Today@YHC February 2011
- Alumni Spotlight: Ruth Woolley Sapp, ’67
- 5 Questions for… O.V. Lewis
- Alumni Buzz: Holly Royston
- Young Harris College Alumni Board and Young Alumni Council Meet During Founder's Weekend
- Second New Young Harris College Facility Earns LEED Certification
- Theatre Young Harris to Present Shakespeare’s Romantic Comedy ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
- Young Harris College Participates in MLK Day of Service
- Young Harris College to Host Ethics Awareness Week
- Faculty Notables
Ruth Woolley Sapp, ’67, attended a large high school where she often felt lost in the shuffle. She desired a more intimate and individualized academic environment and knew a small college was for her.
“I heard about Young Harris College from neighbors whose relatives had attended the College and often said what a wonderful school it was,” Sapp explained. “Having grown up at the beach on St. Simons Island, going to college in the mountains seemed like a wonderful opportunity to experience the best of both worlds.”
When Sapp arrived at Young Harris College as a freshman in September 1965, she had never set foot on the campus before.
“As we turned off the highway into the College, the house on the corner had the most beautiful flowerbed full of colorful dahlias,” Sapp recalled. “When I got to my dormitory, Appleby East, I found that in every girl’s room there was a bud vase with a dahlia to welcome us.”
While at YHC, Sapp served as a member of the Susan B’s and student council, as the features editor for the Enotah yearbook and as a charter member and treasurer of Chez Nous, a social organization for women.
“There were so many cultural opportunities—performances by a classical guitarist, chorus groups, theatre, a mime and, yes, even Percy Sledge!—all things I had never before had the chance to experience,” Sapp said. “I loved every minute of my two years at YHC. I believe that God led me to Young Harris, and I look back and see those as the most defining years of my life.”
According to Sapp, one of her most vivid memories of her time at YHC involves a wintry November evening during her freshman year.
“Being from south Georgia, I had never seen snow. Late one night, it started snowing—we got eight inches that night,” Sapp recalled. “My dorm mother came up to the third floor and woke me up at 3:00 in the morning to tell me to go outside and play in it. This was quite unheard of, as girls were not to be out of the dorm past 10 p.m.!”
Sapp also recalls nights when she and her friends would steal down the hall in the dark to the large “community bathroom” where they would sit on the cold tile floors, using a flashlight to study for Dr. Farley’s “impossible” test in which students had to fill in the names of all of the countries in the world on a blank map.
“Those same tile floors were where we all learned the necessary skill of buck dancing—those taps on our shoes sounded great on those floors,” she said.
According to Sapp, her favorite memories are of the special people she met during her time as a student at Young Harris College.
“Both classmates and faculty became friends to cherish then and for all the years since,” Sapp said. “It is amazing how many of us are still close and dear friends.”
After graduating from YHC, Sapp furthered her studies at Georgia Southern College where she graduated in 1969 with a B.A. in mathematics and a minor in English. While there, she met her future husband, Jimmy. The couple married in 1970 and settled in Augusta.
Sapp taught mathematics and physics at Evans High School in Columbia County and retired in 1999. “I have often encouraged my students to consider YHC as their college choice,” she said.
Since retiring, Sapp says she is “busier than ever” tutoring a number of high school and college students, teaching adult computer classes and weaving baskets. She and her husband remain active in their church, regularly participating in a benevolence ministry that assists those in crisis in the community with food and financial aid.
According to Sapp, one of her most rewarding involvements has been reconnecting with YHC. She currently serves as a Class Coordinator for the Class of 1967 and is helping plan a Young Harris Connection event in the Augusta area. She looks forward to visiting the YHC campus every chance she gets.
“I found everything I was looking for in a college and so much more at YHC. Besides affording me an excellent academic education, I learned social and personal skills that are necessary to a successful life,” Sapp said. “I owe so much to YHC and the people I met there. With the help of the Office of Alumni Services, I have been able to reconnect with many of my former classmates.”
