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BERRY Summer 2015

The wines of Weinkauf Napa Valley’s Aron Weinkauf (99C) is world-class winemaker

Super show

 ina Stancil DeNicole (85C) shines T in Super Bowl role

Profiling excellence Distinguished Alumni Awards 2015

Vol. 101, No. 3 fall 2015

BERRY Features

16 Profiling excellence

Distinguished Alumni Awards 2015

18 Super show Tina Stancil DeNicole (85C) shines in Super Bowl role

20 Shooting for the stars Aitana Vargas (03C) takes Spanish-language journalism by storm

12 Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee

Napa Valley’s Aron Weinkauf (99C) is world-class winemaker

Robb McDonough

12 The wines of Weinkauf


Departments Noteworthy News

• Mentoring program honors legacy of Gordon Carper • Work program taps off-campus partnerships • Berry eagles again in national spotlight • Equestrian team wins second national championship • Valhalla stadium nears completion • Cornell, Park retire from board service


President’s Essay

Feeding the soil

25 Class Notes

• Alumni Weekend and Work Week in pictures

30 Gifts


Gena Flanigen



21 The Campaign for Opportunity

• Renovation of Ford Auditorium • A “grand” gift of Steinway pianos • Who supports Berry? Denise Sumner (89C) and Chris Dockery (01C)


A time-lapse photograph of the Berry Welcome Center just before dawn by Alan Storey Cover photo by Robb McDonough

noteworthy news

BERRY magazine

Published three times per year for alumni and friends of Berry College and its historic schools

Gordon Carper

Editor Karilon L. Rogers Managing Editor Rick Woodall (93C) Contributing Writers Debbie Rasure Joni Kenyon Design and Production Shannon Biggers (81C) Chief Photographer Alan Storey Class Notes and Gifts Listings Justin Karch (01C, 10G), Joni Kenyon and Rose Nix Contact Information Class Notes and Change of Address:; 706-236-2256; 800-782-0130; or Berry Alumni Office, P.O. Box 495018, Mount Berry, GA 30149. Editorial:; 706-378-2870; or Berry magazine, P.O. Box 490069, Mount Berry, GA 30149.

Aptly named: Mentoring program honors memory of Gordon Carper

Berry Alumni Association President: Timothy J. Goodwin (03C) President-Elect: T. Mack Brown (82C) Vice Presidents: Alumni Events, Ruth Martin (65C); Berry Heritage, Dr. David Slade (97C, FS); Financial Support, Jonathan Purser (85C); Young Alumni and Student Relations, Heather Henderson-Keller (03C); Alumni Awards, Patricia T. Jackson (82C) Chaplain: The Rev. Valerie Loner (91C) Parliamentarian: Patrick Ouzts (03C) Secretary: Mandy Tidwell (93C) Historian: Nathan Butzen (03C) Director of Alumni Development Jennifer Schaknowski Assistant Vice President for Public Relations and Marketing Jeanne Mathews Vice President for Advancement Bettyann O’Neill President Stephen R. Briggs


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For four decades of Berry alumni, the name Gordon Carper is synonymous with mentoring. Together with wife Joyce, he spent the better part of his life guiding students in ways that, in the words of Berry trustee Bert Clark (82C), “changed the course of our lives entirely and forever.” Today, a new generation of students is benefitting from that legacy through the Gordon and Joyce Carper Integrity in Leadership Mentoring Program. This initiative within the budding Berry College Integrity in Leadership Center provides opportunities for students to learn firsthand from people experienced in the day-to-day and special-circumstance decision-making that integrity in leadership requires. In its justcompleted second year, the program included 60 students

and 15 community mentors gathering regularly in small groups to engage in in-depth discussion, case studies and other activities. The eventual goal is for those numbers to reach 200 and 40, respectively, with students from all Berry majors participating. “Leadership is one of the most overused words in our culture today, yet most of the living examples we see in the media represent leadership that is bad, unethical, self-serving and, at best, ineffective,” said

mentor and Berry trustee Cecil “Buster” Wright (73C). “The mentor program was created to expose Berry students to intellectual and experiential learning about what ethical leadership really is.” Wright, a retired regional president for Wells Fargo Advisors, has been a force behind Berry’s Integrity in Leadership Center, believing strongly in the college’s unique ability to foster both qualities in young people. He has played a significant role in development

Student Ree Palmer meets with her mentor, former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Norman Fletcher.

Work Experience Program taps off-campus partnerships

of the mentoring program, recruiting the community leaders who serve as mentors and helping to shape its curriculum and procedures. Already, interaction with mentors is being hailed by students as one of their best Berry experiences. “The Carper Mentoring Program has allowed me to interact with community leaders and gain valuable practical leadership skills,” said rising Student Government Association President Ree Palmer, a mentee of former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Norman Fletcher. “Our society is so fast-paced that we often forget to take the time to sit down and wrestle with ethical issues, and this program allows us to do this under the guidance of experienced leaders. While I’ve loved my experience as a student leader within the Berry community, my mentor­ ship with Judge Fletcher allows me to apply the lessons I’ve learned at Berry to situations I’ll

face working in government after graduation.” The program couldn’t have a more fitting namesake than Carper, a legend among Berry alumni during his 38 years teaching in the history and political science departments. During much of this time, he also distinguished himself as coach of Berry’s award-winning College Bowl team. “Gordon gave his entire life to this college and was never less than 100 percent committed to his students,” said William L. Pence (76C), a successful environmental lawyer who credits Carper with preparing him for the rigors of law school. “I can’t think of a more appro­ priate legacy than to see his name associated with this program.” Editor’s Note: To honor Carper’s legacy with a gift that helps fund the program’s growth, go to

Jason Jones

–R  ee Palmer, Rising SGA President

Alan Storey

“ ” The Carper Mentoring Program has allowed me to interact with community leaders and gain valuable practical leadership skills.

Career- and life-building work opportunities are growing exponentially for Berry students thanks to the expanding network of Berry’s Community and Industry Work Program. In the 2014-15 academic year, approximately 150 students worked with 25 community and area employers as part of the college’s Work Experience Program. These diverse partners included Georgia Power, Harbin Clinic, the Open Door Home and International Paper. “We want to augment Berry’s work program with opportunities we can’t offer on campus,” explained program director Mark Kozera (79C). “And we are intentionally partnering with quality employers to make sure our students have a good work experience.” For recent graduate Jack Chase, the program provided the opportunity to build his resumé working alongside Andrea Owens Pitts (93C), director of marketing and public relations at Redmond Regional Medical Center (both pictured below). This role opened the door to an impressive array of experiences, including full ownership of both a monthly employee newsletter and a monthly video podcast featuring Redmond CEO John Quinlivan. “The job taught me so much that I couldn’t experience from inside a classroom,” said Chase, also men’s lacrosse captain and Berry’s 2014-15 Male Student-Athlete of the Year. “It helped me confirm that I would like to pursue a career in marketing strategy.” Though program participants work off campus, they are paid by Berry and evaluated using the same core values of ownership, personal motivation, service attitude and trustworthiness emphasized in a traditional on-campus position. Employers reimburse the college for students’ wages, helping to offset the budget of the Work Experience Program at a time when participation is at an alltime high. “It’s an extension and an enhancement of a Berry job,” said Dean of Student Work Rufus Massey (75C), noting that virtual technology will allow the program to grow regionally in the years to come as students work for “companies anywhere” right from the Berry campus.

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Growing flock NBC Nightly News, CNN and USA Today led a national media chorus focusing renewed attention on Berry’s famed bald eagle nest following the spring-semester arrival of two new eaglets (bringing the total to five since our bald-eagle couple took up residence in spring 2012). By late May, the Berry College Eagles Facebook page had surpassed 102,000 “likes” as fans from as far away as Belarus, Italy and the Faroe Islands in the mid-Atlantic kept watch on the eagle family at

Berry’s planned Animal Science Laboratory at the Rollins complex is a big step closer to reality thanks to a $125,000 commitment from the George I. Alden Trust of Worcester, Mass., a longtime college friend. This was the first gift for the first animal science priority in Berry’s LifeReady Campaign, a $500,000 facility that will provide safe indoor space for hands-on teaching labs and make it possible for more students to work with faculty members in research, the highest form of experience for students planning careers in the sciences. Also in the works for animal science students are new classrooms and learning laboratories in a major addition to McAllister Hall and an equine laboratory at the Gunby Equine Center.

For more than 50 years, the Alden Trust has helped Berry advance its educational program. Recent gifts have created a technologically advanced learning space in Memorial Library and helped launch the exercise science major by equipping the program lab. The trust also was a Century Campaign supporter of the McAllister Hall science center. The trust’s lead gift to the project has already encour­ aged support from others, including a $25,000 commitment from Berry friends Wes Walraven and Brian Moore. Construction will begin when fundraising is complete. Jason Jones

Gena Flanigen

One step closer: Animal science lab gets first gift

Sustainablesuccess Student enterprises put Berry on list of top college farms


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There are now eight student enterprises operating under “The Berry Farms” umbrella: AgriEducation, Angus Beef, Berry Bees, Blue Hen Eggs, Genetics, Jersey Milk, Martha’s Herbs and Season’s Harvest. Planning is under way for The Berry Farms Store, a front-porch type of store on Martha Berry Highway that will include retail space and a creamery/processing area for making artisan cheese from Berry milk. The store is a priority of the LifeReady Campaign.

Jason Jones

Opportunities available through Berry’s increasing number of agriculture-based student enterprises earned the college placement on a listing of America’s top 20 college farms. Also named were such notable universities as Michigan State, Clemson, Yale and Duke. In making its selections, Best College Reviews used criteria that included farm size, sustainability, course offerings, student involvement, and integration with the main campus and community at large. The authors praised Berry’s student enterprises as “an innovative entrepre­neurial educa­ tion program in which students start their own businesses in conjunction with staff or faculty co-managers.”

by Maxine Donnelly, philanthropic communications student assistant

National champs! A second national champion­ ship in five years for the varsity equestrian team highlighted another winning spring for Berry’s student-athletes. Berry riders claimed two individual championships in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association’s western nationals – Amanda Petersen in team intermediate horsemanship and Mariel Wrench in team novice horsemanship – en route to a 22-point team total, three better than runner-up University of Findlay (Ohio). West Texas A&M University was third. Clemson University and The Ohio State University ranked eighth and ninth, respectively. The team championship was the second for coach Margaret Knight and the seventh overall for Berry athletics. “We are ecstatic and thankful for all our hard work paying off,” Knight said. “It was a great show.” NCAA Postseason bids in softball, men’s golf

The men’s golf team, led by coach Brian Farrer (02C, 04G),

finished No. 4 nationally in the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championship after besting then No. 1 Oglethorpe University to win the Southern Athletic Association tournament. Sophomore Ryan Elmore was the SAA individual medalist with an impressive 6-under-par finish. The women’s softball team also excelled this spring, making its first appearance in the NCAA Division III softball tournament following a strong regular season under three-time SAA Coach of the Year Cori Thiermann. The Vikings topped the SAA standings for the third consecu­ tive year and then swept three straight games to claim their first conference tournament crown. Team leaders included freshman pitcher Kassie Howard, SAA Player of the Year. Other notable accomplish­ ments this spring included a regular-season SAA champion­ ship in men’s lacrosse – the team’s second in three seasons – along with second-place tournament finishes in men’s lacrosse and women’s tennis.

Senior Amanda Petersen won an individual champion­ship in team intermediate horseman­ship to help lift Berry to a national title.

Field of dreams: Valhalla nears completion

Soaring light towers, permanent bleachers and a richgreen synthetic playing surface branded with the Viking logo were undeniable signs of progress this spring as Valhalla neared completion. Rising in the field adjacent to Berry’s Maple Drive service entrance, the stadium will make its “official” debut Sept. 12 when the Berry football team hosts LaGrange College. Five home games are scheduled, including the Oct. 3 Mountain Day contest against Washington University of St. Louis. Next spring, Valhalla’s eight-lane Clark Track and adjacent Dickey Field throws area will provide a home for Berry’s newly restored men’s and women’s track and field program; men’s and women’s lacrosse will play on the stadium’s Williams Field. At press time, college officials announced the hiring of Luke Syverson as head track and field coach. Assistants will include head cross country coach and former Berry All-American Paul Deaton (91C), Ossie Buchanon (jumps) and Zack Smith (throws). Fundraising for Valhalla through the LifeReady Campaign stands at more than 90 percent complete and will continue until the goal is reached. Matching funds remain for gifts to Valhalla’s Dickey Field in honor of Berry’s late athletic director Dr. Garland M. Dickey (42C). Contact David Clark at or 706-236-1708 or give online at

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Berry Distinguished trustees retire from board service

Glenn Cornell (62C) and Sunny K. Park retired from Berry’s Board of Trustees this spring after 29 years of combined service. Both have been granted trustee emeritus status in recognition of their many contributions. “The opportunity to work closely with Glenn and Sunny during this time of growth and progress at Berry has been a privilege,” said President Steve Briggs. “Glenn

Glenn Cornell

provides a long perspective on the college and has kept us focused on our enduring mission, while Sunny has a contagious

Lights, camera, action! A temporary structure rising in front of Mary Hall this spring signaled the start of filming for the ABC/Disney television pilot The Kingmakers, a tale of murder and intrigue on a fictional Ivy League campus for which the Ford Buildings provided the perfect backdrop. Among those getting screen time was Kirsten Simons Rush (94C, 96G) in the role of secretary to the dean. Keep an eye on Berry social media and future issues of the Alumni Accent e-newsletter for updates.

vision and vitality that helps make things happen. Both of them care deeply about the life success of Berry students.” Cornell, retired commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic

Sunny K. Park

Development and former senior vice president for Bank of America, made Berry history in 2007 as the first graduate to chair the board. Highlights of his 20-year board tenure include leadership of Berry’s largest fundraising effort to that date, the $100 million Century Campaign. Once a poor Korean immigrant, Park is today one of Atlanta’s most influential citizens. His company, General Building Maintenance, has grown from its 1983 founding to become one of the top private commercial cleaning providers in the U.S. Park joined the board in 2006, supporting

student photographer Lauren Neumann

important priorities such as the Cage Center and


scholarships. His sponsorship of the Bahrom International Program Scholarship Competition has enabled many Berry students to study in Korea and students from Seoul Women’s University to attend Berry.

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People New members join Board of Visitors

Professor of English Christopher Diller and Associate Professor of Communication Bob Frank led an impressive list of faculty/staff members honored this spring for their commitment to students. Diller won the Vulcan Teaching Excellence Award in his 10th and final year as director of Berry’s Writing Center (he looks forward to teaching writing and American literature at Berry in the coming years). The retiring Frank, meanwhile, claimed the Eleana M. Garrett Award for Meritorious Advising and Caring at the close of a distinguished 36-year career on the Berry faculty. Another notable retiree, Associate Dean of Students Julie Bumpus, won acclaim as SGA’s Outstanding Staff Member. Dr. Peter Yoder, visiting assistant professor of Christian studies, won the corresponding award for faculty. Other spring honorees included Senior Admission Counselor Starr Boylan (93C), recipient of the John R. Bertrand Superior StudentWork Supervisor Award.

