| 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
| 03/8/2017 15:59 PM
The app was designed in partnership with CampusEAI Consortium and offers students safe, secure access to academic resources along the ability to easily contact departments and access to information about the college. The app delivers the latest news and events information and provides access to the College’s online directory to search for faculty and staff, social media, and more.
The app’s current features include:
• News feed
• Events Calendar
• Social Media
• Athletics’ Information
“We are always looking for the best ways to communicate with our students. This app will better serve our students and their needs,” says Helene Carter, Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “We are actively exploring ways to enhance the students' living and learning experiences and provide them with the information that will help them be successful through the academic year. You can download the free Paine College Mobile app in the Google Play store and Apple App store.
| 02/25/2017 11:16 AM
“Don’t just talk about, be about it.”
Annually, Baptist Church ministers and members assemble on the Paine College campus to fellowship and rally for the institution that they have supported for many decades. This coming Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 4:00 p.m., Reverend Karlton Howard, pastor of Noah’s Ark Missionary Baptist Church, will serve as keynote speaker during the Baptist Day Service in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Reverend Howard continues to serve as executive producer and host of the award-winning and longest running gospel program in Georgia – “The Parade of Quartets” that airs in Augusta on WJBF TV. The CSRA community is invited to attend.
“Don’t just talk about it, be about it,” has been the underlying theme throughout the annual worship services,” commented Reverend Melvin Ivey. On June 18, 2014, Reverend Ivey and seven Baptist ministers presented a $15,000 check to the College to establish an endowed scholarship. They continued to make significant annual donations in support of the College’s Annual Fund Campaign.
This event is open to the public. For more information, please contact Ms. Helene Carter in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8323,Hcarter@paine.edu.
| 02/25/2017 05:42 AM
Dr. Samuel Sullivan, President, announced earlier today that he will join presidents who lead UNCF member institutions during a White House Listening Session with President Trump’s administration on February 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The UNCF Office of Public Policy and Governmental Affairs partnered with the White House and Congressional constituents to coordinate the event.
The White House is particularly interested in hearing from UNCF presidents on two issues: how can the Administration better partner with HBCUs and how can HBCUs help to revitalize their surrounding communities?
U.S. Congressman Mark Walker (R-NC) and U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) will host the Congressional HBCU FLY-IN on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. The day-long HBCU FLY-IN will provide opportunities for dialogue with a number of Senators and Representatives. The bipartisan event will also include Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) and Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC).
The UNCF’s goals for the meetings are to:
- Educate the Trump Administration officials and Congressional Republicans who may know little about HBCUs, their value and contributions to the nation.
- Establish new relationships with Republican lawmakers and express appreciation to Democratic lawmakers for their past and continuing support.
- Make a unified “ask” for additional investments in HBCUs, rather than promote individual institutional needs.
- Express support for a new Executive Order on HBCUs, but also emphasize that it must be backed up with meaningful federal support – resources, technical assistance, capacity-building, so that HBCUs not only can survive, but also thrive.
For more information, please contact Helene Carter in the Office of Institutional Advancement at Paine College:Hcarter@paine.edu, 706.821.8323, 803.664 0080 (mobile).
| 02/23/2017 13:19 PM
Student-Athlete Adam Martin, is a Business Management Major and a versatile position Baseball player at Paine College. He has an impressive 3.5 GPA and beams proudly when sharing that he will be graduating in May 2017, from the Institution he says “has given him the necessary educational tools, one-on-one instruction time if needed and improved his athletic talent to be successful in life.” He is also the Paine College, 2016-2017 Male Scholar Athlete-of-the-Year. Prior to attending college, Martin lived in Aiken, South Carolina with his family. He has one sibling and believes in preserving family quality time.
“My goal was to obtain my degree while remaining close to home near my family. A friend of mine, Avery Wilson, attended PC and after our discussion about the Business and Athletic programs, I knew Paine was where I wanted to earn my degree. From the very first day, Coach Marshall has emphasized the word student in Student-Athlete. Not only is he my baseball coach but I consider him to be a friend. He and my professors, are major contributing factors of my collegiate success. They encourage and push you to excel, off and on the field. That is why I chose Paine College to further my education,” said Martin.
Adam details his Paine College experience as a “family oriented Institution that has never made him feel like a minority and always treated him with respect.” He likes the fact that professors and faculty know him personally and if a student requests extra attention with the curriculum, the educators ensure they receive it. Martin has grown during his four years at PC as a person and athlete, largely in part due to his baseball teammates that he refers to as his brothers. He is thankful for them standing by him through struggles but more importantly, helping him to continue to strive to achieve his goals athletically and academically.
