Paine College debuts new mobile website

Posted by ncarter | 02/20/2012 08:30 AM

(Augusta, GA) - Paine College has launched a mobile version of its website for fast and convenient access on handheld devices. The site can be found at Paine College is the first HBCU in the state of Georgia to launch a full-featured mobile site for handheld devices. The new Paine College Mobile site is also accessible to devices like the iPad, Kindle Fire and other notebook devices.

According to a survey conducted Noel-Levitz and the National Research Center for College & University Admissions, 52 percent of prospective college students said they had viewed a school’s website on a mobile device in 2011—more than double the percentage from 2010. And 48 percent of those students said the mobile site experience bettered their view of the campus.

“The movement that Paine College is making towards the future can only be described as progressive,” said Dr. George C. Bradley, Paine College President. “Students and constituents have an expectation of this type of innovation. We’re stepping up to provide it here at Paine.”

Currently, the new mobile site exhibits information about admissions, a calendar, faculty/staff directory, campus news, athletics and more. You can also stay connected with links to Paine College's social networking sites.

“Paine College’s mobile presence is extremely important as we evolve and continue to market our institution to technologically savvy generations. According to statistics a mobile site is imperative to keep Colleges and Universities competitive,” said Natasha Carter, Director of Communications and Marketing.

Site developers Webflex Consulting, LLC ( expect to see additional features added to the site over time.

For more information contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591,  (706) 821-8322 or


Paine College Founders’ Day Convocation marks 130th Anniversary – Celebrates Phenomenal Milestones

Posted by ncarter | 02/15/2012 05:28 AM

Story by Timothy Cox

Paine College celebrated its 130th year of existence during its Founders’ Day Convocation held Friday, February 10, 2012 in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.  Bishop Kenneth W. Carter, Presiding Prelate of the Georgia Christian Methodist Episcopal Churches, brought the keynote address and commented, “ Paine College is in God’s favor.”  In recognition of the support that alumni and friends continue to render, the College honored Reverend Dr. Johnny R. Johnson for having recruited and steered numerous students to further their education at Paine College. 

Traditionally, during February, the Institution welcomes the return of its many alumni and friends to celebrate its heritage and existence.  Alumni gather to rekindle friendships and walk the hallowed halls where many students embarked upon their journey toward their life’s work and professions.

As in previous years, the Institution’s Founders’ Day Convocation coincided with Paine’s Homecoming activities. However, this year’s festive activities were especially more significant than in previous years.  

Dr. Louise Rice, Member of the Paine College Board of Trustees, eloquently greeted the Paine College Community with immense gratitude.  “We continue to count the blessings for the founding of this great Institution.  We count the blessings that the alumni and members of the CSRA community are committed to supporting and sustaining the great legacy of this Institution.  The members of the Board are always here to support Paine College and we are honored to serve you.”

Under the leadership of Dr. George C. Bradley, who was named Paine College President in October 2007, a multitude of upgrades and capital improvements have occurred on the campus under his brief-but-active tenure.

Hundreds of alumni and friends were greeted by a display of numerous renovations and upgrades.  The renovation and makeover of Haygood-Holsey Hall that faces Fifteenth Street caused alumni to swell with pride.  The massive renovation of the 34-year old Haygood-Holsey Hall has transformed the College’s front entrance which is located along the well-traveled 15th Street artery – long considered one of Augusta’s highest visibility thoroughfares. 

In addition, several blighted structures located on Central Avenue and Laney Walker Boulevard, have been razed to prepare for new construction activity, which will further reflect major capital improvements for the campus. 

The newly installed stained-glass windows which can be purchased by organizations and individuals greeted visitors as they entered the Sanctuary of the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.  Although the project is fifty percent complete, the magnificently crafted windows are a beautiful addition to the Sanctuary and complemented the newly restored pews that displayed royal purple engraved nameplates that were inscribed for persons who were honored or memorialized by loved ones.

Of note, the Pipe Organ that was visibly absent from the Founders’ Day Service in 2011due to malfunctions, returned to the service Friday morning as Ms. Christine Crockett played the opening processional music. The Pipe Organ, repaired at the top of the fall 2011 semester, carries a replacement value in excess of $1 million.

