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BERRY Summer 2012

a magazine for alumni and friends of Berry College

Perfect alignment

Prosthetist Rusty Walker (96C) rebuilds lives

Egg-cellence in entrepreneurship Chad Carlton (99C, 02G) finds fresh approach to farming

Game Set Match

Janet Williams (87C) turns tennis into triumph for Indonesian students

VOL. 98, NO. 3

BERRY Features 10

Game. Set. Match. Indonesian students


Perfect alignment

Terry Allen

 Janet Williams (87C) turns tennis into triumph for


 Prosthetist Rusty Walker (96C) rebuilds lives


Family matters

 Catherine Marshall (76C) uses personal tragedy to

Egg-cellence in entrepreneurship

 Chad Carlton (99C, 02G) finds fresh approach to



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Noteworthy News

• Bald eagles join campus ecosystem • ESL program builds bridge to understanding • Shatto Lecture features Cokie Roberts • New faces: Berry welcomes first football coach


President’s Essay

Strengthening the communities of tomorrow


Learn. Live. Give.

• Alumni lead effort to name science building for “Dr. Mac” • Opportunity! Pass it on. Unique scholarship program opens Gate of Opportunity for students $10 million matching fund provides matchless opportunity for donors

Mark Thaler / University of Arizona


Terry Allen

create help and hope for others



Class Notes


Memory and Honor Gifts

Paul O’Mara



Vibrant spring colors frame Martha Berry’s beloved House o’ Dreams high atop Lavender Mountain in this image by local photographer Zane Cochran. Cover photo by Terry Allen



BERRY magazine

Published three times per year for alumni and friends of Berry College 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.

What a sight!


BERRY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION President: Barbara Pickle McCollum (79C)


Parliamentarian: Bart Cox (92C) Secretary: Kimberly Terrell (04C, 06G) Chaplain: The Rev. Scott McClure (89C) Director of Alumni Relations Chris Watters (89C)

Steven J. Cage Athletic and Recreation Center. The nest is the first to be documented in Floyd County and somewhat unusual in that it is not located in close proximity to a body of water. The sight of America’s national bird soaring over the world’s largest campus has thrilled observers like Assistant Professor of Biology Renee Carleton, who described the eagles’ arrival as “a dream come true.” “No one knows exactly how many bald eagles are in Georgia, but using the Department of Natural Resources’ 2011 estimate of occupied nests and young, there are probably less than 500 birds in the entire state,” she related. “Having a nesting pair on campus is a truly special event!” While bald eagles are no longer considered an endangered species, they are still

Assistant Vice President for Public Relations and Marketing Jeanne Mathews

protected by federal and state regulations and remain on Georgia’s threatened species

Vice President for Advancement Bettyann O’Neill

the view only from a distance. With an average lifespan of 28 years and a tendency to

President Stephen R. Briggs


this winter – a pair of bald eagles that have taken up

residence near the top of a large pine tree not far from the

President-Elect: Haron Wise (57H) Vice Presidents: Alumni Events, Frances Richey (83A, 87C); Berry Heritage, Allyson Chambers (80C, 84G); Financial Support, Tim Goodwin (03C); Young Alumni and Student Relations, Jeff Palmer (09C, 11G); Alumni Awards, Rebecca Christopher (61C)

Photos By Eddie Elsberry


list. For this reason, campus visitors are asked to respect the eagles’ privacy and enjoy use the same nest year after year, the eagles could be part of the campus ecosystem for decades to come.


View from the inside AWARD-WINNING POLITICAL

A bridge to understanding

by McKenzie Reeves Public relations student assistant


Photos by Alan Storey

students who administer the community English as a Second Language program housed in the Evans School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Now in its fourth year, the program is gaining attention as a valuable forum for foreign language majors to improve their Spanish skills while at the same time helping members of Rome’s growing Hispanic/ Latino community acclimate to an English-speaking environment. The need is great – native Spanish speakers comprise 10 percent of the local population, the largest non-rural concentration in Georgia. “I want to learn English to be able to communicate with Americans and to learn more about the culture and history of America,” said program participant Eric Sanchez, a native of Guatemala. Each semester, 30 to 40 Berry students work to break down language barriers and promote cultural dialogue while assisting individuals like Sanchez with a variety of needs. In the spring, several advanced ESL pupils were working toward their GEDs; another was preparing for his citizenship test. Approximately 100 community members pass through the program each year. “It’s a safe context for students and local residents to ask questions, try things out, make mistakes and build a sense of confidence,” said Dr. David Slade (97C), director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Berry. Some Berry students participate to fulfill upperlevel Spanish requirements; others volunteer. Regardless of their reasons for involvement, the experience they gain can provide an important leg up after graduation. Samantha Hiner (10C), the first student director, earned a 2010 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Spain. The following year, student director Caleb Bloodworth (11C) gained acceptance to the University of California-Davis to pursue his master’s degree in

Sophomore Maria Reyes provides instruction to local residents like Abraham Ruiz through her involvement in the English as a Second Language program housed in the Evans School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

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Hispanic linguistics. This year’s student director, Juli Obenauf (12C), plans to put her skills to work teaching high school Spanish in her native Colorado. “Thanks to this program, I have a greater appreciation for the diversity that the students bring to the classroom,” Obenauf explained. “Teaching is my passion, and ESL helped me realize that.” Dr. Kris Acheson-Clair (96C), lecturer and director of the undergraduate program for applied linguistics at Georgia State University, is impressed to see students at her alma mater gaining relevant experience while making a real difference in their local community. “I think the community ESL program is a wonderful opportunity on a number of levels,” she said. “Students have the chance to gain valuable experience working with English language learners while being of service to people who really need their help developing language skills. Here at GSU, we send undergraduate volunteers to English language camps in China, but we don’t have a local program to serve our own community. I envy Berry students for this opportunity.” Editor’s Note: A separate program in the Charter School of Education and Human Sciences provides opportunities for teacher education students to gain their English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement.

COMMENTATOR, bestselling author and women’s broad­ casting pioneer Cokie Roberts provided the perfect appetizer for the upcoming presidential election as the 2012 speaker in the Gloria Shatto Lecture Series. Speaking March 29 in the Steven J. Cage Athletic and Recreation Center, Roberts shared her “Insider’s View of Washington, D.C.” with students, alumni, faculty, staff and local residents. Roberts is the fifth speaker to be featured in the annual series, which honors the memory of Georgia’s first female college president. Like Dr. Shatto, Berry president from 1980 to 1998, the longtime journalist is also a trailblazer in her chosen field. The winner of three Emmy Awards and an inductee into the Broad­casting and Cable Hall of Fame, Roberts has been cited by American Women in Radio and Television as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting. In her remarks, Roberts addressed a number of topics ranging from the 2012 presidential election to the lack of confidence Americans have in the government and other institutions.

Sophomore Mary Claire Stewart, right, was one of the many Berry students who had the opportunity to get up close and personal with 2012 Gloria Shatto Lecturer Cokie Roberts.



WithinREACH Berry offers matching support for

recipients of new need-based scholarships recipi



DAY Oct. 5-6

Watch for more details in your mailbox and at

high, Berry is among a select group of colleges and universities statewide that have agreed to offer a double match for recipients of Georgia’s new Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) Scholarship, a privately funded, need-based program launched by Gov. Nathan Deal as part of the “Complete College Georgia” initiative. Meant to promote academic persistence and achievement and increase college access and success for Georgia’s low-income and future first-generation college students, the REACH program is available to seventh-graders nominated and selected by their local school systems. Participants must be U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens; qualify for free or reduced lunches; and have good academic, attendance and behavior records. Once in the program, students will be provided with academic, social and financial support through mentorship, coaching and a financial scholarship award. Upon graduation from high school, qualifying students will be awarded a renewable $2,500 annual scholarship (as well as matching support available from Berry and other participating institutions). Seventh-graders selected this fall will enter college in 2017. Visit for more information.

Sustainablesuccess Environmental science students take leading role in eco-education SENIORS IN BERRY’S CAPSTONE COURSE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE assumed the role of researchers and educators this

spring, surveying the environmental concerns of local residents and then preparing permanent displays to help school children and adult audiences better understand the topics at issue. Data gleaned from nearly 300 online surveys revealed that river water quality was the top source of anxiety for respondents. Other areas of concern or interest included air quality, littering, recycling, solar energy, and dedicated lanes for bicycles and pedestrians. Armed with this information, the eight graduating seniors partnered with the Rome/Floyd ECO Center to develop informative displays reflecting the concerns of local citizens as well as their own unique interests. Subjects included animals and plants of Northwest Georgia, energy efficiency, wetlands, and geology. To raise awareness about their work, the student team hosted a one-day ECO Jubilee involving representatives of nearly 20 different community groups and Berry’s on-campus student



enterprise program. The students served as both event planners and program presenters, leading discussions each half-hour about a specific type of “green” technology that they had researched during the semester. In addition to their many other responsibilities, the students were also responsible for securing funding for the semester-long project through a successful grant proposal to the Bonner Center for Community Engagement. “With only 16 weeks from start to finish, we set the bar extremely high for our class goal – project completion,” noted Dr. Tamie Jovanelly, assistant professor of geology. “In achieving this goal, the students learned that physical and mental hard work inevitably pay off. As they leave Berry, I’m hopeful that they take with them a confirmed sense of purpose and a realization that getting something done starts with them.”

[Berry People]

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Timothy David Brown is the new director of Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum. He comes to Berry after six years as director of membership services for the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens, Ga. He also has prior experience as public relations and tourism manager for the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau; as a communications specialist marketing Georgia’s virtual library system, GALILEO, for the University System of Georgia Board of Regents; and as managing editor for Southern Distinction magazine. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia.

Suzanne Scott has joined the advancement staff as a senior advancement officer. She brings a high level of experience, coming to Berry from Shorter University where she served in various fundraising positions for nine years, most recently as acting vice president for development. Scott completed her undergraduate education at Shorter and earned her master’s degree from the University of Georgia.

Primed to lead Peter J. Capponi has been tapped as the new chair of the Berry College Board of Visitors, succeeding Celeste Greene Osborn (72C). In addition, Maria Saporta and Brandon D. Bushnell have joined the leadership and advisory group as new members. A Board of Visitors member since 2007, Capponi is chief operating officer and senior vice president for markets at GaiaTech, a leading environmental services firm, splitting his time between the company headquarters in Chicago and its regional office in Atlanta. He previously served as a senior vice president for Atlantabased O’Brien & Gere Engineers Inc. Capponi holds two bachelor’s degrees from Villanova University and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He and wife Nancy have three children. Saporta is a noted business, civic and urban affairs journalist in Atlanta. She is founder and editor of and a columnist and contributing writer for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Bushnell is vice chair for orthopedic surgery and sports medicine at the Harbin Clinic in Rome. His numerous professional and civic affiliations include service as assistant team physician for Berry College athletics, team physician for the minor-league Rome Braves and consulting physician for both the Atlanta Braves and Colorado Rockies.

Student Photographer Blake Childers

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Tony Kunczewski has been named the first head football coach in Berry history. He will lead Berry’s newest varsity team into competition in fall 2013 as a member of the NCAA Division III Southern Athletic Association. Kunczewski (pronounced kun-CHESS-key) has coaching experience with three Division III colleges, most recently serving as an assistant at LaGrange (Ga.) College, where he helped build the college’s football program from the ground up. In only their third year of competition, the Panthers set a record for single-season improvement and reached the national playoffs. The new coach holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Grove City (Pa.) College and a master’s degree in exercise science and health promotion from California University of Pennsylvania. “Coach Kunczewski impressed us with his passion for the distinctive mission and values of Berry,” President Steve Briggs said. “He understands how to build a football program that both wins on the field and contributes to the greater good of the campus. He coaches for life as well as for Saturday afternoon.”

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Mickey Seward

New faces

Stormy skies


for the second time in eight months when a Dec. 22 tornado brought down dozens of trees at Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum – including many of the oldgrowth oaks that gave the property its name. Thankfully, no injuries were suffered on the estate grounds, and the famous home and its adjacent outbuildings were unharmed.



High Old Mill wins photo contest

Zane Cochran

A century of worship: Mount Berry congregation

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Berry Church marked 100 years of on-campus worship Feb. 19 with a special service in the Berry College Chapel. The centennial sermon was delivered by the Rev. Will H. Willimon, a bishop in the United Methodist Church, who cited the words of the Apostle Paul in describing

making headlines, this time on Just months after Travel + Leisure ranked Berry as one of America’s most beautiful college campuses, Randy Clegg’s gorgeous photo of the Old Mill in autumn proved the over­ whelming favorite of visitors to the “It’s a Snap” online gallery the week of Jan. 26. The picture, taken by Clegg during a 2007 visit to campus to see daughter Emily (11C), earned more than 32 percent of the nearly 7,000 votes cast, easily besting the Scottish castles, exotic wildlife and San Francisco skyline included among the other 19 contenders.

Martha Berry’s contributions to education: “Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” The establishment of Mount Berry Church predates construction of two of the most recognizable symbols of Berry’s faith tradition: the Berry College Chapel (formerly Mount Berry Chapel) in 1915 and Frost Chapel in 1937. For Martha Berry, the on-campus congregation represented an “undenominational” home for Christians of various backgrounds to worship together. Much has changed since those early years, including the end of mandatory chapel attendance in 1969, but the mission remains the same. “This church provides a place for spiritual encouragement, refreshment, friendship and inquiry,” said the Rev. Jon Huggins, Berry’s interim chaplain. “Through our many ministries, we aim to be a spiritual blessing to the campus as a whole.”



