Paine College President Hosts Private Tour of the New HEAL Complex

Posted by lsuggs | 12/30/2012 18:28 PM

(Augusta, GA)— “This is an exciting time in the life of Paine College,” said Dr. George C. Bradley, President, during the recent invite only tour of the new Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex held December 27th.  “The HEAL Complex will serve our faculty, staff, students, and will be accessible to the community.”

Standing on the former site of the old Randall A. Carter Gymnasium, the private tour group, consisting largely of elected officials, mutually agreed that the new HEAL Complex was a remarkable improvement compared to the old Carter Gymnasium.  The architects from the Vista Design Group strategically preserved specific parts of the Carter Gymnasium that was constructed in 1952 and named for Bishop Randall A. Carter, a theologian of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and a graduate of Paine College.   Out of the renovation of the Carter Gymnasium emerged the new spacious state-of-the-art facility that houses classrooms, laboratories, multi-purpose and meeting rooms, concessions, spacious locker rooms, and weight and training facilities.

“The new HEAL Complex will serve as a hub for academic collaboration, while addressing contemporary health and wellness issues in the CSRA, “ said Brandon P. Brown, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, who was appointed to lead the campaign to build the 43,000 sq. ft. complex.   

Athletic Director, Tim Duncan, beyond smiling, announced that the coaches and student athletes were excited about playing the first basketball game on the new court on January 5, 2013.  “The HEAL Complex is the new home for Paine Athletics,” said Duncan.  “For the first time in the history of Paine Athletics, we will be able to house all of our athletic-related services, coaches, trainers and staff under one roof.”

R.W. Allen LLC served as the Construction Manager for the massive renovation and construction project that has transformed the landscape and skyline along Druid Park Avenue which runs through the campus.  The completion of the new HEAL Complex is part of a 25-year Master Plan for improvements and additions to the College.  The Plan was initiated following the 2007 appointment of current President George Bradley.

The new HEAL Complex will open to the public during a weekend of events that were coordinated by a committee consisting of Paine College faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends.  These events, commemorating the grand opening, will take place during the weekend of January 4-5, 2013.  They include:

Service of Consecration for the HEAL Complex
Friday, January 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel
The Consecration is free and open to the public

HEAL Complex Grand Opening Reception & Tour sponsored by R.W. Allen LLC
Friday, January 4, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Admission: $50 per person (Admission includes a complimentary ticket to the first game in the HEAL Complex the next day against Stillman College)
Attire: Semi-formal/Business Attire
Tickets are available for purchase for the HEAL Complex Grand Opening Reception & Tour at www.paineathletics.com

HEAL Complex Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 11:30 AM (preceding the first Basketball Game in the HEAL Complex)
Paine Lions vs. Stillman Tigers
Saturday, January 5, 2013 -- Tip-Off is at 1:00 PM

For more information on the HEAL Grand Opening events, please call (706) 945-1367, or healevents@paine.edu

For more information on Paine College, please visit: http://www.paine.edu/
or contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or Lsuggs@paine.edu.

 

 


Photo caption: Paine College's new Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex, by Aero Photo.

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Paine College to Host New HEAL Complex Consecration and Opening Reception

Posted by lsuggs | 12/18/2012 12:22 PM

(Augusta, GA)—Dr. George C. Bradley, President of Paine College, announced that the new Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex will open to the public during a weekend of events starting January 4-5, 2013.  The festivities will commemorate the long awaited opening of the facility that will change the landscape and skyline of the campus. 

The Service of Consecration will take place Friday, January 4th at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.  Although the Service of Consecration is free and open to the public, a ticketed event will occur later during the evening at 7p.m. inside the new HEAL Complex.  For the first time, since the commencement of the construction in October 2011, the public will have an opportunity to tour and experience the new HEAL Complex during the Grand Opening Reception.  Admission for the reception is $50.00 per person.  The festivities will carry over to Saturday with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. followed by the first basketball game that will be played in the HEAL gymnasium at 1:00 p.m.

