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Hi! My name is Hannah Osborne and I am a mass communications major with a minor in theatre at Piedmont University.

Take a Study Break at Jaemor Farms

Fresh strawberries, grown on location at Jaemor Farms//Photo by Hannah Osborne

Located just 15 minutes away from Piedmont, right off of Cornelia Highway is a slice of authentic southern comfort. Established in 1912 by the Echols family, Jaemor has become a staple of Habersham County featuring fresh produce, homemade ice cream, and seasonal events, such as the upcoming U-pick strawberry season.

“We are unlike any other farm markets of our kind, and we invite you to taste the difference family makes at Jaemor Farms this season!” says Carli Jones, a fifth-generation member of the Echols family and Agritourism & Marketing Coordinator at Jaemor Farms.

Previously branded ‘Echols Orchards’, J.A.E.M.O.R. is an acronym in ode to the third generation owners standing for J.immy A.llen E.chols and Valvoreth Mor.rison Echols. What was originally a peach stand, located off of Old Cornelia Highway, has flourished into a thriving attraction of the North Georgia mountains since its founding. The Highway 365 location was opened Jan. 5, 1981, and has served the Habersham community and beyond for more than 40 years.

“I love going to Jaemor because they always have such good food! I’ve gone to both the U-pick flowers and U-pick strawberries events, and both were so much fun,” said senior mass communications major, Emma Marti, “I would highly recommend checking Jaemor out because it’s so close to Piedmont and the food makes the trip more than worth it.”

Homemade peach ice cream, sold in the Pie Kitchen, at Jaemor//Photo by Hannah Osborne

Jaemor Farms is the perfect afternoon or weekend escape from behind a textbook or computer screen. The farm features refreshing mountain air, local produce, homemade treats, and classic southern hospitality.

“We specialize in peaches, strawberries, pumpkins, squash and beans among other crops, and we pride ourselves on offering events where customers can come out to pick their own fruit and experience agriculture on another level,” said Jones.

Upcoming this summer Jaemor will be hosting the annual U-pick strawberry season. This is only one of many events the farm hosts. Jaemor has an annual rotation of seasonal-oriented activities, such as U-pick flower days, U-pick peach days, Night Out on the Farm, and a staple for the fall, a corn maze.

“My favorite time to visit Jaemor is during the fall,” says junior cell and molecular biology major Emily Rankin, a native of Connecticut, “Visiting in the fall makes me feel like I am right back at home. I just love it.”

Not only will a visit fulfill cravings of fresh homemade ice cream and boiled peanuts, but a visit to the farm is also the perfect photo opportunity. From the AgriTourism events, rows of fresh produce, the pie kitchen, and front “porch,” Jaemor Farms is not deficient in Instagram-worthy moments. Not to mention, “School Bus Graveyard,” is only a five-minute drive back in the direction of campus. 

In addition to all of the attractions of Jaemor, one of the most crucial is the people. Now into the fifth and sixth generations of the Echols family, the farm prides itself on being family-owned and operated. A visit to Jaemor can leave an impression that lasts for years to come.

“I think the most important people that continue to make Jaemor special are our wonderful customers,” says Jones. “We have met families who have brought their children and grandchildren to shop with us for generations.  We have local customers as well as travelers who only see us once or twice a year.  We have such a wide range of folks who shop with us – and for that we are thankful.”

Reflecting on the Budding Film Careers of Piedmont University Students: “Mirrors” at the Symposium 

“Mirrors” production team presenting at the Piedmont University Symposium. (from left to right) Megan Schaefer, Caleb Rogers, Anya Olsen, Tyler Goins, Rowan Edmonds, Jordan Hicks and Jessica Sconyers.

Aspiring filmmakers Caleb Rogers and Tyler Goins are collaborating once again to construct a story of self-acceptance in their latest short film project, “Mirrors.”

“Piedmont has undoubtedly inspired my passion for film by allowing me to work with some of the most talented and creative students and teachers,” said Rogers, who has been fascinated by films for as long as he can remember.

