Paine College Gets Ready For FREE Community Festival: PaineFest 2012

Posted by ncarter | 09/27/2012 06:51 AM

(Augusta, GA)- Paine College will host its annual PaineFest event, October 20, 2012 on the campus of Paine College from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The eagerly anticipated PaineFest is an annual community event that occurs during the month of October. PaineFest is designed to bring people together of all ages and backgrounds to engage in activities that connect the Paine College community with the broader community through its core values of excellence, appreciation of heritage, integrity, fiscal responsibility and service. This year’s theme is “Going from Good to Great in the Community”.

Last year, the event attracted more than 1,500 visitors. This year the College expects a much larger crowd. "The institution wants to go from good to great in the community. We want to be good neighbors,” said Brandon Brown, vice president of Institutional Advancement.  “Events such as this allow us to share with the community the direction that Paine College is moving.”

All PaineFest events are designed for the CSRA community to enjoy. Admission is FREE and open to the public. The College has teamed up with several churches, schools and community groups to plan events that will be fun and enlightening. The community is invited the to register for the Stage Performances, which will feature performances from aspiring dancers, singers, and choirs. Local cooks and restaurants can register and compete in Bubba’s Great BBQ Cook-Off Competition.
 
Everyone is encouraged to bring their families to enjoy the free festivities. 
Children can look forward to the Children’s Art Village, which will include face-painting, arts and crafts, sing-a-longs, inflatable and much more. Adults can enjoy food court, vendors’ court, art exhibition and book signings by Georgia and South Carolina Authors.
 
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE PAINE COLLEGE CAMPUS.

Please visit www.paine.edu/PAINEFEST for additional information. 

To register for the Great BBQ Cook-Off, Stage Performances or to become a vendor call (706) 821-8322. For more information, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu.

Download the PaineFest 2012 event schedule here.
 
 
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NAACP Chapters Remember Troy Davis With Vigil & March

Posted by lsuggs | 09/19/2012 11:55 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) – The Paine College NAACP Chapter will partner with the NAACP Augusta Branch to host a one year anniversary vigil march in remembrance of the Georgia execution of Troy Davis.

The Vigil is slated for Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 6:00pm and will begin at the Collins-Calloway Library on the campus of Paine College. The march will proceed through campus and end at the Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel, where the vigil will take place.

"This trial sent the wrong message to the world and there was no justice in the execution of Troy Davis. We do not want the memory of Troy Davis to escape the minds of America," said Dr. Charles J. Smith Sr., president of the Augusta Branch NAACP.

The Davis was executed on September 21, 2011 for the murder of Mark MacPhail in Savannah, Georgia on Augusta 19, 1989. A murder weapon was never recovered, but the weapon bullets used were linked to another scene in which Davis was charged. In 1991, Davis was sentenced to death. An evidentiary hearing was held in June 2010, but by August, his conviction was upheld.

"I want those who attend the event to remember Troy Davis’ legacy," said Kara Shipp, president of the Paine College NAACP chapter. "Also to continue to fight for social justice and other Troy Davises, regardless of race."

For more information on the Troy Davis event, please contact the Augusta Branch NAACP at (706) 724-0390, or augustanaacp@earthlink.net

For more information on Paine College, please visit: http://www.paine.edu/

Or contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591, (706) 821-8322 or Ncarter@paine.edu

Photo caption: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) logo.

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Paine College Selects New Director of Admissions

Posted by lsuggs | 09/18/2012 07:59 AM

 (AUGUSTA, GA) – Paine College president Dr. George C. Bradley recently appointed Stanley O. Ervin as the Director of Admissions.

Ervin will be responsible for developing and implementing all admissions goals, strategies and policies. He will also oversee all aspects of student recruitment for the College as well as ensure each class is filled with the appropriate number of qualified students.

Ervin is skilled in engaging with youth. He previously served as an Admissions Counselor and Residence Coordinator at Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C. As Residence Coordinator, he managed residence life, class schedules, social education, academic tutoring, cultural events and program planning.

"My vision for the Office of Admissions at Paine College is to double enrollment and increase the student retention," Ervin said.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Health/Physical Education from Shaw University. He currently serves as the Scholarship Chairperson of the United Negro College Fund’s Annual "Maya Angelou Women Who Lead" Luncheon Committee.

