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Sydney Weaver (17C)

Sydney Weaver (17C)

Genesis Leggett throws the shot put

Freshman Genesis Leggett throws the shot put for Berry during the SAA championships at Valhalla.

Sydney Weaver (17C) made history this spring as the first Berry student-athlete to compete in the NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championships, finishing seventh overall. The first-team All-American has taken her last swing for Berry, but she’ll continue to serve the program as a graduate assistant.

Weaver’s success was one of many athletic highlights for Berry this spring. Others included a No. 5 national finish and All-America recognition for men’s golfer Ryan Elmore (17C); national equestrian crowns for sophomores Allie Robertson and Emily Lambert; Berry’s first All-American in men’s lacrosse; two conference championships for Southern Athletic Association Women’s Field Athlete of the Year Genesis Leggett; and numerous regional and national honors for Berry’s record-breaking softball team.

Berry facilities were also on display, with Valhalla hosting Georgia High School Association state championships and the SAA track and field championships, the newly-christened Kay Williams Field hosting an NCAA Division III softball regional, and the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College welcoming the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference championships.

Visit www.berryvikings.com for complete coverage of Berry athletics.

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Berry’s first season in Valhalla – the new on-campus stadium for football, lacrosse, and track and field – has been memorable, to say the least, with a perfect 4-0 record at home propelling the Viking football team to first place in the Southern Athletic Association.

The tone was set in the inaugural game against LaGrange College – a 16-13 overtime thriller won by Berry on Mitchell Blanchard’s 38-yard field goal in overtime. That kick capped an impressive comeback by the Vikings, who forced overtime with a dramatic goal-line stand in the final minute of play. Afterward, many in the standing-room only crowd of 4,500 joined players in singing the Alma Mater before fireworks brought a fitting end to the day.

Before kickoff, hundreds gathered for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and the first-ever “Viking Walk” of players through the Valhalla gate. Trustee Steve Cage (74C), whose lead gift through the LifeReady Campaign initiated fundraising for the venue, addressed the crowd.

“The students are the heart of this project,” he said. “Martha Berry provided us all a wonderful educational opportunity. We have great faculty and terrific leadership. Valhalla will give students great experiences, and I’m proud to be a part of that.”

Since the opener, Berry has defeated Rhodes College, Washington University of St. Louis and Hendrix College on the Williams Field turf. The final home game of the regular season will be played Saturday, Nov. 14, against Centre College. Purchase tickets online at BerryGameDay.com.

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Valhalla
It’s been a busy summer for the workers responsible for bringing Berry’s new Valhalla stadium to life. With construction entering its final stages, thoughts are turning to the Sept. 12 grand-opening football game against LaGrange College. Alumni tickets are now available for those who want to share in the exhilaration as the Vikings rush onto OUR field for the first time.

Five games will be played at Valhalla on Williams Field this fall, including the Sept. 12 opener and an Oct. 3 Mountain Day rematch with Washington University of St. Louis. Last year’s Mountain Day game at Barron Stadium in Rome proved unforgettable, producing Berry’s first-ever varsity win (in overtime, no less) and the GEICO National Play of the Year.

Berry FootballHere’s the complete home schedule:

Saturday, Sept. 12
LaGrange College, 6 p.m. (ribbon cutting at 4 p.m.)

Saturday, Sept. 19
Rhodes College, 1 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 3, Mountain Day
Washington University of St. Louis, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 17
Hendrix College, 1 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 14
Centre College, 1 p.m.

Alumni wishing to purchase single-game tickets can do so in person for $5 each at the Krannert Center information desk the week preceding each home game or at the stadium gate on game day (pending availability). Those wishing to purchase single-game tickets in advance of game week can do so at BerryGameDay.com. (Note: Online purchases include a $1 per-ticket surcharge.) Season tickets good for all five games are available for $30 online (including the surcharge). All seating is general admission.

Free tickets for students, faculty and staff will be available at the information desk in Krannert Center the week preceding each home game. Faculty and staff members are eligible for two free tickets per game. Students receive one. More details will be available soon.

