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Young Harris College to Open Basketball Season Nov. 17 with Homecoming
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College students and alumni and Mountain Lions fans will kick off the 2012-2013 basketball season with Homecoming, Friday-Saturday, Nov. 16-17. With festivities centered around the theme “Blast from the Past,” this exciting annual event will be presented in collaboration with the offices of Student Development and Alumni Services and the Department of Athletics.
Throughout the week, students will compete in a variety of challenges and events, including a trivia game, spirit sign contest and block party, car decorating competition and lip sync challenge, in anticipation of the big weekend.
“Part of our goal with Homecoming is to develop traditions,” said YHC Resident Director Hilary Martin, who serves as program coordinator for Homecoming and game day activities. “Some of this year’s competitions were established in 2011, and we hope these events will draw a lot of excitement and talent so students will look forward to them year after year.”
Homecoming weekend will kick off Friday night, Nov. 16, with a student-led pep rally and bonfire.
The public is invited to join the festivities on Saturday, Nov. 17, beginning with a Homecoming parade at 11 a.m. that will include a variety of student-created floats as well as local civic leaders and businesses. The parade will begin on Maple Street and progress up toward U.S. Highway 76 where it will turn south. The route will lead back into campus at College Street and continue into the interior of campus, past Susan B. Harris Chapel and Sharp Hall, ultimately ending at the Recreation and Fitness Center.
Tailgating festivities and a celebratory pre-game picnic lunch catered by Atlanta’s world-famous drive-in The Varsity will follow for YHC students and alumni, beginning at 12 p.m. A special reception for all former YHC athletes will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Recreation and Fitness Center.
Also on Saturday, YHC’s Student Government Association (SGA) will host a special exhibit celebrating Sharp Hall’s 100th birthday that will include a cake reception.
The women’s basketball team will take on Bryan College at 2 p.m. in the Recreation and Fitness Center, and the men’s basketball team will play Shorter University at 4 p.m.
Homecoming Week champions and individual competition winners will be announced and the Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned during the basketball games.
Combination tickets for lunch and both games are available to YHC alumni for $20 per adult and $10 for children under 12 through the Office of Alumni Services at (706) 379-5334 or online at yhc.edu/homecoming.
Tickets for the games only are available to the public through the Department of Athletics at (706) 379-5296.
The public is welcome to park in any available, unreserved spots on campus for the parade and basketball games. Recommended lots are the large lot on Maple Street and the Fine Arts Annex across Hwy. 76 from campus.
“Our first-ever fall Homecoming last year was fantastic, and I believe the event this year will again set the stage for another exciting season of Mountain Lions basketball,” YHC Director of Athletics Randy Dunn said. “This event will also provide our students, faculty, staff, alumni and fans with a preview of what’s to come for the 2012-2013 basketball season.”
For more information, visit yhc.edu/homecoming.
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.
(Front to back) Young Harris College Professor of English and Director of the Academic Success Center Louisa Franklin, who was selected by students as the parade’s grand marshal, YHC President Cathy Cox, Towns County Sole Commissioner Bill Kendall (passenger seat) and City of Young Harris Mayor Andrea Gibby led the 2011 Homecoming parade in cars provided by Jacky Jones Ford of Hayesville, N.C.
The Young Harris College women’s basketball team will take on Bryan College at 2 p.m. in the Recreation and Fitness Center, and the men’s basketball team will play Shorter University at 4 p.m.