Paine College Department To Host First Annual Youth Summit

Posted by lsuggs | 03/5/2013 10:00 AM

(Augusta, Ga) – The Paine College School of Professional Studies will host the inaugural Sankofa Youth Summit on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at 10:00 am in the Candler Memorial Library Ballroom. This event focuses on celebrating African and African American culture, history, and heritage.

The word Sankofa is derived from Akan tradition and translates in English as “go back to the past in order to build for the future.”  In the spirit of Sankofa, this youth summit will bring the richness, complexity, and the legacy of African American culture and heritage strength from the margins to the center.

The Sankofa Youth Summit targets youth between 12 and 17 years of age. The event will provide culturally enriching seminars focused on African and African American history, leadership skill training, and dialogue about community building.
For more information on the Sankofa Youth Summit, please contact Dr. LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis at (706) 432.0726, Dr. Lawanda Cummings  at (706) 396.7597 or

For more information about Paine College, please visit, or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at
(706) 821.8322, or (803) 524.3195.


Photo caption: Sankofa Youth Summit Flyer scheduled for Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 10:00am in the Candler Memorial Library Ballroom (2nd Floor) on the campus of Paine College.



Paine College Selected as Finalist for The Home Depot’s 2013 Retool Your School Program

Posted by lsuggs | 03/4/2013 02:52 AM

(Augusta, Ga)– Paine College has been announced as a finalist in The Home Depot’s 2013 RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL campus improvement grant program. Designed to reinvigorate HBCUs, finalists are competing for $225,000 in grants for on-campus improvements and are now asking their communities and the public to help them win.  From February 18, 2013 to April 15, 2013, Paine College supporters can visit to vote for Paine’s sustainable campus improvement project.  One $50,000 Tier 1 major grant, twelve Tier 2 $10,000 minor grants and one $25,000 Campus Pride for the school receiving the most online votes and social media activity, as assessed by The Home Depot, will be awarded. The Home Depot® will announce the winners on May 3, 2013.

To apply for the Retool Your School grants, HBCUs were required to submit Letters of Intent that included brief descriptions of their potential projects via the “Retool Your School” website by February 11, 2013.   Applicants that provided their Phase 1 proposals by the deadline were able to continue and submit full proposals for Tier I, Tier II and Campus Pride campus improvement grants.

“We are asking the CSRA community, Paine alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends throughout the country and abroad to cast a daily vote in support of Paine College by visiting,” said Helene Carter, Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement.  “Paine’s projects are worthwhile and will make a difference on our campus.”

Paine College will face stiff competition from finalist schools in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.   Therefore, Paine supporters, alumni, faculty, staff, students, friends and family should log on and vote at to ensure that the Lions bring home the grand prize.

During the online voting period that is currently underway, Paine College supporters are able to view descriptions of the College’s campus projects and can cast one vote per day for Paine.  Following the online vote, a panel of distinguished judges will also evaluate each school’s proposal. Tier I and Tier II projects will be judged based on the number of votes posted to the website, as well as the judges’ evaluation of the relevance to the proposal requirements as listed on the website and application. Entrants must highlight how each project will make a lasting, positive impact on their campus.  Special attention will be given to schools that pitch eco-friendly plans. The winning schools will be determined based on a combination of online votes and the judges’ evaluations. The awarding of the Campus Pride grant will be based on the number of votes and social media activity the winning school receives.

Some of the potential improvement projects entered by the HBCU finalists include projects that will affect the campus and community as a whole, such as installing eco-friendly bathrooms, adding wheelchair ramps and automatic access doors, creating sustainable landscaping projects, replacing windows with Energy Star rated fixtures, installing solar energy systems and motion sensors to reduce electric consumption in classrooms, starting community gardens and campus greenhouses to encourage healthy eating, and creating nature trails accessible to the surrounding community as a fit living initiative.  Each of the proposed improvement projects will enhance campus life for current students and generations to come.  

For more information and updates on The Home Depot “Retool Your School” grant program or to vote online visit

Remember, online voting began February 18, 2013, and will end on April 15, 2013, at 11:59 pm EST.    Cast your vote for Paine College today and every day thereafter through April 15th.

About The Home Depot®

The Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,256 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2011, The Home Depot had sales of $70.4 billion and earnings of $3.9 billion. The Company employs more than 300,000 associates. The Home Depot's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index. 

 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.


Photo caption: Retool Your School HBCU Campus Improvement Program Logo.






