| 09/30/2015 08:13 AM
Indra Thomas who has performed in concerts, productions, and music festivals around the world will visit Paine College on Friday, October 16, 2015, in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel at 5:00 pm. Thomas will perform Gershwin tunes and spirituals. Sandra Lutter will collaborate on piano. The concert is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted and go toward supporting the Paine College music program.
An Atlanta native, Thomas has been called one of the foremost Aidas in the world and a leading Verdi sopranos of her generation. Mrs. Thomas has graced the stages at the Royal Albert Festival, London, and Choregies d’Orange in France.
The New York Times praised Thomas’ performance as Imogene in Il Pirata at the Caramoor Festival “The mad scene was a triumph, especially its reflective first half in which Ms. Thomas’ affinity for long-spun, slow melodic phrases was impressive. The audience awarded her a tremendous ovation.”
Ms. Indra Thomas is also an Adjunct Instructor of Music – Voice at Shorter University.
Biography for Indra Thomas from su.shorter.edu:
Considered one of the foremost Aidas in the world today, Ms. Thomas has appeared at many of the world’s great opera houses, such as the Metropolitan Opera and the Vienna State Opera; and prominent venues in France, Germany, Spain and England, including the Royal Albert Hall. Among numerous top orchestras with which she has appeared are the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony and Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra – as well as leading orchestras in Paris, Spain, Brazil, the Netherlands, Japan, Finland, South Korea, Malaysia, Abu Dhabi, Boston, Cleveland and Detroit.
In the wake of her professional debut at Carnegie Hall in Messa di Requiem by Verdi, her work has been marked by rapturous public and critical acclaim. She soon blossomed into one of the world’s truly great operatic and concert sopranos, with a particular affinity for Verdi roles. In constant demand, her performances are consistently distinguished by the striking vocal beauty and deep emotional impact of her singing — as well as her smoldering intensity as a singing actress.
Ms. Thomas has graced several famous music festivals, to include the London Proms, Bregenz Festspiele, Chorégies, d’Orange and Festival International de Musique de Colmar; she has toured widely, and has been featured in many radio and television broadcasts. Her signature Verdi roles are in Aida, Il Trovatore, Un Ballo in Maschera, Don Carlo and La Forza del Destion – as well as the Requiem: her favorite Verdi work. She has also appeared to great acclaim in operas by Puccini, Wagner, Mozart and Bellini. Her favored non-operatic music encompasses Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Missa Solemnis, Britten’s War Requiem, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, R. Strauss’s Four Last Songs, and Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand” (No. 8). She has recorded for NPR, as well as the LSO Live and Naxos labels; her work has garnered both an Emmy and a Grammy nomination.
Ms. Thomas, a minister’s daughter, was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. Her mother, a gifted amateur singer, served as young her first voice teacher. While in her teens, she first came to wide- spread attention when she sang “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” in the funeral scene of the Academy Award-winning film Driving Miss Daisy. She is a graduate of Shorter College and the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts.
| 09/22/2015 09:39 AM
(AUGUSTA, GA) - Miss Paine College 2015-2016, Ijeoma Aston, will compete in the 2015 National Black College Alumni against college queens from Historically Black Colleges and University’s (HBCU) around the nation for the title of Miss NBCA Hall of Fame.
The pageant will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta, Ga. and begin at 7:00 p.m. The Competition of College Queens showcases young women from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The queens are judged in five categories. Miss National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame serves as a national representative and advocate of HBCUs and receives an academic scholarship and prizes. The pageant is one of many events hosted by the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc.
The mission of The National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation is to be a catalyst and partner for ensuring the stability, strength and excellence of the nation’s historically and/or predominately Black colleges and universities.
Alston serves as Miss Paine College 2015-2016. She is a native of Toronto, Canada. She is the daughter of Bell and Franca Onyori. Alston is a senior English major. Since her arrival at Paine College, she has been actively involved in a number of activities and organizations including Pre-Alumni Council, English Club, Wesley Fellowship, and Collegiate 100. She has held leadership positions as Chief of Staff for Student Government Association 2014-2015, Resident Hall Assistant, and currently serves as a member of the Paine College Student Government.
