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Ford BuildingsJessica Clay Smith (00C) is the winner of our latest Alumni Accent trivia challenge, correctly noting that the architect chosen by Henry Ford to design the iconic buildings that now bear his name was Harry Carlson of Boston, Mass. Carlson, who also designed the Berry College Chapel, produced three sets of plans for the Ford Buildings before the famed industrialist was satisfied.

For our last question of 2016, we draw inspiration from a recent newspaper profile of Dr. Peter Lawler written by Michelle Williamson Wilson (93C). Scroll to the blog footer for a question testing your knowledge of one of Berry’s most legendary faculty members. Earn a shout-out in our next issue by being the first to share your answer on social media using the hashtag #berrycollegetrivia.


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Berry College ChapelSince the earliest years of Berry’s existence, the college chapel has been a focal point of campus life, hosting religious services, notable speakers and countless weddings. On Sunday, Sept. 18, alumni and friends are invited to a special celebration marking the 100th anniversary of this Berry icon, which was constructed by students in 1915. The centennial service begins at 5 p.m. and will feature the voices of Berry’s combined choirs as well as remarks by the Rev. Fleming Rutledge. Admission is free.

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Berry Magazine CoverBeth Collins Earnst (93C) has done it again, winning her second consecutive Alumni Accent trivia challenge by correctly tweeting that the Berry College Chapel is the famous campus landmark celebrating its centennial in 2016.

For this month’s challenge, we take inspiration from the newest issue of Berry magazine. Scroll to the blog footer for two questions about former Fortune 500 CEO and current Berry Board of Trustees Chair Barry Griswell (71C), pictured at left with wife Michele Irwin Griswell (70C). Share your answers on social media using the hashtag #berrycollegetrivia to earn a shout-out in our next issue.

HINT: The answers to both questions can be found in the story, accessible by clicking the adjacent cover image.

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Fall GraduatesThe Berry alumni family welcomed approximately 60 new members at fall commencement. Speakers included Tyler Julian (14C), a double major in management and marketing, and Dr. Bob Frank, assistant professor and longtime chair in the Department of Communication.

Bob FrankFrank, who will be retiring after spring semester, delivered an entertaining and inspiring message to the graduates. With characteristic wit, he focused on those things he’d like them to forget, as well as one very important thing he hopes they will remember.

“I do want you to forget about the lesser worries in life immediately in front of you,” he implored. “I do want you to forget about racing to the pinnacle of success in your life, and I do want you to forget about your major determining your future. All that I ask you today is that you not forget that, at Berry, you got one of the best educations a college graduate could ever want, and I hope you … make the most of it.”

This was Berry’s last December commencement, as fewer students are opting for a fall graduation.

Additional coverage.

View the ceremony.

By Carey Blankenship, philanthropic communications student assistant

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Frost ChapelAnother month, another record response to the Alumni Accent poll! The February poll question – Which campus landmark would you most like to see blanketed in snow? – drew 115 responses, besting the previous record of 108 set in December. Frost Chapel finished with 30% of the vote to edge out the Ford Buildings (28%) for favorite snowy landmark. The Old Mill (25%) was a close third, followed by the House o’ Dreams (8%), Berry College Chapel (5%), Barnwell Chapel (2%) and the Normandy Complex (2%).

Since we’ve had not one but two snowfalls at Berry over the last seven weeks, we’re happy to share this picture of the winner taken by student Mary Claire Stewart during the Jan. 28 storm. The source of the photo (Berry’s Facebook page) also provides a perfect segue into this month’s question. Scroll to the blog footer to participate.

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M. Gordon Keown (far left), Henry Ford and Martha Berry participate in a worship service in the Berry College Chapel during the mid 1930s.

Mount Berry Church will commemorate 100 years of worship, prayer, Bible study and fellowship during a special service Sunday, Feb. 19. If you are one of the countless alumni whose lives have been enriched through participation in Berry’s on-campus congregation, we hope you will make plans to join us for the 7 p.m. service in the Berry College Chapel. The celebration will feature remarks by Dr. Will Willimon, as well as a historical display and time for fellowship. For more details, contact Jonathan Huggins, interim chaplain and pastor, at jhuggins@berry.edu or 706-378-2878.

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