amy Hutchinson Zucker is in the process of founding a new religious congregation in the Roman Catholic tradition, the Company of Charity of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.
Talina Rose Mathews was appointed to the board of directors of the National Association of Utility Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC) for a term ending Oct. 31, 2022. As a NARUC director, Mathews will help oversee the activities of the organization, including research, policy development, member services and international engagement.
Debbie Centliver-Willard and her husband, Jim, still live in Newport, NC. Debbie is a teacher’s assistant at Morehead City Primary School and a bus driver. She also has a weekend business where she engraves license tags at festivals. “I live life to the fullest,” Debbie said.
Menelaos Karamichalis supports life-long learning and is currently an adjunct professor at the American College of Thessaloniki in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Celebrating 25 years at Homecoming 2019
John D. Payne is a support services manager at Madison County Public Library and was elected to the Berea City Council in November 2018.
Married: Christel Pressley Hollis to John Hollis in July 2018. The couple resides in Lexington, KY.
Eric Hardin was presented with the Campbellsville University Excellence in Teaching Award on the university’s campus May 11, 2019. He is an eighth-grade language arts and social studies teacher at Bardstown Middle School (KY) where he has served since 2010.
Dr. Rachael Hawley Pettigrew earned a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee in 2000 and a Ph.D. in 2014. She is now an assistant professor in the Bissett School of Business and Human Resources at Mount Royal University (Calgary, Alberta, Canada). MRU included Rachael in a recent media campaign celebrating research happening on their campus. Learn more about her research on gender in the workplace.
Celebrating 20 years at Homecoming 2019
Leslie Miller Athman lives in Hamilton, MT with her husband, David, and their three children. She has been working as a laboratory assistant at Rocky Mountain Laboratories since February 2018.
Michael D. Smith was appointed the new academic dean at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy (NC) in February 2019. Michael taught history and rhetoric at Thomas Jefferson and served as the cultural studies department chair from 2004-2011. From 2011-2017, he worked at Christ the King Catholic High School and served as dean of students and assistant principal. Since his return to Thomas Jefferson for the 2017-18 academic year, Michael has taught English and coached the middle school academic team.
Kelly Alder-Janes is working as a designer for DecoArt paint company. Her designs have been published on the DecoArt website as well as on her blog. Kelly celebrated her one-year anniversary (March 2018) as a sales consultant for LexFun4Kids, an online magazine geared towards families in Lexington, KY and the surrounding areas. She resides in Lexington with her husband, Sam, and two kids, Parker and Avigayil.
Married: Stephen Joseph Wiggins to Rebecca Wiltberger Wiggins ’07 Lexington, KY on July 21, 2018.
Erin Comerford Croop was selected by the National Business Aviation Association as a “Top 40 Under 40.” This award honors young professionals in the business aviation industry based on their professional accomplishments, involvement in the industry, character attributes and innovation.
Alice Driver was featured in a Nov. 18, 2018 article in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, “From the Ozarks beyond the wall,” reporting on her travels with asylum-seekers who have been trekking from Central America toward the United States since early October. The article chronicles her life from her tiny hometown of Oark, AR to her career today as a journalist and photographer who has published works with Time, CNN, The New York Times, National Geographic, PRI and Huffpost.
Birth: a daughter, Kailyx Aslan Isaacs, to Heather Predmore Isaacs and Joey Isaacs on Feb. 3, 2019
Cara Stewart was named Consumer Engagement Health Advocate of the Year by Families USA in January 2019. She was recognized for her role in encouraging Kentucky consumers to speak out on proposals that would create barriers to health care coverage.
Celebrating 15 years at Homecoming 2019
Birth: a son, Benjamin Elliott Wyatt, to Francesca Evola Wyatt and Michael Wyatt on Jan. 30, 2019. Benjamin is the couple’s first child.
