Kisha Lucette, '07 Takes Over Paine Volleyball Program

Posted by ncarter | 08/2/2012 10:29 AM

Augusta, GA- Kisha Lucette, '07 has been named Head Women’s Volleyball Coach at Paine College.

Lucette will take over the reins from Selina B. Kohn, who held the position of head volleyball coach for 14 years before moving solely into administration. Kohn will remain a member of the Department of Athletics staff as associate director of athletics and senior woman administration.

“I am excited about the opportunity to take over the volleyball program at my alma mater,” Lucette said. “It really means a lot to me that I can pick up where my coach, (Coach Kohn) left off, and continue to build and maintain a winning program.”

Lucette started her coaching career at Paine College in October 2007.  She has served as assistant softball coach, head women’s track & field coach, and currently serves as assistant women’s basketball coach.

“Kisha is the most decorated volleyball players in College's history and, she has consistently been a mentor to former and current volleyball student-athletes by offering them her unique perspective,” Kohn said.  “We have the utmost confidence in her abilities as a coach and are excited to enter the next chapter of Paine College volleyball under her leadership.”

As a student athlete, she excelled in both volleyball and basketball. She was a four-year starter for the Lady Lions volleyball team and received Southern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (SIAC) All-Conference and national awards through NCAA Division II. Her most impressive being the retirement of not only her volleyball jersey, but also her basketball jersey in 2006. The retirements made her the first and only female student-athlete in Paine College history to have two jerseys retired and one of three student-athletes to ever be bestowed this honor.

Lucette’s ascension to head volleyball coach is a natural progression in her career, touted Director of Athletics, Tim Duncan. "In her previous roles, she has demonstrated her skill set as a recruiter and in-game tactician. We are thrilled that we can have one of Paine College’s own now leading the program."

The 2012-2013 Volleyball season starts September.

For more information, contact Kimberly May, Sports Information Director at 706-821-8379 or Kmay@paine.edu.  Visit www.paineathletics.com for Paine College Sports updates!

Annual tournament has helped Paine College's golf program

Posted by ncarter | 07/24/2012 22:06 PM

By: David Westin

The Paine College Golf Tour­nament started in September 2009 in response to a travel fiasco.

The golf team had qualified for the PGA Mi­nority Collegiate Golf Champ­ionship and was ready to go, then found out at the last minute that there wasn’t enough money in the budget to cover expenses. The team stayed home.

Thanks to the Paine tournament, that problem was quickly solved. Plus, the money raised the past three years has helped turn around the program.

Proceeds from the tournament – $71,000 so far, according to the college – go to the golf program. That money played a role in the Lions’ first Southern Inter­collegiate Athletic Con­fer­ence golf title last season and their sixth-place finish in the Division II portion of the PGA Minor­ity Collegiate Golf Champ­ionship.

The fourth edition of the Paine College Golf Tour­nament will be Aug. 27 at Gordon Lakes Golf Course.

“The tournament has been phenomenal,” said second-year golf coach Herman Belton. “It’s awesome to have a community rally behind the institution and the golf program.”

Augusta native Jim Dent, a 12-time winner on the Champ­ions Tour, got behind the tournament immediately.

He didn’t hesitate when asked whether he would be the honorary chairman. He has filled that role every year and has said he will do so as long as he’s able.

The money raised from the tournament has been used in three ways, according to Paine athletic director Tim Duncan. It has gone to travel so Paine can improve its schedule, to scholarships and to team apparel.

“But we’re not limiting ourselves to those three,” Duncan said.

The scholarship money allowed Paine to offer 3.07 golf scholarships for the 2012-13 season as opposed to the 1.82 it offered in 2010-11 and 2011-12. The scholarship max for an NCAA Division II program is 3.6.

The bright future of the program helped Paine land Carlos Solis a year ago. As a freshman, Solis earned SIAC player of the year, freshman of the year and MVP honors as Paine won the SIAC Tournament.

He’ll be joined this year by incoming freshman Jerrell Hubbard, from Westover High in Albany, Ga., who won the Region 1-AAA title last season.

“That money helped me recruit a player like Jerrell Hubbard,” Belton said.

“To add a player the caliber of Jerrell Hubbard, that’s tremendous,” Duncan said. “In Division II, it’s extremely competitive because it’s about scholarship dollars. Through the money raised in this tournament, it has helped us be in the same ballpark with other schools.”

There are still spots open for this year’s tournament, which is expected to raise more money than the previous three.

After a successful three-year run at the 18-hole Jones Creek Golf Club in Evans, the tournament has moved to Gordon Lakes. Because the course on Fort Gordon has 27 holes, the field can be expanded from 160 to 200 players.

“Jones Creek was the course that opened its doors to allow us to come in,” said Kenny Larry, the tournament chairman. “They are really responsible for our golf tournament growing the way it has.”

For more information, call (706) 821-8233.

Story courtesy of David Westin and The Augusta Chronicle.

