Lady Lions Basketball Team Volunteer at Golden Harvest Food Bank

Posted by kmay | 12/13/2011 23:30 PM

Augusta, GA- Just before going home to spend time with their families for Christmas, the Paine College Lady Lions Basketball team took some time out of their day to give back, and volunteered at the Faith Food Factory. Faith Food Factory is a component of the Golden Harvest Food bank, where volunteers sort, inspect and repack non-perishable donations.
“At Faith Food Factory, there is only one paid position”, states Manager Larry Jenkins. “If it were not for volunteers like the Lady Lions Basketball team, we would have a difficult time getting food to those people who really need it.”
Freshman Lashonda Canty states that “Today is a great opportunity. It makes you realize just how blessed you are.”
“Being able to give of myself today makes me really appreciate how blessed I am to have parents who have been able to work and provide for me, but I will not take it for granted, and I am excited to be able to help someone else”, says freshman Kharyna Stanford.
“Most of our students are fortunate enough to not have to worry about where their next meal will come from” states Lady Lions’ Head Coach Willie Adams. “I wanted my team to continue their spirit of giving back so they can have a greater appreciation of what they have.”
The mission of the Golden Harvest food bank is to end hunger in 30 counties in Georgia and South Carolina.
“Volunteering today, just made my soul feel good!”- Tenesha Jenkins


Paine College Lady Lion Camachio Harris SIAC Volleball Setter of the Week

Posted by kmay | 10/4/2011 20:32 PM

SIAC Volleyball: Week 5 Player of the Week Honors Announced

ATLANTA—Kentucky State University outside hitter Emily Grieshaber has been named SIAC Volleyball Player of the Week after her strong performance this past week. Paine College setter Camachio Harris has been named SIAC Setter of the Week while Claflin University libero Courtney Person has been named SIAC Defensive Specialist of the Week.
Harris, a native of Montgomery, AL, led Paine with 85 assists, including 44 against Spelman College, in three matches. The 5-6 junior also contributed 15 kills with a .314 hitting percentage along with 25 digs, five block assists and four service aces for the Lady Lions, helping lead them to a victory over conference foe Fort Valley State.
Grieshaber, a 5-11 freshman from Thorntown, IN, led the Thorobrettes with 12 kills and a .556 hitting percentage with just two errors in their one match for the week. She also contributed four digs, two block assists, and one service ace while helping lead Kentucky State to a win over Fisk University in straight sets for their 17th win of the season.
Person, who earns her third weekly honor this season, continued an impressive freshman campaign with 49 digs in two matches. The Columbia, SC native also delivered 11 service aces and one assist for the Lady Panthers, who went on the road and defeated both Virginia State and Virginia Union to push their overall record to 13-6 for the season.
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Paine College Gets Ready For FREE Community Festival: PaineFest 2011

Posted by ncarter | 10/4/2011 06:34 AM

(Augusta, GA)- Paine College will host its annual PaineFest event, October 22, 2011 on the campus of Paine College from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The eagerly anticipated PaineFest is an annual campus 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 Exhibitions, which will feature performances from aspiring dancers, singers, and choirs. Local cooks and restaurants can register and compete in The Great Barbeque Cook-Off Competition.

Everyone is encouraged to bring their families to enjoy the free festivities. There will be a special Painefest Tribute to Wounded Warriors, Veterans and Enlisted Soldiers scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m. on the campus of Paine College.  The tribute will feature Disciples of Praise – a 40-voice acappella make chorus, and Abatsu African American Drummers and Dancers. 

"It’s our way of saying thank you to the Augusta community,” Brown said. “One of the things we’ve done is really look at the dedication and commitment our troops have made — engage and talk with soldiers, interview them, and we really want to recognize these soldiers."  

Children can look forward to the Children’s Art Village sponsored by Wells Fargo, 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.


Please visit for additional information.

To register for the Great BBQ Cook-Off, Stage Exhibitions or to become a vendor call (706) 396-7591. For more information, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (678) 215-8576 or

See attached PaineFest 2011 event schedule.

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The Color Purple actress Desreta Jackson to speak at Paine College Assembly

Posted by ncarter | 09/23/2011 07:07 AM

(Augusta, GA)- The Paine College Department of Media Studies will host actress and entrepreneur, Desreta Jackson on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Jackson is best known for her shockingly raw portrayal of young Miss Celie, in the The Color Purple, winner of a 1983 Pulitzer Prize, and later film and Broadway musical.

