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John R. Bertrand President
The Berry Schools
AT BERRY we believe our students have a reason for being here. We
_ do not believe they come to mark time. We trust they come here to study, work and worship and that they leave Berry with a genuine sense of what the future can mean to people who are able to keep their heads in the confusion about them and to take responsibilities with enthusiasm.
When young men and women complete the Berry program, we want them to have minds that are keen, eyes that are clear, hands that are steady, and hearts that are bent toward human service. We want all of our students to aim at excellence of performance, regardless of the task. All students who come to Berry are assigned tasks designed to teach them the value of constructive work habits and to help them make their way as they pursue their studies.
It is our wish for each student upon graduation to be equipped with new skills . . . with greater understanding of the meaning of cooperation . . . with a steady and forthright purposefulness in living that will stay with him the rest of his life.
We at Berry believe in the vital task which educational institutions everywhere have today--the task of preparing youth well for the challenges of the future. We feel responsible for our share in tomorrow, and we are taking positive action in endeavoring to prepare youth for it in the best way we can. You and your friends may find much satisfaction in joining us as partners in this task by sharing with Berry your gifts of interest, time and financial assistance.



The Southern Highlander Issue

MARCH 1959


The Berry Schools were founded in 1902 by Miss Martha Berry.

William McChesney Martin, Jr. chairman
John A. Sibley vice chairman
Dr. Harmon Caldwell; Mrs. Virginia Campbell Courts; J. Battle Hall; Mrs. Inez Henry; Nelson Macy, Jr.; E. W. Moise; G. Lamar Westcott; and R. W. Woodruff.
The Berry Schools Bulletin
is published six times yearly--twice in March, once in June, twice in September and once in December--by The Berry Schools, Inc., Mount Berry, Georgia. Second-class mail privileges authorized at Mount Berry, Georgia, under the Act of August 24, 1912, as amended.



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YES . . . SPRING . . .
The first day of spring arrives on the Berry campus this month. New visitors will come . . . many long time friends will return . . . and share its beauty with our students. We hope you will have an oppor tunity to visit the campus this spring ... or anytime.



four Berry College students

exchange viewpoints

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A CHALLENGE AND A DORMITORY . . . a new friend's vision becomes a reality

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KEYS TO THE GATE OF OPPORTUNITY . . an alumnus looks at The Berry Schools

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TODAY . . . a timely message from the assistant to the president inside back cover

THE COVER Intricate processes of enameling are detailed for twc students by Wilbur D. Keister, head of the Department of Art and Applied Arts at Berry College
Printed by students at The Berry Schools Press


Four Berry College students gather for an exchange of viewpoints. Ideas expressed in this recorded discussion are the stu dents' own.

QUESTION : You are well along in earning your way through college. Would you settle now for a guaranteed monthly income of $250-350 for the rest of your life, or would you rather let your life's earnings he determined by your own abilities?

BOBBY: I'd much rather choose to continue college to develop my own abilities. In the world today, I think that we as students should consider a college education as a very important opportunity and take advantage of it. Of course, there is a possibility, even though we have a college education, that we will not become rich in money. But because of the knowledge and ex perience we gain in college, I believe we will be richer with a broader man hood, higher ideals and a larger aim of not merely more dollars.
LUCI: I'd rather let my life be determined by my own abilities too, because I think I'm going to college not to gain mediocre security but to gain the chance for success if I can use all that I have gained here.
BARBARA: I'd like to let my suc cess in life be determined by my own ability. I believe that going to college, or any kind of school, means only the opportunity to develop my abilities. Factors besides a guaranteed income can create success.
THAD: Like the other three, I too would like to continue college and develop my abilities--not settle down to $250 - $350 per month. I came to Berry College because I thought that here I could prove my abilities more, and I can truly say I don't believe I could ever be happy with just a set lifetime income. But if this income could come about while I prove my abilities, I think that I could be happy with it.

Have you gotten from the Berry program anything "special" to help you for your role in life? If so, what is it?
THAD: Well, for example, I have learned in the chemistry laboratories that the care we take with our instru ments is very important because they may be hard to come by. And the care that we take of them is "special" care as compared with other places, I think. I believe it's "special" because we develop more feeling of responsibility. From the spiritual program, I think everyone has gained something "special," whether one realizes it or not, because the Christian atmosphere here on the campus just puts within our hearts something "special" that we can carry with us throughout life.

