Paine College Baseball Team Volunteers At Local Nursing Home

Posted by lsuggs | 10/5/2012 12:58 PM

(AUGUSTA, GA) – The Paine College baseball team will lend their time to the Golden Living Nursing home of Augusta, Ga, on Saturday, October 6, 2012.

The baseball team is no stranger to volunteer efforts. In September, members of the College’s baseball team assisted in the painting and yard maintenance of a local Augusta home with Habitat for Humanity. "This project will definitely bring the team bond closer", said Darryl Wilson, a senior business administration major from Waterbury, Connecticut.

"What I would like for the team to take away from this community service project is that life is precious and by giving someone a smile and a feeling that you care and appreciate them, will be the best thing that has happened for some of these patients in a long time", explained Melvin Marshall, Paine College baseball coach. "It is a blessing for the guys to show respect and love to the patients".

The Lions were 29-22 during the 2011-2012 baseball season and advanced to the SIAC Conference Championship Tournament. Their first game of the 2012-2013 school year will be February 2, 2013 at 12noon against Tuskegee University.

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Paine College Rocks The Vote with Janelle Monáe

Posted by ncarter | 10/3/2012 05:44 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Paine College will host singer, Janelle Monáe on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 1:3o p.m. at the Peters Campus Center. Monáe will appear to encourage voting among students for the 2012 presidential election in November.

Student groups at Paine have rallied together to celebrate “National Student Day, which is a day promoting student volunteerism and social responsibility through a variety of events. The Paine College Student Government Association, Wesley Fellowship, LIONS Activity Board and Greek organizations have hosted voter registration drives since August to ensure all students, faculty and staff exercise their rights in November. “Exercising our right to vote is extremely important,” said Keyla Connie, president of Wesley Fellowship.  “We appreciate celebrities like Janelle Monáe lending her support towards events like this to uplift the importance of voting.”

About Janelle Monáe

Four decades of funk and soul explode as hot new singer, Monáe joins forces with Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley, pivotal members of James Brown’s band in the 1960s and 1970s. Janelle Monáe has been called a super-musical cross between James Brown, Judy Garland, Andre 3000 and Steve Jobs. 

Monáe burst on the music scene in 2010 with her recording The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III), a concept album about a messianic figure in an android community. It received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album with the song "Tightrope" nominated for Best Urban/Alternative Performance. Last year, Monáe performed at the Grammy ceremony and this spring appeared at the White House – First Lady Michelle Obama is a fan and uses her music as part of her workout. A key member of her band is guitarist Kellindo Parker, nephew of legendary saxophonist Maceo Parker.
Monáe is set to perform at the Westobou Festival in Augusta on Oct. 4, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

For more information contact, Natasha Carter, Director of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or

Photo caption: Janelle Monáe


Paine College Students Host Presidential Debate

Posted by lsuggs | 10/3/2012 03:52 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Paine College students are dedicated to engaging in the democratic process and are committed to empowering others to increase their political awareness in the electoral process. The Gamma Beta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. will host a Presidential Debate Watch Party at the Peters Campus Center, Wednesday evening, October 3rd at 9 p.m. in C.H.O.I.C.E.S. located on the campus of Paine College. The public is invited to join the students in stimulating dialogue about the Debate topic "Foreign Policy" and other critical issues that have been at the forefront of the presidential campaigns.

This year student organizations are encouraging students and the community to participate in the November election by registering to vote, educating themselves about the candidates and their platforms, and by exercising their civic rights that so many Civil Rights leaders have fought for.

Sean Anderson, an Augusta native and a freshman at Paine College, said "Every vote counts, every vote matters and it’s your opportunity to be heard as an American. Like so many of my classmates, this will be my first time voting in the general election. This debate watch party will be informative and will help other students who are first-time voters to get a better view of the presidential candidates and their platforms."

For information about the Debate Watch Party at Paine College, please contact Leah Suggs, Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing, at 706.821.8322,

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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.

Please visit 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

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

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


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.

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



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,, 706-755-2878 or Natasha Carter, Director of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or

Photo caption: Lonnie Holley


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.

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Photo caption: Ala’Torya Cranford



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
Photo caption: Dr. Okoroafor Nzeh