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Then-President John Bertrand (center) and other members of the campus community celebrate Berry's first national championship.

Then-President John Bertrand (center) and other members of the campus community celebrate Berry’s first national championship.

Jason Sweatt (88C) is on a roll, winning our trivia challenge for the second issue in a row by correctly noting that Berry’s 1976 national championship – the first in school history came in women’s basketball. Those special alumnae made history not just for their school but for their state, becoming the first four-year women’s program to claim a national basketball title. Read more.

For this month’s question, we take inspiration from the upcoming anniversary of the 1996 Centennial Olympics. Surely, someone out there can stop Jason from making it three-for-three by tweeting the name (with hashtag #berrycollegetrivia) of the alumna and (now) longtime staff member who bore the famous flame through campus on its way to the Opening Ceremonies in Atlanta. (Hint: Her picture can be found on Page 6 of the new issue of Berry magazine.)

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A pioneering group of alumnae will return home Feb. 11 for a special ceremony honoring the incredible achievements of the 1976 women’s basketball team, the first in Berry history to win a national championship. Until the Clayton State University Lady Lakers won last year’s NCAA Division II national tournament, these women stood alone as the only women’s basketball team from a four-year institution in Georgia to claim a national crown. Team members will be honored at a morning brunch attended by current Lady Vikings and again at halftime of Saturday afternoon’s home game with LaGrange College.

Alumni can attend the 2 p.m. game free of charge by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at 706-236-2256 or alumni@berry.edu by Feb. 10. Those who do not RSVP will be admitted to the game for a small fee.

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