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Berry Sweethearts CollageCAMPUS LOVE: These are just a few of the photos submitted for the #BerrySweethearts contest. Click here to see the rest.

Alumni couples reminisce on social media

More than 100 alumni couples shared their #BerrySweethearts story with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

Participants melted our hearts with stories of how they met (an indoor soccer tournament at Memorial Gym, a residence hall social, the Hermann Hall elevator); their first dates (a trip to Old Mill during a snow day, a hike to the reservoir, a picnic of Celia’s Supermarket tacos at Swan Lake); and unforgettable on-campus weddings.

Alumni of all ages got into the act, from those who graduated in the 1970s and have been married for 50 years to 2018 graduates who just got engaged. Five random winners received a Valentine’s Day prize pack featuring a “Bear Hugs from Berry” stuffed bear and a Starbucks gift card. Make sure to follow Berry Alumni on all of our social media channels so you can enter our next contest!

Click here to see all of the alumni photos and stories submitted for this year’s #BerrySweethearts contest.

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Janisse RayWriter, activist and naturalist Janisse Ray will be the featured presenter for Berry’s inaugural Buzz and Barbara Mote McCoy Southern Women Writers Lecture, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the Berry College Chapel. Admission is free and open to the public.

A 2015 inductee into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, Ray is the author of five books of literary nonfiction and a collection of eco-poetry. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Montana and two honorary doctorates. She has served as a writer-in-residence at numerous institutions, and her translated work has been published in France and Turkey. Among her many honors are the Southern Booksellers Award for Poetry (2011), the Southeastern Booksellers Award for Nonfiction (1999) and an American Book Award (2000). Full bio.

Three days prior to Ray’s visit, on Feb. 20, Dana Professor of Biology Martin Cipollini will lead a two-hour guided hike of Berry’s Longleaf Pine Trail, discussing the history and scenery surrounding the types of trees featured in her writing. The hike, also free and open to the public, begins at 2 p.m. at the Longleaf trail head on Berry’s mountain campus. Parking at the trail head is limited, but overflow space is available at the Old Mill.

The new lecture series honors the generosity of Barbara Mote McCoy (61C) and her husband, Buzz. Mrs. McCoy holds an English degree from Berry and served with distinction as a member of the Executive Steering Committee for the college’s $100 million Century Campaign. Mr. McCoy is a nationally recognized writer and teacher of business ethics who has served as executive-in-residence for the graduate business schools at Stanford University and Notre Dame and as adjunct professor for the Pacific School of Religion, UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and the University of Southern California’s graduate real estate program. The retired Morgan Stanley executive has authored many works on the subjects of business ethics and real estate finance, including the Harvard Business Review classic, “The Parable of the Sadhu.”

Both are avid readers whose previous support of Berry’s Southern Women Writers Conference made this series possible.

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Amelia Earhart

Three years before disappearing over the Pacific while attempting to circumnavigate the globe, Amelia Earhart (third from right) posed with Martha Berry during a 1934 visit to Berry.

If the results of our latest Alumni Accent poll are any indication, Berry alumni LOVE their campus landmarks!

Our January question – Which Berry landmark is your favorite? – drew unprecedented response. Two mountain campus favorites – Frost Chapel and the Old Mill – led the way, each drawing 30 percent of the vote. Ford Dining Hall was next with 21 percent, followed by the House ‘o Dreams (9 percent), Oak Hill (6 percent), Possum Trot (2 percent) and Roosevelt Cabin (2 percent).

This month, we turn our attention from famous places to famous people. Scroll to the footer to tell us which notable Berry visitor you would most like to have met.

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Berry Half MarathonHundreds of runners, joggers and walkers will converge on the Berry campus Saturday, March 28, for the eighth-annual Berry Half Marathon, 10K and 5K road races.

Now a beloved tradition, this fundraising event for Berry College Elementary and Middle School promises fun and fitness for a good cause. The half-marathon and 10K start at 8 a.m.; the 5K follows at 8:20 a.m. The half-marathon course takes participants down Lavender Mountain Drive (stretch road) to Berry’s mountain campus, past such famed landmarks as Frost Chapel, the Old Mill and WinShape Retreat Center, then back to main campus by way of the Viking Trail. The 10K and 5K races utilize shorter sections of stretch road and the Viking Trail. There’s also a 1-mile fun run for children in the Clara Bowl. Registration fees are currently $70 for the half marathon ($75 after March 22; $80 on race day), $35 for the 10K ($40 on race day) and $30 for the 5K ($35 on race day). Sign up today at www.berryhalf.com.

By Maxine Donnelly, philanthropic communications student assistant

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Screen capture of Mary Hall from NBC's official trailer.

Alumni tuning in to NBC’s new supernatural thriller Constantine (premiering Oct. 24) should keep an eye out for two of Berry’s most iconic structures, the Ford Buildings and Old Mill. Scenes for the pilot were shot last spring. The production crew returned in August to shoot additional scenes for later episodes.

Recent theatre grads (and fans of The Walking Dead) will be excited to hear that Keith Brooks (08C) has a role in the series. As Dr. John Countryman joked in an email to campus, “They’ll kill him off, of course, as producers are wont to do, but he’ll have a few things to say first!”

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The Old Mill Buried in the Blizzard of 1993

The Old Mill as it appeared on March 13, 1993. Photo by David Wallace (93C).

The Rome News-Tribune headline from Sunday, March 14, 1993, said it all: “Century’s worst snowstorm has Floyd in the deepfreeze.” The Campus Carrier later declared that we had been “Up to our knees in ’93,” and those of us who were on campus that unforgettable weekend would have to agree.

The Storm of the Century, as it’s come to be called, roared into Rome on a Friday night, bringing with it heavy snow, slashing winds and frigid temperatures that left campus residents huddling in the dark as trees snapped and lightning (yes, lightning) flashed through the sky. Morning revealed a landscape blanketed by more than a foot of the heavy white powder. Cut off from the outside world, those on campus looked after each other until conditions improved. Afterward, students, faculty and staff worked together to get the college back on its feet.

Click here for more recollections of the famous storm, including campus photos and a link to Campus Carrier coverage. Berry memories can also be found in this commemorative story published by the Rome News-Tribune.

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The Water's EdgeIn our last issue, we were excited to report that Berry’s Old Mill had shown up in the pages of Southern Living and Country Extra magazines. Not content to be confined to print, the iconic landmark has now made the leap to television as one of the featured sites in “The Water’s Edge,” an episode of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Georgia Outdoors series. The show can be viewed in its entirety by visiting the Georgia Outdoors website (accessible by clicking the image at left). Fast-forward to 10:37 to see the Old Mill and hear a brief interview with Oak Hill Director Tim Brown.

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Southern LivingFrom Travel and Leisure magazine’s ranking of “America’s most beautiful college campuses” to the “travel photo of the day” feature on TODAY.com, we’re always excited to share praise of Berry’s breathtaking beauty in popular media. The latest publication to get into the act is Southern Living magazine, which featured a picture of Berry’s famed Old Mill in its October issue. The accompanying headline referred to Berry as “one of the South’s most scenic college campuses.” If that’s not enough, the Old Mill also appeared in a recent Country Extra feature, “America’s Best Loved Mills.” Thanks to both of these publications for confirming what we already knew — when it comes to natural beauty, Berry tops the charts!

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