At the annual Reinhardt College Faculty Appreciation Luncheon held on campus Friday, March 16, 2007, administrators underscored the crucial role that faculty play in making Reinhardt a true community of challenge and care. Among the outstanding faculty honored at the luncheon was Dr. John S. Yelvington, assistant professor of economics for the McCamish School of Business. In addition, faculty members Judith R. MacMillan, Dr. Eddie B. Robertson and Dr. Richard D. Summers received special recognition.
Prior to the award presentations, Reinhardt President Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood addressed the gathering of faculty and said, :This has been a very successful year, and I am very grateful and appreciative. There's a lot of excitement about Reinhardt, and that's because of your good work, your wise judgments and your commitment to the institution. Our capital campaign has been so successful and our enrollment has been so successful because of the institution that you have built.
"We're not done. We have so much more to do. I don't think there will ever be a time when we will look at each other and say, 'Ah, now we're done.'"
Yelvington Wins UM Exemplary Teacher Award
Yelvington was presented with the prestigious United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award. Funded by the Division of Higher Education of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, the award is given annually to a Reinhardt faculty member to recognize excellence in teaching, commitment to value-centered education and service to students at the College. Yelvington has taught at the Reinhardt for six years and lives in Alpharetta, Ga. He was chosen by his peers for this award.
"There are several things I like about teaching at a faith-based school, but the main issue is that I can express my faith in God and not feel threatened by somebody, because I know that in my heart it's the truth," Yelvington said. "And I like to try to help students get on the path, if they're not on the path, or if they're on the path, to get them to stay there. At a public institution, I might feel inhibited, somewhat, in doing that. I am living my dream. On Aug. 15, 2001, I was appointed to the faculty here. Teaching isn't work. When you enjoy what you do, it's not work."
Master Professor Program Graduates Recognized
MacMillan, Robertson and Summers were recognized for the energy, courage and time they invested in completing the Master Professor Program of Reinhardt�s Institute for Teaching Excellence, which began in the fall of 2005. The Master Professor Program is a teaching enhancement program that aims to enable the experienced professor with a demonstrated record of effectiveness in the classroom to integrate cutting-edge information with its practical application. MacMillan, who resides in Kennesaw, Ga., serves as a professor of music and has been at Reinhardt since September 1974 while Robertson, a professor of mathematics from Waleska, Ga., has been with the College for 21 years. Summers, who lives in White, Ga., is a professor of mathematics and has been a faculty member since September 1996.
Reinhardt Faculty Focus on Connecting with Students
Dr. Robert L. Driscoll, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College, concluded the event by stating, "One of the really good things about my position is the fact that I get the opportunity to see faculty working closely and up front with students. Sometimes you're working trying to correct situations, other times you're pushing students to go beyond what they thought they were capable of, and a lot of times you're just taking care of the needs of the student. When you separate everything out, this College is about our faculty making connections with our students."
Recognized for completing Reinhardt's Institute for Teaching Excellence Master Professor Program were Judith R. MacMillan (top), Dr. Eddie B. Robertson (middle) and Dr. Dick Summers.