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Sen. Steve Gooch Announces Second Meeting of the Senate Study Committee on Evaluating the School Year Calendar of Georgia Public Schools

Sen. Steve Gooch (R – Dahlonega) recently announced that the second meeting of the Senate Study Committee on Evaluating the School Year Calendar of Georgia Public Schools will be held TOMORROW, November 14, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in room 450 of the Capitol.

Sen. Gooch will serve as Chairman of the committee and members will include Sen. Mike Dugan (R – Carrollton), Sen. John Wilkinson (R – Toccoa), Sen. Jack Hill (R – Reidsville), Mr. Grier Todd, appointed by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, Deputy Commissioner of Tourism for the Georgia Department of Economic Development Kevin Langston, Georgia Chamber of Commerce designee Michael Owens, Director of the Georgia Travel Association Kelsey Moore, Executive Director of the Georgia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus Jay Markwalter, Camila Knowles, appointed by Governor Nathan Deal, and State Board of Education designee Scott Johnson.

The Senate Study Committee on Evaluating the School Year Calendar of Georgia Public Schools was created by the passage of Senate Resolution 1068 during the 2018 Legislative Session. The committee will review the effect of varied school start dates on the travel and hospitality industries while ensuring that there will be no disruption to the education of Georgia’s children. The committee must report its findings on or before December 1, 2018.

WHO:              Sen. Steve Gooch and Members of the Senate Study Committee on Evaluating the School Year Calendar of Georgia Public Schools

WHAT:            Second Study Committee Meeting

WHEN:            November 14, 2018
2:00 p.m.

WHERE:          State Capitol – Room 450

206 Washington St SW

Atlanta, GA 30334

Reinhardt, Cherokee County, Ga. Chick-fil-A Establish Educational Pathway Partnership

Reinhardt University and local Chick-fil-A owner/operator, Kevin Williams, are joining forces to support emerging leaders in the Chick-fil-A organization.

Reinhardt University and Chick-fil-A Canton celebrated a new partnership Friday. Pictured, front row, from left, are: Hayden Holcomb, the first Chick-fil-A team member to be a part of the program, Kevin Williams, owner/operator of Chick-fil-A Canton and Reinhardt Trustee, Reinhardt President Dr. Kina S. Mallard, and Reinhardt Provost Dr. Mark Roberts; back row, from left, Dr. Dana Hall, coordinator of Reinhardt’s MBA program, Jennifer Prine, director of professional studies and graduate admissions, and Dr. Steve Morse, dean of the McCamish School of Business and Sport Studies

Reinhardt President Kina S. Mallard, Provost Mark A. Roberts and Williams signed a partnership agreement Friday that creates a pathway for Chick-fil-A team members to get financial assistance as they earn their degrees and advance in leadership responsibilities within the Chick-fil-A organization.

“One of Reinhardt’s strategic goals is to connect with community businesses in innovative ways,” Mallard said. “Together, Chick-fil-A and Reinhardt University have created a partnership that develops emerging leaders within the Chick-fil-A Canton organization.”

“We are seeking to raise up leaders through this MBA partnership with Reinhardt University and Chick-fil-A Canton that builds on our mission of Creating Moments of Kindness,” said Williams, who also serves as a member of the Reinhardt University Board of Trustees. “We have no greater goal than to glorify God by how we serve others. We believe when you learn to lead with this as a priority the results can be extraordinary.”

The partnership creates an organized structure, allowing Chick-fil-A Canton team members from the three locations owned and operated by Williams – Riverstone, Canton Marketplace and Hickory Flat – to receive discounted tuition toward a Master of Business Administration.

First-year MBA student and Chick-fil-A Canton team member Hayden Holcomb said he is honored to be one of the first team members chosen to participate in the MBA Leader Development Program.

“This partnership is making a dream come true as it gives me the opportunity to grow with an amazing brand while earning my MBA,” he said. “I am able to use my work experience through this extraordinary opportunity with Reinhardt University to apply what I am learning to my experiences working with Chick-fil-A Canton.”

The partnership agreement – also supported by Scholarship America – allows Chick-fil-A Canton team members and their immediate family members to receive discounted tuition for any undergraduate online program, including an Associate of Business Administration, Bachelor of Business Administration, Associate of Science in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Healthcare Administration and the RN to BSN program.

To learn more about Reinhardt University, its programs and offerings, visit

Reinhardt University to Showcase Programs, Offerings in Dalton Oct. 30

Reinhardt University is coming to Dalton/Whitfield County on Tuesday, Oct. 30 to in hopes of attracting prospective students, alumni and friends to experience something of the Reinhardt spirit during a daylong ”Reinhardt Day in Dalton.”

Starting with a free breakfast at Dalton First United Methodist Church and concluding with a reception at Dalton Country Club, Reinhardt welcomes everyone to attend one or more event.

“We are excited about Reinhardt Day in Dalton,” said Julie Fleming, vice president for enrollment management. “Reinhardt has strong ties to the Dalton community, and this day is dedicated to sharing more about the exciting things happening at the University. We will connect with trustees, alumni, friends, parents, partners in education and prospective students throughout the day to showcase ‘Reinhardt on the Rise.’”

The day begins with a free breakfast at Dalton First United Methodist Church at 7:30 a.m. where Reinhardt President Kina S. Mallard will speak about the many offerings at Reinhardt. Admissions and financial aid staff will be on hand to meet with prospective students – both traditional and non-traditional.

Reinhardt University staff will be found around town throughout the day at area high schools and visiting Dalton area businesses.

A chance to learn more about Reinhardt University’s health science offerings will be available at a meet and greet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mack Gaston Community Center on N. Fredrick Street.

A late afternoon reception will be held at Dalton Country Club beginning at 4:30 p.m. at which Dr. Mallard will once again speak about today’s Reinhardt University. Alumni, as well as friends and supporters, are invited to join Dr. Mallard and other senior University leaders for appetizers and beverages.

For prospective students not able to make it out to the breakfast, the Admissions staff will be on hand at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, located on Walnut Avenue, from 6 to 8 p.m. to answer questions, and to buy a doughnut for those attending.

Those attending the Dalton FUMC breakfast and the Dalton Country Club reception are asked to RSVP not later than Thursday, Oct. 25 by calling 770-720-9152 or by email to