Paine College to Participate at 28th Annual Hall of Fame Weekend in Atlanta, Georgia

Posted by lsuggs | 09/25/2013 12:22 PM

(Augusta, GA) – Tekeya Peterson, Miss Paine College 2013-2014, will travel to Atlanta, Georgia to compete with other HBCU queens during the 28th Annual Hall of Fame, September 25-29, 2013. The event is hosted by the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation. The senior Sarasota, Florida native is the daughter of Robbin Haynes and Stanley Peterson Sr.  Peterson majors in Public Relations at Paine and has plans to pursue a graduate degree at Howard University.

During the NBCA Hall of Fame Weekend, Peterson will attend workshops and seminars on leadership training. The culminating event of the weekend is the Queens’ Competition Final, in which HBCU Queens compete for the title of Miss NBCA Hall of Fame, scheduled for Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 7:00 PM.  All events are held at the Hyatt Regency of Atlanta, which is the official host hotel of the NBCA Hall of Fame Weekend.

The Council of National Alumni Associations (CNAA) established the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc.  Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., who was the National President of CNAA, conceived and developed the proposal for the foundation. The members of CNAA recognized the need for alumni to move to the forefront of the effort to strengthen Black colleges and formed the NBCA Hall of Fame Foundation.

The organization formed its mission around assisting alumni associations and other organizations as they work together to ensure survival and stability of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).

The organization also serves to educate the general public about the contributions of HBCU’s and their alumni.

For more information on the 28th Annual Hall of Fame Weekend presented by the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame in Atlanta Georgia, please visit

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Photo caption: Miss Paine College, Tekeya Peterson.


Paine College Welcomes Second Nature Education for Sustainability Group

Posted by lsuggs | 09/23/2013 11:51 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Second Nature’s American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) team will be on the campus of Paine College on September 23-24, 2013.  Second Nature has partnered with The Kresge Foundation to conduct workshops on the campus of Paine College to work with attendees interested in sustainability and to provide capacity-building support for sustainability projects.

During this visit, Second Nature will conduct workshops to help students, faculty and staff calculate the Paine College campus carbon footprint and to begin developing a Climate Action Plan that will introduce means of reducing the campus carbon footprint.

Since 1993, Second Nature has worked with over 4,000 faculty and administrators at more than 500 colleges and universities to help make the principles of sustainability fundamental to every aspect of higher education. Second Nature’s successes include advancing Education for Sustainability (EFS) networks at the state, regional, and national levels; and conducting a multi-million dollar, ten-year advocacy and outreach effort that was instrumental in launching the higher education EFS movement.

"This visit introduces our students to this culture of environmental sustainability and puts us at a level playing field with other schools,” stated Gabriel Swenson, Assistant Professor of Biology.

For more information on Paine College, please visit or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or

Photo caption: Paine College logo.

SEPTEMBER 23-24 2013

***Workshops listed in bold with italics will be held in Walker Science Building (1st Floor Davis-Richart Lecture Hall).  All other events will be held in Candler Memorial Library (2nd Floor Conference Room). 

     9am – 9:15am             Meet with President George C. Bradley & Implementation Liaisons (IL)
     915am – 930am           Meet with Dr. Samuel Sullivan (Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs)
     9:30am – 10:15am       Meet with IL – Strategic Campus Visit (optional)
     10:15am – 10:30am     Morning Break
     10:30am – 11am          Why Reporting?  The ACUPCC and Importance of Reporting
     11am – 12pm              The Reporting System: Training Videos for Reporting
     12pm – 1pm                Lunch Break
     1pm – 2pm                  Conducting a Green House Gas (GHG) Inventory
     2pm – 3pm                  GHG Inventory Workshop: Campus Carbon Calculator(CCC)

     3pm – 3:30pm              Afternoon Break
     3:30pm – 4pm              GHG Inventory Workshop: Using the CCC
     4pm – 5pm                   Workshop: Develop Inventory and Reporting Work Plan

