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Generous Gift from Tarpley Estate to Fund Scholarships and Stage Arts Center

Reinhardt Will Use Generous Gift from Tarpley Estate to Fund Student Scholarships and Stage Arts Center

The estate gift of Mrs. Mozelle Tarpley was recently voted by the Reinhardt Board of Trustees to be restricted to serve the University’s theatre program. The gift will continue to draw interest that will be awarded at 5% for student scholarships until an additional amount is raised to construct a theatre building. The Stage Arts Center, as it’s also known, will be named for Fred and Mozelle Tarpley.

“The Tarpley name has long been associated with Reinhardt University,” said Billy Hasty, Jr. ’67, board chairman. “Family members live in Waleska, home of the University, and others have lived in other parts of the state. Regardless, the Tarpley family has remained committed to Reinhardt with gifts and support.

“Reinhardt has again been blessed by the Tarpley famly with a gift from the estate of Mrs. Mozelle Tarpley. The family recently gave $1,670,500 as an unrestricted gift; however, the University has elected to restrict the gift to its thriving theatre program. We are very grateful to the Tarpley family and their dedication to Reinhardt.”

A Passion for Education.

Education was woven into the fabric of the Tarpleys’ lives. He began his career as a teacher, and she devoted her life to the profession. Both attended Reinhardt in the late 30s. During their time at Reinhardt, the Tarpleys worked hard to achieve their goals, and both worked on campus to help their parents with tuition costs and give back to the college for the education they received.

After graduating from Reinhardt, Mr. Tarpley taught at Oak Grove Junior High School. In 1942, he joined the U.S. Naval Reserve, serving aboard a ship in the Amphibian Fleet in the Pacific and invaded Okinawa during WWII. Mrs. Tarpley entered the teaching profession at Eton Elementary School while she waited for Mr. Tarpley to return from war.

The couple married on June 1, 1946, after the war ended, and moved to Dalton, Ga. Mrs. Tarpley continued her teaching career in the Dalton City School system, and Mr. Tarpley entered the banking field at First National Bank of Dalton. After 40 years in banking, Mr. Tarpley retired as a group vice president.

In 1998, the Tarpleys also gave Reinhardt a $1 million gift to fund a new academic building on campus—the Fred H. and Mozelle Bates Tarpley Education Center.

Leaving a Legacy.

“As an alumnus of Reinhardt, I appreciate loyal alumni, with a continuing interest in and support of their alma mater,” said Ken White ’61, board member. “Mr. and Mrs. Tarpley not only made the naming gift for the Tarpley Education Center at Reinhardt in 1998 , they left a legacy through this most generous planned gift that will help transform the lives of many young people.”

David Nisbet, assistant professor of theatre, added to White’s sentiments. “The theatre program would like to thank the Reinhardt Board of Trustees for seeing our need and taking decisive action to meet it. We are looking forward to the day when we have a dedicated space for our students to learn their craft and the public can enjoy even higher quality productions.”

A DAY Receives Donation from Georgia Power

A DAY Receives $3,000 Donation from Georgia Power

Georgia Power donates to A DAY.Rod Drake, area manager for Georgia Power, presents a $3,000 check to Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood, Reinhardt president, and Dale Scarlett Morrissey ’76 ’99, director of fund raising campaigns and church relations. The goal for this year’s A DAY campaign is $100,000, and currently $61,315 has been raised toward this goal.

“Reinhardt appreciates the support from businesses like Georgia Power,” said Morrissey. “This allows students to benefit with scholarships from the monies raised. Without these types of donations and support it would not be possible for many of our students to continue their educational endeavors. The satisfaction is knowing that you have helped a student with their educational goal.”

A DAY Background

Created in 1988, the A DAY for Reinhardt campaign is an annual effort to provide support for Cherokee County students attending Reinhardt University. A DAY helps to fund the University’s Cherokee County Grant Program. This grant gives eligible students the opportunity to receive as much as $8,000 during their four years at the University. Since A DAY’s inception, more than $3 million in Cherokee County grants have been awarded to local deserving students. For more information about A DAY, visit

Alumna Takes Reins of Fund Raising & Church Relations

Alumna Dale Scarlett Morrissey ’76 ’99 Returns to her Alma Mater to Take the Reins of Reinhardt’s Fund Raising and Church Relations; Barbara Manous Retires from Her Role of 18 Years

Dale MorrisseyA Reinhardt alumna of more than 30 years returned to her alma mater last week in a different role. Dale Scarlett Morrissey ’76 ’99 is now the Director of Fund Raising Campaigns and Church Relations. She assumes the role from long-standing staff member Barbara Manous who served Reinhardt for more than 18 years.

