| 01/13/2017 14:57 PM
Augusta, GA – Sadly, Dr. Samuel Sullivan, President, and the Paine College Community, announce the passing of Reverend Lucius H. Pitts, Jr., past-member of the Paine College Board of Trustees. “It is with heavy hearts that we bid farewell to our beloved son, Reverend Lucius H. Pitts, Jr. who served with distinction on the Paine College Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Sullivan. “Throughout his tenure on the Board, he served with great passion and love for his Alma Mater.”
The “Celebration of Life” service is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 14, 2016, at Phillips Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church located at 1310 Holsey Street, Phenix, Alabama 36867. Reverend Gregory Scott, pastor, and Elder James Smith will officiate the service. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park, Columbus, Georgia.
Reverend Pitts was born January 18, 1949 in Cordele, Georgia to the late Dr. Lucius H. Pitts, Sr. and the late Daffeneeze Bates Pitts. He received his primary education in Fairfield, Alabama; attended Miles College, Birmingham, Alabama; and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Paine College. He attended Phillips School of Theology, the seminary of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church located in Atlanta, Georgia.
Reverend Pitts served as Presiding Elder and Pastor in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. His most recent appointment as pastor was at St. Luke C.M.E. Church in Auburn, Alabama.
Reverend Pitts and his father, Dr. Lucius Pitts, Sr. shared a common bond – they both graduated from Paine College and shared a deep love for their Alma Mater. They were both employed at Paine College: Reverend Pitts served as Director of Admissions in 1988 under Dr. Julius S. Scott’s Administration. His father, Dr. Pitts, Sr., was appointed 9th President of Paine College and became the first African American to lead the Institution.
“As we approach the College’s 135th Founders’ Day and Homecoming Celebration, we will miss his towering presence on the campus. He was always inspiring and had words of reassurance throughout my presidency at Paine.”
He is survived by a brother, John Pitts, and a host of relatives and friends.
Condolences may be sent to the Pitts Family c/o Mr. John Pitts at 3011 18th Avenue, Apartment F, Columbus, GA 31901. For additional information, please contact Taylor Funeral Home at (334) 298.0364.
| 08/23/2016 04:26 AM
Paine College will host Fall Convocation on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Dr. Samuel Sullivan, President, will serve as the keynote speaker for the occasion. The event will welcome new and returning students, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni and friends to the Paine College Community. This event is open to the public.
For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591 or via email: Tjwilliams@paine.edu.
| 08/19/2016 06:51 AM
Paine College students, faculty, and staff unite for the first Paine College Campus Pride Day of service, sponsored by the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church & Faith-based Community Saturday, August 20, from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm.
During this day of service, hundreds of volunteers from the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and United Methodist Churches along with members of the Paine College community will work to improve the appearance of the Paine College grounds and make improvements to dormitories and the student center. The goals of this campus clean-up day are to clean up our public areas, foster a sense of stewardship for the campus and build community-wide connections.
Community members are invited to volunteer. All volunteers will gather at the Peters Campus Center on the Paine College Campus at 8:00 AM to complete volunteer forms and be assigned to a team captain. Paine College will provide cleaning supplies.
Community members can also take advantage of this opportunity to register to participate in future campus clean up events. Volunteers can register at https://www.tfaforms.com/438402.
| 08/1/2016 07:15 AM
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Radio station 96.3 Kiss FM will hold the 96.3 Kiss FM Worship Wednesday Community Prayer Breakfast this month at Paine College. Organized by Women in Gods Service (WINGS), the inaugural event aims to provide an opportunity for the community to embrace diversity in an atmosphere of inclusive fellowship and to raise money for the College. Paine College which boasts the oldest interracial governing body in the nation has a history of pioneering race relations in Augusta making it a well-suited venue to bring diverse groups of people together for discussions regarding racial issues in our community.
The keynote speaker will be Michael Thurmond, Paine College Alumnus and Chair-Elect of the Paine College Board of Trustees. The event takes place on Wednesday, August 3, 2016, from 7:30 to 9:00 AM at the Candler Memorial Library on the Paine College Campus.
