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April 2012

Young Harris College Announces $22 Million Gift from O. Wayne Rollins Foundation toward Capital Campaign

In celebration of the launch of its Investing in the Future Capital Campaign, Young Harris College announces a $22 million gift from the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation, the largest foundation gift ever received by the 126-year-old institution located in north Georgia. This significant gift from the Atlanta-based foundation has enabled the campaign to reach more than $46 million to date, or 84 percent of the $55 million campaign goal.

"The Rollins Family has been an integral part of the history and growth of Young Harris College for more than four decades," said YHC President Cathy Cox. "When O. Wayne Rollins joined the Board of Trustees in 1970, he asked, 'What does the college need more than anything else?' and then he systematically addressed the needs with generous support and leadership for more than two decades."

The Investing in the Future campaign resulted from a 2007 vote by the Young Harris Board of Trustees to build on the College's distinguished history as a two-year institution and become a world-class four-year liberal arts college. The following year, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredited the College to begin offering four baccalaureate degrees in Fall 2009.  

Today, the College offers 16 baccalaureate majors, 13 minors, and an array of teacher certifications, with plans to add new programs each year into the foreseeable future. Enrollment has increased by more than 50 percent over the past four years, growing from 605 students in fall of 2007 to almost 900 in fall of 2011, and the College has more than doubled the number of faculty and staff to support those students.

"The Rollins legacy at Young Harris has lived on through Wayne and Grace Rollins' children and grandchildren," President Cox continued. "For the past 20 years, their granddaughter Pam Rollins has provided invaluable counsel and leadership as a member of the College's Board of Trustees and as the chair of our capital campaign. She has enabled the campaign to springboard to record success." 

To meet the growing needs of the College's expanding enrollment, programming, faculty and facilities, the Board of Trustees, in 2009, authorized the Investing in the Future campaign, the largest fundraising effort in the College's history. The campaign aims to raise $4 million for endowment, $5 million in annual support, $2 million in restricted support and $44 million for a new 125,000-square-foot campus center. 

"It is a great honor to serve as campaign chair during this historic transformation at Young Harris College, and it is a privilege to carry on the legacy and vision of my grandparents, O. Wayne and Grace Crum Rollins, to help the College continue to succeed and make a difference in the lives of its students," said Campaign Chair Pam Rollins. "I am pleased to announce a lead gift of $22 million from the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation toward the construction of the new campus center, which will greatly enrich the student experience at Young Harris College, both academically and socially."

The largest building ever to be built at Young Harris, the Rollins Campus Center will become the signature facility at the College-the social and intellectual heart of the campus. The three-and-a-half stories of this building will house four distinct areas: a 60,000-square-foot, multi-purpose student center; a 40,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art library; an expanded dining hall, and a 350-seat, versatile banquet facility. The glass, brick, and stone facility has been designed to be energy efficient and environmentally friendly while also optimizing the surrounding mountain views and maximizing outdoors space.

During the campaign kickoff event, President Cox also announced that the new library will be named for two of the College's most distinguished alumni, former U.S. Senator and Georgia Governor Zell Miller, '51, and his wife Shirley Miller, '54, and unveiled portraits of the Millers created by nationally celebrated Georgia artist Steve Penley. 

"We are proud to call the Millers part of our Young Harris College family and pleased to be able to pay tribute to them in this special way. There are no two Young Harris alumni more deserving of this honor," said President Cox.

The Zell and Shirley Miller Library will feature a prominently displayed, permanent exhibit that showcases the Millers' inspiring story, including their legacy of public service to the State of Georgia and the nation. 

For more information or to make a gift to Young Harris College's Investing in the Future Capital Campaign, contact the Office of Advancement at (706) 379-5173.   

