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A Berry Holiday Message

If you didn’t get a chance to see Dr. Briggs’ holiday message, we invite you to view it here.


Annual Parents’ Council Meeting

Written by Lindsey Taylor, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs

On November 10th, Berry hosted the third annual Parents’ Council meeting. The Parents’ Council is an advisory body comprised of parents from the sophomore, junior, and senior classes. As parents themselves, members of that group understand how challenging it can be to keep up with everything that’s going on at Berry. During November’s meeting, Council members heard about marketing research being conducted on brand identity as well as heard about new initiatives centered on students’ personal and professional development. Committee discussions included the areas of admissions, fund-raising, parent communication, and internships and employment. The meeting concluded with a question and answer time with Dr. Briggs and a tour of the new Sisters Theatre.

If you have questions, comments or concerns about any of these topics (or other Berry-related issues), please contact Lindsey Taylor, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, at parents@berry.edu.


Emergency Procedures

Written by Lindsey Taylor, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs

Fall semester was unusual with the number of natural disasters and great student loss. It is in the moments of turmoil and uncertainty that we are reminded of how much we don’t know – or at least, don’t remember.

We have alert mechanisms in place for the College to communicate quickly and efficiently with your student. We may not communicate with you in that same capacity. Why? First and foremost, we need to ensure safety is in place for those physically on campus. Our number one priority in emergencies is to tend to the needs of the campus community – that can be physical or emotional. But we also understand that as a parent, it can seem overwhelming not knowing what is going on with your student when you might hear something on the news about weather or other events taking place at or around Berry.

Below is a quick guide to how you can stay up-to-date with weather related closings or other news related to the happenings on campus:

  • Follow Berry College on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Information banners are placed on the Berry College homepage in the event of school closing. The College’s weather policy can be found here. Our goal as a residential campus is to remain open.
  • Ask your student – they get inundated with information, ask them to share what they know.

We do ask that you not call the Welcome Center in times of known campus emergencies. The Welcome Center is the College’s main emergency management communication hub and we want to ensure phone lines are clear for emergency personnel.

As always, you can call or email the Dean of Students’ office (706-236-2207 or email at deanofstudents@berry.edu) if you have a question about what is happening on campus.


Parent to Parent

Grown & Flown's Image of a Care Package Party on Facebook
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Adapted from Grown & Flown, an online blog written by parents for parents

The holidays are always a great time to reconnect with your college student. However, you may not have anticipated the rush of sadness you felt once all the decorations were put away, your student headed back to school, and now you are back to quiet and stillness. 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!

  • 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 here to order now.

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Room Selection Process

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

As a four-year residential community, we believe that the learning that takes place outside of the classroom is a complement to the lessons learned within the classroom. The residential experience provides a safe, real-world laboratory for your student to explore personal development, inter/intra-personal competence, social responsibility and civic responsibility. One of the many ways we empower your student to take ownership over their residential experience is through the Room Selection Process.

The annual Room Selection Process is quickly approaching and we want to provide you with important information to help your student navigate the process. It is our hope that you can help your student think through this process in order to choose the housing assignment that is best for them.

Every year, returning students have the opportunity to select their own room assignment and roommate through the Room Selection Process. This is an online process held April 16-17. In order to participate in the online Room Selection Process, students must complete the following three steps by April 6th: 1. Pre-register for Fall 2018 classes; 2. Pay the $200 prepayment*; 3. Complete the online Housing Application at housing.berry.edu. Your student must also have a roommate in order to participate in Room Selection. Students can see basic floor plans on their housing dashboard.

We also encourage your student to pay close attention to the communication they will receive from Residence Life beginning in January as it will contain detailed information about this process. Questions about the Room Selection Process can also be directed to residencelife@berry.edu.

*Payments may be made at berry.afford.com/paynow?storeid=1179, at the cashier’s window in Hermann or via mail to Berry College, Attn: Cashier, P.O. Box 490129, Mount Berry, GA 30149. Payment must indicate the student ID number and that it is earmarked for the housing prepayment or it will not be credited correctly.


Closing Time and Summer at Berry

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

All wonderful things must come to an end. This includes the 2017-2018 academic year. All residential facilities close at 6pm on May 3, 2018. Those graduating or participating in the graduation ceremony must check out before 6pm on May 5.

As your student makes plans, please remind them that we are unable to store any of their items oG2670 End of School Around Campusn campus after closing. Residence Life has arranged for More Space, a local business owned by a Berry alumnus, to have mobile  storage pods for rent for the summer. These pods are 5x8x9. More Space will deliver them to campus, pick them up after you pack and store them for the summer in a climate-controlled building.

For more information, please call (706)234-MORE or visit http://morespacega.com/.

Students staying at Berry over the summer will be housed in Morton/Lemley Halls and the Townhouses for the Summer 2018 term. Summer housing is available for Berry students who are taking classes, participating in internships for academic credit and/or those participating in the student work program.

Summer housing applications will be available on housing.berry.edu in March.


2018 Commencement and Graduation Ceremonies

Spring commencement/graduation is an exciting time for both the graduate and their families. We look forward to your joining us to celebrate and acknowledge all of the Class of 2018’s accomplishments.

MAY 4, 2018, 7 P.M. | COLLEGE CHAPEL – GRADUATE
MAY 5, 2018, 9 A.M. | EVANS SOUTH LAWN – UNDERGRADUATE

As you plan your graduation weekend, please keep these helpful tips in mind:

  • Graduation is outside: there is minimal shade where the graduation ceremony takes place. Bring chairs, sunblock, hat, and plenty of water to avoid dehydration, fatigue, or discomfort.
  • Park and walk: guests will be directed to park behind the Cage Center and walk to the ceremony location. If a member of your party needs assistance, please communicate to our Campus Safety officers directing traffic.
  • Plan your time: give your family plenty of time to navigate campus before and after the ceremonies. There will be many people on campus celebrating their student, and traffic will be heavier than usual. If you plan to make reservations downtown, give yourself time to enjoy meeting your student’s friends and faculty as well as allow traffic to subside before your reservation time.

For more information regarding Berry College Commencement/Graduation ceremonies, please visit http://www.berry.edu/academics/commencement/


Looking Ahead: Save the Date

Below are important dates during Spring semester. Please mark your calendar so you can help your student when the time comes!

Room Selection Process
April 6: $200 housing prepayment due
April 16 – 17: Online room selection

Housing Information
Spring Break: March 12 – 16; Residence Halls will remain open
Residence Halls Close for Summer: May 5 at 6:00pm

Fall and Summer Registration
March 26 – April 6

Final Exams
April 26 – May 2

For the full academic calendar, please visit berry.edu/academics/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
Grown and Flown
University Parent