Paine College Freshman Augusta Sports Council Collegiate Star Award Finalist

Posted by ncarter | 05/21/2012 04:34 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA)--Paine College Freshman, Carlos Solis has been named a finalist for theCollegiate Star Award by the Augusta Sports Council for its 21st Annual G.A.M.E.S. Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center. The winner will be announced at the program, which begins at 7:00 p.m.
Augusta Sports Council honors athletes of all abilities at the local, state and national levels through a series of events and awards each year.  The Collegiate Star is awarded to the outstanding male or female athlete from an area college. The candidate must exude outstanding athletic prowess, coupled with a high level of sportsmanship.
Solis was one of the players responsible for the team’s historic Southern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (SIAC) Golf Classic win in April, resulting in the first SIAC Conference golf title in the College’s history. Solis was named SIAC Player of the Year, SIAC Freshman of the Year, and Tournament MVP.
Area high school and adult athletes in numerous sports are honored each May at the Sports Awards Gala through the Greater Augusta Medals for Excellence in Sports (G.A.M.E.S.) awards program. The 2012 G.A.M.E.S. Awards banquet will feature motivational speaker, author, entrepreneur and athlete Kyle Maynard. This year's banquet is presented by the Augusta Sports Council, Augusta Coca-Cola, Georgia Power and the Gerald Jones Auto Group.
Photo caption: Carlos Solis, Freshman at Paine College.
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James Hull Increases Endowed Scholarship at Paine College

Posted by ncarter | 05/21/2012 04:23 AM

By Helene Carter
“We must do all we can to enrich the lives of our young people and position Paine College within reach of students who have the desire to pursue a quality college education,” said Dr. George C. Bradley, Paine College president.  “Too many of our young people have dreams and the determination but not the resources to fulfill those dreams.”
Today, Dr. George C. Bradley announced that James M. Hull, Augusta businessman and philanthropist, donated $10,000 to add to the existing James M. and Karen N. Hull Endowed Scholarship which was established with an initial gift of $250,000 in 2008.  The Hull Endowed Scholarship is awarded to students based upon merit and financial need.  To date, five Paine students have benefited from the Hull Endowed Scholarship:  Leondra R. Nash, Marcus Allen Smith, Caprice Harper, Jamesia Monroe and Omari Walthour.  Leondra Nash, a native of Warner Robbins, Georgia, graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting in the Class of 2012.
“Having a strong Historically Black College in the Augusta community is an asset that very few cities possess, and I feel strongly that the Augusta community, irrespective of race, must support and help to build and foster this great institution,” said Hull, “I consider investing in Paine College a must for me as an interested citizen of our community because the professors, students, and graduates at Paine College improve and enrich our community every day in ways that are both obvious and unseen. Supporting Paine College is in Augusta’s best interest and is a smart thing to do.”
The Hull Endowed Fund is included in the College’s endowment to be held in perpetuity, and only the income earned from the investment of the gift will be disbursed for scholarships.
Dr. Bradley, in his comments regarding Hull’s generous donation, said, “Mr. Hull’s gift to the College demonstrates that the community views the Institution as a sound investment.  It is essential that we continue to expand our offerings to scholars who look to Paine College as the gateway to the world of opportunities.”
To learn more about establishing an Endowed Scholarship at Paine College, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8233.



Paine College Announces Upward Bound Federal Grant Award for $444,995 – Renewable Over Next 5 Years

Posted by ncarter | 05/21/2012 04:20 AM

Augusta, Ga…. Today, Dr. George C. Bradley, President of Paine College, announced that the College’s Upward Bound Program has been awarded $444,995 for the fiscal year 2012-2013.  The federal award will be renewed for the next 5 years pending the College’s performance and funding.  The U.S. Department of Education announced the list of 2012 grantees and their respective awards via its website: trioupbound/index.html.  According to the U.S. Department of Education’s press release dated May 11, 2012, 780 Upward Bound projects were awarded throughout the nation that will help about 60,000 students access and succeed in higher education.

“Paine College has a long history of preparing students to succeed in precollege and college settings.  The College continues to provide summer enrichment and bridge programs for students that increase students’ access to higher education,” said Helene Carter, Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement.  “The College’s application was very competitive in that 233 current programs were not renewed in the first slate of funding.  Also, the average award is about $321,000 compared to Paine’s award of $444,995.”

According to the U.S. Department of Education’s website, Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families; and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree.  The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. 

For more information about the Paine College Upward Bound federal award, please contact Natasha Carter in the Office of Communications and Marketing at, 706.396.7591.  To learn more about the College’s academic offerings, please visit

Miss Paine College 2011-2012 could be featured in EBONY magazine with your help!

