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Fall 2009

BERRY a magazine for alumni and friends of Berry College

Stepping out on faith Command Chaplain Robert Carpenter (87C)



Fall 2009 Volume 96, Number 1

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Stepping out on faith Command Chaplain Robert Carpenter (87C) heeds call to serve God and country


Convincing Jason Winters (01C) is sole commissioner of Georgia’s Chattooga County


Off and running Student-Operated Campus Enterprises initiative brings


new dimension to student work experience

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News of Note • Construction and renovation projects offer form and function • Vikings awarded provisional membership in NCAA Division III • Berry partners with community in proposed tennis complex • Alumni offered e-mail account for life


• High School/Academy is focus of upcoming book • Annual alumni awards


President’s Essay Berry beautiful


Always Berry • Refugee students find hope and help at Berry • Beneficiaries and Berry can benefit from planned gifts


Class Notes



Berry’s new Audrey B. Morgan Residence Hall is distinguished by a 2,300 square-foot glass-encased “jewel box,” bluestone patios and both indoor and outdoor fireplaces. © Dave Dawson Photography





BERRY magazine Published three times per year for alumni and friends of Berry College Editor

Karilon L. Rogers Assistant Editor

Rick Woodall (93C)


Always Berry

Debbie Rasure Design and Production

Shannon Biggers (81C) Photography

Paul O’Mara and Alan Storey Class Notes and Gifts Listings

Justin Karch (01C) and Rose Nix Contact Information

E-mail: Mail: Berry magazine, P.O. Box 490069, Mount Berry, GA 30149 Class Notes and Change of Address:

E-mail to; via online community at; or mail to Berry Alumni Office, P.O. Box 495018, Mount Berry, GA 30149. Berry Alumni Association

President: Frances Richey-Goldby (83A, 87C) President-Elect: Barbara McCollum (79C) Vice Presidents: Alumni Events, Patrick Carter (91C); Berry Heritage, Allyson Chambers (80C, 84G); Financial Support, Larry Eidson (57C); Young Alumni and Student Relations, Andrew Landis (06C); Alumni Awards, Clara McRae (60C) Parliamentarian: Bart Cox (92C) Secretary: Kimberly Terrell (04C, 06G, FS) Chaplain: Carolyn T. Smith (53C) Director of Alumni Relations

Chris Watters (89C) Assistant Vice President for Public Relations and Marketing

Jeanne Mathews Vice President for Advancement

Bettyann O’Neill President

Stephen R. Briggs #149/09-10





any improvements that augment student life, restore historic structures and enhance the beauty of Berry were made throughout the summer, with some continuing into the fall. All told, more than 20 different construction and renovation projects have been under way. Projects to enrich student life include completion of Berry’s two newest residence halls, Audrey B. Morgan and Deerfield, and the start of work on the beautiful Kilpatrick Commons (architect’s rendering above). Named in honor of Hal (60c) and Suzi Golden (60c) Kilpatrick, Kilpatrick Commons is an outdoor pedestrian plaza uniting Krannert Center with the Cage Center. The area includes a rock waterfall in full view of Krannert’s newly renovated and expanded dining facilities. The Krannert expansion adds 5,000 square feet of space to both the dining hall and the ballroom above. Also in progress is a multistaged renovation of Dana Hall. New intercollegiate athletic fields, parking areas and campus pathways already have been completed. Restoration of historic structures includes work on


Roosevelt Cabin, the House o’ Dreams, Possum Trot and the old Normandy Apartments. Efforts have been progressing on Roosevelt Cabin, with a goal of having it ready for public viewing before Oct. 8, 2010, the 100th anniversary of President Teddy Roosevelt’s noted visit to campus. According to Dr. Jennifer Dickey (77A, 80C), who works with the college as a historic preservation consultant, a crew of alumni assisted with the removal of old chinking from the cabin as part of Alumni Work Week. As the project moves forward, plans include stabilizing the logs and framing elements of the building, adding new chinking and replacing restored windows. Phase 1 of a House o’ Dreams exterior restoration focused on House o’ Dreams

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the screened porch and dormers, as well as painting the south elevation. Phase 2 will concentrate on the north elevation of the cherished structure. Other projects include a new roof for Possum Trot and the complete renovation by the WinShape Foundation of the old Normandy apartment complex, now called the Normandy Inn. The inn features 14 sleeping rooms for couples at the WinShape Retreat (and other groups, as available.) Editor’s Note: Campus improvement and beautification are directly linked to both Martha Berry’s original educational plan and current strategic initiatives. Be sure to see the President’s Essay, “Berry beautiful,” on page 10.


fter nearly a decade of study and deliberation, Berry has begun the transition from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to NCAA Division III. The move became official in late July when the NCAA Management Council approved Berry’s application for provisional membership. Berry is one of three institutions nationally to begin this process in 2009-10. Conference affiliation in Division III is under exploration and will be determined at a later date. The provisional process is likely to take four years. During this time, Berry will complete the transition to a nonscholarship athletic program – as required by Division III – and make other changes necessary to bring the athletic program into full compliance with NCAA membership guidelines. When the provisional process is complete, Berry will join more than 400 colleges and universities nationwide as a full member of Division III and will begin competing for NCAA championships. For now, Berry holds joint membership in both the NCAA and the NAIA. Throughout the current academic year, Berry teams will continue to compete in the NAIA’s Southern States Athletic Conference, although they will be ineligible for postseason play. Until NCAA postseason play is open to them, Berry coaches are seeking new scheduling opportunities that will allow Berry teams to travel nationally and, perhaps, overseas.

“Both academically and athletically, NCAA Division III is a good fit for Berry,” President Steve Briggs explained. “We have always placed a high priority on academic achievement and the overall quality of the educational experience for our student-athletes, and affiliation with Division III allows us to be true to these fundamental values while also growing our athletics program in new and exciting ways.”

This fall, Berry welcomed student-athletes in three new varsity sports – women’s softball and men’s and women’s swimming and diving. In 2010-11, men’s and women’s lacrosse will be added to the lineup. Go to athletics/ncaa for more details about the move, including answers to frequently asked questions and a link to Dr. Briggs’ spring Berry magazine column detailing reasons for the move.

Commitment to students resonates with media


t a time when students and their parents are seeking maximum value in a college education, Berry is generating buzz regionally and nationally with its strong commitment to firsthand work experiences and financial aid for students. Media highlights from the summer include information about Berry’s new Gate of Opportunity Scholarship program on CNN and a statewide radio broadcast of Georgia Focus dedicated entirely to the college’s work experience program. In an op-ed published by the Atlanta JournalConstitution, President Steve Briggs stressed the importance of colleges preserving and enhancing need-based

CNN interviews Eldon Creer (09C) about the challenges of paying for a college education.

financial aid for students, especially in difficult economic times. And Berry’s new Student-Operated Campus Enterprises initiative (see page 20) established a strong footprint in the local Northwest Georgia media while also garnering positive coverage in Georgia Magazine, the St. Louis-Post Dispatch and U.S. News & World Report.


Berry gains provisional membership in NCAA Division III

Honor Roll of Donors goes “online”


hat’s better than seeing your name on the printed page? Seeing it online! And that is exactly where alumni and friends who supported Berry financially in 2008-09 will be listed. While “preliminary” online honor rolls have been used at Berry in the past, this is the first time the formal report will be HTML instead of paper and ink. Eliminating both the paper honor roll – and the year-inreview president’s report that accompanied it – (to say nothing about postage) is a real cost-saver for the college at a time when every effort must be made to provide scholarship and work experience assistance for our students. When the economy goes down, their need for aid in all forms goes up. Providing that assistance is a core principle for Berry. The launch date for the online honor roll is Nov. 1. To see your name – or those of your friends and classmates – on what truly is a listing of great honor, go to And thank you for your support of Berry students. Please see page 26 for a recap of giving in 2008-09, including important support for scholarships, student work and the Cage Center.

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It’s for life Free Berry e-mail accounts for all alumni!

E Proposed partnership could be an ace for Berry students, tennis enthusiasts


proposed partnership between Berry College and the surrounding community could result in the development of one of the largest tennis facilities in the world. The proposed complex would be constructed on a 30acre tract of Berry’s river farm property. This land is part of an 80-acre parcel adjacent to Mount Berry Square that will be separated from Berry’s other property by a new highway connecting Ga. Loop 1 with U.S. Highway 27 north of the college. Under the current proposal, Berry would commit the land to local governments through a long-term agreement but would retain ownership. In addition, the college would help to operate and manage the facility through its student work experience program. This arrangement would offer valuable experiences for Berry students while defraying operational costs for the RomeFloyd Parks and Recreation Authority, which would have oversight of the complex. The most recent design options for the proposed facility feature 56 full-size courts and 14 “quick-start” courts, which are used for



youth development. Local tennis leaders and national organizations suggest that a facility of this size and configuration would help make Rome an ideal location for regional and national tournaments. According to information supplied by the United States Tennis Association, no facility in the nation would offer more courts. Lisa Smith, executive director of the Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau, estimates that the economic impact of such a facility could be as much as $20 million annually. “We care deeply about the prosperity of our community and the quality of life,” President Steve Briggs stated. “A facility of this type has the potential to be a great success for all involved. Potential benefits for Greater Rome would include economic development, increased tourism and visibility, highercaliber tournaments, and of course, a first-class facility for use by recreational players. Potential benefits for Berry include increased opportunities for students participating in our work experience program and increased visibility for the college and our athletics program.”

very Berry alumna/us (and you are an alum if you attended Berry College, High School or Academy for at least one year) is eligible to receive a free Berry e-mail account for life that can be forwarded to or from any e-mail address you use at work or home. Established through Microsoft Outlook Live, each account includes a 10GB mailbox and access to a 25GB Skydrive, an online storage locker and Office Live Workspace (for collaboration and online document sharing). A built-in chat feature is available, and contacts can be imported from Yahoo! Mail, Outlook, Hotmail and others. You’ll be able to create a personal Web page through Windows Live Spaces. All you have to do is sign up at and then keep the account active for as long as you want it by logging into the system at least once per year. Your account will automatically remain active if you set it up to forward to another e-mail address. The format is [firstname]. [lastname], which makes outreach to former classmates easier. Distribution lists can be established for your Berry class if the majority of classmates sign up for an account. Alumni who currently use a Berry e-mail address with the suffix “” and who are not also a faculty or staff member must establish one of the new Berry accounts prior to Dec. 31,

2009, as the older addresses will be discontinued for alumni use on that date. Addresses with the “” suffix will be reserved in the future for Berry faculty/staff (current and retired) and their spouses. The student e-mail accounts of alumni who graduated in May 2009 have already been transitioned to the new system; no action is needed. All other alumni are invited (and encouraged!) to sign up immediately. Go to now.

Registration under way for 2010 Berry Half-Marathon


he time is now for runners and walkers to start training for the third-annual Berry HalfMarathon, scheduled for March 6, 2010. For details or to register online, go to Three different race distances (5K, 10K and the halfmarathon) promise something for everyone. A fun run for children is also scheduled. The 2009 event was a tremendous success, drawing more than 1,500 runners and walkers from 17 different states and one foreign country.



he story of Berry High School/Academy and the amazing impact the school continues to have on the lives of its former students will be the focus of an upcoming history book being written by Dr. Jennifer Dickey (77A, 80C). The book was first envisioned by the Berry High School Breakfast Club, a group of alumni who meet monthly to reconnect with memories and friends and to promote the school’s legacy. Berry President Steve Briggs commissioned the project, which is being managed by Historic Berry with the support of the alumni relations office. Jennifer teaches public history at Kennesaw State University and works with Berry as a historic preservation consultant. She is uniquely qualified to author this important

publication due to her history at Berry and her writing skills. She grew up on Berry’s campus and attended Berry’s nursery school, middle school, high school and college. She also is a former director of Historic Berry and Oak Hill and has spent much of her career researching Berry and the Berry student experience throughout the decades. Jennifer said that the stories of high school/academy alumni will permeate the book. “I’ve been encouraging everyone to send their stories to me if they have something in writing that they would like to share,” she said. “While I can’t necessarily use everything provided in the book, the stories will certainly inform the book and will be available for reference in the Berry archives after I turn over all the materials I have collected while working on this project.” Materials may be sent to Jennifer at The Berry High School Breakfast Club meets the second Saturday of each month – normally at WinShape Retreat on the Berry Mountain Campus or the Berry Alumni Center. All are welcome. For more information, e-mail or call 800-782-0130.

Strong coaches,

strong programs


erry has recruited some strong new talent in Chris Delfausse, Stephanie Dunn and Shaun Williamson, the newest members of the athletic coaching staff. Chris was tapped as head coach of men’s lacrosse, and Shaun was named head coach of women’s lacrosse, both of which will debut as intercollegiate sports at Berry in 2010-11. Stephanie has taken over the reins as head women’s basketball coach, replacing Jonathan Norton, who accepted a similar post at Columbus (Ga.) State. Stephanie came to Berry from Saint Pius X Catholic High School in Atlanta, where she compiled a 170-34 record. She led her teams to state championships in 2004, 2006 and 2007, earning Georgia High School Coach-of-the-Year accolades with each championship. She also served as assistant athletic director and associate admissions director at St. Pius. As a player, Stephanie was a member of the University of Georgia’s 1995 team that advanced to the NCAA Final Four. Chris (center) came to Berry from Adrian College in Michigan, where he was head coach during that team’s first two seasons of varsity lacrosse competition, ending both with a winning record. He also played a key role in the creation of the Midwest Lacrosse Conference, which will become an official NCAA Division III conference in 2010. Earlier, he was a successful club coach at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Shaun assisted in the launch of NCAA Division II women’s lacrosse at both Belmont Abbey College and Lees-McRae College. While with Belmont Abbey, he was named National Coach of the Year for Division II by after leading his secondyear squad to a No. 10 national ranking. His team was ranked No. 9 the following year. Shaun served four years on the NCAA Division II Lacrosse Committee, including stints as National Committee Chair and South Region Committee Chair. ALAN STOREY

Government offers cap on student loan payments



lumni who used a Federal Stafford, Grad PLUS or consolidation loan to help fund their college education now have the option of capping their monthly loan payments at an affordable level (based on income and family size) through the federal government’s Income Based Repayment (IBR) plan. While lenders will perform the actual calculation to determine eligibility for the new program, the U.S. Department of Education has established an IBR calculator online that will estimate likely benefits. The calculator can be accessed at PORTALSWebApp/students/english/IBRCalc.jsp. Please contact your lender for more details.

