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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.

Sheriff’s K-9 Visits North Heights Elementary for Earth Day

Sheriff’s K-9 Visits North Heights Elementary for Earth Day

Students at North Heights Elementary enjoyed the nice weather Friday as they were able to learn about Earth day and in the process, meet the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Champ.

Always ready for a scratch behind the ears from the kids, Champ and his handler Deputy Jimmy Allred taught the children about Champs importance to the Sheriff’s Office and his duties as a K-9 Officer.

Berry to host World Music and Dance Festival

Berry to host World Music and Dance Festival

ROME, Ga. -- The 8th annual Berry College World Music and Dance Festival will be held this weekend.

The fun will be Saturday, Apr. 20 from 12:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. on the lawn in front of the library. It is free and open to the public.

Scheduled performance groups include Ogya, a Tennessee-based African tribal fusion group; Flying Mystics, a tribal groove band from Atlanta; classical guitarist Luther Enloe; local bluegrass band Saddle Mountain Blue Grass Boys; and Miwase, a Rome-based Afro-funk band.

Visit the Berry College World Music Festival Facebook page for more information.

Shorter presents 'Dancing at Lughnasa'

Shorter presents 'Dancing at Lughnasa'

ROME, Ga. -- Shorter University's production of Dancing at Lughnasa opens this Wednesday.

The play will run daily through Apr. 14. According to Shorter:

This extraordinary play tells of five unmarried sisters eeking out their lives in a small village in Ireland in 1936. Their sparse existence is interrupted by brief, colorful bursts of music from the radio, their only link to the romance and hope of the world at large.

Showings of Dancing at Lughnasa will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call the box office at 706-233-7288.

Berry to host leadership program for high school students

Berry to host leadership program for high school students

ROME, Ga. -- Berry College is accepting applications for its Preparing Leaders for Ultimate Success (PLUS) program.

The summer session helps high school students prepare for college by teaching them study skills and hosting workshops about selecting a college and finding possible career paths.

To be accepted to PLUS, a high school senior must be nominated by his or her guidance counselor and fill out an application. The deadline is Monday, Apr. 15.

PLUS runs from June 23-29 and costs $275, which includes instruction, dining, educational trips and lodging in a Berry College dorm.

Learn more and apply at berry.edu.

Curtis Reed concert to benefit Floyd Co. music, arts programs

Curtis Reed concert to benefit Floyd Co. music, arts programs

ROME, Ga. -- Curtis Reed will begin his "Take me Back to Georgia: A Celebration in Song" tour on March 30 in Rome.

An official for the Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau said the concert's benefits will go to music and arts programs of Floyd County schools.

Two concerts will be held that Saturday, one at 2:30 p.m. and the other at 7:00 p.m.  Many students will help out during the performances by singing background vocals for Reed. 

A Pepperhill High School student celebrated the tour by creating digital art that has been placed on some products sold at Rome's Last Stop Gift Shop. Grafton Flock is a junior. He plans to pursue graphic design and marketing in his future career.

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.