Paine College Announces $1.6 Million Technology Grant Award

Posted by ncarter | 05/4/2011 04:26 AM

(Augusta, GA) - Paine College is a sound investment.  These words resonated throughout the press conference that was held to announce a major grant that was awarded to Paine College in the amount of $1.6 million.   Paine College officials joined senior executives from CampusEAI Consortium to announce the award that will impact the living, learning and work environment for the entire campus.

The White House Initiatives on Historically Black Colleges and Universities endorsed CampusEAI in March 2010 and encouraged HBCUs to apply for the competitive CampusEAI technology grants to build and support institutions’ capacity to do business more efficiently.

The CampusEAI Grant Program is designed to cover the cost of software, hardware, and services associated with the implementation of a Campus Portal Solution, an intranet portal that integrates with online learning, administrative computing and student services systems.  Under the grant award, project management, installation and training costs necessary to install and operate a Campus Portal will be provided.
The CampusEAI grant awarded to Paine College will provide three major distinct services:
1)      myCampus Single Sign-On Platform will integrate with Paine College’s Microsoft Active Directory and provide students, faculty and staff at Paine member institutions with Single Sign-On access to applications such as Jenzabar, Blackboard, Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Social Media. 

2)      After Hours Helpdesk Support center will provide coverage from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. each day and night.  A faculty, staff, or student will be able to call the helpdesk support number after 6:00 p.m. each day and speak to a live customer service agent designated for Paine College.

Michael Hicks, Director of Information Technology, said, “Today is a historical day at Paine College in the area of technology.  We expect our level of technological proficiency to move to a new level of excellence.  The Single Sign-On product will give us the ability to eliminate multiple log-ins and accounts, thus promoting efficiency and ease of navigation.  And, the 24 hour helpdesk hosted by CampusEAI support staff will provide assistance to our campus community after business hours and on weekends.”
 
Leroy Summers, Vice President of Fiscal Affairs and Administration, stated that CampusEAI is currently evaluating Paine College for another grant that will offer real time Disaster Recovery in the event of a catastrophic occurrence that will cause destruction of data.  When awarded, the Disaster Recovery product, valued at nearly $1 million, will allow the College’s critical data to be housed off-campus in a secured location and accessible within hours.
 
Brandon Brown, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, stated that Paine College remains a sound investment and it was evident with the College’s ability to garner major competitive grant awards and support from the private, public and the federal level.
 
CampusEAI Consortium is a global information technology services and consulting provider focused on helping its members implement enterprise IT solutions cost-effectively and timely.  More than 260 members belong to the CampusEAI Consortium including Augusta State University, Spelman College, and the University of Arizona.  For more information about CampusEAI, visit www.campuseai.org <http://www.campuseai.org/> .

For more information contact Natasha Carter, Director of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu.

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Paine College’s Class of 1970 Returns Forty Years Later to Participate in Commencement Exercises

Posted by ncarter | 04/27/2011 15:28 PM

Paine College will recognize the Class of 1970 during its 129th Commencement Convocation on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. in the William Bell Auditorium located in Augusta, Georgia.  The Honorable James E. Clyburn, Assistant Democratic Leader in the 112th Congress, will address the Class of 2011, the Golden Class of 1961, and the Class of 1970.

The Class of 1970 was unable to participate in the College’s Commencement exercise more than 40 years ago due to the May 1970 Augusta race riot that was sparked by the death of a sixteen year-old youth whose cries went unheard in a county jail.  The brutal murder of the sixteen year old was followed by protests which resulted in the deaths of six black men during the riots.  Dr. E. Clayton Calhoun, President of Paine College, and faculty voted to safeguard the students and moved to temporarily close its doors.  The graduating seniors never experienced a formal Commencement exercise and received their diplomas via regular mail service.

