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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.

Price School of Education Announces Scholarship Winners

Reinhardt Price School of Education Announces Scholarship Winners

gene norton scholarship
ccrea scholarship

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.

Scholarship Criteria

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

9/26 – 9/28 RU Theatre Presents “Marvin’s Room” at the FPAC

Reinhardt University Theatre Presents “Marvin’s Room” at the Falany Performing Arts Center, Sept. 26-28

Marvins Room“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

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

9/16 Business Ethics Speaker – 2 p.m.

The Knox Endowment for Ethics and Reinhardt University McCamish School of Business to Host Ethics Discussion on Tues., Sept. 16, at 2 p.m.

Jim MroczkoThe Knox Endowment for Ethics and the Reinhardt University McCamish School of Business will host an ethics discussion on Tues., Sept. 16, at 2 p.m., in the Hill Freeman Library & Spruill Learning Center on Reinhardt’s campus in Waleska, Ga. The event’s featured speaker is Jim Mroczko, president of SERV International, who will speak on business ethics.

“Ethics is a topic increasing in interest and is vitally important in today’s environment,” said Dr. Kathy Hyatt, assistant professor of business. “We are very excited about the opportunity to host an ethics discussion at Reinhardt University. We encourage everyone to attend!”

Mroczko Background

Mroczko is the president of SERV International, a faith based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with operations in Kenya, The Dominican Republic and the United States. As President, Mroczko is responsible for leading SERV International by overseeing the day to day operations, managing an international staff, and implementing strategies to carry out the mission, vision and direction of the organization. He has a long history of helping organizations fulfill their goals with over 25 years business management experience in healthcare IT with a concentration in strategic and organizational leadership.

Knox Background

The late Pete Knox was a loyal trustee and friend of Reinhardt. He began the Knox Endowment in support of ethics education in business and other areas at Reinhardt. After his passing, his son, the late Boone A. Knox, continued to support Reinhardt University. Boone Knox grew up in Thomson, Georgia. He attended public school, Davidson College, and The University of Georgia. He was married to his wife George-Ann Walker Knox for 52 years.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend this free discussion. For more information, please visit or contact Hyatt at or 770-720-5591.

9/20 Reinhardt CMTNA Hosts Indoor Yard Sale: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Reinhardt CMTNA Hosts Indoor Yard Sale on Sept. 20, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Reinhardt University Collegiate Chapter of Music Teachers National Association (CMTNA), also known as Naturally Sharp, will sponsor an indoor yard sale on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., in the Falany Performing Arts Center on Reinhardt’s campus in Waleska, Ga. Hundreds of items including furniture, rugs, toys, dolls, books, linens, clothing, electronics, domestic and decorative items will be for sale at “make-an-offer” prices! Items are donated by Reinhardt students, faculty and staff, and community members.

“We want to sell everything,” said Susan Naylor, associate professor of music and faculty advisor for the Reinhardt chapter. “If you see something you want and the price is too high, make an offer.”

“The purpose of the yard sale is to raise funds for the music students to attend the Georgia Music Teachers Association State Conference and for service projects and concert attendance planned throughout the year,” continued Naylor. “The more funds we can raise, the more students we can send to represent Reinhardt at the State Conference. Please come out and support our chapter!”

The Reinhardt chapter is a featured Collegiate Chapter on the MTNA website and is very active on the campus and in the community. The chapter’s other events and philanthropic activities include performing an annual comedy recital, filling shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, performing and visiting at nursing homes, sponsoring a year-end cookout for all music majors and music faculty, and attending off-campus concerts and music events.

If you have something you would like to donate for Reinhardt’s CMTNA yard sale, please contact Naylor at 770-720-5560.


New Scholarship Endowment Established at Reinhardt

James M. Boring, Jr. and Syble E. Boring Scholarship Endowment Established at Reinhardt University

Reinhardt University recently received a generous donation from the trust of Mr. James E. Boring, Jr. and Syble E. Boring, who were devoted supporters of the college. The contribution of more than $200,000 will allow the University to establish the James M. Boring, Jr. and Syble E. Boring Scholarship Endowment.

“It was my privilege to know and visit Mr. and Mrs.Boring on many occasions, and I have fond memories of both.” said JoEllen Wilson, Reinhardt vice president for advancement. “They appreciated what Reinhardt means to our students and alumni, as evidenced by the gift for scholarships.”

Income from the endowment will provide scholarship assistance to students according to financial need and those with good academic records. Priority will be given to students in Whitfield County, Georgia.

Mr. Boring’s Background

Mr. Boring was an active member of Reinhardt’s Board of Trustees from 1989-2001, and an emeritus member from 2001 until his passing in 2008. Named for the couple, Reinhardt’s Jim and Syble Boring Sports Complex includes the Ken White Baseball and Softball fields, as well as the Ken White Soccer and Lacrosse Fields. Mr. Boring was the co-owner, with his brother, Ken, of Boring and Boring, and was the president of Dalton Rock Products and Dalton Asphalt for 30 years before his retirement. He and his wife were residents of Dalton, Ga., where they attended the First United Methodist Church.
For more information about how you can support Reinhardt, visit

Reinhardt Hosts Cuban Religious Scholars, August 11-12, 2014

Reinhardt University Hosts Cuban Religious Scholars, August 11-12, 2014


The Rev. Luis Carlos Marrero Chasbar


The Rev. Daylins Rufin Pardo

Reinhardt will host two religious scholars from Cuba, August 11-12, 2014. The Reverends Luis Carlos Marrero Chasbar and Daylins Rufin Pardo will each present a lecture, which are free and open to the public, on the University’s campus in Waleska, Ga.

