Paine College Drama Department presents Black Nativity Remix on Nov. 10th & Nov. 11th

Posted by ncarter | 11/9/2011 10:24 AM

(Augusta, GA_- The Paine College Drama Department will present The Black Nativity Remix on Thursday, November 10 and Friday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will take place in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel's Odeum. The event is open to the public. General admission tickets are $5 and student tickets are $2 with a valid I.D. 

The Black Nativity Remix, an original drama with music written by local Paine College professor Dr. Don Cleary and Senior Jennifer Branch.  The production was inspired by the well-known Black Nativity play written by Langston Hughes and is an interesting modern day concept to the timeless nativity story. 

It’s set in the middle of Harlem, NY in an alley where the birth of Christ seems to be the least likely of places for such incidents to happen. To assist in bringing this remixed tale to life the production has an all star cast of hard working Paineites. Carl Johnson is returning to the Paine College stage to play the role of Joseph while Shavonna Martin, freshman Paineite, hits the Paine College stage for the first time as Mary. The supporting roles of the “Wise Ones,” who search to find the baby Jesus with the help of a GPS, are played by senior drama major Corie Coleman, sophomore Chris Alexander, and junior Roddy McDowell. This production is one of several musicals Paine has seen since Dr Cleary’s arrival ten years ago.  

This year is the first year to feature Paine Colleges' own Dancers of David dance team. This production includes efforts from various Greek members on campus and students from many different organizations. One can honestly say that this year's production has pulled on some of the most rare and treasured talents from all over Paine.


About Don Cleary

Don Cleary’s entrance into theatre began directing church and community theatre musicals, and he went on to study graduate acting and playwriting while earning a Ph.D. in Fine Arts at Ohio University.   He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Drama at Paine College, where he teaches courses in drama and coordinates the undergraduate drama program.  He also served also as Coordinator for Mass Communications from 2001-2009.   Dr. Cleary not only directs Drama Department productions, but serves “out of necessity” as his own scene/light/sound designer and technical director. Past Paine productions include: Ain’t Misbehaivin, The Piano Lesson, For Colored Girls ...,  Colored People’s Time,  Mirrors,  A Raisin In the Sun, Blue, Antigone,  The Colored Museum, The Day of Absence and Mahalia.  Previously, Dr. Cleary served as musical director for community and university productions which include Fame, Working, Fiddler on the Roof, Sweeney Todd, Oklahoma, Brigadoon, Gollywhoppers, and Ama and the White Crain.   His playwriting prowess led to having one of his plays having been accepted for a professional reading by The Director’s Company of New York City and his recently completed full length play, The Frank Yerby Story, is under consideration by Bepop Collective, a theatre company in Harlem (NYC).  He serves as a Regional Responder for the Southeast Region for the American College Theatre Festival and has served the Georgia Theatre Conference as Treasurer and Community Theatre Division, Vice Chair.  Cleary's greatest successes are his students—students who have succeed at SETC screening auditions, completed internships at Yale School of Drama, been accepted into the prestigious Williamstown Festival, Savannah College of Art and Design  graduate acting program, and the American Music and Drama Academy.

About Jennifer Branch

Co-writer and director of Black Nativity Remix, Jennifer brings a refreshing unorthodox approach to this new twist of a classic. Poet and mother of the cast member “baby Jesus,” Jennifer offers a wisdom and method that could have only been cultivated by God and a genuine love for theatre. As a senior at Paine, Branch has her “eye’s on the prize” of graduation and in making her mark as a notable actor and director.  At Paine, Branch played the lead as Mrs. Stevenson in Sorry, Wrong Number, as director for The Chip Woman's Fortune, and as a founding member and past President of the Drama Club.  She recently beat out 150 + other actors in screening auditions to advance to the Southeastern Theatre Conference where she will compete for jobs in theatre this Spring.  As a future actress, director and author, Branch hopes to not only make her mark in the theatre world but also plans to support Paine's Drama Department that has helped mold her talents into a more perfected craft. As director of this production, she continues to put God first,  and when she thinks about the nativity story, she remembers that when God puts his hand on something, he’ll always take care of it, no matter how hard it may seem.

About Natasha Gallop

Music Director, Stage manager, and actor for Black Nativity Remix-- a native of New Jersey and a graduating senior--Natasha Gallop is more than excited about this original piece written and performed by “some of the best characters at Paine”. This will be yet another time Natasha hits the Paine College stage. Past roles include The Lady in Blue in Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls…., Nell in Ain't Misbehavin, and she served as Director for last Fall's production of Zora Neal Hurston's Color Struck.  She recently scored in the top 11% of actors in the SETC professional screening auditions at the Georgia Theatre Conference and will this Spring compete for theatre jobs against other actors  throughout the Southeast.  This senior is shouting to the world “Paine College is here and we are the future” as she encourages her colleagues to make their mark where ever they are and to always remember Paine in their progress. Wearing many hats in this production, she believes in the message and knows the community will be touched.

