Tag Archives: Frances Richey

Alumni WeekendIf it’s true that home is where the heart is, then participants in Alumni Weekend were no doubt humming Homeward Bound as they returned to campus May 17-19. Highlights this year included reunion events for the classes of 1954, 1959 and 1964; a dinner for the college class of 1961; Golden Guard induction for the academy and college reunion classes of 1969; and recognition of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award winners.

VIEW: Reunion Class and Event Photos

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARDS

  • Alexander “Whit” Whyte Whitaker IV (81C, FFS), Distinguished Achievement: Retired Navy captain and former Berry chief of staff now serving as president of King University
  • Rebekah “Bekah” Fortney Baxter (18C), Distinguished Service: Founder of Chosen Vessels, a nonprofit seeking to encourage, equip and empower leaders around the globe; she has served abroad in Ghana and Romania and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in intercultural studies at Asbury Theological Seminary
  • Timothy Brian Lusby (84C), Entrepreneurial Spirit: Army veteran with a 30-year track record of entrepreneurial success; most recently, he was one of three founders of JRL Energy and its wholly owned subsidiary, JRL Coal, which last fall was named Tri-County “Business of the Year” in Harlan, Ky.
  • Adam Douglas Newton (07C), Outstanding Young Alumni: Former Berry cross country and track captain who is now one of the youngest associate partners at Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting, his professional home for 11 years

OTHER NOTABLE HONOREESAlumni Weekend

  • Frances Richey (83A, 87C), Virginia R. Webb Service Award, Berry Alumni Association
  • Frank Campbell (posthumous), Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award, Berry High Schools/Berry Academy

CLASS RECOGNITION AND REUNION GIVING

  • 1969A – Reunion Cup (percentage attendance)
  • 1959C – Viking Cup (highest giving percentage)
  • 1964C – Ford Cup (total giving)
  • 1969A – Martha Cup (percentage increase in giving)

Total reunion giving exceeded $634,000.

Bookmark and Share

Berry Alumni Council

LOOKING COOL: Members of the Berry Alumni Council take a break from their August meeting to grab a quick group photo in the Ford Archway. They’re sporting sunglasses purchased as part of a fundraiser for Berry women’s soccer.

Jonathan PurserThis summer brought new leadership to the Berry Alumni Association as Frances Richey (83A, 87C) completed her second term as president and handed the reigns to her elected successor, Jonathan Purser (85C). The husband, father, business owner and volunteer immediately got to work, sharing good news about Berry with fellow alumni via periodic e-blasts (look for more in the future!). He also provided leadership for the first Alumni Council meeting of the 2018-19 academic year.

Forty-four Alumni Council members – representing nearly 80 years of Berry history – gathered in August to begin working on specific projects related to alumni engagement, financial support, Berry heritage and culture, and alumni awards. Leading those teams are elected vice presidents Chris Hayes (04C), Jason McMillan (98C), Jennifer Dickey (77A, 80C) and Pat Tutterow Jackson (82C), respectively. Joining them on the Executive Committee are Richey, who now serves as past president, and appointed members Tim Howard (82C), parliamentarian, Emmett Long (98C), chaplain, and Chad Nash (13C), secretary.

Purser is excited about the work ahead, as well as the opportunity he has to serve as a voice on Berry’s behalf.

“Those of us who were privileged to attend Berry were given a precious gift,” he said. “Serving as Alumni Council president is an honor and a small way of giving back to the institution and community that have meant so much to me.”

Watch for more coverage of Alumni Council activities in the year ahead. Click here for a list of current members.

Bookmark and Share

Alumni Council in Pennies for Martha T-Shirts

CAPTION: Berry Alumni Association President Frances Richey (83A, 87C), kneeling, and other members of the Berry Alumni Council model their 2017 “Pennies for Martha” t-shirts.

As long as there has been a Mountain Day, Berry students have been dropping pennies into the basket at the foot of Lavender Mountain – first as a birthday gift to Martha Berry and more recently to support scholarships and student work. Last year, this longstanding tradition was extended to alumni and friends through the Pennies for Martha day-of-giving campaign, and more than 2,300 in-person and online gifts resulted.

With another Mountain Day just around the corner, we hope you’ll help us build on this new tradition by making a gift of any size between now and Oct. 7. Contribute online at berry.edu/pennies for martha or, even better, in person at Mountain Day. Anyone making a gift of $10 or more will be entered in a raffle for a Pennies for Martha t-shirt.

Whether you make a gift or not, we hope you’ll keep an eye on the Pennies for Martha website for news of a rumored “super fan” who could be making an appearance in the days ahead. If the stories are true … well, you’ll have to see it to believe it.

Bookmark and Share

Frances Richey

Frances Richey (83A, 87C) is beginning her second term as president of the Berry Alumni Association.

A familiar presence has assumed the mantle of leadership as president of the Berry Alumni Association, with Frances E. Richey (83A, 87C) returning to a role she previously held from 2008 to 2010. She succeeds Tim Goodwin (03C), who will continue service as immediate past president.

Also stepping into leadership positions are three new vice presidents and three appointed officers representing more than a half-century of Berry history. They include:

  • Julie Patrick Nunnelly (88C, 00G), vice president, alumni events
  • Samantha Knight Tuttle (11C), vice president, young alumni and student relations
  • The Rev. Valerie Loner (91C), vice president, Berry heritage
  • Clara Hall McRae (60C), chaplain
  • Robert Aiken (82A), parliamentarian
  • Dr. Jennifer Dickey (77A, 80C), historian

Continuing in service are Jonathan Purser (85C), vice president, financial support; Patricia Tutterow Jackson (82C), vice president, alumni awards; and Mandy Tidwell (93C), secretary.

Bookmark and Share