Paine College is Emerging Anew!

Posted by painewebmaster | 12/26/2017 16:06 PM

The end of the year is upon us and what a perfect time for me to thank each of you for welcoming my wife and me to the Paine College family. It has been a busy time since we arrived on the campus, filled with excitement. I am grateful for the opportunity to help this great institution that has been in this community for over 135 years. I have been surrounded by some of the best staff, faculty and students one could imagine. There is something special about Paine College. We all collectively believe that our best days are ahead of us. We are Emerging Anew!

As we end this first semester and this year of 2017, I want to make an appeal to you to remember Paine in your year-end gift giving. The College has been able to operate and stay afloat because of sound fiscal management, hard cutting decisions and the gifts of alumni and friends along with a vigorous fundraising campaign.  But we still need your support. 

So many of you have given generously. We thank you. However, I ask that you please consider one final gift for your beloved Paine. Click on the link to give now. And, if you prefer, make your check payable to Paine College and mail it to the Office of Institutional Advancement at 1235 Fifteenth Street, Augusta, GA 30901.

Soon, you will receive the inaugural edition of the e-News Express. This publication will share some of the highlights and accomplishments for this academic year and provide a glimpse into our ambitious plans for 2018.

Enjoy your holidays with your family and loved ones. We are looking forward to seeing you in the New Year at Paine. A new year, a new attitude, emerging anew for our students!

Joyously,

Jerry and Wyonnie Hardee

Emerging Anew Prayerfully: The Interfaith Prayer Breakfast raises over $23,000

This past November, over 200 persons packed the HEAL Complex for the Annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast. It was also the first public presentation of Dr. Jerry Hardee to the Augusta Interfaith Community. The crowd was blessed by the beautiful sounds of the Paine College Concert Choir and a delicious and hearty repast. Bishop Kenneth W. Carter, the Presiding Prelate of the Sixth Episcopal District, along with Interdenominational Pastors, Lay, Social and Civic Leaders gathered to be inspired through the powerful message of Dr. Charles Steele, Jr., President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Known to deliver a rousing, cutting edge, thought provoking address, Steele challenged the status quo of the world events and leadership and urged all who listened to rise up and meet the challenges of the world. Paine is delighted to have this new friend of the College who has vowed his support and resources to assist Paine in its endeavors and pursuits.

Emerging Anew with Music: The Ann N. Johnson Music Festival

Named for one of the College’s most loyal and devoted graduates, the Ann N. Johnson Music Festival was held on November 18th inside the HEAL Complex with wonderful and stellar support from the Augusta and CSRA community. Indeed it was a fun-filled musical celebration supporting and benefitting the College’s UNCF Campus Scholarship Campaign. Over 230 people were in attendance. During the evening, Mrs. Johnson awarded the Humanitarian Award to Drs. Samuel and Lucinda Sullivan for their generous support of the event.

Emerging Anew with Focus: Roadmaps & Priorities

In October 2017, the College adopted the Comprehensive Strategic Enrollment and Management Plan that serves as a roadmap for building capacity, increasing fundraising and partnership opportunities, while raising enrollment and retention rates. This document works in harmony with the 2014-2019 Strategic Plan that was approved by the Board of Trustees in 2014. Moving the Institution to be in full compliance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and meeting the criteria for membership in Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) fall at the top of the list of priorities.

It is the goal of the Institution to achieve Candidacy with TRACS and become fully compliant with SACSCOC in 2018. More will be shared about this in the coming months. 

Emerging Anew: Forging Ahead for 2018
The Masked Ball Returns during 2018 Homecoming Weekend 

Actress, Philanthropist and Co-host of "The Talk," Sheryl Underwood to headline the Annual Presidential Scholarship Gala and Masked Ball on February 9th. 

After a three-year hiatus, the highly successful Masked Ball will return. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Presidential UNCF Scholarship Campaign for Paine. The guest host and entertainer will be Sheryl Underwood, host of the “The Talk” and an advocate for historic black colleges and universities. The evening will be filled with dining, dancing, and live musical entertainment. Get your tickets early as we are sure this will sell out. This will be one of the most elegant and noteworthy evenings in Augusta, all for a great cause. Tickets for this black-tie affair will go on sale in January. Sponsorship packages are available. General Admission: $125.00 each.


