Opening Worship Ceremony to focus on new year for students

By Erika Neldner

Welcoming students and starting the school year off on the right path with God is the focus of a longstanding tradition of Waleska United Methodist Church and Reinhardt University.

The annual Opening Worship Service will be held Aug. 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Falany Performing Arts Center. A reception will follow in the FPAC atrium. Childcare will be provided for infants and toddlers at Hagan Chapel during the service.

Crossaltered“The beginning of the school year is a great time to reflect on the place of God in their life, in their education and in their future. It is a great time to extend a welcome to the students in the context of worship,” said the Rev. Tim Emmett, pastor of Waleska UMC. “I see this service as a great opportunity both to encourage the students (“God is with you!”) and to challenge the students (“Are you with God?”). The same, of course, is true of the non-students in the sanctuary. We, too, need that affirmation and that challenge.”

While the service is focused on students starting the school year, the community is welcome to attend to pray for a successful and safe school year for the students, faculty and staff of Reinhardt University.

The worship service is led by Emmett and the Rev. Ted Goshorn, University Minister to Students.

“The importance of this service is to demonstrate the unity we have in our relationship with God as a community,” Goshorn said. “I will be focused on God’s calling for us, so we can remember that we do not live for ourselves but we live for others – and that God has called and directed us in ways to make the world look more like heaven.”

Goshorn said this year’s service will include participation from students, who will offer prayer and read from Scripture.

In addition, traditional hymns will be sung, and the Reinhardt University Choir will share their talents of worship in song.

“It’s a nice blending of traditional hymns with what the University choir brings to the service,” Emmett said.

Goshorn said he hopes to see a strong turnout of people who want to worship the Lord and pray for Reinhardt.

“It is a chance to be reminded as to why we are here and the importance of work we have to do,” he said of the service.

RU Police Academy grad starts new role in Woodstock, continues mission of service

By Erika Neldner

A sworn police officer who took her oath shortly after graduating from the Police Academy at Reinhardt University is expanding her horizons as the new public information officer for the city of Woodstock. In addition, the RU graduate has been named a Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch.


Brittany Duncan

Brittany Duncan, of Canton, graduated from the Police Academy at Reinhardt University in 2011. She started with Woodstock Police in 2007 as an administrative assistant. She later was named public information officer for the city police department and became a certified police officer.

As the city has grown so has the need for a citywide spokesperson, and now Duncan will be the go-to person for inquiries for the city and all of its departments, including public safety.

“I am excited and humbled for the opportunity to serve the city I love in this capacity,” Duncan said.

Duncan, in her role with the police department, also served as a reserve unit police officer, something she will continue to do.


Brittany Duncan is pictured with children she served during a 2013 mission trip with Be Free Revolution.


Brittany Duncan works with a child during her 2013 mission trip with Be Free Revolution. Duncan left for her second mission trip with the organization to Kenya on Aug. 10.

She said her training at Reinhardt helped her excel in her career and she regularly applied her classroom knowledge to real-world experience.

“By graduating from Reinhardt’s Police Academy, I feel as though it has prepared me to be more knowledgeable in local government, state law and case law,” she said. “Applying what I learned in the classroom through real-life scenarios in the Police Academy really prepared me with a better understanding. I am grateful for the staff and instruction I received.”

Duncan embodies the Reinhardt mission in her daily life. A regular giver and kind-hearted person, Duncan has a heart for service. On Aug. 10, she left for her second mission trip to Kenya with Be Free Revolution.

There she is mentoring young children in the villages and working with the adults who struggle for each meal for their families on a daily basis.

“Our mission is to help others help themselves. Through this, we want to empower, counsel, and educate children to dream to be something,” Duncan said. “While in Kenya, I will serve the children of Wings of Life (a school located in Kibera, one of the world’s largest slums) and also serve the children of Pehucci Orphanage.  Along with providing food, clothing, and other basic necessities, we will also take them to camp Ignite where they will have the opportunity to have fun and be kids.”

Instilling hope and strong self-esteem in the people who live in the slums in Africa is a large part of the mission.

“We hope they gain self-confidence and motivation to achieve dreams while at camp,” she said. “When I went to Kenya for the first time in 2013, I shared with the children that I was a police officer in America. The children said ‘but you’re a girl’ and I told them that girls can be anything they want to be. To them, I think I became an instant super hero in their eyes. But, I hope that my graduation from Reinhardt’s Police Academy and then my serving as a Reserve Police Officer in Woodstock shows the children of Kenya that you can really be and achieve anything you want.”

Duncan is a strong representative of what Reinhardt instills in each of its students by her dedication to her job, community and international service. In addition to her international missions and daily work with the City of Woodstock, Duncan also serves on the Woodstock Public Safety Foundation as its secretary and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and serves on its Government Affairs Committee. In addition to the Chamber’s Top 10 in 10 award Duncan received in June, she has been honored twice as the Woodstock Police Department Civilian of the Year (2009 and 2010), and in 2016, she was given the Tessa Basford Community Service Award.

Reinhardt welcomes newly elected Trustee Kevin Williams

Cherokee County Chick-fil-A owner/operator, Kevin Williams, has been elected to the Reinhardt University Board of Trustees.

Williams is the owner/operator of two Chick-fil-A locations in Canton. He brings experience in business and business development as well as in nonprofit service including his previous role as chairman of the Chick-fil-A Atlanta Marketing Board and his service with the Cherokee County Educational Foundation.

