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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 ww.stormready.noaa.gov/publications 

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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.

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 ww.stormready.noaa.gov/publications 

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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.

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 www.reinhardt.edu/gradinquiry

Gene Norton ’60 Retires from Reinhardt After Serving More than 53 Years as an Educator

Gene Norton ’60 Retires from Reinhardt University After Serving More than 53 Years as an Educator

Gene Norton retirement celebrationAfter serving more than 53 years as an educator, Gene Norton has retired from Reinhardt University. A celebration was recently held in his honor to celebrate his many years of service and dedication to Reinhardt and the Cherokee County School System.

“What a way to end a journey of 53 total years in education!,” said Norton. “Needless to say, I was completely overwhelmed with the heartfelt presentations. Many tears of love and appreciation were shed that day on all sides. It’s a day that I will always remember.”

Five of Norton’s former students spoke about him at the event, and he was officially inducted into Reinhardt’s Price School of Education Teacher Hall of Fame. He was also presented a beautifully bound notebook filled with letters and cards from former students and faculty members inducting him into “their” Teacher Hall of Fame.

“I have had a passion to see all of my students succeed.”

“For the past 23 years I have been truly blessed to be a part of Reinhardt University’s Price School of Education adjunct faculty,” he said. “Over the years I have taught several hundred students who aspired to be teachers of young people. From the very beginning of my journey as a teacher at Reinhardt, I have had a passion to see all of my students succeed. My teaching philosophy has been quite simple but very important, ‘my students will rise to my level of expectancy.’” I have had high expectations for every student who entered my classroom.

“From the first day I began teaching at Reinhardt, I made it a point to get to know my students. I wanted to know about their family, their likes and dislikes. I always made an effort to be able to call them by their first name the very next time we met. This helped to bring about a closeness and feeling of trust to our class. My students learned early on that I wanted every one of them to succeed and that it took us all working together to have a successful and productive class.”

Norton’s Background

Norton, a Reinhardt alumnus and Cherokee County native, has served Reinhardt in numerous roles. Most recently and for the past 23 years, he has been an adjunct instructor in the Price School of Education. He is currently a member of the Academic Affairs Committee, Teacher Ed. Council, and the PSOE Advisory Board. Norton previously served as President for the Alumni Board of Governors; Ex-Officio Member of the Board of Trustees; and as Co-President of the PSOE Advisory Board.

“I have been blessed to work with some of the most dedicated University administrators, Board of Trustees, professors, and staff members any college or university could have,” Norton said. “I am proud to be a Reinhardt Alumni.”

Prior to teaching at Reinhardt, Norton taught and coached at the elementary and middle school level from 1960-69, and he served as Principal of Holly Springs Elementary School from 1969-76. From 1977-80, he was the Superintendent of the Cherokee County School System, and from 1980-88, he acted as Regional Director, and from 1988-90, as Division Director for the State Department of Education. Norton served as Associate Director of North Ga. RESA from 1990-2002. Norton was also a consultant for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and a member of the Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors.

His awards and honors include: 1964 and 1972 named Outstanding Young Men in Cherokee County; 1970 Outstanding Young Educator Award; 1980 Reinhardt Distinguished Alumnus Award; and 2001 Distinguished Leadership Award for State of Ga., presented by SACS.
Norton is a 1958 graduate of Cherokee High School. He earned an Associate in Arts from Reinhardt in 1960, a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from North Georgia College in 1965, and a Master in Administration and Supervision from Western Carolina University in 1968.

The Gene Norton Scholarship

In 2006, the Gene Norton Scholarship was established by the late Dr. Robert Driscoll, Reinhardt’s former vice president for academic affairs, who was very instrumental in developing this scholarship to help honor the outstanding education majors at Reinhardt. The scholarship provides funds for students in the Price School of Education (PSOE) so to honor Norton’s service to the University. It was first awarded in 2012 to then senior Emily (Burgess) Ingram ’13.

“His accomplishments in the field of education were, and continue to be, so incredible, that I hope one day I can be a fraction of the educator he has been,” said Ingram, when awarded the scholarship in 2012. “There are just those people that gain a special place in your heart by their generosity and loving nature. Mr. Norton is without a doubt one of those people. He is an outstanding teacher who cares deeply about each and every student. Receiving the scholarship in his name was truly the most humbling honor I have ever received throughout my years of schooling.”

Recent recipients of the of the Gene Norton Scholarship in Education included Danielle Richards and Haley Satterfield in 2013 and Bonnie Abernathy and Eric Burkhalter in 2014.

Retirement Plans

Norton and his wife, Yvonne Harris Norton ’60, have two children, Rick and Jill, and two grandchildren, Sydney and Riley. In his retirement years, Norton plans to stay active as a Reinhardt alumni with the Price School of Education Advisory Board and as a member of the Academic Affairs Committee. He and his wife plan to vacation with their children and grandchildren at least twice a year, and also be available to help family when needed.

