Paine golf tournment builds on success

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

Story by David Westin
The Augusta Chronicle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 17th Program aims to fund scholarships at Paine College

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

Story by Nakisha Dicks, '07

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://www.paine.edu/events/tomjoyner/default.aspx


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

http://www.tjms.com/stream/

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To make a donation visit the link: http://www.paine.edu/events/tomjoyner/default.aspx

 

 

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

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

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

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

Log on to http://myown.oprah.com/audition/index.html?request=video_details&response_id=10936&promo_id=1 to vote for Paulette Payne and “the P factor” today.
 
For more information about Paulette Payne’s campaign to host her OWN show, “the P factor”, on Oprah Winfrey’s Network, email thepfactor.paulettepayne@gmail.com.


Content courtesy of Paulette Payne and Candance L. Greene.

Paine College welcomes Mr. Leroy Summers, Jr. as Vice President for Administrative and Fiscal Affairs

Posted by ncarter | 05/17/2010 11:56 AM

Dr. George C. Bradley, announced today the appointment of Mr. Leroy Summers, Jr. as Vice President for Administrative and Fiscal Affairs

Summers formerly served as Vice President for Business, Finance and Technology at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he managed and directed financial, operational and administrative services for the College.  Summers has over thirty years of relevant experience in fiscal operations and administrative management. Twenty-nine of the thirty plus years have been in the college and university environment.

He has also served as Vice President for Business and Fiscal Affairs at Florida Memorial University, Vice President for Business and Finance at Savannah State University, Special Assistant to the Vice President for Business and Management at Morgan State University, Vice President for Business Affairs and Treasurer at Kentucky State University, Interim Assistant Vice President for Administrative Affairs and Director of Budget and Operations at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and University Treasurer at North Carolina A&T State University. He has held several accountant and administrative system positions in the business and finance area.

At Paine College, Summers will be responsible for managing the overall administrative and fiscal affairs of the College. Summers will be responsible for several administrative units within the Division of Administrative and Fiscal Affairs, to include the Controller’s Office, Financial Aid, Human Resources, Business Services (Gift Shop, Post Office, Print Shop) Facilities Management and Plant Operations, Food Services, Campus Safety and Information Technology Services. He will also be working diligently with appropriate parties to streamline business operations, and strengthen internal controls to maintain the fiscal stability and integrity of the College’s overall financial and business operations.
 
Summers believes with his extensive experience in many areas of financial management and a thorough understanding of administrative systems and fiscal operations, he can greatly assists with the strategic goals of the College. "I am confident with my background I can contribute to the vision and growth of this institution," he said.

Summers is a native of St. George, South Carolina. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management/Accounting from Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina and a Master of Business Administration from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Paine College Community welcomes and congratulates him on his new position.

Paine College Community welcomes Ms. Castine E.S. Rhoades as Registrar

Posted by ncarter | 05/11/2010 05:54 AM

(Augusta, GA) –Dr. George C. Bradley, announced today the appointment of Ms. Castine E.S. Rhoades as Registrar.

Rhoades formerly served as Assistant Registrar at Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina, where she managed online registration and the Registration (RE) module of Jenzabar System. Rhoades has over seven years of Secondary and Higher Education experience. She has also served as Instructor of Organizational Management at Voorhees College Adult Education Program, and Admissions Counselor and Multicultural Recruitment Officer at Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio.

Rhoades will now be responsible the management and implementation of online registration and several other tasks affiliated with the position of Registrar at Paine.

At Paine College, Rhoades plans to utilize her educational and professional experiences to further enhance the institutions mission and vision.

"I am diligently working to begin building the necessary infrastructure needed to take the Registrar's Office to the next level, and assist the institution at large with meeting organizational goals outlined in the President's strategic plan,” she said.

Rhoades is a native of Nassau, Bahamas and resident of the United States for more than 14 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and a Masters of Arts in Education with a specialization in Higher Education from The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.

