Ala’Torya Cranford, ’09 To Serve On UNCF National Alumni Council Board of Directors

Posted by Admin | 09/5/2012 15:39 PM

(Augusta, GA) – Ala’Torya Cranford, ’09 was chosen to serve as a member of the 2012-2013 United Negro College Fund (UNCF) National Alumni Council Board of Directors. She holds the title of Assistant Southeast Regional Representative. As the Assistant Southeast Regional Representative, she will be responsible for working with 30 of the 38 UNCF member institutions. Cranford will also attend the annual NAC conferences and assist with increasing National Alumni Association involvement.

Cranford currently serves as Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at Paine College. She is responsible for overseeing a comprehensive alumni program including electronic communications, an on-line community, events (both on campus and regional), and programs to bring alumni together with current students as well as preparing students to develop into supportive and involved alumni through the Paine College Pre-Alumni Council.

“I’ve worked with Pre- Alumni students during the NAC/UNCF leadership conferences for the past two years.  It’s a privilege to be trusted to be a part of the UNCF/NAC Board.  God is blessing me and I plan to do my best as I represent my alma mater,” Cranford said.

The National Alumni Council is an affiliate of the United Negro College Fund, Inc. founded in 1946, to foster, influence and safeguard the existence and strength of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). 

About UNCF
UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization. UNCF provides operating funds for 38 member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), scholarships and internships for students at about 900 institutions and faculty and administrative professional training.

For more than 67 years, UNCF has raised more than $3.3 billion to help more than 400,000 students attend college and graduate from college. UNCF has distributed more funds to help minorities attend school than any entity outside of the U.S. government.

Relevant and responsive to our global economy, UNCF continues to raise funds to educate the best and the brightest among us despite their financial challenges. UNCF and its member schools continue to be at the forefront of the effort to create the next generation of professionals who will keep our nation competitive and secure our future.

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Photo caption: Ala’Torya Cranford



David and Betty Peterson - Working Together for Paine College

Posted by Admin | 01/10/2012 17:30 PM

There is no better place than Paine College to prepare for your life’s work.  Betty and I are Paine College graduates and believe that students should have an opportunity to experience Paine College in a stimulating, safe living and learning environment.  This is why Betty and I have chosen to support the College’s initiative to build the Health Education Activities Learning Complex in the vicinity of Randall A. Carter Gymnasium.

Betty and I are retired educators and we have witnessed firsthand how education can impact the lives of youth and young adults.  As we challenge our students to embrace the world with courage and objectivity, we must increase our offerings and provide the living and learning environment that will embody the mission and vision of the institution.

Betty and I agree that Paine College remains a sound investment.  The rate of return on the HEAL Complex will far exceed our principal gifts.  The construction of the HEAL Campaign will require the entire college community working together to support this historical initiative.  It will transform the academic infrastructure, campus life, and physical plant and reposition the college’s visibility throughout the state and the nation.   As a former Paine College athlete, I am looking forward to cheering the Lions in the new arena.

We invite all Paine College alumni and friends to join Betty and me on this incredible journey to ensuring the future and sustaining the vision for Paine College to become the premier liberal arts college in the region.

Betty Peterson, Class of 1957, Retired Educator
David Peterson, Class of 1956, Member, Paine College Board of Trustees
Los Angeles, California

Paine College receives the U.S. Department of Education’s Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) award

Posted by Admin | 10/4/2011 17:43 PM

(Augusta, GA)—Last week, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that 12 colleges and universities that serve large minority populations will receive $2,898,578 in grants to strengthen education programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Paine College was one of twelve institutions to receive the U.S. Department of Education’s Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) award.  Under the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP), grants were awarded to institutions in California, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, and Texas to increase the number of ethnic minorities, particularly ethnic women, studying in STEM fields.

"These grants will help prepare more minority students for STEM-related (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers, which are in high-demand and critical to building a competitive workforce that will grow our economy," Duncan said.

Funds awarded to Paine College for the first year will be $240,129 and will total $739,481 over the course of the three-year program.  This project will be lead by Dr. J. Derek Stone, Chair of the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology and co-directed by three Paine mathematics and computer science faculty members, Dr. C.P. Abubucker, Mrs. Komala Balakrishnan, and Dr. Lixin Wang. Additionally, Dr. Molly Zhou, of the Department of Education, will serve as program evaluator. 
The overarching goal of the program is to develop the mathematical skills of Paine College students in order to improve their overall performance in STEM courses. 

The program is arranged in to three (3) components: 1) A summer enrichment program to give incoming freshman the opportunity to develop their mathematical skills and improve their preparedness for college mathematics courses; 2) A STEM curriculum revision to enhance and update content and activities, and create a meaningful and stimulating, hand-on learning environment for students (particularly in mathematics courses); 3) Student retention and development activities will involve opportunities to conduct summer and academic year research with Paine faculty and present findings at scientific conferences. 

This program will help fulfill the need of producing high quality STEM majors and graduates to meet STEM career demands, which will ultimately benefit Paine College, but our city, our region and our country.

MSEIP supports the Administration's overall goal of improving STEM education to increase America's technological and scientific competitiveness. In addition to the goal of these grants – to expand career opportunities for underrepresented groups, especially women --the Administration is also working to improve the quality of math and science teaching in our Nation's schools so that students can master challenging content, think critically in STEM-related subjects, and are no longer outperformed by students in other nations.

MSEIP is currently supporting 38 continuation grants, in addition to the 12 three-year grants awarded today.

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