PAINE COLLEGE OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE NEW INITIATIVES

Posted by painewebmaster | 06/16/2014 14:40 PM

After reviewing the College’s operating policies and procedures, the Paine College community came together to review priorities that are in line with the Campus Strategic Plan and developed a strategy for moving forward.  The leadership identified the following priorities. 

PAINE COLLEGE WILL ADDRESS HEALTH ISSUES IN OUR COMMUNITY

With the growing need for information regarding health in the local community, Paine College has made a concerted effort to partner with local entities to address many of the contemporary health and wellness-related issues that face this community. These initiatives include discussions, classes, and seminars that offer an outreached hand to the needs of our great city.

We held events at the HEAL (Health, Education, Activities and Learning) Complex that educate the community-at-large, from the Hate Crimes forum that brought knowledge and awareness of crimes involving hatred and prejudice to our exciting new Summer Series that incorporates Art, Movies, Fitness and Dance for youth, as well as fitness and a book club for adults. All of these events are absolutely free for the community to attend.

PAINE COLLEGE WILL BECOME A SMOKE FREE CAMPUS

The campus of Paine College will be a smoke free environment to further the institution’s effort in promoting a healthier living environment for students and working environment for faculty and staff.  As of July 1, 2014, Paine College will become a smoke free campus. No tobacco related products will be allowed on campus. Paine College now joins more than 1,300 college and university campuses who have adopted a smoke free policy since 2009. According to the CDC, cigarette smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year, with more than 41,000 of these deaths coming from secondhand smoke. Paine College is committed to advocating healthy lifestyles and this is a great step in that direction.  

PAINE COLLEGE WILL MAINTAIN A HIGH LEVEL OF SECURITY                        

The leadership of the institution reviewed security policies and practices, and looked at ways to strengthen and maintain a high level of safety on and around the campus. As of July 1, 2014, visible identification will be required for all individuals who enter the campus.  All Paine College faculty, staff, and students will be required to wear their Paine College ID exposed and visitors to the campus will be required to acquire and wear a visitors badge while on campus. 

Additional police officers have been added to Paine College’s safety department and a 24-hour security presence will remain in effect at all vehicle-accessed entrances.  Additional surveillance cameras have been put in strategic places on campus.   The Paine College Police Department has the ability to communicate directly with Richmond County Law Enforcement using special communications equipment.   The campus leadership will continue to monitor these measures and make adjustments as needed. With these additional systems in place, it is important to ensure that Paine College remains a safe learning and living environment.

PAINE COLLEGE WILL RESTRUCTURE OPERATIONS

Paine College’s administration conducted a campus-wide review of the operations and practices of the Institution.  Adjustments are being put in place for better efficiencies and consolidation of services as a part of the restructuring process.  The administration will implement the restructuring strategies over the next 120 days which we expect to save the College $2.4 million over the next fiscal year.  This will ensure that the College runs a system that is cost effective while taking advantage of opportunities to grow the Institution. 

Over the last two years, we have worked with the U.S. Department of Education to provide them with evidence that Paine College is in compliance with their regulations. The regional accrediting body for Paine College is aware of this work.  As we work to demonstrate the efficiency of the organization and implement new internal controls, we look forward to welcoming a great freshman class, while providing a world class education for returning students. 

Paine College Wins Prestigious Technology Award for Best QuickLaunch Single- Sign-On System

Posted by painewebmaster | 06/13/2014 05:21 AM

By Helene Carter

How technology is integrated into the day-to-day academic setting depends heavily on professors’ instructional goals and teaching methods.  Paine College uses technology to enhance teaching and learning in its traditional classroom settings and in online environments. 

In 2011, Michael Hicks, Director of Information Technology Services, steered a partnership with CampusEAI Consortium to build the capacity to better support the College’s administrative operations and teaching-learning environments.  The partnership led to an award of $1.6 million value-added technology and support for the College.  Since the formation of the partnership, the College has emerged as the best higher education institution using myCampus QuickLaunch Single-Sign-Ons (SSOs) applications.

Mr. Hicks recently accepted the “Best myCampus QuickLaunch SSO Award” during the 2014 CampusEAI Consortium Members Conference held in Cleveland, Ohio on June 4th.  The CampusEAI Consortium is a global technology services and consulting provider that is focused on cost-effective enterprise IT solutions.  CampusEAI is comprised of over 1,800 institutions from 10 countries.

