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Faculty & Staff Notables

APRIL 2014

Assistant Professor of History Dr. Matthew Byron presented a paper titled “An Honorable Death?: The Stuart-Bennett Duel of 1819” at the 56th Annual Missouri Conference on History in Jefferson City, Mo., on March 17. Dr. Byron also attended the Georgia Association of Historians Annual Conference held at the University of Georgia in Athens on Feb. 28.

Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Johnathan Davis attended the meeting of the Sicklefin Redhorse Conservation Committee hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Asheville, N.C., on Feb. 16. Under his mentorship, four biology majors will make presentations at the Georgia Academy of Science annual meeting held at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, March 28-29. David Atwood, a senior biology major from Waynesville, N.C., will present “Evaluation of sampling methods for monitoring the sicklefin redhorse Moxostoma sp. in Georgia.” Brittany Henry, a senior biology major from Murphy, N.C., will present “Habitat preferences and population characteristics of a state-endangered crayfish in the upper Hiwassee River.” Alex Spiegel, a senior biology major from Young Harris, will present “The impact of local watershed development to a biodiverse mountain headwater stream fish community.” Joe Thompson, a senior biology major from Clayton, will present “Using angler catch data to assess an introduced spotted bass fishery in a Georgia highland reservoir.”

Director of Communications and Marketing Krystin Dean and Associate Director of Communications and Marketing LeAnn Waldroup received the Higher Education Marketing Report Bronze Award in the outdoor category for a billboard campaign in the Atlanta market. The office also received the Merit Award in the search piece category for a new senior search piece completed with Lipman Hearne.

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy Dr. Nathan Eric Dickman and Associate Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History Dr. Natalia Starostina served on a panel with senior history major Kara Cook, of Kennesaw, and senior religious studies major Alyssa Lowery, of Conyers, titled “Faith in the Secular World: Religion, Gender, and Identity in the Epoch of Modernity” at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Georgia Association of Historians held at the University of Georgia in Athens on March 1. Dr. Dickman presented a paper titled “Samsaric Identity and Nirvanic Emptiness: Making Something of Oneself in Buddhism,” while Dr. Starostina presented “…But to Enter the Church was not Possible: Pandemonium was Unimaginable,’ or A Russian Identity and Orthodoxy in Interwar France.” Dr. Dickman also published an article titled “Between Gadamer and Ricoeur: Preserving Dialogue in the Hermeneutical Arc for the Sake of a God Who Speaks and Listens” in the Feb. 2014 edition of Sophia: The International Journal for Philosophy and Traditions. Additionally, Dr. Dickman presented a paper titled “Linguistically Mediated Liberation: The Freedom to Understand in Thich Nhat Hanh and Hans-Georg Gadamer” at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion held in Atlanta, March 7-9. Lowery presented a paper at this same conference titled “Humanists in an Interfaith World.” Dr. Starostina published an article titled “The Paradoxes of Urban Experiments in Interwar France” in a collection of articles titled Cityscapes: World Cities and Their Cultural Industries. The book is part of the “New Directions in the Humanities” book series distributed by Common Ground Publishing in 2014.

Assistant Professor of Art History Dr. Jennifer Feltman is one of a select group of 21 faculty members nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges to participate in a special week-long seminar on teaching pre-modern European art in context. The seminar on “The Uses of Antiquity” is supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and will be hosted by the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art in Chicago, Ill., July 13-18. Dr. Feltman also presented a paper titled “Visual Exegesis in the Prophet Quatrefoils at the Cathedral of Amiens” at “Lux nova: Innovative Approaches to Medieval Art and Architecture: A Symposium in Honor of Paula L. Gerson” hosted by Columbia University’s Department of Art History and Archaeology in New York, N.Y., on March 29. Dr. Feltman was a principle organizer for the event, which was made possible through the generous support of Young Harris College, Columbia University, Princeton University and individual donors.

A book review by Instructor of Computer Science Dr. William Hyndman will be published in the April edition of Choice Magazine. The book, titled “IGods: how technology shapes our spiritual and social lives,” postulates the possibility of technology and theology coinciding together as shaping symbols for each other.

Assistant Professor of Theatre Abby Kiker, Adjunct Instructor of Theatre Kendall Kiker and eight students attended the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Mobile, Ala., March 5-8, to participate in various auditions, interviews and workshops. Abby interviewed potential design and technical theatre students, while Kendall attended undergraduate auditions to interview performance students. As chair of the Robert Porterfield Scholarship Committee, Abby presented this award at the annual gala. Students Ben Sims, a junior musical theatre major from Hiram, Brian Walker, a senior music major from Powder Springs, Hannah Valleroy, a freshman theatre major from Johns Creek, Ptah Garvin, a junior theatre major from College Park, and Devyn White, a sophomore theatre major from Woodstock, participated in professional theatre auditions. Stephanie Nichols, a junior theatre major from Douglasville, Riley Noble, a senior theatre major from Louisville, Ky., and White interviewed for technical theatre jobs. All of these students, along with Brittany Cheney, a senior business and public policy major from Brooks, and both professors, attended many workshops to further their theatre education outside of the classroom.

