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FEBruary 2016

Professor of Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Activities Jeffrey Bauman is pleased to announce that the YHC Chamber Choir has been selected to perform a concert in New York City at the iconic St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Thursday, March 11 at 4 p.m. Students will spend four days in New York, taking in sites of historic and cultural significance, and attending concerts and musicals.  The choir is directed by Mr. Bauman, and will be accompanied by Staff Accompanist Anita Guss.

Assistant Professor of English Dr. Matthew Bruen’s essay titled "The Park Built on Forgotten Ghost Towns" was recently published in the literary magazine Narratively. Read the essay online here

President Cathy Cox was invited to speak to an assembly of Augusta University student-athletes and Fort Gordon soldiers at the jointly-sponsored Leadership Academy on the topic of “Leaders: Not Content With the Status Quo” on Jan. 23. She also addressed the 2016 Class of Leadership Georgia as the opening night keynote speaker at Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, Ga., incorporating the group’s theme for the year, “One Georgia: Stronger Together,” on Jan. 28.

Assistant Professor of Outdoor Leadership and Chair of the Outdoor Leadership Department Dr. Rob Dussler recently published an article titled “Lessons from the river: Utilizing whitewater critical incident and accident case studies to inform decision-making frameworks in outdoor leadership” in P. Parker & N. L. Vaugeois (Eds.), Innovative leisure practices (pp. 61-71). Nanaimo BC Canada: World Leisure Center of Excellence.

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Dr. Kevin Marinelli has a forthcoming article in Rhetoric Society Quarterly titled “Revisiting Edwin Black: Exhortation as a Prelude to Emotional-Material Rhetoric” and a forthcoming book review in Rhetoric and Public Affairs. He has also been invited to participate in a discussion on public memory at the Southern States Communication Association in Austin, Texas, in April. He will be presenting an essay at the Rhetoric Society of America Conference in Atlanta, Ga., in June. Dr. Marinelli presented during the YHC Faculty Lecture Series this past fall, and will present during the Faculty Lecture Series this spring.

Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Olya Milenkaya received $594 in funding from the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society. The funding was used to set-up dozens of nest boxes for birds around the YHC campus. These boxes will help the population of cavity nesting birds and will be used by Dr. Milenkaya and YHC students for research. The YHC Physical Plant Staff helped Dr. Milenkaya set up the boxes and were tremendously helpful by offering their expertise, tools, and time.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Matt Morena attended the 2016 Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) in Seattle, Wash., as part of his admittance into the Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) fellowship. The JMM is the largest mathematics meeting in the world, while Project NExT is a professional development program for college-level faculty interested in teaching mathematics. At the conference, Dr. Morena participated in a myriad of Project NExT activities and workshops and also presented a paper titled “Music Synthesis from Controlled Chaos” during the conference’s Session on Mathematics and the Arts. He also served as a judge for the undergraduate poster session.

Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Education Dr. Shelley Sanderson contributed a chapter for a book titled “Connecting Practice, Measurement, and Evaluation.” The book is published through GIA Publications Inc. She also presented a conference session on Choral Music Educators and Musical Theater at the Florida Music Education Association In-Service Conference in Tampa, Fla., in Jan. 2016, and will be presenting a similar topic at the South Carolina Music Educators Association In-Service Conference in Columbia, S.C., this February.

Associate Professor of History Dr. Natalia Starostina published an article titled “Comment les réseaux ont appris aux Français à aimer la vitesse ferroviaire: vitesse, modernité et la nouvelle culture de mobilité dans les publicités des compagnies de chemins de fer françaises dans la France de l’entre-deux-guerres” [“How the French Réseaux Taught the French to Love Speed and Fast Trains: Speed, Modernity, and New Mobility Culture in the Publicité of Réseaux in Interwar France”] in the peer-reviewed journal Revue d’histoire des chemins de fer, no. 46-47, Special issue Le rail à toute(s) vitesse(s). Deux siècles de vitesse sur rail, trente ans de grandes vitesses (2012), pp. 145-171.

Associate Professor of Art and Chair of the Art Department Ted Whisenhunt will present a solo art exhibition titled “Bamalachia" in the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Gallery at Georgia State University, May 12-July 31.

 

January 2016

Dean of the Division of Fine Arts and Assistant Professor of Theatre Chris Crawford recently chaired a college scholarship audition roundtable at the Georgia Theatre Conference. He also designed the lights for the production “A Little Princess” at Theatrical Outfit.

Assistant Professor of Theatre Abby Kiker recently provided costume renderings for the new project "Anthro the Musical,” which is based in New York, N.Y., through Puppetry Arts. The renderings are for a new website created by City University of New York students as part of their marketing class. The website will provide a platform to advertise, fundraise, and promote "Anthro the Musical.” As an outreach project, it is designed to raise awareness of the importance of anti-bullying.

The Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival was recently awarded a $5,000 Georgia Vibrant Communities grant through the Georgia Council for the Arts. The festival, which will be held Friday-Saturday, April 1-2, is coordinated by Associate Professor of English and Director of Rhetorica Dr. Amanda Lawrence and Professor of English and Director of the Study Abroad Program Dr. Ruth Looper.

