Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall to serve as keynote speaker at Conference on the Black Experience

Posted by ncarter | 01/10/2012 09:52 AM

(Augusta, GA) – The 2012 Conference on the Black Experience will explore and celebrate contributions to the amalgam of history in the Americas, in particular North America, made by women of African Ancestry. Conference participants will examine the critical roles played by Africana women and how these roles have shaped [and continue to shape] the characteristic spirit of American culture.

Paine College’s first Conference on the Black Experience was held in February 1981. The project was conceptualized by former professor Dr. Leslie J. Pollard. The conference is designed to examine the historic and cultural experiences of Black people throughout the Diaspora and the resultant actions and reactions.The conference will be held on the campus of historic Paine College from February 6-9, 2012.

About Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall

Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall will be the keynote speaker for the Conference on the Black Experience. Guy-Sheftall was recently named the president of the National Women's Studies Association, a professional organization that is "dedicated to leading the field of women's studies, as well as its teaching, learning, research, and service wherever they be found." Guy-Sheftall is the founding director of the Spelman College Women’s Research and Resource Center and the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies. She has published a number of texts within African American and Women’s Studies which have been noted as seminal works by other scholars, including the first anthology on Black women’s literature, Sturdy Black Bridges: Visions of Black Women in Literature (Doubleday, 1980), which she coedited with Roseann P. Bell and Bettye Parker Smith; her dissertation, Daughters of Sorrow: Attitudes Toward Black Women, 1880-1920 (Carlson, 1991); Words of Fire: An Anthology of African American Feminist Thought (New Press, 1995); and an anthology she co-edited with Rudolph Byrd entitled Traps: African American Men on Gender and Sexuality (Indiana University Press, 2001). Her most recent publication is a book coauthored with Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women’s Equality in African American Communities (Random House, 2003). In 1983 she became founding co-editor of Sage: A Scholarly Journal of Black Women, devoted exclusively to the experiences of women of African descent.

Conference Panel Sessions will feature independent scholars, professors, graduate and undergraduate students in a variety of topical areas of women’s contributions in North America across discipline areas.

For additional information and schedules, contact the School of Arts and Sciences at 706-821- 8326 or visit the website and click on Conference on the Black Experience at http://www.paine.edu/cobe.

Paine Ushers Students Into New Semester With Spring Convocation| Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Posted by ncarter | 01/10/2012 05:18 AM

(Augusta, GA)- Paine College will officially open the Spring semester with its Spring Convocation on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.  Dr. George C. Bradley, president will deliver the keynote address. Students, faculty, staff and community leaders will also participate in Convocation ceremony. The public is invited to attend.

About Dr. George C. 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 more information contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or (706) 821-8322.


President of AT&T Georgia keynote speaker for Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

Posted by ncarter | 01/5/2012 05:16 AM

The annual celebration hosted by four colleges in Augusta to honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be held on Friday, January 13, at noon at Paine College’s Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.

Sylvia Russell, president of AT&T Georgia, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia will be the guest speaker. 

Russell has spent 15 years with AT&T. She began her career in 1992 in Greensboro, North Carolina as a Senior Attorney to AT&T’s business services unit which managed sales relationships with Fortune 100 businesses and the United States Government. In 1996, she moved to Atlanta where she was promoted to General Attorney, supporting AT&T’s entry into the local telecommunications market.  In 2000, she became Vice President of Law and Government Affairs for the Southern Region. Following the completion of AT&T’s merger with SBC in late 2005, Russell was asked to lead External Affairs in the Southeast.

Russell serves in a number of leadership positions in organizations in Atlanta and around the state.  Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Cancer Coalition, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Allies, a partnership between state government and private business designed to promote Georgia’s economic development.  She also serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the Georgia Partnership For Excellence In Education.  She is a member of the Steering Committee for the Atlanta Education Fund’s College Success Network, and is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Woodruff Arts Center and for Atlanta Landmarks, Inc.  Also, Russell was recently appointed by Governor Perdue to the State Board of Technical and Adult Education.

Russell was born in Nurnberg, Germany. She received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers College, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey and her law degree from Rutgers School of Law in Camden, New Jersey.  She has two sons, Eric and Kevin and a chocolate Labrador, Chip.

