Da'Henri R. Thurmond to serve as keynote speaker at 129th Baccalaureate Convocation

Posted by ncarter | 04/19/2011 09:45 AM

Augusta, GA - Paine College will celebrate its 129th Baccalaureate Convocation on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.

Da’Henri R. Thurmond, Sr. will serve as keynote speaker for the Baccalaureate Convocation. Thurmond is a native of Augusta, Georgia. He is the third of four children born to Mrs. Maxine Thurmond and the late Earl H. Thurmond, Sr. He received his early education in the Richmond County, Georgia school system and is a 1986 graduate of Westside Comprehensive High School. He is a 1990 graduate of Georgia Southern University where he was inducted into the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society. He is also a 1992 magna cum laude graduate of the Medical College of Georgia where he was inducted into the IMHOTEP society as well as Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. He is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at the Interdenominational Theological Center, Phillips School of Theology.

Reverend Thurmond has been employed as a Respiratory Therapy Supervisor and a pharmaceutical sales specialist most recently with Genentech, Inc. as a Senior Clinical Oncology Specialist.

In spite of an exciting and rewarding career, he acknowledged a higher calling and purpose for his existence and began his journey as a preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ. For four years Rev. Thurmond served under the Rev. Dr. Donald Jordan, pastor of the Trinity C.M.E. Church in Augusta, Georgia. Pastor Thurmond was inspired, challenged and blessed by Dr. Jordan who continues to serve as his mentor. While at Trinity he led the establishment of a GED program as well as the Hoop it Up for God Basketball ministry and served on the Board of Directors of the Trinity Manor Apartments.

In 2005 he was appointed pastor of the Rock of Ages C.M.E. Church. While at Rock of Ages, disciples were added, new ministries were formed, other ministries were revived and the fellowship was reinvigorated. Some of the more notable activities at Rock of Ages during his tenure were the establishment of a monthly Bible Study Fellowship dinner, quarterly Sand Hills Community Bible Study, Annual Youth College trip to South Carolina State University, reestablishment of Vacation Bible School, various physical plant improvements and the acquisition of a 25 passenger bus for ministry. Rev. Thurmond is an ordained elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church where the presiding prelate is Bishop Kenneth Wayne Carter.

Pastor Thurmond has served as a mentor for the Richmond County School System, CHAMP camp volunteer, coach in the Richmond County Recreation Department, the school council at Sego Middle School, Board of Directors of the Southside Family Y and Board of Directors of the CSRA United Way. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and previously served as Chaplain of the Psi Omega chapter.

In July 2008, Rev. Thurmond was appointed Pastor in Charge at St. Paul C.M.E. Church in Savannah, Georgia where the prophetic, visionary and legendary Rev. Dr. Henry R. Delaney was the Senior Pastor.

In July 2009, Rev. Thurmond was appointed Senior Pastor at St. Paul. God continues to show himself strong in the life of St. Paul as new ministries include hosting the Urban Hope Tutorial program, the establishment of a Health and Wellness Ministry, Facebook and Internet ministry, Family Focus Month with Strengthening Our Families Seminar and current restoration of the sanctuary. St. Paul has been especially blessed with the addition of more than 450 new disciples.

Rev. Thurmond is married to Antoinette Johnson Thurmond. They are the proud parents of a son, D. Ramsey Jr. and a daughter, Barbara Maxine.

For more information, contact Natasha Carter, Director of Communications and Marketing, at 706.396.7591 or 678.215.8576 or Ncarter@paine.edu  or http://www.paine.edu/events/commencement/speakers.aspx
 
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The Honorable James E. Clyburn to serve as keynote speaker at 129th Commencement Convocation

Posted by ncarter | 04/19/2011 07:01 AM

Augusta, GA- Paine College will celebrate its 129th Commencement Convocation on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. in the William Bell Auditorium.
 
The Honorable James E. Clyburn, South Carolina 6th Congressional District will serve as keynote speaker for the Commencement Convocation.  President Barack Obama has said he is, "One of a handful of people who, when they speak, the entire Congress listens." As Assistant Democratic Leader in the 112th Congress, the number three Democrat in the House, James E. Clyburn is the leadership liaison to the Appropriations Committee and one of the Democratic Caucus' primary liaisons to the White House. Working with the internal caucuses, he plays a prominent role in messaging and outreach.

