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First Year Foundations

Now accepting applications for FYF Instructors and Peer Mentors (due January 30, 2014)!

What is First Year Foundations?

Young Harris College’s First Year Foundations course (FOUN 1000) provides an opportunity for students to work with a YHC faculty or staff member and an upper-class student peer mentor to help them understand what it takes to succeed in college. First-year students will work through adjusting to college, learning to manage time and stress, setting priorities and understanding academics and campus life. The First Year Foundations course is a great way to begin life as a college student.

The two-credit hour course serves as a general education elective. The class meets during a student’s first semester, which is exactly the time when incoming students are finding their way and forming college goals.

FYF Primary Objectives

  •  Institutional Connectedness: Provide a deeper understanding of YHC and how to get the most out of your time as a student.
  •  Personal Relationships: Foster the development of meaningful relationships with students, faculty, staff and the community.
  •  Academic Foundations: Lay the foundation for relevant life and academic skills.
  •  Self Discovery: Connecting inherent strengths and passions to academic areas of interest and careers.   
  •  Civic Engagement: Exposure to life outside of YHC.

For more information, email or call the co-directors of the program, Louisa Franklin at (706) 379-5164 and Dr. Bryan Hayse at (706) 379-5174.

First Year Foundations  Instructors (Fall 2013)

Anna Dussler

Part-time Evening Library Supervisor

(706) 379-4313

Section: 9
Peer Mentor: Joseph Boonstra

Angi Smith

Vice President for Student Development

(706) 379-5170

Section: 1
Peer Mentor: Zachary Champion

Scott Dean

Adjunct Instructor of Art and Director of the Campus Gate Art Gallery

(706) 379-5114

Section: 2
Peer Mentor: Nicole Drake


David Leopard

Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration


Section: 11
Peer Mentor: Breanna Gleeson


Dr. Arunava Roy

Assistant Professor of Physics

(706) 379-5154

Section: 10
Peer Mentor: Lauren Johnson


Danae Turchyn

Instructor of Outdoor Leadership and Assistant Director of the Outdoor Leadership Center

(706) 379-5108

Section: 5
Peer Mentor: Abby Larson

Dr. Margaret Forrester

Professor of Chemistry and Scott B. Appleby Chair of Science

(706) 379-5152

Section: 6
Peer Mentor: Breann Lindsey


Dr. Natalia Starostina

Associate Professor of History

(706) 379-5140

Section: 4
Peer Mentor: Yustin Nambo


Charlie Swor

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

(706) 379-5277

Section: 7
Peer Mentor: Madison Perdue


Ki Curtis

Instructor of Physical Education

(706) 379-5043

Section: 3
Peer Mentor: Jade Smith


Stuart Miller

Director of Residence Life

(706) 379-5300

Section: 8
Peer Mentor: Laura Grace Tarpley


Vince Robelotto

Adjunct Instructor of Business and Public Policy and Human Resources Director

(706) 379-5272

Section: 12
Peer Mentor: Alissa Valvo