- YHC to Establish Homecoming Tradition This Fall
- O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium Receives Upgrades During Summer Renovation
- Theatre Young Harris Announces 2011-2012 Season
- Young Harris College Business and Public Policy Major Completes Internship on Capitol Hill
- Bonner Leaders Program Grows Membership and Expands Outreach
- Young Harris College Offers New Campus-Wide Recycling Options
- Board of Associates Kicks Off Local Scholarship Campaign
- YHC Department of Education Hosts Campus Visit with Prekindergarten Teachers
- ACC 411: Young Harris College Submits Membership Application to Peach Belt Conference
- Faculty and Staff Notables
A tradition will be reborn at Young Harris College this fall, as Homecoming 2011 will be held Friday-Saturday, Nov. 11-12. This exciting new event will be presented in partnership between the offices of Student Development and Alumni Services along with the Department of Athletics.
The Homecoming weekend will feature a student-led pep rally and bonfire on Friday night and a campus-wide pre-game celebratory picnic lunch on Saturday. Additional campus activities throughout the weekend will be announced soon.
“We are extremely excited about Homecoming 2011," Director of Athletics Randy Dunn said. "The event will provide our students, faculty, staff and alumni with many great activities leading up to our women’s and men's basketball teams taking the court for their home opener on Saturday afternoon.”
The women’s basketball team will take on Reinhardt University on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. and the men’s basketball team will play Bryan College at 4 p.m. in the YHC Recreation and Fitness Center. The Office of Alumni Services will host a special reception for all former basketball alumni, and an Alumni Spirit Challenge will also be held during the basketball games.
During Alumni Weekend in July, Young Harris College Alumni Association President Rufus Brown, ’60, announced that Homecoming will be one of two major alumni events each year, moving away from a single, summer event. Along with Homecoming, the YHC Alumni Association will host Alumni Weekend 2012 Friday-Sunday, April 20-22.
This newly established springtime event will include a lineup of many special events including the familiar Lunch on the Lawn, milestone class reunions and various athletics and cultural campus activities including Mountain Lions baseball games, the annual student art exhibition and the Theatre Young Harris season finale Sweet Charity.
This summer, O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium underwent renovations to enhance and beautify the impressive 40-foot dome theater that is already acclaimed for its state-of-the-art GOTO Chronos Space Simulator star projector and Sky-Skan Definiti full-dome digital projection system.
A major highlight of the planetarium’s transformation was the replacement of old seating with 104 comfortable Irwin seats that feature built-in lumbar support and vinyl headrests. According to Planetarium Director and Instructor of Astronomy Steve Morgan, these chairs were upholstered in “YHC purple” that matches the color of the Chronos star projector located in the center of the room.
The new seating configuration offers improved wheelchair access and maneuverability. Three “transfer seats,” or aisle seats with folding armrests on the aisle side, provide the option for individuals using a wheelchair or other mobility device to transfer into a fixed chair.
With an upgrade to Sky-Skan’s new Cove EX LED lighting system, the planetarium has shed over 11,000 wattsfrom its energy footprint.In addition to green-friendly low power and heat specifications, the Cove EX lighting system provides stunning color effects that can simulate the extremes of noonday sunlight or the subtle hues of dusk.
“The O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium upgrade dovetails nicely with our sustainability goals and other green initiatives on campus and also enhances this great academic asset,” YHC President Cathy Cox said.
Other cosmetic improvements to the facility include new high quality, vinyl-backed carpet, a fresh coat of paint on the walls and the addition of 17 new framed and matted prints, many of which feature Hubble Space Telescope images with stunning color and clarity. The selection also includes lunar images taken at the Young Harris College Observatory, as well as a star-trail image recently taken near the summit of Brasstown Bald.
Upgrades were also made to the planetarium’s sound system, including full 5.1 surround sound, and the protective enclosure for the base of the Chronos star projector was re-engineered.
