Paine College Community Brings Holiday Spirit to Those in Need

Posted by lsuggs | 12/18/2012 12:19 PM

(Augusta, Ga) – The Paine College Community recently rallied together to make the holiday season more enjoyable for those who are in need.  Paine College partnered with SafeHomes of Augusta and generously contributed holiday gifts for families who are victims and children of domestic violence.

“Paine College is committed to supporting the greater community during this holiday season. We are proud of the rich heritage of community involvement demonstrated by the generosity of faculty and staff through this annual event,” said Dr. Tina Marshall-Bradley, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs.

The faculty and staff of Paine College contributed to four 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.

“This is such an exciting time for us and it is always so heartwarming when the community reaches out to our victims and their families,” said Christina Williams, of SafeHomes of Augusta.

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.

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.

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Photo caption: Gifts for the four adopted families from SafeHomes of Augusta on behalf of the Paine College Community.



Congressman John Barrow Tours New Paine College Facility

Posted by lsuggs | 12/11/2012 04:54 AM

(Augusta, Ga)—On December 10, 2012, Paine College President Dr. George C. Bradley welcomed Congressman John Barrow to tour the College’s new Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex.  Congressman Barrow is the first elected federal official to tour the new multi-million HEAL Complex that will open to the public in January 2013.

“The HEAL Complex is a great addition to the Paine College community and our entire region,” said Congressman Barrow.  “Paine College’s growth called for this new facility and I have no doubt it’ll be put to good use by the students. Folks in the area, as well, will benefit from this new facility, and I look forward to its opening in the New Year.”

This contemporary sprawling 43,000 sq. ft. structure will become the new home for the Paine College Athletic Department and will house classrooms, laboratories, meeting and conference rooms, and a health and wellness facility.

“The HEAL Complex will offer opportunities for growth, increase retention rates, facilitate beneficial partnerships with the community, enhance the learning environment for our students,” stated Dr. Bradley.

Dr. Bradley and Congressman Barrow also discussed the impact of the U.S. Department of Energy award of nearly $3 million made to the College that is designed to support academic programs and research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Paine College faculty utilized the award to underwrite Project WET-SEED (Workforce Enhancement and Training: Supplying Education and Energy Development).   Project WET-SEED has successfully created a pipeline focused on seamless access for middle school and high school students to move into STEM programs and careers through hands-on environmental science experiments.  The research component concentrates on bioremediation research needed by the DOE to safely clean up the environmental legacy left behind by nuclear weapons development.

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Photo caption: (Left to right) Paine College President, Dr. George C. Bradley with Congressman, John Barrow, in front of the new Paine College Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex.



Paine College Partners With Wells Fargo in Community Rehab Project

Posted by lsuggs | 12/3/2012 04:39 AM

(Augusta,Ga)—Paine College has partnered with Wells Fargo to repair a single dwelling that is inhabited and owned by a senior citizen located within walking distance of the College.  On Saturday, December 1, 2012, from 8am-12noon, the home entered Phase 2 of the rehab project, with the assistance of Wells Fargo employees as well as Paine College alumni and staff.

The Wells Fargo Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to the College to implement the development project.  During Phase 1, Pond Maintenance of Augusta, Ga, owned by Allen Odom, ’96, oversaw the project by clearing the home and lawn of debris. Paine College students, faculty, and staff also assisted in this phase. The home is located on 1745 McNally Street in close proximity to the College.

Helene Carter, Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement, who is spearheading this partnership said, “We hope that this will be the first of many rehab projects implemented by Paine College.  We are pleased about the progress of the project, and know that the finished product will greatly enhance this family’s life”. 

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Photo caption: Paine College staff member Geno Clark, assisting in the debris removal of Phase 1 of the Paine College/Wells-Fargo Community Rehab Project held on Monday, October, 15, 2012.


Paine College Professor Selected As Keynote Speaker at the International Global Biofuels & Bioproducts Summit 2012

Posted by lsuggs | 11/2/2012 10:00 AM

(Augusta, Ga) – Paine College Associate Professor of Chemistry, Dr. C.R. Nair, has been selected to serve as the opening conference keynote speaker at the International Global Biofuels & Bioproducts Summit 2012. The conference begins on November 19, 2012 in San Antonio, Tx.

Dr. Nair will speak in regards to the theme of the conference “Discovering the Abilities of Microoganisms in Bioproduction and Bioremediation for a Safer Environment” .  The topic of his keynote address at Opening Day, is “Algae Based Biofuel: A Myth or a Reality”.  The esteemed Professor will also lead a presentation on his research on microbial bioremediation of hexavalent chromium.

