Dr. Brian Johnson speaker for Honors Day Convocation

Posted by ncarter | 04/6/2010 08:22 AM

Dr. Brian Johnson will serve as keynote speaker for Paine College's Honors Day Convocation on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.

Johnson is Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Austin Peay State University. He has formerly served as a Chief of Staff, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of English (Johnson C. Smith University), founding Director of the Jonathan Jasper Wright Institute for the Study of African American History, Culture and Policy and Associate Professor of English (Claflin University), Director of the Ronald McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (The University of South Carolina) and Associate Director of Freshman English/Composition (The University of South Carolina).

Johnson is also the editor and author of two books on W.E.B. Du Bois, W.E.B. Du Bois: Toward Agnosticism (New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2008) and (ed) Du Bois on Reform: Periodical-based Leadership for African Americans (New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2005), and an institutional history at his alma mater, The Yancy Years: the Age of Infrastructure, Technology and Restoration. Moreover, he is an editor of four volumes in American History in the Conflicts in American History series published with Facts on File in 2010: Volume 3: Civil War, Volume 4: Reconstruction, Volume 7: The Long Civil Rights Movement and Volume 8: Towards the Next American Century.

Among several academic awards, he has received a (2008) UNCF/ Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Research Fellowship (Undergraduate Research Mentor), a (2007) Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship Award (Claflin University), a  (2007) Woodrow Wilson/Career Enhancement Fellowship, an appointment as a (2006-2007) Civic Engagement Scholar, The J. McDonald Williams Institute (Dallas, Texas), a (2005-2007) Lilly Foundation/Center for Christian Studies Fellowship (Gordon College) , a (2004-2005) non-resident fellowship within the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African/African American Studies (Harvard University), a (2001) Black Faculty and Staff Association—Excellence in Academics and Service Award—(The University of South Carolina) and  an UNCF/Andrew W. Mellon Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Johnson is married to Shemeka Barnes Johnson, and they have two sons, Brian Asa Johnson and Nathan Morgan Qodesh Johnson.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu.

Paine College Lyceum Series to feature Augustans Damien Sneed and Wycliffe Gordon

Posted by ncarter | 04/5/2010 07:30 AM

Paine College presents its Lyceum Series featuring nationally acclaimed pianist, arranger, composer and Augusta native Damien Sneed and Wycliffe Gordon, performer, conductor, composer, arranger, educator and Augusta native in concert on Thursday, April 22, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.

This series of lectures and performances on the Arts is designed to enhance students' experience. Although designed primarily for students, the programs are free and open to the public. Groups are encouraged to attend.

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

About Wycliffe Gordon:

Gordon, a native Augustan, enjoys an extraordinary career as a performer, conductor, composer, arranger, and educator, receiving high praise from audiences and critics alike. Gordon tours the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz for audiences ranging from heads of state to elementary school students. Gordon received the Jazz Journalists Association 2008, 2007, 2006, 2002 and 2001 Award for Trombonist of the Year, and the Jazz Journalists Association 2000 Critics’ Choice Award for Best Trombone. 
 
In addition to a thriving solo career, he tours regularly leading the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet, headlining at legendary jazz venues throughout the world. Gordon is a former veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and has been a featured guest artist on Billy Taylor's "Jazz at the Kennedy Center" Series. Gordon’s extensive performance experience includes work with many of the most renowned jazz performers of the past and present. 
 
Gordon’s musical prowess has been captured on numerous recordings, including thirteen solo CDs and seven co-leader CDs. His latest recordings, “Boss Bones” and “You and I” were released in June 2008. Gordon is featured on numerous recordings with the Wynton Marsalis Septet, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and many others as evidenced in his extensive discography. 
 
Wycliffe Gordon is also a gifted composer and arranger. He was commissioned to compose a vibrant new score for the 1925 classic silent film "Body and Soul" (notable as the screen debut of Paul Robeson) which was premiered at the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra’s 2000-01 season opening night performance at Avery Fisher Hall, and was released on DVD in 2008. Gordon's "I Saw the Light," a musical tribute to Muhammad Ali, was commissioned and premiered by the Brass Band of Battle Creek in March 2004, and is scheduled for release on DVD in 2010.

