Q&A with President Mallard

By Deborah Dahn

Many of you are familiar with the newly elected President of Reinhardt University. President Dr. Kina Mallard gives hope for the promising future of Reinhardt University. She has implemented many changes such as the renovation of the Gordy Dining Hall. In this Q&A, she answers many of the FAQ amongst students on campus and you as students and individuals will get to know what kind of person and leader she is. There will continue to be more changes for Reinhardt because President Mallard has plans to make Reinhardt an even better place by first listening to what the students have to say. September 22 will be the day the students will be heard and on April 15, those suggestions will be presented to the inauguration.

The five-year plan for Reinhardt will come from those important suggestions from the students to the leaders. President Mallard’s main focus is on the students because every decision affects them. “We are working on improving the student experience at Reinhardt. Renovation of residence hall space, the new Grab n’ Go at the library, the addition of Starbucks in October, increased activities on the weekends, and a focus on school spirit are examples of student- focused changes.” President Mallard is working on “creating more opportunities for a large group meeting for student input such as the Strategic Planning session on September 22.” She wants more student representation at faculty committees and also encourages that students continue to let their voice be heard through SGA. She is further opening up the bridge of communication by personally reaching out to students and asking their opinions on certain issues. “I always want to be a president who is accessible to the students”- President Kina Mallard.

Under the new leadership of President Mallard, there will be more academic opportunities such as new degrees in Bachelor of Business Administration online and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. In 2017, there will be a Bachelor Degree of Nursing. President Mallard will work with a leadership team of Vice Presidents and the athletic director to implement these new changes. Most of you have probably wondered what exactly the President does, besides making these exciting changes. President Mallard is an extremely busy woman and the success of Reinhardt depends on her. Strategic planning is the number one thing to do if you want anything you do to succeed. In other words, President Mallard is the sole strategic planner for the school. It is her job to “set the vision and direction of the school” and make sure that everybody else follows suit.

The President and Advancement Team are responsible for fundraising and raising money to support student scholarships, facilities and operations. One of the important jobs that President Mallard does is, in my opinion, be the school’s PR. She” maintains relationships with the students, faculty, staff, donors, alumni’s, the Board of Trustees, the community and the churches.” Every person has strengths and weaknesses, leaders are not exempt. I asked President Mallard what her weakness was and how she overcomes it. She said,“I am impatient, rarely do things happen fast enough for me. I compensate by being transparent and sharing with my leadership team that I realize I may expect them to move faster than they honestly can move- and I ask them to reign me in when they need to. I asked them to be honest with me when I move too fast and they are! My family figured this out a long time ago and I have a fabulous spouse who keeps me grounded.” Being a leader is not an easy task, and it takes hard work, cooperation and unity from everybody to be a success.

The advice that President Mallard leaves with the students is “- Seek God’s advice. God knows more about Leadership than anyone else. Lean into His understanding. – Listening is the most important leadership skill. You need to have your ear to the heart of your employees and your constituents. – Always respect others. Their opinions matter and can help you be a better leader. – Get things done. Great leaders get great results. – Find opportunities to laugh and have fun. Leading is not easy. You need to find joy in the work. – Surround yourself with balcony people – those who believe in you and cheer you on. The naysayers will find you and you need to balance that with family, friends, and colleagues who will tell you the truth, but believe in you 100% – Hire people who are smarter than you in their areas. Never underestimate the importance of a competent team – Don’t compromise who you are. Be authentic and honest – Always do “the next right thing!”

Reinhardt Board of Trustees restricts gift from Tarpley estate to theatre program

By Marvin Monroe

Recently, the estate of Mrs. Mozelle Tarpley gifted Reinhardt University with an unrestricted gift of $1,670,500. Reinhardt’s Board of Trustess voted to restrict this gift to the theatre program, ultimately going towards the construction of a new theatre building, known as The Stage Arts Center, that will be named after Fred and Mozelle Tarpley.

This donation will continue to draw interest that will be rewarded at 5% for student scholarships until an added amount can be put together to construct the Stage Arts Center.

The Tarpley’s lives were tied to education and Reinhardt University. Mr. and Mrs. Tarpley were both teachers who attended Reinhardt in the late 30’s. Both strived to achieve their goals and worked on campus to help their parents pay for their tuition costs.

