2018 grad Bekah (Fortney) Baxter took her passion for service and leadership to the next level in her sophomore year at Berry when she created “Chosen Vessels”- a non-profit dedicated to encouraging, equipping and empowering leaders in ministries in developing countries around the globe.
The river has always been a place of connection for Karli Riley. The 2017 grad is now the Program Manager for Coosa Riverkeeper, an Alabama-based river conservation group.
Her job involves implementing and expanding the organization’s community programs. Karli manages the Swim Guide and the Fish Guide and is working on a new curriculum of her own: a field trip program for local schools. “Schools in our watershed can come and see the connection that they have to their river,” Karli says.
Berry offered Karli the chance to get hands-on experience with her Environmental Science major as a research assistant for Environmental Science Professor Zachary Taylor. During her junior year, she had the opportunity to intern with Coosa Riverkeeper which helped her secure her current full-time position.
After graduation, she worked as a seasonal Environmental Educator with the Cahaba Environmental Center in Montevallo, Alabama. She is now a member of the junior board of directors for the Alabama Environmental Council.
Karli is most thankful for the connections her liberal arts education lets her make in her job. “Berry taught me to connect with people through the head, hands and the heart and I get to do that every day.”
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Working for the local Minor League Baseball team, the Rome Braves, has become a rite of passage for many Berry students. This definitely rings true for recent graduate Madison Eiberger (18C) and current student Leigh Hadaway (19c).
Elizabeth, Hannah and Rachel are known at Berry as a triple threat of leadership, service and athleticism.
Nick O’Connor, a 2018 grad, credits much of his success to the experiences he gained at Berry through the student work program. As an accounting and finance major with a German minor, Nick worked as part of the Berry Student Enterprises Support Team in accounting and was promoted to team lead by his junior year.
Kassie Jones, Berry’s former Student Government Association president, is headed to graduate school to earn her master’s in public service and administration. It’s a path that makes sense for this 2018 grad who has spent her time at Berry serving others.
Serving disadvantaged communities is something many Berry students are passionate about. That’s why Abby Newman (class of 2018) is headed to graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling.