Paine College Philosophy Professor Pens New Scholarly Book

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/27/2015 10:55 AM

Paine College Philosopher Anthony Sean Neal’s new book, COMMON GROUND: A Comparison of the Ideas of Consciousness in the Writings of Howard W. Thurman and Huey P. Newton, is a scholarly comparison of the ideas of consciousness as a means of community development and social transformation in the writings of these two men. This new work can be purchased through Africa World Press

This study examines the idea of consciousness as a phenomenal reality in the writings of Howard W. Thurman and Huey P. Newton. The purpose was to determine if there was confluence in the relationship between their usage of consciousness as an idea and their experience of blackness. This study was based on the premise that the experience of blackness caused a strong desire for freedom in the consciousness of the Africans who were brought to the Americas.

In order to develop a clearer understanding of the connection between experience and the modalities used by each writer to accomplish their goal it was necessary to approach this study through a critical method rooted in an Afrocentric paradigm. This paradigm also aided in gaining a better visualization of the desired goal of each writer. This study was qualitative in nature, using Afrocentric methods of interpretation concentrating on the African Freedom Aesthetic to extract the purpose and means through which consciousness was used in the writings of the research subjects.

This researcher found that both Thurman and Newton subscribed to the belief that in order for there to be a transformation in the lifestyle of blacks there would need to be a shift in the consciousness such that blacks could transcend the ill effects of living in a society which tolerated blacks but never embraced their humanity. The conclusion drawn from these findings suggests that confluence existed in the fact that both men believed that a change in consciousness gives the individual and community the ability to transcend the lived experience.


Anthony Sean Neal has a Doctorate of Arts in Humanities with an emphasis in African American Philosophy and Religion from Clark Atlanta University (the program converted to a Ph.D. in Humanities during his last semester). Anthony has taught at Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Point University, and currently Paine College. 


Paine College Police Department Respond Swiftly to Suspicious Person Report

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/25/2015 07:48 AM

The Paine College Police Department received a report from a Paine College Residence Director that two students had an altercation on the basketball court.  It was reported that one of the students left the basketball court to retrieve what was perceived to be a firearm from the residence hall.

The Paine College Police Officers, upon receiving the report between 8:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., placed the campus in full lockdown mode and contacted Richmond County Sheriff’s Office as a precautionary measure. Paine College officials issued emergency alert notifications to students and the college community to remain inside until the threat was contained.

The Paine College Police Officers apprehended the student and conducted a full check of the student’s room.  No firearms or weapons were found in the student’s possession or in his dormitory room.    

The lockdown was lifted at 9:59 p.m. and students were notified simultaneously via the campus email system and the emergency alert notification system, e2Campus, that the threat had been contained. 

The e2Campus system is the voluntary OPT-in emergency notification system used by Paine College and over 800 other schools. To use the Paine College e2Campus Alert System, students, faculty, and staff must register with their Paine College email account. Users have the option of adding mobile and voice phone numbers. One must subscribe to the e2Campus system in order to receive e2Campus alerts. 

“Our department acted quickly by immediately locking down the campus and alerting students, faculty, and staff to remain inside until further notice,” says Paine College Police Chief, Joseph Nelson. “Our notification system sends out alerts by text, phone, email, and an outdoor warning siren system,” adds Chief Nelson. 

The Paine College Police Department is conducting an ongoing investigation.

More information will be released and shared with the campus community as it becomes available.  

Paine College History Club to host Living History Reenactments on March 28, 2015

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/23/2015 08:24 AM

The Paine College History Club will host its annual Living History Reenactments event on Saturday, March 28, 2015 in the historic Cedar Grove Cemetery.

This year’s participants will present noted African Americans from the CSRA like Amanda Dickson- Toomer, one of the wealthiest black women in nineteenth-century, and other prominent local figures in African American history like CT Walker and TW Josey.

“We are excited to host this reenactment that showcases important figures in African American history, said Triest Fisher, President of the Paine College History Club.”Each made significant contributions to our community and we welcome everyone to join us for this event .

Tours are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. 11:00a.m. and 12:00p.m. Admission to the event is free. Cedar Grove Cemetery is located at 120 Watkins Street  in Augusta, GA. For more information, call Dr. Robert Jones at 706.821.8131.


Paine College Celebrates Religious Emphasis Week 2015

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/17/2015 06:33 AM

Paine College will celebrate Religious Emphasis Week March 15th - March 21st. Religious Emphasis Week provides the Paine College community with an opportunity to express and celebrate our faith in God. This year’s theme is 2 Chronicles 7:14 - "Prayer Changes Things". The week began with the Sunday Morning Worship Service, “Anointed Women of Wesley Fellowship honoring Women in the Bible through Worship”. There are number of events planned throughout the week. The community can expect lectures, seminars, and student forums and informal discussions with students, faculty members, and speakers.

