The Alumni Accent - An e-newsletter from Berry College


Campaign tops $70 million

A generous gift from Berry alumnus J. Mitchell Elrod Jr. (37H, 41C) and his wife, Cleone, has pushed Berry over the $70 million mark in the $100 million Century Campaign.

In addition to helping Berry reach an important campaign milestone, the Elrods' gift is also important because it demonstrates "the Berry family's" support for the college and the campaign priorities, according to Bettyann O'Neill, vice president for institutional advancement.

"Many generous friends have stepped forward with major gifts that have carried us to the $70 million level," she remarked. "It is now critical for the Berry family -- alumni and leaders of the college -- to move the campaign to the homestretch. Berry students of today and tomorrow are depending on support like that which Mitch and Cleone have provided."

For up-to-the-minute information on the Century Campaign and an overview of campaign priorities, visit


President Bush appoints Berry faculty member to bioethics panel

President George W. Bush appointed Berry professor Dr. Peter Lawler, Dana professor of government and international studies, to the Council on Bioethics. As a member of the panel, Dr. Lawler will help advise the president on such issues as cloning, embryonic stem cell research and euthanasia.

The President's Council on Bioethics includes scientists and scholars from a wide range of institutions, including Washington University School of Law, The Johns Hopkins University, Dartmouth College, Princeton University, Harvard University and Stanford University.

Named along with Dr. Lawler to the panel were Dr. Benjamin Carson, director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore, and Diana Schaub, a political science professor at Loyola College.

The March 3 Washington Post included an editorial by Council Chairman Leon Kass, in which he describes Dr. Lawler as "a distinguished political philosopher and student of American government." Read the full editorial at wp-dyn/articles/A24742-2004Mar2.html; free registration is required.



Expertly speaking

Assistant Professor of Management Paula Harveston is quoted in the March issue of Entrepreneur magazine in an article titled "Letting Grow: The road to expansion is open, even if your business is built around your own specialized skills."

Read the article online at,4621,314227,00.html.


Professional volleyball player to head Lady Viking squad in 2004-05 season

The Lady Viking volleyball program celebrated its first birthday by hiring the program's first long-term head coach, former Florida Gators star and professional volleyballer Nicole McCray.

Read more about the Longview, Texas, native in an article posted in December at






Listen up!

Vikings baseball can now be heard on the radio and on the Internet. Locally, you can tune into the games on Rome's WLAQ, AM 1410. Globally, listen via



Let Berry's calendar contact you

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Going on now...

Alumnus Keith Spencer (80C) is exhibiting his art work at Berry's Moon Gallery through March 26. The gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at other times by appointment. For additional information, e-mail gallery director Dr. Tommy Mew at




Down to business

The Berry Business Alumni Association (BBAA) will hold its inaugural meeting from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, March 12. Current Berry students and all business grads are welcome.

Learn more about the day's activities or register by visiting forum.asp.


Round ball celebration!

Homecoming Weekend 2004 was headlined by a reunion of coaches and players from Lady Vikings basketball history. More than 75 people attended the reunion. Some of the special guests included longtime faculty and staff members Dr. Ouida Dickey, Mr. and Mrs. A. Milton Chambers, Dr. Bob Pearson and Dr. Tom Carver. The current Lady Vikings basketball team members were introduced by Coach Jim Izard.

During a dinner at Ford Dining Hall, special tribute was paid to Coach Joanne Rowe, Berry's first women's basketball coach. In 1965, Coach Rowe teamed with representatives from Albany State College, Hiwassee College and Georgia Baptist College to form the Southern Women's Athletic Conference.


It's time...for class reunions

Alumni Weekend (June 4-6) will bring reunions for the college classes of 1974, 1964, 1959, 1954 and 1949; the academy class of 1969; and the high school classes of 1954 and 1949. Get reunion details at alumni_weekend.asp.

Reunions for the college classes of 1999, 1994, 1989, 1984 and 1979 are slated during Mountain Day Weekend (Oct. 1-3). You'll find details at



Don't miss out on Italy!

There's still time to join fellow alumni on a tour of Italy in May through the Berry Alumni Travel Program. From May 8-17, Dr. Ouida Dickey, president-elect of the alumni association, will lead a tour to see such sights as Doges Palace in Venice; Michelangelo's David in Florence; and the Forum, Colosseum and Sistine Chapel in Rome.

The $3,189 per person rate is based on double occupancy and includes round-trip airfare from Atlanta, accommodations and some meals. For more information, e-mail Faye Fron at


Mark your calendar

Alumni College at Berry will be held July 19-21. The three-day encounter, for those who graduated from 1970 to 2000, offers a mix of arts, programming and recreational activities.

More information will be available in the next Accent.



Also on the horizon...


  • The Cartersville/Bartow County Alumni Chapter will hold a teacher networking seminar at the Tidwell Family Recreation Area from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 17. Come and enjoy good food and fellowship as we discuss the feasibility of organizing a professional development forum for educators who went to Berry. For more information, call Larry at 770-336-5367 or e-mail

  • The Carpet Capital Alumni Chapter will have its spring event from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 15, at Kelly's Restaurant. The guest speaker with be Berry President Scott Colley. Collecting children's library books for a Murray County school will be the spring project. For additional information or reservations, contact Jennifer Edgerly at

East Tennessee:
  • The East Tennessee Alumni Chapter will have its spring luncheon at noon on Saturday, March 13, at the Golden Girls Restaurant. For details or reservations, e-mail Jennifer Edgerly at

  • The Rome Area Alumni Chapter is hosting a Young Alumni Party at Schroeder's on Broad Street from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 18. E-mail Jennifer Edgerly at for additional information or reservations.
  • Rome area alumni are invited to a family barbecue at Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum on Saturday, April 24. The cost is $5 per person. Make your reservations by April 16 by e-mailing Jennifer Edgerly at

Charlotte, N.C.:
  • The Queen City Alumni Chapter will host an outing to a Carolina Cobras arena football game at the Charlotte Coliseum on Sunday, March 21. To reserve a discounted ticket -- only $14 -- send a check to chapter treasurer Mandy Tidwell at 8934 Scotch Heather Way, Charlotte, NC 28277. For additional information, e-mail


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