State of Georgia recognizes Paine Alumna with bridge dedication

Posted by ncarter | 07/14/2011 11:43 AM

 (Augusta, GA) – The State of Georgia will dedicate the 15th Street bridge over Wrightsboro Road to honor the life and legacy of the late Rosa T. Beard, ’42. The dedication service will take place on Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Candler Memorial Library Building on the campus of Paine College. Immediately following the dedication service, the unveiling of the commemorative bridge sign will take place at the (west side) of the bridge at 15th Street and Central Avenue. The event is open to the public.

Rosa T. Beard was an educator in the Richmond County Public Schools, founder of the Rocket Club and the Rosa T. Beard Debutant Club. Her life spanned nine decades with seventy of them actively engaged in making a difference in the lives of young people and being actively engaged in the Augusta community.

Her generosity was felt and remembered by many; especially Rep. Wayne Howard, D-Augusta who believed because of her unwavering service to the community something should be done to honor her legacy. “She was bridge builder for many decades, “ Howard said.

After determining that bridge was available for naming, Howard moved forward with the General Assembly to name the bridge in Beard’s honor. According to Howard, an “overwhelming majority” voted in favor of the naming of the bridge and later the Gov. Nathan Deal signed off.

The 15th Street Bridge was chosen because it was a bridge that Beard traveled for decades. It was in close proximity to her residence, T.W. Josey High School, Paine College, and Shiloh Community Center all, which she spent numerous hours of service.

“I hope that the community embraces it as something we should do more often to identify those who positively stood out in our communities. This shows our youth that we should do things to preserve history and this is one thing I thought we could do to preserve her name in history,” Howard said.

Earlier this year, the Georgia House and Senate recognized the Beard for her public service and the founding of various organizations that have improved the lives of countless young women and men throughout the Central Savannah River Area. One of her most notable accomplishments is the founding of the Rosa T. Beard Debutante Club, an organization that has advised and cultured young women for over forty-seven years.

Beard has been recognized for her service to youth in general, young women in particular and a committed service to the CSRA community and she does so with love, care and the most humble spirit. She is the recipient of the “Dream Keeper Award, the NAACP Presidential Service Award, the "key to the city of Augusta" presented in 2006 by Deke Copenhaver, mayor of Augusta and WRDW -News 6 recognized her for there “Making a Difference” feature. The City of Augusta recognized her with a proclamation for her dedication as a community servant.

Beard was an active and dedicated member of the Paine College National Alumni Association and the Augusta Paine College Club, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a member of the Board of Directors of Shiloh Community Center and Antioch Baptist Church.

Carla C. Smith, '03 recognized as one of Atlanta's Power 30 under 30

Posted by ncarter | 06/14/2011 05:31 AM

(Augusta, GA) - Carla C. Smith, ’03 is regarded as one of Atlanta’s emerging leaders, speakers and trainers in the Social Services and Human Services arena.  Smith is passionate about assisting all people with becoming their best self, ensuring the core needs of others are being met and committed to the progression of her community.  Her passion has led to her recent recognition at the 7th Annual Atlanta Power 30 Under 30™ Awards.

The awards ceremony recognized the accomplishments of young professionals under the age of 30 who display strong leadership abilities as they consistently excel within their communities and respective professional industries.  Smith was recognized in the area of Community Service.

“These exemplary young people epitomize the essence of hard work, merit and sacrifice. We commend your relentless commitment to the pursuit of excellence in all that you do, and I urge you to continue blazing a brilliant path, always inspiring the next generation of young people to follow in your footsteps. On behalf of the people of Atlanta, I salute this special group of bright and shining young stars.” said Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta

About Carla C. Smith

Smith is the CEO and Co-Owner of Georgia Counseling and Social Services Consultants (GCSSC), LLC, a social services consulting, program development and leadership training firm. Three University of Georgia School of Social Work Alumni started the firm in 2010.  Smith spearheaded the creation of the organization following her work in non-profit management and after looking at the state of the social services sector, examining the services being provided as well as the increased need for quality, results driven initiatives. The driving force behind GCSSC, LLC is its commitment and dedication to the community.

