| 08/30/2013 10:06 AM
(Augusta, GA) – The Augusta UNCF Campaign is thrilled to announce its Inaugural Ann N. Johnson UNCF Jazz Festival is underway and 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 UNCF Jazz Festival’s chair, Ann N. Johnson, has been a community pillar within the greater Augusta area for over 40 years and a strong supporter of Paine College, a UNCF member school
Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Sounds Unlimited, Trey McLaughlin and the Sounds of Zamar, A Step Up, Three Generations, Richard Payne, and Playback featuring Tu’Tu Dy’vine.
Sounds Unlimited Band has been one of Augusta’s most distinguished bands since 1995. The band began as the Pitt Band for the Augusta Mini Theatre’s production of The Wiz. In 2005, the band was recognized by the 100 Black Men of Augusta for their accomplishments and service to the Augusta community.
Trey McLaughlin and the Sounds of Zamar released their first single, “I Will Praise,” earlier this year. The single, available on I-Tunes, is featured on their debut album “Limitless,” which was released November 2012. A Step Up feature Eric Hillman and Michael Peele. Hillman began playing trumpet at the age of nine receiving training in jazz and classical music through the local school systems of Augusta, Georgia. He has also done studio work with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, trombonist for the Wynton Marsalis Septet and has had the privilege of playing with Wynton Marsalis in a jam session. On drums, Michael Peele was born in Baltimore, Maryland and raised in Augusta, Georgia.
The Richard Payne 4 is composed of some of Augusta’s most talented natives mixed with moonlighting Army musicians. These musicians of different regions, generations, and musical backgrounds fuse together to bring a unique, smooth, and sometimes funky edge to everything from jazz standards to modern R&B.
The 3 Generations are a musical group which consists of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation male relatives. Based out of Augusta and formed in 2012, the 3 Generation's mission is to utilize its instrumental and vocal talents for the glory of God. The 3 Generations have performed at various churches throughout the C.S.R.A. and cherishes the opportunity to share its love for music with all who will hear.
“To have a local college who has given so much to our community and produced dynamic leaders since 1882 is phenomenal,” shared Ann N. Johnson. “I, and the Augusta community, have received so many of its benefits. The act of giving forward is most important. UNCF scholarships enable students to realize their career goals so that they can become successful citizens and a treasure in their local and global communities is nothing but a WISE investment”.
The honorary chair of this scholarship event is musical recording artist, 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. In 2011, Monáe performed at the Grammy ceremony and during the spring of 2012 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 no stranger to Paine College nor Augusta, Georgia. The artist visited the College on October 4, 2012 to encourage voting among students for the 2012 presidential election in November. She also performed at the annual Westobou Festival, a celebration of visual and performing arts. In terms of education and philanthropy, Monáe has been a vocal proponent of progressive organizations such as Black Girls Rock and Keep A Child Alive, which better the lives of young electric ladies everywhere.
She is set to release her upcoming album “Electric Lady” on September 10, 2013.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Paine College, please visit http://www.paine.edu or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at
(706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or email@example.com.
Photo caption: Flyer for the Inaugural Ann N. Johnson UNCF Jazz Festival.
Photo caption: UNCF Jazz Festival honoree, Ann N. Johnson.
| 10/23/2012 13:28 PM
(Augusta, Ga)—A recent find by Paine College's Assistant Professor of English, Belinda Wheeler, has many in the literary and arts community talking. Over the summer Dr. Wheeler located the only known painting by African American artist, poet, educator, columnist, and editor Gwendolyn Bennett (1902-1981).
Bennett was a significant figure in Harlem during the Renaissance, publishing over twenty two poems, four pieces of cover art, and several short stories in prominent African American journals including Crisis and Opportunity. Bennett also co-edited the literary journal Fire!!, with prominent figures including her good friends Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, and she also wrote an arts column, "The Ebony Flute," in Opportunity.
Dr. Wheeler is currently completing a book on Bennett (under contract with UP of Mississippi) which will be the first full-length treatment of this significant, yet frequently overlooked, figure from the Harlem Renaissance.
Earlier in her career Bennett had won several artistic prizes and scholarships that allowed her to study at the Sorbonne, Academic Julian, and Ecole du Pantheon in Paris between 1924 and 1925. Up until Dr. Wheeler's discovery, however, most scholars had believed that Bennett had concluded her painting career after she moved to Florida in 1927 to be with her new husband. Dr. Wheeler's discovery of Bennett's 1931 oil painting shows that she was still pursuing this creative outlet.
