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Julie Bumpus and Alexi Bell

PEOPLE WHO MAKE A DIFFERENCE: Above, student Alexi Bell interviews Associate Dean of Students Emeritus Julie Bumpus during this year’s Scholarship Night program. Below, senior Danielle Bowling, left, poses with her mentor, Director of Student Activities Cecily Crow (94C), during Always Berry Week. Photos by students Matthew McConnell and Bailey Albertson.

Always Berry Week

What does it mean to be “Always Berry?”

That question inspired a series of videos produced this spring in which alumni of all ages (and President Briggs!) have reflected on the things that make Berry special. Hopefully, you’ve seen and enjoyed these videos in your inbox or on social media. If not, click here to see what we’re talking about.

Earlier this month, students joined the conversation as part of a week-long campus celebration known as “Always Berry Week.” The alumni engagement office hosted the event in partnership with Athletes Bettering the Community, the Student Government Association, Krannert Center Activities Board, Berry resident assistants and the Student Philanthropy team. Together, they provided students with the opportunity to honor their Berry mentors while simultaneously supporting the Save a Student Scholarship. More than 400 students, faculty and staff took part, filling a display in Krannert Center with Polaroid selfies honoring the people at Berry who have made a difference in their lives.

The week concluded with Berry’s annual Scholarship Night celebration pairing donors with their scholarship recipients in the Cage Center. More than 100 student volunteers welcomed participants by lining the drive as candleholders, honoring a tradition that dates back to the “Berry Pilgrims” of Martha Berry’s day. Students Mahmood Abdellatif and Alexi Bell acted as hosts for the program, which was planned by students and featured remarks by a number of donors and scholarship recipients in attendance.

Always Berry Week is over now, but there is more fun yet to come. Click here to learn more about what it means to be “Always Berry,” and keep an eye out later this week for a new video featuring an unforgettable rendition of Berry’s Alma Mater that you don’t want to miss.

By Jennifer Wright

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Olympic Youth Camp“We can’t have the world at our doorstep and not bring them here!”

That sentiment – first expressed by then-Dean of Students Tom Carver – served as the inspiration for the 1996 Olympic Youth Camp, which 20 years ago this summer brought the world to Berry for two unforgettable weeks. The camp – with roots dating back to the 1912 Olympics – welcomed 456 participants from 155 different countries to the Berry campus, which served as an official non-competitive venue for the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Cecily Crow Carries the Torch“Some participants were Junior Olympians; others were the children of prime ministers and kings.” recalled Director of Student Activities Cecily Crow (94C), a camp volunteer who also had the opportunity to participate in the official torch relay for the Centennial Games, bearing the famous flame through Berry on its way to the Opening Ceremonies in Atlanta. “I remember in one case a camper from a small country in Africa won a foot race, and that’s how he got to attend. For a few weeks in July of 1996, the Berry campus was truly a melting pot of the world.”

As the 2016 Olympics opened in Rio, four-time Greek Olympian and 1996 Youth Camp participant Periklís Iakovákis shared his recollections via Twitter. For Carver, who worked with then-President Gloria Shatto to bring the camp to Berry, the memories are equally vivid.

“In my mind’s eye, I see an indelible picture of 150 flags from around the world with ‘Old Glory’ waving in front, leading the way to the largest campus in the world,” he described. “It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my time at Berry.”

If you’d like to learn more about this unique event in Berry history, stop by Memorial Library this fall and check out “Olympic Youth Camp: A Cultural Exchange,” currently on display in the Berry Archives. Hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

By Katherine Edmonds, philanthropic communications student writer

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Cecily Crow

Beth Collins Earnst

Beth Collins Earnst

In 2013, Beth Collins Earnst (93C) won well-deserved acclaim as the winner of Berry’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Now she can add another distinction to her resume – Alumni Accent trivia champion! She recalled correctly that it was Cecily Crow (94C) who bore the Olympic flame through the Berry campus on its way to Atlanta in 1996. We’ll include more on Berry’s Olympic legacy in a future issue. In the meantime, scroll to the blog footer for this month’s question about a famous Berry landmark. (HINT: Many of you have celebrated a major life event inside its walls.) Share your answers on social media using the hashtag #berrycollegetrivia.

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Dr. Ron TaylorStudents who have passed through the mathematics department in recent years can tell you many things about Dr. Ron Taylor. Some will no doubt reference his “paper-throwing” ability in the physics lounge; others might laud his ability to build towering structures out of what look like Tinker Toys. All will describe a man who is both a national leader in the area of interactive learning and a committed classroom instructor. These qualities made Ron a natural choice for two of Berry’s most prestigious honors this spring, the Martindale Award of Distinction for Faculty and the Dave and Lu Garrett Award for Meritorious Teaching.

Numerous other members of the Berry community also received notable distinctions this spring (some of which were covered in the April issue of the Alumni Accent). It’s impossible to share all the names here, but we do want to hit some of the highlights:

• Becky McLarty, Martindale Award of Distinction for Staff
• Dr. Frank Stephenson, Mary S. and Samuel Poe Carden Award for Outstanding Teaching, Scholarship and Service
Cecily Crow (94C), John R. Bertrand Superior (Student) Work Supervisor Award
• Dan T. Cathy and Terry A. Graham, Honorary Alumni

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