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Community Invited to Ethics Lecture on Nov. 5

Reinhardt University Invites Community to Ethics Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 5

Reinhardt alumnus Rod Norton will address developing a personal code of ethics on Nov. 5 at 2 p.m.
Reinhardt alumnus Rod Norton ’14 will speak on developing a personal code of ethics on Nov. 5 at 2 p.m.

Reinhardt University welcomes Rod Norton, a 2014 MBA graduate from Reinhardt’s McCamish School of Business, as a speaker for the McCamish School/Knox Foundation for Ethics-sponsored lecture series. This free event is open to the public and will be held Thursday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. in the Bannister Glasshouse/Hasty Student Life Center on Reinhardt’s Waleska, Ga. campus.

Developing a personal code of ethics

Dr. Katherine E. Hyatt, associate professor of business, has coordinated Reinhardt’s ethics activities in recent years. She invited Norton to speak because she was impressed by a memorable ethics presentation he gave during his MBA coursework.  His speech will address how to use one’s personal experiences, relationships and society in building a personal code of ethics.

Norton’s undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Management, is also from Reinhardt. He has more than 16 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, having spent 10 years with a major wireless carrier and six years as a consultant and executive providing strategic services and network infrastructure to major wireless carriers. Before working in telecommunications, Norton worked in real estate construction and residential and commercial project development. He was site manager for the inaugural beach volleyball venue at the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta.

The Knox Foundation for Ethics promotes ethics education at Reinhardt

The Knox Foundation was established by longtime Reinhardt trustee and friend, the late Pete Knox of Thomson, Ga., to promote ethics education. His son, the late Boone A. Knox, continued to support the Foundation’s efforts after his father’s death and throughout his own life. In recent years, Reinhardt has hosted panel discussions and essay contents, in addition to lectures, to examine ethics.

Reinhardt alumnus Amy Fernandez Geiger '14 spoke on the impact of social media on business ethics on Oct. 20, 2015.
Reinhardt alumnus Amy Fernandez Geiger ’14 spoke on the impact of social media on business ethics on Oct. 20, 2015.

Oct. 20 Lecture addressed how social media impacts business ethics

On Oct. 20, 2015, Reinhardt MBA graduate Amy Fernandez Geiger ’14 provided social media pointers and guidelines for job seekers and hiring managers in her presentation, “How the Transparency of Social Media Blurs the Lines of Business Ethics.” As a marketing manager for ClubCorp, she oversees and manages marketing and advertising for 35 private golf and country clubs in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

For more on programming supported by the Knox Foundation for Ethics and the McCamish School of Business, see www.reinhardt.edu/business-ethics.

Welcome New Vice Presidents for Finance and Administration and Advancement

Welcome New Vice Presidents for Finance and Administration and Advancement

Norton and LeopardTwo new vice presidents have been appointed to serve on the administration of Reinhardt University. David Leopard is the Vice President for Finance and Administration; He replaced Robert G. “Bob” McKinnon, who served in the position from March 2008 until his retirement this in March 2015. Timothy A. “Tim” Norton is the Vice President for Advancement; Norton filled the position of JoEllen Bell Wilson ’61, who retired from Reinhardt after serving in many roles for 33 years (July 1982-2015).

“Mr. Norton and Mr. Leopard bring years of experience to their respective positions and will be joining an already strong leadership team,” said Dr. Kina Mallard, president. “The future of Reinhardt is bright. With our excellent leaders, faculty and staff, we are ready to soar into the future as we continue shaping lives and building futures.”

David Leopard – Vice President for Finance and Administration

Leopard previously served as vice president of finance and administration at Young Harris College, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, Inc. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Georgia State University and was licensed as a CPA in 1984.

“With many years of non-profit experience in higher education and the arts, I am looking forward to working with the other members of the Leadership Team to guide the development of distinctive programs and degrees that will make Reinhardt competitive for many years to come,” Leopard said. “As a financial executive that understands the importance of branding and product perception, I will push for our campuses and facilities to represent Reinhardt in a manner that is appealing to potential students and their families.