In June, the planetarium hosted the 2011 conference of the Southeastern Planetarium Association (SEPA), making it only the third planetarium in Georgia to host the annual event since it began in 1970. Nearly 100 active planetarium professionals, exhibitors and vendors from 24 states attended the conference to share information, discuss the latest trends in programming and education, participate in paper sessions and spend time networking and socializing.
“The conference went very smoothly, and everyone enjoyed the opportunity to network with other planetarium professionals here on our beautiful campus,” Morgan said. “The new look of the planetarium was a big hit. A number of the attendees had visited here several years ago, and they were very impressed with the upgrades. We spent a lot of time under the dome for presentations and demos, so they especially appreciated the comfort level of our new seats.”
A major highlight of the planetarium’s transformation was the addition of 104 comfortable Irwin seats.
During the renovation, the planetarium was stripped down to the bare floor before new carpet and Irwin seats were added.
Theatre Young Harris will present an exciting new lineup of performances for the 2011-2012 season. The season will be comprised of a four-show Mainstage Series, a three-show Studio Series and a New Work Series, offering audiences a wide range of both classic and contemporary theatre and musical theatre productions.
Theatre Young Harris will open its Mainstage Series in September with its children show, A Year with Frog and Toad. True to the spirit of Arnold Lobel’s popular children’s stories, this lighthearted musical follows two good friends, the cheerful and popular Frog and the rather grumpy and stubborn Toad, as they overcome challenges together over the course of four fun-filled seasons. The friends learn a little bit about gardening and the cycle of the seasons while also learning lessons about life and friendship along the way. The production also features a live band. Eight school performances will take place in Glenn Auditorium of the Clegg Fine Arts Building Tuesday, Sept. 20, through Friday, Sept. 23, while free public performances are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m.
Next, the group will present English playwright Ray Cooney’s rollicking farcical comedy Out of Order, a show that takes a look at the lighter side of political infidelity. Hilarity, crazy antics and a grand cover-up scheme commence as a junior politician attempts to cover up an affair with the opposition when nothing goes as planned.The show is recommended for mature audiences only. Performances are scheduled in Dobbs Theatre, located inside Goolsby Center, for Thursday, Nov. 10, through Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. with a matinee on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m., and Thursday, Nov. 17, through Saturday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 reserved seating, or $5 with YHC ID.
All of the wit and romance of Jane Austen’s classic 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice come to life in this refreshingly fast-paced and engaging new adaptation by Jon Jory. Finding a husband is hardly Elizabeth Bennet’s most urgent priority, but with four sisters, an overzealous match-making mother and a string of unsuitable suitors, it’s difficult to escape the subject. When the independent-minded Elizabeth meets the handsome but enigmatic Mr. Darcy, she is determined not to let her feelings triumph over her own good sense—but the truth turns out to be slipperier than it seems. Performances are scheduled in Dobbs Theatre, located inside Goolsby Center, for Thursday, Feb. 16, through Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. with a matinee on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m., and Thursday, Feb. 23, through Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 reserved seating, or $5 with YHC ID.
The Mainstage Series will close out the season with Neil Simon’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy Sweet Charity, which follows the romantic misadventures of the ever-hopeful Charity Hope Valentine, a Times Square dance hall hostess who always gives her heart and dreams to the wrong man. With fantastic Fosse-esque choreography and Cy Coleman’s great score of favorites such as “Hey Big Spender,” “If My Friends Could See Me Now” and “The Rhythm of Life,” Sweet Charity makes 1960s New York a sweet escape to fun!The show is recommended for mature audiences only. Performances are scheduled in Dobbs Theatre, located inside Goolsby Center, for Thursday, April 12, through Saturday, April 14, at 7 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m., and Thursday, April 19, through Saturday, April 21, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 reserved seating, or $5 with YHC ID.
Theatre Young Harris will also present an exciting Studio Series, which will consist of three productions showcasing student direction. This series will open with noted American playwright Edward Albee’s innovative first play The Zoo Story. Two strangers meet by chance one sunny afternoon and become acquainted. Through a series of stories ranging from practical to the absurd, the two lives become connected and forever changed. Performances are scheduled for Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept. 20-21, at 7 p.m.
