The Alumni Accent - An e-newsletter from Berry College

Happy Holidays to one and all!


Professor's research makes national news

The research of Berry associate professor of psychology Dr. William Hopkins and his colleagues at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta was published in the December issue of Behavioral Neuroscience and received media attention in the far corners of the globe. Results of one of the two studies reported in the journal confirm that "handedness" goes back millions of years and, contrary to previous understanding, emerged independent of systems associated with language and speech. Read Scientific American's coverage at:


President establishes Berry Community Council

Berry President Scott Colley is establishing the Berry Community Council, a new forum dedicated to enhancing relationships among members of the campus community. The council is focused on confronting major social and cultural issues present on campus and in the wider community. It is responsible for keeping discussions on these topics before the campus community.

The council will include students, faculty, staff, alumni and townspeople who represent a wide range of perspectives. For details about the council, go to


Berry mourns loss of Dr. Amy Johnson

Berry regrets to report that Dr. Amy Johnson, associate professor of history, died Dec. 2 of injuries sustained in a Nov. 24 automobile accident.

"Amy's death is a blow to us all," said President Scott Colley. "She cared so deeply about her students and her work as both an educator and a scholar. She will be missed greatly."

A scholarship has been established in her memory. For more information, go to:


Alumnus is New Mexico professor of the year

Dr. Dale Davis (70C) has been named the New Mexico Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Professors are nominated by campus officials for their excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.

Read all about it at:


Student heads to Iraq

Berry student Daniel Whitt was deployed earlier this month with his Marine unit for training and a tour of duty in Iraq. He is in the Fourth Force Service Support Group, which will provide security and convoy assistance for Humanitarian Support and Mortuary Affairs. The tour of duty is expected to last eight to 12 months.

The Campus Carrier ran an interesting article about Daniel's deployment and his end-of-semester activities at Berry. Read about this special student and soldier at:



Berry snags two Model U.N. outstanding delegation awards

In late November, Berry's Model U.N. club won two of four outstanding delegation awards presented at the Southern Regional Model United Nations Conference. Approximately 500 student delegates from across the U.S. represented 68 countries in the competition. Berry's group represented Germany and Palestine.


Alumni Association grows by 114

One hundred fourteen new members were added to the Berry Alumni Association on Dec. 11 during fall commencement exercises. Keynote speaker at the event was Al Hodge Jr., president and CEO of the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Hodge is guiding a Rome that is very different from what many Berry graduates might remember. In fact, Rome recently was featured on NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw. To watch the video clip, go to:


Founder's Day events set for Jan. 13

Dr. Ouida Dickey, president of the Berry Alumni Association, cordially invites all Berry alumni to Founder's Day activities on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005.

The day will begin with a 10 a.m. unveiling of a portrait of Dr. Gloria Shatto, sixth president of the college, in the Presidential Portrait gallery of Memorial Library.

The Founder's Day Service is at 11 a.m. in the Berry College Chapel and features guest speaker Dr. David Fite (51H), special guest Ms. Joyce Blackburn and a performance by the Berry Concert Choir.

The noon luncheon will be held in the Krannert Center and is $12 per person. Reservations are required. Please contact Laura Welch at or call 800-782-0130.

The day wraps up with a grand opening reception for the exhibit "A Rich Tapestry: The History of Handicrafts at Berry" at The Martha Berry Museum.


Bambi, stay off the road!

Dr. George Gallagher, professor of animal sciences, has teamed up with Gino D'Angelo, a graduate student from The University of Georgia, on a research project aimed at reducing the growing number of deer-vehicle collisions in Georgia. They have received $300,000 in grant money from the state of Georgia to identify what is effective in keeping deer off the road. You can read all about it in our own Campus Carrier:


A penny saved ... just may lead to $50,000!

Brian (97C) and Jodi Hawkins (98C) Tuten, pictured at left with daughter Kendall, are among the top 10 finalists in Tennessee radio host Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover competition.

The finalists won a January trip to the Bahamas, where the winner will be announced.

According to the couple, " ... the contestants spend six months getting out of debt and saving as much money as they can. The one who gets rid of the most debt and saves the most money in proportion to their income wins $50,000."

Read all the details about the Tutens' participation and their finding "financial peace" at the Total Money Makeover Web site:


Laurie Chandler named to state volunteer commission

Laurie Chandler (95C), director of Berry's Bonner Center for Community Service, has been appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue to the state Commission on Service and Volunteerism. Read more about it at:


Candles greet 200 guests

Just like in the 1920s, college benefactors were welcomed onto campus by students holding candles aloft when they arrived in early November for the Martha Berry Society Dinner. The renovated Ford Dining Hall provided a beautiful, fitting environment for this special annual event honoring alumni and friends who support the college with $1,000 or more during the college's fiscal year, July 1 - June 30.


Stewart Fuqua fights fires!

Academy graduate Stewart Fuqua (80A), a member of the Tennessee City Volunteer Fire Department, helped put out a fire that broke out in downtown Dickson, Tenn., just minutes before the annual Christmas parade made its way down Main Street. His fire-fighting prowess was captured by the Dickson Herald and can be viewed at:

Stewart also is volunteering in another capacity. He is leading his 25th Academy class reunion effort. The reunion is scheduled for June.


Carol Willis says farewell

Dr. Carol Willis, long-time associate dean of students, who resigned from her position at Berry in late September after 20 years of service, is now taking her leave from us. She will return to her family's hometown in Tennessee. All of us wish her well!



Sports shorts

Women's soccer had a great season, winning the NAIA Region XIII championship and earning a berth in the national championship tournament. Overall, the team achieved a record of 17-5-2, and Coach Lorenzo Canalis was named NAIA Region XIII Coach of the Year. In addition, Courtney Bond (left) has been named a third-team All-American, five team members were listed as honorable mention All-Americans and three Lady Vikings were named All-American Scholar-Athletes.


Men's soccer enjoyed one of its most successful seasons in team history, making it to the semi-finals in the national tournament for the second year in a row. Robert Mueller (right) earned first-team All-American honors and was named NAIA Region XIII Player of the Year. He also was named to the All-Tournament Team at the NAIA National Tournament. In addition, one teammate earned second-team All-American honors and two others were named to the honorable mention team. One Viking earned Scholar-Athlete honors. Coach Richard Vardy was selected as Region XIII Coach of the Year.

For all the latest information about Berry sports, go to


Dr. John McDonald to speak

Berry's Chemistry Seminar Series will host Dr. John McDonald (79C) at 4 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Science Auditorium. Dr. McDonald is a research fellow and portfolio manager in the Scientific Resources Center at Cargill Research Center, Wayzata, Minn. He'll speak on "Chemical Imaging in the Food Industry; You Won't Believe Your Eyes."


Berry reunions 2005

Attention Berry College classes of 2000, 1995, 1985, 1980, 1975, 1965, 1960 and 1955!

For privacy reasons, secure Web sites have been created for each of your 2005 class reunions. Please visit the Alumni Online Community to access your class Web site. If you are not a member of the online community, it is easy to join. Click here:


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