Paine College Announces its Return to the Home Depot Retool Your School Grant Program Competition Award will Benefit the College’s Residential Halls

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/4/2016 04:54 AM

By Helene T. Carter

The Home Depot Retool Your School Grant competition has officially commenced with over half of the nation’s HBCUs vying for the top prize of $50,000 for campus beautification projects.  Paine College qualified to enter the competition upon submitting its application for three beautification improvement projects on February 22, 2016.  “The competition is stiff this year but we are in it to win it,” said Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President.  “The College has an opportunity to win from $20,000 to $50,000 to underwrite improvement projects in three residence halls,” commented Dr. Sullivan. “I am appealing to the entire Paine College community to vote daily to ensure that the College emerges as a winner.” 

The total winnings for the Retool Your School program have increased to $300,000 in grants for nine accredited HBCUs. The schools will be categorized in one of three clusters based on student population. Each cluster will have three winners vying for one $50,000, one $30,000 and one $20,000 grant. The breakdown will be as follows: Cluster 1 will be based on schools with student enrollment of 4,000 or more and Cluster 2 will be based on schools with student enrollment of 3,999–1,251 students.  Paine College falls within Cluster 3 with a student enrollment of 1,250 or less.

The Home Depot’s Retool Your School Program was established in 2010 to provide support for campus improvement projects to the nation’s HBCUs.  Since the program’s inception, over one million dollars in grant money has been awarded. 

This year, for the first time, the non-winning qualified schools who submit their applications and receive a minimum of 100 votes, will receive a $1,000 Home Depot gift card. 

“Excitement builds each year for The Home Depot Retool Your School program,” says Melissa Brown, Multicultural Marketing Manager. “Each year, we continue to find ways to make it exciting for HBCUs to participate. Last year, we launched a new grant structure that allowed more HBCUs to participate and to feel comfortable competing among their fellow HBCUs within their student population range.” 

During the online voting period, Paine College supporters can cast their vote everyday for Paine’s project. Following the online vote, a panel of distinguished judges will also evaluate Paine’s proposal within the qualifying brackets. Judges will consider the depth of Paine’s proposal and the College’s ability to execute the project within the specified budgets. Proposals for all three grants ($50K, $30K, $20K) must highlight how each project will make a lasting, positive impact on Paine’s campus. 

Geno Clark, Director of Sponsored Programs, steered the application process and submitted projects on behalf of Paine College for each of the award levels as follows:

Tier III award ($20,000) will be utilized to replace and/or upgrade window panes and window treatments in three residence halls: Epworth Hall, Gray Hall and Barry Gomillion Hall.

The project, if implemented, will beautify the campus image by providing a much-needed facelift to residence halls while also allowing for added privacy in dorm rooms.

Tier II prize ($30,000), if awarded, will underwrite external painting and gutter repair/replacement on the same residence halls. The repainted trim work will give the buildings an uplift while the improved gutter system will create a more stable and comfortable living environment for our students. 

Tier I Project ($50,000), if awarded, will include major repairs of the communal bathrooms in resident halls including retiling of showers, repairing drains and replacing hardware.

The Home Depot’s Retool Your School Program was established in 2010 to provide support for campus improvement projects to the nation’s HBCUs.  Since the program’s inception, over one million dollars in grant money has been awarded.

During the online voting period, Paine College supporters can cast their vote everyday for Paine’s project. Following the online vote, a panel of distinguished judges will also evaluate Paine’s proposal within the qualifying brackets. Judges will consider the depth of Paine’s proposal and the College’s ability to execute the project within the specified budgets. Proposals for all three grants ($50K, $30K, $20K) must highlight how each project will make a lasting, positive impact on Paine’s campus.

Online voting began February 26th and will end April 24th.  We encourage faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends to vote daily at  The winners will be announced on May 18, 2016.

For more information about ways to cast your vote, please contact Tonya Williams in the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706.396.7591,


Annual Father-Daughter Gala Benefits Paine College's Build It Back Campaign and Local Charities

Posted by painewebmaster | 02/19/2016 06:59 AM

By Helene Carter

Each year, proceeds from the Father-Daughter Gala are donated to local non-profit organizations to support their mission and, in many cases, to provide scholarships for deserving students at local colleges and universities.  Paine College was among several organizations that received a donation.

