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Amazing Alumni

Every year in the hills of northwest Georgia, Berry College hosts its annual Alumni Weekend and Alumni Work Week.

Started in 1985, the gathering draws alumni from all over the world for fellowship, fun and work!

During work week, alumni could be found cleaning the Roosevelt Cabin, cooking meals, weaving, caning stools, quilting and even tinkering on the college's Model T. Steven Tankersley (1956H) worked on the kitchen crew helping prepare meals for the alumni. He said it's heartwarming to see everyone back together each year.

"You revert, in some way, to like you were when you were in school. We take up where we left off," said Tankersley.

Joy Johnson (1973C) worked her way through school in the weaving shop on campus and during Alumni Work Week she is on the weaving crew. Her team helped give birth to the Viking Creations student enterprise.

"We felt a responsibility to try and do what we could to help save the history of the art," Johnson said.

The 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners were also inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame during Alumni Weekend.

Berry Trustee Sheryle J. Bolton (1968c) won the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. Bolton is chief executive officer of Sally Ride Science, Inc., an educational technology company founded by the late Dr. Sally Ride, America's first woman in space.

Angela R. Dickey (1975A, 79C) won the Distinguished Achievement Award. Dickey is a State Department fellow with the United States Institute of Peace. 

Beth Earnst (1993C), Ciba's North American manager of marketing and employee communications, won the Outstanding Young Alumni Award. 

F. Mack Gay (1959C) won the Distinguished Service Award along with the late Walter O. Maine (1959C). The two men founded the non-profit Children in Crisis, Inc. with the goal of providing homes and establishing hope for abused, neglected and abandoned children in foster care.

Article by Student Public Relations Assistant Brittni Trollinger and photos by student photographers Blake Childers and Lauren Neumann

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