“Reinhardt has always been close to my heart,” said Morrissey. “After high school graduation, I enrolled at Reinhardt and have been involved ever since.

“I worked [at Reinhardt] during college in the business office. I handled the student bank; I guess that is where my banking career started! Doris Jones in the business office was my mentor, and it will be a pleasure to see her once again on campus.”

Serving more than 37 years in the banking industry, Morrissey most recently held the position of vice president/branch manager at Hamilton State Bank (fka Cherokee Bank). Prior to that, she served in various capacities with Community and Southern Bank (fka First Cherokee State Bank), including business development officer, branch manager and security officer.

Rooted in Reinhardt.

Morrissey’s path first came back to Reinhardt later in her career when she managed a bank across the street from Reinhardt. “I was so close to the University that I decided to complete my college education, and earned a bachelor of science in business administration in 1999.”

Working with Reinhardt’s A Day Committee and Alumni Board of Governors allowed Morrissey to keep close ties to Reinhardt through the years. From 2005-07, she served as Board President, and from 2014-15, she was the A DAY chair.

“When approached about the possible position at Reinhardt, I felt it was a good time for a career change,” said Morrissey. “Banking was part of my life for so long, and I feel my roots at Reinhardt helped me obtain the success stories that I have.

Born in Pickens County, Morrissey currently resides in Cherokee County. Married to “Coach” Todd Morrissey, who teaches and coaches at Sequoyah High School, together they have three adult children, Noah, Nicholas and Nicole, and two grandchildren. They are members of Hickory Flat Methodist Church.

“…big shoes to fill!”

Morrissey and Manous“I look forward to giving back to Reinhardt and connecting to those in the community that have not yet been introduced to such a unique University. It is a special place, and I am excited about this new opportunity. Barbara has done an exceptional job at Reinhardt and will be missed. I have some big shoes to fill!”

Morrissey takes on the role from 18-year staff member Barbara Manous. “I have enjoyed my years at Reinhardt, and dearly loved my job,” said Manous. “I especially enjoyed my association with faculty and staff, and members of the community.”

While at Reinhardt, Manous was responsible for three golf tournament fundraisers and A DAY for Reinhardt, all of which comprise one quarter of the University’s Annual Fund. Throughout her years at Reinhardt, Manous raised more than $4.9 million for the Annual Fund.

Leaving a legacy; Leading a new generation.

“Reinhardt has been blessed to have Barbara Manous lead the Fund Raising Team for many years,” said JoEllen Wilson, vice president of advancement. “She has legions of friends here at Reinhardt and in this community. We plan to call on her often in the future.

“I do not believe we could have found a more capable person to step into the fund raising role than Dale,” Wilson continued. “As an alumna, she knows the University, and her contacts in the community are unmeasurable. I enjoy working with both these professional, charming women.”

Naylor 2014-15 GMTA Teacher of the Year

Music Faculty Member Chosen as Georgia Music Teachers Association Teacher of the Year for 2014-15

susan naylorSusan Naylor, associate professor of music, was selected as the Georgia Music Teachers Association Teacher of the Year for 2014-15. The award was presented to her at the GMTA State Conference at Clayton State University on Nov. 7, 2014. Her name and supporting documentation will be submitted to the selection committee of Music Teachers National Association as a candidate for National Teacher of the Year, to be announced in March, 2015.

Each year, nominations for Teacher of the Year are submitted by members of GMTA with supporting documentation and letters of recommendation from fellow teachers and former students of the nominee. A panel of judges consisting of former GMTA Teachers of the Year then make the selection. Ms. Naylor was nominated by Linda Lokey from Cherokee Music Teachers Association, and letters of support came from her colleagues Dr. Dennis McIntire and Dr. Paula Thomas-Lee, and students Lily Freeman Bowman, Ashley Craig-Diaz, and Jessica Little Conklin. Judges were LaNelle Nash of Roswell, Dr. Martha Thomas of Athens, and David Watkins of Atlanta.

As part of the honor of being chosen Teacher of the Year, Ms. Naylor submits Teaching Tips that are distributed to the members of GMTA at the State Conference and can be found, along with her bio, on the GMTA website at

Naylor Background

In 1991, Ms. Naylor received lifetime National University Faculty Certification from Music Teachers National Association. She has been an active member of that organization since 1975, holding offices in the Cobb County and Cherokee Local Associations, serving on the National Certification Board, and as President of Georgia Music Teachers Association, 2000-02. She served as Collegiate Chapters Chair for GMTA from 2012 to 2014 and currently serves as Master Class Chair for Cherokee MTA. At the GMTA State Conference in November of 2002 she presented a lecture entitled “THIS Is Your Brain on Music”, and performed in the world premiere of “Psalm 70” by Dr. John Morgan.

