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Mountain Lines April 2011

YHC Seal Receives Restoration Update

As part of Young Harris College’s 125th anniversary celebration, the YHC seal has undergone a facelift to restore the seal’s appearance to its original concept. The first Young Harris College seal design was created by Birdie Miller, mother of former U.S. Senator and Georgia Governor Zell Miller, ’51. The design prominently featured the sloping ridges of the well-known “Double Knob” mountain that rises up over the valley campus.

According to YHC archives, the actual “double knob” peak did not make it into the first printed version—it was lost in translation at the print shop. However, the gentle slope of the pictured mountain was the focus of the early seal design—indicative of the College’s location in the foothills of the majestic Appalachian Mountains.

Over the years the mountain image gradually took on a more cartoonish, steep single-peak appearance. It was featured on most yearbook covers—year after year—and tweaks and embellishments were continually made with each new edition that was published.

Several years ago, the College arrived at the most recent version of the seal.

At the urging of YHC alumni and members of the campus community and in honor of the College’s 125th anniversary, YHC decided that the year of 2011 was the right time to make some key changes to the seal design that would more accurately reflect its original, intended meaning.

The new seal was adopted in February 2011 and will be used on new materials, such as the new purple stoles the seniors will wear during Commencement. Existing seals on campus will be phased out over time.

If you know of an “old seal” usage in your department, building or area, you may notify Denise Cook in the Office of Communications and Marketing at (706) 379-5237 or

Use of the seal on items and documentation is generally reserved for the Office of the President and formal College occasions—such as Commencement. All usages of the YHC seal must be approved by the Office of Communications and Marketing prior to printing or production.

Purple and White Club to be Recognized at Annual Spring Board of Trustees Meeting


The Young Harris College Purple and White Club will be recognized at the Board of Trustees spring meeting that will take place on campus Thursday, April 7. For the last two fiscal years, the trustees have been 100 percent in giving to YHC. Faculty and staff have the opportunity to answer the same challenge, and, by doing so, encourage the board to again be 100 percent in giving this fiscal year, which runs July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011.

The Purple and White Club recognizes the annual giving efforts of YHC faculty and staff. This organization, co-chaired by Benny Ferguson, Ph.D., dean of the Division of Fine Arts and professor of music, and Linda Kneiss, R.N., director of health and wellness services, demonstrates to alumni, friends and foundations that YHC faculty and staff are the first ones to step up and show pride for the College.

“It would be wonderful to be able to announce at our spring trustees’ meeting on campus that our faculty and staff are 100 percent in giving back to the College,” YHC President Cathy Cox said.

For the 2009-2010 fiscal year, the Purple and White Club had 146 full-time faculty and staff members, with staff giving at 100 percent and faculty giving at 91 percent. For the 2010-2011 fiscal year, faculty giving is currently at 54 percent and staff giving is at 49 percent.

Each department that achieves 100 percent giving will be listed in donor reports, including the annual President’s Giving Report, and will be announced at the spring Board of Trustees meeting.

“We want to encourage all departments to strive for 100 percent. The amount of the gift is not important, just the fact that you give,” Vice President for Advancement Jay Stroman said. “Keep in mind that a $5 gift counts just the same as a larger gift.”

The number of faculty and staff who make annual contributions to the College is critical to the success of the College’s fundraising efforts. External donors and foundations who are considering making a gift to the College often ask about the percentage and total number of faculty and staff who give back to the institution.

A high percentage of internal support indicates to outside donors that the College community is supportive of what the institution is doing, what it stands for and where it is headed and consider themselves a part of its growth and success.

“I know that what I do here at Young Harris College truly makes a difference. We touch lives here and make impressions that are never forgotten,” Dr. Ferguson said. “My gift to YHC is the best indication to others of what I value and truly believe.”

“I personally started giving to the College when it was explained to me that the organizations who donate large amounts to the College are more inclined to do so when they see that 100 percent of the employees contribute,” Kneiss added. “I know that if all employees join me in giving whatever they can, we will make a big difference by encouraging foundations to make large contributions that will help transform YHC.”

Annual gifts may be made to the College’s Annual Fund, the Capital Campaign, a scholarship or an established fund, such as Friends of the Arts.

