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>.

Paine College Interdisciplinary Faculty Team Present on Social Justice Integration into the Classroom at GRU's Women's and Gender Studies Conference

Posted by painewebmaster | 04/17/2015 06:31 AM

An interdisciplinary team of Paine College faculty presented at Georgia Regents University's Mobilizing through the Media Women's and Gender Studies Conference on March 7th, 2015. Their presentation entitled "Justice Beyond the Classroom: The role of digital media in learning, creating, and acting on social issues" focused on the the integration of digital media in classroom and campus activities to promote student engagement in resolving social issues on campus and within the community. 

As a generation that is constantly hooked into some form of the information superhighway, college students have access to immediate information and an unprecedented opportunity to contribute to a global conversation about social inequities throughout the world. According to Rawls (2003) social justice demands the assurance of equal access to liberties, rights, and opportunities, as well as taking care of the least advantaged members of society.

College students are still forming ideas about their identity, beliefs, and role in society and in all major moves in regards to social justice, this population has played a critical role in propagating new ideas and demanding a response from the government, the previous generations and the nation’s promise. The digital age provides a new forum for civic engagement far removed from the marches and sit-ins of the 1960s allowing greater access and the possibility for integration into classroom activities and assignments. Additionally the integration of history, literature, theory and action can be bridged through digital mediums to help each student function as informed voices on social media, blogs, and within the campus community.

The research panel included Dr. Lawanda Cummings (Social Sciences), Dr. LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis (Education), Dr. Catherine Adams (Humanities) and Professor Teri Burnette (Media Studies). Each panelist presented pedagogical theory and examples of how the inclusion of digital media in the classroom promoted learning, reflecting (sankoka), unpacking, and an informed response to persistent social issues. 

 

Paine College Hosts Editors of the Black Arts Movement Reader: SOS—Calling All Black People

Posted by painewebmaster | 04/11/2015 07:42 AM

With recent accounts of growing racial tensions in Ferguson, New York City, and other cities across the country, and with the release of film “Selma,” civil rights and social justice is a hot topic on college campuses. During the 2015 Conference on the Black Experience (COBE) hosted annually at Paine College, three renown civil rights activists and scholars will discuss the activism of the past and of the present in conjunction with the release of their reader on the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s. The book talk and signing event for SOS—Calling All Black People (2014) will be held in Candler Memorial Library on Tuesday, April 28 at 7 p.m.  All three co-editors, Sonia Sanchez, John H. Bracey, Jr., and James Smethurst will autograph patrons’ books.

Sonia Sanchez is a nationally and internationally known warrior, poet, activist, professor, and author, who was a friend and frequent collaborator of the late Amiri Baraka during the Black Arts Movement. Sanchez and Baraka, along with Nathan Huggins, launched the first Black Studies program at a predominantly white university at San Francisco State in the late 1960s. Last November, Sanchez visited Paine College as the featured keynote for the 2014 Conference on the Harlem Renaissance. At that time, Sanchez expressed an interest in returning to the campus with her co-editors of SOS—Calling All Black People to present a panel discussion currently touring across the country. She will also offer a poetry workshop on the campus in Candler on Tuesday at 12:15 p.m.

John H. Bracey, Jr. is currently a professor and chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst (UMA). Bracey was active in the Civil Rights, Black Liberation, and other radical movements of Chicago. As one of the earlier builders of the Afro-American Studies Program at UMA, he has collaborated on numerous publications, contributed editorial work on projects such as the Papers of the NAACP, Amiri Baraka, and the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs. He has also been instrumental in the establishing of the Ph.D. program in Afro-American Studies and the graduate certificate in African Diaspora Studies. At COBE, Bracey will share his knowledge and experience regarding activism with conference participants. 

James Smethurst is also a professor in the Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Smethurst is a literary historian who has authored several books including: The New Red Negro: The Literary Left and African American Poetry, 1930-1946, The Black Arts Movement: Literary Nationalism in the 1960s and 1970s, and The African American Roots of Modernism: Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance. He is also the co-editor of Left of the Color Line: Race, Radicalism and Twentieth-Century Literature of the United States and Radicalism in the South since Reconstruction. During the visit to Paine College, Smethurst will talk with faculty about teaching and researching the literature of social justice. 

The connecting thread between Paine College and these notable professors is Catherine L. Adams. She is an assistant professor of English in the Humanities Department at Paine, and is also a former student of Sanchez (who retired from Temple University), Bracey, and Smethurst. Says Adams, “It is a unique honor to introduce my students to the people who strongly influenced who I am and the issues we discuss in the classroom today.”

Paine College Announces SACSCOC Visiting Team’s Preliminary Report --- “College is Moving in the Right Direction”

Posted by painewebmaster | 04/2/2015 12:06 PM

For Immediate Release

April 2, 2015

Augusta, GA - During the Paine College weekly assembly held in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel on April 1, 2015, Interim President Samuel Sullivan addressed students, faculty, staff and alumni about the College’s on-site visit from its accrediting body.   His announcement garnered a standing ovation and a round of applause.  Dr. Sullivan reported that the visiting team representing the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) presented a favorable preliminary report and indicated that the College was moving in the right direction.  “The review team departed today and took with them six of the ten findings,” said Dr. Sullivan. 

