Berea College will celebrate its 2010 homecoming “Reliving the Spirit of Berea,” Nov. 12-14 with a special reunion for alumni from the classes of 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010.
On Friday at noon, the college will honor Dr. Robert Ling, ‘61, as this year’s distinguished alumnus during an award ceremony and luncheon in Boone Tavern’s Skylight Room. Ling is a renowned statistician and retired professor at Clemson University.
Outstanding Young Alumni Awards will be presented to Ronnie Nolan, ‘95, and Joshua Powell, ‘97, during a reception in Boone Tavern’s dining room at 5:30 p.m. Nolan is director of Kentucky Educational Collaborative for State Agency Children, an agency that provides funding to school districts with resources to educate children served by state agency programs. Powell is superintendent of Union County (Ky.) public schools. He has twice been named Kentucky Association of School Administrator’s superintendent of the year. In addition, the college will recognize two honorary alumni award recipients this year. Linda V. DuRand is a retired teacher who is a strong supporter and volunteer with the college. Jeff Amburgey, vice president for finance at Berea, is the second honorary alumni award recipient. Amburgey serves as chair of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) Business Officers. Make reservations by contacting Alumni Relations Director Mae Suramek at 859.985.3110 or email@example.com.
At 6 p.m. young alumni will have the opportunity to connect with professionals during a career networking session in the Berea College visitors center. This event provides a venue for upper class students to interact with alumni and learn about career and graduate school opportunities.
Other Friday events include the 40th Annual Black Student Union Pageant held at Phelps Stokes Auditorium at 7 p.m. Miss Kentucky 2010, Djuan Trent, ’10, will be in attendance. Tickets are $10 for alumni and guests, $8 for non-BSU membership students and $5 for BSU member students. At 8 p.m. Berea College students perform “An Evening of Clay” in the McGaw Theatre located in the Jelkyl Drama Building. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. and one hour before every performance. Tickets range from $5-$10. Contact the box office at 859.985.3300 to order tickets. Beginning at 9 p.m., alumni will gather on Short Street for a block party. Live music and free food will be provided.
On Saturday at 8 a.m. alumni can participate in the Retro Relay “5K Trot for Tots” run. Participants should register ($10) by Nov. 5 at www.berea.edu/alumni/homecoming. Registered participants will receive a tee shirt and a portion of the fee will provide a donation to Child Development Lab. Alumni can register at 7:30 a.m. before the run begins. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 859.985.3104. Also at 10 a.m. on Saturday the dedication and naming ceremony of the John Courter Carillon will take place outside Draper classroom building. This ceremony, naming Berea’s carillon in memory of Carillonneur John Courter, will feature remarks and performances of musical selections by Berea administrators, faculty and former students.
Other Saturday events include: BereaFest from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on various parts of campus. Music and children’s activities will be provided and food will be available. At 1:30 p.m., Black Music Ensemble will perform a homecoming concert at Union Church. At 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Penny Loafers, an a cappella quartet based in Berea, performs a 25th anniversary concert at Berea Baptist Church. The men’s and women’s basketball teams will play on Saturday when the homecoming king and queen will be crowned at halftime. The women’s team plays Virginia Intermont at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men’s game against Shawnee State at 7:30 p.m. The Midnight Alumni Mixer in Baird Lounge in the alumni building will feature appetizers and a photo slide show from past reunions.
On Sunday the Berea College Homecoming Choir will perform a special 25th anniversary concert at 10:30 a.m. in Union Church with Reverend Johnnie E. Ross, ’80, presiding as reunion minister. At 3 p.m. in the Danforth Chapel in Draper Classroom building, the Black Student Union will present “Roc-da-chapel,” a chapel service in the black tradition.
There are more than 30 events planned for alumni to attend during homecoming. For a complete schedule visit www.berea.edu/alumni.