Paine College is Rebuilding Music Program

Posted by painewebmaster | 12/23/2014 06:22 AM

Choir is first step in reviving artistic programs

By Lisa Kaylor Augusta Chronicle Staff Writer

Dr. R. Wayne Woodson, Paine College's director of music, leads the choir he re-established at the liberal arts college in Augusta.

He joined the faculty at the liberal arts college last fall, and was tasked with re-establishing the program and bringing back culture and arts to Paine. The music program, which once had been robust, had faded over the past decade. A music major is no longer offered, and the school’s collection of music had all but vanished. “When I was in (undergraduate school), Paine had a huge music program,” Woodson said. “It actually had one of the best programs in the state. “The choir had 80-something people in it. We had a full faculty. We offered several degrees in music. In its heyday, it was a very substantial program.”Today, he and a part-time music appreciation teacher are the entire faculty and the choir is half its former size. But things are changing.

“That first year we grew to 31 students. Now we’re at 43,” Woodson said. The challenge is one of the things that brought Woodson to Paine. Originally from Detroit, he studied music at Morehouse College in Atlanta, intending to pursue a degree in entertainment law. Instead, he worked in administration for the Atlanta Symphony. He also worked with the New England Conservatory, the Florida Orchestra and went back to Atlanta, where he founded the Voices of Atlanta and the Heritage Music Festival, which he has now brought to Paine College. Woodson hopes to restore the program to its original glory, with a full chorus, orchestra, faculty and several programs of study. He is beginning by re-establishing the choir.

Choirs serve a number of functions for historically black colleges, Woodson said, and can be both a fundraiser and recruiter for their schools. Because Paine’s administration is in a transitional stage, both are important right now. “We continue to recruit and we attempt to bring in as much funding as we can,” he said. To build the program Woodson envisions takes money, and he said he has found fundraising a big part of his job. He needs to rebuild the music library so the choir will have a variety of music to perform. But music alone can cost Woodson $10,000 a year. “I have to buy a score for every piece for every singer,” he said. “The average person is about $60 apiece. The most recent music order for this fall was over $4,000.” Last year, through bake sales, barbecues, donation requests and other fundraising efforts, the choir raised about $20,000. This year, they will need twice that amount to not only purchase music, but to pay travel expenses to perform at other venues.

Another challenge has been re-establishing student trust in the program, diminished because the program has not had a steady director in five years. The students who are in the program are in it because they are dedicated to singing, he said, but it’s difficult for many of them because they carry full course loads and either work or raise families. “But we have some amazingly dedicated students here,” Woodson said. “We’ve had students that have suffered deaths in their families in the past few months. They just rally together and help each other out. Sometimes it’s an uphill battle, but it’s always worth it.” One thing that is most important to Woodson is exposing his students to ideas and experiences that they wouldn’t have except through music.

 

For example, many of his students have never sung in a foreign language. But once they performed Ave Maria, it became a favorite. He also uses their talents and interests to perform tasks for the choir. For instance, a public relations major is handling marketing for the choir, and a history major is putting together a history of the music program. “I’m not grooming people to have music careers, but I am grooming them to be leaders when they leave here,” Woodson said.

Repost via The Augusta Chronicle from, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. See orginal article here: http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/education/2014-11-12/paine-college-rebuilding-music-program

Paine College Christmas Caravan

Posted by twilliams | 12/8/2014 06:15 AM

Augusta, GA - Paine College is opening the grounds and gates to the 15th Street entrance to welcome everyone from the Augusta community for the Paine College Christmas Caravan on Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 4-7 pm.  The goodwill event is designed to help needy families with non-perishable food, household items and toys for the holiday season.  Paine College has partnered with the Golden Harvest Food Bank and Toys for Tots and asks that people donate by joining the caravan of cars on 15th Street to drive through the front entrance and drop off their donations.  

