Faculty & Staff Notables
Assistant Director for Academic Advising and Planning Amy Brock will have her article entitled“Navigating Change with the help of NACADA’s Administrator’s Institute” published in the December 2017 edition of "Academic Advising Today."
Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Sport Studies Jim Thomas and senior business and public policy major Laura Sanchez, of Envigado, Colombia, were finalists in the mixed-doubles competition in the recent Georgia Mountain Tennis Championships held on the YHC campus.
Associate Professor of History Dr. Natalia Starostina published a chapter entitled “A Feast for Body, Soul and Eyes on Board the Orient Express, the trans-Siberian Express and other Trains de Luxe” in the edited peer-reviewed collection of articles, “La restauration ferroviaire entre représentations et consommations : consommateurs, images et marchés - Railway Catering between Imaginary and Consumption: Consumers, Images and Markets” that was edited by François Rabelais University’s Professor of Contemporary History Jean-Pierre Williot. It was published by P.I.E. Peter Lang.
CETL Director and Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Peggy Ann Lumpkin chaired a session on "Determining Faculty Success" presented by the SIG - Faculty Teaching, Evaluation and Development while attending the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Convention in San Antonio, Texas, April 27-May 1.
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Dr. Kendall Marchman traveled to Toronto, Canada, from Aug. 20-25 to present his research “Buddhism and the Bottom Line: The Nanshan Group and Buddhist Culture Parks” at the XVIIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies. The research examines intersections of large private corporations in China and lived contemporary Buddhism. Dr. Marchman traveled to China in May to conduct research.
Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Johnathan Davis attended the 2017 national convention of the North American Native Fishes Association in Missouri this summer. At that meeting, several members expressed interest in hosting a future convention in Georgia. Dr. Davis put together a proposal and YHC was selected to host the 2018 national convention in early June of next year. Dr. Davis also recently established a new partnership with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to study the bass populations in three North Georgia reservoirs (Lake Chatuge, Lake Nottely, Lake Lanier) in the hopes of enhancing these fisheries. Students in his lab will be conducting work to assess the age and growth rates of largemouth bass and spotted bass species. They are currently looking for funding to conduct genetic analysis of these bass populations as well.
Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Communications Michael MacEachern moderated the panel “Writing for the Web” at the 2017 CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Convention held in Orlando, Fla., in June. MacEachern was also re-elected for a three-year term as the Southeast regional representative for the D2SIDA national board.
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Chair of the Department Dr. Nathan Eric Dickman was awarded tenure, and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, in late April. In June, Dr. Dickman published a peer-reviewed research article titled “Call or Question: A Rehabilitation of Conscience as Dialogical” in “Sophia: International Journal for Philosophy and Traditions,” a premiere journal for philosophy of religion (online first, volume designation forthcoming). In August, he published a symposium piece titled ““Without Loyalty to ‘the’ Tradition: Revising Philosophy of Religion for the Sake of Relevance to Religious Studies” in “Syndicate: A Living Network of Scholarship in the Humanities.” Click here to view more. Both Dr. Kendall Marchman and Dr. Dickman contributed articles to the book “Religion in 5 Minutes,” published by Equinox Publishing, that was just printed in August. This exciting project was developed by members of the North American Association of the Study of Religion (NAASR), the cutting edge society in methods and theories of religion. The book addresses those sorts of questions undergraduates ask about religion and the academic study of religion, and all the articles are written for a popular audience. Dr. Dickamn’s article titles are: “What is the difference between religion and philosophy?” and “Why do so many people believe only one religion can be right?” Dr. Marchman’s article titles are: “Why do the statues of Buddha sometimes depict him as being overweight?” and “Are religions in Asia all connected in some way?” Get your copy now!
Senior theatre majors Kevin Garland, of Adairsville, Ga., and Drew Andersen, of Atlanta, Ga., and senior music education major Emily Roberts, of Euharlee, Ga., traveled to Boulder, Colo., with Professor of Music, Director of Choral and Vocal Activities, and Musical Theatre Co-Coordinator Jeffrey Bauman to compete in the National Association of Teachers of Singing’s (NATS) National Student Auditions where they successfully made it through regional competition and the first round of national screenings to the semi-final round. Andersen advanced to the finals where he placed second in the advanced musical theatre category.
Adjunct Instructor of English Dr. Lawton Andrew (Andy) Brewer was appointed the Managing/Associate Editor “The Explicator.”
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Charlie Swor attended the Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in Reston, Va., where he gave a presentation titled “Teaching toxicology in an upper-level green chemistry course (you can, too!)”.
Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Department Dr. Sandy Calloway will be performing the role of Don Magnifico in the Peach State Opera (PSO) production of Rossini’s “Cinderella.” PSO enriches small communities by presenting affordable touring productions of classic operas in family-friendly, condensed English-language versions. Performances in Georgia for the 2017-2018 season are in Clarkston, Jonesboro, Albany, Brunswick, and Rome. A sixth performance will be in Corbin, Ky.
Assistant Professor of Theatre, Musical Theatre Program Co-Coordinator, Coordinator of Cinematic Arts, Coordinator of Dance and Dean of the Division Chris Crawford served as site and production manager for Mountainfest Motorcycle Rally in W.Va., providing Technical Direction for groups such as War, Hank Williams Jr., George Thorogood and a half dozen other bands. Crawford also continues to serve as the Chair of the Universities Division of the Georgia Theatre Conference. He will travel to Hawaii this month to provide production management and design support for Taco-Bell via TRRU Production Services.
Associate Professor of Art Stan Anderson recently received the title “Associate Professor Emeritus” from Georgia State University after serving at the institution for the past 20 years prior to coming to YHC last fall.
Dr. Claudie Massicotte, assistant professor of literary theory and criticism and director of the interdisciplinary studies degree, published "Trance Speakers" with McGill-Queen's University Press.
Associate Professor of Art and Chair of the Department Ted Whisenhunt's sculpture, "Cultivated," was selected from more than 1,500 entries to be on display at “The Red Clay Survey:” 2017 Exhibition of Contemporary Southern Art sponsored by the Huntsville Museum of Art and and was one of three to pieces selected as a permanent part of the museum collection. He was also offered a solo exhibition at the museum for July 2018.
Cody Mashburn, ’17, and Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Amy Boggan recently traveled to the University of California San Diego to present research at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition. The presentation, “The Impact of Cross-Modal Associations on the vividness of Auditory Imagery,” explored how accurately and vividly musicians and non-musicians can hear music in their heads. The two collaborated with students and faculty across campus for the research and Mashburn had the opportunity to present his preliminary data during YHC's annual Undergraduate Research Day in the spring.
Assistant Professor of Music Karen Calloway attended the Southeastern Regional National Association of Teachers of Singers (SERNATS) auditions at Georgia State University March 24-25 where she served as a judge for various categories. Two of her students, senior interdisciplinary studies major Lauren James and sophomore theatre major Cara Sullivan, were named semifinalist. Staff Accompanist Anita Guss accompanied the SERNANTS participants. Calloway also recently performed as the principal flute in the Toccoa Symphony Beethoven Concert on March 5 at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center in Toccoa, Ga.
Library Assistant Kyle Debell, ’13, was recently awarded the Society of Georgia Archivists Carroll Hart Scholarship to attend the prestigious Georgia Archives Institute. He is currently pursuing his masters of library and information science degree from Valdosta State while working at YHC.
Dean of Library Services Debra March recently presented during a poster session along with VMDO Architects and Brightspot at the biennial Association of College and Research Libraries conference in Baltimore. Their presentation entitled, “A Small College With Big Plans and a New Library to Help it Get There,” featured information on the transformative nature of the Rollins Campus Center.
Rosemary Royston, ’89, vice president for planning and research and chief of staff, has had two recent acceptances. Her poem, “First Moon,” will appear in the inaugural issue of “Ponder Review,” a publication of the M.F.A. program of The Mississippi University for Women. “Type 1,” a prose poem on having a child with diabetes, will appear in “Mulberry Fork Review.”
Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Olya Milenkaya was the invited speaker at Western Carolina University’s Biology Seminar on March 17. Her talk’s title was “Validating body condition indices as indicators of individual quality: does condition explain intraspecific variation in reproductive success and survival among crimson finches (Neochmia phaeton)?”
Senior biology major Sazma Al Rashid presented research she conducted alongside Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Andrea Kwiatkowski at the Georgia Academy of Science meeting on March 24. The title of their poster was “Effects of nicotine use in Cigarettes or Vaporizers on the Oral Microbiota.”
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Dr. Kendall Marchman presented at the Asia Studies Development Program’s 23rd National Conference in Portland, Ore. on March 3. His paper, “Seeking the Pure Land (in the Classroom)” highlighted the need for more discussion of Pure Land Buddhism in college classrooms, and offered pedagogical examples to challenge paradigmatic representations of Buddhism in academia.
Associate Professor of English and Dean of the Division of Humanities Dr. Mark Rollins presented a paper titled “Journey’s End at the Island’s Edge: Conflicting Resolutions in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day and Graham Swift’s Last Orders” at the annual conference of the College English Association March 30-April 1 in Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Several students and faculty competed in the Southeast Regional NATS competition held March 24 and 25 at Georgia State University. Assistant Professor of Music Karen Calloway, Associate Professor of Music Sandy Calloway and Professor of Music, Director of Choral and Vocal Activities and Musical Theatre Program Co-Coordinator Jeff Bauman participated in the event. Junior theatre majors Kevin Garland, Andrew Andersen and Cara Sullivan, senior interdisciplinary studies major Lauren James, junior music major Tyler Redmond, sophomore music major Caleb Nelson, and senior music major Emily Roberts also competed in their respective divisions. After three rounds of singing, Emily Roberts placed third in the finals, Kevin Garland placed third in the finals, and Andrew Andersen claimed first place. All of these students are eligible to compete in the national competition.
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Dr. Shaughn Keaton recently had a paper cited in an Amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The men of the Young Harris College Chamber Choir were invited to sing at the opening session for the Georgia Music Educators Association conference in Athens, Ga. This is the largest music conference in the state of Georgia, and one of the largest state conferences in the nation. The Compulsive Lyres appeared on the program with nationally known music educator and speaker Tim Lautzenheiser and ensembles from Mercer University and Georgia State University.
Covering Canadian Crime, the co-edited collection by Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Chair of the Department Dr. Chris Richardson and Romayne Smith Fullerton, was named one of the best books of 2016 by “The Hill Times,” Canada’s major political newspaper based in the nation’s capital of Ottawa.
Senior communication studies major Maggie Sproston and junior communication studies major Megan Abercrombie won the “Ethics Across the Curriculum Award for Making Values Visible” for their work on representations of sexual assault on television with Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Chair of the Department Dr. Chris Richardson. They presented their work at YHC's Undergraduate Research Day and will soon present in Niagara Falls, Ontario, at the Popular Culture Association of Canada Conference in May.