Trustees grant promotions and tenure, honor retirees Dr. Adam Hayes (music) and Dr. Saba Colakoglu (management) received tenure and were promoted to the rank of associate professor during the February meeting of the Berry College Board of Trustees. In addition, three previously tenured faculty members were promoted to the rank of full professor: Dr. Christine Anton (German), Dr. Brian Carroll (communication) and Dr. Judy Wilson (animal science). Emeritus status was granted to the following retirees: Julie Bumpus, associate vice president for student affairs and associate dean of students; Bob Frank, associate professor of communication; Jere Lykins, associate professor of art; and Harry Musselwhite, senior lecturer.

Dr. Paul Neal will join Berry’s music faculty this fall as director of choral activities, succeeding the retiring Harry Musselwhite. Neal previously served as director of choral studies at Valdosta (Ga.) State University and assistant director of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra. Prior experience also includes service as assistant conductor for the Angeles Chorale, one of the largest community choruses in the Los Angeles area, and as musical director for the Texas Shakespeare Festival. In addition, he spent two seasons as a performer for the Grammynominated Los Angeles Master Chorale.

Familiar faces in new roles Jennifer Tucker Beard (93C, 00G) and Brenda Geraldson Jenkins (97C) have taken on new and enhanced roles within Berry’s alumni and advancement departments. As director of alumni relations, Beard is responsible for all alumni events, reunions, Alumni Council and general alumni activities. Jennifer Beard She joined Berry’s staff in 1993 and began working with alumni in 1999, most recently holding the title of associate director of alumni relations. In her new role as a senior advancement officer, Jenkins helps donors match their charitable interests to college needs. Jenkins returned to her alma mater in 2006 after a stint at the American Red Cross, first serving as event coordinator in alumni relations and later directing the college’s prospect research efforts.

Alan Storey

Diller, Frank claim spring awards

Neal takes up baton as choral director

Alan Storey

The Board of Visitors added five new members this spring, including four Berry alumni and a relative of Martha Berry. They are: • Leanne Hand Cook (87C, 16g) of Rome, senior director of marketing for the Harbin Clinic and wife to Joe Cook (88C) • Berry Lowden Perkins of Atlanta, curatorial assistant for the High Museum of Art, daughter of Howie and Anita Berry Lowden, and great grand-niece of Martha Berry • Shelley Stokely Przewrocki (95C) of Knoxville, Tenn., operations manager of The Stokely Co. and daughter of Berry Trustee Emeritus William B. Stokely III • Aili Wilen Spearman (95C) of Greer, S.C., section manager, environmental management division, BMW Manufacturing, and wife to Chris Spearman (95C) • Denise Sumner (89C) of Greensboro, N.C., financial controller with VF Corp. and daughter of Robert “Lem” Sumner (63C) and Gayle Miller Sumner (64C)

Brenda Jenkins

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Sweet Dairy student to attend Jersey Youth Academy

student photographer Lauren Neumann

Senior Elizabeth Pereira is one of 22 students from 14 states invited to Columbus, Ohio, this summer to participate in the American Jersey Cattle Association’s 2015 Jersey Youth Academy, an intensive program focused on the Jersey cow and Jersey dairy business. Pereira is an animal science major who currently serves as student supervisor for the Berry College Dairy and as head artificial insemination technician for The Berry Farms Genetics student enterprise.

Nursing goes national Senior nursing major Will

When it comes to beauty, add and to

Berry’s growing list of admirers. Berry ranked No. 3 among The Best Colleges’ “30 Most Beautiful College Campuses in the South,” joining the University of Virginia, Sewanee: The University of the South, Furman University and Duke University in the top five. Best Degree Programs also is smitten, including Berry on its list of the “30 Best, Most Beautiful Small Colleges in America.”

Cabin Log yearbook earns national honors Students Ciara Stephens

Seat of diplomacy Students representing Berry at the National Model United Nations Conference visited the world famous U.N. General Assembly Hall in New York City after securing an Honorable Mention Award for their work as Guyana in various simulations.


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and Gabby Guevera won first place nationally in the student life category of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Gold Circle Awards program for “Thrilled to Kill,” a 2014 Cabin Log yearbook spread showcasing the Berry College Theatre Company’s presentation of Little Shop of Horrors. Olivia Brown (14C) added a third-place award in the informational graphics category for “Redefining Social Communication.”

Alan Storey

Berry’s beauty gets high marks

Howell was one of approxi­ mately 200 applicants nationwide – and the only baccalaureate-level student from Georgia – invited to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Student Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. His participation was funded by the Georgia Independent College Association AFLAC Nursing Scholarship. Also on the national stage was Assistant Professor of Nursing Tanya Naguszewski (pictured), one of 30 faculty members nationwide chosen for The Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety: The Telluride Experience, an allexpenses-paid summer program in Colorado.

By invitation only: Student musicians perform in Atlanta, Savannah

Academic journals tap Berry expertise

International fellowship Animal Science

Economics Alex Salter’s paper,

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this spring for invitational performances in Savannah and Atlanta. The Jazz Ensemble emerged from a record number of applicants to perform at the annual conference of the Georgia Music Educators Association in Savannah under the direction of John David, visiting lecturer of music. The Berry Singers took the stage of Atlanta’s Spivey Hall under the leadership of retiring Director of Choral Activities Harry Musselwhite. They performed at the behest of Spivey Hall Education Manager Melanie Smith Darby (87C) and were accompanied by Instructor of Organ Steven Wooddell. The Jazz Ensemble has been invited to perform at Spivey Hall in February 2016.

“Rights to the Realm: Recon­ sidering Western Political Development,” has been tapped for publication in the esteemed American Political Science Review, while Henry Gund Professor of Biology Bruce Conn has been named to the founding editorial board of Parasitaria, a new international journal uniting the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American parasitology communities.

DeGrave, who earlier spent a summer working with the Critter Care Wildlife Society in Canada, was one of only 75 students selected from a national pool of more than 1,000 applicants for the CongressBundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals in Germany. Her activities abroad will include two months of language school, four months of animal science classes, and five months of career-related internship experience. This is the second time in as many years that a Berry student has been chosen for the fellowship.

Alan Storey

Assistant Professor of

The Berry Jazz Ensemble and Berry Singers hit the road

Segarra named Academic All-American An impressive season on

student photographer Lauren Neumann

the basketball court and a

student photographer Sara Leimbach

student photographer Lauren Neumann

Alan Storey

Peer Educators are peerless (again) Berry’s student Peer Educators have done it again. For the 12th time since 1998, their efforts to raise awareness about issues affecting student health and safety resulted in the BACCHUS Peer Education Network Outstanding Chapter Award for Area 9, which includes South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Puerto Rico. This year’s group consisted of seven students supervised by Berry’s director and associate director of counseling, Dr. Marshall Jenkins and Terri Cordle.

sparkling 3.82 GPA won Chanlir Segarra recognition as a secondteam 2015 NCAA Division III Capital One Academic AllAmerican. She also was one of 10 national finalists for the women’s Jostens Trophy, which recognizes Division III basket­ ball players who excel on the court, in the classroom and in the community. The senior exercise science major, who is bound for the Florida State University College of Medicine, averaged 17.5 points and 6.3 assists per game in leading Berry to an 18-9 record this season; she finished her career with a programrecord 554 assists.

Student speakers shine nationally Three Berry speakers scored top-five individual finishes at the 2015 Novice National Forensic Tournament in Indianapolis. Freshman Olivia Vasquez, sophomore Nicky McHugh and freshman David Mobley ranked second, third and fourth, respectively, in the pentathlon, which measures the overall performance of speakers competing in five or more events. Those three also combined with freshman Kristian Willingham for a second-place finish in Readers Theater, while freshman Ethan Hart was sixth in Public Narrative. Berry placed sixth among 29 competing teams.

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president’s essay

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Dr. Stephen R. Briggs


Feeding the soil

erry is rooted deeply in the soil of northwest Georgia, its enduring

values and defining characteristics shaped by the needs and particularities of this place. Aspects of Berry’s educational approach could be transplanted successfully in other contexts, but this relationship to place – what the winemaker would call its terroir – is central to Berry’s distinctiveness. In this way, Berry’s identity is intertwined with that of Rome and Floyd County. The relationship is mutually beneficial and ongoing. Berry originated in this place a century ago, and this place will be part of Berry a century from now. Just as we design the campus, construct buildings and plant trees with a hundred-year mindset, so also must we care about the long-term health and well-being of Rome, the ecosystem that we inhabit. A major theme of the college’s current strategic plan emphasizes partnerships that support the surrounding community while providing students with practical firsthand experiences. To that end, the college has initiated several major projects that align with the goals of the Rome-Floyd 20/20 development plan.

Tennis Center of Georgia at Berry College

Rome is a charming small city with a thriving downtown, a top-notch medical community and an appealing quality of life. It is an easy place in which to live and a delightful place to visit. Part of its allure is its sense of identity: It is close enough to I-75 to provide easy access to major cities but sufficiently far not to be engulfed by corridor sprawl. Of course, that means Rome is faced


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with the challenge of luring visitors and businesses away from the interstate highway. While Rome offers many recreational opportunities, it is known best as a tennis town, hosting some 20 regional recreational tournaments each year. Rome is located at the center of the United States Tennis Association’s largest region and has an appealing 16-court facility downtown. Large tournaments, however, need up to 50 courts at a time, ideally in close proximity; Rome’s courts are spread at some distance. To remain competitive and to attract significant tournaments on a frequent basis, Rome needs a new tennis facility. When the new Armuchee Connector linking Veterans Memorial Parkway to Martha Berry Highway was approved, it orphaned off a piece of Berry land to the north and east of Mount Berry Square Mall, a site large enough for a major tennis center with good highway access. By the time the Armuchee Connector opened in May 2012, a collaborative group of community partners had developed a facilities and operating plan for the Tennis Center of Georgia at Berry College. The project was included in the RomeFloyd County 2013 SPLOST referendum and approved by voters for $11.4 million. Project construction begins in June 2015 with an anticipated opening date in June 2016. The Tennis Center of Georgia at Berry College will have space for 60

regulation courts (with at least 50 available on opening day), including six NCAAregulation courts and three main-event courts. Twelve of the regular courts will be painted with “quick-start” lines to introduce children to the sport. All courts will have lighting and access to shade structures. A lodge-like clubhouse with a large exterior porch looking out over the main-event and NCAA-regulation courts will be located on the highest ground, making good use of the site’s natural topography. Berry College acted to make the tennis center possible by donating 35 acres of land and helping to sustain the lengthy development process. We did this first and foremost to attract people and tourism dollars to Rome-Floyd County so that it remains a great place to live. And, what is good for the health of Rome is good for Berry. Families who visit the tennis center will be introduced to Berry’s campus, students and athletics. The center will

tennis C enter Future phases

Student Photographer Jason Huynh


provide work opportunities for students interested in the management and marketing of sports events and facilities; Berry student workers are built into the center’s operating budget. In addition, the college has signed a memorandum of agreement with the USTA to become one of only four institutions in the nation offering experiences and courses leading to a USTA Certificate in Tennis Management for undergraduates. Continuing Care Retirement Community

The qualities that make Rome a pleasing place to work and raise a family make it a lovely place to retire as well. For many years, Berry alumni have nudged the college to consider building a retirement center. The college considered the idea in 2007 but decided not to proceed at the time because of the national economy. During the last two years we have examined the opportunity again, and the time now seems ripe. Two factors will make Berry’s Continuing Care Retirement Community distinctive and interesting. One is the nature of the relationship to Berry. Although the CCRC will operate as a separately incorporated 501(c)3 entity, the intent is to optimize the relationship between the CCRC and Berry. The CCRC will be close to the college and will provide work and learning opportunities for a significant number of students in a variety of roles. Job possibilities include event planning, recreation and fitness, gardening, bookkeeping, and nursing assistance among others. CCRC residents will have the opportunity to enjoy arts performances, special lectures and athletic events at the college. The CCRC will emphasize lifelong learning and will offer a variety of short courses. Residents with special expertise may mentor college students. An ongoing and complementary relationship will allow different generations to enjoy and serve one other, and both the CCRC and Berry will be richer for it. The other key factor is the proximity to excellent health care – the Harbin Clinic and

Rome’s two hospitals are all less than five minutes away. Many of the CCRC’s residents will be active and in reasonably good health when they join the community. Most, however, also want the assurance of good access to care should they need it. In this case, top-quality care could hardly be closer or more convenient. Current plans for the CCRC call for 140 independent living units including both apart­ments and small cottages. Another 100 rooms will be dedicated to memory care, assisted living and critical care nursing. These specialty rooms will be arranged to create home-like clusters. General amenities will include dining services, fitness and activity rooms, walkways and gardens, and a pool. This summer, the CCRC will send out notices inviting interested seniors to enroll on a priority list. Alumni will receive an early invitation to join this list. By spring 2016, we hope to have established a sufficient list to proceed with residential sales. If all goes smoothly, construction of the facility may begin in 2017 with a (very) preliminary opening date in fall 2018. [To inquire:] South Rome Early Learning Center

The early years of life, when a child’s brain undergoes rapid development, is a critically important time for shaping the cognitive and social skills that are the foundation of success in life. Yet language learning and neural maturation are both strongly correlated with socio-economic status. When the new Anna K. Davie Elementary School opens this August in South Rome – a community with a significant number of children from disadvantaged families – it will include an Early Learning Center with three classrooms designed to serve up to 18 children each. One classroom will enroll students this fall. Rome City Schools is providing the space, Berry is providing the curriculum and staff, the South Rome Redevelopment Corporation is providing

operational support, and other organizations are providing supporting funds. Parents will pay tuition as they are able. Emerging from a grassroots movement for community renewal, the SRELC will follow the multifaceted curriculum developed by Berry College faculty for the college’s own laboratory pre-school. Stimulating activities encourage children to discover, question and explore as the means by which to grow socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively. Learning goals focus on the core language and number skills needed for kindergarten but include exploration with science, fine arts and Spanish as well. Each class will be staffed by a full-time teacher and teacher’s assistant as well as Berry College students. While the children are learning, Berry’s student assistants will be learning as well. These pre-service teachers will work with SRELC teachers and researchers to identify best practices and effective teaching strategies for at-risk, highneed students. In many ways, the South Rome Early Learning Center is a modern-day counterpart of the educational initiatives that Martha Berry introduced at Possum Trot School and the “whitewashed schoolhouse” more than a century ago in cooperation with the Floyd County Board of Education. This Place

Martha Berry cared deeply about the lives of individual young people and described them as the nation’s greatest natural resource. Her primary goal, however, was for these young people to become the responsible adults who would strengthen the region’s towns and cities. The enduring purpose of a Berry education is to prepare responsible adults who will strive to improve the com­munities in which they live, work and serve. In that same spirit, Berry as an institution must also seek out ways to improve its home community, to enrich the quality of this soil for decades to come. B

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“As vintners, great wines are like treasured family snapshots. In some immutable way, they capture a place, a moment in time …” – Mary Novak, Beth Novak Milliken and Lindy Novak Owners of Spottswoode, a Napa Valley wine estate The Somewhereness of Spottswoode

by Karilon L. Rogers

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his “moment in time” at Spottswoode belongs to Aron Weinkauf (99C). As winemaker and vineyard manager of one of the most highly regarded wine estates in the nation, he walks in the footsteps of more than one giant in Napa Valley wine history, each year shepherding creation of the storied property’s highly-prized wines from first bud in the vineyard through the final process of corking. Only the fifth winemaker to serve at Spottswoode since it was purchased in 1972 by Mary Novak and her late husband, Jack, Weinkauf shares the views of those who came before him: Great winemaking starts in the vineyard. His goal always is to tread lightly on that indefinable alchemy of place and plants – the terroir – that makes Spottswoode’s dynamic and age-worthy wines possible. And while the concept of “place” being tasted in fine wine is ethereal, Weinkauf points first to the Napa Valley’s unique microclimate and then to Spottswoode’s diversity of soil types, courtesy of its location at the confluence of two creeks, as critical factors in excellence. “While walking the vineyard, I have come across a wide variety of rocks – from quartz crystal and geodes to blue serpentine, hunks of white calcareous, volcanic pumice, and granite,” he once wrote. “I like to think that this diversity in parent material, combined with our long history of organic farming, healthy soils and meticulous management, yield the beautiful, dynamic wines we strive to make here at Spottswoode.” Critics agree that Spottswoode wines are, indeed, beautiful, particularly the Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, once described as the refined and classy “Grace Kelly of Napa Valley wines” in The Great Wines of America: The Top Forty Vintners, Vineyards, and Vintages.

