Alumni News

From (hat tip: Ken Wheeler), news about history major Ari Tatum ’13:

Client success manager secures job during international crisis

This story was produced as part of the WRBL 2020 Summer Intern program

As Americans scramble to keep some semblance of income, the unemployment rates continue to skyrocket across the country. A lot of people are worried for their lives and wellbeing as they seek employment at whatever company is currently hiring. Though many are unsuccessful in their attempts to get hired, there are a few that are fortunate enough to gain a job.

One of the lucky people who has secured a job in the COVID19 era is local Georgia resident Ari Tatum.

Tatum is a graduate of Reindhardt University with degrees in History and Business Marketing. He was also a student athlete for University of Houston’s football team for two years before transferring institutions. He is currently pursuing his MBA at University of Georgia.

This July, Tatum was hired full-time as a client success manager at ServiceTitan. A client success manager is someone who interacts with customers routinely to update them on campaigns or projects and serves as the main point of communication between clients and the company.

Before applying to ServiceTitan, Tatum applied for other jobs, which ultimately led nowhere. Due to the large quantity of applicants trying to get hired as well, he says his application process was very extensive.

“It was tough, man. There were times where I felt discouraged and I was lost in the shuffle. You go through the motions of filling out job applications and going on interviews, only to hear ‘we’re freezing all hiring,’ or you don’t ever hear back from anything,” said Tatum.

Tatum says that the endless cycle of applying everywhere and getting nowhere could take a toll on his confidence and motivation. However, when he applied to ServiceTitan, he felt that the directness of their instructions gave him the drive he needed to not give up.

“It was definitely tough because there were so many unknown factors. But it was nice working and interviewing with ServiceTitan because they were very upfront about everything. They never left you unsure; you knew where you stood and it was nice,” said Tatum.

More at the link. Congratulations, Ari!

Congratulations, Graduates!

This past year has been a little… different, of course. In common with most colleges in the United States, Reinhardt did not hold a graduation ceremony on account of the plague – which meant that I, regretfully, neglected to acknowledge our history graduates on this blog. To rectify this, please allow me to present, and congratulate:

Abigail Merchant.

Caitlin Neighbors.

Joshua Carver.


My former student Danilo Bozovic, now back home in Podgorica, shared this photo of Montenegrin flags in observance of Montenegro’s Independence Day. The referendum of 2006 was held on May 21 in that year, and since independence from Serbia was supported by 55.5% of voters, was followed by a formal declaration of independence on June 3, 2006. But it is the day of the vote that has become a public holiday.

Alumni News

From the Dalton Daily Citizen-News, an announcement about Reinhardt history major Hannah Mayo Harris ’13: 

Coming home: Harris leaving Murray County, returning to Dalton High as head girls basketball coach

Basketball is coming full circle for Hannah Harris.

The Dalton High School graduate is set to return to her alma mater to coach the Lady Catamount basketball program, pending school board approval, according to Dalton High athletics director Jeff McKinney. Harris has been head girls basketball coach at Murray County High School since 2016.

“I’ve taken different paths and different jobs, and ultimately to come back to Dalton High where my basketball career started is special in a lot of ways,” Harris said. “It’s a pretty special opportunity that not everyone gets to have.”

Dalton relieved former coach Brad Beck of his duties last month. He was 22-33 in his two years as head coach.

Congratulations, Hannah, and all best wishes in your new job!

Alumni News

Pleased to have received a visit on Friday from two Reinhardt alumni escaping Hurricane Dorian: Grant Ashton ’19 and David Busman ’17. Mr. Ashton was a history major, while Mr. Busman was an IDS major and a Reinhardt MFA student. Mr. Busman currently works in Naples for Portfolio magazine. Mr. Ashton is preparing to teach English abroad next year.

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Pleased to receive a visit yesterday from Kyle Walker ’17, our history program student of the year from two years ago. Mr. Walker is pursuing an associate’s degree in information technology from Chattahoochee Tech and works for 360 SmartNetworks, a company offering “technology solutions for small business,” particularly in the area of cybersecurity. He enjoys the work very much and is getting married next February. 

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History graduate Hannah Mayo Harris ’13 writes: “This is coming a few days late, but I am so humbled and honored to be recognized by Fellowship of Christian Athletes women’s ministry and Mandy Ledford, who is one of the most loving, awesome, kind, Godly people I have had the pleasure of knowing. I am so glad that God knows what he is doing (far more than I know) because he placed me in career at a school with a program that was exactly where I needed to be. I have been blessed with the very best girls on the planet to coach since I have been at Murray High School, and I am so fortunate to have been surrounded by them! Coaching and walking with God is all about relationships, and I try to demonstrate the importance of those daily. It was even more special to have Jordan speak about me. I pray I get to continue to coach/influence, demonstrate unconditional love and grace, and to help girls find their strength as well as to root their identities in something solid for many more years to come.”

Well done, Hannah!

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Pleased to learn that Reinhardt history major Caleb Land ’06 was named Teacher of the Year at Utopian Academy for the Arts Charter School, where he teaches social studies.

The photo shows Caleb with his wife Emily Land ’06, who writes that he “has been accepted to the University of Georgia and already started on his Masters Program, and this Sunday was installed as a Pastor at our church.”

Wonderful news – congratulations, Caleb!

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Very pleased to have received a visit this afternoon from history major Lara Bowen ’09. Lara is in her fifth year of teaching at Sequoyah High School and now serves as social studies department head. She enjoys her classes on World History and especially AP Human Geography – and she credits her Reinhardt education with her success.

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Very pleased to see Hannah (Mayo) Harris ’13 today in Tarpley Hall. Hannah was a history major and member of Reinhardt’s women’s basketball team while a student, and she now teaches English and coaches basketball at Murray County High School. Hannah is currently completing an online MAT program from Pittsburg State University. She was showing Reinhardt’s campus to one of her students who is hoping to play basketball here.

Thanks for sending people to us, Hannah!