The exclusive festive event will feature a variety of choirs singing Christmas carols, hot chocolate, baked goods, and drawings for special holiday prizes as well.  You can also enter to bring your donation by walking on the campus where members of the Paine College faculty, staff, alumni, and students will be on hand to greet you.  Paine College President, Dr. Samuel Sullivan says, “We are pleased to open up our gates to spread some holiday cheer and welcome our friends as we close out this year and begin anew. It’s the perfect way for us to tell others how much we appreciate them.”

We ask that the media be present at the 4 pm start to be sure you capture the special ceremony to open the gates!  Santa Claus will lead the caravan as other Augusta dignitaries and community leaders will join in to make their contributions.  

For more information contact Tonya Williams at marketing@paine.edu.

Paine College Staff Association Makes $2,000 Donation in Support of Together, We Can Campaign for Paine

Posted by painewebmaster | 11/26/2014 03:25 AM

The Paine College Staff Association is in the giving spirit.  Today, immediately following the annual Thanksgiving program that was held in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, the Staff Association donated $2,000 in support of Together, We Can Annual Campaign for Paine.  Together, We Can is a fundraising initiative that is designed to raise immediate funds that will address critical needs for the College.  “This gift speaks volumes and demonstrates the campus family’s commitment to preserving the institution that has served the community for over 132 years,” said Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President.

According to the organization’s president, Uzetta Gresham, the donation is a precursor to the Staff Association’s Family and Friends Pack the Pews fundraising event that will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.  The “pack the pews” fundraising event will feature a showcase of entertainment by the Paine College students.  Each pew will have a captain and a team responsible for raising a minimum of $250.00 or more in support of the College.  Friends of the College are invited to join the pew captains and teams in a show of support with their donations for the College.

In existence for twenty-two 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,” commented Henrietta Hayes, vice president.  “We strive to boost morale among our peers as we maintain a positive and productive work environment.”

The Staff Association has donated to numerous agencies and causes.  They include the Ronald McDonald House; Hope House; Safe Homes of Augusta; UNCF; Master’s Table Soup Kitchen; and the University Hospital Breast Cancer Awareness Miracle Mile Walk.  The organization also provides school supplies to Paine College students and gift cards to staff members for various occasions.

The Paine College Staff Association provides significant endorsement strength and serves as an ambassador by linking the College with community constituents.

The Paine College Staff Association invites the public to “pack the pews” on December 6th in support of service to the College.   Contact Uzetta Gresham at 706.396.8102, Ugresham@paine.edu, Henrietta Hayes at 706.821.8324, Hhayes@paine.edu, or Helene Carter in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8323, Hcarter@paine.edu to make your donation in support of this fundraising event.

Paine College Presents “Revelation: A Gospel Experience” featuring National Recording Artist Lawrence Flowers & Intercession

Posted by painewebmaster | 10/23/2014 11:27 AM

On Saturday, November 15, 2014, the Paine College Concert Choir will present “Revelation: A Gospel Experience” at 7:00 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Featured performers for the evening will include national recording artist, Lawrence Flowers & Intercession, the Paine College Concert choir led by Director, R. Wayne Woodson along with special guests. 

Lawrence Flowers & Intercession released two successful albums that laid the groundwork for their new album “Shadow Worshiper”. The group is led by singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist Lawrence Flowers who is an individualist in the Gospel music world. With a multitude of performances, Lawrence Flowers & Intercession have become one of the most successful gospel groups in the continental US, UK, and Bahamas. 

“I am honored to have Lawrence Flowers & Intercession performing on the campus of Paine College,”shared Woodson. 

“Revelation: A Gospel Experience” is one of a number of gospel concerts scheduled this year," said Woodson. “Here at Paine, we acknowledge and embrace every type of music. As the College enters the next phase of our history, we are trusting God and having faith that He alone will author the College's story. This concert is not to be missed!”

This event is open to the CSRA community. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $30 for VIP seating. VIP ticket holders will have priority seating and will be treated to a mixer. To purchase tickets, contact R. Wayne Woodson at 706.821.8314 or visit Eventbrite at pcgospel.eventbrite.com.

