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February 2019

Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Johnathan Davis and four students in the biology department attended the Georgia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society annual meeting at Lake Blackshear Resort in Cordele, GA on Feb 5 - 7. Hannah Walker and Aubrey Crowell received the second place award for their poster presentation entitled "Spatial Variation in Fish Communities within the Hiwassee River Watershed." Caroline Cox and Jacob Howington received the first place award for their poster presentation entitled "Patterns of Imperilment within Georgia’s Rare Fishes." The students also presented a class project on the behalf of other classmates from their ichthyology course entitled "The Southern Appalachian Snorkeling Trail: Preserving Water Quality in Appalachian Communities by Promoting Native Fishes." Caroline Cox presented an oral presentation entitled "Movement Patterns During the Spawning Season of Sicklefin Redhorse in Brasstown Creek, Georgia," and received the Ronnie J. Gilbert Award for the most outstanding undergraduate or graduate student for the state chapter.



Admissions Counselors Bailey Brado, '16, and Fernando Serrano, '16, Senior Admissions Counselor Matthew Wilmer, '13, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management Technology and Registrar Tammy Gibson and Coordinator of Academic Records Amberly Fell, '13, recently attended the GACRAO (Georgia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers) conference at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Wilmer presented on leadership traits and how they can be applied to the world of college recruitment.  

Dean of the Division of Humanities and Professor of English Dr. Mark Rollins recently presented a paper titled “The ‘untenable redemptive theolatry’ of ‘Goblin Market’: Inverting the Fallen Woman’s Recovery Narrative in Tess of the d’Urbervilles” at the Victorians Institute Conference at Furman University, Oct. 13-14.

Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Jennifer Hallett recently attended the Faculty Athletics Representatives Association (FARA) annual meeting. She also attended the Peach Belt Conference fall meeting in October. 

Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Chelsea Rathburn and Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Dr. Jim May, along with Senior Admissions Counselor Matthew Wilmer, staffed the Young Harris College booth at the Decatur Book Festival over Labor Day weekend. Recently, Dr. May published two book reviews in The Rumpus, and Copper Nickel published his poem "Damnation as Martin Brody."

Sophomore history major Ashley Burton, of Winder, Ga., will publish her article “American Media and the Rwandan Genocide: A Twisted Perception” in the "Armstrong Undergraduate Journal of History." This paper was written as a part of requirements for History 1112: "Survey of World Civilizations, Part II," a course taught by Associate Professor of History Dr. Natalia Starostina in the Spring of 2017. A part of the paper was presented at the Fifth Annual Undergraduate Research Day at YHC on March 17.

Assistant Director of Academic Support and Accommodations Marti Slaughter recently spent a week volunteering as a Support Service Provider (SSP) for a camp hosted by Deaf-Blind Access of the South (DBAS). The camp was held at the Roosevelt Warm Spring Institute for Rehabilitation in Warm Springs, Ga. She attended training in September to prepare for this role which was hosted Georgia Vision Rehabilitation Services in Smyrna, Ga. SSPs are trained, sighted guides who provide visual and environmental information. This information enables deaf-blind people to make informed decisions and allows them to participate in the wider community. Every two years, DBAS offers adults who are Deaf-Blind a rare chance to get together with others like themselves and have SSPs to enable them to communicate effortlessly and to access a variety of activities. 


Assistant Professor of Physical Geography Dr. Baishali Ray was invited to Rasmussen College on Sept. 19 to present her research on "Context Based Physics Instruction: A study of tennis balls.”

Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Olya Milenkaya has published an article with her co-authors titled “Male-male pair bonding, nesting and egg incubation in a wild passerine” in the “Journal of Ornithology”. She also presented an invited lecture for the Center for Life Enrichment in Highlands, N.C., on Sept. 8 entitled “Dead as a dodo: Lessons from the Successes and Failures of Avian Conservation.”

Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Department Dr. Sandy Calloway is currently in his third consecutive season singing with Peach State Opera, an opera company that enriches small communities by presenting touring productions of classic operas in family-friendly, condensed English-language versions. This year, he is performing the role of El Magnifico in Gioachino Rossini’s Cinderella. The performances in Georgia this year are in Clarkston, Jonesboro, Albany, Brunswick, and Rome, with an additional performance in Corbin, Ky.

