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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 http://vikingfusion.berry.edu/index.php/news/jews-florence/. 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.

Dr. Hersey Chosen as Faculty Fellow

Curt Hersey has been chosen as a Faculty Fellow by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation. Dr. Hersey will attend a week-long seminar in Los Angeles in November, meeting with representatives of the major television studios, production companies, and networks for discussions and workshops. Faculty Fellows are chosen yearly by the Foundation through a competitive application process.

Viking Fusion Film Festival Winner Wins Again!

The winner of the Viking Fusion 48-Hour Film Festival, "Meeting Mufasa," won the award for Best Comedy at the 2013 Bald Shorts Film Festival sponsored by Georgia College & State University. The short film was produced by Berry students Sydney Kelly, Rachael Wheeler and Nathan Sutton. 

Treese Wins in International Competition!

Berry Senior, Kim Treese, has elevated studying abroad to a new height. She took a break from her studies in Spain to compete in the International Forensic Association Championship Tournament, March 10-12 in Antwerp, Belgium. Kim competed in four of her usual events and added a fifth experimental event called "Tour of Antwerp." Her results were remarkable. Out of 24 competitors in Communication Analysis, Kim was named Berry's first International Champion! She also placed fourth in Persuasion and finished as a semi-finalist in both Prose and Dramatic Interpretation. In the "Tour of Antwerp" event, students were given a few minutes to develop the "perfect day in Antwerp tour." The winner was selected by the mayor of Antwerp. Kim's experience traveling abroad obviously paid off as she placed first in the "Tour of Antwerp" event as well! All in all, Kim's impressive one-person team performance landed Berry in sixth place out of 18 colleges and universities. 

Berry Hosts Novice Nationals

Berry College hosted the 31st Annual Novice National Forensic Tournament, March 8-10. Twenty-four colleges and universities from across the nation competed in team parliamentary debate, individual Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Readers’ Theater and 12 speech and performance events. Competition featured over 140 students in their first year of intercollegiate forensic activity. After 3 days of competition, Berry's novice squad emerged with a fifth place finish in overall team sweepstakes! Berry's performance highlights include the first and second place Readers' Theater productions! Berry novice Nicole Wilson finished a close second in After-Dinner Speaking. Preston Willis, in his first-ever competition, brought home sixth place in Impromptu Sales. Mallory Ellington and Natalie Wickenkamp finished sixth and seventh place respectively in Communication Analysis. Overall, 18 Berry students contributed to the solid fifth-place finish.  

19th Consecutive Win at GIFA!

The Berry College Forensics Team spoke, performed and argued their way to a state championship at the Georgia Intercollegiate Forensic Association’s State Championship Tournament, Saturday, February 23, on the campus of Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta. The occasion marks Berry’s 19thconsecutive GIFA State Championship. Several Berry speakers earned individual state championships, including: Melissa Moore in four events, Alexandria Wisner in four events, Desiree Austin Holliday in three events, and Brittni Trollinger in Personal Narrative. Alexandria Wisner and Nicole Wilson placed first and second in Persuasive Speaking, which qualifies them for the nation’s oldest and most prestigious tournament, the Interstate Oratory Contest. This year’s contest will be held in Shreveport, April 25-28. Clay Henry earned distinguished honors placing second in the Pentathlon competition.

Campus Carrier Wins Awards at GCPA Press Institute

The Campus Carrier staff won seven awards for excellence in journalism in the Georgia College Press Association Better Newspaper contest. The newspaper won third place for general excellence in its division at the annual ceremony in Athens on Feb. 2. Other staff awards included first place for general layout and design excellence, second place for best campus community service (features) and improvement excellence, and third place for best campus community service (news) and general advertising excellence. One individual third place award was given to Sydney Kelly for best review. Bonny Harper, a senior from Athens, serves as editor-in-chief for the Carrier.

Movers and Shakers

Two of our COM alums have been recognized in Georgia Trend magazine’s 2013 list of the 100 most influential Georgians. Dr. John Barge is superintendent of Georgia’s public school system, and Joe Cook is executive director and river keeper for the Coosa River Basin Initiative. They were both COM majors who graduated in 1988, and both were involved in Student Publications--Barge as editor of the Cabin Log and Cook as photo editor for the Cabin Log and the Campus Carrier. See link to the Georgia Trend article online

Viking Fusion Wins CMA and CBI Awards

Viking Fusion has recently won two awards and been named as a finalist for two other awards. The first award, Best Radio Entertainment/Talk Program, was given for the audio drama “Disconnected” at the First CMA (College Media Association) Pinnacle Awards. Fusion also won Best Vodcast for “The Conference Room – Canceled Part 2” at the CBI (College Broadcasters Inc.) Awards. Viking Fusion was also named as a finalist in the EPPY awards (Editor & Publisher) in the Best University/College Journalism Website category and the Best University/College Investigative or Documentary Report category. The latter nomination was for the multimedia stories created by COM students who traveled to Florence, Italy this past summer. The subject of this report was how one Jewish family survived Italy’s fascist persecution.  

