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The rhythmic beat of the Viking Drumline provided the perfect soundtrack as students, faculty, staff, board members, project donors and special guests celebrated the Oct. 17 groundbreaking for Valhalla, including Williams Field, Clark Track and Dickey Field.

“What a great day it is for Berry College,” said President Steve Briggs, addressing the large crowd gathered at the construction site just south of the Cage Center. “It’s an important milestone in our ongoing effort to enhance this amazing campus and to create places of opportunity for students, for our friends and for our community. And like the Cage Center behind us, Valhalla will provide a major venue for recreation, excitement, achievement, participation and just plain fun.”

Taking up shovels were Steve Cage (74C), the Berry trustee whose 2012 lead gift initiated fundraising for Valhalla; Bob (62H) and Kay Williams, whose generosity paved the way for the naming of the stadium field; alumni trustees Bert Clark (82C) and Roger Lusby (79C), who led the successful Clark Track Challenge, and Bert’s wife, Cathy; Dr. Ouida Dickey (50C, FFS), who has joined daughters Jennifer (77A, 80C) and Angela (75A, 79C) in making a challenge gift to name the track and field throws area for the late Garland M. Dickey (42C); Steve and Michelle Tart, football parents and project supporters; Randy Berry and Barry Griswell (71C), trustees and LifeReady Campaign co-chairs, and Barry’s wife Michele (70C), all major donors to the project; and Board of Trustees Chair Karen Holley Horrell (74C), another major contributor to the fundraising effort to build the stadium.

Steve CageIn his remarks, Cage (pictured) noted that Valhalla is “a collaboration of hard work, trust and leadership with the Board of Trustees, Dr. Briggs, faculty and staff, students and donors.” He offered special praise to the Berry president, dedicating the new stadium in his honor, and thanked all those who had made gifts to the project. Groundbreaking coverage.

Christened  “a place for us” by SGA President Paton Roden, Valhalla will provide a new home for Berry’s football and men’s and women’s lacrosse teams when completed in 2015. The stadium and adjacent Dickey Field will also make possible the spring 2016 resumption of full competition in men’s and women’s track and field, in addition to hosting intramural competitions and other large outdoor events. Berry’s service entrance will be closed until construction is completed.

Fundraising for Valhalla is now entering its final phase. Gifts to the project can be made online. If you’d like to double your giving power, make your commitment through the Dickey Field Challenge.

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Remarks from Trustee Bert Clark (82C) and a musical tribute performed by Kyler Post (10C) and Kali McMillian (12C) highlighted Berry’s 12th annual Scholarship Night celebration. This special event honors the donors who keep the dream of a Berry education burning brightly for so many students. This year’s gathering drew a crowd of more than 300 alumni and friends, faculty/staff members and students to Krannert Center’s Spruill Ballroom. Those in attendance were treated to a thank you video produced by Berry’s Firsthand4You program and student presentations by Julia Kolodziej and Dana Wenger, both of whom enjoyed life-changing experiences abroad thanks to the Bert and Cathy Clark Endowed Study Abroad Scholarship. You can read about Dana’s journey to Italy in the Spring 2013 issue of Berry magazine.

Scholarship Night coverage.

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Stadium Donors

From left, Roger Lusby, Steve Cage, Victor the Viking and Bert Clark.

Berry’s planned stadium for football, track and field, and lacrosse got a significant boost – and a name – when Trustee Steve Cage (74C) pledged $2.5 million to start fundraising for the facility and christened it “Valhalla” after the Great Hall of Viking warriors in Norse mythology.

Cage was the major benefactor of the Steven J. Cage Athletic and Recreation Center and also funded four full-tuition scholarships for students in the Campbell School of Business.

Two other loyal Berry supporters, Trustees Bert Clark (82C) and Roger Lusby (79C), are focusing their philanthropic efforts on the Viking blue-tinted track that will circle the new stadium’s field, combining their commitments to create a matching fund (dollar-for-dollar) for all future gifts to “Clark Track.”

The proposed stadium structure will feature seating for 1,200 fans, concessions, game-day and track-and-field locker rooms, and state-of-the-art viewing and press boxes. It will be enhanced by a grassy picnic-style terraced seating area on the opposite sideline. The project also includes the renovation of Richards Gym into a field house with weight room, nearby practice field, and locker rooms for football, lacrosse and tennis, along with associated athletic offices.

“Valhalla will be a gathering place to cheer on our student-athletes, and it will help increase the vibrancy on campus as well,” Cage said. “The Cage Center helped transform the campus by providing recreational and educational opportunities. I look forward to the creation of a festive and spirited atmosphere surrounding football, lacrosse, track and field, and intramurals.”

If you wish to support the stadium project or take advantage of the matching funds available for gifts to the track, please visit our online giving site (be sure to select “Valhalla” or “Clark Track” from the gift designation drop-down menu).

The Krannert Center food court currently referred to as Valhalla will be renamed by students in the coming months.

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