His humble beginnings in Sumter South Carolina, as the eldest son of an activist fundamentalist minister and an independent civic-minded beautician, grounded him securely in family, faith and public service. He was elected president of his NAACP youth chapter when he was 12 years old, helped organize many civil rights marches and demonstrations as a student leader at South Carolina State College, and even met his wife Emily in jail during one of his incarcerations.

When Clyburn came to Congress in 1993, he was elected co-President of his Freshman class and quickly rose through leadership ranks. He was elected Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus in 1999, and his reputation as a leader and consensus-builder helped him win a difficult three-way race for House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair in 2002. Three years later, he was unanimously elected Chair of the Democratic Caucus. When Democrats regained the House majority in 2006, Congressman Clyburn was elevated by his colleagues to House Majority Whip.

As a national leader he has worked to respond to the needs of America's diverse communities. He championed rural communities supporting the development of regional water projects, community health centers, and broadband connections. He has supported higher education by leading the charge for increased Pell grants; investing millions in science and math programs and historic preservation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He was instrumental in securing millions in Department of Energy funds for Paine College to help create a diverse workforce for future needs in the science and technology fields. He has encouraged economic development by securing funding for Empowerment Zones; investing in green technology development such as nuclear, wind, hydrogen and biofuels; and directing 10 percent of Recovery Act funding to communities 20 percent under the poverty level for the past 30 years. Clyburn was instrumental in advancing into law measures to resolve historic discrimination issues, significantly reducing the statutory disparity in cocaine sentencing and compensating African and Native American farmers who suffered racial discrimination under the USDA loan program.

Jim and Emily Clyburn have three daughters, Mignon, Jennifer Reed, and Angela Hannibal; two sons-in-law, Walter Reed and Cecil Hannibal; and two grandchildren, Walter A Clyburn Reed and Sydney Alexis Reed.

For more information, contact Natasha Carter, Director of Communications and Marketing, at 706.396.7591 or 678.215.8576 or Ncarter@paine.edu  or http://www.paine.edu/events/commencement/speakers.aspx
 
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Paine College to host SIAC Golf Classic

Posted by kmay | 04/15/2011 16:53 PM

Atlanta, GA—The 2011 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Golf Classic is set to take place Monday, April 18th through Wednesday, April 20th. This year’s classic will be hosted by Paine College and be played at the Lions home course, Jones Creek Golf Club in Augusta, GA.

“Paine College is excited to host golf invitational here in Augusta, Georgia at our golf team’s home golf course, Jones Creek. This gives our community a chance to see some of the finest collegiate student athletes’ play. We encourage members of the community to come out and join us as we celebrate golf in our community,” said Dr. George C. Bradley, president of Paine College.

The 2011 golf championship will feature all five SIAC teams including Benedict College, Kentucky State University, Morehouse College, LeMoyne-Owen College, and Paine College. 

Originally designed by renowned golf architect Rees Jones, Jones Creek Golf Club opened its doors in 1985 and is ranked as one of the top golf courses in the state of Georgia, including the best course in Columbia County for 2010. The club is built on a superb site and offers a challenge for golfers of all skill levels.  The 6,928-yard course features many changes in elevation, tall Georgia pines, and winding streams throughout the course create a beautiful setting for a championship golf event.

Established in 1736, Augusta is the second largest and oldest city in Georgia. Located in the east central section of the state, Augusta is approximately 150 miles east of Atlanta on Interstate 20. Augusta, also known as the “Garden City”, is home to the most famous professional golfing event in the world, The Masters.

 

Paine College to host Georgia> AIDS HBCU Testing Tour - April 14th

Posted by ncarter | 04/12/2011 07:00 AM

Augusta, GA- Paine College will join the Georgia Department of Health and the Black AIDS Institute to host the Georgia> AIDS HBCU Testing Tour on Thursday, April 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.

The Georgia Department of Health and the Black AIDS Institute have partnered to present the Georgia>AIDS HBCU Testing Tour. The tour will kick-off on Monday, April 11, 2011 at Savannah State University in Savannah, Georgia. Free HIV Testing will be available throughout the tour which runs until April 15th and stops at historically black colleges and universities in Albany, Fort Valley, Augusta, and Atlanta, GA .The tour will feature appearances from Atlanta-based MC, host and human beat boxer D.R.E.S. the BEATnik and poet Chauncey Beaty, who is featured in the Greater Than AIDS campaign. As part of the Greater Than AIDS campaign, a national media and mobilization initiative managed by the Black AIDS Institute and the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Georgia tour will call Black leaders to action and engage Black individuals and institutions in a community-wide effort to end the AIDS epidemic.