The Sapps are also members of the W. Harry & Harriet Hill Society for Planned Gifts and have made provisions for YHC in their estate plans.
“I was fortunate that my father left me a trust fund that was enough to pay for four years of college, but I know many students will never have that opportunity unless someone helps them,” Sapp said. “I would encourage people to consider remembering YHC in this way. It is such an easy and sensible way to share your blessings with those who follow in your footsteps.”
The Office of Alumni Services recently posed five questions to O. V. Lewis, who served as an instructor of business at Young Harris College for 48 years and registrar for 31 years. Find out everything from what brought Lewis to Young Harris in 1952 to what led him to stay at the College for nearly half a century, ultimately retiring with the longest tenure of any previous YHC employee.
What are you up to these days?
Since having been treated for prostate cancer in 2008, I have been forced to restrict my activities considerably and practically eliminate my travel altogether. [Lewis has visited all 50 states and all continents except Antarctica.] Today, my major concerns are health-related; however, I still find time for gardening, reading, cooking and preparing dozens of income tax returns for family and friends.
You taught at Young Harris College from 1952 to 2000 after teaching high school in Wayne and Appling counties in Georgia. What brought you to YHC, and what is it about the College that made you want to stay for so many years?
When Dean Andress called to invite me to come to interview for a position here, my first question was “Where is Young Harris?” I didn’t know that there was anything north of Atlanta; however, when I came across Neal’s Gap, I knew I would never return to the flatlands. Certainly, the cordial faculty and staff, the glorious history of the College—especially the interaction with the students—and the knowledge that I could become an integral part of it all, were the reasons I came; but the sheer majesty and grandeur of the mountains were, and still are, the compelling forces that keep me here.
What are some of your fondest memories of working at the College?
My fondest memories center around my interaction with both faculty and students. Each one was unique, yet we fit together as a family. The accomplishments of each brought great pride to everyone and the hardships were suffered by everyone. This is what I feel is the “Young Harris Spirit.” It is as alive today as it was in the early years, as evidenced by a recent luncheon I attended by the class of 1958 where 30 members gathered for their quarterly gala.
You have impacted the lives of many YHC alumni both inside and outside of the classroom. What is the impact these students have made on your life, and what lessons do you hope to have instilled in the students you taught at YHC?
Without any regrets, I have given my entire adult life to Young Harris College. Today, my former students are some of my best friends, and I take great pride in hearing of their success. What I have received from my students is far greater than what I have given them. The following excerpt from a recent letter makes me humble, and my only regret is that I didn’t do more for those who have not been so successful: “O. V., I can’t say enough about how much I appreciate you and Young Harris College. Without that experience and help from a few others, my life would no doubt be totally different.”
You have witnessed the growth of Young Harris College over the years and still frequent the College on a regular basis. In your opinion, what makes YHC so unique, and what is the legacy of the College?
The legacy of YHC depends on many persons. The Board of Trustees and President are empowered to establish realistic objectives, set attainable goals and provide adequate financing. The physical plant is basic to provide an atmosphere conducive to implement these ends. The administrative personnel should be limited in number and versatile in functioning.
However, the success of Young Harris College is ultimately in the hands of the faculty. They should be chosen wisely and support the aims and objectives of the College with great enthusiasm to teach and train students. Advanced degrees look good on paper but they do not insure good teaching. Faculty should be mentors totally engrossed in assisting students to do their very best; therefore, they should be available outside the classroom as well and attend student performances, particularly those programs that are related to academic accomplishments including the Honors Ceremony, Commencement, Alumni Weekend and Homecoming.
Today, YHC is fortunate to have a vibrant President, a supportive Board of Trustees, a beautiful and well-maintained campus and a growing and diverse student body. Its future is in the hands of the administrative staff and faculty. The College will become whatever they choose to make it. Hopefully, with God’s blessings, they will make wise choices always focused on student concerns.
