Volleyball Opens 2011 Home Season

Posted by kmay | 09/6/2011 12:41 PM

Augusta, GA-  The Paine College Lady Lions Volleyball team will begin their home season, Wednesday, September 7, 2011 as they host Brewton-Parker College Barons, at 6:00 PM in Tubman Gymnasium.

The Lady Lions (3-0) opened their 2011 season on the road as they participated in Livingstone College Volleyball Invitational, Friday and Saturday September 2-3 in Salisbury, NC.  The Lady Lions were undefeated, beating Morris College, Spelman College, and Livingstone College. 

All home games will be played at Tubman Gymnasium!

For more information, visit www.paineathletics.com


2011 SIAC Volleyball Preseason All-Conference Teams & Predicted Order of Finish Announced

Posted by kmay | 08/25/2011 20:15 PM

 Atlanta, GA—The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announces the 2011 SIAC Preseason Volleyball All-Conference Teams and Predicted Order of Finish as voted on by the SIAC Volleyball Coaches Association. The 2011 preseason team is led by Paine College outside hitter Victoria Claytor.
Claytor, a native of El Paso, TX, finished among the league leaders with a team-high 390 kills and a .273 hitting percentage. The 5-10 junior also had a team-high 88 blocks, averaging .75 per set. As a sophomore, she was named 2010 SIAC Defensive Player of the Year while also earning All-SIAC second team honors.
Also joining Claytor on this year’s preseason All- SIAC Team is Fernisha McMillian and Janae’ Kearse.   Last year, McMillian was chosen as SIAC first-team Libero and joins Claytor on the SIAC first-team.  The senior from Blackville, SC led the team with 405 digs, 26 service aces, and no ball-handling errors.  Kearse was selected as a member of the SIAC second-team. One of the Lady Lions most versatile players, the senior Orangeburg, SC native recorded 116 kills, 46 service aces, 356 digs, and the 5’2 outside hitter had a total of 23 blocks.

Defending champion Kentucky State was picked to win the West Division while 2010 SIAC tournament runner-up Albany State was selected to win the East Division. The Lady Lions finished the 2010 season with a 17-15 overall record, and were chosen to finish in 5th place on the East Division.  The Thorobrettes, coming off a 22-10 (15-1 in the SIAC) campaign and a berth in the NCAA tournament, were also selected to repeat as SIAC champions for the second consecutive year.

2011 SIAC Preseason Volleyball All-Conference Team
1st Team
Sabrina Garcia                       Outside Hitter       Senior               Albany State University
Lauren Calvin                         Outside Hitter       Sophomore       Claflin University
Victoria Claytor                             Outside Hitter         Junior                   Paine College   
Jamila McKinnis                     Outside Hitter        Senior               Stillman College
Phyllice Eubanks                    Middle Blocker      Senior               Stillman College
Brittany Stewart                      Setter                    Senior              Kentucky State University
Fernisha McMillan                         Libero                        Senior                    Paine College
2nd Team
Latayvia Mack                        Middle Blocker     Junior               Benedict College
Erica Coleman                        Outside Hitter       Senior               Kentucky State University
Janae’ Kearse                                 Outside Hitter      Senior                   Paine College
Faith Simmons                       Outside Hitter       Junior               Claflin University
Danica Lawrence                    Middle Hitter        Junior               Clark Atlanta University
Ashley Jackson                      Setter                    Sophomore       Benedict College
Tyneishah Spears                   Libero                  Sophomore       Clark Atlanta University

2011 Predicted Order of Finish
1.     Albany State
2.     Claflin
3.     Benedict
4.     Clark Atlanta
5.     Paine
6.     Fort Valley State
1.     Kentucky State
2.     Stillman
3.     Tuskegee
1.     LeMoyne-Owen
2.     Miles
3.     Lane

Conference Champion: Kentucky State




  L-R: Victoria Claytor, Fernisha McMillian, Janae' Kearse

Paine College to host 3rd Annual Golf Tournament to benefit Men’s Golf Team

Posted by ncarter | 08/23/2011 08:15 AM

(Augusta, GA) –Paine College invites golfers to the 3rd Annual Paine College Golf Tournament on Monday, August 29, 2011 at Jones Creek Golf Club in Evans, Georgia. Since its inception the tournament committee has raised more than $45,000 to benefit Paine College golf program and scholarships.

