Paine College Media Studies Department to host Multi-Media Conference

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/9/2016 06:49 AM

The Paine College Media Studies Department will host its first multi-media conference called PANORAMIC on Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Candler Memorial Library from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

The forum is titled“The Excellence of Ethnic Inclusion”. The goal is to help provide a unique perspective for students and provide them with first-hand commentary from distinguished writers, producers, photographers, actors, directors, and other broadcasting specialists.  PANORAMIC will feature workshops with guest panelists to help students learn more.

This conference is designed to complement Augusta’s budding interest in the film industry, and welcomes thought provoking commentary to discuss issues relevant to today’s multi-media industry. 

“When I was getting my MFA at Howard University, I was always influenced by our media day guests," said PANORAMIC'S creator and Media Studies Department Chair Teri Burnette, "It inspired me as a young film maker, and I wanted to give that same experience to our students here at Paine.”   

Burnett and fellow professors John Harris, and Nicole Watson are award-winning producers, directors, and media professionals with several network television, stage, and film productions to their credit.  

Under their guidance, students in the Paine College Media Studies Department have produced independent properties including Digital Dialogue, PC News Update, and several stage productions by the school’s theater group, Paine House Players.  

Annual Father-Daughter Gala Benefits Paine College's Build It Back Campaign and Local Charities

Posted by painewebmaster | 02/19/2016 06:59 AM

By Helene Carter

Each year, proceeds from the Father-Daughter Gala are donated to local non-profit organizations to support their mission and, in many cases, to provide scholarships for deserving students at local colleges and universities.  Paine College was among several organizations that received a donation.

"No gift is too small or too large," said Dr. Samuel Sullivan who received a check from local business owner Robert O’Neal in the amount of $1,000.  "This show of support demonstrates that Paine College is a sound investment and remains at the heart of the community,” said Dr. Sullivan, Interim President of Paine College.

The College launched the Build it Back Campaign in November 2015 to meet immediate and critical needs of the Institution.  During the 2016 Founders’ Day and Homecoming celebration, the Vice President of Institutional Advancement Sunya L. Young announced that the Campaign had reached over $460,246 and is ongoing. 

Mr. O’Neal is President and CEO of The O’Neal Group, Inc. and agency owner of Bob O’Neal Insurance Agency, Allstate Insurance Company.  Mr. O’Neal, the brainchild behind the Father-Daughter Gala, said his daughter introduced him to a similar event in 2007.   He was so impressed with the experience and the time shared with his daughter that he was led to create the Father-Daughter Gala and Dance that is traditionally held on Fathers’ Day at Legends Club in Augusta.  “Although Allstate Insurance Agency is the official host of the Father-Daughter Gala, there are many people in the background who work diligently to make the event a success,” he said.  “Under the auspices of OuiCare International, Inc., we provide financial resources to support the mission of local charities while helping to strengthen the bonds of the family that lend to stronger communities.”

“This event has, in many ways, become a ministry for me,” commented Mr. O’Neal.  “In its ninth year, the event has touched many lives and helped to improve relationships between fathers and their daughters.”  There are no age limits, religious or ethnic boundaries.  I’ve witnessed grandfathers and granddaughters take to the floor awkwardly and emerge with pure confidence and joy.  Improving relationships between fathers and daughters is at the heart of what we do and that is what makes our work special.”

 “We are grateful to Robert O’Neal and appreciative of the Augusta community, alumni and friends who continue to support the College.  “Paine, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), is on Probation and will have to demonstrate to the SACSCOC Review Team that it is fiscally stable during its spring 2016 review.  I am appealing to the College’s constituents to give generously.

For more information on ways to support Paine College, please contact Vice President Sunya Young at 706.821.8233 or via email: Syoung@paine.edu

Photo Caption:

L-R: Robert O’Neal, Agency Owner of Bob O’Neal Insurance Agency, Allstate Insurance Company and Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President of Paine College.

Minister and Author Crystal Smith to kickoff Paine College's New Lecture Series

Posted by painewebmaster | 01/15/2016 10:20 AM

AUGUSTA — Crystal Smith, associate minister at the Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church and author of two books including the latest book titled "The Centered Woman: Focused, Beautiful, Happy" will be the speaker for the Paine College Lecture Series kickoff. 

