| 05/20/2014 09:44 AM
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Paine College basketball player Ashley Watts has been named a finalist for the Collegiate Star category as part of the 23rd Annual Greater Augusta Medals for Excellence in Sports (G.A.M.E.S.) Awards hosted by the Augusta Sports Council (ASC) for the second year in a row. Watts will be recognized on Thursday, June 12 at the Augusta Country Club.
The Augusta native is coming off a strong basketball campaign where she was named the 2013-14 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Player of the Year. The mathematics major also earned spots on the 2013-14 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-South Region Second Team and the All-SIAC First Team. Most notably, Watts led Division II in points per game and surpassed the 1,000-point mark after two seasons as a Lady Lion. The Butler High School graduate finished the year averaging 26.5 points per game and with 1,312 career points under her belt.
Jaiden Brandt, a distance runner from Georgia Regents, is the second finalist in the Collegiate Star division. Brandt is a native of North Augusta, S.C. who just completed his senior year at GRU.
This year’s G.A.M.E.S. Awards Banquet will feature Pro Football Hall of Famer and Thomson, Georgia native, Ray Guy, as the guest speaker. Guy will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 2 as the first punter ever selected to enter. He was also the first punter ever drafted in the NFL’s first round when he became the 23rd overall pick for the Oakland Raiders in 1973.
The 2014 G.A.M.E.S. Awards are presented by the ASC, Augusta Coca-Cola, The Augusta Chronicle and WRDW News12. The banquet starts with a check-in and social hour at 6 p.m. with the dinner and program to being at 7 p.m. Members of the ASC can purchase tickets for $45 and non-members can buy tickets for $50. Tables are also available for $450 for ASC members and $500 for non-members.
To purchase tickets contact, Michelle Naval at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 706.722.8326 ext. 235.
For additional information on all aspects of the Paine College Department of Athletics, please visit www.paineathletics.com or contact Kayla Thomas at 706-821-8438 or email@example.com.
2014 G.A.M.E.S. Awards Finalists
Judson Stephen “Boomer” Hickey
Jaiden Brandt- GRU Augusta
Ashley Watts – Paine College
All-Around Female Athlete
Shannon Fair- Aquinas High School
Malia Kency- Briarwood Academy
Jasmine Stone- Evans High School
All-Around Male Athlete
Jermaine Baxley- Burke County High School
Ruben Garnett- Aquinas High School
Dillon Keeler- Evans High School
Outstanding Female Athlete
Destiny Brewton- Lucy C. Laney High School
Amber Hong- Midland Valley High School
LeeAnne Rees- Greenbrier High School
Outstanding Male Athlete
Ahmed Hill – Aquinas High School
Aubrey McRae- Glenn Hills High School
Darius Watkins- Grovetown High School
McKenna de Graff- Augusta Prep
Daniel Carr- Midland Valley High School
John Harris- Augusta Christian
Aquinas High School Football Team
| 05/14/2014 04:01 AM
Paine College is maintaining a high level of security presence in the wake of recent shootings that occurred on the campus. The Paine College Police Department, consisting of certified armed officers, are present throughout the campus and residential halls round-the-clock to make certain that the students, faculty and staff remain in a safe environment. One of two injured students received superficial wounds, while the other remains hospitalized and is expected to recover. Although undergraduates were given a choice to take final exams in an on-line environment, many undergraduate students remained on campus following the Commencement Convocation held this past Sunday in the HEAL Complex.
Checkpoints are still in effect. The Paine College community must present a valid Paine College photo ID to gain access to the campus. Visitors are required to present a photo ID to obtain a temporary Visitor’s Pass. Certified Paine College armed police officers are visible throughout the campus and are posted at entrances. Also, barricades remain in effect at exits and entrances.
The campus e2-Alert Notification System, utilized to notify the campus community of the initial crisis, continues to work optimally and will remain in effect. Electronic surveillance is ever-present.
The College is moving towards healing and hosted animal therapy for students, faculty and staff on the campus two days following the shooting. The canine service was provided by the Hope Animal Assisted Crisis Response team (Southeast Region). The dogs visited each residence hall and walked the campus with their handlers greeting students and staff. The College also implemented a counseling resource that is available to the campus community and their families for emotional support. Licensed counselors are available 24 hours/7 days per week to speak to members of the Paine College community at 1-866.713.1978. Also, the Paine College Counseling Center, located on the campus, remains open to assist individuals who may require support.
“The safety and security of our students, faculty and staff remain a priority,” said Helene Carter, Assistant Vice President. The College’s Police department will continue to work with the Richmond County Sheriff’s office in the ongoing investigation.
