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Mountain Day BannerThere’s no denying that the very best Berry experiences are those that bring us together. That’s certainly true of Mountain Day! From the Mountain Day Olympics to the Grand March to the gifts of pennies students drop in the basket at the foot of Lavender Mountain, everything about this grand Berry tradition revolves around our powerful sense of togetherness.

Here’s a quick glimpse at some of the things we have planned for this year’s celebration, which is just a few weeks away. Visit berry.edu/mountainday for a complete schedule (be sure to note special dedications honoring legendary faculty members Dr. Ouida Word Dickey (50C) and the late Dr. Peter Lawler).

As you make your plans, we hope you’ll symbolically join our students in the Mountain Day tradition of giving – it is Martha’s birthday, after all – by supporting crowdfunding projects and other special initiatives. Watch for more information as the event date draws closer.

Reunion BrunchClass Reunions and Related Activities

High School/Academy Reunion Brunch (10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, Hill Dining Hall): Classes of 1973, 1978 and 1983. Registration is $15 for individuals, $25 for couples and $5 for children 6 to 16; cost covers brunch, Mountain Day T-shirt and admission to Saturday night football game. Coffee will be served at 9:30, brunch at 10:30. Register.

College Reunion Brunch (10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, WinShape Hub): Classes of 19731978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008. Registration details are same as above. Register.

Berry football team takes field at Valhalla. 2013C Reunion (Noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, Schroeder’s Deli on Broad St.): Dutch treat; couple and individual price packages available for Mountain Day T-shirts and football tickets. Register.

Milestone Class Reunion Tailgate (3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, Dickey Field adjacent to Valhalla stadium) and Football Game (6 p.m. kickoff vs. Sewanee): Mountain Day football is back! While all alumni are invited to the game, members of our milestone reunion classes (1978, 1993 and 2008) also have the option of attending a free pregame tailgate. Game tickets can be obtained by registering for reunion events above or purchased separately for $6 apiece at berrygameday.com. A huge crowd is expected, so get your tickets early! RSVP.

Other Notable Events

Mountain Day Golf Scramble (Noon, Friday, Oct. 5, Stonebridge Golf Club): Registration is $95 per person. Contact Brian Farrer (02C) at 706-238-5904 for details. Register.

Carl Tallent

Carl Tallent (01C)

Berry College Theatre Company Presents Neil Simons’ Rumors (showtimes all three days at Sisters Theatre): Features scenic designs by Carl Tallent (01C). Tickets are $12 for general admission, $8 for seniors and $6 for students. Call 706-236-2263 or visit berry.edu/bctc-tickets.

Examples of Al Christopher's Berry-inspired woodturnings.

Examples of Al Christopher’s Berry-inspired woodturnings.

From Tree to Treasure (10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum): Don’t miss this exhibit showcasing the woodturning artistry of Al Christopher (61c). Admission is free.

Alumni Choir Concert (2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 7, Ford Auditorium): Alumni under the direction of guest conductors Ross Magoulas (FFS) and Harry Musselwhite (FFS) will lift their voices in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Berry Singers, founded by Magoulas in 1958. A reunion lunch will be held at noon ($30 registration; $15 for each additional participant). Contact Dr. Paul Neal for more information. Register for lunch.

Special thanks to Plainville Brick Company for providing support for this year’s Mountain Day celebration. These longtime friends of Berry provided bricks for several campus buildings, so it’s only fitting that they now step forward as Mountain Day’s first community sponsor.

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Berry College Welcome CenterA changing of the guard took place at the college entrance this spring as Berry’s newly minted Welcome Center greeted its first guests and the familiar 1960s era gatehouse enjoyed one last moment in the sun.

Funded through gifts to the LifeReady Campaign, the Welcome Center is designed to make the campus both more welcoming and more secure. Student hosts stand ready to provide information and assistance as visitors check in under a covered portico, while a sophisticated security system using Radio Frequency Identification technology (to be activated later this summer) will allow student, faculty and staff vehicles to pass through. Berry police also maintain an active presence in the facility, which houses the central campus fire alarm, emergency call center and weather warning system.

