The Richmond Register

Local News

April 4, 2013

Town-gown relations mutually beneficial, Roelofs tells chamber

BEREA — “If this is a good and healthy place to live, both townsfolk and college folk benefit,” as do the students and their families who spend time here, Berea College President Lyle Roelofs told a Berea Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Although he assumed his duties last summer, Roelofs will not be formally installed in office until a 10 a.m. ceremony Saturday.

He addressed the chamber luncheon as part of Inauguration Week activities to highlight the high value he places on town/gown relations, Roelofs said.

“If the college continues to provide great employment opportunities, the economic benefits are good for everyone, whether or not you work there,” he said.

“If this city is open to the work of our students and faculty as they apply what they studied in the classroom to real world challenges, the education of those students will be improved.

“If the college provides cultural and wellness resources open to all, the quality of life of everyone will be enhanced.

“If the people of this city continue to provide a committed work force, and I have met families in this town whose members have been involved with the college for as many as five generations, going all the way back to the actual founding, we will be able to better carry out the mission of the college.

“If the college thrives, it will continue to be and increasingly so, an enticement to visitors helping to make the city of Berea a traveler’s destination, because of our noteworthy history, the artisanship programs and products, and the other delights of visiting the campus, College Square and the rest of the town.”

Roelofs also updated Berea’s business and government leaders, who were joined by Richmond and Madison County officials, on the college’s efforts to become a more “resilient and sustainable” institution.

Among those are:

• Construction of a “deep green” residence hall that should be ready for students in August

• A store that in September will begin selling meat and produce grown on the Berea College farm.

Plans also are under way to enhance, expand or renovate the college library as well as buildings that house science, nursing and teacher-training programs.

The college also has been awarded $76 million federal Promise Neighborhood and GEAR UP grants over seven years to provide educational, health, and family services to more than 20,000 at-risk students of 19 school districts in 17 rural eastern Kentucky counties.

The former Middletown School building is being enlarged to accommodate the program.

About half of Berea’s students are considered first-generation college students and come from families with a median family income of less than $30,000, Roelofs noted.

Students from such backgrounds typically struggle to succeed in college, he said Berea’s 65 percent graduation rate ranks it fourth in the nation based on the students it serve.

“It’s true that Berea graduates can go anywhere and compete successfully,” Roelofs said.

However, 37 percent of them go back to live in their home counties while another 23 percent return to their home states. About half of it graduates live in Kentucky, he said.

Nearly 79 percent of Berea graduates return to the southern Appalachian region the college regards as its service area.

Both the city and college have much to gain from building on their already strong relationship, Roelofs said.

“It very much seems to me that both the college and the city have bright futures, and that those futures are better because they are shared.

Bill Robinson can be reached at editor@richmondregister.com or 624-6690.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 2-11 Mangan.jpeg Man indicted in I-75 wreck that killed two

    A man who police believe started the chain of events that led to the deaths of two people on Interstate 75 in February was indicted on several felony charges Wednesday in Madison Circuit Court.
    Bryan M. Mangan, 56, of South Bend, Ind., was indicted on six counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, tampering with physical evidence and operating on a suspended license.

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Man charged with reselling employer’s equipment

    A man who worked for a local satellite TV company has been charged with ordering extra equipment and selling it online.
    Charles William Hensley, 39, of Manchester, worked for the Multiband Corporation at its Richmond office, according to a Richmond police report.
    Multiband maintains DIRECTV’s installations, service and upgrades for single-family homes in 20 states and commercial sites nationwide.

    April 24, 2014

  • Saturday is National Drug Take-Back Day

    A nationwide initiative to dispose of prescription drugs in a safe manner will take place Saturday.
    Three Madison County sites are available for residents to get rid of their unused, unneeded or expired prescription drugs as part of the eighth annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day:
    • Richmond Police Department, 1721 Lexington Road, box is outside by the front door.
    • Kentucky State Police Post 7, 699 Eastern Bypass, across from the EKU stadium, box is inside at the front door.

    April 24, 2014

  • 4-25 Revue 1.JPG Retro Radio Revue

    “Stan O’Donnell’s Retro Radio Revue,” presented by Rose Barn Theatre, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Gillum’s Sports Lounge in the Richmond Mall.
    The production focuses on the performers of the show and the follies and chaos that take place as the unexpected ensues. Local musical performers from Madison County will be showcased throughout the production.
    Gillum’s will provide a full menu service and cash bar beginning at 5:30 p.m.
    Tickets for the show are $15 and available at the door or in advance at www.rosebarntheatre.org.
    The event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit arts organization.

    April 24, 2014 3 Photos

  • 4-25 Crit Luallen.jpg Luallen says no to 2015 governor’s race

    After months of deliberation, former state Auditor of Public Accounts Crit Luallen announced Thursday she will sit out the 2015 race for governor.
    The announcement disappointed friends and associates who see Luallen as an able and experienced administrator — she served in six gubernatorial administrations — but also someone with the character and integrity to restore confidence in government.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Blue Grass Army Depot sponsors 5K

    The Blue Grass Army Depot is hosting a 5K run/walk Saturday in support of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
    The no-entry-fee event will begin and end at the depot’s new sports complex ball fields, according to a news release from the installation. Preregistration is available online at www.bluegrass.army.mil or starting at 9 a.m. the day of the event.

    April 24, 2014

  • 4-24 UKatWaco1.jpg Wildcats encourage Cardinals to work hard in school

    University of Kentucky student athletes Kastine Evans, a guard on the women’s basketball team, and Jon Hood, a guard on the men’s team, stopped by Waco Elementary School on Wednesday to talk about the benefits of working hard in school.

    April 23, 2014 4 Photos

  • Mayor, commissioner pay changed

    The Richmond City Commission approved 4-1 a new pay scale for the mayor and commissioners at a special-called meeting Wednesday morning.

    April 23, 2014

  • 4-24 Lorenzo McWilliams.jpg Harrodsburg to get old Richmond police mobile computers

    Richmond is donating to the city of Harrodsburg eight of 39 old computers formerly used in police cruisers.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-24 HOSAblooddrive.jpg Health science students organize blood drive

    Aside from the gift cards and free snacks, 50 Madison County high school students have other reasons for donating 35 pints of blood Wednesday to the Kentucky Blood Center at Madison Central High School.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Should Richmond rezone the southwest corner of Main Street and Tates Creek Avenue to B-1 (Neighborhood Business) with restrictions to allow construction of a financial services office?

Yes
No
     View Results