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Will China Impact My Future? Find out at the China Conference April 5

Find out at a Half-Day Conference to be held at Reinhardt University on April 5, 2013

 Register Now

8:30 a.m.
Registration begins  

9 – 9:50 a.m.
Dr. John Garver
“American Pre-eminence and China’s Emergence as a Global Power.”
10 – 10:50 a.m.
Dr. Penny Prime
“Sustaining China’s Growth: New Leaders, New Directions”
11 – 11:50 a.m.
China Rising?
Reinhardt faculty
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
lunch and roundtable discussion
Community Room
W. Frank and Evelyn J. Gordy Center.
Lunch will be free for the first 50 registrants.

Almost every day in a newspaper, on the Internet, or watching television, we encounter China. How important is China economically and politically? Will China continue to grow in importance?  What do we need to know about China to be prepared for the future?

Community members, business owners and political leaders are invited to “China Rising?,” a half-day conference exploring the China of today and tomorrow, at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Ga., on Friday, April 5, 2013. The morning lectures will be held in the Bannister Glass House, Hasty Student Life Center, and are open to the public free of charge.  The concluding panel discussion and luncheon will be in the W. Frank and Evelyn J. Gordy Center, and the first 50 registrants will get a free lunch.

Dr. Curtis G. Lindquist, professor of religion and philosophy at Reinhardt, has spearheaded the event, and he invited the featured speakers — Dr. John W. Garver, a professor with the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and  Dr. Penny Prime, a professor with the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and the director of the China Research Center — because of their expertise in Chinese economic and political life and their decades of first-hand experience in and intensive academic study of China.

“Dr. Penny Prime is a recognized expert on China’s developing economy,” Lindquist said. “She has worked extensively with companies seeking to develop business ties with China. Dr. John Garver is a seasoned political observer and analyst of China’s political life. His more recent interests involve writing and speaking about China in its regional Asian setting.”

John GarverDr. John Garver

Garver has written nine books and more than 100 articles and monographs dealing with Chinese  foreign relations. He has served on the editorial boards of the several journals related to China and is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.  He has directed several university study programs in China and has conducted formal research in a number of Asian countries.  He has received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the U.S. National Academy of Science, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Institute for Pakistan Studies.  Garver has a Ph.D. and M.S. in political science from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Psychology from Oklahoma State University. He has lived in China, traveled widely throughout Eurasia, is fluent in Chinese and has taught that language to his two children.  

Dr. Penny PrimeDr. Penny Prime

Prime has focused her teaching and research on the development of emerging markets, with a particular emphasis on China’s economy and business environment. Her most recent books are “Global Giant: Is China Changing the Rules of the Game?” (co-edited with Eva Paus and Jon Western, Palgrave McMillan, 2009) and “Taiwan’s Democracy: Economic and Political Challenges,” (co-edited with Robert Ash and John W. Garver, Routledge, 2011).
Her experience includes directing study abroad programs; conducting field research in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong; analyzing China’s economy for the Center for International Research at the U.S. Bureau of the Census from 1991-1998; and working with companies on China strategy, business environment, negotiations and cultural understanding.

Prime is also the founder and director of the China Research Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to research and education about contemporary China. Before joining the GSU faculty, Dr. Prime taught at Mercer University, Kennesaw State University, and Carleton College. She earned her Ph.D., and M.A. in Economics at the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Chinese Studies at the University of Denver.

The Year of Program at Reinhardt University

Through the “Year of” program, Reinhardt students, faculty and staff explore a specific region of the world each year.  During the 2012-13 year, the emphasis has been on China.  The Year of program began in 2003.

Will China Impact My Future? Find out at the China Conference April 5

Find out at a Half-Day Conference to be held at Reinhardt University on April 5, 2013

 Register Now

8:30 a.m.
Registration begins  

9 – 9:50 a.m.
Dr. John Garver
“American Pre-eminence and China’s Emergence as a Global Power.”
10 – 10:50 a.m.
Dr. Penny Prime
“Sustaining China’s Growth: New Leaders, New Directions”
11 – 11:50 a.m.
China Rising?
Reinhardt faculty
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
lunch and roundtable discussion
Community Room
W. Frank and Evelyn J. Gordy Center.
Lunch will be free for the first 50 registrants.

Almost every day in a newspaper, on the Internet, or watching television, we encounter China. How important is China economically and politically? Will China continue to grow in importance?  What do we need to know about China to be prepared for the future?