The Paine College Drama Club will host a Theatrical Guidance Forum featuring Jackson on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, Odeum. The Office of Institutional Advancement will also host a reception for Jackson on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 in the Candler Memorial Library Building beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Jackson’s role in The Color Purple proved to be a fan favorite because of the physical and emotional abuse the title character had to endure resonated with fans around the World. The Color Purple garnered 11 Academy Award nominations, the highest number to date, and had an incredible impact on American film, producing some of the Nation’s most noted African American film stars and personalities. The role of Miss Celie was split between two actresses, respectively, Jackson, her first film role, and Whoopi Goldberg, Hollywood actress, and ABC's The View’s co-host. In addition to her film work in The Color Purple, Jackson immediately followed up with two successive films, Sister Act, again starring Whoopi Goldberg, and The Mighty Pawns, starring the late Paul Winfield, and Alfonson Ribeiro.

Jackson was born in Tortola, British Virgin Island and came to the United States as a pre-teen. Her family moved to Los Angeles, where she has remained, and created several small businesses. After her early success in film, Jackson opened the doors to Mahogany Mane, a hair care enterprise, and later organized a community based Real Estate venture, buying homes in the area and renovating them. Jackson’s master plan was a failsafe program that taught renters how to pay on time, and communicate in a proactive way to alleviate falling behind, even in a downturn economy.

She continues to work as an actress and producer, creating Internet projects and working on stage. In 2010, The Color Purple celebrated 25 years, and for the first time in all most as many years, many of the film’s cast came together on The Oprah Winfrey Show for a reunion episode as part of Oprah Winfrey’s final 25-year season. In April 2011, Jackson launched her own hair care line, BlackSilk, and was honored at the 7th annual Prestige Award tribute for her contribution to American film, her dedication to community building, and her outreach to young people.

For more information or to schedule interviews, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or (678) 215-8576 or

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Miss Paine College to compete in national pageant

Posted by ncarter | 09/21/2011 04:53 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) - Tamakia King, Miss Paine College 2011-2012 will compete in the Miss National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Pageant on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta, Ga. The pageant will begin at 6:00p.m. The Competition of College Queens showcases young women from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The queens are judged in five categories. Miss National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame serves as a national representative and advocate of HBCUs and receives an academic scholarship and prizes. The pageant is one of many events hosted by the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc.

The mission of The National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation is to be a catalyst and partner for ensuring the stability, strength and excellence of the nation’s historically and/or predominately Black colleges and universities.

King serves as Miss Paine College Elect 2011-2012. She is a native of Inglewood, California and her family currently resides in Moreno Valley, California. She is the daughter of Larry and Rosalind King. King is a senior Media Studies major with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism and Public Relations. Since her arrival at Paine College she has been actively involved in a number of activities and organizations including: Pre Alumni Council, Paine College Communications Association, Wesley Fellowship, The Marketing Club, The Lions Activity Board, and the American Marketing Association.

She is a member of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society and has held leadership positions as Vice President of the Paine College Communications Association, Resident Hall Assistant, Miss Kappa Alpha Psi 2010-2011 and currently serves as a member of the Paine College Student Government Association.  Her community involvement includes volunteering with the Shiloh Community Center, Girl Scouts of America, and the Greater than AIDS Campaign in partnership with the Black AIDS Institute in Los Angeles, California.

During her reign, King plans to focus on executing her platform titled The Royal Induction: Call of Duty. The purpose of her platform is to encourage her fellow students to walk in their callings of greatness and not in their current situations. She plans to host a "Queen" series of programs centered around her platform and the promotion the College’s core values especially Service.  This semester she and other Paine College students will participate in the 11th Annual Miracle Mile Walk on October 15th to join the Augusta community in raising breast cancer awareness.

King plans to attend graduate school immediately following graduation and aspires to own a Christian public relations firm as well as have a nonprofit organization that works to eliminate illiteracy amongst young men ages 9- 13 in impoverished communities.


•    Conference Registration Begins
•    Positive Image Program
•    College Queens Tea
•    College Queens Open Talent Showcase
•    College Invitational Golf Tournament
•    Hall of Famers Luncheon  (Prior Inductees)
•    Legacy Lecture Series Concurrent 
•    Workshop Sessions:
•    Workshop A – “A Call to Manhood”
•    Workshop B – “A Call to Womanhood”
•    Induction Ceremony

•    College Invitational Golf Tournament
•    Student Leadership Breakfast
•    Metro Atlanta Area Youth Gospel Choir 
•    Workshop & Recruitment Fair Facilitated by the legendary Ambassador 
•    Dr. Bobby Jones of “Bobby Jones Gospel”
•    Atlanta Football Classic Parade
•    Gospel Choir Competition
•    Atlanta Football Classic
•    Competition of College Queens

•    College Invitational Golf Tournament*

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

Volleyball Opens 2011 Home Season

Posted by kmay | 09/6/2011 12:41 PM

Augusta, GA-  The Paine College Lady Lions Volleyball team will begin their home season, Wednesday, September 7, 2011 as they host Brewton-Parker College Barons, at 6:00 PM in Tubman Gymnasium.

