Interested in being considered for a position in the McCord Summer Intern Program? Fill out an application!

Posted by ncarter | 09/29/2010 12:10 PM

The Black College Fund Lina H. McCord Summer Intern Program follows a model of communication and interaction prominent in the Methodist tradition. The itineration enables and enhances understanding between and among groups. Therefore, it is an invaluable means of promoting the Black College Fund and the Black colleges which the fund supports throughout The United Methodist Church.

The program was conceptualized by Lina H. McCord, Black College Fund executive director from 1979 to 1985, and Paula Watson, United Methodist Communications field representative. In 1981, two student itinerants were sent to the Northeastern Jurisdiction to field test the concept. The project was highly rated by both annual conference participants and students. Between the years 1982 and 1986, five students itinerated, one per jurisdiction, in the Black College Fund Student Itineration Program. The program was renamed the Lina H. McCord Summer Intern Program when Lina McCord retired in 1985.

Shirley A.R. Lewis became executive director in 1986. In January, 1992, Lewis was promoted to assistant general secretary and the Black College Fund office was elevated to a section within the Division of Higher Education. Since 1987, successful interns from past years with exceptional communication and promotional skills serve as consultants and ambassadors and help conduct orientation as well as completing short, special assignments.

Students usually cross jurisdictions at least once. Students completing short-term assignments will itinerate for periods ranging in length of time from one to five weeks. The regular schedule of itineration lasts for eight or nine weeks. The itineration is exciting and informative.

The student intern program has continued to grow and to be well received by the church.


For More Information Contact:
Dr. Cynthia Bond Hopson
Assistant General Secretary
Black College Fund
Phone: 615-340-7378

Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Implementation Team to present information session

Posted by ncarter | 09/29/2010 08:26 AM

The Paine College Quality Enhancement Plan Implementation Team will present a QEP Information session on Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 12 Noon in the C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Center located on the 2nd floor of the Peters Campus Center. The first 25 students to sign in will receive a free t-shirt. This information session is for the entire Paine College Community ( faculty, staff and students).

"We are excited about this opportunity for the College community to work together in the development of a program that is designed to enrich us in many ways that revolve around reading.," said Christine Crockett, QEP Director.

The goals will be to improve student reading scores and involve faculty and students in reading activities, including the reading of great books, that will lift us to higher intellectual levels. Paine College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. A Quality Enhancement Plan is one of the requirements of the Association.
The Paine College Community is encouraged to attend this  session so that QEP team members can communicate pertinent information from the Quality Enhancement Implementation Plan .

For more information contact,  Ms. Christine Crockett is Director of the QEP at (706) 396-8132 or

Paine College to present The Andy Warhol Exhibition: Hand colored Flowers

Posted by ncarter | 09/29/2010 07:33 AM

(Augusta, GA)- The Paine College Museum Initiative is excited about the opportunity to present The Andy Warhol Exhibition: Hand colored Flowers. The exhibition will take place October 1-9,2010 in the Frank G. Yerby House from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Admission to the exhibition $5 or $10 for unlimited entry and viewing. The opening reception will take place on October 1, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. In the Frank G. Yerby House.

About Andy Warhol:

Andy Warhol was born Andrew Warhola in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1928. In 1945 he entered the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) where he majored in pictorial design. Upon graduation, Warhol moved to New York where he found steady work as a commercial artist. He worked as an illustrator for several magazines, including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and The New Yorker and did advertising and window displays for retail stores such as Bonwit Teller and I. Miller. Prophetically, his first assignment was for Glamour magazine for an article titled "Success is a Job in New York."

Throughout the 1950s, Warhol enjoyed a successful career as a commercial artist, winning several commendations from the Art Director's Club and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. In these early years, he shortened his name to "Warhol." In 1952, the artist had his first individual show at the Hugo Gallery, exhibiting Fifteen Drawings Based on the Writings of Truman Capote. His work was exhibited in several other venues during the 1950s, including his first group show at The Museum of Modern Art in 1956.

