Paine College to crown new queen and king

Posted by ncarter | 10/19/2010 05:17 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) - The coronation of Miss and Mr. Paine College 2010-2011 will be held on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. in Gilbert- Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Miss Ciara Harris and Mr. Zachary Lynn Williams will take their places as student ambassadors for the academic school year.

Harris is a junior, Early Childhood Education major. Upon graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to obtain a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She would like to become a teacher and principal of an elementary school located in a low income or rural area.

Harris is currently a member of the Student Government Association, Georgia Association of Educators, Lions Activity Board and currently serves as a tutor with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Augusta. She has served as a member of the Paine College Cheerleading Team, Track and Field Team, New Student Orientation team, Art Club and Spanish Club. She has also immersed herself in several philanthropic efforts including volunteerism at the Soup Kitchen, Metro Adult Literacy Center and Sheppard Blood Bank Center.

Harris recently represented Paine College in the Miss National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Pageant where she was placed in the top 20. “I am elated to take my place as a student ambassador and do all in my power to represent Paine College locally, regionally and nationally,” Harris said.

Williams is a junior, Biology major. Upon graduation, he plans to study to become and Chiropractor and eventually own a practice. He is currently a member of the Student Government Association, Pre-Professional Science Alliance, president for Brother 2 Brother and actively involved in Paine College's Go-Green Initiatives.

As an ambassador for Paine College, Williams hopes to reach out to every male student by implementing his platform program  "Intellectual Men Promoting Academic Character and Truth" (I.M.P.A.C.T.). The program was developed to highlight performing strong academically and the need to build and develop solid character traits.

Williams will also continue to develop Brother 2 Brother a mentoring organization developed by Mr. Paine College 2009-2010. The organization has been recognized nationally by the Michael Baisden One Million Mentors Program and was developed to will allow Paine College male students to serve as positive male role models and mentors for young males in the CSRA Community.

" I will represent this institution and serve as a liaison between the administration and the student body because I personally care about everyone of my fellow Paineites," Williams said.

For more information, please feel free to contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591 or

Institutional Advancement welcomes Tiffany Brooks as Manager of Annual Fund & Corporate Relations

Posted by ncarter | 10/9/2010 07:31 AM

Dr. George C. Bradley, president of Paine College announced today the appointment of Ms. Tiffany Brooks as Manager of the Annual Fund & Corporate Relations. The hiring of Ms. Brooks was a step toward expanding the Office of Alumni Relations and its capacity building initiatives.

Brooks, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from Paine College in 2009.   Prior to joining the Paine College staff as Admissions Counselor and Recruiter for the Office of Admissions, Brooks served as News Director of WAAW Rejoice 94.7 FM in Aiken, South Carolina.

Brooks is a member of the National Association of Directors, Registrars and Admissions Officers (NACDRAO), Paine College Staff Association, and Paine College Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Team. She serves as the advisor for the Paine College Pre-Alumni Council and Crème de la Crème Modeling Club. 

As Manager of the Annual Fund and Corporate Relations, Brooks will assist the Director of Alumni Relations with administering, planning and supervising the College’s overall Alumni Relations program.  She will assist with planning alumni events and activities while working to expand the College’s annual alumni giving and annual fund campaigns.  She will oversee the management of the Alumni Database and develop fundraising strategies to increase the College’s endowment and endowed scholarship program.   Also, she will cultivate relationships with corporations, foundations and organizations to build support for the College.

Brooks believes as an alumna of Paine College she can actively engage alumni of all ages to support the College’s fundraising initiatives.  “I am dedicated to advancing the College’s alumni giving program,” she said.  “Working with the Alumni Relations and Institutional Advancement staff to develop strategies to cultivate alumni to support my alma mater will be rewarding.  I look forward to meeting alumni throughout the state, the country and abroad.” 

Mrs. Mildred N. Kendrick, Director of Alumni Relations, commented on the hiring of Brooks, “I am honored to have Ms. Brooks join the staff of the Alumni Relations office.”  She will bring energy, enthusiasm, excitement along with the Paine College spirit.  I encourage our alumni to stop by the Office of Alumni Relations to meet Ms. Brooks.”

