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Chris Watters (89C)

Chris Watters (89C)

Spring has been a season of mixed emotions for Berry’s alumni staff, with the departure of one longtime servant and the arrival of another.

Chris Watters (89C) ended her six-year tenure as alumni relations director in March, moving to Pennsylvania with husband Mark (83C) and daughter Kristyn to take on a new challenge as senior associate director of alumni relations for on-campus programs at Bucknell University. Though excited by the opportunity to pursue her career goal of becoming a published researcher in the field of alumni relations, Watters voiced confidence in the organization she leaves behind and issued a charge for other alumni to continue the work of building connections that will keep Berry strong, just as she plans to do.

“I am forever grateful for the opportunity I had over the past 6.5 years to serve my Berry family,” Watters said. “My fellow alumni, I treasure the relationships and partnerships built during those years. I appreciate you and thank you for all you do. Even though I have chosen to follow a career opportunity that leads me away from Berry, rest assured Berry is always in my heart.”

Jennifer Schaknowski

Jennifer Schaknowski

As one chapter closes, another opens with the April arrival of Jennifer Schaknowski in the role of alumni development director, a position previously held on a part-time basis by Dr. Jackie McDowell, dean of Berry’s Charter School of Education and Human Sciences. The Rome resident brings an impressive mix of enthusiasm and experience to her position that will help her achieve the goal of taking alumni connectivity to even higher levels. Before arriving at Berry, Schaknowski distinguished herself as a brand and communications leader for Cox Communications and as owner of her own marketing company. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Alma College.

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Save the Date for Mountain DayJust in time for the “dog days” of summer, the Alumni Accent poll is back! Before getting to this month’s question, let’s take a look back at the June poll, which sought insight from alumni who were unable to attend Alumni Weekend, Alumni Work Week or Young Alumni Weekend. Forty-eight percent of all respondents indicated that a scheduling conflict kept them away. Another 34 percent cited personal or family obligations. All are good reasons, so we’ll let you off the hook – this time (but we’d better see you next year!).

This month’s question flashes ahead to the next big highlight on the alumni calendar – Mountain Day! Scroll to the bottom of the page to weigh in on your favorite tradition. Once you’ve finished, click here to see what we have on tap for 2012!

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As our regular readers will undoubtedly note, there is something different about this issue of the Alumni Accent. Just in time for the holidays, we’re excited to unveil a new design for Berry’s alumni e-newsletter.

The new template is designed to make it easier than ever for you to interact with friends and classmates at Berry. In addition to the news content you’ve come to expect, the Accent now provides a one-stop platform for those wishing to access our new online community, AlumniConnect, as well as Berry pages on social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. The newly designed email template also includes links to calendar items and other content.

News stories are now published in a separate blog accessible by clicking Alumni Accent News in your email. Headlines are also hyperlinked, allowing you to access stories individually if you prefer. Each story is accompanied by a series of “tags” that will prove useful in the future by making it possible to quickly search the Accent blog for all instances in which a particular tag has appeared.

As you browse this issue, please take a moment to register your opinion about the new design by voting in our interactive poll (located in the blog footer). If there are specific enhancements you would like to see (comments, for example, or the ability to share stories via social media), we would love to hear from you. Simply email Chris Watters (89C), alumni relations director, with your suggestions. This is your e-newsletter, after all, and we want to know what you think!

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