Students invited to learn about Piedmont art, music, and theatre programs and scholarships

Area high school students interested in art, music, theatre, and creative writing are invited to attend the upcoming Fine Arts College Experience (FACE) at Piedmont College Oct. 8–9 in Demorest.

The overnight event for high school juniors and seniors will begin at 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8, and will conclude Oct. 9 between 1–4 p.m. Housing and meals are provided. Registration and fee of $25 must be received no later than Oct.1.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend classes in their area of interest and present auditions or portfolios for scholarship consideration. A second FACE event will be held Jan. 21–22. For more information, visit

American Red Cross Launches New Digital Emergency Services Tool for Military Families

The American Red Cross is launching a new digital tool that gives military families the option to quickly communicate an emergency message from a computer, tablet or smartphone at This secure and free service will also let users track the progress of an emergency message from verification through delivery.

“On a consistent basis, more than 110,000 military families reach out to the American Red Cross for emergency assistance each year,” said Koby J. Langley, senior vice president of Service to the Armed Forces, American Red Cross. That’s approximately 300 military families per day. This new online tool, designed for today’s military family, offers a better and more efficient way to serve our military community during their time of need.”

A military member or a member of their family needing to initiate an emergency message can go to or call 877-272-7337. After a message is started online, a highly-trained emergency communication specialist will begin the emergency verification process required to deliver it to the military member’s command. During the verification process, the requester will receive status updates.

“It’s important to remember that people can always speak to a Red Cross worker at anytime during the process,” said Langley. “Regardless of how families initiate an emergency message, military members can depend on the Red Cross to relay urgent messages to service members serving anywhere in the world.”

For more information regarding Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces visit


About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Piedmont Welcomes Largest Freshman Class for Start of School Year

New Piedmont College freshmen tour the Demorest campus during an orientation session held for the start of the fall 2015 semester.
New Piedmont College freshmen tour the Demorest campus during an orientation session held for the start of the fall 2015 semester.

Piedmont College students—including a record number of freshmen in the Class of 2019—opened the fall semester with a traditional Convocation service Aug. 26 that marked the college’s 118th year.

President James F. Mellichamp and 125 faculty members in academic robes marched into the Chapel for the service, which featured music by the Piedmont Singers and a Convocation address by the Rev. Waltrina Middleton, Minister for Youth Advocacy and Leadership Formation for the United Church of Christ national office in Cleveland, Ohio.

Piedmont’s total enrollment this fall for the Demorest and Athens campuses is 2,264 students, representing a 7-percent increase from last fall’s enrollment of 2,120 students. Cindy Peterson, Dean of Admissions, said the increase includes 285 freshmen, the largest incoming class in the college’s history.

“They are academically strong,” Peterson said.  “With an average high school GPA of 3.47, they represent one of our most talented, engaged, and diverse groups of students.” Peterson said 15 percent of the freshmen are from outside the state.

In addition to the larger freshman class, enrollment growth also came from the college’s graduate programs, which increased from 834 students last fall to 980 this year.