At the Heart of it....Paine College Augusta Alumni Chapter Rally for the Love of Paine By Helene Carter

Posted by painewebmaster | 04/21/2015 09:25 AM

Paine College alumni are rallying support for their Alma Mater more now than ever.  For the love of Paine, the alumni of the Augusta Chapter will host a day of fundraising for the College on Friday, April 24th.  Alumni and friends are invited to visit the Alumni House located at 1208 Beman Street (West of the HEAL Complex) to drop off monetary donations in support of the Together, We Can Campaign for Paine.  Augusta Commissioner Bill Fennoy invited the City to lend support to his Alma Mater and stated that the well-being of Paine College lends to the health of the Augusta community.   Mayor Hardie Davis pitched in by declaring April 24, 2015 as Paine College Day.  Radio personalities Minnesota Fattz and Cher Best will broadcast live from the Alumni House courtyard from 11-1 p.m. followed by Kydd Joe of Power 107 from 1-3 p.m.

 

The Augusta Alumni Chapter extends an invitation to the community to visit the Alumni House between the hours of 11-6 p.m. to purchase a delicious fish or BBQ chicken dinner at a cost of $10.00 per plate.  Advanced purchases for the meal can be placed by contacting Mildred Kendrick (706)945.1362, Betty Tutt (706) 650-1004 or any member of the Augusta Alumni chapter.

 

Commissioner Fennoy said, "Paine College and her students are at the heart of everything we do in support of the institution.  We need all of our alumni and friends to come together in support of this institution that has served the community and its people for 133 years. I am appealing to the community to do more than purchase a ten dollar plate of food; I am asking the public to invest in Paine College by writing a check payable to the Together, We Can Campaign."

 

Also, Paine alums are gearing up for the annual Alumni Reunion weekend celebration that will occur May 8th-10th.  It is expected that Alumni will descend upon the campus to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class of 2015 and bear monetary gifts that will benefit the Together, We Can Campaign for Paine College.

 

 

For more information about Paine College Day and how to support Together, We Can Campaign, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, 396.8163 or email: tjwilliams@paine.edu<mailto:tjwilliams@paine.edu>.

Paine College Awarded $887,000 Competitive Community Partnership Grant to Address HIV and Substance Abuse

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/13/2015 03:30 AM

Today, Paine College officials held a press conference to announce a grant award of $887,796 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to address substance abuse, HIV, and HCV infections on campus and in the surrounding community. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) officially gave notice of the proposal’s acceptance in September 2014 with funding spanning 3 years to allow program development and intensive intervention work. The program, Paine College: Informing, Developing and Educating through Active Learning (PC-IDEAL), seeks to bring fresh and relevant health education and intervention to the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA).

The PC-IDEAL project uses a collaborative model to build community capacity to reduce substance abuse and the incidence of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C infection and related problems. Additionally, these funds allow further integration of intervention services on the Paine College Campus and within the surrounding community.   

Paine College has partnered with the New Bethlehem Community Center, Inc. to extend the scope and effectiveness of services provided to 18-24 year olds through the grant. Since its founding in 1912, the New Bethlehem Community Center has provided social services to residents and improved the daily lives of families and individuals in the CSRA.

Among the attendees were representatives of the New Bethlehem Community Center and officials from the City of Augusta.  Mayor Hardie Davis applauded the collaborative mission and stated, “Our community is reminded of the role Paine College and the New Bethlehem Community Center have historically played to support the community and people who live beyond the boundaries of the College.”  “It is important that these institutions continue to thrive as their successes are integral to the fabric of the greater success of our community.”   

Dr. Lawanda Cummings, the principal investigator of the PC:IDEAL project and chair of the Social Sciences Department, said that she hoped to bring the expertise of the department into spaces where it benefited Paine and the larger community. “Through efforts of faculty, students, health educators and relevant partners, we are creating spaces and opportunities that promote better health outcomes and choices among young people in the CSRA,” said Dr. Cummings.”

Ms. Millicent E. West, an experienced health educator and counselor, will serve as the Program Coordinator for the PC-IDEAL project.  Ms. West, the former Director of Student Activities and Residence Life at Paine College, stated that she understood first-hand how peer pressure impacted risky behavior that led to chronic diseases in young people.  “We must continue to have conversations with college students and young adults about taking responsibility and thinking beyond the moment,” said Ms. West. 

“Millicent West’s role is critical to the daily operations of the project and as the former Executive Director of the New Bethlehem Community Center, Inc., she brings a wealth of skill and knowledge that will benefit this initiative,” said Dr. Cummings.

