| 12/6/2013 05:06 AM
(Augusta, GA) – Dr. George C. Bradley and the Paine College Community mourns the death of human rights activist Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black President. Mandela died at his home in Johannesburg on December 5, 2013, at age 95.
Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, in Mveso, Transkei, South Africa. Becoming actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his 20s, Mandela joined the African National Congress in 1942. For 20 years, he directed a campaign of peaceful, non-violent defiance against the South African government and its racist policies.
In 1993, Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to dismantle the country's apartheid system. In 1994, Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa's first black president. In 2009, July 18th, was declared Mandela Day to promote global peace and celebrate the South African leader's legacy.
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Photo caption: Nelson Mandela, dies at the age of 95.
| 11/22/2013 06:41 AM
(Augusta, GA) – The Rosa T. Beard Debutante Club for Girls will celebrate fifty years of service to the CSRA Community on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Saint Paul’s Church located at 605 Reynolds Street in downtown Augusta, Georgia. The celebration is scheduled to begin at 7 PM in the River Room of the venue.
Rosa T. Beard, a Paine College 1942 graduate, was an educator in the Richmond County Public Schools, founder of the Rocket Club and the Rosa T. Beard Debutant Club for Girls. Her life spanned over ninety years with seventy of them actively engaged in making a difference in the lives of young people and in the Augusta community.
The 15th Street Bridge, which holds Beard’s name, was chosen because it was a bridge that Beard traveled for decades. It was in close proximity to her residence, T.W. Josey High School, Paine College, and Shiloh Community Center all, which she spent numerous hours of service.
Beard has been recognized for her service to youth in general, young women in particular and a committed service to the CSRA community and she does so with love, care and the most humble spirit. She is the recipient of the “Dream Keeper Award, the NAACP Presidential Service Award, the "key to the city of Augusta" presented in 2006 by Deke Copenhaver, mayor of Augusta and WRDW -News 12 recognized her for their “Making a Difference” feature. The City of Augusta recognized her with a proclamation for her dedication as a community servant.
Beard was an active and dedicated member of the Paine College National Alumni Association and the Augusta Paine College Alumni Chapter, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a member of the Board of Directors of Shiloh Community Center and Antioch Baptist Church.
Paine College would like to congratulate the Rosa T. Beard Debutante Club for Girls as they reach fifty years of grace and selflessness, as they honor the memory its founder, Rosa T. Beard.
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Photo caption: Rosa T. Beard, Paine College 1942 graduate and founder of the Rosa T. Beard Debutante Club for Girls, established in 1963.
| 11/19/2013 04:18 AM
(Augusta, GA) –Paine College’s Dr. Edem Tetteh, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Math, Sciences, and Technology was recently awarded a grant by Georgia’s leading natural gas provider, Georgia Natural Gas®. Tetteh was honored during the organization’s TrueBlue Community Awards along with 13 Georgia nonprofit organizations.
“On behalf of Paine College,” Tetteh shared, “It is such an honor to be recognized as one of the recipients of the Georgia Natural Gas Community award this year".
Tetteh explained with this award, a service learning program will be designed for Paine College students focusing on energy management.
The students will use the houses of elderly citizens and residents below the poverty line in Augusta as laboratories to learn new methodologies in energy efficiency assessment and waste remediation. “This will be a win-win situation for the students to learn energy, the homeowners to have their houses to be energy efficient” said Tetteh.
All thirteen of the award-winning nonprofit organizations exemplify GNG's commitment and support for children and education, seniors, energy assistance, and environmental sustainability in Georgia. This is the third year for GNG's TrueBlue Community Awards.
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Photo caption: Dr. Edem Tetteh, recent Georgia Natural Gas® TrueBlue Community Award recipient.
| 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: Helene.Carter@paine.edu.
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: Lsuggs@paine.edu.
Photo caption: Bill Cosby is scheduled to visit Paine College on Sunday, August 11, 2013. This is an invitation only event.
| 05/10/2013 08:54 AM
Dear Paine College Alumni and Friends,
Many students who are brilliant and want to have higher education have to depend on scholarships to make their dreams of higher education come true. In this letter, I appeal to you on behalf of many students who need scholarships in order to acquire a higher education.
It is a great honor to be a part of this wonderful cause for Paine College National Alumni Association. I have long believed that all students should have the opportunity to attend college. Having supported my nephews in their journeys through college, I know that it was an unspeakable rewarding experience to see them reach their goals during and after college. However, this is not the case for all students. There are many young adults with bright futures who are unable to attend college simply because they cannot afford the tuition.
That is why I am making a personal effort to support the Paine College National Alumni Association in raising money for the Paine College Scholarship Fund, by being a part of this spectacular event that will take place on Saturday, June 1, 2013, 7:00 p.m., at the Saint Phillips AME Church in Decatur, Georgia.