"It is such a wonderful feeling to see the Augusta community coming together for this worthy event," noted, R. Wayne Woodson, Chief of Staff, Assistant Professor and Director of Music, “Cher Best has pledged her support for Paine College and founded Women in Gods Service- WINGS. This group is hosting the prayer breakfast, and will be working with Dr. Lucinda Sullivan, the College's First Lady, on a number of events over the next year.”
The cost of the event is $25 per person and tables are also available. Tickets will be sold in advance on Eventbrite. Tickets will not be available at the door. Those unable to attend the event can make donations on Eventbrite until August 23rd. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2a5U45P.
| 06/8/2016 06:20 AM
Trinity Christian Methodist Episcopal Church cordially invites you to a special worship service on Sunday, June 12th at 9:00 a.m. with guest speaker Civil Rights icon, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Congressman John Lewis.
The service is part of the 20th Pastoral Anniversary of Reverend Herman “Skip" Mason, Jr. in the C.M.E. Church. The Trinity family would be honored to have you present to hear and meet this American treasure John Lewis. Bring your children so they can witness and see the last surviving member of the planning committee and speaker at the March on Washington and one of the original marchers of "Bloody Sunday" that was the Selma to Montgomery march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Mr. Lewis was beaten unconscious by Alabama’s State troopers at the bridge in 1965. He suffered a fractured skull from the Blood Sunday beating, the scar of which is visible to this day. The incident was one of three Selma-to-Montgomery marches for voting rights, and the efforts led to passage of the Voting Rights Act.
Samuel Fudge, actor, will give a rousing oratory of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.’s response to the question Do You Get Angry? The recent Paine College graduate appeared in the movie “Selma” and was among the cast that re-enacted the historical marches in Selma, Alabama.
Trinity CME Church is located at 2930 Glenn Hills Drive, Augusta, Georgia 30906. The afternoon service will commence at 3:00 p.m. and will feature Reverend Andre Loyd, Pastor of West Side Community C.M.E. Church. All are invited to share in one or both of the services. For more information, call 706.796.2550, or visit www.trinitycmeaugusta.org.
Photo Caption: John Lewis on Edmund Pettus Bridge
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Media Contact: Rev. Herman “Skip” Mason, Pastor
Trinity C.M.E. 706.796.2550 – www.trinitycmeaugusta.org
| 05/24/2016 10:17 AM
By Helene T. Carter
Augusta, Ga…Members of the Paine College Board of Trustees, representatives of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, along with President Samuel Sullivan stood united as they announced their plan to move the College in the direction of fiscal solvency and drive the Institution on the path to full compliance with the Principles of Accreditation of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The trustees held the press conference on Tuesday, May 24th at 10:00 a.m. inside the HEAL Complex.
Bishop Marshall Gilmore, trustee emeritus, drew a round of applause as he announced a commitment of $1,000,000 on behalf of the College of Bishops of the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church. The CME Church will fulfill the $1 million commitment within 12 months.
Dr. Cynthia Bond Hopson, Assistant Secretary General of The Black College Fund, pledged $350,000 to the College on behalf of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) of the United Methodist Church. The GBHEM has consistently rendered support to Paine College over the years.
Attorney Barbara E. Bouknight, Chair of the Paine College Board of Trustees, said,” During the spring meeting of the governing body, we unanimously adopted a strategy and a plan that included changes in Board leadership, changes in College leadership, restructuring the board membership and the implementation of a governance structure that will facilitate a culture of accountability and transparency.” She further commented, “This means that the Trustees are fully engaged and committed to taking full responsibility for correcting any and all fiscal and managerial shortfalls that have faced the College during the last three years.”
Attorney Michael Thurmond, Chair-elect, solicited the audience to become involve in the process of preserving and sustaining the College. He announced that the College had raised more than $2,540,000 toward its $3.1 million goal for the fiscal cycle July 2015 to June 30, 2016. Attorney Thurmond invited the community to participate in the “Be 1of 1,000” campaign. The fundraising campaign has the potential of yielding more than $1,000,000 by June 30, 2016.
