| 04/17/2012 08:22 AM
(AUGUSTA, GA) – Paine College will celebrate its 130th Commencement Convocation on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in the William Bell Auditorium. Dr. Ricardo Azziz, President, Georgia Health Sciences University and CEO, Georgia Health Sciences Health System will be the keynote speaker.
GHSU includes the Medical College of Georgia, the 13th oldest and 6th largest medical school in the nation, the only College of Dental Medicine in Georgia and one of the largest in the country, a College of Nursing training the highest number of graduate degrees in nursing in Georgia, a College of Allied Health Sciences, and a College of Graduate Studies. Having assumed the leadership of the institution July 2010, Dr. Azziz has moved rapidly to integrate the university and its health system, jumpstarting efforts to enhance national recognition and standing of the university and its education, research, and clinical programs, re-energizing philanthropy, and is driving efforts to broaden the university’s reach – statewide and globally. He has heightened the university’s commitment to civic and university engagement, embraced sustainability, and demonstrated a strong commitment to partnership within and beyond the university’s walls.
A recognized clinician, biomedical researcher, and health care executive, Dr. Azziz serves as Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Medicine at GHSU. He came to GHSU from the Cedars-Sinai Health System and UCLA where he guided the transformation of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Cedars to a nationally ranked and recognized academic department. Renowned not only for his androgen excess-related research, long-funded by the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Azziz also is recognized for his strong commitment to leadership and faculty development and for helping to make the careers of those around him more meaningful and productive. Previously, Dr. Azziz served on the faculty of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he focused on his research and clinical practice – and where he completed an MBA and an MPH.
A native of Uruguay and an accomplished artist, Dr. Azziz brings a global and creative perspective to his leadership of Georgia’s only public academic health center and health sciences university. He and his wife, Cindy, are enjoying life in the south with children Ashlee, Jonathan, and Mallory, and their dog, Arlo.
Commencement Convocation – Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.
William Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair Street, Augusta, GA
Media covering the Commencement are asked to arrive no later than 8:25 a.m. and to check in at the registration table in the foyer of William Bell Auditorium so that staff may best position you. No one will be admitted into the auditorium once the procession has started. Parking will be available at the William Bell Auditorium. Please present your press credentials with the parking attendant.
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| 03/20/2012 05:15 AM
(AUGUSTA, GA) – The Paine College students are set to compete in the Los Angeles Area for Grants and glory Against 250 students from 48 of the nation’s HBCU’s at the 2012 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge. Across the nation, students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities are making final preparations to vie for grants and glory at the nation’s only HBCU academic competition – the 2012 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) (www.hcasc.com). The two-day competition, scheduled to take place March 30-April 2 in Torrance, CA, will test students’ knowledge of history, science, literature, religion, the arts, social science, and popular culture. The competition will give students the opportunity to win more than $300,000 in institutional grants awarded annually by Honda, as well as battle for bragging rights as the nation’s top academic HBCU.
“We are elated to have yet another opportunity to take part in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge”, said Dr. George C. Bradley, president of Paine College, “We at Paine College are grateful of the Honda Motor Company’s recognition of the bright minds at our nation’s HBCU institutions. I am a firm advocate for the advancement of knowledge, and with this event, the nation can agree that Honda shares the same vision.”
Paine College’s Honda Team did not attend the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge in 2011, but in 2009, they not only qualified for the National Tournament, they made it to the Sweet Sixteen Round, while the team captain, Eric Stephens was selected as a Honda All-Star, out scoring all the players in their division.
“Paine’s HCASC Club is a group of gifted, intelligent, and talented students from Paine College who are dedicated to building a nationally recognized HCASC team and establishing a winning tradition for years to come.” Dr. Andre Key, Paine College Honda All-Star Team Coach.
The 250 HCASC student competitors from 48 HBCUs, or “Great 48,” heading to Torrance to compete in the 2012 games, hail from HBCUs located in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, South Carolina, Delaware, Florida, Tennessee, Louisiana, New York, Kentucky, Missouri, Maryland, Oklahoma, Virginia, Texas, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
The competitors will be split into eight divisions and will compete in a modified round robin-format. The top two teams from each division will advance to the “Sweet 16” and compete in a single elimination playoff. The final two teams that emerge from the playoffs will battle for the title of National Champions and the grand prize of $50,000.
