A First Look at the Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building

J. Morgan '91 and Scott Tracy2 Comments

New science building

By J. Morgan ’91 and Scott Tracy The Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building is a thoughtful, positive response to rapid advances occurring in health care, science, technology, and teaching in the twenty-first century. For more than two years, nursing and science faculty and key administrators considered the needs of Berea’s student, for today and into the future, … Read More

From STEM to STEM-N: Building the Future

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Students during class

By Chad Berry, academic vice president and dean of the faculty Higher education appears to be in the midst of great change. The last ten years have seen the decline of public support for public higher education through tax revenues, the rise (and fall) of MOOCS (Massive Online Open Courses) in particular, along with the proliferation of online programs in … Read More

Beyond the Lecture: Teaching Science in the 21st Century

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Students in science class

By Jason Lee Miller The academic lecture has been a standard feature of college campuses since the days of Plato. In the Hall Science Building, erected in 1928, that ancient tradition continues in a very felt way. Students plop themselves down into tiered rows of wooden seats handmade by College Crafts decades ago, facing forward and ready to absorb wisdom … Read More

A Chance to Compete

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Aspirnaut Summer Research Internship Program by : Susan Urmy

By J. Morgan ’91 Many liberal arts colleges face the challenge of providing science majors with the research and clinical experiences that will allow them to evaluate careers in science and medicine. For many years, Berea College has met this need by offering the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) to its most advanced students. Because the existing science facility, the … Read More

Science and the Great Commitments

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By President Lyle D. Roelofs   In beginning construction on the Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building, Berea College has embarked on one of the most challenging and important capital projects in its history. his exciting moment is a great opportunity for reflection on the sciences as a key element of Berea’s educational and outreach missions. Mathematics and … Read More

Alumni Award Recipients

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Dr. Miles Hayes ’57 Distinguished Alumnus Award Miles Hayes, originally from western North Carolina, graduated from Berea College in 1957 with a degree in geology. He went on to earn his master’s degree in geology from Washington University at St. Louis and a Ph.D. in geology and marine science from the University of Texas. Throughout his long career, Miles has … Read More


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1955 Molly Wetzel and eight of her classmates met in Berea June 2015 for their 60th class reunion: “We are older in years, but not in spirit. We are all retired now and still have a wonderful time each June.” 1957 Huey Perry led a discussion on his published works in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center, … Read More


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Faculty and Staff Marlene Ellis Payne ’61, of Berea, Kentucky, passed away May 10, 2016. After graduating from Berea, she earned a master’s degree in early childhood development from Iowa State University. Marlene taught at Berea College for more than 30 years, and was co-founder of and helped integrate the college’s Child Development Laboratory. She served for many years on … Read More

Homegrown Healthcare, Homegrown Communities: An Interview with Wendy Welch

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Living out the Eighth Great Commitment, which charges us “To serve the Appalachian region primarily through education but also by other appropriate services,” is one of many factors that led the College to build the Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building. Once completed, the facility will improve science education and, over time, increase the number of graduates who … Read More