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Berry student Corley Peth working with children at the South Rome Early Learning Center.

Teachers, parents and children are praising the efforts of Berry students working in the South Rome Early Learning Center, a strategic partnership between Berry, Rome City Schools and the South Rome Redevelopment Corporation. Housed in the new Anna K. Davie Elementary School, the center welcomed its first class of 20 three-year-olds in July, the same month it was fully licensed by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. The center is meant to improve educational opportunities for the children while also providing valuable experience for Berry students. The current staff includes two graduate students in Berry’s Charter School of Education and Human Sciences, one representative of the Bonner Scholars Program and four student workers serving alongside the center director, lead teacher, assistant teacher and office manager/community liaison.

“I like it because it is not just a daycare,” parent Tiara Barrett told the Rome News-Tribune. “They are really learning things and every day [my daughter] comes to me and tells me what they do.”

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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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Berry Academy Basketball TeamMembers of the 1964-65 Berry Academy Falcons basketball team returned to campus in December to commemorate the golden anniversary of one of the greatest seasons in Berry history.

Fifty years ago, these men dominated their competition as one of the most formidable high school basketball teams in Georgia. Thriving under the strict leadership of head coach Jerry Shelton (58C), the Falcons soared to a 30-5 record that included a 17-game winning streak to start the season, a four-game sweep of the Rome News-Tribune Invitational Basketball Tournament (now called the Holiday Festival), and a seven-overtime win over Cartersville that propelled them into the state tournament for a second consecutive season.

Five decades later, the bonds of brotherhood that made them such a powerful unit were still evident as team members, fellow alumni and friends gathered for a reunion luncheon in the Berry Alumni Center. Later, the Falcons took the court together once more to be honored before a packed house at Berry’s own Cage Center during halftime of the final game of the 2014 Holiday Festival tournament.

Jerry SheltonThe players were effusive in their praise of Shelton, a standout athlete during his college days at Berry who went on to a distinguished career as an educator and administrator, eventually serving as director of the basketball tournament he’d won as a coach at Berry Academy. They also remembered his late wife, Joyce (63C), the team’s “greatest, most loyal” cheerleader.

With obvious respect and good humor, they painted a picture of a man meticulous in nature, rigorous in his training methods and creative in his coaching. Jerry Chastain (65A), for example, recalled a practice in which Shelton armed defenders with tennis racquets to help his shooters prepare for a particularly tall opponent.

“He made us winners,” declared team captain Tom Butler (65A). “He taught us that we were worthwhile and powerful, to shoot beyond what we thought were our limits, that we were somebody because we were men of Berry. And because of this, we found out who we really, truly could become.”

Bill McWhorter (65A, 69C) added, “Through [Shelton’s] guidance and with a student body that supported a team that loved to play basketball and loved each other, we were able to make the Berry schools proud, not just the high school but the college as well. It’s an honor for me to say that I’m a graduate from Berry Academy, and I was a member of the greatest team ever.”

The reunion was spearheaded by Bob Williams (62H) and his wife, Kay.

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Move over deer! Step aside skunks! A new representative of the animal kingdom has been spotted on the Berry campus, and it’s none other than America’s national bird. The local community has been abuzz in recent weeks with news that two bald eagles have been seen working on a potential nesting site not far from the Gate of Opportunity. We can’t reveal the exact location due to the delicate nature of the nesting season, but we thought you’d enjoy this glimpse, courtesy of Berry staff member Eddie Elsberry.

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