The Berry Stories
The Berry Stories is a project that I had the privilege of assisting with during the last semester of my senior year at Berry College. The project is designed by Berry's social media team to recognize students who have accomplished meaningful goals during their time at Berry. All students featured here are 2019 graduates.
Carson Oakes graduated from Berry with a double degree in Marketing and Management. He played soccer for all four years, and was a Bonner scholar as well. For his scholarship, he worked at the Boys and Girls Club of South Rome for all 8 semesters as an Academic Mentor. Oakes worked at the Community Foundation for Greater Rome as a Community Outreach Intern and presented research at Berry's Student Symposium this year. He completed the Bonner Summer of Service for nonprofit organizations over three summers in three different cities. He sold over $24,000 worth of advertising space in two years as the Business Manager of Student Publications. He is a member of the Board of Trustees as well as part of the Berry Center for Integrity in Leadership. He has won multiple awards, both on the soccer field as well as in academics. He attributes his leadership knowledge to his time at Berry and that he found a mentor in Board of Trustees member Buster Wright. After graduation he accepted a full time job in Atlanta with Double the Donation as an Account Executive.
Derrell Mims graduated from Berry with a degree in Exercise Science. During his time there, he was heavily involved in Campus Outreach, Black Student Association, the Blackout Drug and Alcohol Abuse team, and intramural sports. He played for the football team as well as the track and field team. Mims completed an internship with the Sports Strength and Conditioning Program. He won multiple sports awards for both track and field as well as football. He came to Christ during his time at Berry, and has credited coach Nate Masters as being influential on his growth. After graduation, Mims went on staff with Campus Outreach.
Hannah Rice graduated from Berry with a degree in Early Childhood Education while working in the Berry College Elementary and Middle Schools as well as the Child Development Center on campus. She was involved in Kappa Delta Pi for two years, and won the Delta Kappa Gamma award, which is given to senior women majoring in Education with superior scholarship living in the Rome area who plan to teach in the Rome area. She has named Dr. Morgan and Dr. Roe as her two mentors that shaped her experience at Berry. After graduation, she got married and will soon begin working as a teacher for elementary grades at Sylvan Learning Center. In the fall, she will start at West End Elementary as an English as a Second Language teacher. She hopes to get a Master's Degree in the future.
Devon Powers graduated from Berry with a double degree in political science and Spanish with a minor in Public Relations. She worked for Valkyrie, a campus news group, as well as at the Oak Hill Museum Gift Shop, and as a first year mentor for incoming freshmen and transfer students. She was a member of the Model United Nations for two years. Powers has been in the year of service program, partnered with the Davies Homeless Shelter in Rome. She received the G.D. Wilson award at Berry's Honors Convocation this year. She has named three people as her mentors: Dr. Bailey, Dr. Taylor, and the late Dr. Lawler. In the fall of 2019, she will be attending the American University School of International Service for a Masters in International Relations.
Bruno Rosa graduated from Berry with a degree in Visual Communications and a Mathematics minor. He was involved in intramural sports all four years and has played ultimate frisbee for three years. He has worked his way up through the ranks of VikingFusion to Executive Director and is now a first year mentor with professor Ron Taylor. He has held various other positions, such as referee for intramural sports and being a research assistant for Dr. Hersey. He has won multiple awards, such as the Wayne O. Rollins Student Work Award, the Ned Peterson, Golden Pillar, Exemplary Service Award, Viking Fusion Rookie of the Year Award, and the VikingFusion Technical Expertise Award. He would like to name Dr. Hersey, Ron Taylor, and Ernie Brown as the people who have most influence his time at Berry. After graduation, he is working as a production assistant with Turner Broadcasting. As of May, he is waiting to find out if he will receive a position with ESPN working as a Production Assistant starting in the fall.
After ten years of being in school, Erin Stewart has finally accomplished her dream of graduating from college. She is 28, married, and has two dogs. She's been working on her undergraduate degree for ten years due to her change from Nursing to English and Secondary Education. She worked in the library on campus as well as at a nearby deli during her time at Berry. Stewart was nominated for the Daughters of Berry Legacy and received the Pendley Teaching Award. She has named Dr. Diller as her mentor. She hopes to begin a Master's program in Literary Studies in the fall and would someday like to get her PhD in Literary Analysis. After Berry, she will be teaching at Rome High School.
Alex Sanchez graduated from Berry with a degree in Anthropology and minors in Art and French. She worked as a research assistant under Dr. Timothy Knowlton, and has been since she started her junior year. She was also involved with the Whitehead Scholars program in a leadership position with the Community Team. She was involved in Orgullo, as well as the Berry Center for Integrity in Leadership. She won the Robert Geisel Award in Sociology. Sanchez was a Whitehead Scholar and a recipient of the Goizueta Scholars fund. She has acknowledged her friend Suleima Millan as one of her mentors, as they are both Latinas in the Sociology/Anthropology department. After Berry, Sanchez will be attending the Masters-PhD program in Folklore at Indiana University.
Mary Thrailkill graduated with a degree in Art History and a music minor. She has her own business, Mary Thrailkill Art and Design, which led her to take Dr. Paula Englis's entrepreneurship class and to participate in the Spring Market. She has been a TA for Dr. Troy in the Fine Arts Department for the past three years. Thrailkill also did exhibit work in the Berry Archives. She has been on the Dean's List every year and received the Troy/Gardner award for her studies in art history last April. She credits her roommate Suleima Millan-Salinas for being a great mentor, as well as Dr. Paula Englis for pushing her to pursue her passion for arts in the business sector. Thrailkill plans to pursue growing her business after Berry, including design collaborations and custom work.
Nicole Harris graduated with a double degree in Music and Religion. During her time at Berry, she worked for Dr. Carlisle as the Keyboard Assistant in the music department and for Dr. Rowan-Fannin as a research assistant in the Religion department. She was in the Berry Singers and played piano in the jazz ensemble and combo group. She also played for the College Church worship service for two and a half years. In 2017 she was awarded the Atlanta Steinway Scholarship, and this year at Honors Convocation, she was awarded as one of the top Religion and Philosophy students. In 2016, she won first place at the Novice National Forensics Tournament in Extemporaneous Speech. She has named Dr. Johnathan Parker as her best influence during her time at Berry. After graduation, Harris will be attending a Discipleship Training school with Youth with a Mission in Germany. After completing training in the Spring, she hopes to continue doing missions in Europe using music as a means of outreach.