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GEICO Gecko insures future

September 26, 2010 Comments off

By Stephanie Sexton, Staff Writer

Ian Calhoun received a scholarship from GEICO as one of the top two recipients. Photo by Skye Butler

This fall, sophomore business and public policy major Ian Calhoun of Young Harris received the GEICO Business Student Scholarship from Young Harris College’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honors society.

According to the YHC website, Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs that also includes Associate’s degree-granting programs offered by four-year colleges. The purpose of the Lambda Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at YHC is to promote scholarship, development of leadership and service and the cultivation of fellowship among qualified students of the college.

The scholarship that Calhoun received is tied-in with Phi Theta Kappa’s Leaders of Promise Scholarship, which provides new Phi Theta Kappa members with financial resources to help with educational expenses while pursuing an associate degree, according to the Phi Theta Kappa website, “The top two scoring business majors are the GEICO Business Scholars,” Calhoun said.

The application for this scholarship includes general information  about the applicant, a short answer section and essay questions  students that apply must meet strict criteria.

“A student must be a member of Phi Theta Kappa in good standing and currently enrolled in an associate degree program, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 on all college-level coursework. Students who have completed no more than 36 semester hours of coursework  are eligible to apply. Students with previous degrees are not eligible,” Calhoun said.

A panel of judges  reviews the applications to determine the recipients of the scholarship money.

For more information on the GEICO Business Scholarship and other scholarships available to Phi Theta Kappa members visit the Phi Theta Kappa website (

Miss Julia: “The nice lady from ARA that swipes cards”

September 18, 2010 2 comments

By Stephanie Sexton, Staff Writer

Miss Julia

Originally from New York, Miss Julia has lived in Georgia for the last 28 years.

On Facebook, there is a fan page titled, “The Nice Lady from ARA that Swipes Cards,” that 368 students and faculty from Young Harris College are a fan of. But who is this “nice lady” from the dining hall?

Her name is Julia Berger, also known as Mrs. Julia by the students, and she has been working in our dining hall since last year.

She really does love each and every student that walks through those doors. Behind Mrs. Julia’s wonderful personality, lies a heart of gold.

Prior to her work at Young Harris College, Mrs. Julia worked with Ninth District for five years helping out the needy people of Union and Towns County.

Ninth District, formally known as North District Opportunity, Inc. It is a community action agency that serves northeast Georgia. Their mission is to help people reach the goal of self-sufficiency and lessen the causes of poverty.

“We gave out food bags, and also we helped with their heating assistance, and paying their rent, and referring them to different organizations that could help them get on their feet again,” said Berger.

Although she has been in Georgia for 28 years, Mrs. Julia did not grow up here. She grew up out on Long Island, New York.

Mrs. Julia went to Sewanhaka High School in New York; it was the number one school in the United States at the time.

“We had our own airplane hanger, electronics department, construction department; we had our own radio and television station,” Berger said proudly.

And after graduating she worked for an aircraft company in the programming and tape room, making sure all the machines were programmed correctly. While at the aircraft company, she even got to meet President John F. Kennedy in an experience she described as “very interesting.”

After several years working in New York and in Florida, Mrs. Julia and her husband are now settled here in Young Harris.

When asked what he favorite part of working at YHC, Mrs. Julia responded with, “meeting the students, when they come in the morning, some of them are sleepy, some of them have worries and if I can just make them smile, it makes my whole day.”

As far as her job goes, Berger said, “I have enjoyed every minute of it, every minute of it.”

You can check out Miss Julia’s fan page at:!/pages/The-nice-lady-from-ARA-that-swipes-cards/332611551775?ref=search. As of September 18, the page now has 371 fans and counting.

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Where to Park?

September 12, 2010 Comments off

Stephanie Sexton, Staff Writer

“I think that parking is going to be a problem and it is going to grow as our enrollment grows; it is something that needs to be addressed. I think other solutions need to be looked at,” said business and public policy senior Matthew Kammerer.

Students and professors who are unable to find on campus parking are left with the option of parking across the street at the annex. Photo by Cassidy Jordan

While Kammerer considers that enrollment at Young Harris College is at a record breaking high,  parking has not changed much since years past.

The new additions to parking for students this year, besides the usual spaces behind Enotah, Rollins, and Hillgrove, in front of Manget, and beside Winship, are the few spaces in front of Maxwell, spaces behind the old gym, and of course, the Annex across the street.

Right now, these parking spaces are enough. According to Susan Rogers,vice president of student development, there are458 parking decals registered to students. That number is to date, meaning it can change at any time. So, right now, we have enough parking.

The only problem now is the inconvenience of some of the parking spots.

“Everyone, obviously, would not just like a place to park, but also a convenient place to park,” said Rogers.

But what happens when our problem grows from just inconvenience, and more of the six hundred plus students start to bring their vehicles to campus?

As of right now, no plans are in place to relieve the parking pressure the students feel on campus.

“While there are long term plans for places, nothing is going to happen immediately,” said Rogers.

So for now, not only residents, but also commuters, faculty, staff and visitors will just have to duke it out to find parking around campus, or park in the Annex across the street and walk.

Once students find a place to park, they must make sure it is the right place to park. Depsite not all of the lots having proper signage in front of them and some of the lotsnot having any signage at all,  all vehicles were ticket-enforced starting on August 27.

Kammerer said, “Temporary signage needs to be put up so people know where to park.”

In fact, most the complaints made to the Student Government President have been about warnings being put on student’s vehicles, when they thought they were in a proper spot.

Rogers rebutted with, “We do not want to go around every semester to invest time and money yanking up old signs and putting up new signs, especially if we think the usage patterns are going to change over time because then you are just spending a lot of money on something that isn’t going to be permanent anyway.”

So until parking areas become permanent, everyone is going to have figure out where to park, and hope a ticket does not show up on their window.