Toccoa Falls College
|Motto||Where Character is Developed with Intellect|
|Type||Private Christian liberal arts college|
|President||Dr. Robert M. Myers|
|Location||Toccoa, Georgia, United States|
|Campus||Rural, 1,100 acres|
|Colors||Blue and gold|
|Affiliations||Christian and Missionary Alliance, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Association for Biblical Higher Education, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, National Christian College Athletic Association, National Association of Schools of Music, Professional Standards Commission of the State of Georgia, International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education|
Toccoa Falls College is a fully accredited Christian liberal arts college, located in Toccoa, Georgia, United States, on the edge of the Piedmont region and in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The campus occupies 1,100 acres (450 ha), bordering the Chattahoochee National Forest, and is home to Toccoa Falls, a 186-foot (57 m) high waterfall. It is affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The college is also a member of Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
In 1907, Toccoa Falls College was founded by R. A. Forrest in the community of Golden Valley, North Carolina, as the Golden Valley Institute. On January 1, 1911, Forrest bought the Haddock Inn and 100 acres (400,000 m2) of land in northeast Georgia. In October, he relocated the school to near Toccoa, Georgia, in order to be near a mainline railroad. He renamed the school Toccoa Falls Institute and added secondary school courses to the theological classes. A 1913 fire destroyed the Haddock Inn, which was the classroom and residence building. After operating in tents for a time, the school built a new campus. In 1928 the secondary courses were reorganized, and the state of Georgia accredited it as Toccoa Falls High School, which remained open until 1976. In 1937, the state chartered the four-year college program and allowed it to grant the degree Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Education.
Dam break disaster
On November 6, 1977, the Kelly Barnes Dam, which had been built up and used by the college for electrical power since the Toccoa Falls Institute days, collapsed. The 40-acre (160,000 m2) lake it impounded drained through the lower part of the campus. The resulting flood killed 39 people and injured 60, as well as destroying much of the on-campus married student housing and damaging part of the men's dormitory. The dam was never rebuilt. With the destruction of the dam and the subsequent draining of the lake, there exists no possibility of a similar flood.
The current president, Dr. Robert Myers, became the seventh president of the college in 2012.
On January 12, 2009, Gate Cottage, one of the most historic buildings on campus, was destroyed by fire. The cottage had been built in 1939 and was the fourth oldest building on campus. It was one of few buildings that remained standing after the 1977 flood. No one was in the building at the time of the fire. Gate Cottage has been rebuilt with a bigger gift shop and dining area for various occasions, but without the School of Counseling, which was relocated to a new location between the Mission Building and Bandy Hall.
With a vertical drop of 186 feet (57 m), Toccoa Falls, located on the college campus, stands as one of the tallest free-falling waterfalls in the eastern United States. Known locally as "The Falls", the waterfall was purchased in 1907 as part of the campus of Toccoa Falls College and stands today as the distinguishing landmark of the college.
Toccoa Falls College consists of three schools (School of Christian Ministries, School of Arts and Sciences, and School of Professional Studies) with a total of nine departments. Within these departments 34 majors and 39 minors are offered. The Seby Jones Library is the primary academic library on campus.
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The college offers a wide variety of activities. Sports-related activities and the Student Government Association (SGA) are two of the main student extracurricular possibilities offered.
On-campus student housing consists of single-sex dormitories, a large men's dormitory, two women's dormitories, and some smaller, suite-style dormitories, as well as various cottages, including married student housing. On-campus housing is advised by the college in the handbook, and is required for all regular underclassmen. There is a mandatory curfew for all on-campus students.
- Forrest Hall - men's dormitory
- Letourneau and Fant Halls - women's dormitories
- Terraces - men's terraces and women's terraces (these include Alys Reeder, Louise Bell, Damron, McDuffy, Powell, Tyler, Prentice and Hilyard)
- Married student apartments (colloquially, MSA)
Toccoa Falls College offers a variety of sports, both intercollegiate and intramural. Men's sports include soccer, baseball, cross country, golf, and basketball. Women's sports include soccer, basketball, cross country, and volleyball.
- The baseball team won the NCCAA Division II National Championship in 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013. Additionally, in 2012 and 2013 the baseball team won the NCCAA Division II Regional Championship.
- The golf team won the NCCAA Division II National Invitational 2008-2009.
- The women's soccer team won the NCCAA Division II Regional Championship in 2010.
- The women's basketball team won the NCCAA Division II National Championship in 1986 and 1992.
Intramural sports include soccer, basketball, softball, spike ball, tennis, volleyball, beach volleyball, ultimate frisbee, and flag football.
The college's student-run radio station was WTXR, The Eagle 89.7. The college also operated WRAF, a radio station with various teaching and preaching programming as well as Christian music and a weekly Radio Theater program. Through its main signal and several secondary stations, it is heard from northeast Atlanta to Greenville, South Carolina. All of the college's radio holdings, including WTXR and WRAF, were sold to Radio Training Network, Inc. effective July 25, 2016, for $2.1 million.
- Ashley, Sharon T.; Ashley, Walker S. (2008). "Flood Fatalities in the United States". Journal of Applied Meteorology & Climatology. 47 (3): 805–818. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
- Report of Failure of Kelly Barnes Dam Flood and Findings
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