Paine College Assistant Biology Professor Receives $193,000 STEM Research Grant

Posted by painewebmaster | 07/15/2015 11:48 AM

Paine College Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Gabriel Swenson received a $193,000 grant for the project “Seasonal Mobilization and Acid Stress Response of Opportunistic Enteric Pathogen Communities in Freshwater Ecosystems.” 

This grant through the National Science Foundation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) Research Initiation Awards (RIAs) will provide Paine College undergraduate students with advanced skills in environmental science and allow the College’s Education majors to develop an online teaching module for area high schools. 

According to the abstract, the research will investigate the seasonal affects of "physicochemical factors influencing pathogen community composition and environmental elicitation of acid stress response (ASR) in an aquatic watershed." The findings from this study may shed new light on how these seasonal events could be related to diseases (I.e. Cholera) in humans.

The project primarily focuses on investigating two aspects: characterize the role of rainfall events in mobilization of sediment-associated bacterial communities into a seasonal wetland; and characterize ASR elicitation of the bacterial community within a wetland and riverine system. 

Swenson has been a faculty member of Paine College since 2006. He earned a doctorate in Biological Science from the University of South Carolina with an emphasis in Microbial Ecology. 

Paine College to Host Watch Party for the White House Conference on Aging

Posted by painewebmaster | 07/9/2015 09:50 AM

On July 13th, Paine College will be a host site for a White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) watch party. This decennial event gives older adults, families, caregivers, advocates, community leaders, and experts in the aging field the opportunity to discuss their vision for aging in the next decade. Over the next 15 years, thousands of baby boomers more will reach retirement age. They will help redefine how we see aging in America.  This event gives the nation the opportunity discuss issues that matter to seniors.  The audience will be able to engage online as the President and other senior Administration officials headline this event. Please join Paine College for the watch party on Monday, July 13th from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Watch in person in Haygood-Holsey Hall in room 220 on the Paine College campus or via live streaming by following this link: https://www.whitehouse.gov/live 

 

7th Annual Paine College Golf Tournament to be held August 31st

Posted by painewebmaster | 07/1/2015 05:05 AM

Paine College will host its seventh annual Paine College Golf Tournament on Monday, August 31, 2015, at the Jones Creek Golf Club located in Evans, Georgia. 

Jim Dent, Senior PGA Tour, will serve as the Honorary Chair, benefiting the Paine College Golf Program. “I am so pleased that this tournament is approaching its seventh year,” said Jim Dent. “It has been a great success over the years, raising over $140,000 for the College’s golf program.” 

It will include brunch along with various competitions held in conjunction with the tournament for prizes, including hole-in-one, longest drive and closest to the pin contests.  Following the tournament, there will be an awards ceremony and recognition dinner. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. ET, followed by a shotgun start at 10 a.m. 

The Paine golf program is one of the most successful golf programs in the Southeast. In 2012, the team won the Southern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (SIAC) Golf Classic.  The Lions successfully closed out the 2013 as back-to-back Conference Golf Champions. In 2014, team member Jerrell Hubbard represented the Lions in the 28th Annual PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship held May 9th-11th at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida. 

Golfers can register for the tournament by emailing lcollins@paine.edu, calling 706-821-8428 or sending the registration form by mail or completing it online.  The cost for the 18-hole tournament (cart included), awards dinner and show is $125 per player ($375 per team). 

 

Paine College to #ChimeWithCharleston in Show of Solidarity

Posted by painewebmaster | 06/20/2015 13:11 PM

As part of the #CharlestonUnited movement, churches are invited to participate in #ChimeWithCharleston and ring their bells in solidarity on Sunday, June 21st at 10 a.m. Paine College will join churches in Charleston and churches around the world in support of the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC where nine church members lost their lives by chiming the bells in Haygood Hosley Hall. To learn more about the #CharlestonUnited click here: http://www.charlestonly.com/solidarity/

Paine College Associate Professor has Article Published in Journal of Black Studies

Posted by painewebmaster | 06/18/2015 06:50 AM

Dr. LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, an associate professor in the Department of Education, had an article published in the Journal of Black Studies.  Her article is titled “Black Feminist-Womanist Research Paradigm: Toward a Culturally Relevant Research Model Focused on African American Girls.” In this article, she provides an overview of the current status of research about African American girls along with showing the need for theories that accurately examine the lives of this population through a culturally relevant research model. The article demonstrates how culturally I e theories such as Black Feminist thought and Womanism can strengthen research about African American girls.