Into the Outback on U.S. State Department scholarship JUNIOR ANIMAL SCIENCE MAJOR Megan Walton took her

Randy Clegg

BERRY’S BEAUTY is once again

Invitation to honor service BERRY HAS JOINED A SELECT GROUP of colleges and

universities invited to recognize the service of students, alumni and community through the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation awards program. The Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Mary Mildred Sullivan Awards, created nearly a century ago to honor the service of their namesakes, are presented annually by participating institutions to one man and one woman whose character and dedication to service sets them apart as examples for others. Previous winners include First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

education on the road this spring as a 2012 recipient of the U.S. State Department’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Studying at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia, the future large-animal veterinarian had the opportunity to broaden her cultural horizons – meeting people from every continent except Antarctica – while taking courses that will help her achieve her goals. She also got up close and personal with some of Australia’s most famous inhabitants.

achievers +


Making a [national!] statement

magazine has been recognized as one of the top alumni publications in the Southeast by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. This year, the magazine claimed an Award of Excellence in nine-state District III competition. Berry has won a total of 12 CASE awards since its 2003 debut. Shannon Biggers (81C), who is responsible for Berry’s striking visual design, also collaborated on a second Award of Excellence winner in this year’s contest, the 2011 Young Alumni Weekend invitation.

UNPRECEDENTED SUCCESS IN THE POOL and sustained excellence in the classroom highlighted Berry’s third season of intercollegiate swimming and diving. Freshman Conor Monaghan claimed two conference championships for the men’s team, the first in Berry swimming history. At the same time, the women distinguished themselves as one of only 29 NCAA Division III teams nationwide to earn Scholar All-America honors from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. It was their third consecutive year winning the honor. Not to be outdone, men’s lacrosse claimed the District 5 Jim “Ace” Adams Award for Sportsmanship, as voted on by game officials serving seven Southeastern states. The award recognizes superior game-day behavior, cooperation and hospitality by players, coaches, fans and administrators.

Kayla Sa nner

Berry magazine hailed again FOR THE SEVENTH TIME IN NINE YEARS, Berry

A+ for athleticism, academics and attitude

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Kelly Dickerson, left, and Ashley McIntyre (12C) show off two of the eight awards won by the Campus Carrier in this year’s GCPA competition.

DUTCH FILMMAKERS visited Berry in January to catch up with Stephanie Herz (12C), a former tennis prodigy featured in an award-winning documen­ tary series broadcast a decade ago in her native Holland. Much has happened in the years since, including a car accident at 16 that resulted in a career-ending shoulder injury. Undaunted, Stephanie was introduced to Berry through a family friend and just completed her undergraduate degree in finance. The new documentary, featuring footage of her life at Berry, is expected to air on Dutch national television later this year.


Kevin Kleine

Dutch TV features Berry student

Student Sports Information Photographer Molly Scott

speaking at the Novice National Forensic Tournament punctuated another strong spring for Berry’s student communicators. Bingham overcame a severe case of strep throat to pace a No. 6 national finish for Berry, besting the likes of Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania among the 24 competing schools. Berry forensics also soared at the state level, claiming top honors for the 18th straight year. Proving equally proficient in the written word, students repre­ senting the Campus Carrier won eight awards in the Georgia College Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.

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CHAMPIONSHIP in persuasive

Student Photographer Blake Childers





Dr. Stephen R. Briggs

Strengthening the communities of tomorrow

DESPITE OUR POLITICAL DIFFERENCES and the heat of this presidential-election

season, many Americans will agree that our nation’s health care system is

Alan Storey

gravely ill. Although we may be satisfied with the care we receive personally from our

Lauren Franke (above) and Patrick Frantz (top right), students in Berry’s current five-year dual degree nursing program with Emory, will help meet a pressing need as liberalarts educated nurses. Berry plans a new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program that will enable nursing students to stay at Berry and graduate in four years.

local doctors and medical community, we also know that the system itself needs to change. We cannot sustain the escalating health care expendi­tures of the last two decades, and we cannot be content with a system that neglects the basic health needs of many citizens. Insurance premiums have escalated rapidly, in part because more than 20 percent of adult Americans have no insurance and often no means to pay for preventive or acute medical services. The uninsured have limited options for care, which leads to increased use of high-cost resources such as emergency rooms, the cost of which is passed on to the health care system at large. Aging baby boomers are worried about affording quality health care through their retirement years. Long-term data collected by the international Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shows that Americans pay significantly more for health care on average than people in other developed nations. For example, more than twice as much per capita was spent on health care in the United States in 2008 than in 14 other developed nations ($7,538 versus $3,665). Yet, we have below-average outcomes with regard to life expectancy (calculated at birth or at age 65), infant mortality and other key health indicators. We are also below average per capita in terms of the number of doctors, nurses, acute-care hospital beds and consultations. CONTRIBUTING TO THE SOLUTION

There are no easy cures for systemic ailments of this sort, but this is the world 8


that Berry graduates are entering. Part of Berry’s responsibility, therefore, is to prepare our graduates to grasp the complexity of these problems and serve as leaders who help identify and implement effective solutions. From its founding, Berry has taken to heart its obligation to meet the pressing needs of society, especially as these needs are manifested in the local communities of our region. Consider, for example, Berry’s commitment to service in the area of education. For decades, the college has sought to prepare teachers who understand and embrace the need to make a difference in two different spheres. Certainly, we want Berry teachers to excel in the classroom as they guide and inspire individual students with competence and enthusiasm. It is just as important, however, that they accept responsibility (or ownership) for the quality of their schools and districts. Berry graduates should strive to improve and transform the places where they live and work. As we look to the years ahead, it makes sense for Berry to focus its attention and resources in areas for which the college has practical opportunities and special assets. We believe that health care is one such area given the quality and importance of the health care industry in the Rome area. Berry already has a strong record in preparing students for graduate programs in such fields as medicine, psychology, pharmacy, physical therapy, dentistry and veterinary medicine. In coming years, however, we anticipate a growing need for and dependence on baccalaureateprepared nurses as part of the structural solution for our health care system. We believe that nurses will play a significant, front-line role in a reformed health care system, serving as an initial point

numbers of our nursing graduates who go on to graduate programs will become a central measurement of our success. PROCESS AND PARTNERS

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of access and as the primary educator for patients. For that reason, Berry recently announced its intention to seek approval from the Georgia Board of Nursing to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program beginning in 2013. EDUCATING NURSES

The federal Health Resources and Services Administration estimates that without deliberate action Georgia alone faces a looming shortage of nearly 40,000 registered nurses by 2020. National numbers are even more staggering with retirement, attrition and low growth in the number of new nurses predicted to produce a nation­wide shortage in excess of a million RNs by the end of the decade, with all 50 states affected. Yet, these figures capture just one part of the problem. If nurses are to negotiate, improve and effectively manage our increasingly complex health care system, experts cite the need for a comprehensive college education. Nurses need the advanced analytical, communication, problem-solving and decision-making skills associated with a strong liberal arts education. In 2010, the Institute of Medicine released a landmark report on The Future of Nursing that calls for increasing the number of baccalaureateprepared nurses to 80 percent of all RNs and for doubling the population of nurses with doctoral degrees. Both Georgia and the nation fall far short of these targets; the northwest region of Georgia has a nursing workforce prepared predominately at the associate degree level. Berry College’s planned nursing program will build on the strengths of our strong

curriculum in the sciences, social sciences and humanities. Berry nursing students will study the complexities of the social, economic and political systems in which we live as well as the complexities of the bio­ chemical systems by which we live. All RNs must master the core knowledge and clinical skills necessary to provide competent care. Because the overriding aim of our program will be to graduate nurses with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to improve the quality and safety of the health care systems within which they work, the curriculum will emphasize interdisciplinary teamwork and the use of evidence to improve practice. We also intend our program to focus on emerging needs, preparing nurses to lead in areas such as health care informatics, cancer care, gerontology and community health promotion. Finally, we expect to include special experiences in cross-cultural service settings to foster spiritual growth and in keeping with Berry’s “head, heart and hands” approach to education. Strong emphasis will be placed on preparing nurses for advanced degrees. Such a focus is critical because efforts to increase the numbers of RNs at all levels are severely hampered by a shortage of advanced-degreed nurses in the role of nurse-educator. More than 75,500 qualified applicants to professional nursing programs were turned away in the U.S. in 2011, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, many because of a lack of nursing faculty. It is in this area that I believe Berry can make the greatest contribution to a long-term solution to the nursing shortage. The

We will begin developing our nursing program at full speed as soon as approval is received from the state board. We are asking for an accelerated implementation timeline and plan to make key administrative and faculty appointments as early as this summer. Our hope is to accept applications for the first nursing class in the fall semester and to begin classes either in January or August of 2013. Our goal is to graduate 30 to 40 students per class. Berry is honored to enjoy strong relationships with Northwest Georgia health care providers, many of whom have already pledged clinical training sites for our students. Because we will be committed to educating nurses prepared to serve in both acute-care and community settings, clinical training sites are being developed with home care, cancer center and hospice providers as well as with the local hospitals. Health care is the largest industry in Floyd County, and we are blessed to have exceptional expertise locally in many of the areas in which the need for nurse proficiency will continue to grow. PRACTICING THE LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES

Berry was founded 110 years ago in response to pressing local needs. The world has changed in dramatic ways, but there are still pressing needs in every direction. A liberal arts education should prepare us to tackle these problems by helping us to analyze the systems that we take for granted – those into which we are born. We can offer such critical thinking and analytical skills to nursing graduates. They can, in turn, apply these important aptitudes where they live and work – for the benefit of their patients and our ailing health care system. We continue to find wisdom in Martha Berry’s approach of combining a challenging intellectual education with meaningful practical experiences as a way of preparing students to serve and strengthen the com­ munities of tomorrow. A nursing program is a natural fit for Berry and a fitting complement to our continuing commitment to the liberal arts and sciences. B BERRY MAGAZINE • SUMMER 2012


by Debbie Rasure photography by Terry Allen

Game. Set. Match. Janet Williams (87C) turns tennis into triumph for Indonesian students

When Ruddi Nefid (12C) left his Indonesian home in 2008 to enroll at Berry College, a place 10,000 miles away that he’d seen only in photographs, the 18-year-old was painfully shy, unsure of his abilities, afraid of failure and hesitant about a culture so different from his own. He also was fiercely determined to earn a college degree. Four years later he is returning to his country a selfconfident if still somewhat shy young man armed with a 10


new perspective on America and a degree that will enable him to make a better life for him­self, his family and his community. For his educational odyssey, Nefid can most thank Janet Williams (87C), a tennis pro who never dreamed that her racquet would become a catalyst for changing lives. She, in turn, cites inspiration from a group of Indonesian high school students who made a surprising request.



elf-proclaimed homebody Janet Williams first felt called to foreign mission service in 2004 and eagerly sought advice from Cindy and Eddy Ruble, field personnel with the Atlanta-based Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, after hearing them speak at Rome’s First Baptist Church. The Rubles operated a foundation for teacher education in the West Sumatra region of Indonesia. “At the time, I didn’t even know where Indonesia was,” Williams recalled, “but when Eddy told me tennis was a major sport there, and I teach tennis for a living, it seemed to be a great fit.” Soon, she found herself traveling to

Bukittinggi, a city in the highlands of West Sumatra, to teach tennis and to gauge her ability to adjust to life in a foreign land. The beautiful country and its people quickly won her heart. Equally important, she discovered that the Rubles’ world view and desire to witness their faith through action fit well with her own perspective. She returned home feeling that she could serve in Indonesia for an extended period but needed funding. Over the course of the next year, Williams’ sense of mission never wavered, and the members of her church came to know how strongly she believed that God was leading her to serve long-term in Indonesia. “When my church said, ‘We’ll send you,’ it was overwhelming, very humbling,” Williams recalled. “I had hoped to go back to teach tennis because I saw how easily it helped me connect with people. Tennis was a way to open the door to people, from orphans to government officials. You have to build relationships and trust before you can help people.” A LESSON IN PATIENCE


With her church’s support, Williams returned to Indonesia for about a year as a tennis instructor, an experience she found inspiring yet difficult because of the extreme poverty of the nation and the hurdles to be crossed before help would be accepted. Indonesia, she explained, is a country wary of missionaries. “The Indonesian people are afraid that we will try to force our faith on them,” she explained. “They wonder, ‘Why would you help me?’ It takes a lot of time just being there to change people’s perceptions.” Knowing this, Williams focused on teaching tennis and getting to know the people, but she still found her inability to help frustrating. “To be in a place where people live in poverty and have no clean water or enough food – it’s overwhelming, an assault to the senses,” she said. “I’m a very hands-on person. When I see something that needs to

be fixed, I want to fix it. I began to ask, ‘Lord, what do you want me to do here? There is such need, and I’m toting a tennis racquet.’” It was at the end of her year abroad that Williams’ students helped her realize that her true mission wasn’t in what she was doing in Indonesia, but rather, in what she was meant to do once she returned to the United States. During her final presentation at the high school where she taught tennis, she invited her students to ask her about anything. “They asked me, ‘If we could come to America with you, would we be safe?’” she recounted, explaining that many Muslims are fearful of Americans, believing that Americans hate them. “I told them that, yes, they could come home with me and be safe, welcomed and loved by my home church and by the people of Rome, Ga.” Promising that she would do her best to fulfill their wishes, she next invited them to ask her for anything. Student after student pleaded not for the anticipated pair of jeans or iPod but for help getting an American education. “The idea that the students were asking me to help them help themselves struck a chord with me,” she said. “I was touched by those kids begging for an education, but I had no idea how I would give them the only thing they asked of me.” ACTIONS SPEAK

Upon her return home, Williams immediately began to network with people from her church and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, as well as with the couple who inspired her service in Indonesia, the Rubles, about what she could do. CBF suggested she start an education foundation and ask American schools to contribute scholarships for talented Indonesian students. “My first thought was, ‘Well that would be a great idea if I was Oprah Winfrey!’” Williams recalled. “But then I really started thinking about it. The seed had been planted.” Soon she brought together a group of seven volunteers from her church and the local community to form the Ruble International Education Initiative, a Romebased nonprofit organization dedicated to



Janet Williams, fourth from right, found her students eager to learn tennis, a popular sport in Indonesia.

