Paine College 129th Commencement Convocation streaming LIVE on

Posted by ncarter | 04/21/2011 08:00 AM

Augusta, GA- Paine College's 129th Commencement Convocation will be streaming LIVE on The College is working with FOX 54- WFXG-TV to provide streaming coverage to anyone in the world. This is the first time that the College has provided its graduates and other constituents the opportunity to view the ceremony LIVE via the World Wide Web.

The commencement ceremony, which will take place on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. at The William Bell Auditorium in Augusta, Georgia will be available for viewing LIVE on by anyone, anywhere who has access to the Internet.  Family, friends, alumni and other constituents of Paine College can view the ceremony in real time from a computer.  This year's commencement address will be delivered by The Honorable James E. Clyburn, South Carolina 6th Congressional District.

Watch the Ceremony!

To watch live streaming video of commencement, click the link.

*Viewing Requirements: You will need a broadband connection (either wired or wireless), and you may be prompted to download Microsoft Silverlight in order to view the video.

The Commencement ceremony will also be archived for viewing for up to one year after the event by Fox 54- WFXG.  LIVE web streaming of 129th Commencement Ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. on

For more information, contact Natasha Carter, Director of Communications and Marketing, at 706.396.7591 or 678.215.8576 or or

Shanice Wilson receives Ken Bernhardt Outstanding Collegiate Marketer Award AMA Atlanta Collegiate Chapter

Posted by ncarter | 04/21/2011 06:09 AM

The Atlanta Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) has raised more than $100,000 for the Ken Bernhardt Outstanding Collegiate Marketer Award, which honors outstanding marketing students from local Georgia colleges.  Senior Shanice Wilson was one of five students to receive the honor and a scholarship.

"This scholarship award and honor are both amazing," Wilson said. "I'm really excited that I was able to represent my college. This honor also gives me the confidence to pursue my dreams after graduation."           

The scholarship was awarded to five recipients $500 in 2011. Funds were raised through a personal endowment from Dr. Ken Bernhardt, Taylor E. Little Jr. Professor of Marketing and Special Assistant to the Dean of the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University, and corporate gifts from AT&T, AirTran, Cox, HoneyBaked Ham, 22 Squared, Enguage Media and other partners. Ken Bernhardt matched dollar for dollar all corporate donations.

“We are overwhelmed by the generous support from our community partners. Their generosity will help us recognize Atlanta’s top marketing students for many years to come,” said Dr. Ken Bernhardt, the scholarship’s founder, sponsor and namesake. “This year’s scholarship recipients represent the best and brightest and were selected for their driving passion for marketing, superior skills and dedication to their AMA chapter.”

The 2011 scholarship winners include:

·       Amber Price of Berry College

·       Endia Byrd of Georgia State University

·       Shannon Hames of Chattahoochee Technical College

·       Shauna Bassett of Georgia College & State University

·       Shanice Wilson of Paine College

Scholarship winners were recognized at the 2011 AMA Atlanta Marketer of the Year (AMY) Awards in Atlanta, GA.  

Dr. Bernhardt has been an active member of AMA since 1969. He joined the organization as a collegiate member and has dedicated his time and effort to AMA in a host of local and national roles, including former Atlanta chapter president and former National Chairman of the Board. In 2001, he received the AMA Wayne Lemburg Award for Lifetime Service to AMA for his commitment to Marketing and Leadership. Dr. Bernhardt founded the GSU Marketing Roundtable and the Marketing Awards for Excellence (MAX Awards). He currently serves on the Executive Advisory Board of AMA Atlanta and Professor of Marketing at Georgia State University. He also serves on numerous non-profit and for-profit boards.

About the Atlanta Chapter of the American Marketing Association

With over 700 members, AMA Atlanta is the fifth largest professional chapter in AMA – the largest marketing association in North America with nearly 40,000 marketing professionals in 600 chapters. AMA Atlanta’s primary function is to elevate the field of marketing by helping members grow their businesses, networks, knowledge and careers through “Linkology.” The chapter facilitates critical linkages through an individual’s lifelong path as a marketer by producing events and creating connections for marketers that provide inspiration, education, direction, employment and leadership. AMA members include professionals from an array of disciplines including: research, marketing technology, non-profit, academic, PR, advertising, branding, direct marketing, interactive, creative and next generation marketing.  To learn more, visit <> . 

