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Today@YHC February 2012

 

YHC to Host Alumni Weekend, April 20-22
 

Alumni Weekend 2012 will be held Friday-Sunday, April 20-22, 2012. This event will include special activities for the 50th class reunion, milestone class reunions, an alumni awards ceremony and Lunch on the Lawn. Alumni will also have the opportunity to enjoy athletic and cultural events throughout Alumni Weekend, as the YHC baseball team has home games all weekend, the Student Art Exhibition will be on display and Theatre Young Harris will present their season finale, "Sweet Charity."

Each year, the Young Harris College Alumni Association honors outstanding alumni and friends of Young Harris College during Alumni Weekend. The 2012 award recipients will be announced and recognized on Friday evening, April 20, 2012, at the Half Century Club Dinner and Annual Alumni Awards Ceremony.

For more information, visit yhc.edu/alumniweekend. Look for details in your mailbox next month!


Alumni Spotlight: Joel Metcalfe

 

Kyle Huneycutt, junior
Communications and Marketing Intern

Joel Metcalfe, ’96, has always had a love for the great outdoors. As soon as he could drive, he and his friends would head to the mountains of north Georgia from his hometown of Marietta to hike and camp whenever an opportunity presented itself. Inevitably, Metcalfe often passed through the Enchanted Valley—and Young Harris College—during his expeditions.

“When it came time to look into colleges, YHC was already toward the top of my list based on location alone,” Metcalfe said. “When I discovered it had a strong science program and a small student population, I knew it was for me. I also knew I wanted to work outdoors in some scientific field, so YHC was really an easy choice.”

During his time at YHC, Metcalfe took advantage of every opportunity to develop his outdoor skills including how to backpack and orienteer. He also developed a love for kayaking, and has many fond memories of running ancient southern Appalachian rivers like the Chattooga.

“I immediately met other students who shared my love of the outdoors and didn’t need a shopping mall around the corner to entertain themselves,” recalled Metcalfe. “There is something about YHC that just brings folks together. I think it’s because we had to create our own fun, which made the bonds we created that much stronger.”

Along with serving as president of Phi Chi, Metcalfe was highly involved with the environmental club Common Ground. He was instrumental in getting a campus recycling program underway, building recycling receptacles out of chicken wire and placing them in strategic locations around campus.

Along with strengthening his love for the outdoors and commitment to helping preserve the nation’s national parks and forests, Metcalfe also learned valuable lessons inside the classroom at YHC.

“The small student-to-teacher ratio and the genuine love of teaching among the YHC faculty really motivated me to excel in my classes and future endeavors,” he said. “The fact that YHC is a small pond gives everyone a chance to be a big fish in some way.”

After graduating from YHC, Metcalfe earned his bachelor’s degree in ecology from the University of North Carolina in Asheville in 1998. The following summer, Metcalfe flew to Maine to begin an adventure he had been anticipating for several years: hiking the Appalachian Trail southbound toward his home in Georgia.

After his journey, Metcalfe began applying for several positions with the National Park Service and National Forest Service, ultimately landing a job at Zion National Park in Utah studying the effects of wildfires on plant communities.

Metcalfe has since worked as a fire manager for Sequoia National Park in California, Alaska Eastern National Parks and Saguaro National Park in Arizona. He currently works for the Bureau of Land Management as a fire crew captain in Bend, Ore.

According to Metcalfe, one of the perks of working out west is getting several months off during the winter, which has provided him with ample opportunity to travel the globe and pursue his love of photography—another passion he developed at YHC.

“I love discovering new cultures and histories during my travels, but my main drive is to get off the beaten path and see the cast of characters that fill other ecosystems,” said Metcalfe. “I also try to capture my experiences through my camera lens, almost as a visual journal. I’ll look through my pictures and often reminisce where it all began in Georgia.”

While it has been difficult to make it back to Young Harris due to his busy work schedule, Metcalfe still takes every opportunity to get together with his friends from YHC for Christmas parties, Alumni Weekend festivities, and backpacking and hiking excursions.

“I gained a great group of lifelong friends at YHC—the kind of relationships where it’s as though no time has passed no matter how long it has been since your last visit,” he said. “I consider my years at YHC to be some of the best of my life. The only thing certain in life is change, and I hope YHC can maintain a small pond charm for others to experience.”
 


