| 05/25/2016 09:36 AM
Paine College personnel and Richmond County fire fighters reacted quickly to a small fire on the campus on Wednesday, May 25th. Calls to Augusta's 911 system were placed immediately and the affected dormitory on campus was quickly evacuated. The fire was contained and no one was injured during this incident.
| 05/24/2016 10:17 AM
By Helene T. Carter
Augusta, Ga…Members of the Paine College Board of Trustees, representatives of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, along with President Samuel Sullivan stood united as they announced their plan to move the College in the direction of fiscal solvency and drive the Institution on the path to full compliance with the Principles of Accreditation of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The trustees held the press conference on Tuesday, May 24th at 10:00 a.m. inside the HEAL Complex.
Bishop Marshall Gilmore, trustee emeritus, drew a round of applause as he announced a commitment of $1,000,000 on behalf of the College of Bishops of the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church. The CME Church will fulfill the $1 million commitment within 12 months.
Dr. Cynthia Bond Hopson, Assistant Secretary General of The Black College Fund, pledged $350,000 to the College on behalf of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) of the United Methodist Church. The GBHEM has consistently rendered support to Paine College over the years.
Attorney Barbara E. Bouknight, Chair of the Paine College Board of Trustees, said,” During the spring meeting of the governing body, we unanimously adopted a strategy and a plan that included changes in Board leadership, changes in College leadership, restructuring the board membership and the implementation of a governance structure that will facilitate a culture of accountability and transparency.” She further commented, “This means that the Trustees are fully engaged and committed to taking full responsibility for correcting any and all fiscal and managerial shortfalls that have faced the College during the last three years.”
Attorney Michael Thurmond, Chair-elect, solicited the audience to become involve in the process of preserving and sustaining the College. He announced that the College had raised more than $2,540,000 toward its $3.1 million goal for the fiscal cycle July 2015 to June 30, 2016. Attorney Thurmond invited the community to participate in the “Be 1of 1,000” campaign. The fundraising campaign has the potential of yielding more than $1,000,000 by June 30, 2016.
“The urgency is now,” said Attorney Thurmond. “It matters that we give now to demonstrate to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges that we love and support this great institution that has played a significant role in our lives and in our communities.”
Attorney Thurmond made it clear that the Trustees would work with the College to develop ongoing development programs that would allow the College to remain financially stable.
President Samuel Sullivan said that he was humbled by the outpouring of support from the College’s constituents. He stated that recently, a local theologian donated $50,000 and within weeks of that gift, the pastor made another donation of $27,000. Dr. Sullivan expressed his gratitude to Paine alumni, churches, and friends who hosted events to assist the College.
The trustees thanked Dr. Sullivan for his leadership during the College’s challenging times. “Under Dr. Sullivan’s leadership, SACSCOC lifted seven of the ten areas of non-compliance that faced the Institution.”
The College must comply with the Principles of Accreditation of three remaining areas: 1) financial resources, 2) financial stability, and 3) control of sponsored research/external funds.
Dr. Sullivan echoed Attorney Thurmond’s appeal. “It is important that we give now. “Paine must raise an additional $1 million by June 30, 2016 to ensure that the College has surplus funds for ongoing operations.”
“My primary goal is to keep the doors open to provide an accessible and quality education for students,” said Dr. Sullivan. “I am convinced that we can work together to achieve this most important goal.”
For more information about ways to support Paine College, please contact Ms. Sunya L. Young in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8233 or via email: Syoung@paine.edu.
| 05/11/2016 04:14 AM
Story by Helene T. Carter
Deuteronomy 16:17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which he has given you.
Augusta, GA….Reverend George L. Brightharp believes that every man or woman should give as he/she is able, according to how God has blessed them to give. He also believes in “walking the walk” and leading by example. In March 2016, Reverend Brightharp made a $50,000 gift to Paine College in support of the Institution’s Build it Back Campaign that is designed to meet the critical and immediate needs of the College. Launched in November 2015, the Build it Back Campaign has reached over $539,000 (as of May 11, 2016). Since 2010, Reverend Brightharp has given $112,058. Although he is not a Paine College alumnus, Reverend Brightharp presented a check in the amount of $27,000 during the Paine College Alumni Reunion Banquet held Saturday, May 7th on the campus.
Reverend Brightharp said proudly, “I have been in the trenches with Paine College since 1970. As a professor, I taught at Paine for fifteen years. During my tenure, I developed an appreciation for small, black liberal arts institutions. Paine has held a special place in my heart for 46 years.”