Visiting Lecturer of Political Science Arch Kielly was invited to teach and conduct political science seminars at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest, Hungary, during the Summer of 2017. He taught “United States Economic and Foreign Policy” and “Crisis in the European Union.”  ELTE University is the oldest and largest university in Hungary and it is the most popular higher education institution among applicants each year. ELTE is the leading research university in Hungary. In the past, he taught at the University of Barcelona in Spain, and the National University of Costa Rica.

CETL Director and Assistant Professor of Education Dr.  Peggy Ann Lumpkin presented "Supporting Rural Student Success in Higher Education" at the Georgia Educational Research Association (GERA) conference on Oct. 6 in Augusta, Ga. Dr. Lumpkin also moderated the session on "STEM Initiatives."

Associate Professor of History Dr. Thomas Stearns was appointed to the Governor’s Council on Historical Markers this summer, and will serve a three-year term. These proposals for historical markers are coordinated through the Georgia Historical Society, so work on vetting requests is through that agency.  Approvals are based upon assessments and analysis by the committee members, who represent colleges and universities from throughout Georgia. 

Assistant Professor of Art History Mary Slavkin’s essay “The Salons of the Rose + Croix: Symmetrical Diagrams, Initiatory Pathways, and Esoteric Symbols” was accepted for publication. It will be published in the forthcoming “Esoteric Traditions and Their Impact on Early Modern Art.”

Chief of Staff and Vice President of Planning and Assessment Rosemary Royston, ’89, recently had two poems published in The Museum Americana. They can be read here.

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Chair of the Department Dr. Chris Richardson was invited to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta to discuss the Mellon Curatorial Fellowships Program in September.

Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Sport Studies Jim Thomas has temporarily stepped in to work with the men’s tennis team. In addition to working with the team from a fitness, technical, and tactical standpoint, he is also taking the opportunity to further research in identifying specific mental factors that play a role in athletic performances. He coached the men’s tennis program at YHC from 1987 until 1995, taking the team to the national tournament in 1993.

Associate Professor of History Dr. Natalia Starostina presented her paper “The Icons of Internationalism: Russian-Africans in the Late Soviet Union” at Afroeuropeans: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe, Sixth Biennial Network Conference, organized by the International Afroeuropean Cultures and Identities Research Network, July 6-8.

Adjunct Instructor of Theatre Bart Hansard recently completed filming “Best of Enemies” opposite Sam Rockwell (“Galaxy Quest,” "Moon,” “The Green Mile”) and “The Frontrunner” opposite Hugh Jackman (“X-Men,” “The Prestige,” “Les Miserables”). Hansard also appeared on a Dragon Con panel in Atlanta as a star of television show “Good Eats,” which announced its relaunch at the panel.



Assistant Director for Academic Advising and Planning Amy Brock will have her article entitled“Navigating Change with the help of NACADA’s Administrator’s Institute” published in the December 2017 edition of "Academic Advising Today."

Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Sport Studies Jim Thomas and senior business and public policy major Laura Sanchez, of Envigado, Colombia, were finalists in the mixed-doubles competition in the recent Georgia Mountain Tennis Championships held on the YHC campus.

Associate Professor of History Dr. Natalia Starostina published a chapter entitled “A Feast for Body, Soul and Eyes on Board the Orient Express, the trans-Siberian Express and other Trains de Luxe” in the edited peer-reviewed collection of articles, “La restauration ferroviaire entre représentations et consommations : consommateurs, images et marchés - Railway Catering between Imaginary and Consumption: Consumers, Images and Markets” that was edited by François Rabelais University’s Professor of Contemporary History Jean-Pierre Williot. It was published by P.I.E. Peter Lang.

CETL Director and Assistant Professor of Education Dr.  Peggy Ann Lumpkin chaired a session on "Determining Faculty Success" presented by the SIG - Faculty Teaching, Evaluation and Development while attending the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Convention in San Antonio, Texas, April 27-May 1.

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Dr. Kendall Marchman traveled to Toronto, Canada, from Aug. 20-25 to present his research “Buddhism and the Bottom Line: The Nanshan Group and Buddhist Culture Parks” at the XVIIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies. The research examines intersections of large private corporations in China and lived contemporary Buddhism. Dr. Marchman traveled to China in May to conduct research.

Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Johnathan Davis attended the 2017 national convention of the North American Native Fishes Association in Missouri this summer. At that meeting, several members expressed interest in hosting a future convention in Georgia. Dr. Davis put together a proposal and YHC was selected to host the 2018 national convention in early June of next year. Dr. Davis also recently established a new partnership with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to study the bass populations in three North Georgia reservoirs (Lake Chatuge, Lake Nottely, Lake Lanier) in the hopes of enhancing these fisheries. Students in his lab will be conducting work to assess the age and growth rates of largemouth bass and spotted bass species. They are currently looking for funding to conduct genetic analysis of these bass populations as well.

Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Communications Michael MacEachern moderated the panel “Writing for the Web” at the 2017 CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Convention held in Orlando, Fla., in June. MacEachern was also re-elected for a three-year term as the Southeast regional representative for the D2SIDA national board.

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Chair of the Department Dr. Nathan Eric Dickman was awarded tenure, and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, in late April. In June, Dr. Dickman published a peer-reviewed research article titled “Call or Question: A Rehabilitation of Conscience as Dialogical” in “Sophia: International Journal for Philosophy and Traditions,” a premiere journal for philosophy of religion (online first, volume designation forthcoming). In August, he published a symposium piece titled ““Without Loyalty to ‘the’ Tradition: Revising Philosophy of Religion for the Sake of Relevance to Religious Studies” in “Syndicate: A Living Network of Scholarship in the Humanities.” Click here to view more. Both Dr. Kendall Marchman and Dr. Dickman contributed articles to the book “Religion in 5 Minutes,” published by Equinox Publishing, that was just printed in August. This exciting project was developed by members of the North American Association of the Study of Religion (NAASR), the cutting edge society in methods and theories of religion. The book addresses those sorts of questions undergraduates ask about religion and the academic study of religion, and all the articles are written for a popular audience. Dr. Dickamn’s article titles are: “What is the difference between religion and philosophy?” and “Why do so many people believe only one religion can be right?” Dr. Marchman’s article titles are: “Why do the statues of Buddha sometimes depict him as being overweight?” and “Are religions in Asia all connected in some way?” Get your copy now! 

Senior theatre majors Kevin Garland, of Adairsville, Ga., and Drew Andersen, of Atlanta, Ga., and senior music education major Emily Roberts, of Euharlee, Ga., traveled to Boulder, Colo., with Professor of Music, Director of Choral and Vocal Activities, and Musical Theatre Co-Coordinator Jeffrey Bauman to compete in the National Association of Teachers of Singing’s (NATS) National Student Auditions where they successfully made it through regional competition and the first round of national screenings to the semi-final round. Andersen advanced to the finals where he placed second in the advanced musical theatre category. 

Adjunct Instructor of English Dr. Lawton Andrew (Andy) Brewer was appointed the Managing/Associate Editor “The Explicator.”

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Charlie Swor attended the Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in Reston, Va., where he gave a presentation titled “Teaching toxicology in an upper-level green chemistry course (you can, too!)”.

Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Department Dr. Sandy Calloway will be performing the role of Don Magnifico in the Peach State Opera (PSO) production of Rossini’s “Cinderella.”  PSO enriches small communities by presenting affordable touring productions of classic operas in family-friendly, condensed English-language versions. Performances in Georgia for the 2017-2018 season are in Clarkston, Jonesboro, Albany, Brunswick, and Rome. A sixth performance will be in Corbin, Ky.

Assistant Professor of Theatre, Musical Theatre Program Co-Coordinator, Coordinator of Cinematic Arts, Coordinator of Dance and Dean of the Division Chris Crawford served as site and production manager for Mountainfest Motorcycle Rally in W.Va., providing Technical Direction for groups such as War, Hank Williams Jr., George Thorogood and a half dozen other bands. Crawford also continues to serve as the Chair of the Universities Division of the Georgia Theatre Conference. He will travel to Hawaii this month to provide production management and design support for Taco-Bell via TRRU Production Services.

Associate Professor of Art Stan Anderson recently received the title “Associate Professor Emeritus” from Georgia State University after serving at the institution for the past 20 years prior to coming to YHC last fall.

Dr. Claudie Massicotte, assistant professor of literary theory and criticism and director of the interdisciplinary studies degree, published "Trance Speakers" with McGill-Queen's University Press. 

