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Leaves of Gold Essay Contest Winners Congratulated

Leaves of Gold Essay Contest at Reinhardt University Congratulates Winners

alex bryant tirzah carroll
jessie reed brittany hayes

Four students took top honors in Reinhardt University’s Leaves of Gold Essay Contest held in late fall semester. The contest was sponsored by the collaborative efforts of the Student Government Association and the School of Arts and Humanities.

“…counted among the student’s greatest achievements.”

“This essay contest promised to display the artistic abilities of many students at Reinhardt,” said Casey Robinson, SGA secretary. “As a major sponsor for the essay contest, SGA wanted to see Reinhardt’s  students soar to their highest potential. Academic recognition in opportunities such as this are vital and should be counted among a student’s greatest achievements.”

Essay Winners

Alex Bryant (top left) a senior business major from Canton, Ga., took top honors for his essay, “Commercial Space Travel: Liberty and Opportunity.” Tirzah Carroll (top right), a junior music major from Ringgold, Ga., placed second with her essay, “The Value of Mercy.” Taking third place was Jessie Reed (bottom left), a freshman communications major from Ball Ground, Ga., with her essay, “The Lucky One.” Honorable Mention went to Brittney Hayes (bottom right), a freshman digital art and graphic design major from Fairmount, Ga., for her essay, “Marvel’s Avengers: An Inspiration.”

The winning submissions are posted on the Reinhardt University website (reinhardt.edu), will appear in the University’s literary magazine, Sanctuary, which is managed by Reinhardt Honors Program Coordinator Dr. Donna Coffey, and are available for reading in the Hill Freeman Library & Spruill Learning Center on Reinhardt’s campus in Waleska, Ga.

Judges and Benefactors

The contest was judged by Reinhardt faculty members Dr. Theresa Ast, interdisciplinary studies program coordinator and professor of history; Dr. Margaret Morlier, associate vice president for Graduate Studies and professor of English; and third-party judge Marcia K. Smith, a published and well-known author. Benefactors of this contest included Anton J. Zellman, who presented each of the winners with a copy of his book “I Read Minds—and So Do You,”  and Joan McFather, a resident of Canton, Ga., who sponsored the first place prize with a very generous donation.

Year of Germany Academic Scholarship Competition

Year of Germany Academic Scholarship Competition!

The Year of Germany Committee is pleased to announce a scholarship competition for all eligible Reinhardt Students in each of the Academic Schools:

School of Arts & Humanities
School of Mathematics & Sciences
School of Performing Arts
McCamish School of Business
Price School of Education

*Scholarship funds of $800 will be awarded to each School to allocate as needed.

Competition Details

Scholarship topic area: Germany/German culture

Format:  Determined by individual academic schools

Eligibility:  Competition open to all Reinhardt undergraduate students who will be returning fall 2014. Students are eligible for one Year of Germany scholarship only.

Entry Deadline:  March 10, 2014 (all Schools except Arts & Humanities, which will require a researched presentation on March 20 – all A & H students planning to participate must notify the school by February 28)

Announcement of Winners:  March 21, 2014

Scholarship Winner Presentations:  Covocation of Artists & Scholars week – March 30- April 2, 2014

For more information, please contact the dean of your associated School.
 
 

Leaves of Gold Essay Contest Winners Congratulated

Leaves of Gold Essay Contest at Reinhardt University Congratulates Winners

alex bryant tirzah carroll
jessie reed brittany hayes

Four students took top honors in Reinhardt University’s Leaves of Gold Essay Contest held in late fall semester. The contest was sponsored by the collaborative efforts of the Student Government Association and the School of Arts and Humanities.

“…counted among the student’s greatest achievements.”

“This essay contest promised to display the artistic abilities of many students at Reinhardt,” said Casey Robinson, SGA secretary. “As a major sponsor for the essay contest, SGA wanted to see Reinhardt’s  students soar to their highest potential. Academic recognition in opportunities such as this are vital and should be counted among a student’s greatest achievements.”