 

Paine College to host 4th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit Men’s Golf Team

Posted by ncarter | 07/21/2012 16:10 PM

(Augusta, GA) –Paine College invites golfers to the 4th Annual Paine College Golf Tournament on Monday, August 27, 2012 at Gordon Lakes Golf Club in Ft. Gordon, Georgia. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and shotgun start time is 11:00 a.m. The registration fee for the tournament is $125 per individual and $375 per team. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, green fee, golf cart, brunch sponsored by Chick-Fil-A (North Augusta, SC), beverages and 19th Hole Awards Reception sponsored by Outback Steakhouse. 

Since its inception, the tournament committee has raised more than $71,000 to benefit Paine College golf program and scholarships. The generous contributions assisted with the Paine College Men’s Golf team’s first Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Golf Championship. 

“This tournament will continue to be successful,” said Jim Dent, senior PGA golfer and honorary tournament chair. “The golf team’s first SIAC championship could not have been achieved without the support of the College, community and golf tournament sponsors.”

All guests and golfers will have a chance to meet members of the Paine College Men’s Golf Team and golf coach at the 19th Hole Awards Dinner.  "The support of the CSRA community from year to year is outstanding," said Herman Belton, head golf coach. "My team and I appreciate everything and they play harder because they know the College and the community is backing them 100 percent."

This year’s sponsors include exclusive television media partner -WJBF News Channel 6, exclusive radio partner Perry Broadcasting of Augusta, Phoenix Printing, Augusta Coca-Cola Bottling, Jim Hudson Lexus, Outback Steakhouse, Chick-Fil-A, Gordon Lakes Golf Club and African American Golfer’s Digest.  

TOURNAMENT DETAILS

Tournament Format

• Threesome Lauderdale Play – Captains Choice (A, B and C flights –1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes awarded in each flight)

Tournament Event Schedule: Monday, August 27, 2012

8:30 - 10:30 AM - Registration

10:00 AM – Brunch sponsored by Chick-Fil-A

11:00 AM - Shotgun Start

5:00PM – 19th Hole Awards Dinner sponsored by Outback Steakhouse

For more information about the tournament or Paine College Golf Program visit www.paineathletics.com/GOLF 

For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591 or 678.215.8576 or Ncarter@paine.edu.

Photo caption: Paine College Golf Tournament Logo

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James M. Hull's Continued Support of Paine College Scholars

Posted by lsuggs | 07/12/2012 11:21 AM

(Augusta, GA)- Augusta businessman and philanthropist James M. Hull made a contribution of $10,000 towards the James M. and Karen N. Hull Endowed Scholarship. 

The James M. and Karen N. Hull Endowed Scholarship fund was established in April 2008. To date, Hull has appended $260,000 to the endowed scholarship.  The scholarship is designed for Paine College students who are awarded on the foundation of academic merit and financial need.

 

Leondra R. Nash, ’12 of Warner Robins, Georgia and Marcus Allen Smith, of Detroit, Michigan, are the most recently recipients of the scholarship. Nash graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree and a grade point average of 3.37. “The Hull Scholarship award allowed me to devote my time to pursuing academic excellence. I was confident that I would complete my senior year without any interruptions due to financial hardships,” Nash said.

 

Paine College president, Dr. George C. Bradley, adds, “Mr. Hull’s most recent gift shows the community that our donors and friends of the College are firmly committed to support the advancement of such young brilliant scholars.”


The James M. and Karen N. Hull Endowed Scholarship is awarded during Paine’s annual Honor’s Convocation held in March.

 

Photo Caption: Brandon Brown, Paine College Vice President of Institutional Advancement, accepting James M. Hull’s contribution towards the James M and Karen N. Hull Endowed Scholarship Fund.

 

For more information about establishing an Endowed Scholarship at Paine College, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (706) 821-8233.

 

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Paine College offers FREE Summer Chemistry Course for Middle and High School Students

Posted by ncarter | 06/5/2012 06:37 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA)-- Dr. Sardar Yousufzai, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Physics & Environmental Sciences will offer a free six-week chemistry course for middle and high students starting June 19- July 31, 2012.  The free six-week, one -hour course will cover the basic concept of Chemistry through instruction and demonstration.  The objective is to prepare students with basic knowledge for science courses. The course will take place on the Paine College campus in Mary Helm Hall, room 207. Students will meet Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Yousufzai introduced the summer course in 2009. It was well received by students in the community.  This is first time that any professor in the Department of Mathematics, Sciences & Technology formerly the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics has offered a program like this.

“It is something I wanted to do in order to help youth prepare for chemistry in middle and high school,” Yousufzai said. It is my hope that the youth learn science at an early stage to do better in future.”

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

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

Space is limited. Dr. Yousufzai is now accepting students. To enroll, please call (706) 860-8992 or Syousufzai@paine.edu.


Photo caption: Dr. Yousufzai giving demonstration in Free Summer Chemistry Course 2011.

