| 02/23/2017 13:19 PM
Student-Athlete Adam Martin, is a Business Management Major and a versatile position Baseball player at Paine College. He has an impressive 3.5 GPA and beams proudly when sharing that he will be graduating in May 2017, from the Institution he says “has given him the necessary educational tools, one-on-one instruction time if needed and improved his athletic talent to be successful in life.” He is also the Paine College, 2016-2017 Male Scholar Athlete-of-the-Year. Prior to attending college, Martin lived in Aiken, South Carolina with his family. He has one sibling and believes in preserving family quality time.
“My goal was to obtain my degree while remaining close to home near my family. A friend of mine, Avery Wilson, attended PC and after our discussion about the Business and Athletic programs, I knew Paine was where I wanted to earn my degree. From the very first day, Coach Marshall has emphasized the word student in Student-Athlete. Not only is he my baseball coach but I consider him to be a friend. He and my professors, are major contributing factors of my collegiate success. They encourage and push you to excel, off and on the field. That is why I chose Paine College to further my education,” said Martin.
Adam details his Paine College experience as a “family oriented Institution that has never made him feel like a minority and always treated him with respect.” He likes the fact that professors and faculty know him personally and if a student requests extra attention with the curriculum, the educators ensure they receive it. Martin has grown during his four years at PC as a person and athlete, largely in part due to his baseball teammates that he refers to as his brothers. He is thankful for them standing by him through struggles but more importantly, helping him to continue to strive to achieve his goals athletically and academically.
Kerby Marshall, Head Baseball Coach/Asst. Men’s Basketball Coach, had the following to say about Adam; “He is the perfect baseball player that every coach dreams of, he listens and executes as he is told and is a great team player. The team looks up to him as a leader on and off the field. He also understands that he is a Student-Athlete and performs well in the classroom.” After graduation, Martin will be traveling to Canada to play Baseball.
“I would like to stress the importance of knowing what you want to do after you graduate, having a plan and working hard to attain your degree. It is important to know your weaknesses and strengths and develop them to become a better person. I am thankful for our Alumni and after graduation, I will be an active alum to continue building upon the foundation they set forth, to ensure students at Paine College are educated with integrity and distinction. It is my belief that any challenges the Institution faces, can be overcome with the support of our dedicated Alumni,” are the words of wisdom shared by Martin.
Adam discloses that he doesn’t mind watching love story movies. His favorite is “The Notebook.” When asked if he considers himself to be Ryan Gosling, (the movie’s Lead Actor) Martin smiles in approval with the comparison and says yes. On and off the field, Paine College equips its scholars with exceptional education, develops its student-athlete talent with dedicated instructors and enables its faculty to positively enhance the personal and professional lives of its student-body.
In Other Words, by Stone
| 08/23/2016 04:26 AM
Paine College will host Fall Convocation on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Dr. Samuel Sullivan, President, will serve as the keynote speaker for the occasion. The event will welcome new and returning students, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni and friends to the Paine College Community. This event is open to the public.
For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591 or via email: Tjwilliams@paine.edu.
| 04/21/2015 09:25 AM
Paine College alumni are rallying support for their Alma Mater more now than ever. For the love of Paine, the alumni of the Augusta Chapter will host a day of fundraising for the College on Friday, April 24th. Alumni and friends are invited to visit the Alumni House located at 1208 Beman Street (West of the HEAL Complex) to drop off monetary donations in support of the Together, We Can Campaign for Paine. Augusta Commissioner Bill Fennoy invited the City to lend support to his Alma Mater and stated that the well-being of Paine College lends to the health of the Augusta community. Mayor Hardie Davis pitched in by declaring April 24, 2015 as Paine College Day. Radio personalities Minnesota Fattz and Cher Best will broadcast live from the Alumni House courtyard from 11-1 p.m. followed by Kydd Joe of Power 107 from 1-3 p.m.
The Augusta Alumni Chapter extends an invitation to the community to visit the Alumni House between the hours of 11-6 p.m. to purchase a delicious fish or BBQ chicken dinner at a cost of $10.00 per plate. Advanced purchases for the meal can be placed by contacting Mildred Kendrick (706)945.1362, Betty Tutt (706) 650-1004 or any member of the Augusta Alumni chapter.