Essay Winners

Alex Bryant (top left) a senior business major from Canton, Ga., took top honors for his essay, “Commercial Space Travel: Liberty and Opportunity.” Tirzah Carroll (top right), a junior music major from Ringgold, Ga., placed second with her essay, “The Value of Mercy.” Taking third place was Jessie Reed (bottom left), a freshman communications major from Ball Ground, Ga., with her essay, “The Lucky One.” Honorable Mention went to Brittney Hayes (bottom right), a freshman digital art and graphic design major from Fairmount, Ga., for her essay, “Marvel’s Avengers: An Inspiration.”

The winning submissions are posted on the Reinhardt University website (reinhardt.edu), will appear in the University’s literary magazine, Sanctuary, which is managed by Reinhardt Honors Program Coordinator Dr. Donna Coffey, and are available for reading in the Hill Freeman Library & Spruill Learning Center on Reinhardt’s campus in Waleska, Ga.

Judges and Benefactors

The contest was judged by Reinhardt faculty members Dr. Theresa Ast, interdisciplinary studies program coordinator and professor of history; Dr. Margaret Morlier, associate vice president for Graduate Studies and professor of English; and third-party judge Marcia K. Smith, a published and well-known author. Benefactors of this contest included Anton J. Zellman, who presented each of the winners with a copy of his book “I Read Minds—and So Do You,”  and Joan McFather, a resident of Canton, Ga., who sponsored the first place prize with a very generous donation.

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 www.reinhardt.edu/FPAC to keep up-to-date on all School of Performing Arts productions.

Admissions Web Section Earns Top Ranking


Reinhardt Admissions Web Section Ranked Top in the Nation

medallionReinhardt is pleased to announce that its Office of Admission’s section on the University’s website is among the most highly rated in the country, scoring in the top 100 of all admissions sites rated. The section was recognized in the 15th annual My College Options® Enrollment Power Index® (EPI), an analysis of the admissions websites of nearly 3,000 colleges and universities. 

“We are proud to have our admissions web section recognized by My College Options as one of the leading web sections in the nation,” said Julie Fleming, director of admission. “We developed our web pages with the knowledge that potential students would be looking here for critical admissions information.”

admissions webTop 3 Admissions Topics Important to Students

Since the technology for admissions websites is constantly changing, so are the expectations of the prospective students who visit looking for information. This year’s research revealed three items that are rising in importance to students:

• List of academic programs/majors
• Financial aid information
• Ability to contact admissions via Facebook

“The website continues to be our top source for students entering our system,” Fleming said. “For fall 2013, we had 44.4% of our new class have the website as their first source—this includes completing our on-line application.”

Categories Assessed for Web Section/Site Rankings

MyCollegeOptions.org is the nation’s largest online college planning program. Every summer its staff of college admissions and internet experts conducts a research-based analysis that measures how well college and university websites provide information to prospective students to assist them through the application process. Of the post-secondary institutions whose sites were graded, less than 45% earned a score of A or B.  

The study grades institutions on a 100 point scale, including functionality, design and technology components. The criteria for the study is reviewed and updated annually by internal experts as well as current high school students. Statistical tests are used to determine the specific EPI criteria to be used and their relative importance to students in college planning. This year’s study examined 36 criteria in four main categories:

• Ability to Find Desired Information
• Personal Contact with Admissions Staff and Students
• Online Interactive Tools
• Website Design and Navigation

Additional information on the EPI study is available at www.nrccua.org/epi-report.

About My College Options

My College Options® is the nation’s largest college planning program and is operated by the National Research Center for College & University Admissions™.  For over 40 years, this non-profit educational research organization, based in Lee’s Summit, MO, has served as the primary link between high school students and colleges, universities, and the resources they need to succeed. Visit www.mycollegeoptions.org.