In 2014, Reverend Brightharp supported the Friends of Quincy Robertson for Paine College Campaign with a gift of $10,000. In 2010, with a gift of $15,000, he established the Reverend George W. and Mrs. Rosa Brightharp Endowed Scholarship in memory of his parents. The scholarship is awarded annually to a rising sophomore, junior or senior majoring in History.
Dr. Samuel Sullivan, President of Paine College, said, “This year marks forty-six years of continued support from a philanthropist who has given generously of his finances, time and goodwill. Reverend Brightharp, a dedicated ambassador, engages others to support the College. He is a bridge-builder who is passionate about letting others know the value that Paine College adds to the community.”
President Sullivan further commented, “We also appreciate the support that our faculty, staff, alumni, friends and trustees continue to provide to Paine during these challenging financial times.”
In January 2016, Rev. Brightharp celebrated 36 years as the senior pastor of Mount Canaan Baptist Church in Edgefield, South Carolina. In 2004, Mount Canaan was designated as an Outstanding Historical Site by the South Carolina State Department of Archives and History. Rev. Brightharp led the Mount Canaan congregation to build a spacious Youth Center that is equipped with a computer lab, game room, a full-size gymnasium and other amenities that are available to the public.
Sporting a wide smile, he said, “With a group of faithful members and the infusion of my personal funds, we were able to pay off the $1.2 million mortgage on the Youth Center in two years.”
For over 30 years, the successful entrepreneur and businessman operated George L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, a family-owned business that serves the Georgia and South Carolina communities.
“As a minister, I challenge every member of the clergy to support Paine College,” said Reverend Brightharp. “As a businessman operating in the CSRA, I challenge all businesses to step up and support Paine College. As a former educator, I challenge all retired and employed educators to help Paine College through this financial crisis. It is our responsibility to share our resources with an Institution that has given so much to the community.”
To make a gift to the Build it Back Campaign, contact Ms. Sunya L. Young in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8233 or send an email to Syoung@paine.edu.
About Paine College
Paine College is a faith-based private college providing a high-quality education that emphasizes academic excellence, ethical and spiritual values, social responsibility, and personal development in order to prepare young men and women for positions of leadership and service. Paine College is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. To learn more about Paine College, please visit www.paine.edu.
(Right) Reverend Dr. George L. Brightharp presents $50,000 check to Dr. Samuel Sullivan, President of Paine College, in support of the Build it Back Campaign for Paine. Since 2010, Reverend Brightharp has given over $112,000 to Paine.
| 05/7/2016 07:43 AM
By Helene T. Carter
Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick, III, presiding bishop of the Eighth Episcopal District of The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church will deliver the Commencement address during the 134th Commencement Convocation at 9:00 a.m., Sunday, May 8, on the campus in the Health Education Activities Learning Complex. During the ceremony, President Samuel Sullivan will confer degrees upon the 2016 graduating class. The service is open to the public.
About the Speaker
Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick III, the 51st bishop elected in the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church, has been presiding bishop of the Eighth Episcopal District since July 2014. Upon election as bishop in 1998, he was assigned as bishop of the Tenth Episcopal District (including the work in Jamaica, Haiti, Liberia, Ghana, and Nigeria). He was assigned in 2002 and 2006 as bishop of the Fifth Episcopal District (which includes the denomination’s work in Alabama and Florida). In 2010, he was assigned to the First Episcopal District (comprising Arkansas, Tennessee, and Jamaica).
The 2014 General Conference assigned him to the Eighth Episcopal District (comprising the Regions in Texas and Jamaica). Born June 20, 1952, in Huntsville, Alabama, he is a son of the parsonage. His parents were Rev. and Mrs. L. L. Reddick, Jr. He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University of Delaware, Ohio (Bachelor of Arts degree) and Duke Divinity School of Durham, North Carolina (Master of Divinity degree). He was conferred honorary doctoral degrees from the United Theological Seminary and Bible College of Monroe, Louisiana, and Texas College, Tyler, Texas. He was licensed to preach by the Reverend R. E. Brooks in 1966, ordained deacon in 1968 and elder in 1969 by Bishop E. P. Murchison, and admitted into full connection in 1972 by Bishop C. A. Kirkendoll.
After pastoral work in Alabama, Ohio, North Carolina, and Missouri, he was elected editor of THE CHRISTIAN INDEX, the Official Publication of the CME Church, in 1982. He was subsequently re-elected editor by the General Conferences of 1986, 1990, and 1994. During his work as editor, he was also pastor in Alabama and pastor and presiding elder in Mississippi. As presiding bishop of the work in the Tenth Episcopal District, he expanded the work in West Africa from six to seven Annual Conferences, and added several districts.