After graduating, Mr. Tarpley went to teach at a junior high school in Oak Grove. In 1942, he joined the U.S. Naval Reserve and was aboard a ship that invaded Okinawa during WWII. Mrs. Tarpley became a teacher at Eton Elementary School while she waited for her future husband to return.

The couple married on June 1, 1946, after the war had ended, and moved to Dalton, Ga. where Mrs. Tarpley continued her career in the school system, and Mr. Tarpley worked at the First National Bank of Dalton. After four decades in banking, Mr. Tarpley retired as a group vice president.

The couple has also given Reinhardt a million dollar gift in the past to fund the academic building Fred H. and Mozelle Bates Tarpley Education Center, now commonly known as Tarpley.

Board Member, Ken White ’61 said, “As an alumnus of Reinhardt, I appreciate loyal alumni, with a continuing interest in and support of their alma mater. Mr. and Mrs. Tarpley not only made the naming gift for the Tarpley Education Center at Reinhardt in 1998, they left a legacy through this most generously planned gift that will help transform the lives of many young people.”

Assistant professor of theatre, David Nisbet, also gave his sentiments saying, “The theatre program would like to thank the Reinhardt Board of Trustees for seeing our need and taking decisive action to meet it. We are looking forward to the day when we have a dedicated space for our students to learn their craft and the public can enjoy even higher quality productions.”

Dr. Michael David Gregory Resigns During Investigation of Sexual Battery

Professor of Music Dr. Michael David Gregory resigned from Reinhardt University ahead of schedule during December of 2014. This information was emailed to the student body on January 2nd of this year.  What was only released today, is that his resignation happened after the Cherokee County Sheriff’s department had shared their results of the investigation on allegations of sexual battery.  While the University was in the midst of their review, Dr. Gregory tendered his resignation.

More details will be forthcoming.  In the meantime you can further explore the issue by reading this article on Atlanta Journal Constitution here.

Year of Germany



Year of Germany will feature events such as Oktoberfest, a hotdog eating contest, a Holocaust memorial, and the first annual Reinhardt Cup. Professor Dana Hall, Year of Germany Co-Chair, assigned her Principles of Marketing class, BUS 302, to initiate the set up of the year’s activities. She feels that having students run the Year of Germany activities will get more students involved.

Hall is very excited about this year’s prospects and the chance for students to explore German history and culture. “Our founder Captain Reinhardt was of German descent and this was the impetus for selecting Germany as the focus for 2013-2014,” Hall stated. “Germany is known as a land of poets, musicians and thinkers who have made significant contributions, from Bach and Beethoven to Martin Luther, who launched the Protestant Reformation.  There is so much to learn about this fascinating country, and it will be impossible to cover everything in a year.  This year, we’re actively involving students in the planning and execution of events and activities, and these students have introduced fresh thinking and great new ideas.”

One fresh and new idea from students included the idea for a non-alcoholic Oktoberfest. Reinhardt’s Oktoberfest will be held on October 17th. Students will be able to learn about the history and culture of Oktoberfest while enjoying root beer and drinking games. The Oktoberfest committee is still in the planning process. Most likely food and drink will be provided through Sodexo, but the group is attempting to incorporate an authentic German deli from Ball Ground, Georgia.

The main goal of the Year of Germany is to educate students about the history of Germany as well as students’ own history. Reinhardt’s library has free access to ancestry.com for students and faculty. Students are encouraged to research their family tree and discover their heritage. The hotdog eating contest during Oktoberfest will require entrants to fill out a family tree to enter. Students can visit the library to fill out a family tree and enter the hotdog eating contest. While students do not have to participate in the hotdog eating contest once a family tree has been filled out, students wanting to enter the contest must fill out a family tree dating back three or four generations.

The Holocaust Memorial will be held in the Glass House the same week as the infamous Night of Broken Glass, or Kristallnacht. The memorial event will feature a history of the Holocaust and the overall history of Germany.