The Paine College Community warmly welcomes and congratulates Ervin on his new position.

For more information on Paine College, please visit: http://www.paine.edu/

 

Or contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591, (706) 821-8322 or Ncarter@paine.edu 

Photo caption: Stanley O. Ervin, Paine College’s new Director of Admissions.

 

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Renowned Artist, Lonnie Holley Set to Take Paine College Stage

Posted by ncarter | 09/18/2012 07:46 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Famed Artist, Lonnie Holley will appear at Paine College for a lecture, performance and sculpture unveiling. Paine College is excited to receive Holley, as keynote speaker of the “Assembly on the Arts”, Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.

Westobou Festival is pleased to announce the reception and dedication of work by Holley on Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at Collins-Callaway Library followed by a 5:00p.m. performance in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel at Paine College.

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Holley has been working on several projects in the Atlanta area, including a recently installed sculpture for the Beltline entitled "Hands Along the Rail" and a record to be released this winter under the Dust-to-Digital label.

Holley’s artwork provides the viewer with a contemporary link to the traditional art-making of Southern African-Americans. His sculpture, in particular, emerges out of the found-object tradition, the practice of re-working everyday materials or cast-offs into metaphorical messages, silently shared amongst members of the community. Holley’s works are witnesses to the complex social history of the South, telling the stories of individual lives, including his own, that would otherwise be lost to indifference.

Holley’s work is in the permanent collections of the High Museum of Art, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Milwaukee Art Museum, and many others.
All events are FREE and open to the public.

This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Souls Grown Deep Foundation.  For more information, please contact the Westobou Festival, www.westoboufestival.com, 706-755-2878 or Natasha Carter, Director of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu.

Photo caption: Lonnie Holley

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Paine College Mourns the Passing of Legendary Former Coach David Dupree

Posted by ncarter | 09/17/2012 07:16 AM

The Paine College community is mourning the loss of legendary former coach David Dupree who passed away Wednesday, September 12th.  His life was celebrated during funeral services held at Tabernacle Baptist church this morning with hundreds of Coach Dupree’s former students, Paine Alums and friends in attendance.

“Coach Dupree was responsible for reviving the Track and Field and Cross County programs at Paine College in 1985,” said Coach Willie Adams who was mentored by Coach Dupree.  “He said Coaching was hard work and sacrifice, you had to be dedicated and have a love for helping the students and players to reach their goals,” commented Coach Adams who serves as Head Coach for the Paine College Lady Lions basketball team.

“Coach Dupree is truly an icon and legend of the greatest proportion,” said Paine Historian Mallory Millender.  “It would be virtually impossible to calculate the positive impact that he had on Augusta and Paine College through his coaching and mentoring of countless number of students, through his impact on the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, through his church and family.

“I remember when he came to Augusta to join the staff at Lucy Laney High School and married a young and attractive teacher and basketball coach named Vivian Key.  Their marriage was then, and will always remain, exemplary,” recounted Dr. Roscoe Williams, former Paine College Administrator and revered athlete who played for Coach Dupree at Lucy Craft Laney High School during his junior and senior year. 

“Coach Dupree was responsible for me getting onto the basketball team at Laney during my junior year,” said Williams.  It was upon his recommendation that the late John M. Tutt (the head basketball coach at Laney at that time) gave me a chance (late in the season) to prove myself.  As fate would have it, I made a basket at the buzzer to win the game for Laney vs. Mather Academy. This occurred a mere three days after joining the team.  That was the last basket made in the old Bethlehem Center Gymnasium, a site where Paine played all of its games up until Paine College’s Carter Gymnasium was completed in 1952.”  Of note, Williams averaged 32 points per game when he played for Paine.



“Coach Dupree was an exemplary coach and a scholar,” said Dr. George Bradley, President of Paine College.  Among many of the players he coached, many of them went on to excel in numerous professions.  Some of them became pharmacists, educators, dentists, while others went on to become stellar athletes in the NFL and other major sports.   Coach Dupree was just as proud of his athletes who graduated valedictorian and of those who excelled on the playing field and the court,” said Bradley.

Coach Dupree earned a Bachelor’s degree from Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, North Carolina; a Master of Arts from New York University, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Paine College in 2001.  He pursued additional studies at Benedict College and Wayne State University.  Coach Dupree began his career as a biology teacher and a basketball and football coach at Bell Street High School in Clinton, South Carolina, and one year later, he was offered a job as biology teacher and head coach in Augusta at A. R. Johnson High School and eventually became head football coach at Lucy Laney High School.

