Paine College Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Popular Free Chemistry Summer Camp

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/19/2016 05:41 AM

This year, Paine College marks the 10th anniversary of its summer chemistry camp, which covers the basic concepts of Chemistry through instruction and demonstration. For the past nine years, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Physics & Environmental Sciences, Dr. Sardar Yousufzai, has dedicated his summer to helping students in the CSRA be better prepared and excel in middle and secondary chemistry classes. During this period, the number of participants grew from a meager two to over 120 students in 2015. 

Approximately 12 years ago, one of Dr. Yousufzai’s friends asked him to visit the Richmond County public school system to render an assessment of classroom conditions and observe classes in session.  One of the fifth-grade science teachers asked him to talk to the students about his career as a professor of chemistry at Paine College. 

When he asked students about their future career goals, he was amazed that most of the students wanted to pursue careers in professional football, music, television, film but none of them chose professions in teaching, education and absolutely none of them referenced chemistry, engineering and technology.

From that day, he took an interest in teaching and engaging those students who primarily came from minority and socio-disadvantaged groups. Dr.  Yousufzai began would become a series of free summer chemistry classes at Paine College.  He began by teaching the basic concepts of science and chemistry to elementary students.

Eventually, he was introduced to middle school students where he demonstrated color changes through chemical reactions followed by a half-paged survey addressed to each student. “I would like to share my experiences in teaching Chemistry to minority students.” Said, Dr. Yousufzai,” In offering my Summer Chemistry course, one of my goals is to help students build confidence by making Chemistry more approachable. My teaching method has had a positive effect not only on their grades but also has demystified the subject.”

Dr. Yousefzai teaches the free classes in the same facilities where he has taught Biochemistry and General Chemistry for over 15 years. In class, he explains the concept of the periodic table, properties of matter, formulas, equations, and conversions.   He encourages students to eat nutritious foods as he explains compounds in foods.  

Throughout this nine-year period, Dr. Yousefzai has come to know numerous teachers, principals, parents, and students. Teachers, upon meeting Dr. Yousefzai, usually comment how students were no longer afraid of chemistry and some even embraced their classes.

Parents are invited to audit the classes and participate in a closing seminar where students are given awards and recognition for their individual research, projects, and performance.

Dr. Yousufzai is now accepting students for the 2016 course.  The course will take place on the Paine College campus in Haygood-Holsey Hall, room 220. There are separate sessions for Middle school and High school students. Middle School students will meet on Monday & Wednesday from 10 am - 11 am and High School will meet on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10 am - 11 am. Space is limited. To enroll a student, please click here: http://bit.ly/PaineChemistry

 

 

Two Paine College Trustees to be Honored for Contributions to Education and Community Service

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/16/2016 06:01 AM

By Helene T. Carter

Augusta, Ga...The Augusta Local Chapter of the Paine College Alumni Association will honor Dr. Louise A. Rice and Dr. Charles G. Larke for their contributions to education and for outstanding community service. Dr. Rice and Dr. Larke serve on the Paine College Board of Trustees and have given generously of their time and resources to the College. 

The awards will be presented during the Alumni Chapter’s banquet on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the HEAL Complex. The event will feature tributes to the honorees and a scrumptious meal. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $100.00 each. The dress code is After 5 attire. Proceeds will benefit Paine College. 

About the Honorees

Dr. Charles G. Larke earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Paine College in 1969 and a Masters of Education in Administration from the University of South Carolina in 1978.  He received a Doctor of Education degree at the University of Georgia in 1987.  He is the first African American to serve as Director of Secondary Vocational Education for Richmond County Public schools, Assistant Superintendent for Vocational Services, Interim Superintendent and Superintendent for the Richmond County Public School System.  Appointed superintendent of the Richmond County Public Schools in 1996, Dr. Larke provided more than ten years of exceptional guidance and leadership. 

Dr. Larke has been honored throughout his career as an outstanding educator and administrator.  He earned awards such as the Richmond County Board of Education Administrator of the Year; the Presidential Alumni Award from Paine College; the Presidential Award for Outstanding Service from the Augusta Chapter of the 100 Black Men of America; and the Living Legend Award from the Broadway Baptist Church.  

Dr. Louise A. Rice earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Secondary Education from Tuskegee University in 1963.  While working as a teacher, Dr. Rice earned a Master of Arts degree in Remedial Reading and Psychology of School Subjects from Columbia University Teachers College in 1969.  Dr. Rice was awarded the Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Reading Education from the University of Georgia in 1979.  She is certified at the doctorate level in educational administration and supervision. 

Throughout her career as an educator, Dr. Rice has served as a strong civic leader. Dr. Rice is well-known for her work in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated having served as the organization’s 23rd National President. Her work in Delta Sigma Theta allowed her to expand her community service on a national and international scale. In January 2005, Dr. Rice presided over a major testament to Delta Sigma Theta’s commitment to civil rights. The sorority pledged a $1 million donation to the Legal Defense and Education Fund of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. 

