Young Harris College hosted a special Founder’s Weekend, Jan. 26-29, that kicked off a year full of celebrations to commemorate the College’s 125th anniversary. The weekend’s events included a special chapel service, an “Exploring the History Day” hosted by YHC’s Student Government Association (SGA), a student dance and men's and women's home basketball games.
Young Harris College alumnus Dr. John Kay, ’56, spoke during a special chapel service held on Jan. 26 in Susan B. Harris Chapel. The service included sermon notes from former YHC president Dr. Joseph A. Sharp incorporated into a prayer as well as a slideshow featuring historical photos of the College along with quotations from prayer journals dating back to 1987.
During the service, testimonials written by alumni Cas Nowicki, ’09, of Alpharetta, Ga., Von Rogers, ’73, of Dahlonega, Ga., Jim Manor, ’03, and Emmie Manor, ’04, both of Smyrna, Ga., regarding their experiences at YHC were read by current students as monologues. YHC alumna and Vice President for Planning and Assessment and Chief of Staff Rosemary Royston, ’89, also spoke during the service.
On Jan. 27, YHC’s SGA hosted “Exploring the History Day” to expose students to places and people in the College’s past. The day began with an on-campus scavenger hunt in which five-person student teams followed clues to historical sites on the campus. The evening concluded with a lecture by retired long-time campus minister Rev. Fred Whitley, ’68, emeritus professor of religion and campus minister, as part of the College’s popular, new “Last Lecture Series.”
The celebration continued on Jan. 28 as various student organizations co-sponsored a “Decades Dance” in Dobbs-McEachern Gymnasium. Founder’s Weekend culminated with "Purple Pandemonium” on Jan. 29 as students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members dressed in purple to support the men's and women's basketball teams during exciting home-game wins against Tennessee Temple University.