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. 

Paine College to Host the 2nd Annual Christmas Caravan

Posted by painewebmaster | 12/1/2015 07:59 AM

Everyone in the CSRA is invited to the campus of Paine College at the 15th Street entrance for a “gathering for giving”.  Paine has partnered with the Golden Harvest Food Bank, Toys for Tots, and Infiniti of Augusta for the second consecutive year to host the 2nd annual Paine College Christmas Caravan.  Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President, and the Paine College Family will commence the opening ceremony promptly at 5:00 p.m. on December 3rd. 

The Paine College Family invites organizations, companies, individuals, families and the entire CSRA community to visit the campus for the festivities.

“We definitely understand the reason for the season and begin with this spectacular event to get you into the holiday spirit,” said one of the event organizers Nicole Watson, Professor of Media Studies. It was developed as a reminder of the true meaning of a season of family and giving while inviting all who want to start the holidays right.

This must-see signature event will be led by a motorcade of beautiful vehicles from Infiniti of Augusta carrying Santa Claus, city officials, and other special guests. 

The procession of cars will drive through the beautiful 15th Street entrance to drop off non-perishable food items for the Golden Harvest Food Bank and toys for the renowned charity organization, Toys for Tots.   Paine College firmly believes that giving is the greatest gift and wants to welcome all of those who will help them provide for others.  The atmosphere will be reminiscent of a holiday village with the front lawn lit and live for this festive celebration.  Choirs, praise dancers, holiday ornaments, hot chocolate, baked goods, a vendors market, and plenty of big ticket giveaways, will make it a-can’t miss event.

“The finishing touch will be faculty, staff, alumni, and students on hand to thank our community of family and friends for helping us throughout the year,” commented Professor Watson.  

The week also includes Christmas at Paine with the Paine College Concert Choir on December 4th, and Pack the Pews on December 5th.

For more information or to find out how you can participate in the Paine College Christmas Caravan, please contact Tonya Williams in the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706.396.7591,  The Office of Communications & Marketing encourages the Media to be on hand at 4:45p.m. on December 3rd at the 15th Street entrance to capture the opening ceremony.

Paine College Business Department Named One of "Most Innovative Small College Business Departments"

Posted by painewebmaster | 11/24/2015 10:00 AM

The Business Research Guide (BRG) named the Paine College Business department as one of "50 most innovative small college business departments" for 2015.  The Business Research Guide (BRG) reviews technologies, products, services, along with career and education programs and options. 

Each year they rank college and university degree programs, including advanced degrees in key business areas. Paine College, one of two small colleges in Georgia to make the list, ranks 31st, was lauded for its “focus on students with a vested commitment to beginning a career path in business”.

“The Department of Business Administration is accredited by Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).  The Department offers a degree program leading to the “Bachelor of Science in Business Administration”  (BSBA),  with concentrations in Accounting, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing,” said Department Chair Dr. Okoroafor Nzeh, “It is great to be recognized for providing our students with the education they need to be competitive.”

Read the complete article on The Business Research Guide (BRG) at

Paine College Build It Back Campaign Surges - Exceeds $264,000.00 And Growing

Posted by painewebmaster | 11/14/2015 13:26 PM
The Paine College Community rallied exuberantly with a rousing show of fervent support for the institution that has been a mainstay in the Augusta community for over 133 years. On Tuesday evening, November 10th, the 1,200-seat sanctuary in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel was standing room only and filled with faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends who chanted "build it back" throughout the Rally. Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President, said the Build it Back Rally would be carved in the College's history and all who were present would be a part of that history. While the event was scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., alumni, friends and supporters gathered in the sanctuary more than 45 minutes earlier bearing checks and donations. 

Although the College launched the Build it Back Campaign to address a budget shortfall and financial challenges, the Campaign has re-energized the community's commitment to the institution. 

At the close of the event, Sunya L. Young, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, announced a preliminary report of nearly $180,000 in cash and pledges. As of Friday, November 13th, the Campaign had exceeded its kick-off goal of $250,000.00 and reached $264,038.86. Reportedly, gifts are still pouring in ranging from single online gifts of $10.00 to check donations of $25,000.00. 

"No gift is too small or too large," said Dr. Sullivan who donated $5,000.00 to the Campaign. "This show of support will go a long way in helping to make the case that Paine College matters to all of us," commented Dr. Sullivan. "The College, 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 next review in February 2016. The Build it Back Campaign will, in a significant way, help to position the College on a financially-stable track.

" Throughout the evening, alumni, faculty, friends and supporters made check presentations, but one of the most memorable presentations came from the Student Government Association leaders and the student body who gathered around the altar to announce that they had voluntarily voted to donate a portion of their activity fees to the Campaign in the amount of $108,000. (This student donation is in addition to funds collected at the Rally, and since, in cash and pledges.) Dr. Sullivan was so moved by the students' generosity that he gave a rousing rendition of the Paine College chant, ending it with a hearty howl. The crowd jumped on their feet in a loud and boisterous cheer. 

Dr. Luther B. Felder, Paine's campus pastor, summed up the Rally as being an amazing expression of love towards Paine College. "Clearly, the community believes in the institution and recognizes that these are critical times," he said. "We are grateful for God's grace in this present moment. This is a great start for what is a marathon requiring vigilance on the part of the community and faith in the God that has created us all. The God that we serve is our refuge and strength, a very present help in our time of trouble." 

