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What do you get when you mix a gorgeous fall weekend, a steady diet of tradition-rich events, a fantastic finish on the football field and a fireworks display worthy of July 4th? Why, it’s the perfect Mountain Day!

The 100th anniversary of Berry’s one-of-a-kind homecoming celebration exceeded expectations in every way. A stormy forecast threatened to force Friday’s Mountain Day Olympics indoors, but then the skies cleared and a glorious weekend dawned. Saturday got off to an early start with a convocation speech by Board of Visitors member Billy Blanchard (93C) and the new reunion brunch, which drew 330 to the Ford Reflecting Pools. From there, it was on to the Mountain Campus, where 7,500 students, alumni, parents and friends gathered for the annual picnic and Grand March, which this year took place to the strains of a new Mountain Day March composed by longtime faculty member Dr. Stan Pethel.

Victory ScoreboardLater that evening, 4,200 fans at Rome’s Barron Stadium celebrated as Berry’s second-year football team claimed its first-ever varsity win. Students and other Viking supporters poured onto the field after Dale Jackson’s 25-yard pass to Josh Bullock won the overtime thriller. The victory was followed by a spectacular fireworks display. The night ended with a festive crowd of approximately 2,500 filling the Clara Bowl for the 10th annual Marthapalooza student carnival.

Bonny Harper (13C) captured the spirit of Mountain Day in her column for the Barrow County News. As she expressed, “it is truly a pleasure to return and watch the current students taking part in such a time-honored tradition and experiencing the same joy I did.” To that, we can only say amen!

Special thanks to all those who made a gift to the 1914 Challenge in honor of Martha’s birthday. The students set a goal of 1,914 gifts to commemorate the very first Mountain Day; we wound up with 2,014. Great job everybody!

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MLK Day of Service

Berry students contribute their time and energy during the MLK Day of Service. Photo by student Blake Childers.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” Approximately 100 members of the Berry community answered that question Jan. 20 by taking part in the official launch for “100 for our 100th,” a yearlong service initiative leading up to the 2014 Mountain Day centennial. Throughout the year, students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to perform acts of service tied to the number 100. It could be 100 hours of service to a particular cause, 100 cans of food for a homeless shelter or 100 toys for the needy. Participants in the MLK Day of Service got their 100 started by assisting a variety of community organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Rome Action Ministries, Angel Express and the Golden Living Center.

“It was thrilling to see Berry students, faculty and staff not only serve in memory of a great man, but also bring some energy to this exciting new venture,” said Sydney Hulebak, student director of Berry College Volunteer Services.

Keep an eye on the alumni relations website and future issues of the Alumni Accent for more details on how you can take part. More coverage.

Story by Philanthropic Communications Student Supervisor Casey Cox.

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