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Ouida Word Dickey is a name synonymous with Berry College.

For 72 years, she has served her alma mater with exceptional dedication, vision, and perseverance, distinguishing herself as a student, teacher, administrator, and tireless volunteer. Her influence and accomplishments are such that she deserves mention among the proud pantheon of women – Martha Berry, Emily Vanderbilt Hammond, Louise Carnegie, Kate Macy Ladd, and Gloria Shatto among them – who have helped to shape Berry’s history.

With the approach of Dr. Dickey’s 90th birthday July 27, fellow alumni, former students, esteemed colleagues, loyal friends, and devoted family are rallying to express their love and appreciation by raising funds to name the heart of the Berry Alumni Center, the living room, in her honor. Fittingly, gifts to the $500,000 Ouida Dickey Birthday Challenge will support the planned renovation of Ford Auditorium, another Berry icon marking its 90th birthday in 2018.

All donors can double the impact of their generosity thanks to $250,000 in matching funds. Those committing $2,500 or more (before the match) will be recognized on a donor wall. We are already more than halfway to our goal. With your help, we can reach it by her birthday in July.

Make your gifts online at www.berry.edu/gift or mail a check to Berry College Advancement Office, P.O. Box 490069, Mount Berry, GA 30149-0069. Contact Scott Breithaupt at sbreithaupt@berry.edu or 706-236-2253 for more details.

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