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Paine College host 2011 Harlem Renaissance Conference: Rainbows of Artistry: Dancers, Divas, Actors and Writers of the Harlem Renaissance

Posted by ncarter | 10/26/2011 09:31 AM

(Augusta, GA)- Paine College will host the 2011 Harlem Renaissance Conference: Rainbows of Artistry: Dancers, Divas, Actors and Writers of the Harlem Renaissance.  The conference will begin on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, offering four Pre-Conference Workshops, which will be conducted by educators Hazel Arnett Ervin and Ruthe T. Sheffey; children’s writer Jordan Trent; and local Augusta artist Malaika Favorite.  The conference sessions will take place in the Candler Memorial Library Building Conference Center. 

Demonstrated in the workshops, which are open to the public, especially secondary school teachers, will be African American literary traditions, which might influence pedagogical practices and strategies when teaching and shaping creative and critical thinking.  The conference will end on Friday, November 11, 2011, following two days of scholarly sessions, art exhibitions, and a dramatic presentation. 

College professors, graduate students, and undergraduate students who are traveling from within Georgia and from New Orleans, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, New York, and China will attend this year’s conference.

In 2002, a group of English faculty at Paine College began an annual conference to pay tribute to Harlem Renaissance artists, writers, and musicians.  From 1919 until 1935, the Harlem literary movement was an unprecedented collaboration of artists, writers, and musicians who converged upon Harlem and created a corpus of arts and letters which (1) portrayed the complexity of the African American experience, following the Reconstruction era in America, and (2) provided the means of resistance to attacks upon African American intellect and humanity. The Harlem period is famously associated with persons such as James Weldon Johnson, W. E. B. Du Bois, Jean Toomer, Alain Locke, Langston Hughes, Claude Mckay, Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, Countee Cullen, Aaron Douglas, Cab Calloway, and Duke Ellington; it also produced lesser known writers, artists, and musicians such as Gwendolyn Bennett, Marita A. Bonner, Helene Johnson, Augusta Savage, James Van Der Zee, Fletcher Henderson, Eubie Blake, and even younger literary artist Sterling Brown whose reputation would eventually eclipse his poetic beginnings in Harlem.

As an historical period and a critical literary movement of the 1920s, the Harlem Renaissance fostered for the African American community a socio-cultural awakening and a black poetics, which, according to Alain Locke, marked “a new psychology” of the “New Negro” in American society. It is this historical period and critical literary movement in American and African American history which Paine College remembers and celebrates each year.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706-396-7591 or  To register, contact Dr. Hazel A. Ervin at 706-821-8278 or 




William T. White to serve as keynote speaker for BEEP Week Assembly

Posted by ncarter | 10/25/2011 07:13 AM

(Augusta, GA)- William T. White IV will serve as keynote speaker as the Department of Business Administration host Black Executive Exchange Program. The assembly program will take place on Wednesday,October 26, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. 

The Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP) is a voluntary partnership between the NUL, corporate America, government, non-profits, and other institutions to loan African-American executives to participating colleges as "Visiting Professors." Visiting Professors lecture in credit-bearing courses that correspond to their industries and participate in other BEEP-related activities such as networking sessions, workshops and mock job interviews.

About William T. White IV 

White has assumed the risk of owning and operating his own business.  Born an entrepreneur he was formally introduced to the world of business ownership in 1992 as a member of the South West Atlanta Youth Business Organization (SWAYBO). While apart of this group White created a religious and inspirational t-shirt company.   He later served as the president of SWAYBO and led the effort to take the group to Ghana and Senegal, West Africa.  

After graduating high school in 1998, he earned the Outstanding Georgia Citizen and the Outstanding Leadership awards by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.  He then decided to attend Hampton University and graduated with honors with a degree in Entrepreneurship. While at Hampton he was accepted in the Inroads program and subsequently interned at Bank of America and Georgia Pacific.  While interning at Bank of America he analyzed unsecured loan root causes and reduced unsecured loan amounts from 1.4 to 1.2 million dollars in the east Atlanta region. 

At Georgia Pacific, White worked in the procurement department and participated in supplier negations, director meeting and online supplier auctions.  His internship culminated with a presentation at a conference sponsored by the National Association of Purchasing Managers on supplier diversity strategies.   After graduating, White worked for Johnson and Johnson as a Safety and Environmental Analyst and then later as a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative.   After a 4 -year stent in corporate America he decided to leave and formally start his own company, Thomas Investments, a full service real estate investment company, that to date has purchased and sold more than a million dollars worth or real estate.  Two years later White established a second company, Thomas Vending Group.  Most recently he has partnered to create an inventions company focused on car safety equipment called Safety First Solutions. The company’s first product was launched in May 2011 and it is called the Driver’s Alert. 

White is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and the Prince Hall Shrine.  He currently volunteers his time at the South West Atlanta Youth Business Organization and at the First African Church Young Men’s Rites of Passage Program.  He believes that achievement, service and a strong since of your history are the keys to success.

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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.

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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 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

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

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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. 

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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.

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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.
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.
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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.

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