During his tenure as presiding bishop of the Fifth Episcopal District, he was also chair of the Board of Trustees of Miles College, and served as chair during the demise of President Albert J. H. Sloan II and the election of President George T. French, Jr. During that stint, he was a founding member of the Alabama Faith Council, an interfaith gathering, with other Alabama judicatory leaders. In his four years as presiding bishop of the First Episcopal District, he was chair of the Board of Trustees of Lane College during the passing of President Wesley Cornelious McClure and the subsequent election of President Logan Hampton. He also led the CME Headquarters into self-management by professional CMEs and oversaw the Boards of Directors of six HUD-related housing properties inaugurated by Bishops B. Julian Smith, J. Madison Exum, and William H. Graves. One of his consistent goals has been to visit every congregation within the episcopal district he serves every four years. An avid traveler, he maintains relationships across the seas with CMEs in West Africa (through their episcopal leaders); and he has maintained relationships with the people of Haiti through their episcopal leaders. As a member of the Board of Directors of Bread for the World, he has lobbied Congress in the interests of ridding the world of hunger.
He is married to Mrs. Wynde Jones Reddick, is the father of five children (Jon, Janice, Iris, Rose, and Samuel), and is the grandfather of three (Sean, Nylah, and Lailah).
| 05/7/2016 06:01 AM
Paine College to Hold Baccalaureate Convocation Celebrating 2016 Graduating Class
By Helene T. Carter
Paine College will celebrate the Class of 2016 during its Commencement weekend of events. The Baccalaureate Convocation will take place on Saturday, May 7th at 3:00 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr. will deliver the keynote address.
The Baccalaureate service, planned by the Office of Religious Life, serves as an opportunity for the graduating seniors to reflect on their lives and accomplishments from a faith perspective. The service is open to the public.
About the Speaker
Born to Hardie and Delois Davis, Hardie grew up in Forsyth, Georgia and relocated to Augusta in 1985. His parents instilled within him the values of hard work, respect for his fellow man and service to others.
Hardie holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Degree from Georgia Tech and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Christian Life School of Theology in Columbus. In college, he began teaching bible study which prepared him to be founder and senior pastor of Abundant Life in Augusta, Georgia. Hardie’s career includes 18 years of systems, automation and controls engineering. His public service spans 3 years as state Representative, 5 years as state Senator, and he is currently serving the second year of his first term as Mayor of Augusta.
A distinguished lawmaker while in the state legislature, Hardie served as Chairman of the Interstate Cooperation Committee and active member of the Economic Development, Ethics, Finance, and Higher Education Senate Committees. He has been recognized by numerous organizations and constituent groups, including Georgia Bio, The Georgia Chamber and the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education.
During the first year of his tenure as mayor, Hardie has engaged Augusta as a My Brother’s Keeper Community and launched the first Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment program, which placed 70 youth in paid summer jobs and workplace skills training programs. He also recruited volunteers and partnered with the Richmond County School System to begin the Power Lunch Reading Mentor Initiative. He has also re-established a college credit based Mayor’s Fellows Program. Hardie began a Mayor’s Office Hours program to take City Hall to Augustans in informal settings at small businesses within each Commission district. Hardie is committed to working with small business owners and hosted SBA officials for a small business round-table to bring Augusta businesses technical assistance and resources for their operations. He also hosted the First Annual City of Augusta Easter Egg Drop.
While a senior in high school, he met Evett Plather of Valdosta. Married 20 years, Hardie and Evett are the proud parents of Benjamin Joshua Davis.
The public is also invited to the Commencement Convocation that will occur Sunday, May 8th at 9:00 a.m. in the Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex. Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick, III, Presiding Bishop for the Eighth Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, will deliver the keynote address to the graduating seniors.
For more information about the Commencement weekend of events, please contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706.396.7591 or visit www.paine.edu.
| 03/31/2016 17:29 PM
AUGUSTA, GA, MARCH 31, 2016 -- Today, Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President of Paine College, addressed faculty, staff, and students in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel regarding the College's on-site visit from its accrediting body. Dr. Sullivan reported that the visiting team representing the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) lifted one of four remaining standards leaving a total of three.
In 2015, SACSCOC requested that the College demonstrate compliance with the Principles of Accreditation in four areas: financial resources, financial stability, control of finances, and control of sponsored research/external funds.
During the three-day visit (March 29-31, 2016), the SACSCOC Special Committee interviewed the College's administrators, faculty, and staff. During the exit interview, the SACSCOC representatives presented three recommendations that needed to be further addressed.