“The urgency is now,” said Attorney Thurmond. “It matters that we give now to demonstrate to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges that we love and support this great institution that has played a significant role in our lives and in our communities.”
Attorney Thurmond made it clear that the Trustees would work with the College to develop ongoing development programs that would allow the College to remain financially stable.
President Samuel Sullivan said that he was humbled by the outpouring of support from the College’s constituents. He stated that recently, a local theologian donated $50,000 and within weeks of that gift, the pastor made another donation of $27,000. Dr. Sullivan expressed his gratitude to Paine alumni, churches, and friends who hosted events to assist the College.
The trustees thanked Dr. Sullivan for his leadership during the College’s challenging times. “Under Dr. Sullivan’s leadership, SACSCOC lifted seven of the ten areas of non-compliance that faced the Institution.”
The College must comply with the Principles of Accreditation of three remaining areas: 1) financial resources, 2) financial stability, and 3) control of sponsored research/external funds.
Dr. Sullivan echoed Attorney Thurmond’s appeal. “It is important that we give now. “Paine must raise an additional $1 million by June 30, 2016 to ensure that the College has surplus funds for ongoing operations.”
“My primary goal is to keep the doors open to provide an accessible and quality education for students,” said Dr. Sullivan. “I am convinced that we can work together to achieve this most important goal.”
For more information about ways to support Paine College, please contact Ms. Sunya L. Young in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8233 or via email: Syoung@paine.edu.
| 05/11/2016 04:14 AM
Story by Helene T. Carter
Deuteronomy 16:17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which he has given you.
Augusta, GA….Reverend George L. Brightharp believes that every man or woman should give as he/she is able, according to how God has blessed them to give. He also believes in “walking the walk” and leading by example. In March 2016, Reverend Brightharp made a $50,000 gift to Paine College in support of the Institution’s Build it Back Campaign that is designed to meet the critical and immediate needs of the College. Launched in November 2015, the Build it Back Campaign has reached over $539,000 (as of May 11, 2016). Since 2010, Reverend Brightharp has given $112,058. Although he is not a Paine College alumnus, Reverend Brightharp presented a check in the amount of $27,000 during the Paine College Alumni Reunion Banquet held Saturday, May 7th on the campus.
Reverend Brightharp said proudly, “I have been in the trenches with Paine College since 1970. As a professor, I taught at Paine for fifteen years. During my tenure, I developed an appreciation for small, black liberal arts institutions. Paine has held a special place in my heart for 46 years.”
In 2014, Reverend Brightharp supported the Friends of Quincy Robertson for Paine College Campaign with a gift of $10,000. In 2010, with a gift of $15,000, he established the Reverend George W. and Mrs. Rosa Brightharp Endowed Scholarship in memory of his parents. The scholarship is awarded annually to a rising sophomore, junior or senior majoring in History.
Dr. Samuel Sullivan, President of Paine College, said, “This year marks forty-six years of continued support from a philanthropist who has given generously of his finances, time and goodwill. Reverend Brightharp, a dedicated ambassador, engages others to support the College. He is a bridge-builder who is passionate about letting others know the value that Paine College adds to the community.”
President Sullivan further commented, “We also appreciate the support that our faculty, staff, alumni, friends and trustees continue to provide to Paine during these challenging financial times.”
In January 2016, Rev. Brightharp celebrated 36 years as the senior pastor of Mount Canaan Baptist Church in Edgefield, South Carolina. In 2004, Mount Canaan was designated as an Outstanding Historical Site by the South Carolina State Department of Archives and History. Rev. Brightharp led the Mount Canaan congregation to build a spacious Youth Center that is equipped with a computer lab, game room, a full-size gymnasium and other amenities that are available to the public.
