| 04/11/2015 07:42 AM
With recent accounts of growing racial tensions in Ferguson, New York City, and other cities across the country, and with the release of film “Selma,” civil rights and social justice is a hot topic on college campuses. During the 2015 Conference on the Black Experience (COBE) hosted annually at Paine College, three renown civil rights activists and scholars will discuss the activism of the past and of the present in conjunction with the release of their reader on the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s. The book talk and signing event for SOS—Calling All Black People (2014) will be held in Candler Memorial Library on Tuesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. All three co-editors, Sonia Sanchez, John H. Bracey, Jr., and James Smethurst will autograph patrons’ books.
Sonia Sanchez is a nationally and internationally known warrior, poet, activist, professor, and author, who was a friend and frequent collaborator of the late Amiri Baraka during the Black Arts Movement. Sanchez and Baraka, along with Nathan Huggins, launched the first Black Studies program at a predominantly white university at San Francisco State in the late 1960s. Last November, Sanchez visited Paine College as the featured keynote for the 2014 Conference on the Harlem Renaissance. At that time, Sanchez expressed an interest in returning to the campus with her co-editors of SOS—Calling All Black People to present a panel discussion currently touring across the country. She will also offer a poetry workshop on the campus in Candler on Tuesday at 12:15 p.m.
John H. Bracey, Jr. is currently a professor and chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst (UMA). Bracey was active in the Civil Rights, Black Liberation, and other radical movements of Chicago. As one of the earlier builders of the Afro-American Studies Program at UMA, he has collaborated on numerous publications, contributed editorial work on projects such as the Papers of the NAACP, Amiri Baraka, and the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs. He has also been instrumental in the establishing of the Ph.D. program in Afro-American Studies and the graduate certificate in African Diaspora Studies. At COBE, Bracey will share his knowledge and experience regarding activism with conference participants.
James Smethurst is also a professor in the Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Smethurst is a literary historian who has authored several books including: The New Red Negro: The Literary Left and African American Poetry, 1930-1946, The Black Arts Movement: Literary Nationalism in the 1960s and 1970s, and The African American Roots of Modernism: Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance. He is also the co-editor of Left of the Color Line: Race, Radicalism and Twentieth-Century Literature of the United States and Radicalism in the South since Reconstruction. During the visit to Paine College, Smethurst will talk with faculty about teaching and researching the literature of social justice.
The connecting thread between Paine College and these notable professors is Catherine L. Adams. She is an assistant professor of English in the Humanities Department at Paine, and is also a former student of Sanchez (who retired from Temple University), Bracey, and Smethurst. Says Adams, “It is a unique honor to introduce my students to the people who strongly influenced who I am and the issues we discuss in the classroom today.”
| 04/2/2015 12:06 PM
For Immediate Release
April 2, 2015
Augusta, GA - During the Paine College weekly assembly held in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel on April 1, 2015, Interim President Samuel Sullivan addressed students, faculty, staff and alumni about the College’s on-site visit from its accrediting body. His announcement garnered a standing ovation and a round of applause. Dr. Sullivan reported that the visiting team representing the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) presented a favorable preliminary report and indicated that the College was moving in the right direction. “The review team departed today and took with them six of the ten findings,” said Dr. Sullivan.
In 2014 and prior the review team’s visit to the campus, 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.
During the three-day visit (March 29-April 1, 2015), the SACSCOC Special Committee interviewed the College’s administrators, faculty, staff, and students. 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 is not final. Paine College will have an opportunity to review a draft of the SACSCOC report in approximately fourteen days. 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 responses, SACSCOC will take the Institution’s responses under consideration and will prepare the final document and recommendations.
Dr. Sullivan expressed his appreciation to the Paine College Community and members of the Board of Trustees. He applauded the efforts made by the special in-house committee. The Paine committee addressed the initial findings during a nine-month period that resulted in six of the ten findings being satisfied. Dr. Sullivan also acknowledged the superlative efforts made by the Student Government Association during the process.
Rev. Luther B. Felder, II, campus pastor, commented about the positive outcome of the SACSCOC’s assessment of the College’s operation. “We are grateful to the community for keeping us in their prayers and offering their financial support to the College during this very challenging season. We are especially grateful to our faithful God who has heard our prayers and ministered to our needs.”
“Dr. Sullivan stated that the College should not be so quick to celebrate for there is much work to be done. “We have much to be thankful for, yet we must return to work,” said Dr. Sullivan. “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.” “Together, we can move Paine College to greater heights and ensure its survival.”
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.
| 03/27/2015 10:55 AM
Paine College Philosopher Anthony Sean Neal’s new book, COMMON GROUND: A Comparison of the Ideas of Consciousness in the Writings of Howard W. Thurman and Huey P. Newton, is a scholarly comparison of the ideas of consciousness as a means of community development and social transformation in the writings of these two men. This new work can be purchased through Africa World Press.
This study examines the idea of consciousness as a phenomenal reality in the writings of Howard W. Thurman and Huey P. Newton. The purpose was to determine if there was confluence in the relationship between their usage of consciousness as an idea and their experience of blackness. This study was based on the premise that the experience of blackness caused a strong desire for freedom in the consciousness of the Africans who were brought to the Americas.
