Passages

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Faculty and Staff Elvin Combs, Hon ’81 of Berea, Kentucky, passed away February 23, 2016. He served as the equipment manager at Berea College for 41 years. Elvin was an avid squash and racquetball player, a Kentucky Colonel and member of the Mountaineer Hall of Fame. Elvin is survived by his wife of 70 years, Bette, four children, eight grandchildren, … Read More

Class Notes

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The Berea College Alumni Association enjoys hearing from Bereans from all over the U.S. and the world. The “Class Notes” section of Berea College Magazine (BCM) reports verifiable news that has been sent to the Association by alumni. BCM reports the news you wish to share with your alumni friends and associates. “Class Notes” reports careers, weddings, retirements, births and … Read More

A Tribute to Mr. Berea—Elvin Combs

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On Saturday, Feb. 27, hundreds of people filed through the old gym at the Seabury Center to say goodbye to a man who had spent countless hours there. Elvin Combs Hon ’81, better known as Mr. Combs or Mr. C around campus, died on Feb. 23 at age 92. Forty-one years of those years, from 1947 to 1988, spent as … Read More

From the Margin to the Center: Gyude Moore’s Remarkable Journey

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“Ebola deaths are horrendous!” Gyude Moore ’06 did not mince words in a letter he wrote at the height of the Ebola crisis in September of 2014. Recounting the distress he and other citizens of Liberia were experiencing, he wrote, “It’s hell here. Two days ago some lady with a nine-year-old and a six-month-old passed. Her husband had died from … Read More

Nancy Gift: Good Weeds and Sustainability

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“My father was an economics professor at the University of Kentucky, so I grew up in Lexington,” explained Nancy Gift, Berea College’s Compton Chair of Sustainability. The first time Gift visited Berea was in the 1980s. “I remember coming to visit a friend, and we checked out the ‘Spaceship School’ and I remember thinking that I would want to live … Read More

Bonner Scholars Celebrate 25th Anniversary

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In fall 2015, the Center for Excellence in Learning Through Service (CELTS) celebrated the 25th anniversary of its Bonner Scholars program along with its own 15th anniversary. The celebration included several activities and events involving current Bonner Scholars, staff and alumni. “Ask Me Why I Serve,” the motto of the semester-long celebration, was displayed on the back of the blue … Read More

Meet Berea’s Faculty: Josh Guthman

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Associate Professor of History Dr. Josh Guthman’s first book has been published by the University of North Carolina Press. Asiae Roberts ’18 had the chance to speak with him about the path that brought him to Berea College and his interest in the Primitive Baptist movement. How did you come to Berea? I found my way to Berea by a … Read More

Finding Sustainable Solutions Through Dynamic Governance

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Flexible scheduling. Cloud-based computing. Open office space. Soon these touchstone concepts of modern work life may be joined by a new one – dynamic governance. Some students at Berea are experiencing this model of workplace organization firsthand through their Labor Program positions in the Office of Sustainability. Students working with Joan Pauly, sustainability coordinator, have spent the last year in … Read More

Real Problems + Real Solutions = Real Wins

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Poster winner students with their professor

“I’ll never use this in the real world.” “If you want to succeed in a technical field, attend a research university.” “Class projects are boring.” Though such truisms have always been suspect, lately the computer science program at Berea College has been quite effective at shooting them down. Evidence for this came in February, when Dr. Jan Pearce took 22 … Read More