Alumni Buzz: Ceil Jarrett
 

My name is Ceil Jarrett and I am a member of the (we think) outstanding (we like that word better than “special”) class of 1975. My first memory of Young Harris College was when I was very young, and I was told that my dad would be grading for the new Appleby residence halls at the College. I remember thinking how nice it was that my family was going to have a place to stay in Young Harris. My mother is an Appleby, and Scott Appleby was some long-lost cousin of mine. I saw his bust in Pruitt-Barrett Building when I came to register for classes. (He didn’t look familiar.) I also have aunts and uncles that attended Young Harris. I can’t say that they all graduated, because Uncle Clyde was “asked to leave” (his words) after killing and cooking a chicken on the porch of his residence hall in the 1930s. I am so proud. I do think the rest of my clan had better histories at Young Harris than that.

I grew up in Jefferson and learned about YHC when I was a senior in high school and went to hear Ezra Sellers speak to my mom’s Woman’s Club. His talk sold me on the art program. A friend from Jefferson and I both applied, were accepted and went to Young Harris to study art in the fall of 1973. I use my degree from YHC on a daily basis, working as a freelance graphic artist.

I never imagined when I drove up the mountains more than 30 years ago that I was about to find the place where I would spend two of the best years of my life and make friends that I would keep forever. I also never considered that Young Harris College would stay such an important part of my life.

I’ve been a co-class coordinator with Jane Williams Davis, ’75, since we graduated oh-so-long ago. We were proud that our class became endowed (that sounds impressive, huh?) on our first fundraising campaign—meaning we gave at least $2,000 that year to the Endowed Century Club that was invested in and is still giving to the College. I’ve also been on the YHC Alumni Board for the past few years, and I have really enjoyed being involved with that group. Having meetings on campus a few times a year gives us an excuse to keep making trips to Young Harris in between reunions. I have gotten to know other alums that I might never have had the chance to meet if not for the various board meetings. It is fun to meet people from other classes and even other decades. (For one thing, it’s always nice to see that there are some alumni that are even older than we are.) No matter what the age, though, everyone seems to have the same great memories of their years at Young Harris, and spending time with this group of dedicated alumni is always a positive thing.

We found out at one of our meetings last year that alumni giving at YHC was only three percent (embarrassing!) and that the national average is also not so great at just 12 percent. It was reported at our meeting in January that this year we are up to seven percent—a big improvement! But we should be able to do even better. The good news is to get our average up, it doesn’t matter the amount we give, just that we give. The higher our percentage of giving, the better ranking YHC will receive in lists like U.S. News and World Report. That ranking will in turn make our degrees more valuable and encourage funding from private foundations.

I am going to do a better job—and I hope others will, too –of sending monetary gifts to Young Harris that will further and better our alma mater.

I hope more and more of us will keep Young Harris an important part of our lives. We’re counting on a big turnout at Alumni Weekend, Friday-Sunday, April 20-22, 2012. You can read more about this and other alumni events at yhc.edu/alumni, and you can also make a gift online.

Hope to see you in April,

Ceil Jarrett
Class of ’75

P.S. Holy cow! Class of ’75: A postcard about our class’s giving challenge will be in your mailboxes soon.


5 Questions for… Rick Robinson
 

A tradition of consistency and excellence: that’s the perfect way to describe Rick Robinson’s tenure as head baseball coach at Young Harris College. Robinson has led the Mountain Lions to eight conference championships, five Region XVII championships and one NJCAA World Series appearance during the last 13 seasons. Forty of Robinson’s players have signed professional contracts, many making it to the major leagues. During his time at YHC, Robinson has fostered an environment of excellence that extends beyond the field, with players that are highly engaged both in the classroom and the local community. Find out what brought Robinson to YHC, some of his favorite memories on and off the field, and what fans can expect from the Mountain Lions baseball team this season.

What are you up to these days?

It’s hard to believe that my daughter Faithe, 14, was only a year old when we moved here, and now she is a sophomore at Towns County High School. She is very involved in nearly everything, but her youth group and soccer have become her passions. She played on a travel team in Duluth this past fall, making at least four trips a week off the mountain. Our son Rhett, 11, is doing great. Most people who know us will remember that when he was born he was in the hospital for 12 days and then had seven surgeries within his first three years. He is doing great now and progressing daily since we purchased the hyperbaric chamber. Our nine-year-old Ryan has been a huge factor in Rhett’s development and progress. Ryan loves trains, math and reading. If you ask the boys what their favorite sport is, they will tell you bowling. My wife of 19 years, Luann, is busy as always promoting camps, remodeling parts of the house and meeting the needs of our three children. The boys and I love to chase trains and made a trip to Folston over Christmas break. We stayed in a real caboose for two days watching trains. I would say train watching is my all-time favorite hobby.