“Participation is just as important as the amount given,” said Brooks. “ I am looking forward to working with the Institutional Advancement team to increase both.”

You may contact Ms. Brooks in the Office of Alumni Relations at 706.821.8247 or via email: <> .  The Paine College Community welcomes and congratulates her on her new position.


Interested in being considered for a position in the McCord Summer Intern Program? Fill out an application!

Posted by ncarter | 09/29/2010 12:10 PM

The Black College Fund Lina H. McCord Summer Intern Program follows a model of communication and interaction prominent in the Methodist tradition. The itineration enables and enhances understanding between and among groups. Therefore, it is an invaluable means of promoting the Black College Fund and the Black colleges which the fund supports throughout The United Methodist Church.

The program was conceptualized by Lina H. McCord, Black College Fund executive director from 1979 to 1985, and Paula Watson, United Methodist Communications field representative. In 1981, two student itinerants were sent to the Northeastern Jurisdiction to field test the concept. The project was highly rated by both annual conference participants and students. Between the years 1982 and 1986, five students itinerated, one per jurisdiction, in the Black College Fund Student Itineration Program. The program was renamed the Lina H. McCord Summer Intern Program when Lina McCord retired in 1985.

Shirley A.R. Lewis became executive director in 1986. In January, 1992, Lewis was promoted to assistant general secretary and the Black College Fund office was elevated to a section within the Division of Higher Education. Since 1987, successful interns from past years with exceptional communication and promotional skills serve as consultants and ambassadors and help conduct orientation as well as completing short, special assignments.

Students usually cross jurisdictions at least once. Students completing short-term assignments will itinerate for periods ranging in length of time from one to five weeks. The regular schedule of itineration lasts for eight or nine weeks. The itineration is exciting and informative.

The student intern program has continued to grow and to be well received by the church.


For More Information Contact:
Dr. Cynthia Bond Hopson
Assistant General Secretary
Black College Fund
Phone: 615-340-7378

Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Implementation Team to present information session

Posted by ncarter | 09/29/2010 08:26 AM

The Paine College Quality Enhancement Plan Implementation Team will present a QEP Information session on Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 12 Noon in the C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Center located on the 2nd floor of the Peters Campus Center. The first 25 students to sign in will receive a free t-shirt. This information session is for the entire Paine College Community ( faculty, staff and students).

"We are excited about this opportunity for the College community to work together in the development of a program that is designed to enrich us in many ways that revolve around reading.," said Christine Crockett, QEP Director.

The goals will be to improve student reading scores and involve faculty and students in reading activities, including the reading of great books, that will lift us to higher intellectual levels. Paine College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. A Quality Enhancement Plan is one of the requirements of the Association.
The Paine College Community is encouraged to attend this  session so that QEP team members can communicate pertinent information from the Quality Enhancement Implementation Plan .

For more information contact,  Ms. Christine Crockett is Director of the QEP at (706) 396-8132 or

Paine College to present The Andy Warhol Exhibition: Hand colored Flowers

Posted by ncarter | 09/29/2010 07:33 AM

(Augusta, GA)- The Paine College Museum Initiative is excited about the opportunity to present The Andy Warhol Exhibition: Hand colored Flowers. The exhibition will take place October 1-9,2010 in the Frank G. Yerby House from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Admission to the exhibition $5 or $10 for unlimited entry and viewing. The opening reception will take place on October 1, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. In the Frank G. Yerby House.

About Andy Warhol:

Andy Warhol was born Andrew Warhola in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1928. In 1945 he entered the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) where he majored in pictorial design. Upon graduation, Warhol moved to New York where he found steady work as a commercial artist. He worked as an illustrator for several magazines, including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and The New Yorker and did advertising and window displays for retail stores such as Bonwit Teller and I. Miller. Prophetically, his first assignment was for Glamour magazine for an article titled "Success is a Job in New York."

