Departmental News

Fusion Wins two national student production awards

College Broadcasters, Inc. named Viking Fusion, the college's student-run multimedia website, winner of two national student production awards. "Ay, Mi Amor," Fusion's first bilingual short film, was awarded Best Comedy. "The Studio Awakens," a parody of the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailer, won Best Vodcast. Second and fourth place awards were also garnered for "Wireless Fidelity" and "Welcome to Valhalla." The awards were announced at CBI's national convention in Philadelphia in October.

Viking Fusion Nominated for Station of the Year

Viking Fusion was named a finalist in three categories for College Media Association's annual Pinnacle Awards: Four-Year TV Station of the Year, Best TV Promo/PSA in the Broadcast Division for "Welcome to Valhalla," and Best Viral Video in the Broadcast Division for "The Studio Awakens." The Pinnacle Awards will be presented at a ceremony during the 2016 National College Media Convention in Atlanta in October.

Hames earns national recognition

Viking Fusion adviser and technology specialist, Steven Hames, will receive a 2016 Honor Roll Broadcast Adviser Award from the College Media Association at the CMA national convention in October.  This award is presented to a CMA member with fewer than five years' experience in college media advising who has distinguished him- or herself in the area of service. During Hames' time at Berry, Viking Fusion has won and been nominated for multiple awards from national, regional and state organizations, including the Southeast Emmys, the SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards, the CMA Pinnacle Awards, CBI's National Student Production Awards.

Carroll receives Peterson Award

Dr. Brian Carroll, chair of the Communication Department, recently received the Robert Peterson Recognition Award for his book, The Black Press and Black Baseball, 1915-1955: A Devil's Bargain. The Society of American Baseball Research presents the award for bodies of work that increase public awareness of Negro League baseball.  This is Carroll's second Peterson Award, and he was honored at the 19th Annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference in July.

Viking Fusion Garners second EMMY Award

Viking Fusion won a Southeast Regional EMMY Award, which was presented in June during the region's annual awards ceremony. The short film, "Sunrise," which earned the award in the College/University Student Production/Non-News Program category, was written and directed by Gino Destefano Valdivia, a junior COM major.  This is Viking Fusion's second Southeast EMMY award.

Campus Carrier Wins journalism excellence awards

The Campus Carrier claimed nine awards for journalism excellence in this year's Georgia College Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.  The newspaper received the second place award for general excellence at the annual awards ceremony held February 13th at the GCPA Press Institute in Athens.  Staff awards included three first place awards (Best Campus Community Service, General Photography Excellence, and Best Website -- Viking Fusion), two second and two third place awards.  Individual third place awards went to Hannah Lewis (Best Entertainment Story) and Saif Sarfani (Best Editorial).

Viking Fusion, multimedia students honored

A multimedia news package produced in the Spring 2015 Digital Storytelling class was named a finalist for Editor & Publisher's annual EPPY Awards.  The package for a 28-part series called "Worlds Apart" revealed linkages in Rome among income, geography and race.  Produced by Sarah Carroll, the package was named a finalist in the "Best College/University News or Event Feature." Also garnering national recognition were Viking Fusion and the department's study abroad project, "Madrid as Text," combining to place in three categories at this year's College Media Association Pinnacle Awards, presented at the Annual National Student Media Convention in Austin, TX in October.

Dr. Carroll Named 2015 Educator of the Year

Dr. Brian Carroll was awarded the 2015 Educator of the Year Award by the Newspaper and Online News Division at this year's AEJMC national convention in San Francisco. This award honors professors for outstanding achievement in preparing journalism students, advancing journalism education and promoting career development. Dr. Carroll now serves as chair of the Communication department. His latest book, A Devil's Bargain: The Black Press and Black Baseball, 1915-1955, was just released by Routledge. 

Dr. Frank Retires from Berry

Dr. Bob Frank, who came to Berry in 1979, retired at the end of the 2014-15 academic year.  Dr. Frank, who started Berry's Department of Communication with one speech major, served as its chair for over 20 years.  During that time, Dr. Frank led the department to change the entire curriculum and look into the future of the communication field. His influence at Berry will continue as the department moves to keep pace with the ever-changing world of communication. The Robert L. Frank Scholarship was established by the faculty, staff, alumni and current students to honor his dedicated service to Berry.  Those wishing to donate to this fund may contact Stacey Spillers at

Viking Fusion's "Green Lady" competes for regional emmy

For the second consecutive year, Berry's student-run multimedia website, Viking Fusion, has been nominated for a Southeast Regional EMMY Award.  "Green Lady: Episode 3" was nominated in the Non-News Student Production category. This episode is part of the "Green Lady" series created by junior Communication major Rachel Blair. The series is based on the Berry College ghost story about a mysterious figure that haunts a stretch of road on the college's campus. The winners will be announced in a ceremony on June 6, 2015 in Atlanta.


