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Alumni WeekendIf it’s true that home is where the heart is, then participants in Alumni Weekend were no doubt humming Homeward Bound as they returned to campus May 17-19. Highlights this year included reunion events for the classes of 1954, 1959 and 1964; a dinner for the college class of 1961; Golden Guard induction for the academy and college reunion classes of 1969; and recognition of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award winners.

VIEW: Reunion Class and Event Photos

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARDS

  • Alexander “Whit” Whyte Whitaker IV (81C, FFS), Distinguished Achievement: Retired Navy captain and former Berry chief of staff now serving as president of King University
  • Rebekah “Bekah” Fortney Baxter (18C), Distinguished Service: Founder of Chosen Vessels, a nonprofit seeking to encourage, equip and empower leaders around the globe; she has served abroad in Ghana and Romania and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in intercultural studies at Asbury Theological Seminary
  • Timothy Brian Lusby (84C), Entrepreneurial Spirit: Army veteran with a 30-year track record of entrepreneurial success; most recently, he was one of three founders of JRL Energy and its wholly owned subsidiary, JRL Coal, which last fall was named Tri-County “Business of the Year” in Harlan, Ky.
  • Adam Douglas Newton (07C), Outstanding Young Alumni: Former Berry cross country and track captain who is now one of the youngest associate partners at Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting, his professional home for 11 years

OTHER NOTABLE HONOREESAlumni Weekend

  • Frances Richey (83A, 87C), Virginia R. Webb Service Award, Berry Alumni Association
  • Frank Campbell (posthumous), Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award, Berry High Schools/Berry Academy

CLASS RECOGNITION AND REUNION GIVING

  • 1969A – Reunion Cup (percentage attendance)
  • 1959C – Viking Cup (highest giving percentage)
  • 1964C – Ford Cup (total giving)
  • 1969A – Martha Cup (percentage increase in giving)

Total reunion giving exceeded $634,000.

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2016 Young Alumni Christmas PartyWe may be in the midst of the season of ghouls and goblins, but members of the Berry Alumni Association’s Young Alumni and Student Relations Committee are already humming Jingle Bells as they prepare for the second-annual Young Alumni Christmas Party. This treat for alumni who have graduated in the last five years will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Oak Hill. Last year’s inaugural event drew more than 100 alumni and friends for a night of festive holiday fun, and we’re looking forward to another big turnout.

This year’s celebration will feature a Scandinavian theme (perfect for a bunch of Vikings!) and the musical stylings of up-and-coming jazz vocalist and proud alumnus Greg Robbins (15C). There is no cost to attend. Simply RSVP by Dec. 1 at berry.edu/YAChristmas. Call 706-236-2256 or email alumni@berry.edu for more details.

Photo Gallery: 2016 Young Alumni Christmas Party

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Alumni Council in Pennies for Martha T-Shirts

CAPTION: Berry Alumni Association President Frances Richey (83A, 87C), kneeling, and other members of the Berry Alumni Council model their 2017 “Pennies for Martha” t-shirts.

As long as there has been a Mountain Day, Berry students have been dropping pennies into the basket at the foot of Lavender Mountain – first as a birthday gift to Martha Berry and more recently to support scholarships and student work. Last year, this longstanding tradition was extended to alumni and friends through the Pennies for Martha day-of-giving campaign, and more than 2,300 in-person and online gifts resulted.

With another Mountain Day just around the corner, we hope you’ll help us build on this new tradition by making a gift of any size between now and Oct. 7. Contribute online at berry.edu/pennies for martha or, even better, in person at Mountain Day. Anyone making a gift of $10 or more will be entered in a raffle for a Pennies for Martha t-shirt.

Whether you make a gift or not, we hope you’ll keep an eye on the Pennies for Martha website for news of a rumored “super fan” who could be making an appearance in the days ahead. If the stories are true … well, you’ll have to see it to believe it.

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Frances Richey

Frances Richey (83A, 87C) is beginning her second term as president of the Berry Alumni Association.

A familiar presence has assumed the mantle of leadership as president of the Berry Alumni Association, with Frances E. Richey (83A, 87C) returning to a role she previously held from 2008 to 2010. She succeeds Tim Goodwin (03C), who will continue service as immediate past president.

Also stepping into leadership positions are three new vice presidents and three appointed officers representing more than a half-century of Berry history. They include:

  • Julie Patrick Nunnelly (88C, 00G), vice president, alumni events
  • Samantha Knight Tuttle (11C), vice president, young alumni and student relations
  • The Rev. Valerie Loner (91C), vice president, Berry heritage
  • Clara Hall McRae (60C), chaplain
  • Robert Aiken (82A), parliamentarian
  • Dr. Jennifer Dickey (77A, 80C), historian

Continuing in service are Jonathan Purser (85C), vice president, financial support; Patricia Tutterow Jackson (82C), vice president, alumni awards; and Mandy Tidwell (93C), secretary.

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Audrey Morgan

Audrey Morgan

Todd Brooks

Todd Brooks

The visionary donor who helped spur development of the Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Program and the administrator who has led Berry’s athletic program during a period of tremendous growth have been granted honorary membership in the Berry Alumni Association. Audrey Morgan and Todd Brooks join an impressive list that includes former college presidents, beloved faculty members and other close Berry friends.

