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Symposium Presentation: Coronavirus Impact on Telecommunications


After a last-minute change in their entire presentation and research, seven mass communications students gave insight on telecommunications during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students Joey Brovont, Alyssa Emmett, Cameron Graham, Matthew Leemann, Marion Mealor, Garrett Stafford and Cameron Verona, along with their Professor Melissa Jackson, delivered a presentation at the 2020 Piedmont Symposium that gave insight on how coronavirus is affecting the telecommunications world. 

“Millions of people around the world use apps like Zoom to continue to work and go to school.” said junior Garrett Stafford

Before coronavirus put society to a halt, the group had planned on discussing what they thought the future would look like in 25 years. They had planned to do a skit of them landing on Mars. Normally, the Symposium takes place on a stage in front of all attendees, not virtually.

Senior Marion Mealor noted how everyone relies on technology from the time people wake up.

“Technology has become a big part of my daily routine, and I am not alone in that.”

Professor Jackson echoes that same idea and commends senior Marion Mealor for starting off the presentation reminding everyone that our daily lives heavily involve technology.

“At the very beginning Marion Mealor did a wonderful introduction about how technology has become such a vital part of our daily lives,” Jackson said. “She related to the audience immediately and made that transition on into the pandemic and how it has changed our daily lives.”

Jackson continued talking about other group members and how they focused on different aspects of the presentation and research to bring to life this idea of a thorough look into what the Coronavirus is doing in the telecommunications world. 

“The other class members went from there. Each one picking up a different element,” she said.

With COVID-19 presenting itself as an obstacle, Piedmont students had to quickly evolve all future classes and events, such as the second annual Symposium. However, the group did find light in having to unexpectedly and quickly transitioning to using Zoom.“The fact that no one had ever presented on Zoom before made it fun,” Stafford said. “It was like we were all in this together learning something new.”

Kimberly Crawford: Working Toward Her Passion

Dean Kimberly Crawford (Image/Piedmont College Website)

Kimberly Crawford has worked hard for years, getting her to where she is now, the Dean of Student Life & Leadership. 

Dr. Crawford fell in love with the thought of being involved in higher education and received her master’s degree in teaching at Georgia College and State University. At first, she thought she wanted to be a teacher, however after being in the classroom for a while she started having doubts.

“While I was there and actually in a classroom, I had some doubts as far as, ‘I don’t know if teaching is going to be for me, but I am going to finish my masters,” said Crawford. 

After applying to multiple higher education jobs, she started her career as Student Activities Specialist at South Texas College. One of the roles this job involved was overseeing the gym on campus.

“We would have group fitness classes, programs, activities and intramurals,” said Crawford. “I taught aerobics, I taught spin class, I even was certified at that point in personal training.”

She transitioned to the student activities side of things after her dean at the time saw potential in her. She advised the Student Government Association and Campus Activities Board for four years, before transitioning to another job on campus. An opportunity came open to be the Director of Dual Enrollment Programs.

After transitioning into that position, Crawford oversaw a program for two years that allowed high school sophomores to graduate with an associate degree before graduating high school. 

Since starting at Piedmont more than four years ago, Crawford has been promoted three times. She started at Piedmont as Director of Student Activities which oversaw clubs and organizations, res life, and the fitness center. Within two years she was promoted to Associate Dean. 

Now, Crawford is the Dean of Student Life & Leadership and is proud to be able to work with students develop their lives outside of the classroom. Her job now consists of overseeing Greek life, student organizations, orientation, res life, fitness and rec, leadership, student commons, student life and honors leadership societies on campus. Although she is busy, she strives to remind everyone to always be kind to one another. 

“Be kind, be kind,” Said Crawford. “Because we are all different and unique and we all have different backgrounds and we all come from different places, spaces and have different experiences.”

Caden Nelms- Rolling Through Life

My name is Caden Nelms, and well I am just rolling through life! That might sound odd to people who do not know me, but I literally am rolling through my entire life with my wheelchair!

Most people always want to ask, “Why are you in a wheelchair?”, but are afraid to ask. So let me go ahead and explain. I have Spinal Muscular Atrophy, commonly referred to as SMA, and this specific disability cause all muscles in the human body to be substantially weaker compared to a healthy human body. Having this disability, I used to stay fairly mad at the world until something changed me. God finally showed me that I can make a difference in other’s lives, no matter how small.  Since then, I have come to accept the disability and not let it hinder me, but rather help me advocate for others who either can not or are afraid to advocate for themselves.

I was born and raised my whole life in Cleveland, Georgia, and it has been amazing! I have always loved the small town vibes. I have three older brothers as well as 10 first cousins. My family is large and close to one another; at any given moment I can drive my chair down the road and see all of my first cousins in my Dad’s family. I graduated from White County High School where I found the love for Mass Communications.

Having a disability, I am very limited on career in which I can excel in. My sophomore year is when I found the Audio/Video/Technology/Film class at my high school. My Junior year, we got a new AVTF teacher, Kayla Everett, who graduated from the same high school, came to Piedmont College, graduated with a degree in Mass Communications and then unexpectedly came back to teach at the high school. She is the one who truly showed me my future in this field and even guided me here to Piedmont. My hopes for the future is that I can use whatever platform I have to advocate for others with disabilities.

When I graduated from high school I had a certificate in Microsoft PowerPoint and certified in Adobe Premiere Pro.