Sporting a wide smile, he said, “With a group of faithful members and the infusion of my personal funds, we were able to pay off the $1.2 million mortgage on the Youth Center in two years.”
For over 30 years, the successful entrepreneur and businessman operated George L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, a family-owned business that serves the Georgia and South Carolina communities.
“As a minister, I challenge every member of the clergy to support Paine College,” said Reverend Brightharp. “As a businessman operating in the CSRA, I challenge all businesses to step up and support Paine College. As a former educator, I challenge all retired and employed educators to help Paine College through this financial crisis. It is our responsibility to share our resources with an Institution that has given so much to the community.”
To make a gift to the Build it Back Campaign, contact Ms. Sunya L. Young in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8233 or send an email to Syoung@paine.edu.
About Paine College
Paine College is a faith-based private college providing a high-quality education that emphasizes academic excellence, ethical and spiritual values, social responsibility, and personal development in order to prepare young men and women for positions of leadership and service. Paine College is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. To learn more about Paine College, please visit www.paine.edu.
(Right) Reverend Dr. George L. Brightharp presents $50,000 check to Dr. Samuel Sullivan, President of Paine College, in support of the Build it Back Campaign for Paine. Since 2010, Reverend Brightharp has given over $112,000 to Paine.
| 10/15/2015 12:15 PM
Paine College will host a memorial service for Silas Norman Jr., M.D., on Friday, October 23, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. at Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel on the Paine College campus. Dr. Norman died in the early morning hours of July 17, 2015. He was 74. Dr. Norman was appointed to the Paine College Board of Trustees in 2009 and later elected Chairman of the Board until he vacated the position in 2014. The public is invited to attend the memorial service.
A 1962 graduate of Paine College and a longtime member of the faculty, Norman served as the president of the Paine College National Alumni Association. As a student, he was president of the Paine College student body, head of the Student Non-violent Steering Committee, and the chairman of the NAACP statewide student chapter. When students decided to boycott buses in Augusta, Norman led the student movement in Georgia. He was the first one to set foot on a segregated bus and was among five students who were arrested. He and the other students filed a lawsuit against the City of Augusta and the bus company. They won the lawsuit and, as a result, segregated buses were outlawed in Augusta and in the state of Georgia.
While attending Paine, in addition to being a scholar, Norman was also a student-athlete. He played the position of center on the Paine College football team. In May 2015, during Paine College Alumni Reunion Weekend, Norman was inducted into the Paine College Athletics Hall of Fame.
After graduating with a bachelor's degree in natural sciences from Paine College, Norman entered Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI as a medical student, graduating in 1976. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Detroit General Hospital.
Dr. Norman was engaged in every aspect of WSU School of Medicine life. An assistant professor of Internal Medicine at WSU, Norman was appointed assistant dean for Admissions in 2003 and associate dean for Admissions, Diversity, and Inclusion in 2010.
Medicine was Dr. Norman's ministry; whether providing care to prisoners, the underserved and uninsured, or expanding opportunities in medicine for underrepresented people, he always cared beyond himself. He was an outstanding leader, physician, mentor, and friend, beloved by many.
Dr. Norman served as a consultant to the Detroit Health Care for the Homeless project and the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion, working to see that thousands of uninsured and underserved people received much-needed health care. He was chair of the Detroit-based Community Health Awareness Group Inc., an organization dedicated to supporting individuals affected and infected with HIV and AIDS. His commitment to social and humanistic medicine also led him to serve as the chief medical officer for the Michigan Department of Corrections and medical director for the Wayne County Jails. A medical suite at the State Prison of Southern Michigan in Jackson, MI is named after Dr. Norman.
He was the recipient of many awards and honors throughout his illustrious career, including being named a recipient of the WSU School of Medicine's Trailblazer Award in 2010. This distinguished award honors outstanding alumni and faculty who have made substantial contributions and demonstrated courage, initiative, innovation, risk-taking, and leadership. In 2011, during the commencement ceremony, Dr. Norman received the WSU School of Medicine's Distinguished Service Award for having served the school with distinction for more than 25 years and for being a driving force for diversity, fairness, and compassion for the underserved.
