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

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

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

For Immediate Release

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

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

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

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

TO: All Media Outlets

DATE: Monday, May 5th, 2014

FROM: Sgt. Monica R. Belser

For Immediate Media Release:

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

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

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

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

Paine College Releases Statement Regarding Incident

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PAINE COLLEGE COMMUNITY MOURNS THE LOSS OF TROOPER TERRY SAMS

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

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

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

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

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

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

 

Paine College observes Spring Break from Monday, April 7, through Friday, April 11.

Posted by painewebmaster | 04/9/2014 10:23 AM

(Augusta, GA)— Classes at Paine College will be paused for Spring Break from Monday, April 7, through Friday, April 11. Classes and activities will resume Monday, April 14th.

 

In it, to win it!

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/14/2014 11:40 AM

Paine College Competes with 64 HBCUs to Win Home Depot Renovation Grant
http://www.retoolyourschool.com/vote-now/
 
Show your Paine College spirit by voting online today and everyday through April 14th.  Share your vote through social media.
Paine College is among 64 HBCUs that are competing to win the 2014 Home Depot Retool Your School grant award.  Home Depot will award a total of $250,000 to HBCUs for campus and facility improvements. 


Help Paine College win $50,000.  If awarded, the money will support the beautification of the campus and residence halls.
The awards will go to the three top schools with the most votes and social media activity, assessed by Home Depot. 


You can help Paine to win.   Vote early.  Vote daily.  Vote often.
Voting is just a click away!  www.retoolyourschool.com/vote-now/
Hurry!  Voting ends April 14th. 
Encourage others to vote through social media. More shares equals more points.

Paine College Will Host Spring Career Fair

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/11/2014 05:56 AM

Augusta, GA…

The Office of Career Services will host Paine College’s Spring Career Fair on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the HEAL Complex.
 
Students, alumni, and members of the community will have an opportunity to meet face-to-face with employers & build their network.  ADP, Augusta Staffing, Georgia Department of Labor, Goodwill, Georgia Lottery Corporation, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions and the U.S. Coast Guard are some of the employers that will be present.
 
Resumes and professional dress attire are required.  Admission is free and open to the public.
 
For more information, please contact Career services at (706)821-8307 or visit paine.edu/CAREER.

Paine Lions Visit Birmingham Boys & Girls Club

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/7/2014 04:49 AM

March 5, 2014 - Story by Kayla Thomas
 
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Paine College student-athletes pride themselves in excelling in the classroom, on the courts and fields and by volunteering their time in the community. Students from the men’s basketball team, cheerleading team and Mahogany Essence Dance Team took some time out of their busy tournament schedule to visit the A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club and spend time with the children in the afterschool program.
 
Head men’s basketball coach Jimmy Link joined Reec from Atlanta’s Hot 107.9 radio station to encourage and motivate the kids before the student-athletes broke into smaller groups with the after school students. The men’s basketball team worked with the A.G. Gaston intramural boys’ basketball teams to share pointers on how to improve their game and transfer what they learn on the court to their lives off the court.
 
“If you’re a quiet guy, this is your chance to talk,” Link told the kids. “If you’re in the classroom we want you to be quiet and listen, but on the court you have to talk.”
 
While basketball was taking place on one end of the court, Mahogany Essence and the cheerleaders took to the other end of the court and began working with the A.G. Gaston dance team. The Boys & Girls Club dancers showcased their routine for their upcoming dance competition before Mahogany Essence showed some of their moves. Mahogany Essence also worked with a group of girls and taught them an eight count from one of their routines. The Paine College cheerleaders performed a few of the cheers that they will use on the court when both Paine basketball teams have their Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) tournament quarterfinal basketball games.
 
The A.G. Gaston kids wished the team good luck, thanked them for their time and posed for a group photo with their new friends from Georgia before the teams departed.
 
For additional information on all aspects of the Paine College Department of Athletics, please visit www.paineathletics.com or contact Kayla Thomas at 706-821-8438 or kthomas@paine.edu.