Paine College Re-enforces New Football Program with the Hiring of Former NFL Player – Edwin Bailey

Posted by lsuggs | 08/5/2013 10:21 AM

(Augusta, GA) –Paine College officials announced today that former NFL Player, Edwin R. Bailey, joined the Paine College football program as the new Assistant Head and Offensive Line Coach.  Nicknamed “Pearl”, Bailey played 11 years as a starting left guard for the Seattle Seahawks.   A fifth-round draft choice in 1981 out of South Carolina State University, Bailey started 120 games as left guard from 1981-1991 on some of the most successful teams in NFL franchise history and helped the Seahawks advance to the playoffs four times [1983, 1984, 1987 and 1988].

Born in Savannah, Georgia Bailey caught football fever early on and while playing football at Tompkins High School, he earned the All-American and two-time First Team All-City titles (1974-1976).
Bailey played college football at South Carolina State for the late Bill Davis who later hired Bailey as a Savannah State University assistant coach.  Bailey held the position for one season and helped guide the SSU Tigers to the NCAA Division II playoffs.

Bailey returned to his Alma Mater and coached offensive line in 1999.  Later, he coached the offensive line for the XFL’s New York/New Jersey Hitmen but after the league folded, Bailey returned to college football as an assistant coach for Benedict College and Shaw University.

“We are building a winning team of coaching staff for our football program,” said Dr. George Bradley, President.  Ed Bailey has an impressive background in that he has extensive experience on a professional level, in the civic area and in higher education.  He has exhibited effective leadership, and possesses both coaching and recruiting expertise.”

Bailey was a three-time All-American and three-time All Conference Lineman during his matriculation at South Carolina State University (1977-1981) where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.  In 2004, Bailey furthered his education and went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Charter Oaks University.
Among the many accolades, Bailey was inducted into the Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame and into the South Carolina State Athletic Hall of Fame.

Bailey has devoted much of his life to mentoring young people and even held a Director of Operations position for the AMIkids Beaufort and AMIkids Savannah River Challenge in 2009-2012, and 2006-2009, respectively.  He’s worked with the mentally challenged patients and trained them with life skills.

“I am very familiar with the Augusta area because I lived here for 10 years,” said Bailey.  Already, it feels like I’ve returned ‘home’.  Augusta has a rich football tradition within the local high schools.   The return of Paine College football to Augusta will be beneficial to the quality football players that come out of this area,” said Bailey.    “I look forward to being a part of the Paine College Lion nation and fully understand the level of excellence that is expected both on and off the court.

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Photo caption: Edwin R. Bailey, new Assistant Head and Offensive Line Coach at Paine College.



Paine College to Host 5th Annual Golf Tournament

Posted by lsuggs | 08/5/2013 10:17 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Paine College and Honorary Chair, Jim Dent, Augusta native and Senior PGA Tour player, invite golfers to the 5th Annual Paine College Golf Tournament on Monday, August 26, 2013 at Gordon Lakes Golf Club in Ft. Gordon, Georgia. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and shotgun start time is 11:00 a.m. The registration fee for the tournament is $125 per individual and $375 per team. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, green fee, golf cart, brunch sponsored by Chick-Fil-A of North Augusta, SC, beverages by Augusta Coca Cola Bottling Company and 19th Hole Awards Reception sponsored by Outback Steakhouse.

Since its inception, the tournament committee has raised more than $95,000 to benefit Paine College golf program and scholarships. The generous contributions assisted with the Paine College Men’s Golf team as back-to-back Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Golf Championships in 2012 and 2013.
“My vision for this event,” stated Head Golf Coach Herman Belton, “is to increase the recognition of Paine College Athletics in addition to the members of the Golf team. They have experienced tremendous success this year as back-to-back conference champions”.

All guests and golfers will have a chance to meet members of the Paine College Men’s Golf Team and golf coach at the Awards Dinner. Sponsors for this scholarship Golf Tournament include exclusive television media partner -WJBF News Channel 6, Augusta Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Jim Hudson Lexus, Mercedes Benz of Augusta, Outback Steakhouse, Chick-Fil-A of North Augusta, and Gordon Lakes Golf Club.


Tournament Event Schedule:

 Sunday, August 25, 3013
6:00 PM – Paring Party and Silent Auction at The Legends Club with live entertainment. Complimentary for Tournament players and $25.00 for guest supporters.