Emerging Anew- Enrollment Management and Recruiting –
A Priority

Since June 2017, the College has increased the number of recruiters in the Office of Admissions while focusing on ways to improve student satisfaction within the enrollment process. President Hardee convened with Superintendents and Principals of Georgia and South Carolina public schools to generate partnerships while the Office of Academic Affairs revamped the Dual Enrollment Program with Georgia high schools. In addition, the College has developed the Phoenix Scholarship for first-time freshmen and sophomores. The Phoenix Scholarship will provide up to $6,000.00 in room and board for one academic year.

The faith-based and alumni communities have rallied support by volunteering to recruit students for Paine College. Volunteers who desire to recruit students may contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8233 of the Office of Admissions at 706.821.8320. 

Emerging Anew- Campus Renovations 

The College is focused on facilitating a safe and aesthetically pleasing living and learning environment, realizing that this has a major impact on the retention of our students. 

Since June 2017, College officials have completed an extensive list of renovations and repairs in academic buildings, residential halls, campus life facilities while improving landscaping and grounds. A partial list of renovations and repairs consist of:

  • Installed a new HVAC Chiller in Belle Bennett Residential Hall.
  • Repaired HVAC Chillers that provide service for Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel and Music Building.
  • Installed new floor tiles inside Haygood Holsey Hall.
  • Installed new bathroom stalls in Haygood Holsey Hall and repaired roof.
  • Repaired roof inside Peters Campus Center. These repairs impacted the dining experience for students.
  • Removed and replaced floor tiles ridden with asbestos inside the Music Building.
  • New and modern furniture will be installed inside The Odeum Performing Arts Studio located inside the Music Building. The furniture has not been replaced since 1968, the year in which the Chapel and Music Building were constructed.
  • Historic Mary Helm Hall – remodeled public bathrooms, replaced floor tiles and repaired roof.
  • Hollis Residential Hall – repaired roof, replaced dormitory doors, windows, floor tiles, installed locks, lighting and appliances.
  • Grounds – removed fallen trees and debris that presented hazardous conditions for students while paying special attention landscaping.

Overall, we are excited about the possibilities. Indeed, Paine College is on fertile ground and emerging anew.

 

Giving Thanks FROM PRESIDENT HARDEE

Posted by painewebmaster | 11/23/2017 06:18 AM

As I reflect on the coming Thanksgiving holiday, I want to take a moment to thank the Augusta/CSRA Community, Alumni and Friends for the warmth and support that you have shown to my wife, Wyonnie, and me since our arrival at Paine College in June. I am so grateful for the hardworking and dedicated faculty and staff at Paine who, without fail, nurture and shepherd our students on the path to success.

To our governing body, members of the Paine College Board of Trustees, I give thanks to you for your leadership, guidance, and commitment to this historic Institution.

To the next generation of leaders, our students, thank you for reaching and giving the very best of yourselves. We promise that you won't leave Paine like you came, for you will depart equipped to take on the challenges that the world will offer.

During this holiday season when we are blessed to be surrounded by family and loved ones, let us take a moment to give thanks for our brave men and women who serve in the U.S. military for they are not forgotten. We know that their sacrifice is even greater during this time away from their loved ones.

While many of us will enjoy a bountiful meal in a warm and safe environment, let us remember those who are not so fortunate. I encourage you to take time to offer a smile, a warm hello, or a plate of hot food to those less fortunate for giving back is the best way to show God's love for our brethren.

When we all return next week, let us bring a renewed sense of commitment to our respective jobs and to the classrooms. Let us emerge anew with hope and faith in knowing that the Paine College community has much for which to be thankful.

Wyonnie and I wish each of you a Thanksgiving filled with peace, prosperity, and joy.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jerry L. Hardee, President

 

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1 Thessalonians 5:18 - In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

 

Paine College Department of Humanities to Celebrate 20h Anniversary of Evelyn G. Etheridge Conference of the Harlem Renaissance

Posted by painewebmaster | 10/17/2017 12:31 PM

The Paine College Department of Humanities will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Evelyn G. Etheridge Conference on the Harlem Renaissance on November 1 - 3, 2017 at Paine College in Augusta, Georgia. The Conference, founded in 1997 by Dr. Lola Richardson, former chair of the Department and Paine alumna, will examine the national and international impact of one of the most important artistic and cultural movements in history that spanned from 1919 to 1940 and produced notable writers, critics, and artists such as Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Aaron Douglas, Ann Petry, Bessie Smith, and Duke Ellington.

