Veronica A. Reese, '94 finalist for Dougherty County Teacher of the Year

Posted by ncarter | 05/7/2012 05:09 AM

(Albany, GA) -- Veronica Reese enjoys coming to work each morning and greeting her children.

"I enjoy spending time with my children. I spend more time with them than they do with their parents," Reese, the Sherwood Acres Elementary teacher of the year, said. "I think all of my students are happy to come to school, and I know I am happy to see them."

Reese, an educator with 13 years of experience, has spent the last five years as a kindergarten teacher at Sherwood. She is one of eight nominees for the Dougherty County School System's 2012 teacher of the year, who will be named at a banquet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Live Oak Elementary School.

"As a teacher, I have the opportunity to influence students in a positive way, helping them experience education in a positive way." Reese said. "If I influence one child, I influence the entire community."

She said her selection as the school's teacher of the year was a surprise.

"This feels great. It is quite an honor because we have so many great teachers here," Reese said. "It was a real surprise. Any teacher here could have been selected.

Reese holds a B.S. in early childhood education from Paine College and an M.Ed in curriculum instruction from Leslie University. She also holds a Ed.S in administrative supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.

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Paine College Student Lands HBCU BUZZ, Inc. Position

Posted by ncarter | 05/2/2012 08:18 AM

By L. Suggs

(AUGUSTA, GA) -- Paine College student Tekeya Peterson recently landed a position as a campus Senator for HBCU Buzz, Inc.  

Peterson is a junior majoring in Media Studies.  The Sarasota, Florida native is involved in numerous campus organizations and clubs, to include Paine College Communications Association, Paine College Concert Choir, Wesley Fellowship, Residence Hall Association President and a hosts of other campus organizations.  

“It brings me great joy and pride to represent Paine College and expose my institution to the greater world,” Peterson said. “This is a great opportunity and platform for me to share the achievements of students, faculty, staff and alumni at Paine College.” 

The HBCU Buzz provides the public with news relevant to HBCU campuses ranging from sports to politics. HBCU Buzz captures all news from the perspective of current HBCU students and several journalists heavily involved in the African American community. HBCU Buzz is committed to promoting HBCU pride and unity in order to enhance the black college experience and uplift the perception of all black colleges.

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Paine College Wins 2012 SIAC Golf Classic

Posted by ncarter | 04/25/2012 04:50 AM

Augusta, GA— The Paine College Lions won the 2012 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Golf Classic after a strong finish in the final round on Tuesday at the Jones Creek Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

Down three strokes to defending champion Morehouse College coming into today, the Lions shot a team score of 340 for a two-day total of 678 to capture the title. Leading the way for Paine were freshmen Carlos Solis and Victor Tapia, who shot the two best scores of the tournament at 155 and 156 respectively. For his efforts, Solis was named SIAC Player of the Year, SIAC Freshman of the Year, and Tournament MVP as well as being named, along with teammate Tapia, to the All-SIAC first team and the All-Tournament team.

Finishing second with a team score of 683 was Benedict College. The Tigers shot a team-low score of 335 in the final round to secure a second place finish. Jordan Buchanan led the way for Benedict with a two-day score of 166 and was named to the All-SIAC first team as well as the All-Tournament team after finishing in the top five. Tiger trio Anthony Wik, Eddie Smith III, and Kelly Willis also finished in the top 10 at the classic to earn All-SIAC second team honors.

First round leader Morehouse College took home third place at this year’s classic after shooting a 355 in the final round to finish with a team score of 690. The Maroon Tigers were led by Bryan McElderry, who shot a 159 to earn All-SIAC first team and All-Tournament team honors, and Justin McElderry, who shot a 174 and was named to the All-SIAC second team.

Other top ten finishers include Patrick Mobley of Paine College (175, 7th) and George Dundon of Kentucky State University (176, t-8).