All events are free and the public is invited to attend.

Religious Emphasis Week Activities: Theme: 2 Chronicles 7:14 - "Prayer Changes Things"

Sunday, March 15, 2015 @ 9:30 a.m. ~Sunday Morning Worship Service~ “Anointed Women of Wesley Fellowship honoring Women in the Bible through Worship”  (Location - Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel)

Monday, March 16, 2015 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. ~AM I A SAFE DRIVER-DUI TRAILER AND DRIVING COURSE-(Location Parking Lot of Paine College’s Police Station)  * (Sponsored by The Waynesboro Sheriff Department~ Lt. David Hannah)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 9:00 am until 12 Noon~ INTERFAITH PANEL WITH AREA RELIGIOUS LEADERS   (Location -Candler Memorial Library)


Wednesday, March 18, 2015 11:00 a.m. ~RELIGIOUS EMPHASIS ASSEMBLY/COMMUNITY PRAYER-GUEST SPEAKER REVEREND DR. VANCE P. ROSS (Location - Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 @ 7:00 pm ~ Paine College Community Lenten Service  (Location - Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel)


Friday, March 20th, 2015 12 Noon until 2:00 p.m.~ FRIDAY, MARCH 20TH-FUN DAY (LOCATION- PETER CAMPUS CENTER VERANDA)

Paine College To Host Day Of Prayer

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/16/2015 04:59 AM

Interim President, Dr. Samuel Sullivan, announced that Paine College will observe a Day of Prayer during Religious Emphasis Week.  During the Day of Prayer, the College will host a special prayer service that will take place on March 18, 2015.  The Department of Religious Life will host the prayer service in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel at 11:00 a.m.  The guest speaker will be Reverend Dr. Vance P. Ross, Senior Pastor of Gordon Memorial Church, in Nashville, Tennessee.

During this special prayer service, members of the faith-based community and the College’s constituents (faculty, staff, students, parents, trustees and friends) will be invited to pray for the well-being and overall health of the institution.  Also, religious leaders, alumni and friends will have an opportunity to present donations in support of the Together, We Can Campaign that is designed to address immediate needs for the College.  The public is invited to participate.

For more information about this event, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591,

Paine College Awarded $887,000 Competitive Community Partnership Grant to Address HIV and Substance Abuse

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/13/2015 03:30 AM

Today, Paine College officials held a press conference to announce a grant award of $887,796 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to address substance abuse, HIV, and HCV infections on campus and in the surrounding community. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) officially gave notice of the proposal’s acceptance in September 2014 with funding spanning 3 years to allow program development and intensive intervention work. The program, Paine College: Informing, Developing and Educating through Active Learning (PC-IDEAL), seeks to bring fresh and relevant health education and intervention to the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA).

The PC-IDEAL project uses a collaborative model to build community capacity to reduce substance abuse and the incidence of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C infection and related problems. Additionally, these funds allow further integration of intervention services on the Paine College Campus and within the surrounding community.   

Paine College has partnered with the New Bethlehem Community Center, Inc. to extend the scope and effectiveness of services provided to 18-24 year olds through the grant. Since its founding in 1912, the New Bethlehem Community Center has provided social services to residents and improved the daily lives of families and individuals in the CSRA.

Among the attendees were representatives of the New Bethlehem Community Center and officials from the City of Augusta.  Mayor Hardie Davis applauded the collaborative mission and stated, “Our community is reminded of the role Paine College and the New Bethlehem Community Center have historically played to support the community and people who live beyond the boundaries of the College.”  “It is important that these institutions continue to thrive as their successes are integral to the fabric of the greater success of our community.”   

Dr. Lawanda Cummings, the principal investigator of the PC:IDEAL project and chair of the Social Sciences Department, said that she hoped to bring the expertise of the department into spaces where it benefited Paine and the larger community. “Through efforts of faculty, students, health educators and relevant partners, we are creating spaces and opportunities that promote better health outcomes and choices among young people in the CSRA,” said Dr. Cummings.”

Ms. Millicent E. West, an experienced health educator and counselor, will serve as the Program Coordinator for the PC-IDEAL project.  Ms. West, the former Director of Student Activities and Residence Life at Paine College, stated that she understood first-hand how peer pressure impacted risky behavior that led to chronic diseases in young people.  “We must continue to have conversations with college students and young adults about taking responsibility and thinking beyond the moment,” said Ms. West. 

