Paine College Awarded $33,631 to Produce Scholarship on Frank G. Yerby

Posted by painewebmaster | 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.”  

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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.

 

Paine College FRN Symposium - “Understanding the New Europe: Local and Global Realities in the 21st Century”

Posted by painewebmaster | 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.

Renowned Organist, Alvin Blount to Perform as Part of the Ellis Johnson Concert Series

Posted by painewebmaster | 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.

Paine College Announces Self-Imposed Suspension of Infant Football Program

Posted by painewebmaster | 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.

Paine College will Serve as Host Site for Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Posted by painewebmaster | 12/23/2014 08:51 AM

Paine College Past-President, William H. Harris, will Give Keynote Address 

Each year, Augusta Technical College, Georgia Regents University and Paine College come together to celebrate the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through this celebration, the institutions encourage the community to reflect upon the teachings of Dr. King and his work for peace and equal rights for all people throughout the world.

Paine College will host the event on the campus in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel on Friday, January 16th at 12 noon.  President Emeritus of Alabama State University, Dr. William H. Harris, will give the keynote address.  Dr. Harris, a graduate of Paine College, also served as the eleventh president of Paine from 1982 to 1988.

Dr. Harris has an impressive career in higher education and served as President of Texas Southern University and led Fort Valley State University as its Interim President. He is the author of two books: Keeping the Faith: A. Philip Randolph, Milton P. Webster, and the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, published in 1977 and reissued in 1991 by the University of Illinois Press; and The Harder We Run: Black Workers Since the Civil War, published in 1982 by Oxford University Press. 

During this occasion, Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Paine College Interim President, will recognize the achievements and legacy of Reverend Dr. Julius S. Scott, Jr. who served as president of Paine College from 1975-1982 and during 1988-1994.  Dr. Scott is well known for his unwavering dedication to education. He left a legacy of extraordinary service, scholarship, integrity and faith that impacted the institutions and communities in which he served.

The combined choirs from the participating host institutions will perform.

Paine College has a historical tradition of open access and a commitment to social justice. Through this joint celebration, the institutions encourage the community to embrace a climate that is open and accepting of differences.  This event is open to the public.

 

For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, 396.8163 or via email: Tjwilliams@paine.edu, Vflowers-hinton@paine.edu.

Paine College is Rebuilding Music Program

Posted by painewebmaster | 12/23/2014 06:22 AM

Choir is first step in reviving artistic programs

By Lisa Kaylor Augusta Chronicle Staff Writer

Dr. R. Wayne Woodson, Paine College's director of music, leads the choir he re-established at the liberal arts college in Augusta.

He joined the faculty at the liberal arts college last fall, and was tasked with re-establishing the program and bringing back culture and arts to Paine. The music program, which once had been robust, had faded over the past decade. A music major is no longer offered, and the school’s collection of music had all but vanished. “When I was in (undergraduate school), Paine had a huge music program,” Woodson said. “It actually had one of the best programs in the state. “The choir had 80-something people in it. We had a full faculty. We offered several degrees in music. In its heyday, it was a very substantial program.”Today, he and a part-time music appreciation teacher are the entire faculty and the choir is half its former size. But things are changing.

“That first year we grew to 31 students. Now we’re at 43,” Woodson said. The challenge is one of the things that brought Woodson to Paine. Originally from Detroit, he studied music at Morehouse College in Atlanta, intending to pursue a degree in entertainment law. Instead, he worked in administration for the Atlanta Symphony. He also worked with the New England Conservatory, the Florida Orchestra and went back to Atlanta, where he founded the Voices of Atlanta and the Heritage Music Festival, which he has now brought to Paine College. Woodson hopes to restore the program to its original glory, with a full chorus, orchestra, faculty and several programs of study. He is beginning by re-establishing the choir.

Choirs serve a number of functions for historically black colleges, Woodson said, and can be both a fundraiser and recruiter for their schools. Because Paine’s administration is in a transitional stage, both are important right now. “We continue to recruit and we attempt to bring in as much funding as we can,” he said. To build the program Woodson envisions takes money, and he said he has found fundraising a big part of his job. He needs to rebuild the music library so the choir will have a variety of music to perform. But music alone can cost Woodson $10,000 a year. “I have to buy a score for every piece for every singer,” he said. “The average person is about $60 apiece. The most recent music order for this fall was over $4,000.” Last year, through bake sales, barbecues, donation requests and other fundraising efforts, the choir raised about $20,000. This year, they will need twice that amount to not only purchase music, but to pay travel expenses to perform at other venues.

Another challenge has been re-establishing student trust in the program, diminished because the program has not had a steady director in five years. The students who are in the program are in it because they are dedicated to singing, he said, but it’s difficult for many of them because they carry full course loads and either work or raise families. “But we have some amazingly dedicated students here,” Woodson said. “We’ve had students that have suffered deaths in their families in the past few months. They just rally together and help each other out. Sometimes it’s an uphill battle, but it’s always worth it.” One thing that is most important to Woodson is exposing his students to ideas and experiences that they wouldn’t have except through music.