In 2014 and prior the review team’s visit to the campus, 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.

During the three-day visit (March 29-April 1, 2015), the SACSCOC Special Committee interviewed the College’s administrators, faculty, staff, and students. 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 is not final.  Paine College will have an opportunity to review a draft of the SACSCOC report in approximately fourteen days.  During the review of the draft report, the College will have an opportunity to respond to what it considers to be errors of fact. Following the College’s responses, SACSCOC will take the Institution’s responses under consideration and will prepare the final document and recommendations.

Dr. Sullivan expressed his appreciation to the Paine College Community and members of the Board of Trustees.  He applauded the efforts made by the special in-house committee.  The Paine committee addressed the initial findings during a nine-month period that resulted in six of the ten findings being satisfied.  Dr. Sullivan also acknowledged the superlative efforts made by the Student Government Association during the process.

Rev. Luther B. Felder, II, campus pastor, commented about the positive outcome of the SACSCOC’s assessment of the College’s operation. “We are grateful to the community for keeping us in their prayers and offering their financial support to the College during this very challenging season.  We are especially grateful to our faithful God who has heard our prayers and ministered to our needs.”

“Dr. Sullivan stated that the College should not be so quick to celebrate for there is much work to be done.  “We have much to be thankful for, yet we must return to work,” said Dr. Sullivan.  “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.”  “Together, we can move Paine College to greater heights and ensure its survival.” 

 

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.

Paine College Philosophy Professor Pens New Scholarly Book

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/27/2015 10:55 AM

Paine College Philosopher Anthony Sean Neal’s new book, COMMON GROUND: A Comparison of the Ideas of Consciousness in the Writings of Howard W. Thurman and Huey P. Newton, is a scholarly comparison of the ideas of consciousness as a means of community development and social transformation in the writings of these two men. This new work can be purchased through Africa World Press

This study examines the idea of consciousness as a phenomenal reality in the writings of Howard W. Thurman and Huey P. Newton. The purpose was to determine if there was confluence in the relationship between their usage of consciousness as an idea and their experience of blackness. This study was based on the premise that the experience of blackness caused a strong desire for freedom in the consciousness of the Africans who were brought to the Americas.

In order to develop a clearer understanding of the connection between experience and the modalities used by each writer to accomplish their goal it was necessary to approach this study through a critical method rooted in an Afrocentric paradigm. This paradigm also aided in gaining a better visualization of the desired goal of each writer. This study was qualitative in nature, using Afrocentric methods of interpretation concentrating on the African Freedom Aesthetic to extract the purpose and means through which consciousness was used in the writings of the research subjects.

This researcher found that both Thurman and Newton subscribed to the belief that in order for there to be a transformation in the lifestyle of blacks there would need to be a shift in the consciousness such that blacks could transcend the ill effects of living in a society which tolerated blacks but never embraced their humanity. The conclusion drawn from these findings suggests that confluence existed in the fact that both men believed that a change in consciousness gives the individual and community the ability to transcend the lived experience.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Anthony Sean Neal has a Doctorate of Arts in Humanities with an emphasis in African American Philosophy and Religion from Clark Atlanta University (the program converted to a Ph.D. in Humanities during his last semester). Anthony has taught at Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Point University, and currently Paine College. 

 

 

 

 

Paine College Philosophy Professor Pens New Scholarly Book

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/27/2015 10:55 AM

Paine College Philosopher Anthony Sean Neal’s new book, COMMON GROUND: A Comparison of the Ideas of Consciousness in the Writings of Howard W. Thurman and Huey P. Newton, is a scholarly comparison of the ideas of consciousness as a means of community development and social transformation in the writings of these two men. This new work can be purchased through Africa World Press

This study examines the idea of consciousness as a phenomenal reality in the writings of Howard W. Thurman and Huey P. Newton. The purpose was to determine if there was confluence in the relationship between their usage of consciousness as an idea and their experience of blackness. This study was based on the premise that the experience of blackness caused a strong desire for freedom in the consciousness of the Africans who were brought to the Americas.

In order to develop a clearer understanding of the connection between experience and the modalities used by each writer to accomplish their goal it was necessary to approach this study through a critical method rooted in an Afrocentric paradigm. This paradigm also aided in gaining a better visualization of the desired goal of each writer. This study was qualitative in nature, using Afrocentric methods of interpretation concentrating on the African Freedom Aesthetic to extract the purpose and means through which consciousness was used in the writings of the research subjects.

