| 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
| 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 email@example.com. Also, flowers may be sent to the funeral home.
Visitation/Wake: Friday, 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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 706.821.8323, email@example.com.
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
| 07/1/2015 05:05 AM
Paine College will host its seventh annual Paine College Golf Tournament on Monday, August 31, 2015, at the Jones Creek Golf Club located in Evans, Georgia.
Jim Dent, Senior PGA Tour, will serve as the Honorary Chair, benefiting the Paine College Golf Program. “I am so pleased that this tournament is approaching its seventh year,” said Jim Dent. “It has been a great success over the years, raising over $140,000 for the College’s golf program.”
It will include brunch along with various competitions held in conjunction with the tournament for prizes, including hole-in-one, longest drive and closest to the pin contests. Following the tournament, there will be an awards ceremony and recognition dinner. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. ET, followed by a shotgun start at 10 a.m.
The Paine golf program is one of the most successful golf programs in the Southeast. In 2012, the team won the Southern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (SIAC) Golf Classic. The Lions successfully closed out the 2013 as back-to-back Conference Golf Champions. In 2014, team member Jerrell Hubbard represented the Lions in the 28th Annual PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship held May 9th-11th at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Golfers can register for the tournament by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 706-821-8428 or sending the registration form by mail or completing it online. The cost for the 18-hole tournament (cart included), awards dinner and show is $125 per player ($375 per team).
| 06/18/2015 06:50 AM
Dr. LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, an associate professor in the Department of Education, had an article published in the Journal of Black Studies. Her article is titled “Black Feminist-Womanist Research Paradigm: Toward a Culturally Relevant Research Model Focused on African American Girls.” In this article, she provides an overview of the current status of research about African American girls along with showing the need for theories that accurately examine the lives of this population through a culturally relevant research model. The article demonstrates how culturally I e theories such as Black Feminist thought and Womanism can strengthen research about African American girls.
Dr. Lindsay-Dennis was invited to serve as a panelist at the Penn Summit on Black Girls & Women in Education in May. Dr. Lindsay-Dennis shared her insight on the current status of research about Black girls experiences in school. The Penn Summit on Black Girls & Women, sponsored by Penn GSE’s The Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education (CSREE) brought together hundreds of members of the academic community to discuss Black girls and women in education. During the one-day event, attendees went to panels and workshops geared toward discussing how to improve organizational, professional, and institutional practices regarding Black girls and women.
Dennis received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Morris Brown College, her master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Howard University and her doctorate in Educational Psychology from Georgia State University. She is currently working on a second masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Georgia Regents University. Dr. Lindsay-Dennis who was also recently chosen as one of Augusta Magazine’s Top 10 young professionals. She is also the founder of Black Girls Matter, Inc.
| 06/11/2015 08:09 AM
Augusta, GA…..Today, Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President, announced that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) moved to extend the College’s probationary status for another year. The extension will give Paine College time to address the four remaining sanctions that pertain to financial resources and financial stability.
On June 10th, Dr. Sullivan and members of the College’s administration visited with representatives of SACSCOC in Virginia to review the College’s operation and to respond to four remaining sanctions. Recently, the SACSCOC’s visiting team presented a favorable preliminary report during an on-site three-day visit (March 29-April 1, 2015). The SACSCOC team indicated that the College had made significant improvements and was headed in the right direction. During the exit interview, the SACSCOC representatives gave four recommendations that needed to be further addressed. These areas were included in the initial group of findings that were previously announced. The oral report given by the Special Committee during the exit review was not final and the final decision to allow the College to remain on Probation or to remove its accreditation still hung in the balance.
In 2014, SACSCOC requested that the College demonstrate compliance with The Principles of Accreditation in several broad areas: governance, financial resources/stability, qualified administrative/academic officers, sponsored research/external funds, and institutional environment. Members of the College’s administration, faculty and staff carefully reviewed the SACSCOC standards and developed detailed Implementation Plans that included a reflective, systematic, and outcome focused action plan to ensure that the College produced an evidenced based written response to all concerns raised by SACSCOC.
