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Volume 4 No. 1

Spring 2011

CONTENTS Top Stories 1 2 4 5 5

Hollingsworth named new President Work begins on Art Gallery and new studios Amphitheater earns design award Trustee Irvin retires as Ag Commissioner Judge Jones named to Federal bench

College Life 6 6 7 8 8

Theatre’s ‘Steel Magnolias’ Debate Team ‘Elephant Man’ ‘The Tempest’, Chamber Singers Community Service Challenge

Academic News 11

December Commencement

Piedmont College W. Ray Cleere President

Athens 12

Editor David Price Director of Public Relations

Alumni Information Brandy Aycock Associate Director of Institutional Advancement

Graphic Artist Amber Harmon Publications Coordinator

Justin Scali Associate Director of Institutional Advancement

Athens Campus adds BSN program

Athletics 14 15

Women’s lacrosse team Fall and Winter sports roundup

Alumni & Friends 20 Classnotes 22 ‘Friends of Music’ and Alumni Challenge 23 ‘Love Connections’ 24 Obituaries

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Special Projects Coordinator Sandi Suda

Photo by Michael Dillon

List of Donors Financial Report

Donor Relations Susan Mills Alumni and Donor Records Coordinator Published by the Office of Institutional Advancement

Third class postage paid at Gainesville, Georgia Published Semi-Annually Postmaster Send Address Changes to: Piedmont College Institutional Advancement P.O. Box 6 Demorest GA 30535

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Dr. Danny P. Hollingsworth of Morristown, Tenn., has been named the 12th president of Piedmont College. Hollingsworth will take over the reins of the college from Dr. W. Ray Cleere, who announced last year that he would retire in June 2011 after 16 years as president. Hollingsworth, who currently serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Carson-Newman College, will officially assume the role of president in June, following his approval by the Piedmont Board of Trustees on March 5. “I am honored to have the opportunity to become a part of such a fine educational institution as Piedmont College,” Hollingsworth said. “I hope to build upon the college’s many successes to enhance its national reputation and to better serve the citizens of northern Georgia with higher educational opportunities to improve their lives.” Cleere said he was “extremely pleased” with Dr. Hollingsworth’s appointment. “With his background and experience, and his knowledge of this part of the country, he is an excellent choice to continue the progress that is under way at our institution,” he said. Cleere thanked the members of the

Danny Hollingsworth will be the college’s 12th president.

committee that oversaw the eight-month, national search for a new president. “We were assisted by William Funk and Associates out of Dallas, Texas, one of the most widely respected search consultants for higher education,” he said. Internally, a committee including the president, Provost Dr. James Mellichamp, and some 40 faculty, staff, students and alumni helped conduct the search and evaluate applicants. After the committee’s process of review was completed, the information was brought to the full Board of Trustees for consideration.

W. Ray Cleere is retiring in June after 16 years at the helm.

Following their deliberations, the Executive Committee of the Board, chaired by Thomas A. “Gus” Arrendale III, made the final decision. Hollingsworth comes to Piedmont with some 36 years experience in business and higher education. Before joining CarsonNewman College as Dean of the School of Business in 2008, he taught business and accounting at Mississippi State University, where he served as director of the School of Accountancy and as interim Dean of the College of Business and Industry. From 1987 to 2000, he taught at Baylor University, serving five years as chair of the Department of Accounting and Business Law. At Carson-Newman College, Hollingsworth is responsible for all financial areas, including the offices of advancement, athletics, communications, church relations, finance, human resources, information technology, physical plant and student affairs. Hollingsworth and his wife, Elizabeth, have three college-age sons, Jake, Clark and Luke. “My wife and I are looking forward to becoming an integral part of the community as we serve Piedmont College,” he said. Cleere said that after leaving Piedmont, he plans to continue to be active in higher education, working as a consultant for small colleges in the Southeast. His wife, the Rev. Dr. Ashley Cleere, will continue at Piedmont as Chaplain and as an associate professor of religion. Before coming to Piedmont as president in 1995, Cleere served as commissioner of higher education in Mississippi, and he previously served as vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University System of Georgia. He also served as vice president and dean of faculties at Valdosta State College. He began his career in Continued on Page 4


Hollingsworth named new Piedmont president



Work under way on new Art Gallery

The renovated Art Gallery in Demorest will include 6,500 feet of display space.

The second floor area of the Art Gallery will feature a permanent display of paintings and sculpture.

Two downtown Demorest buildings are getting a face lift in preparation for their reopening as one of northeast Georgia’s premier art destinations. Workers are in the process of renovating the Piedmont Art Gallery and art classrooms on Georgia Street, two brick buildings from the early 1900s. When they reopen this fall, the buildings will house a permanent art collection and exhibit space for displays of student and faculty art, as well as temporary shows by a variety of noted artists. Combined, the two buildings will include 6,500 square feet of exhibit space on two floors. The permanent exhibit will include more than 100 paintings from the collection of Piedmont Trustee Dr. Bill Mason and Bob Scharfenstein, both of Birmingham, Ala. A portion of the collection is currently housed in two galleries at the Swanson Center. “This gift to the college represents artworks that have been collected over a period of more than 40 years,” said President Ray Cleere. “It includes primarily paintings by 19th- and 20th-century American and Euro-


pean painters and sculptors.” Cleere said a patio area outside the building will also feature a sculpture garden. The renovation work was designed by Athens architects Armentrout, Roebuck and Matheny; and the construction is being done by Scroggs & Grizzel Contracting of Gainesville. Chris Kelly, chair of the Art Department, said the permanent collection and the expanded gallery will greatly improve the type of art instruction Piedmont can offer. The gallery will especially augment the college’s new BFA degree program in Art Administration. Graduates of this program will combine classes in the fine arts with business courses to learn how to manage art, music and theater venues. “The Gallery will be a core part of teaching art at Piedmont College,” Kelly said. “The permanent collection will be important to our art history classes and to teach art management, curation, preservation and gallery management. In the temporary area, we plan to hold two shows each semester with works by invited artists.

Construction begins on new building to house art studios With the downtown gallery expanding and taking over much of the current art studio space, construction is expected to begin this summer on a new art instructional building adjacent to the current Martens Center. This three-story building, designed by Armentrout, Roebuck and Matheny of Athens, will provide more than 26,000 square feet of instruction space for two-dimensional and three-dimensional art. Cleere said construction of the new building is scheduled to begin this summer. Once it is completed, the current Art Annex building on Historic

Highway 441 will be torn down to provide additional campus parking space. “For the first time, Piedmont will have a facility purposefully built for the instruction of art,” said department chair Chris Kelly. “Lighting, safety and ease of instruction will be greatly improved. It will be a stellar space for art instruction.” In addition to facilities for the study of painting and sculpture, the building will house instruction areas for photography, ceramics and graphic design, Kelly said.


Brickwork from the 1916-era buildings will be retained as part of the aesthetic look of the art gallery.


Arrendale Amphitheater wins national design award

With its soaring aluminum panels, the Arrendale Amphitheater appears to take flight in this photograph provided by Metal Architecture magazine.

Piedmont’s new Arrendale Amphitheater, which has proven to be a hit with music fans, has also won national and international kudos from fans of cutting-edge design. “Metal Architecture” magazine singled out the amphitheater for its top 2010 award in the category of metal roofing. The amphitheater was the subject of a four-page article in the latest issue of the magazine, and the judges praised its clean lines and the way “the venue fits perfectly with the surrounding landscape.” Architects Armentrout, Roebuck, and Matheny Consulting Group of Athens designed the state-of-the-art outdoor entertainment venue with an infrastructure that can

accommodate everything from Piedmont student performances to larger-scale commercial productions. The roof of the amphitheater is actually its centerpiece, and architect James Blythe said it was purposely made to stand out. “We wanted it to have a little bit of presence that would draw you in from off site. One of the nice things is throughout the day the aesthetic changes because of the way the sun hits it,” Blythe said. “The actual design of the canopy was shaped in large part to provide the proper acoustics and sight lines for the sloped seating areas, as well as solar-modeled to optimize the shading during the warmer summer months,” he said.

In addition to the magazine award, the Alcoa company has spotlighted the Arrendale Amphitheater internationally to promote the composite aluminum panels used in its construction. The material was selected to withstand northeast Georgia storms and to be low maintenance. Named for the Arrendale family, longtime supporters of the college, the amphitheater seats about 350 people and is located adjacent to the Swanson Center for Performing Arts and Communications on Piedmont’s Demorest campus. The building contractor was Scroggs & Grizzel of Gainesville, with metal installers Kistler McDougall Corporation of Woodstock and J&J Welding of Gainesville.

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education as a teacher and counselor in the Atlanta City Schools. During his time as president, Cleere has overseen the growth of Piedmont from a small, 850-student, four-year, liberal arts college to a comprehensive institution of almost 3,000 students on two campuses in Demorest and Athens. During his tenure, the college has constructed nine new buildings in Demorest, including five dormitories to dramatically increase the number of residential

students. Almost every building on campus has also undergone a complete renovation, as have the athletic facilities and overall landscaping. The Athens Campus, which began in a former residence, has now grown to include a sprawling campus near downtown. On the academic side, the college has expanded its curriculum in almost every area, including the addition of master’s, specialist, and doctoral programs in education, and three master of business administration (MBA) programs. The college also opened

the Daniel School of Nursing, which offers bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degrees in Demorest and Athens. Piedmont has not been the only beneficiary of Cleere’s time while president. He is an active member and former president of the Habersham County Chamber of Commerce. He also was the driving force for the establishment of radio station WPPR, which provided northeast Georgia with Georgia Public Radio broadcasts for the first time beginning in 1995.

Former Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin, right, with fellow Piedmont board member Edward Ariail. Irvin stepped down as commissioner in 2010 after a 54-year career in public service.

Piedmont Trustee Tommy Irvin’s career combines interests in education and agriculture After 42 years as Georgia’s Agricultural Commissioner, Tommy Irvin of Mt. Airy is hanging up his political hat after one of the longest state office careers in Georgia history. Irvin, whose other hats include his service on the Piedmont College Board of Trustees since 2001, began his public service in Habersham County as a trustee of Hazel Grove Elementary School and later North Habersham High School. Irvin then served four terms in the state legislature before being appointed Agriculture Commissioner in 1969. He then won 10 straight elections to the post before deciding not to run for election in 2010. In all, he put in some 54 years of public service, and until his retirement was the longest-serving state agriculture commissioner in the nation. He is the only Georgian to serve as President of the National Associa-

tion of State Departments of Agriculture. Throughout his career, Irvin has been interested in education as well as agriculture. Prior to his state service, he served on the Habersham County Board of Education in 1956 and as president of the Georgia School Board Association. Those interests came together when he authored the state constitutional amendment that created the school lunch program in Georgia. “I’m very proud of that,” Irvin recently told The Northeast Georgian newspaper. Irvin recalled that he was a student at Chattahoochee School in White County, he might have only a cold potato or biscuit for lunch. “We were poor,” he said. During his tenure as Agriculture Commissioner, Irvin has crisscrossed the state countless times, perhaps racking up more

Jones named Federal District Judge Piedmont College Trustee and Western Circuit Superior Court Judge Steve Jones of Athens has been confirmed as a new judge in the U.S. Northern District of Georgia. President Barack Obama nominated Jones in July to fill a vacancy in the District Court, and his appointment was confirmed by a unanimous 90-0 vote in the U.S. Senate on Feb. 28. An Athens native and a University of Georgia graduate, Jones was a prosecutor and Athens-Clarke Municipal Court judge before then-Gov. Zell Miller made him a Superior Court judge for Clarke and Oconee counties in 1995. He also is involved in numerous community organizations, including chairing the anti-poverty effort “Partners for a Prosperous Athens,” now known as “OneAthens.”

than a million miles in travel. In 1998, a portion of Georgia Highway 365 was named Tommy Irvin Parkway in his honor. Through his career, Irvin has collected numerous awards, including the Progressive Farmer Magazine Man-of-the-Year in Service to Agriculture, the National Award for Agricultural Excellence by the National AgriMarketing Association, the National Future Farmers of America Honorary American Farmer Degree, and the Southeastern Poultry and Egg Association’s “Workhorse of the Year” award, which is considered to be the most prestigious recognition bestowed by the poultry industry. He has been inducted into the Halls of Fame of many organizations, including National 4-H, Georgia Agrirama, Vidalia Onion, Georgia Seed Association, Habersham County, Hall County, and University of Georgia College of Agriculture. Commissioner Irvin set up an international trade division in his department and pursued markets for Georgia’s agricultural producers in the Soviet Union, China and Cuba. His initiative has inspired other states to follow his lead, and the United States Department of Agriculture and leaders in other countries have sought to emulate Georgia’s procedures to eradicate animal diseases, and control plant pests. During his 10 years on the Piedmont Board, Irvin has served on a variety of committees that have overseen the college’s growth. “Tommy understood a long time ago the importance that Piedmont has, not just to the immediate community but to the entire northeast Georgia area,” said Piedmont President Ray Cleere. “He may have retired as Agriculture Commissioner, but I’m sure everyone at Piedmont looks forward to his continued service on our Board of Trustees.”