According to Paine College Historian, Dr. Mallory Millender, the National Guard surrounded the campus during the race riots.  Some of the students were taunted by members of the community for their refusal to participate in retaliatory acts against whites. Many of the students did not trust the National Guard that was sent by Governor Lester Maddox to protect the campus community.  It was the general consensus that the National Guard was sent to ‘contain’ and not protect the faculty and students.  Thus, Paine College students armed themselves with guns to protect themselves and their fellow classmates.  Alice Miller Simpkins, Class of 1970, a member of the Paine College Concert Choir, recalled her return to the campus after being away on tour.  She stated, “As we approached the campus, the bus driver instructed us to lower our heads. He drove on to the campus and parked very close to our residence halls.  Before we were allowed to disembark, Paine students armed with rifles entered the bus while others surrounded the bus to stand guard.  The armed students escorted us to our dormitories.”

1970 was the year that 100,000 people demonstrated in Washington, DC against the Vietnam War.  Tragically, it was the same year in which after a number of days of protest against the U.S. invasion of Cambodia, the National Guard fired on and killed four student protesters at Kent State University and injured ten others on May 4, 1970.   President Calhoun and faculty feared that a similar tragedy would occur on the campus of a small Black College.

Elizabeth Bentley Simpson, Class of 1970, recalled the tumultuous time that led to the closing of her Alma Mater just days prior the Commencement Convocation. “We understood that the College closed out of the concern and safety for the students,” stated Elizabeth.  We witnessed man’s inhumanity to man and the most troubling factor was that the racial tensions and hatred for one another carried forth from generation to generation.  The Class of 1970 and other students learned from the experience and I believe that we emerged stronger.  We knew we were going to experience racism and bigotry and knowing that caused us to work harder.”     

Dr. George C. Bradley, fourteenth President of Paine College, commented, “The Class of 1970 and so many other students stood for equality and social justice for mankind.  Paine College students had been at the forefront of social justice issues for many years prior the 1970 race riots.”

Historians have credited Paine College students, a strong coalition of blacks and whites, and organizations such as the NAACP, with desegregating the city of Augusta in 1960.  The student movement in Augusta officially began with Paine College students who in defiance of Jim Crow policies, staged sit-ins at local restaurants; drank from water fountains that were labeled “White Only”; and were arrested and jailed for disorderly conduct for their refusal to adhere to Jim Crow laws. 

In 1960, Paine College students staged a peaceful protest as they sat down in the front sections of the city buses in the segregated city of Augusta.  The students refused to leave their seats when demanded by the bus drivers.  Police arrested eleven of the students.  Later, the courts found the students guilty of disorderly conduct and fined them $45 each.  On August 9, five students from Paine College (Henry Taylor, Thomas Snowden, William Chambers, Jimmy Dukes and Silas Norman) filed a suit in the U.S. District Court.  The case, Taylor v. City of Augusta, sought to eliminate Jim Crow seating on city buses.  The Paine students asked the courts to recognize the illegality of the seating policy and sought an injunction against the city of Augusta to prohibit such seating. In 1962, two years after the students filed the initial suit, the federal judges sided with the plaintiffs.

Dr. Bradley cited that Paine College had a history of being an advocate for social justice.  “Paine College students were instrumental in desegregating city buses in Augusta and their actions led to a legal precedent for the state of Georgia.  It has been ever-present in the DNA of Paine College to stand tall for justice and equality.  It is appropriate that we invite the Class of 1970 to participate in the College’s Commencement exercises, an event that symbolizes a milestone in academic and scholarly excellence.  They were not afforded this honor due in 1970 and therefore it is fitting that we invite them to experience a formal Commencement exercise.”

Of note, the Paine College faculty issued a statement entitled “When America’s Dream is Denied” in the Augusta Chronicle Newspaper to the citizens of Augusta on May 18, 1970.  In an excerpt from the full-paged statement, the faculty offered the Paine College facilities and personnel as a clearing-house for efforts to establish better communication between the various groups within the community.  The faculty also recommended peaceful solutions and urged the community to address economic and social injustices.

The public is invited to attend the Commencement Convocation and meet the Class of 1970 and celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2011.  For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, Ncarter@paine.edu, or visit www.paine.edu. 

Augusta, GA- For more information, contact Natasha Carter at 706.396.7591 or 678.215.8576 or Ncarter@paine.edu. 


