Issues by Date: May 2017

ANS Lab Ribbon Cutting

Jackie Scott (fourth from left), widow of the late Dr. Allen Scott, joins college leaders, friends and project donors at the ribbon-cutting for Berry’s new animal science laboratory.

The late Dr. Allen Scott was never shy in advocating for Berry students, so it’s only fitting that the entrance to the college’s new animal science laboratory be named in his honor. Family and friends of the faculty legend joined other project supporters for an April 18 ribbon cutting celebrating the completion of the 4,600 square-foot facility, the first animal science priority funded through the LifeReady Campaign.

“There were many students that were touched by Allen Scott,” Dana Professor of Animal Science George Gallagher said of his longtime friend and colleague. “And I think that’s his biggest legacy for Berry College. This [facility] will help to build on that.”

Allen Scott PlaqueLocated near the Rollins Ruminant Research Center, the new facility includes a research laboratory with multiple workstations and equipment for preparing samples for study, a large lab with 10 stanchions and other equipment for safely working with cattle, a flexible lab where small-animal pens can be configured as needed, a large storage room, and a veterinary support room. The building also functions as an emergency treatment and surgery center, all but eliminating the need for college veterinarians to treat or perform life-saving procedures in the pasture.

Fundraising is now underway for a major new animal science building to be located adjacent to the McAllister Hall science center.

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Travel and Leisure Rankings GraphicBerry’s beauty is once again in the news, this time thanks to a new list of The Most Beautiful Colleges in Every State published by Travel and Leisure. In making their determination, editors considered such factors as setting and scenery, architecture, and upkeep of the campus grounds. Of Berry, the article noted:

“If you’re looking for a college that could double as the setting of Downton Abbey, Berry College runs away with the award – and the campus actually has been used as a filming site for movies including Remember the Titans and Sweet Home Alabama. Though the student body is quite small, Berry boasts 27,000 acres of hills, streams, meadows, and beautiful architecture, making it the largest contiguous campus on Earth.”

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Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum long has been a favorite gathering spot and event location for Berry alumni, the campus community, local residents and tourists. This spring, ground was broken on a new pavilion that will make the historic estate an even more ideal location for weddings, seminars, corporate meetings and other types of events.

Planned for completion later this fall, the pavilion is a dream realized for Al Christopher (61c), a longtime crew chief for Alumni Work Week whose woodworking expertise will be reflected in the juniper beams, full-lite doors and other elegant features of the 5,760 square-foot structure. With a full catering kitchen and space for up to 300 guests, the facility is designed to be used as an open-air pavilion or a closed, air-conditioned space. Funding was provided by an anonymous $1 million gift.

“From the start, we knew this pavilion at Oak Hill would be an important and strategic addition,” said Fred Tharpe (68A), chairman of the Master Planning Committee for the Berry College Board of Trustees, while addressing the Berry family members, alumni and friends who joined college officials for the April 1 groundbreaking.

“Those involved in the project have spent countless hours in planning. Through all of these meetings, we’re always conscious of Martha Berry’s words, ‘I pray that I may leave this place more beautiful than when I found it.’ I think Miss Berry would be pleased with what we’re doing with this pavilion.”

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Berry Softball Player on "The Price is Right"The hits just keep coming for Berry softball, even on days off. Sitting in the studio audience of The Price is Right during a spring-break trip to California, players and coaches were thrilled to hear one of their own – sophomore Kayla Sangrey – exhorted to “Come on down!” Even better, Sangrey eventually won her way on stage alongside host Drew Carey.

Sangrey’s brush with game-show fame is one highlight among many for the Vikings, who earlier this season made history by earning Berry’s first No. 1 national ranking as a member of NCAA Division III. Fresh off a third straight sweep of the Southern Athletic Association’s regular-season and tournament crowns, the team is now taking aim at what could be Berry’s first-ever NCAA championship.

Visit to follow their progress and that of other Berry student-athletes pursuing championship dreams.

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Sophomore Leif Atchley earned a shout-out from the NBC affiliate in Atlanta for his history-making run to the semifinal round of the National Trumpet Competition. Atchley, who two years ago reached the semifinals in the high school division, was one of only 40 undergraduate soloists nationally – and the first-ever from Berry – to qualify for the live rounds of the competition, held on the campus of Denver’s Metropolitan State University. He is a student of Dr. Adam Hayes, associate professor and chair of Berry’s fine arts program.