This year’s theme, “After Harlem Was In Vogue: The Harlem Renaissance and Its Legacy”, invites professors, undergraduate and graduate students, and independent scholars to present research that will examine the origins and the legacy of the Renaissance through interdisciplinary collaborations.  Special keynote speakers include Dr. Anthony Sean Neal of Mississippi State University and Prof. Kamilah Aisha Moon of Agnes Scott, a nationally acclaimed poet and Paine alumna.   

For more information on the Conference, please contact Prof. Jeffrey Lanier Jones at 706.414-1883 or by email at JJones3@paine.edu. You can also visit www.paine.edu for more information and a detailed schedule of events.  

 

Paine College President Jerry Hardee Hits the Ground Running - First 45 Days

Posted by painewebmaster | 07/16/2017 12:19 PM

Dr. Jerry L. Hardee did not waste any time becoming acquainted with Paine College Community and the Institution's operations. Since coming on board June 1st, Dr. Hardee has spent much of his time meeting with the Cabinet, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends while challenging them to embrace the vision of satisfying accreditation criteria, raising enrollment, retaining students and increasing fundraising capacities.

Not one to lead from behind the desk, he walks the campus early mornings and visits with staff to strike up conversations about ways to enhance living and learning experiences for Paine students. He believes in a hands-on approach and holds staff accountable.  

With less than two weeks on the job, Dr. Hardee kicked off his Summer Tour of visitations with stakeholders. While in Athens, he greeted parishioners of the North Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, and shared his vision for moving Paine forward with alums during the meeting of the Augusta Chapter. In Atlanta, he met alumni and students during the annual Paine College Family Reunion hosted by the Gamma Beta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

His schedule revved up week of June 19th. He greeted the Georgia Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church Joint Annual Conference on the campus that garnered more than 1,200 youth, clergy, laity and parishioners during the four-day gathering. He served the Conference in dual roles, as a presenter and as the College's host. 

During the CME Conference, he jetted off to i-Heart Media headquarters to appear on the popular Fattz and Cher talk radio show. Responding like a pro to questions, he assured the community that he would work to preserve and sustain the 135-year old institution that has prepared thousands of alumni for the global stage. During the morning of June 29th, he greeted African American members of the Chamber of Commerce who pledged their support to Paine. Later in the afternoon, he addressed Mayor Hardie Davis and the Augusta Commissioners during their meeting where he laid out his vision for Paine and seized the opportunity to thank the City of Augusta for ongoing support of the College. 

During interviews with local Augusta media, President Hardee said, "I'm hopeful that local, state and government leaders will understand the importance of supporting Paine College and HBCUs to continue to educate students who want an education. It is our desire to form partnerships with businesses, corporations, organizations and industry leaders that will allow students to gain valuable experiences before they graduate. The goal is to prepare students to enter the workforce who will successfully satisfy the engagement terms for employment.

Religiously, Dr. Hardee solicits financial support for the Institution for he understands that fundraising goes with the territory. He is committed to reaching and exceeding the $15 million goal for the Comprehensive Campaign that is currently in the silent phase. Recently, the College launched its first official GoFundMe Campaign that is designed to build the Annual Scholarship and Annual Fund Campaigns. 

Early during his career, he served in fundraising and development and learned the value of a robust alumni relations program that engages graduates to support the Institution on multi-levels. "Alumni are the backbone supporters of this Institution," said Dr. Hardee who is committed to increasing the number of alumni chapters throughout the country. 

He greeted parents and incoming students during the College's early registration held in the HEAL Complex throughout the day on July 8th and later found time to visit with United Methodist Women of Georgia who stopped by the campus for a short stay in the afternoon.

"My vision goes beyond the challenges and directions that were set before me by the Board of Trustees," said Dr. Hardee. "As the leader of this fine institution, I must do everything within my authority to make sure that we are at the pinnacle in every spectrum. That includes increasing student enrollment to two-thousand and developing a wide range of offerings that will motivate students to reach beyond their dreams and aspirations."

Dr. Hardee does not allow any grass to grow under his feet and announced that he planned to visit 200 high school junior and senior classes and add additional recruiters to the Admissions staff.

From its inception, Paine College has opened its doors to blacks, whites, Hispanics and all ethnicities. Historically, Paine has given students equal access to a quality education. Founded on the principles of social justice and basic human rights for all persons, Paine prepares students to exit as gladiators who are prepared to compete in the global workforce.

While taking a glance down memory lane, President Hardee recounted the moment he arrived on the campus of Clark College with all his possessions in a card-board suitcase. With a small scholarship, he worked in the dining hall and mopped floors in the dormitories to off-set the cost of his tuition. 

