Experience the Eveyln G. Etheridge Conference on the Harlem Renaissance November 11-12, 2009

Posted by ncarter | 11/9/2009 07:03 AM

Paine College presents the Evelyn G. Etheridge Conference on the Harlem Renaissance on Wednesday, November 11 and Thursday, November 12. The conference consist of five sessions, which will take place in the Warren A. Candler Memorial Library Building and the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.

About the Harlem Renaissance
From 1919 until 1940, the Harlem Renaissance was an unprecedented , collaboration of artist, writers, and musicians who converged upon  Harlem and created a corpus of literature, art, and music that portrayed the complexity of the African American experience and provided a means of resistance against the attacks upon black humanity. The period is  famously associated with persons such as Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes, Nella Larsen, Cab Calloway, Aaron Douglas, Zora Neale Hurston, and Countee Cullen, it also produced lesser known writers, artists, and musicians such as Gwendolyn Bennett, Marita A. Bonner, Sterling Brown, Charlie Parker, Augusta Savage, James Van Der Zee, and Helene Johnson.as famously coined by James Weldon Johnson.These writers and musicians created an artistic and socio-cultural awakening that sought to challenge  the stereotypical characterizations of African American people as shuffling, lazy, and always dancing that prevailed during this period in American history.

With its theme, "Celebrating the Women," this year's conference pays tribute to the contributions made by women of the era. It examines their political, artistic, and cultural impact that helped shape the Renaissance and which continues to reverberate in creative and artistic works today, and it celebrates that vibrancy and genius of the female personalities of the period.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Session I 
Keynote Address — Ms. Frances Wellington
Why We Celebrate
11:00 AM -  12:00 PM
Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel

Session II
Dr. Deborah Austin, Prof. Virginia Wright, Ms. Jasmine Proctor
Biographical Accounts and Performances — Works of 
Selected Harlem Renaissance Singers, Poets, and Dancers
00Candler Memorial Library
2:00 PM -  3:00 PM

Thursday, November 12, 2009
Session III 
Cold Keener: The Production
Student directors and actors discuss their production of Cold
Keener, a play by Zora Neale Hurston.
Presiding, Dr. Don Cleary
11:00 AM -  12:00 PM
Candler Memorial Library 
Session IV
Issues of Roles, Race, Image and Gender: The Women of the
Harlem Renaissance and Beyond
Utilizing “mini-presentations,” panel discussion, and film
excerpts based on novels written by women of the Harlem
Renaissance and female novelists of subsequent generations,
this session explores the importance of race, image and gender.
Presiding, Prof. Isaac Holmes
2:00 PM -  3:00 PM 
Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel, Odeum

Session V 
Cold Keener: A Review, by Zora Neale Hurston
Presented by the Paine College Drama Department
Dr. Don L. Cleary,  Jr., Assistant Professor of Drama, 
Production Coordinator
7:30  PM -  9:00 PM 
Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel, Odeum
 This production will be presented again on Friday, 
November 13, 2009 at 7:30 PM in the Odeum.    
2009 Conference Presenters

Deborah Wright Austin, PhD. is a native of Augusta, Georgia. She is employed by the
Richmond County Health Department as a Service Coordinator for the “Babies Cant Wait Program”.
She received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Paine College in Sociology with a minor in
music, Master of Science in Human Resource Management and Psychology from Pepperdine
University, and a PhD from American International University in Human Services.  Dr. Austin is the
founder and CEO of the Augusta Area Cultural Society. 

Ms. Jasmine Proctor is a native of Augusta, Georgia. She is a Junior, Secondary English major
at Paine College. She serves as the Student Government Association Secretary and the captain
of the PC Cheerleading squad. She is also a member of the Augusta Area Cultural Society and
serves as an advisor assistant in the program.  

Ms. Virginia Marian Wright is a native of Augusta, Georgia. She received a Bachelors of Art
from Paine College in English Language and Literature; Master of Education from Augusta
College (Augusta State University) with a concentration in Reading. Further studies include
Certification in Early Childhood and Middle Grades Education.  