“Millicent West’s role is critical to the daily operations of the project and as the former Executive Director of the New Bethlehem Community Center, Inc., she brings a wealth of skill and knowledge that will benefit this initiative,” said Dr. Cummings.

Mr. Geno Clark, Director of Sponsored Programs, negotiated the award process and participated in the collaboration. “The SAMHSA grant will strengthen the participating partners’ mission to address, prevent, and reduce substance abuse and HIV in the community,” commented Mr. Clark. “I look forward to developing additional opportunities for external funding that build collaborations in support of addressing health disparities in the CSRA.”



For more information about the PC-IDEAL project, please contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706.396.7591 or via





Paine College Presents: From The Stage To The Sanctuary – A Celebration of Black Music

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/12/2015 05:51 AM

On Sunday, March 15, 2015, the Paine College Concert Choir will present “From The Stage To The Sanctuary – A Celebration Of Black Music” at 7:00 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Featured performers for the evening will include R. Wayne Woodson (Baritone), Beulah Grove Baptist Church Choir, Dr. Rosalyn Floyd, and the Paine College Concert Choir. 

The community is invited to attend. Local celebrity Jay Jeffries of NBC 26 will host the event.  Jay Jefferies has earned a reputation as one of Augusta's most accurate and entertaining Forecasters.

About the Performers:

R. Wayne Woodson is Director of Music for Paine College. An active performer, Woodson began his career as a member of the Morehouse College Glee Club, the Atlanta Opera Chorus and the Wendell P. Whalum Community Chorus. Under Dr. Woodson’s direction, the Paine College Concert Choir actively performs an extensive tour schedule across the United States.

Kevin Staley, Director of Beulah Grove Baptist Church Choir of Augusta, GA, has played alongside musical greats such as Brian McKnight and has toured with Alicia Keys to Yolanda Adams. He has recently released a recording which is garnering national attention.

Dr. Rosalyn Floyd is the accompanist for the Paine College Concert Choir. She is also a member of music faculty at Georgia Regents University. Dr. Floyd is best known as a collaborative artist, and has accompanied the world-renowned soprano Martino Arroyo, noted baritones Oral Moses and Timothy Jones, sopranos Linda Banister, Laquita Mitchell, and Levone Tobin Scott, and the Augusta Choral Society. Dr. Floyd's collaborative endeavors have taken her to many areas throughout the United States, the Bahamas, and the Peoples' Republic of China.

This event is open to the community. Donations will go toward the Paine College “Together, We Can” campaign. For more information, contact R. Wayne Woodson at 706.821.8314 or via email:


Paine Lions Score Player of the Year, ALL SIAC Team and Coach of the Year

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/9/2015 06:38 AM

ATLANTA, Ga. - The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced its 2015 All SIAC Men's Basketball Team with Denzel Dillingham (Paine), Jerry Hampton (LeMoyne-Owen) and Tyrius Walker (Morehouse) highlighting the postseason honors.

Voted on by the league's head coaches, Dillingham was selected SIAC Player and Newcomer of the Year, Hampton received the defensive award, and Walker was named the SIAC's top freshman. Paine College head coach Jimmy Link garnered SIAC Coach of the Year award.

With one game left on the year, Dillingham shares the league's top spot in scoring currently averaging 20.4 points per game. He leads the SIAC in three-point shooting connecting 44 percent from long range.

He helped guide PC (21-5, 16-2) to a 13-game win streak including victories in 20 of its last 22 games. He led the Lions in scoring in 18 games amassing 20 or more points in 14 contests. He tallied 30-plus points on three occasion in cluding a season high 34 points at LeMoyne-Owen during the Lions' streak.

Hampton led the SIAC in blocks with 2.7 per game and ranked second in defensive rebounds with 5.5 per contest. He posted a season high six block shots in one game lead LOC (14-13, 10-8) in the category in 22 games. He closed out the season averaging 11.6 points and 8.0 rebounds per game for the Magicians.

Walker led Morehouse (15-10, 13-5) in nine categories including scoring (14.2 ppg), assists (2.8 apg) and steals (1.3 spg). He led the Maroon Tigers in points scored in 12 games notching 20-plus in six contests. He tied a season high 24 points in three games and has led MHC in scoring three consecutive games including six of its last seven.

Coach Link powered the Lions to an eastern division title while currently riding a 21-5 overall record with a 16-2 post in SIAC play. The Lions picked up their first 20-win season since 2006 after finishing the year with a 20-9 record. The Lions lead the league in several team categories. PC ranks first in the SIAC in scoring (81.0 ppg), scoring margin (6.5), field goal percentage (.481), three-point percentage (.368), rebounding margin (4.9), assists (14.6), and defensive rebounds (699).

