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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.”

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.”

University Honors Faculty Dedication with Presentation of Five Awards

University Honors Faculty Dedication with Presentation of Five Awards

At the final Faculty Senate meeting of the academic year, University administrators underscored the crucial role that faculty play in making Reinhardt a true community of challenge and care. Among the outstanding faculty honored at the meeting were Tina Boosel, Dr. Matt Anderson, Dr. Kathy Hyatt, Dr. Graham Johnson and Dr. Richard Summers.

Jane England Award – Tina Boosel

Tina Boosel, instructor of business and a resident of Canton, Ga., was honored with the Jane England Faculty Award for Excellence. The $500 award is named for a long-time Reinhardt faculty member who retired in May 2001 and passed away in January 2007. England was a professor of history and political science for 31 years at Reinhardt. She also served in numerous leadership roles, including advisor to the student newspaper and faculty chair. Upon her retirement, Reinhardt established this annual faculty award, along with a scholarship fund, in her honor.

“In my 10 years at Reinhardt, I have always tried to teach our students not only the technical and management skills that they will need to prepare for the work force, but also the importance of accountability, time management, and strong communication skills,” said Boosel. “Through professional development and experiences teaching, I constantly try to revamp my classes, so I can best help my students learn most effectively. I am honored that I was chosen for this award.”

Faculty Research and Scholarship Awards – Dr. Matthew Anderson and Dr. Kathy Hyatt

Dr. Matthew Anderson, instructor of music, received a Faculty Research and Scholarship Award for his contributions to the artistic community. Anderson, a resident of Cumming, Ga., has taught at Reinhardt for almost two years.

“It is always nice to be recognized ‘at home’ for contributions to the community at-large,” Anderson said. “I am so grateful to be at Reinhardt; the support I get from Dr. McIntire [dean of the School of Performing Arts], my colleagues, the students, and the administration in general, is a blessing that I try never to waste. I have had a busy year of recording a guitar duo CD in England, teaching at a festival in Italy, and touring in both China and California. This award is a wonderful way to bring the academic year to a close!”

Also honored with the Faculty Research & Scholarship Award was Dr. Kathy Hyatt, assistant professor of business and a resident of Jasper, Ga., who has taught at the University for more than 5 years.

“It is an honor and a privilege to receive the faculty research and scholarship award,” said Hyatt. “It means a lot to me because we have many wonderful professors that are experts in their field and who have presented and published in their respective fields on a regular basis. I am humbled and grateful to have been chosen.”

United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award – Dr. Graham Johnson

Dr. Graham Johnson, assistant professor of English, received the prestigious United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award. Johnson, a resident Canton, Ga., has taught at Reinhardt for more than six years.

“It is an honor even to be nominated for one of the Reinhardt teaching awards—especially considering how many dedicated, talented teaching professors work here,” Johnson said. “One quality of my classroom teaching is my unflagging enthusiasm for the material, an enthusiasm that ideally becomes infectious, so that the students can tell how much I care, and then they care too. Whether I am lecturing on the comma or reading a passage of Beowulf in the original Old English, I am equally excited about imparting knowledge and aiding in students’ intellectual development—for me, nothing is more important than that.”

Funded by the Division of Higher Education of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, the Exemplary Teacher Award is given annually to a Reinhardt faculty member to recognize excellence in teaching, commitment to value-centered education and service to students at the University.

Vulcan Materials Company Teaching Excellence Award – Dr. Richard Summers

Honored with the Vulcan Materials Company Teaching Excellence Award was Dr. Richard Summers, professor of mathematics. Summers, who is a resident of White, Ga., has taught at the University for more than 17 years.

“I was very honored that the faculty chose to give me this award,” said Summers. “I was impressed by the reading of the qualifications of all who were nominated for this award. They were all very talented and capable.

“I believe I was chosen for this award because I work with students well inside and outside the classroom. I tutor students one-on-one in the Center for Student Success, and I am always available to my students if they need extra help. I also broaden their viewpoints on mathematics by giving extra talks and lectures.”

Vulcan’s Southeast Division has sponsored the Teaching Excellence Award since the early 1990s through the Georgia Foundation for Independent Colleges, Inc. The award is presented to a faculty member at each of the GFIC’s 25-member institutions, in recognition of outstanding contributions to undergraduate education, student learning, and campus life.

