Audrey Morgan at Sisters Theatre Dedication

Audrey Morgan stands in front of a portrait of herself and sister Bobbie Bailey in the lobby of Berry’s new theatre.

“The dedication of this theatre is nothing short of a miracle. Less than two years ago, it was only a dream.” – Audrey Morgan

Dry eyes were scarce Oct. 6 as students, faculty, alumni and friends joined Audrey Morgan and her family for the dedication of Sisters Theatre. The name of Berry’s newest fine arts facility celebrates the legacy of love and lifelong commitment to the arts shared by Morgan and her sister, the late Dr. M. Bobbie Bailey.

“For me personally, the new theatre has deep meaning,” Morgan expressed. “I was very blessed to have as my sister Bobbie Bailey. Our lives as sisters and best friends were entwined for 85 years; our names as business partners entwined for 55 years. And now with this beautiful new theatre on the Berry campus that I love so much, our names are going to be entwined for years to come. Tonight is truly a mountaintop experience for me. I could not be happier or more honored.”

Morgan, a Berry Board of Visitors member and recipient of the college’s honorary doctorate, played a critical role in the now-completed $6.7 million campaign to fund the theatre’s construction and associated improvements to Blackstone Hall. Her $1 million challenge gift initiated fundraising in 2015; a year later, a second $1 million gift was announced, this one from the foundation of her late sister.

Students and faculty were thrilled to take possession of their new 9,226 square-foot performance home, which features a black-box stage with adjustable seating for up to 276. Coupled with the improvements to Blackstone Hall, the new facility doubles the amount of functional space available to Berry’s theatre program.

The Berry College Theatre Company christened the new facility with its fall production of Crimes of the Heart. Next up is Make Merry (Or How to Survive Your Family on Holidays), scheduled for Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 1-2. Click here to order tickets.

Sisters Theatre Photo Gallery

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Another Mountain Day has come and gone, creating memories to last a lifetime for the many alumni, students, parents, faculty/staff and friends who once again gathered on the slopes of Lavender Mountain to celebrate Martha Berry’s birthday. Traditional favorites such as the Grand March of Students, Mountain Day Olympics and Marthapalooza carnival were complemented by special events such as the Sisters Theatre dedication and the induction ceremony for the Berry High School/Academy Sports Hall of Fame, a new addition to the Dickey Hall of Sports History in the Cage Center. The latter drew guests from as far away as California to honor the proud athletic tradition of Berry’s former high schools.

Photo Galleries: High School/Academy Sports Hall of Fame, College Class Reunion Brunch

 

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Mason Kinsey prepares to catch a touchdown pass late into the fourth quarter of Berry's home opener against LaGrange.Mason Kinsey prepares to catch a touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter of Berry’s home opener against LaGrange. The Vikings won the game 28-14, part of a 14-game winning streak dating back to last October.

Berry volleyball players celebrate their first-ever win over Emory University.

Hannah Billiard (15) and her Berry teammates celebrate during their first-ever win over Emory University.

To say it’s been a splendid fall for Berry’s volleyball and football teams would be something of an understatement. Both have earned national rankings and kindled championship dreams by dominating their peers in the Southern Athletic Association.

The volleyball team made history Oct. 22 as the first SAA program to finish the regular season with a perfect 14-0 record in conference play. Next up is the SAA tournament, to be held Nov. 3-5 in the friendly confines of the Cage Center. A victory in that event will guarantee the Vikings and coach Caitlyn Moriarty (14G) a trip to nationals. SAA tournament website.

The football team has enjoyed similar success, soaring to a best-ever 9-0 start that includes a 7-0 mark in conference play. The Vikings have clinched a share of their second consecutive SAA championship and can win the title outright with a home victory over Trinity (Texas) on Nov. 11. Regardless of the outcome of that game, coach Tony Kunczewski’s team has already assured itself of a first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III national playoffs. Complete coverage.

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Jessica Parker NunanJessica Parker Nunan (01C) is the latest Berry alum to merit inclusion on Georgia Trend magazine’s annual “40 under 40” list of the state’s rising stars in business, government, politics, nonprofits, science, health care and education. Nunan was recognized for her work as executive director of Caminar Latino, Georgia’s first-and-only comprehensive domestic-violence intervention program for Latino families. She also shares the voice of the Latino community through service on a Sesame Street advisory committee and facilitates a group for Latino youth who have witnessed violence. Complete “40 under 40” list.

