A Labor of Love


This May, 150 alumni and friends returned to their old stomping grounds to make a difference during Alumni Work Week.  

“It is always a pleasure to welcome back Berry alumni and friends to campus.  We enjoy the camaraderie and the fellowship that they bring as well as all the hard work that gets done while they are here.  These alumni really know how to ‘Be Berry’,” said Director of Alumni Relations Jennifer Beard.

The alumni worked on projects around campus including weaving in the Hoge Building, maintaining Martha Berry’s antique cars and cleaning up the grounds of the House o’ Dreams and Oak Hill. 

Rising junior Bailey Dingley spent Alumni Work Week alongside the Kitchen Crew this year. She had the opportunity to engage with alumni young and old, hear their stories, and celebrate the education and life style Martha Berry set in place. 

“I love seeing that Berry means as much to them as it means to me. We have such a unique culture here at Berry that does not leave you when you graduate. It is encouraging to see through Work Week that the qualities instilled when you are here as a student, stay with you for the rest of your life,” Bailey said.

Dingley works in the Alumni Center as the Annual Giving Coordinator and is also the junior class president. Working in the office that puts on this event allows her to work with alumni on a regular basis beyond this week.

Alumni week kicked off with an awards ceremony. Each year, select alumni are awarded with various honors. Aitana Vargas (03C) earned the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, Randall Clark (67C) received the Distinguished Achievement Award and the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award was given to Al Christopher (61c). Jennifer Dickey (77A, 80C) received the Distinguished Service Award.

For more information on Alumni Work Week and award winners, visit www.berry.edu/alumni/.

Written by Public Relations Student Supervisor Alexi Bell. Photos by Matthew McConnell and staff photographer Brant Sanderlin.