“It has become a wine of great stature and repute with a long history, having first been made in 1982,” Weinkauf said. “All of this feeds into Spottswoode’s reputation for excellence, for consistent production of a world-class wine.” World class it is, with the 2010 vintage earning a rare perfect 100 points from The Wine Advocate’s Robert Parker. Weinkauf served as assistant winemaker and vineyard manager at that time; his first year as winemaker and vineyard manager was cool, damp 2011, widely regarded as one of the most challenging Napa Valley growing seasons in 30 years. Still, the 2011 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was rated highly and as one of the best of that year. Weinkauf’s 2012 vintage, the most recent release, earned 96+ points from Parker and 95 from Vinous Media’s Antonio Galloni. Weinkauf also produces Spottswoode’s well-regarded Sauvignon Blanc and Lyndenhurst Cabernet, as well as a Field Book Syrah that he crafts from grapes grown elsewhere in California. Science first, naturally

Los Angeles Times wine writer Dan Berger once asserted that a good winemaker must be more than an artist; he or she must also be a chemist and microbiologist with a working knowledge of physics, botany, geology, meteorology, plant physiology and entomology. Weinkauf would agree. His work starts and ends with science – from the many disciplines entwined in farming to the microbiology of grape fermentation and the careful chemistry required when blending different batches or “blocks” of grapes to synergistic effect. Still his artistry can’t be denied, and he applies his winemaking talents to as many as 20 small fermentations each year to make Spottswoode’s two

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Cabernet Sauvignons and dozens of additional fermentations for the Sauvignon Blanc and Field Book Syrah. Weinkauf expanded on a quarter-century of certified organic viticulture (grape growing) at Spottswoode when he introduced biodynamic farming in 2008. Biodynamics represents a spiritual-ethicalecological approach to agriculture focused on creating a diversified, balanced farm ecosystem that generates health and fertility from within. Believing in the interconnected­ ness of all things, Weinkauf seeks both innovation and learning from “older, wiser ways.” Recently, he has both mechanized and computerized the grape sorting process previously done by hand and introduced a collection of animals to provide natural fertilizer. Working side-by-side with a team of six that includes an assistant winemaker and an


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experienced field crew, Weinkauf’s days – often 16 hours long during harvest – are filled with a myriad of decisions, with each one affecting the eventual quality of the wine. It’s been purported that more than 1,000 individual decisions must be made before a single wine is bottled, but Weinkauf disagrees. “It is way more than that!” he stressed. “When you’re working at a very high level to achieve excellent quality, you have to have great attention to detail. We are constantly looking at and debating what situation has been given to us and how we will manage it. Even though we try to be proactive, so much is reactive when you have constantly shifting matrices.” A perfect blend

The chemistry of winemaking is complex, and so was Weinkauf’s route to winemaker.

In the end, however, he found just the right combination of education and experience: some of everything. The Nevada native grew up loving the land on a rural property with an organic vegetable garden, a small orchard and a variety of farm animals. He spent a year at the University of Nevada Reno but “had a notion” that he wanted to go to a liberal arts college in the South – one at which he could play soccer and that was near a state park or other large space of land. “I got a road atlas that showed college locations and looked at everything from Florida west to Louisiana and north to North Carolina,” he remembered. “I sent inquiries to many schools. I made a trip to see Berry and fell in love with it. And I did get to play soccer for a couple of years. I was a bench warmer but got to play some.” Weinkauf initially studied engineering and

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English at Berry but graduated with a major in Spanish – and a wealth of experiences. “Berry was an important stepping stone on my path – the work experience, friendships and camaraderie, excellence of education. I am always amazed at how many friends from other countries I met at Berry and how many different cultures were opened up for me. My experience there made me a much more dynamic person.” Study abroad in Spain during his junior and senior years introduced him to the Spanish cultural experience of enjoying wine as an accompaniment to meals. He found the nuances of wine fascinating, and after a year of volunteering at a Nevada winery while working as a teacher, the wine industry called to him. Weinkauf studied viticulture and enology – the sciences of growing grapes and making wine – at California State University Fresno while working at Ficklin Vineyards, America’s oldest Port winery. He then served as an intern in the winery at Paul Hobbs Aron, Claire and Hugo before the opportunity to Weinkauf with family join Spottswoode as dog, Cachou assistant winemaker emerged in 2006. “It was serendipitous that I ended up at a place like Spottswoode,” he said. “I was young and relatively new to the industry. There were a lot of applicants. A big reason why I got the job was that I am bilingual; I could speak Spanish. I was very fortunate to have landed where I landed – their values, their emphasis on organic farming. I didn’t know what a wonderful place I was getting into.”

Weinkauf – All from Personal Winegrower Stories Spottswoode

on wine

“Over the years I have stopped looking at specific characteristics in wine. I look for balance, focus, density, and energy. I love a wine that is energetic and excites the senses. And I love a wine that will show you one thing one minute and another thing an hour later. I think this dynamic and strength of character marks exceptional wines.”

on Spottswoode “When I arrived at Spottswoode I was first impressed by the friendly people. I was also moved by the beauty of the place. It was a vineyard and winery that I felt had all the tools of a great estate, but with a well-worn and much-loved patina – beautiful but not extravagant, manicured but imperfect. I found the whole combination so personal and wonderful.”

on winemaking “I started making the wines at Spottswoode in 2011 and am still learning so much. With such great differences among vintages, I continue to fine-tune our winemaking, always striving for freshness and vibrancy. The 30th vintage of Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon marks my first year as winemaker, and I can’t help but feel the history and sense of responsibility surrounding this milestone. I am simultaneously thrilled and humbled to carry on the winegrowing tradition begun so many years ago by Tony Soter and passed down through the many capable hands to mine.”

Fortune smiles

Weinkauf and wife Claire, a Frenchwoman also involved in the wine industry, are parents of baby boy Hugo, born Aug. 31. In his spare time, the new father plays organized soccer with other winemakers. All in all, he knows he is just where he belongs personally and professionally. “It makes you wonder if anyone is supposed to be this lucky,” he mused. “It

makes you wonder about Karmic effect. When I think about it, it makes me go, ‘Wow, I’m extremely fortunate and blessed.’” As deeply as he is engaged in his work, he is pragmatic about the legacy he will leave at Spottswoode when his “moment in time” there is done.

“We’ve had 30 years of precedence that set us on a good track,” Weinkauf said. “There’s been no need for radically changing anything, and all this should live on and succeed after me. It’s all about treading lightly.” B

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David Grindle (93C)

Joy Padgett Johnson (73C)

Distinguished Achievement

Distinguished Service

Rapid rise

A tireless volunteer

• At 26, Atlanta Opera production stage manager and orchestra manager • At 27, supervising production stage manager for the Van Andel Arena (Michigan) opening-event presentation of Aida with 24 horses, 18 elephants, three chariots, a tiger, and a multilingual cast of 500 • At 29, named first production manager of the Indiana University Department of Theatre and Drama, managing schedules and budgets for a 14-show season that included 165 performances in three theatres • At 38, appointed first executive director of the 3,800-member United States Institute for Theatre Technology, a professional organization of design, production and technology professionals and academics in the performing arts and entertainment fields

• Volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Polk County (Ga.) Chamber of Commerce, and Polk County Council on Children and Families, as well as numerous child and family coalitions across Georgia • Received commendation from the American Red Cross for recruiting 20 volunteers per day for four weeks during 1993 Polk County tornado-response efforts • Honored with “Joy Padgett Johnson Day” in Cedartown, Ga., on March 12, 1985, in recognition of outstanding contributions to her community

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Jason Jones

Distinguished Alumni Awards 2015

Industry leadership

• Developed guidelines for the use of live flame at the Atlanta Opera that serve as the textbook standard • Initiated and led a committee of educators and industry leaders to develop certified standards for teaching stage management at the undergraduate level • Guest director of five operas for the Summer Opera Theatre in Washington, D.C. International influence

• Worked with the Czech National Opera on the premiere of Shostakovich’s Ekaterina Ismailova, a work banned under the former communist regime • Invited speaker at entertainment technology conferences in Beijing and London • Established an educational partnership between the USITT and the Deutsche Theatretechnologie Gesellschaft and developed industryfirst stage-management internships at London’s Royal Opera HouseCovent Garden and with Opera Australia for Indiana University students • Keynote speaker for an Entertainment New Zealand conference In his own words

“Providing people the opportunity to do the best they can in the entertainment world has been my passion. From managing the show, to teaching, to leading one of the world’s most active organizations dedicated to technical theatre, it is all about the other people. That focus on serving others has been, and will continue to be, what drives me.”


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Weaving her magic

• Brought weaving back to Berry’s campus by teaching the Appalachian art to students in the Viking Creations student enterprise; now serves the student weavers as mentor, business plan advisor and product marketing coach • Organized the Berry Handicrafts Network and is the driving force behind the Alumni Work Week weaving crew, earning the Golden Apple Award for service in 2014 A career in service

• Upon retirement in 2001 after 28 years as an agent with the University System of Georgia’s Extension Service, granted emeritus status by the system’s Board of Regents, a title earned by only 2 percent of UGA Cooperative Extension Service agents • Her Family Enrichment Series, funded by the Kellogg Foundation and taught by volunteers, reached 2,761 at-risk youth and parents; her anti-litter campaign for grades K-2 reached 1,500 students in two years • Earned UGA’s Walter Barnard Hill Award for Distinguished Achievement in Public Service and multiple distinguished service awards from such organizations as the National Association of Extension Home Economists and the Epsilon Sigma Phi Extension Honorary Fraternity • Awarded the Easter Seals Citation for Excellence in Service and the Polk County Foster Parent Association Honorary Membership Award for service In her own words

“The most valuable part of service to me is the moment I see a community, friend or family in need and am blessed with the resources to help.”

Jeff Jahn (07C)

Brin Enterkin (12C)

Entrepreneurial Spirit

Outstanding Young Alumni

Early success

A recipe for the future

Alan Storey

• Started his first official business, DynamiX Web design, while a Berry sophomore, serving simultaneously as CEO, design department, sales team and head of support • As a senior, hired his first full-time employee, purchased a home and carried an 18-hour class load while working 15-hour+ days and traveling frequently On the [super] fast track

• Since 2012, DynamiX’s business has grown 35 to 55 percent annually; in 2014, the firm achieved 100 percent growth in staff (now employing 14) and launched almost 50 new websites for Atlanta-based and national customers, including Marlow’s Tavern, Ray’s Restaurants, Clark Howard and Herman Cain • In 2011, co-founded the internationally recognized, neighborhoodbased Home Elephant social media platform that now encompasses more than 6,800 communities in 96+ countries • In 2012, co-founded the apartment-renter retention platform Dwellio Awards and accolades

• Recognized in 2013 as one of “20 Rising Stars Under 40” by Cobb Life magazine • In 2015 Horizon Interactive Awards competition, DynamiX became the most-awarded website development firm nationally when it took home 46 trophies, including a “Best of Category” award and 10 “Gold” trophies • DynamiX earned the highest recognition for Internet excellence when it was named one of only 12 Webby Award honorees in the 2015 Food and Drink category for its work on the Ray’s Restaurants site • Other DynamiX awards for innovative design, development and technology include seven W3 national awards, seven international Davey Awards and an Interactive Media Awards “Best in Class” designation • Home Elephant has been featured by news outlets across the country, including Fox News, ABC News, CNN, Adweek, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Huffington Post and CBS News’ The Early Show in his own words

“Since I started my first unofficial business at 14 (selling IT services to companies), I’ve been addicted to creating new things and the challenges that come from being an entrepreneur.”

• While a Berry student, founded The African SOUP, a project to feed and care for Ugandan orphans; since graduation, has grown that effort into a community development organization and national effort to reform primary education across Uganda • With Sydney Hulebak (14C), co-founded Lion’s Thread, a start-up social-enterprise company that empowers Ugandan women to handcraft bow ties for the American market • Opting for a non-typical career with her own definition of success, moved to Uganda fulltime in 2014, magnifying The SOUP’s impact – the organization has established a school, two safe “haven homes,” two fresh-water wells, a 1,200-chicken coop and a farm and now is projected to generate enough income to become financially self-sustaining • Known as “Auntie Brin,” frequently rides a bicycle between villages to check on and nurse the ill and aging Thinking big

• With her team, developed a partnering network of more than 20 organizations, including the United States Agency for International Development and the Ugandan Ministry of Education, to improve Uganda’s primary school curriculum through active learning focused on critical-, creative- and ethical-thinking skills • Working on a multimillion-dollar project with the Ministry of Energy and U.S. investors to bring renewable energy and meaningful work to Eastern Uganda All about serving others

• Winner of the Simon Fellow of Noble Purpose Award and the Woodruff, Whitehead and Evans Foundation Fellowship • Invited speaker at the UNICEF/Millennium Network Conference on her generation’s role in addressing social issues In her own words

“My career is a stab at making the world a better place. I have a couple of titles, but those are purely arbitrary. I simply do what I can to demonstrate love to as many people as possible.”