     9am – 10:15am           Campus Case Studies       
     10:15am – 10:30am     Morning Break
     10:30am – 11am          Components of a Climate Action Plan (CAP)
     11am – 11:15am          CAP Case Studies
     11:15am – 12pm          Strategies for Developing a Successful CAP
     12pm – 1pm                 Lunch Break
     1pm – 3pm                  CAP Workshop: Develop CAP Structure
     3pm – 3:30pm             Afternoon Break
     3:30pm – 4:30pm        Finalize CAP, Inventory and Reporting Work Plan  
     4:30pm – 5pm             Presentation of Work Plan to the President (time permitting)


Delta Sigma Theta Alumnae Chapter to Partner with Paine College for National Voter Registration Day

Posted by lsuggs | 09/23/2013 11:51 AM

(Augusta, GA) – The Augusta Delta Sigma Theta Alumna Chapter will hold a voter registration on Tuesday, September 24, 2014 in the Peters Campus Center, in recognition of National Voter Registration Day.  The registration will begin at 11 AM and conclude at 2 PM.

“Many African Americans have fought and even died for the right to vote,” stated Jill Ballesteros. “As the SGA President and active member of the NAACP chapter here at the College, voting is very important and I want to encourage all students to get registered”.
In 2008, 6 million Americans did not vote because they missed a registration deadline or did not know how to register. The primary goal of National Voter Registration Day is to make sure no one is left out.

On September 24, 2013, volunteers, celebrities, and organizations from all over the country will "hit the streets" for National Voter Registration Day (NVRD). This single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts will create pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities--allowing NVRD to reach tens of thousands of voters or more who could not reach otherwise.

“We want to expand widespread access to the ballot box to each eligible citizen and, in this case, to students at Paine College,” stated Iris Angel Little, President of the Augusta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  “It is our hope that students will understand their civic responsibility to vote to elect strong leaders and positively impact public policy.  Individuals who register to vote by October 7, 2013 will be eligible to vote in the November 5, 2013 election”.

For more information on 2013 National Voter Registration Day, please visit

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Photo caption: National Voter Registration Day logo.


Brandon P. Brown Named Senior Vice-President for Institutional Advancement

Posted by lsuggs | 09/17/2013 06:33 AM

(Augusta, GA) –Dr. George C. Bradley announced today that Brandon P. Brown has been promoted to Senior Vice-President for Institutional Advancement.

The Senior Vice-President for Institutional Advancement has primary responsibility for providing executive support to the President along with administering the College’s strategic planning, supervising the overall image, governmental relations, corporate relations, sponsored programs, Title III programs, community relations, advancement programs, fundraising, including planned and deferred giving, annual giving and capital campaigns.

The Senior Vice-President for Institutional Advancement also oversees the offices that are housed in the unit to include Communications and Marketing, Athletic Compliance and Alumni Relations, Development, Research and Gifts.  The Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement holds the senior position on the Administrative Council and reports to the President.

About Brandon P. Brown:
Brandon P. Brown is Senior Vice-President of Institutional Advancement at Paine College. Brown is a native of Greenville, South Carolina. He joined the staff of Paine College in 2008. Brown received his Bachelors degree in History from Paine College in 2000 and a Masters of Human Resource Development from Webster University in 2010. Brown is also responsible for scholarships, endowments and furthering the institution’s strategic plan.
He is no stranger to fundraising, in 2006; he served as State Deputy Political Director for then Senator Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. In 2004, Brown became the first African American to run for a seat in the United States Congress from South Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District.

In 2009, Brown was charged with leading the fundraising effort for the Health Education Activities Learning Complex, which was completed and opened in January 2013. Brown was also responsible for the College’s largest gift of 4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Brown is active in a variety of civic and social organizations in both Georgia and South Carolina. Brown currently serves on the Historic Augusta Board of Directors. Brown is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, and St. Luke United Methodist Church of Augusta, Georgia.

For more information on Paine College, please visit  or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at
(706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or


Photo caption: Brandon P. Brown, Senior Vice-President of Institutional Advancement at Paine College.


Paine College Alumnus Collection Featured at the Lucy C. Laney Museum of Black History

Posted by lsuggs | 09/17/2013 06:30 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is now featuring the art collection of Ellis M. Johnson, a retired performing artist, philanthropist, and arts connoisseur. The ‘61 Paine College graduate’s collection will be on exhibit until September 30, 2013. His support for the arts in Augusta and his work as an educator embody the spirit of community service.