Paine College Basketball to Host Benedict College For Senior Day

Posted by kmay | 02/22/2013 10:49 AM
Augusta, GA- The Paine College Department of Athletics will honor senior basketball players during Senior Day, Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the HEAL Complex. The game which matches the Tigers of Benedict College against the Paine College Lions will serve as the final home basketball game for the 2012-2013 season.
The game tips-off at 1PM, as the Lady Lions and Lady Tigers take to the court. 
The seniors, Allen Young, Autis Gibson, Jared Moore, Kiara Farley, and Mario Jordan will be honored between the women’s and men’s game, and the Lions and Tigers will jump-ball immediately after the recognition.
 “Our senior student-athletes will perform in the final home game of their collegiate careers, so we just want to offer a small token of our appreciation for all of their hard work on and off the court” said Tim Duncan, Director of Athletics.
Tickets for contest are $10.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors and youth, and Paine College students with valid I.D. free.
For more information on the 2012-13 Paine College Lions basketball campaign, visit .

Paine College To Host Spring Career Fair

Posted by lsuggs | 02/21/2013 12:34 PM

 (Augusta, GA) – The Office of Career Services will host Paine College’s Spring Career Fair on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 from 1pm-4pm in the Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex.

Students, alumni, and members of the community will have an opportunity to meet face-to-face with employers and build their network. ADP, SRNS, Enterprise, Richmond Country Schools, WJBF, Georgia Regents University, and Georgia Lottery Corporation are some of the employers that will be present. Resumes and professional dress are required. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact April Ewing in the Office of Career Services at (706) 821-8307 or visit

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: Flyer for the 2013 Paine College Career Fair, scheduled for Wednesday, March 13, 2013 from 1pm to 4pm, in the Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex on the campus of Paine College.




Paine College Student Gains Success at Black College Quiz Bowl Show

Posted by lsuggs | 02/14/2013 07:32 AM

(Augusta, GA) – The Ford Black College Quiz Bowl Show, sponsored by Ford Motor Company, will feature Paine College senior English major, Artis Collins III.  Collins will be featured as a contestant on the annual game show airing in Augusta, GA, on February 16th and 23rd at 2:00pm and 2:30pm on WJBF News Channel 6.   Collins, the son of Artis and Kathy Collins, is a native of Stone Mountain, GA.  

The quiz show series features HBCU College students from around the country showcasing their knowledge and skill of African-American history. This four-part, half-hour series has featured over 50 HBCU schools since its inception and awarded over $100,000 dollars in scholarships.  National syndication of the Black College Quiz Show launched in February 2007.

“The highlight of this experience was being able to perform before my parents,” said Collins, “I have been competing in academic competitions since grade school, and served as a member of the Quiz Bowl team all four years of my undergraduate career.”  Collins, upon graduating in May 2013, plans to pursue a Masters in Education and ultimately become a special education teacher.

For more information on the Ford Black College Quiz Bowl Show, and to view air times for your area, please visit,

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.

Photo caption: Artis Collins, Paine College contestant on the Ford Black College Quiz Bowl Show airing in Augusta, GA, on February 16th and 23rd at 2:00pm and 2:30pm on WJBF News Channel 6.



Paine College Hosts Inaugural Frank Yerby Symposium

Posted by lsuggs | 02/5/2013 07:59 AM

(Augusta, GA)—The Paine College School of Arts and Humanities will host the Inaugural Frank Yerby Literary Symposium. The Yerby Symposium will begin on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, and conclude on Friday, February 15, 2013.  The theme of the symposium is “Locating Yerby.”

On Wednesday, February 13, you are invited to a screening of the “Foxes of Harrow” in the Odeum of the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel at 6 p.m.

A faculty and student symposium will be held on Thursday, February 14 at 9 a.m. at the Yerby House.

Finally, on Friday, February 15, a panel discussion will be led by Dr. Maryemma Graham of the University of Kansas and Dr. James L. Hill of Albany State University at 9 a.m. in the Candler Memorial Library Building.

Frank Yerby is one of the most prolific African American novelists, having written over thirty books. Frank Yerby's book, Foxes of Harrow, was made into a major motion picture, which won an Academy Award. Frank Yerby was a member of the Paine College Class of 1937.

“This Symposium will not only reintroduce and reinvigorate the study of Frank Yerby as a literary scholar, but it will also make great strides in demonstrating the importance of Paine College and the Augusta community’s influence in Frank Yerby’s writings,” said Anthony Neal, Assistant Professor of Philosophy. “With this purpose in mind, we at Paine College, specifically the Department of Humanities, hope to influence a new generation of literary genius through this event!”

