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Students enjoy summer’s sizzling sensations

Graduation has ended and many students are preparing to begin a new chapter in their lives. Other students have gone home to work, while still others are studying or researching in other parts of the country and the world. Even though summer is traditionally a vacation, the campus is still busy as many students have remained on campus to work, study, and research.

Students chat on Berea campus.

A lot of the students on campus opted to take at least one summer course. Most of those courses fulfill a part of the General Education Requirement. But there are a few other courses on campus which students are taking for personal development and enjoyment rather than for the credit. A group of students is taking a photography class. Another group of students even chose to take a noncredit logic course.

“I see summer as an opportunity to get ahead on classes which may hinder my ability to take classes during the regular school year,” says junior Kathryn Nantz. “Or to even take a class I am interested in taking, but don’t have time to take during the regular school year.”

The following are a few of the classes offered on campus this summer: GSTR 410 and 332, Non-Western Theater: India and Egypt, and Faith in Action.

One particular GSTR 410: Senior Seminar course examines performative elements of gender, and explores how those elements are descended from traditional theatrical approaches to text and practice. The overarching aim of this course is to provide students with an understanding of gender as a culturally variable product and to broaden students’ understanding of genders and sexualities through a variety of case studies. Students will see a professional drag performance in Louisville on July 16.

Entrepreneurship for the Public Good (EPG)
The seventh EPG summer institute began on June 5 with a fresh set of sophomores and juniors. EPG creates a multi-year, learning experience for undergraduate students to practice and implement Entrepreneurial Leadership in rural communities of Central Appalachia.

To learn more about EPG visit the EPG home page or enjoy reading about this summer's cohort in the article "EPG: grooming our own leaders in Appalachia."

A group of students is studying the effects of students’ surroundings on their mental processes, particularly as they might pertain to “study areas” around campus. They have set up two 40-minute sessions where participants take surveys and tests (including the NEO-FFI, a personality test) meant to help researches develop their conclusions. Those who participate will receive a raffled gift from local businesses. The research sessions began June 29 and will continue to July 25. For more information or to participate in this research contact Jenipher Dennis by emailing

Associate Professor of Communication and Director of Forensics Dr. Billy Wooten has created a project analyzing mediated representations of gay male couples on ABC primetime television programming, particularly the shows “Modern Family,” “Desperate Housewives,” and “Brothers and Sisters.”

Summer Fun
To keep the summer scholars entertained, the Black Cultural Center and Campus Activities Board has organized various programs such as viewings of the soccer world cup, a night of Taboo and a Spades tournament, a Pool Party, and a trip to King’s Island in Cincinnati.

BCC is also hosting book discussions. The two books featured this summer are "The Mis-Education of the Negro" by alumnus Carter G. Woodson and "River, Cross My Heart" by Breena Clarke. Discussions take place Wednesday nights at 7 p.m.

For more information about:
The Black Cultural Center email
The Campus Activities Board

Students are also finding more time for personal reading.

Tony Choi, ‘11, has "Aloft" by Chang-rae Lee and "The Blindness" by Jose Saramago on his summer reading list. Sam Rosolina, ‘10, has burrowed into "The Marrowbone Marble Company" by Glenn Taylor. Debbie McIntyre, ‘11, recently finished "The Giver" by Lois Lowry and "The Archer" by Bernard Cornwell. She is currently reading "The Boggart" by Susan Cooper and plans to reread "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" and the rest of the series to prepare for the next film that comes out this fall. Melissa Benson, ‘11, finished reading "The Inheritance" by Simon Tolkien, the grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien. She is now reading "The Lacuna" by Barbara Kingsolver. Molly Baker, '11, is currently reading "Sputnick Sweetheart" by Haruki Murakami and hopes to finish her summer reading list: "As I Lay Dying" by William Faulkner, "Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides, "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Garcia Marquez, "When You are Engulfed in Flames" by David Sedaris. Molly also plans to reread "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger.

Berea College recently hosted the 2010 World Massage Festival and Massage Therapy Hall of Fame, which started on June 17 and lasted until June 21. The businesses that support the massage industry with products and information also gathered at the Festival tradeshow to promote their products and introduce new and innovative solutions for the practicing therapist. Services and merchandise this year included massage product suppliers, recorded music, herbal and holistic products, hand crafted jewelry, wearable items like clothing and shoes, healthy chocolate and much more. The general public was welcome to attend the tradeshow and other activities.

Summer Carillon Series
The Summer Carillon Concert Series began June 21. Guest carillonneur Dennis Curry of Bloomfield Hills, Mich. performed on the newly renamed John Courter Carillon in Draper Tower on Berea’s campus.

The concerts -- played on the 56-bell carillon, Kentucky's biggest -- last for one hour. Admission is free. Seating on the College Quadrangle will be provided with a video monitor to allow persons at ground level to view the player in action.

Additional carillon concerts by guest performers are scheduled for July 19, August 16 and Labor Day, September 6.

Read more about the series here.

Bonner Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary
Berea College hosted the Bonner Foundation’s celebration of their 20th anniversary. The staff and students in the CELTS office played a major role in this event.

The program provides tuition scholarships based on students' high school service and requires continued service activities in college.

Berea was selected as the site of the anniversary celebration in part because it is the home to the first Bonner Scholars Program in the U.S. About 500 Bonner administrators and students, along with more than 25 college and university presidents gathered on Berea’s campus for the event.

Read more about it here.

Summer Connections 2010
Summer Connections are workshops for incoming first-year students which were held Thursday June 24 and Saturday June 26. New students are introduced to their advisers and have an opportunity to become acquainted with the College, indicate their preference of classes, meet some of their classmates, and learn about residence life and the labor program. Students are invited to spend the night in the residence halls, and their families may join them on campus for information sessions and social events.

Study Abroad
Other Berea students traveled to other countries, including Egypt, Japan, Morocco, Poland, France and Ukraine to learn about other cultures and take courses while traveling in those countries.

Education Abroad and Exchanges

Upward Bound
Upward Bound helps young people in grades nine through twelve prepare for higher education. The program provides tutoring, instruction, counseling, career orientation and an opportunity to experience educational development and personal growth within a college setting for students still in high school.

Events Around Town
The Berea Craft Festival is a community event held at Indian Fort Theatre July 8 through 11.

The Quilt Extravaganza will be hosted by the City of Berea and held August 3 through 7. The Quilt Artists of Kentucky will visit Berea for a few days of quilting mania. The Quilt Extravaganza is open to the public.

Berea College continues to bustle even when regular classes are not in session. Extra time in the summer has given students time to pursue opportunities they normally would not be able to pursue during the academic year. It has also allowed students to enjoy the campus and the City of Berea in a new way.

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