 
About Damien Sneed:

Sneed, a native Augustan, is a sought after pianist, organist, vocal coach, conductor, composer, arranger, lecturer, producer and graduate of John S. Davidson Fine Arts School. He currently serves as Artist in Residence at Paine College. In this position, he works with music classes and the Paine College Concert Choir. He has studied at some of the finest conservatories and universities including Howard University, the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, New York University and the Manhattan School of Music.  His professional affiliations include the City University of New York (CUNY) as a professor of music, The Juilliard School as a staff accompanist, the Martina Arroyo Foundation as an artistic consultant, Jazz at Lincoln Center as an artistic consultant, New York University’s Clive Davis Department for Recorded Music as a guest lecturer, YAMAHA endorsed as an Influential Artist and The Greater Allen Cathedral of New York as Music Director. 
 
Sneed recently completed his first LIVE recording project, Introspections, at Columbia University’s Miller Theater towards the end of February 2010. The project, which takes the listener on a musical journey through his development as a performer includes classical, jazz and gospel music. Introspections will be released in the summer of 2010.
 
Sneed’s classical piano debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall was on Saturday, March 13, 2010 where he was featured as a soloist, accompanied a violist from the faculty of New England Conservatory and, collaborated with a young, rising operatic soprano from Serbia, Dusica Bijelic.   Damien Sneed's conducting debut took place in April 2008 at Jazz at Lincoln Center where he conducted the world premiere of Wynton Marsalis' Mass, a composition almost 2 hours in length, for the entire Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and a 150-voice choir.  His compositional debut took place in June 2008 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center where he performed with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra along with American Idol Finalist Anwar Robinson and conductor Thomas Wilkins including a piece that arranged and scored for the entire 64­piece orchestra.
 
Sneed performed during “A Celebration of America” in the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater on Monday, January 19, 2009, the eve of President Barack Obama’s Inauguration and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  The event was hosted by Angela Bassett, Courtney Vance, Wynton Marsalis and retired US Supreme Court Chief Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.  Sneed performed along with guest artists including Dianne Reaves, Cassandra Wilson, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Jessye Norman, Dave Brubeck, Paquito D’Rivera, Roy Haynes, Wynton Marsalis, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and many more.


Sneed was recently nominated for a Grammy Award in the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards for “Album of the Year” in the Traditional Gospel music category for his work as co-producer, vocal arranger, background vocalist, music director and keyboard player on Vickie Winans newest project, “How I Got Over”.  The album also received two Stellar awards.
 
Damien Sneed has served as Music Director for the following artists in the gospel music arena -Karen Clark-Sheard, Vickie Winans, Nikki Ross, Twinkie Clark, Melonie Daniels, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Kierra Sheard, the Clark Sisters, Richard Smallwood, Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Sapp and others. In other genres, Damien has been afforded the opportunity to perform with many other musical legends and entertainment moguls such as Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, David Sanborn, Kenny Burrell, Hezekiah Walker, American Idol’s Fantasia Barrino, George Huff & Anwar Robinson, Ashford & Simpson, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Minneapolis Symphony, Darin Atwater & Soulful Symphony, Lorna Myers, Opera Ebony, Opera Noire, Wycliffe Gordon, Eric Reed, the Boys Choir of Harlem, the Oakwood College Aeolians and many other notable world-class performers. Damien Sneed's musical prowess has allowed him to be featured in Europe, Japan, the U.S. Virgin Islands, South America and over 42 states in the US. He has recorded and produced several internationally distributed projects along with Grammy-Award winning artists.

Michael Baisden One Million Mentors Tour stops at Paine College

Posted by ncarter | 03/26/2010 13:40 PM

Augusta, GA- The Michael Baisden One Million Mentors Tour bus will arrive in Augusta, Georgia on March 30, 2010. The first stop is Paine College for the Michael Baisden One Million Mentors Tour Town Hall Meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.

For 2010, The Michael Baisden Foundation's focus is mentoring, which birthed the One Million Mentors Campaign to Save Our Kids Tour. Baisden will travel to over 70 markets nationwide to help in this endeavor. He has committed $5,000 to each of his markets and is challenging his listeners in each market to match or beat his contribution. The goal is to inspire one million caring adults to become responsible mentors.

