Issues by Date: August 2013

Berry Football ScheduleThe countdown to Berry’s inaugural football game begins in earnest with this week’s arrival of more than 100 student-athletes for preseason practice. As the Vikings prepare for their Sept. 7 season opener, your alumni staff is making plans to help you enjoy the historic game.

An online ordering system has been established for alumni wishing to purchase their general admission tickets in advance of the game, which will be played at Barron Stadium in Rome. The price is $5 per ticket. Purchases may be picked up in the Berry Alumni Center (Aug. 28 to Sept. 6) or at a special alumni will-call on the stadium grounds beginning two hours prior to the 6 p.m. kickoff. Visit our Football FAQ for other game-day details, and don’t forget to join us for the alumni tailgate party beginning at 4 p.m. at Schroeder’s on Broad Street.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The online order form is for alumni only. Tickets for students, faculty, staff and the general public will be available at the Krannert Center information desk beginning Wednesday, Aug. 28. Click here for more details.

As you finalize your plans for the first game, coaches and players will be hard at work preparing for Maryville College of Tennessee. Many of the Berry players hail from Georgia and nearby states, but some have come from as far away as Washington, Illinois and New Jersey to be part of the new program. Head coach Tony Kunczewski is particularly proud of his team’s strong academic profile, which compares favorably with that of other incoming students.

“It was a team effort to get this first class,” said Kunczewski, crediting the many students, faculty and staff who assisted with the recruiting process. “I like to think our players epitomize Berry.”

Looking ahead to a schedule that includes six games against Southern Athletic Association foes, Kunczewski emphasized, “We don’t talk about winning. If that’s all that it’s about, then I think you’re missing the point. Our goal is to get a little bit better each week. I believe we are set up for success here both on and off the field. That’s one of the things that attracted me to the job.”

As fundraising efforts continue for an on-campus stadium – christened Valhalla by lead donor Steve Cage (74C) – the Vikings will split their 2013 home games between Barron Stadium and nearby Darlington School. Those interested in supporting the Valhalla project have the option of making a gift online (select Valhalla or Clark Track when prompted for a gift designation) or emailing David Clark (85c) for more details.

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Students, faculty and staff with a heart for service traveled to Moore, Okla., in July to provide desperately needed assistance to residents struggling to recover from the massive EF-5 tornado that struck their community May 20. Thirteen students and four faculty/staff volunteers rolled up their sleeves and went to work in the storm-ravaged city, clearing downed trees and other debris, moving furniture into a temporary school and sorting clothing donations to the mission that served as their temporary home. The efforts of the Berry team were featured on KTOV, the CBS affiliate in Tulsa.  The trip was organized by rising sophomore Olivia Paige, assistant director of campus community relations for Berry College Volunteer Services.

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Reporting by student public relations assistant Brittni Trollinger

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Tim Goodwin and FamilyJust 10 years removed from his days as a student, Tim Goodwin (03C) has been tapped to serve a two-year term as president of the Berry Alumni Association. He will succeed current president Harry Wise (57H) on July 1, 2014.

Tim, seen here with wife Maureen Trane Goodwin (03C) and the couple’s three children, is a successful financial advisor who owns his own business, Goodwin Investment Advisory. Involvement at Berry includes service on the Campbell School of Business Executive Advisory Council and as a coach for the entrepreneurship program. He is the 2007 recipient of Berry’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

Taking Tim’s place as vice president of financial support is T. Mack Brown (82C), the 1994 winner of Berry’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.

Alumni Association Executive Committee.

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Richards Gymnasium Renovation

Located on the site of the old indoor pool, the 4,200-square-foot strength and conditioning weight room in Richards Gymnasium will be open to all students. (Photo by Josh Meister).

A dramatic summer renovation has breathed new life into Roy Richards Memorial Gymnasium, allowing a structure originally built by students in the 1930s to enhance fitness opportunities on the Berry campus by complementing the exercise options available in the Cage Center. Highlights include a 4,200-square-foot strength and conditioning weight room and satellite training room built on the site of the old indoor pool, as well as locker rooms and office space for intercollegiate football, lacrosse and tennis. Other upgrades include a refurbished floor in the gymnasium, now used for intramurals and other group activities, a new floor in the dance lab, and refurbished offices for the Berry Outdoor Leadership Development (BOLD) program. Also, the intramural field closest to the building has been converted into a practice space for football and other sports. More information about this project and other campus improvements will be included in the fall issue of Berry magazine.

