Issues by Date: October 2012

Stadium Donors

From left, Roger Lusby, Steve Cage, Victor the Viking and Bert Clark.

Berry’s planned stadium for football, track and field, and lacrosse got a significant boost – and a name – when Trustee Steve Cage (74C) pledged $2.5 million to start fundraising for the facility and christened it “Valhalla” after the Great Hall of Viking warriors in Norse mythology.

Cage was the major benefactor of the Steven J. Cage Athletic and Recreation Center and also funded four full-tuition scholarships for students in the Campbell School of Business.

Two other loyal Berry supporters, Trustees Bert Clark (82C) and Roger Lusby (79C), are focusing their philanthropic efforts on the Viking blue-tinted track that will circle the new stadium’s field, combining their commitments to create a matching fund (dollar-for-dollar) for all future gifts to “Clark Track.”

The proposed stadium structure will feature seating for 1,200 fans, concessions, game-day and track-and-field locker rooms, and state-of-the-art viewing and press boxes. It will be enhanced by a grassy picnic-style terraced seating area on the opposite sideline. The project also includes the renovation of Richards Gym into a field house with weight room, nearby practice field, and locker rooms for football, lacrosse and tennis, along with associated athletic offices.

“Valhalla will be a gathering place to cheer on our student-athletes, and it will help increase the vibrancy on campus as well,” Cage said. “The Cage Center helped transform the campus by providing recreational and educational opportunities. I look forward to the creation of a festive and spirited atmosphere surrounding football, lacrosse, track and field, and intramurals.”

If you wish to support the stadium project or take advantage of the matching funds available for gifts to the track, please visit our online giving site (be sure to select “Valhalla” or “Clark Track” from the gift designation drop-down menu).

The Krannert Center food court currently referred to as Valhalla will be renamed by students in the coming months.

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Southern LivingFrom Travel and Leisure magazine’s ranking of “America’s most beautiful college campuses” to the “travel photo of the day” feature on, we’re always excited to share praise of Berry’s breathtaking beauty in popular media. The latest publication to get into the act is Southern Living magazine, which featured a picture of Berry’s famed Old Mill in its October issue. The accompanying headline referred to Berry as “one of the South’s most scenic college campuses.” If that’s not enough, the Old Mill also appeared in a recent Country Extra feature, “America’s Best Loved Mills.” Thanks to both of these publications for confirming what we already knew — when it comes to natural beauty, Berry tops the charts!

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Dara Wakefield and John BargeGeorgia State School Superintendent John Barge (88C), at right in photo, returned home to Berry on Oct. 5 to address educators attending the Charter Fellows’ 10th anniversary professional development workshop. While on campus, he joined longtime Berry faculty member Dr. Dara Wakefield (at left) as the newest recipients of the Charter Fellows Award for Outstanding Service to the Profession of Teaching.

During his presentation, Barge discussed education reform in terms any Berry graduate would recognize – head, heart and hands – noting, “Honestly, Martha Berry understood education better than any human being I’ve ever known.”

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Chaplain Jonathan HugginsAfter a year of distinguished service as interim chaplain – during which time he was named Staff Member of the Year by the Student Government Association – the Rev. Dr. Jonathan Huggins has been granted the title on a permanent basis. A member of the Berry community since 2010, the former coordinator of student ministries assumed the role of interim chaplain last fall when Dr. Dale McConkey opted to return to the faculty full time.

The new chaplain holds graduate religion degrees from Wheaton College Graduate School and Reformed Theological Seminary and this summer completed the requirements for his Ph.D. at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He is ordained in the Anglican Church in North America. In addition to his duties as chaplain and as pastor of Mount Berry Church, he teaches courses in religion and philosophy. He and wife Lisa Hoffman Huggins (00C) live on campus with their three children.

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Michael SchulteMichael Schulte (12C) is one of only 14 people nationally chosen for the fall 2012 class of John Jay Fellows. This prestigious program provides a post-undergraduate educational and professional experience for men and women aspiring to public stations in society and the church. Michael was a government major at Berry with minors in business and German. He also represented the college as a member of the men’s basketball team. During his fellowship, he hopes to further examine the interrelationship of theology, philosophy, law and politics.

