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Berry professor named president of Kappa Delta Pi

Berry professor named president of Kappa Delta Pi

ROME, Ga. -- A professor of education at Berry College has been named the new international president of education honor society Kappa Delta Pi.

"I am very privileged to serve Kappa Delta Pi after being a member for almost 20 years," new president Dr. Mary C. Clement said in a statement. "In this position, I get to help in guiding the organization as it honors, supports and helps over 40,000 teachers."

Clement is the author of 10 books and more than 100 articles. She has worked for education initiatives all over the world and sits on the Board of Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching.

"Kappa Delta Pi has provided me with mentors and professional opportunities, and my primary goal is to offer the services of this society to more educations," Clement said. "Teaching in today's P-12 schools is a demanding job, and KDP provides a wonderful support network to its members. I hope more teachers turn to us as their professional network."

Berry trustee named CEO of Sally Ride Science

Berry trustee named CEO of Sally Ride Science

ROME, Ga. -- Sheryle Bolton has been named the new CEO of Sally Ride Science, an education company focused on igniting interest in science and science-centric careers.

In addition to being a Berry College trustee, Bolton is a seasoned corporate executive and business strategy consultant. She has served as CEO of Scientific Learning Corporation and has worked at HBO, Rockefeller & Co. and Merrill Lynch during her career.

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"We are thrilled to have Sheryle join our team at Sally Ride Science and lead us forward," Tam O'Shaughnessy, co-founder and COO of the company, said in a statement. "Sheryle brings a wealth of talent, brainpower and experience. We are eager to start working with her."

4 Berry grads join Teach for America

4 Berry grads join Teach for America

ROME, Ga. -- Four recent graduates of Berry College have been selected for the prestigious Teach for America program.

Teach for America has also named Berry a focus school for the fall, with the hope of recruiting good candidates from the college.

The program works in partnership with communities across the country to expand educational opportunities for children facing poverty. Teach for America recruits recent college graduates to spend two years teaching in high-need areas. More than 10,000 people will teach in 46 areas, including Detroit, Memphis, New Mexico and the Mississippi Delta region, this fall.

This year's Berry College recruits include:

Chauncey Brown
Hometown: Hermitage, Penn.
Major: Middle grades
Will teach in the Mississippi Delta region

Alisha Dosani
Hometown: Lilburn, Ga.
Major: Marketing
Will teach in Oklahoma

Longtime Floyd Co. resident celebrates 109th birthday

Longtime Floyd Co. resident celebrates 109th birthday

ROME, Ga. -- Happy 109th birthday, Ila Sewell Jones!

Jones was born on Aug. 21, 1903 in Lumpkin County. She moved to Floyd County in 1931 and has lived there ever since.

Miss Ila, as Jones is known, has spent the last 15 years at the Roman Court Assisted Living Community, where she is very active and loves to win at bingo.

Before coming to Roman Court, Miss Ila was a schoolteacher. She began teaching at age 15 and shaped the minds of her students for more than 50 years.

Berry student interns for fashion designer

Berry student interns for fashion designer

ROME, Ga. -- A Berry College student got the opportunity of a lifetime this summer: an internship with a nationally-known fashion designer.

Alabama native Sydney Hulebak spent her summer at Billy Reid's studio in Florence, not far from her hometown of Huntsville. Reid's designs have been described as "the modern approach to American work wear and cultured Southern dandyism."

"Personally, this is something I have always dreamt of doing. Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to work in fashion," said Hulebak, who is majoring in communications with a focus in public relations. "I came into college thinking that I wanted to be a fashion journalist, which I would still love to try, but really discovered that I love the hands-on process too much to not give it a shot."

Hulebak added that she applied for the internship on a whim, never believing that she would get it.

Gov. Deal swears in Ga. Supreme Court justice

Gov. Deal swears in Ga. Supreme Court justice

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has sworn in the newest justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Keith Blackwell was sworn in Thursday morning in the House Chamber of the State Capitol.

Deal last month appointed the 37-year-old Blackwell to fill a vacancy left by Chief Justice George Carley. Carley's resignation as chief justice was effective Tuesday.

Blackwell had served on the Court of Appeals since he was appointed in 2010 by former Gov. Sonny Perdue. He is the 92nd justice since the court's creation in 1845.

Blackwell previously practiced civil and criminal law. He will serve on the court until 2014, when voters will decide whether to keep him on the bench for a six-year term.