Dr.  Lindsay-Dennis was invited to serve as a panelist at the Penn Summit on Black Girls & Women in Education in May. Dr. Lindsay-Dennis shared her insight on the current status of research about Black girls experiences in school. The Penn Summit on Black Girls & Women, sponsored by Penn GSE’s The Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education (CSREE) brought together hundreds of members of the academic community to discuss Black girls and women in education. During the one-day event, attendees went to panels and workshops geared toward discussing how to improve organizational, professional, and institutional practices regarding Black girls and women. 

Dennis received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Morris Brown College, her master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Howard University and her doctorate in Educational Psychology from Georgia State University. She is currently working on a second masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Georgia Regents University.  Dr. Lindsay-Dennis who was also recently chosen as one of Augusta Magazine’s Top 10 young professionals. She is also the founder of Black Girls Matter, Inc.

 

Paine College Officials Announce Accrediting Body’s Decision to Extend Probationary Status for One Year --- Accreditation Remains in Effect

Posted by painewebmaster | 06/11/2015 08:09 AM

Augusta, GA…..Today, Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President, announced that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) moved to extend the College’s probationary status for another year.  The extension will give Paine College time to address the four remaining sanctions that pertain to financial resources and financial stability. 

On June 10th, Dr. Sullivan and members of the College’s administration visited with representatives of SACSCOC in Virginia to review the College’s operation and to respond to four remaining sanctions.  Recently, the SACSCOC’s visiting team presented a favorable preliminary report during an on-site three-day visit (March 29-April 1, 2015).  The SACSCOC team indicated that the College had made significant improvements and was headed in the right direction.  During the exit interview, the SACSCOC representatives gave four recommendations that needed to be further addressed.  These areas were included in the initial group of findings that were previously announced.  The oral report given by the Special Committee during the exit review was not final and the final decision to allow the College to remain on Probation or to remove its accreditation still hung in the balance. 

In 2014, SACSCOC requested that the College demonstrate compliance with The Principles of Accreditation in several broad areas:  governance, financial resources/stability, qualified administrative/academic officers, sponsored research/external funds, and institutional environment.  Members of the College’s administration, faculty and staff carefully reviewed the SACSCOC standards and developed detailed Implementation Plans that included a reflective, systematic, and outcome focused action plan to ensure that the College produced an evidenced based written response to all concerns raised by SACSCOC.

Dr. Sullivan said, “We are grateful and appreciative of the efforts made by the Paine College Community to address the initial findings that resulted in six of the ten sanctions being removed.  Although we received a favorable preliminary report during the on-site visit in April, the campus community did not retreat. Instead, we banned together to address the four remaining sanctions.  The special in-house committee remained on the frontline and worked often round-the-clock while others were in the background rendering support.” 

Dr. Sullivan applauded the efforts made by the Paine College Board of Trustees to address the sanctions that pertained to board governance.  “I am especially grateful to the Board of Trustees who worked to develop a blueprint for improved board governance.  As we worked through this process, we have collectively arrived at the realization that we must implement different solutions to arrive at different outcomes.” 

Dr. Sullivan stated that the College should continue to work to bring about fiscal stability in enhanced support of our mission.  “We have much work to do,” said Dr. Sullivan.  “I am appealing to the Paine College alumni, friends, and the greater Augusta community to support the College now more than ever.  It is critical that alumni and friends continue to support the Together, We Can Campaign that is designed to meet immediate needs for the College.” 

 

For more information about the Together, We Can Campaign for Paine College, visit www.paine.edu or contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8233.

Written By Helene T. Carter

Dr. C.P. Abubucker Receives The Evelyn Berry Teacher Of The Year Award For Outstanding Service And Contributions To Paine College

Posted by painewebmaster | 06/5/2015 05:24 AM

Augusta, Ga…Dr. C.P. Abubucker, Professor of Mathematics, received the Evelyn Berry Teacher of the Year Award for outstanding service and for having challenged students to grow in their skills and understanding of mathematics.  The Evelyn Berry award was created to recognize faculty who have completed a minimum of three years of service to the College and have the ability to make material important and relevant to current life.  Dr. Abubucker engages students in critical and creative thinking while challenging them to embrace math.  The Evelyn Berry award comes with a cash gift. 

Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President of Paine College, presented the award to Dr. Abubucker during the Commencement Convocation held Sunday, May 10, 2015 in the Health Education Activities Learning Complex.  