Please join me in my efforts to support higher education through your participation and sponsorship of this event. I look forward to greeting you during a reception before the Concert and seeing each and every one of you there! Even if you are unable to attend, please contribute to this event to fulfill many dreams to come true through education.
God Bless and see you there,
For more information and to purchase tickets for the PCNAA GospelFEST featuring Dottie Peoples, please visit www.pcnaa.com or call 404.626.4790.
| 02/22/2013 10:49 AM
Augusta, GA- The Paine College Department of Athletics will honor senior basketball players during Senior Day, Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the HEAL Complex. The game which matches the Tigers of Benedict College against the Paine College Lions will serve as the final home basketball game for the 2012-2013 season.
The game tips-off at 1PM, as the Lady Lions and Lady Tigers take to the court.
The seniors, Allen Young, Autis Gibson, Jared Moore, Kiara Farley, and Mario Jordan will be honored between the women’s and men’s game, and the Lions and Tigers will jump-ball immediately after the recognition.
“Our senior student-athletes will perform in the final home game of their collegiate careers, so we just want to offer a small token of our appreciation for all of their hard work on and off the court” said Tim Duncan, Director of Athletics.
Tickets for contest are $10.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors and youth, and Paine College students with valid I.D. free.
For more information on the 2012-13 Paine College Lions basketball campaign, visit www.paineathletics.com
| 10/3/2012 05:44 AM
(Augusta, GA) – Paine College will host singer, Janelle Monáe on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 1:3o p.m. at the Peters Campus Center. Monáe will appear to encourage voting among students for the 2012 presidential election in November.
Student groups at Paine have rallied together to celebrate “National Student Day, which is a day promoting student volunteerism and social responsibility through a variety of events. The Paine College Student Government Association, Wesley Fellowship, LIONS Activity Board and Greek organizations have hosted voter registration drives since August to ensure all students, faculty and staff exercise their rights in November. “Exercising our right to vote is extremely important,” said Keyla Connie, president of Wesley Fellowship. “We appreciate celebrities like Janelle Monáe lending her support towards events like this to uplift the importance of voting.”
About Janelle Monáe
Four decades of funk and soul explode as hot new singer, Monáe joins forces with Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley, pivotal members of James Brown’s band in the 1960s and 1970s. Janelle Monáe has been called a super-musical cross between James Brown, Judy Garland, Andre 3000 and Steve Jobs.
Monáe burst on the music scene in 2010 with her recording The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III), a concept album about a messianic figure in an android community. It received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album with the song "Tightrope" nominated for Best Urban/Alternative Performance. Last year, Monáe performed at the Grammy ceremony and this spring appeared at the White House – First Lady Michelle Obama is a fan and uses her music as part of her workout. A key member of her band is guitarist Kellindo Parker, nephew of legendary saxophonist Maceo Parker.
Monáe is set to perform at the Westobou Festival in Augusta on Oct. 4, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.
For more information contact, Natasha Carter, Director of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu.
Photo caption: Janelle Monáe
| 09/27/2012 06:51 AM
(Augusta, GA)- Paine College will host its annual PaineFest event, October 20, 2012 on the campus of Paine College from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The eagerly anticipated PaineFest is an annual community event that occurs during the month of October. PaineFest is designed to bring people together of all ages and backgrounds to engage in activities that connect the Paine College community with the broader community through its core values of excellence, appreciation of heritage, integrity, fiscal responsibility and service. This year’s theme is “Going from Good to Great in the Community”.
Last year, the event attracted more than 1,500 visitors. This year the College expects a much larger crowd. "The institution wants to go from good to great in the community. We want to be good neighbors,” said Brandon Brown, vice president of Institutional Advancement. “Events such as this allow us to share with the community the direction that Paine College is moving.”
All PaineFest events are designed for the CSRA community to enjoy. Admission is FREE and open to the public. The College has teamed up with several churches, schools and community groups to plan events that will be fun and enlightening. The community is invited the to register for the Stage Performances, which will feature performances from aspiring dancers, singers, and choirs. Local cooks and restaurants can register and compete in Bubba’s Great BBQ Cook-Off Competition.
Everyone is encouraged to bring their families to enjoy the free festivities.
Children can look forward to the Children’s Art Village, which will include face-painting, arts and crafts, sing-a-longs, inflatable and much more. Adults can enjoy food court, vendors’ court, art exhibition and book signings by Georgia and South Carolina Authors.
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE PAINE COLLEGE CAMPUS.
Please visit www.paine.edu/PAINEFEST for additional information.
To register for the Great BBQ Cook-Off, Stage Performances or to become a vendor call (706) 821-8322. For more information, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu.
