Paine College Professor Receives Grant to Engineer Antifouling Films

Posted by painewebmaster | 07/22/2015 06:31 AM

Paine College Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Xiaoning Zhang has received a grant to provide undergraduate students with research opportunities and advance skills in chemistry. The grant will help provide support to the College’s STEM research program and involve undergraduate students in research experiences.  

The two-year, nearly $194,000 grant comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the Research Initiation Awards (RIA)’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP). HBCU-UP provides support for STEM faculty at HBCUs in order to increase the minority populations in STEM fields.

The project is entitled “Surface modification of thiol-terminated silicon to build reusable antifouling layer”.  According to the award abstract, this study will investigate an approach that will allow thiol-terminated surfaces to be used and re-used by attaching molecules with antifouling functional groups via a disulfide bond. 

The results of this project may be transferable to the shipping and biomedical industries, and become a solution to reduce the costs associated with fouling, the accumulation of unwanted material on solid surfaces that impedes or interferes its function. This project will be conducted in collaboration with scholars in Marshall University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

Dr. Xiaoning Zhang is currently an assistant professor of Chemistry at the Department of Mathematics, Sciences and Technology of Paine College, Augusta, GA. He received his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY). After graduation, he served as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Marshall University (Huntington, WV) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC).


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

 

Paine College Selected As Atlanta Journal of Constitution’s HBCU of the Week

Posted by painewebmaster | 07/20/2015 08:29 AM

Beginning July 20th the Atlanta Journal of Constitution will feature Paine College in its “HBCU of the Week” campaign on their AJC Sepia website and their social media. The relatively new program which began in May of this year seeks to give HBCUs a larger platform to promote their history, students, faculty, programs, and community contributions.  

AJC Sepia has highlighted other HBCUs like Spelman College, Albany State, and Howard University. Over the next two years, AJC Sepia will feature every HBCU in the country.

During Paine College Week, AJC Sepia will post information about the College's history, alumni, current students, faculty research, and programs. Follow the stories about Paine College all week on the AJC Sepia website or on Facebook.

Paine College Assistant Biology Professor Receives $193,000 STEM Research Grant

Posted by painewebmaster | 07/15/2015 11:48 AM

Paine College Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Gabriel Swenson received a $193,000 grant for the project “Seasonal Mobilization and Acid Stress Response of Opportunistic Enteric Pathogen Communities in Freshwater Ecosystems.” 

This grant through the National Science Foundation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) Research Initiation Awards (RIAs) will provide Paine College undergraduate students with advanced skills in environmental science and allow the College’s Education majors to develop an online teaching module for area high schools. 

According to the abstract, the research will investigate the seasonal affects of "physicochemical factors influencing pathogen community composition and environmental elicitation of acid stress response (ASR) in an aquatic watershed." The findings from this study may shed new light on how these seasonal events could be related to diseases (I.e. Cholera) in humans.

The project primarily focuses on investigating two aspects: characterize the role of rainfall events in mobilization of sediment-associated bacterial communities into a seasonal wetland; and characterize ASR elicitation of the bacterial community within a wetland and riverine system. 

Swenson has been a faculty member of Paine College since 2006. He earned a doctorate in Biological Science from the University of South Carolina with an emphasis in Microbial Ecology. 

Paine College to Host Watch Party for the White House Conference on Aging

Posted by painewebmaster | 07/9/2015 09:50 AM

On July 13th, Paine College will be a host site for a White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) watch party. This decennial event gives older adults, families, caregivers, advocates, community leaders, and experts in the aging field the opportunity to discuss their vision for aging in the next decade. Over the next 15 years, thousands of baby boomers more will reach retirement age. They will help redefine how we see aging in America.  This event gives the nation the opportunity discuss issues that matter to seniors.  The audience will be able to engage online as the President and other senior Administration officials headline this event. Please join Paine College for the watch party on Monday, July 13th from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Watch in person in Haygood-Holsey Hall in room 220 on the Paine College campus or via live streaming by following this link: https://www.whitehouse.gov/live 

 

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 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/

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.

 

Dr. Tatiana Rivadeneyra Receives the Exemplary Teacher Award from the United Methodist Church

Posted by painewebmaster | 06/15/2015 09:15 AM

Augusta, Ga…Dr. Tatiana M. Rivadeneyra, assistant Professor and Assessment Coordinator, received the Exemplary Teacher Award for 2014-2015 academic term. Dr.  Rivadeneyra was recognized for excellence in teaching and for outstanding service.  The Exemplary Teacher Award is sponsored by the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry of the United Methodist Church. This award comes with a cash gift.

