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Mountain Lines November 2011

Young Harris College to Open Basketball Season Nov. 12 with First Fall Homecoming

A tradition will be reborn at Young Harris College this fall as students, alumni and Mountain Lions fans kick off the 2011-2012 basketball season with Homecoming, Friday-Saturday, Nov. 11-12. Centered around the theme “Mountain Lion Pride,” the exciting new event will be presented in collaboration with the offices of Student Development and Alumni Services and the Department of Athletics.

Eight student organizations have formed seven teams that will compete to earn the title of first-ever Homecoming Week champions, including Sigma Beta Sigma, Student Government Association (SGA)/Campus Activities Board (CAB), Alpha Iota, Phi Alpha Phi, Circle K, Delta Gamma and Zeta Pi.

Throughout the week, these teams will participate in a variety of challenges and receive points for attendance at events like a trivia game, dance, “spirit sign” contest and lip sync challenge.

“Homecoming is going to be a great time for everyone, and I’m so happy that the students will get to share a whole week of fun social activities. I’m sure that all of the events will also increase team cooperation within our organizations,” said Circle K team member Claudia Del Cid, a sophomore business and public policy major from Dalton. “I’m excited about all the different activities throughout the week, especially the lip sync competition. I really enjoyed performing in the annual R.A. lip sync competition during Welcome Week, and I’m glad more students will get to experience that this year.”

The Homecoming weekend will kick off with a student-led pep rally and bonfire on Friday night at 8 p.m. at the fire pit located directly across from the College’s practice fields and intramural field.

The public is invited to join the festivities on Saturday, Nov. 12, beginning with a Homecoming parade at 10 a.m. that will include a variety of student-created floats as well as local civic leaders and businesses. The parade will begin on Maple Street and progress up toward U.S. Highway 76 where it will turn south. The route will lead back into campus at Duckworth Drive and continue into the interior of campus, past Susan B. Harris Chapel and Sharp Hall, ultimately ending at the Recreation and Fitness Center.

Tailgating festivities and a celebratory pre-game picnic will follow for YHC students and alumni, beginning at 12 p.m. on the lawn in front of Enotah Hall. A special reception for all former YHC basketball players will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Recreation and Fitness Center.

The women’s basketball team will take on Reinhardt University at 2 p.m. in the Recreation and Fitness Center, and the men’s basketball team will play Bryan College at 4 p.m.

Homecoming Week champions and spirit sign competition winners will be announced, the Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned, and an Alumni Spirit Challenge will be held during the basketball games.

“I’m extremely excited about all of the Homecoming events, and CAB hopes to make this first Homecoming awesome and fun for everyone who attends,” said CAB/SGA team member Tara Shiver, a senior music major from Covington. “My team is extremely excited about the lip sync and float competitions—and we definitely hope to win all of the events and become the first Homecoming Week champions.”

Combination tickets for lunch and both games are available to YHC alumni for $20 per adult and $10 for children under 12 through the Office of Alumni Services at (706) 379-5334 or online. Tickets for the games only are available through the Department of Athletics at (706) 379-5296.

Alumni are welcome to park in any available, unreserved spots on campus for the parade, tailgate lunch and basketball games. Recommended lots are the large lot on Maple Street and the Fine Arts Annex across Hwy. 76 from campus.

Family Weekend 2011 Offered New Expanded Schedule of Events

Ali Neese, senior
Communications and Marketing Intern

More than 350 Young Harris College students and their families enjoyed Family Weekend presented by the Office of Student Development, Oct. 21-23. As part of this annual event, families had the opportunity to meet faculty and staff, tour campus, watch athletic events, enjoy fine arts performances and pose for family pictures.

“Family Weekend is the perfect time for parents and other family members to visit the College and see their student in this environment,” said Associate Dean of Students Bryan Hayse, Ph.D. “Events are planned on campus to give families a sense of what it is like to be a student at YHC. We really try to have something for everyone.”