“We will also work to develop and have a deeper understanding of our business model and how that will be critical in developing the next strategic plan for the University,” he continued. “There are numerous challenges facing higher education in the next 20 years. It is crucial that we position the University to meet those challenges and emerge stronger, both financially and operationally.”

Tim Norton – Vice President for Advancement

Norton has served the last four years as chief advancement officer for Appalachia Service Project (ASP) in Johnson City, Tenn. In this position, he provided leadership for communications/public relations, philanthropy/development, volunteer recruitment and deployment and information technology. At ASP, he built and implemented the online giving program, developed and implemented the planned giving program, and established a rigorous program of private foundation and government grant research, proposal preparation/presentation.

Prior to ASP, Norton served as interim vice president for advancement at Carson-Newman University, Development Director for The Christian Index in Atlanta, Associate Vice President for Development at Palm Beach Atlantic College, and Associate Director for Marketing and Development for the Home Mission Board in Atlanta.

“Having worked in fundraising for colleges & universities and non-profits for over 30 years, my greatest gift is as a relationship builder,” Norton said. “I look forward to building mutually beneficial relationships in support of students, alumni, faculty, and programs that will, in turn, benefit Reinhardt, our immediate community, and the world.

“I have always believed–and experienced this to be true–that people are willing to invest their hard-earned dollars in a place like Reinhardt University when they understand the mission, are offered a compelling case for support, are asked to do what they are able to do as financial supporters, and are appreciated and recognized for giving,” he said. “This is what I hope to do, together, as we move Reinhardt University forward as a place of life-transforming experiences for all those who live, work, serve and visit here.”

Reinhardt Highlights During United Methodist Conference

Reinhardt Highlights during Annual Conference
for North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church

Reinhardt Students Take the Stage at Annual Conference

Alex Mahan '15 spoke to the conference about a project she and her classmates supported through the McCamish School of Business at Reinhardt for Alex Mahan ’15 spoke to the conference about a project she and her classmates supported through the McCamish School of Business at Reinhardt for “Imagine No Malaria,” a mission emphasis by the United Methodist Church to bring an end to death and suffering from malaria. The Spring 2015 Business 498 Nonprofit Marketing Strategies class was led by Dr. Dana Hall, an assistant professor of business at Reinhardt and a member of Canton First United Methodist Church.

Their class’ goal was to raise awareness and raise $1,000. The students gained real world experience and in the process, raised a total of $1,060.15 this semester.

Hall commended the students for their hard work.  “One hundred percent of this goes directly to mission (thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation).  Ten dollars saves a life, so the efforts of these eight fine young men and women mean that 106 lives are saved.”

The other students who took part in the class were:

  • Michael Coleman
  • Blake Hallman
  • Christian Hill
  • Abel Ramirez
  • Calvin Robertson
  • DJ Sellers
  • Carley Shoemaker

For more on this, please check back later this week.

Keren Morales, an upcoming sophomore and Common Ground worship leader at Reinhardt, was a part of the worship band for Annual Conference.

Musical Talents Shared

Keren Morales, an upcoming sophomore and Common Ground worship leader at Reinhardt, was a part of the worship band for Annual Conference.

Reinhardt’s New President Dr. Kina S. Mallard Blessed by Prayer

Bishop B. Michael Watson led the conference in prayer for Reinhardt President Dr. Kina S. Mallard and her leadership of Reinhardt University.

Reinhardt administrators and staff helped publicize Reinhardt during the 2015 Annual Conference for the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church in Athens, Ga., in June 2015. The conference brings together clergy and church members from all 875 United Methodist churches across North Georgia.   At the request of Reinhardt alumnus Mathew A. Pinson ’05, who is conference lay leader, Bishop B. Michael Watson led the conference in prayer for Mallard and her leadership of Reinhardt University.  Read the text of Dr. Mallard’s speech >

Reinhardt Dinner for Alumni and Friends Draws Record Crowd

Almost 100 Reinhardt United Methodist and Athens-area alumni, along with friends and future students, like Ariel and Marybeth (pictured at right) attended a BBQ dinner hosted by the University to introduce President Dr. Kina Mallard.  The event was held at the Hilton Garden Inn across from the Classic Center. 

