Parent SOAR Resources

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We’re excited your student has decided to become a Berry Viking! We want to answer frequently asked questions and direct you to various parent resources that can assist you and your family as you prepare for the next steps in your student’s transition to college. The Parent’s Guidebook is a comprehensive guide to navigating Berry. It includes important dates, deadlines, resources, and contact information.

SOAR SESSIONS

We enjoyed connecting with parents during the two live virtual parent SOAR sessions on May 31 and June 7. If you were unable to participate, you can find recordings of both sessions below. The live sessions focused on preparing for your student’s transition to Berry, the culture of mentorship and support on campus, the academic culture and resources, and the student work program. It also included a panel of our current student orientation leaders.

May 31st Session

June 7th Session

Parent FAQ and Resource Library

In addition to the live parent SOAR sessions, we have created the resource library below to introduce you to key campus contacts and services, as well as answer frequently asked questions. If you have remaining questions after reviewing the videos and FAQ documents, or if you need to address specific questions, we invite you to make a virtual appointment with the appropriate office. Each resource includes contact information and instructions for making an appointment.

Academic Success and Accommodations

The Academic Success Center, located on the main floor of Memorial Library is a helpful place for students seeking to be successful in all of their classes. The ASC’s two most popular services are ASC Sessions and Individual Academic Consultations. ASC Sessions are drop-in homework and Q&A sessions for many freshman and sophomore-level courses, built to be casual so students drop by early and often. Individual Academic Consultations are one-on-one meetings with a full-time staff member or Peer Academic Consultant and focus on academic skills and strategies like time management, studying for exams, effective reading, and managing academic anxiety.

You can read about the ASC’s programs and services at berry.edu/asc or watch this introductory video with Anna Sharpe, Associate Dean for Student Transitions, as she describes the Academics Success Center.

Yes. During the 2020-2021 academic year, the ASC will provide virtual and in-person services. 

In this guided presentation, Katrina Meehan, Assistant Director of the Academic Success Center, walks through the steps of requesting accommodations. Additional details can be found on the Accommodations webpage.

Yes! Dining Services works with students that have allergies. We have lots to offer the Vegetarian and Vegan lifestyles as well. The best place to start is to encourage your student to make an appointment with the General Manager of Dining Services, Fraser Pearson (Pearson-Fraser@Aramark.com), to explore the best options for their needs.

Full information regarding dining services on campus, including locations, hours, menus, and contact information can be found at https://berry.campusdish.com/

Financial Aid and Student Financial Services

We know that the financial aid process comes with many questions. To help address them, we’ve put together some information on the questions we get most often along with updates, pro tips and a few instructional videos to help you navigate this process. After you review the Financial Aid Guide and additional resources, we’re happy to help if you still have questions! Contact us at financialaid@berry.edu to ask a question or schedule an appointment with our office. 

Please also take a few minutes to watch the Student Financial Services and Business Office SOAR Presentation to learn more about student accounts, billing, and payments.

LifeWorks

We invite you to watch the LifeWorks orientation video in which Dr. Marc Hunsaker, Dean of Personal and Professional Development, explains the top five things to know about Berry’s student work program and answers many frequently asked questions.

Students are allowed to hold off-campus jobs, but we caution students from taking on too much, especially in their first year. On-campus jobs are more accommodating to student schedules and easier to fit in between classes. Upperclassmen are able to secure paid internships off-campus through the LifeWorks Community and Industry Program.

Students can set up direct deposit or receive paper checks through campus mail. Students can choose to have their full or partial paycheck go directly toward their tuition. Students can use the services offered through the Cashier's window in Hermann Hall to cash checks, set up a student bank account, or make payments toward their tuition. There is also a SunTrust ATM in the Krannert Student Center.

Residence Life

You can search the name of each residence hall on YouTube to see a virtual tour. You can find additional information, including “what to bring” and “what not to bring” lists, in the Move-in Guide.

We recommend using products that will not leave a residue such as 3M pull tab strips or painters tape. Putting holes in the wall is not allowed and could result in damage charges. Many students decorate with rugs and lamps.

Many spaces have self- lofting furniture. The only spaces that will require ordering a loft are Clara, Morton and Lemley Halls. If you are assigned anywhere else, the furniture is self-lofting. You can order a loft at bedloft.com.

Student Health & Wellness

Berry is committed to the health and wellness of our students. In this short video, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Lindsey Taylor discusses student wellness and safety at Berry College. Michael McElveen, Assistant Dean of Student Wellness, also provides an overview of health and wellness at Berry.

Berry offers acute care as well as counseling services for all students. Specific information regarding the Health Center and the Counseling Center can be found below.

The Health Center FAQ document

The Counseling Center FAQ document

Berry is a safe campus, but we must continue to work to keep it safe. We encourage students to save the 24-hour emergency number for the Welcome Center in their phone (706-236-2262). We have fully-sworn officers and host many programs to promote safety and security. All higher education institutions are required to publish an annual security report. Our annual security report can be found here.

The college maintains a force of state certified police officers whose duties are integrated to provide law enforcement, crime prevention and parking control/enforcement. Officers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are 18 staff positions in the department: twelve police officers, five communication officers and an office manager. They are authorized with full police powers including the power of arrest on all college property 

The department strives to contribute to the academic environment by performing professional law enforcement tasks with a positive, service-oriented and educational approach. Additional details and contact information can be found on the Campus Safety webpage.

Berry does not allow students to bring and store firearms on campus.

Campus is very walkable, but students are permitted a car and bike. Students must register their car and bike with Campus Safety. The vehicle pre-registration form is located on the student SOAR page on VikingWeb. Students should also bring a lock for their bike.

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

HAVE QUESTIONS?

Meredith Johnson
Assistant Dean of Students
mjohnson@berry.edu706.236.2207

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