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Today@YHC March 2012

 

 

Young Harris College to Host First Spring Alumni Weekend
 

Generations of Young Harris College alumni will make the pilgrimage to the Enchanted Valley next month for the first-ever spring Alumni Weekend, Friday-Sunday, April 20-22. This year's event, dubbed "Destination: Young Harris," will include fun activities and endless opportunities for students, faculty, staff and alumni to interact and share the Young Harris spirit that spans the decades.

The decision to move the annual event from July to April was announced at the 2011 weekend last summer by YHC Alumni Association President Rufus Brown, '60. The new date moves Alumni Weekend into the College's spring semester, providing the opportunity for increased student, faculty and staff participation—a long-time desire of many alumni who want to reconnect with former professors and meet current students.

Alumni Weekend 2012 will feature special activities and recognition for the Class of 1962 celebrating their 50th reunion and milestone reunions for many other classes. During the new Half Century Club Dinner on Friday evening, YHC will honor members of the Class of 1962 as well as all other alumni who have celebrated this “golden” reunion. The YHC Alumni Association will also present the prestigious Annual Alumni Awards following dinner.

Saturday's festivities include a morning coffee with YHC President Cathy Cox and retired and emeriti faculty and staff at the Campus Gate Art Gallery, a YHC Alumni Update program with recognition of emeriti and current faculty and staff, and the ever-popular Lunch on the Lawn. 

Emerti, current and retired faculty are encourage to pick up a name tag and purple ribbon at the registration tent so that alumni can identify them throughout the weekend.

Alumni will also have the opportunity to enjoy athletic and cultural events throughout the weekend, as the YHC baseball team has home games all weekend; the annual Student Juried Art Exhibition will be on display; and Theatre Young Harris will present its season finale, Sweet Charity.

“I am thrilled to give alumni the opportunity to see our talented students in action through various musical performances and athletic games,” said Director of Alumni Services Dana Ensley, ’97. “Our students are also looking forward to sharing with alumni what their Greek, social and spiritual organizations mean to them during Saturday afternoon's GreenFest on the lawn.”

The weekend also includes new events, beyond the tried-and-true annual favorites.

“I think many former athletes are going to love competing against each other for the first time in years at the alumni soccer and softball games on Saturday that have been coordinated by the Department of Athletics,” Ensley said.

For more information about Alumni Weekend 2012, contact the Office of Alumni Services at (706) 379-5334 or alumni@yhc.edu or visit www.yhc.edu/alumniweekend for a complete schedule of activities. 

Alumni, students, faculty and staff can also join the discussion, follow live events and connect on Facebook at facebook.com/YoungHarrisCollege and on Twitter @YH_College using the hashtag #YHCAW12.


Alumni Spotlight: Cynthia LeCornu
 

Ali Neese, senior
Communications and Marketing Intern

For Young Harris College alumna Cynthia LeCornu, ’83, coming to her family’s vacation home in the north Georgia mountains was a beloved tradition. For the Tampa, Fla., native, attending YHC afforded her the opportunity to remain close to her family when they chose to make the move north and become full-time residents in the area.

“My parents owned land in Morganton and Blue Ridge since I was nine years old. We traveled to all the towns nearby and I was really lucky to feel right at home when my dad decided to develop land here in the 1980s,” recalled LeCornu. “If someone had told me 30 years ago that YHC and the north Georgia mountains would have a profound effect on my life, I would have questioned it. But they have been more important to me than I ever would have guessed.”

 LeCornu recalls meeting people at YHC that came from “some of the most unexpected places around the world” and developing close friendships with these students due to the close-knit atmosphere of the small campus community. She credits her experience at YHC for teaching her to understand and respect many kinds of personalities.

“While at YHC, I gained a great knowledge of the vast differences in people and their ideas, cultures and family experiences,” LeCornu said. “I learned that although everyone is different, we all came to YHC to grow from our college experiences and our faith to find out where life would take us.”

After graduating from YHC, LeCornu went on to the University of South Florida where she received a degree in management information systems. After traveling extensively for the first 20 years of her career in the field of technology, she decided to move to Blue Ridge to live out her dream of becoming an entrepreneur.

In 2008, LeCornu opened Threads of Blue Ridge, a boutique featuring fun, hip lifestyle clothing for men and women. She also works closely with sister store Blue Ridge Mountain Outfitters, which provides athletic wear and active lifestyle clothing for men and women. She hopes to expand to surrounding areas, and will be opening a second satellite store this year in Copperhill, Tenn.

