Homecoming 2010 Cancellations

Posted by ncarter | 02/13/2010 02:24 AM

Due to the inclement weather conditions in the Central Savannah River Area, the Paine College Homecoming Parade scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, February 13, 2010 will be canceled.  

The following Homecoming events are still scheduled for the weekend. Please see the list of the following events:

Paine College Athletic Hall of Fame Breakfast-- 8a.m. at the Candler Memorial Library Building
Paine College Homecoming Game--2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the T.W. Josey High School Gymnasium
Paine College Greek Step Show -- 8 p.m. at the Randall Carter Gymnasium
Paine College Homecoming Alumni Party --10 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel & Suites

Tickets can be purchased at entrance of each event.

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!

For more information please contact The Office of Communications and Marketing at (676) 215-8576. 

Rick Wade, Senior Advisor & Deputy Chief of Staff, US Department of Commerce to Speak at Paine College

Posted by ncarter | 02/12/2010 04:55 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) – Paine College is proud to announce that Rick Wade, Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Commerce will deliver the keynote address for the 128th Founders’ Day Convocation on Friday, February 12, 2010. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.  A large turnout is expected as many will gather to celebrate the founding of the institution during the Homecoming weekend.

About Rick Wade

As a senior aide to Secretary Gary Locke, Mr. Wade has a hand in all major policy and personnel decisions at the Commerce Department.
 
Mr. Wade helps to manage the Commerce Department’s annual budgets, including the budgets for all 12 of the Commerce Department’s divisions; develop the creation of new regulations that impact Commerce Department activities; and promote legislative priorities on Capitol Hill.
 
Since joining Commerce, Mr. Wade has been a forceful advocate for the Department’s priorities at many domestic and international forums including the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade and the African Growth and Opportunity Act Forum.

Additionally, Mr. Wade works closely with the White House to ensure President Obama’s economic program is implemented by Commerce Department initiatives.
 
Prior to his appointment at the Commerce Department, Mr. Wade was a key advisor to the Obama for America presidential campaign in the early primary states of Iowa and South Carolina, and Mr. Wade successfully directed the campaign’s effort to mobilize unprecedented numbers of African American voters across the country. After the successful 2008 election, Mr. Wade served as a senior advisor to the Presidential Transition Team.
 
Mr. Wade is a former executive at Palmetto GBA, a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina. Prior to working for Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Mr. Wade was a member of the Cabinet of South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges. In his cabinet post, he served as state director of the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services. 
 
Mr. Wade has worked as a senior associate for Fowler Communications Inc. in South Carolina, and before that for Hoffman-La Roche Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was a senior government affairs manager.
 
A native of South Carolina, Mr. Wade began his career in the South Carolina state house where he worked as an analyst for the House Ways and Means Committee. Mr. Wade then worked for the University of South Carolina and then as Chief of Staff to the South Carolina Lieutenant Governor.
 
He received a B.S. from the University of South Carolina and Master of Public Administration from Harvard University, where he was also a Kennedy Fellow. He has studied at both the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia and Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.  
 
Among his many community affiliations, Mr. Wade has served as a trustee for the Sisters of Charity Foundation, and as Chairman of the Board for the Columbia South Carolina Urban League, the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families and the USC Educational Opportunity Center.
 
The public is invited to attend. For additional information contact the Office of Public Relations at 706-396-7591, Ncarter@paine.edu <mailto:Ncarter@paine.edu> , or visit www.paine.edu/homecoming.
 

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Paine College is a church-related, four-year private institution. The mission of Paine College 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. Paine College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate degrees and functions partly by the generous support of The United Methodist Church, the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and the United Negro College Fund. For additional information visit www.paine.edu.

ATTENTION STUDENTS: Deadline approaching for Scholarships/Honors/Awards Applications

Posted by ncarter | 02/1/2010 07:27 AM

The Scholarships/Honors/Awards application packet is now available online courtesy of the Committee on Scholarships Honors and Awards (COSHA). 

You can now apply for scholarships, honors and awards from the comfort of your residence hall or home.

