| 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.
| 01/10/2015 08:53 AM
For Immediate Release : January 10, 2015
Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Paine College Interim President, announced today that the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to suspend the College’s football program for two years. Dr. Sullivan said that the suspension was self-imposed. He commented, “At this critical juncture in the history of Paine College, we have no choice but to firmly reestablish the financial health of our College.” “It is only through achieving this condition that we will have a chance of being removed from probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and winning reaffirmation of the College’s accreditation.” Dr. Sullivan further stated, “We must take this and other steps to reduce overall expenditures by the College and increase our net assets.” “After removal of all sanctions imposed upon the college by SACSCOC, we will conduct a cost benefit analysis and evaluate the return of our football program.”
“The College will honor scholarships for eligible players during the spring 2015 semester,” said Athletics Director Selina Kohn. “While we regret that the College has suspended the football program, the Lion Athletics Program will continue to support five men’s and five women’s sports.” Kohn further stated that the football coaches will mentor the student athletes to help them make the transition to find new athletic homes for those who wish to transfer.
During the meeting of the Board of Trustees in October 2012, the governing body unanimously voted to revive the football program after a 50-year hiatus. The College introduced Club Football with a limited number of games in 2013 and rolled out its full program during the 2014 fall semester.
Under the leadership of Coach Greg Ruffin, the Club team ended the season with an impressive 3-1 record in 2013. In 2014, the Lions ended the season with a 2-8 record.
Although the community has rallied support for the new program that is still in its infant stage, the cost to operate the program has placed an enormous amount of financial strain on the College’s operating budget.
“We want our sports programs to remain competitive and in order to do that, we must revisit the cost of maintaining a healthy athletic program,” said Dr. Sullivan. “Although the College is witnessing an enormous outpouring of support from the community, the economic climate has caused us to reassess the budgets and the cost of operating the football program.” “It is imperative that we continue to enhance the College’s academic programs and student services.”
The Paine College Lion Athletic program falls under the auspices of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference and NCAA Division II.
For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, 396.8163 or via email:Tjwilliams@paine.edu.
| 12/8/2014 06:15 AM
Augusta, GA - Paine College is opening the grounds and gates to the 15th Street entrance to welcome everyone from the Augusta community for the Paine College Christmas Caravan on Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 4-7 pm. The goodwill event is designed to help needy families with non-perishable food, household items and toys for the holiday season. Paine College has partnered with the Golden Harvest Food Bank and Toys for Tots and asks that people donate by joining the caravan of cars on 15th Street to drive through the front entrance and drop off their donations.
The exclusive festive event will feature a variety of choirs singing Christmas carols, hot chocolate, baked goods, and drawings for special holiday prizes as well. You can also enter to bring your donation by walking on the campus where members of the Paine College faculty, staff, alumni, and students will be on hand to greet you. Paine College President, Dr. Samuel Sullivan says, “We are pleased to open up our gates to spread some holiday cheer and welcome our friends as we close out this year and begin anew. It’s the perfect way for us to tell others how much we appreciate them.”
We ask that the media be present at the 4 pm start to be sure you capture the special ceremony to open the gates! Santa Claus will lead the caravan as other Augusta dignitaries and community leaders will join in to make their contributions.
For more information contact Tonya Williams at email@example.com.
| 10/23/2014 11:27 AM
On Saturday, November 15, 2014, the Paine College Concert Choir will present “Revelation: A Gospel Experience” at 7:00 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Featured performers for the evening will include national recording artist, Lawrence Flowers & Intercession, the Paine College Concert choir led by Director, R. Wayne Woodson along with special guests.
Lawrence Flowers & Intercession released two successful albums that laid the groundwork for their new album “Shadow Worshiper”. The group is led by singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist Lawrence Flowers who is an individualist in the Gospel music world. With a multitude of performances, Lawrence Flowers & Intercession have become one of the most successful gospel groups in the continental US, UK, and Bahamas.
“I am honored to have Lawrence Flowers & Intercession performing on the campus of Paine College,”shared Woodson.
“Revelation: A Gospel Experience” is one of a number of gospel concerts scheduled this year," said Woodson. “Here at Paine, we acknowledge and embrace every type of music. As the College enters the next phase of our history, we are trusting God and having faith that He alone will author the College's story. This concert is not to be missed!”
This event is open to the CSRA community. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $30 for VIP seating. VIP ticket holders will have priority seating and will be treated to a mixer. To purchase tickets, contact R. Wayne Woodson at 706.821.8314 or visit Eventbrite at pcgospel.eventbrite.com.
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.
| 08/18/2014 04:51 AM
Augusta, GA --Paine College will host its annual 2014 Leadership Conference on Thursday, October 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Gandy Richardson Auditorium, Haygood Holsey Hall. The Conference will focus on providing cutting edge knowledge and strategies to prepare competitive leaders in the 21st Century. The conference will feature prominent frontrunners in the areas of entrepreneurship, global virtual leadership, ethical leadership, and lean six sigma leadership. All current or aspiring entrepreneurs, professionals, and leaders in the Augusta community who want to transform their businesses and acquire knowledge for a positive change are invited to attend.
This day-long interactive forum takes a progressive approach to make transparent and bring about applicability to the innovative business strategies researched and tested to lead in today’s market, capitalizing on the changes in the way we communicate and conduct business through the multitude of advancements in technology and society. The strategies presented will positively impact your business profit/loss statements while improving the system your organization uses to reach objectives or flow more efficiently.
The School of Professional Studies is implementing a proactive approach in which attendees are able to submit questions and topics prior to the event and conference leaders will give instant feedback. The conference participant is guaranteed to receive personalized tactics that will best suit the needs of the individual and/or the organization.
Being equipped for Leading in the 21st Century is the goal and will be the outcome of this conference.
For more information, please contact Brittney Middleton in the School of Professional Studies at 706.396.8160, Bmiddleton@paine.edu.
| 07/24/2014 09:54 AM
The Peach State Commanders of the Rite (PSCOR), under the Georgia Council of Deliberation of which the Honorable S.G.I.G. Primis T. James serves as Deputy of the Orient of Georgia, presented a donation of $1000.00 to the Augusta UNCF Campaign. The organization has been active in Georgia for approximately 40 years.
According to local COR of Augusta President, G.I.G. Kirby L. Turner, “Our goal is to support the Deputy in performing is duties acting as ambassador of goodwill within our communities, supporting our local governments, and promoting peace and harmony”. This organization understands the need for education in the community and supports such causes to aid students in receiving an education.
Augusta UNCF Coordinator, Leadra Collins stated that she was thrilled to receive the donation from this organization that has had a long standing reputation in the community for supporting youth. “I can’t begin to tell you how elated I am to have this organization believe as I do that a mind is a terrible thing to waste but a wonderful thing to invest in©”.
“We are giving opportunity and access to deserving students who want to advance their education,” continued Mr. Turner. And, we encourage others to make gifts to the Paine College to ensure that the College continues to serve as the place for intellectual advancement.”
The Augusta UNCF Campaign is a part of the overall UNCF Campaign and provides support in helping more than 60,000 students each year to attend college and gain access to a quality education. Individuals or organizations interested in learning more about the Augusta UNCF Campaign and its upcoming events and activities are invited to contact Leadra M. Collins, Director of Institutional Development and Coordinator of the Augusta UNCF Campaign at (706) 821-8322 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.