The organizing committee for the Bioproducts 2012 conference stated Dr. Nair’s presence will, “add value to our conference as well as our Scientific Community.”

Dr. Nair believes having a presence at the conference will be an excellent opportunity for Paine College to showcase and share the expertise and interest in metal-microbial interactions.  “With an international audience, this will strengthen Paine College’s research base to newer heights in combating environmental pollution,” Dr. Nair stated.
About Dr. C. R. Nair
Nair is the Director of Environmental Science Programs/Associate Professor of Chemistry and is the Project Leader of Bioremediation Research supported by the Department of Energy at Paine College.  He earned his Ph.D. in 1970 from the University of Allahabad, India, and did postdoctoral research at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tn.  Nair also served as Research Professor of the LSU School of Medicine, located in New Orleans, La. 

The professor is a licensed High Complexity Laboratory Director.  Nair has been honored as a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists, Fellow of the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry, Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, and a host of other accolades.  He has over 45 research publications in peer reviewed journals, held several senior positions, and served in various capacities in academia and industry for the past three decades.

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Photo caption: Paine College Associate Professor of Chemistry, Dr. C.R. Nair.


Paine College Chemistry Students Participate In National Chemistry Week

Posted by lsuggs | 11/2/2012 05:36 AM

(Augusta, Ga) – Recently, the local chapter of the American Society and Savannah River Site organized the 25th anniversary of National Chemistry Week.  During National Chemistry Week, Paine College Chemistry Department spearheaded demonstrations to young festival goers and visitors at the Georgia-Carolina Fair.

Nine students of the General Chemistry 121 class conducted experiments on the concept of nanotechnology, specifically the formation of beads from sodium alginate, a seaweed extract, during the Georgia Carolina Fair.  Jordan Rutland and Melande Carter are two Paine College students who participated in the event by orchestrated the experiments on nanotechnology.

“It was wonderful to share with the youth that science is all around them and that sciences can be fun”, stated Jordan Rutland.  Rutland is a Sophomore Biology major, and native of Manassas, Va.

Melande Carter is a Mathematics and Computer Science major from Orangeburg, Sc.  “I want the youth to understand that science is not intimidating” she said.

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Photo caption: (Left to right) Paine College students Jordan Rutland, Jasmine Ford, Jade Phelps, Ryan Davis-Wright, Fair Volunteer, and Paine College Professor Dr. Sardar Yousufzai.



Paine College Alumnus Honored by Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities

Posted by lsuggs | 10/31/2012 11:57 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Governor Nathan Deal recently presented the first annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities at the State Capitol. A total of twelve individuals and organizations were recognized for significant contributions to Georgia’s cultural vitality. Georgia Council for the Arts, the Georgia Humanities Council and the Georgia Film Music & Digital Entertainment Office joined in presenting the awards.

Akbar Imhotep of Atlanta, Georgia and 1973 Paine College graduate was honored for his contributions which have positively impacted all of Georgia as a storyteller. Imhotep is currently the President of the National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc., and also served as the Executive Secretary for the Paine College National Alumni Association from 2004 to 2008.

“I have been telling stories professionally since 1985,” said Imhotep, “I have never done what I do for some recognition or awards.  I have done it as a calling.  What this (award) really means is I must become even better at what I do and spread the joy of storytelling even futher”.

The recipients were chosen from almost one hundred nominations from around the state.  They represent a diverse and prestigious group of accomplished individuals and organizations and laid the groundwork for Georgia’s growing creative industry through innovative programs, community collaboration and long-term financial commitment.

About the Award
Each individual Governor’s Award was designed and created by Matt Moulthrop, grandson of Ed Moulthrop who is known as the “father of modern woodturning”.  Hand-crafted from native Georgia hardwoods, such as ash leaf maple and salted pecan, the awards are visually stunning and instantly recognizable as a “Moulthrop”, as his pieces have come to be known by collectors.

Matt contributed the time and talent required to create twelve pieces of distinctive wood turned art that are as unique as the award recipients, one of whom is his father, Phillip. Woodturning has been a Moulthrop family legacy for three generations. Woodwork created by patriarch, Ed, is a part of the State Art Collection.

Exhibited in some of the country’s leading museums, Matt’s work is featured prominently in collections at the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburg); The Carter Center (Atlanta); The Smithsonian (Washington, DC); as well as New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Paine College Hosts 15th Annual Conference on the Harlem Renaissance

Posted by lsuggs | 10/30/2012 11:18 AM

(Augusta, GA)—Paine College’s School of Arts and Sciences will host its 15th Annual Conference on the Harlem Renaissance. The conference will take place on November 7, 2012 and conclude November 9, 2012, at the Double Tree Hotel (2651 Perimeter Pkwy, Augusta, GA) and Paine College Campus. The conference is open to the public at a fee of $35 per day to include attendance to lecture sessions, lunch, and additional refreshments.