Associate Professor of Art and Chair of the Department Ted Whisenhunt's sculpture, "Cultivated," was selected from more than 1,500 entries to be on display at “The Red Clay Survey:” 2017 Exhibition of Contemporary Southern Art sponsored by the Huntsville Museum of Art and and was one of three to pieces selected as a permanent part of the museum collection. He was also offered a solo exhibition at the museum for July 2018.

Cody Mashburn, ’17, and Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Amy Boggan recently traveled to the University of California San Diego to present research at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition. The presentation, “The Impact of Cross-Modal Associations on the vividness of Auditory Imagery,” explored how accurately and vividly musicians and non-musicians can hear music in their heads. The two collaborated with students and faculty across campus for the research and Mashburn had the opportunity to present his preliminary data during YHC's annual Undergraduate Research Day in the spring.

APRIL 2017

Assistant Professor of Music Karen Calloway attended the Southeastern Regional National Association of Teachers of Singers (SERNATS) auditions at Georgia State University March 24-25 where she served as a judge for various categories. Two of her students, senior interdisciplinary studies major Lauren James and sophomore theatre major Cara Sullivan, were named semifinalist. Staff Accompanist Anita Guss accompanied the SERNANTS participants. Calloway also recently performed as the principal flute in the Toccoa Symphony Beethoven Concert on March 5 at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center in Toccoa, Ga.

Library Assistant Kyle Debell, ’13, was recently awarded the Society of Georgia Archivists Carroll Hart Scholarship to attend the prestigious Georgia Archives Institute.  He is currently pursuing his masters of library and information science degree from Valdosta State while working at YHC.

Dean of Library Services Debra March recently presented during a poster session along with VMDO Architects and Brightspot at the biennial Association of College and Research Libraries conference in Baltimore. Their presentation entitled, “A Small College With Big Plans and a New Library to Help it Get There,” featured information on the transformative nature of the Rollins Campus Center.

Rosemary Royston, ’89, vice president for planning and research and chief of staff, has had two recent acceptances. Her poem, “First Moon,” will appear in the inaugural issue of “Ponder Review,” a publication of the M.F.A. program of The Mississippi University for Women. “Type 1,” a prose poem on having a child with diabetes, will appear in “Mulberry Fork Review.”

Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Olya Milenkaya was the invited speaker at Western Carolina University’s Biology Seminar on March 17. Her talk’s title was “Validating body condition indices as indicators of individual quality: does condition explain intraspecific variation in reproductive success and survival among crimson finches (Neochmia phaeton)?”

Senior biology major Sazma Al Rashid presented research she conducted alongside Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Andrea Kwiatkowski at the Georgia Academy of Science meeting on March 24. The title of their poster was “Effects of nicotine use in Cigarettes or Vaporizers on the Oral Microbiota.”

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Dr. Kendall Marchman presented at the Asia Studies Development Program’s 23rd National Conference in Portland, Ore. on March 3. His paper, “Seeking the Pure Land (in the Classroom)” highlighted the need for more discussion of Pure Land Buddhism in college classrooms, and offered pedagogical examples to challenge paradigmatic representations of Buddhism in academia.

Associate Professor of English and Dean of the Division of Humanities Dr. Mark Rollins presented a paper titled “Journey’s End at the Island’s Edge: Conflicting Resolutions in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day and Graham Swift’s Last Orders” at the annual conference of the College English Association March 30-April 1 in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Several students and faculty competed in the Southeast Regional NATS competition held March 24 and 25 at Georgia State University.  Assistant Professor of Music Karen Calloway, Associate Professor of Music Sandy Calloway and Professor of Music, Director of Choral and Vocal Activities and Musical Theatre Program Co-Coordinator Jeff Bauman participated in the event. Junior theatre majors Kevin Garland, Andrew Andersen and Cara Sullivan, senior interdisciplinary studies major Lauren James, junior music major Tyler Redmond, sophomore music major Caleb Nelson, and senior music major Emily Roberts also competed in their respective divisions.  After three rounds of singing, Emily Roberts placed third in the finals, Kevin Garland placed third in the finals, and Andrew Andersen claimed first place.  All of these students are eligible to compete in the national competition.