Posted by ncarter | 05/11/2012 10:05 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Miss Paine College 2011-2012 could be featured in EBONY. Tamakia King is one of 38 Historically Black College and University (HBCU) campus queens vying for a spot in the coveted September 2012 EBONY “Campus Queens” feature.

EBONY introduced a new online voting component and included a smaller-than-usual representation of elegantly displayed queens on the pages of EBONY magazine.  Although this year’s entire “Campus Queens” feature will find a home on the Web site (, they will again honor only 10 queens inside the September 2012 issue of the magazine.  

Vote for Miss Paine College 2011-2012, Tamakia King. Your chance to vote online for Miss Paine begins May 8.  ONLINE VOTING ENDS AT 11:59 PM (CT) ON MAY 31.  You can vote as many times as you like.

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Photo captions: Miss Paine College 2011-2012, Tamakia King.



Paine College SIAC Golf Champions gear up for 26th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship May 11-13

Posted by ncarter | 05/11/2012 06:24 AM

(Augusta, GA) -- Fresh off a successful 2012 season, Paine College Head Golf Coach Herman Belton readies the Paine College Lions Golf team for an even bigger tournament. The Lions Golf Team will compete in the 26th PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship in Port St. Lucie, Florida on May 11-13.

The Lions recently thrashed the competition in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (SIAC) Golf Classic after a strong finish in the final round on April 24 at the Jones Creek Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. The Lions shot a team score of 340 for a two-day total of 678 to capture the title, resulting in the first SIAC Conference golf title in the College’s history.

Freshmen Carlos Solis and Victor Tapia, who shot the two best scores of the tournament at 155 and 156 respectively, received big honors. Solis was named SIAC Player of the Year, SIAC Freshman of the Year, and Tournament MVP. Freshman Patrick Mobley was also a top ten finisher scoring (175, 7th).

“We were very happy with the win. I think we have great momentum going into the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship in May,” Tapia said.

“I feel honored to have received the recognition, “ Solis said. “The team is in a good place to make a solid appearance at in Florida.”
Belton was also named SIAC Coach of the Year. He credits is honor to the young men that he coaches. “It has been an honor to lead the team to a championship in just my first year at Paine, but make no mistake, the reason is not me but the young men playing, “ Belton said.

“Coach Belton has supported us with and his advice has been extremely helpful. We are grateful to have him and he is deserving of the award he received,” Solis said.

Both Tapia and Solis were also named to the All-SIAC first team and the All-Tournament team.

Augusta native and honorary chair of the Paine College Golf tournament Jim Dent is elated for the team’s success. “This win is historic for the team and they have an awesome coach,” Dent said. Dent a Champions Tour winner and Georgia Golf Hall of Famer has viewed himself as a solid supporter of the team. He only offers words of wisdom when it comes to their upcoming appearance in the PGA Minority Golf Championships in May. “Always be positive and go out and play the golf course and not the man with you,“ he said.

This journey is an amazing journey for the Lions and they have the full support of the College and the Augusta Community. Gregg Hemann, Director of Operations for Jones Creek Golf Club has seen the team come full circle. “We are very proud and extremely pleased to see the level of success attained by the Paine College Golf team since forming this relationship,” Hemann said.

The team has garnered the support of Jones Creek Golf Club in recent years. The Course plays host to the golf team and the golf tournament that supports the golf program at Paine. “Our number one priority was to assist with providing the team a great training facility that allows them to be competitive,” Hemann said.

The road to Port St. Lucie, Florida should be an exciting one for the team says Athletic Director, Tim Duncan. The 54-hole, stroke-play event features competition in NCAA Division I, Division II and women's classifications, as well as for individual men and women.

“I was impressed with Coach Belton,” Duncan said. “To take over a program mid- year and recruit a new team of this caliber showcases how great of a coach he is.”

Coach Belton is no stranger to the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship. He coached the 2004 tournament winners, Benedict College. Belton is also the only HBCU coach that has coached medalist in both Division I and Division II, Demond Hill of Benedict College in 2004 and Roberto Cacho of South Carolina State University in 2009.

Duncan, who is closing out his first year as the Athletic Director at Paine College is proud of the coach and team, but elated about the continued support of the Augusta Community.

“The community has supported the team through Paine College Golf tournament and the proceeds have assisted with scholarship and travel,” he said.  “Going into the prestigious PGA tournament it’s important for our community to know we have exceptional student athletes that are also strong academically.”

May 11 – 13

PGA Golf Club
Port St. Lucie, Fla.

4Th Annual Paine College Golf Tournament
August 27, 2012
To Be Announced
Augusta, Georgia

Photo caption:  (left to right): Patrick Mobley, Ralph Godbee, Coach Herman Belton, Victor Tapia, Keith Godbee and Carlos Silos. Not Pictured: John Hyer and Patrick Lillis.