All events are free and open to the public and held on the campus of Paine College

For more information about the Inaugural Frank Yerby Literary Symposium, please contact Anthony Neal at (706) 396.7601 or

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

Photo caption: Paine College School of Arts and Sciences presents the Inaugural Frank Yerby Symposium, February 13-15, 2013 on the campus of Paine College.



Dr. Cynthia Bond Hopson to Serve as Guest Speaker for 131st Founders’ Day Convocation

Posted by lsuggs | 02/5/2013 07:46 AM

  (Augusta, GA)— Paine College is proud to announce that Dr. Cynthia Bond-Hopson will deliver the 131st Founders’ Day address on Friday, February 8, 2013. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel on the Campus of Paine College. A large turnout is expected as many gather to remember the founders of the institution. The event is free and open to the public.

About Dr. Cynthia Bond-Hopson
Cynthia A. Bond Hopson is assistant general secretary of the Black College Fund and Ethnic Concerns at the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Higher Education and Ministry in Nashville.  In her work she interprets, promotes and manages funding for the 11 United Methodist-related HBCU. The Fund, which has been in existence since 1972, supports Bennett College, Bethune Cookman, Claflin, Clark Atlanta, Dillard and Huston Tillotson Universities, Meharry Medical College, and Paine, Philander Smith, Rust and Wiley Colleges —the United Methodist Church has more HBCU than any other religious denomination.

Hopson received the B.A. in Mass Communications in 1985 from Clark
College (now Clark Atlanta University); the M.S. in Journalism from Murray (KY) State University in 1989; and the Ph.D. in Journalism from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 2000.  

Hopson was formerly associate professor of journalism at the University of Memphis where she was twice selected through national competition as an American Society of Newspaper Editors Journalism Excellence Fellow. She has been nominated for teaching excellence and was selected from 2002-2006 for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She has also taught at Murray (KY) State University and Lane College, Jackson, Tenn.

Hopson’s Touched By Grace Professional Communications Ministry offers women’s retreat leadership, diversity consultation and training, writing, musical and public speaking services to businesses, churches and educational organizations. She is author of seven books: her latest, The Women of Haywood: Their Lives, Our Legacy, was published in 2012. This collection of oral histories about professional African American women and related essays was almost 20 years in the making and celebrates women who have helped make us and our communities great. Her other books are Thirty-one is Thirty-wonderful, A Prayer and Reflection Journal/Journey for Triumphant Women, (2011) I Do Everyday…, Wisdom for Newlyweds and Not So Newlyweds, with her husband Roger, (2011) Too Many Irons in the Fire and They’re All Smoking!!! (May 2008), Bad Hair Days, Rainy Days and Mondays, Wisdom and Encouragement to Lift a Woman’s Spirit, (2006) Wiggle Tales, A Collection of Hopson’s Haywood, Columns from the Brownsville States- Graphic and Times of Challenge and Controversy: Voter Registration in Haywood County, 1960-1961, A Content Analysis of Local, Regional and National Newspaper Coverage. Her work also appears in the Africana Worship Series B&C, God Delivers Me and her inspiring words are included in Go, Tell Michelle, African American Women Write to the New First Lady, (SUNY 2009) a bestseller of 100 letters written to Mrs. Michelle Obama, that has now become a stage play.

She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the National Association of Black Journalists and Kappa Tau Alpha National Journalism Honor Society. She is married to the Rev. Roger A. Hopson, Executive Assistant to the Bishop of the Nashville Area of the United Methodist Church. They live in Lebanon, Tennessee and have two children, Marcos and Angela, and four grandchildren.

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

Photo caption: Dr. Cynthia Bond Hopson, 131st Founders’ Day Convocation guest speaker at Paine College.



Marion Barnes ‘57 to Serve as Grand Marshall in College’s 2013 Homecoming Parade

Posted by lsuggs | 02/4/2013 04:20 AM

(Augusta, GA)—Paine College is pleased to announce Marion Barnes ’57, as the 2013 Homecoming Parade Grand Marshall. The parade is slated for Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 11 a.m. The Homecoming Parade will begin downtown at Dyess Park and will end on Laney Walker Boulevard at Druid Park Avenue.

This year’s parade honors the 131st year of Paine College’s existence. The College is expecting a record number of alumni and friends to attend homecoming festivities, due to the completion of the Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex.   For the first time in over a decade, Paine College will host its Homecoming basketball game on its home court.

