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

Paine College Maintains High Level of Security Presence in Wake of Incident

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/14/2014 04:01 AM

Paine College is maintaining a high level of security presence in the wake of recent shootings that occurred on the campus.  The Paine College Police Department, consisting of certified armed officers, are present throughout the campus and residential halls round-the-clock to make certain that the students, faculty and staff remain in a safe environment. One of two injured students received superficial wounds, while the other remains hospitalized and is expected to recover. Although undergraduates were given a choice to take final exams in an on-line environment, many undergraduate students remained on campus following the Commencement Convocation held this past Sunday in the HEAL Complex.
 
Checkpoints are still in effect.  The Paine College community must present a valid Paine College photo ID to gain access to the campus.  Visitors are required to present a photo ID to obtain a temporary Visitor’s Pass.  Certified Paine College armed police officers are visible throughout the campus and are posted at entrances.  Also, barricades remain in effect at exits and entrances.
 
The campus e2-Alert Notification System, utilized to notify the campus community of the initial crisis, continues to work optimally and will remain in effect. Electronic surveillance is ever-present.
 
The College is moving towards healing and hosted animal therapy for students, faculty and staff on the campus two days following the shooting.  The canine service was provided by the Hope Animal Assisted Crisis Response team (Southeast Region).  The dogs visited each residence hall and walked the campus with their handlers greeting students and staff.   The College also implemented a counseling resource that is available to the campus community and their families for emotional support. Licensed counselors are available 24 hours/7 days per week to speak to members of the Paine College community at 1-866.713.1978.  Also, the Paine College Counseling Center, located on the campus, remains open to assist individuals who may require support.
 
“The safety and security of our students, faculty and staff remain a priority,” said Helene Carter, Assistant Vice President.  The College’s Police department will continue to work with the Richmond County Sheriff’s office in the ongoing investigation.
 
For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, Tjwilliams@paine.edu. To learn more about Paine College, please visit www.paine.edu.

For Immediate Release

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/6/2014 04:18 AM

Paine College will host a media briefing regarding the shooting that occurred on the campus earlier today.  The briefing will take place at 10AM in the HEAL Complex located at 1255 Druid Park Avenue on the campus.
 
The College will host a Prayer Vigil at 12 noon in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.  Another media briefing will take place in the afternoon at 4 pm in the HEAL Complex.
 
For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, 706.396.8163 or email Tonya Williams at Tjwilliams@paine.edu.

Paine College and Richmond County Sherrif's Office Issue Joint Statement

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/5/2014 13:31 PM

TO: All Media Outlets

DATE: Monday, May 5th, 2014

FROM: Sgt. Monica R. Belser

For Immediate Media Release:

On Monday, May 5th, 2014 at approximately 1300 hours, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office responded to Paine College to Haygood Hall at 1235 15th Street, Augusta Georgia in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, a male victim was found on the 3rd Floor with a gunshot wound to the head. The victim was transported to Georgia Regents University Hospital Trauma Center for what is reported as a life threatening injury.

Paine College was placed on lockdown and Deputies and Investigators interviewed witnesses identifying the shooting suspect. During a search of the dormitories, the suspect was apprehended and taken into custody. He is still pending charges at this time. The suspect is a 21 year old male. The suspect was purportedly involved in an altercation with the other student.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office will be augmenting the Paine College Police to provide additional safety and security at Paine College until further notice. No other students were injured in this incident. The Sheriff’s Office is investigating another shooting that occurred the previous evening where a student was injured by debris from a blast through the wall. This matter is being investigated as well.

This is a joint release between the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and Paine College Campus Police on an ongoing investigation in regards to this unfortunate incident.

Paine College Releases Statement Regarding Incident

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/5/2014 10:12 AM

Paine College Police Department acknowledged that an incident took place Sunday afternoon in one of the male residence halls on campus. The incident involved non-Paine College students.  Individuals discharged a firearm on campus which immediately took the campus in a lock down mode.  Paine College Police and Richmond County law enforcement are investigating the incident.  At this time, the campus is safe.  As further developments occur, more details will be released.

PAINE COLLEGE TO HOST WEEK OF FESTIVITIES HONORING THE GRADUATING CLASS OF 2014 AND ALUMNI CLASSES IN REUNION

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/2/2014 03:36 AM

Paine College will conduct its week of Commencement festivities starting Monday, May 5th through Sunday, May 11, 2014.  The festivities are designed to celebrate the academic achievements of the Class of 2014 and their journey to excellence.  
 
During Commencement week, there will be a number of events that will kick off the celebration starting with a Block Party and a Senior Career Day that will incorporate a resume boot camp featuring Kelly of Augusta Staffing.  The seniors will perform a day of community service and will attend the Senior White Party in the Candler Memorial Library ballroom.  
 
This is the time of year when alumni return to the campus to reconnect and celebrate with classes in reunion.  This year, the Golden Class of 1964 will be Inducted into the Golden Agers Club while the classes ending in 4’s and 9’s will reunite.  The graduating seniors and alumni classes in reunion are invited to attend the Family Reunion Cookout that will be held Friday, May 9th at Paine House.  
 
The College is pleased to host the Southern Charm Party on Friday, May 9th at 6:00 p.m. featuring critically-acclaimed artist Floyd Gordon who has been dubbed one of the South’s treasures.  The artist will exhibit many of his works that are featured in his newly released book entitled “The Unique Art of Floyd Gordon”, a 360-paged book featuring six decades of images that depict southern culture.  This unique event will feature an exhibit and art sale surrounded by performing artists who will paint the canvas with spoken word, dance and song.  Of particular note, Paine College students will be among the performing artists.   
 
Southern Charm is free and open to the public and will be held in Candler Memorial Library from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

While the Commencement Convocation is the main ceremony on Sunday morning, the Baccalaureate Ceremony will take place Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.  This inter-faith celebration is open to all students, their guests and to the community.

Reverend Zan Holmes, Jr., Pastor Emeritus of St. Luke Community United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas, will address the graduating class during the Baccalaureate service. Reverend Holmes is the author of three books and is widely known as the narrator and host of the popular video series, “Disciple Bible Study”.

The Commencement Convocation will begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 11th in the Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex located on the campus. Paine College is honored to have procured a former Senior Advisor to the Obama Administration and healthcare consultant to address the Class of 2014.

Anton Gunn, Former Director of External Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services will charge the graduating seniors to continue their journey of excellence. Mr. Gunn who is now the founder and president of the consulting firm, 937 Strategy Group, LLC, was pivotal in creating the engagement strategy for the Affordable Care Act.

For information on alumni activities, contact Alumni Relations Director, Mildred Kendrick at Mkendrick@paine.edu, or Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, Ala’Torya Cranford at Acranford@paine.edu. For more information about Commencement week of activities, please visit www.paine.edu, or contact Tonya Williams in the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, or email: marketing@paine.edu.

PAINE COLLEGE COMMUNITY MOURNS THE LOSS OF TROOPER TERRY SAMS

Posted by painewebmaster | 04/17/2014 05:31 AM

It is with great sadness that the Paine College Community mourns the passing of one of Augusta’s most notable television personalities and beloved citizens, Trooper Terry Sams.

Trooper Sams worked to build relationships in the community and served as a positive role model for students throughout the CSRA.

President George Bradley said, “We need more citizens who teach and showcase good citizenship. Trooper Sams was a living example of a “good neighbor and his loss will be deeply felt.”

The Paine College Community joins with WJBF News 6 and the CSRA communities in remembering one of Augusta’s greatest citizens.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.