Year of Germany Co-Chair Melissa Doyle is excited for the upcoming festivities and hopes that both students and faculty will participate. “Our committee this year has members from many schools and departments that have never been represented in the Year Of programs.  We can better explore the diversity of a nation by diversifying the program, and everyone benefits.  My hope is that professors will begin to incorporate the Year Of into their courses, adding lectures or assignments as relevant to their discipline.  The activities are going to be more interactive and have greater appeal for everyone.”

Students can look forward to more information on these events.

Candice Bailey, News Editor

Connection Lost: What’s Up with Wifi?

Courtesy of Google

Courtesy of Google

What’s up with the Reinhardt Wifi?

Every night after 9 the wireless internet connections at Reinhardt slow, streaming Netflix becomes nearly impossible, and students doing homework scream in frustration at the sluggish connection.

Virgina Tomlinson, head of the IT department at Reinhardt, attributes this to the amount of devices connected to the networks. The IT department has not seen any evidence that the access point connections have not completely gone down, but rather have simply slowed due to the amount of people trying to access the internet at the same time.

When the access points were installed in 2008, students had two or three devices that connect to the internet. Now, students have many more devices: laptops, phones, iPods, iPads, Kindles and more. Because all these devices are connected to the same access point, it will slow connections to an unbearable speed.

If a student is having issues, Tomlinson recommends turning off the wifi on devices not in use. The IT department hopes to straighten out this problem in the near future. President Isherwood wants to raise $800,000 to enhance the technology at Reinhardt. If the money is raised, the IT department plans to rip out all the old access points and replace them with new ones. For the time being, be patient.

Candice Bailey

Spain Trip


Studying abroad is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the traditions of foreign culture through a unique learning experience. Every other year, Spanish Professor Viviana Baxter takes interested undergraduates to Cadiz, Spain for the Reinhardt College Spanish Summer Program sponsored by Centro Mundo Lengua. This program lasts May 6th through the 30th, and because it is considered a “maymester” participants receive six hours of course credit. This total submersion experience includes three weeks of Spanish lessons, books and other school materials, weekly afternoon activities, weekend trips, sightseeing, hotel and host family accommodations, three daily meals, and roundtrip air faire.

Classes are held at Los Salesianos, a high school in the area where students take courses in Spanish language and culture and are exposed to the Spanish speaking world through hands-on exercises with journalism, music, tourism, film, cooking, and afternoon activities such as visiting the Torre Tavira tower. While weekdays are geared toward Spanish immersion in the classroom and around Cadiz, the weekends are spent traveling other parts of the country. Trips include venturing to Granada to see the Royal Chapel and Chapel of Grananda to Seville for the Royal Palace and the oldest neighborhood in the city, Barrio Santa Cruz. These trips are a “direct extension of the classroom. What you do on the weekend is what you have been prepared for in class,” says Viviana Baxter,”The combination of weekend outings and home stays with host families is great for the student because you get opportunities to experience Spain’s people, life …and added opportunity of conversation.”Because the students are encouraged to explore the surrounding areas when they travel, some have their own agenda of places to visit. “I want to see the Plaza Mayor and the Prado Museum,” said Jessica Johnson, a sophomore and Spanish minor at Reinhardt. When asked about her expectations during the time abroad, freshmen Kye Hilson, also a Spanish Minor, says, “I expect to learn a lot about the culture and maybe the mechanics of the literature part of speaking Spanish.”

Though the capacity for the program this time around is set as the participants are in the final preparation stages before departing to Spain, the next study abroad trip to Cadiz, Spain will be in May of 2011. If you are an undergraduate student and interested in immersing yourself with the life and culture of Spain, contact Proffessor Viviana Baxter at Reinhardt College through the school online directory by e-mail or her office telephone number.

Thai Cromer 

Fantastic Four


Graduation is approaching. Invitations are being sent, summer plans are being made, caps and gowns are being distributed, and senioritis is spreading like an epidemic throughout the graduates.

As the big day is being planned there are several things that need to be determined. One of the biggest is who will be representing the entire graduating class of 2009. Most colleges look for one person to fill this position. And this one person is to represent the intelligence, pride, and school spirit of the entire class and take the job with great honor and responsibility. Most colleges choose only one person.

Reinhardt College, however, is different; we have four. These four students are “the best of the best” as some may say.

