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Ed Catmull in HackBerry Lab

Zane Cochran, clinical instructor of creative technologies, discusses a project with Ed Catmull during his visit to HackBerry Lab.

Berry’s 2019 Gloria Shatto Lecture took place just three days prior to the Academy Awards, so it was only fitting that the speaker was someone whose work is synonymous with Hollywood’s ultimate honor – Ed Catmull, Pixar co-founder and former president of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Addressing a near-capacity crowd of students and other guests gathered in the Cage Center arena, Catmull stressed the importance of fostering an environment where creativity can flourish. Ideas are fragile, he noted, and need proper care to grow.

“Everyone has the potential to be creative,” he said. “It is our job to unlock that potential.”

Catmull related that ideas often begin badly – even at Pixar – citing as an example the 2009 blockbuster Up, the original storyline for which was completely different from what wound up on screen. In fact, the only thing that survived the first rewrite was the name.

“Failure is a necessary consequence to trying something new,” he said. “Our goal is not to prevent mistakes but to fix them when they occur.”

While on campus, Catmull also took time to interact with students in HackBerry Lab, home to the college’s innovative creative technologies program.

This was the 10th Shatto Lecture, the endowment for which was funded by gifts to Berry’s Century Campaign to celebrate the life of the first woman to hold the title of college or university president in Georgia. Dr. Shatto served Berry with distinction from 1980 to 1998.

By student writer Kendall Aronson

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Bettyann O'NeillA 23-year career highlighted by the two most successful fundraising campaigns in Berry history will come to a close Dec. 31 when Bettyann O’Neill retires from her longtime position as vice president for advancement. O’Neill, who plans to marry and relocate to Florida, has led Berry’s fundraising and alumni engagement efforts since 1999, during which time alumni and friends have committed more than $235 million to advance Martha Berry’s vision and mission, including more than $65 million for student scholarships. Her work has helped lead to such notable campus additions as the McAllister Hall science center, Cage Center, new theatre, Valhalla stadium and Kilpatrick Commons.

“In the days and weeks ahead, we will determine how we will move forward to fill the void her departure will create,” President Steve Briggs said. “Her efforts to support the college’s most critical strategic initiatives have left an indelible mark on Berry’s firsthand educational experiences and have transformed the face of the campus physically.”

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Janisse RayWriter, activist and naturalist Janisse Ray will be the featured presenter for Berry’s inaugural Buzz and Barbara Mote McCoy Southern Women Writers Lecture, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the Berry College Chapel. Admission is free and open to the public.

A 2015 inductee into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, Ray is the author of five books of literary nonfiction and a collection of eco-poetry. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Montana and two honorary doctorates. She has served as a writer-in-residence at numerous institutions, and her translated work has been published in France and Turkey. Among her many honors are the Southern Booksellers Award for Poetry (2011), the Southeastern Booksellers Award for Nonfiction (1999) and an American Book Award (2000). Full bio.

Three days prior to Ray’s visit, on Feb. 20, Dana Professor of Biology Martin Cipollini will lead a two-hour guided hike of Berry’s Longleaf Pine Trail, discussing the history and scenery surrounding the types of trees featured in her writing. The hike, also free and open to the public, begins at 2 p.m. at the Longleaf trail head on Berry’s mountain campus. Parking at the trail head is limited, but overflow space is available at the Old Mill.

The new lecture series honors the generosity of Barbara Mote McCoy (61C) and her husband, Buzz. Mrs. McCoy holds an English degree from Berry and served with distinction as a member of the Executive Steering Committee for the college’s $100 million Century Campaign. Mr. McCoy is a nationally recognized writer and teacher of business ethics who has served as executive-in-residence for the graduate business schools at Stanford University and Notre Dame and as adjunct professor for the Pacific School of Religion, UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and the University of Southern California’s graduate real estate program. The retired Morgan Stanley executive has authored many works on the subjects of business ethics and real estate finance, including the Harvard Business Review classic, “The Parable of the Sadhu.”

Both are avid readers whose previous support of Berry’s Southern Women Writers Conference made this series possible.

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Doris Kearns GoodwinNoted presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will be the featured speaker for the 2015 Gloria Shatto Lecture. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former assistant to President Lyndon Johnson will address students and others in the Berry community at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in the Cage Center. Admission to the lecture is free, but tickets are required for entry. Call 706-236-2226 for details.

Goodwin’s impressive list of accomplishments includes six New York Times bestsellers and numerous awards for her writing. Her Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln inspired the award-winning film Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day Lewis. Her most recent book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, has been acquired for film rights by DreamWorks Studio and Spielberg. She is a familiar face on television news programs and has served as on-air consultant for several PBS documentaries.

Goodwin joins a long line of notable speakers who have visited Berry thanks to the Gloria Shatto Lectureship, which was funded through Berry’s Century Campaign to honor the memory of Georgia’s first female college president. Past speakers include commentator Cokie Roberts and political adversaries James Carville and Mary Matalin.

By Carey Blankenship, philanthropic communications student assistant

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