Faculty & Staff Notables
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.
Director of Communications and Marketing Krystin Dean and Associate Director of Communications and Marketing LeAnn Waldroup attended the American Marketing Association’s annual Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education in Austin, Texas, Nov. 10-13.
Director of Choral and Vocal Activities, Musical Theatre Program Co-Coordinator and Professor of Music Jeffrey Bauman conducted the District I Georgia Music Educators Association high school honor choir in Savannah, Oct. 16-17. The choir, comprised of singers selected from their respective high school choral programs, rehearsed for two days culminating in a public performance. Bauman also presented a session in Nashville, Tenn., at the national in-service conference of the National Association for Music Education, Oct. 26-29. The session, titled “The Choral Public Domain Library—A Reading Session and Users Guide,” included information on the use of free public domain choral works, site navigation, and a reading session of choral music including standard literature and “hidden gems.”
Professor of English and Dean of the Division of Humanities Dr. Ruth Looper, Associate Professor of English and Chair of the English Department Dr. Amanda Lawrence, and Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement, Assistant Professor of Education, and Bonner Leaders Program Coordinator Dr. Rob Campbell took 19 YHC students enrolled in English and Appalachian studies courses to the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn., Oct. 3-4.
Assistant Professor of Theatre Abigail Kiker recently received an Award of Faculty Merit from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region 4 for her design work for YHC’s recent production of The Last of the Dragons. Senior theatre major Paige Duff, of Rockmart, and sophomore theatre major, Macaulay VanHoose, of Woodstock, were both nominated to compete in the Irene Ryan scholarship acting competition. Senior theatre major Gina Dropp, of Kennesaw, was nominated for student director, Junior theatre major Samantha Grinstead, of Eatonton, was nominated for student stage manager, and senior theatre major Stephanie Nichols, of Douglasville, was nominated for student lighting designer. Each of the students is now eligible to compete for scholarships and awards at the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, held in February.
Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Dr. Jim May published two poems, “Oysters” and “Duel,” in the Autumn 2014 issue of The Southern Review, one of the nation’s premiere literary journals.
Associate Professor of Spanish and Chair of the Foreign Language Department Dr. Diana Santiago presented a paper titled “Slaves and Slavery in Puerto Rican Literature” at the Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wis., Oct. 9-11.
Residence Life Coordinator Alison Smith and Director of Campus Activities Ashley Randall attended the National Association for Campus Activities South Regional Conference in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Oct. 9-11. Randall presented a session titled “Are You ‘Making Waves’ that Reach Everybody?” Senior history major Ashley Eschbach, of Big Pine Key, Fla., senior biology major Emily Adair, of Marietta, and sophomore psychology major Sidney Hayes, of Lithonia, also attended the conference to review showcases of potential artists to bring to campus and learn best practices for programming and marketing.
Associate Professor of History and Chair of the History Department Dr. Natalia Starostina will present her paper titled “The Memoir of Robert Graves (1895-1985) and Teaching the History of the First World War in a Liberal Arts College” at the international conference titled “The Great War, A Hundred Years On: Origins, Lessons and Legacies of the First World War” hosted by Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Nov. 6-8. Dr. Starostina will also chair a panel titled “Art, Architecture, and Competing Visions of Property in the Aftermath of War.”
Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Ashley Carr headed a faculty and student team of early childhood and middle grades educators to design and distribute supplemental curriculum materials to area teachers in conjunction with Theatre Young Harris' production of The Last of the Dragons.
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Keith DeFoor presented a repackaged general education curriculum at the Georgia Independent College Association’s Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Meeting on Sept. 11, 2014 at Point University in Peachtree City. He co-presented a session titled “Reforming General Education: Three Stories from the Street” during the meeting.
Assistant Professor of English Dr. Jennifer Gianfalla attended the Biannual Congress of the New Chaucer Society in Reykjavik, Iceland, July 16-20.