Dr. Sullivan said, “We are grateful and appreciative of the efforts made by the Paine College Community to address the initial findings that resulted in six of the ten sanctions being removed. Although we received a favorable preliminary report during the on-site visit in April, the campus community did not retreat. Instead, we banned together to address the four remaining sanctions. The special in-house committee remained on the frontline and worked often round-the-clock while others were in the background rendering support.”
Dr. Sullivan applauded the efforts made by the Paine College Board of Trustees to address the sanctions that pertained to board governance. “I am especially grateful to the Board of Trustees who worked to develop a blueprint for improved board governance. As we worked through this process, we have collectively arrived at the realization that we must implement different solutions to arrive at different outcomes.”
Dr. Sullivan stated that the College should continue to work to bring about fiscal stability in enhanced support of our mission. “We have much work to do,” said Dr. Sullivan. “I am appealing to the Paine College alumni, friends, and the greater Augusta community to support the College now more than ever. It is critical that alumni and friends continue to support the Together, We Can Campaign that is designed to meet immediate needs for the College.”
For more information about the Together, We Can Campaign for Paine College, visit www.paine.edu or contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8233.
Written By Helene T. Carter
| 05/21/2015 08:41 AM
Paine College recognized Dr. LaWanda Cummings, Assistant Professor and Chair for the Department of Social Sciences, for outstanding service, performance and excellence during its Commencement Convocation held Sunday, May 10, 2015 in the Health Education Activities Learning Complex.
Dr. Cummings received the Vulcan Materials Teaching Excellence (Vulcan) Award for having provided leadership and support to enhance multiple areas of student and campus life. The Vulcan award was created to recognize faculty who make a significant difference in the classroom and campus community. This award also honors faculty who have made a distinctive difference in the areas of teaching, research, and service. This prestigious award, endowed by the Vulcan Materials Company and managed by the Georgia Foundation for Independent Colleges, comes with a cash gift.
Dr. Cummings earned both the Doctor of Philosophy and the Master of Arts degrees from Georgia State University in the field of Community Psychology in 2010 and 2007, respectively. She also received the Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Georgia State University in 2000 and earned an Associate of Arts degree from DeKalb Community College in Psychology in 1998.
Currently, Dr. Cummings serves as principal investigator for an active grant-funded and research initiative that addresses substance abuse, HIV and HCV infections on the campus and in the surrounding Augusta community. This three-year initiative, funded at $887,000, is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As the co-principal investigator, she served as executive director for the U.S. Department of Energy STEM WET-SEED summer science enrichment program that catered to middle and high school students.
Dr. Cummings is known for her work and research on African American girls and youth mentoring. She served as Program Coordinator and later as Director for D.R.E.A.M.S. (Developing Relationships to enhance African American Mentees’ Success) Summer Institute for Georgia State University’s Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence in 2007 and 2008. For three years (2003-2006), she served as Supervisor for Undergraduate Mentors for the Georgia State University Youth Development Program at Cross Keys High School.
She is sought after as a guest lecturer and speaker on topics such as being an effective mentor, peer relations, and health issues in the African-American community.
Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President of Paine College, said, “Dr. Cummings motivates and challenges students to succeed in and out of the classroom. She is to be commended for working to develop campus programs and activities that address factors which lead to problematic behaviors in students. Her work will indelibly have a positive impact on campus and academic life.”
Dr. Cummings holds memberships in numerous professional organizations. She is a member of the Society for Pediatric Psychology, Society for Community Research and Action, Association for Black Psychologists and many others.
She has co-authored several publications and made over a dozen professional presentations throughout the country. Her community involvement is extensive. She served as a contributor for the White House Research Conference on Girls in 2014. Also, she has facilitated outreach projects that pertained to nutrition and health initiatives for migrant farmers, teen mothers and individuals with respiratory ailments.
For more information about Dr. Cummings’ research and publications, please contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706.396.7591 or via email: email@example.com.
