Jennifer Wayman takes hard work to the next level

In her four years at Berry, senior Jennifer Wayman has worked as a veterinary assistant and research assistant as well as held positions at the horse barn, beef cattle unit, and the Berry student enterprises. “I have been able to invest myself in my on-campus jobs and develop quality relationships,” says Jennifer, an Animal Science/ Pre-Vet major. “Berry has prepared me with a pretty impressive resume. I feel like the experiences and opportunities I have gotten at Berry would not have been offered to me at other schools.” Berry’s firsthand experience also benefited Jennifer when she interned with the Georgia Department of Agriculture last summer. “I was able to experience veterinary medicine on a much larger scale,” she says. After graduating this spring, Jennifer plans on applying to veterinary school.

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Animal science students travel to Iowa for intercollegiate competition

Greyhounds and fish and rabbits, oh my! These were some of the animals discussed at the Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging Competition. Professor Rebecca Dixon accompanied eight Berry animal science students as they traveled to Iowa to compete with 16 other teams from across the country. The competition included evaluations of virtual welfare situations for greyhounds, fish and rabbits. In the live scenario, the team had the opportunity to visit and evaluate housing situations for pigs. The team also got to meet animal welfare pioneer Temple Grandin. Former team leader and 2017 graduate Kristianna Saelens says that meeting Grandin “was incredible, and I know everybody on the team was excited about that, too.” She will be passing on the team captain role to teammates Helen Jones and Caleb Brezina. “My favorite part of the trip was getting the chance to break out of my comfort zone while learning about animals I did not know a lot about,” says Helen.

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Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Brian Campbell

On February 10, 2018, Dr. Brian Campbell spoke at the Floyd County Seed Swap at the Chieftains Museum and Major Ridge Home in Rome, Ga. An annual event now in its fifth year, the Floyd County Seed Swap was sponsored by the Berry College Environmental Studies Program along with several local organizations. Dr. Campbell spoke about several issues related to his research and teaching, including agricultural biodiversity conservation, the preservation of heirloom seeds, Cherokee agriculture, and how to cultivate different plant varieties to further local biodiversity.

It is through events such as the Floyd County Seed Swap that Dr. Campbell, who joined the Berry faculty in 2013, has established himself as a campus leader of community engagement. He is also a major agent of community-based teaching at Berry, including through his work as a leader of the college’s Environmental Studies Program, including its ABC Project (https://sites.berry.edu/abc/). His course offerings at Berry include the anthropology of food, environmental anthropology, and a class on environment, society, and culture, among others.

Dr. Campbell is also a documentary film director and producer and author of numerous publications, among them (with James R. Veteto), “Free seeds and food sovereignty: anthropology and grassroots agrobiodiversity conservation strategies in the US South,” which appeared in a 2015 issue of Journal of Political Ecology.

Associate Professor Brian Campbell 

Associate Professor of History Matthew G. Stanard

Dr. Matthew G. Stanard’s latest book, “European Overseas Empire, 1879-1999: A Short History,” is being published by Wiley, a well-known and global publisher of academic books and journals. (www.wiley.com/buy/9781119130109) Stanard’s book examines our collective past, providing new insight and fresh perspectives as it traces current events to their roots in the European overseas imperialism of the 19th and 20th centuries. The book also challenges the notion of political, cultural, social, and economic exchanges of the era as being primarily “Europe-outward,” while it also examines the complexity and contingency of colonial rule, and the range of outcomes for the various territories involved. In short, the book explores the power dynamics of overseas empires, and their legacies that continue to shape the world today.

Dr. Stanard is a historian of modern European history who specializes in European imperialism and decolonization from the 1800s to the second half of the twentieth century. At Berry College, Dr. Stanard offers courses on modern Europe, the history of Africa since 1800, world history, as well as a course on imperialism, colonialism, and nationalism. He has lived or traveled in Europe regularly since the early 1980s. In addition to this latest book, Dr. Stanard has published numerous essays on European overseas imperialism, comparative empires, Belgian colonialism in the Congo, and colonial culture in Europe, as well as the book Selling the Congo (Nebraska, 2011). He has been a Wolfsonian Fellow at the Wolfsonian-Florida International University in Miami Beach, Florida, a Belgian American Educational Foundation Fellow in Brussels, a Chancellor’s Fellow at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and a participant in the National History Center’s Decolonization Seminar in Washington, D.C. In January 2017, he co-organized a major international conference in Birmingham, England, on “The End of Empire: European Popular Responses.”

Associate Professor of Music Kris Carlisle

Dr. Kris Carlisle has been accepted to a residency at The Hambidge Center for the 2018 summer session. He was chosen from 285 applications from around the world competing for 50 spots.

Hambidge provides a residency program that empowers talented individuals to explore, develop, and express their creative voices. Situated on 600 acres in the mountains of north Georgia, Hambidge is a sanctuary of time and space that inspires individuals working in a broad range of disciplines to create works of the highest caliber.