Smith's lecture will be at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 19, in the Multipurpose Room at the Paine College HEAL Complex. The event is free and open to the public.

As a highly sought after speaker, Smith has traveled nationwide teaching the word of God. Smith’s passion for helping women led her to write books that focus on finding your purpose and healthy living.

"We are very excited that Mrs. Smith’s lecture will serve as the speaker for the kick-off of our new lecture series," said Leadra Collins, Director of Institutional Development. " The Paine College Lecture Series will give the community the opportunity to interact with leading members of Paine College faculty, scholars, community leaders, and leaders in business.”

Gospel Artist Deitrick Haddon To Perform Benefit Concert for Paine College

Posted by painewebmaster | 12/28/2015 11:03 AM

Continuing his support of Paine College, singer, songwriter, music producer, pastor, and actor, Deitrick Haddon, will perform a benefit concert in the Paine College HEAL Complex on Friday, January 15, 2016, at 7 pm.

The concert organized by former Painenite and founder of Soul Note Entertainment, Javen McCaster, is McCaster’s way of helping to build back Paine College. “Paine College is a historical institution that has provided a first class education for all students,” said McCaster.  “It is a privilege to give back to the college that has given us educational excellence.”

Haddon voiced his support for Paine College before the “Build It Back Rally” fundraiser in November while promoting his latest album titled “Masterpiece” last month in the CSRA at local radio stations. When McCaster asked Haddon if he would take part in a concert to help save Paine College, Haddon replied that he would love to be involved with such a worthy cause.

In addition to Deitrick Haddon, the concert will feature award-winning Miles Mealing & Nu Movement and national recording artists JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise along with at least two additional acts. 

A portion of proceeds from the concert will go to the Paine College “Build it Back” fundraising campaign.

Tickets can be purchased at Beulah Grove Baptist Church Resource Center, Pyramid Music & More on Broad Street or online at http://bit.ly/DeitrickHaddonPainetickets.

Paine College to Host a Memorial Service for Silas Norman, Jr., M.D.

Posted by painewebmaster | 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.


Paine College Staff Association Makes Donation to Augusta Ronald McDonald House Charities

Posted by painewebmaster | 10/5/2015 09:53 AM

The Paine College Staff Association delivered nearly 35 pounds (44,345) of pop tabs to the Ronald McDonald House on Thursday, September 24, 2015.  When recycled, the pop tabs will generate funds which will help to offset the Ronald McDonald House's expenses.  For over 30 years, Ronald McDonald House of Augusta has been "home away from home" to families seeking medical treatment for their sick or injured child.  In 2014, it served as home to 631 families.  

Ms. Samantha Tarte, the night manager at  Ronald McDonald House, took the Paine College staff on a tour of the facility. “We were honored to be able to witness the dedication to Ronald McDonald House. This donation will go toward helping families staying here,” said Henrietta “Lois” Hayes, Vice President of the Paine Staff Association. “Samantha Tarte's wonderful personality is an attestation to the warm, friendly atmosphere that Ronald McDonald House provides. The experience resonated with the staff members. It is a blessing be able to help those in need.”

“We would like to thank the Paine College community for their contribution to aid in this cause.  Please, keep those tabs coming!  It’s a small way of making a big difference in the lives of others.  A very special thanks to Ms. Wanda Brock and Mrs. Vonetta Flowers-Hinton for assisting with the delivery of this donation,” said Hayes.

Volunteer opportunities are always available to provide a helping hand. These can include planning and coordinating activities, cooking a meal for the families, being part of the spring cleaning crew. For more information on volunteering for Ronald McDonald House of Augusta, visit www.rmhcaugusta.org.

Paine College Appoints New Interim Chief of Police and Campus Safety Director

Posted by painewebmaster | 08/21/2015 07:35 AM

Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President at Paine College, announced the appointment of Lieutenant Leroy Morgan, Jr. as Interim Chief of Police and Director of Campus Safety during the Opening Conference for faculty and staff held on August 3, 2015 in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.  Chief Morgan succeeds Joseph Nelson who departed Paine College to become the Chief of Police at South Carolina State University. 

Chief Morgan will oversee twelve officers and the College’s Department of Transportation.