"No gift is too small or too large," said Dr. Samuel Sullivan who received a check from local business owner Robert O’Neal in the amount of $1,000.  "This show of support demonstrates that Paine College is a sound investment and remains at the heart of the community,” said Dr. Sullivan, Interim President of Paine College.

The College launched the Build it Back Campaign in November 2015 to meet immediate and critical needs of the Institution.  During the 2016 Founders’ Day and Homecoming celebration, the Vice President of Institutional Advancement Sunya L. Young announced that the Campaign had reached over $460,246 and is ongoing. 

Mr. O’Neal is President and CEO of The O’Neal Group, Inc. and agency owner of Bob O’Neal Insurance Agency, Allstate Insurance Company.  Mr. O’Neal, the brainchild behind the Father-Daughter Gala, said his daughter introduced him to a similar event in 2007.   He was so impressed with the experience and the time shared with his daughter that he was led to create the Father-Daughter Gala and Dance that is traditionally held on Fathers’ Day at Legends Club in Augusta.  “Although Allstate Insurance Agency is the official host of the Father-Daughter Gala, there are many people in the background who work diligently to make the event a success,” he said.  “Under the auspices of OuiCare International, Inc., we provide financial resources to support the mission of local charities while helping to strengthen the bonds of the family that lend to stronger communities.”

“This event has, in many ways, become a ministry for me,” commented Mr. O’Neal.  “In its ninth year, the event has touched many lives and helped to improve relationships between fathers and their daughters.”  There are no age limits, religious or ethnic boundaries.  I’ve witnessed grandfathers and granddaughters take to the floor awkwardly and emerge with pure confidence and joy.  Improving relationships between fathers and daughters is at the heart of what we do and that is what makes our work special.”

 “We are grateful to Robert O’Neal and appreciative of the Augusta community, alumni and friends who continue to support the College.  “Paine, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), is on Probation and will have to demonstrate to the SACSCOC Review Team that it is fiscally stable during its spring 2016 review.  I am appealing to the College’s constituents to give generously.

For more information on ways to support Paine College, please contact Vice President Sunya Young at 706.821.8233 or via email:

Photo Caption:

L-R: Robert O’Neal, Agency Owner of Bob O’Neal Insurance Agency, Allstate Insurance Company and Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President of Paine College.

Paine College Alumnus, Bishop Marshall Gilmore, ’57, will Deliver Founders’ Day Address

Posted by painewebmaster | 02/11/2016 11:04 AM

Bishop Marshall Gilmore will deliver the Founders’ Day Convocation address at Paine College on Friday, February 12, 2016 in Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.  The event, in observance of the 134th founding of the College, will commence at 10:30 a.m.   In keeping with tradition, the procession of the Administration, faculty, staff, program participants and graduating seniors will commence from Haygood Holsey Administration Hall and end at the Chapel. The Founders’ Day Convocation, traditionally held during the College’s Homecoming weekend, is open to the public.  For more information about the Homecoming celebration of activities, please visit

About Bishop Marshall Gilmore

Bishop Marshall Gilmore grew up in the Pleasant Hill C.M.E. Church in Hoffman, North Carolina. There he was baptized. He attended the public schools in Hoffman and later graduated from the West Southern Pines High School, North Carolina in 1949.  He enrolled in Paine College, Augusta, Georgia, in the fall of 1954.  By attending summer schools at Paine College and Allen University and Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina, he graduated from Paine with a BA degree in 1957.

While serving in the United States Air Force from 1950-1954, he was licensed first as an Exhorter in September 1953, and second, a Local Preacher on January 2, 1954.

While at Paine College, he was admitted on trail in the North Carolina Annual Conference and ordained Deacon in 1955 at St. Joseph C.M.E. Chapel Hill, North Carolina by Bishop Willam Yancey Bell.  His ordination  was in anticipation of  being assigned a pastoral charge, which came to pass when Bishop Arthur W. Womack assigned him to Hudson Memorial C.M.E. Church, Augusta, Georgia 1955.

In the North Carolina Annual Conference of 1956 meeting at Haines Institutional C.M.E. Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Bishop Bell ordained him Elder.

