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Ga. Shakespeare co-founder to direct Berry College production

Ga. Shakespeare co-founder to direct Berry College production

ROME, Ga. -- The Berry College Theatre Company will present A Midsummer Night's Dream next month, and a very special guest will direct the show.

Richard Garner is co-founder and producing artistic director of Georgia Shakespeare. He is also a Berry alumnus. The American Conservatory Theater-trained actor will return to his alma mater to direct its latest production.

Performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream will be held at 7:30 p.m. Apr. 18-20 and 25-27, and at 2 p.m. on Apr. 21 and 28. All shows will be at Berry's E.H. Young Theatre.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. To reserve a seat, call the box office at 706-236-2263.

Georgia Shakespeare is based at Oglethorpe University in Brookhaven.

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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 to hold spring dance showcase

Berry to hold spring dance showcase

ROME, Ga. -- The Berry College Dance Troupe will perform its annual spring concert at the Rome City Auditorium later this month.

The troupe's showcase is titled "Eudaimonia." Students have been preparing for the exhibition since October.

Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Mar. 21-23. There will also be a 2 p.m. matinee on Mar. 23. Tickets are $5 for opening night and $7 for all other performances.

For more information or to reserve a seat, call 706-236-2263.

The Rome City Auditorium is located at 601 Broad Street.

'Journeys into the Unknown' to open at Moon Gallery

'Journeys into the Unknown' to open at Moon Gallery

ROME, Ga. -- A new exhibit will open at Berry College's Moon Gallery on Mar. 11.

"Journeys into the Unknown" features archival digital prints on canvas created by artist Julia Kjelgaard.

"My work has always been about learning to see and appreciate the unseen," Kjelgaard said in a statement. "My artworks utilize collaboration between the mechanically reproduced and the handmade to assist us to see the chaotic yet beautiful nature of the world in which we live."

Kjelgaard is chair of the visual arts department at Emory University. She earned a BFA from the University of California and an MFA from the University of Michigan.

A gallery talk about "Journeys into the Unknown" will be held Mar. 11 at 7 p.m. The exhibit closes Apr. 5.

Moon Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. "Journeys into the Unknown" is free and open to the public.

4 Floyd schools among 2012 AP Challenge Schools

4 Floyd schools among 2012 AP Challenge Schools

ROME, Ga. -- All four of Floyd County's traditional high schools are among the 2012 AP Challenge Schools.

The honor is given annually to U.S. high schools where students take Advanced Placement exams in the four core areas: English, math, science and social studies. To become an AP Challenge School, a school must have fewer than 900 students.

Floyd's AP Challenge Schools are Armuchee, Coosa, Model and Pepperell.

The College Board, which gives AP exams every year, reported Wednesday that Georgia is the 12th state in the nation for the percentage of seniors earning passing scores on AP tests. More than 41 percent of Georgia's seniors took at least one AP exam in 2012, compared to the U.S. average of 32.4 percent.

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.

8 Berry students make Ga. All College Band

8 Berry students make Ga. All College Band

ROME, Ga. -- Eight talented musicians at Berry College have been selected for this year's Georgia All College Band.

The band is made up of some of the best college musicians in the state. It will perform at this week's Georgia Music Educators Association conferece in Savannah.

Berry's All College Band members include the school's principal chair clarinet, Jarod Holland of Oxford, Ga., as well as two other clarinet players -- Katie Stuck of Acworth, and Kathy Stuvick of Nolensville, Tenn.

Four Berry trumpeters made the cut -- John Heidbreder (who lives in Atlanta), Everett Reiff (Buford), Matthew Soares (Rossville) and Joe Vidalez (Dalton).

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Berry's final All College Band member is trombone player Ahmad Pruitt of Decatur.