Vendors, clubs, organizations, and businesses are invited to participate in the Homecoming parade and reserve a space for tailgating festivities.
About Marion Barnes:
Marion E. Barnes was born and raised in the Augusta area and is a proud member of the Class of 1950 of Lucy Craft Laney High School in Augusta, where he lettered in football.  Barnes is a 1957 graduate of Paine College and was outstanding in both football and basketball.  After receiving a degree in Science from Paine he continued his affiliation and loyal support to his alma mater as a member of the Paine College Alumni Association and a member as well as an inductee in the Paine College Athletic Hall of Fame (which he is a founding member).  He was also inducted into the SIAC Athletic Hall of Fame in Birmingham, AL in 1994.

He came up through the ranks of the Richmond County School System as teacher, coach, counselor and Principal at Tubman Junior High and retiring as the principal of T. W. Josey Comprehensive High School after 19 years in that position – having been the longest serving  principal at that school to date.

He has received numerous community service awards to include the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Citizen of the year, the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Citizen of the Year, the Emancipation Proclamation Celebration Citizen of the Year and the Wilbur P. Jones Award (GCAA).  He is a life member of: Veterans of Foreign War, National Association of Educators, Georgia Association of Educators and Richmond County Association of Educators and the Optimist International.

He is the chairman of the EOA board of directors – where the homeless center was named in his honor, a member of the RCT credit union board, DFACS board member, the board of directors for the Georgia Community Action Association, the board of directors for the CSRA Housing and Development, Inc., member of the advisory board for the Laney-Walker Development, South Carolina State Alumni Association member, member of the Georgia Southern Alumni Association and the NAACP. 

Currently he is serving in his 4th term as a trustee for the Richmond County Board of Education – having served as president twice.

He is a member of Bethel A. M. E. Church and has been married to the former Nancy Williams for 58 years.  He is the father to Barry & M. Nanette; the grandfather of JerMichael, Rafael and Tameka; the surrogate grandfather to Layfette, DeMarcus and Nevin and the proud great-grandfather to Danielle & Tamia.

For more information on the 2013 Paine College Homecoming festivities, vending opportunities and parade participate registration forms, please visit, or call (706) 396-8167.

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 Alumnus, Marion Barnes ’57, to serve as Grand Marshall in Homecoming Parade


Paine College Hosts 2013 Coronation Ceremony

Posted by lsuggs | 01/29/2013 11:54 AM

(Augusta, GA) – The coronation of Mr. and Miss Paine College 2012-2013 will be held on Monday, February 4, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel on the campus of Paine College. Mr. Michael Igbonagwam and Miss Corie Coleman will take their places as student ambassadors for the academic school year.

About Miss Corie Coleman
Miss Corie Coleman is a native of Inglewood, California. She is the daughter of Doris Rutledge and James Coleman. The senior Mass Communications with an emphasis in drama major, followed with a minor in Spanish, has been involved in many campus organizations. These include Resident Hall Assistant for 2 years, Cross-Country, Track and Field, Chairperson of Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Student Government Association member, and teaming up with Mr. Paine as members of the Food Service Committee.  Coleman was also crowned Miss Omega Psi Phi 2010-2011.

Miss Paine is a proud member of the Kappa Delta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated in which she currently serves as the President. “Being a part of this sorority is so wonderful and has made myself more humble. I’ve learned to embrace the sisterhood,” said Coleman.

Coleman has participated in service projects such as highway beautifications, soup kitchens, spending time with senior citizens, and participated in the set up for the “Suicide Awareness Walk”.
After graduation, Coleman plans to attend graduate school in Costa Rica to pursue her Master’s degree in performing arts and International Broadcasting.

About Mr. Michael Igbonagwam
Mr. Michael Igbonagwam is a graduating Senior Sociology major from Atlanta, Georgia. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac and Jennifer Igbonagwam.  He has two older siblings, Isaac and Sarah, as well as a younger sister, Hope. Mr. Igbonagwam has been very involved on the Paine College campus from the time he started in the fall semester of 2009.
Michael’s present and past involvement with Paine College speaks volumes, but more importantly his commitment to the students of this institution is remarkable.  He is currently a member of the Student Government Association Executive Board. Additionally, he serves this community in the capacity of president of the Brother 2 Brother Mentoring Program. This particular organization has been recognized nationally by the Michael Baisden One Million Mentors Program and was developed to allow Paine College male students to serve as positive male role models and mentors for young males in the CSRA Community.

