Paine College To Celebrate World AIDS Day With Annual Candlelight Walk

Posted by ncarter | 11/28/2011 05:24 AM

(Augusta, GA)- Paine College will host several events for World AIDS Day. On November 30, the College will host a forum “The People vs. HIV” in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel at 6:30 p.m. The College will also host an opening ceremony for World AIDS Day on December 1 in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel at 6:30 p.m. The keynote speaker for the ceremony will be Rev. Dr. Charles E. Goodman, pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church. 

The Annual World AIDS Day Walk will take place on December 3 at 10:00AM. 

The Paine College and CSRA Community will engage in events throughout the week to bring awareness about the AIDS epidemic. 

All events are open to the public.  

WORLD AIDS DAY EVENTS – AUGUSTA, GA

EVENT: “The People Vs. HIV” Forum

DATE: November 30, 2011

TIME: 6:30 PM

VENUE:  Paine College Chapel

EVENT: World AIDS Day Opening Ceremony

DATE: December 1, 2011

TIME: 6:30PM

VENUE: Paine College Chapel

EVENT: World AIDS Day Opening Ceremony

DATE: December 1, 2011

TIME: 7:00PM

VENUE: Metropolitan Community Church of the Redeemer

EVENT: Red Ribbon Ball

DATE: December 2, 2011

TIME: 7:00 PM

VENUE:  Marion Hatcher Center

EVENT: Talent Show/ Red Carpet Affair

DATE: December 2, 2011

TIME: 6:30 PM

VENUE: Georgia Health Sciences University Lee Auditorium

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

 

Paine College International English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta Marks 30th Anniversary

Posted by ncarter | 11/21/2011 05:04 AM

(Augusta, GA)- The Paine College Sigma Omicron chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society will be recognized for 30 years of distinctive service in higher education and quality in the fields of English. Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society. A member of the Association of College Honor Societies, Sigma Tau Delta was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University.

The academic year 2011-2012 marks the 30th anniversary founding of Paine College’s Sigma Omicron chapter of Sigma Tau Delta. The chapter will be congratulated for its contribution towards the legacy of quality. Sigma Tau Delta's Board of Directors will recognize the chapter with a special plaque at the 2012 International Convention, February 29-March 3, 2012, in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Dr. Emily Allen Williams, Chapter Sponsor and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, said, “The Sigma Omicron chapter members and I are pleased with this recognition. We realize how important tradition has been to our present success.  This recognition serves as a catalyst to increased participation in Sigma Tau Delta of Paine College students and faculty by attaining to the highest academic standards through an articulation of the importance of linguistic and literary studies.”

With over 800 active chapters located in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean, there are more than 1,000 Faculty Sponsors, and approximately 9,000 members inducted annually.

"Supporting and maintaining a chapter for this length of time is a notable achievement, and you can be proud- as are we- of your participation in the long history of the Sigma Omicron Chapter's involvement with the International English Honor Society, " said William C. Johnson, executive director of International English Honor Society. 

Sigma Tau Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature. 

Photo Caption: Photo names from left to right:  Demetrius McCoy (President), Jenether Stampley (Vice-President), Dr. Emily Allen-Williams (Chapter Sponsor), Monica Lewis (Treasurer), Justina Leverette (Historian), Yolanda Spiller (Secretary/not pictured).

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

 

Paine College Drama Department presents Black Nativity Remix on Nov. 10th & Nov. 11th

Posted by ncarter | 11/9/2011 10:24 AM

(Augusta, GA_- The Paine College Drama Department will present The Black Nativity Remix on Thursday, November 10 and Friday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will take place in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel's Odeum. The event is open to the public. General admission tickets are $5 and student tickets are $2 with a valid I.D. 

The Black Nativity Remix, an original drama with music written by local Paine College professor Dr. Don Cleary and Senior Jennifer Branch.  The production was inspired by the well-known Black Nativity play written by Langston Hughes and is an interesting modern day concept to the timeless nativity story. 