“Mirrors,” is a narrative perspective of a young man struggling to find acceptance of his sexuality in himself and others. The first look of the film was presented at the Piedmont Symposium on April 6, 2022. A senior mass communications major, Rogers created the project based off of his personal journey of self-acceptance and is now taking the role of director in the production process.

Rogers is working in collaboration with Goins, who is the director of photography and lead editor of the project. In addition, the two are working with fellow mass communications majors Anya Olsen (assistant director), Rowan Edmonds (screenwriter), Anna Watson (screenwriter), Noah Aaron (screenwriter), Megan Schaefer (producer) and Jessica Sconyers (producer).

Senior Jordan Hicks is starring as the film’s lead – Alec – alongside freshmen Erick Fortner, as the supporting character, Henry. The two actors are tackling the transition of on-stage versus on-screen acting. During the Symposium premiere of the trailer, Hicks shared the adjustment he had to make from the “grand gestures” stage performance requires. Being behind the camera requires restraining some of the instincts he has learned in his life onstage, relying more so on “acting with the eyes.”

In addition to the trailer, a behind-the-scenes look was presented at the event that documented not only the production process, but flourishing relationships among the team. The entire team has taken to considering one another “like family.”

“My goal in making this film was not to win awards, but to tell an essential, compelling, and relevant story about accepting ourselves as human beings,” Rogers said.

Rogers anticipates putting the finishing touches on the script by the end of the semester as part of his television practicum and will finish producing the project in the fall. As for now, the trailer is available on YouTube.

“Mirrors,” is not the first time that Goins and Rogers have worked together. Past projects include “Paranormal Piedmont,” and their award-winning short film, “Overtime.” “Overtime” began as a class project and quickly evolved into something greater than Rogers, Goins, and their groupmates could have anticipated. Originally assigned to practice screenwriting, Rogers and Goins, along with Aaron Palmer, Chris Barker and Connor Creedon partook in a whirlwind production experience that from start to finish took three and a half weeks. Despite such a short production period, the team produced an award-winning piece.

“Tyler wrote the screenplay ‘Overtime’ and five industrious students tackled the production aspect.  They spent a very long week, at all hours of the day and night, shooting in the Swanson Center,” said Professor of Mass Communications, Melissa Jackson, “It was wonderful to watch the camaraderie they developed. The results blew me away!”

The first award the group scooped up for their efforts was a silver Telly Award for the trailer of the film. Jackson submitted Palmer’s final edited version of the film to the Broadcast Educators Association annual competition, unbeknownst to the group, and they were awarded the “Award of Excellence,” placing right outside of third in the narrative film category. The project was recognized alongside entries from much larger schools, including the University of Georgia, the University of Florida, and Colorado State University. This experience has provided the opportunity for a few of the group members to travel to Las Vegas later this month to collect the award.

Looking forward, Piedmont University will be introducing a film major in the fall 2022 semester. The first student of this major will be Schaefer. Despite not being able to study under the major himself, Rogers played an essential role in bringing the major to the university.

As for Rogers and Goins, their bond seems to be one for life.

“Tyler and I are brothers, and I am confident that we will collaborate in the future,” said Rogers.

To view the trailer for “Mirrors,” visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GU7pEB-hYw4

Colleen Kearney: The Applications of Literature

Evening Acquisitions and Public Services Specialist, Colleen Kearney

A firm believer that there is a book for everyone, Colleen Kearney, uses literature and dance to manage her chronic illness.

“It has been an honor, and a privilege, to meet some of the student workers over the years that have come to us,” Kearney says, “Truly, it has opened my eyes and I have learned a lot more grace and a lot better communication.”

Kearney serves as the Evening Acquisitions and Public Services Specialist at Piedmont University’s Arrendale Library. The Piedmont alumna handles many of the orders to fill the library’s collections. In addition, she oversees the interviewing, hiring, training and scheduling of student workers.

Kearney had a late start in her college career. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in high school and pursuing a degree felt unattainable after graduation due to financial demands. Fortunately, at 28 she was able to return to school after discovering a scholarship program relating to her illness.

Before finding a home at Piedmont, she received her associate’s degree at Gainesville State College. Her journey as a nontraditional student continued at Piedmont where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English. Kearney’s first experience of working in the library was as a student-worker herself.

