LaShon Sturgis, 02 to receive the Herbert W. Nickens Award

Posted by ncarter | 10/24/2011 10:13 AM

(Augusta, GA)- The Association of American Medical Colleges announced the recipients of the Herbert W. Nickens faculty fellowship and medical student scholarships.  Among the recipients is LaShon Cherry Sturgis, '02. She will receive the Herbert W. Nickens Award on Monday, November 7, 2011 at the Association of American Medical Colleges Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. The winners will receive their awards at the Future Leaders of Academic Medicine session. 

The award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to promoting justice in medical education and health care equities for people in the United States.  Dr. Nickens believed that a multidisciplinary approach is needed to address inequities in health. Because of this, nominees may come from a wide range of fields, including medicine, dentistry, education, law, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and social and behavioral sciences.

This is a tremendous recognition for Sturgis and her work over the years at Paine College, Georgia Health Science University/ Medical College of Georgia.
 
 “This award is a huge honor and a culmination of the things I’ve accomplished over the years, “ she said. “You can open a lot of doors by working hard and giving back. I encourage others to work hard and give back to help make things easier for others that will follow in their footsteps.”

This year's faculty fellowship recipient is Tumaini Coker, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He will receive $15,000 to support academic and professional activities.

The $5,000 student scholarships will go to Monique Chambers, University of California, Davis School of Medicine; Toussaint Mears-Clarke, University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences, The Pritzker School of Medicine; Teresa K. L. Schiff, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine; LaShon Sturgis, Ph.D., Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Health Sciences University; and Martha Tesfalul, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706-396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu.

Photo attached: LaShon Sturgis, Ph.D.

Construction for Paine College Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex under way

Posted by ncarter | 10/18/2011 11:29 AM

(Augusta, GA)- This week, construction on the new multi-million Paine College Health Education Activities Learning Complex (HEAL) Complex commenced.

The facility will become the new home for the Paine College Athletic Program. This contemporary structure will house classrooms, laboratories, meeting and conference rooms, and a health and wellness facility. Accessible to the community, the HEAL Complex will host the College's intercollegiate competitions in the new 2,400 seat arena. The facility is expected to be complete within a 12-month time frame.

"The HEAL Complex has the capacity to transform campus life, improve student and faculty retention, increase enrollment and serve as the hub for collaboration that will address many of the contemporary health and wellness related issues that are facing the community," said Brandon Brown, Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

Everyone is invited to make an investment in the future of the HEAL Complex. Naming gift opportunities are available. For more information, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (706) 821-8223. Visit the Paine College website www.paine.edu for more information about the HEAL Complex.

For additional information or media inquires, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591, (678) 215-8576 or Ncarter@paine.edu.


Photo attached: The external design of the Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex that will be located on Druid Park Avenue

Recent construction at HEAL Complex

Paine graduate helps resurrect and preserve local Georgia history

Posted by ncarter | 10/13/2011 06:44 AM

Story Courtesy of Savannah Herald

(Savannah, GA)- Bridget Stephens, a senior English Literature and Language major at Savannah State University and a member of the Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and Eric Jonas Stephens a graduate of Paine College and a historian, researcher and a doctoral student in the History Department at Auburn University, were selected to participate in the Breaking New Ground program, an oral history project focusing on the lives of African American farm owners since the Civil War. Both individuals were afforded the opportunity to be trained by two premier oral historians from New York and Illinois as well as gain hands on experience of conducting oral history, which included learning how to properly collect oral interviews and understand the importance of landownership to the aspirations of freedmen and women and their descendents.

Their summer was spent collecting over thirty oral interviews from African American farm owners from the Southwestern region of Georgia; focusing on communities in Decatur, Miller, Baker and Seminole counties. These interviews, which will be archived at the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, hope to illuminate the lived experiences of African American farmers from the 1930’s until the present. A part from the interviews being archived for historical preservation at Chapel Hill’s Southern Oral History Program (SOHP), they were also collected as part of Breaking New Ground, a two year project with the goal of providing a basis for beginning to understand another important facet of Southern life, history and culture, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The program’s sole purpose was to collect oral interviews which are intended to unearth the history of black farm owning families from the early twentieth century to the present, because historians have minimal information about African American actually owning farm land.

