Berry students work to save threatened coral species

Working to save threatened coral species while getting up close with sharks and dolphins is just how Berry student Rose Blanchard wanted to spend her summer.

“Growing up I was always terrified of the ocean and sharks. It was so cool to be around so many large sharks that were very docile and calm,” said Blanchard who spent time in Roatan, Honduras, this summer with a group of students led by Biology Professor Bill Davin. The trip was part of Dr. Davin’s Coral Reef Ecology course. Students had the chance to get up close to sharks, dolphins, varieties of fish and, of course, coral.

Prior to the trip, the group raised $1,000 through BerryFunder– enough money  to purchase five coral trees. During the trip, students helped collect coral fragments and add them to the trees at the coral farm. As many of these coral species are listed as threatened and are at risk of becoming endangered, the work the students have done is of key importance.

“Considering the global conditions that are currently threatening the life of our coral reefs, I feel it was truly a once in a lifetime experience,”  Berry senior Sydney Sneed added.

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An interest in immunology leads to a focus on public health

Finding what drives you is one of many reasons people come to Berry. Animal science major Alex Dhom (class of 2018) discovered his interest in immunology through his advisor Dr. Laura Flatow and his Berry College Integrity in Leadership mentor Dr. Tom Wilson, whose experiences and wisdom as a veterinarian greatly influenced him.

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Pre-vet student works with elephants in Thailand

Dogs and cats and … elephants? Berry student Robert Stilz (19c) recently traveled to Thailand to work with rescued elephants in the Elephant Nature Park and with dogs and cats at Animal Rescue Kingdom shelter. It followed his work at the Berry College sheep unit and a local vet clinic.

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Professor of Teacher Education Mary C. Clement

Dr. Clement was a visiting professor at Spice Mountain College in Beijing in July. She taught a graduate course for school principals titled, “Classroom, Program, and Schoolwide Assessment.”

Dr. Clement presented “A Dozen Things Successful Teachers Do” at the National Educators Rising Conference in Phoenix in June. She published “Why Combating 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.

World travels inspire work in local community

Laura Waitt (13C) is the ultimate people person, so it should come as no surprise that Berry provided the perfect college fit.  “Berry is an extrovert’s paradise,” she praised of a campus community that thrives on meaningful interactions between faculty, staff and students.

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Director of International Experiences Chris Borda

Chris Borda has been hired as the Director of International Experiences. He will direct Berry’s study abroad operations, as well as international internships and service opportunities. Mr. Borda comes to Berry from Grand Valley State University and has 10 years of experience in the field of International Education. His master’s degree thesis focuses on faculty-led study abroad programs, and his experience at both Grand Valley and Florida State University have prepared him well to lead Berry’s International Programs office.

Recent grad lands a career as an ER nurse

Natalie Tracy (16C) has a heart for serving others. Though she entered Berry as a math major, that desire to help people coupled with guidance from a caring faculty member convinced her that Berry’s baccalaureate degree nursing program was the ideal fit.

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Berry grad becomes an international teacher

Rhett Morrell (16C) found her love of teaching while at Berry, but it was her study abroad experience in Norway where she developed a passion for other cultures that led her to pursue a career overseas.

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