Paine College Alumnus and Vice President Selected Podium Tracker for Democratic National Convention in Charlotte

Posted by ncarter | 09/3/2012 07:29 AM

Story by Helene Carter

(AUGUSTA, GA) – Today, Paine College officials announced that one of their own, Brandon P. Brown, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, was selected to serve on the Podium Tracking Team for the Democratic National Convention that will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Podium Tracking Team is responsible for organizing the podium speakers such as elected officials, delegates, special guests and those who are members of President Obama’s administration. In his role, Brown will coordinate with the Convention staff to organize and track the schedules, logistics, rehearsals and appearances for speakers. 

The political front is Brown’s comfort zone. He served as the South Carolina State Deputy Political Director for Senator Joe Biden’s Presidential Campaign in 2006. Senator Biden would go on to become Vice President of the United States in President Barack Obama’s administration. It is through this relationship with VP Biden and his staff that facilitated Brown’s position at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. 

“It is an honor to have been selected to work in this capacity,” commented Brown. “I consider it a privilege to serve my country and engage in the democratic political process.” 

The South Carolina native has a long list of accomplishments to his credit. Of note, he became the first African-American candidate for U.S. Congress (age 28) in the Fourth Congressional District and won the Democratic nomination. 

He leads the fundraising engine at Paine College and is responsible for raising the $14 million that will help to construct the new Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex and increase the Institution’s endowment. It is only natural that he would be appointed to lead the Governmental Relations initiatives at Paine College that has led to the increase in federal and state funding. 

The servant leader is married to Kimberly Scott Brown, WJBF-TV News Anchor. Brown, having served on the frontlines of many social justice issues, continues to be rooted in community service while serving in numerous civic organizations. 

Standing on the enormous stage with images of Mount Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty on a 38 ft x 36 ft screen in the rear of him, Brown looks out at the 15,000 seat arena and commented, “I’m committed to moving the political process that is critical to the success of our democratic government and way of life.” 

For more information on Paine College, please visit: http://www.paine.edu/ 

Or contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591, (706) 821-8322 or Ncarter@paine.edu

 

Paine Biology Students Conduct Bioremediation Research

Posted by ncarter | 08/28/2012 07:52 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Paine College undergraduate students are conducting important bioremediation research needed by the Department Of Energy to safely clean up the environmental legacy left behind by decades of nuclear weapons development.

Research objectives focus on the reduction of Chromium VI from water and soil samples through the use of algae and bacteria. This project also teaches student researchers best practices in research protocol and allows them the opportunity to work with cutting edge scientific instrumentation. Just a few of the scientific endeavors being pursued by biology students at Paine College under this program include, conducting research on Bacterial Transport Through Unconsolidated Packed Columns, developing a Logistic Equation Using Microbiological Parameters, and the execution of several experiments on the Bioremediation of Hexavalent Chromium from sand and soil.

The research is funded by a grant from the Department of Energy- Office of Environmental Management. The student research assistants Shanquette Chance, Brittney Fonntenot and Priyanka Yarlagadda are working with multidisciplinary faculty mentors: Dr. C. R. Nair, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Physics & Environmental Sciences, Dr. B. Mohanty, Associate Professor of Biology and Dr. C. P. Abubucker, Associate Professor of Mathematics & Computer Science.  The student researchers have presented research at seven national and regional conferences during the 2011-2012 school year.

The Department of Mathematics, Sciences & Technology has acquired the state of the art research equipment through the grant. This equipment includes Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometer (ICPOES- ARCOS), Shimadzu UV VIS Spectrophotometer, Spectrofluorimeter, Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry system, and High Performance Liquid Chromatography systems.

"These high- tech instrumentations have significantly strengthened the research infrastructure of Paine College and will attract students and faculty to Paine from all over the world," Nair said.

STEM faculty and students are excited about this development. More than 40 students have been trained via SPECTRO Campus e-learning system along with ICP demonstration and certified in OES fundamentals. Six students received training Smart Analyzer Vision software application.

Currently the research instruments are housed in teaching laboratories and will eventually be housed in the new upcoming Core STEM Research facility. The facility will serve as a focal point to build a Center of Excellence for Environmental Research at Paine College. 

For information contact the Office of Communications at (706) 396-7591, (706) 821-8233 or Ncarter@paine.edu

Photo caption:Dr. C. R. Nair and student working together to set-up the GC/MS system for trace Organics.