Alumni Spotlight: Bobby Bolton

Kyle Huneycutt, junior
Communications and Marketing Intern

Bobby Bolton, ’76, had never heard of a small town called Young Harris when his best friend from his hometown of Monroe asked him to take a road trip there to check out a college. Like so many others before him and since, his decision to attend Young Harris College took nothing more than a glimpse of the Enchanted Valley surrounding the campus.

“As soon as we topped the hill coming out of Hiawassee, I looked down on that spectacular view of the valley, which is now permanently etched in my brain,” Bolton said. “I remember it like it was yesterday. I said, ‘That’s it. That’s where I want to go.’ It turned out to be the best decision I have ever made.”

While it was the College’s beautiful location that initially caught Bolton’s eye, it was the friends he made and the experiences they had together that would make the most lasting impression.

“All of my best friends today are from my two years at YHC. I have always marveled at how so many wonderful people from so many different places showed up at this remote location at the same time,” said Bolton. “It’s been more than 30 years since I graduated, and I am still astounded at how deep and long lasting my YHC friendships are.”

In 2006, around 250 alumni and friends attended Bolton’s 30th class reunion. Bolton attributes the closeness of his class to the seclusion of the campus in the north Georgia mountains, along with the absence of technology like cell phones and laptop computers in the 1970s.

“All we had was each other. It forced us to be together, and as a result we became one giant extended family. We watched out for and took care of one another,” Bolton explained. “I can remember being on the verge of tears at the end of my first semester because I didn’t want to go home for Christmas. I wanted to stay with my new YHC family.”

Bolton has many fond memories of various adventures with his Phi Chi brothers. He can still recall the relief and excitement he felt after finishing informal initiation—as well as his unforgettable rendition of “Rock and Roll Music” by The Beatles that served as part of the experience.

Bolton also has a long list of professors that made an impact on his life during his time at YHC, including Hilda McCurdy, Henry Hedden, Todd Kimsey, '51, and Ezra Sellers. Perhaps the most influential figure in Bolton’s academic career was history professor Dr. Jim Hale, who also served as his fraternity advisor.

“He had the most perfect mixture of brilliance and cool that I have ever known. He had a much bigger impact on my life than he will ever know,” said Bolton. “That was what made YHC so special—all of the professors genuinely cared and treated us as equals. That close personal interaction just doesn’t exist in the giant schools.”

After earning an associate of arts degree from YHC, Bolton attended the University of Georgia and the University of the State of New York, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. A year later, Bolton made what he calls “his second-best decision ever” and joined the Navy.

“I learned how to fly airplanes, and as a result I have been around the world a couple of times and seen more things than I ever imagined possible,” said Bolton, who currently works as a captain for AirTran/Southwest and resides in McDonough with his wife, Jane, and son, Bid.

Bolton looks forward to attending Alumni Weekend this month and seeing the valley that holds so many memories for him of the past, present and future.

“My heart never wanders far from the shadows of Double Knob. That’s where it has always lived, and in three years it will become home when Jane and I move up there to stay,” he said. “I have seen so many places and been a part of so many groups in my lifetime, but nothing has ever come close to matching my Young Harris experience.”

Alumni Buzz: Amy Wood Huckaby


As you drive into Young Harris from Hiawassee, there is a curve at the top of the hill just past the Hayesville highway where you can look down into the valley. That was a very special place for me, as I always anticipated my first glimpse of the campus with the church steeple gleaming in the sunshine whenever I returned to Young Harris College. When I was a student at YHC in the early 1960s, the phrase “Enchanted Valley” was not being used yet but we knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that this was truly a special place. To many of us, it was magical.

 Although we did not recognize it at the time (a lot of wisdom comes with age!), we were fortunate that we did not have the distractions of this day and age. Very few students had their own cars in 1961, so it was not so easy to leave campus. This afforded us the opportunity to make friends quickly and join in the many activities on campus. The friendships we made as students have endured over the years for many of us. Some of us even met the person we would eventually marry while we were enrolled at YHC—which is still the case with many of today’s students.

