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Young Harris College Bonner Leaders Program Recognized for Conservation Efforts
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The Holman Water Quality Stewardship Award was recently presented to Young Harris College student Nathan Hughes, a senior business and public policy major from Young Harris, Ga., and the YHC Bonner Leaders Program by the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition (HRWC).
The Bonner Leaders Program is the first group to receive the award, which is presented annually by the HRWC to a person or group who has done the most to sustain good water quality in rivers, lakes and streams in the upper Hiwassee River watershed.
“Nathan and the other Bonner Leaders who have worked with the Coalition’s restoration program have been extremely dedicated to protecting and improving water quality in our area,” said Callie Moore, executive director of the HRWC. “I am delighted that the board chose to recognize the program and the students.”
The award is named for Bill Holman, who currently serves as director of state policy at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. He is a former commissioner of the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources and former executive director of the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund.
“Receiving this award was such an honor and a blessing. Oftentimes in today’s society, it is assumed that the college experience is solely about obtaining a degree and finding a job,” said Hughes. “I feel like receiving this award proves that my generation is ready to positively impact the community now, and that age is not a qualification for making a difference in the world around you.”
Bonner Leaders represent the College through outreach work, relationship building and shared experiences in learning and leadership at non-profit agencies throughout the local community. They typically serve more than 300 hours each year at YHC, addressing a variety of needs through direct and meaningful service at community partner sites like the HRWC.
“We are very excited and honored to be the first group to receive this award, and that Nathan’s efforts in particular are being recognized,” YHC Bonner Leaders Program Director and Director of Academic Service Learning Joseph Pate, Ph.D., said. “HRWC is one of our strongest community partners, and this award recognizes the collective work the Bonner Leaders have contributed towards addressing issues of water quality, conservation and stewardship in our local community.”
For more information about the YHC Bonner Leaders Program, call (706) 379-5104.
About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.
Young Harris College Bonner Leaders Program Director and Director of Academic Service Learning Joseph Pate, Ph.D., and senior business and public policy major Nathan Hughes of Young Harris, Ga.