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Kevin Kleine has spent the last 30 years losing sleep as Berry’s student publications adviser. Now his work with the Campus Carrier, Ramifications, Valkyrie and Cabin Log has earned him national acclaim as a “Distinguished Adviser” by the College Media Association. He received his award at the CMA national convention in October.

Kleine’s achievements can be measured in awards won and careers inspired. Grateful alumni flocked to a special Mountain Day reception in his honor. Many also supported a successful crowdfunding effort to raise $5,000 in seed funding for a study abroad scholarship that will bear his name.

“Kevin always made us feel like we were part of a family,” said Randee Walters-Paraskevopoulos (92C), a former Campus Carrier editor who flew in from Texas to attend the Mountain Day reception. “More than a teacher, Kevin was a mentor, a friend and a big brother. He brought the Carrier staff together and made it so we could depend on each other in all things.”

Under Kleine’s direction, Berry’s student publications have earned recognition from such notable organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the College Media Association and the Georgia College Press Association. Previous honors for him include two Presidential Citations for Service from College Media Advisers, Inc., and the 2008 Eleana M. Garrett Award for Meritorious Advising and Caring, one of Berry’s most notable honors.

“Week after week, he saved us from our own inexperience with his seasoned advice and somehow turned any mishaps into learning opportunities for us,” praised another former Carrier editor, Bonny Harper Dixon (13C).

Gifts to the Kevin Kleine Study Abroad Scholarship are still being accepted with the eventual goal of raising $25,000 to permanently endow the award. Click here if you wish to honor Kleine with a gift.

By student writer Kendall Aronson

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Letters to SalaSenior Benson Phinazee’s scenic design work on the set of the Berry College Theatre Company’s fall production of Letters to Sala (pictured) has earned him the opportunity to participate in an intensive two-week program at the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas this summer. The all-expenses paid trip is part of a regional design and technology award presented by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

Berry speakers continued their dominance of the Georgia Intercollegiate Forensic Association state tournament by claiming top honors for the 19th consecutive year. Berry students won an impressive 40 awards in the competition, including a 1-2 finish in persuasive speaking by senior Alexandria Wisner and sophomore Nicole Wilson, both of whom will compete for national honors in the prestigious Interstate Oratory Contest later this spring.

Senior Sydney Kelly scored a third-place award for Best Review in the Georgia College Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. Her individual honor was one of seven awards claimed by the Campus Carrier in this year’s contest.

Berry baseball alumnus John Burnett (10C) recently sang in the chorus for The Atlanta Opera’s production of La Traviata. Later this spring, he will lend his voice to another production, The Italian Girl in Algiers.

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