Prompt 8: Halloween

Halloween is Saturday. Will it be any different during the pandemic? Capture one photojournalistic photo of Halloween. Whether it’s a Halloween party, handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, or watching some scary movies, your photo must include a person and a cutline.

Prompt 7: Walking Meditation

Photojournalist Duncan Davidson talked about “finding the photograph right in front of you” utilizing the process of “walking meditation.”

Sometime today, carve out 15-30 minutes to take a walk BY YOURSELF outside around campus with your smartphone. Use this opportunity to clear your mind and be in the moment, just you and your surroundings — no meanings, just beautiful visuals.

Find that one object you can see clearly — more clearly than ever before, “with new eyes.” Take the photo and post it, explaining what you are seeing for the first time.

This project is due by 7 p.m. today.

The Balance Between Golf and Music

College life can be difficult, and when you add in sports and majors that demands hours of practice for perfection, it becomes a lot harder. For Michael Clardy, a music major at Piedmont College, balancing between golf and music has been a recent lifestyle for him in his college years. Clardy puts in long days on the golf course followed by music practice in the late evenings with high hopes of achieving his dreams in either department.

  1. Michael Clardy plays a key role on the Piedmont Golf team.  He has recently been ranked 12th among all division III golfers in the nation. 
  2. Included in Clardy’s practice is playing nine holes on the course.  He usually grabs a cart with a big smile because he knows he’s about ready to start practice for the day.  
  3. Chipping is an essential skill in the game of golf and one that Clardy practices a lot.  Clardy is well-known on the Piedmont golf team for making the most chips when he plays. 
  4. Clardy usually plays with his teammates rather than practicing by himself.  His teammates push him to get better and they also help “tend” the pins when Clardy is putting.
  5. When practice is over, Clardy heads to the Piedmont Conservatory where he starts practicing his music skills.  Here he is seen playing his favorite and best instrument, the marimba.  
  6. Clardy is unique among his peers in the music department because he is the only student who can play the marimba.  He is very focused when he practices since teachers rely solely on him to perform on the marimba.
  7. As a percussionist, Clardy also plays the timpani drums.  Here is seen practicing the timpani drums for his performance in front of judges during his jury music finals.
  8. With long days on the golf course and countless hours in the music rooms, Michael Clardy has had enough by the time the day ends.  When finished playing, he rests his sticks on the instruments so they are ready to go for the next day’s practice.

Volunteer Firefighter

Louie Allocco is a volunteer firefighter who likes to give back to his community in Townsend, Tennessee. Louie’s full time job includes being the Vice President of Tennessee Middle Market Broking leader. In simpler form, he does insurance. However, in his free time he likes to help others which includes being a firefighter. He likes the sudden adrenaline rush he gets when he hears the dispatch caller for the Townsend area. Not only does he have his own family, but he has met other volunteers that he can call his family.

  1. Signature Photo: First Responder Louie Allocco is also known by his badge number 815.
  2. As soon as the dispatcher comes on the microphone, Louie is first to respond to go on the scene. 
  3. Portrait: Allocco is in route to the Fire Hall.
  4. After arriving at the Fire Hall, Louie does a quick check around the fire truck to make sure he has all equipment necessary. 
  5. Close-up: Before every fire and medical call it is a must to check in the medical bag that all items are accounted for.
  6. Clincher: Allocco prepares to pull Townsend 1 out of the garage to head towards the scene on Chetola Trail. 
  7.  Interaction: Working his way up to Lieutenant, Allocco directs fellow firefighter Donna Smart (left) as to where the fire might of started.  
  8. After 45 minutes of trying to beat the fire first responder 859 is exhausted. 
  9. After a long day of calls the work isn’t done. Even at night Louie has to be ready for the worst possible scenario. 

Building a Forensic Science Program

The importance of the Forensic Science program at Piedmont cannot be overstated. Professor Willis took the program with hardly any direction and turned it into a program that actually solves crimes.

AMA Adopts a Family

                         ANNA WATSON
Participating in Adopt-A-Family, the Walker School of Business’s American Management Association (AMA) club at Piedmont College “adopted” the Rivera family in order to provide them with a joyful Christmas season in 2020.

The campus ministry at Piedmont College hosts the Adopt-A-Family fundraiser annually around the end of November. It had to be pushed up this year due to the early release of Piedmont students. Unfortunately, decrease risks they had to downsize as well – providing for half as many families as they normally do. Many faculty donate gifts for families to help provide a bountiful Christmas for local children in Demorest, Georgia, including Dr. Dale Van Cantfort. AMA decided to raise the funds by asking students to donate and be entered into a gift card raffle. AMA had a donation table set up for three days where students where also able to sign a giant Christmas card (designed by Anya Olsen and Jade Edwards) on Nov. 6, 8 and 9. In addition to student-raised funds, AMA got a generous donation from Temperance Coffee House and nearly reached their goal of 200 dollars.

Jade Edwards, Madison Voshall and Professor Sales went to Walmart to shop for the Rivera family.

Addressed to the Rivera children, Brian, Yennifer, and Lelia, the giant Christmas card was signed by each student that donated and any passersby who felt like giving some holiday cheer to the Rivera family. AMA had the card and donation area set up in the commons Nov. 6, 8 and 9.
After communicating with Ms. Rivera, Jade Edwards reviewed the Christmas wish list with Madison Voshall. Before heading into the store, Jade Edwards looked up the gifts online to check if they were in stock and ensure there was enough money budgeted to cover all the costs.
On Nov. 19, Madison Voshall (left), Jade Edwards (right) and Professor Sales (not pictured, hiding behind the aisle on the right) embarked on their Walmart mission to provide for the Rivera children.
Over estimating the number of things they were going to buy, Sales grabbed three shopping carts. Doing their best to guess the correct size hoodie for the 12 year-old daughter, Edwards and Voshall discuss which hoody is the best gift.
Filling up their cart, Voshall, Edwards and Sales worked the toy section aisle by aisle to fulfill the children’s Christmas lists.
Attempting to get a more grown-up necklace for the oldest girl, Voshall and Edwards discuss which necklace would be best. With plenty of donations available, they quit arguing and settled on purchasing both necklaces.
Not only filled with presents, the Sales decided to give them a gingerbread house kit that they could do as a family, as well as gift wrapping supplies. After being well under budget, Sales decided to give the remainder of their funds to Revered Tim to help provide for more families.
Dividing the gifts up by child in the Walmart parking lot, Sales, Voshall and Edwards put the gifts into large trash bags to be taken to the Reverend’s office.
More treasure than trash, Reverend Tim and his employees have to ensure that each bag is properly labeled upon delivery. They may not be Santa’s red velvet bag, but these trash bags are bringing Christmas spirit into the homes of many Demorest families.
Most families are “adopted” by a single faculty member, AMA decided to do it a little differently and go above and beyond by raising 190 dollars. Unfortunately, only 12 families are receiving donations this year from Piedmont campus ministries, pre-COVID-19, they would donate to nearly 20 families.