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Tina Stancil DeNicole (85C) didn’t score a touchdown or make a tackle in Super

Bowl XLIX,

but her behind-the-scenes contributions helped secure a major victory for the “home” team. by Rick Woodall

or the average fan, the Super Bowl is a one-day spectacle known for elaborate parties, million-dollar television ads, star-studded halftime shows and the coronation of a new professional football champion. To members of each city’s host committee, it is the culmination of years of hard work and careful planning.

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For Tina Stancil DeNicole, Super Bowl XLIX was a little of both. The 22-year veteran of media management and all-around football aficionado set aside a private consulting business in May 2014 to accept the role of chief financial officer for the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee. “It was the chance of a lifetime,” said

portrayed in a positive light as a place to come visit, to relocate your business and to host big events.

DeNicole, who served 11 years as vice president of business operations for Cox Communications in Phoenix, Atlanta and Las Vegas and nine as business manager for KPNX-TV12 in Phoenix. “A very, very small part of the population ever gets to be involved in something like this. It was a unique opportunity.” Even though she was “experienced” – having attended five previous Super Bowls as a fan – it wasn’t her love of the sport that drew her to the role. Rather, it was the prospect of promoting her adopted home state as a destination of choice. “The thing that appealed to me was that it gave us an opportunity to highlight Arizona on the global stage,” she stated. “One of our goals was to make sure Arizona was portrayed in a positive light as a place to come visit, to relocate your business and to host big events.” Philosophy of success

The on-field objective in each Super Bowl game is simple enough – to score more points than the opposition – but the logistics are infinitely more complex. More than 200 associated events were held in the “Valley of the Sun” in the days and weeks leading up to Super Bowl XLIX, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors to the cities of Scottsdale and Glendale and a million plus to “Super Bowl Central” in downtown Phoenix. Management and execution of such a large-scale enterprise required the active cooperation of numerous partners including the local host committee, NFL officials and representatives of every level of government, up to and including such federal agencies as the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Aviation Administration. DeNicole coordinated with all of these groups in her role as host committee CFO, responsible for all aspects of financial

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management and reporting, human resources, risk management, and information technology. Operating within this intricate web, the Berry accounting alumna was able to secure success by keeping things simple and focusing on relationships. “I am all about simplicity,” DeNicole related. “You have to go into something this complex with the attitude that there’s nothing we can’t figure out. We have all the right resources. Just break it into pieces, take bits of it as you can, and remember that the most important thing is relationships, because you have to do everything through people.” DeNicole likened her role as CFO to that of a defensive safety, often the last person on the football field standing between an opposing ball carrier and the goal line. “At the end of the day, I felt like I had to figure out how to make the money work,” she explained. “When something goes wrong, I’ve got to figure out how to clean it up. I’ve got to make sure the numbers still add up. No matter the mess, I’m there to make sure we’re still going to be OK.” Because her duties included responsibility for insurance and risk management, DeNicole also had to consider nightmare scenarios such as the 1996 bombing in Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park and infrastructure failures similar to the power outage that interrupted the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans. “You just don’t want something big to go wrong,” she said. “Two weeks out, when you’re finalizing all the security contracts, it hits you what can go wrong.” Thankfully, no such issues materialized, freeing the 70,288 fans in attendance at University of Phoenix Stadium and a record television audience of 114 million to focus fully on the game itself. DeNicole spent a great deal of her time roaming the stadium, checking in with sponsors and stadium

Photos courtesy of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee

One of our goals was to make sure Arizona was

operations, but she did get to be a fan at the end, lending her own voice to the deafening crescendo as New England rallied from behind to edge Seattle 28-24 in a game that was still in doubt until the final half-minute of play. “I was screaming my head off,” she said. “The last two minutes of that game were just unbelievable!” Winning tally

While many will remember Super Bowl XLIX for that fantastic finish, the host committee judges the event by a very different set of metrics. DeNicole pointed to projected economic impact in excess of $500 million and charitable donations of more than $2 million benefitting 27 Arizona nonprofits as two particular measures of success. She also noted that very little public money was invested in the effort, with the majority coming from outside sponsors. And then there was the increased exposure for the region provided by the record television audience and 5,500 media personnel hailing from 23 countries. “We’re just so happy,” DeNicole said. “We feel like Arizona was projected in such a positive light. It was a huge success from that perspective.” As she closes the books – literally – on her Super Bowl experience and tackles a new role as corporate vice president for Gannett Broadcasting, DeNicole is quick to note that she was just “one little part” of the huge team responsible for staging the event. She also professed a profound respect for the frontline personnel – from janitors to bag checkers to the more than 11,000 registered volunteers – who helped make Arizona’s big game such a resounding success. “I felt like my job was to work for them,” she said. “I paid the bills; they got out there and got it done.” B

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Shooting for the stars by Carey Blankenship Philanthropic Communications Student Assistant

✯ Aitana Vargas (03C) pursued a physics degree at Berry because she was intent on studying the stars. At the time, she couldn’t have imagined that one day she would become a rising star herself – in a very different field. Aitana Vargas didn’t set out to become an awardwinning journalist, but a talent for telling stories has helped the Berry physics major make a name for herself in the world of Spanishlanguage journalism. Armed with master’s degrees in journalism from Columbia University and England’s Staffordshire University, the native of Madrid, Spain, is taking her freelance reporting career by storm with stories featured in such notable publications as the Los Angeles Times, Narratively magazine and Hoy Los Angeles. In the last year, she has claimed first prize in the Southern California Journalism Awards competition, won Argentina’s Ana Maria Aguero Melnyczuk Award for investigative journalism, and been nominated for two other major distinctions: a Livingston Award – known as the “Pulitzer of the Young” – and a National Arts and Entertainment Award. Journey of discovery

Growing up in Spain, Vargas expected to follow in the footsteps of her scientific-minded parents even though she was good with languages and had a knack for communication. A tennis academy eventually brought her to the United States, and at 18 she accepted a tennis scholarship from Savannah’s Armstrong Atlantic State University. A year later, captivated by its beauty, she transferred to Berry. Reflecting on the experience, Vargas recalled, “When I got to Berry, I didn’t have to declare a major for three years. I switched majors multiple times and drove everyone crazy!” Though she chose physics due to a love of the night sky that she shares with her father, seeds of inspiration were being planted that eventually led her in another direction. She still recalls the particular encouragement of Associate Professor of English Christina Bucher, who lauded her papers even though English wasn’t Vargas’ first language. During her last year at Berry, Vargas had the opportunity to anchor a television show geared toward the Hispanic community in Rome. After graduation, her budding career gained traction


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in the United Kingdom, where she landed an internship with the BBC. She also gained experience as a reporter, producer and host for Spain’s public television and radio service. By then, the choice was clear. Journalism that speaks

Now a freelance reporter living in California, Vargas has the opportunity to pursue stories that are close to her heart while sharing important information with a Spanish-language audience dominated by immigrants, many lacking a great deal of formal education. In doing so, she often becomes a voice for the voiceless. “The less people know, the more you need to give them,” she explained. Some of her stories are intensely personal. “España: Las tumbas de la vergüenza” focused on the refusal of Spanish authorities to aid thousands of victims of crimes committed under the rule of dictator Francisco Franco, her greatgreat grandfather among them. A planned follow-up will focus on her family’s role in the Spanish Civil War. An award-winning two-part exposé came about almost by accident as Vargas interviewed an immigrant known for impersonating the character Zorro on Hollywood Boulevard. The piece detailed surprisingly abusive working conditions for paid audience members in L.A.’s entertainment industry, who are hired as “independent contractors” and then subjected to long hours, substandard wages, lack of proper restroom breaks and other poor conditions. “Even with my background in television news, I didn’t understand what he meant when he started to talk about audience work,” she recalled of the interview. “I asked a bunch of questions and investigated further.” Not all of Vargas’ stories are quite so heavy in tone – a recent feature spotlighted Kaleigh Carpenter’s inspirational success as a one-armed tennis player at Berry. But each story she tackles reflects the heart of a professional passionate about both her craft and the path over which her own star is rising. B

Creating places and spaces that spur student achievement

Renovation of Ford Auditorium

Music and song are, in my opinion, so fine and necessary a part of life that without them we cannot be said really to live at all.

– Henry Ford, 1937

This high-quality renovation is a priority of LifeReady: The Berry Henry Ford knew about more than building automobiles; he College Campaign for Opportunity. Many naming opportunities are understood the importance of the arts to human existence. In many available. To make a gift, please go to, use the ways, he brought enjoyment of music to the Berry campus, and he envelope in this magazine, or contact Scott Breithaupt at can be credited fully with creation of Berry’s signature venue for 877-461-0039 or For more information, visit music performance, Ford Auditorium. Ford and his wife, Clara, hired the finest craftsmen to build Ford Auditorium, and it has served Berry students long and well – both those who study music formally and those who sing or play an instrument for the sheer love of it. Today Ford Auditorium is the central rehearsal space and one of three main classrooms for Berry’s music program as well as the college’s primary concert hall for student, faculty and guest-artist performances. It is time now to breathe new life into this beautiful structure that is so critical to the study and performance of the arts at Berry. Doing so will enhance the education of our students and the enjoyment of the arts on campus for decades to come. It also will preserve the usefulness of a historic structure that is part of the very fabric of the Berry campus. Our plans include dramatic improvements to the acoustical characteristics of the auditorium, an enlarged stage and new audience seating. The details include: n 1,086 square-foot accessible stage with arched front n 366 seats in arched configuration; redesigned balcony with improved sightlines n High-performance acoustics including all-wood ceiling, woodcarved acoustical paneling, adjustable acoustical banners and sound reflectors n Digital stage lighting n Digital sound system with recording capabilities n Multimedia capabilities n Restoration of historic elements, such as light fixtures, Our LifeReady Campaign goal: To prepare students with real-life skills so plaster arches, wood carvings and stained glass they are ready for what comes next – ready to hit the ground running to n New mechanical, electrical, plumbing and curtain systems improve their communities, workplaces and world. Please join us! n Climate-controlled instrument storage n Updated green room n Renovated foyer/lobby

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Auditorium and has improved temperature controls at the chapel. Although Bailey doesn’t play an instrument herself, she is devoted to bringing the gift of music to others. Her contributions range from endowing music scholarships and leading the construction of a world-class concert hall at Kennesaw State University to serving, for the past 25 years, as president of the Georgia Music Festival and producer of its annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards program. With such expertise, it is no surprise that Berry’s well-used pianos – of 1965 and 1996 vintages – caught Bailey’s eye when she and her sister, Audrey Morgan, toured Ford Auditorium and the Berry College Chapel in

2013. Morgan is a long-time Berry supporter, a member of the Board of Visitors, and honorary chairperson of the LifeReady Campaign Steering Committee. After returning home, Bailey continued to think about Berry and its pianos. “Through my visits to campus to support Audrey’s involvement, I had become very impressed with Berry and its people, mission and dedication to excellence,” she said. “After seeing the age and condition of the pianos, I felt that the music students should have quality instruments to play.” Bailey’s generous gift will ensure that Berry students are able to make beautiful music for generations. B

inspiring instrument Student Photographer Sara Leimbach

The planned transformation of Ford Auditorium into a premier recital hall got started on the right note last fall with the delivery of a majestic Steinway concert grand piano. It and another Steinway – a music room grand piano now at home in the Berry College Chapel – were gifts from Atlanta philan­ thropist Dr. Bobbie Bailey. By choosing pianos known worldwide for their rich, unrivaled sound and incomparable tone and touch, Bailey has set the stage for an extensive renovation project that will support and advance the arts at Berry (see page 21). “The Steinways reflect the quality that Berry aspires to in all of its programs and signal the continuing importance of music and the performing arts at the college,” President Steve Briggs explained. “We are deeply grateful to Dr. Bailey for this splendid gift.” Splendid is an apt description. At nine feet in length, Ford’s new ebony concert grand has the power and projection to be heard throughout the auditorium without a microphone, and according to Dr. Kris Carlisle, associate professor of music and chair of fine arts, listeners are hearing the difference and commenting on the quality of the sound. The chapel’s new instrument is a seven-foot model that is often referred to as “the perfect piano” in terms of balance, beauty and power. To protect these extraordinary pianos from the damaging effects of temperature and humidity fluctua­ tions, the college has created a piano storage area with its own HVAC system in Ford

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Kellye DeMott has played a lot of pianos since she started tickling the ivories at age 6, but none, she said, compare to the Steinways recently given to Berry by Atlanta philanthropist Dr. Bobbie Bailey. “The piano almost plays itself,” said the senior music major from Moultrie, Ga., who was among the first at Berry to experience playing the instrument preferred by concert artists, composers and performers around the world. And playing a Steinway piano is an experience. Each Steinway is handcrafted in one of only two factories and requires up to a year to complete. This careful craftsmanship creates instruments of rare quality known for their unmistakable sound, delicate touch and regal beauty. DeMott has played both of the new Steinways and has been inspired to play better and to practice more. Dr. Bailey’s gift has touched her heart. “I feel so honored that Dr. Bailey invested in us,” DeMott said of herself and her fellow music students. “It’s hard to believe that someone who doesn’t even know us would care about us and want to see us grow. I hope Dr. Bailey knows how much we all appreciate her giving us these wonderful instruments.”

who supports berry? Denise Sumner (89C)

Dr. Christopher Dockery (01C)

Greensboro, N.C. Who she is:

• Financial controller overseeing global accounting and financial reporting activities at VF Corp., the world’s largest apparel company with more than 35 brands, including The North Face, Vans, Timberland, Wrangler, Lee, Nautica, JanSport and Eastpak • World traveler who has visited 49 of the 50 states and 50 countries, meeting new people, tasting local cuisine and learning the ways of other cultures; favors Italy as a destination and experiencing “la dolce vita” • A serious beach aficionado (any beach will do) who also enjoys cooking and photography • Member of the Board of Directors for ArtsGreensboro • Daughter of Berry alumni Robert “Lem” Sumner (63C) and Gayle Miller Sumner (64C) What she supports:

• Endowed the LifeReady Campaign’s first Entrepreneurial Scholars Fund to help inspired students experience entrepreneurship firsthand • Created an endowed scholarship for a student majoring in accounting or finance • Member of the Berry Heritage Society • New member of the Berry College Board of Visitors

Canton, Ga. Who he is:

• Husband of Carla Fort Dockery (01C), a teacher at Canton First United Methodist Preschool; they were married in the Berry College Chapel on May 19, 2001 • Father of twin girls Taylor and Katelyn, age 11 • Ph.D., chemistry, the University of South Carolina • Assistant department chair, director of the Master of Science in chemical sciences, and associate professor of chemistry, Kennesaw State University • Researcher focused on rapid forensic analysis of gunshot residues by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy with the ultimate goal of alleviating casework backlogs of forensic investigators • Co-editor of Addressing the Millennial Student in Undergraduate Chemistry (see page 28) • Past treasurer of the Liberty Elementary School PTA and senior project judge for Cherokee High School What he supports:

• The general fund and chemistry department; the Dockerys have given every year since graduation • 2013 presenter in the Berry College Chemistry Department Cheminar Series

Why she gives:

“I like the idea of fostering an entrepreneurial environment, which Berry has embraced with new vigor in recent years. The Entrepreneurial Scholars program is an innovative approach to supporting students, and I am intrigued by trying something new. Also, when I was a student, I received a scholarship designated for a student in accounting. It was an unexpected gift, and I have often thought about the generosity of those who funded it. Now that I’m established in my accounting career, I thought it was the right time to pay it forward to another generation of students.” On Berry:

“I like the fact that Berry doesn’t teach you limits, but encourages you instead to pursue your passion. I always look forward to Berry magazine so I can see what the alumni are accomplishing. I am impressed by the diversity in careers and interests and, in particular, the number of entrepreneurs who build their own successful businesses.”

