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Student Worker at Hermann HallAlumni and friends continued to make Berry students a priority during the recently completed 2011-12 fiscal year, with gifts totaling an amazing $13.7 million.

Highlights include the February announcement of the Donor Opportunity Fund, created by an anonymous friend of Berry to encourage support for students willing to work hard for their education through the Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Program. By providing a $1.25-for-$1 match, the fund makes it possible for donors or groups of donors to establish $225,000 scholarship endowments with gifts of just $100,000. The match also can be used for enhancing an existing endowed scholarship into Gate of Opportunity status. One-half of the fund’s seed money was received in 2011-12, and 23 new scholarships were stimulated (including three from reunion classes).

Also of the note is the successful alumni-driven campaign to name the science building for Dr. Lawrence E. McAllister, father of Berry’s physics program, as well as a record $2.4 million in annual gifts to Berry’s Firsthand Fund, which provides immediate support for work and scholarships. Look for more giving highlights in the fall issue of Berry magazine and the online Honor Roll of Donors. In the meantime, please accept our heartfelt thanks for all you do in support of Berry students.

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Berry science alumni from the 1950s and ’60s are renowned for their pioneering accomplishments, up to and including NASA’s history-making moon shots and other initiatives in space. Given their considerable record of achievement, it should come as no surprise that when members of this group set their minds to naming Berry’s science building after their longtime mentor, the late Dr. Lawrence E. McAllister, they found a way to make it happen.

Announced May 19, this alumni-driven campaign to honor the man known affectionately as “Dr. Mac” has already surpassed the initial goal of $5 million. The project continues so that all those who are interested in honoring Dr. Mac with gifts that support science education and student scholarships will have the opportunity to do so. A naming ceremony will be held Mountain Day Weekend.

A special Web page has been established to help spread the word about this unique fundraising initiative and to educate new generations about Dr. Mac, a faculty member from 1932-71 who founded the physics program and helped lay the groundwork for Berry’s continuing commitment to excellence in the sciences. If you are one of his former students, we hope you will take a moment to visit the page and share your memories.

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