Golfers who participate will be playing for a worthy cause. All of the proceeds from this tournament will benefit the Paine College Golf Program and golf scholarships.Senior PGA Golfer and honorary tournament chair, Jim Dent will also play in the tournament.  Golfers and guests will have a chance to meet and share the course with Dent.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and a complimentary Callaway Demo will take place from 8:45 a.m.- 10:45 a.m.

Shotgun start time is 11:00 a.m. Contest include closest to the pin, longest drive, and hole-in-one sponsored by Jim Hudson Lexus. Participants can also look forward to a silent auction, raffles and first, second and third place team prizes. Brunch for registered golfers will be provided by Chick-Fil-A and Outback Steakhouse will provide dinner during the 19th Hole Awards Dinner.

“Partnering with Paine College to increase scholarships for deserving student athletes demonstrates the community’s strong commitment and willingness to invest in our competitive golf program,” said George C. Bradley, president of Paine College. “Building a robust scholarship fund increases access to a quality education.”

All guest and golfers will have a chance to meet members of the Paine College Golf Team at the 19th Hole Awards Dinner.  "The support of the CSRA community from year to year is outstanding," said Herman Belton, head golf coach. "My team and I appreciate everything and they play harder because they know the College and the community is backing them 100 percent."

This year’s sponsors include WJBF News Channel 6, Phoenix Printing, Coca-Cola Bottling, Jim Hudson Lexus, P.F. Changs China Bistro, Outback Steakhouse, Chick-Fil-A, Jones Creek Golf Club, Clear Channel Radio, Club Car and Communigraphics.

Media attending the tournament must report to the registration station to obtain passes. To secure passes in advance; contact Natasha Carter at (706) 396-7591 or (678) 215-8576 cell.

Tournament Format

• Threesome Lauderdale Play – Captains Choice (A and B flights –1st and  2nd place prizes)

Tournament Event Schedule

• Sunday, August 28, 2011
6:00PM - Paring Party


• Monday, August 29, 2011
8:30 - 10:30 AM - Registration

8:45 - 10:45 AM - Callaway Demo Complimentary golf lessons by golf pros

10:00 AM – Brunch sponsored by Chick-Fil-A
11:00 AM - Shotgun Start

5:00PM – 19th Hole Awards Dinner sponsored by Outback Steakhouse

For more information about the tournament or Paine College Golf Program visit www.paineathletics.com/golftournament

For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591 or 678.215.8576 or Ncarter@paine.edu. 


Paine College announces new academic structure and new deans

Posted by ncarter | 08/9/2011 09:45 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Dr. George C. Bradley, President announced the appointment of Dr. Steven Thomas as the dean of its newly created School of Professional Studies and Dr. Emily Williams as the dean of its newly created School of Arts and Sciences. The new appointments come on the helm of the College’s new Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Marcus Tillery.

More than three years ago, Paine College embarked on a 5- year strategic plan. The strategic plan called for the College to build on its legacies and capitalize on its achievements to move closer to the vision and mission of becoming a premier liberal arts College in our region and in the nation.

This plan has helped the institution implement the reorganization of its academic structure, moving its academic programs from divisions to schools. The School of Professional Studies encompasses the Department of Business Administration, Department of Education and Department of Media Studies. The School of Arts and Sciences encompasses the Department of Humanities, Department of Social Sciences, and Department of Mathematics, Sciences and Technology.

“The two schools will afford the College the opportunity to have deans who will raise resources to strengthen student resources for scholarly work and to develop graduate programs,” said Bradley.

Each of the deans has distinct visions for each school.

“The new structure provides an opportunity for the deans to foster relationships with industry and gauge their needs in an effort to develop innovative programs and produce graduates that can meet those needs,” said Thomas

This strategic move positions the College continue to provide its students with exceptional learning experiences in a global context. It is committed to supporting every student’s development and success, recruiting and promoting faculty of the highest credentials and standards of excellence, creating a supportive campus community and engaging the larger community and world.

Williams believes that each school will play an integral role in College’s path toward regional recognition.

“I see the School of Arts and Sciences assisting the institution with in its efforts to become a destination college for the study of the liberal arts, Williams said. “This structure will help our students easy identify majors and begin preparation for graduate school and other professional opportunities.”