The easiest way to make a gift to the College is through the convenience of payroll deduction. Simply complete a payroll deduction form, which is available for download on the Advancement website and is also available in the Office of Advancement and the Business Office. By authorizing a specified amount to be deducted from your paycheck, employees can contribute without having to write a check or use a credit card. For example, a $12 gift breaks down to just $1 a month through payroll deduction; a $5 deduction per paycheck adds up to an annual gift of $60.

Gifts made on or before June 30, 2011, will be credited to the current 2010-2011 fiscal year.

For more information, contact Director of Development and Planned Giving Jennifer McAfee at (706) 379-5318 or

Young Harris College to Host Palliative Care Week
Includes annual Sellers Lecture on Thursday, April 7

Young Harris College will host the three-day event “Palliative and End-of-Life Communication: America's Need and Resistance,” Tuesday-Thursday, April 5-7, sponsored by the divisions of Humanities and Fine Arts.This special week of programming will feature lectures, presentations and panel discussions by YHC faculty, guest speakers and students, along with a special exhibition at the Campus Gate Art Gallery. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will feature five sessions presented by scholars, clinicians, health professionals and undergraduate researchers that will engage health policy, end-of-life care and research, health care team barriers and original social science undergraduate research of caregivers and patients.

“This event will offer an opportunity to think about end-of-life challenges, barriers and solutions for Americans. Our country is fairly resistant to dying and death, and as a result we face high costs at the end of life,” Communication Studies Department Chair and Associate Professor of Communication Studies Joy Goldsmith, Ph.D., said. “Avoiding end-of-life discussions with our families, clinicians and friends creates crisis. Palliative Care Week programming will include the voices of clinicians, students, scholars and policy experts to facilitate discussions about improving how we live when we are dying.”

The Campus Gate Art Gallery will host “PhotoVoice,” an exhibit featuring caregiver and clinician images and narratives that showcase struggles, challenges and successes in serious, chronic and terminal illness. The exhibit will feature photography, sound bites and text created by research participants and student researchers. The exhibit opens Tuesday, April 5, with an opening reception at 8:30 p.m. and will be on display through Thursday, April 7. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

On Thursday, April 7, New York Times bestselling author Robin Romm will deliver the annual Sellers Lecture at 7 p.m. in Wilson Lecture Hall of Goolsby Center. Romm will speak about her memoir, The Mercy Papers, which was named a Top Ten Nonfiction Book of the Year by Entertainment Weekly, a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times and Top 100 Nonfiction Book by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Romm’s collection of stories, The Mother Garden, was a finalist for the PEN USA prize and the Northern California Independent Bookseller's Book of the Year Award. Her stories have appeared in numerous national anthologies and journals, including Tin House, One Story and Threepenny Review.

Romm currently serves as assistant professor of creative writing at New Mexico State University. She lives in New Mexico with her boyfriend, writer Don Waters, and their cattle dog, Mercy.

The Sellers Lecture Series was established to honor Bettie M. Sellers, professor emeritus at Young Harris College and noted Georgia poet. Sellers taught English and served as chair of the Division of Humanities at Young Harris College. After 32 years of service, she retired in 1997. She was named Author of the Year in 1979 by the Dixie Council of Authors and Journalists, and she received the Governor’s Award in the Humanities in 1987. In 1992, she was named Poet of the Year by the American Pen Women. In 1997, she was named Poet Laureate of Georgia by then-governor and YHC alumnus Zell Miller, ’51, a position she held for three years. She received a lifetime achievement award from the Georgia Writers Association in 2004.

Students, health care professionals and community members are encouraged to attend the conference.

On Thursday, April 7, New York Times bestselling author Robin Romm will deliver the annual Sellers Lecture at 7 p.m. in Wilson Lecture Hall of Goolsby Center.

Alpha Iota Sorority Institutes Community Service Initiative for New Members

The Alpha Iota sorority at Young Harris College recently instituted a new initiative that allows the organization’s pledges to partake in service-based initiatives with current members. Founded at YHC, the goal of Alpha Iota is to promote sisterhood, scholarship, good sportsmanship and character.

“We decided that incorporating a service project into our pledge period would be a great way to give back to the school and community,” said Alpha Iota President Sharon Albertson, a junior science major from Carrollton.

