Posted by painewebmaster | 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.

Paine College to Hold Baccalaureate Convocation Celebrating 2016 Graduating Class

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/7/2016 06:01 AM

Paine College to Hold Baccalaureate Convocation Celebrating 2016 Graduating Class

By Helene T. Carter

Paine College will celebrate the Class of 2016 during its Commencement weekend of events.  The Baccalaureate Convocation will take place on Saturday, May 7th at 3:00 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr. will deliver the keynote address. 

The Baccalaureate service, planned by the Office of Religious Life, serves as an opportunity for the graduating seniors to reflect on their lives and accomplishments from a faith perspective. The service is open to the public.


About the Speaker

Born to Hardie and Delois Davis, Hardie grew up in Forsyth, Georgia and relocated to Augusta in 1985. His parents instilled within him the values of hard work, respect for his fellow man and service to others.

Hardie holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Degree from Georgia Tech and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Christian Life School of Theology in Columbus. In college, he began teaching bible study which prepared him to be founder and senior pastor of Abundant Life in Augusta, Georgia. Hardie’s career includes 18 years of systems, automation and controls engineering. His public service spans 3 years as state Representative, 5 years as state Senator, and he is currently serving the second year of his first term as Mayor of Augusta.

A distinguished lawmaker while in the state legislature, Hardie served as Chairman of the Interstate Cooperation Committee and active member of the Economic Development, Ethics, Finance, and Higher Education Senate Committees. He has been recognized by numerous organizations and constituent groups, including Georgia Bio, The Georgia Chamber and the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education.

During the first year of his tenure as mayor, Hardie has engaged Augusta as a My Brother’s Keeper Community and launched the first Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment program, which placed 70 youth in paid summer jobs and workplace skills training programs. He also recruited volunteers and partnered with the Richmond County School System to begin the Power Lunch Reading Mentor Initiative. He has also re-established a college credit based Mayor’s Fellows Program. Hardie began a Mayor’s Office Hours program to take City Hall to Augustans in informal settings at small businesses within each Commission district. Hardie is committed to working with small business owners and hosted SBA officials for a small business round-table to bring Augusta businesses technical assistance and resources for their operations. He also hosted the First Annual City of Augusta Easter Egg Drop.

While a senior in high school, he met Evett Plather of Valdosta. Married 20 years, Hardie and Evett are the proud parents of Benjamin Joshua Davis.

The public is also invited to the Commencement Convocation that will occur Sunday, May 8th at 9:00 a.m. in the Health Education Activities Learning (HEAL) Complex.  Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick, III, Presiding Bishop for the Eighth Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, will deliver the keynote address to the graduating seniors. 


For more information about the Commencement weekend of events, please contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706.396.7591 or visit www.paine.edu.  

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.  

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 Staff Association Makes Donation to Augusta Ronald McDonald House Charities

Posted by painewebmaster | 10/5/2015 09:53 AM

The Paine College Staff Association delivered nearly 35 pounds (44,345) of pop tabs to the Ronald McDonald House on Thursday, September 24, 2015.  When recycled, the pop tabs will generate funds which will help to offset the Ronald McDonald House's expenses.  For over 30 years, Ronald McDonald House of Augusta has been "home away from home" to families seeking medical treatment for their sick or injured child.  In 2014, it served as home to 631 families.  

Ms. Samantha Tarte, the night manager at  Ronald McDonald House, took the Paine College staff on a tour of the facility. “We were honored to be able to witness the dedication to Ronald McDonald House. This donation will go toward helping families staying here,” said Henrietta “Lois” Hayes, Vice President of the Paine Staff Association. “Samantha Tarte's wonderful personality is an attestation to the warm, friendly atmosphere that Ronald McDonald House provides. The experience resonated with the staff members. It is a blessing be able to help those in need.”

“We would like to thank the Paine College community for their contribution to aid in this cause.  Please, keep those tabs coming!  It’s a small way of making a big difference in the lives of others.  A very special thanks to Ms. Wanda Brock and Mrs. Vonetta Flowers-Hinton for assisting with the delivery of this donation,” said Hayes.

