Paine College is Tom Joyner School of the Month (JULY)

Posted by ncarter | 07/1/2010 04:33 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) – Paine College has been selected as Tom Joyner Foundation 2010 School of the Month (July). From January 2010- December 2010, all funds raised via the Paine College/ Tom Joyner Foundation Partnership will be sent directly to Paine for the students. The Tom Joyner Foundation is a major fundraising vehicle for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) formed by the nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner. The Tom Joyner Foundation has assisted every HBCU, which is defined as “any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of Black Americans."

The Tom Joyner Foundation Campaign for Paine College was kicked off with a $10,000 contribution from the Paine College National Alumni Association under the leadership of Dr. Silas Norman, Jr., ‘62.
“ This is a great campaign for Paine. I support it and I want to encourage all Paine College Alumni to do the same, he said. Many of our students are in need of the funds and providing access to a quality education is one of the College’s main goals. Through contributions from alumni and other constituents, I am sure this campaign will be a huge success.”

As one of the Tom Joyner Foundation’s “Schools of the Month,” Paine will receive funds from listeners, alumni, corporations and other interested parties during the month of July 2010 for scholarships for Paine College students. However, contributions to the campaign can be made until December 31, 2010.

The scholarships will be awarded to the students through the Office of Financial Aid at Paine, based on need and other requirements of the school and the donor. The Tom Joyner Foundation will award scholarships ranging in amounts from $1,000 to $5,000 each to Paine students who qualify. Those scholarship recipients will be announced every Thursday during the month of July on air. 

Throughout the month of July, the Tom Joyner Morning Show, aired in 115 markets around the country and reaching nearly eight million listeners every week, will promote Paine and the campaign. The Foundation has raised more than $25 million over the past seven years to help thousands of students at some 80 HBCUs.

The 2010 HBCUs of the month are: January: Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, AL); February: Fayetteville State University (Fayetteville, NC); March: Shaw University (Raleigh, NC); April: Voorhees College (Denmark, SC); May: Virginia State University (Petersburg, VA); June: Philander Smith College (Little Rock, AK); July: Paine College (Augusta, GA); August: North Carolina Central University (Durham, NC); September: Texas Southern University (Houston, TX); October: Fort Valley State University (Fort Valley, GA); November: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (Pine Bluff, AR).

For more information, contact Helene Carter, Campaign Coordinator and Assistant Vice President of Institutional Development at Paine College: 706-821-8323,

To make a contribution visit and click the “Tom Joyner Campaign” link or contact Mr. Reginald Powell, Director of Research and Gifts, at 706-821-8359. Make your checks payable to the Tom Joyner Foundation for Paine College and mail to the address below:

Tom Joyner Campaign for Paine College
c/o Office of Institutional Advancement
1235 Fifteenth Street-HH115
 Augusta, Georgia 30901

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Paulette Payne, '97 campaigns to host show on Oprah Winfrey Network

Posted by ncarter | 06/16/2010 12:00 PM

Augusta,GA - Paulette Payne, '97 is currently vying for an opportunity to host her OWN talk show, “the P factor,” on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network. “the P factor” will chronicle the P’s—passion, perseverance and purpose—in the lives of women, and shed light on the experiences of women who seek self-fulfillment, self-mastery and connectivity to life and hope. In addition, “the P factor” will also chronicle the P’s with which many women struggle—passivity, poverty and procrastination—and the means they utilize to overcome them.

“I am convinced, that when women are whole and well, the community reflects her strength. When this happens, young girls will model their mother’s courage, their sister’s confidence, their aunt’s fearlessness, their grandmother’s boldness," Payne said.
When Oprah Winfrey and reality TV producer Mark Burnett announced they were joining forces to search for TV’s next talk show star, Payne, who has always wanted to host her own talk show, knew this was her opportunity to share the commonality in the cycles of women’s lives that bind them together regardless of color, class and geographical location.  Payne’s OWN show, “the P factor,” strives to be the vehicle that gives women voice to personal power.
In 1997, Payne obtained a dual bachelors degree in Mass Communications and English from Paine College, where she also graduated Cum Laude. She most recently earned a Master of Arts Degree in Africana Women’s Studies from Clark Atlanta University in May 2010. Payne has served over eleven years as a Public Relations and Communications professional, and is also an experienced journalist having served as an Associate Producer for WJBF News Channel 6 in Augusta, GA.
Voting began, Tuesday, June 15, 2010 and continues through Saturday, July 3, 2010 at 11:59 pm PST. Multiple votes are accepted and encouraged.

Log on to to vote for Paulette Payne and “the P factor” today.
For more information about Paulette Payne’s campaign to host her OWN show, “the P factor”, on Oprah Winfrey’s Network, email

Content courtesy of Paulette Payne and Candance L. Greene.

