Piedmont College Names Three to Sports Hall of Fame

The Piedmont College P-Club inducted three new members to the Sports Hall of Fame April 9 during Alumni Weekend activities held in Demorest. This year’s class includes head softball coach Terry Martin of Toccoa; tennis player Lindsey Hughes of Lexington, South Carolina; and baseball player Mike Santowski of Cumming.

Terry Martin of Toccoa; tennis player Lindsey Hughes of Lexington, South Carolina; and baseball player Mike Santowski of Cumming.
L-R: Terry Martin of Toccoa; tennis player Lindsey Hughes of Lexington, South Carolina; and baseball player Mike Santowski of Cumming.

Now in his 18th season, Martin sports an overall record of 415-267-1. The softball program has been one of the most successful in the NCAA era—earning four conference championships and eight regular season championships—and Martin has been selected Conference Coach of the Year six times. Martin also places high importance on his student-athletes’ success in the classroom. On three separate occasions, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association has honored his teams with a national Top-10 GPA ranking in all of Division III softball.

Tennis standout Lindsey Hughes graduated in 2006 and earned a master’s degree from Piedmont in 2007. Originally from Loganville, she was an All-Conference performer in each of her four seasons, playing number one or number two singles and doubles each year. In 2006, Hughes was honored as an NCCAA All-American in both singles and doubles. She served as a graduate assistant coach for two years after finishing her undergraduate degree. She is currently the Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Affairs, serving as the eligibility and compliance coordinator for Columbia College in South Carolina; and she serves as the Eligibility Chair of the Appalachian Athletic Conference.

Santowski is a 2006 graduate and was a member of Coach Jim Peeples first baseball team in 2003. Santowski was one of the most feared offensive players in the NCAA era and holds numerous career and single season records—despite the fact that he only played three years in the NCAA era. He holds the all-time record for slugging percentage, runs batted in, intentional walks, chances, putouts, and double plays turned. He holds the season record for runs batted in, intentional walks, doubles, and sacrifice flies. In addition to those records, Santowski sits in the top-5 all-time in more than 20 other categories.

Santowski has continued his involvement with Piedmont as a graduate, serving on the College Alumni Association Board of Directors and as a member of the Piedmont Board of Trustees. He has also chaired the Coach Cave Memorial Golf Tournament Committee for several years—an event that raises funds for the athletic department and the Coach Cave Scholarship.

Piedmont Alumni Association Presents 2016 Awards

Piedmont College Alumni Association award winners
Piedmont College Alumni Association award winners include, from left, Bryan Schroeder, Pacesetter; Laura Lord Boswell, Excellence in Education; and Mike Williams, Alumni Service; Janice Barden, who accepted the Distinguished Alumni Award for her late husband, Michael Barden; Lisa Black, emcee and a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors; and Piedmont President Dr. James F. Mellichamp.

The Piedmont College Alumni Association presented awards to four graduates at a special dinner held at the Demorest campus April 9, 2016, during Alumni Weekend.

The late Michael Barden of Cornelia, a member of the Class of 1977, was posthumously awarded the group’s Distinguished Alumni Award; and Laura Lord Boswell (EDS ’03) of Maysville earned the Excellence in Education Award. Michael Williams (’91) of Danielsville was honored with the Alumni Service Award. Bryan Schroeder (’03) of Atlanta took home the Pacesetter Award, presented to young alumni who exhibit outstanding achievement early in their careers.

The late Michael Barden of Cornelia,
The late Michael Barden of Cornelia

Barden was a longtime member and president of the Alumni Association when he died Jan. 16, 2015. He also served as a member of the Piedmont Board of Trustees since 2013. Barden earned a BA degree in Business at Piedmont and worked for the Georgia Pacific Corporation in Portland, Oregon, and Atlanta, and at Orbit Industries in Helen as controller and vice president of operations. He worked for Community Bank & Trust before joining the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in Atlanta, and his last position was as Finance Director for Habersham County. Barden served on the Executive Board of the Northeast Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts and was past chairperson of the Currahee District. He was a longtime supporter of Habersham Central High School Athletics, serving as treasurer of the Touchdown Club and helping to create the Ring of Honor award. He was a member of the Cornelia Kiwanis Club and received that group’s Outstanding Kiwanian and Kiwanian of the Year awards.

