Issues by Date: October 2013

Mountain Day 2013

Brandi Calhoun Diamond and Larry Arrington proudly display the Reunion Cup won by the class of 1993C for percentage participation in the Mega Reunion. Their class also won the tent decorating contest. Other awards went to the class of 1988C (giving total) and 1973C (giving percentage).

A gorgeous fall day on the slopes of Lavender Mountain provided the perfect setting for the approximately 7,500 alumni, students, parents and friends who turned out for the 99th celebration of Mountain Day.

Highlights this year included big crowds for all the traditional favorites – from Friday’s Alumni Golf Scramble, Mountain Day Olympics and talent show to Saturday’s 5K/fun run, convocation service, picnic lunch, Grand March, Mega Reunion and Marthapalooza carnival.

Of particular note was the huge number of high school and academy alumni who turned out for a series of events honoring the continuing legacy of the Mount Berry School for Boys, Martha Berry School for Girls and Berry Academy. Events included a reception and ribbon cutting for a new high school and academy exhibit at Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum, a dinner celebrating the completion of A History of the Berry Schools on the Mountain Campus, a new book by Dr. Jennifer W. Dickey (77A, 80C), and a convocation procession from Hamrick Hall to Frost Chapel to hear remarks by Angela Dickey (75A, 79C).

Experience Mountain Day 2013 for yourself by visiting the Around Berry feature on the college homepage, clicking the many photo gallery links in this article or by watching this year’s highlight video. If you’d like a memento, t-shirts are still available for online purchase.

Whether you are a Mountain Day regular or someone who usually makes it back only for reunions, you don’t want to miss next year’s centennial celebration. Mark your calendars now for Oct. 4, 2014. We promise you won’t be disappointed!

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A History of the Berry Schools on the Mountain CampusFor many years, alumni and friends of the Mount Berry School for Boys, Martha Berry School for Girls and Berry Academy have dreamed that the history of those schools – and the important role they played in the development of what is today Berry College – would someday be told. That dream has now come to fruition in the form of A History of the Berry Schools on the Mountain Campus, written by Berry Academy alumna Dr. Jennifer W. Dickey (77A, 80C).

Commissioned by current Berry President Steve Briggs with encouragement from a group of high school and academy alumni known as the Berry Breakfast Club, the new book takes readers on an 81-year journey from the founding of the Berry Schools in 1902 to the controversial closing of Berry Academy in 1983. Dickey conducted extensive research in the Berry College Archives and interviewed more than 60 alumni and former faculty/staff of Berry’s high schools, among them Dr. William Scheel, the headmaster charged with overseeing the closure.

“Writing this book was a cathartic experience for me,” Dickey said. “It gave me an opportunity to delve into the historical record and try to understand how the schools operated and the decisions that were made along the way. I felt like I got to know a lot of alumni and faculty and staff, either in person or through studying the historical record, and gained a greater appreciation for why this school mattered so much to so many people. People’s lives were transformed by their Berry experiences, especially the students who attended the early schools and the Mount Berry School for Boys. My friend and fellow alumnus Tom Butler (65A) talks about the “intangible magic” of the place. I think that term captures the spirit of the high schools on the mountain campus – they had an intangible magic.”

Read more about the new book in this feature story published in the Rome News-Tribune. Copies are available for online purchase through the Oak Hill Gift Shop. Be sure to enter the promo code BERRYALUMNI when checking out to receive a 10% discount.

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Superb ScholarsGund Professor of Government and International Studies Chaitram Singh (near right) traveled to his native Guyana in September to accept the 2012 Guyana Prize for Literature. Singh, a graduate of the United States Military Academy and Berry faculty member since 1984, was honored in the “Best First Work of Fiction” category for his novel, The Flour Convoy. Another Singh novel, The February 23rd Coup, was runner-up for “Best Work of Fiction.” His award was presented by Guyana President Donald Ramoutar. Read more.

Also making news among the faculty is Professor of Chemistry Gary Breton (far right), who has been awarded a Fuller E. Callaway Chair by the Callaway Foundation. Breton currently serves as interim dean of Berry’s School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, a role he assumed earlier this year when Dr. Bruce Conn made the decision to return full time to the classroom.

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Distinguished Alumni AwardsThe Berry Alumni Association needs your help identifying worthy candidates for the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Nominees are currently being sought in four categories – Distinguished Achievement, Distinguished Service, Entrepreneurial Spirit and Outstanding Young Alumni. Winners will be inducted into the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame during a gala celebration at Alumni Weekend 2014. You can make your voice heard by completing our online nomination form. The deadline for consideration is Oct. 31, so don’t delay!

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Stephanie QuinnVolleyball player Stephanie Quinn made history this fall as the first Berry student-athlete to win National Player of the Week honors in NCAA Division III. A year after claiming MVP recognition in the inaugural Southern Athletic Association tournament, the senior setter and her high-flying teammates are once again on the championship trail, soaring to the top of the standings with an 11-1 conference record (18-5 overall). If you haven’t had the opportunity to cheer the Vikings in person, join us this Saturday, Oct. 26, as we celebrate 10 years of Berry volleyball with matches against Hendrix and Piedmont. The action gets under way at 1 p.m.

Visit for complete coverage of all Berry athletics. Recent highlights include a national ranking in men’s golf, regional rankings in women’s soccer and men’s cross country, and notable academic recognition in softball. (Photo courtesy of Berry Sports Information.)

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Berry Magazine Online ArchiveThe Fall 2013 issue of Berry magazine should be arriving in your mailbox any day now. If you can’t wait to devour the institutional news and alumni features that Berry readers have come to expect, we invite you to visit our online archive and take a sneak peek at the publication on your home computer or favorite tablet device. If the class notes you read inspire you to share your own big news, just send an email to (be sure to include your class year). Submissions received by Oct. 31 will be published in our next issue.

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It’s becoming increasingly obvious that Professor of Mathematics Eric McDowell will do anything in the name of education. Fresh off a second-place national award for a previous collaboration with students working for Berry’s Viking Fusion multimedia website, McDowell is at it again – this time putting an animated spin on the 17th-century Calculus Priority Dispute between Sir Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. We’ll let McDowell and student producers Josy Roman and Michael Baldvins take it from here. Enjoy!

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It didn’t take long for Berry’s first-year football team to crack the NCAA record book. The record-tying play came courtesy of freshman linebacker Anthony Batey, who scooped up an opponent’s fumble deep in Berry’s end zone and sprinted 100 yards (officially) for a touchdown in the second quarter of a Sept. 28 loss to Rhodes College.

Batey and his teammates have three games remaining in their inaugural season, including home dates against Birmingham-Southern (Oct. 26 at Darlington School) and Sewanee (Nov. 9 at Barron Stadium). Alumni tickets for both games are available for online purchase.


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Ford SpireIn the September issue of the Alumni Accent, we decided to have a little fun by asking, “What was your favorite part of the Mountain Day Olympics?” In a result that should come as a surprise to no one familiar with this grand Berry tradition, 41% of all respondents answered “seeing who had the best t-shirts.” Coming in second – with 30 percent of the vote – was Egg Toss (retired Dean of Students Tom Carver should be proud!). Dizzy Lizzy (14%), Tug ‘o War (8%), Pyramid Building (5%) and Water Relay (2%) split the remaining votes.

This month we turn our attention to Halloween. Everyone has heard whispers about the Green Ghost and other supposed campus specters. Here’s your chance to let us know the place at Berry you would be LEAST surprised to see a ghost. Scroll to the bottom of the page to participate.

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