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Worthy, promising students are our cause at Berry. It is for them that we have our spacious and beautiful campus, our buildings and other facilities, our academic programs, work-experi ence opportunities and spiritual influences.

We consider every young man and woman who enrolls at Berry an im portant person. He has been selected by a carefully chosen set of standards; he is offered an excellent education to prepare him for a useful, wellrounded life, and he is expected to go

forth and become a contributing citi zen. Ours is the long-range view, and that vision of the student beyond his four college years or graduation from high school is borne in mind even when he is accepted.
We take the following areas into

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william mc chesney martin, jr. chairman

JOHN a. sibley . vice chairman
















THE BERRY SCHOOLS BULLETIN . March 1961 . Vol. 48. No. 1
The Berry Schools Bulletin is published six times yearly--once in March, twice in April, once in June, once in September and once in December--by The Berry Schools, Inc., Mount Berry, Georgia. Second-class postage paid at Mount Berry, Georgia. This publication was printed by students at The Berry Schools Printing Services.

careful consideration in trying to se lect worthy students who can profit from Berry's program and who, in turn, will go on to render significant service to themselves and to society.
The student's previous school re cord is checked. This indicates his application to tasks already set be fore him, his degree of accomplish ment and his interest in the pursuit of further learning.
For Berry College, his scores on standardized tests are noted. These give a clue to his weaknesses and aptitudes and are a basis for compari son of all applicants from a given norm--a comparison which cannot be made accurately from records from a number of schools of different areas with varied enrollments, curricula and the like.
A study of the prospective student's previous leadership and participation in extra-curricular activities is of great import, for this frequently helps identify the person with the desired quality of initiative.
Recommendations from principals, counselors and teachers and from people in the community are consi dered and compared. These often paint a more complete picture of the "whole person" than do impersonal statistics.

who wish to continue their studies because of their own desires--not merely to please parents or other in terested persons. Care is taken to choose students who appear to have a purpose in obtaining this education beyond that of simply being able to say that they have attended high school or college. Thus, students who have or will become responsive to high standards and ideals, who not only accept these but have the desire and initiative to put these attitudes to practical use, are accepted.
"Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves" (James 1:22) is advice that is in accord with our motto. Berry graduates should be doers. Our alumni in large numbers have carried out this purpose and we are proud of their accomplishments. Each year we shall continue to send forth young men and women filled with faith, cap able of influence, confident and cou rageous and dedicated to the unselfish service of mankind.


John R. Bertrand


A personal interview with the ap

plicant is arranged when possible.

Here again, many details may be noted


that would not be recorded or even

alluded to in a letter.

From a cumulation of all the ob servations made and information gained our students are selected. Other factors being equal, we give priority to applicants of limited fi nancial means. Students are preferred

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"What do you like best about Berry?" was the casual, yet pointed, question posed before a Berry fresh man class late in their first college semester. Frankly, the instructor had expected some hesitation or at least cautious replies, but this was not the case.
"The attention we get." "The friendly attitudes of every one." "We're not treated like one of a mob. Even if we're dressed alike, we're respected as if each of us were some one special." The instructor was encouraged. "Give me some examples of what you mean," was the added request. A fair-faced wisp of a girl with a chrysanthemum crop of black hair spoke up. "The teachers always seem so glad to give us extra help. They don't mind staying after class. Science teachers even go back to the lab at night if a student needs extra instruc tion. And we students don't mind ask ing when we realize we need special attention, because the instructors al ways seem so happy to give it. I feel if I fail this year it won't be any body's fault but mine. Help is here for the asking."

A stocky, blond boy set his jaws firmly. "I didn't dream anyone would pore over every word I write the way you do. Before I came to Berry I en vied some of my buddies who went to bigger colleges, but not anymore. I feel as if I am more than one of a mass. I'm really myself here, and I have to keep getting better. There are too many eyes on me for me to let my self just drift along."
A wide-eyed agriculture major with a serious masculine face, but nervous, artistic fingers, spoke up. "I've never known teachers before like the ones here. You're interested in teaching students instead of subjects. Before I'd been here a week different ones were asking what I wanted to make of myself, what was my goal in life, and how could their training contri bute toward that end. When I didn't know just how they could fit into the picture, they started showing me. I'll have to stick with it to take in half that's offered here."
"It's not only the teachers who are helpful," commented a tall brunette with an exceptionally serene counten ance. "The deans and house directors are glad to give advice and guidance. They're like extra parents the way

