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Hundreds of alumni and friends made their way “home” May 15-17 for Alumni Weekend, with many remaining on campus in the days that followed for the 30th annual observance of Alumni Work Week.

Eight different classes celebrated reunions, with two – 1965A and 1965C – joining the ranks of Berry’s Golden Guard (a distinction reserved for alumni who have been out at least 50 years). Excellence was rewarded with presentation of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards. This year’s winners included:

David Grindle (93C), Distinguished Achievement
Joy Padgett Johnson (73C), Distinguished Service
Jeff Jahn (07C), Entrepreneurial Spirit
Brin Enterkin (12C), Outstanding Young Alumni

Alumni WeekendOther individuals singled out for special recognition included retiring Director of Choral Activities Harry Musselwhite and longtime baseball coach David Beasley, Berry’s newest honorary alumni. Bettyann O’Neill and Joni Kenyon were honored with the Alumni Association President’s Award, while Tom Raulerson (66C) received the Berry High Schools/Berry Academy Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award.

The big winner among the reunion classes was the college class of 1965, which claimed the Viking Cup (highest giving percentage), Ford Cup (highest total amount given) and Heritage Cup (greatest increase in Berry Heritage Society membership). The Reunion Cup (highest percentage attendance) went to the academy class of 1965, while the college class of 1955 won the Martha Cup (greatest percentage increase in gifts). The total amount of reunion gifts contributed by all classes was an impressive $1.16 million.

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Media coverage: Berry alumni return for Work Week

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There’s still time to nominate deserving classmates for the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards, but you need to act fast! The deadline for consideration is Oct. 31. There are four categories – Distinguished Achievement, Distinguished Service, Entrepreneurial Spirit and Outstanding Young Alumni. To submit a nomination, simply complete our online form. Winners will be announced in the spring, and recipients will be honored at Alumni Weekend 2015.

Need inspiration? Check out the video at left or visit our Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.

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Alumni WeekendThe memories came flooding back May 30 to June 6 as hundreds of alumni returned home for three of the biggest events on the Berry calendar – Alumni Weekend, Young Alumni Weekend and Alumni Work Week.

Alumni Weekend highlights included Golden Guard induction for the college and academy classes of 1964, presentation of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards and recognition of longtime faculty members Peter Lawler and Kathy Richardson as honorary members of the Berry Alumni Association. Also of note were chapel services led by Walter Copeland (64A, 71C) and Alumni Association Chaplain Valerie Loner (91C), as well as special praise for the following individuals:

Bob Williams (62H), Lifetime membership on the Berry Alumni Council
John Shahan (64A, 69C) and Bill Thornton (68C), Berry High Schools/Berry Academy Outstanding Faculty/Staff Awards
Lewis Copeland (60C), Virginia R. Webb Exceptional Service Award
Jennifer Beard (93C, 00G, FS), Berry Alumni Association President’s Award

Alumni Work WeekReunions were held for eleven different college, high school and academy classes, three of which earned awards for participation and giving:

Class of 1959C: Viking Cup (highest giving percentage)
Class of 1964C: Ford Cup (highest total amount given), Heritage Cup (greatest increase in Berry Heritage Society membership) and Martha Cup (greatest percentage increase in gifts)
Class of 1964A: Reunion Cup (highest percentage attendance)

In addition to their financial generosity – the reunion classes contributed approximately $1.02 million in gifts to Berry – alumni also gave of their time and energy through the Young Alumni Weekend service project and Alumni Work Week. The latter drew nearly 200 participants for a week of work and fellowship featuring an ambitious list of projects. One crew led by Al Christopher (61c) and Stewart Fuqua (80A) constructed an enclosed shed for the Season’s Harvest student-operated enterprise, while another led by Jimmy Bell (60C) and Sid Wheeler (60C) completed a dairy cattle barn at the Rollins Ruminant Research Center. More coverage.

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Impressive achievements in nuclear radiation safety and off-site emergency preparedness following the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor accident helped earn Rayford H. Boyett (58C) praise as the 2014 recipient of the Berry’s Alumni Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award.

Other winners this year included John Shahan (64A, 69C), Distinguished Service Award; Andreas Economopoulos (97C), Entrepreneurial Spirit Award; and Heather Henderson-Keller (03C), Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Click the names and watch the accompanying video for more on these impressive individuals.