Dear Young Harris College Alumni,
My name is Holly Gunter Royston, and I am a member of the Class of 2001. I currently serve as the Hunger Walk/Run Director for the Atlanta Community Food Bank. This major fundraising event for the Food Bank has been a favorite for thousands of walkers and runners for 27 years. I live in Atlanta with my wonderful husband, Keith, and 22-month-old son, Grant.
I also serve as Vice President of the Young Alumni Council, and I wanted to take a minute to tell you that I am so thrilled to be an active Young Harris College alumna! The Office of Alumni Services and the Alumni Board are both doing a wonderful job of getting alumni involved with our alma mater. This past fall, many of us had a great time networking at Fernbank’s Martinis and IMAX, a Young Alumni Council-sponsored event held at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta. We got together to share stories and recall all of the fun memories of our times at YHC.
I look forward to the upcoming Young Harris Connection alumni event on Thursday, March 24, at the Capital City Club in Atlanta. It will be a great evening and an opportunity to mingle with alumni of all ages. The Young Alumni Council also wants you to mark your calendars for Saturday, May 14, when we will be at the Top of the Chop at Turner Field to watch the Atlanta Braves take on the Philadelphia Phillies. I can’t wait for my little one to go to his first baseball game, and I hope that many of you can join us!
Lastly, I want to encourage everyone to attend Alumni Weekend in July. The campus has definitely grown over the past few years, and this annual event presents an amazing opportunity to see the wonderful new Recreation Center and new campus housing the College has to offer students. Even though the landscape of YHC is growing, the spirit of YHC is still as strong as ever, and our memories are never forgotten.
Holly Royston, ’01
Young Harris College hosted a special Founder’s Weekend, Jan. 26-29, to kick off a year full of celebrations that will commemorate the College’s 125th anniversary. The weekend’s events included a special chapel service, an “Exploring the History Day” hosted by YHC’s Student Government Association (SGA), a student dance and men's and women's home basketball games.
Young Harris College alumnus Dr. John Kay, ’56, spoke during a special chapel service held on Jan. 26 in Susan B. Harris Chapel. The service included sermon notes from former YHC president Dr. Joseph A. Sharp incorporated into a prayer as well as a slideshow featuring historical photos of the College along with quotations from prayer journals dating back to 1987.
During the service, testimonials written by alumni Cas Nowicki, ’09, of Alpharetta, Ga., Von Rogers, ’73, of Dahlonega, Ga., Jim Manor, ’03, and Emmie Manor, ’04, both of Smyrna, Ga., regarding their experiences at YHC were read by current students as monologues. YHC alumna and Vice President for Planning and Assessment and Chief of Staff Rosemary Royston, ’89, also spoke during the service.
On Jan. 27, YHC’s SGA hosted “Exploring the History Day” to expose students to places and people in the College’s past. The day began with an on-campus scavenger hunt in which five-person student teams followed clues to historical sites on the campus. The evening concluded with a lecture by retired long-time campus minister Rev. Fred Whitley, ’68, emeritus professor of religion and campus minister, as part of the College’s popular, new “Last Lecture Series.”
The celebration continued on Jan. 28 as various student organizations co-sponsored a “Decades Dance” in Dobbs-McEachern Gymnasium. Founder’s Weekend culminated with "Purple Pandemonium” on Jan. 29 as students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members dressed in purple to support the men's and women's basketball teams during exciting home-game wins against Tennessee Temple University.
The Young Harris College Alumni Board and the Young Alumni Council held a joint meeting and luncheon prior to the basketball games. Plans were discussed for Alumni Weekend 2011, July 29-31, as well as for upcoming Young Harris Connection events throughout the state and a special alumni event at the May 14 Atlanta Braves game.
YHC President Cathy Cox updated the more than 50 alumni in attendance on campus construction, athletics, admissions, and new academic programs.
Alumni Awards Committee Chair Shirley Miller, '54, explained that her committee is accepting nominations for the annual alumni awards that will be presented at Alumni Weekend.
The Young Harris College Alumni Board.