The Berry College forensics team joined six other colleges and universities at the Georgia Intercollegiate Forensic Association State Championship Tournament on March 28, 2015 on the University of North Georgia's Gainesville campus.  Berry speakers brought home state championships in 11 out of 15 events and claimed the overall team championship for the 21st consecutive year. Two Berry students, junior Carson Kay and senior Nicole Wilson, earned the right to represent the State of Georgia at the Interstate Oratory Contest. In its 141st year, this oldest intercollegiate speech contest in the nation will be held on Berry's campus in April.

Berry Speakers Excel in Indy

Five members of the Berry forensics team competed and brought home awards in the Novice National Tournament at Butler University during Spring Break. Berry's band of novices finished 6th in the nation--and three students finished in the top five of the nation's top novice speakers. Berry students placed 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in the Pentathlon competition.  

Fusion Places in two categories of the CMA Pinnacle Awards

The audio thriller, The Takeover, received second-place honors for Best Radio Podcast in the Broadcast Division, as well as third-place for Best Podcast in the Online Division of the College Media Association's Pinnacle Awards which were held in Philadelphia, PA in November.

Fusion students finalists in national awards

The Viking Fusion website was announced as a finalist in the Best Student Media Website category by CBI's National Student Production Awards. This is the third time it has been a finalist in this category. It will be competing against student media websites from the University of Minnesota, Georgia College and State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Fusion Video Nominated for regional emmy

The animated music video, “The Calculus Priority Dispute”, was nominated in the Non-News Student Production category of the Southeast Regional EMMY Awards. The video is a collaboration between Dr. Eric McDowell, professor and chair of the department of Mathematics at Berry, and Berry alumni, Josy Roman (c14) and Michael Baldvins (c14). The video was honored earlier this year, when it placed second in the Two-Year/Small College Video Production category at the Broadcast Education Association’s (BEA) Festival of Media Arts.

Forensics Team is Runner-up in National Championship

The Berry forensics team placed second out of 25 colleges and universities at the Novice National Forensics Tournament in Dekalb, Illinois. Berry speakers brought home 19 awards from the competition hosted by Northern Illinois University, March 14-16.  Berry sophomore Carson Kay earned the individual national championship in Communication Analysis with a speech analyzing the viral sensation, Hello Flo ad campaign.  

20th consecutive win at gifa tournament

The Berry College forensics team placed first at the Georgia Intercollegiate Forensic Association State Championship Tournament on February 22, at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta. This marked the 20th consecutive year that Berry speakers have won the state championship!  Berry students placed first in nine out of 11 events at the competition.  

Forensics Team Places Second in Florida Tournament

The Berry College Forensics Team competed in the J.J. Marks Invitational Forensics Tournament at the University of West Florida in Pensacola on January 24-25.  The team placed second out of nine colleges and universities from six states: Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia and Florida.  Berry students brought home 30 awards from the competition! Freshman Jessica Bozeman placed first in Novice Impromptu, fourth in After-Dinner Speaking, and sixth in Informative Speaking. Other outstanding performances were turned in by Berry freshmen Stephanie Schwartz, Logan Ramsey, Annabeth Crittenden, and Michael Cheeves.

Viking Fusion receives National Student Production Award

Berry College’s student-run multimedia website, Viking Fusion, won a College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) National Student Production Award. Episode Five of Viking Fusion’s series “Going Up” was named “Best General Entertainment Program”. Episode Four of the series was also a finalist in the “Best Vodcast” category. “Going Up” is a drama about two people meeting in an elevator that leads to a desperate situation. The series was co-created by Glenn Garrido-Olivar, production supervisor for Viking Fusion and a junior Communication major from Rome, Ga., and Berry alumnus, Nathan Sutton.

Berry College multimedia website included in nation’s ‘Top 50’  

Viking Fusion is one of the country’s “50 Best Student Press Websites,” according to College Media Matters (CMM). CMM’s Top 50 list is compiled based on website attributes such as innovation, professionalism, content and something it calls “millennial-generation cool.” CMM is a student journalism industry blog sponsored by Associated Collegiate Press, the largest and oldest U.S. student journalism organization. Viking Fusion is one of three student press websites from Georgia on the list, along with Savannah College of Art and Design’s “District” and “The Red and Black” from the University of Georgia. The 50 sites selected are among a total student press website population of more than 4,000 from colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Berry College students garner national media awards   

Viking Fusion and a senior Communication major each won a College Media Association (CMA) Pinnacle Award, presented at the 92nd Annual National Student Media Convention held in New Orleans, LA. A promotional video made by Viking Fusion for Viking Fusion won the award for “Best TV Promo and PSA.” Mary Claire Stewart, a senior Communication major from Lilburn, Ga., received the “Best Audio Slideshow” for her audio slideshow, “The Treves Family: An Uncommon Story,” part of a larger Jews of Florence multimedia project produced during a summer study abroad trip to Florence, Italy. Her story and the Jews of Florence project can be found on the Viking Fusion website at Viking Fusion’s promo won out over finalists from the University of Hawaii and the University of South Dakota. Stewart’s audio slideshow faced competition from Louisiana State University and UCLA. Viking Fusion was also a finalist for “TV Station of the Year,” but came in second to Kent State University’s TV-2.