Throughout the 1950s, Warhol enjoyed a successful career as a commercial artist, winning several commendations from the Art Director's Club and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. In these early years, he shortened his name to "Warhol." In 1952, the artist had his first individual show at the Hugo Gallery, exhibiting Fifteen Drawings Based on the Writings of Truman Capote. His work was exhibited in several other venues during the 1950s, including his first group show at The Museum of Modern Art in 1956.

The 1960s was an extremely prolific decade for Warhol. Appropriating images from popular culture, Warhol created many paintings that remain icons of 20th-century art, such as the Campbell's Soup Cans, Disasters and Marilyns. In addition to painting, Warhol made several 16mm films which have become underground classics such as Chelsea Girls, Empire and Blow Job. In 1968, Valerie Solanis, founder and sole member of SCUM (Society for Cutting Up Men) walked into Warhol's studio, known as the Factory, and shot the artist. The attack was nearly fatal.

At the start of the 1970s, Warhol began publishing Interview magazine and renewed his focus on painting. Works created in this decade include Maos, Skulls, Hammer and Sickles, Torsos and Shadows and many commissioned portraits. Warhol also published The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (from A to B and Back Again). Firmly established as a major 20th-century artist and international celebrity, Warhol exhibited his work extensively in museums and galleries around the world.

The artist began the 1980s with the publication of POPism: The Warhol '60s and with exhibitions of Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century and the Retrospectives and Reversal series. He also created two cable television shows, "Andy Warhol's TV" in 1982 and "Andy Warhol's Fifteen Minutes" for MTV in 1986. His paintings from the 1980s include The Last Suppers, Rorschachs and, in a return to his first great theme of Pop, a series called Ads. Warhol also engaged in a series of collaborations with younger artists, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente and Keith Haring.

Following routine gall bladder surgery, Andy Warhol died February 22, 1987. After his burial in Pittsburgh, his friends and associates organized a memorial mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York that was attended by more than 2,000 people. He remains one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

To purchase tickets contact Nancy Bookhart at  (706)294-1369 or For more information contact the Office of Communications and Marketing .

Former Lady Lions Volleyball Player Gives Her Time and Talents

Posted by kmay | 09/28/2010 01:30 AM

Augusta, GA- “When you are in college, you have no clue! You just go with the flow.  But as you mature, you understand the value of serving God, loving one another, and doing things for people to touch their lives.”  “If something should happen to me, I want to be remembered for doing something nice for others, so that they may be Blessed in some way, shape, or form, so I am extremely happy to return to Paine to offer my services” is what Joey Hayes Cummings Paine College Alumna Class of ’96 had to say when asked how she felt about returning to Paine College.

The Paine College Lady Lions Volleyball team hosted a Zumba® party as part of their community service events for the year, Tuesday, September 28, 2010 in Carter Gymnasium. The Zumba® party, which was taught by Mrs. Cummings, was incorporated into collecting can goods and non-perishable items to be donated locally to the Golden Harvest Food Bank.

Zumba® is a fusion of Latin and international music that creates a dynamic aura that combines salsa, merengue, cumbia, reggaeton, and samba.

“A successful event", says Head Coach for the Lady Lions, Selina B. Kohn and Assistant Coach Zack Howard. " We had 75-85 participants and we were able to do what we set out to do; lend a hand in making a difference in the community.”

Not only did the Zumba® party allow for Paine College students to show their compassion for the unfortunate, but it gave the students an opportunity to exercise, and recognize the importance of health.

With Paine being a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), the cohort of students is predominately African American.   “We are already at risk for comorbidities, including high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and other cardiovascular diseases, so it is very important to me to encourage others to become physically fit. Walking, running, Zumba®, anything that will get you moving is what is important to take care of yourself, and improve the quality of life” says Cummings.  “The lesson I hope that I have left with my future alumnus, is love one another, obey your parents, and I want them to remember that the choices you make affect your future, so strive to have a happy and successful one!”

The Paine College Lady Lions Volleyball team, along with other athletic teams at Paine College participate in community services activities throughout the year, in addition to being student athletes.


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.

For more information on American Idol visit or