Kerby Marshall, Head Baseball Coach/Asst. Men’s Basketball Coach, had the following to say about Adam; “He is the perfect baseball player that every coach dreams of, he listens and executes as he is told and is a great team player. The team looks up to him as a leader on and off the field. He also understands that he is a Student-Athlete and performs well in the classroom.” After graduation, Martin will be traveling to Canada to play Baseball.
“I would like to stress the importance of knowing what you want to do after you graduate, having a plan and working hard to attain your degree. It is important to know your weaknesses and strengths and develop them to become a better person. I am thankful for our Alumni and after graduation, I will be an active alum to continue building upon the foundation they set forth, to ensure students at Paine College are educated with integrity and distinction. It is my belief that any challenges the Institution faces, can be overcome with the support of our dedicated Alumni,” are the words of wisdom shared by Martin.
Adam discloses that he doesn’t mind watching love story movies. His favorite is “The Notebook.” When asked if he considers himself to be Ryan Gosling, (the movie’s Lead Actor) Martin smiles in approval with the comparison and says yes. On and off the field, Paine College equips its scholars with exceptional education, develops its student-athlete talent with dedicated instructors and enables its faculty to positively enhance the personal and professional lives of its student-body.
In Other Words, by Stone
| 02/15/2017 16:45 PM
Ryan Hardin, a Lina McCord Scholar and Ambassador, is in his second semester at Paine College. He was born in Mobile, Alabama. At a young age, the family relocated and he was reared with one sibling in Houston, Texas. His story is not the typical collegiate experience. Ryan enrolled in college during the Fall semester of 2010 in Texas, but a distracted mindset and lack of structure, would eventually make him question if he was disciplined enough to continue down the path paved with degrees.
“I was always known as the smart kid my entire life and never felt challenged. My work ethic of not studying, but still managing to obtain a passing grade, was no longer a reality so I decided to take a break from college. Honestly, I never thought I would be on a college campus again or afforded the opportunities that Paine College has given to me as a student and ambassador,” said Hardin.
During the time he was taking a break from college, he vividly recalls working dead-end jobs and not being productive in his life, when his grandmother’s friend mentioned that he should research Paine College and consider enrolling to continue his education. He acted on her advisement, and thus began his Paine College experience. Ryan attributes his refocused mindset and a Mass Communications Degree that is within his reach, to the institution he states, “matured him to get back on a path of success.”
Ryan has a 3.66 GPA and is on course to graduate in 2018. He is currently an intern for FLI (Future Leaders Inspired), a non-for-profit organization. He is also a representative for Kids with a Future and a baritone in the Paine Choir. He believes there is always work to be done and that is why he keeps himself engaged with positive activities. This upcoming Summer in 2017, Ryan will travel to South Africa and is excited about the opportunity to learn the culture, taste the food and for the privilege granted to him to travel abroad.
When asked about his Paine College experience, Ryan had the following words to share: “I have met the most interesting peers, staff and professors here at PC. This is the first place I’ve resided where everyone knows your name. The professors actually care and want you to attain your degree, the students have a commonality for academic excellence and the staff are always willing to go above and beyond to ensure you succeed. This institution values me as a person and has never treated me as a number.”
Ryan has many supporters but his biggest cheerleaders are his mother, Terri Stapleton, whom he lovingly confirms as the real “MVP,” and his grandmother, Carol Hall, who repeatedly told him to affirm, “excellence is a choice; excellence is great; I will be excellent in everything I do.” And even though he secretly wanted to be a Disney Kid for the fame and money when he was younger and has a difficult time convincing others that he is from Texas, the future of Ryan Hardin looks productive and prosperous, thanks to Paine College and its ability to mold its students with education, encouragement and a valuable college experience.
In Other Words, by Stone
| 02/3/2017 02:54 AM
Secret Wagner, Miss UNCF-Paine College 2016-2017, is a Senior and Chemistry Major and is the first in her family to attend college. She was born and reared in Baltimore, Maryland along with her fraternal twin brother and one more sibling. After a brief hiatus upon graduating from high school, she researched Paine College and with the assistance of the admissions staff that she declares as family, decided to enroll during the Spring semester of 2014. She is gratefully walking the halls, absorbing history, information and knowledge from the institution where many have trod during their path to success.
“To be a college student is a blessing. I am a full-time student that also works part-time. I am fully involved with campus activities and engaged in academic opportunities. This is my family. The professors and staff at Paine want to see me succeed as much as I want to succeed. They constantly motivate me to push beyond obstacles and self-doubt. It is important to me that I not only graduate, but that I remain engaged with this institution to help those that will come after me,” said Wagner.
Secret is a member of Zeta Eta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is also active in the Commuter Student Association, MAPS (Medical Association for Pre-Professional Students), Wesley Fellowship and participates in all PAC (Pre-Alumni Council) affairs. She strives to be a dedicated student and to set a positive example for her peers.