During her reign, Alston plans to focus on executing her platform titled “Restoring Faith.” The purpose of her platform is to encourage her fellow peers to bring back confidence in their institution, as well as themselves and their ability to be great. Her main focus is to make sure that the student body voices their concerns and presents ideas in order to transform and rebuild their beloved institution. Alston also wants to enlighten her fellow Paineites in the areas of professionalism, intellectual growth, career development and, dressing for success! Alston plans to attend Law school immediately following graduation and her ultimate career goal is to become Speaker of House for Congress.
For more information on the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame in Atlanta Georgia, please visit http://nbcahof.com.
For more information about Paine College, please visit http://www.paine.edu or contact Tonya Williams in the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or email@example.com.
| 09/5/2015 04:18 AM
Paine College student and Accounting Major, Chika Okanya, has been selected to serve as a student ambassador for the White House Initiative on HBCUs. As a student ambassador, Okanya will work with the White House Initiative on HBCUs for one year to advance President Barack Obama’s Executive Order 13532.
The program is geared toward promoting the ability for students to reach their educational and career potential through higher education. The All-Star Student Ambassadors will participate in social media initiatives along with attending regional and national events “that support a spirit of engagement and personal and professional development.”
“This opportunity is a huge blessing,” Okanya said. “As the representative for Paine College, I have the chance to make a lasting impact by promoting excellence, innovation, and sustainability at HBCUs.”
Okanya was invited to represent the College at the HBCU Conference Week in September in Washington, D.C.
In addition to being a student ambassador, Okanya has received numerous honors. Last year, he was elected to a one-year term as a student member of the Board of Directors of the National Collegiate Honors Council. He is also an ADP Scholar and the recipient of nine other prestigious scholarships. Okanya plans to attend Harvard Business School, Yale Business School, Duke University, or Penn State Business School to study Forensic Accounting then pursue a Doctorate degree in Accounting.
| 08/21/2015 07:35 AM
Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President at Paine College, announced the appointment of Lieutenant Leroy Morgan, Jr. as Interim Chief of Police and Director of Campus Safety during the Opening Conference for faculty and staff held on August 3, 2015 in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Chief Morgan succeeds Joseph Nelson who departed Paine College to become the Chief of Police at South Carolina State University.
Chief Morgan will oversee twelve officers and the College’s Department of Transportation.
During an open forum hosted by the Student Government Association held August 19th in the Chapel, Chief Morgan encouraged students to contact him concerning any matter. He said, “We will maintain an open door policy and will continue to have twenty-four hour protection, seven days per week.” He further commented, “If you see something, say something.”
Chief Morgan, educated in the public schools of Jefferson County, Georgia, is currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Administration at Strayer University. He has over 20 years of experience in law enforcement having assisted with active investigations initiated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Georgia Bureau of Investigation in Jefferson, Emanuel, and Burke Counties. He has experience in field training, investigations, and code enforcement. During his career, he has held the rank of Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Assistant Police Chief. In 2013, he served as Chief of Police for the City of Keysville, Georgia.
He has trained and served as a presenter in the areas of Field Training, Gang Violence, Narcotics, Home Invasions, and Counterfeit Money.
He holds certifications in several areas such as Chief of Police, Criminal Investigation, Child Sexual Abuse, Child Abuse Investigation, Child Abuse Investigation, Public Safety, National Incident Management Systems, Gang Intelligence, Undercover Operations, Radar Usage, Intoximeter, Bike Patrol, Tactical Baton, Oleoresin Capsicum Familiarization, Taser Usage, Level One Agrosecurity Awareness, Courtroom Demeanor, and Fingerprinting.
Chief Morgan has professional affiliations with the Optimist International Club (1997-present); Georgia Chiefs Association (2004-present); and The FreemasonsMason, Sons of Louisville (2004-present).
“It is important that we continue to build relationships with the community as we strive to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe,” said Chief Morgan.
The Paine College Police Department, with total arrest authority in the State of Georgia, has articulation agreements with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department.
For more information about the Paine College Police Department, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591 or visitwww.paine.edu.
| 08/14/2015 05:51 AM
The Paine College TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program is one of two (2) federally funded TRIO grants at the College, which had its beginning at Paine in August of 1973. The Program has received notification of selection for continued funding from the U. S. Department of Education, which will commence on September 1, 2015 and the award is anticipated to continue for five (5) years ending August 31, 2020.
The U.S. Department of Education announced the award of $270 million to 1,071 institutions of Higher Education to provide thousands of students with academic and other support services they need to succeed in college. The Paine College TRIO SSS Program will receive $239,964 annually to serve 130 participants.