Married: Rebecca Wiltberger Wiggins to Stephen Joseph Wiggins ‘02 in Lexington, KY on July 21, 2018. Rebecca completed her Ph.D. in American literature at the University of Kentucky in August 2018, with a dissertation titled “Meeting at the Threshold: Slavery’s Influence on Hospitality and Black Personhood in Antebellum American Literature.” The couple lives in St. Louis, MO where she teaches English at Villa Duchesne, an independent, Catholic all-girls high school. See photo under 2002.
Kirsten Rogers Chapman was admitted to the Harvard Graduate School of Education and will begin a Doctor of Education Leadership program in fall 2019.
Jamie Miller Warfield accepted a new position as the recruiting director for Waffle House in Kentucky and southern Indiana. She will be executing full life cycle sourcing, development, retention, engagement and administration responsibilities for 17 stores with more than $10 million in sales volume. Jamie is responsible for management hiring as well as managing the hiring process for more than 400 hourly associates.
Birth: a daughter, Kateleine Mae, to Rose-Marie Goble McCandless, on Jan. 29, 2018. Kateleine is her fourth daughter.
Celebrating 10 years at Homecoming 2019
Tony Russel Jones earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Arkansas Tech University.
Julius Neill is working as an arborist and Tara Meadows-Neill is working as a system support associate. The couple resides in Chapel Hill, NC.
Celebrating five years at Homecoming 2019
Birth: a son, Roswell Nico Blount, to Duncan Blount and Alyssa Godden Blount ’15, on Dec. 28, 2018. The family resides in Shelby, NC.
Daryl Art Mangosing was accepted to the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health for the Doctor of Public Health program. Having been chosen from more than 40 applicants for a class of six, Daryl will be starting the program in fall 2019. Daryl currently works full time as a research communications specialist for the Division of Prevention Science at the University of California San Francisco.
There to celebrate Amanda’s graduation were fellow alumni, from left, Megan Hanson ’16, Nicole Dugan ’16 and Renaldo Pierre Louis ’14.
Amanda Joy Borsman completed a juris doctorate at Northeastern University School of Law and accepted a position with the Colorado Office of Public Defenders.
Cassie Rolin earned a master’s degree in college counseling and student development from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN. She will continue to work in higher education and support underrepresented students, especially those who are low-income and first generation.
Caroline Arthur earned a master’s degree in business administration from Eastern Kentucky University in May 2019. She was hooded by fellow alumna, Kristin Baker Dalessio ’06, during EKU’s School of Business hooding ceremony. Following her graduation from Berea, she served as a Berea College admissions officer and then as the alumni relations coordinator. In May, she accepted a position as director of alumni relations for the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences.
Jonathan Dazo joined Berea’s artist program in 2016 and has been working towards building a ceramic arts career. He learned many skills as a student crafts worker that prepared him as both a leader and business owner Jonathan joined the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen in 2017 as an artist in-residence, where he works to build his artist portfolio in wheel-thrown pottery. Jonathan aims to attend graduate school in Nutrition and Food Systems by 2020 while he continues his art career. Jonathan said his dual career interests and current successes are all thanks to Berea College.
Theo MacMillan and sister, Brenna MacMillan ’18, hosted an album release party for their debut bluegrass record When You Go on March 31 at The Burl in Lexington, KY. Both Theo and Brenna were members of the Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble under the direction of Al White ’81, who opened for the duo at the album release party with his band, Al, Alice & Ruth, also featuring his wife, Alice McLain White ’81 and her sister, Ruth McLain Smith ’83. Theo and Brenna were both recipients of the Red Foley Memorial Music Award while at Berea College and joined together in Nashville following graduation to form their band.
Wynn-Jones Mwambo earned a master’s degree in business administration from Eastern Kentucky University in May 2019. He was hooded by fellow alumnus Jordan Tre’ Sims ’15 during EKU’s School of Business hooding ceremony.
Jessica Vinson is working toward a master’s degree in biology and is slated to graduate in December 2019. She said she will be graduating “with a fraction of the student loan debt because of Berea’s tuition-free undergrad program. Thank you, Berea Beloved!”
Celebrating its first reunion at Homecoming 2019