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Kevin Kleine has spent the last 30 years losing sleep as Berry’s student publications adviser. Now his work with the Campus Carrier, Ramifications, Valkyrie and Cabin Log has earned him national acclaim as a “Distinguished Adviser” by the College Media Association. He received his award at the CMA national convention in October.

Kleine’s achievements can be measured in awards won and careers inspired. Grateful alumni flocked to a special Mountain Day reception in his honor. Many also supported a successful crowdfunding effort to raise $5,000 in seed funding for a study abroad scholarship that will bear his name.

“Kevin always made us feel like we were part of a family,” said Randee Walters-Paraskevopoulos (92C), a former Campus Carrier editor who flew in from Texas to attend the Mountain Day reception. “More than a teacher, Kevin was a mentor, a friend and a big brother. He brought the Carrier staff together and made it so we could depend on each other in all things.”

Under Kleine’s direction, Berry’s student publications have earned recognition from such notable organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the College Media Association and the Georgia College Press Association. Previous honors for him include two Presidential Citations for Service from College Media Advisers, Inc., and the 2008 Eleana M. Garrett Award for Meritorious Advising and Caring, one of Berry’s most notable honors.

“Week after week, he saved us from our own inexperience with his seasoned advice and somehow turned any mishaps into learning opportunities for us,” praised another former Carrier editor, Bonny Harper Dixon (13C).

Gifts to the Kevin Kleine Study Abroad Scholarship are still being accepted with the eventual goal of raising $25,000 to permanently endow the award. Click here if you wish to honor Kleine with a gift.

By student writer Kendall Aronson

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Valkyrie Magazine CoversValkyrie, Berry’s new student-produced lifestyle and culture magazine, transitioned from online-only to print during the 2017-18 academic year, establishing an important physical link on campus.

Featuring a wide array of content ranging from cultural commentary and recipes to fashion tips and in-depth coverage of campus life, the magazine provides fresh opportunities for Berry communication majors and others to gain relevant experience in writing, photography, design and publication development. It took the place of the Cabin Log yearbook, which was retired after many years of waning interest.

“Berry needed a publication that allowed for newsworthy creativity,” explained Sara Arms, who helped launch the magazine in late 2016 and in 2017-18 served as editor-in-chief.

Valkyrie is produced by a staff of 20-25 students responsible for all areas of production for three 60-page issues each academic year. Many staff members hold paid positions through Berry’s Work Experience Program. Opportunities for scholarships and credit hours are also available.

As Valkyrie continues to evolve, Arms imagines more first-person narratives and an expanded online presence featuring more interactive elements and blogs.

Click here to view the publication online.

By student writer Kendall Aronson

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With their traditional home temporarily unavailable due to ongoing construction of Berry’s new theatre and associated work in Blackstone Hall, the Berry College Theatre Company took its show on the road in early December — spreading a little Christmas cheer in the process.

Following up on an impressive outdoor production of Peter and the Starcatcher staged at the BOLD ropes course in early fall, the troupe decked the halls of Krannert Center the first week in December for A Charlie Brown Christmas, doing one matinee for local schoolchildren and four others for the campus community and general audiences.

Student director AnnaBeth Crittenden enjoyed bringing the Charles Schulz classic to Berry, noting, “Even after watching the Christmas special upwards of 100 times, I still get chills. There is so much humanity and light in the show that I’ve loved to bring out onto the stage.”

According to Director of Theatre Dr. Anna Filippo, the students are making the most of their temporary displacement from Blackstone (the new theatre will be completed in time for fall semester). She stated, “While not having a conventional stage has posed several challenges for the students, they have gained experience in mobile set building and outdoor performance.”

The Berry troupe will continue its “road tour” April 4-9, performing Shakespeare’s The Tempest in Kilpatrick Commons.

By Katherine Edmonds, philanthropic communications student writer

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Valkyrie MagazineA new student-produced magazine debuted in November, marking the end of one era in Berry student publications and the beginning of another. Valkyrie, a 60-page publication currently hosted online, takes the place of Berry’s traditional Cabin Log yearbook. More than 20 students contributed to the inaugural issue, which features stories on a wide variety of topics.

“We really want to cover stuff that’s unique and wouldn’t necessarily be found elsewhere,” said student Sarah Casagrande, assistant PR and marketing director for the new publication. “It’s kind of a time capsule in the sense that people will be able to look at our magazine years later and see what was going on at Berry.”

Two more issues are planned for the current academic year. Click the cover image to take a look.

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