They are given Commencement Exercise roles; this includes both baccalaureate and graduation. Three of these students are from Reinhardt’s local campus and one is chosen from the campus in North Fulton. Nominations for these roles are sent from the Reinhardt faculty to the college’s Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. Those with a 4.0 GPA, however are automatically placed in nomination without faculty suggestion.
This fantastic four must meet the following qualities: academic achievement, activity, leadership, broad representation, faculty references and proven representation of the character, integrity and mission of Reinhardt College, and at least a 3.5 GPA for a minimum of 60 credit hours. One of these four will be chosen for the big role of addressing the student body, and the other three will get other reading roles.

Big roles or small, these four students will be standing in front of their graduating class to do their best to represent their fellow graduates. Who will this fantastic four be?

Only graduation will tell.

Ansley Brackin 

Year Of Flops

Do you know what year it is? Apparently it’s the Year of the Mediterranean, but there are complaints about the lack of activities and information about this year’s “year of” theme. Many people who were present at Reinhardt for last year’s Eastern Europe and Russian theme remember there being much more activities compared to this year.

“Lots of people came last year because they had to for classes, but there were lots of activities to chose from so it was great, but a lot of people went to things just because they were interesting,” says Ashley Peterson on last year’s European and Russian activities. There have also been complaints that the “Epic Friday” movies are not being shown at more convenient times like last year.

Anne Good was the co-coordinator for last year’s “year of” theme as well as this year’s Mediterranean theme. With the help of Becky Cavender and Dr. Kevin Crawford, Anne Good actually planned many interesting activities this year. Since the “year of” program is “part of academic life here at Reinhardt”, says Good, there have been excursions lead by Good and Dr. Linquist to Atlanta’s Michael Carlos Museum, a mosque and a synagogue. Other activities have included guest speakers on topics such as ancient Greek childhood and the program was even kicked off with a performance by the Mosaic Dance Theatre Company.

It appears that a lot of work has gone into the Year of the Mediterranean, but there has been some questioning on whether or not students actually have an interest in the “year of” program in general. However, due to the mentioned success of last year, the cause of this year’s Mediterranean flop seems to be a result of not being informed of these activities. Most students only know of this year’s “Epic Friday” movie nights and nothing more. In hopes of increasing interest in this year theme, here is the schedule for upcoming “year of” speakers and activities. Also, opinions and ideas on the “year of” program will be greatly appreciated by those who put their time and effort into making this program fun for Reinhardt students.

Speakers and Activities:
18 March, 2:30pm, Library: Todd Harper, Associate Professor in the English Department at Kennesaw State University and specialist in modern Greek literature will speak on a topic TBA.

Student Life is planning to host an art project/competition on ancient Mediterranean goddesses (Greek, Roman or Egyptian) for Women’s History month. Art submissions of painting, sculpture, photography, pottery, jewelry, costume, etc. will be due on 25 March. The pieces will displayed on 27 March and a vote will be taken to determine the winner.

13 April: Mark Aloisio, Assistant Professor of History at Colorado State University will speak on Malta in the medieval and early modern era. As a native of Malta he will also speak about his experiences growing up there.

16-18 April – Kevin Crawford’s modern adaptation of Medea (first produced by Northstage in 1998).

Upcoming Films:

13 March: “A Room with a View” (USA/UK, 1986)

27 March: “The Syrian Bride” (Israel, 2004)

3 April: “Battle of Algiers” (Italy, 1966)

17 April: “Before the Rain” (Macedonia, 1994)

Ansley Brackin

New Academic Programs


During the forum with Dr. Isherwood in January, the addition and development of several new undergraduate and graduate programs was addressed. These programs will offer current students a wider range majors, and will help attract more potential students.

If approved, there will be a Pre-Med program next fall. Also, these are in the works:
Political Science
Creative Writing
Special Education
Youth Ministry
Theater Arts

MAT: This is for students who want to teach, but don’t have a BA in teaching. For example, if you majored in History, but want to teach, this program will give you your teacher certification. This program has been approved
M.ED: Masters in Education. Continuing education for certified teachers
M. Music: May begin this summer

The school is also considering adding:
Master’s Public Administration
Masters in Library Arts

Erin Turner


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