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Dr. Shaughn Keaton recently had a paper cited in an Amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The men of the Young Harris College Chamber Choir were invited to sing at the opening session for the Georgia Music Educators Association conference in Athens, Ga. This is the largest music conference in the state of Georgia, and one of the largest state conferences in the nation. The Compulsive Lyres appeared on the program with nationally known music educator and speaker Tim Lautzenheiser and ensembles from Mercer University and Georgia State University.

Covering Canadian Crime, the co-edited collection by Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Chair of the Department Dr. Chris Richardson and Romayne Smith Fullerton, was named one of the best books of 2016 by “The Hill Times,” Canada’s major political newspaper based in the nation’s capital of Ottawa.

Senior communication studies major Maggie Sproston and junior communication studies major Megan Abercrombie won the “Ethics Across the Curriculum Award for Making Values Visible” for their work on representations of sexual assault on television with Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Chair of the Department Dr. Chris Richardson. They presented their work at YHC's Undergraduate Research Day and will soon present in Niagara Falls, Ontario, at the Popular Culture Association of Canada Conference in May.

Dr. Eric Dickman, assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies and chair of the department, serves as the Vice President of the Georgia Philosophical Society. As vice president, he coordinates and develops the annual conference. This year, he decided to hold the conference at YHC on April 7-8. The program is available here: the conference, he will moderate the majority of presentations. In addition, he will be presenting a response to A.T. Wright's paper titled "The Duty of Veracity." Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Dr. Kendall Marchman will be presenting a response to George Wrisley's "Letting go of the ‘I’: Nietzsche, Suicidal Nihilism, and the Bodhisattva Ideal." YHC alumna Alyssa Lowery, '15, will be presenting a paper titled "Striving, Bad Infinity, and the Possibility of Therapeutic Redemption.” 

MARCH 2017

Vice President for Planning and Research and Chief of Staff Rosemary Rhodes Royston, '89, was accepted for an artist's residency at the Lillian E. Smith Center. The Lillian E. Smith Center offers time and space for those who pursue varied forms of artistic expression, critical inquiry and social justice. Basis for admission is selective, based on a review by a panel of scholars from Piedmont College.

Assistant Professor of Theatre and Costume Design Abby Kiker received a Faculty Merit Award for Excellence in Design for her costume designs for Everyman. Student awards for Everyman included senior interdisciplinary major Lauren James and senior theatre major Blake Wilson for both for acting, senior theatre major Carli LeJeune for stage management, sophomore theatre major Kristen Talley for choreography, junior theatre major Savannah Williams for scenic charge artist, and junior theatre major Keeley Adkisson for props. These students will compete in the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival next February.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Chair of the Department Dr. Eric Dickman recently attend the Southeast Commission of the Study of Religion conference in Raleigh, N.C., March 3-5. He has served as the Chair of the Philosophy of Religion section of the SECSOR, a regional satellite organization of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), for the past three years. The organization’s conference sessions themes are centered around religious diversity where he has brought together scholars from across the region specializing in Asian Religions, Islam, and Christianity. The two session themes for this year primarily concerned philosophy of religion’s place in the field of Religious Studies. This year, religious studies major Anderson Moss was selected to present research at the conference. The selection process is very competitive, where upper-level student work from state universities and other liberal arts colleges is assessed by scholars from throughout the region. Moss presented a portion of his senior capstone, titled “A Textual Voyage: A Post-colonial Critique of 19th and 20th Century Travelogues.” In addition, senior creative writing majors Andie Weaver and Sarah Boudreau, senior business and public policy major Thomas Johnson, junior creative writing major Melissa Powell, sophomore English major C’Lee Long, and freshman biology major Xavier Jacobs attend the conference alongside Dr. Dickman.

Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Johnathan Davis attended the Southeastern Environmental Educators Alliance regional meeting on March 3 in Buford, Ga. He presented a talk entitled “Utilizing Snorkeling to Address Research Questions for Fishes in Southern Appalachia.”

Ohio Communication Journal recently published Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Director of the Speaking Center, and Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Jennifer Hallett's article entitled “Squid or Chalkie? The role of self-identity and selective perception in processing tendentious ‘hillbilly’ humor.”