Bishop Gilmore entered the Theological School of Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, in 1957, and graduated with the Master of Divinity degree  in 1960.  He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from the United  Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, in 1974.  Several honorary degrees have been awarded to him.  Doctor of Divinity degrees were awarded by Texas College and the Interdenominational Theological Center.  Paine College awarded him the degree of Doctor of Laws and Letters, Lane College, the Doctor of Humane Letters, and Miles College the degree of Laws and Letters.

Upon being elected first in the largest class of bishops (5) ever elected, he went on to serve as pastor for Philips Temple C.M.E. Church, Dayton, Ohio where he served for eighteen years.  Under his guidance, Phillips Temple  witnessed a new facility, retired its debt, and purchased and paid for a parsonage.  This climaxed a series of successful pastorates in Georgia, Illinois, and Michigan.

The General Conference of 1982 meeting in Memphis, Tennessee, elected the Reverend Marshall Gilmore the 41st bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.  From 1982 – 1994, he served as Presiding Bishop of the 4th Episocpal District (Louisiana and Mississippi) and from 1994 until June 2006, he served as Presiding Bishop of the Eighth Episcopal District (Texas).  The saving of Texas College, Tyler, with the help of the College of Bishops and church, remains a proud achievement.

On July 2, 2002, in the General Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia, Bishop Gilmore was installed as Senior Bishop and later in 2002, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was elected Chief Executive Officer (CEO)  by the Board of Director The CME Church.

Bishop Gilmore retired June 27, 2006, at the General Conference held in Memphis, Tennessee.  He was recalled January 2010 by the College of Bishops to preside over the Second Episcopal District (Ohio/Central Indiana, Western Pennsylvania and Kentucky) until the General Conference, June 2010, held in Mobile, Alabama.  He was recalled a second time by the College of Bishops in November 2013 to preside over the Seventh Episcopal District (North & South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York) until the 2014 General Conference held in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Bishop Gilmore is an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees of Paine College; immediate past Chairman of the Board of the CME Church CDC; the Commissionon Disaster Relief, and a former member of the Commission on Pan Methodist Cooperation and Union.  He has served  as  Chair  of  the General Connectional Board;  the Board of Envangelism; the General Board of Personnel Services; the Committee On the Compilation of the  Book of Discipline; the New Day Housing Cooperative; and the Board of Trustees of Texas College.  He served also, as Chair of the Board of Trustees of M.I. College;  the Board of Trustees of the ITC, and as a member and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Phillips School of Theology.

He edited The Book of Ritual (Pocket Edition);  and The Book of Ritual (Pew Edition).  He authored A Catechism For Members of The CME Church; A Bishop Chats With A New Pastor; The Local Church: Its Pastor, Officers And Their Ministries; A Larger Cathechism; Discipleship: In Principle and In Practice; The Pulpit And The Pew; and What Would Jesus Have Me Do?  And in 2014, he published his Memoir, From Bastard to Bishop: A Journey to Legitimacy.


Bishop Gilmore met on campus and later married a Paineite, the former Yvonne Dukes of Fitzgerald, Georgia.  They are the parents of two adult children, the Reverend John Marshall Gilmore and Mrs. Joan Michele (Jerome) Oglesby.  And, they are the grandparents of Marshell (Shelly) Yvonne Gilmore, Kenny Barnes and Daven Oglesby.

Dance Theatre of Harlem To Hold Athletic Workshop at Paine College

Posted by painewebmaster | 01/27/2016 11:56 AM

The world-renowned Dance Theatre of Harlem will visit Paine College this month to conduct an athletic workshop. The workshop will be held on Friday, January 29th from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the HEAL Complex.

The Dance Theatre of Harlem is known for challenging classical ballet. Led by artistic director, Virginia Johnson, the group’s repertoire ranges from classics to contemporary. The Dance Theatre of Harlem has performed across the country and abroad. Their dance is described as “swift, elegant, and crisp.” 

The group is slated to perform at the end of the Augusta Ballet’s first-ever New Traditions Dance Festival at the Bell Auditorium on Saturday, January 30 at  7:30 PM.  During their visit to Augusta, the group will also hold master classes with area dance students in addition to the workshop at Paine College.