Dr. Eric Dickman, assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies and chair of the department, serves as the Vice President of the Georgia Philosophical Society. As vice president, he coordinates and develops the annual conference. This year, he decided to hold the conference at YHC on April 7-8. The program is available here: https://sites.google.com/site/gaphilosophy/. At the conference, he will moderate the majority of presentations. In addition, he will be presenting a response to A.T. Wright's paper titled "The Duty of Veracity." Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Dr. Kendall Marchman will be presenting a response to George Wrisley's "Letting go of the ‘I’: Nietzsche, Suicidal Nihilism, and the Bodhisattva Ideal." YHC alumna Alyssa Lowery, '15, will be presenting a paper titled "Striving, Bad Infinity, and the Possibility of Therapeutic Redemption.”
Vice President for Planning and Research and Chief of Staff Rosemary Rhodes Royston, '89, was accepted for an artist's residency at the Lillian E. Smith Center. The Lillian E. Smith Center offers time and space for those who pursue varied forms of artistic expression, critical inquiry and social justice. Basis for admission is selective, based on a review by a panel of scholars from Piedmont College.
Assistant Professor of Theatre and Costume Design Abby Kiker received a Faculty Merit Award for Excellence in Design for her costume designs for Everyman. Student awards for Everyman included senior interdisciplinary major Lauren James and senior theatre major Blake Wilson for both for acting, senior theatre major Carli LeJeune for stage management, sophomore theatre major Kristen Talley for choreography, junior theatre major Savannah Williams for scenic charge artist, and junior theatre major Keeley Adkisson for props. These students will compete in the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival next February.
Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Johnathan Davis attended the Southeastern Environmental Educators Alliance regional meeting on March 3 in Buford, Ga. He presented a talk entitled “Utilizing Snorkeling to Address Research Questions for Fishes in Southern Appalachia.”
Ohio Communication Journal recently published Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Director of the Speaking Center, and Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Jennifer Hallett's article entitled “Squid or Chalkie? The role of self-identity and selective perception in processing tendentious ‘hillbilly’ humor.”
Six YHC students recently participated in the Southeastern Theatre Conference March 1 – 4. At SETC, they auditioned for summer jobs, take workshops, and more. Sophomore Keeley Adkisson and Drew Anderson were semi-finalists at the Kennedy Center, American College Theatre Festival in February, where they competed with hundreds of undergraduates from school across the southeast for the Irene Ryan Award.
Director of Communications and Marketing LeAnn Waldroup, Associate Director of Communications and Marketing Kelly Crawford, and Communications and Marketing Specialist Maddy Elledge, '16, recently won two merit awards from the Educational Advertising Awards for the Fall/Winter 2016 issue of Echoes Magazine and the 2016 Alumni Weekend brochure.
Adjunct Instructor of Art Charlie Routh recently served as a judge for First Lego League (FLL). FLL is an international competition organized for elementary and middle school students. Tomorrow’s innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, FLL teams research real-world problems and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using Lego Mindstorms technology, then compete on a table-top playing field. While having fun, they learn to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), plus a big dose of imagination, to solve a problem. Students develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even presentation skills, as they must present their solutions to judges. Routh judged the Regional, Super Regional and State Championships throughout 2016 and 2017. Routh is a certified Core Values judge for the First Lego League Association.
Associate Professor of History Dr. Natalia Starostina published articles in two edited conference proceedings published by university presses. Her article "Robert Graves about the First World War and the Phenomenon of a Fictionalized Memoir in the Construction of the Memory of the War” was published by the Federal University of the Urals and “The Russian Orthodoxy and the Russian Identity in the ‘Russian’ Interwar Paris” was published by the State University of Saint-Petersburg. Both articles were published in the aftermath of various conferences she has presented via Skype.
Assistant Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing Chelsea Rathburn published poems in “The Southern Review,” “The Cincinnati Review,” and “32 Poems.” Her poem “A Raft of Grief” was reprinted in “Inspired Georgia,” a celebration of Georgia’s contemporary poets and photographers published by the University of Georgia Press.
Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Dr. Jim May was a featured writer this past month at Lions in Winter, Eastern Illinois University's literary festival. Dr. May also read at last month's New York Encounter, where his poem "Damnation with Clarence Darrow" won the festival's poetry contest. His book, “Unquiet Things,” meanwhile, was long-listed for the Julie Suk Award, which is given annually to the best book of poetry published by an independent or university press.
Residence Life Coordinators Dani Godin, Devin Carr, and Megan Townsend, along with 10 Resident Assistants (Kirstie Lizano, Laura Gregory, Paxton Spessard, Marcia Hall, Evan Roberts, Joey Becnel, Asia Battey, Kaitlin Swanda, Derrien Carr, and Monica Ramirez-Leon) attended the Georgia Resident Assistant Saturday Seminar in Milledgeville, Ga., on Jan. 28. There, YHC's RAs networked with some of Georgia's top colleges and universities. They attended sessions involving programming, diversity, community building, and much more.
Residence Life Coordinator Megan Townsend was selected to receive the 2017 SEAHO Fee Waiver Scholarship. She will be attending the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers Conference with Assistant Dean of Students Stuart Miller and Residence Life Coordinator Dani Godin in Chattanooga, Tenn., in early March.
Assistant Professor of History and Chair of the Department Dr. Matthew Byron’s essay entitled "A Dishonorable Death?: The Stuart-Bennett Duel of 1819" has been published in “The Field of Honor: Essays on Southern Character and American Identity” (University of South Carolina Press, 2017). Also, he will be presenting "A Delicate Affair: The Shadow Duel between James Henry Hammond and Wade Hampton" at the Georgia Association of Historians Annual Meeting at Jekyll Island, Ga., later this month.
The Department of Religion and Philosophy is inducting its very first cohort of students into YHC’s local chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, the national Religious Studies and Theology honors society. YHC's chapter is Alpha Lambda Sigma. A small ceremony will be held at the Chapel on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 5 p.m. The students being inducting are: Seth Black, Morgan Clark, Jakob Elliot, Sara Freeman, Courtney Huskins, Hannah Johnson, Samantha Jones, Cody Mashburn, Anderson Moss, Trey Rogers, and Allie Weldon.
Assistant Professor of Music Karen Calloway sang and played recorder in a Chamber Recital with guest artist Lillian Pearson on Jan. 19 in the Susan B. Harris Chapel. She also organized and helped facilitate three interactive Historical Music Workshops held throughout the day on Jan. 20. In these sessions, Lillian Pearson collaborated with many YHC music students accompanying them on the harpsichord and forte piano.
Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Johnathan Davis recently attended the annual meeting of the Georgia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society in Statesboro, Ga., along with two students, sophomore biology major Samuel Flagg of Atlanta and sophomore biology major Parker Moon, of Commerce, Ga. The following presentations were given: "Habitat preferences of the Hiwassee crayfish Cambarus hiwasseensis in a headwater stream" presented by Flagg, Moon, and Dr. Davis; "Evaluation of factors influencing spotted bass use of introduced structures in a Georgia Highland Reservoir" presented by Ethan Barrett, of Hayesville, N.C., and Dr. Davis; "Investigations of Georgia’s Population of Sicklefin Redhorse" by junior biology major Kaylyn Crossley, of Dallas, Ga., Dr. Davis, and Brett Albanese from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources; and "Factors affecting tournament-associated mortality of black bass species" presented by Moon, junior biology major Zoelle Reinke, of Fond de Lac, Wis., and Dr. Davis.
President Cathy Cox was the opening keynote speaker for the 2017 Class of Leadership Georgia on Jan. 26 at Brasstown Valley Resort, speaking to the group of 63 Georgia emerging leaders from throughout the state on the organization’s theme, “A Georgia State of Mind” and “People as a Resource.” She also promoted YHC’s baccalaureate degree programs, athletics, fine arts and “Early College” programs to the group.
President Cathy Cox, Athletic Director Randy Dunn, and Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance/Senior Woman Administrator Jennifer Stearsman attended the NCAA’s Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn., from Jan. 18-21. President Cox participated on a panel discussion regarding the changes in the federal overtime rule entitled “Implementation of New FLSA Standards & Creative Budgeting Tips, but wait…” with athletics’ representatives from Pa., Colo., and Fla. and the NCAA’s legal counsel.
Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Education Dr. Shelley Sanderson recently presented two sessions at the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference in Athens, Ga. entitled “Music Across the Spectrum: Inclusion Tips for Students With Autism” and “Out There in the Open: A Real World Discussion of Ethics in the Music Classroom.”
Eight theatre and musical theatre majors recently travelled to Statesboro, Ga., to compete in the Kennedy Center-American College Theatre Festival in February. Junior theatre major Savannah Williams, of Rutledge, Ga., will be working for the Santa Fe Opera this summer as an apprentice in production and music services. Senior theatre performance major Brandon Helton, of Dahlonega, Ga., recently participated in the University and Resident Theatre Auditions in Chicago, Ill. for placement in master’s degree programs.
Adjunct Instructor of Theatre Bart Hansard is starring in “Lost in the Cosmos” at Theatrical Outfit in downtown Atlanta throughout the month of February.
Associate Director of Communications and Marketing Kelly Crawford and Coordinator for Advancement Administration Rhonda Hood attended the Council for the Advancement of Schools and Education (CASE) District III Conference in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 5-8.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Matt Morena participated in the 2017 Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) in Atlanta, where he gave two talks. His first, “Fundamental Cupolets of Chaotic Systems,” described his current research in dynamical systems. In his second talk, “Students Teaching Students Through Video Presentations,” Dr. Morena reflected upon his preparation and observations while instructing Multivariable Calculus here at YHC during Fall 2016.
Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Dr. Jim May was a featured reader at the Decatur Book Festival and the Southern Festival of Books this fall. He also had three poems, "Visiting a Small Place," "Damnation as Gabriel Conroy," and "Damnation with a Mountain View," published by Terminus Magazine, and his poem "A Portrait of the Self as Skunk Cabbage" was reprinted on VerseDaily.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Chair of the Department Dr. Chris Sass attended the Joint Mathematics Meetings (the largest math meeting in the world) in Atlanta, Jan. 4-6. He attended numerous sessions on pedagogy and participated in a workshop on "Implementing and Orchestrating Active Learning Strategies in Calculus."
Vice President for Planning and Research and Chief of Staff Rosemary Royston, ’89, has had two poems selected for publication for the inaugural issue of Voices, a literary journal of hope and recovery, community project of Kentucky River Community Care.
Assistant Professor or Theatre and Costume Design Abby Kiker received Faculty Merit Awards for Excellence in Design for her costume and makeup designs for "The Mousetrap," as well as awards for her costume designs for "The Woodsman and the Fairy" and "My Fair Lady." These awards are all part of the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival. Kiker also recently submitted a beaded "painting" to a juried art show in Lake City, S.C. This work was accepted into the show, will be on display in April, and will compete for a cash prize.
Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator of the Scholars Consortium and Academic Fellowships Dr. Matthew Bruen recently had his nonfiction essay, "The Lost Place: The Valley of the Minisink," accepted for publication by Kudzu House Quarterly. His peer-review pedagogical article, "The Archive in the Early American Literature Classroom: Techniques, Exercises, and Assignments," has been accepted for publication by Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice. In addition, his paper "'For lists of killed and wounded, see / The morrow’s dispatch': Wartime Communication and Trauma in Herman Melville’s 'Donelson'" has been accepted for presentation at the Eleventh International Melville Society Conference.
Assistant Professor of Spanish and French Dr. David S. Mora attended a conference at DePaul University in Chicago, Sept. 15-18.
Instructor of Mathematics and Instructional Technologist for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Diane Bauman recently took an online series of courses through the Online Learning Consortium and received a “Masters in Leadership in Online Learning” certification.
Professor of English and Director of the Study Abroad Program Dr. Ruth Looper recently applied for and received $2,000 from the Georgia Humanities Council, their maximum award. The grant will fund a special presentation by Sheila Arnold Jones on Zora Neale Hurston, African-American folklorist and acclaimed author of “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” that will open the Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival on March 31.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Chair of the Department Dr. Eric Dickman recently published an article to contribute to an invite-only special volume of the journal Religions. The special volume title is "In Anticipation: Eschatology and Transcendence in Contemporary Contexts," and will be completed in the next few months. The title of his contribution, published online first, is "Transcendence Un-Extra-Ordinaire: Bringing the Atheistic I Down to Earth." It is available at the following link: http://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/8/1/4
Assistant Dean of Students Stuart Miller and Director of Campus Activities Kelsey Dillard attended the annual conference for the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors in Boston, Mass., Nov. 30-Dec. 3.
Assistant Director of Academic Advising and Planning Amy Brock was awarded the NACADA Administrator’s Institute Scholarship. This scholarship waived the fees associated with the upcoming Institute. Both Brock and Director of the Student Success Center Jaime Miller will attend the Institute conference Feb. 9-11.
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Music Dr. Keith DeFoor co-presented “Getting Started on the Compliance Report” with Dr. Mark Roberts and Dr. Daniel Teodorescu from Reinhardt University at the Georgia Association of Independent Colleges SACSCOC Workshare on Sept. 9 at Point University in Peachtree City.
Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Olya Milenkaya was recently awarded $1,200 from the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society to purchase research equipment. This equipment will help Dr. Milenkaya and biology majors Alexys Dunn and Lucy Avina conduct their research on life history trade-offs and behavioral ecology of Carolina chickadees. The research will be carried out on the YHC campus, Brasstown Valley Resort and the Chattahoochee National Forest.
Assistant Dean of Students Stuart Miller recently attended the 4th Annual InterFace On Campus Housing Conference, Nov. 2-4, in Atlanta where he presented as a guest panel speaker on the topic “Developing New Housing at Small & Medium Size Colleges and Universities- Challenges & Solutions.” He also be attended the 21st Annual National Learning Communities Conference in Atlanta, Nov. 10-12.
Instructor of Computer Science Dr. William Hyndman also serves as the pastor of Sunshine United Methodist Church in Franklin County. As part of a Fifth Sunday Night Service, his church hosted the YHC Chamber Choir for the Gainesville District’s Zone Four. This was the first time in many years the College had presented. The evening brought in a large crowd that consisted of community members, students and more than a dozen YHC alumni. The church raised more than $1,500 for the choir that night. Dr. Hyndman noted that it was truly an exceptional experience.
Recently, 21 students went to the Georgia Theatre Conference with Dean of the Division of Faculty Arts Chris Crawford who also serves as the chair for Colleges and Universities Division of Conference. The majority of these students participated in the Southeastern Theatre Conference’s Professional Screening auditions, and the results of who gets passed on will be released soon. While there, they presented “The Woodsmen and the Fairy” to two local elementary schools as the invited Theatre for Youth Production. They received a plaque for this performance. At the Georgia Theatre conference junior theatre major Morgan Mimms, of Thomson, placed second overall in the undergraduate costume design competition and junior theatre major McKenzie St Romaine, of Marietta, placed first in the undergraduate scenic design competition. Crawford also served as a GHSA judge for region 7AAAAAA state one act competition in October.
Instructor of Astronomy and Director of the O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium Steve Morgan has been visiting local Rotary Clubs recently concerning next year's solar eclipse. The clubs include Lake Chatuge Rotary, Union County Rotary and Clay County Rotary. His presentations provide information about the rare and spectacular solar eclipse that will occur on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. He explains that Towns, Union and Clay counties are very well positioned for the event, lying within the narrow path of totality. The presentation also covered what is happening astronomically to produce the total solar eclipse, a preview of what we can expect to see, as well as important safety tips for viewing the eclipse.
Associate Professor of Biology and Dean of the Division of Mathematics and Science Dr. Linda Jones recently had three poems accepted for publication, one of which was published in the journal SLANT and two in the journal Poetry South.
Assistant Director for Academic Advising and Planning Amy Brock, Director of the Student Success Center Jaime Miller, and Coordinator of Academic Success Emily Richardson recently presented at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Conference in Atlanta, Oct. 6-8. Their presentation entitled “ATL- Arranging Those Learning (Outcomes)” discussed changes made since Fall 2014 to the advising model at Young Harris College and presented on the positive student outcomes achieved since the initial launch. While at the conference, Brock participated in the Emerging Leaders Program. Only 10 people were selected among an international pool of candidates for this two-year commitment that allows for mentorship in the field of academic advising. Five of the Student Success Center staff attended the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) annual conference in Atlanta during fall break. Staff included Assistant to the Student Success Center Dilyn MacLean, Coordinator, Career Planning and Internships Janelle Morris, Richardson, Brock and Miller.
Associate Professor of English and Dean of the Division of Humanities Dr. Mark Rollins presented a paper entitled “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Marlow: Steam Power and the ‘devotion to efficiency’ in Heart of Darkness” at the annual Victorians Institute Conference held Oct. 14-15 at North Carolina State University. The conference topic was Victorian STEAM.
Residence Life Coordinators Alison Smith and Devin Carr recently attended the annual conference for the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA), Nov. 5–7. While at the conference, Carr presented two presentations entitled “LGBTQ Advocacy ThinkTank: Advancing Advocacy Initiatives” and “What Else Can We Do? Adding Masculinity to the Conversation about African-American Male Student Success.”
Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Director of the Speaking Center and Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Jennifer Hallett recently attended the Faculty Athletics Representative’s annual meeting in Indianapolis, Nov. 3-5, and the National Communication Association’s annual conference in Philadelphia, Nov. 10-13. Earlier in October, she attended an NCAA Regional Rules Seminar in Charlotte, Oct. 12-13, and the Peach Belt Conference’s fall meeting, Oct 25-26, in Augusta per her role as FAR. She will also be coordinating the bi-annual speaking competition co-sponsored by Rhetorica and Comm Studies to be held Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. in Wilson Lecture Hall. Up to eight contestants will compete for cash/gift card prizes up to $100, and the Speaking Center often recruits winners to serve as tutors the following term/year. This competition is designed to highlight the talents of our students and skills learned in the “communicate effectively” area of our general education core and Rhetorica speaking intensive courses.
Three communication studies students attended the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association in the South Conference from Oct. 13-15, in Nashville, Tenn. Junior Maggie Sproston, of Athens, senior Patrick Silcox, of Athens, and junior Brianna Currie, of Eatonton, joined Dr. Chris Richardson, chair of communication studies and director of the media studies research collective (MSRC) at the conference. Currie presented a paper with Dr. Richardson entitled “Taking the Pulse of Contemporary Representations of Sexual Assault: Jessica Jones, Netflix, and the Battle for Autonomy” in a panel on Netflix’s Daredevil and Jessica Jones. Patrick Silcox presented a paper with Dr. Richardson entitled “Webs, Highways, and Streams: Exploring Piracy in Popular Media through Object-Oriented Ontology” at a panel on Technology and the Law.
Assistant Professor of English Dr. Matthew Bruen recently had a chapter entitled "Conserving Ecology, Tradition, and History: Fly Fishing and Conservation in the Pocono and Catskill Mountains" published by the University of Chicago in "Backcasts: A Global History of Fly Fishing and Conservation." He also recently published two pieces on the website "Narratively." Each piece is related to his current book project on lost or forgotten places in America. Bruen's first piece examines a community displaced by the federal government from the Minisink Valley on the Delaware River for a dam project that was never built. His second piece tells the story of secret adoptions performed by a local physician in McCaysville, Ga.
Associate Professor of Music Dr. Sandy Calloway will sing the role of Angelotti in the Peach State Opera production of Tosca. Peach State Opera is a touring opera company whose mission is to bring opera to small communities. Georgia performances for the 2016-2017 season are in Stockbridge, Brunswick and Clarkston.
Residence Life Coordinators Devin Carr and Alison Smith and Assistant Dean of Students Stuart Miller attended the Georgia Housing Officers Conference in Columbus, Ga., Oct. 6-7. Miller and Smith presented a session entitled "Conference Season or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Hosting."
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Dr. Kendall Marchman led a group of Honors Program students to Nashville, Sept. 23-24, to attend an outing with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation. The group met with social entrepreneurs and change-makers around the city.
Two United Methodist Churches recently held “Young Harris College Days” to recognize our distinctive brand of church-affiliated higher education. President Cathy Cox brought the Sunday morning message on Sept. 18 at Simpsonwood United Methodist Church near Johns Creek, Ga., focusing on John Wesley’s “Warmed Heart and a Trained Mind.” Professor of Music and Director of Choirs Jeff Bauman and Staff Accompanist Anita Guss led the YHC Chamber Choir in performing a variety of inspiring musical pieces during the service. On Sept. 25, Dean of the Chapel and Chaplain Rev. Blair Tolbert was the guest minister for YHC Day at the First United Methodist Church of Union County and special music was provided by the YHC Concert Choir under the direction of Bauman and accompanied by Guss. Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Keith DeFoor served as organist for the church.
Head of User Engagement Blair Stapleton and Library Assistant Ginia Magers attended the Georgia Library Association Annual Conference in Athens, Ga., Oct. 5-7.
Assistant Professor of English and Director of Rhetorica and the Writing Center Dr. Jared Champion recently had an article entitled "Survivor Shows and Caveman Masculinity" accepted for publication in the Popular Culture Studies Journal. He will also presented his paper, "'Little Magellans': Benton Mackaye, Barbarians, and the Appalachian Trial" at the National Council on Public History's Camping Conference.
Interim Director of Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement, YHC SOLE Program Director and Instructor of Appalachian Studies Dr. Bethann Bowman recently had a book review of "Jeff Daniel Marion: Poet on the Holston" published in "Still: The Journal." In September, Bowman was the panel chair of "Secular Spiritualism in the works of James Agee" at the Annual James Agee Conference in Knoxville, Tenn. At the conference, she presented her paper titled "Warmth, Confessions, and Desolation: The Letters of James Agee to Father Flye." Dr. Bowman also attended "Actions Summit on Racism, Mass Incarceration, and Restorative Justice" Conference in Nashville, Tenn., with 10 students.
