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Berry College Nursing GraduatesMomentum is building for Berry’s Division of Nursing, which this year produced its first class of 17 graduates (pictured). In recent months, representatives of the new bachelor’s degree program earned invitations to prestigious national meetings for students and faculty, even as Berry surpassed the $500,000 LifeReady Campaign goal for the state-of-the-art nursing laboratory in Evans Hall.

News that the program had been granted full five-year accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education was heralded by the Rome News-Tribune, which noted that Berry’s entry into nursing is “most timely” in helping to meet a growing national need.

The paper also spotlighted the future plans of spring graduate Will Howell, whose Berry experience helped him obtain a position as a registered nurse in the thoracic and cardiovascular intensive care unit at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

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LifeReady LogoLifeReady: The Berry College Campaign for Opportunity has now surpassed $80 million in gifts and pledges thanks to generous commitments from Trustee Sunny Park and two anonymous alumni. This marks an increase of more than $5 million since the campaign’s public launch in May 2014.

Fundraising has been completed for two campaign priorities – the Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Program and McAllister Hall Science Endowment – and is nearing completion for Valhalla stadium and the renovation of Richards Gym, Berry’s new Welcome Center, and the nursing patient-simulation laboratory in Evans Hall. Other priorities for which fundraising is now underway include an animal science research and teaching center at the Rollins Complex and the new Integrity in Leadership and Entrepreneurship centers. (Look for more on Integrity in Leadership in our next issue.)

Updated information on all campaign priorities is available at www.berry.edu/LifeReady.

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Berry Nursing

Retired physician Pat Adams chats with students in Berry's new state-of-the-art nursing suite. Photo by student Lauren Neumann.

Berry celebrated the launch of its baccalaureate nursing program with a Feb. 20 luncheon and ribbon-cutting that afforded guests the opportunity to get an up-close look at the state-of-the-art patient simulators at the heart of the Evans Hall nursing suite. Among those in attendance were Lou Brown Jewell, Bob Williams (62H) and wife Kay, and Pat and Colleen Adams, all generous supporters of the new program.

Nineteen students are currently working toward future careers as leaders in the health care field, and more than a hundred have declared their intention to pursue the new major. They represent the first wave of Berry-educated nurses meant to meet a growing national need.

“In the medical field there isn’t just a shortage of doctors, but also of nurses,” said Dean of Nursing Vanice Roberts. “And some nurses are more qualified than others. Those who are able to communicate effectively – to question as well as conform to the health care system – are more helpful to doctors and patients in stressful situations.”

Local news coverage.

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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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Berry Magazine - Summer 2012Need some reading material for your summer vacation? We’ve got the perfect thing – Berry magazine! The new issue includes the captivating alumni profiles you’ve come to expect, as well as campus news, class notes and a thought-provoking essay by President Briggs detailing Berry’s efforts to launch a four-year nursing program. If you can’t wait for the hard copy, click the cover at left to explore the publication online.

We’re currently hard at work on the fall issue. If you have a class note you’d like to submit, please email us at alumni@berry.edu (don’t forget to include your class year). If you have good news to share, we want to hear it. The deadline for submission is June 30, so don’t delay!

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