The 1960s was an extremely prolific decade for Warhol. Appropriating images from popular culture, Warhol created many paintings that remain icons of 20th-century art, such as the Campbell's Soup Cans, Disasters and Marilyns. In addition to painting, Warhol made several 16mm films which have become underground classics such as Chelsea Girls, Empire and Blow Job. In 1968, Valerie Solanis, founder and sole member of SCUM (Society for Cutting Up Men) walked into Warhol's studio, known as the Factory, and shot the artist. The attack was nearly fatal.

At the start of the 1970s, Warhol began publishing Interview magazine and renewed his focus on painting. Works created in this decade include Maos, Skulls, Hammer and Sickles, Torsos and Shadows and many commissioned portraits. Warhol also published The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (from A to B and Back Again). Firmly established as a major 20th-century artist and international celebrity, Warhol exhibited his work extensively in museums and galleries around the world.

The artist began the 1980s with the publication of POPism: The Warhol '60s and with exhibitions of Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century and the Retrospectives and Reversal series. He also created two cable television shows, "Andy Warhol's TV" in 1982 and "Andy Warhol's Fifteen Minutes" for MTV in 1986. His paintings from the 1980s include The Last Suppers, Rorschachs and, in a return to his first great theme of Pop, a series called Ads. Warhol also engaged in a series of collaborations with younger artists, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente and Keith Haring.

Following routine gall bladder surgery, Andy Warhol died February 22, 1987. After his burial in Pittsburgh, his friends and associates organized a memorial mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York that was attended by more than 2,000 people. He remains one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

To purchase tickets contact Nancy Bookhart at  (706)294-1369 or For more information contact the Office of Communications and Marketing .

Paine College students to perform at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Posted by ncarter | 09/11/2010 04:49 AM

(Augusta, GA)- Two Paine College students were selected to be a part of the 3rd Annual Performance of the 105 Voices of History National Choir to perform during Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) week in Washington, D.C. The performance will take place on September 19, 2010 at 5:00PM at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Concert Hall.  The event will be hosted by Dove Award winner Pastor Shirley Caesar, the concert features Grammy nominee and Stellar Award winner Kim Burrell.

Chicago natives, Christian Noble, a Mass Communications major and Tyshana Gardner, Biology major were chosen to represent Paine College. “This is an experience of a lifetime,” Noble said. “I’m really excited to network and represent my institution.” Noble is a four-year member of the Paine College Concert Choir and will sing bass in the 105 Voices of History National Choir.  Gardner is a two-year member of the Paine College Concert Choir and will sing soprano in the 105 Voices of History National Choir. Their choir directors nominate students and the 105 Voices Choir Committee makes the final selection.  The honorary chairs include Jessye Norman, Augusta native, Phylicia Rashad, actress and Cathy Hughes, CEO and Founder of Radio-TV One. This will be the second year Paine College students participated in the choir and celebration. Last year, Stirling Knight, a Mass Communications major was chosen to represent the College.

The “105 Voices Of History” is a HBCU (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) Choir National Initiative was created to promote diversity in America’s national venues for the Arts.  It provides a National Platform to increase the exposure of all HBCUs to diverse audiences and its many constituents, from corporate America to the youngest students, who will be attracted by the Choir’s performances to pursue higher education. The National Choir will also provide a forum for the Conductors and partners to share knowledge and collaborate on ideas for program development among their Colleges/Universities.  Most valued, these initiatives will assist to continuously build capacity – A National Choir Initiative provides the HBCUs a National Voice to increase their visibility of the valued talents.
The 105 Voices of History National Choir--including one singer from each of the nation's 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities will perform traditional choral works and spirituals, as well as selections from gospel and jazz. The conductors for this concert are Dr. Wayne Barr (Tuskegee University), Jeremy Winston (Wilberforce University), D'Walla Simmons Burke (Winston-Salem State University), and Dr. Curtis Everett Powell (Delaware State).
“I’m really looking forward to performing “Around Midnight by Darmon Meader,” Gardner said. Gardner and Noble have tirelessly rehearsed in preparation for the performance. They’ve traveled to Columbia, South Carolina to Benedict College to rehearse with members from South Carolina HBCUs.

