Paine College Community displays Service for Holiday Season

Posted by ncarter | 12/20/2011 11:34 AM

(Augusta, GA)-As our community continues to face a tight economy and shrinking budgets, families find it harder and harder to provide. Non-profit organizations are also feeling the economic shift. But the efforts of Paine College employees helped ease the burden by providing two local non-profit organizations with the opportunity to further assist the many families that rely on them. 

St. Stephen’s Ministry of Augusta, Inc. was one of the organizations that benefited from the College's employee generosity. St. Stephen's Ministry of Augusta, Inc. is an organization dedicated to providing housing for persons with HIV/AIDS who are low income or homeless. The mission of this program is to facilitate independence, dignity, and well being through safe, affordable, and appropriate housing. In addition, we provide services to homeless and low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and the affected persons in their lives.  

"We thank the employees of Paine College because they've provided us with necessities. Everything we received was greatly needed," said Kevin Brooks, Case Manager at Stephen's Ministry of Augusta Inc. 

The faculty and staff of Paine College also contributed greatly to three families from Safehomes of Augusta, which is an organization that is committed to ending domestic violence in our community as well as in the lives of individuals. Its mission is to transform victims of domestic violence into survivors. In 1983, the first SafeHomes shelter was opened. A total of 80 women were helped that year. By 1985, the number had grown to more than 500 women. Today, Safehomes of Augusta impacts the lives of more than 1000 women and children each year.  

"Paine College has stepped up in a big way this holiday season. "It is a true blessing and it is something we look forward to each year," said Sharon Barber, Financial/ Operations Manager at Safehomes of Augusta. "The great thing about Paine College is that we know we can count on them for support and they've done an outstanding job supporting us for four years."

The generosity of the faculty and staff speaks to the College's core value, "service". The faculty and staff opt to give to charity during the College's annual holiday social hosted by Drs. George and Tina Bradley instead of exchanging gifts between one another. This tradition displays the institution’s history and commitment to service to the community, nation and the world. 

For more information, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu 

Photo captions: 

Photo 1: Charlie Woodley, Director of Transportation at Paine, Frances Wimberly, Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Paine and Kevin Brooks, Case Manager at St. Stephens Ministry, Inc. 

Photo 2: Meghann Eppenbrock, Public Relations/Volunteer Coordinator at SafeHomes Augusta, Charlie Woodley, Director of Transportation at Paine, and Natasha Carter, Director of Communications & Marketing at Paine. 

Photos by: Leah Suggs


Griena Knight keynote speaker for Assembly program

Posted by ncarter | 02/15/2010 09:52 AM

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated will host assembly on Wednesday, February 17, 2010  featuring Griena Knight, Southeast Regional Director of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated. The program will begin at 11a.m.in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.

About Griena Knight:
 
Griena Knight is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and a graduate of the Old John Carroll Catholic High School.  She attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she received her Bachelors of Science Degree with Honors in Interdisciplinary Studies in Psychology in 1993 and her Masters of Arts Degree in Agency Counseling in 1997.  She is currently a doctoral candidate for the Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and anticipates graduation later this year.  She has numerous academic honors including Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education and Kappa Delta Epsilon Honorary Educational Fraternity in Education.  She is also a member of the Order of Omega.

She was initiated in the Alpha Zeta Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated in 1995 after returning home from a one year vacation in the United States Army and currently serves as the Southeast Regional Director. She has served the sorority on all levels: locally as advisor to the Xi Mu Chapter at UAB and the Delta Eta Chapter at Miles College; statewide as the Alabama Area Coordinator; and regionally as the Historian and Undergraduate Chapter Coordinator.  Knight has also served as the Treasurer for the Southern Region of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated and as the Birmingham NPHC Secretary, Vice President, and President.

Knight has been employed at Miles College since 1999 and is currently the Dean of Student Affairs. Her civic organizational memberships includes the Association of Fraternal Advisors, the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals, Greater Birmingham Millennium Section of the National Council of Negro Women, the Association of Professional Women, The Tri-County Organization of Professional Women, and the Board of Directors for Girls, Incorporated.  She is also a member of the Metro Birmingham National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Alpha Pi Chi National Sorority, Agape Chapter #898 Order of the Easter Star, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of St. Peter Claver Court #140, and CHUMS, Incorporated.  The Birmingham Business Journal honored Ms. Knight as a member of the 2003 Top 40 Under 40 Class for her professional efforts and community service endeavors.  Ms. Knight loves to stay busy and to support philanthropic and civic efforts.

For more information contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591.