Category: Alumni News

A Piedmont University Degree Is One of the State’s Best Returns on Investment, New Study Finds

Piedmont University provides graduates with one of the best returns on investment among all the state’s private, nonprofit educational institutions, according to a new study by Georgetown University. “Piedmont University prides itself on offering an exceptional educational experience designed to prepare students for success in their intended careers,” said Piedmont President James F. Mellichamp. “The…

Piedmont Business Alumna Now Regional VP of Global Financial Firm, Helps Clients’ ‘Dreams Come True’

As the regional vice president of a global investment firm, Maryrose Burns strives to build relationships with her clients, to know the people behind the portfolios, and to help them make their financial dreams come true. To accomplish her goal, she draws on her experiences at Piedmont University, where she thrived in small classes that…

Piedmont MBA Graduate Uses Degree to ‘Change Lives, One Person at a Time’

Marchelle Massey Sandoval was 60 years old when she earned her Master of Business Administration from Piedmont University. Now she uses her degree — and the long, winding path she took to earn it — to help others achieve their own educational goals, regardless of their age, past, or personal circumstances. “My work is a…

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…