| 05/20/2014 09:44 AM
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Paine College basketball player Ashley Watts has been named a finalist for the Collegiate Star category as part of the 23rd Annual Greater Augusta Medals for Excellence in Sports (G.A.M.E.S.) Awards hosted by the Augusta Sports Council (ASC) for the second year in a row. Watts will be recognized on Thursday, June 12 at the Augusta Country Club.
The Augusta native is coming off a strong basketball campaign where she was named the 2013-14 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Player of the Year. The mathematics major also earned spots on the 2013-14 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-South Region Second Team and the All-SIAC First Team. Most notably, Watts led Division II in points per game and surpassed the 1,000-point mark after two seasons as a Lady Lion. The Butler High School graduate finished the year averaging 26.5 points per game and with 1,312 career points under her belt.
Jaiden Brandt, a distance runner from Georgia Regents, is the second finalist in the Collegiate Star division. Brandt is a native of North Augusta, S.C. who just completed his senior year at GRU.
This year’s G.A.M.E.S. Awards Banquet will feature Pro Football Hall of Famer and Thomson, Georgia native, Ray Guy, as the guest speaker. Guy will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 2 as the first punter ever selected to enter. He was also the first punter ever drafted in the NFL’s first round when he became the 23rd overall pick for the Oakland Raiders in 1973.
The 2014 G.A.M.E.S. Awards are presented by the ASC, Augusta Coca-Cola, The Augusta Chronicle and WRDW News12. The banquet starts with a check-in and social hour at 6 p.m. with the dinner and program to being at 7 p.m. Members of the ASC can purchase tickets for $45 and non-members can buy tickets for $50. Tables are also available for $450 for ASC members and $500 for non-members.
To purchase tickets contact, Michelle Naval at email@example.com or by phone at 706.722.8326 ext. 235.
For additional information on all aspects of the Paine College Department of Athletics, please visit www.paineathletics.com or contact Kayla Thomas at 706-821-8438 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 G.A.M.E.S. Awards Finalists
Judson Stephen “Boomer” Hickey
Jaiden Brandt- GRU Augusta
Ashley Watts – Paine College
All-Around Female Athlete
Shannon Fair- Aquinas High School
Malia Kency- Briarwood Academy
Jasmine Stone- Evans High School
All-Around Male Athlete
Jermaine Baxley- Burke County High School
Ruben Garnett- Aquinas High School
Dillon Keeler- Evans High School
Outstanding Female Athlete
Destiny Brewton- Lucy C. Laney High School
Amber Hong- Midland Valley High School
LeeAnne Rees- Greenbrier High School
Outstanding Male Athlete
Ahmed Hill – Aquinas High School
Aubrey McRae- Glenn Hills High School
Darius Watkins- Grovetown High School
McKenna de Graff- Augusta Prep
Daniel Carr- Midland Valley High School
John Harris- Augusta Christian
Aquinas High School Football Team
| 05/14/2014 04:01 AM
Paine College is maintaining a high level of security presence in the wake of recent shootings that occurred on the campus. The Paine College Police Department, consisting of certified armed officers, are present throughout the campus and residential halls round-the-clock to make certain that the students, faculty and staff remain in a safe environment. One of two injured students received superficial wounds, while the other remains hospitalized and is expected to recover. Although undergraduates were given a choice to take final exams in an on-line environment, many undergraduate students remained on campus following the Commencement Convocation held this past Sunday in the HEAL Complex.
Checkpoints are still in effect. The Paine College community must present a valid Paine College photo ID to gain access to the campus. Visitors are required to present a photo ID to obtain a temporary Visitor’s Pass. Certified Paine College armed police officers are visible throughout the campus and are posted at entrances. Also, barricades remain in effect at exits and entrances.
The campus e2-Alert Notification System, utilized to notify the campus community of the initial crisis, continues to work optimally and will remain in effect. Electronic surveillance is ever-present.
