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School of Sciences, Mathematics and Public Health 'Represents' at  ABCRMS

  • Falcons Give Back
  • Lyceum Program: Excitement and Encouragement
  • Falcons served a 'Thanks'giving Dinner
  • HBCU College Tour Stops at SAU
  • Falcons Write
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Dr. Mark A. Melton, professor of Biology and dean of the School of Sciences, Mathematics and Public Health, accompanied eight students to the 15th Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Seattle, Washington from November 11 through November 15.  The students, Dion Casey, Michelle Bundy, Roxanne Smith, research associate, James Outlaw, Justin Jones, DeAsia Lewis, Porscha Walton, and Aaron Manning networked with other students while navigating the many summer research internship and graduate school opportunities.

ABRCMS is the largest, professional conference for biomedical, bioengineering, and behavioral mathematic students, attracting approximately 4,400 individuals, including approximately 2,600 undergraduate students, 500 graduate students & postdoctoral scientists, and 1,200 faculty, program directors and administrators. Students represent more about 350 U.S. colleges and universities.

The conference was designed to encourage underrepresented minority students to pursue advanced training in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, engineering, and mathematics and to provide faculty mentors and advisors with resources for facilitating students’ success.    Three students, Michelle Bundy, Dion Casey and Porscha Walton each won a travel award, which is valued at $1,500 to attend and present their research.

“The experience was very valuable and rewarding for all.” Melton said. “More than 1,200 vendors from colleges, universities and companies were in attendance to actively recruit some of the best and brightest minority students in the world. All of our students did an excellent job.”

According to Melton, students were also judged on their oral and poster presentations. Out of the five student presentations, two Falcons won in their respective categories: Justin Jones (Developmental Biology & Genetics, SAU Laboratory of Genetics & Integrative Research) and James Outlaw (Engineering, Physics & Mathematics: Nanotechnology). Dr. Melton served as the faculty mentor for both students.

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The Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) School of Business, Management and Technology recently donated two Thanksgiving baskets to needy families.  Each basket contained the entire fixings for a gourmet Thanksgiving dinner, including a turkey, stuffing, vegetables, rice, beans, gravy, cake, fruit cocktail and so much more.

“For most of us, we may never have to worry about when or where our next meal will come from,” said Kristene Kelly.  “However, the sad reality is that many people within our community do not have this luxury. It was important to us to reach out to those in need.”

SAU partnered with Wake County Human Services to find families in need. Maria Gabriel (pictured) stopped by campus to pick up the baskets and personally deliver them to the families in need.

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The Lyceum program on November 19 may have been the University’s last program for the 2015 fall semester; however, it will be one that will be easily forgotten. Before the guest speaker, Mr. Ricky Moore Jr., CEO and founder of his clothing line, Nyla Elise, which is named after his daughter, began his speech by giving away, well actually, throwing some of his company’s T-shirts to students in the audience. However, Moore gave away an item that made Mylene Cannon, a junior from Dallas, Texas majoring in sport management, smiled from ear to ear… a Lenovo laptop.

Why did Moore feel compel to this? In 2007, SAU gave Moore an opportunity to host a radio show titled “Barbershop Talk.” He told the more than 400 students in Emery Gym that they should always invest in who invests in them. This was his way of investing back into SAU.

Back in 2009 with determination and less than $200 in a one bedroom apartment, Moore has built Nyla Elise into a company that has been featured multiple times in international magazines like NYLON and showcased in Black Enterprise Magazine. Nyla Elise has also been spotted at various film festivals like Sundance, Tribeca and the American Black Film Festival.

Throughout his message, Moore encouraged students to dream big and that dreams do not die. He ended his message with words of encouragement.

“When you leave SAU, take something with you, know your worth and make sure you don’t just exist,” Moore said.

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President Ward and members of the executive staff, deans and management team served students an early Thanksgiving dinner on November 19.  The menu included the traditional Thanksgiving meal: turkey, roast beef, stuffing, macaroni and cheese, desserts and more.

Freshman Shaquanda Shipman, a music major from Whiteville, N.C., was very pleased with the dinner.

“The dinner completely exceeded my expectations,” Shipman said.  “I did not expect our Thanksgiving dinner to be like this.”

Jane Bass, director for the food services which is operated by ABL Educational Enterprises, stated that she looks forward to serving the students the special Thanksgiving dinner every year.

“I thoroughly enjoy doing this because it is like I am having my babies [the students] join me for Thanksgiving dinner,” Bass said.

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On November 19, students gathered in the Prezell R. Robinson Library for Sheen Magazine’s HBCU College Tour hosted by Miss Saint Augustine’s University, Ms. Gental Blair. Students had the opportunity to view the trailer for the upcoming movie CREED. After the viewing, students answered questions about the movie and compete in social media challenges to win free tickets to see the movie, T-shirts and posters.
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The Writing Center hosted a celebration in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Dining Hall in observance of the National Day on Writing last month. Students were encouraged to stop by the table and sign the Falcons Write! banner. Some students wrote a blurb about why they enjoy writing, while others signed their names pledging that they will take steps to become better writers.

