| 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 email:email@example.com.
| 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
| 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.
| 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).
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.
| 02/27/2015 11:58 AM
For Immediate Release: February 27, 2015
Paine Qualifies to Compete at Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Nationals in California
Augusta, GA, February 27, 2015 – Completing a hard-fought journey that began in the fall, the team representing Paine College has qualified to compete at the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament to be held March 21-25 in Torrance, California. Now in its 26th season, HCASC is a unique academic competition that showcases the academic prowess of the best and brightest students from America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
With 76 HBCUs vying for a spot in the Nationals, teams competed in seven qualifying tournaments held in late January. Forty-eight emerged from the group, including Paine earning the opportunity to compete for the title of “National Champion” and a $50,000 institutional grant from Honda.
"We are honored to be a part of the Honda Campus All -Star Challenge which highlights the academic prowess of students attending HBCUs." said Interim President Samuel Sullivan. "We are extremely proud of our students and their accomplishment of qualifying for the national championship."
James R. Armstrong, Travione Harris, Jordan M. Rutland, and Sharifah A. Williams will represent Paine. Dr. Eric Darrington, Assistant Professor, will coach the team.
The 2015 National Championship Tournament will be live-streamed on Monday, March 23rd starting at 12:00 ET on HCASC.com and other websites.
For more information on the 2015 HCASC, including a full list of the 48 qualifying teams, visit www.hcasc.com. Connect with HCASC via social media for updates on Facebook www.facebook.com/HCASC and Twitter www.twitter.com/HCASC), using #HCASC.
About Honda Campus All-Star Challenge:
Celebrating HBCU excellence, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is one of Honda’s largest and longest running philanthropic initiatives in the United States. Since 1989, the program has awarded more than $7.5 million in grants to participating HBCUs, impacting the lives of over 100,000 students across 22 states. The participating HBCUs share in grants from Honda of up to $328,000 each year. HCASC’s impressive roster of past participants includes engineers, lawyers, doctors and professors. A number of high profile former HCASC participants have been inducted into the HCASC Hall of Fame, including Clark Atlanta University alumnus and ESPN anchor, Bomani Jones, who participated in two HCASC competitions between 1999 and 2001, serving as team captain in 2001.
For more information, contact:
Please contact Tonya Williams in the Office of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or via email at email@example.com.
| 02/13/2015 05:43 AM
Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President, members of the Paine College administration, faculty, staff and students cordially extend an invitation to alumni and friends to attend the College’s 133rd Founders’ Day Convocation on Friday, February 13th at 10:30 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. This event is open to the public.
Attorney Michael L. Thurmond, Superintendent of the DeKalb County School District, will deliver the Founders’ Day address. The DeKalb County School District, third largest in the state of Georgia, serves nearly 99,000 students with over 13,400 employees. He is currently on leave from the Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer law firm.
Thurmond was raised as a sharecropper's son in Clarke County, Georgia. He graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Paine College and later earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He also completed the Political Executives program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
In 1986, he became the first African-American elected to the Georgia General Assembly from Clarke County since Reconstruction. During his legislative tenure, Thurmond authored major legislation that has provided more than $250 million in tax relief to Georgia's senior citizens and working families.
Following his legislative service, Thurmond was called upon to lead the state Division of Family and Children's Services and direct Georgia's historic transition from welfare to work. He created the innovative Work First program, which helped over 90,000 welfare-dependent Georgia families move from dependence into the workforce.
In 1997, Thurmond became a distinguished lecturer at the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government. The following year in November, he was elected Georgia Labor Commissioner, becoming the first non-incumbent African American to be elected to statewide office in Georgia.
During his three terms as commissioner, the Georgia Labor Department underwent a major transformation in customer service and efficiency. His Georgia Works program has earned national praise and bi-partisan support. President Barack Obama based part of the American Jobs Act after the Georgia Works model. However, Thurmond's most gratifying accomplishment as a public official was the construction of a $20 million school for young people with disabilities at the historic Roosevelt Institute in Warm Springs, Georgia.
He is the recipient of two honorary doctorate degrees from Clark Atlanta University and LaGrange College. Thurmond has also served as a motivational speaker to state school board associations in nine Southern states on issues regarding leadership, diversity, and public education advocacy in the 21st century.
Thurmond's latest book, Freedom: Georgia's Antislavery Heritage, 1733-1865, was awarded the Georgia Historical Society's Lilla Hawes Award. The Georgia Center for the Book listed Freedom as one of The 25 Books All Georgian's Should Read. He presently serves on the Board of Curators of the Georgia Historical Society. He is married to Zola Fletcher Thurmond, and they have one daughter, Mikaya Thurmond.
For more information, please contact Tonya Williams in the Office of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591, or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
| 01/29/2015 03:50 AM
This symposium lead by Dr. Lawanda Cummings, Assistant Professor and Chair of Department of Social Sciences, and Dr. Cathrerine Adams, Assistant Professor of English, will bring together participants of the Faculty Resource Network (FRN) seminars with members of the academic and Augusta community for two timely global discussions:
- On Thursday, January 29, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Implications of how developments within the European Union impact the economic and political realities in the United States. Topics to be discussed: climate change initiatives and the global economy, global immigration and labor, and far right political ascendency.