Reinhardt Announces Dr. Bob Driscoll Award Recipients

Reinhardt Announces Recipients of the Dr. Bob Driscoll Awards for Regional Studies and Service

Driscoll Award Recipients

Driscoll Award recipients are: (l-r) Wyatt Dean, Brandi Allen, Alex Bryant, Jasmine Simmons and Marlea Martin.

During his many years of leadership at Reinhardt University, the late Dr. Bob Driscoll, former vice president for academic affairs, frequently emphasized the value of our unique region as an opportunity for Reinhardt students to expand their intellectual horizons and their sense of community responsibility. In support of his idea, the Reinhardt faculty created a fund in Dr. Driscoll’s name to reward and support student engagement with the Etowah River Valley region consisting of Cherokee, Pickens, Bartow and Gordon counties.

Award Recipients

Each academic semester, a select group of students are honored for their regional studies or regional service with the Dr. Bob Driscoll Award scholarship. Students eligible for the award must be nominated and supported by a Reinhardt faculty member. The spring semester 2014 recipients included: Brandi Allen, a junior English major; Alex Bryant, a senior marketing major.; Wyatt Dean, a sophomore history major; Marlea Martin, a junior healthcare administration major; and Jasmine Simmons, a senior interdisciplinary studies major.

“… a testament to the value Reinhardt University places on the study of and service to North Georgia.”

“The Dr. Bob Driscoll Awards for Regional Studies and Service, supported by faculty and presented to deserving students each semester, is a testament to the value Reinhardt University places on the study of and service to North Georgia,” said Dr. Mark Roberts, vice president and dean for academic affairs. “We believe that the strength of our community lies within our collective service to its history and to its progress. This award is one tangible and scholastic way the University enriches the region in which we live.”

Honored for their regional studies were: Allen, a resident of Talking Rock, Ga., for her paper “North Georgia Baptist Churches”; Bryant, a resident of Canton, Ga.; for his paper “Post-Rush Gold in Cherokee County”; Dean, a resident of Ball Ground, Ga., for his paper “The Franklin Gold Mine;” and Simmons, a resident of Dallas, Ga., for her paper “Farm and Food at Reinhardt University.” The students wrote their papers during Professor of History Dr. Ken Wheeler’s course “Town and Gown: Local History and Culture.” Recognized for regional service was Marlea Martin, a resident of Acworth, Ga., who served as a volunteer at the Bethesda Community Clinic in Holly Springs, Ga.

Year of India Film Festival, Oct. 13-16

Date of Event: 10/13/2014
at 3:30 PM
until 5:00 PM
Cost: free and open to the public
Glasshouse and Library Media Room

Year of India Film Festival, Oct. 13-16

Film Festival – showings each day @ 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.

•Oct. 13 – Outsourced @ 3:30 p.m. and Slumdog Millionaire @ 7:30 p.m.- *Hasty Student Life Center Glasshouse

•Oct. 14 – Bride and Prejudice – Library Media Room

•Oct. 15 – Lunchbox – Library Media Room

•Oct. 16 – Kumare only showing @ 3:30 p.m. – Library Media Room

What is the Year Of Program?

Each academic year since 2003, Reinhardt has designated a region of the world for students to learn more about through in-depth study and hands-on interaction. This focus is intended to promote understanding of varied cultures, businesses, histories, geographies and faiths and to help internationalize the Reinhardt experience.

The 2014-2015 year is the Year of India. Students will delve into the rich history of India and how it impacts our business, literature, culture, art, music, and heritage.  Events will be scheduled throughout the academic year and include a festival, lectures, music, a film-and-discussion series, a travel tour, and many others.

Year of India Film Festival, Oct. 13-16

Date of Event: 10/13/2014
at 3:30 PM
until 5:00 PM
Cost: free and open to the public
Glasshouse and Library Media Room

Year of India Film Festival, Oct. 13-16

Film Festival – showings each day @ 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.

•Oct. 13 – Outsourced @ 3:30 p.m. and Slumdog Millionaire @ 7:30 p.m.- *Hasty Student Life Center Glasshouse

•Oct. 14 – Bride and Prejudice – Library Media Room

•Oct. 15 – Lunchbox – Library Media Room

•Oct. 16 – Kumare only showing @ 3:30 p.m. – Library Media Room

What is the Year Of Program?

Each academic year since 2003, Reinhardt has designated a region of the world for students to learn more about through in-depth study and hands-on interaction. This focus is intended to promote understanding of varied cultures, businesses, histories, geographies and faiths and to help internationalize the Reinhardt experience.

The 2014-2015 year is the Year of India. Students will delve into the rich history of India and how it impacts our business, literature, culture, art, music, and heritage.  Events will be scheduled throughout the academic year and include a festival, lectures, music, a film-and-discussion series, a travel tour, and many others.