Blog post written by Helene Carter.
| 04/21/2015 09:25 AM
Paine College alumni are rallying support for their Alma Mater more now than ever. For the love of Paine, the alumni of the Augusta Chapter will host a day of fundraising for the College on Friday, April 24th. Alumni and friends are invited to visit the Alumni House located at 1208 Beman Street (West of the HEAL Complex) to drop off monetary donations in support of the Together, We Can Campaign for Paine. Augusta Commissioner Bill Fennoy invited the City to lend support to his Alma Mater and stated that the well-being of Paine College lends to the health of the Augusta community. Mayor Hardie Davis pitched in by declaring April 24, 2015 as Paine College Day. Radio personalities Minnesota Fattz and Cher Best will broadcast live from the Alumni House courtyard from 11-1 p.m. followed by Kydd Joe of Power 107 from 1-3 p.m.
The Augusta Alumni Chapter extends an invitation to the community to visit the Alumni House between the hours of 11-6 p.m. to purchase a delicious fish or BBQ chicken dinner at a cost of $10.00 per plate. Advanced purchases for the meal can be placed by contacting Mildred Kendrick (706)945.1362, Betty Tutt (706) 650-1004 or any member of the Augusta Alumni chapter.
Commissioner Fennoy said, "Paine College and her students are at the heart of everything we do in support of the institution. We need all of our alumni and friends to come together in support of this institution that has served the community and its people for 133 years. I am appealing to the community to do more than purchase a ten dollar plate of food; I am asking the public to invest in Paine College by writing a check payable to the Together, We Can Campaign."
Also, Paine alums are gearing up for the annual Alumni Reunion weekend celebration that will occur May 8th-10th. It is expected that Alumni will descend upon the campus to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class of 2015 and bear monetary gifts that will benefit the Together, We Can Campaign for Paine College.
For more information about Paine College Day and how to support Together, We Can Campaign, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, 396.8163 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>.
| 04/2/2015 12:06 PM
For Immediate Release
April 2, 2015
Augusta, GA - During the Paine College weekly assembly held in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel on April 1, 2015, Interim President Samuel Sullivan addressed students, faculty, staff and alumni about the College’s on-site visit from its accrediting body. His announcement garnered a standing ovation and a round of applause. Dr. Sullivan reported that the visiting team representing the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) presented a favorable preliminary report and indicated that the College was moving in the right direction. “The review team departed today and took with them six of the ten findings,” said Dr. Sullivan.
In 2014 and prior the review team’s visit to the campus, SACSCOC requested that the College demonstrate compliance with The Principles of Accreditation in several broad areas: governance, financial resources/stability, qualified administrative/academic officers, sponsored research/external funds, and institutional environment. Members of the College’s administration, faculty and staff carefully reviewed the SACSCOC standards and developed detailed Implementation Plans that included a reflective, systematic, and outcome focused action plan to ensure that the College produced an evidenced based written response to all concerns raised by SACSCOC.
During the three-day visit (March 29-April 1, 2015), the SACSCOC Special Committee interviewed the College’s administrators, faculty, staff, and students. During the exit interview, the SACSCOC representatives gave four recommendations that needed to be further addressed. These areas were included in the initial group of findings that were previously announced.
The oral report given by the Special Committee during the exit review is not final. Paine College will have an opportunity to review a draft of the SACSCOC report in approximately fourteen days. During the review of the draft report, the College will have an opportunity to respond to what it considers to be errors of fact. Following the College’s responses, SACSCOC will take the Institution’s responses under consideration and will prepare the final document and recommendations.
Dr. Sullivan expressed his appreciation to the Paine College Community and members of the Board of Trustees. He applauded the efforts made by the special in-house committee. The Paine committee addressed the initial findings during a nine-month period that resulted in six of the ten findings being satisfied. Dr. Sullivan also acknowledged the superlative efforts made by the Student Government Association during the process.
Rev. Luther B. Felder, II, campus pastor, commented about the positive outcome of the SACSCOC’s assessment of the College’s operation. “We are grateful to the community for keeping us in their prayers and offering their financial support to the College during this very challenging season. We are especially grateful to our faithful God who has heard our prayers and ministered to our needs.”
