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September 2013

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On a fanullll day in 1992, I drove up to the mountains to visit a small liberal arts school - Young Harris College. I spent the majority of my visit trying to impress soccer coaches and veteran players, hoping to gain a spot on the men's soccer team roster. The tryout went well, but more importantly, I fell in love with the College. The leaves were changing and the campus was beautiful. Everyone I met was welcoming. I was overwhelmed with the feeling that the folks I met wanted me there. Thankfully, I was offered a soccer scholarship - but after that visit, I'm certain I would have attended YHC whether they wanted me on the soccer team or not.


In addition to playing soccer, I was also involved in a number of campus organizations during my time at YHC. I was a member of the Phi Chi fraternity and served on the Inter-Greek Council. I was active in the SPAT Club and received the honor of membership in Phi Theta Kappa. My peers also elected me to serve on the Student Government Association. Additionally, I worked as a resident assistant, START Orientation leader and teaching assistant for Dr. David Franklin, who taught history. My friends and I put together a team for every intramural sport - flag football, basketball, softball and ultimate Frisbee - and we were named intramurals champions during my sophomore year. I still have the T-shirt from that victory today.


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Homecoming 2013: Let the Good  
Times Roar!

This fall, Young Harris College students, alumni and Mountain Lions fans will celebrate the home opener of the 2013-2014 basketball season with Homecoming, Friday-Saturday, Nov. 15-16. Centered around the theme "Let the Good Times Roar," this exciting annual event will be presented in collaboration with the offices of Student Development and Alumni Services and the Department of Athletics.
More details coming soon.






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Alumni Spotlight: Brad Rutherford and Matthew Peeler

When Brad Rutherford, '13, of Lavonia, and Matthew Peeler, '13, of Williamson, started attending Young Harris College back in 2009, they had no idea the incredible impact they would have on the campus community. In just four years, they transformed from young men adjusting to life away from home to megastars of the college bass fishing world. The College and its two famous anglers have had a mutually beneficial relationship. YHC provided a supportive and nurturing environment that allowed the friends to grow and thrive. In return, the recent business and public policy graduates brought the College national recognition by finishing second in the the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship held on Lake Chatuge in August. Read more>>    

5 Questions for... Dr. Johnathan Davis
null Since joining the Young Harris College faculty in 2011, Assistant Professor of Biology Johnathan Davis, Ph.D., has made a positive impact on the College and its students. From advising YHC's bass fishing team and the "Underground" Bible study group, to preparing students to present undergraduate research and conducting his own scholarly studies, Dr. Davis embodies what it means to be a member of the YHC family. It's no wonder he was named 2012 Faculty Member of the Year by YHC's Student Government Association and received the prestigious Exemplary Teaching Award in 2013. Find out how Dr. Davis has made the surrounding area his classroom and laboratory, as well as what inspires him to serve YHC students both inside and outside of the classroom. Read more>>
YHC Welcomes Largest Entering Class for the 2013-2014 Academic Year
null Fall 2013 marks the largest enrollment in the history of the College with 1,125 students on campus. The previous freshman enrollment record of 437 set in Fall 2012 was surpassed by more than 30 students this fall with 470 freshmen on campus. Since the transition of YHC to a four-year institution began in 2006, the College's total enrollment has increased by 86 percent. "We are thrilled that for the seventh consecutive year we have broken overall enrollment records and are pleased to welcome the largest freshman class in the College's history," said YHC President Cathy Cox. Read more>>
Office of Student Development Creates New "YHC Outdoor Adventures" Program
null The Young Harris College Office of Student Development recently created a new "YHC Outdoor Adventures" program designed to give students, faculty and staff the opportunity to familiarize themselves with their "home" in the north Georgia mountains. The program is an expansion of the successful adventure trips offered to incoming students during S.T.A.R.T. Orientation this summer. "We took more than 75 YHC students on various trips during the summer, such as a rafting trip down the Nantahala River, a zip-lining excursion and a tubing trip down the Ocoee River," explained Associate Vice President for Student Development Bryan Hayse, Ed.D. "The purpose of these trips is not only to take students, faculty and staff on exhilarating adventures, but also expose them to the beauty of the area surrounding the College." Read more>>
YHC's Theatre Young Harris Announces 2013-2014 Season
Young Harris College's Theatre Young Harris will present an exciting new lineup of performances for the 2013-2014 season. The season will be comprised of a four-show Mainstage Series and a three-show Studio Series, offering audiences a wide range of both classic and contemporary theatre and musical theatre productions. Individual show tickets for the Mainstage Series are on sale now online at Tickets may also be purchased through the YHC Box Office at (706) 379-4307. The Box Office, located in the lobby of Goolsby Center, will be open two weeks prior to opening night for shows in the Mainstage Series. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, 3-5 p.m. Read more>>
null Rollins Planetarium Kicks Off 2013-2014 Season with "Heart of the Sun"
The full-dome show "Heart of the Sun" recently kicked off the 2013-2014 season at Young Harris College's O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium in August. The show will be presented on the following Friday evenings at 8 p.m.: Sept. 20, Sept. 27, Nov. 15 and Nov. 22. Planetarium admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and free with your YHC ID. Read more>>
YHC Hosts Alumni Day at Turner Field
On Aug. 10, approximately 150 Young Harris College alumni, their families and friends enjoyed YHC Alumni Day at Turner Field. Alumni had the opportunity to choose from two unique pre-game packages, including a tailgate party in the Green Lot and meet-and-greet in the 755 Club. Alumni who attended the tailgate party enjoyed ballpark snacks as they mingled near the stadium entrance, while the 755 Club event included a buffet-style dinner and bird's-eye view of the game action. Alumni enjoyed traditional stadium fare while cheering on the Atlanta Braves, who were bested by the Miami Marlins, 0-1.

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