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Ouida Dickey Birthday CelebrationHAPPY BIRTHDAY! Smiles were in abundance at the 90th birthday celebration for Dr. Ouida Word Dickey (50C). The Ford Living Room will be named in her honor at Mountain Day in October.

Gifts honoring the 90th birthday of Berry icon Dr. Ouida Word Dickey (50C) have propelled fundraising for the planned renovation of Ford Auditorium past the halfway mark to $3 million. The goal is to complete funding for the $5.3 million project during the next year so that work can begin in 2019.

Ford Auditorium RenderingAlumni and friends committed more than $570,000 to the “Ouida Dickey Birthday Challenge,” earning double credit for their generosity thanks to matching funds from an anonymous lead gift. Donors joined Dr. Dickey in July for a special birthday celebration in the Ford Living Room. A second ceremony is planned for Mountain Day Weekend, at which time that space – located at the heart of the Berry Alumni Center – will be named in her honor.

Dr. Dickey is beloved for her many years of distinguished service to Berry as a student, faculty member, administrator and volunteer. Her family is also deeply rooted at the institution. Late husband Garland (42C) pioneered Berry’s intercollegiate athletic program along with his brother, Ed (41C), while daughters Angela (75A, 79C) and Jennifer (77A, 80C) are “double alumna” (high school and college) who have forged exemplary careers in government and higher education, respectively.

It was fitting that gifts honoring Dr. Dickey’s birthday supported the Ford renovation, as the auditorium also turns 90 this year. Click here to learn more about plans to renew the facility as a first-class performance home for Berry music students. You can support the project at berry.edu/gift.

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The rhythmic beat of the Viking Drumline provided the perfect soundtrack as students, faculty, staff, board members, project donors and special guests celebrated the Oct. 17 groundbreaking for Valhalla, including Williams Field, Clark Track and Dickey Field.

“What a great day it is for Berry College,” said President Steve Briggs, addressing the large crowd gathered at the construction site just south of the Cage Center. “It’s an important milestone in our ongoing effort to enhance this amazing campus and to create places of opportunity for students, for our friends and for our community. And like the Cage Center behind us, Valhalla will provide a major venue for recreation, excitement, achievement, participation and just plain fun.”

Taking up shovels were Steve Cage (74C), the Berry trustee whose 2012 lead gift initiated fundraising for Valhalla; Bob (62H) and Kay Williams, whose generosity paved the way for the naming of the stadium field; alumni trustees Bert Clark (82C) and Roger Lusby (79C), who led the successful Clark Track Challenge, and Bert’s wife, Cathy; Dr. Ouida Dickey (50C, FFS), who has joined daughters Jennifer (77A, 80C) and Angela (75A, 79C) in making a challenge gift to name the track and field throws area for the late Garland M. Dickey (42C); Steve and Michelle Tart, football parents and project supporters; Randy Berry and Barry Griswell (71C), trustees and LifeReady Campaign co-chairs, and Barry’s wife Michele (70C), all major donors to the project; and Board of Trustees Chair Karen Holley Horrell (74C), another major contributor to the fundraising effort to build the stadium.

Steve CageIn his remarks, Cage (pictured) noted that Valhalla is “a collaboration of hard work, trust and leadership with the Board of Trustees, Dr. Briggs, faculty and staff, students and donors.” He offered special praise to the Berry president, dedicating the new stadium in his honor, and thanked all those who had made gifts to the project. Groundbreaking coverage.

Christened  “a place for us” by SGA President Paton Roden, Valhalla will provide a new home for Berry’s football and men’s and women’s lacrosse teams when completed in 2015. The stadium and adjacent Dickey Field will also make possible the spring 2016 resumption of full competition in men’s and women’s track and field, in addition to hosting intramural competitions and other large outdoor events. Berry’s service entrance will be closed until construction is completed.

Fundraising for Valhalla is now entering its final phase. Gifts to the project can be made online. If you’d like to double your giving power, make your commitment through the Dickey Field Challenge.

