Category: Arts & Sciences

He Was an At-Risk Youth. Now He’s a Campus Leader. Get to Know Director of Student Life & Leadership Jason Croy.

Jason Croy’s life changed when he was 17, the night two detectives came to his home in West Virginia.   Croy had led a troubled youth to that point. His father was killed in a workplace accident when Croy was only 14. From that point, substance abuse, run-ins with law enforcement, near-failing grades in school,…

Piedmont University’s Lillian E. Smith Center Hosting Free Lecture on Connections Between Jim Crow and the Holocaust

Piedmont University’s Lillian E. Smith Lecture Series continues with “Jim Crow, The Holocaust, & Today,” at 1 p.m. on Jan. 26 at the Student Commons on the Demorest campus. The discussion will feature Dr. Thomas Aiello, professor of history and Africana studies at Valdosta State University, Dr. Chad Gibbs, director of the Zucker/Goldberg Center for…

Piedmont University to Celebrate Fall Commencement on Dec. 9

More than 200 students will graduate from Piedmont University on Dec. 9. “Congratulations to all of our graduates and their families, friends, and supporters. Graduation is a life-changing milestone. We are proud to welcome you to the Piedmont alumni family,” said President James F. Mellichamp. Here is a closer look at the fall 2022 graduating…

Piedmont University Student Has Two Films Accepted to England-Based Festival

Piedmont University’s first film production major has had two films accepted to an England-based film festival. “It’s exciting, and it means a lot to me,” said Megan Schaefer, who lives in Flowery Branch. “I came to Piedmont never having picked up a camera for film, and now my films are being selected for a film…

Piedmont University Names Former Florida University System Chancellor Marshall Criser as Next President

Piedmont University has named Marshall Criser, former chancellor of Florida’s university system, as its next president. The announcement comes after a broad-based search that began after Dr. James F. Mellichamp, who has served as president for the last 10 years, announced his retirement in June. “We are really excited about Marshall Criser as our new…

‘Piedmont Family University’ Webinar Launches Nov. 16

Piedmont University has launched a new webinar series called Piedmont Family University that will offer practical and timely advice for parents and family members of students at the university.  The first webinar, “Finishing the Semester Strong” will be held at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 16. Topics to be covered in this webinar will include what…

Kennesaw Police Department ‘Very Proud’ of Its Relationship with Piedmont University

Asked to describe his department’s relationship with Piedmont University, Kennesaw Police Chief Bill Westenberger responds with a question of his own: “Do you like to go fishing?” Noting the puzzled reaction to his question, he continues: “When you find a good fishing hole, you’re really excited, and you want to keep it a secret. That’s…

Ellett Achieves GAEA Lifetime Contribution Award

Piedmont University’s own Dr. Jackie Ellett is the fifth-ever recipient of the Georgia Art Education Association (GAEA) lifetime contribution and achievement award for art education. The associate art education professor joined Piedmont in 2013. The Nix/Mickish Award for Lifetime Contribution to Art Education was established in 2002. It honors a member of GAEA who has…

Piedmont Reception Celebrates Life, and Final Exhibition, of Famed Artist Art Rosenbaum

Piedmont University’s Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art will celebrate its current exhibition, a collection of work by celebrated Athens-based artist Art Rosenbaum, who recently passed away, with a reception on Oct. 6 from 5-7 p.m.   Born in upstate New York in 1938, Rosenbaum was an artist, folklorist, and teacher. He died in early September, just…