Alumni and friends get an opportunity to reconnect during the Reinhardt dinner. Dr. Mallard answers a question from Tonya Murphy, the president of the Conference United Methodist Women and the parent of an incoming freshman.
Alumni and friends get an opportunity to reconnect during the Reinhardt dinner. Dr. Mallard answers a question from Tonya Murphy, the president of the Conference United Methodist Women and the parent of an incoming freshman.

Mallard Gives Keynote Speech at Laity Luncheon

Dr. Mallard also had the opportunity to give the keynote address at the Laity Luncheon during Annual Conference. Approximately 775 church members from across North Georgia were in attendance. She also submitted her talk for publication in the conference journal.

Dr. Mallard also had the opportunity to give the keynote address at the Laity Luncheon during Annual Conference. Approximately 775 church members from across North Georgia were in attendance.

Future Eagles “Soar” at New Student Orientation

Future Eagles “Soar” at Reinhardt’s Orientation Weekends

Mallard with students.
O-groups
Public Safety

“Nearly 200 students and over 300 parents from as close as Canton, Ga. and as far as Winter Haven, Florida took part in the University’s most recent Orientation weekend, and we are expecting another 150+ students and 300 more parents during orientation sessions in July,” said Dr. Walter May, assistant dean of students.

Excitement and Energy on Campus

Dr. Roger Lee, vice president for student affairs, emphasized that “New Student Orientation at Reinhardt University brings all the excitement and energy to our campus family. Entering students and parents connect with new friends as we all focus on new learning opportunities and exciting futures.”

Seeking Support Opportunities and Exploring Campus Life

Steven Vosika ‘15, coordinator of involvement and orientation, further described New Student Orientation (NSO) as “a comprehensive one of a kind experience for freshmen, transfer, and dual enrollment student populations which introduces them to their first real taste of life as an Eagle. Our diverse and passionate Orientation Leaders and Student Leaders from across campus help each incoming student to experience a stress-free transition to college through educational sessions on campus life, safety, academic success, and financial success on their path as an Eagle. This time allows for us to support incoming students with opportunities to explore campus life and for incoming students to build long-lasting personal relationship with other students.”

Orientation: SOAR and Eagle Bound

Orientation at Reinhardt University is a two-part process: SOAR and Eagle Bound. SOAR is a series of one-day sessions during June and July where students learn about studying and living at Reinhardt as well as getting advised and registering for their first semester classes. Eagle Bound is an action-packed two day experience for new students the weekend before fall classes start in August.

During SOAR, new students and their families spend the first part of the morning taking their Student ID pictures, learning about housing, signing up for post-office boxes, and meet one-on-one with a Financial Aid representative.

Following the welcome ceremony, students break off into small O-groups facilitated by a Reinhardt Orientation Leader to learn more about the college experience and how to find their niche at RU.

Vosika explained, “While in these small O-groups, students take part in interactive activities that energizing the group, initiating creative thinking, make the students feel comfortable and encouraged to seek involvement within the RU community.”

Bonding Experiences and Building Relationships

“One of my favorite parts about orientation is breaking off into our “O-groups” I like being able to get to know everyone through our ice breakers. The ice breakers help the group make connections and friends. It also helps the leaders get to know each student. Since the students are in their O-group for most of the day, it helps them get a better feel for the campus and also bond with the group” said Katie Purcell ‘17, orientation leader.

Following lunch, while students are finalizing their fall semester classes, Lee, along with Peggy Feehery, director of career services, and Derek Struchtemeyer, director of counseling, lead an interactive discussion with parents about the student experience. This session addresses issues facing today’s college students and suggest tips for how to best navigate the college transition. You’ll learn how to help your student know what to expect, avoid common pitfalls, and make the most of the resource and opportunity that RU has to offer.

