| 02/5/2015 09:09 AM
Paine College will host the 2015 Conference on the Black Experience (COBE) on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 and Wednesday, February 11th, 2015. With recent accounts of growing racial tensions in Ferguson and New York City and with the release of film “Selma,” civil rights is a hot topic on college campuses across the country. During the 2015 Conference on the Black Experience (COBE), 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 centered around the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s.
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 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.
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 Barack, 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 at an event titled, “Civil Rights and Student Activism—Then and Now.”
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. Smethurst will hold a session with faculty titled, “Teaching the Literature of Social Justice in Today’s Classroom.”
The connecting thread between Paine College and these notable professors is Dr. Catherine 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 Dr. Adams, “It is a unique honor to introduce my students to the people who strongly influenced who I am in the classroom today.”
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.
| 12/8/2014 06:15 AM
Augusta, GA - Paine College is opening the grounds and gates to the 15th Street entrance to welcome everyone from the Augusta community for the Paine College Christmas Caravan on Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 4-7 pm. The goodwill event is designed to help needy families with non-perishable food, household items and toys for the holiday season. Paine College has partnered with the Golden Harvest Food Bank and Toys for Tots and asks that people donate by joining the caravan of cars on 15th Street to drive through the front entrance and drop off their donations.
The exclusive festive event will feature a variety of choirs singing Christmas carols, hot chocolate, baked goods, and drawings for special holiday prizes as well. You can also enter to bring your donation by walking on the campus where members of the Paine College faculty, staff, alumni, and students will be on hand to greet you. Paine College President, Dr. Samuel Sullivan says, “We are pleased to open up our gates to spread some holiday cheer and welcome our friends as we close out this year and begin anew. It’s the perfect way for us to tell others how much we appreciate them.”
We ask that the media be present at the 4 pm start to be sure you capture the special ceremony to open the gates! Santa Claus will lead the caravan as other Augusta dignitaries and community leaders will join in to make their contributions.
For more information contact Tonya Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
| 10/23/2014 11:27 AM
On Saturday, November 15, 2014, the Paine College Concert Choir will present “Revelation: A Gospel Experience” at 7:00 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Featured performers for the evening will include national recording artist, Lawrence Flowers & Intercession, the Paine College Concert choir led by Director, R. Wayne Woodson along with special guests.
Lawrence Flowers & Intercession released two successful albums that laid the groundwork for their new album “Shadow Worshiper”. The group is led by singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist Lawrence Flowers who is an individualist in the Gospel music world. With a multitude of performances, Lawrence Flowers & Intercession have become one of the most successful gospel groups in the continental US, UK, and Bahamas.
“I am honored to have Lawrence Flowers & Intercession performing on the campus of Paine College,”shared Woodson.
“Revelation: A Gospel Experience” is one of a number of gospel concerts scheduled this year," said Woodson. “Here at Paine, we acknowledge and embrace every type of music. As the College enters the next phase of our history, we are trusting God and having faith that He alone will author the College's story. This concert is not to be missed!”
This event is open to the CSRA community. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $30 for VIP seating. VIP ticket holders will have priority seating and will be treated to a mixer. To purchase tickets, contact R. Wayne Woodson at 706.821.8314 or visit Eventbrite at pcgospel.eventbrite.com.
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.
| 08/18/2014 04:51 AM
Augusta, GA --Paine College will host its annual 2014 Leadership Conference on Thursday, October 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Gandy Richardson Auditorium, Haygood Holsey Hall. The Conference will focus on providing cutting edge knowledge and strategies to prepare competitive leaders in the 21st Century. The conference will feature prominent frontrunners in the areas of entrepreneurship, global virtual leadership, ethical leadership, and lean six sigma leadership. All current or aspiring entrepreneurs, professionals, and leaders in the Augusta community who want to transform their businesses and acquire knowledge for a positive change are invited to attend.
This day-long interactive forum takes a progressive approach to make transparent and bring about applicability to the innovative business strategies researched and tested to lead in today’s market, capitalizing on the changes in the way we communicate and conduct business through the multitude of advancements in technology and society. The strategies presented will positively impact your business profit/loss statements while improving the system your organization uses to reach objectives or flow more efficiently.