 Monday, August 26, 2013
Tournament Format: Threesome Lauderdale Play – Captains Choice (A, B and C flights –1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes awarded in each flight)
8:30-10:30 AM – Registration at Gordon Lakes Golf Club
10:00 AM – Brunch sponsored by Chick-Fil-A
11:00 AM - Shotgun Start
5:00PM – 19th Hole Awards Dinner sponsored by Outback Steakhouse
For more information on registration or the 5th Annual Golf Tournament, please contact Frances Wimberly at 706.396.8171 or
For more information on Paine College, please visit or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at  (706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or


Photo caption: Paine College 5th Annual Paine College Golf Tournament scheduled for Monday, August 26, 2013 at Gordon Lakes Golf Club.



Renowned Philanthropist and Comedian, Bill Cosby, to Appear at Paine College in a Performance Dedicated to Faculty and Staff

Posted by lsuggs | 08/1/2013 09:29 AM

Dr. George C. Bradley, President, is pleased to announce that Bill Cosby, Philanthropist and Comedian, will present an hour of comedy in appreciation to Paine College faculty and staff on Sunday evening, August 11, 2013, at 5 p.m. in the HEAL Complex located on the campus.  Doors will open at 4 p.m. 

“We will celebrate the men and women of the faculty and staff who work tirelessly to contribute to the College’s success and those who facilitate the living and learning environment for our students,” said Dr. Bradley.   “Our faculty and staff are an elite and dedicated group of individuals who go beyond the ‘call of duty’ to meet the needs of our students.  This is our way of showing them how much we appreciate their commitment to Paine.”

Armed with an earned doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Bill Cosby believes that education is the key to success in life and he inspires students to pursue advanced degrees.  He reminds his audience why educators and teachers are amongst the most valued treasures for impressionable minds.  Of particular note, Mr. Cosby has an honorary doctorate degree from Paine College.

One of America’s most beloved comedians, Bill Cosby has captivated generations of fans with his comedy routines, iconic albums and best-selling books.  His comedy transcends age, gender and cultural barriers.

Although Mr. Cosby’s visit will focus on celebrating the contributions of Paine College’s esteemed faculty and staff, he will also greet the 2013 fall incoming freshman class, returning upperclassmen, alumni, friends and supporters in the Cosby vintage style.

This event is by invitation only.  For more information, please contact Helene Carter in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8323, or via email:

The College invites the media to contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.821.8322, 803.524.3195 or via email:


Photo caption: Bill Cosby is scheduled to visit Paine College on Sunday, August 11, 2013. This is an invitation only event.





Augusta UNCF Campaign to Host Scholarship Jazz Festival

Posted by lsuggs | 07/24/2013 07:47 AM

(Augusta, GA) – The Augusta United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Campaign is thrilled to announce its Inaugural Ann N. Johnson UNCF Jazz Festival, scheduled for 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 8, 2013, at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater. This historic outdoor venue is located at 1 Ninth Street in downtown Augusta, Georgia. The location of this momentous event is named in tribute of the international opera star and Augusta native, Jessye Norman.

The UNCF Jazz Festival’s chair, Ann N. Johnson, has been a community pillar within the greater Augusta area for over 40 years. Paine College, the presenting host of the festival, has always been in the heart of  
Mrs. Johnson, who has been a loyal supporter of the College a number of years.

“For 130 years, Paine has produced stellar leaders in various leadership positions and careers,” shared Mrs. Johnson. “Having served more than 35 years in higher education at Paine College, I have learned first-hand the talents and intellectual abilities of many deserving students, and the impact of receiving UNCF scholarships had on their lives”.

Paine College has been a member UNCF school for over 40 years. The UNCF is the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization. Since its founding in 1944, UNCF has raised more than $3.6 billion to help more than 400,000 students receive college degrees at UNCF-member institutions and with UNCF scholarships.

Tickets, now available for purchase, are $25 in advance and $35 on the day of the scholarship event. To purchase tickets for this event, contact Leadra Collins, Augusta UNCF Campaign Coordinator, at 706.821.8233 or

About Ann N. Johnson
Ann Nealous Johnson grew up in Martinez, Georgia, having attended Columbia County elementary public schools and graduated from Lucy Craft Laney High School.  She is a graduate of Walker Business College and Paine College, and further studied at Augusta State University.  Her early career began as Secretary for Lucy Craft Laney High School and Director of its evening school.  Later she moved to Paine College where she served in several capacities, to include Assistant to the Vice President for Fiscal Affairs, Director of Personnel, and Executive Assistant to two presidents, Dr. Julius S. Scott, Jr. and Dr. Shirley A. R. Lewis.  

