September 3, 2020

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Mass Communications and Biology Departments Team Up to Celebrate Global Hand Washing Day

Demorest, Georgia, September 3, 2020 The mass communications and the biology department are putting together an event on Thursday, Oct. 15 at Piedmont College for Global Hand Washing Day, emphasizing the importance of washing your hands.

“You should wash your hands constantly. If you can’t wash your hands constantly you especially want to wash your hands before handling food or before eating,” said Dr. Julia Schmitz, associate professor of biology at Piedmont College. “Especially if you are going to be eating any food with your hands.”

The reason hand washing is so important especially during 2020 is to try and help stop the spread of COVID-19. Without washing your hands, the pandemic could spread much faster than it has already. This event will help spread the importance of washing hands.



“Handwashing is always important, but in the wake of the pandemic it is even more critical to help stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Joe Dennis, assistant mass communications professor at Piedmont College.” I think people know of its importance. My hope is that our project can help educate people on the proper way to wash their hands. Simply splashing some water on your hands is not enough.”

With your help we can spread the importance of washing your hands throughout the entire campus. In addition to a handwashing event, the college will sponsor a TikTok contest for students to submit videos about the importance of handwashing. For more information about the event on Oct. 15, 2020, email Joe Dennis at

About Piedmont College 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. Information can be found at

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