To find out more about New Student Orientation, visit www.reinhardt.edu/orientation 

Reinhardt Business Students “Imagine No Malaria”

Reinhardt University Students “Imagine No Malaria”

In the spring semester of 2015, Dr. Dana Hall’s students in her course Non-profit Marketing Campaign Strategies, focused on the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church’s annual initiative to raise 

“This is a really important effort, as each dollar raised goes directly to the mission (The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pays all the administrative costs), and each $10 raised literally saves a life,” said Hall, an assistant professor of business. “$10 buys an insecticide-treated mosquito net, the medications, training and education to prevent/treat malaria. Malaria is a completely preventable disease, one that is particularly deadly for children, pregnant women, and the elderly.”awareness and funds for “Imagine No Malaria,” a ministry of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). The students developed a campaign strategy specifically for the North Georgia Conference that will help in reaching the organization’s objective of raising $750,000 this year.

“Imagine No Malaria” Background

When the United Methodist Church started working on this effort in 2008, a child died every 30 seconds from malaria. Now it’s every 60 seconds. To date, the campaign has trained 11,600 health care workers in Africa who literally go door-to-door to hang nets and educate their neighbors. Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. One in five children in Africa will die from malaria.

Prior to 1951, malaria was a serious health problem in the U.S. and in fact, it led to the creation of the CDC. A comprehensive effort from 1947 to 1951 virtually eradicated malaria in the U.S.

Imagine No Malaria
Imagine No Malaria

Class Efforts

Hall’s class and D.R.E.A.M.S. sponsored a Half-Time Shoot-out during a spring Reinhardt Men’s basketball game. People from the audience were selected to shoot 3- point shots for an allotted amount of time. Each shot made raised $10, and people also had the opportunity to donate on their own. Through this fundraising effort, the class was able to raise more than $340 in only 5 minutes.

Alexandra Mahan ’15 presented the class’ efforts at the 2015 Annual Conference for the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church in June. She emphasized that “our class did research and created a marketing plan to support cause. We gained real world experience and in the process, helped save 116 lives!”

Members of the class who contributed to the “Imagine No Malaria” class project included spring 2015 graduates Blake Hallman, Michael Coleman, DJ Sellers, Carley Shoemaker and Mahan; and returning students Christian Hill, Abel Ramirez and Calvin Robertson.

For more information on how you can “Imagine No Malaria,” visit www. ImagineNoMalaria.org or contact Hall at 770-720-5756 or DLH@reinhardt.edu

Reinhardt Business Students “Imagine No Malaria”

Reinhardt University Students “Imagine No Malaria”

In the spring semester of 2015, Dr. Dana Hall’s students in her course Non-profit Marketing Campaign Strategies, focused on the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church’s annual initiative to raise 

“This is a really important effort, as each dollar raised goes directly to the mission (The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pays all the administrative costs), and each $10 raised literally saves a life,” said Hall, an assistant professor of business. “$10 buys an insecticide-treated mosquito net, the medications, training and education to prevent/treat malaria. Malaria is a completely preventable disease, one that is particularly deadly for children, pregnant women, and the elderly.”awareness and funds for “Imagine No Malaria,” a ministry of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). The students developed a campaign strategy specifically for the North Georgia Conference that will help in reaching the organization’s objective of raising $750,000 this year.

“Imagine No Malaria” Background

When the United Methodist Church started working on this effort in 2008, a child died every 30 seconds from malaria. Now it’s every 60 seconds. To date, the campaign has trained 11,600 health care workers in Africa who literally go door-to-door to hang nets and educate their neighbors. Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. One in five children in Africa will die from malaria.

Prior to 1951, malaria was a serious health problem in the U.S. and in fact, it led to the creation of the CDC. A comprehensive effort from 1947 to 1951 virtually eradicated malaria in the U.S.