Six YHC students recently participated in the Southeastern Theatre Conference March 1 – 4. At SETC, they auditioned for summer jobs, take workshops, and more. Sophomore Keeley Adkisson and Drew Anderson were semi-finalists at the Kennedy Center, American College Theatre Festival in February, where they competed with hundreds of undergraduates from school across the southeast for the Irene Ryan Award.

Director of Communications and Marketing LeAnn Waldroup, Associate Director of Communications and Marketing Kelly Crawford, and Communications and Marketing Specialist Maddy Elledge, '16, recently won two merit awards from the Educational Advertising Awards for the Fall/Winter 2016 issue of Echoes Magazine and the 2016 Alumni Weekend brochure.


Adjunct Instructor of Art Charlie Routh recently served as a judge for First Lego League (FLL). FLL is an international competition organized for elementary and middle school students. Tomorrow’s innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, FLL teams research real-world problems and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using Lego Mindstorms technology, then compete on a table-top playing field. While having fun, they learn to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), plus a big dose of imagination, to solve a problem. Students develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even presentation skills, as they must present their solutions to judges. Routh judged the Regional, Super Regional and State Championships throughout 2016 and 2017. Routh is a certified Core Values judge for the First Lego League Association.

Associate Professor of History Dr. Natalia Starostina published articles in two edited conference proceedings published by university presses. Her article "Robert Graves about the First World War and the Phenomenon of a Fictionalized Memoir in the Construction of the Memory of the War” was published by the Federal University of the Urals and “The Russian Orthodoxy and the Russian Identity in the ‘Russian’ Interwar Paris” was published by the State University of Saint-Petersburg. Both articles were published in the aftermath of various conferences she has presented via Skype.

Assistant Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing Chelsea Rathburn published poems in “The Southern Review,” “The Cincinnati Review,” and “32 Poems.” Her poem “A Raft of Grief” was reprinted in “Inspired Georgia,” a celebration of Georgia’s contemporary poets and photographers published by the University of Georgia Press.

Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Dr. Jim May was a featured writer this past month at Lions in Winter, Eastern Illinois University's literary festival. Dr. May also read at last month's New York Encounter, where his poem "Damnation with Clarence Darrow" won the festival's poetry contest. His book, “Unquiet Things,” meanwhile, was long-listed for the Julie Suk Award, which is given annually to the best book of poetry published by an independent or university press.

Residence Life Coordinators Dani Godin, Devin Carr, and Megan Townsend, along with 10 Resident Assistants (Kirstie Lizano, Laura Gregory, Paxton Spessard, Marcia Hall, Evan Roberts, Joey Becnel, Asia Battey, Kaitlin Swanda, Derrien Carr, and Monica Ramirez-Leon) attended the Georgia Resident Assistant Saturday Seminar in Milledgeville, Ga., on Jan. 28. There, YHC's RAs networked with some of Georgia's top colleges and universities. They attended sessions involving programming, diversity, community building, and much more.

Residence Life Coordinator Megan Townsend was selected to receive the 2017 SEAHO Fee Waiver Scholarship.  She will be attending the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers Conference with Assistant Dean of Students Stuart Miller and Residence Life Coordinator Dani Godin in Chattanooga, Tenn., in early March.  

Assistant Professor of History and Chair of the Department Dr. Matthew Byron’s essay entitled "A Dishonorable Death?: The Stuart-Bennett Duel of 1819" has been published in “The Field of Honor: Essays on Southern Character and American Identity (University of South Carolina Press, 2017). Also, he will be presenting "A Delicate Affair: The Shadow Duel between James Henry Hammond and Wade Hampton" at the Georgia Association of Historians Annual Meeting at Jekyll Island, Ga., later this month.

The Department of Religion and Philosophy is inducting its very first cohort of students into YHC’s local chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, the national Religious Studies and Theology honors society. YHC's chapter is Alpha Lambda Sigma. A small ceremony will be held at the Chapel on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 5 p.m. The students being inducting are: Seth Black, Morgan Clark, Jakob Elliot, Sara Freeman, Courtney Huskins, Hannah Johnson, Samantha Jones, Cody Mashburn, Anderson Moss, Trey Rogers, and Allie Weldon.

Assistant Professor of Music Karen Calloway sang and played recorder in a Chamber Recital with guest artist Lillian Pearson on Jan. 19 in the Susan B. Harris Chapel. She also organized and helped facilitate three interactive Historical Music Workshops held throughout the day on Jan. 20. In these sessions, Lillian Pearson collaborated with many YHC music students accompanying them on the harpsichord and forte piano.

Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Johnathan Davis recently attended the annual meeting of the Georgia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society in Statesboro, Ga., along with two students, sophomore biology major Samuel Flagg of Atlanta and sophomore biology major Parker Moon, of Commerce, Ga. The following presentations were given: "Habitat preferences of the Hiwassee crayfish Cambarus hiwasseensis in a headwater stream" presented by Flagg, Moon, and Dr. Davis; "Evaluation of factors influencing spotted bass use of introduced structures in a Georgia Highland Reservoir" presented by Ethan Barrett, of Hayesville, N.C., and Dr. Davis; "Investigations of Georgia’s Population of Sicklefin Redhorse" by junior biology major Kaylyn Crossley, of Dallas, Ga., Dr. Davis, and Brett Albanese from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources; and "Factors affecting tournament-associated mortality of black bass species" presented by Moon, junior biology major Zoelle Reinke, of Fond de Lac, Wis., and Dr. Davis. 

President Cathy Cox was the opening keynote speaker for the 2017 Class of Leadership Georgia on Jan. 26 at Brasstown Valley Resort, speaking to the group of 63 Georgia emerging leaders from throughout the state on the organization’s theme, “A Georgia State of Mind” and “People as a Resource.” She also promoted YHC’s baccalaureate degree programs, athletics, fine arts and “Early College” programs to the group.

President Cathy Cox, Athletic Director Randy Dunn, and Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance/Senior Woman Administrator Jennifer Stearsman attended the NCAA’s Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn., from Jan. 18-21. President Cox participated on a panel discussion regarding the changes in the federal overtime rule entitled “Implementation of New FLSA Standards & Creative Budgeting Tips, but wait…” with athletics’ representatives from Pa., Colo., and Fla. and the NCAA’s legal counsel.

Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Education Dr. Shelley Sanderson recently presented two sessions at the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference in Athens, Ga. entitled  “Music Across the Spectrum: Inclusion Tips for Students With Autism” and “Out There in the Open: A Real World Discussion of Ethics in the Music Classroom.”

Eight theatre and musical theatre majors recently travelled to Statesboro, Ga., to compete in the Kennedy Center-American College Theatre Festival in February. Junior theatre major Savannah Williams, of Rutledge, Ga., will be working for the Santa Fe Opera this summer as an apprentice in production and music services. Senior theatre performance major Brandon Helton, of Dahlonega, Ga., recently participated in the University and Resident Theatre Auditions in Chicago, Ill. for placement in master’s degree programs. 

Adjunct Instructor of Theatre Bart Hansard is starring in “Lost in the Cosmos” at Theatrical Outfit in downtown Atlanta throughout the month of February.

Associate Director of Communications and Marketing Kelly Crawford and Coordinator for Advancement Administration Rhonda Hood attended the Council for the Advancement of Schools and Education (CASE) District III Conference in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 5-8.


Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Matt Morena participated in the 2017 Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) in Atlanta, where he gave two talks. His first, “Fundamental Cupolets of Chaotic Systems,” described his current research in dynamical systems. In his second talk, “Students Teaching Students Through Video Presentations,” Dr. Morena reflected upon his preparation and observations while instructing Multivariable Calculus here at YHC during Fall 2016.

Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Dr. Jim May was a featured reader at the Decatur Book Festival and the Southern Festival of Books this fall. He also had three poems,  "Visiting a Small Place," "Damnation as Gabriel Conroy," and "Damnation with a Mountain View," published by Terminus Magazine, and his poem "A Portrait of the Self as Skunk Cabbage" was reprinted on VerseDaily.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Chair of the Department Dr. Chris Sass attended the Joint Mathematics Meetings (the largest math meeting in the world) in Atlanta, Jan. 4-6. He attended numerous sessions on pedagogy and participated in a workshop on "Implementing and Orchestrating Active Learning Strategies in Calculus." 

Vice President for Planning and Research and Chief of Staff Rosemary Royston, ’89, has had two poems selected for publication for the inaugural issue of Voices, a literary journal of hope and recovery, community project of Kentucky River Community Care.

