New Personal Counselor Hired

By: Alexandra Smith
Editor in Chief

Evonne Jones was recently hired as a new Personal Counselor. Here is some information about Jones and how she could potentially help students.

Alexandra: What brought you to Piedmont?

Jones: An excellent opportunity to provide counseling services to college students. I have worked in various facets of student services (ex. academic advising, admissions, financial aid) for over 10 years at both the University of Georgia and at Georgia Perimeter College. However, most of my counseling experience has been through various social service agencies. So, being at Piedmont allows me to continue my career in higher education but in a capacity that is most rewarding to me.

A: How will you be serving the students?

J: I provide confidential personal counseling to assist students with personal, developmental or psychological concerns related to their academic progress and personal growth. Through individual counseling, group counseling and referrals to campus and community resources, I am committed to supporting students who have personal issues that hinder their academic success.

A: Where have you previously worked?

J: In terms of higher education, I have worked at the University of Georgia and Georgia Perimeter College. In terms of counseling, I have worked at Covenant House Georgia, the Social Empowerment Center, the Tree House, the Department of Juvenile Justice through Impact Counseling and Consulting, and Peace Place. I have also volunteered as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).

A: What do you like about Piedmont?

J: I like the small-campus environment and being able to connect so quickly with various staff, faculty, and administration. I also love the beautiful scenery! I am so looking forward to watching the leaves change colors. My favorite times of the year are fall and spring.

A: What kind of issues can you help students with?

J: I can assist with and/or provide resources for a variety of topics, such as stress, depression, anxiety, loneliness, sexuality, eating issues, perfectionism, academic concerns, discrimination, transition difficulties, and relationship issues with a partner, relative, or child. The student may be aware of “what’s bothering them,” or just have general feelings of being “anxious,” “depressed,” or “unmotivated.” In either case, it can help to meet with a counselor to develop new strategies for dealing with these challenges or to help clarify his/her feelings through self-exploration and discovery.

A: When are you available for students?

J: I am available Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. To request an appointment, you may either email me at [email protected] or see Stephanie Hudgens in the Lane Student Center.