The Young Harris College Young Alumni Council.
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Young Harris College has been awarded LEED Certification for its new Recreation Center, by the Green Building Certification Institute. It is the second LEED-certified facility to open at Young Harris College as part of its transformation to a four-year college. According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) project directory, YHC’s Recreation Center is only the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification.
The $14.4 million, 57,000-square-foot, two-story recreation and fitness facility opened in August 2010 and boasts an impressive 37-foot-high rock climbing wall beside a fully equipped weight room and fitness center. An elevated jogging track surrounds the state-of-the-art 1,100-purple-seat, NCAA-regulation basketball and volleyball arena.
The Recreation Center is also home to the Balance Café—a healthy food and juice bar, and multipurpose classrooms for yoga, dance and aerobics. Ample office space and locker rooms are available for use by the athletics program, and wide expanses of windows allow guests to take in the breathtaking surrounding mountain views.
The Green Building Certification Institute is a third-party reviewer for the USGBC, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization committed to promoting national sustainability through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System to provide building owners and operators with a framework of tools and performance criteria for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of high performance green buildings.
“As we continue to add new facilities to our growing campus, we are committed to sustainable design practices that reduce the College’s carbon footprint,” YHC President Cathy Cox said. “It is a challenge to design a large multi-purpose facility, such as our Recreation Center, that adheres to strict LEED standards, but we are proud that Young Harris College is leading the way and setting the example for sustainable growth in north Georgia.”
Brailsford and Dunlavey served as program manager through the design and construction of the project. Led by Chet Roach, the Brailsford and Dunlavey team was responsible for the development of and adherence to a LEED plan while managing the design and construction teams working on the project. Acting as a representative for Young Harris College, Roach and his team provided information to College administration throughout the process in order for the College to make the most informed decisions possible as related to LEED credits targeted and achieved.
“As evidenced by the successful pursuit of this tremendous feat, Young Harris College continues to be an exemplary environmental steward in the state of Georgia and in higher education,” Roach said. “Throughout the design and construction of the Recreation Center, YHC was steadfast in its implementation of energy efficient building systems and environmentally friendly operating policies. While many institutions are bound by mandated sustainable design guidelines, YHC is not—yet the College refuses to compromise its conviction that sustainable practices are consistent with its commitment to its students, its community and its overall mission.”
Part of the effort to achieve LEED certification included investment in energy-efficient mechanical systems that will reduce ongoing operation costs of the facility, air quality monitoring throughout the project, the use of daylighting to lower energy usage to light the interior and installation of environmentally friendly wood flooring for the arena and environmentally friendly carpet.
Hardin Construction Company served as the general contractor for the project. The company is also committed to sustainable design and construction.
“This is our team’s second LEED-certified project at YHC, and we feel extremely honored to have the opportunity to work with such a forward-thinking and environmentally conscientious owner,” said Frances Locke, project manager with Hardin. “As general contractors committed to sustainable building practices, we applaud owners who consistently make this important commitment.”
LEED standards also call for local materials to be used when available, and the new building made a significant positive impact on the local economy. More than $3.2 million, or approximately 27% of the project’s construction costs, was spent locally among several counties surrounding the College.
Additionally, the large majority of non-local workers stayed at local hotels and contributed to the overall economic well-being of the community through the purchase of meals and other services in the area. Hardin Construction Company’s staff members have also rented local properties for housing since June 2008, providing a steady income stream for local property owners.
“We are happy that we were able to once again focus our new construction and College growth in a way that benefits and supports the local economy,” President Cox added.
In August 2009, a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Enotah Hall, opened as Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this level of certification, according to the USGBC project directory. A new village of upperclassmen apartments is currently under construction and is set to open in August 2011. It is also expected to earn LEED certification.
