The Conference on the Black Experience Presents the COBE Series

Posted by painewebmaster | 02/4/2014 12:09 PM

The Committee on the Conference on the Black Experience will host a series of events during the month of February.  The purpose of these events are to provide multiple opportunities for faculty, staff, students, and community members to engage in dialogues about increasing college student involvement in celebrating Black history month and encouraging students to engage in cultural awareness events throughout the entire year.  These events include faculty and student lead book talks, movie reviews and analysis, panel discussions, and think tanks.  All events aligns with Association for the Study of African America life and history annual theme for 2013:

At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.

The COBE Series will begin with an opening address by Dr. Greg Carr on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 11:00 am in Candler Memorial Library Ballroom.  Later, Dr. Carr will engage with faculty during the first COBE faculty professional development series at 3:00 p.m.  This session will also be held in the Candler Memorial Library Ballroom.

Dr. Carr is an Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Chair of Afro-American Studies at Howard University and Adjunct Faculty at the Howard School of Law. Dr. Carr designed the curriculum framework for Philadelphia’s mandatory high school African American History course and co-founded Philadelphia Freedom Schools, a community-based academic initiative that has involved over 13,000 K-12 students. Dr. Carr's publications have appeared in, among other places, The African American Studies Reader, Socialism and Democracy, Africana Studies, Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, The National Urban League’s 2012 State of Black America and Malcolm X: A Historical Reader. He is the First Vice President of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations and a former member of the board of the National Council?for Black Studies Dr. Carr has been named Professor of the Year three times by Howard student organizations and has led or co-led student study courses in South Africa and/or Egypt six times. He has represented Howard University as a faculty expert in The New York Times, Washington Post, Le Monde, USA Today, MSNBC, National Public Radio, BBC America, C-SPAN, MTVu, Voice of America, the Tavis Smiley Show, The Dianne Rheim Show, Diverse Magazine and CNN, as well as a range of local radio, television and internet media outlets. Dr. Carr blogs at and can be reached at and/or on Twitter at @AfricanaCarr.

The COBE series will also include a series of events throughout the month of February.  The culminating events are the Sankofa Youth Summit on Feb. 22, 2014 and a campus wide Community Service Initiative on February 28, 2014.  Please see the schedule of events below. Please address all questions to Drs. LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis or Dr. Lawanda Cummings at


FCC Commissioner, Mignon Clyburn, to Speak at Paine College Founders’ Day Convocation

Posted by painewebmaster | 02/3/2014 04:33 AM

Paine College officials announced today that Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will be the guest speaker for the Founders’ Day Convocation that will take place Friday, February 7, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel on the campus.  The College will celebrate its 132nd year of existence during a time when many alumni return to the campus to participate in the week of Homecoming festivities. 
The event is free and open to the public. 
“We are excited to have Commissioner Clyburn who has made significant and groundbreaking contributions in the arena of communications on our campus to interact with our students, faculty and staff,” commented Dr. George C. Bradley, President.  The students are anticipating meeting the Commissioner during her visit as she shares her experiences in the industry. 
Mignon L. Clyburn served as Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission, following her appointment by President Barack Obama on May 20, 2013. As Commissioner, she is serving a second term as a Democrat on the Commission, for which she was sworn in on February 19, 2013 following her re-nomination by the President and confirmation by the United States Senate.
Clyburn began her service at the FCC in August, 2009, after spending 11 years as a member of the sixth district on the Public Service Commission (PSC) of South Carolina. She served as its chair from July 2002 through June 2004.
Prior to her service on the PSC, Clyburn was the publisher and general manager of The Coastal Times, a Charleston-based weekly newspaper that focused primarily on issues affecting the African American community. She co-owned and operated the family-founded newspaper for 14 years.
A longtime champion of consumers and a defender of the public interest, Commissioner Clyburn considers every Commission proceeding with an eye toward how it will affect each and every American. She is a strong advocate for enhanced accessibility in communications for disabled citizens, and works closely with representative groups for the deaf and hard of hearing. She has fought to promote strong competition across all communications platforms, believing that the more robust and competitive the marketplace, the less need there is for regulation. However, when the market is not adequately addressing consumer concerns, Clyburn is an outspoken champion for smart, targeted regulatory action.  She has pushed for media ownership rules that reflect the demographics of America, affordable universal telephone and high-speed internet access, greater broadband deployment and adoption throughout the nation, and transparency in regulation. Commissioner Clyburn is a member of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, Federal-State Joint Board on Separations, and the Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Services, all of which she chaired for three years during her first term at the FCC.
Clyburn is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Banking, Finance and Economics.  Also, she is the daughter of U.S. Representative James Clyburn, [D-SC].
For more information, please contact Helene Carter at 706.821.8323, 803.664.0080 (mobile), or via email:
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Paine College President to attend State of the Union Address

