Tag Archives: Refugees

Naing OoAs a graduating senior, Naing Oo (13C) was profiled by CNN.com and featured in Berry magazine as one of seven former refugees who found success as Berry students. Today, he is putting his education to work and indulging his passion for global affairs through service in the Peace Corps. The international studies major and public relations minor is currently stationed in the western African nation of Burkina Faso, working in the community economic development sector.

A native of Burma and a charter recipient of the Gate of Opportunity Scholarship, Oo’s unique perspective and natural leadership abilities served him well as a Berry College presidential ambassador and resident assistant in Dana Hall. He credits Berry’s unique mission of educating the head, heart and hands for properly preparing him for his new international journey. His jobs at Berry helped refine his interpersonal communication skills.

“I am representing the United States to the locals in my village, just like I was representing Berry College as a presidential ambassador,” he said. “When the locals see me, they see all of America through and in me. I am so thankful for my experience at Berry for preparing me for this monumental milestone in my career.”

When Oo completes his Peace Corps training, he will be sent to a village called Gabou in the south Sahara. He plans to work with villagers by applying practical public relations and marketing strategies in hopes of increasing sales of the village’s cattle.

Story by Public Relations Student Supervisor Hayden Sloan.

Bookmark and Share

Changing Lives in UgandaThe impressive quality of Berry students and alumni has caught the attention of one of the nation’s most recognizable news organizations. Three times this spring, CNN has featured stories with a Berry connection, the most recent focusing on a group of refugee students whose pathway to future success passed through the Gate of Opportunity. Full story.

An earlier feature (click accompanying image to see video) chronicled the work Brin Enterkin (12C) has done on behalf of Ugandan orphans through the African SOUP, a nonprofit she founded as a student. The network also shared the inspirational journey of Ryan Boyle, a current student who has recovered from a near-fatal childhood accident to become a published author and Paralympic hopeful in para-cycling. Ryan’s story.

Bookmark and Share