“This month, we observe the artistic life of Mr. Ellis Johnson whose dedication the to the CSRA’s art community is invaluable. Of note, he was instrumental in uplifting internationally renowned opera singer and Augusta- native Jessye Norman”, shared Christine Betts, Executive Director of the Laney Museum.  “He served as director for The Augusta Chorale and held board positions for The Augusta Arts Council, The Augusta Symphony, and currently serves on the board for The Jessye Norman School of the Arts”.

 Johnson’s collection highlights half a century of awards, clippings, newspapers, and visual art from his archives.  Spanning over 50 years, it will chronicle the artistic life of Mr. Johnson through electronic, print and oral media. The exhibition will include awards, newspaper clippings and visual art from his collection.

Johnson explains, “My interest in visual art was sparked in an art class in school when I tried my hand at drawing, but never succeeded in that medium. The art I collect is just art that appeals or speaks to me personally in some way”.

The CSRA is invited to the following events in celebration of Johnson’s exhibit:

    Opening Reception at the Museum
Sunday, September 15, 2013
3:00 pm
Cost: $5 per person
Mr. Ellis Johnson will give a brief talk of his involvement in the arts community.

    Special Luncheon at The Augusta Library
823 Telfair Street
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
12:00 pm
Cost: $20 per person
This luncheon will be held in Mr. Johnson’s honor, celebrating his dedication to our community and will include organizations representing the Augusta Arts Community.

For more information on the events or exhibit in honor of Ellis Johnson at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, please visit or call 706-724-3576.

For more information on Paine College, please visit or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at
(706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or

Photo caption: Mr. Ellis Johnson, 1961 Paine College graduate and featured artist at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History of Augusta, GA.


Paine College Student to Travel to South Africa

Posted by lsuggs | 09/17/2013 06:28 AM

(Augusta, GA) – A rising star at Paine College by the name of Jordan Rutland has been selected for the forthcoming 2014 Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows January South Africa Institute.  The junior Biology major of Manassas, Virginia, conducted research with Dr. C.R. Nair, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Physics & Environmental Sciences, in the area algae biofuel.  This project is intended to span a two year period, funded through the United Negro College Fund Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship.

The Paine College Presidential Scholar explained her excitement on her achievement, “When this opportunity of traveling abroad was presented to me, I was very enthused and eager to apply. I am most looking forward to being submerged in a culture other than my own, and I hope to gain insight that will be beneficial to my research”.

Algae, specifically microalgae, represent an exceptionally diverse but highly specialized group of microorganisms adapted to various ecologist habitats.  Inside each algal cell is lipid which can be used to create biofuel.  Lipid production can fluctuate depending on the type of stress (environment), and level of stress the algae are under. Because the different environments influence the amount lipid biosynthesis, they directly affect the amount of fuel that can be made.

 In this study, lipid will be extracted and measured by mass, in order to determine its most suitable environmental state for copious production of fatty acid methyl ester (FAME).

Rutland states, “The results of this experiment will not only serve as a building block for related studies to come, but will help identify algae as the possible fuel of the future”.

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Photo caption: Jordon Rutland, recipient of the UNCF Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows January South Africa Institute.



Posted by lsuggs | 09/13/2013 04:35 AM

(Augusta, GA) – The Department of Humanities at Paine College is requesting proposals for the annual Conference on the Harlem Renaissance to be held on the campus of historic Paine College. The theme for 2013 is “Midwives and Mavericks: Architects, Artists, and Critics of the Renaissance.” The focus for presentations will center on the literature, history, philosophy, art, and music, as well as inter- and cross-disciplinary approaches to the lives, work, and impact of a variety of architects, artists, and critics of the Harlem Renaissance Era.

