Virgil Burnside Appointed Vice President for Labor and Student Life

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Berea College has appointed Virgil Burnside to the vice president for labor and student life position at Berea College, effective July 1, 2014. Burnside had been serving as the interim vice president after the retirement of Gail Wolford in December of 2013. “I so appreciate Virgil’s willingness to step up and take on this important role at the college—his long … Read More


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Faculty and Staff Earle Copes, of Norfolk, Virginia, passed away on July 20, 2014. He obtained degrees from Davidson College and Union Theological Seminary, and was a noted organist, choir director and composer. He is survived by his wife, Laura, two sons, Larry and Ron, and many good friends. Robert A. Cornett, Ph.D., of Lynchburg, Virginia, passed away on May … Read More

Breaking Through: Mary Esther’s Plan to Stand Up and Stand Out

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The middle child of a family of six has to work hard to be noticed. She also has to figure out how to pay for college one day. In middle school, Mary Esther States (’15) hatched a plan to address both problems—become valedictorian. And she succeeded. Now with a choice of colleges to attend, forward-thinking Mary Esther knew a bachelor’s … Read More

Aspen Institute Names Partners for Education at Berea College to National Network to Disrupt Poverty for Children and Parents

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Partners for Education at Berea College was announced as a member of the Aspen Institute Ascend Network, a new network of leading organizations using two-generation approaches to disrupt poverty and create economic mobility for families. Partners for Education at Berea College is one of the initial 58 organizations, selected from 24 states and the District of Columbia, that represent the … Read More

Seabury Center Floor Named in Honor of Coach Roland Wierwille, Hon ’98 During Homecoming

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Coach Roland Wierwille’s 30-year career as basketball coach for the Berea College Mountaineers, as well as his exemplary life, were honored at Homecoming as the College named the Seabury Center Arena basketball court in his honor. Coach Wierwille, Hon. ’98, had many significant accomplishments during his career at Berea College, which spanned from 1972 to 2002. He was inducted into … Read More

Berea College’s “Deep Green” Residence Hall Earns World’s Highest LEED Score

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Deep Green Dorm

We built Deep Green as the world’s highest-scoring residence hall because ecological sustainability is more than just a trend for Berea. Sustainability is at the heart of our mission to ‘plain living’ as stated in our Great Commitments. Berea College’s Deep Green Residence Hall has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) v2009 Platinum Certification and a score of 90 points, … Read More

Perspectives on the Liberal Arts

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One of the more spirited debates of our time revolves around the value of a liberal arts education. Many assume the college experience should be directed toward a single, vocational purpose. However, time and tradition have taught us that an education serves each person differently and in different ways over a lifetime. Out of this recognition grew Berea’s distinct approach … Read More

An Appalachian Education for an Asia-Centered World

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North America & Asia

Experienced world travelers and global observers get it: we live in an Asia-centered world. “If you want to understand the world,” says the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Nicholas D. Kristof, “you need to understand Asia.”1 Historians and archaeologists point out that this has been the case, more often than not, throughout the human experience.  Despite the world domination … Read More

Jill Gurtatowski: Rowing the Stream of Health and Wellness

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Jill Gurtatowski isn’t just an expert in the subject of wellness; it is something she infuses into her life and community. One way she has achieved this in her own life is by setting difficult athletic goals for herself. For example, she has competed in the Marathon Rowing Championship three times, completing the 26.2-mile course on the Cane River Lake … Read More

Traditional Rivalries Renewed: Berea Joins NCAA Division III

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The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has granted Berea College provisional membership in Division III, beginning September 1.  This move will allow the college to better align its athletics program to compete with other institutions that share a similar philosophy of intercollegiate athletics. The NCAA Division III philosophy is founded on the student-athlete’s overall educational experience. Institutions within the division … Read More