Paine College Media Studies Department to host Multi-Media Conference

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/9/2016 06:49 AM

The Paine College Media Studies Department will host its first multi-media conference called PANORAMIC on Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Candler Memorial Library from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

The forum is titled“The Excellence of Ethnic Inclusion”. The goal is to help provide a unique perspective for students and provide them with first-hand commentary from distinguished writers, producers, photographers, actors, directors, and other broadcasting specialists.  PANORAMIC will feature workshops with guest panelists to help students learn more.

This conference is designed to complement Augusta’s budding interest in the film industry, and welcomes thought provoking commentary to discuss issues relevant to today’s multi-media industry. 

“When I was getting my MFA at Howard University, I was always influenced by our media day guests," said PANORAMIC'S creator and Media Studies Department Chair Teri Burnette, "It inspired me as a young film maker, and I wanted to give that same experience to our students here at Paine.”   

Burnett and fellow professors John Harris, and Nicole Watson are award-winning producers, directors, and media professionals with several network television, stage, and film productions to their credit.  

Under their guidance, students in the Paine College Media Studies Department have produced independent properties including Digital Dialogue, PC News Update, and several stage productions by the school’s theater group, Paine House Players.  

Annual Father-Daughter Gala Benefits Paine College's Build It Back Campaign and Local Charities

Posted by painewebmaster | 02/19/2016 06:59 AM

By Helene Carter

Each year, proceeds from the Father-Daughter Gala are donated to local non-profit organizations to support their mission and, in many cases, to provide scholarships for deserving students at local colleges and universities.  Paine College was among several organizations that received a donation.

"No gift is too small or too large," said Dr. Samuel Sullivan who received a check from local business owner Robert O’Neal in the amount of $1,000.  "This show of support demonstrates that Paine College is a sound investment and remains at the heart of the community,” said Dr. Sullivan, Interim President of Paine College.

The College launched the Build it Back Campaign in November 2015 to meet immediate and critical needs of the Institution.  During the 2016 Founders’ Day and Homecoming celebration, the Vice President of Institutional Advancement Sunya L. Young announced that the Campaign had reached over $460,246 and is ongoing. 

Mr. O’Neal is President and CEO of The O’Neal Group, Inc. and agency owner of Bob O’Neal Insurance Agency, Allstate Insurance Company.  Mr. O’Neal, the brainchild behind the Father-Daughter Gala, said his daughter introduced him to a similar event in 2007.   He was so impressed with the experience and the time shared with his daughter that he was led to create the Father-Daughter Gala and Dance that is traditionally held on Fathers’ Day at Legends Club in Augusta.  “Although Allstate Insurance Agency is the official host of the Father-Daughter Gala, there are many people in the background who work diligently to make the event a success,” he said.  “Under the auspices of OuiCare International, Inc., we provide financial resources to support the mission of local charities while helping to strengthen the bonds of the family that lend to stronger communities.”

“This event has, in many ways, become a ministry for me,” commented Mr. O’Neal.  “In its ninth year, the event has touched many lives and helped to improve relationships between fathers and their daughters.”  There are no age limits, religious or ethnic boundaries.  I’ve witnessed grandfathers and granddaughters take to the floor awkwardly and emerge with pure confidence and joy.  Improving relationships between fathers and daughters is at the heart of what we do and that is what makes our work special.”

 “We are grateful to Robert O’Neal and appreciative of the Augusta community, alumni and friends who continue to support the College.  “Paine, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), is on Probation and will have to demonstrate to the SACSCOC Review Team that it is fiscally stable during its spring 2016 review.  I am appealing to the College’s constituents to give generously.

For more information on ways to support Paine College, please contact Vice President Sunya Young at 706.821.8233 or via email: Syoung@paine.edu

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L-R: Robert O’Neal, Agency Owner of Bob O’Neal Insurance Agency, Allstate Insurance Company and Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President of Paine College.

Minister and Author Crystal Smith to kickoff Paine College's New Lecture Series

Posted by painewebmaster | 01/15/2016 10:20 AM

AUGUSTA — Crystal Smith, associate minister at the Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church and author of two books including the latest book titled "The Centered Woman: Focused, Beautiful, Happy" will be the speaker for the Paine College Lecture Series kickoff. 