“I owe my success to the fantastic faculty, facilities and opportunities I am graciously afforded here on campus as well as the amazing Berry community that is a constant source of love and support,” Atchley said.

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Alumni Awards MedallionThe ranks of Berry’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame will grow by four with the May 20 induction of this year’s alumni award winners. Honorees include:

Kelly Fite (68C), Distinguished Achievement

Cecil “Buster” Wright III (73C), Distinguished Service

Jim Johnson (85C), Entrepreneurial Spirit

Ashley Harp Sheppard (01C), Outstanding Young Alumni

The Saturday night “Awards and Golden Guard Dinner” is just one highlight of Berry’s annual Alumni Weekend celebration, slated for May 19-21. Others include reunions for the college, high school and academy classes of 1952, 1957, 1962 and 1967. Visit for event details and online registration. While you’re on the website, be sure to sign up for Alumni Work Week, which will be held May 21-26. The registration deadline for both is May 12.

Click here to nominate someone for the 2018 Alumni Awards.

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Home Depot Vice President Bill Lennie visited Berry in late March as the fourth speaker in the Cecil B. Wright III Integrity in Leadership Lecture Series. While on campus, Lennie delivered a presentation on “Building a Values Based Culture,” met with Berry business students and visited HackBerry Lab, home to the college’s innovative creative technologies program.

Click the accompanying video to hear Lennie’s thoughts on a variety of topics related to ethical leadership, including the value of the experiences available to students through the Berry Center for Integrity in Leadership.

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Emilee BurroughsSenior Emilee Burroughs’ vision of launching her own “Christ-centered, fashion-forward, body-positive” magazine has earned her an invitation from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council to compete in the Student Entrepreneur Program’s business pitch competition in Las Vegas.

Visit to read more about how Burroughs brought her dream to life with the launch of Anointed magazine. While you’re on the site, be sure to check out some of the other students and alumni who are making their mark. Use the “Share a Story” tab at the top of the Berry Stories homepage to suggest other possible subjects.

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Bettyann O'NeillA 23-year career highlighted by the two most successful fundraising campaigns in Berry history will come to a close Dec. 31 when Bettyann O’Neill retires from her longtime position as vice president for advancement. O’Neill, who plans to marry and relocate to Florida, has led Berry’s fundraising and alumni engagement efforts since 1999, during which time alumni and friends have committed more than $235 million to advance Martha Berry’s vision and mission, including more than $65 million for student scholarships. Her work has helped lead to such notable campus additions as the McAllister Hall science center, Cage Center, new theatre, Valhalla stadium and Kilpatrick Commons.

“In the days and weeks ahead, we will determine how we will move forward to fill the void her departure will create,” President Steve Briggs said. “Her efforts to support the college’s most critical strategic initiatives have left an indelible mark on Berry’s firsthand educational experiences and have transformed the face of the campus physically.”

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Be BerryA tidal wave of gratitude swept through the Cage Center on March 31 as more than 400 students, donors, alumni and friends gathered for one of the largest Scholarship Night celebrations in Berry history. Speaking for his fellow students, sophomore Aaron Morrison captured the spirit of the evening perfectly with his message of thanks to the many scholarship donors in attendance.

“In 10 years,” Morrison said, “when we are doctors, lawyers, businessmen and women, presidents of universities and presidents of the United States, we will look back and say to ourselves, ‘We are who we are, we have accomplished what we have accomplished, because of you.’”

Scholarship Night brought a fitting conclusion to a week-long salute to what it means to “Be Berry” led by the college’s student philanthropy team.

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Atlanta United AlumnusIn our last issue, we asked you to identify the young alum turned aspiring actor who made a cameo appearance playing “young Jack” on the hit NBC drama This is Us. The answer, as members of the class of 2013 can tell you, is Darren Barnet, who since has made another network television appearance, this time on the long-running CBS procedural Criminal Minds.

This month, we shift our focus to sports. If you live in or around Atlanta, you no doubt are aware of the excitement surrounding the city’s new Major League Soccer franchise. Earn a shout-out in our next issue by being the first to tweet the name of the 2010 alumnus pictured at left who is now “getting his kicks” with the hometown team. Don’t forget to include the hashtag #berrycollegetrivia.

Photo courtesy of Atlanta United

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