2012 SIAC Golf All-Conference Team


First Team

Carlos Solis, Paine College

Victor Tapia, Paine College

Bryan McElderry, Morehouse College

Jordan Buchanan, Benedict College

Eddie Smith III, Benedict College


Second Team

Justin McElderry, Morehouse College

Patrick Mobley, Paine College

Anthony Wik, Benedict College

George Dundon, Kentucky State University

Kelly Willis, Benedict College


Player of the Year: Carlos Solis, Paine College

Freshman of the Year: Carlos Solis, Paine College

Coach of the Year: Herman Belton, Paine College


All-Tournament Team

Carlos Solis, Paine College (155)

Victor Tapia, Paine College (156)

Bryan McElderry, Morehouse College (159)

Jordan Buchanan, Benedict College (166)

Eddie Smith III, Benedict College (168)


Tournament MVP: Carlos Solis, Paine College

2012 Champions: Paine College

Runner-Up: Benedict College

Third Place: Morehouse College


2012 SIAC Golf All-Academic Team

Anthony Wik,Junior Business Administration from Benedict College (GPA 3.58)  

Jordan Scott, Sophomore Sports Management major from Benedict College (GPA 3.13)

Jordan Buchanan,Sophomore Social Work major from Benedict College (GPA 3.33)

Malcolm Parrish,Junior Business Administration major from Morehouse College (GPA 3.95 )     

Bruce Cousin, Sophomore Physics major from Morehous College (GPA 3.26)


All-Academic Team Award: Morehouse College, 3.40


Final Team Scores

1.Paine College (678)

2.Benedict College (683)

3.Morehouse College (690)

4.Kentucky State University (726)

5.LeMoyne-Owen College (784)


Final Individual Scores

1.Carlos Solis (PC) 155

2.Victor Tapia (PC) 156

3.Bryan McElderry (MHC) 159

4.Jordan Buchanan (BC) 166

5.Eddie Smith III (BC) 168

6.Justin McElderry (MHC)174

7.Patrick Mobley (PC) 175

t-8. Anthony Wik (BC) 176
t-8. George Dundon (KSU) 176
10.  Kelly Willis (BC) 177

t-11. Robert Johnson (BC) 178

t-11. Alexander Atkinson (MHC) 178

13. Clifton Jordan (MHC) 179

14.  Ralph Godbee (PC) 182

15. Rashawn Johnson (KSU) 184

16. Justin Tate (LOC) 185

17. Julian Jeter Davis (KSU) 187

18.  Josh Jackson (KSU) 188

19.  Daniel Neely (KSU) 192

20. Herman Boddy (LOC) 194

21.  Brandon Henderson (LOC) 203

22. Tracy Wood (LOC) 212

23. Keith Godbee (PC) 213



National Commission Taps Paine’s Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs for Expertise

Posted by ncarter | 03/21/2012 05:06 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) – The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the organization that unifies the accreditation process for colleges and universities who prepare individuals who want to work in Pre-K through 12th grade environments.  CAEP's Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting is a high profile, broad based group of educators who will develop high standards that will bring greater rigor to education preparation, while fostering innovation and continuous improvement in programs that produce teachers and other education professionals.

Dr. Tina Marshall-Bradley, associate vice president of Academic Affairs was selected to serve as a member of this commission because of her leadership roles on the Unit Accreditation Board's Standards Committee, as chairperson of the new International Committee, and her prior membership on NCATE's Blue Ribbon Panel on Clinical Experience.

"If this country is going to compete in a global environment it is imperative to build a world class system for educating all students.  CAEP's Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting will be an opportunity to set standards to prepare professionals who will ensure that all students learn," said Marshall-Bradley.

The Commission includes prominent critics of teacher education, as well as deans of schools of education; content experts in mathematics and reading; P-12 teacher, principal, and school superintendent leadership; alternative provider/charter leadership; state policymakers; representatives of education policy/advocacy organizations; and public members.

The Commission is taking the recommendations of a Blue Ribbon Panel on Clinical Preparation and Partnerships for Improved Student Learning to the next level. The Panel’s report, released a year ago, said it was time to “turn teacher education upside-down.” That Panel urged increased oversight and expectations for educator preparation and the expansion of new delivery models in which teacher candidates work more directly in clinically based settings from the beginning of their preparation as in medical education. The panel also called for preparation programs to operate in new types of partnerships between higher education and P-12 schools in which both systems share responsibility for preparation.

“To attain or to continue professional accreditation, preparation providers will need to indicate evidence of effectiveness through data on candidate performance, and show how they are using the data for program improvement,” said James G. Cibulka, president of NCATE and CAEP.

For more information, see CAEP Updates at or You can also visit and

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, to become operational in 2013, will accredit over 900 teacher education institutions across the nation, producing approximately 175,000 graduates annually.     