Simply click the link below to start. 

http://www.paine.edu/docs/webform.aspx?id=128954
 

The application will provide you with:

    * Eligibility Requirements
    * Guidelines and Submission of Application
    * Dates and other pertinent information
    * Application checklist
    * Application form
    * Recommendation form
    * Essay upload form

Eligibility

Students applying for awards, honors, or scholarships must:

   1. Currently be enrolled full-time
   2. Be in good academic standing
   3. Meet all eligibility requirements for each individual scholarship, honor, or award


Guidelines and Submission of Application

   1. Applications must originate from students.
   2. Applications must be typed.
   3. Only one application is required to apply for any of the scholarships listed in this packet.
   4. Applicants must complete the appropriate checklist for each scholarship category applying for.
   5. All financial awards will only be credited toward student accounts for the 2010-2011 academic year.  Cash awards will not be given.
   6. Please do not wait until the deadline date to begin your application. You will not have time to gather or scan of all the application materials that may be needed.
   7. Verify that you meet the criteria for all scholarships, honors, and awards applied for.
   8. The complete Application Package (application, two essays, two recommendations, and checklists) must all be submitted.
   9. All application packets should be posted, by 5:00 p.m., March 1, 2010.
  10. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


Important Dates

Deadline to Submit Application:  March 1, 2010

Honors Day 2010: April 07, 2010


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT, DR. C. R. NAIR, WALKER SCIENCE BUILDING, ROOM 106 OR CALL 706-821-8384 OR EMAIL AT CNAIR@PAINE.EDU

Dr. Pernessa Seele to serve as keynote speaker for New Tools New Vision 2's Inaugural Dinner

Posted by ncarter | 01/27/2010 06:54 AM

 New Tools New Vision 2 Augusta presents the Augusta Balm In Gilead Initiative Inaugural Dinner

(AUGUSTA, GA) -  On Thursday, January 28, 2010 New Tools New Vision 2 Augusta will present its Balm In Gilead Initiative Inaugural Dinner. Dr. Pernessa C. Seele founder and CEO of The Balm In Gilead, Inc., a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization will serve as keynote speaker.  The event will begin at 6 p.m. In the Candler Memorial Library Building.

This activity is organized by New Tools New Visions 2 Augusta; a Paine College/Community collaborative organization built on Community Based Participatory Research principles and funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Inc. The event’s purpose is to organize the Augusta Churches in a public, celebratory activity; one in which Pastors, Ministers and other Religious leaders can publicly commit their churches to the Annual Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS, and begin to fashion a community sense of encouraging HIV/AIDS education, promoting HIV testing and organizing against stigma. The group’s intention to serve as an umbrella/vehicle for increasing the level of public awareness in the Augusta Black church community.

For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591.

About Dr. Seele:

Pernessa C. Seele is founder and CEO of The Balm In Gilead, Inc., a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization whose mission is to prevent diseases and to improve the health status of people of the African Diaspora by providing support to faith institutions in areas of program design, implementation and evaluation which strengthens their capacity to deliver programs and services that contribute to the elimination of health disparities.
 
As a pioneer in mobilizing and educating faith communities to become engaged in the fight against AIDS and other health disparities, Dr. Seele is known throughout the African Diaspora for her extraordinary vision and ability to create partnerships among faith leaders of various cultures and religious doctrines to become leaders in health promotion and disease prevention by providing comprehensive educational programs and offering compassionate support to all persons affected by life-threatening diseases.
 
Under Dr. Seele’s leadership, The Balm In Gilead has supported the establishment of over 12 national health offices within the national headquarters of Catholic, Protestant and Muslim communities in Africa and the United States; Furthermore, the Balm In Gilead has engaged nearly 10 million churchgoers throughout the United States in health awareness campaigns through the effective mobilization of African American churches to address public health issues.

Dr. Seele received the prestigious honor of being named a TIME 100 when the national newsmagazine selected her one of  100 people “Shaping our World” and featured her on the cover of this highly anticipated annual issue in May 2006.  In January 2006, Dr. Seele was an invited guest of President and First Lady Laura Bush for the State of the Union Address as a symbol of the President’s commitment to work with African American churches in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  Essence Magazine  honored her with three features. In the May 2005 and 35th Anniversary issue, she was named one of the 35 most beautiful and remarkable women in the world.  In February 2004, she was featured as “One of the New Activists” in the tradition of African American’s greatest heroes” and in October 2003, Essence named her one of “50 Women Shaping the World”, along with Oprah Winfrey and other distinguished women. 
 