As part of her role as Faculty Athletics Representative, Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Director of the Speaking Center Dr. Jennifer Hallett will attend both the Southeast Regional Compliance Seminar in Charlotte and the Peach Belt Conference's annual fall meeting in Augusta this month.
Adjunct Instructor of Photography Charlie Routh recently had a photograph titled "The Far Left Versus The Far Right" selected for the prestigious Loan/Showcase Collection for the International Print Competition sponsored by The Professional Photographers of America. His Image will be on display at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 8-10, 2017, during Imaging USA, the annual convention and tradeshow for professional photographers. The images in this display constitute one of the world's largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Matthew Morena attend the 2016 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Conference of Applied Mathematics Education. Dr. Morena was invited to speak at the session "Teaching at Small Colleges: Challenges and Opportunities," with his presentation entitled "Application Fridays Or: How Applied Students Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Theory."
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Matthew Morena attended the Mathematical Association of America MathFest conference in Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 2-7. There, he completed his third and final workshop commitment of his Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) fellowship. During the conference’s Applied Mathematics session, Dr. Morena presented "'You’ve Never Heard of the Millennium Falcon?’: Steering Han Solo’s Spacecraft Using Chaos Control” as a way to demonstrate new techniques in nonlinear targeting and chaos control. In Columbus, Dr. Morena also found time to attend the 19th Annual Legacy of R.L. Moore Conference, a forum for Inquiry-Based Learning in Mathematics, which was held concurrently during the MathFest conference.
Assistant Professor of Literary Theory and Criticism and Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies (Discover) Degree Dr. Claudie Massicotte has a book manuscript, "Trance Speakers: Femininity and Authorship in Spiritual Séances (1850-1930)," under contract for publication with McGill-Queen’s University Press (Montreal and Kingston) and is scheduled for publication in Spring 2017. The manuscript also competed for, and was awarded, the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program’s (ASPP) Publication Grant, valued at $8,000. This award is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and will be used by the press to assist publication and support dissemination of the work.
Assistant Professor of Math Dr. Chris Sass attended the Mathematical Association of America MathFest, held in Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 3-6. Dr. Sass presented a talk titled "Techniques for Fostering Community, Engagement, and Inquiry in Lower Level Classes" in a session on Encouraging Early Career Teaching Innovation. He also attended a mini-course on Visualizing Projective Geometry Photographs and Persepctive Drawings.
Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Olga Milenkaya presented an invited lecture about avian communication to the Highlands Plateau Aubudbon Society in Highlands, N.C. She also published an article with J.L. McKay titled "Observationg in the Wild of the Poorly-Known Varanus yuwonoi" in the peer-revied journal, Biawak.
Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Dr. Jim May was awarded a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship by the Sewanee Writers' Conference, which he attended in July. As part of his fellowship, Dr. May gave a reading from his book, Unquiet Things. Also this summer, the Missouri Review published Dr. May's poem "Geese" for its Poem of the Week feature
Assistant Professor of Spanish and French Dr. David S. Mora presented his paper Finding Novelty in Reading: Mallarmé. at the Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) in Lincoln, Neb.
Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Johnathan Davis recently had his article "Suckers, Students, and Science: Studying the Sicklefin Redhorse in Georgia" published in American Currents magazine, a journal magazine for naturalists, enthusiasts, and scientists interested in native fishes of North America. Student collaborators on this work included recent graduates David Atwood, '14, William Leatherwood, '15, Austin Farley, '15, and Fernando Serrano, '16. After receiving the 2015 North American Native Fishes Association's Conservation Research Award, Dr. Davis presented a research talk entitled "The Conservation of the Sicklefin Redhorse in North Georgia" at the NANFA national convention held in June in Portsmouth, N.H.
Associate Professor of Music Dr. Sandy Calloway and Assistant Professor of Music Karen Calloway attended the national NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Conference in Chicago this past July. Karen was a semi-finals video judge for Upper-Level College Women in the process of deciding those singers throughout the United States who would go on to singing in the national auditions at the conference.
Assistant Professor of Theatre Abby Kiker received a Faculty Merit Award for Excellence in Design from the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival for her costume and makeup designs in "The Mousetrap" (April 2016). Several students were also recognized for their work in "The Mousetrap" including senior theatre major Shannon Wade, recent theatre major graduate Heath Burnett (acting), junior theatre major Natalie Andric (stage management), and recent theatre graduate Samantha Grinstead (lighting design). Wade and Andric are invited to compete while representing YHC at the KC/ACTF regional festival this upcoming February. Kiker also spent the month of June in Sheperdstown, W.Va., working as the cutter/draper for the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, a summer stock theatre that is committed to producing new works. Five new plays are produced each summer in a roatating repertory schedule.
Adjunct Instructor of Theatre Kendall Kiker was recently certified as a Lessac Practitioner by the Lessac Training and Research Institute. He was also appointed as secretary for the organization.
Director of Institutional Research Bo Wright recently received his Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Accountancy from Mercer University in May 2016.
Steve Morgan, instructor of astronomy and director of the O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium, recently attended the 2016 joint conference of the Southeastern Planetarium Association (SEPA) and Western Alliance Conference (WAC) held in Montgomery, Ala., May 31-June 4. Steve serves on both the Nominating and Conference Host Committees for SEPA.
Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Andrea Kwiatkowski attended the American Society for Microbiology conference in June.
Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dean of the Division of Fine Arts Chris Crawford is served as site manager and technical director for Mountainfest 2016 in Morgantown, W.Va. This year featured Montgomery Gentry, Moccasin Creek, Amish Outlaws, Kix, Buckcherry, Aaron Lewis, Bastard Bearded Irishmen, Kashmir, Get your Wings and the Davisson Brothers Band. He also continues to serve on the executive committee of the Georgia Theatre Conference where he is chair of the colleges and universities division.
Assistant Director for Academic Support and Accommodations Marti Slaughter recently attended the AHEAD national conference in Indianapolis, Ind.
YHC hosted another record-breaking year for the 25th annual Young Harris Beekeeping Institute, May 18–21, with around 300 participants and an expanded schedule of four days. Professor of Biology and Chair of the Department of Biology Dr. Paul Arnold is a co-founder of this event. Dr. Arnold also recently conducted a workshop on the analysis of pollen in honey samples as a method of identifying nectar sources in honey at the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association Spring Meeting Short Course in Seattle on June 4.
Communications and Marketing Specialist Maddy Elledge, '16, attended the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education Summer Institute in Communications and Marketing held in Boston, Mass., Aug. 1-5.
Director of Choral and Vocal Activities and Professor of Music Jeffrey Bauman participated in the Choral Ecosystem Forum held at Yale University, April 8-9. The forum, which included leaders of all the major choral organizations in the United States, was hosted by Chorus America and sponsored by the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association of Music Merchants. Bauman participated on behalf of the National Association for Music Education which he serves as the chairman of the choral council.
Faculty members from the Department of Psychology recently accompanied students to the 15th Annual Georgia Undergraduate Research in Psychology Conference at Kennesaw State University on April 16. Five student groups presented posters. Junior psychology major Nicole Wasko, senior psychology major Morgan Clark, senior psychology major Brandi Davis, and junior psychology major Victoria Thomas along with faculty sponsor Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Amy Boggan won first place for overall poster presentation for their poster titled, “Memory Complexity: The Effects of Modality on Creating False Memories,” beating out presentations from 23 other colleges.
Assistant Director of Academic Advising and Planning Amy Brock was recently accepted into the National Academic Advising Association’s (NACADA) Emerging Leaders Program, one of only 10 selected from an international pool. This two-year program allows Brock to engage in an intentional and focused mentoring experience to gain skills and knowledge to move into a leadership position within NACADA. Brock’s presentation titled “LGBTQA Professional Development: The Importance of Commission Writing and Research within NACADA” was accepted for NACADA’s annual conference in October. Brock, Director of the Student Success Center Jaime Miller, and Coordinator of Student Success Emily Richardson’s presentation titled “ATL- Arranging Those Learning (Outcomes)” was also accepted for the NACADA conference in October.
President Cathy Cox spoke to the Dalton Kiwanis Club on March 28, at the invitation of alumnus David Renz, ’76, about the growth and progress at YHC. She was the graduation speaker for the 2016 Class of Leadership Union in Blairsville on April 12 and discussed the importance of life-long learning to the Junior Bank Board of United Community Bank on April 13.
Three of Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Johnathan Davis’ students recently presented at the Georgia Academy of Sciences meeting at Gordon State College on March 13. Senior biology major Andrew Lyons presented his paper titled “Patterns in Snake Behavoir in Response to Increasing Human Interactions” and won the Best Student Presentation Award for biology. Senior biology major Fernando Serrano presented “Use of pectoral fin rays to age sicklefin redhorse and the effect of stream discharge on annual growth” and also presented a poster on behalf of senior biology major Elena Newman titled “Comparison of age and growth of Moxostoma spp. in Brasstown Creek, Georgia”. Dr. Davis was recently awarded another year of funding from Georgia Department of Natural Resources to continue research on sicklefin redhorses in Brasstown Creek.
Instructor of Music Cynthia DeFoor represented YHC at the presidential inauguration of Dr. Kina Mallard at Reinhardt University on April 15.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Chair Dr. Eric Dickman, along with junior business and public policy major Thomas Johnson and freshman interdisciplinary studies major Astheris Miller, attended the annual meeting of the Georgia Philosophical Society (GPS) on April 23. Dr. Dickman was a respondent and presented a paper titled “A Response to De Yang’s ‘Is the Mental Causally Inert?’” He was also nominated to be, and unanimously voted in as, vice president of the GPS for 2016-2017. In this role, he will be responsible for planning and coordinating the upcoming conference. In 2017-2018, he become president of the society.
Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Andrea Kwiatkowski along with four of her students presented research at the Georgia Academy of Science Meeting at Gordon State College on March 13 including the poster presentation “Fusobacterium Nucleatum Mutant Construction Using Traditional Cloning and Crispr Based Systems” with senior biology major Kyle Dennis, the oral presentation “Investigation of Antifungal Properties of Sanguinaria Canadensis Extract Against Candida Albicans” with senior biology major Jordana Freitas, the oral presentation “Disruption of Mixed Species Biofilms by Naturally Sourced Chemicals as an Alternative Irrigant for Root Canal Treatments” with senior biology major Matthew Heard, and the oral presentation “Antimicrobic Effects of Xanthorhiza Simplicissima Rhizome Extracts on Selected Bacteria of the Digestive System” with senior biology major Irenee Payne and Professor of Biology and Chair Dr. Paul Arnold.
