Tag Archives: Alumni Giving

Animal Science Rendering

GREAT SPACES: Above is an architectural rendering of the new animal science building to be constructed adjacent to McAllister Hall (seen in background). Below you can see the results of the soon-to-be-completed renovation of Ford Auditorium.

Momentum is growing behind the final capital priority in LifeReady: The Berry College Campaign for Opportunity, and we have YOU to thank for it! Significant alumni support of previous projects – accounting for 39% of all campaign gifts received to date – has inspired a $4 million grant from an Atlanta-based foundation supporting construction of a new teaching and research facility for animal science. That grant propelled fundraising for the project to nearly 90% of the $15.7 million goal, increasing the likelihood that construction will begin in 2020.

Alumni support throughout the campaign has been impressive, helping to fund new and renovated facilities, programmatic enhancements, and generous scholarships. Here is a quick glimpse of the advances you have made possible for Berry students. Thank you!

Ford Auditorium Renovation

This image provides a dramatic view of the beautiful new ceiling in Ford Auditorium’s Betty Anne Rouse Bell Recital Hall.

One example of the power of your collective generosity is the $6.3 million Ford Auditorium renovation. To date, gifts have been made by more than 500 donors, many of them alumni. Work on that project has been ongoing throughout the summer and fall, with completion expected in a few weeks’ time. Already, students and faculty are marveling at the breathtaking beauty of the newly installed wooden ceiling, which will significantly enhance the acoustical experience in the 91-year-old structure for performers and audience members alike.

In that same way, the new animal science building will enhance experiences for students in Berry’s largest major. The 23,000-square-foot structure will be located adjacent to McAllister Hall, encouraging new opportunities for research collaboration across the sciences even as it provides much-needed classroom and laboratory space for one of Berry’s most distinctive majors. Visit the project website to learn more about the promise and potential of this exciting new facility.

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Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … Pennies for Martha Man? Yes, Pennies for Martha Man. The heroic (and shameless) alter ego of freshman Connor O’Sullivan took to the skies (OK, the streets) in early fall to spread the word about Berry’s Mountain Day-inspired day-of-giving campaign. Sporting the requisite mask and cape, he elicited more than a few laughs (and perhaps a few eye rolls) with a series of short videos meant to inspire others to make a gift in honor of Martha Berry’s birthday. Nearly 2,300 gifts resulted, so we can only assume his enthusiasm was contagious!

Thanks to all those who answered Pennies for Martha Man’s call to show their Berry pride by making a gift of any size! We appreciate your support AND your sense of humor! Be sure to take a moment to watch Pennies for Martha Man’s thank you video above. Other videos can be viewed by clicking the links below.

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