Paine College students to perform at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Posted by ncarter | 09/11/2010 04:49 AM

(Augusta, GA)- Two Paine College students were selected to be a part of the 3rd Annual Performance of the 105 Voices of History National Choir to perform during Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) week in Washington, D.C. The performance will take place on September 19, 2010 at 5:00PM at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Concert Hall.  The event will be hosted by Dove Award winner Pastor Shirley Caesar, the concert features Grammy nominee and Stellar Award winner Kim Burrell.

Chicago natives, Christian Noble, a Mass Communications major and Tyshana Gardner, Biology major were chosen to represent Paine College. “This is an experience of a lifetime,” Noble said. “I’m really excited to network and represent my institution.” Noble is a four-year member of the Paine College Concert Choir and will sing bass in the 105 Voices of History National Choir.  Gardner is a two-year member of the Paine College Concert Choir and will sing soprano in the 105 Voices of History National Choir. Their choir directors nominate students and the 105 Voices Choir Committee makes the final selection.  The honorary chairs include Jessye Norman, Augusta native, Phylicia Rashad, actress and Cathy Hughes, CEO and Founder of Radio-TV One. This will be the second year Paine College students participated in the choir and celebration. Last year, Stirling Knight, a Mass Communications major was chosen to represent the College.

The “105 Voices Of History” is a HBCU (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) Choir National Initiative was created to promote diversity in America’s national venues for the Arts.  It provides a National Platform to increase the exposure of all HBCUs to diverse audiences and its many constituents, from corporate America to the youngest students, who will be attracted by the Choir’s performances to pursue higher education. The National Choir will also provide a forum for the Conductors and partners to share knowledge and collaborate on ideas for program development among their Colleges/Universities.  Most valued, these initiatives will assist to continuously build capacity – A National Choir Initiative provides the HBCUs a National Voice to increase their visibility of the valued talents.
The 105 Voices of History National Choir--including one singer from each of the nation's 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities will perform traditional choral works and spirituals, as well as selections from gospel and jazz. The conductors for this concert are Dr. Wayne Barr (Tuskegee University), Jeremy Winston (Wilberforce University), D'Walla Simmons Burke (Winston-Salem State University), and Dr. Curtis Everett Powell (Delaware State).
“I’m really looking forward to performing “Around Midnight by Darmon Meader,” Gardner said. Gardner and Noble have tirelessly rehearsed in preparation for the performance. They’ve traveled to Columbia, South Carolina to Benedict College to rehearse with members from South Carolina HBCUs.

Washington Isaac Holmes, Director of the Paine College Concert Choir is impressed by the dedication of his choir members. Their dedication is important because it will afford them the opportunity to earn over $30,000 in scholarships to be used towards their education.

The scholarships are connected benchmarks such as participation in all activities throughout their region, level of skill, and attendance at rehearsals.

“I’ve encouraged the two students to go and embrace the endeavor,” Holmes said.  This is an amazing opportunity that involves high caliber singing and a program of prestige. It is an opportunity I wished I had as a student.”

During the week long celebration students will engage in workshops, rehearsals, tours and student leader professional development seminars.
Tickets are $20.00 - $50.00 and can be purchased via the Kennedy Center website at
For more information about the choir visit

For additional information, contact The Office of Communications and Marketing.

Paine to host 2nd Annual Golf Tournament with Senior PGA Pro Jim Dent

Posted by ncarter | 08/26/2010 10:58 AM

AUGUSTA, GA) - Paine College invites golfers to the 2nd  Annual Paine College Golf Tournament on Monday, August 30, 2010 at Jones Creek Golf Club in Evans, Georgia. Last year, the tournament raised more than $22, 000 to benefit Paine College golf scholarships and this year the committee plans to raise a lot more.

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, Jim Dent will 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.- 10:30 a.m.

Shotgun start time is 11:00 a.m. Contest include beat the pro, closest to the pin, longest drive, and hole-in-one. Participants can also look forward to a silent auction, raffles and first, second and third place team prizes. Jones Creek Golf Club will provide brunch for registered golfers and volunteers and Outback Steakhouse will provide dinner during the 19th Hole Reception.

“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 Reception.  "The support of the CSRA community from year to year is outstanding," said Hoover Johnson, Jr.,  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."