Community members, business owners and political leaders are invited to “China Rising?,” a half-day conference exploring the China of today and tomorrow, at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Ga., on Friday, April 5, 2013. The morning lectures will be held in the Bannister Glass House, Hasty Student Life Center, and are open to the public free of charge.  The concluding panel discussion and luncheon will be in the W. Frank and Evelyn J. Gordy Center, and the first 50 registrants will get a free lunch.

Dr. Curtis G. Lindquist, professor of religion and philosophy at Reinhardt, has spearheaded the event, and he invited the featured speakers — Dr. John W. Garver, a professor with the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and  Dr. Penny Prime, a professor with the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and the director of the China Research Center — because of their expertise in Chinese economic and political life and their decades of first-hand experience in and intensive academic study of China.

“Dr. Penny Prime is a recognized expert on China’s developing economy,” Lindquist said. “She has worked extensively with companies seeking to develop business ties with China. Dr. John Garver is a seasoned political observer and analyst of China’s political life. His more recent interests involve writing and speaking about China in its regional Asian setting.”

John GarverDr. John Garver

Garver has written nine books and more than 100 articles and monographs dealing with Chinese  foreign relations. He has served on the editorial boards of the several journals related to China and is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.  He has directed several university study programs in China and has conducted formal research in a number of Asian countries.  He has received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the U.S. National Academy of Science, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Institute for Pakistan Studies.  Garver has a Ph.D. and M.S. in political science from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Psychology from Oklahoma State University. He has lived in China, traveled widely throughout Eurasia, is fluent in Chinese and has taught that language to his two children.  

Dr. Penny PrimeDr. Penny Prime

Prime has focused her teaching and research on the development of emerging markets, with a particular emphasis on China’s economy and business environment. Her most recent books are “Global Giant: Is China Changing the Rules of the Game?” (co-edited with Eva Paus and Jon Western, Palgrave McMillan, 2009) and “Taiwan’s Democracy: Economic and Political Challenges,” (co-edited with Robert Ash and John W. Garver, Routledge, 2011).
Her experience includes directing study abroad programs; conducting field research in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong; analyzing China’s economy for the Center for International Research at the U.S. Bureau of the Census from 1991-1998; and working with companies on China strategy, business environment, negotiations and cultural understanding.

Prime is also the founder and director of the China Research Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to research and education about contemporary China. Before joining the GSU faculty, Dr. Prime taught at Mercer University, Kennesaw State University, and Carleton College. She earned her Ph.D., and M.A. in Economics at the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Chinese Studies at the University of Denver.

The Year of Program at Reinhardt University

Through the “Year of” program, Reinhardt students, faculty and staff explore a specific region of the world each year.  During the 2012-13 year, the emphasis has been on China.  The Year of program began in 2003.

Will China Impact My Future? Find out at the China Conference April 5

Find out at a Half-Day Conference to be held at Reinhardt University on April 5, 2013

 Register Now

8:30 a.m.
Registration begins  

9 – 9:50 a.m.
Dr. John Garver
“American Pre-eminence and China’s Emergence as a Global Power.”
10 – 10:50 a.m.
Dr. Penny Prime
“Sustaining China’s Growth: New Leaders, New Directions”
11 – 11:50 a.m.
China Rising?
Reinhardt faculty
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
lunch and roundtable discussion
Community Room
W. Frank and Evelyn J. Gordy Center.
Lunch will be free for the first 50 registrants.

Almost every day in a newspaper, on the Internet, or watching television, we encounter China. How important is China economically and politically? Will China continue to grow in importance?  What do we need to know about China to be prepared for the future?

Community members, business owners and political leaders are invited to “China Rising?,” a half-day conference exploring the China of today and tomorrow, at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Ga., on Friday, April 5, 2013. The morning lectures will be held in the Bannister Glass House, Hasty Student Life Center, and are open to the public free of charge.  The concluding panel discussion and luncheon will be in the W. Frank and Evelyn J. Gordy Center, and the first 50 registrants will get a free lunch.

Dr. Curtis G. Lindquist, professor of religion and philosophy at Reinhardt, has spearheaded the event, and he invited the featured speakers — Dr. John W. Garver, a professor with the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and  Dr. Penny Prime, a professor with the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and the director of the China Research Center — because of their expertise in Chinese economic and political life and their decades of first-hand experience in and intensive academic study of China.