For additional information, contact the Paine College Office of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or


Paine College appoints Tim Duncan Athletic Director

Posted by ncarter | 04/21/2011 06:02 AM

Paine College made it official Friday morning announcing Tim Duncan as its new Athletic Director.   Duncan signed a contract with Paine College and will officially start May 9, 2011.

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to become the Director of Athletics at Paine College.  The chance to work with President Bradley, a former college student-athlete, and to become the first non-coach Athletic Director, was the unique combination that intrigued Lisa and I to take advantage of this opportunity. I look forward to working with the coaches, faculty and staff to provide the best experience possible – academically, athletically and socially for our student athletes,” commented Duncan.

Tim Duncan, a fund-raising professional with a demonstrated track record in the public and private sectors, began his association with the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) program as Associate Athletic Director for Development and Executive Director of UNCW Student Aid Association (Seahawk Club) in the spring of 2009 and was appointed Associate Athletic Director for Major Gifts in January of 2011.

Dr. Rosemary DePaolo, Chancellor, UNC Wilmington, stated that Duncan would bring invaluable experience and tremendous pride to the athletics program at Paine. “He understands the fundamental importance of supporting student-athletes as they pursue their academic and athletic goals.”

Duncan previously served as Director of the M Club at the University of Memphis, where he helped the Tigers increase their revenue by 35 percent and membership by 40 percent during his first year. He also solicited major gifts from donors and former student-athletes, including the largest single gift ($1 million) for naming rights to the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.

In addition, he spearheaded the strategic planning, direction and management for the school's former letter winners. He was an integral part of UM's annual athletic fundraising and major gifts programs.

Dr. George C. Bradley, President of Paine College, commented that Duncan has a wealth of experience in fundraising and his athletic attributes as a former player will equip him to develop a successful program that will ensure the success for student athletes.  “We believe that Tim will play a viable role in helping to move the Paine College Athletic program to the next level,” said Bradley.

Prior to Duncan’s appointment at Memphis, he was a managing partner in PRStore, a marketing firm in Memphis. He developed strategies for small business owners and managed store operations and personnel.

The Memphis native began his career path as a public relations coordinator for Russell Corporation in Midland, Ga., in 1996. He assisted in managing sponsorships for the National Football League, Major League Baseball and the NCAA, and coordinated various other promotional programs for two years.

From 1998-2003, Duncan worked as an assistant marketing manager and marketing manager at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in Winston-Salem, N.C. He assisted in managing the execution of a $70 million event marketing program initially and later managed the start-up of a $13 million program for one of the company's brands. He also coordinated 51 high-profile events for R.J. Reynolds, including NASCAR Winston Cup and NHRA Drag Racing.

In 2003, Duncan founded Infrared Marketing, LLC, to develop strategies for Fortune 500 companies who wanted to accomplish their marketing objectives.

Duncan is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) and the National Letterwinners Association (NLWA).

He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration at Memphis in 1992 and completed his Master of Science Degree in Sports Administration at Grambling State in 1997.

Duncan played four years on the Memphis men's basketball team and helped the Tigers and former coach Larry Finch reach the NCAA's Elite Eight during his senior year in 1992.

Duncan is married to the former Lisa Farris and they have three children, Tyson, Turner and Tatum.

Alice M. Simpkins elected to national board of the Association for Institutional Research

Posted by ncarter | 04/19/2011 09:55 AM

Alice M. Simpkins was recently elected to serve as the 2011-2012 Associate Forum Chair for the Association for Institutional Research (AIR).  She will begin her term as Associate Forum Chair, a national board position, on May 25, 2011 following the close of the next AIR Forum.  The position is a two-year appointment; in the second year, she will serve as Forum Chair.
The mission of the Association for Institutional Research is to support quality data and decisions for higher education.  The Forum is the premier annual conference for members of the Association. The four-day meeting is the world’s largest gathering of higher education professionals working in institutional research, assessment, planning, and related postsecondary education fields.  The Forum includes more than 450 presentations by colleagues representing all sectors of higher education and an exhibit hall featuring the latest tools and resources to support data use for decision-making.  From networking with peers to workshops and plenary sessions by leading experts in the field, the Forum is the “must attend” event for seasoned and early career professionals.

“I will use my mathematics, computer, and research skills as well as her ability to pay attention to details” to provide leadership for “planning and implementing an unforgettable Forum,” Simpkins said.