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hallenging academic programs, firsthand work experiences and a strong commitment to financial aid proved to be powerful differentiators as Berry welcomed one of the largest first-year classes in its history for the 2009-10 academic year. In the midst of a difficult economy, the college admitted 622 first-year students – 569 freshmen and 53 transfers – representing 27 states and several foreign countries. The total is 15 percent above Berry’s five-year average. This year’s class has been described as “an exceptional group of students” by President Steve Briggs. The incoming freshmen are distinguished by a strong academic profile (21 were named either valedictorian or salutatorian of their high school classes) that shows slight gains over their counterparts in 2008. Sixty-six percent of all first-year students have had at least one major leadership experience, including three student-council presidents and one three-sport athletic captain. Sixty-eight percent were involved in community service during high school, and 77 reported at least one international experience. ▲ Students representing one the largest incoming classes in Berry history gather for First-Year Service Day. The annual event provides Berry’s newest students an opportunity to lend their time and talents to the local community.

Been missing things? Don’t be left out!


Howell Eley


Nationally recognized talent highlights new concert series


he fine arts department is celebrating 100 years of musicmaking at Berry with the launch of a new on-campus concert series showcasing nationally known musicians representing a variety of styles, genres and instrumentation. Performances this fall featured the Alabama Symphony String Quartet and baritone Elem Eley. Upcoming concerts include the Atlanta Super Band, Jan. 22; pianist Joe Chapman, Feb.8; and tenor John Howell (95C), March 11. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Ford Auditorium. Admission is free.



ave you noticed a drop in Berry e-mails? Has the Alumni Accent been missing from your inbox? If so, your service provider (AOL, Yahoo!, etc.) might be directing Berry (and other communications) to your junk mail folder. Make sure you get the news you need by marking Berry as a “safe sender” on your e-mail system.



Sharing ethical practices


erry Trustee ▲ Dan Cathy, president/COO of Dan Cathy, president/COO of Chick-fil-A and Berry trustee, Chick-fil-A, is one of several top speaks with students at an business leaders Executive Round nationally sharing Table dinner on information campus. about the ethical culture of their organizations through a new online resource promoting ethical leadership practices. The Beta Gamma Sigma Center for Ethical Business Leadership ( was conceived by Beta Gamma Sigma, the world’s largest and most prestigious business honor society – an organization emerging as an international resource on incorporating ethical leadership practices into the fabric of business enterprises. The organization’s Web site focuses on leadership strategies and actions that make ethical business behavior fundamental to good business.



erry’s compliance report for the voluntary 2008 Peer Audit administered by the EPA demonstrates the college’s commitment to enhancing its environmental processes and sustainability efforts. Despite having the largest landmass among the 110 participating institutions in five Southeastern states, Berry’s audit resulted in the lowest number of corrective actions. Areas of improvement were highlighted, and immediate action was taken to bring the campus into compliance. Participation positions Berry as a proactive environmental advocate and provides a baseline for future achievement.



he annual meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists, held in Knoxville, Tenn., provided the perfect platform for Dr. Bruce Conn, dean of Berry’s School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, and his campus colleagues to share their considerable expertise while also bringing positive attention to the amazing research opportunities available on the world’s largest campus. “Being a landmass for ▲ Dr. Bill Davin's study is a ecology class specialty Berry studies the small fish that live in a has developed campus pond. over the years,” Dr. Conn explained to the Campus Carrier. “Researchers from other institutions such as JohnsHopkins are interested in hearing about us.” Researchers from more than 50 countries attended the conference of the international organization, which Dr. Conn serves as president.

The goal is ‘green’

Berry College? There’s an app for that!


on the field and in class


hen Berry Information Technology Student (B.I.T.S.) Whit Marbut learned that Duke University had launched an application for the Apple iPhone, his response was immediate: “I could do that!” True to his word, the senior business major has developed a Berry College “app” featuring general campus information for use by students, faculty and staff. To download the free app for iPhone or iTouch, simply go to the iTunes Store and search “Berry Mobile.”


erry’s first-ever trip to the ▲ Andrew Starr celebrates Berry’s first berth in the Avista-NAIA Baseball World Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series provided the perfect Series. Andrew’s two-out, exclamation point for a spectacular game-winning single year in intercollegiate athletics. The capped a three-game Viking baseball team, which earned a sweep of the sectional No. 4 national ranking in the NAIA’s tournament held at Berry’s final poll, was one of five Berry squads Bowdoin Field. The Florida to win regular-season conference native batted .440 in the championships during the 2008-09 World Series to earn Allacademic year. This resulted in Berry’s Tournament honors. first Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Commissioner’s Cup award for overall excellence. Individually, Clay Hightower (86C) was named NAIA National Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association after leading the Lady Vikings to a No. 3 ranking, the highest in their history, while Todd Brooks was recognized as the SSAC’s top athletic director. Conference Coach-of-the-Year accolades went to Paul Deaton (91C) in women’s cross country, Mika Robinson in volleyball, David Beasley in baseball and Brian Farrer (02C, 04G) in men’s and women’s golf. Athletic success did not come at the expense of academic performance as Berry earned NAIA Scholar Team recognition in 12 different sports. Women’s volleyball – with a sparkling 3.57 grade point average – claimed the added distinction of Team of Academic Excellence by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.


Reputation for research

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Alumni honored for distinguished achievement Career achievement. Service to others. Entrepreneurial spirit. Youthful excellence. These are the qualities the Berry Alumni Association seeks to honor through its annual awards program, which recognizes the best of the best among Berry alumni. The talent is deep, choices often difficult. This year, there was a tie that could not be broken. The following alumni were recognized during the 2009 Alumni Weekend celebration. All have found purpose and passion in endeavors of their choosing. All are worthy representatives of Berry alumni. To nominate someone for an award, please go to J. LOWELL LOADHOLTZ (60C)


Distinguished Achievement Award (tie)

Distinguished Achievement Award (tie)







owell Loadholtz spent his career in agriculture and managed to grow a bumper crop of admiration and respect for his talents, skills, dedication and demeanor, as well as for his professional accomplishments. He has been described by colleagues as the epitome of what a public servant should be and as someone held in the highest esteem by colleagues, coworkers and clients. Lowell earned these accolades while working as extension director for Brevard County, Fla., a position from which he has retired. He is an inductee into the National Hall of Fame for County Agricultural Agents and served as president of the Florida Association of County Agricultural Agents. Over the course of his career, Lowell authored more than 1,500 agricultural publications and hosted a daily radio program related to farm and home life that ran for 13 years. While serving as extension director in Brevard County, he attained the rank of full professor at the University of Florida and provided leadership for a team of 10 faculty members and 11 support staff. Lowell’s record of community involvement is extensive, including service as a board member for the Brevard chapters of the Red Cross and United Way. He also was advisor and director for the Brevard County Farm Bureau and the Brevard County Cattlemen’s Association and delivered care packages to needy families as a volunteer for the House of Hope Food Ministry. Lowell and his wife, Dee Hysinder Loadholtz (60C), reside in Cocoa, Fla.

r. Oliver Welch of Atlanta might be called the consummate professional. In addition to distinguishing himself in service to several Georgia governors, he has earned professional designations in numerous fields, including urban planning (AIP), accounting (CPA), law (JD), real estate (CPM) and financial planning (CFP). He also holds a doctoral degree from Georgia State University. His accomplishments are just as eclectic. Early in his career, Oliver assisted in the establishment of Georgia’s first statewide budget bureau and was responsible for a report, “Georgia’s Greatest Investment – Education,” that helped spur changes in the state’s education funding formula and the reorganization of the Georgia Department of Education (GDE). Before the age of 30, he found himself serving as deputy superintendent of the reorganized GDE. At 31, he was tasked with establishing Georgia’s first statewide planning agency, recruiting a diverse group of more than 100 professionals from throughout the nation to act as a “think tank” for the governor’s office. Later, he served as the first director of Georgia’s Bureau of Community Affairs and was chairman of the governor’s computer advisory board. Over time, Oliver served in executive management positions for several public and private corporations and established his own wealth management corporation. He also served on the faculty of several universities and provided leadership for numerous civic organizations, among them the Northwest Council of the Atlanta Chamber of

Commerce (president), the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Buckhead Business Association. Oliver has co-authored the first book on the history of the financial planning profession, scheduled for publication this year.

respond to any emergency that may impact a CDC facility or staff member. Jonathan’s accomplishments include a continuity-of-operations plan that has been recognized for best practices in the industry and a humanitarian assistance plan, largely unique among civilian federal agencies, for responding to the death or severe injury of a CDC staff member. He has been invited to speak at several international conferences, including the 2008 World Conference on Disaster Management. He co-authored an article for the June 2009 International Association of Emergency Managers Bulletin. After graduating from Berry with a degree in political science, Jonathan earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Georgia, where he was student of the year in his graduating class. While at Georgia, he was one of 400 graduate students nationwide to be accepted into the federal government’s Presidential Management Intern program. He lives in Decatur, Ga., with his wife, Elizabeth Rasmusson (02C).

DR. LARRY MCRAE (60C) Distinguished Service Award



r. Larry McRae didn’t have to venture far from the office to make his most indelible mark in service to others. Throughout his 31-year career as a faculty member in Berry’s chemistry department, he distinguished himself daily in support of Berry students and Berry College. He changed lives in the classroom and made a difference in numerous other ways, opening his home to students in need, sharing his faith through Bible studies and volunteering in the local community. Larry’s formal honors are extensive. He earned the Dave and Lu Garrett Award for Meritorious Teaching and the Vulcan Teaching Excellence Award and was named Faculty Member of the Year. He also served as faculty marshal for more than two decades, carrying the college mace with honor and leading the faculty procession at commencement and other major events. Larry participated in the planning of Berry’s new science complex and initiated the effort to gain American Chemical Society approval for Berry’s chemistry curriculum. Today, the outstanding faculty award presented annually by the student affiliate of Berry’s American Chemical Society chapter bears his name. Larry, who retired in 2005 and now holds the title of professor emeritus, lives in Lakemont, Ga., with his wife, Clara (60C). He is active with his church and Habitat for Humanity and believes strongly in continued service to Berry. He was honored during Alumni Work Week 2009 for 10 years of annual service.

NONA SPARKS PATTERSON (58C) Entrepreneurial Spirit Award

JONATHAN TRAPP (99C) Outstanding Young Alumni Award



nly 10 years out from undergraduate school, Jonathan Trapp already has been involved with some of the world’s greatest public health emergencies, including the Southeast Asia tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and the ongoing response to the H1N1 virus. He is emergency manager for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, with responsibility for ensuring the CDC’s ability to

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ho better than Nona Sparks Patterson to share lessons about achieving success in business? First a teacher and then the owner of a furniture business, Nona drew on her own entrepreneurial spirit, a work ethic honed while paying her way through Berry, and the inspiration of Martha Berry to forge success in life. She had just $500 in her savings account in 1966 when she rented a small space in Lawrenceville, Ga., for her first furniture store. That store’s success led to expansions into the nearby communities of Buford and Stone Mountain. Her willingness and ability to seize opportunity, adjust business strategy to reflect changing trends and make wise real estate investments helped assure success. Now Nona is a five-time winner of the President’s Award given by the Georgia Home Furnishings Association and has served on that organization’s board. She is a graduate of the Gwinnett County Senior Leadership Program and a trustee of the Gwinnett County Arts Council. A Sunday school teacher at the First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville, Nona also holds active membership in both the North Gwinnett Rotary Club and the Gwinnett Retired Teachers Association. She and husband J.M. Patterson (60C), also her business partner, have two sons, Stacy and Jonathan – both of whom have followed in Nona’s footsteps in their own ways. Stacy now serves as vice president of his parents’ business, Furniture Village; Jonathan is principal of Norcross High School.





erry is uncommonly beautiful – a place of pastoral and expansive beauty that long has captured the imagination of those who have visited or lived here.

Dr. Stephen R. Briggs

More akin to a park than a manicured garden, the Berry campus is breathtaking in part because it appears so natural with its open fields and wooded slopes, vast pine forests and pristine mountain reservoir. Yet much of Berry’s apparent naturalness was, in fact, carefully designed. It is from the interplay of the natural with the cultivated and the constructed that the full beauty of the campus emerges. Berry’s structures are an integral part of its uncommon beauty, and they stand as a record of the college’s evolution. The white frame buildings of the original boys’ campus and the cluster of log cabins built a half mile away for the girls defined from the outset the expansiveness of Berry’s residential campus. The collegiate brick campus, the magnificent gothic Ford Buildings and the rustic stone of

the Mountain Campus ensured that Berry’s distinctive mix would be enduring. Alongside these educational structures, the barns and long runs of wood-rail fences attest to Berry’s continuing agriculture heritage. Because Berry’s campus is central to its identity, one of the seven themes of the college’s current strategic plan is to “make the most of Berry’s campus as an incomparable asset.” A specific and ongoing goal is to “enhance the beauty and heritage of Berry’s campus to ensure that it remains a place of wonder and delight.” In this day of economic turmoil and chronic belttightening, it is appropriate to ask whether the college should emphasize the beauty of Berry as a strategic goal in light of so many pressing needs. Certainly, it seems right to affirm that the beauty of the campus for its



own sake should not take precedence over the need to assist students financially as they struggle to afford the quality of educational experience that Berry offers.

herself: “I pray that I may leave this world more beautiful than when I found it.” This aim lives on in our current strategic plan. Functional, affordable, beautiful This summer may have been Berry’s busiest ever in the area of campus construction. The new Audrey B. Morgan and Deerfield residence halls were opened, the first phase of the renovation of Dana Hall was completed, and the Krannert Center’s dining hall and Spruill Ballroom were expanded. In addition, we added a number of new parking lots and

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A part of education From time to time, after an evening event, I find myself in the midst of the splendid WinShape Retreat on the Mountain Campus. As I walk the central path through those picturesque structures, I often wonder, “What on earth was Martha Berry thinking when she conceived these buildings?” We know that she modeled them after barns she saw on a trip to Normandy, France, inspired no doubt by their beauty. Still, why build such striking structures on a remote section of the campus in a remote area of Northwest Georgia? How did she justify this expense in the middle of the Great Depression of the 1930s? The answer, I believe, derives from Martha’s conviction that “beauty is part of education.” She wanted the Berry campus to be

inspirational, believing that beauty had the power to stir the imagination and to cultivate civility and hope. The campus’ expansive vistas and surprising spires were meant to catch the eye and lift the heart because Martha wanted students in the midst of mundane chores to sense the wonder of creation and the worth of work done well before God. In other words, Martha Berry believed that the beauty of campus was a vital element of the educational experience. The beauty nurtured and instructed hearts as surely as the academic lessons molded minds and the work experience trained hands. The beauty of Berry was not for its own sake, but rather for the edification of the students. Martha’s aim for her students was the act of devotion she claimed for

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sidewalks to improve the pedestrian flow of campus and re-roofed 17 buildings on the Main and Mountain campuses. We also constructed a new softball facility and a new soccer/lacrosse practice field to support our expanded athletic offerings. While some of this work was part of the scheduled maintenance of our campus facilities, many of the projects were designed to improve the quality and capacity of Berry as a residential learning community. As part of the planning process, we specifically worked to enhance the beauty of the campus even as we sought to make improvements that were both functional and cost-effective over the lifetime of a building. Let me use the new residence halls as an example. As we projected the need for additional residence hall beds in order to attain our goal of having 85 percent of students residing on campus, we studied possible site locations in terms of several principles. We sought to create a residential district close to the center of campus but

Because Berry’s campus is central to its identity, one of the seven themes of the college’s current strategic plan is to ‘make the most of Berry’s campus as an incomparable asset.’ distinct from the academic core that would foster a sense of warmth and community. We were attracted to the Emery barn location because it adds some east-west depth to a campus that extends along a north-south axis and because the barn complex offers a way of celebrating Berry’s history and the importance of sustainability.