Mr. Geno Clark, Director of Sponsored Programs, negotiated the award process and participated in the collaboration. “The SAMHSA grant will strengthen the participating partners’ mission to address, prevent, and reduce substance abuse and HIV in the community,” commented Mr. Clark. “I look forward to developing additional opportunities for external funding that build collaborations in support of addressing health disparities in the CSRA.”

 

 

For more information about the PC-IDEAL project, please contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706.396.7591 or via email:tjwilliams@paine.edu.

 

 


 

 

BAPTIST MINISTERS CONFERENCE OF AUGUSTA, INC. DONATES $15,000 TO ESTABLISH ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP AT PAINE COLLEGE

Posted by painewebmaster | 06/19/2014 05:10 AM

By Helene Carter

“Don’t just talk about, be about it,” said Paine College alumnus Reverend Melvin Ivey, president of the Baptist Ministers Conference of Augusta, Inc. On June 18th, Reverend Ivey and seven Baptist ministers presented a $15,000 check to Dr. George C. Bradley, President, to establish an endowed scholarship at Paine College. The Baptist Ministers Conference has a history of giving faithfully and generously to Paine College students for over 30 years. “We are here today because the Baptist Ministers Conference of Augusta and our faithful congregations believe that we must be about “walking the walk,” said Reverend Ivey. Paine College touches the entire community and it has always served as a beacon of hope and a place where dreams are fulfilled. Paine will always remain a sound investment.”

“This is the gift that will keep on giving”, commented Reverend Rufus Copeland who proudly announced that he is the father of two daughters who graduated from Paine College.  

“This is a way to strengthen the foundation of the Institution that has nurtured and prepared thousands of students for leadership on the global stage since its inception,” echoed President Bradley.  “A strong endowment ensures the stability of the College and opens a perpetual door to deserving students to obtain equal access to a quality education.”

The College will allow the $15,000 endowed fund to accrue interest for one year before distributing earnings in the form of a scholarship.  The Baptist Ministers Conference of Augusta (BMCA) set the criteria for the award.  The scholarship will be awarded to a rising sophomore, junior or senior of good character with a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average.  The scholarship recipient will be required to volunteer his/her service for the BMCA Tutorial Program.
  
A strong endowment ensures the stability of the College and offers tuition assistance and scholarships based upon financial need.  Currently, Paine College provides essential scholarship support and tuition assistance to over 95% of the student population.

“We are not just a Church in the community, but a Church that reaches the community,” said Reverend A. J. Saunders, describing the member churches and the BMCA’s mission.  Nodding in approval, Reverend Moses D. Anderson, commented, “We represent the total man (mind, body, and spirit).  And that is why we are here today.  The Church has a purpose and through our relationship with God, we know that supporting Paine College is the right thing to do.”

The BMCA represents 50 churches.  Annually, during February, the BMCA hosts the Baptist Day worship service on the campus to benefit Paine College. The churches convene during this special service to report gifts and donations for the College.  According to Reverend Ivey, the BMCA is committed to increasing the endowed scholarship annually and expect the fund to grow significantly over time.

To establish an endowed or annual scholarship at Paine College, contact Frances D. Wimberly at 706.821.8323, Fwimberly@paine.edu.  To learn more about the Baptist Ministers Conference of Augusta, Inc., please contact Reverend Ivey at 706.798.3928, or via email: Ivey916316@bellsouth.net.

Lunch with the Legendary Dr. Ruth B. Crawford

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/21/2014 08:52 AM

Dr. Ruth B. Crawford, a 1939 graduate of Paine College, and an avid supporter of the College, invited the fall semester 2013 and spring semester 2014 student teachers to her home for a chat and lunch Monday, May 5, 2014 at 12:00 noon. Mrs. Crawford wanted to share with the new teachers her experiences as a student, student teacher, supervising teacher, and veteran teacher over her 38 years in the teaching profession. A big surprise was Dr. Crawford’s salary of $60.00 a month when she began teaching in Georgia.

The new teachers enjoyed looking through the many artifacts Dr. Crawford had displayed for them, including one of her books, The Woods Afire and the Paine College Flag, which she designed. Each new teacher came away with a replica of the flag.

New teachers in attendance were: Michele Brown, LaSadia Lee, Stephanie Malone, and Dorian Smith. Others in attendance were: Dr. David Chamblee, Dean of the School of Professional Studies, Dr. Judy Carter, Chair, Department of Education, and Dr. Jacqueline Fason, Coordinator of Field and Clinical Experiences. Other new teachers were not able to attend because of out of town work related responsibilities. Lunch was elegantly served by Mrs. Dee Crawford, daughter by marriage, and Dr. Christine Crawford, granddaughter.