Posted by painewebmaster | 01/28/2014 07:45 AM

Augusta, GA…..

 The Office of Institutional Advancement announces today that Paine College continues to reach milestones.  Dr. George C. Bradley, President of Paine College, has been extended an invitation to attend President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address that will be broadcasted Tuesday, January 28, 2014.  After receiving the invitation from Congressman John Barrow, Dr. Bradley proudly accepted this opportunity to share with the leaders of our country as the nation listens to the President deliver his vision for the nation this year.

 Dr. George C. Bradley said, “Anytime you are invited to witness history and further be a part of the Congress exercising its responsibilities to inform citizens about issues regarding the nation, it is indeed an honor to be a participant.”  “Paine College continues to work with all legislators and develop relationships to further strengthen our educational opportunities and build bridges that benefit the CSRA communities,” commented Dr. Bradley.

 Senior VP Brandon P. Brown said, “For the President of Paine College to be invited to the hardest ticket in Washington, DC says a whole lot about the value of the Institution.  Not everyone gets invited to the Capitol to join members of Congress, the Senate, the Supreme Court, Cabinet Secretaries, Speaker of the House, Vice President, and President,” said Brown.

 Upon Dr. Bradley’s return to Augusta, faculty, staff, students and the community will be invited to speak with him about his experience.

Local Institutions Partner to Honor the Life and Contributions of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted by painewebmaster | 01/13/2014 12:13 PM

Story by Helene Carter
Augusta, GA….Each year, Augusta Technical College, Georgia Regents University and Paine College come together to celebrate the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through this celebration, the institutions encourage the community to reflect upon the teachings of Dr. King and his work for peace and equal rights for all people throughout the world.

This year, Paine College will host the event on the campus in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel located on Druid Park Avenue, in Augusta, Georgia. The celebration will occur Friday, January 17th at 12 noon. World renowned theologian, Bishop Woodie W. White, will serve as the keynote speaker. Bishop White is the Bishop in Residence at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, located in Atlanta, Georgia. The event is free and open to the public.

About Bishop Woodie White
Born in New York City's Harlem neighborhood in the 1930's, Bishop White emerged as one of the most respected religious leaders in America. Of particular note, Bishop White earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Paine College in 1958. After graduation from Boston University School of Theology in 1961, he served as a pastor in Worcester, Massachusetts and Detroit, Michigan at the height of the Civil Rights movement. In the early 1960s he was arrested in Jackson, Mississippi and fined a thousand dollars for trying to worship at Saint Luke's Methodist Church (an all-white congregation), where almost three decades later he was invited to be a guest preacher. Bishop White served for 15 years as General Secretary of the General Commission on Religion and Race, and in 1996-97, he was appointed President of the Council of Bishops for the United Methodist Church. The North Central Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church elected him Bishop in 1984 and assigned him to the Illinois Area, which he served 1984-1992. In 1992 Bishop White was assigned to the Indiana Area, from which he retired in September 2004.

In addition to professional honors, Bishop White served on a four-person task force to examine racism and race relations in Australia and New Zealand for the Committee to Combat Racism of the World Council of Churches. He participated in preaching missions in Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. He has served as part-time faculty at Wesley Theological Seminary and at Howard University School of Religion. He has written extensively for denominational and ecumenical periodicals, and is coauthor of Racial Transition in the Church, Confessions of a Prairie Pilgrim, and Conversations of the Heart. Bishop White is also nationally known for his annual "Birthday Letter to Dr. King," in which he writes a personal letter to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. about the progress of racial equality in the United States. Paine College has a historical tradition of open access and a commitment to social justice. Through this joint celebration, the institutions encourage the community to embrace a climate that is open and accepting of differences.