Michael is a proud member of the Excellent Epsilon Psi chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Michael has also been a member of the following organizations: Chairman of the Food Committee (2012-2013), member of the NAACP (2012-2013), member of the Paine College Orientation Team (2012-2013), member of the French Club (2012-2012), Mr. Junior (2011-2012), 2nd Attendant to Mr. Paine College (2010-2011), Mr. Sigma Gamma Rho (2010-2011), member of the Towdah Mime Ministry, Paine College Concert Choir, Freshman Class Treasurer (2009), Mr. Graham Hall (2009) and Mr. Pre-Professional Alliance (2009). As an ambassador for Paine College, Igbonagwam hopes to reach out to every student by implementing his platform program “What’s Your Poison?” His platform was formed off the basis of the Biblical story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. He focused on the things that college students allow to hold them back and how to overcome those struggles.

As Mr. Paine College 2012-2013, Igbonagwam’s areas of concentration are community service, school pride, and academic achievement. One of his major community service projects will be re-establishing Brother 2 Brother Mentoring Program and connecting with several schools and community centers that are in need of assistance.

Mr. Igbonagwam is a member of the West End Seventh Day Adventist Church of Atlanta, Georgia. Michael’s reign has been prompted by his personal motto, "I will represent this institution and serve as a liaison between the administration and the student body because I personally care about every one of my fellow Paineites," said Igbonagwam.

In his limited spare time, he enjoys playing basketball, mentoring young men, helping others achieve their goals and spending time with his family. Upon graduation, he plans to study to become a Health Administrator for a Children’s Hospital.

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: Corie Coleman (left) and Michael Igbonagwam (right), Mr. and Miss Paine 2012-2013.


Paine College Alumnus to be Featured on UNCF “An Evening of Stars”

Posted by lsuggs | 01/24/2013 11:54 AM

(Augusta, Ga) – Paine College is elated to announce alumnus L. Remon Corley will be featured on the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) 2013 An Evening of Stars, presented by Target. The event will air Sunday, January 27, 2013 on the BET Network at 10:00 p.m.

"I consider it an honor and a privilege to have had this opportunity to share my appreciation for Paine College with a national audience,” stated Corley. “All that I have achieved professionally to date and all the things I may achieve in the future are a direct result of the lessons that I learned at PC. Paine College, literally, changed my life! I am forever grateful to this institution."

The nationally televised variety show focuses public attention on America’s need for more African American college graduates and the UNCF’s work of getting students to and through college. The UNCF is the country’s largest and most effective minority education organization which supports the education of more than 60,000 students each year.

The television event will be hosted by Anthony Anderson of NBC’s Guys With Kids. There is a huge galaxy of stars: Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Charlie Wilson, Keyshia Cole, Trey Songz, Tyrese Gibson and many, many more.

About L. Remon Corley:

At 33, L. Remon Corley is the youngest educator in the history of the school to be selected to serve as the Principal of the storied Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles. In addition to being a high school principal, Mr. Corley is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Boys Collegiate Academy Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing innovative solutions to the "school to prison" pipeline. Professionally, he has held several positions in K-12 urban education including teacher, team leader, and Assistant Principal. Prior to arriving at Crenshaw, he was a Charter Schools Specialist in the Charter Schools Division of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the largest charter school authorizer in the country.

An international scholar, Mr. Corley has visited more than 20 foreign countries, including living in Germany for two years. He has also presented scholarly research at international conferences in South Africa and Guadeloupe. In 2012, he was chosen, through a highly selective process, to become a New Leaders Council-LA Fellow, a group that includes some of the most talented young professionals in America.

While at Paine College, Mr. Corley joined the U.S. Army Reserves where he served honorably for 13 years, including a two-year deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Additionally, he held several leadership positions on campus, including President-Eta Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., President-Rotaract Club, and Second VP of the Student Government Association.  He holds the distinction of being the first Mr. Paine College.

Mr. Corley earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Paine College and a M.A. in Special Education from CSU-Dominguez Hills. He is currently completing the last year of the Ed.D in Organizational Leadership program at Pepperdine University.

For more information on the UNCF “An Evening of Stars” television event, please visit

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

Photo caption: Paine College alumnus, Dr. L. Remon Corley, who will be featured on the UNCF television event “An Evening of Stars” on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 10:00pm on the BET Network.


Photo caption: The UNCF television event “An Evening of Stars”, airing Sunday, January 27, 2013, at 10:00pm on the BET Network.