The crowning glory of the College’s new construction effort is the renovation of the Randall A. Carter Gymnasium and its ongoing transformation into the Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex. The new multi-purpose facility is set to change the landscape of the campus, while providing increased quality of life and academic services for students, student-athletes, faculty, staff, citizens of Augusta and across the state and region. The HEAL Complex is set for completion in early 2013. 

Mayor Deke Copenhaver praised the College for its capital improvement initiatives and charged the Administration and trustees to think like the Paine founding fathers, “ Look to the future and build things with true diligence.  Don’t be distracted by the voices of the critics but continue to build on the legacy and vision.”

Brandon P. Brown, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, reflected, “We saw record numbers of alumni and friends return to the campus during the Homecoming and Founders’ weekend celebration.  There is a buzz of excitement and anticipation throughout the College community and much if it is due to the transformation of the physical plant, the renovation of the Carter Gymnasium and the construction of the new HEAL Complex.”  Of note, Vice President Brown is leading the fundraising campaign for the $14 million HEAL Construction project.

Plans have also been announced to construct new student residential facilities in the near future.   “As we continue to raise the quality of the living and learning environment for our students, I’m equally grateful to our Alumni and Board of Trustees for rendering support of our mission and vision of becoming a premier liberal arts institution in the region,” said President Bradley. 

For more information about the College’s capital improvement projects, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8233.

Photo caption: During the morning of the 130th Founders' Day Convocation, the HEAL Construction project reached a milestone when the first footings were poured that will support the new foundation for the HEAL Complex.  The new HEAL Complex will emerge on the site of the renovated Randall A. Carter Gymnasium adjacent to the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel on the Paine College campus.  
Photo by Dr. Roscoe Williams


Paine College Administrator Brandon P. Brown to receive National Award for Service to Higher Education

Posted by ncarter | 02/2/2012 04:20 AM

Story by Timothy Cox

Having reached his 36th birthday in September, Brandon Pendarvis Brown is a testament to the old adage that age is just a number, based on the many accomplishments Brown has garnered in such a relatively short period.  He’s about to add one more accolade to the long list of achievements. In good company, Brown along with CNN Anchor Soledad O’Brien and other distinguished individuals will receive the national Legacy Award for outstanding service to higher education during the UNCF NAC/PAC Leadership Conference, Friday, February 3, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  The Conference, held annually, features college presidents, educators, alumni, students and philanthropists who gather to learn how to better render support to UNCF institutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. 

When the South Carolina native was named Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Paine College in 2008, the job appointment could have been hypothetically titled, “The Return,” if speaking of Brown’s matriculation where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in History in 2000. He would later go on to earn a Master’s degree in Human Resources from Webster University of St. Louis.

For Brown, the Paine experience is personal and significant, considering that he is following the legacy footsteps of his father, Bennie F. Brown Jr., a chemistry major who graduated from Paine College in 1969. The older Brown would go on to enjoy a successful career as a high school math and science teacher, in addition to continuing the family funeral home business in the Brown homestead of Greenville, S.C. The Browns are also proprietors of Brown Rentals and Properties. The younger Brown has also provided his expertise to ensure both family businesses have continued to remain viable.

Brown says he is honored to have the opportunity to return to his alma mater.  “It’s a special privilege to work with Dr. Bradley to move my alma mater forward,” he said. Dr. George Cleveland Bradley was named President of Paine College in October 2007. 

As Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Brown is charged with raising in excess of $14 million for the institution’s Health Education Activities Learning Complex (HEAL), which is currently under construction on the Paine campus. The new facility will in part replace the historic Randall A. Carter Gymnasium which has been part of the Paine campus for the past 60 years. “The HEAL will also include classrooms, laboratories and a 2,400-seat arena with new amenities Paine athletes have gone without for way too long,” Brown said 

He is responsible for fostering scholarships, endowments, furthering the institution’s strategic plan and helping to move the Campus Master Plan forward.  Of particular note, the College has witnessed an upsurge in capital improvements and support. 

Fundraising and friend raising are comfort zones for Brown, considering his 2006 experience as State Deputy Political Director for Senator Joe Biden’s Presidential campaign. Biden would go on to become Vice President of the United States in President Barack Obama’s administration.  Brown continues to cherish a warm relationship with VP Biden and his staff.

