Departmental News

Forensics Team Places Second in Florida Tournament

The Berry College Forensics Team competed in the J.J. Marks Invitational Forensics Tournament at the University of West Florida in Pensacola on January 24-25.  The team placed second out of nine colleges and universities from six states: Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia and Florida.  Berry students brought home 30 awards from the competition! Freshman Jessica Bozeman placed first in Novice Impromptu, fourth in After-Dinner Speaking, and sixth in Informative Speaking. Other outstanding performances were turned in by Berry freshmen Stephanie Schwartz, Logan Ramsey, Annabeth Crittenden, and Michael Cheeves.

Viking Fusion receives National Student Production Award

Berry College’s student-run multimedia website, Viking Fusion, won a College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) National Student Production Award. Episode Five of Viking Fusion’s series “Going Up” was named “Best General Entertainment Program”. Episode Four of the series was also a finalist in the “Best Vodcast” category. “Going Up” is a drama about two people meeting in an elevator that leads to a desperate situation. The series was co-created by Glenn Garrido-Olivar, production supervisor for Viking Fusion and a junior Communication major from Rome, Ga., and Berry alumnus, Nathan Sutton.

Berry College multimedia website included in nation’s ‘Top 50’  

Viking Fusion is one of the country’s “50 Best Student Press Websites,” according to College Media Matters (CMM). CMM’s Top 50 list is compiled based on website attributes such as innovation, professionalism, content and something it calls “millennial-generation cool.” CMM is a student journalism industry blog sponsored by Associated Collegiate Press, the largest and oldest U.S. student journalism organization. Viking Fusion is one of three student press websites from Georgia on the list, along with Savannah College of Art and Design’s “District” and “The Red and Black” from the University of Georgia. The 50 sites selected are among a total student press website population of more than 4,000 from colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Berry College students garner national media awards   

Viking Fusion and a senior Communication major each won a College Media Association (CMA) Pinnacle Award, presented at the 92nd Annual National Student Media Convention held in New Orleans, LA. A promotional video made by Viking Fusion for Viking Fusion won the award for “Best TV Promo and PSA.” Mary Claire Stewart, a senior Communication major from Lilburn, Ga., received the “Best Audio Slideshow” for her audio slideshow, “The Treves Family: An Uncommon Story,” part of a larger Jews of Florence multimedia project produced during a summer study abroad trip to Florence, Italy. Her story and the Jews of Florence project can be found on the Viking Fusion website at http://vikingfusion.berry.edu/index.php/news/jews-florence/. Viking Fusion’s promo won out over finalists from the University of Hawaii and the University of South Dakota. Stewart’s audio slideshow faced competition from Louisiana State University and UCLA. Viking Fusion was also a finalist for “TV Station of the Year,” but came in second to Kent State University’s TV-2.