During the University’s recent Homecoming festivities, the Jason Gamel ’96 Blue and Gold Spirit Award was presented to Anna Ragan, administrative assistant for the School of Music, in recognition of her spirit and pride for Reinhardt University. This is the first time Ragan has won the award.
“I was so surprised when my name was called to receive the award,” said Ragan. “Reinhardt gave me so much when I was here as a student, and I'm glad that I can give back in a different capacity now as an employee. It means a lot that my name was considered, and I'm grateful for the honor of being chosen for this award.”
Presented annually during the University’s Homecoming festivities, the award recognizes a faculty or staff member who best shows their pride for Reinhardt University through athletic events, student activities, campus involvement, and representation of Reinhardt spirit as Jason Gamel ’96 did during his time as a student and staff member of the then College. The selection process for the award’s recipient is by nomination from the campus-at-large, and then the nominations are compiled by the Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Board and voted on by the Student Senate.
“I have been actively involved in the Reinhardt community since I came in as a freshman in fall of 2005,” Ragan said. “Since then, Reinhardt has just been a part of my life—truly like family; people do things for family, and that's how I see my interaction with Reinhardt. I like being here, and I enjoy helping out where needed. I love encouraging students to consider Reinhardt for their choice of school. My experience here as a student certainly proved that Reinhardt truly shapes your life and builds your future!”
As a student at Reinhardt, was an active member of the Collegiate Music Educator's National Conference chapter, where she served as chapter president and state secretary, and the Reinhardt Organization of Student Educators (ROSE), where she served as the music education representative. She was also a member of the Baptist Campus Ministry and Swing Dance Club.
Currently serving as administrative assistant for the School of Music, Ragan said that her “job offers me opportunity to help with recruitment, and it’s great that I have recent first-hand experience that I can share with potential students! I am so excited to continue being a part of the growth of both the music department, and the school as a whole!”
Ragan earned a bachelor in music education from Reinhardt in 2010. She currently resides in Marietta, Ga.
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