Year: 2021

Piedmont Chapel to Host Organist Louise Bass for Halloween Concert of ‘Wild and Crazy’ Music

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Expressive French pipe organ works from the last century take the spotlight on Halloween in a free late-afternoon concert in the Chapel on Piedmont University’s Demorest campus. Audience costumes are encouraged for the recital, to be presented by Piedmont University artist-in-residence Louise Bass, an organist, collaborative keyboardist, and specialist in 20th Century French music.  The…

Piedmont Athletic Training Grad Trae Gaines: “I Get to Help People”

Trae Gaines

When he enrolled at Piedmont University in 2013, Trae Gaines was studying biology. His major — and the course of his entire life — changed with an ankle injury he suffered during a basketball practice early in his freshman year. “The athletic trainers helped me get back in the game so quickly. Watching them work…

Three-Time Piedmont Grad Nic Johnson Now a Successful Performer, Music Teacher

Nic Johnson

When he enrolled at Piedmont University, Nic Johnson knew only three things for sure: He wanted to take voice lessons, learn to play the piano, and start a gospel choir. What he would do next, he had no idea. Now, with three Piedmont degrees to his name, Johnson is proud to say he achieved everything…

Piedmont University to Host Exhibition Celebrating Life, Impact of Art Professor Leroy Young

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Piedmont University will host an exhibition featuring the work of Leroy Young, an art professor who passed away in 2020, from Oct. 7 to Nov. 4 at the Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art, 567 Georgia St. in Demorest. Young taught at Piedmont from 2000 to 2008. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Vietnam…

Piedmont University is Now on TikTok

Piedmont University is now on TikTok.

Piedmont University is now on TikTok! Piedmont posted its first video on the social media platform on Oct. 1. In the video, Mass Communications Professor Dale Van Cantfort, who also serves as Faculty Senate president, and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Jim Peeples perform the Grace Kelly challenge. Millions of TikTok users have performed the Grace…

Piedmont University to Host Award-Winning Seraph Brass for Oct. 19 Performance

Seraph Brass

Piedmont University will host Seraph Brass, an award-winning, all-female ensemble, for a performance at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the chapel located on the Demorest campus. The performance is free and open to the public. Face coverings and social distancing will be required. Drawing from a roster of the nation’s top female brass players,…

With Two Piedmont Graduate Degrees, Teacher Sean McCann Eyes Future in School Administration

Sean McCann earned his Master of Arts in Middle Grades Education from Piedmont in 2020 and is now completing his Education Specialist degree.

Through his graduate studies at Piedmont University, Sean McCann has gained confidence in his teaching skills. Now, he goes to work every day, determined to help his own students grow more confident in themselves, too. “It’s a great feeling to be there for the moment when the lightbulb goes off, when a student solves the…

Barbecue Entrepreneur Returns to Piedmont University for Master of Business Administration

During his undergraduate studies at Piedmont University, John Cross wrote the business plan for his now-thriving venture, Brown Dog BBQ. Now, Cross is back in the classroom, earning his Master of Business Administration from Piedmont. “I had a great undergrad experience at Piedmont. I wanted to keep learning, and I wanted to keep learning from…

Piedmont History Professor Aims to Teach the Past — and How to Make a Better Future

Piedmont University Assistant Professor Scarlet Jernigan

Ever since she can remember, Scarlet Jernigan has been fascinated by history, and particularly the history of Georgia, her native state. As a faculty member at Piedmont University, she hopes to nurture the same appreciation in her students. “I was so excited to be hired by Piedmont because it is in Georgia. I’m going to…