The project team for Young Harris College’s Recreation Center included:
- Young Harris College (Young Harris, Ga.), owner
- Hughes Group Architects (Sterling, Va.), architect
- Hardin Construction Company (Atlanta), general contractor
- Eberly & Associates, Inc. (Atlanta), civil engineer and landscape architect
- Ehlert Bryan (McLean, Va.), structural engineer
- Spencer Bristol (Norcross, Ga.), MEP engineer
- Brailsford & Dunlavey (Charlotte, N.C.), owner’s representative.
Young Harris College’s Theatre Young Harris will present seven performances of an innovative, updated version of Shakespeare’s beloved romantic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Performances are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 17, through Saturday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. with a matinee on Sunday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m., and Thursday, Feb. 24, through Saturday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. All performances will take place in Dobbs Theatre located inside Goolsby Center on the YHC campus. Tickets are $10 or $5 with YHC ID.
Shakespeare’s classic tale weaves together the adventures—and misadventures—of love, magic and mistaken identity that unfold for four young Athenian lovers and a group of amateur actors who find themselves in a moonlight forest inhabited by mischievous fairies. Theatre Young Harris’ highly anticipated production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will feature a unique “re-envisioning” of this timeless story.
“We decided to set the play in 1910 New York City because we fell in love with the Art Nouveau style of decoration which was prominent during this time period,” said the play’s director, Assistant Professor of Theatre Rachel Chaves, Ph.D. “The blending of industrial and organic forms in the art style reminded us of the interplay between the civic, law-bound world of Theseus’ court and the magical forest the fairies inhabit.”
Theatre Young Harris’ production will tell the story of Theseus, an industry giant comparable to J.P. Morgan, who has agreed to marry the daughter of one of his competitors in the steel business to solidify a merger. The planning of the pair’s wedding, along with a few wayward lovers and mischievous fairies, sparks the action for the play.
“This play is one of Shakespeare’s most charming and enduring comedies,” Dr. Chaves said. “It speaks of love at all its stages, from the heady bliss of newfound romance to the mature relationship which requires compromise to thrive. It is a play fit for anyone who loves love.”
The production features freshman Matt Jones of Hiram as Puck, sophomore Sarin Rossi of Fayetteville, as Hermia, senior Michelle Honaker of Blairsville as Helena, senior Ryan Bender of Braselton as Lysander, sophomore Sam Walker of Epping, England, as Demetrius, senior Misty Barber of Nashville as Titania, junior Brandon Engelskirchen of Kannapolis, N.C., as Bottom, junior Austin Freeman of Hartwell as Theseus, sophomore Ashley Ware of Dacula as Hippolita, junior Josiah Bridges of Jefferson as Egeus, junior Jordan Fleming of Marietta as Philostrate, sophomore Tory Gravitt of Cumming as Peaseblossom, senior Stephanie Sexton of Cumming as Cobweb, sophomore Nicole Conrad of Young Harris as Moth, freshman Alyssa Lowery of Conyers as Mustardseed, junior Nancy Soule of Covington as Quince, junior Tyler Ogburn of Blairsville as Flute, freshman Haley Hoopingarner of Woodstock as Snout, senior Hannah Guest of Crawford as Snug and sophomore Chase Alford of Carrollton as Starveling.
The role of Oberon will be played by Theatre Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Theatre Eddie Collins.
“The challenge for the students is the language, as speaking in blank verse can be intimidating to young actors at first,” Dr. Chaves said. “These actors are some of the most hard-working students on campus, and they have committed themselves full-force to the project. I have no doubt that the result will be delightful.”
Several cast members also serve on the creative team for the production. Bridges is the assistant director, Barber serves as a choreographer and Ogburn is the assistant costume designer. Senior music major Seth Peters of Loganville is composing original music for the play.
Theatre Young Harris is a performing arts organization of Young Harris College. Each season, the theatre company presents a full lineup of notable productions, including full-length musicals, innovative dramas, classic plays, children’s shows and more. Auditions are open to students, faculty and staff of Young Harris College as well as the community. Theatre Young Harris is led by Eddie Collins, chair of the theatre department at Young Harris College.