"We are at an important juncture in the trajectory of the AIDS epidemic in Black communities. The Black AIDS Institute is pleased to partner with the Georgia Department of Community Health to mobilize students at Georgia's historically black colleges and universities to fight AIDS stigma, raise awareness about the magnitude of HIV/AIDS in the community, and encourage young people in Georgia to get tested for HIV," says Phill Wilson, President and CEO of event co-sponsor the Black AIDS Institute, the only national HIV/AIDS think tank in the United States focused exclusively on Black people.

"We are fortunate to have all historical black colleges join the Georgia Department of Community Health in testing African-Americans where they live, work, play, and worship," says Leisha McKinley-Beach, HIV Prevention Program Manager of the Georgia Department of Community Health.
The Georgia>AIDS HBCU Testing Tour is a partnership between the Georgia Department of Community Health, the Black AIDS Institute and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

About the Georgia Department of Community Health

The Division of Public Health (DPH) is the lead agency entrusted by the people of the State of Georgia with the ultimate responsibility for the health of communities and the entire population. At the state level, GDPH is divided into numerous branches, sections, programs and offices, and at the local level, GDPH functions via 18 health districts and 159 county health departments. DPH is part of a larger state agency, the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH).

About the Black AIDS Institute

Founded in 1999, The Black AIDS Institute (The Institute), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the only national HIV/AIDS Think Tank in the United States focused exclusively on Black people.  The Institute's mission is to end the AIDS epidemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing traditional Black leaders, institutions and individuals in efforts to confront HIV/AIDS. The Institute offers training and capacity building, disseminates information, interprets and recommends public and private sector HIV policies, and provides advocacy and mobilization from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view.

About Greater Than AIDS

Greater Than AIDS is an unprecedented collaboration among a broad coalition of public and private sector partners united in response to the AIDS crisis in the United States, in particular the severe and disproportionate epidemic among Black Americans and other heavily affected groups. Through a national media campaign and targeted community outreach, Greater Than AIDS aims to increase knowledge and understanding about HIV/AIDS and confront the stigma surrounding the disease.


Read more: Georgia Department of Community Health and the Black AIDS Institute Bring "Greater Than AIDS" HBCU Testing Tour to Georgia 

For more information, contact Natasha Carter at 706.396.7591 or 678.215.8576 or Ncarter@paine.edu. 


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Minister Dominique Johnson to serve as keynote speaker for Senior Assembly

Posted by ncarter | 04/11/2011 10:41 AM

Augusta, GA- The Class of 2011 will host Senior Assembly on Wednesday, April 13, 2011. The assembly program will start at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Minister Dominique Johnson will serves as the keynote speaker.

About Minister Dominique Johnson

Minister Dominique Johnson's inquisitive mind has challenged him to learn more about the power of GOD, spirituality and how to positively impact the lives of everyday people.  His philosophy encompasses the three S’s: service, stewardship, and sacrifice. These principles are demonstrative in his professional and personal life.
 
In order for Minister Johnson to properly execute service and stewardship, he knew that pursing education and truth were at the core.  Minister Johnson is a graduate of Northeast High School and received a B.A in History Political Science from Paine College in Augusta, GA. and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in International Business from Wesleyan College. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Practical Theology from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. His future plans are to obtain a Ph .D. in Organizational Leadership and a Doctorate of Ministry.
 
Minister Johnson has integrated his commitment to community and service to his appreciation for education through his employment at Mercer University’s Upward Bound program.  As Academic Coordinator, he helps high school students prepare for college and assists in developing leadership programs for the university.  In this role, he is able to ensure that deserving youth are given the opportunity to obtain college degrees and pursue their interests.  He sees this form of stewardship as being very important.  His belief is that education is the basis for strong, sustaining communities. 
 
Minister Johnson has a keen interest in the areas of education, economics, and empowerment. Minister Johnson was once described by Dr. David Wilcoxson as a “serious comic”, which translates to his ability to utilize humor and laughter to engage his audience while delivering strong points, truth and making you think on a deeper level.  These skill sets and the commitment to three S’s led him to create S.E.E.D.S. Global Enterprises.  As founder and president he leads the focus on church and ministry, leadership development, public speaking, coaching and mentoring, and community and team dynamics
 
Minister Johnson’s passions are becoming a better husband and father, leadership development, having total life prosperity, mentoring, and learning as well as teaching the Word of God from a Kingdom perspective. Minister Johnson’s life purpose is to set free, equip, and edify people holistically for life, leadership, faithfulness, and fruitfulness which will lead to personal and social transformation.
 