Student Support Services (SSS) grants are aimed at helping increase the number of economically disadvantaged college students, first-generation students, and those with disabilities to successfully complete a program of study at the postsecondary level. “Every student has the right to an equal opportunity to learn and succeed in college,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants provide critical support to students who can benefit from extra help and encouragement along their college journey, enabling them to reach their personal goals and contribute to the economic vitality of our nation.”
| 07/22/2015 06:31 AM
Paine College Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Xiaoning Zhang has received a grant to provide undergraduate students with research opportunities and advance skills in chemistry. The grant will help provide support to the College’s STEM research program and involve undergraduate students in research experiences.
The two-year, nearly $194,000 grant comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the Research Initiation Awards (RIA)’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP). HBCU-UP provides support for STEM faculty at HBCUs in order to increase the minority populations in STEM fields.
The project is entitled “Surface modification of thiol-terminated silicon to build reusable antifouling layer”. According to the award abstract, this study will investigate an approach that will allow thiol-terminated surfaces to be used and re-used by attaching molecules with antifouling functional groups via a disulfide bond.
The results of this project may be transferable to the shipping and biomedical industries, and become a solution to reduce the costs associated with fouling, the accumulation of unwanted material on solid surfaces that impedes or interferes its function. This project will be conducted in collaboration with scholars in Marshall University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Xiaoning Zhang is currently an assistant professor of Chemistry at the Department of Mathematics, Sciences and Technology of Paine College, Augusta, GA. He received his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY). After graduation, he served as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Marshall University (Huntington, WV) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC).
| 07/21/2015 05:17 AM
Dr. Lawanda Cummings, the chair of the Social Science Department was awarded the Outstanding Professional Paper Award for the 61st Annual SEPA Conference in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Her paper and presentation entitled “Black Women in STEM: The Role of Contextual Supports in Academic Self-Efficacy”, explored the academic progress and the differing mechanisms used to promote success among STEM and Non-STEM major students. The BWSTEM (Black Women in STEM) Project is funded by a Broadening Impact grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) with Co-PIs Dr. Lawanda Cummings and Dr. LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, Associate Professor of Education. The SEPA Outstanding Professional Paper Award is awarded annually to one faculty member through a rigorous review of a paper and presentation by a select committee.
The Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) is the largest psychological organization in the southeast and one of the largest in the United States. The purpose of SEPA is to advance psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare with a mission to stimulate the exchange of scientific and professional ideas across the diverse areas of psychological inquiry and application. Further information about SEPA awards can be found at http://www.sepaonline.com/annualmeeting-awardwinners.html
Dr. Cummings received a Ph.D. in Community Psychology from Georgia State University in 2010. She also earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in Community Psychology at GSU, her beloved alma mater. Her work and research also include Substance Abuse, HIV and HCV prevention through PC-IDEAL, recently funded for $877,000 by SAMHSA. Find out more information about Dr. Lawanda Cummings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
| 07/20/2015 10:24 AM
Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President, on behalf of the Paine College Board of Trustees, Administration, Faculty, Staff, Students and Alumni, announces the passing of Dr. Silas Norman Jr., Past-Chairman of the Board of Trustees, dedicated alumnus, civil rights activist and philanthropist. Dr. Norman was appointed to the Paine College Board of Trustees in 2009 and later elected Chairman of the Board until he vacated his position in 2014.
Having graduated from Paine College in 1962, Dr. Norman passed away Friday morning, July 17, 2015 after an extended illness. Funeral arrangements have been finalized and are reflected herein.
On the passing of Dr. Norman, President Sullivan said, "I am deeply saddened by the news of Dr. Norman's passing. The short time that I knew him was more than enough for me to come to know of his great love for Paine College and his deep commitment to making things better for all who choose to study and work here. His presence will be sorely missed."
Numerous reflections poured in from Alumni and friends upon hearing of Dr. Norman’s passing. Ms. Annie W. Rogers, President of the PCNAA, commented, “The Paine College National Alumni Association regrets the passing of a loyal and dedicated Paineite and a Past-President of the Association. We will forever remember and cherish his service to the PCNAA.”
“Dr. Norman, one of our many giants in the history of Paine College, is a hero among heroes,” said Dr. Mallory Millender, Paine Historian, classmate and friend. “His outstanding work is not limited to the history of Paine College. He is one of the nation’s unsung heroes. He took that same passion that he demonstrated at Paine College as a student leader to Selma, Alabama to Mississippi and to other places in the country. He took that passion to Wayne State University where he served as associate dean of Admissions, Diversity and Inclusion.”