Residence Life Coordinators Emily Halstead and Amanda Voegel and Assistant Dean Students Stuart Miller will present a session titled “Total Institutional Response: How Residence Life Championed Student Success/Retention” that was co-created with Student Success Center Director Jaime Miller at the Georgia Housing Officers/Georgia College Personnel Association annual conference held at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Oct. 9-10. Miller will also co-present a session titled “Designing a Community: Progressive Housing, ‘Pods’, and Other National Trends.” He was also recently named to a two-year appointment as the State of Georgia Representative for the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers.
Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Sharon Jackson has submitted a teacher quality grant proposal for a summer residential program for which she will serve as principal investigator to teach environmental science concepts through the lens of place-based education to 20 teachers from Central and North Georgia beginning in June 2015.
The Science Education through New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) interdisciplinary team of Dean of the Division of Education and Professor of Education Dr. Karynne Kleine, Chair of the Department of Biology and Professor of Biology Dr. Paul Arnold, Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement, Assistant Professor of Education, and Bonner Leaders Program Coordinator Dr. Rob Campbell, and Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Chris Sass submitted a proposal for an implementation grant to monetarily support internships for four YHC students to work with the team to provide math tutoring to local students through engaging science topics and design an interdisciplinary general education core course with a strong community engagement component.
Along with Dr. Kleine and Dr. Jackson, Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Mark Brunner, Assistant Professor of Music and Music Education Coordinator Dr. John Wayman, and Adjunct instructor of Education Roberta Barr will present their study, “Leaving our Imprint: Using Bolman and Deal’s Four Frames to Understand Identity Development and Maintenance of a Small Teacher Preparation Program in the Face of Standardized Performance Assessments of Candidates,” at the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators conference held in Young Harris, Oct. 29-30.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Matt Morena presented a session titled “On the Potential for Entangled States Between Chaotic Systems” to the international mathematics community at the 13th annual Experimental Chaos and Complexity Conference in Aberdeen, Scotland, Aug. 25-28.
Assistant Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing Chelsea Rathburn was a featured author at the Decatur Book Festival over Labor Day weekend. She presented a nonfiction reading and spoke on a panel about women’s memoir titled “Southern Sin.”
Assistant Professor of Communications Studies Dr. Chris Richardson was selected as a Governor’s Teaching Fellow for the 2014-2015 Academic Year Symposia Program. Dr. Richardson was selected as one of 13 faculty members from institutions of higher education across the state after a highly competitive application and selection process.
Vice President for Planning and Assessment and Lecturer of English Rosemary Royston, ’89, recently gave an interview to Writer's Digest on publishing and poetic influences.
Associate Professor of History and Chair of the History Department Dr. Natalia Starostina published her article titled “Terrible Melancholia: The Problem of Solitude in the Works of Ivan Bunin and Nadezhda Teffi in the 1920-40s in France” (pp. 159-171) in A Phenomenon of Loneliness. Questions of Current Interest, an edited collection of articles published in Saint Petersburg, Russia this year.
Associate Professor of Physical Education Jim Thomas and YHC alumnus Dr. Joey Arencibia, ’80, recently won the men’s “A” Division Doubles title in the Georgia Mountain Tennis Championships held at the Bob and Gayle Nichols Tennis Complex held on the YHC campus, Sept. 6-8.
Chair of the Outdoor Leadership Department and Instructor of Outdoor Leadership Dr. Rob Dussler recently earned his Ph.D. in recreation and leisure studies from the University of Georgia.
Assistant Director of Athletics for Sport Communications Michael MacEachern was elected as the southeast region representative for the NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors Association Board during the 2014 College Sports Information Directors of America Convention held in Orlando, Fla., June 8-11.
Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Dr. Jim May has published poems in three journals this summer. His poem "Nostos" appears in Rattle (Issue 43); "My Keats Year" appears in The New Ohio Review (Issue 15), and "Fields and Ledges" appears in Tampa Review (Volume 47/48). His essay "Against Satisfaction" was published in The Room and the World: Essays on the Poet Stephen Dunn.
Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Maria Mays published an article titled “Antigenic variation in mucilage secreted by members of the genus Symbiodinium (Dinophyceae)” in the Aug. 1 edition of the Journal of Phycology, an international journal of algal research.