Both individuals were humbly gracious to be a part of such a historically ground breaking program and are astounded about the accomplishments they have given to not only the history of their community, but also to the history of Georgia and the South. Mr. Stephens states that: “As an historian-in-training at Auburn University, Breaking New Ground has provided me with the confidence to conduct and frame historical narratives and better understand the correlation between ownership, renting and sharecropping of land.” For Ms. Stephens, who worked with her brother, Mr. Stephens on this project states that she was “amazed by every story that I have the opportunity to collect. Growing up in a rural community I never thought my small community had such rich African American landowning history. I had the chance to listen to firsthand accounts of just how much of a rite landowning was to the African American development, sense of value and self-worth.

Ms. Bridget Stephens and Mr. Eric Jonas Stephens both confirmed that this is one of the greatest educational experiences that they have ever had. They are both confident in the fact that projects such as Breaking New Ground provide scholars with a chance to recapture a certain memory or moment in time and that moment’s interaction with the present; in essence a way of holding onto the elemental things that

To view story visit: http://savannahherald.net/two-scholars-help-resurrect-and-preserve-local-georgia-history-p2265-92.htm

(Reprinted from Savannah Herald)

Paine College to crown Miss and Mr. Paine College 2011-2012

Posted by ncarter | 10/12/2011 11:16 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) - The coronation of Miss and Mr. Paine College 2011-2012 will be held on Friday, October 21, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in Gilbert- Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Ms. Tamakia King and Mr. Michael A. Jones, II will take their places as student ambassadors for the academic school year. The pageant is FREE and open to the pubic. The attire is business casual.

About Tamakia King

King serves as Miss Paine College Elect 2011-2012. She is a native of Inglewood, California and her family currently resides in Moreno Valley, California. She is the daughter of Larry and Rosalind King. King is a senior Media Studies major with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism and Public Relations. Since her arrival at Paine College she has been actively involved in a number of activities and organizations including: Pre Alumni Council, Paine College Communications Association, Wesley Fellowship, The Marketing Club, The Lions Activity Board, and the American Marketing Association.

She is a member of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society and has held leadership positions as Vice President of the Paine College Communications Association, Resident Hall Assistant, Miss Kappa Alpha Psi 2010-2011 and currently serves as a member of the Paine College Student Government Association.  Her community involvement includes volunteering with the Shiloh Community Center, Girl Scouts of America, and the Greater than AIDS Campaign in partnership with the Black AIDS Institute in Los Angeles, California.

During her reign, King plans to focus on executing her platform titled The Royal Induction: Call of Duty. The purpose of her platform is to encourage her fellow students to walk in their callings of greatness and not in their current situations. She plans to host a "Queen" series of programs centered around her platform and the promotion the College’s core values especially Service.  This semester she and other Paine College students will participate in the 11th Annual Miracle Mile Walk on October 15th to join the Augusta community in raising breast cancer awareness.

King plans to attend graduate school immediately following graduation and aspires to own a Christian public relations firm as well as have a nonprofit organization that works to eliminate illiteracy amongst young men ages 9- 13 in impoverished communities.


About Michael Aaron Jones, II

Jones serves the student body and Paine College community in the capacity of Mr. Paine College Elect 2011-2012. He is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, where his family currently resides. He is the son of Tara Jones and Willie Gulley. Jones is a junior English major. Since his arrival at Paine College he has been actively involved in a number of activities and organizations including: Towdah Mime Ministry, Resident Hall Association, English Club, and Wesley Fellowship.

Jones is a member of the Brother to Brother Mentoring Program, where he currently serves as the President.  He has held leadership positions as Mr. Sophomore, Resident Hall Assistant, Mr. Crème de la Crème, and he is presently a member of the Paine College Student Government Association.  His community involvement includes volunteering with the St. Luke Church and the Greater than AIDS Campaign.