Pernessa Seele received a Doctorate of Humane Letters from the College of New Rochelle, NY and a Bachelor and Master of Science from Clark Atlanta University in ’76 & ’79. She is a native of Lincolnville, South Carolina.


Paine College is a church-related, four-year private institution. The mission of Paine College 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. Paine College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate degrees and functions partly by the generous support of The United Methodist Church, the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and the United Negro College Fund. For additional information visit www.paine.edu.

Savannah River Remediation Donates $5,000 for Paine College Annual Scholarship Fund

Posted by ncarter | 01/27/2010 06:18 AM

Jim French, Savannah River Remediation (SRR) President and Project Manager, presented a $5,000 check to Dr. George C. Bradley, President of Paine College in Augusta last week. The donation will go towards the Paine College Annual Scholarship Fund (ASF) for Paine College students.

The Annual Scholarship Fund is the single most important fundraising priority of the College because it provides direct financial support to Paine College students. Scholarships are the means through which the College recruits and retains the best students. The Paine College Annual Scholarship Fund provides scholarship assistance to students based on merit and need. About 90% of students are in need of financial assistance others are eligible for federal funding, but there is still a significant unmet need. The Annual Scholarship Fund assists students in their goal of receiving a college education.

SRR is the Savannah River Site’s (SRS) Liquid Waste contractor.  SRS is owned by the U.S. Department of Energy. SRR is composed of a team of companies led by URS Corp. with partners Bechtel National, CH2M Hill and Babcock & Wilcox. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, Energy Solutions and Washington Safety Management Solutions.

Photo Cutline: Jim French, Savannah River Remediation (SRR) President and Project Manager, (left) presents a $5,000 check to Dr. George C. Bradley, President of Paine College in Augusta.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or visit www.paine.edu/givetopaine

 

Black student leaders hopeful for Haiti’s recovery

Posted by ncarter | 01/19/2010 07:05 AM

Story by Ciona D. Rouse| United Methodist News Service


If New Orleans can recover from Hurricane Katrina, there is hope the people of Haiti will find new life after the massive earthquake that struck Jan. 12.
“I feel hope for those people,” said Charlie Coleman, a student leader at Dillard University in New Orleans.

“I know that those people in Haiti right now are feeling like there’s lost hope and there’s nothing that can be done because it was a natural disaster,” said Coleman, a freshman. “If New Orleans can overcome the obstacle with the help of the United States and with other countries and everybody working together, Haiti can rebuild, as well.”

Coleman and 23 other young leaders who are enrolled in or have graduated from the 11 United Methodist-related historically black colleges and universities gathered in Nashville for an orientation to The Black College Fund’s Lina H. McCord ambassador program.

As they learned more about telling the story of The Black College Fund, many students also followed the news closely to receive updates of the aftermath and responses to the Jan. 12 Haitian earthquake.
William Montgomery, a senior at Rust College in Holly Springs, Miss., has had Haiti on his heart for several months. The pastor of Ecru and Thaxton United Methodist churches said his mission team selected Haiti as its destination for summer missions.

Although he was originally unable to go on the mission trip with his congregation, Montgomery now feels called to connect his church with the United Methodist Committee on Relief and lead a team there when the time is right.

“God has a plan, and I’m going to probably change (my schedule) and end up leading the team to go help in whatever way we can,” Montgomery said.
The young leaders were happy to see communities coming together to support the people of Haiti in their immediate recovery, especially seeing the success of social networking efforts reaching young audiences.

“I’m impressed with the response,” said Courtneika Hudson, a senior at Paine College in Augusta, Ga. “I know there is a lot of stigma in society about young people not really caring a lot about what’s going on in the world. So just to see the outreach that we have … it was actually quite rewarding to see that.”

The student leaders have helped to coordinate relief efforts on their campuses, like conducting clothing and food drives and holding fundraising events for Haiti.
Recognizing Haiti’s long history of poverty, the students also hope that the efforts will continue past the immediate relief.

“I want people to realize that it has to be a continued effort in helping a country, a city, even a state rebuild and become what it once was,” Coleman said.

*Rouse is a freelance writer based in Nashville.
News media contact: David Briggs, Nashville, Tenn., (615) 742-5470 or newsdesk@umcom.org.