The service initative will support the Mountain Shelter Humane Society, while also assisting freshman Jordan Wilkes, of Cleveland, Ga., in her effort to raise funds for the Towns County Food Pantry.

Wilkes’ project is being completed as part of a service-learning course, titled “Theory and Practice of Service Learning,” taught by Bonner Leaders Program Director and Academic Service Learning Program Coordinator Rob Campbell.

“The ‘bigs’ wanted to engage the pledges in a way that would be productive not only for the Alpha Iota sorority as a whole, but also as individuals,” Assistant Professor of Communications Studies and Alpha Iota Faculty Adviser Jennifer Hallett, Ph.D., said. “Two of the current members have already engaged in service learning at YHC as part of their coursework with me, so I’m especially proud that they found it valuable enough to pass along to their sisters in non-academic endeavors.”

In fall 2010, Young Harris College introduced six courses that integrated academic service learning into the curriculum. Dr. Hallett’s course, titled “Interpersonal Communication,” allowed students to workat after-school programs for children of low-income families or at U.M.A.R., a group home for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

“I have always been involved in community service and volunteer work, and I loved that I got the chance to take part in a service learning project for my communications class last semester,” Albertson said. “Once I found out that Rob Campbell was an outlet for service projects at YHC, I started thinking more about how Alpha Iota could get involved.”

“Sharon told Dr. Hallett she wanted her pledges to have a learning component in the work they did, as well as a volunteer component,” Campbell said. “I appreciate Sharon’s interest in engaging her pledges in this way, with something a little deeper than just a volunteer experience.”

Alpha Iota currently has 13 members and four pledges. The sisters of Alpha Iota regularly complete community service with the Towns County Food Pantry and Mountain Shelter Humane Society.

“We are also currently working on developing an on-campus service project that allows us to plant a daisy—our sorority symbol—prayer garden on campus that we will maintain throughout the years as a token of our devotion to YHC,” Albertson said.

Young Harris College Hosts Wilderness First Responder Course

During March 5-13, Young Harris College hosted a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course facilitated by Landmark Learning in conjunction with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI). A requirement for all outdoor leadership majors at YHC, the WFR is a nationally recognized program that trains participants to respond to emergencies in remote settings.

Nine Young Harris College students completed the course, along with Instructor of Outdoor Leadership and Assistant Director of the Center for Outdoor Leadership Danae Turchyn, Associate Professor of Biology Linda Jones, Ph.D., and eight visiting participants from Georgia, North Carolina, Florida and Arizona.

“We contacted Landmark Learning to offer our College as a host site,” Turchyn said. “By hosting the course, we provided the opportunity for folks from across the country to visit the campus and participate in programs offered through our Center for Outdoor Leadership.”

The 80-hour curriculum was designed to provide participants with the tools to make critical medical and evacuation decisions in remote locations. Approximately half of the course was spent completing practical skills, case studies and scenarios designed to challenge decision-making abilities.

“This course provided specialized training for our outdoor leadership students, preparing them for future work in the outdoor industry. The sessions integrate wilderness emergency scenarios to aid in the teaching and learning of the course content,” Turchyn said. “For instance, we did a five-hour scenario at night in which students were responsible for assessing and treating patients with broken legs, seizures and environmental issues such as hypothermia.”

Courses were primarily taught in the YHC Recreation Center and the outdoor area surrounding the facility. The Center for Outdoor Leadership served as the “base camp” for all visiting participants.

“The WFR course was outstanding. It was something I’d always wanted to do, so I jumped on the chance to take it when it was offered here at YHC,” Dr. Jones said. “My Ph.D. is in pathology and much of my training relates to human anatomy and physiology, so I have the theoretical background, but I wanted more of the practical and clinical skill sets that this course offered.”

During March 5-13, Young Harris College hosted a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course facilitated by Landmark Learning in conjunction with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI).

Sophomore Hunter Fuhr of Bishop, junior Tyler Burns of Dickson, Tenn., and junior Zach Thompson of Cartersville take part in scenario training designed to challenge decision-making abilities.

Young Harris College to Host Clay Dotson Open Golf Tournament


The annual Clay Dotson Open golf tournament to benefit student scholarships at Young Harris College will be held on Monday, May 16, at Brasstown Valley Resort. Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in the tournament.

Amidst all its growth, Young Harris College continues to honor its heritage and tradition of academic excellence. Part of that tradition includes providing financial assistance and scholarships to students.