“The new HEAL Complex is a world class facility that will be at the heart of campus life experience,” said Dr. Bradley.  “We wanted to commemorate the opening of this facility in a special way.  We are even more excited that the new HEAL Complex will open just in time to welcome the spring 2013 semester and new and returning students.”

"The HEAL Complex has the capacity to transform campus life, improve student and faculty retention, increase enrollment and serve as a hub for collaboration that will address many of the contemporary health and wellness-related issues that are facing the community," said Brandon Brown, Vice President of Institutional Advancement.   “We are excited to share this edifice and its programming with the Richmond County Community.”

The new home for the Paine College Athletic Department, this contemporary structure will house classrooms, laboratories, meeting and conference rooms, and a health and wellness facility. Also accessible to the community, the HEAL Complex will host the College's intercollegiate competitions for the Lion’s volleyball, men and women’s basketball teams in the new 2,400 seat arena.

“The series of events that will commemorate the opening of the new HEAL Complex will be a fantastic opportunity for the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) Community to experience the state-of-the-art facility and will mark a momentous and historic occasion,” commented Athletic Director, Tim Duncan. “I would like to thank the HEAL Consecration Ceremony Committee, chaired by alumnus, Dr. Roscoe Williams, for their tireless work over the last six months to develop this historic Grand Opening of the HEAL Complex!   We are especially grateful to R.W. Allen LLC for sponsoring the Grand Opening Reception that will take place Friday evening.  RW Allen’s generous support helped to bring to life the vision of the committee.”

A recap of the HEAL Complex Grand Opening festivities:

Service of Consecration for the HEAL Complex
Friday, January 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel
The Consecration is free and open to the public

HEAL Complex Grand Opening Reception & Tour sponsored by R.W. Allen LLC
Friday, January 4, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Admission:  $50 per person (Admission includes a complimentary ticket to the first game in the HEAL Complex the next day against Stillman College)
Attire:  Semi-formal/Business Attire

HEAL Complex Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 11:30 AM (preceding the first Basketball Game in the HEAL Complex)
Paine Lions vs. Stillman Tigers
Saturday, January 5, 2013 -- Tip-Off is at 1:00 PM
Tickets are available for purchase for the HEAL Complex Grand Opening Reception & Tour at www.paineathletics.com

For more information, please call (706) 945-1367, or healevents@paine.edu

For more information on Paine College, please visit: http://www.paine.edu/
 
or contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or Lsuggs@paine.edu

Photo caption: Front view of the The Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex.

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Paine College Community Brings Holiday Spirit to Those in Need

Posted by lsuggs | 12/18/2012 12:19 PM

(Augusta, Ga) – The Paine College Community recently rallied together to make the holiday season more enjoyable for those who are in need.  Paine College partnered with SafeHomes of Augusta and generously contributed holiday gifts for families who are victims and children of domestic violence.

“Paine College is committed to supporting the greater community during this holiday season. We are proud of the rich heritage of community involvement demonstrated by the generosity of faculty and staff through this annual event,” said Dr. Tina Marshall-Bradley, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs.

The faculty and staff of Paine College contributed to four families from Safehomes of Augusta, which is an organization that is committed to ending domestic violence in our community as well as in the lives of individuals. Its mission is to transform victims of domestic violence into survivors.

“This is such an exciting time for us and it is always so heartwarming when the community reaches out to our victims and their families,” said Christina Williams, of SafeHomes of Augusta.

In 1983, the first SafeHomes shelter was opened. A total of 80 women were helped that year. By 1985, the number had grown to more than 500 women. Today, Safehomes of Augusta impacts the lives of more than 1000 women and children each year.

The generosity of the faculty and staff speaks to the College's core value, "service". The faculty and staff opt to give to charity during the College's annual holiday social hosted by Drs. George and Tina Bradley instead of exchanging gifts between one another. This tradition displays the institution’s history and commitment to service to the community, nation and the world.

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 Lsuggs@paine.edu

Photo caption: Gifts for the four adopted families from SafeHomes of Augusta on behalf of the Paine College Community.

