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Alumni working in Berry College Archives

PRESERVING BERRY HISTORY: From left, Tom Butler (65A), Dr. Ouida Word Dickey (50C, FFS) and Claudette West Bearden (68C) organize documents in the Berry College Archives during a previous Alumni Work Week. This spring, Dr. Dickey’s daughter, Jennifer, will lead a new effort to collect oral histories from alumni in video form.

Jennifer Dickey

Jennifer Dickey

Dr. Jennifer Dickey (77A, 80C) has spent much of her professional life studying the history of her high school and college alma mater. Now, in her role as Alumni Council vice president for Berry culture and heritage, she is spearheading a new project meant to further enrich our understanding of that history by incorporating the voices of alumni who have lived it.

Dickey, who serves as Berry’s history consultant in addition to her work as a professor of history at Kennesaw State University, will be working with the Alumni Council’s Heritage Committee to capture these memories in video form through oral histories that will be housed in the Berry College Archives and eventually could be made available online.

“There has never been a systematic, sustained effort to capture the experiences and memories of Berry alumni,” Dickey explained, noting that previous initiatives have been more narrowly focused. “We really want to try to go after everybody.”

The project will launch this May, with initial interviews taking place at Alumni Weekend and Alumni Work Week. After that, it will become an ongoing effort.

“This is not just a ‘Berry is great’ tale,” Dickey stated. “We want them to talk about all of their experiences here – the good and the bad.

“I think it’s going to be a really interesting project,” she added. “Everyone’s experience here is different, but there are a lot of commonalities too.”

Current Berry students will be helping with the project. If you’d like to be involved, email Dickey at jdickey2@kennesaw.edu.

By student writer Kendall Aronson

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Berry Alumni Council

LOOKING COOL: Members of the Berry Alumni Council take a break from their August meeting to grab a quick group photo in the Ford Archway. They’re sporting sunglasses purchased as part of a fundraiser for Berry women’s soccer.

Jonathan PurserThis summer brought new leadership to the Berry Alumni Association as Frances Richey (83A, 87C) completed her second term as president and handed the reigns to her elected successor, Jonathan Purser (85C). The husband, father, business owner and volunteer immediately got to work, sharing good news about Berry with fellow alumni via periodic e-blasts (look for more in the future!). He also provided leadership for the first Alumni Council meeting of the 2018-19 academic year.

Forty-four Alumni Council members – representing nearly 80 years of Berry history – gathered in August to begin working on specific projects related to alumni engagement, financial support, Berry heritage and culture, and alumni awards. Leading those teams are elected vice presidents Chris Hayes (04C), Jason McMillan (98C), Jennifer Dickey (77A, 80C) and Pat Tutterow Jackson (82C), respectively. Joining them on the Executive Committee are Richey, who now serves as past president, and appointed members Tim Howard (82C), parliamentarian, Emmett Long (98C), chaplain, and Chad Nash (13C), secretary.

Purser is excited about the work ahead, as well as the opportunity he has to serve as a voice on Berry’s behalf.

“Those of us who were privileged to attend Berry were given a precious gift,” he said. “Serving as Alumni Council president is an honor and a small way of giving back to the institution and community that have meant so much to me.”

Watch for more coverage of Alumni Council activities in the year ahead. Click here for a list of current members.

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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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Harry WiseHaron “Harry” W. Wise (57H) is the new president of the Berry Alumni Association. The Alabama native and U.S. Air Force veteran succeeded Barbara Pickle McCollum (79C), who will continue to serve as immediate past president on the Executive Committee.

As retired partner and corporate vice president of a steel and fibre drum manufacturing company in Mason, Ohio, and former mayor of Montgomery, Ohio, Harry brings considerable experience to his new role. He and wife Virginia have lived in Rome since 2008.

Joining Harry in new positions of leadership for the Alumni Association are Ruth K. Martin (65C), vice president, alumni events; Laura A. Sutton (09C), vice president, young alumni and student relations; Kimberly A. Terrell (04C, 06G, FS), vice president, Berry Heritage; Giles M. Chapman Jr. (66C), parliamentarian; Nelda P. Ragsdale (64C), secretary; and Dr. David F. Slade (97C, FS), historian.

More about alumni leadership.

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