Photo caption: Courtneika Hudson, senior at Paine College and former Black College Fund Lina H. McCord Ambassador.

Late senator's son among speakers at Paine event

Posted by ncarter | 01/19/2010 06:57 AM

Story by Preston Sparks, The Augusta Chronicle
Photo courtesy of Jackie Ricciardi/ The Augusta Chronicle

Speaking at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance at Paine College, U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy told a crowd Monday that today's generation can and should continue the work of Dr. King.
"If anything, we need to do the work of Dr. King in these times as much as ever before because we don't have Dr. King to inspire us every single day to go out there and march for civil rights," said Kennedy, the youngest son of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy and nephew of president John F. Kennedy.

Kennedy, a Democrat from Rhode Island, was the day's keynote speaker at the request of the the Rev. Larry Fryer, an organizer of Monday's event. The program involved local politicians, several area pastors and a racially diverse crowd holding hands at times and singing such songs as We Shall Overcome and Lift Every Voice and Sing .

Fryer said that in the past, separate King Day events were held in Augusta, but the two came together this year at Paine's Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel as a sign of unity.
Before a packed chapel, Fryer and others presented Kennedy a plaque in honor of his father, whom Fryer called "one of the most effective lawmakers in the history of the Senate."
Kennedy went on to refer to his family's storied past and how he never knew his uncle "Jack" and was just a baby when another uncle, Bobby Kennedy, was assassinated.
"I often feel to myself, I wish I was around back then (as a politician)," he said, but noted that "I was born to live in these times."

Kennedy spoke about current issues that he says connect with King's message of equality for all.
He said that in his time as a politician -- first being elected on the state level as a representative at age 21 and then to Congress at 27 -- he's fought a bill that targeted illegal immigrants and led the push for national health care reform.
As for the pending health care reform bill, a topic his father championed, Kennedy said he believes "something will get passed," calling it "a moral argument" that all citizens get equal access to medical care.

Referring to himself as "a gratefully recovering alcoholic," he also said he's pushed for greater understanding and fair insurance coverage for those struggling with substance abuse and mental illness.

While talking about his father, Kennedy addressed today's special election in Massachusetts to fill his dad's seat in the Senate. He told the crowd a high turnout would be key for the Democratic side to win, saying before the event that "failure isn't an option."
In closing, Kennedy returned to King's message of effecting change for the better, saying anyone, whether having a famous last name or not, can do so.

"Frankly, his message was a message that should resonate with all of us, that all of us can be great because all of us can serve," he said.

Photo caption: US Congressman Patrick Kennedy (RI-1) speaks to a crowd during the 19th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Observance at Paine College's Gilbert-Lambert Memorial Chapel.

Civil rights leader calls for more work to be done

Posted by ncarter | 01/19/2010 06:40 AM

Story by Preston Sparks, The Augusta Chronicle
Photo courtesy of Rainier Ehrhardt/The Augusta Chronicle

At an event honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, a man who knew him well, the Rev. James Lawson, told an Augusta crowd Friday that more work is needed in the struggle for equality.

"To remember the '60s in Augusta, you have come a long way. And you have a long way to go," the civil rights leader said during the gathering, which was held at Paine College and included officials from Paine, Augusta State University, Augusta Technical College and Medical College of Georgia.
The Rev. Lawson told the hundreds packed into Paine's Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel that the civil rights movement, part of which he spent working with Dr. King, spanned the 1950s through the 1970s and "was too short and was aborted before its time by the forces of violence and racism in the United States."
"We need a fresh burst in the United States of equality, liberty and justice for all, and we the people must make it happen," he said. "Obama and the Congresses and governors will not do it unless we ordinary people are mobilized for change."

Speaking of President Obama, the Rev. Lawson -- a retired Methodist pastor and now Distinguished University Professor at Vanderbilt University -- said "we have every reason this year to celebrate," but added, "the white majority of this country did not vote for Barack Obama."
The Rev. Lawson also mentioned an incident in the news in which Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was quoted in a book referring in 2008 to then-Sen. Obama as "light-skinned" and "with no Negro dialect."