While employed as Executive Assistant to the President of Paine College, Mrs. Johnson served as director of special events and chaired the Lyceum Series, where she was instrumental in bringing international opera star, Jessye Norman to the community for her Augusta inaugural concert. 
Mrs. Johnson was the lead organizer of the Paine College UNCF Jazz Festival held annually at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater over Labor Day weekend for many years, supporting scholarships for the UNCF by soliciting jazz musicians from the Augusta area to provide entertainment.  She further supported the National UNCF Scholarship Fund, Lou Rawls Parade of Stars, with annual “Ann N. Johnson & Company” fashion shows, having raised thousands of dollars over a period of 12 years. 

When Mrs. Johnson retired as the Executive Assistant to the President of Paine College in 1998, after 35 years of service, she was given a resounding send-off through the efforts of her long-time friend, international opera star and Paine College Distinguished Trustee, Jessye Norman.   To show her gratitude for Ann’s service to Paine College, she committed to perform a benefit concert in Ann’s honor, establishing the Ann N. Johnson Endowed Scholarship Fund at Paine College, now the Ann N.  & Ellis M. Johnson Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Being very community oriented, Mrs. Johnson has served on many boards, to include Sacred Heart Cultural Center, Brandon Wilde, Morris Museum of Art, and Sand Hills Neighborhood Association. While a board member of the Sand Hills Neighborhood Association, Mrs. Johnson worked untiringly to initiate the building of the Sand Hills Community Center.

Mrs. Johnson was a docent at the Morris Museum of Art and chaired the Friends of African American Art. She is a member of the Friends of Jessye Norman School of the Arts (FJNSA), and recently presented a Vintage Hat and Accessories Event to raise funds to purchase a grand piano for the FJNSA. Currently, she serves as Project Coordinator for “Purses for a Purpose,” a fundraiser to benefit the FJNSA.
Mrs. Johnson vigorously supports the Augusta Chorale and Augusta Mini Theater where she has served as a volunteer fund-raiser.  She supports the Heritage Academy and her first love, Paine College, where she serves upon  the request of various entities.  Mrs. Johnson’s involvement has touched many religious, social and community organizations through her fashion events, Ann N. Johnson & Company.

During Mrs. Johnson’s tenure as President of the Augusta Chapter of Links, Incorporated, the Links were recognized locally and nationally for purchasing, renovating, furnishing and donating a home to a homeless veteran through the Wounded Warrior Project.  

At Elim Baptist Church, Mrs. Johnson has served in many capacities. Currently she is a member of the Mission and Hospitality Ministries and the Golden Agers. She is a caring mentor to children, doling out hugs, advice and a gracious “correction” when necessary. 

Dr. George C. Bradley, President of Paine College, appointed Mrs. Johnson to his Transition Team and to chair the President’s Scholarship Gala during his inauguration, and subsequently in 2009, he presented her with the Inaugural Paine College Commitment to Excellence Award.

Touched by the loss of lives and property in Haiti during the 2010 earthquake, Mrs. Johnson volunteered to serve on the Steering Committee for the Augusta Area Churches, Colleges and Civic Organizations to raise funds for the schools and orphanages in Haiti.  In 2011 & 2012, the local contributions exceeded $100,000.

Mrs. Johnson has been the recipient of numerous awards, to include, Girl Scouts Woman of Excellence and National Association of University Women “2013 Woman of the Year.”

In the fall of 2012, Mrs. Johnson successfully organized “Sew Cool Sisters,” a project designed to mentor ‘tweens and teen girls, and teach them the basics of sewing.

Mrs. Johnson strives to do her best to impact and encourage others as she works through community and national organizations to impact issues of broader significance to humankind.

Mrs. Johnson is grateful to be supported by her loving and wonderful family, and her greatest supporter, her husband, Ellis M. Johnson.

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Photo caption: Flyer for the Inaugural Ann N. Johnson UNCF Jazz Festival.


