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Changing of the guard in the chaplain’s office Make time for Alumni Weekend, Young Alumni Weekend and Alumni Work Week! CHERISHED MEMORIES AND FACES YOU CAN’T FORGET will be the order of the day at Alumni Weekend, May 18-20. Highlights include reunions for the classes of 47H, Alan Storey 47C, 52H, 52C, 57H, 57C, 62H, 62C, 67A and 67C, as well as the annual gala honoring DISTINGUISHED SERVICE as college chaplain and pastor of Mount Berry Church, Dr. Dale McConkey (above right) has returned full time to the faculty as associate professor of sociology. The Rev. Jonathan Huggins (left), formerly coordinator of student ministries, has stepped in as interim chaplain and pastor. McConkey has been a familiar and comforting presence on the Berry campus for nearly two decades, serving as chaplain since 2002. Whit Whitaker (81C), Berry chief of staff, praised McConkey’s “unquestioned love and respect” for Berry students, as well as his “absolute devotion” to providing for the spiritual needs of the entire college, irrespective of religious background. “It has been a distinct honor to serve the Berry community as its chaplain for the past nine years,” McConkey said. “I became chaplain because of a specific sense of God’s calling, and every facet of the job has been meaningful, rewarding, challenging and fun.” In setting aside his duties as chaplain, McConkey was excited by the prospect of returning full time to the classroom and focusing more attention on his family and wife Ingrid, who has struggled with illness for nearly a decade. He was pleased to see Huggins selected for the interim appointment, noting, “Jon joined our staff a year ago and has done an exceptional job ministering to the whole campus in all of its religious diversity.” Huggins brings considerable experience to his newly expanded role, including prior service as an assistant pastor at GracePointe Community Church in Cumming, Ga., and Hixson Presbyterian Church in Tennessee. He is ordained in the Anglican Church of North America and holds master’s degrees from Wheaton College Graduate School (biblical and theological studies) and Reformed Theological Seminary (religion). He earned his bachelor’s degree in Christian ministry from Shorter University and is now a Th.D. candidate at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. In addition to his duties in the chaplain’s office, Huggins also serves as adjunct faculty in religion and philosophy. Distinguished Alumni Award recipients and Golden Guard inductees. Paul O’Mara AFTER NINE YEARS OF THAT SAME WEEKEND, young alumni (those who attended Berry in the last 10 years) are invited back for a program that’s low in cost and high on fun. Last year’s inaugural Young Alumni Weekend drew more than 100 alumni and friends, and we’re hoping for another strong turnout in 2012. Activities will include a mixer in downtown Rome, service projects on campus, intramural games, a party at Oak Hill and an outdoor movie. FOR MORE INFORMATION on these events and Alumni Work Week (May 20-25), contact the alumni relations staff at 800-782-0130, 706-236-2256 or BERRY MAGAZINE • WINTER 2011-12 5

Berry Magazine - Winter 2011-12

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