Why he gives:

“I have never been able to give much, but as an academic professional and grant writer, I know the important role that rates of giving among alumni and employees can play when seeking external funding in grants and contracts.” On Berry:

“Berry provided my first experiences in research. The collaborative nature of modern research projects exposes students to research questions to address real-world problems, and through collaboration, students are learning a rich variety of scientific techniques that they would never see in coursework alone. These are the types of experiences that jump out on resumés and set students apart from their competitors. My time in the undergraduate research labs and service as an undergraduate teaching assistant at Berry had a great influence on my decision to pursue a Ph.D. and ultimately my decision to stay in academia.” Berry Magazine • Summer 2015


Helping students become LifeReady Darrell E. (81c) and Sharon A. Gunby, $10,000 for the Gunby Equine Center Harbin Clinic, $50,000 to support the nursing program Karen Holley Horrell (74C) and Jack Horrell, $100,000 for the Jack and Karen Horrell Nonprofit Internship Fund Timothy R. Howard (82C), $25,000 to support the Tim and Odetta Howard Endowed Scholarship Hubert Judd Charitable Trust, $24,568 to the general fund Charles D. Keown, $10,000 for the Oak Hill Expendable Fund Harold D. (60c) and Mary Golden (60c) Kilpatrick Sr., Harold D. Kilpatrick Jr., Jonathan (91c) and Jennifer Mason (91c) Kilpatrick, and Timothy (84c) and Caren Kilpatrick, $85,000 in-kind gifts of property to support Valhalla R.F. Knox Co., $10,875 to fund the R.F. Knox Co. Scholarship Peter M. and Tamara Musser, $10,000 to fund the Musser Expendable Scholarship W. Scott and Fay Neal, $10,000 to support the Pearson Soccer Field project William L. Pence (76C), $25,000 to support the Gordon and Joyce Carper Integrity in Leadership Mentoring Program Don Pratt (65C), $11,368 charitable gift annuity for the Class of 1965C Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Fund Larry L. Schoolar (55C), $19,000 for the AT&T Bonner Endowed Scholarship Larry (65C) and Jerry Sculley, $106,767 planned gift to fund the future Larry R. and

The following generous alumni and friends made LifeReady Campaign gifts, pledges, bequests and estate commitments of $10,000 or more from Nov. 1, 2014, to March 31, 2015. We thank them sincerely, just as we thank everyone who makes a gift to Berry regardless of amount. All donors are recognized annually in the online Berry College Honor Roll of Donors (


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Bequests The estate of David E. “Pete” Gordon, $14,000 unrestricted bequest The estate of Ethel Warren Spruill, $200,000 to The Berry Farms Store

“ What you leave behind is not

what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. – Pericles

Jason Jones

George I. Alden Trust, $125,000 for the Animal Science Laboratory (at Rollins) Clinton G. Ames Jr., $10,000 addition to the Clinton G. Ames Jr. Scholarship Anonymous, $500,000 to support Valhalla Anonymous, $125,000 to support the Integrity in Leadership Center Anonymous, $100,000 charitable gift annuity to fund a Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Anonymous, $42,014 for the golf team Anonymous, $16,419 for the Class of 1953H (Staley/Loveday) Endowed Scholarship Anonymous, $15,000 for the Berry Enterprises Venture Fund Aramark Corp., $33,598 for the general fund Randy and Nancy Berry, $10,000 for the Berry Information Technology Students (B.I.T.S.) program Bryson Foundation Ltd., $10,000 addition to the J.R. and M.W. Faison Endowed Scholarship Callaway Foundation, $15,000 to fund the F.E. Callaway Professorship John Nichols Elgin (81C), $10,000 to support the general fund William H. Ellsworth Foundation, $15,000 for the Animal Science Laboratory (at Rollins) W.B. Finley, $10,000 for the general fund Virginia M. George and Lee Anne George, $25,000 for the nursing program Georgia Independent College Association, $24,833 to support the general fund Georgia Power Foundation, $10,000 for the Georgia Power Foundation Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellowship Walter K. Gill (63C), $10,000 addition to the Lyn Gresham Endowed Scholarship

Jerry G. Sculley Endowed Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Bret A. Simon (82G), $10,000 to support the Pearson Soccer Field project Thomas I. and Barbara Slocum, $10,000 to fund the Tom and Barbara Slocum Expendable Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Casey T. (00C) and Angela Smith, $10,000 to support Valhalla Denise Sumner (89C), $75,000, with $50,000 from a planned gift to support the Denise Sumner Endowed Scholarship Fund and $25,000 for the Denise Sumner Endowed Entrepreneurial Scholars Fund Stanley L. (65C) and Lora Stubbs (65C) Tate, $50,000 for Valhalla Wesley Walraven and Brian Moore, $25,000 for the Animal Science Laboratory (at Rollins) Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, $520,000 for the Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship and Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholars Fund WinShape Foundation Inc., $558,835, with $12,000 going to support the Capitulum Scholarship and $546,835 to fund WinShape Scholarships

For information on planned giving opportunities at Berry, contact Helen Lansing at or 877-461-0039.

photos by Alan Storey and student photographers Jason Huynh and Lauren Neumann

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Where? are they now 1950s

Reginald Strickland (51C) retired May 1 from the Alabama Department of Public Health after 28 years of service. He also had nearly 34 years of continuous active duty in the U.S. Air Force.

1960s Stan Aldridge (65C) was recognized as “One of the Most Influential Individuals” in the history of Georgia College during the institution’s 125 Year Scholarship

Gala. Aldridge coached men’s basketball from 1975 to 1986, twice earning Georgia Intercollegiate Athletic Association Coach of the Year honors, and later served for 17 years as director of athletics. James C. “Jimmy” Sanders Jr. (68C) was named 2014 South Carolina Tree Farmer of the Year in recognition of his outstanding work on his tree farms and his contributions to South Carolina forestry activities. He is a retired natural resource specialist with the

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that indicates the following status: C College graduate G Graduate school alumna/us A Academy graduate H High school graduate c, g Anticipated year of graduation from Berry College a Anticipated year of graduation from academy h Anticipated year of graduation from high school FFS Former faculty and staff FS Current faculty and staff


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Send all class notes to: or Alumni Office,

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Promise fulfilled

All class notes are subject to editing due to space limitations. Class notes and death notices in this issue include those received Nov. 1, 2014 – March 31, 2015.

Gary Mealer (77C) promised his mother

at an early

age that he would parlay his considerable athletic prowess into a college education. He was true to his word. This spring, the McCaysville, Ga., native was inducted into the Fannin County (Ga.) Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his sporting success at West Fannin High School, Gainesville Junior College and Berry. Mealer starred in baseball, basketball and football at West Fannin, eventually earning a basketball and baseball grant from Gainesville Junior College and, later, a baseball scholarship from Berry, where he worked in the dining hall to help pay his way through school. The husband and father of three since has enjoyed a long career in education, today serving as a transition career partnership coordinator for the Georgia Department of Education. FCSHOF Historian Mike Harper contributed to this story


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National Resources Conservation Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, serves on the board of directors of the South Carolina Forestry Association and the Upper Savannah Land Trust, and is a member of the forest landowners associations of Greenwood, Abbeville and Saluda counties (S.C.); the Soil and Water Conservation Society; the Nature Conservancy; and a number of other conservation organizations. He and wife Janis live in Greenwood.

1970s Carol Lynn Austin (77C) is chief operating officer and deputy director of management for the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. Jennifer Dickey (77A, 80C) has been granted tenure and promoted to associate professor of history at Kennesaw State University, effective July 1. She also is coordinator of Kennesaw State’s Public History Program and serves Berry College in a consulting capacity as preservation specialist. Roger Lusby III (79C) had his article, “Update on the Medical Excise Tax,” published in the December 2014 issue of The Tax Adviser. He is a partner in Frazier & Deeter LLC, which was ranked as the sixth largest CPA firm in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and listed as a “Best of the Best

Accounting Firm for 2014” by Inside Public Accounting. Roger is chairman of Berry’s Planned Giving Council and a Berry trustee.

1980s Janice Carlson Scott (80C) is marketing and hospitality director for Chick-fil-A in Duluth, Ga. She is in her 20th year of volunteering through Community Bible Study, serving as associate teaching director for the Dunwoody coed evening class. She and husband Bob reside in Peachtree Corners. Jim Owen (81C) was named NCAA Division III Dave Williams National Coach of the Year in December 2014 by the Golf Coaches Association of America. This marks the third consecutive year in which Owen has received an award at the GCAA annual convention. He was inducted into the GCAA Hall of Fame in 2013 and received his first career Dave Williams Award in 2012. He is director of golf at Oglethorpe University. Greg Hanthorn (82C) has been selected for inclusion on the 2015 Georgia Super Lawyers list in the area of business litigation. Only 5 percent of all Georgia attorneys are named to the Super Lawyers list each year. Greg practices with the Atlanta office of the international law firm Jones Day. Brent Ragsdale (88C) has assumed the role of chief financial

officer on Chick-fil-A’s Executive Committee. He has held multiple leadership roles within the company, most recently serving as vice president and chief accounting officer. He is a member of the Berry College Board of Visitors and also serves on the board of directors for Southwest Christian Care, the Fayette County (Ga.) Chamber of Commerce and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program and holds an MBA from Mercer University. He and wife GiGi have three children.

1990s Susan Sharp Gawron (95C) and husband Cliff announce the Oct. 19, 2014, birth of son Henry Samuel, weighing 6 pounds, 1 ounce and measuring 19 inches long. Lori Mullins Pitts (96C), owner of two Smallcakes bakeries in Metro Atlanta and one in Augusta, has added a food truck and opened a fourth location in Newnan, Ga. Brian Brodrick (97C) has been named to the 2015 Board of Trustees for Leadership Georgia. He and wife Susan Wells Brodrick (97C) are 2010 graduates of the program. Brian also serves on the boards of Eagle Ranch and the Georgia Humanities Council and is a member of the Berry College Board of Visitors and the Watkinsville City Council. Brad Hayes (98G) is a teacher at Eastbrook Middle School in Dalton, Ga., and a historian, photographer and sports editor for The Trion (Ga.) Facts. He created the Facebook page “Making Memories Last in Trion, Ga.” and is a part-time gospel preacher. He and wife Judy Swanson Hayes (01c) have two sons, Luke and Jake. The family resides in Chattooga County.

2000s Jessica Andrews-Wilson (00C) and wife Paula announce the Feb. 8, 2014, birth of son Finnegan Bruce. Jessica received a master’s degree in organizational development and leadership from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in May 2014 and is executive director at GUIDE Inc. Casey Smith (00C), owner and president of Wiser Wealth Management, has retired as a

captain from ExpressJet Airlines to devote his time to growing the company he started in 2001. The wealth management firm based in Marietta, Ga., has experienced a 40 percent annual growth rate over the last three years and recently was named one of the top 25 small businesses in Cobb County by the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce. Casey also is heavily involved with Berry, including membership on the Board of Visitors, the Campbell School of Business Executive Advisory Council and the Planned Giving Council. Jamie Poissant (01C) has won the 2014 Florida Book Award Silver Medal and the 2015 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award for his short story collection, The Heaven of Animals. The book is being translated into several languages and was a finalist for the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction from the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. Travis Armes (02C) earned a Master of Theology degree from Duke Divinity School in 2013 and is a Navy chaplain. He and wife Adrienne Thompson Armes (01C) reside in San Clemente, Calif., with children Madeleine (8) and Benjamin (3). Catherine Glenn Foster (02C) and husband Steve announce the Dec. 28, 2014, birth of daughter Abigail Mead, weighing 8 pounds, 1 ounce and measuring 19.75 inches long. Abigail joined siblings Hannah and William at the family home outside Washington, D.C. Catherine holds a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown and a master’s degree from the University of South Florida. She is a litigation attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom. Carolyn Saba Hoyman (03C) and husband John announce the Aug. 31, 2014, birth of son John Jacob “J.J.” Hoyman. The family lives in Savannah, Ga., where Carolyn teaches science at a public middle school. John Coleman (04C) has been appointed by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to serve on the Board of Commissioners for the Georgia Student Finance Commission. He is also a recent addition to the Board of Directors for the National Monuments Foundation. John is managing director and chief

Alan Storey


Court of honor

Fifty years after thrilling the


with a four-game sweep of the

Rome News-Tribune Invitational Basketball Tournament, the 1964-65 Berry Academy Falcons returned to the court – this time in the Cage Center – to mark the golden anniversary of their triumph. Spearheaded by Bob Williams (62H) and his wife, Kay, the December celebration honored coach Jerry Shelton (58C) and all those responsible for that magical 30-5 season, which opened with 17 straight victories and concluded with a second consecutive appearance in the state high school basketball tournament. The bonds uniting these special alumni were evident in the emotional reflections shared by those in attendance, as was the affection and appreciation felt for Shelton and his late wife, Joyce (63C). “He made us winners,” praised team captain Tom Butler (65A). “He taught us that we were worthwhile and powerful, to shoot beyond what we thought were our limits, that we were somebody because we were men of Berry. And because of this, we found out who we really, truly could become.”

administrative officer, Alternatives and Institutional for Invesco and a member of the Berry College Board of Visitors. He and wife Jackie reside in Brookhaven, Ga., with their two children. Katie Knowles Freas (04C) and husband Scott announce the Sept. 30, 2014, birth of son Joshua Thomas, weighing 8 pounds, 15 ounces and measuring 22 inches

long. The family resides in Canton, Ga. David C. Kowalski (04C) is owner of Brick+Mortar, a home design store and restaurant design business in Atlanta. Prior to opening his business, he worked as a teacher in China, as a business author, and with a media company focused on child advocacy.