Photo Courtesy of Janet Williams




“When I heard about the opportunity, I knew immediately that I wanted to apply,” Nefid said. “It was the only way I could go to college because my parents’ financial situation is not good. My father is a policeman, my mother is a housewife, and I have two younger sisters and a brother at home.” Before coming to the United States, Nefid’s only knowledge of Americans came from television, movies and news. He was surprised and relieved to find those portrayals to be inaccurate and to feel very comfortable in a country in which he, as a Muslim, was in the minority. “People are friendly and so nice to me,” he said. “The only thing that is the same is how America looks.” Through classes in art history and painting, Nefid unearthed important truths about himself, discovering a passion for art and skill as a painter. He plans now to bring formal art education to Indonesia, something that is not often available in the schools. Of all his Berry experiences, Nefid pointed to the Work Experience Program as the best because it not only allowed him to work alongside one of his professors in the art and ceramic studio and gallery, but it also enabled him to help his family. He used a portion of his student work wages to send a sister to college in Indonesia and to pay part of his family’s expenses to move out of government housing and into a modest home. How is that possible? With a currency exchange rate of 9,125 Indonesian rupiah for every U.S. dollar, two weeks’ wages for a Alan Storey

giving young Indonesians the chance to further their education in America. The RIEI board focused first on how to meet the students’ personal needs, ranging from clothing and school supplies to health insurance. The students also would need home-away-from-home “parents” to see them through the personal challenges of young adulthood – challenges made all the more difficult because of cultural differences. “There are huge hurdles,” Williams said. “These students come from homes without running hot and cold water. They don’t know how to operate showers, washing machines or microwaves. They need to be shown how to do everything and be given permission to ask questions because in their culture doing so is frowned upon.” Williams’ first call to put the educational component in place was to fellow parishioner Joe Walton (62C, 76G), retired Berry College vice president for finance. Walton arranged a meeting with Dr. Gary Waters (80C, 89G), Berry’s vice president for enrollment management. At a pace that surprised even Williams, the pieces began to fit together. Berry, Shorter University and Darlington School all agreed to provide scholarships, and school officials in Indonesia distributed applications and began submitting student names for consideration. In January 2008, Williams returned to Indonesia and, with the help of Eddy Ruble, interviewed 20 candidates. The pair selected three to start school in America that fall: Syaweli Saputra, who attended Darlington and is now studying community health at the University of Indonesia; Nugroho [no second name], who graduated from Shorter in May with a degree in accounting and forensic examination; and Nefid, who graduated from Berry in May with a degree in art. Upon completing their college education, all RIEI students are guaranteed jobs with the Indonesian government for four years.

Berry student working 16 hours in an entrylevel job on campus ($232 before taxes) equates to more than 2.5 times the average monthly wage of an Indonesian worker. Nefid, who is deeply grateful for the help and support he was given by so many people in Rome and at Berry, also gained a new perspective on culture and religion. “I was used to seeing things from one point of view,” he said. “Now I know there’s no one, ideal way to do things; there are lots of different ways, and they work too. I understand other people better. I’ve learned that people are the same everywhere; some are bad and some are good. I’m more open to new ideas and new people, and I’m more tolerant of others’ ways.” FAR-REACHING IMPACT

Two additional students have since come to Rome through RIEI and, with this initial effort successfully underway, Williams and her group are beginning to look to other areas of Indonesia for students who, like Nefid, have an interest in studying in America, a hunger for a better life, and a heart to return home and make a difference in their communities. “This is about helping more than one student,” Williams said. “A large part of our organization’s purpose is to build peace and understanding so that we are not afraid of each other. We want these students to go home and tell the story of an American community and a Christian organization that provided everything for them, loved them, took care of them when they were sick, and held them when they cried because they were homesick. It’s easy to hate an idea, a picture that someone paints of you. It’s much harder to hate someone you know. We already see the ripple effects of our efforts on both sides of the world.” B Ruddi Nefid’s watercolor paintings capture the similarities between his hometown in Indonesia and Rome.

by Joni Kenyon

PERFECT ALIGNMENT to complete an Ironman World Champion­

to the bragging rights that accompany

ship triathalon and a two-time finisher;

his work with world-class athletes. He just

Jarryd Wallace, a University of Georgia

doesn’t choose to exercise them.

sprinter; and Raj Durbal, the first triple

As a prosthetist, Walker designs and

amputee to twice finish an Ironman

builds limbs for some of the most advanced

triathalon, are among his patients at

amputee athletes in competition today.

ProCare Prosthetics and Orthotics Inc. in

Scott Rigsby, the first double-leg amputee

Buford, Ga.

Photos by Terry Allen


usty Walker (96C) is growing accustomed



Sergio Goes

Scott Rigsby completes the Ironman Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii, wearing prosthetics made by Rusty Walker.

Terry Allen

“It’s incredibly satisfying, and it’s exciting,” Walker said, pointing to a photo of himself cheering a winning patient across the finish line. “Working with some of our athletes is high energy, and I’m very passionate about it. But there still is nothing like seeing somebody walk down the parallel bars their first day on a prosthesis. We get to do some experimenting here with our athletes, and we get to try a lot of new things – so some of our other patients are exposed to new technologies that wouldn’t otherwise have been available to them.” Walker speaks passionately about a new patient who was helping push a stalled car off a roadway last summer when he was hit



by oncoming traffic and lost a leg. “Just this past week, he got his new leg for the first time,” Walker said. “He and his fiancée walked out holding hands. She was weeping and said, ‘I haven’t been able to walk with him and hold his hand for six months.’” And then there is the grandmother in her 80s whom he fit with a prosthetic leg after surgery. The device is enabling her to do the things that matter most to her in life, such as helping her great-granddaughter get ready for school every morning. “It may not seem as exciting as seeing one of our athletes win a race, but amputees come in all shapes and sizes,” Walker

explained. “These patients are doing what may seem like ordinary things, but in reality, they’re extraordinary.” Walker strives to build relationships with his patients that help them develop the confidence needed to relearn activities enjoyed before an accident or illness took their limbs. He focuses on spending time with them and strives to create an environment in which their emotional needs are met as fully as their physical needs. “These patients are going through a lot more than just a physical loss,” he stated. “It takes a large amount of trust. Sometimes we’ll just talk for an hour, planting the seeds of hope and getting them to see what their potential can be. One of the reasons I love what I do is that it gives me the opportunity to develop long-term relationships. These people are going to work with us for the rest of their lives.” A PERFECT BLEND

Growing up as the son of a construction worker and a nurse educator, Walker feels he has fulfilled his destiny by finding a career that combines hands-on work and patient education. In fact, he chose Berry College because the Bonner Scholars Program and the focus on experience-based learning appealed to his desire to combine working with his hands with helping others. Part of his volunteer time was spent in athletic training at Rome High School, where he helped develop rehabilitation plans for injured students. After college, Walker married Keri Carter (96C) and spent a year doing mission work. Then, fellow Berry alumnus Darrell Hallman (96C), who also works in prosthetics, helped him find his career path. “I was very passionate about the idea that I wanted to do something that would make an impact in people’s lives – something that I would do for the rest of my life, something that was meaningful,” he emphasized.

– Rusty Walker

The prospect of building things with his hands while serving patients seemed to Walker like a perfect blend. He attended Northwestern University’s Prosthetics Program in Chicago and earned the licensure that prepared him for advanced work in the field. Walker now considers himself a combination of manual craftsman and scientist. The process of designing and developing carbon fiber prostheses, from shaping and sanding plaster molds to perfecting alignment and creating custom finishes, takes both tactile and technological expertise as well as a strong commitment to patient care. “One of the things I loved most about Berry was this blending of the head, the heart and the hands,” he said. “It was just something that spoke to me. This field gives me that opportunity. It’s very technical and there’s a lot of science behind what we do, but there’s a tremendous amount of empathy involved too. You have to put yourself in the patients’ situation and then create something to help restore some life and some dignity back to them.” LEADERSHIP FOR THE FUTURE

Walker’s experiences with his patients, both athletes and non-athletes, have instilled in him a desire to improve the future of the prosthetics field for patients and practitioners. He recently met with state congressional leaders to discuss ways to protect patients from fraud and to work toward more stringent licensure standards. “It’s kind of fun 14 years down the road to see that what I was hoping for back then is coming true,” he said about his profession, adding, “I am still passionate about what I do and the opportunity I have to impact people’s lives. It leaves me no doubt that 14 years from now or 20 years from now, that will still be the case.” B

Katie Prentiss (95C)

You have to put yourself in the patients’ situation and then create something to help restore some life and some dignity back to them.



alker’s experiences at Berry helped shape a desire to share the ideals he believes to be important with future generations. He serves on the board of his children’s school, Dominion Classical Christian Academy, and is planning to bring the board on a field trip to Berry. “We’re hoping this for our children – that they grow up to be wise, intelligent and hardworking and that they grow up to give,” he explained. “I want the board to see that a lot of the heart and the passion – the things we’re trying to build at our school – are the same things Martha Berry was doing. I want the board to see how the head, the heart and the hands work together for us.” Pictured above, Walker returns to the Berry campus with wife Keri and children (from left) Ella, Evan and Averie.



Family matte rs by Karilon L. Rogers

Health and rehabilitation researcher Catherine Marshall, Ph.D., (76C)

transformed personal family tragedy into help and hope for others when

she refocused her professional career to help low-income families understand and respond to a diagnosis of cancer. Her work, which recognizes that family members sometimes need more help dealing with the disease than the patient, resulted in the 2010 book Surviving Cancer as a Family and Helping CoSurvivors Thrive.



atherine Marshall grew up in Northwest Georgia’s rural Chattanooga Valley like so many hill people before her. Opportunities were few and money short, but family was strong, as was the culture of Southern Appalachia that simultaneously insulated her from the outside world and gave her wings on which to fly. She didn’t know a thing about life beyond the green hills of home, but she also had not made acquaintance with limitation. “I’d grown up in an environment of ‘you can’ within a family of acceptance and love,” she said. “If no one tells you that you can’t do Assisted by her something, well, you father, Algier “Johnny” believe you can do it.” Marshall (43h), No one in Marshall’s five-year-old family had ever gone to Catherine holds college. It just wasn’t baby sister something they thought Carol. much about, even though



Mark Thaler / University of Arizona

her orphaned daddy, Algier “Johnny” Marshall (43h), had attended the Berry Schools before heading to the Pacific as a B-29 gunner in World War II. But lack of a family role model didn’t stop her from finding her own path through Berry’s Gate of Opportunity and working her way into a fouryear degree. In fact, Marshall parlayed life-changing experiences at Berry into a lifelong leap into learning that led to a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Boston University and a doctoral degree in rehabilitation from the University of Arizona. She was exposed to the field of vocational rehabilitation and counseling while at Berry. “I saw a guest speaker and thought, ‘Here I am working to get what I want, and this is a field that enables people with disabilities to work to get what they want, to do what I am able to do.’ The thought of working in rehabilitation excited me.” Her family met her advanced education with acceptance, although she believes they never fully understood her work. Her father was her most uncondi­tional supporter. By 1998, Marshall enjoyed a wellestablished research career focused on persons with disabilities and their families in poor but culturally strong communities like her own, with an emphasis on indigenous populations and how culture affects their rehabilitation. She was professor and director of research for the American Indian Rehabilitation Research and Training Center at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. She had spent the better part of 1997 in Mexico on a Fulbright Scholar Teaching/ Research Award and had been honored as the 1997 National Council on Rehabilitation Education Outstanding Researcher of the Year. Her life changed in an instant during a routine call home when she received the unthinkable news that her father had


So what does a smart

daughter with a Ph.D. do to help her father when he is diagnosed with


cancer? I knew nothing about cancer, and I knew nothing about how to help my father. I only

knew I didn’t want him to die. I was scared.

