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Alumni WeekendThe memories came flooding back May 30 to June 6 as hundreds of alumni returned home for three of the biggest events on the Berry calendar – Alumni Weekend, Young Alumni Weekend and Alumni Work Week.

Alumni Weekend highlights included Golden Guard induction for the college and academy classes of 1964, presentation of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards and recognition of longtime faculty members Peter Lawler and Kathy Richardson as honorary members of the Berry Alumni Association. Also of note were chapel services led by Walter Copeland (64A, 71C) and Alumni Association Chaplain Valerie Loner (91C), as well as special praise for the following individuals:

Bob Williams (62H), Lifetime membership on the Berry Alumni Council
John Shahan (64A, 69C) and Bill Thornton (68C), Berry High Schools/Berry Academy Outstanding Faculty/Staff Awards
Lewis Copeland (60C), Virginia R. Webb Exceptional Service Award
Jennifer Beard (93C, 00G, FS), Berry Alumni Association President’s Award

Alumni Work WeekReunions were held for eleven different college, high school and academy classes, three of which earned awards for participation and giving:

Class of 1959C: Viking Cup (highest giving percentage)
Class of 1964C: Ford Cup (highest total amount given), Heritage Cup (greatest increase in Berry Heritage Society membership) and Martha Cup (greatest percentage increase in gifts)
Class of 1964A: Reunion Cup (highest percentage attendance)

In addition to their financial generosity – the reunion classes contributed approximately $1.02 million in gifts to Berry – alumni also gave of their time and energy through the Young Alumni Weekend service project and Alumni Work Week. The latter drew nearly 200 participants for a week of work and fellowship featuring an ambitious list of projects. One crew led by Al Christopher (61c) and Stewart Fuqua (80A) constructed an enclosed shed for the Season’s Harvest student-operated enterprise, while another led by Jimmy Bell (60C) and Sid Wheeler (60C) completed a dairy cattle barn at the Rollins Ruminant Research Center. More coverage.

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Alumni Weekend PromoGood food? Yes!

Familiar faces? Absolutely!

Fun times? We guarantee it!

Berry’s annual Alumni Weekend and Young Alumni Weekend celebrations promise all of the above and more. The only thing missing is you!

This year’s events will be held Friday, May 30, through Sunday, June 1, with Alumni Work Week beginning immediately afterward and continuing through June 6. Click the links for details on each and to register online. The deadline is Friday, May 16, so please don’t delay.

Highlights this year include 11 different class reunion dinners on Friday, May 30, and an expanded alumni gala the following evening at the Forum in Rome. Reunions are scheduled for the college and high school/academy classes of 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964 and 1969 as well as the college class of 1961. Reunion dinner schedule and pricing.

The expanded gala promises to be an unforgettable tribute to Berry’s past and future, with several special recognitions scheduled. These include the induction of college and academy alumni from the class of 1964 into the Golden Guard and the presentation of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards to the following recipients:

Rayford Boyett (58C), Distinguished Achievement
John Shahan (64A, 69C)
, Distinguished Service
Andreas Economopoulos (97C)
, Entrepreneurial Spirit
Heather Henderson-Keller (03C)
, Outstanding Young Alumni

In addition, two longtime faculty members – Dana Professor of Government and International Studies Peter Lawler and Provost and Professor of Communication Kathy Richardson – will be welcomed as honorary alumni. Receptions for young alumni and Golden Guard members will precede the dinner, and an evening of dancing will follow the official program.

Other events you don’t want to miss include the Friday morning golf scramble, Saturday’s “behind-the-ropes” tour of Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum, and Sunday’s worship services. Events specific to young alumni include a Friday night gathering at Schroeder’s on Broad Street, a Saturday morning campus service project, and opportunities to take advantage of recreation and fitness facilities in the Cage Center on Saturday afternoon.

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One of Berry’s newest alumni traditions continued May 17-19 as graduates from the last 10 years returned “home” for a special event developed specifically with them in mind. This year’s Young Alumni Weekend celebration featured a Friday night mixer in downtown Rome, intramural competition and a picnic on Saturday afternoon, and a dinner and live auction at Oak Hill. Participants also had the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and work up a good sweat while restoring storm-damaged pathways on the grounds of Martha Berry’s estate.

Photo Galleries: Parties, Service Project

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A long, wet winter has finally given way to another glorious Berry spring – just in time for three of the biggest events on our alumni calendar. The fun gets under way May 17-19 with Alumni Weekend and Young Alumni Weekend and continues May 19-24 with Alumni Work Week. The deadline to register for all events is May 10, so click the links below and sign up today!

Alumni Weekend offers a little something for everyone, from the traditional Friday morning golf scramble to the semi-formal Alumni Awards and Golden Guard Gala. The schedule includes reunion events for the high school, academy and college classes of 1943, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963 and 1968, as well as Sunday morning worship services for both high school and college alumni.