"Larger institutions require you to bring something to get something but HBCUs oblige you to bring a desire to work and a thirst for education and in turn we will steer you on the path to success," said Dr. Hardee. Just like Paine College, HBCUs put students first.  

After touring the residential halls, Dr. Hardee announced that renovation and construction of dormitories would be placed at the top of the list of physical plant priorities. "I am asking students to bring a good attitude, the desire to learn, dreams and aspirations, and we will create an environment where they will have a chance to be successful. We don't ask for much but we will send them away with a lot."

Having served as the first African American President of an accredited Chiropractic College (Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic), President Hardee envisions a Pre-Chiropractic Program at Paine College once the Institution becomes stabilized. After retiring as President in 2007, he stayed on for two years as Chancellor at Sherman. He came out of retirement again to join Life University as Dean of Undergraduate Studies and retired as Special Assistant to the President in 2016.

With over 50 years of experience in the educational field and having served in leadership roles for Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) and Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs), he is well-suited to address the challenges that are facing Paine College.

Coming out of retirement for the fifth time was decided during a conversation between President Hardee and his wife, Wyonnie. He asked his wife, "Who in this room is better to lead Paine College than I? Thus began another chapter in his life. 

He takes his presidential appointment at Paine College very seriously and prays daily that he will be successful in representing the people who made sacrifices to keep the Institution thriving. "Twenty-five years from now, I want people to say that Jerry Hardee left Paine College better than he found it." 

Paine College Board of Trustees Selects Presidential Finalist – Dr. Jerry L. Hardee

Posted by painewebmaster | 04/22/2017 16:44 PM

The Paine College Board of Trustees unanimously selected Dr. Jerry L. Hardee as the finalist to become the next president of Paine.

 Dr. Hardee, retired college president and educator, was one of two finalists under consideration. At the conclusion of contract negotiations with Dr. Hardee, the Board will present the new president to the College family and community. The other finalist was Dr. Brandon K. Dumas, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


 “The Search Committee submitted an impressive cadre of candidates,” commented Attorney Barbara E. Bouknight, Chairman of the Board. “We held four panel interviews with two finalists that included students, faculty, staff, administrative cabinet, alumni and community members. The feedback received from the panelists was extremely helpful. We strived to conduct a transparent search and are profoundly grateful to members of the Search Committee, panelists, and to all who participated in this process.”


 Attorney Michael Thurmond, Chair of the Search Committee, said, “Dr. Hardee has an excellent track record of accomplishments and is looked upon as a veteran  in higher education who comes with a wealth of experience in executive leadership, management, fundraising and development, and enrollment. Dr. Hardee “fits” the Institution and has the necessary administrative and academic leadership skills to lead Paine College.”


 For updates and to learn more about Dr. Hardee’s background, please visit the Paine College Presidential Search web page at www.paine.edu, or contact Helene Carter in the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706.821.8323, hcarter@paine.edu.

Paine College Trustees Announce Finalists for Presidential Search

Posted by painewebmaster | 04/18/2017 04:43 AM

For Immediate Release – April 18, 2017 - Today, the Paine College Presidential Search Committee announced the finalists for President of the College. The successful candidate will succeed President Samuel Sullivan and commence duties in July 2017.  

“We are pleased to report that two outstanding finalists were selected”, said Attorney Barbara E. Bouknight, Chairman of the Board. All of the finalists have excellent credentials and possess the skills and experience that are necessary to build upon the Institution’s foundation and address the challenges that are facing Paine College.”  

“We are deeply grateful for the service of Dr. Samuel Sullivan who was appointed Interim President in October 2014,” said Attorney Michael Thurmond, Chair of the Search Committee. In May 2016, the Board named Dr. Sullivan President for a period of one year and announced plans to conduct a national search for president. Dr. Sullivan’s contract will expire on June 30, 2017.  

The Search Committee selected the following finalists:  

Dr. Brandon K. Dumas of Prairieville, Louisiana, earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University in 2011 and the Master of Business Administration degree in 2009 from Salem University. Dr. Dumas earned the Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice and the Associate of Science degree in Law Enforcement from Southern University and A&M College in 2008. He received the Certificate “Passing the Executive Torch – The Road to the Presidency” in 2014 from Hampton University Executive Leadership Summit. Dr. Dumas has served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana since July 2014.  