For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, Tjwilliams@paine.edu. To learn more about Paine College, please visit www.paine.edu.
| 05/6/2014 04:18 AM
Paine College will host a media briefing regarding the shooting that occurred on the campus earlier today. The briefing will take place at 10AM in the HEAL Complex located at 1255 Druid Park Avenue on the campus.
The College will host a Prayer Vigil at 12 noon in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Another media briefing will take place in the afternoon at 4 pm in the HEAL Complex.
For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, 706.396.8163 or email Tonya Williams at Tjwilliams@paine.edu.
| 05/5/2014 13:31 PM
TO: All Media Outlets
DATE: Monday, May 5th, 2014
FROM: Sgt. Monica R. Belser
For Immediate Media Release:
On Monday, May 5th, 2014 at approximately 1300 hours, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office responded to Paine College to Haygood Hall at 1235 15th Street, Augusta Georgia in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, a male victim was found on the 3rd Floor with a gunshot wound to the head. The victim was transported to Georgia Regents University Hospital Trauma Center for what is reported as a life threatening injury.
Paine College was placed on lockdown and Deputies and Investigators interviewed witnesses identifying the shooting suspect. During a search of the dormitories, the suspect was apprehended and taken into custody. He is still pending charges at this time. The suspect is a 21 year old male. The suspect was purportedly involved in an altercation with the other student.
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office will be augmenting the Paine College Police to provide additional safety and security at Paine College until further notice. No other students were injured in this incident. The Sheriff’s Office is investigating another shooting that occurred the previous evening where a student was injured by debris from a blast through the wall. This matter is being investigated as well.
This is a joint release between the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and Paine College Campus Police on an ongoing investigation in regards to this unfortunate incident.
| 05/5/2014 10:12 AM
Paine College Police Department acknowledged that an incident took place Sunday afternoon in one of the male residence halls on campus. The incident involved non-Paine College students. Individuals discharged a firearm on campus which immediately took the campus in a lock down mode. Paine College Police and Richmond County law enforcement are investigating the incident. At this time, the campus is safe. As further developments occur, more details will be released.
| 04/17/2014 05:31 AM
It is with great sadness that the Paine College Community mourns the passing of one of Augusta’s most notable television personalities and beloved citizens, Trooper Terry Sams.
Trooper Sams worked to build relationships in the community and served as a positive role model for students throughout the CSRA.
President George Bradley said, “We need more citizens who teach and showcase good citizenship. Trooper Sams was a living example of a “good neighbor and his loss will be deeply felt.”
The Paine College Community joins with WJBF News 6 and the CSRA communities in remembering one of Augusta’s greatest citizens.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
| 04/8/2014 11:46 AM
(Augusta, GA)— Paine College, in partnership with BET Centric, will host the “Purple On The Green” Day Party on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The entire CSRA community and visitors to Augusta are invited to this event. This festive event will be held at the Paine College HEAL Complex located at 1255 Druid Park Avenue. Proceeds from “Purple On The Green” ticket sales will go toward providing scholarships for students.
Local celebrities Kimberely Scott of WJBF and Cher Best of 96.3 Kiss FM will host the event. Guests will enjoy live music from popular 1970s funk band Brick, Quiet Storm featuring TuTu D’Vyne, and DJ Greg Nyce.
“Paine College is committed to providing activities that celebrate the heritage of the Augusta community,” said Senior Vice-President for Institutional Advancement, Brandon Brown. “We are honored to present entertainment to our community and to those visiting Augusta for the tournament. Events like this help us raise scholarship dollars for our students. We invite the community to come and party for a purpose on April 12th.”
The public is invited and may purchase tickets from Pyramid Bookstore and from Paine College by calling (706) 821-8233. Purple On The Green tickets start at $20 for general admission with a cash bar and $50 for entry to the Minnesota Fattz VIP Lounge. VIP ticket holders will receive complimentary beverages and hors d'oeuvres. Bar 544 will provide all refreshments.
For more information on Paine College, please visit: www.paine.edu, or contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
| 03/14/2014 11:40 AM
Paine College Competes with 64 HBCUs to Win Home Depot Renovation Grant
Show your Paine College spirit by voting online today and everyday through April 14th. Share your vote through social media.
Paine College is among 64 HBCUs that are competing to win the 2014 Home Depot Retool Your School grant award. Home Depot will award a total of $250,000 to HBCUs for campus and facility improvements.
Help Paine College win $50,000. If awarded, the money will support the beautification of the campus and residence halls.
The awards will go to the three top schools with the most votes and social media activity, assessed by Home Depot.
You can help Paine to win. Vote early. Vote daily. Vote often.
Voting is just a click away! www.retoolyourschool.com/vote-now/
Hurry! Voting ends April 14th.