The Lady Lions (3-0) opened their 2011 season on the road as they participated in Livingstone College Volleyball Invitational, Friday and Saturday September 2-3 in Salisbury, NC.  The Lady Lions were undefeated, beating Morris College, Spelman College, and Livingstone College. 

All home games will be played at Tubman Gymnasium!

For more information, visit


2011 SIAC Volleyball Preseason All-Conference Teams & Predicted Order of Finish Announced

Posted by kmay | 08/25/2011 20:15 PM

 Atlanta, GA—The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announces the 2011 SIAC Preseason Volleyball All-Conference Teams and Predicted Order of Finish as voted on by the SIAC Volleyball Coaches Association. The 2011 preseason team is led by Paine College outside hitter Victoria Claytor.
Claytor, a native of El Paso, TX, finished among the league leaders with a team-high 390 kills and a .273 hitting percentage. The 5-10 junior also had a team-high 88 blocks, averaging .75 per set. As a sophomore, she was named 2010 SIAC Defensive Player of the Year while also earning All-SIAC second team honors.
Also joining Claytor on this year’s preseason All- SIAC Team is Fernisha McMillian and Janae’ Kearse.   Last year, McMillian was chosen as SIAC first-team Libero and joins Claytor on the SIAC first-team.  The senior from Blackville, SC led the team with 405 digs, 26 service aces, and no ball-handling errors.  Kearse was selected as a member of the SIAC second-team. One of the Lady Lions most versatile players, the senior Orangeburg, SC native recorded 116 kills, 46 service aces, 356 digs, and the 5’2 outside hitter had a total of 23 blocks.

Defending champion Kentucky State was picked to win the West Division while 2010 SIAC tournament runner-up Albany State was selected to win the East Division. The Lady Lions finished the 2010 season with a 17-15 overall record, and were chosen to finish in 5th place on the East Division.  The Thorobrettes, coming off a 22-10 (15-1 in the SIAC) campaign and a berth in the NCAA tournament, were also selected to repeat as SIAC champions for the second consecutive year.

2011 SIAC Preseason Volleyball All-Conference Team
1st Team
Sabrina Garcia                       Outside Hitter       Senior               Albany State University
Lauren Calvin                         Outside Hitter       Sophomore       Claflin University
Victoria Claytor                             Outside Hitter         Junior                   Paine College   
Jamila McKinnis                     Outside Hitter        Senior               Stillman College
Phyllice Eubanks                    Middle Blocker      Senior               Stillman College
Brittany Stewart                      Setter                    Senior              Kentucky State University
Fernisha McMillan                         Libero                        Senior                    Paine College
2nd Team
Latayvia Mack                        Middle Blocker     Junior               Benedict College
Erica Coleman                        Outside Hitter       Senior               Kentucky State University
Janae’ Kearse                                 Outside Hitter      Senior                   Paine College
Faith Simmons                       Outside Hitter       Junior               Claflin University
Danica Lawrence                    Middle Hitter        Junior               Clark Atlanta University
Ashley Jackson                      Setter                    Sophomore       Benedict College
Tyneishah Spears                   Libero                  Sophomore       Clark Atlanta University

2011 Predicted Order of Finish
1.     Albany State
2.     Claflin
3.     Benedict
4.     Clark Atlanta
5.     Paine
6.     Fort Valley State
1.     Kentucky State
2.     Stillman
3.     Tuskegee
1.     LeMoyne-Owen
2.     Miles
3.     Lane

Conference Champion: Kentucky State



  L-R: Victoria Claytor, Fernisha McMillian, Janae' Kearse

Paine College to host 3rd Annual Golf Tournament to benefit Men’s Golf Team

Posted by ncarter | 08/23/2011 08:15 AM

(Augusta, GA) –Paine College invites golfers to the 3rd Annual Paine College Golf Tournament on Monday, August 29, 2011 at Jones Creek Golf Club in Evans, Georgia. Since its inception the tournament committee has raised more than $45,000 to benefit Paine College golf program and scholarships.

Golfers who participate will be playing for a worthy cause. All of the proceeds from this tournament will benefit the Paine College Golf Program and golf scholarships.Senior PGA Golfer and honorary tournament chair, Jim Dent will also play in the tournament.  Golfers and guests will have a chance to meet and share the course with Dent.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and a complimentary Callaway Demo will take place from 8:45 a.m.- 10:45 a.m.

Shotgun start time is 11:00 a.m. Contest include closest to the pin, longest drive, and hole-in-one sponsored by Jim Hudson Lexus. Participants can also look forward to a silent auction, raffles and first, second and third place team prizes. Brunch for registered golfers will be provided by Chick-Fil-A and Outback Steakhouse will provide dinner during the 19th Hole Awards Dinner.