Commissioner Fennoy said, "Paine College and her students are at the heart of everything we do in support of the institution. We need all of our alumni and friends to come together in support of this institution that has served the community and its people for 133 years. I am appealing to the community to do more than purchase a ten dollar plate of food; I am asking the public to invest in Paine College by writing a check payable to the Together, We Can Campaign."
Also, Paine alums are gearing up for the annual Alumni Reunion weekend celebration that will occur May 8th-10th. It is expected that Alumni will descend upon the campus to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class of 2015 and bear monetary gifts that will benefit the Together, We Can Campaign for Paine College.
For more information about Paine College Day and how to support Together, We Can Campaign, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, 396.8163 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>.
| 01/10/2015 08:53 AM
For Immediate Release : January 10, 2015
Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Paine College Interim President, announced today that the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to suspend the College’s football program for two years. Dr. Sullivan said that the suspension was self-imposed. He commented, “At this critical juncture in the history of Paine College, we have no choice but to firmly reestablish the financial health of our College.” “It is only through achieving this condition that we will have a chance of being removed from probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and winning reaffirmation of the College’s accreditation.” Dr. Sullivan further stated, “We must take this and other steps to reduce overall expenditures by the College and increase our net assets.” “After removal of all sanctions imposed upon the college by SACSCOC, we will conduct a cost benefit analysis and evaluate the return of our football program.”
“The College will honor scholarships for eligible players during the spring 2015 semester,” said Athletics Director Selina Kohn. “While we regret that the College has suspended the football program, the Lion Athletics Program will continue to support five men’s and five women’s sports.” Kohn further stated that the football coaches will mentor the student athletes to help them make the transition to find new athletic homes for those who wish to transfer.
During the meeting of the Board of Trustees in October 2012, the governing body unanimously voted to revive the football program after a 50-year hiatus. The College introduced Club Football with a limited number of games in 2013 and rolled out its full program during the 2014 fall semester.
Under the leadership of Coach Greg Ruffin, the Club team ended the season with an impressive 3-1 record in 2013. In 2014, the Lions ended the season with a 2-8 record.
Although the community has rallied support for the new program that is still in its infant stage, the cost to operate the program has placed an enormous amount of financial strain on the College’s operating budget.
“We want our sports programs to remain competitive and in order to do that, we must revisit the cost of maintaining a healthy athletic program,” said Dr. Sullivan. “Although the College is witnessing an enormous outpouring of support from the community, the economic climate has caused us to reassess the budgets and the cost of operating the football program.” “It is imperative that we continue to enhance the College’s academic programs and student services.”
The Paine College Lion Athletic program falls under the auspices of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference and NCAA Division II.
For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, 396.8163 or via email:Tjwilliams@paine.edu.
| 05/20/2014 09:44 AM
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Paine College basketball player Ashley Watts has been named a finalist for the Collegiate Star category as part of the 23rd Annual Greater Augusta Medals for Excellence in Sports (G.A.M.E.S.) Awards hosted by the Augusta Sports Council (ASC) for the second year in a row. Watts will be recognized on Thursday, June 12 at the Augusta Country Club.
The Augusta native is coming off a strong basketball campaign where she was named the 2013-14 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Player of the Year. The mathematics major also earned spots on the 2013-14 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-South Region Second Team and the All-SIAC First Team. Most notably, Watts led Division II in points per game and surpassed the 1,000-point mark after two seasons as a Lady Lion. The Butler High School graduate finished the year averaging 26.5 points per game and with 1,312 career points under her belt.
Jaiden Brandt, a distance runner from Georgia Regents, is the second finalist in the Collegiate Star division. Brandt is a native of North Augusta, S.C. who just completed his senior year at GRU.
This year’s G.A.M.E.S. Awards Banquet will feature Pro Football Hall of Famer and Thomson, Georgia native, Ray Guy, as the guest speaker. Guy will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 2 as the first punter ever selected to enter. He was also the first punter ever drafted in the NFL’s first round when he became the 23rd overall pick for the Oakland Raiders in 1973.
The 2014 G.A.M.E.S. Awards are presented by the ASC, Augusta Coca-Cola, The Augusta Chronicle and WRDW News12. The banquet starts with a check-in and social hour at 6 p.m. with the dinner and program to being at 7 p.m. Members of the ASC can purchase tickets for $45 and non-members can buy tickets for $50. Tables are also available for $450 for ASC members and $500 for non-members.
