Speaking Your Mind and Finding Your Future at Berry

Avery James is building a remarkable record at Berry: the junior is a talented poet and a top psychology student who is a two-time state forensics champion competing at a national level. She volunteers with developmentally challenged children and is working on securing an internship at a nonprofit serving homeless women and children. When she graduates from Berry, she plans on earning two graduate degrees: a Master of Fine Arts in poetry first and then an advanced degree to work as a clinical psychologist. And talking to Avery, one has no doubt that she will reach all her goals.

What’s surprising to hear Avery admit is that when she first came to Berry from Conyers, Georgia, she was “a bit shy.” Then she saw a sign for a Forensics Union meeting, which she mistook for a forensic psychology meeting. “It didn’t take me long to realize I was at a club meeting, not a psychology class,” she laughed. “It was the happiest accident I ever made.” Being a member of Berry’s very successful Forensics Union has given her the “confidence to become an advocate for social change.”

Avery has ready advice for students considering Berry: always talk to your professors. “They love it when you come into their offices – in fact, they expect it.” Also, learn to balance your personal needs with those of others. “Even though college is very hectic and you’ll be pulled in a million directions, put yourself first.” And finally, “Don’t pet the deer. I learned that the hard way,” she laughs.

Associate Professor and Department Chair of History Matthew Stanard

Associate Professor and Department Chair of History Matthew G. Stanard recently published several research articles and a book review:

— “Revisiting Bula Matari and the Congo Crisis: Successes and Anxieties in Belgium’s Late Colonial State,” in the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History;

— “Après nous, le déluge: Belgium, Decolonization, and the Congo,” in The Oxford Handbook of the Ends of Empire, edited by Martin Thomas & Andrew Thompson of the University of Exeter (U.K.);

— a revised edition of “Belgian Colonial Rule,” in the African Studies series of Oxford Bibliographies (Oxford University Press);

— “‘Boom! Goes the Congo’: The Rhetoric of Control and Belgium’s Late Colonial State,” in Rhetorics of Empire: Languages of colonial conflict after 1900 (Manchester University Press);

— and a review of Dina Gusejnova’s European Elites and Ideas of Empire, 1917-1957, on H-Empire.

Berry alumnus combines love for government and public health

Combining two fields of work is something David Bayne (06C) has excelled at with his degrees in government and public health. David was recently named deputy chief of staff at the Georgia Department of Public Health. In this role, he helps oversee the department’s strategic priorities and special projects, manages the Office of Government Relations and represents the department in external affairs with other federal and state agencies.

During David’s time at Berry, his involvement in the Student Government Association and Model United Nations helped prepare him for a variety of experiences. He also developed a passion for helping the under-served by taking advantage of Berry’s service opportunities on and off campus.

“I really do believe that Berry’s unique multi-faceted focus on academics, work and community service set me on a successful path for my career,” he said. “The incredible professors in the Evans School sharpened my critical thinking skills and continuously challenged and expanded my worldview.”

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Amanda Moll (06C) marks 10 years of working to improve education across the globe

Amanda Moll (a 2006 grad) is celebrating a decade of working at CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere), an international humanitarian and development organization whose mission is to address the root causes of poverty, inequality and injustice. It’s a great fit, because at Berry, Amanda was interested in international education and political efforts, having participated in the politics and law society as a student and interned abroad in London with one of the British political parties. “The Berry culture that balances high academic standards, real-life practicalities, work ethic and having fun is extremely unique and built a strong foundation in me to continue seeking these qualities.” The Dean of Admissions helped open the door for Amanda to get an internship with The Carter Center. Her Berry experience, plus her internship helped lead her to an internship with CARE that turned into a full-time position. Ten years later, she’s still enjoying her position working in some of the most remote parts of the world, assessing how to improve education across the globe. Amanda says, “I think Martha’s leadership for being a pioneering woman who focused on the importance of education has shaped – directly or indirectly—the last ten years of my career on education for the most marginalized. Her perseverance and ingenuity in forging her own path are still inspiring today.”

Education alumna teams up with Microsoft

With technology a fixture in today’s classrooms, more teachers are exploring new software to assist their students in their studies. One such teacher is Berry alumna Lauren Pittman (09C), who was approached by Microsoft to try out Learning Tools, a program that highlights words on a computer screen to help students with dyslexia become strong readers. Lauren’s students starred in a worldwide campaign to promote the software and told an international audience about their experience. “It’s helped show my students that there is success for them in the classroom and they can be successful readers,” Lauren says. Her classroom success story has been featured in the Washington Post, Ed Tech Magazine and later this year, Good Housekeeping. Lauren is a graduate of Berry’s Charter School of Education and Human Sciences. “What I learned at Berry and what they prepared me for has helped to set the base for my teaching philosophy and how I want to affect children’s lives,” she said.

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.

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.

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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.”

 

Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing Christopher Diller

Dr. Diller recently published the essay Democratic Doxa:” Toward a Genealogy of Typicality in Nationalist American Literature” in American Multiculturalism in Interdisciplinary and International Contexts.  He also co-edited and published an anthology “Nathaniel Hawthorne in the College Classroom: Contexts, Materials, and Approaches.” (New York: AMS Press, 2017)

Former lacrosse player finds his calling in music

Help from an attentive faculty member and a bit of jazz helped Mark Morton (16C) find his dream! Mark initially entered Berry as a midfielder for the lacrosse team, but an injury led him to leave the sports life in pursuit of another calling.

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