Emeritus Associate Professor of English Janice Moore joined the editorial board of The Pharos as a poetry consultant. The Pharos is the quarterly scholarly journal of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, a professional medical organization that recognizes and advocates for excellence in scholarship and the highest ideals in the profession of medicine.

Planetarium Director and Instructor of Astronomy Steve Morgan attended the Immersive Media Entertainment, Research, Science & Arts 2014 Summit titled, “Shaping the Future of Digital Immersion,” March 6-9. The conference was hosted by the Gates Planetarium at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science in Denver, Colo., with sessions at the University of Colorado’s Fiske Planetarium in Boulder, Colo.

Assistant Professor of English ​Chelsea Rathburn's poem titled "After Filing for Divorce" was featured in the March 3 edition of Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry, a syndicated column that reaches 3 million newspaper readers and email subscribers.

Assistant Professor of Physical Geography Dr. Baishali Ray is the recipient of an American Physical Society grant to attend the organization’s meeting in Savannah, April 5-8, that will bring together particle physicists, nuclear physicists and astrophysicists to share new research and insights.

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Dr. Chris Richardson, along with communication studies majors Erin Grable, a senior from Blairsville, Taylor Loveless, a senior from Bremen, and Andrea Simmonds, a junior from Suches, presented a session titled “Finding Racial Stereotypes in the World’s Most Popular Search Engine” at the Unconventional Wisdom Student Symposium held at Kennesaw State University on March 13. The research presented is part of a larger project, tentatively titled “Scroogled? Finding Race, Gender and Sexuality in the World’s Most Popular Search Engines,” conducted by YHC’s “Media Studies Research Collective.” The group seeks to critically interrogate the autocomplete function of Google, Bing and Yahoo and explore how they reflect and perpetuate problematic understandings of marginalized groups in society. The group will next present at the 12th Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 29-31.

On March 11, Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy Dr. John Van Vliet taught a class on ethics and leadership during the 2014 “Leadership Union County” program sponsored by the Union County Chamber of Commerce in Blairsville.

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A literary anthology co-edited by Assistant Professor of English Dr. Jim Bishop titled Currents of the Universal Being: Explorations in the Literature of Energy has been accepted for publication by Texas Tech University Press and is expected to be published in Fall 2014.

Assistant Professor of Art History Dr. Jennifer Feltman published an article titled “Charlemagne’s Sin, the Last Judgment, and the New Theology of Penance at Chartres” in Studies in Iconography, Vol. 35, pp. 121-64. The annual peer-reviewed journal of the Princeton Index of Christian Art is published by the Medieval Institute Publications of Western Michigan University. Dr. Feltman was also selected to participate in two upcoming seminars: “Understanding the Medieval Book” at the University of South Carolina Irvin Department of Rare Books in Columbia, S.C., April 7-8, and The Council of Independent Colleges “Uses of Antiquity” Seminar on Teaching Pre-Modern European Art in Context at the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago, Ill., July 13-18.

Director for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Peggy Lumpkin attended the Research on Teaching and Learning Summit hosted by Kennesaw State University’s CETL in Kennesaw, Feb. 7-8.

Adjunct Instructor of Music Ginger Ramsay, oboe, and Adjunct Instructor of Music Cheryl Star, flute, recently hosted a workshop at YHC on Feb. 22 that featured a recital, master classes, flute choir rehearsal, and instrument repair and reed making clinics. Students also enjoyed a talk titled “Business of Music” regarding potential career pathways in music by guest artist and manager of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Education Department Janice Crews, D.M.A. Plans are already underway for a similar event next year to help make students and area musicians aware of the exciting opportunities at YHC.

Associate Professor of English and Honors Program Director Dr. Mark Rollins published an article titled “The Profitable Reading of Fancy: Indeterminacy in Under the Greenwood Tree” in the Fall 2013 edition of The Hardy Review, Vol. XV, No. ii. Dr. Rollins is also presenting a paper titled “Novel Sensations: Hardy’s Satires of Sexuality” at the annual conference of the College English Association in Baltimore, Md., March 27-29. 

Assistant Professor of Physics Dr. Arunava Roy recently became a member of the editorial board for the Central European Journal of Physics and the review board for the American Journal of Physics.

Resident Director Deven Siesel was recently named the 2014 program review and selection coordinator for the Georgia College Personnel Association. 

Associate Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History Dr. Natalia Starostina published an article titled “La Belle Époque dans Le Vin de solitude, roman d'Irène Némirovsky: De la contribution des émigrés russes à l'imaginaire historique français [La Belle Époque in Wine of Solitude, the novel by Irène Némirovsky: On the contribution of Russian émigrés on French historical imaginary]” in Revue Migrance, N°Hors-série “Le patrimoine de l’immigration en France et en Europe: enjeu social et culturel,” printed in Paris, France, in 2013.

