A Grayson County resident completed degree requirements at Berea College on December 13, 2013. Megan B. Martin, of Leitchfield, received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Technology and Industrial Arts.
David Haskell, professor of biology at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, is an innovative teacher, scientist, and environmentalist. He addressed 80 candidates for graduation at Berea College’s Mid-Year Recognition Ceremony that took place on campus December 8th. Dr. Haskell is the author of The Forest Unseen (Viking Penguin, 2012) a book that “reveals the secret world hidden in a single square meter of forest.” The book has earned several prestigious awards including the 2013 Best Book Award from the National Academies, as well as the 2013 Reed Environmental Writing Award and the 2012 National Outdoor Book Award for Natural History Literature. It also was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction.
Berea College, located in Berea, Ky., is a non-denominational, comprehensive college that offers Bachelor’s degrees in 32 majors, including arts and sciences and select professional programs, as well as independent majors designed by students to mirror approved majors at other colleges. Every student receives a tuition scholarship for cost of education and works at least 10 hours a week to pay living expenses. Berea College offers a high-quality, liberal arts education to students who have great promise but limited economic resources.
Founded upon inclusive Christian principles in 1855, Berea College was the first interracial and coeducational college in the South. The College promotes understanding and kinship among all people, service to communities in Appalachia and beyond, and sustainable living practices that set an example of new ways to conserve our limited natural resources.
More information about Berea can be found at www.berea.edu.