Paine Pre-Alumni Council win two major awards at UNCF Leadership Conference in New Orleans

Posted by ncarter | 03/1/2010 07:42 AM

Each year the United Negro College Fund hosts its annual National Alumni Council (NAC) and National Pre-Alumni Council (NPAC) Leadership Conference, a four day symposium filled with excellent opportunities for networking, motivational, and educational workshops and events for alumni, pre-alumni (students), college presidents, and UNCF staff.

The Conference prepares attendees for leadership and action. It enables the NAC/NPAC to implement its mission of assuring educational access and opportunity for deserving minority scholars.  This conference is an opportunity for UNCF to highlight the accomplishment of its alumni and students and welcomes participation and partnerships with corporate, community, and individual donors.
This year, Paine College Pre-Alumni Council shined by taking home two major awards. 

The Paine College Pre-Alumni Council received the award for Most Improved Pre-Alumni Council and Mrs. Brenda White-Latson received Pre-Alumni Council Advisor of the Year.

"It was great to know that I had touched the students lives to point that they would submit an essay nominating me for this award," Latson said.  "This award means a lot to me and the students because I was the advisor selected over 39 other Pre-Alumni Council advisors." 

In addition to receiving awards the council gained a wealth of knowledge from the educational seminars and workshops, which were designed to establish a climate of collegiality and information exchange.

" The various workshops provided a platform for healthy and progressive dialogue, empowering all in attendance to go back to their respective institutions and make a change through active participation in their Pre-Alumni Councils," said Jenether Stampley, a junior English Major at Paine College.

Photo caption: From left to right- Constance Fields, Justin Dummett, Brenda White-Latson,  Derick Colbert, Tiera Latson (Miss UNCF -Paine College), Jenether Stampley and Oscar Jessie.

Paine College Community welcomes Dr. Tina Cardenas as the Interim Vice President of Student Affairs

Posted by ncarter | 03/1/2010 05:53 AM

Dr. George C. Bradley, announced today the appointment of Dr. Tina Y. Cardenas as the Interim Vice President of Student Affairs.

Cardenas formerly served as Assistant Professor of Business Administration/Management for the Division of Business Administration at Paine College.  She has over nine years of experience as a college professor. She was awarded the “Evelyn Berry Teacher of the Year Award” for her service to the institution. Cardenas brings over 18 years of  experience in Business Administration and Human Resources. She also consults as a trainer and facilitator for corporations specializing in management, and various human resource topics that include but are not limited to conflict management, diversity management and employment law.

Her research interests include conflict management, retention and employee turnover, diversity, and the role of strategic human resources within organizations.

Cardenas will now be responsible for the coordination and supervision of the following areas: Office of Career Services, the Office of Residence Life, the Office of Student Activities, Office of Disability Services, Health Clinic and Campus Safety. She will be responsible for the coordination of  programs, and activities in the areas of counseling, new student orientation, student housing, student discipline, student activities, student development programs, social regulations, the yearbook, student medical services, disability services, the student center, wellness programs, campus safety, and career services.

Cardenas holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from Auburn University, a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from Alabama A&M University, and a Doctor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from Argosy University.

The Paine College Community welcomes and congratulates her on her new position.




Griena Knight keynote speaker for Assembly program

Posted by ncarter | 02/15/2010 09:52 AM

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated will host assembly on Wednesday, February 17, 2010  featuring Griena Knight, Southeast Regional Director of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated. The program will begin at the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.

About Griena Knight:
Griena Knight is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and a graduate of the Old John Carroll Catholic High School.  She attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she received her Bachelors of Science Degree with Honors in Interdisciplinary Studies in Psychology in 1993 and her Masters of Arts Degree in Agency Counseling in 1997.  She is currently a doctoral candidate for the Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and anticipates graduation later this year.  She has numerous academic honors including Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education and Kappa Delta Epsilon Honorary Educational Fraternity in Education.  She is also a member of the Order of Omega.