"I thought about keeping the painting," stated Dr. Wheeler, "but it needs to be seen and enjoyed by more than me.” Bennett was passionate about sharing her work and the work of others with a wide audience. To keep it in my office would not do her work justice."
About Dr. Wheeler:
Dr. Wheeler's work is changing how scholars view Bennett and her role in the Renaissance. In addition to her book on Bennett she has a forthcoming publication in the Modern Language Association's journal PMLA and she is also contributing several previously unpublished Bennett poems to the Anthology of Modern and Contemporary American Poetry and its accompanying website (edited by Cary Nelson from the University of Illinois).
For more information on Paine College, please visit: http://www.paine.edu/
Or contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or Lsuggs@paine.edu.
Photo caption: GWENDOLYN BENNETT (1902 - 1981), Untitled (River Landscape). Oil on canvas, 1931. 203x305 mm; 8x12 inches. Initailed "G.B.J." and dated in oil, lower right.
| 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.
| 09/5/2012 04:49 AM
(Augusta, GA) – The United Negro College Fund Special Programs (UNCFSP), in partnership with Alabama State University, Paine College, Prairie View A&M University and St. Augustine College, has launched a Global Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEI) designed to create a nexus of study and practice between policy, social entrepreneurship and business enterprise, yielding economic growth. The trade mission is one of the major activities of GEI.
This project has been funded for $75,000; the bulk of the work will take place between now and November 2012. Dr. Okoroafor Nzeh, chair of the department of Business at Paine College, three department of Business faculty, Mathematics, Sciences and Technology faculty member, and several department of Business undergraduate students will participate in initiating this exciting trade delegation development program. Nzeh has extensive experience in the area of global entrepreneurship, particularly as it relates to sub-Sahara African populations.
“Paine College is committed to the success of this project as it is firmly in line with the strategic goals of the College, particularly that of increasing faculty scholarly productivity that furthers the techniques of understanding fields across academic divisions,” said Dr. Marcus Tillery, provost.
This trade mission will introduce delegates drawn from industry, government, and MIHEs to South African business and government leaders, giving them the opportunity to locate partners and prospective clients, while gaining the understanding needed for success in the largest and most sophisticated industrial and services sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa. Participating companies will receive first-hand market information, embassy briefings and customized one-on-one meetings with business contacts to enter or expand their presence in the South African market.
About South Africa
South Africa, a country of about 50 million people, is rich in diverse cultures, people and natural heritage. Enjoying remarkable macroeconomic stability and a pro-business environment, South Africa is a logical and attractive choice for U.S. companies to enter Sub-Saharan Africa. The country covers 1.22 million square kilometers and is the world’s largest producer of platinum, vanadium, chromium and manganese. South Africa is the 29th largest economy in the world and had a gross domestic product (GDP) of $408.2 billion in 2011. South Africa also accounts for more than 30 percent of Sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP.
Benefits of the Trade Mission:
·One-to-one meetings with foreign industry executives and government officials, pre-screened to match your specific business objectives whether for representation, direct sales or joint ventures in the local market.
·Networking events with guests from local industry multipliers, including the U.S. Embassy, Chambers of Commerce, associations and business councils that are influential in the business community.
·Briefings and roundtables with the legal and business community on local business practices and opportunities.
·Site visits to local facilities where your technologies/services may be applied.
For information contact the Office of Communications at (706) 396-7591, (706) 821-8233 or Ncarter@paine.edu.
Photo caption: Dr. Okoroafor Nzeh
| 09/3/2012 07:29 AM
Story by Helene Carter
(AUGUSTA, GA) – Today, Paine College officials announced that one of their own, Brandon P. Brown, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, was selected to serve on the Podium Tracking Team for the Democratic National Convention that will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Podium Tracking Team is responsible for organizing the podium speakers such as elected officials, delegates, special guests and those who are members of President Obama’s administration. In his role, Brown will coordinate with the Convention staff to organize and track the schedules, logistics, rehearsals and appearances for speakers.
The political front is Brown’s comfort zone. He served as the South Carolina State Deputy Political Director for Senator Joe Biden’s Presidential Campaign in 2006. Senator Biden would go on to become Vice President of the United States in President Barack Obama’s administration. It is through this relationship with VP Biden and his staff that facilitated Brown’s position at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
“It is an honor to have been selected to work in this capacity,” commented Brown. “I consider it a privilege to serve my country and engage in the democratic political process.”
The South Carolina native has a long list of accomplishments to his credit. Of note, he became the first African-American candidate for U.S. Congress (age 28) in the Fourth Congressional District and won the Democratic nomination.