Paine College launched the two-school model beginning August 8.

For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591 or 678.215.8576 or Ncarter@paine.edu. 


Paine College Establishes Athletic Scholarship Fund

Posted by kmay | 08/3/2011 14:16 PM

Augusta, GA--Over 150 student-athletes comprising of 10 teams at Paine College work tirelessly to achieve their goals, both on the field of play and in the classroom. They thrive off the support from their coaches, teammates, families, friends and fans. Now, they will have additional help through the establishment of the Lion Athletic Club.

On August 2, 2011, the fundraising arm of Paine College Athletics officially launched the Lion Athletic Club in a move that would create additional funds to support student athletes.
In a show of solidarity, Director of Athletics Tim Duncan and the entire Paine College Athletics staff made donations or pledges to the Lion Athletic Club and became its first members. “While developing the Lion Athletic Club, our coaches and staff wanted to be a part of this historic moment in Paine College Athletics,” Duncan said.  ‘It is a testament to our student-athletes, that 100% of the athletics staff wanted to participate in this vision.”

Currently, Paine College funds 44% of the NCAA Division II maximum allowable scholarships for the 10 sports it sponsors.  While that is up from the 34% funded in 2010-2011, Lion coaches are still at a recruiting disadvantage as compared to other Division II colleges and universities.

“Paine College Athletics’ greatest need is scholarship money for student-athletes” stated Duncan.  “For years, our coaches and student-athletes have competed with the heart and determination of Lions, only to realize deep inside that we are outmatched due to a lack of resources. Through donations from individuals, businesses and organizations, the college will be able to increase the amount of scholarships awarded to student-athletes.”

“Before we asked for one donation out in the community, we wanted to show our commitment by becoming the Lion Athletic Club’s first members” stated Selina Kohn, Associate Athletics Director and Head Volleyball Coach.  “Now that each member of our department has joined, we hope our alumni, former student-athletes, season ticket holders, and the Augusta community will get behind the effort to provide more opportunities for Paine College student-athletes” 

Lion Athletic Club membership levels range from contributions as little as $50 up to $10,000 annually.  Each membership level has corresponding benefits, which include invitations to special events, complimentary Paine College Lion Athletic Club gifts, and traveling to games with teams.

For more information on the Lions Fund visit us at www.paineathletics.com or call 706-945-1367.


Welcome Class of 2015!

Posted by ncarter | 08/2/2011 09:51 AM

(Augusta, GA)- Paine College is proud to welcome the Class of 2015. August 3rd marks the beginning of a new journey for hundreds of Paine College freshmen. From August 3-7, 2011 students from around the country will walk through the "Gateway to the World" as students at Paine.

The New Student Orientation Program is designed to both acquaint students with Paine College and to welcome them to their new community. Students will participate in a wide variety of workshops, activities and will have the opportunity to meet and get to know many of their classmates, faculty, and college administrators.

More specifically, students will have the opportunity to become familiar with the campus, meet with an academic advisor to finalize their schedules and learn about the vibrant academic life at the College. Freshmen will also participate in two time-honored ceremonies. Alumni and friends of Paine College are encouraged to attend the Freshman Parting Ceremony on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. and the Freshman Induction Ceremony on Sunday, August 7, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.

"These ceremonies are held to observe a person's entry into a new stage of life," said Dr. Tina Marshall-Bradley, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Classes for the Fall 2011 semester start on August 8, 2011.

For more information about New Student Orientation, visit the link www.paine.edu/orientation

Photo caption: Freshman Orientation Team 2011

Paine College reaffirmed by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Posted by ncarter | 07/18/2011 04:41 AM

Dr.  George C. Bradley, President, announced that Paine College received reaffirmation of its accreditation for the next 10 years by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC).  The announcement comes after a three-year self-assessment conducted by Paine College officials and an on-campus visit by a SACS-COC approved team of administrators from peer institutions.

“This accomplishment indicates that Paine College possesses the academic programs, services, and resources to make quality offerings to students.  Further, the self-assessment allows the College to evaluate its programs and work toward becoming a premier Liberal Arts College in the region,” said Dr. Bradley.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the recognized regional accrediting body in the eleven U.S. Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) and in Latin America for those institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degrees. The Commission on Colleges is the representative body of the College Delegate Assembly and is charged with carrying out the accreditation process.

