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Conference championships in football and women’s cross country highlighted another successful fall for Berry’s student-athletes.

The football team posted a best-ever 9-1 record in its fourth season of competition, closing with a five-game winning streak to share the Southern Athletic Association crown with Washington University in St. Louis. Highlights for Berry included road wins over SAA rivals Hendrix and Centre and a perfect 5-0 record at Valhalla. Also notable was a thrilling 22-19 overtime win over Millsaps made possible by a play you simply have to see to believe. Click the video and you’ll know why it was named d3football.com National Play of the Week.

In women’s cross country, senior captain Danielle Patterson paced Berry to first place in the SAA meet and sixth in the NCAA Division III regional (held in the Clara Bowl). Her time of 22:32.30 in the latter race qualified her for NCAA nationals, a first for Berry.

Fittingly, both of Berry’s SAA-winning coaches, Tony Kunczewski and Paul Deaton (91C), earned conference Coach-of-the-Year recognition. Student-athletes in a number of sports also claimed individual honors this fall. Visit www.berryvikings.com for complete coverage.

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It takes more than torrential rains to put a damper on Mountain Day. Despite cancellations, rescheduling and mud – lots of mud – the annual celebration of Martha Berry’s birthday was a successful and enjoyable event.

More than 200 alumni representing 12 classes took part in Saturday morning’s Mega Reunion Brunch – held in Ford Dining Hall due to the rain – while approximately 1,600 turned out for the traditional Saturday afternoon picnic, which were relocated to Krannert Center from the mountain campus (the Grand March was postponed until spring).

A break in the rain allowed attendees to enjoy the Marthapalooza carnival rides in Clara Bowl for several hours late Saturday afternoon. That night, a crowd of nearly 3,700 braved the damp conditions at Valhalla stadium to cheer the Berry football team to a 20-13 victory over Washington University of St. Louis.

Other weekend highlights included a lively convocation presentation by Tony Brown (79C), an acclaimed actor, Southern Baptist minister, and Berry speech and theatre alumnus. Mountain Day Photo Gallery

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The most unique homecoming celebration in America starts its second century Oct. 2-4, and this is one you don’t want to miss. Click here for a complete schedule of events. Be sure to make note of the second-annual Mega Reunion Brunch, which this year will host the academy and college classes of 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010.

After Saturday’s traditional picnic and Grand March, we hope you will make plans to stick around for the first Mountain Day football game to be held on campus since the Georgian and Syrreb literary societies concluded their gridiron rivalry decades ago. Kicking off at 6 p.m. at Berry’s new on-campus stadium, Valhalla, the contest will pit coach Tony Kunczewski’s Vikings against Washington University of St. Louis in a rematch of last year’s overtime thriller won by Berry at Barron Stadium in Rome. Alumni tickets are available for purchase online at www.berrygameday.com.

A printed brochure will be arriving in your mailbox soon with details on the Mega Reunion Brunch and other Mountain Day events. Information also will be posted to www.berry.edu/alumni as it becomes available.

Traffic advisory: This year’s Mountain Day celebration coincides with the Wings Over North Georgia Airshow at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport, located just north of the Berry campus on U.S. Highway 27. As you make your way to Berry, please build extra time into your travel schedule to account for traffic generated by this event.

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Valhalla
It’s been a busy summer for the workers responsible for bringing Berry’s new Valhalla stadium to life. With construction entering its final stages, thoughts are turning to the Sept. 12 grand-opening football game against LaGrange College. Alumni tickets are now available for those who want to share in the exhilaration as the Vikings rush onto OUR field for the first time.

Five games will be played at Valhalla on Williams Field this fall, including the Sept. 12 opener and an Oct. 3 Mountain Day rematch with Washington University of St. Louis. Last year’s Mountain Day game at Barron Stadium in Rome proved unforgettable, producing Berry’s first-ever varsity win (in overtime, no less) and the GEICO National Play of the Year.

Berry FootballHere’s the complete home schedule:

Saturday, Sept. 12
LaGrange College, 6 p.m. (ribbon cutting at 4 p.m.)

Saturday, Sept. 19
Rhodes College, 1 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 3, Mountain Day
Washington University of St. Louis, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 17
Hendrix College, 1 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 14
Centre College, 1 p.m.

Alumni wishing to purchase single-game tickets can do so in person for $5 each at the Krannert Center information desk the week preceding each home game or at the stadium gate on game day (pending availability). Those wishing to purchase single-game tickets in advance of game week can do so at BerryGameDay.com. (Note: Online purchases include a $1 per-ticket surcharge.) Season tickets good for all five games are available for $30 online (including the surcharge). All seating is general admission.