For more information about this event, please contact Helene Carter at 706.821.8323, 706.414.7490 (mobile), or via email:

Lions Pick Up First SIAC Win of Season at Miles

Posted by painewebmaster | 01/13/2014 12:04 PM

Story by Kayla Thomas, SID

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Paine College men’s basketball team defeated the Golden Bears from Miles College 86-68 on Jan. 6 inside of the Birmingham Crossplex. Paine improves to 5-6 with the win while Miles falls to 0-10. Paine is now 1-1 in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). 

The Lions scored eight uncontested points to start the game before a total blackout in the Birmingham Crossplex following a hot Kedric Taylor jumper at the basket. After about a 20-minute delay while the lights warmed back up, the Lions got back to the hoop quickly and put eight more points on the board before the first Miles basket. At the half, Paine led 42-23. The Lions led the entire game and they led by as much as 27 in the second half.

Arnis Libazs had a stellar night on the court where he turned in career highs in rebounds, points and blocks. Libazs had 22 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks over 37 minutes of playing time. He also recorded his first double-double as a Lion. Jordan Warner turned in his third double-double of the season with 13 rebounds and 12 points. Kedric Taylor (16), Adrian Caldwell (14) and Kenny Fluellen (11) also scored in double digits for Paine. Fluellen led the game in assists with nine, a career high.

Paine shot 58 percent from the field, 44 percent from behind the arc and 58 percent at the line. Miles shot 38 percent from the field, 35 percent from behind the arc and 63 percent from the line. Terrance Noel was the leading scorer for the Golden Bears with 25 points.

Up Next

LeMoyne-Owen travels to Paine on Jan. 9 to play the Lions at 7:30 p.m. inside of the HEAL Complex.

For additional information on all aspects of the Paine College Department of Athletics, please visit or contact Kayla Thomas at 706-821-8438 or


Guest Column: Football christens new chapter at Paine

Posted by painewebmaster | 01/7/2014 07:50 AM

By George C. Bradley and Ph.D.
Guest Columnist
Augusta Chronicle Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013

The state of Georgia, as we know, is home to some of the finest collegiate football players in the nation. Though we have our own professional sports teams to cheer for, a look at any newspaper will show you just how much Georgians care about our college teams. We cherish football – not only for the entertainment value we get from watching games, but for the cultural significance it has come to have in our lives. We rally around our teams; come together with friends and family to cheer them on; and feel a sense of collective pride in our victories, and shared anguish in our defeats.

HERE AT PAINE College in Augusta, our small student-body size gives us a built-in sense of community and pride. For the past 131 years, the college has prided itself on academic excellence, as well as our fantastic athletic teams. Our core missions of academic excellence and social responsibility, and our deep historic roots in the community, have set us apart from the many colleges and universities in the state.

This fall, we had one more reason to celebrate at Paine. For the first time in more than 50 years, the Paine Lions made a triumphant return to the football field – a decision that was announced last fall with the unanimous support of the college’s Board of Trustees. Under the leadership of Head Coach Greg Ruffin, the club team ended the season with an impressive 3-1 record. More impressive, however, was the outpouring of support and excitement from the alumni community and the local community in Augusta.

Our location in the heart of Augusta always has been one of our most important assets and a defining characteristic of our college. We hope that the return of football will see a boost to the local economy of Augusta in the form of sports-related tourism. Investing in the reinstatement of the football program will pay off not only for our student-athletes, but for our home city as well.

Imagine the positive effect that bringing a football team back to our college will have on our already tremendously spirited student body. A football team will increase not only our athletic visibility in the community and the state, but will mean the creation of a marching band and a drum line in the future, crucial aspects of any football program. All of these changes serve the current student body, but also will attract prospective students to our school. Not only will we attract new students, but we are thrilled to give our alumni something else to cheer for.

FOR PAINE COLLEGE, this is about much more than being competitive on the football field. It is about giving our students, alumni and community something else to rally around and to celebrate. It is about the connection and pride that comes from having our own team, regardless of its record at the end of the season.