It’s set in the middle of Harlem, NY in an alley where the birth of Christ seems to be the least likely of places for such incidents to happen. To assist in bringing this remixed tale to life the production has an all star cast of hard working Paineites. Carl Johnson is returning to the Paine College stage to play the role of Joseph while Shavonna Martin, freshman Paineite, hits the Paine College stage for the first time as Mary. The supporting roles of the “Wise Ones,” who search to find the baby Jesus with the help of a GPS, are played by senior drama major Corie Coleman, sophomore Chris Alexander, and junior Roddy McDowell. This production is one of several musicals Paine has seen since Dr Cleary’s arrival ten years ago.  

This year is the first year to feature Paine Colleges' own Dancers of David dance team. This production includes efforts from various Greek members on campus and students from many different organizations. One can honestly say that this year's production has pulled on some of the most rare and treasured talents from all over Paine.

 

About Don Cleary

Don Cleary’s entrance into theatre began directing church and community theatre musicals, and he went on to study graduate acting and playwriting while earning a Ph.D. in Fine Arts at Ohio University.   He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Drama at Paine College, where he teaches courses in drama and coordinates the undergraduate drama program.  He also served also as Coordinator for Mass Communications from 2001-2009.   Dr. Cleary not only directs Drama Department productions, but serves “out of necessity” as his own scene/light/sound designer and technical director. Past Paine productions include: Ain’t Misbehaivin, The Piano Lesson, For Colored Girls ...,  Colored People’s Time,  Mirrors,  A Raisin In the Sun, Blue, Antigone,  The Colored Museum, The Day of Absence and Mahalia.  Previously, Dr. Cleary served as musical director for community and university productions which include Fame, Working, Fiddler on the Roof, Sweeney Todd, Oklahoma, Brigadoon, Gollywhoppers, and Ama and the White Crain.   His playwriting prowess led to having one of his plays having been accepted for a professional reading by The Director’s Company of New York City and his recently completed full length play, The Frank Yerby Story, is under consideration by Bepop Collective, a theatre company in Harlem (NYC).  He serves as a Regional Responder for the Southeast Region for the American College Theatre Festival and has served the Georgia Theatre Conference as Treasurer and Community Theatre Division, Vice Chair.  Cleary's greatest successes are his students—students who have succeed at SETC screening auditions, completed internships at Yale School of Drama, been accepted into the prestigious Williamstown Festival, Savannah College of Art and Design  graduate acting program, and the American Music and Drama Academy.

About Jennifer Branch

Co-writer and director of Black Nativity Remix, Jennifer brings a refreshing unorthodox approach to this new twist of a classic. Poet and mother of the cast member “baby Jesus,” Jennifer offers a wisdom and method that could have only been cultivated by God and a genuine love for theatre. As a senior at Paine, Branch has her “eye’s on the prize” of graduation and in making her mark as a notable actor and director.  At Paine, Branch played the lead as Mrs. Stevenson in Sorry, Wrong Number, as director for The Chip Woman's Fortune, and as a founding member and past President of the Drama Club.  She recently beat out 150 + other actors in screening auditions to advance to the Southeastern Theatre Conference where she will compete for jobs in theatre this Spring.  As a future actress, director and author, Branch hopes to not only make her mark in the theatre world but also plans to support Paine's Drama Department that has helped mold her talents into a more perfected craft. As director of this production, she continues to put God first,  and when she thinks about the nativity story, she remembers that when God puts his hand on something, he’ll always take care of it, no matter how hard it may seem.

About Natasha Gallop

Music Director, Stage manager, and actor for Black Nativity Remix-- a native of New Jersey and a graduating senior--Natasha Gallop is more than excited about this original piece written and performed by “some of the best characters at Paine”. This will be yet another time Natasha hits the Paine College stage. Past roles include The Lady in Blue in Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls…., Nell in Ain't Misbehavin, and she served as Director for last Fall's production of Zora Neal Hurston's Color Struck.  She recently scored in the top 11% of actors in the SETC professional screening auditions at the Georgia Theatre Conference and will this Spring compete for theatre jobs against other actors  throughout the Southeast.  This senior is shouting to the world “Paine College is here and we are the future” as she encourages her colleagues to make their mark where ever they are and to always remember Paine in their progress. Wearing many hats in this production, she believes in the message and knows the community will be touched.