We have also started back up the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) at YHC after a break of about six years. The first year we were on campus, Luann and I started FCA. Then after two children and added responsibilities at church, we stepped away for a while. We now have a great FCA leadership team in place (four student-athletes) that does an outstanding job week after week, which allows me to direct instead of lead. We had a wonderful event in January with Atlanta Braves relief pitcher and 2006 alumnus Cory Gearrin coming back to campus to speak to the group. More than 115 people attended to hear Cory’s message about not waiting on God to equip us for ministry because God has already given us all we need to get started.

What brought you to YHC and what is it about the College that made you want to serve as head baseball coach for 14 years and counting?

Dr. John Kniess, who served as athletic director at the time, basically talked me into coming for an interview, but as soon as I drove across the mountain from Hiawassee I knew this was where Luann and I would raise our family—so I was sold before I ever saw the campus or baseball field. Dr. Thomas Yow, who was president at the time, explained that he wasn’t concerned with winning baseball games, but rather with making sure we recruited quality students and outstanding young men. After meeting with Dr. Bob Nichols, Louisa Franklin, Ken Fox and several others, I knew this was a college community that loved the students and each other. I never expected to win championships, but for some reason God has blessed us with outstanding players and assistant coaches that allowed us to win several championships.

Many of our alumni baseball players have gone to have successful careers post-YHC. What are some of your favorite memories of some of these notable athletes—and how do you think their time at YHC prepared them for the majors?

Wow, this is a hard one! I have so many memories and so many stories to tell. My current players probably get tired of hearing my stories, but I think it’s important for them to understand and appreciate the players before them that put YHC on the national map for baseball.

The thing I remember most about Nick Markakis, ’03, and Billy Buckner, ’03, was their competitive drive in everything they did. They always wanted to be the best no matter what they were doing. They are both great athletes. Billy, who only pitched during his time at YHC, could have played an infield position and hit if we would have needed him to do that, which shows his level of skill for the sport. What I remember most about Cory Gearrin and Charlie Blackmon, ’06, is that neither one was a great player when they arrived on campus, but they took their development very personally. They were always doing something to make themselves better. Callix Crabbe, ’02, was only here for one year, but he had a drive in him that was a combination of the other four. He was a hard worker, he was competitive, and he had a huge desire to exceed expectations.

So many of our baseball alumni have had the opportunity to play professionally, and each one has a different story—from how they came to YHC to what they did after they arrived. Very few of our players grow up dreaming of playing ball at Young Harris College, but YHC has helped them achieve their childhood dreams of becoming a professional baseball player.

The baseball season officially begins Feb. 3 (today) with an away game at Florida Southern. How do you approach going into each new season as a coach and what can fans expect from the team this year?

Each year brings new challenges, but it is exciting to work with each team and figure out what is going to motivate them to put forth the effort that will allow us to reach our full potential as a team. We try to teach them that it isn’t about the results; it is about the process. We try to instill the idea that if the process involves excellence everywhere, the winning will take care of itself.

This year’s team will play hard every day, and our goal is to improve with every game. Our players will be disciplined on the field and play an aggressive style of baseball. Baseball isn’t that hard of a game. Catch the ball, throw it to your partner, hit the ball more than you swing and miss, throw strikes from the mound. Most of the time, if you can do these things consistently you will win more than you lose.

During Alumni Weekend, there will be a special alumni event during the men’s baseball game on Saturday, April 21, at 2 p.m. You also take part in many events throughout the year that benefit the greater community: Operation Christmas Child, summer baseball camps, free clinics for children during the season, an after-school program at Towns County Elementary School every Monday, outreach at local FCA groups. Why do you think it’s important for your team to take part in and host these kinds of events, and what are you looking forward to about Alumni Weekend?

