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.

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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.

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Photo caption: Professor Nancy Bookhart, Mixed Media from the series –
"I Waltzed With God The Morning of Genesis".



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.

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Paine College Athletics Announces New Football Program

Posted by lsuggs | 10/26/2012 06:37 AM

Augusta, GA…..After years of speculation and anticipation, Paine College President, Dr. George C. Bradley, formally announced plans to revive football at the 131 year-old Liberal Arts Institution that sits in the heart of Augusta, Georgia.   During the fall meeting of the Paine College Board of Trustees, the governing body voted unanimously to revive the sport that has been absent for fifty years.

“The wheels are in motion to have a full football program by 2014,” said Tim Duncan, Athletics Director during his address to faculty, staff, students and alumni who attended the morning press conference held on the front lawn of Haygood-Holsey Hall, Friday, October 26th.  He went on to say that as early as 2013, the College had plans to recruit a Coach to lead the program and expected to acquire student athletes to participate in Club Ball during the fall 2013 semester.

Attorney Sharyn Doanes Bergin, President of the Paine College National Alumni Association, commented that she was ecstatic about the revival of football at her Alma Mater.  She commented that the football program would spur alumni participation on many levels.  Annie Rogers, President of the Augusta Alumni Chapter, learning of the new development, said “There is nothing like college football, especially at Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs).  I welcome the day that I can experience college football at Paine College.”

A feasibility study was implemented in September 2011 and during the process, students, alumni and members of the Central Savannah River Area community (CSRA) were surveyed.  The survey examined annual operating costs, infrastructure needs, initial expenses to start a team, staffing needs, and a timetable for implementing a football team.  Of particular note, constituents who were surveyed overwhelmingly were in favor of starting a football program at Paine.

Historically, Paine College athletics has consistently placed emphasis on academic excellence.  Paine’s 1951 football team produced two college presidents, an Assistant Vice Chancellor for the University System of Georgia, five athletes who earned doctoral degrees, one of which was a Geologist at the University of Chicago, and several athletes who earned graduate degrees.   The 2012 valedictorian was a Paine College student-athlete.  The College will continue to emphasize academic excellence within its football program.

Historian Mallory Millender believes that a football program will tremendously improve the quality of campus life, pride and morale.  “One of the first questions that students from other colleges and universities ask of a Paine student is: “tell me about your football program or tell me about your Marching Band.  The Paine student often responds “we don’t have one.” 

“We expect football will increase the College’s economic impact on the community,” said Dr. Elias Etinge, Vice President of Student affairs.  “Equally important, is that football will enhance campus life”

Implementing a successful football program is impacted by timing.  Paine will open the new state-of-the-art Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex, the new home for the Department of Athletics in early 2013.  Keeping aligned with the Institution’s Strategic Plan, the College is looking to develop housing and residential facilities in anticipation of increased enrollment. 

“This is an exciting day for all of the fans, alumni, and supporters of Paine College,” said Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Commissioner Greg Moore.  “We are thrilled about the prospect of Paine College launching a new football program.  The SIAC Community congratulates President Bradley and Athletic Director Tim Duncan for their new development.”

“The Augusta Sports Council (Council) is thrilled that Paine College will field a football team beginning in 2014,” said Brinsley Thigpen, CEO for the Council.    “In addition to the exciting spectator opportunities, it will offer our local residents; the visiting teams and fans will provide a positive influence to our local economy by once again increasing visitor spending due to sports tourism. The addition of football is evidence of the continued growth and success of the Paine College Athletics Department and the interest and support of sports in Augusta.”  “We look forward to supporting them in this exciting endeavor,” said Thigpen.

“Overall football will impact every area of the College,” said Duncan.  Football will facilitate increased opportunities for fundraising, improve student school spirit, enhance the visibility of the College, and create opportunities for the College to start a Marching Band and Drumline”

For more information, please contact Kimberly May, Sports Information Director, at 706.821.8379,, or Leah Suggs, Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing, at 706.821.8322,

Photo Caption: Paine College Athletic Director Tim Duncan (left) with mascot Leon the Lion (right), holding a Paine College football helmet.


Paine College Professor Discovers Only Known Painting By Harlem Renaissance Writer

Posted by lsuggs | 10/23/2012 13:28 PM

(Augusta, Ga)—A recent find by Paine College's Assistant Professor of English, Belinda Wheeler, has many in the literary and arts community talking. Over the summer Dr. Wheeler located the only known painting by African American artist, poet, educator, columnist, and editor Gwendolyn Bennett (1902-1981).

