Art of service

First-Year Service Day Downtown MuralPAINTING THE TOWN: Freshman George Alameddine works on one of the murals painted by Berry students during First-Year Service Day. Photo by student Matthew McConnell.

It didn’t take long for First-Year Seminar students taught by Professor of Mathematics Dr. Ron Taylor and Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Casey Dexter to make their mark on the local community, painting two beautiful murals along the river walk near the Robert Redden Footbridge in downtown Rome.

The students painted the murals as part of First-Year Service Day, an annual event engaging hundreds of Berry’s newest students in projects all across Rome and Floyd County. This year, students and faculty members contributed time and energy at more than 30 sites, with projects ranging from washing dogs and building a puppy gym at PAWS to clearing brush at historic Zuber Cemetery and hosting a singalong for residents at Brookdale Senior Living.

Emma Wells (16C), director of Keep Rome Beautiful, originally approached First-Year Experience Director Katherine Powell with the idea for the murals. Associate Professor of Art Brad Adams came up with the design, drawing inspiration from wildlife indigenous to the Rome area. He also provided instruction to the students, noting that the project was a great way for them to contribute to something bigger than themselves.

“It really does enhance the space, and it connects a lot of different communities,” Adams said. “It’s interesting how a little bit of acrylic paint can really change a space.”

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Story by student Kendall Aronson; photo by student Matthew McConnell

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