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Dear parents,

It’s a pleasure to (re)introduce myself to you in the Parent Newsletter. While I joined the Berry community over 13 years ago, I am experiencing it in a different way as I begin my first year as Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. The reasons I chose to work at Berry are very much the same reasons I choose to stay at Berry each year: the students, the campus beauty, and the community.

I shared with students during the August SOAR session, “Not all those who wander are lost” from J.R.R. Tolkien. My hope this academic year is that each student, freshman and senior alike, will take advantage of the opportunities Berry offers to explore, learn, and test who they are. That they may wander through student clubs and organizations until they find one that they want to invest their time and talents. Find ways to use their gifts and abilities to make Berry a better place. Seek people and experiences who stretch and challenge their thinking. J.R.R. Tolkien also wrote, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us”. Whether it be four years, or two last semesters, a Berry education is built on how our students choose to use each semester to challenge and test what they think to be true to strengthen their convictions, and build lasting friendships and memories.

In using the time given to us with responsibility and great care, we will bring to life Martha Berry’s quote “I pray that [we] may leave the world more beautiful than when [we] found it.” I look forward to partnering alongside your student and you as we, together, work to leave Berry more beautiful than when we found it.

My best wishes for the academic year,

Lindsey Taylor
Vice President for Student Affairs
Dean of Students


The saying has always been “it takes a village” when referring to parenting. Parenting a college student is, well, no different. We have enlisted our campus experts to help you navigate the transitions your student may be experiencing. Below are links to articles geared toward parents of first-year students, sophomore students, as well as junior and senior students.

First-Year Parents: This Is Going To Be Fun

Sophomore Success

Preparing for Beyond Berry: What you need to know as parents of juniors and seniors

Making Berry Home

Written by Lindsay Norman, Assistant Dean of Students for Residence Life

We are very excited to welcome our newest Vikings and welcome back our returning residents. We hope the transition will be smooth and that our students get to know their new neighbors and our Residence Life Staff.

The Office of Residence Life is responsible for the on-campus residential community. Resident Assistants (RAs) are student staff who assist in creating a healthy, safe, and engaging living environment. Frist-year students will benefit from the mentorship and care provided by two RAs on their floor. Students in other residential facilities are assigned one RA. We hope that our residents will also connect with their Area Coordinator who is a Master’s level professional staff who live and work within the halls.

For many students, it may be the first time they’ve had to the opportunity to share a room with another person. Sharing a living space is an intentional learning opportunity, and parents can be a great resource to their students in helping navigate that. Parents can encourage their students to practice those skills associated with resolving conflict, communicating personal values, setting boundaries and generally living among people who are different from them.

Here are some ways that you can help. Remind your student to:

  1. Set boundaries early with their roommate(s). Be open and honest when completing the roommate agreement;
  2. Communicate concerns calmly and in-person;
  3. Be flexible and open to mediation. The RA and Area Coordinator are trained and available to help students resolve their concerns.

Living on campus will be a large part of your student’s transition to adulthood, and we’re happy to provide a safe environment for that growth. We hope the programs and events we provide will enable your student to meet new people and step outside their comfort zone. Our web site can likely answer any questions you may have as you prepare to move your student on campus and can be found at http://berry.edu/stulife/rlife/.  You can reach Residence Life by email at residencelife@berry.edu or phone at 706.236.2209.

Parent to Parent

Adapted from Grown & Flown, an online blog written by parents for parents

You are now settling into a new routine and so is your student, but that doesn’t mean that your student – or you – aren’t experiencing some homesickness. Midterms or Halloween are always a great time to reconnect with your college student. Grown & Flown a blog written by parents for parents offers advice on how to say “goodbye” over and over as well as a great way for you to connect and love on your students even from afar!

  • Grown & Flown's Image of a Care Package Party on FacebookGrown & Flown’s Image of a Care Package Party on Facebook[/caption]Find a “goodbye” ritual: How to say goodbye when your kid returns to college
  • Throwing a “care package party,” is an awesome way to stay connected to other moms in the year after your child first flies the nest. Here are some tips for throwing a great party: College care package party
  • Don’t have time to throw a party? Let Berry’s SGA do the work for you. Order and send your student a baked goods care package from SGA and HoneyMoon Bakery. Click hereto order now.

