Paine College Mourns the Passing of Activist Nelson Mandela

Posted by lsuggs | 12/6/2013 05:06 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Dr. George C. Bradley and the Paine College Community mourns the death of human rights activist Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black President. Mandela died at his home in Johannesburg on December 5, 2013, at age 95.

Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, in Mveso, Transkei, South Africa. Becoming actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his 20s, Mandela joined the African National Congress in 1942. For 20 years, he directed a campaign of peaceful, non-violent defiance against the South African government and its racist policies.

In 1993, Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to dismantle the country's apartheid system. In 1994, Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa's first black president. In 2009, July 18th, was declared Mandela Day to promote global peace and celebrate the South African leader's legacy.

For more information on Paine College, please visit http://www.paine.edu or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or lsuggs@paine.edu.


Photo caption: Nelson Mandela, dies at the age of 95.

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PAINE COLLEGE DEPARTMENT OF HUMANITIES- CONFERENCE ON THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE: CALL FOR PAPERS

Posted by lsuggs | 09/13/2013 04:35 AM

(Augusta, GA) – The Department of Humanities at Paine College is requesting proposals for the annual Conference on the Harlem Renaissance to be held on the campus of historic Paine College. The theme for 2013 is “Midwives and Mavericks: Architects, Artists, and Critics of the Renaissance.” The focus for presentations will center on the literature, history, philosophy, art, and music, as well as inter- and cross-disciplinary approaches to the lives, work, and impact of a variety of architects, artists, and critics of the Harlem Renaissance Era.

Possible areas of inquiry include but are not limited to:

  • • Local and regional literatures related to the Harlem Renaissance
  • • Local and regional histories related to the Harlem Renaissance
  • • The philosophies and/or work of midwives such as: Alain Locke, W.E.B. Du Bois, Jessie Fauset, and/or James Weldon Johnson, etc.
  • • Community organizing during the Harlem Renaissance Era
  • • Art, music, and/or drama and the Harlem Renaissance
  • • Marcus Garvey, Literary Garveyism, Garveyites, and the U.N.I.A. Editors
  • • Harlem Renaissance Era journals, newspapers, clubs, and/or salons
  • • Oral histories from the Harlem Renaissance Era
  • • Spirituality, religion, faith, and doubt during the Harlem Renaissance

Proposals/Abstracts are sought in three categories:

  • • Professors, independent scholars, community organizers, artists, and designers
  • • Graduate students
  • • Undergraduate students

Submission Requirements: Individual proposals/abstracts should be no more than 250 words and panel abstracts should be more than 750 words. A clear explanation of the significance of the presentation is requested. Indicate all participants, status (professor, independent scholar, artist, designer, and student) and tentative title/focus of the panel and/or individual presentation.

Proposals/Abstracts should be submitted no later than Friday, September 27, 2013. Submit electronically to cladams@ paine.edu or Postal Mail:

Dr. Catherine L. Adams Chair, Department of Humanities

Paine College 1235 Fifteenth Street Augusta, GA 30901

For more information on Paine College, please visit http://www.paine.edu or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at

(706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or lsuggs@paine.edu.

Photo caption: Paine College logo.

Paine College Student Organizations Come Together To Remember 9/11

Posted by lsuggs | 09/10/2013 12:26 PM

(Augusta, GA)- Paine College Chapter of NAACP will partner with Senior Class of 2014 and Student Government Association to host a Candlelight Vigil to remember September 11, 2001.  The vigil is scheduled for Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 8:00am on the central lawn of campus in front of Haygood Holsey. Candles will be given to those in attendance. The Paine College Community and CSRA are welcomed to attend.

“We as student organizations should continue to remember those who we lost during this tragedy. We want to take time out to remember those families who don’t have their love ones with them today”, said Kara Shipp, President of the Paine College NAACP Chapter.

On September 11, 2001, militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Over 3,000 people were killed during the attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., including more than 400 police officers and firefighters.

“Student Government Association applauds the work that NAACP does and continues to do on campus. I am a proud member of the Paine College Chapter and I am always willing to support in any way I can.” said Jill A. Ballesteros, SGA President 2013-2014.

For more information about the September 11th Vigil, please contact the Paine College NAACP Chapter at (706) 312-4112.

Media are welcomed to attend. Please confirm attendance by contacting Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or lsuggs@paine.edu.

Photo caption l: NAACP logo.

Photo caption ll: Paine College logo.