Johnny Marshall

prostate cancer, and it was bad. “So what does a smart daughter with a Ph.D. do to help her father when he is diagnosed with cancer?” she mused. “I knew nothing about cancer, and I knew nothing about how to help my father. I only knew I didn’t want him to die. I was scared.” Marshall said her father had followed a culturally common path for individuals in low-income, medically underserved populations. He ignored his symptoms rather than undergo newfangled and embarrassing procedures that might have saved him and was eventually diagnosed with an advanced stage of disease. Private and independent, he refused to seek a second opinion for 18 months and eschewed the support groups through which he might have found help and hope. For two and a half years, Marshall brought everything she knew as a researcher and a daughter to bear to help him, all the while feeling inadequate and unsure, uninformed and frightened. Despite visits she arranged with some of the top specialists in the nation, her father died of his disease in 2000 at the age of 75. “I suppose I had post-traumatic stress from trying so hard to be part of saving his life and not being successful,” she said. “I thought, ‘It doesn’t have to be this way. There is prevention and early detection of cancer. Also, with a cancer diagnosis, families need to know that it is OK to be afraid and to have a lot of questions. Cancer treatment is not intuitive.’” Marshall’s husband, Ric Steffel, whom she had married in 1998, offered reassurance that would change her life and help her heal. “He told me that I had used all of my skills and resources to help Daddy,” she recounted. “He was right, although it took me a couple of years to figure out what to do next. I set my sights on helping low-income



Mark Thaler / University of Arizona

Dr. Francisco García (left), director of the Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and the Cancer Disparities Institute of the University of Arizona, sponsored Catherine Marshall’s career-shifting National Research Service Award for Individual Senior Fellowship and is instrumental in the work she is now doing with low-income families affected by a diagnosis of cancer.



Surviving Cancer as a Family and Helping CoSurvivors Thrive, which can be found on, is the first in a new series on disabilities Catherine Marshall is co-editing for Praeger, a publisher that specializes in works for public and research libraries. A preceding three-volume set, Disabilities: Insights From Across Fields and Around the World, was recognized in the 2009 Choice list of Outstand­ ing Academic Titles.

implementation of a project so close to her soul feels particularly good. “It is heartwarming when an outcome of your work is adopted by the community,” she said. “When I can take my own experience and develop a simple educational interven­tion about cancer that is picked up by a community health center and sent out across Metro Tucson to help low-income families, it feels pretty significant.” It likely would have felt significant to her father as well. Not long before he died, the hardworking man who never really understood what his highly educated daughter did professionally agreed to write a paper with her about his experience with cancer. He wanted to share with others what he’d learned from living with the disease, including the importance of reaching out for information and assistance regardless of natural inclination. While he didn’t have enough time to make the article a reality, his daughter has taken the time to get his message across. B


Other things may

change us, but we start and end with the family. –Anthony Brandt


families of varying cultures understand and respond to a cancer diagnosis.” Additional training was the answer, but “retraining” is not something established researchers typically do. Their careers, after all, depend completely on funding available only to those recognized and respected in their area of specialization. “My life has always been trying to get the next grant,” Marshall explained. By 2007, she succeeded fully when she was awarded a two-year Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) for Individual Senior Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute. The grant was administered by the University of Arizona, and her project, “Cancer Control and the Influence of the Family,” was sponsored by Francisco A.R. García, M.D., M.P.H., director of UA’s Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and the Cancer Disparities Institute. Marshall joined UA as senior scholar of the center and, in 2009, was also named the Frances McClelland Associate Research Professor for the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families. Marshall’s NRSA research resulted in Un Abrazo Para La Familia [A Hug for the Family], a campus-community partnership that provides low-income Hispanics with education and skills for coping with cancer and caregiving. Un Abrazo is a free intervention designed to increase the accessibility of cancer information to lowincome and medically underserved cosurvivors of cancer – family members or friends of individuals diagnosed with the disease. Even for a researcher whose studies are oft-published and frequently cited, real-world

by Rick Woodall photography by Paul O’Mara

Egg-cellence in entrepreneurship

At one time or another, we’ve all pondered the age-old question: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? For Chad Carlton (99C, 02G), the answer is neither A nor B, but C: A business plan.




ong before Chad Carlton built his first chicken house, the third-generation farmer from Rockmart, Ga., hatched an innovative strategy combining natural farming methods with 21st century marketing techniques. There was no guarantee the idea would work – especially after a tornado leveled his new home and farm just two weeks after he had closed on the property – but he held fast to his vision. Four years later, risk has given way to reward in the form of a thriving egg Chad Carlton, wife production business Julie and daughter and acclaim from the Jersey stand in American Farm front of the house they built to Bureau Federation as replace the one one of the country’s destroyed by a top young farmers. tornado in March “There’s a lot of 2008, just two pride now in what weeks after they we’ve done,” Carlton had closed on the said. “People have property. always told me that you can’t farm unless you inherit it, that there’s no way you can buy a farm and make it work. I felt like it could be done, but you never know until you go out and do it.” MAKING CONNECTIONS

Part farmer and part entrepreneur, Carlton is driven by a desire to produce a product that can be marketed directly to consumers. Tapping into the public’s growing desire for farm-fresh foods and taking advantage of the marketing platform that the Internet provides, he has developed a virtual pipeline for produce that runs from the fields of rural Polk County to the streets of Metro Atlanta, less than 50 miles away. Carlton first glimpsed the potential of direct marketing in the years after he graduated from Berry when a woman touring his father’s dairy farm asked if she could buy some milk. Soon, one customer had grown



into a handful, and within three months farm-fresh milk was being delivered to individual customers in Atlanta. As demand grew, Carlton began exploring other potential products. He discovered a dearth of free-range eggs in the marketplace and decided to take advantage of it by starting his own farm focused on egg production. “My family already had a foot in the door because of the milk, and what goes better together than milk and eggs?” he asked. “So we decided to jump in.” Today, he maintains a flock of 4,000 chickens on the farm he and his wife purchased in 2008. His hens produce approximately 12,000 eggs each week. Twothirds are sold to individual buyers; the rest are snatched up by select restaurants. Orders are placed online, and deliveries are made to one of nine predetermined locations throughout Metro Atlanta. “There’s a big appetite for local food,” he said. “There are a lot of people out there who want to buy food that has a face attached to it, but it’s hard for them to drive 30 miles one way to get beef, 30 miles another way to get grits, etc.” Carlton eliminates that hardship for his

customers through strategic partnerships with other farmers that make it possible for him to market many different types of farmfresh produce under one umbrella. “We’re able to make that local foodbuying experience a lot more efficient, and people appreciate that,” he stated. “A lot of our customers say they rarely go to the grocery store.” Each week, Carlton travels 500 miles to meet the demands of his nearly 700 customers. “We’re right outside Atlanta, and that’s not lost on me,” he noted. “Location is very important to our success.” PREMIUM PRODUCT

In addition to convenience and proximity, Carlton also offers quality. His eggs are the product of grass-fed hens living in state-ofthe-art houses he designed (complete with solar panels for power and sloping roofs to capture rain water). Retractable sides allow the chickens to range freely; portable fencing provides protection from predators and makes it possible for the grazing area to be rotated regularly. “We’re not certified organic, but we manage everything that way,” Carlton said. “Because it goes from my hand to the person

who’s going to use it, I don’t see the need to [obtain certification]. If they have a question about how we do something, they can ask.” The operation is modeled after France’s popular “Label Rouge” [Red Label] program that accounts for 30 percent of all poultry produced in that country. Because the percentage of pasture-based poultry in the United States is much lower, Carlton was able to tailor his business to fill a very specific niche. “There’s nothing like what we’re producing here in the marketplace – totally free-range, grass-based production for these hens,” he said. “The product that we’re producing is a premium product; there’s no doubt about it.”

“That’s what we had in mind, building a lifestyle for our family that our kids could grow up in.” That dream helped sustain the young couple when Mother Nature swept away the home they had just purchased in March 2008. They were supposed to move in the very next weekend to begin preparations for the arrival of their first 2,000 chickens the following June. “Julie and I talked about it quite a bit, and we decided that we still needed to get the operation going, so I built the first chicken house before I rebuilt our residence,” Carlton recalled. “I was literally hooking water up to that chicken house when they were unloading the chickens off the truck. Those were a wild couple of years after that thing.”


Working alongside Carlton to make the business a success is wife Julie, a full-time pharmacist who assists with marketing and order fulfillment. The couple met when Julie visited the Carlton family dairy farm in search of a pumpkin; now, they wouldn’t dream of raising daughter Jersey anywhere but on the family farm they have built. “When we went out on our own, Julie and I wanted to build something,” Carlton said.


Through good times and bad, Carlton has drawn strength and inspiration from the proud farming tradition started by his grandfather, Louie Carlton, and continued by his father, Bobby. “The sense of determination and dedication that my dad had in farming has definitely transferred over to me,” the younger Carlton stated. “He’s never done

Georgia Farm Bureau

Solar panels provide power for the state-of-the-art chicken houses Chad Carlton designed for his farm. BELOW: Georgia Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall (left) congratulates the Carltons on their recognition as national runners-up for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award.

anything else. It never crossed his mind.” Carlton was also shaped by his experiences at Berry, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science and a master’s degree in business administration. During those years, he benefited greatly from the expanded perspective he developed as student supervisor of the Berry College Dairy. “I was raised on a farm, but working on another farm is different,” he related. “You see how other people do things, manage and set priorities. It definitely shaped me and helped guide me down this path.” These days, he is pleased to be charting his own course – and blazing a trail for others in the process. B



Dr. Mac:

DR. LAW R Berry Co ENCE E. MCALLIS lle T Founder ge Physics Depart ER and Chair ment , 1932-19 71


than a teacher

Alumni seek to name Berry’s science building for Dr. Lawrence E. McAllister

by Debbie Rasure



found the answer to a question they’ve wrestled with for decades – how to appropriately thank the professor and mentor who fundamentally changed their lives. These former students of the late physics professor Dr. Lawrence E. McAllister are leading an effort to honor him by raising funds to name Berry’s science building in his memory. Adding even more meaning to the planned tribute is the fact that all money raised will support science-based student scholarships and science



education through Berry’s School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. At press time, more than $3 million had been raised in the $5 million effort. “It’s important to preserve the legacy of one of the greatest teachers to ever teach at Berry,” said Jack Jones (57C), coordinator of the group. “With his background and talent, he could have gone anywhere and earned great fame and fortune, but he devoted his life to Berry.” McAllister studied under two noted physicists and Nobel Prize laureates while earning his master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Chicago, where

a teaching fellowship awakened a love for teaching. He came to Berry in 1932 to start a physics program; by the time he retired in 1971, 114 students had gradu­ ated with a major in physics, and more than 80 percent of them had obtained or were in the process of earning advanced degrees in the field. Some of his students followed in his footsteps, becoming accom­ plished professors who made significant contributions to science. Others distinguished themselves as scientists and engineers, helping to make history through their groundbreaking work with

NASA’s moon program and other historic initiatives. MORE THAN A TEACHER

McAllister worked tirelessly to build an effective physics program that would prepare his students for successful careers and advanced learning, while also always making time for needed personal guidance, instruction and assistance. “He trained us as scientists,” recalled Dr. Peter Henriksen (53H, 57C), professor emeritus of physics and chemistry at the University of Akron (Ohio). “He taught us what scientists do, how they perform their tasks,


and the procedures used for identifying and working on a research problem. Many teachers don’t do that, even to this day; they teach only what’s in the textbook.” Jones, a retired engineer in NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, said he wanted to be a part of the effort to honor McAllister because the professor was his “salvation” at Berry. Jones credits McAllister with the professional success he had later in life. “He had a tremendous impact on me,” Jones said. “He kept me on the straight and narrow, made me feel like I wanted to be a better person. He had a way of bringing out the best in me.” Jones, one of many “Dr. Mac” alums to receive the Berry Alumni Association’s Distin­ guished Achievement Award (2006), as well as the Distin­ guished Service Award (2011), isn’t alone in those sentiments. Dr. Dwight Adams (53C), retired University of Florida physics professor and inventor of the pressure gauge that became the world’s official standard for measuring the coldest known temperatures, credits McAllister with broadening his ambitions. “He was responsible for me applying to grad school at Emory University,” Adams said. “He instilled in me a desire and a determination to go for a doctorate. I don’t think I would have gone on if it hadn’t been for him.” For some, like Dr. Malcolm McDonald (62C, FFS), associate professor emeritus in physics,

McAllister’s influence went well beyond academics. “He was an excellent physicist, but he also had a spiritual side that came through in the courses he taught,” McDonald remembered. “He wasn’t preachy, but it was clear that he was a good person. It was obvious that, even though he was a man of science, he believed in God and marveled at his creation.” McAllister used his consider­ able talents to improve all students’ Berry experience. A researcher in the then-emerging field of electronics, McAllister brought Berry into the electronics age by fabricating, installing and maintaining sound

amplification systems throughout campus. He developed a photography course and played a major role in creating the Cabin Log year­ book. Toward the end of his tenure, he established a chapter of Circle K International, a college community service and leadership group sponsored by Kiwanis, and served as its faculty advisor. THE RIGHT NAME

When McAllister died in 1986, he left a tremendous legacy at Berry as a teacher, role model, mentor and friend who shaped individual students’ lives. He played a major role in laying the groundwork for the overall

commitment to excellence in science education exhibited today by faculty and students in the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. He also left a legacy that extends far beyond Berry and into some of the most prominent and important corners of American scientific exploration and discovery. “I can’t think of a more deserving person,” said Dr. James R. Scoggins (52C), retired director of meteorological studies at Texas A&M University, about the proposed naming. “He was a low-profile person who influenced a lot of people – not just his students, but all those people whose lives his students touched.” B


If you’d like to help name Berry’s science building in memory of Dr. Lawrence E. McAllister – and support science education and scholarships for Berry students – you have several options. Share your thoughts and memories about Dr. Mac and make a gift online at Or mail a check to Berry College Advancement – with “Dr. Mac naming” clearly noted. Feel free to use the postage-paid envelope enclosed in this magazine; just be sure to note “Dr. Mac naming” on the envelope as well as on your check.



