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Young Harris College Receives $2,000 Gift from Appalachian Regional Commission

Thursday, February 28, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5237, kndean@yhc.edu
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Young Harris College Receives $2,000 Gift from Appalachian Regional Commission
Gift to benefit Zell and Shirley Miller Library

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College recently received a $2,000 gift from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) as a contribution to the Zell and Shirley Miller Library. Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Mike Beatty and ARC Georgia Program Manager James Thompson presented the check to two of the College’s most distinguished alumni, former U.S. Senator and Georgia Governor Zell Miller, ’51, and his wife Shirley Miller, ’54, during a luncheon held on the YHC campus.

The special event included a tour of campus culminating in a visit to YHC’s Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement (CASCE). YHC President Cathy Cox addressed the group, and YHC Director of the CASCE and Professor of Communication Studies Ron Roach, Ph.D., presented an overview of the center’s initiatives.

“The Appalachian Regional Commission has played a vital role in community development in the mountains for decades, and we look forward to continued collaboration with them,” said Dr. Roach. “It is very appropriate that the Millers were honored during this special event, as they have been among the foremost champions for the Appalachian region and played a key role in helping to progress the initiatives of our center.”

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the Georgia ARC office are currently establishing the “Zell Miller Appalachian Hero Award” with the assistance of the ARC regional partners and Young Harris College. This award will be presented annually to recognize significant contributions to the Georgia mountain region.

Founded in 2010, the mission of YHC’s Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement is to educate, inspire and empower students through study and experience of the rich character and culture of the Appalachian region. The Center is located in the historic Stephens House on Highway 515 in Young Harris, Ga.

Established by an act of Congress in 1965, the Appalachian Regional Commission is a regional economic development agency that operates under the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and is comprised of governors from 13 Appalachian states along with a federal co-chair. A strategic partner and advocate for sustainable community and economic development in Appalachia, the ARC annually funds several hundred projects in the Appalachian region.

About the Zell and Shirley Miller Library
The focal point of Young Harris College’s Investing in the Future Capital Campaign is the construction of the $41 million, 125,000-square-foot Rollins Campus Center, which will feature a 60,000-square-foot multi-purpose student center, an expanded dining hall, a 350-seat, versatile banquet facility and the 40,000-square-foot Zell and Shirley Miller Library.

This 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 facility will feature 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.

For more information about the Zell and Shirley Miller Library or YHC’s Investing in the Future Capital Campaign, contact Vice President for Advancement Jay Stroman at (706) 379-5173.

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.

(From left to right) Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Mike Beatty presented a contribution to Young Harris College’s Zell and Shirley Miller Library to Shirley Miller, ’54, former U.S. Senator and Georgia Governor Zell Miller, ’51, and YHC President Cathy Cox.

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