To view more research photos, visit the link : https://picasaweb.google.com/painecollege/PaineCollegeBioremediationResearch

 

Paine Awarded HBCU-UP Research Initiative Grant

Posted by ncarter | 08/28/2012 07:41 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Paine College received the HBCU-UP Research Initiative Award sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Lixin Wang, assistant professor of computer science in the Department of Mathematics, Sciences and Technology serves as the principal investigator for the project titled: HBCU-UP RIA: Analytical Studies of Multihop Wireless Networks with the Log-normal Shadowing Model.

This is a two-year project funded for $162,262 by the National Science Foundation.  Wang will mentor undergraduate student researchers on this unique and prestigious research project. This project is to help further the Wang’s research capability and effectiveness, to improve research and education in computer science at the Paine College, and to involve undergraduate students in research experiences.

Wang is also the Co-principal investigator of the Minority Science Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.  He has been an assistant professor of computer science in the Department of Mathematics, Sciences and Technology at Paine College for two years.  

About Dr. Wang:
Dr. Wang holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology, M.S. in Computer Science from University of Houston – Clear Lake, M.S. in Applied Math from University of Houston, M.S. in Math from Fudan University, Shanghai, China, and B.S. in Math from Hunan Normal University, Hunan, China. His research interests include Wireless Networking, and Algorithm Design and Analysis. Dr. Wang has published papers in leading computer science journals such as IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and Discrete Mathematics, Algorithms and Applications. He also published a number of papers on top computer science conferences such as IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE ICDCS, IEEE MASS and ACM MOBIHOC.

For information contact the Office of Communications at (706) 396-7591, (706) 821-8233 or Ncarter@paine.edu

Photo caption:  Dr. Lixin Wang

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Paine College to hold annual Fall Convocation | Wednesday, August 15th

Posted by ncarter | 08/13/2012 11:44 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Paine College Opening Fall Convocation will be held on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.  Dr. George C. Bradley will serve as the keynote for this occasion.  This event will welcome new and returning faculty, staff and students to the Paine College Community. This event is open to alumni.

Dr. Bradley is 14th President of Paine College in Augusta, Georgia. He has laid the foundation for the growth of the institution through a twenty-five year master plan that has already had an economic impact on the Augusta community.


He is a graduate of South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC where he received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. He earned a doctorate in Higher Education with a cognate in Statistical Research and Evaluation from Iowa State University. Dr. Bradley has received alumni achievement awards from both of his alma maters. He also studied at Harvard University through the Institute for Educational Management. A scholar of the people, Dr. Bradley co-founded the South Carolina Institute for Research in Education (SCIRE). This institute sponsored research on educational issues that impact African American communities in South Carolina. He is a regular contributor to the periodic publication entitled the State of Black South Carolina published by the Columbia Urban League. He has published and presented extensively in the areas of statistical analysis, program development and interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge.

Dr. Bradley is active in a variety of civic and social organizations to include Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi Boulé and Rotary International. He contributes to the greater community as a member of several boards to include the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Board of the Augusta Symphony. The South Carolina Legislature recognized Dr. Bradley for his commitment as a teacher, administrator, author, and researcher in the field of education for more than two decades with a Lifetime of Service concurrent resolution.

For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591 or 678.215.8576 or Ncarter@paine.edu.


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Paine College Student Receives National McDonald's Scholarship

Posted by ncarter | 08/8/2012 12:19 PM

(Augusta, GA) - Arthur Williams, a senior, business major with a marketing concentration from Atlanta, Ga. is a 2012 recipient of The National Black McDonald's Operators Association scholarship. Dr. Christine Crawford, director of operations/owner of seven McDonald's franchises presented Williams with the scholarship at reception held at the 1831 Georgia Avenue location in North Augusta, SC on Tuesday.

Williams is the first employee from any of Crawford's franchises to be awarded the $1,000 scholarship.

"This scholarship will be really helpful towards my collegiate education," he said. Williams is a full-time student, full-time employee and a commuter student.

Crawford attests to his hard working character and business prowess.

"Arthur is great. He's very much a gentleman and a scholar," said Crawford. "He started with us in February 2010 and within six months he was promoted to the position of shift manager."

Williams is actively involved at Paine College as a member of the Marketing Club, Business Club, Rotaract Club, International Students Association and Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE). He aspires to one day become an entertainment lawyer.

