World Renowned Hip-Hop Artist Chubb Rock at Paine College

Posted by painewebmaster | 02/20/2018 18:01 PM

Legendary Hip-Hop artist, Chubb Rock, will be the guest lecturer at Paine College during the Black History Month Assembly on Wednesday, February 21st at 11:00 am in Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Paine students and fans are hoping that Chubb Rock will 'bust a rhyme' during his address. The Paine Community, alumni and friends are invited to wear African and Ethnic attire for this occasion.

About Chubb Rock.......

Chubb Rock was born Richard Simpson, May 28, 1968, in Jamaica, West Indies. The cousin of Hitman Howie Tee, with whom he collaborated at the beginning of his career, Rock moved to New York at an early age. A rap colossus, his ample frame and smooth style has seen him compared with Barry White. A former National Merit Scholar, Chubb Rock was a pre-med student who dropped out of Brown University to pursue his musical career.

Chubb Rock first appeared on the national scene with his 1988 self-titled debut "Chubb Rock" and 1989's "And the winner is..." The latter produced the minor hit "Ya Bad Chubbs" which garnered air play on Yo! MTV Raps during that time. By the dawn of the 90s, interest in Rock had escalated to the point at which he achieved regular Billboard hits with singles such as "Treat 'Em Right" and "Just The Two Of Us", but he fell from commercial grace following the release of “The One”. Rock remained quiet for several years, although his production team, Trackmasterz, rose to prominence in hip-hop circles.

His 1991 release entitled The One, reached #13 on Billboard’s “Top Hip-Hop/R&B” chart for that year. Three singles from that release made it to #1 on Billboard’s “Top Rap Single” chart list for the same year.

Chubb Rock dedicated his album 'The Grown and Sexy Theory' to his late wife Carla Taylor-Simpson who died in 2006, after battling cancer. Rock stated that the new album “The Grown and Sexy Theory” fulfilled a promise he made to his wife before she passed away. He is currently married to KeKe "Diamond" Rock.

The event is open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.821.8323,, or

Reverend Anthony Booker to bring Keynote Address during Baptist Day Service at Paine College --Baptists Rally for Paine

Posted by painewebmaster | 02/20/2018 03:32 AM

Paine College will host the Annual Baptist Day Service, Sunday, February 25th at 3:00 pm, in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. This event is sponsored by the Baptist Ministers' Conference of Augusta, Georgia. Reverend Anthony Booker, Pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Harlem, Georgia, will give the address. The New Hope Baptist Church Choir will render musical selections. This event is open to the public and all denominations are invited to attend and fellowship. 


Historically, Baptist Church Ministers and Parishioners have assembled at Paine College to fellowship and rally support for the Institution. Of particular note, Paine is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.  Reverend Melvin Ivey, known for coining the statement "Don't just talk about it, be about it", led the delegation of Clergy that presented $15,000 to Paine college in 2014 to establish a scholarship at the College. "We cannot rest upon our achievements, but continue to support the Institution that has given monumentally to the community and the state of Georgia," said Reverend Ivey. 


For more information, please contact Helene Carter in the Office of Institutional Advancement at (706) 821-8233/, or Reverend Dr. Luther B. Felder, Campus Pastor, at (706) 821-8298/



Posted by painewebmaster | 02/11/2018 09:15 AM

The Gospel concert scheduled for today is postponed. Please follow our Facebook page to find out the new date.

Paine Upward Bound Student awarded 2018 Horatio Alger Scholarship for $25,000

Posted by painewebmaster | 01/22/2018 04:45 AM
Joshua Grant, a graduating Senior in Hephzibah High School's Class of 2018 and a member of Paine College Upward Bound, is 1 of only 106 students nationwide that have been offered the Horatio Alger Scholarship for 2018. This award honors the achievements of outstanding individuals in our society who have strong academic potential and have succeeded in spite of adversity. 

Chellita Carlyle, the Director of TRiO Upward Bound, stated, "Joshua Grant is very diligent and works hard to ensure that he's on task with his work and all requirements to be successful in all of his endeavors. Joshua exemplifies the Upward Bound standard of "Nothing But Excellence!" Joshua will receive a $25,000 college scholarship to pursue his bachelor's degree; an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the Horatio Alger National Scholars Conference and access to the full range of services the Association has to offer. 