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Dr. Kendall Marchman presented a paper titled “What’s Good for Hip-Hop May Not Be Good for My Soul: The Dilemma of Big K.R.I.T.” at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Atlanta, Ga., on Nov. 23. His paper was also featured in the Critical Approaches to Hip-Hop and Religion Group and Music and Religion Group, which was themed “Re-‘Shaping’ Music, Race, and Religion: From Sacred Harp to Southern Rap.”

Assistant Professor of Physical Geography Dr. Baishali Ray and Assistant Professor of Physics Dr. Arunava Roy published a paper titled “An Introduction to Measurement of Charges, Currents and Electric Fields in Thunderstorms” in the International Journal of Science and Engineering Technology Vol. 1 No. 1 in Oct. 2015.

Chaplain and Dean of the Chapel Rev. Blair Tolbert was accepted into the inaugural cohort of the National Campus Ministry Association's Bethany Initiative, which is a three year fellowship of continuing education, support, and mentoring for chaplains and campus ministers funded by the Bethany Fellows and Pastoral Excellence Network.

Director of Communications and Marketing LeAnn Waldroup, Associate Director of Communications and Marketing Kelly Crawford, and Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing Kyle Huneycutt, ’13, received one gold and two silver awards from Education Digital Marketing for their work on the College’s virtual tour, interactive map and college website.

December 2015

Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Jonathan Davis presented the paper titled “Use of Pectoral Fin Rays to Test the Effect of Stream Discharge on Growth of Sicklefin Redhorse” which was coauthored by senior biology major Fernando Serrano, of Cartersville, Ga. during the meeting of the Southeastern Fishes Council in Gainesville, Fla., Nov. 12-13. Dr. Davis also presented “Should Fisheries Conservationists and Biologists Adopt a More ‘Fish-Friendly’ Diet?” during the meeting.

Instructor of Music Cynthia DeFoor and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Music Dr. Keith DeFoor adjudicated the Northeast Georgia Music Teachers Association’s Sue Morris Memorial Sonata and Sonatina Festival on Oct. 24 at Brenau University and the North Fulton Music Teachers Association’s Fall Festival on Nov. 14 at Johns Creek United Methodist Church. Dr. DeFoor also served on an On-Site Reaffirmation Committee to Centre College for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Nov. 10-12, and served on an On-Site Committee to Normandale Community College for the National Association of Schools of Music, Nov. 2-4.

Assistant Dean of Students Stuart Miller and Director of Campus Activities Kelsey Dillard will attend the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Annual meeting in Fort Worth, Texas, Dec. 2-6. The AFA Annual Meeting provides enriching and impactful educational experiences for all attendees on relevant topics, trends, and issues. Attendees will discuss and reflect upon the changing dynamics and enduring principles that impact the fraternity/sorority experience.

Assistant Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing Chelsea Rathburn and Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Dr. Jim May presented at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference on Nov. 15. Rathburn chaired a panel titled “SAMLA Poets Read and Celebrate Ekphrasis” and delivered the presentation “Furious Mothers & Other Monsters: Considering Delacroix's Medea.” She also read from a sequence of poems in progress. For her work on this project, she was recently named a finalist for a grant from the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. Her new poem titled “Elegy for an Accordion,” was published in The Oxford American’s special issue on Georgia music. Dr. May presented his paper titled "Silence is All We Dread: Claudia Emerson's Last Poems" as part of the "Commemorating Claudia Emerson" panel. In October, Rathburn and Dr. May led a workshop on poetic distance and poetic intimacy for the Georgia Poetry Society at its quarterly meeting in Dahlonega, Ga.

Coordinator of Academic Success Emily Richardson presented “Confessions of Recent Graduates: Navigating the Job Search, a New Job, and a New City” during the Southern Association for College Student Affairs Conference held in Greenville, S.C., Oct. 31-Nov. 2. 

November 2015

Assistant Director of Academic Advising and Planning Amy Brock completed her masters in history from Western Kentucky University in late September with a 4.0 GPA. 
 
In cooperation with Theatre Young Harris, Director of the Honors Program and Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Ashley Carr supervised early childhood education teacher candidates in the creation of educational materials to encourage community experience with the September production of “Cinderella's Mice.” Students and educators from several districts attended the musical theatre performance with the support of developmentally appropriate extension activities including word work, creative movement, creative writing, and a text set of related books to help children connect their experience at YHC to their school classrooms. Dr. Carr also attended the 50th annual conference of the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) in October and was invited to publish an article titled “Self-care for Sustainability; Wellness in Teacher Preparation” in the Fall 2015 issue of the Georgia NAME newsletter. Along with senior early childhood education major Stephanie Brady of Dawsonville, Ga., Dr. Carr attended the Georgia STEM Forum in Athens, Ga., Oct. 26-27. The conference hosted 1,200 educators from around the state to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics pedagogy and content. Accompanied by members of the YHC Honors Program junior interdisciplinary studies major Sheldon Clark, of Norcross, Ga., and sophomore early childhood education major Kaila Reece of Hiawassee, Ga., Dr. Carr will attend the 25th annual conference for the National Collegiate Honors Council in Chicago, Ill. Nov. 11-15. Ms. Clark and Ms. Reece will post to the Honors Program blog during the experience, and upon returning, all three will give a presentation on Nov. 23 at 6 p.m. in Wilson Lecture Hall.
 