 

For example, many of his students have never sung in a foreign language. But once they performed Ave Maria, it became a favorite. He also uses their talents and interests to perform tasks for the choir. For instance, a public relations major is handling marketing for the choir, and a history major is putting together a history of the music program. “I’m not grooming people to have music careers, but I am grooming them to be leaders when they leave here,” Woodson said.

Repost via The Augusta Chronicle from, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. See orginal article here: http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/education/2014-11-12/paine-college-rebuilding-music-program

Reginald L. Powell Named Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Posted by painewebmaster | 10/14/2014 09:34 AM

Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Acting President of Paine College, announced the appointment of Reginald L. Powell as Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement.  Mr. Powell, a native of Petersburg, Virginia, relocated to Fort Gordon, Georgia in 2000.  He retired from active duty military in 2006, after serving honorably for 23 years.  Mr. Powell joined the Paine College staff in 2006 as the Director of Development Research and Gifts and in 2012 assumed the position of Director of Institutional Advancement.

During his tenure, Mr. Powell prepared donor reports and campaign reports for the College.  He was the primary donor prospect researcher and helped to identify resources for campaign managers and fundraisers.  He served as the Development Module manager and trained development staff on data management systems.  All gift receipting and donor acknowledgments were managed by Mr. Powell.

In his new role, Mr. Powell has the primary responsibility of assisting the President in administering, planning and supervising the College’s fundraising campaigns.  He is responsible for managing the office directors within Institutional Advancement and managing the scholarships gifts and endowment stewardship.

 

Mr. Powell is a member of First Metropolitan Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia, where he serves as a Deacon, Treasurer, and member of the Board of Trustees.  He is married to Toni J. Powell and they are the proud parents of two children.

Philosophy Born of Struggle XXI 2014 Annual Meeting -- Forging Concepts through Struggle: The New Slave—Racism, Empire, and Sexual Violence.

Posted by painewebmaster | 10/1/2014 03:29 AM

Philosophy Born of Struggle XXI 2014
Annual Meeting
Forging Concepts through Struggle:
The New Slave—Racism, Empire, and Sexual Violence.
Paine College, Augusta, Georgia, October 31-November
1st, 2014.
Keynote: Amina Baraka (wife of the late Amiri Baraka)

PBS: Forging Concepts through Struggle: The New Slave
The thought of Blacks as NEW SLAVES has led recent scholars to reformulate questions of race, class, and gender into more complex notions of empire, neo-liberalism, and sexual violence. This reformulation has drawn on and reshaped resources from a variety of sources. Africana philosophy, Latin American philosophy, (post) structuralism/(post) colonialism, psychoanalysis, and anti-colonial thought have loomed large, as have the works of literary, visual, and performing artists.

The 2014 meeting of Philosophy Born of Struggle takes up these questions and resources. Hosted this year at Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, Philosophy Born of Struggle will hear papers and panel discussion looking to explore the complex obstacles towards freedom, or more accurately stated, how the conditions, values, and institutions we have made synonymous to “being free,” have in fact concealed and consolidated the long afterlife of slavery.
For more information contact Dr. Anthony Sean Neal (aneal@paine.edu) or visit: http://pbos.com/.

Paine College Names Dr. Cheryl Evans Jones as Acting Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Posted by painewebmaster | 09/23/2014 05:48 AM

Today, Acting President Dr. Samuel Sullivan announced Dr. Cheryl Evans Jones will serve as the Acting Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs effective September 22, 2014. Dr. Evans Jones has been a member of the Paine College community for over 20 years.

Dr. Evans Jones joined Paine College in January 1993 as a full-time Assistant Professor of Psychology. In 1999, she was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and earned Tenure status in 2001. From January 2009 through July 2013, she served as the College’s Title III Coordinator. During her tenure at Paine College, Dr. Evans Jones has also held the positions of Coordinator of the Department of Psychology, Interim Chair of the Division of Social Sciences, and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.  She also served as Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs from July 2007 – December 2007.

Dr. Evans Jones has held the position of Executive Assistant to the President of Paine College since January 2009. In this capacity she currently serves as Director of Planning and Evaluation and Liaison to the Board of Trustees. Dr. Evans Jones is also the College’s Accreditation Liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Dr. Evans Jones was twice recipient of the “Evelyn Berry Teacher of the Year” Award (in 2002 and 1998). She was also the recipient of the Vulcan Materials Company “Teaching Excellence Award-2001” presented by Vulcan Materials Company and the Georgia Foundation for Independent Colleges, Inc. “in recognition of outstanding contributions to undergraduate education, student learning, and campus life”.
Dr. Evans Jones received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Fisk University (Nashville, Tennessee). She received the Master of Arts and Doctorate of Philosophy degrees in Clinical-Child/Developmental Psychology from The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio).

LION SPOTLIGHT - ALBERTO ARGUMENDO

Posted by painewebmaster | 09/12/2014 04:03 AM

Salutatorian Alberto Argumedo graduated from Paine with the second highest GPA in his class. A math major, Argumedo hopes to become a mechanical engineer. He credits the college with “enhancing my motivation, critical thinking and analytical skills that today’s world leaders possess,” he said. He expects to use the skills when seeking a job.

As a Lina McCord ambassador for the Black College Fund, Argumedo has told several annual conferences “my experience at a United Methodist school is truly a blessing for me because it connects the religious area to the academic life that young people all across the country are experiencing today.”