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Berea College No. 1 nationally for most 2018-2019 Gilman International Scholarship undergraduates

Continuing a long tradition of students winning Gilman scholarships, Berea College was named the top U.S. college for having the most 2018-19 Gilman International Scholarship undergraduates (21) among colleges with enrollments under 5,000. Berea also was recognized in other categories, including top producers for first-generation students and top producer for most diverse destinations for studying...

Berea College allowing prospective students to apply for admission without standardized test scores

Berea College will now allow its prospective students to apply for admission without requiring standardized test scores. Berea College joins more than 1,000 elite institutions like Harvard, Princeton, Stanford and Notre Dame who are offering test score optional admissions to their fall 2021 class. The COVID-19 pandemic has created insurmountable barriers for standardized testing for students across...

Kentucky by Heart: Celebrating Kentucky’s own James Bond, and all of the state’s ‘overcomers’

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Reading and writing about overcomers from Kentucky is a passion of mine. Overcomers are often fueled by faith and an amazing persistence, along with the capacity to lay feelings of bitterness and self-pity aside. They don’t come “a dime a dozen,” and celebrating their stories, I believe, can inspire others with their struggles. A good place to find such noble...

Dr. Dwayne Mack appointed vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion at Berea College

Dr. Dwayne Mack has been appointed vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion at Berea College, effective July 1. Mack has been with Berea since 2003 and has taught American history, African American history and general studies. He currently serves as professor of history and the Carter G. Woodson Chair in African American history. Mack brings to the position a wealth of knowledge from research...

Appalachian students displaced by coronavirus outbreak get a lifeline from mutual aid groups

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Colleges and universities are closing across the United States to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus. But while some students are able to continue their studies online, others can’t, and they have a different set of challenges that could limit their ability to even make it back home to their families. Berea College in eastern Kentucky announced March...

Three Berea students named Watson Fellows; three simultaneous winners for first time since 1990

Berea College students Stephen Nwaloziri, Aloyce (Hans) Riziki and Sophia Winkowitsch have won the prestigious distinction of being members of the 52nd Class of Thomas J. Watson Fellows. Watson Fellows are selected from just 40 private colleges and university partners across the United States making the Watson pool extremely competitive. This year there were 153 finalists who were nominated to compete...

Berea College shutting down for semester due to coronavirus; residence halls to be vacated Saturday

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Berea College is shutting down school for the semester because of the challenges that the coronavirus brings, according to an email statement from President Lyle Roelofs, who said the school is stopping instructional activities at the end of the day Friday. Roelofs said the Administrative Committee made the decision in response to the COVID-19 challenges that will have...

Kentucky by Heart: Highlighting some of Kentucky’s female heroes during Women’s History Month

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist It’s Women’s History Month in the United States, and I’m excited to highlight some of the special Kentucky women I’ve written about in the Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes book series since it was launched in 2008. For sure, these individuals have touched the state of Kentucky; they’ve also had influences outside the state. Their contributions to foster...

Weatherford Awards recipients to be recognized at 2020 Appalachian Studies Conference on March 13

The winners of this year’s Weatherford Awards for the best books about Appalachia are Appalachian Reckoning (non-fiction), edited by Anthony Harkins and Meredith McCarroll, Forage by Rose McLarney (poetry), and Any Other Place (fiction) by Michael Croley. The Weatherford Awards honor books deemed as best illuminating the challenges, personalities and unique qualities of the Appalachian South. Granted...

Berea becomes 85th educational institution in nation certified as affiliate of Bee Campus USA program

Berea College is now certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program. Long known as a leader in sustainability and stewardship of natural resources, Berea is the 85th educational institution in the nation to achieve certification of its efforts in creating sustainable habitats for pollinators, which are vital to feeding the planet. “College students, faculty, administrators and staff are...

Berea recognized by NAAEE with 2019 Outstanding Service to Environmental Education award

Berea College has been recognized by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) with the 2019 Outstanding Service to Environmental Education by an Organization award for incorporating environmental education into its sustainability initiatives. Berea College has sustainably managed 9,000 acres of forestland for more than 100 years and started the Berea College Forest Outreach...

Berea named one of nation’s best colleges by Princeton Review’s ‘Best 385 Colleges: 2020 Edition’

The Princeton Review has once again included Berea College in its just-released publication of “The Best 385 Colleges: 2020 Edition.” Berea is nationally recognized for its high-quality education and its distinctive labor program, which hires every admitted student to help operate the school. Berea is also known for its Tuition Promise Scholarship that covers the $44,100 annual tuition cost for...

Berea College ranked No. 1 by Nursing Explorer as best-value RN program in Kentucky

Berea College has been ranked by Nursing Explorer as the best-value RN program in Kentucky, taking the No. 1 spot out of 39 programs ranked in the state. The annual ranking is made after reviewing data from more than 3,000 U.S. nursing schools. The ranking is based on information from governmental organizations, institutional information from the Department of Education and accreditation information...

Kentucky by Heart: Bracken County native John Fee played integral role in founding of Berea College

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist That small Kentucky college located in a quaint town off I-75, just south of Richmond, has been anything but small and quaint in its influence since the early 1850s. The Draper Building on the Berea College Campus (Photo from Berea College) Berea College was the first non-segregated, coeducational college in the South. Such current periodicals as Washington Monthly,...

Rural Blog: Winner of Berea College Appalachian narrative essay contest counterpoints Hillbilly Elegy

So much of what pop culture says about Appalachia comes from the outside and is often riddled with stereotypes and ill-informed judgments. The “Appalachian Narratives for Our Time” contest from Berea College’s Loyal Jones Appalachian Center is a breath of fresh air, with personal essays about the realities of living in Appalachia. Berea recently announced the winners, which were...

Bluegrass Tomorrow presents IdeaFestival day for juniors; Astronaut Story Musgrave to speak

Famed NASA Astronaut Story Musgrave, who holds one of his several graduate degrees from the University of Kentucky, returns to Lexington to headline IdeaFestival (IF) Student Day on April 16 for nearly 1,000 Fayette County Public School juniors. Presented by Bluegrass Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium, the program is designed for students to focus on the next step into their...

Berea College announces winners of ‘Appalachian Narratives for Our Time’ awards

Berea College’s Loyal Jones Appalachian Center has announced the winners of the “Appalachian Narratives for Our Time” award for essays about how Appalachians thrive in the places they call home. The submitted essays focus on the authors’ compelling life stories and illustrate the challenges of coming of age, working and living in the realities of family and community. “Appalachia has a rich...

Carey, House, McCartt-Jackson named winners of Weatherford Appalachian book awards

The Weatherford Awards honor books that “best illuminate the challenges, personalities, and unique qualities of the Appalachian South.” Granted by Berea College and the Appalachian Studies Association, the awards commemorate the life and achievements of W.D. Weatherford, Sr., a pioneer and leading figure in Appalachian development, youth work, and race relations, and of his son, Willis D. Weatherford,...

Dervish to perform Irish music at Berea College’s Stephenson Memorial concert on March 14

Dervish, acclaimed as one of the biggest names in Irish music internationally, will perform at Berea College’s Stephenson Memorial concert on March 14 at 8 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Described as “an icon of Irish music” by the BBC and “the most soulful Irish traditional folk band playing today” by Irish journalist and broadcaster Stuart Bailie, Dervish has played at festivals from Rio...