Brown’s commitment to making higher education accessible to students is unparallel.  He served as a recruitment officer at Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC for 3 years and went on to create the Greenville HBCU Basketball Classic in 2003.  The HBCU Classic was one of a kind in the Upstate and is credited with spurring enrollment at several HBCUs throughout the country.  Later, in 2004, he founded the HBCU Football Classic in the Upstate and brought the Battle of the Bands to half-time that was a sidebar to the College Fairs and Recruiting sessions that were forefront.

Brown comments that the Greenville HBCU sports classics were born out of his desire to make College affordable and accessible to his community.  “I wanted to give young people access to a quality education at valuable institutions that are credited with producing many of the nation’s leaders today,” said Brown.

Having caught the political bug, Brown became the first African-American South Carolina candidate for U.S. Congress (age 28) in the Fourth Congressional District and won the Democratic nomination.  Needless to say, Brown leads the Governmental Relations initiatives at Paine College and as a result, the College is witnessing an increase in federal and state funding and support.

Constantly at the forefront of social justice issues, Brown was an organizing member of the Greenville Technical College Multi-cultural Diversity Board that was formed after a senior member of the Greenville Tech Administration made insensitive statements about Katrina Evacuees.  Brown contributed heavily to the healing process and went on to serve as an advocate on many fronts.

Rooted in community service, he served as Executive Director of the Allen Temple Community Development Center that catered to at-risk children; and co-founded the Upstate (S.C.) Black Family Reunion, which promotes community unity.  He remains active in civic and social organizations in both Georgia and South Carolina and has served on the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Advocacy Committee; the Augusta Symphony Board of Directors; and the Greer,

SC Hospital Advisory Board.   He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and a member of the John Wesley United Methodist Church, Greenville, SC.

The fall of 2011 marked a personal milestone in Brown’s life who had been a longtime committed bachelor. On October 29, 2011, Brown and Augusta TV news anchor/personality Kimberly Scott of WJBF-TV, exchanged marriage vows during distinguished ceremonies that attracted well-wishers from near and far.

“Obviously, this is an exciting time of my life in more ways than one,” said Brown.

“I fully believe in the vision and leadership of our president and feel absolutely certain that Paine College will continue to evoke positive changes locally and nationally -- from now and into the future.

“Frankly, I’m having the time of my life,” he added with a smile.

Helene Carter, Assistant Vice President at Paine College and long-time associate of Brown said, “I’ve watched Brandon mature into an exceptional servant leader who is committed to higher education and he’s just beginning to reap some of the benefits of his dedication to servant leadership and his conviction to social justice.  He is a walking testament of the power of exercising positive vision and anyone who is in his company is inspired to reach for greatness.”  



ACBSP Awards Paine College Reaffirmation of Accreditation of its Business Programs

Posted by ncarter | 01/24/2012 08:58 AM

Overland Park, KS — The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners recently awarded Paine College in Augusta, Ga., reaffirmation of accreditation of its business programs.

 ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the business school at Paine College meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP.

 “Paine College has shown their continued commitment to teaching excellence and to the process of quality improvement by participating in the accreditation process,” said ACBSP Director of Accreditation Steve Parscale, who will present the Certificate of Reaffirmation of Accreditation at the ACBSP Annual Conference in Baltimore, Md., on June 17, 2012.”

 “This accreditation is evidence that Paine College is committed to providing the highest quality business education for their students for the past 10 years and for the next 10 years,” said Parscale.

 “Our program alignment and adherence with the ACBSP standards and evaluation process has enabled us to remain competitive with our peers. A national accreditation from ACBSP makes us stand out our peer competitors. Improvements to our program are made based on contacts and feedback from our student placement in such areas as internships in the community and research presentations which serve as input for evaluating and improving our business program,” said Dr. Okoroafor Nzeh, Chair, Division of Business Administration.

 ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation council for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence. Established in 1988, ACBSP is the only business accrediting organization for all associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degree programs. Its mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world.

 ACBSP continues to grow, having recently added its 10th region to better serve member institutions in South Asia. ACBSP is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a specialized accreditation agency for business education. ACBSP currently has 1,051 member campuses, 157 of which are located outside of the U.S. Of those campuses, 541 have achieved accreditation and more than 415 are in candidacy for accreditation. Individual members on these campuses now exceed 9,500.

