| 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
| 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: email@example.com.
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.
| 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blog post written by Helene Carter.
| 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.
| 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: email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>.
| 04/21/2015 09:25 AM
Paine College alumni are rallying support for their Alma Mater more now than ever. For the love of Paine, the alumni of the Augusta Chapter will host a day of fundraising for the College on Friday, April 24th. Alumni and friends are invited to visit the Alumni House located at 1208 Beman Street (West of the HEAL Complex) to drop off monetary donations in support of the Together, We Can Campaign for Paine. Augusta Commissioner Bill Fennoy invited the City to lend support to his Alma Mater and stated that the well-being of Paine College lends to the health of the Augusta community. Mayor Hardie Davis pitched in by declaring April 24, 2015 as Paine College Day. Radio personalities Minnesota Fattz and Cher Best will broadcast live from the Alumni House courtyard from 11-1 p.m. followed by Kydd Joe of Power 107 from 1-3 p.m.
The Augusta Alumni Chapter extends an invitation to the community to visit the Alumni House between the hours of 11-6 p.m. to purchase a delicious fish or BBQ chicken dinner at a cost of $10.00 per plate. Advanced purchases for the meal can be placed by contacting Mildred Kendrick (706)945.1362, Betty Tutt (706) 650-1004 or any member of the Augusta Alumni chapter.
Commissioner Fennoy said, "Paine College and her students are at the heart of everything we do in support of the institution. We need all of our alumni and friends to come together in support of this institution that has served the community and its people for 133 years. I am appealing to the community to do more than purchase a ten dollar plate of food; I am asking the public to invest in Paine College by writing a check payable to the Together, We Can Campaign."
Also, Paine alums are gearing up for the annual Alumni Reunion weekend celebration that will occur May 8th-10th. It is expected that Alumni will descend upon the campus to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class of 2015 and bear monetary gifts that will benefit the Together, We Can Campaign for Paine College.
For more information about Paine College Day and how to support Together, We Can Campaign, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, 396.8163 or email: email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>.
| 04/17/2015 06:31 AM
An interdisciplinary team of Paine College faculty presented at Georgia Regents University's Mobilizing through the Media Women's and Gender Studies Conference on March 7th, 2015. Their presentation entitled "Justice Beyond the Classroom: The role of digital media in learning, creating, and acting on social issues" focused on the the integration of digital media in classroom and campus activities to promote student engagement in resolving social issues on campus and within the community.
As a generation that is constantly hooked into some form of the information superhighway, college students have access to immediate information and an unprecedented opportunity to contribute to a global conversation about social inequities throughout the world. According to Rawls (2003) social justice demands the assurance of equal access to liberties, rights, and opportunities, as well as taking care of the least advantaged members of society.
College students are still forming ideas about their identity, beliefs, and role in society and in all major moves in regards to social justice, this population has played a critical role in propagating new ideas and demanding a response from the government, the previous generations and the nation’s promise. The digital age provides a new forum for civic engagement far removed from the marches and sit-ins of the 1960s allowing greater access and the possibility for integration into classroom activities and assignments. Additionally the integration of history, literature, theory and action can be bridged through digital mediums to help each student function as informed voices on social media, blogs, and within the campus community.
The research panel included Dr. Lawanda Cummings (Social Sciences), Dr. LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis (Education), Dr. Catherine Adams (Humanities) and Professor Teri Burnette (Media Studies). Each panelist presented pedagogical theory and examples of how the inclusion of digital media in the classroom promoted learning, reflecting (sankoka), unpacking, and an informed response to persistent social issues.
| 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.