Category: Alumni News

Piedmont Grad Aims to Make Her Own Students Feel Safe, Secure, Loved

Brooke Hollis’s third-grade teacher changed her life. Now, as a two-time Piedmont University graduate teaching third grade at Lula Elementary, Hollis is working to make a similar impact on her own students. “The reason I get out of bed every day is to make sure they know they’re loved, at least for seven or eight…

Dia de la Familia Helps Hispanic Families Navigate Higher Education

Books have been written about applying to college because the process can be daunting and the language bewildering. Accepted, admitted, deferred admission, FAFSA, rolling admission, weighted grade point average — what does it all mean? Imagine how much more difficult it would be to do it all in a foreign language and the difference it…

Piedmont Grad Set to Start New Job in Actuarial Science, Wants to ‘Extend a Helping Hand’

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Just weeks after graduating from Piedmont University, Geeth Mahagamage will start a new position in actuarial science that will allow him to be financially independent — a goal he set for himself years ago as a student in Sri Lanka. “I am really thankful to Piedmont for the opportunities it gave me,” he said. “Now…

Piedmont Grad Named Gwinnett County’s Middle School Teacher of the Year

Piedmont University alumna Taniesha Hines-Pooser is Gwinnett County Public Schools’ 2022 Middle School Teacher of the Year. “It feels amazing,” said Hines-Pooser. “It is extremely exciting to represent my fellow music educators in this way.” Hines-Pooser teaches orchestra at Berkmar Middle School in Lilburn. Gwinnett County Public Schools is the largest school system in Georgia,…

Seven of 10 Jackson County Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalists Have Piedmont Degrees

What do seven of the 10 semi-finalists for Jackson County Teacher of the Year have in common? They have degrees from Piedmont University. Jackson County announced their semi-finalists for Teacher of the Year in August. They include: Matthew Bolt, an English Teacher with Jackson County High Laura Diers, a teacher at West Jackson Middle Wendy…

Piedmont University Receives $10,000 Gift Toward Construction of Fountain Project

Piedmont University plans to expand the alumni circle located at the center of its Demorest campus to include a fountain, raised gardens, and sitting areas.

Piedmont University has received a third gift toward the construction of a new gathering space on the university’s Demorest campus. To provide current students with a place to socialize and relax, and to celebrate its alumni, Piedmont University plans to construct a fountain surrounded by raised gardens on the quad at the center of the…

Piedmont Honors Outstanding Alumni at Homecoming Ceremony

Piedmont University honored several outstanding alumni during its Homecoming festivities on Oct. 23. In addition to the presentation of Alumni Awards and inductions into the university’s Sports Hall of Fame, Homecoming included entertainment by Atlanta Rhythm Section and Ivan Duke Band, as well as an art exhibit honoring deceased professor Leroy Young. “It was an…

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

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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

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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…