they watch over us and give us a sense of security. No one needs to face a problem alone here."
A soft-spoken, smiling blond re marked about the librarians. "You'd think our assignments were for them when you watch the way they help us find material and show us how to use the library facilities. They seem so eager to have us take advantage of all they have to offer."
"My favorite person is my work supervisor," ventured one little girl who honestly did not look old enough to be away from home. The class gig gled, but she continued, "She makes me feel so proud of the way I mop those floors and polish those halls that I'm proud of every inch of shiny surface. When I have a home of my own it's going to sparkle like the Ford Buildings!"
"I've learned so much about plant ing I can't wait to get home to do my mom's yard," piped in one slender youngster, knowing well the other young gentlemen would tease him for this admission, but taking it all with a disarming grin.
"We're forgetting the most important point of all," one timid young lady al most whispered. Everyone looked at

her and it was hard for her to talk when she was the center of attention, but this time she had something signi ficant to say, and somehow it was less difficult for her to express her self. "It's the friendliness of all the other students. There's no caste system here. Everyone is cheerful and kind and concerned. We all have the chance to be somebody, too. It seems as if everyone else is pulling for us. In a situation like this, we just can't fail."
It is true. Students receive special attention at Berry. These spontaneous testimonials are an accurate account of what actually was said in one class room this year.
Looking at the matter from the other side--that of the faculty and staff--the conclusion is the same.
More than once faculty members have gone the extra mile. Ihey have paid the unexpected medical bills, sup plemented scant wardrobes, furnished needed supplies, made loans for tui tion, spent extra hours coaching for contests, given unrequired time and at tention to the procuring of scholarships and fellowships for students to con tinue advanced studies after gradua tion, or they have used their time and influence to help students find en viable employment. Berry students are not numbers to them. Each one is a new friend, and many of these friend ships continue through the years, en riching all the lives involved.
The watchful eye of the adminis tration notes these relations. It is ever on the alert to keep conditions condu cive to such an atmosphere. It keeps a jealous vigil over the fine heritages of Berry and is constantly planning new channels through which to offer further opportunities to young people who want to learn, who are apprecia tive of the work done for them and proud of that which they accomplish themselves, who contribute so much toward keeping friendliness and per sonal interest prevalent at Berry.

The Rev. Dr. R. C. Gresham Chaplain Emeritus
By the end of this academic year, more than twelve guest preachers will have occupied the pulpits in Mount Berry Chapel on the Berry College campus and Frost Memorial Chapel on the campus of the Mount Berry School for Boys.
The Rev. Dr. R. C. Gresham, Berry's chaplain emeritus, was the first visit ing preacher of the year. He became chaplain emeritus in 1959 and now re sides in Moultrie, Georgia.
Since the religious program at Berry is traditionally interdenomina tional, the ministers who are invited as guest preachers for the Sunday morning worship services in the col lege chapel and school for boys chapel are from various religious denomi nations. This year they come from throughout the eastern United States to the campus.
Church services at Berry are under the direction of a resident chaplain who serves the community as regular pastor. Students have the major re sponsibility for directing Sunday School classes.
Vesper services, Religious Empha sis Week and other activities provide opportunities for students' religious leadership and are also a part of the general religious program.

The study of English--grammar, composition and literature, creative and interpretative--is of special signi ficance at Berry College and the Mount Berry School for Boys. The average attitude of Berry students is impressive in that it is not one of dread or reluctance, which is so often associated with required courses. Rather, there is a desire to develop talents for which the students have already felt specific needs.
Some students express a definite de sire to become skilled in the art of communication. They have their own ideas and convictions and they want to be able to convey them to others effectively. Other students have al ready chosen a profession; they recog nize the necessity of mastering the language in order to succeed in their ambitions. Potential ministers, law yers, politicians and teachers frequent ly identify themselves and point out their specific needs. They have be come conscious of the use of English grammar and composition as a tool for many other fields, and the background of literature for a clearer comprehen sion of history and contemporary life.
There is also a keen awareness among some of the students that they may be less proficient in English than in other fields. Perhaps because of limited opportunities or lack of skilled instruction, they may feel that this is an area in which they may be lacking. Berry students approach the study of English with a sense of purpose.
Berry College offers numerous op portunities and challenges connected with English education, and efforts are continually being made for expansion and improvement in this department and related activities.
A glimpse at the catalog reveals that Berry College, as most colleges

