Dr. Ricardo Azziz to deliver Paine College 130th Commencement Convocation Address

Posted by ncarter | 04/17/2012 08:22 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) – Paine College will celebrate its 130th Commencement Convocation on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in the William Bell Auditorium. Dr. Ricardo Azziz, President, Georgia Health Sciences University and CEO, Georgia Health Sciences Health System will be the keynote speaker.

GHSU includes the Medical College of Georgia, the 13th oldest and 6th largest medical school in the nation, the only College of Dental Medicine in Georgia and one of the largest in the country, a College of Nursing training the highest number of graduate degrees in nursing in Georgia, a College of Allied Health Sciences, and a College of Graduate Studies. Having assumed the leadership of the institution July 2010, Dr. Azziz has moved rapidly to integrate the university and its health system, jumpstarting efforts to enhance national recognition and standing of the university and its education, research, and clinical programs, re-energizing philanthropy, and is driving efforts to broaden the university’s reach – statewide and globally. He has heightened the university’s commitment to civic and university engagement, embraced sustainability, and demonstrated a strong commitment to partnership within and beyond the university’s walls.

A recognized clinician, biomedical researcher, and health care executive, Dr. Azziz serves as Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Medicine at GHSU. He came to GHSU from the Cedars-Sinai Health System and UCLA where he guided the transformation of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Cedars to a nationally ranked and recognized academic department. Renowned not only for his androgen excess-related research, long-funded by the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Azziz also is recognized for his strong commitment to leadership and faculty development and for helping to make the careers of those around him more meaningful and productive. Previously, Dr. Azziz served on the faculty of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he focused on his research and clinical practice – and where he completed an MBA and an MPH.

A native of Uruguay and an accomplished artist, Dr. Azziz brings a global and creative perspective to his leadership of Georgia’s only public academic health center and health sciences university. He and his wife, Cindy, are enjoying life in the south with children Ashlee, Jonathan, and Mallory, and their dog, Arlo.

Commencement Convocation – Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.
William Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair Street, Augusta, GA

Media covering the Commencement are asked to arrive no later than 8:25 a.m. and to check in at the registration table in the foyer of William Bell Auditorium so that staff may best position you. No one will be admitted into the auditorium once the procession has started. Parking will be available at the William Bell Auditorium. Please present your press credentials with the parking attendant.

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Earth Day Clean Air Presentation hosted by Paine College, ASU & GHSU

Posted by ncarter | 04/12/2012 09:05 AM

(Augusta, GA)- Paine College, Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University will jointly host a Clean Air Presentation on April 18, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. in the ASU Jaguar Student Activities Center Ballroom. 

The featured speaker is Kenyon Thweatt, Senior Employer Program Manager for The Clean Air Campaign (www.cleanaircampaign.org).  The Clean Air Campaign obviously promotes clean air by encouraging the use of alternate forms of transportation to work, i.e., biking, walking, ride sharing, carpooling.  The program emphasizes that it is not necessary to use these alternate forms of transportation every day to have a positive impact on the environment, but as little as once a week is a great help.  They also encourage employees to go online and log their commute, as well as provide online opportunities for employees to search carpool or ride share opportunities.
Individuals from  businesses throughout the immediate community are invited to attend.   

To RSVP  or obtain additional information contact James Harris (jharris@georgiahealth.edu) or Sharon Quick (squick@georgiahealth.edu) or 706 721 2619. 

For more information contact the Office of Communications & Marketing by phone at (706) 821-8322 or (706) 396-7591 or  via email at Ncarter@paine.edu or Lsuggs@paine.edu


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 www.ncate.org or http://www.ncate.org/Public/Newsroom/CAEPUpdates/tabid/788/Default.aspx. You can also visit www.caepsite.org and http://www.teac.org/news-events/caep/.

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) (www.hcasc.com).  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
For more information on the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge and a list of the 48 participating HBCUs please visit: http://www.hcasc.com/nct12/great48.asp.
HCASC Electronic Media Kit: http://www.epkling.com/hondaallstar/
HCASC on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HCASC
HCASC on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/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).

For more information contact the Department of Athletics, Sports Information Director, Kimberly May at (706)821-8356 or kmay@paine.edu


Paine College To Host Career & Graduate School Fair| March 15th | Candler Memorial Library Building

Posted by ncarter | 03/8/2012 07:48 AM

(Augusta, GA) – The Paine College Office of Career Services and Undergraduate to Graduate Program will host a Career and Graduate School Fair on Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Warren A. Candler Memorial Library Building.

Students, alumni, and members of the community will have an opportunity to network with local employers and meet representatives from graduate and professional schools. Resumes and professional dress are required. Admission is free and open to the public.

