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Alumni Weekend Brochure

Whit Whitaker

This year’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipients include Whit Whitaker (81C), former Berry chief of staff and U.S. Navy officer, now president of King University.

The end of another academic year is fast approaching, meaning Alumni Weekend can’t be far behind. Hundreds of alumni will return home to Berry on May 17-19 for reunions honoring the high school, college and academy classes of 1954, 1959, 1964 and 1969. A dinner for the college class of 1961 will also be held.

The fun gets under way Friday, May 17, with reunion dinners and continues through Sunday. Highlights include the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards and Golden Guard dinner on Saturday night.

Recipients of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Awards include:

  • Achievement: Alexander “Whit” Whitaker (81C, FFS)
  • Service: Rebekah “Bekah” Fortney Baxter (18C)
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit: Timothy Brian Lusby (84C)
  • Outstanding Young Alumni: Adam Douglas Newton (07C)

Winners will be honored alongside the academy and college classes of 1969, which will be inducted into the Golden Guard in recognition of the 50th anniversary of their graduation from Berry.

Alumni Weekend concludes with Sunday worship services and a closing reception for the Oak Hill exhibit, From Tree to Treasure: Woodturnings by Al Christopher (61c). The scene then shifts to Alumni Work Week, another grand Berry tradition, which continues through May 24.

Click the links below for online registration.

Alumni Weekend

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A leader in forensic drug chemistry research, a learned historian and dedicated Berry servant, an award-winning journalist, and a skilled woodworker and successful entrepreneur topped the list of award winners recognized at Alumni Weekend. The 2018 recipients of Berry’s Distinguished Alumni Awards included:

  • Dr. C. Randall Clark (67C), professor of medicinal chemistry at Auburn University, Distinguished Achievement
  • Dr. Jennifer Dickey (77A, 80C), coordinator of public history program and associate professor at Kennesaw State University, Berry campus preservationist, Distinguished Service
  • Al Christopher (61c), talented craftsman, enterprising founder of several businesses in construction and other fields, Entrepreneurial Spirit
  • Aitana Vargas (03C), Spanish-language journalist and broadcaster, holds master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, Outstanding Young Alumni
Kay Williams and Tim Howard

Kay Williams, Tim Howard

Other honors presented at Alumni Weekend included the following special distinctions bestowed by the Berry Alumni Association:

  • Tim Howard (82C) – Alumni Council Lifetime Membership
  • Kay Williams – Alumni Association President’s Award

Three classes also earned recognition for reunion giving, including an impressive trifecta by the much-heralded college class of 1958:

  • 1958C – Reunion Cup (percentage attendance), Viking Cup (giving participation) and Ford Cup (dollars given)
  • 1968C –  Martha Cup (percentage increase in giving participation)
  • 1948C – Heritage Cup (increase in planned giving commitments)

Special thanks to the hundreds of alumni and friends who turned out for Alumni Weekend, and congratulations to the classes of 1968A and 1968C, this year’s inductees into Berry’s Golden Guard.

Related Links: Alumni Weekend Class Photos

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2018 Alumni Award Winners

Above: Winners of the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards include, from left, Aitana Vargas (03C), Outstanding Young Alumni; Al  Christopher (61c), Entrepreneurial Spirit; Dr. Jennifer Dickey (77A, 80C), Service; Dr. Charles Randall Clark (67C), Achievement.

Presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Awards (winners pictured above) is one of many highlights planned for Alumni Weekend 2018. Others include dedication of the Oak Hill Pavilion, a new 5,760-square-foot event space on the grounds of Martha Berry’s famed estate, and reunions for the high school, academy and college classes of 1953, 1958, 1963 and 1968.

The fun gets under way Friday, May 18, with the annual Alumni Golf Scramble and continues through the weekend. The pavilion dedication and Alumni Awards presentation will take place Saturday, May 19, with reunion gatherings scheduled across both days. Complementing the milestone reunions will be a dinner for the class of 1961C and a breakfast gathering for the college classes of 1950, 1951, 1952 and 1953.

Alumni Weekend concludes with Sunday worship services May 20, just in time for another grand Berry tradition – Alumni Work Week – to begin.

Recipients of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Awards include:

  • Achievement:Dr. Charles Randall Clark (67C)
  • Service: Dr. Jennifer Dickey (77A, 80C)
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit: Al Christopher (61c)
  • Outstanding Young Alumni: Aitana Vargas (03C)

They will be honored Saturday night along with the academy and college classes of 1968, which will join the ranks of Berry’s Golden Guard.

Schedule and online registration: Alumni Weekend, Alumni Work Week

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What does a nationally recognized forensic scientist, a servant-leader with a passion for integrity, an innovative business owner and a talented creative professional have in common? All are recipients of Berry’s 2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Click the names below to learn more about each of these impressive individuals. Hear their own words in the video at right.

Kelly Fite (68C), Distinguished Achievement

Cecil “Buster” Wright III (73C), Distinguished Service

Jim Johnson Jr. (85C), Entrepreneurial Spirit

Ashley Harp Sheppard (01C), Outstanding Young Alumni

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards. If you have a deserving classmate, let us know today!