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Paine College Department of Athletics Launches New Web Site

Posted by ncarter | 04/26/2011 09:01 AM

(Augusta, GA)- - Paine College has partnered with SIDEARM Sports to launch a new athletics web site. The new home for the Lions will be www.paineathletics.com <http://www.paineathletics.com>  The new site can be accessed directly or by clicking on the athletics tab of the www.paine.edu <http://www.paine.edu>  web site.

The web site will be the source for all news, information, scores and schedules on all athletic programs at Paine College. It will launch with a unique new design and a number of innovative features including video clips, a revolving headlines area highlighting the top five athletic stories and plenty of content for fans of Paine College athletics.
 
“The new web home for Paine Athletics will be the one-stop shop for alumni, fans, donors, students, and faculty/staff to find the inside scoop on Lion Athletics.  The sleek, user-friendly design will allow our supporters to quickly access the information they need to follow the Lions,” said Tim Duncan, Paine College Athletic Director.
 
“Moreover, we will be able to drive more revenue by providing additional content for corporate sponsors in the Augusta community and beyond.  In the coming weeks and months, we will add additional content and features to better take advantage of the exciting new partnership with SIDEARM Sports and the SIAC,” Duncan said.

Paine College offers five men and five women varsity sports. Each sport competes at the NCAA Division II level and in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). The website will be powered by SIDEARM Sports, a top collegiate athletic web-based content management solution that has a client list of nearly 500 colleges.

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) announced the partnership with SIDEARM Sports, to redesign and vertically integrate all SIAC member schools’ sports sites under the SIDEARM banner in July 2010.
 
“Our SIDEARM software solution provides the SIAC with the tools to leverage the information on all sites, leverage the fan base of all schools, and also generate sponsor interest in being able to buy real estate for all conference members in one agreement with the conference,” said Jeff Rubin, SIDEARM Sports President/CEO.
 
About SIDEARM Sports
SIDEARM Sports has a client list that includes over 320 athletic clients from around the country including Cornell University, Davidson College, Drexel University, Eastern Michigan University, Eastern Illinois University, the University of Hawaii, Syracuse University and many other NCAA DI, DII, DIII, NAIA, NJCAA and collegiate conferences. SIDEARM has a staff of approximately a dozen developers who possess a variety of expertise in graphic design, database management, information security management, web-based user interface design, and e-commerce business transaction management.
 
For more information, contact Kimberly May at Kmay@paine.edu or (706) 945-1188 or Natasha Carter at Ncarter@paine.edu

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Paine College to Honor Student Athletes at Banquet

Posted by kmay | 04/25/2011 14:28 PM

Augusta, GA- The Paine College Department of Athletics will host its annual Athletics Awards Banquet on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 6PM.   Student-Athletes from all Paine College intercollegiate athletics programs will be recognized for their athletic and academic accomplishments during the 2010-2011 academic year. 

The program will also feature awards to various coaches and special recognition to supporters of Paine College Athletics.

Mr. Kevin Faigle, Sports Director from WRDW TV, will serve as the Master of Ceremony.

For more information, please contact Taura Hatney or Kimberly May at (706)-945-1367.

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Paine College 129th Commencement Convocation streaming LIVE on WFXG.com

Posted by ncarter | 04/21/2011 08:00 AM

Augusta, GA- Paine College's 129th Commencement Convocation will be streaming LIVE on WFXG.com. The College is working with FOX 54- WFXG-TV to provide streaming coverage to anyone in the world. This is the first time that the College has provided its graduates and other constituents the opportunity to view the ceremony LIVE via the World Wide Web.

The commencement ceremony, which will take place on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. at The William Bell Auditorium in Augusta, Georgia will be available for viewing LIVE on wfxg.com by anyone, anywhere who has access to the Internet.  Family, friends, alumni and other constituents of Paine College can view the ceremony in real time from a computer.  This year's commencement address will be delivered by The Honorable James E. Clyburn, South Carolina 6th Congressional District.

Watch the Ceremony!

