Dr. Tatiana Rivadeneyra Receives the Exemplary Teacher Award from the United Methodist Church

Posted by painewebmaster | 06/15/2015 09:15 AM

Augusta, Ga…Dr. Tatiana M. Rivadeneyra, assistant Professor and Assessment Coordinator, received the Exemplary Teacher Award for 2014-2015 academic term. Dr.  Rivadeneyra was recognized for excellence in teaching and for outstanding service.  The Exemplary Teacher Award is sponsored by the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry of the United Methodist Church. This award comes with a cash gift.

The Exemplary Teacher Award was created to recognize faculty who have demonstrated civility and concern for students and colleagues; commitment to value-centered education; and service to students, the institution, and the community.

Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President of Paine College, presented the award to Dr. Rivadeneyra during the Commencement Convocation held Sunday, May 10, 2015 in the Health Education Activities Learning Complex.  

Dr. Rivadeneyra earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University, Undergraduate School of Education, located in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1999.  She also received the Masters of Education in Educational Technology from Northern Arizona University in 2003.  She defended her dissertation titled: A Phenomenological Study of Middle School Mathematics Instruction and Developmental Learning Theory on July 2011 and later was conferred the Doctorate in Educational Instruction by the Graduate School of Education at Argosy University in Phoenix on October 2011.

Prior joining the Paine College family, Dr. Rivadeneyra spent thirteen years teaching mathematics in middle schools located in Arizona.  She instructed students on the concepts and skills of mathematics and implemented standards-based curricula to focus on the needs of students’ academics in mathematics. 

Reflecting on those years as a middle school math teacher, she commented, “I worked hard to learn what my students needed to do in order to succeed and understand mathematics. I also noticed that many of my peers were struggling as middle school math teachers.  Many of them would enter the profession eager to teach, and along the way they departed feeling somewhat defeated.”  During her tenure as a middle school math teacher, she seized every opportunity to participate in mentor trainings to support beginning and evolving General Education teachers within the public school districts of Arizona.  She identified educators’ strengths, weaknesses and developed strategic plans to build on prior and developing skills.  She served as a lead mentor for upcoming educators from surrounding universities in Arizona and supported college interns and practicum students.

Commenting on her teaching philosophy, she said, “Somewhere along the way students learn early that they are going to either succeed or not succeed or they are capable or incapable of learning mathematics.  Thus, these students go into classes knowing and believing that they are going to either pass or fail.  As an educator, I try to change their beliefs, values and attitudes that are within themselves.  My goal is to set students on a path of believing and knowing that they can comprehend mathematics.  While on that path, I give them a method to organize their thinking in which they can approach math. Once I’ve taught the informal, then I take them on the path to formal.   By the time many of our students enter college, they have learned skills that are wrong.  Thus, we have to undo what they’ve learned and set them on the path of doing it properly.”

Dr. Rivadeneyra referred to Dr. Seuss’ quote: “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.”  She said, “I live by that quote.”  Looking back on how she entered the teaching profession, she recalled her college days. “I was a product of the financial aid system. One of the benefits I had was work study and was assigned as a tutor.  At the same time, my academic advisor encouraged me to make an early decision to select a major. As I wrestled to choose a major, I was assigned to help a little boy to read.  During the process, the little boy showed a method to me that his teacher had taught him.  This method evolved as a skill which he used to phonetically pronounce the words.  I realized at that moment what I wanted to do --- teach.  Answers sometimes come in the strangest of ways.  Everything that I’ve done from that moment on was to become an educator.”

“When students leave my class I want them to know two things,” she said.  “I want them to know that I did the best that I could with the time that was given and I want them to leave with the passion and understanding that education is everything.  No one can that take that from you.”  

Dr. Rivadeneyra, affectionately called Dr. R. by Paine students, has an electrifying presence in the classroom. Her passion for teaching is infectious.  Her peers and students will undoubtedly confirm that she loves mathematics and deeply cares about how students learn and apply math.  