Previously, Smith served as Regional Supervisor for Youth Villages, a Tennessee based non-profit organization and was the lead team member for the new services site in Atlanta, Georgia. She oversaw all programming in the Atlanta region including staffing; work with external customers on the local, state and national level to include Casey Family Programs, leadership trainings, fundraising events and partnership trainings for customers.

She also served as the Region lead for the State of Tennessee’s Governor’s Mentoring Initiative in 2007 where she was a member of the development team of then Governor Phil Bredesen’s new program for children that were in foster care and the custody of the state. Smith was responsible for the marketing/growth of the program in the East Tennessee region, recruitment of mentors for foster children and educating the community on Governor Bredesen’s vision of the program and the impact to be made in the life of a child. Smith was fortunate enough to do a launching event in Knoxville, Tennessee with then Mayor and current Governor of Tennessee Bill Haslam in order to promote awareness for children in foster care and the need for mentors across the State of Tennessee. The event ignited a call to citizens in East Tennessee and the number of mentors quickly moved to nearly 80 mentors in less than a year.

Smith has traveled the United States as well as internationally to Lima, Peru and Montrious, Haiti providing leadership development and conducting social services research related presentations. Her expertise includes leadership/program development, evidenced based practices, project management, at-risk children, women and children issues, commercially and sexually exploited children and child welfare initiatives. Smith is dedicated to the work in the social services sector and committed to the enhancement of these services. Smith feels that superior services to our children and families are a direct investment into our community and that providing others with quality, results driven services at the onset will prove to have a direct positive impact upon those being served.

She has completed extensive leadership trainings to include the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc Leadership Fellows Program, Franklin Covey, Ken Blanchard’s Situational Leadership and Wilson’s Learning – Building Relationship Versatility. In 2005, Smith was selected to be one of two non-professor members of The University of Georgia’s School of Social Work Dean Search Committee.

Smith is currently completing the prestigious United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta VIP program, which trains leaders for roles on nonprofit boards. Smith currently serves on the Governor’s Office for Children and Families Task Force for Commercially and Sexually Exploited Children. Smith is also a member of the Junior League of Atlanta where she has previously been on the Community Needs Assessment Committee and now serves on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Committee specifically focusing on training and awareness issues. Smith also serves on the State of Georgia Department of Human Services OPOUM task force.

She is also active in her church and community organizations including The Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church Social Action Committee, Business Connection League where she serves as the Secretary and the New Life Ministry in which she serves as the Assistant Coordinator. Smith also serves on The Museum School of Avondale Estates Parent Teacher Organization Board where she serves as the Vice President. In 2010, Smith served as a mentor for The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation with teen girls ages 13-18 that live in the Metro Atlanta area.

In March 2011, Smith was selected by the Junior League of Atlanta to be the incoming Chair of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Committee where she will lead a team of Junior League of Atlanta women and be responsible for all CSEC marketing campaigns, Business Empowerment Breakfast, Empowerment summits for young girls ages 10-14 in order to build self-esteem and confidence in girls at risk for sexual exploitation, as well as other special projects.

A native of Augusta, Georgia Smith received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Paine College in Augusta, Georgia and a Master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. Smith recently became ABD and is currently completing her Doctorate studies in Organizational Leadership at Nova Southeastern University.

For more information contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu. Visit www.power30under30.com for additional information and event photographs.

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Dr. Silas Norman Jr., '62 recognized with Wayne State University School of Medicine's Distinguished Service Award

Posted by ncarter | 06/13/2011 09:02 AM

Silas Norman Jr., M.D. a longtime member of the Wayne State University School of Medicine faculty and a driving force for diversity, fairness and compassion for the underserved was honored at the Wayne State University's 2011 commencement ceremony.