She was initiated in the Alpha Zeta Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated in 1995 after returning home from a one year vacation in the United States Army and currently serves as the Southeast Regional Director. She has served the sorority on all levels: locally as advisor to the Xi Mu Chapter at UAB and the Delta Eta Chapter at Miles College; statewide as the Alabama Area Coordinator; and regionally as the Historian and Undergraduate Chapter Coordinator.  Knight has also served as the Treasurer for the Southern Region of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated and as the Birmingham NPHC Secretary, Vice President, and President.

Knight has been employed at Miles College since 1999 and is currently the Dean of Student Affairs. Her civic organizational memberships includes the Association of Fraternal Advisors, the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals, Greater Birmingham Millennium Section of the National Council of Negro Women, the Association of Professional Women, The Tri-County Organization of Professional Women, and the Board of Directors for Girls, Incorporated.  She is also a member of the Metro Birmingham National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Alpha Pi Chi National Sorority, Agape Chapter #898 Order of the Easter Star, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of St. Peter Claver Court #140, and CHUMS, Incorporated.  The Birmingham Business Journal honored Ms. Knight as a member of the 2003 Top 40 Under 40 Class for her professional efforts and community service endeavors.  Ms. Knight loves to stay busy and to support philanthropic and civic efforts.

For more information contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591.

Paine College to be honored by foundation

Posted by ncarter | 02/13/2010 09:08 AM

By Nikasha Dicks
Staff Writer, The Augusta Chronicle

Paine College is one of 11 historically black colleges and universities selected by the Tom Joyner Foundation to be a School of the Month this year.

The foundation was founded in 1998 by Tom Joyner, the host of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, a nationally syndicated radio show. The foundation provides scholarships to help students remain enrolled at historically black schools.
"For an institution like Paine College, that was founded on the premise of helping the community, this means a great deal," said Brandon Brown, the college's vice president of institutional advancement.
"We want to continue to be the bridge and the gateway to educate new doctors, lawyers, teachers and ministers and overall, productive citizens. This is going to impact us greatly and we look forward to continuing to do what we do best, which is to educate our students on the path toward excellence."

The foundation works with the schools on a fund drive and promotes the college during its designated month on the show, said Thomas Joyner Jr., the president and CEO of the foundation and son of the radio show host.
July is Paine's month.
"We are trying to raise $250,000 throughout the calendar year for Paine College," Joyner said.
All the money raised will be used for scholarships, said Helene Carter, the vice president of institutional advancement.
During a school's month, the show will highlight the college's history; interview leaders; announce recipients of scholarships; and have alumni make on-air donations, Joyner said.
Paine has challenged each of its alumni chapters to raise at least $5,000, Carter said.
The Paine College National Alumni Association will present the college with a $10,000 donation to the campaign tonight during the college's 10th annual Scholarship Masked Ball, she said.

Over the past 12 years, the Tom Joyner Foundation has raised more than $55 million for students at the institutions.

Want to contribute?
- Mail contributions to Tom Joyner Campaign for Paine College, c/o Office of Institutional Advancement, 1235 Fifteenth St. -- HH115, Augusta, GA 30901
- Make checks payable to Tom Joyner Foundation for Paine College.
- Make donations online at

Homecoming 2010 Cancellations

Posted by ncarter | 02/13/2010 02:24 AM

Due to the inclement weather conditions in the Central Savannah River Area, the Paine College Homecoming Parade scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, February 13, 2010 will be canceled.  

The following Homecoming events are still scheduled for the weekend. Please see the list of the following events:

Paine College Athletic Hall of Fame Breakfast-- 8a.m. at the Candler Memorial Library Building
Paine College Homecoming Game--2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the T.W. Josey High School Gymnasium
Paine College Greek Step Show -- 8 p.m. at the Randall Carter Gymnasium
Paine College Homecoming Alumni Party --10 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel & Suites

Tickets can be purchased at entrance of each event.

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!

For more information please contact The Office of Communications and Marketing at (676) 215-8576. 