“This is another great opportunity for team bonding,” said Paine College Men's Basketball Coach Chase Campbell. “I thought that would be something unique and fun that all of our athletes could do together.” The workshop will help the athletes work on fast-twitch muscles reaction which would allow them to react quicker and become more agile on the court.

This workshop is free and open to the public. Additional information is available by phone (706) 821-8233 or e-mail For more information about their performance at the Bell Auditorium visit

Paine College to hold annual Spring Convocation | Wednesday, January 20th

Posted by painewebmaster | 01/20/2016 04:33 AM

Paine College will officially open the Spring semester with its Spring Convocation on Wednesday, January 21, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Our Spring Convocation marks the official start of the spring semester. Interim President Samuel Sullivan will deliver the keynote address. Students, faculty, staff and community leaders will also participate in Convocation ceremony. The public is invited to attend.

Paine College To Host High School MLK Day Academic Bowl

Posted by painewebmaster | 01/15/2016 11:10 AM

The Paine College Honda All-Star team will collaborate Dr. Lawanda Cummings and the program PC-IDEAL (Paine College: Informing, Developing, and Educating through Active Learning), to host the 2016 High School MLK Academic Bowl on Monday, January 18th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Candler Memorial Library on the Paine College campus. 

Students from area high schools including Butler High School, Lucy Laney High School, Hephzibah High School, and Burke County High School will compete in a quiz tournament that will include a variety of topics including world history, science, literature, religion, the arts, social science and popular culture. 

"It is an honor to have a High School Academic Bowl in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King to exhibit the knowledge of the students and show how committed and eager the young people are to learn and compete," said Ms. Uzetta Gresham,  "It is a pleasure to see the high school students come out and take part in a competition."  

Paine College is one of the many HBCUs that take part in the each year in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) where they compete against HBCU’s throughout the country. The team is under the leadership of Ms. Uzetta Gresham and Campus Coordinator, Dr. Catherine Adams.  

Honda Campus All-Stars are sponsored by the Honda Corporation. More than $7.5 million in grants from Honda have provided support for book & tuition scholarships, facilities upgrades, and other investments to improve the student experience.

Minister and Author Crystal Smith to kickoff Paine College's New Lecture Series

Posted by painewebmaster | 01/15/2016 10:20 AM

AUGUSTA — Crystal Smith, associate minister at the Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church and author of two books including the latest book titled "The Centered Woman: Focused, Beautiful, Happy" will be the speaker for the Paine College Lecture Series kickoff. 

Smith's lecture will be at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 19, in the Multipurpose Room at the Paine College HEAL Complex. The event is free and open to the public.

As a highly sought after speaker, Smith has traveled nationwide teaching the word of God. Smith’s passion for helping women led her to write books that focus on finding your purpose and healthy living.

"We are very excited that Mrs. Smith’s lecture will serve as the speaker for the kick-off of our new lecture series," said Leadra Collins, Director of Institutional Development. " The Paine College Lecture Series will give the community the opportunity to interact with leading members of Paine College faculty, scholars, community leaders, and leaders in business.”

Gospel Artist Deitrick Haddon To Perform Benefit Concert for Paine College

Posted by painewebmaster | 12/28/2015 11:03 AM

Continuing his support of Paine College, singer, songwriter, music producer, pastor, and actor, Deitrick Haddon, will perform a benefit concert in the Paine College HEAL Complex on Friday, January 15, 2016, at 7 pm.

The concert organized by former Painenite and founder of Soul Note Entertainment, Javen McCaster, is McCaster’s way of helping to build back Paine College. “Paine College is a historical institution that has provided a first class education for all students,” said McCaster.  “It is a privilege to give back to the college that has given us educational excellence.”

Haddon voiced his support for Paine College before the “Build It Back Rally” fundraiser in November while promoting his latest album titled “Masterpiece” last month in the CSRA at local radio stations. When McCaster asked Haddon if he would take part in a concert to help save Paine College, Haddon replied that he would love to be involved with such a worthy cause.

In addition to Deitrick Haddon, the concert will feature award-winning Miles Mealing & Nu Movement and national recording artists JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise along with at least two additional acts. 