 For more information contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or (706) 821-8322. You may also contact Melinda Dorning, ACBSP Communications Coordinator at


Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall to serve as keynote speaker at Conference on the Black Experience

Posted by ncarter | 01/10/2012 09:52 AM

(Augusta, GA) – The 2012 Conference on the Black Experience will explore and celebrate contributions to the amalgam of history in the Americas, in particular North America, made by women of African Ancestry. Conference participants will examine the critical roles played by Africana women and how these roles have shaped [and continue to shape] the characteristic spirit of American culture.

Paine College’s first Conference on the Black Experience was held in February 1981. The project was conceptualized by former professor Dr. Leslie J. Pollard. The conference is designed to examine the historic and cultural experiences of Black people throughout the Diaspora and the resultant actions and reactions.The conference will be held on the campus of historic Paine College from February 6-9, 2012.

About Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall

Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall will be the keynote speaker for the Conference on the Black Experience. Guy-Sheftall was recently named the president of the National Women's Studies Association, a professional organization that is "dedicated to leading the field of women's studies, as well as its teaching, learning, research, and service wherever they be found." Guy-Sheftall is the founding director of the Spelman College Women’s Research and Resource Center and the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies. She has published a number of texts within African American and Women’s Studies which have been noted as seminal works by other scholars, including the first anthology on Black women’s literature, Sturdy Black Bridges: Visions of Black Women in Literature (Doubleday, 1980), which she coedited with Roseann P. Bell and Bettye Parker Smith; her dissertation, Daughters of Sorrow: Attitudes Toward Black Women, 1880-1920 (Carlson, 1991); Words of Fire: An Anthology of African American Feminist Thought (New Press, 1995); and an anthology she co-edited with Rudolph Byrd entitled Traps: African American Men on Gender and Sexuality (Indiana University Press, 2001). Her most recent publication is a book coauthored with Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women’s Equality in African American Communities (Random House, 2003). In 1983 she became founding co-editor of Sage: A Scholarly Journal of Black Women, devoted exclusively to the experiences of women of African descent.

Conference Panel Sessions will feature independent scholars, professors, graduate and undergraduate students in a variety of topical areas of women’s contributions in North America across discipline areas.

For additional information and schedules, contact the School of Arts and Sciences at 706-821- 8326 or visit the website and click on Conference on the Black Experience at

Paine Ushers Students Into New Semester With Spring Convocation| Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Posted by ncarter | 01/10/2012 05:18 AM

(Augusta, GA)- Paine College will officially open the Spring semester with its Spring Convocation on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.  Dr. George C. Bradley, president will deliver the keynote address. Students, faculty, staff and community leaders will also participate in Convocation ceremony. The public is invited to attend.

About Dr. George C. Bradley

In October 2007, Dr. Bradley was named the 14th President of Paine College in Augusta, Georgia. Within the first two years of his presidency, Dr. Bradley has reduced the institutions financial deficit and has partnered with local, state, and federal agencies on over $8 million of capital projects that will benefit the broader Augusta community. He has laid the foundation for the growth of the institution through a twenty-five year master plan that has already had an economic impact on the Augusta community. Prior to being named president by the Paine College Board of Trustees, Dr. Bradley held faculty and administrative posts at numerous institutions of higher education.

He is a graduate of South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC where he received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. He earned a doctorate in Higher Education with a cognate in Statistical Research and Evaluation from Iowa State University. Dr. Bradley has received alumni achievement awards from both of his alma maters. He also studied at Harvard University through the Institute for Educational Management. A scholar of the people, Dr. Bradley co-founded the South Carolina Institute for Research in Education (SCIRE). This institute sponsored research on educational issues that impact African American communities in South Carolina. He is a regular contributor to the periodic publication entitled the State of Black South Carolina published by the Columbia Urban League. He has published and presented extensively in the areas of statistical analysis, program development and interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge.

Dr. Bradley is active in a variety of civic and social organizations to include Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi Boulé and Rotary International. He contributes to the greater community as a member of several boards to include the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Board of the Augusta Symphony. The South Carolina Legislature recognized Dr. Bradley for his commitment as a teacher, administrator, author, and researcher in the field of education for more than two decades with a Lifetime of Service concurrent resolution.