As the Class of 1962 prepares for our 50th reunion, I am reminded of a person I recently saw in a TV commercial for a classic rock concert. She said that she went into the venue a “60-something” and came out feeling like a teenager again. That is the feeling I get when I return to YHC. Sure, things have changed (and I have changed, too!) but there are still landmarks and memories that remind us of some very special times.

I remember: living three to a room in Winship Hall during our freshman year when Appleby Center was being renovated; Young Harris Debate Society(YHDS)/Susan B and Phi Chi/Phi Delta dances downstairs in Sharp Hall; weekly chapel services at Sharp Memorial Methodist Church; visits to the post office in hopes of receiving news from home; tomato sandwiches during study hall breaks in our residence hall; Miss McCurdy’s French class and Miss Hunter’s math class; Malboro v. Madison on Zell Miller’s political science test and Dr. Farley’s ancient history exams; hanging out in The Little Store; hiking up Double Knob for Easter sunrise service; the much-feared Dean of Women Mrs. Thornton; Lawrence and Reba’s cafe; walks to Cupid Falls; vespers in Susan B. Harris Chapel; Colonel and Mrs. Rogers in the dining hall; choir trips with Bill Fox and Mary Ann Nielson; Spat and Dorcas initiation; the annual debate between YHDS and Phi Chi during commencement; and basketball coach Luke Rushton taking the basketball team to the junior college national championship in Kansas City.

I am sure anyone who attended Young Harris College could make a similar list that would recall many special memories of their years in this “Enchanted Valley.”

Having Alumni Weekend in April when the students will be on campus is going to be an especially unique experience. It will be a wonderful opportunity to interact with the young people of today and share YHC experiences. I do hope you are planning to be in Young Harris Friday-Sunday, April 20-22. Those of us in the Class of 1962 are very excited about our reunion and look forward to reconnecting with classmates.

See you in a few weeks!

Amy Wood Huckaby, ’62

5 Questions for… Fay Harmon Clegg Hoag, ’33

Often referred to as the beloved “Guardian Angel” of Young Harris College, Fay Harmon Clegg Hoag, ’33, has been involved with YHC for more than 80 years. The wife of former YHC President Dr. Charles Clegg, she served as the first full-time director of the Young Harris College Alumni Association along with many other positions on campus throughout the years. She was awarded the College’s first honorary bachelor of arts degree by YHC President Cathy Cox at the College’s 2009 commencement ceremony. She also received the Susan B. Harris Award at Homecoming in 2005 and the Young Harris College Medallion in 1986. Find out what brought her to Young Harris, some of her fondest memories at YHC and what it has been like to watch the College grow and flourish over the years.

What are you up to these days?
I am living by myself and going everywhere. I will be 99 years old this May. I have house guests visit me on a daily basis to help prepare meals and take me places. My son, George “Bud” Clegg, ’55, lives in Dahlonega, so I get to see him on a regular basis. I still try to visit the College as often as I can. It’s always such an honor to attend the Fay Clegg Hoag Concert Series that was started back in 1975. I also got to attend the College’s historic commencement ceremony last May, and I have enjoyed attending various Alumni Weekend events over the years, including many of the annual alumni awards ceremonies.

Do you have any special memories of your time as a student at YHC?
I enrolled in Young Harris during some of the nation's toughest economic times, right after finishing high school in Unadilla where I grew up. My family moved there from Maysville when I was very young so that my father could grow cotton.

I remember going to a dress shop in Hiawassee; that was always a fun thing to do back in those days. I also remember the boys and girls walking together to Cupid Falls. I played the piano and organ back when Eugenia Wright was the director of music at YHC. She was a good teacher. I was also involved in Phi Delta sorority, Music Club and varsity basketball as a student.