Free tickets for students, faculty and staff will be available at the information desk in Krannert Center the week preceding each home game. Faculty and staff members are eligible for two free tickets per game. Students receive one. More details will be available soon.

If you can’t wait for the opener, click here to view updated pictures of Valhalla, which includes Williams Field, Clark Track and Dickey Field. Thanks to all who have made gifts through Berry’s LifeReady Campaign supporting this new home for football, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and men’s and women’s track and field. Fundraising is now more than 90 percent complete and will continue until the goal is reached.

We hope you will join us Sept. 12 as we celebrate the stadium’s completion – and cheer our Vikings to victory!

Stadium photo by student Lauren Neumann

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Berry College Football

A crowd of more than 6,700 jammed Barron Stadium for the 2013 season opener.

Berry’s first home football game of the 2014 season is just a few days away, and tickets are going fast! The Vikings will welcome five opponents to Rome’s Barron Stadium this fall, beginning Sept. 27 with Rhodes College. Other home dates include:

Mountain Day, Oct. 4
Washington University in St. Louis

Saturday, Oct. 18
Hendrix College

Friday, Oct. 31
Millsaps College

Saturday, Nov. 15
Southeastern University

Season tickets (good for all five games) can be secured by calling 706-236-2260. There are three options available: reserved seats with chair backs; $100; reserved bench seating, $50; and general admission, $25.

Alumni wishing to obtain single-game tickets for Mountain Day have the option of making their purchase online (available now) or in person at the Krannert Center information desk beginning Sept. 24. Tickets also can be purchased at the stadium gate (pending availability) on game day. There are three price levels ranging from $5 to $25 per seat.

Single-game tickets (reserved and general admission) for all other dates can be purchased by phone at 706-236-2260 or in person at the stadium gate (pending availability) on game day.

Campus community: Each member of the Berry College faculty/staff is eligible for two general admission season tickets, free of charge. These tickets are available for pickup at the Cage Center information desk. Each student is eligible for one ticket per game, free of charge. Student tickets for all games except Mountain Day can be picked up at the Cage Center information desk Monday through Friday of each game week. Student tickets for Mountain Day will be available at the information desk in Krannert Center beginning Sept. 24.

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Mountain Day Football

Rival campus literary societies square off in a Mountain Day football game in the early 1970s. Photo courtesy of the Cabin Log.

Mention the Georgians and the Syrrebs to alumni of a certain vintage, and they’ll no doubt recall the football rivalry between the two campus literary societies that for decades was a Mountain Day staple. The longstanding tradition of Mountain Day football went on hiatus in the 1970s when the Georgians and Syrrebs dissolved, but now it’s back, just in time for the 100th anniversary of Berry’s most cherished celebration. The game, pitting Berry’s second-year varsity team against Washington University of St. Louis, will take place at Rome’s Barron Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 4. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m., leaving plenty of time for alumni to attend traditional Mountain Day favorites like the picnic lunch and Grand March before heading off to Broad Street for pregame activities at various local restaurants. Check the Mountain Day website for more information on participating restaurants and planned gatherings.

Advance tickets to the Mountain Day game can be purchased Sept. 29 to Oct. 3 by calling 706-236-2260 or emailing athletics@berry.edu. They also will be available at the gate. Don’t forget to wear your Berry blueMountain Day Logo!

The football game is one of many highlights planned for the Mountain Day centennial. Others include the mega reunion brunch for the classes of 1974A, 1974C, 1979A, 1979C, 1984C, 1989C, 1994C, 1999C, 2004C and 2009C, and the Marthapalooza Family Hour on Saturday afternoon in the Clara Bowl. Also on tap for the weekend are the annual Friday afternoon golf scramble, home games for men’s and women’s soccer, performances of The Fantastics by Berry’s acclaimed theatre company, and numerous alumni gatherings. A complete schedule of events and registration information is included in the printed brochure that should be arriving in your mailbox shortly. Information and online registration for the mega reunion brunch can also be found online.

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The Southern Athletic Association won’t officially begin play until this fall, but its ranks have already grown by two thanks to the addition of the University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis as affiliate members for football. These two institutions join Berry and seven other highly regarded, academically focused liberal arts colleges in the new NCAA Division III athletic conference, which formed last June.

Both the University of Chicago and Washington University have impressive academic credentials, ranking among the top 15 national universities, according to U.S. News and World Report. They also have a long history on the gridiron, dating back to the 1890s. Their affiliate membership begins in 2015, two years after football is scheduled to debut at Berry.

“This is exactly the kind of opportunity we hoped for when we made the decision to add football at Berry,” said President Steve Briggs. “We look forward to hosting the University of Chicago and Washington University on campus here in Rome.” Read more.

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