Category: Alumni News

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…

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 University to Celebrate Summer Commencement on July 30

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More than 200 students will graduate from Piedmont University this summer. “On behalf of everyone at Piedmont University, I extend my sincerest congratulations to the graduates and their families,” said President James F. Mellichamp. “You are to be commended for your persistence and commitment to your education, even in the face of a global pandemic….

Jasmine Sanchez Overcame Challenges to Earn Nursing Degree

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Piedmont University promises students a personalized educational experience, marked by small class sizes and close relationships with their instructors. Jasmine Sanchez is proof of just how powerful that combination can be. “My life changed here at Piedmont. I learned to never give up, and I learned it’s OK to ask for help,” said Sanchez, who…