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Jennifer Murray Chapman with a Dolphin at Epcot

Glenn GarridoGlenn Garrido (14C) and Jennifer Murray Chapman (00C) followed very different paths at Berry, but both have led to careers at one of the most magical places on earth: Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort.

Garrido (right) is the park video crew chief, charged with maintaining video show elements and managing equipment and training for other videographers. He got his start at Disney as part of the Disney College Program and afterwards knew he wanted to make it a career. His experience as a Berry communication major working with Viking Fusion helped prepare him for a job he loves.

“As cheesy as it sounds, getting to make magic is the best part of my job,” Garrido said. “Being a part of a team that will do some big show that guests get to see and experience and then seeing their reactions – the joy that it brings is amazing to me.”

Chapman (top) is the education manager for the guest animal experience team at The Seas with Nemo and Friends. She trains new cast members, develops educational programs and manages revenue. Like Garrido, she also loves being part of a team that makes a difference and brings joy to guests every day. Her studies in animal behavior as a psychology major at Berry have helped her in her position.

“The caring atmosphere at Berry really set me up for success,” she said. “I loved my time at Berry and all the amazing people I met there.”

By student writer Kendall Aronson

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Berry Volleyball Celebration

WORTH A VIEW: It’s been another exciting fall for Berry athletics, punctuated by national rankings in volleyball and football. Fans can enjoy enhanced live-streams of both sports thanks to a new partnership between Viking Fusion and the college’s sports information office.

Students gain valuable experience while producing sports programming for alumni and other fans.

Students gain valuable experience producing sports programming for alumni and other fans. Photo by student Andrea Hill.

Do you love Berry sports but simply can’t make it back for events as often as you’d like? Not to worry! Thanks to a new partnership between the college’s sports information office and Viking Fusion, you can now enjoy a premium viewing experience from the comfort of your favorite easy chair.

Most Berry home events are already live-streamed, but the new collaboration is delivering what organizers describe as an “ESPN3-quality broadcast” with multiple camera angles, interviews and other enhanced features.

All home football games and conference volleyball matches are already available in the new format, with women’s and men’s basketball following in early November and softball next spring.

“No other school in our league is doing anything like this,” said Blake Childers (15C), director of sports information and promotions. “We’re excited to be the first ones who are able to bring the viewers a broadcast like this.”

Steven Hames, Viking Fusion adviser, said plans for the collaboration were set in motion by the acquisition of a new piece of equipment called a JVC switcher.

“With this switcher, we are now able to provide replays and do even more enhanced graphics and things that we were not able to do before,” he said. “That adds a whole lot to the viewing experience.”

In addition to providing greater visibility for Berry’s student-athletes and an improved viewing experience for alumni and other fans of Viking athletics, the partnership also provides valuable work opportunities for students in sports communication and other majors.

Go to berryvikings.com to view these free productions.

By student writer Cassie LaJeunesse

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There are many different ways to explore the world’s largest campus – on foot, via bicycle, even horseback. But unicycle? Student Noah Syverson recently won a third-place national award at the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts for “A Wheel, a Trail, and a Student: The Story of Berry’s Mountain Unicyclist,” chronicling the one-wheeled adventures of fellow student John Patten Moss. Don’t believe us? Watch the video and see for yourself.

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Maria Saporta

Maria Saporta

Eddie DeLoach (74C) joined U.S. senators, corporate CEOs and newly elected Gov. Brian Kemp on Georgia Trend magazine’s 2019 list of the 100 most influential Georgians. DeLoach has distinguished himself as mayor of Savannah, a post he has held since 2016. Soon after his election, he sat down with Viking Fusion reporter Sarah O’Carroll (17C) to discuss his time at Berry. See that interview by clicking the video above. Influential list.

The Savannah mayor was one of two Georgians with significant Berry ties recognized by Georgia Trend. Joining him was respected Atlanta business journalist and Berry Board of Visitors member Maria Saporta, one of two 2019 inductees into the magazine’s “Most Influential Hall of Fame.” Read story.

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Viking Fusion HomepageViking Fusion continues to excel in regional and national competition, recently claiming the title of “Best Independent Online Student Publication” in the Society of Professional Journalists’ regional Mark of Excellence Awards. This was one of six distinctions claimed by Viking Fusion and the Campus Carrier newspaper in this year’s contest. Read more.

Viking Fusion also made its presence felt in the the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences regional Student Production Awards, earning three wins and nine honorable mentions. Read more.

Click the graphic at left to visit the Viking Fusion homepage and sample some of the award-winning content.

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A banner year for Viking Fusion ended with recognition as “Four-Year TV Station of the Year” in the College Media Association’s Pinnacle Awards competition. The CMA also recognized staff member Steven Hames as an “Honor Roll Broadcast Adviser” for his work shepherding the student-run multimedia hub. All together, Viking Fusion claimed seven awards and 20 nominations in state, regional and national competition in 2016.

