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Kevin Kleine has spent the last 30 years losing sleep as Berry’s student publications adviser. Now his work with the Campus Carrier, Ramifications, Valkyrie and Cabin Log has earned him national acclaim as a “Distinguished Adviser” by the College Media Association. He received his award at the CMA national convention in October.

Kleine’s achievements can be measured in awards won and careers inspired. Grateful alumni flocked to a special Mountain Day reception in his honor. Many also supported a successful crowdfunding effort to raise $5,000 in seed funding for a study abroad scholarship that will bear his name.

“Kevin always made us feel like we were part of a family,” said Randee Walters-Paraskevopoulos (92C), a former Campus Carrier editor who flew in from Texas to attend the Mountain Day reception. “More than a teacher, Kevin was a mentor, a friend and a big brother. He brought the Carrier staff together and made it so we could depend on each other in all things.”

Under Kleine’s direction, Berry’s student publications have earned recognition from such notable organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the College Media Association and the Georgia College Press Association. Previous honors for him include two Presidential Citations for Service from College Media Advisers, Inc., and the 2008 Eleana M. Garrett Award for Meritorious Advising and Caring, one of Berry’s most notable honors.

“Week after week, he saved us from our own inexperience with his seasoned advice and somehow turned any mishaps into learning opportunities for us,” praised another former Carrier editor, Bonny Harper Dixon (13C).

Gifts to the Kevin Kleine Study Abroad Scholarship are still being accepted with the eventual goal of raising $25,000 to permanently endow the award. Click here if you wish to honor Kleine with a gift.

By student writer Kendall Aronson

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Chris Mowry sets up a trail camera on the Berry campus.

Chris Mowry sets up a trail camera on the Berry campus.

January brought national recognition for one faculty member in Berry’s School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences and notable media attention for another.

Professor Ron Taylor is a 2018 recipient of the nation’s top prize in college mathematics education, the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. Presented annually by the Mathematical Association of America, the award honors those “who have been widely recognized as extraordinarily successful and whose teaching effectiveness has been shown to have influence beyond their own institutions.”

“On the list of people who have won are some very famous people in the mathematical community, lots of whom I look up to as mentors,” Taylor marveled in a Campus Carrier story. “It’s just amazing that I’m on the list with them.”

Taylor is one of three honorees this year, joining fellow recipients from the University of Northern Colorado and Lafayette College. You can see an example of his innovative teaching methods by watching the video above.

While Taylor is making his mark in the world of mathematics, Associate Professor of Biology Chris Mowry is once again in the media spotlight thanks to his work with the Atlanta Coyote Project, this time turning up in the pages of Atlanta Magazine. Click here to read more.

By student writer Kendall Aronson

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Viking Fusion HomepageViking Fusion continues to excel in regional and national competition, recently claiming the title of “Best Independent Online Student Publication” in the Society of Professional Journalists’ regional Mark of Excellence Awards. This was one of six distinctions claimed by Viking Fusion and the Campus Carrier newspaper in this year’s contest. Read more.

Viking Fusion also made its presence felt in the the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences regional Student Production Awards, earning three wins and nine honorable mentions. Read more.

Click the graphic at left to visit the Viking Fusion homepage and sample some of the award-winning content.

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Letters to SalaSenior Benson Phinazee’s scenic design work on the set of the Berry College Theatre Company’s fall production of Letters to Sala (pictured) has earned him the opportunity to participate in an intensive two-week program at the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas this summer. The all-expenses paid trip is part of a regional design and technology award presented by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

Berry speakers continued their dominance of the Georgia Intercollegiate Forensic Association state tournament by claiming top honors for the 19th consecutive year. Berry students won an impressive 40 awards in the competition, including a 1-2 finish in persuasive speaking by senior Alexandria Wisner and sophomore Nicole Wilson, both of whom will compete for national honors in the prestigious Interstate Oratory Contest later this spring.

Senior Sydney Kelly scored a third-place award for Best Review in the Georgia College Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. Her individual honor was one of seven awards claimed by the Campus Carrier in this year’s contest.

Berry baseball alumnus John Burnett (10C) recently sang in the chorus for The Atlanta Opera’s production of La Traviata. Later this spring, he will lend his voice to another production, The Italian Girl in Algiers.

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Students are often suspicious of anything that hints of marketing or “spin” (admit it, you are too), so we were thrilled to see Campus Carrier News Editor Kelly Dickerson sing the praises of Berry’s “firsthand” brand. Her editorial was inspired by visiting environmental journalist Mark Harris, whose remark – “Kelly, if you and I were competing for a job as a reporter, you would be hired because you’ve had firsthand experience with videography and web design” – proved to be an epiphany for the young writer.

“I really have learned how to do a lot of things firsthand,” Dickerson wrote. “For my communications major I’ve had the opportunity to learn about and work with many media platforms and for my biology major I’ve had the opportunity to conduct experiments in a real lab setting and learned how to use several different kinds of lab equipment. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that Berry really does have an appropriate catchphrase.”

Read the editorial.

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