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Dear Students, Staff, Faculty, and Friends,

The swiftly evolving situation with the COVID-19 virus has been a cause of serious concern for University leadership. Nothing is more important to us than the health, wellness, and safety of each of you. With that in mind, we have been carefully monitoring the Center for Disease Control (CDC) briefings in real-time, finishing contingency plans, and consulting extensively with public health officials in both Atlanta and Chattanooga.

From the information available and medical expertise shared with us, the best course of action at this stage is a preventative one that minimizes the risk of exposure to COVID-19 on our campus or at our counseling centers. Here is how we will achieve it:

Starting Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 27th, all in-person, on-campus instruction, counseling, and administrative work activities will be suspended for a two-week period. The University leadership plans to resume in-person activity at both campuses on March 30th. During that time, we will vigilantly monitor further developments and counsel from the CDC.

During this temporary suspension of campus activity, course instruction, learning support, tele-counseling, and administration will move to an online platform and be done remotely from home. Students should experience minimal to no interruption of services. Faculty and staff will be equipped with the capabilities to continue to work effectively. Our Hope, Henegar, and Trauma counseling centers will also continue through tele-counseling outreach.

The Deans of the School of Counseling and the School of Ministry will coordinate communication to students with faculty providing detailed instructions on accessing course material through CAMS and answering any other academic questions. Similarly, you will also receive supporting communications from the Vice-President for Information Technology, as well as a virtual wellness check from our Dean of Students.

For counseling center clinicians, student interns, and support staff, you will receive further instructions on working remotely as well as trainings for tele-counseling from the Dean of Clinical Affairs or the Dean of the Richmont Trauma Center.

In shifting from an interpersonal to an online modality for the next two weeks, we understand there will be questions and some challenges. Feel free to direct them to the Deans, their staff and faculties, or the Dean of Students. For this reason, we will also keep in regular communication to share news and updates.

May God keep you and bless our University,

Dr. Timothy Quinnan
President
Richmont Graduate University

Richmont Graduate University Hosts 66th Annual CAPS Conference

Richmont Graduate University is a host institution set to present the 66th Annual Christian Association for Psychological Studies Conference. The CAPS Conference will take place March 12 – March 14, 2020 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, GA.

This year’s conference promises to a series filled with training, stimulating dialogue, inspiring spiritual direction, and professional networking. There will be expert mental health professionals from all over North America presenting plenary sessions, invited lectures and workshops.

Richmont’s Dean of Assessment, Planning & Accreditation, Dr. Sonja Sutherland, is featured as a 2020 Invited Distinguished Scholar & Master Therapist. Other distinguished Richmont faculty and students will be present, as well.

For more information regarding the 66th Annual Christian Association for Psychological Studies Conference, please visit https://www.caps.net/conferences/.

Dr. Gary W. Moon, Richmont’s Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Spirituality, Wins Book Award

Atlanta, GA., US /February 3, 2020/ Dr. Gary W. Moon, Richmont Graduate University’s Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Christian Spirituality, was recently honored by the Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation at Westmont as co-winner of its annual book award for his biography, “Becoming Dallas Willard.”

Click here for more information regarding Dr. Moon’s award.

Richmont’s Dr. Vanessa Snyder, VP of Richmont Institute of Trauma & Recovery, Featured In Voyage ATL

Atlanta, GA., US /February 3, 2020/ Recently, Dr. Vanessa Snyder, Vice President of the Richmont Institute of Trauma & Recovery was featured in the Voyage ATL, a digital magazine. In the feature, Dr. Snyder discusses her journey with Richmont Graduate University and our Institute of Trauma & Recovery in great detail.

To read the story, visit the Voyage ATL link below:
http://voyageatl.com/interview/life-work-vanessa-snyder/

Richmont Graduate University Publishes Diversity Statement

Atlanta, GA., US /January 20, 2020/ Richmont Graduate University, a renowned Christian university offering specialized professional degrees and certificates, has published a Statement on Diversity. With its 80-year history of transformational work in the Atlanta, GA, and Chattanooga, TN communities, Richmont leaders, staff, and students felt the call to publicly affirm its commitment to diversity and inclusion. Drafted by a panel of faculty, staff, students, and alumni, President Timothy Quinnan presented the Statement to the Board of Trustees who formally approved it during their December 2019 meeting. As an established leader in Christ-centered counseling and ministry education, and a university of first-choice for top talent, the Statement reflects this continuing quest for excellence with these words:

Richmont is committed to the intentional creation of an environment of belonging that celebrates the uniqueness and diversity of our students, faculty, and staff, with the goal of advancing God’s healing, restoration, and transformation in the lives of individuals, families, churches, and communities.

Dr. Sonja Sutherland, Richmont’s Dean of Assessment, Planning & Accreditation comments, “Our statement represents the university’s ongoing and intentional pursuit of excellence.  In our commitment to embracing diversity and cultivating an environment of safety and inclusion, we seek to create a sense of “home” for all our faculty, staff, students, and alumni.  I am confident and excited about the strides Richmont will continue to make in meeting the diversity and inclusion needs within the institution and the community at large.”

For more information regarding Richmont Graduate University and forthcoming initiatives, please visit www.Richmont.edu.