If you can’t wait for the opener, click here to view updated pictures of Valhalla, which includes Williams Field, Clark Track and Dickey Field. Thanks to all who have made gifts through Berry’s LifeReady Campaign supporting this new home for football, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and men’s and women’s track and field. Fundraising is now more than 90 percent complete and will continue until the goal is reached.

We hope you will join us Sept. 12 as we celebrate the stadium’s completion – and cheer our Vikings to victory!

Stadium photo by student Lauren Neumann

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The rhythmic beat of the Viking Drumline provided the perfect soundtrack as students, faculty, staff, board members, project donors and special guests celebrated the Oct. 17 groundbreaking for Valhalla, including Williams Field, Clark Track and Dickey Field.

“What a great day it is for Berry College,” said President Steve Briggs, addressing the large crowd gathered at the construction site just south of the Cage Center. “It’s an important milestone in our ongoing effort to enhance this amazing campus and to create places of opportunity for students, for our friends and for our community. And like the Cage Center behind us, Valhalla will provide a major venue for recreation, excitement, achievement, participation and just plain fun.”

Taking up shovels were Steve Cage (74C), the Berry trustee whose 2012 lead gift initiated fundraising for Valhalla; Bob (62H) and Kay Williams, whose generosity paved the way for the naming of the stadium field; alumni trustees Bert Clark (82C) and Roger Lusby (79C), who led the successful Clark Track Challenge, and Bert’s wife, Cathy; Dr. Ouida Dickey (50C, FFS), who has joined daughters Jennifer (77A, 80C) and Angela (75A, 79C) in making a challenge gift to name the track and field throws area for the late Garland M. Dickey (42C); Steve and Michelle Tart, football parents and project supporters; Randy Berry and Barry Griswell (71C), trustees and LifeReady Campaign co-chairs, and Barry’s wife Michele (70C), all major donors to the project; and Board of Trustees Chair Karen Holley Horrell (74C), another major contributor to the fundraising effort to build the stadium.

Steve CageIn his remarks, Cage (pictured) noted that Valhalla is “a collaboration of hard work, trust and leadership with the Board of Trustees, Dr. Briggs, faculty and staff, students and donors.” He offered special praise to the Berry president, dedicating the new stadium in his honor, and thanked all those who had made gifts to the project. Groundbreaking coverage.

Christened  “a place for us” by SGA President Paton Roden, Valhalla will provide a new home for Berry’s football and men’s and women’s lacrosse teams when completed in 2015. The stadium and adjacent Dickey Field will also make possible the spring 2016 resumption of full competition in men’s and women’s track and field, in addition to hosting intramural competitions and other large outdoor events. Berry’s service entrance will be closed until construction is completed.

Fundraising for Valhalla is now entering its final phase. Gifts to the project can be made online. If you’d like to double your giving power, make your commitment through the Dickey Field Challenge.

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New Site for Valhalla Stadium

Tentative rendering for new Valhalla stadium site. Cage Center is top center.

Berry’s eagles were back in the news in late spring thanks to a decision by college officials to preserve the natural buffer around the famous nest by changing the site for the new Valhalla stadium.

Already shifted once as part of an eagle buffering plan approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Valhalla will be constructed south of the original site in the field bordered by Maple Drive (the service entrance), Martha Berry Highway and Memory Lane.

The relocation announcement was met with widespread support on Berry’s social media channels, especially among nature enthusiasts who have helped to make the college’s Eagle Cam an international sensation.

“The eagles are mesmerizing, better than any reality television show,” said President Steve Briggs. “And the truth is we are entranced by them as well.”

Fundraising for Valhalla – which will provide a home for intercollegiate football, lacrosse, and track and field in addition to intramural sports and other campus events – is more than 80 percent complete. Construction is expected to begin later this year. As part of the project, Maple Drive will be widened and a grassy field for track-and-field throwing events will be added.

The stadium is expected to be completed in time for the 2015 football season. Home games this fall will be played at Barron Stadium in Rome.

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Gift of Home

Bob (62H) and Kay Williams with Berry football coach Tony Kunczewski.