GICA President Susanna Baxter to Serve as Keynote Speaker at 2014 Commencement Ceremony

Susanna Baxter

GICA President Susanna Baxter

GICA President Susanna Baxter to Serve as Keynote Speaker at Reinhardt University’s 2014 Commencement Ceremony

Georgia Independent College Association President Susanna Baxter is the keynote speaker for Reinhardt University’s commencement ceremony on May 3, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. More than 240 students will participate in the ceremony at the James and Sis Brown Athletic Center on Reinhardt’s campus in Waleska, Ga.

Susanna L. Baxter, Ed.D. joined GICA in August 2010. Prior to coming to GICA, Susanna served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association for 10 years. She worked as the Dean of Students at Barton College in North Carolina before beginning her association work. Susanna earned her Bachelor of Arts in both religion and Christian education from Pfeiffer University. She went on to earn both her Masters of Education and Doctor of Education degrees in higher education leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University.

While in Tennessee, Susanna worked to establish several collaborative organizations in order to better serve private colleges. The first was the Coalition for College Cost Savings, a national group purchasing organization providing a range of contracts for small- to medium-sized private colleges in order to help reduce expenditures and improve efficiency. The second organization she helped create was a statewide public and private college coalition to foster healthy and safe campuses with a focus on alcohol and other drug abuse prevention.

Susanna is a member of the Georgia Professional Lobbyist Association and Atlanta Rotary. She is married to Mark R. Huffman and they, along with their two sons, live in Atlanta.

Reinhardt Honored Alumni & Friends at Talon Awards Gala

Reinhardt Honors Special Alumni and Friends at the Talon Awards Gala on March 20, 2014

Approximately 200 Reinhardt University friends – alumni, trustees, faculty, staff and students – gathered for the Talon Awards Gala on Thursday, March 20, 2014. They honored 16 individuals at the black-tie optional event at The Bluffs at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center.

JoEllen Bell Wilson ’61, vice president for advancement, emceed the affair, and she thanked SEI Investments, the presenting sponsor, for their generous support. “Their gift will allow Reinhardt to use more of the ticket proceeds toward scholarship funds for deserving students,” she said. “In addition to recognizing some very special people, enjoying musical performances by exceptionally talented Reinhardt students and alumni, and sharing a delicious meal, we also raised funds for scholarships. What a lovely evening!”

“10 Under 10” Recognition

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Pictured are, left to right, Clancy, Martin, Jape, Pinson, Boyd and Reynolds.

The first to be honored on this special night were the 10 Under 10 Alumni Award recipients. Ryan Satterfield ’95, president of the Reinhardt Alumni Board of Governors, presented these special awards. Each year Reinhardt recognizes a group of 10 alumni from the last 10 years (2003 – 2013) who are successful in business, the military, nonprofits, government, and/or the arts. A picture identifying each will hang in the Hasty Student Life Center as a reminder of what Reinhardt alumni have accomplished.

The “10 Under 10” honored this year include: Timothy Clancy ’04, a resident of Fernley, Nev.; Ann Bailey ’09, a resident of Canton, Ga.; Daniel Jape ’08, a resident of Ball Ground, Ga.; Jeffrey Cardell ’09, a resident of Marietta, Ga.; The Rev. Susan Moore Pinson ’04, a resident of Atlanta, Ga.; Frank Reynolds ’10, a resident of Canton, Ga.; Hilary Martin ’10, a resident of Young Harris, Ga.; Caitlyn Crippin ’09, a resident of San Francisco, Calif.; Robby Westbrook ’09, a resident of Canton, Ga.; and Lindsay Powell Boyd ’04, a resident of Atlanta, Ga. 

John Wesley Awards

Following the 10 Under 10 presentation, the John Wesley Laity and Clergy Award recipients were named: Dr. Alan and Judy Allen, residents of Waleska, Ga., and The Rev. Dr. James H. Lowry, Jr., a resident of Acworth, Ga., respectively. The Wesley Award was established in 1991 to recognize a layperson who had made a significant contribution to United Methodist institutions of higher education and ministries. Two years later, the clergy award was added. These awards are named for John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. The Rev. Dr. Ron Flowers, president of the Reinhardt Ministerial Association, presented the awards.

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Judy and Alan Allen

Judy Allen

Judy Allen is native of Roswell, Ga. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Maryville College and a Master of Arts in middle school education from The University of Georgia. She served for more than 30 years in the Bartow and Cherokee School Systems, and was named Teacher of the Year for Cherokee County in 1987. Judy retired from Teasley Middle School in 1995.