Sponsors such as Phoenix Printing, Double Tree Hotel, Georgia Bank & Trust, Coca-Cola Bottling, Jim Hudson Lexus, Double Tree Hotels, P.F. Changs China Bistro, Outback Steakhouse, Jones Creek Golf Club, and WJBF News Channel 6 support this worthy cause.

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. For more information about the tournament, contact Frances Wimberly at  (706) 821-8233 or (706) 564-3717 on tournament day. Visit to view 2nd Annual Paine College Golf Tournament Sponsors.

TOURNAMENT HISTORY: The Office of Institutional Advancement decided to actively engage the Augusta community to help the Paine College Golf program evolve into a regionally and nationally ranked team. Brandon P. Brown, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, and Frances D. Wimberly, Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement worked hard to form a committee for the Inaugural Paine College Golf Tournament. The Institutional Advancement staff decided to engage people with knowledge of golf as well as proud Paineites to assist with the organizing duties of the tournament. Kenneth D. Larry, an avid golfer and proud Paine College supporter, joined the committee as chair. Through Larry’s leadership, many others joined the committee to including the honorary chair, PGA tournament player Jim Dent. The committee held its first meeting in April 2009.

Tournament Format
    •    Threesome Lauderdale Play – Captains Choice (A and B flights –1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes)

Tournament Event Schedule
    •    Sunday, August 29, 2010
    ◦    6:00 PM - Paring Party

    •    Monday, August 30, 2010
    ◦    8:30 - 10:30 AM - Registration
    ◦    8:45 - 10:45 AM - Callaway Demo Complimentary golf lessons by golf pros
    ◦    10:00 AM - Brunch
    ◦    11:00 AM - Shotgun Start

For more information about the tournament or Paine College Golf Program visit WWW.PAINE.EDU/GOLF

The Augusta Opera and Paine College Host Opera Master Class with Mezzo-Soprano Denyce Graves

Posted by ncarter | 08/25/2010 06:07 AM

AUGUSTA, GA - World-renowned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves will conduct a Master Class with local voice students on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 10:30 a.m.  The event, sponsored by The Augusta Opera and Paine College is part of the Lyceum Series and will be held at Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel at Paine College. Four vocal students from Augusta State University, Paine College, University of South Carolina at Aiken, and the private voice studio of Sandra Walker have been selected to participate. This event is open to the public and free for all area students. Non-students are welcome to attend and a $5 donation is requested.
This Master Class comes the morning after Ms. Graves' concert performance at St. Paul's presented by The Augusta Opera and the Westobou Festival.
“The Paine College community is honored and delighted to host the Master Class," said Dr. Cheryl Evans-Jones, Executive Assistant to the President and Title III Coordinator at Paine College. "We are pleased to host this wonderful educational experience in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel and we welcome the CSRA students."
"This is a real treat for local voice students," said Laurie Lockliear, Executive Director of The Augusta Opera. "We are thrilled to be able to offer this learning experience from such an acclaimed opera star."

"It would be an honor for any aspiring singer to sing for an artist of the musical stature of Denyce Graves.  Our area students are indeed fortunate to have been chosen to sing on her Master Class."  said Linda Banister, Voice Professor, Augusta State University Dept. of Music. 

About Denyce Graves
Recognized worldwide as one of today's most exciting vocal stars, Denyce Graves continues to gather unparalleled popular and critical acclaim in performances on four continents. USA Today identifies her as "an operatic superstar of the 21st Century," and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution exclaims, "if the human voice has the power to move you, you will be touched by Denyce Graves."

Her career has taken her to the world's great opera houses and concert halls. The combination of her expressive, rich vocalism, elegant stage presence, and exciting theatrical abilities allows her to pursue a wide breadth of operatic portrayals as well as delight audiences in concert and recital appearances. Denyce Graves has become particularly well-known to operatic audiences for her portrayals of the title roles in Carmen and Samson et Dalila. These signature roles have brought Ms. Graves to the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Washington Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Arena di Verona, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opernhaus Zürich, Teatro Real in Madrid, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Los Angeles Opera, and the Festival Maggio Musicale in Florence.