His experience at McDonald’s and knowledge acquisition from Paine has come full circle.

"As a business major, I'm able to apply what I learn at Paine to the work I perform here at McDonald's," Williams said.

Williams is preparing for his final semester at Paine College.

About the National Black McDonald's Operators Association
The National Black McDonald's Operators Association (NBMOA) is a self-help organization, established for the purpose of working together for the improvement and betterment of each and every African American McDonald's franchise owner, supplier, and African American society as a whole. It is the largest and most successful organization for African American franchisees in the country. Today, members of the NBMOA own nearly 1,300 McDonald’s restaurants throughout the United States, South Africa and the Caribbean with annual sales of membership exceeding $3 billion.

For more information about the National Black McDonald's Operators Association (NBMOA) visit http://www.nbmoa.org.

For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591 or 678.215.8576 or Ncarter@paine.edu.


Photo caption: From Left to Right: Delores Crawford, Arthur Williams and Christine Crawford

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The ADP STEM Scholars Partnership Named a Finalist in the First Annual S.T.E.M. Education Awards

Posted by ncarter | 08/7/2012 03:41 AM

Awards recognize excellence in promoting science, technology, engineering and math education in Georgia

AUGUSTA, GA- The Automatic Data Processing (ADP) STEM Scholars Partnership with Augusta Technical College, Augusta State University, and Paine College has been named a finalist in the first annual S.T.E.M. Education Awards. These awards were created by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) to recognize and celebrate schools, extracurricular programs, public-private partnerships, science agencies and post-secondary education outreach programs for outstanding efforts and achievement in supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering, and math education in Georgia.

“We applaud ADP for its extraordinary efforts to bolster awareness about the importance of STEM and for their hard work to increase student participation in science, technology, engineering and math programs,” said Michael Robertson, director of TAG-Ed. “Georgia will need to fill some 211,000 STEM-related jobs by 2018, so we are pleased to showcase the great schools, programs and organizations that are helping to develop a strong future workforce for our state.”

ADP STEM Scholars Partnership in Augusta was named a finalist in the Public Private Partnership Category for ADP’s support of STEM education at three diverse colleges in Augusta, GA. It brought together a technical college, a liberal arts university and a historically black college.

“We, Augusta Technical College, Augusta State University, and Paine College, are thrilled to have our partnership with ADP recognized statewide. We are extremely grateful for the support of STEM education at our institutions by ADP, and to have them recognized by TAG is an honor for both ADP and our respective colleges,” said Beverly Peltier, Director of Institutional Advancement at Augusta Technical College.

"This partnership between Augusta area colleges is special," said Dr. George C. Bradley, president of Paine College. "We knew it when we entered the agreement and it has proved to be a worthy partnership based on the scholars we've produced. Now, external entities are recognizing that."

Winners will be announced during a special, half-day event on September 14 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. To learn more, visit: http://bit.ly/STEMAwards.

About ADP
Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADP), with more than $10 billion in revenues and approximately 600,000 clients, is one of the world's largest providers of business outsourcing solutions. Leveraging over 60 years of experience, ADP offers a wide range of human resource, payroll, tax and benefits administration solutions from a single source. ADP's easy-to-use solutions for employers provide superior value to companies of all types and sizes. ADP is also a leading provider of integrated computing solutions to auto, truck, motorcycle, marine, recreational vehicle, and heavy equipment dealers throughout the world. For more information about ADP or to contact a local ADP sales office, reach us at 1.800.225.5237 or visit the company's website at www.ADP.com.

About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 17,800 members and hosting over 200 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 31 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, influence and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides members with access to networking and educational programs; recognizes and promotes Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive. For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org or TAG’s community website at www.TAGthink.com. To learn about the TAG-Ed Collaborative visit http://www.tagedonline.org/.

Photo caption: Paine College ADP Scholars at 2012 Commencement Convocation in May. (Left to Right): Stephanie Golden, Tiffany Fowler, Keldra Isaac, Natasha Rudd and Brittany Jackson

For more information, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706-396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu


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Kisha Lucette, '07 Takes Over Paine Volleyball Program

Posted by ncarter | 08/2/2012 10:29 AM

Augusta, GA- Kisha Lucette, '07 has been named Head Women’s Volleyball Coach at Paine College.

Lucette will take over the reins from Selina B. Kohn, who held the position of head volleyball coach for 14 years before moving solely into administration. Kohn will remain a member of the Department of Athletics staff as associate director of athletics and senior woman administration.