President Cathy Cox was the speaker for the annual meeting of the Hall County Soil and Water Conservation District in Gainesville, Ga., on Oct. 19. She addressed YHC's sustainability efforts, including construction of LEED-certified buildings, projects funded by the students' "Green Fee," the new sustainability minor, and other initiatives. President Cox was also the keynote speaker for the fall meeting of the Laurel District of the Garden Clubs of Georgia, when they met on Oct. 13 in Towns County. She described the value of a liberal arts education, as offered by YHC, and reinforced its value in raising up the next generation of gardeners and those who appreciate beauty, care for the environment, and act as good stewards of our natural resources. 
 
Dean of the Division of Fine Arts and Assistant Professor of Theatre Chris Crawford and Assistant Professor of Theatre Abby Kiker received recognition for excellence in design for the department's April 2015 production of “Good Boys and True.” Chair of the Theatre Department and Assistant Professor of Theatre Anne Towns received recognition for excellence in directing for the same production. These awards are presented through the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) and the certificates will be presented at the annual KC/ACTF festival in February.  
 
Director of Campus Activities Kelsey Dillard attended the National Association for Campus Activities South Regional Conference with senior communication studies major Maddy Elledge, of Augusta, Ga., junior business and public policy major Faith Bridges, of Carnesville, Ga., and junior biology and chemistry major Abby Griffiths, of Locust Grove, Ga., Oct. 1-3.
 
Adjunct Instructor of Voice Rev. Terry Hooper recently participated with the Singing Men of Georgia (Sons of Jubal) as they performed concerts throughout the Holy Land. Rev. Hooper appeared as soloist, as a part of a trio, and also as part of an ensemble from the group. They sang concerts in Israel and the West Bank, including performances at the Basilica in Nazareth, the National Theatre in Bethlehem, East Jerusalem Baptist Church, the YMCA, and David's Citadel in Jerusalem. The Bethlehem concert was televised throughout the region and CBN broadcast a special report of the concert at David's Citadel. The group of 150 men also participated in the donation of more than 600 coats for children in Gaza.
 
Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Sharon Jackson presented “Deepening Conceptual Understanding of Environmental Concepts Using a Place-Based Approach” at the Association of Middle Level Educators Fall 2015 Conference in Columbus, Ohio. She also attended the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators Fall 2015 conference, Oct. 7-10. 
 
Associate Professor of English and Director of Rhetorica Dr. Amanda Lawrence, Professor of English and Study Abroad Program Director Dr. Ruth Looper, Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Writing Center Dr. Jared Champion along with junior creative writing major Sarah Boudreau of Cumming, Ga., and local storyteller Debbie Weston From presented "Staging Appalachian Identity: Using a Storytelling Festival to Celebrate Heritage and Critique Cultural Norms" at the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present Conference in Greenville, S.C., Sept. 25-26. The Department of English also took a group of students to the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn., Oct. 2-3.
 
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Dr. Kevin Marinelli’s review of Vebjørn Roald’s and Linda Sangolt’s article “Deliberation, Rhetoric and Emotion in the Discourse on Climate Change in the European Parliament” was published in CW Delft, The Netherlands: Eburon Academic Publishers. Argumentation and Advocacy 51.3 (2015): 290-295. His article “Tweaking Ethical Consumption: Civic Branding in Starbucks Cause-Related Marketing” was published in International Journal of Marketing Semiotics Vol. III (2015): 5-23.
 
Assistant Dean of Students Stuart Miller received the Outstanding Professional Award and Residence Life Coordinator Amanda Voegel received the Contribution to Campus Award during the Georgia Housing Officers Conference which was held on the YHC campus, Oct. 8-9. Miller also presented at the North Carolina Housing Officers Conference at East Carolina University on Oct. 13.
 
Dean of the Division of Humanities and Associate Professor of English Dr. Mark Rollins presented a paper titled “‘What Kinds of Labour Are Good for Men?’: Work and/as Pleasure in Hardy’s Fiction” at the annual Victorians Institute Conference at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C., Oct. 2-3. The paper Dr. Rollins presented at the College English Association conference in April 2015 has been named “Best in Section,” and a revised and expanded version will appear in the Nov. 2015 issue of the CEA Critic (77.3). The paper is titled “Caring Is a Gift: Gift Exchange and Commodification in Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go.”
 
Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Shelley Sanderson performed as guest choral conductor for the Georgia College and State University Alumni Weekend in Milledgeville, Ga., on Nov.14. Dr. Sanderson directed the current Max Noah Singers and past choral members and music faculty in a special concert that culminated the weekend.
 
Assistant Professor of Art Jeremy Waltman’s video, “On My Mind,” will be shown during the UFO Film Festival in Leipzig, Germany, and during the Montemario Short Film Festival in Rome, Italy. His film, “It Plays Like Love” will be shown during the Phoenix Film Festival in Melbourne Australia, the Direzione Lumiere in Rome, Italy, the Valley Film Festival in Los Angeles, Calif., the New Jersey International Film Festival at Rutgers College, the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival in Washington, the Blackbird Film Festival online, and the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Ga. The film has won the Director Award for the 2015 North Carolina Film Awards. It was also the winner of Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Actress, and received nominations for Editing and Original Music at the 2015 Atlanta Independent Film Festival.
 