Dr. Rice has earned numerous awards in recognition of her community service and commitment to education.  In 2004, the mayor of the City of Augusta honored Dr. Rice’s work in the community by naming November 6, 2004 as “Dr. Louise A. Rice Day”.

 

To purchase tickets or sponsor a table, please contact members of the Paine College Augusta Alumni Chapter: Mr. George Bailey at 706.793.6638, Bailege@boe.richmond.k12.ga.us; Ms. Carol Morgan at Carolmorgan814@yahoo.com, or Ms. Betty Tutt at 706.231.4912, Bmt2504@yahoo.com

LOCAL GEORGIA/CAROLINA BUSINESSMAN AND THEOLOGIAN DONATES OVER $112,000 TO PAINE COLLEGE

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.

 

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(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.

Senior Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick, III of The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church will Deliver the Commencement Address at Paine College

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/7/2016 07:43 AM

By Helene T. Carter

Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick, III, presiding bishop of the Eighth Episcopal District of The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church will deliver the Commencement address during the 134th Commencement Convocation at 9:00 a.m., Sunday, May 8, on the campus in the Health Education Activities Learning Complex.  During the ceremony, President Samuel Sullivan will confer degrees upon the 2016 graduating class.  The service is open to the public.

About the Speaker

Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick III, the 51st bishop elected in the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church, has been presiding bishop of the Eighth Episcopal District since July 2014. Upon election as bishop in 1998, he was assigned as bishop of the Tenth Episcopal District (including the work in Jamaica, Haiti, Liberia, Ghana, and Nigeria). He was assigned in 2002 and 2006 as bishop of the Fifth Episcopal District (which includes the denomination’s work in Alabama and Florida). In 2010, he was assigned to the First Episcopal District (comprising Arkansas, Tennessee, and Jamaica).

The 2014 General Conference assigned him to the Eighth Episcopal District (comprising the Regions in Texas and Jamaica). Born June 20, 1952, in Huntsville, Alabama, he is a son of the parsonage. His parents were Rev. and Mrs. L. L. Reddick, Jr. He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University of Delaware, Ohio (Bachelor of Arts degree) and Duke Divinity School of Durham, North Carolina (Master of Divinity degree). He was conferred honorary doctoral degrees from the United Theological Seminary and Bible College of Monroe, Louisiana, and Texas College, Tyler, Texas. He was licensed to preach by the Reverend R. E. Brooks in 1966, ordained deacon in 1968 and elder in 1969 by Bishop E. P. Murchison, and admitted into full connection in 1972 by Bishop C. A. Kirkendoll.

After pastoral work in Alabama, Ohio, North Carolina, and Missouri, he was elected editor of THE CHRISTIAN INDEX, the Official Publication of the CME Church, in 1982. He was subsequently re-elected editor by the General Conferences of 1986, 1990, and 1994. During his work as editor, he was also pastor in Alabama and pastor and presiding elder in Mississippi. As presiding bishop of the work in the Tenth Episcopal District, he expanded the work in West Africa from six to seven Annual Conferences, and added several districts.

 During his tenure as presiding bishop of the Fifth Episcopal District, he was also chair of the Board of Trustees of Miles College, and served as chair during the demise of President Albert J. H. Sloan II and the election of President George T. French, Jr. During that stint, he was a founding member of the Alabama Faith Council, an interfaith gathering, with other Alabama judicatory leaders. In his four years as presiding bishop of the First Episcopal District, he was chair of the Board of Trustees of Lane College during the passing of President Wesley Cornelious McClure and the subsequent election of President Logan Hampton. He also led the CME Headquarters into self-management by professional CMEs and oversaw the Boards of Directors of six HUD-related housing properties inaugurated by Bishops B. Julian Smith, J. Madison Exum, and William H. Graves. One of his consistent goals has been to visit every congregation within the episcopal district he serves every four years. An avid traveler, he maintains relationships across the seas with CMEs in West Africa (through their episcopal leaders); and he has maintained relationships with the people of Haiti through their episcopal leaders.  As a member of the Board of Directors of Bread for the World, he has lobbied Congress in the interests of ridding the world of hunger.

He is married to Mrs. Wynde Jones Reddick, is the father of five children (Jon, Janice, Iris, Rose, and Samuel), and is the grandfather of three (Sean, Nylah, and Lailah).

 

 

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 Trustees Elect New Leadership Team

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/2/2016 06:37 AM

During its spring meeting, April 22-23, 2016, the Paine College Board of Trustees, the governing authority of the College, acknowledged and accepted "ultimate responsibility" for correcting the fiscal and managerial shortcomings that have plagued the College during the last three years.  The Board unanimously adopted a strategy aligned with the "Vision 2020: Return of the Pride” plan that included changes in board and college leadership, restructuring the board membership and the implementation of a participatory governance structure that will foster a culture of accountability and transparency. 

