Category Archives: Cherokee

Reinhardt Students Fare Well at National Singing Workshop

Summer was victorious for Reinhardt University performing arts students who competed in the National Association of Teachers of Singing summer workshop last month.

Reinhardt students Tyler Smith, background, and Victoria Hill
Reinhardt students Tyler Smith, background, and Victoria Hill, foreground, were selected for the National Association of Teachers of Singing workshop in Colorado. They are pictured with, from left, Dr. Rebecca Salter, her husband Joey Salter and Dr. Reverie Berger.

Former dual enrollment student and incoming sophomore Victoria Hill and rising senior Tyler Smith were selected as semi-finalists in the national student auditions.

“These students had to be in the top five in their categories in the regional NATS Student Auditions, then were able to submit YouTube videos for the national round,” said Dr. Reverie Berger, Reinhardt University voice professor. “The top 14 from each category were then selected for the semi-finals which were held during the workshop in Boulder.”

Smith earned a spot as a semi-finalist in the Upper-level College Musical Theatre Men Category, and Hill made it to the finals of the High School Classical Women Category. Hill won first place in that division the following night.

Victoria Hill is pictured with her voice instructor, Dr. Reverie Berger.
Victoria Hill is pictured with her voice instructor, Dr. Reverie Berger.

Hill studies under Berger, and Smith studies under Dr. Rebecca Salter.

The National Student Auditions at regional NATS are a “long-standing tradition” that “offers the opportunity for the top performers in each region to compete with other top artists from around the country,” according to their website,

“When our students see their peers receiving national accolades, it raises the bar and they all strive to be better performers,” Salter said.

In addition to the workshop, Berger and Hill sang in two master classes during the event in Boulder, Colorado.

Three Fraternities/Sorority Selected to Start Chapters at Reinhardt

WALESKA, GA  – The fraternities and sorority for the inaugural Greek Life experience at Reinhardt University have been selected, and chapters will open for the 2017-18 academic year.

Kappa Sigma, Tau Kappa Epsilon and Zeta Tau Alpha will open chapters this fall.

“Each of the fraternities and sororities mirror similar mission, learning outcomes and values of Reinhardt,” said Dr. Walter May, assistant dean of students and director of student activities. “Reinhardt’s mission is to develop the whole person with a focus on the values of faith, learning and leading. Each of these organizations shares these same values and goals. These organizations will be seen as a value added element to campus. The fraternities and sororities will complement and enhance the educational mission of Reinhardt as they will promote academic achievement, leadership development and community engagement.”

Since Greek life is new to Reinhardt, the recruitment process will span over two semesters. The deferred recruitment process will allow students to learn more and find their social and academic niches before selecting a fraternity or sorority to join.

“Students will begin hearing about the recruitment process in the fall during an information session. Not only will students learn about fraternity and sorority life at Reinhardt, they will have the chance to sign up for emails from different fraternities and sororities,” May said. “In the spring, they will participate in a number of events to learn about each fraternity or sorority.”

Each fraternity and sorority will host open houses, as well an intention round in January where students can attend up to two events to learn more about what to expect for their invitation. Bid day is schedule for late January and is when students get their formal invitation to join.

For more information on the organizations selected to come to Reinhardt, visit, and

Cherokee Retired Educators Support Reinhardt University Students

WALESKA, GA  Cherokee County School District students who plan to be teachers and attend Reinhardt University will be the recipients of a scholarship thanks to those who have devoted their lives to education.

From left, Rebecca Amerson, CREA Membership Chairperson; Betty Smith, CREA Secretary; Karen Hawley, CREA President; Reinhardt University President Dr. Kina S. Mallard; and Jean Cantrell, CREA Treasurer. Photo by Jeff Reed.

The Cherokee Retired Educators Association (CREA) made a generous donation of $3,000 June 23 to Reinhardt University President Dr. Kina Mallard to be awarded to a CCSD graduate who attends Reinhardt University’s Price School of Education.

“The Georgia Retired Educators Association and the Cherokee Retired Educators Association’s motto is fellowship, support and service. Part of our service and support is to give back to our community by volunteering and funding various organizations,” said Karen Hawley, CREA President. “We give to Reinhardt because we consider it our very own University and are honored that it is part of the Cherokee community.  We select the Price School of Education due to wanting to further our profession for the future.”

Hawley is a retired teacher who also served as principal of Liberty Elementary School and Freedom Elementary School in Canton. She teaches a class on ethics for teachers at Reinhardt.

For the past 14 years, the retired educators association has provided scholarships to students attending Reinhardt University. The first donation when the scholarship was created was $500, and it has steadily increased over the years. Funding for the scholarship is provided by CREA members and CREA sponsor Ned Castleberry.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be admitted to the Price School of Education, maintain a GPA of 3.75 and be a Cherokee County resident. Faculty votes on the recipients in August, and the awarded students attend the CREA meeting in December to be introduced and give thanks.