Washington Isaac Holmes, Director of the Paine College Concert Choir is impressed by the dedication of his choir members. Their dedication is important because it will afford them the opportunity to earn over $30,000 in scholarships to be used towards their education.

The scholarships are connected benchmarks such as participation in all activities throughout their region, level of skill, and attendance at rehearsals.

“I’ve encouraged the two students to go and embrace the endeavor,” Holmes said.  This is an amazing opportunity that involves high caliber singing and a program of prestige. It is an opportunity I wished I had as a student.”

During the week long celebration students will engage in workshops, rehearsals, tours and student leader professional development seminars.
Tickets are $20.00 - $50.00 and can be purchased via the Kennedy Center website at
For more information about the choir visit

For additional information, contact The Office of Communications and Marketing.

Miss Paine College to compete in national pageant

Posted by ncarter | 09/9/2010 13:08 PM

(AUGUSTA, GA) - Ciara Harris, Miss Paine College 2010-2011 will compete in the Miss National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Pageant on Saturday, September 25, 2010 in Atlanta, Ga.  The Competition of College Queens showcases young women from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The queens are judged in five categories. Miss National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame serves as a national representative and advocate of HBCUs and receives an academic scholarship and prizes. The pageant is one of many events hosted by the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. The organization will celebrate its 25th Anniversary this year.

“I am elated to compete and represent Paine College,” Harris said. “This will be a great opportunity to network and build relationships with queens from institutions nationwide.”

Harris is a junior, Early Childhood Education major. Upon graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to obtain a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She would like to become a teacher and principal of an elementary school located in a low income or rural area.

At Paine, Harris is currently a member of the Student Government Association, Georgia Association of Educators, Lions Activity Board and currently serves as a tutor with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Augusta. She has served as a member of the Paine College Cheerleading Team, Track and Field Team, New Student Orientation team, Art Club and Spanish Club. She has also immersed herself in several philanthropic efforts including  volunteerism at the Soup Kitchen, Metro Adult Literacy Center and Sheppard Blood Bank Center.

 For more information, contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or


 25th “Silver” Anniversary Annual Hall of Fame Weekend

September 23 – 26, 2010
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia

Thursday, September 23,   2010
Positive Image Program
Black College Queen's Open Talent Showcase

Friday, September 24, 2010
Black College Invitational Golf Championship
Legacy Lecture Series
-Plenary Sessions
Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

 Saturday, September 25, 2010
 The Atlanta Football Classic Parade
 Corporation Recruitment Fair For Student Leaders
 Black College Invitational Golf Championship
 Atlanta Football Classic
 Competition of Black College Queens
 Alumni Round-up Party

Sunday, September 26, 2010
Black College Invitational Golf  Championship
Black College Gospel Choir Competition
 New Birth Missionary  Baptist Church <>


Paine to host 2nd Annual Golf Tournament with Senior PGA Pro Jim Dent

Posted by ncarter | 08/26/2010 10:58 AM

AUGUSTA, GA) - Paine College invites golfers to the 2nd  Annual Paine College Golf Tournament on Monday, August 30, 2010 at Jones Creek Golf Club in Evans, Georgia. Last year, the tournament raised more than $22, 000 to benefit Paine College golf scholarships and this year the committee plans to raise a lot more.

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, Jim Dent will 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.- 10:30 a.m.

Shotgun start time is 11:00 a.m. Contest include beat the pro, closest to the pin, longest drive, and hole-in-one. Participants can also look forward to a silent auction, raffles and first, second and third place team prizes. Jones Creek Golf Club will provide brunch for registered golfers and volunteers and Outback Steakhouse will provide dinner during the 19th Hole Reception.

“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 Reception.  "The support of the CSRA community from year to year is outstanding," said Hoover Johnson, Jr.,  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."

