Reinhardt kicks off “Year of Cuba” with festival


On Wednesday, September 20th, Reinhardt hosted the Year Of Cuba Festival as part of their annual “year of” program. This year, the university is honoring Cuba.

Sounds of traditional Cuban music filled the air while multiple organizations representing Reinhardt’s majors set up booths around the Donor Plaza. These booths provided information and refreshments regarding the traditions of Cuba and it’s society.  Activities such as salsa dancing, corn hole, and arts and crafts were among the things available for students to participate in while attending the gathering. The overall goal of the Year of Cuba Festival was to expand campus knowledge and appreciation of the island’s people and culture and inform students of the impact that the culture has had on the world throughout history. A gallery of pictures from the event has been included below.

Written by: Cameron Davis

Pictures by: Cameron Davis and James Gilbert

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Reinhardt is invited to explore Ireland during Study Abroad Info Meeting


Reinhardt University students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the Ireland is Calling – Explore the Emerald Island Study Abroad Info Meeting in 110 Lawson this Wednesday, April 12, at 3 p.m.

During the meeting, Professor of Sociology and International Studies Program Coordinator, Dr. Cheryl Brown, will be presenting the study abroad trip to Ireland, which is planned for May 2018, and discussing the details of the trip.

“We are going to be talking about the trip, costs and courses students can take,” said Dr. Brown.  “It’s going to be a chance for students to get a packet of information.  All students are welcome, whether current or alum.”

Dr. Brown was inspired to plan a faculty-led study abroad trip to Ireland due to the high interest of Reinhardt students.

“When I took a survey a year ago, Ireland was the top place students wanted to go,” said Dr. Brown.  “It’s also interesting that almost one-third of Americans trace their roots back to Ireland, so I think there’s a pull for people to go.”

Dr. Brown looks forward to introducing the group to Emerald Island and discussing the trip itinerary during the meeting.

“We’re going to start in Dublin and go to Trinity College and Dublin Castle, and then to the Titanic Museum in Belfast, where the Titanic was built,” said Dr. Brown.  “We are also going to see Giant’s Causeway and go down to Derry, which is a walled city.  The last couple of days we’re going to the Dingle Peninsula, which is actually the home of pure Irish music.”

Dr. Brown can be contacted at for more information.

Written by: Adria Mulrooney

Reinhardt University Phi Beta Lambda is hosting its first car show to raise funds


Reinhardt University Phi Beta Lambda is putting on its first car show event on Monday, April 1, from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.  The event will be held at the Hagan Chapel parking lot on the main campus.  The fee to enter a car in the show is $25.  General attendance is free and everyone is welcome to join.

Senior General Business major and Vice President of RU Phi Beta Lambda, Ethan Alexander, is leading the organization of the event.

“Phi Beta Lambda is the collegiate version of Future Business Leaders of America, but we compete in business competitions to showcase the skills we have learned,” said Alexander.  “Events range from writing to performance events.”

Alexander sees the car show as an opportunity for the students to apply their skills.

“The car show is our attempt to show what we as business majors have learned in the classroom,” said Alexander. “I’ve made and used connections, and we have budgeted, sent requests, marketed and used human resources to plan a car show for the community to come out and showcase what they have. It will consist of anybody who wants to enter their vehicle(s).  There will be three judges to rank them and determine winners of the different categories. We will also have raffle prizes to giveaway to anybody who wants to buy tickets.”

Alexander believes the event will be a great opportunity for both the local and Reinhardt communities to come out and see a lot of unique cars and praises the hard work of Phi Beta Lambda in putting on the event.

“This is a chance to see cars you don’t see every day and take a look at what used to cruise the streets of Waleska before we were even born,” said Alexander.  “It really helps bring history to life, and for a car guy like me, it makes the day more exciting. The thing I’m most looking forward to is seeing how many people come out and either enter a car or just come look around. I’m proud to say Phi Beta Lambda has decided to earn our money instead of asking for funding from the school. I look forward to seeing the happy faces of a job well done.”

