Issues by Date: December 2012

During this special season of giving, it’s only fitting that we say thank you to the many alumni and friends who chose to support our students in 2011-12. Gifts and bequests totaled more than $13.7 million for the fiscal year ending June 30, an amazing show of generosity that provided critical support for scholarships, student work and first-class learning opportunities.

We are privileged to recognize all those who made a gift during this period on our online Honor Roll of Donors. This website features donor lists segmented by class year, giving highlights and student profiles that you don’t want to miss.

Before visiting the Honor Roll, be sure to watch the accompanying video. As you do, remember that there are countless other students who feel the same sense of gratitude. Your gifts are making a difference in their lives!

If your name does not appear on this year’s Honor Roll, make a gift online and ensure your spot for 2012-13.

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The Conference RoomAlex Middleton (12C), Steven Walker (12C) and Thomas Yungerberg (12C) may have graduated, but their comedy hit, The Conference Room, continues to generate laughs and awards, receiving two nominations (winning for Best TV Vodcast) at this fall’s National Student Production Awards. Thomas (bottom right in photo) also received a Pinnacle Award from the College Media Association for Disconnected, an audio drama he wrote, directed and produced featuring his voice along with those of senior Jennifer Allman and former student Devon Hales.

Fittingly, Viking Fusion – the platform for both productions – received its second straight nomination for Best College/University Journalism Website in Editor and Publisher’s international EPPY Award competition. Another EPPY nomination went to senior Bethany McDaniel, a finalist in the category of Best College/University Investigative or Documentary Report. Her story, “An Italian History: How one Jewish family survived Italy’s fascist persecution,” was part of the Jews of Florence study-abroad project involving seven Berry students and three faculty members last summer.

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It didn’t take Berry student-athletes long to make themselves at home in the new Southern Athletic Association, winning championships in women’s volleyball and men’s soccer this fall.

The volleyball team posted a 27-5 overall record en route to regular-season and tournament crowns in the SAA. The Lady Vikings hosted the inaugural conference tournament in the Cage Center, sweeping three straight matches to win the postseason title. Click the video to see the tournament clincher and hear interviews with the victorious players and coach.

The men’s soccer team was similarly successful, finishing second in the regular season before winning the conference tournament in thrilling fashion, edging top-seeded Centre College 5-4 on penalty kicks after the two teams finished regulation play and overtime tied 2-2. The Vikings’ 14-3-2 final record included a 7-0 start that produced the program’s first national ranking in Division III.

Berry is currently completing its final year as a probationary member of Division III. Next fall, student-athletes in all sports will be eligible to compete for NCAA national championships.

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Barry and Michele GriswellMichele Griswell (70C) is the 2012 recipient of the United Way of Central Iowa’s highest honor, the Tocqueville Society Award, recognizing inspirational and sustained service to her community through the United Way. She was selected by a panel of past recipients of the award.

Michele is a founder of the United Way Women’s Leadership Connection, which has grown to more than 600 members over the last decade while raising more than $10 million to improve central Iowa’s network of learning centers for young children in lower-income neighborhoods. Through service to the WLC Advisory and Advocacy committees, she has encouraged legislators to act on behalf of Iowa’s young children. In 2005, she launched the Griswell Family Challenge with husband (and Berry trustee) Barry (71C), matching new and increased contributions to WLC. That same year, the couple helped lead United Way Worldwide’s launch of Born Learning. Michele has also worked passionately in support of United Way Worldwide’s National Women’s Leadership Council, inspiring growth in women’s philanthropy throughout the United Way network.

Read more.

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Lyndsay Ricketson

Lyndsay Ricketson (left) performs at the Alliance Theatre. Photo by Greg Mooney (courtesy of the Alliance Theatre).

Lyndsay Ricketson (09C) is quickly making a name for herself in Atlanta’s theatrical community, earning critical praise for her performance in the Alliance Theatre’s Next to Normal, a contemporary drama about a family’s struggle with the mother’s mental illness. She is currently appearing as Beth in the musical version of Little Women at Fabrefaction Theatre.

Describing herself as an “actress, singer and writer,” Lyndsay stays busy with rehearsals and guest vocal performances. She also teaches voice and musical theatre classes. Donors and scholarship students at Berry will remember her riveting performance of “For Good,” a song from the musical Wicked, at the 2012 Scholarship Night dinner.

Full story.

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The Water's EdgeIn our last issue, we were excited to report that Berry’s Old Mill had shown up in the pages of Southern Living and Country Extra magazines. Not content to be confined to print, the iconic landmark has now made the leap to television as one of the featured sites in “The Water’s Edge,” an episode of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Georgia Outdoors series. The show can be viewed in its entirety by visiting the Georgia Outdoors website (accessible by clicking the image at left). Fast-forward to 10:37 to see the Old Mill and hear a brief interview with Oak Hill Director Tim Brown.

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Martha Berry's GraveThe next time you visit campus be sure to stop by Martha Berry’s grave and see recent improvements that have made the site more visible and accessible to visitors attending special observances. Under the glow of the familiar gaslight flame you will find beautiful stonework installed by the student masonry crew and newly planted English boxwoods that fulfill Miss Berry’s original desire for the site. The work was completed in September and dedicated on Mountain Day during a memorial tribute hosted by the Daughters of Berry.

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Berry Softball

Lisa Jellum's photo of senior Lacey Herring celebrating a 2011 home run appears on the cover of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association 2013 calendar.

It’s been a great fall for Berry’s intercollegiate softball team – and the new season hasn’t even started yet! Already, the Lady Vikings have earned a No. 22 national ranking for academic success in NCAA Division III from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. In addition, nine team members have been named NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes. As if that’s not enough, the accompanying photo of Berry players celebrating a home run will grace the cover of the NFCA’s 2013 calendar.

The team will be looking to build on its best-ever 25-11 finish when the season begins in February. In the meantime, coach Cori Thiermann and her players have been busy giving back to the community.

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Berry Half MarathonAre you already fretting about all those extra calories you are sure to consume during the upcoming holidays? Don’t worry about it! The 2013 Berry Half Marathon provides the perfect opportunity – and motivation! – to get back in shape. Featuring a relatively flat course and three distinct race distances (5K, 10K and the signature half-marathon – all USATF certified), the March 23 event is ideal for participants of all skill levels. The 2012 races drew 1,900 runners and walkers from all across the United States. Proceeds benefit the Berry College Elementary and Middle School. More details.

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In the October issue of the Alumni Accent, we asked you to weigh in with your favorite source for finding and reconnecting with Berry classmates. Social media came in No. 1 (surely music to the ears of Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg) with 41 percent of the vote. Second was Class Notes in Berry magazine (definitely music to the ears of the editorial staff) with 24 percent. AlumniConnect was next with 15 percent, followed by mutual friends (10 percent). The remaining votes were split between the upcoming print directory and alumni events (each with 5 percent).

This month’s issue coincides with the end of fall semester, so we thought it would be fun to recall those stressful days and late nights studying for final exams with friends on campus and, yes, sometimes at Waffle House (fire up Garth Brooks on the jukebox and get me some hashbrowns — scattered, smothered, covered and chunked!). Scroll to the bottom of the page to let us know what you remember best about those high-intensity, low-sleep days.

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