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Brin Enterkin in Uganda

“Anyone anywhere is capable of helping somebody. I hope people will see that if I can do something like this, anyone can.”

Brin Enterkin (12C) was a newly minted high school graduate when she spoke those words to her hometown paper after working to fund a school in Cambodia. A decade later, she continues to live out that credo, recently earning placement on Forbes’ “30 under 30” list of social entrepreneurs for her work to transform the education system of Uganda by stressing an interactive approach over rote memorization, thus allowing children to think more creatively and critically.

“Brin is an outstanding young alum,” said Professor of Management Paula Englis, who nominated her for the Forbes list. “She has a long history of exemplary service and the ability to make things happen to facilitate substantive change.”

Enterkin’s involvement in the African nation began in 2009 when she taught microfinancing to Ugandan women and provided comfort to patients with AIDS/HIV as part of a Berry-funded summer learning experience. By the time she graduated, she had founded a nonprofit, The African SOUP, which continues to make a difference in Uganda by blending community development with national impact. Her work has earned the attention of CNN, Huffington Post and Engage Magazine, and in 2015 she was honored with the Berry Alumni Association’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

Enterkin recently returned to the United States to assume a new role as president/managing director of the Watson Institute in Boulder, Colo., where she is working to create an “Olympic training ground” for other social entrepreneurs.

By student writer Kendall Aronson

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Nepal Earthquake AftermathAlyssa Nobles (12C) knew Nepal was on the itinerary when she first set out for Adventure in Missions’ yearlong World Race, but her visit took on a very different tone after an April earthquake rocked the mountainous region – killing thousands – just two days before she was set to arrive. When she finally set foot in the disaster zone more than a week later, it was in the role of relief worker. She got quite a scare of her own when a second major quake struck. Through her service, Nobles’ faith was affirmed by the resiliency of the people she encountered.Alyssa Nobles in Nepal

Reflecting on a church service she attended, she wrote in her blog:  “As I look around, I see the group of children gathered on several rugs spread out just for them. Their hands are lifted high and they are singing praises to the God of the universe that literally made the ground shake beneath their feet just two weeks ago. And I am absolutely amazed at the faith and the joy and the peace of these people.”

Nobles left Nepal in late May bound for Malaysia. She is the daughter of Randy (80C, 85G) and Kathryn Dugger Nobles (82C, FS).

Media coverage: “We are aiding in relief in whatever way we can”

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MS Walk

Berry football coach Tony Kunczewski with Associate Dean of Students and MS Walk co-captain Julie Bumpus.

Berry football coach Tony Kunczewski took aim at a very different kind of opponent this spring, sharing his family’s fight against multiple sclerosis to help raise awareness of the disease. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Georgia chapter spotlighted the Berry coach on its website, relating his late mother’s experience with MS in a story by Georgiann Caruso.

“Sports were a huge part of my life growing up, and I think a big reason why they’re still a major part of my life is that I never took being able to walk, run, throw or do anything athletic for granted – because I saw my mom in a wheelchair all those years,” said Kunczewski, who also puts foot to pavement through active involvement in the annual on-campus MS Walk. “One of my goals is to pass on her legacy, and that’s why it’s important for me to volunteer and try to find help for others who are battling this disease.”

By Maxine Donnelly, Philanthropic Communications Editorial Assistant

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Lion's ThreadSenior Sydney Hulebak’s participation in the Clinton Global Initiative University has resulted in a $4,000 Resolution Project grant for Lion’s Thread, a business venture she launched with Brin Enterkin (12C) that is providing opportunity and assistance for the people of Uganda. Lion’s Thread markets bow ties crafted by Ugandan women, with profits providing money for salaries, entrepreneurship training and seed funding so that the women can one day start a business of their own.

Lion’s Thread grew out of Hulebak’s involvement with the African SOUP, a nonprofit started by Enterkin that is working to improve the lives of Ugandan orphans. Hulebak was looking for a way to put her lifelong interest in fashion to work for others, and the collaboration with Enterkin provided the perfect opportunity.

Hulebak will continue her work with Lion’s Thread during the coming year while also gaining valuable nonprofit experience as a fellow with the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation in Atlanta.

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MLK Day of Service

Berry students contribute their time and energy during the MLK Day of Service. Photo by student Blake Childers.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” Approximately 100 members of the Berry community answered that question Jan. 20 by taking part in the official launch for “100 for our 100th,” a yearlong service initiative leading up to the 2014 Mountain Day centennial. Throughout the year, students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to perform acts of service tied to the number 100. It could be 100 hours of service to a particular cause, 100 cans of food for a homeless shelter or 100 toys for the needy. Participants in the MLK Day of Service got their 100 started by assisting a variety of community organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Rome Action Ministries, Angel Express and the Golden Living Center.

“It was thrilling to see Berry students, faculty and staff not only serve in memory of a great man, but also bring some energy to this exciting new venture,” said Sydney Hulebak, student director of Berry College Volunteer Services.

Keep an eye on the alumni relations website and future issues of the Alumni Accent for more details on how you can take part. More coverage.

Story by Philanthropic Communications Student Supervisor Casey Cox.

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Hannah GunninAs a child, Hannah Gunnin (12C) heard a divine call to “Go.” In her adult years, she is taking that invitation to heart as a participant in the World Race, a program sponsored by Adventures in Missions that will carry her to 11 countries in the next 11 months. At each stop, the daughter of Ray (86C) and Michelle Hunter (85C) Gunnin will put her Berry education to work as she serves those most in need. By the time she returns home in 2014, Hannah will have impacted lives in Romania, Ukraine, Ireland, India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia.

Hannah (top right in photo) credits her study-abroad experience at Berry and the education she received as a double major in religion and anthropology with preparing her for this journey. She looks forward to living out the Berry motto, “Not to be ministered unto, but to minister,” through the World Race experience and educating others about the cultures she encounters once she gets back.

Hannah’s blog.

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Berry Softball

Lisa Jellum's photo of senior Lacey Herring celebrating a 2011 home run appears on the cover of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association 2013 calendar.

It’s been a great fall for Berry’s intercollegiate softball team – and the new season hasn’t even started yet! Already, the Lady Vikings have earned a No. 22 national ranking for academic success in NCAA Division III from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. In addition, nine team members have been named NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes. As if that’s not enough, the accompanying photo of Berry players celebrating a home run will grace the cover of the NFCA’s 2013 calendar.

The team will be looking to build on its best-ever 25-11 finish when the season begins in February. In the meantime, coach Cori Thiermann and her players have been busy giving back to the community.

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