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LifeReady: Bold endeavors Adventure is not just a passion

but a profession for

Alice Morgan (12C). Working as outdoor leadership coordinator at Virginia’s Shenandoah University, she has the opportunity to kindle in others the same thrill of discovery she once felt as a student taking Berry’s Freshman Adventure Challenge course.

Brian Mezzell (04C) and Amy Stafford Mezzell (04C) announce the Oct. 11, 2014, birth of son Otis James, weighing 9 pounds, 2 ounces and measuring 21.75 inches long. Otis joined big sister Cora at the family home in Birmingham, Ala. Brian is program administrator for the Office of Interprofessional Simulation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Jonathan Pascual (04C) is owner of Taproom Coffee and Beer in the Kirkwood community of Atlanta. The business, recognized as “Best New Place for Browsing” in the 2014 Best of Atlanta awards, was started with a campaign that was fully funded within a week. Prior to opening his

business, Jonathan served in an Extreme Missions Journeyman Program in Peru. He and wife Jessica have four children. Justin Edge (06C) has started a volunteer wildlife research project tracking carnivores for the Jackson Creek Preserve Foundation in Montana, where he lives with his wife and daughter. He holds a master’s degree in conservation biology from Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vt. As part of his master’s program, Justin conducted research focusing on wolf/livestock issues in the upper peninsula of Michigan. He later worked with the Colorado Division of Wildlife tracking moose and big horn sheep.

“That weekend completely changed my life,” she recalled. “I learned a lot about what I was capable of and discovered how strong a person I actually was.


As soon as the weekend ended, I knew I had to have more.” That “more” turned out to be three and a half years of valuable student work experience within the Berry Outdoor Leadership Development (BOLD) program and an interdisciplinary major in outdoor leadership. During that time, she participated in a 30-day outdoor leadership program in Alaska and a 50-day Outward Bound excursion in North Carolina. Later, she completed the master’s degree program in outdoor education at Scotland’s University of Edinburgh, one of the longest-standing outdoor education programs in the world.

Berry magazine has been notified about the following new alumni-authored books since our last listing. Congratulations! Information for all titles is available through a variety of booksellers online. n Lois Wehunt Stewart (50C), A Country Girl Goes to College: Going to Berry College and Life After Berry, Brentwood Christian Press, November 2014. n Leslie Almand Reynolds (77A), The Faces of Hope: A Journey through Infertility and Adoption, Westbow Press, December 2013. n Chris

Dockery (01C), co-editor with Gretchen E. Potts, Addressing the Millennial Student in Undergraduate Chemistry, American Chemical Society, October 2014.

“There is no way I’d be where I am today without Berry,” Morgan praised. “From the minute I made the decision to pursue outdoor education as a career, I had people who were ready to help me make it happen. “The student work program was also huge for me. In my current position, I’m constantly looking back to what I learned at Berry as a reference, both directly and by the example of the staff.” by Maxine Donnelly, philanthropic communications student assistant


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If you have a newly published book (2014-2015) you’d like us to include, please send your name and class year, book title, publisher, publication date, and a Web address for a synopsis and/or order information to with the subject line “Berry Alumni Authors.”

Kaylin Gadoua Perkins (08C) and Scott Perkins (08C) announce the Dec. 1, 2014, birth of daughter Sadie. Scott recently was promoted to manager of corporate communica­ tions at National DCP, the distribution cooperative serving the franchisees of Dunkin’ Donuts globally. Kaylin is an account manager at Henderson Shapiro Peck, a strategic and creative marketing firm. The family resides in Duluth, Ga. Emily Segrest Tucker (09C) and husband Lee announce the Oct. 17,

2014, birth of daughter Abigail Kate. The family resides in Villa Rica, Ga.

2010s Emily Baird (10C) earned a Master of Divinity degree in May 2014 from Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville. She married Nicholas Chrisohon on Aug. 9, 2014. The couple resides in Nashville. Alyssa Nobles (12C) completed her master’s degree in early childhood education at Delta State

University in Cleveland, Miss., in May 2014. She taught third grade and was an English Language Learner (ELL) teacher in the Hazlehurst (Miss.) City Schools from 2012 to 2014 while a member of the Mississippi Delta Corps for Teach for America and worked as a school operations manager for the Teach for America Atlanta Institute. In January 2015 she departed for 11 countries in 11 months with Adventures in Missions and the

World Race. More information is available on her blog at http:// Alyssa Hollingsworth (13C) earned a Master of Arts degree with distinction upon completion of the Writing for Young People Program at England’s Bath Spa University. She also received honorary mention in United Agents’ Most Promising Writing for Young People competition and was co-editor for an anthology that launched in London in May.


Berry College extends sincere condolences to family and friends of the following alumni and former faculty/staff members. This list includes notices received Nov. 1, 2014 – March 31, 2015.

1930s Charles Francis West (36H) of Archer, Fla., Feb. 9, 2015. Clarence Winburn Parrish (38c) of Jacksonville, Fla., Dec. 5, 2014.

1940s Eugenia Griffith Antley (40C) of Lexington, S.C., Jan. 15, 2015. Emily Doss Hutto (40C) of St. Simons Island, Ga., Dec. 17, 2014. Ruth Roberts Jones (40c) of Fort Valley, Ga., Feb. 8, 2015. Henry L. Quinn (40H) of Burlington, N.C., Sept. 29, 2012. Emma Teague Billue (41C) of Gray, Ga., Dec. 2, 2014. Loy V. Crowder (42C) of Cornelia, Ga., March 1, 2015. Charles M. Lee Sr. (44H) of Dublin, Ga., Jan. 10, 2014. Earl Durham (45H, 50c) of Cincinnati, Feb. 26, 2015. Ralph M. Smith (45c) of Tampa, Fla., Jan. 27, 2015. Eunice Long Gilstrap (47c) of Greenville, S.C., Jan. 31, 2015. Athalene Johnson Parks (47H) of Coldwater, Miss., Nov. 12, 2014. Peggy Hall Bowlby (48H, 52C) of Bedford, Mass., Nov. 30, 2014. Doris Dickey Brooks (48C) of Cartersville, Ga., Feb. 28, 2015. John S. Crosby (48c) of Hoschton, Ga., Nov. 30, 2014. C. Frank Campbell (49C, FFS) of Homer, Ga., Jan. 1, 2015.

Robert Marshall Daniel Sr. (49c) of Woodland, Ga., Jan. 25, 2015. Joseph W. Nichols (49H) of Knoxville, Tenn., Jan. 12, 2015. Barbara Jackson Rogers (49c) of Douglasville, Ga., March 6, 2015.

1950s Esther Kendrick Crumbley (50c) of Brunswick, Ga., April 22, 2014. Patty Craton Spikes (50H) of Batesburg, S.C., Sept. 2, 2014. Hiram D. Adamson (51C) of Grantville, Ga., Dec. 28, 2014. Edwin L. Bailey (51c) of Placentia, Calif., Nov. 22, 2014. Ruth Ayer Glover (51c, FFS) of Cleveland, Ga., Nov. 23, 2014. John William Mobley (51C) of Heath Springs, S.C., Feb. 19, 2015. Quincey L. Baird (52C) of Richland, Wash., Nov. 20, 2014. Grace Stephens Riley (52C) of Jefferson, Ga., Jan. 26, 2015. Greanel Spell Tuttle (52H) of Brunswick, Ga., March 20, 2015. Ann Faile Millican (53C) of Dalton, Ga., March 2, 2015. Seaborn Rodney Smith (54H) of Carrollton, Ga., Feb. 9, 2015. George R. Love (55H) of Crossett, Ark., Jan. 14, 2015. Allison W. McDuffie (55H) of Blackshear, Ga., Oct. 14, 2014. James Grady Smith (56H) of Ormond Beach, Fla., Dec. 23, 2014. Dean Sumner (56H) of Augusta, Ga., Nov. 11, 2014.

George W. Young (56H, 60c) of Middleburg, Fla., Dec. 3, 2014. Jimmy E. Duvall (57c) of Huntsville, Ala., Feb. 15, 2015. Hilda Raley Barnes (58c) of Statesboro, Ga., Dec. 25, 2014. Ellora London Montgomery (59c) of McCormick, S.C., Feb. 4, 2015. Mary Anderson Pudim (59C) of Longmont, Colo., Nov. 1, 2014.

1960s Gerald Melvin Jones (60c) of Gainesville, Fla., Feb. 9, 2015. Warren M. Hagler (63C) of Columbus, Ga., Jan. 19, 2015. Mildred Browning Hacke (64c) of Cumming, Ga., Dec. 22, 2014. James W. Stidham (64C) of Wooster, Ohio, Oct. 10, 2014. James B. Newman (66C) of Richmond Hill, Ga., Dec. 5, 2014. Barry Lynn Brooks (67A) of Villa Rica, Ga., Feb. 4, 2015. Joel E. Fitts (67A) of Ooltewah, Tenn., Dec. 11, 2014. James Gibes Quin (67A, 72C) of Deland, Fla., Jan. 2, 2013. Susan Boyd Cullen (68C) of New Port Richey, Fla., March 24, 2015. David M. Grace (69A) of Prince Frederick, Md., Feb. 18, 2015.

1970s JoAnne Dial Lawler (70C) of Acworth, Ga., Nov. 21, 2014. William Larry Smith (70C) of Loganville, Ga., Oct. 12, 2014.

Michael Lewis Alston Sr. (72C) of Spartanburg, S.C., Nov. 28, 2014. Elaine Crowe Goble (72C) of Summerville, Ga., Dec. 24, 2014. Fonda Hembree Astin (74c) of Newnan, Ga., Feb. 19, 2015. Darlene Storey Scoggins (76C, 88G) of Summerville, Ga., July 26, 2014. Dora Watters Boone (78G) of Curryville, Ga., Dec. 17, 2014. John W. Childers (78C) of Canton, Ga., March 4, 2015.

1980s Sharon Denise Keesee (88C) of Powder Springs, Ga., March 21, 2015.

1990s Jeffrey Scott Sherman (99C) of Marietta, Ga., Jan. 2, 2015.

2000s Sharon Casey Sims (04c) of Rome, Feb. 28, 2015. Samuel Vance Byram (06C) of Norcross, Ga., Dec. 2, 2014. Eric Eugene White (08C) of Cartersville, Ga., Dec. 14, 2014.

2010s Charles Maceo Holsey III (17c) of Chattanooga, Tenn., March 2, 2015.

Former Faculty/Staff Michael R. Bachler of Athens, Ga., Dec. 11, 2014.

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Special thanks for: Memory and Honor Gifts and Gifts to Named Scholarships and Work Endowments. The following gifts were made in memory or honor of an individual and/or to named scholarships or work endowments Nov. 1, 2014 – March 31, 2015.


Mrs. Doris Tarvin Allen Joe Frank Allen (55C) Dr. Quincey L. Baird Mr. W. Harry Durham Ms. Mary Alice Barnes Melanie Green Jones Dr. John R. Bertrand Rich Besselink (92C) John (60C) and Sandy Midkiff (60C) Cooper J.B. (60C) and Helen Rice (60C) Stanley Glynn (56H, 60C) and Gwen Mize (60C) Tindall Janet Neisler Walton (60C) Jerry (56H, 60c) and Louise Conaway (57C) Winton Mr. Dan U. Biggers Melanie Green Jones Mr. W. Nolan Bishop Ross Magoulas Mrs. Doris Dickey Brooks Kermit (52c) and Gwen Norris (50C) Hutcheson Delta Kappa Gamma – Phi Chapter Mrs. Louise Paul Brown Horace Brown (39C) Mr. Greg Cardott Ms. Darlene Cardott Mr. S. Truett Cathy Ouida Word Dickey (50C) Mrs. Jo Ann White Chambers Carol Waddell (72C) Mr. George H. Clark Paul Clark (88G) Mrs. Esther K. Crumbley Ouida Word Dickey (50C) Mr. Alva Wayne Deaton Ms. Teresa Aurora Ms. Kathleen Bolos Ms. Karen Brooks Ms. Katherine Brown-Jones Ms. Kim Burling Ms. Barbara Cavenaugh Ms. Maria Chapman Ms. Celeste Chauvin Ms. Chris Dinjus Ms. Brenda Faughender Ms. Helen K. Green Mrs. Ann L. Hamond Ms. Shirley Hensley Ms. Linda Johnson Ms. Karen Kemp Ms. Dorothy Kerr Ms. Ellen Manion Ms. Susan Marsh Ms. Geraldine Morwi Ms. Donna Nickerson Ms. Ann Pegher-Miller Ms. Betty A. Price Mr. Jimmy Privett Ms. Louise Randall Ms. Sheila Rooks


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Ms. Leisa Schmidt Ms. Beverly Webb Dr. Garland M. Dickey Jennifer Dickey (77A, 80C) Bill and Sara Hoyt Ms. Anne H. Epps Epps Aviation Mr. John R. Faison Mavis Faison Faulkner (43C) Mr. Ray F. Faulkenberry Lynn Glosson Faulkenberry (58c) Milton (60C) and Evelyn Cureton (60C) Sowell The Rev. and Mrs Clifton Fite Bobby and Pat Whitmire Mr. James R. Fletcher Lamar Fletcher (66A) Dr. Thomas W. Gandy Theda Nettles Gandy (43C) Mrs. Ruth Bowden Gardner Ms. Marianne McClane Mr. William Jerry Gatlin Don Leachman (63H, 67C) Mr. James D. “Hoot” Gipson Sr. Teresa Gipson Ford (80C) Mrs. Ruth Ayer Glover Ellen Free Lueck (73C) Reg (51C) and S. Maxine Strickland Ms. Carol Faylene Wright Mr. Jorge Luis Gonzalez Karl Lehman and Ondina E. Gonzalez (76A) Mrs. Grace Gray Cliff Gray (55H) Mrs. Rebecca Manis Green Will Enloe Dr. and Mrs. Toby S. Morgan Mr. Perry Sobel Mrs. Ruth Thomas Hale Melanie Green Jones Mr. and Mrs. J. Battle Hall Judy Hall Summerford (69C) Ms. Pamela Hambrick Mr. John Hambrick Mr. Jonathan R. Hardin Randy and Nita Hardin Mrs. Maxine Kirby Harman Henry Harman Mrs. Anne Sims Hawkins Jim Hawkins (49H, 53C) Mrs. Edna F. Hetsko Jeffrey Hetsko Mr. Clifford S. Hewitt Ross Magoulas Mr. Jimmy E. Hinton Velma Mitchell Hinton (66C) Rear Adm. Lewis Hopkins Aaron and Amy Britt Dr. Rose Nell Horne Larry (60C) and Clara Hall (60C) McRae Mr. Jonathan C. Howard Ms. Shirley R. Knippenberg