“Dr. Penny Prime is a recognized expert on China’s developing economy,” Lindquist said. “She has worked extensively with companies seeking to develop business ties with China. Dr. John Garver is a seasoned political observer and analyst of China’s political life. His more recent interests involve writing and speaking about China in its regional Asian setting.”

John GarverDr. John Garver

Garver has written nine books and more than 100 articles and monographs dealing with Chinese  foreign relations. He has served on the editorial boards of the several journals related to China and is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.  He has directed several university study programs in China and has conducted formal research in a number of Asian countries.  He has received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the U.S. National Academy of Science, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Institute for Pakistan Studies.  Garver has a Ph.D. and M.S. in political science from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Psychology from Oklahoma State University. He has lived in China, traveled widely throughout Eurasia, is fluent in Chinese and has taught that language to his two children.  

Dr. Penny PrimeDr. Penny Prime

Prime has focused her teaching and research on the development of emerging markets, with a particular emphasis on China’s economy and business environment. Her most recent books are “Global Giant: Is China Changing the Rules of the Game?” (co-edited with Eva Paus and Jon Western, Palgrave McMillan, 2009) and “Taiwan’s Democracy: Economic and Political Challenges,” (co-edited with Robert Ash and John W. Garver, Routledge, 2011).
Her experience includes directing study abroad programs; conducting field research in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong; analyzing China’s economy for the Center for International Research at the U.S. Bureau of the Census from 1991-1998; and working with companies on China strategy, business environment, negotiations and cultural understanding.

Prime is also the founder and director of the China Research Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to research and education about contemporary China. Before joining the GSU faculty, Dr. Prime taught at Mercer University, Kennesaw State University, and Carleton College. She earned her Ph.D., and M.A. in Economics at the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Chinese Studies at the University of Denver.

The Year of Program at Reinhardt University

Through the “Year of” program, Reinhardt students, faculty and staff explore a specific region of the world each year.  During the 2012-13 year, the emphasis has been on China.  The Year of program began in 2003.

Reinhardt MAT Cohort Utilizes Skype Technology in Classroom Instruction

Master of Arts in Teaching Cohort Utilizes Skype Technology in Classroom Instruction

MAT CohortFive members of a Reinhardt Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) cohort sit together conversing before class starts for the day. A large projection screen is stretched across the front of the room, with a camera pointed in their direction. It’s 2 p.m. and class has now officially started, but there’s no class instructor in sight. Within minutes, a ringing sound can be heard throughout the classroom and up pops the face of Dr. Georgann Toop, assistant professor of education, on the screen. She is miles away from  her pre-service teaching students, but is able to allow them the opportunity to collaborate, interact and learn from a group of fifth graders in the STEM Academy at Clark Creek Elementary School.

A community of learners.

“For my course EDU 565: Science Inquiry Based Learning, Skyping created an opportunity for Reinhardt’s pre-service education students from both campuses – Main and North Fulton – to come together as a community of learners to virtually visit the Clark Creek Elementary STEM Academy within Cherokee County School District (CCSD),” said Toop. “These master level education students were able to observe students in a STEM lab completing robotics lessons. Yes…we were using technology to observe students use technology to build robotics and make them animated! I felt it was critical for the pre-service students to keep up with the current changes that are taking place in technology and science education that are offered in so few schools thus far.”

MAT Skype“Technology should play a vital role in the classroom.”

With up to 80% of all jobs now being created in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), the understanding, use and real-world application or integration of technological skills will play a pivotal role in student’s lives; therefore, Toop has embraced the BYOLD (Bring Your Own Learning Device) Model and is incorporating more technology into her courses.

“Technology should play a vital role in meeting the needs of all our students from pre-service teachers at Reinhardt who are preparing to enter the teaching profession down to kindergartners at the elementary level—especially in the world of their future!” said Toop. “In order for our Reinhardt graduates to be successful in the workforce, we must provide them experiences with more advanced technology so that they, along with K-12 grade students, will be prepared for successful participation in our 21st Century global society.”

Opportunities to observe, interact and share.

MAT SkypeThe hour-long Skype session gave opportunities for the Reinhardt MAT students to observe the elementary students completing their robotics projects, ask critical, thought-provoking questions of students and the STEM/classroom teachers, and for the Clark Creek teachers and students to share their expertise on STEM concepts and its real world applications.