Dr. Jerry L. Hardee, of Valdosta, Georgia, earned the Doctorate of Education degree in Educational Administration, Statistics and Research Emphasis from Northern Illinois University in 1975. He received a Certification for Superintendent Endorsement. In 1974, he received a Certificate for Advanced Study in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University. He earned the Master of Arts degree in Science Education from Fisk University in 1964 and the Bachelors of Science degree from Clark College, in 1960. Dr. Hardee is retired.    

The College will host forums that will allow faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community to learn more about the Candidates’ vision, skills and experience.   For more information and updates, please visit www.paine.edu and browse Presidential Search. Also, contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.821.8323, or via email: hcarter@paine.edu.

Reverend Karlton Howard to Speak during Baptist Day Service at Paine College

Posted by painewebmaster | 02/25/2017 11:16 AM

“Don’t just talk about, be about it.”

Annually, Baptist Church ministers and members assemble on the Paine College campus to fellowship and rally for the institution that they have supported for many decades. This coming Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 4:00 p.m., Reverend Karlton Howard, pastor of Noah’s Ark Missionary Baptist Church, will serve as keynote speaker during the Baptist Day Service in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Reverend Howard continues to serve as executive producer and host of the award-winning and longest running gospel program in Georgia – “The Parade of Quartets” that airs in Augusta on WJBF TV. The CSRA community is invited to attend.

“Don’t just talk about it, be about it,” has been the underlying theme throughout the annual worship services,” commented Reverend Melvin Ivey. On June 18, 2014, Reverend Ivey and seven Baptist ministers presented a $15,000 check to the College to establish an endowed scholarship. They continued to make significant annual donations in support of the College’s Annual Fund Campaign.

This event is open to the public. For more information, please contact Ms. Helene Carter in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8323,Hcarter@paine.edu

Dr. Samuel Sullivan to Participate in White House HBCU Listening Session with Senior Trump Administration Officials and Lawmakers

Posted by painewebmaster | 02/25/2017 05:42 AM

Dr. Samuel Sullivan, President, announced earlier today that he will join presidents who lead UNCF member institutions during a White House Listening Session with President Trump’s administration on February 27, 2017 in Washington, DC.  The UNCF Office of Public Policy and Governmental Affairs partnered with the White House and Congressional constituents to coordinate the event.

The White House is particularly interested in hearing from UNCF presidents on two issues: how can the Administration better partner with HBCUs and how can HBCUs help to revitalize their surrounding communities?

U.S. Congressman Mark Walker (R-NC) and U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) will host the Congressional HBCU FLY-IN on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. The day-long HBCU FLY-IN will provide opportunities for dialogue with a number of Senators and Representatives.  The bipartisan event will also include Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) and Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC). 

The UNCF’s goals for the meetings are to: 

  • Educate the Trump Administration officials and Congressional Republicans who may know little about HBCUs, their value and contributions to the nation.
  • Establish new relationships with Republican lawmakers and express appreciation to Democratic lawmakers for their past and continuing support.
  • Make a unified “ask” for additional investments in HBCUs, rather than promote individual institutional needs.
  • Express support for a new Executive Order on HBCUs, but also emphasize that it must be backed up with meaningful federal support – resources, technical assistance, capacity-building, so that HBCUs not only can survive, but also thrive.

For more information, please contact Helene Carter in the Office of Institutional Advancement at Paine College:Hcarter@paine.edu, 706.821.8323, 803.664 0080 (mobile).

“Put Me In at Paine College Coach”

Posted by painewebmaster | 02/23/2017 13:19 PM

Student-Athlete Adam Martin, is a Business Management Major and a versatile position Baseball player at Paine College. He has an impressive 3.5 GPA and beams proudly when sharing that he will be graduating in May 2017, from the Institution he says “has given him the necessary educational tools, one-on-one instruction time if needed and improved his athletic talent to be successful in life.” He is also the Paine College, 2016-2017 Male Scholar Athlete-of-the-Year. Prior to attending college, Martin lived in Aiken, South Carolina with his family. He has one sibling and believes in preserving family quality time.

“My goal was to obtain my degree while remaining close to home near my family. A friend of mine, Avery Wilson, attended PC and after our discussion about the Business and Athletic programs, I knew Paine was where I wanted to earn my degree. From the very first day, Coach Marshall has emphasized the word student in Student-Athlete. Not only is he my baseball coach but I consider him to be a friend. He and my professors, are major contributing factors of my collegiate success. They encourage and push you to excel, off and on the field. That is why I chose Paine College to further my education,” said Martin.