In February, the Studio Series will present Emotional Baggage by Canadian playwright Lindsay Price. Six strangers meet in a train station. All are carrying baggage that weighs them down physically and emotionally. They must confront themselves and one another. Find out who stays attached to their baggage and who can release themselves from the weight. Performances are scheduled for Tuesday-Wednesday, Feb. 21-22, at 7 p.m.
The Studio Series will conclude in April with the one-act dramatic play Line by Israel Horovitz, which tells the story of five people waiting in line vying to claim the coveted first spot—and only one can win. Line is New York City’s longest-running play, running off-off Broadway at 13th Street Repertory Theatre for the past 38 years. Performances are scheduled for Tuesday-Wednesday, April 17-18, at 7 p.m.
All Studio Series performances are free and open to the public and take place in Dobbs Theatre, located inside Goolsby Center.
Young Harris College senior business and public policy major Jack Tripp, of Fayetteville, recently completed a summer internship in Washington, D.C., in the office of U.S. Representative Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.), the congressman who serves Tripp’s hometown district.
Tripp currently serves as a College Representative and Student Ambassador at YHC and gained valuable leadership experience as Student Government Association Vice President last year.After serving as a counselor at Camp Kaleo in Forsyth for the last two years, Tripp was eager to spend the summer gaining first-hand experience in his field.
“I wanted an internship that would help me understand how government and society interact with one another and how we can help better that relationship,” Tripp said. “I chose to work in Congress because I wanted a better understanding of both the legislative process and Washington as a whole.”
During the internship, Tripp experienced many of the day-to-day operations of working on Capitol Hill while completing tasks such as guiding tours, answering constituent questions, attending briefings and collecting research and information.
“During this internship, I learned that the people who live, breathe and work in D.C. are the same as you and me—they just have more potholes to bounce through,” Tripp said. “I also learned that Congress is only a reflection of the people who send them to Washington. For real changes to be made on Capitol Hill, they must first take place here.”
Tripp plans to pursue a career dedicated to public service upon graduation from YHC and looks forward to applying the skills and knowledge gained during his internship in his final year of coursework.
“My degree provides me with the necessary tools to begin impacting the world even before I graduate, and it allows me to see the world from many different perspectives,” Tripp said. “After I leave YHC, I hope to find myself working in the public’s service because I feel compelled to help fix things that are broken, to stand in the gap and to set things right.”
Business and public policy major Jack Tripp, of Fayetteville, (left) and U.S. Representative Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.).
The Bonner Leaders Program at Young Harris College continued to grow in membership this year, as 10 freshmen joined nine returning members during the fall semester. New students selected for the program include freshmen Sami Castleberry of Cumming, Lauren Morris of Canton, Mindy Moore of Stockbridge, Marcus Nash of Snellville, Grace Patterson of Blairsville, Jordyn Utley of Madison; sophomores Taylor Davis of Kennesaw, Brittany Starrett of Monroe and Jordan Wilkes of Cleveland, Ga.; and junior Jeremy Mabe of Marietta.
Bonner Leaders now have the opportunity to work with 10 community partner sitesthat offer engaging opportunities for students to address critical social issues and make a positive impact in the local community. The Alternative Education Program for the Union County School System is a new partner site this year that willallow Bonners to mentor and tutor at-risk students.
“I love working with kids, and the Bonner Leaders gives me the opportunity to accomplish that goal,” Mabe said. “Being a Bonner has also helped me become aware of the greater good that I can do for the community. Being able to change a kid’s life for the better gives me the best feeling in the world.”
Established community partner sites includethe Hinton Center for Rural Life, Hiawassee River Watershed Coalition, Support for Abusive Family Emergencies, Inc. (S.A.F.E.), Mountain Shelter Humane Society, Ninth District Opportunities, U.M.A.R. (a Methodist organization serving adults with developmental disabilities), Towns County Family Connection at Towns County Schools, Regency Hospice Second Wind Dreams and the City of Young Harris/YHC Sustainability Partnership.