The Division of Fine Arts presented performances by the YHC Concert Band and YHC Chamber Choir, a special student recital featuring an eclectic program of vocal and instrumental music, a student art display in the Fine Arts Annex and a concert on the plaza featuring YHC music students. In addition, O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium hosted two presentations of the “Fright Light” laser concert.

Sports fans had the opportunity to cheer on the men’s soccer team to a 6-1 victory over Savannah College of Art and Design, participate in a family tennis competition at the YHC Tennis Complex and watch the men’s and women’s basketball teams prepare for the upcoming season during scrimmages in the YHC Arena. Throughout the weekend, families also enjoyed full access to the Recreation and Fitness Center, including special activities for children.

In addition to faculty receptions for each academic division, six faculty and staff members made special presentations as part of the weekend event.

Dean of the Division of Mathematics and Science and Professor of Biology Paul Arnold, Ph.D., gave a presentation and tour of the YHC Beetle Lab, while Planetarium Director and Instructor of Astronomy Steve Morgan showcased the planetarium’s state-of-the-art GOTO Chronos star projector and full-dome digital projection system.

Associate Director of Library Services Deb March made a presentation about the College’s 125-year history, and Campus Minister and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Rev. Dr. Tim Moore spoke about YHC’s Methodist affiliation.

Associate Professor of English Mark Rollins, Ph.D., discussed his work regarding the 19th-century British writer Thomas Hardy, while Assistant Professor of History Natalia Starostina, Ph.D., made a presentation titled “Of Trains and Nostalgia in Modern France” regarding the narratives and mythologies of travel generated by French railway companies.

“I really enjoyed the new schedule for Family Weekend,” said Audrey Ashworth, a senior business and public policy major from Watkinsville. “There were plenty of activities that allowed families to pick and choose which events to attend, and my parents really enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere of casual discussion with professors.”

Freshman education major Alex Chance (center) and her parents, (from left to right) Tim and Chris Brown of Troy, Ala., enjoyed the Family Weekend festivities.

On Oct. 22, the Division of Fine Arts presented a special student recital featuring an eclectic program of vocal and instrumental music during dinner on the plaza.

Click here to view more photos of Family Weekend 2011.

Young Harris College Students Take Part in First-Year Experience Trip to New Orleans

Twenty-seven Young Harris College students, faculty and staff members recently traveled to New Orleans Oct. 5-9 to take part in a first-year service trip facilitated by the First-Year Experience and Bonner Leaders programs at YHC.

The excursion centered around Dave Eggers’ book Zeitoun, which was this year’s selection for the College’s campus-wide “Ship of Thought: Common Reading Program” for first-year students. Zeitoun tells the story of Abdulrahman Zeitoun, the Syrian-American owner of a painting and contracting company in New Orleans who chose to ride out Hurricane Katrina in his Uptown home.

“One of the main goals of the trip was to expose our students to the issues and themes addressed in this year’s Common Reading Program as well as the progress, and lack of progress, that has been made to rebuild the gulf coast six years after Hurricane Katrina,” said Bryan Hayse, Ph.D., associate dean of students and First-Year Foundations co-chair. “Every aspect of the trip was designed to help students more fully understand what they have read or seen from the perspective of those who live it daily.” 

The group stayed in the Lower Ninth Ward Village Community Center and met students and staff from colleges and universities across the United States. Students also enjoyed a meal and fellowship with local Muslim students from Tulane University and the University of New Orleans.

“The whole trip was an amazing experience, but my favorite part was eating dinner and enjoying fellowship at the Muslim student center,” said Jordan Wilkes, a sophomore art major from Cleveland, Ga. “Throughout the week, it was inspiring to meet so many people who are devoted to civil justice and live compassionate lives of service.”

The group met with representatives from the nonprofit civil rights organization Southern Poverty Law Center and 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.

Students enjoyed dinner at the home of Andre Perry, Ph.D., associate director for educational initiatives for Loyola Institute for Quality and Equity in Education, who presented a lecture at YHC in August about themes discussed in Zeitoun.The group also had the unique opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session with Zeitoun and visit the Al-Rahma Mosque he regularly attends.

