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Reinhardt Inducts Inaugural Class of Nursing Students

Twenty-seven future nurses were inducted into the Cauble School of Nursing & Health Sciences Jan. 7 during the Inaugural White Coat Ceremony held in Flint Hall at Falany Performing Arts Center on Reinhardt University’s campus.

Rachel Gondek accepts her coat during the Inaugural White Coat Ceremony
Rachel Gondek accepts her coat during the Inaugural White Coat Ceremony at Reinhardt University. Photo by Jeff Reed.

Reinhardt President Dr. Kina S. Mallard recalled in her remarks her interview period, during which she quickly learned that a nursing program was at the forefront of the University’s plans.

“When I was called by Chairman Billy Hasty and asked if I would accept the presidency of Reinhardt University, he said our top priority is to start a nursing program at Reinhardt. I knew I had my marching orders,” she said.

In just two short years, the program was developed and approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the Georgia Board of Nursing, faculty was hired, funding was garnered and students enrolled.

Beaming with excitement, Cauble School of Nursing & Health Sciences founding dean Dr. Glynis Blackard, thanked those who were involved in the creation of the program and to the students and families who supported one another during an arduous process.

“Even though you are a student-nurse, this coat is symbolic of what it means to be a nurse. As you don this coat, I am hopeful you accept the responsibility that comes with this article of clothing. I hope you accept it with humility,” she told the University’s inaugural nursing class.

During the ceremony, speaker Dr. Carla Sanderson of Union University shared her journey as a nurse and inspired the Reinhardt students to always have hope. She shared a story of a patient who, in the 1980s, was her first heart transplant patient. She stood alongside this man who had recently received a 19-year-old’s heart as he regained strength and received a second lease on life.

“The door opened on our first day and in shuffled a man who was the age I am now. He was clinging to a walker and had a furrow in his brow the concentration of his mobility was requiring. I started thinking ‘someone thinks this gentleman is ready to exercise on a treadmill?’” she said. “My trained eye turned to watch the impact of the activity on my patient’s heart rhythm. That’s when my own heart filled with overflowing joy. I was seeing the strength of a 19-year-old’s heart pumping blood and life beautifully into the frail and weak man.

“Tears flooded my eyes, and I turned to look into my patient’s face … He had raised his eyes to the monitor and slowly he turned his head to meet my eyes and simultaneously we began to smile. We had both together just seen hope,” Sanderson said.

Sanderson told the students that their journey is one of providing hope. She urged the students to always treat their patients with dignity, to be an advocate and to lead their lives the “Reinhardt Way” and to speak up for what is “right, good and noble.”

“It is a noble task, a noble privilege to find and share hope with another human begin. You are donning a white coat of nobility. Maybe it is new to you to think of nursing as noble or to think of yourself as a noble person. It is a noble task to care for those who suffer, the ill, the hungry, the lonely, the vulnerable newborn, the one of old age, the dying,” she said.

Now, 27 of these bright young minds have embarked on their journey to become medical caregivers to their fellow man. Along with the more than 1, 500 students at Reinhardt University, the newly inducted nursing students began their spring semester classes.

The students inducted into the Cauble School of Nursing & Health Sciences are: Sierra Destiny Armstrong, Woodstock Ga.; Rick Atkinson Jr., Woodstock; Lucy Anne Bailey, Marietta; Jocelyn Leigh Blair, Chatsworth; Sarah Jayne Elizabeth Burgess, Canton; Joanna Calhoun Caldwell, Canton; Clayton Cowart, Villa Rica; Heather Emily Grace Fox, Jasper; Mary Hannah Fuller, Marietta; Summer Christine Gaskill, Cartersville; Melanie Kristine Gerdes, Canton; Rachel Ann Gondek, Jasper; Aubrie Annette Harding, Jasper; Adriana Stephany Herrera, Ball Ground; Julia Blair Holbert, Canton; Peyton Timothy Holbrook, Canton; Amanda Elein Jordan, Woodstock; Erica Jorgensen, Woodstock; Erin Taylor Kandarian, Powder Springs; Martha Erin Piper, Cumming; Carly Elise Ragsdale, Dallas; Alina Ramirez, Canton; Kerri Nicole Riordan, Woodstock; Emily Rachel Rolader, Woodstock; Julianne Elizabeth Sapp, Canton; George Richard Seddon III, Calhoun; and Erin Lee Temple, Woodstock.