 

October 2015

Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Mark Brunner provided the “back to school” keynote address to a group of 72 Citrus County School administrators in July. Dr. Brunner’s message centered on the role of relationships, identity and servant leadership touchstones.

Associate Professor of Music Dr. Sandy Calloway performed the role of Il Commendatore in the Peach State Opera’s production of Don Giovannion on Aug. 30 at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center. The Peach State Opera is a touring company based in Atlanta and will give four more performances of Don Giovanni in January and February.

Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Ashley Carr attended the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) Conference in New Orleans, La., Oct. 1-4. NAME is the premier organization for the advancement of social justice education.

YHC President Cathy Cox discussed voting rights, participation in government, and the strengths of the U.S. Constitution in a panel discussion at Bainbridge State College for Constitution Day on Sept. 17 with Bainbridge Mayor Edward Reynolds and former Libertarian candidate for governor John Monds. The moderator, Donalsonville Mayor Dan Ponder, is a recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Award.

Men’s Basketball Head Coach Pete Herrmann was the guest speaker for the Rotary Club of Union County on Sept. 10 during their meeting in Blairsville. He discussed the upcoming season, his new recruits, and the pride he maintains in his team for their achievements in meeting both academic and sportsmanship standards.

Director of Communications and Marketing LeAnn Waldroup and Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing Kyle Huneycutt, ’13, received awards of excellence from the Printing and Imaging Association of Georgia for their work on the College’s Junior Search Piece and 2014-2015 Fine Arts calendar.

Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Sharon Jackson, Dean of the Division of Education and Professor of Education Dr. Karynne Kleine, and Dr. Brunner accompanied a group of 20 early childhood, middle grades, and secondary teacher candidates to Spelman College on Oct. 3 for the annual diversity summit titled “Reimagining Diversity: Experiencing Inclusion.” Dr. Jackson and Dr. Kleine will co-present at the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) conference in Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 13-17. The presentation discusses the outcome of the Teacher Quality Grant Dr. Jackson was awarded in 2014 through a presentation titled “Using Field-based Experiences to Deepen Conceptual Learning in Environmental Science.” Dr. Kleine will also present “Inter-generational Professional Identity Development: Messy Methodology” to the National Professors of Middle Level Education group at a mini-conference held in conjunction with the annual AMLE gathering.  

Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Olga Milenkaya and colleagues published an article titled “Body Condition Indices Predict Reproductive Success but Not Survival in a Sedentary, Tropical Bird” in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE

Assistant Professor of Music and Music Education Coordinator Dr. Shelley Sanderson, Dr. Brunner, Dr. Carr, Dr. Jackson and Dr. Kleine will be attending the Southeast Regional Association of Teacher Educators at Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Oct. 8-10. Dr. Jackson, Dr. Kleine and Haley Dyer, Master Educator from Union County, will present their work titled “Sighting the Mountain Top Together: Young Harris College and Union County Schools Reciprocate through the Master Educator Program.” Through the Georgia Network for Transforming Educator Preparation, the Division of Education has established a partnership with Union and Towns County Schools that is providing professional learning for in-service teachers and more productive field experiences for teacher candidates. The creation of the Master Educator Program is the hallmark of that partnership. Dr. Kleine will also present her work “Inter-generational Professional Identity: What Can Be Learned?”

Vice President for Planning and Assessment and Lecturer of English Rosemary Royston, ’89, recently participated in a poetry reading along with North Carolina Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson and poet Robert King at Murphy Public Library. She published three poems in the summer 2015 journal STILL, was included in the anthology Stone, River, Sky by Negative Capability Press, and published one poem in the Kentucky Review.

Assistant Professor of Art Jeremy Waltman is the writer and director of the independent film “It Plays Like Love,” which will be screened at the Atlanta Independent Film Festival on Oct. 9—during which Waltman will be featured on the Feature Film Panel—, the Valley Film Festival in Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 20-25, and the University of West Georgia on Oct. 26. The film most recently screened at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sept. 25, and Waltman was interviewed for an article appearing on the New Jersey Stage website. Waltman is also the writer and director of the music video, “On My Mind” which will be screened at Montemario Film Festival in Rome, Italy.

 

 

September 2015

Professor of Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Activities Jeffrey Bauman has been selected to serve as the conductor for the Georgia Music Educators Association High School Honor Choir for District 14. The honor choir event will be held in Gainesville at the end of October. He is currently working to write the new national standards for the National Association for Music Education by coordinating the efforts of the Choral Council, for which he serves as chair.

Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Amy Boggan attended the Society for Music Perception and Cognition Conference in Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 1-5.

Assistant Professor of Music Karen Calloway judged the national semi-final voice auditions of high school women at the National Association of Teachers Singing (NATS) conference at UNC Greensboro in Greensboro, N.C., on July 7.  She then attended the entire NATS conference through July 10. 

YHC President Cathy Cox was a keynote speaker for the Georgia State Council of the Society of Human Resource Mangers (SHRM) during their state meeting in Savannah, Ga., on Aug. 31. Her presentation, “The Parallels between Education and the Workplace,” focused on the benefits of hiring liberal arts graduates. Human Resources Director Vince Robelotto is a SHRM member and also attended the three-day conference.  