Opportunity! Helping students help themselves




unique Gate of Opportunity Program is following her lead, enabling students to “work their way through college” with the prospect of graduating debt-free. But it isn’t easy, and they can’t do it alone. Having someone make an investment in your future can make all the difference now, as it did for generations of earlier Berry students. Just ask Alyssa Hollingsworth. “To know that a donor has invested in my education pushes me to do better in both work and academics,” Hollingsworth said. “It encourages me to do better than my best because I’m not just here for myself. Many times I’ve been tempted to quit. But then I remember that I was chosen, that someone thought I was a good investment. Thank you, thank you, thank you for allowing me to attend my dream school and for pushing me through the hard times.” Gate of Opportunity is a mission-focused program in which each four-year scholarship represents a partnership among a student and his or her family, a donor, and Berry College, with each partner contributing about a third of the cost of the student’s education. The student’s contribution comes largely through participation in Berry’s Work Experience Program, the donor’s either through earnings from an endowed fund or via one of the 24


targeted annual scholar­ ship gifts that are helping to fund Gate Scholars in the early years of the program. Donors also have the option of serving as mentors for their recipients. Progressively more responsible work experience is at the core of the Gate of Opportunity concept – as well as the Work Experience Program – and all Gate Scholars are expected to rise to leadership positions in their work department or in one of the growing number of student enterprises on Berry’s campus. Gate Scholars work a total of 4,500 hours over the course of four years, including summers and breaks, retaining about 20 percent of their wages for personal expenses and applying 80 percent to the cost of their education. “The program not only makes it possible for hardworking students to attend Berry in the tradition of our founder,” explained Rufus Massey (75C), dean of student work, “but it also builds on our rich history of combining first-rate academics with a premier student Work Experience Program in a way that builds character and shapes values. Already, Gate Scholars are emerging as some of Berry’s most promising future leaders.”



[The work program] has helped me realize what perseverance and hard work truly mean. A lot of people are standing beside the Gate Scholars and rooting for our success.

Kelly Wiggins Math major St. Simons Island, Ga. Ambassador of special projects, Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum; 2012-13 resident assistant

Kelly “

I have learned that although sometimes opportunity may present itself to you, it is still up to you to recognize it and chase it down. It’s very easy to sit around and wait for something great to happen, but making those great things happen through your own hard work is a true test of character.

Darren Barnet International studies major Los Angeles, Calif. Sports producer for Viking Fusion and interactive media assistant for e-communication services


I have learned that hard work is required to achieve anything in life. With hard work and dedication, I will be able to accomplish anything that I set my mind to.


Leah Bolden Biology major Bowie, Md. Class of 2015 Firsthand4You representative


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At all times, I feel that there is someone who believes in me and thinks that I have what it takes to succeed, which helps me put my head down and fight for what I want out of life. If I could say one thing to my donor, it would be that the words “thank you” are honestly not enough. You have truly changed the course of my life and the lives of countless others still to come. I only hope I can someday touch someone’s life in the way that you have touched mine.

Rebekah ”

Rebekah Ingram Psychology major Alpharetta, Ga. Supervisor, Student Prospect Research Team


The sheer generosity displayed by the people donating to this scholarship is truly remarkable and inspiring. Knowing that I have a donor investing in my education drives me to perform at the utmost of my abilities, whether I am in the classroom or in the workplace. If I could say one thing to my donor, I would thank them for believing in me and trusting that I am a worthwhile investment of their time and money.

Ethan Purser Economics major Rockmart, Ga. Supervisor, Student Activities Office Facilities Team; sports information assistant

photography by Paul O’Mara

STUDENTS who attended

Berry College on Gate of Opportunity Scholarships in the 2011-12 academic year how the unique program affected his or her ability to go to school on the world’s largest campus, you likely will hear something very similar to psychology major Anna Brasher’s uncomplicated response: “If it were not for the Gate of Opportunity program, I would not be at Berry at all.” Through the generosity of alumni and friends over the last three years, the Gate of Opportunity Scholarship program has been making it possible for these students to “work their way through Berry” with the prospect of graduating debt free. Now, thanks to the tremendous gift of a loyal friend of the college who hopes to inspire the participation of others, the program will grow even faster, eventually expanding the number of Gate of Opportunity Scholarships by 80. This friend has established a $10 million Donor Opportunity Fund that is creating opportunity for more Berry alumni and friends to create opportunity for Berry students. The fund is matching the gifts of individuals and groups, such as reunion classes, who endow new Gate of Opportunity Scholar­ ships outright or expand existing scholarships into Gate of Opportunity status. Gifts are matched at the rate of $1.25 for every new dollar given, making creation of a $225,000 Gate of

Opportunity endowed fund possible with a gift of $100,000. This means the donor provides about 45 percent of the funds needed, the Donor Opportunity Fund 55 percent. The same math works for enhancing an existing scholarship. If, for example, a donor or group of donors opts to expand a scholarship fund of $130,000 into a Gate Scholarship fund, he or she would make a new gift of $42,222, and the Donor Opportunity Fund would provide $52,778 in matching funds for a grand total of $225,000. Planned gifts, such as those made through an estate, also can be matched using a different formula. “The seed gift for the Donor Opportunity Fund is an amazing vote of confidence in Berry’s enduring mission,” said President Steve Briggs. “We are honored and humbled to be able to use these funds to expand the Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Program, which is rooted in Martha Berry’s timeless concept of helping students help them­ selves. At a time when concern over college expenses is making national headlines, new Gate of Opportunity Scholarships will enable even more talented, hardworking students to gain a life-changing Berry education.” For more information, please contact Scott Breithaupt: 877-461-0039 or




Making a Berry education possible LUMNI AND FRIENDS OF BERRY COLLEGE have

once again generously supported students through gifts for Gate of Opportunity Scholarships, named scholarships, the Work Experience Program and the general fund. We are deeply grateful for each and every contribution because all help make a Berry education exceptional and accessible for talented and hardworking students. The following gifts and pledges of $10,000 or more were made between Nov. 1, 2011, and Feb. 29, 2012. Thank you! Terrence Carroll and Susan T. Anderson, $25,000 for master planning for needs in animal science Anonymous, $10 million to create the Donor Opportunity Fund Anonymous, $25,020 addition to the Betty Anne Rouse Bell Endowed Scholarship Anonymous, $29,000 for the general fund Anonymous, $222,500 for facilities improvement Anonymous, $10,100 for the Baseball Team Fund Anonymous, $25,000 for the Berry Enterprises Venture Fund Bryson Foundation Ltd., $10,000 to increase the John R. and Margaret W. Faison Endowed Scholarship Chick-fil-A Inc., $250,262 for the Chick-fil-A Scholarship



Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc., $15,000 for the general fund Tina Stancil Denicole (85C), $41,500 for the football/field sports complex John Nichols Elgin (81C), $10,000 for the general fund William H. Ellsworth Foundation, $20,000 for the William H. Ellsworth Expendable Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Richard and Barbara Gaby Foundation, $50,000 for the football/field sports complex Georgia Independent College Association, $19,719 for the general fund Earl B. Johnson, $20,000 in-kind gift of a horse Stephen (63C) and Nancy Harkness (62C) Kelly, $10,125 to support the 1962C Dairy Milk Quality Manager Endowed Work Position John C. Kemp (64C), $15,000 to create the John C. and Linda Kelso Kemp Scholarship Fund Mary Lewis, $25,000 to establish the Alva Sanders Bennett Endowed Scholarship Peter and Tamara Musser, $100,000 to create the Peter and Tamara Musser Endowed Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Tony M. Page Sr., $10,000 for the Baseball Team Fund Linda S. Parham, $15,492 in-kind gift of tack and barn supplies, equestrian apparel and a horse

Larry L. Schoolar (55C), $74,000 addition to the Larry L. Schoolar and Mary E. Schoolar Clark Endowed Scholarship to create the Larry L. Schoolar and Mary E. Schoolar Clark Endowed Gate of Opportunity Scholarship. S. Douglas and Ann Sharp, $10,000 to be divided equally between the Robert Inman and Kate T. Payne Jersey Beef and Jersey Milk enterprise CEO student work positions Reginald E. (51C) and Maxine Strickland, $100,000 addition to the Reginald E. Strickland

Endowed Gate of Opportunity Scholarship and $15,000 for the Reginald E. Strickland Expendable Gate of Opportunity Scholarship. John Thomason, $30,000 in-kind gift of a horse Philip D. (59C) and Lois J. Whanger, $20,000 charitable gift annuity to ultimately support the general fund Bob (62H) and Kay Williams, $16,400 in-kind gift of a truck BEQUESTS The estate of Paul F. Thiele, $51,908 unrestricted

Student Photographer Blake Childers


Non-cash donations such as gifts of real estate, computer equipment, life insurance policies, vehicles, and yes, even horses, can mean a lot to Berry students like Kristin Brennan because they provide financial and tangible resources for immediate use. The horse pictured above was recently donated by Linda S. Parham to further education, demonstration and research at Berry’s Gunby Equine Center.


are they now 1980s Joy Forkner Joyner (80C) retired in October 2011 from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources as manager of Providence Canyon State Conservation Park. Jim Moon Jr. (85C) is church planting coach and church health consultant for Church Multiplication Ministries. He also continues as lead pastor at the bilingual Crosspoint Encuentro Church in Smyrna, Ga. Bernie Jarriel (88C) and wife Tammy have moved to Wasilla, Alaska, where he is administrator for Mat-Su Home Care and Hospice.

1990s Doreen S. Young (91C) has joined the Tampa, Fla., office of GrayRobinson P.A. as a counsel attorney in the securities litigation

practice group. She focuses on securities litigation, arbitration and regulatory matters. Melissa Price (92C) graduated in 2011 from Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn., with a Master of Arts degree in education and is teaching English at Blackman High School in Murfreesboro. Sean Durity (93C) was one of five winners in the Yahoo! Contributor Network’s 2011 Content of the Year contest for a story about the eternal bond shared by his grandparents. The story, which received more than 700,000 page views, relates the poignant tale of a package from his grandfather to his grandmother that was delivered 67 years late, arriving just in time to comfort her in her last weeks of life. Durity, of Mableton, Ga., is lead database administrator for The Home Depot. Brian Ridley (93C) recently received his doctorate in education from the University of West Georgia. He is principal of Haralson County Middle School in Tallapoosa, Ga. Donal Macoy (94C) was named the 2011 Class AAA Coach of the

Members of Berry’s 1976 women’s basketball team returned to campus Feb. 11 for a celebration honoring their AIAW national championship. They are pictured here with current coach Stephanie Dunn (far left) and the 2011-12 Lady Vikings. Alumnae in attendance included Celeste Powell Giordano (78c), Paula Dean (78C), Sharon Adamson Bass (78C), Pam Pinyon Thompson (78C), Margaret Downing (78C) and Lisa Lynn Payne (79C).

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Dr. Jerry C. Davis (61C) was named president of the American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities in February 2011. He is president of the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo.

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Year for girls soccer by the Georgia Soccer Coaches Association. He teaches physical education and coaches at Riverwood International Charter School, where he also serves as assistant athletic director. Michele Kelmer (95C) and husband Victor Kaposonore welcomed daughter Chloe Chiedza Kaposonore on Nov. 8, 2011. The family resides in Bloomington, Ind. Scott Chancey (95C), sports editor at the Greenwood (S.C.) Index-Journal, has received a national award from Associated Press Sports Editors for his role in the production of the Index-Journal’s 2011 preseason football preview. In 2008, APSE honored his work as a sports writer at the Albany (Ga.) Herald. Stephanie Moon McCormick (95C) has accepted the call to serve as minister of discipleship for Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Lexington, Ky., leading in the areas of adult faith formation and evangelism. She lives in Lexington with husband Sean McCormick (92C) and daughter Kendall. Brad Alexander (95C) has joined the public affairs firm of McGuireWoods Consulting as a senior vice president responsible for leading the Georgia Government Relations Group. Previously, he was a founding and managing partner of Georgia360. Alexander also has

served as chief of staff to Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, playing a leadership role in operating the upper chamber of the Georgia state legislature as he dealt with budget, tax, infrastructure and health-care related issues. He also has worked as a press secretary and district director in the U.S. House of Representatives, as a federal relations staffer for Duke University, and as a strategic consultant for numerous political campaigns. Branham Biggers (96C) has been named executive director of the First Tee of Greenville (S.C.), a nonprofit youth development program taught through the game of golf. Branham and wife Tracey Biggers (05G) reside in Greenville with daughter Chelsea. Donna Thompson Braden (96C) and husband Chad announce the Aug. 9, 2011, birth of son Carson William. Donna is a public relations manager at Floyd Medical Center in Rome. The couple resides in Kingston, Ga. Juliette Newton Smith (96C) and husband Joey welcomed daughter Rylie Juliette Smith on May 5, 2011, weighing 6 pounds, 8 ounces and measuring 18 inches long. Rylie joined big brother Logan at the family home in Lawrenceville, Ga.