The Horatio Alger Scholarship is named after Horatio Alger, Jr. who was a prolific author in the 19th and early 20th centuries. His books inspired readers to work hard and persevere through adversity. Alger's books - 128 in all - recount how a "can-do spirit" and individual initiative can allow anyone to achieve their dreams, regardless of circumstances. Since 1984, Horatio Alger Association Members and Friends have been funding need-based college scholarships to support deserving young people overcome their adversity and pursue their dreams through higher education. So far the Association has awarded more than $125 million to approximately 20,000 students. 

Travel through African American History with Museum on Wheels

Posted by painewebmaster | 01/15/2018 05:18 AM

The Sankofa African American Museum on Wheels is coming to Paine College Wednesday, January 17, from 11 am – 5 pm. This unique exhibit features hundreds of historical artifacts, pictures, documents, letters, signs, and other items that tell the story of African American heritage. The Sankofa exhibit is appropriate for all ages and races. Spanning a period from 1860 to the present, “Sankofa” takes audiences on a journey through slavery, the era of King Cotton and days of Emancipation. It also tells stories of Ida B. Wells, Tuskegee Airmen, Dr. King, and present-day heroes and sheroes.

In 1995, “Sankofa” creator, Angela Jennings, saw the need to teach young African Americans about their heritage. She has since spent much of her time traveling throughout the United States, the US Virgin Islands, West Africa, and Europe to amass a collection of art, collectibles and memorabilia.

The Sankofa exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at (706) 821-8233 or email

It is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.


Event Details

Travel through African American History with Museum on Wheels At Paine College

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Candler Memorial Library – 2nd Floor

Free and Open to the Public

Contact: Helene Carter

(706) 821-8233 –



HIGH SCHOOL DAY at Paine College | Find Your Place and Discover your Future

Posted by painewebmaster | 01/11/2018 05:39 AM

On January 27, 2018 from 9 AM - 5 PM, Paine College invites High School students and their families to visit the Paine College campus. The cost is only $15 per person with group rates available.  You will be able to take Campus Tours, experience Student Life Presentations, attend a brunch, and in the afternoon attend a basketball game of Paine vs. Morehouse. Just for attending you will be able to do onsite admissions (Application Fee waived) having your admissions fee waived. The first 300 students to register will have the $15 registration fee waived.  For further information email or call Admissions at 706-821-8302.

While many of us may not have a clear idea of what we want as a future career, attending college expands your mind and paves the way to your future.  High School Day is the beginning of this journey of self-discovery, finding and pursuing new passions, and finding your place in the world.  We are constantly learning more about the world around us and about ourselves.  Come join us for High School Day to begin your journey of self-discovery and your future.

Come celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted by painewebmaster | 01/10/2018 10:15 AM

Paine College is hosting the Annual Tri-College Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration at Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel on the Paine College campus on Friday January 12, 2018 from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM (ET). The keynote speaker will be Educator and Civil Rights Activist Dr. Cleveland L. Sellers, Jr. This celebration is a collaboration between Augusta Technical College, Augusta University and Paine College.

Dr. Sellers participated in the march from Selma to Montgomery led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He became involved in the civil rights movement after the death of Emmett Till and in 1965 was named the program director of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. His memoir "The River of No Return" was published in 1973. His book highlights the rise of the civil rights movement and black consciousness. He has his bachelor's degree from Shaw University, his master's from Harvard University, and his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is the former president of Voorhees College and the former director of the African-American Studies Program at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Augusta University will be providing shuttle service to and from the chapel between 10 AM and 3 PM. Buses will be arriving and leaving from the shuttle stop in front of the University Hall on the Summerville Campus. There is also limited parking at the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel (where the event is being held) on the Paine College Campus.

Remember that Martin Luther King Day is a Day of Service. Dr. King asked "What are you doing for others?" Make it a Day On not a Day Off - Search for opportunities to serve at: and make sure to attend the celebration at Paine College.

Augusta is represented by Paine College Student in Ebony’s Campus Queens Contest

Posted by painewebmaster | 01/8/2018 06:53 AM

Ebony Magazine announces its HBCU Campus Queens online competition.  It was founded to promote Black excellence and brilliance.  Each campus reigning beauty was elected by her peers and/or school officials to represent these standards for her institution. Augusta is represented by Paine College student Mikel Andrews. Make sure that you go online and vote for Mikel Andrews to become Ebony’s Campus Queen.  She will be competing with other colleges nationwide.  Voting ends at 11:59 pm on January 20, 2018, and you are able to vote each day so vote as many times as you can. Let’s make sure that Augusta, Paine College and Mikel Andrews become the winners in this competition. Go to to vote.

