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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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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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Dean of Students Emeritus Tom Carver with his BCC 100 students.

Dean of Students Emeritus Tom Carver (standing rear left) with his “BCC 100” students. This group was among 595 newcomers (553 first-year students and 42 transfers) who started classes in August.

Dean of Students Emeritus Tom Carver will be the first to tell you that when his heart starts acting up, it’s usually something to worry about – but that’s not the case this time of year. “When I take a page off the calendar and see it’s August again, my old heart starts to palpitate,” the 79-year-old Carver said with a grin. “I rejoice that 600 new faces are coming to see me!”

Though he retired as vice president of student affairs and dean of students in 2004, Carver continues to provide a welcoming presence for Berry newcomers as an instructor for the BCC 100 First-Year Seminar, a program he helped initiate in 1980. Students in his group had no idea they were in the presence of a Berry “celebrity” when they gathered at his off-campus home the week before classes began to eat pizza and discuss this year’s summer reading selection, Will Allen’s The Good Food Revolution: Growing healthy food, people and communities.

Even after all this time, Carver continues to marvel at Berry’s “number one blessing … the quality of its students.”

This year’s nearly 600 newcomers certainly measure up in that regard. They are notable both for their geographic diversity – representing 26 states and 10 foreign countries – and impressive credentials. Among many honors and distinctions, the group includes 17 valedictorians and salutatorians, a published poet and at least one Eagle Scout. Almost immediately, these students began weaving themselves into the fabric of Berry through participation in First-Year Service Day.

You can bet Carver has high hopes for these new arrivals, and so do we!

More photos: Opening of School, First-Year Service Day, Will Allen lecture

By student writer Katherine Edmonds

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The 2Class of 2018014-15 academic year is only a few weeks old, but Berry’s newest students – more than 600 in all – have already made themselves right at home.

The fun began in late August with move-in day and Viking Venture, followed closely by First-Year Service Day and the usual flurry of athletic competitions, arts events and other student activities that dot the calendar each September. (Check out this crowd at a recent concert!)

Full-time undergraduate enrollment for fall is 2,060. There are also 92 graduate students. The new arrivals – 568 first-year students and 36 transfers – fit perfectly among their returning classmates, reflecting the standard of excellence we expect of Berry students. Here’s a quick snapshot of the Class of 2018:

  • 28 states represented (including Georgia)
  • 8 countries (including the U.S.)
  • 7 high school valedictorians
  • 7 salutatorians
  • 21% finished in the top 10% of their high school class
  • 47% have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement
  • 39% were members of the National Honor Society and/or Beta Club
  • 57% boast leadership experience
  • 69% were involved in community service as high school students
  • 25% gained work experience during high school
  • 31 have family members who attended Berry

If their prior accomplishments are any indication, you can expect to read a lot more about this group in the years to come. Stay tuned!

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Three months after awarding a record number of degrees at spring commencement, Berry welcomed the largest incoming class in school history. More than 700 new faces – including 672 freshmen – arrived in late August, eager to take advantage of the firsthand opportunities that are making Berry a destination of choice. It didn’t take long for them to make their mark on campus, embracing the mantra to “Be Berry” with a stunning display (see video) orchestrated by the college’s Firsthand4You student philanthropy program. They quickly introduced themselves to the local community as well, turning out in force for First-Year Service Day.

Overall enrollment now stands at 2,223, including 2,141 undergraduate and non-degree students. Opening of School.

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