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Grant-Lee Phillips to perform at Berry

Grant-Lee Phillips to perform at Berry

ROME, Ga. -- Acclaimed musician Grant-Lee Phillips will perform at Berry College next week.

Phillips will visit the Rome college in honor of the 175th anniversary of the Trail of Tears. He is a registered member of the Creek tribe and a direct descendant of Cherokee National Principal Chief John Ross.

The show will be Saturday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. in Berry's Ford Auditorium. Tickets are $10 and will go on sale Monday, Sept. 23.

Learn more at grantleephillips.com.

Berry professor learns about African-American experience

Berry professor learns about African-American experience

ROME, Ga. -- A Berry College communications professor is one of only 24 scholars selected to participate in a seminar on the African-American experience in Georgia's Lowcountry.

The two-week event, "African-American History and Culture in the Georgia Lowcountry," was held in Savannah in June.

Brian Carroll was honored to be chosen for the program.

"I think every Georgian needs to learn about the important histories of the Gullah and Geechee peoples in and around Savannah," he said. "I'm grateful to have had such an immersive experience learning about an aspect of our nation's history that is often overlooked, and to have done it with such a rich learning community as that fostered by the Georgia Historical Society."

Johnny Isakson to speak at Berry graduation

Johnny Isakson to speak at Berry graduation

ROME, Ga. -- Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) will speak at Berry College's 2013 spring commencement.

Isakson has served the citizens of Georgia since 1974. He has worked in several areas, including local legislature and as chairman of the Georgia Board of Education. He has also been both a congressman and a senator, and was named to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance earlier this year.

About 400 students will graduate from Berry next week. Baccalaureate will be held Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m. in the College Chapel, with graduation scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 11 on the Evans Hall lawn.

Visit berry.edu/webcast to watch a live stream of the commencement.

Professor named Berry provost

Professor named Berry provost

ROME, Ga. -- Dr. Kathy Brittain Richardson, a professor of communication at Berry College, has been named the school's new provost.

Richardson succeeds Katherine Whatley, who recently became senior VP for academic programs with the Council of Independent Colleges.

Richardson has been a Berry faculty member since 1986 and served as interim provost during the 2007-08 school year. She became Berry's acting provost last fall.

She earned a B.A. in communication and religion/philosophy from Shorter College, and a master's in journalism and doctorate in mass communication from the University of Georgia. Richardson also completed graduate coursework in communication at the University of Oklahoma.

Ga. Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Ga. Teacher of the Year finalists announced

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has revealed the 10 finalists for 2014 Georgia Teacher of the Year.

Several of the finalists are from metro Atlanta. The top teachers were chosen from 155 educators across the state.

"I congratulate our ten Georgia Teacher of the Year finalists and those who applied," State Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "As usual, we had a very impressive group of teachers make the top ten."

The 2014 Georgia Teacher of the Year will be revealed at a banquet on May 3. That teacher will succeed 2013 Georgia Teacher of the Year Lauren Eckman, who works at the Georgia Academy for the Blind in Macon.

The 10 finalists are:

Tamika N. Ball
Teaches math at D.M. Therrell School of Health Sciences and Research
Atlanta Public Schools

Jemelleh Coes
Teaches English language arts and reading at Langston Chapel Middle School
Bulloch County School System

Berry Lunar New Year Experience to celebrate Korean traditions

Berry Lunar New Year Experience to celebrate Korean traditions

ROME, Ga. -- The Berry College Office of Advancement and International Programs will host a Korean Lunar New Year Experience festival later this month.

The fun will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13 in Berry's Krannert Ballroom.

Attendees will sample Korean dishes, meet exchange students from South Korea and enjoy other New Year's traditions.

After the celebration, Ret. Commanding Gen. Larry Ellis will speak to those in attendance. Ellis served with the United Nations Command in South Korea and received a number of awards from the country, including the Korean Defense Service Medal and the Korean Cheon-Su Medal. He retired from the Army as a four-star general.

The Korean Lunar New Year Experience is free and open to the public.

Berry employee to head Ga. Education Advancement Council

Berry employee to head Ga. Education Advancement Council

ROME, Ga. -- Berry College's director of campaign promotions and advancement communications will soon be wearing another important hat.

Rick Woodall has been elected president of the Georgia Education Advancement Council for 2013.

The responsibility means Woodall will provde direction for the 14-member council, which works to foster professional advancement for college and university personnel. Woodall has served on the board since 2007.

A 1993 Berry graduate, Woodall is also managing editor of the college's alumni magazine and edits a monthly alumni e-newsletter.

Learn more about the council at geac.org.