To watch live streaming video of commencement, click the link.
http://www.wfxg.com/global/category.asp?c=209148

*Viewing Requirements: You will need a broadband connection (either wired or wireless), and you may be prompted to download Microsoft Silverlight in order to view the video.

The Commencement ceremony will also be archived for viewing for up to one year after the event by Fox 54- WFXG.  LIVE web streaming of 129th Commencement Ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. on wfxg.com.

For more information, contact Natasha Carter, Director of Communications and Marketing, at 706.396.7591 or 678.215.8576 or Ncarter@paine.edu or http://www.paine.edu/events/commencement/speakers.aspx

Shanice Wilson receives Ken Bernhardt Outstanding Collegiate Marketer Award AMA Atlanta Collegiate Chapter

Posted by ncarter | 04/21/2011 06:09 AM

The Atlanta Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) has raised more than $100,000 for the Ken Bernhardt Outstanding Collegiate Marketer Award, which honors outstanding marketing students from local Georgia colleges.  Senior Shanice Wilson was one of five students to receive the honor and a scholarship.

"This scholarship award and honor are both amazing," Wilson said. "I'm really excited that I was able to represent my college. This honor also gives me the confidence to pursue my dreams after graduation."           

The scholarship was awarded to five recipients $500 in 2011. Funds were raised through a personal endowment from Dr. Ken Bernhardt, Taylor E. Little Jr. Professor of Marketing and Special Assistant to the Dean of the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University, and corporate gifts from AT&T, AirTran, Cox, HoneyBaked Ham, 22 Squared, Enguage Media and other partners. Ken Bernhardt matched dollar for dollar all corporate donations.

“We are overwhelmed by the generous support from our community partners. Their generosity will help us recognize Atlanta’s top marketing students for many years to come,” said Dr. Ken Bernhardt, the scholarship’s founder, sponsor and namesake. “This year’s scholarship recipients represent the best and brightest and were selected for their driving passion for marketing, superior skills and dedication to their AMA chapter.”

The 2011 scholarship winners include:

·       Amber Price of Berry College

·       Endia Byrd of Georgia State University

·       Shannon Hames of Chattahoochee Technical College

·       Shauna Bassett of Georgia College & State University

·       Shanice Wilson of Paine College

Scholarship winners were recognized at the 2011 AMA Atlanta Marketer of the Year (AMY) Awards in Atlanta, GA.  

Dr. Bernhardt has been an active member of AMA since 1969. He joined the organization as a collegiate member and has dedicated his time and effort to AMA in a host of local and national roles, including former Atlanta chapter president and former National Chairman of the Board. In 2001, he received the AMA Wayne Lemburg Award for Lifetime Service to AMA for his commitment to Marketing and Leadership. Dr. Bernhardt founded the GSU Marketing Roundtable and the Marketing Awards for Excellence (MAX Awards). He currently serves on the Executive Advisory Board of AMA Atlanta and Professor of Marketing at Georgia State University. He also serves on numerous non-profit and for-profit boards.

About the Atlanta Chapter of the American Marketing Association

With over 700 members, AMA Atlanta is the fifth largest professional chapter in AMA – the largest marketing association in North America with nearly 40,000 marketing professionals in 600 chapters. AMA Atlanta’s primary function is to elevate the field of marketing by helping members grow their businesses, networks, knowledge and careers through “Linkology.” The chapter facilitates critical linkages through an individual’s lifelong path as a marketer by producing events and creating connections for marketers that provide inspiration, education, direction, employment and leadership. AMA members include professionals from an array of disciplines including: research, marketing technology, non-profit, academic, PR, advertising, branding, direct marketing, interactive, creative and next generation marketing.  To learn more, visit www.ama-atlanta.com <http://www.ama-atlanta.com> . 

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


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Paine College appoints Tim Duncan Athletic Director

Posted by ncarter | 04/21/2011 06:02 AM

Paine College made it official Friday morning announcing Tim Duncan as its new Athletic Director.   Duncan signed a contract with Paine College and will officially start May 9, 2011.

