The Alumni Accent - An e-newsletter from Berry College

Among the South's Best!

Berry College has been ranked among the South's best colleges for the 17th time by U.S. News & World Report. According to the 2004 "America's Best College's rankings, which were made public on the U.S. News Web site,, this morning, Berry ranks second among the region's comprehensive colleges that focus on bachelor's degrees. Berea College in Kentucky was ranked No. 1.

The comprehensive colleges-bachelor's category includes institutions that focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs in both the liberal arts and the professional fields. The southern region includes 12 states.

"The Berry community is delighted to be recognized for our strengths as a college," said Berry President Scott Colley. "Objective, detached judgments help us live up to our own exacting standards. U.S. News ranks us highly based on certain key indicators, including the opinions of our peers, which we find gratifying. Our educational program combines academic rigor with opportunites for spiritual growth, work experience and service to others. Its success and the achievements of our students, alumni, faculty and staff have brought Berry a reputation for high quality."

Read the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's coverage of the rankings at


Home Sweet Home

Students are moving into Berry's new residence hall this week in preparation for the start of classes on Aug. 25.

The three-story, 58,800-square-foot facility will provide living space for 122 students. The layout features two-, three- and four-bedroom suites, each with a shared kitchen, living room and dining room. Lounge and study areas will round out each floor, providing gathering places and a sense of community.

The facility's cost was financed with a tax-exempt bond issue that will be repaid through residence hall fees paid by students living in the facility.

Senior Brad Franklin, a communication major from Lilburn, Ga., relaxes in the living room area of a suite in the new residence hall.

Coming Soon to a Roadway Near You

Berry College license plates will be a reality! We've received the needed number of applications, and the special Berry tag has been approved by the state.

Did you miss out on this great opportunity to show your Berry pride? You're in luck.

A few license plates are still available for purchase. For a form, visit

If the $25 annual tag fee is a little much for your wallet right now, maybe you'd like to consider a Berry College Alumni tag for the front of your car. The one-time only price? $5! Order at


Historic Berry/Alumni Relations Joined

In an effort to capitalize more fully on existing resources, Historic Berry has been reorganized as part of alumni and constituent relations. "We agreed that we want Oak Hill, the museum and our historical buildings to remain central to what we do at Berry," said President Scott Colley in announcing the changes to the campus community. "We do not want Historic Berry simply to exist, as it were, on the edge of things. By making Historic Berry a part of alumni and constituent relations, we can be certain that Oak Hill and the other historic structures will best serve the Berry community."

Part of this reorganization includes assigning care of the grounds at the House o' Dreams to the college grounds crew. Also, college officials have made the difficult decision to close the weaving workshop. Dr. Colley explained that at Berry weaving does not produce an income that even approaches the costs of maintaining the workshop.

"When Berry faces tough decisions, we are always guided by our educational mission," Dr. Colley explained. "Our success in the 21st century demands that every activity on campus be tied to this core mission. In earlier years, weaving, furniture-making and similar activities were considered part of an industrial arts program. Today, our curriculum is driven by the education of our students in the liberal arts and sciences, business and education.

Handicraft items in stock are for sale in the Oak Hill Gift Shop. Looms and other weaving items are being preserved in the museum collection.


It's Berry Calling

Ring, ring. Hurry and answer that phone. It may be a Berry College student calling.

Our Telefund students will begin calling you and other Berry alumni later this month asking for your annual support of the college. Gifts made through the Telefund support student scholarships and work opportunities.

Rather not have a student call? Go ahead and make your gift online using our secure server:

Thanks in advance for your support!



Looking for a Berry Grad

The office of alumni and constituent relations is seeking a full-time coordinator of regional events and reunions. This staff member will plan regional events and campus reunions and identify alumni volunteers in order to communicate excitement and vision while meeting the challenges and needs of the college. Some travel is involved as well as evening and weekend work.

Candidates should have a bachelor's degree, with preference given to individuals with experience in event planning and program coordination. Strong computer and communication skills are a must, as is a desire to work in an environment of dedicated teamwork.

Applications will be accepted through Aug. 30. Send resume and cover letter to:
Faye H. Fron
Assistant Director, Alumni and Constituent Relations
Berry College
P.O. Box 495018
Mount Berry, GA 30149-5018


Berry's Online Community Continues to Grow

More than 1,500 alumni have signed on as registered users of the Berry Alumni Online Community. Alumni tell us that they enjoy the site's class notes and that the up-to-date alumni directory is truly helpful in finding classmates.

