Mountain Day 2014 - Fall Scene

Mountain Day

A 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 college.

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 centennial celebration.

Watch your mailboxes, the Alumni Accent e-newsletter and this site for registration details and a full schedule of events.