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Congressman John Barrow Tours New Paine College Facility

Posted by lsuggs | 12/11/2012 04:54 AM

(Augusta, Ga)—On December 10, 2012, Paine College President Dr. George C. Bradley welcomed Congressman John Barrow to tour the College’s new Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex.  Congressman Barrow is the first elected federal official to tour the new multi-million HEAL Complex that will open to the public in January 2013.

“The HEAL Complex is a great addition to the Paine College community and our entire region,” said Congressman Barrow.  “Paine College’s growth called for this new facility and I have no doubt it’ll be put to good use by the students. Folks in the area, as well, will benefit from this new facility, and I look forward to its opening in the New Year.”

This contemporary sprawling 43,000 sq. ft. structure will become the new home for the Paine College Athletic Department and will house classrooms, laboratories, meeting and conference rooms, and a health and wellness facility.

“The HEAL Complex will offer opportunities for growth, increase retention rates, facilitate beneficial partnerships with the community, enhance the learning environment for our students,” stated Dr. Bradley.

Dr. Bradley and Congressman Barrow also discussed the impact of the U.S. Department of Energy award of nearly $3 million made to the College that is designed to support academic programs and research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Paine College faculty utilized the award to underwrite Project WET-SEED (Workforce Enhancement and Training: Supplying Education and Energy Development).   Project WET-SEED has successfully created a pipeline focused on seamless access for middle school and high school students to move into STEM programs and careers through hands-on environmental science experiments.  The research component concentrates on bioremediation research needed by the DOE to safely clean up the environmental legacy left behind by nuclear weapons development.

For more information on Congressman John Barrow, please visit: http://barrow.house.gov

For more information on Paine College, please visit: http://www.paine.edu/
 
Or contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or Lsuggs@paine.edu.

Photo caption: (Left to right) Paine College President, Dr. George C. Bradley with Congressman, John Barrow, in front of the new Paine College Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex.


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Paine College Partners With Wells Fargo in Community Rehab Project

Posted by lsuggs | 12/3/2012 04:39 AM

(Augusta,Ga)—Paine College has partnered with Wells Fargo to repair a single dwelling that is inhabited and owned by a senior citizen located within walking distance of the College.  On Saturday, December 1, 2012, from 8am-12noon, the home entered Phase 2 of the rehab project, with the assistance of Wells Fargo employees as well as Paine College alumni and staff.

The Wells Fargo Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to the College to implement the development project.  During Phase 1, Pond Maintenance of Augusta, Ga, owned by Allen Odom, ’96, oversaw the project by clearing the home and lawn of debris. Paine College students, faculty, and staff also assisted in this phase. The home is located on 1745 McNally Street in close proximity to the College.

Helene Carter, Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement, who is spearheading this partnership said, “We hope that this will be the first of many rehab projects implemented by Paine College.  We are pleased about the progress of the project, and know that the finished product will greatly enhance this family’s life”. 

For more information on Paine College, please visit: http://www.paine.edu/
 
or contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or Lsuggs@paine.edu


Photo caption: Paine College staff member Geno Clark, assisting in the debris removal of Phase 1 of the Paine College/Wells-Fargo Community Rehab Project held on Monday, October, 15, 2012.

 

Paine College Professor Selected As Keynote Speaker at the International Global Biofuels & Bioproducts Summit 2012

Posted by lsuggs | 11/2/2012 10:00 AM

(Augusta, Ga) – Paine College Associate Professor of Chemistry, Dr. C.R. Nair, has been selected to serve as the opening conference keynote speaker at the International Global Biofuels & Bioproducts Summit 2012. The conference begins on November 19, 2012 in San Antonio, Tx.

Dr. Nair will speak in regards to the theme of the conference “Discovering the Abilities of Microoganisms in Bioproduction and Bioremediation for a Safer Environment” .  The topic of his keynote address at Opening Day, is “Algae Based Biofuel: A Myth or a Reality”.  The esteemed Professor will also lead a presentation on his research on microbial bioremediation of hexavalent chromium.

The organizing committee for the Bioproducts 2012 conference stated Dr. Nair’s presence will, “add value to our conference as well as our Scientific Community.”