She is a member of the Atlanta-Marietta District Superintendence Committee, and a patron of the FPAC, where she served two terms on the first FPAC Advisory Committee. Judy is also a member of Cherokee County Retired Educators Association and Georgia Retired Educators. She, along with her husband, Alan, attends Waleska United Methodist Church, and is chair of the Worship Committee.

Dr. Alan Allen

Dr. Alan Allen is a native of Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Texas Christian University, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Harvard University. Alan taught at the secondary level several years before deciding he wanted to teach college-level mathematics. He was awarded a federal grant to attend the Academic Year Institute at the University of Oklahoma, and while furthering his education there, he taught courses at Oklahoma High School. He then went on to pursue and earn a doctorate in mathematics from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.

In 1970, after earning his Ph.D., Alan accepted a position at Reinhardt. During his time at Reinhardt, he also served as Chairman of the Faculty and Chairman of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. After his retirement from Reinhardt in 1998, he was awarded Professor Emeritus and served on the Board of Trustees as member and chairman. Alan attends Waleska United Methodist Church where he serves on the Finance Committee and the Meals on Wheels Coordinator.

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The Rev. Dr. James H. Lowry, Jr. (left) and Reinhardt President Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood

The Rev. Dr. James H. Lowry, Jr.

The Rev. Dr. James H. Lowry, Jr. received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Asbury College in 1967; a Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1970; a Masters of Theology from Duke University in 1971; and a Doctorate of Ministry in 1987 from Asbury Theological Seminary. His first appointment was in 1971 when he was charged to start a new church on Highway 5, between Marietta and Powder Springs. This church is now Hollydale United Methodist Church. Lowry’s appointments include Acworth United Methodist Church, McEachern Memorial United Methodist Church and Norcross First United Methodist Church. Lowry presently serves as superintendent of the Atlanta Marietta District.

He has served in missions and preached in 18 different countries, and has visited mission fields in Hong Kong, Macao, Thailand and Russia.

Lowry is married to the former Diane Kilbourne. They have two daughters, Shannon and Joy and two grandchildren, Sara and Jacob.

Honoree Award

The Honoree Award was given to one special recipient this year: Susan Naylor, a resident of Waleska, Ga. The Reverend Dr. James Mooneyhan ’66, elected to Reinhardt’s Board of Trustees in 1992, recommended that Reinhardt’s Ministerial Association create a Ministerial Honoree Scholarship Program. The Honoree Award recipients are identified by a selection committee as those persons whom they wish to honor and lift up to their students, faculty and staff – persons whose character epitomizes the “core values” taught at Reinhardt. The award was presented by Dr. Dennis McIntire, dean of the School of Performing Arts.

Susan Naylor

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Susan Naylor

Naylor, associate professor of music at Reinhardt University, received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Converse College in South Carolina, where she played with the Spartanburg Symphony for three years, and was featured soloist with the Symphony on its Concert Series in 1972. She received the Master of Music Degree from Georgia State University where she studied with William Masselos on a scholarship received from the Atlanta Music Club.
Naylor continues her education through participation in workshops, seminars, master classes and state and national conferences. She has performed extensively as a solo and ensemble musician and is in demand as an adjudicator for music competitions. Her students have excelled in local and state competitions, winning awards and scholarships for the past 38 years. This past December, two of her students won first and second place in the college division of the Georgia Music Educators Association State Piano Auditions.

In 1991, Naylor received lifetime National 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 from 2000 to 2002. She has served as the Advisor of the award-winning Reinhardt Collegiate Chapter of MTNA since it was organized in 1994. In 2009 Naylor was awarded the Vulcan Teaching Excellence Award and was inducted as an honorary member of Alpha Chi, National College Honor Scholarship Society.

She was a founding member of the Cherokee County Arts Council, and has served twice on the Board of Directors of that organization. Naylor currently serves as pianist at Lake Arrowhead Church in Waleska, Georgia.

“Teaching at Reinhardt was God’s plan for my life.”

Naylor recognized the biggest supporters in her life. “I hardly know what to say, the longer I live, the more thankful I am for the people that God puts in my life. I believe that God has a plan for everyone’s life. And teaching at Reinhardt was a plan for my life. As a teacher, I learn something during every lesson; It might not always be what I want to learn, but it is always what I need to learn.