She is very proud to be representing Paine College at the UNCF NAC/PAC Leadership Conference that is in session from February 2-5 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. The climax of the leadership conference is the crowning of Miss National UNCF that will take place Saturday evening, February 4. The event is open and free to the public.
Wearing the Miss UNCF Paine College crown and being awarded the title is a humbling experience. She appreciates the monumental support from the Paine College alumni, faculty and students to ensure this honor bestowed upon her, is upheld in the tradition of excellence.
When asked to describe her PC experience, Wagner had the following to say: “I believe that receiving your education, forging connections, enhancing social skills and obtaining your degree makes your college experience whole. It is critical that we learn, but also apply and share knowledge to ensure the success of Paine College. This is my home and I encourage Alumni to stay engaged and connected to the school and the students to continue the traditions of the Paine College family. The passion and commitment that I express for this institution, originates from the opportunities, values and foundation it consistently gives to me.
What God has for me, is for me and Paine College was for me.” Secret reveals that she is shy, has a love for the Disney movie “Frozen” and when she was younger, she was in a group called “Cupids Arrow” dreaming to be a singing sensation. She also mentions that the love and support of her entire family helps her to keep moving forward despite many setbacks encountered while pursuing her ultimate goal of becoming a Medical Research Scientist. Wagner is determined to achieve that vision with the sacrifice, sessions and skills that are being indoctrinated daily at Paine College, the institution that empowers students to succeed.
| 01/23/2017 07:23 AM
Paine College in conjunction with the New Bethlehem Community Center, Inc. (NBCC) announced Global Activist for HIV/AIDS, Masonia Traylor, as the guest speaker for PC-IDEAL Wednesday Chapel Program on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.
Masonia, at the tender age of 23, was diagnosed HIV positive and two weeks later found out that she was pregnant. Since her diagnosis, she has passionately dedicated herself as a Global Activist for HIV/AIDS through her nonprofit organization Lady BurgAndy. She has reached over 60,000 young people empowering and educating them on HIV/AIDS and aspires to reach another 60,000 during the 2016-2017 school year.
Traylor has served as a youth representative for numerous AIDS Servicing Organizations and groups including the Georgia Community HIV Prevention Planning Group, The Red Pump Project, Absolute Care, The Atlanta Area Outreach Initiative, Ryan White Planning Council, Empowerment Resource Center, Center for Black Women's Wellness, Georgia Equality’s Youth HIV Policy Advisors, Sister Love Inc., Black Women’s Health Imperative, AID Atlanta, The American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists - FIMR/HIV, Georgia Department of Public Health, Fulton/Dekalb County Health Departments, Centers for Disease Control. Traylor takes pride in currently serving as an Ambassador for Kaiser Family Foundation’s “Greater Than AIDS - Empowerment & We Are Family” and CDC’s Act Against AIDS “Stop HIV Together” campaigns. She has also made recent appearances on Kiss 104.1FM, Jazz 91.9FM, Majic 107.5FM, Praise 102.5 FM, Hot 107.9FM, BET, UPN, and Fox 5 Channel.
Ms. Traylor has worked as a Pharmacy Technician for more than ten years and is a distinguished alumnus of the Andrew Young School of Public Policy Studies at Georgia State University where her concentration was Public Policy and Nonprofit Leadership.
PC-IDEAL provides education and services designed to reduce the incidences of drug addiction, HIV and HCV infections among 18-24-year-olds on campus and the surrounding community through a 3-year grant award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). For more information about PC-IDEAL, please contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706.396.7591 or via email: email@example.com.
| 01/19/2017 17:44 PM
By Helene T. Carter
As we bear witness to the Presidential Inauguration, we also take note of our elected officials who were chosen to serve and protect the people’s interests on local and state levels. The New Year ushered in a crop of elected officials who share a common bond -- they are graduates of Paine College who serve in political offices throughout Georgia and the nation.
Attorney Michael L. Thurmond, a 1975 Paine alumnus, earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina’s School of Law and completed the Political Executives program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. On January 13, 2017, he took an oath to restore trust, transparency and vowed to eliminate corruption as the newly elected Chief Executive Officer of DeKalb County, Georgia.
“I owe my success to Paine College,” said Thurmond when asked how he arrived at such a highly-elected state office in a predominantly red state. Thurmond, a Democrat, won a convincing victory against his Republican opponent. This servant leader is no stranger to Georgia politics and its people. As a former DeKalb County Schools Superintendent, he upgraded the district’s accreditation status, eliminated a multi-million dollar deficit and improved student academic performance and graduation rates. The newly elected CEO will be in charge of more than 6,000 government employees and a $1.38 billion annual budget. Thurmond, also known as The Fixer and the Master Builder of Relationships, has the ability to connect people and forge alliances deemed non-existent.