Dr. Pernessa Seele to serve as keynote speaker for New Tools New Vision 2's Inaugural Dinner

Posted by ncarter | 01/27/2010 06:54 AM

 New Tools New Vision 2 Augusta presents the Augusta Balm In Gilead Initiative Inaugural Dinner

(AUGUSTA, GA) -  On Thursday, January 28, 2010 New Tools New Vision 2 Augusta will present its Balm In Gilead Initiative Inaugural Dinner. Dr. Pernessa C. Seele founder and CEO of The Balm In Gilead, Inc., a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization will serve as keynote speaker.  The event will begin at 6 p.m. In the Candler Memorial Library Building.

This activity is organized by New Tools New Visions 2 Augusta; a Paine College/Community collaborative organization built on Community Based Participatory Research principles and funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Inc. The event’s purpose is to organize the Augusta Churches in a public, celebratory activity; one in which Pastors, Ministers and other Religious leaders can publicly commit their churches to the Annual Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS, and begin to fashion a community sense of encouraging HIV/AIDS education, promoting HIV testing and organizing against stigma. The group’s intention to serve as an umbrella/vehicle for increasing the level of public awareness in the Augusta Black church community.

For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591.

About Dr. Seele:

Pernessa C. Seele is founder and CEO of The Balm In Gilead, Inc., a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization whose mission is to prevent diseases and to improve the health status of people of the African Diaspora by providing support to faith institutions in areas of program design, implementation and evaluation which strengthens their capacity to deliver programs and services that contribute to the elimination of health disparities.
As a pioneer in mobilizing and educating faith communities to become engaged in the fight against AIDS and other health disparities, Dr. Seele is known throughout the African Diaspora for her extraordinary vision and ability to create partnerships among faith leaders of various cultures and religious doctrines to become leaders in health promotion and disease prevention by providing comprehensive educational programs and offering compassionate support to all persons affected by life-threatening diseases.
Under Dr. Seele’s leadership, The Balm In Gilead has supported the establishment of over 12 national health offices within the national headquarters of Catholic, Protestant and Muslim communities in Africa and the United States; Furthermore, the Balm In Gilead has engaged nearly 10 million churchgoers throughout the United States in health awareness campaigns through the effective mobilization of African American churches to address public health issues.

Dr. Seele received the prestigious honor of being named a TIME 100 when the national newsmagazine selected her one of  100 people “Shaping our World” and featured her on the cover of this highly anticipated annual issue in May 2006.  In January 2006, Dr. Seele was an invited guest of President and First Lady Laura Bush for the State of the Union Address as a symbol of the President’s commitment to work with African American churches in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  Essence Magazine  honored her with three features. In the May 2005 and 35th Anniversary issue, she was named one of the 35 most beautiful and remarkable women in the world.  In February 2004, she was featured as “One of the New Activists” in the tradition of African American’s greatest heroes” and in October 2003, Essence named her one of “50 Women Shaping the World”, along with Oprah Winfrey and other distinguished women. 
Pernessa Seele received a Doctorate of Humane Letters from the College of New Rochelle, NY and a Bachelor and Master of Science from Clark Atlanta University in ’76 & ’79. She is a native of Lincolnville, South Carolina.

Paine College is a church-related, four-year private institution. The mission of Paine College is to provide a liberal arts education of the highest quality that emphasizes academic excellence, ethical and spiritual values, social responsibility, and personal development to prepare men and women for positions of leadership and service in the African American community, the nation, and the world. Paine College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate degrees and functions partly by the generous support of The United Methodist Church, the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and the United Negro College Fund. For additional information visit

Savannah River Remediation Donates $5,000 for Paine College Annual Scholarship Fund

Posted by ncarter | 01/27/2010 06:18 AM

Jim French, Savannah River Remediation (SRR) President and Project Manager, presented a $5,000 check to Dr. George C. Bradley, President of Paine College in Augusta last week. The donation will go towards the Paine College Annual Scholarship Fund (ASF) for Paine College students.

The Annual Scholarship Fund is the single most important fundraising priority of the College because it provides direct financial support to Paine College students. Scholarships are the means through which the College recruits and retains the best students. The Paine College Annual Scholarship Fund provides scholarship assistance to students based on merit and need. About 90% of students are in need of financial assistance others are eligible for federal funding, but there is still a significant unmet need. The Annual Scholarship Fund assists students in their goal of receiving a college education.