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Paine College to Participate in 2012 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

Posted by ncarter | 03/20/2012 05:15 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) – The Paine College students are set to compete in the Los Angeles Area for Grants and glory Against 250 students from 48 of the nation’s HBCU’s at the 2012 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge.  Across the nation, students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities are making final preparations to vie for grants and glory at the nation’s only HBCU academic competition – the 2012 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) (  The two-day competition, scheduled to take place March 30-April 2 in Torrance, CA, will test students’ knowledge of history, science, literature, religion, the arts, social science, and popular culture.  The competition will give students the opportunity to win more than $300,000 in institutional grants awarded annually by Honda, as well as battle for bragging rights as the nation’s top academic HBCU. 

“We are elated to have yet another opportunity to take part in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge”, said Dr. George C. Bradley, president of Paine College, “We at Paine College are grateful of the Honda Motor Company’s recognition of the bright minds at our nation’s HBCU institutions.  I am a firm advocate for the advancement of knowledge, and with this event, the nation can agree that Honda shares the same vision.”

Paine College’s Honda Team did not attend the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge in 2011, but in 2009, they not only qualified for the National Tournament, they made it to the Sweet Sixteen Round, while the team captain, Eric Stephens was selected as a Honda All-Star, out scoring all the players in their division.

“Paine’s HCASC Club is a group of gifted, intelligent, and talented students from Paine College who are dedicated to building a nationally recognized HCASC team and establishing a winning tradition for years to come.” Dr. Andre Key, Paine College Honda All-Star Team Coach.

The 250 HCASC student competitors from 48 HBCUs, or “Great 48,” heading to Torrance to compete in the 2012 games, hail from HBCUs located in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, South Carolina, Delaware, Florida, Tennessee, Louisiana, New York, Kentucky, Missouri, Maryland, Oklahoma, Virginia, Texas, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. 

The competitors will be split into eight divisions and will compete in a modified round robin-format.  The top two teams from each division will advance to the “Sweet 16” and compete in a single elimination playoff.  The final two teams that emerge from the playoffs will battle for the title of National Champions and the grand prize of $50,000.

The 23rd annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge will take place this year at the corporate headquarters of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in Torrance, CA.  Moving from its previous location in Orlando, Fla. this will be the first time the event is held in the Los Angeles area on the campus of Honda, the event’s sole corporate sponsor.  Honda hopes to introduce students to many career opportunities available in the automotive industry.

HCASC is one of Honda’s largest and longest running philanthropic initiatives in the United States.  Throughout its 22-year tenure, the program has touched over 50,000 students and awarded more than $6 million in grants.  In addition to providing students a venue for friendly competition, the program encourages relationship building, intellectual excellence, and the development of values that define good character. 

Artis Collins, the team captain, stated, “I have great expectations for this year’s team.  We have stood strong and faced adversity in the past and I know we will do the same again.”

Paine College has a total of 12 students in the Honda Club.  Out of those twelve, four have been selected to compete in the 2012 HCASC.
They are:
1. Alberto Argumedo – Sophomore, Presidential Scholar, Math Major, 1st year Player
2. Adisa Ambrose – Freshmen, Biology Major, 1st year Player
3. Artis Collins III  - Senior, English Major, 3rd year Player
4.  Fatima Ojeda-Rojas – Freshman, Presidential Scholar, Management Information Systems Major, 1st year Player

“In 1989, the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge was created to highlight the great minds and talent present at our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” said Steve Morikawa, Assistant Vice President of Corporate Community Relations at American Honda Motor Company, Inc.  “Today, 23 years later, we at Honda are proud to still be a part of HCASC as it continues to exemplify HBCUs’ academic excellence, enrich our nations’ youth m and invest in one of the country’s largest pipelines for professional, artistic, and academic talent.  We hope that by hosting the students on the campus of our national headquarters we can expose and hopefully inspire them to consider a career in the automotive industry.”

More Information
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HCASC Electronic Media Kit:
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HCASC on Twitter:!/hcasc

Photo Caption
Front row: Derric Miller, Fatima Rojas, Sherita Walker and Sharifah Williams.
Back Row: Uzetta Gresham, Dr. Andre Key, Alberto Argumedo, Adisa Ambrose, Matthew Crawford; Not pictured, Artis Collins (team captain), Ryan Davis, and Winfield Odom.