Paine College Forms Police Department

Posted by lsuggs | 07/19/2013 11:31 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Dr. George C. Bradley, Paine College president, is pleased to announce its Campus Safety Department transition to the Paine College Police Department.

Dr. George C. Bradley stated, “Our students’ safety is priority. The Paine College Police Department will act as a deterrence to individuals who will want to impede instruction in our educational environment”.

Since his arrival, Chief Joseph Nelson, a 2010 graduate of the Georgia Chief of Police Academy and former Chief of Police of Thomson, Georgia, has increased the number of certified police officers at the College to seven, bringing the Department’s staff to a total of thirteen. In addition, Chief Nelson is certified in the State of Georgia in the following areas: Criminal Investigation, Criminal Procedures, Crime Scene Technician, Interviews and Interrogation.

The Paine College Police Department (PCPD) now has total arrest authority in the State of Georgia. The College has also been approved and granted an Originating Agency Identifier (ORI) number, assigned by the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services to criminal justice agencies. The ORI is used to identify the agency, in this case the PCPD, in transactions on the state’s database or in criminal history source document submissions. In addition, it is used to validate criminal history record requests and route criminal history record responses.

The College is in the final stages of the transition.  Brandon Brown, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, commented, “Our new Chief has successfully put together the resources to allow the College to transition from Campus Safety to a Police Department”.

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Photo caption: Paine College Chief Nelson, Chief of the Paine College Police Department.



Paine College Mourns the Loss of Faculty Member, the Rev. Dr. Jeffery R. Thomas ‘01

Posted by lsuggs | 07/11/2013 04:52 AM

By Helene T. Carter 

(Augusta, GA) -“Indeed, this is a sad day in the life of the Paine College community,” said President George C. Bradley as he reflected on the passing of Rev. Dr. Jeffery R. Thomas, Assistant Professor of Religion.  “Dr. Thomas fervently served the students in a professional and kind manner.  He will be missed by all of us and by the students whose lives he touched.”

As Dr. Thomas rendered service to the students of Paine College, he also faithfully served as Pastor for Trinity CME Church in Augusta, Georgia.  Although his tenure was short, his ministry impacted the lives of many.

“The Paine College and CME Church communities have suffered a great loss,” commented Brandon P. Brown, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. Vice President Brown and Rev. Thomas shared a common bond as they are both graduates of Paine College and were selected to serve as national ambassadors for the Black College Fund in the Lina McCord Internship program.  They traveled extensively throughout the country and abroad and served as advocates for the United Methodist Church and higher education.

Dr. Thomas graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Religion from Paine College in 2001.  While at Paine, Dr. Thomas earned prestigious fellowships and became a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Fellow, Fund for Theological Education Undergraduate Fellow and an Andrew W. Mellon Social Science Research Council Fellow.  Dr. Thomas also received numerous awards that included being named the UNCF Pre-Alumni Council Male of the Year (2000).  He was inducted into the Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society; named to the National Dean’s List; and received the Paine College Distinguished Recognition Award.

In 2001, Dr. Thomas received a Presidential Scholarship to attend the Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California where he earned a Master of Divinity degree.  During graduation ceremonies he was honored with the Church of the Good Shepherd Preaching Award and the Edwin and Frances Witman Pastoral Care Award.  After receiving his Master of Divinity degree, Dr. Thomas received another Presidential Scholarship from the Claremont School of Theology to pursue a Ph.D.  He then earned a Master of Arts degree and completed a two-year clinical residency at the Clinebell Institute for Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy.  

In 2009, he completed all requirements for the Ph.D.  His dissertation was titled: The Liberative-Prophetic: A Socio-Theological and Psychospiritual Analysis of Skid Row, Los Angeles.  Dr. Thomas was awarded the Ph.D. in Theology and Personality with an emphasis in pastoral counseling and psychotherapy.  During the graduation ceremony, he was awarded the highest academic award given by the school: The President’s Award for Academic Excellence.  In 2010, Dr. Thomas was invited to teach an adjunct class on Social Conflict and Ministries of Care at Claremont.

