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Piedmont College Photos

  1. Medium 1: Senior Theatre Major, Joe Chance works vigorously in the student commons on a homework deadline.
  2. Wildcard: Pictured above is a vintage bird that sits on top of someones bicycle.
  3. Medium 2: Did someone say birds eye?? Pictured above is a bird that is looking yonder for its mate.
  4. Long Shot: Looking down Georgia Street on rainy day, there’s not much activity happening.
  5. Medium 3: Sophomore Math major Jade Edwards, gets caught in action walking outside the student commons to head to class.
  6. Close up: Sophomore Jade Edwards makes sure to wear her mask everywhere on campus, even outside.

Keep Fish Wet

My little town is known for fishing. Every chance we get we are standing in the Chattahoochee with a pole in our hands. As we became quarantined, I noticed more and more people fishing the lower Chattahoochee and upper West Point Lake near me. Day after day the boat docks would become more and more packed, the pandemic giving more people reasons to leave home and go fish. 

As I sat on the bank one evening, I observed a group of men fishing that looked to be in their late 50s. After seeing them cast out a few times I realized they were using minnows and came to the conclusion that they were fishing for crappie. Within the next 30 minutes they pulled in five or six crappies, keeping the big ones and releasing the small ones. I noticed the way they were releasing these small fish. After taking the hook out and showing their friends, they would just throw the fish back in the water. I’ve been taught at a young age to gently put the fish in the water, not knowing why but always listening to my dad. I never knew the impact that throwing the fish could have until Patagonia recently posted a picture on Instagram that said “Keep Fish Wet” with a link to the website. 

Keep Fish Wet enforces the best practices to catch, handle, and release fish. Science shows that small changes in how an angler catches, handles, and releases a fish can have outcomes once that fish swims away. Having good practices increases survival rates of fish, it also helps fish return to normal behavior faster after being released. Keep Fish Wet has 3 principles to go by. 

The first one is minimizing air exposure. Once they are out of water, fish’s gills often collapse, and their swim bladders can even rupture because of the sudden change in pressure. Fish often die from these injuries after they have been released. Making sure they get enough water after being caught is very important. 

The second principle is to eliminate contact with dry surfaces. Contact with dry hard surfaces remove their protective mucus layer which in result increases the chances of catching a disease or having a fungal infection. Keeping fish in or over water with hands that are clean and wet will keep the fish disease free. 

The last principle is to reduce handling time. Handling can be extremely stressful for fish. Most fish are still amped up once you have them in your hand. The release of glucose fuels their fight or flight response to being caught. The longer you handle a fish the more stressful it becomes for them. You can’t confuse seeing a fish swim away as if they are fine. 

The vast majority of people have no idea about these principles. Prior to getting your fishing licenses you should be required to take a short course on what to do and what not to do. This problem may not seem like a big deal, but it makes a difference when it is recognized. We don’t need more people just throwing the fish back into the water. We should keep fish wet.

Global Hand Washing Day

Biology Piedmont Professor Dr. Julia Schmitz discusses how to properly wash your hands 

Demorest, Georgia, September 3, 2020– As Global Handwashing Day approaches, Piedmont College Biology Professor Julia Schmitz is hoping to inform students on proper handwashing to ensure safety through a pandemic. 

“Soap is better than hand sanitizer,” Schmitz said. “The difference is that hand sanitizer is made up of alcohol and soap has oils and an alkaline base in it. Alcohol kills the bacteria, but the problem is that you aren’t rinsing the bacteria off, so you still have bacteria on your hands.” 

Soap combined, with running water, is the best way to eliminate germs from our hands. That is because soap molecules, themselves, are very effective at destroying the surface membranes of some bacteria and viruses, including the novel coronavirus. Applying hand sanitizer may be easier, but it cannot remove all viruses and bacteria. Soap and water are far more effective at removing such common illness-causing germs as cryptosporidium, norovirus and Clostridium difficile. Soap also washes away bacteria as well as other viruses that are even tougher than coronavirus. 

“Piedmont College is stressing this year to make sure we wash our hands frequently and thoroughly. There are posters all over the bathroom walls to remind us to wash our hands for 20 seconds,” said sophomore athletic training major Jared Grage. 

Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from getting sick. We touch our face after touching surfaces and this can cause you to become sick. Washing your hands helps prevent this problem from happening. Although hand sanitizer isn’t as good as soap, it still kills bacteria. Piedmont College has hand sanitizer stations all around the campus to help you stay clean through this pandemic. 

On Thursday, Oct. 15, a handwashing event will be held in the Commons to promote proper handwashing. Additionally, a TikTok contest will be held, where students can submit informative and entertaining handwashing videos for prizes. 