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Garland M. Dickey (42C) is a name that resonates across decades of Berry history. As the college’s first full-time athletic director, Dickey helped lead the rebirth of intercollegiate athletics at Berry in the years after World War II, forging the college’s first conference affiliation, initiating the contest that resulted in Berry’s “Viking” nickname, and at one time or another coaching every men’s sport on campus, including track and field. More than three decades after his death, he is poised to once again play a key role in the establishment of full competition in track and field – which has been limited to distance running since the 1980s – this time through the generosity of  wife Ouida (50C, FFS) and daughters Jennifer (77A, 80C) and Angela (75A, 79C). Their commitment of $100,000 has made possible the Dickey Field Challenge, which will provide a dollar-for-dollar match for all future gifts to the track and field throws area adjacent to Berry’s new Valhalla stadium. As a result, your giving power is effectively doubled! There’s no better way to honor the memory of a pioneer in Berry athletics.

Take the Dickey Field Challenge today by visiting our online giving page and selecting “Valhalla stadium – Dickey Field” in the drop-down menu under Campaign Priorities. Pledges can be fulfilled over a period of up to five years. Contact David Clark at dclark@berry.edu or 706-236-1708 for more information.

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Mountain Day 2013

Brandi Calhoun Diamond and Larry Arrington proudly display the Reunion Cup won by the class of 1993C for percentage participation in the Mega Reunion. Their class also won the tent decorating contest. Other awards went to the class of 1988C (giving total) and 1973C (giving percentage).

A gorgeous fall day on the slopes of Lavender Mountain provided the perfect setting for the approximately 7,500 alumni, students, parents and friends who turned out for the 99th celebration of Mountain Day.

Highlights this year included big crowds for all the traditional favorites – from Friday’s Alumni Golf Scramble, Mountain Day Olympics and talent show to Saturday’s 5K/fun run, convocation service, picnic lunch, Grand March, Mega Reunion and Marthapalooza carnival.

Of particular note was the huge number of high school and academy alumni who turned out for a series of events honoring the continuing legacy of the Mount Berry School for Boys, Martha Berry School for Girls and Berry Academy. Events included a reception and ribbon cutting for a new high school and academy exhibit at Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum, a dinner celebrating the completion of A History of the Berry Schools on the Mountain Campus, a new book by Dr. Jennifer W. Dickey (77A, 80C), and a convocation procession from Hamrick Hall to Frost Chapel to hear remarks by Angela Dickey (75A, 79C).

Experience Mountain Day 2013 for yourself by visiting the Around Berry feature on the college homepage, clicking the many photo gallery links in this article or by watching this year’s highlight video. If you’d like a memento, t-shirts are still available for online purchase.

Whether you are a Mountain Day regular or someone who usually makes it back only for reunions, you don’t want to miss next year’s centennial celebration. Mark your calendars now for Oct. 4, 2014. We promise you won’t be disappointed!

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Okay all of you procrastinators out there, time is running out to register for the many special events scheduled for Mountain Day. Next Saturday, Oct. 5, thousands of your fellow alumni will gather on the slopes of Lavender Mountain for the annual celebration of Martha Berry’s birthday. A full schedule and registration details can be found on the alumni relations website. Advance registration closes Oct. 2, so don’t miss out!

Highlights this year include a special tribute to Berry’s historic high schools – the Mount Berry School for Boys, Martha Berry School for Girls and Berry Academy. A reception and dinner will be held Friday, Oct. 4, with other high school-themed events to follow on Saturday. Of particular note is the roll out of A History of the Berry Schools on the Mountain Campus, a much-anticipated book about the high schools written by Dr. Jennifer Dickey (77A, 81C). Copies will be available for purchase throughout the weekend. Jennifer’s sister and fellow academy alumna Angela Dickey (75A, 79C) will be the featured speaker at Saturday morning’s Mountain Day Convocation in Frost Chapel. Angela is the 2013 recipient of the Berry Alumni Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award. High school celebration.

Also on tap is the sixth-annual Mega Reunion, this year hosting alumni from the college and academy classes of 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008. The fun gets under way at 5 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum. Information and registration.

Other events of note include Friday afternoon’s Golf Scramble, Saturday morning’s 5K (this year benefitting Berry’s planned athletic stadium, Valhalla) and, of course, Saturday afternoon’s picnic lunch and Grand March. While you’re on the mountain, don’t forget to check out the many products available from Berry College Student Enterprises.

If you can’t join us in person, we’re pleased to once again offer a Virtual Mountain Day experience featuring streaming video of the Grand March and a live chat function accessible to anyone with a Twitter account. Be sure to include the hash tag #mtnday13 in your tweets.

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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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