Members of the YHC community and esteemed guests gathered for the official ribbon-cutting ceremonies of the Rollins Campus Center and the Zell & Shirley Miller Library on Oct. 23, 2014.

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Rollins Campus Center

“Young Harris College is a treasure, not only as a learning institution, but also as a stepping stone into one’s future. The College truly has a presence that stays with students for a lifetime. With our expansion into a four-year college, we will have an even more compelling impact on the young people we serve.”

Clair Wofford Frazier, '81
YHC Board of Trustees

The New Heart of Campus.

The centerpiece of Young Harris College’s master plan and the focal point of the Investing in the Future Capital Campaign is the $41 million, 121,000-square-foot campus center which catapults the student experience at Young Harris College into the 21st century. Named for its $22 million lead gift from the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation, the Rollins Campus Center is the signature facility at YHC—the social and intellectual heart of campus.

Located next to the Susan B. Harris Chapel—the College’s oldest structure—the three-and-a-half stories of this new glass, brick, and stone building creates a new hub of bustling activity, uniting social, and intellectual aspects of a thriving college campus, while optimizing the surrounding mountain views and maximizing outdoor space with numerous porches for inspiration and renewal.

The Rollins Campus Center connects four distinct areas in a single, state-of-the-art structure: a 60,000-square-foot multi-purpose student center, an expanded dining hall boasting a wide variety of food stations, a 350-seat, versatile banquet facility and a 40,000-square-foot modern library—named for Young Harris’ most famous son, Zell Miller, and his remarkable wife, Shirley.

The Rollins Campus Center was recently awarded LEED Gold certification by the Green Building Certification Institute, making it the first building on the YHC campus to achieve gold certified status and the fifth LEED-certified facility on the YHC campus. The campus center features several sustainable systems including a geothermal exchange system of 180 wells that use the earth’s naturally constant temperature to heat and cool the building. Radiant heating and cooling elements called “chilled-beams” offer quiet comfort without fan noise or additional energy use. High-performance glass allows for expansive mountain views and ample daylight to spaces. Porch cover shades the Southern sun, plus a pattern of silk-screened glass on the library’s dramatic bay window helps reduce heat gain.
Regional materials include careful use of rustic stone and wood timbers—harvested, extracted or manufactured within 500 miles of the College—with crisp and modern detailing as a forward-looking take on local and regional approaches to building and craft along the spine of the Appalachian Trail.  

Student Center
The new 60,000-square-foot student center includes space for student organizations, activities and services, in a versatile, third-floor loft. For the first time ever, the campus provides dedicated office and meeting space for student media, Student Government Association, religious life, Greek organizations, and other clubs. It also includes multiple lounge areas, informal meeting space and computer workstations. The Division of Student Development and the Student Success Center, which provides tutoring, academic and career counseling, and disability services, are also housed there.

Grace Rollins Dining Hall
The 500-plus seating in the dining hall replaces the College’s current 270-seat space. Food stations with nutritious, customized made-to-order meals, plus grab-and-go options, shorten wait times and enhance fellowship.

Charles Suber Banquet Hall
The elegant 350-seat banquet hall enables the College to host large group gatherings, guest lectures and workshops. The multi-purpose space features a sound system, retractable screen and portable stage, plus a commercial catering kitchen is adjacent to the room. The facility is the largest in Towns County and is available to the surrounding community for rental.

Zell and Shirley Miller Library
As the College’s academic programs and enrollment continue to expand, so must its library resources and study space. With 40,000 square feet, the Zell and Shirley Miller Library more than doubles the College’s existing physical space for its growing collection of academic resources that aid students in reaching their intellectual potential. In addition to designated space for permanent and special collections, there are group study rooms, reading carrels, computer stations and a 24-hour study area.

Beyond that, the Zell and Shirley Miller Library stands as an enduring legacy of this couple’s contributions to Young Harris College, the State of Georgia and the nation. A prominently displayed exhibit pays tribute to the Millers’ inspiring story.

Capital Campaign

Members of the YHC community and esteemed guests gathered for the official ribbon-cutting ceremonies of the Rollins Campus Center and the Zell & Shirley Miller Library on Oct. 23, 2014.

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