Dr. Nair believes having a presence at the conference will be an excellent opportunity for Paine College to showcase and share the expertise and interest in metal-microbial interactions.  “With an international audience, this will strengthen Paine College’s research base to newer heights in combating environmental pollution,” Dr. Nair stated.
 
About Dr. C. R. Nair
Nair is the Director of Environmental Science Programs/Associate Professor of Chemistry and is the Project Leader of Bioremediation Research supported by the Department of Energy at Paine College.  He earned his Ph.D. in 1970 from the University of Allahabad, India, and did postdoctoral research at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tn.  Nair also served as Research Professor of the LSU School of Medicine, located in New Orleans, La. 

The professor is a licensed High Complexity Laboratory Director.  Nair has been honored as a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists, Fellow of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry, Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, and a host of other accolades.  He has over 45 research publications in peer reviewed journals, held several senior positions, and served in various capacities in academia and industry for the past three decades.

For more information on the Bioproducts 2012 conference, please visit: http://omicsonline.org/bioproducts2012

For more information on Paine College, please visit: http://www.paine.edu/ 
 
Or contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or Lsuggs@paine.edu

Photo caption: Paine College Associate Professor of Chemistry, Dr. C.R. Nair.
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Paine College Chemistry Students Participate In National Chemistry Week

Posted by lsuggs | 11/2/2012 05:36 AM

(Augusta, Ga) – Recently, the local chapter of the American Society and Savannah River Site organized the 25th anniversary of National Chemistry Week.  During National Chemistry Week, Paine College Chemistry Department spearheaded demonstrations to young festival goers and visitors at the Georgia-Carolina Fair.

Nine students of the General Chemistry 121 class conducted experiments on the concept of nanotechnology, specifically the formation of beads from sodium alginate, a seaweed extract, during the Georgia Carolina Fair.  Jordan Rutland and Melande Carter are two Paine College students who participated in the event by orchestrated the experiments on nanotechnology.

“It was wonderful to share with the youth that science is all around them and that sciences can be fun”, stated Jordan Rutland.  Rutland is a Sophomore Biology major, and native of Manassas, Va.

Melande Carter is a Mathematics and Computer Science major from Orangeburg, Sc.  “I want the youth to understand that science is not intimidating” she said.

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 Lsuggs@paine.edu


Photo caption: (Left to right) Paine College students Jordan Rutland, Jasmine Ford, Jade Phelps, Ryan Davis-Wright, Fair Volunteer, and Paine College Professor Dr. Sardar Yousufzai.


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Paine College Alumnus Honored by Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities

Posted by lsuggs | 10/31/2012 11:57 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Governor Nathan Deal recently presented the first annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities at the State Capitol. A total of twelve individuals and organizations were recognized for significant contributions to Georgia’s cultural vitality. Georgia Council for the Arts, the Georgia Humanities Council and the Georgia Film Music & Digital Entertainment Office joined in presenting the awards.

Akbar Imhotep of Atlanta, Georgia and 1973 Paine College graduate was honored for his contributions which have positively impacted all of Georgia as a storyteller. Imhotep is currently the President of the National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc., and also served as the Executive Secretary for the Paine College National Alumni Association from 2004 to 2008.

“I have been telling stories professionally since 1985,” said Imhotep, “I have never done what I do for some recognition or awards.  I have done it as a calling.  What this (award) really means is I must become even better at what I do and spread the joy of storytelling even futher”.

The recipients were chosen from almost one hundred nominations from around the state.  They represent a diverse and prestigious group of accomplished individuals and organizations and laid the groundwork for Georgia’s growing creative industry through innovative programs, community collaboration and long-term financial commitment.

About the Award
Each individual Governor’s Award was designed and created by Matt Moulthrop, grandson of Ed Moulthrop who is known as the “father of modern woodturning”.  Hand-crafted from native Georgia hardwoods, such as ash leaf maple and salted pecan, the awards are visually stunning and instantly recognizable as a “Moulthrop”, as his pieces have come to be known by collectors.

Matt contributed the time and talent required to create twelve pieces of distinctive wood turned art that are as unique as the award recipients, one of whom is his father, Phillip. Woodturning has been a Moulthrop family legacy for three generations. Woodwork created by patriarch, Ed, is a part of the State Art Collection.