Looking back on her journey, she said, “I am grateful that Paine College took a chance on me.”  

Dr. Rivadeneyra has served on several boards and higher education councils.  She currently serves as the Assessment Coordinator for the Paine College Department of Education, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and chairs the Institutional Review Board Committee at Paine.  During 2012-2014, she chaired the Paine College Enrollment Management Committee and served on the Strategic Planning and Evaluation Committee.  She has also served on the Georgia Professional Standards Committee for Mathematics Study.

For more information about Dr. Rivadeneyra and her teaching methods, please contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706.396.7591 or via email:  HYPERLINK "mailto:tjwilliams@paine.edu" tjwilliams@paine.edu

Paine College Officials Announce Accrediting Body’s Decision to Extend Probationary Status for One Year --- Accreditation Remains in Effect

Posted by painewebmaster | 06/11/2015 08:09 AM

Augusta, GA…..Today, Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President, announced that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) moved to extend the College’s probationary status for another year.  The extension will give Paine College time to address the four remaining sanctions that pertain to financial resources and financial stability. 

On June 10th, Dr. Sullivan and members of the College’s administration visited with representatives of SACSCOC in Virginia to review the College’s operation and to respond to four remaining sanctions.  Recently, the SACSCOC’s visiting team presented a favorable preliminary report during an on-site three-day visit (March 29-April 1, 2015).  The SACSCOC team indicated that the College had made significant improvements and was headed in the right direction.  During the exit interview, the SACSCOC representatives gave four recommendations that needed to be further addressed.  These areas were included in the initial group of findings that were previously announced.  The oral report given by the Special Committee during the exit review was not final and the final decision to allow the College to remain on Probation or to remove its accreditation still hung in the balance. 

In 2014, SACSCOC requested that the College demonstrate compliance with The Principles of Accreditation in several broad areas:  governance, financial resources/stability, qualified administrative/academic officers, sponsored research/external funds, and institutional environment.  Members of the College’s administration, faculty and staff carefully reviewed the SACSCOC standards and developed detailed Implementation Plans that included a reflective, systematic, and outcome focused action plan to ensure that the College produced an evidenced based written response to all concerns raised by SACSCOC.

Dr. Sullivan said, “We are grateful and appreciative of the efforts made by the Paine College Community to address the initial findings that resulted in six of the ten sanctions being removed.  Although we received a favorable preliminary report during the on-site visit in April, the campus community did not retreat. Instead, we banned together to address the four remaining sanctions.  The special in-house committee remained on the frontline and worked often round-the-clock while others were in the background rendering support.” 

Dr. Sullivan applauded the efforts made by the Paine College Board of Trustees to address the sanctions that pertained to board governance.  “I am especially grateful to the Board of Trustees who worked to develop a blueprint for improved board governance.  As we worked through this process, we have collectively arrived at the realization that we must implement different solutions to arrive at different outcomes.” 

Dr. Sullivan stated that the College should continue to work to bring about fiscal stability in enhanced support of our mission.  “We have much work to do,” said Dr. Sullivan.  “I am appealing to the Paine College alumni, friends, and the greater Augusta community to support the College now more than ever.  It is critical that alumni and friends continue to support the Together, We Can Campaign that is designed to meet immediate needs for the College.” 


For more information about the Together, We Can Campaign for Paine College, visit www.paine.edu or contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8233.

Written By Helene T. Carter

Dr. C.P. Abubucker Receives The Evelyn Berry Teacher Of The Year Award For Outstanding Service And Contributions To Paine College

Posted by painewebmaster | 06/5/2015 05:24 AM

Augusta, Ga…Dr. C.P. Abubucker, Professor of Mathematics, received the Evelyn Berry Teacher of the Year Award for outstanding service and for having challenged students to grow in their skills and understanding of mathematics.  The Evelyn Berry award was created to recognize faculty who have completed a minimum of three years of service to the College and have the ability to make material important and relevant to current life.  Dr. Abubucker engages students in critical and creative thinking while challenging them to embrace math.  The Evelyn Berry award comes with a cash gift. 

Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President of Paine College, presented the award to Dr. Abubucker during the Commencement Convocation held Sunday, May 10, 2015 in the Health Education Activities Learning Complex.  

Dr. Abubucker earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics from Farook College in India.  He received two Masters of Science degrees in Mathematics, one each from Calicut University (India) and from the University of Georgia in 1971 and 1982, respectively. After earning his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Georgia in 1984, he joined the Paine College faculty as an assistant professor of Mathematics and was promoted to associate professor in 1991. In 2012, he was appointed a full professor of Mathematics.  

His philosophy is: “Teach the basic concepts well and re-enforce with practice. Let the students explore and discover the rest.  Spoon feeding will help only to recognize the shape of the spoon.  Let the students see the bigger picture.”

Dr. Raul Peters, Chair of the Department of Mathematics, said, “Dr. Abubucker’s mathematics classes are known as challenging and demanding, but students describe him personally as helpful and motivating.  He requires all students to meet with him individually during the first week of the semester to discuss their goals.  Students needing advice or extra assistance throughout the semester are always welcomed in his office, where he keeps a whiteboard to help students with their mathematics problems.  Dr. Abubucker is a thoughtful and purposeful scholar who applies his own knowledge and skills to help students learn and excel.” 

Although faced with heavy teaching loads and other college and community activities, he has found time to engage in research, publish and develop grant opportunities for the College.  Currently, he is engaged in research with the Department of Energy on bioremediation and with the Department of Defense on the Conservation of Information for Intelligent Systems. 

Dr. Abubucker serves on the national research team that leads the Paine College Cybersecurity project that is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration.  The project is funded through a consortium of 13 HBCUs, two national laboratories, and a state public school district.  Paine will receive $1,000,000 over a five-year period.  The Cyber initiative will develop a workforce pipeline in the field of cyber security with Paine students.  Funds will be used for tuition assistance, internships and a summer cyber institute for Paine students.  Dr. Abubucker will help to direct the research and workforce tracks. 

Dr. Abubucker also served as the principal and co-principal investigator for the Minority Science & Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) at Paine College.  The MSEIP produced over $740,000 that benefited the Department of Mathematics and students. 

Dr. Abubucker serves the Augusta community fervently.  He volunteers his time in the local Soup Kitchen and participates in the interfaith activities that are designed to foster better relationships in the community.  He directs the Islamic Speakers Bureau which offers free and interactive presentations that are specifically designed for middle and high school students to complement their study of Islam in the context of World History and Social Studies.  The Islamic Speakers Bureau made several presentations to area schools, churches, and clubs and conducted sensitive training for the Columbia County Sheriff Department.  


Dr. Abubucker holds memberships in numerous professional organizations.  He is a member of the Mathematical Association of America.  He has written student guides in Calculus and Linear Algebra using Maple software.  He is co-author of several book chapters. 

For more information about Dr. Abubucker’s research and his engagement with the Paine Cybersecurity initiative, please contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706.396.7591 or via email: tjwilliams@paine.edu


Written by: Helene Carter

About Paine College:

Paine College sits on 64 acres located in the heart of Augusta, Georgia. The Mission of Paine College, a church-related private institution, is to provide a liberal arts education of the highest quality that emphasizes academic excellence, ethical and spiritual values, social responsibility, and personal development to prepare men and women for positions of leadership and service in the African American community, the nation, and the world.

Campbell Named Interim Head Coach of Men’s Basketball

Posted by painewebmaster | 06/1/2015 06:08 AM

AUGUSTA, GA (Men’s Basketball) – A new era in Paine College men’s basketball has begun as Chase Campbell has been named as Interim Head Coach of Men’s Basketball for the upcoming season.  

Coach Campbell previously served as the assistant basketball coach since 2013. During his tenure, he helped lead the Lions to a 23-7 record and a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season title in 2014-15.