“I am excited about the opportunity to take over the volleyball program at my alma mater,” Lucette said. “It really means a lot to me that I can pick up where my coach, (Coach Kohn) left off, and continue to build and maintain a winning program.”

Lucette started her coaching career at Paine College in October 2007.  She has served as assistant softball coach, head women’s track & field coach, and currently serves as assistant women’s basketball coach.

“Kisha is the most decorated volleyball players in College's history and, she has consistently been a mentor to former and current volleyball student-athletes by offering them her unique perspective,” Kohn said.  “We have the utmost confidence in her abilities as a coach and are excited to enter the next chapter of Paine College volleyball under her leadership.”

As a student athlete, she excelled in both volleyball and basketball. She was a four-year starter for the Lady Lions volleyball team and received Southern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (SIAC) All-Conference and national awards through NCAA Division II. Her most impressive being the retirement of not only her volleyball jersey, but also her basketball jersey in 2006. The retirements made her the first and only female student-athlete in Paine College history to have two jerseys retired and one of three student-athletes to ever be bestowed this honor.

Lucette’s ascension to head volleyball coach is a natural progression in her career, touted Director of Athletics, Tim Duncan. "In her previous roles, she has demonstrated her skill set as a recruiter and in-game tactician. We are thrilled that we can have one of Paine College’s own now leading the program."

The 2012-2013 Volleyball season starts September.

For more information, contact Kimberly May, Sports Information Director at 706-821-8379 or Kmay@paine.edu.  Visit www.paineathletics.com for Paine College Sports updates!

Annual tournament has helped Paine College's golf program

Posted by ncarter | 07/24/2012 22:06 PM

By: David Westin

The Paine College Golf Tour­nament started in September 2009 in response to a travel fiasco.

The golf team had qualified for the PGA Mi­nority Collegiate Golf Champ­ionship and was ready to go, then found out at the last minute that there wasn’t enough money in the budget to cover expenses. The team stayed home.

Thanks to the Paine tournament, that problem was quickly solved. Plus, the money raised the past three years has helped turn around the program.

Proceeds from the tournament – $71,000 so far, according to the college – go to the golf program. That money played a role in the Lions’ first Southern Inter­collegiate Athletic Con­fer­ence golf title last season and their sixth-place finish in the Division II portion of the PGA Minor­ity Collegiate Golf Champ­ionship.

The fourth edition of the Paine College Golf Tour­nament will be Aug. 27 at Gordon Lakes Golf Course.

“The tournament has been phenomenal,” said second-year golf coach Herman Belton. “It’s awesome to have a community rally behind the institution and the golf program.”

Augusta native Jim Dent, a 12-time winner on the Champ­ions Tour, got behind the tournament immediately.

He didn’t hesitate when asked whether he would be the honorary chairman. He has filled that role every year and has said he will do so as long as he’s able.

The money raised from the tournament has been used in three ways, according to Paine athletic director Tim Duncan. It has gone to travel so Paine can improve its schedule, to scholarships and to team apparel.

“But we’re not limiting ourselves to those three,” Duncan said.

The scholarship money allowed Paine to offer 3.07 golf scholarships for the 2012-13 season as opposed to the 1.82 it offered in 2010-11 and 2011-12. The scholarship max for an NCAA Division II program is 3.6.

The bright future of the program helped Paine land Carlos Solis a year ago. As a freshman, Solis earned SIAC player of the year, freshman of the year and MVP honors as Paine won the SIAC Tournament.

He’ll be joined this year by incoming freshman Jerrell Hubbard, from Westover High in Albany, Ga., who won the Region 1-AAA title last season.

“That money helped me recruit a player like Jerrell Hubbard,” Belton said.

“To add a player the caliber of Jerrell Hubbard, that’s tremendous,” Duncan said. “In Division II, it’s extremely competitive because it’s about scholarship dollars. Through the money raised in this tournament, it has helped us be in the same ballpark with other schools.”

There are still spots open for this year’s tournament, which is expected to raise more money than the previous three.

After a successful three-year run at the 18-hole Jones Creek Golf Club in Evans, the tournament has moved to Gordon Lakes. Because the course on Fort Gordon has 27 holes, the field can be expanded from 160 to 200 players.

“Jones Creek was the course that opened its doors to allow us to come in,” said Kenny Larry, the tournament chairman. “They are really responsible for our golf tournament growing the way it has.”