Reflecting on Dr. Norman’s student leadership, Dr. Millender said, “He led the student movement in Georgia. As president of the Paine College student body, he was head of the Student Non-violent Steering Committee (SNCC) and the Chairman of the NAACP statewide student chapter. When the students decided to boycott the buses in Augusta, Silas was first on the bus and he was among five students who were arrested. Silas and the others filed a lawsuit against the City of Augusta and the bus company. The upside of that was they won the lawsuit and as a result the segregated buses were outlawed in Augusta and in the state of Georgia.”
In May 2015, during the Paine College Alumni Reunion Weekend, Dr. Norman was inducted into the Paine College Athletics Hall of Fame. He played in the position of Center on the Paine College Football Team during a time when the College did not offer athletic scholarships. His family and many friends were present to accept the award in his absence.
Dr. Norman, a 1976 graduate of the Wayne State University School of Medicine, received its Trailblazer Award in 2010. The award honors outstanding alumni and faculty who have made substantial contributions and demonstrated courage, initiative, innovation, risk-taking and leadership.
A driving force for diversity, fairness and compassion at Wayne State University, Dr. Norman received the School of Medicine’s Distinguished Service Award for having served the school with distinction for more than 25 years. According to Dr. Valerie Parisi, a colleague, “Dr. Norman exemplified a notable quote by Albert Einstein: Only a life lived for others is worth living.” “He had overseen one of the most diverse student bodies in the United States.”
A medical suite at the State Prison of Southern Michigan in Jackson is named after Dr. Norman, who served as the facility’s medical director. His commitment to social and humanistic medicine also led him to serve as chief medical officer for the Michigan Department of Corrections and medical director for the Wayne County Jails.
He served as a consultant to the Detroit Health Care for the Homeless project and to the Detroit Health Department, working to see that thousands of uninsured and underserved people received much-needed health care.
In 2000, Dr. Norman received the Alumni Achievement Award from the United Negro College Fund. During the same year, the Wayne State University Organization of Black Alumni selected him for its Alumni Achievement Award. Also in 2000, the Michigan Department of Community Health presented him with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Vision Award.
“We will miss his rich deep bass voice that rolled like thunder,” said Mildred N. Kendrick, Paine College Director of Alumni Relations. “Silas supported this College generously with his financial gifts and service. Many of our graduates were the beneficiaries of his generosity and financial support.”
Expressions of sympathy and flowers may be extended to the Norman Family c/o 4598 Cameron Circle, Dexter, Michigan 48130. Emailed messages may be sent to email@example.com. Also, flowers may be sent to the funeral home.
Visitation/Wake: Friday, July 24th (TBA)
Swansons Funeral Home
14751 West McNichols, Detroit, MI 48235 - P: 313-272-9000
Funeral: Saturday, July 25th
9:00 am Family Hour - 10:00 am Service
Hartford Memorial Baptist Church
18700 James Couzens Freeway, Detroit, MI 48235 - P: 313-861-1200
Fairview Cemetery - Ann Arbor, MI 48105 - P: 734-794-6363
“There were two things that my dad loved in this world and they were his church and Paine College,” reflecting Silas Prescod Norman. In lieu of flowers, friends are encouraged to make donations to Paine College (Augusta, GA) or to Hartford Memorial Baptist Church (Detroit, MI).
Dr. Norman is survived by three sons: Silas Prescod Norman (physician), Joseph Wiley Norman (physician), and Michael Edward Norman (attorney). He is also survived by a brother, James Howard Norman, and two sisters: V. Elaine Sturkey and Jessye Norman.
Dr. Norman, who will be sorely missed, will leave a legacy that will be cherished by his friends, colleagues, Paine alumni and beneficiaries of his service and generosity for generations to come. Dr. Samuel Sullivan and the Paine College family extend heartfelt condolences to the Norman family.
To receive additional information about funeral arrangements for the late Dr. Silas Norman, Jr., please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, firstname.lastname@example.org or 706.821.8323, email@example.com.