Paine College Faculty Members Recipients of National $340,000 Federal Grant

Posted by lsuggs | 09/6/2013 10:24 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Paine College is elated to announce Dr. LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis and Dr. Lawanda Cummings’ recent grant from the National Science Foundation for a project proposal entitled, “Understanding Barriers to STEM Education for African-American Women”. The grant, in the amount of $342,899, will be awarded over a three year period.

The current project is an extension of the professors’ multidisciplinary research focused on African-American women, cultural meaning and academic processes.  This project is the result of an interdisciplinary collaboration between Dr. Lindsay-Dennis, Assistant Professor of Education and Dr. Cummings, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the College. Dr. Lindsay-Dennis serves as the principal investigator and Dr. Cummings serves as the co-principal investigator on this project. 

The project will investigate the underlying factors linked to the low participation of African-American women in the field of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  This project will contribute to the body of knowledge about direct and indirect influences on the ethnic minority women’s involvement in STEM career fields.

“We are excited about this collaborative research project focusing on the under-representation of African-American women on STEM career pathways.  It is our goal to help Paine College and similar institutions to create pipeline interventions to address the growing demands of the STEM workforce,” said Dr. Lindsay-Dennis.

Dr. Lindsay-Dennis has been with the College for 3.5 years and worked diligently on grants for programs similar to this new award.  Dr. Lindsay-Dennis received a $15,000 grant from The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) in 2011. This grant, Project P.U.S.H. (Propelling Underserved Students into Higher Education), funded a summer initiative to enhance the academic functioning for African-American girls who are at-risk for school failure through mentoring and exposure to curriculum to promote academic functioning. Prior to The Community Foundation for the CSRA grant, Dr. Lindsay-Dennis received her first grant at the College in the amount of $5,200 from the Faculty-Student Research Program just three years ago.  

Dr. Cummings, a relatively new faculty member, also received the Faculty-Student Research Program last year for $5,000 to conduct research focused on mentoring and academic support for incarcerated youth. Her work also includes STEM focused pipeline initiatives such as TREES (Training and Research Experiences in Environmental Sciences) and ESDC (Environmental Science Day Camp) at Paine College. Dr. Cummings was recently funded as a Co-PI by the Department of Energy for the WET-SEED (Workforce Enhancement and Training: Supplying Education and Energy Development) Initiative. Current funding includes a plan to continue both the middle and high school environmental science pipeline programs as part of a multi-focused research and education grant for 1.1 million dollars.

The Paine College Community congratulates its shining stars, Dr. Lindsay-Dennis and Dr. Cummings, on their latest achievement.

For more information about Paine College, please visit www.paine.edu, or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or lsuggs@paine.edu.

Photo caption: Dr. LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, faculty member at Paine College, recent recipient of National Science Foundation grant.

Photo Caption: Dr. Lawanda Cummings, faculty member at Paine College, Co-PI for the recently funded National Science Foundation grant.

 

 

Augusta UNCF Campaign Gears Up for Scholarship Jazz Festival

Posted by lsuggs | 08/30/2013 10:06 AM

(Augusta, GA) – The Augusta UNCF Campaign is thrilled to announce its Inaugural Ann N. Johnson UNCF Jazz Festival is underway and scheduled for 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 8, 2013, at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater. This historic outdoor venue is located at 1 Ninth Street in downtown Augusta, Georgia. The UNCF Jazz Festival’s chair, Ann N. Johnson, has been a community pillar within the greater Augusta area for over 40 years and a strong supporter of Paine College, a UNCF member school

Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Sounds Unlimited, Trey McLaughlin and the Sounds of Zamar, A Step Up, Three Generations, Richard Payne, and Playback featuring Tu’Tu Dy’vine.

Sounds Unlimited Band has been one of Augusta’s most distinguished bands since 1995. The band began as the Pitt Band for the Augusta Mini Theatre’s production of The Wiz. In 2005, the band was recognized by the 100 Black Men of Augusta for their accomplishments and service to the Augusta community. 

Trey McLaughlin and the Sounds of Zamar released their first single, “I Will Praise,” earlier this year.  The single, available on I-Tunes, is featured on their debut album “Limitless,” which was released November 2012.  A Step Up feature Eric Hillman and Michael Peele. Hillman began playing trumpet at the age of nine receiving training in jazz and classical music through the local school systems of Augusta, Georgia.  He has also done studio work with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, trombonist for the Wynton Marsalis Septet and has had the privilege of playing with Wynton Marsalis in a jam session.  On drums, Michael Peele was born in Baltimore, Maryland and raised in Augusta, Georgia.

