celebration 100 years in the making
New traditions and old favorites will
help alumni mark the 100th anniversary of Mountain Day, Oct. 3-4.
Highlights include a Saturday brunch for
reunion classes in lieu of the evening Mega Reunion held in recent years. Alumni
taking part include those in the classes of 1974A, 1974C, 1979A, 1979C, 1984C,
1989C, 1994C, 1999C, 2004C and 2009C.
“This was something requested by many
alumni,” said Jennifer Beard (93C, 00G), associate director of alumni relations.
“The brunch will allow our alumni to get together and find each other before
going up to the mountain.”
Reunion classes also are participating
in a special service project tied to the centennial, “100 for our 100th.” The
idea is a simple one – perform an act (or acts) of service tied to the number
100 in the months leading up to Mountain Day. The Class of 2009 is collecting
100 Berry t-shirts to donate to Salvation Army and other charities, while
student philanthropy group Firsthand4You will make an effort to secure 100 new
scholarship pledges from each class in the lead-up to the event.
Another notable addition is the Saturday
evening football game, which represents the renewal of a tradition dating back decades
to the annual Mountain Day football game between the Georgian and Syrreb
campus literary societies. According to Dr. David Slade (97C, FS), vice
president of the Berry Alumni Council’s Heritage Committee, that game was a
Mountain Day mainstay for many years until the two societies dissolved. He also
noted a second Mountain Day football rivalry matching teams from Berry Academy and
This year’s contest takes on an intercollegiate flavor as Berry’s
second-year team hosts Washington University in St. Louis. Kickoff is 6 p.m.
Saturday at Barron Stadium in Rome, leaving plenty of time for alumni to enjoy
all the festivities on Lavender Mountain before heading to the game.
Slade gained insight into the history of the football rivalry
between the Georgians and Syrrebs and other Mountain Day traditions while
conducting research to assist the alumni relations staff in planning the
Watch your mailboxes, the Alumni
Accent e-newsletter and this site for registration details
and a full schedule of events.