Paine College to Participate in 2012 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

Posted by ncarter | 03/20/2012 05:15 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) – The Paine College students are set to compete in the Los Angeles Area for Grants and glory Against 250 students from 48 of the nation’s HBCU’s at the 2012 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge.  Across the nation, students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities are making final preparations to vie for grants and glory at the nation’s only HBCU academic competition – the 2012 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) (www.hcasc.com).  The two-day competition, scheduled to take place March 30-April 2 in Torrance, CA, will test students’ knowledge of history, science, literature, religion, the arts, social science, and popular culture.  The competition will give students the opportunity to win more than $300,000 in institutional grants awarded annually by Honda, as well as battle for bragging rights as the nation’s top academic HBCU. 

“We are elated to have yet another opportunity to take part in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge”, said Dr. George C. Bradley, president of Paine College, “We at Paine College are grateful of the Honda Motor Company’s recognition of the bright minds at our nation’s HBCU institutions.  I am a firm advocate for the advancement of knowledge, and with this event, the nation can agree that Honda shares the same vision.”

Paine College’s Honda Team did not attend the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge in 2011, but in 2009, they not only qualified for the National Tournament, they made it to the Sweet Sixteen Round, while the team captain, Eric Stephens was selected as a Honda All-Star, out scoring all the players in their division.

“Paine’s HCASC Club is a group of gifted, intelligent, and talented students from Paine College who are dedicated to building a nationally recognized HCASC team and establishing a winning tradition for years to come.” Dr. Andre Key, Paine College Honda All-Star Team Coach.

The 250 HCASC student competitors from 48 HBCUs, or “Great 48,” heading to Torrance to compete in the 2012 games, hail from HBCUs located in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, South Carolina, Delaware, Florida, Tennessee, Louisiana, New York, Kentucky, Missouri, Maryland, Oklahoma, Virginia, Texas, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. 

The competitors will be split into eight divisions and will 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 that emerge from the playoffs will battle for the title of National Champions and the grand prize of $50,000.

The 23rd annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge will take place this year at the corporate headquarters of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in Torrance, CA.  Moving from its previous location in Orlando, Fla. this will be the first time the event is held in the Los Angeles area on the campus of Honda, the event’s sole corporate sponsor.  Honda hopes to introduce students to many career opportunities available in the automotive industry.

HCASC is one of Honda’s largest and longest running philanthropic initiatives in the United States.  Throughout its 22-year tenure, the program has touched over 50,000 students and awarded more than $6 million in grants.  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. 

Artis Collins, the team captain, stated, “I have great expectations for this year’s team.  We have stood strong and faced adversity in the past and I know we will do the same again.”

Paine College has a total of 12 students in the Honda Club.  Out of those twelve, four have been selected to compete in the 2012 HCASC.
They are:
1. Alberto Argumedo – Sophomore, Presidential Scholar, Math Major, 1st year Player
2. Adisa Ambrose – Freshmen, Biology Major, 1st year Player
3. Artis Collins III  - Senior, English Major, 3rd year Player
4.  Fatima Ojeda-Rojas – Freshman, Presidential Scholar, Management Information Systems Major, 1st year Player


“In 1989, the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge was created to highlight the great minds and talent present at our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” said Steve Morikawa, Assistant Vice President of Corporate Community Relations at American Honda Motor Company, Inc.  “Today, 23 years later, we at Honda are proud to still be a part of HCASC as it continues to exemplify HBCUs’ academic excellence, enrich our nations’ youth m and invest in one of the country’s largest pipelines for professional, artistic, and academic talent.  We hope that by hosting the students on the campus of our national headquarters we can expose and hopefully inspire them to consider a career in the automotive industry.”


More Information
For more information on the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge and a list of the 48 participating HBCUs please visit: http://www.hcasc.com/nct12/great48.asp.
HCASC Electronic Media Kit: http://www.epkling.com/hondaallstar/
HCASC on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HCASC
HCASC on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/hcasc

Photo Caption
Front row: Derric Miller, Fatima Rojas, Sherita Walker and Sharifah Williams.
Back Row: Uzetta Gresham, Dr. Andre Key, Alberto Argumedo, Adisa Ambrose, Matthew Crawford; Not pictured, Artis Collins (team captain), Ryan Davis, and Winfield Odom.

