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.”
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 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
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.
New 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.”