Adam details his Paine College experience as a “family oriented Institution that has never made him feel like a minority and always treated him with respect.” He likes the fact that professors and faculty know him personally and if a student requests extra attention with the curriculum, the educators ensure they receive it. Martin has grown during his four years at PC as a person and athlete, largely in part due to his baseball teammates that he refers to as his brothers. He is thankful for them standing by him through struggles but more importantly, helping him to continue to strive to achieve his goals athletically and academically.

Kerby Marshall, Head Baseball Coach/Asst. Men’s Basketball Coach, had the following to say about Adam; “He is the perfect baseball player that every coach dreams of, he listens and executes as he is told and is a great team player. The team looks up to him as a leader on and off the field. He also understands that he is a Student-Athlete and performs well in the classroom.” After graduation, Martin will be traveling to Canada to play Baseball.

“I would like to stress the importance of knowing what you want to do after you graduate, having a plan and working hard to attain your degree. It is important to know your weaknesses and strengths and develop them to become a better person. I am thankful for our Alumni and after graduation, I will be an active alum to continue building upon the foundation they set forth, to ensure students at Paine College are educated with integrity and distinction. It is my belief that any challenges the Institution faces, can be overcome with the support of our dedicated Alumni,” are the words of wisdom shared by Martin.

Adam discloses that he doesn’t mind watching love story movies. His favorite is “The Notebook.” When asked if he considers himself to be Ryan Gosling, (the movie’s Lead Actor) Martin smiles in approval with the comparison and says yes. On and off the field, Paine College equips its scholars with exceptional education, develops its student-athlete talent with dedicated instructors and enables its faculty to positively enhance the personal and professional lives of its student-body.

In Other Words, by Stone

“It’s No Secret that Paine College Motivates Success”

Posted by painewebmaster | 02/3/2017 02:54 AM

Secret Wagner, Miss UNCF-Paine College 2016-2017, is a Senior and Chemistry Major and is the first in her family to attend college. She was born and reared in Baltimore, Maryland along with her fraternal twin brother and one more sibling.  After a brief hiatus upon graduating from high school, she researched Paine College and with the assistance of the admissions staff that she declares as family, decided to enroll during the Spring semester of 2014. She is gratefully walking the halls, absorbing history, information and knowledge from the institution where many have trod during their path to success.

“To be a college student is a blessing. I am a full-time student that also works part-time. I am fully involved with campus activities and engaged in academic opportunities. This is my family. The professors and staff at Paine want to see me succeed as much as I want to succeed. They constantly motivate me to push beyond obstacles and self-doubt. It is important to me that I not only graduate, but that I remain engaged with this institution to help those that will come after me,” said Wagner.

Secret is a member of Zeta Eta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is also active in the Commuter Student Association, MAPS (Medical Association for Pre-Professional Students), Wesley Fellowship and participates in all PAC (Pre-Alumni Council) affairs. She strives to be a dedicated student and to set a positive example for her peers.

She is very proud to be representing Paine College at the UNCF NAC/PAC Leadership Conference that is in session from February 2-5 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. The climax of the leadership conference is the crowning of Miss National UNCF that will take place Saturday evening, February 4. The event is open and free to the public.

Wearing the Miss UNCF Paine College crown and being awarded the title is a humbling experience. She appreciates the monumental support from the Paine College alumni, faculty and students to ensure this honor bestowed upon her, is upheld in the tradition of excellence.

When asked to describe her PC experience, Wagner had the following to say: “I believe that receiving your education, forging connections, enhancing social skills and obtaining your degree makes your college experience whole. It is critical that we learn, but also apply and share knowledge to ensure the success of Paine College. This is my home and I encourage Alumni to stay engaged and connected to the school and the students to continue the traditions of the Paine College family. The passion and commitment that I express for this institution, originates from the opportunities, values and foundation it consistently gives to me.

What God has for me, is for me and Paine College was for me.” Secret reveals that she is shy, has a love for the Disney movie “Frozen” and when she was younger, she was in a group called “Cupids Arrow” dreaming to be a singing sensation. She also mentions that the love and support of her entire family helps her to keep moving forward despite many setbacks encountered while pursuing her ultimate goal of becoming a Medical Research Scientist. Wagner is determined to achieve that vision with the sacrifice, sessions and skills that are being indoctrinated daily at Paine College, the institution that empowers students to succeed.