In recognition of his receipt of the Cecil Hemley Award, Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Dr. Jim May recently read at the 106th Annual Poetry Society of America Awards Ceremony, which was held at the National Arts Club in New York City. He also participated in a book signing for Louisiana State University Press at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference in Los Angeles, and he read at the Studios of Key West and the Charlotte Center for Literary Arts along with Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Chelsea Rathburn.
Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Leigh Miller hosted the third annual YHC Clarinet Summit on April 9. The event welcomed 20 clarinetists from across North Georgia to participate in the clarinet choir, master class, recitals and concert. The event featured guest artist/clarinetist Sandra Jackson from Eastern Michigan University, as well as her husband, David Jackson, trombone professor at the University of Michigan, and Dr. Lucia Unrau, pianist from Bluffton University in Ohio. The three performed a recital as the grand finale event of the day. The clarinet summit also featured the Atlanta Clarinets, a quartet of clarinet enthusiasts from the greater Atlanta area who have performed nationally at prestigious conferences such as the International Clarinet Association and the Midwest Band and Orchestra conference. Dr. Miller is currently planning the fourth annual YHC Clarinet Summit to be held on campus Saturday, April 1, 2017.
Vice President for Planning and Assessment, Chief of Staff, and Lecturer of English Rosemary Royston, ’89, published her poem, “Reasons to Go Outside at 4:58 am in November,” in the anthology Full: An Anthology of Moon Poems, Two of Cups Press.
Associate Professor of Spanish and Chair Dr. Diana Santiago presented a paper titled “Irony in Juan García Hortelano's Social Novel, Nuevas Amistades" at the Southeast Coastal Conference on Languages and Literatures, April 7-8, in Savannah, Ga.
Adjunct Instructor of Business and Public Policy Skip Wise represented YHC at the presidential inauguration of Dr. Brooks Keel at Augusta University on April 27.
Adjunct Professor of English Dr. Michelle Nichols-Wright recently published a chapter titled "Everything Good Will Come as a Bildungsroman Masking Lesson" in the book “How Sefi Atta Illuminates African Culture and Tradition” as part of the Writing Contemporary Nigeria Series. The book is published by Cambria Press.
Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Mark Brunner, Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Sharon Jackson, and Dean of the Division of Education and Professor of Education Dr. Karynne Kleine will present “Identity Development of a Teacher Preparation Program in Response to edTPA” during the American Educational Research Association in Washington, D.C., on April 8. Their article, titled “Understanding Identity Development of a Teacher Preparation Program in the Face of Standardization Initiatives,” will be published in the April issue of the online journal GATEways to Teacher Education.
Assistant Professor of Music Karen Calloway played principal flute with the Toccoa Symphony in Toccoa, Ga., on March 6. During the performance, her son, Charles, was featured in the “Hummel Trumpet Concerto.”
Associate Professor of Music Dr. Sandy Calloway served as an on-site evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Music accreditation review at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Mount Vernon, Ohio, in March.
Instructor of Music Cynthia DeFoor and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Music Dr. Keith DeFoor adjudicated the Greater Marietta Music Teachers Association Local Auditions on Feb. 27. Dr. DeFoor also served on on-site committees to Mitchell Community College, Feb. 21-24, and Hillsborough Community College, March 6-9, for the National Association of Schools of Music.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Department Chair Dr. Eric Dickman, junior creative writing major Andie Weaver, junior history and religious studies major Anderson Moss, business and public policy and religious studies major Thomas Johnson, and junior psychology and religious studies major Cody Mashburn attended the annual meeting of the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion in Atlanta, Ga., March 4-6. The students attended numerous scholarly presentations and workshops on all aspects of the academic study of religions. Dr. Dickman chaired, coordinated, and moderated two particularly significant panels which attendees described as among the best conversations ever. The first was a joint session between Philosophy of Religion, Religions of Asia, and Constructive Theologies sections on “Apophasis within and between religions.” The second session was a Philosophy of Religion section panel on “Expanding the relevance of philosophy of religion.” Dr. Dickman is also publishing an article titled “Linguistically Mediated Liberation: Freedom and Limits of Understanding in Thich Nhat Hanh and Hans-Georg Gadamer” in The Humanistic Psychologist journal in May.
Assistant Professor of Outdoor Leadership and Department Chair Dr. Rob Dussler presented his research titled “The Swampy Lowlands: Understanding Decision-Making in Whitewater Critical Incidents and Accidents” at the 2016 Southeastern Recreation Research Conference in Asheville, N.C., in March.
Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Dr. Jim May won the Poetry Society of America's Cecil Hemley Award, which is given annually to "a lyric poem that addresses a philosophical or epistemological concern." You can read the award-winning poem, along with Judge Laura Kasischke's decision, here.
Adjunct Instructor of Theatre Kendall Kiker attended the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Greensboro, N.C., where he recruited students for the YHC Department of Theatre.
Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Olya Milenkaya and her husband, J.L. McKay, published a research note titled “Stegonotus batjanensis: diet” in the peer-reviewed journal Herpetological Review.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Matt Morena attended the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Southeastern Sectional Meeting in Athens, Ga., on March 5. Dr. Morena particularly enjoyed attending the AMS Einstein Public Lecture in Mathematics given by Erik Demaine. The Einstein Lectures constitute a series of famous lectures which are given annually through the country.
Dean of the Division of Humanities and Associate Professor of English Dr. Mark Rollins’ paper titled "'What kinds of labour are good for men?': Work and/as Pleasure in Hardy’s Fiction” has been selected for inclusion in Volume 43 of the Victorians Institute Journal’s Digital Annex (2015) and will be published June 2016. He also presented in a panel on transitioning to/preparing for academic administration titled “Creating Administrators: Preparation, Practicalities, Responsibilities” at the annual College English Association conference
, in Denver, Colo., March 31-April 2.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Department Chair Dr. Chris Sass and junior mathematics major Reeves Bell attended the American Mathematical Society Southeastern Sectional Meeting in Athens, Ga., on March 5. The highlight was the Einstein Lecture featuring Erik Demaine’s presentation titled "Fun with Fonts: Mathematical Typography."
Reference Librarian Blair Stapleton recently attended The Collective Library Conference in Knoxville, Tenn.
Associate Professor of History Dr. Natalia Starostina published her article titled “The Construction of a New Émigré Self in 20th-century Russian Paris in Short Stories by Nadezhda Teffi” in a peer-reviewed journal Canadian Review of Comparative Literature / Revue Canadienne de Littérature Comparée (March 2015, pp. 81-93.).
Instructor of Mathematics and Instructional Technologist for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) Diane Bauman and Director of the CETL and Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Peggy Lumpkin attended the Online Learning Consortium’s (OLC) International Conference on Online Learning in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 14-15. They both participated in the OLC online course on strategies for supporting online faculty, Dec. 11-18. Dr. Lumpkin attended the Association or Educational Communications and Technology conference in Indianapolis, Ind., Nov. 3-8. During this conference, Dr. Lumpkin transitioned from President-Elect to President of the Culture Learning and Technology Division.
President Cathy Cox spoke to the Women in Technology Group’s lunch series at Presidio, a network solutions company with offices in the metro Atlanta area, on Feb. 1, on the topic of “How well do you embrace RISK? Your answer determines your career path.” She presented a related speech to the Georgia Bankers
’ Association’s Women’s Conference at the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta on Feb. 4, titled , “Don't Look at Risks in Your Life like a Bank Regulator Would!”
Associate Director of Communications and Marketing Kelly Crawford and Director of Communications and Marketing LeAnn Waldroup attended the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III conference in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 14-17.
Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Jonathan Davis and recent YHC graduates Kaycee Cash, ’15, Brittany Henry, ’15, and Sydnee Weaver, ’15, recently published an article titled “Associated habitat and population characteristics of the Hiwassee Headwaters crayfish, Cambarus parrishi, in North Georgia” in the peer-reviewed journal Freshwater Crayfish.
Residence Life Coordinators Dani Godin and Alison Smith along with Assistant Dean of Students Stuart Miller attended the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers Conference in Raleigh, N.C., Feb. 23-26.
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Dr. Kendall Marchman recently published a review of the book “Buddhism and Violence: Militarism and Buddhism in Modern Asia in the Journal of Buddhist Ethics.” The review can be read online here.
Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Dr. Jim May recently published a book of poetry titled "Unquiet Things." The book has been on Amazon's "Hot New Releases" in American poetry since its debut. A book launch and reading on campus will take place in the Hatcher Dining Room at 6:30 p.m. on March 15.
Vice President for Planning and Assessment and Chief of Staff Rosemary Royston, ’89, had her poem titled “Questionnaire for Indeterminate Purposes” published in the inaugural issue of Razor Literary Magazine, along with a brief description of the creative process. Click here to read her poem online.
Associate Professor of History Dr. Natalia Starostina published her paper titled “The Representations of Trains in the Construction of Mythology of the Civil War in Russia,” in Perspectives on the “Great War.” Selected papers from the World War One International Conference Held at Queen Mary, University of London August 1st – 4th 2014, pp. 89-95.
Professor of Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Activities Jeffrey Bauman is pleased to announce that the YHC Chamber Choir has been selected to perform a concert in New York City at the iconic St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Thursday, March 11 at 4 p.m. Students will spend four days in New York, taking in sites of historic and cultural significance, and attending concerts and musicals. The choir is directed by Mr. Bauman, and will be accompanied by Staff Accompanist Anita Guss.
Assistant Professor of English Dr. Matthew Bruen’s essay titled "The Park Built on Forgotten Ghost Towns" was recently published in the literary magazine Narratively. Read the essay online here.
President Cathy Cox was invited to speak to an assembly of Augusta University student-athletes and Fort Gordon soldiers at the jointly-sponsored Leadership Academy on the topic of “Leaders: Not Content With the Status Quo” on Jan. 23. She also addressed the 2016 Class of Leadership Georgia as the opening night keynote speaker at Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, Ga., incorporating the group’s theme for the year, “One Georgia: Stronger Together,” on Jan. 28.
Assistant Professor of Outdoor Leadership and Chair of the Outdoor Leadership Department Dr. Rob Dussler recently published an article titled “Lessons from the river: Utilizing whitewater critical incident and accident case studies to inform decision-making frameworks in outdoor leadership” in P. Parker & N. L. Vaugeois (Eds.), Innovative leisure practices (pp. 61-71). Nanaimo BC Canada: World Leisure Center of Excellence.
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Dr. Kevin Marinelli has a forthcoming article in Rhetoric Society Quarterly titled “Revisiting Edwin Black: Exhortation as a Prelude to Emotional-Material Rhetoric” and a forthcoming book review in Rhetoric and Public Affairs. He has also been invited to participate in a discussion on public memory at the Southern States Communication Association in Austin, Texas, in April. He will be presenting an essay at the Rhetoric Society of America Conference in Atlanta, Ga., in June. Dr. Marinelli presented during the YHC Faculty Lecture Series this past fall, and will present during the Faculty Lecture Series this spring.
Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Olya Milenkaya received $594 in funding from the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society. The funding was used to set-up dozens of nest boxes for birds around the YHC campus. These boxes will help the population of cavity nesting birds and will be used by Dr. Milenkaya and YHC students for research. The YHC Physical Plant Staff helped Dr. Milenkaya set up the boxes and were tremendously helpful by offering their expertise, tools, and time.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Matt Morena attended the 2016 Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) in Seattle, Wash., as part of his admittance into the Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) fellowship. The JMM is the largest mathematics meeting in the world, while Project NExT is a professional development program for college-level faculty interested in teaching mathematics. At the conference, Dr. Morena participated in a myriad of Project NExT activities and workshops and also presented a paper titled “Music Synthesis from Controlled Chaos” during the conference’s Session on Mathematics and the Arts. He also served as a judge for the undergraduate poster session.
Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Education Dr. Shelley Sanderson contributed a chapter for a book titled “Connecting Practice, Measurement, and Evaluation.” The book is published through GIA Publications Inc. She also presented a conference session on Choral Music Educators and Musical Theater at the Florida Music Education Association In-Service Conference in Tampa, Fla., in Jan. 2016, and will be presenting a similar topic at the South Carolina Music Educators Association In-Service Conference in Columbia, S.C., this February.
Associate Professor of History Dr. Natalia Starostina published an article titled “Comment les réseaux ont appris aux Français à aimer la vitesse ferroviaire: vitesse, modernité et la nouvelle culture de mobilité dans les publicités des compagnies de chemins de fer françaises dans la France de l’entre-deux-guerres” [“How the French Réseaux Taught the French to Love Speed and Fast Trains: Speed, Modernity, and New Mobility Culture in the Publicité of Réseaux in Interwar France”] in the peer-reviewed journal Revue d’histoire des chemins de fer, no. 46-47, Special issue Le rail à toute(s) vitesse(s). Deux siècles de vitesse sur rail, trente ans de grandes vitesses (2012), pp. 145-171.
Associate Professor of Art and Chair of the Art Department Ted Whisenhunt will present a solo art exhibition titled “Bamalachia" in the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Gallery at Georgia State University, May 12-July 31.
Dean of the Division of Fine Arts and Assistant Professor of Theatre Chris Crawford recently chaired a college scholarship audition roundtable at the Georgia Theatre Conference. He also designed the lights for the production “A Little Princess” at Theatrical Outfit.
Assistant Professor of Theatre Abby Kiker recently provided costume renderings for the new project "Anthro the Musical,” which is based in New York, N.Y., through Puppetry Arts. The renderings are for a new website created by City University of New York students as part of their marketing class. The website will provide a platform to advertise, fundraise, and promote "Anthro the Musical.” As an outreach project, it is designed to raise awareness of the importance of anti-bullying.
The Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival was recently awarded a $5,000 Georgia Vibrant Communities grant through the Georgia Council for the Arts. The festival, which will be held Friday-Saturday, April 1-2, is coordinated by Associate Professor of English and Director of Rhetorica Dr. Amanda Lawrence and Professor of English and Director of the Study Abroad Program Dr. Ruth Looper.
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Dr. Kendall Marchman presented a paper titled “What’s Good for Hip-Hop May Not Be Good for My Soul: The Dilemma of Big K.R.I.T.” at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Atlanta, Ga., on Nov. 23. His paper was also featured in the Critical Approaches to Hip-Hop and Religion Group and Music and Religion Group, which was themed “Re-‘Shaping’ Music, Race, and Religion: From Sacred Harp to Southern Rap.”
Assistant Professor of Physical Geography Dr. Baishali Ray and Assistant Professor of Physics Dr. Arunava Roy published a paper titled “An Introduction to Measurement of Charges, Currents and Electric Fields in Thunderstorms” in the International Journal of Science and Engineering Technology Vol. 1 No. 1 in Oct. 2015.
Chaplain and Dean of the Chapel Rev. Blair Tolbert was accepted into the inaugural cohort of the National Campus Ministry Association's Bethany Initiative, which is a three year fellowship of continuing education, support, and mentoring for chaplains and campus ministers funded by the Bethany Fellows and Pastoral Excellence Network.
Director of Communications and Marketing LeAnn Waldroup, Associate Director of Communications and Marketing Kelly Crawford, and Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing Kyle Huneycutt, ’13, received one gold and two silver awards from Education Digital Marketing for their work on the College’s virtual tour, interactive map and college website.
Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Jonathan Davis presented the paper titled “Use of Pectoral Fin Rays to Test the Effect of Stream Discharge on Growth of Sicklefin Redhorse” which was coauthored by senior biology major Fernando Serrano, of Cartersville, Ga. during the meeting of the Southeastern Fishes Council in Gainesville, Fla., Nov. 12-13. Dr. Davis also presented “Should Fisheries Conservationists and Biologists Adopt a More ‘Fish-Friendly’ Diet?” during the meeting.
Instructor of Music Cynthia DeFoor and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Music Dr. Keith DeFoor adjudicated the Northeast Georgia Music Teachers Association’s Sue Morris Memorial Sonata and Sonatina Festival on Oct. 24 at Brenau University and the North Fulton Music Teachers Association’s Fall Festival on Nov. 14 at Johns Creek United Methodist Church. Dr. DeFoor also served on an On-Site Reaffirmation Committee to Centre College for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Nov. 10-12, and served on an On-Site Committee to Normandale Community College for the National Association of Schools of Music, Nov. 2-4.
Assistant Dean of Students Stuart Miller and Director of Campus Activities Kelsey Dillard will attend the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Annual meeting in Fort Worth, Texas, Dec. 2-6. The AFA Annual Meeting provides enriching and impactful educational experiences for all attendees on relevant topics, trends, and issues. Attendees will discuss and reflect upon the changing dynamics and enduring principles that impact the fraternity/sorority experience.
Assistant Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing Chelsea Rathburn and Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Dr. Jim May presented at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference on Nov. 15. Rathburn chaired a panel titled “SAMLA Poets Read and Celebrate Ekphrasis” and delivered the presentation “Furious Mothers & Other Monsters: Considering Delacroix's Medea.” She also read from a sequence of poems in progress. For her work on this project, she was recently named a finalist for a grant from the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. Her new poem titled “Elegy for an Accordion,” was published in The Oxford American’s special issue on Georgia music. Dr. May presented his paper titled "Silence is All We Dread: Claudia Emerson's Last Poems" as part of the "Commemorating Claudia Emerson" panel. In October, Rathburn and Dr. May led a workshop on poetic distance and poetic intimacy for the Georgia Poetry Society at its quarterly meeting in Dahlonega, Ga.
Coordinator of Academic Success Emily Richardson presented “Confessions of Recent Graduates: Navigating the Job Search, a New Job, and a New City” during the Southern Association for College Student Affairs Conference held in Greenville, S.C., Oct. 31-Nov. 2.
Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Mark Brunner provided the “back to school” keynote address to a group of 72 Citrus County School administrators in July. Dr. Brunner’s message centered on the role of relationships, identity and servant leadership touchstones.
Associate Professor of Music Dr. Sandy Calloway performed the role of Il Commendatore in the Peach State Opera’s production of Don Giovannion on Aug. 30 at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center. The Peach State Opera is a touring company based in Atlanta and will give four more performances of Don Giovanni in January and February.
Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Ashley Carr attended the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) Conference in New Orleans, La., Oct. 1-4. NAME is the premier organization for the advancement of social justice education.
YHC President Cathy Cox discussed voting rights, participation in government, and the strengths of the U.S. Constitution in a panel discussion at Bainbridge State College for Constitution Day on Sept. 17 with Bainbridge Mayor Edward Reynolds and former Libertarian candidate for governor John Monds. The moderator, Donalsonville Mayor Dan Ponder, is a recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Award.
Men’s Basketball Head Coach Pete Herrmann was the guest speaker for the Rotary Club of Union County on Sept. 10 during their meeting in Blairsville. He discussed the upcoming season, his new recruits, and the pride he maintains in his team for their achievements in meeting both academic and sportsmanship standards.
Director of Communications and Marketing LeAnn Waldroup and Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing Kyle Huneycutt, ’13, received awards of excellence from the Printing and Imaging Association of Georgia for their work on the College’s Junior Search Piece and 2014-2015 Fine Arts calendar.
Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Sharon Jackson, Dean of the Division of Education and Professor of Education Dr. Karynne Kleine, and Dr. Brunner accompanied a group of 20 early childhood, middle grades, and secondary teacher candidates to Spelman College on Oct. 3 for the annual diversity summit titled “Reimagining Diversity: Experiencing Inclusion.” Dr. Jackson and Dr. Kleine will co-present at the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) conference in Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 13-17. The presentation discusses the outcome of the Teacher Quality Grant Dr. Jackson was awarded in 2014 through a presentation titled “Using Field-based Experiences to Deepen Conceptual Learning in Environmental Science.” Dr. Kleine will also present “Inter-generational Professional Identity Development: Messy Methodology” to the National Professors of Middle Level Education group at a mini-conference held in conjunction with the annual AMLE gathering.
Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Olga Milenkaya and colleagues published an article titled “Body Condition Indices Predict Reproductive Success but Not Survival in a Sedentary, Tropical Bird” in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE.
Assistant Professor of Music and Music Education Coordinator Dr. Shelley Sanderson, Dr. Brunner, Dr. Carr, Dr. Jackson and Dr. Kleine will be attending the Southeast Regional Association of Teacher Educators at Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Oct. 8-10. Dr. Jackson, Dr. Kleine and Haley Dyer, Master Educator from Union County, will present their work titled “Sighting the Mountain Top Together: Young Harris College and Union County Schools Reciprocate through the Master Educator Program.” Through the Georgia Network for Transforming Educator Preparation, the Division of Education has established a partnership with Union and Towns County Schools that is providing professional learning for in-service teachers and more productive field experiences for teacher candidates. The creation of the Master Educator Program is the hallmark of that partnership. Dr. Kleine will also present her work “Inter-generational Professional Identity: What Can Be Learned?”
Vice President for Planning and Assessment and Lecturer of English Rosemary Royston, ’89, recently participated in a poetry reading along with North Carolina Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson and poet Robert King at Murphy Public Library. She published three poems in the summer 2015 journal STILL, was included in the anthology Stone, River, Sky by Negative Capability Press, and published one poem in the Kentucky Review.
Assistant Professor of Art Jeremy Waltman is the writer and director of the independent film “It Plays Like Love,” which will be screened at the Atlanta Independent Film Festival on Oct. 9—during which Waltman will be featured on the Feature Film Panel—, the Valley Film Festival in Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 20-25, and the University of West Georgia on Oct. 26. The film most recently screened at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sept. 25, and Waltman was interviewed for an article appearing on the New Jersey Stage website. Waltman is also the writer and director of the music video, “On My Mind” which will be screened at Montemario Film Festival in Rome, Italy.