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Paine welcomes Olympic Gold Medalist Latasha Clark as Head Track & Field Coach

Posted by ncarter | 03/13/2012 07:40 AM

(Augusta, GA)- Latasha Colander Clark joins the Paine College Athletic staff as head coach for men’s & women’s track and field and women & men’s cross country, Director of Athletics Tim Duncan announced.  Clark, who earned an Olympic gold medal and was part of a world-record relay team, comes to Paine from Mount Olive College in Mount Olive, North Carolina, where she was assistant men and women’s track and field coach.

“I would like to thank the Paine College Administration for this opportunity to serve as head coach for the track and field and cross country programs,” stated Clark.  “I see great potential for a competitive track and field program here at Paine College.  I look forward to meeting and working with the local high school coaches, as well as the Lion student-athletes, faculty, staff, alumni and the residents of the greater Central Savannah River Area to make Paine College track and field the best it can be.”

“We are extremely proud to have Coach Clark lead our track and field and cross country programs”, said Duncan.  “After conducting an extensive national search that included over 100 applicants for the position, Coach Clark’s experience, work ethic and passion for helping student-athletes achieve on and off the track made her the obvious choice to lead the Lion running programs.  We are certainly fortunate to add her, Kris and their children to the Paine College community.”    

Clark anchored the USA 4x400 meter relay team, which took home the gold medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. In addition, she competed in the 400 meters at the 2000 Olympics after winning the U.S. Olympic Trials in the event. In 2004, Clark won the 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

In 2000, Clark ran the second leg of the 4x200 meter relay team at USA vs. The World at the Penn Relays. Her relay team set a world record with a time of 1:27.46. In 2001, Clark won the 100 meters at the USA Outdoor Championship. In 2005, she qualified to be a part of Team USA for the World Outdoor Championships in Helsinki, Finland, where she made it to the 200-meter finals, placing fifth.

In 2006, Clark retired as a professional athlete.  Originally from Virginia, Clark is a graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Mass Communications.  As a student, she was a member of the track team, and she received the MVP award three times, and was an 18 time All-American.  After graduating, Clark signed as a Professional Track & Field Athlete with NIKE in 1999.

Clark is a member of the Virginia Hall of Fame Hall of Stars and the UNC Hall of Fame. Clark established the LC Treasures Within Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening kids, families and the world through education sports and spirituality.  Clark has appeared on numerous television programs including the 700 Club and the INSP Network, and she is the author of an Autobiography- Fighting for Destiny The Final Destination, and YES I CAN, a children’s book.

Clark is married to Kris Clark, a graduate and former football student-athlete at the University of South Carolina.  They have three children Krisjon (4), Christian (2), and Kyrsten (1).

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U. S. Senator Johnny Isakson Visits Paine College Campus

Posted by ncarter | 03/6/2012 11:41 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson visited Paine College's campus this past Monday, and met with Dr. George C. Bradley, president of Paine College.  While the Georgia Senator was back in the state he set aside time to talk with Dr. Bradley about the college’s new programs and projects occurring on campus and in the Augusta community.
“I am proud to be here today and see all the incredible things going on at Paine College. Their new programs and construction of additional buildings are not only benefitting the students, but the Augusta community as a whole. Paine College is leading the way in preparing men and women for positions of leadership so they can go on to serve the community, the nation and the world,” said Senator Isakson.
Under the leadership of Dr. George C. Bradley, a multitude of new programming, building upgrades and capital improvements have occurred on the campus.  One of the most recent projects is the construction of the new HEAL Complex, which will house classrooms, laboratories, meeting and conference rooms.   Accessible to the public, the facility will also be home to a new health and wellness facility focused on strengthening the community through fitness and healthy living.
The college is also working with neighboring Fort Gordon to establish a Critical Languages Institute designed to teach minority students and soldiers Farsi and Pashtu/Dari languages.  Additionally, the college is working to solidify a nuclear science teaching and research laboratory in order to train high caliber students who can serve as future radiation science workers in the robust local nuclear industry in the Augusta, Georgia area and throughout the nation.
 “As we continue to raise the quality of life for our students and the community, I’m especially grateful to our federal government representatives, including Senator Isakson, for their support of our mission and vision of becoming a premier liberal arts institution in the region,” said President Bradley.
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Photo caption: U. S. Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia (left) and Dr. George C. Bradley, president of Paine College (right)


Paine Lions advance in SIAC Tournament

Posted by ncarter | 03/1/2012 06:37 AM

(Atlanta, GA)- In the first round of the tournament #6 Paine College defeated #11 Morehouse College (63-60).

