Music Faculty Member Chosen as Georgia Music Teachers Association Teacher of the Year for 2014-15
Susan 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 http://www.georgiamta.org/memberHonors-TOTY.php.
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 University Theatre Presents:
The Drowsy Chaperone
Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 22 at 3 and 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 23 at 3 p.m.
“Let’s disappear for a while into the decadent world of the 1920’s. When champagne flowed while the caviar chilled and all the world was a party.”
Come indulge yourselves at Reinhardt University’s The Drowsy Chaperone, a comedy musical packed with tap numbers, drama, special tricks, and even dancing monkeys!
Opening at the Falany Performing Arts Center Nov. 21st-23rd, Nov. 21st and 22nd at 7:30 PM and two matinees Nov. 22nd and 23rd at 3 PM.
Directed by David Nisbet
Musically Directed by Julie Bearden Carver
Choreographed by Tiffany Tindall
Man in Chair-Matt Luce
Janet Van De Graaf – Hannah Marie Craton
Robert Martin – Tyler Bucher
Drowsy – Abi Sneathen
Aldopho – Clark Cumbee
George- Nik Griffo
Mrs. Tottendale – Katelyn Pickel
Underling – Harrison Murphy
Feldzieg – TJ Smith
Kitty – Sarah Williams
Gangster #1 – Nick Conklin
Gangster #2 – Josh Baldwin
Trix – Unita Harris
Super – Parker Patzke
Male Ensemble – Christian Gates, Will Domenico, Cameron Smith, Jacob Howard
Female Ensemble – Kayla Spenard, Mary Echols, Marleigh Boston, Katie Cornette
Reinhardt University Theatre Presents:
The Drowsy Chaperone
Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 22 at 3 and 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 23 at 3 p.m.
Reinhardt Price School of Education Announces Scholarship Winners
A select group of education majors at Reinhardt University were recently selected to receive the Price School of Education’s most prestigious scholarships. The Gene Norton Scholarship in Education was awarded to students Bonnie Abernathy and Eric Burkhalter, and the Cherokee County Retired Educators Association Scholarship was awarded to students Kyle George, Stacey Richards and Morgan Johnson.
Gene Norton Scholarship in Education
“Gene Norton [class of 1960] has been an educator for over fifty years, serving in the Cherokee County School System in numerous roles, including as a teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent,” said Dr. James Curry, dean of PSOE. “The scholarship in his name is in honor of his many contributions to the field of education.”
Awarded this scholarship of $450 each were Bonnie Abernathy (top photo left), a senior middle grades education major from Adairsville, Ga., who is currently completing her coursework, and will student teach in spring semester 2015; and Eric Burkhalter (top photo right), a senior middle grades education major from Canton, Ga., who is currently candidate teaching.
Cherokee County Retired Educators Association Scholarship
“For several years, the Cherokee County Retired Educators Association has provided scholarship money for Reinhardt students in the Price School of Education who are aspiring to become educators,” said Curry. “It’s their way of encouraging and supporting young people who have chosen the same career path as themselves.”
Selected to receive the CCREA Scholarship of $500 each were Canton, Ga. residents Kyle George (bottom photo from left), a senior early childhood education major, who is completing his last semester of coursework, and will student teach in spring semester 2015; Stacey Richards, a senior early childhood education major, who is currently candidate teaching and will graduate this December; and Morgan Johnson, a senior early childhood education major, who will begin her final semester of coursework in spring 2015, and will candidate teach in fall semester 2015.
The Cherokee Retired Educators Association Scholarship criteria requires that the student be officially admitted to the Price School of Education, have a 3.5 GPA in their college coursework, and be a Cherokee County resident. For the Gene Norton Scholarship in Education, a student must be admitted to the Price School of Education, have a 3.0 GPA in their college coursework, be at the sophomore level
Reinhardt University Theatre Presents “Marvin’s Room” at the Falany Performing Arts Center, Sept. 26-28
“Scott McPherson’s dark and mordantly funny comedy about one woman’s commitment to caring for her family first, even in the face of personal tragedy, is unquestioningly one of the most beloved, critically acclaimed, and significant plays that audiences have seen in years.
“….The themes of death, love, duty, care, and service are frugally intertwined in a play of considerable emotional resonance. Laughing one minute, we are shuddering with a stealthy empathy the next. Death has rarely seemed more interesting or love so complex.” – The New York Post
Come see Reinhardt University Theatre’s production of “Marvin’s Room,” directed by Reinhardt junior Joshua Robinson, September 26-28, at the Falany Performing Arts Center on Reinhardt’s campus in Waleska, Ga. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 and 27, and at 3 p.m. on Sept. 28. Tickets are $12.50 per person, and can be purchased at www.reinhardt.tix.com
Marvin’s Room cast and crew includes: Hannah Marie Craton as “Bessie”; Abigail Sneathen as “Lee”; Rhonda Kelley as “Ruth”; Clark Cumbee as “Hank”; Josh Baldwin as “Charlie”; Parker Patzke as “Dr. Wally”; Unita Harris as “Dr. Charlotte”; Anna Johnson as Retirement Home Director “Felicia Robinson”; T.J. Smith as “Bob”; and Harrison Murphy as “Marvin.”