Professor of Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Activities Jeffrey Bauman has been selected to serve as the conductor for the Georgia Music Educators Association High School Honor Choir for District 14. The honor choir event will be held in Gainesville at the end of October. He is currently working to write the new national standards for the National Association for Music Education by coordinating the efforts of the Choral Council, for which he serves as chair.
Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Amy Boggan attended the Society for Music Perception and Cognition Conference in Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 1-5.
Assistant Professor of Music Karen Calloway judged the national semi-final voice auditions of high school women at the National Association of Teachers Singing (NATS) conference at UNC Greensboro in Greensboro, N.C., on July 7. She then attended the entire NATS conference through July 10.
YHC President Cathy Cox was a keynote speaker for the Georgia State Council of the Society of Human Resource Mangers (SHRM) during their state meeting in Savannah, Ga., on Aug. 31. Her presentation, “The Parallels between Education and the Workplace,” focused on the benefits of hiring liberal arts graduates. Human Resources Director Vince Robelotto is a SHRM member and also attended the three-day conference.
Dean of the Division of Fine Arts and Assistant Professor of Theatre Chris Crawford recently completed production management of Morgantown’s Mountainfest Motorcycle Rally and Concert Series, featuring Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels, Jackyl with Jessie James Dupree, America, and the Marshal Tucker Band. He has also been named chair of the Colleges and Universities Division for the Georgia Theatre Conference.
Instructor of Music Cindy DeFoor and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Music Dr. Keith DeFoor served as adjudicators of the 2015 South Carolina Music Teachers Association State Piano Auditions at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., on April 25.
Adjunct Professor of Business and Public Policy Mark Dehler has been named executive director of Georgia’s Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC). He will wind down his law practice to take on the JQC responsibilities, but will continue his teaching duties at YHC.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Department Chair Dr. Eric Dickman published an article titled “The Questions of Jesus and Mazu: Human or Beyond?” in Literature and Theology (advanced access online in May, hard copy publication forthcoming) as well as “Ethical Understanding: The Priority of Questioning in Interreligious Dialogue” in Listening: The Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion and Culture (forthcoming).
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing Kyle Huneycutt, ’13, attended the CASE Summer Institute in Communications and Marketing at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt., July 19-23.
Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands Dr. Mary Land completed her Doctorate in Music Education from the University of Georgia in July. She was invited to guest conduct at the University of South Florida for their Spring Music Festival in April. She also published an article in the August edition of The National Band Association Journal and taught at the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Mich., for seven weeks over the summer along with 14 YHC students, who worked as camp counselors, practice supervisors, stage crew members, and teaching assistants.
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Dr. Kendall Marchman delivered a presentation titled “Asian Religions in the Living Room: Hinduism and Buddhism in the Early Editions of the Encyclopædia Britannica” at the 2015 Asia Studies Development Program National Conference in Branson, Mo., March 19-21, and “Defending the Pure Land: Huaigan’s Qunyi lun” at the 2015 International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies Conference in Berkeley, Calif., Aug. 7-9. He also attended a National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Institute on Buddhist Asia in Honolulu, Hawaii, in June.
Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Dr. Jim May’s poem, “An Existential Bear,” was selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith for inclusion in the Best New Poets anthology. Dr. May's poem "Butterfly Soup" appears in Ecotone (Spring 2015) and his poem "At the Artists' Colony" appears in Rattle (Fall 2015).
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Matt Morena was selected as a Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) Fellow for the 2015-2016 year. Project NExT is a professional development program for early career mathematicians and is sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). Its focus is to mentor its members on teaching, learning and research-related issues. Dr. Morena attended the fellowship’s four-day workshop at the MAA’s MathFest conference this summer in Washington, D.C.
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Adam Neal recently published a chapter titled "Devil in the Details: Tracing the Biblical Genealogy and Origin of the Satan-Lucifer Myths" in Philosophical Approaches to the Devil (Routledge, forthcoming).
Women’s Tennis Head Coach Cammie Nix was recently appointed to the NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Tennis Committee. The purpose of the sports committee is to develop policies and procedures governing the administration and conduct of the tennis championships.
Assistant Professor of Theatre Benjamin Norman spent three weeks at Eureka College in Eureka, Ill., training in stage combat. He is now certified in Sword and Shield, Unarmed, Quarterstaff, Small Sword, and Theatrical Firearms through the Society of American Fight Directors and Dueling Arts International. Norman also spent eight weeks in Las Vegas as staff for the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas, a vocational program for new and current live entertainment technicians. While there, Norman took and assisted in teaching classes on Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), special FX, rigging, lighting technology, programming, media design, and conceptual design methods. He also served as a mentor for six interns studying to be professional live entertainment technicians. Norman also designed media content and lighting for the charity dance concert Concert Fantasy, benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas. He collaborated with professionals from across the city including members of Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas, Rock of Ages and Cirque du Soleil.
Assistant Professor of Physics Dr. Arunava Roy attended the American Association of Physics Teachers conference in Baltimore, Md., and the Gordon Research Conference in Boston, Mass., over the summer.
Head Athletic Trainer Jared Sandler’s athletic training staff hosted a conference for all Peach Belt Conference athletic trainers with more than 60 trainers in attendance including the athletic trainers for the Atlanta Braves. They were also recognized as the Athletic Training Staff of the Year in the Peach Belt Conference. This is the second year in a row they have received this award and the fourth time in five years.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Department Chair Dr. Chris Sass attended the Mathematical Association of America MathFest conference in Washington D.C., Aug. 5-8. He served as a judge for undergraduate research presentations and attended a mini-course titled "The Mathematics of Games and Gambling."
Vice President for Student Development Angi Smith will be elected without opposition to the Young Harris City Council in September, after qualifying for a seat on the council vacated by departing YHC staffer Hilary Martin. Instructor of English Dr. Jared Champion is also qualified to run for a seat on the Young Harris City Council, and will face the incumbent in the Post 1 seat at the Nov. 3 election. Assistant Dean of Students Stuart Miller is qualified for re-election to his council seat without opposition. Technology Support Specialist Sam Leslie, who also serves on the Young Harris City Council, is not up for re-election at this election cycle.
Assistant Professor of Theatre and Department Chair Anne Towns directed two short plays for The Weird Sisters production of Twisted Tales in Atlanta this summer. The plays performed at Aurora Theatre, Theatre Emory and the Atlanta Shakespeare Theatre. She also participated as both student and teacher in the Michael Chekhov Association’s International Festival in New London, Conn.
Assistant Professor of Art Jeremy Waltman was the writer and director of It Plays Like Love, which screened at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival on Aug. 9, and will screen at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sept. 25 and at the North Carolina Film Awards in January, where it will receive the Director Award. Over the summer, Ted Limpert’s new music video, On My Mind, which was also directed and written by Waltman, screened at Sprocket’s International Music Video Festival, the longest running music video festival.
Members of YHC's Advancement Staff, Interim Vice President for Advancement Kelley Gibson, Director of Development Mark Dotson, Director of Communications and Marketing LeAnn Waldroup, Director of Annual Giving Kara Perez, Coordinator of Advancement Administration Andrea Ferguson, Director of Advancement Services Julie Payne, Director of Alumni Services Dana Ensley, Administrative Assistant for Alumni Services Heather Deyton and Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing Kyle Huneycutt attended the 10th annual Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum in Columbus, Ga., Aug. 25-26. The forum featured prominent speakers including the 43rd President of the United States George W. Bush, bestselling author John Maxwell and former Commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChrystal.
Voice students under the direction of Professor of Music, Director of Choral and Vocal Activities, and Musical Theatre Program Co-Coordinator Jeffrey Bauman, Assistant Professor of Music Karen Calloway, and Assistant Professor of Music and Music Education Coordinator Dr. John Wayman were awarded multiple accolades at National Association of Teachers of Singing, March 27-28. Sophomore Jennifer Peterson placed third in the Third Year College Women category, sophomore Mary-Ellen Norwood won first place in the Second Year College Women category, senior T’Arica Crawford won first place in the Fourth Year College Women category, and senior Ben Sims won first place in the Fourth Year College Men category. Each of these students is now eligible to audition for the nationals. Freshmen Tyler Redmond and Drew Anderson and junior LaDareon Copeland were finalists. Juniors Emily Roberts and Stephanie Mills and senior Judith Lyle were semifinalists.
Assistant Professor of History Dr. Matthew A. Byron served as chair and commentator for the panel "Southern Families - Exploring the Sphere of Gender and Sexuality in Sermons, Diaries, and Letters" at the annual South Carolina Historical Association Conference held in Walterboro, S.C., on March 21. Connie Wallace, '13, participated on the panel and presented her paper titled "Flirtation by Postage Stamp: Using Digital Tools to Analyze the Space of Letter Writing and Sexuality in Sam Riggins' WWI Correspondence." Dr. Byron also chaired a Civil War panel at the annual Phi Alpha Theta Conference held at Reinhardt University on March 28. Sophomore history major Anderson Moss presented his paper titled “Turgot and the French Revolution.” Fellow history majors freshman Alicia Guzman and junior Jessica Kirby also attended.
Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Johnathan Davis received a grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to fund research and equipment purchases for studying the sicklefin redhorse. He was recently elected chair of the biology section of the Georgia Academy of Sciences and mentored several student presentations. Senior biology major Kaycee Cash presented “Population characteristics, range, and habitat preferences of Cambarus parrishi, a state-endangered crayfish” and was awarded first place in biology. The paper was co-written by senior biology major Sydnee Weaver and Dr. Davis. Senior biology majors Austin Farley and William Leatherwood and Dr. Davis presented “A new technique for aging the sicklefin redhorse Moxostoma sp. to measure annual growth rates” as well as “Evaluation of sampling strategies for the sicklefin redhorse Moxostoma sp.” Farley, senior biology majors Brittany Henry, Ashley Knox, Alex Spiegel, and Dr. Davis presented “Construction and development on a college campus reduces native fish diversity in a mountain headwater stream.” Knox and Dr. Davis also presented “Prevention of knee injuries in female basketball players through targeted exercises,” and senior biology major Ashley Davenport presented “Rein tension during trot and canter in dressage horses of varying levels,” which was mentored by Associate Professor of Biology Brenda Hull, D.S. Danson, Dr. Davis, and Assistant Professor of Physics Dr. Arunava Roy.
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Music Dr. Keith DeFoor served on the National Association of Schools of Music On-Site Visiting Team to Lipscomb University, March 8-10.
Assistant Professor of Theatre Abigail Kiker and Adjunct Instructor of Theatre Kendall Kiker attended the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Chattanooga, Tenn., and presented the workshop "Kangaroo and Wallaby's Guide to the Outback," a workshop on the Australian dialect for actors. Ms. Kiker received a Region IV Faculty Design nomination for her costume design for the production The Mikado. Several of her theatre students received nominations as well, including junior theatre major Lindsey Koch and freshman theatre major Andrew Andersen for Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships, freshman theatre major Katy-Lynn Cook for Allied Design and Technologies, and sophomore theatre major Jacob Knudsen for Region IV National Stage Management— all for their work in YHC’s production of The Mikado.
