Paine College Mourns the Passing of Activist Nelson Mandela

Posted by lsuggs | 12/6/2013 05:06 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Dr. George C. Bradley and the Paine College Community mourns the death of human rights activist Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black President. Mandela died at his home in Johannesburg on December 5, 2013, at age 95.

Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, in Mveso, Transkei, South Africa. Becoming actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his 20s, Mandela joined the African National Congress in 1942. For 20 years, he directed a campaign of peaceful, non-violent defiance against the South African government and its racist policies.

In 1993, Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to dismantle the country's apartheid system. In 1994, Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa's first black president. In 2009, July 18th, was declared Mandela Day to promote global peace and celebrate the South African leader's legacy.

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Photo caption: Nelson Mandela, dies at the age of 95.


Christmas at Paine Concert Hosted by Concert Choir

Posted by lsuggs | 12/5/2013 05:17 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Paine College Concert Choir Director, R. Wayne Woodson, will lead the ensemble at 7:30 PM for the Christmas at Paine Concert scheduled for Thursday, December 5, 2013 in the Gilbert Lambuth Chapel on the campus of the College. This special holiday event is FREE and open to the CSRA Community.

“This concert is the official re-launch of the choral program at Paine,” shared Woodson, “The students have worked tirelessly over the last few weeks in preparation. It is to my understanding that this is the first Christmas Concert in a number of years, so I think it is a welcome back performance for the entire CSRA”.

Dr. Rosalyn Floyd, music faculty at Georgia Regents University, and Alvin Blount, head of music at St. Mary’s on the Hill, have donated their services for the evening.  International opera singer, Indra Thomas, will perform as well.  Paine College alumni, who will be singing with the Concert Choir, have also graciously donated their time.

Indra Thomas’ French debut was made at the Colmar Festival where she performed Berlioz’ Les Nuits d’été conducted by Maestro Spivakov.

Thomas was a soloist in the 2003 Fourth of July concert with the Boston Pops and has performed in recital at the Caramoor Festival and at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.
Thomas made her professional debut in the Verdi Requiem in Carnegie Hall with the New York Choral Society, and has recorded a CD for National Public Radio which includes lieder by Strauss, Duparc, John Duke, and Spirituals, and is featured on A Night at the Opera on Naxos. While in her teens, she sang “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” in the funeral scene of the Academy Award-winning film Driving Miss Daisy.

Woodson joined the Paine College Community in July 2013, and was appointed as the Director of the Paine College Concert Choir.  In this position he not only directs the choir, but teaches a number of music courses at the College. Woodson stated, “When I arrived there were no registered singers; now we have a group of 34 singers, and other people expressing interest.  This speaks to the dedication of the choir members”.

Woodson is an active conductor, lecturer and clinician.  His primary focus is on the choral masterworks, but he has been noted as having a very unique and emotional connection to the standard choral repertoire as well as the orchestral masterworks.

For more information on the Christmas at Paine Concert or the Paine College Concert Choir program, please contact R. Wayne Woodson at 706.821.8314 or

For more information on Paine College, please visit or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or

Photo caption: Flyer for the Christmas at Paine Concert featuring the Paine College Concert Choir and Alumni, scheduled for Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7:30 PM at the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. The event is FREE and open to the public.


Rosa T. Beard Debutante Club Celebrates Golden Jubilee

Posted by lsuggs | 11/22/2013 06:41 AM

(Augusta, GA) – The Rosa T. Beard Debutante Club for Girls will celebrate fifty years of service to the CSRA Community on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Saint Paul’s Church located at 605 Reynolds Street in downtown Augusta, Georgia. The celebration is scheduled to begin at 7 PM in the River Room of the venue.

Rosa T. Beard, a Paine College 1942 graduate, was an educator in the Richmond County Public Schools, founder of the Rocket Club and the Rosa T. Beard Debutant Club for Girls. Her life spanned over ninety years with seventy of them actively engaged in making a difference in the lives of young people and in the Augusta community.