In 2008-09, Ms. Graves reprised her historic portrayal of the title role of Margaret Garner for the Michigan Opera Theatre (with performances in Detroit and on tour in Chicago), she returns to the Washington National Opera as the gypsy, Carmen, in a production by Francesca Zambello, and the artist brings the role of Dulcinée to San Diego Opera in the company’s new production of Massenet’s Don Quichotte co-starring Ferruccio Furlanetto. Her vibrant concert and recital schedule takes her throughout North America and highlights include performances with Brian Stokes Mitchell, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the Utah Symphony, a program to honor the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. under the auspices of the Denver Spirituals Project, and a recreation of the historic Marian Anderson concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington as a part of the Lincoln Bicentennial.

During the past season, the artist won critical acclaim as Baba the Turk in a Robert Lepage production of The Rake’s Progress at San Francisco Opera, made her Hong Kong debut as Charlotte in Werther at Hong Kong Opera, and appeared in the title role of Carmen with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. She also traveled internationally making extensive tours of concerts, recitals and masterclasses. Outside the world’s most prestigious classical music venues, Ms. Graves offered the American National Anthem at the opening of Nationals Park, the new home for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball, and was deeply honored to sing in celebration of Pope Benedict XVI‘s first visit to the United States at an open-air Mass in Washington, D.C.


Photo caption: Graves gives sound advice to student in Master Class


For information, images, video, or to schedule interviews please contact Laurie Lockliear at 706.691.8705 or Robyn Macey at <> .

Paine College senior could be the next American Idol

Posted by ncarter | 08/16/2010 13:22 PM

(Augusta, GA)- Symone Plummer stands 5 feet 9 inches tall and is often asked “Are you a model?” Plummer is not a model, but modeling is just one of her many dreams and talents. After you get past her statuesque exterior you’ll hear she has a raw soulful voice, which earned her the title of WFXG Fox 54 “Augusta Idol” and an all expense paid trip to San Francisco, Calif. to audition for Fox TV’s American Idol on August 19th.

“I’ve never visited to the West Coast, so I’m really excited about that. I feel like I’ve made it really far, and if I don’t make it to Hollywood, at least someone had the chance to hear me. That exposure is important,” Plummer said.

WFXG Fox 54 has participated in the idol competition for years says Glenn Tomlinson, marketing director. “Each Fox affiliate hosts its own affiliate promotion for Fox’s American Idol,” Tomlinson said.  Each local affiliate winner wins an all expense trip to audition for the American Idol producers.

The 24 year old Mass Communications student unsuccessfully tried her luck at American Idol stardom once before. “I wanted to audition for “Augusta Idol” competition in 2006, Plummer said.  “That year, they took the first 100 people and I was number 102.” She didn’t go back again until August 6th where she stunned the judges covering Patty Labelle’s “If Only You Knew”.

During the auditions at the Imperial Theatre, Plummer beat out over 400 hopefuls and 100-semi finalist.

The aspiring singer and actress is amazed by the incredible support from her family, church, college and community. “ I’m a mini celebrity”, she said. “Everyone has provided me with great advice – put God first.”

Plummer plans on doing just that at her audition in San Francisco. She’s confident she won’t be a ball of nerves during the audition because she has been singing since age six. “I am not shy at all. I’ve been singing for my mom’s guests and participating in family talent shows for years,” she said.

She is currently a member of the Paine College Concert Choir, “Radical Praise” Choir at Macedonia Baptist Church and is former member of choirs at Copeland Elementary, Sego Middle School and Richmond Academy.

She’s an avid fan of American Idol and admits she’s only nervous about the producers’ decision. “Whatever their decision I’ll make sure I give them a performance,” she said. 

WFXG Fox 54 will follow Plummer’s experience if she makes it to Hollywood, Calif. where she will audition for the new American Idol judges.  Believe it or not Plummer is not breathing a sigh of relief for Simon Cowell’s absence. “I really respected his opinion as a judge. He was really telling the truth most of the time and that honesty is important for an aspiring artist,” she said.

“We wish Symone lots of luck and we will be there to see her off for her audition in California,” Tomlinson said. 

Members of the Paine College Community will also be in attendance to wish Plummer luck in her endeavor. To join the send off at the Augusta Regional Airport at 5:00AM on Wednesday, August 18th, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591.

