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Mountain Day LogoAs Berry alumni, we all have memories of the Grand March of Students on Mountain Day and the penny basket at the bottom of the hill that symbolizes the spirit of giving at the heart of this cherished celebration. As we approach this year’s centennial, students in Berry’s Firsthand4You program are honoring that heritage with the 1914 Challenge, an ambitious effort to collect 1,914 gifts in recognition of the first Mountain Day a century ago. The challenge begins online Sept. 29 and concludes Oct. 4 at the Mountain Day picnic. An old-fashioned scoreboard on the slopes of Lavender Mountain will track our progress.

Participants will feel t1914 Challengehe satisfaction that comes from helping Berry students AND receive a 10% discount at local restaurants in the hours preceding the 6 p.m. kickoff for Berry’s Mountain Day football game. Pregame partners include Johnny’s Pizza, Mellow Mushroom, Brewhouse, Jefferson’s, Schroeder’s on Broad Street, Harvest Moon and O’Charley’s, with others joining by the day.

“We’re excited to do something special this year to mark the 100th anniversary of Mountain Day,” said Ashley Swanson, student chair and senior class representative for Firsthand4You. “Our goal is to bring students, faculty, staff, alumni and family together to celebrate Berry and our legacy of giving. We’re a little nervous to see if we can collect all the 1,914 gifts – but we’re going to definitely give it our best shot!”

Reunion Brunch: Those planning to attend the Mountain Day reunion brunch have until Sept. 26 to complete the online registration form. The cost is $12 (children 5 and under eat free). Participating classes include 1974A, 1974C, 1979A, 1979C, 1984C, 1989C, 1994C, 1999C, 2004C and 2009C.

Football: Alumni wishing to obtain single-game tickets for Mountain Day can make their purchase online (available now) or in person at the Krannert Center information desk beginning Sept. 24. Tickets also can be purchased at the stadium gate (pending availability) on game day. There are three price levels ranging from $5 to $25 per seat.

A full schedule of Mountain Day events is available online.

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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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School spirit, friendly competition and gratitude toward alumni were all components of Berry’s third-annual celebration of student philanthropy, Firsthand4You Week. Planned and executed by student leaders in Berry’s Firsthand4You program, the weeklong event is meant to help students better understand the critical need for alumni support and how that support supplements the cost of their Berry education. Highlights included the “Silver Wars” competition won by the junior class, a “Philanthropy 101” course taught by Randy Tibbals (79C) and John Zellars, a basketball tailgate, a Koffee House concert and – capping the week – the annual Founder’s Dinner for students and alumni. Watch the video to learn more.

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