‘Steel Magnolias’

The women of Chinquapin, Louisiana, came to life in November as the Piedmont College Theatre presented Robert Harling’s ‘Steel Magnolias.’ The play examines the friendships among six women who frequent Truvy’s Beauty Salon in the small town as they face life, new birth, and death. The Piedmont production was directed by professor John Spiegel and performed in the Swanson Black Box Theater. Pictured (seated from left) are Kate Meents and Melissa Rice; (standing) Katie Robinson, Savannah Shelton, Sonya Leckman and Britt Hensley.

The Debate Team, left to right, includes Brittany Way, Bethany Murley, Dustin Ingram, Michael Barry, Kami Anderson, Cadman Kiker, Jacob Reed (in back), Brittnye Hawks, and advisor Dr. Janice Moss.

Debate Team takes awards The Debate Team competed in the

Pep Band Returns


Fans at basketball games in the Mize Center were treated to some rousing games and some rousing music from the Piedmont College Pep Band, which has regrouped under the direction of Wind Ensemble conductor Lee Ewing after an absence of several years. Currently there are six students performing during select basketball games. Ewing said he hopes that the band will become a permanent tradition once again.

Georgia Parliamentary Debate State Championship against 48 students from across the state. Held in February at Georgia Tech, other participating colleges included Mercer University, Georgia Tech, and Gainesville State College. Piedmont’s Michael Barry won the Best Speaker Award, and Cadman Kiker placed fifth. During the fall semester, the debate team traveled to Bowling Green, Ky., to compete in a Parliamentary Debate at Western Kentucky University. The team competed in seven competitive debate rounds in the novice division and then advanced to the octa-finals and the quarter-finals. In a third competition at Berry College, the debaters won the quarter-finals and advanced to the semi-finals in the novice division. Barry and Kiker won the quarter-finals at this event and received their first runner-up semi-finals award. The team of Brittany Way and Jacob Reed received novice debate speaker awards for outstanding accomplishments.

‘Elephant Man’ examines what it means to be human Unlike the movie of the same name, the theatrical version of “The Elephant Man” relies on the audience’s imagination to visualize the disfigured features of the real-life Joseph Merrick, as well as the disfigured souls of the people who seek to either abuse or exploit him. The play by Bernard Pomerance and directed by Piedmont theatre department chair Bill Gabelhausen tells the true story of Merrick, who was rescued by Dr. Frederick Treves from Victorian-era side shows. Treves takes Merrick to the London Hospital to study his deformity, and the production tells the story of how Merrick rejoins society and pays the price for being “normal.” As part of the production on the Swanson Center Mainstage, the students researched the lives of the main characters and life in Victorian England,

Pictured, above from left, are Brandon Mahaffey, Jonathan Fountain, and Jennifer Fuller. Below, from left: Tamara Rainwater, Amy Masten, Njoki Coleman, and Jennifer Fuller

Gabelhausen said. “They have created realistic and stunning characters, and in the process, their work has been an inspiration to me as an educator.”

Alumni Weekend A T

‘The Return’ of ‘The Beatles’

The Arrendale Amphitheater could have doubled for “The Cavern” in Liverpool, England, where four guys with long hair and mod suits first started singing in 1960. To mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles, Piedmont students danced and even screamed a little for “The Return,” a Beatles tribute band that has toured the world. With vintage instruments and amps, the Faux Fab Four played a series of hits that spanned the Beatle’s songbook from their first days at The Cavern Club to their final American tour in 1966.



Friday April 15 Sunday April 17, 2011

Reunion Dinners Awards Banquets The Coach Cave Memorial Golf Tournament & More! Register online at alumnirsvp


‘The Tempest’

“O brave new world, That has such people in it,” says Prospero’s daughter Miranda in “The Tempest.” Believed to be the last play Shakespeare wrote, “The Tempest” was the Bard’s last chance to pull out all the stops for his theatrical masterwork. Featuring a magical island, the wizard Prospero and the fairy-like Ariel, the play enchanted audiences at the Swanson Center mainstage in February. Pictured left are Matt McClure as Caliban, with Chase Weaver (seated) and Justin Gilleland (standing). At right are Rickey Eberhardt, Brandon Mahaffey, and Kate Meents.

‘Empty Bowls’ art project fills need

Chamber Singers

The Chamber Singers, a group of students admitted by audition only, performed their fall concert in November. The theme was “Generation to Generation” which explored pieces with actual reference to generations and pieces that came from old texts with new contemporary adaptations by new composers. The ensemble, directed by Dr. Wallace Hinson, was accompanied by artist-in-residence Louise Bass on organ. They performed pieces by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Johannes Brahms, and Benjamin Britten.


The international art honor society Kappa Pi hosted the Second Annual “Empty Bowls,” charity event March 17 in Jenkins Theater. Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. Potters and other craftspeople, educators, and students work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread and are asked to keep their bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity. This year’s Empty Bowls raised $850 for the Habersham County Community Kitchens. Entertainment for the evening was be provided by the Theater Department’s comedy improv group, “Schticks & Giggles,” and the Music Department’s elite group of vocal performers, “Cantabile.” Dinner was provided by Java Joe’s in Clarkesville.

Alumni Spotlight

‘This is Per Nyberg for CNN’ By Sandi Suda This past December, the day before Per Nyberg (‘06) was to fly home from London to Sweden for a much-needed vacation, a terrorist blew himself up on a crowded Stockholm street, killing the bomber and injuring two people. Immediately, Per was tasked with sending CNN the details of the attack, confirming authority reports, and finding reporters in Sweden who could cover the story until he could be there the next day. Nyberg flew to Stockholm with a video camera in hand, and during his “vacation” he covered the first suicide terrorist attack in Sweden. For the CNN freelance correspondent, this is just “a glimpse of what a day at CNN can be like.” The journey for Nyberg has been an eventful one since graduating from Piedmont in 2006 with a degree in mass communications. He returned to his home country of Sweden, where he worked full time for several different local stations within the TV4 network as a news anchor, reporter, and news director. He started his TV4 career in Trollhattan, a small town in southern Sweden. He then moved to Gavle, located near the east coast, and then to Uppsala, the fourth largest city in Sweden. While at the TV4 Uppsala station, Nyberg hosted a half-hour daily morning show about news and current events. He spoke with guests and covered stories from across the region. “I really liked this role because it was something beyond just straight news, and it gave me an opportunity to explore the stories more in depth,” he said. After working with TV4 for two and a half years, Nyberg decided he wanted to go back to school to earn a master’s degree and start working with international news again. He applied to King’s College in London, was accepted, and in fall 2008, he started an M.A. degree in Terrorism, Security, and Society, graduating in January 2010. While studying at King’s College, Nyberg contacted CNN and started working as a freelance assignment editor on the CNN International London News Desk. As the assignment editor, he monitors news and assigns reporters to cover stories in Europe and Africa. Since CNN does not rely on Reuters or Associated Press, Nyberg’s main duty is to confirm when something has happened in the news. He has also worked as a field producer, going out with a reporter and a cameraman to be the contact between the field and the desk. He has been sent to Madrid to field produce the World Cup Final coverage, to the United Kingdom to cover the elections, and to Stockholm, Sweden, to

Covering the royal wedding of Sweden’s Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling in June 2010 was just another day on the job for Per Nyberg (’06), who reports on events in Europe for CNN.

cover the terrorist attack. At the time when he started his degree and job at CNN, he also stayed in contact with TV4 and became their main freelance correspondent in London. Nyberg credits the instruction he received at Piedmont with helping in his international journalism career. “The mass communications department’s multi-skills approach, where you have to learn skills ranging from creating websites to writing for newspapers or working in PR, is truly a recipe for success,” said Nyberg. “I had the privilege of doing internships at CBS and CNN [in Atlanta] where I learned from some of the best journalists in the world.” Before Nyberg started his studies at Piedmont, he attended the firefighter academy for three years and worked as a Swedish fire-

fighter. When he came to the U.S. through a Rotary program, he worked as a volunteer firefighter. After two years at Piedmont, he returned to Sweden to fulfill his mandatory military service in the Navy, where he was a communications officer and firefighter. He was based on a foreign expedition ship that sent him to Africa, Brazil, Jamaica, San Diego, and the Azores. After his military service he went to Spain to study Spanish and worked with CNN’s Madrid Bureau. He said the experience has helped him in journalism, because while working alongside military and emergency professionals he understands what they go through. Nyberg said, “The experience of working as a firefighter and serving in the Swedish Navy has certainly helped shape me into who I am today.”

Per Nyberg and a cameraman in Madrid work the crowd for a story after Spain’s 1-0 win over the Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup Soccer Tournament.


December Commencement adds to Class of 2011 In one of the largest graduation ceremonies in its 113-year history, 453 students received degrees Dec. 11, at the Johnny Mize Athletic Center in Demorest. The graduates included 117 students receiving bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. The School of Education awarded diplomas to 313 teachers receiving graduate degrees, including master’s and education specialist degrees. The School of Business awarded master of business administration degrees to 23 graduates. The Commencement speaker was Dr. Paul Shaw, Superintendent of the White County School System. Shaw began his career in education as a social studies teacher and has served as superintendent in South Carolina and Georgia. Now in his 11th year in White County, he was named Superintendent of the Year in Georgia for 2010, an honor he also earned in South Carolina in 2000. Dr. Betty L. Siegel, Piedmont College Board of Trustee member since 2002, received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree. Siegel retired from Kennesaw State University after serving as president from 1981 to 2006. She continues to pursue new initiatives for ethical leadership and has recently conducted workshops on education and leadership in England, China, South Africa, and Crete.

December 2011 Graduation Scenes

Some soccer alumni were on hand to watch their buds graduate. From left are Jake Krieger (’10), Derek Vorherr (’10), Jeremy Stille (’09), Chris Leone (’11), Jorge Pradilla (’10), Josh Mitchem (’11), and Bryan Prevatte (’11).



Athens Campus to offer bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) this fall Piedmont College in Athens will begin offering Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees with the start of the fall 2011 semester. Dr. Linda Scott, dean of the college’s Daniel School of Nursing at the campus in Demorest, said that initially about 20 students will be enrolled in Athens. Classes will be held in Lane Hall on North Milledge Avenue, adjacent to the college’s main Athens campus on Prince Avenue. Students interested in enrolling in the nursing program should have completed their core freshman and sophomore studies by spring or summer of 2011. For information on how to enroll, contact the Piedmont School of Nursing at 706-776-0116.