In addition to their individual accolades, Dillingham and Walker garnered All SIAC honors joining Terrance Bridgeman (Lane), Rodnerius Lewis (Stillman), David Alexander ( Tuskegee ), Tyrone Brown (Morehouse), Donald Stewart (Lane), Arnis Libazs (Paine), Maiscei Grier (Miles) and Markeith Madison (Stillman).

Hampton received SIAC honorable mentions which include: Ulysses Thomas III ( Kentucky State ), Adolph Caldwell (Claflin), Daequan Mitchell-Fields (LeMoyne-Owen) and Brennan Reynard (Benedict).



Denzel Dillingham (Paine) Terrance Bridgeman (Lane) Rodnerius Lewis (Stillman) David Alexander (Tuskegee) Tyrone Brown (Morehouse) Donald Stewart (Lane) Arnis Libazs (Paine) Tyrius Walker (Morehouse) Maiscei Grier (Miles) Markeith Madison (Stillman)



Denzel Dillingham (Paine)



Jimmy Link (Paine)



Ulysses Thomas III (Kentucky State)

Jerry Hampton (LeMoyne-Owen)

Adolph Caldwell (Claflin)

Daequan Mitchell-Fields (LeMoyne-Owen)

Brennan Reynard (Benedict)



Jerry Hampton (LeMoyne-Owen)



Tyrius Walker (Morehouse)

Paine College Awarded $33,631 to Produce Scholarship on Frank G. Yerby

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/5/2015 11:32 AM

During the 2014-2015 academic year, Paine College was awarded $33,631 from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) of the United Methodist Church. The award will enhance the ability of faculty and students at Paine to produce scholarship on the prolific author and Paine College alumnus, Frank G. Yerby.

Frank Yerby who was posthumously inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2006, earned a Bachelor of Arts in English degree at Paine College in 1937. During his time at the College, he penned the Paine College Hymn and published poetry and a short story in the Paineite.

After graduating from Paine, Yerby earned a master’s degree from Fisk University. Then, he worked a variety of jobs from teaching to working in a motor plant. All the while he was writing several protest short stories and then more than thirty popular novels before his death in 1991.

Frank Yerby was one of the most commercially successful writers of the 20th Century. Yerby’s best known novel published in 1971, “The Dahomean”, sold over fifty-five million hardback and paperback books worldwide. His novel 1946 novel, “The Foxes of Harrow”, was the first novel written by an African American to sell more than a million copies.    

According to Dr. Catherine L. Adams, recently named the principal investigator of the GBHEM grant, “We will now be able to fund a range of interdisciplinary projects that require acquisition of materials related to the work of Yerby, travel to archives where Yerby materials are housed, and research assistants for data collection on Yerby.”

“It is an exciting time at Paine College to build an infrastructure to support and generate scholarship on Yerby, says Dr. Adams. “We currently have faculty and student co-researchers working on Yerby projects in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Media Studies. Other departments have also been invited to develop discipline-specific projects on Yerby. I know we will be well-prepared for the grand centennial celebration of Yerby’s birth in November 2015, and the grant from the GBHEM is integral to that preparation.”  


2014 Yerby Scholars with Dr. Jessie Carney Smith, Dean of the Library at Fisk University

Dr. Jessie Carney Smith (seated) with Yerby Scholars on a field trip to the Fisk Special Collections: Cierra Washington, Gia Dorsey, and Ijeoma Alston, under the direction of Dr. Catherine L. Adams.


Paine College Appoints Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/5/2015 07:55 AM

For Immediate Release

March 5, 2015

AUGUSTA, GA - Interim President Dr. Samuel Sullivan announced on March 4, 2015 the appointment of Dr. Cheryl Evans-Jones as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. "Dr. Jones brings a wide range of experience in higher education to Paine College," said Dr. Sullivan.  "She has an impressive record as a team builder and has demonstrated considerable leadership during this special time in the life of the College."

For over 20 years, Dr. Evans-Jones has been a member of the Paine College community. Dr. Evans-Jones held the positions of Coordinator of the Department of Psychology, Interim Chair of the Division of Social Sciences, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, and Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs. In September of 2014, Dr. Evans-Jones was named the Acting Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Dr. Evans-Jones received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Fisk University(Nashville, Tennessee). She received the Master of Arts and Doctorate of Philosophy degrees in Clinical-Child/Developmental Psychology from The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio).


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