Chair of the Mathematics Department and Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Christopher Sass attended the Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities Summer Institute in Asheville, N.C., July 31-Aug. 4. He delivered a presentation titled “Adventures in Active, Creative, Interdisciplinary Mathematics” during the Mathematics Across the Curriculum session.
Chair of the History Department and Associate Professor of History Dr. Natalia Starostina presented her paper titled “The Imagery and Narratives of French Train Stations and the Construction of the Memory of the Great War, 1914-1940” at an international conference titled “Stations in Wartime 1914-1918” organized by the Association of Railway History and hosted by the City Hall of the 10th Parisian district in Paris, France, Sept. 3-5.
Assistant Professor of Theatre Anne Towns published an article titled "Twentieth Anniversary Production of Pearl Cleage's 'Blues for an Alabama Sky'" on howlround.com on Aug. 1.
Chair of the Biology Department and Professor of Biology Dr. Paul Arnold, Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement and Bonner Leaders Program Coordinator Dr. Rob Campbell, Dean of the Division of Education and Professor of Education Dr. Karynne Kleine, and Chair of the Mathematics Department and Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Chris Sass attended the Science Education for New Civic Engagement and Responsibilities’ Summer Institute as part of a National Science Foundation-sponsored initiative in Asheville, N.C., July 30-Aug. 4.
Adjunct Instructor of Education Sue Astley, Admissions Counselor CJ Cypress, Adjunct Instructor of Music Cynthia DeFoor, and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Music Dr. Keith DeFoor participated in the 45th annual Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta on July 4.
Director of Instructional Technology and Instructor of Mathematics Diane Bauman was invited for the second year in a row to present a workshop on teaching online courses through Moodle to the faculty at Agnes Scott College. In May, Bauman visited the University College of London to learn how the institution’s Arena, the newest portion of their Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CALT), operates in preparation for the opening of YHC’S Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). She attended a “Teaching and Learning Exchange” event and met with members of the CALT department. She also visited the Center for Learning Technology at the London School of Economics to learn how they incorporate Moodle with lecture capture software.
Director of Choral and Vocal Activities, Musical Theatre Program Co-Coordinator and Professor of Music Jeffrey Bauman attended the National Assembly of the National Association for Music Education in Washington, D.C., June 26-29. Bauman will begin his two-year term as chair of the Choral Advisory Council, coordinating with choral music professionals throughout the country.
Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Mark Brunner attended the three-day Building Expertise International Marzano Conference in Orlando, Fla., June 18-20. The conference focused on building expertise through networking, the art and science of teaching, and understanding of research-based instructional strategies. Dr. Brunner, Dr. Kleine, and Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Sharon Jackson attended a workshop on Teacher Licensure Testing and Performance Assessment (edTPA) in Macon, June 23-24. This multiple-measure assessment guides the development of teacher planning, instruction, and assessment around the goal of ensuring teacher candidates are effective and improve student achievement. The workshop also allowed YHC’s Division of Education to align edTPA outcomes with current course outcomes. They hosted two edTPA training sessions on May 12 and July 21 for Towns County K-12 administrators, faculty from other teacher preparation programs, and YHC faculty members. Additionally, Dr. Jackson served as a member of the English Education Task Force under the direction of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, working from March through July to review and make recommendations to Georgia’s 505-3-.14 Educator Preparation Rule that will be used by all Georgia educator preparation programs to prepare highly qualified English teachers. Dr. Jackson attended the Third Annual Technical Assistance Workshop on June 24 at Middle Georgia State College in Cochran regarding changes to teacher licensing in Georgia, and participated in the Teacher Keys Effectiveness System K-12 administrator credentialing workshop at Columbus State University in Columbus, July 16-19.
Assistant Professor of History Dr. Matthew Byron presented a paper titled "An Honorable Death?: The Stuart-Bennett Duel of 1819" at the 36th annual meeting of the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic in Philadelphia, Pa., on July 18.
