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David Crook of Mike Crook Garden and Stone uses a mixture of clay composed of Berry sand, quicklime and sawdust to seal the walls of Roosevelt Cabin. (Photo by student Lauren Neumann.)

A preservation and restoration effort years in the making is breathing new life into Berry’s iconic Roosevelt Cabin. Built in 1902, the structure has served many purposes during the past century, but it is most famous for hosting former President Teddy Roosevelt during his 1910 visit to Berry.

The restoration process, which entered its final stages this summer, began about 10 years ago thanks to a donation from the Jarrett family and grants from the Georgia Department of Natural Resource’s Historical Preservation Division. According to Dr. Jennifer Dickey (77A, 80C), consultant for the project and former director and curator of Historic Berry, the work included rebuilding the foundation, replacing multiple logs, reconstruction of the roof frame, addition of a new roof, restoration of all the windows and doors, and application of new chinking.

Those attending Mountain Day will get a look at the restored Roosevelt Cabin during an open house scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 3.

Media coverage: Restoring the past

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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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Berry’s first varsity football win featured more than its share of drama – a late comeback to force overtime and a tremendous stand by the Viking defense on the first series of OT, followed by a perfect pass to win the game – all before a huge Mountain Day crowd that swept onto the field to celebrate with the team. It also produced a play that has been heralded as one of the best in the nation this season. The diving one-handed interception late in the fourth quarter was named National Play of the Week by D3football.com (see accompanying video) and has been nominated for GEICO Play of the Year. The winner will be announced Nov. 28 during GEICO’s Best of College Football 2014 on CBS.

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What do you get when you mix a gorgeous fall weekend, a steady diet of tradition-rich events, a fantastic finish on the football field and a fireworks display worthy of July 4th? Why, it’s the perfect Mountain Day!

The 100th anniversary of Berry’s one-of-a-kind homecoming celebration exceeded expectations in every way. A stormy forecast threatened to force Friday’s Mountain Day Olympics indoors, but then the skies cleared and a glorious weekend dawned. Saturday got off to an early start with a convocation speech by Board of Visitors member Billy Blanchard (93C) and the new reunion brunch, which drew 330 to the Ford Reflecting Pools. From there, it was on to the Mountain Campus, where 7,500 students, alumni, parents and friends gathered for the annual picnic and Grand March, which this year took place to the strains of a new Mountain Day March composed by longtime faculty member Dr. Stan Pethel.

Victory ScoreboardLater that evening, 4,200 fans at Rome’s Barron Stadium celebrated as Berry’s second-year football team claimed its first-ever varsity win. Students and other Viking supporters poured onto the field after Dale Jackson’s 25-yard pass to Josh Bullock won the overtime thriller. The victory was followed by a spectacular fireworks display. The night ended with a festive crowd of approximately 2,500 filling the Clara Bowl for the 10th annual Marthapalooza student carnival.

Bonny Harper (13C) captured the spirit of Mountain Day in her column for the Barrow County News. As she expressed, “it is truly a pleasure to return and watch the current students taking part in such a time-honored tradition and experiencing the same joy I did.” To that, we can only say amen!

Special thanks to all those who made a gift to the 1914 Challenge in honor of Martha’s birthday. The students set a goal of 1,914 gifts to commemorate the very first Mountain Day; we wound up with 2,014. Great job everybody!

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Mountain Day LogoAs Berry alumni, we all have memories of the Grand March of Students on Mountain Day and the penny basket at the bottom of the hill that symbolizes the spirit of giving at the heart of this cherished celebration. As we approach this year’s centennial, students in Berry’s Firsthand4You program are honoring that heritage with the 1914 Challenge, an ambitious effort to collect 1,914 gifts in recognition of the first Mountain Day a century ago. The challenge begins online Sept. 29 and concludes Oct. 4 at the Mountain Day picnic. An old-fashioned scoreboard on the slopes of Lavender Mountain will track our progress.

Participants will feel t1914 Challengehe satisfaction that comes from helping Berry students AND receive a 10% discount at local restaurants in the hours preceding the 6 p.m. kickoff for Berry’s Mountain Day football game. Pregame partners include Johnny’s Pizza, Mellow Mushroom, Brewhouse, Jefferson’s, Schroeder’s on Broad Street, Harvest Moon and O’Charley’s, with others joining by the day.

“We’re excited to do something special this year to mark the 100th anniversary of Mountain Day,” said Ashley Swanson, student chair and senior class representative for Firsthand4You. “Our goal is to bring students, faculty, staff, alumni and family together to celebrate Berry and our legacy of giving. We’re a little nervous to see if we can collect all the 1,914 gifts – but we’re going to definitely give it our best shot!”

Reunion Brunch: Those planning to attend the Mountain Day reunion brunch have until Sept. 26 to complete the online registration form. The cost is $12 (children 5 and under eat free). Participating classes include 1974A, 1974C, 1979A, 1979C, 1984C, 1989C, 1994C, 1999C, 2004C and 2009C.

Football: Alumni wishing to obtain single-game tickets for Mountain Day can make their purchase online (available now) or in person at the Krannert Center information desk beginning Sept. 24. Tickets also can be purchased at the stadium gate (pending availability) on game day. There are three price levels ranging from $5 to $25 per seat.