Minister Johnson currently resides in Macon, GA with his beautiful wife Chsandra and amazing kids, Joshua and Kirsten. 

 

Joann J. Hill keynote speaker at International Opportunities Seminar at Paine College

Posted by ncarter | 03/30/2011 09:10 AM

Augusta, GA -Paine College partners with the Western Hemisphere Unit of the International Trade Administration, United States Department of Commerce to hold the International Opportunities Seminar, “Competing in the 21st Century: Navigating the Global Marketplace”.  This one-day conference will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2011, from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Paine College, 1235 Fifteenth Street, Augusta, GA 30901.  Registrants should arrive early at 8:30 a.m., go directly to the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, collect their registration packets.   The Opening Session will begin at 8:45 a.m.   The College invites the media and conference participants to contact Natasha Carter at Ncarter@paine.edu, (706) 396-7591; or Helene Carter at Hcarter@paine.edu, (706) 755-4833. The conference is divided into two segments: 1) morning session: focused on the small business community and 2) afternoon session: targeted to college students and college administrators and faculty members.  Registration is free and all industries and businesses are invited to attend.
 
The morning session will be launched with remarks from City of Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver and Paine College President, George C. Bradley.  The keynote address will be delivered by Joann J. Hill; Chief of Business Development for the United States Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) – Atlanta National Enterprise Center.   The morning speakers following Hill will inform Augusta area businesses about global opportunities.  Additionally, businesses will learn about resources that could help their businesses grow through exporting their products to foreign markets.  Research shows that companies that export tend to be stronger companies and that there employees generally earn higher wages. There will also be a discussion regarding access to capital, trade finance and export credit insurance that protects against non-payment from foreign buyers.

About Joann J. Hill

Ms. Joann Johnson Hill, a native of Columbia, South Carolina. She is Chief of Business Development for the United States Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) – Atlanta National Enterprise Center.  MBDA is the only federal agency designed to foster growth and development of minority owned businesses throughout America.  This office covers eight states within the Southeastern United States.   

Hill has served at MBDA for ten years and has oversight of regional Business Development and Administrative staff.  She ensures regional business development goals of nearly $1 billion are met through the MBDA Regional Funded Center Network and business development staff. Hill will serve as Conference Director for the 2011 National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Conference.  This 29th Annual National MED Week Conference was held in Washington, DC.  The conference focused on educating the minority business enterprise community on the programs and resources available for growing and expanding their business domestically and internationally. In 2010 there was more than $30 billion dollars in procurement opportunities presented at the MED Week business to business linkage forum hosted by public and private sector partners.  Additionally, there was a cadre of training, development and one-on-one meetings to assist MBE firms with access to capital, access to contracts, access to markets, joint ventures and mergers & acquisitions.

Hill serves as the MBDA resident Africa Specialist promoting business to business linkages between U.S. MBE’S and African SME’S.  Prior to joining MBDA, Hill worked in the areas of operations management, banking and finance.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina (Honors), Executive Masters of Business Administration degree from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia and Goizueta Business School, Atlanta, Georgia (Distinguished recognition for thesis on China in Africa: The Struggle between Democratic or Authoritarian Capitalism)

Following the success of its previous conferences at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA); University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX); and the Universidad del Este (San Juan, Puerto Rico), the Western Hemisphere Unit of the International Trade Administration is excited about bringing its conference to Augusta, GA and it is pleased to work with Paine College.

To register for this conference, we invite you to visit: http://www.paine.edu/docs/webform.aspx?id=197093 

For additional information on this conference, please contact: Shawn Ricks, International Trade Administration at 202.482.5564 or send an email to: Shawn.Ricks@mail.doc.gov <mailto:Shawn.Ricks@mail.doc.gov>  or, Natasha Carter, Paine College Office of Communications and Marketing at 706-396-7591 or send an email to: Ncarter@paine.edu.

 
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Paine College to host 2nd Annual Automatic Data Processing, Inc. Scholar Recognition Banquet | March 24, 2011

Posted by ncarter | 03/23/2011 10:12 AM

(Augusta, GA) - Paine College will host the 2nd Annual Automatic Data Processing Inc., Scholar Recognition Banquet on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. This event will be held in the Candler Memorial Library Building. Scholars from Augusta State University, Augusta Technical College and Paine College will be recognized during the banquet.