The 15th Street Bridge, which holds Beard’s name, 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.

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 12 recognized her for their “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 Alumni Chapter, 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 would like to congratulate the Rosa T. Beard Debutante Club for Girls as they reach fifty years of grace and selflessness, as they honor the memory its founder, Rosa T. Beard.

For more information on Paine College, please visit or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at
(706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or

Photo caption: Rosa T. Beard, Paine College 1942 graduate and founder of the Rosa T. Beard Debutante Club for Girls, established in 1963.


Paine College Administrator Awarded Grant By Georgia Natural Gas®

Posted by lsuggs | 11/19/2013 04:18 AM

(Augusta, GA) –Paine College’s Dr. Edem Tetteh, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Math, Sciences, and Technology was recently awarded a grant by Georgia’s leading natural gas provider, Georgia Natural Gas®.  Tetteh was honored during the organization’s TrueBlue Community Awards along with 13 Georgia nonprofit organizations.

“On behalf of Paine College,” Tetteh shared, “It is such an honor to be recognized as one of the recipients of the Georgia Natural Gas Community award this year".

Tetteh explained with this award, a service learning program will be designed for Paine College students focusing on energy management.

The students will use the houses of elderly citizens and residents below the poverty line in Augusta as laboratories to learn new methodologies in energy efficiency assessment and waste remediation. “This will be a win-win situation for the students to learn energy, the homeowners to have their houses to be energy efficient” said Tetteh.

All thirteen of the award-winning nonprofit organizations exemplify GNG's commitment and support for children and education, seniors, energy assistance, and environmental sustainability in Georgia. This is the third year for GNG's TrueBlue Community Awards.

For more information on Paine College, please visit or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at
(706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or

Photo caption:  Dr. Edem Tetteh, recent  Georgia Natural Gas® TrueBlue Community Award recipient.


Paine College Choral Director to be Featured on Arts Weekly Radio Show

Posted by lsuggs | 11/7/2013 12:48 PM

(Augusta, GA) – The Director of the Paine College Concert Choir will be the featured guest on the Augusta Arts Weekly Radio Show.  The show will air on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 9:30 A.M. on Smooth Jazz 92.3 FM.  It will also be podcast on the Augusta Arts Council website at

The interview will focus on the return of the Christmas at Paine annual concert as well as the rebuilding of the College’s music program. 

“The return of Christmas at Paine annual concert is quite important to the cultural life of Paine College,” said Choral Director R. Wayne Woodson. “It signifies the College’s support of the arts on the campus and the re-establishment of a long-standing tradition of musical excellence.”

The Christmas at Paine annual concert will be held on Thursday, December 5, 2013, at 7:30 P.M. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. It will feature the current Concert Choir and alumni.  International opera singer, Indra Thomas, will also perform.

For additional information on the Paine College Music Program, please contact R. Wayne Woodson at 706-821-8314 or

For more information on Paine College, please visit or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or

Photo caption: The Paine College Concert Choir, seen here performing at Weekly Assembly in the Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel on campus.