Click here to view photos from Free Chemistry Course 2011
https://picasaweb.google.com/107457693032871903091/DrYousafzaiSChemistryCourse71911

For more information contact, the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or (706) 821-8322.

Paine College Freshman Augusta Sports Council Collegiate Star Award Finalist

Posted by ncarter | 05/21/2012 04:34 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA)--Paine College Freshman, Carlos Solis has been named a finalist for theCollegiate Star Award by the Augusta Sports Council for its 21st Annual G.A.M.E.S. Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center. The winner will be announced at the program, which begins at 7:00 p.m.
 
Augusta Sports Council honors athletes of all abilities at the local, state and national levels through a series of events and awards each year.  The Collegiate Star is awarded to the outstanding male or female athlete from an area college. The candidate must exude outstanding athletic prowess, coupled with a high level of sportsmanship.
 
Solis was one of the players responsible for the team’s historic Southern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (SIAC) Golf Classic win in April, resulting in the first SIAC Conference golf title in the College’s history. Solis was named SIAC Player of the Year, SIAC Freshman of the Year, and Tournament MVP.
 
Area high school and adult athletes in numerous sports are honored each May at the Sports Awards Gala through the Greater Augusta Medals for Excellence in Sports (G.A.M.E.S.) awards program. The 2012 G.A.M.E.S. Awards banquet will feature motivational speaker, author, entrepreneur and athlete Kyle Maynard. This year's banquet is presented by the Augusta Sports Council, Augusta Coca-Cola, Georgia Power and the Gerald Jones Auto Group.
 
Photo caption: Carlos Solis, Freshman at Paine College.
 
For more information contact, the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or (706) 821-8322.

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James Hull Increases Endowed Scholarship at Paine College

Posted by ncarter | 05/21/2012 04:23 AM

By Helene Carter
 
“We must do all we can to enrich the lives of our young people and position Paine College within reach of students who have the desire to pursue a quality college education,” said Dr. George C. Bradley, Paine College president.  “Too many of our young people have dreams and the determination but not the resources to fulfill those dreams.”
 
Today, Dr. George C. Bradley announced that James M. Hull, Augusta businessman and philanthropist, donated $10,000 to add to the existing James M. and Karen N. Hull Endowed Scholarship which was established with an initial gift of $250,000 in 2008.  The Hull Endowed Scholarship is awarded to students based upon merit and financial need.  To date, five Paine students have benefited from the Hull Endowed Scholarship:  Leondra R. Nash, Marcus Allen Smith, Caprice Harper, Jamesia Monroe and Omari Walthour.  Leondra Nash, a native of Warner Robbins, Georgia, graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting in the Class of 2012.
 
“Having a strong Historically Black College in the Augusta community is an asset that very few cities possess, and I feel strongly that the Augusta community, irrespective of race, must support and help to build and foster this great institution,” said Hull, “I consider investing in Paine College a must for me as an interested citizen of our community because the professors, students, and graduates at Paine College improve and enrich our community every day in ways that are both obvious and unseen. Supporting Paine College is in Augusta’s best interest and is a smart thing to do.”
 
The Hull Endowed Fund is included in the College’s endowment to be held in perpetuity, and only the income earned from the investment of the gift will be disbursed for scholarships.
 
Dr. Bradley, in his comments regarding Hull’s generous donation, said, “Mr. Hull’s gift to the College demonstrates that the community views the Institution as a sound investment.  It is essential that we continue to expand our offerings to scholars who look to Paine College as the gateway to the world of opportunities.”
 
To learn more about establishing an Endowed Scholarship at Paine College, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8233.

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Paine College Announces Upward Bound Federal Grant Award for $444,995 – Renewable Over Next 5 Years

Posted by ncarter | 05/21/2012 04:20 AM

Augusta, Ga…. Today, Dr. George C. Bradley, President of Paine College, announced that the College’s Upward Bound Program has been awarded $444,995 for the fiscal year 2012-2013.  The federal award will be renewed for the next 5 years pending the College’s performance and funding.  The U.S. Department of Education announced the list of 2012 grantees and their respective awards via its website: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/ trioupbound/index.html.  According to the U.S. Department of Education’s press release dated May 11, 2012, 780 Upward Bound projects were awarded throughout the nation that will help about 60,000 students access and succeed in higher education.

 
“Paine College has a long history of preparing students to succeed in precollege and college settings.  The College continues to provide summer enrichment and bridge programs for students that increase students’ access to higher education,” said Helene Carter, Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement.  “The College’s application was very competitive in that 233 current programs were not renewed in the first slate of funding.  Also, the average award is about $321,000 compared to Paine’s award of $444,995.”
 

According to the U.S. Department of Education’s website, Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families; and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree.  The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. 
 

For more information about the Paine College Upward Bound federal award, please contact Natasha Carter in the Office of Communications and Marketing at Ncarter@paine.edu, 706.396.7591.  To learn more about the College’s academic offerings, please visit www.paine.edu.

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.

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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.”

26TH PGA MINORITY COLLEGIATE GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
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.

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