This year’s conference participants will witness a special tribute to Evelyn G. Etheridge, founder of the Conference by Paine College’s Sigma Omicron Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Members. As an instructor of Honors Composition and Black Literature, Professor Etheridge brought passion, vigor and a no-nonsense approach to teaching.  She earned several Teacher of the Year awards for her dedication and enthusiasm.   

Keynote speaker for the Conference will be Daniel Omotosho Black, author of Twelve Gates to the City and Perfect Peace. Upon graduation from Clark College (Magna Cum Laude in 1988), he was granted a full graduate fellowship to Temple University in pursuit of a Ph.D. in African-American Studies. As a tenured Associate Professor, he now aims to provide an example of young African Americans of the importance of self-knowledge and communal commitment. A book signing and reception with the artists will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2012 at 7 pm at Paine House, located on 1238 Beman Street, Augusta, Ga.

Also during the Conference, an Artist Talk, Exhibition, and Reception, featuring the works of Paine College Art Professor Nancy Bookhart Artist is slated for Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 5 pm at the Doubletree Hotel.
The School of Arts and Sciences consists of three departments that offer the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. These departments include the Department of Humanities, Department of Mathematics, Sciences, and Technology, and Department of Social Sciences.

For specific questions about conference attendance, contact the Office of Dean Emily Allen-Williams (School of Arts and Sciences) at 706-821-8326.

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Photo caption: Professor Nancy Bookhart, Mixed Media from the series –
"I Waltzed With God The Morning of Genesis".



Civil Rights Activist, Reverend Joseph Lowery, at Paine College

Posted by lsuggs | 10/29/2012 13:25 PM

(Augusta, Ga) –The Paine College Chapter of the NAACP hosted Reverend Joseph Lowery in an assembly on Thursday, October 17, 2012, at 2:30pm in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel on the campus.  The civil rights activist believes that the young people’s vote will make the difference in the 2012 election. Rev. Lowery is on a mission to reach young people throughout Georgia to convince them that their vote is sacred and should be treated as such.
The 91-year old retired United Methodist minister and social activist has fought against prejudice and discrimination for more than 50 years.  He earned himself the nickname the “dean of the civil rights movement”.  The son of a teacher and a businessman, Rev. Lowery grew up in the segregated South and knew firsthand the hardships and cruelty that many African-Americans experienced.  After completing his bachelor’s degree at Paine College, he followed a spiritual calling and later earned a doctorate in divinity degree from the Chicago Ecumenical Institute in 1950.

The Paine College Alumnus headed the Alabama Civic Affairs Association, an organization devoted to the desegregation of buses and public places. In 1957, along with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lowery founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and subsequently led the organization as its president from 1977 to 1997.
Rev. Lowery delivered the benediction at President Obama’s inauguration and later was awarded the presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

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Paine College Athletics Announces New Football Program

Posted by lsuggs | 10/26/2012 06:37 AM

Augusta, GA…..After years of speculation and anticipation, Paine College President, Dr. George C. Bradley, formally announced plans to revive football at the 131 year-old Liberal Arts Institution that sits in the heart of Augusta, Georgia.   During the fall meeting of the Paine College Board of Trustees, the governing body voted unanimously to revive the sport that has been absent for fifty years.

“The wheels are in motion to have a full football program by 2014,” said Tim Duncan, Athletics Director during his address to faculty, staff, students and alumni who attended the morning press conference held on the front lawn of Haygood-Holsey Hall, Friday, October 26th.  He went on to say that as early as 2013, the College had plans to recruit a Coach to lead the program and expected to acquire student athletes to participate in Club Ball during the fall 2013 semester.

Attorney Sharyn Doanes Bergin, President of the Paine College National Alumni Association, commented that she was ecstatic about the revival of football at her Alma Mater.  She commented that the football program would spur alumni participation on many levels.  Annie Rogers, President of the Augusta Alumni Chapter, learning of the new development, said “There is nothing like college football, especially at Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs).  I welcome the day that I can experience college football at Paine College.”

A feasibility study was implemented in September 2011 and during the process, students, alumni and members of the Central Savannah River Area community (CSRA) were surveyed.  The survey examined annual operating costs, infrastructure needs, initial expenses to start a team, staffing needs, and a timetable for implementing a football team.  Of particular note, constituents who were surveyed overwhelmingly were in favor of starting a football program at Paine.

