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Mountain Lines May 2012

Young Harris College Confers 146 Degrees During Commencement Ceremony

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson Delivers Inspiring Message to Graduates

Young Harris College conferred 146 degrees on graduates participating in the College’s commencement ceremony on May 5 in the YHC Recreation and Fitness Center, including 99 seniors earning degrees in biology, business and public policy, communication studies, English, history, music, musical theatre, outdoor leadership and theatre. This marks the second year that YHC has awarded bachelor’s degrees since receiving accreditation in 2008 to offer four-year programs.

Also on Saturday, the College awarded 47 associate degrees in liberal arts, art, music, theatre, science, allied health, business and education, and many of these students will return in the fall to continue pursuing their bachelor’s degrees.

United States Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., delivered the commencement address to the graduates, sharing with them “six secrets to success.”

Young Harris College President Cathy Cox presented Isakson with an honorary doctor of public service degree. For more than four decades, he has served the citizens of the State of Georgia and the United States through roles in the Georgia Legislature, the Georgia Board of Education, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Prior to entering politics, Isakson served in the Georgia Air National Guard from 1966 to 1972.

President Cox also conferred an honorary doctor of humane letters degree on YHC trustee Dr. W. Harry Hill and his wife Harriet Hargrove Hill, of Powder Springs. Few couples have had as great an impact on the physical and financial landscape of the College as Dr. and Mrs. Hill, and their longtime financial support and leadership at YHC has included playing an integral part in establishing the College’s planned giving program.

The Young Harris College Medallion, the highest honor bestowed by YHC to alumni and friends who have made extraordinary contributions, was awarded to Atlanta’s Pam R. Rollins, in recognition of her leadership on the College’s Board of Trustees and as chair of the College’s capital campaign. In March, Rollins announced a $22 million lead gift from the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation to help YHC build a new 125,000-square-foot campus center.

Earlier this year Young Harris College was selected to join an elite group of Southeastern colleges and universities who annually bestow the prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation Awards on outstanding male and female graduating seniors, and Foundation President Stephan McDavid presented the College’s inaugural Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award to Austin Dean Freeman, of Hartwell, and the inaugural Mary Mildred Sullivan Award to Alexandria Nicole Neese, of Marietta. Created nearly a century ago to honor the service leadership of their namesakes, the awards are given annually by the Foundation to individuals whose nobility of character and dedication to service sets them apart as examples for others.

President Cox also presented three student awards established last year as part of the College’s four-year transformation.

Created to recognize the graduating senior with the overall highest grade point average and named in memory of a beloved past president of the College, the Dr. Charles R. Clegg Outstanding Scholar Award was presented in a five-way tie to Heather Catherine DelGiorno, of Juliette, Mayeli Medina, of Dalton, Heidi Louise Kruger Sherlock, of Warne, N.C., Miriam D. Torres, of Roswell, and Rachel Lynne Wilkes, of Crawford.

Allison Matulia, of Fayetteville, was presented the Zell B. Miller Leadership Award for significant contributions to campus life at Young Harris College as an outstanding leader and role model. The award’s name honors Former U.S. Senator and Georgia Governor Zell B. Miller, a YHC trustee and distinguished alumnus and member of the Class of 1951.

Tara Lynn Shiver, of Covington, received the Young Harris Spirit Award, which recognizes the student who best demonstrates outstanding levels of personal integrity, friendliness and engagement with the campus community.

Many members of the senior class will go on to begin graduate programs and careers, including:

  • Rebecca Armstrong, of Covington, who will join Brevard Music Center as associate stage crew supervisor;
  • Jordan Fleming, of Marietta, who was accepted into Columbia Theological Seminary’s master of arts in practical theology program;
  • Mallory Holland, of Woodstock, who will join Adventure Treks, a company that provides educational outdoor programming across the U.S., where she will serve as a wilderness instructor for the organization’s “Oregon Cascades Adventure” program;
  • Eric Hoppe, of Alpharetta, who was accepted into Georgia State University’s graduate program in economics;
  • Marcus McGill, of Young Harris, who was accepted to Asbury Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, George W. Truett Seminary at Baylor University, Baptist Seminary at Liberty University and Wake Forest School of Divinity;
  • Carlos Ocampo, of Lawrenceville, who will join the Cleveland Indians as a sales consultant;
  • Genevieve Rodriguez, of Calhoun, who was accepted into Lee University’s graduate program in music education and will work this summer at the internationally renowned Interlochen Arts Camp for young artists in grades 3-12 in Interlochen, Mich.;
  • Emma Witherington, of Winder, who was accepted into the University of West Florida’s graduate program in biology.

Young Harris College awarded 99 bachelor’s degrees and 47 associate degrees during its 2012 Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 5. The graduates are pictured with Young Harris College President Cathy Cox (front row, far left).

(From left to right) U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Young Harris College President Cathy Cox.

Young Harris College Hosts Successful Spring Alumni Weekend

“Destination: Young Harris” was the theme as hundreds of Young Harris College alumni, their families and friends made their way back to Young Harris this spring for Alumni Weekend 2012. The celebration held Friday-Sunday, April 20-22, was a fun-filled weekend of reconnecting and reuniting with old friends, classmates and professors. Alumni and their families enjoyed many fun activities and endless opportunities to interact and share the Young Harris spirit with each other as well as with faculty, staff and students.

The highlight of Friday evening was the new Half Century Club Dinner followed by the Alumni Awards Ceremony at the Recreation and Fitness Center. Alumni from across all generations gathered to reminisce and honor a group of outstanding alumni. Members of the Class of 1962 were recognized as special guests of the evening in commemoration of their 50th reunion, as well as all other alumni who have celebrated this “golden” reunion.

After dinner, alumni association board members presented the annual alumni awards. The Young Alumni Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Melissa Breedlove Adams, ’00, of Atlanta. The Susan B. Harris Award was presented to Shirley Carver Miller, ’54, of Young Harris. The Iuventus Award was presented to Dr. Timothy Tennent, ’79, of Wilmore, Ky. The Artemas Lester Award was presented to Rev. Bob Bone, ’57, of Young Harris. The Exceptional Military Service Award was presented to Eric Gibbs, ’92, of Jacksonville, N.C. The Distinguished Alumni Award for Lifetime Career Achievement was presented to James McIntyre Jr., ’59, of Washington, D.C. The Nancy Louise Haynes Stephens Sanderson Robertson Outstanding Friend Award was presented to the O. Wayne Rollins Family, and the YHC Family of the Year Award was presented to the Harrell Family.

On Saturday, alumni mingled with family, friends and faculty in the Recreation and Fitness Center during lunch and the Alumni GreenFest that included children’s activities and table displays from YHC students promoting various clubs and Greek organizations. Alumni also enjoyed live music performed by Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans, composed of Art Department Chair and Associate Professor of Art Ted Whisenhunt, Assistant Professor of Philosophy Dr. Jamie Watson, and their wives, Dr. Eloise Whisenhunt and Darlena Watson.

For the first time, alumni also had the opportunity to enjoy athletic and cultural events throughout the weekend.

The annual Student Juried Art Exhibition was on display, and Theatre Young Harris presented its season finale, Neil Simon's Tony Award-winning musical comedy “Sweet Charity.” In addition, Theatre Young Harris presented “A Walk Through Time,” a theatrical romp across campus and through YHC history, on Friday afternoon as part of the special weekend.

The YHC baseball team hosted three home games, completing a weekend sweep over Hiwassee College, while the YHC softball team split a doubleheader at home on Saturday against the College of Coastal Georgia. Many former athletes also enjoyed some friendly competition at alumni soccer and softball games coordinated by the Department of Athletics.

The weekend’s festivities wrapped up Sunday morning with worship services at Sharp Memorial United Methodist Church led by Dr. Tennent, who serves as president of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. Dr. Tennent also gave a lunch lecture for students, alumni and guests.

