Piedmont College is a private liberal arts institution founded in 1897 to serve residents of the Appalachian area of northeast Georgia, USA. When the college was first founded, it was established as the J.S. Green Collegiate Institute named after a local banker. In 1899, the name was shortened to the J.S. Green College. By 1902, the college was formally renamed Piedmont College.Today, with campuses located in Demorest and Athens, the college provides undergraduate and graduate degree programs for about 2,000 students from across Georgia and around the world. While many students come from across the world, 10% of Piedmont's students come from the Habersham County area through Piedmont's Neighborhood Grant Program.Piedmont maintains religious affiliation with two bodies: the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches and the United Church of Christ. Congregationalists took over the school from the Methodists in the early 20th century. Wikipedia.
News Article | February 15, 2017
The Birmingham Museum of Art announces the third Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium to be held at the Museum February 17 – 18, 2017. Established and debuted by the Birmingham Museum of Art in 2013, the Ceramics Symposium serves as a platform to broaden international dialogue about the study, creation, and collection of ceramic arts historically and today. “A large portion of our collection is ceramics, and we'd like people to understand that the making and using of ceramics is universal. The history of ceramics is essentially the history of mankind and even today, when ceramics can be pretty cheap to buy and easily replaced, we can all somehow relate to the ceramics of other times and cultures because each society continues to create and use ceramics,” says Anne Forschler-Tarrasch, the Marguerite Jones Harbert and John M. Harbert III Curator of Decorative Arts at the Birmingham Museum of Art. The symposium seeks to explore all aspects of ceramics from function, style, and decoration to technology, artists and factories. The 2017 theme Communities of Clay: Ceramic Enterprises Past and Present will explore topics of ceramic enterprises past and present by considering the subject in a broad array of historical and geographical contexts. Acclaimed ceramic artist Susan Folwell and cultural specialist Ali Istalifi will be featured as the keynote speakers. Five additional speakers will comprise the weekend agenda. The symposium is presented in conjunction with the 32nd annual Alabama Clay Conference. "We are so excited to host our third Bunting Ceramics Symposium. These biennial gatherings bring together scholars, collectors, artists, and the general public to hear wonderful talks about ceramics traditions from around the world. Our theme this year looks at communities all over the world that have specialized in making ceramics - one of the oldest art forms in existence. It's interesting to consider who has guarded that knowledge and passed it down, and whether ceramics economies are viable today,” says Emily Hanna, Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas at the Birmingham Museum of Art. The Birmingham Museum of Art, a comprehensive regional museum, has emerged as a major Southeastern center for ceramic study. The collection, which is divided among six major curatorial departments, currently includes more than 16,000 objects of ceramic art dating from the Jomon period of Neolithic Japan to the present day. The collection reflects the centrality of ceramics to cultures worldwide as objects of utilitarian, ritualistic, or aesthetic significance. Susan Folwell, a ceramic artist from Santa Clara Pueblo, Taos, New Mexico, has won numerous awards for her work and has been featured in several books, including NDN Art: Contemporary Native American Art, Free Spirit: The New Native American Potter, and Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation: Contemporary Native American Art From the Southwest. Her work is represented in well over a dozen permanent museum collections world-wide. Folwell is also an active board member of the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) and is chair of the SWAIA Arts Committee. Ali Istalifi is a specialist in Central Asian ethnographic arts and crafts, a project manager at Jindhag Foundation, and an independent filmmaker. He was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. His father, Abdul Istalifi, is a renowned arts and crafts dealer in Kabul and his mother was a senior professor of law at Kabul University. During his childhood, Afghanistan was a relatively liberal, peaceful and normal place. However, during the 1980s, after the Soviet Invasion, Afghanistan changed dramatically. As the political situation deteriorated further, Abdul decided that Ali, his brother, and mother would move to London, but he stayed behind to care for less fortunate members of their extended family. Ali grew up in London, but with his father still in Afghanistan, he never lost his connection to his homeland. In 2000, Ali graduated from London’s Brunel University with an honors degree in Film and TV Studies and American studies with the goal of pursuing a career in media. However, when Afghanistan was liberated in 2001, he was finally able to communicate with his father, who expressed an interest in helping to rebuild the war-devastated country. The reunion of father and son in 2003 was also the start of the project to revive Istalif, Ali’s father’s home in Afghanistan. Anne Forschler-Tarrasch, Ph.D., chief curator, The Marguerite Jones Harbert and John M. Harbert III Curator of Decorative Arts, Birmingham Museum of Art Bruce Bernstein, Ph.D., executive director and curator, Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts, Santa Fe, NM Chris Kelly, chair of the art department and associate professor of art, Piedmont College, Demorest, GA Founded in 1951, the Birmingham Museum of Art has one of the finest collections in the Southeast. More than 27,000 objects displayed within the Museum represent a rich panorama of cultures, including Asian, European, American, African, Pre-Columbian, and Native American. Highlights include the Museum’s collection of Asian art, Vietnamese ceramics, the Kress collection of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts from the late 13th century to the 1750s, and the Museum’s world- renowned collection of Wedgwood, the largest outside of England.
