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Global Handwashing Day

Rowan Edmonds


Global Handwashing Day 

Dr. Julia Schmitz discusses the importance of handwashing. 

Demorest, Georgia, Sept. 4, 2020 – With the world in a pandemic, students and faculty at Piedmont College are collaborating to host an event on Oct. 15 for Global Handwashing Day. 

“You obviously can’t wash your hands constantly, but you definitely want to make sure you wash your hands before eating,” said Dr. Julia Schmitz, a biology professor at Piedmont College. “Pretty much all the time, whenever you can.” 

Until this year, Global Handwashing Day was just one of those fun little “holidays” that was always looked over. It was one of those things that would make someone mildly chuckle at the thought of having a day to celebrate and acknowledge handwashing. However, when the pandemic rolled around, handwashing became a little less goofy and a little more serious. 

“Most people know about the importance of washing hands, but many don’t know how to properly wash their hands,” said Joe Dennis, an assistant mass communications professor at Piedmont College. “It’s my hope that an event like this will help show people the proper way to wash their hands.” 

With a pandemic going on, stressing the importance of washing our hands has become even more critical than ever before. On Thursday, Oct.15, the college will recognize Global Handwashing Day by holding a handwashing event on campus, as well as hosting a TikTok video competition for students.  

For more information about the event, email Joe Dennis at For more information about handwashing, visit 

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 

The Impact of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Growing up, my dad would always tell me stories before I went to bed. A man flying around in a gold and red suit of armor, a super soldier over 100 years old who has a thing for shields, and a scientist with breathtaking anger management issues. I was never told the story about a princess who needed her Prince Charming, but rather the adventures of superheroes who would give their all to save the world. I was 7 years old when the first Iron Man made it to the big screen in May 2008, and being one of the youngest people in a room full of comic book nerds was exhilarating to me. At that point, the only Marvel movies that had been released were X-men, so only the true comic book fans knew about Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor. 

The Marvel Cinematic Universe started out as a small group of comic junkies and quickly grew into a massive franchise with millions of fans. The comics were mostly written by Stan Lee, the father of all things Marvel. He had a cameo in just about every movie up until his passing in November of 2018. Iron Man one was the first MCU movies that was released with Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr., taking his role as the “god father of the MCU.” Downey made roughly $500,000 in this film, which is miniscule to what he made in his final film, Avengers Endgame, where he was paid $20 million upfront. The movie itself is currently the number one movie in the world and made $2.8 billion. It was an accumulation of 23 films released over a 12-year period, bringing an end to the characters we all know and love. That being said, no one needs to say goodbye to the Marvel films just yet. Plans for new movies are going to be released with all new heroes, villains, and plots. We will delve further into some of the newer marvel characters as well, always keeping the originals in our heart. 

The movies had such a massive impact on me, and I tried to use them as guidelines to my life. I wanted to have the heart to stand up for the little guy like Captain America and Spiderman, the ability to be a good leader even after making so many mistakes like Thor and King T’challa. I wanted to have the drive to be the best no matter what like Iron Man, but to also be disciplined like Black Widow. I, like many others, grew up with these movies and while I am sad to see this particular era come to an end, I am so excited to see what’s in store for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The Importance of Web Design

Taylor Pope is a theater arts and technical theater and design double major with dreams of becoming a sound designer on Broadway, and she hopes her website will help her get there.   

“It’s important to have your website because it’s a perfect way of showing who you are without the face to face contact,” Pope said. “I’ve always been a technology person, so it wasn’t hard for me to figure out Wix.”  

Pope presented her session, “Professional Website Design: How it Works” at the 2020 Piedmont Symposium this year, talking about her website on Wix and the importance of having a website. Pope is incredibly versatile in the play world, from working on the soundboard to creating crazy noises for characters as well as directing her own scene for her capstone project. She wants possible future employers to see just how versatile she is, so she stressed the importance of having a website to get ready for the real world. 

Pope has had to do many different things for different plays. For the musical “Cabaret,” Pope was the sound engineer. She had to run the soundboard, make sure the receivers for the mics were working, see that the mics themselves were working, and had to run around to make sure everything was going planned, all with a sprained ankle. For the second show of the year, “Gathering Blue,” she was the sound designer, creating new sounds for the show. She was directing her capstone at the time as well. To be in her position, you have to be pretty versatile, and that is something future employers are looking for, which is why she detailed all of this on her website. 

“I went with a premade layout (on Wix) because it was a lot easier, and then I could edit things to make it specific to me,” she said.

