“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
On Dec. 5, 2013, Young Harris College held a "topping out" ceremony for the new $41 million, 125,000-square-foot Rollins Campus Center that is designed to catapult the student experience into the 21st century. Hundreds of faculty, staff, students and friends of the College left their mark on the new building during the historic event by signing the facility's final steel beam. Guests also watched as the beam was ceremoniously lifted and secured into place. Check out the highlights video below!
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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 construction of a $41 million, 125,000-square-foot campus center designed to catapult 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 Center will become the signature facility at Young Harris College—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 will create 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 Center will connect 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.
Watch the progress of this new facility in real time!
The 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 will be able to provide dedicated office and meeting space for student media, Student Government Association, religious life, Greek organizations and other clubs. It will also include multiple lounge areas, informal meeting space, computer workstations, a convenience store. The Office of Student Development, the Academic Success Center, which provides tutoring, academic counseling and disability services, and the Academic Advising Center, which offers academic and career advisement, will also be housed there.
The Grace Rollins Dining Hall
The 500-plus seating in the future dining hall replaces the College’s current 270-seat space. Food stations with nutritious, customized made-to-order meals, plus grab-and-go options, will shorten wait times and enhance fellowship.
The Charles Suber Banquet Hall
The elegant 350-seat banquet hall will enable the College to host large group gatherings, guest lectures and workshops. The multi-purpose space will feature a sound system, retractable screen and portable stage; plus a commercial catering kitchen will be adjacent to the room. The facility will become the largest in Towns County and will be available to the surrounding community for rental.
The 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 will more than double 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, the design calls for group study rooms, reading carrels, computer stations and a 24-hour study area.
Beyond that, the Zell and Shirley Miller Library will stand as an enduring legacy of this couple’s contributions to Young Harris College, the State of Georgia and the nation. A prominently displayed exhibit will pay tribute to the Millers’ inspiring story.