Under Coach Dupree’s leadership, both Lucy Laney and Bell Street High Schools earned state championships, and Lucy Laney led the nation in football scoring in 1966 with an average of 54.5 points per game.  He also coached an outstanding track team from 1949 to 1984 and retired from the public school system after spending 35 years as a teacher and coach.  

“It does not get any better than Coach Dupree and for this reason he is in the Georgia Hall of Fame,” said Millender.  “His track team once went twelve years without losing a Meet.  We were lucky to have had Coach Dupree at Paine College leading our track and cross-country program.”

Coach Dupree’s legacy will live on in the many lives that he touched.

Ala’Torya Cranford, ’09 To Serve On UNCF National Alumni Council Board of Directors

Posted by Admin | 09/5/2012 15:39 PM

(Augusta, GA) – Ala’Torya Cranford, ’09 was chosen to serve as a member of the 2012-2013 United Negro College Fund (UNCF) National Alumni Council Board of Directors. She holds the title of Assistant Southeast Regional Representative. As the Assistant Southeast Regional Representative, she will be responsible for working with 30 of the 38 UNCF member institutions. Cranford will also attend the annual NAC conferences and assist with increasing National Alumni Association involvement.

Cranford currently serves as Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at Paine College. She is responsible for overseeing a comprehensive alumni program including electronic communications, an on-line community, events (both on campus and regional), and programs to bring alumni together with current students as well as preparing students to develop into supportive and involved alumni through the Paine College Pre-Alumni Council.

“I’ve worked with Pre- Alumni students during the NAC/UNCF leadership conferences for the past two years.  It’s a privilege to be trusted to be a part of the UNCF/NAC Board.  God is blessing me and I plan to do my best as I represent my alma mater,” Cranford said.

The National Alumni Council is an affiliate of the United Negro College Fund, Inc. founded in 1946, to foster, influence and safeguard the existence and strength of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). 

About UNCF
UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization. UNCF provides operating funds for 38 member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), scholarships and internships for students at about 900 institutions and faculty and administrative professional training.

For more than 67 years, UNCF has raised more than $3.3 billion to help more than 400,000 students attend college and graduate from college. UNCF has distributed more funds to help minorities attend school than any entity outside of the U.S. government.

Relevant and responsive to our global economy, UNCF continues to raise funds to educate the best and the brightest among us despite their financial challenges. UNCF and its member schools continue to be at the forefront of the effort to create the next generation of professionals who will keep our nation competitive and secure our future.

For information contact the Office of Communications at (706) 396-7591, (706) 821-8233 or Ncarter@paine.edu.

Photo caption: Ala’Torya Cranford


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Paine Partners to Develop Entrepreneurs in South Africa

Posted by ncarter | 09/5/2012 04:49 AM

(Augusta, GA) – The United Negro College Fund Special Programs (UNCFSP), in partnership with Alabama State University, Paine College, Prairie View A&M University and St. Augustine College, has launched a Global Entrepreneurship Initiative (GEI) designed to create a nexus of study and practice between policy, social entrepreneurship and business enterprise, yielding economic growth. The trade mission is one of the major activities of GEI.
 
This project has been funded for $75,000; the bulk of the work will take place between now and November 2012.  Dr. Okoroafor Nzeh, chair of the department of Business at Paine College, three department of Business faculty, Mathematics, Sciences and Technology faculty member, and several department of Business undergraduate students will participate in initiating this exciting trade delegation development program.  Nzeh has extensive experience in the area of global entrepreneurship, particularly as it relates to sub-Sahara African populations.
 
“Paine College is committed to the success of this project as it is firmly in line with the strategic goals of the College, particularly that of increasing faculty scholarly productivity that furthers the techniques of understanding fields across academic divisions,” said Dr. Marcus Tillery, provost.
 
This trade mission will introduce delegates drawn from industry, government, and MIHEs to South African business and government leaders, giving them the opportunity to locate partners and prospective clients, while gaining the understanding needed for success in the largest and most sophisticated industrial and services sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa. Participating companies will receive first-hand market information, embassy briefings and customized one-on-one meetings with business contacts to enter or expand their presence in the South African market.
 
