Jane Baucom Stephenson, First Lady: 1984-1994

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Jane Baucom had a dream. A native of the Appalachian region, she grew up in a rather isolated mountainous region within rural North Carolina. From the early years of her childhood, she learned the social expectations and cultural restrictions that society placed on girls. In a world without social media or other technological advancements, she learned about the outside world … Read More

Reinventing Yourself

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A women workshop led by Angela Anderson.

As part of her business, The Art of Success for Women, Angela Anderson leads women through an initial 12-week session that rests on the three pillars of structure, support and spirit. These workshops lay the foundation for women to believe in themselves and learn to empower one another. An alumna’s journey of self-discovery and empowerment “I know for a fact … Read More

A Cracking Experiment to Green the Ungreenable

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A small seed grows in the pavement.

On the right day, in a fenced-off corner of the student parking lot, one may find a curious scene: an art student applying Coca- Cola to the pavement with a paint roller. Behind her, radishes grow from holes drilled into the asphalt, and nearby, two Berea College professors patiently monitor the progress of an art installation/science experiment that in two … Read More

Anne Cobb Smith Weatherford, First Lady: 1967-1984

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One could say Anne Cobb Smith was an exemplary teacher and Christian. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Swarthmore College, where she met her husband, Willis D. Weatherford Jr., who was to become the sixth president of Berea College. While serving as first lady, her passion for teaching became more evident as she taught basic math to first-year … Read More

Planting by the Signs

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Preserving an Appalachian tradition Have a conversation with Bill Best ’59, former director of the Sustainable Mountain Agriculture Center, Berea College faculty member and author of two books about heirloom seed saving in Appalachia, and it is likely you’re going to be talking about beans. You’ll learn that there are more bean varieties in Appalachia than anywhere else on earth … Read More

Keeping Berea in Bloom

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Tulip bulbs

Maintaining Berea’s beautiful campus takes teamwork, planning and creativity It is spring, and the Berea College campus is in bloom. The early spring crocuses and the rainbow of tulips will be followed by the butterfly-loving summer milkweed and the autumnal pansies and mums. To find who literally keeps Berea in bloom, look no further than the College Grounds crew, a … Read More

Louise Gilman Hutchins, M.D., First Lady: 1939-1967

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Louise Gilman was born to be a helper. Born in China to missionary parents, she dedicated her life to the well-being of others. During her life, she moved back and forth between her two homes, the United States and China. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1932 and married Francis S. Hutchins the following year. Louise Hutchins earned her M.D. … Read More

Taking Flight

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Laurie Roelofs releasing butterflies

Laurie Roelofs’ shared passion for butterflies and Berea students Imagine walking along the trails of Alumni fields and finding a path leading to what looks like a beautiful garden. As you approach the garden, you begin to see grassy pathways, all sorts of flowers and finally, butterflies. Butterflies of all colors fluttering above and around you. You come closer to … Read More

Matilda Hamilton Fee

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Matilda Fee didn’t know how much her life would change when she married John G. Fee in 1844. She witnessed the horrors of slavery, which motivated her to join him in supporting the establishment of antislavery churches. Her childhood home, in Bracken County, Ky., near the Ohio River, was a final stop along the Underground Railroad, where her mother once … Read More

Berea’s Bright Future

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light bulb graphic with solar panel inside

In 1938, Charles Rayburn left kerosene lamps at home in the hills of Lewis County, Ky., to switch on electric lights at Berea’s Lower Division (high school). Electric lights and electric motors were in broad use. Radio waves carried speeches and music hundreds of miles away, but the potential for what electricity could become was completely unknown. While at Berea, … Read More