Subscribe to Grown & Flown here or you can find them on Facebook here.

Don’t Go Without Flex Bucks

Written by Brad Reeder, Assistant VP for Financial Services

We have enhanced the student dining experience on campus.  New this year our students will enjoy seeing milkshakes and breakfast served at Chick fil A, a new station in the Dining Hall to add more variety to the dining selections, and a new look at Java City with new items including Nitro Coffee and breakfast sandwiches.

With these new additions do not let your student run out of flex bucks.  Students and families can add funds to their Flex Bucks account online.  Flex Bucks may be added to any student’s meal plan for use at all dining venues on campus (Viking Food Court, the Dining Hall, the Bean’ry and Java City).

A minimum of $10 and a maximum of $500 can be added in one transaction online.  Funds added to an account will be reflected on the student’s account the next day.  Please remember that Flex Bucks do not roll over from one semester to the next, and any that remain unused will not be refunded.

As always, flex bucks can be added at the Cashier’s Office located in Hermann Hall.

You’re Invited: Mountain Day Weekend Activities

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Mountain Day is held in celebration of Martha Berry’s birthday. It is also Berry’s Homecoming and is a tradition that dates back 100 years. Students, faculty and staff, as well as parents, alumni and friends are invited to participate. All are welcome to stay for weekend festivities, which include many great student-sponsored activities, athletic events, and other Mountain Day traditions.

We hope you will plan to join us for Mountain Day weekend Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6.

Read more about the schedule of events, history and traditions of Mountain Day Weekend here.

Fall Athletic Spotlight

Written by Blake Childers, Director of Sports Information and Promotions

Trophy PictureThe Vikings will enter the 2018-19 season coming off the most successful year since Berry joined NCAA Division III. The records began to shatter in the fall, with the Berry football team earning their second-straight SAA title, upping their record at Valhalla Stadium to 15-1 and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Playoffs, a program-best. The Vikings’ volleyball team, led by a trio of All-Americans, also secured the SAA Championship a season ago, battling their way to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Playoffs for the first time. Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams remained competitive in a tight championship race and are poised for strong seasons with an influx of freshmen talent. Finally, the men’s and women’s cross country teams eye faster times and greater challenges after the women’s team sent two runners to the NCAA National Championship last season.The fall season kicks off on Sept. 1 when the Berry football team hosts Maryville College at Valhalla Stadium.

To follow along with all of the action throughout the year. Be sure to follow Berry College Athletics on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Schedules, rosters, live video and more can be found at BerryVikings.com. #WeAllRow

Save the Date

October 5: Mountain Day activities, no classes after 2:00 pm

October 6: Mountain Day

October 13-16, Sat.-Tues.: Fall Weekend, no classes

October 29-November 9: Pre-registration (closes at 4 PM, Nov. 9)

November 20: Residence halls close at 6:00pm

November 21-23: Thanksgiving Holidays (no classes)

December 3-7: Final examinations (Monday-Friday)

December 10: First payment due for spring semester courses

Click here to view the complete Academic Calendar

Refer a Student

Do you know another student that might benefit from a Berry College experience?  Refer a student today at berry.edu/refer.

College Publications

  • Berry Magazine is the flagship publication of Berry College. Each issue includes alumni features, a presidential essay, class notes and other institutional news of note. Berry is distributed three times annually to alumni and friends of the college.
  • Alumni Accent is complementary e-newsletter to the Berry Magazine, and is published 7-8 times each year.
  • Viking Fusion is a student-run multimedia website that seeks to inform and entertain both the Berry student community and the larger public. Content on the site is exclusively authored and produced by Berry College students.
  • The Carrier is a student-run weekly newspaper that addresses current issues affecting the Berry community. Content in The Carrier is exclusively authored and produced by Berry College students.
  • Parent Resources is a page devoted to providing current information for parents. This page will be updated monthly to provide information specific to where students are in the academic year.

Parent Resources