Paine Hands Orangeburg Prep a Shutout in First Home Victory Since 1962

Posted by lsuggs | 11/4/2013 07:00 AM

Paine Hands Orangeburg Prep a Shutout in First Home Victory Since 1962

by Kayla Thomas, Sports Information Director

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Paine College football is back and stronger than ever as the team pulled off a decisive 39-0 victory over the Gladiators from Orangeburg-Calhoun Prep on Nov. 2 at Laney Stadium. This win marks the first home win for the 2-1 Lions since making their return to football this season after a 51-year absence.
Paine’s defense was on fire handing Orangeburg Prep their first shutout of the season. The offense also delivered with quarterback Loranzo Hammonds, Jr. rushing for one touchdown and throwing three more to three different receivers.
Orangeburg Prep won the coin toss and decided to defer until the second half leading to Paine College scoring on the opening drive of the game. Hammonds led the Lions 65 yards in a little over three minutes and ran the ball into the end zone on a 43-yard rush to give Paine a 6-0 lead fresh into the game.
Hammonds connected with Jabari Menefee in the second quarter on a 37-yard pass to put more points on the board for the Lions. Terry Wiley, Jr. made the PAT giving Paine a 13-0 lead. Later in the second half, Juan Neloms picked off Justice Walker’s pass and returned it to the end zone. His score was called back, however, after an illegal block call on the Lions after the interception. Paine wasted no time getting back to the end zone as Danny Wohlgemuth was next up on the receiving end of a Hammonds touchdown pass during the second quarter. Wohlgemuth caught a 16-yard pass and Wiley again made the extra point attempt bringing the score to 20-0. Just seconds before the half, B.J. London caught a 33-yard pass from Hammonds that put the Lions up 26-0 at halftime.
On a bad Gladiators snap in the third quarter, Paine linebacker Vincent Thomas recovered Orangeburg Prep’s fumble for a touchdown. After Wiley’s successful PAT, the Lions led the Gladiators 33-0 heading into the fourth quarter.
Paine’s final touchdown was a 52-yard pass caught by Austin Beamus from Hammonds on a quick scoring drive. Alex Kelly set up the score with a 34-yard punt return bringing Paine to their own 48-yard line.
The Lions will play their final game of the season on Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. against Jireh Prep. The game will be played at Laney Stadium. Tickets can be purchased from or the Paine College Business Office on the first floor of Haygood-Holsey Hall.
For additional information on all aspects of the Paine College Department of Athletics, please visit or contact Kayla Thomas at 706-821-8438 or



Photo Caption: Paine College football helmet.


Department of Humanities Gears Up for Conference on the Harlem Renaissance

Posted by lsuggs | 11/1/2013 07:22 AM

(Augusta, GA) – The Department of Humanities at Paine College will host the 16th Annual Conference on the Harlem Renaissance from November 6-8, 2013. This year’s theme is “Midwives and Mavericks: Architects, Artists and Critics of the Renaissance.” This open to the public event will feature Dr. Leonard Harris, a well-noted scholar of a Renaissance major architect and philosopher, Alain Locke. Dr. Leonard Harris will serve as the keynote speaker at the Conference on the Harlem Renaissance.

The conference sessions will include presentations from independent scholars and activists, faculty, graduate and undergraduate students on the lives, work, and impact of a variety of architects, artists, and critics of the Harlem Renaissance Era.

The conference will kick-off with an open plenary session and luncheon at the Candler Memorial Library Building on Wednesday November 6th at 12:30 p.m.  On Thursday, November 7th at 6:00 p.m., a special presentation will take place, featuring a Cutno dance performance, free and open to the public within Candler as well.

“Having served on the Conference on the Harlem Renaissance Committee for three years, I am excited about our 16th annual conference,” stated Dr. Catherine L. Adams, Chair of the Humanities Department.  “This year, we have a new role; student co-chair, Michael A. Jones.  Jones, a senior, will oversee the planning of the Harlem Renaissance Assembly and activities for Paine and visiting students during the Conference.”

About Dr. Leonard Harris:

Dr. Harris is currently a professor of Philosophy at Purdue University. He specializes in social and political philosophy, philosophy of social science and American philosophy, with particular emphasis on African American Philosophy, Marx, Weber, and Dewey. He is the co-author of Alain L. Locke: Biography of a Philosopher. He is also the editor of The Critical Pragmatism of Alain Locke (authors from America, Europe, and Africa considering contributions and limitations of Locke's value theory) and The Philosophy of Alain Locke: Harlem Renaissance and Beyond which include major treatises and previously unpublished works by Locke. He has been affiliated with research institutions in Brazil, England and America and holds Board/Executive memberships with professorial organizations and heads the Alain L. Locke Society and the Philosophy Born of Struggle Association.