Volunteer opportunities are always available to provide a helping hand. These can include planning and coordinating activities, cooking a meal for the families, being part of the spring cleaning crew. For more information on volunteering for Ronald McDonald House of Augusta, visit www.rmhcaugusta.org.

Paine College to #ChimeWithCharleston in Show of Solidarity

Posted by painewebmaster | 06/20/2015 13:11 PM

As part of the #CharlestonUnited movement, churches are invited to participate in #ChimeWithCharleston and ring their bells in solidarity on Sunday, June 21st at 10 a.m. Paine College will join churches in Charleston and churches around the world in support of the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC where nine church members lost their lives by chiming the bells in Haygood Hosley Hall. To learn more about the #CharlestonUnited click here: http://www.charlestonly.com/solidarity/

Academic Excellence is touted for New Inductees of the Alpha Delta Kappa International Sociology Honor Society

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/1/2015 11:27 AM

The Iota Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa (ADK) at Paine College inducted its newest members on Monday, April 20th, 2015 under the direction of Paine College Professor of Sociology, Dr. Philip Thomas. This International Sociology Honor Society has been a key feature of the Social Sciences Department since 1991 and a gateway for many student scholars to graduate school and service opportunities. Paine College Associate Professor and Chair of Social Sciences, Dr. Lawanda Cummings who spoke at the induction ceremony encouraged students to find the population or issue that stirs up a fire within that can light the path toward excellence in service and scholarship. An honor cord and certificate were bestowed to each student as a symbol of their academic achievements at Paine College and the expectation for them to further their academics pursuits. AKD is dedicated to the ideal of Anthropon Katamanthanein Diakonesein or "to investigate humanity for the purpose of service." Or "To study man for the purpose of service"

Congratulations to the 2015 inductees: Peter Thurmond, Kimberely Brown, Jon-Tyler Shaw, Elton Chrisp, Early Eckles, Herderson Ware II, Lashonda Canty, BeTesia Butler. 


Paine College Makes Tough Decision to Release Students for Non-Payment of Tuition

Posted by painewebmaster | 04/29/2015 08:21 AM

Today, Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President, announced that Paine College will release 35 students due to non-payment of tuition.  Some students have balances as high as $12,000 stretching over 18 months.  Students were given adequate time to make payment arrangements and installments towards open balances since being notified in September 2014.  The Office of Administrative and Fiscal Affairs worked diligently with students who were in non-compliance to establish payment plans that would allow them to remain in their classes.  Students were notified in person through face-to-face financial counseling, letters, phone calls and via emails.  In many cases, the Office of Student Affairs visited with students in their residential rooms to encourage them to meet with the Office of Administrative and Fiscal Affairs to establish payment plans.  College officials made appeals to students during forums held by the Student Government Association to meet their financial obligations.  Announcements were also made during Wednesday Assembly programs.

"Although this is unfortunate, we must protect the College’s financial future and work to be in compliance with the guidelines that were set forth by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)," said Dr. Sullivan.

"This is the last thing we want to do, but we must be held accountable," commented Dr. Sullivan who further stated that it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to pay their tuition by the College’s established deadlines.

College officials also contacted parents and guardians to inform them that students were released due to non-payment of outstanding balances and would be returning to their respective homes.  The College has invited all of the affected students to satisfy their outstanding bills before reapplying for the fall 2015 term.

For more information, please contact Helene Carter in the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.821.8323 or via email: hcarter@paine.edu<mailto:hcarter@paine.edu>.