For more information on Paine College, please visit: http://www.paine.edu/
 
Or contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591, (706) 821-8322 or Ncarter@paine.edu

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Paine welcomes Olympic Gold Medalist Latasha Clark as Head Track & Field Coach

Posted by ncarter | 03/13/2012 07:40 AM

(Augusta, GA)- Latasha Colander Clark joins the Paine College Athletic staff as head coach for men’s & women’s track and field and women & men’s cross country, Director of Athletics Tim Duncan announced.  Clark, who earned an Olympic gold medal and was part of a world-record relay team, comes to Paine from Mount Olive College in Mount Olive, North Carolina, where she was assistant men and women’s track and field coach.

“I would like to thank the Paine College Administration for this opportunity to serve as head coach for the track and field and cross country programs,” stated Clark.  “I see great potential for a competitive track and field program here at Paine College.  I look forward to meeting and working with the local high school coaches, as well as the Lion student-athletes, faculty, staff, alumni and the residents of the greater Central Savannah River Area to make Paine College track and field the best it can be.”

“We are extremely proud to have Coach Clark lead our track and field and cross country programs”, said Duncan.  “After conducting an extensive national search that included over 100 applicants for the position, Coach Clark’s experience, work ethic and passion for helping student-athletes achieve on and off the track made her the obvious choice to lead the Lion running programs.  We are certainly fortunate to add her, Kris and their children to the Paine College community.”    

Clark anchored the USA 4x400 meter relay team, which took home the gold medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. In addition, she competed in the 400 meters at the 2000 Olympics after winning the U.S. Olympic Trials in the event. In 2004, Clark won the 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

In 2000, Clark ran the second leg of the 4x200 meter relay team at USA vs. The World at the Penn Relays. Her relay team set a world record with a time of 1:27.46. In 2001, Clark won the 100 meters at the USA Outdoor Championship. In 2005, she qualified to be a part of Team USA for the World Outdoor Championships in Helsinki, Finland, where she made it to the 200-meter finals, placing fifth.

In 2006, Clark retired as a professional athlete.  Originally from Virginia, Clark is a graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Mass Communications.  As a student, she was a member of the track team, and she received the MVP award three times, and was an 18 time All-American.  After graduating, Clark signed as a Professional Track & Field Athlete with NIKE in 1999.

Clark is a member of the Virginia Hall of Fame Hall of Stars and the UNC Hall of Fame. Clark established the LC Treasures Within Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening kids, families and the world through education sports and spirituality.  Clark has appeared on numerous television programs including the 700 Club and the INSP Network, and she is the author of an Autobiography- Fighting for Destiny The Final Destination, and YES I CAN, a children’s book.

Clark is married to Kris Clark, a graduate and former football student-athlete at the University of South Carolina.  They have three children Krisjon (4), Christian (2), and Kyrsten (1).

For more information contact the Department of Athletics, Sports Information Director, Kimberly May at (706)821-8356 or kmay@paine.edu

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Paine College To Host Career & Graduate School Fair| March 15th | Candler Memorial Library Building

Posted by ncarter | 03/8/2012 07:48 AM

(Augusta, GA) – The Paine College Office of Career Services and Undergraduate to Graduate Program will host a Career and Graduate School Fair on Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Warren A. Candler Memorial Library Building.

Students, alumni, and members of the community will have an opportunity to network with local employers and meet representatives from graduate and professional schools. Resumes and professional dress are required. Admission is free and open to the public.

Currently representatives from the following schools and companies will be present:

Augusta Staffing
Augusta Home Careers
Automatic Data Processing (ADP)
Burke County Schools
Career Personnel
Century 21 Jeff Keller Realty
Cintas
CSRA Area Agency on Aging
Doctor’s Hospital
Dublin County Schools
Enterprise
FBI
Federal Bureau of Prisons (Edgefield)
First Bank of GA
Georgia Department of Labor
Georgia Health Sciences University
Georgia Teaching Fellows
Hybrid Health IT
International Paper
Knology
Nerium International
Perry Broadcasting
Rape Crisis & Sexual Assault Services
Richmond County Schools
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions
Serenity Behavioral Health Systems
Solaris Hospice
State Farm
United States Air Force
United States Navy
United States Coast Guard
USDA Forest Service-Savannah River
Waffle House
Wells Fargo
WFXG Fox 54
World Financial Group
WRDW
Alabama A&M
Cambridge
Central Michigan
Clark Atlanta University
Emory University School of Medicine
Georgia College & State University
Georgia State University School of Law
GHSU School of Nursing
Mercer School of Business and Economics
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Webster University