Bennett was a significant figure in Harlem during the Renaissance, publishing over twenty two poems, four pieces of cover art, and several short stories in prominent African American journals including Crisis and Opportunity. Bennett also co-edited the literary journal Fire!!, with prominent figures including her good friends Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, and she also wrote an arts column, "The Ebony Flute," in Opportunity.

Dr. Wheeler is currently completing a book on Bennett (under contract with UP of Mississippi) which will be the first full-length treatment of this significant, yet frequently overlooked, figure from the Harlem Renaissance.

Earlier in her career Bennett had won several artistic prizes and scholarships that allowed her to study at the Sorbonne, Academic Julian, and Ecole du Pantheon in Paris between 1924 and 1925. Up until Dr. Wheeler's discovery, however, most scholars had believed that Bennett had concluded her painting career after she moved to Florida in 1927 to be with her new husband. Dr. Wheeler's discovery of Bennett's 1931 oil painting shows that she was still pursuing this creative outlet.

"I thought about keeping the painting," stated Dr. Wheeler, "but it needs to be seen and enjoyed by more than me.” Bennett was passionate about sharing her work and the work of others with a wide audience. To keep it in my office would not do her work justice."
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Dr. Wheeler's work is changing how scholars view Bennett and her role in the Renaissance. In addition to her book on Bennett she has a forthcoming publication in the Modern Language Association's journal PMLA and she is also contributing several previously unpublished Bennett poems to the Anthology of Modern and Contemporary American Poetry and its accompanying website (edited by Cary Nelson from the University of Illinois).

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Photo caption: GWENDOLYN BENNETT (1902 - 1981), Untitled (River Landscape). Oil on canvas, 1931. 203x305 mm; 8x12 inches. Initailed "G.B.J." and dated in oil, lower right.


Paine College Athletics Announces New Online store!

Posted by lsuggs | 10/17/2012 05:29 AM

by Kim May, Paine College Sports Information Director 

Augusta, GA- Paine College is excited to announce an innovative and unique way for students and fans to wear our colors and show our spirit! We have partnered with Campus Team Shop, a leader in print-on-demand customized apparel and merchandise for colleges.

This partnership will give the Paine College community access to over 1,200 customizable spirit wear items through the Campus Team Shop link that is conveniently located directly on the Paine College Athletics website,

There will be no inventory for the college to manage and students and fans will enjoy bulk discount orders as well as high quality name brands like Russell and Jones & Mitchell.

Best of all, a portion of all sales made through the Campus Team Shop link will go the back to the Lion Athletic Club, the fundraising arm of Paine College Athletics, creating a new and cost free-fundraising opportunity.

"Paine College Athletics is excited to partner with Prep Sportswear to become our online apparel sales partner", said Athletic Director, Tim Duncan. "This unique and dynamic partnership will allow Lion fans from all over to purchase their favorite Paine College Athletics gear right through our website."

Paine College To Host South Carolina Artist John Pendarvis Exhibit

Posted by lsuggs | 10/15/2012 12:27 PM

(AUGUSTA, GA) –  Paine College will host an art exhibit reception featuring South Carolina artist John Pendarvis on Saturday, October 20, 2012, at 1pm in the Candler Memorial Library building. 

Pendarvis is a native of South Carolina.  His art work consists of large collages, mixed media, canvases, serigraphs and pieces on paper.  Pendarvis’ works are representations of jazz band musicians, dancing, African ceremonial masks, and spiritual themes.
The collection featured in the Candler Memorial Building highlight is comprised of his most recent works, depicts African Masks Series, man, watermelons, dogs, and the controversial South Carolina Confederate flag. 
“With the African Masks, I attempted to play on the idea of people wearing masks and playing games; but with these recent works, the viewer is free to decide.  Each viewer brings their own perspective to the art; the art will have as many meanings as there viewers.  This is perfectly acceptable; no one’s interpretation is any less valid than any other.”

Pendarvis’ work has been awarded best graphics in two Springs Art Shows and first place in the Southeast Black Art Competition in North Carolina.  His art has been featured in collections of Spartanburg Arts Council, South Carolina State University, and many private collections.  In additions, his work has been exhibited at the Chris and David Abner Invitational Exhibit, in Columbus, Ohio.  Pendarvis is a member of The Artist Collective, Greenville, S.C., Upstate Visual Arts, as well as the Artists Guild Gallery of Greenville.