SRR is the Savannah River Site’s (SRS) Liquid Waste contractor.  SRS is owned by the U.S. Department of Energy. SRR is composed of a team of companies led by URS Corp. with partners Bechtel National, CH2M Hill and Babcock & Wilcox. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, Energy Solutions and Washington Safety Management Solutions.

Photo Cutline: Jim French, Savannah River Remediation (SRR) President and Project Manager, (left) presents a $5,000 check to Dr. George C. Bradley, President of Paine College in Augusta.

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Black student leaders hopeful for Haiti’s recovery

Posted by ncarter | 01/19/2010 07:05 AM

Story by Ciona D. Rouse| United Methodist News Service

If New Orleans can recover from Hurricane Katrina, there is hope the people of Haiti will find new life after the massive earthquake that struck Jan. 12.
“I feel hope for those people,” said Charlie Coleman, a student leader at Dillard University in New Orleans.

“I know that those people in Haiti right now are feeling like there’s lost hope and there’s nothing that can be done because it was a natural disaster,” said Coleman, a freshman. “If New Orleans can overcome the obstacle with the help of the United States and with other countries and everybody working together, Haiti can rebuild, as well.”

Coleman and 23 other young leaders who are enrolled in or have graduated from the 11 United Methodist-related historically black colleges and universities gathered in Nashville for an orientation to The Black College Fund’s Lina H. McCord ambassador program.

As they learned more about telling the story of The Black College Fund, many students also followed the news closely to receive updates of the aftermath and responses to the Jan. 12 Haitian earthquake.
William Montgomery, a senior at Rust College in Holly Springs, Miss., has had Haiti on his heart for several months. The pastor of Ecru and Thaxton United Methodist churches said his mission team selected Haiti as its destination for summer missions.

Although he was originally unable to go on the mission trip with his congregation, Montgomery now feels called to connect his church with the United Methodist Committee on Relief and lead a team there when the time is right.

“God has a plan, and I’m going to probably change (my schedule) and end up leading the team to go help in whatever way we can,” Montgomery said.
The young leaders were happy to see communities coming together to support the people of Haiti in their immediate recovery, especially seeing the success of social networking efforts reaching young audiences.

“I’m impressed with the response,” said Courtneika Hudson, a senior at Paine College in Augusta, Ga. “I know there is a lot of stigma in society about young people not really caring a lot about what’s going on in the world. So just to see the outreach that we have … it was actually quite rewarding to see that.”

The student leaders have helped to coordinate relief efforts on their campuses, like conducting clothing and food drives and holding fundraising events for Haiti.
Recognizing Haiti’s long history of poverty, the students also hope that the efforts will continue past the immediate relief.

“I want people to realize that it has to be a continued effort in helping a country, a city, even a state rebuild and become what it once was,” Coleman said.

*Rouse is a freelance writer based in Nashville.
News media contact: David Briggs, Nashville, Tenn., (615) 742-5470 or

Photo caption: Courtneika Hudson, senior at Paine College and former Black College Fund Lina H. McCord Ambassador.

Late senator's son among speakers at Paine event

Posted by ncarter | 01/19/2010 06:57 AM

Story by Preston Sparks, The Augusta Chronicle
Photo courtesy of Jackie Ricciardi/ The Augusta Chronicle

Speaking at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance at Paine College, U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy told a crowd Monday that today's generation can and should continue the work of Dr. King.
"If anything, we need to do the work of Dr. King in these times as much as ever before because we don't have Dr. King to inspire us every single day to go out there and march for civil rights," said Kennedy, the youngest son of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy and nephew of president John F. Kennedy.

Kennedy, a Democrat from Rhode Island, was the day's keynote speaker at the request of the the Rev. Larry Fryer, an organizer of Monday's event. The program involved local politicians, several area pastors and a racially diverse crowd holding hands at times and singing such songs as We Shall Overcome and Lift Every Voice and Sing .

