Henderson, ‘00 recognized in Atlanta's Inaugural "Powerprenuer" Spotlight Series

Posted by ncarter | 06/2/2011 12:17 PM

(Atlanta, GA)- The Honorable Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta in partnership with Velvet Suite Marketing and Black Enterprise Magazine honored nine "Powerprenuers in its Inaugural "Powerprenuer" Series last month. Among the honorees was J.R. Henderson, '00.

The panel of honorees, which included Disturbing the Peace's Chaka Zulu, Atlanta businessman Christian Ruffin, Atlanta recording artist Kandi Burruss and fashion designer Mychael Knight, were acknowledged by Black Enterprise Magazine, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's Office and The Velvet Suite Marketing at its Inaugural Atlanta's "Powerprenuer" Spotlight Series.

This series, created by Melissa Johnson CEO of The Velvet Suite Marketing pays homage to people whom impact areas of business pertinent to the growth of Atlanta's metropolitan area. Henderson was recognized as founder of The National Lighthouse Foundation, which is a 501c3 organization that exists as a structure to provide a continuous and intermittent path for our nations youth. The Foundation serves as a catalyst to provoke significant change in achieving the hopes and dreams of America's youth.

Henderson, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, has spent over 10 years helping students achieve their goals. He is committed to promoting professionalism and ensuring continual success in the lives of today’s youth. He has worked with of youth in several capacities. Henderson has served as a motivational speaker for many organizations, which include the Department of Family and Children Services, Georgia CASA Senator Connie Stoked College for Kids Program, Georgia Independent Living Program, and more. Henderson has traveled to Haiti and South Africa inspiring thousands. He currently serves as chairman of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunity Board for Metro-Atlanta.

"It's also always humbling to be recognized for what you do," Henderson said. "I always keep the challenges of the young people of the national urban community in the forefront of my mind and I know my work is far from done".

The National Lighthouse Foundation can be found at local public schools, in the communities or hosting specialty events that consistently raise awareness of the lack of fundamental needs still ravaging communities of the greater Atlanta and the continental U.S.

For more information contact the Office of Communications and Marketing.

Photo caption: J.R. Henderson and Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta, Ga.

 

Ruth B. Crawford, '39 to be inducted National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2011

Posted by ncarter | 06/2/2011 10:49 AM

(Augusta, GA)- Dr. Ruth B. Crawford, '39 was selected for induction into the 2011 class for exceptional achievements in the field of community service. The Paine College community nominated Crawford. She will also be recognized for her outstanding support of her community and her alma mater.

Crawford joins the ranks of over 250 distinguished Hall of Famers and other influential inductees like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was inducted on behalf of Morehouse College. The National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. is an organization dedicated to the growth and development of the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities and is committed to securing supplemental scholarships for students attending HBCUs, as well as, highlighting the tremendous accomplishments of distinguished alumni of these institutions.

The 26th Annual Hall of Fame Signature Induction Ceremony will take place Friday, September 23, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta, GA.

About Dr. Ruth B. Crawford:

She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Paine College, Master of Science degree in Education from Indiana University and an Honorary Doctorate of Human Letter from Paine College.

Crawford was employed as a teacher with the Richmond County Board of Education soon after her matriculation at Paine College. During her 38-year tenure, she provided opportunities for thousands of students to achieve academic excellence in a variety of academic areas.

In 1977, Crawford retired from the Richmond County School System and founded Shiloh Comprehensive Community Center where she served 30 years as its Founding Executive Administrator on a volunteer basis. During this time, she devoted her life community service, assisting the elderly, helping to provide food, clothing and shelter for those in need. She also worked hard to continue educating youth and working with the court system to rehabilitate first time criminal offenders.

Many have recognized Crawford for her outstanding achievements and generous contributions. She has been a lifetime supporter of Paine College, where she is a charter member of the Presidents Club and has been selected as one of Paine College's Distinguished Alumni. She also was commissioned to design the Paine College Flag. Continuing her pursuit to provide education and access to students, The Ruth B. Crawford Endowed Chair in Education was established in her honor.