"The donors who have made gifts or pledges to the Campaign are representative of those persons who believe in the value of the institution," stated Dr. Sullivan. "Each gift is a vote of confidence in the College. Each gift will make a difference in the students' lives and will ensure that the College will be around for generations to come. Given the monies raised to date, coupled with the students' gift, the Campaign will apply more than $372,038.86 to the budget. 

To make a gift to the Build it Back Campaign in support of Paine College, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8233 or email Vice President Sunya L. Young at Donations can be made online by visiting the College's website at Click Give to Paine. Also, make a gift by texting "painecollege" to 42828. 

Paine College Students Rallied In Support Of The Build It Back Campaign

Posted by painewebmaster | 11/11/2015 12:46 PM

The sanctuary in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel was filled with faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends and supporters who gathered in support of the Build it Back: Rally for Paine College Campaign that kicked off with cash gifts of over $180,000.00 donated during the event.  Gifts are still coming in.  There were numerous speakers and presenters who expressed their love and commitment for the 134 year-old institution that has been an ever-present force in the Augusta community.

The Build it Back Campaign is designed to address the College’s financial challenges.  With an enrollment of 550 students, the College reduced its operating budget by 20% or $5 million.

“I cannot fathom an Augusta, Georgia without Paine College,” said Will Morris of Morris Communications, publisher of The Augusta Chronicle.  “The College has my family’s support in finding a permanent solution.”

Friends and supporters made presentations ranging in amounts from $2,500.00 to $15,000.00, however the College received numerous gifts that were in smaller amounts.  On behalf of the Advisement Board of the former Capitol City Bank and Trust Company, Paine College graduate Margaret Ellis Westbrook presented a check in the amount of $11,759.37.  Mr. and Mrs. Jerome (Brenda) Jones of J&B Construction Company contributed $15,000.00 to the campaign.  Dr. Sam Davis, Pastor of Beulah Grove Baptist Church, cheerfully commented that this was the first time he’d passed the money on to someone else.  The faith-based community rallied strongly for Paine College, as well.

Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President, stated, “No gift is too small or too large.”

However, the most moving show of support came later during the service.  Student Government Association leaders and students gathered at the altar to show a sign of unity and support for the College.  Student Government Association leader Michael Johnson stated, “It is critical that we stand together during these times.  We know the challenges that we are facing.”

Michael Johnson announced that the students voted unanimously to donate a portion of their activity fees to the College to benefit the operating budget.  “This is Paine College at its best,” commented Michael.

Deonte Moses, Vice President of the Student Government Association, said that the students decided to return $108,000 of the $278,000 Student Activity budget to the College.  The Student Government Association called an emergency meeting to address ways to support the College.  As a result, the student body signed a petition to give back a portion of the activity fees.  The students will have a balance of $170,000.00 to implement extra-curricular activities such as parties, concerts, cookouts, trips, etc.

I don’t know that I have ever been touched by a gift to the College as I am about the students’ gift to Paine,” said Dr. Samuel Sullivan.  The students did not have to volunteer to do this.  “They chose to forfeit some of their activities for the sake of the College,” commented Dr. Sullivan who said that the Build it Back Rally and the outpouring of support would ensure that the College would be around for generations to come. At the conclusion of the event last evening, the college reported over $288,000 that will benefit the operating budget.

To make a gift to the Build it Back Campaign in support of Paine College, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8233, or email Vice President Sunya Young at  Donations can be made online by visiting the College’s website at Click Give to Paine.  Also, make a gift by texting “painecollege” to 42828.  

Paine College President Announces Campaign to Address Budget Shortfall

Posted by painewebmaster | 11/6/2015 05:54 AM

During the College’s weekly Assembly, Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President of Paine College, announced the campaign to address the College’s budget shortfall. He said to faculty, staff and students who were gathered in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, “We are moving toward a more efficient, well-oiled machine, and I am asking that everybody move in the same direction to get the College across the finish line to where we will have a successful review meeting with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ visiting review team in 2016.”

To address the budget shortfall, the College will kick-off the Build it Back: Rally to Save Paine College Campaign on Tuesday, November 10th, at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel. The Campaign is designed to raise emergency funds that will be applied toward the College’s operating budget and immediate needs.  Although the Campaign will officially launch on November 10th, in days leading up to the rally the College has received an outpouring of love and support, and many alumni and supporters have sent monetary gifts and pledged their support. Those gifts will be announced during the rally on November 10th.

Dr. Sullivan further stated, “We must make tough decisions. There will be additional cutbacks. We have to proceed by trimming our costs and making sure that we make wise decisions on how to spend the revenue. I know that your love for the College will continue to keep us moving in the right direction to cross the finish line.”

In an earlier statement to the Paine College Community, Dr. Sullivan wrote, “While it is true that the College is experiencing financial challenges and is on probation, the College is open and is accredited by its regional accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). During June 2015, SACSCOC extended the College’s probationary status for another year.  The extension gives the College time to address four remaining sanctions that pertain to financial resources and financial stability. The College remains accredited while on probation.”

“I need everybody working with me,” said Dr. Sullivan as he announced that payroll for hourly workers will be on schedule for Friday, November 6th. He also stated that salaried employees who were awaiting back pay will also receive their paychecks on November 6th. He emphatically stated, “However, the challenges are not over.”

Dr. Sullivan concluded by stating that the College would continue to be open, fully operational and committed to its Mission. He invited the audience to rally for Paine College by joining him in the chant for PC.

For more information about the Build it Back: Rally to Save Paine College Campaign, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (706)-821-8233 or email Vice President Sunya L. Young at