The School of Professional Studies is implementing a proactive approach in which attendees are able to submit questions and topics prior to the event and conference leaders will give instant feedback. The conference participant is guaranteed to receive personalized tactics that will best suit the needs of the individual and/or the organization.
Being equipped for Leading in the 21st Century is the goal and will be the outcome of this conference.
For more information, please contact Brittney Middleton in the School of Professional Studies at 706.396.8160, Bmiddleton@paine.edu.
| 07/24/2014 09:54 AM
The Peach State Commanders of the Rite (PSCOR), under the Georgia Council of Deliberation of which the Honorable S.G.I.G. Primis T. James serves as Deputy of the Orient of Georgia, presented a donation of $1000.00 to the Augusta UNCF Campaign. The organization has been active in Georgia for approximately 40 years.
According to local COR of Augusta President, G.I.G. Kirby L. Turner, “Our goal is to support the Deputy in performing is duties acting as ambassador of goodwill within our communities, supporting our local governments, and promoting peace and harmony”. This organization understands the need for education in the community and supports such causes to aid students in receiving an education.
Augusta UNCF Coordinator, Leadra Collins stated that she was thrilled to receive the donation from this organization that has had a long standing reputation in the community for supporting youth. “I can’t begin to tell you how elated I am to have this organization believe as I do that a mind is a terrible thing to waste but a wonderful thing to invest in©”.
“We are giving opportunity and access to deserving students who want to advance their education,” continued Mr. Turner. And, we encourage others to make gifts to the Paine College to ensure that the College continues to serve as the place for intellectual advancement.”
The Augusta UNCF Campaign is a part of the overall UNCF Campaign and provides support in helping more than 60,000 students each year to attend college and gain access to a quality education. Individuals or organizations interested in learning more about the Augusta UNCF Campaign and its upcoming events and activities are invited to contact Leadra M. Collins, Director of Institutional Development and Coordinator of the Augusta UNCF Campaign at (706) 821-8322 or via email at email@example.com.
| 06/19/2014 05:10 AM
By Helene Carter
“Don’t just talk about, be about it,” said Paine College alumnus Reverend Melvin Ivey, president of the Baptist Ministers Conference of Augusta, Inc. On June 18th, Reverend Ivey and seven Baptist ministers presented a $15,000 check to Dr. George C. Bradley, President, to establish an endowed scholarship at Paine College. The Baptist Ministers Conference has a history of giving faithfully and generously to Paine College students for over 30 years. “We are here today because the Baptist Ministers Conference of Augusta and our faithful congregations believe that we must be about “walking the walk,” said Reverend Ivey. Paine College touches the entire community and it has always served as a beacon of hope and a place where dreams are fulfilled. Paine will always remain a sound investment.”
“This is the gift that will keep on giving”, commented Reverend Rufus Copeland who proudly announced that he is the father of two daughters who graduated from Paine College.
“This is a way to strengthen the foundation of the Institution that has nurtured and prepared thousands of students for leadership on the global stage since its inception,” echoed President Bradley. “A strong endowment ensures the stability of the College and opens a perpetual door to deserving students to obtain equal access to a quality education.”
The College will allow the $15,000 endowed fund to accrue interest for one year before distributing earnings in the form of a scholarship. The Baptist Ministers Conference of Augusta (BMCA) set the criteria for the award. The scholarship will be awarded to a rising sophomore, junior or senior of good character with a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average. The scholarship recipient will be required to volunteer his/her service for the BMCA Tutorial Program.
A strong endowment ensures the stability of the College and offers tuition assistance and scholarships based upon financial need. Currently, Paine College provides essential scholarship support and tuition assistance to over 95% of the student population.
“We are not just a Church in the community, but a Church that reaches the community,” said Reverend A. J. Saunders, describing the member churches and the BMCA’s mission. Nodding in approval, Reverend Moses D. Anderson, commented, “We represent the total man (mind, body, and spirit). And that is why we are here today. The Church has a purpose and through our relationship with God, we know that supporting Paine College is the right thing to do.”
The BMCA represents 50 churches. Annually, during February, the BMCA hosts the Baptist Day worship service on the campus to benefit Paine College. The churches convene during this special service to report gifts and donations for the College. According to Reverend Ivey, the BMCA is committed to increasing the endowed scholarship annually and expect the fund to grow significantly over time.