“Now that we have developed relationships with most of the viable community non-profit agencies in our area, our focus is to deepen and broaden the work we are doing with our current partners,” Bonner Leaders Program Coordinator and Academic Service Learning Program Coordinator Rob Campbell said.
Some of the organization’s other goals for the year include increasing participation by other YHC students, faculty and staff at community partner sites, working with S.E.R.V.E. (Service, Empowerment, Responsibility, Voice and Engagement) to implement monthly community outreach events and inviting faculty and staff to attend weekly meetings with Bonners centered on specific areas of expertise.
“I'm looking forward to building interpersonal relationships within the Bonner group as well as the community sites we will be working with,” Starrett said. “It is a great feeling to know that I have made a difference in someone’s life by helping in whatever way I can. The small acts can sometimes make all the difference.”
New Bonner Leaders include (from left to right) sophomore Jordan Wilkes of Cleveland, Ga., sophomore Taylor Davis of Kennesaw, sophomore Brittany Starrett of Monroe, junior Jeremy Mabe of Marietta, freshman Jordyn Utley of Madison, freshman Lauren Morris of Canton, freshman Mindy Moore of Stockbridge, freshman Sami Castleberry of Cumming, freshman Grace Patterson of Blairsville and freshman Marcus Nash of Snellville.
This month, Young Harris College introduced a new streamlined recycling program that provides more recycling options for students, faculty and staff than ever before, signifying the next step in the College’s continually evolving sustainability program.
Recycling receptacles are strategically placed in administrative and academic buildings, residence halls and on the campus grounds, including 30 new 95-gallon bins. These containers will be routinely emptied and distributed to a recently installed compactor located next to the YHC Beetle Lab.
“A unique aspect of this program is the single stream of recyclables that can be put into the recycling bins across campus and the compactor. With the exception of glass, just about everything else can be put into these receptacles,” Sustainability, Safety and Training Manager Rusty Royston said. “This means that time and labor that would be necessary for separating different types of material has been eliminated.”
Aluminum, paper, cardboard and plastics (#1-6) can be placed in all designated receptacles on campus. Each of these containers features the College’s “Love Purple, Live Green” sustainability logo along with a chart that lists many commonly recycled items for each of the categories.
“In the future, the College’s sustainability committee will lead an effort to work with all faculty and staff to remove some of the trash receptacles on campus,” said Royston, who noted that approximately 550 trash cans are emptied daily on campus. “It is our hope that we can reduce the number of trash receptacles as an effort to recognize what is being recycled as opposed to everything being thrown in the trash.”
YHC’s vendor for the new recycling initiative, Atlanta-based Remix Recycling, Inc., will compile statistics that measure overall tonnage, individual material amounts and other helpful data that will allow the College to monitor and analyze the recycling process.
“I am really encouraged to see how excited and supportive the faculty, staff and students have been already regarding our new recycling program,” said Jennifer Schroeder, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology and sustainability committee co-chair. “By working together as a whole campus, I know that we can make this a very successful program and one of which we can all be proud.”
During the 2011-2012 academic year, more than $2.6 million will be awarded to more than 230 local students attending Young Harris College from Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Towns and Union counties in Georgia and Cherokee and Clay counties in North Carolina. Gifts made by organizations and individuals to the College’s Local Scholarship Campaign make much of this scholarship assistance possible.
Later this month, the Young Harris College Board of Associates will kick off the 2011-2012 Local Scholarship Campaign, an annual effort to raise critical scholarship funding for the many local students from these seven nearby counties.
Students like Sarah Pinson, a junior math major from Pickens County, and Austin Arrowood, a sophomore business and public policy major from Towns County, benefit from the scholarship money raised.
“I am very thankful for my hometown support—both emotional and financial. The scholarships I was awarded made my dream of attending the college of my choice come true,” Pinson said.
Arrowood added, “The local scholarships I received did more than just help me financially, they pushed me to do better. College is an investment, maybe even a gamble. When you start gambling with other people’s money, it drives you to never sit down and to always push forward.”
