The Science Building was renamedMcAllister Hall on Saturday in honor of former Berry physics professor LawrenceE. McAllister.In a dedication ceremony over Moun-tain Day weekend, College PresidentStephen R. Briggs welcomed students,faculty, alumni and friends to honor thememory and many accomplishments of McAllister—fondly known as “Dr. Mac”—who was a physics professor at Berry from1932-1971 and who died in 1986, “leaving behind a tremendous legacy of students,of people, of admirers,” Briggs said.McAllister is considered the father of Berry’s physics program, which he beganwhen he came to Berry. By the time of his retirement, 114 students had gradu-ated with a major in physics and over 80percent of those students had obtained orwere earning advanced degrees, accordingto an article written for the summer 2012issue of “Berry Magazine” by Advance-
ment Communications Ofcer Debbie
Rasure.Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees C.B.“Buster” Wright, III called the ceremonyan emotional event.“What’s important with Dr. Mac is thathe was a quiet man,” Wright said, “butwho he was spoke very loudly withouthim having to open his mouth.”Conn said the committee that beganthe effort for this dedication was madeup of Berry alumni who studied underMcAllister. Since November 2011, over 120alumni and friends donated a total of justunder $6 million for the cause.“Here are these people coming back 60years after they graduated, 40 years afterMcAllister retired, more than a quarter of a century after he died, and they’re stillwanting to come back and pay tribute tohim,” Conn said.Coordinator of this committee Jack Jones claimed his professional success af-ter graduation was a result of McAllister’s
“He had a tremendous impact on me,” Jones said. “He kept me on the straightand narrow, made me feel like I wanted to be a better person. He had a way of bring-ing out the best in me.”Conn said McAllister’s two greatestcontributions at Berry were that he trulycared about his students and that he ex-
emplied Martha Berry’s head, heart and
hands teaching method. In addition, Connexplained that the Science Building was built in a way that emulated both of thesetraits.
“Every faculty ofce also has a studentofce alongside it, so students and faculty
are always working side by side as part-ners,” Conn said. “There is more labora-tory space in this building than there areother types of space, which means thatthis building is more focused on learning by doing.”Before the ribbon-cutting, the dedicationprayer was led by junior Katie Pettet, whois also McAllister’s great-granddaughter.“The naming of the Science Building
for Dr. Mac is a tting tribute to someone
who gave so much of himself to Berry, andI was so happy to have been able to play apart in honoring him,” Pettet said.Pettet has recently gotten to know sev-eral of McAllister’s former students, all of whom have expressed similar sentimentsto Jones’.
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Science Building dedicated
ophomore Lydia Nichols has beenchosen as one of four recipients of the At-lanta Steinway Society’s 2012 CollegiateScholarship for musicians.Nichols, a piano performance major,will receive $1,000 to apply toward her mu-sic education and will perform in a recitalon Sunday, Oct. 21 with this year’s threeother winners of the scholarship.Associate Professor of Music Kris Car-lisle, who has taught Nichols piano sinceshe began attending Berry in fall 2011, saidNichols was chosen by the music faculty to be the recipient of this scholarship whenshe performed well in her spring “jury,”
which is “like a nal for piano or for any
of the musicians,” for which the musicianperforms in front of the faculty.“I have a couple of students that I con-sidered, but one of the requirements also isthat they have to be a Georgia resident— but that does not at all take away fromwhat she’s done,” Carlisle said. “She’s per-formed well; she’s very deserving.”Carlisle said receiving this scholarship isa positive thing for Nichols.“Something like this is kind of like forstudents in science, I suppose, having ascholarly paper published; it’s kind of equivalent,” Carlisle said. “The SteinwaySociety is an important organization in At-lanta and it’s an impressive thing for a re-sume. And also the money from the schol-arship goes directly to her to use for booksor music.”Nichols, who has also played cello sinceshe was in eighth grade, began playing pi-ano when she was four years old. She saidshe enjoys playing both instruments for dif-ferent reasons.“Cello is fun because I get to play in
groups more; it’s denitely more of a col
-laborative feeling,” Nichols said. “I lovepiano because I write music on the piano,and it’s a very solo instrument, which can be very nice.”Sergei Rachmaninoff is one of Nichols’favorite composers.“I tend to gravitate to the Romantic Peri-od and forward, and Rachmaninoff, in mymind, seems to be the staple representativeof that,” Nichols said. “His piano repertoireis extensive and impressive. He wrote just a bunch of beautiful, very passionate music.”Nichols said she has learned discipline,time management and balance from at-tending Berry. She aspires to become a mu-sic technician.“(I want to) have my own studio, reallyget involved in sound engineering,” shesaid.
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music department have collaborated topotentially form a music ensemble to ac-company the football program.In the next few weeks, the administra-tion will decide on the proposal of imple-menting a drumline into the music pro-gram, called “The Viking Drumline.”During the time Berry brought in a con-sultant to study the possibility of having afootball program, the conversation of hav-ing a music ensemble came into the mix.Vice President of Student Affairs Deb- bie Heida said they wanted a report of the beginning estimate to start a marching band.“We did that because when you addfootball, it’s really not just about thegame,” Heida said. “It’s about creating anexperience, and we knew what we neededwas to create something that was attrac-tive for people to come and be a part of theexperience. It’s true for any athletic event, but it’s even truer for football.”Artist-in-Residence and Assistant Pro-fessor of Music Jonathan Adam Hayeswas chosen to head the initiative by Chairof Fine Arts Stan Pethel.As the consultant for the proposal,Hayes said the committee has looked atvarious possibilities.“The music department has exploredthree options for integrating our currentmusic program into support for athletics,”Hayes said.According to Hayes and Pethel, amarching band, pep band and a drumlineare the three options for the program.“Presently, it looks as though a drum-line is preferred,” Pethel said. “We are pro-posing a 12- to 15-member drumline [to bepresented to the Provost],” Pethel said.Due to budget costs and facilitationthat comes along with starting a marching band from scratch, a drumline appears to be the top contender.“We all just assumed that it was not inour best interest at this time because of money and numbers,” Hayes said. “Theequipment, the uniforms, scholarships,two or three full-time staff members andfacilities we don’t even have… It rivalsstarting a football program.”After researching other schools andtheir athletic band programs, Hayes com-
posed a proposal that he found would t
well with Berry.“I originally proposed [the drumline]this summer,” Hayes said. “The startupcost was around $77,000. Right now we aretrying to tighten that number up to some-thing more feasible. If it happens, we willstart with a battery percussion—snare,tenor and bass.”
Science Building renamed in honor of the father of Berry’s physics program
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Berry studentreceives musicscholarship
“When you add football , it’sreally not just about the game.It’s about creating anexperience.”