throughout our nation, requires cer tain basic courses in English composi tion and speech. But beyond that are courses in literature interpretation and appreciation, creative writing, drama and the teaching of English. Students who meet the specific requirements of the department may earn majors or minors in this field.
Many campus organizations augment the training beyond that of pure class room instruction. The two rival soci eties of the college are the Georgian and Syrreb (Berry spelled backwards) Literary Societies. Before becoming members, students must qualify them selves as potential contributing mem bers. This is done by appearing in try out performance, submitting an origi nal composition or displaying any one of a variety of acceptable skills. These two organizations have actually ex panded beyond their titles of "literary societies" and now sponsor plays, de bates, sports events and parties. Usually all but the latter are competi tive. The majority of the students be long to one or the other society.
Especially for the stimulation of literary creativity and appreciation is the Literature and Language Club. While its members are for the most part students with majors or minors in English or students of foreign lan guages, other students are welcomed.
The Drama Club is an increasingly active and popular society at the col lege. From the members of this club contestants for inter-collegiate debates, contests in after-dinner speaking, oral interpretation, extemporaneous speak ing and original oratory are chosen. Berry students take part in two major and two minor forensic meets annual ly. The Drama Club presents two full-length dramas each year with the intention of placing the best in drama before the entire student body as well as giving its members experience in acting and producing. The latest ad dition to the dramatic facilities at

Berry is an arena theater for flexible staging. It is located on the lower level of the Ford Gymnasium.
Kappa Alpha is the Berry chapter of the national drama honorary fra ternity, Alpha Psi Omega. For mem bership a system of points is set up. These points are acquired through backstage work, acting, attitudes of cooperation and responsibility, and by being a student in good standing. Mem bers of the fraternity select the new members by nominations and voting.
As special incentives for accom plishments in literary composition and speech, several special prizes are of fered annually. The Emily V. Ham mond poetry prizes (first, second and third) are awarded to the students submitting the best original poems. The John A. Sibley prizes (first, second and third) are given to the stu dents writing the best original essays on Martha Berry and her work. The Alice L. Wingo prize goes to the stu dent who writes the best essay in a literature course. The Matthews prize is for the student winning first place in the inter-society debate. These awards are more than merely grati fying to the recipients. They create an attitude of admiration for serious literary efforts and a realization that there is always more to be written. Many Berry alumni have received some of their earliest stimuli and en couragement in oral and written com position from these awards.
Three student publications give en viable experience in the actual pro duction of material to be presented to the public. The staff of the college yearbook, the cabin log, is composed of seniors. Students interested in news paper work publish the campus car rier. south winds is the special literary magazine published annually and in which approved literary efforts-- poetry, short stories, and essays--are made available to the public.

English in action at Berry is more than the classroom work, organiza tions, contests and publications. The spacious Memorial Library with its constantly increasing volumes, periodi cals and audio-visual aids invites the students to ever-widening literary en richment. The architecture and interior decorations of many of the buildings give silent yet substantial tribute to great men and works of literature. Quotations, carved figures and sym bols make a conscious and subcon scious impression on the minds of many students.
But most convincing and rewarding to Berry students is the carry-over of English into all activities, of litera ture into life. As they prepare their lessons, participate in numerous or ganizational activities, take part in varied programs and special religious services, and as they live and learn more of how to live, as they grow in knowledge and understanding, the students treasure the valuable train ing that has helped them to be more articulate and appreciative--the em phases on English at Berry.


Berry's well-known Gate of Oppor

tunity has been opened wide on many

occasions in past months. Many inter

ested persons have come to the campus

to benefit from newly offered courses

of instruction and to enjoy outstanding

entertainment and lectures on the cam

pus. . . . This year Berry Col

lege added to its curriculum several

evening courses and was affiliated with

Continental Classroom, the TV pro

gram for college credit. . .


American Red Cross water safety

course for northeast Georgia was held

here. . . . Also Georgia's Region

7-C debate and one-act play contests

were conducted at Berry. . . .