Dr. Thomas was licensed to preach the gospel in 1995, ordained in 2002 and became an elder in 2006 in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.  He served in various capacities of numerous churches including the Raise Bridge CME Church in Waynesboro, GA; Westwood United Methodist Church, of Los Angeles, CA and the Holman United Methodist Church, also of Los Angeles.  He also served as the Senior Pastor of the Central City Community Church in Skid Row, Los Angeles in the epicenter of America’s largest homeless population.  He and the church were featured on the nationally syndicated television show The American Bible Society Presents.  His work also can be seen in, Skid Row: God, by Sam Slovick; Finding God in the City of Angels, produced by the Institute for Signifying Scriptures at Claremont Graduate University; the upcoming documentary movie, Lost Angels, produced by Big Time Productions and the CBS Television show The Bold and the Beautiful.  His ministry also was featured in the Los Angeles Sentinel, the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Downtown News. 

Dr. Thomas possessed a reservoir of knowledge that was shared with his students and all who were touched by him.  He lived his passion to empower the underserved and marginalized individuals and worked tirelessly to help families to become self-sufficient, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually whole.

The Paine College community extends heartfelt condolences to the family of Dr. Thomas.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Trinity C.M.E. Church located at 2930 Glenn Hills Drive, Augusta, GA 30906.


Photo caption: Rev. Dr. Jeffery R. Thomas, Assistant Professor of Religion at Paine College.





Paine College TREES Program Continues To See Success in Fourth Year

Posted by lsuggs | 06/28/2013 14:15 PM

(Augusta, GA) – In its fourth year of existence, the Paine College Training & Research Experiences in Environmental Science (TREES) program exposes students to the STEM disciplines, enhances their written and oral communication skills and reinforces essential skills necessary for pursuing a STEM major in college. “This program is a bridge between STEM career opportunities and talented students within communities not traditionally targeted,” said Dr. Lawanda Cummings, who serves as the program’s director. The Cummings also noted 90% of the program participants returned from the prior year.

Steve Swenson has been an instructor for the program since its inception.  “It has been a wonderful opportunity to see groups of students from middle and high school to take challenges and difference experiences. They put in long days. It is very hard work”.  Swenson has been teaching for 39 years and is currently a science teacher at Alleluia Community School of Augusta.

Swenson also shared, “Overall, by the time we complete the program participants gain a lot from the experience.  I want the students to walk away feeling challenged and ‘stretched’”.
Each of the TREES 45 participants are residents of the campus for six weeks and attend challenging courses in the areas of STEM. Course work includes Environmental Biology, Environmental Chemistry, Quantitative Analysis, Environmental Research, and Communication Skills/Technical Writing.

Daryl Littles, a rising senior at Cross Creek High School and program participant said, “This is my third year. The math and science work help me in school. I get a head start here”.

Darius Johnson, of Cherokee County is also a rising senior at Sequoyah High School. “The program has awakened me of environmental issues, such as the negative effects of water bottles”, shared Johnson.

The TREES program will host its Awards Ceremony on Thursday, July 12, 2013 on the campus of Paine College.

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Photo caption: TREES program participant, Syeda Coleman, a sophomore at Davidson Fine Arts School, a magnet school of Augusta, conducting research during a lab session.


Paine College Professor Provides Free Chemistry Camp to CSRA Youth

Posted by lsuggs | 06/28/2013 14:13 PM

(AUGUSTA, GA)-- Dr. Sardar Yousufzai, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Physics & Environmental Sciences offered a free six-week chemistry course for middle and high students which will conclude on July 18, 2013.

Carmen Williams, mother of Jada Williams a rising freshman at Richmond Academy within their IB program, heard about the program through a friend. “I wanted to get my daughter keep her busy and I decided to attend as well. I would like to have her involved in the program next year”.

“This class has really helped me with the periodic table and different areas of science,” said Jada.

Another parent, Maggie Talbert of North Augusta, South Carolina and her son Moses are both first year participants of the program. “It has been very exciting and I am enjoying it,” said Moses, who will be a freshman at Fox Creek High School in the fall. His mother, Maggie, explained that she will be able to assist her son with his course work with the help of this program that has “refreshed” her understanding of chemistry.

 The free six-week, one -hour course covered the basic concept of Chemistry through instruction and demonstration. The course’s primary goal was to prepare students with basic knowledge for science courses. The course took place on the Paine College campus in Haygood Holsey Hall. Students met Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

“It is something I wanted to do in order to help youth prepare for chemistry in middle and high school,” Yousufzai said. “I have been holding this free Summer Chemistry course for six years. I have 63 students this year.”

