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There’s still time to nominate deserving classmates for the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards, but you need to act fast! The deadline for consideration is Oct. 31. There are four categories – Distinguished Achievement, Distinguished Service, Entrepreneurial Spirit and Outstanding Young Alumni. To submit a nomination, simply complete our online form. Winners will be announced in the spring, and recipients will be honored at Alumni Weekend 2015.

Need inspiration? Check out the video at left or visit our Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.

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John ColemanJohn Coleman (04C) knows a little something about public speaking, so it should come as no surprise that the former Berry national champion recently shared his expertise on the subject in two blog posts for the Harvard Business Review. In addition to being a regular contributor for HBR.org, Coleman serves as head of strategy for Invesco Ltd. and is a recent appointee to the Berry College Board of Visitors. The 2012 winner of Berry’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award holds both an MBA and MPA from Harvard and is the author of two books, Passion and Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders and How to Argue Like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History’s Greatest Communicator. Follow him on Twitter at @Johnwcoleman. (Photo by Tony Deifel.)

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Impressive achievements in nuclear radiation safety and off-site emergency preparedness following the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor accident helped earn Rayford H. Boyett (58C) praise as the 2014 recipient of the Berry’s Alumni Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award.

Other winners this year included John Shahan (64A, 69C), Distinguished Service Award; Andreas Economopoulos (97C), Entrepreneurial Spirit Award; and Heather Henderson-Keller (03C), Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Click the names and watch the accompanying video for more on these impressive individuals.

Nominations for the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards are now being accepted. If you know of a classmate who is worthy of consideration, please complete the online nomination form and submit prior to Oct. 31. Winners will be honored at Alumni Weekend 2015 and enshrined in the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.

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Alumni Weekend PromoGood food? Yes!

Familiar faces? Absolutely!

Fun times? We guarantee it!

Berry’s annual Alumni Weekend and Young Alumni Weekend celebrations promise all of the above and more. The only thing missing is you!

This year’s events will be held Friday, May 30, through Sunday, June 1, with Alumni Work Week beginning immediately afterward and continuing through June 6. Click the links for details on each and to register online. The deadline is Friday, May 16, so please don’t delay.

Highlights this year include 11 different class reunion dinners on Friday, May 30, and an expanded alumni gala the following evening at the Forum in Rome. Reunions are scheduled for the college and high school/academy classes of 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964 and 1969 as well as the college class of 1961. Reunion dinner schedule and pricing.

The expanded gala promises to be an unforgettable tribute to Berry’s past and future, with several special recognitions scheduled. These include the induction of college and academy alumni from the class of 1964 into the Golden Guard and the presentation of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards to the following recipients:

Rayford Boyett (58C), Distinguished Achievement
John Shahan (64A, 69C)
, Distinguished Service
Andreas Economopoulos (97C)
, Entrepreneurial Spirit
Heather Henderson-Keller (03C)
, Outstanding Young Alumni

In addition, two longtime faculty members – Dana Professor of Government and International Studies Peter Lawler and Provost and Professor of Communication Kathy Richardson – will be welcomed as honorary alumni. Receptions for young alumni and Golden Guard members will precede the dinner, and an evening of dancing will follow the official program.

Other events you don’t want to miss include the Friday morning golf scramble, Saturday’s “behind-the-ropes” tour of Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum, and Sunday’s worship services. Events specific to young alumni include a Friday night gathering at Schroeder’s on Broad Street, a Saturday morning campus service project, and opportunities to take advantage of recreation and fitness facilities in the Cage Center on Saturday afternoon.

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Distinguished Alumni AwardsThe Berry Alumni Association needs your help identifying worthy candidates for the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Nominees are currently being sought in four categories – Distinguished Achievement, Distinguished Service, Entrepreneurial Spirit and Outstanding Young Alumni. Winners will be inducted into the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame during a gala celebration at Alumni Weekend 2014. You can make your voice heard by completing our online nomination form. The deadline for consideration is Oct. 31, so don’t delay!

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Berry Alumni in the Arts

Brenna Conley (12C), left, and Allen Bell (95C)

An inventive retelling of a very old story landed Brenna Conley (12C) on the short list of finalists for the 2013 Paris Literary Prize. Protection, Brenna’s novella about the Greek goddess Persephone, was one of only seven works to be so honored. Originally written as her Honors thesis at Berry, the work was submitted for recognition by Honors Program Director and Associate Professor of Communication Brian Carroll.

At the same time Brenna was being lauded for her future promise, Allen Bell (95C) was rewarded for lifetime achievement by the Georgia Arts Network. Allen, a 15-year veteran of arts administration, currently serves as program director for arts education, research and information at South Arts, a regional organization based in Atlanta. In 2001, he was honored with Berry’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

 

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Tim Goodwin and FamilyJust 10 years removed from his days as a student, Tim Goodwin (03C) has been tapped to serve a two-year term as president of the Berry Alumni Association. He will succeed current president Harry Wise (57H) on July 1, 2014.

