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April 1, 2013

Berea to inaugurate Roelofs as its president Saturday

BEREA — On Saturday, Lyle Roelofs will be inaugurated as Berea College’s ninth president in a 10 a.m. ceremony in the college’s Seabury Center.

The event will be streamed live online at webapps.berea.edu/stream/president.

A celebration also will take place at Boone Tavern Hotel after the ceremony.

Roelofs (pronounced Roo-lahfs) assumed his presidency July 1,  after the retirement of Larry Shinn, who served as Berea’s president for 18 years.

Roelofs is a graduate of Calvin College with a bachelor of science degree with honors in physics and mathematics. He earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, both in physics, at the University of Maryland and has more than 35 years of experience in teaching and research at the University of Maryland, Calvin College, Brown University, Haverford College and Colgate University

He is also an experienced administrator, having served as associate provost at Haverford College, as provost and dean of faculty and as interim president at Colgate University.

A number of U.S. and international institutions have tapped Roelofs for visiting appointments and fellowships, such as the Sandia National Laboratory; the Fritz-Haber Institut in Berlin; University of Munich; Technical University Clausthal-Zellerfeld and University of Ulm.

Roelofs’ academic and scholarly research has resulted in substantial grants from such organizations as the Research Corporation, Pew Mid-Atlantic Cluster and the National Science Foundation.

Roelofs has many accomplishments in research and pedagogy, numerous publications in refereed professional journals, as well as invited papers and presentations at national and international seminars and colloquia.

Beyond his academic interests, Roelofs enjoys reading, cooking, and various outdoor activities including bird watching, camping and hiking. He is also an avid runner who runs with students twice a week and will run in the upcoming Derby City Mini-marathon in Louisville. He and his wife Lauren have two sons, both of whom are in graduate school.

Other inauguration events include:

Wednesday

• Inauguration Exhibit (all day, opening at 7:45 a.m.) in Hutchins Library

• Staff, faculty and retiree luncheon, noon-2 p.m. in the upper gym at Seabury Center

Thursday

• Presidential 5K Run/1-Mile Walk starting at lawn in front of Berea Community School. Check-in is at 6:30 a.m. and the run/walk begins at 7 a.m.

• Inauguration Exhibit (all day, opening at 7:45 a.m.) at Hutchins Library

• Convocation: Ron Rash: Tell the Truth but Tell It Slant: The Past as Present in Appalachia, 3 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel

• Chalk Up Berea, 4 p.m., in the College Quadrangle

• Concert. 6:30 p.m., in Baird Lounge, Alumni Building

Friday

• Inauguration Exhibit (all day, opening at 7:45 a.m.) at Hutchins Library

• Symposium: Finding Unity in the Berea’s Great Commitments, 3 p.m., Gray Auditorium, Presser Hall

• Sand sculpture unveil ing reception, 5 p.m., Fairchild Lawn

• Berea College Alumni reception, 7-9 p.m., college visitors center

• Appalachian Heritage’s 40th anniversary celebration, 7:30-9 p.m., Loyal Jones Appalachian Center Gallery. Gurney Norman, Crystal Wilkinson and Silas House will conduct readings.

• Senior voice recital: Molly Marie Bennett, 8 p.m., Gray Auditorium, Presser Hall

Saturday

• Installation ceremony in main arena, Seabury Center, 10 a.m.

• Street celebration, 12:30 p.m., Boone Tavern Hotel & Main Street area

Student Crafts on the Square Gallery reception honoring Dr. and Mrs. Roelofs, 12:30-5 p.m., Main Street. Light refreshments will be served.

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