In 1999, Piedmont opened its nursing school in Demorest and enrolls about 40 students there each year. The Georgia Board of Nursing approved the new program in Athens in December. Scott said the BSN program is similar to that for registered nurses and also includes classes in research and community health. The college offers different tracks for nurses who may already have an RN or LPN degree and want to earn a BSN diploma. The faculty in Athens will include professors from the Demorest Campus, as well as some new members. The college already works with Athens-area medical facilities for students performing clinical internships.

Athens ‘Lights the Night’

Twenty-four faculty, staff, and students from the Piedmont Athens Campus participated in the annual Light the Night walk to support people battling blood cancers. The team raised $2,400, which is $400 more than their team goal. The funds raised went to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for cancer research, events, educational materials, counseling services for people and families of people with blood cancers.


The Boys of October

Alumni members of the PC baseball team gathered in October for a reunion game. Pictured (front from left) are Josh McEachin, Matt Huffman, Ian McMaster, Corey Lindsey, Tom Dimitroff, Justin Vorherr, Travis Hunt, Walker Searcy, Cole Spedale, and Spencer Ventrice. Back: Mike Santowski, Matt Copeland, Trey Fowler, Bill Sands, Justin Oates, Jared Moon, Jared Vermilya, Stuart Lancaster, Evan Rodery, Zach Kunz, Daniel Rivera, Matt Burgess, Tim Jones, Evan Nissley, Stan Brosko, Spencer Shelton, Wes Crow, Andrew Migetz, Zac Stein, Terry Roberson, Andrew Wagner, Head Coach Jim Peeples.

Mark Your Calendars for Alumni Weekend 2011! Alumni Weekend 2011 is set for April 15-17, so mark your calendars and plan to join us for all the fun and excitement. This year’s event will include the Coach Cave Memorial Golf Tournament and the Annual Alumni Association meeting. New events this year include a Chick-Fil-A picnic on the Quad and a Reunion Gala and Awards Ceremony in the Swanson Center.

Friday, April 15

1 p.m. Lions Softball Double Header vs Covenant College at Walker Fields. 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Alumni Social. President’s Home. All are welcome. Free. 5:30 p.m. Reunion Gala & Alumni Awards Celebration. Swanson Center Atrium. Special dinner seating and recognition for Anniversary Classes. Honor the successes of the recipients of the Distinguished Alumni, Alumni Service, Excellence in Education,

9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Athens Trip. Tour the PC Athens campus, enjoy lunch, and Thrift Store shopping with host Doug Johnson (‘66). Self pay. $5 per person for van transportation. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Coach Cave Memorial Golf Tournament at The Orchard Golf & Country Club. 5:30 p.m. Reunion Dinner. Classes of ‘65, ‘66, ’67 at local restaurant (TBA). Other classes welcome! Self pay. 7:30 p.m. Great Composers Concert. Piedmont College Chapel. Piedmont Chorale, Chamber Singers & Orchestra. Works by Beethoven, Bruckner & Holst. Free.

and Pacesetter Awards. All are welcome. $25 per person/$15 per Young Alumni (‘00-’10) Prepayment required. 7 p.m. Lions Baseball vs Maryville College at Loudermilk Stadium.

Sunday, April 17

1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Lions Softball Double Header vs Maryville College at Walker Fields 3 p.m. Lions Baseball vs Maryville College at Loudermilk Stadium

Saturday, April 16

9 a.m. Torch Breakfast. Brookside Dining Room, Nielsen Hall. For women of the Torch. Torch members RSVP and pre-pay online at or e-mail Linda Wofford at $11 per person 10:30 a.m. Alumni Association Annual Meeting. Stewart Hall Auditorium. Facts and figures for the year and general membership meeting. All are welcome. 11:30 a.m. Letter Club (“P” Club) Lunch. Brookside Dining Room, Nielsen Hall. Recap and preview of Piedmont Athletics. Induction Hall of Fame Class of 2011. All are welcome. $12 per person. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Chick-fil-A Lunch & Music on the Quad. Lunch and Activities (inclement weather Student Center). Come visit with current professors, students and alumni. Student art sale. Familyfriendly activities. All are welcome. Lunch $5 per person.


Stephen Andrew (’04 M’07), Justin Mathews (’04 M’07), and Jonathan Stuart (’04) chip to the pin in last year’s tourney.

‘Chip in’ for the Cave Memorial Golf Tournament Always a highlight of Alumni Weekend, alumni and friends will take to the links at 11 a.m., April 15, for the Coach Cave Memorial Golf Tournament. This year’s tournament will be played at The Orchard Golf and Country Club north of Clarkesville. The $95 entry fee includes lunch, greens fee, cart, range balls, and a goody bag. The top four teams will be awarded cash prizes ranging from $400 to $100, plus there will be

course prizes for the longest drive and closest to the pin. Registration will begin at 11 a.m., with lunch at 11:45 and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The tournament is a four-person Lauderdale with a 9-hole blind draw. For more information or to sign up, visit www.piedmont/alumni or contact Brandy Aycock at or Justin Scali at, or call 1-800868-1641.


Women’s lacrosse on horizon With Piedmont’s first men’s lacrosse team set to take the field in the spring of 2012, the college is in the process of organizing a women’s team to begin competition the following year. Athletic director John Dzik said the college is now looking for a head coach to build the foundation of the new team and begin recruiting players. “We hope to create interest for both qualified student-athletes and an experienced head coach with this formal announcement,” Dzik said. According to the latest participation survey by U.S. Lacrosse, the sport’s governing body, lacrosse is the fastestgrowing high school sport for girls over the last 10 years and the second-fastest growing sport among boys. At the collegiate level, men’s lacrosse has been the fastest-growing sport over the past decade, while women’s lacrosse has been the secondfastest-growing sport. Currently in NCAA Division III, there are close to 200 women’s lacrosse programs across the nation. According to the latest U.S. Lacrosse survey, close to 10,000 players from the youth up to the adult level are playing lacrosse in Georgia, a mark second only in the Southeast to the lacrosseheavy state of Virginia. The advent of the women’s lacrosse program comes less than a year after it was announced that Piedmont would add men’s lacrosse to its list of intercollegiate athletic offerings. Standout high school coach Peter Manderano was tapped as the first leader of the Piedmont men’s lacrosse program, bringing a slew of Georgia high school playoff appearances and a 2006 state title with him to the collegiate level. Piedmont becomes just the fifth NCAA Division III school in Georgia and the third in the Great South Athletic Conference to formally add women’s lacrosse as an intercollegiate sport. The Lady Lions will join

Agnes Scott College and LaGrange College as GSAC member schools who will offer women’s lacrosse, while Huntingdon College is expected to add the sport in 2013. The college will shortly begin conducting a national search for a head coach to lead the program and expects to make an appointment to the position by the end of the current spring semester. The new coach will be charged with adding assistant coaches and beginning a comprehensive recruiting program for the 2011-2012 school year, with the

anticipated inaugural season slated for the 2013 spring semester. With the addition of men’s lacrosse, Piedmont has already begun the necessary expansion of facilities and support services to accommodate both the new men’s and women’s lacrosse programs. A new turf playing facility was added in the fall of 2010 to the Walker Athletic Complex complete with markings for both men’s and women’s lacrosse. Athletic office space has been expanded, as has the current athletic training staff with the addition of assistant athletic trainers Tim Miesmer and Kristi Castellaw, who both came to Piedmont in the fall of 2010. Renovation of existing locker rooms is also a part of the start-up process for the new athletic program.

Members of the 2010-11 Cheerleaders include, front from left: Alexandra Mahoney, Michelle Sosia, Lauren Boone, Rebecca Bloomingdale, and Beth Gossett. Back: Kel Lee Cutrell (coach), Olivia Swisher, Danielle Vidd, Danielle Morgan, Aubrey Tidwell (captain), Kristen Payne (captain), Sara Gardiner, Stevie Brown, Torey Poole, and Renee Lowry (coach).


Fall and winter sports roundup Soccer men take second in GSAC vs Maryville The Piedmont vs Maryville rivalry in men’s soccer heated up a little more this past season as the Lions dropped a 2-1 overtime loss to the Scots in the GSAC championship match. It marked the third straight year that Piedmont finished second to Maryville and the second time in three years that the final match went into overtime. In an even contest fit for a championship, the Lions struck first in the 55th minute when junior Nick Weatherby of Grayson broke free to put a punted ball from keeper Brian Gaid into the Maryville net. The 1-0 advantage would last 20 minutes before the Scots found an equalizer in the 75th minute to put the score at 1-1, where it stayed through regulation. In the first overtime period, Maryville scored the winning goal only three minutes in. Gaid, a junior keeper from Marietta, was selected as the GSAC championship tournament MVP for his effort between the sticks for PC. Coach Jimmy Stephens’ Lions ended their season at 11-8 overall. Five Piedmont players were named to the All-Conference team. They include Weatherby, Gaid, sophomore Brian Reulbach of Grayson, sophomore Sidney Smith of Dallas, and freshman Justin Whitaker of Lawrenceville. Weatherby led the conference in six different offensive categories during the regular season, including goals, assists, and total points. Whitaker also earned a spot on the All-Freshman list, joining teammates Chase Rivers of Lawrenceville and Stephen Sherfy of Cookeville, Tenn. Sophomore Tyler Buttram of Cartersville was honored with the GSAC’s Individual Sportsmanship Award for Piedmont. Buttram, Gaid, Reulbach, and Weatherby joined teammates Koffi Ametohoun of Atlanta and Brooks Willis of Acworth on the GSAC All-Academic team for carrying at least a 3.25 GPA.

Nick Weatherby was one of five GSAC All-Conference Team players fielded by Piedmont this past season.

Cross Country men 2nd, women 5th in GSAC races Hoping to repeat as GSAC champions, the Piedmont men came up just short of Huntingdon College in the season finale held at Maryville, Tenn. Fittingly, it was Huntington that edged the Lion runners for this year’s title. Despite falling short of team success, the men did receive some good news when runner A.J. Meyer was named GSAC Freshman of the Year. Meyer placed third individually with his race time of 28:57, while teammates Wesley Milton and Chez Maxwell followed closely behind with times of 29:37 and 29:42 respectively. Junior Matt Collins was next for Piedmont at 30:13 and was one of four Lions to finish in the top ten of the race. Meyer, Milton, and Maxwell each earned All-Conference honors, while Meyer also earned a spot on the All-Freshman squad as did teammate Brett Grantham. Collins and Milton also were named as GSAC All-Academic selections. On the women’s side, the Lady Lion runners took fifth place in the seventeam GSAC championship meet. The team was not short of hardware, however, as Molly Atkinson was honored as the GSAC Freshman of the Year. Atkinson came in at 29:27 on the day, a time that was good enough to place her 11th individually. Fellow freshman Kristen Payne was right behind with a time of 29:31. Payne and Atkinson were both named members of the GSAC All-Freshman team for their performance in the conference meet.


Goalkeeper Brian Gaid and the Lions recorded five shutout victories this season.