The barns were previously hidden down a dirt road, behind a cottage in disrepair and an overgrown clump of bushes. The residence halls were designed to frame the barns and bring them into clear view. The halls borrowed design elements from the barns, including spires, silo-like study areas and multi-level roof elements. They also



incorporated sustainable design features to achieve a LEEDs (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certification. A key design decision was whether to use brick, wood or stone for the structures. The academic buildings nearby were brick, but the stone of the Ford residential district was appealing. In the end, we chose a combination of rock, brick and wood, seeking to give the complex its own comfortable but classic character. We also deliberately sought to foster a sense of delight in these buildings as we connected the constructed with the natural. The wood-and-glass “jewel box” lobby of Morgan Hall provides such an element, with its soaring windows looking north towards the meadows and Lavender Mountain, as does Deerfield’s outdoor living room with its twosided fireplace and path through the pines. Adirondack chairs on the bluestone porches invite students to enjoy one another in the warmth and comfort of a lodge retreat. It is our hope and intention that this new

residential district will open the eyes and hearts of students as the Ford “castle” has done for so many years. In a similar way, we have strived to reinvigorate Dana Hall through a life-cycle renovation including new HVAC systems and, more visibly, a greatly enhanced central lounge and a central game room, as well as new elevators, lounges and kitchens at the corners of the two wings. We will also add a deck and patio area to bring life to Dana’s backyard. Increasing the residential capacity of the campus necessitated that we look again at our dining facilities. Krannert dining hall has been operating at capacity for some time, even before our large entering class arrived. In addition, given its basement location, it has always suffered from feeling dark and confined. This fall, we welcomed students back to an expanded facility that is wonderfully opened with a lower level of seating and a bay of windows across the back that will look out onto an outdoor seating area by early next year. We have made amazing strides this summer, and there’s still more to come. Most notably, by early spring we will have completed Kilpatrick Commons, the area that stretches between Krannert and the Cage Center up to Opportunity Drive. Kilpatrick Commons will serve as the central pedestrian point of campus, equidistant from Dana and Ford and on the footpath from the Cage Center to the Emery Barns. Kilpatrick Commons will be a garden spot with a fountain that flows into a creek and ends in a rock waterfall facing the windows of Krannert dining hall. A walkway will connect the parallel sidewalks of Opportunity Drive and

the Cage Center, across a stone and wood bridge that also will face the dining hall’s windows. A double row of elms There are many other projects we have in mind for Berry into the future. We yearn to restore the Emery Barns as an appealing evening gathering spot for students in a manner similar to the restoration that transformed the Normandy barns into the stunning WinShape Retreat. The Emery Barns, now more than 90 years old, retain a grandeur that is worth celebrating and adapting for use today. We know we still have work to do to improve studio spaces for our art students and faculty, and we need to refresh our performing arts spaces generally. As our animal science program continues to thrive and grow, we need additional classroom space and could benefit greatly from facilities that would support agri-educational enterprises. And, we remain committed to maintaining the integrity of our many historic and beautifully uncommon structures, such as the Old Mill, Barnwell and Frost chapels, Possum Trot and the House o’ Dreams. We are working hard to improve Berry, but there is still much to be done. Years ago, Martha Berry envisioned the future of the campus in her mind’s eye and worked diligently toward the realization of that vision. A decade before building a recitation hall, she planted a double row of elms leading to a promising knoll to ensure that, one day, the building would have a fine approach. It is now our responsibility and privilege to extend this legacy of beauty with comparable foresight and determination. B

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Stepping out on

By Karilon L. Rogers


Photography by Logan Mock-Bunting

r. Robert Carpenter (87C) has a story to tell – a story that lights his eyes, even as it fills them with tears of gratitude. It is a story he shares with measured speech, although the words seem to flow unfettered from his heart. Today, Robert is on active military duty at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune being used by God, as he describes it, to help our nation’s heroes prepare spiritually and emotionally for going to war – and for coming home. Currently command chaplain for the Deployment Processing Command East at Camp Lejeune, he counsels individuals and preaches to throngs, sometimes spreading the word of God to audiences numbering in the thousands. Robert’s story is about a higher calling and the people and places that prepared him to answer it. For as his Berry classmates will remember, this now eloquent chaplain – whose strong voice has soared skyward in honor of fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery and whose soothing prayers have comforted the family of a sailor lost in the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole – once stuttered so badly he couldn’t say his own name or answer the phone.

Jeannette, as well as the opportunity provided him by the couple’s WinShape Foundation and its affiliation with Berry College. Robert was a community-college freshman working for Chick-fil-A in Virginia Beach, Va., in 1984 when notice of the first collaborative Berry/WinShape scholarships was circulated to the chain’s employees. Robert was interested. “Chick-fil-A flew a bunch of prospective students to visit Berry in the spring of 1984,” he said. “Truett and Mrs. Cathy were there with us. I thought, ‘What a beautiful campus. I would sure love to come here.’” “Come here” he did. Robert entered Berry as a sophomore and as a charter WinShape Scholarship student. A severe stutterer since the age of 9, he had found acceptance by others to be elusive. Within the Chick-fil-A, WinShape and Berry College communities, however, he found it quickly and completely. “On the first day of class, professors always asked us to say our names,” Robert explained. “And I couldn’t. One of my friends would have to say mine for me. Students sometimes laughed, but it was always with me, not at me. I never had anyone at Berry make fun of me.” Robert was deeply involved on campus. He was a cheerleader as a sophomore, discovering that he could cheer without stuttering, just as many with the speech impediment can sing smoothly. During his junior and senior years, he was selected as a Resident Assistant at Pilgrim Hall and was a


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It began with a chicken sandwich For Robert, it is simple. His ministry – his life, really – flows from the vision and heart of S. Truett Cathy, founder of the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain, and Mr. Cathy’s wife,


Charter WinShape Scholarship recipient Robert Carpenter connects with Jeanette and Truett Cathy at a 2005 WinShape reunion on the Berry campus.

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member of the Krannert Center Activities Board (KCAB). His confidence level soared. “People accepted me for who I was regardless of how I talked,” he asserted. “In fact, my years with Chick-fil-A and at Berry are still some of the best years of my life. The love and acceptance of the Cathys, my college friends and my Chick-fil-A colleagues made me more comfortable with my speech impediment, although I still didn’t like it.” Call from above, help from here Robert spent his college summers either as a member of Chick-fil-A’s national marketingblitz team, which gave him the opportunity to travel to stores across the country to run promotions, or on the staff of Camp WinShape. In his senior year, he was selected for a fulltime position with Chick-fil-A, training to one day operate his own restaurant.



“I loved my job; I loved working for Chick-fil-A,” he emphasized. “When I graduated in 1987, I knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to work for Chick-fil-A. I can remember saying, ‘I can’t imagine doing anything else.’” And then God called him. “For a while, I thought I was losing my mind,” Robert said. “My friends thought I had to be kidding. But I was being called to preach – I felt it in my heart and in my spirit. I remember thinking, ‘I have such a severe speech impediment I can’t even say my name – there is no way I can ever preach.’ So I fought God and told him I couldn’t do it.” Robert’s inner turmoil mounted until one day Mr. Cathy, who had learned of Robert’s struggle, invited him to spend time at his home. “Truett spent three days with me,” Robert said. “To this day, those three days have such a profound effect on me and my ministry. I told him that all I could do, all that I was good at, and all that I loved was

working at Chick-fil-A. But I knew God was calling me to be a minister. “Truett told me, ‘Robert, if God is calling you, you have to go find out what he wants you to do.’ And he reminded me that God would be faithful to me and enable me to do what he required of me. On Oct. 1, 1987, I flew home from Atlanta over the same route I had flown so many times with Chick-fil-A, and I asked, ‘God, what are you doing with me?’” From that moment on, Robert stepped out on faith, trusting that he would find the means to do what was asked of him. He moved back home to Virginia Beach and, in 1989, became a Master of Divinity student at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky. Believing strongly that the military was meant to be a significant part of his ministry, he also applied for the Navy Chaplain Corps. Once again, a person of prominence played a pivotal role. After his required visit to a Military Entrance Processing Site for

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evaluation, the Navy called, but it wasn’t the call Robert awaited. He was told that his severe speech impediment had been noted and that the Navy needed to re-evaluate his potential for success as a chaplain. “I went into panic mode,” Robert said. “I thought, ‘I’ll never get in now.’” Back at the processing site a very intimidated Robert met with a high-ranking officer – a doctor with four stripes on his sleeve. The doctor asked Robert to read a page while he listened and took notes. “I stuttered throughout,” Robert said. “I was sure the captain would say, ‘No way.’ Instead, when I was done, he told me that my stuttering was very severe. But he also said, ‘I see a drive and determination in you to not let what you perceive to be a handicap stop you from doing what you are called to do. I’m going to recommend you as a Navy chaplain.’ I was accepted three and a half weeks later.”

“I will help you speak …” Robert’s life and career moved fast and furiously. He married (Suzanne), completed his master’s program, became a full Navy chaplain and acquired his first church. But his stuttering never improved. He laughs now about telling the parishioners of Modest Town (Va.) Baptist Church that he had a message for them if they’d just be patient until he finished preaching his sermon. And then he heard about the Precision Fluency Shaping Program, a short course aimed at helping persons who stutter. He doesn’t know how or where he learned about it, but he believes it was part of God’s plan to speak through him. “In three weeks, I learned the mechanics of 85 to 95 percent fluent speech,” he said. “Everyone saw improvement but at different levels. But you have to practice what you learn – always. Before I speak – while I’m sitting in a pew or wherever I am – I take deep breaths to prepare. When I’m tired, my speech may be worse, but I just have to think about what to do. Twelve years later, it is

second nature to me. Now I’ve spoken before groups of 3,000 and 4,000 people. I was nervous, yes, but I didn’t freak out or freeze. It is the power of what God has done in equipping me. The most relaxed and comfortable I feel speaking is when I am preaching. The pulpit is home for me.” Robert now holds two doctoral degrees


his Old Testament passage, Exodus 4:10-12, helped Robert Carpenter find the strength to accept his calling to the ministry. Moses said to the Lord, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” The Lord said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” -New International Version

and is senior pastor of Talbot Park Baptist Church in Norfolk, Va. As a reserve officer, he has held numerous posts. He served in Quantico, Va., at the Marines’ Officer Candidate School and The Basic School, as well as the FBI Academy. Next came Submarine Squadrons Six and Eight in Norfolk, followed by service as executive officer at Marine Expeditionary Force Religious 106 in both Washington, D.C., and Quantico. It was during this time that he had the extreme honor of serving at Arlington National Cemetery. “I’ve had some great experiences in the military, but being chaplain at Arlington was one of the best. I never lost the awe of being part of that ministry. Every service is for a hero.” From 2005 to 2007, he served at Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, D.C. He was selected for the rank of commander in 2006 and was promoted in 2007. In November of that year, he headed back to Norfolk as deputy surface force chaplain for the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. He’ll return to that post, as well as to Talbot Park Baptist Church, when his tour of active duty is completed in March 2010. Until that time, he will continue at Camp Lejeune. Life has not always been easy as Robert followed his calling. In 1999 he was tested – by the front end of a Ford F-250 that hit him from behind while he was jogging. His back was fractured in three places, and he faced the risk of paralysis for more than four months. His injuries have kept him stateside throughout the war but have not squelched his faith or his deep gratitude to the people and places – including the Cathy family, the WinShape Foundation and Berry College – that helped him follow his calling. “I have personally witnessed the honor and dedication our military personnel provide to the United States during this time of war,” he said. “They are heroes defending freedom, and I am honored and privileged to be their chaplain.” B

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In the world of politics, a fresh face and fresh ideas require some

Convinc By ANDY JOHNS (06C)


ason Winters (01C) thought he was done convincing people he was old enough for politics when he won an election last November. But the convincing continues whenever someone new walks into the commission building in Summerville, Ga. “They’ll come into my office and ask, ‘Is the commissioner here?’” said Jason, 30, the fresh-faced sole commissioner of Chattooga County. With his swooping bangs and boyish enthusiasm, he can seem even younger than he is. “It’s always funny to see their reaction when I say I’m the commissioner,” he continued, with laughs breaking through his story like weeds through the Chattooga dirt roads he travels. The convincing continues outside the office as well, whether he’s around the state for meetings or recruiting potential industries in Germany. Sole state with sole commissioners Chattooga County is one of only nine Georgia counties utilizing a sole commissioner system of government; most others have a board of commissioners. Perhaps best known as the position held (and comically abused) by Boss Hogg in The Dukes of Hazzard television series, a sole commissioner has the authority to act both as the county’s chief executive and as its policy maker. While Georgia is now the only state in the nation with this form of local government still in use, Jason believes the system allows the county government to act efficiently.