She has received honors and awards including the Jefferson Award for Outstanding Service from WJBF-TV, the Humanitarian of the Year Award from University Hospital, The Governor's Award from two different Georgia Governors, The Good Samaritan Award presented by the St. Joseph Foundation, the Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the J.C. Penny Gold Rule Award and many more.

Today, Crawford continues to service her community. She is a lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a Paine College National Alumni Association and Georgia Retired Teachers. She is the founder of and a present member of the National Association of University Women, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, a member and Trustee Emeritus of William Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. She has written and published three books, Woods Afire, The Greatest Story Never Told and Peace, Power and Purpose of Volunteering.

Ms. Crawford resides in Augusta, Georgia and her family includes children: Dr. George I. (Dee) Crawford, Dr. Christine Ruth Crawford, Drs. George I. (Monica) Crawford, Jr. and Drs. Marcus H. (Kristina) Crawford.

For more information, please feel free to contact the Office of Communication and Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu.

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Paine College Community mourns loss of Bishop Nathaniel L. Linsey, '48

Posted by ncarter | 05/23/2011 06:25 AM

Dr. George C. Bradley and the Paine College Community join bishops and worshippers of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and other higher education institutions in mourning the loss of a respected leader in the greater faith community, Bishop Nathaniel L. Linsey, '48 the 39th Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.
 
Elected the 39th Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Birmingham, AL in 1978, Nathaniel L. Linsey was installed as Senior Bishop of the denomination at the 1994 General Conference held in Memphis, TN.   Bishop Linsey was born on July 24, 1926 in Atlanta, GA.  At the time of his election to the Episcopal office, he was completing his 12th year as General Secretary of the church's Department of Evangelism.

His pastorates before service as General Secretary of the Department of Evangelism included Thirgood CME Church, Birmingham, AL; Mattie E. Coleman CME Church, Knoxville, TN; Vanderhorst Memorial CME Church, Charleston, SC; Rock of Ages and St. Peter CME Churches, Walterboro, SC, and Halifax Circuit, Halifax, VA.   He also served the church as Presiding Elder of the Greenville District in the Carolina Conference and Presiding Elder of the Macon District in Georgia.

Bishop Linsey is a graduate of Paine College (BA), Augusta, GA.  He received the BD degree from Howard University, Washington, D.C. and the MA degree in Evangelism (with distinction) from Scarritt College, Nashville, TN.   Honorary degrees were awarded by Paine College, Miles College, and Texas College.

As Bishop, he has presided over the Seventh Episcopal District (1978-82)the Ninth Episcopal District (1982-1986), the Tenth Episcopal district (1986-1994), and the Second Episcopal District (1994-2002).   He has served as the Chair of the Department of Finance and Department of Evangelism, Missions and Human Concerns.  Bishop Linsey served as the the Patron Bishop for the Women's Missionary Council.  He served as five years as a past member of the Presidium.

Bishop Linsey is a renown ecumenist.  He represented the CME Church on the World Methodist Council and serves on the Presidium.   He was also on the Board of the World Council of Churches.

In response to the charge given him by the outgoing Senior Bishop, Caesar D. Coleman, at the 1994 General Conference, Bishop Linsey stressed his commitment to the program emphasis in Discipleship 2000, continued merger talks with the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and his strong advocacy of a denomination that works together in unity in the cause of Christ.  Bishop Linsey was honorably retired at the 2002 General Conference.

Bishop Linsey is married to the former Mae (nee Mills) Linsey, and they are the parents of four children and have seven grandchildren.

The arrangements for Bishop Nathaniel L. Linsey, the 39th bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, are as follows:
 
Visitation and Celebration of Life will be held at:
West Mitchell Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
560 Martin Luther King Dr. S.W.
Atlanta, GA  30314
The Rev. Frederick Braddock, Pastor
Telephone:  404-525-2337
Fax: 404-525-1575
 
Visitation:
Friday, May 27, 2011, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
 
Celebration of Life:
Saturday, May 28, 2011, Noon
 
Arrangements have been entrusted to:
Murray Brothers Funeral Home
1199 Utoy Springs Road SW
Atlanta, Georgia  30331
Telephone: 404-349-3000
Fax: 404-349-5001

Miss Paine College could be featured in EBONY magazine with your help!

