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Governor's Honors Program

Siddarth Shrivastava makes an adjustment to a “mine finder” he helped build in HackBerry Lab as part of the Governor’s Honors Program. The device is meant to minimize injuries and deaths from landmines left from wars.

A busy summer on the world’s largest campus was highlighted by Berry’s debut as the new host site for the prestigious Governor’s Honors Program. More than 650 of Georgia’s top high school juniors and seniors – accompanied by nearly 100 GHP faculty and staff members – flowed through the Gate of Opportunity in late June to begin the four-week residential experience.

During their stay, participants attended classes in specific areas of study, showcased their artistic talents in various campus venues, and joined Berry students and staff for a night of service benefiting the local community.

“The Governor’s Honors Program aligns with Berry’s commitment to academic excellence,” said Debbie Heida, dean of students and vice president for student affairs. “It was a great opportunity to share the Berry experience with these incredibly talented high school students. I hope to see some of them back at Berry for a full four-year experience.”

The program will return to Berry in 2018.

The arrival of the GHP students for a new Berry tradition came on the heels of a rite of passage familiar to decades of alumni – Student Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR) – which this year provided more than 500 incoming students with their first taste of Berry life.

Adding to the buzz of GHP and SOAR was a steady stream of summer camps – more than 45 in all – that drew approximately 2,000 participants ages 5-18 for a wide variety of sports and activities.

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SOAR 2014In the May issue of the Alumni Accent, we attempted to quantify “eagle mania” among our readers by asking the question, How often do you find yourself watching Berry’s Eagle Cam? Not surprisingly, the most popular response – with 38% of the vote – was multiple times each day. Close behind was once or twice a week (35%), followed by once or twice a day (15%), never (8%) and every waking moment (4%).

This month, we turn our attention to SOAR – an annual rite of passage for incoming students. Scroll to the bottom of this page to share your memories of summer orientation.

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Times may change, but SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising and Registration) remains a summer rite of passage for Berry’s newest students.

Throughout the month of June, upperclass SOAR leaders welcomed new students (more than 650 in all) for two days of orientation activities designed to help them make a successful transition to college life. As many alumni no doubt recall, there were forms to sign, class schedules to finalize and job assignments to receive. In the process, connections were made and the first bonds of lifelong friendships formed.

“I was really nervous about meeting people,” said incoming freshman Garrett Miller of Duluth, Ga., “but SOAR was so fun and informative that I am now confident in my decision to come here.”

One more group of students will complete the SOAR process Aug. 22, after which one of the largest incoming classes in Berry history will gather together for the second half of summer orientation, Viking Venture. Classes start Aug. 27.

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