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

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Paine College host 2011 Harlem Renaissance Conference: Rainbows of Artistry: Dancers, Divas, Actors and Writers of the Harlem Renaissance

Posted by ncarter | 10/26/2011 09:31 AM

(Augusta, GA)- Paine College will host the 2011 Harlem Renaissance Conference: Rainbows of Artistry: Dancers, Divas, Actors and Writers of the Harlem Renaissance.  The conference will begin on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, offering four Pre-Conference Workshops, which will be conducted by educators Hazel Arnett Ervin and Ruthe T. Sheffey; children’s writer Jordan Trent; and local Augusta artist Malaika Favorite.  The conference sessions will take place in the Candler Memorial Library Building Conference Center. 

Demonstrated in the workshops, which are open to the public, especially secondary school teachers, will be African American literary traditions, which might influence pedagogical practices and strategies when teaching and shaping creative and critical thinking.  The conference will end on Friday, November 11, 2011, following two days of scholarly sessions, art exhibitions, and a dramatic presentation. 

College professors, graduate students, and undergraduate students who are traveling from within Georgia and from New Orleans, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, New York, and China will attend this year’s conference.

In 2002, a group of English faculty at Paine College began an annual conference to pay tribute to Harlem Renaissance artists, writers, and musicians.  From 1919 until 1935, the Harlem literary movement was an unprecedented collaboration of artists, writers, and musicians who converged upon Harlem and created a corpus of arts and letters which (1) portrayed the complexity of the African American experience, following the Reconstruction era in America, and (2) provided the means of resistance to attacks upon African American intellect and humanity. The Harlem period is famously associated with persons such as James Weldon Johnson, W. E. B. Du Bois, Jean Toomer, Alain Locke, Langston Hughes, Claude Mckay, Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, Countee Cullen, Aaron Douglas, Cab Calloway, and Duke Ellington; it also produced lesser known writers, artists, and musicians such as Gwendolyn Bennett, Marita A. Bonner, Helene Johnson, Augusta Savage, James Van Der Zee, Fletcher Henderson, Eubie Blake, and even younger literary artist Sterling Brown whose reputation would eventually eclipse his poetic beginnings in Harlem.

As an historical period and a critical literary movement of the 1920s, the Harlem Renaissance fostered for the African American community a socio-cultural awakening and a black poetics, which, according to Alain Locke, marked “a new psychology” of the “New Negro” in American society. It is this historical period and critical literary movement in American and African American history which Paine College remembers and celebrates each year.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706-396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu.  To register, contact Dr. Hazel A. Ervin at 706-821-8278 or Hervin@paine.edu. 

 

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William T. White to serve as keynote speaker for BEEP Week Assembly

Posted by ncarter | 10/25/2011 07:13 AM

(Augusta, GA)- William T. White IV will serve as keynote speaker as the Department of Business Administration host Black Executive Exchange Program. The assembly program will take place on Wednesday,October 26, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. 

The Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP) is a voluntary partnership between the NUL, corporate America, government, non-profits, and other institutions to loan African-American executives to participating colleges as "Visiting Professors." Visiting Professors lecture in credit-bearing courses that correspond to their industries and participate in other BEEP-related activities such as networking sessions, workshops and mock job interviews.

About William T. White IV 

White has assumed the risk of owning and operating his own business.  Born an entrepreneur he was formally introduced to the world of business ownership in 1992 as a member of the South West Atlanta Youth Business Organization (SWAYBO). While apart of this group White created a religious and inspirational t-shirt company.   He later served as the president of SWAYBO and led the effort to take the group to Ghana and Senegal, West Africa.  

After graduating high school in 1998, he earned the Outstanding Georgia Citizen and the Outstanding Leadership awards by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.  He then decided to attend Hampton University and graduated with honors with a degree in Entrepreneurship. While at Hampton he was accepted in the Inroads program and subsequently interned at Bank of America and Georgia Pacific.  While interning at Bank of America he analyzed unsecured loan root causes and reduced unsecured loan amounts from 1.4 to 1.2 million dollars in the east Atlanta region. 