Mikel Andrews is from Jacksonville, Florida.  She is a senior at Paine College majoring in Sociology.  She is graduating in 2019.  Her goal is to open her own counseling center one day.  She recalls her most memorable moment was when she hosted a “Smiling through the Paine” event.  The event brought out trials and tribulations that many young women had been through.  Many had dealt with health issues including depression and some even had suicidal thoughts.  As Queen she wanted them to feel comfortable enough to come and talk to her.  She stated that “To know that this event possibly saved someone’s life put a smile on my face.”  Representing Augusta and Paine, Mikel would make a wonderful campus queen for Ebony Magazine.

Paine College is Emerging Anew!

Posted by painewebmaster | 12/26/2017 16:06 PM

The end of the year is upon us and what a perfect time for me to thank each of you for welcoming my wife and me to the Paine College family. It has been a busy time since we arrived on the campus, filled with excitement. I am grateful for the opportunity to help this great institution that has been in this community for over 135 years. I have been surrounded by some of the best staff, faculty and students one could imagine. There is something special about Paine College. We all collectively believe that our best days are ahead of us. We are Emerging Anew!

As we end this first semester and this year of 2017, I want to make an appeal to you to remember Paine in your year-end gift giving. The College has been able to operate and stay afloat because of sound fiscal management, hard cutting decisions and the gifts of alumni and friends along with a vigorous fundraising campaign.  But we still need your support. 

So many of you have given generously. We thank you. However, I ask that you please consider one final gift for your beloved Paine. Click on the link to give now. And, if you prefer, make your check payable to Paine College and mail it to the Office of Institutional Advancement at 1235 Fifteenth Street, Augusta, GA 30901.

Soon, you will receive the inaugural edition of the e-News Express. This publication will share some of the highlights and accomplishments for this academic year and provide a glimpse into our ambitious plans for 2018.

Enjoy your holidays with your family and loved ones. We are looking forward to seeing you in the New Year at Paine. A new year, a new attitude, emerging anew for our students!


Jerry and Wyonnie Hardee

Emerging Anew Prayerfully: The Interfaith Prayer Breakfast raises over $23,000

This past November, over 200 persons packed the HEAL Complex for the Annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast. It was also the first public presentation of Dr. Jerry Hardee to the Augusta Interfaith Community. The crowd was blessed by the beautiful sounds of the Paine College Concert Choir and a delicious and hearty repast. Bishop Kenneth W. Carter, the Presiding Prelate of the Sixth Episcopal District, along with Interdenominational Pastors, Lay, Social and Civic Leaders gathered to be inspired through the powerful message of Dr. Charles Steele, Jr., President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Known to deliver a rousing, cutting edge, thought provoking address, Steele challenged the status quo of the world events and leadership and urged all who listened to rise up and meet the challenges of the world. Paine is delighted to have this new friend of the College who has vowed his support and resources to assist Paine in its endeavors and pursuits.

Emerging Anew with Music: The Ann N. Johnson Music Festival

Named for one of the College’s most loyal and devoted graduates, the Ann N. Johnson Music Festival was held on November 18th inside the HEAL Complex with wonderful and stellar support from the Augusta and CSRA community. Indeed it was a fun-filled musical celebration supporting and benefitting the College’s UNCF Campus Scholarship Campaign. Over 230 people were in attendance. During the evening, Mrs. Johnson awarded the Humanitarian Award to Drs. Samuel and Lucinda Sullivan for their generous support of the event.

Emerging Anew with Focus: Roadmaps & Priorities

In October 2017, the College adopted the Comprehensive Strategic Enrollment and Management Plan that serves as a roadmap for building capacity, increasing fundraising and partnership opportunities, while raising enrollment and retention rates. This document works in harmony with the 2014-2019 Strategic Plan that was approved by the Board of Trustees in 2014. Moving the Institution to be in full compliance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and meeting the criteria for membership in Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) fall at the top of the list of priorities.

It is the goal of the Institution to achieve Candidacy with TRACS and become fully compliant with SACSCOC in 2018. More will be shared about this in the coming months. 

Emerging Anew: Forging Ahead for 2018
The Masked Ball Returns during 2018 Homecoming Weekend 

Actress, Philanthropist and Co-host of "The Talk," Sheryl Underwood to headline the Annual Presidential Scholarship Gala and Masked Ball on February 9th. 