Mr. Reid apologized to the president, who said he forgave the senator.
"We will continue to have such incidents of that because racism is a fact of life in the United States no matter how much we may deny it," the Rev. Lawson said. "No matter how much we may want to run away from it, it is a reality."

The Rev. Lawson then spoke of his time with Dr. King, whose life and legacy will be honored Monday with a federal holiday. The retired pastor, whom Dr. King once dubbed "the leading nonviolence theorist in the world," recalled how he first met Dr. King in the '50s and how Dr. King asked for his help.
In 1968 the Rev. Lawson invited Dr. King to Memphis to help black sanitation workers who had gone on strike.
The day before his assassination, Dr. King delivered his famous "Mountaintop" speech in support of the strikers.

"On the last day of his life, we met early in the morning for about an hour or so of discussion," the Rev. Lawson said.

He said Dr. King's movement was about recognizing that "every human being is in the image of God and should be treated like that in all facets."
At Friday's event the crowd sang spirituals and ended with blacks and whites seated next to one another, holding hands and collecting money for those in Haiti affected by this week's deadly earthquake.
For Paine College freshman Michael Woodard, the event was a call to change for the better.

"It's up to the youth to take that step forward," he said.

Civil Rights Leader keynote speaker for Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration

Posted by ncarter | 01/15/2010 05:58 AM


CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR ANNUAL 
MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY CELEBRATION

(AUGUSTA, GA)– On January 15, 2010 Paine College,Augusta Technical College, Augusta State University and Medical College of Georgia will present the annual Tri-College Martin Luther King Day Celebration. The event will began at 12 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. This years, keynote speaker is The Reverend James Lawson, professor, pastor and civil rights leader.

Lawson first met the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957, and they soon joined forces to realize their dream of starting a non-violent mass movement and continued to work with King until his death but has never given up on their shared dream of racial harmony.

Lawson was dubbed by King as “the leading nonviolence theorist in the world,” studied the Gandhian movement in India before becoming a leader in the civil rights movement. His life – including his student years at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. has been marked by an abiding faith in Christianity and non-violence, and a willingness to pay the price for those beliefs.

He served 13 months of a three-year prison sentence for refusing the draft during the Korean War, and was expelled from Vanderbilt in 1960 because of his work helping to desegregate lunch counters in downtown Nashville. After a national press uproar and threats of mass faculty resignations, a compromise allowed Lawson to complete his graduate studies at Vanderbilt University. He opted instead to complete his degree at Boston University.

Lawson went on to a career in the ministry, serving for 25 years as pastor of Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, before becoming pastor emeritus in 1999. He returned to Vanderbilt Divinity School in 1970-71 during a sabbatical, and that school recognized him in 1996 with its first Distinguished Alumnus Award. The Association of Vanderbilt Black Alumni named Lawson the 2002 Walter R. Murray Distinguished Alumnus, and he was named Vanderbilt’s 2005 Distinguished Alumnus.

He continues to spend much of his time at Vanderbilt teaching, speaking and participating in discussion groups with faculty. Lawson was interviewed for the original documentary on the civil rights movement, and is delighted that another generation can view “Eyes on the Prize”. 

“It gives a picture of the scope of the (civil rights) movement,” Lawson said. “Dr. (Martin Luther) King and the movement in the black South, especially in the ‘50s and ‘60s, represents the zenith of the struggle of the American people to become the kind of people that … this idealist wants us to become.”

Vanderbilt archiving experts are cataloguing his papers, and Lawson plans to do some writing – perhaps an autobiography – based on the papers.

For more information, please contact Natasha Carter at (706) 396-7591.

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Paine College is a church-related, four-year private institution. The mission of Paine College 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. Paine College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate degrees and functions partly by the generous support of The United Methodist Church, the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and the United Negro College Fund. For additional information visit www.paine.edu.

Remembering Reverend Dr. Eugene Clayton Calhoun, Jr. – Humanitarian, Social Justice Advocate and Higher Education Pioneer

Posted by ncarter | 01/12/2010 02:32 AM


“I’ll Go Where You Want Me To Go” 
 
Photo courtesy of the Paine College Collins- Calaway Library Archives
Story compiled by Helene Carter

“I knew him first as my president, then as my employer, but I grew to love him as my friend,” said Dr. Mallory K. Millender, historian who graduated in 1964 from Paine College, Augusta, Georgia and went on to serve as a professor at his alma mater.  Paine College Historian,  Dr. Millender recounts the life and contributions of his friend, the late Reverend Dr. Eugene Clayton Calhoun, a Methodist minister who led Paine through “perhaps the 14 most significant years in American history – 1956-1970”.  Dr. Millender is joined by Dr. Silas Norman, President of the Paine College National Alumni Association, and by Dr. George C. Bradley, President of Paine College, who gave an account of their personal experiences with Dr. Calhoun.