During the town hall meeting Baisden will hear from members of the Augusta Community like Dr. Dana Bedden, Superintendent of Richmond County Schools, Steven Kendrick, Youth Leadership Richmond County, Lt. Scott Pebbles, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Louis Walter of Youth Challenge Academy, Jerry Smith of Dads In Action and Dr. Doris Mulden Hickson, principal of Midland Valley High School.

Clear Channel Radio and several groups and organizations throughout the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) are joining forces to assist Baisden in saving our kids. The tour is sponsored in part by Paine College, Richmond County School System, The City of Augusta, Augusta Partnership for Children, Inc., Augusta Recreation & Parks and Real McCoy Brokerage Company, LLC.

According to the Foundation, three million young people are currently benefiting from the guidance of caring adult mentors and with the combined efforts of the mentoring organizations and campaigns like this the mentoring gap can be closed so that the 15 million children who currently need mentors also can benefit from caring mentors. There are currently about 4,600 mentoring programs in the national network of Mentoring Partnerships.

Augusta's featured mentoring programs include: 100 Black Men of Augusta, Boys & Girls Clubs of Augusta, P.A.I.N.E. Brother to brother mentoring program, Dads in Action, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Delta Academy, Good Hope Baptist Church Boy Scouts, MACH Academy, Inc., Positive Boys Positive Men, and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Rhoer.

For more information on the tour visit the One Million Mentors website at: http://onemillionmentors.com or The Paine College Office of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu.

Paine College Memorializes Eighth President - Humanitarian - Social Justice Advocate

Posted by ncarter | 03/18/2010 09:23 AM

Paine College to Hold Memorial Service for Eighth President – Rev. Dr. Eugene Clayton Calhoun, Jr.

 
Augusta, GA – The Paine College community will celebrate the life and contributions of the late Rev. Dr. Eugene Clayton Calhoun, Jr., the College’s eighth president, on Friday, March 19, 2010 at 11 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel on the campus.  Dr. Calhoun, a United Methodist minister, served as president from 1956 to 1970 and died on December 31, 2009 at Givens Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.  Dr. George C. Bradley, president and the Paine College community invite the public to join family members, friends, colleagues, trustees, alumni and faculty to commemorate and honor a life well-lived.

 
Dr. Calhoun’s calling to serve humanity took him across the globe from the Far East to Georgia and on each journey carved an indelible path of social justice for the invisible man and those who were voiceless. 

According to Paine College Historian Dr. Mallory K. Millender ’64, Dr. Calhoun was loved by students, faculty, staff and alumni.  “We loved him because he treated us in the way we hoped that all people would treat us – but few Southern whites did – with respect, fairness and love.”

 

Dr. Silas Norman, Jr., president of the Paine College National Alumni Association, served as Student Government President during Dr. Calhoun’s administration.  Dr. Norman recalled that the Paine College student body was very active in challenging the historic racial segregation and discrimination that existed in the Augusta community. “Dr. Calhoun exhibited a level of decency, sensitivity, and support that we respected,’ said Norman. “I cannot remember a single instance where he took any action to discourage or stifle our efforts. In fact, he took public stances in support of our activities.”

 

Dr. Millender describes Dr. Calhoun as a “bridge builder” in the community.  “He was born to Christian parents who defied segregation. His father, a minister and a lawyer, felt that he had a moral as well as a legal responsibility to fight discrimination.  And he instilled those values in his children. As a white man respected in the black and white communities, he was a stabilizing force during tumultuous years in Augusta.  Dr. Calhoun knew how to raise financial support, attract outstanding faculty and raise expectations.”