Berry was host to the Children of the American Revolution Southeastern Re gion meeting and the fifth triennial DAR School Tour. . . . Mountain Day and Homecoming on October 8, the annual New Year's Tea at Oak Hill and the January 13 Founder's Day pro gram attracted many alumni and other friends to the campus. . . . Berry's high standard of musical and dramatic entertainment have added to the cul tural interests and development of the entire community. The Artists' Series programs have brought skilled per formers to the schools. The college music department has presented the

pipe organ recital of an assistant pro fessor of music who is also the church organist at Berry, and Handel's "Mes siah." Closely related to these were the Candlelight Christmas Service at the Mount Berry School for Boys and the traditional Carol Service at the college. . . . One full-length and a one-act drama were presented by the Drama Club. . . . Highly regarded speak ers have appeared before students, fac ulty and staff. . . . Berry is a cen ter of learning and it is gratifying when many groups and persons are de sirous of benefiting by the opportun ities offered here.

In this huge world one person is so small And, though his heart is great, he finds that he Is limited in what he has to give Despite his innate generosity.
A dime, a dollar is not very much; An hour's time or one small word of hope Seems insignificant. But still he makes The contributions that lie in his scope.
For he has seen a dollar multiplied By hearts much like his own until it grew To feed the hungry throngs, blot out disease, Build spires to the skies, and hopes renew.
And he has seen where just one word of faith, Of true encouragement, has changed a soul Until the whole world knew the difference And human life attained another goal.
One word, one plan, one dollar and one deed-- So very small, yet they may come to grow, Like loaves and fishes or the meal and oil, Beyond the greatest dreams that man may know.
--Evelyn Hoge Pendley


Spring 1961
To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. As the Easter season ap proaches we are especially reminded of many, some very close to us, who have passed from this earth and who are still a very real part of our lives.
My years at Berry have brought me close to several who have gone to their reward, but who will always be a part of our lives and a part of Berry and hundreds of young people whom they influenced. Among that group comes to mind our late founder, whose life speaks to us everywhere on this beau tiful campus, many treasured friends who have supported the work, and dedicated staff members whose names we whisper tenderly.
March 12 marks the birthday anni versary of our first Business Manager, E. H. Hoge, who died only recently and just on the eve of the fiftieth an niversary of his coming to Berry. Even though Mr. Hoge had retired from active duties he still kept in close con tact with the work to which he had given his life.
He was laid to rest beneath the mag nolia tree on the Mount Berry Chapel lawn where he attended church throughout his fifty years at Berry. Like his life, that last service was marked with dignity and simplicity.
Mr. Hoge's work with The Berry Schools brought him in close touch with the late founder, Martha Berry. It also linked him with the friends and donors of the schools because his re sponsibility was to see that the schools' funds were safely handled and wisely spent. Miss Berry often said, "It is a comfort to lie down at night knowing that Mr. Hoge will safeguard every penny sent to The Berry Schools." She also often said, "Mr. Hoge will

stretch every dollar to its full capacity and will see that both sides of the dollar are spent." By this she meant that he would see that the dollars sent to Berry were used both in giving work opportunities to students and in purchasing the necessary materials for the schools.
When Mr. Hoge died his family made known his request that flowers be omitted at the funeral and that friends who wished to remember him do so by making contributions to The Berry Schools. His family started a fund in his memory toward an En dowed Scholarship at Berry. A num ber of friends have joined in adding to this fund. There are those among the "Highlander" readers who may wish to make some contribution to ward the memory of this person whose life was dedicated to the work and who will continue to live in the hearts of those he left behind.
In paying tribute to Mr. Hoge's life I can think of no more appropriate words than the passage of Scripture which reads: "And what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?"
Any amount given toward The Hoge Memorial Scholarship will be deeply appreciated. Any amount, for any pur pose, will be appreciated and we shall do our best to "spend both sides of every dollar."
God bless you in happy memories, in the love of those near and dear and in your services to others.
Faithfully yours,
Inez Henry

Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Hoge at the unveiling of his portrait which now hangs in the Memorial Library.

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Visitors to the campus are welcome. A registration and infor mation desk is located in Hoge Building for the convenience of guests. However, in the interest of student welfare and Sabbath observance, we encourage our friends to make arrangements with the president's office if they find it more convenient to visit on Sunday.
The schools are served by the Rome, Georgia, telephone ex change, and The Berry Schools switchboard number is 232-5374. Mail should be addressed to Mount Berry, Georgia.

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For more information about any phase of Berry College or Mount Berry School for Boys, please address your inquiries to the President, The Berry Schools, Mount Berry, Georgia.