It is important that our players have a chance to interact with as many local community members as possible. Most of the locals have lived here all their lives, and our players are just sharing the area for a small period of time. I think our athletes should respect this wonderful area and volunteer to help others any time there is an opportunity. I want our players to get to know as many children and parents as possible to show them that Young Harris College is warm and accepting of the community on campus. We have to bring the local community on campus before we can truly be part of this north Georgia mountain community.

I love seeing our former players, and Alumni Weekend gives me the perfect opportunity to do just that. I always enjoy all the stories they tell about their time here at YHC and how they recall different events that took place when they were students. It always amazes me how they grow into responsible adults and become huge contributors in whichever community they have chosen to call home.


The Swingin’ Medallions Return to Young Harris College Big Dance
Concert to benefit Local Scholarship Campaign
 

The Young Harris College Board of Associates will present the second annual Young Harris College Big Dance Saturday, March 10, in the YHC Recreation and Fitness Center to benefit the Young Harris College Local Scholarship Campaign, which provides scholarships for local students. Members of the YHC community are invited to enjoy a fun evening of beach music featuring The Swingin’ Medallions live in concert. Doors open at 6 p.m., and music begins at 7:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by Piedmont Heart Institute, Piedmont Physicians, Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, BB&T, Holiday Inn Express Hiawassee and The Copper Door.

“Last year’s inaugural Big Dance was a huge success and helped raise scholarship support for many of our local students,” said YHC Board of Associates Big Dance Committee Chair Donna Reece. “The YHC Board of Associates wants everyone to come out this year and enjoy the music, fun and fellowship. It’s the perfect way to have a memorable evening out with friends while also helping students receive the financial assistance they need.”

Famous for their signature beach music sound, The Swingin' Medallions have been based out of the Greenwood, S.C., area since the early 1960s. After a few years of touring colleges from the Carolinas to the Louisiana Bayou, John McElrath took the group to Charlotte, N.C., to record “Double Shot (of My Baby's Love),” which has been a party classic for college students for decades. Top 40 hits for the group include “She Drives Me Out Of My Mind” and “Hey, Hey, Baby.”

The members of the Swingin' Medallions have changed during the last 30 years, but the high energy, party-style stage performance of the first Medallions has been passed down to the band that performs today. The popularity of the current Medallions stage show has earned them the unofficial title of “The Party Band of the South.”

Tables for eight are available for $225, and individual tickets are available for $40. To register for the event online, contact the Young Harris College Office of Advancement at (706) 379-5173. Patrons may bring their own food and beverage, or pre-order from a variety of dining packages by The Copper Door.

About the Local Scholarship Campaign
More than 200 students from the counties of Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Towns and Union counties in Georgia and Cherokee and Clay counties in North Carolina are currently enrolled at Young Harris College. Reflecting a commitment by the College and the local community to these students, the Local Scholarship Campaign was established to raise funds to support the educational goals of local students at Young Harris College.

The Young Harris College Board of Associates, a group of local business and civic leaders who serve as ambassadors for the College as well as a sounding board for the community, leads this effort. Each fall the Board of Associates launches the annual Local Scholarship Campaign in an effort to assist in providing aid to the students coming to Young Harris College from these seven communities.


Songs of Water Performance Headlines “Festival Appalachia”

Festival Offers Week of Exciting Events
 

Ali Neese, senior
Communications and Marketing Intern

The annual Heinze Lecture at Young Harris College will feature Songs of Water World Folk Orchestra and special guest Molly Skaggs on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of the Clegg Fine Arts Building on the YHC campus as part of “Festival Appalachia: Celebrating A People… Honoring a Place,” a special event hosted by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement at Young Harris College and the City of Young Harris. The event is free and open to the public.

Members of Songs of Water will also present an educational workshop earlier in the day at 2 p.m. in Susan B. Harris Chapel. The group will demonstrate musical instruments from around the world and discuss issues related to world music including ethnomusicology and the diverse expressions of Appalachian music. This event is also free and open to the public.

North Carolina-based band Songs of Water has been creating music together since 2002, yet their distinct sound has roots in ancient cultures. This seven-piece ensemble blends instrumentation from across the globe in a uniquely American context. The uncommon use of the hammered dulcimer leads many of the group’s instrumental pieces, accompanied by the resonance of acoustic instruments and a foundation of percussion produced by instruments from a wide variety of cultures, from Appalachia to Africa.