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Photo caption: John Pendarvis, African American Masks, 2011

Paine College Chapter of NAACP host “This is My Vote” Rally

Posted by lsuggs | 10/12/2012 03:35 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) – The Paine College NAACP Chapter will host “This is My Vote” Rally & Candidate Forum to encourage the community to exercise their right to vote. 

The Rally will take place during the annual PaineFest activities on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 2 p.m. on the campus of Paine College. PaineFest, filled with activities for the entire family, is an annual festival that is designed to bridge the community with the college.  The Festival is free and open to the public.  “This is My Vote” Rally will allow the campus community, PaineFest attendees and CSRA residents to meet the candidates and learn more about their platforms and agendas.

This event will take place on the Peters Campus Center Veranda. All community leaders and representatives of the media are invited to attend.
All candidates who wish to participate in “This is My Vote” Rally are invited to contact Kara Shipp, President, Paine College Chapter of the NAACP, at 404-565-8839 or email

Members of the press can contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706-821-8322 or via email:  Candidates may purchase information booths for the Festival at the discounted cost of $30.00, however, all Candidates may participate in the Rally free of charge.

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Christian Haitian Outreach Celebrates Eleanor Workman at Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel

Posted by lsuggs | 10/9/2012 15:14 PM

(Augusta, Ga) – Paine College will host the annual Christian Haitian Outreach (CHO) Celebration and honor its founder, Eleanor “Mom” Workman, on Sunday, October 28, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.

Workman began her missionary work in Haiti in 1974 as a caregiver for the sick and abandoned children. She witnessed firsthand the hunger and hopelessness among the children and she began an orphanage ministry. This ministry would rescue the abandoned babies and children; provide for their physical and medical needs; teach them in her first school by drawing the letters of the alphabets in the dirt, and above all, she witnessed and taught them about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Workman’s work has an indelible place in Haiti, establishing orphanages, churches, medical clinics and schools. The CHO founder has trained more than 200 pastors who aid in spreading her work.
“We are depending on the Holy spirit to touch your heart as He has touched mine to support and work with this ministry,” said Pastor Albert James, chairman of the Board of Directors and supporter of the CHO.

Sustaining the work of her mission is possible with the support of churches and individuals in the CSRA and beyond. After spending most of her time in Haiti and Miami she is now a resident in Augusta and recently celebrated her 93nd birthday. In this season of her life, she continues to be a blessing in Haiti, in the CSRA community and throughout the world.

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Photo caption: Eleanor “Mom” Workman, founder of the Christian Haitian Outreach (CHO).


Paine College Host 2012 Harlem Renaissance Conference Call For Papers

Posted by lsuggs | 10/5/2012 13:13 PM

(AUGUSTA, GA) – The Paine College School of Art and Sciences will host its 11th Annual Conference on the Harlem Renaissance. This year’s topic of discussion will be “The Harlem Community: Contemporary and Historical Enclave of Creativity”. The conference will begin on November 7-9, 2012 on the campus of Paine College. 

The School of Arts and Sciences at Paine College is requesting proposals for the Annual Conference of the Harlem Renaissance.  The 2012 conference will explore the contemporary and historical significance of the Harlem community.  Conference participants will examine the critical role of the Harlem community and its impact nationally and globally.

Areas of examination include but are not limited to:
· The Apollo Theater- Present and Past
· The Studio Museum in Harlem
· Harlem Restaurants- Sylvia’s and Red Rooster
· The Harlem Globetrotters
· Democracy Prep Charter Middle School and Democracy Prep Harlem
· Contemporary and Historical Harlem Jazz Culture
· Patronage During the Harlem Renaissance
· Opportunity and Crisis: Impact During the Harlem Renaissance
· Intersections of Race, Class, and Culture-Views of the Contemporary and Historic Harlem
· Erotic and Exotic Renderings towards Misinterpretations of the Harlem Renaissance

Proposals/Abstracts are sought in three categories:
· Professors, independent scholars, artists and designers
· Graduate students
· Undergraduate students

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 Monday, October 15, 2012.  Earlier submissions are encouraged to ensure participation and capacity.

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