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Welcome New Students!

Posted by ncarter | 08/4/2010 04:57 AM

Paine College is proud to welcome the Class of 2014. August 4th marks the beginning of a new journey for hundreds of Paine College freshman. For an entire week, students from around the country will walk through their "Gateway to the World" as students at Paine.

The New Student Orientation Program is designed to both acquaint students with Paine College and to welcome them to their new community. During the eight-day program taking place August 4-9, 2010, students will participate in a wide variety of workshops and activities and will have the opportunity to meet and get to know many of their classmates, faculty, and college administrators.

More specifically, students will have the opportunity to become more familiar with the campus, meet with an academic advisor to finalize their schedules and learn about the vibrant academic life at the College, attend workshops focusing on campus life, and join the fun at social events planned each day. Through a service program, students will also have the opportunity to begin learning more about and getting involved in the greater Paine College community.

Family members of incoming freshman are invited to participate in informative sessions, fellowship and memorable ceremonies.

•Student Welcome
8:00am-3:00pm Campus Wide
Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel

•President Picnic
Paine House

•Parent Workshop: Supporting Your Student
•Student Workshop: The First Year Experience
Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel

•Rites of Passage Ceremony
5:30pm- 6:30pm
Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel

For more information about New Student Orientation, visit the link

Paine golf tournment builds on success

Posted by ncarter | 07/21/2010 04:37 AM

Story by David Westin
The Augusta Chronicle

July 20--Last year's inaugural Paine College Golf Tournament was such a rousing success -- the event raised nearly $25,000 for the Lions' golf program -- that it seemed it would be hard to top in 2010.

It appears that won't be a problem. The second annual tournament, set for Aug. 31 at Jones Creek Golf Club, already has another full field of 50 three-man teams, and sponsorship money is up from this time last year.

The field filled up last week. The cost was $300 per three-man team, or $100 for an individual.

"We've got a standby list again," said Kenny Larry, who is back as the chairman of the tournament committee.

Sponsorships are still being accepted. Anyone interested in sponsorships or getting on the waiting list should contact Paine College at (706) 821-8233.

With sponsorship money ahead of last year's pace, thanks in part to a $3,500 donation from one area foundation, the tournament is setting a goal of $50,000 raised for the golf program.

Last year's money went for golf equipment, range finders, scholarships, assisting in recruiting and to cover expenses to send the team to the PGA Minority Golf Championships.

The Paine College Golf Tournament started in response to the fact the Paine team qualified for the minority tournament in 2008, but the trip was canceled, with the school citing lack of funds.

In the wake of an outpouring of public support after word got out about the problem, Frances Wimberly and other Paine officials thought a benefit tournament might help out. It certainly has.

"The tournament is doing very, very well," Larry said.

The tournament is using the same format as last year: a three-man captain's choice. Augusta native and Champions Tour winner Jim Dent will return as honorary chairman and play.

The interest in keeping the tournament strong doesn't surprise Wimberly, who is the assistant vice president of institutional advancement at Paine.

"Many of the people I've talked to so far talked to people who participated in the tournament last year. They like the format," she said. "When I went to talk to sponsors, some were ready."

The only problem so far is a good one. Only 50 teams can go off in the afternoon shotgun start. The course can't handle any more players.

"Because of the response, we're looking at going to a double shotgun start (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) next year," Larry said.

Dent, who attended Paine College before becoming a touring pro, is one of the biggest backers of the tournament. Last year, he had two teams of family members. He turned down complimentary slots and paid for the teams himself. The Tampa, Fla., resident will do the same this year.

"Jim just loves that we're able to have a tournament like this where he's honorary chairman," said Larry, who visited with Dent recently when he was in town. "He feels like he's giving back to the community and he is. His name is a draw."

When Larry was asked to be the committee chairman last year, he said he would only do the first two events, then step aside. It looks like he'll be back next year.

"Frances said, 'Just do it one more year, Ken,' " Larry said. "I told them I'd see. I probably will. It's a lot of work, but it's really rewarding."

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July 17th Program aims to fund scholarships at Paine College

Posted by ncarter | 07/10/2010 09:52 AM

Story by Nakisha Dicks, '07

Tom Joyner, the host of a nationally syndicated radio show, will be a featured guest for Paine College's Are You Booked for Lunch? event July 17.

