Reinhardt Students Chosen to Intern for Congressman Loudermilk

Reinhardt students chosen to intern for Congressman Loudermilk
From left, Allie Hale, Blake Marbut and Hayden Lathren are three of the five Reinhardt students who were selected and who accepted internships with Congressman Barry Loudermilk’s office. Blake Hawthorne and Will Sizemore are not pictured. Photo by Jeff Reed

Five Reinhardt students will get hands-on experience in a local Congressional office this academic year.

Senior Allie Hale, junior Blake Hawthorne, freshman Hayden Lathren, senior Blake Marbut and junior Will Sizemore, will be interning with Congressman Barry Loudermilk’s office. Some will start this fall, while others will intern in the spring.

“I’m ecstatic about getting this opportunity to intern for our Congressman,” Hale said. “It’s an amazing opportunity that not many people get the chance to go for. I’m excited for what I will learn and how it will help me grow.”

Loudermilk’s district director, Ceric Martin, and field representative John Wallace met with Dr. Kina Mallard to express their interest of having Reinhardt students join the Congressman’s office as interns. From there, it was a simply a matter of making connections with Reinhardt’s pool of potential student interns.

“Congress is in recess for six weeks this fall because it is an election year,” said Wallace. “The Congressman will be in the office a great deal, and there’s a good chance they will get to see him and interact with him in meetings, and certainly with his staff.”

Career Services Director Peggy Collins Feehery worked with the Congressman’s office to find just the right students for placement. “I contacted a number of faculty and asked for recommendations, and they nominated six students,” Collins-Feehery said, adding requirements include that students have a GPA of more than 3.5 to be considered.

Duties the interns will be tasked with include answering phones, clerical work, updating directories and attending community events with Loudermilk’s staff.

“We deploy interns to help compile programs and get them ready to go out the door,” Wallace said. “We train them to answer the phone and how to talk to constituents.”

Reinhardt student interns will be working out of Congressman Loudermilk’s Woodstock office.

Know ‘ACTT’ For Firearms Safety

While only a small fraction of hunters are ever involved in a hunting incident, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) encourages everyone to review the ‘Four Primary Rules of Firearms Safety’ before heading to the woods.

“You cannot over-emphasize safety enough when you are handling a firearm,” said Jennifer Pittman, WRD’s Hunting and Shooting Education Supervisor. “Not only are you protecting yourself, but you also are looking out for all other hunters and you potentially are providing an example of firearms respect to younger hunters.”

During the most recent hunting season, Georgia reported 42 hunting incidents, 20 of which involved firearms.

The following checklist, comprised of only four items, is covered in all hunter education courses and easily can be remembered with the acronym ACTT:

  1. A – Always treat every firearm as if it were loaded.
  2. C – Control the muzzle of the firearm at all times.
  3. T – Be certain of the Target and what is in front of it and beyond it.
  4. T – Keep your finger outside of the Trigger guard until you are ready to shoot.

For more information on firearms safety, visit or contact the Wildlife Resources Division Hunter Education office at 770-761-3010.

Deal Announces Leadership Changes

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the appointment of Department of Corrections Commissioner Homer Bryson as director of the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMHSA), effective when GEMHSA Director Jim Butterworth transitions to the private sector on Dec. 1. Deal also recommended the nomination of Greg Dozier as the commissioner of the Department of Corrections to fill the vacancy. Pending board approval, this nomination will take effect Dec. 1.

“I would like to thank Jim Butterworth for his extensive service, first as a floor leader at the beginning of my administration through his time leading the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency. Under Jim’s leadership as adjunct general, the Georgia National Guard was recognized as the nation’s No. 1 army guard unit in 2013. I wish him the best in his future endeavors as he moves to the private sector. Further, I am confident in the abilities of Commissioner Bryson and Greg Dozier to continue to be effective leaders in their new respective roles.”

Homer Bryson – Director, Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency

Homer Bryson has served as the commissioner of the Department of Corrections for the past 20 months. Prior to this role, he was the deputy commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for four years. Bryson previously served as a colonel in the DNR law enforcement division, working his way up from conservation ranger. He is currently a member of the Georgia State Indemnification Commission and a trustee of the Peace Officers’ Annuity and Benefit Fund. Bryson is a past president of the Peace Officers’ Association of Georgia. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Valdosta State College and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University. Bryson and his wife, Lisa, have three children and reside in Flowery Branch.

Gregory C. Dozier – Commissioner, Department of Corrections

Greg Dozier joined the Georgia Department of Corrections as the assistant commissioner, chief of staff in October 2012. He is a member of the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council and the sentencing committee for the Criminal Justice Reform Council. Dozier began his career in state government in 1995 as analyst for the Legislative Budget Office. He was the director of accounting for the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, a policy coordinator in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, the division director of the General Government and Public Safety Division and commissioner of the Georgia Department of Driver Services. Dozier earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and his MBA from Georgia State University. He and his wife, Stephanie, have two children and reside in Covington.