For more information contact the Office of Career Services (706) 821-8307 or visit www.paine.edu or contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591,  (706) 821-8322 or Ncarter@paine.edu

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U. S. Senator Johnny Isakson Visits Paine College Campus

Posted by ncarter | 03/6/2012 11:41 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson visited Paine College's campus this past Monday, and met with Dr. George C. Bradley, president of Paine College.  While the Georgia Senator was back in the state he set aside time to talk with Dr. Bradley about the college’s new programs and projects occurring on campus and in the Augusta community.
 
“I am proud to be here today and see all the incredible things going on at Paine College. Their new programs and construction of additional buildings are not only benefitting the students, but the Augusta community as a whole. Paine College is leading the way in preparing men and women for positions of leadership so they can go on to serve the community, the nation and the world,” said Senator Isakson.
 
Under the leadership of Dr. George C. Bradley, a multitude of new programming, building upgrades and capital improvements have occurred on the campus.  One of the most recent projects is the construction of the new HEAL Complex, which will house classrooms, laboratories, meeting and conference rooms.   Accessible to the public, the facility will also be home to a new health and wellness facility focused on strengthening the community through fitness and healthy living.
 
The college is also working with neighboring Fort Gordon to establish a Critical Languages Institute designed to teach minority students and soldiers Farsi and Pashtu/Dari languages.  Additionally, the college is working to solidify a nuclear science teaching and research laboratory in order to train high caliber students who can serve as future radiation science workers in the robust local nuclear industry in the Augusta, Georgia area and throughout the nation.
 
 “As we continue to raise the quality of life for our students and the community, I’m especially grateful to our federal government representatives, including Senator Isakson, for their support of our mission and vision of becoming a premier liberal arts institution in the region,” said President Bradley.
 
For more information on Paine College, please visit: http://www.paine.edu/

Or contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591, (706) 821-8322 or Ncarter@paine.edu

Photo caption: U. S. Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia (left) and Dr. George C. Bradley, president of Paine College (right)


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Paine Lions advance in SIAC Tournament

Posted by ncarter | 03/1/2012 06:37 AM

(Atlanta, GA)- In the first round of the tournament #6 Paine College defeated #11 Morehouse College (63-60).

Paine College’s Tony Baker sank two free throws with 1.7 seconds left to help lift the sixth-seed Lions to a 63-60 victory over11th seed Morehouse College in a first-round game in the 2012 SIAC Men’s Basketball Tournament on Wednesday at Morehouse College’s Forbes Arena.
 
Baker led the Lions with 12 points, while Mario Jordan and Geno Green each added 10 points. Paine, now 15-12 on the season, advances to face third-seed Clark Atlanta at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 1.
 
Cortez Nesbitt and Shawn Allen each had 18 points to lead the Morehouse Maroon Tigers.
 
Paine had a 59-51 lead after a driving layup by Kedric Taylor with 4:05 left in the game, but Morehouse cut the lead to 59-58, getting six points from Nelson, including a three-point play. Darius Smith cut through the defense for a layup to give the Lions a 61-58 lead with 1:05 left to play.
 
Nelson scored on a turn-around jumper in the paint to make it 61-60 with
44 seconds left.
 
Paine missed a shot, and Morehouse had the ball with a chance to pull ahead, but turned the ball back over to Paine with 4.6 seconds left on the clock. Baker raced down the court unguarded and caught a long pass and waited for the defense to foul him and then sealed the win at the line.

Paine College will take on Clark Atlanta University, Thursday, March 1 at 8:00 p.m. in the Forbes Arena on the campus of Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA.