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. It is important that institutions retain accreditation in order to receive benefits from research funding and student aid linked to Title IV.  Because of the rigorous process of accreditation, parents and students can trust that the education they are paying for is valuable. And, many potential employers review a job applicant’s educational history to make sure that the candidate received his or her education from an accredited college or university.

The self-assessment was steered by the Paine College Leadership Team under which fell two committees: 1) The Compliance Certification Team (CCT) prepared the report that demonstrated the SACS-COC Principles of Accreditation, and 2) The Quality Enhancement Plan Committee (QEPT) developed a well-defined and focused topic to enhance student learning.

By design, the QEP Team, co-chaired by a representative from Academic Affairs and from Student Affairs, consisted of faculty representing a variety of disciplines, staff from every major unit at the College, students and alumni.  During the early stages of the self-study, faculty engaged in dialogue about skills they thought would improve the quality of education for Paine College students.  After multiple discussions, surveys with faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members, it was determined that the learning outcome to be addressed was engaging students in readings that developed the kinds of analytical skills necessary for an information-rich society.  Thus, the Paine College QEP Learning Interactively Outside the Norm (L.I.O.N.):  Great Books at Paine College took form.  This ongoing initiative focuses on enhancing student literacy and learning by establishing elevated expectations for engaging complex texts, by interjecting innovative programs to promote the reading of core texts among faculty, staff and students to create literary dialogs between members of the Paine community and to link literary works with contemporary issues.

Dr. Bradley expressed his appreciation to everyone who contributed to the success of the SACS-COC reaffirmation of the College’s accreditation.  “This achievement speaks volumes about the caliber of programs, faculty and staff at the College.  We look forward to raising the bar as we raise results.”

To gain or maintain accreditation with the Commission on Colleges, an institution must comply with the standards contained in the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement and with the policies and procedures of the Commission on Colleges. The Commission on Colleges applies the requirements of its Principles to all applicants, candidates, and member institutions, regardless of type of institution (public, private for-profit, private not-for-profit).

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State of Georgia recognizes Paine Alumna with bridge dedication

Posted by ncarter | 07/14/2011 11:43 AM

 (Augusta, GA) – The State of Georgia will dedicate the 15th Street bridge over Wrightsboro Road to honor the life and legacy of the late Rosa T. Beard, ’42. The dedication service will take place on Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Candler Memorial Library Building on the campus of Paine College. Immediately following the dedication service, the unveiling of the commemorative bridge sign will take place at the (west side) of the bridge at 15th Street and Central Avenue. The event is open to the public.

Rosa T. Beard was an educator in the Richmond County Public Schools, founder of the Rocket Club and the Rosa T. Beard Debutant Club. Her life spanned nine decades with seventy of them actively engaged in making a difference in the lives of young people and being actively engaged in the Augusta community.

Her generosity was felt and remembered by many; especially Rep. Wayne Howard, D-Augusta who believed because of her unwavering service to the community something should be done to honor her legacy. “She was bridge builder for many decades, “ Howard said.

After determining that bridge was available for naming, Howard moved forward with the General Assembly to name the bridge in Beard’s honor. According to Howard, an “overwhelming majority” voted in favor of the naming of the bridge and later the Gov. Nathan Deal signed off.

The 15th Street Bridge was chosen because it was a bridge that Beard traveled for decades. It was in close proximity to her residence, T.W. Josey High School, Paine College, and Shiloh Community Center all, which she spent numerous hours of service.

“I hope that the community embraces it as something we should do more often to identify those who positively stood out in our communities. This shows our youth that we should do things to preserve history and this is one thing I thought we could do to preserve her name in history,” Howard said.

Earlier this year, the Georgia House and Senate recognized the Beard for her public service and the founding of various organizations that have improved the lives of countless young women and men throughout the Central Savannah River Area. One of her most notable accomplishments is the founding of the Rosa T. Beard Debutante Club, an organization that has advised and cultured young women for over forty-seven years.

Beard has been recognized for her service to youth in general, young women in particular and a committed service to the CSRA community and she does so with love, care and the most humble spirit. She is the recipient of the “Dream Keeper Award, the NAACP Presidential Service Award, the "key to the city of Augusta" presented in 2006 by Deke Copenhaver, mayor of Augusta and WRDW -News 6 recognized her for there “Making a Difference” feature. The City of Augusta recognized her with a proclamation for her dedication as a community servant.