Historically, Paine College athletics has consistently placed emphasis on academic excellence.  Paine’s 1951 football team produced two college presidents, an Assistant Vice Chancellor for the University System of Georgia, five athletes who earned doctoral degrees, one of which was a Geologist at the University of Chicago, and several athletes who earned graduate degrees.   The 2012 valedictorian was a Paine College student-athlete.  The College will continue to emphasize academic excellence within its football program.

Historian Mallory Millender believes that a football program will tremendously improve the quality of campus life, pride and morale.  “One of the first questions that students from other colleges and universities ask of a Paine student is: “tell me about your football program or tell me about your Marching Band.  The Paine student often responds “we don’t have one.” 

“We expect football will increase the College’s economic impact on the community,” said Dr. Elias Etinge, Vice President of Student affairs.  “Equally important, is that football will enhance campus life”

Implementing a successful football program is impacted by timing.  Paine will open the new state-of-the-art Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex, the new home for the Department of Athletics in early 2013.  Keeping aligned with the Institution’s Strategic Plan, the College is looking to develop housing and residential facilities in anticipation of increased enrollment. 

“This is an exciting day for all of the fans, alumni, and supporters of Paine College,” said Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Commissioner Greg Moore.  “We are thrilled about the prospect of Paine College launching a new football program.  The SIAC Community congratulates President Bradley and Athletic Director Tim Duncan for their new development.”

“The Augusta Sports Council (Council) is thrilled that Paine College will field a football team beginning in 2014,” said Brinsley Thigpen, CEO for the Council.    “In addition to the exciting spectator opportunities, it will offer our local residents; the visiting teams and fans will provide a positive influence to our local economy by once again increasing visitor spending due to sports tourism. The addition of football is evidence of the continued growth and success of the Paine College Athletics Department and the interest and support of sports in Augusta.”  “We look forward to supporting them in this exciting endeavor,” said Thigpen.

“Overall football will impact every area of the College,” said Duncan.  Football will facilitate increased opportunities for fundraising, improve student school spirit, enhance the visibility of the College, and create opportunities for the College to start a Marching Band and Drumline”

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Photo Caption: Paine College Athletic Director Tim Duncan (left) with mascot Leon the Lion (right), holding a Paine College football helmet.


Paine College Professor Discovers Only Known Painting By Harlem Renaissance Writer

Posted by lsuggs | 10/23/2012 13:28 PM

(Augusta, Ga)—A recent find by Paine College's Assistant Professor of English, Belinda Wheeler, has many in the literary and arts community talking. Over the summer Dr. Wheeler located the only known painting by African American artist, poet, educator, columnist, and editor Gwendolyn Bennett (1902-1981).

Bennett was a significant figure in Harlem during the Renaissance, publishing over twenty two poems, four pieces of cover art, and several short stories in prominent African American journals including Crisis and Opportunity. Bennett also co-edited the literary journal Fire!!, with prominent figures including her good friends Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, and she also wrote an arts column, "The Ebony Flute," in Opportunity.

Dr. Wheeler is currently completing a book on Bennett (under contract with UP of Mississippi) which will be the first full-length treatment of this significant, yet frequently overlooked, figure from the Harlem Renaissance.

Earlier in her career Bennett had won several artistic prizes and scholarships that allowed her to study at the Sorbonne, Academic Julian, and Ecole du Pantheon in Paris between 1924 and 1925. Up until Dr. Wheeler's discovery, however, most scholars had believed that Bennett had concluded her painting career after she moved to Florida in 1927 to be with her new husband. Dr. Wheeler's discovery of Bennett's 1931 oil painting shows that she was still pursuing this creative outlet.

"I thought about keeping the painting," stated Dr. Wheeler, "but it needs to be seen and enjoyed by more than me.” Bennett was passionate about sharing her work and the work of others with a wide audience. To keep it in my office would not do her work justice."
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Dr. Wheeler's work is changing how scholars view Bennett and her role in the Renaissance. In addition to her book on Bennett she has a forthcoming publication in the Modern Language Association's journal PMLA and she is also contributing several previously unpublished Bennett poems to the Anthology of Modern and Contemporary American Poetry and its accompanying website (edited by Cary Nelson from the University of Illinois).

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Photo caption: GWENDOLYN BENNETT (1902 - 1981), Untitled (River Landscape). Oil on canvas, 1931. 203x305 mm; 8x12 inches. Initailed "G.B.J." and dated in oil, lower right.