Miss Paine College 2011-2012 could be featured in EBONY magazine with your help!

Posted by ncarter | 05/11/2012 10:05 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Miss Paine College 2011-2012 could be featured in EBONY. Tamakia King is one of 38 Historically Black College and University (HBCU) campus queens vying for a spot in the coveted September 2012 EBONY “Campus Queens” feature.

EBONY introduced a new online voting component and included a smaller-than-usual representation of elegantly displayed queens on the pages of EBONY magazine.  Although this year’s entire “Campus Queens” feature will find a home on the Web site (ebony.com), they will again honor only 10 queens inside the September 2012 issue of the magazine.  

Vote for Miss Paine College 2011-2012, Tamakia King. Your chance to vote online for Miss Paine begins May 8.  ONLINE VOTING ENDS AT 11:59 PM (CT) ON MAY 31.  You can vote as many times as you like.

Place your vote for Miss Paine here: http://www.ebony.com/campusqueens/38/

For more information about the contest vist www.ebony.com/collegequeens or contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591, (706) 821-8322 or Ncarter@paine.edu

Photo captions: Miss Paine College 2011-2012, Tamakia King.



Paine College SIAC Golf Champions gear up for 26th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship May 11-13

Posted by ncarter | 05/11/2012 06:24 AM

(Augusta, GA) -- Fresh off a successful 2012 season, Paine College Head Golf Coach Herman Belton readies the Paine College Lions Golf team for an even bigger tournament. The Lions Golf Team will compete in the 26th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship in Port St. Lucie, Florida on May 11-13.

The Lions recently thrashed the competition in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (SIAC) Golf Classic after a strong finish in the final round on April 24 at the Jones Creek Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. The Lions shot a team score of 340 for a two-day total of 678 to capture the title, resulting in the first SIAC Conference golf title in the College’s history.

Freshmen Carlos Solis and Victor Tapia, who shot the two best scores of the tournament at 155 and 156 respectively, received big honors. Solis was named SIAC Player of the Year, SIAC Freshman of the Year, and Tournament MVP. Freshman Patrick Mobley was also a top ten finisher scoring (175, 7th).

“We were very happy with the win. I think we have great momentum going into the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship in May,” Tapia said.

“I feel honored to have received the recognition, “ Solis said. “The team is in a good place to make a solid appearance at in Florida.”
Belton was also named SIAC Coach of the Year. He credits is honor to the young men that he coaches. “It has been an honor to lead the team to a championship in just my first year at Paine, but make no mistake, the reason is not me but the young men playing, “ Belton said.

“Coach Belton has supported us with and his advice has been extremely helpful. We are grateful to have him and he is deserving of the award he received,” Solis said.

Both Tapia and Solis were also named to the All-SIAC first team and the All-Tournament team.

Augusta native and honorary chair of the Paine College Golf tournament Jim Dent is elated for the team’s success. “This win is historic for the team and they have an awesome coach,” Dent said. Dent a Champions Tour winner and Georgia Golf Hall of Famer has viewed himself as a solid supporter of the team. He only offers words of wisdom when it comes to their upcoming appearance in the PGA Minority Golf Championships in May. “Always be positive and go out and play the golf course and not the man with you,“ he said.

This journey is an amazing journey for the Lions and they have the full support of the College and the Augusta Community. Gregg Hemann, Director of Operations for Jones Creek Golf Club has seen the team come full circle. “We are very proud and extremely pleased to see the level of success attained by the Paine College Golf team since forming this relationship,” Hemann said.

The team has garnered the support of Jones Creek Golf Club in recent years. The Course plays host to the golf team and the golf tournament that supports the golf program at Paine. “Our number one priority was to assist with providing the team a great training facility that allows them to be competitive,” Hemann said.

The road to Port St. Lucie, Florida should be an exciting one for the team says Athletic Director, Tim Duncan. The 54-hole, stroke-play event features competition in NCAA Division I, Division II and women's classifications, as well as for individual men and women.

