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The 1960-61 year was marked by planned and steady progress toward greater excellence in all phases of the program at Berry College and the Mount Berry School for Boys. The aims of Berry have always been high; we intend to continue to keep them so. This is in accord with our Christian teaching, for the Master said, "Be ye perfect." Thus, as we evaluate the ac complishments of the past year, we do

so conscious of our goal of still greater excellence.
The office of director of admissions has been very active, not only with the office's duties and procedures, but ser ving Berry with exceptional initiative and understanding. Requirements for admissions have been augmented, and in 1961-62 we expect the college en rollment to pass the 750 mark--the largest in its history.

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. September 1961

. Vol. 48 No. 5

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 the students at The Berry Schools Printing


Photographs by Robert McCullough

The office of information has also contributed significantly to the public relations program by factually inter preting the institution to the public and by coordination of such events as the spring tour when more than 7,500 persons visited the campus.
Our Memorial Library on the col lege campus is continuing to grow and is the center of the pursuit of many educational goals for students and fac ulty. At the end of June 1961, the head librarian listed a total of nearly 34,000 books on the shelves, 11 newspapers and 286 magazines currently received, and reported great use of audio-visual materials. Many more books, records, equipment and materials are on the list of future needs. A means of mak ing more library materials accessible through inter-library loans from area libraries was completed during the year.
With the coming of a dean of men, we are looking forward to more effec tive counseling and student govern ment for the college men. It is reassur ing to note that the women students have strengthened their division of the college student government in an out standing way.

Our renovating, remodeling and re pairing programs have been active dur ing the year, continuing our efforts to keep our physical plant in good condi tion. Timber was salvaged from the ravages of the 1960 spring ice storm as long as was practicable. To replace trees destroyed at this time, 270,000 pine seedlings were planted and 30 acres seeded with pine seed. Willow oaks were planted along the entrance driveway. To keep our land produc tive and to have our buildings and campus places of serviceability and beauty are objectives that keep us ever on the alert.
The exceptionally low number of faculty resignations is a keynote of stability and satisfaction on the part of those who actually set our classroom standards. It is imperative that we keep their compensation up to a level that will not allow them to be at tracted away to more lucrative em ployment. Our faculty members are dedicated, energetic persons, vitally interested in the well-being and full development of each student. We value their services and their strong indivi dual endeavors toward our goals of excellence.

In addition to the funds earned through work experience, qualified students upon application were given loans providing them further financial assistance toward their education.
As in the past, orientation classes were conducted for the freshmen. Areas such as vocations, study skills, and personal, social and academic pro blems were discussed. Of course, spe cial counseling is always available and frequently utilized.

New college courses have been added in English, physics, religion and social sciences.
Thus far I have spoken of goals of offices, of organizations, of programs, of projects and of employees. But all of these are centered around one greater goal, one special purpose--the education of each Berry student. Berry was founded and exists to give deserving young people an opportunity to earn a well-rounded education.

Excellent health coverage was con tinued for students at the college and school for boys.

Our three-fold educational emphases are, according to our philosophy, de sirable means whereby students may

Dr. John R. Bertrand (left), president, and Dr. S. H. Cook, dean emeritus and advisor, discuss the development of the schools. Dr. Cook came to the campus as a teacher in 1910; he served as dean of the schools from 1922 to 1936, as dean of the college from 1936 to 1957 and as acting president from 1951 to 1953.

become intelligent, capable, contribut ing and spiritually minded citizens.
Academically we stress acquisition of knowledge and basic foundations of learning, intellectual curiosity and creative thought, bearing in mind

future fields of service. Because of the individual attention given, every stu dent is aided and encouraged.
In the work experiences the student learns the satisfaction and self-confi dence of actual accomplishment, the

psychology involved in working with others, and the skills that make up different types of service.
Our religious program gives to the student understanding and purpose in relation to all his efforts; it gives him a faith to live by in troubled times and a realization that the Master's work must be done by the minds and hands of men.
Those of you who contribute to the betterment of Berry by your gifts,

your words to others and your prayers all aid us in our goals of excellence for these young people who, because of their inclinations and experience, hope fully will go into the world to present, not problems, but solutions--who will live "Not to be ministered unto, but to minister."
John R. Bertrand President The Berry Schools

Summary of Current Income and Expenditures for 1960-61 Fiscal Year

(Student fees, endowment income, income from funds held in trust by others, gifts and grants, appropriations from escrow funds, sales and services of educational departments, other sources)
(Dining and residence halls, medical services, faculty and staff residences, laundry)
(Merchandise stores, handicrafts, maintenance and service departments, agriculture, forestry and sawmill, food pro cessing)

566,056.84 412,419.56



(General administration, general expense, instruction, libraries, operation and maintenance of physical plant)
(Dining and residence halls, medical services, faculty and staff residences, laundry)
(Merchandise stores, handicrafts, maintenance and service departments, agriculture, forestry and sawmill, food pro cessing)

$ 934,386.21 598,876.13 407,266.83

Much preparation goes toward beginning a new academic year. And in September as the influx of students return to the campus of Berry College and the Mount Berry School for Boys, there are friend ships to renew, registration procedures to complete, the beginning of classwork and other key elements of the Berry program.


The essay on this page was written by a Berry College freshman in the standard beginning course in English Composition. Briefly, it views the college through the eyes of a freshman woman.