For more information about Global Handwashing Day at Piedmont College, 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

Piedmont Symposium: Hand Sanitizer or Hand Soap?

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, one solution to avoid infection is to keep your hands clean. Which works better, hand sanitizer or hand soap? 

Piedmont students Anna Owenby and Briana Lesniak-Sellers sought to find an answer to that question, concluding that hand soap is better for cleaning your hands. They present their study, “Hand Soap vs. Hand Sanitizer” at the 2020 Piedmont Symposium. 

Lesniak-Sellers uses a spot flashlight after washing her hands with soap one day and notices that there is still a lot of bacteria on her hands. This is what motivates Lesniak-Sellers and Owenby to conduct an experiment on soap and sanitizer. They have always been told that hand sanitizer kills more germs than soap so their hypothesis states, “Hand sanitizer would kill more bacteria than hand soap and that hand soap was not more effective when washing your hands.” 

However, they are surprised after finishing the experiment. Hand soap kills more and stops more colony growth compared to hand sanitizer. During the experiment, Owenby and Lesniak-Sellers test two different soaps and sanitizers. They contaminate their hands and place it on Agar plates, then they clean their hands and do the same thing. They let the plates sit at a temperature of 37 degrees Celsius for 24 hours. If the temperatures slightly change while sitting for 24 hours, it would definitely change the results. 

Although they started the study before the COVID-19 outbreak, the students recognize the importance of their research at this critical time. “Emerging scientific studies have proven the spread of COVID-19 can be reduced by the simplest tasks of just washing your hands,” Lesniak-Sellers said. 

Owenby was not expecting her outcomes of the experiment but it helps lead her into her next project. “We can further test handwashing by repeating this experiment and test if air drying or using a paper towel to dry our hands will reduce bacteria production.”

Interview with Coach Alex Buchman

Assistant Soccer Coach Alex Buchman has always wanted to be a coach and his dreams came true here at Piedmont College.

“Start with whatever coaching opportunity you can get and take advantage of it.”, he said.

Growing up in Wisconsin Buchman played several sports: soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter, and baseball in the spring. While Buchman was growing up, his dad would always be his coach, and this influenced him to start wanting to be one as well. In high school, Buchman and his best friend coached a youth basketball team for the first time, and this is what started his passion.

Buchman never saw coaching as a career for him. He was looking forward to just coaching his kids in the future until he was given the opportunity to coach at Piedmont College in 2019.

“It became a career rather than a hobby for me.”, he said.

Surprisingly a soccer coach now, Buchman enjoyed baseball much more than soccer. However, he continued to play soccer into college because he realized he was better at it than baseball. He still watches baseball to help give him a break from soccer. As a huge Brewers fan, he tries to go and watch them play the Braves every chance he gets.

“Growing up baseball was actually my passion.”, he said.

He attended a division 3 school to play soccer and study general management for business. It is a similar school to Piedmont College, but their school has 15,000 students rather than 1,500 here. Buchman enjoyed his time at the University of Wisconsin White Water and he still keeps in contact with most of his old teammates and friends. Buchman says a willingness to pursue opportunity is the key to success.

“The are endless opportunities of where you can coach you just have to go out and get them.”

Tyler Goins: What Makes Me Who I am

I was raised in once was a small town known as Locust Grove but now is a very populated place about 30 minutes south of Atlanta. I grew up with a brother and sister that were adventurous which caused us to get into trouble all the time. Every day we were doing something fun until my 4th and 5th grade year. Both of my siblings graduated and I was the only child left in the house. At first it was extremely boring until one day I was watching T.V. and a soccer game came on. Ever since this day I fell in love with this sport that made me into the person I am today. It has been over ten plus years and I still haven’t lost the love for soccer. Every time I step on the field I get the same feeling that I once felt as an 8 year old and I don’t think this love or feeling will ever go away.

As middle school flew by and high school started I found another passion that I thought I would never have. My dad was a professional photographer and the summer before my 9th grade year I found some photos that my dad took while he was in Egypt. He sat me down and showed me all of his photos and showed me how to use his camera. I got that same feeling that I had when I first started playing soccer when I picked up the camera. As high school went on I didn’t have time to take pictures or use his camera like I could due to having soccer almost everyday. Around my senior year I started to get into making videos. Being able to tell a story through a video can make you feel many emotions which is what I love about it. I then started to make YouTube videos of anything and everything. As I started to make more videos I became better and better but I still have so much to learn. This is what makes it interesting, you can always learn more about it. After I graduated, I went to a college known as Reinhardt University. I went there for soccer and because they have a great filming program. I then realized the school was not for me for soccer reasons so I transferred to Piedmont College which is where I am at currently.

My number one goal in life is to make it as a professional soccer player but my backup plan is filming and photography. I hope to look back one day and say dang I actually made it.