Issues by Date: December 2011

As our regular readers will undoubtedly note, there is something different about this issue of the Alumni Accent. Just in time for the holidays, we’re excited to unveil a new design for Berry’s alumni e-newsletter.

The new template is designed to make it easier than ever for you to interact with friends and classmates at Berry. In addition to the news content you’ve come to expect, the Accent now provides a one-stop platform for those wishing to access our new online community, AlumniConnect, as well as Berry pages on social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. The newly designed email template also includes links to calendar items and other content.

News stories are now published in a separate blog accessible by clicking Alumni Accent News in your email. Headlines are also hyperlinked, allowing you to access stories individually if you prefer. Each story is accompanied by a series of “tags” that will prove useful in the future by making it possible to quickly search the Accent blog for all instances in which a particular tag has appeared.

As you browse this issue, please take a moment to register your opinion about the new design by voting in our interactive poll (located in the blog footer). If there are specific enhancements you would like to see (comments, for example, or the ability to share stories via social media), we would love to hear from you. Simply email Chris Watters (89C), alumni relations director, with your suggestions. This is your e-newsletter, after all, and we want to know what you think!

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It is our pleasure to recognize the thousands of alumni and friends who have made Berry students a priority during difficult economic times through inclusion in the 2010-11 Honor Roll of Donors. All those who made a gift to Berry between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011, will find their names published on this special website, which also features year-end giving highlights, student profiles and first-person videos in which students express gratitude in their own unique (and sometimes comical) ways.

Thanks again to everyone who made a gift to Berry during the past year. You really do make dreams come true!

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Viking FusionViking Fusion, Berry’s student-run multimedia website, is keeping good company these days, sharing the stage with such media giants as NPR, The Associated Press and CNN as a national finalist in the prestigious EPPY™ Awards contest administered by Editor & Publisher. Viking Fusion was nominated in the category of “Best College University Journalism Website” along with DePaul University, Central Michigan University, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and Temple University.

Also this fall, Berry students garnered three nominations for National Student Production Awards (sponsored by College Broadcasters Inc.). Viking Fusion was a finalist in two categories, “Best Student Media Website” and “Best Promo,” while students taking Narrative Video Production with Curt Hersey (93C) earned a “Best PSA” nomination for Smoking Mime.

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Charlie Hood

Photo by Laura Moon, Marietta Daily Journal

For 37 years, Charlie Hood (69C) was the face of boys basketball at Marietta (Ga.) High School, coaching the Blue Devils to 715 victories, 20 state tournament appearances and two state championships. Recently, Marietta recognized his achievements by naming its basketball court in his honor. Among those on hand for the Nov. 17 ceremony was former NBA standout Dale Ellis, one of the 60-plus Marietta players who went on to play college basketball during Charlie’s tenure.

“It is truly a great honor,” the retired coach told the Marietta Daily Journal. “The floor might say ‘Charlie Hood,’ but there are a lot of players and coaches who were responsible for that.”

Before making history at Marietta, Charlie was a basketball standout at Berry, helping the Vikings post a 23-8 record his senior year. More.

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Heather BrandHeather Brand may not be an expert in the kitchen, but when it comes to writing she’s a master chef. The former journalist and current Berry staff member penned one of 101 short stories accepted for publication in the new book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food and Love.

Heather’s contribution, “Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone,” recounts her own experience as a new bride attempting, for the first time, to prepare a meal on her own.

“One of the reasons I wrote this story was to share my experience with others who may encounter a similar situation,” explained Heather, faculty secretary for the Campbell School of Business and a graduate student in Berry’s Master of Education program. “I knew I wasn’t the only newlywed in the world who couldn’t cook!”

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ABC Service Day

Student-athletes gather in Ford Gymnasium prior to their semi-annual community service day.

An army of student-athletes more than 300 strong flooded into the local community Nov. 4 for a day of service sponsored by Athletes Bettering the Community, the service arm of Berry’s intercollegiate athletic department. Student-athletes served at 20 different locations throughout Rome and Floyd County, including schools, retirement centers, shelters and thrift stores. Student-athletes have also contributed their time and energy  in support of other causes during the past year. Beneficiaries include cancer patients and their families as well as a U.S. military unit in Afghanistan. More.

Complementing their dedication to service is a continuing commitment to excellence in the classroom. Recently, six members of the 2010-11 softball team were recognized as All-America Scholar Athletes by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, while the team as a whole was honored as an All-Academic team. More.

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Southern Regional Model United NationsBerry students representing Brazil earned honorable mention recognition at the 22nd Annual Southern Regional Model United Nations Conference in Atlanta. Individually, senior Gabe Steinmeyer received an award for best delegate in recognition of his contributions to the Commission on Sustainable Development.

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Visualize your legacyIf you are 70½ or older, the next few weeks provide a unique opportunity to support Berry students while also taking advantage of special IRA “charitable rollover” legislation that is set to expire at year end.

This legislation allows you to make a gift of any amount up to $100,000 from your IRA without paying federal income taxes on the amount. These funds count toward your required distribution and can be drawn from either a traditional or Roth IRA. You don’t have to itemize deductions on your federal income tax return to benefit.

For more information, contact Helen Lansing, Berry’s planned giving officer, at hlansing@berry.edu or (toll free) at 877-461-0039.

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We are currently seeking nominations for the 2012-14 term of the Berry Alumni Council. If you know someone who is committed to Berry and interested in taking on a leadership role within the Berry Alumni Association, please complete the online submission form and let us know! The deadline for submissions is Dec. 31.

Nominations are also open for the Berry High School/Academy Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award. If you attended the Mount Berry School for Boys, Martha Berry School for Girls or Berry Academy, we hope you will take a moment to nominate a beloved faculty or staff member prior to the Dec. 15 deadline. Awards will be presented at Alumni Weekend 2012.

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