An unexpected

gift Asthon Staniszewski (09C) / Jackson Spalding Creative

THIS PAST CHRISTMAS, Kristie Boring Chamlee (93C) gave a priceless gift to a baby boy she didn’t know – the gift of life. With a simple donation of her bone marrow, Kristie provided the only known cure for the child’s disease, an extremely rare, highly fatal bone disorder known as malignant infantile osteopetrosis. Years earlier, Kristie had registered with the National Marrow Donor Program in hopes of helping a teen from her church with leukemia. Kristie wasn’t a match for the girl, but she stayed on the donor list. As years passed without a call, Kristie began to wonder whether she would ever have the opportunity to help someone. Then one day in August 2011, the phone rang. “When they told me about the baby and that I was a potential match, I cried,” she recalled. “To be able to do something like that for someone is very touching. When I talked about it, people would ask if I was afraid it would hurt. I’d tell them, ‘If that person needs you and there’s no one else out there who can help them, you’re not going to worry if it will hurt. You’re the person they need, the one who can save their life.’” Kristie couldn’t have said it better, as the odds of finding a perfect bone marrow match are one in 20,000. After several more months of tests that confirmed her as a match, Kristie and her husband, John Chamlee (92C), flew to Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., for the hourlong procedure. A day later, she returned to her Lawrenceville, Ga., home and soon resumed her duties as the mother of three children and a mural artist. Kristie doesn’t know if she’ll ever meet the boy who received her bone marrow, but she does know that her donation saved him. She says she’d do it all again if given the chance. After all, she insists, it is she who received the gift.

by Debbie Rasure



Brian Brodrick (97C), right, was installed as the 2012 chairman of the Athens (Ga.) Area Chamber of Commerce at the organization’s 109th annual meeting in February. Brian, who is also a member of the Berry College Board of Visitors and a recent addition to the board of the Georgia Humanities Council, is pictured at the event with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

2000s Katie Aho Weinstein (01C) and Mike Weinstein (03C) announce the Dec. 14, 2011, birth of daughter Robbie Kate. She joined big brother Riley (2) in the family’s Atlanta home. Brad Hayes (01C) is a full-time gospel minister at Lookout Hall Church of Christ in Summerville, Ga. He also writes sports articles about the Trion City Schools athletic program for the Trion Facts. Brad is married to Judy Swanson Hayes, and they have two boys, Luke (15) and Jake (10). The family resides in Trion. Kelly Jones McLendon (01C), director of member services of the Georgia Pharmacy Association, has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential, the highest professional credential in the industry. Less than 5 percent of all association members have this distinction. Jason Yelton (00C, 02G) and Jacquelyn Lance Yelton (00C, 02G) announce the Dec. 22, 2011, birth of daughter Ansley Ruth, who joined big brother Beckett and big sister Maggie Brooke at their Canton, Ga., residence. Darya Dismuke-Barnes (03C) and husband Anthony announce the Oct. 6, 2009, birth of daughter Malia Ava, who joined brother Jayden (10) at the family residence in Cartersville, Ga. Darya received her master’s degree in education in 2006 and an Education Specialist degree in curriculum in 2009. She teaches second grade at Cartersville Primary School.

Joe Psaila (02C) and Julie Dobson Psaila (03C) announce the birth of second child Colin Alexander on Nov. 15, 2011, weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches. He joined brother Trent at the family home in Calhoun, Ga. Amanda Atwood (06C) was selected by International Auto Processing to serve as executive administrative assistant to the president and the director of business development. Laura Hayes (07G) has been named Teacher of the Year for Chattooga County (Ga.) Schools. She has been an eighth-grade math teacher at Summerville Middle School for six years. Laura and husband Kenneth live in Calhoun with son Trevor Bush, a senior at Sonoraville High School.

2010s Adam Levi Houck (10C) and Leslie Kirk Houck (08C) celebrated the birth of daughter Elinor “Ellie” Allison Michelle Houck on Sept. 22, 2011. Caitlyn Barron (11C) is enrolled in Kennesaw State University’s master’s degree program in integrated global communication and was selected for a graduate assistantship. She and her fellow students are featured in ads for the program that run nationally and internationally.

Deaths Berry College extends sincere condolences to family and friends of the following alumni, faculty and staff members, and retirees. This list includes notices received Nov. 1 – Feb. 29, 2012.

1930s Len B. Walton (30H, 35C) of Carrollton, Ga., Nov. 8, 2010. Maude Ford Huston (35H) of Athens, Ga., March 25, 2011. Arch L. MacNair (36C) of Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 2, 2012. W. Carl Paul (36C) of Atlanta, Nov. 12, 2011.

1940s Margaret Martin Quinn (37H) of Murphy, N.C., Nov. 8, 2011. Rebecca M. Burnett (40H, 44C) of Louisville, Ky., Jan. 1, 2012. Thomas J. Spruill (40H) of Chickamauga, Ga., Nov. 13, 2011.

Christeen Clifton Pope (42H, 46C) of Springville, Ala., Nov. 12, 2011. Edward Lamar Wade (42C) of Kingston, Ga., Jan. 1, 2012. Myrtle Joiner Lawhon (43C) of Rock Hill, S.C., Jan. 25, 2012. Christine Goss Williford (43c) of Elberton, Ga., Oct. 28, 2011. Ruth Bell Cook (45C) of Atlanta, Oct. 31, 2011. Grace Moore Johnson (45c) of Oak Ridge, Tenn., Nov. 1, 2011. Horace L. Strickland (45H, 50C) of Lake Wylie, S.C., Dec. 21, 2011. Innes Crisp Simmons (46C) of Trenton, Ga., Dec. 8, 2011. Bobbie Dixon Burks (47C) of Pensacola, Fla., Jan. 26, 2012. Lucille Hubbard Brackett (48c) of Blue Ridge, Ga., Oct. 18, 2011. John B. Hawkins (48c) of Roberta, Ga., Dec. 19, 2011. Dorothy Giddens Jones (48c) of Beaufort, S.C., Sept. 17, 2011. Kathleen Elizabeth McLarty (49c) of Loganville, Ga., Nov. 3, 2011.

AlumniAuthors Berry magazine has been notified about the following new alumni-authored books since our last listing. Congratulations! nC  harity

R. Carney, Ph.D. (03C), Ministers and Masters: Methodism, Manhood, and Honor in the Old South, November 2011, or

If you have a newly published book (2011-12) 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 a subject line of “Berry Alumni Authors.”

1950s Harold N. Dennis (50C) of Lawrenceville, Ga., Jan. 25, 2011. Bebe Hodges Weaver (50H) of Vestavia, Ala., Jan. 5, 2010. Robert Gainfort Houser (51C) of Arnoldsville, Ga., Nov. 10, 2011. Genevie Kenemer Pugh (51c) of Kingston, Tenn., Nov. 26, 2011. Leonard P. Pilgrim Jr. (52H) of Shannon, Ga., Jan. 4, 2012. Ruby Walker Adamson (53c) of Grantville, Ga., Nov. 18, 2011. Bert C. Seegars (55c) of Florence, S.C., Dec. 31, 2011. William Wesley Leachman (57H, 61C) of Dallas, Ga., Feb. 10, 2012. L. Eugene Black (58c) of Tunnel Hill, Ga., Feb. 10, 2012. Joyce Paradise Fortson (59C) of Rome, Feb. 20, 2012. Ruenette B. Gilbert (59C) of Dalton, Ga., Dec. 18, 2011.

1960s Peggy A. Davis Tranvaag (62C) of Plantation, Fla., Dec. 8, 2011. Patricia Drake Chappell (63C) of Locust Grove, Ga., Feb. 8, 2011. W.H. Copenhaver Jr. (63c) of Douglasville, Ga., July 12, 2009. Hugh David Buffington (64C) of Lavonia, Ga., Nov. 8, 2011. Joan Faulkenberry Armstrong (66C) of Heath Springs, S.C., Sept. 20, 2010. William John Simpkins (67H) of Phoenix, Jan. 4, 2012. Dalton H. Tunstill (67c) of Huntsville, Ala., June 9, 2009.

1970s Robert Gregory Cordle (70C) of Rome, Feb. 17, 2012. Amy Anne Smith (79C) of Roswell, Ga., Jan. 23, 2012.

1980s Wayne David Stick (84C) of Boscawen, N.H., Dec. 30, 2011. Lisa Oster Brown (87C) of Tallahassee, Fla., March 27, 2008.

2000s Jonathan Hardin (04C, FS), of Rome, March 11, 2012.

Faculty/Staff Thomas P. Evans of Seminole, Fla. (retired professor of business administration and director of research), June 16, 2011. Jerrel D. Whitworth of Holland, Mich. (retired from the admissions office), Dec. 13, 2011.

In memoriam Daniel U. Biggers, former dean of students and director of Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum, passed away Dec. 5, 2011. Biggers served Berry College for 30 years, retiring in 1996. He was named an honorary alumnus in 1980 and earned the Phoenix Award from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1983 for leadership in the field of conservation and preservation. An accomplished actor, Biggers appeared in more than 35 films, commercials and industrial films and received a lifetime achievement award from the Georgia Screen Actors Guild. He was best known for his recurring role as Dr. Frank Robb in the In the Heat of the Night television series. Biggers is survived by wife Edna Baird Biggers, as well as sons and daughters-in-law Brad (74A) and Kay, Reed (77A, 82C) and Shannon (81C), and Branham (96C) and Tracey (05G). Memorial contri­ butions can be made to the Dan Biggers Distinguished Actor Award, Berry College, P.O. Box 490069, Mount Berry, GA 30419.

1990s K. Lynn Little Wofford (92C) of Acworth, Ga., Sept. 26, 2009. Pamela A. Collins (95C) of Fort Payne, Ala., Jan. 4, 2012.



GLASS FOR MATH High Point University (N.C.) publicized the appointment of Melissa Glass (09C) as an instructor of mathematics. Glass holds a Master of Arts degree in mathematics from Wake Forest University and specializes in analysis, particularly fractals.

So we’ve heard From the editors of Berry magazine: Highlights about Berry alumni sometimes come to our attention via the news media – especially when a Berry affiliation is mentioned. When we can, we want to share what we’ve heard with you. See any names you know?

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the selection of Angela Dickey (75A, 79C) as the 2011 recipient of the James Clement Dunn Award for Excellence in recognition of her exemplary performance as deputy principal officer in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The intellectual property law firm of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C., based in Washington, D.C., announced the election of Martha A. Rose Gillentine, Ph.D., (96C) as a director in the biotechnology/ chemical practice group. Gillentine holds her J.D. from George Mason University and a Ph.D. in biological chemistry from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

The Dallas Morning News reported that Mark Banta (82C) has been named presi­ dent of Klyde Warren Park, a 5.2acre green space being created over an existing freeway in Dallas, Texas, through the efforts of the Woodall Rodgers Park Founda­tion. Banta was featured in a 2007 Berry magazine article for his role at the helm of Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. reported that Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has reappointed Stanley L. Tate (65C) of Carrollton, Ga., to the Board of Examiners for Certification of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators and Laboratory Analysts. Tate is a member of Berry’s Board of Visitors and holds a law degree from the Woodrow Wilson College of Law. carried news about the plans of entrepreneur James “Trippy” Tumblin (00C) and wife Sassy to open their second Dickey’s Barbeque Pit restaurant. Their first store is in Watkinsville, Ga.; their second is in Athens. The Calhoun Times announced the promotion of Will Taylor (03C, 07G) to chief financial officer of North Georgia National Bank, while covered the appointment of Emily Moothart (89C) as director of group sales for the Washington Ward Park Marriott, a historic hotel near Embassy Row in Washington, D.C.

Bridgette Boylan’s (80C) charitable work in the poorest slum of Kenya was the subject of a Gwinnett Daily Post feature. Boylan first visited Africa in 2008 with a church The Marietta Daily Journal group and has touted the research of Allen Bell returned three times (95C) on the economic impact of since with Partners for the creative industries. Bell is a Care, a small director for South Arts, a Alpharetta-based nonprofit regional arts organi­ nonprofit focused on zation in Atlanta. John Bohn / Courtesy of the Gwinnett Daily Post the elimination of preventable diseases in the African nation. Among many The Rome News-Tribune carried news about Earl Tillman (52H) and other contributions, Boylan, an Alexander “Whit” Whitaker (81C, FS). Tillman was honored with interior designer, has been able Rome’s Heart of the Community Board of Governor’s Award in to use her talents to provide recognition of service to his community. Whitaker, chief of staff in the beauty that lifts the spirits of president’s office at Berry, is a new addition to the Advisory Board of those living in dismal conditions. Directors for SunTrust Bank, Northwest Georgia.