Campbell is no stranger to the Paine program, as he played under Coach Ronnie Spry during the 2008-09 season. As a student-athlete, he finished his career with 11 blocks, 13 steals, and 55 rebounds.

Prior to joining the staff at Paine, he was the assistant coach at Newberry College where he was responsible for the offensive program as well as many other aspects of the basketball program. Newberry was ranked fourth in scoring while Campbell was on staff.

Campbell’s coaching career has come full circle, as it began here at Paine as a student assistant while he completed his undergraduate degree in 2012. Campbell, who transferred to Paine College following two years at Itawamba Community College, played point guard, shooting the guard and small and power forward.

He also served as an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Basketball head coach from 2009 to 2012. He coached Team Power and the Southern Kings.

“First and foremost I want to thank God for this opportunity - without him nothing is possible. I want to thank Coach Kohn and (interim) president Dr. Sullivan for entrusting the program to me,” said Campbell. “I am ecstatic about the opportunity to be the head coach at my alma mater of Paine College, and for me this is my dream job. I look forward to leading this program in continued success. I am excited and ready to lead this program this upcoming season.”

Written by: J.C. Gafford, Sports Information Director, (706) 821-8438



Posted by painewebmaster | 05/21/2015 08:41 AM

Paine College recognized Dr. LaWanda Cummings, Assistant Professor and Chair for the Department of Social Sciences, for outstanding service, performance and excellence during its Commencement Convocation held Sunday, May 10, 2015 in the Health Education Activities Learning Complex.  

Dr. Cummings received the Vulcan Materials Teaching Excellence (Vulcan) Award for having provided leadership and support to enhance multiple areas of student and campus life.  The Vulcan award was created to recognize faculty who make a significant difference in the classroom and campus community.  This award also honors faculty who have made a distinctive difference in the areas of teaching, research, and service.  This prestigious award, endowed by the Vulcan Materials Company and managed by the Georgia Foundation for Independent Colleges, comes with a cash gift.

Dr. Cummings earned both the Doctor of Philosophy and the Master of Arts degrees from Georgia State University in the field of Community Psychology in 2010 and 2007, respectively.  She also received the Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Georgia State University in 2000 and earned an Associate of Arts degree from DeKalb Community College in Psychology in 1998.

Currently, Dr. Cummings serves as principal investigator for an active grant-funded and research initiative that addresses substance abuse, HIV and HCV infections on the campus and in the surrounding Augusta community.  This three-year initiative, funded at $887,000, is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  As the co-principal investigator, she served as executive director for the U.S. Department of Energy STEM WET-SEED summer science enrichment program that catered to middle and high school students.  

Dr. Cummings is known for her work and research on African American girls and youth mentoring.  She served as Program Coordinator and later as Director for D.R.E.A.M.S. (Developing Relationships to enhance African American Mentees’ Success) Summer Institute for Georgia State University’s Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence in 2007 and 2008.  For three years (2003-2006), she served as Supervisor for Undergraduate Mentors for the Georgia State University Youth Development Program at Cross Keys High School.  

She is sought after as a guest lecturer and speaker on topics such as being an effective mentor, peer relations, and health issues in the African-American community. 

Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President of Paine College, said, “Dr. Cummings motivates and challenges students to succeed in and out of the classroom.  She is to be commended for working to develop campus programs and activities that address factors which lead to problematic behaviors in students. Her work will indelibly have a positive impact on campus and academic life.”   

Dr. Cummings holds memberships in numerous professional organizations.  She is a member of the Society for Pediatric Psychology, Society for Community Research and Action, Association for Black Psychologists and many others.

She has co-authored several publications and made over a dozen professional presentations throughout the country.  Her community involvement is extensive.  She served as a contributor for the White House Research Conference on Girls in 2014.  Also, she has facilitated outreach projects that pertained to nutrition and health initiatives for migrant farmers, teen mothers and individuals with respiratory ailments.