Professionally, Simpkins has presented papers at institutional research and computer conferences.  The more recent papers focused on institutional research and its role in institutional effectiveness, planning, evaluation, and assessment.  She is currently a member of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and three of its special interest groups – Traditionally Black Colleges and Universities (TBCU), Southern Association for Institutional Research (SAIR), and Georgia Association for Institutional Research, Planning, Assessment, and Quality (GAIRPAQ).  In AIR, Alice has served on the Nominations Committee and chaired the Ethics Advisory Committee.  Further, she has been a presenter, facilitator, and volunteer.  She has also held leadership positions in each of the special interest groups.

In addition to leadership skills, Simpkins also brings planning and organizational experience from many local community agencies to the role having served on the boards of the March of Dimes, the American Cancer Society, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the Augusta Chorale.  Further, she currently holds a regional position in Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

As an employee of Paine College, Simpkins currently serves as Director of Institutional Research, a position she has held since 1987.  In her almost 39 years as a Paine employee, she has held numerous positions including assistant professor of mathematics and computer science, director of institutional effectiveness and research, director of the Information and Computer Science program, database coordinator for the implementation of the Jenzabar administrative computer system (formerly CMDS Teams Elite), director of the National Youth Sports Program, and director of the Ford Teacher-Scholar program.  Her college service ranges from secretary of the faculty to service as a member of three (3) Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ leadership teams.  Further, she has been instrumental in obtaining grants for institutional effectiveness, evaluation, and research; computer and information program development; and a classroom project for statistical understanding.

For more information, contact Natasha Carter, Director of Communications and Marketing, at 706.396.7591 or 678.215.8576 or



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  or

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  or

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 


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. 


Baiesha Johnson Leads SIAC Track & Field Female Athlete of the Week

Posted by kmay | 03/30/2011 12:06 PM

SIAC East Division Track & Field Female Athletes of the Week

Baiesha Johnson—Paine College—Johnson finished first in both the high jump and the long jump at the Asics Winthrop Invitational in Rock Hill, SC with marks of 1.55m and 5.96m respectively. Her mark of 5.96m in the long jump was the best NCAA qualifying mark in Division II this year. Last week, Johnson also won the high jump at the Morehouse Relays with an NCAA qualifying mark of 1.70m.  The freshman, Brunswick, GA native is a tri-athlete for Paine College, as she is also a member of the Lady Lions Cross Country team and the Lady Lions Basketball team.
Camille Clemmons-James—Benedict College—Clemmons-James ran a time of 12.26 in the 100m and 25.15 in the 200m at USC’s Weems Baskin Relays. She also ran a leg on the 4x100m and 4x400m relays.


SIAC West Division Track & Field Male Athletes of the Week

Kieren Broussard—Kentucky State University—Broussard ran times of 1:54.98 in the 800m and 4:14.96 in the 1500m at the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, NC.
Chester Hightower—Stillman College—Hightower ran a time of 10.90 in the 100m and 21.55 in the 200m at the Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa, finishing eighth and fifth respectively. He also ran a leg on the 4x100m, 4x200m, and 4x400m relays.
Michael Oliver—Stillman College—Oliver won the 110m hurdles with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 14.33 at the Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa. Oliver also ran a time of 57.98 in the 400m hurdles while also running a leg on both the 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams.
Jerald Fayorsey—Tuskegee University—Fayorsey ran times of 22.48 and 50.38 in the 200m and 400m respectively. He also had a mark of 6.54m in the long jump and 13.72m in the triple jump. He also ran a leg on the 4x400m relay team.

SIAC West Division Track & Field Female Athlete of the Week

Alexandria Montgomery—Stillman College—Montgomery ran a time of 12.35 in the 100m, 25.17 in the 200m, and 1:00.70 in the 400m at the Alabama Relays. She also ran a leg on the 4x200m and 4x400m relays.
Janae Jones—Stillman College—Jones ran a time of 12.18 in the 100m, a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 24.39 in the 200m, and a time of 57.30 in the 400m at the Alabama Relays, finishing in the top seven in all three events. She also ran a leg on the 4x400m relay team.
Chestina Anderson—Stillman College—Anderson ran a time of 2:24.41 in the 800m, 5:11.37 in the 1500m, and 17:58.26 in the 5000m at the Alabama Relays. She also ran a leg on the 4x200m, 4x400m, and 4x800m relay teams.


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, (706) 396-7591; or Helene Carter at, (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: 

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