Photography by ALAN STOREY

“The bad thing is you have no one to blame,” he chuckled. “When something goes wrong, you have no one to put at fault but you.” Fresh ideas A political science major at Berry, Jason became one of the few 20-somethings ever elected sole commissioner in Georgia when he was sworn in at age 29 in January. The average age of commissioners across the state will be 61 by the end of this year, according to sample data from Georgia’s county commissioner association. Jason believes the lessons learned and experiences gained both at Berry and his family’s farm and oil business in Lyerly, Ga., sparked his passion for going beyond the typical job requirements of a sole commissioner. In Chattooga County, where there is no county manager, those requirements can include everything from assuring right-of-ways are mowed to overseeing county road projects and an upcoming courthouse renovation. Jason’s commitment to his constituents is evident when he walks down the street in Summerville. He seems to know every face and every story, and he’s committed to helping them solve day-to-day problems while also focusing on ways in which the long-term health of the community can be improved. “It’s time for the people of Chattooga County to expect more,” he emphasized. While it is hard for Jason to blend in among politicians who were winning

elections when he was still riding a tractor in his granddad’s lap, blending in isn’t really what he has in mind anyway. He said he was voted into office because he has fresh ideas, like investing in industrial property, hiring local contractors for major community projects and running the county like a business. Jason put his ideas into practice in April when he went to Hannover, Germany, with other Northwest Georgia officials to meet with German companies looking to build facilities close to a new Volkswagen plant slated to open in Chattanooga, Tenn., 50 miles north of Summerville. He took the unconventional approach of using Chattooga’s economic problems to woo business. Because the county is one of the state’s poorest, Georgia offers sizable tax cuts to industries opting to build there. Tax breaks, whether discussed with a clipped German accent or a slow Chattooga drawl, raise the eyebrows of business executives and just may have put Jason’s county on the map. His approach has already drawn praise from peers. “He’s going to be able to accomplish quite a bit I think,” said Bebe Heiskell, sole commissioner of neighboring Walker County. ‘Generational handoff’ Before the election, Jason knew his age would be his biggest obstacle. “Son, you’re just too young; it’s a big job,” he remembers voters saying as he campaigned door-to-door. But his convincing worked, and he forced a run-off after the July primaries,

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ing defeating the incumbent commissioner. He won the November election over an opponent with children his age. Jason believes his ideas started to resonate among the voters as unemployment climbed to 14 percent in the county. With the Volkswagen announcement, people in Chattooga County began looking toward the future, he said, and many decided they needed fresh ideas to lure related industries. “You started hearing people say, ‘He is young, but maybe that’s what we need,’” Jason recalled. While the age gap between Jason and his peers is a frequent source of kidding, he also sees it as a warning signal. As the current generation of elected officials in Georgia grows older, he worries that a crop of younger leaders won’t be waiting in the wings when the time comes for a “generational handoff.” “That’s something we all need to be concerned about,” agreed Jim Parker, a former Chattooga commissioner who convinced Jason to run for office, explaining that well educated young people can make more money in pursuits outside of public service. Regardless of the obstacles, Jason believes that now is the time for young people to get involved at every level of politics. Will his peers believe they are old enough for public office? He’s going to have to do some convincing. B – Andy Johns, a 2006 graduate of Berry College, is a freelance writer and a reporter for the Times-Free Press in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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avid Reeves has always been a team guy. The avid runner helped his high school teammates win a pair of Georgia cross country championships and continues to give his all as a member of Berry’s cross country and track ALAN STOREY teams. “I’ve been on a team since the first grade,” he declared, “and realize that the only way to succeed is by working together as a powerful force.” Thanks to participation in Berry’s StudentOperated Campus Enterprises program, David (pictured above) now is discovering entirely new ways to unleash that “powerful force.” When not attending classes or training with his fellow runners, the senior visual communication major can be found working as the Web designer and online marketing manager for the Berry Enterprises Student Team (BEST), a student consulting group that provides specialized assistance for the growing number of student-run businesses that are sprouting up across the Berry campus. In this role, David is honing his skills as a Web designer and marketing professional

while also learning how to deal effectively with the conflicts and personality clashes that inevitably arise when people with different talents and viewpoints work together in support of a common goal. “I thought I dealt with them well before,” he stated. “I have learned a lot since taking this job about how to deal with them in a business setting.” Opportunity knocks Long before he was tasked with overseeing the development of Student-Operated Campus Enterprises at Berry, Rufus Massey (75C) learned firsthand a lesson that would prove invaluable in his current role. “I’m an old student-affairs guy,” he explained. “In that role, I quickly learned – as a survival technique – that students have to be put in charge. When they’re allowed to run things, they excel.” Student-Operated Campus Enterprises provides just such an opportunity. This new initiative, under development since October 2008, complements Berry’s traditional work experience program by making it possible for students to gain real-world experience

Ideas continue to flow for the development of Student-Operated Campus Enterprises, as Rufus Massey’s whiteboard graphically demonstrates.

running an on-campus enterprise, with the guidance of a faculty or staff member as comanager/mentor. It is one of four complementary initiatives that are providing the basis for establishing Berry’s work experience program as a national model. (See the Summer 2009 issue of Berry for details.) “We’re giving students a chance to explore, to learn and to take a few risks,” Rufus stated. “And as they get better at it, they’ll actually generate some positive revenues, which is okay too.” Working under the direction of President Steve Briggs and Provost Katherine Whatley, Rufus began soliciting business concepts during the first semester of the 2008-09 academic year. Enthusiasm among the students was so high that within 90 days of the official launch, the first pilot project was up and running. By the end of spring semester, nearly 200 business concepts had been proposed by students, faculty, staff and alumni, and 10 pilot projects had been approved. “The beauty of this, from a student development standpoint, is that it’s the first shot some of our students have had to run something on their own,” Rufus said. “The expectation level is very high. In order for this to work, we have to have students who are willing to accept personal responsibility for making their enterprises a success, and that’s what we have seen. Wherever you set the bar, our students are able to go over it.”


Process improvement Ashley Painter (left in photo) didn’t build the Cottages at Berry – but she is working hard to make them better. An employee at the cottages since her freshman year, the junior finance major jumped at the opportunity to develop one of Berry’s first Student-Operated Campus Enterprises. In her role as general manager, Ashley oversees a team of students dedicated to reinventing the “bed and breakfast” experience that the cottages offer alumni and


other campus guests. Her responsibilities include day-to-day operations, financial transactions, formulating long-term goals, approving and implementing new policies and procedures, and employee oversight. “The experience thus far has taught me a great deal,” she noted. “I am learning some key lessons about management that most people do not discover until well into their careers.” Though day-to-day operations are a key part of her job, Ashley also is focused on ways to enhance the lodging experience for future customers. To accomplish this, she has sought out the expertise of an outside consultant and conducted her own on-site evaluation involving faculty, staff, parents, alumni and current students. Already, the staff is incorporating feedback from the evaluation into everyday operations. “I am constantly thinking of new ways to improve,” Ashley stated. “My ultimate goal is for the Cottages at Berry to be well known and highly respected throughout the Berry community as a student-operated business that offers affordable accommodations and a friendly atmosphere.” As she looks ahead to a career in either corporate law or certified financial planning, the avid dancer is convinced that her work at the cottages will provide just the sort of firsthand experience she needs to get a leg up on the competition.

“We don’t have a major cleaning toilets,” she joked about an inevitable component of work in a bed and breakfast operation. “However, all other aspects of this job tie directly to my business major.” Building a brand While Ashley and her fellow students invest their time and energy in the pilot enterprises, Rufus has been busy benchmarking Berry’s efforts against other colleges and universities. According to his research, only nine institutions nationwide offer similar opportunities. “The overall goal is to enhance and promote the student work experience program at Berry for the benefit of our students, and the vision is that Berry will have the premier work experience program in the country,” he explained. “Some people think we’re already there. However, just like a restaurant has to prove it has the world’s best hamburger, we must be able to prove that our work experience program is second to none.” The comparison to hamburgers is fitting, especially for the two pilot enterprises that are focused on the marketing and sale of beef from Berry’s Angus and Jersey herds. Milk from the Jersey herd is also being marketed – the first to be sold under a Berry label since 1959 – as are campus-grown vegetables and high-quality Jersey embryos that are being made available to breeders worldwide.

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has shifted her focus and plans to study dairy cattle genetics in graduate school. “I have learned an incredible amount about the field of genetics, especially as it relates to dairy cattle,” she said. “This experience has completely changed my life.”


These five enterprises share a unified brand, “The Berry Farms,” which evokes the college’s agricultural roots and builds on Berry’s current reputation as one of the Southeast’s foremost destinations for undergraduate students hoping to gain admission to veterinary school. Involvement in Student-Operated Campus Enterprises provides a natural outlet for these students to complement the first-class academic preparation they are receiving while also building on prior student work experiences. “A majority of our team is involved with the dairy,” stated Niki Dammann, a sophomore animal science major who oversees the operation of the Jersey milk enterprise. “I really think that gives us an advantage. Not only do we know our product and sales, but most of us are also involved in the production end of our product, working with the Berry Jersey herd.” Catching fire Joshua Baker shares Niki’s interest in animals; he also has a love for entrepre neurship. Serving as the accounting/ marketing manager for the Angus beef enterprise has given him the perfect opportunity to indulge both interests. “The main thing that I bring to the table is my passion for agriculture,” he related. “I have always enjoyed raising cattle and attempting to manipulate their environments so that they can thrive and become marketable.” Joshua enjoys telling people that “our beef sells like wildfire spreads,” and the company’s performance at an on-campus farmers market held in late July backs his claim. The event, planned by the BEST team as a way of introducing Student-Operated Campus



Enterprises to the local community, surpassed all expectations, drawing as many as 1,400 visitors to the Berry campus and resulting in empty shelves for Angus beef, Jersey milk and campusgrown produce. “The farmers market was literally planned and executed by students, one of whom, Erika Chester, joined the staff four weeks before the event and served as the lead,” Rufus noted. “These students can do this. They can do this work.” No one has to convince Joshua. Though he possesses a great deal of knowledge thanks to his prior experience working with a commercial herd operation, he thrives on the human interaction his involvement with Student-Operated Campus Enterprises provides and enjoys learning from the other students and listening to their ideas. “There are so many intelligent students at Berry,” he exclaimed. “Millions of people wish they could have picked Bill Gates’ brain before he became unreachable. I have the opportunity to develop my ideas alongside individuals who might one day match his success.” Providing direction For students like Joshua, Student-Operated Campus Enterprises is the perfect outlet for building on a lifelong interest. For others, it can be a turning point that takes them in an entirely new direction. Ivy M. Roberts (pictured with calf) came to Berry from South Florida with the goal of pursuing a career as a veterinarian. Thanks to her experience as genetics manager for the dairy and now CEO/manager of the genetics enterprise, the senior animal science major

Next steps As Student-Operated Campus Enterprises evolves into a fully operational component of the Berry work experience program, efforts are continuing to nurture other pilot projects such as an on-campus bike shop and the new online alumni store. Additional concepts being actively explored include a video production company, an accounting business and a non-profit enterprise. Already, the more advanced pilot projects are beginning the transition to live businesses, which means establishing a succession plan that will allow them to continue operations long after current students have graduated. Rufus is also soliciting new business concepts, noting that “the idea we get tomorrow may be better than any of the ones we have now.” Through it all, the program’s lone administrator has been amazed by the level of interest shown by alumni, college leadership and the general public. Many are already sharing their time and expertise on an advisory basis. As the program moves forward, Rufus hopes that more people will choose to show their support financially as well. “These are bootstrap businesses,” he stated. “We have started these with little or no funding. There are clear opportunities to sponsor businesses or to provide seed money that could be used as venture capital. These students need your help.” Editor’s Note: More information about Student-Operated Campus Enterprises is available online at http://berrystudent If you are interested in getting involved, contact Rufus Massey at or 706-368-6945. B

AlwaysBERRY Building Tomorrow Today


Hope& Help Refugee students find both at Berry



t just 18, Lima Naseri has a past she doesn’t want to remember. Eleven years ago, she and her family fled their homeland of Afghanistan, fearing for their lives. The Taliban had been recognized as the country’s legitimate ruler, and an estimated 10 million land mines blanketed the terrain of the war-torn country. Only a few months after leaving, they learned that their home had been bombed and nothing remained of their former life. Concern for those left behind remains heavy on her heart. Lima is one of seven refugee students now

at Berry who spent their early years in countries where atrocities and violence have been an everyday part of life. One young woman saw her father killed and her brother abducted. Another student lived through the genocide in Rwanda, where an estimated 800,000 people were killed. A young man, whose family was active in trying to bring democracy to their homeland, remembers hiding as gunfire erupted around his home. Since fleeing their home nations, these seven students, who range in age from 17 to 22, have collectively lived in 26 countries. They came together through the Global

By Debbie Rasure

Village School for under-schooled teenage survivors of war, located in Decatur, Ga., and arrived at Berry as a result of an introduction by a mutual friend of the school’s co-founder, Barbara Thompson, and Berry President Steve Briggs. Barbara shared her passion for helping young refugees with Dr. Briggs, and her story struck a chord. “The Global Village School is, in many ways, a 21st century version of Martha Berry’s story,” he said. “Barbara is working with disadvantaged young people who are desperately hungry for education. I can’t imagine a school more uniquely positioned to help than Berry.” A bridge to the future Despite crushing personal experiences,

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ven as a small boy, Naing Oo, one of seven refugee students now at Berry, was aware of the military government’s oppression in his home country of Burma, now known as Myanmar. “In school there, you learn what the government wants you to learn, whether it is true or not,” said the 19-year-old, whose family left Burma when he was in the fifth grade. “Only the wealthy can afford to send their children to college, so the ordinary person has very little opportunity to make a better life.” Naing’s impression of life in the United States compared to Burma is simple, yet compelling: “It is the difference between earth and sky.” Naing has not yet declared his major, but he loves his classes and his student work experience position at the Alumni Center. He is grateful for what Berry is doing for him and dreams of working in international relations or political science some day. “My passion is to help people in Third-World countries,” he said. “I am really thankful for this opportunity. I never thought I would be able to come to Berry, but everything happens for a reason. If I reach my goal, I will be able to look back and give back. I don’t take anything for granted. I don’t want to live a simple life, I want to live an extraordinary life. And I know that if I work hard enough, I will be given the chance to do it.”



I don’t want to live a simple life, I want to live an extraordinary life.

significant gaps in their education and language barriers, the refugee students graduated from Georgia high schools, demonstrating that they possess the tenacity and determination to succeed. Their greatest need now is opportunity. “These kids want an education like a drowning person wants air,” Barbara emphasized. A group of Berry faculty and staff met with Barbara last spring and, according to Associate Provost Andrew Bressette, came away certain of two things: the students’ need was directly in line with Berry’s mission, and getting them ready to enroll at Berry this fall would require something extraordinary. “We knew we needed to get them acclimated to college life, to things like keeping a schedule, the rigors of college classes and working,” said Dr. Bressette. “We also wanted to have a chance to observe them to identify any weaknesses so we could provide support.” A team of faculty, staff and students quickly designed an intensive six-week introductory summer program to help the refugee students make a successful transition. Included were college-level courses, residence hall life, study-skills training, peer student mentoring, student work experience, social activities and more. The students now have begun the fall semester. Assistance continues to be provided, and hopes are high they will do well. Looking forward Lima has jumped headlong into life as a Berry student. She worries about making good grades, enjoys her student work experience assignment with the international programs office, and loves her roommates.