Other highlights of the trip included a tour of the Lower Ninth Ward and Tremé neighborhood, a visit to the African American Heritage Museum and volunteer work at a local animal shelter and food bank.

“I’ve heard people say that one moment can change your life, and I feel that this trip may have been that moment for me. When Katrina came through, New Orleans was torn apart and the people had only their faith and each other,” said Ashley Eschbach, a freshman history major from Big Pine Key, Fla. “Getting to know these people and hearing their stories provided me with the chance to really see how much they lost. It makes me feel so grateful for what I have and what I’ve been given in my life.”

Bonner Leader Jordan Utley, a freshman business and public policy major from Madison, spent time volunteering at a local animal shelter.

Jerry Oquendo, a freshman art major from Dade City, Fla., worked to restore a home damaged by Hurricane Katrina as part of the St. Bernard Project.

Students enjoyed a meal and fellowship with local Muslim students from Tulane University and the University of New Orleans.

Click here to view more photos of the New Orleans trip.

Department of Music Hosts Choral Clinic for Ridgeview Charter School Honor Chorus

On Friday, Oct. 28, Young Harris College’s Department of Music hosted a choral clinic for students in grades 6-8 from Ridgeview Charter School (RCS) in Atlanta. During the event, the RCS Honor Chorus received musical instruction from members of the YHC choral faculty in preparation for a special performance that evening with the Young Harris College Chamber Choir.

“We were very excited to host students from the strong choral program at Ridgeview Charter School,” said YHC Professor of Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Activities Jeff Bauman. “This was a great opportunity for our music and music education students at YHC to observe an excellent middle school choir and their director, Dr. Susan Messer, in action.”

The RCS Honor Chorus received musical instruction focusing on vocal technique, tone quality and musicality from YHC Professor of Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Activities Jeff Bauman.

The RCS Honor Chorus and YHC Chamber Choir rehearsed with RCS Choir Director Dr. Susan Messer and YHC Professor of Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Activities Jeff Bauman in YHC’s Glenn Auditorium.

New Organization Enhances Young Harris College Religious Life Offerings

Ali Neese, senior
Communications and Marketing Intern

Young Harris College recently expanded religious life offerings for students, faculty and staff by welcoming to campus a new organization, the Buddhist Meditation and Mindfulness Gathering. This group aims to provide a welcoming meeting place for committed Buddhists and members of the YHC community interested in religious exploration.

The idea for the club came about when members of the student body, faculty and staff approached Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Eric Dickman, Ph.D., about the possibility of starting a religious life organization founded on Buddhism for those interested in learning more about the religious aspects and philosophy of Buddhism.  

“Adding to the diversity of religious expression on campus by adding this Buddhist group will, in part, impact the larger community positively by helping us all become more aware of our religious choices and commitments,” said Dr. Dickman, whose personal and academic background includes liberal Protestantism and Zen Buddhism. “As YHC expands, such groups are crucial for the vibrancy of the community.”

During the summer, Dr. Dickman met with Campus Minister Rev. Dr. Tim Moore, along with other faculty and staff members, to develop an eclectic Buddhist organization inclusive of Vipassana insight meditation, Tantric practice and Zen seated meditation.

On Oct. 1, seven members of the group attended a half-day “Intro to Zen” course at Great Tree Zen Temple in Alexander, N.C., facilitated by the temple’s abbess, Rev. Teijo Munnich. The group discussed many key Buddhist insights and Rev. Munnich instructed the group regarding proper meditation postures and breathing exercises.

“The trip was one of the best weekends I have had at YHC this semester,” said group member Ashley Cross, a sophomore biology major from Murphy, N.C. “I had a lot of fun connecting with other students that share the same interests.  I would love to see this new group continue to grow because it offers an opportunity for the YHC community to learn about a different religious practice that is unique to our area.”

The group meets every Monday at 4:30 p.m. in the Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement.

