Assistant Professor of Physics Shawn Hilbert

Associate Professor of Biology Catherine Borer

Assistant Professor of Marketing Melissa Clark

Dr. Melissa Clark was recently sworn in as a CASA for Floyd county with Judge Greg Price of Juvenile Court. A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is much like a guardian ad litem. Judges appoint CASA volunteers to represent the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect.

 

Professor of Teacher Education Mary C. Clement

Dr. Mary C. Clement presented “Get a Teaching Job NOW” at the Kappa Delta Pi Biennial Convocation in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27. Additionally, Dr. Clement was recognized with an appreciation award from the society president for her philanthropic support of Kappa Delta Pi.

Kappa Delta Pi is the international honor society in education and Clement serves as the counselor for the Berry College Kappa Delta Pi Chapter.

Dr. Clement was also recently a visiting professor at Spice Mountain College in Beijing . She taught a graduate course for school principals titled, “Classroom, Program, and Schoolwide Assessment”. Spice Mountain is a private, Christian teacher training institution.

She also presented “A Dozen Things Successful Teachers Do” at the National Educators Rising Conference in Phoenix in June. Dr. Clement published “Why Combatting Teachers’ Stress is Everyone’s Job” in The Clearing House (both online and in print) and “Women, Teaching, and Stress: Five steps for coping” in The Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin Collegial Exchange.

 

Berry grad pursues forensic psychology

After growing up in a family of law enforcement officers, it was only natural that Brittany Ferrell would be interested in the justice system. Now the 2013 Berry grad is one of 12 studying in the forensics concentration of the Nova Southeastern University doctoral psychology program. She’s expanding her real-world knowledge by joining a team of researchers working with police and firefighters. “I know I want to go into forensic psychology after graduate school,” Brittany says. A psychology major and softball player while at Berry, she is grateful for the opportunities she had. “I would have never even heard about Nova if it wasn’t for Dr. Azar-Dickens. All of my professors improved my writing and work ethic so much,” she says. “I feel as though if I went somewhere else…that I most likely wouldn’t have ended up in a doctorate program right out of undergrad.”

Story by student social media assistant Shannon Rainey.

Memorial Library Director Sherre Harrington

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.

Assistant Professor of Communication Daniel Sipocz

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

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.

Professor of Biology David Bruce Conn

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.

Internship with L.L. Bean sparks love for software development

Mathematics major Hannah Marr (18c) headed to Maine this past summer for a software development internship with legendary outdoors retailer L.L. Bean. As a result of her finance team internship, L.L. Bean is continuing to use software tests that Hannah built. “I love being given a problem and expected to find a solution to it,” she said. The senior from Hendersonville, N.C., continues to share her knowledge as general manager for Berry’s Viking Math Tutoring, a student enterprise that offers math-tutoring services to the Rome City and Floyd County schools. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in software development and deepen her knowledge about building workspaces, working with servers and programming languages, and developing applications. “Berry has connected me with a variety of people who have encouraged me in my journey and prepared me for life after college,” she said.

Story and photo by student social media assistant Saif Sarfani.

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