The 23rd annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge will take place this year at the corporate headquarters of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in Torrance, CA. Moving from its previous location in Orlando, Fla. this will be the first time the event is held in the Los Angeles area on the campus of Honda, the event’s sole corporate sponsor. Honda hopes to introduce students to many career opportunities available in the automotive industry.
HCASC is one of Honda’s largest and longest running philanthropic initiatives in the United States. Throughout its 22-year tenure, the program has touched over 50,000 students and awarded more than $6 million in grants. In addition to providing students a venue for friendly competition, the program encourages relationship building, intellectual excellence, and the development of values that define good character.
Artis Collins, the team captain, stated, “I have great expectations for this year’s team. We have stood strong and faced adversity in the past and I know we will do the same again.”
Paine College has a total of 12 students in the Honda Club. Out of those twelve, four have been selected to compete in the 2012 HCASC.
1. Alberto Argumedo – Sophomore, Presidential Scholar, Math Major, 1st year Player
2. Adisa Ambrose – Freshmen, Biology Major, 1st year Player
3. Artis Collins III - Senior, English Major, 3rd year Player
4. Fatima Ojeda-Rojas – Freshman, Presidential Scholar, Management Information Systems Major, 1st year Player
“In 1989, the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge was created to highlight the great minds and talent present at our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” said Steve Morikawa, Assistant Vice President of Corporate Community Relations at American Honda Motor Company, Inc. “Today, 23 years later, we at Honda are proud to still be a part of HCASC as it continues to exemplify HBCUs’ academic excellence, enrich our nations’ youth m and invest in one of the country’s largest pipelines for professional, artistic, and academic talent. We hope that by hosting the students on the campus of our national headquarters we can expose and hopefully inspire them to consider a career in the automotive industry.”
For more information on the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge and a list of the 48 participating HBCUs please visit: http://www.hcasc.com/nct12/great48.asp.
HCASC Electronic Media Kit: http://www.epkling.com/hondaallstar/
HCASC on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HCASC
HCASC on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/hcasc
Front row: Derric Miller, Fatima Rojas, Sherita Walker and Sharifah Williams.
Back Row: Uzetta Gresham, Dr. Andre Key, Alberto Argumedo, Adisa Ambrose, Matthew Crawford; Not pictured, Artis Collins (team captain), Ryan Davis, and Winfield Odom.
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| 01/10/2012 09:52 AM
(Augusta, GA) – The 2012 Conference on the Black Experience will explore and celebrate contributions to the amalgam of history in the Americas, in particular North America, made by women of African Ancestry. Conference participants will examine the critical roles played by Africana women and how these roles have shaped [and continue to shape] the characteristic spirit of American culture.
Paine College’s first Conference on the Black Experience was held in February 1981. The project was conceptualized by former professor Dr. Leslie J. Pollard. The conference is designed to examine the historic and cultural experiences of Black people throughout the Diaspora and the resultant actions and reactions.The conference will be held on the campus of historic Paine College from February 6-9, 2012.
About Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall
Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall will be the keynote speaker for the Conference on the Black Experience. Guy-Sheftall was recently named the president of the National Women's Studies Association, a professional organization that is "dedicated to leading the field of women's studies, as well as its teaching, learning, research, and service wherever they be found." Guy-Sheftall is the founding director of the Spelman College Women’s Research and Resource Center and the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies. She has published a number of texts within African American and Women’s Studies which have been noted as seminal works by other scholars, including the first anthology on Black women’s literature, Sturdy Black Bridges: Visions of Black Women in Literature (Doubleday, 1980), which she coedited with Roseann P. Bell and Bettye Parker Smith; her dissertation, Daughters of Sorrow: Attitudes Toward Black Women, 1880-1920 (Carlson, 1991); Words of Fire: An Anthology of African American Feminist Thought (New Press, 1995); and an anthology she co-edited with Rudolph Byrd entitled Traps: African American Men on Gender and Sexuality (Indiana University Press, 2001). Her most recent publication is a book coauthored with Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women’s Equality in African American Communities (Random House, 2003). In 1983 she became founding co-editor of Sage: A Scholarly Journal of Black Women, devoted exclusively to the experiences of women of African descent.
Conference Panel Sessions will feature independent scholars, professors, graduate and undergraduate students in a variety of topical areas of women’s contributions in North America across discipline areas.
