The Alumni Accent - An e-newsletter from Berry College

No doubt, you've heard by now about Berry launching a $100 million comprehensive campaign. If you want a truly exciting peek at what this campaign will mean to future Berry students, stop by the campaign Web site.

There you'll find information that's only available online, including 3-D models and extensive floor plans of the planned Student Athletic and Recreation Center. Check it out!

First Lady's Remarks Include Berry

Martha Berry's work to bring education to all was cited by First Lady Laura Bush while accepting The College Board's Medal for Distinguished Service to Education in Atlanta in nearly November.

"I am happy to be in Georgia, the home of many great universities, great educators and great Americans," she said. "I cannot think of a more fitting place for The College Board to hold its annual forum. Here, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Martha Berry fought for the rights of all Americans -- the right to vote, the right to be treated equally and the right to an education."

Mrs. Bush's remarks included a brief retelling of the story of Berry's founding and growth into a college. She concluded her remarks by saying, "We reaffirm that the spirit of education will forever be to teach and to learn. And we reaffirm the hope of Martha Berry that education will always be the right of every man, woman and child who lives in the promise of America and for the promise of a greater tomorrow."

Alumni Center Opening Just Weeks Away

Be sure to circle Jan. 11 on your calendar and don't miss the unveiling of the Berry Alumni Center in the college's historic Ford Complex. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Ford Archway.

Following the ceremony, you'll have the opportunity to tour the center and enjoy refreshments.

Can't wait for the official opening? Check out the progress at


Berry Garners National Media Attention

Did you read about Berry in recent issues of USA Today? The college's Century Campaign was included in the state-by-state news highlights on Monday, Oct. 7 -- (Martha Berry's birthday!!).

Just days later, Berry education professor Dr. Brian Jory was featured in a USA Today news article, "How to cope? Keep guard, and spirits, up." The article, which offered advice on dealing with the fear associated with the D.C. sniper's attacks, appeared on Friday, Oct. 18.

Berry's Century Campaign was also highlighted on CNN.

NAIA Web Site Highlights Berry Service

The student-led Viking ABC Service Club received national attention for its third annual community service day. The story, which originally appeared in the Rome News-Tribune, was published on the TranSouth Conference Web site and later on the official Web site of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Congratulations to the students who led this effort and for their dedication to Berry's motto -- "Not to be ministered unto, but to minister."

Read more online at

Lady Vikings to Host Conference Tourney

The Lady Vikings soccer team (12-1-4) claimed the TranSouth region title despite a 1-0 upset during the season finale.

This week, Berry is hosting the conference tournament at Ford Field. To keep up-to-date on the Lady Vikings' success, visit the Berry Athletics Web page at

Miss Berry Crowned

Senior communication major Chandra Palubiak has been crowned the 2002 Miss Berry College.

The Marietta native was selected from a field of 16 Berry students, who competed in the categories of personal interview, talent and evening gown.

Chandra was sponsored in the pageant by Berry's Forensic Team.


The reigning Miss Berry College Jodi Ramsey crowns Chandra Palubiak as her successor.


A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

What would Mountain Day be without the traditional Olympics? Here, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Tom Carver gets slimed as he and Acting Chaplain Dale McConkey find out the egg toss may not be all that it's -- ahem -- cracked up to be.

For more sights from this year's Mountain Day celebration, visit the online Alumni Community at

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Excellence Abounds at Berry

  • Seven Berry College faculty members were included in the 2002 edition of Who's Who Among America's Teachers. Those honored for educational excellence are Dr. Victor Bissonnette, psychology; Dr. Krishna Dhir, business; Dr. Amy Johnson, history; Dr. Susan Logsdon-Conradsen, psychology; Dr. Carla Moldavan, mathematics; Dr. Katherine Nolan, teacher education; and Dr. Christy Jo Snider, history.
  • Dr. Bruce Conn, dean of Berry's School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, wrote an essay titled "Learning to Serve Others" that was published in College Faith, a book published by Andrews University Press.
  • Berry alumna Katie Cauthen Francisco (96C) appeared on Jeopardy! on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Although she finished in third place, Katie was the only contestant to correctly answer the final Jeopardy! question.

The Bells are Ringing ... again at the Ford Complex

-- thanks to the efforts of Dr. Donald Fite (51H), who led an effort to restore the clock at Ford Auditorium. Dr. Fite did much of the restoration work on the clock himself.

Alumni "Chapter" Meets

The unofficial Fuquay-Varina (N.C.) Chapter of the Berry Alumni Association met on Mountain Day. The chapter was formed when 1984 graduates Amanda Pierce Cecchi and Richard Wilkes found their young children playing against each other at a soccer game. No word on the winner!

Coming Soon...

-- In the winter issue of The Berry Chronicle, read about Berry grad Dusty Boyd's (86C) unique approach to community service -- turning grueling Ironman competitions and mountain climbs into dollars for VisionQuest, a non-profit foundation he established.

-- The Cartersville Alumni Chapter will host a holiday dinner and meeting on Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Quality Inn Restaurant in Cartersville. For details, e-mail

-- The Southeast Georgia Alumni Chapter will host a Christmas party at 7 p.m., Dec. 7, at the home of Elizabeth Hinson in Brunswick, Ga. For details, e-mail

-- Berry's Agriculture Alumni Chapter will host a graduation reception for all ag majors on Dec. 14 in the Westcott Building. For details, e-mail

-- The East Tennessee Chapter of the Berry Alumni Association will meet at noon on Dec. 14 at the home of Dewey and Irene Large in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. For details, e-mail

-- The Centennial Road Show offers Berry alumni and friends the change to learn about Berry today and be part of Berry's 100th birthday bash. E-mail for reservations. Upcoming stops include:

  • Dalton, Ga. -- Nov. 14, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center
  • Knoxville, Tenn. -- Nov. 18, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Radisson Summit Hill
  • Rome -- Dec. 16, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Coosa Country Club

-- Centennial Speaker Diane McWhorter speaks at 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18, in the Berry College Chapel. Ms. McWhorter's book, Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution, is the winner of this year's Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction.

-- Candles and Carols of Christmases Past at Oak Hill marks the beginning of the 2002 holiday season. These special candle-lit tours, held from 6 to 9 p.m., Dec. 6 and 7, offer the perfect time to visit Oak Hill.

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