Dean of the Division of Fine Arts and Assistant Professor of Theatre Chris Crawford recently completed production management of Morgantown’s Mountainfest Motorcycle Rally and Concert Series, featuring Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels, Jackyl with Jessie James Dupree, America, and the Marshal Tucker Band. He has also been named chair of the Colleges and Universities Division for the Georgia Theatre Conference.

Instructor of Music Cindy DeFoor and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Music Dr. Keith DeFoor served as adjudicators of the 2015 South Carolina Music Teachers Association State Piano Auditions at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., on April 25.

Adjunct Professor of Business and Public Policy Mark Dehler has been named executive director of Georgia’s Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC). He will wind down his law practice to take on the JQC responsibilities, but will continue his teaching duties at YHC.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Department Chair Dr. Eric Dickman published an article titled “The Questions of Jesus and Mazu: Human or Beyond?” in Literature and Theology (advanced access online in May, hard copy publication forthcoming) as well as “Ethical Understanding: The Priority of Questioning in Interreligious Dialogue” in Listening: The Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion and Culture (forthcoming).

Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing Kyle Huneycutt, ’13, attended the CASE Summer Institute in Communications and Marketing at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt., July 19-23.

Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands Dr. Mary Land completed her Doctorate in Music Education from the University of Georgia in July. She was invited to guest conduct at the University of South Florida for their Spring Music Festival in April. She also published an article in the August edition of The National Band Association Journal and taught at the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Mich., for seven weeks over the summer along with 14 YHC students, who worked as camp counselors, practice supervisors, stage crew members, and teaching assistants.

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Dr. Kendall Marchman delivered a presentation titled “Asian Religions in the Living Room: Hinduism and Buddhism in the Early Editions of the Encyclopædia Britannica” at the 2015 Asia Studies Development Program National Conference in Branson, Mo., March 19-21, and “Defending the Pure Land: Huaigan’s Qunyi lun” at the 2015 International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies Conference in Berkeley, Calif., Aug. 7-9. He also attended a National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Institute on Buddhist Asia in Honolulu, Hawaii, in June.

Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Dr. Jim May’s poem, “An Existential Bear,” was selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith for inclusion in the Best New Poets anthology. Dr. May's poem "Butterfly Soup" appears in Ecotone (Spring 2015) and his poem "At the Artists' Colony" appears in Rattle (Fall 2015).

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Matt Morena was selected as a Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) Fellow for the 2015-2016 year. Project NExT is a professional development program for early career mathematicians and is sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).  Its focus is to mentor its members on teaching, learning and research-related issues. Dr. Morena attended the fellowship’s four-day workshop at the MAA’s MathFest conference this summer in Washington, D.C.

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Adam Neal recently published a chapter titled "Devil in the Details: Tracing the Biblical Genealogy and Origin of the Satan-Lucifer Myths" in Philosophical Approaches to the Devil (Routledge, forthcoming).

Women’s Tennis Head Coach Cammie Nix was recently appointed to the NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Tennis Committee. The purpose of the sports committee is to develop policies and procedures governing the administration and conduct of the tennis championships.

Assistant Professor of Theatre Benjamin Norman spent three weeks at Eureka College in Eureka, Ill., training in stage combat. He is now certified in Sword and Shield, Unarmed, Quarterstaff, Small Sword, and Theatrical Firearms through the Society of American Fight Directors and Dueling Arts International. Norman also spent eight weeks in Las Vegas as staff for the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas, a vocational program for new and current live entertainment technicians. While there, Norman took and assisted in teaching classes on Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), special FX, rigging, lighting technology, programming, media design, and conceptual design methods. He also served as a mentor for six interns studying to be professional live entertainment technicians. Norman also designed media content and lighting for the charity dance concert Concert Fantasy, benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas. He collaborated with professionals from across the city including members of Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas, Rock of Ages and Cirque du Soleil.

Assistant Professor of Physics Dr. Arunava Roy attended the American Association of Physics Teachers conference in Baltimore, Md., and the Gordon Research Conference in Boston, Mass., over the summer.

Head Athletic Trainer Jared Sandler’s athletic training staff hosted a conference for all Peach Belt Conference athletic trainers with more than 60 trainers in attendance including the athletic trainers for the Atlanta Braves. They were also recognized as the Athletic Training Staff of the Year in the Peach Belt Conference. This is the second year in a row they have received this award and the fourth time in five years.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Department Chair Dr. Chris Sass attended the Mathematical Association of America MathFest conference in Washington D.C., Aug. 5-8. He served as a judge for undergraduate research presentations and attended a mini-course titled "The Mathematics of Games and Gambling."

Vice President for Student Development Angi Smith will be elected without opposition to the Young Harris City Council in September, after qualifying for a seat on the council vacated by departing YHC staffer Hilary Martin. Instructor of English Dr. Jared Champion is also qualified to run for a seat on the Young Harris City Council, and will face the incumbent in the Post 1 seat at the Nov. 3 election. Assistant Dean of Students Stuart Miller is qualified for re-election to his council seat without opposition. Technology Support Specialist Sam Leslie, who also serves on the Young Harris City Council, is not up for re-election at this election cycle.

Assistant Professor of Theatre and Department Chair Anne Towns directed two short plays for The Weird Sisters production of Twisted Tales in Atlanta this summer. The plays performed at Aurora Theatre, Theatre Emory and the Atlanta Shakespeare Theatre. She also participated as both student and teacher in the Michael Chekhov Association’s International Festival in New London, Conn.