“God has blessed me with loving and supportive family and friends My mother, whom I love and respect beyond measure, has been my inspiration and number one friend my entire life. She’s 99 years old, and still very interested in our lives and proud of our accomplishments.” Naylor went on to thank her sisters, late father, friends and Reinhardt colleagues, including McIntire.

As the conclusion of her thank-you speech, Naylor entertained the crowd with a rap song from the “Naturally Sharp” Collegiate Chapter comedy recital, which is held each spring.

Distinguished Alumni of the Year

The final awards for the night were presented to Drs. Jeffrey and Jerome Dobson ’65 ’65, who were named Distinguished Alumni of the Year. This award recognizes an individual with outstanding personal achievement and an unselfish and dedicated personal devotion to Reinhardt. Randell Trammell ’03, ’09, past-president of the Reinhardt Alumni Board of Governors, presented these two awards.

Dr. Jeffrey Dobson

Jeffrey Dobson

Jeffrey Dobson ’65

After graduating from Reinhardt, Dr. Jeffrey Dobson received his B.A. , M.A. and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Georgia, specializing in Global Resources. He has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska, Ohio State University, the University of Illinois and The University of Georgia.

In 1980, he was Principal Geographer and Head of Spatial Systems for HDR Sciences in Santa Barbara, California. Later, he became Manager for Geographic Management Information Systems for the Missiles and Space Division of TRW in San Bernadino, Ca. In 1982, he founded Data Research and Applications in Knoxville, Tennessee and served as President and CEO until 2009, when he founded InterLink USA, and Global InterLink Corporation where he currently serves as President and CEO.

Dobson’s skills are in real-time Multimedia Emergency Collaboration via hardware and software for data communications. He works in disaster recovery and backup systems and serves as a negotiator of cross-cultural alliances. Dobson is active in Professional and Civic activities, serving on Boards which specialize in data for maritime navigation and computer tracking, routing for addresses, plasma core antennas and nano materials and fabrication. He was an Alderman in the town of Farragut, Tenn., and has been a contestant in the Ernest Hemingway Lookalike Contest in Key West, Fla.

Dobson and his wife, Dana, have 3 daughters and they live in Knoxville, Tenn.

“The highest practice of education I’ve ever encountered was right here at Reinhardt.”

Dobson brought humor and history to his award acceptance. “Thank you very much for this honor. It’s a special privilege to stand here with my brother and dear friend Jerry Dobson. As some of you know, Jerry and I go way back. In fact, we’ve known each other before we were born.

“Reinhardt is my academic hometown. Growing up it was easy to take Reinhardt for granted…sort of like an extension of high school. But looking back, it was much more than that. I’ve attended and taught at several major universities, and I can tell you now, that the highest practice of education I’ve ever encountered was right here at Reinhardt.

“My family’s Reinhardt roots run deep. The seven children of my grandparents, Monroe and Cleo Tippens, all attended Reinhardt; six earning degrees from there. The descendants, including their spouses, of my grandparents have contributed over 500 years combined of time teaching in the Cherokee County school system. On December 24, 2011, the 100th anniversary of my grandparents, my mother, Margaret Tippens Dobson, created a scholarship matching fund in their memory to encourage her sons and other family members to donate. It has been very rewarding to give to this fund.”

Dr. Jerome Dobson

Jerome Dobson

Jerome Dobson ’65

Dr. Jerome Dobson is Professor of Geography at the University of Kansas. After graduating from Reinhardt in 1965, he earned his Bachelor and Master’s degrees from the University of Georgia and his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee.
From 1975 until 2001, Dobson was associated with The Oak Ridge National Laboratory, as Senior Scientist for the U.S. Department of State. He received the Award of Distinction for Lifetime Achievement, Cartography and Geographic Information Society in 2008 and is a Jefferson Science Fellow, which is associated with the U.S. Department of State.

Dobson worked with the Haskell Indian National University, Served as a U.S. Delegate to the International Organization for Standardization, and has worked with the Department of Energy’s Geographic Information Council.
Other Career Highlights include President of the American Geographical Society, Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, R. Aaugeenbrug Distinguished Career Award, Lifetime Achievement Award for Cartography and Geographic Information Society, Distinguished Research & Development Staff at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is a major publications writer and contributor.

He and his wife, Gwen, live in Lawrence, KS, and they have two sons, Eric and Craig.

