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Students may find themselves spacing out on the first day of fall classes, but not because summer is over. The beginning of the 2017-18 academic year on Aug. 21 coincides with the “Great American Eclipse,” which will leave the United States in partial to full shadow as the moon passes in front of the sun. Berry is just south of the 70-mile wide path in which a total eclipse will be visible, but with up to 98 percent of the sun covered at 2:30 p.m. (the peak of the campus viewing period) the show will be spectacular nonetheless. This is the first time Berry skies have featured an eclipse of this magnitude since 1984, and it likely will be decades before it happens again.

In preparation for this stellar event, Berry Professor of Astronomy and Physics Todd Timberlake has scheduled 7:30 p.m. public lectures in the McAllister Hall auditorium for Aug. 15 and 20. Free eclipse-viewing cards will be given to all who attend a session. He’s also recorded a brief informational video in association with Rome’s Sara Hightower Regional Library and a second video with tips for viewing the event safely. The latter (accompanying this story) has been shared by WSB and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

On the afternoon of the eclipse, Dr. Timberlake will host a viewing party at Berry’s Valhalla stadium with specially equipped telescopes and solar filters offering the chance to view the event safely. If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by! More details.

By student writer Katherine Edmonds

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Isabella Kukor conducts research with Dr. Jay Daniel.

Isabella Kukor conducts research with Dr. Jay Daniel.

Hours before most people pour their first cup of coffee, freshman Isabella Kukor slips on her boots for the early-morning shift at Berry’s on-campus dairy. By the time she heads to class at 8 a.m., she has milked cows, fed newborn calves and performed many other duties in and around the facility. Next on her to-do list – after class, of course – is researching new techniques for preserving animal tissue with Professor Jay Daniel in Berry’s new animal science laboratory. Overwhelming? Kukor wouldn’t have it any other way.

The animal science major from Frederick, Md., has been working with large animals since she was 8 years old. By the time she was 15, she was showing prize-winning goats and dairy heifers at her local county fair. In high school, she was a member of the National FFA Organization (formerly Future Farmers of America), serving as a chapter officer. After graduation, she spent a year as state president for the organization before choosing to travel nine hours from home to attend Berry. The reason? Opportunities available through Berry’s highly regarded animal science program to work toward her dream career in agricultural business management.

“Berry provides real job experience and realistic expectations when it comes to a career in veterinary medicine or agricultural science,” Kukor explained. “Students are encouraged to work with the animals, taking care of their needs.”

Berry hopes to maximize the educational opportunities available to students like Kukor through the LifeReady Campaign. Click here to learn more about the vision for animal science, including a major new classroom and teaching-lab facility to be constructed adjacent to McAllister Hall.

By student writer Katherine Edmonds

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Dewey and Irene Large Science Museum GraophiThere’s a new must-see destination for alumni visiting Berry – particularly those with an interest in science – the Dewey and Irene Large Science Museum in McAllister Hall. Located on the first floor of Berry’s 130,000 square-foot science center, the museum features displays on loan from the Tellus Science Museum and items from the existing collections of faculty members and the chemistry and physics departments.

The name honors the memory of Dewey (44c) and Irene (47c) Large, an alumni couple captivated by the possibility of incorporating a museum into McAllister Hall’s original design. Funding was provided by the sale of a gift of land made by the couple before their deaths.

More coverage: New museum opens in McAllister Hall. photo gallery

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ANS Lab Ribbon Cutting

Jackie Scott (fourth from left), widow of the late Dr. Allen Scott, joins college leaders, friends and project donors at the ribbon-cutting for Berry’s new animal science laboratory.

The late Dr. Allen Scott was never shy in advocating for Berry students, so it’s only fitting that the entrance to the college’s new animal science laboratory be named in his honor. Family and friends of the faculty legend joined other project supporters for an April 18 ribbon cutting celebrating the completion of the 4,600 square-foot facility, the first animal science priority funded through the LifeReady Campaign.

“There were many students that were touched by Allen Scott,” Dana Professor of Animal Science George Gallagher said of his longtime friend and colleague. “And I think that’s his biggest legacy for Berry College. This [facility] will help to build on that.”

Allen Scott PlaqueLocated near the Rollins Ruminant Research Center, the new facility includes a research laboratory with multiple workstations and equipment for preparing samples for study, a large lab with 10 stanchions and other equipment for safely working with cattle, a flexible lab where small-animal pens can be configured as needed, a large storage room, and a veterinary support room. The building also functions as an emergency treatment and surgery center, all but eliminating the need for college veterinarians to treat or perform life-saving procedures in the pasture.