The College is moving towards healing and hosted animal therapy for students, faculty and staff on the campus two days following the shooting. The canine service was provided by the Hope Animal Assisted Crisis Response team (Southeast Region). The dogs visited each residence hall and walked the campus with their handlers greeting students and staff. The College also implemented a counseling resource that is available to the campus community and their families for emotional support. Licensed counselors are available 24 hours/7 days per week to speak to members of the Paine College community at 1-866.713.1978. Also, the Paine College Counseling Center, located on the campus, remains open to assist individuals who may require support.
“The safety and security of our students, faculty and staff remain a priority,” said Helene Carter, Assistant Vice President. The College’s Police department will continue to work with the Richmond County Sheriff’s office in the ongoing investigation.
For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, Tjwilliams@paine.edu. To learn more about Paine College, please visit www.paine.edu.
| 05/6/2014 04:18 AM
Paine College will host a media briefing regarding the shooting that occurred on the campus earlier today. The briefing will take place at 10AM in the HEAL Complex located at 1255 Druid Park Avenue on the campus.
The College will host a Prayer Vigil at 12 noon in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Another media briefing will take place in the afternoon at 4 pm in the HEAL Complex.
For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, 706.396.8163 or email Tonya Williams at Tjwilliams@paine.edu.
| 05/5/2014 13:31 PM
TO: All Media Outlets
DATE: Monday, May 5th, 2014
FROM: Sgt. Monica R. Belser
For Immediate Media Release:
On Monday, May 5th, 2014 at approximately 1300 hours, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office responded to Paine College to Haygood Hall at 1235 15th Street, Augusta Georgia in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, a male victim was found on the 3rd Floor with a gunshot wound to the head. The victim was transported to Georgia Regents University Hospital Trauma Center for what is reported as a life threatening injury.
Paine College was placed on lockdown and Deputies and Investigators interviewed witnesses identifying the shooting suspect. During a search of the dormitories, the suspect was apprehended and taken into custody. He is still pending charges at this time. The suspect is a 21 year old male. The suspect was purportedly involved in an altercation with the other student.
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office will be augmenting the Paine College Police to provide additional safety and security at Paine College until further notice. No other students were injured in this incident. The Sheriff’s Office is investigating another shooting that occurred the previous evening where a student was injured by debris from a blast through the wall. This matter is being investigated as well.
This is a joint release between the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and Paine College Campus Police on an ongoing investigation in regards to this unfortunate incident.
| 04/9/2014 10:23 AM
(Augusta, GA)— Classes at Paine College will be paused for Spring Break from Monday, April 7, through Friday, April 11. Classes and activities will resume Monday, April 14th.
| 03/14/2014 11:40 AM
Paine College Competes with 64 HBCUs to Win Home Depot Renovation Grant
Show your Paine College spirit by voting online today and everyday through April 14th. Share your vote through social media.
Paine College is among 64 HBCUs that are competing to win the 2014 Home Depot Retool Your School grant award. Home Depot will award a total of $250,000 to HBCUs for campus and facility improvements.
Help Paine College win $50,000. If awarded, the money will support the beautification of the campus and residence halls.
The awards will go to the three top schools with the most votes and social media activity, assessed by Home Depot.
You can help Paine to win. Vote early. Vote daily. Vote often.
Voting is just a click away! www.retoolyourschool.com/vote-now/
Hurry! Voting ends April 14th.
Encourage others to vote through social media. More shares equals more points.
| 03/11/2014 05:56 AM
The Office of Career Services will host Paine College’s Spring Career Fair on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the HEAL Complex.
Students, alumni, and members of the community will have an opportunity to meet face-to-face with employers & build their network. ADP, Augusta Staffing, Georgia Department of Labor, Goodwill, Georgia Lottery Corporation, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions and the U.S. Coast Guard are some of the employers that will be present.
Resumes and professional dress attire are required. Admission is free and open to the public.
For more information, please contact Career services at (706)821-8307 or visit paine.edu/CAREER.
| 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.