Jerome Dobson added to his brother’s humor and sentiments. “I am sorry our mother could not be here tonight. She always wanted us to dress alike…and this was her first chance since we were in the fourth grade!

“I want to say how much I appreciate this award. The real reason it means so much to me, growing up here in Canton, knowing the people who’ve won it before, some who are in the audience tonight, it’s just awesome to think that the people I looked up to growing up, I now share this honor with them.”

Dinner and Program Entertainment

Also taking part in the evening were Reinhardt students Jennifer Ratchford ’14, Tyler Smith (first year grad student), Adham Hamilton ’16, Brittany Gaddy ’17 and Katherine Dobson ’15, a musical quintet who performed the evening’s dinner music. Levi Penley ’14, Brittany Patterson ’15 and Cheyenne Eng ’15 provided the program’s entertainment by singing selections from the Reinhardt University Theatre’s spring production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. Visit www.reinhardt.edu/fpac for more details or to purchase tickets for this production, which will be in the Falany Performing Arts Center April 4-6.

“These are exciting and meaningful times for Reinhardt.”

Reinhardt President Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood concluded the evening with special recognition for award recipients and University supporters. “To those who we have recognized this evening….congratulations. Please know your achievements honor us as we appropriately take time to reach out to you and say thank you. I hope you know we are proud of you, and we hope that your university continues to be a part of your life.

“Reinhardt is the most dynamic institution of higher education in the State of Georgia. We are building and growing in every way possible way of that measure of quality can be taken. These are exciting and meaningful times for Reinhardt. But as new students come and graduates students go, as new programs are developed, as new and exciting faculty join us, as new buildings and facilities arise, what I know remains unchanged is the spirit of this wonderful university. We are an institution of relationships that shapes lives and builds futures. No one is unmoved by the Reinhardt experience. We challenge and care and guide people as they find meaning and purpose for their lives. That is as true today as it has always been true.

“We are good and successful because of what all those who have come before us have done, for what our faculty and staff do every day, for the God-graced students who join us every year, and for you what each of you who support us in all we do. Thank you and God bless.”

President Isherwood Announces His Departure Effective June 30, 2015

University President Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood Announces His Departure from Reinhardt Effective June 30, 2015

Dr. Thomas IsherwoodOn March 18, 2014, Reinhardt’s 19th president, Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood, announced he would be leaving the University on June 30, 2015. He was selected as Reinhardt’s president by the institution’s Board of Trustees on April 2, 2002, and he had served in the office since July 1, 2002.

Guiding the University in a positive direction for continued success.

After discussing his decision with the Executive Committee of Reinhardt’s Board of Trustees, he informed the entire board, as well as faculty and staff, via email. “I am very proud of the work we have done together, and I will always be thankful that you have given me the opportunity to serve you and our students,” he said. “Next year will be my 13th at Reinhardt, and I believe it is a good time for change. In 2015 we will be completing our second meaningful five-year plan, and I believe the University is in a positive position for even more success. I am very confident that the announcement of this leadership opportunity will draw interest from excellent and qualified people across the United States.”

“…a focused and effective leader for Reinhardt.”

Board of Trustees Chair William G. Hasty, Jr. commended Isherwood for the job he has done as president. “Tom Isherwood has been a focused and effective leader for Reinhardt,” Hasty said. “During his tenure, even though the economy has made success very difficult to achieve for small private institutions of higher education, Reinhardt has enjoyed increased enrollment, program expansion and loyal financial support. I look forward to continuing this positive momentum as we prepare for a change in senior leadership.”

A presidential search is often a year-long process, which was part of Isherwood’s rationale for an early announcement. “The search for new leadership is one of the most exciting times in the life of an institution,” Isherwood said. “I want to give the Board full advantage of an early announcement so that they have time to engage the entire Reinhardt community in this process. I am confident that the trustees will exercise this responsibility with wisdom and grace.”

Reinhardt has experienced significant growth under Isherwood’s leadership.

Since Isherwood’s arrival, Reinhardt has experienced much growth. Reinhardt’s student body has grown from 1083 to 1402, fund raising has brought in approximately $42.7 million, and at least 20 buildings or facilities have been built or significantly renovated. Academic program offerings have expanded from 17 to 41, the number of full-time faculty has grown from 54 to 80, and the number of intercollegiate sports has grown from 10 to 17. Graduate degree, online programs and a Police Academy have been added, and in 2010, the institution name was changed from Reinhardt College to Reinhardt University.

