Mathew A. Pinson ’05 (left) and Jack H. Smith ’38 (right) are congratulated by Leland “Gene” Norton ’60, president of Reinhardt’s Alumni Board of Governors, during the College’s Alumni Awards Dinner on Oct. 3. Smith received the Alumni Loyalty Award and Pinson was given the Young Alumni Award. Gary C. Waddell ’68 will be presented with the Alumnus of the Year Award during the College’s Board of Trustees’ meeting on January 27, 2009.
During the Reinhardt College Alumni Awards Dinner on Oct. 3, Jack H. Smith ’38 received the Alumni Loyalty Award and Mathew A. Pinson ’05 was given the Young Alumni Award. Gary C. Waddell ’68 will be presented with the Alumnus of the Year Award during the College’s Board of Trustees meeting on January 27, 2009.
Smith and Pinson were appreciative of their awards and for the impact Reinhardt has made on their lives.
Reaching His Fullest Potential
“For many young alumni, the value of a Reinhardt degree has launched them to where they are now; it has been the springboard for our success,” said Pinson. “Dr. Curt Lindquist [associate professor of religion and philosophy] and Dr. Theresa Ast [associate professor of history] are the two professors that taught me everything I know about higher education. I was not the best student, but these professors are two of many that helped me to live up to my fullest potential. I am very grateful to be awarded the Young Alumni Award.”
Value in Being Loyal
Smith reminded the guests and fellow alumni of the value of being loyal to the College. “I have been connected to the College for a long time and I love it,” he said. “The College deserves committed people, so I have tried over the years to do my part and be dedicated. It is an important place to learn and live, and there are so many special people that call it home. It makes me feel good to have received the Alumni Loyalty Award, and I appreciate it very much.”
"I Am Proud to be Associated with Reinhardt."
Waddell, who was not able to attend the awards dinner and will be presented with his award in January, echoed the comments of Pinson and Smith. “The award means a lot because the school means a lot to me,” he said. “It’s something I never would have expected to receive. I’m very proud of that award, and I am very proud to be associated with Reinhardt.
“I think there’s a lot of experiences going on with students right now that will have the same value as when I was there. In looking back, it’ll be the best part of their life. I’ve very proud, very honored and humbled.”
The recipient of the Alumni Loyalty Award is chosen for his or her personal and financial support of the College. The Young Alumni Award recognizes a recent graduate who has made outstanding contributions to society and whose accomplishments and career reflects favorably upon Reinhardt. The Alumnus of the Year is selected for his or her personal and/or professional achievements; the award is based on an individual being distinguished in his of her business or professional career; for community service; for exhibiting exemplary faithfulness to Reinhardt; for demonstrated and propagated spirit of Reinhardt; and for demonstrated faith and moral character.
A life-long resident of Waleska, Ga., Smith attended grammar school in the basement of Reinhardt’s Burgess Administration building, where he completed his schooling in 1938.
Smith served in the Philippines as an Army Airborne Engineer from 1941 to 1945. He left the service as a staff sergeant with the World War II Victory Medal, a Philippine Liberation Ribbon with a Bronze Star, an Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal with Two Bronze Stars and an America Service Medal.
His career endeavors through the years included construction, real estate development, residential contracting and housing authority inspecting. He was also briefly involved in banking, and in 1979, Mr. Smith and 11 others founded North Georgia Savings and Loan in Canton, Ga.
As a former mayor of Waleska, Smith helped establish a city water system, a new City Hall, a fire station and police department. He was an R.M. Moore Elementary School Trustee and served on the Cherokee Day Care Program Board. Smith has been active in the Cherokee County Community Action Agency, the Chamber of Commerce, the Industrial Authority, the Lions Club and Masons.
In 1978, Smith received an honorary degree from Reinhardt. He has served on the College’s Alumni Board of Governors, and he is a member of the Reinhardt Ambassadors.
Smith and his wife, Ruby, are active members of Waleska First Baptist Church. They have one daughter, Edna ’75, and two grandchildren, Amanda Cook Brown ’98 and Julie Cook LeSesne.
Pinson, who was born in Newnan, Ga., graduated from Reinhardt in 2005, and shortly thereafter, he was named director of annual giving at Tennessee Wesleyan College and served in this role for more than two years. He recently accepted an appointment to serve as director of development for major gifts at Emory’s Candler School of Theology.
As the son of a United Methodist minister, Pinson is very active within The United Methodist Church. He served as an elected delegate to the 2000, 2004, and 2008 General and Jurisdictional Conferences, and he recently completed an eight-year term as a member of the board of directors of the General Council on Finance and Administration. Pinson’s volunteer commitments include service as associate conference lay leader for the North Georgia Conference and, at the request of the bishop, as a member of the Board of Ordained Ministry.
Pinson is married to the Rev. Susan Moore Pinson ’04, who serves on the clergy staff at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church on the Emory campus. They reside in Atlanta, Ga.
Waddell is a resident of Roswell, Ga. He graduated from Reinhardt in 1968 with an associate of arts degree, and then went on to Georgia State University where he graduated in 1970 with a bachelor of business administration degree.
He is a managing partner with Waddell, Smith, Magoon and Freeman, LLC - Certified Public Accountants, and belongs to the American Institute and Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. Waddell serves on Reinhardt’s Board of Trustees, and he is also a member of the Roswell Rotary Club.
Waddell and his wife, Brenda (Hill) Waddell ’68, reside in Roswell, Ga. and are members at Roswell United Methodist Church. They have two children, Stacy and Jeff.
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