You Name It -- GatehouseWith the new Welcome Center now in place, the gatehouse was demolished in early May, but not before getting one last hurrah. Spring graduate Ashley Rene Swanson (15C) won the right to name the venerable structure before its demise with a gift to “You Name It,” a program offering off-the-wall naming opportunities to those making a minimum $5 donation to the Annual Fund. She is seen here accepting the gatehouse “key” from Berry President Steve Briggs.

Visit You Name it for information on other naming opportunities. Harry Musselwhite’s iconic beard and Ouida Dickey’s immortal red pen already have been claimed, but several others remain.

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Christy Snider

Dr. Christy Snider

Zach Sherwin

Zach Sherwin

A longtime member of Berry’s history faculty and an innovative young alumnus found themselves in the spotlight this spring as recipients of the 2015 Martindale Awards of Distinction. These special awards were endowed by Susan Byrd Martindale (73C) and her husband, Larry, to reward faculty/staff members who promote continuous improvement, implement innovative approaches to problem solving and inspire others to extraordinary achievement.

In winning the Martindale Award for faculty, Associate Professor of History Christy Snider was praised for leading by example, encouraging students and bringing about positive changes to Berry’s history curriculum. Staff Martindale recipient Zach Sherwin (10C) was lauded as a behind-the-scenes innovator with an “unsurpassed sense of logic” who excels as assistant director of enterprise systems.

Other spring honorees included:

  • Dr. Christopher Diller, professor of English, rhetoric and writing, Vulcan Teach Excellence Award
  • Dr. Bob Frank, associate professor of communication, Eleana M. Garrett Award for Meritorious Advising and Caring
  • Dr. Sandy Meek, Dana professor of English, rhetoric and writing, Mary S. and Samuel Poe Carden Award
  • Dr. Chris Hall, associate professor of biology, Dave and Lu Garrett Award for Meritorious Teaching
  • Julie Bumpus, associate dean of students, Outstanding Staff Member (as selected by SGA)
  • Dr. Peter Yoder, visiting assistant professor of Christian studies, Outstanding Faculty Member (as selected by SGA)
  • Starr Boylan (93C), senior admissions counselor, John R. Bertrand Superior Student Work Supervisor Award

Additionally, Frank and Bumpus joined fellow retirees Jere Lykins and Harry Musselwhite in being granted emeritus recognition by the Berry College Board of Trustees.

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Hundreds of alumni and friends made their way “home” May 15-17 for Alumni Weekend, with many remaining on campus in the days that followed for the 30th annual observance of Alumni Work Week.

Eight different classes celebrated reunions, with two – 1965A and 1965C – joining the ranks of Berry’s Golden Guard (a distinction reserved for alumni who have been out at least 50 years). Excellence was rewarded with presentation of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards. This year’s winners included:

David Grindle (93C), Distinguished Achievement
Joy Padgett Johnson (73C), Distinguished Service
Jeff Jahn (07C), Entrepreneurial Spirit
Brin Enterkin (12C), Outstanding Young Alumni

Alumni WeekendOther individuals singled out for special recognition included retiring Director of Choral Activities Harry Musselwhite and longtime baseball coach David Beasley, Berry’s newest honorary alumni. Bettyann O’Neill and Joni Kenyon were honored with the Alumni Association President’s Award, while Tom Raulerson (66C) received the Berry High Schools/Berry Academy Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award.

The big winner among the reunion classes was the college class of 1965, which claimed the Viking Cup (highest giving percentage), Ford Cup (highest total amount given) and Heritage Cup (greatest increase in Berry Heritage Society membership). The Reunion Cup (highest percentage attendance) went to the academy class of 1965, while the college class of 1955 won the Martha Cup (greatest percentage increase in gifts). The total amount of reunion gifts contributed by all classes was an impressive $1.16 million.