Paine College welcomes Mr. Leroy Summers, Jr. as Vice President for Administrative and Fiscal Affairs

Posted by ncarter | 05/17/2010 11:56 AM

Dr. George C. Bradley, announced today the appointment of Mr. Leroy Summers, Jr. as Vice President for Administrative and Fiscal Affairs

Summers formerly served as Vice President for Business, Finance and Technology at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he managed and directed financial, operational and administrative services for the College.  Summers has over thirty years of relevant experience in fiscal operations and administrative management. Twenty-nine of the thirty plus years have been in the college and university environment.

He has also served as Vice President for Business and Fiscal Affairs at Florida Memorial University, Vice President for Business and Finance at Savannah State University, Special Assistant to the Vice President for Business and Management at Morgan State University, Vice President for Business Affairs and Treasurer at Kentucky State University, Interim Assistant Vice President for Administrative Affairs and Director of Budget and Operations at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and University Treasurer at North Carolina A&T State University. He has held several accountant and administrative system positions in the business and finance area.

At Paine College, Summers will be responsible for managing the overall administrative and fiscal affairs of the College. Summers will be responsible for several administrative units within the Division of Administrative and Fiscal Affairs, to include the Controller’s Office, Financial Aid, Human Resources, Business Services (Gift Shop, Post Office, Print Shop) Facilities Management and Plant Operations, Food Services, Campus Safety and Information Technology Services. He will also be working diligently with appropriate parties to streamline business operations, and strengthen internal controls to maintain the fiscal stability and integrity of the College’s overall financial and business operations.
Summers believes with his extensive experience in many areas of financial management and a thorough understanding of administrative systems and fiscal operations, he can greatly assists with the strategic goals of the College. "I am confident with my background I can contribute to the vision and growth of this institution," he said.

Summers is a native of St. George, South Carolina. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management/Accounting from Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina and a Master of Business Administration from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Paine College Community welcomes and congratulates him on his new position.

Rev. Dan Brown to deliver keynote address at Paine’s 128th Baccalaureate Service

Posted by ncarter | 04/23/2010 10:17 AM

Augusta, GA- Paine College will celebrate its 128th Baccalaureate Service on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. In the  
Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Rev. Dan Brown will deliver the keynote address.
 Rev. Brown came to Trinity on the Hill on June 24th, 2007, after some 31 years of experience as an ordained elder in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. 
 He is a devoted husband and father. He is married to the former Carol Blanton. Dan and Carol first met in their freshman year at LaGrange College, LaGrange, Georgia. After dating for four years, they were married on July 10th, 1976 at Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Together, they have two children: a daughter, Kathryn, who currently lives with her husband, Scott Curkin, in Hoboken, New Jersey and a son, Christopher, who lives with his wife, Ashley, in St. Simons, Georgia.
 Educationally, Rev. Brown received his Bachelor of Arts degree from LaGrange College in Social Work in 1976. He completed his Masters of Divinity degree at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, in 1979. He has done extensive doctoral work at both McCormick Theological Seminary and Asbury Theological Seminary.
 Over the years, he has enjoyed a great deal of community involvement. He has been active in such organizations as the American Cancer Society, the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services, the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA, the Lion's Club, and the Rotary Clubs in Griffin and Augusta. He has also served as an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees of Reinhardt College, and was recently asked by the President of LaGrange College to serve on their Board of Trustees.
He is a sports enthusiast, enjoying virtually all sports. He especially likes golf. When he was in high school he played on his school football team. When his children were younger, he coached youth league football, and coached and managed youth league basketball and baseball. He has been a chaplain to high school football and basketball teams.
 His past pastoral appointments include a student appointment to the Jenkinsburg Charge, in Butts County; the Antioch United Methodist Church in Thomaston, Georgia; the Sharp Memorial United Methodist Church on the campus of Young Harris College, in Young Harris, Georgia; the McKendree United Methodist Church, in Gwinnett County; the Canton First United Methodist Church in Canton, Georgia; and the Griffin First United Methodist Church in Griffin, Georgia.  


Paine College Appoints Coach Willie Adams to Lead Lady Lions

Posted by ncarter | 04/19/2010 12:13 PM

By Helene Carter
Augusta, GA- Athletic Director, Coach Ronnie Spry, announced today that Coach Willie Adams will lead the Lady Lions Basketball team.  Coach Adams brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in his 14th year at Paine College where he previously served as the assistant basketball coach for the Lions and steered the women’s cross country and track team for over 12 years.

Coach Spry commented, “Adams was an outstanding basketball player and all-around athlete while a student at Paine College. A natural leader, he served as Team Captain and was a member of the Lions Championship team and later garnered the Most Improved Player Award.  His expertise, experience and being familiar with our athletic program will help him to do an outstanding job.”

“I am truly excited to be a part of the Paine College legacy where there is an exceptional basketball history,” said Adams.  “It is my desire to continue to build winning teams on and off the court that will compete successfully in the athletic and academic arenas.”

During his tenure, Adams guided the women’s cross country program from 3rd place in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) to 2nd place in 2004.  He coached several players to the All-Conference Team in Cross Country and track & field for several consecutive years.  In 1998, Adams coached freshman Samantha Daniels to the All-Conference team in cross country, and in 1999, Melissa Calhoun to the All-Conference Awards; and Casheba Ellis All-Conference in 2009.

