Category: Article

Piedmont Celebrates $25,000 Gift from Georgia Power

Piedmont University has received a $25,000 gift from Georgia Power to support its Lillian E. Smith Center. Area Manager Brent Edwards presented the check to Piedmont President James F. Mellichamp during a visit to the Demorest campus on Oct. 21. “Georgia Power is very committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice,” Edwards said. “We…

For Educator Hensley, Piedmont Visits with Students are ‘Like Coming Home’

Britt Hensley ’12 in Piedmont’s production of “The Taming of the Shrew” in 2014.

Britt Hensley ’12 fell in love with the Piedmont University campus in Demorest. Then she fell for the family feeling in the theatre department. “There are kinships that you’re able to have with the people in your department and your professors. They know your face and know your name. You’re not just a number like…

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

Leroy-Young

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…

An Experienced Midwife, New Nursing Professor Now Aims to Deliver High-Quality Education

In her career as a midwife, Anthonia Anukam estimates she has delivered more than 1,000 babies. As a member of Piedmont University’s nursing faculty, she now aims to deliver something else: high-quality education that will transform students into high-performing healthcare professionals. “Nursing is a sacred community,” Anukam said. “As nurses, we must recognize that so…