Posted by ncarter | 05/20/2011 12:09 PM

(Augusta, GA) -Each year EBONY Magazine does a feature on Historically Black College and University (HBCU) queens.  Last year, EBONY Magazine's Top 10 HBCU Queens feature introduced a new online voting component and included a smaller-than-usual representation of elegantly displayed queens on the pages of EBONY Magazine.  Although this year’s entire “HBCU Queens” feature will find a home on the Web site (ebony.com), they will again honor 10 only queens inside the September 2011 issue of the magazine. 

Vote for Miss Paine College 2010-2011, Ms. Ciara Harris to appear inside the September 2011 issue. Your chance to vote for Miss Paine College will be during the week of May 23–29, 2011.  ONLINE VOTING BEGINS AT MIDNIGHT (CT) ON MAY 23 AND ENDS AT 11:59 PM (CT) ON MAY 29.  You can vote as many times as you like. Please encourage the Augusta community to cast their vote! Visit Ebony.com and cast your vote (s).

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

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Paine College valedictorian took nontraditional route

Posted by ncarter | 05/16/2011 04:20 AM

By Tracey McManus
Story courtesy of The Augusta Chronicle

The realization came to Deborah Rashada while she was lying flat out in bed with a broken ankle, staring at the ceiling. Rashada, with her 11-month-old granddaughter Yusra Martin, realized she could do more with her life than raise a family.

Until then, every ounce of her had been dedicated to the happiness of her family. She raised nine children and had her soul mate by her side to prove it.

She graduated from Butler High School in 1978, skipped college to marry at 18 and never stopped to worry about herself until that day in 2005 when she toppled like a bowling pin from her roller blades.

"I was lying in bed with a broken ankle feeling sorry for myself," Rashada said. "I was very satisfied being a wife and mother, but I wanted more for myself. I asked myself 'Is this the best I can do?' "

It wasn't, and as soon as she could walk again, Rashada, not quite 50, enrolled in college.

In 2007, Rashada graduated from the Georgia Military College where she earned an associate's degree in education. The real challenge was when she continued her studies at Paine College to pursue a bachelor's in education.

Going back wasn't easy.

Too often in life she felt excluded from conversations with people more educated than her, so when she went back to the classroom she didn't risk missing a detail.

She read every word of assigned readings and didn't hesitate to raise her hand during lectures. There were grumbles from students generations younger than her, who were just eager to get through with classes and close their books.That's where she learned to balance her greenness as a student with her wisdom as a mother.

"I just thought, 'What if I was 18 years old? What would I do? I didn't want to turn around in my desk and say 'I'm old enough to be your momma, so what's your problem?' "

Nontraditional students like Rashada are a minority at local colleges and universities, and their identities are hard to define. Some consider the 19-year-old going to college with three kids nontraditional. Others are the men going into the nursing field or the 50-year-old finally getting her bachelor's degree.

Less than 3 percent of students at Paine last year fell into the nontraditional category. Out of the 1,100 students that graduated from Augusta State University in the spring, 51 of them were 25 or older when they enrolled. But Dr. Paulette Harris, chair of the ASU advocacy group for nontraditional and evening students, said the university tries to encourage these students to join the traditional campus.

The university has a study room in the library specifically for students lugging their children along and offers free tutoring for adults and their children.

"(Older students) really want to do well and at the same time meet all their other needs that they have, and it is a stretch to balance all that sometimes," Harris said.

To Rashada, it was almost an obligation to show that students returning to school after raising a family had their place in the classroom. To do that, she'd break from her duties as a wife to read in the library in the evenings -- sometimes until 4 a.m. -- grateful for a husband who encouraged her in pursuing a dream away from home.