“I was impressed with Coach Belton,” Duncan said. “To take over a program mid- year and recruit a new team of this caliber showcases how great of a coach he is.”

Coach Belton is no stranger to the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship. He coached the 2004 tournament winners, Benedict College. Belton is also the only HBCU coach that has coached medalist in both Division I and Division II, Demond Hill of Benedict College in 2004 and Roberto Cacho of South Carolina State University in 2009.

Duncan, who is closing out his first year as the Athletic Director at Paine College is proud of the coach and team, but elated about the continued support of the Augusta Community.

“The community has supported the team through Paine College Golf tournament and the proceeds have assisted with scholarship and travel,” he said.  “Going into the prestigious PGA tournament it’s important for our community to know we have exceptional student athletes that are also strong academically.”

May 11 – 13

PGA Golf Club
Port St. Lucie, Fla.

4Th Annual Paine College Golf Tournament
August 27, 2012
To Be Announced
Augusta, Georgia

Photo caption:  (left to right): Patrick Mobley, Ralph Godbee, Coach Herman Belton, Victor Tapia, Keith Godbee and Carlos Silos. Not Pictured: John Hyer and Patrick Lillis.

For more information or interviews contact the Office of Sports Information at (706) 945-1358 or Kmay@paine.edu. Visit www.paineathletics.com for updates.


Veronica A. Reese, '94 finalist for Dougherty County Teacher of the Year

Posted by ncarter | 05/7/2012 05:09 AM

(Albany, GA) -- Veronica Reese enjoys coming to work each morning and greeting her children.

"I enjoy spending time with my children. I spend more time with them than they do with their parents," Reese, the Sherwood Acres Elementary teacher of the year, said. "I think all of my students are happy to come to school, and I know I am happy to see them."

Reese, an educator with 13 years of experience, has spent the last five years as a kindergarten teacher at Sherwood. She is one of eight nominees for the Dougherty County School System's 2012 teacher of the year, who will be named at a banquet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Live Oak Elementary School.

"As a teacher, I have the opportunity to influence students in a positive way, helping them experience education in a positive way." Reese said. "If I influence one child, I influence the entire community."

She said her selection as the school's teacher of the year was a surprise.

"This feels great. It is quite an honor because we have so many great teachers here," Reese said. "It was a real surprise. Any teacher here could have been selected.

Reese holds a B.S. in early childhood education from Paine College and an M.Ed in curriculum instruction from Leslie University. She also holds a Ed.S in administrative supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.

Story Courtesy of The Albany Herald 

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Paine College Student Lands HBCU BUZZ, Inc. Position

Posted by ncarter | 05/2/2012 08:18 AM

By L. Suggs

(AUGUSTA, GA) -- Paine College student Tekeya Peterson recently landed a position as a campus Senator for HBCU Buzz, Inc.  

Peterson is a junior majoring in Media Studies.  The Sarasota, Florida native is involved in numerous campus organizations and clubs, to include Paine College Communications Association, Paine College Concert Choir, Wesley Fellowship, Residence Hall Association President and a hosts of other campus organizations.  

“It brings me great joy and pride to represent Paine College and expose my institution to the greater world,” Peterson said. “This is a great opportunity and platform for me to share the achievements of students, faculty, staff and alumni at Paine College.” 

The HBCU Buzz provides the public with news relevant to HBCU campuses ranging from sports to politics. HBCU Buzz captures all news from the perspective of current HBCU students and several journalists heavily involved in the African American community. HBCU Buzz is committed to promoting HBCU pride and unity in order to enhance the black college experience and uplift the perception of all black colleges.