According to CampusEAI Executive Director, Anjli Jain, “Paine College has become the best by creating a robust myCampus QuickLaunch SSO environment featuring Single Sign On's to Jenzabar, Blackboard, e2Campus, Exchange and Office365.”  Ms. Jain, a much sought-after expert in the field of integrating technology in educational environments, further stated, “Paine has also implemented remote administration for the QuickLaunch SSOs and their public website making the College a new leader in the myCampus SSO environment.” 
As part of the partnership, Mr. Hicks is frequently invited to share lessons learned during iSeminars hosted by CampusEAI for its member institutions.  During the iSeminar held on June 10th, he described the benefits for having implemented the CampusEAI After-Hours Help Desk Support system.  “Prior implementing the CampusEAI after-hours system, we were faced with pulling resources and manpower from other critical-needs areas and applying those resources to respond to the campus community’s requests that occurred after business hours.  With CampusEAI in place, the campus community can request tech support 24/7 and secure assistance from certified technicians who are familiar with the College’s enterprise systems and culture.”  Mr. Hicks further stated that the CampusEAI support system is cost effective.  The cost to provide an onsite technical support staffer after hours is between $30,000 and $40,000 per year versus the cost to implement the 24/7 CampusEAI support system at $9,000 per year.

Dr. George C. Bradley, President, commented on the significance of the technology award. “Enhancing the technological infrastructure will help to strengthen our vision of moving the College to that of a premier liberal arts institution.  As we are guided by the Institution’s Strategic Plan in our day-to-day operations, it is critical that the College keeps pace with technological advancements in order to foster stimulating environments that are conducive for teaching, learning and in support of the College’s operations.”
   
For more information about Paine College, please visit www.paine.edu or contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, Tjwilliams@paine.edu.   


Photo Caption: CampusEAI Executive Director, Anjli Jain, presents “Best myCampus QuickLaunch SSO Award” to Michael Hicks, Director of Information Technology.

U.S. Department of Education Renews Paine College Upward Bound 2014-2015 Federal Grant Award for $444,955 Augusta, GA

Posted by painewebmaster | 06/10/2014 05:05 AM

Today, Paine College officials announced that the U.S. Department of Education renewed the College’s TRIO Upward Bound Program for fiscal year 2014-2015 and will award $444,955 to fund the outreach program that serves students from Richmond County schools and surrounding areas.  In its third year of the grant cycle, the Upward Bound program will be renewed for a total of five years, pending the program’s performance.

The Upward Bound program is part of the Federal TRIO Programs which are specifically designed outreach programs geared toward increasing the secondary school graduation rate for disadvantaged youth.

Through the Upward Bound, Paine College exposes high school students who are most often from low income families to postsecondary education. One student participating for the second year, Tabias Wright, a junior at the Academy of Richmond County, says that “This experience has meant the world to me. It gives us a different experience outside of high school.”

The program includes math, science, English, and foreign language. Students also receive assistance with steps needed to apply for college like financial aid and entrance exams.

Upward Bound Director, Chellita Carlyle, who participated in the same program 19 years ago now leads the program that is making a difference in the lives of many students who are gaining pre-college experience in a college setting.  Mrs. Carlyle said, "The Program has been on the campus of Paine College since 1967 and is one of the few Upward Bound Programs in the nation to be funded continuously since its inception." The students reside on campus during the six-month summer series of classes and activities.  As a product of the Upward Bound Program, Mrs. Carlyle, a 2002 Paine College graduate who steered the award-winning Upward Bound grant process that resulted in the five-year award, commented "The goals and objectives of Upward Bound are developed on the foundation to help students reach their full potential.  Program services foster intelligence and potential of individual students, and challenges participants to explore their personal responsibility to their educational experience and social justice.   I am a testament that TRIO Programs do work.”

By offering programs like Upward Bound, Paine College provides students from low-income families and first generation college students the opportunity to be better prepared for postsecondary education. Mr. Wright feels that this program has made an impact for him,” Upward Bound has made the college process more reachable and attainable.”

For more information about the Paine College Upward Bound federal award, please contact Tonya Williams in the Office of Communications and Marketing at Tjwilliams@paine.edu<mailto:Tjwilliams@paine.edu>, 706.396.7591.  To learn more about the College’s academic offerings, please visit www.paine.edu<http://www.paine.edu/>.

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Department of Education Receives Continued NCATE Accreditation from CAEP

Posted by painewebmaster | 06/4/2014 08:18 AM

(Augusta, GA) — Official notices from the Paine College Department of Education will continue to bear the seal of meeting the rigorous standards set for educator preparation programs. The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)’s Continuous Improvement Commission voted to continue National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accreditation for the Department of Education at Paine College.
 