"We are pleased that the College has met the Comprehensive Standard that pertains to control of finances," said Dr. Sullivan.
The oral report given by the Special Committee during the exit conference is not final. Paine College will have an opportunity to review a draft of the SACSCOC report in approximately one week. During the review of the draft report, the College will have an opportunity to respond to what it considers to be errors of fact. Following the College's response, SACSCOC will take the reports from the Institution and the Special Committee under consideration. The SACSCOC Board will make its final decision in June 2016.
Dr. Sullivan applauded the efforts made by the special in-house committee and expressed his appreciation to the entire Paine College Community and members of the Board of Trustees.
"We are grateful to Paine College alumni and the community for supporting the College during these challenging times," commented Dr. Sullivan. "There is still much work to be done and therefore, it is imperative that alumni and friends continue to render financial support to the College to meet its critical and immediate needs."
For more information, contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591 or Tjwilliams@paine.edu.
| 03/9/2016 06:49 AM
The Paine College Media Studies Department will host its first multi-media conference called PANORAMIC on Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Candler Memorial Library from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The forum is titled“The Excellence of Ethnic Inclusion”. The goal is to help provide a unique perspective for students and provide them with first-hand commentary from distinguished writers, producers, photographers, actors, directors, and other broadcasting specialists. PANORAMIC will feature workshops with guest panelists to help students learn more.
This conference is designed to complement Augusta’s budding interest in the film industry, and welcomes thought provoking commentary to discuss issues relevant to today’s multi-media industry.
“When I was getting my MFA at Howard University, I was always influenced by our media day guests," said PANORAMIC'S creator and Media Studies Department Chair Teri Burnette, "It inspired me as a young film maker, and I wanted to give that same experience to our students here at Paine.”
Burnett and fellow professors John Harris, and Nicole Watson are award-winning producers, directors, and media professionals with several network television, stage, and film productions to their credit.
Under their guidance, students in the Paine College Media Studies Department have produced independent properties including Digital Dialogue, PC News Update, and several stage productions by the school’s theater group, Paine House Players.
| 02/19/2016 06:59 AM
By Helene Carter
Each year, proceeds from the Father-Daughter Gala are donated to local non-profit organizations to support their mission and, in many cases, to provide scholarships for deserving students at local colleges and universities. Paine College was among several organizations that received a donation.
"No gift is too small or too large," said Dr. Samuel Sullivan who received a check from local business owner Robert O’Neal in the amount of $1,000. "This show of support demonstrates that Paine College is a sound investment and remains at the heart of the community,” said Dr. Sullivan, Interim President of Paine College.
The College launched the Build it Back Campaign in November 2015 to meet immediate and critical needs of the Institution. During the 2016 Founders’ Day and Homecoming celebration, the Vice President of Institutional Advancement Sunya L. Young announced that the Campaign had reached over $460,246 and is ongoing.
Mr. O’Neal is President and CEO of The O’Neal Group, Inc. and agency owner of Bob O’Neal Insurance Agency, Allstate Insurance Company. Mr. O’Neal, the brainchild behind the Father-Daughter Gala, said his daughter introduced him to a similar event in 2007. He was so impressed with the experience and the time shared with his daughter that he was led to create the Father-Daughter Gala and Dance that is traditionally held on Fathers’ Day at Legends Club in Augusta. “Although Allstate Insurance Agency is the official host of the Father-Daughter Gala, there are many people in the background who work diligently to make the event a success,” he said. “Under the auspices of OuiCare International, Inc., we provide financial resources to support the mission of local charities while helping to strengthen the bonds of the family that lend to stronger communities.”
“This event has, in many ways, become a ministry for me,” commented Mr. O’Neal. “In its ninth year, the event has touched many lives and helped to improve relationships between fathers and their daughters.” There are no age limits, religious or ethnic boundaries. I’ve witnessed grandfathers and granddaughters take to the floor awkwardly and emerge with pure confidence and joy. Improving relationships between fathers and daughters is at the heart of what we do and that is what makes our work special.”
“We are grateful to Robert O’Neal and appreciative of the Augusta community, alumni and friends who continue to support the College. “Paine, 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 spring 2016 review. I am appealing to the College’s constituents to give generously.
For more information on ways to support Paine College, please contact Vice President Sunya Young at 706.821.8233 or via email: Syoung@paine.edu.
L-R: Robert O’Neal, Agency Owner of Bob O’Neal Insurance Agency, Allstate Insurance Company and Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President of Paine College.
| 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.”
| 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 http://bit.ly/DeitrickHaddonPainetickets.