| 05/14/2014 04:01 AM
Paine College is maintaining a high level of security presence in the wake of recent shootings that occurred on the campus. The Paine College Police Department, consisting of certified armed officers, are present throughout the campus and residential halls round-the-clock to make certain that the students, faculty and staff remain in a safe environment. One of two injured students received superficial wounds, while the other remains hospitalized and is expected to recover. Although undergraduates were given a choice to take final exams in an on-line environment, many undergraduate students remained on campus following the Commencement Convocation held this past Sunday in the HEAL Complex.
Checkpoints are still in effect. The Paine College community must present a valid Paine College photo ID to gain access to the campus. Visitors are required to present a photo ID to obtain a temporary Visitor’s Pass. Certified Paine College armed police officers are visible throughout the campus and are posted at entrances. Also, barricades remain in effect at exits and entrances.
The campus e2-Alert Notification System, utilized to notify the campus community of the initial crisis, continues to work optimally and will remain in effect. Electronic surveillance is ever-present.
The College is moving towards healing and hosted animal therapy for students, faculty and staff on the campus two days following the shooting. The canine service was provided by the Hope Animal Assisted Crisis Response team (Southeast Region). The dogs visited each residence hall and walked the campus with their handlers greeting students and staff. The College also implemented a counseling resource that is available to the campus community and their families for emotional support. Licensed counselors are available 24 hours/7 days per week to speak to members of the Paine College community at 1-866.713.1978. Also, the Paine College Counseling Center, located on the campus, remains open to assist individuals who may require support.
“The safety and security of our students, faculty and staff remain a priority,” said Helene Carter, Assistant Vice President. The College’s Police department will continue to work with the Richmond County Sheriff’s office in the ongoing investigation.
For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, Tjwilliams@paine.edu. To learn more about Paine College, please visit www.paine.edu.
| 05/6/2014 04:18 AM
Paine College will host a media briefing regarding the shooting that occurred on the campus earlier today. The briefing will take place at 10AM in the HEAL Complex located at 1255 Druid Park Avenue on the campus.
The College will host a Prayer Vigil at 12 noon in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Another media briefing will take place in the afternoon at 4 pm in the HEAL Complex.
For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, 706.396.8163 or email Tonya Williams at Tjwilliams@paine.edu.
| 05/5/2014 13:31 PM
TO: All Media Outlets
DATE: Monday, May 5th, 2014
FROM: Sgt. Monica R. Belser
For Immediate Media Release:
On Monday, May 5th, 2014 at approximately 1300 hours, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office responded to Paine College to Haygood Hall at 1235 15th Street, Augusta Georgia in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, a male victim was found on the 3rd Floor with a gunshot wound to the head. The victim was transported to Georgia Regents University Hospital Trauma Center for what is reported as a life threatening injury.
Paine College was placed on lockdown and Deputies and Investigators interviewed witnesses identifying the shooting suspect. During a search of the dormitories, the suspect was apprehended and taken into custody. He is still pending charges at this time. The suspect is a 21 year old male. The suspect was purportedly involved in an altercation with the other student.
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office will be augmenting the Paine College Police to provide additional safety and security at Paine College until further notice. No other students were injured in this incident. The Sheriff’s Office is investigating another shooting that occurred the previous evening where a student was injured by debris from a blast through the wall. This matter is being investigated as well.
This is a joint release between the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and Paine College Campus Police on an ongoing investigation in regards to this unfortunate incident.
| 05/5/2014 10:12 AM
Paine College Police Department acknowledged that an incident took place Sunday afternoon in one of the male residence halls on campus. The incident involved non-Paine College students. Individuals discharged a firearm on campus which immediately took the campus in a lock down mode. Paine College Police and Richmond County law enforcement are investigating the incident. At this time, the campus is safe. As further developments occur, more details will be released.
| 05/2/2014 03:36 AM
Paine College will conduct its week of Commencement festivities starting Monday, May 5th through Sunday, May 11, 2014. The festivities are designed to celebrate the academic achievements of the Class of 2014 and their journey to excellence.
During Commencement week, there will be a number of events that will kick off the celebration starting with a Block Party and a Senior Career Day that will incorporate a resume boot camp featuring Kelly of Augusta Staffing. The seniors will perform a day of community service and will attend the Senior White Party in the Candler Memorial Library ballroom.
This is the time of year when alumni return to the campus to reconnect and celebrate with classes in reunion. This year, the Golden Class of 1964 will be Inducted into the Golden Agers Club while the classes ending in 4’s and 9’s will reunite. The graduating seniors and alumni classes in reunion are invited to attend the Family Reunion Cookout that will be held Friday, May 9th at Paine House.
The College is pleased to host the Southern Charm Party on Friday, May 9th at 6:00 p.m. featuring critically-acclaimed artist Floyd Gordon who has been dubbed one of the South’s treasures. The artist will exhibit many of his works that are featured in his newly released book entitled “The Unique Art of Floyd Gordon”, a 360-paged book featuring six decades of images that depict southern culture. This unique event will feature an exhibit and art sale surrounded by performing artists who will paint the canvas with spoken word, dance and song. Of particular note, Paine College students will be among the performing artists.