You have been married to two very distinguished college presidents—Dr. Clegg, who served as president of YHC, and Dr. Merritt "Scotty" Hoag, who served as president of North Georgia College. Both of these relationships ultimately led you back to Young Harris—how did that come about?
Charlie was my principal in high school—a job he got soon after graduating from Young Harris College—and he was a good friend of my parents. He is the one who actually talked my parents into sending me to YHC. I graduated in 1933 with an associate of arts degree, and we were married soon after I graduated. We moved around a lot for a while, living in places like Macon and Savannah. We moved to South Carolina so that Charlie could finish his last two years at Clemson. After we got married, we moved to Atlanta where he was the director of education at the Roosevelt Civilian Conservation Corps. We were living in Clarkesville when we decided to move to Young Harris. I really loved Clarkesville and didn’t really want to leave, and when we first moved to Young Harris I didn’t think we would stay.  Charlie was named president of Young Harris College in 1950. It was very nice to be at YHC with my husband and three children (Bud, Jean Clegg Minus, ’52, and Charlie Clegg, ’67, who passed away in 2005).

I married Scotty in 1971. Charlie and I were actually good friends with him and his wife, Ruth, and we would often get together for meals on the weekend. After Charlie and Ruth passed away, Scotty said to me, “Why don’t we just get together? You’re by yourself and I’m by myself.” I told him I would ask the children. When I did, they all said, “Do it.” Scotty had already retired as president of North Georgia College, so he moved to Young Harris to be with me. He served for a while as the mayor of Young Harris. His son, Randy Hoag, and his wife, Becky, still visit me often even though they live in Brussels, Belgium.

Many alumni, faculty and staff know you as an integral part of their YHC memories. What are some of your favorite memories from the time you spent working at the College?
As the president’s wife, I entertained quite a bit. Byron Herbert Reece was a good friend of mine, and he came by for coffee a lot. In fact, many of the faculty members regularly stopped by for coffee breaks. We would eat at the dining hall for two meals every day, and we attended many basketball and tennis games on campus. There were certainly times when I acted as a parent of sorts to many students, sewing clothes and prom dresses for them—even washing laundry for them!

I was manager of the dining hall for a period of time when the manager at the time suddenly resigned. I said, “I can’t do that,” and Charlie said, “Yes you can, yes you can.” After he passed away in 1963, I served as assistant to the president for a while. I was executive secretary of the Alumni Association for a time, and became director of public relations when Zell Miller resigned from the position. I also helped out in the admissions office and taught music.

You still live on Maple Street right here on campus. What has the experience been like of watching the College grow over the years?
I bought my house on Maple Street in the 1970s. My friends from South Georgia have asked me why I stay here, and I always reply, “Because I like it.” My mother lived with me in her latter years and also really enjoyed the area. As for watching the College grow—it sure has changed, and all for the better. The legacy of the College used to be that it was for mountain boys and girls who didn’t have much. It was also known as a place for future ministers. I believe that the legacy now is a tradition of outstanding education in a small, close-knit environment.

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson to Deliver Commencement Address at Young Harris College
Ceremony to Feature Two Prestigious New Awards

United States Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., will deliver the commencement address at Young Harris College’s Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 5, at 11 a.m. in the Recreation and Fitness Center on the YHC campus.

Isakson began his business career in 1967 when he opened the first Cobb County office of a small, family-owned real estate business, Northside Realty. He later served as president of Northside for 20 years, presiding over the company’s growth into the largest independent residential real estate brokerage company in the Southeast and one of the largest in America.

Isakson entered politics in 1974 and served 17 years in the Georgia Legislature and two years as chairman of the Georgia Board of Education. In 1999, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for the first of three terms before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004. He was re-elected to the Senate in 2010.

The Senate leadership named Isakson to serve on five committees that have jurisdiction over education, healthcare, transportation, foreign policy, veterans’ affairs and employment issues.

A graduate of the University of Georgia, Isakson served in the Georgia Air National Guard from 1966 to 1972. He currently resides in Marietta with his wife, Dianne. They have three children and nine grandchildren.