February 2014

Assistant Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Department of Theatre Chris Crawford served as lighting designer for the regional premiere of Mark St. Germain’s new drama “Best of Enemies” that opened at Theatrical Outfit in Atlanta on Feb. 1.

Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Johnathan Davis attended the meeting of the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society in Charleston, S.C., Jan. 24-26. Dr. Davis presented three papers co-authored by senior biology majors: “Using Angler Tournament Catch Data to Assess an Introduced Spotted Bass Fishery in a Highland Reservo” co-authored by Joe Thompson, of Clayton; “Habitat Preferences of a State-Endangered Crayfish Cambarus parrishi in the Upper Hiwassee River” co-authored by Brittany Henry, of Murphy, N.C., and Sydney Weaver, of Sylvania; and “Evaluation of Sampling Methods for Monitoring the Sicklefin Redhorse Moxostoma sp” co-authored by David Atwood, of Waynesville, N.C.

Director of Communications and Marketing Krystin Dean will attend the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District III annual conference in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 16-19.

Professor of Political Science and Dean of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences Dr. Lee March recently published an article titled “Going to War in Korea and Vietnam: The Decisions of Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson,” in Patriotism – A Phenomenon of Russian History, a collection of scholarly essays.

Assistant Dean of Students Stuart Miller and Resident Directors Deven Siesel, Amanda Voegel and Hilary Martin will attend the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers annual conference in Louisville, Ky., Feb. 18-21.

Associate Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History Dr. Natalia Starostina recently published her article titled "Nostalgia and the Myth of the Belle Époque in Franco-Russian Literature, 1920s-1960s," in the Winter 2013 edition of Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques. In addition, Dr. Starostina’s article titled “Commemorative Tourism, French Railway Companies, and Patriotic Education in Interwar France” appeared in Patriotism – A Phenomenon of Russian History, a collection of scholarly essays. Dr. Starostina also served on the editorial board of this edition. Dr. Starostina presented her paper titled “Flourishing Despite a Crisis: French Railway Companies in Interwar France and Lessons We Can Learn from the Past” at an international conference titled “The Railway Sector in Globalization: Between National Specificities and Transnational Dynamics” in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France, on Dec. 12. Additionally, Dr. Starostina gave a talk titled “Nostalgia, Mythologies, and the Discourse of the Belle Époque in 20th-Century France” at the “Theory and Philosophy of History” seminar held in Helsinki, Finland, on Jan. 10. Dr. Starostina gave another talk titled “Garden-Cities in Interwar France: Urban Space and a New French Identity” at the Saint-Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on Nov. 12.

Locomotive, the feature-length film directed, written and produced by Assistant Professor of Art Jeremy Waltman will have its' New York premiere at the Picture Farm Film Festival in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Feb. 8. Waltman will participate in a question-and-answer session following the screening. Locomotive is also now available for purchase on Amazon.

January 2014

Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement and Bonner Leadership Program Coordinator Dr. Rob Campbell successfully defended his dissertation titled “The Role of Service Learning in Developing Spirituality and Transforming Students” to earn his doctor of education degree in higher and adult education from the University of Memphis.

YHC President Cathy Cox was named to Georgia Trend’s list of "Notable Georgians" in the magazine's Jan. 2014 issue featuring the “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.

Assistant Professor of Art History Dr. Jennifer Feltman’s review of Donna Sadler’s “Reading the Reverse Façade of Reims Cathedral: Royalty and Ritual in 13th-Century France” was published in the Dec. 2013 edition of the “H-France Review.”

Assistant Professor of English Dr. Jennifer Gianfalla presented her paper titled "Dueling for Identity: The Intersection of Gender and Honor in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night" at the 16th Century Society & Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Oct. 24-27.

Associate Professor of Spanish and Chair of the Foreign Language Department Dr. Diana Santiago attended The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Annual Convention and World Language Expo in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 22-24.

Resident Director Deven Siesel recently attended an Ultimate Frisbee coaching clinic in Tampa Bay, Fla., where he became certified as a level-one coach.

Associate Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History Dr. Natalia Starostina recently presented her paper titled “Cheminot Garden-Cities and the Practices of Paternalism and Social Control in Interwar France: Extolling Virtue or Generating Boredom?” at an international conference titled “(Re)constructing Communities in Europe, 1918-1968: A Venture into the Discursive Practices of Community Building” in Ravenstein, Holland, on Dec. 18. Dr. Starostina also presented her paper titled “Paris Oriental, Carnal Pleasures and the Spaces of Desires in Defining the Mental Topography of Paris from Montesquieu to Maupassant and to Paul Morand” at a conference titled “Persistent Spaces: Politics, Aesthetics and Topography in the 18th- and 19th-Century City” in Paris, France, on Dec. 13.