Tickets are on sale now through the Young Harris College Box Office located in the Goolsby Center lobby. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 3-5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online anytime at www.yhc.edu/tickets.
Young Harris College recently hosted a special day of service on Jan. 22 to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day which took place on Jan. 17. Approximately 70 faculty, staff and students engaged in a variety of volunteer efforts in the local community throughout the day. The event was sponsored by S.E.R.V.E. (Service, Empowerment, Responsibility, Voice and Engagement), a committee comprised of student and staff representatives from the College’s Bonner Leaders Program, Office of Religious Life and Office of Campus Activities.
“It’s important to host events like the MLK Day of Service every year because it helps the College build community partnership,” Director of Campus Activities Rouseline Emmanuel said. “Also, the experience and joy students get from helping others in need is irreplaceable and will be something they always remember.”
The group of volunteers finished construction of affordable housing in the Wesley Meadows neighborhood; helped complete an outdoor adventure-based training course for Niyelo at Towns County High School by painting, mulching, repairing and organizing the course; and walked, bathed and fed animals at the Mountain Shelter Humane Society.
“Serving at the Humane Society was a blast,” said senior Matthew Kammerer of Loganville. “With such a huge turnout we were able to help in many different ways, from scrubbing dog runs, to making enrichment treats, to walking each and every one of the dogs.”
“One of the goals of YHC is to contribute to the quality of life of our local community,” explained Assistant Professor of Education Mark Brunner, Ph.D. “Participating in this event provided us with an opportunity to contribute, in a small way, to our community. The fact that so many students turned up in cold temperatures to assist the community was inspiring to me.”
S.E.R.V.E. sponsors one major service-oriented event each month. The organization will sponsor a clean-up day of the Lake Chatuge shore on March 26 and will collaborate with the College’s Sustainability Committee, Roots & Shoots and Student Government Association to host service events to celebrate Earth Day on April 16.
A group of volunteers helped complete an outdoor adventure-based training course for Niyelo at Towns County High School by painting, mulching, repairing and organizing the course. Front row (left to right): YHC Women’s Soccer Assistant Coach Spencer Nunnally, sophomore Jacob Davis, of Dalton, Towns County Family Connection staff member Jenny Stowers, sophomore Antoine Saunders, of Douglasville, and junior Katie Holcomb, of Hampton. Second row (left to right): Senior Katie Marlowe, of Clermont, sophomore Lauren Joiner, of Gainesville, junior Tyler Ogburn, of Blairsville, and junior David Agori-Iwe, of Marietta.
From left to right: Senior Katelyn Elizabeth Sharp, of Sylvania, and senior Tara Shiver, of Covington, spent the day volunteering at the Mountain Shelter Humane Society.
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Young Harris College will host Ethics Awareness Week, Monday-Friday, Feb. 21-25, sponsored by the Ethics Across the Curriculum program. The conference will feature lectures and presentations by YHC faculty and guest speakers, film showings and special displays in Duckworth Library.
“The goal of this event is to open an informed discussion among our community members about what it means to live morally,” Associate Professor of Philosophy and Ethics Across the Curriculum Coordinator Jamie Watson, Ph.D., said. “Through lectures, discussions, films and displays, participants will be faced with hard questions about right and wrong and have an opportunity to consider some meaningful answers.”
The weeklong event will highlight five ethics-related topics, including “Ethics and Religion,” “The Morality of Living Well,” “Animal Welfare,” “The Value of the Environment” and “Moral Issues in Gender and Sexuality.”
The conference will kick off on Monday, Feb. 21, with a lecture by Dr. Watson titled “Reasoning in Ethics and The Euthyphro Dilemma.” That evening, Assistant Professor of Religion Eric Dickman, Ph.D., will present “A Common Ground: Buddhist Compassion and Levinas’s Responsibility to the Other.”