Silas Norman Jr., M.D., associate dean of Admissions, Diversity and Inclusion, received the School of Medicine’s Distinguished Service Award at the Fox Theater on May 24.

Valerie Parisi, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., dean of the School of Medicine, noted that Dr. Norman exemplifies a notable quote by Albert Einstein: “Only a life lived for others is worth living.”“He has served the school with distinction for more than 25 years,” she said. “He has overseen one of the most diverse student bodies in the United States.”

In accepting the award from Dean Parisi and Maryjean Schenk, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., vice dean of Medical Education, Dr. Norman said, “To be honored for the service that we give is a distinct privilege and an honor.”

Dr. Norman, a 1976 graduate of the Wayne State University School of Medicine, received its Trailblazer Award in 2010. The award honors outstanding alumni and faculty who have made substantial contributions and demonstrated courage, initiative, innovation, risk-taking and leadership.

A medical suite at the State Prison of Southern Michigan in Jackson is named after Dr. Norman, who served as the facility’s medical director. His commitment to social and humanistic medicine also led him to serve as chief medical officer for the Michigan Department of Corrections and medical director for the Wayne County Jails.

He has served as a consultant to the Detroit Health Care for the Homeless project and to the Detroit Health Department, working to see that thousands of uninsured and underserved people received much-needed health care.
In 2000, Dr. Norman received the Alumni Achievement Award from the United Negro College Fund. That same year the Wayne State University Organization of Black Alumni selected him for its Alumni Achievement Award.

The Michigan Department of Community Health presented him with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Vision Award in 2000.
In addition to his service to medicine and the school, Dean Parisi also noted that Dr. Norman serves as a dedicated deacon at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, and has “a voice that rolls like thunder” as a member of the Brazeal Dennard Chorale.

For more information contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu

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Photo caption: Silas Norman Jr. receives the award from Dean Valerie Parisi, left, and Maryjean Schenk, vice dean of Medical Education.

Henderson, ‘00 recognized in Atlanta's Inaugural "Powerprenuer" Spotlight Series

Posted by ncarter | 06/2/2011 12:17 PM

(Atlanta, GA)- The Honorable Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta in partnership with Velvet Suite Marketing and Black Enterprise Magazine honored nine "Powerprenuers in its Inaugural "Powerprenuer" Series last month. Among the honorees was J.R. Henderson, '00.

The panel of honorees, which included Disturbing the Peace's Chaka Zulu, Atlanta businessman Christian Ruffin, Atlanta recording artist Kandi Burruss and fashion designer Mychael Knight, were acknowledged by Black Enterprise Magazine, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's Office and The Velvet Suite Marketing at its Inaugural Atlanta's "Powerprenuer" Spotlight Series.

This series, created by Melissa Johnson CEO of The Velvet Suite Marketing pays homage to people whom impact areas of business pertinent to the growth of Atlanta's metropolitan area. Henderson was recognized as founder of The National Lighthouse Foundation, which is a 501c3 organization that exists as a structure to provide a continuous and intermittent path for our nations youth. The Foundation serves as a catalyst to provoke significant change in achieving the hopes and dreams of America's youth.

Henderson, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, has spent over 10 years helping students achieve their goals. He is committed to promoting professionalism and ensuring continual success in the lives of today’s youth. He has worked with of youth in several capacities. Henderson has served as a motivational speaker for many organizations, which include the Department of Family and Children Services, Georgia CASA Senator Connie Stoked College for Kids Program, Georgia Independent Living Program, and more. Henderson has traveled to Haiti and South Africa inspiring thousands. He currently serves as chairman of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunity Board for Metro-Atlanta.

"It's also always humbling to be recognized for what you do," Henderson said. "I always keep the challenges of the young people of the national urban community in the forefront of my mind and I know my work is far from done".