The Richard Payne 4 is composed of some of Augusta’s most talented natives mixed with moonlighting Army musicians. These musicians of different regions, generations, and musical backgrounds fuse together to bring a unique, smooth, and sometimes funky edge to everything from jazz standards to modern R&B.

The 3 Generations are a musical group which consists of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation male relatives.  Based out of Augusta and formed in 2012, the 3 Generation's mission is to utilize its instrumental and vocal talents for the glory of God.  The 3 Generations have performed at various churches throughout the C.S.R.A. and cherishes the opportunity to share its love for music with all who will hear.

“To have a local college who has given so much to our community and produced dynamic leaders since 1882 is phenomenal,” shared Ann N. Johnson.  “I, and the Augusta community, have received so many of its benefits.  The act of giving forward is most important. UNCF scholarships enable students to realize their career goals so that they can become successful citizens and a treasure in their local and global communities is nothing but a WISE investment”.

The honorary chair of this scholarship event is musical recording artist, Janelle Monáe.  Four decades of funk and soul explode as hot new singer, Monáe joins forces with Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley, pivotal members of James Brown’s band in the 1960s and 1970s. Janelle Monáe has been called a super-musical cross between James Brown, Judy Garland, Andre 3000 and Steve Jobs. Monáe burst on the music scene in 2010 with her recording The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III), a concept album about a messianic figure in an android community. It received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album with the song "Tightrope" nominated for Best Urban/Alternative Performance. In 2011, Monáe performed at the Grammy ceremony and during the spring of 2012 appeared at the White House – First Lady Michelle Obama is a fan and uses her music as part of her workout. A key member of her band is guitarist Kellindo Parker, nephew of legendary saxophonist Maceo Parker.

Monáe is no stranger to Paine College nor Augusta, Georgia. The artist visited the College on October 4, 2012 to encourage voting among students for the 2012 presidential election in November. She also performed at the annual Westobou Festival, a celebration of visual and performing arts. In terms of education and philanthropy, Monáe has been a vocal proponent of progressive organizations such as Black Girls Rock and Keep A Child Alive, which better the lives of young electric ladies everywhere. 

She is set to release her upcoming album “Electric Lady” on September 10, 2013.

Tickets, now available for purchase, are $25 in advance and $35 on the day of the scholarship event. To purchase tickets for this event, contact Leadra Collins, Augusta UNCF Campaign Coordinator, at 706.821.8233 or lcollins@paine.edu.

For more information on Paine College, please visit http://www.paine.edu or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at

(706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or lsuggs@paine.edu.

Photo caption: Flyer for the Inaugural Ann N. Johnson UNCF Jazz Festival.

Photo caption: UNCF Jazz Festival honoree, Ann N. Johnson.

Paine College Professor Discovers Only Known Painting By Harlem Renaissance Writer

Posted by lsuggs | 10/23/2012 13:28 PM

(Augusta, Ga)—A recent find by Paine College's Assistant Professor of English, Belinda Wheeler, has many in the literary and arts community talking. Over the summer Dr. Wheeler located the only known painting by African American artist, poet, educator, columnist, and editor Gwendolyn Bennett (1902-1981).

Bennett was a significant figure in Harlem during the Renaissance, publishing over twenty two poems, four pieces of cover art, and several short stories in prominent African American journals including Crisis and Opportunity. Bennett also co-edited the literary journal Fire!!, with prominent figures including her good friends Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, and she also wrote an arts column, "The Ebony Flute," in Opportunity.

Dr. Wheeler is currently completing a book on Bennett (under contract with UP of Mississippi) which will be the first full-length treatment of this significant, yet frequently overlooked, figure from the Harlem Renaissance.

Earlier in her career Bennett had won several artistic prizes and scholarships that allowed her to study at the Sorbonne, Academic Julian, and Ecole du Pantheon in Paris between 1924 and 1925. Up until Dr. Wheeler's discovery, however, most scholars had believed that Bennett had concluded her painting career after she moved to Florida in 1927 to be with her new husband. Dr. Wheeler's discovery of Bennett's 1931 oil painting shows that she was still pursuing this creative outlet.

"I thought about keeping the painting," stated Dr. Wheeler, "but it needs to be seen and enjoyed by more than me.” Bennett was passionate about sharing her work and the work of others with a wide audience. To keep it in my office would not do her work justice."
About Dr. Wheeler:

Dr. Wheeler's work is changing how scholars view Bennett and her role in the Renaissance. In addition to her book on Bennett she has a forthcoming publication in the Modern Language Association's journal PMLA and she is also contributing several previously unpublished Bennett poems to the Anthology of Modern and Contemporary American Poetry and its accompanying website (edited by Cary Nelson from the University of Illinois).