This August, more than 50 talented students from Augusta Technical College, Augusta State University and Paine College received additional funds for their education. After a rigorous selection process, Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP) Scholars Committee awarded over $45,000 to the students, making them the second group of students to receive the scholarship.

The scholars program was result of a new collaboration with Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP), one of the world’s largest providers of business outsourcing solutions. Juniors and Seniors were chosen to receive the scholarship at the beginning of the Fall 2010 semester. 

In February, Paine College, Augusta State University and Augusta Technical College announced a three-year partnership with Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP). Combined, the three institutions received $600,000 to be distributed to increase the number of graduates in the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) as well as to increase the number of certified teachers in critical need STEM fields.

Each institution planned to establish scholarships with the funding from the grant. Paine plans to graduate at least 20 students through ADP Scholarships in STEM areas and greatly expand academic support programs in STEM disciplines. “Paine College is proud to partner with ADP, along with other institutions of higher education in Augusta, in the development of the ADP Scholars Program designed to meet the goal of producing a scientifically literate citizenry for Augusta, Georgia, and America,” said Dr. George Bradley, president of Paine College.

Soon after the check presentation, Paine College formed a committee that worked diligently to establish the ADP Scholars program at Paine College. This program is different from any other scholarship program we’ve established institutionally,” said Dr. Tina Marshall-Bradley, special assistant to the provost and professor of Education at Paine College.

At Paine the scholarship requires each student to work as a Research Assistant or Teaching Assistant. Students will have a chance to present research to faculty, peers and others during local and national conferences.

Scholarship recipient Brittany was elated about engaging in more research. “Through the research assistant component of this scholarship, I’d like to focus on infectious diseases,” said Cox, a senior biology major.  Cox is researching the environmental contributions and factors and how they are connected to health disparities.

Augusta State University Scholarship recipient, Stephanie Agyemang says she is applying for medical school as a result of the scholarship program. “I thank ADP for realizing the need for more students going into the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.” she said. “ I am happy to say I will graduate in May 2012 and I am in the process of applying to medical school.”

ADP executives and the Mayor Pro-Tem are slated to attend this year’s banquet.

Photo caption: Scholars from all three institutions with ADP Executives at the Inaugural ADP Scholar Recognition Banquet

2010-2011 ADP Scholars  (Paine College)
Stephanie N. Golden
Audrey J. Walker
Ashley Williams
Barbara J. Hawkins
Akayleeya Tate
Tenaca Golden
Krystal C. Wright
Brian C. Murry
Brittany Cox
Londerial Eady
Whitney Baker
Dominque Dessausure
Casheba Ellis
Tiffany Fowler
Mauricia Gaines
Keldra Isaac
Camilla Little
Natasha Rudd
Jasmine VanExel
DeAndreia Youngblood

2010-2011 ADP Scholars (Augusta State University)
Stephanie Agyemang
Craig Atkins
Wesley Black
Kacee Camp
James Campbell
Brittany Cipollone
Riad Elmor
Erik Ewing
Mary Gadalla
Brendan Gillins
Skylar Hendricks
Rebeccah Houston
Amy Jackson
Philip Javernick
Kara Kreutzer
Brandon Koch
Anna Loyal
Christopher Parham
Katherine Picciano
Karis Smith
Felix Sosa-Rivera
Kenneth Stephenson

2010-2011 ADP Scholars (Augusta Technical College)
Charity Blue
David Carter
Rudolph Falana
Joshua Gonzalez
Latesha Hightower
Christopher Krygier
Kiah May
Kenya Myers
Robert Smith
Terrance Walker
Johnny Whitaker
Shona Woods

For more information, contact Natasha Carter at 706.396.7591 or 678.215.8576 or Ncarter@paine.edu.

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Paine College Joins International Trade Administration to Host One Day Conference in Augusta, GA

Posted by ncarter | 03/23/2011 05:32 AM

(Augusta, GA)- Paine College partners with the Western Hemisphere Unit of the International Trade Administration, United States Department of Commerce to hold the International Opportunities Seminar, “Competing in the 21st Century: Navigating the Global Marketplace”.  This one-day conference will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2011, from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Paine College, 1235 Fifteenth Street, Augusta, GA 30901.  Registrants should arrive early at 8:30 a.m., go directly to the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, collect their registration packets.   The Opening Session will begin at 8:45 a.m.   The College invites the media and conference participants to contact Natasha Carter at Ncarter@paine.edu, (706) 396-7591; or Helene Carter at Hcarter@paine.edu (706) 755-4833. The conference is divided into two segments: 1) morning session: focused on the small business community and 2) afternoon session: targeted to college students and college administrators and faculty members.  Registration is free and all industries and businesses are invited to attend.
 