During his reign, Jones plans to focus on executing his platform entitled “Are You Listening?” This is an initiative for the restoration of the voice of the student body on campus and in the community. It calls for his fellow Paineites to utilize the power their voices possess in order to ensure the continued success of the institution.  In conjunction with the Brother to Brother Mentoring Program, Jones plans on reaching out to area middle and high schools, as he focuses on the restoration of the male image. The foundation of his campaign was based on “leading with integrity”, one of Paine College’s core values, which he plans to instill in each student and member of the local community to ensure Paine College thrives as a prominent Historically Black College or University (HBCU).

Jones plans to attend law school immediately following graduation and aspires to start his own law firm that deals with International Affairs and teach English and Music courses in underprivileged public school systems. 

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

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Paine Cross County Team to Host PC Invitational

Posted by kmay | 10/4/2011 20:41 PM

Augusta, GA- The Paine College Men's and Women's Cross Country team will host their annual PC Invitational, October 5, 2011 at Diamond Lakes Regional Park, 3816 Windsor Spring Road, Hephzibah, Georgia 30815.
 
This year marks the 11th year for the PC Cross Country Invitational.

The Men's 5K race is set to begin at 4:00 PM, followed by the women's 5K race immediately after. 

Joining the Lions on the field will be Albany State University, Lane College, Miles College, and Morris College.

The Lady Lions are coached by Willie Adams, and the Lions are coached by Alfred Beard.

For more information regarding Paine College Athletics, visit www.paineathletics.com .

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Paine College Lady Lion Camachio Harris SIAC Volleball Setter of the Week

Posted by kmay | 10/4/2011 20:32 PM

SIAC Volleyball: Week 5 Player of the Week Honors Announced
 

ATLANTA—Kentucky State University outside hitter Emily Grieshaber has been named SIAC Volleyball Player of the Week after her strong performance this past week. Paine College setter Camachio Harris has been named SIAC Setter of the Week while Claflin University libero Courtney Person has been named SIAC Defensive Specialist of the Week.
 
Harris, a native of Montgomery, AL, led Paine with 85 assists, including 44 against Spelman College, in three matches. The 5-6 junior also contributed 15 kills with a .314 hitting percentage along with 25 digs, five block assists and four service aces for the Lady Lions, helping lead them to a victory over conference foe Fort Valley State.
 
Grieshaber, a 5-11 freshman from Thorntown, IN, led the Thorobrettes with 12 kills and a .556 hitting percentage with just two errors in their one match for the week. She also contributed four digs, two block assists, and one service ace while helping lead Kentucky State to a win over Fisk University in straight sets for their 17th win of the season.
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Person, who earns her third weekly honor this season, continued an impressive freshman campaign with 49 digs in two matches. The Columbia, SC native also delivered 11 service aces and one assist for the Lady Panthers, who went on the road and defeated both Virginia State and Virginia Union to push their overall record to 13-6 for the season.
 
For the latest scores and information about SIAC Volleyball, visit www.thesiac.com

 

Paine College receives the U.S. Department of Education’s Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) award

Posted by Admin | 10/4/2011 17:43 PM

(Augusta, GA)—Last week, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that 12 colleges and universities that serve large minority populations will receive $2,898,578 in grants to strengthen education programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Paine College was one of twelve institutions to receive the U.S. Department of Education’s Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) award.  Under the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP), grants were awarded to institutions in California, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, and Texas to increase the number of ethnic minorities, particularly ethnic women, studying in STEM fields.

"These grants will help prepare more minority students for STEM-related (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers, which are in high-demand and critical to building a competitive workforce that will grow our economy," Duncan said.

Funds awarded to Paine College for the first year will be $240,129 and will total $739,481 over the course of the three-year program.  This project will be lead by Dr. J. Derek Stone, Chair of the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology and co-directed by three Paine mathematics and computer science faculty members, Dr. C.P. Abubucker, Mrs. Komala Balakrishnan, and Dr. Lixin Wang. Additionally, Dr. Molly Zhou, of the Department of Education, will serve as program evaluator. 
The overarching goal of the program is to develop the mathematical skills of Paine College students in order to improve their overall performance in STEM courses. 