"My husband was so understanding," she said. "He said 'Deborah, don't worry about me. I'll eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for dinner if I have to.' Of course, I'd never let him do that. He's my best friend."

As graduation approached, Rashada was ending her Paine experience with a 3.96 GPA, higher than any other student of any age in her class. When it came time for the commencement ceremony May 1, she walked to the podium for her valedictorian speech and told an intent crowd about her journey.

She described how grateful she was to have the gift of education. She credited her Islamic faith for her strength and thanked Allah for helping her succeed.

The hundreds in the William B. Bell Auditorium fell to a hush when she said she once thought she would never feel happiness again after the death of one of her children in 2000 but receiving an education proved her wrong.

"I thank God for blessing me to live long enough to finally make my mother proud of me, the oldest of her six children," Rashada said.

She fought back tears as her husband, all of her children and all nine grandchildren watched her from the balcony.

She thanked the audience and walked across the stage to a standing ovation.

"It was amazing," said her daughter Fareeda, later remembering the speech. "Not only raising nine kids, being a wife and at the same time going back to school and being the top of her class, there's no better example."

As she left her graduation ceremony and walked out of the auditorium to celebrate with family, Rashada felt a tap on her shoulder. A woman, somewhere in her 30s or 40s, stood before her teary-eyed. "I just want to say, because of you, because of your speech, I'm going back to school," Rashada remembers the woman saying.

Rashada began teaching eighth-grade Georgia Studies at Langford Middle School after she earned her certification in December.To have her own students, her own classroom and to slowly work for their respect has been a lifelong dream.

"The night before my first day, I couldn't sleep I was so excited," Rashada said. "I kept wondering 'What does it feel like to have your own classroom?'"

Because of budget cuts facing the Richmond County School System, Rashada is still waiting to see if the district can offer her a classroom position next year.

She hopes she'll be able to continue touching students' lives, but knows in a way she already has.

 

 

 

Paine students secure leadership positions with Georgia Association of Educators Student Program

Posted by ncarter | 05/12/2011 05:17 AM

(Augusta, GA) - During the Georgia Association of Educators Student Program (GAE-SP) Annual GAE Spring Student Retreat  Natasha Adebiyi was elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the Georgia Association of Educators state board. The retreat held at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA included GAE-SP chapters from institutions across the state, and hosted several workshops that promoted student engagement in elementary, middle, and secondary classrooms.

"Having opportunities like this will help enable us to become effective teachers.  It is great to be able to have say in decisions related to education. I am excited for my peers and all of our positions,"Adebiyi said.

The GAE Student Program is a pre-professional program sponsored by the Georgia Association of Educators and the National Education Association; helps prepare education majors for a brighter professional future. Especially for education majors, GAE’s Student Program is designed to provide college students with the opportunity to make their voice heard locally, statewide, and nationally through activities that affect their chosen profession—teaching.
 
GAE’s Student Program works to help students make that smooth transition from the campus to the classroom by exploring the critical non-instructional aspects of the profession. The Program works with its members to make sure they learn about salaries, competency testing, evaluations, discipline, certification requirements, stress, and political and legislative activities.

The Executive Board of the Paine College Chapter of the Georgia Association of Educators Student Program (GAE-SP) were all nominated and elected to serve as state delegates for the GAE state conference in Atlanta, GA.  The state delegates are Alexis Barber, Jameelah Jones, Jordan Webb, Natasha Adebiyi, Robert Whigham, and ShaQuawn Hines.

As state delegates, the students attend each GAE state conference. Each delegate has also applied to become a national delegate. Adebiyi, Jameelah Jones, Alexis Barber, ShaQuawn Hines and Jordan Webb were selected as national delegates. They will attend the National Education Association (NEA) representative assembly conference in Chicago, IL, which takes place June 30-July 5.