All proceeds from the Clay Dotson Open are used to provide scholarships for YHC students. Generous support of this annual event allows a new generation of students to achieve their academic pursuits.

“I am proud and thankful to be a recipient of a Young Harris College scholarship. I absolutely love this campus and thanks to my scholarship funds, I can pursue my dream of becoming a veterinarian,” said Catherine Ponce, a junior biology major from McDonough. “I am thankful to everyone involved in helping me reach my goals. It is a big weight lifted off my shoulders to know I have help to pay for my education, and it helps make all the hard work I’ve put into it worthwhile.”

Players will enjoy morning and afternoon flights, a complimentary continental breakfast and lunch, an awards ceremony and prizes for low net and low gross categories in each flight and a complimentary team photo.

The tournament will also feature the Alumni Team Challenge in which the team with the lowest score will win a special award. Alumni teams of four YHC alumni receive a special discount rate and invitation to a kick-off alumni dinner at Brassie’s on Sunday, May 15.

Faculty and staff will receive a special discount rate of $100 to participate in the tournament. To register for the event, contact Director of Development Mark Dotson, '88, at (706) 379-5355. The local community may purchase tickets at the regular rate online at

The deadline to register for the Clay Dotson Open is Monday, May 2.

Young Harris College Students Complete Mission Trip in the Bahamas

Seven Young Harris College students, faculty and staff members traveled to the Bahamas, March 5-12, to take part in an alternative spring break trip facilitated by the Office of Religious Life. The group volunteered with Bahamas Methodist Habitat (BMH), a building ministry that repairs old houses and builds new homes for local residents on the islands.  

The YHC mission team traveled to Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera, where they joined nearly 60 volunteers from additional groups comprised of team members from Methodist-affiliated colleges, universities and community organizations.

“It was wonderful to witness the closeness of the community and the humbleness of the people in the Bahamas,” said sophomore Marissa Thomas of Brunswick. “They were so grateful to have our help and they constantly reminded us of that through their words and actions.”

During the week, the group helped restore the community’s clinic to working order by hanging cement wallboard, pouring concrete pillars for a roof and digging out a bank for drainage. 

“When we were not working on the health clinic, we found ourselves playing with the seemingly ever-present children who popped over from the primary school next door,” Campus Minister and Assistant Professor of Religion Rev. Dr. Tim Moore said. “Each afternoon, the team enjoyed the tropical elements of the island—pink sand beaches, abundant conch shells, seafloors littered with sand dollars, variously colored starfish, coral to be snorkeled over, curly tailed lizards and expansive stretches of sand.”  

On Ash Wednesday, the volunteers were invited to an ecumenical worship service organized by the local community in which attendees shared a communal meal, sang songs and shared a memorable moment of fellowship.

“The worship service was a wonderful cultural experience rarely shared by tourists. The service proved more than a valued cultural experience; it was truly a holy moment not soon to be forgotten,” Rev. Dr. Moore said. “That moment of worship served as a fitting summary of the entire week. The team members stretched their expectations of themselves, their abilities, their understandings and their faith.” 

Click here to view all photos of the Bahamas mission trip.

The group helped restore the community’s clinic to working order by hanging cement wallboard, pouring concrete pillars for a roof and digging out a bank for drainage.

YHC Admissions Counselor Kari Webb and Admissions Specialist Kelli Fell pour concrete.

Sophomore Michelle Brun of Kennesaw, sophomore Marissa Thomas of Brunswick, Admissions Counselor Kari Webb, Campus Minister and Assistant Professor of Religion Rev. Dr. Tim Moore, freshman Danielle Ashby of Cartersville, freshman Tim Linley of Cartersville and Admissions Specialist Kelli Fell stand on the Glass Window Bridge on Eleuthra, which is often referred to as "the narrowest place on earth" and separates the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.

Senior English Major Receives Fellowship for Graduate School Program


Young Harris College senior English major Eri Pinto, of Sugar Hill, was accepted into Ohio State University’s (OSU) doctor of English program with a concentration in folklore. Pinto also received the Distinguished University Fellowship from OSU that will provide her with a two-year stipend during her studies.