The Rome News-Tribune highlighted the 2012 induction of Bob Williams (62H) and Dwight Henderson (77C) into the RomeFloyd Sports Hall of Fame. Williams was honored for meritorious service in support of high school and collegiate sports (including teams at Berry), his role as a sports commentator, and his efforts to promote and build local athletics. Henderson was honored for lifetime achievement. He coached football, basketball and track and led boys’ basketball teams to more victories than any other coach in Rome history. Sixth-grade math teacher Beth Wall (99C) made news in the Thomaston (Ga.) Times when she was named Teacher of the Year for both Upson-Lee Middle School and the ThomastonUpson School System. Anthony (01C) and Marjorie Lester (02C) Daniell were included in the special “Romance in the heart of Cleveland” Valentine’s Day story published by the Cleveland (Tenn.) Banner. The couple said they fell in love at Berry. In fact, according to Anthony, it was “love at first conversation” in Krannert Center. A Ram truck YouTube video stars steer roper Dennis DaSilva (74A, 78C) and his barrel-racing daughter Becca, who use the sturdy vehicles to travel from their farm in Metamora, Mich., to rodeos across the Midwest. The video can be accessed at www. watch?v=EcmvBrXi4EE.


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MEMORY GIFTS Nov. 1, 2011 – Feb. 29, 2012 Mr. William T. Aiken Mr. Robert T. Aiken II Mr. Russell S. Ashton Mrs. Doris L. Ashton Miss Betty Barbour Mrs. Patricia Massingill Folsom Miss Martha Berry Mr. Lonnie M. Tapley Dr. John R. Bertrand Mr. Jack L. Pigott Mrs. Erlene Shealy Bethea Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Martin McElyea Mr. Dan U. Biggers Mr. and Mrs. Frank Barron Jr. The Rev. George H. Donigian Mr. and Mrs. William G. Fron Dr. and Mrs. Dwight Kinzer Mr. Wiley C. Owen Mrs. Virginia B. Bradford The Rev. and Mrs. Fred L. Maddox Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Sumner Dr. N. Gordon Carper Mr. Bart A. Cox Mr. Kenneth R. Gable Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Paul Raybon Mr. Gomer Collier Mr. Kim W. Mitchell Mrs. Audrey Wood Crew Mrs. Ramona Crew Scholtes

Mrs. Melinda Vines Cribb Mrs. Elizabeth Payne Dause Dr. Harold N. Dennis The Rev. and Mrs. Fred L. Maddox Mr. Wayne L. Dowdey Mr. and Mrs. William G. Fron Mr. Kenneth R. Fraley Dr. Philip D. Whanger Mr. Charlie Freeman Jr. Mrs. Edna Baird Biggers Mrs. Sandra Gresham Frost Mr. W. Leon Frost Mr. Thomas C. Glover Mrs. Ellen Free Lueck Dr. Jorge Gonzalez Mrs. Susan Lee Hauser Dr. Larry A. Green Mrs. Susan Lee Hauser Mrs. Anne Sims Hawkins Mr. James F. Hawkins Mr. Joseph J. Hillman Mrs. Evelyn Wall Hillman Mrs. Avis Hardaker Ivey Mrs. Starr Ivey Cain Mrs. Grace Moore Johnson East Tennessee Berry Alumni Chapter Ms. Amy Jo Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Aaron Brittain Mr. William Wesley Leachman Ms. Jean Blume Mr. and Mrs. Frank L. Hemphill Mr. Bill House and family Mr. Don R. Leachman

Miss Margie V. Lowrance Mrs. Mary Lowrance Mr. Percy T. Marchman Dr. Ouida W. Dickey Ms. Carolyn Thompson Smith Mr. Arnold Mount Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ivan Arroyo Mr. E. Thaxton Mullis Mrs. Marguerite K. Mullis Mrs. Pyungim Park Mr. Sunny Park Mr. W. Carl Paul Dr. Ouida W. Dickey Mr. Timothy R. Howard Mr. and Mrs. Robert I. Payne Mr. and Mrs. S. Douglas Sharp Mrs. Evelyn Hoge Pendley Mrs. Carolyn Tillman Steele Dr. Amber T. Prince Mrs. Carolyn Tillman Steele Mrs. Genevie Kenemer Pugh East Tennessee Berry Alumni Chapter Mrs. Patsy B. Self Mr. Franklin D. Self Dr. Gloria M. Shatto Mrs. Sandra Ayers Mr. Kenneth Shaver Mrs. Charlotte Shaver Ortiz Mrs. Joyce Hendrix Shelton Mrs. Sara Peel Fallis Ms. Hilda Dixie Sherman Ms. Kathryn Bernett Mr. and Mrs. George Harrison Mrs. Carole P. Ocheltree


MEMORY AND HONOR GIFTS Special thanks go out for the following gifts to Berry, which were specifically designated in memory or honor of

Mrs. Martha Grogan Solomons Mr. and Mrs. George H. Holland Mrs. Bettie Hester McClain Mr. and Mrs. Bobby W. Nolen Mrs. Mary Crawford Wynn Mr. Henry Sonier Mr. Terry Lee Frix Mr. Thomas Sullivan Mrs. Sue Sullivan Mrs. Grace Lipscomb Thompson Mr. Timothy R. Howard Mrs. Lila Gladin Underwood Mr. Carroll C. Underwood Mr. Eugene Wade Mr. and Mrs. George F. Wade Mr. Earl Williams Mr. Jeffrey F. Hetsko

HONOR GIFTS Nov. 1, 2011 – Feb. 29, 2012 Class of 44H Mr. Carroll C. Underwood Class of 67C Mrs. Gayle Graviett Gmyrek Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Baker Mr. Robert A. Baker Dr. Susan Jean Baker Mr. Robert A. Baker Mr. William N. Bethea Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Martin McElyea



Dr. D. Dean Cantrell Mrs. Carolyn Tillman Steele Mr. and Mrs. A. Milton Chambers Mrs. Rebecca Nunnery Covington Mr. and Mrs. Sammy V. Freeman Dr. and Mrs. Lee R. Clendenning Sr. Mr. Alan Steven Henderson Ms. Wendy Davis Mr. Jeffrey Douglas Horn Mrs. Barbara DeStephano Mrs. Carolyn Tillman Steele Dr. Ouida W. Dickey Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Gerald Allen Dr. and Mrs. David V. Martin Mrs. Ruth A. Glover Mrs. Ellen Free Lueck Mr. Randall M. Goble Ms. Debbie E. Heida Mr. J. Lewis Hamrick Mrs. C. Leigh Hamrick Verm Dr. Lauren Raymer Heller Mr. and Mrs. Andre J. Lovas Mr. Noel Lawrence Hillman Mrs. Evelyn Wall Hillman Mr. Daniel DeWayne Kohl Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Kohl Mr. Ross A. Magoulas Mrs. Susan Lee Hauser Mr. William E. Roseen Ms. Kathryn L. Roseen Mrs. Janis Stancil Ms. Tina Stancil Denicole Mrs. Evelyn Spradlin Standridge Mr. Donald E. Rhodes Dr. and Mrs. David Manning Stubbs Mrs. Lola Coleburn Stubbs Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Tate Mrs. Lola Coleburn Stubbs Mrs. Kay Williams Mr. and Mrs. Michael David Williams

GIFTS TO NAMED SCHOLARSHIPS AND WORK ENDOWMENTS Nov. 1, 2011 – Feb. 29, 2012 Frank and Kathryn Adams Endowed Scholarship Dr. Christina G. Bucher Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. McLeod Dr. James H. Watkins Dr. Lara B. Whelan Agriculture Alumni Endowed Scholarship Ms. Eugenia Lynn Aycock Mr. and Mrs. Michael Matthew Little Mr. and Mrs. Weldon Arvile Smitherman Mr. Marion C. Thomas III Mr. and Mrs. Charlie P. Underwood Jr. Mr. Benjamin O. Willingham Leo W. Anglin Memorial Scholarship Dr. and Mrs. Wade A. Carpenter Dr. Jacqueline Macy McDowell Bank of America GICA Scholarship Georgia Independent College Association Lemuel, Mary and James Banks Endowed Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. Wayne W. Canady Beaird Family Ramifications Editor-inChief Work Award Mrs. Joan Sampson Betty Ann Rouse Bell Endowed Scholarship Anonymous Alva Sanders Bennett Endowed Scholarship Mrs. Mary Lewis



John R. and Annabel Hodges Bertrand Endowed Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Sims Dan Biggers Distinguished Actor Award Mr. and Mrs. Ralph H. Baird Jr. Mrs. Shannon W. Biggers Mr. and Mrs. M. Scott Breithaupt Mr. and Mrs. James M. Burdette Dr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Carver Mr. and Mrs. Dan C. Castor Ms. Susan A. Chambers Mrs. Elizabeth A. Dutton Mrs. Rita Kay Lawler Mr. Ross A. Magoulas Mr. and Mrs. John M. Major Ms. Sheila J. McCoy Dr. and Mrs. Matthew P. Mumber Dr. and Mrs. W. Gene Richardson Mrs. Michele R. Snipes Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Steele Mr. Steven Wayne Strickland Mr. and Mrs. Charles Thomas Dr. James David Tichenor Mr. and Mrs. Roswell Lee Walburn Mr. and Mrs. Charles O’Brien Wilkie Heritage First Bank S.I. Storey Lumber Company Inc. W.S. Black Conservation Scholarship Miss Margie Ann Black Joshua Bradshaw-Whittemore Memorial Endowed Scholarship Mr. Richard N. Bass Mr. and Mrs. Alfred BradshawWhittemore Horace Brown Chemistry Scholarship Mr. Paul D. Brown Louise Paul Brown Work Scholarship Dr. Horace D. Brown Merck Company Foundation Wanda Lou Bumpus Endowed Scholarship Ms. Julie A. Bumpus Dr. David R. Burnette Endowed Agriculture Leadership Scholarship Mr. Leach Delano Richards Sr. Maj. and Mrs. Richard Allen Terry Mr. Burton E. Winfrey N. Gordon Carper Award Mrs. Joyce B. Carper N. Gordon Carper Endowed History Scholarship Dr. Jonathan M. Atkins Mr. and Mrs. Gerald L. Blanchard Mr. Lindsey Levi Brown Mrs. Joyce B. Carper Mrs. Elizabeth Owings Dulson Ms. Diana Dumas Mr. William R. Enloe Drs. William and Sara Hoyt Mrs. Diane M. Land Mrs. Charlotte B. Parsons Dr. Chaitram Singh Mrs. Shannon Daley Smith Microsoft Corp. Time Warner Inc. Noel and Todd Carper Endowed Award Mrs. Joyce B. Carper A. Milton and Joann Chambers Endowed Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. William M. Chambers Chick-fil-A Scholarship Chick-fil-A Inc. G. Bert and Cathy Clark Endowed Study Abroad Scholarship Goodwin Wright Inc. Northwestern Mutual Foundation James F. Clark Expendable Internship Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. James F. Clark Percy N. Clark and Family Scholarship Mr. Paul Norman Clark Class of 1943C Scholarship Ms. April H. Lovegrove

Class of 1951C Memorial Endowed Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nathan Smelley Class of 1954C Endowed Scholarship Mr. A. Randall Cooper Class of 1956C Endowed Scholarship Mr. Russell M. Evans Mrs. Bobby Gene Walker Fulmer Mrs. Sue Hegwood Howel Class of 1957C Scholarship Dr. Latha Mimbs Barnes Dr. and Mrs. Harlan L. Chapman Mr. and Mrs. Edward England Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Charlie J. Weatherford Mr. Franklin D. Windham Class of 1960C Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Dr. and Mrs. Jimmy T. Bell Mr. Loyd C. Gass Mr. and Mrs. Henry Howell Mr. Roy C. Parker Mr. and Mrs. Charlie A. Powell Mr. and Mrs. W. Cleveland Rowland Mr. and Mrs. Milton Sowell Mr. and Mrs. Glynn Tindall Mr. and Mrs. James Perry Vincent Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Macon Sidney Wheeler GE Fund Class of 1961C Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Mr. Loyd C. Gass Mr. and Mrs. Bowen H. McCoy Mr. J. Ronald Thornton Class of 1962C Dairy Milk Quality Manager Endowed Work Position Mr. Stephen and Mrs. Nancy Harkness Kelly Class of 1963C Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Mr. James A. Fowler Mr. Walter K. Gill Mrs. Dorothy Warner Johns Mrs. E. Faye Mayo Phillips Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Sumner Mr. Larry Bernarr Webb Class of 1964C Campus Carrier Editor-inChief Work Endowment Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ragsdale Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sumner Class of 1965C Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. Ronald E. Dayhoff Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Ragsdale Class of 1953H Scholarship in Memory of Staley-Loveday Dr. Bernard M. Spooner Mr. James Harold Stamey Mrs. Constance Phillips Stewart Mr. and Mrs. Charlie P. Underwood Jr. George W. Cofield Memorial Scholarship Fund Mr. and Mrs. Charlie P. Underwood Jr. Rembert and Virginia Cornelison Endowed Scholarship Mrs. Virginia Allen Cornelison Edward Gray and Doris Cook Dickey Endowed Scholarship Mr. Glenn C. Wallace Jessiruth Smith Doss Scholarship Dr. Calvin L. Doss Edwards Endowed Scholarship Mr. Scott A. Edwards B. Leon Elder Endowed Scholarship Dr. and Mrs. Joe A. Elder Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Martin McElyea William H. Ellsworth Expendable Gate of Opportunity Scholarship William H. Ellsworth Foundation John R. and Margaret Weaver Faison Scholarship Bryson Foundation Ltd.

