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Kingmakers

Actress Kristin Bauer van Straten shared this stunning view of the Ford Buildings on Twitter.

The most recent Alumni Accent poll drew a record number of responses to the question, “Which famous Berry visitor would you most like to have met? The winner was the Rough Rider himself, Teddy Roosevelt, with 29 percent of the vote. Next, with 19 percent, was Amelia Earhart, followed closely by Maria Von Trapp of Sound of Music fame with 16 percent. Henry Ford and Helen Keller tied for fourth, each with 14 percent, followed by Ty Cobb (6 percent) and Tony Dungy (2 percent).

This month, we keep the focus on campus visitors – this time of the Hollywood variety. Taking our cue from Berry’s latest foray into show business as the setting for a new ABC/Disney television pilot, Kingmakers, we want to know which actor or actress with a Berry connection you’d most like to see make a return engagement. Scroll to the blog footer to cast your vote.

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History Mural

Guests attending Berry’s annual Scholarship Night celebration were wowed by new floor-to-ceiling murals in Krannert Center designed to bring the college’s history, beauty and mission to life visually. These displays represent a first step in telling the Berry story in public spaces across campus.

Speaker WallAmelia Earhart, Teddy Roosevelt and Henry Ford are three of the famous faces that show up on the new 26×8-foot Berry history mural, located in the lobby leading to Spruill Ballroom. That mural is complemented by a 20×8-foot display on the opposite wall demonstrating the breadth of student experiences at Berry. Nearby, another large display showcases campus speakers of national and international renown. All were designed in-house by staff member Kathy Clements.

“We live in a visual age” said Jeanne Mathews, assistant vice president of public relations and marketing. “Murals such as those in Krannert and digital displays featuring interactive maps and other content will help us to acquaint our many guests with information about Berry’s unique history and the opportunities that abound on the world’s largest campus.”

Photos by student Lauren Neumann

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Amelia Earhart

Three years before disappearing over the Pacific while attempting to circumnavigate the globe, Amelia Earhart (third from right) posed with Martha Berry during a 1934 visit to Berry.

If the results of our latest Alumni Accent poll are any indication, Berry alumni LOVE their campus landmarks!

Our January question – Which Berry landmark is your favorite? – drew unprecedented response. Two mountain campus favorites – Frost Chapel and the Old Mill – led the way, each drawing 30 percent of the vote. Ford Dining Hall was next with 21 percent, followed by the House ‘o Dreams (9 percent), Oak Hill (6 percent), Possum Trot (2 percent) and Roosevelt Cabin (2 percent).

This month, we turn our attention from famous places to famous people. Scroll to the footer to tell us which notable Berry visitor you would most like to have met.

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Dining with the DaughtersStill in need of last-minute gift ideas? We’ve got the perfect thing – Dining with the Daughters, a new cookbook by the Daughters of Berry. This is the ninth cookbook published by this special group, founded in 1939 by Martha Berry herself to help preserve the traditions and heritage of her schools. The new edition, produced by the Daughters of Berry in collaboration with Morris Press Cookbooks, combines historic favorites served to such notable campus guests as Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Ford and Amelia Earhart with newer delights crafted by Berry alumni. Order your copy online through the Oak Hill Gift Shop.

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