After a three-year hiatus, the highly successful Masked Ball will return. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Presidential UNCF Scholarship Campaign for Paine. The guest host and entertainer will be Sheryl Underwood, host of the “The Talk” and an advocate for historic black colleges and universities. The evening will be filled with dining, dancing, and live musical entertainment. Get your tickets early as we are sure this will sell out. This will be one of the most elegant and noteworthy evenings in Augusta, all for a great cause. Tickets for this black-tie affair will go on sale in January. Sponsorship packages are available. General Admission: $125.00 each.

Emerging Anew- Enrollment Management and Recruiting –
A Priority

Since June 2017, the College has increased the number of recruiters in the Office of Admissions while focusing on ways to improve student satisfaction within the enrollment process. President Hardee convened with Superintendents and Principals of Georgia and South Carolina public schools to generate partnerships while the Office of Academic Affairs revamped the Dual Enrollment Program with Georgia high schools. In addition, the College has developed the Phoenix Scholarship for first-time freshmen and sophomores. The Phoenix Scholarship will provide up to $6,000.00 in room and board for one academic year.

The faith-based and alumni communities have rallied support by volunteering to recruit students for Paine College. Volunteers who desire to recruit students may contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8233 of the Office of Admissions at 706.821.8320. 

Emerging Anew- Campus Renovations 

The College is focused on facilitating a safe and aesthetically pleasing living and learning environment, realizing that this has a major impact on the retention of our students. 

Since June 2017, College officials have completed an extensive list of renovations and repairs in academic buildings, residential halls, campus life facilities while improving landscaping and grounds. A partial list of renovations and repairs consist of:

  • Installed a new HVAC Chiller in Belle Bennett Residential Hall.
  • Repaired HVAC Chillers that provide service for Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel and Music Building.
  • Installed new floor tiles inside Haygood Holsey Hall.
  • Installed new bathroom stalls in Haygood Holsey Hall and repaired roof.
  • Repaired roof inside Peters Campus Center. These repairs impacted the dining experience for students.
  • Removed and replaced floor tiles ridden with asbestos inside the Music Building.
  • New and modern furniture will be installed inside The Odeum Performing Arts Studio located inside the Music Building. The furniture has not been replaced since 1968, the year in which the Chapel and Music Building were constructed.
  • Historic Mary Helm Hall – remodeled public bathrooms, replaced floor tiles and repaired roof.
  • Hollis Residential Hall – repaired roof, replaced dormitory doors, windows, floor tiles, installed locks, lighting and appliances.
  • Grounds – removed fallen trees and debris that presented hazardous conditions for students while paying special attention landscaping.

Overall, we are excited about the possibilities. Indeed, Paine College is on fertile ground and emerging anew.



Posted by painewebmaster | 11/23/2017 06:18 AM

As I reflect on the coming Thanksgiving holiday, I want to take a moment to thank the Augusta/CSRA Community, Alumni and Friends for the warmth and support that you have shown to my wife, Wyonnie, and me since our arrival at Paine College in June. I am so grateful for the hardworking and dedicated faculty and staff at Paine who, without fail, nurture and shepherd our students on the path to success.

To our governing body, members of the Paine College Board of Trustees, I give thanks to you for your leadership, guidance, and commitment to this historic Institution.

To the next generation of leaders, our students, thank you for reaching and giving the very best of yourselves. We promise that you won't leave Paine like you came, for you will depart equipped to take on the challenges that the world will offer.

During this holiday season when we are blessed to be surrounded by family and loved ones, let us take a moment to give thanks for our brave men and women who serve in the U.S. military for they are not forgotten. We know that their sacrifice is even greater during this time away from their loved ones.

While many of us will enjoy a bountiful meal in a warm and safe environment, let us remember those who are not so fortunate. I encourage you to take time to offer a smile, a warm hello, or a plate of hot food to those less fortunate for giving back is the best way to show God's love for our brethren.

When we all return next week, let us bring a renewed sense of commitment to our respective jobs and to the classrooms. Let us emerge anew with hope and faith in knowing that the Paine College community has much for which to be thankful.

Wyonnie and I wish each of you a Thanksgiving filled with peace, prosperity, and joy.




Jerry L. Hardee, President



1 Thessalonians 5:18 - In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.