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Mountain Lion Legacy highlights alumni and friends of Young Harris College and the unique ways they support YHC. 


Young Harris College Big Dance to Make Big Impact
Dr. Margaret “Peggy” Pleasants Thrasher, ’59, invites community to celebrate Valentine’s Day with YHC

January 2015

Young Harris College will present the fifth annual Big Dance featuring The Grapevine live in concert on Saturday, Feb. 14, in the YHC Recreation and Fitness Center. This special Valentine’s Day event combines live music and fun fellowship for a great cause benefitting YHC’s Local Scholarship Campaign. Read more »

Annual Phonathon Connects Past and Present Young Harris College Students
Alumni answer the call to support their alma mater

December 2014

Young Harris College alumni recently had the unique opportunity to chat with current students during the annual Phonathon. The seven-week program works to build relationship and raise essential support for YHC. Read more »

Young Harris Annual Fund Provides Essential Annual Income to Impact Student Success
Trustee Jimmy Tallent, ’70, invests in current and future students

November 2014

Each year, thousands of gifts—ranging from $5 to $500,000 and beyond—to the Young Harris Annual Fund make a combined, immediate impact. This collective source of support helps Young Harris College fund student scholarships, support outstanding faculty, make classroom equipment upgrades and underwrite new innovative programming. For YHC trustee and alumnus Jimmy Tallent, ’70, of Blairsville, giving to the Annual Fund allows him to directly affect student success. Read more »

Local Scholarship Campaign Makes an Impact Close to Home
Friend of the College Jimmy Nichols contributes to the success of local students

October 2014

Each year, hundreds of students from the eight counties surrounding Young Harris College are able to attend YHC because of generous contributions to the Local Scholarship Campaign. Jimmy Nichols, relationship manager at United Community Bank in Blairsville, is one of the dedicated community members contributing to the success of the Local Scholarship Campaign—and, in turn, the achievements of YHC students. Read more »

Young Harris College Alumni Honor Beloved Librarian
The Papa Rich Project raises funds through grassroots effort

September 2014

When Young Harris College alumni recall their time in the Enchanted Valley, the memory of former Head Librarian Robert “Papa Rich” Richardson is often one that stands out. That is why several members of the Young Alumni Council banded together to honor the former SPAT Club and Quantrek Club advisor by organizing a grassroots giving initiative aptly named “The Papa Rich Project.” Read more »

Class Scholarship Challenge Encourages Friendly Competition Among Alumni
Alumnus Rudy Harrell,' 71, bolsters class participation

August 2014

For Young Harris College alumnus Rudy Harrell, ’71, of Atlanta, the annual Class Scholarship Challenge is the perfect opportunity to contribute to the success of current and future YHC students, reconnect with his classmates, and engage in a little friendly competition. As a Class Coordinator, Harrell inspired his fellow alumni to participate in record numbers, earning the Class of 1971 bragging rights for having the most class participation in this year’s challenge. Read more »

Parents and Grandparents of YHC Students Lead by Example
The new Parents/Grandparents Council keeps families involved

July 2014

At Young Harris College, care packages are just the beginning of the contributions parents and grandparents make in their students’ lives. After years of quietly supporting their students and serving as ambassadors within their communities, these family members have the chance to play more active roles in shaping the present and future of their student’s educational experience: the recently established Parents/Grandparents Council and Fund. Read more »

YHC Seniors Pay It Forward
New giving campaign allows graduates to help others attend YHC

June 2014

Seniors Paying it Forward (SPIF) is a way for Young Harris College graduating seniors to leave a lasting and recognizable impact on campus. The Class of 2014, the second graduating class to participate in SPIF, had a remarkable 92 percent participation rate this year, surpassing their 75 percent goal. Read more »


Annual Clay Dotson Open Offers Rewarding Challenge for Golfers
Friend of the College Gene Clopton shares his passion for golf and YHC

April 2014

The annual Clay Dotson Open golf tournament to benefit student scholarships at Young Harris College will be held on Monday, May 19, at Brasstown Valley Resort. For avid golfer and friend of the College Gene Clopton, of Young Harris, this marks his 15th year participating in the tournament. Read more »


Friends of the Arts Play Leading Role at Young Harris College
FOTA member Rev. Richard Hoibraten encourages all to support the arts

March 2014

Young Harris College Friends of the Arts (FOTA) platinum member Rev. Richard Hoibraten, of Young Harris, believes in the arts and recognizes how programs like FOTA help students develop into responsible adults with artistic individuality. Read more »


The Grapevine to Headline Young Harris College's Big Dance
Big Dance Chair Don Schneider invites the community to get involved

February 2014

Young Harris College’s Board of Associates will present the fourth annual Big Dance featuring The Grapevine live in concert on Saturday, March 15, in the YHC Recreation and Fitness Center. This enjoyable evening of live music and fun fellowship for a great cause benefits YHC’s Local Scholarship Campaign. Read more »


Class Scholarship Challenge Benefits Future Generations of YHC Students
Leslie Frierson, '99, and Ben Persons, '94, explain why they are involved

January 2014

Young Harris College’s Class Scholarship Challenge, which kicks off on Friday, Jan. 31, is an easy and effective way for alumni to contribute to the success of current and future YHC students—while also engaging in a little friendly competition. Alumni from across the generations rally together to help deserving students attend their alma mater during this annual push to raise funds for student scholarships. YHC alumna Leslie DeMore Frierson, ’99, of Gainesville, first heard of the challenge in 2012, and immediately knew she wanted to participate. Read more »

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