NCATE and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) have consolidated and as of July 2013 they are now the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). A council of educators created to ensure and raise the quality of preparation for their profession, NCATE was founded in 1954 to accredit teacher certification programs at U.S. colleges and universities. Five national education groups were instrumental in the creation of NCATE.
 
CAEP's Continuous Improvement Commission, which assures the quality and continuous improvement of P-12 student learning, reviewed 66 institutions including Paine College, against rigorous NCATE Standards. The Paine College Department of Education passed the six NCATE standards that include qualifying candidate knowledge, system assessment, practical experience, diversity awareness, faculty qualifications, and institutional resources.
 
The commission recognized that the Paine College Educational Department is moving toward their target of involving faculty in designing and participating in a program that places student teachers and interns in roles to maximize their experience with P-12 students. The next accreditation visit is scheduled for Spring 2020. Paine College president, George C. Bradley says, “ Paine College values the review process that accreditation provides. We are proud of the work of the educator preparation program and the work that faculty members are doing. The institution is proud of the world class faculty of educators under the leadership of a distinguished Paine College alumna, Dr Judy Carter. The candidates who complete the educator preparation program at Paine College are prepared to meet the needs of a divers P-12 student population and we look forward to continuing to meet that need.”
 
Dr. Judy Carter, Chair, Full Professor, of the Department of Education shares what this prestigious accreditation means for Paine College and its students. “Our students will be accepted to teach anywhere in the United States, the college will be recognized by its constituents, and we will have the ability to have more partnerships with accredited colleges and universities”.  Graduates from NCATE accredited schools can be assured that they are well equipped to find employment and to pass out of state licensure expectations.

WE Won! Paine College Wins $10,000 Home Depot Beautification Award

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/27/2014 06:51 AM

Paine College is proud to be the winner of The Home Depot Retool Your School Home Improvement Grant award of $10,000. Paine competed among 58 colleges to win the national award that is designed to promote preservation of Historically Black Colleges and Universities throughout the nation. “The Retool Your School program is such an important program to The Home Depot,” said Melissa Brown, manager of Multicultural Marketing, The Home Depot. We know how valuable our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities are, and how much they have contributed to our country’s growth. Furthermore, The Home Depot is moved every year by the HBCU community’s passionate response to this program as well as by the proposals submitted by the schools. We continue to get very thoughtful and creative proposals for projects to preserve and improve some of America’s most historic campuses and landmarks.”

Geno Clark, Paine College Director of Sponsored Programs, steered the Tier II winning application. Upon submission and approval of Paine’s application, the College entered into a voting contest among pier institutions to promote school spirit. Paine College faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends were encouraged to vote daily during a 30-day period using social media. The Home Depot tracked the College’s votes and social media activity.

Paine College will utilize the monetary award to beautify and promote safe pedestrian walkways by installing lighting on new pathways.

“As part of the College’s 25-Year Campus Master Plan, pedestrian access to all parts of the campus will be enhanced,” said Dr. George Bradley. The Home Depot Retool Your School award fits with the College’s Campus Master Plan that calls for beautifying the living and learning environment. We are grateful to The Home Depot for realizing that HBCUs matter and that these historic institutions continue to play pivotal roles in providing a world-class education for thousands of underserved students who graduate and go on to become servant leaders in their communities.”

“We are also grateful to the Paine College Community for coming together to cast daily votes for the Paine College proposal during the competition,” said President Bradley.

Paine College, founded in 1882, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This is the country’s official list of buildings and structures worthy of preservation.

For more information about the The Home Depot award, contact Geno Clark in the Office of Sponsored Programs at 706.396.8118, Gclark@paine.edu, or Helene Carter in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8323, Hcarter@paine.edu.

Paine College and the Augusta Alumni Chapter to present Re-naming of McAnally Street to Lorena Y. Gandy Way

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/27/2014 06:39 AM

The Paine College Community is pleased to announce the re-naming of McAnally Street to Lorena Y. Gandy Way, sponsored by The Augusta Chapter of Paine College National Alumni Association and Commissioner William Fennoy. The ceremony will commence Monday, May 26, 2014 eleven o’clock in the morning. It will take place at the corner of Druid Park Avenue and McAnally Street (corner nearest the HEAL Complex).

The late Mrs. Lorena Y. Gandy was a 1949 graduate of Paine College and a longtime supporter of the institution. She was a member of Williams Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and has two children, Wayne Gandy, Jr. and Angela Gandy Gifford.