An on-campus stadium for Berry’s football, lacrosse, and track and field programs is one step closer to reality thanks to a $500,000 commitment from Bob (62H) and Kay Williams.

Gifts and pledges toward the facility – named Valhalla by lead donor Steve Cage (74C) – now exceed $3.9 million. Construction will begin when the fundraising goal of $6.5 million is achieved. Bob and Kay hope their gift will encourage other alumni to support the project as well.

“Let’s get behind it,” Bob challenged. “Let’s show the world that we can do with football what we’ve done with everything else.”

This is the latest in a series of generous gifts by the couple. Their recent commitments, which total $1 million with the addition of the Valhalla gift, include funding for Berry’s new baccalaureate nursing program, two Gate of Opportunity Scholarships and an additional need-based scholarship named for their late daughter, Ann.

Though initially critical of Berry’s decision to add football as an intercollegiate sport, Bob is proud that the field on which the team plays will bear his surname. He and Kay became champions of the program due in large part to the leadership they have witnessed from head football coach Tony Kunczewski. The coach, in turn, feels blessed to have the couple on his team.

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of Bob and Kay,” Kunczewski stated. “They have been such ardent supporters of Berry athletics for years.”

Visit the Valhalla website to learn more about the project and make your own show of support.

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Stadium Donors

From left, Roger Lusby, Steve Cage, Victor the Viking and Bert Clark.

Berry’s planned stadium for football, track and field, and lacrosse got a significant boost – and a name – when Trustee Steve Cage (74C) pledged $2.5 million to start fundraising for the facility and christened it “Valhalla” after the Great Hall of Viking warriors in Norse mythology.

Cage was the major benefactor of the Steven J. Cage Athletic and Recreation Center and also funded four full-tuition scholarships for students in the Campbell School of Business.

Two other loyal Berry supporters, Trustees Bert Clark (82C) and Roger Lusby (79C), are focusing their philanthropic efforts on the Viking blue-tinted track that will circle the new stadium’s field, combining their commitments to create a matching fund (dollar-for-dollar) for all future gifts to “Clark Track.”

The proposed stadium structure will feature seating for 1,200 fans, concessions, game-day and track-and-field locker rooms, and state-of-the-art viewing and press boxes. It will be enhanced by a grassy picnic-style terraced seating area on the opposite sideline. The project also includes the renovation of Richards Gym into a field house with weight room, nearby practice field, and locker rooms for football, lacrosse and tennis, along with associated athletic offices.

“Valhalla will be a gathering place to cheer on our student-athletes, and it will help increase the vibrancy on campus as well,” Cage said. “The Cage Center helped transform the campus by providing recreational and educational opportunities. I look forward to the creation of a festive and spirited atmosphere surrounding football, lacrosse, track and field, and intramurals.”

If you wish to support the stadium project or take advantage of the matching funds available for gifts to the track, please visit our online giving site (be sure to select “Valhalla” or “Clark Track” from the gift designation drop-down menu).

The Krannert Center food court currently referred to as Valhalla will be renamed by students in the coming months.

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Brin Enterkin in AfricaBrin Enterkin (12C) has been making news for her service activities since high school, when her efforts to raise funds to establish a school in rural Cambodia landed her on the cover of Fayette Woman magazine (and later in Berry magazine). As she completes her distinguished career as a Berry student, it’s only fitting that we spotlight her one more time as recipient of the $40,000 William E. Simon Fellowship for Noble Purpose Grant to support The SOUP (Sponsorship of Orphans in Uganda Project), a nonprofit she started while at Berry. More about Brin.

Junior Aaron Ostrander also earned praise this spring as one of a select group of students nationwide to be awarded the Goldwater Scholarship for his work in physics and mathematics.

On the athletic front, sophomore Kristin Brennan made her mark by claiming top honors individually in the Novice Equitation on the Flat event at the 2012 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association national championships. In team competition, Berry’s western riders logged another top-five finish. Not be be outdone, senior lacrosse player Jenny Miller finished as one of the nation’s top scorers and earned a spot in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III North-South Senior All-Star Game.

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