Currently representatives from the following schools and companies will be present:

Augusta Staffing
Augusta Home Careers
Automatic Data Processing (ADP)
Burke County Schools
Career Personnel
Century 21 Jeff Keller Realty
CSRA Area Agency on Aging
Doctor’s Hospital
Dublin County Schools
Federal Bureau of Prisons (Edgefield)
First Bank of GA
Georgia Department of Labor
Georgia Health Sciences University
Georgia Teaching Fellows
Hybrid Health IT
International Paper
Nerium International
Perry Broadcasting
Rape Crisis & Sexual Assault Services
Richmond County Schools
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions
Serenity Behavioral Health Systems
Solaris Hospice
State Farm
United States Air Force
United States Navy
United States Coast Guard
USDA Forest Service-Savannah River
Waffle House
Wells Fargo
WFXG Fox 54
World Financial Group
Alabama A&M
Central Michigan
Clark Atlanta University
Emory University School of Medicine
Georgia College & State University
Georgia State University School of Law
GHSU School of Nursing
Mercer School of Business and Economics
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Webster University

For more information contact the Office of Career Services (706) 821-8307 or visit www.paine.edu or contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591,  (706) 821-8322 or Ncarter@paine.edu



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.

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


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Paine College student named Secretary of United Negro College Fund National Pre-Alumni Council

Posted by ncarter | 02/27/2012 17:35 PM

(AUGUSTA, GA) - Jill Ballesteros was recently named the Secretary of the 2012-2013 National Pre-Alumni Council (NPAC) Board.  Ballesteros is a junior Psychology major with an emphasis in Counseling from Los Angeles, California. She currently serves as the president of the Paine College Pre-Alumni Council.

The appointment is an honor because Ballesteros serves with other students from United Negro College Fund member institutions. The National Pre-Alumni Council is the governing body for the Pre-Alumni Councils located on UNCF's member colleges and universities campuses. The NPAC officers are elected annually during the NAC/NPAC Conference.

The National Pre-Alumni Council governs a total of 38 Historical Black Colleges and Universities. The United Negro College Fund provides over 60,000 scholarships each year to enable students to attend college.

“This appointment is just an extension of the leadership I provide to the Paine College Pre-Alumni Council,” Ballesteros said. "I am really excited to serve with other collegiate leaders and broadening the reach of UNCF's message."

As a student at Paine College, Ballesteros is a known leader having served as a member of Sisters on a Mission, Psychology Club, Commuter Students Association, Council of Presidents, Adopt a Freshman: Student Mentoring Program. She recently became a mentor to young girls through the Kids with a future program through St. Luke’s Methodist Church.

The Paine College Pre-Alumni Council recently received the award for the Best Pre-Alumni Council Scrapbook by the NPAC Board of Directors at the 66th National Alumni Council/54th Pre-Alumni Council Leadership Conference 2012 in Orlando, Florida. The scrapbook documents their activities throughout the year as well as their community service impact.

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Photo caption: Jill Ballesteros


Department of Education to promote "Read Across America" Day with Dr. Seuss Production at Wilkinson Gardens Elementary School

Posted by ncarter | 02/27/2012 17:31 PM

(Augusta, GA)- The Paine College Department of Education will conduct Dr. Seuss Production at Wilkinson Gardens Elementary School for Read Across America Day on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.

Paine College education majors have created a Dr. Seuss Production for Read Across America Day to encourage elementary students to read. The National Education Association award Paine College a grant to fund special projects. The CLASS Grant is awarded to a select number of student programs each academic year. The members of GAE-SP executive board were responsible for writing and submitting the grant. Natasha Adebiyi, Paine College GAE-SP president and GA-SP state officer, led the writing of the CLASS grant proposal.

With the grant funds, GAE-SP will also donate sets of Dr. Seuss books for lower grade level classrooms (Pre-K through 2nd grade) at Wilkinson Gardens Elementary School. Wilkinson Gardens is apart of the consortium of Professional Development Schools partnering with the Department of Education.

"The CLASS grant award provides Paine College students the opportunity for service learning and strengthens our Professional Development School relationship with Wilkinson Gardens," said Dr. Emily Graves, Chair of the Department of Education.

The Read Across America Program will be held on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Wilkinson Gardens Elementary School. This program will include fun filled academic activities for young elementary school students.

 For more information, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591, (706) 821-8322 or Ncarter@paine.edu or visit The National Education Association website at www.nea.org.

Attachments: Background on NEA's Read Across America and logo

Photo caption: Natasha Adebiyi, Paine College GAE-SP president and GA-SP state officer.