Assistant Professor or Theatre and Costume Design Abby Kiker received Faculty Merit Awards for Excellence in Design for her costume and makeup designs for "The Mousetrap," as well as awards for her costume designs for "The Woodsman and the Fairy" and "My Fair Lady."  These awards are all part of the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival. Kiker also recently submitted a beaded "painting" to a juried art show in Lake City, S.C. This work was accepted into the show, will be on display in April, and will compete for a cash prize. 

Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator of the Scholars Consortium and Academic Fellowships Dr. Matthew Bruen recently had his nonfiction essay, "The Lost Place: The Valley of the Minisink," accepted for publication by Kudzu House Quarterly. His peer-review pedagogical article, "The Archive in the Early American Literature Classroom: Techniques, Exercises, and Assignments," has been accepted for publication by Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice. In addition, his paper "'For lists of killed and wounded, see / The morrow’s dispatch': Wartime Communication and Trauma in Herman Melville’s 'Donelson'" has been accepted for presentation at the Eleventh International Melville Society Conference.

Assistant Professor of Spanish and French Dr. David S. Mora attended a conference at DePaul University in Chicago, Sept. 15-18.

Instructor of Mathematics and Instructional Technologist for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Diane Bauman recently took an online series of courses through the Online Learning Consortium and received a “Masters in Leadership in Online Learning” certification.

Professor of English and Director of the Study Abroad Program Dr. Ruth Looper recently applied for and received $2,000 from the Georgia Humanities Council, their maximum award. The grant will fund a special presentation by Sheila Arnold Jones on Zora Neale Hurston, African-American folklorist and acclaimed author of “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” that will open the Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival on March 31.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Chair of the Department Dr. Eric Dickman recently published an article to contribute to an invite-only special volume of the journal Religions. The special volume title is "In Anticipation: Eschatology and Transcendence in Contemporary Contexts," and will be completed in the next few months. The title of his contribution, published online first, is "Transcendence Un-Extra-Ordinaire: Bringing the Atheistic I Down to Earth." It is available at the following link:

Assistant Dean of Students Stuart Miller and Director of Campus Activities Kelsey Dillard attended the annual conference for the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors in Boston, Mass., Nov. 30-Dec. 3.

Assistant Director of Academic Advising and Planning Amy Brock was awarded the NACADA Administrator’s Institute Scholarship. This scholarship waived the fees associated with the upcoming Institute. Both Brock and Director of the Student Success Center Jaime Miller will attend the Institute conference Feb. 9-11.



Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Johnathan Davis  was named a 2018 Appalachian Teaching Fellow by the Appalachian Regional Commission. For this distinction, his ichthyology course was chosen to participate in the Appalachian Teaching Project. Students developed a project with the capability of supporting the ARC's mission of strengthening and enhancing opportunity in Appalachian communities, specidically by promoting Appalachia's natural assets. Dr. Davis and his students traveled to Washington D.C. from Nov. 28-Dec. 2 and presented an oral and poster presentation of their profect at the Appalachian Teaching Project conference. The project was entitled "The Southern Appalachian Snorkeling Trail: Preserving Water Quality in Southern Appalachia by Promoting Native Fish Diversity." Presenting students were Caroline Cox, Aubrey Crowell, Mallory Downs, Mark Howington, Darrien Henson, Robert Moser and Hannah Walker. 


Dr. Jennifer Hallett and Marti Slaughter attended the National Communication Association's annual meeting to participate in the "Critically Evaluating Engagement and Assessment in the Basic Course" panel presentation. Their presentation focused on best practices for communication faculty including content, assignments and assessments of student work that better reflect and respect the identities of students with disabilities.


Vice President of Research and Planning Rosemary Royston recently published a poem titled Rumex acetosella in Split Rock Review, Issue 11. Additionally, her poem Appalachian Ghazal was nominated for the Best of the Net anthology by The Museum of Americana.


Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies Dr. Eric Dickman recently published a chapter contribution titled "Hermeneutic Priority and Phenomenological Indeterminacy of Questioning" for the book The Significance of Indeterminacy: Perspectives from Asian and Continental Philosophy, edited by Robert H. Scott and Gregory S. Moss (New York: Routledge, 2019).

Associate Professor of Music Dr. Sandy Calloway will be performing the role of Marcello in the Peach State Opera production of La Boheme this fall.