For more information contact, the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu or visit thesiactournament.com


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Paine College student named Secretary of United Negro College Fund National Pre-Alumni Council

Posted by ncarter | 02/27/2012 17:35 PM

(AUGUSTA, GA) - Jill Ballesteros was recently named the Secretary of the 2012-2013 National Pre-Alumni Council (NPAC) Board.  Ballesteros is a junior Psychology major with an emphasis in Counseling from Los Angeles, California. She currently serves as the president of the Paine College Pre-Alumni Council.

The appointment is an honor because Ballesteros serves with other students from United Negro College Fund member institutions. The National Pre-Alumni Council is the governing body for the Pre-Alumni Councils located on UNCF's member colleges and universities campuses. The NPAC officers are elected annually during the NAC/NPAC Conference.

The National Pre-Alumni Council governs a total of 38 Historical Black Colleges and Universities. The United Negro College Fund provides over 60,000 scholarships each year to enable students to attend college.

“This appointment is just an extension of the leadership I provide to the Paine College Pre-Alumni Council,” Ballesteros said. "I am really excited to serve with other collegiate leaders and broadening the reach of UNCF's message."

As a student at Paine College, Ballesteros is a known leader having served as a member of Sisters on a Mission, Psychology Club, Commuter Students Association, Council of Presidents, Adopt a Freshman: Student Mentoring Program. She recently became a mentor to young girls through the Kids with a future program through St. Luke’s Methodist Church.

The Paine College Pre-Alumni Council recently received the award for the Best Pre-Alumni Council Scrapbook by the NPAC Board of Directors at the 66th National Alumni Council/54th Pre-Alumni Council Leadership Conference 2012 in Orlando, Florida. The scrapbook documents their activities throughout the year as well as their community service impact.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591, (706) 821-8322 or Ncarter@paine.edu

Photo caption: Jill Ballesteros

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Department of Education to promote "Read Across America" Day with Dr. Seuss Production at Wilkinson Gardens Elementary School

Posted by ncarter | 02/27/2012 17:31 PM

(Augusta, GA)- The Paine College Department of Education will conduct Dr. Seuss Production at Wilkinson Gardens Elementary School for Read Across America Day on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.

Paine College education majors have created a Dr. Seuss Production for Read Across America Day to encourage elementary students to read. The National Education Association award Paine College a grant to fund special projects. The CLASS Grant is awarded to a select number of student programs each academic year. The members of GAE-SP executive board were responsible for writing and submitting the grant. Natasha Adebiyi, Paine College GAE-SP president and GA-SP state officer, led the writing of the CLASS grant proposal.

With the grant funds, GAE-SP will also donate sets of Dr. Seuss books for lower grade level classrooms (Pre-K through 2nd grade) at Wilkinson Gardens Elementary School. Wilkinson Gardens is apart of the consortium of Professional Development Schools partnering with the Department of Education.

"The CLASS grant award provides Paine College students the opportunity for service learning and strengthens our Professional Development School relationship with Wilkinson Gardens," said Dr. Emily Graves, Chair of the Department of Education.

The Read Across America Program will be held on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Wilkinson Gardens Elementary School. This program will include fun filled academic activities for young elementary school students.

 For more information, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591, (706) 821-8322 or Ncarter@paine.edu or visit The National Education Association website at www.nea.org.

Attachments: Background on NEA's Read Across America and logo

Photo caption: Natasha Adebiyi, Paine College GAE-SP president and GA-SP state officer.

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Paine College GAE-SP land National Education Association Grant

Posted by ncarter | 02/27/2012 09:39 AM

Augusta, GA)-The Paine College Chapter of Georgia Association of Educators, Student Program, (GAE-SP) recently received a grant from the National Education Association (NEA). The members of GAE-SP executive board were responsible for writing and submitting the grant. Natasha Adebiyi, Paine College GAE-SP president and GA-SP state officer, led the writing of the CLASS grant proposal.

The National Education Association offer student programs across the country an opportunity to apply for grants to fund special projects. The CLASS Grant is awarded to a select number of student programs each academic year. CLASS Grants are awarded to local chapters for community service projects that are intended to meet a community need.

“I knew that this would be an opportunity that we could not miss out on," said Adebiyi. "The executive board and I sat down and identified a program that we wanted to offer to youth in community near campus. We were fortunate to have Dr. Lindsay-Dennis, our faculty advisor, guide us through the grant writing process.”