Southern Charm is free and open to the public and will be held in Candler Memorial Library from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
While the Commencement Convocation is the main ceremony on Sunday morning, the Baccalaureate Ceremony will take place Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. This inter-faith celebration is open to all students, their guests and to the community.
Reverend Zan Holmes, Jr., Pastor Emeritus of St. Luke Community United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas, will address the graduating class during the Baccalaureate service. Reverend Holmes is the author of three books and is widely known as the narrator and host of the popular video series, “Disciple Bible Study”.
The Commencement Convocation will begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 11th in the Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex located on the campus. Paine College is honored to have procured a former Senior Advisor to the Obama Administration and healthcare consultant to address the Class of 2014.
Anton Gunn, Former Director of External Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services will charge the graduating seniors to continue their journey of excellence. Mr. Gunn who is now the founder and president of the consulting firm, 937 Strategy Group, LLC, was pivotal in creating the engagement strategy for the Affordable Care Act.
For information on alumni activities, contact Alumni Relations Director, Mildred Kendrick at Mkendrick@paine.edu, or Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, Ala’Torya Cranford at Acranford@paine.edu. For more information about Commencement week of activities, please visit www.paine.edu, or contact Tonya Williams in the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
| 04/17/2014 05:31 AM
It is with great sadness that the Paine College Community mourns the passing of one of Augusta’s most notable television personalities and beloved citizens, Trooper Terry Sams.
Trooper Sams worked to build relationships in the community and served as a positive role model for students throughout the CSRA.
President George Bradley said, “We need more citizens who teach and showcase good citizenship. Trooper Sams was a living example of a “good neighbor and his loss will be deeply felt.”
The Paine College Community joins with WJBF News 6 and the CSRA communities in remembering one of Augusta’s greatest citizens.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
| 04/9/2014 10:23 AM
(Augusta, GA)— Classes at Paine College will be paused for Spring Break from Monday, April 7, through Friday, April 11. Classes and activities will resume Monday, April 14th.
| 04/8/2014 11:46 AM
(Augusta, GA)— Paine College, in partnership with BET Centric, will host the “Purple On The Green” Day Party on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The entire CSRA community and visitors to Augusta are invited to this event. This festive event will be held at the Paine College HEAL Complex located at 1255 Druid Park Avenue. Proceeds from “Purple On The Green” ticket sales will go toward providing scholarships for students.
Local celebrities Kimberely Scott of WJBF and Cher Best of 96.3 Kiss FM will host the event. Guests will enjoy live music from popular 1970s funk band Brick, Quiet Storm featuring TuTu D’Vyne, and DJ Greg Nyce.
“Paine College is committed to providing activities that celebrate the heritage of the Augusta community,” said Senior Vice-President for Institutional Advancement, Brandon Brown. “We are honored to present entertainment to our community and to those visiting Augusta for the tournament. Events like this help us raise scholarship dollars for our students. We invite the community to come and party for a purpose on April 12th.”
The public is invited and may purchase tickets from Pyramid Bookstore and from Paine College by calling (706) 821-8233. Purple On The Green tickets start at $20 for general admission with a cash bar and $50 for entry to the Minnesota Fattz VIP Lounge. VIP ticket holders will receive complimentary beverages and hors d'oeuvres. Bar 544 will provide all refreshments.
For more information on Paine College, please visit: www.paine.edu, or contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or email email@example.com.
| 03/14/2014 11:40 AM
Paine College Competes with 64 HBCUs to Win Home Depot Renovation Grant
Show your Paine College spirit by voting online today and everyday through April 14th. Share your vote through social media.
Paine College is among 64 HBCUs that are competing to win the 2014 Home Depot Retool Your School grant award. Home Depot will award a total of $250,000 to HBCUs for campus and facility improvements.
Help Paine College win $50,000. If awarded, the money will support the beautification of the campus and residence halls.
The awards will go to the three top schools with the most votes and social media activity, assessed by Home Depot.
You can help Paine to win. Vote early. Vote daily. Vote often.
Voting is just a click away! www.retoolyourschool.com/vote-now/
Hurry! Voting ends April 14th.
Encourage others to vote through social media. More shares equals more points.
| 03/11/2014 05:56 AM
The Office of Career Services will host Paine College’s Spring Career Fair on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the HEAL Complex.
Students, alumni, and members of the community will have an opportunity to meet face-to-face with employers & build their network. ADP, Augusta Staffing, Georgia Department of Labor, Goodwill, Georgia Lottery Corporation, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions and the U.S. Coast Guard are some of the employers that will be present.
Resumes and professional dress attire are required. Admission is free and open to the public.
For more information, please contact Career services at (706)821-8307 or visit paine.edu/CAREER.