 

About Paine College:

Paine College sits on 64 acres located in the heart of Augusta, Georgia. The Mission of Paine College, a church-related private institution, is to provide a liberal arts education of the highest quality that emphasizes academic excellence, ethical and spiritual values, social responsibility, and personal development to prepare men and women for positions of leadership and service in the African American community, the nation, and the world.

Paine College Board of Trustees Announced Appointment of Dr. Samuel Sullivan as Interim President of Paine College

Posted by painewebmaster | 10/17/2014 13:37 PM

The members of the Paine College Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Dr. Samuel Sullivan as Interim President effective today, Friday, October 17, 2014.

 About Paine College:

 

Paine College sits on 64 acres located in the heart of Augusta, Georgia. The Mission of Paine College, a church-related private institution, is to provide a liberal arts education of the highest quality that emphasizes academic excellence, ethical and spiritual values, social responsibility, and personal development to prepare men and women for positions of leadership and service in the African American community, the nation, and the world.

Reginald L. Powell Named Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Posted by painewebmaster | 10/14/2014 09:34 AM

Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Acting President of Paine College, announced the appointment of Reginald L. Powell as Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement.  Mr. Powell, a native of Petersburg, Virginia, relocated to Fort Gordon, Georgia in 2000.  He retired from active duty military in 2006, after serving honorably for 23 years.  Mr. Powell joined the Paine College staff in 2006 as the Director of Development Research and Gifts and in 2012 assumed the position of Director of Institutional Advancement.

During his tenure, Mr. Powell prepared donor reports and campaign reports for the College.  He was the primary donor prospect researcher and helped to identify resources for campaign managers and fundraisers.  He served as the Development Module manager and trained development staff on data management systems.  All gift receipting and donor acknowledgments were managed by Mr. Powell.

In his new role, Mr. Powell has the primary responsibility of assisting the President in administering, planning and supervising the College’s fundraising campaigns.  He is responsible for managing the office directors within Institutional Advancement and managing the scholarships gifts and endowment stewardship.

 

Mr. Powell is a member of First Metropolitan Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia, where he serves as a Deacon, Treasurer, and member of the Board of Trustees.  He is married to Toni J. Powell and they are the proud parents of two children.

Philosophy Born of Struggle XXI 2014 Annual Meeting -- Forging Concepts through Struggle: The New Slave—Racism, Empire, and Sexual Violence.

Posted by painewebmaster | 10/1/2014 03:29 AM

Philosophy Born of Struggle XXI 2014
Annual Meeting
Forging Concepts through Struggle:
The New Slave—Racism, Empire, and Sexual Violence.
Paine College, Augusta, Georgia, October 31-November
1st, 2014.
Keynote: Amina Baraka (wife of the late Amiri Baraka)

PBS: Forging Concepts through Struggle: The New Slave
The thought of Blacks as NEW SLAVES has led recent scholars to reformulate questions of race, class, and gender into more complex notions of empire, neo-liberalism, and sexual violence. This reformulation has drawn on and reshaped resources from a variety of sources. Africana philosophy, Latin American philosophy, (post) structuralism/(post) colonialism, psychoanalysis, and anti-colonial thought have loomed large, as have the works of literary, visual, and performing artists.

The 2014 meeting of Philosophy Born of Struggle takes up these questions and resources. Hosted this year at Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, Philosophy Born of Struggle will hear papers and panel discussion looking to explore the complex obstacles towards freedom, or more accurately stated, how the conditions, values, and institutions we have made synonymous to “being free,” have in fact concealed and consolidated the long afterlife of slavery.
For more information contact Dr. Anthony Sean Neal (aneal@paine.edu) or visit: http://pbos.com/.

Paine College Names Dr. Cheryl Evans Jones as Acting Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Posted by painewebmaster | 09/23/2014 05:48 AM

Today, Acting President Dr. Samuel Sullivan announced Dr. Cheryl Evans Jones will serve as the Acting Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs effective September 22, 2014. Dr. Evans Jones has been a member of the Paine College community for over 20 years.