“Within a short period of time and although miles apart, both Reinhardt and Clark Creek students went from not knowing one another to observing, interacting, learning, and collaborating with each other,” Toop said. “Skyping is a very easy way for us to collaborate with others be it talking to experts, observing students work on projects in a classroom setting, asking teachers questions or sharing ideas and creating wonderful learning experiences with educators from around the globe.”

Making education accessible through the use of technology.

Skyping is just one way to make education accessible through the use of technology. By modeling the implementation of Skyping in the classroom, the Reinhardt MAT students now know the power of this 21st century technology: it removes the barriers they may run into to communicate or connect to schools and classrooms within our own county or around the world and offers a plethora of learning opportunities not available in previous years.

Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood Education at Reinhardt

Approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC), the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program in Early Childhood Education at Reinhardt is designed for college graduates with undergraduate degrees in fields other than education who are planning a career in the teaching profession and are seeking initial certification. Completion of the MAT program leads to a master’s degree and recommendation for a Georgia Level 5 Certificate in Early Childhood (P-5) Education.

Designed for adult students, classes are offered in the evening through face-to-face or online delivery at two locations—the  North Fulton Center in Alpharetta and the Main Campus in Waleska (northwestern Cherokee County). Students complete two classes (six hours) during each 8-Week Session, earning a total of 12 hours per semester. Created as a Cohort Model—one group of students takes all their courses together—the program takes three semesters (fall/spring; fall) to complete coursework, then one semester (spring) of full-time student teaching after all coursework is completed.

About Reinhardt University

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

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

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

Exciting Changes on the horizon for Reinhardt in 2013

Exciting Changes on the Horizon in 2013 for Reinhardt University

The New Year will bring many changes to Reinhardt University. From expanding degree offerings to adding a new sports program to improving the campus landscape, positive changes are happening in and around the University for 2013.

“I believe Reinhardt University is the most dynamic institution of learning in the State of Georgia,” said Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood. “With our largest enrollment ever, three new residence halls, new music and science buildings, new sports programs, and new and expanding academic programs, we are moving forward in such a positive direction, and that’s very exciting.”

New Academic Programs

Bachelor of Healthcare Administration, BHA

Several new degrees programs will soon be offered to students. The Bachelor in Healthcare Administration is an online degree completion program designed to meet the needs of the non-traditional student. Classes a will begin in January 2013.

“Reinhardt’s program in health care administration responds to those needs by preparing students who already have an associate degree or the equivalent college credit to move up within their current organization to administration positions,” said Phil Unger, healthcare administration program coordinator. “It also allows those working or moving into the healthcare field to earn a bachelor’s degree in healthcare.”

For more information about the bachelor of healthcare administration, BHA >

Master of Public Administration, MPA

Reinhardt’s proposal for a Master of Public Administration program with a concentration in Criminal Justice is currently under the review by Reinhardt’s regional accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities (SACS), for accreditation. If approved, the MPA program is slated to begin fall 2013. Prospective students are encouraged to begin submitting application materials, and the $25 application fee will be waived for applicants who have submitted all their application materials before May 1, 2013. For more information on the MPA program >

football scrimmageFootball and Marching Band to Take the Field

Intercollegiate Football Games Begin in Fall 2013

Reinhardt’s football program began this year with 140 players, and although not in official competition until fall 2013, the team has began practicing and scrimmaging.

The new 22,000 square-foot Athletic Field House, which was completed this past September, houses the locker room and offices for the football team and its coaches, along with the baseball, softball and men’s and women’s soccer teams and coaches. It also has a 4,800 square-foot weight room, an athletic training area, a concession stand and an outdoor plaza. For more details about Reinhardt Athletics, visit

Marching Band

Also taking the field next fall is Reinhardt’s inaugural marching band. Reinhardt Marching Band Director Freddie Martin hopes to recruit 85 to 100 instrumentalists for the fall 2013 start, with those numbers increasing each year. In early spring a “Marching Eagle Day” will welcome potential student musicians who are interested in being part of the band program. Look for more information to be provided on the Reinhardt website soon.

Building and Campus Enhancements

New Science Building

Many construction projects are underway to improve the learning environment and enhance the beauty of Reinhardt’s campus. In its beginning stages, an addition to the Samuel C. Dobbs Science Hall is currently under construction. The more than 12,000 square-feet of additional space, the renovation of the existing space and the new equipment and technology will make the Dobbs complex a current and effective environment for the instruction of science. The $4.2 million needed to construct this building was raised from donors and foundations.