To establish an endowed or annual scholarship at Paine College, contact Frances D. Wimberly at 706.821.8323, Fwimberly@paine.edu. To learn more about the Baptist Ministers Conference of Augusta, Inc., please contact Reverend Ivey at 706.798.3928, or via email: Ivey916316@bellsouth.net.
| 06/16/2014 14:40 PM
After reviewing the College’s operating policies and procedures, the Paine College community came together to review priorities that are in line with the Campus Strategic Plan and developed a strategy for moving forward. The leadership identified the following priorities.
PAINE COLLEGE WILL ADDRESS HEALTH ISSUES IN OUR COMMUNITY
With the growing need for information regarding health in the local community, Paine College has made a concerted effort to partner with local entities to address many of the contemporary health and wellness-related issues that face this community. These initiatives include discussions, classes, and seminars that offer an outreached hand to the needs of our great city.
We held events at the HEAL (Health, Education, Activities and Learning) Complex that educate the community-at-large, from the Hate Crimes forum that brought knowledge and awareness of crimes involving hatred and prejudice to our exciting new Summer Series that incorporates Art, Movies, Fitness and Dance for youth, as well as fitness and a book club for adults. All of these events are absolutely free for the community to attend.
PAINE COLLEGE WILL BECOME A SMOKE FREE CAMPUS
The campus of Paine College will be a smoke free environment to further the institution’s effort in promoting a healthier living environment for students and working environment for faculty and staff. As of July 1, 2014, Paine College will become a smoke free campus. No tobacco related products will be allowed on campus. Paine College now joins more than 1,300 college and university campuses who have adopted a smoke free policy since 2009. According to the CDC, cigarette smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year, with more than 41,000 of these deaths coming from secondhand smoke. Paine College is committed to advocating healthy lifestyles and this is a great step in that direction.
PAINE COLLEGE WILL MAINTAIN A HIGH LEVEL OF SECURITY
The leadership of the institution reviewed security policies and practices, and looked at ways to strengthen and maintain a high level of safety on and around the campus. As of July 1, 2014, visible identification will be required for all individuals who enter the campus. All Paine College faculty, staff, and students will be required to wear their Paine College ID exposed and visitors to the campus will be required to acquire and wear a visitors badge while on campus.
Additional police officers have been added to Paine College’s safety department and a 24-hour security presence will remain in effect at all vehicle-accessed entrances. Additional surveillance cameras have been put in strategic places on campus. The Paine College Police Department has the ability to communicate directly with Richmond County Law Enforcement using special communications equipment. The campus leadership will continue to monitor these measures and make adjustments as needed. With these additional systems in place, it is important to ensure that Paine College remains a safe learning and living environment.
PAINE COLLEGE WILL RESTRUCTURE OPERATIONS
Paine College’s administration conducted a campus-wide review of the operations and practices of the Institution. Adjustments are being put in place for better efficiencies and consolidation of services as a part of the restructuring process. The administration will implement the restructuring strategies over the next 120 days which we expect to save the College $2.4 million over the next fiscal year. This will ensure that the College runs a system that is cost effective while taking advantage of opportunities to grow the Institution.
Over the last two years, we have worked with the U.S. Department of Education to provide them with evidence that Paine College is in compliance with their regulations. The regional accrediting body for Paine College is aware of this work. As we work to demonstrate the efficiency of the organization and implement new internal controls, we look forward to welcoming a great freshman class, while providing a world class education for returning students.
| 06/13/2014 05:21 AM
By Helene Carter
How technology is integrated into the day-to-day academic setting depends heavily on professors’ instructional goals and teaching methods. Paine College uses technology to enhance teaching and learning in its traditional classroom settings and in online environments.
In 2011, Michael Hicks, Director of Information Technology Services, steered a partnership with CampusEAI Consortium to build the capacity to better support the College’s administrative operations and teaching-learning environments. The partnership led to an award of $1.6 million value-added technology and support for the College. Since the formation of the partnership, the College has emerged as the best higher education institution using myCampus QuickLaunch Single-Sign-Ons (SSOs) applications.
Mr. Hicks recently accepted the “Best myCampus QuickLaunch SSO Award” during the 2014 CampusEAI Consortium Members Conference held in Cleveland, Ohio on June 4th. The CampusEAI Consortium is a global technology services and consulting provider that is focused on cost-effective enterprise IT solutions. CampusEAI is comprised of over 1,800 institutions from 10 countries.