Under her direction, the Student Recital Series and the Faculty and Guest Artist Series were established at Reinhardt University in 1976. In 1984, she coordinated the founding of Cherokee Music Teachers Association. In 1993, she organized the MTNA Collegiate Chapter, Naturally Sharp, at Reinhardt University, an active group of music students who attend the GMTA State Conference each year and participate in other college and community activities. She continues to serve as the Advisor for this organization. In 2009, she established the Reinhardt University Instrumental Concerto Competition which gives winning students a chance to perform on a solo instrument with the Reinhardt University Symphony Orchestra on its spring concert.

Ms. Naylor has continued to perform extensively as a solo and ensemble musician in “classical” and religious concerts, and has continued her education through participation in workshops, seminars, master classes and state and national conferences, often serving as a presenter. She is in demand as an adjudicator for music auditions, festivals and competitions and her students have excelled in local and state competitions, winning awards and scholarships for the past thirty-eight years.

She has been actively involved in the Cherokee County Arts Council since its inception, having served twice on the Board of Directors of that organization. She has served as church pianist at various churches since she was 13 years old and currently plays the piano at Lake Arrowhead Church in Waleska, Ga.

Reinhardt Shares During the Holidays

Reinhardt Shares During the Holidays

Giving Tree

Giving Tree organizers and school representatives included (back row, from right): Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood, Reinhardt president; Dottie Townsend, secretary at R.M. Moore Elementary School; Janna Moore, exeuctive assistant to the Reinhardt VP of advancement; and Jon Costales, counselor at R.M. Moore Elementary School; (front row, from right) R.M. Moore Elementary Students Juliana Brown, Caitlyn Cain, Parker Townsend and Quinn Costales.

GIVING to those in need.

Again this year, Reinhardt worked with R.M. Moore Elementary School, our partner in education, to help children in our community who are in need this holiday season through a program called “The Giving Tree.”

A small tree was placed in the President’s Lobby with 44 angel-shaped tags. This year we helped 4 families, a total of 11 kids, ranging from ages 3-13 years old.

We were able to provide a very special Christmas for these families! 

CONTRIBUTING to a good cause.

Thank you to all of Reinhardt’s faculty and staff who made contributions to the Reinhardt Family Scholarship. Because of you, we’ll be able award more than $16,500 for spring semester scholarships.

The scholarship is completely funded with contributions made by Reinhardt faculty and staff. Students like vocal performance major Unita Harris (left) depend on this scholarship to fund their education.

If you would like to contribute to the scholarship, please contact Linda Peckman in the Office of Annual Giving at x5513 or

DONATING to help the less fortunate.

The young men and women of Mu Phi Epsilon, International Music Fraternity, have adopted an Atlanta family in need. Their goal was to collect donations and other goods to aid in giving this family a special Christmas. They hosted an Italian Dinner in early December to raise funds to give to the family. This particular family has one infant son, and they were seeking assistance in providing some needed items for the holiday season. 

SPREADING Christmas cheer.

Reinhardt’s Christmas tree in the R.T. Jones Memorial Library Festival of Trees is one that will bring you tidings of comfort and joy. Visit during regular library hours to see this special tree!

See “Images of the Atlanta Campaign and the March to the Sea” through 2/1

“Images of the Atlanta Campaign and the March to the Sea” Exhibit on Display at Reinhardt University through Feb. 1.

A unique photo exhibit is on display now through Feb. 1 at Reinhardt University. “Images of the Atlanta Campaign and the March to the Sea,” from the private collection of Gordon Rich Elwell, will be featured in Reinhardt’s Hill Freeman Library and Spruill Learning Center for the next two months. The exhibit is free and open to the public during normal library operating hours.

History of the Atlanta Campaign and March to the Sea

After the Battle of Chickamauga in September 1863, Union forces moved back into Tennessee and settled in Chattanooga. With Confederate forces holding the heights around Chattanooga, the two armies were in a stalemate until Union forces began an offensive in November 1863. The Confederate forces were pushed back into Georgia, and both armies remained in their respective positions throughout the winter.