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to become the Director of Athletics at Paine College.  The chance to work with President Bradley, a former college student-athlete, and to become the first non-coach Athletic Director, was the unique combination that intrigued Lisa and I to take advantage of this opportunity. I look forward to working with the coaches, faculty and staff to provide the best experience possible – academically, athletically and socially for our student athletes,” commented Duncan.

Tim Duncan, a fund-raising professional with a demonstrated track record in the public and private sectors, began his association with the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) program as Associate Athletic Director for Development and Executive Director of UNCW Student Aid Association (Seahawk Club) in the spring of 2009 and was appointed Associate Athletic Director for Major Gifts in January of 2011.

Dr. Rosemary DePaolo, Chancellor, UNC Wilmington, stated that Duncan would bring invaluable experience and tremendous pride to the athletics program at Paine. “He understands the fundamental importance of supporting student-athletes as they pursue their academic and athletic goals.”

Duncan previously served as Director of the M Club at the University of Memphis, where he helped the Tigers increase their revenue by 35 percent and membership by 40 percent during his first year. He also solicited major gifts from donors and former student-athletes, including the largest single gift ($1 million) for naming rights to the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.

In addition, he spearheaded the strategic planning, direction and management for the school's former letter winners. He was an integral part of UM's annual athletic fundraising and major gifts programs.


Dr. George C. Bradley, President of Paine College, commented that Duncan has a wealth of experience in fundraising and his athletic attributes as a former player will equip him to develop a successful program that will ensure the success for student athletes.  “We believe that Tim will play a viable role in helping to move the Paine College Athletic program to the next level,” said Bradley.

Prior to Duncan’s appointment at Memphis, he was a managing partner in PRStore, a marketing firm in Memphis. He developed strategies for small business owners and managed store operations and personnel.

The Memphis native began his career path as a public relations coordinator for Russell Corporation in Midland, Ga., in 1996. He assisted in managing sponsorships for the National Football League, Major League Baseball and the NCAA, and coordinated various other promotional programs for two years.

From 1998-2003, Duncan worked as an assistant marketing manager and marketing manager at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in Winston-Salem, N.C. He assisted in managing the execution of a $70 million event marketing program initially and later managed the start-up of a $13 million program for one of the company's brands. He also coordinated 51 high-profile events for R.J. Reynolds, including NASCAR Winston Cup and NHRA Drag Racing.

In 2003, Duncan founded Infrared Marketing, LLC, to develop strategies for Fortune 500 companies who wanted to accomplish their marketing objectives.

Duncan is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) and the National Letterwinners Association (NLWA).

He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration at Memphis in 1992 and completed his Master of Science Degree in Sports Administration at Grambling State in 1997.

Duncan played four years on the Memphis men's basketball team and helped the Tigers and former coach Larry Finch reach the NCAA's Elite Eight during his senior year in 1992.

Duncan is married to the former Lisa Farris and they have three children, Tyson, Turner and Tatum.

Alice M. Simpkins elected to national board of the Association for Institutional Research

Posted by ncarter | 04/19/2011 09:55 AM

Alice M. Simpkins was recently elected to serve as the 2011-2012 Associate Forum Chair for the Association for Institutional Research (AIR).  She will begin her term as Associate Forum Chair, a national board position, on May 25, 2011 following the close of the next AIR Forum.  The position is a two-year appointment; in the second year, she will serve as Forum Chair.
 
The mission of the Association for Institutional Research is to support quality data and decisions for higher education.  The Forum is the premier annual conference for members of the Association. The four-day meeting is the world’s largest gathering of higher education professionals working in institutional research, assessment, planning, and related postsecondary education fields.  The Forum includes more than 450 presentations by colleagues representing all sectors of higher education and an exhibit hall featuring the latest tools and resources to support data use for decision-making.  From networking with peers to workshops and plenary sessions by leading experts in the field, the Forum is the “must attend” event for seasoned and early career professionals.

“I will use my mathematics, computer, and research skills as well as her ability to pay attention to details” to provide leadership for “planning and implementing an unforgettable Forum,” Simpkins said.

