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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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Morgan Hall Jewel Box

A deer pauses in front of the Morgan Hall “jewel box.” Scenes such as this have made Berry a “go-to” for writers and editors wishing to showcase the most beautiful colleges nationally and around the world.

Berry once again has earned high marks from The Princeton Review, with campus beauty, academic rigor and a strong sense of community all contributing to the college’s inclusion in a new book highlighting The Best 382 Colleges. Only 15 percent of all four-year colleges nationally (along with two outside the United States) are featured in this year’s publication.

Remarks about Berry included: “All in all, students find Berry to be ‘a community that is committed to developing the minds, hearts and hands of students through impeccable faculty with a passion for learning … [and] incredible … programs [that provide] students [with] hands-on experience in almost any area of study.’”

By student writer Katherine Edmonds

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Berry Bell RingersBerry student-athletes know what the Christmas spirit is all about. For 12 days in December, representatives of the college’s 20 varsity teams took time out of their busy schedules to volunteer as bell-ringers for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign. This marked the second consecutive year that Berry student-athletes have volunteered in this way. In that time, they have collected more than $13,000 – second among all groups serving in the Rome area – while volunteering hundreds of hours in support of the campaign.

The student-athletes’ involvement in the Red Kettle campaign resulted in one of two service awards presented to Berry by the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators. Also honored was the softball team’s 2014 “Pink Day” effort, which raised more than $5,000 to fight cancer.

Story by Carey Blankenship, philanthropic communications student assistant; photo by student Blake Childers

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Facing Hope Premiere

From left, Juliana Osvald Breithaupt (99C, 06G), Laurie Hattaway Chandler (95C) and Paul Carter at the premiere for the "Facing Hope" magazine. Photo by student Jennifer Fortnash.

A local collaboration inspired by the national Facing Project provided seven Berry English and communication majors with the unique opportunity to gain valuable writing experience while also getting a first-person look at the difficulties faced by those who are poor, homeless or have other needs being addressed by community nonprofits.

Rome’s Facing Hope initiative brought together students, faculty and administrators from three area colleges – Berry, Georgia Highlands and Georgia Northwestern Technical College – and 23 nonprofits, including the Free Clinic of Rome, William S. Davies Homeless Shelter and the Rome chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

“All of these nonprofits have one thing in common: giving hope to the people of Floyd County,” explained Laurie Hattaway Chandler (95C), director of Berry’s Bonner Center for Community Engagement and a Facing Hope coordinator along with project lead Juliana Osvald Breithaupt (99C, 06G) of Georgia Highlands and Paul Carter of Georgia Northwestern.

Students and mentors from each of the participating institutions were paired with social workers and clients from the various nonprofits with the goal of developing personal narratives that would help to put a face on those being served.

“Service and engagement have always been priorities for our three institutions,” Breithaupt stated. “This was the perfect opportunity for us to come together and support the work of our local nonprofits. At the same time, we gave our students the opportunity to witness firsthand the challenging issues people face in their everyday lives and how these organizations play a significant role in the viability and sustainability of our community.”

When completed, the articles were compiled in a print magazine and shared online. The students walked away with a publishing credit and a greater understanding of the world around them.

“This project really opened my eyes to another point-of-view,” said Matt Pulford (14C), a Gate of Opportunity Scholar who graduated in May. “It has changed the way I view the unfortunate; it gave people a face for me.”

 By Maxine Donnelly, philanthropic communications student writer

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