Russell was appointed to the State Board by Governor Sonny Perdue in 2007, as an At Large Representative.  She currently serves a vice chair of the Adult Education Committee and serves on the External Affairs and Economic Development Committee.

This free event is a collaborative effort of Augusta State University, Paine College, Augusta Technical College, and Georgia Health Sciences University. For more information, call Paine College's Office of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or (706) 821-8322. 




Paine College Community mourns the loss of Rev. Dr. Lewis  W. Jay, '48

Posted by ncarter | 01/5/2012 04:45 AM

Dr. George C. Bradley and the Paine College Community join bishops and worshippers of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and other higher education institutions in mourning the loss of a respected leader in the greater faith community, Rev. Dr. Lewis W. Jay, '48, Retired Minister of the Georgia North Region, 6th Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Conference. He will forever be recognized for his dedication, leadership and excellence in religious ministry.

Dr. Jay had 65 years of experience in religious ministry. He excelled in managing finances, overseeing community activities and advocating for senior citizens and single-parent families. He placed emphasis on the importance of promoting education, seeking knowledge and pursuing one's goals with discipline, purpose and a sense of direction. Prior to founding Tree of Life Deliverance Church, Inc., Dr. Jay was an ordained clergyman with the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church for 51 years and worked as a minister and educational administrator. He attributed his success to being dedicated and goal-oriented.

Dr. Jay received his Doctoral Degree in Human Services from Union Seminary at Birmingham, Alabama and his Master's Degree in Education from Atlanta University in 1948. He graduated from Paine College in Augusta, Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts and studied Theological Studies at The Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. His professional affiliations include the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Concerned Black Clergy, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the Fellowship of United Methodist of Metropolitan Atlanta.

Together, Dr. Jay and his wife, Hattie Elizabeth Barnes, a Paine College alumna, shared three children, six grandchildren and a great grandchild. 

Visitation and Celebration of Life for Rev. Dr. Lewis W. Jay will be held at:

Friday, January 6, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.

West Mitchell Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

?560 Martin Luther King Dr. S.W.

Atlanta, GA  30314

Telephone:  404-525-2337

Fax: 404-525-1575



SIAC Basketball names Mario Jordan Player of the Week

Posted by ncarter | 01/3/2012 05:40 AM

ATLANTA—Paine College junior Mario Jordan and Lane College junior Brittany Peters have been named SIAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Players of the Week, respectively, while Paine College freshman Kedric Taylor has been named SIAC Men’s Basketball Newcomer of the Week and Clark Atlanta University freshman Denisea Law has been named SIAC Women’s Basketball Newcomer of the Week.

Jordan, a native of Sandersville, GA, averaged 21.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in two games, earning his second player of the week honor this season. Defensively, the 5-11, 165-pound guard also averaged 3.5 steals, including a game-high five in a win over Clark Atlanta, while also averaging 2.5 assists per game to help lead the Lions to a 2-0 record for the week which also includes a win over conference-foe Miles. Jordan and the Lions currently sit atop the SIAC with a 5-0 record in conference play.

Peters, a native of Columbus, OH, had 23 points, eight rebounds, and three assists in her first game as a Lady Dragon. Defensively, the 5-7 guard also totaled two steals and one block in their only game of the week, a 75-73 loss to Kentucky State.

Taylor, a native of Orlando, FL, had a big week for the Lions, averaging 15 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and a block in two games. The 6-0, 175-pound freshman, who attended Evans High School, recorded his first career triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in an 82-67 win over Miles.

Law, a native of Miami, FL, had 13 points and four rebounds for the Lady Panthers. The 5-7 freshman guard, who attended Northwestern High School, also had one assist and one steal while helping Clark Atlanta to a 72-63 win over Paine to move to 2-1 in the SIAC.



Paine College Community displays Service for Holiday Season

Posted by ncarter | 12/20/2011 11:34 AM

(Augusta, GA)-As our community continues to face a tight economy and shrinking budgets, families find it harder and harder to provide. Non-profit organizations are also feeling the economic shift. But the efforts of Paine College employees helped ease the burden by providing two local non-profit organizations with the opportunity to further assist the many families that rely on them. 