Established in 1991, the YHC Board of Associates is a group of local business and civic leaders who act as ambassadors for the College and serve as a sounding board for their communities. The following members of the Board of Associates will begin their 2011-2012 campaign on Wednesday, Sept. 14:
Angie Kelley- Chair
Piedmont Heart Institute
Blairsville, GA and Murphy, NC
Blue Ridge Mountain EMC
Young Harris, GA
Fannin Regional Hospital
Blue Ridge, GA
Appalachia Land Surveying
Clark & Clark, Attorneys at Law, PC
Nantahala Bank & Trust Company
Robert “Bob” Head ‘59
Head Westgate Corporation
First Citizens Bank
Blue Ridge, GA
Britt McAfee, ‘91
J. Britt McAfee Law Firm, LLC
W.C. Nelson, ‘63
Nelson Tractor Company
Blue Ridge, GA
Citizens South Bank
Piedmont Mountainside Hospital
Hugh Rogers, ‘91
McCaysville Drug Center
Branch Banking & Trust Co.
Blue Ridge, GA and Murphy, NC
United Community Bank
Michael Thompson, ‘72
Anderson’s Store and Tiger’s of Hayesville
Hiawassee, GA and Hayesville, NC
Jane Wilson, ‘95
Young Harris, GA
On August 18, 40 prekindergarten teachers from Peachtree United Methodist Church Preschool in Atlanta visited Young Harris College. The teachers attended a luncheon hosted by YHC President Cathy Cox, toured the campus and participated in a “best teaching practices” forum with YHC education majors.
The Peachtree staff and participating students divided into three forum groups and discussed a wide range of topics, including researched-based instructional practices, involvement of parents, working with at-risk students, and the challenges and rewards of choosing teaching as a career.
Earlier this summer, Young Harris College earned approval from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) to offer certification programs in early childhood education (P-5), middle grades education (4-8), music education (P-12), English education (6-12), history education (6-12), mathematics education (6-12), and broad field science education (6-12).
Also earlier this year, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) approved the addition of the following degree programs: bachelor of science in education (early childhood education), bachelor of science in education (middle grades education), bachelor of music education with choral or instrumental emphasis, and bachelor of science in mathematics.
These four degree programs, along with degrees in English, history and biology, provide pathways for the seven initial certification programs that are now offered at YHC. In addition, the Georgia Professional Standards Commissionapproved the Young Harris College Teacher Preparation Program to offer post-baccalaureate programs in these seven initial certifications for candidates who already hold a bachelor’s or higher degree and wish to add certification only.
“The opening of the Teacher Preparation Program represents the culmination of three years of work and careful planning. I am grateful to everyone involved in the partnership responsible for bringing this about – especially the excellent arts and sciences faculty at Young Harris College and our wonderful public school colleagues,” Education Department Chair and Professor of Education Bill Brown, Ed.D., said. “We expect that it will continue to build upon those standards of excellence that are trademark to the great academic and service traditions of YHC.”
Young Harris College education majors (center, from left to right) Gloria Umana, of Dalton, Rebekah Herum, of Blairsville, and Kara Cook, of Kennesaw, attended a “best teaching practices” forum with teachers from Peachtree United Methodist Church Preschool on August 18.
YHC students introduced themselves to the teachers before breaking off into small groups.
Young Harris College officially began the NCAA Division II membership process on Thursday, Sept. 1, by submitting an application to join the Peach Belt Conference (PBC). One of the key components to becoming an active member in Division II is conference affiliation, and YHC has opted to pursue membership in the prestigious PBC.
The PBC is currently comprised of 13 member institutions in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina. It is one of the most competitive and respected Division II conferences in the country. The conference boasts recent national championships in women’s basketball and women’s tennis, along with numerous regional and national championship appearances in all of its sponsored sports.
A committee from the Peach Belt Conference will visit the YHC campus Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 28-29, to evaluate the College and its compatibility with the conference. In December, the PBC Presidents Council will meet and vote on YHC’s application. If accepted, the College would be eligible to compete as a Peach Belt Member School during the 2012-2013 academic year.