Assistant Professor of Art Jeremy Waltman was the writer and director of It Plays Like Love, which screened at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival on Aug. 9, and will screen at the New Jersey Film Festival on Sept. 25 and at the North Carolina Film Awards in January, where it will receive the Director Award. Over the summer, Ted Limpert’s new music video, On My Mind, which was also directed and written by Waltman, screened at Sprocket’s International Music Video Festival, the longest running music video festival.

 

 

 

 

Members of YHC's Advancement Staff, Interim Vice President for Advancement Kelley Gibson, Director of Development Mark Dotson, Director of Communications and Marketing LeAnn Waldroup, Director of Annual Giving Kara Perez, Coordinator of Advancement Administration Andrea Ferguson, Director of Advancement Services Julie Payne, Director of Alumni Services Dana Ensley, Administrative Assistant for Alumni Services Heather Deyton and Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing Kyle Huneycutt attended the 10th annual Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum in Columbus, Ga., Aug. 25-26. The forum featured prominent speakers including the 43rd President of the United States George W. Bush, bestselling author John Maxwell and former Commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChrystal. 

April 2015

Voice students under the direction of Professor of Music, Director of Choral and Vocal Activities, and Musical Theatre Program Co-Coordinator Jeffrey Bauman, Assistant Professor of Music Karen Calloway, and Assistant Professor of Music and Music Education Coordinator Dr. John Wayman were awarded multiple accolades at National Association of Teachers of Singing, March 27-28. Sophomore Jennifer Peterson placed third in the Third Year College Women category, sophomore Mary-Ellen Norwood won first place in the Second Year College Women category, senior T’Arica Crawford won first place in the Fourth Year College Women category, and senior Ben Sims won first place in the Fourth Year College Men category. Each of these students is now eligible to audition for the nationals. Freshmen Tyler Redmond and Drew Anderson and junior LaDareon Copeland were finalists. Juniors Emily Roberts and Stephanie Mills and senior Judith Lyle were semifinalists.

Assistant Professor of History Dr. Matthew A. Byron served as chair and commentator for the panel "Southern Families - Exploring the Sphere of Gender and Sexuality in Sermons, Diaries, and Letters" at the annual South Carolina Historical Association Conference held in Walterboro, S.C., on March 21. Connie Wallace, '13, participated on the panel and presented her paper titled "Flirtation by Postage Stamp: Using Digital Tools to Analyze the Space of Letter Writing and Sexuality in Sam Riggins' WWI Correspondence." Dr. Byron also chaired a Civil War panel at the annual Phi Alpha Theta Conference held at Reinhardt University on March 28. Sophomore history major Anderson Moss presented his paper titled “Turgot and the French Revolution.” Fellow history majors freshman Alicia Guzman and junior Jessica Kirby also attended.

Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Johnathan Davis received a grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to fund research and equipment purchases for studying the sicklefin redhorse. He was recently elected chair of the biology section of the Georgia Academy of Sciences and mentored several student presentations. Senior biology major Kaycee Cash presented “Population characteristics, range, and habitat preferences of Cambarus parrishi, a state-endangered crayfish” and was awarded first place in biology. The paper was co-written by senior biology major Sydnee Weaver and Dr. Davis. Senior biology majors Austin Farley and William Leatherwood and Dr. Davis presented “A new technique for aging the sicklefin redhorse Moxostoma sp. to measure annual growth rates” as well as “Evaluation of sampling strategies for the sicklefin redhorse Moxostoma sp.” Farley, senior biology majors Brittany Henry, Ashley Knox, Alex Spiegel, and Dr. Davis presented “Construction and development on a college campus reduces native fish diversity in a mountain headwater stream.” Knox and Dr. Davis also presented “Prevention of knee injuries in female basketball players through targeted exercises,” and senior biology major Ashley Davenport presented “Rein tension during trot and canter in dressage horses of varying levels,” which was mentored by Associate Professor of Biology Brenda Hull, D.S. Danson, Dr. Davis, and Assistant Professor of Physics Dr. Arunava Roy.

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Music Dr. Keith DeFoor served on the National Association of Schools of Music On-Site Visiting Team to Lipscomb University, March 8-10.

Assistant Professor of Theatre Abigail Kiker and Adjunct Instructor of Theatre Kendall Kiker attended the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Chattanooga, Tenn., and presented the workshop "Kangaroo and Wallaby's Guide to the Outback," a workshop on the Australian dialect for actors. Ms. Kiker received a Region IV Faculty Design nomination for her costume design for the production The Mikado. Several of her theatre students received nominations as well, including junior theatre major Lindsey Koch and freshman theatre major Andrew Andersen for Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships, freshman theatre major Katy-Lynn Cook for Allied Design and Technologies, and sophomore theatre major Jacob Knudsen for Region IV National Stage Management— all for their work in YHC’s production of The Mikado.

Director for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Peggy Lumpkin attended the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division J Emerging Scholars Workshop in Chicago, Ill., April 15-16. She also participated in the AERA's 2015 conference which followed the workshop.

Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Dr. Jim May has been nominated by The Southern Review for the Best New Poets Anthology. 