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Paine College Wins 2012 SIAC Golf Classic

Posted by ncarter | 04/25/2012 04:50 AM

Augusta, GA— The Paine College Lions won the 2012 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Golf Classic after a strong finish in the final round on Tuesday at the Jones Creek Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

Down three strokes to defending champion Morehouse College coming into today, the Lions shot a team score of 340 for a two-day total of 678 to capture the title. Leading the way for Paine were freshmen Carlos Solis and Victor Tapia, who shot the two best scores of the tournament at 155 and 156 respectively. For his efforts, Solis was named SIAC Player of the Year, SIAC Freshman of the Year, and Tournament MVP as well as being named, along with teammate Tapia, to the All-SIAC first team and the All-Tournament team.

Finishing second with a team score of 683 was Benedict College. The Tigers shot a team-low score of 335 in the final round to secure a second place finish. Jordan Buchanan led the way for Benedict with a two-day score of 166 and was named to the All-SIAC first team as well as the All-Tournament team after finishing in the top five. Tiger trio Anthony Wik, Eddie Smith III, and Kelly Willis also finished in the top 10 at the classic to earn All-SIAC second team honors.

First round leader Morehouse College took home third place at this year’s classic after shooting a 355 in the final round to finish with a team score of 690. The Maroon Tigers were led by Bryan McElderry, who shot a 159 to earn All-SIAC first team and All-Tournament team honors, and Justin McElderry, who shot a 174 and was named to the All-SIAC second team.

Other top ten finishers include Patrick Mobley of Paine College (175, 7th) and George Dundon of Kentucky State University (176, t-8).


2012 SIAC Golf All-Conference Team


First Team

Carlos Solis, Paine College

Victor Tapia, Paine College

Bryan McElderry, Morehouse College

Jordan Buchanan, Benedict College

Eddie Smith III, Benedict College


Second Team

Justin McElderry, Morehouse College

Patrick Mobley, Paine College

Anthony Wik, Benedict College

George Dundon, Kentucky State University

Kelly Willis, Benedict College


Player of the Year: Carlos Solis, Paine College

Freshman of the Year: Carlos Solis, Paine College

Coach of the Year: Herman Belton, Paine College


All-Tournament Team

Carlos Solis, Paine College (155)

Victor Tapia, Paine College (156)

Bryan McElderry, Morehouse College (159)

Jordan Buchanan, Benedict College (166)

Eddie Smith III, Benedict College (168)


Tournament MVP: Carlos Solis, Paine College

2012 Champions: Paine College

Runner-Up: Benedict College

Third Place: Morehouse College


2012 SIAC Golf All-Academic Team

Anthony Wik,Junior Business Administration from Benedict College (GPA 3.58)  

Jordan Scott, Sophomore Sports Management major from Benedict College (GPA 3.13)

Jordan Buchanan,Sophomore Social Work major from Benedict College (GPA 3.33)

Malcolm Parrish,Junior Business Administration major from Morehouse College (GPA 3.95 )     

Bruce Cousin, Sophomore Physics major from Morehous College (GPA 3.26)


All-Academic Team Award: Morehouse College, 3.40


Final Team Scores

1.Paine College (678)

2.Benedict College (683)

3.Morehouse College (690)

4.Kentucky State University (726)

5.LeMoyne-Owen College (784)


Final Individual Scores

1.Carlos Solis (PC) 155

2.Victor Tapia (PC) 156

3.Bryan McElderry (MHC) 159

4.Jordan Buchanan (BC) 166

5.Eddie Smith III (BC) 168

6.Justin McElderry (MHC)174

7.Patrick Mobley (PC) 175

t-8. Anthony Wik (BC) 176
t-8. George Dundon (KSU) 176
10.  Kelly Willis (BC) 177

t-11. Robert Johnson (BC) 178

t-11. Alexander Atkinson (MHC) 178

13. Clifton Jordan (MHC) 179

14.  Ralph Godbee (PC) 182

15. Rashawn Johnson (KSU) 184

16. Justin Tate (LOC) 185

17. Julian Jeter Davis (KSU) 187

18.  Josh Jackson (KSU) 188

19.  Daniel Neely (KSU) 192

20. Herman Boddy (LOC) 194

21.  Brandon Henderson (LOC) 203

22. Tracy Wood (LOC) 212

23. Keith Godbee (PC) 213



Rev. Dr. Marvin A. Moss to deliver Paine College 130th Baccalaureate Convocation Address

Posted by ncarter | 04/17/2012 08:46 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) – Paine College will host its 130th Baccalaureate Convocation on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.  Rev. Dr. Marvin A. Moss, the senior paster of Cascade United Methodist Church located in Atlanta, Georgia, will be the keynote speaker.  Open to the public, this service of worship will celebrate the graduating class of 2012.