The National Lighthouse Foundation can be found at local public schools, in the communities or hosting specialty events that consistently raise awareness of the lack of fundamental needs still ravaging communities of the greater Atlanta and the continental U.S.

For more information contact the Office of Communications and Marketing.

Photo caption: J.R. Henderson and Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta, Ga.

 

Ruth B. Crawford, '39 to be inducted National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2011

Posted by ncarter | 06/2/2011 10:49 AM

(Augusta, GA)- Dr. Ruth B. Crawford, '39 was selected for induction into the 2011 class for exceptional achievements in the field of community service. The Paine College community nominated Crawford. She will also be recognized for her outstanding support of her community and her alma mater.

Crawford joins the ranks of over 250 distinguished Hall of Famers and other influential inductees like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was inducted on behalf of Morehouse College. The National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. is an organization dedicated to the growth and development of the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities and is committed to securing supplemental scholarships for students attending HBCUs, as well as, highlighting the tremendous accomplishments of distinguished alumni of these institutions.

The 26th Annual Hall of Fame Signature Induction Ceremony will take place Friday, September 23, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta, GA.

About Dr. Ruth B. Crawford:

She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Paine College, Master of Science degree in Education from Indiana University and an Honorary Doctorate of Human Letter from Paine College.

Crawford was employed as a teacher with the Richmond County Board of Education soon after her matriculation at Paine College. During her 38-year tenure, she provided opportunities for thousands of students to achieve academic excellence in a variety of academic areas.

In 1977, Crawford retired from the Richmond County School System and founded Shiloh Comprehensive Community Center where she served 30 years as its Founding Executive Administrator on a volunteer basis. During this time, she devoted her life community service, assisting the elderly, helping to provide food, clothing and shelter for those in need. She also worked hard to continue educating youth and working with the court system to rehabilitate first time criminal offenders.

Many have recognized Crawford for her outstanding achievements and generous contributions. She has been a lifetime supporter of Paine College, where she is a charter member of the Presidents Club and has been selected as one of Paine College's Distinguished Alumni. She also was commissioned to design the Paine College Flag. Continuing her pursuit to provide education and access to students, The Ruth B. Crawford Endowed Chair in Education was established in her honor.

She has received honors and awards including the Jefferson Award for Outstanding Service from WJBF-TV, the Humanitarian of the Year Award from University Hospital, The Governor's Award from two different Georgia Governors, The Good Samaritan Award presented by the St. Joseph Foundation, the Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the J.C. Penny Gold Rule Award and many more.

Today, Crawford continues to service her community. She is a lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a Paine College National Alumni Association and Georgia Retired Teachers. She is the founder of and a present member of the National Association of University Women, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, a member and Trustee Emeritus of William Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. She has written and published three books, Woods Afire, The Greatest Story Never Told and Peace, Power and Purpose of Volunteering.

Ms. Crawford resides in Augusta, Georgia and her family includes children: Dr. George I. (Dee) Crawford, Dr. Christine Ruth Crawford, Drs. George I. (Monica) Crawford, Jr. and Drs. Marcus H. (Kristina) Crawford.

For more information, please feel free to contact the Office of Communication and Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu.

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Freshman Baiesha Johnson Receives National Medal

Posted by kmay | 05/27/2011 16:54 PM

Turlock, CA- The first day of competition of the NCAA Division II Track & Field Championships in Turlock, California produced impressive results for Paine College Freshman Baiesha Johnson in the long jump competition.   Johnson advanced to the National Championships by posting a qualifying  mark of 5.96m,  March 25, 2011 at the Winthrop University Invite, and later went on to claim the title of SIAC Women’s Long Jump Champion 2011.

The competition in the long jump pit was very close, where New Mexico Highlands’ Jillisa Grant took claims to the national title, after she moved past UC San Diego’s Stephanie LeFever on her second-to-last leap to claim the title.  Paine College Lady Lion, Baiesha Johnson took the third place medal, jumping 5.99 meters, LeFever leapt 6.18m to take second, and Grant recorded a jump of 6.36meters.