Professionally, Simpkins has presented papers at institutional research and computer conferences.  The more recent papers focused on institutional research and its role in institutional effectiveness, planning, evaluation, and assessment.  She is currently a member of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and three of its special interest groups – Traditionally Black Colleges and Universities (TBCU), Southern Association for Institutional Research (SAIR), and Georgia Association for Institutional Research, Planning, Assessment, and Quality (GAIRPAQ).  In AIR, Alice has served on the Nominations Committee and chaired the Ethics Advisory Committee.  Further, she has been a presenter, facilitator, and volunteer.  She has also held leadership positions in each of the special interest groups.

In addition to leadership skills, Simpkins also brings planning and organizational experience from many local community agencies to the role having served on the boards of the March of Dimes, the American Cancer Society, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the Augusta Chorale.  Further, she currently holds a regional position in Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

As an employee of Paine College, Simpkins currently serves as Director of Institutional Research, a position she has held since 1987.  In her almost 39 years as a Paine employee, she has held numerous positions including assistant professor of mathematics and computer science, director of institutional effectiveness and research, director of the Information and Computer Science program, database coordinator for the implementation of the Jenzabar administrative computer system (formerly CMDS Teams Elite), director of the National Youth Sports Program, and director of the Ford Teacher-Scholar program.  Her college service ranges from secretary of the faculty to service as a member of three (3) Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ leadership teams.  Further, she has been instrumental in obtaining grants for institutional effectiveness, evaluation, and research; computer and information program development; and a classroom project for statistical understanding.

For more information, contact Natasha Carter, Director of Communications and Marketing, at 706.396.7591 or 678.215.8576 or Ncarter@paine.edu.

 
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Da'Henri R. Thurmond to serve as keynote speaker at 129th Baccalaureate Convocation

Posted by ncarter | 04/19/2011 09:45 AM

Augusta, GA - Paine College will celebrate its 129th Baccalaureate Convocation on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.

Da’Henri R. Thurmond, Sr. will serve as keynote speaker for the Baccalaureate Convocation. Thurmond is a native of Augusta, Georgia. He is the third of four children born to Mrs. Maxine Thurmond and the late Earl H. Thurmond, Sr. He received his early education in the Richmond County, Georgia school system and is a 1986 graduate of Westside Comprehensive High School. He is a 1990 graduate of Georgia Southern University where he was inducted into the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society. He is also a 1992 magna cum laude graduate of the Medical College of Georgia where he was inducted into the IMHOTEP society as well as Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. He is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at the Interdenominational Theological Center, Phillips School of Theology.

Reverend Thurmond has been employed as a Respiratory Therapy Supervisor and a pharmaceutical sales specialist most recently with Genentech, Inc. as a Senior Clinical Oncology Specialist.

In spite of an exciting and rewarding career, he acknowledged a higher calling and purpose for his existence and began his journey as a preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ. For four years Rev. Thurmond served under the Rev. Dr. Donald Jordan, pastor of the Trinity C.M.E. Church in Augusta, Georgia. Pastor Thurmond was inspired, challenged and blessed by Dr. Jordan who continues to serve as his mentor. While at Trinity he led the establishment of a GED program as well as the Hoop it Up for God Basketball ministry and served on the Board of Directors of the Trinity Manor Apartments.

In 2005 he was appointed pastor of the Rock of Ages C.M.E. Church. While at Rock of Ages, disciples were added, new ministries were formed, other ministries were revived and the fellowship was reinvigorated. Some of the more notable activities at Rock of Ages during his tenure were the establishment of a monthly Bible Study Fellowship dinner, quarterly Sand Hills Community Bible Study, Annual Youth College trip to South Carolina State University, reestablishment of Vacation Bible School, various physical plant improvements and the acquisition of a 25 passenger bus for ministry. Rev. Thurmond is an ordained elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church where the presiding prelate is Bishop Kenneth Wayne Carter.

