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Knepp gives guitar performance to YHC community

November 4, 2010 Comments off

By Stephanie Sexton, Staff Writer

Richard Knepp's performance last Tuesday is a preview of the pieces that he will play for his studio class. Photo by Skye Butler

Last Tues. on Oct. 26, Richard Knepp, instructor of music at Young Harris College, gave a recital in the Susan B. Harris Chapel for the YHC community.

Students, faculty, staff and members from the community were in attendance for the recital. Most of the students that were present were from the music department; however, other majors attended the performance also. The same was true for the faculty and staff present.

The recital consisted of 6 pieces from Knepps’ repertoire. The pieces were, Suite del Recuerdo by Jose Luis Merlin, Grand Overture, Op. 61I by Mauro Giuliani, Violin Sonata in G Minor, BWV 1001 by Bach/Barrueco, Sonata No. 3 by Manuel Ponce, Aquarelle by Sergio Assad and Wild Mountain Thyme which is a traditional Scottish song/tennant.

“He played very well; however most of his pieces were boring. I did like the last song, Mountain Thyme, though,” said Bennett Yarborough, who is an engineering freshman from Atlanta.

Currently, Knepp is working on getting his doctorate of music from the University of Georgia. This performance was a preview of the pieces he will be playing for his studio class as part of the doctoral program at UGA later on this year.

“I was told to pick pieces from certain composers that each represent specific time periods,” said Knepp.

The six pieces that he picked were chosen because they were pieces that he had always heard and were interested in. The pieces we heard are not the only pieces he will be performing for the program. Knepp chose to condense the program because some of the pieces were “too boring” according to Knepp.

Knepp’s recital lasted about 45 minutes, and the majority of the students and faculty in attendance seemed to enjoy the overall performance.

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Get your majors here

October 28, 2010 Comments off

By Stephanie Sexton, Staff Writer

Koen Gottenbos reaches into a mystery box at the biology table during the Majors Fair. Photo by Jacob Stone

The Majors Fair was held on Thursday for Young Harris College students. It was held in Enotah Hall on both the main and second levels.

“The program [Majors Fair] is directed to all undecided students as well as to decided students who still may be uncertain about their choice of major or looking at options for minors, etc. The intent of this program is to provide a centralized opportunity for students to investigate various curricular and career options in one place at one time,” said Niki Fjeldal, director of orientation and first year experience.

The majors and minors that set up tables in Enotah Hall were:  music, theatre/musical theatre, history, English, biology, outdoor leadership, astronomy minor, communication studies, business and public policy and education and math, which will be proposed in 2011.

The set-up was very easy. The majors, minors and groups were put in one large semi-circle on the bottom floor. A few majors or minors were set up on the second floor, and some were set up outside. Each table had a pamphlet about the major, minor or group and other brochures, videos and papers for students to read over.

While talking with Danae Turchyn, instructor of outdoor leadership and assistant director of the outdoor leadership center, Turchyn stated that, “one of the biggest things for us right now is that we went from being called outdoor education to outdoor leadership.”

This change actually took place the day of the Majors Fair, and it is a big step for the program, as it becomes one of the majors offered to YHC students and prospective students.

All professors that were present were nothing less than excited about the Majors Fair. Each professor seemed enthusiastic about sharing information to students about their degree program.


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SACS approval appears promising

September 28, 2010 Comments off

By Stephanie Sexton, Staff Writer

Last week, students  may have noticed a different buzz around the campus. There were people in nice suits walking around, teachers were dressed better than usual and there was a bit of a nervousness amongst the faculty and staff. That is because the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, or SACS, was here for a few days to assess the college. The overall goal for the college was to become reaffirmed. What does that mean? What is reaffirmation, and how it is it obtained?

“Every school that is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and schools, that’s what we call SACS, has to undergo a self-audit every 10 years,” said Rosemary Royston, vice president for planning and assessment.

Basically it is like a check-up on the college. SACS looks at the college and makes sure that the faculty and staff are doing everything they can to improve the learning process on campus.

The institution being evaluated shows SACS what they have been doing to help students learn the material needed to graduate.

“We say, here’s what students are expected to learn, and how are we going behind them and really looking at all of our programs, and saying okay here are the outcomes, here’s what they have learned, and here’s where we need to do something’s differently,” Royston said.

There are many ways and tools to help the students learn the materials needed. One tool particularly that Young Harris College chose to use is Rhetorica, or the QEP.

“The reason we chose to do the QEP is they want us to identify an area where we know students need extra support, and we identified writing and speaking,” Royston said.

SACS is going to come in, look at Rhetorica and hopefully give their blessing for Young Harris to launch the program in Fall 2011.

There are 11 of the SACS representatives that are from other colleges that are similar to Young Harris College. They come in and interview the faculty, staff and even students for three days straight. There was a luncheon with some students, interviewing them about the college.

“There are eight students that we have selected, so they can ask them about their experience here, they’ll talk about Rhetorica, and they’ll want to know about student rights and responsibilities,” Royston said. One of those students was Matthew Kammerer, business and public policy senior from Loganville .

“We asked questions and questions were asked of us. We started with a general discussion over food with the four SACS representatives who range from Academic Deans to Vice Presidents of Student Affairs.

We discussed items ranging from how our campus has changed since moving four-year to how students were involved in choosing the QEP,” Kammerer said when asked about the meeting with  SACS.

While the college will not  find out if it passed the assessment until June 2011, YHC President Cathy Cox did send out an e-mail with positive feedback from the representatives.

“Our SACS on-site committee has completed its work and found us fully in compliance on all the ‘Core Requirements’ of SACS,” Cox said.  “This is a huge accomplishment and vividly demonstrates the good work we are doing to grow our College according to the best academic and professional guidelines.”

According to Cox’s e-mail, “several committee members said that Rhetorica was the best QEP they had ever read.”

However, despite all of the good news, SACS did find a few imperfections in its evaluation of the school but none that appeared great enough to hinder the reaffirmation process.

“The Committee did issue four findings related to the slightly lesser ‘comprehensive standards,’” Cox said.  “Three of which relate to the nuances of assessment and how we measure student achievement, our administrative services to students, and our overall educational programs.”

Cox attributes these finding due to the recent transition from a two-year to a four-year college.  With a newly instated senior class, many information would not be obtainable.  The final finding  SACS mentioned dealt with campus safety and security.  The committee could not articulate any specific issue with safety but did suggest more safety coordination.

More information from SACS evaluation will available in the coming months after the written report has been sent to the college.

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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.