A Tale of Four Cities

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Cincy Young Alums

From left: Tran Nguyen ’17, Rebeccah Hunter ’17, Austin Farmer ’16 and Chelsey Lyons Greathouse ’16 reunite at Lachey’s in Cincinnati at the Young Alumni Networking event on Oct. 21, 2017. (Photo: Caroline Arthur ’16)

Send-off Events Welcome Newest Bereans

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Knoxville Sendoff

First-year student Mason Sears and his family attend the Knoxville, Tenn., event at Smokies Stadium to meet other Bereans during a game between the Tennessee Smokies and the Mobile Baybears on July 13, 2017. (Photo: Caroline Arthur ’16)

Class Notes

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Stephanie and Jared Manes

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

Letter from the Editor

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Berea College magazine Editor Abbie Darst

Dear Berea Alumni and Friends, This issue of the Berea College magazine compiles stories of some of the most compelling initiatives, programs and people who stand for Berea’s fifth Great Commitment. Since ardent abolitionists founded this great college, Bereans have been radically living out a commitment to diversity and inclusion. This issue celebrates how today’s Bereans are taking action to … Read More

Berea College Bands and Theatre Department Celebrate Milestones

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Members of the Berea College Band, Listen Concert

Members of the Berea College Bands perform during the CBS broadcast “Listen!” that premiered on Christmas Eve 2016. Berea’s Bands program celebrated its 145th anniversary this past October. (Photo: Chris Radcliffe) Berea College students have been entertaining their peers, professors and the greater community for more than a century. Whether lighting up the stage with earnest performances and creating elaborate … Read More

Wreaking Havoc to Reap Benefits

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The words racial healing written on professors' hands

When the truth enters our heart, we have to let it wreak havoc on our soul,” one participant shared in Berea College’s new faculty and staff Collaborative Racial Healing Learning Community. The learning community’s 12 members met nine times during the fall 2017 semester to delve into the topics of belonging, inclusive excellence and learning. With a grant from the … Read More

AAOF: Fostering Success

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Maya Riddles '21

In its early years, Berea’s enrollment reflected a nearly 50/50 split of black and white students. The 1904 passage of Kentucky’s devastating Day Law forced the College to segregate for nearly 50 years. The law was eventually set aside and then repealed with the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling in 1954. Since then, enrollment of African-American students has … Read More

Honorary Alumnus Awards

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Keith and Kathy Bullock

After dedicating 27 years of service to the mission of Berea College, Keith and Kathy Bullock were named honorary Berea College alumni at a ceremony during the 2017 homecoming festivities. Joining the Berea College faculty in 1991, Kathy began directing the Black Music Ensemble, an 80-voice choir that specializes in performing sacred African-American music. She currently serves as the chair … Read More

A Support System for Success

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Black, Latino, Appalachian Male Initiative written on diverse arms

For several decades, the news about males and education has not been good. With a national retention rate of only 44 percent, African-American and Latino males have higher college dropout rates than other ethnic groups. Of all racial and ethnic groups, African Americans and Latinos show the largest gender gaps in college enrollment rates, though growth in male college enrollment … Read More