Family is extremely important to Dr. Bradley. He is married to Dr. Tina Marshall-Bradley and they are the parents of three children. Curtis is a 2006 graduate of Morgan State University with a degree in Architectural Design and Urban Planning and is employed with M.B. Khan Construction Company, Inc. Curtis is married to the former Tyachenna Starr. Nia is a 2008 graduate of Howard University with a degree in Computer Engineering and is currently a doctoral student in Computer Engineering at Auburn University. He also has one grand child, Isaiah Nicholas Bradley.

 For more information contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or (706) 821-8322.


President of AT&T Georgia keynote speaker for Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

Posted by ncarter | 01/5/2012 05:16 AM

The annual celebration hosted by four colleges in Augusta to honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be held on Friday, January 13, at noon at Paine College’s Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.

Sylvia Russell, president of AT&T Georgia, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia will be the guest speaker. 

Russell has spent 15 years with AT&T. She began her career in 1992 in Greensboro, North Carolina as a Senior Attorney to AT&T’s business services unit which managed sales relationships with Fortune 100 businesses and the United States Government. In 1996, she moved to Atlanta where she was promoted to General Attorney, supporting AT&T’s entry into the local telecommunications market.  In 2000, she became Vice President of Law and Government Affairs for the Southern Region. Following the completion of AT&T’s merger with SBC in late 2005, Russell was asked to lead External Affairs in the Southeast.

Russell serves in a number of leadership positions in organizations in Atlanta and around the state.  Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Cancer Coalition, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Allies, a partnership between state government and private business designed to promote Georgia’s economic development.  She also serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the Georgia Partnership For Excellence In Education.  She is a member of the Steering Committee for the Atlanta Education Fund’s College Success Network, and is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Woodruff Arts Center and for Atlanta Landmarks, Inc.  Also, Russell was recently appointed by Governor Perdue to the State Board of Technical and Adult Education.

Russell was born in Nurnberg, Germany. She received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers College, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey and her law degree from Rutgers School of Law in Camden, New Jersey.  She has two sons, Eric and Kevin and a chocolate Labrador, Chip.

Russell was appointed to the State Board by Governor Sonny Perdue in 2007, as an At Large Representative.  She currently serves a vice chair of the Adult Education Committee and serves on the External Affairs and Economic Development Committee.

This free event is a collaborative effort of Augusta State University, Paine College, Augusta Technical College, and Georgia Health Sciences University. For more information, call Paine College's Office of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or (706) 821-8322. 




Paine College Community mourns the loss of Rev. Dr. Lewis  W. Jay, '48

Posted by ncarter | 01/5/2012 04:45 AM

Dr. George C. Bradley and the Paine College Community join bishops and worshippers of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and other higher education institutions in mourning the loss of a respected leader in the greater faith community, Rev. Dr. Lewis W. Jay, '48, Retired Minister of the Georgia North Region, 6th Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Conference. He will forever be recognized for his dedication, leadership and excellence in religious ministry.

Dr. Jay had 65 years of experience in religious ministry. He excelled in managing finances, overseeing community activities and advocating for senior citizens and single-parent families. He placed emphasis on the importance of promoting education, seeking knowledge and pursuing one's goals with discipline, purpose and a sense of direction. Prior to founding Tree of Life Deliverance Church, Inc., Dr. Jay was an ordained clergyman with the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church for 51 years and worked as a minister and educational administrator. He attributed his success to being dedicated and goal-oriented.

Dr. Jay received his Doctoral Degree in Human Services from Union Seminary at Birmingham, Alabama and his Master's Degree in Education from Atlanta University in 1948. He graduated from Paine College in Augusta, Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts and studied Theological Studies at The Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. His professional affiliations include the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Concerned Black Clergy, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the Fellowship of United Methodist of Metropolitan Atlanta.

Together, Dr. Jay and his wife, Hattie Elizabeth Barnes, a Paine College alumna, shared three children, six grandchildren and a great grandchild. 

Visitation and Celebration of Life for Rev. Dr. Lewis W. Jay will be held at:

Friday, January 6, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.