 

Jeff Clemmons ’93 to Discuss His Book—Rich’s: A Southern Institution, Nov. 6

Reinhardt Alumnus Jeff Clemmons to Speak on His New Book—Rich’s: A Southern Institution

Clemmons
Clemmons book cover

Clemmons’ Profile; Book Cover—Rich’s: A Southern Institution

In 1867, less than three years after the Civil War left the city in ruins, Hungarian Jewish immigrant Morris Rich opened a small dry goods store on what is now Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta. Over time, his brothers Emanuel and Daniel joined the business; within a century, it became a retailing dynasty.

Event Details—Wed., Nov. 6, at 6 p.m., Library-3rd Floor

Join historian and Reinhardt alumnus Jeff Clemmons ’93 on Wed., Nov. 6, at 6 p.m., on the third floor of Reinhardt’s Hill Freeman Library and Spruill Learning Center as he traces Rich’s 137-year history through his new book, Rich’s: A Southern Institution. Refreshments will be served, and Clemmons will be available for book signing. This event is open to the community.

Recounting the History of a Treasured Southern Institution

As explained on the book’s back cover… “For the first time, learn the true stories behind Penelope Penn, Fashionata, The Great Tree, the Pink Pig, Rich’s famous coconut cake and much more, including how events at the downtown Atlanta store helped John F. Kennedy become America’s thirty-fifth president. With an eye for accuracy and exacting detail, Clemmons recounts the complete history of this treasured southern institution.” The book is available for purchase on Amazon.com in hardcover, paperback or Kindle versions.

Clemmons’ Background

Clemmons lives in suburban Atlanta. He has a degree in business administration from Reinhardt and a degree in creative writing and theater from Georgia State University. He created and leads walking tours of the Midtown and SoNo districts of Atlanta for the Atlanta Preservation Center, and serves on the board of the APC’s auxiliary group, CIRCA, which offers its members private tours of some of metropolitan Atlanta’s most interesting historical structures.

Contact for More Information

For more information about this event, please contact Lauren Thomas, media relations coordinator, at 770-720-5514 or LHT@reinhardt.edu

YOG Film Series: The Masterworks of the German Horror Cinema, Oct. 25 at 3 p.m.

Year of Germany Film Series: The Masterworks of the German Horror Cinema

Oct. 25 at 3 p.m., Library Media Room

Attend a screening of the Masterworks of the German Horror Cinema as part of the Year of Germany Film Series. This special showing will be Oct. 25, at 3 p.m., in the Library Media Room.

Source: Amazon.com

Three seminal works in one package make this an ideal choice for film buffs and horror fans. The Masterworks of the German Horror Cinema contains three influential masterpieces from the early 1920s: The Golem, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, and Nosferatu. All three films are excellent, and their influence on later works, most notably Frankenstein, is clear. Nosferatu, directly plagiarized from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, is by far the scariest of the three. Max Schreck’s bizarre, creepy performance as the vampire is still surprisingly effective. The Golem is a retelling of the Jewish legend of a rabbi who dabbles in the black arts to protect the inhabitants of the ghetto. He makes a man of clay and brings him to life, with dire results. Though all three have gorgeous images, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, the tale of a mysterious mesmerist, is the most interesting as a prime example of German expressionism. The swooping, distorted sets are brilliantly nightmarish. The three silent films are best enjoyed with the volume turned all the way down. While The Golem is presented in silence, by far the most satisfying option, the music soundtrack tacked onto Caligari is unnecessary at best, and the score Nosferatu has been saddled with is absolutely dunderheaded. Bonus material includes stills and poster art from all three films and a clip from the lost film Genuine: A Tale of a Vampire. –Ali Davis

American soldiers remember the concentration camps in release by Dr. Theresa Ast

American soldiers remember the concentration camps in recent release by Dr. Theresa Ast

Ast Book“Confronting the Holocaust: American Soldiers Liberate Concentration Camps” a monograph about American military personnel who entered the Nazi concentration camps in Spring 1945, was released by  Theresa Ast, Ph.D.,  professor of history at Reinhardt University.