The morning session will be launched with remarks from City of Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver and Paine College President, George C. Bradley.  The keynote address will be delivered by Walter M. Bastian; Deputy Assistant Secretary, Western Hemisphere, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.  The morning speakers following DAS Bastian will inform Augusta area businesses about global opportunities.  Additionally, businesses will learn about resources that could help their businesses grow through exporting their products to foreign markets.  Research shows that companies that export tend to be stronger companies and that there employees generally earn higher wages. There will also be a discussion regarding access to capital, trade finance and export credit insurance that protects against non-payment from foreign buyers.

“The strategic alliance between academia and the local business community was a key factor in developing the model for this unique seminar series,” said Shawn Ricks, Acting Director, International Trade Administration.  “Paine College exemplifies this model.  There is also strong emphasis on entrepreneurship and small business development built into the program agenda.”

Participating, partners include The U. S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration (ITA), The Economic Development Administration (EDA), The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), The U. S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR), The Department of Education - International Affairs Office (IAO), The Peace Corps, Phelps Stokes - Programs for International Exchange and The Washington Center.
 
Presenters include the: Economic Development Administration, Minority Business Development Agency, International Trade Administration and more.

The theme for the afternoon session is: Making the Successful Transition from Education to Employment – A Profile of the 21st Century Job Market.  College students, faculty and administrators will discover the importance of global education and the myriad of international career opportunities and internships. The two panels for the afternoon are: 1) Career Opportunities in the 21st Century: An International Perspective and 2) Preparing Students for the Global Job Market.  A strong feature of the afternoon session will be a discussion about stipends and fellowships to provide financial assistance for out-of-town or international internships and study abroad programs.

The panelists included in the afternoon session are: the International Trade Administration; National Institute of Standards and Technology; National Telecommunications and Information Administration; the Phelps Stokes Fund; and the Washington Center Internship Program.
 
“This program supports President Obama’s National Export Initiative (NEI),” commented DAS Bastian.   It’s important to note that the NEI is not just about doubling the number of exports in the next five years.   It’s about ensuring U.S. companies have the tools they need to successfully compete in the 21st century.  This includes providing a highly-skilled workforce that is aligned with the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit that drives economic growth, as well as ensuring access to foreign markets for U.S. goods and services.”  Walter Bastian serves as the Assistant Secretary of the Western Hemisphere, U.S. Department of Commerce.

Following the success of its previous conferences at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA); University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX); and the Universidad del Este (San Juan, Puerto Rico), the Western Hemisphere Unit of the International Trade Administration is excited about bringing its conference to Augusta, GA and it is pleased to work with Paine College.

To register for this conference, we invite you to visit: http://www.export.gov/mes/eg_main_025496.asp <http://www.export.gov/mes/eg_main_025496.asp>  or www.paine.edu <http://www.paine.edu> .   For additional information on this conference, please contact:
 
Shawn Ricks, International Trade Administration at 202.482.5564 or send an email to: Shawn.Ricks@mail.doc.gov or, Natasha Carter, Paine College Office of Communications and Marketing at 706-396-7591 or send an email to: Ncarter@paine.edu.

 
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“The Greater than AIDS- GA Testing Tour" stops at Paine College

Posted by ncarter | 03/22/2011 09:46 AM

(Augusta, GA)- On Thursday, April 14, 2011, The Georgia Department of Public Health and the Black AIDS Institute from Los Angeles, California will be at Paine College to educate and provide testing for the Paine College Community and members of the CSRA Community.

The program will be held in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel starting at 11:00 a.m. and will last until 1:00 p.m. HIV testing will take place from 11:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. in the classrooms located in the chapel.

“The Greater than AIDS- GA Testing Tour" will visit the seven HBCU campuses on the week of April 11-15. The topics of discussion are centered around  testing, education, support and treatment.
 