A portion of proceeds from the concert will go to the Paine College “Build it Back” fundraising campaign.

Tickets can be purchased at Beulah Grove Baptist Church Resource Center, Pyramid Music & More on Broad Street or online at

Paine Athletics Season Passes on Sale Now

Posted by painewebmaster | 12/16/2015 11:11 AM

The Paine College Athletics Department is proud to announce that 2015-16 men’s and women’s basketball season passes are on sale.

At just $90.00 for a season pass, you can attend to all Lions and Lady Lions home basketball games throughout the season. Admission can also be gained by purchasing general tickets at $10 for a double header, $7 for a single game, and $5 for children, ages 3-10. It is affordable and can be a great stocking stuffer for any Paine Lion Fan. Tickets can be purchased at by contacting Ms. Lynda Jenkins at 706-821-8428 or at the HEAL Complex in Office B-121.

For complete coverage of Paine College athletics, follow @PaineAthletics on Twitter and Paine Athletics on Facebook. You can also find up-to-date information on all things Paine Athletics at

Paine College Staff Association Invites the Public to Pack the Pews in Support of the College

Posted by painewebmaster | 12/4/2015 08:24 AM

The Paine College Staff Association will host its Annual Pack the Pews Rally on Saturday, December 5th at 5:00 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and students are invited to join the Pew Captains and their respective teams in a show of support with donations and Lion pride for the College. Pack the Pews will culminate the Christmas at Paine week of activities that commenced Thursday, December 3rd with a Christmas Caravan and Holiday Village in the Haygood Holsey Circle starting at 5 p.m. The annual holiday concert, featuring the Paine College Concert Choir under the direction of Professor R. Wayne Woodson, will take place on Friday, December 4th at 8:00 p.m.  All events are open to the public. 

The Paine College Staff Association launched the Pack the Pews Rally on December 6, 2014 to support the Together, We Can Campaign for Paine that was designed to address the College’s operations and critical needs. The inaugural campaign activity garnered over $17,000.00 and has emerged as an annual fundraising event that is widely supported by the campus family and the CSRA community.  This year, the Pack the Pews Rally will support Build it Back: Rally for Paine College Campaign that was launched on November 10, 2015. 

The organization’s president, Ms. Uzetta Gresham, said, “The Paine College Staff Association provides significant endorsement strength that can be seen, felt and heard throughout the campus and the community.” “The Staff Association also serves as an ambassador by linking the College with community constituents.” 

Just three days prior the Pack the Pews Rally, Mrs. Jacqueline Connie, a thirteen-year employee who started out as a volunteer at Paine, reported $1,400 in support of the campaign initiative. Mrs. Connie assists the Campus Pastor and serves as co-director for the Wesley Fellowship. Serving as a Pew Captain, she is looking forward to rallying her family, friends and former students to pack her pew in support of the College on Saturday afternoon.  Affectionately called “Mom” by many of Paine’s students, she said, “I truly believe in Paine College and it makes it easier to carry out the Mission of the College when we know that the CSRA and surrounding communities believe in the Institution. It is critical that we keep our doors open and continue the legacy of providing a quality education to all who enter to learn.” 

In existence for twenty-three years, the Paine College Staff Association is comprised of over 50 members who pay annual dues and render volunteer service in support of the organization’s mission that exemplifies the Paine Ideal, the Core Value of Service, and the College’s Strategic                                                           

Plan. “Service is at the core of our mission,” said Ms. Gresham. “The Staff Association has a history of supporting community initiatives and organizations such as Safe Homes of Augusta; , the Ronald McDonald House; , Master’s Table Soup Kitchen, and the University Hospital Breast Cancer Awareness Miracle Mile Walk. This time, we’ve focused our attention on our home here at Paine College. This Institution has served many of us in numerous ways. Now, it is time for us to give back to the Institution that has given so much to us.” 

Please contact Ms. Uzetta Gresham at 706.396.8102, or Ms. Henrietta Hayes at 706.821.8324, to make your donation in support of the Pack the Pew Rally for Paine College. Make checks payable to Paine College and note Pack the Pews in the memo section of the check. 


Visit or contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706.396.7591 to learn more about the Build it Back: Rally for Paine College Campaign.