Congressman John Lewis: “You Must Act”

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Congressman John Lewis speaking at Commencement May 2017

Congressman Lewis on Education, Marching, and the House We Share.   Civil rights icon and U.S. Representative John Lewis (D-GA 5th District) delivered the commencement address to the Berea College class of 2017. Drawing on his experience as a student civil rights leader during the 1960s, Congressman Lewis urged the new graduates to continue the fight for justice. “You must act,” he … Read More

A Better Kind of Audit

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Julia Bullock and Tsering Dhonden

Student Interns Julia Bullock and Tsering Dhonden Work in the Office of Sustainability on the Report from the South Fork Medical Clinic Audit.  On a sunny Tuesday morning in June, students Julia Bullock ’19 and Tsering Dhonden ’18 arrive at the South Fork Medical Clinic in Whitley City, Kentucky, excited and a little nervous. After several weeks of learning about … Read More

Berea College Sports Teams to Compete in NCAA Division III

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BC Men's Basketball Layup

Beginning with the 2017-18 season, 16 sports teams will leave the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to join the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and compete within Division III as part of the USA South Athletic Conference. The Mountaineers had competed in the NAIA since 1926. “In many ways, this is a new era for Berea College athletics,” Athletics … Read More

Hilda K. Roderick: “Teamvork is Vonderful”

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First Annual Hilda Karlsson Roderick Lecture

Hilda Roderick ’48 Presents a Berea College Student Crafts Bowl to Yale’s Dr. Robert Crabtree.    In many ways, the family story of Hilda K. Roderick ’48 mirrors the story we all know as the American Dream. The first American-born child of German/Swedish immigrants, Hilda and the rest of the Karlssons settled into a life of farming in Maryland without … Read More

BereaCorps: A Bridge to the World

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BereaCorps Members, photo by Jonathan Kemp '19

Front Row, Left to Right: Molly Smith ’15, Katie Grindstaff ’15, Lizbeth Wilson ’16, Richard Childers ’16, Jasmine Towne ’16. Back Row, Left To Right: Kerstin Wright ’16 and Erica Woods ’15 The real world can be a scary place, especially for newly-graduated college students looking to enter the professional workforce or graduate school. Fortunately for them, some of Berea’s … Read More

J.C. Penney Had a Farm

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An aerial view of Penney Farms today

An Aerial View of Penney Farms Today  Just south of Jacksonville, Florida, on a 1.5-square-mile patch of land, rests the town of Penney Farms. Population: 750. Median age: 76. That is where you’ll find Richard Parker ’50 spending his retirement years, one of many retirees living at the Penney Retirement Community (PRC). “More than half the town is the retirement … Read More

Oh, the Places You’ll Go

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Dr. Mark Mahoney

DR. Mark Mahoney Stands by a Vertical Milling Machine Used in the Technology and Applied Design Program. Manufacturing New Ideas: Dr. Mark Mahoney on Teaching and Learning in China Berea may be “where the mountains meet the Bluegrass,” but Bereans aren’t anchored to their desks on campus. Thanks to a number of incredible learning opportunities this year, students, faculty, and staff … Read More

Finding the Human Connection

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Concert Choir In Chicago

President Lyle Roelofs and First Lady Laurie Stand with the Concert Choir in Front of the Baha’I House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois.   Whether journeying across the world or exploring the past, Berea College supporter and friend Kathleen “Kitty” Picken is always on the lookout for ways to find and foster human connections. Travel, she believes, is essential to … Read More

Alumni Award Recipients

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Gary McCormick Honorary Alumnus

Alumni Loyalty Award: Larry Woods ’75 Larry Woods could not be more deserving of the Alumni Loyalty Award. He is a 1975 alumnus of the Agriculture program who went on to earn his master’s degree in education from the University of Kentucky. He served on the Berea College Alumni Executive Council for seven years and is a past president for … Read More

Class Notes

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2007- Shaina Ricketts Neal

The Berea College Alumni Association enjoys hearing from Bereans from all over the world. The “Class Notes” section of Berea College Magazine reports verifiable news you wish to share with your alumni friends and associates: careers, weddings, retirements, births, and other items of importance to our alumni. Please include your class year and name used while attending Berea. Notes may … Read More