Rev. Dan Brown to deliver keynote address at Paine’s 128th Baccalaureate Service

Posted by ncarter | 04/23/2010 10:17 AM

Augusta, GA- Paine College will celebrate its 128th Baccalaureate Service on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. In the  
Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Rev. Dan Brown will deliver the keynote address.
 
 Rev. Brown came to Trinity on the Hill on June 24th, 2007, after some 31 years of experience as an ordained elder in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. 
 
 He is a devoted husband and father. He is married to the former Carol Blanton. Dan and Carol first met in their freshman year at LaGrange College, LaGrange, Georgia. After dating for four years, they were married on July 10th, 1976 at Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Together, they have two children: a daughter, Kathryn, who currently lives with her husband, Scott Curkin, in Hoboken, New Jersey and a son, Christopher, who lives with his wife, Ashley, in St. Simons, Georgia.
 
 Educationally, Rev. Brown received his Bachelor of Arts degree from LaGrange College in Social Work in 1976. He completed his Masters of Divinity degree at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, in 1979. He has done extensive doctoral work at both McCormick Theological Seminary and Asbury Theological Seminary.
 
 Over the years, he has enjoyed a great deal of community involvement. He has been active in such organizations as the American Cancer Society, the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services, the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA, the Lion's Club, and the Rotary Clubs in Griffin and Augusta. He has also served as an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees of Reinhardt College, and was recently asked by the President of LaGrange College to serve on their Board of Trustees.
 
He is a sports enthusiast, enjoying virtually all sports. He especially likes golf. When he was in high school he played on his school football team. When his children were younger, he coached youth league football, and coached and managed youth league basketball and baseball. He has been a chaplain to high school football and basketball teams.
 
 His past pastoral appointments include a student appointment to the Jenkinsburg Charge, in Butts County; the Antioch United Methodist Church in Thomaston, Georgia; the Sharp Memorial United Methodist Church on the campus of Young Harris College, in Young Harris, Georgia; the McKendree United Methodist Church, in Gwinnett County; the Canton First United Methodist Church in Canton, Georgia; and the Griffin First United Methodist Church in Griffin, Georgia.  

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Paine College Appoints Coach Willie Adams to Lead Lady Lions

Posted by ncarter | 04/19/2010 12:13 PM

By Helene Carter
Augusta, GA- Athletic Director, Coach Ronnie Spry, announced today that Coach Willie Adams will lead the Lady Lions Basketball team.  Coach Adams brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in his 14th year at Paine College where he previously served as the assistant basketball coach for the Lions and steered the women’s cross country and track team for over 12 years.

Coach Spry commented, “Adams was an outstanding basketball player and all-around athlete while a student at Paine College. A natural leader, he served as Team Captain and was a member of the Lions Championship team and later garnered the Most Improved Player Award.  His expertise, experience and being familiar with our athletic program will help him to do an outstanding job.”

“I am truly excited to be a part of the Paine College legacy where there is an exceptional basketball history,” said Adams.  “It is my desire to continue to build winning teams on and off the court that will compete successfully in the athletic and academic arenas.”

During his tenure, Adams guided the women’s cross country program from 3rd place in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) to 2nd place in 2004.  He coached several players to the All-Conference Team in Cross Country and track & field for several consecutive years.  In 1998, Adams coached freshman Samantha Daniels to the All-Conference team in cross country, and in 1999, Melissa Calhoun to the All-Conference Awards; and Casheba Ellis All-Conference in 2009.

In 2000 through 2002, Adams coached Clensy Warren (Javelin); LaTasha Russell (Discus); and the 4 X 100 Relay and 4 X 400 Relay teams to All-Conference awards in track and field.  He also coached Savoyia Baerrett to a Conference Championship in the Javelin (2005-2006) and Lakeisha Bell four straight years to the High Jump Championship (2006-2009).  In 1999 and 2002, Adams played an integral role in assisting the Men’s Basketball Championship teams.

A native of Brunswick, Georgia, Adams was an outstanding athlete at Brunswick High School where he lettered four years in basketball and football.  While at Brunswick High School, he also played baseball.  After graduating from high school, Adams attended Lake City Community College, Lake City, Florida; and later transferred to Paine College where he played basketball from 1992-1994. 

