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School of Mathematics and Sciences Hosts County Math Tournament

School of Mathematics and Sciences Hosts County Math Tournament

Etowah and River Ridge teams take top honors at Reinhardt University/Cherokee County Mathematics Tournament; individual awards presented to top six students in competition

Waleska, Ga. – The numbers added up to victory for a select group of local high school and middle school students. More than 74 students competed in the sixth annual Reinhardt University/Cherokee County Mathematics Tournament hosted by the mathematics students and faculty of Reinhardt University. Nine high schools and four middle schools in the county were each represented with one or two teams of four students who competed for awards and scholarships.

varsity top team

Top Varsity Team: Etowah High School

top junior varsity team

Top Junior Varsity Team: Woodstock Middle School

Top Varsity Teams

Students competed as teams and as individuals to earn top honors in the competition. The Etowah High School varsity team of Miranda Dominick (from right), Madeline Lazar, and David Morrison, and school sponsors Dr. Wright Vermilya and Ms. Tabatha Box, placed first in the tournament. The River Ridge High School varsity team of Matthew Wang, Rishab Kaup, Brandon Perez and Alex Rautio, and sponsor Joel Roth, took second.

Top Junior Varsity Teams

In the junior varsity team category, the Woodstock Middle School team of Michelle Belikova (from left),  sponsor Ms. Karen Egner, Sasha Stogniy,  sponsor Dr. Catherine Head, Toral Patel and Greg Carroll, placed first. The Cherokee High School team of sponsor Nicole Howard, members Bri Schultz, Lily Smith, Sarah Johnson, and sponsor Anne Martin, (team member Tommy Landman not pictured) earned second in the JV category.

Each team was presented with a trophy, which will be engraved with the team members’ names and honor, by Dr. Richard Summers, Reinhardt professor of mathematics (seen in green in the photos), and Patricia Kearns, Cherokee County director of academic standards, professional/staff development and career pathways.

Individual Honors

The individual competition in the tournament was strong as Etowah High School’s Miranda Dominick placed first in the varsity standings. Matthew Wang of River Ridge High School secured second. Taking third was Sam Mixon of Woodstock High School.

River Ridge High School took the top spot in the junior varsity individual competition with Alex Mcmath who earned first place, followed by Francis Mukoma of Etowah High School who took second place, and Greg Carroll of Woodstock Middle School placed third. These top six students were all awarded medallions, which will be engraved with their earned honor.

Reinhardt Creates New School of Performing Arts – the Only One in Georgia

Reinhardt Creates New School of Performing Arts – the Only One in Georgia; Theatre Arts Building in Planning Stages

The Pirates of Penzance

School of Performing Arts students perform the opera The Pirates of Penzance.

Music and theatre have become increasing popular majors at Reinhardt University, so administrators have taken steps to keep the programs prospering.  In September the institution’s Board of Trustees changed the name of the School of Music to the School of Performing Arts, and moved the theatre program into the new school.  Now undergraduate programs in theater, music performance, music education, sacred music, and musical theatre and a master of music are all housed in the School of Performing Arts, the only one of its kind in Georgia, and approximately 180 students are majoring in one or more of these program offerings.

Only University-level School of Performing Arts in Georgia

“The School of the Performing Arts combines our excellent programs in music with the University’s theatre degree program and the new musical theatre degree program,” said Reinhardt President Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood. “It brings together all the University’s performing arts and combines the resources of these programs to further support and encourage them. Reinhardt has a well-earned and growing reputation for the performing arts, and this change further enhances those activities at the University.”

Putting the two popular majors together in one school was a logical step, Dr. Dennis K. McIntire, dean of the School of Performing Arts, said. Musical theatre and theatre “share faculty, staff, students, space and resources,” he said. “It… made sense for them to be together. We had the School of Music, which had established a presence in Georgia. We had the School of Arts & Humanities, but theatre was kind of lost in it. With the School of Performing Arts, they are all on the same plane, together in one place. The new name and combination of programs better describes more fully who we are.”

Being the only School of Performing Arts on the college or university level in all of Georgia makes Reinhardt unique, and the many high school students who attend these type schools can better relate to what Reinhardt offers, McIntire said. Reinhardt graduates will be more well-rounded because they graduated from a school that offers an intensive focus in both music and theatre.

An Intensive Professional-Style Training Program

Reinhardt’s theatre program, an intensive professional-style training program within a liberal arts setting, began in 2010, and already its students are getting noticed in the theatre ranks.  At the 2012 Georgia Theatre Conference auditions, five Reinhardt theatre students made it to the state auditions and were in the top 10% of all those who auditioned. Kate Johnson, then a senior from Canton, Ga., had the highest competitive score of the entire conference.

“The theatre program is extremely excited to be a part of the School of Performing Arts,” said David Nisbet, assistant professor of theatre. “With the move, we have higher visibility and more access to the fine arts infrastructure. I expect the theatre program will begin to attract better and better talent, produce more and larger shows and become a force in the Southeast as far as theatre training programs.”

