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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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First-class facilities, centers for integrity in leadership and entrepreneurship, enhancements to the Work Experience Program, generous scholarships, and new student mentoring initiatives are the focus of LifeReady: The Berry College Campaign for Opportunity.

Together, these campaign priorities will build on Berry’s historic mission of educating the head, heart and hands and further strengthen opportunities for students to discover their gifts and realize their potential. The result will be graduates who leave Berry even better prepared to improve their homes, workplaces and communities.

“Opportunity long has been Berry’s pledge to hardworking students,” said Barry Griswell (71C), retired chairman and CEO of Principal Financial Group and campaign co-chair with fellow college trustee Randy Berry. “The experience of a Berry education has changed my own life and others, while the character of a Berry education has changed communities for the better. We want to continue this important work.”

The campaign launch was accompanied by news that more than $73 million in gifts and pledges were already in hand. These early commitments – made during the four years preceding the May 17 kickoff event – include $24 million to support an eventual total of 130 innovative, mission-based Gate of Opportunity Scholarships. Funding also has been completed for the McAllister Hall endowment supporting science education and science-based scholarships.

Future commitments will make possible major facilities enhancements for Berry’s growing animal science program and much-needed renovations for the college’s primary performing arts venues, Ford Auditorium and Blackstone Hall. Other brick-and-mortar projects include a campus welcome center and entry enhancements; the Valhalla stadium for football, lacrosse, and track and field; and the recently completed renovation of Roy Richards Memorial Gymnasium.

Learning experiences will be enriched through centers focused on integrity in leadership and entrepreneurship, while work experiences – long a hallmark of a Berry education – will be enhanced through gifts supporting Berry Student Enterprises and other high-level student work positions. New mentoring programs will help students maximize the opportunities afforded by their Berry experience.

Details about each campaign priority can be found at www.berry.edu/lifeready. The site also includes information about giving options alumni and friends can use to help make these projects a reality. Gifts of any size through June 2020 count toward the campaign total.

“We could not be where we are today without your support, and we will not achieve the goals of this campaign without your help going forward,” President Steve Briggs said in an email message to alumni. “We have the opportunity to have a profound impact on Berry and the lives of future students.”

Campaign launch.

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Richards Gymnasium Renovation

Located on the site of the old indoor pool, the 4,200-square-foot strength and conditioning weight room in Richards Gymnasium will be open to all students. (Photo by Josh Meister).

A dramatic summer renovation has breathed new life into Roy Richards Memorial Gymnasium, allowing a structure originally built by students in the 1930s to enhance fitness opportunities on the Berry campus by complementing the exercise options available in the Cage Center. Highlights include a 4,200-square-foot strength and conditioning weight room and satellite training room built on the site of the old indoor pool, as well as locker rooms and office space for intercollegiate football, lacrosse and tennis. Other upgrades include a refurbished floor in the gymnasium, now used for intramurals and other group activities, a new floor in the dance lab, and refurbished offices for the Berry Outdoor Leadership Development (BOLD) program. Also, the intramural field closest to the building has been converted into a practice space for football and other sports. More information about this project and other campus improvements will be included in the fall issue of Berry magazine.

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