Possible areas of inquiry include but are not limited to:

  • • Local and regional literatures related to the Harlem Renaissance
  • • Local and regional histories related to the Harlem Renaissance
  • • The philosophies and/or work of midwives such as: Alain Locke, W.E.B. Du Bois, Jessie Fauset, and/or James Weldon Johnson, etc.
  • • Community organizing during the Harlem Renaissance Era
  • • Art, music, and/or drama and the Harlem Renaissance
  • • Marcus Garvey, Literary Garveyism, Garveyites, and the U.N.I.A. Editors
  • • Harlem Renaissance Era journals, newspapers, clubs, and/or salons
  • • Oral histories from the Harlem Renaissance Era
  • • Spirituality, religion, faith, and doubt during the Harlem Renaissance

Proposals/Abstracts are sought in three categories:

  • • Professors, independent scholars, community organizers, artists, and designers
  • • Graduate students
  • • Undergraduate students

Submission Requirements: Individual proposals/abstracts should be no more than 250 words and panel abstracts should be more than 750 words. A clear explanation of the significance of the presentation is requested. Indicate all participants, status (professor, independent scholar, artist, designer, and student) and tentative title/focus of the panel and/or individual presentation.

Proposals/Abstracts should be submitted no later than Friday, September 27, 2013. Submit electronically to cladams@ or Postal Mail:

Dr. Catherine L. Adams Chair, Department of Humanities

Paine College 1235 Fifteenth Street Augusta, GA 30901

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(706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or

Photo caption: Paine College logo.

Paine College Student Organizations Come Together To Remember 9/11

Posted by lsuggs | 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

Photo caption l: NAACP logo.

Photo caption ll: Paine College logo.

Paine College Faculty Members Recipients of National $340,000 Federal Grant

Posted by lsuggs | 09/6/2013 10:24 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Paine College is elated to announce Dr. LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis and Dr. Lawanda Cummings’ recent grant from the National Science Foundation for a project proposal entitled, “Understanding Barriers to STEM Education for African-American Women”. The grant, in the amount of $342,899, will be awarded over a three year period.

The current project is an extension of the professors’ multidisciplinary research focused on African-American women, cultural meaning and academic processes.  This project is the result of an interdisciplinary collaboration between Dr. Lindsay-Dennis, Assistant Professor of Education and Dr. Cummings, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the College. Dr. Lindsay-Dennis serves as the principal investigator and Dr. Cummings serves as the co-principal investigator on this project. 

The project will investigate the underlying factors linked to the low participation of African-American women in the field of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  This project will contribute to the body of knowledge about direct and indirect influences on the ethnic minority women’s involvement in STEM career fields.

“We are excited about this collaborative research project focusing on the under-representation of African-American women on STEM career pathways.  It is our goal to help Paine College and similar institutions to create pipeline interventions to address the growing demands of the STEM workforce,” said Dr. Lindsay-Dennis.

Dr. Lindsay-Dennis has been with the College for 3.5 years and worked diligently on grants for programs similar to this new award.  Dr. Lindsay-Dennis received a $15,000 grant from The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) in 2011. This grant, Project P.U.S.H. (Propelling Underserved Students into Higher Education), funded a summer initiative to enhance the academic functioning for African-American girls who are at-risk for school failure through mentoring and exposure to curriculum to promote academic functioning. Prior to The Community Foundation for the CSRA grant, Dr. Lindsay-Dennis received her first grant at the College in the amount of $5,200 from the Faculty-Student Research Program just three years ago.  

Dr. Cummings, a relatively new faculty member, also received the Faculty-Student Research Program last year for $5,000 to conduct research focused on mentoring and academic support for incarcerated youth. Her work also includes STEM focused pipeline initiatives such as TREES (Training and Research Experiences in Environmental Sciences) and ESDC (Environmental Science Day Camp) at Paine College. Dr. Cummings was recently funded as a Co-PI by the Department of Energy for the WET-SEED (Workforce Enhancement and Training: Supplying Education and Energy Development) Initiative. Current funding includes a plan to continue both the middle and high school environmental science pipeline programs as part of a multi-focused research and education grant for 1.1 million dollars.

The Paine College Community congratulates its shining stars, Dr. Lindsay-Dennis and Dr. Cummings, on their latest achievement.

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Photo caption: Dr. LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, faculty member at Paine College, recent recipient of National Science Foundation grant.

Photo Caption: Dr. Lawanda Cummings, faculty member at Paine College, Co-PI for the recently funded National Science Foundation grant.



Lions Select Lucy Laney Stadium for Home Games

Posted by lsuggs | 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 or contact Kayla Thomas at 706-821-8438.

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*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.