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Dean of Students Emeritus Tom Carver with his BCC 100 students.

Dean of Students Emeritus Tom Carver (standing rear left) with his “BCC 100” students. This group was among 595 newcomers (553 first-year students and 42 transfers) who started classes in August.

Dean of Students Emeritus Tom Carver will be the first to tell you that when his heart starts acting up, it’s usually something to worry about – but that’s not the case this time of year. “When I take a page off the calendar and see it’s August again, my old heart starts to palpitate,” the 79-year-old Carver said with a grin. “I rejoice that 600 new faces are coming to see me!”

Though he retired as vice president of student affairs and dean of students in 2004, Carver continues to provide a welcoming presence for Berry newcomers as an instructor for the BCC 100 First-Year Seminar, a program he helped initiate in 1980. Students in his group had no idea they were in the presence of a Berry “celebrity” when they gathered at his off-campus home the week before classes began to eat pizza and discuss this year’s summer reading selection, Will Allen’s The Good Food Revolution: Growing healthy food, people and communities.

Even after all this time, Carver continues to marvel at Berry’s “number one blessing … the quality of its students.”

This year’s nearly 600 newcomers certainly measure up in that regard. They are notable both for their geographic diversity – representing 26 states and 10 foreign countries – and impressive credentials. Among many honors and distinctions, the group includes 17 valedictorians and salutatorians, a published poet and at least one Eagle Scout. Almost immediately, these students began weaving themselves into the fabric of Berry through participation in First-Year Service Day.

You can bet Carver has high hopes for these new arrivals, and so do we!

More photos: Opening of School, First-Year Service Day, Will Allen lecture

By student writer Katherine Edmonds

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Olympic Youth Camp“We can’t have the world at our doorstep and not bring them here!”

That sentiment – first expressed by then-Dean of Students Tom Carver – served as the inspiration for the 1996 Olympic Youth Camp, which 20 years ago this summer brought the world to Berry for two unforgettable weeks. The camp – with roots dating back to the 1912 Olympics – welcomed 456 participants from 155 different countries to the Berry campus, which served as an official non-competitive venue for the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Cecily Crow Carries the Torch“Some participants were Junior Olympians; others were the children of prime ministers and kings.” recalled Director of Student Activities Cecily Crow (94C), a camp volunteer who also had the opportunity to participate in the official torch relay for the Centennial Games, bearing the famous flame through Berry on its way to the Opening Ceremonies in Atlanta. “I remember in one case a camper from a small country in Africa won a foot race, and that’s how he got to attend. For a few weeks in July of 1996, the Berry campus was truly a melting pot of the world.”

As the 2016 Olympics opened in Rio, four-time Greek Olympian and 1996 Youth Camp participant Periklís Iakovákis shared his recollections via Twitter. For Carver, who worked with then-President Gloria Shatto to bring the camp to Berry, the memories are equally vivid.

“In my mind’s eye, I see an indelible picture of 150 flags from around the world with ‘Old Glory’ waving in front, leading the way to the largest campus in the world,” he described. “It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my time at Berry.”

If you’d like to learn more about this unique event in Berry history, stop by Memorial Library this fall and check out “Olympic Youth Camp: A Cultural Exchange,” currently on display in the Berry Archives. Hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

By Katherine Edmonds, philanthropic communications student writer

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Kathy RichardsonBerry Provost Kathy Richardson (pictured) is the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication in recognition of her many accomplishments as a teacher, author and administrator. A communication faculty member since 1986, Richardson is a past recipient of Berry’s top awards for teaching and service. She is currently serving a three-year appointment as provost. She holds master’s and doctoral degrees from UGA. Joining her in the spotlight are several other Berry faculty and staff members lauded at spring campus awards programs. They include:

Dr. Judy Wilson, associate professor of animal science, Vulcan Teaching Excellence Award
Dr. Victor Bissonnette, associate professor of psychology, Eleana M. Garrett Award for Advising and Caring
Dr. Alice Bristow, associate professor of theatre, Outstanding Faculty Member (SGA)
Laura Phillips, administrative assistant, vice president for student affairs and dean of student’s office, Outstanding Staff Member (SGA)
Matt Forrester, systems engineer for network operations, John R. Bertrand Superior Work Supervisor Award

Emeritus recognition: The Board of Trustees recently granted emeritus titles to Professor of Philosophy David McKenzie, who is retiring this spring after 36 years on the faculty; Martha Reynolds, who retired as associate librarian in January; and Dr. Tom Carver, who retired in 2004 as vice president for student affairs and dean of students but continues to serve Berry as an adjunct member of the psychology faculty. Also honored were two retiring members of the Board of Trustees, Pete Roberts and Terry Graham.

Alumnus Colin William (93C) recently shared his appreciation for Dr. McKenzie in a letter to the editor of the Campus Carrier.

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Ford SpireIn the September issue of the Alumni Accent, we decided to have a little fun by asking, “What was your favorite part of the Mountain Day Olympics?” In a result that should come as a surprise to no one familiar with this grand Berry tradition, 41% of all respondents answered “seeing who had the best t-shirts.” Coming in second – with 30 percent of the vote – was Egg Toss (retired Dean of Students Tom Carver should be proud!). Dizzy Lizzy (14%), Tug ‘o War (8%), Pyramid Building (5%) and Water Relay (2%) split the remaining votes.

This month we turn our attention to Halloween. Everyone has heard whispers about the Green Ghost and other supposed campus specters. Here’s your chance to let us know the place at Berry you would be LEAST surprised to see a ghost. Scroll to the bottom of the page to participate.

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