You’ll not want to miss this comedic drama! Get your tickets today! For more information, contact ReinhardtTheatre@gmail.com
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Reinhardt Students Compete at National Phi Beta Lambda Competition; Organization President Earns Top Honors
A select group of Reinhardt students recently competed at the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) National Competition in Nashville, Tenn. Students earned their spots to compete at the national level by placing at the state-level competition held in April.
“We are very proud of our students,” said Dr. Katherine Hyatt, assistant professor of business and PBL advisor. “They worked extremely hard to reach that level of competition, and they represented Reinhardt well.”
At the National Competition, competing in the Emerging Business Issues team event were Terrance Duke, a sophomore marketing major from Conyers, Ga., and Martina Shaw, a junior public relations and advertising major from Atlanta, Ga. Shaw also competed in Web Design. Jamieson Palmer, a sophomore political science major from Rome, Ga., presented in the Entrepreneurship Concepts session. Sarah Barker, a junior business major from Ball Ground, Ga., also qualified to compete in the national competition but was unable to participate because of her internship obligations.
Bryant Earns Top Honors
Earning top honors at the competition was Alexander (Alex) Bryant, a senior marketing major from Canton, Ga. He placed second in Business Presentation and eighth in Sales Presentation at the national level. Students also had the opportunity to participate in an open event at the national competition if they chose to do so. Bryant took the opportunity to compete in this additional event, and placed first in the presentations for Nonprofit Management.
“Reinhardt prepared me to compete successfully.”
Bryant credits his classroom experience to his success at the competition. “My business communication course with Bob Fain, [business lecturer,] and advanced computer applications course with Tina Boosel, [instructor of business,] were both a great benefit to me in honing my presentation skills. Both of my Phi Beta Lambda events were presentation events, so I felt completely prepared to compete successfully. Walking into the room to present at the national competition was just like another day in the classroom.”
Currently president of PBL at Reinhardt, Bryant encourages all students to participate in the organization. “The wide range of competitive events for Phi Beta Lambda gives students a chance to represent Reinhardt, and put the skills they’ve learned in the classroom to the test, no matter what their major.”
Bryant also serves the University as Student Government Association President. This summer, he is interning at Liberty Mutual Insurance in sales.
About Phi Beta Lambda
Reinhardt University Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) is a chapter of Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda (http://www.fbla-pbl.org), a nonprofit, national organization. PBL prepares students for careers in business and business-related fields. The association has four divisions: FBLA for high school students; FBLA-Middle Level for junior high, middle school students; Phi Beta Lambda for college students; and Professional Division for business people, FBLA-PBL alumni and educators. FBLA-PBL is organized on local, state, and national levels. FBLA-PBL is the largest business career student organization in the world. The college division reaches more than 11,000 college students, and the professional division has reached over 3,000 members.
For more information, visit http://www.reinhardt.edu/academics/business
Dean’s Scholarship Award Recipients Announced
Nineteen high school seniors were recently awared with the Reinhardt University Dean’s Scholarship. Recipients are selected for this award during an an invitation-only competition where the students compete in various facets in their intended program of study at Reinhardt. The competition is only open to the highest academic-achieving applicants.
Their acheivements were celebrated on Reinhardt’s campus at the Deans’ Scholars Reception on April 2, 2014. Each will receive a scholarship for half of their tuition upon enrollment for the 2014-15 academic year.
The students recognized with this honor include:
Lindsey Adams, a resident of Rome, Ga., and a senior at Model High School. Her intended major at Reinhardt is communications;
Gladys Guzman-Gomez, a resident of Atlanta, Ga., and a senior at Cross Keys High School. Her intended major at Reinhardt is English with creative writing;
Chloe Laveing, a resident of Canton, Ga., and a senior at Sequoyah High School, Her intended major at Reinhardt is world languages & cultures;
Caleb McFather, a resident of Cuthbert, Ga., and a senior at Randolph-Clay High School. His inteded major at Reinhardt is English with creative writing;
Ivy Steele, a resident of Acworth Ga., and a senior at Kell High School. Her intended major at Reinhardt is world languages & cultures;
Logan Cully, a resident of Canton, Ga., and a senior in homeschool. His intended major at Reinhardt is business;
Katie Goodrich, a resident of Cumming, Ga., and a senior in homeschool. Her intended major at Reinhardt is business;
Bradford Runnels, a resident of Auburn, Ga., and a senior at Hebron Christian Academy. His intended major at Reinhardt is business;
Luke Williams, a resident of Canton, Ga., and a senior in homeschool. His intended major at Reinhardt is business;
Katie Gulledge, a resident of Powder Springs, Ga., and a senior at South Paulding High School. Her intended major at Reinhardt is early childhood education;
John Harvill, a resident of Lyles, Tenn., and a senior at East Hickman High School. His intended major at Reinhardt is sport studies;
Ross Pasley, a resident of Cartersville, Ga., and a senior at Cartersville High School. His intended major at Reinhardt is sport studies;
Alexandra Powers, a resident of Decatur, Ga., and a senior at Decatur High School. Her intended major at Reinhardt is early childhood education;
Zachary Bennett, a resident of Waleska, Ga., and a senior at Cherokee High School. His intended major at Reinhardt is sociology;
Brittany Bryan, a resident of Jasper, Ga., and a senior at Pickens High School. Her intended major at Reinhardt is psychology;
Christopher Duncan, a resident of Thomaston, Ga., and a senior at Upson-Lee High School. His intended major at Reinhardt is psychology;
Stephanie Grove, a resident of Cumming, Ga., and a senior at North Forsyth High School. Her intended major at Reinhardt is mathematics;
Luke Madden, a resident of Sharpsburg, Ga., and a senior at Northgate High School. His intended major at Reinhardt is biology education;
Amy Williams, a resident of Waleska, Ga., and a senior at Holtville High School. Her intended major at Reinhardt is biology.