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Alumni Awards MedallionThe ranks of Berry’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame will grow by four with the May 20 induction of this year’s alumni award winners. Honorees include:

Kelly Fite (68C), Distinguished Achievement

Cecil “Buster” Wright III (73C), Distinguished Service

Jim Johnson (85C), Entrepreneurial Spirit

Ashley Harp Sheppard (01C), Outstanding Young Alumni

The Saturday night “Awards and Golden Guard Dinner” is just one highlight of Berry’s annual Alumni Weekend celebration, slated for May 19-21. Others include reunions for the college, high school and academy classes of 1952, 1957, 1962 and 1967. Visit www.berry.edu/alumni for event details and online registration. While you’re on the website, be sure to sign up for Alumni Work Week, which will be held May 21-26. The registration deadline for both is May 12.

Click here to nominate someone for the 2018 Alumni Awards.

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No, we’re not talking about THAT election. We’re referring to the Distinguished Alumni Awards. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 awards, and we need your help identifying the best and brightest in Berry’s alumni community. If you have a friend or classmate who is deserving of recognition, please take a few minutes to complete the online nomination form. Awards are available in four categories:

  • Distinguished Achievement
  • Distinguished Service
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit
  • Outstanding Young Alumni

The deadline for consideration  is Oct. 31, so don’t delay! Winners will be honored at Alumni Weekend.

Click here for a list of past winners.

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Golden Guard Induction

Joy was in the air May 20-22 as nearly 400 alumni and friends gathered to celebrate their shared Berry heritage at Alumni Weekend. This year’s event included reunions for the high school, academy and college classes of 1951, 1956, 1961 and 1966.

Highlights included Golden Guard induction for the academy and college classes of 1966 and presentation of the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Winners included:

Roger W. Lusby III (79C), Distinguished Achievement

Joy Bernice Ogle Whaley (53H), Distinguished Service

Tricia Steele (09C), Entrepreneurial Spirit

Chris R. Hayes (04C), Outstanding Young Alumni

Ross MagoulasAlso honored were Alumni Association Secretary Mandy Tidwell (93C), recipient of the Alumni Association President’s Award, and Robert Catanzano, who received the Berry High Schools/Berry Academy Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award.

Alumni WeekendThe college class of 1966 shined in class competition, claiming the Reunion Cup (highest percentage attendance), Viking Cup (highest giving percentage) and Heritage Cup (greatest increase in Berry Heritage Society membership). The Ford Cup (highest total amount given) went to the college class of 1961. Total reunion giving for all classes was $1.4 million.

Nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards are now being accepted. Click here for details.

Additional content: Alumni Weekend photos, Alumni Weekend Worship Service audio

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The Berry Alumni Association recently honored some of the best and brightest in our alumni family with Distinguished Alumni Awards. This year’s winners include:

Distinguished Achievement
Roger Lusby III (79C)

Distinguished Service
Joy Bernice Ogle Whaley (53H)

Entrepreneurial Spirit
Tricia Steele (09C)

Outstanding Young Alumni
Chris R. Hayes (04C)

Watch the accompanying video to hear from our winners. More will be featured in the fall issue of Berry magazine.

Nominations for the 2017 awards are now being accepted. Click here for details.

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Brin Enterkin PhotoThe Huffington Post recently published a first-person blog by Brin Enterkin (12C), the 2015 recipient of Berry’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Enterkin (at left in photo) shared her experiences – and the lessons she’s learned – as cofounder of The African SOUP, a nonprofit started while she was a student at Berry to aid the people of Uganda. Read more.

Photo courtesy of The African SOUP

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Do you know someone who is worthy of recognition through the Berry Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Awards? If so, stop reading NOW and complete the online nomination form. The deadline for consideration is Oct. 31.

Nominations may be submitted in any of the following categories:

  • Distinguished Achievement
  • Distinguished Service
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit
  • Outstanding Young Alumni

Past winners

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The Berry Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Presented annually at Alumni Weekend, these special honors recognize the best of the best in Berry’s alumni community.

Awards are available in each of the following categories:

Distinguished Achievement
Distinguished Service
Entrepreneurial Spirit
Outstanding Young Alumni

If you know a friend or classmate who is worthy of such recognition, please take a few minutes to let us know by completing the online nomination form. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 31.

Visit the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame for names of past winners. The accompanying video showcases our 2015 recipients.

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Hundreds of alumni and friends made their way “home” May 15-17 for Alumni Weekend, with many remaining on campus in the days that followed for the 30th annual observance of Alumni Work Week.

Eight different classes celebrated reunions, with two – 1965A and 1965C – joining the ranks of Berry’s Golden Guard (a distinction reserved for alumni who have been out at least 50 years). Excellence was rewarded with presentation of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards. This year’s winners included:

David Grindle (93C), Distinguished Achievement
Joy Padgett Johnson (73C), Distinguished Service
Jeff Jahn (07C), Entrepreneurial Spirit
Brin Enterkin (12C), Outstanding Young Alumni

Alumni WeekendOther individuals singled out for special recognition included retiring Director of Choral Activities Harry Musselwhite and longtime baseball coach David Beasley, Berry’s newest honorary alumni. Bettyann O’Neill and Joni Kenyon were honored with the Alumni Association President’s Award, while Tom Raulerson (66C) received the Berry High Schools/Berry Academy Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award.

The big winner among the reunion classes was the college class of 1965, which claimed the Viking Cup (highest giving percentage), Ford Cup (highest total amount given) and Heritage Cup (greatest increase in Berry Heritage Society membership). The Reunion Cup (highest percentage attendance) went to the academy class of 1965, while the college class of 1955 won the Martha Cup (greatest percentage increase in gifts). The total amount of reunion gifts contributed by all classes was an impressive $1.16 million.

Photos: Alumni Weekend

Media coverage: Berry alumni return for Work Week

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