Soccer women post 18-7 record, and second in GSAC It was déjà vu all over again as the Piedmont women reached the finals of the GSAC tournament for the second year in a row, only to fall to Maryville College by the same score, 2-1. In a deadlocked match that kept fans on the edge of their seat, the two teams were in a scoreless draw until a flurry of scores after the 65th minute. Piedmont struck first, as sophomore Macie Rooke of Sugar Hill curled a shot just over the head of Maryville’s keeper. Unfortunately for the home team, the lead would be short-lived as Maryville equalized just two minutes later on a scramble in front of the goal. With the score now knotted at one each, the match appeared to be headed for overtime until the Scots again found the back of the net with just six minutes remaining to steal the 2-1 win. Coach Stephen Andrew’s Lady Lions finished 2010 with a 13-7 overall record, the third consecutive season that Piedmont has finished with 13 or more wins. In the GSAC All-Conference balloting, Piedmont led the way with six selections, including Laura Goodwin of Snellville, who was honored as the league’s Freshman of the Year. Goodwin scored 14 goals while dishing out 12 assists in her debut season. Goodwin was also named to the All-Conference Team, as were junior Justine Clay of Buford, senior Katie Porter of Buford, senior Kaitlyn Induni of Lawrenceville, sophomore Dilyn MacLean of Blue Ridge, and sophomore Katherine Metz of Suwanee. Sarah Hill of Lilburn was named to the All-Freshman Team. Goalkeeper Induni was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America 2010 NCAA Division III All-South Atlantic Region team on the strength of her 10 shutouts this season and 0.69 goals against average, a season mark that shattered the school record. Induni and Justine Clay were named to the Scholar All-South Region Team of the NSCAA, an award that goes out to the top scholar athletes based on academic and athletic performance from a field of over 50 teams in the south region. Sophomore Macie Rooke of Sugar Hill took home the GSAC’s Individual Sportsmanship Award for Piedmont. Clay, Induni, and Metz joined teammates Kristen Murri of Villa Rica, Kaitlyn Pannell of Monroe, and Brooke Terilli of Dacula on the GSAC All-Academic team for carrying at least a 3.25 GPA.

Senior Katie Porter was one of six Piedmont players named to the GSAC All -Conference Team.

Kaitlyn Induni recorded 10 shutouts during the 20-game season and was named to the NCAA D-III All South Atlantic Region Team.


They are Number One. Coach Sid Feldman and the Piedmont women’s volleyball team show their approval after knocking off Huntingdon College for the GSAC title.

Volleyball takes top prize in GSAC Championships The volleyball team claimed its first Great South Athletic Conference Championship Tournament crown since 2007 with a 3-1 victory over the top-seeded Lady Hawks of Huntingdon College, earning an automatic berth into the NCAA Division-III National Tournament. The Lady Lions had a battle on their hands from the start in the GSAC final, taking the first set 26-24, only to see Huntingdon tie it up with a 25-21 win in the second set. However, Piedmont would rally to close the door with two more set victories, 25-22 and 25-19, to earn the 3-1 overall match victory. Senior outside hitter Kalin DeMarrais of Lawrenceville led the way for PC with another double-double, earning 11 kills and 16 digs on the day, while fellow senior Heather Stafford of Sandy Springs earned 14 digs to help in the cause. Defense was the name of the game again for the championship squad with four players posting double-digit dig numbers. Sophomore libero Paige Eslinger of Ringgold was the leader in digs for the match with her 27 helping to stave off a ferocious Huntingdon attack at the net. In her first GSAC championship match appearance, freshman setter Katheryn Knarr of Chickamauga dished out 14 set assists. In their first match of the NCAA National Tournament, Piedmont fell in straight sets to the number-one-ranked Eagles of Emory University on the in-state rival’s home floor. Piedmont stayed tight with the hosting Eagles early in each set, but could not hold on to


take a set on the road from the tournament favorite, finishing the match 25-15, 25-15, and 25-18. Coach Sid Feldman’s Lady Lions finished the season at 20-14, marking the sixth consecutive year that they have won 20 or more games. Knarr was named the GSAC Freshman of the Year; and three Piedmont players made the All-Conference list, including Eslinger, who was named Libero of the Year, Stafford, and junior Rachel Powell of Tallaseee, Ala. Knarr was also honored with the GSAC’s Individual Sportsmanship Award for Piedmont. Eslinger, Stafford, and Powell joined teammates DeMarrais, Jessica Hollis of Flowery Branch, and Hallye Jerkins of Buford on the GSAC All-Academic team.

Freshman Ashton Nash goes up to set the ball.

Basketball women take Great South title The Piedmont women claimed their Making her second second GSAC basketball title in four years straight appearance on the Feb. 26 with a commanding 69-44 win in the All-Conference list, Wheeler finals over Agnes Scott College, a team that grabbed 226 rebounds for the had beaten the PC women 59-50 just a few Lady Lions and led the GSAC weeks earlier in the regular season. in double-double perforThe championship victory propelled the mances with 11. Consistently Lady Lions into the first round of the NCAA a defensive presence down D-III national tournament, where they faced low with her 72 blocks on the the number-one ranked season (number one Thomas More Saints in GSAC), the junior March 4 in Crestview was one of a handful Hills, Ky. of women’s basketball Coach Jamie Purdy’s players across NCAA Lady Lions gave up a Division III to post a 17-point lead to the Saints triple double with 28 by the end of the first points, ten boards, and half, when they trailed ten blocks against La31-14. The second half Grange on Jan. 14. was all Piedmont, though, Freshman Danielle as the team put together Hendrick of Statesboro a 21-6 run and closed the took home the GSAC’s gap to just four points Individual Sportsmanwith four minutes left ship Award for PC. on the clock. The Saints’ Simmons joined teamoffense rose to the chalmates Amber Satterfield lenge, however, and fendof McCaysville, Shanice 100 wins for Coach Jamie Purdy ed off the Piedmont attack Wheeler of Kennesaw, with a 12-7 run of their own, Lauren Anderson of to win 53-44. Cornelia, and McKenzie The loss to the Saints ends the Lady Reeves of Lawrenceville as Lions’ season at 20-9 overall, with an 11-3 remembers of the GSAC Allcord in the Great South Athletic Conference. Academic team. In the GSAC team balloting, senior Ironically, it was another Laura Simmons of Gainesville and junior victory against the visiting Scotties of Agnes Sada Wheeler of Lula both were named to Scott during the regular season that provided the All-Conference Team. With close to 900 a special treat for the Lady Lions. That 69-51 career points to her name, Simmons was the win on Feb. 1 put Coach Jamie Purdy over Lady Lions’ top scorer in 2010-11, averaging the 100 wins mark during her six seasons 12 points per game, while pulling down 131 at the head of the team. Including her two rebounds on the year as well. previous seasons as coach at Middle Georgia

College, Purdy now has 138 total career wins. She graduated from Piedmont in 2000 after four years as a standout basketball and softball player. Amber Satterfield (above) and Shanice Wheeler (below) were among the five PC basketball women named to the GSAC All-Academic Team. (Below, left) Lauren Hamel of Winder averaged more than five points per game. (Photos by Jasper Lee)


Basketball men fall in semis, claim road win over Maryville The basketball men were buoyed by a win on the road against Maryville College late in the season, but saw their GSAC hopes sink with a 96-74 loss to Huntington in the conference semi-finals. The hosting Hawks put the clamps on one of the best three-point shooting teams in the league and held the Lions to just 12 percent shooting from behind the three-point line—well below their season average of 41 percent from downtown. The two teams had split their earlier match-ups during the regular season. The loss dropped PC to 10-16 on the season, as the Lions ended their 2010-11 campaign. In the All-Conference balloting, point guard Will Skaggs was named the GSAC Freshman of the Year, while head coach Lee Glenn was tapped as the league’s Coach of the Year after leading PC to its first win at Maryville College in the program’s history. Skaggs dished out 150 assists during the season, ranking 15th in the nation in his first collegiate season. Also joining Skaggs on the AllFreshman Team was Kevin Kubandi, who averaged just over seven points per game. Juniors Josh Haymore and Tracey Gardner were named to the GSAC All-Conference team. Gardner was the league’s top rebounder pulling down a total of 205 boards, while Haymore was honored for his three-point accuracy of close to 50 percent, which was best in the league and third in the nation. Senior Phillip Sloan was the GSAC Individual Sportsmanship Award winner Lee Glenn was named GSAC Coach for Piedmont. Sloan was also a GSAC of the Year. All-Academic selection, joining teammates Haymore, Gardner, Daniel Lampl, and Michael Ross. The five honorees led all GSAC schools, marking the eighth consecutive year that the Lions have led the league in All-Academic selections.


(Above) Kevin Kubandi was named to All-Freshman Team, and teammate Will Skaggs (below) was selected as the GSAC Freshman of the Year. (Photos by Jasper Lee)


Classnotes John and Rosa Valdes Kuiken (both ’59) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 28, 2010. The couple met at Piedmont in 1958 and currently live in Henderson, Nev. Tom Richard (’70) is the executive secretary for the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches. He and his wife, LeeAnne, have two grandchildren and one step grand-child. Their oldest daughter recently returned from her second monthlong trip with the Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts on a bird-counting expedition off the East Coast. Their youngest daughter just returned from a month-long mission trip in Ghana teaching art to children in an orphanage. Dianne Wittington Lawson (’71) has owned Dream Givers Gallery in downtown Toccoa for seven years. The gallery represents more than 90 artists and sells art and art gifts made locally. Dianne and her husband, Buddy, have been married for 25 years and have “two awesome dogs.” John Preece (’71) is currently in his ninth national tour of “Fiddler on the Roof.” He has performed more than 3,100 times in the show, with 1,500 of those as the character Tevye. John has been involved with theatre for 40 years and has performed in many plays, including “The Sound of Music,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and “42nd Street.” He has also helped produce and direct more than 40 plays. He and his wife, Susie, live in Springfield, Ill. Robert S. Davis (’78) is a professor of history at Wallace State College in Hanceville, Ala., where he is also director of the Family & Regional History Program. In September, he was interviewed for an episode of the History Channel’s upcoming television series Brad Meltzer’s Decoded. Through The History Press in Charleston, he has recently published his 39th book, “Andersonville Confederate Prison.” In spring 2011, he will publish a book on Civil War Atlanta. Davis has recently published his 100th article in a scholarly journal. He also has recently given state-wide talks on family history in Alabama and Georgia.

Prakash Silwal (’89), right, pictured with Dr. Rob Wainberg, was one of the first students to graduate from the biology program and went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Toxicology from Clemson. He then went to work on his Ph.D. at Florida International University. Prakash worked for various ministries with the Nepalese government and

then worked with The Mercy Corps in India, Pakistan, and Sudan. He currently works for CARE, International, directing the construction of roads and canals.

Linda Pitts (’90) and Jim Duling were married Sept. 4, 2010, beside a waterfall in Sky Valley. Matt Benson (’92) completed his doctoral degree from the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif., in May 2010. In July, he joined Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn., as vice-president for Spiritual Formation and assistant professor of Christian Thought and Biblical Studies. He and his wife, Melody, and their three children live in Dayton. Dackri Davis (’93) recently moved to Denver, Colo., and is the assistant principal at Denver East High School. She is finishing coursework for a PhD in Educational Policy Studies at Georgia State University and will defend her dissertation next year. Elizabeth “Liz” Kelly (’96) recently joined Georgia Southern University in the Department of Writing and Linguistics as a Rhetoric and Composition expert. She is working on a manuscript entitled “Pedagogy of Empathy: Teaching Writing in the 21st Century” for the National Council of Teachers of English. She is also working on a novel about her grandmother’s circus roots and a play that focuses on adolescent bi-polar disorder. Liz will be working with Project Literacy, Habitat for Humanity, and various nonprofits in the near future to help educate the unemployed in the region. Jessica Shirley (’96) recently changed departments at South Rabun Elementary School in Tiger to the office and media center. She has been at the school for 11 years. Debbie Allen (’97) welcomed her grandson John David Adams on July 27, 2010. The proud parents are Mandy and Brandon Adams.


Shannon Gilstrap (’99) successfully defended his doctoral dissertation in English at Georgia State University and received the degree in December. He earned his master’s degree from Clemson and is currently a faculty member at Gainesville State College. Erin McManus Mundy (M’00) was recently promoted to assistant professor within the Department of Family Medicine at the School of Medicine of the Medical College of Georgia. She has also been named the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Director of Community Based Training Programs. Erin has been with the Medical College of Georgia and the Georgia Statewide AHEC Network Program Office since 2004. She lives in Flowery Branch with her husband, Chris, and their nine-year-old son, Davis.

