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Evelyn Hamilton and Beverly Philpot SmithTrailblazers Gala Logo Evelyn Hamilton (69C), left, and Dr. Beverly Philpot Smith (69C, FS) made history a half-century ago as Berry’s first African-American graduates. This fall, the college’s African-American Alumni Chapter is commemorating their legacy with the Trailblazer Gala. The dinner celebration will be held Saturday, Nov. 16, at Oak Hill’s Christopher Browning Pavilion, beginning at 6 p.m.

Both women have distinguished themselves in service to their professions and communities in the years since graduating from Berry. Hamilton spent 34 years with the State of Georgia, Floyd County Department of Family and Children Services, while Smith is a longtime educator whose many career highlights include work at Berry as a faculty member and Pathways Program director. A scholarship for Berry students has been funded in their honor.

“I know Dr. Smith and Ms. Hamilton personally, and they are both such dynamic people,” said Director of Alumni Relations Jennifer Tucker Beard (93C, 00G). “They’ve done a lot in their careers and in their lives, and it is great we are now able to honor them.”

The gala will feature keynote remarks by Judge Glenda Hatchett, a trailblazer in her own right who has distinguished herself on the bench, in corporate service and as star of her own Emmy-nominated television series. Other program highlights include a video tribute to the two honorees.

Visit www.berry.edu/trailblazer if you are interested in attending. The last day to register is Nov. 7.

We are pleased to acknowledge our partners at Georgia Power for their generous sponsorship support.

Reporting by student Kendall Aronson

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Viking Connections-Employers Event in AtlantaAbove: The Atlanta skyline provides the perfect backdrop for a January Viking Connections-Employers event hosted by the firm of Nelson Mullins.

Berry students preparing to enter the workforce had four opportunities this academic year to network with alumni through the Viking Connections-Employers program.

Now in its fifth year, Viking Connections-Employers is a great way for students to tap into Berry’s alumni network as they interact with graduates on every rung of the career ladder, from young professionals to executives.

“We hear over and over again that our alumni really enjoy working with our students,” said Mark Kozera (79C), director of employer development for Berry’s Student Work Experience Program. “We’ve had a lot of success with students getting internships and jobs as a result of these events.”

This year’s events had four specific areas of focus: business, the humanities, nonprofits and Northwest Georgia. Alumni in attendance hailed from companies as diverse as Habitat for Humanity, the Centers for Disease Control, Jackson Spalding, Georgia Power and Turner Broadcasting.

David Nuckolls (10C), who attended one of the events as a representative of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, praised the quality of the students he met, noting, “I’m encouraged by the level of talent, aptitude, and work readiness these students possess and feel very confident that their participation in this program will guide them on their path to success.”

Alumni wishing to participate in future Viking Connections-Employers events should email mkozera@berry.edu.

By student writer Kendall Aronson

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Camille deBrunCamille deBrun may not have auditioned for the leading role, but she was a “rock star” backstage during her summer internship with Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre. Praised by Marketing Director Jessica Boatright as “an integral part of our team,” the senior public relations and Spanish major distinguished herself through her work to enhance the theatre’s social media presence and enrich its community engagement and outreach. She will continue her service remotely throughout the academic year.

The internship, funded by the Georgia Power Foundation, was conceived by Anne Kaiser, vice president of community and economic development for Georgia Power and a member of the boards of both Berry College and the Alliance Theatre.

“This internship meant so much to me because I got a glimpse of what it is like to combine my field of study with a real-world setting,” said deBrun, who plans to pursue a career in public relations and marketing after graduation. “I not only got great work experience, but I also got to learn from people who care so much about how their work impacts the community and their city. I realized that marketing and PR are truly beautiful when you are representing an organization that is changing the community for the better.”

By student writer Katherine Edmonds

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