The professor utilizes the assistance of two volunteers, Michael Nora and Jerome Brown of Thomson, Georgia. Brown attends Georgia College and State University and majors in Middle Grades education. Nora is from Aiken, South Carolina and attends University of South Carolina to study Pre-Pharmacy.

Yousufzai’s program is funded by a small fee per family for students to participate.  At the end of the program, the students receive awards and a shirt upon their successful completion of the course.

Yousufzai’s educational background consists of a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (1967; Agra University India), a Master’s of Science in Microbiology (major) and Organic Chemistry (minor) in 1971 (Panthnagar University, India), a Masters of Philosophy in Biochemistry (1975; Aligarh University, India) and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry (1978; Aligar University, India).

His research experience includes serving as a Post-Doctoral Fellow (Department of Physiology and Department of Nutrition, University of Wisconsin, 1978-1982), a Research Assistant Scientist (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Medical College of Georgia, 1982-1990), and an Assistant Professor (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Medical College of Georgia, 1991-2000).

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Photo caption: Dr. Yousufzai giving demonstration in Free Summer Chemistry Course 2013.


Math and Science Improvement Program for High School Graduates Excels

Posted by lsuggs | 06/28/2013 14:04 PM

(Augusta, GA) – Paine College’s free Math and Science Improvement Program, offered to high school graduates and college transfers, will soon conclude. The program began on June 2, 2013 and is in its second year of existence at the College. Funded for three years by the U.S. Department of Education, the program gives participants a great opportunity to receive a stipend as well as earn three credit hours of college algebra.

“A lot of students struggle with the basic parts of algebra,” said Cordaryl Middleton, one of the three math instructors in the program, “I think it should be required for all incoming freshmen to participate in this program. The program is beneficial to students prior to entering college”.

The five week residential academic program focuses on mathematical reasoning and problem solving in addition to the integration of science into mathematical concepts. The course also enhances algebraic skills, development of technological skills and personal development.

Jaslyn Parks, a junior Biology major of Soperton, Georgia, is a first year mentor for the Math and Science Improvement Program. “My experience with this program has been very liberating,” she said. “The students are engaged in the program and ready to enter college in the fall”.

This year, the program has approximately 70 participants, twice as many as the prior year. Jonesboro High School student Patrick Petty explains, “I do feel that this course is preparing me for college”. Another program participant, Alexis Teague of Riverwood High School located in Atlanta, Georgia explained, “I enjoy learning math, but chemistry is a little more difficult for me so I have been getting help in that area”.

The program’s closing awards ceremony will take place at noon on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 in the Candler Memorial Library Building.

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Photo caption: Jaslyn Parks, Paine College junior and one of several program mentors, assists students with coursework.



Rising Senior Earns Public Relations Internship with National HBCU Network

Posted by lsuggs | 06/26/2013 05:53 AM

(Augusta, GA) – “I want my ideas to be heard,” stated rising senior Fantasia Harvey.  The Brooklyn, New York native has earned a summer internship position with HBCULink UP, a national online network focused on providing information and educational opportunities for Junior High, High School and College.  HBCU Link Up also provides corporations the opportunity to offer career openings for all students.

Harvey began her collegiate career at Paine College in Augusta 2010 and has been quite a busy student.  The Media Studies major with an emphasis on Public Relations serves as the Student Government Association 1st Vice President for the 2013-2014 school year.  Harvey also lends her time as a Student Ambassador, Communications Association member and Resident Hall Assistant.

“When I received the information on this summer internship opportunity, I immediately applied.  The president of HBCU Link Up accepted my application. I then had to write a sample blog article in regards to ‘Why I want to work in Public Relations’,” said Harvey. She was then quickly contacted for an interview and learned of her new position within a week.

Harvey participated in a week long orientation in preparation for her Public Relations position at HBCU Link Up, where she will be writing articles and conducting research on possible stories for the networking website. “This is a great opportunity for me to network because I never know where this can take me and what doors can open for me,” said Harvey.

Harvey is a strong believer that one must "…be happy about what you have. Be excited about what you want. The mystery of life is not a problem to be is a reality to be experienced"


For information on HBCULinkUp, please visit

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(706) 821.8322, (803) 524.3195.


Photo caption: Rising Paine College senior Fantasia Harvey.