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The Weblog is a forum for students to share up to the moment news stories and narrative experiences from the Berea College Farm. We hope you will return often to this feature of our online store.
In order to tell you about our unique operation,it is crucial to introduce you to the remarkable labor program of Berea College.
As you may or may not know, each student at Berea College is granted a full tuition scholarship upon acceptance. Part of the contract is a requirement to work on campus for the duration of their enrollment. Students work a minimum of ten hours a week and positions vary from residence facilities assistants (janitors) to beekeepers, cooks to accountants; Berea College students do it all. In fact, the College depends greatly on the work of its students. This is especially true for the Berea College Farms and Gardens.
Students who work in these areas devote a tremendous amount of time and energy to ensure the success of our operations. As with any agricultural business, this is a full time job and requires much responsibility. Students who work on the farm and in the greenhouses know that weekend commitments and evening hours are part of the deal.
They love what they do … And it shows.
We are committed to excellence in every aspect of our operation and a great deal of this comes from our student workers. From the pig pit to the hoop houses, diligence is our modus operandi.
Scruggs Gets Serious Recognition
This post expired on May 16, 2009.
As you all may or may not know, the Labor Awards Banquet took place last evening, the 15th of April.
One of our own “aggies,” Jessica Scruggs, a senior ANR major from Cowee Valley, NC, was recognized not only for Student Employee of the Year for the College, she was also awarded Midwest Regional Student Employee of the Year, as well as…
NATIONAL STUDENT EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR!
Here’s what our office manager would like for you all to consider in light of this fantastic achievement:
“Because Bob Harned and I were the only lucky representatives of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department at the Awards Banquet, I would like to say that you would all have been so proud to see Jessica receiving some rather huge honors. She has brought national attention to the Berea College labor program (which we all know is exceptional), but she also represents the best qualities of character that student farm laborers at Berea College possess and in that she represents all of your hard work!
If you see Jessica, let her know how proud you are of her even if you have to embarrass her with praise.”
Courtesy of Sarah Pauslon, Office and Farm Marketing manager, Agriculture and Natural Resources
More information about Jessica and her achievements are on their way, pending a face-to-face interview with her direct supervisor and Farm Manager, the aforementioned Bob Harned.