About South Africa
South Africa, a country of about 50 million people, is rich in diverse cultures, people and natural heritage. Enjoying remarkable macroeconomic stability and a pro-business environment, South Africa is a logical and attractive choice for U.S. companies to enter Sub-Saharan Africa. The country covers 1.22 million square kilometers and is the world’s largest producer of platinum, vanadium, chromium and manganese. South Africa is the 29th largest economy in the world and had a gross domestic product (GDP) of $408.2 billion in 2011. South Africa also accounts for more than 30 percent of Sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP.
 
Benefits of the Trade Mission:
·One-to-one meetings with foreign industry executives and government officials, pre-screened to match your specific business objectives whether for representation, direct sales or joint ventures in the local market.
·Networking events with guests from local industry multipliers, including the U.S. Embassy, Chambers of Commerce, associations and business councils that are influential in the business community.
·Briefings and roundtables with the legal and business community on local business practices and opportunities.
·Site visits to local facilities where your technologies/services may be applied.
 
For information contact the Office of Communications at (706) 396-7591, (706) 821-8233 or Ncarter@paine.edu.
 
Photo caption: Dr. Okoroafor Nzeh

Paine College Alumnus and Vice President Selected Podium Tracker for Democratic National Convention in Charlotte

Posted by ncarter | 09/3/2012 07:29 AM

Story by Helene Carter

(AUGUSTA, GA) – Today, Paine College officials announced that one of their own, Brandon P. Brown, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, was selected to serve on the Podium Tracking Team for the Democratic National Convention that will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Podium Tracking Team is responsible for organizing the podium speakers such as elected officials, delegates, special guests and those who are members of President Obama’s administration. In his role, Brown will coordinate with the Convention staff to organize and track the schedules, logistics, rehearsals and appearances for speakers. 

The political front is Brown’s comfort zone. He served as the South Carolina State Deputy Political Director for Senator Joe Biden’s Presidential Campaign in 2006. Senator Biden would go on to become Vice President of the United States in President Barack Obama’s administration. It is through this relationship with VP Biden and his staff that facilitated Brown’s position at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. 

“It is an honor to have been selected to work in this capacity,” commented Brown. “I consider it a privilege to serve my country and engage in the democratic political process.” 

The South Carolina native has a long list of accomplishments to his credit. Of note, he became the first African-American candidate for U.S. Congress (age 28) in the Fourth Congressional District and won the Democratic nomination. 

He leads the fundraising engine at Paine College and is responsible for raising the $14 million that will help to construct the new Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex and increase the Institution’s endowment. It is only natural that he would be appointed to lead the Governmental Relations initiatives at Paine College that has led to the increase in federal and state funding. 

The servant leader is married to Kimberly Scott Brown, WJBF-TV News Anchor. Brown, having served on the frontlines of many social justice issues, continues to be rooted in community service while serving in numerous civic organizations. 

Standing on the enormous stage with images of Mount Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty on a 38 ft x 36 ft screen in the rear of him, Brown looks out at the 15,000 seat arena and commented, “I’m committed to moving the political process that is critical to the success of our democratic government and way of life.” 

For more information on Paine College, please visit: http://www.paine.edu/ 

Or contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591, (706) 821-8322 or Ncarter@paine.edu

 

Paine President Keynote Speaker at Hudson Memorial CME Church

Posted by lsuggs | 08/29/2012 12:09 PM

(Augusta, GA) – Dr. George C. Bradley, 14th President of Paine College will serve as the keynote speaker for “Paine College Day” at Hudson Memorial Church on Sunday, September 23. The service will begin at 2:30 p.m. The theme of the service is “Celebrating and Supporting a Prodigious Legacy Paine College”.  This event is open to the public.  Hudson Memorial CME Church is located at 2 Taylor Street, Augusta, GA 30901.

About President Bradley

In October 2007, Dr. Bradley was named the 14th President of Paine College in Augusta, Georgia. Within the first two years of his presidency, Dr. Bradley has reduced the institutions financial deficit and has partnered with local, state, and federal agencies on over $8 million of capital projects that will benefit the broader Augusta community. He has laid the foundation for the growth of the institution through a twenty-five year master plan that has already had an economic impact on the Augusta community. Prior to being named president by the Paine College Board of Trustees, Dr. Bradley held faculty and administrative posts at numerous institutions of higher education.