The program is arranged in to three (3) components: 1) A summer enrichment program to give incoming freshman the opportunity to develop their mathematical skills and improve their preparedness for college mathematics courses; 2) A STEM curriculum revision to enhance and update content and activities, and create a meaningful and stimulating, hand-on learning environment for students (particularly in mathematics courses); 3) Student retention and development activities will involve opportunities to conduct summer and academic year research with Paine faculty and present findings at scientific conferences. 

This program will help fulfill the need of producing high quality STEM majors and graduates to meet STEM career demands, which will ultimately benefit Paine College, but our city, our region and our country.

MSEIP supports the Administration's overall goal of improving STEM education to increase America's technological and scientific competitiveness. In addition to the goal of these grants – to expand career opportunities for underrepresented groups, especially women --the Administration is also working to improve the quality of math and science teaching in our Nation's schools so that students can master challenging content, think critically in STEM-related subjects, and are no longer outperformed by students in other nations.

MSEIP is currently supporting 38 continuation grants, in addition to the 12 three-year grants awarded today.

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

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Paine College Gets Ready For FREE Community Festival: PaineFest 2011

Posted by ncarter | 10/4/2011 06:34 AM

(Augusta, GA)- Paine College will host its annual PaineFest event, October 22, 2011 on the campus of Paine College from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The eagerly anticipated PaineFest is an annual campus 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 Exhibitions, which will feature performances from aspiring dancers, singers, and choirs. Local cooks and restaurants can register and compete in The Great Barbeque Cook-Off Competition.

Everyone is encouraged to bring their families to enjoy the free festivities. There will be a special Painefest Tribute to Wounded Warriors, Veterans and Enlisted Soldiers scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m. on the campus of Paine College.  The tribute will feature Disciples of Praise – a 40-voice acappella make chorus, and Abatsu African American Drummers and Dancers. 

"It’s our way of saying thank you to the Augusta community,” Brown said. “One of the things we’ve done is really look at the dedication and commitment our troops have made — engage and talk with soldiers, interview them, and we really want to recognize these soldiers."  

Children can look forward to the Children’s Art Village sponsored by Wells Fargo, 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 Exhibitions or to become a vendor call (706) 396-7591. For more information, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (678) 215-8576 or Ncarter@paine.edu.

See attached PaineFest 2011 event schedule.


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The Color Purple actress Desreta Jackson to speak at Paine College Assembly

Posted by ncarter | 09/23/2011 07:07 AM

(Augusta, GA)- The Paine College Department of Media Studies will host actress and entrepreneur, Desreta Jackson on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Jackson is best known for her shockingly raw portrayal of young Miss Celie, in the The Color Purple, winner of a 1983 Pulitzer Prize, and later film and Broadway musical.

The Paine College Drama Club will host a Theatrical Guidance Forum featuring Jackson on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, Odeum. The Office of Institutional Advancement will also host a reception for Jackson on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 in the Candler Memorial Library Building beginning at 5:00 p.m.
 
ABOUT DESRETA JACKSON

Jackson’s role in The Color Purple proved to be a fan favorite because of the physical and emotional abuse the title character had to endure resonated with fans around the World. The Color Purple garnered 11 Academy Award nominations, the highest number to date, and had an incredible impact on American film, producing some of the Nation’s most noted African American film stars and personalities. The role of Miss Celie was split between two actresses, respectively, Jackson, her first film role, and Whoopi Goldberg, Hollywood actress, and ABC's The View’s co-host. In addition to her film work in The Color Purple, Jackson immediately followed up with two successive films, Sister Act, again starring Whoopi Goldberg, and The Mighty Pawns, starring the late Paul Winfield, and Alfonson Ribeiro.