Fryer said that in the past, separate King Day events were held in Augusta, but the two came together this year at Paine's Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel as a sign of unity.
Before a packed chapel, Fryer and others presented Kennedy a plaque in honor of his father, whom Fryer called "one of the most effective lawmakers in the history of the Senate."
Kennedy went on to refer to his family's storied past and how he never knew his uncle "Jack" and was just a baby when another uncle, Bobby Kennedy, was assassinated.
"I often feel to myself, I wish I was around back then (as a politician)," he said, but noted that "I was born to live in these times."

Kennedy spoke about current issues that he says connect with King's message of equality for all.
He said that in his time as a politician -- first being elected on the state level as a representative at age 21 and then to Congress at 27 -- he's fought a bill that targeted illegal immigrants and led the push for national health care reform.
As for the pending health care reform bill, a topic his father championed, Kennedy said he believes "something will get passed," calling it "a moral argument" that all citizens get equal access to medical care.

Referring to himself as "a gratefully recovering alcoholic," he also said he's pushed for greater understanding and fair insurance coverage for those struggling with substance abuse and mental illness.

While talking about his father, Kennedy addressed today's special election in Massachusetts to fill his dad's seat in the Senate. He told the crowd a high turnout would be key for the Democratic side to win, saying before the event that "failure isn't an option."
In closing, Kennedy returned to King's message of effecting change for the better, saying anyone, whether having a famous last name or not, can do so.

"Frankly, his message was a message that should resonate with all of us, that all of us can be great because all of us can serve," he said.

Photo caption: US Congressman Patrick Kennedy (RI-1) speaks to a crowd during the 19th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Observance at Paine College's Gilbert-Lambert Memorial Chapel.

Civil rights leader calls for more work to be done

Posted by ncarter | 01/19/2010 06:40 AM

Story by Preston Sparks, The Augusta Chronicle
Photo courtesy of Rainier Ehrhardt/The Augusta Chronicle

At an event honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, a man who knew him well, the Rev. James Lawson, told an Augusta crowd Friday that more work is needed in the struggle for equality.

"To remember the '60s in Augusta, you have come a long way. And you have a long way to go," the civil rights leader said during the gathering, which was held at Paine College and included officials from Paine, Augusta State University, Augusta Technical College and Medical College of Georgia.
The Rev. Lawson told the hundreds packed into Paine's Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel that the civil rights movement, part of which he spent working with Dr. King, spanned the 1950s through the 1970s and "was too short and was aborted before its time by the forces of violence and racism in the United States."
"We need a fresh burst in the United States of equality, liberty and justice for all, and we the people must make it happen," he said. "Obama and the Congresses and governors will not do it unless we ordinary people are mobilized for change."

Speaking of President Obama, the Rev. Lawson -- a retired Methodist pastor and now Distinguished University Professor at Vanderbilt University -- said "we have every reason this year to celebrate," but added, "the white majority of this country did not vote for Barack Obama."
The Rev. Lawson also mentioned an incident in the news in which Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was quoted in a book referring in 2008 to then-Sen. Obama as "light-skinned" and "with no Negro dialect."

Mr. Reid apologized to the president, who said he forgave the senator.
"We will continue to have such incidents of that because racism is a fact of life in the United States no matter how much we may deny it," the Rev. Lawson said. "No matter how much we may want to run away from it, it is a reality."

The Rev. Lawson then spoke of his time with Dr. King, whose life and legacy will be honored Monday with a federal holiday. The retired pastor, whom Dr. King once dubbed "the leading nonviolence theorist in the world," recalled how he first met Dr. King in the '50s and how Dr. King asked for his help.
In 1968 the Rev. Lawson invited Dr. King to Memphis to help black sanitation workers who had gone on strike.
The day before his assassination, Dr. King delivered his famous "Mountaintop" speech in support of the strikers.

"On the last day of his life, we met early in the morning for about an hour or so of discussion," the Rev. Lawson said.

He said Dr. King's movement was about recognizing that "every human being is in the image of God and should be treated like that in all facets."
At Friday's event the crowd sang spirituals and ended with blacks and whites seated next to one another, holding hands and collecting money for those in Haiti affected by this week's deadly earthquake.
For Paine College freshman Michael Woodard, the event was a call to change for the better.

"It's up to the youth to take that step forward," he said.