Young Alumni Weekend invites graduates from the last 10 years to relive their college days as they explore the campus, compete for intramural glory and enjoy each other’s company at a mixer on the “Moon Roof” in downtown Rome. There will also be service opportunities, a career discussion panel, and the Young Alumni Live Auction and Dinner at Oak Hill featuring entertainment by Candler Hobbs (11C).

Alumni Work Week provides the perfect opportunity for alumni and friends of all ages to participate in a variety of on-campus projects celebrating Berry’s work heritage. Sign up for the whole week or just come for a day or two, whatever fits your schedule.

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Save the Date for Mountain DayJust in time for the “dog days” of summer, the Alumni Accent poll is back! Before getting to this month’s question, let’s take a look back at the June poll, which sought insight from alumni who were unable to attend Alumni Weekend, Alumni Work Week or Young Alumni Weekend. Forty-eight percent of all respondents indicated that a scheduling conflict kept them away. Another 34 percent cited personal or family obligations. All are good reasons, so we’ll let you off the hook – this time (but we’d better see you next year!).

This month’s question flashes ahead to the next big highlight on the alumni calendar – Mountain Day! Scroll to the bottom of the page to weigh in on your favorite tradition. Once you’ve finished, click here to see what we have on tap for 2012!

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We all know that young alumni love to have fun, but the second-annual Young Alumni Weekend celebration (held concurrently with Alumni Weekend) proved once again that our newest graduates can get serious about service and giving too. A total of 84 alumni and friends turned out for this year’s event, which featured service projects, intramural grudge matches, a party on the green at Oak Hill and, perhaps most notably, a live auction that raised more than $5,000 toward the purchase of a tractor for the Season’s Harvest student enterprise. A special shout out goes to Hugh Hagen (08C) for his superb auctioneering skills!

Photo gallery.

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It’s time for another edition of one of our favorite new features – the Alumni Accent poll! Before getting to our June question, let’s take a quick peek back at our April poll, when we asked about the type of alumni programming you would like to see come to your area. Two answers accounted for nearly 80 percent of all responses:

• Opportunities to socialize and network with other alumni – 49 percent
• Discussion of Berry’s strategic initiatives led by President Briggs – 30 percent

Among the other three possibilities, faculty presentations focusing on a particular area of interest was the most popular answer, garnering 9 percent of all votes cast.

This month, we turn our attention to Alumni Weekend, Alumni Work Week and Young Alumni Weekend. Specifically, we’re interested in hearing from those of you who weren’t able to attend this year. A list of reasons can be found in the footer of the blog. If you would like to expand on your answer or offer input for future events, please take a moment to email Alumni Relations Director Chris Watters (89C).

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Time is running out to register for three of the biggest events on the alumni calendar: Alumni Weekend (May 18-20), Young Alumni Weekend (May 18-20) and Alumni Work Week (May 20-25). All three promise good times, great friends and a wealth of new memories. Here are some of the highlights:

Alumni Weekend kicks off with the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards and Golden Guard Gala in Krannert’s Spruill Ballroom; also on tap are reunions for the classes of 1947H, 1952H, 1952C, 1957H, 1957C, 1961C, 1962H, 1962C, 1967A and 1967C.

Now in its second year, Young Alumni Weekend offers our newest alumni (those who attended Berry in the last 10 years) the opportunity to “party on the green” at Oak Hill, rekindle intramural rivalries and leave a legacy through various service projects. New this year is a live auction benefiting the Season’s Harvest student enterprise.

Alumni Work Week honors Berry’s proud “work” tradition, with teams of alumni investing time and energy in numerous campus projects.

Online registration is available by clicking the links above. The deadline is May 11, so don’t delay!

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Looking for something fun to do in late spring? We’ve got not one, not two but three GREAT OPTIONS: Alumni Weekend, Young Alumni Weekend and Alumni Work Week.

Alumni Weekend, May 18-20, will feature college, academy and high school reunions for the classes of 1947, 1952, 1957, 1962 and 1967, as well as the presentation of the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards and the Golden Guard induction of Berry’s two 50th year reunion classes, 1962H and 1962C.

That same weekend, young alumni (those who graduated in the last 10 years) are invited to their own celebration including campus service projects, intramural competition, a party on the green at Oak Hill and, new this year, a live auction to raise money for The Berry Farms Season’s Harvest, one of Berry’s student-operated campus enterprises.

The fun continues with Alumni Work Week, May 20-25, which offers opportunities for alumni of all ages (and skill levels) to renew old friendships and build new ones while working side-by-side on various campus projects.

Information and online registration for all these events is available by clicking the links above. If you have questions, please contact the alumni relations office at 800-782-0130 (toll free) or alumni@berry.edu.

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