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Young Harris College Celebrated Earth Day April 16-23

Young Harris College hosted a special week of service, April 16-23, to celebrate Earth Day, which was Sunday, April 22. The event was co-sponsored by the YHC Sustainability Committee, the YHC Student Government Association (SGA) and Sodexo.

“The College’s Sustainability Committee chose to focus our Earth Day efforts on recycling this year because we wanted to continue to help educate the campus community regarding how to best use our comprehensive recycling program with ReMix Atlanta,” said Rob Campbell, academic service learning program coordinator, Bonner Leaders program coordinator and sustainability committee co-chair. “By drawing on the creativity of YHC students, as well as local students from Towns County, we also called attention to how recycled materials can be used in other ways, such as creating art.”

Throughout the week, SGA members collected clothing as part of “oneSHIRT,” a national collegiate clothing drive organized by SustainU, a leading producer of university-related apparel that uses fabrics made from 100 percent recycled materials manufactured in the United States. YHC students encouraged students, faculty, staff and community members to donate used clothing that was presented to Support in Abusive Family Emergencies, Inc. (S.A.F.E).

On April 20, SGA members hosted a recycling demonstration on campus and awarded environmentally friendly prizes to members of the campus community who proved knowledgeable regarding the College’s recycling program. Students also collected recyclable electronics on campus throughout the day.

“SGA’s Sustainability Committee worked very hard this year to spread student-led green initiatives across campus, and we were excited to end the semester with a clothing drive,” said Student Government Association President and Sustainability Chair Ashley Cross, a junior biology major from Murphy, N.C. “Through this event and our recycling demonstration, we were able to educate the campus community and show students that all types of items can be reused and recycled.”

Sodexo, the College’s food service provider, hosted a “Weigh the Waste” event on April 23 that encouraged diners to weigh food discarded after each meal to raise awareness about food waste.

Also in conjunction with the Earth Day celebration, three large pieces of artwork made from recycled materials were featured on the Young Harris College campus. The art was created by students in Art Department Chair and Associate Professor of Art Ted Whisenhunt’s design course, as well as members of Towns County High School’s environmental club.

Young Harris College student Morgan “Tex” Fambrough, a sophomore art major from Hiawassee, stands next to a piece of recycled art she co-created that was displayed on the YHC campus as part of the Earth Day festivities.

Members of Young Harris College’s Student Government Association host a recycling demonstration in front of Grace Rollins Dining Hall on the YHC campus.

Young Harris College Prepares to Kick Off 2012 Common Reading Program

“No Impact Man” by Colin Beavan was recently selected as the 2012 book for Young Harris College’s campus-wide Common Reading Program, which serves as an integral part of the First Year Experience program that provides support and encouragement to new students and helps ensure their personal and academic success.

“No Impact Man” is the saga of one New York City family's quest to practice sustainability to the extent that their lives make no impact on the environment. Beavan's often humorous tales show readers how commitment to a sustainable lifestyle involves compromise, negotiation, sacrifice and, ultimately, great reward.

No Impact Man is also a 2009 documentary film that follows Beavan and his family during their year-long experiment. Beavan's book, film and blog inspired the No Impact Project, an international, environmental, nonprofit project that uses entertainment, education and group action to engage new people in the quest for ways of living that connect individual happiness with service to community and habitat.

“This book selection offers concrete, simple suggestions for creating a personally sustainable life. Beavan’s humor and upbeat attitude about personal responsibility should engage the YHC community in important conversations which translate into action,” said Louisa Franklin, professor of English, Academic Success Center and Writing Center director and First Year Foundations co-chair. “I hope that our students, faculty and staff will follow Beavan’s lead and go for small life changes, like giving up using straws, using small fonts when printing or even just drinking tap water instead of bottled water.”

Each academic year, all new students are required to read the Common Reading Program book before fall orientation. The program is designed to provide all new first-year students with a common intellectual experience to stimulate discussion and critical thinking, while also encouraging a sense of community among students, faculty and staff.