St. Stephen’s Ministry of Augusta, Inc. was one of the organizations that benefited from the College's employee generosity. St. Stephen's Ministry of Augusta, Inc. is an organization dedicated to providing housing for persons with HIV/AIDS who are low income or homeless. The mission of this program is to facilitate independence, dignity, and well being through safe, affordable, and appropriate housing. In addition, we provide services to homeless and low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and the affected persons in their lives.  

"We thank the employees of Paine College because they've provided us with necessities. Everything we received was greatly needed," said Kevin Brooks, Case Manager at Stephen's Ministry of Augusta Inc. 

The faculty and staff of Paine College also contributed greatly to three families from Safehomes of Augusta, which is an organization that is committed to ending domestic violence in our community as well as in the lives of individuals. Its mission is to transform victims of domestic violence into survivors. In 1983, the first SafeHomes shelter was opened. A total of 80 women were helped that year. By 1985, the number had grown to more than 500 women. Today, Safehomes of Augusta impacts the lives of more than 1000 women and children each year.  

"Paine College has stepped up in a big way this holiday season. "It is a true blessing and it is something we look forward to each year," said Sharon Barber, Financial/ Operations Manager at Safehomes of Augusta. "The great thing about Paine College is that we know we can count on them for support and they've done an outstanding job supporting us for four years."

The generosity of the faculty and staff speaks to the College's core value, "service". The faculty and staff opt to give to charity during the College's annual holiday social hosted by Drs. George and Tina Bradley instead of exchanging gifts between one another. This tradition displays the institution’s history and commitment to service to the community, nation and the world. 

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

Photo captions: 

Photo 1: Charlie Woodley, Director of Transportation at Paine, Frances Wimberly, Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Paine and Kevin Brooks, Case Manager at St. Stephens Ministry, Inc. 

Photo 2: Meghann Eppenbrock, Public Relations/Volunteer Coordinator at SafeHomes Augusta, Charlie Woodley, Director of Transportation at Paine, and Natasha Carter, Director of Communications & Marketing at Paine. 

Photos by: Leah Suggs

Lady Lions Basketball Team Volunteer at Golden Harvest Food Bank

Posted by kmay | 12/13/2011 23:30 PM

Augusta, GA- Just before going home to spend time with their families for Christmas, the Paine College Lady Lions Basketball team took some time out of their day to give back, and volunteered at the Faith Food Factory. Faith Food Factory is a component of the Golden Harvest Food bank, where volunteers sort, inspect and repack non-perishable donations.
“At Faith Food Factory, there is only one paid position”, states Manager Larry Jenkins. “If it were not for volunteers like the Lady Lions Basketball team, we would have a difficult time getting food to those people who really need it.”
Freshman Lashonda Canty states that “Today is a great opportunity. It makes you realize just how blessed you are.”
“Being able to give of myself today makes me really appreciate how blessed I am to have parents who have been able to work and provide for me, but I will not take it for granted, and I am excited to be able to help someone else”, says freshman Kharyna Stanford.
“Most of our students are fortunate enough to not have to worry about where their next meal will come from” states Lady Lions’ Head Coach Willie Adams. “I wanted my team to continue their spirit of giving back so they can have a greater appreciation of what they have.”
The mission of the Golden Harvest food bank is to end hunger in 30 counties in Georgia and South Carolina.
“Volunteering today, just made my soul feel good!”- Tenesha Jenkins


The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area awards Paine College $15,000 grant

Posted by ncarter | 12/1/2011 05:06 AM

(Augusta, GA)- Paine College was awarded a $15,000 grant from The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area. Dr. LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis submitted the proposal for funding to The Community Foundation for the CSRA and will serve as the principal investigator for the grant. 

The grant will fund an initiative to enhance the academic functioning for African-American girls who are at-risk for school failure through mentoring and exposure to curriculum designed to promote their academic functioning. The initiative is Project P.U.S.H. (Propelling Underserved Students into Higher-education), which has been in existence for two years and this is its first year of funding. 

"I am really excited to have received funding since many of our prior initiatives involving youth have come from our personal pocket. I am excited to take the program to the next level and pursue grants that will provide more funding for the continued development of the program," Lindsay-Dennis said.

Student from Paine College have served and will continue to serve as mentors for the gender and cultural based program. 