Making Firsthand experiences possible



erry’s historic firsthand approach to education is made possible through the generous support of its loyal alumni and friends. As the college welcomed students back this fall, we were mindful of all you have done to help give these hardworking young people the opportunity to learn. Thank you for your faithful support. The following gifts and pledges of $10,000 or more were made between April 1 and July 31 of this year. (The list does not include payments on pledges already recognized in Berry magazine.)

I am so thankful to God and the people who have given me this opportunity. “At first, I was so nervous,” she said. “But now I have a lot of friends. I am so thankful to God and the people who have given me this opportunity. I feel the love I get from the faculty and students who have helped me, and I feel at home.” Financial assistance is needed The college hopes to fund ongoing scholarships for these and other students through its new Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Program. For more information on how you can help, please contact the Berry College advancement office at 706-236-2253 or e-mail Sloane Hernandez at B

Anonymous, $25,000 addition to the Betty Anne Rouse Bell Endowed Scholarship ARAMARK Corporation, $28,138 for the general fund D. Randolph and Nancy Berry, $25,000 to support Berry Information Technology Students (B.I.T.S.) Steven J. Cage (74C), $10,000 for the general fund Jimmy and Brenda Escoe, $45,000 in-kind gift of a quarter horse Frances Wood Wilson Foundation, $20,000 for the Steven J. Cage Athletic and Recreation Center Georgia Foundation for Independent Colleges Inc., $17,116 to support the general fund Gayle Graviett Gmyrek (67C), $12,000 addition to the Ed and Gayle Graviett Gmyrek Expendable Scholarship Barry (71C) and Michele (70C) Griswell, $10,000 to support the general fund and purchase books for 2009 graduates Bobbie M. Hunt, $13,000 in-kind gift of 13 woodcut prints

Judy Lane Gilbert Memorial Foundation, $11,000 to create the Judy Lane Gilbert Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Henry and Norma Kummer, $30,000 for a charitable gift annuity that will ultimately support the Steven J. Cage Athletic and Recreation Center Roger (79C) and Candy (82C) Lusby, $10,000 including a $7,500 addition to the Mr. and Mrs. Roger W. Lusby III Scholarship and $2,500 for the general fund Ronda Lynn Mills (96C), $12,500 to help establish the Linda Mills Memorial Endowed Scholarship Reagan Lynice Mills-Biwott (97C), $12,500 to help establish the Linda Mills Memorial Endowed Scholarship Nichols Trust, $10,000 for the Rudge Nichols Professorship Paul C. and Velma Smith Maddox Foundation, $18,000 addition to the Paul C. and Velma Smith Maddox Scholarship William L. Pence (76C), $25,000 to support the Steven J. Cage Athletic and Recreation Center Zellars Foundation, $10,000 addition to the Tibbals/Zellars Expendable Scholarship Bequests The Estate of Thomas G. Allen, unrestricted bequest The Estate of William Walter Duncan, addition to the William Walter Duncan Endowed Scholarships for Theater, Music and Art The Estate of Siva Lee Pickelsimer, to establish the Burnette Pickelsimer Gate of Opportunity Endowed Scholarship Fund The Estate of May Belle Prate Wilder, in-kind gift of land









Total raised as of Sept. 23, 2009: $26,868,447





Finding ways Steadfast donors defy recession to support students


hen it comes to giving, Berry alumni and friends might have taken their cue from the famous inscription on New York City’s General Post Office: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” For Berry donors, it seems that neither time nor distance nor sagging economy sways them from their steadfast support of Berry students. In fact, giving to Berry remained strong in 2008-09, with alumni and friends contrib uting more than $6.8 million in cash and other assets. When new commitments (such as signed pledges and planned gifts) are added, the total climbs to $11.61 million, 44 percent above last year’s total. The Berry Board of Trustees led the charge in giving with a 100 percent participation rate in support of the Annual Fund, scholarships and other critical projects, such as the Cage Center. “The dedication of our alumni and friends is heartwarming and amazing,” said Bettyann O’Neill, vice president for advancement. “In these challenging times, Berry’s mission resonates even more strongly, and we remember that Berry is no stranger to adverse external forces. Martha Berry created her schools during difficult times in Georgia and kept them alive and growing during the most arduous economic period in our nation’s history, the Great Depression. “This year’s giving to Berry demonstrates that when people believe in a vision and mission of such importance, they find a way to move them forward.” Editor’s Note: The full text of this article is available at (active Nov. 1). B



How to provide for your heirs and help Berry students

By Debbie Rasure


f you think you must choose between leaving an inheritance for your loved ones and helping students attend Berry – or supporting another cause at the college that matters to you – think again. With planned giving, you can do both. These tools enable you to make arrangements now to give money or other assets to Berry later, often while preserving an inheritance for your loved ones. A bequest made through a will is, perhaps, the most well-known type of planned gift. But, according to Casey T. Smith (00C), president of Wiser Wealth Management of Marietta, Ga., and a member of Berry’s Planned Giving Council, some are hesitant to include a charity in their will or revocable living trust. “People worry about needing to use more of their assets during their lives than they expect, and they fear that if they’ve designated a certain amount for a charity their heirs will be short-changed,” he explained. “There’s an easy fix for that. Instead of designating a specific dollar amount for a charity in your will or revocable living trust, designate a percentage of your estate. That way, the amount given to charity and to your heirs will remain proportionate with your intentions. You can even cap your charitable gift at a certain amount, if you wish.” Some donors have found that naming Berry as a partial beneficiary of a life insurance policy satisfies their desire to

support the school without taking resources away from loved ones. While this is an excellent way to achieve your goals for Berry and your family, it isn’t the only way to use this smart planned giving tool. There is a growing national trend to use life insurance to replace the value of a planned gift. “Sometimes people donate an appreciated asset to Berry, something like real estate or stock, to help decrease their tax burden,” said Scott Breithaupt (91C, 96G), assistant vice president of campaign and leadership giving at Berry. “If they want to replace that gift in their estate, they can consider purchasing a life insurance policy that pays a death benefit to their heirs that is equal to the value of the gift. For the cost of a monthly premium, they can provide for their loved ones and still make a difference in the lives of Berry students.” Life income gifts, such as charitable gift annuities (CGAs), are a popular way to give to Berry students while still providing an inheritance for loved ones. CGAs enable donors – and a loved one who survives them – to receive a guaranteed income for life. At the end of the annuity, the remainder comes to Berry for a purpose of the donor’s choosing. Another option is a testamentary charitable trust, through which donors can arrange for income to be paid to their loved ones for a limited period of time before the principal goes to Berry – or vice versa. You really can do it all. To learn more about planned giving, contact Scott at or 706-236-2253. B ALAN STOREY




are they now?


Gayle Graviett Gmyrek (67C) and husband Ed recently took a cruise from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Madeira and Lisbon, Portugal; Cadiz, Mallorca and Barcelona, Spain; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Nice and Eze, France; and Florence and Rome, Italy. The couple then cruised from Fort Lauderdale to the Caribbean Islands of Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas and Half Moon Bay. Virginia Pease Douglass (68C) and John Douglass were married April 11, 2009, at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, where they reside.

1970s James L. Curry Jr. (73C, 74G) received an Ed.D. in educational leadership and serves as dean of the Price School of Education at Reinhardt College. Melvin Ronald Plunkett (73C) is manager of the personal property division of the Cobb County (Ga.) tax assessors’ office, a position he has

held since 2001. He also serves on the executive board of the Georgia Association of Assessing Officials. He and wife Lynn McGill Plunkett (74C), who was named superintendent of Floyd County schools in December 2008, reside in Rome and have two children, Brandi Plunkett Thacker and Brooke Plunkett Askew. Walter C. Mason Jr. (75C) of Swainsboro, Ga., is chairman of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Advisory Committee to the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents. He also is director of exercise science at East Georgia College. Deborah Elyse Poss (78C) will serve as 2010-2012 president of the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics, representing math teachers in grades kindergarten through college. She teaches math at Lassiter High School in Marietta. Paul W. Bryan II (79C) has been named to the board of directors of United Southern Bank. He is

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ave Hilley (70C) knows something about conservation. During 18 of his 29 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Dave was project leader at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in Kansas. During that time, the number of waterfowl using the refuge soared, including an increase in sandhill cranes from 35,000 to more than 250,000 and fall geese from 150,000 to more than a million. In recognition of these and many other wildlife conservation efforts, Dave won the Conservationist of the Year award given annually by the Kansas Wildlife Federation. The 2008 award was presented earlier this year. Dave earned a degree in biology from Berry in 1970. After entering the service and working at Fort Polk (Louisiana) Army Hospital, Dave headed to South Dakota State University for a master’s degree in wildlife and fisheries sciences. He worked as a wildlife biologist for the Bureau of Land Management before transferring to the USFWS at Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge in South Dakota. Dave was deputy project leader at the Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge, also in South Dakota, before leading the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.


Class years are followed by an uppercase or lowercase letter that indicates the following status: C G A H c, g a h FFS FS

College graduate Graduate school alumna/us Academy graduate High school graduate Anticipated year of graduation from Berry College Anticipated year of graduation from academy Anticipated year of graduation from high school Former faculty and staff Current faculty and staff

Send all class notes to: or Alumni Office, P.O. Box 495018, Mount Berry, GA 30149-5018 All class notes are subject to editing due to space limitations. Class notes and death notices in this issue include those received through July 31, 2009. president of Bryan Properties Inc. and chairman of the zoning board of Lake County (Fla.). He and wife Rose Lanier Bryan (79C) reside in Umatilla. Terri Dean Chastain (79C) of Orlando, Fla., is development director of the Adult Literacy League. She previously served as director of development for UCP of Central Florida, helping to raise more than $5 million for the organization’s current capital campaign.

1980s Vincent L. Griffith (81C), recently selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half) in the U.S. Navy, has been named commander of the Defense Logistics Agency’s Defense Supply Center Richmond (Va.). ReNe’e Richey Teague (82C), who completed Master of Divinity and Master of Christian Education degrees at Union PSCE, was ordained as an elder in June 2009 by the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. She is pastor of Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church in Stafford and lives in Mechanicsville with husband Andrew L. Teague (82C) and their four daughters. M. Anthony McClain (84C) and Kirsten Burcham McClain (00C) announce the Oct. 6, 2008, birth of daughter Ellery Burklyn, who joined brother Elan (2) in the family’s Armuchee, Ga., home. Anthony is a certified arborist who

works for Trees Unlimited; Kirsten teaches private Spanish lessons on a part-time basis. Anthony Desmond Bernard (86C) recently earned his Ph.D. in educational leadership from Capella University. He also directs the Easyvalley Eagle Chorus and plays horn in the Mt. Bethel UMC orchestra. Tony and wife Lynda Blackmon Bernard (90C) both teach in Cobb County (Ga.). They reside in Marietta. Rani Partridge Woodrow (88C) was ordained in June 2009 as an elder in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. She is in her fifth year as pastor of the Stantonsburg and Black Creek United Methodist churches. She resides in Stantonsburg with husband Brian and daughters Katherine (10), Claire (8) and Laura (5).

1990s Shawn Christopher Pursley (90C) and wife Tamara announce the June 2, 2009, birth of son Tyler Duncan, who joined siblings Connor (6) and Jackson (4) at the family home in Loganville, Ga. Melissa Walker Shipman (91C) and husband Randy announce the June 30, 2009, birth of daughter Grace Louise. Melissa completed her doctorate in education policy and administration in international education at the University of Minnesota in April. She serves as executive director of PACE, an online training and equipping

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A different

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hen U.S. diplomat Angela Dickey (75A, 79C), at left, decided to create an exhibit on the history of America’s diplomatic presence in Vietnam, where she is posted with the State Department, she called on someone with just the expertise she needed: her sister, Dr. Jennifer Dickey (77A, 80C), assistant professor of public history at Kennesaw State University and historic preservation consultant for Berry. Working on behalf of the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), the Dickey sisters conceived, researched and produced an exhibit delving into the complex history of U.S./Vietnamese relations since the 18th century, with a focus on the work of U.S. diplomats in Ho Chi Minh City. The exhibit, which opened to the public on July 2, 2009, has created quite a buzz in a country with only limited experience in telling history from diverse viewpoints. “While the story of American/Vietnamese relations is compelling,” Jennifer explained, “the process of putting together an exhibit that will be displayed by the U.S. government in a country that has a different view of that history was equally compelling.” Because the American point of view on the U.S. presence in Saigon since World War II was considered too controversial to present in public, the first phase of the exhibit covered only the period from the 1780s to 1941. It opened to good reviews. “You are teaching us our own history,” one Vietnamese employee remarked as she admired the treasure trove of photographs and newspaper articles presented in the exhibit. Hoping to further understanding between American and Vietnamese audiences, the sisters plan to continue documenting the dramatic experiences of America’s diplomats in Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City.