In order to develop a clearer understanding of the connection between experience and the modalities used by each writer to accomplish their goal it was necessary to approach this study through a critical method rooted in an Afrocentric paradigm. This paradigm also aided in gaining a better visualization of the desired goal of each writer. This study was qualitative in nature, using Afrocentric methods of interpretation concentrating on the African Freedom Aesthetic to extract the purpose and means through which consciousness was used in the writings of the research subjects.
This researcher found that both Thurman and Newton subscribed to the belief that in order for there to be a transformation in the lifestyle of blacks there would need to be a shift in the consciousness such that blacks could transcend the ill effects of living in a society which tolerated blacks but never embraced their humanity. The conclusion drawn from these findings suggests that confluence existed in the fact that both men believed that a change in consciousness gives the individual and community the ability to transcend the lived experience.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anthony Sean Neal has a Doctorate of Arts in Humanities with an emphasis in African American Philosophy and Religion from Clark Atlanta University (the program converted to a Ph.D. in Humanities during his last semester). Anthony has taught at Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Point University, and currently Paine College.
| 03/17/2015 06:33 AM
Paine College will celebrate Religious Emphasis Week March 15th - March 21st. Religious Emphasis Week provides the Paine College community with an opportunity to express and celebrate our faith in God. This year’s theme is 2 Chronicles 7:14 - "Prayer Changes Things". The week began with the Sunday Morning Worship Service, “Anointed Women of Wesley Fellowship honoring Women in the Bible through Worship”. There are number of events planned throughout the week. The community can expect lectures, seminars, and student forums and informal discussions with students, faculty members, and speakers.
All events are free and the public is invited to attend.
Religious Emphasis Week Activities: Theme: 2 Chronicles 7:14 - "Prayer Changes Things"
Sunday, March 15, 2015 @ 9:30 a.m. ~Sunday Morning Worship Service~ “Anointed Women of Wesley Fellowship honoring Women in the Bible through Worship” (Location - Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel)
Monday, March 16, 2015 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. ~AM I A SAFE DRIVER-DUI TRAILER AND DRIVING COURSE-(Location Parking Lot of Paine College’s Police Station) * (Sponsored by The Waynesboro Sheriff Department~ Lt. David Hannah)
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 9:00 am until 12 Noon~ INTERFAITH PANEL WITH AREA RELIGIOUS LEADERS (Location -Candler Memorial Library)
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. ~INTERFAITH PANEL WITH STUDENT LEADERS INCLUDING GEORGIA REGENTS UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AND PAINE COLLEGE STUDENTS (Location – Candler Memorial Library)
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 11:00 a.m. ~RELIGIOUS EMPHASIS ASSEMBLY/COMMUNITY PRAYER-GUEST SPEAKER REVEREND DR. VANCE P. ROSS (Location - Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel)
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 @ 7:00 pm ~ Paine College Community Lenten Service (Location - Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel)
Thursday, March 19th, 2015 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.~ THE END IT MOVEMENT TO SEX TRAFFICKING DAY SKIT AND BALLOON RELEASE (LOCATION - PETER CAMPUS CENTER)
Friday, March 20th, 2015 12 Noon until 2:00 p.m.~ FRIDAY, MARCH 20TH-FUN DAY (LOCATION- PETER CAMPUS CENTER VERANDA)
| 03/16/2015 04:59 AM
Interim President, Dr. Samuel Sullivan, announced that Paine College will observe a Day of Prayer during Religious Emphasis Week. During the Day of Prayer, the College will host a special prayer service that will take place on March 18, 2015. The Department of Religious Life will host the prayer service in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel at 11:00 a.m. The guest speaker will be Reverend Dr. Vance P. Ross, Senior Pastor of Gordon Memorial Church, in Nashville, Tennessee.
During this special prayer service, members of the faith-based community and the College’s constituents (faculty, staff, students, parents, trustees and friends) will be invited to pray for the well-being and overall health of the institution. Also, religious leaders, alumni and friends will have an opportunity to present donations in support of the Together, We Can Campaign that is designed to address immediate needs for the College. The public is invited to participate.
For more information about this event, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, Tjwilliams@paine.edu.
| 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:firstname.lastname@example.org.
| 03/5/2015 11:32 AM
During the 2014-2015 academic year, Paine College was awarded $33,631 from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) of the United Methodist Church. The award will enhance the ability of faculty and students at Paine to produce scholarship on the prolific author and Paine College alumnus, Frank G. Yerby.
Frank Yerby who was posthumously inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2006, earned a Bachelor of Arts in English degree at Paine College in 1937. During his time at the College, he penned the Paine College Hymn and published poetry and a short story in the Paineite.
After graduating from Paine, Yerby earned a master’s degree from Fisk University. Then, he worked a variety of jobs from teaching to working in a motor plant. All the while he was writing several protest short stories and then more than thirty popular novels before his death in 1991.