For additional information and schedules, contact the School of Arts and Sciences at 706-821- 8326 or visit the website and click on Conference on the Black Experience at http://www.paine.edu/cobe.
| 04/19/2010 12:13 PM
By Helene Carter
Augusta, GA- Athletic Director, Coach Ronnie Spry, announced today that Coach Willie Adams will lead the Lady Lions Basketball team. Coach Adams brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in his 14th year at Paine College where he previously served as the assistant basketball coach for the Lions and steered the women’s cross country and track team for over 12 years.
Coach Spry commented, “Adams was an outstanding basketball player and all-around athlete while a student at Paine College. A natural leader, he served as Team Captain and was a member of the Lions Championship team and later garnered the Most Improved Player Award. His expertise, experience and being familiar with our athletic program will help him to do an outstanding job.”
“I am truly excited to be a part of the Paine College legacy where there is an exceptional basketball history,” said Adams. “It is my desire to continue to build winning teams on and off the court that will compete successfully in the athletic and academic arenas.”
During his tenure, Adams guided the women’s cross country program from 3rd place in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) to 2nd place in 2004. He coached several players to the All-Conference Team in Cross Country and track & field for several consecutive years. In 1998, Adams coached freshman Samantha Daniels to the All-Conference team in cross country, and in 1999, Melissa Calhoun to the All-Conference Awards; and Casheba Ellis All-Conference in 2009.
In 2000 through 2002, Adams coached Clensy Warren (Javelin); LaTasha Russell (Discus); and the 4 X 100 Relay and 4 X 400 Relay teams to All-Conference awards in track and field. He also coached Savoyia Baerrett to a Conference Championship in the Javelin (2005-2006) and Lakeisha Bell four straight years to the High Jump Championship (2006-2009). In 1999 and 2002, Adams played an integral role in assisting the Men’s Basketball Championship teams.
A native of Brunswick, Georgia, Adams was an outstanding athlete at Brunswick High School where he lettered four years in basketball and football. While at Brunswick High School, he also played baseball. After graduating from high school, Adams attended Lake City Community College, Lake City, Florida; and later transferred to Paine College where he played basketball from 1992-1994.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with an Emphasis in Criminology from Paine College in 1996 and a Masters of Education Degree from Troy University in 2005. Adams is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Black Coaches and Administrators Association. He is married to CeKisha Adams.
For more information, contact Natasha Carter, Director of Communications and Marketing – Ncarter@paine.edu.
| 04/6/2010 08:22 AM
Dr. Brian Johnson will serve as keynote speaker for Paine College's Honors Day Convocation on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.
Johnson is Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Austin Peay State University. He has formerly served as a Chief of Staff, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of English (Johnson C. Smith University), founding Director of the Jonathan Jasper Wright Institute for the Study of African American History, Culture and Policy and Associate Professor of English (Claflin University), Director of the Ronald McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (The University of South Carolina) and Associate Director of Freshman English/Composition (The University of South Carolina).
Johnson is also the editor and author of two books on W.E.B. Du Bois, W.E.B. Du Bois: Toward Agnosticism (New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2008) and (ed) Du Bois on Reform: Periodical-based Leadership for African Americans (New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2005), and an institutional history at his alma mater, The Yancy Years: the Age of Infrastructure, Technology and Restoration. Moreover, he is an editor of four volumes in American History in the Conflicts in American History series published with Facts on File in 2010: Volume 3: Civil War, Volume 4: Reconstruction, Volume 7: The Long Civil Rights Movement and Volume 8: Towards the Next American Century.
Among several academic awards, he has received a (2008) UNCF/ Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Research Fellowship (Undergraduate Research Mentor), a (2007) Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship Award (Claflin University), a (2007) Woodrow Wilson/Career Enhancement Fellowship, an appointment as a (2006-2007) Civic Engagement Scholar, The J. McDonald Williams Institute (Dallas, Texas), a (2005-2007) Lilly Foundation/Center for Christian Studies Fellowship (Gordon College) , a (2004-2005) non-resident fellowship within the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African/African American Studies (Harvard University), a (2001) Black Faculty and Staff Association—Excellence in Academics and Service Award—(The University of South Carolina) and an UNCF/Andrew W. Mellon Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Johnson is married to Shemeka Barnes Johnson, and they have two sons, Brian Asa Johnson and Nathan Morgan Qodesh Johnson.
