Berry alum lands career as news producer

From a summer internship with the In Touch Ministries’ digital team to accepting a morning news producer job with WRCB in Chattanooga, the past few months have been quite eventful for Allie Pritchett (class of 2018).

Allie worked under Communication Professor Steven Hames with the student-run website, Viking Fusion, all four years of her college career. Her excellent work ethic and growing knowledge in the field led to several promotions, growing from a simple news anchor to the videographer, the assistant news producer, eventually becoming the executive director. “Steven always pushed me to be better, encouraged me when I felt like I couldn’t do anymore, and made Fusion a wonderful and always entertaining place to work,” she recalled.

Splitting her time and talent equally with the world outside of the Berry bubble, Allie delved into journalistic competitions, winning many. In 2016 and 2017 she won first place for the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award for her online sports reporting. She also received a few honorable mentions, once for her creative film in the 2016 College Media Association Atlanta Film Festival.

With her degree in Visual Communications and experience with Viking Fusion, Allie should be highly prepared for her upcoming position in the fall.

Story by social media assistant Naomi Lee

Berry alum promotes Georgia Tech’s French Campus

With a passion for writing and a love of the French language, 2018 graduate Allie Crain has found the perfect job – promoting Georgia Tech’s international campus in Metz, France.

It was a natural progression for Allie, who has a dual degree in French and Public Relations and has taken advantage of every opportunity at Berry. In addition to working as a news producer for the student-run multimedia website Viking Fusion, she was a research assistant for Communication Chairman Dr. Brian Carroll. Dr. Carroll was not just her boss, but a mentor. “He helped me through every step of the process and I could not be more grateful,” she recalls.

Allie’s hard work and determination led to her earning the Rollins Work Award, an achievement given to students who go above and beyond in their service to Berry and the community. She was also involved in the honors society Phi Kappa Phi as well as the innovative Berry Center for Integrity in Leadership program. Allie is a prime example of the innovative ways Berry students can combine various paths into a cohesive educational experience that leads to an exceptional life beyond college.

Story by student social media assistant Naomi Lee

Assistant Professor of Animal Science Sunday O. Peters

Dr. Sunday O. Peters recently co-published two articles:

“Genetic Diversity of Bovine Major Histocompatibility Complex Class II DRB3 locus in cattle breeds from Asia compared to those from Africa and America” in the Journal of Genomics. Jordan Hazzard is a student co-author.

“Use of discriminant analysis for the evaluation of coccidiosis resistance parameters in chickens raised in hot humid environment” in the journal Tropical Animal Health and Production. 

Associate Art Professor J. Bradley Adams

Professor Adams has three labyrinth-themed drawings from his krag series included in the juried exhibition, “B18: Wiregrass Biennial,” at The Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan, Ala. Work was selected by Elizabet Elliot from the Mobile Museum of Art and Jackie Clay from the Coleman Center for the Arts (York, Ala.). The show runs through Sept. 29, 2018.

Adams focuses on the theme of gardens in his work that he realizes with drawings, paintings, photographs, prints, artist books, and installations. He has shown this work in solo and group exhibitions in this region, across the country, and around the world in such places as Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Syria. He recently completed a large-scale mural at Heritage Park in Rome, Ga., with students and members of the local community. Adams has been on the faculty at Berry since 2000, where he teaches painting/drawing/ printmaking, and the history of art. He also directs Berry’s Moon Gallery. Born to Southern parents in upstate New York, he holds degrees in painting from Temple University and Yale University.

Three volleyball graduates find success on the court and in life

Elizabeth, Hannah and Rachel are known at Berry as a triple threat of leadership, service and athleticism.

Recent grads Rachel Ford, Elizabeth Ragland and Hannah Thompson were part of the Women’s Volleyball team that had their best season in 12 years. The team earned the Southern Athletic Association Regular Season Title, advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 and had an overall win score of 30-7.

When Rachel describes her college experience, she remembers Berry as the push in helping her emerge from her comfort zone. She was involved in Athletes Bettering the Community for three years, serving as president during her senior year. Now she is moving 1,000 miles away from home to pursue Ithaca College’s graduate program in sports psychology.

Her teammate Elizabeth, winner of the “Be Berry” athletic award, discovered a passion for leading others. She worked with the Assistant Athletic Director of Sports Medicine, while also coaching the Tsunami Volleyball Club for three years. Putting those leadership skills to work, she has been hired as an elementary teacher for a private school in Birmingham, Ala.

Finding a job in the same state as her teammate, Hannah will be working at the Children’s Hospital of Alabama in the Cardiovascular ICU. While at Berry, she conducted a literature review about the effects of Nurse Residency Programs under her mentor, Dr. Cindy Johnson.

“I realized how much I changed since entering Berry as a freshman. Every experience I have ever had at Berry has prepared me to enter the real world and impact the lives of others,” said Hannah, who considers the team’s head coach, Caitlyn Moriarty, to be one of her strongest influences at Berry.

Coach Moriarty said, “Elizabeth, Hannah Kate, and Rachel exemplify the impact of leading with humility, grace, and most of all love. You set the bar for what it looks like to serve your teammates, serve your coaches, and serve your community. It’s not always fun to be the leader but you set the bar in your leadership development, your commitment in the classroom, your consistency, and you gave your heart and heads to making our program better.”

Leaving the team better than before, these young women continue to achieve new heights in all that they do.

Story by student social media assistant Naomi Lee