The Division II National Championships are being held at Al Brenda Track at Warrior Stadium in Turlock, California, and will continue until Saturday, May 28, 2011.

Baiesha will also be representing Paine College and the SIAC in the Women’s High Jump Competition, scheduled for Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 6:00 PM.

The Division II Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be streamed live at NCAA.com, each day of the championships.  Also, visit www.flashresults.com for Thursday’s results and live updates all day Friday and Saturday. Nine more titles will be handed out during Friday’s action and then nine more Saturday.

Highlights of the championships will be shown on CBS HD at 4:00 PM ET, Sunday, June 19 (all broadcast air dates, times and networks are subject to change).

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 Baiesha Johnson with awards received from Paine's Athletic Banquet

Paine College Community mourns loss of Bishop Nathaniel L. Linsey, '48

Posted by ncarter | 05/23/2011 06:25 AM

Dr. George C. Bradley and the Paine College Community join bishops and worshippers of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and other higher education institutions in mourning the loss of a respected leader in the greater faith community, Bishop Nathaniel L. Linsey, '48 the 39th Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.
 
Elected the 39th Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Birmingham, AL in 1978, Nathaniel L. Linsey was installed as Senior Bishop of the denomination at the 1994 General Conference held in Memphis, TN.   Bishop Linsey was born on July 24, 1926 in Atlanta, GA.  At the time of his election to the Episcopal office, he was completing his 12th year as General Secretary of the church's Department of Evangelism.

His pastorates before service as General Secretary of the Department of Evangelism included Thirgood CME Church, Birmingham, AL; Mattie E. Coleman CME Church, Knoxville, TN; Vanderhorst Memorial CME Church, Charleston, SC; Rock of Ages and St. Peter CME Churches, Walterboro, SC, and Halifax Circuit, Halifax, VA.   He also served the church as Presiding Elder of the Greenville District in the Carolina Conference and Presiding Elder of the Macon District in Georgia.

Bishop Linsey is a graduate of Paine College (BA), Augusta, GA.  He received the BD degree from Howard University, Washington, D.C. and the MA degree in Evangelism (with distinction) from Scarritt College, Nashville, TN.   Honorary degrees were awarded by Paine College, Miles College, and Texas College.

As Bishop, he has presided over the Seventh Episcopal District (1978-82)the Ninth Episcopal District (1982-1986), the Tenth Episcopal district (1986-1994), and the Second Episcopal District (1994-2002).   He has served as the Chair of the Department of Finance and Department of Evangelism, Missions and Human Concerns.  Bishop Linsey served as the the Patron Bishop for the Women's Missionary Council.  He served as five years as a past member of the Presidium.

Bishop Linsey is a renown ecumenist.  He represented the CME Church on the World Methodist Council and serves on the Presidium.   He was also on the Board of the World Council of Churches.

In response to the charge given him by the outgoing Senior Bishop, Caesar D. Coleman, at the 1994 General Conference, Bishop Linsey stressed his commitment to the program emphasis in Discipleship 2000, continued merger talks with the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and his strong advocacy of a denomination that works together in unity in the cause of Christ.  Bishop Linsey was honorably retired at the 2002 General Conference.

Bishop Linsey is married to the former Mae (nee Mills) Linsey, and they are the parents of four children and have seven grandchildren.

The arrangements for Bishop Nathaniel L. Linsey, the 39th bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, are as follows:
 
Visitation and Celebration of Life will be held at:
West Mitchell Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
560 Martin Luther King Dr. S.W.
Atlanta, GA  30314
The Rev. Frederick Braddock, Pastor
Telephone:  404-525-2337
Fax: 404-525-1575
 
Visitation:
Friday, May 27, 2011, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
 
Celebration of Life:
Saturday, May 28, 2011, Noon
 
Arrangements have been entrusted to:
Murray Brothers Funeral Home
1199 Utoy Springs Road SW
Atlanta, Georgia  30331
Telephone: 404-349-3000
Fax: 404-349-5001

Miss Paine College could be featured in EBONY magazine with your help!