Imagine No Malaria
Imagine No Malaria

Class Efforts

Hall’s class and D.R.E.A.M.S. sponsored a Half-Time Shoot-out during a spring Reinhardt Men’s basketball game. People from the audience were selected to shoot 3- point shots for an allotted amount of time. Each shot made raised $10, and people also had the opportunity to donate on their own. Through this fundraising effort, the class was able to raise more than $340 in only 5 minutes.

Alexandra Mahan ’15 presented the class’ efforts at the 2015 Annual Conference for the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church in June. She emphasized that “our class did research and created a marketing plan to support cause. We gained real world experience and in the process, helped save 116 lives!”

Members of the class who contributed to the “Imagine No Malaria” class project included spring 2015 graduates Blake Hallman, Michael Coleman, DJ Sellers, Carley Shoemaker and Mahan; and returning students Christian Hill, Abel Ramirez and Calvin Robertson.

For more information on how you can “Imagine No Malaria,” visit www. ImagineNoMalaria.org or contact Hall at 770-720-5756 or DLH@reinhardt.edu

Reinhardt Highlights During United Methodist Conference

Reinhardt Highlights during Annual Conference
for North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church

Reinhardt Students Take the Stage at Annual Conference

Alex Mahan '15 spoke to the conference about a project she and her classmates supported through the McCamish School of Business at Reinhardt for Alex Mahan ’15 spoke to the conference about a project she and her classmates supported through the McCamish School of Business at Reinhardt for “Imagine No Malaria,” a mission emphasis by the United Methodist Church to bring an end to death and suffering from malaria. The Spring 2015 Business 498 Nonprofit Marketing Strategies class was led by Dr. Dana Hall, an assistant professor of business at Reinhardt and a member of Canton First United Methodist Church.

Their class’ goal was to raise awareness and raise $1,000. The students gained real world experience and in the process, raised a total of $1,060.15 this semester.

Hall commended the students for their hard work.  “One hundred percent of this goes directly to mission (thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation).  Ten dollars saves a life, so the efforts of these eight fine young men and women mean that 106 lives are saved.”

The other students who took part in the class were:

  • Michael Coleman
  • Blake Hallman
  • Christian Hill
  • Abel Ramirez
  • Calvin Robertson
  • DJ Sellers
  • Carley Shoemaker

For more on this, please check back later this week.

Keren Morales, an upcoming sophomore and Common Ground worship leader at Reinhardt, was a part of the worship band for Annual Conference.

Musical Talents Shared

Keren Morales, an upcoming sophomore and Common Ground worship leader at Reinhardt, was a part of the worship band for Annual Conference.

Reinhardt’s New President Dr. Kina S. Mallard Blessed by Prayer

Bishop B. Michael Watson led the conference in prayer for Reinhardt President Dr. Kina S. Mallard and her leadership of Reinhardt University.

Reinhardt administrators and staff helped publicize Reinhardt during the 2015 Annual Conference for the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church in Athens, Ga., in June 2015. The conference brings together clergy and church members from all 875 United Methodist churches across North Georgia.   At the request of Reinhardt alumnus Mathew A. Pinson ’05, who is conference lay leader, Bishop B. Michael Watson led the conference in prayer for Mallard and her leadership of Reinhardt University.  Read the text of Dr. Mallard’s speech >

Reinhardt Dinner for Alumni and Friends Draws Record Crowd

Almost 100 Reinhardt United Methodist and Athens-area alumni, along with friends and future students, like Ariel and Marybeth (pictured at right) attended a BBQ dinner hosted by the University to introduce President Dr. Kina Mallard.  The event was held at the Hilton Garden Inn across from the Classic Center. 

Alumni and friends get an opportunity to reconnect during the Reinhardt dinner. Dr. Mallard answers a question from Tonya Murphy, the president of the Conference United Methodist Women and the parent of an incoming freshman.
Alumni and friends get an opportunity to reconnect during the Reinhardt dinner. Dr. Mallard answers a question from Tonya Murphy, the president of the Conference United Methodist Women and the parent of an incoming freshman.

