The Alumni Accent - An e-newsletter from Berry College

Hail to the chief

What new way could Dr. Ouida Dickey (50C) possibly find to be involved at Berry?

The dean of academic services and professor of business emerita recently took office as president of the Berry Alumni Association. She began her two-year term on July 1.

Assisting Dr. Dickey with the leadership of the association is a wonderful team of alumni volunteers, including:

  • Larry Sculley (65C), vice president for association awards
  • E. Stephens Tankersley (56H), vice president for alumni events
  • Jerry Shelton (58C), vice president for Berry heritage
  • Bill Roseen (78C), vice president for financial support
  • Genyth Travis (96C), vice president for institutional relations
  • Melanie Prater (91C, 99G), secretary
  • Bart Cox (92C), parliamentarian
  • Rebecca Roberts (94C), historian
  • Ed England (57C), past president

Also, we are pleased to welcome 12 newly elected Alumni Council members: Monika Cone (91C), C. Dewey Cooper (40H, 44C), Lewis Copeland (60C), Cecily Crow (94C), Russ Evans (56C), Mary Jo Thornton Fernandes (02C), Angela Maxwell (97C), Barbara Pickle McCollum (79C), Lisa D. Miller (83C), Joan Kitchens Myers (50H, 54c), Larry Osborn (63C) and Michael Thompson (87C).

For a full listing of Alumni Council members, chapter presidents and affiliate presidents, visit


 Oak Hill + Ford = Family Fun

We've got the equation for a great family outing as Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum hosts the 2004 Ford Festival Sept. 17 and 18. Friday's activities include a gaslight parade through downtown Rome. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, you can stroll through the Oak Hill grounds and check out Fords from Model Ts to pick-up trucks and military vehicles to Lincolns.

To see photos from last year's event or to get more details, visit


Viva Italia! Viva Venice!

From visiting the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi to taking a gondola ride in Venice and from viewing the Leaning Tower of Pisa to being awed by the Sistine Chapel, Berry's inaugural alumni travel program was a resounding success.

See highlights from the trip at, and watch for future trips to be advertised in Berry magazine.


Biologists study in
breathtaking Belize

Students in Dr. Bill Davin's Coral Reef Ecology course studied at Ambergris Caye in Belize. While there, they explored the incredible surroundings of the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere.

Find out more about their studies and see picture highlights from the trip at


Wishing you well, friend

More than 160 alumni and friends gathered to salute retiring Dean of Students Tom Carver. To see photos of the celebration, visit /action/share/view?i=EeAMXLlu1bM2zpo &open=1&sm=1&sl=0



Gubernatorial appointments

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue tapped two members of the Berry community to serve on state boards.

Trustee Glenn Cornell (62C), who recently retired as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, was named to the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame.

Board of Visitors member Sunny Park, president, CEO and founder of General Building Maintenance, Inc., was appointed to the Georgia Ports Authority.




How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice!

That plan has certainly paid off for pianist Roberto McCausland Dieppa (81C), who will be presenting a solo recital in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Oct. 29.


Congratulations Candidate Chris

Chris Bouchard (80C) won the Republican Primary for Georgia House District 38 in South Cobb County. He will face Democrat incumbent Alisha Thomas-Morgan in the November General Election. Learn more about his campaign at


Berry in your neighborhood

   New Orleans :

  • New Orleans-area alumni are invited to meet for coffee at PJ's on Maple at 6 p.m. on Aug. 26. You'll have the chance to meet other Berry alumni from the area and hear an update about what's happening at the college today. For details, e-mail Jennifer Edgerly at


  • The Pensacola/Mobile Chapter will have a meeting and luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 26, in the National Museum of Naval Aviation's West Pac Room. Earl Tillman (52H), assistant to the president at Berry, will be the featured speaker. Contact Jennifer Edgerly at for reservations or more information.

   Rome and Cartersville:

  • Rome and Cartersville area alumni are invited to come out to the ballpark for Rome Braves baseball at 7 p.m. on Aug. 7. While our package tickets are sold out, individual tickets remain on sale at regular prices. Information is available online at, or you can contact Jennifer Edgerly at for additional details.



Berry Bound events slated

   Northeast Atlanta:

  • The Northeast Atlanta Alumni Chapter will host a Berry Bound party at 7 p.m. on Aug. 12 in the fellowship hall of Kingswood United Methodist Church in Dunwoody. Area alumni and their families are invited to come and welcome the newest members of the Berry family -- incoming students. E-mail Jennifer Edgerly at for reservations and directions.

   South Atlanta:

  • The South Atlanta Alumni Chapter will hold its Berry Bound party in honor of students who will be attending Berry in the fall at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3, in the Luke House of First Baptist Church in Jonesboro. Contact Jennifer Edgerly at for reservations.


  • The Carpet Capital Alumni Chapter will host a Berry Bound Picnic at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7, in the meeting room of Walnut Square Mall. Jordan Allem, president of Berry's Student Government Association, will be the special guest. E-mail Jennifer Edgerly at for reservations.

   Southeast Georgia:

  • The Southeast Georgia Alumni Chapter will host a Berry Bound party at 2 p.m. on Aug. 14 at Blythe Island Regional Park. For reservations, e-mail Jennifer Edgerly at

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