To facilitate the program, many events will take place on and off campus during the Fall 2012 semester, including a special guest lecture by Beavan during Welcome Week on Monday, Aug. 13, in Glenn Auditorium of the Clegg Fine Arts Building.  Faculty and staff are also encouraged to integrate themes from the book into coursework, campus activities and organizational initiatives.

YHC has a responsibility to operate as sustainably as possible. Sustainability cuts costs and waste, and provides a common goal of working together to leave this mountain valley more beautiful and clean than it was when we arrived,” Franklin said. “This cuts across all areas of the College. Academically, I can see students exploring economic and public policy, creating art and essays, conducting scientific research projects, discussing philosophy and practicing outdoor leadership—all in the context of sustainability.”

Another aspect of the College’s First Year Experience program is the First Year Foundations (FYF) course, which aims to help new students understand what it takes to succeed in college. This year, the FYF program has expanded to include 12 course sections and introduced a peer mentoring component that will allow students to co-teach with faculty and staff.

“These two additions will not only expose more students to this program, but also add a level of depth to it. We have a great group of faculty, staff and students on board to really enrich the content of this course,” said Bryan Hayse, Ph.D., associate dean of students and First-Year Foundations co-chair.“YHC has a long history of placing students in leadership roles where they mentor and hold their peers accountable, so the idea of having peer mentors in the FYF class seemed like a natural move.”

“I think it’s critically important for freshmen to have a peer they can look up to, which is why I’m so excited about being a peer mentor,” added Abby Larson, a sophomore English major from Marble, N.C. “I will get to be a source of inspiration for students as well as someone they can come to for help and advice. To be that person in someone’s life means the world to me."

“No Impact Man” is available in Duckworth Library and the YHC Bookstore. Faculty and staff are encouraged to read the book prior to the Fall 2012 semester and volunteer to lead discussion groups with freshmen prior to Beavan’s lecture on Aug. 13.

For more information, call Louisa Franklin at (706) 379-5164 or call Dr. Bryan Hayse at (706) 379-5174.

FYF Peer Mentors:
Emalyn Cork
Christine Durniat             
Katie Earle          
Kacey Miller      
Kendra Cowart
Nathan Hughes
Abby Larson      
Vincent Martin 
KC Pagnotta      
Lauren Robinson             
Ryan Shepard   
Jade Smith         
FYF Faculty and Staff Instructors:
Dr. Jim Bishop
Kathy Brown
Denise Cook
Dr. Margaret Forrester
Brittany Hopson
Debra March
Dr. Leigh Miller
Debbie Roach
Vince Robelotto
Dr. Charlie Swor
Danae Turchyn
Dr. Jamie Watson


Young Harris College Introduces Photography Club

Young Harris College welcomed to campus this year the YHC Photography Club, a new organization dedicated to the education of photographic arts for students, faculty and staff interested in the field of photography. The club was founded by a group of students from across all academic disciplines, along with the club’s advisor, Campus Gate Art Gallery Director and Adjunct Instructor of Art Scott Dean.

The group meets twice a month, and each session focuses on a specific aspect of photography that is of interest to members. Members discuss old and new practices of photography, learn about photographic techniques and technologies, discuss photographic methods and create images in digital and darkroom spaces.

“Sometimes I teach the students about specific aspects of art, but oftentimes members teach each other about methods of photography that they find interesting or unique,” said Dean. “I strive to make each student a better photographer and artist, and I always hope that each student learns something new from each meeting that they can use in their work.”

“I hope that our organization can offer insight into the use of a camera, whether it’s a digital SLR or a simple point-and-shoot version. We want members to be able to learn photo-taking techniques and other ideas behind photography,” added the club’s president, Hunter Good, a freshman outdoor leadership major from Sharpsburg. “I learn a lot from our meetings because every member has a different style and different equipment, so our gatherings offer a diverse outlook on the art and technicalities of photography.”

In addition to hosting regular meetings, the YHC Photography Club will continue to host fundraisers during annual events like Fall Fest. The group also plans to expand their presence on campus next year by leading “photo walks” in surrounding cities, hosting a juried photo competition and presenting movie nights showcasing a variety of films related to photography such as Annie Leibovitz’s Life Through A Lens and National Geographic's The Photographers.