Exhibited in some of the country’s leading museums, Matt’s work is featured prominently in collections at the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburg); The Carter Center (Atlanta); The Smithsonian (Washington, DC); as well as New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art.

For more information on the Georgia Council for the Arts, please visit: http://www.gaarts.org/

For more information on Paine College, please visit: http://www.paine.edu/
 
Or contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or Lsuggs@paine.edu

Photo Caption: Paine College logo.

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Paine College Hosts 15th Annual Conference on the Harlem Renaissance

Posted by lsuggs | 10/30/2012 11:18 AM

(Augusta, GA)—Paine College’s School of Arts and Sciences will host its 15th Annual Conference on the Harlem Renaissance. The conference will take place on November 7, 2012 and conclude November 9, 2012, at the Double Tree Hotel (2651 Perimeter Pkwy, Augusta, GA) and Paine College Campus. The conference is open to the public at a fee of $35 per day to include attendance to lecture sessions, lunch, and additional refreshments.

This year’s conference participants will witness a special tribute to Evelyn G. Etheridge, founder of the Conference by Paine College’s Sigma Omicron Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Members. As an instructor of Honors Composition and Black Literature, Professor Etheridge brought passion, vigor and a no-nonsense approach to teaching.  She earned several Teacher of the Year awards for her dedication and enthusiasm.   

Keynote speaker for the Conference will be Daniel Omotosho Black, author of Twelve Gates to the City and Perfect Peace. Upon graduation from Clark College (Magna Cum Laude in 1988), he was granted a full graduate fellowship to Temple University in pursuit of a Ph.D. in African-American Studies. As a tenured Associate Professor, he now aims to provide an example of young African Americans of the importance of self-knowledge and communal commitment. A book signing and reception with the artists will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2012 at 7 pm at Paine House, located on 1238 Beman Street, Augusta, Ga.

Also during the Conference, an Artist Talk, Exhibition, and Reception, featuring the works of Paine College Art Professor Nancy Bookhart Artist is slated for Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 5 pm at the Doubletree Hotel.
The School of Arts and Sciences consists of three departments that offer the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. These departments include the Department of Humanities, Department of Mathematics, Sciences, and Technology, and Department of Social Sciences.

For specific questions about conference attendance, contact the Office of Dean Emily Allen-Williams (School of Arts and Sciences) at 706-821-8326.

For more information on Paine College, please visit: http://www.paine.edu/
 
Or contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195, or Lsuggs@paine.edu
 
Photo caption: Professor Nancy Bookhart, Mixed Media from the series –
"I Waltzed With God The Morning of Genesis".

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Civil Rights Activist, Reverend Joseph Lowery, at Paine College

Posted by lsuggs | 10/29/2012 13:25 PM

(Augusta, Ga) –The Paine College Chapter of the NAACP hosted Reverend Joseph Lowery in an assembly on Thursday, October 17, 2012, at 2:30pm in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel on the campus.  The civil rights activist believes that the young people’s vote will make the difference in the 2012 election. Rev. Lowery is on a mission to reach young people throughout Georgia to convince them that their vote is sacred and should be treated as such.
 
The 91-year old retired United Methodist minister and social activist has fought against prejudice and discrimination for more than 50 years.  He earned himself the nickname the “dean of the civil rights movement”.  The son of a teacher and a businessman, Rev. Lowery grew up in the segregated South and knew firsthand the hardships and cruelty that many African-Americans experienced.  After completing his bachelor’s degree at Paine College, he followed a spiritual calling and later earned a doctorate in divinity degree from the Chicago Ecumenical Institute in 1950.

The Paine College Alumnus headed the Alabama Civic Affairs Association, an organization devoted to the desegregation of buses and public places. In 1957, along with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lowery founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and subsequently led the organization as its president from 1977 to 1997.
Rev. Lowery delivered the benediction at President Obama’s inauguration and later was awarded the presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

For more information on Paine College, please visit: http://www.paine.edu/
 
Or contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or Lsuggs@paine.edu

Photo caption: Rev. Joseph Lowery
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