Gabby Parham (‘07) and Chad Parham welcomed their son, Brayden Maddox Parham, into their lives on September 30, 2010 at the Habersham County Medical Center. He weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.

Kathy Conley Nicholson (’10) has joined Habersham County Family Connection as executive director. In her position, she spotlights education and is currently directing the creation of an Adult Language Learning Center within an elementary school. In addition to this position, Kathy is an on-air personality and producer with WRAF 90.9 FM/WEPC 88.5 FM. She currently hosts a Sunday afternoon show from 1-5 p.m. And starting in April 2011, Kathy will be a television host for Windstream Communications for a community talk show entitled Southern Accent. Liat Faver (’10) has been accepted into the Converse College Creative Writing graduate program in Spartanburg, S.C. She recently performed in the Habersham Community Theatre’s production of Hairspray and will direct a play in the upcoming HCT One-Act Festival. E. Lane Gresham (’10) has re-joined The Northeast Georgian newspaper as a staff writer. Jean McCullough (’10) joined the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce staff as Project Manager. In her new position she assists the Economic Development Division with programs and services for small businesses and retail development.

Teachers of the Year for 2010-2011

Chanda DeFoor (’02) ran a half-marathon on October 24, 2010, in Myrtle Beach. She raised $1,500 for Southern Cross Dog Rescue. Addie Wamsley Thomas (’02) and Jason Hans Thomas of Chester, S.C., announce the arrival of their first baby girl, Taylor Mae Thomas, born Nov. 28, 2010, at 8 lbs 11 ounces, 21.5 inches long. Nick Kastner (’03, M’06) was recently elected to the Piedmont College Alumni Board and his term began on Jan. 1, 2011. The Alumni Board of Directors are nominated and voted on by fellow Piedmont College Alumni. Amy Rine Thompson (’07, M’09) and Zachary Thompson (’06) were married in May 2009. Amy has worked as a kindergarten teacher at East Lake Elementary School in the Atlanta Public Schools System for the past three years. Zach was ordained as a transitional deacon in the Episcopal Church in December 2010 and is expected to be ordained a priest this summer. He will graduate with a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in May 20011 and then will begin coursework for a Master of Sacred Theology at The University of the South this summer.

Lindsey Cromer Barkley (’06) and Gary Bruce Barkley were married Nov. 15, 2008, and recently welcomed their son, Camden Todd Barkley, on Feb. 12, 2010. Megan Day (’08, M’09) joined the School of Audio Engineering in Atlanta as a financial assistance coordinator in September. The school opened in 1976, specializing in audio engineering education. Now it offers degrees in filmmaking, digital journalism, animation, web design, and game design as well. Ashley Smith Martin (’08) and Nathan Martin welcomed their son, Easton Martin, into the world Sept. 20, 2010. Joy (’09) and Robert Rittweger (’07) welcomed their daughter, Jubilee Michal Rittweger, into the world March 2, 2011. Kasey Taylor Bridges (’10), Chris Bridges, and big brother Luke Bridges welcomed Bowman Curtis Bridges into their lives in July 2010. He was born at Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton.

Michelle Masters (M’06), New Holland Core Knowledge Academy. She has taught at the Gainesville school for six years and now teaches fourth grade. Geoff Chaffin (M’09), C.W. Davis Middle School. He has taught at the Flowery Branch school for four years and teaches seventh and eighth-grade special education math. Michele Taylor (M’07, EdS’08) Riverbend Elementary School. She has taught at the Gainesville school for six years and teaches fourth and fifth-grade language arts. Juliana Dean (’06, M’09), Wauka Mountain Multiple Intelligences Academy. She has taught at the Hall County school for four years and teaches fourth grade. Jeremy Pirkle (EdS’08), Chicopee Woods Elementary School. He has been at the school for one year as the media specialist. He has been teaching for nine years. Misty Freeman (M’08), Friendship Elementary School. She has taught at the school all 11 years of her teaching career and currently teaches first grade. K. Ashleigh Fickey (EdS’10), South Habersham Sixth Grade Academy. Ashleigh teaches social studies and is also the cheerleading coach at South Habersham Middle School and at the Habersham Ninth Grade Academy. Hugh McKinney (EdS’09), Northeast Georgia Youth Science & Technology Center. Earlier this year, he was also named the Gainesville Middle School Teacher of the Year. He teaches eighth grade physical science. Sherri Behrens (’08), Rabun County Elementary School. She teaches sixth grade social studies and has been teaching for three years.

STAR Teachers 2011

Ernie Davis (M’02), selected by Michael Reynolds at Chestatee High School. He was also selected in 2006 by STAR Student Caswell Johnson. Lynn Tankersley (’97), selected by Ian Kelly at East Hall High School.


ALUMNI & FRIENDS ‘Friends of Music’ help program expand The Friends of Music is a new organization for the Piedmont community to support the college’s music students and to promote music programming at the college and in the northeast Georgia community. Funds generated by membership and donations will be used to provide concerts open to the students, faculty, staff, and friends of Piedmont and to provide travel opportunities and scholarships for music students. Bill Loyd, Community Bank and Trust Senior Vice President and Piedmont Trustee, joined the Friends of Music Program and is a longtime supporter of the music program. “I saw this as an opportunity to expose to the public what a hidden gem we have at the college,” Loyd said. Loyd also sings with the Piedmont Chorale and is the organist and director of music at Cornelia Methodist Church. Music is very important to him and has been since the fourth grade. “The Piedmont music department gives me another opportunity to immerse myself in something I really love,” he said.

Loyd said he tries to attend all of the music performances he can and also sings a couple of times each year with the Chorale. “The students amaze me every time they perform. Piedmont has many things to be proud of and so much potential,” he said. Membership levels Friends of Music has three levels of membership: Prelude, Sonata, and Concerto, providing a range of benefits. Prelude members receive name recognition in musical performance programs and reserved seating at all musical performances. Sonata members additionally receive a digital recording of the annual Lessons & Carols program, a wine and cheese reception during the concert season, and two tickets to each performance requiring paid admission. Concerto members additionally receive four season tickets. To view the brochure for additional information and to find donation information go to

The Chamber Singers ensemble is just one of the groups that receive support from the ‘Friends of Music.’ Students also participate in the Piedmont Chorale, Cantabile, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble, Orchestra, and Opera Workshop.

Alumni challenge set for Annual Fund, service Piedmont’s annual fund-raising drive is under way, and the race is on to see which alumni classes will be able to claim the largest percentage of donors. Will it be the alumni from the 1930s, the ’40s, ’50, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, or the 2000s? The Fund for Piedmont is one of the most important ways you can help current and future students. Gifts to the fund are combined to support scholarships, work study programs and to supplement activities on campus from the classrooms to the athletic fields. Almost as important as the amount raised is the number of alumni who contribute to the Fund for Piedmont. That is because many foundations that give to Piedmont base their own contributions on how well our alumni—the people who know Piedmont best— support the mission of the college. By making a donation of any size—remember it is a challenge for percentage of donors—you can help your classmates win. And because we recognize that it is especially hard for recent graduates to think about the Fund for Piedmont when you have a mil-

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lion other new responsibilities vying for your time, we’ve created the 10-4-10 program. We are asking all new alumni to consider a $10 donation each year for 10 years. It may not sound like much, but when everyone pulls together, it all adds up to a lot of support for students. Of course, the 10-4-10 program is flexible. You can give any amount you choose, and you can even designate your gift for any area of the college, whether a particular school, major or athletic program. Community Service Challenge This next challenge goes out to all alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends as the college’s quality enhancement team has embarked on a year-long effort to demonstrate how small actions can create a big impact. The challenge is for the Piedmont

community to log 10,000 hours of volunteer work. The PC alumni are hoping to log 1,000 of those hours. We know PC alums are serving their communities through volunteer activities. Your individual service hours can help meet the alumni goal and the overall goal of 10,000 hours. What a great way to be involved with Piedmont whether you are nearby or far away. Just report your service hours to Brandy Aycock at baycock@piedmont. edu or log them using the link from You can also call your hours into Brandy at 706-778-8500, ext. 1170. So, ALUMS, there are two CHALLENGES on the table. Let’s show the classes of 2011 thru 2014 that ALUMNI ROCK!

ALUMNI & FRIENDS Piedmont ‘Love Connections’ The Alumni Association asked graduates to send in their “love connection” stories about how they met on campus. Here are just a few of the stories they had to tell: Richard York (’93) and Shannon Dillinger York (’98) met during Shannon’s first year at Piedmont in 1994, when Richard was the men’s assistant basketball coach and and RD in Wallace Hall and Shannon was a student and basketball player. During this time they were acquaintances. Richard left Piedmont in 1997 and Shannon left when she graduated in 1998. The two crossed paths again in 2000 when Shannon returned to Piedmont to earn a master’s degree. She worked as the assistant women’s basketball coach under Coach Charles Cooper and also worked with the athletic director, Richard’s sister, Renee York Pryor (’89 M’98). Richard and Shannon began dating in September 2000, and they were married in June 2001. They will celebrate 10 years of marriage this summer and they have two children, Reagan, age 7, and Hudson, age 3.

Tim Suda (’09) and Sandi Tatum Suda (’09) (above) met at Piedmont in the mass communications department when she was a sophomore and he was a freshman. Sandi was not fond of Tim at first, but after overcoming their differences they started dating and were engaged on March 19, 2010, their three year anniversary. They were married Dec. 31, 2010, at the Cornelia Community House. Both currently work at Piedmont and live in Demorest. Sandi works in the Office of Institutional Advancement and Tim works in the Admissions Office.

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Mark LaCoursiere (’01) and Melissa Bagwell LaCoursiere (’02) met at Piedmont, but Mark first caught her eye at a talent show when he was singing Backstreet Boys. The two didn’t start dating until November 2001, Melissa’s junior year, when Mark asked her to the homecoming dance. On Melissa’s graduation date, Mark slipped a note in her diploma asking her to marry him. She didn’t get to see him until after the ceremony and he proposed to her in front of her family. They were married Nov. 1, 2003, their three year anniversary. On July 18, 2010, the couple welcomed a new addition, Mace Avery LaCoursiere (below) to their family.

Gary Coker (’63) and June Bottcher Coker (’64) (pictured above) met at Piedmont in 1961 on a student trip to Tallulah Gorge. At the time, June was a freshman from Worcester, Mass., and Gary was a sophomore from Social Circle. Their first date was in December 1962, and little did they know this trip would spark a courtship that has continued for 47 years.

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1930s Hoyt E. Bowen (’39) of Chapel Hill, N.C., died Jan. 4, 2011. He was 91. Dr. Bowen served in WWII as a naval aviator. He was a professor of English at Western Kentucky University from 1971-85, and donated his Elizabethan and Shakespearean collections to Piedmont’s Arrendale Library. Survivors include his wife, Kathryn McManus Bowen (’50). Isabel Lumsden Couch (attended 193335) of Sautee-Nacoochee, Ga., died Nov. 29, 2010. She was 95. Mrs. Couch’s career in education began as a classroom teacher in Clarkesville. She went on to become supervisor and curriculum director in Pickens, Stephens, Lumpkin, and Habersham counties, retiring from that position in 1972. In retirement she worked with the White County Title I program, taught at the University of Georgia, served as executive secretary for the Georgia Department of Instructional Supervisors, and served two terms on the White County Board of Education. Her community efforts led to the formation of the Sautee-Nacoochee Community Association. Survivors include her sister-in-law, India Dyer Lumsden (attended 1942-43) and Dr. Tom Lumsden. Grace Dodd Hodges (’31) of Andersonville, Ga., died Oct. 23, 2010. She was 99. Survivors include her sister, Boyce Dodd Sullivan (’34).