Berry Journalism Students Win National Reporting Award

Berry College Communication students recently placed fourth in the national Newspaper Project Award competition in Chicago. Conducted by the Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication and administered by its Newspaper and Online News Division, the competition “recognizes publications produced by students and professors in journalism classes or as special curricular projects connected to courses.” The students produced War for Water for the Berry Communication course, Digital Storytelling, taught by Brian Carroll, associate professor of communication. The Berry students placed fourth, after first-place winner Temple University, second-place Syracuse University and third-place Northwestern University.

Dr. Kathy Richardson Wins Teacher of the Year Award

Dr. Kathy Brittain Richardson, professor of communication, has been named the SPIG (Small Programs Interest Group) Teacher of the Year for 2012. She will be honored Aug. 11 at a SPIG luncheon held in conjunction with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual meeting in Chicago. Richardson holds a doctorate of philosophy and a master of arts from the University of Georgia and a bachelor of arts from Shorter College. She has taught a wide range of courses and has held multiple positions, including professor, coordinator, chair, acting dean, associate provost, interim provost, and director of institutional research. She is the current advisor for the Public Relations Student Society of America Berry College chapter, prior editor of Journalism & Communication Monographs, and on the editorial boards of Mass Communication and Society and Journal of Mass Media Ethics.

Dr. Jason Peterson's Dissertation is Honored

Dr. Jason Peterson’s dissertation, “Full Court Press: How Mississippi Newspapers Helped Keep State College Basketball Segregated, 1955-1973,” has been honored as a winner of an Honorable Mention Award in the 2012 AJHA Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize competition. In particular, the prize jury noted the originality of his argument, the thoroughness of his research and the clarity of his writing. 

Berry Novices Win National Honors

Three members of the Berry Forensics Team spent the latter half of their Spring break competing in the Novice National Forensic Tournament at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. Berry's abbreviated squad earned an incredible sixth-place overall finish, out of 24 schools from across the nation! Berry finished ahead of such notables as Cornell University, the University of Houston, San Jose State University and the University of Pennsylvania. Berry's effort was led by Freshman, Jamie Bingham. Jamie earned the national championship in Persuasive Speaking! Beyond this, she finished second in Communication Analysis, second in Impromptu Sales and fourth in After-Dinner Speaking. Bingham's all-around excellence earned her third place in the Pentathlon competition. Senior Kim Treese placed fourth in Communication Analysis and sixth in Prose Interpretation. Junior Clay Henry teamed with his teammates to place second in Reader's Theater with their performance of Appalachian Trials. 

Berry Forensics Team GIFA Champs Again--18th Time!

The Berry College forensics team brought home the state championship from the Georgia Intercollegiate Forensic Association's State Championship Tournament on Saturday, February 25. This year's win marked the 18th consecutive team state championship for the Berry speakers. Seven Berry speakers earned individual championships in 12 of the 14 events offered at the tournament. Individual state champs include: Lauren Holstein in Rhetorical Criticism, Persuasion and Dramatic Duo; Melissa Moore in Extemporaneous, Impromptu and Editorial Impromptu; Desiree Austin Holliday in Prose and Dramatic Interpretation; Jennifer Allman in Poetry and Dramatic Duo; Ariel Rainbow in Informative; Jamie Bingham in After Dinner; and Alexandria Wisner in Personal Narrative. Lauren Holstein's outstanding performances in six events earned her the Jack Haley Individual Sweepstakes Champion Award as the tournament's top speaker. Holstein joins Alexandria Wisner as the students who will represent the State of Georgia at the 143rd Interstate Oratory Contest in Boston in April.

Georgia College Press Association Better Newspaper Contest

The Berry College student newspaper, Campus Carrier, claimed a total of eight 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 in its division at the annual ceremony, held Feb. 4 at the GCPA Press Institute in Athens, Ga.

Staff achievement within a variety of categories was awarded in the Senior B Division, which includes all four-year Georgia colleges and universities with enrollments under 8,000. Campus Carrier staff awards included:

• First place – Best Campus Community Service – News
• Second place – Best Campus Community Service – General Excellence
• Second place – Best Campus Community Service – Editorial Excellence
• Second place – General Advertising Excellence
• Third place – Best Campus Community Service – Features
• Third place – Best Campus Community Service – Sports
• Third place – General Photography Excellence
• Third place – Improvement

In addition to the awards won by the Campus Carrier during the GCPA Press Institute, one Berry student was elected to a leadership position within the organization. The new vice president of GCPA is Kelly Dickerson, a junior Communication and Biology major. 