Kevin Williams Operator

Kevin Williams has been elected to the Reinhardt Board of Trustees. He is the owner/operator of two Chick-fil-A locations in Canton.

“I am excited to be a part of the incredible work being done at Reinhardt University and working with students, faculty and other board members,” Williams said. “I have found that working together we can accomplish so much more when we inspire each other to be at our best.  I love the combination of creativity and energy that is found at Reinhardt University and look forward to growing together.”

Williams has been a supporter of Reinhardt by offering experiences to students including a trip to Chick-fil-A headquarters in Atlanta he helped facilitate for RU business students last semester.

“Mr. Williams will bring great ideas and knowledge to the Board of Trustees,” said Board of Trustees Chairman Billy Hasty. “His experience in business development, leadership and community services shows that his insight will benefit the Board and the University as it continues to grow, offers new programs and develops more as a community under the leadership of Dr. Kina S. Mallard.”

Williams, of Canton, has served at Birmingham United Methodist Church as a middle school mentor for eight years, and he worked with MUST Ministries’ “Project Feed the 5,000.” In addition, he taught leadership in Kenya, Ukraine and Nicaragua through Winshape International. Other community service experience includes Care for Kids, the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, YMCA and Cherokee FOCUS. He also serves as a Partner in Education.

Williams holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Georgia (concentration in management information systems). He is married to Gwen Williams and they have four children, Mary Nell, Terry, Kate and Elizabeth.

Also joining the Board in an ex-officio capacity are: Cherokee County Manager Jerry Cooper, the Rev. Dr. Terry Walton of the Atlanta-Marietta District of the United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Sue Haupert-Johnson, who will be installed in September as the new Bishop for the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Reinhardt remembers art professor Curtis Chapman

By Erika Neldner

Curtis Allen Chapman II, a man with grand artistic talent and a passion for teaching, passed away peacefully Aug. 7. He was 73.

Chapman was a mainstay in the Reinhardt art department for four decades. Reinhardt was dear to Chapman’s heart so much so that his family has created a scholarship at the University in his memory.


Curtis Allen Chapman II passed away Aug. 7. Chapman taught at Reinhardt for four decades and assisted with the design of the Fincher Art Building. Photo from the Hill Freeman Library archives

He began his career as an art professor at Reinhardt in January 1966 and earned tenure in 1978. Over the years, he taught studio art to art history, something he really enjoyed.

“As a teacher, he was tireless and always willing to take his time with students,” said Brett Mullinix, Assistant Professor of Art and Fine Arts Program Coordinator. “He was a printmaker and painter for the most part but I will never forget a conversation we had about teaching. He said, ‘Brett, I really love teaching studio art but my passion is teaching art history.’ He was very fortunate to have been able to do only that his last few years here.”

Chapman retired in May 2005 and continued as an adjunct professor during the 2005-06 school year. The Reinhardt Board of Trustees granted him Professor Emeritus status in 2006.

Dale Morrissey, director of development and external affairs for RU, has fond memories of Professor Chapman. As a working adult finishing her undergraduate degree, she found that Chapman was willing to help those in dire circumstances. She recalls having to phone him one day to say she would have to take a zero on the exam. She was working at a local bank and had people out for whom she had to cover. Instead of giving her the zero, Chapman showed up at her work and administered the exam in her office.

He recognized that Morrissey had not missed class and was on time with her work and studies, so he helped her out when she was in a bind.

“Mr. Chapman was a caring professor. Having a full time job, raising children and going to school was a challenge. He understood the challenges and worked with me,” Morrissey said. “He was not only a great leader, I also considered him a friend.  He loved Reinhardt University and worked hard to build a program that is still here today. He is a legacy, and I am honored to have known him.”

Chapman was bestowed an Honoree Award at the 2012 Talon Awards for his dedication to Reinhardt. During the awards gala, he told the crowd that “it was a special privilege to work there,” adding “I didn’t apply to Reinhardt. I was recruited. I think many times I stood trembling, wondering why I was given such a wonderful privilege to discover my calling … Reinhardt changed my life, as it has so many other people I have worked with and met there.”

Mullinix said Chapman left a lasting impression on the art program at Reinhardt, including helping to design the Fincher Art Building.
“His impact on the art program was immense. He was instrumental in helping Garland Reynolds in the design of our current art facility, he loved the Renaissance,” Mullinix said, adding it was Chapman who brought him to Reinhardt. “Curtis was the man responsible for bringing me into the Reinhardt family. He was very kind and patient and made me feel at home from the very first moment I arrived. He invited me into his home which was filled with art works he had collected through the years and we had many conversations about art, Reinhardt (a place he dearly loved) and his vision for the program. On a personal note he was one of the most kind and caring men I have known. He will be missed.”
While Chapman formerly lived in Canton, he and his wife moved to Lake Junaluska, N.C. He is survived by his wife, Daphne; children, Christopher Allen Chapman (Lynn) and Carrie Ann Chapman Willingham (Dr. Thomas Willingham); brother, Bennett Chapman (Carlotta); step-mother, Florence Chapman; and his grandchildren, Barrett, Meredith and Elizabeth Willingham, and Ethan and Amelia Chapman.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Aug. 13, at 2 p.m., at Waynesville First United Methodist Church, 566 S Haywood St., Waynesville, N.C. 28786.

Memorial gifts may be made to The Curtis Chapman Art Scholarship at Reinhardt University.