The Reverend Dr. Eugene Clayton Calhoun, Jr., age 97, died on Thursday, December 31, 2009 at Givens Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.  The Paine College community mourns the passing of this remarkable, gentle but fearless trailblazer who lived life filled with compassion for his fellowman. Dr. Calhoun, the eighth president of Paine College, led the effort to establish the Black College Fund through which the United Methodist Church provides funds to Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  His “calling to serve humanity” took him across the globe from the Far East to Georgia and on each journey carved an indelible path of social justice for the invisible man and those who were voiceless.
 
In Dr. Mallory Millender’s voice, “he was loved by students, faculty, staff and alumni. We loved him because he treated us the way we hoped that all people would treat us--but few Southern whites did--with respect, fairness and love.”             
           
Dr. Silas Norman, Jr., also a Paine graduate, served as a Student Government President during Dr. Calhoun’s administration.  “I had the opportunity to be a student during the tumultuous years of civil rights activity that began to sweep the nation, “said Norman. He further commented, “The Paine College student body was very active in challenging the historic racial segregation and discrimination existent in the Augusta community. Dr. Calhoun  exhibited a level of decency, sensitivity, and support that we respected. I cannot remember a single instance where he took any action to discourage or stifle our efforts. In fact, he took a public stance in support of our activities.”
 
Millender describes Dr. Calhoun as a “bridge builder” in the community.  “He was born to Christian parents who defied segregation.  His father, a minister and a lawyer, felt that he had a moral as well as a legal responsibility to fight discrimination. And he instilled those values in his children.”
 
            Said Millender, “I believe that Dr. Calhoun was perhaps divinely placed at Paine College during the tumultuous years when this nation moved from segregation to integration. The Methodist church sent him to do mission work in the Far East because few people in the church had the skills needed to work with the cultures in Japan and China.”
 
            “From China, Dr. Calhoun came to Paine because he had long ago adopted the philosophy of the song, "I'll Go Where You Want Me to Go, Dear Lord," He said.”And He just set me down in my native South in the midst of the Civil Rights Revolution."
           
“He hosted James Farmer and the Freedom Riders on the Paine campus just before their buses were turned over and burned in Anniston, Alabama in 1961. And he was president at Paine in 1970 when the Augusta riot resulted in the death of six black men, all of them shot in the back.”
 
            Remembering the Augusta riot, Millender said, “As a white man respected in the black and white communities, he was a stabilizing force when then-governor Lester Maddox sent 2,000 National Guard troops to Augusta to quell the riot, many of whom surrounded the Paine campus, "not to protect you, but to contain you," he said the head of the National Guard unit told him, adding, "We have you cordoned off." During the same month, a shot was fired into Dr. Calhoun's home, missing his head by less than a foot.”
 
            “Dr. Calhoun knew how to raise support for Paine College, said Millender. “When he came to Paine, the institution was in danger of closing for financial reasons. But Dr. Calhoun raised money, attracted outstanding faculty members, and raised expectations.”            
 
Recounting his first meeting with Dr. Calhoun, Dr. George C. Bradley, said, “A Christian man of great faith, Dr. Calhoun believed in that part of the Paine College mission to “provide a liberal arts education of the highest quality that emphasizes academic excellence, ethical and spiritual values, social responsibility, and personal development.”  Bradley goes on to say, “Dr. Calhoun is best known for building many of the physical structures on campus. Of particular note, the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, was erected during his tenure. The painting that hangs in the narthex of Gilbert-Lambuth pictures Dr. John Wesley Gilbert and Bishop Walter R. Lambuth, two individuals that Dr. Calhoun admired very much.  It is said that when these humble individuals met in London to start their missionary journey to the Congo, Gilbert asked, “What shall be our relationship?” Lambuth replied, “We shall be as brothers.”  When I met Dr. Calhoun for the first time in the fall of 2008 it was if I had met a brother in the Spirit.”
 