“I always wanted to have my own business. My dad had four when I was a kid, and I watched him grow and manage them. I also knew I had a love for clothing and design,” LeCornu explained. “I began to pray about what God’s will for my life might be—to continue on the same path or go for Plan B and pursue my dream of being an entrepreneur and full-time mom. As my daughter would say, ‘Mom, thank God for Plan Bs!’ She loves the mountains and being part of a small town community.”

The most rewarding part of her job, according to LeCornu, is meeting people who come into the store—locals and travelers alike who share her love of the north Georgia mountains. She takes advantage of the endless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors with her daughter as much as possible, and always makes sure to visit the nearby college that has grown to mean so much to her.

“I am really excited to be coming back again for Alumni Weekend in April and meeting others who had the opportunity to be part of YHC. I feel very blessed to have attended YHC, and I am so excited about how the College has grown and where it is headed,” LeCornu said. “My daughter is still young, but she is already thinking about YHC, so we are excited to have the opportunity to be even more involved with Young Harris in the future.”


5 Questions for… Dr. Bob and Gayle Nichols
 

Many alumni and tennis players know Dr. Bob and Gayle Nichols as an integral part of their Young Harris College memories. Bob taught math, coached tennis and served as director of academic advising, while Gayle served as the senior college counselor, until retiring in 2009 after more than 30 years of service. All former YHC students, tennis players and summer campers are invited back to campus on Saturday, April 28, to help honor Dr. Bob and Gayle Nichols for their distinguished years of service to YHC and to dedicate the newly constructed tennis complex as the Bob and Gayle Nichols Tennis Complex. Find out about how they discovered the Enchanted Valley, some of their fondest memories at YHC and what it has been like to see the College grow and flourish during the last 40 years.

What are you up to these days?

We are true to our nickname, “the hermits of Young Harris.” With the exception of Gayle walking the College trail with our daughter-in-law Miriam, Bob playing tennis with a group of old geezers and local trips to get groceries, dog food and bird seed, we mostly spend our time together at home. We propagate daylilies, azaleas and rhododendrons, work on our property, play gin rummy, read, watch sports on TV and always have a cigar on the back porch after dinner. To many, this might seem boring. To us, it is heaven.

You both have been involved with the College in many aspects—teaching, coaching, advising—all adding up to decades of service to YHC. What brought you to YHC and what made you want to stay?

We have spent the past 40 years living in an old mountain house built in 1934 within walking distance of the College. We first stayed in this house and fell in love with it during the summer of 1972 when Bob directed Luke Rushton’s tennis camp. It had no foundation and rested on stumps, a rusted tin roof and one bathroom (at least it was an indoor one).  While our sons, Bob Jr., ’82, and John, ’87, spent the summer playing in the woods and streams, we finally decompressed from Atlanta’s merry-go-round routine and thought: “Why not live here instead of there?” As fate would have it, a math position opened at the College and Dr. Ray Farley, who was president at the time, graciously hired Bob to teach math and coach tennis. Then Luke agreed to sell us the house and property and, bless him, gave us the tennis camp to supplement our income. Our glorious years here are due to the generosity of two people: Luke Rushton and Dr. Ray Farley. And why did we stay? Well, when you have found your heaven, why look anyplace else?

Many alumni and tennis players know you both as an integral part of their Young Harris College memories. What are some of your favorite memories from your time at YHC?

Bob: A classroom memory that stands out is the day my calculus class—both males and females—all came dressed in my “uniform”: blue shirt, khaki pants and a loosened tie.  As I was leaving the classroom Alvis Tucker, ’92, stopped me and said, “Dr. Nichols, did you notice anything unusual in class today?” I looked hard, thinking someone had drawn something on the board or left something on my desk. When he mentioned the attire of the class, I finally noticed. That’s called focus, not senility.

My favorite tennis team memory has to be the year we beat Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) 28-27 in the state finals after losing to them 8-1 in a team match three weeks earlier. We were tied 27-27 going into the last doubles match, and I’ll never forget Brian Berry, ’76, saying, “Don’t worry, Coach, it’s in the bag!” This was after he and John Dalton, ’76, had been crushed in the match against the same doubles team at ABAC.  I’ll also never forget that the team came to my house that evening, carried me struggling to the creek and threw me in.

