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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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Kathy and Randy RichardsonProvost Kathy Brittain Richardson will be leaving Berry at the end of the current academic year to take on a new challenge as president of Westminster College in Pennsylvania. She is the first woman to be named president of Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college that has been ranked among the “Top 25 Best Colleges in the Northeast.”

A beloved member of the communication faculty since 1986, Richardson has been honored with Berry’s top awards for teaching, scholarship and service. In addition to her work in the classroom, she also distinguished herself as associate provost and dean of academic services (1999-2007) and interim provost (2007-08) before assuming her current role as chief academic officer in 2013.

“We will always know Dr. Richardson as a colleague who fully embraced Berry’s commitment to an education of the head, heart and hands,” said Berry President Steve Briggs. “She has poured herself into the fabric of our community and has worked tenaciously to make Berry better.”

Joining her at Westminster will be husband and colleague Dr. Randy Richardson, another beloved member of the communication faculty who is legendary for his work with the Berry forensics program. Under his leadership, Berry has won 20 consecutive state forensic championships and numerous national honors. He is a past recipient of the National Forensic Association’s Distinguished Service Award.

Berry officials will conduct a nationwide search for a new provost. Dr. Andy Bressette, currently associate provost, has accepted an interim appointment for 2016-17.

If you’d like to honor these amazing faculty members for their many years of service to Berry, please consider an online gift to the “Kathy Brittain Richardson Faculty and Staff Leadership Fund” or the “Randy Richardson Forensics Union Fund.” The former will support a variety of activities within the Faculty and Staff Leadership Academy, a future initiative of the Berry College Integrity in Leadership Center. The latter helps fund the activities of the Berry College Forensics Union. Contact Fred Mercer at 706-290-2164 or fmercer@berry.edu for more details.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Westminster to get first look at new president

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John ColemanJohn Coleman (04C) knows a little something about public speaking, so it should come as no surprise that the former Berry national champion recently shared his expertise on the subject in two blog posts for the Harvard Business Review. In addition to being a regular contributor for HBR.org, Coleman serves as head of strategy for Invesco Ltd. and is a recent appointee to the Berry College Board of Visitors. The 2012 winner of Berry’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award holds both an MBA and MPA from Harvard and is the author of two books, Passion and Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders and How to Argue Like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History’s Greatest Communicator. Follow him on Twitter at @Johnwcoleman. (Photo by Tony Deifel.)

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Student Work Award

Mary Chambers (right) with Yvonne Williams, coordinator of student employment at Furman University and representative of the Southern Association of Student Employment Administrators.

Senior Mary Chambers has made quite a name for herself in Berry’s Work Experience Program, building a reputation for excellence as director of the award-winning student team providing accounting, marketing and project management services for the college’s growing number of on-campus student-operated enterprises. This spring, she was named regional Student Worker of the Year by the Southern Association of Student Employment Administrators, an organization stretching from Texas to Virginia. The former intern at The Broadmoor – a Five-Star, Five-Diamond resort in Colorado – is the first Berry student to be so recognized. As a regional winner, she will now be considered for national honors. Next up for the soon-to-be graduate is a position in corporate marketing at Chick-fil-A.

Chambers’ award is one of many notable distinctions earned by Berry students in recent months. These include a second-place national finish for the novice forensics team (and an individual championship for sophomore Carson Kay), two national awards for the Cabin Log yearbook and an Area 9 Outstanding Chapter Award for Berry’s Peer Educators. Representatives of the college’s Model U.N. team turned in stellar work representing Lithuania at the national conference in New York, while, closer to home, English majors Casey Cox and Jacob Collum won acclaim as finalists in Agnes Scott College’s 43rd Annual Writers’ Festival.

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Senior Josy Roman and Dr. Eric McDowell have once again struck gold with a video collaboration, winning a second-place national award in the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts for The Calculus Priority Dispute. This is the second consecutive year that McDowell and Roman have placed second in the “Two-Year/Small College Video Production” category. This time they were joined by senior Michael Baldvins, who assisted Roman in producing and creating the animation. Both students work for Viking Fusion, a co-curricular multimedia website based in and managed by the communication department.

In other recent news, the Berry College Forensics Union continued its dominance of the Georgia Intercollegiate Forensic Association, winning nine of 11 events en route to its 20th consecutive state tournament championship. Highlights included the 1-2 finish of junior Nicole Wilson and freshman Logan Ramsey in persuasive speaking. Their reward is a trip to James Madison University in April as Georgia’s representatives in the 145th Interstate Oratory Contest.

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