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When Stewart Fuqua (80A) sits down to make his travel plans each summer, sandy beaches and swaying palms are the last thing on his mind. The destinations closest to his heart are Guatemala – where he serves each year with his church – and Berry. Every year since 1998, the academy alumnus has returned “home” for Alumni Work Week. This May, he was one of 175 alumni and friends who spent a week working on 17 different campus projects.

Stewart Fuqua

Stewart Fuqua

Working alongside Al Christopher (61c) and other friends, Fuqua helped build an equipment barn for the Season’s Harvest student enterprise, putting to good use the skills he learned decades ago as a student working on the grounds crew and in the water plant. Those skills have served him well throughout his adult life, whether in his work as a contractor and volunteer firefighter or building a home for a doctor in Guatemala.

Fuqua loves returning to “God’s backyard” – as he refers to Berry – for Alumni Work Week, and he intends to be back next year.

“God willing,” he declared, “I’ll be here.”

Click the video for scenes from Berry’s 31st annual Alumni Work Week.

By Katherine Edmonds, philanthropic communications student writer

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Alumni WeekendThe memories came flooding back May 30 to June 6 as hundreds of alumni returned home for three of the biggest events on the Berry calendar – Alumni Weekend, Young Alumni Weekend and Alumni Work Week.

Alumni Weekend highlights included Golden Guard induction for the college and academy classes of 1964, presentation of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards and recognition of longtime faculty members Peter Lawler and Kathy Richardson as honorary members of the Berry Alumni Association. Also of note were chapel services led by Walter Copeland (64A, 71C) and Alumni Association Chaplain Valerie Loner (91C), as well as special praise for the following individuals:

Bob Williams (62H), Lifetime membership on the Berry Alumni Council
John Shahan (64A, 69C) and Bill Thornton (68C), Berry High Schools/Berry Academy Outstanding Faculty/Staff Awards
Lewis Copeland (60C), Virginia R. Webb Exceptional Service Award
Jennifer Beard (93C, 00G, FS), Berry Alumni Association President’s Award

Alumni Work WeekReunions were held for eleven different college, high school and academy classes, three of which earned awards for participation and giving:

Class of 1959C: Viking Cup (highest giving percentage)
Class of 1964C: Ford Cup (highest total amount given), Heritage Cup (greatest increase in Berry Heritage Society membership) and Martha Cup (greatest percentage increase in gifts)
Class of 1964A: Reunion Cup (highest percentage attendance)

In addition to their financial generosity – the reunion classes contributed approximately $1.02 million in gifts to Berry – alumni also gave of their time and energy through the Young Alumni Weekend service project and Alumni Work Week. The latter drew nearly 200 participants for a week of work and fellowship featuring an ambitious list of projects. One crew led by Al Christopher (61c) and Stewart Fuqua (80A) constructed an enclosed shed for the Season’s Harvest student-operated enterprise, while another led by Jimmy Bell (60C) and Sid Wheeler (60C) completed a dairy cattle barn at the Rollins Ruminant Research Center. More coverage.

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It’s been more than a half-century since Steve Tankersley (56H) and Ron Edwards (56H) graduated from the Mount Berry School for Boys, but for a few days each spring they relive those “good old days” as participants in Alumni Work Week.

Ron and Steve were just two of the approximately 200 alumni and friends who returned to campus May 19-24 for this annual celebration of Berry’s work heritage. Jobs completed by the 25 work crews included a new cooling unit for the Season’s Harvest student enterprise, a walkway and wall at Frances Cottage, and construction projects at the beef cattle and Emery barns.

Steve and Ron were team leaders for the kitchen crew, responsible for providing meals to other Work Week participants. As the longtime friends complete their daily tasks, they were able to enjoy each other’s company and that of other classmates. The same was true of Joy Johnson (73C), who spent her week working alongside former roommates as team leader for the weaving crew.

“We have a lot of fun,” Joy said. “We get a lot of work done, and we work really hard … but there’s a lot of laughter too.”

By Garrett Peace, student editorial assistant

Work Week Photo Gallery

A Tradition of Work, by student Jake Summerlin

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We all know that young alumni love to have fun, but the second-annual Young Alumni Weekend celebration (held concurrently with Alumni Weekend) proved once again that our newest graduates can get serious about service and giving too. A total of 84 alumni and friends turned out for this year’s event, which featured service projects, intramural grudge matches, a party on the green at Oak Hill and, perhaps most notably, a live auction that raised more than $5,000 toward the purchase of a tractor for the Season’s Harvest student enterprise. A special shout out goes to Hugh Hagen (08C) for his superb auctioneering skills!

Photo gallery.

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Time is running out to register for three of the biggest events on the alumni calendar: Alumni Weekend (May 18-20), Young Alumni Weekend (May 18-20) and Alumni Work Week (May 20-25). All three promise good times, great friends and a wealth of new memories. Here are some of the highlights:

Alumni Weekend kicks off with the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards and Golden Guard Gala in Krannert’s Spruill Ballroom; also on tap are reunions for the classes of 1947H, 1952H, 1952C, 1957H, 1957C, 1961C, 1962H, 1962C, 1967A and 1967C.

Now in its second year, Young Alumni Weekend offers our newest alumni (those who attended Berry in the last 10 years) the opportunity to “party on the green” at Oak Hill, rekindle intramural rivalries and leave a legacy through various service projects. New this year is a live auction benefiting the Season’s Harvest student enterprise.

Alumni Work Week honors Berry’s proud “work” tradition, with teams of alumni investing time and energy in numerous campus projects.

Online registration is available by clicking the links above. The deadline is May 11, so don’t delay!

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Looking for something fun to do in late spring? We’ve got not one, not two but three GREAT OPTIONS: Alumni Weekend, Young Alumni Weekend and Alumni Work Week.

Alumni Weekend, May 18-20, will feature college, academy and high school reunions for the classes of 1947, 1952, 1957, 1962 and 1967, as well as the presentation of the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards and the Golden Guard induction of Berry’s two 50th year reunion classes, 1962H and 1962C.

That same weekend, young alumni (those who graduated in the last 10 years) are invited to their own celebration including campus service projects, intramural competition, a party on the green at Oak Hill and, new this year, a live auction to raise money for The Berry Farms Season’s Harvest, one of Berry’s student-operated campus enterprises.

The fun continues with Alumni Work Week, May 20-25, which offers opportunities for alumni of all ages (and skill levels) to renew old friendships and build new ones while working side-by-side on various campus projects.

Information and online registration for all these events is available by clicking the links above. If you have questions, please contact the alumni relations office at 800-782-0130 (toll free) or alumni@berry.edu.

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