Posted by ncarter | 11/3/2009 08:09 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) - Paine College Department of Mass Communications will present former Governor Eugene Barnes as keynote speaker for the assembly program on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.  The program will begin at 11:00 a.m.  Mass Communications students will structure and lead the entire program. Also, students majoring in broadcast journalism, print journalism and public relations will gain an opportunity to shadow members of the press to gain hands on experience in the area of covering political figures.

Following the assembly, students will also join members of the press in interviewing the former governor who has announced his campaign for the 2010 gubernatorial race. Paine students, members of the community and Barnes will engage in a dialogue over lunch about matters such as those pertaining to healthcare reform, college affordability and the state of the job market in the peach state. 


As governor, Barnes concentrated on improving the everyday lives of all Georgians. He worked to raise academic standards and reduce classroom size. In healthcare, he passed legislation that increased patients’ right to choose their physicians and held insurance companies accountable for providing prompt healthcare. Roy also strengthened economic support for rural families by successfully implementing tax cuts for family farms and establishing a sales tax holiday for Georgia.

The public is invited to attend the assembly at 11:00 a.m., however, due to limited seating one must contact Helene Carter at (706) 821-8323, to reserve a seat for the forum that will begin 12 Noon in the Warren A. Candler Memorial Library Building.  Press Credentials and a Press Room will be provided to members of the press who are invited to contact Natasha Carter, Director of Public Relations to schedule an interview with Gov. Barnes.  Natasha Carter can be reached at 706-396-7591, 

Paine College, located in Augusta, Georgia, is a church-related private institution which strives to provide a liberal arts education of the highest quality that emphasizes academic excellence, ethical and spiritual values, social responsibility, and personal development to prepare men and women for positions of leadership and service in the African-American community, the nation, and the world.