Under the leadership of Major General William T. Sherman, the Union army began a series of flanking movements in May 1864 in an effort to move south and capture Atlanta. The Confederates, first under the command of General Joseph E. Johnston and later under Lt. General John Bell Hood, attempted to thwart the Union army’s advance by engaging in a series of battles in northwest Georgia.

After a long summer of fighting and a siege of the city, Atlanta was abandoned by the Confederates and fell to Sherman on September 2, 1864. After a two month occupation of the city, Sherman’s forces divided into two columns and headed toward Savannah. The path of destruction left by the Union troops was an effort to destroy material and moral support for the Confederate cause.

In December 1864, Savannah surrendered to Sherman without a fight. Union victories in the Atlanta Campaign and the March to the Sea were instrumental in the re-election of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States and to the downfall of the Confederacy.

Exhibit Details

The images depicted in this exhibit include battles scenes from Chickamauga to the fall of Atlanta, the everyday camp life for the soldiers, and the effects of the war upon civilians. Some of the works were sketched by eyewitnesses to the events, some were created in the immediate post-war years, and some are modern depictions. Many of the images are from rare publications.

“During this sesquicentennial [150th anniversary] of these events, we hope that this exhibit will encourage you to explore in more depth the events, the impact, and the legacy that the Atlanta Campaign had on northwest Georgia,” said Joel Langford, director of the library. “We are grateful to Canton resident Gordon Rich Elwell for sharing these images from his collection. We also acknowledge the assistance of Dr. Kenneth Wheeler, Reinhardt professor of history, and Jamie Thomas, library assistant, in the selection of the images.”

For more information about this exhibit, please visit or

MPA to graduate first class Dec. 2014; A new cohort to begin Jan. 2015

Reinhardt will graduate first class from Master of Public Administration degree program December 2014; A new cohort will begin Jan. 2015

MPA Cohort

Photo caption: This December, Reinhardt University will graduate its first group of MPA students. They are: pictured standing (l-r) Lesley Black, Kelly Bogner, David St. Onge, Wayne Williams, Dan Lavine, Aniysa Sconion; sitting (l-r): Megan Barnes, Dr. Karen Owen and Olivia Burrell-Jackson. 

Reinhardt University will graduate its first group of students from the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program this December. The students will graduate after 16 months of coursework and study, compared to many institutions where the programs are two years.

Diverse Personal and Professional Backgrounds

“Our first cohort to graduate with the MPA come from diverse personal and professional backgrounds,” said Dr. Karen Owen, director of the MPA. “They have shown great determination in mastering the field, and each has worked diligently to succeed in each endeavor of the program. Their commitment to the program and to each other as a cohort is remarkable and a true value to the University and the faculty of the program.”

Graduates will be “well-trained and versed in the field of Public Administration.”

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at Reinhardt University provides a high-quality generalist, practice-oriented, research-based, and ethics-focused program to educate and prepare students for professional and leadership careers in the public service.

“Students who graduate with an MPA degree from Reinhardt are well-trained and versed in the field of Public Administration,” said Owen. “These graduates are prepared for public service careers. They are, all, qualified to lead public and/or nonprofit agencies and to serve the public good in our communities and the state. These students are energetic about utilizing their new leadership and management skills to initiate and lead changes in public policy as well as make an impact on individuals’ lives and communities.”

Knowledgeable and Professional Faculty

Extremely knowledgeable, talented and professional faculty members are a testament to what makes Reinhardt’s MPA so successful. The instructors have extensive field experiences. Many are city managers, directors of public or nonprofit departments, or career administrators who enhance the textbook research and knowledge with their practical skills and real life lessons.

“Graduate programs are mostly comprised of students that are already in the work force that have family responsibilities (spouse and children),” said graduating MPA student Wayne Williams. “Though the course work is very demanding, Reinhardt’s MPA faculty were flexible at times to support the occasional issues that arose for some students, which is a testament to their understanding of how demanding life can be while attending school. The faculty were incredible at what they brought into the classroom and were able to share and/or teach to the class.”

Hybrid-Style Program in a Cohort Format

Reinhardt’s MPA is unique in that students participate in a hybrid-style graduate program, whereby they take courses online and in the classroom. Each semester, students take three courses in a cohort format: one 16-week online course and two face-to-face courses which last for eight weeks each. This schedule gives students full-time status, but only have two courses have to be managed at any one time, and being within a cohort, the interaction and shared experience leads to a cohesive, collaborative and supportive learning environment.

Specialize in Criminal Justice or State and Local Administration.

