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A turn of the shovel signaled a new era for Berry’s fine arts program as ground was broken Sept. 27 for a new campus theatre adjacent to Blackstone Hall. Adding to the excitement was news of a surprise $1 million gift from the foundation of project champion Audrey Morgan’s late sister, Dr. M. Bobbie Bailey.

“Over the years I’ve volunteered and supported a lot of great causes, and standing right by my side and supporting me in all of my endeavors was my sister and business partner, Bobbie Bailey,” said Morgan, an honorary Berry alumna and member of the Board of Visitors. “The Berry project was no different.”

Thanks to the Bailey Foundation gift, fundraising for the new theatre and associated improvements to Blackstone has now exceeded $6 million, leaving the project just $600,000 short of completion. Morgan played a key role in that success with her fall 2015 challenge gift of $1 million, which was contingent on construction beginning in 2016.

“This is not a ‘build it and hope they will come’ project, because they are already here,” Morgan said, praising the quality of the students, faculty and staff in the Berry College Theatre Company. “They deserve a first-class facility.”

Construction of the 250-seat theatre is expected to be completed in time for the 2017-18 academic year. Click here to help complete funding for the project.

Additional Coverage: Around Berry Photo Gallery, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Jeff JahnJeff Jahn (07C) has done it again, earning recognition as a finalist for the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Small Business Person of the Year in the “experienced entrepreneur” category for his success as founder and “chief nerd” for DynamiX Web Design in Kennesaw, Ga.  This comes on the heels of many other national and international honors for the business.

“My team and clients truly make work rewarding, and I am so fortunate they allow me to do what I love every day,” said Jahn, the 2015 recipient of Berry’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. “I am humbled to be recognized with other great business leaders in the Atlanta business community.”

Jahn recently shared his entrepreneurial insight in an article published by Inc. Magazine. Read it here.

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Old MillBerry’s reputation for campus beauty received further affirmation this summer with a No. 2 national ranking on Great Value Colleges’  list of “30 Great Small Colleges for Nature Lovers.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle and Chattanooga Times-Free Press were among those sharing news of this latest distinction, which highlighted outdoor recreation on Berry’s 27,000-acre campus as well as learning and research opportunities for students and faculty.

Berry was one of only two institutions in the Southeast to make the top 10, joining Sewanee: The University of the South (which checked in at No. 4). Topping the list was California’s Humboldt State University.

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Who's Who in Education

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Berry President Steve Briggs and Georgia State School Superintendent John D. Barge (88C) found themselves listed alongside other “key leaders of metro Atlanta and Georgia educational institutions and programs” in the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2012 guide to Who’s Who in Education. According to the editors, this special edition offers “a look at some of the top leaders in the education field – from those vested with government responsibility for our education system to the leaders of public and private primary and secondary schools, and the heads of our top colleges and universities.”

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