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Michael Howard

Photo by Wendy Dahlgren (03C, FS)

Rising senior Michael Howard was all smiles after completing his second and final summer at Marine Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Va. Howard, who grew up in Brazil as the son of missionary parents, will be commissioned as a second lieutenant on his graduation day from Berry – May 10, 2014. Until then, the international studies major and economics minor will maintain his busy on-campus schedule as student supervisor in the president’s office, president of Habitat for Humanity and Presidential Ambassador. He is also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha and the Berry College Student Judicial Board.

A second Berry student, Marie Gaby, completed her first six weeks of OCS training this summer. She will return to Quantico in 2014 to continue her quest to become a Marine officer.

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Viking Fusion Feature: Kaleigh Carpenter

The inspiring story of Berry student-athlete Kaleigh Carpenter was featured in the summer issue of the NCAA’s Champion magazine. The rising sophomore, who was born missing most of her left arm, has proven herself to be one tough competitor on the tennis court, earning honorable mention All-Conference recognition as a freshman. Playing with a prosthetic device that helps her serve, Kaleigh finished 16-5 in singles and 15-6 in doubles while helping the Lady Vikings claim runner-up honors in the inaugural Southern Athletic Association tournament.

Read more about Kaleigh in this spring feature written by Berry Sports Information Director Bob Lowe. See her in action by watching the accompanying Viking Fusion video produced by student Blake Childers.

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Berry Alumni in the Arts

Brenna Conley (12C), left, and Allen Bell (95C)

An inventive retelling of a very old story landed Brenna Conley (12C) on the short list of finalists for the 2013 Paris Literary Prize. Protection, Brenna’s novella about the Greek goddess Persephone, was one of only seven works to be so honored. Originally written as her Honors thesis at Berry, the work was submitted for recognition by Honors Program Director and Associate Professor of Communication Brian Carroll.

At the same time Brenna was being lauded for her future promise, Allen Bell (95C) was rewarded for lifetime achievement by the Georgia Arts Network. Allen, a 15-year veteran of arts administration, currently serves as program director for arts education, research and information at South Arts, a regional organization based in Atlanta. In 2001, he was honored with Berry’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award.


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Berry Magazine Ever wonder how we learn about the alumni featured in Berry magazine and the Alumni Accent? It’s not complicated. Many times, it’s simply because they sent us a class note. If you haven’t taken the time to share news of your latest personal or career achievement, we’d love to hear from you. How easy is it? Simply copy-and-paste the status update you are probably already typing for Facebook and email it (along with your class year) to If you’d like to see an example of the type of news your friends and classmates are submitting, check out the Summer 2013 issue of Berry magazine in our online archive.

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Hannah GunninAs a child, Hannah Gunnin (12C) heard a divine call to “Go.” In her adult years, she is taking that invitation to heart as a participant in the World Race, a program sponsored by Adventures in Missions that will carry her to 11 countries in the next 11 months. At each stop, the daughter of Ray (86C) and Michelle Hunter (85C) Gunnin will put her Berry education to work as she serves those most in need. By the time she returns home in 2014, Hannah will have impacted lives in Romania, Ukraine, Ireland, India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia.

Hannah (top right in photo) credits her study-abroad experience at Berry and the education she received as a double major in religion and anthropology with preparing her for this journey. She looks forward to living out the Berry motto, “Not to be ministered unto, but to minister,” through the World Race experience and educating others about the cultures she encounters once she gets back.

Hannah’s blog.

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In the June issue of the Alumni Accent, we asked you to share your opinion on the importance of Berry’s strategic priorities. Readers had the opportunity to choose up to two responses (or all of the above). High quality academic programs led all possible responses with 35% of the vote, followed by meaningful student work experiences (19.8%), new facilities to support campus programs and initiatives (9.8%), preservation of Berry history (7.7%), programs emphasizing spirituality and faith (5.5%), and volunteer opportunities that encourage students to help others (4.4%). All of the above (17.6%) ranked third overall.

This month, we would like you to turn back the clock to your first days as a Berry student. Scroll to the blog footer to share your memories.

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