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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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The Berry Alumni Association welcomed a new crop of members at December’s fall commencement ceremony, and Board of Trustees Chair Karen Holley Horrell (74C) was among those on hand to help send Berry’s newest graduates out into the world.

In her remarks, Karen spoke of the gifts – both expected and unexpected – that a college experience can provide. As an example, she cited the late Steve Jobs, who never finished college but spoke passionately about the appreciation a calligraphy course inspired for the grace and beauty of fonts and how that experience contributed to the design of the many Apple devices that now populate our society.

A total of 120 graduates received bachelor’s, master’s or educational specialist degrees during the ceremony, among them Sarah Bridenbaugh (11C), an animal science major who recently interned at the Georgia Aquarium and is now in the Bahamas conducting research as part of a shark lab. Click here to read her story. More commencement coverage.

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Senior animal science major Jenny Smolek traveled to San Francisco in early December as one of 12 finalists in Project Green Challenge, a nationwide sustainability contest. Approximately 2,600 college and high school students took part in the competition, which offered participants the opportunity to earn points by completing a “green” challenge each day during the month of October. Jenny joined finalists from Johns Hopkins University, Indiana University and other colleges and secondary schools at the two-day eco-summit that climaxed the competition.

“It was amazing!” Jenny said. “We heard informative and inspirational speeches from various eco-heroes. We were also able to collaborate with them to develop programs that we can implement on our campuses and [at] other schools nationwide.”

This academic year, Jenny is one of 14 Berry students taking part in a unique experiment in green living – the Berry Environmental Living and Learning (BELL) House. The pilot program provides students with the opportunity to live together in an environmentally responsible manner while also promoting sustainability through outreach efforts across campus. More coverage.

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