Mallard Gives Keynote Speech at Laity Luncheon

Dr. Mallard also had the opportunity to give the keynote address at the Laity Luncheon during Annual Conference. Approximately 775 church members from across North Georgia were in attendance. She also submitted her talk for publication in the conference journal.

Dr. Mallard also had the opportunity to give the keynote address at the Laity Luncheon during Annual Conference. Approximately 775 church members from across North Georgia were in attendance.

Future Eagles “Soar” at New Student Orientation

Future Eagles “Soar” at Reinhardt’s Orientation Weekends

Mallard with students.
O-groups
Public Safety

“Nearly 200 students and over 300 parents from as close as Canton, Ga. and as far as Winter Haven, Florida took part in the University’s most recent Orientation weekend, and we are expecting another 150+ students and 300 more parents during orientation sessions in July,” said Dr. Walter May, assistant dean of students.

Excitement and Energy on Campus

Dr. Roger Lee, vice president for student affairs, emphasized that “New Student Orientation at Reinhardt University brings all the excitement and energy to our campus family. Entering students and parents connect with new friends as we all focus on new learning opportunities and exciting futures.”

Seeking Support Opportunities and Exploring Campus Life

Steven Vosika ‘15, coordinator of involvement and orientation, further described New Student Orientation (NSO) as “a comprehensive one of a kind experience for freshmen, transfer, and dual enrollment student populations which introduces them to their first real taste of life as an Eagle. Our diverse and passionate Orientation Leaders and Student Leaders from across campus help each incoming student to experience a stress-free transition to college through educational sessions on campus life, safety, academic success, and financial success on their path as an Eagle. This time allows for us to support incoming students with opportunities to explore campus life and for incoming students to build long-lasting personal relationship with other students.”

Orientation: SOAR and Eagle Bound

Orientation at Reinhardt University is a two-part process: SOAR and Eagle Bound. SOAR is a series of one-day sessions during June and July where students learn about studying and living at Reinhardt as well as getting advised and registering for their first semester classes. Eagle Bound is an action-packed two day experience for new students the weekend before fall classes start in August.

During SOAR, new students and their families spend the first part of the morning taking their Student ID pictures, learning about housing, signing up for post-office boxes, and meet one-on-one with a Financial Aid representative.

Following the welcome ceremony, students break off into small O-groups facilitated by a Reinhardt Orientation Leader to learn more about the college experience and how to find their niche at RU.

Vosika explained, “While in these small O-groups, students take part in interactive activities that energizing the group, initiating creative thinking, make the students feel comfortable and encouraged to seek involvement within the RU community.”

Bonding Experiences and Building Relationships

“One of my favorite parts about orientation is breaking off into our “O-groups” I like being able to get to know everyone through our ice breakers. The ice breakers help the group make connections and friends. It also helps the leaders get to know each student. Since the students are in their O-group for most of the day, it helps them get a better feel for the campus and also bond with the group” said Katie Purcell ‘17, orientation leader.

Following lunch, while students are finalizing their fall semester classes, Lee, along with Peggy Feehery, director of career services, and Derek Struchtemeyer, director of counseling, lead an interactive discussion with parents about the student experience. This session addresses issues facing today’s college students and suggest tips for how to best navigate the college transition. You’ll learn how to help your student know what to expect, avoid common pitfalls, and make the most of the resource and opportunity that RU has to offer.

To find out more about New Student Orientation, visit www.reinhardt.edu/orientation 

Cherokee Retired Educators Association Gives Scholarship Donation

Cherokee Retired Educators Association Gives Scholarship Donation to Benefit Education Students

CREA Donation

Teachers of the past help teachers of the future! The Cherokee Retired Educators Association presented Reinhardt with a $2,000 check to provide scholarships for students majoring in education. Dr. Kina Mallard, Reinhardt president (center), accepted the generous donation from Marlene Harrington, CREA president, along with Karen Hawley (from right), president-elect; Kathy Brown, membership officer; and Jean Cantrell, treasurer.