Dr. Abubucker earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics from Farook College in India.  He received two Masters of Science degrees in Mathematics, one each from Calicut University (India) and from the University of Georgia in 1971 and 1982, respectively. After earning his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Georgia in 1984, he joined the Paine College faculty as an assistant professor of Mathematics and was promoted to associate professor in 1991. In 2012, he was appointed a full professor of Mathematics.  

His philosophy is: “Teach the basic concepts well and re-enforce with practice. Let the students explore and discover the rest.  Spoon feeding will help only to recognize the shape of the spoon.  Let the students see the bigger picture.”

Dr. Raul Peters, Chair of the Department of Mathematics, said, “Dr. Abubucker’s mathematics classes are known as challenging and demanding, but students describe him personally as helpful and motivating.  He requires all students to meet with him individually during the first week of the semester to discuss their goals.  Students needing advice or extra assistance throughout the semester are always welcomed in his office, where he keeps a whiteboard to help students with their mathematics problems.  Dr. Abubucker is a thoughtful and purposeful scholar who applies his own knowledge and skills to help students learn and excel.” 

Although faced with heavy teaching loads and other college and community activities, he has found time to engage in research, publish and develop grant opportunities for the College.  Currently, he is engaged in research with the Department of Energy on bioremediation and with the Department of Defense on the Conservation of Information for Intelligent Systems. 

Dr. Abubucker serves on the national research team that leads the Paine College Cybersecurity project that is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration.  The project is funded through a consortium of 13 HBCUs, two national laboratories, and a state public school district.  Paine will receive $1,000,000 over a five-year period.  The Cyber initiative will develop a workforce pipeline in the field of cyber security with Paine students.  Funds will be used for tuition assistance, internships and a summer cyber institute for Paine students.  Dr. Abubucker will help to direct the research and workforce tracks. 

Dr. Abubucker also served as the principal and co-principal investigator for the Minority Science & Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) at Paine College.  The MSEIP produced over $740,000 that benefited the Department of Mathematics and students. 

Dr. Abubucker serves the Augusta community fervently.  He volunteers his time in the local Soup Kitchen and participates in the interfaith activities that are designed to foster better relationships in the community.  He directs the Islamic Speakers Bureau which offers free and interactive presentations that are specifically designed for middle and high school students to complement their study of Islam in the context of World History and Social Studies.  The Islamic Speakers Bureau made several presentations to area schools, churches, and clubs and conducted sensitive training for the Columbia County Sheriff Department.  

 

Dr. Abubucker holds memberships in numerous professional organizations.  He is a member of the Mathematical Association of America.  He has written student guides in Calculus and Linear Algebra using Maple software.  He is co-author of several book chapters. 

For more information about Dr. Abubucker’s research and his engagement with the Paine Cybersecurity initiative, please contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706.396.7591 or via email: tjwilliams@paine.edu

 

Written by: Helene Carter

About Paine College:

Paine College sits on 64 acres located in the heart of Augusta, Georgia. The Mission of Paine College, a church-related private institution, is to provide a liberal arts education of the highest quality that emphasizes academic excellence, ethical and spiritual values, social responsibility, and personal development to prepare men and women for positions of leadership and service in the African American community, the nation, and the world.

PAINE COLLEGE RECOGNIZES DR. LAWANDA CUMMINGS FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO ACADEMICS AND CAMPUS LIFE

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/21/2015 08:41 AM

Paine College recognized Dr. LaWanda Cummings, Assistant Professor and Chair for the Department of Social Sciences, for outstanding service, performance and excellence during its Commencement Convocation held Sunday, May 10, 2015 in the Health Education Activities Learning Complex.  

Dr. Cummings received the Vulcan Materials Teaching Excellence (Vulcan) Award for having provided leadership and support to enhance multiple areas of student and campus life.  The Vulcan award was created to recognize faculty who make a significant difference in the classroom and campus community.  This award also honors faculty who have made a distinctive difference in the areas of teaching, research, and service.  This prestigious award, endowed by the Vulcan Materials Company and managed by the Georgia Foundation for Independent Colleges, comes with a cash gift.

Dr. Cummings earned both the Doctor of Philosophy and the Master of Arts degrees from Georgia State University in the field of Community Psychology in 2010 and 2007, respectively.  She also received the Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Georgia State University in 2000 and earned an Associate of Arts degree from DeKalb Community College in Psychology in 1998.