For more information, call (706) 821-8233.

Story courtesy of David Westin and The Augusta Chronicle.

 

Paine College to host 4th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit Men’s Golf Team

Posted by ncarter | 07/21/2012 16:10 PM

(Augusta, GA) –Paine College invites golfers to the 4th Annual Paine College Golf Tournament on Monday, August 27, 2012 at Gordon Lakes Golf Club in Ft. Gordon, Georgia. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and shotgun start time is 11:00 a.m. The registration fee for the tournament is $125 per individual and $375 per team. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, green fee, golf cart, brunch sponsored by Chick-Fil-A (North Augusta, SC), beverages and 19th Hole Awards Reception sponsored by Outback Steakhouse. 

Since its inception, the tournament committee has raised more than $71,000 to benefit Paine College golf program and scholarships. The generous contributions assisted with the Paine College Men’s Golf team’s first Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Golf Championship. 

“This tournament will continue to be successful,” said Jim Dent, senior PGA golfer and honorary tournament chair. “The golf team’s first SIAC championship could not have been achieved without the support of the College, community and golf tournament sponsors.”

All guests and golfers will have a chance to meet members of the Paine College Men’s Golf Team and golf coach at the 19th Hole Awards Dinner.  "The support of the CSRA community from year to year is outstanding," said Herman Belton, head golf coach. "My team and I appreciate everything and they play harder because they know the College and the community is backing them 100 percent."

This year’s sponsors include exclusive television media partner -WJBF News Channel 6, exclusive radio partner Perry Broadcasting of Augusta, Phoenix Printing, Augusta Coca-Cola Bottling, Jim Hudson Lexus, Outback Steakhouse, Chick-Fil-A, Gordon Lakes Golf Club and African American Golfer’s Digest.  

TOURNAMENT DETAILS

Tournament Format

• Threesome Lauderdale Play – Captains Choice (A, B and C flights –1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes awarded in each flight)

Tournament Event Schedule: Monday, August 27, 2012

8:30 - 10:30 AM - Registration

10:00 AM – Brunch sponsored by Chick-Fil-A

11:00 AM - Shotgun Start

5:00PM – 19th Hole Awards Dinner sponsored by Outback Steakhouse

For more information about the tournament or Paine College Golf Program visit www.paineathletics.com/GOLF 

For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591 or 678.215.8576 or Ncarter@paine.edu.

Photo caption: Paine College Golf Tournament Logo

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Paine College offers FREE Summer Chemistry Course for Middle and High School Students

Posted by ncarter | 06/5/2012 06:37 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA)-- Dr. Sardar Yousufzai, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Physics & Environmental Sciences will offer a free six-week chemistry course for middle and high students starting June 19- July 31, 2012.  The free six-week, one -hour course will cover the basic concept of Chemistry through instruction and demonstration.  The objective is to prepare students with basic knowledge for science courses. The course will take place on the Paine College campus in Mary Helm Hall, room 207. Students will meet Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

Yousufzai introduced the summer course in 2009. It was well received by students in the community.  This is first time that any professor in the Department of Mathematics, Sciences & Technology formerly the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics has offered a program like this.

“It is something I wanted to do in order to help youth prepare for chemistry in middle and high school,” Yousufzai said. It is my hope that the youth learn science at an early stage to do better in future.”

Yousufzai’s educational background consists of a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (1967; Agra University India), a Masters of Science in Microbiology (major) and Organic Chemistry (minor) in 1971 (Panthnagar University, India), a Masters of Philosophy in Biochemistry (1975; Aligarh University, India) and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry (1978; Aligar University, India).

His research experience includes serving as a Post-Doctoral Fellow (Department of Physiology and Department of Nutrition, University of Wisconsin, 1978-1982), a Research Assistant Scientist (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Medical College of Georgia, 1982-1990), and an Assistant Professor (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Medical College of Georgia, 1991-2000).

Space is limited. Dr. Yousufzai is now accepting students. To enroll, please call (706) 860-8992 or Syousufzai@paine.edu.


Photo caption: Dr. Yousufzai giving demonstration in Free Summer Chemistry Course 2011.

Click here to view photos from Free Chemistry Course 2011
https://picasaweb.google.com/107457693032871903091/DrYousafzaiSChemistryCourse71911

For more information contact, the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or (706) 821-8322.