He leads the fundraising engine at Paine College and is responsible for raising the $14 million that will help to construct the new Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex and increase the Institution’s endowment. It is only natural that he would be appointed to lead the Governmental Relations initiatives at Paine College that has led to the increase in federal and state funding.
The servant leader is married to Kimberly Scott Brown, WJBF-TV News Anchor. Brown, having served on the frontlines of many social justice issues, continues to be rooted in community service while serving in numerous civic organizations.
Standing on the enormous stage with images of Mount Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty on a 38 ft x 36 ft screen in the rear of him, Brown looks out at the 15,000 seat arena and commented, “I’m committed to moving the political process that is critical to the success of our democratic government and way of life.”
For more information on Paine College, please visit: http://www.paine.edu/
Or contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591, (706) 821-8322 or Ncarter@paine.edu
| 08/28/2012 07:52 AM
(Augusta, GA) – Paine College undergraduate students are conducting important bioremediation research needed by the Department Of Energy to safely clean up the environmental legacy left behind by decades of nuclear weapons development.
Research objectives focus on the reduction of Chromium VI from water and soil samples through the use of algae and bacteria. This project also teaches student researchers best practices in research protocol and allows them the opportunity to work with cutting edge scientific instrumentation. Just a few of the scientific endeavors being pursued by biology students at Paine College under this program include, conducting research on Bacterial Transport Through Unconsolidated Packed Columns, developing a Logistic Equation Using Microbiological Parameters, and the execution of several experiments on the Bioremediation of Hexavalent Chromium from sand and soil.
The research is funded by a grant from the Department of Energy- Office of Environmental Management. The student research assistants Shanquette Chance, Brittney Fonntenot and Priyanka Yarlagadda are working with multidisciplinary faculty mentors: Dr. C. R. Nair, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Physics & Environmental Sciences, Dr. B. Mohanty, Associate Professor of Biology and Dr. C. P. Abubucker, Associate Professor of Mathematics & Computer Science. The student researchers have presented research at seven national and regional conferences during the 2011-2012 school year.
The Department of Mathematics, Sciences & Technology has acquired the state of the art research equipment through the grant. This equipment includes Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometer (ICPOES- ARCOS), Shimadzu UV VIS Spectrophotometer, Spectrofluorimeter, Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry system, and High Performance Liquid Chromatography systems.
"These high- tech instrumentations have significantly strengthened the research infrastructure of Paine College and will attract students and faculty to Paine from all over the world," Nair said.
STEM faculty and students are excited about this development. More than 40 students have been trained via SPECTRO Campus e-learning system along with ICP demonstration and certified in OES fundamentals. Six students received training Smart Analyzer Vision software application.
Currently the research instruments are housed in teaching laboratories and will eventually be housed in the new upcoming Core STEM Research facility. The facility will serve as a focal point to build a Center of Excellence for Environmental Research at Paine College.
For information contact the Office of Communications at (706) 396-7591, (706) 821-8233 or Ncarter@paine.edu
Photo caption:Dr. C. R. Nair and student working together to set-up the GC/MS system for trace Organics.
To view more research photos, visit the link : https://picasaweb.google.com/painecollege/PaineCollegeBioremediationResearch
| 08/28/2012 07:41 AM
(Augusta, GA) – Paine College received the HBCU-UP Research Initiative Award sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Lixin Wang, assistant professor of computer science in the Department of Mathematics, Sciences and Technology serves as the principal investigator for the project titled: HBCU-UP RIA: Analytical Studies of Multihop Wireless Networks with the Log-normal Shadowing Model.
This is a two-year project funded for $162,262 by the National Science Foundation. Wang will mentor undergraduate student researchers on this unique and prestigious research project. This project is to help further the Wang’s research capability and effectiveness, to improve research and education in computer science at the Paine College, and to involve undergraduate students in research experiences.
Wang is also the Co-principal investigator of the Minority Science Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. He has been an assistant professor of computer science in the Department of Mathematics, Sciences and Technology at Paine College for two years.
About Dr. Wang:
Dr. Wang holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology, M.S. in Computer Science from University of Houston – Clear Lake, M.S. in Applied Math from University of Houston, M.S. in Math from Fudan University, Shanghai, China, and B.S. in Math from Hunan Normal University, Hunan, China. His research interests include Wireless Networking, and Algorithm Design and Analysis. Dr. Wang has published papers in leading computer science journals such as IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and Discrete Mathematics, Algorithms and Applications. He also published a number of papers on top computer science conferences such as IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE ICDCS, IEEE MASS and ACM MOBIHOC.
For information contact the Office of Communications at (706) 396-7591, (706) 821-8233 or Ncarter@paine.edu
Photo caption: Dr. Lixin Wang