On Tuesday, Feb. 22, Adjunct Instructor of Physical Education Ki Curtis will present an afternoon lecture, titled “The Yoga of a Healthy Diet.” Director of Student Health Services Linda Kneiss, R.N., will present “Healthy Eating and Wellbeing: Who’s Responsibility Is It?” that evening, followed by a film showing of Super-Size Me. This 2004 documentary directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock depicts a 30-day period during which he eats only McDonald’s food.
Guest lecturer Robert Bass, Ph.D., adjunct associate professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina, will present “Pascal in the Kitchen: Betting on the Ethics of Eating” on Wednesday, Feb. 23. Dr. Watson will present “A Response to Robert Bass on Animal Welfare,” that evening, followed by a film showing of Food, Inc., a 2008 documentary that examines corporate farming in the United States.
On Thursday, Feb. 24, The Young Harris College Sustainability Committee will host a table in Grace Rollins Campus Restaurant during lunchtime that features information regarding the College’s sustainability efforts. That evening, Assistant Professor of English James Bishop, Ph.D., will present “Dystopias and Ecotopias: Environmental Futures in Literature and Film,” followed by a film showing of Wall-E, a 2008 Disney/Pixar film that tells the story of a robot who is designed to clean up a waste-covered Earth in the future.
The conference will conclude on Friday, Feb. 25, with “A Hot Meal: A Conversation about Sex (Sexuality and the Church) over Lunch,” a lecture by Campus Minister and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Rev. Dr. Tim Moore, followed by student reflection workshops in the afternoon. The conference will conclude with a closed lecture for educators titled "Understanding Feminist Approaches and What Exactly They Bring to the Table" by guest lecturer Megan McGrew, a graduate student at Florida State University.
The Ethics Across the Curriculum program at Young Harris College was established in 2008. This program encourages professors in all disciplines to incorporate the study of ethics into their courses and often includes workshops and luncheons on ethics in practice, ethical theories, moral reasoning and teaching ethics.
Students, academic professionals and community members are encouraged to attend the conference.
Dr. Nick Bowman, assistant professor of communication studies, and Rev. Dr. Tim Moore, campus minister and assistant professor of religion, led a workshop, titled “New media = new members: Using new technologies to reach, form, and sustain new communities of faith,” regarding social media and religion at the Waynesville District Leadership conference in Franklin, N.C., Jan. 23.
Cathy Cox, president, attended a meeting for the University Senate of the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Higher Education hosted by Paine College in Augusta, Jan. 26-27. She was recently elected to the University Senate and is serving on the institutional review committee. President Cox has also been elected chair of the Georgia Independent College Association (GICA) for 2011. She and the new staff president of GICA, Dr. Susanna Baxter, and the presidents of the 25 member institutions, have begun an intense lobbying effort with the Georgia General Assembly to preserve the HOPE scholarship and the Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG) for Georgia students attending private colleges.
Dr. Jennifer Hallett, assistant professor of communication studies, Lynne Nation, associate professor of mathematics, and Dr. Linda Jones, associate professor of biology, attended the Council on Undergraduate Research’s Institute on Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla., Feb. 4-6. Dr. Hallett also attended the Basic Course Director’s Conference hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s communication department in Birmingham, Ala., Jan. 27-29.
Mary Land, senior instructor of music and director of bands, presented two sessions, titled “Best Teaching Tips and Pedagogy For The Music Class” and “Preparing For Student Teaching: What You Should Know Before You Go!,” at the Alabama Music Educators Association In Service Conference in Montgomery, Ala., Jan. 20. She also attended the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference in Savannah, Jan. 27-29. Land served as a contributing author for the book Teaching Music Through Performance In Band, Volume 8, that was published in December 2010. She wrote chapters regarding concert programming for this series that serves as a resource for band directors.
A poem titled “Dictum” by Rosemary Royston, ’89, vice president for planning and assessment and chief of staff, was a finalist in the James Baker Hall Memorial poetry contest and was published in the December 2010 issue of The New Southerner. Royston’s poem “Propagation” was published in Alehouse, 2011, No. 5, and her poem “Witness” will be published in the 2011 spring issue of Coal Hill Review.