1940s Thomas G. Harris (’40) of Millen, Ga., died Feb. 16, 2011. He was 92. Mr. Harris was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII. He was a retired teacher, assistant principal, and basketball coach from the Armuchee School in Floyd County. Odell B. Dyer (’41) of Gainesville, Ga., died Oct. 11, 2010. He was 93. Mr. Dyer served in WWII as a radar operator. He received a Purple Heart after his B-24 was downed on a mission near Guadalcanal in the South Pacific. A life-long educator, he retired from the State of Georgia. Survivors include his sister, Desma Dyer Fry (’41) and niece, Nina Fry (’77). Edna Stanley Lybrand (’44) of Albemarle, N.C., died Nov. 11, 2010. She was 87. She had taught school in Tate and Camak in Georgia and in Lancaster, S.C. Mrs. Lybrand and her husband were active in the Lutheran Church and had been involved in the beginning of three Lutheran churches in as many states. Sara Garthright Ray (’44) of Warrenton, Ga., died Dec. 29, 2010. She was 87. Mrs. Ray was a retired metallurgist for Handy and Harmen of El Monte, Calif. Her husband, Jesse Ray (’43), died in 1964. She was a member of the Warrenton Garden Club, Warren County Historical Society, Daughters of the Confederacy, and the National Wildlife Association at Lake Havasu, Ariz.



Guin A. “Lefty” Cronic (’48) of Lula, Ga., died Jan. 13, 2011. He was 87. Mr. Cronic enlisted in the U.S. Navy in WWII, serving in the Pacific campaign. He was a retired teacher and served as a Baptist minister for more than 40 years. Mr. Cronic was an outstanding baseball player, playing in the industrial leagues in Gainesville and North Georgia. He had a brief career with the Atlanta Crackers in the 1940s. In 1982 he was inducted into the “P” Club Hall of Fame. Survivors include his wife, Evelyn McDuffie Cronic (attended 1946-47), and his son Philip Cronic (’91).

Dorothy Sanders Wood (’49) of Canton, Ga., died Feb. 16, 2011. She was 80. Mrs. Wood retired from Marietta City Schools. Survivors include her husband, C. Nelson Wood (’49).

1950s William Cecil “Bill” Dillard (’50) of Cornelia, Ga., died Nov. 4, 2010. A native of Habersham County, Mr. Dillard served in the Marines during World War II in the South Pacific Theater on the island of Iwo Jima. He began his career in the insurance business in 1950, with The Life of Virginia Insurance Company. In 1968, he continued his career as owner/agent of Cornelia Insurance Agency for a number of years. Survivors include his daughter, Lynn Dillard Hilliard (’76). Bill LeCroy (’50) of Carnesville, Ga., died Dec. 8, 2010. He was 83. Mr. LeCroy served in the U.S. Army during WWII from 1944 until 1947. A corporal with the 88th Blue Devil Division, he served as a radio operator while stationed in Italy. He retired from teaching in 1960 and then worked for Georgia Farm Bureau Insurance as agent and agency manager for 37 years in Franklin County, retiring in 1997. He had been a cattle farmer for the past 13 years. Survivors include his wife, Betty Payne LeCroy (’49). Beaulah S. Davis-Posey (’52) of Cartersville, Ga., died March 8, 2011. She was 95. Mrs. Davis-Posey taught in the Habersham, Hall, and Forsyth county schools before moving to Bartow County. She was instrumental in starting special education classes for special needs children and was a charter member of the Hickory Log Vocational School, a private boarding school facility for handicapped men. She retired in 1977, following a 34-year career in education. Sue Grier Kennedy (’52) of Commerce, Ga., died Nov. 7, 2008. She was 75. Mrs. Kennedy had been a special education teacher at Banks County High School. Ida Holland Adams (’53) of Avondale Estates, Ga., died Nov. 6, 2010. She was 90. Mrs. Adams taught in various school systems in Georgia for 36 years, retiring from the DeKalb County System in 1982. Sarah Bryant Banks (’53) of Carnesville, Ga., died Jan. 26, 2011. She was 92. Mrs. Banks retired as an elementary school teacher with the Franklin County School System after 48 years of service.

Herb Goolsby (’53) of Alpharetta, Ga., died Jan. 21, 2011. He was 83. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a software engineer at Lockheed Aircraft. Survivors include his wife, Iris Jackson Goolsby (’57) and brother and sister-in-law, Carl (’59) and Thelma Goolsby (’61).

W. M. “Mack” Manley (’58) of Homerville, Ga., died Oct. 25, 2010. He was 76. Mr. Manley served in the U.S. Army in the Korean Conflict and played on the Army basketball team. In 1982, he was inducted into the “P” Club Hall of Fame. Mr. Manley was a high school teacher in Brooks, Thomas, and Lowndes counties, where he also coached boys’ basketball and football. For many years, Mr. Manley was a partner in the Peagler-Manley Insurance Agency and was a past member of the Clinch County Board of Education. He was named the Clinch County Citizen of the Year in 1995. Marvin H. Peavy (’58) of Hawkinsville, Ga., died March 9, 2011. He was 77. Mr. Peavy was a former teacher, coach, principal and superintendent of the Pulaski County School System. He retired from the State of Georgia Corrections Department in 1991.

1970s J. Stanley Knight (’71) of Clarkesville, Ga., died Oct. 25, 2010. He was 74. While living on the West Coast, Mr. Knight served in the Naval Reserves. Returning to Habersham County, he followed a varied career path as a sawmiller, land developer, insurance salesman, radio disc jockey and small business owner. Survivors include his sister and brother-in-law, Suzanne and Bill Dover, both Class of 1968.

1990s Marty Nathan Clark (’91) of Gainesville, Ga., died Oct. 26, 2010. He was 44. Mr. Clark was a Johnson High School graduate, attended West Georgia College where he played offensive line on the Braves’ football team and earned a degree in education from Piedmont. He was a teacher and football coach at Lumpkin County High School in Dahlonega.

2000s Brian K. Johnson (’07) of Athens, Ga., died Sept. 16, 2010. He was 32. Mr. Johnson was a 1996 graduate of Madison County High School and was employed with Merial Unlimited and a member of Hull Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Andrea Radford Johnson (’06). Deborah Louise Ransom (M’03) of Alpharetta, Ga., died Sept. 18, 2010. She was 60. A native of Snyder, N.Y., Mrs. Ransom was an elementary schools teacher for 30 years and retired from the Gwinnett County School System in 2009.


Alumni and Friends Gifts to Piedmont College reached just over $1.1 million during Fiscal Year 2009-2010. On the following pages are listed the names of donors who made contributions from July 2009 through June 2010. Because we value every donor and appreciate every gift, the following list is not divided into categories base on dollar amounts. Donors may be listed in one of the four following categories: Alumni and Friends; Organizations and Foundations; Honoraria and Memorials; and Churches.

Anonymous Donor David (’67) & Virginia M. Abbot (‘68) Sidney A. Adair David S. Adams (’61) Michelle Alexander Gaynell Allen (M’03) Bonnie Delores Anderson (’72) Leesa P. Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Melvin Anderson Stephen Andrew (’04, M’07) Adolfo L. Arboleda Edward D. Ariail (’80) James Armstrong (’44) Brandy B. Aycock Coach Doc Ayers (’49) Robin Baker Philip (’69) & Margaret Ballard William R. Bannister Mr. & Mrs. Curtis L. Barber, Jr. Michael J. Barden (’77) Locke D. Barkley Frank Bartek Steven R. Bartek Teresa Bartek Alicia Barton Louise Bass Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Beasley Mr. & Mrs. Timothy T. Beasley Mr. Dick Bell Mr. & Mrs. Andy Bennett Mr. & Mrs. David B. Bennett Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Bennett Ronny Bennett (’85, M’99) Barbara Benson Mr. & Mrs. Randy V. Benson Donald L. & Anne A. Bentley Dr. Marilyn A. Berrong (’76) Rev. Elizabeth E. Bingham Jimmy Black (’61) Lisa L. Black (M’01, EdS’07) Brenda J. Bilott John T. Blackburn Patti D. Blount Marianne G. Boggs (M’98) Mark & Kathy Bolt (M’99) Louise K. Bonadies Jan T. Bond Brenda M. Boonstra James W. Booth Brad and Sheri Botts Dr. J. Thomas Bowen

Although the lists have been carefully compiled and the names formatted according to the donors’ requests, if your name has been omitted or incorrectly listed, please call the Office of Institutional Advancement at 1-800-868-1641 so that we may correct the information for the future. To all who contributed over the past year, the students, faculty and staff of Piedmont College thank you for joining us in the 113-year-long effort to bring high-quality higher education to students of northeast Georgia.

Blanche Truelove Bowen (’38) Dr. Richard J. Bower Rev. & Mrs. C. M. Bowers Ann Stripling Boyd (’40) Janice Farmer Boyd Margaret M. Boyles Pat & Del Bradshaw (’74) Elsie Burrell Brady (’52) Barbara Bramlett (’69) Lewis & Rose Brannon Edna P. Brescia Dr. Ellen C. Briggs Mr. & Mrs. John J. Broderick Stan (’68) & Pamela D. Brookshire (’68) Dr. Louie A. Brown (’61) Mr. & Mrs. Vann Brown (’90) Mr. & Mrs. Earl M. Bryant Mrs. Jennifer Buchanan

Andrew W. Buice (’99) Mark Burnett Richard J. Burrell (’51) C. Lyndol Cain (’53) Mary Louise Callam (’49) Mary P. Camp Jim D. Cantrell (’60) Jack Carey (’54) Becky P. Carlile Ed & Nancy A. Carmack (’88) Carol L. Caron Vivian Carson (’54) Johnny S. Carter Mr. & Mrs. Thomas L. Chambers Dr. R. Windy Charles Scott Chastain Melinda Cheek S. N. Charles Cho, M.D. (’57) Jewell Church Mr. & Mrs. Russell Cimino Meghann E. Clark (’09) Ray & Ashley Cleere Charles (’46) & Florence H. Clement (’46) Bill & Beth Cochran Elaina Craven Cochran (’08) Joan S. Cochran B. J. Cofer (’10) Mr. & Mrs. Leonard R. Cohen Robin (’82) & Latana F. Coile (M’99, EdS’09) Dr. David A. Cole Vallorie V. Coley (M’99, EdS’04) Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Collier, Jr. Raymond E. Collins (’58) Mr. & Mrs. Rob Collins The Rev. Dr. Jack & Mrs. Nancy Cook Donna Copeland Brian Cornett

Robert (’53) & Eloise W. Corry (’52) William J. Corry (’51) Dorothea D. Cotter Mr. & Mrs. Michael K. Crandall Judy W. Crisp Cheryl A. Cubeta (’98) Susan Cuda Dale Ann D’Agata (’67) Dr. Viviane L. Daigle Loretta Westbrook Dalton (’86) Annie Rose Allen Davis (’51) C.W. (’47) & Margie Davis Mrs. Dean Davis Erick & Linda Davis John M. Davis Mr. & Mrs. Larry B. Davis Mr. & Mrs. Richard A. Davis Peggy Davis-Lidon Robert T. Dawkins Chanda DeFoor (’02) Mrs. Graham Dellinger Richard K. DeMore (’72) Anne H. Dennis Matt Desing (’02) Horace Grant Dickerson (’68) Dr. Sandra B. Dickson James (’66) & Cheryl B. Domineau (’66) Janet Donston (’65) Geneva T. Dorsey Mr. & Mrs. Jim Dorsey Charlotte Doss Mr. & Mrs. Stephen E. Duke Linda Pitts Duling (’90) Gerald H. Dunn (’65) John Dzik Matt Earnest Michael R. Eastman C.J. (’07, M’11) & Carla H. Edenfield (’04, M’10)

Alumni basketball players gathered to watch a game in January. Pictured (front from left) are Kayla Duncan (’09), Mandy Beasley (’10), Jammie Boyce (’08, M10), and Jessica Powell (’08 M10); (back) Sarah Lane (‘08), Beth Adcock (’09), Sheena Trimiar (’08), and Yetta Bailey (’09).