Posted by ncarter | 05/20/2011 12:09 PM

(Augusta, GA) -Each year EBONY Magazine does a feature on Historically Black College and University (HBCU) queens.  Last year, EBONY Magazine's Top 10 HBCU Queens feature introduced a new online voting component and included a smaller-than-usual representation of elegantly displayed queens on the pages of EBONY Magazine.  Although this year’s entire “HBCU Queens” feature will find a home on the Web site (ebony.com), they will again honor 10 only queens inside the September 2011 issue of the magazine. 

Vote for Miss Paine College 2010-2011, Ms. Ciara Harris to appear inside the September 2011 issue. Your chance to vote for Miss Paine College will be during the week of May 23–29, 2011.  ONLINE VOTING BEGINS AT MIDNIGHT (CT) ON MAY 23 AND ENDS AT 11:59 PM (CT) ON MAY 29.  You can vote as many times as you like. Please encourage the Augusta community to cast their vote! Visit Ebony.com and cast your vote (s).

For more information, contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu.

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Paine College valedictorian took nontraditional route

Posted by ncarter | 05/16/2011 04:20 AM

By Tracey McManus
Story courtesy of The Augusta Chronicle

The realization came to Deborah Rashada while she was lying flat out in bed with a broken ankle, staring at the ceiling. Rashada, with her 11-month-old granddaughter Yusra Martin, realized she could do more with her life than raise a family.

Until then, every ounce of her had been dedicated to the happiness of her family. She raised nine children and had her soul mate by her side to prove it.

She graduated from Butler High School in 1978, skipped college to marry at 18 and never stopped to worry about herself until that day in 2005 when she toppled like a bowling pin from her roller blades.

"I was lying in bed with a broken ankle feeling sorry for myself," Rashada said. "I was very satisfied being a wife and mother, but I wanted more for myself. I asked myself 'Is this the best I can do?' "

It wasn't, and as soon as she could walk again, Rashada, not quite 50, enrolled in college.

In 2007, Rashada graduated from the Georgia Military College where she earned an associate's degree in education. The real challenge was when she continued her studies at Paine College to pursue a bachelor's in education.

Going back wasn't easy.

Too often in life she felt excluded from conversations with people more educated than her, so when she went back to the classroom she didn't risk missing a detail.

She read every word of assigned readings and didn't hesitate to raise her hand during lectures. There were grumbles from students generations younger than her, who were just eager to get through with classes and close their books.That's where she learned to balance her greenness as a student with her wisdom as a mother.

"I just thought, 'What if I was 18 years old? What would I do? I didn't want to turn around in my desk and say 'I'm old enough to be your momma, so what's your problem?' "

Nontraditional students like Rashada are a minority at local colleges and universities, and their identities are hard to define. Some consider the 19-year-old going to college with three kids nontraditional. Others are the men going into the nursing field or the 50-year-old finally getting her bachelor's degree.

Less than 3 percent of students at Paine last year fell into the nontraditional category. Out of the 1,100 students that graduated from Augusta State University in the spring, 51 of them were 25 or older when they enrolled. But Dr. Paulette Harris, chair of the ASU advocacy group for nontraditional and evening students, said the university tries to encourage these students to join the traditional campus.

The university has a study room in the library specifically for students lugging their children along and offers free tutoring for adults and their children.

"(Older students) really want to do well and at the same time meet all their other needs that they have, and it is a stretch to balance all that sometimes," Harris said.

To Rashada, it was almost an obligation to show that students returning to school after raising a family had their place in the classroom. To do that, she'd break from her duties as a wife to read in the library in the evenings -- sometimes until 4 a.m. -- grateful for a husband who encouraged her in pursuing a dream away from home.