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: Nelson Mandela, dies at the age of 95.
| 09/10/2013 12:26 PM
(Augusta, GA)- Paine College Chapter of NAACP will partner with Senior Class of 2014 and Student Government Association to host a Candlelight Vigil to remember September 11, 2001. The vigil is scheduled for Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 8:00am on the central lawn of campus in front of Haygood Holsey. Candles will be given to those in attendance. The Paine College Community and CSRA are welcomed to attend.
“We as student organizations should continue to remember those who we lost during this tragedy. We want to take time out to remember those families who don’t have their love ones with them today”, said Kara Shipp, President of the Paine College NAACP Chapter.
On September 11, 2001, militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Over 3,000 people were killed during the attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., including more than 400 police officers and firefighters.
“Student Government Association applauds the work that NAACP does and continues to do on campus. I am a proud member of the Paine College Chapter and I am always willing to support in any way I can.” said Jill A. Ballesteros, SGA President 2013-2014.
For more information about the September 11th Vigil, please contact the Paine College NAACP Chapter at (706) 312-4112.
Media are welcomed to attend. Please confirm attendance by contacting Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo caption l: NAACP logo.
Photo caption ll: Paine College logo.
| 09/5/2013 10:34 AM
By Kayla Thomas, Sports Information Director
AUGUSTA, Ga. - After a 51-year hiatus from football, Lions fans and the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) will have the chance to witness Paine College football starting in October. The Paine College Athletics Department has announced that the team will play each of their four club games this season at nearby Lucy C. Laney Memorial Stadium.
“We are very thankful to the Richmond County Board of Education for working with Dr. Bradley and I to secure a home field for our young men to compete this season,” said athletics director Tim Duncan. “We are excited that our alumni, students and fans will truly be able to enjoy a first class facility like Laney Stadium and all that it has to offer.”
The 9,000-seat stadium opened in 2006 and is no stranger to competitive football as it serves as the home stadium for Lucy C. Laney High School and the Augusta City Classic. The Augusta City Classic annually hosts some of the most exciting - college football games in the area with teams like Morehouse, Savannah State, Benedict and Fort Valley State regularly taking the field for one of the nation’s many black college football classics. Laney Stadium also has a 70-locker home locker room, 60-locker visiting team locker room, two scoreboards, two ticket booths and press boxes for each team.
Coach Ruffin and his team have two games scheduled for October and two games scheduled for November. The games will follow an intensive month of training and preparation.
“There are four great games ahead of us this season,” stated head football coach Greg Ruffin. “These young men have been working hard and we are looking forward to bringing college football back to the area and once again hearing the Lions roar!”
The inaugural game of Paine’s new football era will be a battle of the Lions as the Paine College Lions face the Georgia Prep Academy Lions on Oct. 12. On Oct. 19, Paine will face the Atlanta Sports Academy Spartans. This game will be the culminating event of the College’s annual PaineFest as well as a Parents Weekend for the families of new and prospective students.
On Nov. 2, the Lions will take on the Gladiators from Orangeburg Tech. The 2013 season will close with a game against the Jireh Prep Warriors on Nov. 9. Kickoff times for each game have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Sept. 16.
Next season, Lions football will join the rest of Paine’s athletics teams as a proud member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and play a full schedule against conference opponents.
For additional information on all aspects of the Paine College Department of Athletics, please visit www.paineathletics.com or contact Kayla Thomas at 706-821-8438.
Paine Athletics is now on Facebook and Twitter. Visit www.facebook.com/PaineAthletics and www.twitter.com/PaineAthletics to get the latest news and notes on the Lions.
2013 PAINE COLLEGE CLUB FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
OCTOBER 12, 2013
GEORGIA PREP ACADEMY
OCTOBER 19, 2013
ATLANTA SPORTS ACADEMY
NOVEMBER 2, 2013
NOVEMBER 9, 2013
*All games will kick off at 2:00 PM and will be held at Lucy C. Laney Stadium.
Photo Caption: Paine College Department of Athletics logo.