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

Posted by ncarter | 11/9/2009 05:41 AM

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
Email: bcfumc@gbhem.org
Phone: 615-340-7378

Ryan Named 2010 Co-president of the Jenzabar Regional User Group South

Posted by ncarter | 11/3/2009 11:31 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) - Taffica R. Ryan was recently named 2010 Co-president of the Jenzabar Regional User Group South.  The announcement was made October 26, 2009 at the group’s fall meeting in Charleston, South Carolina. Ryan will begin her term as co-president of the Jenzabar Regional User Group South on January 1, 2010 along side Jerry Trammell of Berry College.

As an employee of Paine College, Ryan currently holds the position of Research and Tracking Assistant in the Office of Institutional Research.  She is a member of the 2010 the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Quality Enhancement Plan Team where she serves as the recorder.  She has spent almost 14 years at the College, including ten years in the Office of Admissions as the Admissions CMDS (Jenzabar) Coordinator and three years in the Business Office as the Accounts Payable Clerk.  While working as Admissions CMDS Coordinator, she was appointed co-chair of the Paine College Jenzabar User Group. 

Ryan currently holds a Diploma in Accounting, an Associate Degree in Secretarial Science, and a Diploma in Information and Office Technology.  She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems.
Jenzabar Regional User Groups are designed to create a forum where Jenzabar users across all platforms can network and exchange ideas with peers.  Regional User Groups are determined by geographical location, which allows users that cannot attend the annual meeting or other Jenzabar events to access resources that Jenzabar and other institutions have to offer.  The South region includes the states of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina.




Paine College awards scholarships to first group courtesy of Automatic Data Processing, Inc. grant

Posted by ncarter | 11/3/2009 08:14 AM

This August 14 talented Paine College students received additional funds for their education. After a rigorous selection process, Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP) Scholars Committee awarded over $45,000 to the students, making them the first group of students to receive the scholarship.

The scholars program was result of a new collaboration with Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP), one of the world’s largest providers of business outsourcing solutions. Five juniors and nine seniors were chosen to receive the scholarship at the beginning of the Fall 2009 semester.

In February, Paine College, Augusta State University and Augusta Technical College announced a three-year partnership with Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP). Combined, the three institutions received $600,000 to be distributed to increase the number of graduates in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) as well as to increase the number of certified teachers in critical need STEM fields.

Each institution planned to establish scholarships with the funding from the grant. Paine plans to graduate at least 20 students through ADP Scholarships in STEM areas and greatly expand academic support programs in STEM disciplines. “Paine College is proud to partner with ADP, along with other institutions of higher education in Augusta, in the development of the ADP Scholars Program designed to meet the goal of producing a scientifically literate citizenry for Augusta, Georgia, and America,” said Dr. George Bradley, president of Paine College.

Soon after the check presentation, Paine College formed a committee that worked diligently to establish the ADP Scholars program at Paine College. This program is different from any other scholarship program we’ve established institutionally,” said Dr. Tina Marshall-Bradley, special assistant to the provost and professor of Education at Paine College.

The scholarship requires each student to work as a Research Assistant or Teaching Assistant. Students will have a chance to present research to faculty, peers and others during local and national conferences.

One recipient has invested hours researching alternative energy sources. Others are focusing on preventive health initiatives.

Scholarship recipient Chenoa Murray was elated about engaging in more research. “Through the research assistant component of this scholarship, I’d like to focus on Public Health,” said Murray, a senior biology major.  Murray’s interest in Public Health stems from her need to “address the issues of today’s society and impact tomorrow’s world,” she said.

As a senior at Paine, she has an extensive research background. Her senior research project is entitled The Effect of Mental Stress on Left Ventricular Diastolic Function in Youth, which she researched at the Medical College of Georgia.
With the ADP scholarship, Murray will be working on two Public Health research projects. She is currently serving as a research assistant on two research projects with Paine College and the Medical College of Georgia.

“Being given this opportunity to engage in additional biology research is really exciting,” she said. “Opportunities like this show what Paine College students learn in the classroom can be applied to problems in the real world,” Murray said.

2009-2010 ADP Scholars
Stephanie N. Golden
Mbile A. Mbongi
Audrey J. Walker
Ashley Williams
Barbara J. Hawkins
Curtavious B. Smith
Chenoa Murray
Shareka Lawson
Akayleeya Tate
Tenaca Golden
Krystal C. Wright
Brian C. Murry
Brittany Cox
Londerial Eady



Posted by ncarter | 11/3/2009 08:09 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) - Paine College Department of Mass Communications will present former Governor Eugene Barnes as keynote speaker for the assembly program on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.  The program will begin at 11:00 a.m.  Mass Communications students will structure and lead the entire program. Also, students majoring in broadcast journalism, print journalism and public relations will gain an opportunity to shadow members of the press to gain hands on experience in the area of covering political figures.