Not registered yet? Sign up today at


Play Ball... Volleyball, that is!

We proudly welcome the addition of women's volleyball to Berry's intercollegiate athletic program.

Berry's home-opener begins at 6 p.m., Sept. 2, in Richards Gymnasium. Come cheer on the Lady Vikings as they face Reinhardt College.


Speaking of Berry...

For the Freshman Book Discussion Program, this year's incoming freshmen read "The Color of Water," a memoir by James McBride. The book spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list and has become an American classic.

McBride, an author, composer and saxophonist, will discuss his book in a lecture at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the Berry College Chapel. Alumni and friends are encouraged to attend as the author shares the story of his mother, a white Jewish woman from Poland who raised 12 black children in New York City.

Author James McBride will discuss his best-selling memoir, "The Color of Water," at 7 p.m. on Sept. 16 in the Berry College Chapel.

McBride's lecture is sponsored by the Conson Wilson Lectureship Series. Other speakers included in this year's schedule are Dorothy Allison, author of the best-selling "Bastard Out of Carolina," who will speak at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16; Elaine Pagels, one of the nation's leading scholars of religion; and Lawrence Krauss, physicist and author of "The Science of Star Trek," who will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25.

For more information on these speakers, visit




Off We Go

Take part in the Berry Alumni Travel Program fall trips. Travel to the Canadian Rockies, Sept. 21-29, for $2,849, or explore enchanting Ireland, Oct. 16-24, for $2,479. Prices are based on double occupancy and include round-trip airfare from Atlanta, more than a dozen meals and accommodations for eight nights. For more details, contact Faye Fron at


Y'all Come... Be Part of a Fantastic Fall!

Dr. August J. de Berdt, associate professor of German emeritus, will have an art show at the Rome Area Council for the Arts, 217 E. First St., Rome, Sept. 2-26. The exhibit, which features wood sculptures, aquarelles and pen-and-ink drawings, is titled "Maiandros: Walking the Serpentine Road of Man's Venture in Nature, History, Architecture, Literature, Work, Religion and Folklore. Berry alumni are invited to an artist's reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4. For more information, contact Stacey Jones at

The Clock Tower Jazz Ensemble will present a summer dance concert on the grounds of Oak Hill beginning at 7:30, Sept. 13. A part of the Rome Symphony Orchestra's 2003 season, this event offers dinner and dancing under the stars with Oak Hill as a beautiful backdrop. Guests are encouraged to bring picnic dinners, chairs and blankets. Admission is charged. For more information, call the Rome Symphony office at 706-291-7967.

The Berry Ford Festival rolls into Oak Hill on Saturday, Sept. 20. Ford vehicles of all shapes and sizes will be featured in the car show, located on the grounds of Oak Hill from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults, and children 12 and under enter free of charge. Special thanks to Rome Ford for sponsoring this event!

Read more about the festival at


Dr. E. Dwight Adams (53C) will take part in a new seminar series sponsored by Berry's chemistry department. His lecture will be held at 4 p.m., Sept. 22, in the science center auditorium. Dr. Adams' research on ultra-low temperature physics was featured in the spring issue of Berry magazine. The magazine is online at
Mountain Day with a twist. Make plans to attend this year's Mountain Day weekend, Oct. 3-5. In addition to classic events like the Grand March and picnic, we will have a special jazz reception on Friday evening. Enjoy the sounds of Berry's jazz ensemble as they perform in the Oak Hill gardens. Watch for more information about this reception and other Mountain Day events or go online to
The biennial Southern Women Writers Conference returns to Berry Oct. 16-18. Housed in the Berry Alumni Center, this three-day event will feature scholarly presentations, panel discussions, and reading and lectures by contemporary authors including 1961 Berry grad Faye Gibbons and English faculty member and Georgia Poet of the Year Sandra Meek. For details, visit

The Berry Singers and the Berry Chamber Orchestra will perform at Atlanta's Spivey Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4.

Directed by music faculty member Harry Musselwhite, the performance includes a Saint-Saens' Christmas Oratorio and English Christmas carols.

Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 770-960-4200 or 770-961-3683 or online at

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