The club looks forward to the addition of a darkroom in the YHC Fine Arts Annex that will be available to all students interested in photography at YHC. The proposed darkroom facility is anticipated to reach completion during the 2012-2013 academic year.

“The darkroom provides a great opportunity for our club and the whole campus community to explore the art outside of the digital realm,” said Dean. “There is something magical—and you can see it in a student’s eyes—about watching images appear in the developing tray. Any photographer can appreciate their images much more when they physically do the work, beginning with pressing the shutter, developing the film and finally hanging a print to dry.”

New members are welcome to join the YHC Photography Club, which is currently comprised of eight members.

For more announcements and information, visit the YHC Photography Club group page on Facebook.

The Young Harris College Photography Club is comprised of (from left to right) freshman communication studies major Logan Polley of Canton, freshman outdoor leadership major Hunter Good of Sharpsburg, sophomore outdoor leadership major Elizabeth Land of Thomson, freshman art major Audrey McLendon of Lilburn, freshman Daniela Kent of Suwanee, freshman art major Grace Patterson of Blairsville, and Campus Gate Art Gallery Director and Adjunct Instructor of Art Scott Dean.

Young Harris College Raises $6,510 for Make-A-Wish Foundation

The Young Harris College Department of Athletics led a successful campus-wide fundraising campaign during the 2011-2012 academic year, in partnership with the Recreation and Fitness Center, to raise approximately $6,510 to benefit the Georgia & Alabama Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Numerous events and activities were hosted throughout the year, with great participation from local sponsors and the surrounding community, in an effort to raise awareness and support for the charity organization, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

“The Make-A-Wish fundraising campaign is an integral part of the NCAA Division II’s ‘Life in Balance’ philosophy, and our coaches and student-athletes in particular have done an excellent job in helping us raise more than $6,000 during our first year hosting this major fundraising effort at YHC,” said Director of Athletics Randy Dunn. “This is a tremendous display of compassion for others by the YHC family and our local community, and I’m very pleased with all of the support and donations we have received throughout the year.” 

YHC kicked off “Paws for a Cause” at the beginning of the 2011-2012 basketball season, partnering with Make-A-Wish Foundation to raise funds to benefit a local child. During home games, student-athletes, cheerleaders and recreation center student staff members sold paper paws that were displayed on the lower level of the Recreation and Fitness Center throughout the season in recognition of contributions to the campaign.

Two “Paws for a Cause” luncheons were held during the basketball season, and money was also raised during basketball games through donations accepted for taking a photo with YHC’s mascot, Luke the Mountain Lion. In addition, a Make-A-Wish raffle offered basketball fans the opportunity to win gift certificates from local restaurants, including Brother’s Restaurant, Brasstown Valley Resort and The Copper Door.

In December, YHC raised $1,600 during a “Breakfast with Santa” event at which YHC student-athletes and coaches served breakfast sponsored by Waffle House, and attendees had the opportunity to take a photo with Santa Claus provided by S & S Pix. 

Brother’s Restaurant also helped YHC raise $400 by hosting "Make-A-Wish Night" in February. The Brother's at Willows Ranch in Young Harris donated 20 percent of sales from diners participating in the campaign.

Also during the spring semester, YHC raised $415 by sponsoring three “Jeans Day” Fridays in which YHC faculty and staff made a $2 contribution to wear jeans to work.

In addition to these campus-wide initiatives, many faculty, staff and students made individual contributions to the cause. YHC’s Student Government Association donated $200 to the campaign, while YHC Fitness Specialist and Personal Trainer Jeannie Ledford collected donations at the Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, N.C.

Towns County High School seniors Dakota Barrett and Jordan Woodard, who will both attend YHC this fall, donated $1,018 raised as part of a senior project. Barrett and Woodard held a youth night at First Free Will Baptist Church in Hayesville, N.C., and encouraged attendees to make a donation. Barrett’s mother, Sodexo employee Aundrea Dyer, suggested Make-A-Wish when the students were deciding which charity to support.