For more information or interviews contact the Office of Sports Information at (706) 945-1358 or Visit for updates.


Paine College Students To Participate in Education Institute

Posted by lsuggs | 05/7/2012 10:03 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA)-Paine College students Ciara Harris and Alexis Hayes were chosen to participate in the Claflin University Pre-Service Teacher Summer Institute (PSTI). The two-week summer institute will take place June 4-12 in Orangeburg, SC.

Harris, an Early Childhood Education major and Hayes, a Middle Grades Education major will obtain exemplary training at the residential institute. The program is designed to increase skills in teaching mathematics and science while incorporating technology into the curriculum. Participants will develop an electronic portfolio that contains resources gained during the program. Participants will present their portfolios to the PSTI faculty and staff at the close of the program.

The Paine College Department of Education is extremely proud of the students for going above and beyond to find opportunities that increase their academic knowledge.

“We are pleased that Ms. Harris and Ms. Hayes have been accepted to this Pre-Service Summer Institute at Claflin University. The Department of Education at Paine continues to encourage students to take advantage of learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom,” said Dr. LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, Assistant Professor.

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Photo captions: Ciara Harris (top) and Alexis Hayes (bottom) receive awards from Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Marcus Tillery at Honors and Awards Convocation.




Veronica A. Reese, '94 finalist for Dougherty County Teacher of the Year

Posted by ncarter | 05/7/2012 05:09 AM

(Albany, GA) -- Veronica Reese enjoys coming to work each morning and greeting her children.

"I enjoy spending time with my children. I spend more time with them than they do with their parents," Reese, the Sherwood Acres Elementary teacher of the year, said. "I think all of my students are happy to come to school, and I know I am happy to see them."

Reese, an educator with 13 years of experience, has spent the last five years as a kindergarten teacher at Sherwood. She is one of eight nominees for the Dougherty County School System's 2012 teacher of the year, who will be named at a banquet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Live Oak Elementary School.

"As a teacher, I have the opportunity to influence students in a positive way, helping them experience education in a positive way." Reese said. "If I influence one child, I influence the entire community."

She said her selection as the school's teacher of the year was a surprise.

"This feels great. It is quite an honor because we have so many great teachers here," Reese said. "It was a real surprise. Any teacher here could have been selected.

Reese holds a B.S. in early childhood education from Paine College and an M.Ed in curriculum instruction from Leslie University. She also holds a Ed.S in administrative supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.

Story Courtesy of The Albany Herald 

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Paine College Student Lands HBCU BUZZ, Inc. Position

Posted by ncarter | 05/2/2012 08:18 AM

By L. Suggs

(AUGUSTA, GA) -- Paine College student Tekeya Peterson recently landed a position as a campus Senator for HBCU Buzz, Inc.  

Peterson is a junior majoring in Media Studies.  The Sarasota, Florida native is involved in numerous campus organizations and clubs, to include Paine College Communications Association, Paine College Concert Choir, Wesley Fellowship, Residence Hall Association President and a hosts of other campus organizations.  

“It brings me great joy and pride to represent Paine College and expose my institution to the greater world,” Peterson said. “This is a great opportunity and platform for me to share the achievements of students, faculty, staff and alumni at Paine College.” 

The HBCU Buzz provides the public with news relevant to HBCU campuses ranging from sports to politics. HBCU Buzz captures all news from the perspective of current HBCU students and several journalists heavily involved in the African American community. HBCU Buzz is committed to promoting HBCU pride and unity in order to enhance the black college experience and uplift the perception of all black colleges.

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President Dr. George C. Bradley awarded the James H. Costen Award for “Excellence in Education”

Posted by ncarter | 05/2/2012 05:16 AM

 By L. Suggs

(AUGUSTA, GA) – Paine College President, Dr. George C. Bradley was recognized for his achievements in the field of education last week at the 15th Annual James H. Costen Awards Dinner.  The awards dinner was held at the Westin Peachtree Plaza of Downtown Atlanta, Georgia.

This “Tribute to Excellence Awards” Ceremony not only recognizes excellence in the community, but it also celebrates the founding and charter of the Interdenominational Theological Center in addition to its 5th president, James H. Costen and those who model his example.

Dr. Costen, who retired as president of the Interdenominational Theological Center in 1997, was a prominent, effective leader and pastor in the Presbyterian Church. During the same year, an ad hoc committee was formed to create a fitting way to honor Dr. Costen for his leadership.  The “James H. Costen Tribute to Excellence Awards” was established as a part of the 39th Charter Day Celebration of ITC in 1997.  That year and each year hence, a committee has solicited nominations to recognize select community leaders for achievements in various areas.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized for my efforts in education”, stated Dr. Bradley, “I believe that education serves as a key vehicle for a thriving community and nation.”