“Dr. Sullivan stated that the College should not be so quick to celebrate for there is much work to be done. “We have much to be thankful for, yet we must return to work,” said Dr. Sullivan. “It is critical that alumni and friends continue to support the Together, We Can Campaign that is designed to meet immediate needs for the College.” “Together, we can move Paine College to greater heights and ensure its survival.”
For more information about the Together, We Can Campaign for Paine College, visit www.paine.edu or contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8233.
| 03/16/2015 04:59 AM
Interim President, Dr. Samuel Sullivan, announced that Paine College will observe a Day of Prayer during Religious Emphasis Week. During the Day of Prayer, the College will host a special prayer service that will take place on March 18, 2015. The Department of Religious Life will host the prayer service in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel at 11:00 a.m. The guest speaker will be Reverend Dr. Vance P. Ross, Senior Pastor of Gordon Memorial Church, in Nashville, Tennessee.
During this special prayer service, members of the faith-based community and the College’s constituents (faculty, staff, students, parents, trustees and friends) will be invited to pray for the well-being and overall health of the institution. Also, religious leaders, alumni and friends will have an opportunity to present donations in support of the Together, We Can Campaign that is designed to address immediate needs for the College. The public is invited to participate.
For more information about this event, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, Tjwilliams@paine.edu.
| 03/13/2015 03:30 AM
Today, Paine College officials held a press conference to announce a grant award of $887,796 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to address substance abuse, HIV, and HCV infections on campus and in the surrounding community. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) officially gave notice of the proposal’s acceptance in September 2014 with funding spanning 3 years to allow program development and intensive intervention work. The program, Paine College: Informing, Developing and Educating through Active Learning (PC-IDEAL), seeks to bring fresh and relevant health education and intervention to the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA).
The PC-IDEAL project uses a collaborative model to build community capacity to reduce substance abuse and the incidence of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C infection and related problems. Additionally, these funds allow further integration of intervention services on the Paine College Campus and within the surrounding community.
Paine College has partnered with the New Bethlehem Community Center, Inc. to extend the scope and effectiveness of services provided to 18-24 year olds through the grant. Since its founding in 1912, the New Bethlehem Community Center has provided social services to residents and improved the daily lives of families and individuals in the CSRA.
Among the attendees were representatives of the New Bethlehem Community Center and officials from the City of Augusta. Mayor Hardie Davis applauded the collaborative mission and stated, “Our community is reminded of the role Paine College and the New Bethlehem Community Center have historically played to support the community and people who live beyond the boundaries of the College.” “It is important that these institutions continue to thrive as their successes are integral to the fabric of the greater success of our community.”
Dr. Lawanda Cummings, the principal investigator of the PC:IDEAL project and chair of the Social Sciences Department, said that she hoped to bring the expertise of the department into spaces where it benefited Paine and the larger community. “Through efforts of faculty, students, health educators and relevant partners, we are creating spaces and opportunities that promote better health outcomes and choices among young people in the CSRA,” said Dr. Cummings.”
Ms. Millicent E. West, an experienced health educator and counselor, will serve as the Program Coordinator for the PC-IDEAL project. Ms. West, the former Director of Student Activities and Residence Life at Paine College, stated that she understood first-hand how peer pressure impacted risky behavior that led to chronic diseases in young people. “We must continue to have conversations with college students and young adults about taking responsibility and thinking beyond the moment,” said Ms. West.
“Millicent West’s role is critical to the daily operations of the project and as the former Executive Director of the New Bethlehem Community Center, Inc., she brings a wealth of skill and knowledge that will benefit this initiative,” said Dr. Cummings.
Mr. Geno Clark, Director of Sponsored Programs, negotiated the award process and participated in the collaboration. “The SAMHSA grant will strengthen the participating partners’ mission to address, prevent, and reduce substance abuse and HIV in the community,” commented Mr. Clark. “I look forward to developing additional opportunities for external funding that build collaborations in support of addressing health disparities in the CSRA.”
For more information about the PC-IDEAL project, please contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706.396.7591 or via email:firstname.lastname@example.org.