“Arts Triangle”

Currently theatre and musical theatre productions are held each semester in the Falany Performing Arts Center Concert Hall or in the Hoke O’Kelley Auditorium in the Burgess Administration Building on Reinhardt’s main campus in Waleska, Ga., but a new Theatre Arts Center is under development. Once funds are raised, plans finalized, and the theatre is constructed, it will complete an “arts triangle” that also includes the Falany Performing Arts Center and the Fincher Visual Arts Center around Lake Mullenix.

“Our mantra has been ‘a conservatory style training program in a small liberal arts setting,’” said Nisbet. “With the building of the new theatre facility, the students will have more opportunities to train, both in acting and technical theatre. The space will provide a comfortable place to study and for an audience to attend exciting productions!”

Up Next?

The next performance slated for the Reinhardt Theatre and Musical Theatre program is “Much Ado About Nothing” by William Shakespeare, which will be directed by Dr. Kevin Crawford, assistant professor of English and theatre. Follow the Reinhardt University Theatre Program and Falany Performing Arts Center pages on Facebook, or visit to keep up-to-date on all School of Performing Arts productions.

Apply Now to Start Classes this Fall

Want to Start Classes at Reinhardt University this fall?

Apply Now for Reinhardt’s Traditional, Graduate, Adult or Online Programs

Why not wait til the last minute?

Earlier applicants may have more choices in regards to classes and class times, and more financial aid may be available.  Also graduate, adult, and online program applicants who submit all their application materials by May 1 won’t be charged an application fee. 

Students interested in starting classes this fall in Reinhardt University’s traditional, graduate, adult or online degree completion programs are encouraged to apply now.  Classes begin on the Waleska campus and at the North Fulton Center in Alpharetta, Ga., on August 19, 2013, but some programs have earlier start dates for those who are interested. 

Waleska Campus Provides Traditional College Experience

With residence halls, a myriad of student activities, and a scenic 525-acre campus, Reinhardt’s Waleska campus provides a personalized college experience.  With an emphasis on day classes, students can enjoy a whole person education where growth is fostered through athletic, service, spiritual, and academic activities. Reinhardt’s 41 academic degree programs are centered on small classes taught by professors who are experts in their fields and who set high expectations for the classroom.

To learn more about Reinhardt, come for a campus visit.  Tours are offered on the Waleska campus on weekdays at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.  Accepted students are already registering for New Student Orientation, so prospective students are encouraged to apply now.  Please contact the Office of Admission for more information at 770-720-5526 or

Meeting the Educational Needs of Adult Learners: Career-Focused, Convenient, Flexible

Degree Completion programs offered in business, public safety, criminal justice or healthcare administration

Reinhardt offers focused degree completion programs in business and public safety to help working adults complete their degrees.  Classes for these programs are offered in Alpharetta, Cartersville and Marietta.

For those interested in careers in criminal justice or healthcare administration, online degree completion programs are offered in these disciplines.

To learn more about these programs, prospective students are encouraged to request more information or to schedule an individualized appointment.  (Web pages and contact information are listed below.)

Graduate Programs Offer Indepth Learning

Earn a Master’s in Business, Education, Music or Public Administration

To provide master’s level work in business, education, music and public administration, Reinhardt has added graduate degrees.  Each has a distinctive emphasis and a specific application process.  All offer small classes, expert professors who value experience and class participation, and real-world content and applications.

To learn more about these graduate programs, prospective students are encouraged to request more information or to schedule an individualized appointment.  (Web pages and contact information are listed below.) 

For Specifics on Reinhardt Degree Programs


 subject program name next term students
can start classes
BCJ Criminal
Bachelor of Criminal Justice* (online) June 2013 770-720-5999

BHA Healthcare
Bachelor of Healthcare Administration* (online) summer 2013 770-720-5902
GBS Business Bachelor of Arts in General Business Studies > * summer 2013 770-720-9191
MAT Education Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood Education > fall 2013 770-720-5577
MBA Business Master of Business Administration > fall 2013 770-720-5953
M.Ed./ECE Education Master of Education in Early Childhood Education > fall 2013 770-720-5953
M.Ed/SPED Education Master of Education in Special Education > fall 2013 770-720-5953
MM Music Master of Music > summer 2013 770-720-9221
MPA Public
Master of Public Administration fall 2013 770-720-9102
OML Business Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management and Leadership >* summer 2013 770-720-9191
PSL Public
Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management and Leadership
– Public Safety Leadership option >
summer 2013 770-720-9191
Education  Reading Endorsement May 2013 770-720-5953
WAIT Education Working Adults into Education – results in a Bachelor
of Science in Early Childhood Education >
summer 2013 770-720-5953

* degree completion programs

Reinhardt Confirms Articulation Agreement with Georgia Highlands College

Reinhardt University and Georgia Highlands College Confirm Articulation Agreement

RU and GHC Confirm Articulation Agreement

Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood, Reinhardt president, looks on as Dr. Renva Watterson, Georgia Highlands College interim president, signs the articulation agreement between the two institutions.

It just got much easier for college students to take their education to the next level after earning an associate’s degree. Reinhardt University and Georgia Highlands College recently signed an articulation agreement to allow just that. Students who have completed their Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from GHC and want to continue on to earn their bachelor’s degree from Reinhardt can now seamlessly transfer to the University upon meeting admissions standards for transferring and the specific requirements for the student’s selected major. 