“My heart was with Piedmont…really, truly, I wanted to be here,” she said.

Bob Glass, Dean of Libraries and College Librarian, brought Kearney back to Piedmont after her graduation in 2015. Now, overseeing student workers herself, Kearney promotes the school to students based on her own positive experiences. She notes the exemplary faculty members in every department and the beautiful campus. As a non-traditional student, Kearney found herself aligned more so with professors than with students, and the smaller classes allowed her the perfect opportunity to truly get a gauge of their passions and interests in what they are teaching. With such a supportive environment, Kearney describes Piedmont as the perfect place to “fail safely.”

Outside of work, Kearney enjoys reading, spending time with her cat, practicing yoga, and is a member of a local dance troupe. She found that her love of dancing, along with yoga, could serve as both a pleasure and a means of managing her struggles with diabetes.

The illness established a permanent presence in her life, and it took her some time to learn to manage it. Eventually, she found that being conscious of her activities, eating habits and managing her stress, was critical to handling her symptoms. While it took almost 25 years to master, she credits much of the success to educating herself through books, so working at a library is a natural fit.

“I am convinced that there’s something out there that anyone would enjoy reading,” Kearney says, “These things all make constellations and patterns in your mind, and then when you’re trying to make choices for yourself, and you’re trying to make decisions in real life. You just have such a better, informed vision of who and what you are, and who and what you want to include.”

Hannah Osborne

My name is Hannah Osborne, I’m 20 years old and from Dawsonville, GA. Currently, I am majoring in mass communications with a minor in theatre arts (after a much too optimistic attempt at double-majoring in the two). I am set to graduate in Spring 2023.

Photo taken on film.

I am from a very big family, five siblings that I share both parents with and three step-siblings. The second oldest of us, Megan, is married with two boys and a girl on the way! Also, my step-sister Cierra just gave birth to her first, a boy named Aiden.

Academic success has always been everything.

I guess you could call it “gifted kid syndrome” because I had all of the expectations for myself with little motivation. Everything I have ever done in my educational career I have always needed to be of the best. Probably why I never stuck to a sport… When I got to high school, even though I was keeping the grades, keeping the motivation became difficult. Let’s just say I skipped a LOT of first-period classes and I have no idea how I passed Pre-Calc or AP Calc.

Despite this, I never really had a plan for college. The one thing I had done in high school that had meant anything to me was doing theatre. Looking back on it, while performing was exhilarating, I think what I loved most was the small community we had built for ourselves. My director, Mrs. Nonnemaker, more fondly referred to as just ‘Non,’ was easily the most influential person in my high school career. She was the one that pushed me in the direction of Piedmont and even mass communications.

(From left to right) Me; Mrs. Nonnemaker; and underclassmen, Jace. After receiving All-Star Cast Member awards at region 7AAA One-Act Competition.
(From left to right) My step-dad Eddie; me; my nephew, Lucas; my older sister, Megan; my younger sister, Erin; and my mom; after my high school performance of Seussical the Musical Jr. playing the role of Jojo the Who.

Being a part of theatre in high school brought me some of my most treasured memories and friends. The class and rehearsals were the highlights of my days, especially seeing all of our hard work pay off when we performed. Though it may come as a shock, I was actually performing on stage. Not only that but as lead roles.

Aside from theatre, I loved going to concerts, something I have not been able to do since COVID reared its ugly face. Hopefully, I will be able to return to that world soon, as long as no more dates get canceled or rescheduled. My first concert was 5 Seconds of Summer, the summer before 8th grade. The most recent concert I went to was Rex Orange County, which is one of my favorite concerts I have been to, so at least things left off on a high note.

Taken at the Rex Orange County concert. My friends and I are very determined to get to the front at General Admission shows.

Nowadays my life is much less exciting. I go to class, work when I can, and take lots of naps. When I do have the time I like to go to the movies, go on (easy) hikes, thrift shop, and binge-watch TV (most recently Brooklyn 99).

I have yet to make any definitive plans for my career post-graduation, which is coming up faster than I could have ever anticipated. I do know that I would like to move out of Georgia, and hopefully see some of the world outside of the USA.