“It’s been awesome to see the campus and local community come together in enthusiastic support of the Make-A-Wish effort,” YHC Recreation and Fitness Center Director Sharon Stanton said. “Our students, faculty and staff have embraced this initiative and worked countless events in order to achieve our goal. It is a testament to the dedication and service of our campus community.”

The Division II National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee led the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in 2003 with its first national community service initiative by embarking on a fundraiser with Make-A-Wish Foundation. Over the course of its seven-year national partnership with the foundation, the committee has overseen efforts to raise more than $1.5 million to grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

In 2011, Young Harris College was accepted as a candidate for membership in NCAA Division II.

Jordan Woodard (left) and Dakota Barrett present Director of Athletics Randy Dunn a check for $1,018 for the Make-A-Wish campaign.

Young Harris College Recognizes Students, Faculty and Staff at 2012 Honors Ceremony

Young Harris College hosted the 2012 Honors Ceremony on April 22 at Susan B. Harris Chapel on the YHC campus. Many faculty, staff and students were recognized during the annual ceremony.

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Exemplary Teaching Award    
Dr. Natalia Starostina
The Vulcan Award for Teaching Excellence  
Dr. Nathan Gray
Who’s Who in American Universities & Colleges
Eric Hoppe
Kyle Huneycutt
Raquel Jasso
Julie Kelley
Kathleen Layton
Allison Matulia
Courtney Moore
Amanda Noonan
John Payne
Seth Peters
Angelina Polizzi
Genevieve Rodriguez
Emily Villas
Jake Wentzek
Rachel Wilkes
Emma Witherington

Luke Rushton '42 Scholar Athlete Award     
Rachel Wilkes
Outstanding Junior Scholar Athlete Award     
Wezly Barnard
Outstanding Sophomore Scholar Athlete Award
Breanna Gleeson
Most Promising Freshman Scholar Athlete Award  
Jordan Moss
Richard Aunspaugh Award for Visual Art    
Allison Burnham
Morgan Fambrough
Birdie Bryan Miller Art Award    
Grace Patterson
Lynn Fowler Music Scholarship    
Joanna Burrell
Edwin Gerschefski Piano Scholarship    
Cody Killian
William H. & Mary Ann Fox Music Scholarship    
Patrick Young
Pro Musica Camerata Scholarship    
Benjamin Sims
William Byron King ’35 Award in English    
Grace Patterson
Outstanding Paper in an Upper Division English Course Award
Heidi Sherlock
Outstanding Senior in English Award
Heidi Sherlock

Outstanding Junior in English Award
Sara Beaster
Kyle Huneycutt
Donna T. Fortune Achievement Award in Foreign Language    
Andreas Von Pechmann
Lambda Pi Eta Outstanding Scholar Award    
Kathleen Layton
Communication Studies Service Award    
Annie Hunter
Kathleen Layton
Outstanding Speaker Award  
Christelle Vereb
Outstanding Rhetorica Speaking Center Tutor
Chinonyerem “Chi Chi” Osuji
John Kay Award for Excellence in Comparative Religious Studies

Taylor Davis
Alyssa Lowery
Outstanding Biology Student Award    
Rachel Wilkes
Emma Witherington
Eugene Barboza Scholarship Award    

Jordan Jones
Joseph Wilson Boone '31 History Award    
Thomas Crosby
Outstanding Graduate in Business and Public Policy    
Julie Kelley
Education Scholarship Awards    
Brittany Keys Allen
Josh Colwell
Hilary Hawk
Caleb Paul
Victoria Sink
Nikki Winn
Katheryn Woods
Hannah Youngblood
Outdoor Leadership Outstanding Senior Award    
Tyler Burns
Hilda McCurdy Memorial Book Scholarship    
Maia Price
Phi Delta Sorority Merit Scholarship    
Monica Lewis

Social Organizations Academic Awards    
Alpha Omega Fraternity
Sigma Beta Sigma Sorority