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with an Emphasis in Criminology from Paine College in 1996 and a Masters of Education Degree from Troy University in 2005.  Adams is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Black Coaches and Administrators Association.  He is married to CeKisha Adams.

For more information, contact Natasha Carter, Director of Communications and Marketing – Ncarter@paine.edu.

 

Paine College Honda Campus All-Star Team plans to make history at tournament in Orlando, FL

Posted by ncarter | 04/6/2010 10:01 AM

Augusta, GA – Students from Paine College will join 47 other Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU) students in making final preparations to face off in a unique battle of academic prowess at the 21st annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (www.hcasc.com) the nation’s largest academic competition held between HBCUs. More than 250 HBCU college students will travel to Orlando, Florida to participate in the two-day competition, April 11-12, which will showcase their knowledge in the areas of world history, science, literature, religion, the arts, social science and popular culture. Each of the participating 48 teams will have the opportunity to win grant money for their school with the winner walking away with the top prize of $50,000. In all, a total of $328,000 in institutional grants will be awarded through this year’s program.


Last year, Paine College’s Honda Campus All-Star Challenge team made history for the College at the national championship tournament held in Orlando, FL. Paine College placed 2nd in their division, which included seven other HBCUs and advanced to the semifinals “Sweet 16” for the first time since the competition’s inception. “We’re going further than the “Sweet 16” next year,” said George C. Bradley, who accompanied the team to the tournament.

2009 team captain, Eric Stephens was among the top 8 players of 64 institutions and the number 1 player in his division. Teammate Edward Collins was number 4 in his division.

“I am extremely proud of our team. We made history this last year and we plan to advance further this year. Last year, all of the players performed at a level that they should be proud of and I am confident they will do the same this year," said Deloris Croom, Paine College team coach. "We appreciate all of the support from the Paine College community.”

The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is the only annual academic competition held between the nation’s HBCUs. Paine College is just one of the schools that participate in the three day tournament that test their skills in world history, science, literature, religion, the arts, social sciences, popular culture and African-American history and culture.

Paine College has participated in this competition since its inception earning over $30,000 for the institution, which is used to enhance student programs, team travel and team preparation.

 
This year the “Great 48,” as they are called, will be split into eight divisions and compete in a modified round robin format. The top two teams from each division will advance to the "Sweet 16,” and compete in a single elimination playoff. The final two teams will then compete for the National Champion title. Colleges and universities from Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, Ohio, Illinois, Mississippi, Kentucky, Missouri and New York are slated to participate. 


“The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge was created to shine a spotlight on the academic excellence exemplified at America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” said Marc Burt, senior manager, Office of Inclusion and Diversity, American Honda Motor Company. “We at Honda are proud to say that 21 years after this program’s inception, HCASC continues to not only highlight the great minds present at our nation’s HBCUs, but it also provides, through grant giving, an opportunity for the company to invest one of the country’s largest pipelines for professional and academic talent.”

The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is one of Honda’s largest and longest running philanthropic initiatives in the United States. Since 1989, HCASC has brought together the nation’s best and brightest academic competitors from the America’s top HBCUs. In addition to providing students a venue for friendly competition, the program encourages relationship building, intellectual excellence and the development of values that define good character. Throughout its 21 year history HCASC has touched over 50,000 students, awarded more than $5 million in grants and continues to be the only annual academic competition of its kind.

For more information on the Honda Campus All Star Challenge and a list of the 48 participating HBCUs please visit www.hcasc.com.

About Honda
Honda supports a variety of initiatives aimed at advancing education and creating experiences of discovery that help people see and achieve their own dreams. The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, along with the Honda Battle of the Bands, are two of Honda’s major initiatives supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities and to helping young people pursue  their dreams.

Photo caption: Top row: Dr. Tina Marshall-Bradley, Uzetta Gresham, institutional representative, Eric Stephens, Jasmine Van Exel, President George C. Bradley, and Deloris Croom, coach.

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