Radio host Tom Joyner, whose show is heard in 115 markets, will address a luncheon fundraiser for Paine College book scholarships. The event will raise money for book scholarships for Paine students, said Brandon Brown, the vice president of institutional advancement. "We are addressing one of many areas of education," Brown said. "It's important for students to be able to purchase books or software needed to perform their research and be prepared for class."

The Tom Joyner Foundation selected the college as the School of the Month for July, and the event was planned by the college and foundation to tie in with the honor, Brown said.Throughout the month, The Tom Joyner Morning Show will highlight the college and announce recipients of scholarships awarded by the foundation to Paine students.

The show airs in 115 markets and locally 6-10 a.m. weekdays on 100.9 FM, a Perry Broadcasting station. The company is a participating sponsor of the luncheon. Since 1998, the foundation has raised more than $55 million for scholarships for students attending historically black colleges and universities. Joyner's foundation is also assisting Paine with the college's campaign to raise $100,000 for scholarships. It continues through December.

The Paine College National Alumni Association kicked off the campaign with a $10,000 donation in February. Each alumni chapter has also been challenged to raise $5,000. "We wanted to make a statement that demonstrated how important this effort is, and we did not want to ask others to do something we had not done ourselves," said Dr. Silas Norman, the president of the Paine College National Alumni Association and a 1962 graduate of the school.
"It was our way of making a concrete statement that we intend to fully support this campaign," Norman said.

As of Friday, about $15,000 had been raised toward the college's goal, and officials hope the luncheon will help raise awareness about the campaign, the college and students' achievements, said Helene Carter, the assistant vice president of institutional development.

"We're hoping that the luncheon will add fuel to the campaign and help us reach at least the halfway mark by the end of July," she said.
"We are asking alumni, organizations, businesses, the entire CSRA community to get on board and help us reach our goal."

The luncheon will become an annual event for the school to help raise funds for book scholarships and keep the community informed of the college's activities, new programs and student achievements, Carter said.

WHAT: Are You Booked for Lunch?
WHEN: noon July 17
WHERE: Augusta Marriott Hotel & Suites, 2 Tenth St.
COST: $35 per person, $350 for a table of 10.
Tickets may be purchased through July 15. To purchase tickets, call (706) 821-8323 or (706) 821-8233.

Bradley Freeman first of five students to receive the Hercules Scholarship through the Tom Joyner Campaign for Paine College

Posted by ncarter | 07/1/2010 04:57 AM

(Augusta, GA) - Bradley Freeman, a senior Education major was recognized this morning on the Tom Joyner Morning Show as a Hercules Scholarship recipient. Freeman is the first of five students to receive the scholarship worth $1,500.

All scholarships announced during the Tom Joyner Morning Show are awarded through the Tom Joyner Foundation. All Hercules scholarship recipients must be male students at Paine College and have a 3.5 GPA or above, actively involved in campus activities and organizations and actively involved in community service.

Listen to the Tom Joyner Morning Show throughout the month of July to hear Joyner and his morning show crew announce many more recipients. The Hercules Scholarship will be awarded to a Paine College student every Thursday and will be announced on-air during the month of July.

Paine College has been selected as Tom Joyner Foundation 2010 School of the Month (July). From January 2010- December 2010, all funds raised via the Paine College/ Tom Joyner Foundation Partnership will be sent directly to Paine for the students. The Tom Joyner Foundation is a major fundraising vehicle for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) formed by the nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner. The Tom Joyner Foundation has assisted every HBCU, which is defined as “any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of Black Americans."

Donate today by visiting the link below. Your donation will help us award many more scholarships to Paine College students.

To listen to the Tom Joyner Morning Show live streaming via web click the link below:





Paine College is Tom Joyner School of the Month (JULY)

Posted by ncarter | 07/1/2010 04:33 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) – Paine College has been selected as Tom Joyner Foundation 2010 School of the Month (July). From January 2010- December 2010, all funds raised via the Paine College/ Tom Joyner Foundation Partnership will be sent directly to Paine for the students. The Tom Joyner Foundation is a major fundraising vehicle for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) formed by the nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner. The Tom Joyner Foundation has assisted every HBCU, which is defined as “any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of Black Americans."