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

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Paine College Announces $1.6 Million Technology Grant Award

Posted by ncarter | 05/4/2011 04:26 AM

(Augusta, GA) - Paine College is a sound investment.  These words resonated throughout the press conference that was held to announce a major grant that was awarded to Paine College in the amount of $1.6 million.   Paine College officials joined senior executives from CampusEAI Consortium to announce the award that will impact the living, learning and work environment for the entire campus.

The White House Initiatives on Historically Black Colleges and Universities endorsed CampusEAI in March 2010 and encouraged HBCUs to apply for the competitive CampusEAI technology grants to build and support institutions’ capacity to do business more efficiently.

The CampusEAI Grant Program is designed to cover the cost of software, hardware, and services associated with the implementation of a Campus Portal Solution, an intranet portal that integrates with online learning, administrative computing and student services systems.  Under the grant award, project management, installation and training costs necessary to install and operate a Campus Portal will be provided.
The CampusEAI grant awarded to Paine College will provide three major distinct services:
1)      myCampus Single Sign-On Platform will integrate with Paine College’s Microsoft Active Directory and provide students, faculty and staff at Paine member institutions with Single Sign-On access to applications such as Jenzabar, Blackboard, Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Social Media. 

2)      After Hours Helpdesk Support center will provide coverage from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. each day and night.  A faculty, staff, or student will be able to call the helpdesk support number after 6:00 p.m. each day and speak to a live customer service agent designated for Paine College.

Michael Hicks, Director of Information Technology, said, “Today is a historical day at Paine College in the area of technology.  We expect our level of technological proficiency to move to a new level of excellence.  The Single Sign-On product will give us the ability to eliminate multiple log-ins and accounts, thus promoting efficiency and ease of navigation.  And, the 24 hour helpdesk hosted by CampusEAI support staff will provide assistance to our campus community after business hours and on weekends.”
 
Leroy Summers, Vice President of Fiscal Affairs and Administration, stated that CampusEAI is currently evaluating Paine College for another grant that will offer real time Disaster Recovery in the event of a catastrophic occurrence that will cause destruction of data.  When awarded, the Disaster Recovery product, valued at nearly $1 million, will allow the College’s critical data to be housed off-campus in a secured location and accessible within hours.
 
Brandon Brown, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, stated that Paine College remains a sound investment and it was evident with the College’s ability to garner major competitive grant awards and support from the private, public and the federal level.
 
CampusEAI Consortium is a global information technology services and consulting provider focused on helping its members implement enterprise IT solutions cost-effectively and timely.  More than 260 members belong to the CampusEAI Consortium including Augusta State University, Spelman College, and the University of Arizona.  For more information about CampusEAI, visit www.campuseai.org <http://www.campuseai.org/> .

For more information contact Natasha Carter, Director of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu.

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Paine College’s Class of 1970 Returns Forty Years Later to Participate in Commencement Exercises

Posted by ncarter | 04/27/2011 15:28 PM

Paine College will recognize the Class of 1970 during its 129th Commencement Convocation on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. in the William Bell Auditorium located in Augusta, Georgia.  The Honorable James E. Clyburn, Assistant Democratic Leader in the 112th Congress, will address the Class of 2011, the Golden Class of 1961, and the Class of 1970.

The Class of 1970 was unable to participate in the College’s Commencement exercise more than 40 years ago due to the May 1970 Augusta race riot that was sparked by the death of a sixteen year-old youth whose cries went unheard in a county jail.  The brutal murder of the sixteen year old was followed by protests which resulted in the deaths of six black men during the riots.  Dr. E. Clayton Calhoun, President of Paine College, and faculty voted to safeguard the students and moved to temporarily close its doors.  The graduating seniors never experienced a formal Commencement exercise and received their diplomas via regular mail service.