President Cathy Cox was the keynote speaker for the Top 5 Banquet sponsored by the Rotary Club of Toccoa on May 13, a long-standing annual event honoring the top five percent of the graduating class of Stephens County High School and the top five students in each class of Stephens County Middle and High Schools. President Cox also gave the commencement address to the graduating class of Leadership Decatur County on May 15, focusing on progressive leadership within communities. President Cox, Director of Athletics Randy Dunn, Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance and Senior Woman Administrator Jennifer Stearsman, and Vice President for Student Development Angi Smith attended the annual meeting of the Peach Belt Conference at Hilton Head Island, S.C., May 27-29.
Dean of the Division of Fine Arts, Theatre Department Chair, Assistant Professor of Theatre, and Musical Theatre Program Co-Coordinator Chris Crawford recently served as site manager and technical director for MountainFest 2014 in Morgantown, W.Va., July 23-27.
Database Administrator Daniel Dockery was accepted into the University of North Georgia’s master of arts in international affairs program with a concentration in international security.
Library Assistant Presley Dyer earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree from Valdosta State University in August.
Adjunct Instructor of Theatre Kendall Kiker starred in the Peacock Playhouse’s production of Noises Off in Hayesville, N.C., in August.
Library Assistant Ginia Magers recently earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.
Dean of the Chapel, Minister to the College and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Rev. Dr. Tim Moore presented a session titled “Spiritual Development on the College Campus” at the United Methodist Campus Ministry Association’s Summer Institute at Emory University in Atlanta, June 24-27. He also presented a session titled “Ministry in an Academic Setting” at Prepare, a conference for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) of the United Methodist Church, at Emory University, June 23-24. Rev. Dr. Moore presented a session titled “Discord or Harmony” at the International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges, and Universities (IAMSCU) conference in Hiroshima, Japan, May 24-28. He was selected to serve as university senate church-relatedness liaison for GBHEM and was elected to IAMSCU’s executive board.
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Dr. Chris Richardson published “The Elusive Genius of Michael Crichton” in a collection of essays titled Critical Insights: The American Thriller. Dr. Richardson, along with Erin Grable, ’14, of Blairsville, Taylor Loveless, ’14, of Bremen, and Andrea Simmonds, a junior communications studies major from Suches, presented a session titled “Google This! Exposing Racial Stereotypes in the World’s Most Popular Search Engine” at the 12th annual meeting of the Cultural Studies Association held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, on May 30. On behalf of YHC’s Media Studies Research Collective, Dr. Richardson presented an article titled “Scroogled? Seeing Race, Gender, and Sexuality through Google’s Autocomplete Algorithms” at the Popular Culture Association of Canada’s fourth annual conference in Calgary, Alberta, May 8-10. Dr. Richardson also presented “The Liberal Arts College and Life after Grad School” during the annual graduate student mentorship workshop in Calgary.
Vice President for Planning and Assessment and Lecturer of English Rosemary Royston, ’89, was one of three featured panelists at Lincoln Memorial University’s Mountain Heritage Literary Festival in Harrogate, Tenn., June 13-15. During the summer months, Royston read from her recently published poetry chapbook, “Splitting the Soil,” at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, N.C., Schoolhouse Beer and Brewery in Marietta, and Holler Poets in Louisville, Ky. She also served as a judge for the Georgia Poetry Society Members poetry contest.
Chair of the History Department and Associate Professor of History Dr. Natalia Starostina presented her paper titled “The Memory of the Great War in French Railway Narratives” at the international conference titled “Perspectives on the ‘Great’ War” hosted at Queen Mary, University of London to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War I in London, England, Aug. 1-4.
Assistant Professor of Theatre Anne Towns received the Audience Award for Best New Play at the Indie Boots Film Festival in Chicago, Ill., on May 8 for her 10-minute play titled Olivia Approaching. She also recently completed an 18-month stint as commons producer for howlround.com, where she documented Pearl Cleage’s Mellon Foundation residency at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta.
Young Harris College has been nationally designated a “Firewise Community.” The program, co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Association of State Foresters, encourages local solutions for safety by encouraging individual responsibility for preparing homes from the risk of wildfire.
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.
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.
Residence Life Coordinator 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.
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 Residence Life Coordinators 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.
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.
Residence Life Coordinator 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.