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A Culture of Service

Berry College Volunteer Services is a student-led office dedicated to service for the community. The office coordinates several volunteer opportunities across campus to engage students, faculty, and staff with Berry College, the City of Rome as well as the greater Floyd County. Opportunities can be periodic or on-going commitments and encourage students to: 

  • Gain knowledge and experience through co-curricular service activities, focusing on a particular need, people group, or societal issue
  • Promote citizenship and leadership for their future endeavors
  • Observe and respond to the needs of the Rome and Floyd County communities
  • Build relationships outside of Berry College
  • Develop a sense of personal responsibility and understanding of the world around them

BCVS works with individuals, groups (clubs, organizations, departments, and residence halls), and community partners to fulfill the Berry motto, “Not to be ministered unto, but to minister” in every service event.

Bonner Center For Community Engagement

Mission Statement:   

The Bonner Center for Community Engagement facilitates partnerships that: 

  1. Promote community service, civic responsibility, social awareness, and academic scholarship, and
  2. Advance the college’s motto “not to be ministered unto, but to minister.”

The Bonner Center for Community Engagement is responsible for: 

  • Co-curricular leadership programming that promotes the theories and practices of servant leadership and encourages civic participation.
  • Bonner Scholars Program, a co-curricular scholarship program for students who have demonstrated active citizenship through service, that offers an intensive experience in community-based work and leadership development and that focuses on civic engagement, community building, diversity, international perspective, social justice, and spiritual exploration.
  • Community-based learning initiatives that offer students experiences outside the classroom that link course content to practical application of knowledge thereby promoting the understanding of the intersection of academic scholarship and service to humanity.

Academic Community Engagement (ACE)

Berry College strives to meet the renewed demand for higher education’s involvement in community. Faculty members across disciplines are linking academic instruction to community experience through the utilization of:

  1. Classroom service-learning projects,
  2. Community-based research, and
  3. Internships.

Anecdotal evidence from students proves that these “firsthand” experiences are deepening students’ understanding of the curriculum and offering them confidence in the professional skills they are developing. 

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Mary Mildred Sullivan Awards

Berry College was recently bestowed the honor of presenting the Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Mary Mildred Sullivan Awards at the spring Honors Convocation.

For nearly 100 years, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation has given these awards to recognize individuals whose "nobility of character" and dedication to service sets them apart as examples for others. Sullivan awards are highly prized and, over the years, have been bestowed on many interesting people who have proven their ability to live up to the standards set by this honor. Past recipients of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan or Mary Mildred Sullivan Awards range from Eleanor Roosevelt to Fred Roger, noted star of children's television.

At Berry, the Sullivan Awards celebrate a male and a female graduating senior who demonstrate integrity in their interactions with others, provide vision for a better society, and give willingly and humbly to their neighbors. Awards are reserved for those individuals who perform extraordinary acts of kindness and helpfulness but have largely gone unrecognized. Further, those honored are leading lives of purpose for the common good as distinguished by their nobility of character, leadership skills, servant's heart, and spiritual values.

Nominations will be solicited from students, faculty and staff early spring semester. In mid-March, the Sullivan Awards Committee will review nominations and make recommendations of award recipients to the Cabinet for final approval.

Please note that these are not academic awards.

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