Don’t forget to write


ave you sent in a class note lately? If not, why not update your classmates on milestones in your life? You can e-mail notes to, use the online form at or mail them to the Alumni Office, P.O. Box 495018, Mount Berry, GA 30149. Don’t forget to include your class year and contact information. We look forward to hearing from you!



organization for internal education consultants. The family resides in Alpharetta, Ga. Bonnie Buckner Reavis (93C) announces that Zenith Design Group, which she founded in 1998, was named one of the Top 25 Small Businesses of 2009 by the Cobb (Ga.) Chamber of Commerce and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Zenith Design Group is a fullservice advertising agency. This is the second consecutive year that Zenith has received this honor. Jennifer Gundlach White (93C) and husband Thomas announce the March 17, 2008, birth of son Jeremiah. The family resides in Cleveland, Ga. Rosemary Peek Bernard (94C) and husband David announce the March 4, 2009, birth of daughter Thérèse Pauline, who joined siblings Gemma (11), Nora (11), Erin (9), Maria (7) and Patrick (4) at the family home in Augusta, Ga. Walter Scott Chancey (95C) won second place in the “Best Game Story” category of a national sports writing contest sponsored by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He also won four first-place awards in a statewide contest sponsored by the Georgia Sports Writers Association. Scott has been a sports writer with The Albany (Ga.) Herald since 2002, covering general assignment stories during the winter and spring and concentrating on football at Albany State, Florida State and Auburn each fall. Heather Smith Clift (95C) and husband Steve announce the Jan. 12, 2009, birth of daughter Amelia Drew, who joined brothers Jarrett (8), Corey (6) and Brady (2) at the family home in Chattanooga, Tenn. Heather is a stay-at-home mom. Krista Summerour Ganley (95C) and husband Michael announce the Sept. 7, 2008, birth of twin sons Ryan Knox and Alex Brien, who joined brother Colin (5) at the family home in Duluth, Ga. Ryan weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and Alex weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces. Krista and Michael own and operate a historic special events facility, Payne-Corley House, as well as the Park Café Restaurant. Kimberly Brooks KitchensHayes (95C) is employed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as

the Wildlife Refuge Manager for Harris Neck, Blackbeard Island and Wolf Island National Wildlife Refuges. She, husband Chuck, and children Wyatt (5) and Kyle (3) reside in Richmond Hill, Ga. Catherine Mixon Sturges (95C, FFS) and husband Dan announce the June 9, 2009, birth of daughter Julia Brightwell, who joined brother Jeffrey (2) at the family residence in Dunwoody, Ga. Catherine is a senior communication consultant at Mercer Inc. Richard Brian Martin (96C, 99G) and Crystal Shurley Martin (94C) announce the April 24, 2009, birth of daughter Colyn Reneé Martin. The family resides in Buford, Ga. Genyth L. Travis (96C, FFS) is senior assistant director of undergraduate admissions at the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management. Tammie Addison Wagner (96C) has earned the Accredited Business Communicator designation of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). She is the former president of IABC’s Atlanta chapter and Southern Region co-chair. She is also a past recipient of the organization’s Regional Volunteer Leader of the Year award. Tammie has been active in the communications profession serving at some of Atlanta’s top companies, including SunTrust, Mighty Distributing of America and BellSouth. She is now a senior communications manager at AT&T. Russell Wayne Walker (96C) and Keri Suzann Walker (96C) announce the Feb. 9, 2009, birth of daughter Avrie Jane, who joined sister Ella (6) and brother Evan (4) at the family residence in Buford, Ga. Rusty is a certified prosthetist; Keri is a stay-at-home mom and freelance graphic designer. Amy Fields Economopoulos (97C) was named one of Cherokee County’s “20 Rising Stars Under the Age of 40” by Cherokee Living Magazine. Amy is clinical director of the Anna Crawford Children’s Center, working with abused children. Nicole Anctil Meyer (97C) and husband Scott announce the Dec. 6,

2008, birth of son Lane Thomas, who joined brother Tru (2) at the family home in Ormond Beach, Fla. Marshall Graham Smith (97C) and Elizabeth Ann Fitzpatrick Smith (96C) announce the March 13, 2008, birth of son Benjamin Marshall. The family resides in Snellville, Ga. Dixie Clark Benson (98C) and husband Nathan announce the March 18, 2009, birth of son Benjamin Luke, who joined siblings Mikayla (6), Robert (4) and Kiera (2) at the family home in Barnesville, Ga. Jessica Wegener Kling (98C) and husband Kenny announce the June 27, 2009, birth of daughter Hannah Grace, weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces and measuring 21.5 inches. She joined brother Jacob (4) at the family home in Cumming, Ga. Jennifer Gatlin McAuley (98C) and husband Sean announce the adoption of daughter Sena Rebekah. Jennifer teaches seventh-grade life science and was Teacher of the Year for the Jefferson (Ga.) City Schools. Sean is earning his Ph.D. at the University of Georgia. The family resides in Athens. James Eric Brisendine (99C) and wife Rachel announce the May 14, 2009, birth of son Aiden Brooks. Eric is an attorney, and Rachel is a counselor. The family resides in Fort Payne, Ala. Matthew Lane Purcell (99C) recently graduated from the University of Alabama (UAB) School of Medicine and will be serving a residency in the field of urology at UAB hospital. He and wife Misty Hamilton Purcell (98C) reside with sons Nate (8), Andrew (6) and Jack (2) in Birmingham. Sally Hileman Stratton (99C) and husband Steve announce the Dec. 5, 2008, birth of twin sons Bryan Joe and Thomas Morgan. The family resides in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

2000s Kerri Susan Bearden (00C) recently started an adult education school, English Language School for the Nations, which offers English as a Second Language classes to the non-native-English-speaking community in Cartersville, Ga. Christopher Michael Douglas (00C) and Shanda Whitlock Douglas (01C) announce the Jan.

16, 2009, birth of daughter Elizabeth Rose, who joined sister Gracie (4) at the family home in Rome. Christina Glidden Hebenstreit (00C) and Joe Hebenstreit were married May 2, 2009, at Frost Chapel. The wedding party included Lindsey Wells Shar (00C) and Christina Webb Linderman (00C). Christy graduated from the University of West Georgia in December 2008 with a Master of Education degree in speech-language pathology. The couple resides in Roswell, Ga. Jessica Clay Smith (00C) and husband Daniel announce the July 13, 2009, birth of daughter Sadie. The family resides in Acworth, Ga. Timothy Wayne Thomas (00C) and wife Leia Marie Tucker (00C) announce the June 30, 2009, birth of daughter Claire Suzanne. Tim works for EBSCO Industries as a database administrator; Leia is a library assistant for Samford University. The family resides in Pelham, Ala. Justin Clint Wyatt (00C) and Christina Hoffman Wyatt (00C) announce the births of sons Josiah Gardiner on June 9, 2007, and Samuel David on Feb. 22, 2009. The family resides in Roswell, Ga. Jason Kelly Yelton (00C, 03G) and Jacquelyn Lance Yelton (00C, 03G) announce the Feb. 24, 2009, birth of daughter Maggie Brooke, who joined brother Beckett (2) at the family residence in Canton, Ga. Benjamin Isaac Hartman (01C) and Lane Cotton Winn Hartman were married July 11, 2009, in New Orleans and honeymooned in Costa Rica. Ben is a sixth-grade teacher, and Lane is an associate pastor in the United Methodist Church. The couple resides in Amite, La. Catherine Craig Takeuchi (01C) and James Matthew Takeuchi were married June 20, 2009, in Roswell, Ga. Catherine is a gifted education teacher at Roswell North Elementary School, and Jim is a research scientist at Kimberly-Clark Corp. The couple resides in Woodstock. Elizabeth Novian Hughes (02C) graduated in May 2009 from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., with a master’s degree in educational technology leadership. Beth owns an educationbased business, the Whole Child Learning Company of Northwest Georgia.


ard work and a keen interest in his clients have made Brad Roberts (95C, 03G) a rising star at Citizens First Bank in Rome. Now he’s shining regionally as well. Brad recently was named among the 2008 Top Performers by Synovus Financial Corp., the parent company of Citizens First. This annual honor is reserved for the top 3 percent of Synovus’ regional sales force. Even more impressive, Brad ranked No. 1 in his respective peer group. In his three years at Citizens First, Brad has risen from a private banker to senior vice president, managing commercial banking and private client services. He credits his liberal arts degree in history as one of the things that sets him apart. “It makes me a little different,” he said. “My liberal arts background helps me communicate more effectively with my clients.” Brad also holds a Berry MBA and is a certified public accountant. He has remained active at Berry, serving as a member of the Berry College Graduate Advisory Council and as past president of the Berry Business Alumni Association. His community involvements include the YMCA, Floyd Healthcare Foundation and the Rome Area Council for the Arts. He and wife Rebecca Nuchols Roberts (94C) live in Rome. – by Elizabeth Wilson (10c)



Kathrine Knowles Freas (04C) and Scott Freas were married June 27, 2009, at Whitfield Square in Savannah, Ga. Katie is employed as a biologist by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Regulatory Division. The couple resides in Savannah. Alison Williams Yeomans (04C) and Jeff Yeomans were married March 1, 2008, in Athens, Ga. Alumni in the wedding party included Ashley Laine Bowden (04C) and Cal Timothy Williams (03c). Alison received an LMSW (Licensed Master Social Worker) from the University of Georgia in 2006 and is working toward an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) from DeKalb Medical Center. The couple resides in Atlanta.

Laura Leigh Dobbins (05C) received a master’s degree in environmental biology from Baylor University and began working as a physical scientist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Washington, D.C., developing water quality criteria for the protection of aquatic life. Charles Andrew Ferenchick (05C) and Raina Clemmons Ferenchick (05C) were married April 18, 2009, in Tallahassee, Fla. The wedding party included Alicia Margaret Turner (05C), Rhea Renae Clemmons (07C), Nicholas James Hopper (05C, FS), Derek Jackson Cash (05C) and J.C. Webb (06C). Chuck graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law in May 2008 and is now a member of

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Introducing... Berry alumni authors


s announced in our last issue, Berry magazine’s first listing of Berry alumni authors (and illustrators!) is below, and it is an impressive list of diverse publications. The list follows recent news about such successful alumni books as The Adversity Paradox by Barry Griswell (71C) and One Hundred Years of Service, The Berry Alumni Association 1908-2008 by Dr. Ouida Dickey (50C, FFS). All you have to do to be included (other than getting a book published, of course) is to send us your name, class year, book title, publisher, publication date (2008 or later only), and a Web address for a synopsis and/or to order. Send this information to with a subject line of “Berry Alumni Authors.” Happy writing … and reading!

■ Alan Armstrong (72C), Preemptive Strike, The Secret Plan


That Would Have Prevented the Attack on Pearl Harbor, Nikkei Publications, 2008, Publication in Japan of a translated version of his 2006 book of the same title, which he also has developed into a VisionFest award-winning screenplay. John Coleman (04C) and Joe Carter, How to Argue Like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History’s Greatest Communicator, Crossway Books, 2009, or Robin LeBlanc (88C), The Art of the Gut: Manhood, Power, and Ethics in Japanese Politics, University of California, November 2009, Jonathan Maxwell (97C), Murderous Intellectuals: German Elites and the Nazi SS, American Book Publishing, November 2009, Jef Murray (77A), illustrator of Divining Divinity by Joseph Pearce, Kaufmann Publishing, April 2008, Illustrator of Black & White Ogre Country: The Lost Tales of Hilary Tolkien, edited by Angela Gardner, ADC Publications, 2009,, James M. Smith Jr. (84C), editor of the poetry anthology Don’t Leave Hungry: Fifty Years of Southern Poetry Review and author of its introductory essay and prefaces (foreward by Billy Collins), University of Arkansas Press, February 2009, Andrew F. Wood (94C), City Ubiquitous: Place, Communication, and the Rise of Omnitopia, Hampton Press, 2009,



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ina Stancil Denicole (85C) has left the Silver State for the Grand Canyon State, having been named vice president of business operations for Cox Communications Arizona. Tina has more than 21 years of experience in financial and business management and a long career with Cox, the third largest cable entertainment and broadband services provider in the nation. Before heading to Arizona, Tina was vice president of business operations in the Cox Las Vegas system and previously served as vice president of finance for Cox Media in Atlanta. She also was director of finance for the Western Region of Cox Media, director of business operations for Cox Media Arizona and business manager for Cox Media in Phoenix. Earlier in her career, Tina worked as accounting manager and business manager for the Gannett-owned NBC affiliate in Phoenix and was honored with the Gannett Broadcasting Award for Excellence. Tina earned an accounting degree at Berry and is a CPA. She served on the Executive Advisory Council of Berry’s Campbell School of Business for six years and now is a member of the college’s Board of Visitors. She is a native of Jasper, Ga.

the Georgia State Bar. Raina received her Doctor of Medicine degree in May from the Mercer University School of Medicine. The couple resides in Pensacola, Fla. Patrick Christopher Murphy (06C) and Laura Hale Murphy (08C) were married Sept. 27, 2008, at The Carl House in Auburn, Ga. Attendees included Aubrey Michelle Hall (08C), Whitney Meadows (08C), Jennifer Young (08C), Russell Paul Jackson (06C), Bradley Marshall Coryell (06C) and Jonathan T. Terrell (06C). The couple resides in Cartersville. Walter Harris Wiley (07C) graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. He is now employed as a registered nurse in the emergency department of

East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro. Leslie Kirk Houck (08C) is marketing manager with Anisa International Inc. of Atlanta, a cosmetic brush manufacturing company.

2010s Kuhiwa Coody Erwin (10c) and Rev. Ensign Adam Erwin were married June 13, 2009, in Honea Path, S.C. Kuhiwa will graduate from Emmanuel College in 2010. She is a wedding planner for the Anderson, S.C., and Northeast Georgia area, as well as worship leader at the Honea Path Pentecostal Holiness Church. Adam is a Naval Chaplain Candidate Officer and the youth/associate pastor at the Honea Path Pentecostal Holiness Church. The couple resides in Bowman, Ga.


Deaths Berry College extends sincere condolences to family and friends of the following alumni. This list includes notices received through July 31, 2009.

1930s George Harkness (31H) of McDonough, Ga., July 31, 2009. Kathleen Hayes Cureton (34C) of Newnan, Ga., Feb. 6, 2009. Lois Wilson Durrence (35H) of Glennville, Ga., July 22, 2006. June Threadgill McRae (36C) of Atlanta, Ga., April 15, 2009. Walter W. Palmer (36H) of Warner Robins, Ga., July 6, 2009. Harvey E. Stewart Sr. (37C) of Norman Park, Ga., June 29, 2009. Rosalie Vinson (37C) of Decatur, Ga., April 5, 2009. Bertha Linholm Davis (39H) of Vincent, Ala., Oct. 10, 2008. William C. McGehee (39C) of Deland, Fla., July 9, 2009. Lida Westbrook Pirkle (39C) of Winder, Ga., July 9, 2009.

1940s Alfred D. Fears Sr. (40H) of Jackson, Ga., June 30, 2009. Tilden M. Underwood Jr. (40C) of Athens, Ga., March 31, 2009. Wesley Carroll Cone (41H, 46c) of Pelham, Ga., June 18, 2009. J. Paul Banister Jr. (42C) of Roswell, Ga., Jan. 11, 2009. Alene Smith Denney (42C) of Carrollton, Ga., June 13, 2009. Clyde R. Hicks (42c) of Johnson City, Tenn., June 24, 2009. Bertha Stone Kohler (42c) of Conyers, Ga., July 17, 2009. James Ottis Loveday (42C) of Knoxville, Tenn., April 1, 2009. Rosa Mae Owen Whitfield (42C) of Alexandria, Va., April 26, 2009. Lila Gladin Underwood (44H) of Camilla, Ga., April 10, 2009. Arnold J. Boyd (45c) of Gainesville, Ga., May 11, 2009. Clancy McCaleb Worsham (45C) of Atlanta, Ga., July 11, 2009. James Burk (46c) of Rossville, Ga., Jan. 29, 2008. Maedell Pettis Stock (46C) of Panama City, Fla., April 13, 2008. Iris R. Burch (47C) of Gainesville, Ga., May 15, 2009. Julia Hairston Gilmore (48C) of Opelika, Ala., May 9, 2009.

