| 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
| 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
| 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.
For more information on Paine College, please visit http://www.paine.edu or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or email@example.com.
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
| 10/3/2012 05:44 AM
(Augusta, GA) – Paine College will host singer, Janelle Monáe on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 1:3o p.m. at the Peters Campus Center. Monáe will appear to encourage voting among students for the 2012 presidential election in November.
Student groups at Paine have rallied together to celebrate “National Student Day, which is a day promoting student volunteerism and social responsibility through a variety of events. The Paine College Student Government Association, Wesley Fellowship, LIONS Activity Board and Greek organizations have hosted voter registration drives since August to ensure all students, faculty and staff exercise their rights in November. “Exercising our right to vote is extremely important,” said Keyla Connie, president of Wesley Fellowship. “We appreciate celebrities like Janelle Monáe lending her support towards events like this to uplift the importance of voting.”
About Janelle Monáe
Four decades of funk and soul explode as hot new singer, Monáe joins forces with Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley, pivotal members of James Brown’s band in the 1960s and 1970s. Janelle Monáe has been called a super-musical cross between James Brown, Judy Garland, Andre 3000 and Steve Jobs.
Monáe burst on the music scene in 2010 with her recording The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III), a concept album about a messianic figure in an android community. It received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album with the song "Tightrope" nominated for Best Urban/Alternative Performance. Last year, Monáe performed at the Grammy ceremony and this spring appeared at the White House – First Lady Michelle Obama is a fan and uses her music as part of her workout. A key member of her band is guitarist Kellindo Parker, nephew of legendary saxophonist Maceo Parker.
Monáe is set to perform at the Westobou Festival in Augusta on Oct. 4, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.
For more information contact, Natasha Carter, Director of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu.
Photo caption: Janelle Monáe
| 09/27/2012 06:51 AM
(Augusta, GA)- Paine College will host its annual PaineFest event, October 20, 2012 on the campus of Paine College from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The eagerly anticipated PaineFest is an annual community event that occurs during the month of October. PaineFest is designed to bring people together of all ages and backgrounds to engage in activities that connect the Paine College community with the broader community through its core values of excellence, appreciation of heritage, integrity, fiscal responsibility and service. This year’s theme is “Going from Good to Great in the Community”.
Last year, the event attracted more than 1,500 visitors. This year the College expects a much larger crowd. "The institution wants to go from good to great in the community. We want to be good neighbors,” said Brandon Brown, vice president of Institutional Advancement. “Events such as this allow us to share with the community the direction that Paine College is moving.”
All PaineFest events are designed for the CSRA community to enjoy. Admission is FREE and open to the public. The College has teamed up with several churches, schools and community groups to plan events that will be fun and enlightening. The community is invited the to register for the Stage Performances, which will feature performances from aspiring dancers, singers, and choirs. Local cooks and restaurants can register and compete in Bubba’s Great BBQ Cook-Off Competition.
Everyone is encouraged to bring their families to enjoy the free festivities.
Children can look forward to the Children’s Art Village, which will include face-painting, arts and crafts, sing-a-longs, inflatable and much more. Adults can enjoy food court, vendors’ court, art exhibition and book signings by Georgia and South Carolina Authors.
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE PAINE COLLEGE CAMPUS.
Please visit www.paine.edu/PAINEFEST for additional information.
To register for the Great BBQ Cook-Off, Stage Performances or to become a vendor call (706) 821-8322. For more information, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu.
Download the PaineFest 2012 event schedule here.
| 09/18/2012 07:46 AM
(Augusta, GA) – Famed Artist, Lonnie Holley will appear at Paine College for a lecture, performance and sculpture unveiling. Paine College is excited to receive Holley, as keynote speaker of the “Assembly on the Arts”, Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.
Westobou Festival is pleased to announce the reception and dedication of work by Holley on Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at Collins-Callaway Library followed by a 5:00p.m. performance in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel at Paine College.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Holley has been working on several projects in the Atlanta area, including a recently installed sculpture for the Beltline entitled "Hands Along the Rail" and a record to be released this winter under the Dust-to-Digital label.
Holley’s artwork provides the viewer with a contemporary link to the traditional art-making of Southern African-Americans. His sculpture, in particular, emerges out of the found-object tradition, the practice of re-working everyday materials or cast-offs into metaphorical messages, silently shared amongst members of the community. Holley’s works are witnesses to the complex social history of the South, telling the stories of individual lives, including his own, that would otherwise be lost to indifference.
Holley’s work is in the permanent collections of the High Museum of Art, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Milwaukee Art Museum, and many others.
All events are FREE and open to the public.
This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Souls Grown Deep Foundation. For more information, please contact the Westobou Festival, www.westoboufestival.com, 706-755-2878 or Natasha Carter, Director of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu.
Photo caption: Lonnie Holley