Following the assembly, students will also join members of the press in interviewing the former governor who has announced his campaign for the 2010 gubernatorial race. Paine students, members of the community and Barnes will engage in a dialogue over lunch about matters such as those pertaining to healthcare reform, college affordability and the state of the job market in the peach state. 


As governor, Barnes concentrated on improving the everyday lives of all Georgians. He worked to raise academic standards and reduce classroom size. In healthcare, he passed legislation that increased patients’ right to choose their physicians and held insurance companies accountable for providing prompt healthcare. Roy also strengthened economic support for rural families by successfully implementing tax cuts for family farms and establishing a sales tax holiday for Georgia.

The public is invited to attend the assembly at 11:00 a.m., however, due to limited seating one must contact Helene Carter at (706) 821-8323, Hcarter@paine.edu to reserve a seat for the forum that will begin 12 Noon in the Warren A. Candler Memorial Library Building.  Press Credentials and a Press Room will be provided to members of the press who are invited to contact Natasha Carter, Director of Public Relations to schedule an interview with Gov. Barnes.  Natasha Carter can be reached at 706-396-7591, Ncarter@paine.edu. 

Paine College, located in Augusta, Georgia, is a church-related private institution which strives 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 host its 6th Annual Graduate and Professional School Day

Posted by ncarter | 11/3/2009 08:08 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) -Paine College will host its Sixth Annual Graduate and Professional School Day on Thursday, November 5, 2009. This event is in support of the strategic goal of student engagement.  “We are really focused on scheduling more innovative programs that are of student interest for their social development and increasing the number of students who engage in experiential learning opportunities beyond the campus,” said Dr. Tina Marshall-Bradley, special assistant to the Provost. 

The event will be held in the Candler Memorial Library between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to speak with graduate and professional school representatives from across the region. 
Back by popular demand from last year will be the “Speed Information Session” from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  This activity is similar to speed dating where students will remain stationary while graduate and professional school representatives move to groups of students providing them with an overview of their program(s) at fixed intervals. This session gives students an opportunity to learn about all of the programs in a short period of time.  Students will also be given information to assist them in preparing for graduate and professional school regardless of their classification.
If you have any questions, please feel free to communicate with me at tmarshallbradley@paine.edu or at ext. 8720.

Paine student co-star of Tyler Perry's "Meet the Browns"

Posted by ncarter | 10/13/2009 08:59 AM

When you meet 19-year old Courtney Gray automatically you recognize his southern upbringing with a greeting of “yes mam” and a shy grin. But don’t let the timid face fool you. The energetic and ambitious young man is destined for stardom.

In Tyler Perry’s hit TBS sitcom “Meet the Browns” Gray plays Jamal, the lovable best friend of Brianna. Since the opening of Perry’s Atlanta studio in 2008, Gray has been working overtime and auditioning for a role.

“I auditioned three times,” he said. Finally, he received a call. He recalls receiving the call while at the bowling alley. “I picked up the phone and the woman introduced herself and followed with calling from Tyler Perry studios. I was so excited and so was my Mom,” Gray said. “She started crying.”

Gray’s second appearance on the show aired on August 19th.

Although he is on the cusp of a budding television career, he has been encouraged to make time to obtain a quality education at Paine College. “My uncle J.R. Henderson is a graduate of Paine,” Gray says. “He and my God brother Nick Ilugbo sold me and my family on the atmosphere at Paine.”  Gray is a freshman Mass Communications major concentrating in Drama.

“Before I even thought of acting as a serious career, I wanted to be a track star,” Gray said. A 2008 graduate of Dutchtown High School, he was the jock playing football and running track. “One day my mom asked me what happens if you get hurt?.” That’s when I found something else I was good at,” he said.