Sponsors such as Phoenix Printing, Double Tree Hotel, Georgia Bank & Trust, Coca-Cola Bottling, Jim Hudson Lexus, Double Tree Hotels, P.F. Changs China Bistro, Outback Steakhouse, Jones Creek Golf Club, and WJBF News Channel 6 support this worthy cause.

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. For more information about the tournament, contact Frances Wimberly at  (706) 821-8233 or (706) 564-3717 on tournament day. Visit to view 2nd Annual Paine College Golf Tournament Sponsors.

TOURNAMENT HISTORY: The Office of Institutional Advancement decided to actively engage the Augusta community to help the Paine College Golf program evolve into a regionally and nationally ranked team. Brandon P. Brown, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, and Frances D. Wimberly, Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement worked hard to form a committee for the Inaugural Paine College Golf Tournament. The Institutional Advancement staff decided to engage people with knowledge of golf as well as proud Paineites to assist with the organizing duties of the tournament. Kenneth D. Larry, an avid golfer and proud Paine College supporter, joined the committee as chair. Through Larry’s leadership, many others joined the committee to including the honorary chair, PGA tournament player Jim Dent. The committee held its first meeting in April 2009.

Tournament Format
    •    Threesome Lauderdale Play – Captains Choice (A and B flights –1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes)

Tournament Event Schedule
    •    Sunday, August 29, 2010
    ◦    6:00 PM - Paring Party

    •    Monday, August 30, 2010
    ◦    8:30 - 10:30 AM - Registration
    ◦    8:45 - 10:45 AM - Callaway Demo Complimentary golf lessons by golf pros
    ◦    10:00 AM - Brunch
    ◦    11:00 AM - Shotgun Start

For more information about the tournament or Paine College Golf Program visit WWW.PAINE.EDU/GOLF

The Augusta Opera and Paine College Host Opera Master Class with Mezzo-Soprano Denyce Graves

Posted by ncarter | 08/25/2010 06:07 AM

AUGUSTA, GA - World-renowned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves will conduct a Master Class with local voice students on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 10:30 a.m.  The event, sponsored by The Augusta Opera and Paine College is part of the Lyceum Series and will be held at Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel at Paine College. Four vocal students from Augusta State University, Paine College, University of South Carolina at Aiken, and the private voice studio of Sandra Walker have been selected to participate. This event is open to the public and free for all area students. Non-students are welcome to attend and a $5 donation is requested.
This Master Class comes the morning after Ms. Graves' concert performance at St. Paul's presented by The Augusta Opera and the Westobou Festival.
“The Paine College community is honored and delighted to host the Master Class," said Dr. Cheryl Evans-Jones, Executive Assistant to the President and Title III Coordinator at Paine College. "We are pleased to host this wonderful educational experience in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel and we welcome the CSRA students."
"This is a real treat for local voice students," said Laurie Lockliear, Executive Director of The Augusta Opera. "We are thrilled to be able to offer this learning experience from such an acclaimed opera star."

"It would be an honor for any aspiring singer to sing for an artist of the musical stature of Denyce Graves.  Our area students are indeed fortunate to have been chosen to sing on her Master Class."  said Linda Banister, Voice Professor, Augusta State University Dept. of Music. 

About Denyce Graves
Recognized worldwide as one of today's most exciting vocal stars, Denyce Graves continues to gather unparalleled popular and critical acclaim in performances on four continents. USA Today identifies her as "an operatic superstar of the 21st Century," and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution exclaims, "if the human voice has the power to move you, you will be touched by Denyce Graves."

Her career has taken her to the world's great opera houses and concert halls. The combination of her expressive, rich vocalism, elegant stage presence, and exciting theatrical abilities allows her to pursue a wide breadth of operatic portrayals as well as delight audiences in concert and recital appearances. Denyce Graves has become particularly well-known to operatic audiences for her portrayals of the title roles in Carmen and Samson et Dalila. These signature roles have brought Ms. Graves to the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Washington Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Arena di Verona, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opernhaus Zürich, Teatro Real in Madrid, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Los Angeles Opera, and the Festival Maggio Musicale in Florence.

