Reinhardt University Sponsors FBI-LEEDS Seminar

WALESKA, GA (June 30, 2017) – For the fourth year in a row, Reinhardt University’s Public Safety Institute sponsored the 9th Annual FBI Georgia Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar earlier this month.

Dr. Chris Findley, of the Reinhardt University Public Safety Institute, participated alongside 85 state and local law enforcement leaders from across Georgia.

“I want to extend a special thanks to GA-LEEDS Director Rick Townsend and the Atlanta Division of the FBI for allowing the University to be a part of this outstanding program,” said Reinhardt Public Safety Institute Director Trey Drawdy. “Universities in other parts of the country, including Princeton University and St. Cloud University, sponsor this seminar for law enforcement leaders in their respective regions. We deeply appreciate the opportunity to sponsor this event in Georgia.”

The seminar is hosted by the Atlanta division of the FBI for state and local law enforcement command staff members. Topics of the seminar include organizational leadership, employment law, legal updates, public relations, media trends and crisis management. Instructors from the FBI Academy, Atlanta FBI police instructors and other subject matter experts presented the topics at the seminar.

The Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, or LEEDS, was conceived for chief executive officers of the nation’s mid-sized law enforcement agencies.

Begun in 1981, the seminar has graduated more than 1,300 executives. Designed for executive officers, this seminar enables participants to reflect upon and regroup for the next stage of their careers. Executives are provided with instruction and facilitation in the areas of leadership, strategic planning, legal issues, labor relations, media relations, social issues, and police programs.

The environment of the seminar is conducive to independent thought and study. Participants have the opportunity to exchange plans, problems, and solutions with their peers; to develop new thoughts and ideas; and to share successes of their own communities.

The interaction among the executives is worthwhile for them as well—some of the most productive learning takes place outside of the classroom during informal interactions.

Reinhardt University and Northside Hospital Cherokee partner for nursing open house event

WALESKA, GA (June 28, 2017) – Reinhardt University and Northside Hospital Cherokee together will host a meet and greet July 18 for the public to learn more about Reinhardt’s new Bachelor of Nursing.

“We have had great success with our on-the-road meet and greets for our new nursing program,” said Dr. Glynis Blackard, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. “We are grateful to Northside Hospital Cherokee for partnering with us for the upcoming event, and we hope many will join us and learn more about our new Bachelor of Nursing.”

Enjoy light appetizers in the Galleria Conference Room at the new Northside Hospital Cherokee in Canton and learn about the program with Reinhardt President Dr. Kina S. Mallard and Dr. Blackard.

The event will be held from 5-7 p.m. July 18; the hospital is located at 450 Northside Cherokee Blvd., Canton.

Reinhardt University is enrolling now for its Bachelor of Nursing. For more information, visit

Summer Reading Program Begins

(Left) Reading together are students, (from left) Roxana Carrillo-Acevedo and Juan and Diana Arroyo-Gutierrez. (Right) Marisol Zermeno hugs teacher Lisa Reidy, the Summer Reading Program organizer. Credit: Cherokee County School District

The Oak Grove Elementary Fine Arts Academy has kicked off its Summer Reading Program at the Hidden Falls Community.

Teachers and other volunteers visit the community at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays and spend an hour reading with students.

Each student also picks a book to read and keep at home.

Reinhardt Partners with Nigerian University

Reinhardt University President Dr. Kina S. Mallard and Dr. Timothy Oyebode Olagbemiro, vice chancellor at Edwin Clark University, signed an articulation agreement June 7 at Reinhardt to strengthen the connection between the universities and open the doors for more student opportunities.

WALESKA, GA (June 9, 2017) – Reinhardt University and Edwin Clark University in Nigeria have established an articulation agreement that provides opportunities to share international exchange experiences and disciplinary knowledge.

“We have created exciting new pathways for our students and faculty with this signing,” said Reinhardt President Dr. Kina S. Mallard. “We look forward to a relationship where we all benefit from cultural and academic activities that are consistent with the missions of Edwin Clark and Reinhardt.”

The agreement also provides for joint academic activities that include faculty and student exchanges, academic interactive seminars, exchange of academic materials and relevant cultural information.

“We look forward to exchange opportunities, such as study abroad experiences, that will help globalize our students while deepening their understanding of their specific fields of study,” Reinhardt Provost Dr. Mark Roberts said during the June 7 signing at Reinhardt.
Edwin Clark was founded in 2015 and is located in Kiagbodo, Nigeria. The university offers an academically rigorous education in a creative community where learning and values meet and where students are prepared to reach their full potential as informed citizens of their communities, Nigeria and the world.

“We believe Reinhardt is a great place for serious students to study,” said Dr. Timothy Oyebode Olagbemiro, vice chancellor at Edwin Clark University. “We are very glad to officially cement our relationship with Reinhardt in this way.”

The new partnership is a natural next step for the institutions. For five years, Reinhardt University’s AfrikaREADS program has provided books and supplies to universities in Africa. This year’s donation included 7,000 books given to multiple African universities, including Edwin Clark.

“In 2015, we gave 5,000 books to Edwin Clark University in Warri, and in 2016, we gave them another 5,000 books, 50 computers, printers and overhead projectors,” said Tunji Adesan, director of Reinhardt’s Academic Support Office. “Through our donation, Edwin Clark University was able to get their accreditation, and they have the largest collection of books from Reinhardt University.”

Woodstock ES Recognizes Employee of the Month for May

Woodstock Elementary Schho Principal Kim Montalbano, right, congratulates computer lab teacher Julie Bain, the Employee of the Month for May. Credit: Cherokee County School District

Woodstock Elementary School recently recognized computer lab teacher Bain as its Employee of the Month for May.

The school’s lead specialist teacher, Bain teaches 1,175 students about online educational resources, keyboarding, technology programs and the research process and integrates grade-level standards into the technology curriculum. She also assists with assessments and other computer-based tests throughout the year and helps coordinate lunches and food for school-wide events.

“We appreciate her willingness to always lend a helping hand when there is a need,” Principal Kim Montalbano said. “She is reliable, dependable, and the ultimate true professional.”

Bain was awarded a gift card and goodie bag from the school PTA as well as a $20 gift certificate from Keller Williams, The Premier Group, a school partner.

Bascomb ES Celebrates Retiring Staff

Bascomb Elementary School recently celebrated the retirement of four teachers and its records facilitator with a reception at the school for colleagues, friends and family.

Principal Kathleen Chandler, right, recognizes retirees, (from left, Records Facilitator Linda Pritchett, second-grade teachers Beth Denny and Donna Kushinka, fifth-grade teacher Debra Jones and third-grade teacher Kim Hellenga. Credit: Cherokee County School District

Woodstock Students Sing with Honor Chorus

Woodstock Elementary School students (from left) Ava Morrie, CJ Austin, Kasia Ebbs, Stefano Vescio and Nicholas Jacobs. Credit: Cherokee County School District

Five Woodstock Elementary School students represented the school at this year’s Cherokee County Honor Chorus recently held at Reinhardt University. CJ Austin, Kasia Ebbs, Nicholas Jacobs, Ava Morrie and Stefano Vescio were selected by Woodstock ES music teacher Justine Lemmo from all fourth- and fifth-grade singers based on exemplary music skills and behavior.

They joined more than 100 other elementary students in a rigorous day of rehearsals led by Dr. Michele Champion culminating in a concert featuring two-part harmony and Latin lyrics among other challenges before an audience of more than 250 in the Falany Performing Arts Center.

The Cherokee County Honor Chorus performs at Reinhardt University’s Falany Performing Arts Center. Credit: Cherokee County School District