Mr. Thomas Jefferson Ms. Bonnie Parker Mr. Linton Johnson Norris Johnson (67C) Mr. Lee M. Happ Jr. Jimmy (56C) and Betty (58c) Taylor Mr. Tatum Young Mr. M. Gordon Keown Charles Keown Mrs. Jacqueline D. Kinzer Ondina Santos Gonzalez Mrs. Claire I. Woodworth Mr. Fred H. Loveday Jerry Davis (61H) Everett (61H, 65C) and Donna Solomons Mr. C. Warren Mallard Leland Scoggins (82A, 87C) Mrs. Catherine M. McDonald Doris Woodruff Hewitt (63C) Mr. Luther D. Miller Lisa Green Driscoll (79C) Ms. Roberta Barber Miller Mrs. Kelly S. Moore Victor Moore Dr. Willodean D. Moss Lisa Vaughn (98C) Mr. Larry Nimmons Ms. Mary Murphy Mr. John Otting Mary Outlaw Mr. Wiley C. Owen Ross Magoulas Mrs. Athalene J. Parks Mrs. Annette Benefield Ms. Cathy Robertson Bethlehem Baptist Church Mr. Wendall H. Peebles Ms. Debra Churchville Mr. Jack L. Pigott Jack Pigott (69A) Mr. and Mrs. Neal Q. Pope Dick and Bobbie Pope Mr. and Mrs. James Alan Pope Mrs. J.H. Price Mr. Charles Phillips Mr. and Mrs. Owen L. Riley Sr. Gerald (62C) and Martha Romaine (64C) Allen Dr. Kenneth E. Davison Ms. Marguerite D. Day Mrs. Beverly A. Hendricks Mrs. Patsy B. Self Mr. Franklin D. Self Mrs. Laura Sexton Elaine Foster Mr. R. Wayne Shackelford Anna Shackelford Dr. Gloria M. Shatto Sandra Ayers Mrs. Miles Shurrett Ms. Mary Kilgo Mr. William Larry Smith Janis Lewallen Smith (70C)

Mrs. Mary J.T. Stonicher Ms. Myrtle C. Harris Mr. and Mrs. Dan Sullivan Melanie Green Jones Mrs. Loretta Svacek Ms. Pauline Stearns Mr. Harry Tallant Mrs. Margaret Tallant Mrs. Margaret Van Thorre Mr. Ben Van Thorre Mr. Derald W. Tumlin Jo Ann Clayton Tumlin (54C) Mrs. Lila Gladin Underwood Carroll Underwood (46c) Mr. Eugene Wade George (55C) and Barbara Calhoun (55C) Wade Mr. and Mrs. Earl W. Williams Jeffrey Hetsko Mr. Paul Renee Willis Jack Allen (72C) Deborah Willis Rogers (73C) Mr. Burton E. Winfrey Carol Winfrey Burnette (64C) Mr. and Mrs. Fred E. Holder Mr. Jeffrey Alex Wingo Maggie Suarez Heimermann (94C) Mr. Hoyt B. Wood Stewart Fuqua (80A)


Perry Anthony Memorial Scholarship Joy Anthony Morrow (54c) Emily Anthony Mullis (53C) Frank Campbell Memorial Fund Ms. Maxine M. Campbell Steven Kemp (72C, 82G) Mr. and Mrs. Sidney O. Lionberger Mrs. Virginia L. Mickish Mr. Albert Fred Nasuti Tom Raulerson (66C) Ms. Juanita S. Rocca Mr. and Mrs. Henry Grady Shumake Ms. Lucia N. Smeal Mildred Campbell Tietjen (61C) Lucille Traylor A. Milton and Jo Ann Chambers Endowed Scholarship Milton Chambers (49C) Susan Chambers (77C) Ebbert (49C) and Kathleen Shivers (49C) Evans Mary Sexton John R. and Margaret Weaver Faison Scholarship Bryson Foundation Ltd. Tom and Ruth Glover Memorial Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Ayer Mrs. Linda A. Belyew Lester (69C) and Wanda Bennett (68C) Brookshire


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Martin (54C) and Barbara Camp (55C) McElyea Brenda Vaughn Melton (74C, 84G) Louise Buffington Miller (68C, 89G) Betty Smith Moore (51c) Mrs. Ann Medlock Story Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Turner Jorge A. and Ondina S. Gonzalez Family Endowed Scholarship Georgette deFriesse Ondina Gonzalez (76A) Ondina Santos Gonzalez Larry A. Green Memorial Scholarship Janna Johnson (81C) Melanie Green Jones SunTrust Banks Inc. – Atlanta Mariella Griffiths Berry Loyalty Scholarship Fund Tracy Boswell Saless (90C) Jonathan Randall Hardin Endowed Scholarship Fund Bobby and Robbie (94C) Abrams Jonathan Baggett Dan (94C) and Christel Harris Boyd Lt. Col. and Mrs. John C. Cannafax Daniel Carpenter Lee Carter (76c) Donna Childres Kenny (88C) and Jill Diebold (89C) Crump Penny Evans-Plants (90C) Allielee Klein Garner (09G) Cindy Gillespie Marvin Howlett (72C) and Annette Axley Laura Phillips James Pruitt Jeff Smith Monica Willingham Garner Tax Services LLC Lewis A. Hopkins Endowed Scholarship Howard Richmond Fred H. and Mary Loveday Endowed Scholarship Richard Barley (49H) Lyle Hess (55H, 59c) Henry (55H, 59c) and Jan Deen (60C) Howell Cecil Spooner (49H) Alfred Wallace (51H) Alan (64A) and Leanne Killin (69c) Woody AGL Resources Inc. Dr. R. Melvin and Sarah E. Rozar Endowed Scholarship Frank Windham (57c) Grady and Dorothy Everett Sundy Scholarship Dorothy Everett Sundy (59C) Alexander Whyte Whitaker III Endowed Scholarship Whit (81C) and Maria Crego (85c) Whitaker Jeff Wingo Memorial Scholarship Lynette Crowley (93C) Janna Johnson (81C) Kirby Peden (93C) Kay Wingo Craig Allyn Wofford Scholarship Ron Dean Equifax Inc.


The Rev. and Mrs. J. Ray Allen Bill Harrison (64A) Mr. Kenneth Gerald Allen Gerald (62C) and Martha Romaine (64C) Allen Ms. Joycelyn Ann Atchison Mr. Ali Ansari Mrs. Martha Ansari Mrs. Dale Matthews Ash Dr. and Mrs. Douglas T. Owens

Belton Elementary School Ms. Katherine Byrd Mrs. Edna Baird Biggers Melanie Green Jones Ms. Catherine Breault Ms. Adrienne Mather Ms. Gabrielle S. Brown Mr. Patrick D. Ward Dr. Renee E. Carleton Ms. Susan Moro Mr. A. Milton Chambers Becky Nunnery Covington (91C) Sammy (77C) and Holly Wood (73C) Freeman Karen Bourland McCarthy (78C) Carol Waddell (72C) Steve (80C) and Cindy Snead (80C) Wherry Mr. Tyler Clary Mr. Kenneth Johnson Ms. Wendy Davis Jeff Horn (87C) Dr. Ouida Word Dickey Leland Scoggins (82A, 87C) Mr. and Mrs. J. Mitchell Elrod Beverly Guenther Mrs. Barbara Fincher DAR – Lamar Lafayette Chapter Mrs. Megan Stone Fullgraf Fullgraf Foundation Dr. George M. Glover Dwight Glover (84C) Dr. and Mrs. Randolph B. Green Ms. Rebecca Green Mr. Corwin Christian Hall Scott and Melanie Hall Mr. and Mrs. James Hankins Ms. Kristine L. Hankins Ms. Harriette R. Hoyt Nancy Lippard The Rev. and Mrs. Timothy Hoyt-Duncan Nancy Lippard Mrs. Kathryn M. Hunter Leland Scoggins (82A, 87C) Mr. Dudley Johnson Mrs. Kristen Johnson Kappa Gamma Chapter PMA Britt Ozburn (08C) Ms. Anna E. Keappler Mark (82C) and Judy Howard (82C) Keappler Mr. Bruce Kennedy Ms. Marie Kennedy Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Knox Kellie Knox (89C) Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Robert Leidlein Nancy Lippard Dr. Robert G. LeRosen Ms. Rachel LeRosen Dr. Charles Scott Markle Dr. and Mrs. Douglas T. Owens Mr. and Mrs. Wesley A. Martin Melanie Green Jones Mr. Brian McCormack Nancy Lippard Ms. Kristina Anne Meyer John and Kathryn Meyer Dr. James W. Mixon Jr. and Dr. Barbara N. Mixon Larry (60C) and Clara Hall (60C) McRae Ms. Kelsey R.M. Morkem Mr. and Mrs. Scott Stanley Morkem Mrs. Mary F. Niedrach Mrs. Jennifer R. Pullen Mr. Andrew Coffee Nix Ken and Cherie Nix Ms. Laura Ormonde Ms. Laura Frost Ms. Sarah Nicole Pardue David and Nina Pardue Dr. Robert W. Pearson Jim (85C) and Jennifer Smith (85C) Johnson Kerstin Lutz (95C)

Dr. Stanley R. Pethel Rudy Wilson (79C) Mrs. Mika S. Robinson Ashley Weider (09C) Mrs. Daphine L. Rooks Ms. Sheila Rooks Ms. Rachel Maria Sandoval Hugo and Pam Sandoval Mr. Harvey Schirmer Ms. Diane Schirmer Mrs. Suzanne W. Scott Vera Lowery Pennington (48H) Ms. Ann Sullivan Scribner Mary Scribner Wallace (87C) Mrs. Eunice Mallard Smith Leland Scoggins (82A, 87C) Dr. Sam I. Spector Allan Nelson (74G) Mrs. Evelyn Spradlin Standridge Donald Rhodes Dr. Eugene F. Stephenson Gary and Pat Anderson Anderton Dr. and Mrs. David Manning Stubbs Lola Coleburn Stubbs (39C) Mrs. Margaret B. Suffill Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Matheny Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Tate Lola Coleburn Stubbs (39C) Mrs. Betty Jane Taylor Mr. David F. Taylor


William R. and Sara Lippard Hoyt Scholarship Harriette Hoyt Jerry Shelton Endowed Scholarship funded by the Class of 1958C Ray Fewell (58C) Buford Jennings (58C) Bill (58C) and Joan Stokes (58C) Priester Malcolm (58C) and Yvonne Jackson (59C) Quick Charlie (57C) and Keitha Davis (58C) Weatherford Robert M. Skelton WinShape Scholarship Melissa Fairrel (90C) Greg (91C, 05G) and Michelle Beavin (90C, 01G) Major Brent Ragsdale (88C) Holly Brown West (88C) Stacy Doster Wilson (92C) Janice Bracken Wright Endowed Scholarship Will Enloe

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Dr. Frank and Kathryn Adams Endowed Scholarship Frank (54H, 58C) and Kathy Adams Tina Bucher Jim Watkins African American Alumni Chapter Scholarship Brandon Lay (07C) Agriculture Alumni Endowed Scholarship Arvile and Charlotte Smitherman Ben Willingham (66C) H. Inman Allen Endowed Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Inman and Tricia Allen Clinton G. Ames Jr. Scholarship Clinton Ames Leo W. Anglin Memorial Scholarship Wade and Sara Carpenter Jacqueline McDowell Atlanta Gate of Opportunity Endowed Scholarship Johnnie Smith Curry (52H, 55C) Kristy Strayton Gravel (92C) Barbara Ballanger Hughes (71C) David and Lynn Dee Martin Bank of America GICA Scholarship Georgia Independent College Association Lemuel, Mary and James Banks Endowed Scholarship Wayne (61C) and Madeline Banks (63c) Canady Barton Mathematics Award Ray Barton (77C) Glenn W. and Hattie McDougald Bell Scholarship Robert Thesing Berry Family Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Al and Jean Bonnyman Anne Bonnyman Pete Garland Berry High Schools and Academy Scholarship Charles and Virginia Greene (52H) Mosby Teresa Smith Puckett (75A, 92C) Terry Rolan (64A, 68C) Charlie Russell (62H) Dan Biggers Distinguished Actor Award Doug Baird (75C) Shannon Walburn Biggers (81C) W.S. Black Conservation Scholarship Alan (64A) and Leanne Killin (69c) Woody Board of Visitors Endowed Internship Scholarship Will Gaines (93C) Joshua Bradshaw-Whittemore Memorial Endowed Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. Alfred BradshawWhittemore Steve and Brenda Briggs Endowed Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Steve and Brenda Briggs Horace Brown Chemistry Scholarship Paul Brown Wanda Lou Bumpus Endowed Scholarship Julie Bumpus Kay Gardner Ken and Sharman Burgess Scholarship Will (99C) and Lauren Shipp (99C) Kallbreier Dr. David R. Burnette Agriculture Leadership Endowed Scholarship Carol Winfrey Burnette (64C)


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Capitulum Scholarship Winshape Foundation Inc. N. Gordon Carper Endowed History Scholarship Garry Osborne (71C) Mary Sue Couey Ward (74C) Time Warner Inc. Carpet Capital Chapter Scholarship Pamela Millwood Pettyjohn (81C, 85G) Truett and Jeanette Cathy Expendable Scholarship Winshape Foundation Inc. Dr. Harlan L. Chapman Scholarship funded by the Class of 1958C Hazel Weaver Bagwell (58C) Harlan (58C) and Doris Reynolds (57C) Chapman Elizabeth Ashe Cope (58C) Jane Underwood Crawford (58C) Edward Ellington (58c) Ray Fewell (58C) Russ Jackson (58C) Buford Jennings (58C) Faye Battles Lamb (58C) Jean Smith Massie (58C) Imogene Patterson (58C) Malcolm (58C) and Yvonne Jackson (59C) Quick Dorit Leonard Teeters (58C) Dee Robinson Turner (55H, 58C) Lee (58C) and Betty Connell (58C) Waller Charlie (57C) and Keitha Davis (58C) Weatherford Jimmie Witherow (58C) Cathy and Bert Clark Endowed Study Abroad Scholarship Bert (82C) and Catherine Clark James F. Clark Internship Scholarship Jim (55C) and Ann Shivers (55C) Clark Larry L. and Mary E. Schoolar Clark Endowed Scholarship Larry (55C) and Dixie W. Schoolar Class of 1951C Memorial Endowed Scholarship Sybil Pyle Still (51C) Reg (51C) and S. Maxine Strickland Class of 1953C Scholarship Jim Miller (53C) Class of 1953H in Memory of StaleyLoveday Anonymous Bill Bannister (56H) C.F. Green (53H) George Tate (55H) Dee Robinson Turner (55H, 58C) Charlie (53H, 57C) and Hazel Guthrie (59c) Underwood Bernice Ogle Whaley (53H) Class of 1954C Endowed Scholarship Gene Johnson (54C) Martin (54C) and Barbara Camp (55C) McElyea Dewitt (54c) and Jean Mitchell (54C) Sheffield Don (54C) and Grace Mitchell (54C) Stinson Class of 1955C Scholarship Faye Sperin Blackwell (55c) Sue Young Hunter (55C) Paul Johnson (55c) Lynn Thurman Mazzucchi (55C) Martin (54C) and Barbara Camp (55C) McElyea Joyce Spradlin Standridge (55C) Joyce Stokes Treece (55C) Class of 1956C Endowed Scholarship Russ Evans (56C) Bobby Walker Fulmer (56C) Bill Keith (56c) Norfolk Southern Foundation