In 2000 through 2002, Adams coached Clensy Warren (Javelin); LaTasha Russell (Discus); and the 4 X 100 Relay and 4 X 400 Relay teams to All-Conference awards in track and field.  He also coached Savoyia Baerrett to a Conference Championship in the Javelin (2005-2006) and Lakeisha Bell four straight years to the High Jump Championship (2006-2009).  In 1999 and 2002, Adams played an integral role in assisting the Men’s Basketball Championship teams.

A native of Brunswick, Georgia, Adams was an outstanding athlete at Brunswick High School where he lettered four years in basketball and football.  While at Brunswick High School, he also played baseball.  After graduating from high school, Adams attended Lake City Community College, Lake City, Florida; and later transferred to Paine College where he played basketball from 1992-1994. 

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with an Emphasis in Criminology from Paine College in 1996 and a Masters of Education Degree from Troy University in 2005.  Adams is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Black Coaches and Administrators Association.  He is married to CeKisha Adams.

For more information, contact Natasha Carter, Director of Communications and Marketing –


Paine College Honda Campus All-Star Team plans to make history at tournament in Orlando, FL

Posted by ncarter | 04/6/2010 10:01 AM

Augusta, GA – Students from Paine College will join 47 other Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU) students in making final preparations to face off in a unique battle of academic prowess at the 21st annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge ( the nation’s largest academic competition held between HBCUs. More than 250 HBCU college students will travel to Orlando, Florida to participate in the two-day competition, April 11-12, which will showcase their knowledge in the areas of world history, science, literature, religion, the arts, social science and popular culture. Each of the participating 48 teams will have the opportunity to win grant money for their school with the winner walking away with the top prize of $50,000. In all, a total of $328,000 in institutional grants will be awarded through this year’s program.

Last year, Paine College’s Honda Campus All-Star Challenge team made history for the College at the national championship tournament held in Orlando, FL. Paine College placed 2nd in their division, which included seven other HBCUs and advanced to the semifinals “Sweet 16” for the first time since the competition’s inception. “We’re going further than the “Sweet 16” next year,” said George C. Bradley, who accompanied the team to the tournament.

2009 team captain, Eric Stephens was among the top 8 players of 64 institutions and the number 1 player in his division. Teammate Edward Collins was number 4 in his division.

“I am extremely proud of our team. We made history this last year and we plan to advance further this year. Last year, all of the players performed at a level that they should be proud of and I am confident they will do the same this year," said Deloris Croom, Paine College team coach. "We appreciate all of the support from the Paine College community.”

The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is the only annual academic competition held between the nation’s HBCUs. Paine College is just one of the schools that participate in the three day tournament that test their skills in world history, science, literature, religion, the arts, social sciences, popular culture and African-American history and culture.

Paine College has participated in this competition since its inception earning over $30,000 for the institution, which is used to enhance student programs, team travel and team preparation.

This year the “Great 48,” as they are called, will be split into eight divisions and compete in a modified round robin format. The top two teams from each division will advance to the "Sweet 16,” and compete in a single elimination playoff. The final two teams will then compete for the National Champion title. Colleges and universities from Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, Ohio, Illinois, Mississippi, Kentucky, Missouri and New York are slated to participate. 

“The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge was created to shine a spotlight on the academic excellence exemplified at America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” said Marc Burt, senior manager, Office of Inclusion and Diversity, American Honda Motor Company. “We at Honda are proud to say that 21 years after this program’s inception, HCASC continues to not only highlight the great minds present at our nation’s HBCUs, but it also provides, through grant giving, an opportunity for the company to invest one of the country’s largest pipelines for professional and academic talent.”

The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is one of Honda’s largest and longest running philanthropic initiatives in the United States. Since 1989, HCASC has brought together the nation’s best and brightest academic competitors from the America’s top HBCUs. In addition to providing students a venue for friendly competition, the program encourages relationship building, intellectual excellence and the development of values that define good character. Throughout its 21 year history HCASC has touched over 50,000 students, awarded more than $5 million in grants and continues to be the only annual academic competition of its kind.

For more information on the Honda Campus All Star Challenge and a list of the 48 participating HBCUs please visit

About Honda
Honda supports a variety of initiatives aimed at advancing education and creating experiences of discovery that help people see and achieve their own dreams. The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, along with the Honda Battle of the Bands, are two of Honda’s major initiatives supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities and to helping young people pursue  their dreams.

Photo caption: Top row: Dr. Tina Marshall-Bradley, Uzetta Gresham, institutional representative, Eric Stephens, Jasmine Van Exel, President George C. Bradley, and Deloris Croom, coach.

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Dr. Brian Johnson speaker for Honors Day Convocation

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or

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

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

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

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

For more information, please contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706.396.7591 or

About Wycliffe Gordon:

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

About Damien Sneed:

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

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

Michael Baisden One Million Mentors Tour stops at Paine College

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on the tour visit the One Million Mentors website at: or The Paine College Office of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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