Two New Residence Halls

Construction will begin soon for two new residence halls that will be part of the Hubbard Hall complex. These two halls will add bed space for 92 more students and bring Reinhardt’s on-campus housing capacity to 692 students. These premier housing rooms are done in the same design as Hubbard Hall and should be available for student occupancy in August 2013.

campus signNew Monument Sign

To better represent the beauty of our campus and the dynamic nature of what the University has become, a new Reinhardt University monument sign is under construction at the intersection of 108 and 140. The project is being funded by The Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia and will be completed for the return of students in January.

Future Project: Black Box Theatre

Architect Garland Reynolds has worked with theatre faculty and school deans to design a building to house the Reinhardt Theatre Program. Located adjacent to Lake Mullenix, the facility would contain a black box theater, that would hold approximately 120 guests, and instruction and workshop space.

“The goal is to create a plan from which a drawing can be done so we can begin the process of fundraising,” said Isherwood. “It is part of our present capital campaign and, hopefully, in the next couple of years, we will be successful in raising the approximately $4 million we will need for the theater’s construction.”

Reinhardt Closed on Labor Day

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

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

 ”University Closed” means:

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

For additional details, please see the complete holiday listing >

 

Reinhardt Launches Online Degree Completion Program in Health Care Administration

Reinhardt Launches Online Degree Completion Program in Health Care Administration

The health care field is one of the largest economic sectors in the American economy, and it’s growing at a rapid pace. With constant changes in health care technology, regulations and knowledge, those in the field need solid management skill-sets. As a result, Reinhardt University introduces a bachelor’s degree completion program in HealthCare Administration with classes to begin January 2013. This online program is designed to meet the needs of the non-traditional student. 

Prepares students for a future career.

“Reinhardt’s program in health care administration responds to those needs by preparing students who already have an associate degree or the equivalent college credit to move up within their current organization to administration positions,” said Phil Unger, program coordinator. “It also allows those working or moving into the health care field to earn a bachelor’s degree in health care.”

Transfer up to 72 previously earned credits.

The 51- credit program also offers an attractive option for students from area technical schools who want to complete their Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Administration. The University has articulation agreements with several area technical schools that allow students the advantage of transferring up to 72 credits into the program.

Flexibility, convenience and quality degree programming.

“Flexibility, convenience and quality degree programming underscore the basic needs of the adult learner. Students have clear advantages in the program,” said Unger. “They can complete the course work in 18 months, and they learn from instructors who have the academic and professional experience to teach subject matter in the health care field. Another positive aspect of the program is that even though the program is online, students will still have ample opportunities to communicate with faculty.”

Contact us!

Students enrolled in the program also receive an iPad and electronic textbooks to assure the seamless delivery of course content and other materials. For information about the program, visit www.reinhardt.edu or contact Ray Schumacher, admissions counselor, at 770-720-9191 or RES@reinhardt.edu

Reinhardt Launches Online Degree Completion Program in Criminal Justice

Reinhardt Launches Online Degree Completion Program in Criminal Justice

Flexibility, convenience and quality degree programming underscore the basic needs of the adult learner. As a result, Reinhardt University introduces a bachelor’s degree completion program in Criminal Justice with classes to begin on August 6, 2012. This online program is designed to meet the needs of the non-traditional student.

Flexible Schedule

The bachelor’s degree has become the standard for many entry-level positions and a necessity for those who plan to advance in their careers in public safety or those students motivated by potential salary increase and promotion opportunities. “With no requirement that you log in at any specific day or time, our online program is designed to fit the working adult’s scheduling needs. The program prepares students with critical thinking skills, enhanced decision making capabilities, and a broad Criminal Justice knowledge base,” said Program Coordinator and retired Sheriff’s Captain Ron Applin.

Degree Completion

The 51- credit program also offers an attractive option for students from area technical schools who want to complete their bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. The University has articulation agreements with several area technical schools that allow students the advantage of transferring up to 72 credits into the program.

Experienced Faculty

“Students have clear advantages in the program,” said Applin. “They can complete the course work in 18 months and they learn from instructors who not only have the academic credentials but years of practical experience, so they gain insight and understanding from the real field experts.”

Contact Us

Students enrolled in the program also receive an iPad and electronic textbooks to assure the seamless delivery of course content and other materials. For information about the program, contact 770-720-5999 or CJ@reinhardt.edu or visit http://www.reinhardtcj.com/.