| 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.”
| 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.
| 09/8/2014 09:30 AM
Mrs. Alice M. Simpkins has a heart for Paine College. Her service has lasted a span of forty-two years at her alma mater. She started in 1972 as a professional tutor, and advanced to Director of Institutional Research, a position she has held since 1987. She also was elected to serve as the Forum Chair for the Association for Institutional Research (AIR). Her motivation was simply to give back to the institution that had done so much for her as an undergraduate student. “I returned to work for two years, and here I am 42 years later,” said Mrs. Simpkins.
She has had the privilege of seeing a student body change and evolve over time, and the standard she expects of the students has always been extremely high. Ms. Simpkins says students should come to college remembering that it is a privilege, an honor, and should be grateful for the opportunity to be a student. This should be shown from a student’s attire during assemblies, to respect for the authoritative figures of the college.
Serving as the on-campus advisor for Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated and PanHellenic Council (NPAC), she has constantly been a resource for students to depend upon, even surprising her students with a van she purchased for transportation to underwriting the costs for them to attend a regional conference one year. “I must have parked that van in several different places, and even moved it part of the time during the day, so they wouldn’t see it ahead of time. So of course you know they were surprised when I picked them for the trip. They said “Oh, you rented a blue van?” and I said “No, this is ours!” So they were excited about that, and I was happy to do that for them, because I love my sorority and my students.”
Recently retiring as of June 30, 2014, she plans to enjoy her time by traveling, engaging in fun projects at her home which she shares with Dr. Roosevelt Simpkins, and “just going with the flow.” Mrs. Simpkins will also be enjoying her time spent with her three grandchildren. Speaking on her strong family ties to Paine, she said, “When my family gets together, we could almost have an alumni meeting. I married a Paineite, my sister and brother attended Paine, and my sister married a Paineite. My son says that he grew up at Paine.”
Mrs. Simpkins’ favorite quote is “Please be patient with me, God is not through with me yet.” She wants her colleagues to remember her as someone who “worked hard and provided them with the most accurate and timely information possible.” Her words of wisdom for Paine students is “Work hard, and you will be successful…but you do have to work hard.”
We salute you Mrs. Simpkins for 42 years of service to the Paine College Community. You have made a stamp in our evolvement as an institution, and forever in our hearts.
| 08/26/2014 11:16 AM
Tickets are on sale for the Ann N. Johnson UNCF Jazz Festival scheduled for September 14th at 6:00 p.m. The annual event will take place at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater located downtown Augusta, Georgia.
This year, the Festival will feature Sounds Unlimited, Mike Frost Band, and TuTu D'Vyne featuring Quiet Storm. We are pleased that Wondaland Arts Society national recording artist Roman GianArthur will perform during the festival. Of note, GianArthur and R&B songwriter-recording artist Janelle Monaé are label mates.
This is the second year of the Ann N. Johnson UNCF Jazz Festival benefiting the Augusta United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Campaign. The UNCF is the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization. For over 69 years, UNCF has provided billions of dollars in scholarships for students with financial challenges. The Jazz Festival, named after arts supporter, philanthropist and Paine College Alumna, Ann N. Johnson, raised $38,000 during the inaugural jazz festival in 2013.
Tickets for general admission will cost $25.00. Tickets for children under 17 years of age and student tickets are $10.00 (current student ID must be presented at purchase). Purchase tickets in the office of Institutional Advancement located in Haygood-Holsey Hall, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Leadra Collins at 706.821.8322, or via email: Lcollins@paine.edu.
“A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in.” All proceeds will benefit the Augusta UNCF Campaign.
| 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.
| 08/6/2014 10:15 AM
I bet you didn’t know that Disney World and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) have something in common? Well, believe it or not, they do. Just like Disney World, the UNCF makes dreams come true. Believe me, the UNCF made mine come true.
During the UNCF’s 70 years of existence, the organization has provided over $4 billion in scholarships to help more than 400,000 students realize their dreams by earning degrees across the country. My dream came true in 2003. As a product of a single parent home, I remember the day my mother and I discussed my matriculation at Fisk University. Before the government implemented cuts to Parent Plus Loans, she said, “I’ll do whatever I can to get you there, but I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to do after that”. So I enrolled in Fisk University, and I worked hard to stay there. UNCF was that vessel, serving the educational needs of students like me who would not have had an opportunity to get the education they needed.
Historically, since 1882, Paine College has played a very unique role in the nation’s educational environment by preparing generations of educators, doctors, lawyers, scientists, community leaders, and other professionals who have made significant contributions in the country’s workforce. Based on testimony rendered during a U.S. Senate hearing by UNCF President and CEO, Dr. Michael L. Lomax, “HBCU’s are a “best buy” for students and the nation”. This is why it is important for us to continue to support UNCF because it continues to supports us.
Just like other majority institutions, Paine College has faced fiscal challenges which are in part due to recent reductions in federal funding. Paine College and other HBCU’s across the nation have experienced reductions of more than $250 million in Parent Plus Loans, Pell Grants, and other sources of critical federal funding. Paine College students rely upon Pell Grants and Parent Plus Loans like thousands of students throughout the country. These drastic cuts have resulted in major financial crises for many of our institutions. Even in the midst of the nation’s economic woes, UNCF has worked diligently to support educational resources and scholarships for its member institutions. UNCF gives approximately $100 million in scholarships annually to over 12,000 students. This demonstrates just why UNCF is significant to HBCU’s like Paine College. The UNCF, just like Paine College, helps to even the playing ground and offers access to a quality education to deserving students.
In the last few years and as the economy weakened, Paine College, like many colleges and universities, has witnessed an exodus of students due to the lack of resources. I found myself in that same predicament during my tenure at Fisk University, but I was awarded an UNCF scholarship that changed my life and helped to charter a successful course towards earning my bachelor’s degree. Had it not been for the support I received from UNCF, I would not be able to proudly say that I am a college graduate. UNCF answered my call for help then, and in 2009, it answered the call for help from others by establishing the Campaign for Emergency Student Aid which has raised over $20 million to pay outstanding tuition fees so that students could remain in school and graduate.
Because of UNCF, today I am proud to say that I am Director of Development for Paine College and the Coordinator for the Augusta UNCF Campaign. For 132 years, Paine College has been the “gateway to the world” where students can “get anywhere from here”. It is my hope that Paine will remain in the community for another 132 years with the continued support of UNCF and people who believe as I do that “a mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in”.
| 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
| 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.