Dean of the McCamish School of Business and Associate Professor of Business, Dr. Katherine Hyatt, is one of the several advisors for RU Phi Beta Lambda and expresses her support and praise for the students in organizing the event and encourages everyone to come out and show their support as well.

“Ethan has really completed all the work for the car show,” said Dr. Hyatt.  “I helped him gain approval for the car show from administration. It has been my role as one of several advisors for Phi Beta Lambda to support him and the students in putting the event together. It is easy to support students in things they are passionate about, and Ethan is definitely passionate about cars. The car show is free to the public and it would be great for students to come to the event. The more people that can visit the event the better.”

Alexander can be reached at for more information about the event.


Written by: Adria Mulrooney

VoicePlay from ‘The Sing-Off’ on NBC, Spivey Hall Children’s Choir to grace the FPAC stage


The upcoming weekend is filled with events for students to enjoy and even performance opportunities to participate in.

The Sing-Off’s VoicePlay to perform at the Falany Performing Arts Center this weekend. Photo courtesy of

VoicePlay will be held in the Falany Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 23 from 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. VoicePlay is a five-person a cappella group that competed on NBC’s “The Sing-Off” on season four. According to their website, they are “unlike any theatrical experience available today, recreating the orchestrated sound of an entire musical production with nothing but the the human voice.”

Friday, March 24, there will be an Eagle Cinema event hosted by Student Activities Council. They will be showing Disney’s “Moana” on the Donor Plaza from 8:30-11:30 p.m.  

On Saturday, March 25, Student Activities Council will be putting on Open Mic Night. All students are welcome to participate with acts of singing, dancing, stand-up comedy, poetry or any other talents they want to perform. The event will take place 8-10 p.m. in the Bannister Glasshouse.

Spivey Hall Children’s Choir will be performing in the Falany Performing Art Center on Sunday, March 26, at 3 p.m. For information, visit

Written by: Jordan Beach

RU offers fun alternatives to a Spring break spent at home


Reinhardt University is hosting two exciting trips this Spring Break. The trips are open to all students on campus and transportation will be provided.

Reinhardt Outdoors, sponsored by Dr. Walter May, is taking students to Skidaway Island for a 5-day/4-night sea kayaking trip around Georgia’s coast. The trip will not only include kayaking but also bonfires, stories and food. Students will have the opportunity to learn about Georgia’s saltwater environments and the history of Savannah, as well as explore the Savannah National Wildlife Reserve and hike along the Avian Loop Trail. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of interesting flora and fauna.

Dr. Walter May, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities, says “I’m really excited for this trip because it gives students a chance to get out of their normal routine and into nature. There’s something for everyone, even a service project where students will help park rangers repair the board walk from hurricane damage.”

The trip will take place Monday, March 6 through Friday, March 10 and will cost $85.  May urges students to sign up before the Feb. 24 deadline. There are only 14 spots available for the trip, however some still are available.  May said that no experience is required and that all students who participate will have a very memorable time.

For those looking for a service-oriented spring break, consider attending the Appalachia Service Trip hosted by Tim Norton, vice president for advancement and marketing. On this trip, students will dedicate time to repairing the houses of those in need. Departure to Jonesville, Va. will take place on March 5 and students will return March 8.

The cost to attend is $50, and students should pack long sleeved shirts, pants and sturdy shoes. It is requested that students observe the modest dress code, meaning shorts should reach at least mid-thigh and all shirts should have sleeves.  Students will also need to pack toiletries, a sleeping bag and pillow, a towel and shower shoes. It is requested that if students have work gloves that they bring those as well.

For more information on Reinhardt Outdoors Sea Kayaking Trip, such as packing essentials or itinerary details, visit To pay for an already reserved spot, students should go to the Business Office.

For more information or to sign up for the Appalachia Service Trip, contact Kathy Bouyett at

Written by: Erin Laas