During an open forum hosted by the Student Government Association held August 19th in the Chapel, Chief Morgan encouraged students to contact him concerning any matter.  He said, “We will maintain an open door policy and will continue to have twenty-four hour protection, seven days per week.”  He further commented, “If you see something, say something.”

Chief Morgan, educated in the public schools of Jefferson County, Georgia, is currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Administration at Strayer University.  He has over 20 years of experience in law enforcement having assisted with active investigations initiated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Georgia Bureau of Investigation in Jefferson, Emanuel, and Burke Counties.  He has experience in field training, investigations, and code enforcement. During his career, he has held the rank of Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Assistant Police Chief.  In 2013, he served as Chief of Police for the City of Keysville, Georgia.

He has trained and served as a presenter in the areas of Field Training, Gang Violence, Narcotics, Home Invasions, and Counterfeit Money.

He holds certifications in several areas such as Chief of Police, Criminal Investigation, Child Sexual Abuse, Child Abuse Investigation,  Child Abuse Investigation, Public Safety, National Incident Management Systems, Gang Intelligence, Undercover Operations, Radar Usage, Intoximeter, Bike Patrol, Tactical Baton, Oleoresin Capsicum Familiarization, Taser Usage, Level One Agrosecurity Awareness, Courtroom Demeanor, and Fingerprinting.

Chief Morgan has professional affiliations with the Optimist International Club (1997-present); Georgia Chiefs Association (2004-present); and The FreemasonsMason, Sons of Louisville (2004-present).

“It is important that we continue to build relationships with the community as we strive to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe,” said Chief Morgan.

The Paine College Police Department, with total arrest authority in the State of Georgia, has articulation agreements with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department.

For more information about the Paine College Police Department, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591 or visitwww.paine.edu.   

 

 

Southeastern Psychological Association Awards Paine Faculty Member with the Outstanding Professional Paper Award for 2015

Posted by painewebmaster | 07/21/2015 05:17 AM

Dr. Lawanda Cummings, the chair of the Social Science Department was awarded the Outstanding Professional Paper Award for the 61st Annual SEPA Conference in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Her paper and presentation entitled “Black Women in STEM: The Role of Contextual Supports in Academic Self-Efficacy”, explored the academic progress and the differing mechanisms used to promote success among STEM and Non-STEM major students.  The BWSTEM (Black Women in STEM) Project is funded by a Broadening Impact grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) with Co-PIs Dr. Lawanda Cummings and Dr. LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, Associate Professor of Education. The SEPA Outstanding Professional Paper Award is awarded annually to one faculty member through a rigorous review of a paper and presentation by a select committee. 

The Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) is the largest psychological organization in the southeast and one of the largest in the United States. The purpose of SEPA is to advance psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare with a mission to stimulate the exchange of scientific and professional ideas across the diverse areas of psychological inquiry and application. Further information about SEPA awards can be found at http://www.sepaonline.com/annualmeeting-awardwinners.html

Dr. Cummings received a Ph.D. in Community Psychology from Georgia State University in 2010. She also earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in Community Psychology at GSU, her beloved alma mater. Her work and research also include Substance Abuse, HIV and HCV prevention through PC-IDEAL, recently funded for $877,000 by SAMHSA. Find out more information about Dr. Lawanda Cummings at drlawandacummings@weebly.com.

 

Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President and the Paine College Family Mourn the Passing of Dr. Silas Norman, Jr., Past –Board Chair, Devoted Alumnus and Philanthropist

Posted by painewebmaster | 07/20/2015 10:24 AM

Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President, on behalf of the Paine College Board of Trustees, Administration, Faculty, Staff, Students and Alumni, announces the passing of Dr. Silas Norman Jr., Past-Chairman of the Board of Trustees, dedicated alumnus, civil rights activist and philanthropist.  Dr. Norman was appointed to the Paine College Board of Trustees in 2009 and later elected Chairman of the Board until he vacated his position in 2014. 

Having graduated from Paine College in 1962, Dr. Norman passed away Friday morning, July 17, 2015 after an extended illness. Funeral arrangements have been finalized and are reflected herein.

On the passing of Dr. Norman, President Sullivan said, "I am deeply saddened by the news of Dr. Norman's passing.  The short time that I knew him was more than enough for me to come to know of his great love for Paine College and his deep commitment to making things better for all who choose to study and work here.  His presence will be sorely missed."