Before making the big step towards college, Gray faced a few detours. “After I started auditioning for television, my mom decided to get me an agent. My agent found information about a play oversees that would be very rewarding,” he said. Soon after getting the information the play feel through. “I was planning to use the money I made for college,” he said. Steadfast in his quest for college funding, Gray tampered with the idea of joining the Marines. “Immediately mom said ‘no’, because she knew it wasn’t what I really wanted to do.”

Ever since he declared his love for acting, his mother Angela Johnson, has supported him. The self proclaimed “Momma’s boy” credits her for all his success. “My mom supports me and has invested a lot towards my dream,” he says. “She always says she wishes she’d known sooner.” Gray also credits his success to his family, who has always encouraged his gift.  “My grandmother Anita Swain, uncle Cornelius Pope and my step-father have really kept me going.” Gray said each of his five siblings is also very  supportive.

The Atlanta native is no stranger to acting; he’s been perfecting his craft since age 12. “I fell in love with acting after performing in a puppet show,” he said. I starting acting in front of crowds in 7th grade,” Gray recalls.  I’ve always been a class clown and an outspoken child.”

He started doing theater outside of school in the 10th grade. He appeared in seven theater shows including Mid Summers Night Dream, Keeping Up With the Joneses and Breathe to name a few. He has training with various dialects and improvisation. While at Paine, he is looking forward to participating in drama productions under the direction of Dr. Don Cleary.

“I’m looking forward to doing theater here at Paine,” he says. “I want to learn, teach, and have fun.” He hopes to propose a theater production of Jitney by August Wilson.

Gray is already getting acquainted with several extra curricular student activities. He’s currently running for the title of Mr. Freshman and recently joined the Lions Activity Board.

For such a young man he has solid advice for aspiring actors.

“Acting is one of the hardest careers to make it in,” Gray says. “Never give up and always finish what you start.”

 Much of his advice he applies to his college studies. “Research is kind of like homework. If you want to make the grade you have to study,” he said.

Top five tips towards a budding acting career: 

Establish a look, a certain voice and style. You must be confident and it helps build you up.
Study and research to find out about the play, know the directors, and know everything about everything. It’s good to participate in the drama department. Try writing, studying, watching television, going to auditions. Watch sitcoms, read playwrights. It helps if you break down characters. Having an agent markets you more. Open casting calls for talent agencies. You validate many of the agencies that you see. Watch out for scams. You need an agent for televisions and movies. You must have a support system. Be around people you know will support you, and want to see you succeed and will be in your corner.

Because he’s an easy two-hour drive from Augusta to Atlanta, Gray will continue to be involved in acting. “In the future, I hope to appear in some of Tyler Perry’s plays,” he said.  He will also visit home often to reunite with family and teach at Zion Dance Theatre in Stockbridge, Ga.


Paine College student named chaplain of United Negro College Fund National Pre-Alumni Council

Posted by ncarter | 10/13/2009 08:28 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) - Oscar A. Jessie was recently named the Chaplain of the 2009-2010 National Pre-Alumni Council Board. Jessie is a sophomore psychology major at Paine College and a native of Augusta, Georgia.

The appointment is an honor because Jessie serves with other students from United Negro College Fund member institutions. The National Pre-Alumni Council is the governing body for the Pre-Alumni Councils located on UNCF's member colleges and universities campuses. The NPAC officers are elected annually during the NAC/NPAC Conference.

The National Pre-Alumni Council governs a total of 38 Historical Black Colleges and Universities. The United Negro College Fund provides over 60,000 scholarships each year to enable students to attend college.

“Being appointed to this position connects me with other UNCF institutions. I am elated to help with the spiritual aspect. I want to encourage others mentally and spiritually to become better leaders and scholars,” Jessie said.

As a student at Paine College, Jessie is a known leader having served as Vice President of the Psychology Club, Business Manager for the Paine College Pre-Alumni Council, President of the Pre-Alumni Council and Mr. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).  Currently, Jessie holds the positions of Vice President of Paine College Pre-Alumni, President of the Paine College Art Club, Mr. Psychology Club, as well as a student representative for the Paine College Student Disciplinary Board.

“I look forward to serving with NPAC board members to effectively impact our local and campus communities through prayer, advice on business strategies, volunteerism and research,” Jessie said. 

Jessie attended the council’s first meeting in September in New Orleans, Louisiana and looks forward to attending the National Pre-Alumni Leadership Conference in 2010.