Peach Belt Conference member institutions include:
University of Montevallo
Armstrong Atlantic University
Augusta State University
Clayton State University
Columbus State University
Georgia College and State University
Georgia Southwestern State University
North Georgia College and State University
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
University of South Carolina at Aiken
Francis Marion University
For more information, contact YHC Senior Women's Administrator and Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance Jennifer Stearsman at (706) 379-5107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
YHC President Cathy Cox received the Traditions of Excellence Award from the State Bar of Georgia’s General Practice and Trial Section during the State Bar’s annual meeting in June 2011. The award is presented annually to a Georgia attorney with 20 or more years of outstanding achievement as a general practitioner who has made significant contributions to the practice of law, has a record of community service, and has a personal commitment to excellence.
“Blood Mountain” by Professor of English Dr. Steve Harvey, was selected as a notable essay in The Best American Essays, a yearly anthology edited by Robert Atwan.
Associate Professor of English Janice Moore recently had two poems, titled “Lesson” and “Nostalgia for the Phone Booth,” accepted for publication by The Journal of Kentucky Studies. In addition, two of Moore’s poems, titled “The Donor” and “November,” were accepted for publication by Southern Poetry Review. Moore was awarded first place for her poem, “Photos from a Distant State,” in the Georgia Poetry Society’s annual competition and read her poem at the organization’s quarterly meeting held at Kennesaw State University, July 23.
Instructor of Religion Adam Neal recently earned his second master’s degree, a master of arts in theological studies, from Liberty University. Neal was also accepted into Liberty’s Ph.D. program in theology and apologetics and began his studies this fall.
Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the Facultyand Associate Professor of Communication Studies Dr. Ron Roach presented a paper at the Eighth Triennial Conference of the Kenneth Burke Society hosted by the Department of English and the Pearce Center for Professional Communication at Clemson University, May 26-29.
A paper by Rosemary Royston, ’89, vice president for planning and assessment, chief of staff and instructor of English, titled “Positive Identification through Being the ‘Occasional Asshole’: A Burkeian Analysis of ‘Dear John,’ by Poet Tony Hoagland,” was published in the KB Journal, Vol. 7, Issue 2, Spring 2011. Two of her essays, titled “Room 19 Revisited” and “To Go or Not To Go: The Benefits of Good Writing Conferences,” are included in Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching, which will be available fall/winter 2011. Royston’s poem, “Pathology,” was published online and in print in the 2011 edition of the FutureCycle Poetry Annual Anthology.
Research Assistant Teresa Sampson was awarded the associate of science degree in business with honors by Young Harris College during the commencement ceremony held on May 7 in the Recreation and Fitness Center on the YHC campus.
A number of Young Harris College faculty shared their expertise with our local community during the summer, teaching courses for the Institute for Continuing Learning (ICL), including Professor of English, Director of the Academic Success Center, and Director of the Writing Center Louisa Franklin (“Blame it on Cupid, A Troublemaker in Literature”), Associate Professor of Biology Brenda Hull (“Great Smokey Mountain National Park – its past, present and future”), Assistant Professor of Physics Dr. Arunava Roy (“Introduction to Telescopes”), Professor of Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Activities Jeff Bauman (“The Evolution of Popular Music”), Instructor of Physical Geography Dr. Baishali Ray (“Introduction to Google Earth and Arcview GIS”), Dean of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Political Science Dr. Lee March (“1968: The Year that Changed the World”), Assistant Professor of History Dr. Natalia Starostina (“Hitler: Myths and Historical Interpretations”), Chairof the Department of MusicandAssociate Professor of Music Dr. Sandy Calloway (“The History of German Art Song”), Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Linda Jones (“Great Names in Biology”), Vice President for Planning and Assessment, Chief of Staff and Instructor of English Rosemary Royston (“Let’s Laugh – an examination of humor in writing”) and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Dr. Eric Dickman (“Responding to Religious Diversity”).