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Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, Reinhardt Partner to Unveil Renovated Hill Freeman Library

Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce teamed up with Reinhardt University Oct. 10 for a ribbon-cutting reception that celebrated a transformed Hill Freeman Library and Spruill Learning Center – for its students and for the community.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for renovated Hill Freeman Library and Spruill Learning Center

“The change here is marvelous,” Chamber President Pam Carnes said at the ceremony. The renovated second floor of the library was filled with community leaders, residents, University faculty and staff, and members of Reinhardt Board of Trustees.

“Days like this are days that college presidents live for,” Reinhardt President Dr. Kina S. Mallard said, smiling. “My heart is full.”

President Mallard thanked Cherokee County Manager Jerry Cooper, the Sequoyah Regional Library System and Waleska Mayor Doris Jones for their partnership and support.

The renovation creates a multi-use space for the Reinhardt family and community. It was made possible by approval of the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners to release $1 million of voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax money. SPLOST funds are 1 percent of the county’s overall sales tax.

“This renovation brings new life to Reinhardt’s library. Everything we do is for our students. My vision was for it to be a learning hub, and it is,” Mallard said.

Renovations completed this summer in the 14,411-square-foot space include a new community room, six collaborative learning rooms, children’s area, career and vocational counseling office, tutoring rooms, technology lab and more.

“The community room seats 96 people and is for everyone to use,” Mallard added.

Reinhardt Board Vice Chair Ken White, ’61, told the audience “When I was here, there were books only in the library, and it was quiet. Today we have collaborative learning as well as books, and it is just wonderful.”

Director of Library Services Joel Langford said the renovation has changed the dynamic of the library. “Students are loving the new space and the collaborative study areas. The top floor is much busier since the renovation, and we also have 20 laptop computers that can be checked out.”

“I’m just so appreciative of all our partners to help us get this done,” Mallard said. “It does take a village.”

5K for ADay Raises More Money Than Ever for Reinhardt Student Scholarships

ADay for Reinhardt’s 3rd Annual 5K for ADay brought out the largest crowd in history, dubbing the 2017 event “The Best Year Ever.”

“We are so thankful for everyone who came out and participated, for our sponsors and for our volunteers,” said Dale Morrissey, director of development and external relations for Reinhardt University. “We raised more money than ever with our 5K for our Cherokee County students attending Reinhardt University.”

The 2017 5K for ADay brought out more than 300 runners and raised more than $20,000, all of which will go to student scholarships.

ADay for Reinhardt student Madison Gianfala said the scholarship provides a great financial relief for her family, and she loves being at Reinhardt studying in the Price School of Education.

“This scholarship enables me to reach my goal of helping children without getting into debt,” she said. “Thank you to everyone who participates in these great events like 5K for ADay. ADay for Reinhardt affords students like me a chance at a quality education.”

ADay for Reinhardt is a scholarship program formed in the 1980s to benefit Cherokee County students attending Reinhardt University. The program was expanded this year into Pickens County, and current Reinhardt business student Amberle Godfrey, of the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce, chairs the advisory committee.

To learn more about ADay for Reinhardt or to support the program in Cherokee or Pickens County, contact Dale Morrissey at (770) 720-5506 or at

Reinhardt’s Funk Heritage Center to Participate in Smithsonian Live!

The Cherokee County Historical Society has selected two beautiful, historic homes on the Reinhardt University campus as part of its annual Tour of Homes Oct. 20-21.

The President’s Home and the Evelyn Gordy Rankin Hospitality House will be open to Historical Society eventgoers Oct. 20 from 5 – 9 p.m. and Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event supports the Historical Society’s education and preservation programs.

“Reinhardt is honored to be a part of this great community event and to have two beautiful houses included in the Tour of Homes,” said Reinhardt President Dr. Kina S. Mallard.

The President’s Home was built in 1977 and was modeled after “Belle Meade,” the home of past Board of Trustee Chair Peter S. Knox. The President’s Home underwent a renovation in 2015 with Martha McIntyre Hasty, wife of current Reinhardt Board of Trustees Chair Bill Hasty, overseeing the interior design.

The Gordy Hospitality House was moved from Atlanta to Waleska in four pieces in 1991. The home, originally built in 1929 in Atlanta, was donated by Evelyn Gordy-Rankin ‘24 after her husband’s death, the late Reinhardt Trustee Frank Gordy. The home had been a Christmas gift to her in the 1940s, and she knew the house would be at home on Reinhardt University’s campus, where the Gordy family’s love and legacy continues.

“I am thrilled that two historically significant and prestigious homes on the Reinhardt University campus are part of the Cherokee County Historical Society tour of homes this year along with four homes in Canton. Those who take the tour will get a chance to visit the Reinhardt President’s Home, which will be a rare chance to see this outstanding and beautifully decorated property,” said Rebecca Johnston, volunteer, board member and immediate past president of the Cherokee County Historical Society.

Johnston is the head docent at the Gordy Hospitality House – one of her longtime favorites among historical homes in the community.

“Its rich history and beautiful detailing make a visit to see this home an unforgettable experience,” Johnston said.

Tickets cost $25 ($20 for Historical Society members) and are available at Northside Pharmacy in Waleska. In addition, tickets can be purchased at the Cherokee County History Museum & Visitors’ Center, Chamberhouse, Christine’s Creations, Three Sisters Gifts and Home Accents and Jasper Drug Store. For addresses and more information, visit