Paine College Maintains High Level of Security Presence in Wake of Incident

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/14/2014 04:01 AM

Paine College is maintaining a high level of security presence in the wake of recent shootings that occurred on the campus.  The Paine College Police Department, consisting of certified armed officers, are present throughout the campus and residential halls round-the-clock to make certain that the students, faculty and staff remain in a safe environment. One of two injured students received superficial wounds, while the other remains hospitalized and is expected to recover. Although undergraduates were given a choice to take final exams in an on-line environment, many undergraduate students remained on campus following the Commencement Convocation held this past Sunday in the HEAL Complex.
 
Checkpoints are still in effect.  The Paine College community must present a valid Paine College photo ID to gain access to the campus.  Visitors are required to present a photo ID to obtain a temporary Visitor’s Pass.  Certified Paine College armed police officers are visible throughout the campus and are posted at entrances.  Also, barricades remain in effect at exits and entrances.
 
The campus e2-Alert Notification System, utilized to notify the campus community of the initial crisis, continues to work optimally and will remain in effect. Electronic surveillance is ever-present.
 
The College is moving towards healing and hosted animal therapy for students, faculty and staff on the campus two days following the shooting.  The canine service was provided by the Hope Animal Assisted Crisis Response team (Southeast Region).  The dogs visited each residence hall and walked the campus with their handlers greeting students and staff.   The College also implemented a counseling resource that is available to the campus community and their families for emotional support. Licensed counselors are available 24 hours/7 days per week to speak to members of the Paine College community at 1-866.713.1978.  Also, the Paine College Counseling Center, located on the campus, remains open to assist individuals who may require support.
 
“The safety and security of our students, faculty and staff remain a priority,” said Helene Carter, Assistant Vice President.  The College’s Police department will continue to work with the Richmond County Sheriff’s office in the ongoing investigation.
 
For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, Tjwilliams@paine.edu. To learn more about Paine College, please visit www.paine.edu.

Paine College Honors the Legacy of Human Rights Activist Nelson Mandela

Posted by lsuggs | 12/6/2013 12:27 PM

(Augusta, GA) – Dr. George C. Bradley and the Paine College Community honor the legacy of human rights activist Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black President. Mandela died at his home in Johannesburg on December 5, 2013, at age 95.

“Nelson Mandela was truly a pillar of human rights for nearly five decades.  During South Africa’s apartheid era, the College upheld a policy not to invest with companies and/or entities that did business with South Africa, set forth by our Board of Trustees,” stated Dr. Bradley. “His endeavors for equal human rights had certainly reached across the globe, including here in Augusta, Georgia and at Paine College”.

Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, in Mveso, Transkei, South Africa. Becoming actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his 20s, Mandela joined the African National Congress in 1942. For 20 years, he directed a campaign of peaceful, non-violent defiance against the South African government and its racist policies.

Campus historian, Dr. Mallory Millender also shared his thoughts on Mandela’s legacy and what the world can learn from the activist, “It does not matter how humble or low your status is in life. If you strive for the right things, good will, and have love in your heart, anything can be achieved”.

In 1993, Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to dismantle the country's apartheid system. In 1994, Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa's first black president. In 2009, July 18th, was declared Mandela Day to promote global peace and celebrate the South African leader's legacy.

For more information on Paine College, please visit http://www.paine.edu or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at
(706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or lsuggs@paine.edu.


Photo caption: Nelson Mandela, dies at the age of 95.

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Paine College Mourns the Passing of Activist Nelson Mandela

Posted by lsuggs | 12/6/2013 05:06 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Dr. George C. Bradley and the Paine College Community mourns the death of human rights activist Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black President. Mandela died at his home in Johannesburg on December 5, 2013, at age 95.

Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, in Mveso, Transkei, South Africa. Becoming actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his 20s, Mandela joined the African National Congress in 1942. For 20 years, he directed a campaign of peaceful, non-violent defiance against the South African government and its racist policies.

In 1993, Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to dismantle the country's apartheid system. In 1994, Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa's first black president. In 2009, July 18th, was declared Mandela Day to promote global peace and celebrate the South African leader's legacy.

For more information on Paine College, please visit http://www.paine.edu or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or lsuggs@paine.edu.


Photo caption: Nelson Mandela, dies at the age of 95.

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Rosa T. Beard Debutante Club Celebrates Golden Jubilee

Posted by lsuggs | 11/22/2013 06:41 AM

(Augusta, GA) – The Rosa T. Beard Debutante Club for Girls will celebrate fifty years of service to the CSRA Community on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Saint Paul’s Church located at 605 Reynolds Street in downtown Augusta, Georgia. The celebration is scheduled to begin at 7 PM in the River Room of the venue.

Rosa T. Beard, a Paine College 1942 graduate, was an educator in the Richmond County Public Schools, founder of the Rocket Club and the Rosa T. Beard Debutant Club for Girls. Her life spanned over ninety years with seventy of them actively engaged in making a difference in the lives of young people and in the Augusta community.