Gayle: I remember organizing the very first START orientation session in the summer of 1991 and when the 2005 Enotah yearbook was dedicated to me—what a nice surprise! I always felt so rewarded when students were accepted into their special transfer institution with just the right credits. I loved having my office in Maxwell Center and being able to interact with faculty and students. My last year in Maxwell (2008) was my favorite because Bob was teaching math and our son Bobby was teaching physics there. The three Nichols could hear each other as we spent our days together helping students.

The major highlight for both of us occurred in 1993 when a student scholarship was established in our names. The initial funds were donated by former tennis players and a ceremonial plaque was presented to us by Mark Coleman, ’73, and then-president Dr. Tommy Yow. Since then, many former players and students have contributed to this scholarship fund, which today stands at more than $30,000.

On Saturday, April 28, many former YHC students, tennis players and summer campers will come back to campus to celebrate the dedication of the newly constructed tennis complex as the Bob and Gayle Nichols Tennis Complex. What were your feelings when you found out this facility would be named in your honor and what are you looking forward to about this event?

Of course, we are greatly honored to have such a beautiful tennis complex dedicated to us and we are greatly humbled by it. But the honor truly goes to all the players and coaches who have proudly presented their best on YHC’s court—past and present. These coaches and their players are an integral part of the outstanding tennis history of this place. Coaches like Katie Strals, who led the women’s teams to several national tournaments; Jim Thomas, who coached both the men’s tennis and soccer teams to national prominence; and Robyn Russell, who propelled the Mountain Lions to the top tiers in the state and national rankings for a decade.

Although the dedication day, Saturday, April 28, is sort of our “last hurrah” at the College, we know that our contacts with former students and players will continue. The many visits, emails and phone calls from them recently because of this upcoming event have been priceless to us. If you plan to attend, please register at yhc.edu/nicholsevent by April 1 so that the College can make preparations for your visit.

The new tennis complex is just one of many wonderful additions to YHC that range from new four-year degrees to new athletic programs. What has the experience been like of watching the College grow and what do you hope the future holds for YHC?

Bob: Having worked closely with many board members on several presidential searches, I know the governance of the College is in most capable hands. While I’m not incredibly familiar with the many new faculty that have been hired since our retirement, if they are cut in the molds of former faculty like O. V. Lewis, John Kay, David Franklin, Fred and Meg Whitley, Robbie Rankin, Leon Lee, Tom Jeffrey, Todd Kimsey, Clay Dotson, Ray Farley, Deborah Courtney and Jim Hale, then I know the students today are being inspired. I believe that the quality of this unique place will always be primarily determined not by its facilities, but by the character of its people—the students, faculty, staff and leaders of YHC.


Alumni Buzz: Pat Vaughan Bishop
 

I’m Pat Vaughn Bishop. Atlanta was home, but I am currently living in Macon, retired after teaching middle school students for 30 years.

It is easy to so often count myself one of the lucky ones who had the opportunity to attend YHC.  Even though that was a long time ago, the memories are still vivid, and some of the friendships that began in those years are still going strong. I graduated from the Young Harris Academy in 1957, and received a degree from the College in 1959. The next two years at the University of Georgia’s Grady School of Journalism were good, made even better by being in contact with some other YHC graduates. We often met at the quadrangle between classes and visited there.

The many Alumni Weekend events over the years have been enjoyable times of seeing people I don’t see otherwise, renewing acquaintances, remembering experiences of our student days and catching up on current news.  We remember that era from many years ago when basketball games were such an important part of campus life—much like they have become again today. Many of our classmates continued their education and became ministers. We have been able to keep up with their whereabouts, as they were appointed to churches all around the North and South Georgia conferences of The United Methodist Church.

Several years ago, I agreed to be a Class Coordinator alongside Ruth Pannell Cole, ’59, and Carolyn Hessinger Drinkwalter, ’59. Our 50th reunion in 2009 was a success, bringing many of our former classmates back to campus. Since then, we have developed an email list and manage to share some College information in that way.

We are currently planning our annual alumni gathering in Macon, a tradition we started around five years ago. We gather in the spring at Mulberry Street United Methodist Church, Macon’s oldest Methodist church, during the Cherry Blossom Festival. Our luncheon this year will be held on Monday, March 19, at 11:30 a.m. We have a good cross-section of alumni, with representatives from classes in the 1930s on up to those who have left YHC since the new century began. Our number has grown each year. What a talkative bunch we are—everyone has their stories to tell at these gatherings! The Young Harris spirit is still a part of all of us, no matter what years we attended.

