Giving Students a Leg Up: Jan Buckaloo

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Student Leia in Bali during internship

Leia used the Sloane Shelton Grant to study yoga in Bali, Indonesia in summer 2018. In September 2015, Jan Buckaloo lost her partner and dearest companion. Jan and Sloane Shelton had been together for 50 years before Sloane succumbed to pulmonary fibrosis. To Jan, and the rest of the world, Sloane was no ordinary woman. A Berea alumna, she was … Read More

Keep the Cycle Going: Berea Patrons

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Berea Patrons.

Students Ashvanika Dodwani ’20 and Hunter McDavid ’21 have found their heart for service in their time at Berea College. Ashvanika, or Ash, moved to Louisville, Ky., from Pakistan at age 10. Her father moved his four daughters to America to escape societal stereotypes that limit a woman’s life goal to marriage. As a child, Ash accepted that stereotype, seeing … Read More

Preserving Traditions: Roberta Allison

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President Roelofs awards Roberta Allison for her generosity.

Roberta Allison holds a plaque, outlining her generous donations to the College. If you have attended a Berea College Homecoming celebration, there is a good chance you’ve seen Roberta Allison ’42 chatting with fellow alumni, attending special agriculture and natural resources events or dancing at the Saturday night block party on College Square. Beyond her presence at campus events, Roberta … Read More

Appreciate Every Opportunity: Vicki Elaine Allums, ESQ

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Berea Alum Vicki Elaine pursued her career path as a teacher.

For Berea alumnus and trustee Vicki Elaine Allums ’79, coming to Berea was a leap of faith. Originally from Birmingham, Ala., Vicki chose Berea College before stepping foot on campus. “I came without ever visiting the school,” she said, “but I did ask them to send me a yearbook, which they did. After looking at the yearbook, I decided Berea … Read More

Sustaining a Radical Legacy: The Satter Foundation

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Framed photograph of Patricia Templeton Satter on a table

Patricia Templeton Satter ‘56 For many descendants of Berea alumni, generosity is an inherent part of life. That has certainly been the experience for Muneer Satter. “My mother’s commitment to helping others fundamentally influenced my life’s choices and shaped our view of philanthropy,” Muneer said, reflecting on the Patricia Templeton Satter Scholarship Fund, named in honor of his mother. “We … Read More

An Unconventional Berea Love Story: Jackie and Virgil Burnside

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Jackie and Virgil Burnside smile for the camera.

Virgil Burnside ’74 marched for graduation twice. Once, with his cohorts in December 1973 and again with his wife, Jackie, in May 1974. Virgil is now Berea College’s vice president for Student Life, and Jackie is a professor of sociology and academic chair of Division III. This is a love story times two: the love they share for each other … Read More

Love and Commitment: Mark and Trish Estepp

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The Estepps smile against a forest backdrop.

Mark and Trish Campbell Estepp, both 1977 graduates, came to Berea as students from West Virginia and eastern Kentucky, respectively. After graduating, their pursuit of advanced degrees and careers took them far away, but their love for Berea frequently called them back. “Our story is Berea’s story,” Mark said. And those acquainted with Mark and Trish know it is a love … Read More

Memorial Gifts

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July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018 Gifts provided in memory of the following individuals: Mr. Win Abney John H. Achey Mrs. Jane V. Adair Mr. Jimmy Airoldi Sharon Newkirk Akers ‘61 Antonio A. Aler, 1921 Julia Allen Mrs. Margaret Allen, Hon.’79 Mildred Gorman Allen ‘38 Mr. Roy R. Allen Lester L. Alley ‘68 Lois Nolan Alley ‘50 Thomas Kelly Ambrose ‘82 Mr. … Read More


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July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018 Legacy gifts left to Berea by will: David Babbott George L. Bagby Dr. Emerson Daniel Baugh Florence and Minnie Behl Allyn M. Bengtson Nancy E. Blair Rose Boghasen Zorah W. Bowman Scharlene O. Branum Eva Reid Brosius Verna H. Bulman Evelyn P. Burkle Phyllis L. Burlingame Virginia I. Burr Ouida Midkiff Burrus Sally George Blakey … Read More

In Honor of

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July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018 Gifts provided in honor of the following individuals: David R. Adams Adventure Cycling Association Ishwar Agarwal ‘18 Judy B. Airhart Mr. Matthew Airhart Robert E. Airhart, II Randal Almarode ‘62 Jenny Beth Aloys Peter M. Aloys ‘10 Ms. Barbara Blades Anderson Julie Erdman Atkinson ‘62 Ronnie C. Atkinson ‘62 Dr. Robert Auerbach ‘49 Dr. John … Read More