Numerous reflections poured in from Alumni and friends upon hearing of Dr. Norman’s passing.  Ms. Annie W. Rogers, President of the PCNAA, commented, “The Paine College National Alumni Association regrets the passing of a loyal and dedicated Paineite and a Past-President of the Association.  We will forever remember and cherish his service to the PCNAA.”

“Dr. Norman, one of our many giants in the history of Paine College, is a hero among heroes,” said Dr. Mallory Millender, Paine Historian, classmate and friend.  “His outstanding work is not limited to the history of Paine College. He is one of the nation’s unsung heroes.  He took that same passion that he demonstrated at Paine College as a student leader to Selma, Alabama to Mississippi and to other places in the country.  He took that passion to Wayne State University where he served as associate dean of Admissions, Diversity and Inclusion.”

Reflecting on Dr. Norman’s student leadership, Dr. Millender said, “He led the student movement in Georgia. As president of the Paine College student body, he was head of the Student Non-violent Steering Committee (SNCC) and the Chairman of the NAACP statewide student chapter.  When the students decided to boycott the buses in Augusta, Silas was first on the bus and he was among five students who were arrested.  Silas and the others filed a lawsuit against the City of Augusta and the bus company.  The upside of that was they won the lawsuit and as a result the segregated buses were outlawed in Augusta and in the state of Georgia.”

In May 2015, during the Paine College Alumni Reunion Weekend, Dr. Norman was inducted into the Paine College Athletics Hall of Fame.  He played in the position of Center on the Paine College Football Team during a time when the College did not offer athletic scholarships. His family and many friends were present to accept the award in his absence.

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 driving force for diversity, fairness and compassion at Wayne State University, Dr. Norman received the School of Medicine’s Distinguished Service Award for having served the school with distinction for more than 25 years.  According to Dr. Valerie Parisi, a colleague, “Dr. Norman exemplified a notable quote by Albert Einstein: Only a life lived for others is worth living.”  “He had overseen one of the most diverse student bodies in the United States.”

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 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. During the same year, the Wayne State University Organization of Black Alumni selected him for its Alumni Achievement Award.  Also in 2000, the Michigan Department of Community Health presented him with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Vision Award.

“We will miss his rich deep bass voice that rolled like thunder,” said Mildred N. Kendrick, Paine College Director of Alumni Relations.  “Silas supported this College generously with his financial gifts and service.  Many of our graduates were the beneficiaries of his generosity and financial support.”

Expressions of sympathy and flowers may be extended to the Norman Family c/o 4598 Cameron Circle, Dexter, Michigan 48130. Emailed messages may be sent to spnorman@umich.edu.  Also, flowers may be sent to the funeral home.

Visitation/WakeFriday, July 24th (TBA)

Swansons Funeral Home

14751 West McNichols, Detroit, MI 48235 - P: 313-272-9000

Funeral: Saturday, July 25th

9:00 am Family Hour - 10:00 am Service

Hartford Memorial Baptist Church

18700 James Couzens Freeway, Detroit, MI 48235 - P: 313-861-1200

 

Interment:

Fairview Cemetery - Ann Arbor, MI 48105 - P: 734-794-6363

“There were two things that my dad loved in this world and they were his church and Paine College,” reflecting Silas Prescod Norman.  In lieu of flowers, friends are encouraged to make donations to Paine College (Augusta, GA) or to Hartford Memorial Baptist Church (Detroit, MI).  

Dr. Norman is survived by three sons: Silas Prescod Norman (physician), Joseph Wiley Norman (physician), and Michael Edward Norman (attorney).  He is also survived by a brother, James Howard Norman, and two sisters: V. Elaine Sturkey and Jessye Norman.

Dr. Norman, who will be sorely missed, will leave a legacy that will be cherished by his friends, colleagues, Paine alumni and beneficiaries of his service and generosity for generations to come.  Dr. Samuel Sullivan and the Paine College family extend heartfelt condolences to the Norman family.

To receive additional information about funeral arrangements for the late Dr. Silas Norman, Jr., please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, tjwilliams@paine.edu or 706.821.8323, hcarter@paine.edu.