During the ceremony others were recognized for their strides in fields such as business, government, religion, arts and entertainment, and civic and community affairs.

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Photo caption: Dr. George C. Bradley, president of Paine College




Paine College Wins 2012 SIAC Golf Classic

Posted by ncarter | 04/25/2012 04:50 AM

Augusta, GA— The Paine College Lions won the 2012 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Golf Classic after a strong finish in the final round on Tuesday at the Jones Creek Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

Down three strokes to defending champion Morehouse College coming into today, the Lions shot a team score of 340 for a two-day total of 678 to capture the title. Leading the way for Paine were freshmen Carlos Solis and Victor Tapia, who shot the two best scores of the tournament at 155 and 156 respectively. For his efforts, Solis was named SIAC Player of the Year, SIAC Freshman of the Year, and Tournament MVP as well as being named, along with teammate Tapia, to the All-SIAC first team and the All-Tournament team.

Finishing second with a team score of 683 was Benedict College. The Tigers shot a team-low score of 335 in the final round to secure a second place finish. Jordan Buchanan led the way for Benedict with a two-day score of 166 and was named to the All-SIAC first team as well as the All-Tournament team after finishing in the top five. Tiger trio Anthony Wik, Eddie Smith III, and Kelly Willis also finished in the top 10 at the classic to earn All-SIAC second team honors.

First round leader Morehouse College took home third place at this year’s classic after shooting a 355 in the final round to finish with a team score of 690. The Maroon Tigers were led by Bryan McElderry, who shot a 159 to earn All-SIAC first team and All-Tournament team honors, and Justin McElderry, who shot a 174 and was named to the All-SIAC second team.

Other top ten finishers include Patrick Mobley of Paine College (175, 7th) and George Dundon of Kentucky State University (176, t-8).


2012 SIAC Golf All-Conference Team


First Team

Carlos Solis, Paine College

Victor Tapia, Paine College

Bryan McElderry, Morehouse College

Jordan Buchanan, Benedict College

Eddie Smith III, Benedict College


Second Team

Justin McElderry, Morehouse College

Patrick Mobley, Paine College

Anthony Wik, Benedict College

George Dundon, Kentucky State University

Kelly Willis, Benedict College


Player of the Year: Carlos Solis, Paine College

Freshman of the Year: Carlos Solis, Paine College

Coach of the Year: Herman Belton, Paine College


All-Tournament Team

Carlos Solis, Paine College (155)

Victor Tapia, Paine College (156)

Bryan McElderry, Morehouse College (159)

Jordan Buchanan, Benedict College (166)

Eddie Smith III, Benedict College (168)


Tournament MVP: Carlos Solis, Paine College

2012 Champions: Paine College

Runner-Up: Benedict College

Third Place: Morehouse College


2012 SIAC Golf All-Academic Team

Anthony Wik,Junior Business Administration from Benedict College (GPA 3.58)  

Jordan Scott, Sophomore Sports Management major from Benedict College (GPA 3.13)

Jordan Buchanan,Sophomore Social Work major from Benedict College (GPA 3.33)

Malcolm Parrish,Junior Business Administration major from Morehouse College (GPA 3.95 )     

Bruce Cousin, Sophomore Physics major from Morehous College (GPA 3.26)


All-Academic Team Award: Morehouse College, 3.40


Final Team Scores

1.Paine College (678)

2.Benedict College (683)

3.Morehouse College (690)

4.Kentucky State University (726)

5.LeMoyne-Owen College (784)


Final Individual Scores

1.Carlos Solis (PC) 155

2.Victor Tapia (PC) 156

3.Bryan McElderry (MHC) 159

4.Jordan Buchanan (BC) 166

5.Eddie Smith III (BC) 168

6.Justin McElderry (MHC)174

7.Patrick Mobley (PC) 175

t-8. Anthony Wik (BC) 176
t-8. George Dundon (KSU) 176
10.  Kelly Willis (BC) 177

t-11. Robert Johnson (BC) 178

t-11. Alexander Atkinson (MHC) 178

13. Clifton Jordan (MHC) 179

14.  Ralph Godbee (PC) 182

15. Rashawn Johnson (KSU) 184

16. Justin Tate (LOC) 185

17. Julian Jeter Davis (KSU) 187

18.  Josh Jackson (KSU) 188

19.  Daniel Neely (KSU) 192

20. Herman Boddy (LOC) 194

21.  Brandon Henderson (LOC) 203

22. Tracy Wood (LOC) 212

23. Keith Godbee (PC) 213