Camp C.D.,Piedmont College |
Wooten J.A.,Centre College at Danville
Copeia | Year: 2016
Although knowledge of the existence of cryptic species dates back hundreds of years, the true extent of cryptic diversity was not discernible until the development of modern molecular techniques. Both homoplasy and morphological conservatism-patterns which result in cryptic taxa-Are rampant within the Plethodontidae, the largest salamander family and a taxon rich in cryptic lineages. The first cryptic species of plethodontid, Plethodon websteri, was described in 1979, and the discovery of new cryptic lineages has now become commonplace. Their taxonomic recognition, however, has been controversial, not a surprising result given the differences in methodology-or in the idea of what defines a species-That exist among researchers. Two radiations pinpoint the variation in forces that may drive speciation and the development of cryptic lineages. The Plethodon glutinosus complex represents a non-Adaptive radiation characterized by largely parapatric, niche-conserved species. The Desmognathus quadramaculatus complex, on the other hand, is comprised of lineages that have repeatedly evolved the same homoplastic body form that is strongly correlated with niche specialization. Although many cryptic plethodontids exist parapatrically or allopatrically, several occur sympatrically, partitioning niche space more finely than previously imagined. Investigations into the biology of cryptic species should be fruitful in answering questions in both ecology and evolutionary biology and have ramifications for the understanding and conservation of biodiversity. © 2016 by the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.
Browder D.,University of North Carolina at Charlotte |
Ahlgrim-Delzell L.,University of North Carolina at Charlotte |
Flowers C.,University of North Carolina at Charlotte |
Baker J.,Piedmont College
Remedial and Special Education | Year: 2012
This study evaluated the effectiveness of a multicomponent early literacy curriculum that included phonics and phonemic awareness in comparison to a sight word approach. A total of 93 students with severe developmental disabilities who were enrolled in Grades K through 4 were randomly assigned to either a multicomponent early literacy curriculum or a sight word comparison curriculum. The instructional interventions were implemented over an academic school year. Results indicated that students in the multicomponent early literacy curriculum had significantly higher mean literacy scores than the students in the sight word condition, with small to moderate effect sizes (.30-.49). Further analysis indicated that phonics skills appeared to contribute most to the differences between the two curriculum approaches. Implications for teaching decoding skills, one of the components needed for students to become fully literate, are discussed. © 2012 Hammill Institute on Disabilities.
Hoffman M.L.,Piedmont College |
Schwartz B.L.,Florida International University
Journal of Comparative Psychology | Year: 2014
Is self-reflection necessary for metacognition to occur? Like Kornell (2014, pp. 143-149), we struggle with this question. If humans metacognition is not always self-reflective, why should we expect animals to be so? We suggest that one way to pursue metacognition in animals is to examine its ecological and evolutionary relevance. © 2014 American Psychological Association.