He is a graduate of South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC where he received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. He earned a doctorate in Higher Education with a cognate in Statistical Research and Evaluation from Iowa State University. Dr. Bradley has received alumni achievement awards from both of his alma maters. He also studied at Harvard University through the Institute for Educational Management. A scholar of the people, Dr. Bradley co-founded the South Carolina Institute for Research in Education (SCIRE). This institute sponsored research on educational issues that impact African American communities in South Carolina. He is a regular contributor to the periodic publication entitled the State of Black South Carolina published by the Columbia Urban League. He has published and presented extensively in the areas of statistical analysis, program development and interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge.

Dr. Bradley is active in a variety of civic and social organizations to include Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi Boulé and Rotary International. He contributes to the greater community as a member of several boards to include the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Board of the Augusta Symphony. The South Carolina Legislature recognized Dr. Bradley for his commitment as a teacher, administrator, author, and researcher in the field of education for more than two decades with a Lifetime of Service concurrent resolution.

Family is extremely important to Dr. Bradley. He is married to Dr. Tina Marshall-Bradley and they are the parents of three children. Curtis is a 2006 graduate of Morgan State University with a degree in Architectural Design and Urban Planning and is employed with M.B. Khan Construction Company, Inc. Curtis is married to the former Tyachenna Starr. Nia is a 2008 graduate of Howard University with a degree in Computer Engineering and is currently a doctoral student in Computer Engineering at Auburn University. He also has one grand child, Isaiah Nicholas Bradley.

For information contact the Office of Communications at (706) 396-7591, (706) 821-8233 or Ncarter@paine.edu.

For directions to Hudson Memorial CME Church contact Gwendolyn Roundtree at (706) 399-1292.

Photo caption: Dr. George C. Bradley, 14th President of Paine College.

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Paine Biology Students Conduct Bioremediation Research

Posted by ncarter | 08/28/2012 07:52 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Paine College undergraduate students are conducting important bioremediation research needed by the Department Of Energy to safely clean up the environmental legacy left behind by decades of nuclear weapons development.

Research objectives focus on the reduction of Chromium VI from water and soil samples through the use of algae and bacteria. This project also teaches student researchers best practices in research protocol and allows them the opportunity to work with cutting edge scientific instrumentation. Just a few of the scientific endeavors being pursued by biology students at Paine College under this program include, conducting research on Bacterial Transport Through Unconsolidated Packed Columns, developing a Logistic Equation Using Microbiological Parameters, and the execution of several experiments on the Bioremediation of Hexavalent Chromium from sand and soil.

The research is funded by a grant from the Department of Energy- Office of Environmental Management. The student research assistants Shanquette Chance, Brittney Fonntenot and Priyanka Yarlagadda are working with multidisciplinary faculty mentors: Dr. C. R. Nair, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Physics & Environmental Sciences, Dr. B. Mohanty, Associate Professor of Biology and Dr. C. P. Abubucker, Associate Professor of Mathematics & Computer Science.  The student researchers have presented research at seven national and regional conferences during the 2011-2012 school year.

The Department of Mathematics, Sciences & Technology has acquired the state of the art research equipment through the grant. This equipment includes Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometer (ICPOES- ARCOS), Shimadzu UV VIS Spectrophotometer, Spectrofluorimeter, Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry system, and High Performance Liquid Chromatography systems.

"These high- tech instrumentations have significantly strengthened the research infrastructure of Paine College and will attract students and faculty to Paine from all over the world," Nair said.

STEM faculty and students are excited about this development. More than 40 students have been trained via SPECTRO Campus e-learning system along with ICP demonstration and certified in OES fundamentals. Six students received training Smart Analyzer Vision software application.

Currently the research instruments are housed in teaching laboratories and will eventually be housed in the new upcoming Core STEM Research facility. The facility will serve as a focal point to build a Center of Excellence for Environmental Research at Paine College. 

For information contact the Office of Communications at (706) 396-7591, (706) 821-8233 or Ncarter@paine.edu

Photo caption:Dr. C. R. Nair and student working together to set-up the GC/MS system for trace Organics.

To view more research photos, visit the link : https://picasaweb.google.com/painecollege/PaineCollegeBioremediationResearch