Currently, Dr. Cummings serves as principal investigator for an active grant-funded and research initiative that addresses substance abuse, HIV and HCV infections on the campus and in the surrounding Augusta community.  This three-year initiative, funded at $887,000, is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  As the co-principal investigator, she served as executive director for the U.S. Department of Energy STEM WET-SEED summer science enrichment program that catered to middle and high school students.  

Dr. Cummings is known for her work and research on African American girls and youth mentoring.  She served as Program Coordinator and later as Director for D.R.E.A.M.S. (Developing Relationships to enhance African American Mentees’ Success) Summer Institute for Georgia State University’s Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence in 2007 and 2008.  For three years (2003-2006), she served as Supervisor for Undergraduate Mentors for the Georgia State University Youth Development Program at Cross Keys High School.  

She is sought after as a guest lecturer and speaker on topics such as being an effective mentor, peer relations, and health issues in the African-American community. 

Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President of Paine College, said, “Dr. Cummings motivates and challenges students to succeed in and out of the classroom.  She is to be commended for working to develop campus programs and activities that address factors which lead to problematic behaviors in students. Her work will indelibly have a positive impact on campus and academic life.”   

Dr. Cummings holds memberships in numerous professional organizations.  She is a member of the Society for Pediatric Psychology, Society for Community Research and Action, Association for Black Psychologists and many others.

She has co-authored several publications and made over a dozen professional presentations throughout the country.  Her community involvement is extensive.  She served as a contributor for the White House Research Conference on Girls in 2014.  Also, she has facilitated outreach projects that pertained to nutrition and health initiatives for migrant farmers, teen mothers and individuals with respiratory ailments.

For more information about Dr. Cummings’ research and publications, please contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706.396.7591 or via email: tjwilliams@paine.edu

Blog post written by Helene Carter.

Academic Excellence is touted for New Inductees of the Alpha Delta Kappa International Sociology Honor Society

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/1/2015 11:27 AM

The Iota Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa (ADK) at Paine College inducted its newest members on Monday, April 20th, 2015 under the direction of Paine College Professor of Sociology, Dr. Philip Thomas. This International Sociology Honor Society has been a key feature of the Social Sciences Department since 1991 and a gateway for many student scholars to graduate school and service opportunities. Paine College Associate Professor and Chair of Social Sciences, Dr. Lawanda Cummings who spoke at the induction ceremony encouraged students to find the population or issue that stirs up a fire within that can light the path toward excellence in service and scholarship. An honor cord and certificate were bestowed to each student as a symbol of their academic achievements at Paine College and the expectation for them to further their academics pursuits. AKD is dedicated to the ideal of Anthropon Katamanthanein Diakonesein or "to investigate humanity for the purpose of service." Or "To study man for the purpose of service"

Congratulations to the 2015 inductees: Peter Thurmond, Kimberely Brown, Jon-Tyler Shaw, Elton Chrisp, Early Eckles, Herderson Ware II, Lashonda Canty, BeTesia Butler. 

 

Paine College Makes Tough Decision to Release Students for Non-Payment of Tuition

Posted by painewebmaster | 04/29/2015 08:21 AM

Today, Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President, announced that Paine College will release 35 students due to non-payment of tuition.  Some students have balances as high as $12,000 stretching over 18 months.  Students were given adequate time to make payment arrangements and installments towards open balances since being notified in September 2014.  The Office of Administrative and Fiscal Affairs worked diligently with students who were in non-compliance to establish payment plans that would allow them to remain in their classes.  Students were notified in person through face-to-face financial counseling, letters, phone calls and via emails.  In many cases, the Office of Student Affairs visited with students in their residential rooms to encourage them to meet with the Office of Administrative and Fiscal Affairs to establish payment plans.  College officials made appeals to students during forums held by the Student Government Association to meet their financial obligations.  Announcements were also made during Wednesday Assembly programs.

"Although this is unfortunate, we must protect the College’s financial future and work to be in compliance with the guidelines that were set forth by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)," said Dr. Sullivan.

"This is the last thing we want to do, but we must be held accountable," commented Dr. Sullivan who further stated that it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to pay their tuition by the College’s established deadlines.

College officials also contacted parents and guardians to inform them that students were released due to non-payment of outstanding balances and would be returning to their respective homes.  The College has invited all of the affected students to satisfy their outstanding bills before reapplying for the fall 2015 term.

For more information, please contact Helene Carter in the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.821.8323 or via email: hcarter@paine.edu<mailto:hcarter@paine.edu>.