Jenna Hughes Hates Running

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Jenna Hughes

Jenna Hughes ’19 and her father, Tom Hughes, stand on the Berea College track just before time trials this spring. Tom attended Berea during the 1984-85 school year. Jenna, Tom and Jenna’s uncle, Mark Hughes ’90, all ran the 800 meters for the College. (Photo: Deajah Baskin ’21)  Jenna Hughes ’19 hates running. It might be surprising, then, that cross … Read More

From China to Appalachia: A friendship across generations continues to impact Berea College

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China to Appalachia

Two idealistic Yale alumni—one Chinese, the other American—met in China nearly a century ago. They sparked an enduring friendship, laying the foundation for a three-generation legacy that stretched from rural China to Berea College in the hills of Appalachia. It all started during one of the most fascinating events in China’s history: the Boxer Rebellion.   In 1900, a secret … Read More

Getting Down to Business

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Alumni entrepreneurs developed through their Berea experience give back to current Bereans Whether running unique campgrounds, a bourbon distillery or a venture capital company, six Berea alumni agree the College played an integral role in the success of their lives and businesses. Almost in unison, these business owners credit their coursework and experience in the Labor Program for enabling their … Read More

Now, When You Go to School…

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Jessie Zander

Jessie Reasor Zander’s name appears along the campus sidewalk on one of many banners honoring notable Berea alumni. Say the name out loud on campus, and the likely refrain is as follows: Jessie Zander was the first African American to graduate after the segregationist Day Law was set aside. Chances are, though, not much else will be said. Such is … Read More

A Weekend with Jessie Reasor Zander

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History can be a blessing or a burden. One’s place in the annals of time—intentional or incidental—can be a point of pride or a reason to retreat. For Jessie Reasor Zander ’54, sometimes, it’s both. “Whenever I visit Berea,” she explained in a phone call last June, “the introductory statement is, ‘This is Jessie Reasor Zander; she is the first … Read More