Speaking of the GI experience Dr. Ast wrote, “American soldiers were not prepared emotionally or psychologically for the enormous human suffering and degradation they witnessed. Viewing the camp atrocities and being exposed to the full extent of Nazi barbarism was a watershed experience for many soldiers.” She published her research because of continued interest in the Holocaust, knowing there will soon be no living witness to the liberation of the camps.

After surviving both the Nazi and Soviet invasions, the Polish side of her family emigrated to America in 1949. Not surprisingly, World War II and the Holocaust are central to Dr. Ast’s teaching, research, and writing. She earned an M.A and Ph.D. in Modern European History at Emory University in Atlanta.

Dr. Ast has made numerous presentations on the Holocaust at a variety of scholarly conferences, including the Mid-America Conference on History, Southern Historical Association, Tennessee Holocaust Studies Conference, West Point Association of Atlanta, Association for Core Texts and Courses, and the Georgia Association of Historians. She was also a Fellow of the U.S. Army Center of Military History in Washington, DC, and the Witness to the Holocaust Project at Emory University. 

“Confronting the Holocaust: American Soldiers Liberate Concentration Camps,” is available through Amazon

Year of Germany: Oktoberfest, Oct. 17, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Donor Plaza

Year of Germany Presents: Oktoberfest!

October 17, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Donor Plaza

From the 22nd of September, millions of people will travel to Munich, like every year, to attend the world’s largest fair. Until the 7th of October, Munich will once again be hosting the Oktoberfest, which boasts a long tradition. It first took place in 1810, when Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) married Princess Therese of Bavaria. To celebrate the royal wedding, a horse race was held in an open space which is now called the Theresienwiese, named after the bride Princess Therese. It is truly a festival of superlatives with 6.9 million visitors in 2011 alone. Over the years, Oktoberfest has developed many traditions and it is quite an experience. (cited from OxfordDictionaries.com)

Come and find out how we celebrate Oktoberfest at Reinhardt, Oct. 17, from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., at the Donor Plaza. Celebrate this special time of year with games, food and lots of fun!

Club and Organization participation is still needed!

Year of Germany is inviting all groups, clubs, classes, departments, residence halls/floors, teams, honor societies, or groups of friends to participate in this year’s Oktoberfest! We are looking for informational booths relating to Germany, such as German culture, literature, art, businesses – whatever is relevant to your area of interest.

Oktoberfest will also have a fun fair with games if you’d prefer. Root beer pong is already planned, so get creative!

Please submit your ideas to mhd@reinhardt.edu as soon as possible!

 

YOG Film Series: The Lives of Others, Sept. 27 at 3 p.m., Library Media Room

 

YOG Film Series: The Lives of Others

Upcoming Screenings:

Oct. 25The Masterworks of the German Horror Cinemna

Nov. 15Mostly Martha

 

Sept. 27, at 3 p.m., Library Media Room

Attend a screening of The Lives of Others as part of the Year of Germany Film Series. This special showing will be Sept. 27, at 3 p.m., in the Library Media Room.

Source: Wikipedia.com

The Lives of Others (German: Das Leben der Anderen) is a 2006 German drama film, marking the feature film debut of filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, about the monitoring of East Berlin by agents of the Stasi, the GDR’s secret police. It stars Ulrich Mühe as Stasi Captain Gerd Wiesler, Ulrich Tukur as his boss Anton Grubitz, Sebastian Koch as the playwright Georg Dreyman, and Martina Gedeck as Dreyman’s lover, a prominent actress named Christa-Maria Sieland.

“The film was released in Germany on 23 March 2006. At the same time, the screenplay was published by Suhrkamp Verlag. The Lives of Others won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film had earlier won seven Deutscher Filmpreis awards—including those for best film, best director, best screenplay, best actor, and best supporting actor—after setting a new record with 11 nominations. It was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 64th Golden Globe Awards.”