Pope started working on her website in January 2020 for her audition techniques class. She used Wix, a widely used and popular website startup. In her presentation for the Symposium, Pope goes through the ins and outs of her website, showing what she has done for each play that she worked on. She also had a section about who she was, including her contact information in case any possible future employers needed to reach out. 

“I would like to become a sound designer, hopefully in New York, but we’ll see how that goes,” Pope said. 

Pope’s post-grad dreams are to move to New York and become a sound designer on Broadway. She has plenty of experience doing different things for the play community, and this will transfer over to her profession one day as well. 

“Even if things don’t work out the way I planned it, at least I will have this website to help in any way possible.” 

The diverse life of Jeff Bowers

DEMOREST GEORGIA – College professor, world traveler, fly fishing extraordinaire – these qualities make up Jeff Bowers.

“The freedom you are allowed as a college professor is liberating because you can explore different areas of your interests,” said Jeff Bowers, an assistant Spanish professor at Piedmont College. “Your curriculum is not as monitored, and you just have a lot more than you’re able to do.”

Bowers has been the assistant Spanish professor at Piedmont College for two years. He got his undergrad at Presbieritan College with a double major in political science and Spanish. His goal was to be a lawyer. It wasn’t until he was at Appalachian State University when he found his love for teaching.

“Like anything, to be good at something, you have to have the motivation, and my motivation was to speak with my friend’s mom,” he said. 

Since his sophomore year of high school, he had an infatuation for the Spanish language because of Hugo, his good friend. Hugos’ mother spoke little to no English, so Bowers took it upon himself to learn for his friend’s family’s sake. He cared about Hugo’s family, as they cared for him as well, his adoration for the family spurred his love for Spanish, not just the language, but the culture as well.

“I’m very fortunate because I’ve done pretty much everything I’ve ever wanted to do,” He said. “I took some time off and traveled to several different countries as well as really delve into my hobbies and make those part of my income as well.”

Aside from just being a Spanish professor, Bowers has a lot to offer in the world travel experience. He’s been to France, Costa Rica, Germany, Guatemala twice, and he’s going to Spain over the summer for the Maymester experience. Bowers was a fly fishing guide for four years in Boone and lived in Colorado, where he skied every day. Now he is taking a short break from his adventurous lifestyle to pursue his teaching career.

“Get as much practical experience as you can, be a generalist, but also have a niche,” He said. “It’s good to have something that you’re good at but also be marketable.”

Me, Myself, and I


Today, you are about to embark on a wild journey; the life of Rowan Edmonds.

I was born in Atlanta, Ga, where I lived for two years before moving to Athens. I was a pretty horrible infant, already causing trouble before I could even walk. I was always injuring myself and getting into trouble with the daycare center for biting other children. The terrible behavior finally stopped when we moved to Athens, and something crazy happened; my sister was born. Brayden and I are the two most different people on this planet; however, she and I are incredibly close and are together always when I’m home. We share the same love for practical jokes, rock music from the 70s, and horses.

The first time I ever rode a horse was when I was 4. My aunt took me to the fair where they had pony rides. After a lot of begging, she helped me convince the man behind the counter that I was six years old, and I finally rode my first horse. After that, I was hooked. I started riding in a program about two weeks after that, but only seriously got into it when I was 8. In the 18 years that I have been riding, I had completed over 100 times, had countless 4 am wakeup calls for before school lessons, had some pretty bad falls that resulted in some significant injuries, and won 3 national championships. Back in high school, my sister and I would both take lessons together before and after school, which only added to our closeness. We wanted the best for each other when competing, but if we were in the same division, there was always a little bit of healthy competition. To this day, horses have been a massive part of my life, but it was never the only thing that I did.

I ran cross country throughout middle school and high school and was planning on running in college until my leg injuries. During a race, I tore my Achilles, and instead of stopping, I finished the race with a mile and a half left. After that, my team gave me the nickname “Viking Girl” because I refused to give up. I was taking the proper time and care to nurse my leg back to health and was finally starting to run again when I tore my meniscus in my other leg. Skiing has always been one of my favorite activities, and I was a natural at it. That was until one fateful day when I slightly slipped getting off the ski lift and boom – running career over. Thankfully I was able to continue riding horses, and I would have gone crazy without that in my life.

When I was younger, my dad would always tell me that the best years of his life were during college, and even though I’ve only been at Piedmont for one semester, I can wholeheartedly agree with him. I’m excited about where my journey at Piedmont will take me.