Nominations for the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards are now being accepted. If you know of a classmate who is worthy of consideration, please complete the online nomination form and submit prior to Oct. 31. Winners will be honored at Alumni Weekend 2015 and enshrined in the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.

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Alumni Weekend PromoGood food? Yes!

Familiar faces? Absolutely!

Fun times? We guarantee it!

Berry’s annual Alumni Weekend and Young Alumni Weekend celebrations promise all of the above and more. The only thing missing is you!

This year’s events will be held Friday, May 30, through Sunday, June 1, with Alumni Work Week beginning immediately afterward and continuing through June 6. Click the links for details on each and to register online. The deadline is Friday, May 16, so please don’t delay.

Highlights this year include 11 different class reunion dinners on Friday, May 30, and an expanded alumni gala the following evening at the Forum in Rome. Reunions are scheduled for the college and high school/academy classes of 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964 and 1969 as well as the college class of 1961. Reunion dinner schedule and pricing.

The expanded gala promises to be an unforgettable tribute to Berry’s past and future, with several special recognitions scheduled. These include the induction of college and academy alumni from the class of 1964 into the Golden Guard and the presentation of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards to the following recipients:

Rayford Boyett (58C), Distinguished Achievement
John Shahan (64A, 69C)
, Distinguished Service
Andreas Economopoulos (97C)
, Entrepreneurial Spirit
Heather Henderson-Keller (03C)
, Outstanding Young Alumni

In addition, two longtime faculty members – Dana Professor of Government and International Studies Peter Lawler and Provost and Professor of Communication Kathy Richardson – will be welcomed as honorary alumni. Receptions for young alumni and Golden Guard members will precede the dinner, and an evening of dancing will follow the official program.

Other events you don’t want to miss include the Friday morning golf scramble, Saturday’s “behind-the-ropes” tour of Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum, and Sunday’s worship services. Events specific to young alumni include a Friday night gathering at Schroeder’s on Broad Street, a Saturday morning campus service project, and opportunities to take advantage of recreation and fitness facilities in the Cage Center on Saturday afternoon.

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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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A decorated diplomat, two longtime friends with a shared passion for helping children, a self-described “serial entrepreneur,” and a young alumna who has found success in the corporate world recently joined the ranks of Berry’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. They were honored at Alumni Weekend 2013. This year’s inductees – Angela R. Dickey (75A, 79C), F. Mack Gay (59C), the late Walter O. Maine (59C), Sheryle J. Bolton (68c) and Beth Collins Earnst (93C) – span four decades of Berry history.

Angela, recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award, was recognized for her globe-spanning career with the U.S. Department of State. Mack and Walter shared the Distinguished Service Award for their work with Florida foster children (chronicled in Berry magazine). Sheryle, recently appointed CEO of Sally Ride Science and a member of the Berry College Board of Trustees, was presented with the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. And Beth, a communications manager for BASF Corp., and new member of the Berry College Board of Visitors, was named Outstanding Young Alumna.

A number of other alumni and friends were also honored during Alumni Weekend, including the husband and wife tandem of J. Ray and Marilyn Scott (65C) Allen, recipients of the 2013 High School/Academy Outstanding Faculty/Staff Awards. Alumni in attendance also had a presentation for Berry – a combined gift of $3 million from the reunion classes.

Click here for more coverage of Alumni Weekend, and don’t forget to visit the photo galleries below. You might just see someone you know!

Photo galleries: Distinguished Alumni Awards and Golden Guard Gala, Golf Scramble, High School/Academy Breakfast, Weekend Worship Services

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A long, wet winter has finally given way to another glorious Berry spring – just in time for three of the biggest events on our alumni calendar. The fun gets under way May 17-19 with Alumni Weekend and Young Alumni Weekend and continues May 19-24 with Alumni Work Week. The deadline to register for all events is May 10, so click the links below and sign up today!

Alumni Weekend offers a little something for everyone, from the traditional Friday morning golf scramble to the semi-formal Alumni Awards and Golden Guard Gala. The schedule includes reunion events for the high school, academy and college classes of 1943, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963 and 1968, as well as Sunday morning worship services for both high school and college alumni.