Menzel T.O.,Piedmont College
Journal of Insect Behavior | Year: 2012
Individual ants of Aphaenogaster carolinensis Wheeler were placed in two way combinations with four sympatric ant species (Aphaenogaster lamellidens Mayr, Crematogaster lineolata Say, Pachycondyla chinensis Emery and Prenolepis imparis Say) to determine whether their interspecific behavior was dependent upon the ant species they were confronted with. The tendency of A. carolinensis to initiate and terminate interactions, and the durations of those interactions, were measured for all combinations. There was no significant effect of species on initiation or termination. There was a significant effect of species on the duration of interactions that were both initiated and terminated by A. carolinensis. Durations of interactions with A. lamellidens were significantly longer than with other species. The conclusion is that the interspecific behavior of A. carolinensis is dependent in part on the species it is interacting with. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 599.06K | Year: 2011
The Hi-TECH Scholars program is providing scholarships to increase recruitment, retention, on-time graduation rates, and diversity in three science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree programs. The targeted programs are Automotive Technology (AUT), Computer Technology (CPT), and Engineering Technology (ET). The Hi-TECH Scholars program has three main objectives:
1. Award 130 scholarships over four years to financially needy and academically talented students.
2. Award 65 scholarships to underrepresented students.
3. Graduate 100 Hi-TECH scholars with an associate degree within their two-year scholarship period.
Intellectual Merit: These objectives are being accomplished by leveraging a network of existing student support services and resources and implementing new and expanded initiatives that help retain STEM students. The Placement and Transfer offices at the college provide scholars with career guidance. Recruitment initiatives target students currently enrolled in Hi-TECH programs, students at area high schools and career centers, incumbent workers or career change seekers from the community or business and industry, and students enrolled in one or more STEM developmental courses at the college. The selection process focuses on academically talented but financial needy students entering AUT, CPT or ET programs. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is required of entering secondary students or currently enrolled college students.
Broader Impact: The project is designed to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in Hi-TECH programs and increase the number of Hi-TECH graduates completing their associate degrees in two years. The comprehensive, data-driven management plan allows for broad dissemination of best practices and lessons learned. Successful strategies developed through the project serve as models in other areas of the college and for the nation.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ADVANCED TECH EDUCATION PROG | Award Amount: 438.96K | Year: 2016
This project at Piedmont Virginia Community College is developing an advanced manufacturing education and training program to meet regional and statewide employment needs. Developing and maintaining a highly skilled workforce is a vital factor in sustaining a strong economy. This program responds to that need by training, educating, and certifying a technical workforce to international industry standards. The degree of collaboration among post-secondary faculty, technical educators, and industry is improved by this initiative and the pathway between secondary and post-secondary institutions is being strengthened. The student recruitment plan is carefully designed to attract and retain a diverse population. An organized effort is in place to disseminate the effective practices and outcomes resulting from this project to a broad audience.
This grant is working towards the following goals: developing an innovative education and training program in advanced manufacturing; enhancing the advanced manufacturing career pathway between secondary and post-secondary institutions; developing training capacity by establishing an advanced manufacturing lab, an open access curriculum, and project-based-learning (PBL) modules; and supporting regional economic development in advanced manufacturing. The program is being developed by incorporating the multiple fields of engineering technology into one integrated curriculum. The new courses provide students with a broad understanding of advanced manufacturing and the ability to apply the new knowledge in a lab environment that simulates the work environment. By educating students in this manner, as opposed to the usual route of focused training in one field, the industrial base is being presented with well-trained employees.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ADVANCED TECH EDUCATION PROG | Award Amount: 199.90K | Year: 2016
A highly skilled technician workforce with expertise in anti-counterfeit processes and measures will ensure that products distributed locally and globally are more secure, reduce the risk associated with counterfeit products, and maintain the competitiveness of manufacturers. This project at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) is designed to meet the increasing need for product and packaging security by developing a new certificate embedded in an associate degree program focused on Functional Printing with an emphasis on the emerging role of anti-counterfeit printing and packaging technology. CPCC is one of the three colleges in North Carolina that offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology, and the only institution in the Charlotte region, which serves as an operations base for over 200 printing, manufacturing and distribution enterprises that employ 12,000 individuals. The project will support the needs of both regional and national employers, as the project will share results from the project that can inform how companies implement security processes and measures that address brand protection and the integrity of their products. Implementation of the project will result in a talent-rich pipeline of technicians who will implement security and protection changes within manufacturing and distribution facilities, know how to modify security features demanded by manufacturers, and understand the baseline processes for anti-counterfeit printing.