According to CampusEAI Executive Director, Anjli Jain, “Paine College has become the best by creating a robust myCampus QuickLaunch SSO environment featuring Single Sign On's to Jenzabar, Blackboard, e2Campus, Exchange and Office365.” Ms. Jain, a much sought-after expert in the field of integrating technology in educational environments, further stated, “Paine has also implemented remote administration for the QuickLaunch SSOs and their public website making the College a new leader in the myCampus SSO environment.”
As part of the partnership, Mr. Hicks is frequently invited to share lessons learned during iSeminars hosted by CampusEAI for its member institutions. During the iSeminar held on June 10th, he described the benefits for having implemented the CampusEAI After-Hours Help Desk Support system. “Prior implementing the CampusEAI after-hours system, we were faced with pulling resources and manpower from other critical-needs areas and applying those resources to respond to the campus community’s requests that occurred after business hours. With CampusEAI in place, the campus community can request tech support 24/7 and secure assistance from certified technicians who are familiar with the College’s enterprise systems and culture.” Mr. Hicks further stated that the CampusEAI support system is cost effective. The cost to provide an onsite technical support staffer after hours is between $30,000 and $40,000 per year versus the cost to implement the 24/7 CampusEAI support system at $9,000 per year.
Dr. George C. Bradley, President, commented on the significance of the technology award. “Enhancing the technological infrastructure will help to strengthen our vision of moving the College to that of a premier liberal arts institution. As we are guided by the Institution’s Strategic Plan in our day-to-day operations, it is critical that the College keeps pace with technological advancements in order to foster stimulating environments that are conducive for teaching, learning and in support of the College’s operations.”
For more information about Paine College, please visit www.paine.edu or contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, Tjwilliams@paine.edu.
Photo Caption: CampusEAI Executive Director, Anjli Jain, presents “Best myCampus QuickLaunch SSO Award” to Michael Hicks, Director of Information Technology.
| 06/10/2014 05:05 AM
Today, Paine College officials announced that the U.S. Department of Education renewed the College’s TRIO Upward Bound Program for fiscal year 2014-2015 and will award $444,955 to fund the outreach program that serves students from Richmond County schools and surrounding areas. In its third year of the grant cycle, the Upward Bound program will be renewed for a total of five years, pending the program’s performance.
The Upward Bound program is part of the Federal TRIO Programs which are specifically designed outreach programs geared toward increasing the secondary school graduation rate for disadvantaged youth.
Through the Upward Bound, Paine College exposes high school students who are most often from low income families to postsecondary education. One student participating for the second year, Tabias Wright, a junior at the Academy of Richmond County, says that “This experience has meant the world to me. It gives us a different experience outside of high school.”
The program includes math, science, English, and foreign language. Students also receive assistance with steps needed to apply for college like financial aid and entrance exams.
Upward Bound Director, Chellita Carlyle, who participated in the same program 19 years ago now leads the program that is making a difference in the lives of many students who are gaining pre-college experience in a college setting. Mrs. Carlyle said, "The Program has been on the campus of Paine College since 1967 and is one of the few Upward Bound Programs in the nation to be funded continuously since its inception." The students reside on campus during the six-month summer series of classes and activities. As a product of the Upward Bound Program, Mrs. Carlyle, a 2002 Paine College graduate who steered the award-winning Upward Bound grant process that resulted in the five-year award, commented "The goals and objectives of Upward Bound are developed on the foundation to help students reach their full potential. Program services foster intelligence and potential of individual students, and challenges participants to explore their personal responsibility to their educational experience and social justice. I am a testament that TRIO Programs do work.”
By offering programs like Upward Bound, Paine College provides students from low-income families and first generation college students the opportunity to be better prepared for postsecondary education. Mr. Wright feels that this program has made an impact for him,” Upward Bound has made the college process more reachable and attainable.”
For more information about the Paine College Upward Bound federal award, please contact Tonya Williams in the Office of Communications and Marketing at Tjwilliams@paine.edu<mailto:Tjwilliams@paine.edu>, 706.396.7591. To learn more about the College’s academic offerings, please visit www.paine.edu<http://www.paine.edu/>.