"O, how full of briars is this workingday world," said Rosalind, the heroine of Shakespeare's As You Like It. To day I am aware, even as Rosalind was, of the thorns about that seem to prick me.
Here in the center of college life at Berry are several specific types of briars. First is the briar of discourage ment. Very often I feel that my goal, like the sky, can never be reached. Then there is the thorn of conformity. We must constantly measure up to higher standards than have ever been set before us in the past--scholastic standards, work standards, behavior standards.
There are also personal and social adjustments to be squeezed into our reforming process. Never before have we lived in such a large family; never before have we been known and stu died by so many individuals. At times

I wonder if my individualism is not smouldering. But then I notice that my world is not clouded by smoke, but filled with the fragrance of fresh blossoms.
Berry may have its briars, but more plentiful and impressive are its roses. Here we have a wonderful field of Christian education and fellowship with God. We have the opportunity to obtain a high level of education, not only academically, but also through our work experiences and Christian fellowship. One of the brightest roses on Berry's bush is the one of friend liness. Always and everywhere there is that smile of comfort and cheer. Although life here at Berry has its thorns, I find that mine is so radiant with the roses that I am blinded to the thorns.
I think Berry is the most wonderful place in the world--thorns, roses and all.


Reports of crime rates and com munist collaborators among American youths have shocked our nation in the recent past.
Eminent thinkers of our day ask what was wrong. These young people had had schooling, but somewhere along the way they had not learned of that "little spark of God in every man" that keeps his faith alive and helps him choose right from wrong even in adversity.
It is that spirit, the "little spark of God in every man," that is the core of curriculum and campus life at Berry. No student can actually join in the activities, cooperate in serious study, or participate in the work experience without being aware of this overall in fluence.
A major Berry aim is to give stu dents a faith and a formula for facing life. The very history of the schools is a testimony to the power of prayer. The story of the struggles during the early and, later, the depression days demonstrates deep strength for endur ance. The continued existence of the schools today is visible proof of the triumph of trust in God.
From the day a prospective student hears of Berry he is aware that Chris tianity is an integral part of this school. It is a reality, not a nebulous con glomeration of creed and sentiment, but a way of confronting all that lies ahead. When he reads the motto, "Not

to be ministered unto, but to minister," he begins to understand that his ex perience at this place will be for a pur pose.
Through timely courses in religion, a sincere and conscientious faculty, campus religious organizations in which the students have ample oppor tunities to participate, Berry young people can learn tolerance, under standing and concern for those who seek or need to know God. From stim ulating sermons of the regular chap lain and his day-by-day counseling, visiting ministers, missionaries and other speakers of renown who come to Berry, they become aware of the cry ing need for Christian influence and service everywhere.
Aroused by the challenges of both internal and external sources, Berry students are awakened to the wonder ful realization that they have an at titude toward life, a background of faith, an inner fortitude that the world needs. They remember conditions they have seen or felt in areas where they have worked or lived; they hear of needs of far-off nations. They know that they can meet these needs, for they now have the training and ability to go forth and serve.
They have discovered that spirit, "the little spark of God in every man." They can use that spark to lead others "from darkness into light" and as their own inner compass at all times.


Inez Henry


The summer has flown! I have been reminded so many times that "there is so much to be done and so little time."
We were able, through your help, to give work opportunities to about 400 young men and women during the summer. They were busy planting, cultivating and harvesting the crops; canning and preserving foods; repair ing roads and buildings; performing various duties in the daily housekeep ing and operation of the schools; and in making ready for the opening of our fall term.
Our gate of opportunity has, again, swung wide to approximately 1,000 young people. This you have made pos sible also.
This summer brought many inter esting and satisfying experiences, as is always true in working with young people.
A very attractive auburn-haired girl, who was graduated from Berry two years ago and who is now teaching, came with her handsome fiance, also a Berry boy, with the request to be married in old Possum Trot Church.

They wanted just a simple wedding in this historic place. The old church came alive with the appropriate cere mony, the greenery and lighted can dles, and the music from the ancient melodeon.
Along with hopeful experiences the summer brought some of the saddest in our history. Death claimed several friends, including our dear Mrs. G. Lister Carlisle on May 13, 1961.
Mrs. Carlisle, the former Leila Laughlin of Pittsburgh, was one of the most influential and devoted friends Martha Berry and the schools ever had. Her interest dated back to 1903 when she heard Miss Berry speak in the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York. Soon afterwards, Leila Laughlin visited Berry, which at the time was a log cabin school. Since then, the personality and influence of Leila Laughlin Carlisle have been a major part in the development of The Berry Schools.
The first steam laundry and the first dairy barn and cows were the result of her help. The present brick dairy barns are due largely to her contri-

butions, as well as a dormitory for college men, the store, three staff cot tages and the Laughlin Industrial Arts Shop, which is named for her mother.
Mrs. Carlisle made many other con tributions including funds for the pur chase of the land on which the Mount Berry Chapel stands. Her husband, G. Lister Carlisle, who preceded her in death, was on the Board of Trustees at Berry for some 40 years.
We are grateful for her material gifts, and treasure even more her en couragement and spiritual influence. Our lives have been enriched because of her companionship along Life's Highway.
Another longtime friend, Erwin A. Holt, passed away in June. Mr. Holt visited Berry first in October 1910 on the date of Theodore Roosevelt's visit

to the institution. Since that time he had been an enthusiastic friend and supporter of the work. His influence will be felt throughout the years and we shall always remember his gen erous share in Berry and, most of all, his cheerful personality and loyal friendship.
So, we begin the fall term with mixed emotions--certainly with grati tude to you for your continued sup port. We remember, again, that as im portant as gifts of thought, of services, of money and of influence are, more important still is the spirit in which they are given. Your spirit and good will continue to inspire us.
Faithfully yours,
Inez Henry

Enclosed is my contribution of $_for the continuing program of The Berry Schools.
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