Tim, seen here with wife Maureen Trane Goodwin (03C) and the couple’s three children, is a successful financial advisor who owns his own business, Goodwin Investment Advisory. Involvement at Berry includes service on the Campbell School of Business Executive Advisory Council and as a coach for the entrepreneurship program. He is the 2007 recipient of Berry’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

Taking Tim’s place as vice president of financial support is T. Mack Brown (82C), the 1994 winner of Berry’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.

Alumni Association Executive Committee.

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A decorated diplomat, two longtime friends with a shared passion for helping children, a self-described “serial entrepreneur,” and a young alumna who has found success in the corporate world recently joined the ranks of Berry’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. They were honored at Alumni Weekend 2013. This year’s inductees – Angela R. Dickey (75A, 79C), F. Mack Gay (59C), the late Walter O. Maine (59C), Sheryle J. Bolton (68c) and Beth Collins Earnst (93C) – span four decades of Berry history.

Angela, recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award, was recognized for her globe-spanning career with the U.S. Department of State. Mack and Walter shared the Distinguished Service Award for their work with Florida foster children (chronicled in Berry magazine). Sheryle, recently appointed CEO of Sally Ride Science and a member of the Berry College Board of Trustees, was presented with the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. And Beth, a communications manager for BASF Corp., and new member of the Berry College Board of Visitors, was named Outstanding Young Alumna.

A number of other alumni and friends were also honored during Alumni Weekend, including the husband and wife tandem of J. Ray and Marilyn Scott (65C) Allen, recipients of the 2013 High School/Academy Outstanding Faculty/Staff Awards. Alumni in attendance also had a presentation for Berry – a combined gift of $3 million from the reunion classes.

Click here for more coverage of Alumni Weekend, and don’t forget to visit the photo galleries below. You might just see someone you know!

Photo galleries: Distinguished Alumni Awards and Golden Guard Gala, Golf Scramble, High School/Academy Breakfast, Weekend Worship Services

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Distinguished Alumni Awards

Every year, a handful of deserving alumni are singled out for induction in the Berry Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. If you know someone who is worthy of recognition in one of the following categories, please submit a nomination by Oct. 31.

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

NOTE: Candidates can only be considered in one category each year, so please do not submit one name for multiple awards. More information about the awards criteria, judging process and timetable for selection is available at the link below. Winners will be recognized during Alumni Weekend 2013.

Submit your nomination.

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Alumni Weekend is a memorable experience for all involved, but as the newest inductees in Berry’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, John W. Coleman (04C), Amy Moskovitz Williams (03C) and Thomas Ray Fewell (58C) found it truly unforgettable.

John, a published author who recently completed both his MBA and MPA from Harvard University, was honored with this year’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Amy, wife of 2010 Outstanding Young Alumnus Michael D. Williams (03C), claimed the Distinguished Service Award for her commitment to global volunteerism in the area of public health. Ray, meanwhile, took home the Distinguished Achievement Award in recognition of his considerable accomplishments as a physicist and innovator in radiation measurement. He is the seventh member of his college class to win a Distinguished Alumni Award (and the third to be honored for Distinguished Achievement). You can read more about this amazing class in the fall issue of Berry magazine.

John, Amy and Ray were recognized during a May 18 gala that also featured Golden Guard inductions for the high school and college classes of 1962. Representatives of those two classes, Bob Williams (62H) and Yoniece Miller (62C), had the special honor of presenting a combined gift of more than $3 million to Berry from the high school, academy and college classes that celebrated reunions during Alumni Weekend 2012 and Mountain Day 2011.

The Friday night gala set the stage for a full weekend of reunion activities attended by nearly 500 alumni and friends.

More coverage (including photo gallery).

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Time is running out to register for three of the biggest events on the alumni calendar: Alumni Weekend (May 18-20), Young Alumni Weekend (May 18-20) and Alumni Work Week (May 20-25). All three promise good times, great friends and a wealth of new memories. Here are some of the highlights:

Alumni Weekend kicks off with the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards and Golden Guard Gala in Krannert’s Spruill Ballroom; also on tap are reunions for the classes of 1947H, 1952H, 1952C, 1957H, 1957C, 1961C, 1962H, 1962C, 1967A and 1967C.

Now in its second year, Young Alumni Weekend offers our newest alumni (those who attended Berry in the last 10 years) the opportunity to “party on the green” at Oak Hill, rekindle intramural rivalries and leave a legacy through various service projects. New this year is a live auction benefiting the Season’s Harvest student enterprise.

Alumni Work Week honors Berry’s proud “work” tradition, with teams of alumni investing time and energy in numerous campus projects.

Online registration is available by clicking the links above. The deadline is May 11, so don’t delay!

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