 

Recounting his first meeting with Dr. Calhoun, Dr. George C. Bradley, said, “A Christian man of great faith, Dr. Calhoun believed in that part of the Paine College mission to “provide a liberal arts education of the highest quality that emphasizes academic excellence, ethical and spiritual values, social responsibility, and personal development.”  Dr. Bradley goes on to say, “Dr. Calhoun is best known for building many of the physical structures on campus. Of particular note, the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel was erected during his tenure. The painting that hangs in the narthex of Gilbert-Lambuth depicts Dr. John Wesley Gilbert and Bishop Walter R. Lambuth, two individuals that Dr. Calhoun admired very much.  It is said that when these humble individuals met in London to start their missionary journey to the Congo, Gilbert asked, “What shall be our relationship?” Lambuth replied, “We shall be as brothers.”  When I met Dr. Calhoun for the first time in the fall of 2008 it was if I had met a brother in the Spirit.”
 

Dr. Calhoun’s last visit to Paine College occurred in 2009; many of Paine’s graduates who were students during his tenure had the opportunity to express their gratitude and appreciation for his leadership during the years of racial segregation and discrimination.

    
Dr. Calhoun was the architect of the modern Paine College environment and much of the Paine campus. Eight buildings were erected during his tenure: Gray Hall, Belle Bennett Hall, Hollis Hall, Irvin Hall, the Edmund Peters Campus Center, the President's House (Paine House), the Dean of Students' residence, and the Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel which has stones embedded, in front of the altar, which he brought back from the ruins of Ephesus in Greece. 
 
Said Dr. Bradley, “Dr. Calhoun was the oldest living past president of Paine College.  He will be sorely missed by the Paine College community and by all who knew and loved him.  We thank God for the life, wisdom and vision of Dr. E. Clayton Calhoun and pray God’s mercy for his family.’ 
 
For more information contact Natasha Carter at 678-215-8576 or Ncarter@paine.edu

The public is invited to attend.

 

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Stanley D. Singleton recognized as Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate

Posted by ncarter | 03/2/2010 07:36 AM

Stanley D. Singleton, Associate Director of General Education Development Center at Paine College was honored at the 29th Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience as an Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate.  Singleton was one of nine to receive the honor.

Singleton was recognized because he demonstrates excellence as an educator and scholar, genuine concern for students, and displays the value of helping students to not only become acclimated to Paine College, but a deep commitment to ensuring first-year students leave with a completed degree.

He empowers each new student at the beginning of his or her educational journey as an academic advisor, counselor, and supporter. He engages students by being accessible, expressing genuine concern, incomparable energy, and a dynamic sense of humor. He gets close enough to students to both hear and understand what they are saying, but is removed enough to help them conceptualize the value of their experiences during their first year.

As a champion of first-year students, Singleton shows great enthusiasm and strong commitment to student success. He carries out his role with perseverance and dedication, and is admired by students and staff alike.

“GEDC and First Year Transitional programs are critical to a first year student because they provide students with their first glimpse of their personal higher education experience.  The first six weeks of a student’s undergraduate career are vital and usually determine whether a student remains at an institution.  When I reflect upon my first six weeks of college, I remember the best times and most significant growth in my life.  I would like to think that I am helping students at Paine to create those same (if not better) memories,” Singleton said.

The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition has as its mission to support and advance efforts to improve student learning and transitions into and through higher education.

The center achieves this mission by providing opportunities for the exchange of practical, theory-based information and ideas through the convening of conferences, teleconferences, institutes, and workshops; publishing monographs, a peer-reviewed journal, an electronic newsletter, guides, and books; generating and supporting research and scholarship; hosting visiting scholars; and administering a web site and listservs.

Paine Pre-Alumni Council win two major awards at UNCF Leadership Conference in New Orleans

Posted by ncarter | 03/1/2010 07:42 AM

Each year the United Negro College Fund hosts its annual National Alumni Council (NAC) and National Pre-Alumni Council (NPAC) Leadership Conference, a four day symposium filled with excellent opportunities for networking, motivational, and educational workshops and events for alumni, pre-alumni (students), college presidents, and UNCF staff.

The Conference prepares attendees for leadership and action. It enables the NAC/NPAC to implement its mission of assuring educational access and opportunity for deserving minority scholars.  This conference is an opportunity for UNCF to highlight the accomplishment of its alumni and students and welcomes participation and partnerships with corporate, community, and individual donors.
This year, Paine College Pre-Alumni Council shined by taking home two major awards. 

