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Dr. Sheila AllenGiven the impressive growth of Berry’s animal science program (which has more than tripled in size in 15 years), it is fitting that the college’s newest trustee has expertise in that field. Dr. Sheila Allen is a former faculty member and dean of the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine who now serves as senior accreditation advisor for the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. She is also a board member for both Cornell University and the Georgia Aquarium.

Allen holds undergraduate and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Cornell and a Master of Science degree in veterinary clinical pathology from the University of Georgia. She will attend her first Board of Trustees meeting in February.

By student writer Kendall Aronson

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Berry BeautyNational lawn care blog LawnStarter has affirmed Berry’s scenic reputation with the No. 1 ranking on its list of the 10 Best-Landscaped Colleges in the South. Other schools making the cut included the University of Georgia, Florida State University, Texas A&M and Emory University. The criteria included amount of green space, prevalence and uniqueness of landscape installations, and attention given to lawns and landscapes. Lauding its size, natural beauty and ornate landscaping, the writer concluded that “Berry College is well deserving of the No. 1 best landscaped college in the South.” We heartily agree!

By Maxine Donnelly, philanthropic communications student assistant

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Honorary AlumniTwo beloved members of the Berry faculty have been granted honorary membership in the Berry Alumni Association. Provost Kathy Richardson and Dana Professor of Government Peter Lawler were recognized at the gala celebration held during Alumni Weekend. Richardson has served on the communication faculty since 1986; Lawler first came to Berry in 1979. Both have won the respect of countless alumni while earning acclaim as teachers and scholars during their distinguished careers.

Richardson recently made headlines as the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Lawler, meanwhile, is in the early stages of a two-year appointment to the Georgia State Advisory Committee for the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

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“It’s Collin McHugh’s world, we’re just along for the ride,” declared a tweet from Major League baseball after the former Berry pitcher electrified fans with a second consecutive dominating performance for the Houston Astros. McHugh, who was originally drafted by the New York Mets in 2008 after his junior season at Berry, notched his first major-league win in his Astros’ debut, striking out 12 to beat the Seattle Mariners. His second outing – a near shutout of the Oakland A’s – earned McHugh not one but two on-field showers from teammates (see video).

Also riding high this spring is Meghan Nolan Boenig (99C), a former member of Berry’s equestrian team who recently won her sixth national championship as the first and only head coach in the history of the University of Georgia’s highly successful equestrian program.

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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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The arrival of a new eaglet has sparked another outbreak of eagle fever on the Berry campus, but this time it has spread far beyond the Gate of Opportunity. With national media coverage focusing attention on Eagle Cam as never before, millions are tuning in around the globe.

News of Berry’s live video stream has been shared by the likes of National Geographic, the New York Times, NPR, USA Today, ABC World News and Slate.com. The resulting attention has sent camera views soaring into the millions, and the eagles have not disappointed. On the night of Feb. 18, viewers were amazed to see the female fend off a great horned owl attack. A few days later, they thrilled at the sight of the newly hatched eaglet.

Many of those watching are students (estimates put the number at more than one million) whose teachers are using the live images as a learning tool in their classrooms. Faculty and students at the University of Georgia and other colleges and universities are also watching the show, along with Marines at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Viewers from all over the globe have been moved to comment on the Berry College Eagles Facebook page, and donations have come in from as far away as Belgium to help cover the cost of the video stream. Support Eagle Cam.

One teacher reported: “My Pre-K classroom is watching from Austin, Texas. The children were so excited to see the eaglet … The timing of the hatching is perfect since we were just doing a unit on America and had been talking about bald eagles!

Another viewer stated: “I’m in Melbourne, Australia. It’s late at night when I watch and should be in bed but I can’t resist; they are just so fascinating!”

The new eaglet is the third to successfully hatch since the original pair took up residence not far from Berry’s main entrance in spring 2012. If all goes well, it is expected to take its first flight sometime in April.

Eagle Chat with Associate Professor of Biology Renee Carleton.

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Berry magazine once described Meaghan Nolan Boenig (99C) as a “25-year-old dynamo” and “bona fide pioneer” while detailing her role as the first equestrian coach at the University of Georgia. Ten years and five national championships later, the former Berry rider continues to blaze new trails as head coach of the red and black, leading columnist Dick Yarbrough to lift his voice in praise by proclaiming that the program she has built at UGA is “a model for what all intercollegiate athletics should be, but, alas, are not.” Read more.

(Photo courtesy of of the University of Georgia)

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