Getting a kick out of education

Comforting new freshmen was the perfect job at Berry for education major Megan Radosta.

Megan’s people skills flourished from day one. As a freshman, she began working in the Office of Admissions as a tour guide. She then served as a Student Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR) leader, introducing incoming students to the Berry community.

“As a SOAR leader, I was most definitely given a once-in-a-lifetime experience to meet some incredible people that I may not have met otherwise. I got pushed outside of my comfort zone in almost every way possible,” says Megan, who graduated in May and is headed to Carmel Elementary to teach kindergarten.

Megan’s hard work earned her accolades during her time at Berry. She received the DAR Student Teaching Award for Community Service, demonstrating her outstanding service in the Rome, Ga., area.  Megan also was awarded the Vesta Salmon Service in Education Scholarship and served as an officer of the International Education Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi.

Berry athletics served as a focal point for Megan throughout the last four years. She was a member of the Varsity Women’s Soccer team, and had the opportunity to lead her fellow athletes as president of Athletes Bettering the Community. She also served as committee president on the Southern Athletic Association Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

Megan was not short on mentors on the world’s largest campus. Her support team included Assistant Athletic Director Ginger Swann, soccer coaches Lorenzo Canalis and Eric Gentilello, professors Fran Roe and Eliana Hirano, and of course, her fellow soccer players.

“All of these people have challenged me, supported me and explored this beautiful campus with me,” Megan says. “I am so grateful for every single person I have come in contact with at Berry who has even made the slightest impacts on my life, for my experience at this school would not have been the same without them.”

 

Written by sophomore Faythe Choate

Environmental science grad makes his passion for community service a reality

Just 10 days after graduation, Jake Hager (18C) accepted the job which includes managing more than 65 programs for the state of Georgia, including tax credits, housing assistance, state community service and much more. Jake’s work is primarily with the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Team as a Development Associate with a focus on long term recovery strategies for the South Georgia cities and counties affected by hurricanes.

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Dr. Jonathan Huggins, Chaplain and Adjunct Professor

Dr. Huggins published the following:

  • Review of Christianity: The Biography, 2000 Years of Global History, by Ian J. Shaw, for Reading Religion, 2017.
  • Review of The Sign and the Sacrifice, by Rowan Williams, for the Anglican Theological Review, Vol 100, No 1 (2018), 233-235.
  • Review of Justified in Christ: The Doctrines of Peter Martyr Vermigli and John Henry Newman and their Ecumenical Implications, by Chris Castaldo, for the Bulletin of Ecclesial Theology. (2018)
  • “Teaching Theology as a College Chaplain,” in Didaktikos: A Journal of Theological Education, Vol 1, Issue 3 (March, 2018), 8-9.

He also was a panelist at the Center for Pastor Theologians Conference on “Creation and Doxology: The Beginning and End of God’s Good World,” for the session “Creation Care and the Church” on Oct. 24, 2017. He was a presenter at NetVUE Regional Conference, “The Call to Rest: An Often Neglected Aspect of Human Vocation,” Feb. 23-24, 2018.

Berry cultivates a passion for service

Sophomore Ei Noe (class of 2021) came to the U.S. from Burma with her family in the early 2000s. The psychology major comes from a family that helps the Burmese refugee/immigrant population settle in Atlanta.

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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.

 

Berry alumna named one of Forbes’ 30-Under-30 Social Entrepreneurs

Berry alumna and founder of The African SOUP Brin Enterkin (a 2012 grad) has been named one of Forbes’ 2018 30-Under-30 Social Entrepreneurs. While at Berry, Brin worked in Uganda with micro-financing. She met Micheal Kaidhiwa and they decided to work together to lift communities out of poverty.

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