Encourage others to vote through social media. More shares equals more points.
| 02/4/2014 12:09 PM
The Committee on the Conference on the Black Experience will host a series of events during the month of February. The purpose of these events are to provide multiple opportunities for faculty, staff, students, and community members to engage in dialogues about increasing college student involvement in celebrating Black history month and encouraging students to engage in cultural awareness events throughout the entire year. These events include faculty and student lead book talks, movie reviews and analysis, panel discussions, and think tanks. All events aligns with Association for the Study of African America life and history annual theme for 2013:
At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.
The COBE Series will begin with an opening address by Dr. Greg Carr on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 11:00 am in Candler Memorial Library Ballroom. Later, Dr. Carr will engage with faculty during the first COBE faculty professional development series at 3:00 p.m. This session will also be held in the Candler Memorial Library Ballroom.
Dr. Carr is an Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Chair of Afro-American Studies at Howard University and Adjunct Faculty at the Howard School of Law. Dr. Carr designed the curriculum framework for Philadelphia’s mandatory high school African American History course and co-founded Philadelphia Freedom Schools, a community-based academic initiative that has involved over 13,000 K-12 students. Dr. Carr's publications have appeared in, among other places, The African American Studies Reader, Socialism and Democracy, Africana Studies, Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, The National Urban League’s 2012 State of Black America and Malcolm X: A Historical Reader. He is the First Vice President of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations and a former member of the board of the National Council?for Black Studies Dr. Carr has been named Professor of the Year three times by Howard student organizations and has led or co-led student study courses in South Africa and/or Egypt six times. He has represented Howard University as a faculty expert in The New York Times, Washington Post, Le Monde, USA Today, MSNBC, National Public Radio, BBC America, C-SPAN, MTVu, Voice of America, the Tavis Smiley Show, The Dianne Rheim Show, Diverse Magazine and CNN, as well as a range of local radio, television and internet media outlets. Dr. Carr blogs at drgregcarr.com and can be reached at email@example.com and/or on Twitter at @AfricanaCarr.
The COBE series will also include a series of events throughout the month of February. The culminating events are the Sankofa Youth Summit on Feb. 22, 2014 and a campus wide Community Service Initiative on February 28, 2014. Please see the schedule of events below. Please address all questions to Drs. LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis or Dr. Lawanda Cummings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
| 02/3/2014 04:33 AM
Paine College officials announced today that Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will be the guest speaker for the Founders’ Day Convocation that will take place Friday, February 7, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel on the campus. The College will celebrate its 132nd year of existence during a time when many alumni return to the campus to participate in the week of Homecoming festivities.
The event is free and open to the public.
“We are excited to have Commissioner Clyburn who has made significant and groundbreaking contributions in the arena of communications on our campus to interact with our students, faculty and staff,” commented Dr. George C. Bradley, President. The students are anticipating meeting the Commissioner during her visit as she shares her experiences in the industry.
Mignon L. Clyburn served as Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission, following her appointment by President Barack Obama on May 20, 2013. As Commissioner, she is serving a second term as a Democrat on the Commission, for which she was sworn in on February 19, 2013 following her re-nomination by the President and confirmation by the United States Senate.
Clyburn began her service at the FCC in August, 2009, after spending 11 years as a member of the sixth district on the Public Service Commission (PSC) of South Carolina. She served as its chair from July 2002 through June 2004.
Prior to her service on the PSC, Clyburn was the publisher and general manager of The Coastal Times, a Charleston-based weekly newspaper that focused primarily on issues affecting the African American community. She co-owned and operated the family-founded newspaper for 14 years.
A longtime champion of consumers and a defender of the public interest, Commissioner Clyburn considers every Commission proceeding with an eye toward how it will affect each and every American. She is a strong advocate for enhanced accessibility in communications for disabled citizens, and works closely with representative groups for the deaf and hard of hearing. She has fought to promote strong competition across all communications platforms, believing that the more robust and competitive the marketplace, the less need there is for regulation. However, when the market is not adequately addressing consumer concerns, Clyburn is an outspoken champion for smart, targeted regulatory action. She has pushed for media ownership rules that reflect the demographics of America, affordable universal telephone and high-speed internet access, greater broadband deployment and adoption throughout the nation, and transparency in regulation. Commissioner Clyburn is a member of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, Federal-State Joint Board on Separations, and the Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Services, all of which she chaired for three years during her first term at the FCC.
Clyburn is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Banking, Finance and Economics. Also, she is the daughter of U.S. Representative James Clyburn, [D-SC].
For more information, please contact Helene Carter at 706.821.8323, 803.664.0080 (mobile), or via email: Hcarter@paine.edu.