Approximately 133 students are scheduled to participate in the graduation ceremony. Of those, 91 will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in biology, business and public policy, communication studies, English, history, music, musical theatre, outdoor leadership or theatre.

Young Harris College will present two new awards to graduating seniors during the ceremony, as the College was recently selected to participate in the prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation awards program. The Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Mary Mildred Sullivan Awards may be presented to students, alumni or community members each year.

The Sullivan Awards were created nearly 100 years ago to honor the service of the husband and wife for whom they are named. The colleges and universities that participate in the Sullivan Awards program reflect the interest of Algernon Sydney Sullivan and his wife, Mary Mildred Sullivan, a native of Virginia, in the education of students in the Appalachian region.

To honor their lives of service to others, the awards are given annually by the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation to individuals whose nobility of character and dedication to service sets them apart as examples for others.

At YHC, recipients of the awards may be nominated by students, faculty, staff and administrators and will be selected by a committee comprised of campus representatives. The award, a bronze medallion accompanied by a framed certificate, will be presented to recipients each year at the College’s commencement ceremony.

YHC will also present three new awards established last year. The Dr. Charles R. Clegg Outstanding Scholar Award will be presented to the graduating senior with the overall highest grade point average. The Zell B. Miller Leadership Award will be presented to a graduating senior who has made significant contributions to campus life as an outstanding leader and role model. The Young Harris Spirit Award will be presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding levels of personal integrity, friendliness and engagement with the campus community.

United States Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., will deliver the commencement address at Young Harris College’s Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 5, at 11 a.m. in the Recreation and Fitness Center on the YHC campus.

Young Harris College Alumna Trisha Yearwood to Star in New Food Network Series

Country star, best-selling cookbook author and Young Harris College alumna Trisha Yearwood, ’84, will bring her family-inspired recipes and food traditions to Food Network this spring, with the premiere of the new daytime series "Trisha’s Southern Kitchen" on Saturday, April 14. The series invites viewers into the kitchen with Trisha for her favorite meals, nostalgic stories and visits from family and friends. 

Themed shows range from preparing traditional dishes from her childhood to planning a baby shower and a family reunion barbecue to offering tips on lightening up standard Southern recipes. Shot in Nashville, the six-episode series features Trisha’s unique how-to tips and techniques for down-home dishes like Daddy’s Barbecued Chicken, Uncle Wilson’s Famous Baked Onions, Chick-less Pot Pie, and Sweet and Saltines.

“Trisha’s best known as a music legend, but her talents don’t stop there. She’s a passionate and talented cook, whose down-to-earth style, winning recipes and Southern hospitality will charm and inspire viewers,” said Bob Tuschman, general manager and senior vice president of programming for Food Network.

Trisha and her sister, Young Harris College alumna Beth Yearwood Bernard,‘81, grew up in the small Georgia town of Monticello. Like most Southerners, they spent much of their time enjoying and learning to cook truly Southern food with their parents, the late Gwen and Jack Yearwood.

 “For me, cooking is very connected to my family and friends,” said Yearwood. “Every recipe on the show carries wonderful memories with my loved ones and I can’t wait to share my meals, stories and family photos with Food Network viewers.”

Yearwood, who has won three Grammy Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, three Country Music Association honors and had 19 top 10 hit singles, released her first bestselling cookbook “Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen” in 2008. Her second book “Cooking for Family and Friends (Clarkson Potter) followed in 2010. Both books reached the #1 position on the New York Times bestseller list.

Young Harris College to Host 2012 Clay Dotson Open Golf Tournament

The annual Clay Dotson Open golf tournament to benefit student scholarships at Young Harris College will be held on Friday, May 18, at Brasstown Valley Resort.

The tournament will feature the Alumni Team Challenge in which teams of four YHC alumni receive a special discount and compete to win a special award for the lowest score. The award will be presented at a special reception for all alumni on Friday evening at Brasstown Valley Resort.