“When I arrived, Reinhardt did not yet have the program diversity we needed,” Isherwood said. “Our program growth, as well as our offerings for working adults and graduate students, was prompted by faculty creativity and hard work. As we have added faculty, we have looked for caring instructors with solid credentials, creativity and experience – professionals who emphasize a commitment to teaching, mentoring, community service and scholarship. We also invested in the performing arts, athletics and the sciences. Our fund raising successes have made all this expansion possible.”

“I have been humbled and honored to be president.”

Isherwood doesn’t like the word “retire” and doesn’t plan to coast during his remaining months as Reinhardt president. Isherwood and his wife, Bettye Jo, have a home in Big Canoe, Ga., and they plan to remain in the area. “We will continue to be involved in our community,” he said. “We have made wonderful friends and have found Big Canoe to be an exciting and welcoming place to live.”

In his email to faculty and staff he stated, “While we will have time in the next year to reminisce, we will also have a great and busy year as we together prepare the University for the future. I have been humbled and honored to be president of this wonderful place and to serve with you. I plan to leave with energy and enthusiasm.”

Recyclemania Hits Reinhardt!

Recyclemania hits Reinhardt University!

ru greenEntering into week three of an 8-week endeavor, RU Green is working to reduce waste and encourage recycling efforts on Reinhardt University’s campus in Waleska, Ga. Recyclemania kicked off Sunday, Feb. 3, and will continue through Saturday, March 29. Reinhardt is one of more than 600 Colleges competing in the contest from across the country.

Each week Zach White, horticulturist, and RU Green Program Assistants Jasmine Simmons, a junior from Dallas, Ga., and Brent Blackwell, a freshman from Canton, Ga., will measure how much trash is collected in campus dumpsters versus how much is recycled. Also, Reinhardt’s dining services manager Ed Daugherty (Sodexo) and the Gordy Center staff will measure how much waste is thrown away every day during lunch and dinner. The numbers will be reported very soon, so look for more details on www.reinhardt.edu and the RU Green and Reinhardt Student Activities Facebook pages.

“We hope this contest can help us reduce our waste on campus and grow our recycling efforts,”; said White. “We plan to have 2 months of wonderful activities, and we need everyone’s help and support!”

Recyclemania events include:

Speaker Matthew Sleeth – Feb. 10, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Bannister Glasshouse. He is the author of several green books and an international speaker.

2014 Winter Recyclimpic Games – Wed. Feb. 26 in the Bannister Glasshouse from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. – Join us for a fun day of friendly competition among Reinhardt Faculty, staff and students with recyclable materials including: Bowling with Aluminum, Bottle Cap Toss, Slapshot Cardboard Hockey and much more!

Recyclemania March Madness Tournament – Sun. March 9 – Fri. March 15. This is a week-long campus-wide bracket style recycle tournament with two divisions: Soar and Captain Reinhardt. The winning team that recycles the most wins an outdoor cookout!

RU Green Trivia Night – Mon., March 17, time TBA, in the Hasty Student Life Center.

Fort Reinhardt – Thurs., March 27, setup from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and tear down from 4-6 p.m. on the Hasty Student Center Lawn.

“We are planning to have a fun day of creating a huge cardboard fort on our campus made of all cardboard material,” White said. “The current world Record is 3,000 Boxes at Duke University, but we are aiming to build the biggest cardboard fort in Georgia or Cherokee County!”

About RU Green

Established in 2008, the sustainability initiative, RU Green, originated as a student-led effort through the Student Government Association with the support of the administration, faculty and staff. The vision of RU Green is to incorporate the concepts and practices of sustainability into the academic, administrative and daily life of Reinhardt University so the University’s students, faculty and staff act as responsible stewards of the environment. RU Green is a continuing process of integration and will be accomplished through resource management, community education, and increased curricular emphasis.

Enjoy a Night of Musical Comedy on 2/22

Enjoy a Night of Musical Comedy on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at the Falany Performing Arts Center

naturally sharpCommunity members are invited to see “Naturally Sharp,” the Reinhardt Collegiate Chapter of Music Teachers National Association, perform a variety show of original musical comedy, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at the Falany Performing Arts Center on Reinhardt’s campus in Waleska, Ga. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under, and the proceeds will help fund the group’s professional activities, service and community projects.

“You’ll laugh your socks off!”