Band member Luke Skaggs and special guest performer Molly Skaggs are the children of renowned country and bluegrass musician Ricky Skaggs. The band has released two albums, Songs of Water and The Sea Has Spoken, and is currently touring the southeastern United States while writing material for a new album scheduled to be released in fall 2012.

“I’m delighted that we are able to bring Songs of Water to our campus as part of our celebration of Appalachian heritage,” said YHC Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement Ron Roach, Ph.D., who is also the brother of Songs of Water band member Stephen Roach. “Music is a vital part of Appalachian culture, and Songs of Water provides a living example of the diverse expressions of music in this region.”

The annual Heinze Lecture brings speakers and other guests to campus to discuss themes and present ideas that encourage college spirit and offer inspiration to the entire college community. Traditionally, the event focuses on Southern or Appalachian topics. Past events include lectures, concerts and community projects.

In addition to the Heinze Lecture, the weeklong “Festival Appalachia,” running Monday-Saturday, Feb. 6-11, features a variety of special events. The festival kicks off Monday, Feb. 6, at 6:30 p.m. with a film showing of Cold Mountain in Wilson Lecture Hall of Goolsby Center. This 2003 Oscar-nominated war drama is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Charles Frazier and chronicles the journey of a wounded Confederate soldier making his way home to Cold Mountain, N.C.

A special chapel service will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. in Susan B. Harris Chapel that will highlight local music and faith traditions in Appalachia.

On Saturday, Feb. 11, S.E.R.V.E. (Service, Education, Responsibility, Voice and Engagement) at YHC will host a community outreach event at the Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Interpretive Center in Blairsville. Volunteers will work on landscaping and exterior maintenance at this nine-acre farm currently being developed by the Byron Herbert Reece Society to honor the noted poet and YHC 1940 alumnus and former instructor. The facility will feature historical exhibits about Reece’s life and work as well as Appalachian farm life in the early 20th century.


Young Harris College Celebrates MLK Day
 

Seventeen Young Harris College faculty, staff and students visited The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change and The Carter Center in Atlanta on Jan. 14 to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which was nationally observed on Jan. 16. The event was sponsored by S.E.R.V.E. (Service, Empowerment, Responsibility, Voice and Engagement).

 “Since we had worked with local community partners the last three years, we thought it was time to do something different,” said Bonner Leaders Program Director and Academic Service Learning Program Coordinator Rob Campbell. “We hope the students, faculty and staff gained a better understanding for the values, philosophies and visions shared by King and Carter, along with an appreciation for the large role the city of Atlanta continues to play in their history and ongoing legacies.”

The outing began with a tour of The Carter Center, a charitable organization founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter to advance peace and health worldwide. That afternoon, the group toured The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change and the surrounding neighborhood, including King’s childhood home and Ebenezer Baptist Church where King, his father and grandfather served as pastors.

“The trip to Atlanta was definitely invigorating,” said Brian Walker, a sophomore music major from Powder Springs. “To see what Martin Luther King, Jr. did to get us to where we are today is completely phenomenal—the sacrifices he made, the pain it caused and, ultimately, the end reward that he knew would be so great and significant.”

“I gained so much enlightenment from this trip. All I could think about after the trip was King’s famous quote, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,’” said junior business and public policy major Nathan Hughes of Young Harris. “It puts into perspective my thankfulness for my freedom, and it also challenges me not to be content with my freedom because there are still places in our country and around the world where equality efforts are inadequate.”

 S.E.R.V.E. sponsors one major service-oriented event each month. The organization will sponsor a service event in conjunction with “Festival Appalachia” on Saturday, Feb. 11, co-sponsor three service-based trips during spring break in March, and collaborate with the College’s Sustainability Committee, Roots & Shoots and Student Government Association to host service events to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 21.

The group toured The Carter Center, a charitable organization founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter.

The group toured The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change and the surrounding neighborhood, including King’s childhood home and Ebenezer Baptist Church where King, his father and grandfather served as pastors.


YHC Students Prepare for Italy Tour

Kyle Huneycutt, junior
Communications and Marketing Intern

Twenty Young Harris College students will have the opportunity to embark on an immersive tour of Italy, May 17-31, led by Art Department Chair and Associate Professor of Art Ted Whisenhunt, Adjunct Instructor of English Eloise Whisenhunt, Ph.D., and Adjunct Instructor of Art Scott Dean. Students will study Italian art, literature and culture while touring museums, cathedrals and historical monuments in many of Italy’s cultural and historical centers including Florence, Rome, Venice, Lucca, Pisa, Siena and Cinque Terre.

