The Reinhardt University community gathered under a near perfect, blue-sky afternoon around Lake Mullenix on April 5 for a dedication and naming ceremony for Townsend Bridge.
Local resident and Reinhardt Board of Trustees member, Dr. Austin Flint, responding to a birthday wish last summer from Reinhardt President Kina S. Mallard, set out to raise the necessary funds to build a bridge across the lake and the result is a stunning addition to Reinhardt’s “University in a Park.”
Townsend Bridge, named in honor of lifelong Waleska residents Stanley and Dottie Townsend, bridges the divide between the main academic core of the campus and the Falany Performing Arts Center.
“We think of it as a real bridge across the campus that students can use and one that will symbolically bridge students together, bring the world closer together so to speak,” said Dr. Flint.
Townsend Bridge was another step in growing and nudging Reinhardt University’s campus beautification forward, as well as providing students with a practical and relaxing path between Falany Center and main campus.
“Not only does this bridge the two parts of campus, but also will bridge people. I can’t say enough about the importance of aesthetics and the importance of creating a community,” said President Mallard.
“We talk a lot about this being the Reinhardt community and the Reinhardt family, but you have to have to have a space for community to happen.”
With the addition of the Townsend Bridge, and the completion of the new Reinhardt Black Box Theater Building later this year, Reinhardt’s “Arts Around the Lake” initiative will be one step closer to completion. To see more about ongoing campus construction projects, see Reinhardt.edu/construction.
Reinhardt University will hold its final President’s Colleges of the academic year, featuring a professor who recently returned from sabbatical in the Middle East and Reinhardt University President Dr. Kina S. Mallard.
“Our faculty works tirelessly to bring knowledge from around the world to Reinhardt University,” said University Provost Dr. Mark Roberts. “The President’s College takes that objective a step further by bringing the intellectual discussion to members of the surrounding community. These events are always free to the public, and guests are invited to stay after for dinner at our Gordy Dining Center.”
Dr. Jonathan Good, professor of history, will speak about historical Christian and Islamic figures in his lecture “St. George and al-Khidr: A Case of Convergence?” He will present on March 28 at 4 p.m. in the Hill Freeman Library and Spruill Learning Center Community Room.
Good recently returned from sabbatical in the Middle East, where he complemented his studies on Medieval England with new research concerning the convergence between Saint George, the patron saint of England and the Islamic figure al-Khidr.
The next President’s College, this year’s last, will feature Dr. Mallard on April 25. Her presentation, “Visiting Edwin Clark University in Nigeria,” is scheduled at 4 p.m. at the same location. Mallard will discuss highlights of her trip last December to Nigeria, where she visited Edwin Clark University. Reinhardt and Edwin Clark University have a partnership that opens doors for study abroad and global learning opportunities for students from each institution.
Under the direction of Dr. Daniel Kirk, the 50-member wind ensemble will perform inspirational selections including Curiale’s Joy, LaBarr’s Grace Before Sleep and Hanson’s Chorale and Alleluia.
The University Winds will be joined by several Reinhardt alumni and faculty members for a special performance of Grant’s Panoramic Landscapes, Maslanka’s Give Us This Day and Bernstein’s Make Our Garden Grow.
“The audience will come away inspired as we musically explore questions that awaken us,” Kirk said. “Are you awake to the joy inside us all, to grace and mercy, and rejoicing in praise?”
All seats are $12.50 and can be purchased at Reinhardt.edu/fpac or by calling the box office at 770-720-9167.