Associate Professor of Sociology Dr. Jennifer Pemberton attended the Southern Sociological Society Meeting and presented her paper titled "'One in Ten Women, Dude. How do you NOT Know?' Endometriosis Patients Medicalize, Health Care Providers Somaticize Pelvic Pain” in New Orleans, La., on March 28. She recently presented on learning how to integrate research with teaching during a faculty roundtable at YHC’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and published an article titled “March is Endometriosis Awareness Month” in Miss Heard Magazine. View article here.

Associate Professor of English Dr. Mark Rollins presented his paper titled “Caring Is a Gift: Gift Exchange and Commodification in Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go” at the annual conference of the College English Association in Indianapolis, Ind., March 26-28.

Vice President for Planning and Assessment and Lecturer of English Rosemary Royston, ’89, recently published poetry in The Pikeville Review, The Kentucky Review, and Revolution John

Chair of the History Department and Associate Professor of History Dr. Natalia Starostina delivered a Skype presentation of her keynote address “Prerevolutionary Russian Province: Looking through the Lens of Nostalgia” at the conference Provincial Life: Past and Present organized by the State University of Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia, March 19-21. 

 

March 2015

Assistant Professor of English Dr. Matthew Bruen presented a paper titled "'Our Dear Native Soil': Fredrick Douglass and the Postbellum Reconstruction of Black Southern Identity” at the Southern American Studies Association's Biennial Conference, "Reconstruction: 2015 – 1965 – 1865," on February 20. 

Assistant Professor of History Dr. Matthew A. Byron presented a paper titled "Southerners are Very Territorial: Dueling in the Old South" at the 2015 Florida Conference of Historians on February 13 in Lakeland, Fla.

Dean of the Division of Fine Arts, Chair of the Theatre Department and Assistant Professor of Theatre Chris Crawford was elected Chair of the Colleges and Universities Division of the Georgia Theatre Conference during the Georgia Theatre Conference in January.

Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Johnathan Davis was awarded the 2015 NANFA Conservation Research Grant from the North American Native Fishes Association for his proposal titled “Do Sicklefin Redhorses Exhibit Differences in Annual Growth in Response to Seasonal Patterns of Discharge and Temperature During Spawning Season?”  The funding will support ongoing student research on the sicklefin redhorse in nearby Brasstown Creek.  Dr. Davis will report his findings in American Currents Magazine next year and give a presentation at the NANFA conference next summer in New Hampshire.

Associate Vice President for Student Development and Adjunct Professor of Communication Studies Dr. Bryan Hayse’s review of Brad Garner’s book, “The First Year Seminar: Designing, Implementing, and Assessing Courses to Support Student Learning and Success, Volume III: Teaching in the First-Year Seminar” was published in the Journal of College Orientation and Transition.

Assistant Professors of Theatre Abigail Kiker and Anne Towns presented a roundtable discussion workshop titled "I Wanna Look Hot For Rent" at the annual Southeastern Theatre Conference. The discussion focused on young actors, body types, and image, and how to prevent them from making drastic decisions that affect their performances and their health. Kiker also presented original design work at the same conference in a series titled “Design South: Costumes,” a showcase of various designers in the region who are showing a cross section of their work. 

Senior Instructor of Music and Director of Bands Mary Land’s article titled “What to Do When You’re Not Sure What to Do” was published in the February 2015 issue of The Instrumentalist, a national magazine for band and music program directors. The article offered approaches to common problems faced by new directors on the podium and outside of class, with, as the editor noted, solutions that “combine practicality, hard-earned wisdom, and a healthy dose of compassion.” Land is the immediate past president of the Georgia Music Educators Association.

Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Dr. Jim May will publish his first book of poetry, “Unquiet Things,” with Louisiana State University Press, one of the nation's premier poetry presses, in early 2016.

YHC Professor Emeritus Janice Moore published her poem, “Timing,” in the latest issue of Southern Poetry Review.  Her poem, “Writer Spider,” has been accepted for a future issue of The South Carolina Review.

Dean of the Chapel, Minister to the College and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Rev. Dr. Tim Moore’s paper titled “Discord or Harmony:  A Consideration of the Old Testament Ethic(s) of Creation” was published in the General Council of Methodist Institutes of Education’s Journal of Education.

Associate Professor of History and Chair of the History Department Dr. Natalia Starostina published an article titled “New Clothes, New Life: Fashion in Defining the Soviet Identity during the Epoch of Late Socialism (late 1970s-early 1980s)” in Fashion, Consumption and Everyday Culture in the Soviet Union between 1945 and 1985, which was edited by Eva Hausbacher, Elena Huber, and Julia Hargssner in the series Die Welt der Slaven Sammelbände [The World of Slavic Anthologies], volume 54, with the publishing house Verlag Otto Sagner (Munchen, Berlin, and Washington, D.C., 2014). In addition, Dr. Starostina made a Skype presentation of her paper “On the Problems of the Identity of Russian émigrés in Interwar France” at the conference titled “Dialogues and Encounters: A Woman in Russian and American Culture” sponsored by the Fulbright Program in Russia and George Kennan Institute. The conference took place in Vologda, Russia, Feb. 20-22.

The Office of Residence Life attended SEAHO (Southeastern Association of Housing Officers), a regional housing conference, in Mobile, Ala., Feb. 24–27. Assistant Dean of Students Stuart Miller co-presented a session titled “Designing a Community: Progressive Housing, ‘Pods,’ and Other National Trends.” The Office of Residence Life was also nominated for a SEAHO Academic Collaboration Award.

