Tag Archives: Animal Science

Just when you think you’ve seen it all from Berry wildlife, something new comes along. Such was the case this summer when student Hannah Atsma’s video of “boxing deer” went viral on social media, garnering 138,000 Facebook views. In her post, Atsma echoed the thoughts of many with her statement, “This is definitely one of the stranger things I’ve seen the deer of Berry College do.” In search of an explanation, we went to Berry’s resident deer expert, Dana Professor of Animal Science Dr. George Gallagher, and he did not disappoint.

“This type of ‘boxing’ behavior is not uncommon among deer, particularly does,” he explained. “Deer, like many animals, express a hierarchy or dominance behavior. I tend to see these aggressive displays more frequently in late fall and winter when feed resources become more limited. Most of these events are much shorter and less dramatic compared to this video clip. It is a real classic!”

There you have it! Now back to your regularly scheduled eagle watching.

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Student Sheep TourSenior animal science majors Briana CarmonMeredith Robinson, Emily Stenman and Miranda Vega joined Professor and Department Chair Dr. Jay Daniel on an eight-day cross-country odyssey this summer, covering 12 states and 4,127 miles as part of the ANS 492 “sheep tour.” While the itinerary sounds like something out of National Lampoon’s Vacation, the experience was invaluable for the students, who got an up-close-and-personal look at the sheep industry while visiting 16 different farms, businesses and research centers. They also channeled their inner Chevy Chase by doing a little sightseeing, visiting such notable destinations as Mount Rushmore, Custer National Park and the Badlands of South Dakota.

“I appreciate the hard work of Dr. Daniel not only for scheduling the trip, but also taking on the responsibility of four college students and driving us over 4,000 miles, all for the sake of learning more about one of many branches of the agricultural industry,” Carmon said. “At every stop along the way, I observed and learned new sheep handling and processing techniques; as well as built memories that will last a lifetime.”

This is one of many ways Berry students took their college experience “on the road” this summer. Click here to read about another group of students who assisted with the restoration of a coral reef in Roatan, Honduras, with assistance from crowdfunding gifts by alumni and friends.

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Group Photo of Forensics Team at Novice Nationals

Goldwater Scholar Sarah Cooper.

Pictured above: Members of the Berry College Forensics Union display their awards after claiming top honors at Novice Nationals.

Junior biochemistry major Sarah Cooper led a parade of high-achieving Berry students this spring as a recipient of the 2018 Goldwater Scholarship. Cooper, pictured at right, is one of only 211 students nationally chosen for the prestigious award, established by Congress in honor of the late Sen. Barry Goldwater to provide support for U.S. college students who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, engineering or mathematics.

Also notable this spring was the performance of first-year speakers who claimed top honors for the Berry College Forensics Union at Novice Nationals. Berry had an unprecedented 27 national finalists in the competition, with freshman Shelby Newland winning individual honors in dramatic interpretation.

This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Berry student achievement in 2018. Visit the following links for highlights in areas as varied as theatre, filmmaking, creative writing, student media and animal science.

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Dr. Sheila AllenGiven the impressive growth of Berry’s animal science program (which has more than tripled in size in 15 years), it is fitting that the college’s newest trustee has expertise in that field. Dr. Sheila Allen is a former faculty member and dean of the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine who now serves as senior accreditation advisor for the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. She is also a board member for both Cornell University and the Georgia Aquarium.

Allen holds undergraduate and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Cornell and a Master of Science degree in veterinary clinical pathology from the University of Georgia. She will attend her first Board of Trustees meeting in February.

By student writer Kendall Aronson

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ANS Lab Ribbon Cutting

Jackie Scott (fourth from left), widow of the late Dr. Allen Scott, joins college leaders, friends and project donors at the ribbon-cutting for Berry’s new animal science laboratory.

The late Dr. Allen Scott was never shy in advocating for Berry students, so it’s only fitting that the entrance to the college’s new animal science laboratory be named in his honor. Family and friends of the faculty legend joined other project supporters for an April 18 ribbon cutting celebrating the completion of the 4,600 square-foot facility, the first animal science priority funded through the LifeReady Campaign.

