Guitarist Adam Benka '11, of Incline Village, NV, died on December 5, 2011. He was 22. Benka graduated in August 2011 with a degree in professional music. He was known as an enthusiastic and patient guitar instructor. He leaves his parents, Mark and Joyce, and a brother, stepbrother, and stepsister.
When Chuck Doud chose music as his career path, he was just a youth in Easton, Pennsylvania, playing original tunes as the guitarist for a local rock band and hoping for a shot at the big time. Since then, Doud has made San Francisco his home, and millions of young fans around the world have heard his guitar playing.
The CJ Scholarship for Korean students at Berklee is the first of its kind; it marks the first significant result of the college's global development agenda. The scholarship supports Korean students with outstanding merit, strong academic performance, and significant financial need. This fall, Berklee awarded scholarships to 10 students, out of many qualified candidates from Korea that, without any doubt, could not have completed their studies without this support.
As the new director of alumni affairs and the Berklee Fund, I am inspired to be part of this unique community of artists, musicians, innovators, educators, and entrepreneurs. You know firsthand what a special place the college is, and our goal is to keep you connected to it and one another.
In 2003, when Chi Kim '06 was a first-semester student, he encountered many of the challenges that entering students face. He was an international student struggling to find his way around Boston, to navigate the Berklee environment, and to learn music technology.
Since my graduation from Berklee in 1983, I have observed the college's amazing evolution as a music education icon. I have watched this transformation as a Berklee in Puerto Rico program supporter, as the producer of the Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest, and as a trustee.