The Paine College Pre-Alumni Council received the award for Most Improved Pre-Alumni Council and Mrs. Brenda White-Latson received Pre-Alumni Council Advisor of the Year.

"It was great to know that I had touched the students lives to point that they would submit an essay nominating me for this award," Latson said.  "This award means a lot to me and the students because I was the advisor selected over 39 other Pre-Alumni Council advisors." 

In addition to receiving awards the council gained a wealth of knowledge from the educational seminars and workshops, which were designed to establish a climate of collegiality and information exchange.

" The various workshops provided a platform for healthy and progressive dialogue, empowering all in attendance to go back to their respective institutions and make a change through active participation in their Pre-Alumni Councils," said Jenether Stampley, a junior English Major at Paine College.

Photo caption: From left to right- Constance Fields, Justin Dummett, Brenda White-Latson,  Derick Colbert, Tiera Latson (Miss UNCF -Paine College), Jenether Stampley and Oscar Jessie.

Paine College Community welcomes Dr. Tina Cardenas as the Interim Vice President of Student Affairs

Posted by ncarter | 03/1/2010 05:53 AM

Dr. George C. Bradley, announced today the appointment of Dr. Tina Y. Cardenas as the Interim Vice President of Student Affairs.

Cardenas formerly served as Assistant Professor of Business Administration/Management for the Division of Business Administration at Paine College.  She has over nine years of experience as a college professor. She was awarded the “Evelyn Berry Teacher of the Year Award” for her service to the institution. Cardenas brings over 18 years of  experience in Business Administration and Human Resources. She also consults as a trainer and facilitator for corporations specializing in management, and various human resource topics that include but are not limited to conflict management, diversity management and employment law.

Her research interests include conflict management, retention and employee turnover, diversity, and the role of strategic human resources within organizations.

Cardenas will now be responsible for the coordination and supervision of the following areas: Office of Career Services, the Office of Residence Life, the Office of Student Activities, Office of Disability Services, Health Clinic and Campus Safety. She will be responsible for the coordination of  programs, and activities in the areas of counseling, new student orientation, student housing, student discipline, student activities, student development programs, social regulations, the yearbook, student medical services, disability services, the student center, wellness programs, campus safety, and career services.


Cardenas holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from Auburn University, a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from Alabama A&M University, and a Doctor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from Argosy University.

The Paine College Community welcomes and congratulates her on her new position.

 

 

 

Griena Knight keynote speaker for Assembly program

Posted by ncarter | 02/15/2010 09:52 AM

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated will host assembly on Wednesday, February 17, 2010  featuring Griena Knight, Southeast Regional Director of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated. The program will begin at 11a.m.in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.

About Griena Knight:
 
Griena Knight is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and a graduate of the Old John Carroll Catholic High School.  She attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she received her Bachelors of Science Degree with Honors in Interdisciplinary Studies in Psychology in 1993 and her Masters of Arts Degree in Agency Counseling in 1997.  She is currently a doctoral candidate for the Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and anticipates graduation later this year.  She has numerous academic honors including Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education and Kappa Delta Epsilon Honorary Educational Fraternity in Education.  She is also a member of the Order of Omega.

She was initiated in the Alpha Zeta Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated in 1995 after returning home from a one year vacation in the United States Army and currently serves as the Southeast Regional Director. She has served the sorority on all levels: locally as advisor to the Xi Mu Chapter at UAB and the Delta Eta Chapter at Miles College; statewide as the Alabama Area Coordinator; and regionally as the Historian and Undergraduate Chapter Coordinator.  Knight has also served as the Treasurer for the Southern Region of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated and as the Birmingham NPHC Secretary, Vice President, and President.

Knight has been employed at Miles College since 1999 and is currently the Dean of Student Affairs. Her civic organizational memberships includes the Association of Fraternal Advisors, the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals, Greater Birmingham Millennium Section of the National Council of Negro Women, the Association of Professional Women, The Tri-County Organization of Professional Women, and the Board of Directors for Girls, Incorporated.  She is also a member of the Metro Birmingham National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Alpha Pi Chi National Sorority, Agape Chapter #898 Order of the Easter Star, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of St. Peter Claver Court #140, and CHUMS, Incorporated.  The Birmingham Business Journal honored Ms. Knight as a member of the 2003 Top 40 Under 40 Class for her professional efforts and community service endeavors.  Ms. Knight loves to stay busy and to support philanthropic and civic efforts.