Dr. Evans Jones joined Paine College in January 1993 as a full-time Assistant Professor of Psychology. In 1999, she was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and earned Tenure status in 2001. From January 2009 through July 2013, she served as the College’s Title III Coordinator. During her tenure at Paine College, Dr. Evans Jones has also held the positions of Coordinator of the Department of Psychology, Interim Chair of the Division of Social Sciences, and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.  She also served as Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs from July 2007 – December 2007.

Dr. Evans Jones has held the position of Executive Assistant to the President of Paine College since January 2009. In this capacity she currently serves as Director of Planning and Evaluation and Liaison to the Board of Trustees. Dr. Evans Jones is also the College’s Accreditation Liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Dr. Evans Jones was twice recipient of the “Evelyn Berry Teacher of the Year” Award (in 2002 and 1998). She was also the recipient of the Vulcan Materials Company “Teaching Excellence Award-2001” presented by Vulcan Materials Company and the Georgia Foundation for Independent Colleges, Inc. “in recognition of outstanding contributions to undergraduate education, student learning, and campus life”.
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).

LION SPOTLIGHT - ALBERTO ARGUMENDO

Posted by painewebmaster | 09/12/2014 04:03 AM

Salutatorian Alberto Argumedo graduated from Paine with the second highest GPA in his class. A math major, Argumedo hopes to become a mechanical engineer. He credits the college with “enhancing my motivation, critical thinking and analytical skills that today’s world leaders possess,” he said. He expects to use the skills when seeking a job.

As a Lina McCord ambassador for the Black College Fund, Argumedo has told several annual conferences “my experience at a United Methodist school is truly a blessing for me because it connects the religious area to the academic life that young people all across the country are experiencing today.”

LION SPOTLIGHT - TIFFNEY SULLIVAN - I could have been anywhere, but I’m here!

Posted by painewebmaster | 09/12/2014 03:57 AM

Photo Caption: Tiffney Sullivan ’15, Senior
Major: Media Studies with an emphasis in Public Relations
Hometown:  Greenville, South Carolina
Former Miss UNCF
ADP Research Assistant
Tom Joyner Foundation Scholarship Recipient

Similar to an incandescent caterpillar, my journey at Paine allowed me to simultaneously sprout into a butterfly. When I first arrived as a bright-eyed freshman, I immediately felt the love and warmth of this institution, and I knew this was the school for me. My journey at Paine would be the start of something unfathomably great in my life, and in my first year of classes I became submerged in student activities and equally acquainted with academic rigor. I am a natural born leader, but Paine helped me to become a leader with a purpose that’s driven by the force of turning possibilities into a reality. 

During my sophomore year, my life came to a screeching halt when my mother was involved in a serious accident that nearly cost her life and the simple world that I once knew became instantaneously complicated in a blink of an eye. The college dream that I once dreamed of living was shattered, because I had to leave school to run my household and take care of my mother in her absence. I must admit, I was discouraged and often questioned whether returning to school would be an option for me. Luckily, on my brief hiatus I received an opportunity to work for a nonprofit organization as an intern through the United States Department of Agriculture where I learned about operating small businesses.

My faith would not let me give up, and I re-entered the following fall at Paine. This time, I was on my own and the luxury of having my parents to fall back on financially was not an option. I was determined to live out my dream of receiving my degree, so I picked up two jobs and a full time academic schedule. There were people around me (faculty and staff) who made sure that I would stay the course. There were administrators and staff in the Office of Institutional Advancement that opened doors for me and made it possible for me to financially continue my education. 

I took a work-study position at Paine and immersed myself in Public Relations training in the Office of Communications and Marketing.  I volunteered in several campus organizations and had the great opportunity of becoming Miss UNCF and also secured a prestigious ADP Internship. Being in the Media Studies department inspired me to create entrepreneurial ventures including an online series through YouTube as well as a style and beauty blog named “The Beauty Beholder”.

This journey has not been easy, but my family eventually became restored and all of the pieces to the puzzle made a beautiful picture. Many mentors have helped me to become who I am today, and I could have been anywhere, but I’m here at Paine College pursuing my dreams. May 2015 will mark the end of a chapter that was incredibly necessary to create the woman that is standing and thriving today.