Dr. Norman was reserved about such recognition. "To be honored for the service that we give is a distinct privilege and an honor. I think the opportunity to do this work is really a privilege. The community has a right to expect us to give some service," he said upon receiving one of his many recognitions.
Dr. Norman lived a life dedicated to social justice and worked endlessly to ensure basic human rights for all persons, especially those individuals who did not have a voice. He lived modestly, avoiding a typical doctor's lifestyle and gave generously to the institutions and causes in which he believed. Dr. Samuel Sullivan, current interim president of Paine College noted that, "Dr. Norman's unwavering dedication to his profession and community presents a 'service above self' model for all of us to emulate and aspire to. At Paine College, we honor his legacy by continuing to prepare students for meaningful careers and community engagement."
Dr. Norman loved music, the arts, and traveling. Anyone who had the good fortune to hear Dr. Norman sing knew that he had a voice that rolled like thunder. He lent his musical talent to Detroit's critically-acclaimed Brazeal Dennard Chorale which won gold and silver medals at the 2012 World Choir Games.
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.
| 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: firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>.
| 03/13/2015 03:30 AM
Today, Paine College officials held a press conference to announce a grant award of $887,796 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to address substance abuse, HIV, and HCV infections on campus and in the surrounding community. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) officially gave notice of the proposal’s acceptance in September 2014 with funding spanning 3 years to allow program development and intensive intervention work. The program, Paine College: Informing, Developing and Educating through Active Learning (PC-IDEAL), seeks to bring fresh and relevant health education and intervention to the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA).
The PC-IDEAL project uses a collaborative model to build community capacity to reduce substance abuse and the incidence of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C infection and related problems. Additionally, these funds allow further integration of intervention services on the Paine College Campus and within the surrounding community.
Paine College has partnered with the New Bethlehem Community Center, Inc. to extend the scope and effectiveness of services provided to 18-24 year olds through the grant. Since its founding in 1912, the New Bethlehem Community Center has provided social services to residents and improved the daily lives of families and individuals in the CSRA.
Among the attendees were representatives of the New Bethlehem Community Center and officials from the City of Augusta. Mayor Hardie Davis applauded the collaborative mission and stated, “Our community is reminded of the role Paine College and the New Bethlehem Community Center have historically played to support the community and people who live beyond the boundaries of the College.” “It is important that these institutions continue to thrive as their successes are integral to the fabric of the greater success of our community.”
Dr. Lawanda Cummings, the principal investigator of the PC:IDEAL project and chair of the Social Sciences Department, said that she hoped to bring the expertise of the department into spaces where it benefited Paine and the larger community. “Through efforts of faculty, students, health educators and relevant partners, we are creating spaces and opportunities that promote better health outcomes and choices among young people in the CSRA,” said Dr. Cummings.”
Ms. Millicent E. West, an experienced health educator and counselor, will serve as the Program Coordinator for the PC-IDEAL project. Ms. West, the former Director of Student Activities and Residence Life at Paine College, stated that she understood first-hand how peer pressure impacted risky behavior that led to chronic diseases in young people. “We must continue to have conversations with college students and young adults about taking responsibility and thinking beyond the moment,” said Ms. West.
“Millicent West’s role is critical to the daily operations of the project and as the former Executive Director of the New Bethlehem Community Center, Inc., she brings a wealth of skill and knowledge that will benefit this initiative,” said Dr. Cummings.
Mr. Geno Clark, Director of Sponsored Programs, negotiated the award process and participated in the collaboration. “The SAMHSA grant will strengthen the participating partners’ mission to address, prevent, and reduce substance abuse and HIV in the community,” commented Mr. Clark. “I look forward to developing additional opportunities for external funding that build collaborations in support of addressing health disparities in the CSRA.”
For more information about the PC-IDEAL project, please contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706.396.7591 or via email:firstname.lastname@example.org.