According to Paine College Historian, Dr. Mallory Millender, the National Guard surrounded the campus during the race riots.  Some of the students were taunted by members of the community for their refusal to participate in retaliatory acts against whites. Many of the students did not trust the National Guard that was sent by Governor Lester Maddox to protect the campus community.  It was the general consensus that the National Guard was sent to ‘contain’ and not protect the faculty and students.  Thus, Paine College students armed themselves with guns to protect themselves and their fellow classmates.  Alice Miller Simpkins, Class of 1970, a member of the Paine College Concert Choir, recalled her return to the campus after being away on tour.  She stated, “As we approached the campus, the bus driver instructed us to lower our heads. He drove on to the campus and parked very close to our residence halls.  Before we were allowed to disembark, Paine students armed with rifles entered the bus while others surrounded the bus to stand guard.  The armed students escorted us to our dormitories.”

1970 was the year that 100,000 people demonstrated in Washington, DC against the Vietnam War.  Tragically, it was the same year in which after a number of days of protest against the U.S. invasion of Cambodia, the National Guard fired on and killed four student protesters at Kent State University and injured ten others on May 4, 1970.   President Calhoun and faculty feared that a similar tragedy would occur on the campus of a small Black College.

Elizabeth Bentley Simpson, Class of 1970, recalled the tumultuous time that led to the closing of her Alma Mater just days prior the Commencement Convocation. “We understood that the College closed out of the concern and safety for the students,” stated Elizabeth.  We witnessed man’s inhumanity to man and the most troubling factor was that the racial tensions and hatred for one another carried forth from generation to generation.  The Class of 1970 and other students learned from the experience and I believe that we emerged stronger.  We knew we were going to experience racism and bigotry and knowing that caused us to work harder.”     

Dr. George C. Bradley, fourteenth President of Paine College, commented, “The Class of 1970 and so many other students stood for equality and social justice for mankind.  Paine College students had been at the forefront of social justice issues for many years prior the 1970 race riots.”

Historians have credited Paine College students, a strong coalition of blacks and whites, and organizations such as the NAACP, with desegregating the city of Augusta in 1960.  The student movement in Augusta officially began with Paine College students who in defiance of Jim Crow policies, staged sit-ins at local restaurants; drank from water fountains that were labeled “White Only”; and were arrested and jailed for disorderly conduct for their refusal to adhere to Jim Crow laws. 

In 1960, Paine College students staged a peaceful protest as they sat down in the front sections of the city buses in the segregated city of Augusta.  The students refused to leave their seats when demanded by the bus drivers.  Police arrested eleven of the students.  Later, the courts found the students guilty of disorderly conduct and fined them $45 each.  On August 9, five students from Paine College (Henry Taylor, Thomas Snowden, William Chambers, Jimmy Dukes and Silas Norman) filed a suit in the U.S. District Court.  The case, Taylor v. City of Augusta, sought to eliminate Jim Crow seating on city buses.  The Paine students asked the courts to recognize the illegality of the seating policy and sought an injunction against the city of Augusta to prohibit such seating. In 1962, two years after the students filed the initial suit, the federal judges sided with the plaintiffs.

Dr. Bradley cited that Paine College had a history of being an advocate for social justice.  “Paine College students were instrumental in desegregating city buses in Augusta and their actions led to a legal precedent for the state of Georgia.  It has been ever-present in the DNA of Paine College to stand tall for justice and equality.  It is appropriate that we invite the Class of 1970 to participate in the College’s Commencement exercises, an event that symbolizes a milestone in academic and scholarly excellence.  They were not afforded this honor due in 1970 and therefore it is fitting that we invite them to experience a formal Commencement exercise.”

Of note, the Paine College faculty issued a statement entitled “When America’s Dream is Denied” in the Augusta Chronicle Newspaper to the citizens of Augusta on May 18, 1970.  In an excerpt from the full-paged statement, the faculty offered the Paine College facilities and personnel as a clearing-house for efforts to establish better communication between the various groups within the community.  The faculty also recommended peaceful solutions and urged the community to address economic and social injustices.

The public is invited to attend the Commencement Convocation and meet the Class of 1970 and celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2011.  For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, Ncarter@paine.edu, or visit www.paine.edu. 

Augusta, GA- For more information, contact Natasha Carter at 706.396.7591 or 678.215.8576 or Ncarter@paine.edu. 