Reflections from the Paine College Community
"I am deeply saddened by the news of Dr. Norman's passing. The short time that I knew him was more than enough for me to come to know of his great love for Paine College and his deep commitment to making things better for all who choose to study and work here. His presence will be sorely missed." - Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President, Paine College
"Dr. Silas Norman Jr, One of Paine College shining stars who will be greatly missed. May flights of angels see him to his rest." - Ed Fordham, VP, PCNAA Sunshine State Chapter
“The Paine College National Alumni Association regrets the passing of a loyal and dedicated Paineite and a Past-President of the Association. We will forever remember and cherish his service to the PCNAA.” - Annie W. Rogers, President, PCNAA
“We will miss his rich deep bass voice that rolled like thunder.” “Silas supported this College generously with his financial gifts and service. Many of our graduates were the beneficiaries of his generosity and financial support.” - Mildred N. Kendrick, Paineite, Director of Alumni Relations
“Silas and I were classmates, and we worked very closely together at Paine during the "Sit in Movement", and many more areas of community services in Georgia & South Carolina. It is ironic that I was looking at pictures this week, and cleaning out my historical items. My prayers to the Norman family & Paine Alumni. We have lost a "Giant of a Man." - Johnnie Maude Lewis-Thorpe, Paineite
"I am saddened by the passing of my lifetime friend and childhood neighbor, Dr. Silas Norman, Jr. Silas and I grew up as neighbors on Forest Street in Augusta, Georgia, during our early childhood and through our college years. As students at Paine, we walked to and from Paine together with other friends, Charlie Pryor '63 and Ronnie Beard. In addition, the four of us were members of the Paine College Chorus and Concert Choir. After rehearsals we would walk home together and when the Concert Choir returned from a trip, we would ride home together with a family member to one of us. Silas was a great student leader for us, especially during the 60's which included planning and implementing demonstrations and sit-ins on the city busses and downtown lunch counters. His leadership during these activities was significant and resulted into desegregation in many areas of the city of Augusta.
Silas will be missed tremendously, particularly by the Paine College Alumni as well as those of us who were his dear friends. My prayers go out to his family and all others he cherished and loved. He was a very special man to many of us and will be remembered specifically for the outstanding life he created and lived." - Tanya Bryant Patton '63 (Chicago Illinois)
"Condolescenses to the family of Dr. Silas Norman and the Paine College family who will miss him and his efforts to save our Historically Black institution!" - Prayerfully, Dr. Emma McCain
"The days of our lives may take us far from our humble or majestic beginnings, but what we experience along the way deposits within the deep and infrequently explored recesses of our minds many treasured memories of those who inspired, motivated and nudged us onward and upward. Among my treasured memories are my recollections of the resonant tones of a confident and self-assured young man who prompted me to give thought to what I might do to enhance myself as a person while also endeavoring to enhance the world beyond myself. That inspiring young man was Silas Norman. I, as do so many others, mourn his passing." Sincerely, Lynda (Ezzard) Vaughn Ed.D
| 07/20/2015 08:29 AM
Beginning July 20th the Atlanta Journal of Constitution will feature Paine College in its “HBCU of the Week” campaign on their AJC Sepia website and their social media. The relatively new program which began in May of this year seeks to give HBCUs a larger platform to promote their history, students, faculty, programs, and community contributions.
AJC Sepia has highlighted other HBCUs like Spelman College, Albany State, and Howard University. Over the next two years, AJC Sepia will feature every HBCU in the country.
During Paine College Week, AJC Sepia will post information about the College's history, alumni, current students, faculty research, and programs. Follow the stories about Paine College all week on the AJC Sepia website or on Facebook.
| 07/15/2015 11:48 AM
Paine College Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Gabriel Swenson received a $193,000 grant for the project “Seasonal Mobilization and Acid Stress Response of Opportunistic Enteric Pathogen Communities in Freshwater Ecosystems.”
This grant through the National Science Foundation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) Research Initiation Awards (RIAs) will provide Paine College undergraduate students with advanced skills in environmental science and allow the College’s Education majors to develop an online teaching module for area high schools.
According to the abstract, the research will investigate the seasonal affects of "physicochemical factors influencing pathogen community composition and environmental elicitation of acid stress response (ASR) in an aquatic watershed." The findings from this study may shed new light on how these seasonal events could be related to diseases (I.e. Cholera) in humans.
The project primarily focuses on investigating two aspects: characterize the role of rainfall events in mobilization of sediment-associated bacterial communities into a seasonal wetland; and characterize ASR elicitation of the bacterial community within a wetland and riverine system.
Swenson has been a faculty member of Paine College since 2006. He earned a doctorate in Biological Science from the University of South Carolina with an emphasis in Microbial Ecology.