The ceremony is open to the community and all are encouraged to attend this exciting event.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE UNVEILING OF THE NEW STREET SIGN

UPDATE -- PAINE COLLEGE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED TEN SUMMER FURLOUGH DAYS BEGINNING MAY 30TH

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/23/2014 08:58 AM

Augusta, GA…In an update to the meeting held earlier during the week with Paine College faculty and staff, President George C. Bradley announced that the College community will take ten furlough days during the summer. Starting May 30th, staff will take one furlough day, and four days in June and in July, with one remaining furlough day in August. The Paine College Police Department, hourly workers and maintenance staff will not be furloughed. Faculty will take furlough days later in the fall. This comes on the heels of the College’s announcement that tuition will remain flat for the second consecutive year.

Dr. Bradley emphasized that the furlough will affect members of the administrative council, faculty, staff and himself.

Furloughs are a common practice that institutions have used across the CSRA and the nation to strengthen their organizations and to ensure that students would continue to receive uninterrupted quality offerings and services.

During his address to faculty and staff on May 21st, Dr. Bradley reviewed the federal government’s cuts in the areas of Parent Plus Loans and Pell Grants and how the reductions impacted Paine College and institutions throughout Georgia and the nation. He also talked about how the cuts impacted low to medium-income families and their abilities to pay college tuition and fees.

The recommendation to implement the furlough was made by the Administrative Council. “It is important that we continue to offer access to a quality education to all students as the College works toward empowering these students to serve their respective communities, the nation and the world,” said Dr. Bradley.

“We are sensitive to the needs of low to moderate-income students during these tough economic times,” commented Dr. Bradley. “The College will not raise tuition but will tighten belts in other areas.”

Just last week, Dr. Michael Lomax, CEO and President of the UNCF, addressed the U.S. Senate about the challenges facing HBCUs and majority institutions across the nation due to changes in Pell Grants and Parent Plus Loans. Dr. Lomax stated that the changes in federal guidelines for the Parent Plus Loans affected more than 400,000 students nationwide initially and 28,000 students at HBCUs. HBCUs experienced a significant reduction in the number of students whose parents were able to obtain Parent Plus Loans, thus, many of the HBCUs suffered a $155 million or 35 percent reduction in the Parent Plus Loan revenue during the 2012-2013 academic year.

During the Bush Administration, the federal government changed the guidelines for Work Study refunds that drastically impacted how students repaid outstanding balances. In other words, students no longer were mandated to utilize refunds to satisfy outstanding tuition and fees to the College.

In the coming months, Paine College officials will review the impact of these federal cuts and changes in policies with members of Congress.

For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, or via email: Tjwilliams@paine.edu.

PAINE COLLEGE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED TUITION FEES TO REMAIN FLAT IN THE MIDST OF SUMMER FURLOUGHS

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/23/2014 04:15 AM

Augusta, GA…Yesterday, during a meeting with Paine College Faculty and Staff, President George C. Bradley announced that tuition fees would remain flat for the 2014-2015 academic term but summer furloughs would be implemented and go into effect on May 30th. Dr. Bradley also announced that the Paine College Police Department and hourly employees would be exempt. The furlough will affect members of the administrative council, faculty, staff and the President.

During his address to faculty and staff, Dr. Bradley reviewed the federal government’s cuts in the areas of Parent Plus Loans and Pell Grants and how the reductions impacted Paine College and institutions throughout Georgia and the nation. He also talked about how the cuts impacted low to medium-income families and their abilities to pay college tuition and fees.

Furloughs are a common practice that institutions have used across the CSRA and the nation to strengthen their organizations and to ensure that students would continue to receive uninterrupted quality offerings and services.

The recommendation to implement the furlough was made by the Administrative Council. “It is important that we continue to offer access to a quality education to all students as the College works toward empowering these students to serve their respective communities, the nation and the world,” said Dr. Bradley.

“We are sensitive to the needs of low to moderate-income students during these tough economic times,” commented Dr. Bradley. “The College will not raise tuition but will tighten belts in other areas.”

Just last week, Dr. Michael Lomax, CEO and President of the UNCF, addressed the U.S. Senate about the challenges facing HBCUs and majority institutions across the nation due to changes in Pell Grants and Parent Plus Loans. Dr. Lomax stated that the changes in federal guidelines for the Parent Plus Loans affected more than 400,000 students nationwide initially and 28,000 students at HBCUs. HBCUs experienced a significant reduction in the number of students whose parents were able to obtain Parent Plus Loans, thus, many of the HBCUs suffered a $155 million or 35 percent reduction in the Parent Plus Loan revenue during the 2012-2013 academic year.

During the Bush Administration, the federal government changed the guidelines for Work Study refunds that drastically impacted how students repaid outstanding balances. In other words, students no longer were mandated to utilize refunds to satisfy outstanding tuition and fees to the College.

