Berry alumna lands a two-book, two-continent publishing contract.

Alyssa Hollingsworth (13C) has landed a two-book, two-continent publishing contract with Macmillian (U.S.) and HotKey Books (U.K.). Her debut novel, The Eleventh Trade, will hit shelves in fall 2018, with another following in 2019. Alyssa credits much of her writing savvy to her experiences at Berry, where she benefitted from one-on-one instruction from literature and writing professors who took every opportunity to encourage and challenge her. “Berry was a wonderful place to thrive as a writer because I had so much individual attention from my fantastic professors in the English department,” she said.

Her experience at Berry helped her win acclaim in a national essay contest sponsored by the Elie Wiesel Foundation and admission to a prestigious graduate program at England’s Bath Spa University. As a work-based Gate of Opportunity Scholar, she was able to apply what she learned as a writer for the college’s alumni publications, eventually penning a cover feature for Berry magazine. Those experiences deepened her work ethic and instilled a sense of professionalism that’s reflected in her writing. Her first book, about an Afghan boy named Sami who moves to the U.S. after the Taliban take over his country, was inspired by her own observations visiting her sister in Afghanistan.

Assistant Professor of Communication Daniel Sipocz

 

Dr. Sipocz presented the research paper “Tweetkeeping NBC’s Rio Olympics” on the Covering the Rio Olympics panel that he organized at the International Association of Sports Communication in Phoenix, Arizona, April 2, 2017. The panel featured the preeminent scholars in Olympic research.

Leadership Fellows get a firsthand look at Georgia politics

Leadership Fellows Taylor Anthony (18c) and Jessie Moore (19c) got a firsthand look at lawmaking as part of the Georgia Legislative Internship Program this spring. As two out of 30 students, they took advantage of the exclusive opportunity to network, shadow and work closely with Georgia politicians at the State Capitol. Taylor and Jessie are no strangers to positions that encourage strong leadership. As Leadership Fellows, they have spent their time at Berry growing in their own leadership styles. Berry has provided these go-getters with ample opportunity to lead, from their time in Model UN to Taylor’s work as an assistant leadership coordinator in the Student Activities Office and Jessie’s work as a resident assistant. These community-minded students are sure to make their mark on the world thanks to their willingness to better their surroundings and themselves.

Professor of Psychology Michelle Haney

Professor of Psychology Michelle Haney and alumna, Katie Fisher, published their manuscript, “Student attitudes and perceptions about postsecondary education for people with intellectual disabilities” in the Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability. 
Dr. Haney and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology Allison Doerr, along with psychology majors Brody Husky and Katrina Bailey, presented their research, “Educator’s Knowledge of Applied Behavior Analysis in Northwest Georgia” at the 63rd Annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association in Atlanta March 10, 2017.

Associate Professor of Spanish David Slade

Dr. Slade published a critical edition of Pedro de Peralta Barnuevo’s 1732 epic poem, in the North Carolina Studies in the Romance Languages and Literatures series published by the University of North Carolina Press.

Book Details

 

Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies in Education Karen Kurz

Dr. Kurz co-presented “Understanding Faculty Concerns and the Change Process Resulting from Adoption of a High-Stakes Performance Assessment” at the American Educational Research Association annual conference in San Antonio, Texas on April 27, 2017.

Dr. Kurz is also part of a research group that is examining the impact of edTPA as a requirement for teacher certification and educator preparation programs. edTPA is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment and support system used by teacher preparation programs throughout the United States to emphasize, measure and support the skills and knowledge that all teachers need from Day 1 in the classroom

Assistant Vice President of Campaign and Leadership Giving Scott Breithaupt

Mr. Breithaupt received re-certification as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International which include tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement and a commitment to service to not-for-profit organizations. They have also passed a written examination testing the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a fundraising executive, and have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights.

CFRE International is an independent organization dedicated to the certification of fundraising executives by setting standards in philanthropic practice. Mr. Breithaupt has held the CFRE designation for nine years and is joined by over 5,500 professionals around the world who hold the designation.

Associate Professor of History Matthew G. Stanard

Dr. Stanard co-organized “The End of Empire: European Popular Responses,” conference which took place in Birmingham, England, Jan. 11-13. The Evans School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences was a major sponsor of this international conference, which involved numerous scholars from some 10 countries, including the U.S., Denmark, Australia, the U.K., France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Dr. Stanard presented at the conference his own research titled, “Some ABCs of Post-Colony Belgium: Africana, Belgian Collections, and the Decolonization Experience.”

He also recently published “The colonial past is never dead. It’s not even past: Histories of Empire, Decolonization, and European Cultures after 1945” as the invited Forum essay for the 2016 Jahrbuch für Europäische Geschichte/European History Yearbook. Dr. Stanard’s chapter “Interwar Crises and Europe’s Unfinished Empires” also has appeared in print in the volume “The Oxford Handbook of Europe 1914-1945”, published by Oxford University Press. He published reviews of Anthony Pagden’s “The Burdens of Empire”(on H-Empire), Dean Pavlakis’s “British Humanitarianism and the Congo Reform Movement, 1896-1913” and Nancy Rose Hunt’s “A Nervous State” in the Journal of The History of Medicine and Allied Sciences.

In April, Dr. Stanard traveled to Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, to serve on an international Ph.D. defense committee at the Universidad del País Vasco. The dissertation being examined, “La Guerra civil en el País Vasco en la prensa local norteamericana (1936-1939),” was an in-depth analysis of local U.S. press coverage of the Spanish Civil War as it affected Spain’s Basque Country. While in Spain, he gave a lecture at the the Universidad del País Vasco’s Leioa Campus, outside Bilbao, on “The Congo and Decolonization: From Belgian Empire to Cold War Crisis.”

 

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