"My husband was so understanding," she said. "He said 'Deborah, don't worry about me. I'll eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for dinner if I have to.' Of course, I'd never let him do that. He's my best friend."

As graduation approached, Rashada was ending her Paine experience with a 3.96 GPA, higher than any other student of any age in her class. When it came time for the commencement ceremony May 1, she walked to the podium for her valedictorian speech and told an intent crowd about her journey.

She described how grateful she was to have the gift of education. She credited her Islamic faith for her strength and thanked Allah for helping her succeed.

The hundreds in the William B. Bell Auditorium fell to a hush when she said she once thought she would never feel happiness again after the death of one of her children in 2000 but receiving an education proved her wrong.

"I thank God for blessing me to live long enough to finally make my mother proud of me, the oldest of her six children," Rashada said.

She fought back tears as her husband, all of her children and all nine grandchildren watched her from the balcony.

She thanked the audience and walked across the stage to a standing ovation.

"It was amazing," said her daughter Fareeda, later remembering the speech. "Not only raising nine kids, being a wife and at the same time going back to school and being the top of her class, there's no better example."

As she left her graduation ceremony and walked out of the auditorium to celebrate with family, Rashada felt a tap on her shoulder. A woman, somewhere in her 30s or 40s, stood before her teary-eyed. "I just want to say, because of you, because of your speech, I'm going back to school," Rashada remembers the woman saying.

Rashada began teaching eighth-grade Georgia Studies at Langford Middle School after she earned her certification in December.To have her own students, her own classroom and to slowly work for their respect has been a lifelong dream.

"The night before my first day, I couldn't sleep I was so excited," Rashada said. "I kept wondering 'What does it feel like to have your own classroom?'"

Because of budget cuts facing the Richmond County School System, Rashada is still waiting to see if the district can offer her a classroom position next year.

She hopes she'll be able to continue touching students' lives, but knows in a way she already has.

 

 

 

Paine students secure leadership positions with Georgia Association of Educators Student Program

Posted by ncarter | 05/12/2011 05:17 AM

(Augusta, GA) - During the Georgia Association of Educators Student Program (GAE-SP) Annual GAE Spring Student Retreat  Natasha Adebiyi was elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the Georgia Association of Educators state board. The retreat held at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA included GAE-SP chapters from institutions across the state, and hosted several workshops that promoted student engagement in elementary, middle, and secondary classrooms.

"Having opportunities like this will help enable us to become effective teachers.  It is great to be able to have say in decisions related to education. I am excited for my peers and all of our positions,"Adebiyi said.

The GAE Student Program is a pre-professional program sponsored by the Georgia Association of Educators and the National Education Association; helps prepare education majors for a brighter professional future. Especially for education majors, GAE’s Student Program is designed to provide college students with the opportunity to make their voice heard locally, statewide, and nationally through activities that affect their chosen profession—teaching.
 
GAE’s Student Program works to help students make that smooth transition from the campus to the classroom by exploring the critical non-instructional aspects of the profession. The Program works with its members to make sure they learn about salaries, competency testing, evaluations, discipline, certification requirements, stress, and political and legislative activities.

The Executive Board of the Paine College Chapter of the Georgia Association of Educators Student Program (GAE-SP) were all nominated and elected to serve as state delegates for the GAE state conference in Atlanta, GA.  The state delegates are Alexis Barber, Jameelah Jones, Jordan Webb, Natasha Adebiyi, Robert Whigham, and ShaQuawn Hines.

As state delegates, the students attend each GAE state conference. Each delegate has also applied to become a national delegate. Adebiyi, Jameelah Jones, Alexis Barber, ShaQuawn Hines and Jordan Webb were selected as national delegates. They will attend the National Education Association (NEA) representative assembly conference in Chicago, IL, which takes place June 30-July 5.

For more information contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu.

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