For more information about Dr. Cummings’ research and publications, please contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706.396.7591 or via email: tjwilliams@paine.edu

Blog post written by Helene Carter.

Reverend Frederick D. Favors will Address Paine College Graduating Seniors During Baccalaureate Service

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/8/2015 08:41 AM

Augusta, GA --- Paine College will host its Baccalaureate service on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.  Reverend Frederick D. Favors, Pastor of Springfield Baptist Church located in Thomson, Georgia, will give the Baccalaureate sermon. This sacred worship service is the last time the graduating seniors will come together as a class prior the Commencement Convocation that will take place on Sunday morning, May 10, 2015 at 9 a.m. in the HEAL Complex.   The Baccalaureate service and the Commencement Convocation are open to the public. 

Reverend Favors, a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, attended the public schools in Forest City, Arkansas and later matriculated at the University of Arkansas in Pine Bluff majoring in Premed with a concentration in chemistry.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude.  In addition, he studied at Atlanta University majoring in Administration and Policy Studies.  He worked in the Forest City Public School System and advanced to the Cobb County Public School System in Atlanta, Georgia.  

Reverend Favors is a member of Phi Delta Kappa, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and the Free and Accepted Masons.  He is affiliated with several religious and civic organizations.  He serves on the executive board for the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia and is a member of the McDuffie County Ministerial Alliance, Congress Teachers for Ministers Division, and the Ministry Addressing Neighborhood Needs Abundantly (MANNA) Coordinator.

He is honored to be a servant leader at many levels.  Reverend Favors is the Founder and President of Christian Men United to Serve Humanity and serves on the McDuffie County Human Relations Board and the Georgia Planning Group Board for Health Promotion.  He also serves as the trustee board chairperson for the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia and Association of County Commissioners Workman Compensation Board. 

Reverend Favors is married to the former Elene P. Ward.  They are the proud parents of two sons: Terence and Frederick, Jr.  They also have two loveable granddaughters, Adrianna and Briana. 

For more information about the Commencement weekend of activities, please visit www.paine.edu or contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.395.7591, tjwilliams@paine.edu




Paine College offers FREE Summer Chemistry Course for Middle and High School Students

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/8/2015 08:27 AM
  • Dr. Sardar Yousufzai, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Paine College and the Minority Affairs Chairperson of the Savannah River Section of the American Chemical Society, will offer a free six-week chemistry course for middle and high students starting June 1 - July 10, 2015.  The free six-week, one -hour course will cover the basic concept of Chemistry through instruction and demonstration. This year marks the 9th year that Dr. Yousufzai is offering the Summer Chemistry course. The objective is to prepare students with basic knowledge for science courses. The course will take place on the Paine College campus in Haygood-Holsey Hall, room 220. Last year, Dr. Yousufzai started offering separate sessions for Middle school and High school students. Middle School students will meet on Monday & Wednesday from 10am - 11am and High School will meet on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10am - 11am.

  • Dr. Yousufzai is now accepting students and space is limited. To enroll, email Dr. Yousufzai at summer.chem.yousufzai@paine.edu or call (706) 821-8261. For more information contact, the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or (706) 821-8322.

Academic Excellence is touted for New Inductees of the Alpha Delta Kappa International Sociology Honor Society

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/1/2015 11:27 AM

The Iota Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa (ADK) at Paine College inducted its newest members on Monday, April 20th, 2015 under the direction of Paine College Professor of Sociology, Dr. Philip Thomas. This International Sociology Honor Society has been a key feature of the Social Sciences Department since 1991 and a gateway for many student scholars to graduate school and service opportunities. Paine College Associate Professor and Chair of Social Sciences, Dr. Lawanda Cummings who spoke at the induction ceremony encouraged students to find the population or issue that stirs up a fire within that can light the path toward excellence in service and scholarship. An honor cord and certificate were bestowed to each student as a symbol of their academic achievements at Paine College and the expectation for them to further their academics pursuits. AKD is dedicated to the ideal of Anthropon Katamanthanein Diakonesein or "to investigate humanity for the purpose of service." Or "To study man for the purpose of service"

Congratulations to the 2015 inductees: Peter Thurmond, Kimberely Brown, Jon-Tyler Shaw, Elton Chrisp, Early Eckles, Herderson Ware II, Lashonda Canty, BeTesia Butler. 


