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40 Falcons Inducted

  • New Bern Alliance Committee Met at SAU
  • Scholars Showcased Their Research
  • Falcons Take Part in Seeking Ways to Combat Mental Health
  • Dr. Melton Honored at UNC-CH
  • SAU Honors Veterans
  • Reader’s Theatre Troupe Perform
  • A Falcon on the Move
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On November 13, 2014, 40 of Saint Augustine’s University scholars were inducted into the Alpha Kappa Mu National Honors Society. Officers of the Alpha Alpha chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu conducted the formal induction ceremony recognizing university students for their scholastic achievement.

Alpha Kappa Mu was founded in 1937 and its purpose is to recognize and reward high academic achievement and encourage young men and women to appreciate the roles they must play as participating citizens in a democratic social order. The presiding officers Darnella Reeder, Shaquitta Clark, and Shanyria Cook led the new members through the ceremony that emphasizes the Society’s values of character, scholarship, citizenship, service and leadership. Alpha Kappa Mu invitations are extended to upper-class students with 60 credit hours or more with a grade point average of at least 3.3.

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Interim President Everett B. Ward, Ph.D. hosted the New Bern Avenue Corridor Alliance (NBACA) committee meeting November 13 on campus. Dr. Ward serves as member of the Board of Directors.

The NBACA consists of a committed group of stakeholders, board of directors and board of advisors with the goal of assuring timely construction of essential infrastructure improvements along New Bern Avenue to the City of Raleigh from I-440 to Swain Street. The NBACA, which is a Section 501 (c) (3) public charity, meets regularly to discuss corridor initiatives and engage citizens, neighborhoods, businesses and institutions impacted by New Bern Avenue to:

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Several scholars in the School of Science, Mathematics and Engineering participated in the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in San Antonio, Texas from November 12 to November 15. Several Falcons presented their summer research project during the conference. They were Colleen Bramwell, Brianda Elzey, Richard Gilliam, Justin Jones, Harriet Ndlovu and Michael Thomas. Other Falcons to attend the conference included Jasmin Johnson, DeAsia L. Lewis, Michael Thomas, Derrick V. Williams, Tevin Williams and Malika Wood.

ABRCMS is one of the largest, professional conferences for underrepresented minority students and students with disabilities to pursue advanced training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Students from more than 350 U.S. colleges and universities attended the conference. ABRCMS serves as a key stepping stone enhancing the scientific and professional development of young scientists.

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Three Falcons attended the Active Minds’ 11th National Mental Health on Campus conference at the University of Maryland at College Park from November 14 to November 16. The conference brought together hundreds of experts, change-agents and leaders from across the country to educate, energize and inspire the next generation of mental health advocates.

The psychology majors that participated included Jill Ricks, a senior from High Point, NC, Shaquitta Clark, a senior from and Anthony Battle, a senior from Rocky Mount, NC.

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Dr. Mark Melton, professor of biology and dean of the School of Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering, attended the 30th Anniversary of the Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity (CPPFD) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Faced with a shortage of minority faculty during the 1980s, administrators at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill founded CPPFD in 1984 with the goal of providing minority doctoral holders the space to research, write and teach as they matured into seasoned scholars and teachers.

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In observance of Veterans Day on November 12, the ROTC Falcon battalion honored the brave men and women of Saint Augustine’s University who have and currently serving in an U.S. armed service. On the University’s quadrangle, individuals had the opportunity to share their military experience with the Falcon community.

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On Sunday, November 16, The Reverend Nita Byrd, university chaplain, was the guest speaker for the Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church’s adult Christian education hour. The Reader’s Theatre Troupe was introduced to the parish at the 9 a.m. worship service. Following the service, the attendees had the opportunity to learn more the history of Saint Augustine’s University through actor portrayals performed by the Reader’s Theatre Troupe.

“I hope this is the beginning of an ongoing relationship with Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church,” The Reverend Byrd said.

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Senior Jill Ricks, a psychology major from High Point, NC, won two distinguished honors at the Association of North Carolina Alphamen (ANCA) District Conference. The conference was held on the campus of University of North Carolina at Wilmington from November 7 through November 9.

Ricks was awarded the ANCA 53rd Conference Miss Black and Gold Pageant Cassandra Ward Congeniality Award and the ANCA 53rd Conference Miss Black and Gold Pageant Scholastic Winner (Highest GPA).

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Clayshawn Marie Moore, a senior Journalism and Mass Communication major from Houston, Texas, has won the prestigious 2015 Ailes Rising Apprentice scholarship from Fox News.

The scholarship, which is awarded to two minority students from across the nation, includes a $10,000 education grant and an internship at the Fox News offices in New York City or Washington, D.C.

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Interim President Everett B. Ward, Ph.D. along with administrators, faculty, staff joined students as they walked to the polls to cast their vote in the midterm election on November 4. The Saint Augustine’s University Chapter of the NAACP and the Student Government Association spearheaded the walk to the local polling site located at the Tarboro Road Community Center, 121 N. Tarboro Street, Raleigh.

