Paine College is Emerging Anew!

Posted by painewebmaster | 12/26/2017 16:06 PM

The end of the year is upon us and what a perfect time for me to thank each of you for welcoming my wife and me to the Paine College family. It has been a busy time since we arrived on the campus, filled with excitement. I am grateful for the opportunity to help this great institution that has been in this community for over 135 years. I have been surrounded by some of the best staff, faculty and students one could imagine. There is something special about Paine College. We all collectively believe that our best days are ahead of us. We are Emerging Anew!

As we end this first semester and this year of 2017, I want to make an appeal to you to remember Paine in your year-end gift giving. The College has been able to operate and stay afloat because of sound fiscal management, hard cutting decisions and the gifts of alumni and friends along with a vigorous fundraising campaign.  But we still need your support. 

So many of you have given generously. We thank you. However, I ask that you please consider one final gift for your beloved Paine. Click on the link to give now. And, if you prefer, make your check payable to Paine College and mail it to the Office of Institutional Advancement at 1235 Fifteenth Street, Augusta, GA 30901.

Soon, you will receive the inaugural edition of the e-News Express. This publication will share some of the highlights and accomplishments for this academic year and provide a glimpse into our ambitious plans for 2018.

Enjoy your holidays with your family and loved ones. We are looking forward to seeing you in the New Year at Paine. A new year, a new attitude, emerging anew for our students!


Jerry and Wyonnie Hardee

Emerging Anew Prayerfully: The Interfaith Prayer Breakfast raises over $23,000

This past November, over 200 persons packed the HEAL Complex for the Annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast. It was also the first public presentation of Dr. Jerry Hardee to the Augusta Interfaith Community. The crowd was blessed by the beautiful sounds of the Paine College Concert Choir and a delicious and hearty repast. Bishop Kenneth W. Carter, the Presiding Prelate of the Sixth Episcopal District, along with Interdenominational Pastors, Lay, Social and Civic Leaders gathered to be inspired through the powerful message of Dr. Charles Steele, Jr., President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Known to deliver a rousing, cutting edge, thought provoking address, Steele challenged the status quo of the world events and leadership and urged all who listened to rise up and meet the challenges of the world. Paine is delighted to have this new friend of the College who has vowed his support and resources to assist Paine in its endeavors and pursuits.

Emerging Anew with Music: The Ann N. Johnson Music Festival

Named for one of the College’s most loyal and devoted graduates, the Ann N. Johnson Music Festival was held on November 18th inside the HEAL Complex with wonderful and stellar support from the Augusta and CSRA community. Indeed it was a fun-filled musical celebration supporting and benefitting the College’s UNCF Campus Scholarship Campaign. Over 230 people were in attendance. During the evening, Mrs. Johnson awarded the Humanitarian Award to Drs. Samuel and Lucinda Sullivan for their generous support of the event.

Emerging Anew with Focus: Roadmaps & Priorities

In October 2017, the College adopted the Comprehensive Strategic Enrollment and Management Plan that serves as a roadmap for building capacity, increasing fundraising and partnership opportunities, while raising enrollment and retention rates. This document works in harmony with the 2014-2019 Strategic Plan that was approved by the Board of Trustees in 2014. Moving the Institution to be in full compliance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and meeting the criteria for membership in Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) fall at the top of the list of priorities.

It is the goal of the Institution to achieve Candidacy with TRACS and become fully compliant with SACSCOC in 2018. More will be shared about this in the coming months. 

Emerging Anew: Forging Ahead for 2018
The Masked Ball Returns during 2018 Homecoming Weekend 

Actress, Philanthropist and Co-host of "The Talk," Sheryl Underwood to headline the Annual Presidential Scholarship Gala and Masked Ball on February 9th. 

After a three-year hiatus, the highly successful Masked Ball will return. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Presidential UNCF Scholarship Campaign for Paine. The guest host and entertainer will be Sheryl Underwood, host of the “The Talk” and an advocate for historic black colleges and universities. The evening will be filled with dining, dancing, and live musical entertainment. Get your tickets early as we are sure this will sell out. This will be one of the most elegant and noteworthy evenings in Augusta, all for a great cause. Tickets for this black-tie affair will go on sale in January. Sponsorship packages are available. General Admission: $125.00 each.

Emerging Anew- Enrollment Management and Recruiting –
A Priority

Since June 2017, the College has increased the number of recruiters in the Office of Admissions while focusing on ways to improve student satisfaction within the enrollment process. President Hardee convened with Superintendents and Principals of Georgia and South Carolina public schools to generate partnerships while the Office of Academic Affairs revamped the Dual Enrollment Program with Georgia high schools. In addition, the College has developed the Phoenix Scholarship for first-time freshmen and sophomores. The Phoenix Scholarship will provide up to $6,000.00 in room and board for one academic year.

The faith-based and alumni communities have rallied support by volunteering to recruit students for Paine College. Volunteers who desire to recruit students may contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8233 of the Office of Admissions at 706.821.8320. 

Emerging Anew- Campus Renovations 

The College is focused on facilitating a safe and aesthetically pleasing living and learning environment, realizing that this has a major impact on the retention of our students. 

Since June 2017, College officials have completed an extensive list of renovations and repairs in academic buildings, residential halls, campus life facilities while improving landscaping and grounds. A partial list of renovations and repairs consist of:

  • Installed a new HVAC Chiller in Belle Bennett Residential Hall.
  • Repaired HVAC Chillers that provide service for Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel and Music Building.
  • Installed new floor tiles inside Haygood Holsey Hall.
  • Installed new bathroom stalls in Haygood Holsey Hall and repaired roof.
  • Repaired roof inside Peters Campus Center. These repairs impacted the dining experience for students.
  • Removed and replaced floor tiles ridden with asbestos inside the Music Building.
  • New and modern furniture will be installed inside The Odeum Performing Arts Studio located inside the Music Building. The furniture has not been replaced since 1968, the year in which the Chapel and Music Building were constructed.
  • Historic Mary Helm Hall – remodeled public bathrooms, replaced floor tiles and repaired roof.
  • Hollis Residential Hall – repaired roof, replaced dormitory doors, windows, floor tiles, installed locks, lighting and appliances.
  • Grounds – removed fallen trees and debris that presented hazardous conditions for students while paying special attention landscaping.

Overall, we are excited about the possibilities. Indeed, Paine College is on fertile ground and emerging anew.