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

PAINE COLLEGE PRESENTS CAREER FAIR 2010 “PREPARING FOR THE GLOBAL MARKET”

Posted by ncarter | 02/15/2010 05:26 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) - On Tuesday, February 16, 2010, Paine College’s Office of Career Services presents Career Fair 2010 “Preparing For The Global Market”.  This event will be held in the Peters Campus Center, 2nd Floor at 9a.m.

The career fair will give students first hand information about companies and organizations from personal representatives. The event will feature career and financial workshops from the Augusta Richmond County Health Department, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network of Augusta, and U Do It Credit Repair of Atlanta.

Session I: Information Sharing - 9a.m.- 1p.m.
Session II: Augusta Richmond County Health Department- 11a.m. -12:30p.m.
Session III: Career and Financial Workshops 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The following companies and organizations will have representatives present to discuss career opportunities:

Augusta Richmond County Health Department
Augusta Career Center
Augusta Staffing
Century 21
Columbia County Schools
Forever 21
Georgia Department of Labor
John Marshall Law School
McDuffie County Schools
Medical College of Georgia Clinical Nursing Program
Medial College of Georgia Health
Monroe County Schools
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
Rejoice 97
Richmond County Board  of Education
Richmont Graduate University
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRS)
Spectrum Management
Tutorial and Enrichment Center
U Do It Credit Repair
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
Career Program (CP) 32
University of Phoenix
Wachovia Bank

For more information contact the Office of Public Relations at 706.396.7591.

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Paine College is a church-related, four-year private institution. The mission of Paine College is to provide a liberal arts education of the highest quality that emphasizes academic excellence, ethical and spiritual values, social responsibility, and personal development to prepare men and women for positions of leadership and service in the African American community, the nation, and the world. Paine College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate degrees and functions partly by the generous support of The United Methodist Church, the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and the United Negro College Fund. For additional information visit www.paine.edu.

 

Paine College to be honored by foundation

Posted by ncarter | 02/13/2010 09:08 AM

By Nikasha Dicks
Staff Writer, The Augusta Chronicle

Paine College is one of 11 historically black colleges and universities selected by the Tom Joyner Foundation to be a School of the Month this year.

The foundation was founded in 1998 by Tom Joyner, the host of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, a nationally syndicated radio show. The foundation provides scholarships to help students remain enrolled at historically black schools.
"For an institution like Paine College, that was founded on the premise of helping the community, this means a great deal," said Brandon Brown, the college's vice president of institutional advancement.
"We want to continue to be the bridge and the gateway to educate new doctors, lawyers, teachers and ministers and overall, productive citizens. This is going to impact us greatly and we look forward to continuing to do what we do best, which is to educate our students on the path toward excellence."

The foundation works with the schools on a fund drive and promotes the college during its designated month on the show, said Thomas Joyner Jr., the president and CEO of the foundation and son of the radio show host.
July is Paine's month.
"We are trying to raise $250,000 throughout the calendar year for Paine College," Joyner said.
All the money raised will be used for scholarships, said Helene Carter, the vice president of institutional advancement.
During a school's month, the show will highlight the college's history; interview leaders; announce recipients of scholarships; and have alumni make on-air donations, Joyner said.
Paine has challenged each of its alumni chapters to raise at least $5,000, Carter said.
The Paine College National Alumni Association will present the college with a $10,000 donation to the campaign tonight during the college's 10th annual Scholarship Masked Ball, she said.

Over the past 12 years, the Tom Joyner Foundation has raised more than $55 million for students at the institutions.

Want to contribute?
- Mail contributions to Tom Joyner Campaign for Paine College, c/o Office of Institutional Advancement, 1235 Fifteenth St. -- HH115, Augusta, GA 30901
- Make checks payable to Tom Joyner Foundation for Paine College.
- Make donations online at paine.edu.