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New Site for Valhalla Stadium

Tentative rendering for new Valhalla stadium site. Cage Center is top center.

Berry’s eagles were back in the news in late spring thanks to a decision by college officials to preserve the natural buffer around the famous nest by changing the site for the new Valhalla stadium.

Already shifted once as part of an eagle buffering plan approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Valhalla will be constructed south of the original site in the field bordered by Maple Drive (the service entrance), Martha Berry Highway and Memory Lane.

The relocation announcement was met with widespread support on Berry’s social media channels, especially among nature enthusiasts who have helped to make the college’s Eagle Cam an international sensation.

“The eagles are mesmerizing, better than any reality television show,” said President Steve Briggs. “And the truth is we are entranced by them as well.”

Fundraising for Valhalla – which will provide a home for intercollegiate football, lacrosse, and track and field in addition to intramural sports and other campus events – is more than 80 percent complete. Construction is expected to begin later this year. As part of the project, Maple Drive will be widened and a grassy field for track-and-field throwing events will be added.

The stadium is expected to be completed in time for the 2015 football season. Home games this fall will be played at Barron Stadium in Rome.

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Tree Campus USA

Students Aubry Worsham and Megan Boswell plant a tree on the Berry campus.


Berry has long been renowned for the beauty of its campus and its lush canopy of approximately 7.5 million trees. Now the Arbor Day Foundation has gotten into the act, applauding Berry’s efforts to preserve and manage this vital resource by bestowing Tree Campus USA recognition on the college. This program – started in 2008 and sponsored by Toyota – recognizes colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and engaging staff and students in conservation goals.

“With more than 27,000 acres of natural beauty, wildlife and flora it only makes sense that Berry would hold such a distinctive honor,” said Eddie Elsberry, Berry director of agriculture operations, environmental compliance and sustainability. Read more.

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Berry’s strategic commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship has once again earned the attention of The Princeton Review, which recently ranked the institution among the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada. Institutions were selected based upon notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. Referencing the natural wonder of Berry’s 27,000-acre campus, the publication noted that “it is virtually a no brainer that this campus is a green leader.” Download the Guide to Green Colleges.

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Senior animal science major Jenny Smolek traveled to San Francisco in early December as one of 12 finalists in Project Green Challenge, a nationwide sustainability contest. Approximately 2,600 college and high school students took part in the competition, which offered participants the opportunity to earn points by completing a “green” challenge each day during the month of October. Jenny joined finalists from Johns Hopkins University, Indiana University and other colleges and secondary schools at the two-day eco-summit that climaxed the competition.

“It was amazing!” Jenny said. “We heard informative and inspirational speeches from various eco-heroes. We were also able to collaborate with them to develop programs that we can implement on our campuses and [at] other schools nationwide.”

This academic year, Jenny is one of 14 Berry students taking part in a unique experiment in green living – the Berry Environmental Living and Learning (BELL) House. The pilot program provides students with the opportunity to live together in an environmentally responsible manner while also promoting sustainability through outreach efforts across campus. More coverage.

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