Young Alumni Weekend invites graduates from the last 10 years to relive their college days as they explore the campus, compete for intramural glory and enjoy each other’s company at a mixer on the “Moon Roof” in downtown Rome. There will also be service opportunities, a career discussion panel, and the Young Alumni Live Auction and Dinner at Oak Hill featuring entertainment by Candler Hobbs (11C).

Alumni Work Week provides the perfect opportunity for alumni and friends of all ages to participate in a variety of on-campus projects celebrating Berry’s work heritage. Sign up for the whole week or just come for a day or two, whatever fits your schedule.

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Save the Date for Mountain DayJust in time for the “dog days” of summer, the Alumni Accent poll is back! Before getting to this month’s question, let’s take a look back at the June poll, which sought insight from alumni who were unable to attend Alumni Weekend, Alumni Work Week or Young Alumni Weekend. Forty-eight percent of all respondents indicated that a scheduling conflict kept them away. Another 34 percent cited personal or family obligations. All are good reasons, so we’ll let you off the hook – this time (but we’d better see you next year!).

This month’s question flashes ahead to the next big highlight on the alumni calendar – Mountain Day! Scroll to the bottom of the page to weigh in on your favorite tradition. Once you’ve finished, click here to see what we have on tap for 2012!

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Alumni Weekend is a memorable experience for all involved, but as the newest inductees in Berry’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, John W. Coleman (04C), Amy Moskovitz Williams (03C) and Thomas Ray Fewell (58C) found it truly unforgettable.

John, a published author who recently completed both his MBA and MPA from Harvard University, was honored with this year’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Amy, wife of 2010 Outstanding Young Alumnus Michael D. Williams (03C), claimed the Distinguished Service Award for her commitment to global volunteerism in the area of public health. Ray, meanwhile, took home the Distinguished Achievement Award in recognition of his considerable accomplishments as a physicist and innovator in radiation measurement. He is the seventh member of his college class to win a Distinguished Alumni Award (and the third to be honored for Distinguished Achievement). You can read more about this amazing class in the fall issue of Berry magazine.

John, Amy and Ray were recognized during a May 18 gala that also featured Golden Guard inductions for the high school and college classes of 1962. Representatives of those two classes, Bob Williams (62H) and Yoniece Miller (62C), had the special honor of presenting a combined gift of more than $3 million to Berry from the high school, academy and college classes that celebrated reunions during Alumni Weekend 2012 and Mountain Day 2011.

The Friday night gala set the stage for a full weekend of reunion activities attended by nearly 500 alumni and friends.

More coverage (including photo gallery).

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It’s time for another edition of one of our favorite new features – the Alumni Accent poll! Before getting to our June question, let’s take a quick peek back at our April poll, when we asked about the type of alumni programming you would like to see come to your area. Two answers accounted for nearly 80 percent of all responses:

• Opportunities to socialize and network with other alumni – 49 percent
• Discussion of Berry’s strategic initiatives led by President Briggs – 30 percent

Among the other three possibilities, faculty presentations focusing on a particular area of interest was the most popular answer, garnering 9 percent of all votes cast.

This month, we turn our attention to Alumni Weekend, Alumni Work Week and Young Alumni Weekend. Specifically, we’re interested in hearing from those of you who weren’t able to attend this year. A list of reasons can be found in the footer of the blog. If you would like to expand on your answer or offer input for future events, please take a moment to email Alumni Relations Director Chris Watters (89C).

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Time is running out to register for three of the biggest events on the alumni calendar: Alumni Weekend (May 18-20), Young Alumni Weekend (May 18-20) and Alumni Work Week (May 20-25). All three promise good times, great friends and a wealth of new memories. Here are some of the highlights:

Alumni Weekend kicks off with the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards and Golden Guard Gala in Krannert’s Spruill Ballroom; also on tap are reunions for the classes of 1947H, 1952H, 1952C, 1957H, 1957C, 1961C, 1962H, 1962C, 1967A and 1967C.

Now in its second year, Young Alumni Weekend offers our newest alumni (those who attended Berry in the last 10 years) the opportunity to “party on the green” at Oak Hill, rekindle intramural rivalries and leave a legacy through various service projects. New this year is a live auction benefiting the Season’s Harvest student enterprise.

Alumni Work Week honors Berry’s proud “work” tradition, with teams of alumni investing time and energy in numerous campus projects.

Online registration is available by clicking the links above. The deadline is May 11, so don’t delay!

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