In 2008-09, Ms. Graves reprised her historic portrayal of the title role of Margaret Garner for the Michigan Opera Theatre (with performances in Detroit and on tour in Chicago), she returns to the Washington National Opera as the gypsy, Carmen, in a production by Francesca Zambello, and the artist brings the role of Dulcinée to San Diego Opera in the company’s new production of Massenet’s Don Quichotte co-starring Ferruccio Furlanetto. Her vibrant concert and recital schedule takes her throughout North America and highlights include performances with Brian Stokes Mitchell, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the Utah Symphony, a program to honor the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. under the auspices of the Denver Spirituals Project, and a recreation of the historic Marian Anderson concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington as a part of the Lincoln Bicentennial.

During the past season, the artist won critical acclaim as Baba the Turk in a Robert Lepage production of The Rake’s Progress at San Francisco Opera, made her Hong Kong debut as Charlotte in Werther at Hong Kong Opera, and appeared in the title role of Carmen with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. She also traveled internationally making extensive tours of concerts, recitals and masterclasses. Outside the world’s most prestigious classical music venues, Ms. Graves offered the American National Anthem at the opening of Nationals Park, the new home for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball, and was deeply honored to sing in celebration of Pope Benedict XVI‘s first visit to the United States at an open-air Mass in Washington, D.C.


Photo caption: Graves gives sound advice to student in Master Class


For information, images, video, or to schedule interviews please contact Laurie Lockliear at 706.691.8705 or Robyn Macey at <> .

Paine College senior could be the next American Idol

Posted by ncarter | 08/16/2010 13:22 PM

(Augusta, GA)- Symone Plummer stands 5 feet 9 inches tall and is often asked “Are you a model?” Plummer is not a model, but modeling is just one of her many dreams and talents. After you get past her statuesque exterior you’ll hear she has a raw soulful voice, which earned her the title of WFXG Fox 54 “Augusta Idol” and an all expense paid trip to San Francisco, Calif. to audition for Fox TV’s American Idol on August 19th.

“I’ve never visited to the West Coast, so I’m really excited about that. I feel like I’ve made it really far, and if I don’t make it to Hollywood, at least someone had the chance to hear me. That exposure is important,” Plummer said.

WFXG Fox 54 has participated in the idol competition for years says Glenn Tomlinson, marketing director. “Each Fox affiliate hosts its own affiliate promotion for Fox’s American Idol,” Tomlinson said.  Each local affiliate winner wins an all expense trip to audition for the American Idol producers.

The 24 year old Mass Communications student unsuccessfully tried her luck at American Idol stardom once before. “I wanted to audition for “Augusta Idol” competition in 2006, Plummer said.  “That year, they took the first 100 people and I was number 102.” She didn’t go back again until August 6th where she stunned the judges covering Patty Labelle’s “If Only You Knew”.

During the auditions at the Imperial Theatre, Plummer beat out over 400 hopefuls and 100-semi finalist.

The aspiring singer and actress is amazed by the incredible support from her family, church, college and community. “ I’m a mini celebrity”, she said. “Everyone has provided me with great advice – put God first.”

Plummer plans on doing just that at her audition in San Francisco. She’s confident she won’t be a ball of nerves during the audition because she has been singing since age six. “I am not shy at all. I’ve been singing for my mom’s guests and participating in family talent shows for years,” she said.

She is currently a member of the Paine College Concert Choir, “Radical Praise” Choir at Macedonia Baptist Church and is former member of choirs at Copeland Elementary, Sego Middle School and Richmond Academy.

She’s an avid fan of American Idol and admits she’s only nervous about the producers’ decision. “Whatever their decision I’ll make sure I give them a performance,” she said. 

WFXG Fox 54 will follow Plummer’s experience if she makes it to Hollywood, Calif. where she will audition for the new American Idol judges.  Believe it or not Plummer is not breathing a sigh of relief for Simon Cowell’s absence. “I really respected his opinion as a judge. He was really telling the truth most of the time and that honesty is important for an aspiring artist,” she said.