Dr. Moss serves as the twentieth Pastor of the historic Cascade United Methodist Church in Southwest Atlanta; the same church where Civil Rights icon Reverend Joseph Lowery served as pastor (1986-1992).   Prior to Cascade, Dr. Moss served as Senior Pastor at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, Georgia (1999-2006).  Under Pastor Moss' leadership, St. James grew from fewer than 200 members to more than 1200. Prior to his pastoral duties there, he was Associate Pastor at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Decatur, GA., from 1994 until he was re-assigned in 1999.  Dr. Moss is a native of Goldsboro, North Carolina, where he was educated in the public schools and graduated from Goldsboro High School in 1981.  He is a graduate of Hampton University, the Naval Chaplains Reserve Officers School, and holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Gammon Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Drew University. 

Cascade continues its legacy of being a “Light in the Community,” while leading worshippers into the 21st century.  The church places an emphasis on developing quality programs, which nurture children and youth, and teaches the principles of giving time, talents and resources. He is the founder of the newly formed Cascade Community Development Corporation, which will provide an incubator for new and small businesses, revitalize depressed areas and provide economic empowerment opportunities in the Cascade Community.  Since his arrival in June 2006, more than 1,200 members have joined and more than 50 ministries perform outreach services to the local, national, and global communities.  Dr. Moss and Cascade have been featured by CNN, BBC, TBN, The History Channel, NPR, and The Atlanta Journal Constitution.  In December 2011, Dr. Moss testified before the before the Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee on Capitol Hill on the long-term unemployment crisis. 

Dr. Moss is involved in the greater Atlanta community at many levels including the Grady Health System Board of Visitors and the Georgia Department of Corrections Faith and Community-Based Advisory Board.  He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.  He is the recipient of the Denman Evangelism Award for Church Growth in 2011 and 2003, the Freeman United Methodist Men’s Leadership Award in 2005, and the NAACP’s 2009 Emancipation Award.  Dr. Moss is a member of the Board of Trustees at Gammon Theological Seminary, and inductee of the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College.  Others honors include Chosen Pastor at the 15th Annual Gospel Choice Awards, recipient of the Excellence in Spiritual Leadership Award by the Atlanta Chapter of the National Hampton Alumni Association, recipient of the “God’s Trombone Award” by the Rainbow Push Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund, The Bishop Henry McNeal Turner Award for Distinguished Achievement in Religion from Morris Brown College, Gammon Theological Seminary 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award, and member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2011.  He is currently writing his first book on effective transitional leadership as well an inspirational memoir.

Dr. Moss continues to preach with purpose, lead by example, and focus on his ultimate mission, Kingdom building.  He is humbly guided by Luke 4:18-19, The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.

Baccalaureate Convocation – Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.
Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel

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Paine College students present at University of Nebraska at Omaha for 2012 Missouri Valley History Conference

Posted by ncarter | 04/17/2012 08:26 AM

By: L. Suggs

(AUGUSTA, GA) – Paine College’s assistant professor of history, Dr. Michael J.C. Taylor, along with two students Keziah Stephens and Milton Veasley, traveled to the University of Nebraska at Omaha on last month to present their research papers at the 2012 Missouri Valley History Conference.  The Missouri Valley History Conference, Inc. is a non-profit corporation in the state of Nebraska.  The 55th Annual MVHC is sponsored by the MVHC, Inc., and the History Department at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. 