Giving back is important in our lives. As we remember the assistance that most of us received as struggling students, hopefully we all are motivated to help financially to share with today’s students. Many of us worked in the dining hall, administrative offices, library and other spots across campus to earn assistance for tuition costs—and just think of all that we learned in the process!

Let’s all have a part in giving to the Class Challenge for scholarships this year—to show our love and loyalty to YHC, to help today’s students and to help the standing of the College. We can increase the percentage of givers tremendously if we will each send a gift marked for that cause!

I look forward to seeing all of you at Alumni Weekend next month.

All the best,

Pat Vaughn Bishop, ’59


Young Harris College Theatre Graduates Land Lead Roles
 

Ali Neese, senior
Communications and Marketing Intern

During their four years at Young Harris College, Misty Barber, ’11, and Michelle Honaker, ’11, acted, sang and danced their way into the hearts of fine arts patrons at YHC—and now they are taking their talent to the professional theatre world after scoring lead roles in two musicals.

Honaker will play Nancy Ward in the new musical Nanyehi: Beloved Woman of the Cherokee debuting at the Lonnie Burns Fine Arts Center in Hartwell this April, while Barber is currently playing the role of Janet in OnStage Atlanta’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone.

Produced by Savannah River Productions, Nanyehi is based on the life of award-winning songwriter Becky Hobbs’ fifth-great grandmother, Nancy Ward, who was honored as a Cherokee warrior turned peacemaker in the 1700s. Hobbs contacted Honaker directly about the role after taking note of her work in the outdoor drama Unto These Hills in Cherokee, N.C., last summer. 

Since graduating from YHC, Honaker has performed in children’s shows and concerts throughout the state while also teaching private voice lessons. After Nanyehi, Honaker plans to return to Unto These Hills this summer before moving to New York City in September to further her career.

“Thanks to the opportunities I was given at Young Harris College, I feel ready to get out there and conquer the stage,” Honaker said. “YHC laid down the foundation for my acting career, but it is still a learning process. I'm always trying to further my technique and advance my craft.”

OnStage Atlanta’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone, a heartwarming homage to American musicals of the Jazz Age, premiered in February and runs through Saturday, March 10.

“I first saw the show five years ago at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, and I remembering thinking that Janet was a role I had to play at some point in my life. When I got word of the show, I knew I had to audition,” said Barber, who began working with OnStage Atlanta in October 2011 as a soundboard operator.  

“My time at YHC prepared me in all areas of theatre and helped me land a lead role in my first performance out of college,” said Barber. “At YHC I learned that having a lead role holds a lot of responsibility and high expectations. Moving into the professional world, I’ve told myself that no matter how small a role I get, I need to treat it like it’s the lead. Everyone on that stage has a purpose or they wouldn’t be there.”

As Barber and Honaker advance their acting careers, the years of auditions, rehearsals and curtain calls they shared while performing memorable lead roles as part of Theatre Young Harris at YHC still evoke happy memories.

“Every show I was involved in helped mold me into the performer I am today,” said Honaker. “My time at YHC gave me a sense of professionalism and understanding of the business along with the opportunity to grow in a comfortable setting. That foundation of training and development is now serving as the roots for my career.”

To purchase tickets to The Drowsy Chaperone, visit onstageatlanta.com. To purchase tickets to Nanyehi: Beloved Woman of the Cherokee, visit savannahriverproductions.org.

(From left to right) Michelle Honaker, ’11, will play Nancy Ward in the new musical Nanyehi: Beloved Woman of the Cherokee debuting at the Lonnie Burns Fine Arts Center in Hartwell this April, while Misty Barber, ’11, is currently playing the role of Janet in OnStage Atlanta’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone.


Academic Service Learning Presents New Opportunities for Young Harris College Outdoor Leadership Students

Young Harris College introduced two outdoor leadership courses this semester that integrate academic service learning into the curriculum. These courses provide students with the opportunity to select, plan and lead activities for local students from Towns and Union counties through community partnerships established through YHC’s Bonner Leaders Program.

“Given the nature of the outdoor leadership program and the personality of our students, volunteering in local school programs seemed like a natural fit,” explained Instructor of Outdoor Leadership Danae Turchyn. “This experience is allowing our students to put theory into practice. Experiential education emphasizes the need for relevancy and personal experiences, and I can’t imagine a better way to gain new understandings than through this initiative.”

