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Berry alumnus to showcase artwork

Berry alumnus to showcase artwork

ROME, Ga. -- A Berry College graduate will show off some of his artwork at the school's Moon Gallery.

Richard Scott's exhibit, Selected Paintings 2011-2012, includes acrylic paintings and mixed media works on canvas and denim.

His showcase will be Monday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

For 25 years, Scott was owner and operator of Rome-based C. & S. Trophy Shop, which specializes in custom trophies and awards.

Berry to host Trumpet Festival of the Southeast

Berry to host Trumpet Festival of the Southeast

ROME, Ga. -- The Berry College Music Program will host a music festival in Rome later this month.

The 2013 Trumpet Festival of the Southeast will be at the college Jan. 18-20.

"We are honored to host the 2013 Trumpet Festival of the Southeast this year at Berry College," assistant music professor Adam Hayes said in a statement. "Most importantly, we are delighted to carry on this annual celebration of great music-making. I am excited to share our beautiful campus and our great support of the arts with trumpet enthusiasts from around the country."

The annual trumpeters' conference consists of performances, master classes and exhibits. Registration is $40 and is required to participate in classes and exhibits.

Hayes said about 300 to 400 attendees are expected at this year's festival, including representatives from Belmont University, Vanderbilt University and the University of Georgia.

3 vying for Rome schools superintendent post

3 vying for Rome schools superintendent post

ROME, Ga. -- Three finalists for Rome City Schools superintendent have been named as the district looks to replace outgoing superintendent Gayland Cooper, who is set to retire next month.

The finalists are James Arnold, superintendent of Pelham City Schools; Jeff Bearden, superintendent of Fayette County Schools; and Bill McCown, superintendent of Gordon County Schools.

School board officials have two weeks to deliberate and come to a decision. The new superintendent must be named by Nov. 30.

Berry pianist wins Steinway scholarship

Berry pianist wins Steinway scholarship

ROME, Ga. -- Berry College sophomore Lydia Nichols has won the Atlanta Steinway Society's Henry Steinway Trophy and Scholarship.

Nichols, of St. Simons Island, received the honor Oct. 21 at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Buckhead. She performed the first movement of Beethoven's "Sonata in C Major" and Emma Lou Diemer's "Toccata for Piano."

Nichols began playing the piano when she was four and won the Mozart Society Award for six consecutive years. She studies under Berry associate music professor Kris Carlisle.

The Henry Steinway Trophy and Scholarship comes with a $1,000 prize for future music study.

Death penalty survivor returns to Berry

Death penalty survivor returns to Berry

ROME, Ga. -- In 1990, William Neal Moore was hours away from being executed by the state of Georgia when he was pardoned and later freed from prison.

The Rome resident is the only self-confessed murderer to be released from death row in the U.S. Now, he is coming to Berry College to share his story and host a discussion on race, prison and the death penalty.

Moore will lecture in Berry's Science Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8. His appearance is free and open to the public.

During the lecture, Moore will reunite via Skype with Jack Boger, his death penalty case attorney. Boger is dean of the University of North Carolina School of Law and a longtime leader in civil rights litigation.

Berry students win Southern Women Writers contest

Berry students win Southern Women Writers contest

ROME, Ga. -- Berry College's winners of the Southern Women Writers Conference student writing contest kicked off last weekend's event by reading their works.

The writing contest was open to female students at Berry, Georgia Highlands College, Georgia Northwestern Technical College and Shorter University. Blind judging was completed by Berry visiting professors Abby Greenbaum and Alex Quinlan.

In the fiction category, Berry senior and Knoxville, Tenn., resident Emily Caldwell won for her story, "A Brief Outburst of Pent-Up Aggression." The runner-up was Berry freshman Ciara Stephens of Decatur with her story, "Solo."

Berry sophomore Chelsea Fryer of Chattanooga, Tenn., won the poetry contest. Jenny VanFossen, a Georgia Highlands College sophomore, was the runner-up.