CBI National Student Production Awards Announced

Students from across the nation submitted their best work for the 2011 CBI annual national student production awards competition. CBI offers awards in 24 categories and the competition is open to both members and non-members. Viking Fusion, Berry College’s student-produced multi-media website received two nominations, while a group of students in COM 425 (Narrative Video Production) also received recognition. Nominated for Best Promo are COM 425, Berry College “Smoking Mime” and Viking Fusion, Berry College “Viking Fusion Promo”. Viking Fusion was nominated for Best Student Media Website. Winners will be announced at the 2011 National College Media Convention, held by CBI, ACP and CMA in Orlando, FL from Oct. 27 through Oct. 30. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and interact with peers, as well as experience the surrounding attractions. College Broadcasters Inc. represents students involved in radio, television, web casting and other related media ventures. It ensures a commitment to education and the student pursuit of excellence through active involvement in electronic media; promotes cooperative efforts between the association and other national, regional and state media organizations and facilitates the discussion of issues related to student-operated electronic media. More information is available here.  

"The Conference Room" Wins 2011 Emmy Award

"The Conference Room," the student-produced show for Viking Fusion, won the 2011 Southeast Regional Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement: Student Production Excellence at the June 18 awards show in Atlanta. The black tie awards show, hosted by director Kenny Leon, was attended by the producers of "The Conference Room"--Steven Walker, Thomas Yungerberg, and Alex Middleton. 

Berry Sweeps GIFA for 17th Year!

The Berry Forensics Team won the Georgia Intercollegiate Forensic Association State Championship Tournament for the 17th consecutive year on Saturday, January 26, on the campus of Southern Polytechnic State University. Berry students claimed the top spot in 12 out of the 13 events offered at the tournament. Thomas Yungerberg, Alex Middleton, Lauren Holstein, Kylia Goodner, Melissa Moore, Rex Bearden, Jennifer Allman, Desiree Austin-Holiday and Gabriel Kelly were all Berry State Champions. Based on her outstanding finishes in five events, Lauren Holstein was also awarded the state championship in Pentathlon! Two Berry speakers, Alex Middleton and Alexandria Wisner, will represent the State of Georgia in the 142nd Interstate Oratory Contest in Harrisonburg, Virginia in late April. They earned this honor by placing first and second in Persuasive Speaking. Over all, Berry swept the event. 

Carrier Staff Wins Awards at GCPA Press Institute

The Campus Carrier student newspaper earned awards through the Georgia College Press Association Better Newspaper Contest Saturday at the GCPA Press Institute in Athens. Berry’s Campus Carrier competed within Senior B Division, which includes all Georgia colleges and universities with enrollments under 8,000. “I’m really proud of the staff because winning awards at the state level is a nice recognition of their hard work,” said editor Ashley McIntyre. The newspaper won first place in Best Community Service Features; second place in Best Community Service Sports Excellence; and third place in Improvement. Individual staff member award winners were Lauren Jones, first place for Best Feature Story; Tristan Harrison, third place for Best Review; and Austin Wolff, third place for Best News Article Based on Objective Reporting. 

Berry Forensics Team Articulates Champions in Florida

Eight members of the Berry Forensics team competed in the University of West Florida’s JJ Marks Invitational Forensics Tournament, January 28-29, in Pensacola. Fourteen teams from six states (Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, New York, Illinois and Wisconsin) gathered to battle in 14 competitive speech events ranging from After-Dinner Speaking to Parliamentary Debate. Berry students took first place in five of the events--more than any other school. The abbreviated Berry squad placed 3rd overall in Team Sweepstakes. Junior, Alex Middleton brought home first place in Rhetorical Criticism, and he teamed with sophomore partner, Jennifer Allman for first place in Dramatic Duo. Junior, Thomas Yungerberg earned tournament championships in two events: After-Dinner Speaking and Dramatic Interpretation. 

NeSmith Chosen as Peter Jennings Project Fellow

Junior Nicole NeSmith was recently named as a 2011 Peter Jennings Project Collegiate Fellow, along with only five other college students from Yale, Dartmouth, Amherst and West Point. The six fellows will join 36 journalists for the 5th annual Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution, taking place March 4-6 in Philadelphia, PA. The fellows will participate in several programs focused on various constitutional views from the eyes of journalists. Nicole is also the editor of the Cabin Log, the school's yearbook. 

COM Class Project Film Wins 1st Place in RIFF

A film produced as a class project in a Berry Communication class took 1st place in the college category of the Rome International Film Festival's student film competition. The film, "Trapped," is about two people who are trying to escape the life they have been given but cannot. It was produced by recent COM grads Katie Keegan, David Reeves, Hannah Watwood, and current student Brittany Page for Curt Hersey's Narrative Video Production class. The script was written by Kat Higgins-Thomas (in Mr. Hersey's Scriptwriting class) and starred Holly Thomas and Jon Gill. 

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