Luci Hill

Ail Thad Broome

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Barbara Mote

Bobby Sims

BOBBY: I believe Berry is famous for its friendliness. If I am able to capture a part of this friendliness and maintain that one thing throughout my life, I think I may be able to spread happiness to everyone I meet.
LUCI: The one thing that all three parts of the Berry program seem to emphasize to me is an appreciation of excellence, at least in the work de partments I have been in. In the scho lastic program this is also true, at least in the classes that I have taken. That's one thing, and then I think that at Berry, perhaps more than at other colleges, we learn to appreciate the beautiful; I think that to learn to appreciate beauty in your surround ings will make you a better person.
BARBARA: I think that probably one of the most important things that is still left--one of the "special" things I have gotten from Berry--is the per sonal attention from teachers, advisors and students. I think that when I finish Berry College the thing I will remember most is this personal feeling, because everyone knows you and they take an interest in your activities and plans. And if I can take a special in terest in people, I will feel that this something "special" here has meant much to me.

What do you want most out of life?
BOBBY: Well naturally this is a hard question for anyone, but I be lieve that deep down inside each of us there is a desire for happiness. Each of us may seek this happiness in a different way. We may find it by serv ing others, perhaps. We will find it in our accomplishments or dreams. Actu ally that is why we work--to purchase and capture happiness.
LUCI: It is a big question. As far as the intangible things, I'd like to understand what life is all about . . . not just understand what men are here for. I want to feel my purpose in life, whatever it is. I think that would really mean getting the most out of life.
BARBARA: Once I heard a woman say that when her son grew up she hoped most of all that people would love to be around him and have him for a friend. I've thought a lot about this statement, and I think it probably would be my response. I would like to be the type of person whom people would want to be around. I think it is a difficult role, because it is so easy to offend other people. But if one can be the type of person who is not of fensive--if one can be loved--I think that is the main thing in life ... to present yourself as a worthy friend to someone.
THAD: I would go back to Bobby's statement and say that I also believe that everyone desires happiness. This happiness comes in many different ways. I think that it came to Miss Berry through her efforts to really build a school for those who were not able to go other places. This happiness in life may come to me, I think, if I am able to settle down in my chosen field, help others and have a Christian home with healthy children.

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N THE early spring of 1958 Mr. Charles A. Dana--industrialist and educational philanthropist--visited the campus of The Berry Schools in re sponse to an invitation. He observed the schools. He studied the facts. He offered the schools a challenge:
The Dana Foundation contribution toward a new men's dormitory at Berry College would total $200,000 if

Berry could raise the same amount for the dormitory.
Berry accepted the challenge, and appeals went out for matching sums.
On October 4, 1958, Dr. John R. Bertrand, The Berry Schools president, announced formally to a Homecoming Day assembly that the schools would accept the Dana gift. Following the assembly--before students, alumni and

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Mr. Dana turns the first spade ful of earth at groundbreaking ceremonies for Dana Hall. Schools' officials, guests, alumni and students participated in the event.

A new men s dormitory, with three floors and more than 26,000 feet of floor space, is being constructed on the Berry College campus.

guests--Mr. Dana formalized the con tribution to the schools.
Mr. Dana turned the first spadeful of earth in groundbreaking ceremonies at the site of the new dormitory.
To be called Dana Hall, the new dormitory will cost approximately $400,000 and will accommodate 134

college men. In keeping with the prac tice of The Berry Schools, much of the furnishings for the new building will be made by students in the schools' shops.
Two students will occupy each room. A proctor will reside on each floor, and a small apartment will be occupied by

BELOW: The contractor for the new dormitory moved equipment to
the building site in late fall, and construction started immediately. Day
by day, the building takes shape as construction continues at a steady


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a faculty advisor for the dormitory. Floor space of the building will total 26,700 square feet.
Design of the structure harmonizes with the architecture and beauty of the Berry College campus. The new building will face the oval, across from

the Science-Agriculture building. It will be located near the Mount Berry Chapel, the Memorial Library and Thomas Berry Hall.
Construction of the dormitory is proceeding at a quick pace. Occupancy is scheduled for September 1959.

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The architect's perspective of Dana Hall shows how the men's dormitory will appear when it is completed. It's architecture will harmonize with the other buildings on the lower campus of Berry College.

