Dr. Kina Mallard

Sophomores are invited to the President’s home for S’mores with Sopmores event

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Reinhardt President Dr. Kina Mallard and husband Steve invite the Class of 2018 to celebrate their halfway point to graduation this Thursday, March 16, from 6-8 p.m. at the Reinhardt President’s home for a fun night of relaxation, socialization and eating s’mores.

Coordinator of Programming and Service at the Office of Student Activities, Meredith Keating, believes the event will be a great way for students to make connections.

“I expect the sophomores to gain a deeper connection to their class and to Dr. Mallard and her family by attending a relaxed event in the President’s home,” said Keating. “Last year, over 50 sophomores attended the event.”

“Steve and I always enjoy having students to our home,” Dr. Mallard said. “First-year students have many opportunities to visit, but last year we realized that sophomores needed an event and started the tradition of ‘S’mores with the Sophomores.’ I most look forward to the casual atmosphere, sitting around the fire pit roasting marshmallows and talking about their Reinhardt experience.”

Dr. Mallard hopes that this year’s event will be just as successful as last year’s.

“The highlight of last year’s event was watching students who did not know each other standing together making s’mores and making new friends,” said Dr. Mallard. “These gathering events allow me the opportunity to really engage with students and get to know them in a more personal way than is often allowed by my busy schedule.”

Meredith Keating can be contacted at MEK@reinhardt.edu for more information about the event.

Written by: Adria Mulrooney.

Flint Family donates $1 million towards Reinhardt’s Theater

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Dr. Austin and Bea Flint are donating $1 million to Reinhardt University toward a new theater and music scholarship. In recognition for the largest donation to date toward the theater’s construction, the new concert hall will be named “Flint Hall.”

“Every university president would love to have the kind of remarkable friends and supporters we have in Austin and Bea Flint,” Dr. Kina S. Mallard, Reinhardt President, stated. “We are overjoyed by their generosity in support of our new theater building and with this endowed music scholarship that will bear their name.”

The city of Waleska and Reinhardt University have a special meaning to the Flints. They purchased land in 1969 near Reinhardt’s campus. In addition, Bea Flint taught English at Reinhardt University during the years of 1978-1990.

“It was a family,” Bea Flint said in remembrance of her time spent at Reinhardt. “President Dr. Mallard is continuing that kind of family atmosphere at Reinhardt,” Flint goes on to say.

Dr. Flint became a member of the Reinhardt University Board of Trustees in 2016. Bea Flint is an original member of the Cherokee Chorale. She has seen Reinhardt’s School of Performing Arts and the FPAC develop.

The Flint Family will be honored during the 15th Anniversary of the FPAC by the naming of Flint Hall. This celebration is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 10.  More information about this event can be found here.

Written By: Kelly Kipfer. Photo Courtesy: Jeff Reed.