“Partnering with Paine College to increase scholarships for deserving student athletes demonstrates the community’s strong commitment and willingness to invest in our competitive golf program,” said George C. Bradley, president of Paine College. “Building a robust scholarship fund increases access to a quality education.”

All guest and golfers will have a chance to meet members of the Paine College Golf Team 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 WJBF News Channel 6, Phoenix Printing, Coca-Cola Bottling, Jim Hudson Lexus, P.F. Changs China Bistro, Outback Steakhouse, Chick-Fil-A, Jones Creek Golf Club, Clear Channel Radio, Club Car and Communigraphics.

Media attending the tournament must report to the registration station to obtain passes. To secure passes in advance; contact Natasha Carter at (706) 396-7591 or (678) 215-8576 cell.

Tournament Format

• Threesome Lauderdale Play – Captains Choice (A and B flights –1st and  2nd place prizes)

Tournament Event Schedule

• Sunday, August 28, 2011
6:00PM - Paring Party


• Monday, August 29, 2011
8:30 - 10:30 AM - Registration

8:45 - 10:45 AM - Callaway Demo Complimentary golf lessons by golf pros

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

For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591 or 678.215.8576 or 


Paine College Establishes Athletic Scholarship Fund

Posted by kmay | 08/3/2011 14:16 PM

Augusta, GA--Over 150 student-athletes comprising of 10 teams at Paine College work tirelessly to achieve their goals, both on the field of play and in the classroom. They thrive off the support from their coaches, teammates, families, friends and fans. Now, they will have additional help through the establishment of the Lion Athletic Club.

On August 2, 2011, the fundraising arm of Paine College Athletics officially launched the Lion Athletic Club in a move that would create additional funds to support student athletes.
In a show of solidarity, Director of Athletics Tim Duncan and the entire Paine College Athletics staff made donations or pledges to the Lion Athletic Club and became its first members. “While developing the Lion Athletic Club, our coaches and staff wanted to be a part of this historic moment in Paine College Athletics,” Duncan said.  ‘It is a testament to our student-athletes, that 100% of the athletics staff wanted to participate in this vision.”

Currently, Paine College funds 44% of the NCAA Division II maximum allowable scholarships for the 10 sports it sponsors.  While that is up from the 34% funded in 2010-2011, Lion coaches are still at a recruiting disadvantage as compared to other Division II colleges and universities.

“Paine College Athletics’ greatest need is scholarship money for student-athletes” stated Duncan.  “For years, our coaches and student-athletes have competed with the heart and determination of Lions, only to realize deep inside that we are outmatched due to a lack of resources. Through donations from individuals, businesses and organizations, the college will be able to increase the amount of scholarships awarded to student-athletes.”

“Before we asked for one donation out in the community, we wanted to show our commitment by becoming the Lion Athletic Club’s first members” stated Selina Kohn, Associate Athletics Director and Head Volleyball Coach.  “Now that each member of our department has joined, we hope our alumni, former student-athletes, season ticket holders, and the Augusta community will get behind the effort to provide more opportunities for Paine College student-athletes” 

Lion Athletic Club membership levels range from contributions as little as $50 up to $10,000 annually.  Each membership level has corresponding benefits, which include invitations to special events, complimentary Paine College Lion Athletic Club gifts, and traveling to games with teams.

For more information on the Lions Fund visit us at or call 706-945-1367.


Freshman Baiesha Johnson Receives National Medal

Posted by kmay | 05/27/2011 16:54 PM

Turlock, CA- The first day of competition of the NCAA Division II Track & Field Championships in Turlock, California produced impressive results for Paine College Freshman Baiesha Johnson in the long jump competition.   Johnson advanced to the National Championships by posting a qualifying  mark of 5.96m,  March 25, 2011 at the Winthrop University Invite, and later went on to claim the title of SIAC Women’s Long Jump Champion 2011.

The competition in the long jump pit was very close, where New Mexico Highlands’ Jillisa Grant took claims to the national title, after she moved past UC San Diego’s Stephanie LeFever on her second-to-last leap to claim the title.  Paine College Lady Lion, Baiesha Johnson took the third place medal, jumping 5.99 meters, LeFever leapt 6.18m to take second, and Grant recorded a jump of 6.36meters.

The Division II National Championships are being held at Al Brenda Track at Warrior Stadium in Turlock, California, and will continue until Saturday, May 28, 2011.

Baiesha will also be representing Paine College and the SIAC in the Women’s High Jump Competition, scheduled for Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 6:00 PM.

The Division II Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be streamed live at, each day of the championships.  Also, visit for Thursday’s results and live updates all day Friday and Saturday. Nine more titles will be handed out during Friday’s action and then nine more Saturday.

Highlights of the championships will be shown on CBS HD at 4:00 PM ET, Sunday, June 19 (all broadcast air dates, times and networks are subject to change).




 Baiesha Johnson with awards received from Paine's Athletic Banquet