“The program has two areas of specialization – Criminal Justice and State and Local Administration,” Owen said. “We are fortunate to have strong partnerships with faculty and leaders within the Public Safety environment, Reinhardt’s Police Academy, and local and state professional associations. These partnerships allow our students to participate in conferences, present research and build relationships with top-professionals in the Public Administration field.”

The MPA is offered at the convenient location of Reinhardt’s North Fulton Center on Old Milton Pkwy in Alpharetta, Ga., and is easily accessible to the Northern Arc law enforcement agencies, governmental entities, non-profits and businesses.

“A degree that will set me apart from my colleagues.”

“Reinhardt’s program has proven to highlight the many details required to successfully lead and manage in the field of Public Administration,” said graduating MPA student David St. Onge. “Most of all, my completion of the program has demonstrated a commitment to public service and a desire to further my career.

“My degree will, without question, set me apart from my colleagues,” St. Onge said. “Topics learned will be regularly translated into everyday practices. This mastery of concepts taught in Reinhardt’s MPA program will propel my career into a direction that I am in control of.”

New Cohort to Begin Jan. 2015; Apply today!

A new cohort for Reinhardt’s MPA program will begin Jan. 2015. The application process has several steps so interested students are encouraged to apply early. If all application materials are submitted by Dec. 1, the application fee ($50) will be waived. For more information or to inquire about Reinhardt’s MPA: call 770-720-5797 or go to

Reinhardt Certified as a StormReady University by the National Weather Service

Reinhardt University Certified as a StormReady University by the National Weather Service

Reinhardt University was recently certified as a “StormReady University!” After completing a site visit with the National Weather Service, Reinhardt has become the third institution of higher education in the state of Georgia to earn the certification.

“Becoming StormReady was a nearly year-long process for the Emergency Operations Planning Committee at Reinhardt University,” said Kevin W. Martin, GA-CEM, assistant director of public safety. “Some of the pieces were in place, some required tweaking, and other parts are new. Overall, working through this certification process, along with facing the challenges that North Georgia weather offers on a regular basis, makes me believe that this University has never been more prepared for severe weather events.”

Strengthens Hazardous Weather Operations

Ninety percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather related. Through the StormReady program, NOAA’s National Weather Service gives communities and universities the skills and education needed to survive severe weather – before and during the event. StormReady helps community and university leaders and emergency managers strengthen their local hazardous weather operations.

“The National Weather Service designed StormReady to help communities better prepare for and mitigate effects of extreme weather-related events,” said Kent Franz, senior service hydrologist and Georgia StormReady coordinator for the National Weather Service. “StormReady also helps establish a commitment to creating an infrastructure and systems that will save lives and protect property. Receiving StormReady recognition does not mean that a community is storm proof, but StormReady communities will be better prepared when severe weather strikes.”

StormReady Certification Process

The process of becoming a StormReady University involves three main categories: weather data gathering capabilities, information processing and emergency protocols and community alerting systems. Notable and recent capability changes at Reinhardt to be more hazardous weather prepared include: designated Skywarn Storm Spotters, direct links to communicate with the National Weather Service and the Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency, an expanded new mass notification and alert system, and a revised hazardous weather plan.

Hazardous Weather Preparation Tips

Here are some tips from Martin on how the general public can help prepare themselves for hazardous weather. “As the weather quickly changes, it is time to start thinking about what is in our cars,” said Martin. “We all remember the fun and hassles associated with last winter, and most forecasts are pointing to at least as interesting weather this year. Toward that end, here are some of the essentials that you should consider keeping in your car, as these items will definitely help should your travels be interrupted: extra warm hats, socks and gloves; blankets, or preferably a sleeping bag; bottled water; food – energy bars, trail mix, etc.; a flashlight with extra batteries; first aid kit; necessary medications; alternative phone charger or external battery; fluorescent flag, reflectors or road flares; whistle; matches and small candles; change of clothes and toiletry items; and booster cables or jump box.

StormReady Information

For more information about the StormReady program and what more you can do to prepare for hazardous weather, visit 


Photo caption: Pictured above are (l-r): Area-6 EMAG Representative Clarence Muse, Reinhardt SGA President Alex Bryant, Reinhardt Director of Public Safety Sherry Cornett Mader, Reinhardt President Dr. Tom Isherwood, Reinhardt Assistant Director of Public Safety Kevin Martin, Senior Service Hydrologist and Georgia StormReady Coordinator for the National Weather Service Kent Frantz, Deputy Director of Cherokee County Emergency Management Renee Cornelison, Reinhardt Dean of Students and Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Roger Lee, and Waleska Mayor Doris Jones.