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Christy Snider

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Zach Sherwin

A longtime member of Berry’s history faculty and an innovative young alumnus found themselves in the spotlight this spring as recipients of the 2015 Martindale Awards of Distinction. These special awards were endowed by Susan Byrd Martindale (73C) and her husband, Larry, to reward faculty/staff members who promote continuous improvement, implement innovative approaches to problem solving and inspire others to extraordinary achievement.

In winning the Martindale Award for faculty, Associate Professor of History Christy Snider was praised for leading by example, encouraging students and bringing about positive changes to Berry’s history curriculum. Staff Martindale recipient Zach Sherwin (10C) was lauded as a behind-the-scenes innovator with an “unsurpassed sense of logic” who excels as assistant director of enterprise systems.

Other spring honorees included:

  • Dr. Christopher Diller, professor of English, rhetoric and writing, Vulcan Teach Excellence Award
  • Dr. Bob Frank, associate professor of communication, Eleana M. Garrett Award for Meritorious Advising and Caring
  • Dr. Sandy Meek, Dana professor of English, rhetoric and writing, Mary S. and Samuel Poe Carden Award
  • Dr. Chris Hall, associate professor of biology, Dave and Lu Garrett Award for Meritorious Teaching
  • Julie Bumpus, associate dean of students, Outstanding Staff Member (as selected by SGA)
  • Dr. Peter Yoder, visiting assistant professor of Christian studies, Outstanding Faculty Member (as selected by SGA)
  • Starr Boylan (93C), senior admissions counselor, John R. Bertrand Superior Student Work Supervisor Award

Additionally, Frank and Bumpus joined fellow retirees Jere Lykins and Harry Musselwhite in being granted emeritus recognition by the Berry College Board of Trustees.

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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.

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By Carey Blankenship, philanthropic communications student assistant

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