In the coming months, Paine College officials will review the impact of these federal cuts and changes in policies with members of Congress.

For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591 or via email: Tjwilliams@paine.edu.

Lunch with the Legendary Dr. Ruth B. Crawford

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/21/2014 08:52 AM

Dr. Ruth B. Crawford, a 1939 graduate of Paine College, and an avid supporter of the College, invited the fall semester 2013 and spring semester 2014 student teachers to her home for a chat and lunch Monday, May 5, 2014 at 12:00 noon. Mrs. Crawford wanted to share with the new teachers her experiences as a student, student teacher, supervising teacher, and veteran teacher over her 38 years in the teaching profession. A big surprise was Dr. Crawford’s salary of $60.00 a month when she began teaching in Georgia.

The new teachers enjoyed looking through the many artifacts Dr. Crawford had displayed for them, including one of her books, The Woods Afire and the Paine College Flag, which she designed. Each new teacher came away with a replica of the flag.

New teachers in attendance were: Michele Brown, LaSadia Lee, Stephanie Malone, and Dorian Smith. Others in attendance were: Dr. David Chamblee, Dean of the School of Professional Studies, Dr. Judy Carter, Chair, Department of Education, and Dr. Jacqueline Fason, Coordinator of Field and Clinical Experiences. Other new teachers were not able to attend because of out of town work related responsibilities. Lunch was elegantly served by Mrs. Dee Crawford, daughter by marriage, and Dr. Christine Crawford, granddaughter.

Ashley Watts Named a 2014 G.A.M.E.S. Awards Finalist

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/20/2014 09:44 AM

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Paine College basketball player Ashley Watts has been named a finalist for the Collegiate Star category as part of the 23rd Annual Greater Augusta Medals for Excellence in Sports (G.A.M.E.S.) Awards hosted by the Augusta Sports Council (ASC) for the second year in a row. Watts will be recognized on Thursday, June 12 at the Augusta Country Club.

The Augusta native is coming off a strong basketball campaign where she was named the 2013-14 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Player of the Year. The mathematics major also earned spots on the 2013-14 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-South Region Second Team and the All-SIAC First Team. Most notably, Watts led Division II in points per game and surpassed the 1,000-point mark after two seasons as a Lady Lion. The Butler High School graduate finished the year averaging 26.5 points per game and with 1,312 career points under her belt.

Jaiden Brandt, a distance runner from Georgia Regents, is the second finalist in the Collegiate Star division. Brandt is a native of North Augusta, S.C. who just completed his senior year at GRU.

This year’s G.A.M.E.S. Awards Banquet will feature Pro Football Hall of Famer and Thomson, Georgia native, Ray Guy, as the guest speaker. Guy will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 2 as the first punter ever selected to enter. He was also the first punter ever drafted in the NFL’s first round when he became the 23rd overall pick for the Oakland Raiders in 1973.

The 2014 G.A.M.E.S. Awards are presented by the ASC, Augusta Coca-Cola, The Augusta Chronicle and WRDW News12. The banquet starts with a check-in and social hour at 6 p.m. with the dinner and program to being at 7 p.m. Members of the ASC can purchase tickets for $45 and non-members can buy tickets for $50. Tables are also available for $450 for ASC members and $500 for non-members.

To purchase tickets contact, Michelle Naval at michelle@augustasportscouncil.org or by phone at 706.722.8326 ext. 235.

For additional information on all aspects of the Paine College Department of Athletics, please visit www.paineathletics.com or contact Kayla Thomas at 706-821-8438 or kthomas@paine.edu.


2014 G.A.M.E.S. Awards Finalists
Adaptive Star
Michael Haberkorn

Amateur Star
Judson Stephen “Boomer” Hickey

Collegiate Star
Jaiden Brandt- GRU Augusta
Ashley Watts – Paine College

All-Around Female Athlete
Shannon Fair- Aquinas High School
Malia Kency- Briarwood Academy
Jasmine Stone- Evans High School

All-Around Male Athlete
Jermaine Baxley- Burke County High School
Ruben Garnett- Aquinas High School
Dillon Keeler- Evans High School

Outstanding Female Athlete
Destiny Brewton- Lucy C. Laney High School
Amber Hong- Midland Valley High School
LeeAnne Rees- Greenbrier High School

Outstanding Male Athlete
Ahmed Hill – Aquinas High School
Aubrey McRae- Glenn Hills High School
Darius Watkins- Grovetown High School

Rising Star
McKenna de Graff- Augusta Prep
Daniel Carr- Midland Valley High School

Outstanding Coach
John Harris- Augusta Christian

Outstanding Team
Aquinas High School Football Team