West Mitchell Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

?560 Martin Luther King Dr. S.W.

Atlanta, GA  30314

Telephone:  404-525-2337

Fax: 404-525-1575



SIAC Basketball names Mario Jordan Player of the Week

Posted by ncarter | 01/3/2012 05:40 AM

ATLANTA—Paine College junior Mario Jordan and Lane College junior Brittany Peters have been named SIAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Players of the Week, respectively, while Paine College freshman Kedric Taylor has been named SIAC Men’s Basketball Newcomer of the Week and Clark Atlanta University freshman Denisea Law has been named SIAC Women’s Basketball Newcomer of the Week.

Jordan, a native of Sandersville, GA, averaged 21.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in two games, earning his second player of the week honor this season. Defensively, the 5-11, 165-pound guard also averaged 3.5 steals, including a game-high five in a win over Clark Atlanta, while also averaging 2.5 assists per game to help lead the Lions to a 2-0 record for the week which also includes a win over conference-foe Miles. Jordan and the Lions currently sit atop the SIAC with a 5-0 record in conference play.

Peters, a native of Columbus, OH, had 23 points, eight rebounds, and three assists in her first game as a Lady Dragon. Defensively, the 5-7 guard also totaled two steals and one block in their only game of the week, a 75-73 loss to Kentucky State.

Taylor, a native of Orlando, FL, had a big week for the Lions, averaging 15 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and a block in two games. The 6-0, 175-pound freshman, who attended Evans High School, recorded his first career triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in an 82-67 win over Miles.

Law, a native of Miami, FL, had 13 points and four rebounds for the Lady Panthers. The 5-7 freshman guard, who attended Northwestern High School, also had one assist and one steal while helping Clark Atlanta to a 72-63 win over Paine to move to 2-1 in the SIAC.



Paine College Community displays Service for Holiday Season

Posted by ncarter | 12/20/2011 11:34 AM

(Augusta, GA)-As our community continues to face a tight economy and shrinking budgets, families find it harder and harder to provide. Non-profit organizations are also feeling the economic shift. But the efforts of Paine College employees helped ease the burden by providing two local non-profit organizations with the opportunity to further assist the many families that rely on them. 

St. Stephen’s Ministry of Augusta, Inc. was one of the organizations that benefited from the College's employee generosity. St. Stephen's Ministry of Augusta, Inc. is an organization dedicated to providing housing for persons with HIV/AIDS who are low income or homeless. The mission of this program is to facilitate independence, dignity, and well being through safe, affordable, and appropriate housing. In addition, we provide services to homeless and low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and the affected persons in their lives.  

"We thank the employees of Paine College because they've provided us with necessities. Everything we received was greatly needed," said Kevin Brooks, Case Manager at Stephen's Ministry of Augusta Inc. 

The faculty and staff of Paine College also contributed greatly to three families from Safehomes of Augusta, which is an organization that is committed to ending domestic violence in our community as well as in the lives of individuals. Its mission is to transform victims of domestic violence into survivors. In 1983, the first SafeHomes shelter was opened. A total of 80 women were helped that year. By 1985, the number had grown to more than 500 women. Today, Safehomes of Augusta impacts the lives of more than 1000 women and children each year.  

"Paine College has stepped up in a big way this holiday season. "It is a true blessing and it is something we look forward to each year," said Sharon Barber, Financial/ Operations Manager at Safehomes of Augusta. "The great thing about Paine College is that we know we can count on them for support and they've done an outstanding job supporting us for four years."

The generosity of the faculty and staff speaks to the College's core value, "service". The faculty and staff opt to give to charity during the College's annual holiday social hosted by Drs. George and Tina Bradley instead of exchanging gifts between one another. This tradition displays the institution’s history and commitment to service to the community, nation and the world. 

For more information, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or 

Photo captions: 

Photo 1: Charlie Woodley, Director of Transportation at Paine, Frances Wimberly, Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Paine and Kevin Brooks, Case Manager at St. Stephens Ministry, Inc. 

Photo 2: Meghann Eppenbrock, Public Relations/Volunteer Coordinator at SafeHomes Augusta, Charlie Woodley, Director of Transportation at Paine, and Natasha Carter, Director of Communications & Marketing at Paine. 

Photos by: Leah Suggs