Beard was an active and dedicated member of the Paine College National Alumni Association and the Augusta Paine College Club, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a member of the Board of Directors of Shiloh Community Center and Antioch Baptist Church.

Paine College Baseball Marshall (s) In New Era

Posted by kmay | 07/14/2011 11:23 AM

Augusta, GA- Melvin Le’Kerby Marshall (Kerby) joins the Paine College baseball staff as head coach, Director of Athletics, Tim Duncan announced.  Marshall comes to the program from Edward Waters College, in Jacksonville, FL where he was head coach for six years. 

“We are excited to add a proven winner to lead the Paine College baseball program”, stated Director of Athletics, Tim Duncan. “Coach Marshall has a demonstrated track record of success and that was one of several factors that led to the decision to hire him as the leader of the Paine College baseball program.  “During the interview process, he impressed the committee with his preparedness, his vision for the program and his passion for the academic success of the young men he coaches.  We are fortunate to add a coach of his caliber to Paine College.” 

“I am truly honored and excited to be a part of the Paine College family as the new head baseball coach,” states Marshall.  “It is my goal to continue to build upon and strengthen the foundation of academic excellence, athletics, and community service already in place here.”

During his tenure at Edward Waters, from 2005-2011, Coach Marshall led his team to four consecutive 20 plus win seasons, two 35 plus win seasons and a trip to the NAIA championships in 2011.  Last season, Marshall’s team finished the season with a 37-24 overall record and recorded the first postseason trip in the history of Edward Waters College Baseball. Coach Marshall was named NAIA unaffiliated conference Coach of the Year, and received the number one ranking in Black College for NAIA and Division II baseball.  Also under his tutelage at Edward Waters College, Coach Marshall helped produce the school’s first player selected for the Major League Draft (Charles Thomas/Chicago Cubs-2009).  In 2008, Coach Marshall’s team set the school record of 35 wins and received their first national ranking in NAIA Top 25 poll.  Coach Marshall has also spent time working as an assistant area scout for the Florida Marlins. 

The Jacksonville, FL native is a graduate of Englewood High School, where he was a three-sport letterman, and received a double scholarship to play basketball and baseball at Shaw University, in Raleigh, NC, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management in 1992. As a student athlete, Marshall earned baseball MVP honors in his junior and senior seasons, and was also named to the All-CIAA conference honorable mention team.

Coach Marshall’s coaching career began at Ribault Middle School, where he coached baseball and basketball for a year, and then moved to the high school level, where he coached baseball from 1998-2005. While at Ribault, he was instrumental in teaching the game of baseball to inner city youth, who were not exposed to the sport. He coached his middle school basketball team to a 12-0 record championship, and his baseball team finished the season with a 13-2 overall record. Once coach Marshall transitioned to high school, several of his players received baseball scholarships to Alcorn State University, Shaw University, and Lake City Community College. 

 “We are extremely fortunate to retain the services of Assistant Coach Kenny Bellamy.  Coach Bellamy did an outstanding job as interim head coach.   We think with the addition of Coach Marshall and the retention of Coach Bellamy, Paine College has the finest baseball staff in the SIAC and we look forward to competing for championships in the near future”, states Duncan.  

“Our goal will be to produce a team and individuals who are competing at the highest level.”  Marshall states. “I want to express my gratitude to Edward Waters College for giving me the opportunity to become a head coach and to Paine College for the opportunity to take the reins of this program and guide them in the future.”

Coach Marshall will officially begin August 1. 


Carla C. Smith, '03 recognized as one of Atlanta's Power 30 under 30

Posted by ncarter | 06/14/2011 05:31 AM

(Augusta, GA) - Carla C. Smith, ’03 is regarded as one of Atlanta’s emerging leaders, speakers and trainers in the Social Services and Human Services arena.  Smith is passionate about assisting all people with becoming their best self, ensuring the core needs of others are being met and committed to the progression of her community.  Her passion has led to her recent recognition at the 7th Annual Atlanta Power 30 Under 30™ Awards.

