| 09/20/2016 11:09 AM
By Jeffrey Lanier Jones
The Paine College Department of Humanities will celebrate the 19th Anniversary of the Evelyn G. Etheridge Conference on the Harlem Renaissance on November 2 – 4, 2016 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, “Precursors, Periods, and Postscripts: Critical Thought, Beliefs, Productions, and Activism Before, During, and After the Harlem Renaissance” 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 guest presenters include Dr. Christopher Varlack of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Doris Wellington, independent scholar and author, Atlanta, Georgia. The Conference keynote speaker is Dr. Daniel Black of Clark Atlanta University, renowned scholar and author of They Tell Me of a Home, The Sacred Place, The Coming, and his latest novel, Listen to the Lambs.
This year’s Conference will also highlight and honor the artistic contributions and legacy of Paine College Alumnus and Bestselling Author, Frank Garvin Yerby of the Class of 1937 on the centennial of his birth. Yerby was an acclaimed author who wrote over 30 novels and numerous short stories and poems including the 1946 publication of his first novel, The Foxes of Harrow, which garnered him international acclaim. He enjoyed considerable success during his lifetime and was the most prolific and commercially successful author of his time. After his death in Madrid, Spain in 1991, Yerby’s influence upon American literature continues to be analyzed and treasured. In sum, this conference will feature scholars on Yerby such as Dr. Maryemma Graham of the University of Kansas, Dr. Veronica Watson from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Dr. John Lowe, University of Georgia, Stephanie Brown of The Ohio State University at Newark, and Ms. Jameelah Jones of the University of Kansas who will assess his significance to American letters. Special events will include a visual arts exhibition and book fair, author book signing, and a community festival that will highlight various student and community groups and gives thanks to the Augusta community for its support of Paine College.
For more information on the Conference and the Yerby Centennial, please contact Prof. Nancy Wellington Bookhart at 706.294.1369 or by email at NBookhart@paine.edu.
| 08/29/2016 04:12 AM
Dr. Sardar Yousufzai, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Physics & Environmental Sciences and the Minority Affairs Chairperson of the Savannah River Section of the American Chemical Society is featured in the August 16 issue of the Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine.
Dr. Yousufzai who this summer celebrated the ten years anniversary of conducting his free “Basics Concepts of Chemistry” class reflects on his educational background and discusses why he started the program and his goal of teaching Chemistry to diverse students.
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education is a Virginia-based magazine that has an estimated print and digital readership of over 100,000 people.
The Paine College community congratulates, Dr. Yousufzai for demonstrating excellence in STEM education. To view the issue featuring Dr. Yousufzai, visit the magazine’s website.
| 08/23/2016 04:26 AM
Paine College will host Fall Convocation on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Dr. Samuel Sullivan, President, will serve as the keynote speaker for the occasion. The event will welcome new and returning students, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni and friends to the Paine College Community. This event is open to the public.
For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591 or via email: Tjwilliams@paine.edu.
| 08/19/2016 06:51 AM
Paine College students, faculty, and staff unite for the first Paine College Campus Pride Day of service, sponsored by the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church & Faith-based Community Saturday, August 20, from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm.
During this day of service, hundreds of volunteers from the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and United Methodist Churches along with members of the Paine College community will work to improve the appearance of the Paine College grounds and make improvements to dormitories and the student center. The goals of this campus clean-up day are to clean up our public areas, foster a sense of stewardship for the campus and build community-wide connections.
Community members are invited to volunteer. All volunteers will gather at the Peters Campus Center on the Paine College Campus at 8:00 AM to complete volunteer forms and be assigned to a team captain. Paine College will provide cleaning supplies.
Community members can also take advantage of this opportunity to register to participate in future campus clean up events. Volunteers can register at https://www.tfaforms.com/438402.
| 08/3/2016 13:29 PM
Dr. Samuel Sullivan, President of Paine College, announced that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) granted a 30-day extension to the College to appeal the decision of the SACSCOC Board to remove Paine from membership.
Paine College Administration and members of the Board of Trustees will appear before the SACSCOC Appeals Committee on September 12 or 13, 2016. During the appeal process, Paine College remains accredited.
College officials will continue to keep the public informed throughout the appeal process. Frequently asked questions and responses regarding Paine College’s accreditation and appeal status can be found at www.paine.edu.
