Three Berea College alumni — a prominent researcher and executive in the semi-conductor industry and now dean of the University of Wisconsin College of Engineering; an Air Force major with a distinguished service record; and an inspiring youth advocate, educator and performer — will be honored Friday through Sunday at Berea College Homecoming activities.

A host of other activities also are planned, and many are open to the public. This year’s theme, “Where Friendships are Formed Fast and True,” is from the college’s school song “Berea Beloved.”

Paul S. Peercy, a 1961 graduate, will receive Berea’s 2006 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Maj. David L. Peeler Jr., a 1989 graduate, and 1992 graduate Alfreddie Hasan Davis, will each receive the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. All three alumni will be honored at the homecoming awards reception Friday evening, scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Baird Lounge of the Alumni Building.

Peercy has served as dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering, where he guides a highly ranked engineering college with more than 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students, since 1999. Prior to this appointment, Peercy was President of SEMI/SEMATECH, a non-profit research consortium of the U.S. semiconductor equipment and supplier industry, and also served as director of Microelectronics and Photonics at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M.

A researcher in the areas of solid state and materials physics and engineering, he is the author or co-author of more than 180 technical papers and and holds two patents. Peercy has been a leader in a number of professional organizations and currently serves on advistory boards of several universities and federal labs. He also is a member of the board of directors of Bemis Corp., Sonic Foundry Inc., Mason Wells and Meritor Hospital and Health Services. In addition to a B.A. in physics from Berea, Peercy holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Major Peeler, a South Carolina native, is stationed at Eilson Air Force Base in Alaska. Since entering the Air Force in 1992, Peeler has been deployed supporting Operations Enduing Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa.

He has commanded at the squadron level and he led the cost division at the world’s largest and most advanced complex of aerospace flight simulation test facilities. Major Peeler is a nationally certified cost estimator/analyst and an Air Force acquisition professional.

For his outstanding service, he has received the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal and the National Defense Medal, among other notable awards and recognitions. After graduating from Berea, Peeler earned a second bachelor’s degree from Troy State University. He holds Master of Science degrees from the Air Force Institute of Technology and the Air Command and Staff College.

Hasan Davis, with the help and support of Berea College, turned his life around from a youth headed in the wrong direction to become a successful youth advocate, educator and performer. At Berea, Davis made a name for himself in theater and on the forensics team, graduating with a degree in oral communication, then earning his Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky Law School.

Davis recently was appointed to the Federal Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee and has served as the chairman of the Kentucky Juvenile Justice Advisory Board since 1999. In 2001, Davis was selected a Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership Fellow and in 2002 became consulting co-manager of the Next Generation Leadership Program.

As a facilitator and trainer, Davis has developed programs for government, corporate and non-profit agencies in the areas of youth development, leadership and team-building, cultural competency and conflict/anger management. Artistically, Davis also has been recognized as an educator and performer, focusing on historical figures whose lives have something to teach us today.

Also Friday will be the Black Student Union Homecoming Pageant beginning 7 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Non-student tickets are $7.

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Saturday’s homecoming parade down Chestnut Street will begin at 11 a.m. (canceled if raining). A host of activities is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, beginning with “A Taste of Berea” on the Draper Quadrangle from noon to 2 p.m. with fun, games, music and food (rain site is Old Seabury Gym). Two events from 1 to 3 p.m. are the Annual Gordon Ross Skittles Tournament at the Log House Craft Gallery and at the Berea College Bookstore, book signings by Lee Morris, Robert Boyce and Shannon Wilson, authors of three new books about Berea College.

Seabury Center will be the site of women’s and men’s basketball beginning at 5:30 p.m., when the Lady Mountaineers play Milligan College. The Berea College men take on Milligan beginning 7:30 p.m., with the coronation of homecoming queen and king taking place at halftime. Tickets are required for admission and are good for both the women’s and men’s games.

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Also on Saturday evening, the Berea College Theatre Laboratory will present “A Raisin in the Sun,” from 8 to 10 p.m. in the McGaw Theatre. Festivities on Saturday conclude with three events: a student/alumni dessert and coffee reception in Baird Lounge from 9 p.m. to noon; a homecoming dance featuring music of the 70s, 80s and 90s in the Alumni Building Student Organization Lounge and a dance sponsored by campus activities for students and alumni in the upper Seabury gym from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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Sunday morning, the Rev. Lisa Caldwell-Reiss (’91), will lead an alumni worship service in Union Church at 10:30, which will include a performance by the Alumni Chapel and Concert Choir conducted by Dr. Stephen Bolster. The annual Black Music Ensemble Homecoming Concert, directed by Kimberly Wilson (’97), is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m., also in Union Church.

For a complete schedule of events, ticket prices and to make reservations, call the Berea College Alumni Association at 985-3104 and visit

www.berea.edu/alumni.

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