Opening a Window for Cross-Cultural Dialogue

“These lectures will dismantle some misunderstandings or partial ideas people have about the social reality Cuba,” said Dr. Aquiles Martinez, Reinhardt professor of religion. “Those who attend will obtain first-hand input from leaders actively involved in the life of the Cuban people and churches, and it will open a window leading to a space for a cross-cultural dialogue.”


The Rev. Marrero Chasbar will present, “‘The New’ Pearl of the Caribbean: Seeing Cuba through Different Eyes,” Monday, Aug. 11, from 2-3:30 p.m., in Reinhardt’s Lawson academic building – room 104. Tuesday, Aug. 12, from 3-4:30 p.m., The Rev. Rufin Pardo will discuss, “Reaching God through a Fallen Wall: Contextualizing Religious Education in Cuba, also in the Lawson building – room 104.

Speaker Bios

The Rev. Marrero Chasbar is the Director of “Grupo de Reflexion y Solidaridad Oscar Arnulfo Romero” (OAR, Cuba) in the Area of Programs and Theology. He also serves as Professor in the fields of Gender, and Interreligious Dialogue at the “Instituto Superior de Ciencias de la Religion” (ISECRE).

The Rev. Rufin Pardo is Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew Grammar at “Seminario Evangélico de Teologia of Matanzas” ( SET) as well as Professor of Sacred and Religious Texts at ISECRE. They both are part of the Standing Committee of Red Biblica Cubana, a network The. Rev. Rufin Pardo heads, and serve as pastors of Comunidad Bautista “La Sagrada Familia” in Alamar, a church in a suburb of Havana and a member of the Fraternidad de Iglesias de Cuba.

Strengthening Commonalities in Faith

“I hope that those who attend these lectures will walk away with the tools to strengthen commonalities in the articulation of our religious faith and mission in society,” said Martinez. “And to strengthen our faith and challenge each other to live it in relevant manner.”

The lectures are sponsored by Reinhardt’s Religion Program through Dr. Martinez’ initiative and by the financial support of the Marlen-Easterling Fund.

Cherokee County Retired Educators Association Donates Scholarship Funds to Reinhardt

Cherokee County Retired Educators Association Donates Scholarship Funds to Reinhardt

CCREA Donation

Cherokee County Retired Educators Association outgoing President Janice Prather (left) presents Reinhardt University President Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood with a $1,500 scholarship check to be awarded to two local Reinhardt students who are pursuing a career in teaching. The students selected will each be given a $750 scholarship. They are joined in this presentation by 2014 CCREA President Marlene Harrington (second from right) and 2015 President-elect Karen Hawley. 

“Many of our CCREA members either previously attended Reinhardt or have a close association with the University,” said Prather. “In recognition of how fortunate we are that RU offers a quality teacher education program, we want to support their efforts to attract and train the best future teachers for our local area schools.”

Season Tickets for Football Now on Sale

Season Tickets for Football Now on Sale

Season tickets for the 2014 season of Reinhardt University football are now on sale to the general public, with online sales and a ticket order form available via

The Eagles will be looking to build upon a thrilling 2013 season which saw the first-year program win six games and the Mid-South Conference’s West Division. Last season, Reinhardt averaged just over 1,500 fans per game for a school that has an enrollment of approximately 1,200.

“We had great support from our fans last season, and we’re looking forward to another exciting season on the gridiron this year,” said RU Director of Athletics Bill Popp. “All four teams that we are hosting this year, we defeated on the road last year, so they will all be coming looking to get some revenge against us. These should be some great games that we’ll be hosting.”

Ticket Information

Chair-back seats are available for $75 for the season. Only a limited number of chair-back seats are still available on a first-come, first-served basis. General admission tickets are on sale for $40 for the season. General admission seating is good for the bleacher areas at Ken White Field and the grassy and concrete areas that are not marked as restricted for fan access.

In addition, general admission tickets are available for individual games for $10 per game if purchased online. All single-game tickets will be available for pickup at will call at the ticket gate prior to kickoff.

If patrons wait to purchase tickets at the ticket gate on the day of the game, general admission tickets will be $15 each. No chair-back seats will be available for purchase on a single-game basis.

Like last year, Reinhardt students, faculty, and staff will receive one free ticket per game with a valid EagleCard. Ticket distribution for each home game will begin the Monday prior to that Saturday’s kickoff.

For more information, please contact Valerie Peel at 770.720.5825.

Season Home Schedule

The Eagles will host four foes this season, beginning with Kentucky Christian Sept. 13. The following week, Faulkner will visit in a battle of the top two teams in last year’s MSC-West standings. Union visits for Homecoming Oct. 4, with Campbellsville closing out the home slate Nov. 15. All home games will kickoff at noon.