At Georgia Pacific, White worked in the procurement department and participated in supplier negations, director meeting and online supplier auctions.  His internship culminated with a presentation at a conference sponsored by the National Association of Purchasing Managers on supplier diversity strategies.   After graduating, White worked for Johnson and Johnson as a Safety and Environmental Analyst and then later as a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative.   After a 4 -year stent in corporate America he decided to leave and formally start his own company, Thomas Investments, a full service real estate investment company, that to date has purchased and sold more than a million dollars worth or real estate.  Two years later White established a second company, Thomas Vending Group.  Most recently he has partnered to create an inventions company focused on car safety equipment called Safety First Solutions. The company’s first product was launched in May 2011 and it is called the Driver’s Alert. 

White is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and the Prince Hall Shrine.  He currently volunteers his time at the South West Atlanta Youth Business Organization and at the First African Church Young Men’s Rites of Passage Program.  He believes that achievement, service and a strong since of your history are the keys to success.

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

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LaShon Sturgis, 02 to receive the Herbert W. Nickens Award

Posted by ncarter | 10/24/2011 10:13 AM

(Augusta, GA)- The Association of American Medical Colleges announced the recipients of the Herbert W. Nickens faculty fellowship and medical student scholarships.  Among the recipients is LaShon Cherry Sturgis, '02. She will receive the Herbert W. Nickens Award on Monday, November 7, 2011 at the Association of American Medical Colleges Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. The winners will receive their awards at the Future Leaders of Academic Medicine session. 

The award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to promoting justice in medical education and health care equities for people in the United States.  Dr. Nickens believed that a multidisciplinary approach is needed to address inequities in health. Because of this, nominees may come from a wide range of fields, including medicine, dentistry, education, law, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and social and behavioral sciences.

This is a tremendous recognition for Sturgis and her work over the years at Paine College, Georgia Health Science University/ Medical College of Georgia.
 
 “This award is a huge honor and a culmination of the things I’ve accomplished over the years, “ she said. “You can open a lot of doors by working hard and giving back. I encourage others to work hard and give back to help make things easier for others that will follow in their footsteps.”

This year's faculty fellowship recipient is Tumaini Coker, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He will receive $15,000 to support academic and professional activities.

The $5,000 student scholarships will go to Monique Chambers, University of California, Davis School of Medicine; Toussaint Mears-Clarke, University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences, The Pritzker School of Medicine; Teresa K. L. Schiff, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine; LaShon Sturgis, Ph.D., Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Health Sciences University; and Martha Tesfalul, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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

Photo attached: LaShon Sturgis, Ph.D.

Construction for Paine College Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex under way

Posted by ncarter | 10/18/2011 11:29 AM

(Augusta, GA)- This week, construction on the new multi-million Paine College Health Education Activities Learning Complex (HEAL) Complex commenced.

The facility will become the new home for the Paine College Athletic Program. This contemporary structure will house classrooms, laboratories, meeting and conference rooms, and a health and wellness facility. Accessible to the community, the HEAL Complex will host the College's intercollegiate competitions in the new 2,400 seat arena. The facility is expected to be complete within a 12-month time frame.

"The HEAL Complex has the capacity to transform campus life, improve student and faculty retention, increase enrollment and serve as the hub for collaboration that will address many of the contemporary health and wellness related issues that are facing the community," said Brandon Brown, Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

Everyone is invited to make an investment in the future of the HEAL Complex. Naming gift opportunities are available. For more information, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (706) 821-8223. Visit the Paine College website www.paine.edu for more information about the HEAL Complex.

For additional information or media inquires, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591, (678) 215-8576 or Ncarter@paine.edu.