Ray F. Faulkenberry Expendable Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. Milton Sowell J. Paul Ferguson Endowed Scholarship Dr. J. Paul Ferguson Willard Ferguson Science Scholarship Mr. Willard Ferguson George Gaddie Endowed Scholarship Mrs. Arlene D. Minshew Mrs. Cherrie D. Shaw Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Mrs. Frances Denney Barnett Dr. Horace D. Brown Mr. and Mrs. Cecil M. Carney Mrs. Johnnie Mae Smith Curry Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dwayne Davis Dr. and Mrs. Kermit Hutcheson Mr. Daniel Robert Massey Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Martin McElyea Mr. and Mrs. James Earl Moody Jr. Mrs. Rebecca Underwood Sewell Mrs. Jean W. Stroud Mr. and Mrs. Roy Stuart Mrs. Lola Coleburn Stubbs Mrs. Ann Allen Williams GICA/AFLAC Education Scholarship Georgia Independent College Association GICA/AFLAC Nursing Scholarship Georgia Independent College Association Ed and Gayle Graviett Gmyrek Scholarship Mrs. Gayle Graviett Gmyrek Jorge and Ondina Gonzalez Endowed Scholarship Mrs. Ondina Santos Gonzalez Mr. Karl D. Lehman Sam W. and Lillie H. Gray Endowed Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Wendell Clamp Larry A. Green Memorial Scholarship Dr. Janna S. Johnson Mrs. Melanie Green Jones Ms. Dorothy L. Matthews Dr. Mary Elizabeth Outlaw Mr. Wiley C. Owen Mr. and Mrs. Bennie W. Reed Mr. Robert L. Tippett Mr. and Mrs. Michael David Williams Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Williams L. Johnson Head Scholarship Mrs. Triss Head Jean Miller Hedden Scholarship Mrs. Jean Miller Hedden Heneisen Service Award Mrs. Laurie Hattaway Chandler Cathleen Ann Henriksen Memorial Scholarship Mrs. Dolores Robinson Turner Edna F. Hetsko Scholarship Mr. Jeffrey F. Hetsko Lewis A. Hopkins Endowed Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. Aaron D. Britt Ruby Hopkins Outstanding Student Teacher Award Mr. and Mrs. Aaron D. Britt Mr. Howard A. Richmond II Becky Musser Hosea Scholarship Mrs. Nanette Carter Ms. Susan C. Parker William R. and Sara Lippard Hoyt Scholarship Ms. Harriette R. Hoyt Ms. Nancy Thames Lippard Mrs. Ruth L. Smith Alice Anderson Hufstader Scholarship Mr. Peter H. Hufstader Emily T. Ingram Endowed Scholarship Mrs. Emily Thomason Ingram

Robert Inman and Kate T. Payne Jersey Beef Enterprise CEO Work Award Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Sharp Robert Inman and Kate T. Payne Jersey Milk Enterprise CEO Work Award Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Sharp Amy Jo Johnson Scholarship Fund Mrs. Malisa Sharifi Hagan Mendel D. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Mrs. Josephine J. Jackson Walter and Mabel Johnson Scholarship Col. Walter A. Johnson Jr. H.I. Jones Endowed Agriculture Scholarship Mrs. Joy Jones Neal Kappa Delta Pi Endowed Award Dr. Mary C. Clement John C. and Linda Kelso Kemp Scholarship Mr. John C. Kemp Clay Kenemer Memorial Scholarship Mrs. Joy Bernice Ogle Whaley Michael and Elizabeth Nesbitt Krupa Scholarship Mrs. Elizabeth Nesbitt Krupa Peter A. Lawler Endowed Scholarship Mr. David Paul Ramsey Mr. and Mrs. L.P. Roberts Motorola Foundation Clifford A. and Amelia M. Lipscomb Endowed Scholarship Dr. and Mrs. Clifford Allen Lipscomb Clifford A. and Amelia M. Lipscomb Expendable Scholarship Dr. and Mrs. Clifford Allen Lipscomb Fred H. Loveday Endowed Scholarship Dr. John E. Allen Jr. Mr. Richard H. Barley Mr. Robert T. Campbell Mr. Garland A. Earnest Mrs. Helen Guyton Frye Mr. Julian Clifford Gray Mr. Lyle H. Hess Mr. Ronald Hess Mr. and Mrs. Henry Howell Mrs. Mary M. Loveday Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Poe Mr. George E. Tate Mr. Alfred L. Wallace Mr. G. Pait Willis Anita and Howie Lowden Expendable Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. Howard J. Lowden Sr. James N. Luton Endowed Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Poe Ross Magoulas Endowed Scholarship Ms. Darlene Daehler-Wilking Mr. and Mrs. J. Herschel Davis Mr. and Mrs. Steven J. Mullen Ms. Cecily J. Nall Mannino Education Abroad Scholarship Mrs. Beverly Eileen Beck Percy Marchman Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. Frank Barron Jr. Ms. Francesca G. Bliss Mr. and Mrs. Stephen S. Durish Mr. Mark H. Femal Mr. and Mrs. W. Michael Lynch Mr. and Mrs. Andy Marchman Mr. and Mrs. Chuck E. Marchman Mr. and Mrs. Clinton D. Marchman Mr. and Mrs. Darryl A. Marchman Mr. Ray A. Marchman Ms. Emily R. Marchman Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Lee Stewart Mrs. Janie Dove Thornton Mr. and Mrs. Bobby L. Voyles Mr. and Mrs. Wayne D. Wilson Mr. James S. Winskowicz Guaranty Associated Insurance South Carolina

Guaranty Associated National and Health Insurance Guaranty Fund Management Services South Carolina Wind and Underwriting Association Mariella Griffiths Berry Loyalty Scholarship Fund Dr. Kristen A. Diliberto-Macaluso Dr. Charles Scott Markle Award Mrs. Evelyn Bilbo Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Harms Ms. Louise Wade Largen Mr. and Mrs. Alvin A. Rhoney Mr. and Mrs. Karl J. Robinson Bernick’s Beverages and Vending Dr. L. Doyle Mathis Endowed Scholarship Dr. and Mrs. L. Doyle Mathis Lawrence E. McAllister Endowed Scholarship Mr. Archie Danny Coleman Mr. and Mrs. Marion A. Sanders Edith and Harold McDaniel Scholarship Ms. Deborah L. Dempsey Mrs. Nancy M. Gibbs Mr. and Mrs. David H. Sarbey Mr. and Mrs. Scott D. Sarbey Frank Miller Memorial Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. Baxter D. Burke Mr. and Mrs. J. Herschel Davis Mr. and Mrs. Ronald E. Dayhoff Mr. and Mrs. Hudon Miller Mr. Gail Miller Minority Pathways Scholarship Mrs. Barbara Ballanger Hughes Milton A. and Frances P. Morgan Expendable Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. Milton A. Morgan Graden Mullis Scholarship Mrs. Donna Gaylor Mr. Barry D. Mullis Music Scholarship Dr. John E. Davis Peter and Tamara Musser Endowed Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. Peter Musser Al and Mary Nadassy Scholarship in Memory of Mrs. Ralph Farmer Mrs. Mary Grace Meeks Mary and Al Nadassy English Scholarship Dr. Christina G. Bucher Dr. Sandra L. Meek Dr. Mark N. Taylor Dr. James H. Watkins Dr. Lara B. Whelan NSDAR Scholarship DAR – Canton Chapter DAR – Cimarron River Valley DAR – Color Country Chapter DAR – Courtney-Spalding Chapter DAR – Daniel Cooper Chapter DAR – Fremont Chapter DAR – Friday’s Council Tree Chapter DAR – Illinois State Organization DAR – Mary Butler Chapter DAR – Mary Chesney Chapter DAR – Washoe Zephyr Chapter NSDAR Bessie Worley Parker Scholarship Fund Mr. and Mrs. Edward England Jr. Bobby Patrick Endowed Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. Len H. Camp James L. Paul Jr. Memorial Scholarship Mrs. Violet Paul Dr. Bob Pearson Scholarship Dr. and Mrs. Robert W. Pearson

Neal Quitman and Emily Lowe Pope Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. Harley F. Drury Jr. Mr. and Mrs. G. Richard Pope Pope Automotive Foundation Inc. Amber T. Prince Endowed Scholarship Dr. Steven H. Bell Ms. Jennifer Elizabeth Bush Mr. and Mrs. William Lee Byrd Jr. Mrs. Jean W. Druckenmiller Ms. Debbie E. Heida Dr. Janna S. Johnson Mr. and Mrs. James R. Lindner Jr. Amber T. Prince Expendable Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. M. Scott Breithaupt Chester A. Roush Jr. Scholarship Alex Roush Architects Inc. Dr. R. Melvin and Sarah E. Rozar Endowed Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. C.L. Tate Ann Russell Memorial Scholarship Mrs. Kathleen Robinson Ray Vesta Salmon Service Scholarship Mrs. Angela P. Reynolds S.F. Salmon Planning LLC Larry L. Schoolar and Mary E. Schoolar Clark Endowed Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Mr. Larry L. Schoolar Jerry W. Shelton Endowed Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. James Billy Blair Mrs. Mary Alice Ivey Blanton Mrs. Shirley Randle Boggs Mr. and Mrs. Morris L. Brunson Dr. and Mrs. Harlan L. Chapman Mrs. Elizabeth Ashe Cope Mr. Joe S. Crain Mrs. Jane Underwood Crawford Mr. and Mrs. James Larry Ellison Mr. Thomas Ray Fewell Mrs. Frances Busha Hart Mrs. Yvonne Barker Hughes Mr. and Mrs. George W. Hunt Mr. Russell A. Jackson Mr. Walter Buford Jennings Mr. Jack A. Jones and Mrs. Katherine Armitage Mrs. Jean Smith Massie Dr. and Mrs. L. Doyle Mathis Mrs. L. Starke Shaw May Mr. Roy N. Miller Mr. Edward Parton Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Patterson The Rev. and Mrs. William O. Priester Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm W. Quick Mrs. Joyce Stover Rowell Mrs. Dorit Leonard Teeters Mr. and Mrs. Billy Ray Traynham Mrs. Dolores Robinson Turner Mr. and Mrs. J. Lee Waller Mr. and Mrs. Gene T. Warren Mr. and Mrs. Charlie J. Weatherford Mrs. Beverly Huff White Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Williams Mr. Jimmie Witherow Norfolk Southern Foundation Joyce H. Shelton Memorial Scholarship Mr. Larry Bernarr Webb Polk/Haralson Alumni Chapter Ken Sicchitano/Bettyann O’Neill Expendable Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Mr. Kenton J. Sicchitano Michele Norman Sims Endowed Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. Robert Miller Bergman Ms. Heather Henry Schwarzkopf Mrs. Anne J. Sims

Hamilton/Smith Scholarship Ms. Evelyn L. Hamilton Mrs. Darcel Kemp Ivey Dr. Beverly Ann Smith Mrs. Stacey Jones Spillers Mary Alta Sproull Endowed Math Scholarship Mrs. Jim Ann Stewart Stephens-Riley Scholarship Mrs. Lori R. Day Reginald E. Strickland Expendable Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Lt. Col. and Mrs. Reginald E. Strickland Student Scholarships Mrs. Erin Murray Adkinson Mr. and Mrs. Peter N. Alexander Dr. Sarah Lee Allred Mrs. Susan White Bagwell Ms. Barbara Brakman Mr. Tillman Burks Mr. and Mrs. Glen Cummins Ms. Sara Catherine Evans Ms. Amy Melissa Fairrel Mr. Christopher Riley Faulkner Dr. Vincente Galan Dr. Randolph B. Green Ms. Merinda Ann Hayman Mr. Robert Lee Howren Ms. Alison Suzanne Karch Ms. Rachel Ann Leslie Mrs. Minnie Ruth Willis Marsh Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Eastwood Ragan Mr. James A. Richards Mr. and Mrs. Tasker Russell Ms. Amy Lynn Ryan Mrs. Anna Shackelford Mr. Winston White Sharp III Ms. Melissa Lauren Stone Mr. William T. Stumpf Mr. and Mrs. Howard J. Tyson Mr. and Mrs. William K. Whitesell Jr. Mr. Billy Whitesell III Mrs. Casey Jeanine Wishart Mr. and Mrs. Joseph T. Wright Mr. Charles R. Yarbrough Jr. J.P. Beamer Company Inc. Price/Blackburn Charitable Foundation Inc. Texas Society DAR Scholarship DAR – Texas Society Grace and Maurice Thompson Scholarship Mr. Maurice B. Thompson Ron and Bernice Thornton Expendable Gate of Opportunity Scholarship Mr. J. Ronald Thornton Troy/Gardner Endowed Award – Art History Dr. Virginia G. Troy Alexander Whyte Whitaker III Endowed Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Whyte Whitaker IV Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Jeff Wingo Memorial Scholarship Dr. Janna S. Johnson Mrs. Kathryn M. Wingo Craig Allyn Wofford Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. Ron W. Dean Mrs. Elaine Sexton Foster AT&T Foundation Richard Wood Scholarship Dr. and Mrs. David O. Wood Wells Fargo Foundation Wyatt-Lipscomb Scholarship Mrs. Kathleen Robinson Ray Mr. and Mrs. Michael W. Skinner Mrs. Leila Edgerton Trismen




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