Smith's lecture will be at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 19, in the Multipurpose Room at the Paine College HEAL Complex. The event is free and open to the public.

As a highly sought after speaker, Smith has traveled nationwide teaching the word of God. Smith’s passion for helping women led her to write books that focus on finding your purpose and healthy living.

"We are very excited that Mrs. Smith’s lecture will serve as the speaker for the kick-off of our new lecture series," said Leadra Collins, Director of Institutional Development. " The Paine College Lecture Series will give the community the opportunity to interact with leading members of Paine College faculty, scholars, community leaders, and leaders in business.”

Paine College Appoints New Interim Chief of Police and Campus Safety Director

Posted by painewebmaster | 08/21/2015 07:35 AM

Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President at Paine College, announced the appointment of Lieutenant Leroy Morgan, Jr. as Interim Chief of Police and Director of Campus Safety during the Opening Conference for faculty and staff held on August 3, 2015 in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.  Chief Morgan succeeds Joseph Nelson who departed Paine College to become the Chief of Police at South Carolina State University. 

Chief Morgan will oversee twelve officers and the College’s Department of Transportation.

During an open forum hosted by the Student Government Association held August 19th in the Chapel, Chief Morgan encouraged students to contact him concerning any matter.  He said, “We will maintain an open door policy and will continue to have twenty-four hour protection, seven days per week.”  He further commented, “If you see something, say something.”

Chief Morgan, educated in the public schools of Jefferson County, Georgia, is currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Administration at Strayer University.  He has over 20 years of experience in law enforcement having assisted with active investigations initiated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Georgia Bureau of Investigation in Jefferson, Emanuel, and Burke Counties.  He has experience in field training, investigations, and code enforcement. During his career, he has held the rank of Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Assistant Police Chief.  In 2013, he served as Chief of Police for the City of Keysville, Georgia.

He has trained and served as a presenter in the areas of Field Training, Gang Violence, Narcotics, Home Invasions, and Counterfeit Money.

He holds certifications in several areas such as Chief of Police, Criminal Investigation, Child Sexual Abuse, Child Abuse Investigation,  Child Abuse Investigation, Public Safety, National Incident Management Systems, Gang Intelligence, Undercover Operations, Radar Usage, Intoximeter, Bike Patrol, Tactical Baton, Oleoresin Capsicum Familiarization, Taser Usage, Level One Agrosecurity Awareness, Courtroom Demeanor, and Fingerprinting.

Chief Morgan has professional affiliations with the Optimist International Club (1997-present); Georgia Chiefs Association (2004-present); and The FreemasonsMason, Sons of Louisville (2004-present).

“It is important that we continue to build relationships with the community as we strive to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe,” said Chief Morgan.

The Paine College Police Department, with total arrest authority in the State of Georgia, has articulation agreements with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department.

For more information about the Paine College Police Department, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591 or visitwww.paine.edu.   

 

 

Southeastern Psychological Association Awards Paine Faculty Member with the Outstanding Professional Paper Award for 2015

Posted by painewebmaster | 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 drlawandacummings@weebly.com.

 

Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President and the Paine College Family Mourn the Passing of Dr. Silas Norman, Jr., Past –Board Chair, Devoted Alumnus and Philanthropist

Posted by painewebmaster | 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 spnorman@umich.edu.  Also, flowers may be sent to the funeral home.

Visitation/WakeFriday, 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

 

Interment:

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, tjwilliams@paine.edu or 706.821.8323, hcarter@paine.edu.

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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

 

7th Annual Paine College Golf Tournament to be held August 31st

Posted by painewebmaster | 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 lcollins@paine.edu, 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). 

 

Paine College Associate Professor has Article Published in Journal of Black Studies

Posted by painewebmaster | 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.

 

Paine College Officials Announce Accrediting Body’s Decision to Extend Probationary Status for One Year --- Accreditation Remains in Effect

Posted by painewebmaster | 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

PAINE COLLEGE RECOGNIZES DR. LAWANDA CUMMINGS FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO ACADEMICS AND CAMPUS LIFE

Posted by painewebmaster | 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: tjwilliams@paine.edu

Blog post written by Helene Carter.