For more information on Paine College, please visit: http://www.paine.edu/
 
Or contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or Lsuggs@paine.edu

Photo caption: GWENDOLYN BENNETT (1902 - 1981), Untitled (River Landscape). Oil on canvas, 1931. 203x305 mm; 8x12 inches. Initailed "G.B.J." and dated in oil, lower right.


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Paine College Rocks The Vote with Janelle Monáe

Posted by ncarter | 10/3/2012 05:44 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Paine College will host singer, Janelle Monáe on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 1:3o p.m. at the Peters Campus Center. Monáe will appear to encourage voting among students for the 2012 presidential election in November.

Student groups at Paine have rallied together to celebrate “National Student Day, which is a day promoting student volunteerism and social responsibility through a variety of events. The Paine College Student Government Association, Wesley Fellowship, LIONS Activity Board and Greek organizations have hosted voter registration drives since August to ensure all students, faculty and staff exercise their rights in November. “Exercising our right to vote is extremely important,” said Keyla Connie, president of Wesley Fellowship.  “We appreciate celebrities like Janelle Monáe lending her support towards events like this to uplift the importance of voting.”

About Janelle Monáe

Four decades of funk and soul explode as hot new singer, Monáe joins forces with Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley, pivotal members of James Brown’s band in the 1960s and 1970s. Janelle Monáe has been called a super-musical cross between James Brown, Judy Garland, Andre 3000 and Steve Jobs. 

Monáe burst on the music scene in 2010 with her recording The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III), a concept album about a messianic figure in an android community. It received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album with the song "Tightrope" nominated for Best Urban/Alternative Performance. Last year, Monáe performed at the Grammy ceremony and this spring appeared at the White House – First Lady Michelle Obama is a fan and uses her music as part of her workout. A key member of her band is guitarist Kellindo Parker, nephew of legendary saxophonist Maceo Parker.
Monáe is set to perform at the Westobou Festival in Augusta on Oct. 4, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

For more information contact, Natasha Carter, Director of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu.

Photo caption: Janelle Monáe


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Paine College Gets Ready For FREE Community Festival: PaineFest 2012

Posted by ncarter | 09/27/2012 06:51 AM

(Augusta, GA)- Paine College will host its annual PaineFest event, October 20, 2012 on the campus of Paine College from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The eagerly anticipated PaineFest is an annual community event that occurs during the month of October. PaineFest is designed to bring people together of all ages and backgrounds to engage in activities that connect the Paine College community with the broader community through its core values of excellence, appreciation of heritage, integrity, fiscal responsibility and service. This year’s theme is “Going from Good to Great in the Community”.

Last year, the event attracted more than 1,500 visitors. This year the College expects a much larger crowd. "The institution wants to go from good to great in the community. We want to be good neighbors,” said Brandon Brown, vice president of Institutional Advancement.  “Events such as this allow us to share with the community the direction that Paine College is moving.”

All PaineFest events are designed for the CSRA community to enjoy. Admission is FREE and open to the public. The College has teamed up with several churches, schools and community groups to plan events that will be fun and enlightening. The community is invited the to register for the Stage Performances, which will feature performances from aspiring dancers, singers, and choirs. Local cooks and restaurants can register and compete in Bubba’s Great BBQ Cook-Off Competition.
 
Everyone is encouraged to bring their families to enjoy the free festivities. 
Children can look forward to the Children’s Art Village, which will include face-painting, arts and crafts, sing-a-longs, inflatable and much more. Adults can enjoy food court, vendors’ court, art exhibition and book signings by Georgia and South Carolina Authors.
 
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE PAINE COLLEGE CAMPUS.

Please visit www.paine.edu/PAINEFEST for additional information. 

To register for the Great BBQ Cook-Off, Stage Performances or to become a vendor call (706) 821-8322. For more information, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu.

Download the PaineFest 2012 event schedule here.
 
 
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Renowned Artist, Lonnie Holley Set to Take Paine College Stage

Posted by ncarter | 09/18/2012 07:46 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Famed Artist, Lonnie Holley will appear at Paine College for a lecture, performance and sculpture unveiling. Paine College is excited to receive Holley, as keynote speaker of the “Assembly on the Arts”, Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.