On Oct. 1, the Buddhist Meditation and Mindfulness Gathering attended a half-day “Intro to Zen” course at Great Tree Zen Temple in Alexander, N.C. The temple's abbess Rev. Teijo Munnich instructed the group regarding proper meditation postures and breathing exercises.

The group learned about opportunities to study at the Great Tree Zen Temple, including weekend meditation retreats and summer internships, from the temple’s abbess, Rev. Teijo Munnich (far right).

Young Harris College Students Inducted Into Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society

Ten Young Harris College students were recently inducted as charter members of the Omega Tau chapter of the international communication studies honor society Lambda Pi Eta during a special ceremony held in Wilson Lecture Hall of Goolsby Center on Nov. 3.

Lambda Pi Eta is the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA) and a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, the only certifying agency for college and university honor societies in the United States.

“There has been a goal to increase the number of departmental honor societies on campus, so we formally joined last spring at the end of the semester,” said Instructor of Communication Studies and Lambda Pi Eta Faculty Advisor Joseph Terry. “Lambda Pi Eta is associated with the NCA, one of the preeminent scholarly organizations in communication studies, encompassing both of our concentrations in media and human communication."

The honor society aims to recognize, foster and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies, promote and encourage professional development among communication majors and stimulate interest in the field of communication.

Election to membership in Lambda Pi Eta is open to undergraduates enrolled as communication studies majors or minors with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 with 60 credit hours completed and 3.25 for communication studies courses with 12 credit hours completed.

The new student officers are President Ali Neese, of Marietta, Co-Vice President Miriam Torres, of Roswell, Co-Vice President Kelley Lyness, of Watkinsville, Secretary Alexandra Franzini, of Snellville, and Treasurer Eric Hoppe, of Alpharetta. New members include Amy Dalton, of Augusta, Kathleen Layton, of White, Megan Powell, of Cleveland, Ga., Karen Resendiz Rodriguez, of Springfield, Mo., and Christelle Vereb of Hayesville, N.C.

Prior to the induction ceremony, the Division of Humanities hosted the first lecture of a new Lambda Pi Eta Lecture Series in Communication Studies.  Jay Hamilton, Ph.D., associate professor of advertising at the University of Georgia, presented a lecture titled “Torn Halves That Actually Do Add Up: Communication Study in the 21st Century.”

“In addition to the induction ceremony and lecture, the society hopes to have regularly scheduled events to raise the profile of communication studies on campus,” Terry said. “We plan to organize a session with prospective majors and minors to meet with current students to ask questions about the major, and we are also looking into bringing some of the members to the annual meeting of the Georgia Communication Association.”

Charter members of the Omega Tau chapter of the international honor society Lambda Pi Eta include (from left to right) President Ali Neese, of Marietta, Co-Vice President Kelley Lyness, of Watkinsville, Christelle Vereb of Hayesville, N.C., Megan Powell, of Cleveland, Ga., Co-Vice President Miriam Torres, of Roswell,  Karen Resendiz Rodriguez, of Springfield, Mo., Secretary Alexandra Franzini, of Snellville, Treasurer Eric Hoppe, of Alpharetta, and Kathleen Layton, of White.

Faculty and Staff Notables

Academic Advisor Amy Brock was accepted into the master’s program in history at Western Kentucky University and will begin her studies in January 2012.

Young Harris College’s Division of Fine Arts presented the first-ever Woodwind Faculty Recital in Glenn Auditorium, Oct. 16. The concert included performances by Assistant Professor of Music Karen Calloway, flute, Adjunct Instructor of Music Dr. Mike Campbell, saxophone and clarinet, Adjunct Instructor of Music Alan Denmon, saxophone, Adjunct Instructor of Music Mary Ann Fox, piano, Staff Accompanist Anita Guss, piano, Staff Accompanist Frank McKinney, saxophone and piano, Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Leigh Miller, clarinet, Adjunct Instructor of Music Ginger Ramsay, oboe, and Adjunct Instructor of Music Cheryl Star, flute. Dr. Campbell and Dr. Miller performed Concert Piece No. 1 in F Minor, Andante by Felix Mendelssohn, while Calloway and Star presented Andante and Rondo Op. 25 for Two Flutes and Piano by Franz Doppler. In addition, Dr. Miller, Star and Ramsay delighted audiences with a performance of Divertimento for Flute, Oboe and Clarinet by Malcolm Arnold.