For more information, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu.
| 03/26/2010 13:40 PM
Augusta, GA- The Michael Baisden One Million Mentors Tour bus will arrive in Augusta, Georgia on March 30, 2010. The first stop is Paine College for the Michael Baisden One Million Mentors Tour Town Hall Meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.
For 2010, The Michael Baisden Foundation's focus is mentoring, which birthed the One Million Mentors Campaign to Save Our Kids Tour. Baisden will travel to over 70 markets nationwide to help in this endeavor. He has committed $5,000 to each of his markets and is challenging his listeners in each market to match or beat his contribution. The goal is to inspire one million caring adults to become responsible mentors.
During the town hall meeting Baisden will hear from members of the Augusta Community like Dr. Dana Bedden, Superintendent of Richmond County Schools, Steven Kendrick, Youth Leadership Richmond County, Lt. Scott Pebbles, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Louis Walter of Youth Challenge Academy, Jerry Smith of Dads In Action and Dr. Doris Mulden Hickson, principal of Midland Valley High School.
Clear Channel Radio and several groups and organizations throughout the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) are joining forces to assist Baisden in saving our kids. The tour is sponsored in part by Paine College, Richmond County School System, The City of Augusta, Augusta Partnership for Children, Inc., Augusta Recreation & Parks and Real McCoy Brokerage Company, LLC.
According to the Foundation, three million young people are currently benefiting from the guidance of caring adult mentors and with the combined efforts of the mentoring organizations and campaigns like this the mentoring gap can be closed so that the 15 million children who currently need mentors also can benefit from caring mentors. There are currently about 4,600 mentoring programs in the national network of Mentoring Partnerships.
Augusta's featured mentoring programs include: 100 Black Men of Augusta, Boys & Girls Clubs of Augusta, P.A.I.N.E. Brother to brother mentoring program, Dads in Action, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Delta Academy, Good Hope Baptist Church Boy Scouts, MACH Academy, Inc., Positive Boys Positive Men, and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Rhoer.
For more information on the tour visit the One Million Mentors website at: http://onemillionmentors.com or The Paine College Office of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu.
| 03/2/2010 07:36 AM
Stanley D. Singleton, Associate Director of General Education Development Center at Paine College was honored at the 29th Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience as an Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate. Singleton was one of nine to receive the honor.
Singleton was recognized because he demonstrates excellence as an educator and scholar, genuine concern for students, and displays the value of helping students to not only become acclimated to Paine College, but a deep commitment to ensuring first-year students leave with a completed degree.
He empowers each new student at the beginning of his or her educational journey as an academic advisor, counselor, and supporter. He engages students by being accessible, expressing genuine concern, incomparable energy, and a dynamic sense of humor. He gets close enough to students to both hear and understand what they are saying, but is removed enough to help them conceptualize the value of their experiences during their first year.
As a champion of first-year students, Singleton shows great enthusiasm and strong commitment to student success. He carries out his role with perseverance and dedication, and is admired by students and staff alike.
“GEDC and First Year Transitional programs are critical to a first year student because they provide students with their first glimpse of their personal higher education experience. The first six weeks of a student’s undergraduate career are vital and usually determine whether a student remains at an institution. When I reflect upon my first six weeks of college, I remember the best times and most significant growth in my life. I would like to think that I am helping students at Paine to create those same (if not better) memories,” Singleton said.
The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition has as its mission to support and advance efforts to improve student learning and transitions into and through higher education.
The center achieves this mission by providing opportunities for the exchange of practical, theory-based information and ideas through the convening of conferences, teleconferences, institutes, and workshops; publishing monographs, a peer-reviewed journal, an electronic newsletter, guides, and books; generating and supporting research and scholarship; hosting visiting scholars; and administering a web site and listservs.
| 02/13/2010 02:24 AM
Due to the inclement weather conditions in the Central Savannah River Area, the Paine College Homecoming Parade scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, February 13, 2010 will be canceled.
The following Homecoming events are still scheduled for the weekend. Please see the list of the following events:
Paine College Athletic Hall of Fame Breakfast-- 8a.m. at the Candler Memorial Library Building
Paine College Homecoming Game--2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the T.W. Josey High School Gymnasium
Paine College Greek Step Show -- 8 p.m. at the Randall Carter Gymnasium
Paine College Homecoming Alumni Party --10 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel & Suites
Tickets can be purchased at entrance of each event.
Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!
For more information please contact The Office of Communications and Marketing at (676) 215-8576.
| 02/12/2010 04:55 AM
(AUGUSTA, GA) – Paine College is proud to announce that Rick Wade, Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Commerce will deliver the keynote address for the 128th Founders’ Day Convocation on Friday, February 12, 2010. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. A large turnout is expected as many will gather to celebrate the founding of the institution during the Homecoming weekend.
About Rick Wade
As a senior aide to Secretary Gary Locke, Mr. Wade has a hand in all major policy and personnel decisions at the Commerce Department.
Mr. Wade helps to manage the Commerce Department’s annual budgets, including the budgets for all 12 of the Commerce Department’s divisions; develop the creation of new regulations that impact Commerce Department activities; and promote legislative priorities on Capitol Hill.
Since joining Commerce, Mr. Wade has been a forceful advocate for the Department’s priorities at many domestic and international forums including the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade and the African Growth and Opportunity Act Forum.
Additionally, Mr. Wade works closely with the White House to ensure President Obama’s economic program is implemented by Commerce Department initiatives.
Prior to his appointment at the Commerce Department, Mr. Wade was a key advisor to the Obama for America presidential campaign in the early primary states of Iowa and South Carolina, and Mr. Wade successfully directed the campaign’s effort to mobilize unprecedented numbers of African American voters across the country. After the successful 2008 election, Mr. Wade served as a senior advisor to the Presidential Transition Team.
Mr. Wade is a former executive at Palmetto GBA, a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina. Prior to working for Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Mr. Wade was a member of the Cabinet of South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges. In his cabinet post, he served as state director of the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services.
Mr. Wade has worked as a senior associate for Fowler Communications Inc. in South Carolina, and before that for Hoffman-La Roche Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was a senior government affairs manager.
A native of South Carolina, Mr. Wade began his career in the South Carolina state house where he worked as an analyst for the House Ways and Means Committee. Mr. Wade then worked for the University of South Carolina and then as Chief of Staff to the South Carolina Lieutenant Governor.
He received a B.S. from the University of South Carolina and Master of Public Administration from Harvard University, where he was also a Kennedy Fellow. He has studied at both the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia and Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.
Among his many community affiliations, Mr. Wade has served as a trustee for the Sisters of Charity Foundation, and as Chairman of the Board for the Columbia South Carolina Urban League, the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families and the USC Educational Opportunity Center.
The public is invited to attend. For additional information contact the Office of Public Relations at 706-396-7591, Ncarter@paine.edu <mailto:Ncarter@paine.edu> , or visit www.paine.edu/homecoming.
Paine College is a church-related, four-year private institution. The mission of Paine College is to provide a liberal arts education of the highest quality that emphasizes academic excellence, ethical and spiritual values, social responsibility, and personal development to prepare men and women for positions of leadership and service in the African American community, the nation, and the world. Paine College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate degrees and functions partly by the generous support of The United Methodist Church, the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and the United Negro College Fund. For additional information visit www.paine.edu.
| 01/27/2010 06:18 AM
Jim French, Savannah River Remediation (SRR) President and Project Manager, presented a $5,000 check to Dr. George C. Bradley, President of Paine College in Augusta last week. The donation will go towards the Paine College Annual Scholarship Fund (ASF) for Paine College students.
The Annual Scholarship Fund is the single most important fundraising priority of the College because it provides direct financial support to Paine College students. Scholarships are the means through which the College recruits and retains the best students. The Paine College Annual Scholarship Fund provides scholarship assistance to students based on merit and need. About 90% of students are in need of financial assistance others are eligible for federal funding, but there is still a significant unmet need. The Annual Scholarship Fund assists students in their goal of receiving a college education.
SRR is the Savannah River Site’s (SRS) Liquid Waste contractor. SRS is owned by the U.S. Department of Energy. SRR is composed of a team of companies led by URS Corp. with partners Bechtel National, CH2M Hill and Babcock & Wilcox. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, Energy Solutions and Washington Safety Management Solutions.
Photo Cutline: Jim French, Savannah River Remediation (SRR) President and Project Manager, (left) presents a $5,000 check to Dr. George C. Bradley, President of Paine College in Augusta.
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