The Exemplary Teacher Award was created to recognize faculty who have demonstrated civility and concern for students and colleagues; commitment to value-centered education; and service to students, the institution, and the community.

Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President of Paine College, presented the award to Dr. Rivadeneyra during the Commencement Convocation held Sunday, May 10, 2015 in the Health Education Activities Learning Complex.  

Dr. Rivadeneyra earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University, Undergraduate School of Education, located in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1999.  She also received the Masters of Education in Educational Technology from Northern Arizona University in 2003.  She defended her dissertation titled: A Phenomenological Study of Middle School Mathematics Instruction and Developmental Learning Theory on July 2011 and later was conferred the Doctorate in Educational Instruction by the Graduate School of Education at Argosy University in Phoenix on October 2011.

Prior joining the Paine College family, Dr. Rivadeneyra spent thirteen years teaching mathematics in middle schools located in Arizona.  She instructed students on the concepts and skills of mathematics and implemented standards-based curricula to focus on the needs of students’ academics in mathematics. 

Reflecting on those years as a middle school math teacher, she commented, “I worked hard to learn what my students needed to do in order to succeed and understand mathematics. I also noticed that many of my peers were struggling as middle school math teachers.  Many of them would enter the profession eager to teach, and along the way they departed feeling somewhat defeated.”  During her tenure as a middle school math teacher, she seized every opportunity to participate in mentor trainings to support beginning and evolving General Education teachers within the public school districts of Arizona.  She identified educators’ strengths, weaknesses and developed strategic plans to build on prior and developing skills.  She served as a lead mentor for upcoming educators from surrounding universities in Arizona and supported college interns and practicum students.

Commenting on her teaching philosophy, she said, “Somewhere along the way students learn early that they are going to either succeed or not succeed or they are capable or incapable of learning mathematics.  Thus, these students go into classes knowing and believing that they are going to either pass or fail.  As an educator, I try to change their beliefs, values and attitudes that are within themselves.  My goal is to set students on a path of believing and knowing that they can comprehend mathematics.  While on that path, I give them a method to organize their thinking in which they can approach math. Once I’ve taught the informal, then I take them on the path to formal.   By the time many of our students enter college, they have learned skills that are wrong.  Thus, we have to undo what they’ve learned and set them on the path of doing it properly.”

Dr. Rivadeneyra referred to Dr. Seuss’ quote: “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.”  She said, “I live by that quote.”  Looking back on how she entered the teaching profession, she recalled her college days. “I was a product of the financial aid system. One of the benefits I had was work study and was assigned as a tutor.  At the same time, my academic advisor encouraged me to make an early decision to select a major. As I wrestled to choose a major, I was assigned to help a little boy to read.  During the process, the little boy showed a method to me that his teacher had taught him.  This method evolved as a skill which he used to phonetically pronounce the words.  I realized at that moment what I wanted to do --- teach.  Answers sometimes come in the strangest of ways.  Everything that I’ve done from that moment on was to become an educator.”

“When students leave my class I want them to know two things,” she said.  “I want them to know that I did the best that I could with the time that was given and I want them to leave with the passion and understanding that education is everything.  No one can that take that from you.”  

Dr. Rivadeneyra, affectionately called Dr. R. by Paine students, has an electrifying presence in the classroom. Her passion for teaching is infectious.  Her peers and students will undoubtedly confirm that she loves mathematics and deeply cares about how students learn and apply math.  

Looking back on her journey, she said, “I am grateful that Paine College took a chance on me.”  

Dr. Rivadeneyra has served on several boards and higher education councils.  She currently serves as the Assessment Coordinator for the Paine College Department of Education, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and chairs the Institutional Review Board Committee at Paine.  During 2012-2014, she chaired the Paine College Enrollment Management Committee and served on the Strategic Planning and Evaluation Committee.  She has also served on the Georgia Professional Standards Committee for Mathematics Study.

For more information about Dr. Rivadeneyra and her teaching methods, please contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706.396.7591 or via email:  HYPERLINK "mailto:tjwilliams@paine.edu" tjwilliams@paine.edu