Students’ questions about parking, residence halls and technology were hot topics at a town hall meeting held by Reinhardt President Dr. Kina Mallard.
The Student Government Association-sponsored event was held Sept. 28 in the Bannister Glasshouse.
The meeting was an open forum where anybody could ask their questions and speak their minds without feeling unheard. Many students sent in their questions beforehand to Dr. Mallard but others asked their questions during the meeting.
Dr. Mallard stated the vision and mission statements for the attendees before delving into the questions. She also highlighted some of Reinhardt’s accomplishments, which include being named a College of Distinction two years in a row. She also address faculty and student achievements.
The parking arrangement on campus was one of the first questions to be asked. Dr. Mallard said there would be new parking at the new residence halls. The current plan is when the new residence halls are built, Cobb residence hall will be demolished and turned into a parking complex.
A female student asked if there were going to be any new female residence halls. Dr. Mallard explained that there are plans for a new residence hall, which will have two wings and a prominent lounge area in the middle. The residence hall would house boys down one hall and girls down the other. The common area is slated to be co-ed.
Another student asked about the recent bump in student fees, which Dr. Mallard said was due to much needed technology upgrades on campus, including Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi upgrade was a request from students, she said.
A student also inquired about the recent tuition increase, and Dr. Mallard told students the University had not had an increase in quite some time and they are playing catch up. She explained that faculty and staff had not had raises in a few years and other overhead costs including power and maintenance had to be accounted for. Dr. Mallard said students and parents should bank on tuition going up 3.5 percent to 4 percent a year, adding that the University offer about $9 million in institutional aid. Students should contact the financial aid office to talk about how to obtain scholarships. If interested call the financial aid office at 770-720-5667 or learn more at www.reinhardt.edu/financial-aid.
Dr. Mallard said she is willing to answer any questions the student body has and would be glad to have another Town Hall meeting if necessary.
Written By Marvin Monroe. Photo By: Jaydon Smith