At the Heart of it....Paine College Augusta Alumni Chapter Rally for the Love of Paine By Helene Carter

Posted by painewebmaster | 04/21/2015 09:25 AM

Paine College alumni are rallying support for their Alma Mater more now than ever.  For the love of Paine, the alumni of the Augusta Chapter will host a day of fundraising for the College on Friday, April 24th.  Alumni and friends are invited to visit the Alumni House located at 1208 Beman Street (West of the HEAL Complex) to drop off monetary donations in support of the Together, We Can Campaign for Paine.  Augusta Commissioner Bill Fennoy invited the City to lend support to his Alma Mater and stated that the well-being of Paine College lends to the health of the Augusta community.   Mayor Hardie Davis pitched in by declaring April 24, 2015 as Paine College Day.  Radio personalities Minnesota Fattz and Cher Best will broadcast live from the Alumni House courtyard from 11-1 p.m. followed by Kydd Joe of Power 107 from 1-3 p.m.


The Augusta Alumni Chapter extends an invitation to the community to visit the Alumni House between the hours of 11-6 p.m. to purchase a delicious fish or BBQ chicken dinner at a cost of $10.00 per plate.  Advanced purchases for the meal can be placed by contacting Mildred Kendrick (706)945.1362, Betty Tutt (706) 650-1004 or any member of the Augusta Alumni chapter.


Commissioner Fennoy said, "Paine College and her students are at the heart of everything we do in support of the institution.  We need all of our alumni and friends to come together in support of this institution that has served the community and its people for 133 years. I am appealing to the community to do more than purchase a ten dollar plate of food; I am asking the public to invest in Paine College by writing a check payable to the Together, We Can Campaign."


Also, Paine alums are gearing up for the annual Alumni Reunion weekend celebration that will occur May 8th-10th.  It is expected that Alumni will descend upon the campus to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class of 2015 and bear monetary gifts that will benefit the Together, We Can Campaign for Paine College.



For more information about Paine College Day and how to support Together, We Can Campaign, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, 396.8163 or email: tjwilliams@paine.edu<mailto:tjwilliams@paine.edu>.

Paine College Announces Self-Imposed Suspension of Infant Football Program

Posted by painewebmaster | 01/10/2015 08:53 AM

For Immediate Release : January 10, 2015

Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Paine College Interim President, announced today that the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to suspend the College’s football program for two years.  Dr. Sullivan said that the suspension was self-imposed.  He commented, “At this critical juncture in the history of Paine College, we have no choice but to firmly reestablish the financial health of our College.”  “It is only through achieving this condition that we will have a chance of being removed from probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and winning reaffirmation of the College’s accreditation.”  Dr. Sullivan further stated, “We must take this and other steps to reduce overall expenditures by the College and increase our net assets.” “After removal of all sanctions imposed upon the college by SACSCOC, we will conduct a cost benefit analysis and evaluate the return of our football program.”

“The College will honor scholarships for eligible players during the spring 2015 semester,” said Athletics Director Selina Kohn.  “While we regret that the College has suspended the football program, the Lion Athletics Program will continue to support five men’s and five women’s sports.”  Kohn further stated that the football coaches will mentor the student athletes to help them make the transition to find new athletic homes for those who wish to transfer.

During the meeting of the Board of Trustees in October 2012, the governing body unanimously voted to revive the football program after a 50-year hiatus.  The College introduced Club Football with a limited number of games in 2013 and rolled out its full program during the 2014 fall semester.

Under the leadership of Coach Greg Ruffin, the Club team ended the season with an impressive 3-1 record in 2013.  In 2014, the Lions ended the season with a 2-8 record.

Although the community has rallied support for the new program that is still in its infant stage, the cost to operate the program has placed an enormous amount of financial strain on the College’s operating budget.

“We want our sports programs to remain competitive and in order to do that, we must revisit the cost of maintaining a healthy athletic program,” said Dr. Sullivan.  “Although the College is witnessing an enormous outpouring of support from the community, the economic climate has caused us to reassess the budgets and the cost of operating the football program.”  “It is imperative that we continue to enhance the College’s academic programs and student services.”

The Paine College Lion Athletic program falls under the auspices of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference and NCAA Division II.

For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591, 396.8163 or via email:Tjwilliams@paine.edu.