| 03/21/2017 04:15 AM
Sheila Ann Paige is a higher learning Intitutions dream. She is a student with a 4.0 GPA and a valued staff member at the historic and prominent Paine College, that considers herself extremely fortunate to be earning a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Business Management and is able to earn wages to support her family, from the same institution. She is the Assistant to the Director of Residence Life and the Director of Student Activities in the Student Affairs Department. She was born in Aiken, South Carolina and currently resides there with her two daughters Marika and Keviana.
Sheila fondly recalls the following about her very first visit to PC as a high-school student; “In 1987, I came to Paine College to take my PSAT and fell in love with the institution. Unfortunately, my parents could not afford to pay for me to attend college and life took me down a different path. I started working for a manufacturing company and was complacent for many years, until the corporation closed its doors while I was out on maternity leave. The Department of Labor offered me assistance to find another job or the opportunity to further my education. Even though I was hesitant to go back to school after 18 years, I chose the latter option.”
Paige is proud of her decision because she never imagined that 30 years after her first steps on the PC campus, she would be achieving a college education and become a vital part of the renowned Paine College faculty and staff family. She transferred into the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) and will graduate in May, 2017. Sheila is afforded the privilege to experience dual roles by being a part of the student-body and a member of the staff. She says “it is rewarding to be a listening ear and give advice to the other students as they matriculate through Paine College.” Her affiliations and achievements are numerous.
Sheila was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society in November 2007; was awarded Student of the Month in November 2007; earned her spot on the Dean’s List for calendar years 2006-2010; was honored with the title Female Student Marshal for her 3.95 GPA; was awarded Outstanding Student in Office Systems Technology in April 2008 and the list of achievements continue in great length and with remarkable notoriety. She was inducted into Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society during the Spring 2016 semester and is looking forward to being inducted into Delta Mu Delta prior to graduation.
“I strongly believe the Lion of Judah is on our side, just like the words from my favorite inspirational song, Warrior, by Stephen Curtis Chapman, reminds us. It is no happenstance that the Paine College mascot is a lion. This institution is our pride. I remain a student and employed at PC because I have faith. Paine has the best faculty and staff. They are here for the students, care about their success and will not let anything stand in the way of that. Paine College will prevail and rise stronger. I agree with the following quote by Dave Willis: Faith isn’t a feeling. It’s a choice to trust God even when the road ahead seems uncertain,” said Sheila.
Paine College is truly a unique HBCU. Students and staff rave about the family environment, sincere guidance to success and deep-rooted history at the institution that educates, employs and empowers them to be exceptional. Its students are brilliant and bright, the faculty and staff reach above and beyond, and the life and leadership lessons taught within the halls and walls encourage all to be extraordinary citizens and charitable Alumni.
In Other Words, By Stone
| 09/5/2012 15:39 PM
(Augusta, GA) – Ala’Torya Cranford, ’09 was chosen to serve as a member of the 2012-2013 United Negro College Fund (UNCF) National Alumni Council Board of Directors. She holds the title of Assistant Southeast Regional Representative. As the Assistant Southeast Regional Representative, she will be responsible for working with 30 of the 38 UNCF member institutions. Cranford will also attend the annual NAC conferences and assist with increasing National Alumni Association involvement.
Cranford currently serves as Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at Paine College. She is responsible for overseeing a comprehensive alumni program including electronic communications, an on-line community, events (both on campus and regional), and programs to bring alumni together with current students as well as preparing students to develop into supportive and involved alumni through the Paine College Pre-Alumni Council.
“I’ve worked with Pre- Alumni students during the NAC/UNCF leadership conferences for the past two years. It’s a privilege to be trusted to be a part of the UNCF/NAC Board. God is blessing me and I plan to do my best as I represent my alma mater,” Cranford said.
The National Alumni Council is an affiliate of the United Negro College Fund, Inc. founded in 1946, to foster, influence and safeguard the existence and strength of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).
UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization. UNCF provides operating funds for 38 member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), scholarships and internships for students at about 900 institutions and faculty and administrative professional training.
For more than 67 years, UNCF has raised more than $3.3 billion to help more than 400,000 students attend college and graduate from college. UNCF has distributed more funds to help minorities attend school than any entity outside of the U.S. government.
Relevant and responsive to our global economy, UNCF continues to raise funds to educate the best and the brightest among us despite their financial challenges. UNCF and its member schools continue to be at the forefront of the effort to create the next generation of professionals who will keep our nation competitive and secure our future.
For information contact the Office of Communications at (706) 396-7591, (706) 821-8233 or Ncarter@paine.edu.
Photo caption: Ala’Torya Cranford
| 01/10/2012 17:30 PM
There is no better place than Paine College to prepare for your life’s work. Betty and I are Paine College graduates and believe that students should have an opportunity to experience Paine College in a stimulating, safe living and learning environment. This is why Betty and I have chosen to support the College’s initiative to build the Health Education Activities Learning Complex in the vicinity of Randall A. Carter Gymnasium.
Betty and I are retired educators and we have witnessed firsthand how education can impact the lives of youth and young adults. As we challenge our students to embrace the world with courage and objectivity, we must increase our offerings and provide the living and learning environment that will embody the mission and vision of the institution.
Betty and I agree that Paine College remains a sound investment. The rate of return on the HEAL Complex will far exceed our principal gifts. The construction of the HEAL Campaign will require the entire college community working together to support this historical initiative. It will transform the academic infrastructure, campus life, and physical plant and reposition the college’s visibility throughout the state and the nation. As a former Paine College athlete, I am looking forward to cheering the Lions in the new arena.
We invite all Paine College alumni and friends to join Betty and me on this incredible journey to ensuring the future and sustaining the vision for Paine College to become the premier liberal arts college in the region.
Betty Peterson, Class of 1957, Retired Educator
David Peterson, Class of 1956, Member, Paine College Board of Trustees
Los Angeles, California
| 10/13/2009 08:28 AM
(AUGUSTA, GA) - Oscar A. Jessie was recently named the Chaplain of the 2009-2010 National Pre-Alumni Council Board. Jessie is a sophomore psychology major at Paine College and a native of Augusta, Georgia.
The appointment is an honor because Jessie serves with other students from United Negro College Fund member institutions. The National Pre-Alumni Council is the governing body for the Pre-Alumni Councils located on UNCF's member colleges and universities campuses. The NPAC officers are elected annually during the NAC/NPAC Conference.
The National Pre-Alumni Council governs a total of 38 Historical Black Colleges and Universities. The United Negro College Fund provides over 60,000 scholarships each year to enable students to attend college.
“Being appointed to this position connects me with other UNCF institutions. I am elated to help with the spiritual aspect. I want to encourage others mentally and spiritually to become better leaders and scholars,” Jessie said.
As a student at Paine College, Jessie is a known leader having served as Vice President of the Psychology Club, Business Manager for the Paine College Pre-Alumni Council, President of the Pre-Alumni Council and Mr. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Currently, Jessie holds the positions of Vice President of Paine College Pre-Alumni, President of the Paine College Art Club, Mr. Psychology Club, as well as a student representative for the Paine College Student Disciplinary Board.
“I look forward to serving with NPAC board members to effectively impact our local and campus communities through prayer, advice on business strategies, volunteerism and research,” Jessie said.
Jessie attended the council’s first meeting in September in New Orleans, Louisiana and looks forward to attending the National Pre-Alumni Leadership Conference in 2010.