Lecturer Chad Berry, Berea College’s Dean of Faculty, left, and former GC trustee James Collier, a retired Elizabethtown attorney for whom the lecture is named. (Photo by Jake Masters ‘14/GC News Bureau)

Georgetown, KY (April 3) – Georgetown College students are hearing a lot about “service learning” these days and how they might have an impact on their communities now and as they go out into the world once they graduate.

This morning they heard from an expert, Chad Berry, Berea College’s Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculty who once directed the private Kentucky institution’s Center for Excellence in Learning through Service. After delivering the annual Collier Lecture, Dr. Berry met the event’s namesake – former GC trustee James Collier, a longtime supporter of the College who obviously cares a great deal about students developing a sense of purpose.

Dr. Berry, who previously directed Berea’s Loyal Jones Appalachian Center, continues to do some teaching as their Goode Professor of Appalachian Studies.

During the lecture, Education professor Alison Jackson-Wood was struck by a map the speaker showed with a high level of poverty in Kentucky. “I often see our students go to far-away places to do very good things. These are important experiences which I support. Yet I hope students, staff, and faculty would also be inspired to apply their energies to work that is in our own backyard,” she said.

“I was glad Berry made it very clear that on a daily basis we have many opportunities to engage, serve and learn from those in need who are very close to home,” Dr. Jackson-Wood continued. “As a member of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) committee, which has focused on service learning, I can envision possibilities for learning and service in every discipline. I hope students and my colleagues were inspired by Dr. Berry’s speech to shape learning experiences which also serve others.”

McKenzie Albright, a senior from Crab Orchard, KY, received the Collier Scholarship at Tuesday’s chapel event.