For more information about Paine College, contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.821.8233, or email: Tjwilliams@paine.edu.
| 08/1/2016 07:15 AM
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Radio station 96.3 Kiss FM will hold the 96.3 Kiss FM Worship Wednesday Community Prayer Breakfast this month at Paine College. Organized by Women in Gods Service (WINGS), the inaugural event aims to provide an opportunity for the community to embrace diversity in an atmosphere of inclusive fellowship and to raise money for the College. Paine College which boasts the oldest interracial governing body in the nation has a history of pioneering race relations in Augusta making it a well-suited venue to bring diverse groups of people together for discussions regarding racial issues in our community.
The keynote speaker will be Michael Thurmond, Paine College Alumnus and Chair-Elect of the Paine College Board of Trustees. The event takes place on Wednesday, August 3, 2016, from 7:30 to 9:00 AM at the Candler Memorial Library on the Paine College Campus.
"It is such a wonderful feeling to see the Augusta community coming together for this worthy event," noted, R. Wayne Woodson, Chief of Staff, Assistant Professor and Director of Music, “Cher Best has pledged her support for Paine College and founded Women in Gods Service- WINGS. This group is hosting the prayer breakfast, and will be working with Dr. Lucinda Sullivan, the College's First Lady, on a number of events over the next year.”
The cost of the event is $25 per person and tables are also available. Tickets will be sold in advance on Eventbrite. Tickets will not be available at the door. Those unable to attend the event can make donations on Eventbrite until August 23rd. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2a5U45P.
| 07/14/2016 06:00 AM
Dr. Tantiana Burns, Assistant Professor of Biology, received the Evelyn Berry Teacher of the Year Award for excellence in classroom education and having mentored students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). She has devoted much of her time to serving as a faculty mentor in undergraduate research focusing on bioremediation of Benzo-a-pyrene, a known carcinogen using an algal and fungal system at Paine College. Currently, Dr. Burns works with students on a project that analyzes soil samples from select locations in the Central Savannah River Area. She guides students in developing research protocols, gathering records and data, and recording outcomes. Undergraduate STEM research has been proven to motivate students to pursue careers in the STEM workforce and better prepare them for advanced studies.
The Evelyn Berry award was created to recognize faculty who have completed a minimum of three years of service to the College and have the ability to make material important and relevant to current life. . The Evelyn Berry award comes with a cash gift. Dr. Burns motivates students to stay on the path to successfully completing STEM undergraduate degrees while challenging them to embrace research.
Since receiving the award during Paine’s Commencement Convocation held in May 2016, many of her students have graduated and are now on the path to pursuing advanced degrees in STEM-related areas.
Dr. Samuel Sullivan, President of Paine College, said, “Dr. Burns’ dedication to students and her ability to engage them in an interactive stimulating learning environment makes her stand out amongst world-class educators.”
Dr. Burns has been a full-time Biology instructor and mentor for students at Paine College since 2013. In addition to teaching classes and conducting research, she manages fellowships and internships for students who pursue experiences outside of the classroom and renders professional services on several committees at Paine. Furthermore, she serves on the College’s Honors, Scholarships and Awards Committee, selects students for academic scholarships, and coordinates the Annual Honors Day Program. She also serves on the Faculty Courtesies and Presidential Appeals Committees.
Dr. Burns is the campus coordinator for the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program that is designed to increase the quality and quantity of students who successfully complete STEM baccalaureate degrees with a focus on increasing the number of students to academically qualify for graduate school.
Her colleagues have commented that she is a naturally gifted teacher who is committed to excellence and student success. She spends much of her time during the summer mentoring and guiding high school students in various research areas. One of the summer research projects looked at the effect of Ethanol concentrations in Gasoline. Dr. Burns passes on her passion for curiosity to her students. She encourages them to embark upon the path of exploration and discovery in and out of the classroom.
She said, “I want my students to develop a burning desire for research and exploration”. “Innovative teaching styles help students to stay motivated and interested in STEM fields. Every day, it is my hope that I have inspired students to aspire and motivated them to rise to levels of excellence. The most valuable amenity that a professor can offer to students is his/her time.”
Dr. Maya Angelou’s quote, “nothing will work unless you do”, has undergirded Dr. Burns’ work ethics for many years. “I have often communicated to my students that if they want to succeed, they must do the work,” said Dr. Burns. “I am hopeful that they will integrate this concept into their work ethics and ongoing research.”
Lastly, Dr. Burns stated, “I am honored that my peers have selected me to receive this prestigious award.” “It is my wish that my students will continue to put in the work that is required to achieve high levels of excellence in advanced STEM-related studies and stay on the path to rewarding professions in the STEM workforce.”