Excellence in Education award winner Laura Lord Boswell received an Education Specialist (EDS) Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Education from the University of Georgia. She recently completed her 28th year of service as an educator with the Jackson County School System and serves as the Work Based Learning (WBL) Coordinator for both county high schools. She is also a State Advisory WBL Board Member and Secretary, out-going Chair of the Northeast Georgia WBL Region, and chair of the Education Committee for the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. At the 2015 Georgia Career and Technical Education Conference, she was named 2015 WBL Coordinator of the Year and 2015 Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education (GACTE) Teacher of the Year.

Alumni Service award winner Michael Williams earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting with a minor in physical education from Piedmont and is the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for the Madison County School District. He has contributed his time and effort to Piedmont since graduating, serving as P-Club President from 2002 to the present and overseeing the P-Club Hall of Fame induction process during that time. Williams was a four-year baseball starter from 1988–1991, and was named “Defensive Player of the Year” in 1991.

Pacesetter winner Bryan Schroeder earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Religion at Piedmont and earned a master’s degree in Nonprofit Organization at the University of Georgia. He is Director of Stewardship and Outreach for the Georgia Conservancy, a position that has involves everything from organizing trips to Georgia’s endangered seashores and rivers, to increasing the diversity of the Conservancy’s membership, to recruiting and educating the next generation of conservationists.

One of the most dynamic small colleges in the Southeast, Piedmont is an independent liberal arts college of more than 2,260 students. The college’s four schools—Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Nursing & Health Sciences—develop tomorrow’s leaders by engaging students in the classroom, in their community, and around the world. Founded in 1897, Piedmont offers bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degree programs at its Demorest residential campus in the foothills of the northeast Georgia mountains and at its Athens campus in the heart of Georgia’s Classic City.

Deal: March tax revenues up 2.2 percent

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for March totaled $1.53 billion, for an increase of $31.4 million, or 2.2 percent, over March 2015. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled nearly $15.27 billion, an increase of $1.42 billion, or 10.3 percent, compared to March 2015, when net tax revenues totaled almost $13.85 billion.

House Bill 170, which introduced an array of both tax reforms and new tax legislation beginning on July 1, generated transportation revenue of $66.9 million in March. As a result, total net tax collection revenue for March 2016 increased by 6.8 percent over March 2015.

The changes below within the following tax categories contributed to March’s overall net tax revenue increase:

Individual Income Tax:  Individual Income Tax collections during the month totaled $610.2 million, up from $543.5 million in March 2015, for an increase of $66.7 million, or 12.3 percent.

The following notable components within Individual Income Tax combine for the net increase:

•      Individual Income Tax Withholding payments were up $102.4 million, or 10.7 percent.

  •      Income Tax refunds, totaling $555.1 million during the month, were up $43.8 million, or 8.6 percent.
  •      Individual Income Tax Non-Resident Return payments were up $4 million, or 19.7 percent.
  •      All other Individual Tax categories, including Estimated Return payments, were up $4.1 million.

 Sales and Use Tax:  Gross Sales Tax collections deposited during the month totaled $820.9 million, for an increase of $19.7 million, or 2.5 percent, compared to March 2015. Net Sales and Use Tax revenue increased $19.1 million, or 4.6 percent, compared to last year when net sales and use taxes totaled $416 million. The adjusted distribution of sales tax to local governments totaled $380.2 million, for an increase of $5.2 million, or 1.4 percent, compared to March 2015. Lastly, sales and use tax refunds decreased by approximately $4.7 million compared to last year.

Corporate Income Tax:  Corporate Income Tax collections in March totaled $179.7 million, for a decrease of $52.8 million, or -22.7 percent, compared to March 2015 year when net Corporate Tax revenues totaled $232.5 million.

The following notable components within Corporate Income Tax make up the net decrease:

•      Corporate Tax refunds issued (net of voids) were up $43.1 million, or 307.7 percent.

  •      Corporate Income Tax Return payments were up $4.9 million, or 4.2 percent.
  •      All other Corporate Taxes, including Corporate Estimated payments, were down a combined $14.6 million.

Motor Vehicle Tag & Title Fees:  Tag and Title Fee collections decreased by $1.8 million, or -5 percent, compared to March 2015. Title Ad Valorem Tax collections during the month totaled almost $78.5 million, for an increase of nearly $12.2 million, or 18.3 percent, over the previous fiscal year.