Susan Naylor, advisor for the Reinhardt Chapter and an associate professor of music, describes the show as “good, clean entertainment for the whole family. It’s a fun way to reach out to the community, to showcase our incredibly talented students, and to raise funds to support their activities.”

Student Performances

Students have key leaderships roles in this production. Kellie Richardson, a senior from Kennesaw, Ga., and Marjorie Saviano, a senior from Acworth, Ga., both music performance majors and co-presidents of “Naturally Sharp,” are directing this year’s show, and Justin Filson, a sophomore music education major from Acworth, Ga., will emcee the evening. Other performers include “Naturally Sharp” members: Tirzah Carroll, Heather Davis, Trent Futch, Kanisha Howard, Rachel Kay, Katie Kemp, Stephanie Kinney, Jessica Lewis, LeeAnn Moore, Holly Nash, David Richards, and Erika Szatmary.

The show consists of ten acts. Included in the line-up will be FPAC’s Got Talent; Diction Class; Misfits Master Class; Piano Studio Class; Itsy-Bitsy, Teeny-Weeny; As a Man Thinketh; Procrastination at the FPAC; Don’t Look at Your Hands; and a couple of surprise acts.

About Naturally Sharp

“Naturally Sharp” is made up of Reinhardt music performance, music education, and sacred music majors and is affiliated with the Georgia Music Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association.

For more information, contact Naylor at sen@reinhardt.edu.

Reinhardt Theatre Presents Much Ado About Nothing, 2/20-2/23,Downtown Canton Theatre

Reinhardt Theatre Presents Much Ado About Nothing, Feb. 20-23 at the Downtown Canton Theatre

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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’s Background

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 boxoffice@reinhardt.edu

Recyclemania Hits Reinhardt!

Recyclemania hits Reinhardt University!

ru greenEntering into week three of an 8-week endeavor, RU Green is working to reduce waste and encourage recycling efforts on Reinhardt University’s campus in Waleska, Ga. Recyclemania kicked off Sunday, Feb. 3, and will continue through Saturday, March 29. Reinhardt is one of more than 600 Colleges competing in the contest from across the country.

Each week Zach White, horticulturist, and RU Green Program Assistants Jasmine Simmons, a junior from Dallas, Ga., and Brent Blackwell, a freshman from Canton, Ga., will measure how much trash is collected in campus dumpsters versus how much is recycled. Also, Reinhardt’s dining services manager Ed Daugherty (Sodexo) and the Gordy Center staff will measure how much waste is thrown away every day during lunch and dinner. The numbers will be reported very soon, so look for more details on www.reinhardt.edu and the RU Green and Reinhardt Student Activities Facebook pages.

“We hope this contest can help us reduce our waste on campus and grow our recycling efforts,”; said White. “We plan to have 2 months of wonderful activities, and we need everyone’s help and support!”

Recyclemania events include:

Speaker Matthew Sleeth – Feb. 10, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Bannister Glasshouse. He is the author of several green books and an international speaker.

2014 Winter Recyclimpic Games – Wed. Feb. 26 in the Bannister Glasshouse from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. – Join us for a fun day of friendly competition among Reinhardt Faculty, staff and students with recyclable materials including: Bowling with Aluminum, Bottle Cap Toss, Slapshot Cardboard Hockey and much more!

Recyclemania March Madness Tournament – Sun. March 9 – Fri. March 15. This is a week-long campus-wide bracket style recycle tournament with two divisions: Soar and Captain Reinhardt. The winning team that recycles the most wins an outdoor cookout!

RU Green Trivia Night – Mon., March 17, time TBA, in the Hasty Student Life Center.

Fort Reinhardt – Thurs., March 27, setup from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and tear down from 4-6 p.m. on the Hasty Student Center Lawn.

“We are planning to have a fun day of creating a huge cardboard fort on our campus made of all cardboard material,” White said. “The current world Record is 3,000 Boxes at Duke University, but we are aiming to build the biggest cardboard fort in Georgia or Cherokee County!”

About RU Green

Established in 2008, the sustainability initiative, RU Green, originated as a student-led effort through the Student Government Association with the support of the administration, faculty and staff. The vision of RU Green is to incorporate the concepts and practices of sustainability into the academic, administrative and daily life of Reinhardt University so the University’s students, faculty and staff act as responsible stewards of the environment. RU Green is a continuing process of integration and will be accomplished through resource management, community education, and increased curricular emphasis.