“There were many students that were touched by Allen Scott,” Dana Professor of Animal Science George Gallagher said of his longtime friend and colleague. “And I think that’s his biggest legacy for Berry College. This [facility] will help to build on that.”

Allen Scott PlaqueLocated near the Rollins Ruminant Research Center, the new facility includes a research laboratory with multiple workstations and equipment for preparing samples for study, a large lab with 10 stanchions and other equipment for safely working with cattle, a flexible lab where small-animal pens can be configured as needed, a large storage room, and a veterinary support room. The building also functions as an emergency treatment and surgery center, all but eliminating the need for college veterinarians to treat or perform life-saving procedures in the pasture.

Fundraising is now underway for a major new animal science building to be located adjacent to the McAllister Hall science center.

Event coverage, photo gallery

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Viewers across the state recently got a firsthand look at Berry’s fast-growing animal science program thanks to the Georgia Farm Monitor, a news and information program produced by the Georgia Farm Bureau. The four-minute segment – first aired last summer and again at year-end – featured remarks by Berry students as well as two longtime faculty members, Drs. George Gallagher and Judy Wilson.

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President Steve Briggs announced last week that Berry’s LifeReady Campaign has now surpassed $100 million in gifts and pledges. Fundraising for several major campaign projects has been completed, but four strategic priorities remain. Those priorities, and the estimated remaining needs, are:

Click here to read Dr. Briggs’ message, which includes a list of accomplishments to date. Learn more about the vision for LifeReady by viewing the accompanying video. Commitments to remaining priorities can be made at www.berry.edu/gift.

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Animal Science Laboratory at Rollins

Architectural rendering of the Animal Science Laboratory at Rollins, slated for construction later this year.

Giving to LifeReady: The Berry College Campaign for Opportunity has now surpassed $91 million! This includes more than $43 million in commitments for Gate of Opportunity and general use scholarships. We are truly grateful to everyone in the Berry community who has supported the campaign to date. A special shout out goes to our alumni, whose gifts account for nearly half the campaign total. Thank you for your support!

Highlights in 2015 included the opening of two major campaign priorities – the new campus Welcome Center and Valhalla stadium for football, lacrosse, and track and field – and Audrey Morgan’s $1 million challenge commitment to fast-track fundraising for the renovation of Blackstone Hall and construction of a new campus theatre. There was also further development of initiatives within Berry’s Integrity in Leadership and Entrepreneurship centers.

Construction of two other campaign-funded projects – the Animal Science Laboratory at Rollins and an event pavilion at Oak Hill – is on tap for 2016. In addition, fundraising is underway for Ford Auditorium’s renovation as a recital hall and construction of an animal science addition for McAllister Hall.

Visit www.berry.edu/lifeready to learn more about the various priorities, and thanks again for helping to make the dream of a “life-ready” education a reality for our students!

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LifeReady LogoLifeReady: The Berry College Campaign for Opportunity has now surpassed $80 million in gifts and pledges thanks to generous commitments from Trustee Sunny Park and two anonymous alumni. This marks an increase of more than $5 million since the campaign’s public launch in May 2014.

Fundraising has been completed for two campaign priorities – the Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Program and McAllister Hall Science Endowment – and is nearing completion for Valhalla stadium and the renovation of Richards Gym, Berry’s new Welcome Center, and the nursing patient-simulation laboratory in Evans Hall. Other priorities for which fundraising is now underway include an animal science research and teaching center at the Rollins Complex and the new Integrity in Leadership and Entrepreneurship centers. (Look for more on Integrity in Leadership in our next issue.)

Updated information on all campaign priorities is available at www.berry.edu/LifeReady.

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First-class facilities, centers for integrity in leadership and entrepreneurship, enhancements to the Work Experience Program, generous scholarships, and new student mentoring initiatives are the focus of LifeReady: The Berry College Campaign for Opportunity.