Dr. Taylor, Stephens and Veasley presented their research papers at the annual history conference, all of which were highly praised.  Stephens and Veasley, both natives of Augusta, GA, are senior history majors.

“With the tremendous success of our students at the 2012 Missouri Valley History Conference, I am anticipating more students will present at this highly respected gathering in the future,” Dr. Taylor said.

Stephens’ presented her paper entitled, “In the Age of Reason: the Enlightenment Perspective of Antiquarian Historians with the philosophies and view of Edward Gibbon”.  Dr. Robert Nash, professor of history at the University of Nebraska at Omaha described Stephen’s research paper as “ambitious and memorable…was a masterful intellectual overview of a complex and significant historical work”.

Veasley’s “The Scramble for Africa: A Revision of It’s Veiled History” received admiration from Professor Damian Jackson, professor of history in the Metropolitan Community College Systems of Omaha.  Jackson stated that, “It was difficult for me at first to believe this to be the work of an undergraduate student” and that he would expect Veasley’s work “from a second or third-year graduate student”.

Dr. Taylor present his paper entitled “No Less of a Desire to Gain a Great Deal: The Enlightenment Philosophy of Property and Its Constitutional Implication,” which is derived from his book, A Bondage in Liberty: The Taney Court and the Constitutional Protection of Human Chattel Slavery. 
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Photo caption: (Left to Right) Milton Veasley, Dr. Michael Taylor, and Keziah Stephens at the 55th Annual 2012 Missouri Valley History Conference. [Photos taken by Christopher Taylor]


Dr. Ricardo Azziz to deliver Paine College 130th Commencement Convocation Address

Posted by ncarter | 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

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National Commission Taps Paine’s Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs for Expertise

Posted by ncarter | 03/21/2012 05:06 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) – The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the organization that unifies the accreditation process for colleges and universities who prepare individuals who want to work in Pre-K through 12th grade environments.  CAEP's Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting is a high profile, broad based group of educators who will develop high standards that will bring greater rigor to education preparation, while fostering innovation and continuous improvement in programs that produce teachers and other education professionals.

Dr. Tina Marshall-Bradley, associate vice president of Academic Affairs was selected to serve as a member of this commission because of her leadership roles on the Unit Accreditation Board's Standards Committee, as chairperson of the new International Committee, and her prior membership on NCATE's Blue Ribbon Panel on Clinical Experience.

"If this country is going to compete in a global environment it is imperative to build a world class system for educating all students.  CAEP's Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting will be an opportunity to set standards to prepare professionals who will ensure that all students learn," said Marshall-Bradley.

The Commission includes prominent critics of teacher education, as well as deans of schools of education; content experts in mathematics and reading; P-12 teacher, principal, and school superintendent leadership; alternative provider/charter leadership; state policymakers; representatives of education policy/advocacy organizations; and public members.

The Commission is taking the recommendations of a Blue Ribbon Panel on Clinical Preparation and Partnerships for Improved Student Learning to the next level. The Panel’s report, released a year ago, said it was time to “turn teacher education upside-down.” That Panel urged increased oversight and expectations for educator preparation and the expansion of new delivery models in which teacher candidates work more directly in clinically based settings from the beginning of their preparation as in medical education. The panel also called for preparation programs to operate in new types of partnerships between higher education and P-12 schools in which both systems share responsibility for preparation.

“To attain or to continue professional accreditation, preparation providers will need to indicate evidence of effectiveness through data on candidate performance, and show how they are using the data for program improvement,” said James G. Cibulka, president of NCATE and CAEP.

For more information, see CAEP Updates at www.ncate.org or http://www.ncate.org/Public/Newsroom/CAEPUpdates/tabid/788/Default.aspx. You can also visit www.caepsite.org and http://www.teac.org/news-events/caep/.

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, to become operational in 2013, will accredit over 900 teacher education institutions across the nation, producing approximately 175,000 graduates annually.     

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Paine College to Participate in 2012 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

Posted by ncarter | 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.
They are:
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.”

More Information
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

Photo Caption
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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