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Reflections from the Paine College Community

"I am deeply saddened by the news of Dr. Norman's passing.  The short time that I knew him was more than enough for me to come to know of his great love for Paine College and his deep commitment to making things better for all who choose to study and work here.  His presence will be sorely missed." - Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President, Paine College

"Dr. Silas Norman Jr, One of Paine College shining stars who will be greatly missed. May flights of angels see him to his rest." - Ed Fordham, VP, PCNAA Sunshine State Chapter 

“The Paine College National Alumni Association regrets the passing of a loyal and dedicated Paineite and a Past-President of the Association.  We will forever remember and cherish his service to the PCNAA.” - Annie W. Rogers, President, PCNAA

“We will miss his rich deep bass voice that rolled like thunder.”  “Silas supported this College generously with his financial gifts and service.  Many of our graduates were the beneficiaries of his generosity and financial support.” -  Mildred N. Kendrick, Paineite, Director of Alumni Relations

“Silas and I were classmates, and we worked very closely together at Paine during the "Sit in Movement", and many more areas of community services in Georgia & South Carolina. It is ironic that I was looking at pictures this week, and cleaning out my historical items. My prayers to the Norman family & Paine Alumni. We have lost a "Giant of a Man."  - Johnnie Maude Lewis-Thorpe, Paineite

"I am saddened by the passing of my lifetime friend and childhood neighbor, Dr. Silas Norman, Jr.   Silas and I grew up as neighbors on Forest Street in Augusta, Georgia, during our early childhood and through our college years.  As students at Paine, we walked to and from Paine together with other friends, Charlie Pryor '63 and Ronnie Beard.  In addition, the four of us were members of the Paine College Chorus and Concert Choir.  After rehearsals we would walk home together and when the Concert Choir returned from a trip, we would ride home together with a family member to one of us.  Silas was a great student leader for us, especially during the 60's which included planning and implementing demonstrations and sit-ins on the city busses and downtown lunch counters.  His leadership during these activities was significant and resulted into desegregation in many areas of the city of Augusta. 

Silas will be missed tremendously, particularly by the Paine College Alumni as well as those of us who were his dear friends.  My prayers go out to his family and all others he cherished and loved.  He was a very special man to many of us and will be remembered specifically for the outstanding life he created and lived." - Tanya Bryant Patton '63 (Chicago Illinois)

"Condolescenses to the family of Dr. Silas Norman and the Paine College family who will miss him and his efforts to save our Historically Black institution!" - Prayerfully, Dr. Emma McCain

"The days of our lives may take us far from our humble or majestic beginnings, but what we experience along the way deposits within the deep and infrequently explored recesses of our minds many treasured memories of those who inspired, motivated and nudged us onward and upward.  Among my treasured memories are  my recollections of the resonant tones of a confident and self-assured young man who prompted me to give thought to what I might do to enhance myself as a person while also endeavoring to enhance the world beyond myself.  That inspiring young man was Silas Norman.  I, as do so many others, mourn his passing." Sincerely, Lynda (Ezzard) Vaughn Ed.D

 

Paine College Assistant Biology Professor Receives $193,000 STEM Research Grant

Posted by painewebmaster | 07/15/2015 11:48 AM

Paine College Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Gabriel Swenson received a $193,000 grant for the project “Seasonal Mobilization and Acid Stress Response of Opportunistic Enteric Pathogen Communities in Freshwater Ecosystems.” 

This grant through the National Science Foundation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) Research Initiation Awards (RIAs) will provide Paine College undergraduate students with advanced skills in environmental science and allow the College’s Education majors to develop an online teaching module for area high schools. 

According to the abstract, the research will investigate the seasonal affects of "physicochemical factors influencing pathogen community composition and environmental elicitation of acid stress response (ASR) in an aquatic watershed." The findings from this study may shed new light on how these seasonal events could be related to diseases (I.e. Cholera) in humans.

The project primarily focuses on investigating two aspects: characterize the role of rainfall events in mobilization of sediment-associated bacterial communities into a seasonal wetland; and characterize ASR elicitation of the bacterial community within a wetland and riverine system. 

Swenson has been a faculty member of Paine College since 2006. He earned a doctorate in Biological Science from the University of South Carolina with an emphasis in Microbial Ecology.