Jackson was born in Tortola, British Virgin Island and came to the United States as a pre-teen. Her family moved to Los Angeles, where she has remained, and created several small businesses. After her early success in film, Jackson opened the doors to Mahogany Mane, a hair care enterprise, and later organized a community based Real Estate venture, buying homes in the area and renovating them. Jackson’s master plan was a failsafe program that taught renters how to pay on time, and communicate in a proactive way to alleviate falling behind, even in a downturn economy.

She continues to work as an actress and producer, creating Internet projects and working on stage. In 2010, The Color Purple celebrated 25 years, and for the first time in all most as many years, many of the film’s cast came together on The Oprah Winfrey Show for a reunion episode as part of Oprah Winfrey’s final 25-year season. In April 2011, Jackson launched her own hair care line, BlackSilk, and was honored at the 7th annual Prestige Award tribute for her contribution to American film, her dedication to community building, and her outreach to young people.

For more information or to schedule interviews, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or (678) 215-8576 or Ncarter@paine.edu.


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Miss Paine College to compete in national pageant

Posted by ncarter | 09/21/2011 04:53 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) - Tamakia King, Miss Paine College 2011-2012 will compete in the Miss National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Pageant on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta, Ga. The pageant will begin at 6:00p.m. The Competition of College Queens showcases young women from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The queens are judged in five categories. Miss National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame serves as a national representative and advocate of HBCUs and receives an academic scholarship and prizes. The pageant is one of many events hosted by the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc.

The mission of The National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation is to be a catalyst and partner for ensuring the stability, strength and excellence of the nation’s historically and/or predominately Black colleges and universities.

King serves as Miss Paine College Elect 2011-2012. She is a native of Inglewood, California and her family currently resides in Moreno Valley, California. She is the daughter of Larry and Rosalind King. King is a senior Media Studies major with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism and Public Relations. Since her arrival at Paine College she has been actively involved in a number of activities and organizations including: Pre Alumni Council, Paine College Communications Association, Wesley Fellowship, The Marketing Club, The Lions Activity Board, and the American Marketing Association.

She is a member of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society and has held leadership positions as Vice President of the Paine College Communications Association, Resident Hall Assistant, Miss Kappa Alpha Psi 2010-2011 and currently serves as a member of the Paine College Student Government Association.  Her community involvement includes volunteering with the Shiloh Community Center, Girl Scouts of America, and the Greater than AIDS Campaign in partnership with the Black AIDS Institute in Los Angeles, California.

During her reign, King plans to focus on executing her platform titled The Royal Induction: Call of Duty. The purpose of her platform is to encourage her fellow students to walk in their callings of greatness and not in their current situations. She plans to host a "Queen" series of programs centered around her platform and the promotion the College’s core values especially Service.  This semester she and other Paine College students will participate in the 11th Annual Miracle Mile Walk on October 15th to join the Augusta community in raising breast cancer awareness.

King plans to attend graduate school immediately following graduation and aspires to own a Christian public relations firm as well as have a nonprofit organization that works to eliminate illiteracy amongst young men ages 9- 13 in impoverished communities.

CONFERENCE HI GHLI GHTS:

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011
•    Conference Registration Begins
•    Positive Image Program
•    College Queens Tea
•    College Queens Open Talent Showcase
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011
•    College Invitational Golf Tournament
•    Hall of Famers Luncheon  (Prior Inductees)
•    Legacy Lecture Series Concurrent 
•    Workshop Sessions:
•    Workshop A – “A Call to Manhood”
•    Workshop B – “A Call to Womanhood”
•    Induction Ceremony

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2011
•    College Invitational Golf Tournament
•    Student Leadership Breakfast
•    Metro Atlanta Area Youth Gospel Choir 
•    Workshop & Recruitment Fair Facilitated by the legendary Ambassador 
•    Dr. Bobby Jones of “Bobby Jones Gospel”
•    Atlanta Football Classic Parade
•    Gospel Choir Competition
•    Atlanta Football Classic
•    Competition of College Queens

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2011
•    College Invitational Golf Tournament*

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