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James Childre

Photo courtesy of www.berryacademy.com.

Not long ago, we were pleased to share the story of an impressive group of Berry Academy alumni celebrating the golden anniversary of their championship basketball season. Now an effort is underway to recognize the achievements of the many men and women who excelled as high school athletes during that special era in Berry history.

The new Berry High School/Academy Athletic Hall of Fame is meant to honor alumni who achieved at a high level and gained notable recognition in an official school-recognized sport; received a varsity letter or the equivalent; and demonstrated the highest levels of integrity, character and sportsmanship. Nominations may be submitted electronically or by mail to Berry College Athletic Department, Hall of Fame Selection Committee, P.O. Box 495015, Mount Berry, Ga., 30149. The deadline for consideration is Oct. 6.

If you’re not familiar with Berry’s proud heritage in high school athletics, click here to learn more.

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Icon of EducationCollege of the Ozarks President Jerry Davis (61H) has been named a 2014 “Icon of Education” by Ingram’s, a Kansas City-based business magazine. The publication lauded Davis for his foresight in examining the dynamics of funding a college education “a full 25 years before the issue of student loan debt became a significant national concern.” The result is a model built on a concept familiar to Berry alumni – student work. At the College of the Ozarks, students work on campus to defray the cost of their education, eventually graduating debt free. Ingram’s also praised his focus on character development, as evidenced by the founding of the Keeter Center for Character Education on the College of the Ozarks’ Point Lookout, Mo., campus.

Davis has held his current post since 1988. Previously, he was president for 11 years at Alice Lloyd College in Kentucky. His own educational journey began at the Mount Berry School for Boys, where he earned his high school diploma in 1961. He later received a bachelor’s degree from Mars Hill College, a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee and his Ph.D. from Ohio State University.

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Mountain Day 2013

Brandi Calhoun Diamond and Larry Arrington proudly display the Reunion Cup won by the class of 1993C for percentage participation in the Mega Reunion. Their class also won the tent decorating contest. Other awards went to the class of 1988C (giving total) and 1973C (giving percentage).

A gorgeous fall day on the slopes of Lavender Mountain provided the perfect setting for the approximately 7,500 alumni, students, parents and friends who turned out for the 99th celebration of Mountain Day.

Highlights this year included big crowds for all the traditional favorites – from Friday’s Alumni Golf Scramble, Mountain Day Olympics and talent show to Saturday’s 5K/fun run, convocation service, picnic lunch, Grand March, Mega Reunion and Marthapalooza carnival.

Of particular note was the huge number of high school and academy alumni who turned out for a series of events honoring the continuing legacy of the Mount Berry School for Boys, Martha Berry School for Girls and Berry Academy. Events included a reception and ribbon cutting for a new high school and academy exhibit at Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum, a dinner celebrating the completion of A History of the Berry Schools on the Mountain Campus, a new book by Dr. Jennifer W. Dickey (77A, 80C), and a convocation procession from Hamrick Hall to Frost Chapel to hear remarks by Angela Dickey (75A, 79C).

Experience Mountain Day 2013 for yourself by visiting the Around Berry feature on the college homepage, clicking the many photo gallery links in this article or by watching this year’s highlight video. If you’d like a memento, t-shirts are still available for online purchase.

Whether you are a Mountain Day regular or someone who usually makes it back only for reunions, you don’t want to miss next year’s centennial celebration. Mark your calendars now for Oct. 4, 2014. We promise you won’t be disappointed!

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A History of the Berry Schools on the Mountain CampusFor many years, alumni and friends of the Mount Berry School for Boys, Martha Berry School for Girls and Berry Academy have dreamed that the history of those schools – and the important role they played in the development of what is today Berry College – would someday be told. That dream has now come to fruition in the form of A History of the Berry Schools on the Mountain Campus, written by Berry Academy alumna Dr. Jennifer W. Dickey (77A, 80C).

Commissioned by current Berry President Steve Briggs with encouragement from a group of high school and academy alumni known as the Berry Breakfast Club, the new book takes readers on an 81-year journey from the founding of the Berry Schools in 1902 to the controversial closing of Berry Academy in 1983. Dickey conducted extensive research in the Berry College Archives and interviewed more than 60 alumni and former faculty/staff of Berry’s high schools, among them Dr. William Scheel, the headmaster charged with overseeing the closure.

“Writing this book was a cathartic experience for me,” Dickey said. “It gave me an opportunity to delve into the historical record and try to understand how the schools operated and the decisions that were made along the way. I felt like I got to know a lot of alumni and faculty and staff, either in person or through studying the historical record, and gained a greater appreciation for why this school mattered so much to so many people. People’s lives were transformed by their Berry experiences, especially the students who attended the early schools and the Mount Berry School for Boys. My friend and fellow alumnus Tom Butler (65A) talks about the “intangible magic” of the place. I think that term captures the spirit of the high schools on the mountain campus – they had an intangible magic.”

Read more about the new book in this feature story published in the Rome News-Tribune. Copies are available for online purchase through the Oak Hill Gift Shop. Be sure to enter the promo code BERRYALUMNI when checking out to receive a 10% discount.

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Okay all of you procrastinators out there, time is running out to register for the many special events scheduled for Mountain Day. Next Saturday, Oct. 5, thousands of your fellow alumni will gather on the slopes of Lavender Mountain for the annual celebration of Martha Berry’s birthday. A full schedule and registration details can be found on the alumni relations website. Advance registration closes Oct. 2, so don’t miss out!

Highlights this year include a special tribute to Berry’s historic high schools – the Mount Berry School for Boys, Martha Berry School for Girls and Berry Academy. A reception and dinner will be held Friday, Oct. 4, with other high school-themed events to follow on Saturday. Of particular note is the roll out of A History of the Berry Schools on the Mountain Campus, a much-anticipated book about the high schools written by Dr. Jennifer Dickey (77A, 81C). Copies will be available for purchase throughout the weekend. Jennifer’s sister and fellow academy alumna Angela Dickey (75A, 79C) will be the featured speaker at Saturday morning’s Mountain Day Convocation in Frost Chapel. Angela is the 2013 recipient of the Berry Alumni Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award. High school celebration.

Also on tap is the sixth-annual Mega Reunion, this year hosting alumni from the college and academy classes of 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008. The fun gets under way at 5 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum. Information and registration.

Other events of note include Friday afternoon’s Golf Scramble, Saturday morning’s 5K (this year benefitting Berry’s planned athletic stadium, Valhalla) and, of course, Saturday afternoon’s picnic lunch and Grand March. While you’re on the mountain, don’t forget to check out the many products available from Berry College Student Enterprises.

If you can’t join us in person, we’re pleased to once again offer a Virtual Mountain Day experience featuring streaming video of the Grand March and a live chat function accessible to anyone with a Twitter account. Be sure to include the hash tag #mtnday13 in your tweets.

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We are currently seeking nominations for the 2012-14 term of the Berry Alumni Council. If you know someone who is committed to Berry and interested in taking on a leadership role within the Berry Alumni Association, please complete the online submission form and let us know! The deadline for submissions is Dec. 31.

Nominations are also open for the Berry High School/Academy Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award. If you attended the Mount Berry School for Boys, Martha Berry School for Girls or Berry Academy, we hope you will take a moment to nominate a beloved faculty or staff member prior to the Dec. 15 deadline. Awards will be presented at Alumni Weekend 2012.

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