“Dr. Calhoun was also a visionary,” commenting Dr. Millender who recounts an incident involving a Paine College professor whose work led to the establishment of the Head Start Program. Dr. Millender recounts Dr. Calhoun’s persevering actions surrounding a Paine College professor.  In the voice of Dr. Calhoun…..[“And I think I told you that Mrs. Mattie Bell Braxton, professor of education, really carried a lot of compassion for me. She put her arms around me coming down the stairs there.  And she did it with the greatest of ease, with no sense of difference in our age or in our ethnicity. She put her arms around my shoulders and said, “How are you doing?” in one of those toughest times.  And I was so distressed when they called and told me about her service, that I couldn’t go there. Our relationship was special. I don’t know how to classify it. It’s just the way it is. But I was disappointed not to be at her funeral service. And Dr. Scott went—not instead, but they did ask him, and he went. And he related a special incident.  She had made an application to one of the agencies of the national government for a grant for a program that she had designed for Paine College.  And they had turned it down because they said that there was a program at Dillard that was too much like that. And I thought that was a very poor reason for turning her down. The truth of the matter, the program was very much what eventually became known as the Head Start program. Now we were involved in Head Start.  I called the Congressman [Stephens]. I think he was from Athens or somewhere over in there. I asked him to come by the College on his way back to Washington. And I had some of our trustees meet with him.  We met in the President’s Dining Room there in the new Campus Center. I told him that they had turned us down because they said it was too much like a program at Dillard. I told him that if the program at Dillard was that good for them to make the grant, that this just seemed to me to be not just awful, but a violation of integrity. And he agreed with it. He went right back, and we got a grant that got us started in what became the Head Start Program.  But that was Mrs. Braxton’s doing. So it was a deep personal exchange between us. It’s something that I’ll always remember.”]
 
“During my last visit with Dr. Calhoun on the Paine Campus in 2009, I had the opportunity to express our appreciation for his leadership and decency that he exhibited during some very challenging years of  challenge to racial segregation and discrimination that characterized our society”, said Norman. “Even before we began our demonstrations and community meetings with Augusta City officials, I remember an incident that characterized his consistency of character and support for students. In the Spring of 1959, the College Choir took a trip to Florida. Upon returning, we had occasion to stop in Louisville, Ga. because of mechanical problems with the bus. While there at the service station where the bus was being repaired,  those of us on the bus bought soda pop from the station. We had deposits on bottles in those days, which I remember as  three to four cents. However, the proprietor charged us more than 10 cents. We were at the station longer than expected , and sought to return the bottles and retrieve our deposits. The  proprietor objected to returning our deposits, and when we insisted, he called the police. They arrived  and demanded that we board our bus and leave town. When we did not move quickly enough, we were herded to the bus at gunpoint. The last person to board the bus was the late Joseph Stinson, then Chairman of the Student Body.  Joseph was physically assaulted because he was not moving fast enough. Dr Calhoun went to Louisville to meet with Louisville City officials to protest our treatment. Then as now, his action, while appropriate, was not typical of the response we  had come to expect from White people.”
 
Dr. Calhoun was the architect of the modern Paine College environment and much of the Paine campus. Eight buildings were erected during his tenure: Gray Hall, Belle Bennett Hall, Hollis Hall, Irvin Hall, the Edmund Peters Campus Center, the President's House (Paine House), the Dean of Students' residence, and the Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel which has stones embedded, in front of the altar, which he brought back from the ruins of Ephesus in Greece. 
           
Dr. Calhoun’s book, Men Who Ventured Much and Far, tells the story of John Wesley Gilbert, a minister in the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church, and Walter Russell Lambuth, a bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, who in 1911 went to the Belgian Congo and set up the first Methodist mission in Africa.
 
Said Dr. Bradley, “Dr. Calhoun was the oldest living past president of Paine College.  He will be sorely missed by the Paine College community and by all who knew and loved him.  We thank God for the life, wisdom and vision of Dr. E. Clayton Calhoun and pray God’s mercy for his family.  Echoing Bradley’s sentiments, Norman said, “We will miss the likes of an E. Clayton Calhoun. May he rest in peace.”