“The awards mean that we’re doing the right things, and they encourage us to grow and branch out into areas we haven’t even dreamed of,” said student executive director Deanna Cunningham.

Click the accompanying video for one example of the students’ award-winning work, a parody of the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens that earned national recognition in two different contests as well as a Southeast Regional Emmy nomination.

By Katherine Edmonds, philanthropic communications student writer

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Long before the citizens of Savannah elected him mayor, Eddie DeLoach (74C) was a Berry student honing his work-ethic and learning life lessons from the likes of faculty legends Jorge Gonzalez and Gordon Carper. Recently, he shared his recollections with student journalist Sarah O’Carroll in an interview for Viking Fusion. During their conversation, the 66th mayor of Georgia’s oldest city credited Berry with broadening his perspective, instilling leadership skills and stoking his appreciation for history.

Click here to read O’Carroll’s report on the Hometown Headlines news site.

Video courtesy of Sarah O’Carroll and Viking Fusion.

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Viking Fusion wowed judges at this year’s Southeast Regional Emmy Awards, earning top honors in the College/University Student Production/Non-News Program category for Sunrise, a short film written and directed by senior communication major Gino Destefano Valdivia.

The winning entry tells the story of a suicidal man confronting his own sorrow. Inspiration came from Valdivia’s childhood, when his mother taught him to smile at people he met on the street because you never know what they might be going through.

“That smile could save a life,” he noted. “Even though Sunrise is simple from a production standpoint, my hope is that the story captures this sentiment.”

Valdivia’s film was one of three Viking Fusion productions to earn Emmy nominations this year. It previously claimed third-place honors for Best TV Entertainment Program at the College Media Association’s Pinnacle Awards.

This is Viking Fusion’s second regional Emmy.

Other recent honors for Viking Fusion include a third-place national showing for The Collector, a dark comedy produced by junior communication major Ryan Warrick, and a first-place regional award for The Things They Carry, an online series produced by students in Berry’s COM 311 Sports Journalism class.

By Katherine Edmonds, philanthropic communications student writer

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Green LadyA student video production inspired by one of Berry’s most famous ghost stories earned a nod as a finalist in this year’s Southeast Regional Emmy Awards competition. Conceived by communication major Rachel Blair, Green Lady is a four-episode series based on the legendary specter said to haunt the stretch road leading to Berry’s mountain campus. The nominated episode was directed by Everett Reiff (14C). Other series contributors included Josy Roman (14C) and John Jones (14C).

This is the third Southeast Regional Emmy nomination for Berry’s student-run multimedia website, Viking Fusion. Click the accompanying image to view the series in its entirety, including Emmy-nominated Episode 3.

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Viking FusionStudents representing Viking Fusion and the Department of Communication made waves again last fall, earning recognition in a trio of national contests. Berry received a total of six nominations, winning two Pinnacle Awards (presented by the College Media Association) for The Takeover, an audio thriller by sophomore communication major Michael Shaw.

Other nominations (listed by contest) included:

EPPY Awards
(presented by Editor & Publisher)

National Student Production Awards
(presented by College Broadcasters Inc.)

By Maxine Donnelly, philanthropic communications student assistant

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Senior Josy Roman and Dr. Eric McDowell have once again struck gold with a video collaboration, winning a second-place national award in the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts for The Calculus Priority Dispute. This is the second consecutive year that McDowell and Roman have placed second in the “Two-Year/Small College Video Production” category. This time they were joined by senior Michael Baldvins, who assisted Roman in producing and creating the animation. Both students work for Viking Fusion, a co-curricular multimedia website based in and managed by the communication department.

In other recent news, the Berry College Forensics Union continued its dominance of the Georgia Intercollegiate Forensic Association, winning nine of 11 events en route to its 20th consecutive state tournament championship. Highlights included the 1-2 finish of junior Nicole Wilson and freshman Logan Ramsey in persuasive speaking. Their reward is a trip to James Madison University in April as Georgia’s representatives in the 145th Interstate Oratory Contest.

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The Treves Family Audio Slideshow

A screen capture from "The Treves Family: An Uncommon Story," by student Mary Claire Stewart. Click image to access audio slideshow.

National honors have been piling up like falling leaves around the Viking Fusion studio this semester. The student-run site earned recognition as one of America’s “50 Best Student Press Websites” from College Media Matters and was runner-up to Kent State University as “TV Station of the Year,” as judged by the College Media Association. The latter organization also rewarded two individual productions with first-place awards: a Viking Fusion promo and senior Mary Claire Stewart’s audio slideshow The Treves Family: An Uncommon Story, which was part of the larger Jews of Florence multimedia project. An additional first-place honor – this one in the National Student Production Awards competition – went to Episode 5 of Going Up, a series co-created by current student Glenn Garrido-Olivar and recent graduate Nathan Sutton (13C).

Viking Fusion is a co-curricular multimedia website based in and managed by the Department of Communication.

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