As part of a new course taught by Turchyn called “Processing the Experience,” YHC students select, plan and lead weekly adventure activities for elementary and middle school students in the Towns County after-school program. YHC students explore learning theories and models that guide the practice of reflective learning as a means to promote the internalization and transfer of learning.
 
“This experience is helping me learn how to deal with younger students in a more effective way. It’s also teaching me how to be a more assertive facilitator,” said Zach Thompson, a senior outdoor leadership major from Cartersville. “Our research will enable us to look at how younger students are able to demonstrate leadership skills, build trust with peers, learn effective communication skills and build self esteem while working in groups.”

Turchyn also teaches “Adventure Therapy,” a course that gives students the opportunity to work with the Union County Alternative Education Program (AEP) in Blairsville. Small groups of YHC students lead games and teambuilding activities for high school students once a week that focus on developing leadership skills, effective communication techniques and improved self-efficacy.

To facilitate the learning process, students track weekly progress to capture themes and trends that will eventually generate topics for research papers.

“The needs of the students in these school programs are substantial, as most are dealing with multiple personal and family issues,” said Academic Service Learning Program Coordinator and Bonner Leaders Program Director Rob Campbell. “Learning how outdoor leadership directly impacts these complex issues helps YHC students understand how valuable their education will be not only to themselves, but also to a world desperately in need of their skills and leadership.”

Senior outdoor leadership majors Callie Stevens, of Clermont, and Jeremy Mabe, of Marietta, recently worked with Turchyn to submit a proposal for a presentation at the Association of Experiential Education Southeast Regional Conference this April. The group hopes to share their experiences and help other colleges and universities implement similar service learning components.

“Being able to see the effect that a positive experience can have on the AEP students helps connect the theories I am learning about in class,” Mabe said. “I can truly understand the reasoning behind why certain activities work and how participants can connect certain lessons with their everyday lives.”

Senior outdoor leadership majors Zach Thompson, of Cartersville, and Katie Adair, of Hampton, lead activities with second-grade students in the Towns County after-school program.

Senior outdoor leadership majors Callie Stevens, of Clermont, and Jenni Mathis, of Atlanta, lead activities with middle-school students in the Towns County after-school program.


Three Young Harris College Students Receive Singing Awards
 

Three Young Harris College students recently received awards for vocal performances at the Georgia National Association of Teachers of Singing (GaNATS) Student Auditions held at Clayton State University, Feb. 17-18. A group of 10 YHC students attended the auditions, along with Professor of Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Activities Jeff Bauman, Assistant Professor of Music Karen Calloway, Adjunct Instructor of Music Laura Stooksbury and Staff Accompanist Anita Guss.

Freshman musical theatre major Benjamin Sims, of Hiram, received first place in the Lower Division College Musical Theatre Men category; senior musical theatre major Tyler Ogburn, of Blairsville, received second place in the Upper Division College Musical Theatre Men category; and sophomore music major Mathilde Brun, of Gavleborg, Sweden, received third place in the Second Year College Women category.

These annual auditions are sponsored by the NATS Southeastern Region which includes Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Through the experience, students of NATS members have the opportunity to receive constructive criticism, encouragement toward the preparation of appropriate repertoire, and public recognition of musical talent and vocal achievement.

During the auditions, students receive written feedback from a panel of adjudicators and are ranked based on many factors including tone, dynamics, vibrato, range and acting. In order to be awarded first place, a singer must receive an overall evaluation of “superior” from at least two out of three judges.

Sims performed in a final recital at Spivey Hall that showcased all first-place winners in each category after winning over the judges with musical numbers from Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Aida.

During his freshman year, Sims has already become highly active in the YHC community. He serves as residence hall council president for Enotah Hall and is a member of the Delta Gamma Drama Society, Generation X gospel choir and YHC Choir. He hopes to break into the film and theatre industry and is considering attending graduate school to study mass communications.

“What I took from my experience at this audition was the realization that no matter how good other people are, you always have to believe in yourself and push yourself into saying that you can do it, that you are good, and you can accomplish any goal you set your mind to,” said Sims.

Ogburn performed a variety of selections for his audition, including pieces from Carousel, The Drowsy Chaperone and The Last Five Years. Along with starring in many Theatre Young Harris productions, he is a member of the Delta Gamma Drama Society, YHC Choir and YHC Chamber Choir. After graduation, Ogburn plans to attend graduate school for digital photography in the hopes of one day opening his own studio in New York City.