The CLASS grant received by NEA will be used to fund a "Read Across America" Program at Wilkinson Gardens Elementary School. NEA's "Read Across America" is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. The Purpose of "Read Across America" is to motivate children to read inside and outside of school. Research shows that reading is an important factor in student achievement. Children who are motivated and spend more time reading perform better in school than non-readers.

“This grant has provided Natasha and her executive board with an opportunity to not only develop grant writing skills but also create a program that addresses youth literacy in the CSRA,” said LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, Paine College GAE-SP Faculty Advisor. 

Paine College education majors have created a Dr. Seuss Production for Read Across America Day in March. This production seeks to encourage elementary students to read. With the grant funds, GAE-SP will also donate sets of Dr. Seuss books for lower grade level classrooms (Pre-K through 2nd grade) at Wilkinson Gardens Elementary School. Wilkinson Gardens is apart of the consortium of Professional Development Schools partnering with the Department of Education.

The CLASS grant award provides Paine College students the opportunity for service learning and strengthens our Professional Development School relationship with Wilkinson Gardens.

The Read Across America Program will be held on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Wilkinson Gardens Elementary School. This program will include fun filled academic activities for young elementary school students.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591, (706) 821-8322 or Ncarter@paine.edu or visit The National Education Association website at www.nea.org.

Photo caption: Natasha Adebiyi, Paine College GAE-SP president and GA-SP state officer.


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Paine College To Host Career & Graduate School Fair | March 15, 2012 | 10AM-1PM | Peters Campus Center

Posted by ncarter | 02/27/2012 08:46 AM

(Augusta, GA) – The Paine College Office of Career Services and Undergraduate to Graduate Program will host a Career and Graduate School Fair on Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Peters Campus Center.
 
Students, alumni, and members of the community will have an opportunity to network with local employers and meet representatives from graduate and professional schools. Resumes and professional dress are required. Admission is free and open to the public.
 
Currently representatives from the following schools and companies will be present:
·      Doctor’s Hospital
·      FBI
·      US Coast Guard
·      International Paper
·      Cintas
·      Waffle House
·      Century 21 Jeff Keller Realty
·      Dublin County Schools
·      Burke County Schools
·      Richmond County Schools
·      Enterprise
·      Georgia Teaching Fellows
·      Wells Fargo
·      Augusta Staffing
·      Georgia Health Sciences University
·      Career Personnel
·      WRDW
·      Air Force
·      Georgia Department of Labor
·      Cambridge
·      Central Michigan
·      Webster University
·      Georgia State University School of Law
·      GHSU School of Nursing
·      Emory University
 
For more information contact the Office of Career Services (706) 821-8307 or visit www.paine.edu or contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591,  (706) 821-8322 or Ncarter@paine.edu
 
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Paine College debuts new mobile website

Posted by ncarter | 02/20/2012 08:30 AM

(Augusta, GA) - Paine College has launched a mobile version of its website for fast and convenient access on handheld devices. The site can be found at m.paine.edu. Paine College is the first HBCU in the state of Georgia to launch a full-featured mobile site for handheld devices. The new Paine College Mobile site is also accessible to devices like the iPad, Kindle Fire and other notebook devices.

According to a survey conducted Noel-Levitz and the National Research Center for College & University Admissions, 52 percent of prospective college students said they had viewed a school’s website on a mobile device in 2011—more than double the percentage from 2010. And 48 percent of those students said the mobile site experience bettered their view of the campus.

“The movement that Paine College is making towards the future can only be described as progressive,” said Dr. George C. Bradley, Paine College President. “Students and constituents have an expectation of this type of innovation. We’re stepping up to provide it here at Paine.”

Currently, the new mobile site exhibits information about admissions, a calendar, faculty/staff directory, campus news, athletics and more. You can also stay connected with links to Paine College's social networking sites.

“Paine College’s mobile presence is extremely important as we evolve and continue to market our institution to technologically savvy generations. According to statistics a mobile site is imperative to keep Colleges and Universities competitive,” said Natasha Carter, Director of Communications and Marketing.

Site developers Webflex Consulting, LLC (webflexconsulting.com) expect to see additional features added to the site over time.

For more information contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591,  (706) 821-8322 or Ncarter@paine.edu

 
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