The Tom Joyner Foundation Campaign for Paine College was kicked off with a $10,000 contribution from the Paine College National Alumni Association under the leadership of Dr. Silas Norman, Jr., ‘62.
“ This is a great campaign for Paine. I support it and I want to encourage all Paine College Alumni to do the same, he said. Many of our students are in need of the funds and providing access to a quality education is one of the College’s main goals. Through contributions from alumni and other constituents, I am sure this campaign will be a huge success.”

As one of the Tom Joyner Foundation’s “Schools of the Month,” Paine will receive funds from listeners, alumni, corporations and other interested parties during the month of July 2010 for scholarships for Paine College students. However, contributions to the campaign can be made until December 31, 2010.

The scholarships will be awarded to the students through the Office of Financial Aid at Paine, based on need and other requirements of the school and the donor. The Tom Joyner Foundation will award scholarships ranging in amounts from $1,000 to $5,000 each to Paine students who qualify. Those scholarship recipients will be announced every Thursday during the month of July on air. 

Throughout the month of July, the Tom Joyner Morning Show, aired in 115 markets around the country and reaching nearly eight million listeners every week, will promote Paine and the campaign. The Foundation has raised more than $25 million over the past seven years to help thousands of students at some 80 HBCUs.

The 2010 HBCUs of the month are: January: Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, AL); February: Fayetteville State University (Fayetteville, NC); March: Shaw University (Raleigh, NC); April: Voorhees College (Denmark, SC); May: Virginia State University (Petersburg, VA); June: Philander Smith College (Little Rock, AK); July: Paine College (Augusta, GA); August: North Carolina Central University (Durham, NC); September: Texas Southern University (Houston, TX); October: Fort Valley State University (Fort Valley, GA); November: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (Pine Bluff, AR).

For more information, contact Helene Carter, Campaign Coordinator and Assistant Vice President of Institutional Development at Paine College: 706-821-8323,

To make a contribution visit and click the “Tom Joyner Campaign” link or contact Mr. Reginald Powell, Director of Research and Gifts, at 706-821-8359. Make your checks payable to the Tom Joyner Foundation for Paine College and mail to the address below:

Tom Joyner Campaign for Paine College
c/o Office of Institutional Advancement
1235 Fifteenth Street-HH115
 Augusta, Georgia 30901

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Paulette Payne, '97 campaigns to host show on Oprah Winfrey Network

Posted by ncarter | 06/16/2010 12:00 PM

Augusta,GA - Paulette Payne, '97 is currently vying for an opportunity to host her OWN talk show, “the P factor,” on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network. “the P factor” will chronicle the P’s—passion, perseverance and purpose—in the lives of women, and shed light on the experiences of women who seek self-fulfillment, self-mastery and connectivity to life and hope. In addition, “the P factor” will also chronicle the P’s with which many women struggle—passivity, poverty and procrastination—and the means they utilize to overcome them.

“I am convinced, that when women are whole and well, the community reflects her strength. When this happens, young girls will model their mother’s courage, their sister’s confidence, their aunt’s fearlessness, their grandmother’s boldness," Payne said.
When Oprah Winfrey and reality TV producer Mark Burnett announced they were joining forces to search for TV’s next talk show star, Payne, who has always wanted to host her own talk show, knew this was her opportunity to share the commonality in the cycles of women’s lives that bind them together regardless of color, class and geographical location.  Payne’s OWN show, “the P factor,” strives to be the vehicle that gives women voice to personal power.
In 1997, Payne obtained a dual bachelors degree in Mass Communications and English from Paine College, where she also graduated Cum Laude. She most recently earned a Master of Arts Degree in Africana Women’s Studies from Clark Atlanta University in May 2010. Payne has served over eleven years as a Public Relations and Communications professional, and is also an experienced journalist having served as an Associate Producer for WJBF News Channel 6 in Augusta, GA.
Voting began, Tuesday, June 15, 2010 and continues through Saturday, July 3, 2010 at 11:59 pm PST. Multiple votes are accepted and encouraged.

Log on to to vote for Paulette Payne and “the P factor” today.
For more information about Paulette Payne’s campaign to host her OWN show, “the P factor”, on Oprah Winfrey’s Network, email

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