Download the PaineFest 2012 event schedule here.
| 09/18/2012 07:46 AM
(Augusta, GA) – Famed Artist, Lonnie Holley will appear at Paine College for a lecture, performance and sculpture unveiling. Paine College is excited to receive Holley, as keynote speaker of the “Assembly on the Arts”, Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.
Westobou Festival is pleased to announce the reception and dedication of work by Holley on Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at Collins-Callaway Library followed by a 5:00p.m. performance in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel at Paine College.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Holley has been working on several projects in the Atlanta area, including a recently installed sculpture for the Beltline entitled "Hands Along the Rail" and a record to be released this winter under the Dust-to-Digital label.
Holley’s artwork provides the viewer with a contemporary link to the traditional art-making of Southern African-Americans. His sculpture, in particular, emerges out of the found-object tradition, the practice of re-working everyday materials or cast-offs into metaphorical messages, silently shared amongst members of the community. Holley’s works are witnesses to the complex social history of the South, telling the stories of individual lives, including his own, that would otherwise be lost to indifference.
Holley’s work is in the permanent collections of the High Museum of Art, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Milwaukee Art Museum, and many others.
All events are FREE and open to the public.
This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Souls Grown Deep Foundation. For more information, please contact the Westobou Festival, www.westoboufestival.com, 706-755-2878 or Natasha Carter, Director of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu.
Photo caption: Lonnie Holley
| 09/17/2012 07:16 AM
The Paine College community is mourning the loss of legendary former coach David Dupree who passed away Wednesday, September 12th. His life was celebrated during funeral services held at Tabernacle Baptist church this morning with hundreds of Coach Dupree’s former students, Paine Alums and friends in attendance.
“Coach Dupree was responsible for reviving the Track and Field and Cross County programs at Paine College in 1985,” said Coach Willie Adams who was mentored by Coach Dupree. “He said Coaching was hard work and sacrifice, you had to be dedicated and have a love for helping the students and players to reach their goals,” commented Coach Adams who serves as Head Coach for the Paine College Lady Lions basketball team.
“Coach Dupree is truly an icon and legend of the greatest proportion,” said Paine Historian Mallory Millender. “It would be virtually impossible to calculate the positive impact that he had on Augusta and Paine College through his coaching and mentoring of countless number of students, through his impact on the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, through his church and family.
“I remember when he came to Augusta to join the staff at Lucy Laney High School and married a young and attractive teacher and basketball coach named Vivian Key. Their marriage was then, and will always remain, exemplary,” recounted Dr. Roscoe Williams, former Paine College Administrator and revered athlete who played for Coach Dupree at Lucy Craft Laney High School during his junior and senior year.
“Coach Dupree was responsible for me getting onto the basketball team at Laney during my junior year,” said Williams. It was upon his recommendation that the late John M. Tutt (the head basketball coach at Laney at that time) gave me a chance (late in the season) to prove myself. As fate would have it, I made a basket at the buzzer to win the game for Laney vs. Mather Academy. This occurred a mere three days after joining the team. That was the last basket made in the old Bethlehem Center Gymnasium, a site where Paine played all of its games up until Paine College’s Carter Gymnasium was completed in 1952.” Of note, Williams averaged 32 points per game when he played for Paine.
“Coach Dupree was an exemplary coach and a scholar,” said Dr. George Bradley, President of Paine College. Among many of the players he coached, many of them went on to excel in numerous professions. Some of them became pharmacists, educators, dentists, while others went on to become stellar athletes in the NFL and other major sports. Coach Dupree was just as proud of his athletes who graduated valedictorian and of those who excelled on the playing field and the court,” said Bradley.
Coach Dupree earned a Bachelor’s degree from Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, North Carolina; a Master of Arts from New York University, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Paine College in 2001. He pursued additional studies at Benedict College and Wayne State University. Coach Dupree began his career as a biology teacher and a basketball and football coach at Bell Street High School in Clinton, South Carolina, and one year later, he was offered a job as biology teacher and head coach in Augusta at A. R. Johnson High School and eventually became head football coach at Lucy Laney High School.
Under Coach Dupree’s leadership, both Lucy Laney and Bell Street High Schools earned state championships, and Lucy Laney led the nation in football scoring in 1966 with an average of 54.5 points per game. He also coached an outstanding track team from 1949 to 1984 and retired from the public school system after spending 35 years as a teacher and coach.
“It does not get any better than Coach Dupree and for this reason he is in the Georgia Hall of Fame,” said Millender. “His track team once went twelve years without losing a Meet. We were lucky to have had Coach Dupree at Paine College leading our track and cross-country program.”
Coach Dupree’s legacy will live on in the many lives that he touched.