Together, these campaign priorities will build on Berry’s historic mission of educating the head, heart and hands and further strengthen opportunities for students to discover their gifts and realize their potential. The result will be graduates who leave Berry even better prepared to improve their homes, workplaces and communities.

“Opportunity long has been Berry’s pledge to hardworking students,” said Barry Griswell (71C), retired chairman and CEO of Principal Financial Group and campaign co-chair with fellow college trustee Randy Berry. “The experience of a Berry education has changed my own life and others, while the character of a Berry education has changed communities for the better. We want to continue this important work.”

The campaign launch was accompanied by news that more than $73 million in gifts and pledges were already in hand. These early commitments – made during the four years preceding the May 17 kickoff event – include $24 million to support an eventual total of 130 innovative, mission-based Gate of Opportunity Scholarships. Funding also has been completed for the McAllister Hall endowment supporting science education and science-based scholarships.

Future commitments will make possible major facilities enhancements for Berry’s growing animal science program and much-needed renovations for the college’s primary performing arts venues, Ford Auditorium and Blackstone Hall. Other brick-and-mortar projects include a campus welcome center and entry enhancements; the Valhalla stadium for football, lacrosse, and track and field; and the recently completed renovation of Roy Richards Memorial Gymnasium.

Learning experiences will be enriched through centers focused on integrity in leadership and entrepreneurship, while work experiences – long a hallmark of a Berry education – will be enhanced through gifts supporting Berry Student Enterprises and other high-level student work positions. New mentoring programs will help students maximize the opportunities afforded by their Berry experience.

Details about each campaign priority can be found at www.berry.edu/lifeready. The site also includes information about giving options alumni and friends can use to help make these projects a reality. Gifts of any size through June 2020 count toward the campaign total.

“We could not be where we are today without your support, and we will not achieve the goals of this campaign without your help going forward,” President Steve Briggs said in an email message to alumni. “We have the opportunity to have a profound impact on Berry and the lives of future students.”

Campaign launch.

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The Berry College Forensics Union has an impressive legacy of success at the state and national level, but senior Kim Treese (pictured) pushed the bar even higher in March by winning two events at the International Forensic Association Championship Tournament in Antwerp, Belgium. Treese, who journeyed to Belgium in the midst of her study-abroad experience in Spain, placed first in communication analysis and also won the “Tour of Antwerp” experimental event judged by the mayor of the host city. Read more.

Closer to home, Berry speakers shined in the 31st annual Novice National Forensic Tournament, finishing fifth overall in a field of 24 colleges and universities. Highlights for the host team included a 1-2 finish in readers’ theater and a runner-up showing in after-dinner speaking.

Other impressive achievements by Berry students this semester include a pair of Position Paper Awards at the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City, as well as a second-place finish among a number of much larger universities at the American Society of Animal Science Southern Section Academic Quadrathlon.

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Scholarships from the American Institute for Foreign Study and Spanish Studies Abroad have made it possible for students Brianna Gibson and Latanza McCarver to broaden their educational horizons through spring study abroad experiences in Perth, Australia, and Córdoba, Argentina. Joining Brianna at Perth’s Murdoch University was fellow animal science major Hibah Abuhamdieh, a recipient of the Murdoch University Sponsored Scholarship.

“Hibah and I are actually friends so we have hung out quite a few times since we got here,” noted Brianna (top left with kangaroo, far left in group photo, next to Hibah). “It’s been nice to have a familiar face when I’m on the opposite side of the world.”

Both students relished the opportunity to gain firsthand experience with Australia’s exotic wildlife as they work toward careers as veterinarians.

“It’s been great getting a different approach to science classes from an Australian perspective,” said Hibah (top right), a student of Palestinian heritage who was born in Virginia but has spent much of her life in Dubai. “In the future, I’m planning on traveling as a vet and being involved with different species of animals.”

Back in the Western Hemisphere, Latanza traveled to Argentina looking to deepen her knowledge of the Spanish language with an eye toward one day becoming an immigration attorney. The Honors Program participant was also excited to be able to set an example for her siblings, stating, “I have little sisters who look up to me, and I really want to show them that anything is possible.”

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