Notable institutions represented in Michael’s class include The University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University, the University of Virginia, Georgetown University and Stockholm University.

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Berry College Football HelmetTony Kunczewski is looking for a few good players – and he needs your help to find them! Berry’s first-ever football coach is seeking alumni input as he builds his roster for the 2013 inaugural season. Kunczewski (or Coach K, as he’s known on campus) has been hard at work since the spring recruiting student-athletes destined for success in the academic-focused world of NCAA Division III. If there’s a talented football player in your area who would benefit from a Berry education, please contact Coach K via phone (706-378-2920) or email.

This is our team, Berry alumni. Let’s help fill these helmets!

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Berry Magazine, Fall 2012The Fall 2012 issue of Berry magazine may feature Antarctic adventurer Emily Wampler (03C) on the cover, but this page-turner is anything but ice cold! From insights on success by the 2012 recipients of Berry’s Distinguished Alumni Awards to a special report on the inspiring class of 1958C, we’ve got all the bases covered. If you spent any time studying history or the sciences while at Berry, don’t miss President Briggs’ special tribute to faculty icons Gordon Carper and Lawrence McAllister.

Your print copy should be arriving any day now (if it hasn’t already). If you prefer to be an e-reader, simply click the cover and check us out online.

Class notes are now being accepted for the Spring 2013 issue. If you have news to share, please submit to (don’t forget your class year). The deadline is Nov. 30.

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Honorary Degree

Trustee Emeritus James M. Sibley (center) received an honorary degree from Berry in 2009.

Do you know someone worthy of an honorary degree from Berry? If so, the members of the Honorary Degree Selection Committee would love to hear from you. This special distinction is meant to highlight excellence and extraordinary achievement in the fields of public affairs, the sciences, humanities and the arts, scholarship and education, business and philanthropy, and social services which exemplify the mission and purpose of Berry; to honor meritorious and outstanding service to the college, the United States, or to humanity at large; and to recognize individuals whose lives and significant achievements should serve as examples of the college’s aspirations for its students.

Detailed information about the nomination process (along with a mailing address for the committee) is available at the link below. Please review this information carefully before submitting your confidential nomination letter. Nominations must be received by Dec. 15 to be considered for possible recognition at spring commencement.

Nomination instructions.

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Big Ben

Photo by Berry student Caleb Timmerman.

We don’t have to tell our readers about the value of study abroad. As Berry alumni, it’s likely you already know. If you yearn to experience the thrill of discovery again (or perhaps for the first time), we hope you’ll make plans to join faculty and students for the 2013 “Europe Summer International Program” in marketing and Spanish. The itinerary consists of two cruises, three nights in England and ports of call throughout the Mediterranean. In addition to exploring beautiful and historic cities, you’ll also have the opportunity to audit classes, serve as a guest speaker, enjoy the fellowship of the students, and relax with family and friends. The following dates are available:

• May 8 to May 24
• May 26 to June 8
• May 8 to June 8 (entire trip)

The deadline for reservations and deposits is Nov. 13.

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Last month, we asked you to turn back the clock with the question, What was the toughest adjustment you had to make as a freshman at Berry? Based on your response (a record high!), it’s clear you remember those days quite well. The most popular answer, managing your academic course load, accounted for 40 percent of all responses. Next up was living in the residence halls, with 28 percent (who knew you could keep pizza under the bed?). Being responsible for your own schedule (14 percent) and making friends (13 percent) were third and fourth, respectively, while learning to navigate the campus (5 percent) was last.

This month’s question focuses on the sources you rely on most to find and keep track of your Berry friends. We’re especially interested in your level of interest in the AlumniConnect website and the upcoming print directory (preorders now being accepted). Scroll to the bottom and let your voice be heard! If you have a comment on this subject, please share with Alumni Relations Director Chris Watters (89C).

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