Attorney Barbara E. Bouknight was elected Chair of the Board and Attorney Michael Thurmond was elected Chair-elect.  Chair Bouknight stated, "Our top priority will be to continue the stabilization of the administrative and fiscal management of Paine College and the resolution of all remaining issues with our accrediting agency." 

The Board unanimously adopted a resolution naming Dr. Samuel Sullivan as President of Paine College for a one-year term. The College has been under the "interim" leadership of Dr. Sullivan since October 2014.  The resolution also called for the selection of a search committee which will be comprised of representatives from college alumni, faculty, students, church denominational leadership, business and community. Representatives will also include at least one Board member. The search committee will make recommendations to the Board but the Board will be the decision-maker. The search committee will be selected prior June 1, 2016.

Chair Bouknight added," On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I offer our deepest appreciation to Dr. Sullivan for leading the College through these challenging times. He is a wise and thoughtful leader who has become a beacon of hope and inspiration during the most difficult period in the history of our College." 

Under President Sullivan's eighteen-month leadership, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) lifted seven of the ten areas of non-compliance that faced the Institution.  Dr. Sullivan stated, "While the College remains on probation, it is fully accredited by its regional accrediting body."

"My primary objective is to move the College toward unqualified accreditation. The Augusta/ CSRA community and the State of Georgia rely upon this Institution to provide an accessible and quality education for students.  The Board of Trustees, members of the administration, alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students are working together to achieve this important objective," said Dr. Sullivan. 

 

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

Paine College Announces SACSCOC Visiting Team's Preliminary Report --- "College Shows Signs of Improvement"

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/31/2016 17:29 PM

AUGUSTA, GA, MARCH 31, 2016 -- Today, Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President of Paine College, addressed faculty, staff, and students in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel regarding the College's on-site visit from its accrediting body.  Dr. Sullivan reported that the visiting team representing the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) lifted one of four remaining standards leaving a total of three.

 
In 2015, SACSCOC requested that the College demonstrate compliance with the Principles of Accreditation in four areas: financial resources, financial stability, control of finances, and control of sponsored research/external funds. 
 
During the three-day visit (March 29-31, 2016), the SACSCOC Special Committee interviewed the College's administrators, faculty, and staff.  During the exit interview, the SACSCOC representatives presented three recommendations that needed to be further addressed.
 
"We are pleased that the College has met the Comprehensive Standard that pertains to control of finances," said Dr. Sullivan. 
 
The oral report given by the Special Committee during the exit conference is not final.  Paine College will have an opportunity to review a draft of the SACSCOC report in approximately one week.  During the review of the draft report, the College will have an opportunity to respond to what it considers to be errors of fact.  Following the College's response, SACSCOC will take the reports from the Institution and the Special Committee under consideration.  The SACSCOC Board will make its final decision in June 2016. 
 
Dr. Sullivan applauded the efforts made by the special in-house committee and expressed his appreciation to the entire Paine College Community and members of the Board of Trustees.
 
"We are grateful to Paine College alumni and the community for supporting the College during these challenging times," commented Dr. Sullivan.  "There is still much work to be done and therefore, it is imperative that alumni and friends continue to render financial support to the College to meet its critical and immediate needs." 
 
For more information, contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591 or Tjwilliams@paine.edu.

Paine Qualifies to Compete at Honda Campus All-Star Nationals in California Students will Compete for $50,000 Top Cash Prize April 2-6, 2016

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/30/2016 10:53 AM

Alumni & Friends are Invited to Attend Send-Off Celebration Thursday, 11:30 am in Peters Campus Center

By Helene T. Carter

Augusta, Ga… March 30, 2016 – An elite group of Paine College students have qualified to compete at the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament to be held April 2-6, 2016 in Torrance, California.  Now in its 27th season, HCASC is a unique academic competition that showcases the academic prowess of the best and brightest students from America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  Paine students completed a hard-fought journey that began during the fall 2015 semester and emerged as one of 48 teams who will compete for the top prize of $50,000.00.  The cash prizes are distributed to the HBCUs and not to the players and coach. 

Paine alumni in the Los Angeles area are encouraged to cheer on the Paine team during the round robin games on Sunday, April 3rd.  Paine alumni in Augusta and surrounding areas are encouraged to give a rousing send-off to the team that will be held Thursday, March 31st, 11:30 am, in the Peters Campus Dining Hall.  

Keith Brown, manager of the Lion’s Apparel and Internet Café, urges alumni to stop by and purchase Paine paraphernalia for the team.  “We want the pride of the Lion team to stand out amongst the participating schools,” said Brown. 