Allison Maughon Poss (48c) of Alpharetta, Ga., June 14, 2009. Larry A. Dean (49C) of Elberta, Ala., May 1, 2009. W. James Harvell (49H) of Orlando, Fla., May 7, 2009. Willis B. Wellmon Jr. (49c) of Sylva, N.C., Dec. 29, 2008.

1950s Cary L. Frazier (50C) of Newnan, Ga., March 15, 2009. Fred A. Morris (50C) of Canton, Ga., April 6, 2009. Alimae Petty Smith (52C) of Boynton Beach, Fla., May 16, 2009. Kenneth R. Whitehurst (52H) of St. Louis, Mo., May 27, 2009. Charles L. Coleman (53C) of Cobbtown, Ga., July 30, 2009. Jack T. Bryant (55H, 59c) of Bowdon, Ga., July 7, 2005. Donald Allen Deck (57H, 61c) of Dalton, Ga., May 16, 2009. Margaret Houston Jarrett (57C) of Rome, Ga., May 10, 2009. Myrtice Sloan Henderson (58c) of Pavo, Ga., Dec. 28, 2008.

1960s Curtis H. Dobbs (61H) of Lindale, Ga., April 26, 2009. Bobby E. Sims (65C) of Young Harris, Ga., April 27, 2009. Martin A. Ables (69C) of Geraldine, Ala., April 18, 2009. Susan Chandler Inglis (69C) of Rome, Ga., Nov. 24, 2008.

Wayne Shackelford R. Wayne Shackelford (55C), ardent Berry supporter and 16-year member of the college’s Board of Visitors, died Sept. 1, 2009. He was buried wearing his Berry 50-year Golden Guard pin. Wayne served as commissioner of the Georgia DOT from 1991 to 2000. Among his many credits are the HOV lanes that bore traffic for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. In 2007, the state named the new interchange between Ga. 316 and I-85 in his honor. Wayne also was a developer of such projects as Gwinnett Place Mall. Wayne won Berry’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award and served as a member of the Executive Steering Committee for the college’s Century Campaign. His imprint on Berry – and the entire state of Georgia – will last for lifetimes to come. Wayne is survived by wife Anna and children Carolyn Gazda, Larry and Steve.

Grace Crum Rollins Grace Crum Rollins died Aug. 8, 2009, in Atlanta at the age of 98. Mrs. Rollins and her late husband, Wayne, a Berry trustee from 1973 until 1991, were generous supporters with a particular interest in the work experience program and scholarships for students. In addition, Berry’s Rollins Ruminant Research Center bears their name. Mr. and Mrs. Rollins are survived by sons Randall (who also served as a Berry trustee) and Gary.

MEMORY AND HONOR GIFTS Special thanks go out for the following gifts to Berry, which were specifically designated in memory or honor of an individual. Honor and memory gifts can be made by noting your intentions and the name of the person recognized at the time you make the gift. Note: Memory gifts have been designated to scholarship funds named for the honoree unless otherwise specified by the donor.


Memory Gifts

Phillip T. Ingle (70A) of Marietta, Ga., April 20, 2009. Helen Thornton Ravitch (71C) of Savannah, Ga., June 20, 2009. Richard D. Chumbler (72C) of Gaylesville, Ala., Nov. 11, 2008. Jan E. Hertell (76C) of Panama City, Fla., July 26, 2006. Michael D. Peevy (76C) of Newnan, Ga., May 3, 2009. Ellie N. Bishop (79C) of Phoenix, Ariz., April 8, 2009.

April 1, 2009 – July 31, 2009

1980s John M. Pate (84C) of Norfolk, Va., July 7, 2009. Phillip Brian McElhaney (84G) of Alpharetta, Ga., June 4, 2009.

MR. HOWARD E. ADAMS Dr. and Mrs. John Franklin Adams THE REV. AND MRS. CLARENCE A. AGAN Ms. Holly Brianna Agan MR. WILLIAM TRAVIS AIKEN Mr. Robert T. Aiken II MRS. ELAINE L. BALLINGER Mrs. Sara Peel Fallis MRS. ANGELINE COOK BARKSDALE Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Lamar Cook MRS. ANNABEL H. BERTRAND Mrs. Lena Moore Fleischhacker DR. AND MRS. JOHN R. BERTRAND Mr. and Mrs. Macon Sidney Wheeler MRS. ALENE SMITH DENNEY Mr. Bernard A. Denney MR. DONALD M. EVERETT Mr. Julian M. Harrison Jr. Mr. Dale L. Lamb MR. ALFRED D. FEARS SR. Mr. and Mrs. Ed Martin The Hon. William P. Bartles Mr. and Mrs. Joe Brown Mr. Wilson H. Bush Mr. and Mrs. Russ Crumbley Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin M. Garland

Mr. and Mrs. Anthony M. Grant Mr. and Mrs. W. Ashley Hawkins Ms. Vicki W. Johnston Mr. and Mrs. Ed Martin Mr. and Mrs. Miller B. Moelchert Mr. and Mrs. Daniel E. Patrick Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph N. Patterson Mr. and Mrs. Wayne L. Phillips Mr. Lyra Pittman Mr. and Mrs. Sanford Powell Mr. David P. Ridgeway Mr. and Mrs. T.E. Robison Jr. Ms. Maurine K. Shields Mr. Dwayne C. Singleton Mr. and Mrs. Weymon B. Smallwood Ms. Mildred P. Stinson Mr. Malcolm K. Sullivan Mr. and Mrs. David L.C. Sundeen Mr. and Mrs. W. Ronnie Wells Beck, Owen & Murray Cramer & Peavy MR. FRED H. FULMER Mr. A. Madison Alexander Jr. Mrs. Frances Denney Barnett Mrs. Faye H. Fron Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Martin McElyea Mr. Darwin H. Samples

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MS. ROSA LEE GILES Ms. Charlotte Shantrice Taylor MRS. JULIA HAIRSTON GILMORE Dr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Miller MR. THOMAS C. GLOVER Mrs. Ellen Free Lueck MRS. LEILA MAY GRANTHAM Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Lamar Cook DR. LARRY A. GREEN Mrs. Carolyn Tillman Steele Mrs. Deborah Richardson Teal MR. L. JOHNSON HEAD Mr. Maurice B. Thompson DR. JAMES A. JARRETT Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Martin McElyea MRS. MARGARET HOUSTON JARRETT Mr. and Mrs. Larry Eidson MS. AMY JO JOHNSON Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Aaron Brittain MR. AND MRS. MAURICE KING Dr. Ouida W. Dickey MRS. SARA KOWALSKI Mr. David Carl Kowalski MR. KENNETH L. LEWIS SR. Mrs. Charlotte Lewis Martin MRS. LENORE WYATT LIPSCOMB Mr. and Mrs. Jason Emmett McMillan Mr. Maurice B. Thompson MR. MARVIN MADDEN Dr. and Mrs. Harlan L. Chapman Mrs. Frances Busha Hart Mrs. Betty Brown Madden Mr. and Mrs. J. Lee Waller MR. JOE MCALISTER Ms. Ashley L. McAlister DR. MILTON S. MCDONALD Mr. Charles M. Walker MRS. NELLIE THOMPSON MCMILLAN Mr. A. Madison Alexander Jr. MRS. JUNE THREADGILL MCRAE Mr. and Mrs. John B. Duggan Mrs. Connie Whitehead Johnson MR. FRED A. MORRIS Mr. Billy R. Blocker Sr. MR. AND MRS. FRED A. MORRIS Dr. Ouida W. Dickey Mrs. Elizabeth Williams Selman MRS. CAROLYN SMITH NELSON Ms. Jean Benoy Lacey MR. AND MRS. GEORGE NESBITT Mrs. Elizabeth Nesbitt Krupa MRS. BARBARA YORK PARISI Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Lamar Cook MR. CHRISTOPHER J. PARKER Ms. Leigh Dianne Harris Mr. and Mrs. Patrick P. Garvin Sr. MRS. EVELYN HOGE PENDLEY Mrs. Carolyn Tillman Steele MS. MARNESE A. POPE Dr. Stephen R. Briggs Mrs. Diane O. Clonts Ms. Barbara M. Leach Dr. Mary Elizabeth Outlaw Mr. J. Sanford Payne Mr. and Mrs. Howard E. Pope Ms. Carol S. Roberts Mrs. Elizabeth Williams Selman Mrs. Diana A. Simmons Ms. Sue S. Stafford Single Purpose Sunday School Class, New Armuchee Baptist Church MRS. LULU PORTER Mr. James Chris Floyd MRS. ELEANOR HALE ROBISON Mr. and Mrs. Samuel G. Cash Dr. William Harden Robison III DR. R. ALLEN SCOTT Mr. and Mrs. Michael David Crego MRS. LAURA SEXTON Mrs. Elaine Sexton Foster DR. GLORIA M. SHATTO Mrs. Carolyn Tillman Steele MR. DALLAS STEWART Mrs. Jim Ann Stewart MR. LEO C. TEAGUE Mrs. Faye H. Fron MRS. GRACE LIPSCOMB THOMPSON Mr. Maurice B. Thompson



MRS. LILA GLADIN UNDERWOOD Mr. Carroll C. Underwood THE REV. TILDEN M. UNDERWOOD Mr. Frank Shackleford MR. JERRY E. WARD Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Lamar Cook MR. DANIEL P. WEST Mrs. Bonnie Warren Foulger MR. ALEXANDER W. WHITAKER III Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Whyte Whitaker IV MRS. ROSA MAE OWEN WHITFIELD Mrs. Ruth Owen Crawford Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Miller Ms. Thelma O. Sorrow Ms. Brenda Wilson MR. EARL W. WILLIAMS Mr. Richard C. Williams MR. PAUL RENEE WILLIS Mr. Jack Burks Allen

Honor Gifts April 1, 2009 – July 31, 2009 MISS MARGIE ADAMS Dr. and Mrs. John Franklin Adams MR. AND MRS. DENNIS AGAN Ms. Holly Brianna Agan BERRY BASEBALL TEAM Ms. Debbie E. Heida MR. DAVID L. BEASLEY Ms. Debbie E. Heida DR. AND MRS. JIMMY T. BELL Dr. and Mrs. Joe F. Allen MRS. DEBBIE ALLEN BRACKETT Dr. and Mrs. Joe F. Allen THE BREWSTER FAMILY Ms. Marcy Johanna Peterson DR. STEPHEN R. BRIGGS The Hon. Noel Lawrence Hillman MS. ANGELA JO CALDWELL Mr. Adam Nathan Caldwell DR. D. DEAN CANTRELL Mrs. Carolyn Tillman Steele MR. AND MRS. JAMES M. COOK Mrs. Rachel Marie Nadeau MRS. BARBARA DESTEPHANO Mrs. Carolyn Tillman Steele MR. AND MRS. JAMES LARRY ELLISON Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Patterson MS. TARA BONITA ERNST Ms. Tracey Ann Biles DR. ROBERT L. FRANK Miss Stephanie Lynn Clower Mrs. Diane M. Land DR. J. KAY GARDNER Miss Stephanie Lynn Clower Mrs. Diane M. Land MRS. FRANCES INEZ GIFFORD Ms. Dusty Marie Dye MRS. RUTH A. GLOVER Mrs. Ellen Free Lueck MR. JAMES GREY HADDON Mr. and Mrs. James D. Smithson Mrs. Marti Walstad MRS. RUTH T. HALE Ms. Evelynne C. Mashburn THE HARRIS FAMILY Ms. Leigh Dianne Harris MS. DEBBIE E. HEIDA Ms. Laura Amberly Sutton MR. JOSHUA ALLEN HOPPER Ms. Debbie E. Heida MR. AND MRS. JEFF JACKSON Mr. Jeffrey Taylor Jackson MR. AND MRS. WILLIAM T. JENKINS JR. Mr. Joseph Bryan Jenkins MRS. BRENDA GERALDSON JENKINS Mrs. Frances Denney Barnett MR. AND MRS. H. ISH JONES Ms. Martha Jane Jones MRS. CHRISTINE JOSEPH Ms. Dnika Christianne Joseph MR. KALLEL JOSEPH Ms. Dnika Christianne Joseph DR. ANGELA B. LANIER Mr. and Mrs. James D. Smithson Mrs. Marti Walstad MR. AND MRS. DEWEY E. LARGE Mrs. Frances Denney Barnett

MR. JOHN R. LIPSCOMB Mr. Maurice B. Thompson MRS. MARILYN MACNARY Mr. Christopher Scott Lane MR. RICHARD MACNARY Mr. Christopher Scott Lane MR. ROSS A. MAGOULAS Dr. Ouida W. Dickey MR. AND MRS. DICK MARSHALL Ms. Rebecca Erin McDaniel MR. W. RUFUS MASSEY JR. Dr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Carver MR. DAVID MATHEWS Ms. Laura Amberly Sutton MS. DENISE MATHEWS Ms. Laura Amberly Sutton MRS. CATHERINE M. MCDONALD Mr. Charles M. Walker MR. JESSE MARTIN MCELYEA Mrs. Betty Meeks Thackrey DR. KATHY B. MCKEE Dr. and Mrs. Stephen R. Briggs Ms. Laura Amberly Sutton MRS. CLARA H. MCRAE Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Patterson MRS. SUSAN TORELL MISCIO Mr. and Mrs. Michael C. Kimple DR. JAMES W. MIXON JR. Mr. and Mrs. Michael David Crego MRS. LISA R. NICHOLS Mrs. Frances Denney Barnett MR. AND MRS. JIM NYBORG Ms. Marcy Johanna Peterson MS. BETTYANN O’NEILL Dr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Carver THE PARKER FAMILY Ms. Leigh Dianne Harris MR. W. CARL PAUL Dr. and Mrs. Horace D. Brown MR. HOWARD PETERSON Ms. Marcy Johanna Peterson MS. ANNELISE PETERSON Ms. Marcy Johanna Peterson MR. AND MRS. TERRY PINDER Ms. Anna Lee Pinder MR. AND MRS. ROGER QUEEN Ms. Julie Samantha Queen DR. ROBERT R. RICHARDSON Dr. and Mrs. Stephen R. Briggs MRS. FRANCES RICHEY-GOLDBY Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Patterson MRS. NORMA RICHMOND Ms. Laura Amberly Sutton MR. WILLIAM RICHMOND Ms. Laura Amberly Sutton MR. JERRY W. SHELTON Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Patterson DR. WILLIAM D. SOCKWELL Mr. and Mrs. Michael David Crego MRS. SHARLENE KINSER STEPHENS Dr. and Mrs. Joe F. Allen MR. C.G. SUTTON Ms. Laura Amberly Sutton MS. EVELYN SUTTON Ms. Laura Amberly Sutton MR. JIMMY SUTTON Ms. Laura Amberly Sutton MR. TREVOR SUTTON Ms. Laura Amberly Sutton MR. AND MRS. GEORGE F. WADE Dr. and Mrs. Joe F. Allen MRS. MARTI WALSTAD Ms. Bettyann M. O’Neill MR. GARY A. WATERS Dr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Carver MR. SHANE F. WEST Ms. Debbie E. Heida MR. ALEXANDER WHYTE WHITAKER IV Dr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Carver DR. MARY BETH WILES Ms. Mairi Dean Wiles MS. JEAN WILKERSON Mr. Christopher Scott Lane MR. HAL WILKINSON Mr. Christopher Scott Lane

