Big Weekend Series vs Huntingdon College

On Friday April 21st to Sunday April 23rd the Piedmont Lions baseball team would play a three game series against Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama. This series was crucial for both teams as they are both competing for a higher seed in the conference tournament. After losing game 1 on a walkoff, the Lions would win game 2 10-6 to even the series. Sadly though, the Lions would lose game 3 and come home losing the series 2-1.

Here is Huntingdon’s field as we were walking to the dugout to get ready to play.

Senior Scott Lyon is looking on to the field as both teams get ready for game 3.

The team is getting off the bus to get ready for game 1.

Prior to one of the games senior Grant Olson is here eating breakfast and playing a game on his phone at the hotel.

Senior Kelton Kieschnick is here getting on to the bus as we prepare for game 3.

Huntingdon College is hitting pregame batting practice to get ready to play for game 3.

Grant Olson is getting ready to field a ground ball during Piedmont’s batting practice.

Junior Trace Cate is wearing the home run celebration hat prior to the game to get some good luck in him.

Victory lap at the WAC into game day

Here shows my senior class being shown off in our locker room before we hit the field.
As the guys wait to recognize the senior class some alumni surprised us in the locker room.
Here are the fellas getting the field set.
Senior recognition festivities.
Here we also recognize the seniors on the women’s team before they play Methodist here at the WAC.
Here’s a look at southern Virginia’s field as we arrive a day before to practice.
Before game time as the southern Virginia staff sets up for there senior recognition day.

Lion Fest Attracts Habersham Community to Piedmont

On Saturday April 22 Piedmont University hosted LionFest in collaboration with Habersham Chamber of Commerce. The event was organized by Piedmont University Alumni Association. Featured at the event were a number of student vendors, who were given complementary booths in exchange for donating a percentage of their earnings to Piedmont University. Additionally the event welcomed the community to enjoy food from a variety of vendors and live music provided by Piedmont University Cantabile and The Nic Johnson Band.

Students were welcome to display and sell their crafts at the 2023 LionFest. Vendors ranged from handmade quilts, crocheted bandanas and handcrafted pottery.
Junior graphic design major Liz Carter appeared at the event selling stickers, buttons and tote bags, designed and printed by herself.
Graduating art major, Laura Dove, hosted a booth to sell her hand-made pottery pieces. Some featured pieces included hand painted dining sets from her capstone project.
Music performance major Edith Gonzalez hosted a booth at LionFest to sell her handmade crochet pieces. Gonzalez had no time for rest and continued creating new pieces at the event.
Products Gonzalez had available for purchase included beanies, bandanas, drink koozies and water bottle totes. Gonzalez hoped that the event would help spur buzz for her Etsy shop, where she sells similar products.
Gonzalez shared that her interest in crocheting sparked when she was much younger and she quickly fell in love with the craft. The bright skies provided the perfect setting to enjoy the company of the Piedmont and Habersham communities.
The event hosted a number of food vendors, including Chick-fil-A, Cowboy Bob’s Donuts & Coffee Shop and Fresco’s Restaurant. Picnic table were set up near-by so attendees could comfortably sit and enjoy their food in the perfect weather the day presented.
Fresco’s restaurant made their debut appearance at a Piedmont University event, with authentic street tacos. The food truck offered a wide range of meat options to appeal to the tastes of all potential customers.
The day was concluded with musical guests including Dr. Wallace Hinson leading Piedmont’s Cantabile and The Nic Johnson band.

Don’t Panic, It’s Ceramic

This photo story follows students Gary Halverson and Darius Smith as they embark on the multi-step process of creating pottery. Using the facilities offered by the art program at Piedmont University, these two gentlemen worked to complete their pieces as part of their final grade for beginner and intermediate ceramics classes.

Darius Smith (front) molds the next layer of his stackform clay creation on the throwing wheel while Gary Halverson (back) smoothes the edges around his lifelike and life-sized set of legs.

Smith carefully uses his fingers and a wet sponge to keep the clay moist while he shapes it to the right size to fit in with the rest. Halverson uses a sponge of his own, which helps shape the veins around the foot of his creation. It is important to move slowly and smoothly to avoid making a mistake.

As the full piece comes together, Smith shapes the top of the vase with a skimming tool that makes smaller and more precise adjustments to the clay composition. Halverson continues to sponge around the body, focusing on the upper hamstring to create definition between the tendons on the side and the main pocket of the muscle on the back of the leg.

Now that the works are shaped and dried to the specifications of the artists, Halverson hits the mix room where he goes full Breaking Bad mode and creates a glaze from various minerals which he will use to cover his creation. Smith applies a previously made Raku glaze to one of his four final pieces. This is a long process due to the fact that each piece usually needs 2-3 layers of glaze. This is one of the final steps before the heating and firing process which will leave the artists with a complete work.

With the help of his classmate Pedro (right), Darius Smith sets up the raku kiln with the propane hose heating up one of his pots inside the fire resistant wool. Monitoring a PSI gauge and the air hole at the top of the contraption, Smith waits until the glaze is noticeably melted properly.

Having applied the raku kiln process to two of the four pieces, Smith admires his work and is happy with the outcome of his two favorite creations. With critique on the horizon, he is confident that at least three of these pieces will be strong enough to carry him to a good grade.