Of particular note, the Honda organization picked up the travel-related costs for four team members, however, the College must pay the costs for an alternate student, faculty and advisor.  

“I am really proud of this year's Paine College HCASC team,” said Dr. Catherine Adams, Coach.  “We have strong leadership from James Armstrong, a veteran HCASC player; Donnell Harris, a returning player who likes to read plays as a way to acquire historical and cultural knowledge; and our newest players Sonia Brooks and Uzetta Gresham, who rose to the challenge of regional tournament play and prepared for the national tournament.”  “The students are to be commended for their commitment to teamwork, knowledge and skill acquisition.” 

To learn how you can lend support to the Paine College Honda All-Stars, please contact Helene Carter at 706.821.8323, Hcarter@paine.edu, or Tonya Williams in the Office of Communications and Marketing at Tjwilliams@paine.edu, 706.396.7591.  

 

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.  

Paine College Announces its Return to the Home Depot Retool Your School Grant Program Competition Award will Benefit the College’s Residential Halls

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/4/2016 04:54 AM

By Helene T. Carter

The Home Depot Retool Your School Grant competition has officially commenced with over half of the nation’s HBCUs vying for the top prize of $50,000 for campus beautification projects.  Paine College qualified to enter the competition upon submitting its application for three beautification improvement projects on February 22, 2016.  “The competition is stiff this year but we are in it to win it,” said Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President.  “The College has an opportunity to win from $20,000 to $50,000 to underwrite improvement projects in three residence halls,” commented Dr. Sullivan. “I am appealing to the entire Paine College community to vote daily to ensure that the College emerges as a winner.” 

The total winnings for the Retool Your School program have increased to $300,000 in grants for nine accredited HBCUs. The schools will be categorized in one of three clusters based on student population. Each cluster will have three winners vying for one $50,000, one $30,000 and one $20,000 grant. The breakdown will be as follows: Cluster 1 will be based on schools with student enrollment of 4,000 or more and Cluster 2 will be based on schools with student enrollment of 3,999–1,251 students.  Paine College falls within Cluster 3 with a student enrollment of 1,250 or less.

The Home Depot’s Retool Your School Program was established in 2010 to provide support for campus improvement projects to the nation’s HBCUs.  Since the program’s inception, over one million dollars in grant money has been awarded. 

This year, for the first time, the non-winning qualified schools who submit their applications and receive a minimum of 100 votes, will receive a $1,000 Home Depot gift card. 

“Excitement builds each year for The Home Depot Retool Your School program,” says Melissa Brown, Multicultural Marketing Manager. “Each year, we continue to find ways to make it exciting for HBCUs to participate. Last year, we launched a new grant structure that allowed more HBCUs to participate and to feel comfortable competing among their fellow HBCUs within their student population range.” 

During the online voting period, Paine College supporters can cast their vote everyday for Paine’s project. Following the online vote, a panel of distinguished judges will also evaluate Paine’s proposal within the qualifying brackets. Judges will consider the depth of Paine’s proposal and the College’s ability to execute the project within the specified budgets. Proposals for all three grants ($50K, $30K, $20K) must highlight how each project will make a lasting, positive impact on Paine’s campus. 

Geno Clark, Director of Sponsored Programs, steered the application process and submitted projects on behalf of Paine College for each of the award levels as follows:

Tier III award ($20,000) will be utilized to replace and/or upgrade window panes and window treatments in three residence halls: Epworth Hall, Gray Hall and Barry Gomillion Hall.

The project, if implemented, will beautify the campus image by providing a much-needed facelift to residence halls while also allowing for added privacy in dorm rooms.

Tier II prize ($30,000), if awarded, will underwrite external painting and gutter repair/replacement on the same residence halls. The repainted trim work will give the buildings an uplift while the improved gutter system will create a more stable and comfortable living environment for our students. 

Tier I Project ($50,000), if awarded, will include major repairs of the communal bathrooms in resident halls including retiling of showers, repairing drains and replacing hardware.

The Home Depot’s Retool Your School Program was established in 2010 to provide support for campus improvement projects to the nation’s HBCUs.  Since the program’s inception, over one million dollars in grant money has been awarded.

During the online voting period, Paine College supporters can cast their vote everyday for Paine’s project. Following the online vote, a panel of distinguished judges will also evaluate Paine’s proposal within the qualifying brackets. Judges will consider the depth of Paine’s proposal and the College’s ability to execute the project within the specified budgets. Proposals for all three grants ($50K, $30K, $20K) must highlight how each project will make a lasting, positive impact on Paine’s campus.

Online voting began February 26th and will end April 24th.  We encourage faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends to vote daily at www.retoolyourschool.com.  The winners will be announced on May 18, 2016.

For more information about ways to cast your vote, please contact Tonya Williams in the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706.396.7591, marketing@paine.edu