By researching the evolving and emerging field of functional printing, CPCC faculty will establish a multidisciplinary certificate program in anti-counterfeit printing and packaging technology to address the need for technicians who understand security printing and brand protection measures. By engaging university-based research entities and other external partners, the college will design a transformational curriculum that is unique to two-year colleges. Through the project activities of research, curriculum development and faculty professional development, the educators involved in this project will gain additional expertise and be able to introduce technology innovations and trends to inform the development of the program. Recognizing the potential for a broad range of career pathways, the project team will bring greater understanding to this emerging technology through articulation agreements with area universities. The project will also be guided by an Advisory Committee comprised of local, regional, and national members who will ensure that the technical education meets the needs of employers and industry. Project activities will include course development and adaptation leading to a new technician certificate program offered at the two-year college as well as continuing education for incumbent workers, faculty professional development, and cultivation of business and industry partnerships. A formative and summative evaluation process will be employed to continuously enhance the project activities and provide opportunities for researching and evaluating the success of the project and deliverables, as well as the sharing of best practices. Results will be disseminated with the NSF community, as well as employer and business partners, and research entities focused on anti-counterfeiting processes and technologies. In addition, partnerships with entities focused on similar themes will promote continued collaboration and expansion of the body of knowledge to better serve business and industry as well as educational institutions.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: ALLIANCES-MINORITY PARTICIPAT. | Award Amount: 999.54K | Year: 2015
The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program assists universities and colleges in diversifying the STEM workforce through their efforts at significantly increasing the numbers of students from historically underrepresented minority populations to successfully complete high quality degree programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The LSAMP Bridge to the Baccalaureate (B2B) funding opportunity provides support for historically underrepresented minority STEM students who begin their instruction at a community college with the intent to transfer into 4-year STEM degree programs in addition to other infrastructure support such as STEM faculty professional development. The North Carolina STEM Alliance (NCSA), under the leadership of Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), is a community college alliance consisting of CPCC, Davidson County Community College (DCCC) and Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC). The alliance will implement a variety of activities that could potentially increase the participation of underrepresented minorities and veterans in STEM disciplines and ensure that all populations have the opportunity to succeed in STEM careers thereby increase the nations competitiveness.
The goals of the project are to increase the number of underrepresented minority (URM) students who transfer to university STEM programs. The NCSA will reach this goal through targeted engagement, career exploration, and dual enrollment. Activities that will be implemented to mitigate barriers for community college students, particularly URMs, include: contextualized curriculum, targeted academic support, coaching and proactive advising, research and career experiences, professional development, K-16 curriculum alignment and faculty professional development. Presentations and scholarly publications produced by the project will be shared with national community college and other workforce stakeholder organizations.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 149.71K | Year: 2010
Piedmont Virginia Community College proposes to strengthen its Information Systems Technology and Electronics and Computer Technology programs to meet growing demand for technicians in the region. The college is piloting several strategies to increase enrollment, retention, and job placement. Some of these strategies include establishing a technology consortium of local employers, faculty professional development for high school and community college faculty, and paid student internships. Best practices will be implemented, including targeted recruitment, to attract women and to maintain the current high percentages of minority students. Increased production of computer technicians is expected to make a positive impact on the economic success of the Central Virginia region. Project results will be shared with the Virginia Community College System and the NSF ATE community.