Reflecting on his Paine College experience, he said, “My professors taught me that there is more that unites us than divides us. At Paine, everybody knew each other. Paine was a small tight-knit community. It was typical for caring staff and alumni to guide and mentor students. They went beyond the call of duty to ensure that students excelled. Paine College continues to offer a big education in a small and caring environment.
As a son of a Clarke County, Georgia sharecropper, I learned invaluable lessons at Paine that I have carried with me throughout my life’s work. I am a better servant leader because of my Paine College experience.” Thurmond is a staunch advocate for his Alma Mater. He even took a break from the 2016 campaign trail to steer the College through a rough patch. The Paine College Board of Trustees unanimously voted to appoint Thurmond as Board Chair-Elect.
Attorney Barbara E. Bouknight, Chairman of the Board has recognized Thurmond as a dedicated Paine College alumnus who worked tirelessly to ensure that the institution survives and thrives. He is the face of the "Be 1 of 1000" Campaign that continues to garner donations for the College’s Annual Fund Campaign.
When asked what he wanted most for his Alma Mater, he replied, “I want people to support Paine College. I want alumni to donate their time and resources to an institution that has helped to shape numerous lives. I would like the Augusta Community and the state of Georgia to give gifts that will make a difference, the kinds of donations that will help to enhance the living and learning environment for students. Lend support to the College academic programs and increase offerings to students who otherwise would not have a chance to attend college. Investing in Paine College will always prove to be a sound investment and it’s one that will yield high dividends for the future.”
Thurmond has made an indelible mark in the Peach State. In 1986, he became the first African-American elected to the Georgia General Assembly from Clarke County since Reconstruction. During his tenure, he authored major legislation that has provided more than $250 million in tax relief to senior citizens and working families. Following his legislative service, Thurmond was called upon to lead the state Division of Family and Children's Services and direct Georgia's historic transition from welfare to work. He created the innovative Work First program, which helped over 90,000 welfare-dependent Georgia families move from dependence into the workforce.
In 1997, Thurmond became a distinguished lecturer at the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government. The following year in November, he was elected Georgia Labor Commissioner, becoming the first non-incumbent African American to be elected to statewide office in Georgia. During his three terms as commissioner, the Georgia Labor Department underwent a major transformation and his Georgia Works program earned national praise and bi-partisan support.
Thurmond’s latest book, Freedom: Georgia’s Antislavery Heritage, 1733-1865, was awarded the Georgia Historical Society’s Lilla Hawes Ward. In 2004, The Georgia Center for the Book listed Freedom as one of The 25 Books All Georgian’s Should Read. He serves on the University of Georgia Libraries Board of Visitors. He is married to Zola Fletcher Thurmond, and they have one daughter, Mikaya.
| 01/13/2017 14:57 PM
Augusta, GA – Sadly, Dr. Samuel Sullivan, President, and the Paine College Community, announce the passing of Reverend Lucius H. Pitts, Jr., past-member of the Paine College Board of Trustees. “It is with heavy hearts that we bid farewell to our beloved son, Reverend Lucius H. Pitts, Jr. who served with distinction on the Paine College Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Sullivan. “Throughout his tenure on the Board, he served with great passion and love for his Alma Mater.”
The “Celebration of Life” service is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 14, 2016, at Phillips Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church located at 1310 Holsey Street, Phenix, Alabama 36867. Reverend Gregory Scott, pastor, and Elder James Smith will officiate the service. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park, Columbus, Georgia.
Reverend Pitts was born January 18, 1949 in Cordele, Georgia to the late Dr. Lucius H. Pitts, Sr. and the late Daffeneeze Bates Pitts. He received his primary education in Fairfield, Alabama; attended Miles College, Birmingham, Alabama; and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Paine College. He attended Phillips School of Theology, the seminary of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church located in Atlanta, Georgia.
Reverend Pitts served as Presiding Elder and Pastor in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. His most recent appointment as pastor was at St. Luke C.M.E. Church in Auburn, Alabama.
Reverend Pitts and his father, Dr. Lucius Pitts, Sr. shared a common bond – they both graduated from Paine College and shared a deep love for their Alma Mater. They were both employed at Paine College: Reverend Pitts served as Director of Admissions in 1988 under Dr. Julius S. Scott’s Administration. His father, Dr. Pitts, Sr., was appointed 9th President of Paine College and became the first African American to lead the Institution.
“As we approach the College’s 135th Founders’ Day and Homecoming Celebration, we will miss his towering presence on the campus. He was always inspiring and had words of reassurance throughout my presidency at Paine.”
He is survived by a brother, John Pitts, and a host of relatives and friends.
Condolences may be sent to the Pitts Family c/o Mr. John Pitts at 3011 18th Avenue, Apartment F, Columbus, GA 31901. For additional information, please contact Taylor Funeral Home at (334) 298.0364.