Fundraising is now underway for a major new animal science building to be located adjacent to the McAllister Hall science center.

Event coverage, photo gallery

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Bettyann O'NeillA 23-year career highlighted by the two most successful fundraising campaigns in Berry history will come to a close Dec. 31 when Bettyann O’Neill retires from her longtime position as vice president for advancement. O’Neill, who plans to marry and relocate to Florida, has led Berry’s fundraising and alumni engagement efforts since 1999, during which time alumni and friends have committed more than $235 million to advance Martha Berry’s vision and mission, including more than $65 million for student scholarships. Her work has helped lead to such notable campus additions as the McAllister Hall science center, Cage Center, new theatre, Valhalla stadium and Kilpatrick Commons.

“In the days and weeks ahead, we will determine how we will move forward to fill the void her departure will create,” President Steve Briggs said. “Her efforts to support the college’s most critical strategic initiatives have left an indelible mark on Berry’s firsthand educational experiences and have transformed the face of the campus physically.”

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Animal Science Laboratory at Rollins

Architectural rendering of the Animal Science Laboratory at Rollins, slated for construction later this year.

Giving to LifeReady: The Berry College Campaign for Opportunity has now surpassed $91 million! This includes more than $43 million in commitments for Gate of Opportunity and general use scholarships. We are truly grateful to everyone in the Berry community who has supported the campaign to date. A special shout out goes to our alumni, whose gifts account for nearly half the campaign total. Thank you for your support!

Highlights in 2015 included the opening of two major campaign priorities – the new campus Welcome Center and Valhalla stadium for football, lacrosse, and track and field – and Audrey Morgan’s $1 million challenge commitment to fast-track fundraising for the renovation of Blackstone Hall and construction of a new campus theatre. There was also further development of initiatives within Berry’s Integrity in Leadership and Entrepreneurship centers.

Construction of two other campaign-funded projects – the Animal Science Laboratory at Rollins and an event pavilion at Oak Hill – is on tap for 2016. In addition, fundraising is underway for Ford Auditorium’s renovation as a recital hall and construction of an animal science addition for McAllister Hall.

Visit www.berry.edu/lifeready to learn more about the various priorities, and thanks again for helping to make the dream of a “life-ready” education a reality for our students!

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First-class facilities, centers for integrity in leadership and entrepreneurship, enhancements to the Work Experience Program, generous scholarships, and new student mentoring initiatives are the focus of LifeReady: The Berry College Campaign for Opportunity.

Together, these campaign priorities will build on Berry’s historic mission of educating the head, heart and hands and further strengthen opportunities for students to discover their gifts and realize their potential. The result will be graduates who leave Berry even better prepared to improve their homes, workplaces and communities.

“Opportunity long has been Berry’s pledge to hardworking students,” said Barry Griswell (71C), retired chairman and CEO of Principal Financial Group and campaign co-chair with fellow college trustee Randy Berry. “The experience of a Berry education has changed my own life and others, while the character of a Berry education has changed communities for the better. We want to continue this important work.”

The campaign launch was accompanied by news that more than $73 million in gifts and pledges were already in hand. These early commitments – made during the four years preceding the May 17 kickoff event – include $24 million to support an eventual total of 130 innovative, mission-based Gate of Opportunity Scholarships. Funding also has been completed for the McAllister Hall endowment supporting science education and science-based scholarships.

Future commitments will make possible major facilities enhancements for Berry’s growing animal science program and much-needed renovations for the college’s primary performing arts venues, Ford Auditorium and Blackstone Hall. Other brick-and-mortar projects include a campus welcome center and entry enhancements; the Valhalla stadium for football, lacrosse, and track and field; and the recently completed renovation of Roy Richards Memorial Gymnasium.

Learning experiences will be enriched through centers focused on integrity in leadership and entrepreneurship, while work experiences – long a hallmark of a Berry education – will be enhanced through gifts supporting Berry Student Enterprises and other high-level student work positions. New mentoring programs will help students maximize the opportunities afforded by their Berry experience.

Details about each campaign priority can be found at www.berry.edu/lifeready. The site also includes information about giving options alumni and friends can use to help make these projects a reality. Gifts of any size through June 2020 count toward the campaign total.

“We could not be where we are today without your support, and we will not achieve the goals of this campaign without your help going forward,” President Steve Briggs said in an email message to alumni. “We have the opportunity to have a profound impact on Berry and the lives of future students.”

Campaign launch.

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