the South's Best!
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, www.usnews.com,
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.
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.
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."
the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's coverage of the rankings at www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/0803/22usnews.html.
are moving into Berry's new residence hall this week in preparation
for the start of classes on Aug. 25.
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.
facility's cost was financed with a tax-exempt bond issue that will
be repaid through residence hall fees paid by students living in
Senior Brad Franklin, a communication major
from Lilburn, Ga., relaxes in the living room area of a suite
in the new residence hall.
Soon to a Roadway Near You
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.
you miss out on this great opportunity to show your Berry pride?
You're in luck.
license plates are still available for purchase. For a form, visit
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 www.berry.edu/oakhill/berrystore.asp.
Berry/Alumni Relations Joined
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."
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.
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.
items in stock are for sale in the Oak Hill Gift Shop. Looms and
other weaving items are being preserved in the museum collection.
ring. Hurry and answer that phone. It may be a Berry College student
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
not have a student call? Go ahead and make your gift online using
our secure server: www.berry.edu/campaign/onlinegift.asp.
in advance for your support!
for a Berry Grad
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.
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.
will be accepted through Aug. 30. Send resume and cover letter to:
Faye H. Fron
Assistant Director, Alumni and Constituent Relations
P.O. Box 495018
Mount Berry, GA 30149-5018
Online Community Continues to Grow
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.
registered yet? Sign up today at www.berry.edu/alumni/community/register.asp.
Ball... Volleyball, that is!
proudly welcome the addition of women's volleyball to Berry's intercollegiate
home-opener begins at 6 p.m., Sept. 2, in Richards Gymnasium. Come
cheer on the Lady Vikings as they face Reinhardt College.
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.
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.
James McBride will discuss his best-selling memoir, "The Color
of Water," at 7 p.m. on Sept. 16 in the Berry College Chapel.
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,
more information on these speakers, visit www.berry.edu/cwlectures.
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 email@example.com.
Come... Be Part of a Fantastic Fall!
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
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.
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!
more about the festival at www.berry.edu/oakhill/ford.
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 www.berry.edu/publications.asp.
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 www.berry.edu/alumni/2003MountainDay.asp.
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 www.berry.edu/academics/humanities/english/swwc2003.
Berry Singers and the Berry Chamber Orchestra will perform at Atlanta's
Spivey Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4.
by music faculty member Harry Musselwhite, the performance includes
a Saint-Saens' Christmas Oratorio and English Christmas
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