Pastor Thurmond has served as a mentor for the Richmond County School System, CHAMP camp volunteer, coach in the Richmond County Recreation Department, the school council at Sego Middle School, Board of Directors of the Southside Family Y and Board of Directors of the CSRA United Way. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and previously served as Chaplain of the Psi Omega chapter.

In July 2008, Rev. Thurmond was appointed Pastor in Charge at St. Paul C.M.E. Church in Savannah, Georgia where the prophetic, visionary and legendary Rev. Dr. Henry R. Delaney was the Senior Pastor.

In July 2009, Rev. Thurmond was appointed Senior Pastor at St. Paul. God continues to show himself strong in the life of St. Paul as new ministries include hosting the Urban Hope Tutorial program, the establishment of a Health and Wellness Ministry, Facebook and Internet ministry, Family Focus Month with Strengthening Our Families Seminar and current restoration of the sanctuary. St. Paul has been especially blessed with the addition of more than 450 new disciples.

Rev. Thurmond is married to Antoinette Johnson Thurmond. They are the proud parents of a son, D. Ramsey Jr. and a daughter, Barbara Maxine.

For more information, contact Natasha Carter, Director of Communications and Marketing, at 706.396.7591 or 678.215.8576 or Ncarter@paine.edu  or http://www.paine.edu/events/commencement/speakers.aspx
 
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The Honorable James E. Clyburn to serve as keynote speaker at 129th Commencement Convocation

Posted by ncarter | 04/19/2011 07:01 AM

Augusta, GA- Paine College will celebrate its 129th Commencement Convocation on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. in the William Bell Auditorium.
 
The Honorable James E. Clyburn, South Carolina 6th Congressional District will serve as keynote speaker for the Commencement Convocation.  President Barack Obama has said he is, "One of a handful of people who, when they speak, the entire Congress listens." As Assistant Democratic Leader in the 112th Congress, the number three Democrat in the House, James E. Clyburn is the leadership liaison to the Appropriations Committee and one of the Democratic Caucus' primary liaisons to the White House. Working with the internal caucuses, he plays a prominent role in messaging and outreach.

His humble beginnings in Sumter South Carolina, as the eldest son of an activist fundamentalist minister and an independent civic-minded beautician, grounded him securely in family, faith and public service. He was elected president of his NAACP youth chapter when he was 12 years old, helped organize many civil rights marches and demonstrations as a student leader at South Carolina State College, and even met his wife Emily in jail during one of his incarcerations.

When Clyburn came to Congress in 1993, he was elected co-President of his Freshman class and quickly rose through leadership ranks. He was elected Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus in 1999, and his reputation as a leader and consensus-builder helped him win a difficult three-way race for House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair in 2002. Three years later, he was unanimously elected Chair of the Democratic Caucus. When Democrats regained the House majority in 2006, Congressman Clyburn was elevated by his colleagues to House Majority Whip.

As a national leader he has worked to respond to the needs of America's diverse communities. He championed rural communities supporting the development of regional water projects, community health centers, and broadband connections. He has supported higher education by leading the charge for increased Pell grants; investing millions in science and math programs and historic preservation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He was instrumental in securing millions in Department of Energy funds for Paine College to help create a diverse workforce for future needs in the science and technology fields. He has encouraged economic development by securing funding for Empowerment Zones; investing in green technology development such as nuclear, wind, hydrogen and biofuels; and directing 10 percent of Recovery Act funding to communities 20 percent under the poverty level for the past 30 years. Clyburn was instrumental in advancing into law measures to resolve historic discrimination issues, significantly reducing the statutory disparity in cocaine sentencing and compensating African and Native American farmers who suffered racial discrimination under the USDA loan program.

Jim and Emily Clyburn have three daughters, Mignon, Jennifer Reed, and Angela Hannibal; two sons-in-law, Walter Reed and Cecil Hannibal; and two grandchildren, Walter A Clyburn Reed and Sydney Alexis Reed.

For more information, contact Natasha Carter, Director of Communications and Marketing, at 706.396.7591 or 678.215.8576 or Ncarter@paine.edu  or http://www.paine.edu/events/commencement/speakers.aspx
 
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