Paine College Selected As Atlanta Journal of Constitution’s HBCU of the Week

Posted by painewebmaster | 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.

Paine College Assistant Biology Professor Receives $193,000 STEM Research Grant

Posted by painewebmaster | 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. 

Paine College to Host Watch Party for the White House Conference on Aging

Posted by painewebmaster | 07/9/2015 09:50 AM

On July 13th, Paine College will be a host site for a White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) watch party. This decennial event gives older adults, families, caregivers, advocates, community leaders, and experts in the aging field the opportunity to discuss their vision for aging in the next decade. Over the next 15 years, thousands of baby boomers more will reach retirement age. They will help redefine how we see aging in America.  This event gives the nation the opportunity discuss issues that matter to seniors.  The audience will be able to engage online as the President and other senior Administration officials headline this event. Please join Paine College for the watch party on Monday, July 13th from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Watch in person in Haygood-Holsey Hall in room 220 on the Paine College campus or via live streaming by following this link: 


7th Annual Paine College Golf Tournament to be held August 31st

Posted by painewebmaster | 07/1/2015 05:05 AM

Paine College will host its seventh annual Paine College Golf Tournament on Monday, August 31, 2015, at the Jones Creek Golf Club located in Evans, Georgia. 

Jim Dent, Senior PGA Tour, will serve as the Honorary Chair, benefiting the Paine College Golf Program. “I am so pleased that this tournament is approaching its seventh year,” said Jim Dent. “It has been a great success over the years, raising over $140,000 for the College’s golf program.” 

It will include brunch along with various competitions held in conjunction with the tournament for prizes, including hole-in-one, longest drive and closest to the pin contests.  Following the tournament, there will be an awards ceremony and recognition dinner. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. ET, followed by a shotgun start at 10 a.m. 

The Paine golf program is one of the most successful golf programs in the Southeast. In 2012, the team won the Southern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (SIAC) Golf Classic.  The Lions successfully closed out the 2013 as back-to-back Conference Golf Champions. In 2014, team member Jerrell Hubbard represented the Lions in the 28th Annual PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship held May 9th-11th at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida. 

Golfers can register for the tournament by emailing, calling 706-821-8428 or sending the registration form by mail or completing it online.  The cost for the 18-hole tournament (cart included), awards dinner and show is $125 per player ($375 per team). 


Paine College to #ChimeWithCharleston in Show of Solidarity

Posted by painewebmaster | 06/20/2015 13:11 PM

As part of the #CharlestonUnited movement, churches are invited to participate in #ChimeWithCharleston and ring their bells in solidarity on Sunday, June 21st at 10 a.m. Paine College will join churches in Charleston and churches around the world in support of the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC where nine church members lost their lives by chiming the bells in Haygood Hosley Hall. To learn more about the #CharlestonUnited click here:

Paine College Associate Professor has Article Published in Journal of Black Studies

Posted by painewebmaster | 06/18/2015 06:50 AM

Dr. LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, an associate professor in the Department of Education, had an article published in the Journal of Black Studies.  Her article is titled “Black Feminist-Womanist Research Paradigm: Toward a Culturally Relevant Research Model Focused on African American Girls.” In this article, she provides an overview of the current status of research about African American girls along with showing the need for theories that accurately examine the lives of this population through a culturally relevant research model. The article demonstrates how culturally I e theories such as Black Feminist thought and Womanism can strengthen research about African American girls.

Dr.  Lindsay-Dennis was invited to serve as a panelist at the Penn Summit on Black Girls & Women in Education in May. Dr. Lindsay-Dennis shared her insight on the current status of research about Black girls experiences in school. The Penn Summit on Black Girls & Women, sponsored by Penn GSE’s The Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education (CSREE) brought together hundreds of members of the academic community to discuss Black girls and women in education. During the one-day event, attendees went to panels and workshops geared toward discussing how to improve organizational, professional, and institutional practices regarding Black girls and women. 

Dennis received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Morris Brown College, her master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Howard University and her doctorate in Educational Psychology from Georgia State University. She is currently working on a second masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Georgia Regents University.  Dr. Lindsay-Dennis who was also recently chosen as one of Augusta Magazine’s Top 10 young professionals. She is also the founder of Black Girls Matter, Inc.


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 ""

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 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:


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