Paine College Makes Tough Decision to Release Students for Non-Payment of Tuition

Posted by painewebmaster | 04/29/2015 08:21 AM

Today, Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President, announced that Paine College will release 35 students due to non-payment of tuition.  Some students have balances as high as $12,000 stretching over 18 months.  Students were given adequate time to make payment arrangements and installments towards open balances since being notified in September 2014.  The Office of Administrative and Fiscal Affairs worked diligently with students who were in non-compliance to establish payment plans that would allow them to remain in their classes.  Students were notified in person through face-to-face financial counseling, letters, phone calls and via emails.  In many cases, the Office of Student Affairs visited with students in their residential rooms to encourage them to meet with the Office of Administrative and Fiscal Affairs to establish payment plans.  College officials made appeals to students during forums held by the Student Government Association to meet their financial obligations.  Announcements were also made during Wednesday Assembly programs.

"Although this is unfortunate, we must protect the College’s financial future and work to be in compliance with the guidelines that were set forth by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)," said Dr. Sullivan.

"This is the last thing we want to do, but we must be held accountable," commented Dr. Sullivan who further stated that it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to pay their tuition by the College’s established deadlines.

College officials also contacted parents and guardians to inform them that students were released due to non-payment of outstanding balances and would be returning to their respective homes.  The College has invited all of the affected students to satisfy their outstanding bills before reapplying for the fall 2015 term.

For more information, please contact Helene Carter in the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.821.8323 or via email: hcarter@paine.edu<mailto:hcarter@paine.edu>.

At the Heart of it....Paine College Augusta Alumni Chapter Rally for the Love of Paine By Helene Carter

Posted by painewebmaster | 04/21/2015 09:25 AM

Paine College alumni are rallying support for their Alma Mater more now than ever.  For the love of Paine, the alumni of the Augusta Chapter will host a day of fundraising for the College on Friday, April 24th.  Alumni and friends are invited to visit the Alumni House located at 1208 Beman Street (West of the HEAL Complex) to drop off monetary donations in support of the Together, We Can Campaign for Paine.  Augusta Commissioner Bill Fennoy invited the City to lend support to his Alma Mater and stated that the well-being of Paine College lends to the health of the Augusta community.   Mayor Hardie Davis pitched in by declaring April 24, 2015 as Paine College Day.  Radio personalities Minnesota Fattz and Cher Best will broadcast live from the Alumni House courtyard from 11-1 p.m. followed by Kydd Joe of Power 107 from 1-3 p.m.


The Augusta Alumni Chapter extends an invitation to the community to visit the Alumni House between the hours of 11-6 p.m. to purchase a delicious fish or BBQ chicken dinner at a cost of $10.00 per plate.  Advanced purchases for the meal can be placed by contacting Mildred Kendrick (706)945.1362, Betty Tutt (706) 650-1004 or any member of the Augusta Alumni chapter.


Commissioner Fennoy said, "Paine College and her students are at the heart of everything we do in support of the institution.  We need all of our alumni and friends to come together in support of this institution that has served the community and its people for 133 years. I am appealing to the community to do more than purchase a ten dollar plate of food; I am asking the public to invest in Paine College by writing a check payable to the Together, We Can Campaign."


Also, Paine alums are gearing up for the annual Alumni Reunion weekend celebration that will occur May 8th-10th.  It is expected that Alumni will descend upon the campus to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class of 2015 and bear monetary gifts that will benefit the Together, We Can Campaign for Paine College.



For more information about Paine College Day and how to support Together, We Can Campaign, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, 396.8163 or email: tjwilliams@paine.edu<mailto:tjwilliams@paine.edu>.