Photos: Alumni Weekend

Media coverage: Berry alumni return for Work Week

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Paul NealHarry MusselwhiteBerry’s music department will experience a changing of the guard this fall as Dr. Paul Neal (left) assumes the role of director of choral activities in place of Harry Musselwhite, who is retiring after 30 years.

Neal will join the Berry faculty after completing his tenure at Valdosta State University, where he oversees the choral program and serves as assistant director for the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra. His impressive resume also includes service as assistant conductor for the Angeles Chorale, one of the largest community choruses in the Los Angeles area, and as musical director for the Texas Shakespeare Festival. In addition, he spent two seasons as a performer for the Grammy-nominated Los Angeles Master Chorale.

While Musselwhite’s long tenure at Berry will soon draw to a close, he has no plans to slow down. Rather, this new chapter in his life will provide the perfect opportunity to pursue other creative interests.

“I am going full-time into the film and television professions as an actor, director and producer,” he said. “I already have a heavy schedule of auditions, as well as producing.”

He also hopes to finish the second edition of his children’s book.

Musselwhite will take up his Berry baton for the last time Sunday, April 12, when he leads the Berry Concert Choir and Berry Singers in a 3 p.m. performance at the college chapel. After retiring, he will relocate to the Southwest to join his wife, Dr. Laura Gilstrap Musselwhite (89C), the chief academic officer and dean of instruction for the University of New Mexico – Valencia.

A retirement party will be held Saturday, April 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Harvest Moon in Rome. Alumni wishing to attend should contact Jennifer Tucker Beard (93C, 00G).

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Lyndsay Ricketson

Lyndsay Ricketson (left) performs at the Alliance Theatre. Photo by Greg Mooney (courtesy of the Alliance Theatre).

Lyndsay Ricketson (09C) is quickly making a name for herself in Atlanta’s theatrical community, earning critical praise for her performance in the Alliance Theatre’s Next to Normal, a contemporary drama about a family’s struggle with the mother’s mental illness. She is currently appearing as Beth in the musical version of Little Women at Fabrefaction Theatre.

Describing herself as an “actress, singer and writer,” Lyndsay stays busy with rehearsals and guest vocal performances. She also teaches voice and musical theatre classes. Donors and scholarship students at Berry will remember her riveting performance of “For Good,” a song from the musical Wicked, at the 2012 Scholarship Night dinner.

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Harry MusselwhiteSenior Lecturer and Director of Choral Activities Harry Musselwhite has long been known for the power of his voice. More recently, his skills as a filmmaker have made headlines. This summer, he branched out into an entirely new medium with the release of his children’s book and accompanying CD, Martin the Guitar, based on a campfire story he once told about instruments in a music store that come to life at night. Read more.

Like Musselwhite, Associate Professor and Director of Theatre John Countryman has been an artistic force on the Berry campus for many years. This fall, Countryman has found a new home – temporarily – as a Fulbright scholar and visiting professor at the National University of Ireland, Galway. In addition to the two seminars he is teaching, Countryman is also conducting research for a book-length history of the Druid Theatre Co., Ireland’s premier theatre ensemble, which is based in Galway. Not surprisingly, he’s also finding time to watch live theatre – lots of it – as he prepares to write an extensive review on the status of Irish theatre for the Irish Literary Supplement. Not to worry, though, he’ll be back at Berry in the spring!

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Harry MusselwhiteFor decades, Harry Musselwhite has provided inspiration for students in Berry’s choral program, so it’s only fitting that a performance by the Berry Singers ignited the creative spark that grew into his award-winning short film, Der Greis. Based on a choral work by Franz Joseph Haydn, Harry’s cinematic creation earned a special merit award for outstanding musical score at the 2012 Winter Shorts Film Festival in Kentucky. The production stars Dr. John Countryman as a man transitioning from life to death. Lyndsay Ricketson (09C) is also featured.

Harry recently debuted his second film, Next of Kin, at a screening in Atlanta. It will be a featured work at the Macon (Ga.) Film Festival, Feb. 16-19. More coverage.

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