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.”
A variety of characteristics define a good man. Common phrases about a man’s success or wealth are normally mentioned, but a model character that impacts every person one comes in contact with is a diamond in the rough. For Reinhardt University, that diamond has been assistant football coach Quentin Moses.
Tragedy struck the entire Reinhardt community last Sunday morning when RU’s beloved football coach Quentin Moses passed away after being in a house fire. The following Wednesday, Feb. 15, the entire Reinhardt community and many others gathered together to celebrate and honor the life of their coach, friend and family member at 2 p.m. in the gymnasium at the James and Sis Brown Athletic Center.
Coach Moses’ significance to others reflected in the turnout Wednesday afternoon. The gymnasium, converted into an event space, was standing-room only as people came to celebrate his life. Throughout the ceremony, emotions ran high. Tears and cries scattered throughout the gym as the sorrow clouded over those in attendance.
Reinhardt University’s athletic director, coach Bill Popp, and head football coach James Miller both struggled to speak as the weight of the loss came down heavy on their spirits. A candle lighting portion of the ceremony captivated the peace of Coach Moses’ departure as the Reinhardt University Chamber Singers sang very gracefully. The Rev. Lee Powell of Lake Arrowhead Church closed the ceremony with uplifting words, saying, “Quentin Moses’ game on earth has come to an end, but his season in Heaven has just begun.”
The constant thought of his missing presence has dismayed everyone he has impacted, and family members, players and coaches everywhere struggle to accept their loss. Reinhardt’s head football coach James Miller is trying his best to stay strong not just for his players but for the entire community.
“I’ve never gone through something like this, so it’s also a learning experience,” said Miller. “It’s going to be hard for a while. I’m trying to be strong for them (the players), but it’s tough sometimes, especially when you see the kids upset. You never want them to go through something like this, especially knowing how close he was to them. He meant a lot to the kids, and he meant a lot to the staff.”
Moses, 33, was commonly described as “inspirational and well-liked” by colleagues and family. His passion for the game of football, his faith in Christ and his character as a role model all contribute to the love and appreciation of the many people he has impacted. As hard as the toll of his death has been, positive thoughts and memories continue to resonate throughout the hearts of players and coaches in the community.
“Coach Moses was a strong-willed man,” said junior linebacker Devin Francois. “He stood up for what he believed in and was never afraid to show it. You could see that he genuinely cared about people and always wanted the best for everyone.”
Junior safety and team captain Jalen Holloman credits coach Moses mainly for his success off the field, as he inspired Holloman as a communication major.
“Ever since he recruited me, he always told me to just be patient and my time will come,” said Holloman. “His ability to share his stories and life lessons is why I decided to pursue sports journalism. He emphasized the need to let my actions speak louder than my words, and even though he is gone, that’s exactly what I will continue to do.”
During his playing days, Moses embodied the image of a phenom. According to ESPN.com, Moses was ranked among the top 50 recruits in Georgia his senior season at Cedar Shoals High School as a defensive end. After his impressive four years at the University of Georgia, Moses was drafted by the Oakland Raiders with the first pick in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. After being cut, he spent time with the Arizona Cardinals before finding a home with the Miami Dolphins, where he finished his career after the 2009 offseason.
“He was a ball of energy on the field,” said Miller, referring to coaching against Moses as a graduate assistant in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. “I remember preparing our team against him thinking about how talented he was as a ball player. His ability to get after a quarterback could change an entire game.”
As prestigious as he was as on the field as a player, everyone who was close to Moses speaks highly about his noble character as a man. His ability to influence happiness wherever he went is a trait coach Miller has always been captivated by.
“He always had that infectious smile,” said Miller. “He had this positive demeanor that no matter what someone was going through that day, he could always cheer them up when they saw him. It poured into the spirit of his players and with our staff. He was never down, never had a bad day.”
Coach Miller looked up to many characteristics of Moses, but there was one that he will never forget.
“If there’s one thing I’ll always remember about Quentin, it was his ability to see the positive in everyone,” said Miller. “Every kid that he ever came in touch with, he never saw the negative; he always saw what they were good for. It inspired me as a mentor, as a coach and as a father.”
“He related with the kids so well. He’d do anything for them, and a lot of kids saw him as a father figure and respected him that way. He was a people person and a people pleaser. If our kids are anything like Q, they’re going to be successful. Quentin’s one of the best people I’ve ever met. It’s going to be difficult going out on that field and not seeing him out there with us.”
Although this loss has put a cloud over the Reinhardt football team and community, Coach Miller has faith that Coach Moses’ legacy will live on at Reinhardt as those he impacted will continue his positive influence and strength both on and off the field.
“The best part about Reinhardt is that this is a family atmosphere,” explained Miller. “We’re going to grow as a community, move forward as a team, and use this to make us better. That’s what makes this place special, and Quentin was proud to be a part of that; he loved that.”
Coach Moses was laid to rest Saturday following a memorial service in his hometown of Athens, Ga.
Entering its second year as an official Student Activities Club, the Trading Card Club offers members the opportunity to socialize with fellow students, play games and have fun after a long day of scholastic activity. As Trading Card Club Vice President Kailey Payne explains, “This is a great place to meet new people, play new card games and have fun.”
The club was created by now President Logan Witherow who wanted to offer opportunities for students interested in strengthening their mind and exploring an interest in art. “I want them [members] to take away that cards games aren’t just for kids; there’s actually strategy, and they are a work of art. It’s more than just cards because it is strategic which involves being one step ahead and it brings people together overall,” said Witherow.
Club Secretary Matthew Abbas, appreciates how the club helps him meet new people with common interests. “The thing that I really like is that we can find new people who like playing the same things that we do; even learning about new games which is a really social thing, and it brings a lot of people together,” Abbad said.
Trading card games are mass-produced and used for trading, collecting or strategic game play. In this club, any game is welcome. Some of the more popular card games amongst current members include the Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh card games.
James Phillips, treasurer of the Trading Card Club, enjoys the social aspect of trading cards. He sees his participation as a great way to build a bond with other students while having a fun time. He explains, “You’re in college! Making friendships that can last a long time with a lot of people who can go on to do big things, and having friends in higher places can benefit you in the long run.”
In an effort to continually improve the club experience for members, Witherow and Payne are working to get the club entered into tournaments. This will allow the members to showcase their skills in various trading card games.
Membership is open to all Reinhardt students and anyone who is interested in joining can stop by a club meeting. Meetings are held Tuesdays from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. on the 2nd floor in the Tarpley Education Center.
Featured Photo: Trading Card Club Secretary Matthew Abbas getting his cards in order for a duel on Tuesday, August 30. Photo Credit: Aaron Simmons