Class of 1957C Scholarship Latha Mimbs Barnes (57C) Harlan (58C) and Doris Reynolds (57C) Chapman James (57C) and Bonnie Pope (58C) Ellison Ed (57C) and Evelyn Quarles (57C) England C.L. (57C) and Doris Little (57C) Tate Bill (57C) and Mary Charles Lambert (58C) Traynham Charlie (57C) and Keitha Davis (58C) Weatherford Frank Windham (57c) Class of 1960C Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Jimmy (60C) and Luci Hill (60C) Bell Loyd Gass (60C) Peter (60C) and Ernestine Davis (61C) Hoffmann LeBron (60C) and Kay Davis (60C) Holden Henry (55H, 59c) and Jan Deen (60C) Howell Roy Parker (60C) Marjorie Dees Patterson (60C) W.C. (60C) and Sylvia Davis (60C) Rowland Glynn (56H, 60C) and Gwen Mize (60C) Tindall AGL Resources Inc. The Coca-Cola Co. Class of 1961C Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Loyd Gass (60C) Peter (60C) and Ernestine Davis (61C) Hoffmann Class of 1962C Dairy Milk Quality Manager Endowed Work Position John (62C) and Geraldine Johnson (62C) Bridges Steve (63C) and Nancy Harkness (62C) Kelly Class of 1963C Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Sara Peel Fallis (63C) Don (65c) and Hiawatha Banks (63C) Henry Steve (63C) and Nancy Harkness (62C) Kelly Class of 1964C Campus Carrier Editor-inChief Work Endowment Carol Anderson Caldwell (64C) Martha Coe Hitchens (64C) Joe (65C) and Nelda Parrish (64C) Ragsdale Glen (61C) and Martha Stephens (64c) Staples Lem (63C) and Gayle Miller (64C) Sumner Class of 1965C Endowed Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Barbara Dawson Clinedinst (65C) Del Cook (65C) Sandra Tatum Crowder (65C) Ron (65C) and Evonne Dyer (65C) Dayhoff Hazel Rolader Elliott (65C) Willard Ferguson (65C) John Foster (61H, 65c) Jacque Terrill Harbison (65C) Jackie Allred Henderson (65C) Don (65c) and Hiawatha Banks (63C) Henry Herb Jones (65C) Richard McCullough (65C) Tom (65C) and Carolyn Nunnelley (65c) Mullenix Curtis (62C) and Marilyn Jeffries (65C) Nail Dallas (65C) and Judi Reynolds Jack (65C) and Beth Stanley (65C) Riner

Ralph Rodgers (65C) Larry (65C) and Jerry Sculley Steve Smith (61H, 65C) Everett (61H, 65C) and Donna Solomons Marilyn Tedder (65C) David Walton (65C) Koji (65C) and Reba Nichols (67C) Yoda New Life Financial Planning Inc. State Farm Companies Foundation Class of 1967 Endowed Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Marti Sheats Perkins (67C) Class of 1969C Endowed Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Ray Tucker (69C) Class of 1972 Work Scholarship Portia Ellis (72C) Class of 1994C Scholarship Alison Lounsbury Ritter (94C) George W. Cofield Memorial Scholarship Fund Charlie (53H, 57C) and Hazel Guthrie (59c) Underwood Dr. Ouida W. Dickey Endowed Scholarship Lowell (75G) and Sondra Ruston (86G) Wilkins Jessiruth Smith Doss Scholarship Lee and Betsy Doss Ebbert (49C) and Kathleen Shivers (49C) Evans Edwards Endowed Scholarship Scott Edwards (70C) B. Leon Elder Endowed Scholarship Joe (63C) and Shirley Bowen (63c) Elder Ralph E. Farmer Accounting Scholarship Jenny Johnson McWhorter (79C) Ray F. Faulkenberry Scholarship Milton (60C) and Evelyn Cureton (60C) Sowell Dr. J. Paul Ferguson Endowed Scholarship Paul Ferguson Dr. and Mrs. Peter G. Gilbert First Baptist Church of Rome Scholarship First Baptist Church of Rome First Families of Georgia Annually Funded Scholarship First Families of Georgia Firsthand4You Save a Student Scholarship A total of 443 current students gave to this scholarship through Berry’s student philanthropy program. Their names are listed at donors. Jimmy R. Fletcher Memorial Endowed Scholarship Alan (64A) and Leanne Killin (69c) Woody John and Mary Franklin Foundation Gate of Opportunity Scholarship John and Mary Franklin Foundation Inc. Robert W. Gardner Endowed Scholarship Kay Gardner Mildred Gardner Pamela Gardner Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Marti Andrews Amos (67C) C. Warren Dunn (77C) Martin (54C) and Barbara Camp (55C) McElyea Jerry (56H, 60c) and Louise Conaway (57C) Winton GICA/AFLAC Education Scholarship Georgia Independent College Association

GICA/AFLAC Nursing Scholarship Georgia Independent College Association Ed and Gayle Graviett Gmyrek Scholarship Gayle Graviett Gmyrek (67C) Lyn Gresham Endowed Scholarship Eddie (63C) and Rosa Nutt (64C) Fite Walter Gill (63C) Larry Osborn (63C) Larry Webb (63C) Hugh Hagen Student Leadership Scholarship Fund Chris Harney (08C) Hamrick Family/Aunt Martha Freeman Scholarship Karen Kurz Jean Miller Hedden Endowed Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Jean Miller Hedden (52C) Cathleen Ann Henriksen Memorial Scholarship Peter (53H, 57C) and Emmaline Beard (55H, 59C) Henriksen Edna F. Hetsko Scholarship Russ (02C) and Dana Migliore (01C, 07G) Hunt J.P. Morgan Chase and Co. LeBron and Kay Holden Endowed Gate of Opportunity Scholarship LeBron (60C) and Kay Davis (60C) Holden Hollywood Chapter DAR Scholarship DAR – Hollywood Chapter Ruby Hopkins Outstanding Student Teacher Award Howard Richmond Jack and Karen Horrell Nonprofit Internship Fund Karen Holley Horrell (74C) Becky Musser Hosea Scholarship Marshall Jenkins Mrs. Susan C. Parker Tim and Odetta Howard Endowed Scholarship Tim Howard (82C) William R. and Sara Lippard Hoyt Scholarship Bill and Sara Hoyt Monroe and Emily Hutto Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. Michael W. Halloran Emily T. Ingram Endowed Scholarship Emily Thomason Ingram (47c) Walter B. and Flossie R. Jennings Memorial Endowed Scholarship Buford Jennings (58C) Amy Jo Johnson Scholarship Fund Malisa Hagan Mendel D. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Joan Fulghum Walter and Mabel Johnson Scholarship Walt Johnson (41H) H.I. “Ish” Jones Endowed Agriculture Scholarship Ebbert (49C) and Kathleen Shivers (49C) Evans Joy Jones Neal (83C) Kerry (72C) and Gloria Noles Joseph R. Jones Endowed Spanish Scholarship Kay Gardner Kappa Delta Pi Endowed Award Mary Clement R.F. Knox Company Scholarship Knox Company Inc. Dr. Peter A. Lawler Endowed Scholarship Matt Barrett (97C) Rob (99C) and Katie Dillon (00C) Crowe Scott Poole (94C) David Ramsey (01C)

Alan Ratliff (02C) Pete and Carol Snyder Roberts Dave Rowland (87C) Ross Magoulas Endowed Scholarship Darlene Daehler-Wilking Herschel (65C) and Glenda Huggins (65C) Davis Robert and Christine Dodd (70C) Puckett Darryl Worth (66c) Dr. Charles Scott Markle Award Dale Ash Cindy Colville Hooper and Diann Matthews Martha! Centennial Scholarship Reg (51C) and S. Maxine Strickland Dr. L. Doyle Mathis Endowed Scholarship funded by the Class of 1958C Doyle (58C) and Rheba Burch (57C) Mathis Typhnes Fish and Donald Midkiff Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Donald (57C) and Typhnes Fish (57C) Midkiff Frank Miller Memorial Scholarship Stan (65C) and Wanda Scott (65C) Aldridge Baxter and Beverly Burke Barbara Dawson Clinedinst (65C) Herschel (65C) and Glenda Huggins (65C) Davis Ron (65C) and Evonne Dyer (65C) Dayhoff Phillip (63C) and Barbara Russell (65c) DeMott Kelly (65C) and Marian Loadholtz (65C) Fite Gail Miller Hudon and Rebecca Miller Joe (65C) and Nelda Parrish (64C) Ragsdale Jeff (75A) and Tara Miller (79A) Smith John Gideon and Diona Fordham Miller Endowed Scholarship Jim Miller (53C) Amos Montgomery Scholarship Beverly Philpot Smith (69C) Musser Expendable Scholarship Peter and Tamara Musser Mary and Al Nadassy English Scholarship Tina Bucher Mary Nadassy Mark Taylor Jim Watkins Al and Mary Nadassy Scholarship in Memory of Mrs. Ralph Farmer Mary Nadassy Mary Finley Niedrach Endowed Scholarship Mary Finley Niedrach (75A, 97G) NSDAR Scholarship DAR – Ashmead Chapter DAR – Bonny Kate Chapter DAR – Brunswick Town Chapter DAR – Canton Chapter DAR – Chancellor Wythe Chapter DAR – Charles Dibrell Chapter DAR – Cimarron River Valley Chapter DAR – Colonel Charles Lynch Chapter DAR – Daniel Cooper Chapter DAR – Fort Severn Chapter DAR – General Francis Nash Chapter DAR – General Levin Winder Chapter DAR – Governor Edward Coles-Sally Lincoln Chapter DAR – Hawkinsville Chapter DAR – Josefa Higuera Livermore Chapter DAR – Major George Gibson Chapter DAR – Martha Stewart Bulloch Chapter

DAR – Mary Butler Chapter DAR – Mary Chesney Chapter DAR – Michigan State Society DAR – Nevada Sagebrush Chapter DAR – Olathe Chapter DAR – Overwharton Parish Chapter DAR – Pymatuning Chapter DAR – Sandy Springs Chapter DAR – Sauk Trail Chapter DAR – Stanley Redmond Harper Chapter DAR – Thankful Hubbard Chapter DAR – Washoe Zephyr Chapter NSDAR Bobby Patrick Endowed Scholarship Gene (70C) and Diana Wilson (69C) Lansdale Dr. Bob Pearson Scholarship Georgia Power Foundation Inc. Neal Quitman and Emily Lowe Pope Scholarship Fund Robert Pope Pope Automotive Foundation Inc. Sara Powell Expendable Scholarship John Powell (58H) Kelley Bennett Poydence Endowed Scholarship Dan and Kelley Poydence Raytheon Company Amber T. Prince Education Graduate Student Award Karen Kurz Amber T. Prince Memorial Scholarship Steven Bell Janna Johnson (81C) Jamie (97C) and Elisha Wright (98C, 04G) Lindner Vesta Salmon Service Scholarship Ashley Harp (01C) Angie Reynolds Charlie (57C) and Keitha Davis (58C) Weatherford Robert and Gloria Shatto Scholarship Mrs. Lois A. Miller Alfred and Martha Shorter Endowed Scholarship Suzanne Scott Ken Sicchitano/Bettyann O’Neill Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Ken Sicchitano Michele Norman Sims Endowed Scholarship Bobby (92C) and Amy Tuten (96C) Bergman Tom and Barbara Slocum Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Thomas and Barbara Slocum Hamilton/Smith Scholarship Mrs. Ingrid K. Cantrell Evelyn Hamilton (68C) Beverly Philpot Smith (69C) Dr. Sam Spector Endowed Scholarship Sam and Virginia Spector Mary Alta Sproull Endowed Math Scholarship Jim Ann White Stewart (48H, 51C) Stephens-Riley Scholarship Mary Alice Ivey Blanton (58C) Mr. and Mrs. Scott Douglas Reginald E. Strickland Endowed Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Reg (51C) and S. Maxine Strickland Student Scholarships Robbie (02C, 07G) and Tracy Morgan (05C) Batchelor Jeff Boring (97C) Nettie Brown (52C) Joe (88C) and Leanne Hand (87C) Cook Mike (84c) and Rene Games (82C) Dae

Kristen Diliberto-Macaluso Bob (78C) and Maria Fong Emily Hall (02C) Sue Haney (78G) Jean Hansard (76C) Myrtle Beckworth Hogbin (65C) Monica Byrne Holmes (04c) Paul Howard (82A) Betty Brown Jones (55C) Lisa Kinsey Keith (90C) Nana Linge (13C) Amanda Moll (06C) Romeo and Mary Ann Moriles Alison Moy (85c) Johnnie Noles (67C) Julie Patrick Nunnelly (88C, 00G) Aaron Pickering (00C) Matt Ragan (98C) and Shelly (96C) Driskell-Ragan Julia Pouncy Sapp (70C) Mary Sattari (95C) Loudema Dodd Scott (52c) Trey Sharp (97C) Thomas and Barbara Weber Joann Brannon Weeks (62C) Warren Willis Gulf Power Co. Price/Blackburn Charitable Foundation Inc. Grady and Dorothy Everett Sundy Scholarship Dorothy Everett Sundy (59C) Texas Society DAR Scholarship Texas Society of Daughters of the American Revolution Fred J. Tharpe Endowed Scholarship Time Warner Inc. Tibbals/Zellars Endowed Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Randy Tibbals (79C) The John Zellars Jr. Foundation The Trey Tidwell Experience: A Scholarship for Musical Discovery Mandy Tidwell (93C) Microsoft Corp. Troy/Gardner Endowed Art History Award Virginia Troy James Van Meerten Study Abroad Scholarship Jim Van Meerten (70C) James E. and Dorris Waters Endowed Scholarship Gary (80C, 89G) and Bambi Estill (79c) Waters Mr. Michael C. Waters Bob Webb/John Hamrick Berry Farms Genetics Enterprise Manager Work Fund Estate of Robert Webb (47H) Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholars Fund Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Inc. Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Inc. WinShape Scholarship WinShape Foundation Inc. Richard Wood Scholarship David (68A, 72C) and Alta Breeden (70C) Wood The Coca-Cola Co. Work Week Endowed Service Award Art (52H, 56c) and Betty Hawkins (55c) Pugh Billy Yeomans Endowed Land Management Scholarship John Beck (70C) Pete and Carol Snyder Roberts Mr. John J. Wise Carney Conservation Easement Consultants

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Joyful noise The Berry College Chapel was bathed in light as students enjoyed the folkinfluenced stylings of the Christian band Rend Collective during a concert presented by the chaplain’s office. Photo by Mary Claire Stewart (14C)

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