An aspiring opera singer, Brun performed classical pieces for her audition including “Solveig's Sång” by Edward Grieg, “Still Wie Die Nacht” by Carl Bohm and “The Black Swan” from Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Medium.” Brun is a member of the YHC Chamber Choir, Delta Gamma Drama Society and Alpha Iota sorority.

“This audition was a glimpse of what is waiting after my education is complete: the audition process with the waiting, the nerves kicking in and a lot of great voices in one place,” Brun said. “I really appreciated the written comments from the judges. They commented on some things I've been working on lately, which gave me a boost and made me realize I’m on the right path.”

“I am so glad I went this year and I really enjoyed getting to have this experience,” added Ogburn. “It definitely helps to get feedback from people who aren’t your professors—especially when they say the exact same things as your professors.”

Certificates of merit and cash stipends were awarded to all first, second and third place winners of each category or division. Students with the highest ratings in state auditions are encouraged to enter regional auditions that will be held in March.

(From left to right) Senior musical theatre major Tyler Ogburn, of Blairsville, received second place in the Upper Division College Musical Theatre Men category; sophomore music major Mathilde Brun, of Gavleborg, Sweden, received third place in the Second Year College Women category; and freshman musical theatre major Benjamin Sims, of Hiram, received first place in the Lower Division College Musical Theatre Men category.


 Faculty Notables
 

 Assistant Professor of History Dr. Matthew Byron presented a paper titled “Pistols at Dawn or Six-Shooters at Noon? The Decline of Dueling and the Rise of Street Fighting in the Post-Civil War Era” at the 2012 Liberal Arts Conference held at Auburn University-Montgomery, Feb. 11. He presented a paper titled “The Impotency of Dueling Laws in Georgia: A Clash Between Legal and Extra-Legal Forms of Justice” at the 2012 Georgia Association of Historians Conference held in Macon, Feb. 24. Dr. Byron also presented a paper titled “Thou Shalt Not Duel: The Impotency of Dueling Laws in South Carolina” at the 2012 South Carolina Historical Association Conference in Columbia, S.C., March 3. He will present a paper titled “Dueling Across Borders: The Impotency of Dueling Laws in the Mississippi River Valley” at the Missouri Conference on History held in Columbia, Mo., March 29.  

Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Sharon Jackson attended the Georgia Council for Teachers of English 2012 Conference titled “Read, Write, Reflect: The Teaching Life” held in Pine Mountain, Feb. 17-18.

Senior Instructor of Music and Director of Bands Mary Land conducted the Vandercook College Band at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic held in Chicago, Ill., Dec. 17. She presented a clinic titled “Creating Reliable and Valid Assessments for Music” at the University of Georgia’s 21st Annual MidFest, Dec. 8-10. She also conducted the Michigan All State Band in Grand Rapids, Mich., Jan. 20-22. As president of the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA), Land organized the GMEA In-Service Conference in Savannah, Jan. 25-28.She conducted the YHC Concert Band during a performance at the GMEA’s 9th District Honor Band Clinic held at Fannin County High School, Feb. 10.

Dean of Library Services Dawn Lamade and Associate Library Director Debra March joined representatives from around Georgia to celebrate the opening of the Richard B. Russell Library at the University of Georgia, Feb. 17.  This Library houses special collections including The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies and The Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection. Young Harris College’s Duckworth Library staff continues to work closely with UGA on projects including “Reflections on Georgia Politics” and the “Byron Herbert Reece Collection.”

Associate Professor of English Dr. Mark Rollins will present a paper titled “Altering the ‘Regulation Finish’: Hardy’s Inconclusive Marriage Plots” as part of a panel titled “Gendering Borders in 19th-Century Literature” at the annual conference of the College English Association in Richmond, Va., March 29-31. 

Assistant Professor of History Dr. Natalia Starostina presented a paper titled “In Response to Circumstances: Medical Evacuation and French Ambulance Trains in the Great War” at the Medical History of World War I conference organized by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and the U.S. Army Medical Department Center of History and Heritage held at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Feb. 23-25.

Lauren Chamblin Hometown Cumming, GA Major Theatre Why I Chose YHC: Right away I loved the one-on-one attention you get from professors. It made the transition from high school to college less overwhelming. Favorite YHC Event: Welcome Week. There is always something going on, and it's a fun way to get to know all the new students. Best Part About YHC: I love the closeness of the campus. You get to know people here on a whole other level than you would at a larger college.