- On Friday, January 30, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.: “Athens (Greece) and Augusta as Teaching Canvases” Topics to be discussed: Digital programs and repositories for the Social Sciences and the Humanities.
Both discussions will be held in Gandy Richardson Auditorium in Haygood-Holsey, 210. This event is open to the public.
| 01/12/2015 09:03 AM
Renowned organist and recording artist Alvin Blount will perform at Paine College as part of the Ellis Johnson Concert Series at 5:00 pm on Saturday, January 31st, in the Paine College Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. This organ recital, dedicated to Ann Johnson, will include both classical and spiritual pieces written for the organ. Admission to the performance is free and open to the public. During the recital, an offering will be taken to support the Ann and Ellis Johnson Endowed Scholarship which provides continual aid to Paine College students in the area of Music.
Alvin Blount maintains a dynamic career as organist. He is the Director of Music and Worship at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church in Augusta, GA and the Dean of the Augusta Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He has performed throughout the United States and abroad in Ireland and Italy. As the Director of Music and Worship at St. St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church, Blount performed in St. Peter’s Basilica on the Feast of Christ the King, celebrated by Pope John Paul II in 1999.
For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706-396-7591 or via email at Tjwilliams@paine.edu.
| 01/10/2015 08:53 AM
For Immediate Release : January 10, 2015
Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Paine College Interim President, announced today that the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to suspend the College’s football program for two years. Dr. Sullivan said that the suspension was self-imposed. He commented, “At this critical juncture in the history of Paine College, we have no choice but to firmly reestablish the financial health of our College.” “It is only through achieving this condition that we will have a chance of being removed from probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and winning reaffirmation of the College’s accreditation.” Dr. Sullivan further stated, “We must take this and other steps to reduce overall expenditures by the College and increase our net assets.” “After removal of all sanctions imposed upon the college by SACSCOC, we will conduct a cost benefit analysis and evaluate the return of our football program.”
“The College will honor scholarships for eligible players during the spring 2015 semester,” said Athletics Director Selina Kohn. “While we regret that the College has suspended the football program, the Lion Athletics Program will continue to support five men’s and five women’s sports.” Kohn further stated that the football coaches will mentor the student athletes to help them make the transition to find new athletic homes for those who wish to transfer.
During the meeting of the Board of Trustees in October 2012, the governing body unanimously voted to revive the football program after a 50-year hiatus. The College introduced Club Football with a limited number of games in 2013 and rolled out its full program during the 2014 fall semester.
Under the leadership of Coach Greg Ruffin, the Club team ended the season with an impressive 3-1 record in 2013. In 2014, the Lions ended the season with a 2-8 record.
Although the community has rallied support for the new program that is still in its infant stage, the cost to operate the program has placed an enormous amount of financial strain on the College’s operating budget.
“We want our sports programs to remain competitive and in order to do that, we must revisit the cost of maintaining a healthy athletic program,” said Dr. Sullivan. “Although the College is witnessing an enormous outpouring of support from the community, the economic climate has caused us to reassess the budgets and the cost of operating the football program.” “It is imperative that we continue to enhance the College’s academic programs and student services.”
The Paine College Lion Athletic program falls under the auspices of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference and NCAA Division II.
For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, 396.8163 or via email:Tjwilliams@paine.edu.
| 12/23/2014 08:51 AM
Paine College Past-President, William H. Harris, will Give Keynote Address
Each year, Augusta Technical College, Georgia Regents University and Paine College come together to celebrate the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through this celebration, the institutions encourage the community to reflect upon the teachings of Dr. King and his work for peace and equal rights for all people throughout the world.
Paine College will host the event on the campus in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel on Friday, January 16th at 12 noon. President Emeritus of Alabama State University, Dr. William H. Harris, will give the keynote address. Dr. Harris, a graduate of Paine College, also served as the eleventh president of Paine from 1982 to 1988.
Dr. Harris has an impressive career in higher education and served as President of Texas Southern University and led Fort Valley State University as its Interim President. He is the author of two books: Keeping the Faith: A. Philip Randolph, Milton P. Webster, and the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, published in 1977 and reissued in 1991 by the University of Illinois Press; and The Harder We Run: Black Workers Since the Civil War, published in 1982 by Oxford University Press.
During this occasion, Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Paine College Interim President, will recognize the achievements and legacy of Reverend Dr. Julius S. Scott, Jr. who served as president of Paine College from 1975-1982 and during 1988-1994. Dr. Scott is well known for his unwavering dedication to education. He left a legacy of extraordinary service, scholarship, integrity and faith that impacted the institutions and communities in which he served.
The combined choirs from the participating host institutions will perform.
Paine College has a historical tradition of open access and a commitment to social justice. Through this joint celebration, the institutions encourage the community to embrace a climate that is open and accepting of differences. This event is open to the public.
For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, 396.8163 or via email: Tjwilliams@paine.edu, Vflowersemail@example.com.