More than 90 percent of YHC students receive some form of financial assistance, and all proceeds from the Clay Dotson Open are used toward scholarships for Young Harris College students. Generous support of this annual event allows a new generation of students to achieve their academic pursuits and become part of a 125-year legacy.

“The scholarship funds I have received have enabled me to obtain a quality education as I prepare to pursue a career in communications and business,” said Matt Wilmer, a junior communication studies major from Conyers. “I am thankful for the opportunities the scholarships have afforded me and am proud to be part of the Young Harris family.”

“There’s no place like the Enchanted Valley, and I am grateful that my scholarship has allowed me to spend my college years here,” added Emalyn Cork, a junior biology major from Marietta. “This would not have been possible without the help of a scholarship, so I am incredibly appreciative of the people who give to scholarships in order to make it happen.”

Players will enjoy morning and afternoon flights, a complimentary continental breakfast, lunch and/or snack, an awards ceremony with prizes for low net in each flight, a putting contest with prizes and a complimentary team photograph.

The deadline to register for the Clay Dotson Open is Friday, May 4.

For more information or to register for this event, visit

Young Harris College Bass Fishing Team Attempts to Hook a National Championship

Young Harris College bass fishing team members Brad Rutherford, a junior from Lavonia, and Chandler White, a senior from Powder Springs, recently competed in the B.A.S.S. Bassmaster College Series South Super Regional on Lake Guntersville in Alabama, placing eighth and securing a spot in the national championship. The team received $200 for the win.

Rutherford and White have competed together in several events this year, winning $200 after placing fourth at the Tennessee Collegiate Bass Fishing Trail Qualifier on Lake Guntersville. Rutherford also recently won $160 after placing second at the Georgia Southern Collegiate Bass Fishing Series on Lake Logan Martin in Alabama.

Rutherford formed YHC’s bass fishing team in 2009 with Clint McNeal, ’10. The duo won the National Guard FLW College Fishing Southeast Division event on Lake Guntersville that year before going on to finish 12th overall in the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship.

“We wanted to get involved in the rapidly growing sport of collegiate bass fishing, and YHC had never been a part of anything like it before. I love fishing, so I figured why not do something I love while also representing the school I love,” Rutherford said. “This team makes me feel like I am a part of something special at YHC. It’s progressively grown each year, and I am pleased to see it where it is today. My hope is that, after I graduate, the team will continue to expand and represent YHC in a positive manner.”

The team recently hosted a tournament on Lake Chatuge for local anglers, raising $220 to allocate to travel expenses as the team continues to participate in tournaments across the Southeast and attempts to qualify for the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship.

“Our students pay out of their own pockets to travel and participate in these events,” said the team’s advisor, Assistant Professor of Biology Johnathan Davis, Ph.D. “I am proud of how the team has responded to the financial constraints we are facing by making a dedicated effort to raise money and find sponsors to support the team.”

The team has established sponsorships with noted companies such as St. Croix Rods, Berkley, Abu Garcia and Tackle Warehouse, and the Towns County Tourism Association recently made a $1,000 contribution to the team for travel expenses.

“Being on the team is not all about fishing,” White said. “We have to maintain relationships with sponsors as well as local organizations and businesses, which has given me an added sense of responsibility.”

In addition to hosting a fundraising tournament each semester on Lake Chatuge, the team also plans to host events in the community that promote fishing, starting with an event geared towards local youth this summer.

“We have a great group of guys that try to represent YHC in a very professional manner on and off campus,” White said. “I’ve gained great experience working as a team with the other members and Dr. Davis, as well as demonstrating sportsmanship while on the water. Fishing for YHC is an honor—I wouldn’t want to fish for any other school.”

“Although I’m an avid angler myself, I could learn a lot from watching our team fish,” added Dr. Davis. “While the ultimate goal is to win championships, our two immediate goals are to win a major event in order to use the prize money to fund the rest of the season, and to prove that we are the top team in Georgia as well as one of the top teams in the Southeast.”