Gifts to Named Scholarships April 1, 2009 – July 31, 2009 FRANK AND KATHRYN ADAMS ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Dr. and Mrs. John Franklin Adams Dr. James H. Watkins Dr. Lara B. Whelan AFRICAN-AMERICAN ALUMNI CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIP Ms. Juanita Scurry AGRICULTURE ALUMNI ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. William N. Clackum PAT ALDERMAN SCHOLARSHIP Mrs. Pat Alderman LEO W. ANGLIN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Dr. and Mrs. Wade A. Carpenter BANK OF AMERICA GFIC SCHOLARSHIP Georgia Foundation for Independent Colleges Inc. BAXTER FAMILY EXPENDABLE SCHOLARSHIP Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wayne Baxter Sr. BETTY ANN ROUSE BELL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Bell BERRY COLLEGE CLASS OF 1958 ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Mrs. Janice Riner Allagood Mrs. Mary Alice Ivey Blanton Mrs. Shirley Randle Boggs Dr. and Mrs. Harlan L. Chapman Mr. Thomas Ray Fewell Mr. Walter Buford Jennings Mr. and Mrs. Jack A. Jones Mr. and Mrs. Billy Ray Traynham Mr. and Mrs. J. Lee Waller Mr. and Mrs. Charlie J. Weatherford JOHN R. AND ANNABEL HODGES BERTRAND ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Mrs. Lena Moore Fleischhacker DAN BIGGERS DISTINGUISHED ACTOR AWARD Mr. and Mrs. Reed Biggers JOSHUA BRADSHAW-WHITTEMORE MEMORIAL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Mr. Richard N. Bass HORACE BROWN CHEMISTRY SCHOLARSHIP Dr. Horace D. Brown LOUISE PAUL BROWN WORK SCHOLARSHIP Merck Company Foundation WANDA LOU BUMPUS ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Ms. Julie A. Bumpus DAVID R. BURNETTE AGRICULTURE LEADERSHIP ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Ms. Sandra Beck Allen Mrs. Patricia Drake Chappell Dr. and Mrs. Joe A. Elder Mr. and Mrs. Edgar W. Fite Mr. James A. Fowler Mr. and Mrs. M. Buford Franklin Mr. and Mrs. Peter H. Hoffmann Mr. and Mrs. J. Lowell Loadholtz Mr. and Mrs. Wesley A. Martin Mrs. Bettie Hester McClain Mr. and Mrs. Melvin L. Merrill Mr. Larry H. Osborn Mrs. E. Faye Mayo Phillips Mrs. Theresa Kornegay Pittman Mr. Leach Delano Richards Sr. Mrs. Jean W. Stroud Mr. Larry Bernarr Webb N. GORDON CARPER ENDOWED HISTORY SCHOLARSHIP Dr. Jonathan M. Atkins Mr. Todd Warren Carper Mrs. Shirley Selman Owens Microsoft Corp. A. MILTON AND JOANN CHAMBERS ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Mr. and Mrs. A. Milton Chambers Mr. and Mrs. William M. Chambers

G. BERT AND CATHY CLARK ENDOWED STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP Northwestern Mutual Foundation PERCY N. CLARK AND FAMILY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Wachovia Foundation CLASS OF 1943C ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Mrs. Myrtle Joiner Lawhon CLASS OF 1948C ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Ms. Sue Day CLASS OF 1951C ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Mrs. Elizabeth Williams Selman Lt. Col. and Mrs. Reginald E. Strickland CLASS OF 1953C ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Dr. and Mrs. Earnest Dwight Adams Mrs. Virginia Allen Cornelison Mrs. Jacquelyn Cox Inman Dr. James K. Miller CLASS OF 1954C ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Mr. and Mrs. Julian M. Cosper Mr. and Mrs. Johnny M. Eubanks Mr. Charles E. Houston Mr. J. Gene Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Martin McElyea Ms. Joan Kitchens Myers Mr. Talmadge Parkerson Mr. Maxie Poole Mr. and Mrs. Donald L. Stinson Mrs. Betty Meeks Thackrey Mrs. Jo Ann Riner Thompson Mr. and Mrs. Bill G. Waters Mrs. Lois Eason Woodcock CLASS OF 1959C REUNION FUND Mr. and Mrs. William I. Atkinson III CLASS OF 1964C REUNION FUND Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Gerald Allen Mr. James L. Williams CLASS OF 1953H IN MEMORY OF STALEY-LOVEDAY Mrs. Janet Lindsey Cook Mr. C.F. Green Mrs. Irene Hardy Maguire Mr. James Harold Stamey Mr. Roger J. Sundy Mr. Peter M. Walker GEORGE W. COFIELD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND Mrs. Margie Grogan Pope Mr. and Mrs. Billy Ray Traynham Mr. Archie D. Weeks SunTrust Banks Inc. – Atlanta HETTY MCEWEN COLEMAN SCHOLARSHIP Warren Coleman Fund RICHARD V. AND NANCY CONCILIO SCHOLARSHIP Dr. and Mrs. Richard V. Concilio DEBERDT-NAIDENKO AWARD Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Dane Freeman ANGELA R. DICKEY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Dr. Ouida Word Dickey JENNIFER W. DICKEY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Dr. Ouida Word Dickey WM. WALTER DUNCAN SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE ARTS The estate of Wm. Walter Duncan WM. WALTER DUNCAN ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP – MUSIC The estate of Wm. Walter Duncan WM. WALTER DUNCAN ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP – THEATER The estate of Wm. Walter Duncan RAY F. AND ROSLYN G. FAULKENBERRY MEMORIAL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Mrs. Roslyn Glosson Faulkenberry Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Martin McElyea RAY F. AND ROSALYN G. FAULKENBERRY EXPENDABLE SCHOLARSHIP Mrs. Roslyn Glosson Faulkenberry

RUBY AND CLIFTON FITE ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Dr. J. Donald Fite GEORGE GADDIE ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Mrs. Arlene D. Minshew Mrs. Cherrie D. Shaw GEORGIA DAR STUDENT TEACHING AWARD NSDAR JUDY LANE GILBERT GATE OF OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP Mr. and Mrs. Rick Gilbert ED AND GAYLE GRAVIETT GMYREK SCHOLARSHIP Mrs. Gayle Graviett Gmyrek JORGE AND ONDINA GONZALEZ ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Mrs. Ondina Santos Gonzalez The Rev. Jeanne Hoechst-Jackson KATHLEEN GRANROSE MEMORIAL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Dr. Cherlyn S. Granrose LYN GRESHAM ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Ms. Sandra Beck Allen Ms. Loretta Frances Hamby HAMRICK FAMILY/AUNT MARTHA FREEMAN SCHOLARSHIP Dr. Karen A. Kurz Mr. Robert Webb HENEISEN SERVICE AWARD Mrs. Laurie Hattaway Chandler CATHLEEN ANN HENRIKSEN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Anonymous Dr. Emmaline Beard Henriksen LEWIS A. HOPKINS ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Mr. and Mrs. Aaron D. Britt RUBY HOPKINS OUTSTANDING STUDENT TEACHER AWARD Mr. and Mrs. Aaron D. Britt INDONESIAN SCHOLARSHIP Merrill Lynch and Co. Inc. AMY JO JOHNSON SCHOLARSHIP FUND Dr. Virginia G. Troy DALE JONES EXPENDABLE SCHOLARSHIP Mr. Dale A. Jones H.I. JONES ENDOWED AGRICULTURE SCHOLARSHIP Mr. and Mrs. H. Ishmael Jones Mr. Harold L. Jones Ms. Martha Jane Jones Mrs. Joy Jones Neal JOSEPH R. JONES ENDOWED SPANISH SCHOLARSHIP Mr. and Mrs. Brian Land KAPPA DELTA PI ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Dr. Mary C. Clement Kappa Delta Pi PETER A. LAWLER ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Mr. Jeffrey Douglas Horn Ms. Carol S. LaBarre Mrs. Rita Kay Lawler FRED H. LOVEDAY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Mr. Hollis Clayton Anglin Mr. Richard H. Barley The Rev. Ray H. Batemon Mr. James M. Brantley Mr. Sidney A. Brothers Mr. L. Reeves Dabney Mrs. Clyde Padgett Dean Mr. Charles P. Downey Mr. James F. Hawkins The Rev. Robert J. Lott Mr. Tom A. Phipps Mr. Larry Wesley Pierce Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Poe Mr. Charles Lee Russell Mr. Cecil R. Spooner Mrs. Geneva Hall Terrell Mrs. Alice Grace Trammell Mr. William Van Dyke Jr. Ms. Betty L. White

MR. AND MRS. ROGER W. LUSBY III ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Mr. and Mrs. Roger W. Lusby III JAMES N. LUTON ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Poe PAUL C. AND VELMA SMITH MADDOX SCHOLARSHIP The Paul C. and Velma Smith Maddox Foundation ROSS MAGOULAS ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Mrs. Nancy Merk Bruce Mr. and Mrs. J. Herschel Davis Mr. and Mrs. Wesley A. Martin Ms. Cecily J. Nall Mr. and Mrs. James I. Tucker MARTHA! CENTENNIAL SCHOLARSHIP Lt. Col. and Mrs. Reginald E. Strickland DR. L. DOYLE MATHIS ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Mrs. Jean Smith Massie Mr. Edward Swartz LAWRENCE E. MCALLISTER SCHOLARSHIP Mr. Thomas Ray Fewell Mr. and Mrs. Jack A. Jones EDITH AND HAROLD MCDANIEL SCHOLARSHIP Mr. Charles Harold McDaniel FRANK MILLER ENDOWED MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Mr. and Mrs. William H. Banks Mr. and Mrs. J. Herschel Davis MINORITY SCHOLARSHIP Mrs. Stacey Dionne Jones MARY & AL NADASSY ENGLISH SCHOLARSHIP Dr. Christina G. Bucher Dr. James H. Watkins Dr. Lara B. Whelan MARY FINLEY NIEDRACH ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP GE Fund NSDAR SCHOLARSHIP NSDAR BESSIE WORLEY PARKER SCHOLARSHIP FUND The late Sara Worley Clayton BOBBY PATRICK ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Mr. Donald G. Collins Mrs. Mary Camp Patrick JAMES L. PAUL JR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Mrs. Violet Paul DR. BOB PEARSON EXPENDABLE SCHOLARSHIP Mr. and Mrs. W. Scott Neal DR. BOB PEARSON ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Mr. and Mrs. W. Scott Neal BURNETTE PICKELSIMER ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP The estate of Siva Lee Pickelsimer PRESIDENT’S CABINET ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Ms. Bettyann M. O’Neill DR. R. MELVIN AND SARAH E. ROZAR ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Rozar ANN RUSSELL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Mrs. Kathleen Robinson Ray VESTA SALMON SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP Dr. Stephen R. Briggs Mrs. Maxine M. Lane Ms. Barbara M. Leach Dr. Mary Elizabeth Outlaw Mr. J. Sanford Payne Mrs. Angela P. Reynolds Ms. Carol S. Roberts Mrs. Elizabeth Williams Selman Mrs. Diana A. Simmons LARRY L. AND MARY E. SCHOOLAR CLARK ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP AT&T Foundation

BOBBY EUGENE SIMS EXPENDABLE MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP Ms. Jackie H. Sims Holder Corporation HAMILTON/SMITH SCHOLARSHIP Mrs. Mignon Whatley Price Mrs. Beverly Ann Smith MARY ALTA SPROULL ENDOWED MATH SCHOLARSHIP Mrs. Jim Ann Stewart ROBERT EARL STAFFORD SCHOLARSHIP Myra Stafford Pryor Charitable Trust SARA E. STAFFORD SCHOLARSHIP Myra Stafford Pryor Charitable Trust STEPHENS-RILEY SCHOLARSHIP Mr. and Mrs. Owen L. Riley Sr. REGINALD E. STRICKLAND ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Lt. Col. and Mrs. Reginald E. Strickland STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS Mrs. Susan White Bagwell Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nolan Batchelor III Ms. Tracey Ann Biles Mr. Joseph Raymond Brosnan III Mr. and Mrs. John Adam Cornett Ms. Laura Leigh Dobbins Mr. Tillman W. Estes Mrs. Elizabeth Neelly Gaines Ms. Elizabeth Kathryn Graves Mrs. Vanessa Mosley Greenlee Ms. Laura Nicole Heaven Mr. and Mrs. Robert Donald Henry Dr. Christine J. Jennings Mr. and Mrs. Michael C. Kimple Ms. Kellie Anne Knox Ms. Laura Bethany Loftin Dr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Miller Mrs. Ruby Vestal Mills Dr. Alison A. Moy Mrs. Nicole Astrike Palazzo Mr. and Mrs. Frank L. Perry Mr. Jason Eric Riggs Dr. William Harden Robison III Mrs. Merrie Beth Lewis Salazar British Motor Car Club SunTrust Banks Inc. – Atlanta The Lois and Lucy Lampkin Foundation REX THOMPSON/RUFUS BAIRD SCHOLARSHIP Dr. Quincey L. Baird TROY/GARDNER EXPENDABLE AWARD – ART HISTORY Dr. Virginia G. Troy COURTNEY M. URQUHART ENDOWED COMMUNICATION SCHOLARSHIP Mr. and Mrs. Brian Land WALSTAD GATE OF OPPORTUNITY EXPENDABLE SCHOLARSHIP Dr. and Mrs. Joe Walstad ALEXANDER WHYTE WHITAKER III ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Whyte Whitaker IV JEFF WINGO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Mr. and Mrs. Michael Evan Jones Mr. Gregory Clay Jones Mrs. Kathryn M. Wingo Mr. Ricky Waine Woodall Lilys Pizza Inc. Wachovia Foundation CRAIG ALLEN WOFFORD SCHOLARSHIP Mrs. Elaine Sexton Foster AT&T Foundation RICHARD WOOD SCHOLARSHIP Mr. Donald G. Collins The Coca-Cola Company JANICE BRACKEN WRIGHT ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP Mrs. Virginia C. Barron Mr. William R. Enloe YODA SCHOLARSHIP Dr. and Mrs. Koji Yoda

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