The HIV testing tours are multi-organizational collaborative effort to create synergies in the coordination, promotion and execution of HIV testing efforts. The Black AIDS Institute’s mission is to stop the AIDS pandemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing Black institutions and individuals in efforts to confront HIV. The Black AIDS Institute is the only national HIVS/AIDS think tank focused exclusively on African-American people.

For more information, please contact Nurse Harriet Jones at 706-396-7644 or Hjones@paine.edu.

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Paine College Appoints Coach Jimmy Link to Lead Lions

Posted by ncarter | 03/15/2011 12:26 PM

(Augusta, GA)- Interim Athletic Director, Selina Kohn, announced today that Coach Jimmy Link will lead the Lions Basketball team. He served as the Interim Head Men’s Basketball Coach after being appointed the position mid-way during the 2010-2011 Season. Since then, Link has gone on to lead the Lions with an 11-17 record and second round appearance in the 2011 Southern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (SIAC) Tournament.
 
Link brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as a former player and coach. During his basketball career, Link was a four-year letterman in men’s basketball at Flagler College, where he led the team to its first NAIA National Tournament bid as a point guard in 2002-2003.  His team was ranked in the NAIA Top 25 nationally in each of Link’s four seasons as a player and he helped lead the team to a Florida Sun Conference Tournament Championship as a senior.
 
“I’m elated to be a part of the Paine College legacy,” Link said. Being named head coach is a highly regarded position and I am excited to take on the responsibility of successfully growing the Paine College Athletics Program through recruiting and coaching talented student athletes.”
 
Link sang the praises of several during a press conference, “I am so excited for the opportunity I have been given here at Paine College. I promised everyone, especially Dr. Bradley, that I would make him proud of choosing me to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Coach Ronnie Spry.”
 
“I am grateful for assistants, Coach Beard and Coach Smith, for helping me to move the team forward this season.  I couldn’t have done it without you.”
 
He also shared, “Coach Spry recruited me to work as an Assistant Coach at Paine College.”  “He has been an unbelievable influence in my life and I am so thankful that he brought me to Augusta, Georgia.  Even throughout this transition, he has supported me as a Coach and as a Person.  And, I thank him for that,” he said.
 
During the press conference, Link shared his goals for the Athletic Program.  “We have three main goals for the Men’s Basketball Program. We want to graduate Players; mold men so that after they graduate, they make the Paine College Community proud, and win Games and contend in the SIAC Conference,” Link said.
 
Link has over eight years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, from Division I to the NAIA. He began his career as assistant basketball coach at Flagler College, an NCAA Division II institution in 2004, during which his team ranked Top 10 in the country and made a Sweet 16 Tournament Appearance in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Florida Sun Conference.
 
He moved on to serve as assistant basketball coach at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland from 2005-2006. Link helped recruit 13 players to the NCAA Division III program, all of which ended up having a school best record. During this time he also assisted.
 
After a successful career at Washington College, Link returned to Flagler College from 2006-2008 as assistant basketball coach, where he helped sign one of the best recruiting classes ever, three freshman and one transfer and went on to have 20-7 season in their 2nd year of Division II.
 
Previously, Link served assistant basketball coach at the University of North Florida, an NCAA Division II institution, and member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. There he served along side long time head coach Matt Kilcullen for the 2008-2009 season. He also served as assistant men’s basketball coach at Newberry College NCAA Division II under Steve DeMeo for the 2009-2010 Season.
 
Touchingly, Link expressed his appreciation to his family who rendered tremendous support throughout his career.  Expressing deep gratitude to his deceased mother, he commented, “To my mom, it was her kind soul and amazing heart that made my life special.  And, to my Dad, thank you for raising me into the man that I have become and for supporting me in my career when times were tough.”
 
Link held a very special announcement toward the end.  Referring to his biggest fan and the love his life, Link thanked his wife Jennifer for her support.  He commented, “My wife Jen and I are expecting our first child.  I am so excited to become a father.”
 
In closing, he said, “as you can tell, I am a family man, husband, and soon to be father.  I have also added these young men to my family.  I will take care of them like they are my own.  We will go through great times and tough times and learn from our experiences.  I welcome all of Paine College into my family and encourage all of Paine’s former athletes and men and women who bleed purple and white to come back to their Alma Mater to support the Athletic Program.
 
Link earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Flagler College in 2003. Link currently resides in Augusta, Georgia with his wife Jennifer.
 
For more information, call the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706-396-7591 or contact Ms. Natasha Carter at Ncarter@paine.edu.

To view conference visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cve9q0diSI0