Paine College students visit Murphey Middle Charter School to mentor students through Project P.U.S.H. program. Now that we've secured funding, we are going to offer a summer institute where mentors can spend more time with the youth in a College setting,” Lindsay-Dennis said.  

Since April of 1996, The Community Foundation has made 399 grants from the Unrestricted Grants Fund totaling $4,083,625.74. These Unrestricted Grants are in addition to the Foundations individual grants made from Donor Advised Funds, which, during the same time period, gifted 4,019 grants totaling $28,967,167.36. To date, the grand total of both Unrestricted Grants and Donor Advised Grants combined is 4,418 grants totaling $33,050,793.10!

The Community Foundation is a publicly supported 501(c)(3) charitable organization that exists to maintain the charitable intent of donors making gifts, allowing immediate and future tax benefits, and to act as a catalyst to help focus local philanthropy on pressing and changing community needs.

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

Photo caption: Dr. Lindsay-Dennis assisting Project P.U.S.H. Mentees 




Paine College To Celebrate World AIDS Day With Annual Candlelight Walk

Posted by ncarter | 11/28/2011 05:24 AM

(Augusta, GA)- Paine College will host several events for World AIDS Day. On November 30, the College will host a forum “The People vs. HIV” in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel at 6:30 p.m. The College will also host an opening ceremony for World AIDS Day on December 1 in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel at 6:30 p.m. The keynote speaker for the ceremony will be Rev. Dr. Charles E. Goodman, pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church. 

The Annual World AIDS Day Walk will take place on December 3 at 10:00AM. 

The Paine College and CSRA Community will engage in events throughout the week to bring awareness about the AIDS epidemic. 

All events are open to the public.  


EVENT: “The People Vs. HIV” Forum

DATE: November 30, 2011

TIME: 6:30 PM

VENUE:  Paine College Chapel

EVENT: World AIDS Day Opening Ceremony

DATE: December 1, 2011

TIME: 6:30PM

VENUE: Paine College Chapel

EVENT: World AIDS Day Opening Ceremony

DATE: December 1, 2011

TIME: 7:00PM

VENUE: Metropolitan Community Church of the Redeemer

EVENT: Red Ribbon Ball

DATE: December 2, 2011

TIME: 7:00 PM

VENUE:  Marion Hatcher Center

EVENT: Talent Show/ Red Carpet Affair

DATE: December 2, 2011

TIME: 6:30 PM

VENUE: Georgia Health Sciences University Lee Auditorium

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


Paine College International English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta Marks 30th Anniversary

Posted by ncarter | 11/21/2011 05:04 AM

(Augusta, GA)- The Paine College Sigma Omicron chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society will be recognized for 30 years of distinctive service in higher education and quality in the fields of English. Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society. A member of the Association of College Honor Societies, Sigma Tau Delta was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University.

The academic year 2011-2012 marks the 30th anniversary founding of Paine College’s Sigma Omicron chapter of Sigma Tau Delta. The chapter will be congratulated for its contribution towards the legacy of quality. Sigma Tau Delta's Board of Directors will recognize the chapter with a special plaque at the 2012 International Convention, February 29-March 3, 2012, in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Dr. Emily Allen Williams, Chapter Sponsor and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, said, “The Sigma Omicron chapter members and I are pleased with this recognition. We realize how important tradition has been to our present success.  This recognition serves as a catalyst to increased participation in Sigma Tau Delta of Paine College students and faculty by attaining to the highest academic standards through an articulation of the importance of linguistic and literary studies.”

With over 800 active chapters located in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean, there are more than 1,000 Faculty Sponsors, and approximately 9,000 members inducted annually.

"Supporting and maintaining a chapter for this length of time is a notable achievement, and you can be proud- as are we- of your participation in the long history of the Sigma Omicron Chapter's involvement with the International English Honor Society, " said William C. Johnson, executive director of International English Honor Society. 

Sigma Tau Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature. 

Photo Caption: Photo names from left to right:  Demetrius McCoy (President), Jenether Stampley (Vice-President), Dr. Emily Allen-Williams (Chapter Sponsor), Monica Lewis (Treasurer), Justina Leverette (Historian), Yolanda Spiller (Secretary/not pictured).

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