Header Fall 2016

Welcome to the new year!

Berry College is not a slow, sleepy place over the summer. We hosted four SOAR sessions for new students with a fifth occurring this week, welcomed over 4,000 summer guests as part of our summer camps and conferences program, and used the time to finish hiring new faculty staff and work on facilities projects that are difficult to accomplish during the year. I’d like to share information on changes for the upcoming year as well as a challenge for the year ahead.

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Throughout life, we encounter these moments of transition that have the potential to shape our experience as well as our success. Your student is experiencing transition as they complete their first week of the new academic year: first year students adjusting to life at college; sophomores discovering who they want to become; juniors and seniors beginning to look beyond life at Berry.

These transitions can be overwhelming if your student navigates them alone. We want you to partner with your student as they navigate where they are in their college journey. The staff from the First Year Experience Program, the Academic Success Center, and the Career Center have written pieces to provide parents resources and even starting points in how to help your student be successful this academic year.

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

Hack Berry – a President’s Essay by Dr. Stephen R. Briggs

Imagine an academic major that encourages playful curiosity. Imagine faculty who assign good grades for spectacular failures. Imagine a program focused on solving problems and helping others to be more and do more.

At Berry, that academic program is called creative technologies, and it is the first undergraduate degree of its kind in the nation. This new major includes a set of interdisciplinary courses that focus on technology, design thinking, computer science and business while using project-based learning as the means for inspiring creative and analytical problem-solving. Students gain firsthand experience with digital and traditional technologies ranging from 3-D printing and programmable logic controllers to woodworking and welding.

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We All Row: Fall Athletic Spotlight

WeAllRowThe Berry College Vikings will kick off the 2016-17 year shortly and there are plenty of opportunities to come cheer on your team. The football team is coming off of their best year in program history and are ready to defend Valhalla. Volleyball looks to continue its success under a new head coach. The men’s and women’s soccer field has received a face-lift including a new press box. The cross country teams look to continue their success after placing second in conference last year, and many more teams in the Winter and Spring seasons are poised for another outstanding year.

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

Written by Blake Childers, Director of Sports Information

Save the Date: Mountain Day Weekend Activities


FRIDAY, SEPT. 30, 2016
3:00 p.m. Mountain Day Olympics,
Evans Hall South Lawn
Residence halls, commuters, and faculty and staff compete in “field day-type” events, such as egg toss and tug-o-war, for the title of Olympic Champions. Prior to the Olympics, each team participates in a parade down Opportunity Drive
8 p.m. & 10 p.m. Mountain Day Talent Show, $5/person, tickets at the door, Ford Auditorium, limited seating available.

SATURDAY, OCT. 1, 2016
9 a.m. Mountain Day Convocation,
 College Chapel
Michael Maney (98C), Senior Director, Internal Communications for Target
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tent Village, Mountain Campus
Visit student organizations, student enterprises and alumni group tables. Information and merchandise available.
11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Picnic Lunch, $12/person, WinShape Pavilion
1 p.m. Grand March, Mountain Campus
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Family Fun Activities, Mountain Campus
Inflatables for the kids, frozen yogurt and more

Read more about the history and traditions of Mountain Day Weekend.

Parent Resources

Parenting when your child is living under your roof is difficult. Parenting when your student is living on campus can prove even more challenging. The Berry College Parent Newsletter aims to provide you information relevant to the needs of your student, but also provide you information relevant to your needs as a parent. We have found a few online resources to be great tools for information regarding the important role you play in your student’s college years.

The Parent Newsletter will be distributed in the fall, spring, and summer of each academic year. Between issues, be sure to visit our resource page for parents on the Berry website, www.berry.edu/parents. You can also find Berry news and information in the publications linked below.

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.