The 15th Street Bridge, which holds Beard’s name, was chosen because it was a bridge that Beard traveled for decades. It was in close proximity to her residence, T.W. Josey High School, Paine College, and Shiloh Community Center all, which she spent numerous hours of service.

Beard has been recognized for her service to youth in general, young women in particular and a committed service to the CSRA community and she does so with love, care and the most humble spirit. She is the recipient of the “Dream Keeper Award, the NAACP Presidential Service Award, the "key to the city of Augusta" presented in 2006 by Deke Copenhaver, mayor of Augusta and WRDW -News 12 recognized her for their “Making a Difference” feature. The City of Augusta recognized her with a proclamation for her dedication as a community servant.

Beard was an active and dedicated member of the Paine College National Alumni Association and the Augusta Paine College Alumni Chapter, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a member of the Board of Directors of Shiloh Community Center and Antioch Baptist Church.

Paine College would like to congratulate the Rosa T. Beard Debutante Club for Girls as they reach fifty years of grace and selflessness, as they honor the memory its founder, Rosa T. Beard.

For more information on Paine College, please visit http://www.paine.edu or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at
(706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or lsuggs@paine.edu.


Photo caption: Rosa T. Beard, Paine College 1942 graduate and founder of the Rosa T. Beard Debutante Club for Girls, established in 1963.

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Paine College Administrator Awarded Grant By Georgia Natural Gas®

Posted by lsuggs | 11/19/2013 04:18 AM

(Augusta, GA) –Paine College’s Dr. Edem Tetteh, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Math, Sciences, and Technology was recently awarded a grant by Georgia’s leading natural gas provider, Georgia Natural Gas®.  Tetteh was honored during the organization’s TrueBlue Community Awards along with 13 Georgia nonprofit organizations.

“On behalf of Paine College,” Tetteh shared, “It is such an honor to be recognized as one of the recipients of the Georgia Natural Gas Community award this year".

Tetteh explained with this award, a service learning program will be designed for Paine College students focusing on energy management.

The students will use the houses of elderly citizens and residents below the poverty line in Augusta as laboratories to learn new methodologies in energy efficiency assessment and waste remediation. “This will be a win-win situation for the students to learn energy, the homeowners to have their houses to be energy efficient” said Tetteh.

All thirteen of the award-winning nonprofit organizations exemplify GNG's commitment and support for children and education, seniors, energy assistance, and environmental sustainability in Georgia. This is the third year for GNG's TrueBlue Community Awards.

For more information on Paine College, please visit http://www.paine.edu or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at
(706) 821-8322, (803) 524-3195 or lsuggs@paine.edu.


Photo caption:  Dr. Edem Tetteh, recent  Georgia Natural Gas® TrueBlue Community Award recipient.

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Renowned Philanthropist and Comedian, Bill Cosby, to Appear at Paine College in a Performance Dedicated to Faculty and Staff

Posted by lsuggs | 08/1/2013 09:29 AM

Dr. George C. Bradley, President, is pleased to announce that Bill Cosby, Philanthropist and Comedian, will present an hour of comedy in appreciation to Paine College faculty and staff on Sunday evening, August 11, 2013, at 5 p.m. in the HEAL Complex located on the campus.  Doors will open at 4 p.m. 

 
“We will celebrate the men and women of the faculty and staff who work tirelessly to contribute to the College’s success and those who facilitate the living and learning environment for our students,” said Dr. Bradley.   “Our faculty and staff are an elite and dedicated group of individuals who go beyond the ‘call of duty’ to meet the needs of our students.  This is our way of showing them how much we appreciate their commitment to Paine.”

 
Armed with an earned doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Bill Cosby believes that education is the key to success in life and he inspires students to pursue advanced degrees.  He reminds his audience why educators and teachers are amongst the most valued treasures for impressionable minds.  Of particular note, Mr. Cosby has an honorary doctorate degree from Paine College.

 
One of America’s most beloved comedians, Bill Cosby has captivated generations of fans with his comedy routines, iconic albums and best-selling books.  His comedy transcends age, gender and cultural barriers.

 
Although Mr. Cosby’s visit will focus on celebrating the contributions of Paine College’s esteemed faculty and staff, he will also greet the 2013 fall incoming freshman class, returning upperclassmen, alumni, friends and supporters in the Cosby vintage style.

 
This event is by invitation only.  For more information, please contact Helene Carter in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8323, or via email: Helene.Carter@paine.edu

 
The College invites the media to contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.821.8322, 803.524.3195 or via email: Lsuggs@paine.edu.

 

Photo caption: Bill Cosby is scheduled to visit Paine College on Sunday, August 11, 2013. This is an invitation only event.

 

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