A full schedule of Mountain Day events is available online.

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Mountain Day Football

Rival campus literary societies square off in a Mountain Day football game in the early 1970s. Photo courtesy of the Cabin Log.

Mention the Georgians and the Syrrebs to alumni of a certain vintage, and they’ll no doubt recall the football rivalry between the two campus literary societies that for decades was a Mountain Day staple. The longstanding tradition of Mountain Day football went on hiatus in the 1970s when the Georgians and Syrrebs dissolved, but now it’s back, just in time for the 100th anniversary of Berry’s most cherished celebration. The game, pitting Berry’s second-year varsity team against Washington University of St. Louis, will take place at Rome’s Barron Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 4. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m., leaving plenty of time for alumni to attend traditional Mountain Day favorites like the picnic lunch and Grand March before heading off to Broad Street for pregame activities at various local restaurants. Check the Mountain Day website for more information on participating restaurants and planned gatherings.

Advance tickets to the Mountain Day game can be purchased Sept. 29 to Oct. 3 by calling 706-236-2260 or emailing athletics@berry.edu. They also will be available at the gate. Don’t forget to wear your Berry blueMountain Day Logo!

The football game is one of many highlights planned for the Mountain Day centennial. Others include the mega reunion brunch for the classes of 1974A, 1974C, 1979A, 1979C, 1984C, 1989C, 1994C, 1999C, 2004C and 2009C, and the Marthapalooza Family Hour on Saturday afternoon in the Clara Bowl. Also on tap for the weekend are the annual Friday afternoon golf scramble, home games for men’s and women’s soccer, performances of The Fantastics by Berry’s acclaimed theatre company, and numerous alumni gatherings. A complete schedule of events and registration information is included in the printed brochure that should be arriving in your mailbox shortly. Information and online registration for the mega reunion brunch can also be found online.

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MLK Day of Service

Berry students contribute their time and energy during the MLK Day of Service. Photo by student Blake Childers.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” Approximately 100 members of the Berry community answered that question Jan. 20 by taking part in the official launch for “100 for our 100th,” a yearlong service initiative leading up to the 2014 Mountain Day centennial. Throughout the year, students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to perform acts of service tied to the number 100. It could be 100 hours of service to a particular cause, 100 cans of food for a homeless shelter or 100 toys for the needy. Participants in the MLK Day of Service got their 100 started by assisting a variety of community organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Rome Action Ministries, Angel Express and the Golden Living Center.

“It was thrilling to see Berry students, faculty and staff not only serve in memory of a great man, but also bring some energy to this exciting new venture,” said Sydney Hulebak, student director of Berry College Volunteer Services.

Keep an eye on the alumni relations website and future issues of the Alumni Accent for more details on how you can take part. More coverage.

Story by Philanthropic Communications Student Supervisor Casey Cox.

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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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Mountain Day Olympics

The faculty/staff team (including your fearless Alumni Accent editor) shows its spirit during the 2012 Olympics. Photo by student Mary Claire Stewart.

In the August issue of the Alumni Accent, we asked you to share your most vivid memories of your first week at Berry. Moving into the residence halls was the top choice with 39% of the vote. Next, with 23%, was driving through the Gate of Opportunity. Meeting your roommate (14%) was third, followed by reporting to your on-campus job (10%), Viking Venture (4%), walking into your first class (4%) and Friday afternoon (4%).

This month, our focus shifts to the greatest of all Berry competitions – the Mountain Day Olympics! Scroll to the blog footer to vote for your favorite event.

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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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In the August edition of the Alumni Accent poll, readers had the opportunity to weigh in on their favorite Mountain Day traditions. Three answers – reconnecting with old friends (35 percent), watching the Grand March (30 percent) and seeing the campus again (25 percent) – proved overwhelming popular, accounting for 90 percent of all votes cast. Thanks to all who took part!

This month, we’re turning our attention to memories of freshman year (egad!). Scroll to the bottom of this page to share your thoughts.

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Mountain Day Brochure CoverAs the first hint of fall kisses the morning air, our thoughts invariably turn to Mountain Day – now less than three weeks away. Highlights for alumni are plentiful this year, including the fifth-annual Mega Reunion and several different affinity group reunions.

Reunion List

Class years (at Mega Reunion): 1972A, 1972C, 1977A, 1977C, 1982A, 1982C, 1987C, 1992C, 1997C, 2002C, 2007C.

Affinity groups: Charter Fellows Conference, Longleaf Pine Alumni Reunion, Pathways Program Reunion Breakfast, Psychology Alumni Breakfast, Study Abroad 40th Anniversary Reunion, Latino/Latina Alumni Merienda, Recent Graduates Reception.

The Mountain Campus will be a focal point of alumni activity throughout the day Oct. 6, beginning with the morning convocation at Frost Chapel. This year’s speaker is Brian Brodrick (97C), an All-American runner at Berry who now serves on the Board of Visitors.

Online registration for several events (including the Friday afternoon golf scramble, Saturday morning 5K and ALL reunions) closes Friday, Sept. 28, so sign up today! If you can’t be there in person, Virtual Mountain Day will bring the fun to you via streaming video of the Grand March and a live chat.

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