To purchase tickets contact, Michelle Naval at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 706.722.8326 ext. 235.
For additional information on all aspects of the Paine College Department of Athletics, please visit www.paineathletics.com or contact Kayla Thomas at 706-821-8438 or email@example.com.
2014 G.A.M.E.S. Awards Finalists
Judson Stephen “Boomer” Hickey
Jaiden Brandt- GRU Augusta
Ashley Watts – Paine College
All-Around Female Athlete
Shannon Fair- Aquinas High School
Malia Kency- Briarwood Academy
Jasmine Stone- Evans High School
All-Around Male Athlete
Jermaine Baxley- Burke County High School
Ruben Garnett- Aquinas High School
Dillon Keeler- Evans High School
Outstanding Female Athlete
Destiny Brewton- Lucy C. Laney High School
Amber Hong- Midland Valley High School
LeeAnne Rees- Greenbrier High School
Outstanding Male Athlete
Ahmed Hill – Aquinas High School
Aubrey McRae- Glenn Hills High School
Darius Watkins- Grovetown High School
McKenna de Graff- Augusta Prep
Daniel Carr- Midland Valley High School
John Harris- Augusta Christian
Aquinas High School Football Team
| 03/4/2014 03:58 AM
March 3, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) announced the 2014 All-Conference Teams on Monday as voted on by the SIAC Basketball Coaches Association. Ashley Watts was named the 2014 SIAC Player of the Year. Paine’s Ariel Brown, Destani Burton, Kenny Fluellen, Kedric Taylor and Arnis Libazs also received SIAC postseason honors.
Watts receives the coveted honor after leading the SIAC and Division II women’s basketball for the entire season in points per game. Watts is averaging 26.7 points per game. The junior guard currently ranks second in Division II and first in the SIAC in three-pointers per game (3.32). She is shooting 34.2 percent from behind the arc which ranks second in the SIAC. That percentage also plays a major role in Paine’s being ranked first in the SIAC in three-point field-goal shooting percentage (30.4). Watts also produces from the free throw line. She is No. 1 in the SIAC in free-throw percentage as she is shooting 81.3 percent from the line. Although Watts is an outstanding shooter, she also has an innate ability to help her teammates get to the basket. Watts is second in the SIAC and 52nd in Division II in assists per game after dishing out an average of 4.4 assists per game. The 2013 Newcomer of the Year has improved her performance on and off the court since last season. Just last month, the mathematics major received the Paine College Student-Athlete Academic Success Award for her performance in the classroom during the Fall 2013 semester.
Senior Brown joins Watts on the 2014 All-Conference Team. The Savannah, Ga., native has earned ten double-doubles this season and is averaging 13.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. She is shooting 46 percent from the field, 39 percent from behind the arc and 62 percent from the line. Brown is ranked seventh in the SIAC and 77th in Division II in rebounds per game. She is also a force on defense averaging 2.63 steals per game which places her eighth in the SIAC and 28th in Division II in that category. Burton is representing the Purple and White on the SIAC’s All-Academic Team. The sophomore forward from Charlotte, N.C., is majoring in psychology at Paine and boasts a 3.44 GPA.
Taylor and Fluellen were both named to the All-Conference Team for the Lions. Taylor leads the SIAC in total assists (144) and assists per game (5.5). He is ranked 32nd and 29th in Division II in those areas, respectively. The Orlando, Fla., native is shooting 46 percent from the field and 72 percent from the line. He also averages 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. Fluellen ranks fifth in the SIAC in attempts from behind the arc. The Warner Robbins, Ga., native hits an average of 2.29 threes a game which places him third in the SIAC. He averages 12.7 points per game and is shooting 44 percent from the field, 40 percent from behind the arc and 79 percent from the line. Taylor and Fluellen are two of Paine’s major factors. The duo has also helped Paine to lead the SIAC in field-goal percentage (49.5) and place second in three-point field-goal percentage (36.6). Libazs is majoring in international business at Paine. The Riga, Latvia native makes his way onto the All-Academic team for the Purple and White with a 3.53 GPA.
For additional information on all aspects of the Paine College Department of Athletics, please visit www.paineathletics.com or contact Kayla Thomas at 706-821-8438 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
| 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.
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 www.paineathletics.com or contact Kayla Thomas at 706-821-8438 or email@example.com
| 12/6/2013 05:06 AM
(Augusta, GA) – Dr. George C. Bradley and the Paine College Community mourns the death of human rights activist Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black President. Mandela died at his home in Johannesburg on December 5, 2013, at age 95.
Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, in Mveso, Transkei, South Africa. Becoming actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his 20s, Mandela joined the African National Congress in 1942. For 20 years, he directed a campaign of peaceful, non-violent defiance against the South African government and its racist policies.
In 1993, Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to dismantle the country's apartheid system. In 1994, Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa's first black president. In 2009, July 18th, was declared Mandela Day to promote global peace and celebrate the South African leader's legacy.
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Photo caption: Nelson Mandela, dies at the age of 95.
| 09/5/2013 10:34 AM
By Kayla Thomas, Sports Information Director
AUGUSTA, Ga. - After a 51-year hiatus from football, Lions fans and the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) will have the chance to witness Paine College football starting in October. The Paine College Athletics Department has announced that the team will play each of their four club games this season at nearby Lucy C. Laney Memorial Stadium.
“We are very thankful to the Richmond County Board of Education for working with Dr. Bradley and I to secure a home field for our young men to compete this season,” said athletics director Tim Duncan. “We are excited that our alumni, students and fans will truly be able to enjoy a first class facility like Laney Stadium and all that it has to offer.”
The 9,000-seat stadium opened in 2006 and is no stranger to competitive football as it serves as the home stadium for Lucy C. Laney High School and the Augusta City Classic. The Augusta City Classic annually hosts some of the most exciting - college football games in the area with teams like Morehouse, Savannah State, Benedict and Fort Valley State regularly taking the field for one of the nation’s many black college football classics. Laney Stadium also has a 70-locker home locker room, 60-locker visiting team locker room, two scoreboards, two ticket booths and press boxes for each team.
Coach Ruffin and his team have two games scheduled for October and two games scheduled for November. The games will follow an intensive month of training and preparation.
“There are four great games ahead of us this season,” stated head football coach Greg Ruffin. “These young men have been working hard and we are looking forward to bringing college football back to the area and once again hearing the Lions roar!”
The inaugural game of Paine’s new football era will be a battle of the Lions as the Paine College Lions face the Georgia Prep Academy Lions on Oct. 12. On Oct. 19, Paine will face the Atlanta Sports Academy Spartans. This game will be the culminating event of the College’s annual PaineFest as well as a Parents Weekend for the families of new and prospective students.
On Nov. 2, the Lions will take on the Gladiators from Orangeburg Tech. The 2013 season will close with a game against the Jireh Prep Warriors on Nov. 9. Kickoff times for each game have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Sept. 16.
Next season, Lions football will join the rest of Paine’s athletics teams as a proud member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and play a full schedule against conference opponents.
For additional information on all aspects of the Paine College Department of Athletics, please visit www.paineathletics.com or contact Kayla Thomas at 706-821-8438.
Paine Athletics is now on Facebook and Twitter. Visit www.facebook.com/PaineAthletics and www.twitter.com/PaineAthletics to get the latest news and notes on the Lions.
2013 PAINE COLLEGE CLUB FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
OCTOBER 12, 2013
GEORGIA PREP ACADEMY
OCTOBER 19, 2013
ATLANTA SPORTS ACADEMY
NOVEMBER 2, 2013
NOVEMBER 9, 2013
*All games will kick off at 2:00 PM and will be held at Lucy C. Laney Stadium.
Photo Caption: Paine College Department of Athletics logo.
| 02/22/2013 10:49 AM
Augusta, GA- The Paine College Department of Athletics will honor senior basketball players during Senior Day, Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the HEAL Complex. The game which matches the Tigers of Benedict College against the Paine College Lions will serve as the final home basketball game for the 2012-2013 season.
The game tips-off at 1PM, as the Lady Lions and Lady Tigers take to the court.
The seniors, Allen Young, Autis Gibson, Jared Moore, Kiara Farley, and Mario Jordan will be honored between the women’s and men’s game, and the Lions and Tigers will jump-ball immediately after the recognition.
“Our senior student-athletes will perform in the final home game of their collegiate careers, so we just want to offer a small token of our appreciation for all of their hard work on and off the court” said Tim Duncan, Director of Athletics.
Tickets for contest are $10.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors and youth, and Paine College students with valid I.D. free.
For more information on the 2012-13 Paine College Lions basketball campaign, visit www.paineathletics.com