Saint Augustine’s University students have always been active participants in the political process and this walk to the poll was just one way to demonstrate their civic responsibility.

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Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) extended its Falcon hospitality for its annual Fall Open House on Saturday, November 8. Parents and prospective students traveled to the university to learn about the various academic programs as well as meet faculty, staff, administrators and current students. Interested students came from as far as California and many traveled from Maryland, Virginia and across the state of North Carolina.

The open house began with the Superior Sound Marching Band moving everyone to the Falcon beat in the Seby Jones Auditorium. Interim President Everett Ward, Ph.D. welcomed the prospective students and their parents to the campus. The attendees also heard a beautiful performance by the SAU Gospel Choir and saw a high-stepping performance by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Some of SAU’s scholars shared with the attendees how SAU has helped and guided them to succeed in their endeavors.

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Interim President Everett Ward walked into the Martin Luther King Jr. Dining Hall on Thursday, November 6 to cheers, applause and numerous shouts of “Happy Birthday Dr. Ward.”

Dr. Ward stated that this was a birthday he will always remember and he couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate his birthday than with the Falcons of Saint Augustine’s University.

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On October 16, Dr. Annette Wilson, coordinator of the Student Teaching/Field Placement and assistant professor of elementary education in the School of Liberal Arts and Education, presented a four-year longitudinal research project proposal at the HBCU Faculty Development Network.

Wilson’s topic was “Early college first generation student becomes first generation school teacher: Connectedness in school teaching and learning,” which was the result of conversations with college students for more than 20 years on what and how they see student retention and success for becoming an effective teacher.

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Elizabeth Baird, director of Education with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, spoke with students in the School of Science, Mathematics and Engineering about the services the museum offers as well as internships opportunities.

According to Dr. Mark Melton, professor of biology and dean of the School of Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering, the visit from Ms. Baird stemmed from a collaboration that allowed six SAU students enrolled in the University’s environmental science course to complete their laboratory assignments at the museum.

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Michael Lima (Sr./Miami, FL) booted three field goals including a university record 49-yarder and Claytin Lewis (Fr./Raleigh, NC) scored on a long kickoff return as Saint Augustine’s University enjoyed a 16-9 CIAA football win over crosstown rival Shaw University at a packed George Williams Athletic Complex on Senior Day Saturday, November 8, 2014.

The Falcons are 2-0 against Shaw at the George Williams Athletic Complex. Two years ago, the contest between the archrivals was decided on the final play. On Saturday, the Falcons relied on the strong leg of Lima, the speedy legs of Lewis and a stout defense.

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Olivia Porter (So./Bakersfield, CA) registered a double-double with 12 kills and 10 digs as Saint Augustine’s University celebrated Senior Night with a 3-0 (25-10, 25-23, 25-17) CIAA volleyball victory over Shaw University at Emery Gymnasium on Friday, November 7, 2014. With the win, the Lady Falcons qualified for the CIAA Tournament next week.

Danyelle Noland (Fr./Nashville, NC) added nine kills for the Lady Falcons, who will enter the league tournament as the No. 4 Southern Division seed.

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The University will observe International Education Week, which is scheduled from November 17 to November 21. International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. It is part of their efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.

International Education Week will kick off with the opening of the Global Learning Center which will be housed in the Prezell R. Robinson Library at noon on Monday, November 17. Throughout the course of the week, various events are scheduled such as panel discussions, career fair, a faculty show and tell and more. The week will end with Falcons participating in international dress day.

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Congratulations to Shirlkeymu L. Winston, associate professor of African American History, for recently earning her doctorate degree from Howard University in history (African Diaspora).

Winston expressed that her journey was not easy.

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Dr. Mark Melton, professor of biology and dean of the School of Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering, was a panelist at the 21st Annual HBCU Faculty Development Network Conference in Raleigh from October 16 through October 18. The title of the panel was “Current Trends in Undergraduate Research at HBCUs.”

“Serving on the panel provided an excellent opportunity to dialogue with faculty and administrators that face similar undergraduate research challenges that we face here at Saint Augustine’s University and to exchange ideas and best practices about overcoming some of the obstacles,” Melton said. “In the end, we all understand the importance of undergraduate research and it is integral role in preparing our young scholars for graduate school, professional school and/or direct entry into the STEM workforce.”

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All roads led home to Saint Augustine’s University for Homecoming 2014.

Click HERE to view the photos from all of the homecoming festivities which included the coronation of Miss Saint Augustine’s University to the day party featuring Doug E. Fresh to the Falcon Frenzy.

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Campus Events

Sunday, November 23: Chapel Service 10:30 a.m.; Homilist: University Chaplain The Reverend Nita J. Byrd; Historic Chapel


Tuesday, November 25: Falcon Basketball vs. College of Faith; 7 p.m.; Emery Gymnasium


Sunday, November 30: Lady Falcons Basketball vs. Lander University; 2 p.m.; Emery Gymansium


Friday, December 5: Annual Holiday Concert; 2 p.m.; Martin Luther King Jr. Conference Center