Never one to slow down, 2017 Berry grad Jessica Gross is now an analyst for the hedge fund solutions team, BlackRock Alternative Advisers in New York City. Jessica, a double major in finance and business management, polished her leadership skills at Berry as a member of the Leadership Fellows, Student Government Association, the Vikettes dance team and several honor societies. She also worked at three internships including one with BlackRock at their Seattle office and another in Germany. Jessica says, “My favorite part about Berry was the people I got to meet, connect and grow with and the unique leadership, work and extracurricular opportunities the school provided for me. Entering the post-grad world, I’m quickly learning that all the… opportunities I had at Berry were unique and extremely special.”
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Sherre Harrington has been appointed to the Advisory Committee for the American Library Association’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services. The association supports library and information science workers in creating responsible and all-inclusive spaces that serve and represent the entire community. The advisory committee provides advice and support on the areas of diversity, literacy and outreach, and works to offer dynamic perspectives to strengthen the growth of equity and inclusion within the American Library Association and the profession as a whole.
Dr. Daniel Sipocz had two book chapters about video games published over the summer. The first, “Catherine,” was published by Roman & Littlefield in the 100 Greatest Video Games edited volume. The chapter analyzes how the game Catherine recasts female sexuality as a means of oppressing men as well as creating a narrative that men are the victims of female sexuality.
The second book chapter, “The Last of Us,” was published by Roman & Littlefield in the 100 Greatest Video Game Franchise edited volume. The chapter analyzes the representation of LGBT characters as well as the inclusion of a same-sex relationship in the franchise’s two games.
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education Eliana Hirano presented “Mind the Gap: A Cross-Linguistic Study of Research Article Introductions in Brazilian Portuguese and English” at the International Association of Applied Linguistics 18th World Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 24th, 2017.
Dr. David Bruce Conn was awarded the Diploma Honorificum, Socii Nomen Honoris Causa by the Polish Parasitological Society, at a ceremony in Krakow, POLAND. This is the highest honor bestowed by the society. The award recognizes and honors Conn’s 20 years of research on parasitic diseases in Poland and with Polish collaborators throughout the world. He has been involved in this research since joining the Berry College faculty in 1997.
Dogs and cats and … elephants? Berry student Robert Stilz (19c) recently traveled to Thailand to work with rescued elephants in the Elephant Nature Park and with dogs and cats at Animal Rescue Kingdom shelter. It followed his work at the Berry College sheep unit and a local vet clinic. “Both prepared me by teaching me how to work with animals of all kinds and teaching me about veterinary medicine,” he says. Robert is an animal science/pre-vet major with minors in chemistry, Spanish, and One Health. He plans to earn his doctorate in veterinary medicine and his master’s in public health after graduating from Berry in 2019. “I still cannot believe what an amazing opportunity this trip was for me,” Robert says of the Thailand trip coordinated by Loop Abroad. “I’ve made lifelong memories and friendships on this trip and I would encourage anyone interested to seek out the same.”
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