To receive the Distinguished University Fellowship, students must have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.6 on a 4.0 scale, achieve a 75th percentile average on the GRE verbal and quantitative components, and earn a 4.0 on the GRE analytical writing component. 

“I am fascinated by language, and I received a lot of helpful advice regarding my writing from the faculty at YHC during the last four years,” Pinto said. “I decided late last year that I wasn't finished studying, and I applied to OSU in November after Dr. Gianfalla told me about their folklore program.”

“Eri is a very strong student in many fields, and she applied to a variety of graduate school programs in not only English, but also anthropology and comparative literature. The folklore program at Ohio State is unique because it will allow Eri to pursue her literary interests alongside other subjects in which she is also interested,” Assistant Professor of English Jennifer Gianfalla, Ph.D., said.

The graduate program at OSU is a direct admission program, and students are accepted for both the M.A. and Ph.D. programs simultaneously. According to Dr. Gianfalla, who earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from OSU, the institution’s English Department boasts graduate students with eclectic interests.

“A student like Eri will have opportunities to pursue her many academic interests in the English Department and beyond,” Dr. Gianfalla said. “I believe it will be a terrific fit for Eri—OSU will benefit from having her there as much as she will benefit from being there.”

Pinto is a recipient of the Pitts Scholarship, the most prestigious scholarship offered by Young Harris College that is awarded each year to the most outstanding incoming freshman in the honors program. 

In April 2010, Pinto was awarded the Outstanding Sophomore Essay Award at the Young Harris College Honors Ceremony. She was also recognized for being awarded First Place in Poetry for her poem “СКВОЗЬ” in the College’s student literary magazine, Corn Creek Review.

She currently participates in the English Majors Organization, serves on the Residence Hall Council for Appleby Hall and works in the Young Harris College Beetle Lab.

“Eri is an excellent reader and writer and has very interesting things to say about literature and its connection to other fields, like science and anthropology. She will certainly succeed at OSU because she will be able to combine her various interests with her analytical reading and writing abilities,” Dr. Gianfalla said. “Eri also prompts her fellow students to think more deeply during class discussions, and she is an excellent peer reviewer. These skills will translate very well to graduate school, as she will be able to use them not only in the classes she takes, but also in the classes she teaches.” 

“Everyone in the English Department is extremely proud of Eri. Her acceptance into the program at Ohio State reflects her natural talent and strong academic work ethic,” added English Department Chair and Associate Professor of English Amanda Lawrence, Ph.D. “We are happy to have been a part of Eri’s educational journey, and we look forward to hearing about her future successes.”

In April 2010, Assistant Professor of English Dr. Jennifer Gianfalla presented senior English major Eri Pinto, of Sugar Hill, with the Outstanding Sophomore Essay Award at the Young Harris College Honors Ceremony.

Young Harris College Students and Staff Attend Leadership Conference


Eight Young Harris College students recently attended the first-ever LaGrange College Student Leadership Conference (LCSLC) in LaGrange, Feb. 26. The one-day conference fostered leadership development by highlighting new skills and approaches to leadership and providing an opportunity for students to network with other campus leaders. 

Director of Campus Activities Rouseline Emmanuel attended the event with YHC student leaders representing various campus organizations including the Campus Activities Board (CAB), Inter-Greek Council, Alpha Iota sorority, Phi Alpha Phi sorority, Phi Delta sorority and Multicultural Club.

“It is a joy to see students taking the initiative to learn skills that will benefit them in the future and their organization as a whole,” Emmanuel said. “I look forward to taking more students to similar conferences next year.”

Sessions featured specialized topics dedicated to specific leadership elements, such as how to run an effective meeting, plan an event, recruit and retain members, train officers and implement teambuilding within an organization.

During the conference, Young Harris College Director of Orientation and First Year Experience Niki Fjeldal and Residence Hall Director Crystal Crouse co-presented two sessions titled “GLEEdership” and “Go for the Goal!”

In addition, YHC Residence Hall Director Stuart Miller and former YHC Student Development intern Jaime Shook, who currently serves as the graduate assistant for the University 101 program at University of South Carolina, co-presented a session titled “New Year, New Leaders: How to Effectively Transition your Organization.”

“This leadership conference was a great way to network and connect with other students that had the same interests as me,” said junior communication studies major and CAB Social Activities Chair Calle Wallace of Hiawassee.