YHC President Cathy Cox served as the keynote speaker for the Georgia League of Women Voters “Power of the Vote” conference in Atlanta, Oct. 4. President Cox discussed the role of education in helping voters understand their civic responsibilities as voters and the impact education can have on returning civility to public policy forums.

Dr. Johnathan Davis, assistant professor of biology, will make a presentation, titled “Considerations for Designing Species-specific Monitoring Programs for Rare and Imperiled Fishes,” at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Fishes Council in Chattanooga, Tenn., Nov. 10-11. This council is comprised of scientists and biologists committed to conservation of the native fish fauna of the southeastern United States. 

A paper by Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Dr. Eric Dickman, titled, “Faith or Friendship: On Integrating Possibilities for Self-Realization in Kierkegaard and Aristotle,” has been selected for inclusion in an anthology of “Uncanny Homecomings” that will be published by the annual conference of Religion, Literature and the Arts based at the University of Iowa. Dr. Dickman visited the William Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum in Atlanta to meet with Board of Trustees Co-President Springer Asher and Executive Director Jane Leavy, Oct. 16. In addition to conducting research for an upcoming class on Judaism that will include a unit about post-Holocaust studies, Dr. Dickman also discussed professional opportunities for religious studies majors in venues beyond Christian ministry vocations such as museum internships. During the visit, Dr. Dickman also filmed a spot for a commercial encouraging museum membership that will air in the metro Atlanta area later this year.

Resident Director Brittany Hopson, Director of Residence Life Stuart Miller and Resident Director Ja’lessa Morris attended the Georgia Housing Officers annual conference at Kennesaw State University, Oct. 6-7.

Dr. William Hyndman, instructor of computer science, co-presented a lecture, titled “Comfort Stations,” at Anderson University, Oct. 18. Dr. Hyndman spoke about the historical significance of the Traveler’s Rest State Historic Site, a stagecoach inn from the 1800s located near Toccoa. Dr. Hyndman is a founding member of the Friends of Travelers Rest and currently serves as the president for the advocacy group.

A book written by Instructor of Physical Geography Dr. Baishali Ray titled Thunderstorm generator currents and the Global Electric Circuit was recently published by Lambert Academic Publishing in September.

Director of Academic Advising Debbie Roach attended the 35th annual National Academic Advising Association conference in Denver, Colo., Oct.2-5.

Assistant Professor of Physics Dr. Arunava Roy’s manuscript titled “Will it be Blackholes at the Large Hadron Collider?" will appear in the December 2011 issue of The Physics Teacher and serves as the inspiration for the magazine’s cover (left). As part of Dr. Roy’s astrophysics course, YHC students Jordan Jones, of Toccoa, and Karen Sierra, of Hayesville, N.C., have discovered three near-Earth objects (NEOs) while participating in an international research project organized by the International Astronomical Search Collaboration.

Dr. Natalia Starostina, assistant professor of history, will present a paper, titled “How the French Réseaux Taught the French to Love Speed and Fast Trains: Speed, Modernity, and New Mobility Culture in the Publicité of Réseaux in Interwar France,” at an international conference on the history of railways in Paris, Dec. 14-16. The conference is organized by the Association of the History of Railways, the International Union of Railways and the National Society for French Railways.

Adjunct Instructor of English Dr. Eloise Whisenhunt presented a paper, titled “A Southern Gothic Picaro: Eugene Walter’s Gothic Gaze in Milking the Moon,” at the 83rd annual South Atlantic Modern Language Association convention in Atlanta, Nov. 4.