For information on the Conference on the Harlem Renaissance, please visit

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Photo caption: Conference on the Harlem Renaissance, November 6-8, 2013 on the campus of Paine College.


Paine College Presents: “ROYAL Steps to Understanding Lupus”

Posted by lsuggs | 10/29/2013 07:57 AM

Story by Destani Barnett, Intern
Paine College Communications and Marketing

Did you know? Lupus affects over 1.5 million people in the United States. However, less than 30 percent of the populations are unfamiliar with the disease. Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs). With lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs (“foreign invaders” like the flu). Because lupus can affect so many different organs, a wide range of symptoms can occur. These symptoms may come and go, and different symptoms may appear at different times during the course of the disease.

Feel like there is more to know on this color blind epidemic? Join us as we educate our campus on Lupus and hear from survivor Jade Nealious, who turned her celebration into a movement, ROYAL! The program will be held on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 in the Paine College Student (C.H.O.I.C.E.S Room) at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact the Paine College Nurse, Harriett Jones, at 706.396.7644 or via email:



Paine College to Host Fall Career and Graduate School Fair

Posted by lsuggs | 10/22/2013 09:46 AM

(Augusta, GA) – The Paine College School of Professional Studies, the Office of Career Services and the Black Executive Exchange Program will host its Fall Career and Graduate School Fair, “Leading into the 21st Century”. The Career Fair will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 1PM and conclude at 4PM in the Candler Memorial Library Building. Professional dress is required.

Employers attending the Career Fair include:
•    American General Life Insurance
•    Automatic Data Processing (ADP)
•    Capitol City Bank & Trust
•    Century 21 Realty
•    Cintas
•    Georgia Power
•    Georgia Regents University
•    Kroger Co.
•    Primerica
•    Shaw Financial Services
•    State Farm
•    Wal-Mart
•    WFXG Fox 54

Students and the CSRA community are strongly encouraged to attend.

For inquiries, please contact the April Ewing, Director, within the Office of Career Services at 706.821.8307 or

For more information on Paine College, please visit or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at
(706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or

Photo caption: Fall Career and Graduate School Fair flyer.


Paine College to Crown Campus King and Queen

Posted by lsuggs | 10/16/2013 12:38 PM

(Augusta, GA) – Paine College invites the CSRA to the Coronation of Mister and Miss Paine College 2013-2014, which will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel on the campus of Paine College. Mr. Nicholas Ilugbo and Miss Tekeya Peterson will take their places as student ambassadors for the academic school year.

About Miss Tekeya Peterson
Tekeya Lashay Peterson has been elected as Miss Paine College 2013-2014. Peterson is the daughter of Robbin Haynes and Stanley Peterson Sr. She is a native of Sarasota, Florida and majors in Media Studies with a minor in Public Relations. 

Upon graduating from Paine College, the ambitious campus queen’s post-graduate plans are to attend graduate school at Howard University to receive a post graduate degree in Africana Studies and Media Studies.

“To become all that God has called for me to be,” is Peterson’s personal goal, while her career goal is to become the most sought after publicist in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.

About Mister Nicholas Ilugbo
Nicholas Ilugbo will be crowned as Mister Paine College for the 2013-2014 academic school year. Ilugbo is the son of Lorraine S. Russell and Clement Ilugbo of Hampton, Georgia. The Paine College senior is a Psychology major and is adamant on continuing his education at the graduate level.

Ilugbo’s career goal is to become a marriage and family counselor, which he believes is the cornerstone of a productive community. Ilugbo lives by the following, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in the times of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy”.

This event is FREE and open to the public. The Community is encouraged to attend.

Media who wish to attend this event, must confirm attendance with Leah Suggs, Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing.

For more information on Paine College, please visit or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at
(706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or

Photo caption: Paine College 2013-2014 Mr. and Miss Paine, Nicholas Ilugbo and Tekeya Peterson.