Photo attached: The external design of the Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex that will be located on Druid Park Avenue

Recent construction at HEAL Complex

Paine graduate helps resurrect and preserve local Georgia history

Posted by ncarter | 10/13/2011 06:44 AM

Story Courtesy of Savannah Herald

(Savannah, GA)- Bridget Stephens, a senior English Literature and Language major at Savannah State University and a member of the Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and Eric Jonas Stephens a graduate of Paine College and a historian, researcher and a doctoral student in the History Department at Auburn University, were selected to participate in the Breaking New Ground program, an oral history project focusing on the lives of African American farm owners since the Civil War. Both individuals were afforded the opportunity to be trained by two premier oral historians from New York and Illinois as well as gain hands on experience of conducting oral history, which included learning how to properly collect oral interviews and understand the importance of landownership to the aspirations of freedmen and women and their descendents.

Their summer was spent collecting over thirty oral interviews from African American farm owners from the Southwestern region of Georgia; focusing on communities in Decatur, Miller, Baker and Seminole counties. These interviews, which will be archived at the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, hope to illuminate the lived experiences of African American farmers from the 1930’s until the present. A part from the interviews being archived for historical preservation at Chapel Hill’s Southern Oral History Program (SOHP), they were also collected as part of Breaking New Ground, a two year project with the goal of providing a basis for beginning to understand another important facet of Southern life, history and culture, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The program’s sole purpose was to collect oral interviews which are intended to unearth the history of black farm owning families from the early twentieth century to the present, because historians have minimal information about African American actually owning farm land.

Both individuals were humbly gracious to be a part of such a historically ground breaking program and are astounded about the accomplishments they have given to not only the history of their community, but also to the history of Georgia and the South. Mr. Stephens states that: “As an historian-in-training at Auburn University, Breaking New Ground has provided me with the confidence to conduct and frame historical narratives and better understand the correlation between ownership, renting and sharecropping of land.” For Ms. Stephens, who worked with her brother, Mr. Stephens on this project states that she was “amazed by every story that I have the opportunity to collect. Growing up in a rural community I never thought my small community had such rich African American landowning history. I had the chance to listen to firsthand accounts of just how much of a rite landowning was to the African American development, sense of value and self-worth.

Ms. Bridget Stephens and Mr. Eric Jonas Stephens both confirmed that this is one of the greatest educational experiences that they have ever had. They are both confident in the fact that projects such as Breaking New Ground provide scholars with a chance to recapture a certain memory or moment in time and that moment’s interaction with the present; in essence a way of holding onto the elemental things that

To view story visit: http://savannahherald.net/two-scholars-help-resurrect-and-preserve-local-georgia-history-p2265-92.htm

(Reprinted from Savannah Herald)

Paine College to crown Miss and Mr. Paine College 2011-2012

Posted by ncarter | 10/12/2011 11:16 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) - The coronation of Miss and Mr. Paine College 2011-2012 will be held on Friday, October 21, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in Gilbert- Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Ms. Tamakia King and Mr. Michael A. Jones, II will take their places as student ambassadors for the academic school year. The pageant is FREE and open to the pubic. The attire is business casual.

About Tamakia King

King serves as Miss Paine College Elect 2011-2012. She is a native of Inglewood, California and her family currently resides in Moreno Valley, California. She is the daughter of Larry and Rosalind King. King is a senior Media Studies major with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism and Public Relations. Since her arrival at Paine College she has been actively involved in a number of activities and organizations including: Pre Alumni Council, Paine College Communications Association, Wesley Fellowship, The Marketing Club, The Lions Activity Board, and the American Marketing Association.

She is a member of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society and has held leadership positions as Vice President of the Paine College Communications Association, Resident Hall Assistant, Miss Kappa Alpha Psi 2010-2011 and currently serves as a member of the Paine College Student Government Association.  Her community involvement includes volunteering with the Shiloh Community Center, Girl Scouts of America, and the Greater than AIDS Campaign in partnership with the Black AIDS Institute in Los Angeles, California.

During her reign, King plans to focus on executing her platform titled The Royal Induction: Call of Duty. The purpose of her platform is to encourage her fellow students to walk in their callings of greatness and not in their current situations. She plans to host a "Queen" series of programs centered around her platform and the promotion the College’s core values especially Service.  This semester she and other Paine College students will participate in the 11th Annual Miracle Mile Walk on October 15th to join the Augusta community in raising breast cancer awareness.