Alumni and Friends Elliot Eggleston (’56) John & Janet E. Elger (’95) Anne H. Emerson Carol Ann Epperson (’63) Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Evans Hillary F. Evans Charles W. Fagan (’57) Gina Fattorusso & Pavel Patrikeyer Sid Feldman Miguel Fernandez V. G. Fick Aubrey M. Finch (’51) Maria Fisk, MSN, RN Joan Fitzgerald John Flowers (’66) Robert H. Floyd (’51) David (’88) & Leslie Foster Carol E. Freytag Todd (’88) & Natalie R. Fricks (’90) Trent Fricks (’93) Lauren A. Fritsch (’05, M’07) Mr. & Mrs. James Frye Mr. & Mrs. William H. Gaik Rosa L. Gailey Mark & Sarah Gardner Marvin B. Gardner Jimmy Garner (’77) John M. Garrison Bobby Gastley Deborah A. Gilbert Mr. & Mrs. James A. Gober Jill Golan Dr. Shirley & Mr. Robert Goldwasser Arthur Gorman Nancy Graham (’65) Dr. & Mrs. W. Vance Grant, Jr. (’43) Dr. Paul Greene Mr. & Mrs. Guy Grissom Barbra Grossman Mack H. Guest III Rev. Dr. Robert Haldane, Jr. Paul Haley (’99) Beverly Hans Walda J. Hanson Stephan Harding Lewis Harper Chip Harris James H. Harris, Jr. Dr. Wesley (’48) & Mrs. Juanita C. Harris (’50) Paige & Bruce Harvey Lores M. Hauck (’84) Dr. & Mrs. Phillip Hayner Ferdinand N. Heeb Brandi Hellemn Bonnie M. Henderson (’52) Edgar M. Henderson (’37) Debby Hendrick Cathy Henson Vicki D. Herron Jane E. Heuson Mrs. Earl D. Higdon (’31) Jane G. Hidgon (’70) Carolyn Hill Dr. C. Wallace & Mrs. Jennifer Hinson (’95) Tim & Jerilyn Hitch Neva Hitchcock


Soccer alumni from the 2010 Alumni Weekend include, front left to right: Daniel Ostojic, Paul Mitchell, Jimmy Stephens, Bryan Prevatte, Jorge Pradilla, Chris Baker, Mike Desing, Matt Desing. Back: Drew Griffin, Chris Leone, Josh Seabrook, Patrick Ratigan, Jason Smith, Melvin Montoya, Jeremy Stille, Eric Schurke, Jeremy Beaton, Richard Schurke.

Laura L. Hobbs Jack Hodge Dr. Lisa G. Hodgens Shirley T. Hodges L. R. Holbrook Katie Holcomb George (’58) & Rena W. Holt (’58) Yvonne C. Howard Mr. & Mrs. Jim Hudspeth Margaret C. Hulme Lloyd (’50) & Helen C. Hunter (’51) Mary E. Hussey Dr. Wilma Hutcheson-Williams & Steven Williams (’08) Jennifer R. Inglis Dr. R. Arnold Isley Ms. Barbara H. Jarrard Mr. & Mrs. James S. Jarrard Wesley O. Jenkins Doug Johnson (’66) Dr. Imogene T. Johnson (’50) Kenneth S. Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Melvin Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Victor L. Johnson Bob Justus Jennifer Barry Kafsky (’06) Dr. & Mrs. Walter N. Kalaf Margaret R. Kanost Helen D. Keilbach (’35) Jeff Kelly (’02) Miles (’06) & Avery C. Kendall (’07, M’09) Carol M. Kenerleber Carla S. Kerman Earlene B. Kesler Mr. & Mrs. T. Doug Kesler Dr. Madge H. Kibler Frank J. Kimsey Mr. & Mrs. Al King Evelyn W. King (’61) Daniel J. Knauer John Knight Roland & Charlotte Knight Rev. Dr. & Mrs. Peter N. Knost Mrs. E. W. Koons, Jr.

Mr. & Mrs. John M. Koons Raymond F. Kreiner John (’59) & Rosa Marie V. Kuiken (’59) Susan Spaeth Kyle (’95) Patrick (’91) & Melissa A. Lama (’07) Kathryn Jordan Lancaster (’48) Milton D. Lassiter Peggy Oliver Lattanzi (’52) Mr. & Mrs. Stephen E. Lawson Kammy Leathers Shirley S. Leavens Jasper S. & Delene W. Lee Dr. Gary D. Lemmons Mrs. Wilbert R. Lesser Richard L. Lester, III (‘70) Bobby Lewallen (’56) Bruce Lewallen (’68) Jerry R. Lewallen (’81) Kristen Hart Lewis (’99, M’01) Marjorie Fields Lewis (’39) Peggy B. Lewis Mary M. Lindsey Mr. & Mrs. P. Andrew Lins Mr. & Mrs. Johnny W. Logan Paul T. Lord Robert Lower Marcia & Bill Loyd Mr. & Mrs. Paul Lyle Dr. Timothy F. Lytle Heather M. Malick (’03) Genita D. Mangum Mylle H. Mangum Beverly J. Mannes Michael Mansfield, Sr. (’09) Patricia H. Mapp Darlene Marshall-Pearson (M’09) Ethan Martin Robert A. Maskal Dr. Bill Mason (’57) Bobby L. Massey (’61) Christy Mills Matthews (’98) William P. Matthews (’69) Stephen D. Mayeux Carolyn McCague Ann R. McClain Mr. & Mrs. Ray R. McCullen

Mr. & Mrs. Don F. McEachin Don C. McElwee JD McGuirt (’97) Mr. & Mrs. Mark D. McIntyre Mr. & Mrs. Woodrow McKay, Jr. James E. McNabb Arline M. McWhinney Margie F. Means (’84) Arnold (’65) & Shirley J. Meeks (’72) Dr. Kenneth E. Melichar Dr. James F. Mellichamp Jan & Laura Anne Melnick Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Melnick Christopher R. Merck John L. Merritt (’62) Charles M. Miller Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Miller Linda S. Miller Mr. & Mrs. W. Parks Miller, III (M’00) Susan Mills John & Barbara Misner Dr. Kara Keel Moody (’94) Sean B. Moore (’94) Mr. & Mrs. Tim Moore Hazel S. Moorhead Carol & Joe Morgan Judge Handsel Morgan (’42) Ken (M’98, EdS’09) & Dawn Morgan Mr. & Mrs. Leland M. Morgan Jeana C. Moss Evelyne Mueller Reid (’59) & Deloris N. Mullins (’58) Gay M. Neighbors Dr. Keith R. Nelms Mr. & Mrs. Donald L. Newman James D. Newman Thomas L. Newman William J. Nickerson Dr. Steven D. Nimmo Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Oakley Mr. & Mrs. John G. Oliver Opal E. Otto John H. Owens Dr. A. Melton Palmer, Jr.

Alumni and Friends Sarah Green Palmer (’39) Charles A. Parker W. Alton Parris (’47) Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth L. Parsons Mr. & Mrs. Randall E. Patman Wanda J. Payne Mr. & Mrs. Lamar F. Pepper Dr. Judith Perry William P. Perry Nancy Carey Peters (’53) Joseph M. Piper (’95) Dr. William E. Piper William Roy Pipes Mr. & Mrs. Frank Pittman Dr. Joe (’68) & Dr. Dianne Pitts Scott Pitts John J. Pollock, Jr. William Pollock Rex Poole (’60) Sue M. Popham (’64) Mr. & Mrs. Henry S. Powell, Jr. Bernice W. Price Vijay (EdS’08) & Katrina V. Purugulla (Ed.S’08) Mr. & Mrs. Brian P. Radzik Mr. & Mrs. Daniel G. Ray Jo Beth Ray Meredith A. Ray (’07) Mr. & Mrs. Terry Reed Ken (’61) & Marilyn H. Rice (’60) Nolen & Floyce Ridgway Mignon J. Ridings (’52) Cesar Rivera Ernesto L. Rivera, Sr. Nelson Rivera, Sr. Elsa X. Rodriguez Bebe Samples Rogers (’05) Sidney, Jr. (’61) & Suzanne S. Roland (’61) Sharon Roller (’97) Dr. Richard M. Rose II David T. (’56) & Edra W. Russi Charles W. Sanderlin (’58) Dr. & Mrs. F. Stuart Sanders Rev. James Sanders (‘48) William P. Sands (’56) Albert Santora Joe B. Sartain, Jr. (’54) Danielle E. Sartori Mr. & Mrs. Earl Satterfield Scott E. Satterfield Justin (M’06) & Katie W. Scali (’06, M’07) Mr. & Mrs. Robert W. Schlief Marianne M. Schoel Lisa M. Schwan Harry L. Schwartz LeRoy C. Schwarzkopf Mr. & Mrs. Marvin Scott Mr. & Mrs. Drayton T. Scott, Jr. Dr. Teresa Secules Mrs. Paul Segers Randy Sharian (’76) Juanita Fields Shaternick (’44) Mrs. Dorothy F. Shultz Dr. Franklin Shumake James F. Sievers (’63) Bradley G. Simmons (’87) Mrs. Hattie Mae Simmons Mr. & Mrs. Ronnie E. Simmons Dr. & Mrs. Ralph B. Singer, Jr. Dock C. Sisk (’72)

Gary L. Smith Dr. Hilton Smith Linda N. Smith Marcia L. Smith Randy Smith (’89) Tricia N. Smith (’97) Susan Smith-Patrick Dorothy M. Sosebee Jim Southard Judge & Mrs. Leslie H. Southwick John W. Spiegel Grady (’53) & Ann H. Starnes (’53) Mr. & Mrs. Chris Stein Sue Bethke Stemas (’57) Jimmy (’95) & Monica F. Stephens (M’08, EdS’10) Gary (’69) & Mary S. Stephenson (’68) Charles Stille Betty Taylor Stovall (’82) Jay E. Strouse William, Jr. (’61) & Rudene A. Studdard (’61)

Courtney Randolph Stukes (’51) Tim (’10) & Sandi T. Suda (’09) Olivia Swisher Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor Debra K. Taylor (’96, M’97) Pat Taylor (’71) Dr. & Mrs. David M. Temple Roy B. Tench (’56) Anita Thomas (’83) Evelyn D. Thompson Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth L. Thompson Mr. & Mrs. L. Michael Thompson Dr. & Mrs. Robert E. Thompson Shirley F. Thompson Ralph E. Tish (’68) Richard (’99) & Vickie Turner (’95, M’01) Dr. Cynthia L. Vance Karen Vaughn-Smith (M’06) Mr. & Mrs. Rick Vazquez Mr. & Mrs. Rayford L. Vickers Mr. & Mrs. Stephen E. Wagner

Mr. & Mrs. O. B. Walton, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Ted H. Watson Wilma L. Webb (’49) James Welsh Nancy M. West (’50) Mr. & Mrs. Rodney M. White Eric White (’73) Scott Whitlock (’84) Cheryl L. Williams (EdS’07) Cindy Williams (’04) Eric B. Williams (’‘96) Ms. Gladys F. Williams Lee Williams Michael (’91) & Christy Williams Andrea L. Witt (EdS’07) Lawton & Linda Wofford (’99, M’01) Dr. Richard J. Wood Mr. & Mrs. James D. Wood Richard (’93) & Shannon D. York (’98) Kathleen G. Youtsey R. J. Zapf M. J. (’76) & Debbie Zimmerman

Churches Arbor Grove Congregational Church Jackson, Michigan Bethlehem Baptist Church Clarkesville, Georgia Central Congregational Church La Mesa, California Central Congregational Church Ladies Benevolent Society Derry, New Hampshire Congregational Church of the Messiah Los Angeles, California Evangelical Congregational Church McKeesport, Pennsylvania First Church of Squantum Squantum, Massachusetts First Congregational Church Toulon, Illinois First Congregational Church Peterson, Iowa First Congregational Church Women’s Union Falmouth, Massachusetts First Congregational Church of Royal Oak Women’s Fellowship Royal Oak, Michigan Liberty Congregational Church Dewey Rose, Georgia McCaysville Church of God McCaysville, Georgia Michigan Conference of Congregational Christian Churches Onondaga, Michigan National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Oak Creek, Wisconsin

North Shore Congregational Church Milwaukee, Wisconsin Old South Church in Boston Boston, Massachusetts Peachtree Presbyterian Church Atlanta, Georgia Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims Brooklyn, New York Preston City Congregational Church Preston, Connecticut Redwine United Methodist Church Hartwell, Georgia

South Hills Congregational Church Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Southeast Conference United Church of Christ Atlanta, Georgia Southeastern Michigan Association of Congregational Churches Clarkston, Michigan Union Congregational Church of Weymouth & Braintree Braintree, Massachusetts United Church of Christ Local Church Ministries Cleveland, Ohio

Lyndol Cain (’53) with Robert (’54) and Gladell Perry at last year’s ‘P’ Club breakfast.