Frank Yerby was one of the most commercially successful writers of the 20th Century. Yerby’s best known novel published in 1971, “The Dahomean”, sold over fifty-five million hardback and paperback books worldwide. His novel 1946 novel, “The Foxes of Harrow”, was the first novel written by an African American to sell more than a million copies.
According to Dr. Catherine L. Adams, recently named the principal investigator of the GBHEM grant, “We will now be able to fund a range of interdisciplinary projects that require acquisition of materials related to the work of Yerby, travel to archives where Yerby materials are housed, and research assistants for data collection on Yerby.”
“It is an exciting time at Paine College to build an infrastructure to support and generate scholarship on Yerby, says Dr. Adams. “We currently have faculty and student co-researchers working on Yerby projects in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Media Studies. Other departments have also been invited to develop discipline-specific projects on Yerby. I know we will be well-prepared for the grand centennial celebration of Yerby’s birth in November 2015, and the grant from the GBHEM is integral to that preparation.”
2014 Yerby Scholars with Dr. Jessie Carney Smith, Dean of the Library at Fisk University
Dr. Jessie Carney Smith (seated) with Yerby Scholars on a field trip to the Fisk Special Collections: Cierra Washington, Gia Dorsey, and Ijeoma Alston, under the direction of Dr. Catherine L. Adams.
| 01/29/2015 03:50 AM
This symposium lead by Dr. Lawanda Cummings, Assistant Professor and Chair of Department of Social Sciences, and Dr. Cathrerine Adams, Assistant Professor of English, will bring together participants of the Faculty Resource Network (FRN) seminars with members of the academic and Augusta community for two timely global discussions:
- On Thursday, January 29, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Implications of how developments within the European Union impact the economic and political realities in the United States. Topics to be discussed: climate change initiatives and the global economy, global immigration and labor, and far right political ascendency.
- On Friday, January 30, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.: “Athens (Greece) and Augusta as Teaching Canvases” Topics to be discussed: Digital programs and repositories for the Social Sciences and the Humanities.
Both discussions will be held in Gandy Richardson Auditorium in Haygood-Holsey, 210. This event is open to the public.
| 01/12/2015 09:03 AM
Renowned organist and recording artist Alvin Blount will perform at Paine College as part of the Ellis Johnson Concert Series at 5:00 pm on Saturday, January 31st, in the Paine College Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. This organ recital, dedicated to Ann Johnson, will include both classical and spiritual pieces written for the organ. Admission to the performance is free and open to the public. During the recital, an offering will be taken to support the Ann and Ellis Johnson Endowed Scholarship which provides continual aid to Paine College students in the area of Music.
Alvin Blount maintains a dynamic career as organist. He is the Director of Music and Worship at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church in Augusta, GA and the Dean of the Augusta Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He has performed throughout the United States and abroad in Ireland and Italy. As the Director of Music and Worship at St. St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church, Blount performed in St. Peter’s Basilica on the Feast of Christ the King, celebrated by Pope John Paul II in 1999.
For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706-396-7591 or via email at Tjwilliams@paine.edu.
| 01/10/2015 08:53 AM
For Immediate Release : January 10, 2015
Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Paine College Interim President, announced today that the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to suspend the College’s football program for two years. Dr. Sullivan said that the suspension was self-imposed. He commented, “At this critical juncture in the history of Paine College, we have no choice but to firmly reestablish the financial health of our College.” “It is only through achieving this condition that we will have a chance of being removed from probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and winning reaffirmation of the College’s accreditation.” Dr. Sullivan further stated, “We must take this and other steps to reduce overall expenditures by the College and increase our net assets.” “After removal of all sanctions imposed upon the college by SACSCOC, we will conduct a cost benefit analysis and evaluate the return of our football program.”
“The College will honor scholarships for eligible players during the spring 2015 semester,” said Athletics Director Selina Kohn. “While we regret that the College has suspended the football program, the Lion Athletics Program will continue to support five men’s and five women’s sports.” Kohn further stated that the football coaches will mentor the student athletes to help them make the transition to find new athletic homes for those who wish to transfer.
During the meeting of the Board of Trustees in October 2012, the governing body unanimously voted to revive the football program after a 50-year hiatus. The College introduced Club Football with a limited number of games in 2013 and rolled out its full program during the 2014 fall semester.
Under the leadership of Coach Greg Ruffin, the Club team ended the season with an impressive 3-1 record in 2013. In 2014, the Lions ended the season with a 2-8 record.
Although the community has rallied support for the new program that is still in its infant stage, the cost to operate the program has placed an enormous amount of financial strain on the College’s operating budget.
“We want our sports programs to remain competitive and in order to do that, we must revisit the cost of maintaining a healthy athletic program,” said Dr. Sullivan. “Although the College is witnessing an enormous outpouring of support from the community, the economic climate has caused us to reassess the budgets and the cost of operating the football program.” “It is imperative that we continue to enhance the College’s academic programs and student services.”
The Paine College Lion Athletic program falls under the auspices of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference and NCAA Division II.
For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, 396.8163 or via email:Tjwilliams@paine.edu.