Issues by Date: March 2013

John Eadie

John Eadie (83C)

John Eadie (83C) has taken on a new leadership role for his alma mater as a member of the Berry College Board of Trustees. He was elected to the board in February after previous service on the Board of Visitors. A product of Berry’s accounting program, John has built a distinguished career as one of the nation’s top financial advisors and wealth managers. He is founder, managing director and CEO of Texas-based Covenant Multifamily Offices. He and wife Elizabeth Webb Eadie (84C) live in San Antonio.

Also in February, the trustees re-elected alumni Karen Holley Horrell (74C) and Cecil B. “Buster” Wright III (73C) to the positions of chair and vice chair, respectively.

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In our last issue, we were excited to share news of the worldwide audience flocking to our new webcam to see live video of the bald eagles now residing on Berry’s campus. Soon after publication, interest spiked again with news that the eagles had produced offspring. Visitors to Eagle Cam now exceed 90,000, spurred in part by television news coverage of the beautiful birds. Not surprisingly, the viewing area near the nest has become a popular gathering spot for photographers, wildlife enthusiasts and other curious onlookers. For those who can’t make it out in person, we’re happy to share this video of one of the eagles taking flight. Photos are posted on the Berry College Facebook page.

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Dr. Kathy Richardson

Dr. Kathy Richardson

Decades of alumni (especially those who passed through the communication department) will no doubt be pleased to learn that Dr. Kathy Richardson has been named college provost. Her appointment is effective immediately and continues through 2014-15. She succeeds Dr. Katherine Whatley, who recently accepted a position as senior vice president for annual programs with the Council of Independent Colleges in Washington, D.C.

A faculty member since 1986 and winner of Berry’s most distinguished awards for teaching and service, Dr. Richardson brings great experience to her new role. She served as associate provost and dean of academic services from 1999-2007 and as interim provost in 2007-08 before returning full-time to the classroom in 2009. Last fall, she assumed the duties of provost on an “acting” basis and received a three-year appointment as vice president for academic affairs.

In other recent faculty news, the following have been awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor by the Board of Trustees: Dr. Cathy Borer, Dr. Renee Carleton, Dr. Tamie Jovanelly, Dr. Timothy Knowlton and Dr. Alice Suroviec. In addition, Dr. Todd Timberlake (previously tenured) was promoted to full professor, while longtime faculty members Dr. Steven Bell and Dr. Mary Outlaw were awarded the honorary titles of professor emeritus and senior lecture emeritus, respectively.

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Dr. Eric McDowell’s zeal to bring a little musical flair to mathematics education has resulted in a second-place national award from the Broadcast Education Association for his latest ditty, Roll Call. Following on the heels of earlier productions Mr. Math Man and Derivative Rag, this video once again features the Berry faculty member bursting into song, this time presenting the names of famous mathematicians to the tune of Gilbert and Sullivan’s I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General from The Pirates of Penzance. Production credits for the award-winning video go to sophomore Josy Roman. This is Dr. McDowell’s fourth collaboration with Viking Fusion, Berry’s student-run multimedia website.

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The Old Mill Buried in the Blizzard of 1993

The Old Mill as it appeared on March 13, 1993. Photo by David Wallace (93C).

The Rome News-Tribune headline from Sunday, March 14, 1993, said it all: “Century’s worst snowstorm has Floyd in the deepfreeze.” The Campus Carrier later declared that we had been “Up to our knees in ’93,” and those of us who were on campus that unforgettable weekend would have to agree.

The Storm of the Century, as it’s come to be called, roared into Rome on a Friday night, bringing with it heavy snow, slashing winds and frigid temperatures that left campus residents huddling in the dark as trees snapped and lightning (yes, lightning) flashed through the sky. Morning revealed a landscape blanketed by more than a foot of the heavy white powder. Cut off from the outside world, those on campus looked after each other until conditions improved. Afterward, students, faculty and staff worked together to get the college back on its feet.

Click here for more recollections of the famous storm, including campus photos and a link to Campus Carrier coverage. Berry memories can also be found in this commemorative story published by the Rome News-Tribune.