Paine College’s Tony Baker sank two free throws with 1.7 seconds left to help lift the sixth-seed Lions to a 63-60 victory over11th seed Morehouse College in a first-round game in the 2012 SIAC Men’s Basketball Tournament on Wednesday at Morehouse College’s Forbes Arena.
Baker led the Lions with 12 points, while Mario Jordan and Geno Green each added 10 points. Paine, now 15-12 on the season, advances to face third-seed Clark Atlanta at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 1.
Cortez Nesbitt and Shawn Allen each had 18 points to lead the Morehouse Maroon Tigers.
Paine had a 59-51 lead after a driving layup by Kedric Taylor with 4:05 left in the game, but Morehouse cut the lead to 59-58, getting six points from Nelson, including a three-point play. Darius Smith cut through the defense for a layup to give the Lions a 61-58 lead with 1:05 left to play.
Nelson scored on a turn-around jumper in the paint to make it 61-60 with
44 seconds left.
Paine missed a shot, and Morehouse had the ball with a chance to pull ahead, but turned the ball back over to Paine with 4.6 seconds left on the clock. Baker raced down the court unguarded and caught a long pass and waited for the defense to foul him and then sealed the win at the line.

Paine College will take on Clark Atlanta University, Thursday, March 1 at 8:00 p.m. in the Forbes Arena on the campus of Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA.

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Paine College debuts new mobile website

Posted by ncarter | 02/20/2012 08:30 AM

(Augusta, GA) - Paine College has launched a mobile version of its website for fast and convenient access on handheld devices. The site can be found at Paine College is the first HBCU in the state of Georgia to launch a full-featured mobile site for handheld devices. The new Paine College Mobile site is also accessible to devices like the iPad, Kindle Fire and other notebook devices.

According to a survey conducted Noel-Levitz and the National Research Center for College & University Admissions, 52 percent of prospective college students said they had viewed a school’s website on a mobile device in 2011—more than double the percentage from 2010. And 48 percent of those students said the mobile site experience bettered their view of the campus.

“The movement that Paine College is making towards the future can only be described as progressive,” said Dr. George C. Bradley, Paine College President. “Students and constituents have an expectation of this type of innovation. We’re stepping up to provide it here at Paine.”

Currently, the new mobile site exhibits information about admissions, a calendar, faculty/staff directory, campus news, athletics and more. You can also stay connected with links to Paine College's social networking sites.

“Paine College’s mobile presence is extremely important as we evolve and continue to market our institution to technologically savvy generations. According to statistics a mobile site is imperative to keep Colleges and Universities competitive,” said Natasha Carter, Director of Communications and Marketing.

Site developers Webflex Consulting, LLC ( expect to see additional features added to the site over time.

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SIAC Basketball names Mario Jordan Player of the Week

Posted by ncarter | 01/3/2012 05:40 AM

ATLANTA—Paine College junior Mario Jordan and Lane College junior Brittany Peters have been named SIAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Players of the Week, respectively, while Paine College freshman Kedric Taylor has been named SIAC Men’s Basketball Newcomer of the Week and Clark Atlanta University freshman Denisea Law has been named SIAC Women’s Basketball Newcomer of the Week.

Jordan, a native of Sandersville, GA, averaged 21.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in two games, earning his second player of the week honor this season. Defensively, the 5-11, 165-pound guard also averaged 3.5 steals, including a game-high five in a win over Clark Atlanta, while also averaging 2.5 assists per game to help lead the Lions to a 2-0 record for the week which also includes a win over conference-foe Miles. Jordan and the Lions currently sit atop the SIAC with a 5-0 record in conference play.

Peters, a native of Columbus, OH, had 23 points, eight rebounds, and three assists in her first game as a Lady Dragon. Defensively, the 5-7 guard also totaled two steals and one block in their only game of the week, a 75-73 loss to Kentucky State.

Taylor, a native of Orlando, FL, had a big week for the Lions, averaging 15 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and a block in two games. The 6-0, 175-pound freshman, who attended Evans High School, recorded his first career triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in an 82-67 win over Miles.

Law, a native of Miami, FL, had 13 points and four rebounds for the Lady Panthers. The 5-7 freshman guard, who attended Northwestern High School, also had one assist and one steal while helping Clark Atlanta to a 72-63 win over Paine to move to 2-1 in the SIAC.