Reinhardt looking to expand in ’13
by From staff reports
December 22, 2012 12:08 AM | 2100 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WALESKA — Cherokee County’s institute of higher education is already looking to the new year.

In 2013, Reinhardt University is expanding degree offerings, adding a sports program and continuing to improve the campus landscape — both visually and academically.

“I believe Reinhardt University is the most dynamic institution of learning in the state of Georgia,” said Reinhardt University president 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.”

Several new degree programs will soon be offered to students enrolled at the private Waleska university.

Set to begin in January, a bachelor’s degree in health care administration is now offered online and is designed to meet the needs of the non-traditional student.

“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,” Program Coordinator Phil Unger said. “It also allows those working or moving into the health care field to earn a bachelor’s degree in health care.”

Additionally, a proposal for a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in criminal justice is under the review Reinhardt’s regional accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities, for accreditation.

If approved, the program is slated to begin fall 2013. Prospective students are encouraged to begin applying now, and the $25 application fee will be waived for applicants who have submitted all their application materials before May 1, 2013.

The university’s football program began this year with 140 players and although not in official competition until fall 2013, the team has already begun practice and held scrimmages.

Completed in September, the new 22,000-square-foot athletic field house has 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.

The field house also has a 4,800-square-foot weight room, an athletic training area, a concession stand and an outdoor plaza.

Also taking the field next fall is Reinhardt’s inaugural marching band. Marching Band Director Freddie Martin said he hopes to recruit 85 to 100 instrumentalists to begin next fall.

A “Marching Eagle Da,” set for early spring, will welcome potential student musicians who are interested in being part of the band program.

Elsewhere on campus, many construction projects are underway to improve the learning environment and enhance Reinhardt’s campus.

An addition to the Samuel C. Dobbs Science Hall is under construction and will add more than 12,000 square feet of additional space. The $4.2 million for the project was raised from donors and foundations.

Construction will begin soon for two new residence halls that will be part of the Hubbard Hall complex. These two buildings will allow for 92 more students and bring Reinhardt’s on-campus housing capacity to 692 students.

These rooms are done in the same design as Hubbard Hall and are slated to be available for student occupancy in August 2013.

Even the school’s entrance is getting revamped, as a new monument sign is under construction at the intersection of Highways 108 and 140. The project is being funded by The Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia and will be completed prior to the beginning of classes in January.

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 will hold about 120 guests as well as 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,” Isherwood said. “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.”

For more information about changes coming to Reinhardt University, visit www.reinhardt.edu. For more details about Reinhardt athletics, visit www.reinhardteagles.com

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