“The leadership conference was a fun way to learn about our individual strengths and weaknesses and attributing those traits to becoming a better leader,” added junior science major and Inter-Greek Council President Sharon Albertson of Carrollton. “Going to the conference was a great way to network with other people in leadership positions.”

From left to right: Director of Campus Activities Rouseline Emmanuel, sophomore Cassandra Quinn of Woodstock, junior Sharon Albertson of Carrollton, senior Tara Shiver of Covington, junior Calle Wallace of Hiawassee, sophomore Nandi Wahid of College Park, freshman Gloria Umana of Dalton, freshman Claudia Del Cid of Dalton, sophomore Maryanne Schramke of Blairsville and Residence Hall Director Stuart Miller.

Young Harris College Bonner Leaders Complete First-Year Service Trip


Eight first-year Bonner Leaders, Director of Campus Activities Rouseline Emmanuel and Bonner Leaders Program Director and Academic Service Learning Program Coordinator Rob Campbell recently traveled to New Orleans, La., March 5-10, to take part in the Bonner Leaders Program’s annual first-year service excursion.

“Rouseline moved here from New Orleans and was extremely helpful in setting us up with contacts and getting us around the city. We could not have made the trip without her,” Campbell said.

The first-year Bonners Leaders that participated in the excursion include freshman communication studies major Ethan Burch of Young Harris, freshman Bekah Herum of Blairsville, sophomore business and public policy and communication studies major Nathan Hughes of Young Harris, freshman biology major Marissa Knoblich of Acworth, sophomore biology major Whitney Marcus of Murphy, N.C., freshman history major Jacob Scarborough of Colbert, freshman outdoor leadership major Kinsey Wade of Duluth, and freshman music major Brian Walker of Power Springs.

The group stayed in the Lower Ninth Ward Village Community Center and met students and staff from colleges and universities across the United States.

“I was truly amazed by what I experienced in New Orleans,” Marcus said. “The devastation from Katrina six years ago continues to affect families today. I am astounded at the number of volunteers and organizations who care enough to travel to New Orleans and help rebuild these families' lives.”

The Bonner Leaders worked with Backyard Gardeners, a non-profit organization whose mission is community building, neighborhood revitalization and cultural preservation through urban agriculture in the Lower Ninth Ward.

The group also worked with the St. Bernard Project, a non-profit organization that conducts housing rehabilitation and construction for New Orleans residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

“Gary, a New Orleans resident who lost everything in Katrina, told us, ‘What I have today is more than I had yesterday.’ If any of the Bonner Leaders realized anything in New Orleans, it was how fortunate and blessed each one of us is to have everything we need right at our fingertips—and to not take anything for granted because it can all be taken away in a second,” Marcus said.

The group toured the Lower Ninth Ward, including the location where the levee was breached during Hurricane Katrina. The students also visited the headquarters for Make It Right, an organization started by Brad Pitt that aims to rebuild the Lower Ninth Ward by constructing safe, sustainable and affordable houses for working families who lost their homes as a result of the hurricane.

“Making this trip was a rewarding experience. Before I went to the Ninth Ward, I didn’t realize how much work was left to be finished,” Burch said. “New Orleans was filled with people who considered their neighbors to be their family. That is the mindset we must all have if we plan to rebuild the city.”

Freshman biology major Marissa Knoblich of Acworth, freshman Bekah Herum of Blairsville and freshman outdoor leadership major Kinsey Wade of Duluth work at the Lower Ninth Ward organic community garden.

The Bonner Leaders are pictured here at the Tomb of the Unknown Slave with Director of Campus Activities Rouseline Emmanuel (second from right) and the group's tour guide and local community organizer Le’Kedra Robertson (far right).

ACC 411: Don’t Bet On It

The NCAA opposes all forms of legal and illegal sports wagering on college sports. NCAA rules specifically prohibit student-athletes, athletics department staff members, conference office staff members and NCAA national office employees from wagering on intercollegiate, amateur and professional sports in which the association conducts championships.

For example, NCAA student-athletes and personnel are prohibited from betting on National Basketball Association contests because the NCAA conducts championships in basketball.

Student-athletes and athletics department staff members are permitted to participate in contests such as “Fantasy” Leagues, March Madness tournament brackets and Super Bowl pools for entertainment purposes only. These parties may not receive any material benefit from the activity and/or pay a fee to participate.