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Remarks from Trustee Bert Clark (82C) and a musical tribute performed by Kyler Post (10C) and Kali McMillian (12C) highlighted Berry’s 12th annual Scholarship Night celebration. This special event honors the donors who keep the dream of a Berry education burning brightly for so many students. This year’s gathering drew a crowd of more than 300 alumni and friends, faculty/staff members and students to Krannert Center’s Spruill Ballroom. Those in attendance were treated to a thank you video produced by Berry’s Firsthand4You program and student presentations by Julia Kolodziej and Dana Wenger, both of whom enjoyed life-changing experiences abroad thanks to the Bert and Cathy Clark Endowed Study Abroad Scholarship. You can read about Dana’s journey to Italy in the Spring 2013 issue of Berry magazine.

Scholarship Night coverage.

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Letters to SalaSenior Benson Phinazee’s scenic design work on the set of the Berry College Theatre Company’s fall production of Letters to Sala (pictured) has earned him the opportunity to participate in an intensive two-week program at the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas this summer. The all-expenses paid trip is part of a regional design and technology award presented by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

Berry speakers continued their dominance of the Georgia Intercollegiate Forensic Association state tournament by claiming top honors for the 19th consecutive year. Berry students won an impressive 40 awards in the competition, including a 1-2 finish in persuasive speaking by senior Alexandria Wisner and sophomore Nicole Wilson, both of whom will compete for national honors in the prestigious Interstate Oratory Contest later this spring.

Senior Sydney Kelly scored a third-place award for Best Review in the Georgia College Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. Her individual honor was one of seven awards claimed by the Campus Carrier in this year’s contest.

Berry baseball alumnus John Burnett (10C) recently sang in the chorus for The Atlanta Opera’s production of La Traviata. Later this spring, he will lend his voice to another production, The Italian Girl in Algiers.

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Berry Hunt Seat Equestrian Team

Berry Hunt Seat Equestrian Team. Image courtesy of MHarris Photography.

Congratulations to Berry’s hunt seat and western equestrian teams for tremendous seasons capped by regional championships. The hunt seat team (seen here after winning the UGA Valentine’s Day Classic) is perfect so far, besting the likes of the University of Alabama, the University of Georgia and Emory University while earning a No. 1 ranking in the region. The western team has also put up high marks as it sets its sights on the possibility of a second national championship in three years. Both teams will be competing for a trip to nationals in the coming weeks. Two riders, freshman Nicole Roos (hunt seat) and junior Andrea Smith (western), have already qualified for nationals as individuals thanks to their status as high point riders for the year.

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Collin McHugh Working Out at BerryBaseball alumnus Collin McHugh (09c) returned to his old Bowdoin Field stomping grounds for a quick January workout before heading south for spring training with the New York Mets. Collin pitched in eight games for the Mets last season, including a spectacular major-league debut in which he struck out nine batters and allowed just two hits in seven scoreless innings against the Colorado Rockies. Track Collin’s progress by reading his blog or following him on Twitter.

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Berry CheeseLooking for a “tasty” way to support Berry students? We’ve got the perfect thing – artisan cheese being marketed and sold by The Berry Farms Jersey Milk, one of a number of student-operated campus enterprises functioning under the umbrella of Berry College Student Enterprises, LLC. The cheese, made by the Udderly Cool Dairy using milk from Berry’s award-winning Jersey herd, is available in a variety of flavors and can be shipped anywhere in the continental United States. Udderly Cool, which is owned by Jeff Green (87C), was a finalist for best dairy product in the 2013 Flavor of Georgia contest for its Applewood Smoked Gouda, made from Berry milk.

Contact the student staff at jerseymilk@berry.edu or 706-378-2930 for more information and to place your order.

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In our January issue, we asked you to share what you are most thankful for when you look back on your Berry experience. There were seven possible answers, and for the first time we let you choose more than one. Even with this added flexibility, many respondents did us one better and chose all of the above, making that the most popular answer with 26.8 percent of all votes cast. Second, not surprisingly, was the beautiful campus, with 24.6 percent. Next, with 19.7 percent, was student work, followed by friendships (16.9 percent), faculty members who care (9.2 percent) and challenging academics (2.8 percent). Thanks to all who participated!

This month we turn our attention to spring break (woohoo!). Scroll to the bottom to share your memories (if you can!).

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