SPAT Club Award    
Kyle Huneycutt
SGA Member of the Year

Ashley Cross

SGA Faculty Member of the Year
Dr. Johnathan Davis

SGA Staff Member of the Year
Julia Berger
Campus Activities Board Member of the Year Award    

Kelsey Harris

College Representative of the Year Award    
Audrey Ashworth
S.T.A.R. of the Year Award    
Christina Feliu
Christian Service Award    
Shannon Weaver
Interfaith Award    

Alyssa Lowery
Corey Helton
Religious Life Outstanding Senior Award
Amanda Noonan
Jordan Fleming
Inter-Religious Council Appreciation Award    
Dr. Mark Brunner
Advisor of the Year Award    
Dr. Nathan Eric Dickman
Greek Service Award    
Alpha Omega Fraternity
Phi Alpha Phi Sorority
Outstanding Organization of the Year Award    
Inter-Religious Council

Corn Creek Review Literary Awards                    
1st place: Heidi Sherlock “The Tree of Doors”
2nd place: Heather Poole “Making Music”
3rd place: Linda Budd “Valdaro”
1st place: Heidi Sherlock “Our Sleeping Giant”
2nd place: Mayeli Medina “Inocencia”
3rd place: Stephanie Joyner “Liadan”
Enotah Pacesetters
Dawn Dickins
Rob Campbell
Dr. Nathan Eric Dickman
Dr. Jennifer Hughes
Dr. Robert Peacock
Kathleen Layton
JeRee Dukes

Faculty and Staff Notables

Education Department Chair and Professor of Education Dr. Bill Brown is currently serving on a Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) Board of Examiners Team for a Continuing Review of the Teacher Preparation Program at Piedmont College. The on-site visit is scheduled for Sept. 23-25. Dr. Brown will serve as an assessment workshop facilitator for the PSC at Georgia Gwinnett College on May 16.  The primary focus of the workshop is to offer insightful, practical and technical assistance to Georgia teacher preparation program providers regarding Standard 2 (Assessment System and Unit Evaluation) of the 2008 National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Standards.

A paper co-authored by Associate Professor of Communication Studies Dr. Joy Goldsmith, Communication Studies Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Dr. Jennifer Hallett and other contributors titled “The practical nurse: A case for COMFORT training” will be presented to the Health Communication Division at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association in Phoenix, Ariz., May 24-28. During the YHC Board of Trustees spring meeting held on April 7, Dr. Hallett was awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor of communication studies, effective Aug. 1, 2012.

A section of a memoir by Professor of English Dr. Steve Harvey titled “The Vanishing Point” has been accepted by The Southern Review for the Winter 2013 issue. Dr. Harvey’s essay titled “Orphaned Souls” will be published in the Spring 2012 issue of Hotel Amerika. The essay is based in part on Dr. Harvey’s experience teaching literature courses at Young Harris College.

This summer, a book review of “Godwired: Religion, Ritual, and Virtual Reality” by Instructor of Computer Science Dr. William Hyndman will appear in Choice Magazine.

Sports Information Director Michael MacEachern will receive the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) 25-Year Award during the 2012 CoSIDA Convention in St. Louis, Mo., June 23-26.The award is presented to CoSIDA members who have served 25 years in the profession as of June 2012. CoSIDA is comprised of intercollegiate athletic communications and media relations professionals from colleges, universities and athletic conferences from all divisions of competition in the United States and Canada.

Director of Residence Life Stuart Miller will deliver the keynote address at LaGrange College’s History Department/Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society Banquet in LaGrange, May 7.  

Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the Faculty Ron Roach and Associate Professor of Communication Studies Dr. Ron Roach presented a paper regarding the history of early bluegrass festivals titled “Carlton Haney’s ‘The Story of Bluegrass’ as Redemptive Drama and Metaphor” at the 35th Annul Appalachian Studies Association Conference at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pa., March 23-25. During the YHC Board of Trustees spring meeting held on April 7, Dr. Roach was awarded promotion to professor of communication studies, effective Aug. 1, 2012.