King plans to attend graduate school immediately following graduation and aspires to own a Christian public relations firm as well as have a nonprofit organization that works to eliminate illiteracy amongst young men ages 9- 13 in impoverished communities.


About Michael Aaron Jones, II

Jones serves the student body and Paine College community in the capacity of Mr. Paine College Elect 2011-2012. He is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, where his family currently resides. He is the son of Tara Jones and Willie Gulley. Jones is a junior English major. Since his arrival at Paine College he has been actively involved in a number of activities and organizations including: Towdah Mime Ministry, Resident Hall Association, English Club, and Wesley Fellowship.

Jones is a member of the Brother to Brother Mentoring Program, where he currently serves as the President.  He has held leadership positions as Mr. Sophomore, Resident Hall Assistant, Mr. Crème de la Crème, and he is presently a member of the Paine College Student Government Association.  His community involvement includes volunteering with the St. Luke Church and the Greater than AIDS Campaign.

During his reign, Jones plans to focus on executing his platform entitled “Are You Listening?” This is an initiative for the restoration of the voice of the student body on campus and in the community. It calls for his fellow Paineites to utilize the power their voices possess in order to ensure the continued success of the institution.  In conjunction with the Brother to Brother Mentoring Program, Jones plans on reaching out to area middle and high schools, as he focuses on the restoration of the male image. The foundation of his campaign was based on “leading with integrity”, one of Paine College’s core values, which he plans to instill in each student and member of the local community to ensure Paine College thrives as a prominent Historically Black College or University (HBCU).

Jones plans to attend law school immediately following graduation and aspires to start his own law firm that deals with International Affairs and teach English and Music courses in underprivileged public school systems. 

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

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Paine College Gets Ready For FREE Community Festival: PaineFest 2011

Posted by ncarter | 10/4/2011 06:34 AM

(Augusta, GA)- Paine College will host its annual PaineFest event, October 22, 2011 on the campus of Paine College from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The eagerly anticipated PaineFest is an annual campus event that occurs during the month of October. PaineFest is designed to bring people together of all ages and backgrounds to engage in activities that connect the Paine College community with the broader community through its core values of excellence, appreciation of heritage, integrity, fiscal responsibility and service. This year’s theme is “Going from Good to Great in the Community”.


Last year, the event attracted more than 1,500 visitors. This year the College expects a much larger crowd.
"The institution wants to go from good to great in the community. We want to be good neighbors,” said Brandon Brown, vice president of Institutional Advancement.  “Events such as this allow us to share with the community the direction that Paine College is moving.”


 
All PaineFest events are designed for the CSRA community to enjoy. Admission is FREE and open to the public. The College has teamed up with several churches, schools and community groups to plan events that will be fun and enlightening. The community is invited the to register for the Stage Exhibitions, which will feature performances from aspiring dancers, singers, and choirs. Local cooks and restaurants can register and compete in The Great Barbeque Cook-Off Competition.

Everyone is encouraged to bring their families to enjoy the free festivities. There will be a special Painefest Tribute to Wounded Warriors, Veterans and Enlisted Soldiers scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m. on the campus of Paine College.  The tribute will feature Disciples of Praise – a 40-voice acappella make chorus, and Abatsu African American Drummers and Dancers. 

"It’s our way of saying thank you to the Augusta community,” Brown said. “One of the things we’ve done is really look at the dedication and commitment our troops have made — engage and talk with soldiers, interview them, and we really want to recognize these soldiers."  

Children can look forward to the Children’s Art Village sponsored by Wells Fargo, will include face-painting, arts and crafts, sing-a-longs, inflatable and much more. Adults can enjoy food court, vendors’ court, art exhibition and book signings by Georgia and South Carolina Authors.

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE PAINE COLLEGE CAMPUS.

Please visit www.paine.edu/PAINEFEST for additional information.


To register for the Great BBQ Cook-Off, Stage Exhibitions or to become a vendor call (706) 396-7591. For more information, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (678) 215-8576 or Ncarter@paine.edu.

See attached PaineFest 2011 event schedule.


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