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Paine College Department of Athletics Launches New Web Site

Posted by ncarter | 04/26/2011 09:01 AM

(Augusta, GA)- - Paine College has partnered with SIDEARM Sports to launch a new athletics web site. The new home for the Lions will be www.paineathletics.com <http://www.paineathletics.com>  The new site can be accessed directly or by clicking on the athletics tab of the www.paine.edu <http://www.paine.edu>  web site.

The web site will be the source for all news, information, scores and schedules on all athletic programs at Paine College. It will launch with a unique new design and a number of innovative features including video clips, a revolving headlines area highlighting the top five athletic stories and plenty of content for fans of Paine College athletics.
 
“The new web home for Paine Athletics will be the one-stop shop for alumni, fans, donors, students, and faculty/staff to find the inside scoop on Lion Athletics.  The sleek, user-friendly design will allow our supporters to quickly access the information they need to follow the Lions,” said Tim Duncan, Paine College Athletic Director.
 
“Moreover, we will be able to drive more revenue by providing additional content for corporate sponsors in the Augusta community and beyond.  In the coming weeks and months, we will add additional content and features to better take advantage of the exciting new partnership with SIDEARM Sports and the SIAC,” Duncan said.

Paine College offers five men and five women varsity sports. Each sport competes at the NCAA Division II level and in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). The website will be powered by SIDEARM Sports, a top collegiate athletic web-based content management solution that has a client list of nearly 500 colleges.

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) announced the partnership with SIDEARM Sports, to redesign and vertically integrate all SIAC member schools’ sports sites under the SIDEARM banner in July 2010.
 
“Our SIDEARM software solution provides the SIAC with the tools to leverage the information on all sites, leverage the fan base of all schools, and also generate sponsor interest in being able to buy real estate for all conference members in one agreement with the conference,” said Jeff Rubin, SIDEARM Sports President/CEO.
 
About SIDEARM Sports
SIDEARM Sports has a client list that includes over 320 athletic clients from around the country including Cornell University, Davidson College, Drexel University, Eastern Michigan University, Eastern Illinois University, the University of Hawaii, Syracuse University and many other NCAA DI, DII, DIII, NAIA, NJCAA and collegiate conferences. SIDEARM has a staff of approximately a dozen developers who possess a variety of expertise in graphic design, database management, information security management, web-based user interface design, and e-commerce business transaction management.
 
For more information, contact Kimberly May at Kmay@paine.edu or (706) 945-1188 or Natasha Carter at Ncarter@paine.edu

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Paine College 129th Commencement Convocation streaming LIVE on WFXG.com

Posted by ncarter | 04/21/2011 08:00 AM

Augusta, GA- Paine College's 129th Commencement Convocation will be streaming LIVE on WFXG.com. The College is working with FOX 54- WFXG-TV to provide streaming coverage to anyone in the world. This is the first time that the College has provided its graduates and other constituents the opportunity to view the ceremony LIVE via the World Wide Web.

The commencement ceremony, which will take place on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. at The William Bell Auditorium in Augusta, Georgia will be available for viewing LIVE on wfxg.com by anyone, anywhere who has access to the Internet.  Family, friends, alumni and other constituents of Paine College can view the ceremony in real time from a computer.  This year's commencement address will be delivered by The Honorable James E. Clyburn, South Carolina 6th Congressional District.

Watch the Ceremony!

To watch live streaming video of commencement, click the link.
http://www.wfxg.com/global/category.asp?c=209148

*Viewing Requirements: You will need a broadband connection (either wired or wireless), and you may be prompted to download Microsoft Silverlight in order to view the video.

The Commencement ceremony will also be archived for viewing for up to one year after the event by Fox 54- WFXG.  LIVE web streaming of 129th Commencement Ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. on wfxg.com.

For more information, contact Natasha Carter, Director of Communications and Marketing, at 706.396.7591 or 678.215.8576 or Ncarter@paine.edu or http://www.paine.edu/events/commencement/speakers.aspx