The YHC Bass Fishing Team is also accepting contributions toward their expenses through YHC's Office of Advancement. If you are interested in supporting the team, make your tax-deductible gift for the team by phone through the Office of Advancement at (706) 379-5173 or mail your gift to:

YHC Bass Fishing Team
Office of Advancement
P.O. Box 275
Young Harris, GA 30582

(From left to right) Young Harris College bass fishing team members Brad Rutherford, a junior from Lavonia, and Chandler White, a senior from Powder Springs, competed in the B.A.S.S. Bassmaster College Series South Super Regional on Lake Guntersville in Alabama, placing eighth and securing a spot in the national championship.

(From left to right) White and Rutherford placed fourth at the Tennessee Collegiate Bass Fishing Trail Qualifier on Lake Guntersville.

The team recently hosted a tournament on Lake Chatuge for local anglers, raising $220 to allocate to travel expenses as the team continues to participate in tournaments across the Southeast. Team member Joseph Ethridge, a freshman biology major from Villa Rica, (far left) is pictured with the winning team that weighed in over 28 pounds of fish.

Faculty Notables

Assistant Professor of History Dr. Matthew Byron presented a paper titled “Crossing Borders can be Very Satisfying: The Impotency of Dueling Laws in Florida” at the Florida Historical Association Conference in Tampa, Fla., March 29. Dr. Byron was also selected as the Clark Chair Lecturer in History at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., and will present a lecture titled “Sporting Masculinity: Gladiators and Gender Issues in Ancient Rome” there on April 12.

Karen Calloway, assistant professor of music and principle flute of the Toccoa Symphony, performed in the symphony’s spring concert held at the Baptist Center in Toccoa, March 18. YHC freshman music education major Rachel Bettis, of Dawsonville, also performed with the symphony during the concert.

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Dr. Nathan “Eric” Dickman presented a paper titled “Integrating Levinas’s Ethics with Buddhist Ontology” at the 2012 Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion conference held in Atlanta, March 2-4. Four YHC students also attended the conference. Dr. Dickman recently facilitated a day trip for members of the Buddhist Meditation and Mindfulness Gathering to attend the Tibetan Buddhist Mandala exhibition at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. He also hosted Duckworth Library’s Cinematheque showing of The Fountain on March 22.

Communication Studies Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Dr. Jennifer Hallett will present a paper she coauthored titled “Squid or Chalkie? The role of selective perception in processing Hillbilly humor” at the Media Communication Interest Group at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association held in Cambridge, Mass., April 26-29.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science Dr. Brian Hoffman presented a session titled "Internet Safety Topics for an Introductory Computer Course" at Cengage Learning’s annual Course Technology Conference held in San Antonio, Texas, March 7-9.

A manuscript by Associate Professor of English Janice Moore titled “Windows Filled with Gifts” was selected as a semifinalist for the Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize presented by the University of Arkansas Press. Moore will serve as one of three featured poets reading original works at the Poetry Road Show presented by the Georgia Poetry Society and the University Press of North Georgia in Dahlonega, April 14.

Assistant Professor of History Dr. Natalia Starostina presented a paper titled “Nostalgia and Mythmaking in 20th-Century France” at the Charlotte Area French Studies Workshop held at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, March 4. This paper analyzes the discourse of nostalgia in the works produced by the Russian émigrés in interwar France.

Assistant Professor of Spanish and French Dr. Isabelle Therriault attended the 2011 Association for Hispanic Classical Theater Symposium on Golden Age Theatre in El Paso, Texas, March 8-10. Dr. Therriault also presented a paper titled “Cultural Presentations: An Effective Pedagogical Tool that Integrates Technology in Foreign Languages Classes” at the annual Southeast Coastal Conference on Languages and Literatures in Statesboro, March 29-30.