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 Christmas Caravan

Posted by twilliams | 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 marketing@paine.edu.

Paine College Presents “Revelation: A Gospel Experience” featuring National Recording Artist Lawrence Flowers & Intercession

Posted by painewebmaster | 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.

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.”

LION SPOTLIGHT - TIFFNEY SULLIVAN - I could have been anywhere, but I’m here!

Posted by painewebmaster | 09/12/2014 03:57 AM

Photo Caption: Tiffney Sullivan ’15, Senior
Major: Media Studies with an emphasis in Public Relations
Hometown:  Greenville, South Carolina
Former Miss UNCF
ADP Research Assistant
Tom Joyner Foundation Scholarship Recipient

Similar to an incandescent caterpillar, my journey at Paine allowed me to simultaneously sprout into a butterfly. When I first arrived as a bright-eyed freshman, I immediately felt the love and warmth of this institution, and I knew this was the school for me. My journey at Paine would be the start of something unfathomably great in my life, and in my first year of classes I became submerged in student activities and equally acquainted with academic rigor. I am a natural born leader, but Paine helped me to become a leader with a purpose that’s driven by the force of turning possibilities into a reality. 

During my sophomore year, my life came to a screeching halt when my mother was involved in a serious accident that nearly cost her life and the simple world that I once knew became instantaneously complicated in a blink of an eye. The college dream that I once dreamed of living was shattered, because I had to leave school to run my household and take care of my mother in her absence. I must admit, I was discouraged and often questioned whether returning to school would be an option for me. Luckily, on my brief hiatus I received an opportunity to work for a nonprofit organization as an intern through the United States Department of Agriculture where I learned about operating small businesses.

My faith would not let me give up, and I re-entered the following fall at Paine. This time, I was on my own and the luxury of having my parents to fall back on financially was not an option. I was determined to live out my dream of receiving my degree, so I picked up two jobs and a full time academic schedule. There were people around me (faculty and staff) who made sure that I would stay the course. There were administrators and staff in the Office of Institutional Advancement that opened doors for me and made it possible for me to financially continue my education. 

I took a work-study position at Paine and immersed myself in Public Relations training in the Office of Communications and Marketing.  I volunteered in several campus organizations and had the great opportunity of becoming Miss UNCF and also secured a prestigious ADP Internship. Being in the Media Studies department inspired me to create entrepreneurial ventures including an online series through YouTube as well as a style and beauty blog named “The Beauty Beholder”.

This journey has not been easy, but my family eventually became restored and all of the pieces to the puzzle made a beautiful picture. Many mentors have helped me to become who I am today, and I could have been anywhere, but I’m here at Paine College pursuing my dreams. May 2015 will mark the end of a chapter that was incredibly necessary to create the woman that is standing and thriving today.

PEACH STATE COMMANDERS OF THE RITE (PSCOR) SUPPORTS THE AUGUSTA UNCF CAMPAIGN FOR SCHOLARS

Posted by painewebmaster | 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 lcollins@paine.edu.

BAPTIST MINISTERS CONFERENCE OF AUGUSTA, INC. DONATES $15,000 TO ESTABLISH ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP AT PAINE COLLEGE

Posted by painewebmaster | 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.

Paine College Wins Prestigious Technology Award for Best QuickLaunch Single- Sign-On System

Posted by painewebmaster | 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.

Department of Education Receives Continued NCATE Accreditation from CAEP

Posted by painewebmaster | 06/4/2014 08:18 AM

(Augusta, GA) — Official notices from the Paine College Department of Education will continue to bear the seal of meeting the rigorous standards set for educator preparation programs. The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)’s Continuous Improvement Commission voted to continue National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accreditation for the Department of Education at Paine College.
 
NCATE and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) have consolidated and as of July 2013 they are now the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). A council of educators created to ensure and raise the quality of preparation for their profession, NCATE was founded in 1954 to accredit teacher certification programs at U.S. colleges and universities. Five national education groups were instrumental in the creation of NCATE.
 
CAEP's Continuous Improvement Commission, which assures the quality and continuous improvement of P-12 student learning, reviewed 66 institutions including Paine College, against rigorous NCATE Standards. The Paine College Department of Education passed the six NCATE standards that include qualifying candidate knowledge, system assessment, practical experience, diversity awareness, faculty qualifications, and institutional resources.
 
The commission recognized that the Paine College Educational Department is moving toward their target of involving faculty in designing and participating in a program that places student teachers and interns in roles to maximize their experience with P-12 students. The next accreditation visit is scheduled for Spring 2020. Paine College president, George C. Bradley says, “ Paine College values the review process that accreditation provides. We are proud of the work of the educator preparation program and the work that faculty members are doing. The institution is proud of the world class faculty of educators under the leadership of a distinguished Paine College alumna, Dr Judy Carter. The candidates who complete the educator preparation program at Paine College are prepared to meet the needs of a divers P-12 student population and we look forward to continuing to meet that need.”
 
Dr. Judy Carter, Chair, Full Professor, of the Department of Education shares what this prestigious accreditation means for Paine College and its students. “Our students will be accepted to teach anywhere in the United States, the college will be recognized by its constituents, and we will have the ability to have more partnerships with accredited colleges and universities”.  Graduates from NCATE accredited schools can be assured that they are well equipped to find employment and to pass out of state licensure expectations.

Paine College and the Augusta Alumni Chapter to present Re-naming of McAnally Street to Lorena Y. Gandy Way

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/27/2014 06:39 AM

The Paine College Community is pleased to announce the re-naming of McAnally Street to Lorena Y. Gandy Way, sponsored by The Augusta Chapter of Paine College National Alumni Association and Commissioner William Fennoy. The ceremony will commence Monday, May 26, 2014 eleven o’clock in the morning. It will take place at the corner of Druid Park Avenue and McAnally Street (corner nearest the HEAL Complex).

The late Mrs. Lorena Y. Gandy was a 1949 graduate of Paine College and a longtime supporter of the institution. She was a member of Williams Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and has two children, Wayne Gandy, Jr. and Angela Gandy Gifford.

The ceremony is open to the community and all are encouraged to attend this exciting event.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE UNVEILING OF THE NEW STREET SIGN