This researcher found that both Thurman and Newton subscribed to the belief that in order for there to be a transformation in the lifestyle of blacks there would need to be a shift in the consciousness such that blacks could transcend the ill effects of living in a society which tolerated blacks but never embraced their humanity. The conclusion drawn from these findings suggests that confluence existed in the fact that both men believed that a change in consciousness gives the individual and community the ability to transcend the lived experience.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Anthony Sean Neal has a Doctorate of Arts in Humanities with an emphasis in African American Philosophy and Religion from Clark Atlanta University (the program converted to a Ph.D. in Humanities during his last semester). Anthony has taught at Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Point University, and currently Paine College. 

 

Paine College Police Department Respond Swiftly to Suspicious Person Report

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/25/2015 07:48 AM

The Paine College Police Department received a report from a Paine College Residence Director that two students had an altercation on the basketball court.  It was reported that one of the students left the basketball court to retrieve what was perceived to be a firearm from the residence hall.

The Paine College Police Officers, upon receiving the report between 8:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., placed the campus in full lockdown mode and contacted Richmond County Sheriff’s Office as a precautionary measure. Paine College officials issued emergency alert notifications to students and the college community to remain inside until the threat was contained.

The Paine College Police Officers apprehended the student and conducted a full check of the student’s room.  No firearms or weapons were found in the student’s possession or in his dormitory room.    

The lockdown was lifted at 9:59 p.m. and students were notified simultaneously via the campus email system and the emergency alert notification system, e2Campus, that the threat had been contained. 

The e2Campus system is the voluntary OPT-in emergency notification system used by Paine College and over 800 other schools. To use the Paine College e2Campus Alert System, students, faculty, and staff must register with their Paine College email account. Users have the option of adding mobile and voice phone numbers. One must subscribe to the e2Campus system in order to receive e2Campus alerts. 

“Our department acted quickly by immediately locking down the campus and alerting students, faculty, and staff to remain inside until further notice,” says Paine College Police Chief, Joseph Nelson. “Our notification system sends out alerts by text, phone, email, and an outdoor warning siren system,” adds Chief Nelson. 

The Paine College Police Department is conducting an ongoing investigation.

More information will be released and shared with the campus community as it becomes available.  

Paine College History Club to host Living History Reenactments on March 28, 2015

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/23/2015 08:24 AM

The Paine College History Club will host its annual Living History Reenactments event on Saturday, March 28, 2015 in the historic Cedar Grove Cemetery.

This year’s participants will present noted African Americans from the CSRA like Amanda Dickson- Toomer, one of the wealthiest black women in nineteenth-century, and other prominent local figures in African American history like CT Walker and TW Josey.

“We are excited to host this reenactment that showcases important figures in African American history, said Triest Fisher, President of the Paine College History Club.”Each made significant contributions to our community and we welcome everyone to join us for this event .

Tours are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. 11:00a.m. and 12:00p.m. Admission to the event is free. Cedar Grove Cemetery is located at 120 Watkins Street  in Augusta, GA. For more information, call Dr. Robert Jones at 706.821.8131.

 

Paine College Celebrates Religious Emphasis Week 2015

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/17/2015 06:33 AM

Paine College will celebrate Religious Emphasis Week March 15th - March 21st. Religious Emphasis Week provides the Paine College community with an opportunity to express and celebrate our faith in God. This year’s theme is 2 Chronicles 7:14 - "Prayer Changes Things". The week began with the Sunday Morning Worship Service, “Anointed Women of Wesley Fellowship honoring Women in the Bible through Worship”. There are number of events planned throughout the week. The community can expect lectures, seminars, and student forums and informal discussions with students, faculty members, and speakers.

All events are free and the public is invited to attend.

Religious Emphasis Week Activities: Theme: 2 Chronicles 7:14 - "Prayer Changes Things"

Sunday, March 15, 2015 @ 9:30 a.m. ~Sunday Morning Worship Service~ “Anointed Women of Wesley Fellowship honoring Women in the Bible through Worship”  (Location - Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel)

Monday, March 16, 2015 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. ~AM I A SAFE DRIVER-DUI TRAILER AND DRIVING COURSE-(Location Parking Lot of Paine College’s Police Station)  * (Sponsored by The Waynesboro Sheriff Department~ Lt. David Hannah)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 9:00 am until 12 Noon~ INTERFAITH PANEL WITH AREA RELIGIOUS LEADERS   (Location -Candler Memorial Library)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. ~INTERFAITH PANEL WITH STUDENT LEADERS INCLUDING GEORGIA REGENTS UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AND PAINE COLLEGE STUDENTS (Location – Candler Memorial Library)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 11:00 a.m. ~RELIGIOUS EMPHASIS ASSEMBLY/COMMUNITY PRAYER-GUEST SPEAKER REVEREND DR. VANCE P. ROSS (Location - Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 @ 7:00 pm ~ Paine College Community Lenten Service  (Location - Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel)

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.~ THE END IT MOVEMENT TO SEX TRAFFICKING DAY  SKIT AND BALLOON RELEASE (LOCATION - PETER CAMPUS CENTER)

Friday, March 20th, 2015 12 Noon until 2:00 p.m.~ FRIDAY, MARCH 20TH-FUN DAY (LOCATION- PETER CAMPUS CENTER VERANDA)