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Glasshouse in Reinhardt's Hasty Student Life Center is Named for the Late Jewell Wyatt Bannister '40

Hasty family gathers to celebrate dedication of Bannister Glasshouse

The family of Bannister displays the plaque that will be placed in the Jewell Wyatt Bannister '40 Glasshouse in her honor. Pictured are Hasty (from left), Linda Nichols Hasty '90, Dixie Hasty Kinard, Bannister's niece, Joanie Hasty Castleberry, also Bannister's niece, Ned Castleberry and Hazel Wyatt Hasty (holding the plaque), sister of Bannister and mother to Mr. Hasty, Mrs. Kinard and Mrs. Castleberry.

The Glasshouse, a spacious meeting room and atrium in The Hasty Student Life Center at the College's Waleska, Ga. campus, was dedicated to the late Jewell Wyatt Bannister '40, an alumna and donor to the College, during a reception on March 12, 2008. The program included remarks from Bannister's nephew and Reinhardt Trustee Chair William G. Hasty Jr. '67, Student Government Association President William "Billy" Jones, and College President Dr. J Thomas Isherwood. Those in attendance included Bannister's relatives, alumni, students, trustees, faculty and staff.

"She [Bannister] always had such high regards for Reinhardt," explained Hasty. "She was so proud that my family has been so actively involved at Reinhardt.Even though she attended the College many years ago, I know she would be so honored that her contributions went to adding to the beauty of this building and campus."

Making a Commitment to the College
Bannister played on the basketball team at Reinhardt and graduated in 1940 with an Associate of Arts. She taught high school in the Georgia school system and retired after many years of service. She passed away in 2006, and bequeathed funds from her estate for the construction of The Hasty Student Life Center.

"As an educator, she no doubt knew how to engage students and how to create a challenging and caring environment which is an element one can find in this facility that now bears her name," said Jones. "And on behalf of the student body, I would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Mrs. Jewell Wyatt Bannister for her commitment to the students of Reinhardt College."

Serving as a Space for Relaxing and Interacting
The Jewell Wyatt Bannister '40 Glasshouse serves as an area for students to relax, interact and engage. The space has already been actively used for meetings, workshops and student activities, and is home to the student-led worship service, Real Deal, every Wednesday night.

     "The Hasty Student Life Center is the center of campus activity," said Dr. Isherwood. "But the Jewell Wyatt Bannister ['40] Glasshouse is the center of the center. It is where it is all happening."

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