Dr. Burns earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from South Carolina State University in 2002 and completed her doctoral studies in Toxicology from University of Georgia in 2008. She is the co-author of several scientific publications on toxicology. Her dissertation is titled: Fate of the Mycotoxin Fumonisin B1 during Alkaline Cooking of Cultured and Whole Kernel Corn.
Dr. Burns is the daughter of Iris and Jeffrey Burns of Augusta, Georgia.
Story written by By Helene T. Carter.
For more information about STEM programs at Paine College, visit www.paine.edu, or contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591. For additional inquiries regarding Dr. Burns’ research and publications, contact her at 706.495.2338 or email: Tburns@paine.edu.
| 06/8/2016 06:20 AM
Trinity Christian Methodist Episcopal Church cordially invites you to a special worship service on Sunday, June 12th at 9:00 a.m. with guest speaker Civil Rights icon, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Congressman John Lewis.
The service is part of the 20th Pastoral Anniversary of Reverend Herman “Skip" Mason, Jr. in the C.M.E. Church. The Trinity family would be honored to have you present to hear and meet this American treasure John Lewis. Bring your children so they can witness and see the last surviving member of the planning committee and speaker at the March on Washington and one of the original marchers of "Bloody Sunday" that was the Selma to Montgomery march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Mr. Lewis was beaten unconscious by Alabama’s State troopers at the bridge in 1965. He suffered a fractured skull from the Blood Sunday beating, the scar of which is visible to this day. The incident was one of three Selma-to-Montgomery marches for voting rights, and the efforts led to passage of the Voting Rights Act.
Samuel Fudge, actor, will give a rousing oratory of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.’s response to the question Do You Get Angry? The recent Paine College graduate appeared in the movie “Selma” and was among the cast that re-enacted the historical marches in Selma, Alabama.
Trinity CME Church is located at 2930 Glenn Hills Drive, Augusta, Georgia 30906. The afternoon service will commence at 3:00 p.m. and will feature Reverend Andre Loyd, Pastor of West Side Community C.M.E. Church. All are invited to share in one or both of the services. For more information, call 706.796.2550, or visit www.trinitycmeaugusta.org.
Photo Caption: John Lewis on Edmund Pettus Bridge
Sent on Behalf of Trinity C.M.E. Church
Media Contact: Rev. Herman “Skip” Mason, Pastor
Trinity C.M.E. 706.796.2550 – www.trinitycmeaugusta.org
| 05/24/2016 10:17 AM
By Helene T. Carter
Augusta, Ga…Members of the Paine College Board of Trustees, representatives of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, along with President Samuel Sullivan stood united as they announced their plan to move the College in the direction of fiscal solvency and drive the Institution on the path to full compliance with the Principles of Accreditation of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The trustees held the press conference on Tuesday, May 24th at 10:00 a.m. inside the HEAL Complex.
Bishop Marshall Gilmore, trustee emeritus, drew a round of applause as he announced a commitment of $1,000,000 on behalf of the College of Bishops of the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church. The CME Church will fulfill the $1 million commitment within 12 months.
Dr. Cynthia Bond Hopson, Assistant Secretary General of The Black College Fund, pledged $350,000 to the College on behalf of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) of the United Methodist Church. The GBHEM has consistently rendered support to Paine College over the years.
Attorney Barbara E. Bouknight, Chair of the Paine College Board of Trustees, said,” During the spring meeting of the governing body, we unanimously adopted a strategy and a plan that included changes in Board leadership, changes in College leadership, restructuring the board membership and the implementation of a governance structure that will facilitate a culture of accountability and transparency.” She further commented, “This means that the Trustees are fully engaged and committed to taking full responsibility for correcting any and all fiscal and managerial shortfalls that have faced the College during the last three years.”
Attorney Michael Thurmond, Chair-elect, solicited the audience to become involve in the process of preserving and sustaining the College. He announced that the College had raised more than $2,540,000 toward its $3.1 million goal for the fiscal cycle July 2015 to June 30, 2016. Attorney Thurmond invited the community to participate in the “Be 1of 1,000” campaign. The fundraising campaign has the potential of yielding more than $1,000,000 by June 30, 2016.
“The urgency is now,” said Attorney Thurmond. “It matters that we give now to demonstrate to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges that we love and support this great institution that has played a significant role in our lives and in our communities.”
Attorney Thurmond made it clear that the Trustees would work with the College to develop ongoing development programs that would allow the College to remain financially stable.