Interim Director of Communications and Marketing LeAnn Waldroup and Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing Kyle Huneycutt, ’13, received the 2015 Higher Education Marketing Report Gold Award for the Spring/Summer 2014 issue of Echoes Magazine and the 2014-2015 Fine Arts Calendar. The office also received the Merit Award for a new junior search piece.

 

February 2015

Dean of the Division of Fine Arts, Chair of the Theatre Department and Assistant Professor of Theatre Chris Crawford was elected to the Executive Board of the Georgia Theatre Conference in December 2014 and was appointed vice-chair of the college division in January 2015.

Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Johnathan Davis and senior biology major Sydney Weaver, of Sylvania, attended the meeting of the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society in Savannah, Jan. 30–Feb. 1. Weaver presented the paper titled “Population Characteristics and Habitat Preferences of Cambarus parrishi, a State-endangered Crayfish,” which is co-authored by senior biology major Kaycee Cash, of Woodstock, and Dr. Davis. Dr. Davis presented the paper titled “Two Years of Horse Play: Monitoring and Study of the Georgia Population of Sicklefin Redhorse,” which is co-authored by senior biology majors William Leatherwood and Austin Farley, both of Canton.

Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Richard Knepp, guitar, and Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Leigh Miller, clarinet, presented a duo recital of music in the Olgethorpe Theatre of the Savannah Trade Center in Savannah for the Georgia Music Educators Association Annual In-Service Conference on Jan. 30. They will present the same program in Susan B. Harris Chapel on the YHC campus on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m.

Director of Bands and Senior Instructor of Music Mary Land was the featured guest conductor at the Morehead State University 12th Annual Band Clinic in Morehead, Ky., on Nov. 22, and at the Middle Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association’s High School Honor Band in Murfreesboro, Tenn., on Jan. 10.

Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Peggy Lumpkin attended the International Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology in Jacksonville, Fla., Nov. 3–8. As president-elect of the Culture, Learning and Technology Division (CLT), Dr. Lumpkin also coordinated the planning of the CLT’s conference program.

Director of Campus Activities Ashley Randall, junior history major Grace Williamson, of Athens, and freshman English major Mikala Jones, of Blairsville, attended the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values Conference in Indianapolis, Ind., Jan. 29–Feb. 1.

Assistant Professor of Physical Geography Dr. Baishali Ray presented and published her paper titled “Thunderstorms, Charges and Currents” at the 2nd Global Multidisciplinary e-Conference on Nov. 10.

Chair of the History Department and Associate Professor of History Dr. Natalia Starostina published her paper titled “Ivan Bunin about the role of Orthodoxy in the creation of the Russian community in interwar Paris,” in the proceedings of the international conference titled “Social Service of Russian Orthodox Church: Problems, Practices and Prospects” that was organized by the Saint Petersburg State Institute of Psychology and Social Work in Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 5- 7. In addition, Dr. Starostina delivered the conference’s keynote address titled “Nadezhda Teffi and Ivan Bunin about the role of Orthodoxy in the creation of the Russian community in interwar Paris.”

 

January 2015

Professor of Music, Director of Choral and Vocal Activities, and Musical Theatre Program Co-Coordinator Jeffrey Bauman has been named to the Professional Development Committee for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). This committee is the primary planning body for the national convention which takes place in Nashville, Tenn., each October. NAfME is the largest arts advocacy organization in the world, influencing music and music education throughout the United States and overseas. Bauman is also the Chairman of the Choral Advisory Council for the organization.

President Cathy Cox was recently named to Georgia Trend Magazine’s 2015 list of 100 Most Influential Georgians. The annual list reflects the state’s most powerful and influential citizens who affect the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians.

Director of Communications and Marketing Krystin Dean, Associate Director of Communications and Marketing LeAnn Waldroup, and Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing Kyle Huneycutt received the Education Digital Marketing Awards Gold Award in the online display ad category for the “Dare To” campaign completed with Lipman Hearne. The office also received the Bronze Award for the faculty/staff e-newsletter Mountain Lines and the Merit Award for the alumni e-newsletter Today@YHC, both in the online publications category.

Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Dr. Jim May published his poem titled "The Reality Auction" in the Dec. 2014 issue of Rattle (Issue 46). The poem, which was a finalist for the magazine's Editors' Prize, is currently in the running for its Readers' Choice Award. ​

Director of Academic Advising Debbie Roach completed requirements for the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education and Organization Change program at Benedictine University in Dec. 2014.

Associate Professor of History and Chair of the History Department Dr. Natalia Starostina presented her paper titled “A Feast for Body, Soul, and Eyes on Board the Orient Express, the Transsiberian Express, and other Trains de Luxe and Creating a Legend of the Belle Époque” at the international conference “History of Railway Catering: A Worldwide Perspective” organized by François Rabelais University, University of Neuchâtel, the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), and the Association pour l'histoire des chemins de – Railway History Society (AHICF) in Tours, France, Dec. 16-17.

Assistant Professor of Art Jeremy Waltman recently directed a music video for the recording titled “On My Mind” by musician Harold Ted Limpert in the Young Harris, Ga., area including locations on the YHC campus. Watch the video here.