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First-Year Book Discussion

Dr. Chris Mingone, clinical assistant professor of health professions and pre-health advisor, leads BCC 100 students in a discussion of Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work. The 2018 first-year reading selection was authored by StoryCorps founder Dave Isay, who spoke at Berry on Sept. 6.

Recognition from the likes of The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Princeton Review, Forbes and Conde Naste Traveler greeted the 2,014 undergraduate and graduate students who flowed through the Gate of Opportunity for the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year. Among those reporting for fall classes were 509 first-year students and 46 transfers. All began their Berry journeys safe in the knowledge that they are attending one of the best – and most beautiful – colleges in the nation.

Recent Berry accolades include:

Click here for coverage of “opening of school” activities for Berry’s newest students. Photos of First-Year Service Day can be viewed here.

Related: Local media coverage of First-Year Service Day

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Dean of Students Emeritus Tom Carver with his BCC 100 students.

Dean of Students Emeritus Tom Carver (standing rear left) with his “BCC 100” students. This group was among 595 newcomers (553 first-year students and 42 transfers) who started classes in August.

Dean of Students Emeritus Tom Carver will be the first to tell you that when his heart starts acting up, it’s usually something to worry about – but that’s not the case this time of year. “When I take a page off the calendar and see it’s August again, my old heart starts to palpitate,” the 79-year-old Carver said with a grin. “I rejoice that 600 new faces are coming to see me!”

Though he retired as vice president of student affairs and dean of students in 2004, Carver continues to provide a welcoming presence for Berry newcomers as an instructor for the BCC 100 First-Year Seminar, a program he helped initiate in 1980. Students in his group had no idea they were in the presence of a Berry “celebrity” when they gathered at his off-campus home the week before classes began to eat pizza and discuss this year’s summer reading selection, Will Allen’s The Good Food Revolution: Growing healthy food, people and communities.

Even after all this time, Carver continues to marvel at Berry’s “number one blessing … the quality of its students.”

This year’s nearly 600 newcomers certainly measure up in that regard. They are notable both for their geographic diversity – representing 26 states and 10 foreign countries – and impressive credentials. Among many honors and distinctions, the group includes 17 valedictorians and salutatorians, a published poet and at least one Eagle Scout. Almost immediately, these students began weaving themselves into the fabric of Berry through participation in First-Year Service Day.

You can bet Carver has high hopes for these new arrivals, and so do we!

More photos: Opening of School, First-Year Service Day, Will Allen lecture

By student writer Katherine Edmonds

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One of our favorite new traditions – the forming of the “B” by first-year students – heralded the arrival of fall semester on the Berry campus. More than 600 new faces flowed through the Gate of Opportunity for the Aug. 24 kickoff to the 2015-16 academic year, among them approximately 575 freshmen.

Fully one-third of the new students hail from outside Georgia. Representing more than 30 states and 12 foreign countries, these students reflect Berry’s growing regional and national stature.

While final numbers won’t be available for several weeks, preliminary statistics cited by Dean of Students Debbie Heida during opening convocation are impressive, to say the least.

Here are some of the highlights:

38 percent of the new arrivals graduated in the top 25 percent of their high school classes, including seven valedictorians and nine salutatorians

51 percent have been recognized for extraordinary academic achievement

60 percent have had at least one leadership experience, including seven student council presidents

68 percent have been involved in a community service activity

31 percent held jobs during high school

In addition, 65 of the new arrivals have family members who attended Berry

Please join us in welcoming all the newcomers to the Berry family. You’ll be hearing much more about them in the coming years.

Around Berry: Welcome new Vikings

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Three months after awarding a record number of degrees at spring commencement, Berry welcomed the largest incoming class in school history. More than 700 new faces – including 672 freshmen – arrived in late August, eager to take advantage of the firsthand opportunities that are making Berry a destination of choice. It didn’t take long for them to make their mark on campus, embracing the mantra to “Be Berry” with a stunning display (see video) orchestrated by the college’s Firsthand4You student philanthropy program. They quickly introduced themselves to the local community as well, turning out in force for First-Year Service Day.

Overall enrollment now stands at 2,223, including 2,141 undergraduate and non-degree students. Opening of School.

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