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Several hundred first-year and transfer students filled the Cage Center arena in early September to hear from the author whose words were a substantial part of their introduction to Berry College.

Dave Isay, four-time Peabody Award recipient and founder of StoryCorps, wrote Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work, the first-year reading assignment for Berry’s newest students. His book recounts conversations about work and vocation collected through StoryCorps, the mission of which is “to record, preserve and share stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs.”  To date, more than 75,000 oral histories by ordinary Americans have been recorded and preserved at the Library of Congress.

During his Berry presentation, Isay shared audio recordings from the people behind the stories and talked about upcoming goals for StoryCorps. Afterward, he encouraged students to explore opportunities and continue doing what they love.

“The lecture was amazing,” First-Year mentor Hannah Norman said. “He shared heart-felt stories that were very inspiring and also hilarious ones that made us laugh.”

Click the video above to view Isay’s presentation.

Reporting by student writer Alisa Jordan

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First-Year Book Discussion

Dr. Chris Mingone, clinical assistant professor of health professions and pre-health advisor, leads BCC 100 students in a discussion of Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work. The 2018 first-year reading selection was authored by StoryCorps founder Dave Isay, who spoke at Berry on Sept. 6.

Recognition from the likes of The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Princeton Review, Forbes and Conde Naste Traveler greeted the 2,014 undergraduate and graduate students who flowed through the Gate of Opportunity for the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year. Among those reporting for fall classes were 509 first-year students and 46 transfers. All began their Berry journeys safe in the knowledge that they are attending one of the best – and most beautiful – colleges in the nation.

Recent Berry accolades include:

Click here for coverage of “opening of school” activities for Berry’s newest students. Photos of First-Year Service Day can be viewed here.

Related: Local media coverage of First-Year Service Day

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