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By Johnson Head

HE "Gate of Opportunity" is the name that Martha Berry placed over the entrance of The Berry Schools during the early days. It is doubtful that even her remarkable vision could reveal to her the real significance that those words would have on the lives of boys and girls of Georgia and neigh boring states.
The "Gate of Opportunity" still stands in its beauty and charming sim plicity. But it is The Berry Schools and not the "gate" that have provided

the magic keys with which boys and girls have unlocked the gates of op portunities for useful living.
It is impossible for me to imagine that any student could spend as much as one semester at Berry without hav ing his life enriched, his vision broad ened and a new view of his oppor tunities for service and usefulness. It was my happy privilege to spend eight years at Berry, working my way through high school and college. It is impossible to say how I would have

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. . . useful work, sound academic instruction and spiritual guidance and development. That program set the course for my life . . .

spent those eight years had not the "Gate of Opportunity" at Berry been open to me. As my family owned no land it is fairly safe to say that I would have spent those years, the depression years of 1930-38, as a laborer on one of the landowner's farms in north Georgia.
At Berry I found myself in a pro gram that combined useful work, sound academic instruction and spirit ual guidance and development. That program set the course for my life and has been a heavy influence in my every activity since my days at Berry.
It was the resourcefulness and in itiative learned from a wide variety of work assignments that stood me in such good stead during my years as an officer in the U. S. Navy during World War II.
It was the inspiration of Bible study in the classroom, daily chapel and dormitory prayer meetings that has led me to accept a position of respon sibility in one of Georgia's largest Bap tist Sunday Schools.
My BS degree plus my extracur ricular activities seem to have been the right background for advancement into the management of a southern branch of a large manufacturer of office machines.
Berry's motto, "Not to be ministered unto but to minister," is a keystone in my philosophy of life, and I'm sure

that it is in the life of most Berry graduates. It is my fervent hope and prayer that the basic principles which make Berry unique will never change. Truly The Berry Schools are the gate to many opportunities for everyone coming in contact with the schools.
Johnson Head is married and the father of three children. Today a southern branch man ager for a large manufacturer of office machines, he began as a salesman with the com pany in 1946.
He entered the U. S. Navy as an apprentice seaman in 1941 and was released, after serving in the South Pacific, as a Lieutenant Commander.
Mr. Head is immediate past president of the Berry Alumni Association. As a student at Berry, he was an editor of campus publications and a debater; he also was a class president, in addition to other activities. He is a graduate of Mount Berry School for Boys and Berry College.

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Dear Friends,
No time in our world history has seemed more important than today with its needs and opportunities.
Life at best is full of unfinished things, unfulfilled hopes, interrupted undertakings, unaccomplished dreams. We long to make sure the completion of a task begun or to leave as a me morial to our beloved and departed ones the means of carrying on a bit of work that they would have loved, so that while they rest their works may follow them.
We invite you to share in the work at Berry and help us make permanent the things here begun that the influ ence of this great work may pass on from soul to soul and live through all the years. Berry is the realization of a woman's dream brought to fruition

by the vision, work, prayer and finan cial support of thousands.
In these changing days there are many adjustments we all find it neces sary to make. We agree, however, that a few things never lose their value. These things have to do with our basic program at Berry; honest work, useful knowledge and spiritual growth. These are as vital today as they were 2,000 years ago, and are the things we would cling to with our very souls--that we would have our youth value most in education and in daily living. We who know and love Berry believe that these things have made Berry out standing and these things will keep Berry outstanding. In many colleges the tuition cost has doubled in the past few years. The cost in operating Berry has, also, advanced to a marked degree.
Today, we need approximately $400 cash, over and above income from en dowment, industries and tuition, for each day we operate Berry. We be lieve that our program is as worth while as ever and we need your help



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to continue. We hope many friends will find it possible to supply the cash needed for Berry for a day. We hope others will join a group to make pos sible the operation of Berry for a portion of a day, an hour or a few minutes.
There even may be some whose interest and generosity will make possible an Endowed Day. Any amount will help. Some will wish to remem ber Berry in your wills. What better plan than to reach back a loving and helping hand from "that bourne from which no traveler returns" to others

who must journey along the road over which you have gone?
We are grateful to you who have helped, and we ask a special bene diction on you who share in this work today. May you who name Berry in your will have the satisfaction of know ing that "to live in hearts we leave behind is not to die."
Faithfully yours,
Inez Henry Assistant to the President


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