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First-Year Service Day Downtown MuralPAINTING THE TOWN: Freshman George Alameddine works on one of the murals painted by Berry students during First-Year Service Day. Photo by student Matthew McConnell.

It didn’t take long for First-Year Seminar students taught by Professor of Mathematics Dr. Ron Taylor and Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Casey Dexter to make their mark on the local community, painting two beautiful murals along the river walk near the Robert Redden Footbridge in downtown Rome.

The students painted the murals as part of First-Year Service Day, an annual event engaging hundreds of Berry’s newest students in projects all across Rome and Floyd County. This year, students and faculty members contributed time and energy at more than 30 sites, with projects ranging from washing dogs and building a puppy gym at PAWS to clearing brush at historic Zuber Cemetery and hosting a singalong for residents at Brookdale Senior Living.

Emma Wells (16C), director of Keep Rome Beautiful, originally approached First-Year Experience Director Katherine Powell with the idea for the murals. Associate Professor of Art Brad Adams came up with the design, drawing inspiration from wildlife indigenous to the Rome area. He also provided instruction to the students, noting that the project was a great way for them to contribute to something bigger than themselves.

“It really does enhance the space, and it connects a lot of different communities,” Adams said. “It’s interesting how a little bit of acrylic paint can really change a space.”

More coverage: New Murals add to Rome’s expanding collection

Story by student Kendall Aronson; photo by student Matthew McConnell

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Tom Dasher and Mary Niedrach

Tom Dasher and Mary Niedrach, the 2018 winners of Berry’s Martindale Awards.

Mary Finley Niedrach (75A, 97G) and Dr. Tom Dasher are renowned by students and respected by colleagues, so it was fitting to see them recognized with Berry’s 2018 Martindale Awards of Distinction. These honors are presented annually to those who promote continuous improvement, implement innovative approaches to problem-solving and inspire others to extraordinary achievement. Both 2018 recipients are retiring this year, Niedrach after 25 years as a kindergarten teacher at Berry Elementary and Middle School, Dasher after 18 years as college provost and later department chair of English, rhetoric and writing. Read more.

Other faculty and staff members honored for excellence this spring include:

  • Dr. Ron Taylor, professor of mathematics, Vulcan Teaching Excellence Award
  • Dr. Casey Dexter, assistant professor of psychology, Dave and Lu Garrett Award for Meritorious Teaching
  • Dr. Lauren Heller, associate professor of economics, Mary S. and Samuel Poe Carden Award for outstanding teaching, scholarship and service to students and the college community
  • Dr. Tamie Jovanelly, associate professor of geology, Eleana M. Garrett Award for Meritorious Advising and Caring
  • Dr. Belinda Lady, lecturer in chemistry, SGA Faculty Member of the Year
  • Anna Sharpe, director of academic services, SGA Staff Member of the Year
  • Tom Harris, superintendent of beef operations, Rollins Center, John R. Bertrand Superior Student-Work Supervisor Award
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