President Samuel Sullivan said that he was humbled by the outpouring of support from the College’s constituents. He stated that recently, a local theologian donated $50,000 and within weeks of that gift, the pastor made another donation of $27,000. Dr. Sullivan expressed his gratitude to Paine alumni, churches, and friends who hosted events to assist the College.
The trustees thanked Dr. Sullivan for his leadership during the College’s challenging times. “Under Dr. Sullivan’s leadership, SACSCOC lifted seven of the ten areas of non-compliance that faced the Institution.”
The College must comply with the Principles of Accreditation of three remaining areas: 1) financial resources, 2) financial stability, and 3) control of sponsored research/external funds.
Dr. Sullivan echoed Attorney Thurmond’s appeal. “It is important that we give now. “Paine must raise an additional $1 million by June 30, 2016 to ensure that the College has surplus funds for ongoing operations.”
“My primary goal is to keep the doors open to provide an accessible and quality education for students,” said Dr. Sullivan. “I am convinced that we can work together to achieve this most important goal.”
For more information about ways to support Paine College, please contact Ms. Sunya L. Young in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8233 or via email: Syoung@paine.edu.
| 05/11/2016 04:14 AM
Story by Helene T. Carter
Deuteronomy 16:17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which he has given you.
Augusta, GA….Reverend George L. Brightharp believes that every man or woman should give as he/she is able, according to how God has blessed them to give. He also believes in “walking the walk” and leading by example. In March 2016, Reverend Brightharp made a $50,000 gift to Paine College in support of the Institution’s Build it Back Campaign that is designed to meet the critical and immediate needs of the College. Launched in November 2015, the Build it Back Campaign has reached over $539,000 (as of May 11, 2016). Since 2010, Reverend Brightharp has given $112,058. Although he is not a Paine College alumnus, Reverend Brightharp presented a check in the amount of $27,000 during the Paine College Alumni Reunion Banquet held Saturday, May 7th on the campus.
Reverend Brightharp said proudly, “I have been in the trenches with Paine College since 1970. As a professor, I taught at Paine for fifteen years. During my tenure, I developed an appreciation for small, black liberal arts institutions. Paine has held a special place in my heart for 46 years.”
In 2014, Reverend Brightharp supported the Friends of Quincy Robertson for Paine College Campaign with a gift of $10,000. In 2010, with a gift of $15,000, he established the Reverend George W. and Mrs. Rosa Brightharp Endowed Scholarship in memory of his parents. The scholarship is awarded annually to a rising sophomore, junior or senior majoring in History.
Dr. Samuel Sullivan, President of Paine College, said, “This year marks forty-six years of continued support from a philanthropist who has given generously of his finances, time and goodwill. Reverend Brightharp, a dedicated ambassador, engages others to support the College. He is a bridge-builder who is passionate about letting others know the value that Paine College adds to the community.”
President Sullivan further commented, “We also appreciate the support that our faculty, staff, alumni, friends and trustees continue to provide to Paine during these challenging financial times.”
In January 2016, Rev. Brightharp celebrated 36 years as the senior pastor of Mount Canaan Baptist Church in Edgefield, South Carolina. In 2004, Mount Canaan was designated as an Outstanding Historical Site by the South Carolina State Department of Archives and History. Rev. Brightharp led the Mount Canaan congregation to build a spacious Youth Center that is equipped with a computer lab, game room, a full-size gymnasium and other amenities that are available to the public.
Sporting a wide smile, he said, “With a group of faithful members and the infusion of my personal funds, we were able to pay off the $1.2 million mortgage on the Youth Center in two years.”
For over 30 years, the successful entrepreneur and businessman operated George L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, a family-owned business that serves the Georgia and South Carolina communities.
“As a minister, I challenge every member of the clergy to support Paine College,” said Reverend Brightharp. “As a businessman operating in the CSRA, I challenge all businesses to step up and support Paine College. As a former educator, I challenge all retired and employed educators to help Paine College through this financial crisis. It is our responsibility to share our resources with an Institution that has given so much to the community.”
To make a gift to the Build it Back Campaign, contact Ms. Sunya L. Young in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8233 or send an email to Syoung@paine.edu.
About Paine College
Paine College is a faith-based private college providing a high-quality education that emphasizes academic excellence, ethical and spiritual values, social responsibility, and personal development in order to prepare young men and women for positions of leadership and service. Paine College is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. To learn more about Paine College, please visit www.paine.edu.
(Right) Reverend Dr. George L. Brightharp presents $50,000 check to Dr. Samuel Sullivan, President of Paine College, in support of the Build it Back Campaign for Paine. Since 2010, Reverend Brightharp has given over $112,000 to Paine.