The NCAA developed the “Don’t Bet On It” campaign to inform student-athletes and staff members of the NCAA rules regarding sports wagering, as well as the dangers of gambling.

For more information, contact YHC Compliance Officer Jennifer Stearsman at (706) 379-5107 or

Faculty and Staff Notables

Dr. Nick Bowman, assistant professor of communication studies, will present a paper, titled “Binding Americans and separating Germans: The influence of moral salience and nationality on media choices,” at the International Communication Association Annual Conference in Boston, Mass., May 26-31. He will also present a paper he co-authored, titled “Elderly People and Morality in Virtual Worlds: A cross-cultural analysis of elderly people’s morality in interactive media,” at the same conference.

Denise Cook, director of communications and marketing, attended a conference titled “Marketing, Branding, and Strategic Enrollment Management” hosted by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in New Orleans, La., March 28-30.

Krystin Dean, assistant director of communications and marketing, attended a conference titled “Social Media for Advancement and Admissions: Moving from Tactics to Strategy” hosted by Academic Impressions in San Antonio, Texas, March 21-23.

Dr. Keith DeFoor,associate vice president for academic affairs and professor of music, judged the final round of the William and Mary Ann Knight Piano Competition at Shorter College in Rome, Ga., March 7.

Dr. Bryan Hayse, associate dean of students, Ken Henderson, chief of police, Susan Rogers, vice president for student development, and Dodie Thomas, assistant to the campus police department, attended an advanced Clery Act training course at American University in Washington, D.C., March 7-9. This three-day workshop was designed to be a comprehensive and intensive Clery Act training class, including all elements of the Clery Act and the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) security and safety requirements. The group also received a personal tour of the Capitol and enjoyed a visit with U.S. Representative Heath Schuler, representative of North Carolina's 11th Congressional district.

Mary Land, senior instructor of music and director of bands, conducted the Region Honor Band in Grand Rapids, Mich., Feb. 18-20. Land also presented the STAR Teacher award for the Pickens County school system, Feb. 24. She served as a certified adjudicator for the Georgia Music Educators Association Large Group Performance Evaluation for District 7 Bands at Cartersville High School in Cartersville, March 9-11.

Stuart Miller, residence hall director for Enotah and Manget halls, attended the Southern Greek Housing Conference held at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, March 12.

Dr. Ron Roach, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty, presented a paper, titled "The Golden Enemy: Sustainability and the Appalachian Outdoors in the Works of Alexander Key," at the 34th Annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference in Richmond, Ky., March 11-13. Dr. Roach also led a session and screening of Voices: A Documentary Film about Georgia’s Appalachian Poet, a film recently produced by the Byron Herbert Reece Society.

Dr. Amanda Song, assistant professor of chemistry, and four YHC students attended Pittcon 2011, the world’s largest annual conference and exposition for laboratory science, in Atlanta, March 14. The event was organized by the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy.

Dr. Natalia Starostina, assistant professor of history, presented a paper, titled “Nostalgia and Mythologies in Advertising Train Travel in Modern France,” at the 57th Annual Meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies in Charleston, S.C., Feb. 10-12. The presentation addressed ways in which French railway companies generated a set of mythologies to invite residents to explore their country and the European continent by train. Dr. Starostina and three YHC history majors, senior Kristen Servis of Young Harris, junior Jeffrey “Britt” Davis of Calhoun and senior Connie Wallace of Hiawassee, participated in the Southern French History Workshop hosted by UNC Charlotte in Charlotte, N.C., Jan 28.

Dr. Thomas Stearns, history department chair and assistant professor of history, organized a successful recruitment event for current and prospective history majors and minors on the Young Harris College campus, March 1. More than 50 students attended the event.

Rob Sturgess, theatre technical director, will serve as the technical director for the Georgia Shakespeare Festival this summer. The Georgia Shakespeare Festival is a professional theatre company located on the campus of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. The summer season will include The Tempest and Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare, as well as Noises Off by Michael Frayn.

A book co-authored by Dr. Jamie Watson, religious studies department chair and assistant professor of philosophy, titled Critical Thinking: An Introduction to Reasoning Well, was released by The Continuum International Publishing Group in March 2011.