Building Together for the Future

“The articulation agreement between Georgia Highlands College and Reinhardt University ensures students a smooth transfer to baccalaureate and graduate degree programs,” said Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood, president. “It gives the two institutions the opportunity to build together for the future.”

Tranfer Requirements

Under the articulation agreement with GHC, Reinhardt will accept the GHC student’s earned core curriculum requirements fulfilled with several exceptions, but not limited to: a C grade or better in English 101 and 102 or 103 or Communication 103 or Sciences 103, satisfying all Reinhardt admission requirements and policies, and, on a case-by-case basis, meeting additional core curriculum requirements for Professional Standards Commission-approved programs or other individual programs. 

For further details about Reinhardt’s admission process, contact the Office of Admission at 770-720-5526 (Waleska) or 770-720-5922 (Alpharetta). 

About Georgia Highlands College 

Since 1970, Georgia Highlands College has served the citizens of Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama. Founded as Floyd Junior College, it now serves more than 5,700 students in the region. It became a limited-mission, four-year state college in May 2011.

GHC has added other teaching sites over the years, and now provides instruction at the founding campus in Floyd County; Heritage Hall in downtown Rome, which houses health sciences; the Cartersville campus, which is constructing a student center for completion in 2012; a site in Marietta on the campus of Southern Polytechnic State University; a campus in Paulding County, on the square in Dallas; and an instructional site in Douglas on Stewart Parkway in Douglasville. To maximize convenience, Georgia Highlands has also expanded its offerings of online, DVD and hybrid courses.

For more information, visit  

About Reinhardt University

Founded in 1883, Reinhardt University is focused on shaping lives and building futures. As a private comprehensive university affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Reinhardt offers 40 graduate and undergraduate programs, ranging from business and education to music and theater.  

Reinhardt has two locations- a residential campus in Cherokee County in Waleska, Ga., and a center focused on adults in Alpharetta, Ga., and it offers selected programs in Cartersville, Marietta, and Woodstock, Ga. Additional attractions on the Waleska campus include the Falany Performing Arts Center and the Funk Heritage Center.

For more information, please contact Reinhardt at 770-720-5526 or 1-87-REINHARDT or see the University website at  

Theatre Students Take Top Honors at Theatre Conference

Theatre Students Take Top Honors at Recent Theatre Conference; Headed to State Competition

“To be, or not to be”…it’s not a question for a select group of Reinhardt students. They choose “to be” a part of the University’s growing and flourishing theatre program, and they are “acting” upon the benefits.

Reinhardt Theatre StudentsAt the recent Georgia Theatre Conference in Americus, Ga., 10 Reinhardt students competed with a field of 174 college and university students for a chance to audition at the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) next March in Louisville, Ky. Five Reinhardt students made the cut: (from right-left) Sophie Decker, a junior from Conyers, Ga.; Levi Penley, a junior from Social Circle, Ga.; Troy Stephens, a senior from Kingsland, Ga.; Koby Parker, a senior from Douglasville, Ga.; and Kate Johnson, a junior from Canton, Ga., who had the highest competitive score of the entire conference.

Top 10% in Competition

“Kate Johnson’s score was the highest at the GTC—meaning in the entire state of Georgia!” said David Nisbet, assistant professor of theatre. “All the Reinhardt students that were passed on to SETCs scored in the top 10% at GTC. I think this is exciting news for the theatre/music program at Reinhardt!”

GTC Background

GTC is the Georgia branch of SETC (Southeastern theatre conference). SETC culminates in professional theatres attending and auditioning college students, usually for summer theatre work. To advance to SETC auditions, you must attend and audition at GTC and receive a high enough score to move on. Students are judged on talent and presentation, and are allowed to do a monologue and song (90 seconds) or a monologue (60 seconds).

“It’s an invaluable experience!”

“Our students participate in GTC and SETC for a variety of reasons,” said Nisbet. “They can attend the many learning workshops presented by professionals and top professors in theatre, they have the opportunity to network with professionals and their own peers, and they get preparation for the audition process they will experience in major markets. It’s an invaluable experience for all theatre students.”

Theatre Program Background

Reinhardt’s theatre program is designed to be an intensive professional-style training program, within a liberal arts setting. A Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre are offered through the program. The program’s first theatrical production of the year, Almost, Maine, was November 2-4, 2012.

For more information, please contact Nisbet at 770-720-5860 or, or visit Reinhardt University Theatre Program on Facebook.

Reinhardt Closed on Labor Day

Reinhardt University to be closed on Labor Day, Sept. 3, 2012 

Reinhardt University offices are closed, and classes are not held, on selected holidays throughout the year. 

 ”University Closed” means:

  • Students do not report to class;
  • Faculty and staff need not report;
  • Residence Halls are open to house residential students;
  • The Gordy Center (campus dining facility) schedule varies.  Please call 770-720-5611 or see the Gordy Center website to check day and hours.

For additional details, please see the complete holiday listing >