Generations of Young Harris College alumni will travel to the Enchanted Valley next month for Alumni Weekend, Friday-Sunday, April 25-27. This year’s event, dubbed “Your YHC Roots,” will include fun activities and endless opportunities for students, faculty, staff and alumni to interact and share the Young Harris spirit.
Alumni Weekend 2014 will feature special activities and recognition for the class of 1964 celebrating their 50th reunion. During the Half Century Club Dinner on Friday evening, YHC will honor members of the Class of 1964 as well as all other alumni who have celebrated this “golden” reunion. The YHC Alumni Association will also present the prestigious Annual Alumni Awards following dinner.
Saturday’s festivities include a morning coffee with President Cathy Cox and retired and emeriti faculty and staff at the Campus Gate Art Gallery, a College Update with news from President Cox and Alumni Association President Rob Murray, ’75, and the annual Alumni GreenFest on the plaza.
Alumni will also have the opportunity to enjoy cultural events on campus including the Senior Thesis Exhibition on display at the Campus Gate Art Gallery and Theatre Young Harris’s season finale of the revolutionary rock opera “Rent.”
This year’s ice cream social on Friday afternoon will take place at the Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center. Recently designated part of the Southern Literary Trail, the farm serves as a virtual showcase of Appalachian farm life in the first half of the 20th century when the Reece family tilled the land as subsistence farmers.
The weekend also includes new events beyond the tried-and-true annual favorites. On Friday, the Office of Alumni Services will partner with the Office of Mentoring and Career Leadership to host a casual networking lunch that will allow students to receive guidance from alumni for the college-to-work transition.
Alumni will have the chance to chat over coffee with children’s author and alumnus Ken Robbins, ’64, and Emeritus Associate Professor of English Janice Moore at 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon.
On Saturday, alumni will get a sneak peek of the first floor of the new $41 million, 125,000-square-foot Rollins Campus Center. There will also be an acoustic jam session for alumni at the gazebo on the lawn at 4 p.m. as the new “All-Class Social” in Myers Student Center kicks off.
“My hope is that alumni and students feel a sense of YHC pride while attending Alumni Weekend,” said Director of Alumni Services Dana Ensley, ’97. “The schedule is packed with exciting events that will truly remind alumni of their roots here at the College.”
Alumni, students, faculty and staff can also join the discussion, follow live events and connect on Facebook at facebook.com/YoungHarrisCollege, on Twitter @YH_College and on Instagram @YoungHarrisCollege using the hashtag #YHCAW14.
Student organizations like the Upsilon Delta Sigma Society set up tables and greeted alumni on the plaza.
Past and current generations of Susan Bs gathered at the chime of the Susan B. Harris Chapel bell during Alumni Weekend 2013.