Reinhardt staff wants to introduce college to Bartow County students


Reinhardt University is looking for a few — or a lot of — good Bartow County students to join its ranks. 

Representatives from the Waleska college will be spending Thursday in Cartersville for Reinhardt Day, a time of admissions and community-engagement events designed for prospective students, alumni and other interested parties from Bartow County to learn about what the school has to offer.

“Reinhardt continues to make strong connections outside of its home county of Cherokee,” Erika Neldner, the university’s director of marketing and communications, said. “We have a good alumni base and business partnerships in Bartow County, and Reinhardt Day in Cartersville is an opportunity for those who may not know about all the great programs and opportunities Reinhardt has to offer to join us throughout the day and learn more.”

This isn’t the first time Reinhardt has planned an event in Cartersville, but it’s different than what’s been done in the past, according to Neldner. 

“While we have hosted events in Bartow County before, like a meet and greet in downtown and an Alumni After Hours at the Booth History Museum, this is first time we have offered three different options in one day for Bartow Countians to learn more about Reinhardt,” she said. “Last fall, we hosted a similar kind of day in Dalton, and the response was positive so we planned this with our friends and neighbors right next-door in Bartow County.”

The day of activities will begin with a complimentary breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at Sam Jones Memorial United Methodist Church at 100 W. Church St.

President Kina Mallard will speak about the recent growth of Reinhardt, her vision for its future and a new four-year strategic plan that is close to being completed.

Enrollment staff, including admissions and financial aid counselors, will be available to discuss the 40-plus undergraduate and graduate programs, which include business, creative writing, education and public administration.

For the nontraditional student, program staff members will be ready to discuss online and on-campus degree-completion programs. 

Senior Pastor Kevin Lobello said Sam Jones is “honored” to host the Reinhardt Day breakfast.

“Reinhardt is a gem in northwest Georgia,” he said. “Several of the members of Sam Jones are alumni of Reinhardt. Sam Jones UMC and the United Methodist school always tries to support higher education. I hope many alumni and prospective students and their families will avail themselves of this opportunity to find out more about this fine institution.”

Lobello added it is “especially appropriate to offer support” to Reinhardt since it’s one of eight United Methodist colleges in Georgia, along with Young Harris College, Wesleyan College, Paine College, LaGrange College, Clark Atlanta College, Andrew College and Emory University.  

Anyone who would like to attend the breakfast should reserve a spot by 5 p.m. Wednesday by emailing or calling 770-720-9152.

Following the breakfast, faculty members from the Cauble School of Nursing and Health Sciences as well as admissions representatives will host a meet and greet at Cartersville Medical Center at 960 Joe Frank Harris Parkway from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The staff members will help potential students learn about the university’s on-campus Bachelor of Science in nursing and the online RN to Bachelor of Science in nursing program.

Reinhardt Day will wind up with a late afternoon/early evening coffee at Noble & Main Coffee Co. at 145 W. Main St. from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Coffee with a Counselor will give potential students a chance to have their questions answered and help them find a sense of direction when it comes to furthering their education.    

Guests will be treated to a free cup of coffee provided by the university’s office of enrollment management.

Founded in 1883, Reinhardt is a private, comprehensive, liberal arts university based in Waleska on a 525-acre campus, and it also operates other centers in the north Georgia region.  

The university offers more than 40 programs of study and five graduate degrees to a student body made up fo traditional-age college students, adults who have yet to attend college or who want to return and graduate students.