In Memory

Estella Searing Adams (’62) Dr. David S. Adams (’61) Bonnie Cash Anderson (1936-39) Bonnie Delores Anderson (’72) L.G. Bowen, Jr. Blanche Truelove Bowen (’38) Dr. Joseph A. Boyd, Jr. (1936-38) Ann Stripling Boyd (’40) Herbert Church Brandy B. Aycock Nathaniel and Betsy Cole Dr. David A. Cole Hugh Lee Doss (’51) Charlotte Doss Walter & Elizabeth Epperson Carol Ann Epperson (’63) James Roy Farmer (’36) Janice Farmer Boyd W. Vance Grant, Sr. & Myrtle Haynes Grant (’42) Dr. & Mrs. W. Vance Grant, Jr. (’43) Brannon & Carol Stevens Hancock (’35) Alpha Gamma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Carol & David Bennett Steve & Susan Hancock Tommy & Laura Hancock Paige H. & Bruce Harvey Barbara H. Jarrard Jimmy & Michelle Jarrard W. Loy Johnson (1948-50) Claire Sykes Alexander Michelle Alexander Rives Alexander Mr. & Mrs. Edward D. Ariail Locke D. Barkley Jan T. Bond James W. Booth

Rev. & Mrs. C. M. Bowers Becky P. Carlile Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Collier, Jr. Robert H. Floyd (’51) John M. Garrison Debby Hendrick Shirley T. Hodges Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Johnson Barbara & Al King Mr. & Mrs. Ray R. McCullen Michelle & Tim Moore Hazel S. Moorhead Mr. & Mrs. John G. Oliver Redwine United Methodist Church Floyce & Nolen Ridgway Mr. & Mrs. Marvin Scott Judge & Mrs. Leslie H. Southwick Dr. & Mrs. David M. Temple Mr. & Mrs. O. B. Walton, Jr. Wealth Partners, LLP Harold S. King (’61) Evelyn West King (’61) Atos D. “Joe” Lattanzi (‘51) Peggy Oliver Lattanzi (’52) Dr. Wilbert R. Lesser Mrs. Wilbert R. Lesser Henrietta Brack Lunsford (’50) Dr. & Mrs. Wesley W. Harris Esther & Jim McCague Carolyn McCague J. Robert “Bob” Murphy (’48) Beverly Hans John “Hank” Patrick Susan Smith-Patrick, Ph.D Ronald J. Perona (’05) Justin (M’06) & Katie Wood Scali (’06 M’07)

Erma Shelnutt Piper Mr. & Mrs. James D. Wood Mary Catherine Price Mr. & Mrs. W. Parks Miller III Donald G. Ryder (’61) William P. Matthews (’69) Dr. W. Silas Roberts (1908) Dr. & Mrs. Wesley W. Harris Betty Curry Sanders (’48) Rev. James Sanders (1946-48) John Shaternick Juanita Fields Shaternick (’44) Nelle Farr Singleton (’29) Christy Mills Matthews (’98) H. Calvin Stovall, Jr. Louise Bass Dr. C. Wallace & Jennifer P. Hinson (’95) Marcia & Bill Loyd

Elizabeth P. Walter Anne H. Emerson Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Evans Bonnie M. Henderson (’52) Jennifer R. Inglis Margaret R. Kanost Mrs. Wilbert R. Lesser Mr. & Mrs. Lamar F. Pepper Dorothy M. Sosebee Dr. James E. & Elizabeth P. Walter Reid (’59) & Deloris N. Mullins (’58) Dr. Frederick A. White Eric White (’73) Wendell W. White (’77) Eric White (’73) Gertrude Wood Williams (’50) John Flowers (’66)

In Honor Mildred Gambrell Adair Sidney A. Adair Dr. W. Ray Cleere Lewis & Rose Brannon Drs. Ray & Ashley Cleere Nancy Carey Peters (’53) Dr. David L. Greene Randy Sharian (’76) Dr. Bill H. Mason (’57) Marianne M. Schoel

Dr. A. Jane McFerrin Chanda DeFoor (’02) Donna Eileen Meeks (M’02 Ed.S’03) Dorothy M. Sosebee Sue McEntire Roach Elaina Craven Cochran (’08) Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor Kenneth S. Johnson

Organizations, Foundations, and Businesses Anonymous Advance Filtration and Separation, Inc. Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation Anderson’s Carpet & Furniture, Inc. Ansley Communications Group, Inc. Ariail Tire Inc. AT&T Foundation Matching Gift Program Athens Orthopedic Clinic P.A. Bank of America Endowment Fund Scholars Program Barnes Group Foundation, Inc. Estate of Edwin H. Bingham Blue Ridge Construction Co. Harry R. Butman Settlement Trust C&H Mechanical & Plumbing Company Fuller E. Callaway Trust Camp-Younts Foundation Carolina Burglar & Fire Alarm Co. Caudell & Hotard, LLC


Chartwells Education Dining Services Cooltemper U.S.A. The Jim Cox, Jr. Foundation Crook’s Paint Center Deloitte Foundation Matching Gifts Program Delta Airlines Foundation Matching Grants to Education Program Virginia DeNubila Living Trust Duplicating Products Inc. Easy Money Financial Services LLC Elder Financial Services, Inc. Fieldale Farms Foundation, Inc. Fly & Form, Inc. George F. & Sybil H. Fuller Foundation Georgia Foundation for Independent Colleges William H. Guild Charitable Trust Grant-Reeves VFW Post 7720 Habersham Hardware The Hobbs Foundation Corp.

Holcomb’s Office Supply & Christian Products Hunter Funeral Home IBM Corporation Matching Grants Program Thomas T. & Bernice F. Irvin Foundation Inc. John E. Kardos, P.C. Macy’s Inc. Matching Gift Program Helen S. McPheeters Trust Mickey Piggs BBQ Midway Electric, Inc. Milliken & Company Matching Gifts Program Matt Mixon State Farm Robert G. and Gloria S. Molloy Foundation Estate of Archie Lane Mosely Thomas A. and Lucile M. Moye Trust Thomas B. Musser Trust Nordson Corporation Matching Gifts program Northeast Georgia Rentals, Inc. Plymouth Endowment Foundation

R.F. Plumbing Company, Inc. Nelson Rivera Jr. Agency Inc. RubySue Graphics, LLC S and B Farms LLC Specialty Clinics of Ga. – Orthopaedics Standard Chemical, Inc. State Farm Companies Foundation Matching Gift Program Strick Non-Woven Materials, Inc. Stromquist & Company, Inc. SunTrust Bank The American Genealogist Vulcan Materials Company Harry Webster Walker II Charitable Trust Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, Inc. Wow! Fitness Group

Piedmont College Statement of Financial Position June 30, 2010 With Comparative Amounts for 2009 Assets 2010 2009 Cash and cash equivalents $ 530,293 $ 2,741,012 Accounts receivable (net of allowance for bad debts) 566,684 2,417,401 Unrestricted investments 13,770,277 12,473,132 Permanently restricted investments 9,988,600 9,769,755 Temporarily restricted investments 33,094,453 32,494,839 Collections 170,778 170,778 Property and equipment (net of depreciation) 61,797,881 57,690,802 Other assets 574,892 796,210 Total Assets

$ 120,493,948


Accounts Payable $ Accrued interest Deferred tuition revenue Student deposits Long-term debt Interest rate swap liability Annuity payment liabilities Total Liabilities


956,763 $ 49,849 2,065,389 34,930 11,988,400 1,555,977 585,890

1,146,924 -2,547,080 50,663 17,988,400 1,211,873 621,222



Net Assets

Unrestricted Available for operations 12,085,949 14,557,726 Net investment in plant 47,332,331 37,955,977 Endowment 32,384,403 31,540,568 Temporarily restricted Annuity fund 99,089 226,490 Special purpose contributions 287,408 257,709 Trust fund 1,078,970 679,542 Permanently restricted Endowment 2,016,188 2,015,188 Trust Fund 7,972,412 7,754,567 Total Net Assets

Total Liabilities and Net Assets


$ 120,493,948


$ 118,553,929

Total Endowment $45,743,561 These financial statements are a condensed presentation of the annual audit by Amos and Company, Certified Public Accountants.


Piedmont College Statement of Activities For the Year Ended June 30, 2010 With Comparative Totals for 2009 Public support, revenues Temporarily Permanently and reclassifications. Unrestricted Restricted Restricted Gross tuition and fees $ 27,649,508 $ Contributions 624,358 Interest and dividends 1,111,638 Sales and services of auxiliary enterprises 2,928,970 Other sources 23,458 Temporary assets released from restriction 891,351 Total public support, revenues and reclassifications 33,229,283

Totals 2010

2009 Restated

--- $ 389,389 171,658 --- 2,567 (891,351)

--- $ 27,649,508 $ 26,464,271 218,845 1,232,592 1,628,455 --- 1,283,296 1,389,181 --- 2,928,970 2,542,159 --- 26,025 32,717 --- --- ---



33,120,391 32,056,783

Operating expense

Educational and General Instruction Academic support Student services Institutional support Operation and maintenance of plant Scholarships Auxiliary enterprises

12,622,134 1,993,334 3,276,995 3,789,230 2,456,508 1,268,610 1,827,975

--- --- --- --- --- --- ---

--- 12,622,134 12,271,291 --- 1,993,334 2,312,618 --- 3,276,995 3,022,971 --- 3,789,230 4,473,774 --- 2,456,508 2,141,310 --- 1,268,610 1,291,067 --- 1,827,975 1,597,782

Total operating expense






Changes in net assets from operating activities






Gain (loss) on sale of fixed assets Other income Investment income (loss) Net appreciation (loss) in fair value of investments Payment to life income beneficiaries Actuarial change in annuity obligations Change in interest swap liability

1,000 1,850 879,326 1,310,985 (95,142) --- (344,104)

--- --- 67,720 526,411 --- 35,332 ---

--- --- --- --- --- --- ---

1,000 1,850 947,046 1,837,396 (95,142) 35,332 (344,104)

(571) 529,263 (1,548,412) (6,481,975) (201,762) 912,922 (558,014)

Total non-operating income (expenses)




2,383,378 (7,349,549)

Changes in net assets




8,268,983 (2,403,579)

Net assets beginning of period RESTATED See Note 23




94,987,767 97,391,346

1,465,467 $

9,988,600 $ 103,256,750

Non-operating income (expenses)

Net assets at end of period

$ 91,802,683


$ 94,987,767


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PC Journal Spring 2011  

The Spring 2011 issue of the Piedmont College Journal. It is published twice a year and sent to alumni, friends, and parents.

PC Journal Spring 2011  

The Spring 2011 issue of the Piedmont College Journal. It is published twice a year and sent to alumni, friends, and parents.