Reinhardt Recognizes Three Alumni -- Marguerite T. Cline, G.
Dennis Harris Jr., and C. Kenneth White -- during Homecoming Festivities
Alumni Awards Presented at Brunch
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007, Cherokee County educator, businesswoman and civic leader Marguerite T. Cline, Class of 1958, received the College's 2007 Evelyn J. Gordy Alumni Loyalty Award.
In accepting the alumni loyalty award, Cline shared the story
of how she came to Reinhardt. "One of the luckiest days of my life was
when, as a senior at Sparta High School, my teacher asked me to pick up a
piece of paper off the floor," she said. She filled out the postcard
requesting information from Reinhardt, in part because it already had a
stamp on it, she said laughing. "I was so surprised when I got a letter
back from J.R. Burgess [then president of Reinhardt]. That's what
started my life in Waleska, Ga. Not only did I begin an affiliation
with Reinhardt and have many other opportunities, I gained a new family
and lots of friends, whom I love dearly," she said.
Dalton, Ga., businessman C. Kenneth White, Class of 1961,
was named the 2007 Alumnus of the Year. White praised Reinhardt's
growth as he accepted the alumni award. "During my 23 years on the Board
of Trustees, I have made Reinhardt College and the students' welfare my
top priorities," he said. 'With the development of facilities,
athletics and academic programs and equipment, Reinhardt offers today's
students the opportunity to receive the best education available at any
private institution in the state. Also, during my period on the Board,
Reinhardt has successfully transformed itself from a junior college to a
highly successful senior college. I am privileged to accept this
award, and I appreciate your confidence in me."
50th Anniversary of Student Government
Later in the day, the College's student government association, SGA, held a reception recognizing the group's 50th
anniversary. Current SGA President Jordan Turner of Canton, Ga.,
announced that the two annual SGA outstanding member awards had been
renamed for Cline and G. Dennis Harris, Jr., Class of 1958, of Stone Mountain, Ga.
Turner announced the renaming of the SGA awards to
the standing-room-only crowd of former Reinhardt SGA and Student
Activities Council members from the past 50 years. "Each year since
2004 we have recognized a male and female member of SGA with our Golden
Eagle Award," he said. 'This award goes to the outstanding student
senate member who exemplifies student leadership in every way. They are
voted on by their fellow senators. We voted earlier this week to rename
these awards for two of our earliest founding members. The Golden
Eagle Awards will now be called the Marguerite Thigpen Cline and Dennis
Harris Leadership in Action Awards."
Harris said he was surprised and pleased by SGA's
decision. "I am most appreciative of the opportunities afforded me by my
involvement with Reinhardt," he said. "The Student Government
Association has offered many students avenues for leadership growth over
the past 50 years. I am highly honored to have this annual award given
in my name."
Cline shared similar sentiments. 'It was quite an
honor and took me back quite a bit," she said. "It reminded me of what a
difference Reinhardt has made in my life."
Homecoming festivities also included baseball,
softball and basketball games, an alumni basketball game, reunions for
the classes of '37, '47, '57, '67, '77, '87 and '97, special activities
for the children of alumni, a homecoming dance, and the crowning of the
homecoming king and queen.