Reinhardt Theatre Presents Much Ado About Nothing, Feb. 20-23 at the Downtown Canton Theatre
Students rehearse for Much Ado About Nothing, showing Feb. 20-23, at the Downtown Canton Theatre.
The Reinhardt University Theatre Program is thrilled to return to the historic Downtown Canton Theatre to present Much Ado About Nothing, Feb 20-22 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 23 at 2:30 p.m. The production is dedicated to the late Dr. Kevin Crawford, former Reinhardt professor of English and theatre. Tickets are available at the Theatre Box Office on each show day.
A version of Shakespere that’s “refreshing and relatable!”
This comedy adaptation, set in 1958, features a feuding family, two couples—one in love, one not so much, the mob, and even Elvis! In the place of swords and tights, are dark suits, vintage dresses and pistols.
“The comedy is rip-roaring and the drama is emotionally stirring,” said Kathy Newman, director. “If you’re a Shakespeare purest this may not be for you; however, if you want to have fun and be moved, in the flavor of the 50s, then this show is definitely for you!
“Oh the language you say…no I haven’t rewritten Shakespeare, the words are still his, but I think anyone who has struggled with Ole’ Shakes in the past (and frankly who hasn’t) will find this version refreshing and much more relatable. This was, for me, a challenge and even bigger desire in directing this show, to make it easy to understand and as wickedly funny and as terribly dramatic as I think Shakes himself meant for it to be!”
Cast & Crew
The cast features: Nick Cothran, a sophomore from Acworth, Ga., as Leonato; Allie Glonek, a senior from Dallas, Ga., as Hero; Kate Johnson, a senior from Canton, Ga., as Beatrice; Levi Penley, a senior from Social Circle, Ga., as Claudio/Dogberry; Tyler Bucher, a freshman from Cartersville, Ga., as Benedick; Clark Cumbee, a freshman from Euharlee, Ga., as Don Pedro; Rhonda Kelley, a freshman from Woodstock, Ga. and Reinhardt public safety officer, as Antonio; DeVante Tremble, a freshman from Statesboro, Ga., as Don John; Parker Patzke, a sophomore from Acworth, Ga., as Borachio; Katelyn Pickel, a junior from Rocky Face, Ga., as Conrade; Josh Robinson, a junior from Fairmount, Ga., as Balthasar/Verges; Abi Sneathen, a sophomore from Statesboro, Ga., as Sister Francis; Hannah Marie Craton, a sophomore from Dallas, Ga., as Ursula; Mary Echols, a freshman from Clarkesville, Ga., as Margaret/Sexton; Anna Johnson, a freshman from Lehigh Acres, Fla., as a Mob Member; Leah Davis, a sophomore from Canton, Ga., as a Mob Member; and McKenna Haag, a freshman from Canton, Ga., as Leonato’s First Commander/Watchman.
The crew includes: Stage Manager, Lighting Designer and Props Designer Stephanie Hettrick, a senior from Comer, Ga.; Costume Designer Allie Glonek, a senior from Dallas, Ga.; Poster Artist Chante Hill, a junior from Loganville; and Scenic Designer Ed Palombo.
Newman is an actor, director, producer and teacher. She is currently serving at Reinhardt as an adjunct instructor of theatre. She is also the founder of The Acting House, a private actors training studio in Atlanta, Ga., where she coaches professional actors. Newman spent two decades in New York City where she worked on stage, in film, television and has national commercial work to her credit. She earned a Master in Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2006. A member of SAG/AFTRA, she earned a working finalist privilege while in NYC at the Actors Studio. The last roles she brought to life were as Sumter and Lucille in The Collective Projects production of The Devil Tree in Atlanta, Ga. in 2012.
“… an intensive professional-style training program in a liberal arts setting.”
Within the School of Performing Arts, Reinhardt’s theatre program is designed to be an intensive professional-style training program in a liberal arts setting. A Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre are offered through the program. Along with Much Ado About Nothing, the program has produced many well-known plays including: Almost, Maine, Annie Get Your Gun, Proof, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. In April 2014, Reinhardt Theatre will perform Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. To preorder tickets, call 770-720-9167 or email firstname.lastname@example.org