Issues by Date: September 2012

Need proof that Berry is a destination of choice for students seeking a top-notch educational experience? Look no further than our newest Vikings.

In terms of size, the new arrivals rank among the largest incoming classes in Berry history, with 620 first-year students and 38 transfers pushing overall enrollment to 2,166. In stature, they are equally impressive. Here’s a SHORT list of their accomplishments to date:

• 22% were in the top 10% of their high school class.
• 47% have been recognized for extraordinary academic experiences.
• 30 graduated as valedictorians or salutatorians.
• 109 captained athletic teams.
• 94 served on student councils.
• 14 were senior class presidents.
• 29 have been recognized as Eagle Scouts or Girl Scouts Gold/Silver Award winners.

This amazing group got their toes tapping right away thanks to a “flash mob” staged by student leaders in the Cage Center. By the time the first day of classes arrived, they had made themselves right at home, showing off their best water-slide moves on the Mountain Campus. More coverage.

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Mountain Day Brochure CoverAs the first hint of fall kisses the morning air, our thoughts invariably turn to Mountain Day – now less than three weeks away. Highlights for alumni are plentiful this year, including the fifth-annual Mega Reunion and several different affinity group reunions.

Reunion List

Class years (at Mega Reunion): 1972A, 1972C, 1977A, 1977C, 1982A, 1982C, 1987C, 1992C, 1997C, 2002C, 2007C.

Affinity groups: Charter Fellows Conference, Longleaf Pine Alumni Reunion, Pathways Program Reunion Breakfast, Psychology Alumni Breakfast, Study Abroad 40th Anniversary Reunion, Latino/Latina Alumni Merienda, Recent Graduates Reception.

The Mountain Campus will be a focal point of alumni activity throughout the day Oct. 6, beginning with the morning convocation at Frost Chapel. This year’s speaker is Brian Brodrick (97C), an All-American runner at Berry who now serves on the Board of Visitors.

Online registration for several events (including the Friday afternoon golf scramble, Saturday morning 5K and ALL reunions) closes Friday, Sept. 28, so sign up today! If you can’t be there in person, Virtual Mountain Day will bring the fun to you via streaming video of the Grand March and a live chat.

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In the June issue of the Alumni Accent, we reported that former Berry baseball standout Collin McHugh (09c) had been promoted to the New York Mets’ Class AAA affiliate in Buffalo, N.Y., just one step short of the big leagues. Two months later, on Aug. 23, he made history as the first former Viking to compete in a Major League Baseball game, thrilling his parents in the stands (and his friends at Berry) by striking out nine batters in seven scoreless innings against the Colorado Rockies. You can see all nine strikeouts in the MLB.com video at right.

Collin was drafted by the Mets organization at the conclusion of his junior year at Berry, where he posted a 13-9 record with five saves from 2006-08.

Click the links below for coverage of his debut in the New York media. You can also read Collin’s blog, A Day Older, A Day Wiser, and follow him on Twitter.

New York Times
New York Post
New York Daily News

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Sheryle BoltonSally Ride became an inspiration to women everywhere when she soared into orbit as America’s first female astronaut. The pioneering explorer lost her fight with pancreatic cancer earlier this summer, but the science education company she founded – Sally Ride Science – lives on under the leadership of new CEO Sheryle Bolton (68c), a six-year member of the Berry College Board of Trustees. Bolton’s extensive business experience and passion for science and technology helped earn her the opportunity to follow in the famous astronaut’s footsteps.

“We are thrilled to have Sheryle join our team at Sally Ride Science and lead us forward,” said Tam O’Shaughnessy, co-founder, board director and COO of Sally Ride Science. “Sheryle brings a wealth of talent, brainpower and experience.”

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Mary C. ClementDr. Mary C. Clement, professor of education and director of Berry’s Center for Teaching Excellence, recently began a two-year term as president of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education consisting of more than 600 chapters and 43,000 active members worldwide. In her new role, Clement will assist other members of Kappa Delta Pi’s Executive Council in guiding the organization’s strategic vision and initiatives and overseeing its financial resources. Clement has served on the council since 2008, most recently as president-elect.

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The Berry Farms Genetics EnterpriseThe student-managed Berry Farms Genetics Enterprise made headlines this summer with its second international sale of cattle embryos, this time to a farm in Argentina. The sale, valued at $27,000, involved 99 embryos from Berry’s on-campus Jersey herd.

This is just one example of the growing number of student-operated enterprises on the Berry campus that are providing a whole new level of experience for some of our best and brightest students.

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Student Journalists Win National AwardTwelve current and former Berry communication students have earned national acclaim for their multimedia reporting project, War for Water. Produced for the Digital Storytelling course taught by Associate Professor of Communication Brian Carroll, the package of 15 news articles and features placed fourth in a national competition conducted by the Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication. Joining Berry in the top four were Temple University, Syracuse University and Northwestern University.

“This is pretty good company to keep,” Carroll stated. “I’m so proud of the students’ hustle and commitment in producing the series.”

Contributors included Jeremy Brinson (11C), James Clarke (11C), Kelly Dickerson, Kendall Gadie (11C), Rebecca Galbreath (12C), Candler Hobbs (11C), Lauren Jones (11C), Meredith McDermott Blinder (11C), Elizabeth Petrey (12C), Cory Pitts (11C), Sunny Rollings (11C) and Matt Stokes.

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Berry Ranks Among Top Hiking SchoolsNo surprise here – Blue Ridge Outdoors has ranked Berry among the top hiking schools in the southern Appalachians. Okay, there is one surprise – Berry was ONLY an honorable mention. In the spirit of this contentious election year, we demand a recount!

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Distinguished Alumni Awards

Every year, a handful of deserving alumni are singled out for induction in the Berry Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. If you know someone who is worthy of recognition in one of the following categories, please submit a nomination by Oct. 31.

• Distinguished Achievement
• Distinguished Service
• Entrepreneurial Spirit
• Outstanding Young Alumni

NOTE: Candidates can only be considered in one category each year, so please do not submit one name for multiple awards. More information about the awards criteria, judging process and timetable for selection is available at the link below. Winners will be recognized during Alumni Weekend 2013.

Submit your nomination.

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Harry MusselwhiteSenior Lecturer and Director of Choral Activities Harry Musselwhite has long been known for the power of his voice. More recently, his skills as a filmmaker have made headlines. This summer, he branched out into an entirely new medium with the release of his children’s book and accompanying CD, Martin the Guitar, based on a campfire story he once told about instruments in a music store that come to life at night. Read more.

Like Musselwhite, Associate Professor and Director of Theatre John Countryman has been an artistic force on the Berry campus for many years. This fall, Countryman has found a new home – temporarily – as a Fulbright scholar and visiting professor at the National University of Ireland, Galway. In addition to the two seminars he is teaching, Countryman is also conducting research for a book-length history of the Druid Theatre Co., Ireland’s premier theatre ensemble, which is based in Galway. Not surprisingly, he’s also finding time to watch live theatre – lots of it – as he prepares to write an extensive review on the status of Irish theatre for the Irish Literary Supplement. Not to worry, though, he’ll be back at Berry in the spring!

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In the August edition of the Alumni Accent poll, readers had the opportunity to weigh in on their favorite Mountain Day traditions. Three answers – reconnecting with old friends (35 percent), watching the Grand March (30 percent) and seeing the campus again (25 percent) – proved overwhelming popular, accounting for 90 percent of all votes cast. Thanks to all who took part!

This month, we’re turning our attention to memories of freshman year (egad!). Scroll to the bottom of this page to share your thoughts.

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