Whitehead Scholars Established at Reinhardt Around Scholarship and Service

Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans knew she was meant to help people, and her legacy of genuine concern for others still thrives at Reinhardt University.

The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, through which student scholarships are bestowed, supports the education of female students and the care of elderly women in nine Southeastern states.

This year, Reinhardt University has 64 scholars who formed a cohort during fall semester geared at building camaraderie and a sense of place. Eighty-seven percent of those students will be returning in the spring semester, continuing their pursuit of their degrees and participation as Whitehead Scholars.

Reinhardt University’s Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholars

“The Lettie Pate Whitehead scholarship provides educational opportunities for female students, and here at Reinhardt University, we wanted to create a cohort that also supports Mrs. Evans’ legacy of helping others,” said Julie Fleming, vice president for enrollment management at Reinhardt University. “We’ve done activities around community service, and that speaks to the legacy established by Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans. When these students are awarded the scholarship, it’s more than money to cover tuition. We have created an atmosphere where students can support each other and give back to the community.”

Throughout the year, Lettie Pate Whitehead scholars participate in events throughout the community, instilling a sense of philanthropy in students. The effort also coincides with Reinhardt University’s mission of educating the whole person by developing the intellectual, social, personal, vocational, spiritual and physical dimensions of its students.

Whitehead scholars participated in events throughout fall semester, including Rise Against Hunger and Flowers for a Purpose.

“On Dec. 1, I volunteered to be a part of the Flowers for a Purpose Program. I helped intellectually delayed individuals make flower bouquets. It was so great engaging with these individuals and seeing them happy,” said J’aiLa Price, a freshman majoring in musical theatre. “Before we started placing the flowers inside each vase, we put water in each one and fertilizer to make sure the flowers had nourishment and stayed beautiful. Each individual’s glass was different, so depending on the vase and length of the flower, each flower was cut to fit perfectly inside the glass.  My new friends and I picked out colorful flowers, which really brought smiles to their faces as they saw the variety of flowers bring out different colors.”

Students also volunteered for the Red Cross Blood drive and the Deck the Halls event on campus.

“The Red Cross Blood Drive that took place in the Glasshouse was a first for me. I had never given blood before, due to fear of needles, but decided to take the leap and get over the fear and help save a life,” said Sarah Cavenaugh, a freshman majoring in pre-nursing.

During the upcoming spring semester, the Lettie Pate Whitehead scholars will meet three times during the semester as a group and participate in multiple events both on and off campus.

For the March 15 meeting, Carrie Davis Conway, senior program officer for the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, will speak to the students. Conway has been with the Woodruff Foundation since 2014 and previously served as the executive director of the Southeast Region for CARE USA. She has 10 years of experience working in development in the higher education sector.

“Carrie Davis Conway can impart a great deal of knowledge on our students and inspire them as they grow into their own,” said Fleming. “We are excited for her visit next semester.”

Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans was a generous philanthropist and a successful businesswoman. She married Joseph B. Whitehead, who was one of the original bottlers of Coca-Cola. When he passed away, she took over his bottling business and real estate interests, establishing the Whitehead Holding Company and the Whitehead Realty Company to manage the family’s assets.

After her first husband’s death, she remarried Col. Arthur Kelly Evans, a retired Canadian army officer, and they made their home in Virginia, where she became active in cultural and civic affairs.

Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans became one of the first female directors of any major U.S. corporation when she was appointed to the board of The Coca-Cola Company in 1934 by Robert W. Woodruff, its long-time leader. She held that position for nearly 20 years.

Her giving heart stretched from the southeast to England and France. She was a trustee of Emory University, Agnes Scott College and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Additionally, she supported personally the Queen’s Fund for air raid victims, furnished ambulances for the French and served on the board of the American Hospital in Paris.

For more information about the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, visit

Reinhardt University School of Nursing & Health Sciences to be Named for Retired Canton Physician Dr. John A. Cauble

Even before its first 27 nursing students begin classwork this month or conduct their first clinical round later this year, Reinhardt University nurses will now and forever be known as students, later graduates, of the Dr. John A. Cauble School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Reinhardt University School of Nursing & Health Sciences to be named for retired Canton physician Dr. John A. Cauble
Sara Jo and Dr. Jack Cauble, Sally Forest and President Kina S. Mallard met just before Christmas to sign scholarship agreements that will benefit Reinhardt University nursing students long into the future. Photo by Huitt Rabel

Dr. Cauble, a longtime, highly regarded Canton physician who practiced family medicine for more than 40 years, and his daughter, Sally Forest, have made a lead gift that will support operations, scholarships, and the growth and development of this, the sixth School at Reinhardt University.

“Few people in Cherokee County are more respected than Dr. Jack Cauble. All of us at Reinhardt are thrilled that he and Sally are making possible the naming of the Dr. John A. Cauble School of Nursing and Health Sciences, and we are hopeful that this lead gift will encourage additional support for this exciting, one-of-a-kind nursing program,” said Reinhardt President Dr. Kina S. Mallard.

The gift from the Cauble family provides for immediate operational support and creation of new scholarships in support of nursing students. It may also provide for support of a planned new nursing building on the Reinhardt University campus in Waleska. Currently, the nursing program is located on the Appalachian Campus of Chattahoochee Technical College in Jasper.

Dr. Cauble is providing the lead gift for the Cauble School of Nursing & Health Sciences, knowing that students need and deserve the best program for instruction, facilities and scholarship support as they pursue their dream of becoming nurses for the 21st Century.

“Reinhardt’s decision to establish a School of Nursing is certainly a timely one, for the medical community at this time does not have enough qualified nurses to meet demand,” Dr. Cauble said. “Furthermore, within the near future, demand for their services will be increased as a result of population growth and because more and more primary medical care will gradually but steadily be provided by these nurses.”

Dr. Cauble chose Reinhardt University for such a transformational gift because he sees what the institution is doing for the community for which he provided medical care for decades.

“I thought it was a great place for me to contribute something. Reinhardt has grown a great deal, and I would like to see them grow and graduate more students throughout the years,” he said.

His daughter, Sally Forest, now of Ellijay, grew up in Canton and also has witnessed what Reinhardt is doing for the community. When her father began talking about making a gift to Reinhardt, she strongly supported him.

“I thought the nursing school they are starting was a perfect fit for him having been a doctor for so many years,” she said. “It’s right there in the community where I grew up. They have done so much for the community.”

Dr. Cauble served as a general practitioner in Canton for more than 40 years, providing medical care to thousands of people in Cherokee County. He first practiced alongside another notable Cherokee County physician, Dr. William Nichols, and later opened a solo practice from which he served patients for 25 years.

Dr. Cauble attended Oxford College of Emory University and Emory School of Medicine where he received his Doctorate in Medicine in 1954. Before starting his 40-year practice of medicine, he served in the U.S. Army.

“All of us associated with the founding of this new school, are extremely grateful to Dr. Cauble for his service to this community, and as a professional nurse, I am thankful for his recognition of nursing and the collegial relationships of the multidisciplinary healthcare team,” said Glynis Blackard, founding dean of the Cauble School. “With this support, Dr. Cauble and his daughter, Sally, are creating a wonderful legacy for all of us associated with the formation of this new school.”