The awards ceremony recognized the accomplishments of young professionals under the age of 30 who display strong leadership abilities as they consistently excel within their communities and respective professional industries.  Smith was recognized in the area of Community Service.

“These exemplary young people epitomize the essence of hard work, merit and sacrifice. We commend your relentless commitment to the pursuit of excellence in all that you do, and I urge you to continue blazing a brilliant path, always inspiring the next generation of young people to follow in your footsteps. On behalf of the people of Atlanta, I salute this special group of bright and shining young stars.” said Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta

About Carla C. Smith

Smith is the CEO and Co-Owner of Georgia Counseling and Social Services Consultants (GCSSC), LLC, a social services consulting, program development and leadership training firm. Three University of Georgia School of Social Work Alumni started the firm in 2010.  Smith spearheaded the creation of the organization following her work in non-profit management and after looking at the state of the social services sector, examining the services being provided as well as the increased need for quality, results driven initiatives. The driving force behind GCSSC, LLC is its commitment and dedication to the community.

Previously, Smith served as Regional Supervisor for Youth Villages, a Tennessee based non-profit organization and was the lead team member for the new services site in Atlanta, Georgia. She oversaw all programming in the Atlanta region including staffing; work with external customers on the local, state and national level to include Casey Family Programs, leadership trainings, fundraising events and partnership trainings for customers.

She also served as the Region lead for the State of Tennessee’s Governor’s Mentoring Initiative in 2007 where she was a member of the development team of then Governor Phil Bredesen’s new program for children that were in foster care and the custody of the state. Smith was responsible for the marketing/growth of the program in the East Tennessee region, recruitment of mentors for foster children and educating the community on Governor Bredesen’s vision of the program and the impact to be made in the life of a child. Smith was fortunate enough to do a launching event in Knoxville, Tennessee with then Mayor and current Governor of Tennessee Bill Haslam in order to promote awareness for children in foster care and the need for mentors across the State of Tennessee. The event ignited a call to citizens in East Tennessee and the number of mentors quickly moved to nearly 80 mentors in less than a year.

Smith has traveled the United States as well as internationally to Lima, Peru and Montrious, Haiti providing leadership development and conducting social services research related presentations. Her expertise includes leadership/program development, evidenced based practices, project management, at-risk children, women and children issues, commercially and sexually exploited children and child welfare initiatives. Smith is dedicated to the work in the social services sector and committed to the enhancement of these services. Smith feels that superior services to our children and families are a direct investment into our community and that providing others with quality, results driven services at the onset will prove to have a direct positive impact upon those being served.

She has completed extensive leadership trainings to include the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc Leadership Fellows Program, Franklin Covey, Ken Blanchard’s Situational Leadership and Wilson’s Learning – Building Relationship Versatility. In 2005, Smith was selected to be one of two non-professor members of The University of Georgia’s School of Social Work Dean Search Committee.

Smith is currently completing the prestigious United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta VIP program, which trains leaders for roles on nonprofit boards. Smith currently serves on the Governor’s Office for Children and Families Task Force for Commercially and Sexually Exploited Children. Smith is also a member of the Junior League of Atlanta where she has previously been on the Community Needs Assessment Committee and now serves on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Committee specifically focusing on training and awareness issues. Smith also serves on the State of Georgia Department of Human Services OPOUM task force.

She is also active in her church and community organizations including The Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church Social Action Committee, Business Connection League where she serves as the Secretary and the New Life Ministry in which she serves as the Assistant Coordinator. Smith also serves on The Museum School of Avondale Estates Parent Teacher Organization Board where she serves as the Vice President. In 2010, Smith served as a mentor for The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation with teen girls ages 13-18 that live in the Metro Atlanta area.

In March 2011, Smith was selected by the Junior League of Atlanta to be the incoming Chair of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Committee where she will lead a team of Junior League of Atlanta women and be responsible for all CSEC marketing campaigns, Business Empowerment Breakfast, Empowerment summits for young girls ages 10-14 in order to build self-esteem and confidence in girls at risk for sexual exploitation, as well as other special projects.

A native of Augusta, Georgia Smith received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Paine College in Augusta, Georgia and a Master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. Smith recently became ABD and is currently completing her Doctorate studies in Organizational Leadership at Nova Southeastern University.

For more information contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu. Visit www.power30under30.com for additional information and event photographs.