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Date of Event: 05/17/2010 at 01:00 AM

Janet Rodning Honored with Reinhardt College Bridge Award

Rodning Bridge Award
Janet Rodning (right), director of records, registration, and advisement, is presented with the Reinhardt College Bridge Award by Phil Unger, assistant professor of history and chair of the Faculty Senate. The award is given on a yearly basis to a staff member in recognition and appreciation of outstanding service and commitment to the faculty and students of the College.

Janet Rodning, who has served Reinhardt College for more than five years, recently received the 2010 Reinhardt College Bridge Award at a faculty senate meeting. The award is given on a yearly basis to a staff member in recognition and appreciation of outstanding service and commitment to the faculty and students of the College.

Building "Curriculum" Bridges
"The Bridge Award is intended to show the Reinhardt faculty's recognition of and appreciation for a staff member who has put in extra effort to strengthen the Reinhardt community," said Phil Unger, assistant professor of history and chair of the Faculty Senate. "Throughout this year, Mrs. Rodning has been vital to setting up the new comprehensive and flexible general education curriculum that Reinhardt University will implement this fall. She has lived up to the award's name through her efforts to see that the practical logistics of the registrar and records functions reflect and support the goals of the new curriculum."

Rodning came to Reinhardt in October 2004 and currently serves as director of records, registration, and advisement in the Office of Academic Affairs. She resides in Canton, Ga.

"I was surprised and very honored to receive this award from the Reinhardt faculty," Rodning said. "I believe communication is the key to building bridges among faculty, staff, and students at Reinhardt."

Award Background
The award, established in 2005 as a formal way for faculty to express appreciation to a staff member, is presented by the Reinhardt Faculty Senate and was the idea of Dr. Theresa L. Ast, associate professor of history. Faculty nominate staff members and then select the recipient for the honor. The award is given to a staff member who deserves appreciation for his or her positive, caring attitude; someone who is known to go the second mile in assisting others and completing their tasks; someone who works hard to build  "bridges" between students, faculty, staff, and the local community and, as a result, strengthens the Reinhardt College community.

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