Paine College to crown new queen and king

Posted by ncarter | 10/13/2009 08:16 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) - The coronation of Miss and Mr. Paine College 2009-2010 will be held on Friday, October 23 at 7 p.m. in Gilbert- Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Mr. Dennis Lamar Handy and Miss DeAndreia Youngblood will take their places as student ambassadors for the academic school year.
Handy is a senior business administration major from Athens, Georgia. He is the son of Dennis Handy and Brenda Lackey.
Some of Handy’s organizational memberships at Paine include Student Government Association, Cub Leaders Freshman Orientation Team, Lions Activity Board and the Epsilon Psi chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated.
With his title as a student ambassador, Handy is implementing a “Brother to Brother” program. The program will help male students understand the power of their physical appearance and how to project an appearance that is positive and confident for endeavors such as internship, job and graduate school interviews.
“I am a huge advocate of helping young black males achieve their goals. This program will serve as a catalyst to help young men set a goal and attain it,” Handy said.
His professional aspiration is to obtain a Masters of Business Administration and later own and operate a mortuary and insurance company.

Youngblood is a junior mathematics major from Glennville, Georgia. She is the daughter of Donna Youngblood and the late Shawn Tippins. She is the granddaughter of Doris Scott.
Some of Youngblood’s organizational memberships at Paine include the Student Government Association, Cub Leaders Freshman Orientation Team and Lions Activity Board. In the past, she has held positions as vice president of the freshman class, Miss Kappa Alpha Psi, and Miss Sophomore. She is also involved in the Augusta community having started the “Adopt a Friend” program at Georgia War Veteran’s Nursing Home.
With her title as a student ambassador, Youngblood plans to implement a “Sharing the Spotlight” mentoring program that gives youth and college students the tools needed to achieve academic excellence. Professionally she aspires to pursue a career as a computer engineer or mathematics professor.
“I strongly believe mentoring builds leaders, character and gives an individual confidence to strive for anything. That is why this program is so important to me,” Youngblood said.
Coronation 2009 is themed A Winters Night Dream. The event will highlight all campus queens and kings for their service to various organizations. The community is cordially invited to attend the ceremony. Immediately following Miss and Mr. Paine College will host a reception in the Warren A. Candler Memorial Library and Conference Center. This event is also open to the public.
For more information, contact the Office of Public Relations at (706) 396-7591.


Senior PGA Golfer Jim Dent to receive Key to the City for Philanthrophic Support of Local Golf Program

Posted by ncarter | 08/27/2009 05:30 AM

AUGUSTA, GA) - Paine College invites golfers to the Inaugural Paine College Golf Tournament on Monday, August 31, 2009 at Jones Creek Golf Club in Evans, Georgia.

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 him. Mayor Deke Copenhaver will also present Dent with the key to the city of Augusta, GA at 12:30 p.m.

Shotgun start time is 1:00 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for 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. Subway locations on Walton Way and 13th Street, and Coca Cola Bottling Company provided lunch for registered golfers and volunteers.

“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.”

Other tournament highlights include a “Beat the Pro” contest featuring golf pro, Kyle Bradley of North Augusta, South Carolina. The Paine College Golf Team will be introduced at the 19th Hole Reception.

Among the prizes, Lowes Home Improvement Store located on Peach Orchard Road donated a deluxe charcoal grill. Jim Hudson Lexus offered a Lexus as a Hole-In-One prize, and PF Chang’s China Bistro donated gift cards for every golfer who comes closest to the pin at the 9th hole. Sponsors such as Phoenix Printing, Double Tree Hotel, First Impressions, Graves Engineering Services, Inc., Jones Creek Golf Club, Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc., and WJBF News Channel 6 supported the 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 or Jennifer Davis at  (706) 821-8233. Visit www.paine.edu/golf to view Inaugural Golf Tournament Sponsors.


Monday, August 31, 2009

Presentation by Mayor Deke Copenhaver - 12:30PM
Jones Creek Golf Club, Evans, GA

Registration (Format: 3 Person Captain’s Choice) - 12:00 PM
Jones Creek Golf Club, Evans, GA

Shotgun Start - 1:00PM
Jones Creek Golf Club, Evans, GA

19th Hole Awards Reception - 5:00PM
Jones Creek Golf Club, Evans, GA