The Alumni Accent - An e-newsletter from Berry College

What a start!

A flash mob by the residence life staff provided the perfect welcome for students beginning their first semester at Berry. Approximately 600 freshmen and transfers reported for classes this fall, and many wasted no time getting their hands dirty (literally) as participants in First-Year Service Day.

Homecoming ... Berry style

If the students are back, you know that Mountain Day can't be far away! Join us Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 as we celebrate a homecoming like no other. Click here for online registration, Mega Reunion information, traffic instructions and other important details.

If you can't make it back this year, don't forget to "tune in" for Virtual Mountain Day, featuring streaming video of the Grand March and a Twitter chat (simply include the tag #mtnday11 in your tweet to participate).


What are you waiting for?

In just a few short weeks, AlumniConnect has become THE social media destination for Berry alumni. The new online community already boasts more than 630 members. If you're not among them, click here and register today!


Athletic identity

Berry's new athletic conference now has a name — the Southern Athletic Association — and thanks to sophomore graphic designer Ellie Fox, it also has a logo. The Berry student's concept emerged as the clear favorite in competition with submissions from professional designers. Once chosen, she worked with conference leaders and Berry's creative services staff to refine the color scheme and subsequently developed a graphics manual to support her winning design. View logo.

Don't forget
the waffle fries

Yes, that really is one of the famous "Eat Mor Chikin" cows roaming Krannert Center. And no, you're not dreaming — there's a Chick-fil-A sign in the background. The famous chicken sandwich came home to roost as part of a summer renovation project that also resulted in a new open floor plan connecting Valhalla's seating area with the Krannert lobby. Gallery.

Photo by David Nuckolls (10C)


Voice of Experience

For marketing major Alisha Dosani, a summer internship with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia and Alabama provided the ideal complement to her academic preparation and student work experience. Recently, the Berry student shared her insight with a national audience through a firsthand account published by USA Today College.


Take me out
to the ballgame

What's the perfect treatment for pennant fever? A trip to the ballpark, of course! Our third and final Berry Alumni Night at Turner Field is Tuesday, Sept. 27. Join us as the Braves go for a "Berry" sweep against the arch-rival Phillies. Discounted tickets include seating in the Golden Moon Casino Pavilion and $10 worth of food and drinks. Free shuttle service and discounted parking passes are also available. Get tickets.

Rolling down the highway

Road trips were a staple of summer long before Clark Griswold loaded up the "Family Truckster" in National Lampoon's Vacation, but Brian (97C) and Jodi (98C) Tuten have taken this time-honored American tradition to another level with their Funhog Family 50 State Challenge. Traveling with their five children, the Tutens have set an ambitious goal of visiting 39 states before Oct. 1 and all 50 by next summer. Since beginning their journey July 2 in Arizona, the ambitious travelers have already made their way through the Midwest and Northeast and are now in the Southeast (Berry is on the itinerary for early September). Track their progress.

Call for nominations: 2012 Alumni Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards. If you know someone who is worthy of inclusion in Berry's Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, we want to hear from you! Click here to access the online nomination form. The deadline is Oct. 31, so don't delay.


Man of distinction

Bill Thornton (68C) impacted countless lives during his many years as a teacher, coach and administrator at Berry Academy and nearby Armuchee High School. In 2004, the local community recognized his contributions with induction into the Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame. This summer, he was honored again, this time with the naming of a new recreation center. More.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Varnado
and the Rome News-Tribune


Got Louisa? We do!

Throughout September, Berry's Memorial Library will host a series of events focused on the life of Little Women author Louisa May Alcott. These programs are sponsored by the American Library Association Public Programs Office with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. There are seven events in all, culminating with a Sept. 25 "Alcott Extravaganza" at Oak Hill and the Martha Berry Museum. Click here for details or follow the program on Facebook.

Check for other campus events that will take place in September. The alumni calendar is below.

Berry Breakfast Club Meeting (Sept. 10)

Pensacola/Mobile Alumni Chapter Meeting (Sept. 10)

Daughters of Berry Meeting (Sept. 15)

Possum Trot Homecoming (Sept. 18)

SE Georgia Alumni Breakfast with President Steve Briggs (Sept. 27)

Alumni Night with the Atlanta Braves (Sept. 27) — See above

Charter Fellows Alumni Teacher Conference (Sept. 30)

Mountain Day (Sept. 30 to Oct. 1)See above

If you have questions, comments or suggestions for our e-newsletter, email Chris Watters (89C). Between publications, visit us online at You can also stay in touch via Facebook and Twitter.