Director for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Peggy Lumpkin attended the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division J Emerging Scholars Workshop in Chicago, Ill., April 15-16. She also participated in the AERA's 2015 conference which followed the workshop.
Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Dr. Jim May has been nominated by The Southern Review for the Best New Poets Anthology.
Associate Professor of Sociology Dr. Jennifer Pemberton attended the Southern Sociological Society Meeting and presented her paper titled "'One in Ten Women, Dude. How do you NOT Know?' Endometriosis Patients Medicalize, Health Care Providers Somaticize Pelvic Pain” in New Orleans, La., on March 28. She recently presented on learning how to integrate research with teaching during a faculty roundtable at YHC’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and published an article titled “March is Endometriosis Awareness Month” in Miss Heard Magazine. View article here.
Associate Professor of English Dr. Mark Rollins presented his paper titled “Caring Is a Gift: Gift Exchange and Commodification in Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go” at the annual conference of the College English Association in Indianapolis, Ind., March 26-28.
Vice President for Planning and Assessment and Lecturer of English Rosemary Royston, ’89, recently published poetry in The Pikeville Review, The Kentucky Review, and Revolution John.
Chair of the History Department and Associate Professor of History Dr. Natalia Starostina delivered a Skype presentation of her keynote address “Prerevolutionary Russian Province: Looking through the Lens of Nostalgia” at the conference Provincial Life: Past and Present organized by the State University of Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia, March 19-21.
Assistant Professor of English Dr. Matthew Bruen presented a paper titled "'Our Dear Native Soil': Fredrick Douglass and the Postbellum Reconstruction of Black Southern Identity” at the Southern American Studies Association's Biennial Conference, "Reconstruction: 2015 – 1965 – 1865," on February 20.
Assistant Professor of History Dr. Matthew A. Byron presented a paper titled "Southerners are Very Territorial: Dueling in the Old South" at the 2015 Florida Conference of Historians on February 13 in Lakeland, Fla.
Dean of the Division of Fine Arts, Chair of the Theatre Department and Assistant Professor of Theatre Chris Crawford was elected Chair of the Colleges and Universities Division of the Georgia Theatre Conference during the Georgia Theatre Conference in January.
Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Johnathan Davis was awarded the 2015 NANFA Conservation Research Grant from the North American Native Fishes Association for his proposal titled “Do Sicklefin Redhorses Exhibit Differences in Annual Growth in Response to Seasonal Patterns of Discharge and Temperature During Spawning Season?” The funding will support ongoing student research on the sicklefin redhorse in nearby Brasstown Creek. Dr. Davis will report his findings in American Currents Magazine next year and give a presentation at the NANFA conference next summer in New Hampshire.
Associate Vice President for Student Development and Adjunct Professor of Communication Studies Dr. Bryan Hayse’s review of Brad Garner’s book, “The First Year Seminar: Designing, Implementing, and Assessing Courses to Support Student Learning and Success, Volume III: Teaching in the First-Year Seminar” was published in the Journal of College Orientation and Transition.
Assistant Professors of Theatre Abigail Kiker and Anne Towns presented a roundtable discussion workshop titled "I Wanna Look Hot For Rent" at the annual Southeastern Theatre Conference. The discussion focused on young actors, body types, and image, and how to prevent them from making drastic decisions that affect their performances and their health. Kiker also presented original design work at the same conference in a series titled “Design South: Costumes,” a showcase of various designers in the region who are showing a cross section of their work.
Senior Instructor of Music and Director of Bands Mary Land’s article titled “What to Do When You’re Not Sure What to Do” was published in the February 2015 issue of The Instrumentalist, a national magazine for band and music program directors. The article offered approaches to common problems faced by new directors on the podium and outside of class, with, as the editor noted, solutions that “combine practicality, hard-earned wisdom, and a healthy dose of compassion.” Land is the immediate past president of the Georgia Music Educators Association.
Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Dr. Jim May will publish his first book of poetry, “Unquiet Things,” with Louisiana State University Press, one of the nation's premier poetry presses, in early 2016.
YHC Professor Emeritus Janice Moore published her poem, “Timing,” in the latest issue of Southern Poetry Review. Her poem, “Writer Spider,” has been accepted for a future issue of The South Carolina Review.
Dean of the Chapel, Minister to the College and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Rev. Dr. Tim Moore’s paper titled “Discord or Harmony: A Consideration of the Old Testament Ethic(s) of Creation” was published in the General Council of Methodist Institutes of Education’s Journal of Education.
Associate Professor of History and Chair of the History Department Dr. Natalia Starostina published an article titled “New Clothes, New Life: Fashion in Defining the Soviet Identity during the Epoch of Late Socialism (late 1970s-early 1980s)” in Fashion, Consumption and Everyday Culture in the Soviet Union between 1945 and 1985, which was edited by Eva Hausbacher, Elena Huber, and Julia Hargssner in the series Die Welt der Slaven Sammelbände [The World of Slavic Anthologies], volume 54, with the publishing house Verlag Otto Sagner (Munchen, Berlin, and Washington, D.C., 2014). In addition, Dr. Starostina made a Skype presentation of her paper “On the Problems of the Identity of Russian émigrés in Interwar France” at the conference titled “Dialogues and Encounters: A Woman in Russian and American Culture” sponsored by the Fulbright Program in Russia and George Kennan Institute. The conference took place in Vologda, Russia, Feb. 20-22.
The Office of Residence Life attended SEAHO (Southeastern Association of Housing Officers), a regional housing conference, in Mobile, Ala., Feb. 24–27. Assistant Dean of Students Stuart Miller co-presented a session titled “Designing a Community: Progressive Housing, ‘Pods,’ and Other National Trends.” The Office of Residence Life was also nominated for a SEAHO Academic Collaboration Award.
Interim Director of Communications and Marketing LeAnn Waldroup and Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing Kyle Huneycutt, ’13, received the 2015 Higher Education Marketing Report Gold Award for the Spring/Summer 2014 issue of Echoes Magazine and the 2014-2015 Fine Arts Calendar. The office also received the Merit Award for a new junior search piece.
Dean of the Division of Fine Arts, Chair of the Theatre Department and Assistant Professor of Theatre Chris Crawford was elected to the Executive Board of the Georgia Theatre Conference in December 2014 and was appointed vice-chair of the college division in January 2015.
Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Johnathan Davis and senior biology major Sydney Weaver, of Sylvania, attended the meeting of the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society in Savannah, Jan. 30–Feb. 1. Weaver presented the paper titled “Population Characteristics and Habitat Preferences of Cambarus parrishi, a State-endangered Crayfish,” which is co-authored by senior biology major Kaycee Cash, of Woodstock, and Dr. Davis. Dr. Davis presented the paper titled “Two Years of Horse Play: Monitoring and Study of the Georgia Population of Sicklefin Redhorse,” which is co-authored by senior biology majors William Leatherwood and Austin Farley, both of Canton.
Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Richard Knepp, guitar, and Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Leigh Miller, clarinet, presented a duo recital of music in the Olgethorpe Theatre of the Savannah Trade Center in Savannah for the Georgia Music Educators Association Annual In-Service Conference on Jan. 30. They will present the same program in Susan B. Harris Chapel on the YHC campus on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m.
Director of Bands and Senior Instructor of Music Mary Land was the featured guest conductor at the Morehead State University 12th Annual Band Clinic in Morehead, Ky., on Nov. 22, and at the Middle Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association’s High School Honor Band in Murfreesboro, Tenn., on Jan. 10.
Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Peggy Lumpkin attended the International Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology in Jacksonville, Fla., Nov. 3–8. As president-elect of the Culture, Learning and Technology Division (CLT), Dr. Lumpkin also coordinated the planning of the CLT’s conference program.
Director of Campus Activities Ashley Randall, junior history major Grace Williamson, of Athens, and freshman English major Mikala Jones, of Blairsville, attended the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values Conference in Indianapolis, Ind., Jan. 29–Feb. 1.
Assistant Professor of Physical Geography Dr. Baishali Ray presented and published her paper titled “Thunderstorms, Charges and Currents” at the 2nd Global Multidisciplinary e-Conference on Nov. 10.
Chair of the History Department and Associate Professor of History Dr. Natalia Starostina published her paper titled “Ivan Bunin about the role of Orthodoxy in the creation of the Russian community in interwar Paris,” in the proceedings of the international conference titled “Social Service of Russian Orthodox Church: Problems, Practices and Prospects” that was organized by the Saint Petersburg State Institute of Psychology and Social Work in Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 5- 7. In addition, Dr. Starostina delivered the conference’s keynote address titled “Nadezhda Teffi and Ivan Bunin about the role of Orthodoxy in the creation of the Russian community in interwar Paris.”
Professor of Music, Director of Choral and Vocal Activities, and Musical Theatre Program Co-Coordinator Jeffrey Bauman has been named to the Professional Development Committee for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). This committee is the primary planning body for the national convention which takes place in Nashville, Tenn., each October. NAfME is the largest arts advocacy organization in the world, influencing music and music education throughout the United States and overseas. Bauman is also the Chairman of the Choral Advisory Council for the organization.
President Cathy Cox was recently named to Georgia Trend Magazine’s 2015 list of 100 Most Influential Georgians. The annual list reflects the state’s most powerful and influential citizens who affect the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians.
Director of Communications and Marketing Krystin Dean, Associate Director of Communications and Marketing LeAnn Waldroup, and Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing Kyle Huneycutt received the Education Digital Marketing Awards Gold Award in the online display ad category for the “Dare To” campaign completed with Lipman Hearne. The office also received the Bronze Award for the faculty/staff e-newsletter Mountain Lines and the Merit Award for the alumni e-newsletter Today@YHC, both in the online publications category.
Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Dr. Jim May published his poem titled "The Reality Auction" in the Dec. 2014 issue of Rattle (Issue 46). The poem, which was a finalist for the magazine's Editors' Prize, is currently in the running for its Readers' Choice Award.
Director of Academic Advising Debbie Roach completed requirements for the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education and Organization Change program at Benedictine University in Dec. 2014.
Associate Professor of History and Chair of the History Department Dr. Natalia Starostina presented her paper titled “A Feast for Body, Soul, and Eyes on Board the Orient Express, the Transsiberian Express, and other Trains de Luxe and Creating a Legend of the Belle Époque” at the international conference “History of Railway Catering: A Worldwide Perspective” organized by François Rabelais University, University of Neuchâtel, the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), and the Association pour l'histoire des chemins de – Railway History Society (AHICF) in Tours, France, Dec. 16-17.
Assistant Professor of Art Jeremy Waltman recently directed a music video for the recording titled “On My Mind” by musician Harold Ted Limpert in the Young Harris, Ga., area including locations on the YHC campus. Watch the video here.