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Founded in 1933, Richmont Graduate University enhances a culture of higher education and innovation, providing master’s level degrees in counseling, ministry, and psychological studies from a Christian perspective. Richmont integrates education and research that advances God’s work of healing, restoration, and transformation in the lives of individuals, churches, and communities. Our belief is that our students should walk into their future careers with a foundation based on the values set before us by Christ. For more information about Richmont’s graduate programs in our school of counseling and school of ministry, please visit www.Richmont.edu.

Richmont Recognized as a Leader for Having Among the Lowest Student Loan Default Rates in the U.S.

Richmont Graduate University has been recognized in LendEDU’s annual report on student loan default rates for having one of the lowest default rates in the United States. Specifically, the student loan default rate at Richmont Graduate University is 1.70% according to the most recent data from the Department of Education. Richmont’s default rate ranked #337 out of approximately 5,300 colleges and universities in America. This equates to Richmont being placed in the top 4% of American colleges and universities for the lowest debt burden put upon its students.

LendEDU is an online marketplace for a variety of financial products, including student loans, personal loans, and credit cards. Michael Brown, a Research Analyst for LendEDU, stated, “Your school (Richmont) is now known for creating an environment where the burden of student loan debt repayment is much less than at almost every other campus in the country.”

Richmont’s President, Dr. Timothy Quinnan, states, “As proven by many alumni and students, and now by LendEDU, Richmont offers unparalleled quality at an unparalleled cost.” The students, staff, faculty, and administration are equally proud of Richmont’s many other accomplishments in academic achievement, community engagement, and preparing generations of high impact Christ-centered counselors and ministers for both national and international service.

Check out the full report here: https://lendedu.com/blog/student-loan-default-rates-by-school-state/

Click here to download the Press Release.

Dr. Gary Moon Receives Book of the Year Award

Richmont Graduate University Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Christian Spirituality, Dr. Gary Moon has received a book of the year award for  Becoming Dallas Willard: The Formation of a Philosopher, Teacher, and Christ Follower.  The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA)’s 2019 Christian Book Award was presented to Dr. Moon in the category of Biography and Memoir.

In Becoming Dallas Willard, Dr. Moon, who was a close friend of Willard, offers an inspiring biography of a great man of faith. Dallas Willard served as a mentor to numerous Christian leaders including John Ortberg, Richard Foster, and James Bryan Smith.  Willard’s leadership and writings have influenced thousands of Christians by helping them understand the lived experience of a relationship with Jesus Christ. In this award-winning book, Dr. Moon writes about the development of Willard’s character, philosophical writing, and spiritual teaching and how he has inspired some of the most influential books on spirituality of the last generation.

For more information about Dr. Gary Moon and his new book, Becoming Dallas Willard, visit Intervarsity Press.

Richmont Receives Record Donation

Richmont Graduate University is honored to have received a grant in the amount of $150,000. This grant, made by an anonymous donor, will be used to support the work of the Richmont Institute of Trauma and Recovery. This record-setting grant is the second largest single gift received by Richmont.

In response to this record gift, Richmont President Dr. Timothy Quinnan commented, “Any University claiming such a title must be able to attract external support in significant amounts. In many respects, grant support is the highest form of peer recognition. Simply put, it says that knowledgable others believe your institution is engaged in work that competitors are unable to match.

The Richmont Institute of Trauma and Recovery is dedicated to providing education, training, and treatment to those impacted by trauma. To learn more about the trauma training and counseling services offered through the Richmont Institute of Trauma and Recovery, visit richmonttrauma.com.

Richmont Graduate University is a non-profit organization (501c3) and member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). To learn more about ways to support Richmont, visit richmont.edu/give.

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2019 Commencement Speaker: Dr. Rhonda Milner

Saturday, May 11th Richmont Graduate University will hold its forty-sixth commencement ceremony. The event will take place at Ridgedale Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee and will honor graduates from Richmont’s School of Counseling and School of Ministry programs.

This year’s commencement speaker is Dr. Rhonda Milner. Dr. Milner is a physician, counselor, spiritual director, minister, poet,  and best-selling author who also serves on the Board of Trustees for Richmont. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Georgia and then went on to graduate from the Emory School of Medicine. Dr. Milner is a board-certified radiologist and maintains a current Georgia medical license.

Dr. Milner is a graduate of Richmont Graduate University where she earned a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling and a Master of Arts in Ministry. She has specializations in Addictions Counseling, Counseling and Spirituality, and Spiritual Direction. She completed a two-year study with the Renovaré Institute in Christian discipleship and spiritual formation in 2013. She is a licensed professional counselor who also practices as a spiritual director in private practice at Chattahoochee Counseling Center, where she sees clients that could not typically afford counseling.

Dr. Milner is also the founder of Healing Presence Ministry, a global social media and internet ministry based on her poetry and spiritual writings with a following of almost 3 million. Her first book, The Mended Heart: a Poet’s Journey through Love, Suffering, and Hope, is a bestseller in Christian poetry. Her manuscript, The Signature of God: His Name Written into Our Lives and the World, is due to be released in July 2019.  More information on her ministry can be found at healingpresenceministry.com

Rhonda, a native of Atlanta, lives with her husband of 36 years and their six dogs. She is the mother of 4 children, having lost her oldest son at age 25 in 2011. Her son died from accidental drowning. She subsequently started a nonprofit to raise awareness, which can be found at shallowwaterblackoutprevention.org