Morgan has committed more than $7.5 million to programs and facilities benefiting Berry students, including $1 million in matching funds to encourage support for a new campus theatre. She is a member of the Board of Visitors and a recipient of Berry’s honorary doctorate.

Brooks, meanwhile, has served two stints as athletic director, helping guide Berry’s transition to NCAA Division III and the Southern Athletic Association and assisting in the planning process for the Cage Center and Valhalla.

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Do you know someone who is worthy of recognition through the Berry Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Awards? If so, stop reading NOW and complete the online nomination form. The deadline for consideration is Oct. 31.

Nominations may be submitted in any of the following categories:

  • Distinguished Achievement
  • Distinguished Service
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit
  • Outstanding Young Alumni

Past winners

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The Berry Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Presented annually at Alumni Weekend, these special honors recognize the best of the best in Berry’s alumni community.

Awards are available in each of the following categories:

Distinguished Achievement
Distinguished Service
Entrepreneurial Spirit
Outstanding Young Alumni

If you know a friend or classmate who is worthy of such recognition, please take a few minutes to let us know by completing the online nomination form. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 31.

Visit the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame for names of past winners. The accompanying video showcases our 2015 recipients.

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Tim Goodwin

Tim Goodwin (03C)

Fred Tharpe

Fred Tharpe (68A)

Tim Goodwin (03C) has dreamed of serving on the Berry College Board of Trustees since his student days. Now the newly installed president of the Berry Alumni Association has that opportunity. He is one of five new trustees to join the board this year, among them fellow alumnus Fred Tharpe (68A), recently appointed chairman of the Berry College Board of Visitors. Others include nonprofit leader Roxanne Spillett, banking executive Brad Dinsmore and former Board of Visitors Chairman Pete Capponi. Look for more information on each new trustee in the fall issue of Berry magazine.

Like the Board of Trustees, the Board of Visitors also welcomed new members this spring. They are David Asbury (84C), John Beck (71C), John Coleman (04C) and Anne Berry Bonnyman.

Other alumni have joined Goodwin as newly elected and appointed officers for the Alumni Council. They include Dr. David Slade (97C, FS), vice president, Berry Heritage; the Rev. Valerie Loner (91C), chaplain; Patrick Ouzts (03C), parliamentarian; Mandy Tidwell (93C), secretary; Joseph Ragsdale (65C), Work Week coordinator; Nathan Butzen (03C), historian; Mary Chambers (14C), alumni experiential director; and Michael Williams (03C), strategic advisor.

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Honorary AlumniTwo beloved members of the Berry faculty have been granted honorary membership in the Berry Alumni Association. Provost Kathy Richardson and Dana Professor of Government Peter Lawler were recognized at the gala celebration held during Alumni Weekend. Richardson has served on the communication faculty since 1986; Lawler first came to Berry in 1979. Both have won the respect of countless alumni while earning acclaim as teachers and scholars during their distinguished careers.

Richardson recently made headlines as the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Lawler, meanwhile, is in the early stages of a two-year appointment to the Georgia State Advisory Committee for the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

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Tim Goodwin and FamilyJust 10 years removed from his days as a student, Tim Goodwin (03C) has been tapped to serve a two-year term as president of the Berry Alumni Association. He will succeed current president Harry Wise (57H) on July 1, 2014.

Tim, seen here with wife Maureen Trane Goodwin (03C) and the couple’s three children, is a successful financial advisor who owns his own business, Goodwin Investment Advisory. Involvement at Berry includes service on the Campbell School of Business Executive Advisory Council and as a coach for the entrepreneurship program. He is the 2007 recipient of Berry’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

Taking Tim’s place as vice president of financial support is T. Mack Brown (82C), the 1994 winner of Berry’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.

Alumni Association Executive Committee.

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Alumni Weekend is a memorable experience for all involved, but as the newest inductees in Berry’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, John W. Coleman (04C), Amy Moskovitz Williams (03C) and Thomas Ray Fewell (58C) found it truly unforgettable.

John, a published author who recently completed both his MBA and MPA from Harvard University, was honored with this year’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Amy, wife of 2010 Outstanding Young Alumnus Michael D. Williams (03C), claimed the Distinguished Service Award for her commitment to global volunteerism in the area of public health. Ray, meanwhile, took home the Distinguished Achievement Award in recognition of his considerable accomplishments as a physicist and innovator in radiation measurement. He is the seventh member of his college class to win a Distinguished Alumni Award (and the third to be honored for Distinguished Achievement). You can read more about this amazing class in the fall issue of Berry magazine.

John, Amy and Ray were recognized during a May 18 gala that also featured Golden Guard inductions for the high school and college classes of 1962. Representatives of those two classes, Bob Williams (62H) and Yoniece Miller (62C), had the special honor of presenting a combined gift of more than $3 million to Berry from the high school, academy and college classes that celebrated reunions during Alumni Weekend 2012 and Mountain Day 2011.

The Friday night gala set the stage for a full weekend of reunion activities attended by nearly 500 alumni and friends.

More coverage (including photo gallery).

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