To prepare for the excursion, students are currently enrolled in a comprehensive course that will enhance their experience abroad. Through lectures, selected readings, class discussions and hands-on activities, the course provides students with an introduction to many aspects of Italian culture and history as well as helpful tips about traveling abroad.

“Instead of feeling completely overwhelmed in Italy, students will have some foundation on which to base their travels,” Dr. Eloise Whisenhunt said. “The goal is for students to have a fuller experience because they will already possess a basic understanding and can hold up what they learned in class and compare it to what is before them.”

“Knowing the history of a work of art, statue, cathedral or city and then seeing it with your own eyes is truly enlightening,” Dean added. “Everything the students are learning during the course relates directly to cities and sites we will see, which will give them a broader outlook on everything they experience in Italy. By the time we leave for Europe, each student can be his or her own tour guide.”

As part of the course, students will learn to identify and evaluate important works of art and architecture of ancient Rome, the Italian Renaissance and the Baroque Period. During the trip, each student will make an on-site presentation regarding specific landmarks or cultural elements of the cities.

Students will also gain an appreciation of the value and influence Italian authors have had on literature by reading selections that directly relate to the cities the group will visit. Students will study works by a variety of American and Italian authors including Dante, Boccaccio, Virgil, Keats, Browning and Twain.

“While I could have filled the class with only Italian literature, I am also intrigued by the English/American tourist in Italy,” said Dr. Eloise Whisenhunt. “We have so many examples of authors who were inspired by Italy, so we are also reading some works by those who wrote about Italy from the point of view that we will have—as an outsider or tourist.”

Students will also have the opportunity to apply valuable skills and knowledge gained during the course regarding travel etiquette, photography, the philosophy of travel, language and regional foods.

“Studying and traveling abroad can broaden students’ horizons and world views. Suddenly other cultures and world events become more real for them,” Ted Whisenhunt said. “My favorite part of traveling to Italy with students is seeing the look on their faces when they experience some of the milestones—looking up at the Sistine Chapel, climbing the leaning tower of Pisa and walking around St. Peter’s Basilica.” 

A percentage of all 2011-2012 gifts to YHC’s Friends of the Arts fund will benefit the YHC Italy tour. In addition, FOTA patrons have the opportunity to sponsor a student to attend the trip, in keeping with FOTA’s goal to promote the exploration of new endeavors and learning experiences.

Friends of the Arts supports Young Harris College’s mission of enabling students to grow and learn in an environment of uncompromised artistic and academic freedom and integrity. Gifts made by FOTA members help promote awareness of arts programming.

To find out more about the course and trip, visit Young Harris College Italy Tour.


Faculty and Staff Notables
 

Assistant Professor of Outdoor Leadership Dr. Drew Cavin attended a research symposium hosted by the Coalition for Education in Outdoors held at Indiana University's Bradford Woods, Jan. 13-15. Dr. Cavin presided over a session about fostering environmental stewardship through outdoor education, led an informal discussion on the role of new technologies in outdoor education and participated in discussions on new research in outdoor education.   

Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Johnathan Davis published a paper, titled “Testing the utility of an adaptive cluster sampling method for monitoring a rare and imperiled darter,” in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management. The paper addresses issues biologists encounter in reducing the error associated with population estimates of threatened and endangered fishes. 

Professor of English, Director of the Academic Success Center and Director of the Writing Center Louisa Franklin attended the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s seminar, “Teaching Sustainability Across the Curriculum,” at Emory University, Jan. 11-12.

Associate Professor of English and English Department Chair Dr. Amanda Lawrence will present a paper, titled “The Color of Memory in Cristina Garcia’s Dreaming in Cuban,” at the Biannual North Georgia Arts and Letters Conference in Dahlonega, Feb. 24-26.

A poem by Associate Professor of English Janice Moore titled “Omen” is included in Sunrise from Blue Thunder, an anthology published by Pirene’s Fountain as a response to the Japan earthquake and tsunami. Proceeds from the sale of this book will go toward ongoing relief efforts in Japan.

Assistant Professor of History Natalia Starostina will co-present a six-session course titled “Russia in World War II” with University of West Georgia Professor Emeritus Ben Kennedy for YHC’s Institute for Continuing Learning this spring.