“We wish Symone lots of luck and we will be there to see her off for her audition in California,” Tomlinson said. 

Members of the Paine College Community will also be in attendance to wish Plummer luck in her endeavor. To join the send off at the Augusta Regional Airport at 5:00AM on Wednesday, August 18th, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591.

For more information on American Idol visit or




Welcome New Students!

Posted by ncarter | 08/4/2010 04:57 AM

Paine College is proud to welcome the Class of 2014. August 4th marks the beginning of a new journey for hundreds of Paine College freshman. For an entire week, students from around the country will walk through their "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. During the eight-day program taking place August 4-9, 2010, students will participate in a wide variety of workshops and 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 more familiar with the campus, meet with an academic advisor to finalize their schedules and learn about the vibrant academic life at the College, attend workshops focusing on campus life, and join the fun at social events planned each day. Through a service program, students will also have the opportunity to begin learning more about and getting involved in the greater Paine College community.

Family members of incoming freshman are invited to participate in informative sessions, fellowship and memorable ceremonies.

•Student Welcome
8:00am-3:00pm Campus Wide
Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel

•President Picnic
Paine House

•Parent Workshop: Supporting Your Student
•Student Workshop: The First Year Experience
Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel

•Rites of Passage Ceremony
5:30pm- 6:30pm
Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel

For more information about New Student Orientation, visit the link

Paine golf tournment builds on success

Posted by ncarter | 07/21/2010 04:37 AM

Story by David Westin
The Augusta Chronicle

July 20--Last year's inaugural Paine College Golf Tournament was such a rousing success -- the event raised nearly $25,000 for the Lions' golf program -- that it seemed it would be hard to top in 2010.

It appears that won't be a problem. The second annual tournament, set for Aug. 31 at Jones Creek Golf Club, already has another full field of 50 three-man teams, and sponsorship money is up from this time last year.

The field filled up last week. The cost was $300 per three-man team, or $100 for an individual.

"We've got a standby list again," said Kenny Larry, who is back as the chairman of the tournament committee.

Sponsorships are still being accepted. Anyone interested in sponsorships or getting on the waiting list should contact Paine College at (706) 821-8233.

With sponsorship money ahead of last year's pace, thanks in part to a $3,500 donation from one area foundation, the tournament is setting a goal of $50,000 raised for the golf program.

Last year's money went for golf equipment, range finders, scholarships, assisting in recruiting and to cover expenses to send the team to the PGA Minority Golf Championships.

The Paine College Golf Tournament started in response to the fact the Paine team qualified for the minority tournament in 2008, but the trip was canceled, with the school citing lack of funds.

In the wake of an outpouring of public support after word got out about the problem, Frances Wimberly and other Paine officials thought a benefit tournament might help out. It certainly has.

"The tournament is doing very, very well," Larry said.

The tournament is using the same format as last year: a three-man captain's choice. Augusta native and Champions Tour winner Jim Dent will return as honorary chairman and play.

The interest in keeping the tournament strong doesn't surprise Wimberly, who is the assistant vice president of institutional advancement at Paine.

"Many of the people I've talked to so far talked to people who participated in the tournament last year. They like the format," she said. "When I went to talk to sponsors, some were ready."

The only problem so far is a good one. Only 50 teams can go off in the afternoon shotgun start. The course can't handle any more players.

"Because of the response, we're looking at going to a double shotgun start (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) next year," Larry said.

Dent, who attended Paine College before becoming a touring pro, is one of the biggest backers of the tournament. Last year, he had two teams of family members. He turned down complimentary slots and paid for the teams himself. The Tampa, Fla., resident will do the same this year.

"Jim just loves that we're able to have a tournament like this where he's honorary chairman," said Larry, who visited with Dent recently when he was in town. "He feels like he's giving back to the community and he is. His name is a draw."

When Larry was asked to be the committee chairman last year, he said he would only do the first two events, then step aside. It looks like he'll be back next year.

"Frances said, 'Just do it one more year, Ken,' " Larry said. "I told them I'd see. I probably will. It's a lot of work, but it's really rewarding."

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