Westobou Festival is pleased to announce the reception and dedication of work by Holley on Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at Collins-Callaway Library followed by a 5:00p.m. performance in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel at Paine College.

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Holley has been working on several projects in the Atlanta area, including a recently installed sculpture for the Beltline entitled "Hands Along the Rail" and a record to be released this winter under the Dust-to-Digital label.

Holley’s artwork provides the viewer with a contemporary link to the traditional art-making of Southern African-Americans. His sculpture, in particular, emerges out of the found-object tradition, the practice of re-working everyday materials or cast-offs into metaphorical messages, silently shared amongst members of the community. Holley’s works are witnesses to the complex social history of the South, telling the stories of individual lives, including his own, that would otherwise be lost to indifference.

Holley’s work is in the permanent collections of the High Museum of Art, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Milwaukee Art Museum, and many others.
All events are FREE and open to the public.

This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Souls Grown Deep Foundation.  For more information, please contact the Westobou Festival, www.westoboufestival.com, 706-755-2878 or Natasha Carter, Director of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu.

Photo caption: Lonnie Holley

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Paine College Mourns the Passing of Legendary Former Coach David Dupree

Posted by ncarter | 09/17/2012 07:16 AM

The Paine College community is mourning the loss of legendary former coach David Dupree who passed away Wednesday, September 12th.  His life was celebrated during funeral services held at Tabernacle Baptist church this morning with hundreds of Coach Dupree’s former students, Paine Alums and friends in attendance.

“Coach Dupree was responsible for reviving the Track and Field and Cross County programs at Paine College in 1985,” said Coach Willie Adams who was mentored by Coach Dupree.  “He said Coaching was hard work and sacrifice, you had to be dedicated and have a love for helping the students and players to reach their goals,” commented Coach Adams who serves as Head Coach for the Paine College Lady Lions basketball team.

“Coach Dupree is truly an icon and legend of the greatest proportion,” said Paine Historian Mallory Millender.  “It would be virtually impossible to calculate the positive impact that he had on Augusta and Paine College through his coaching and mentoring of countless number of students, through his impact on the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, through his church and family.

“I remember when he came to Augusta to join the staff at Lucy Laney High School and married a young and attractive teacher and basketball coach named Vivian Key.  Their marriage was then, and will always remain, exemplary,” recounted Dr. Roscoe Williams, former Paine College Administrator and revered athlete who played for Coach Dupree at Lucy Craft Laney High School during his junior and senior year. 

“Coach Dupree was responsible for me getting onto the basketball team at Laney during my junior year,” said Williams.  It was upon his recommendation that the late John M. Tutt (the head basketball coach at Laney at that time) gave me a chance (late in the season) to prove myself.  As fate would have it, I made a basket at the buzzer to win the game for Laney vs. Mather Academy. This occurred a mere three days after joining the team.  That was the last basket made in the old Bethlehem Center Gymnasium, a site where Paine played all of its games up until Paine College’s Carter Gymnasium was completed in 1952.”  Of note, Williams averaged 32 points per game when he played for Paine.



“Coach Dupree was an exemplary coach and a scholar,” said Dr. George Bradley, President of Paine College.  Among many of the players he coached, many of them went on to excel in numerous professions.  Some of them became pharmacists, educators, dentists, while others went on to become stellar athletes in the NFL and other major sports.   Coach Dupree was just as proud of his athletes who graduated valedictorian and of those who excelled on the playing field and the court,” said Bradley.

Coach Dupree earned a Bachelor’s degree from Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, North Carolina; a Master of Arts from New York University, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Paine College in 2001.  He pursued additional studies at Benedict College and Wayne State University.  Coach Dupree began his career as a biology teacher and a basketball and football coach at Bell Street High School in Clinton, South Carolina, and one year later, he was offered a job as biology teacher and head coach in Augusta at A. R. Johnson High School and eventually became head football coach at Lucy Laney High School.

Under Coach Dupree’s leadership, both Lucy Laney and Bell Street High Schools earned state championships, and Lucy Laney led the nation in football scoring in 1966 with an average of 54.5 points per game.  He also coached an outstanding track team from 1949 to 1984 and retired from the public school system after spending 35 years as a teacher and coach.  

“It does not get any better than Coach Dupree and for this reason he is in the Georgia Hall of Fame,” said Millender.  “His track team once went twelve years without losing a Meet.  We were lucky to have had Coach Dupree at Paine College leading our track and cross-country program.”

Coach Dupree’s legacy will live on in the many lives that he touched.