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2016 Young Alumni Christmas PartyWe may be in the midst of the season of ghouls and goblins, but members of the Berry Alumni Association’s Young Alumni and Student Relations Committee are already humming Jingle Bells as they prepare for the second-annual Young Alumni Christmas Party. This treat for alumni who have graduated in the last five years will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Oak Hill. Last year’s inaugural event drew more than 100 alumni and friends for a night of festive holiday fun, and we’re looking forward to another big turnout.

This year’s celebration will feature a Scandinavian theme (perfect for a bunch of Vikings!) and the musical stylings of up-and-coming jazz vocalist and proud alumnus Greg Robbins (15C). There is no cost to attend. Simply RSVP by Dec. 1 at berry.edu/YAChristmas. Call 706-236-2256 or email alumni@berry.edu for more details.

Photo Gallery: 2016 Young Alumni Christmas Party

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Cynthia CourtPresident Steve Briggs recently announced the appointment of Cynthia Court as Berry’s new vice president of advancement. She will assume the role on a full-time basis Jan. 1, following the retirement of Bettyann O’Neill. Until that time, the two will work together on an interim basis to ensure a seamless transition in the areas of alumni relations, development and philanthropic communications.

Court’s impressive resume includes experience as chief marketing and development officer for Special Olympics International in Washington, D.C., executive vice president of development and marketing for Boys & Girls Clubs of America in Atlanta, and group vice president for personal giving for the Arthritis Foundation in Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. She most recently served as managing director of the nonprofit practice of the executive search firm Harvard Group International. Read more.

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Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … Pennies for Martha Man? Yes, Pennies for Martha Man. The heroic (and shameless) alter ego of freshman Connor O’Sullivan took to the skies (OK, the streets) in early fall to spread the word about Berry’s Mountain Day-inspired day-of-giving campaign. Sporting the requisite mask and cape, he elicited more than a few laughs (and perhaps a few eye rolls) with a series of short videos meant to inspire others to make a gift in honor of Martha Berry’s birthday. Nearly 2,300 gifts resulted, so we can only assume his enthusiasm was contagious!

Thanks to all those who answered Pennies for Martha Man’s call to show their Berry pride by making a gift of any size! We appreciate your support AND your sense of humor! Be sure to take a moment to watch Pennies for Martha Man’s thank you video above. Other videos can be viewed by clicking the links below.

Videos: Suit Up!, Around Campus, Trick Shots, Call Center

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Camille deBrunCamille deBrun may not have auditioned for the leading role, but she was a “rock star” backstage during her summer internship with Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre. Praised by Marketing Director Jessica Boatright as “an integral part of our team,” the senior public relations and Spanish major distinguished herself through her work to enhance the theatre’s social media presence and enrich its community engagement and outreach. She will continue her service remotely throughout the academic year.

The internship, funded by the Georgia Power Foundation, was conceived by Anne Kaiser, vice president of community and economic development for Georgia Power and a member of the boards of both Berry College and the Alliance Theatre.

“This internship meant so much to me because I got a glimpse of what it is like to combine my field of study with a real-world setting,” said deBrun, who plans to pursue a career in public relations and marketing after graduation. “I not only got great work experience, but I also got to learn from people who care so much about how their work impacts the community and their city. I realized that marketing and PR are truly beautiful when you are representing an organization that is changing the community for the better.”

By student writer Katherine Edmonds

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Selfie SpotIn our last issue, we challenged readers to identify the source of the quotation now immortalized on the colonnade of Green Hall. You might answer Martha Berry … but that would be wrong. The person who actually uttered the phrase, “Whether at work or at play, do your best,” is former Harvard University President Charles William Elliot. Congrats to past champion Alyssa Nobles (12C) for once again delivering the winning tweet.

This month, we turn our attention to one of our favorite subjects – movies! Recently, Berry got its very own “selfie spot,” courtesy of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. These spots, located around the state, highlight Georgia’s growing presence in the film industry. For a shout-out in our next issue, tweet the location of Berry’s selfie spot – signifying our use as a location in Remember the Titans. If you include a selfie of yourself at that spot, we might share that as well!

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