One of those steps included stopping by the Writing Center for a consultation. The Writing Center is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. The Center also hosts Comp Camp sessions every Friday from noon to 1 p.m. in an effort to aid composition students with their major assignments.

The National Day on Writing is an annual event sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English.

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With all the pomp and circumstance, the University held a befitting investiture ceremony for Everett B. Ward, Ph.D. on October 31. Alumni from near and far, members and friends in the community, region and state as well as faculty, staff and students adorned Wake Chapel Church in Raleigh to witness Dr. Ward being sworn in as the 11th president of Saint Augustine’s University. The Right Reverend Michael Curry, who is the first African-American Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church and a member of the University’s Board of Trustees, performed the swearing-in.

Throughout the ceremony, guest speakers praised Dr. Ward as a man of integrity and the right leader for the University. Some of the speakers included the Honorable David E. Price, United States House of Representatives; Dr. Belle. S Wheelan, president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges; Dr. Wayne J. Riley, president, American College of Physicians; and Dr. A. Hope Williams, president for the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. Dr. Ward’s sister, Dr. Felecia Ward Hardy, gave such heartfelt remarks about her brother that had the audience on their feet applauding and cheering.

Leading up to the investiture ceremony, the University held several events in honor of Dr. Ward. Students and Dr. Ward did community service at the Saint Monica’s Youth Center by cleaning up around the Center, the sons and daughters of the University hosted a reception in honor of Dr. Ward and Dr. Michael Lomax has been president and CEO of UNCF, gave a profound and riveting speech on the relevancy of historically black colleges and universities.

Ward is the third alumnus to hold the post in the 148-year history of the University.

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The Falcons of Saint Augustine’s University celebrated Homecoming 2015 the only way they know how…Falcon Style with Falcon Pride. From October 25 through October 31, Falcons took part in events from the explosion of Gospel music to the turn up Café Blue parties to the Falcon style fashion show to the crowning of Miss Saint Augustine’s University and Mr. Saint Augustine’s University, which is a first in the University’s history.

Some of the highlights of the week included several alumni returned to the University to share their knowledge and wisdom with fellow Falcons during classroom visitations, a fish fry hosted by the young alumni council and the inaugural George Williams Scholar-Athlete Golf Classic. Sports legends Phil Ford and Harvey Glance were among the golfers who participated in the Classic.


Scholars in the School of Business, Management & Technology were given some valuable tips on how to succeed and the importance of professionalism on November 12 from Tiffani Sykes. Sykes, who serves as the NCAA eligibility specialist at Norfolk State University, spoke to the scholars as part of the School’s Dean’s Speaker Series.

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Faculty, staff and students had the opportunity to hear from one of the University’s faculty member/author, J. Peder Zane. Zane, who is an assistant professor in the Department of Media & Communications, hosted a book discussion on his fourth book, “Off the Books: On Politics and Culture” on November 12.

In this collection of newspaper columns published in The News & Observer of Raleigh, Zane uses classic and contemporary literature to explore contemporary American culture and politics. Occupying the nexus between literature’s eternal values and the day’s current events, these columns form a literary overview of the ideas, issues and events shaping America – from 9/11 and the struggle for gay rights to the decline of high culture and the rise of sensationalism and solipsism.

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Led by University Chaplain the Reverend Nita Byrd, Falcons conducted a Stop the Hunger Now community service project in observance Veterans Day with the Christ Church Youth Ministry on November 11 in Emery Gymnasium. Within two hours, the nearly 60 participating individuals packaged 10,000 meals. Each package contained six meals. Following the community service project, the youth ministry joined the Falcons for a service of Holy Eucharist in the Saint Augustine’s University Chapel.

The Stop Hunger Now’s meal packaging program is a volunteer-based program that coordinates the streamlined packaging of highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables, flavoring and 21 essential vitamins and minerals. The program targets school feeding and transformational development programs. For more information about Stop Hunger Now, visit http://www.stophungernow.org.

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Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and the Freshman Council joined together to host a blood drive with the American Red Cross on November 11.  With the pints of blood that were donated, the Falcons will help save 75 lives.

Ja’Quice Oates-Bethea, who is a senior from Laurinburg, N.C. majoring in engineering mathematics, organized the blood drive to show that Falcon pride by serving the community.

“I couldn’t think of a better way for Falcons to show our commitment to helping others,” said Oates-Bethea, who is the University’s first Mr. Saint Augustine’s University.  “We extend our heartfelt thanks to the entire campus for their support.”

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It is always great to give back to your community.  Last month, Kaili Ingram, ‘15 who serves as the University’s automation manager, was invited to serve on a panel discussion at her high school, the Middle College at Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C.  Ingram, along with four graduates, spoke to the juniors and seniors at Middle College about enrolling into college, shared helpful tips to keep in mind during their matriculation and shared their experiences as college students.

Ingram stated that she was honored to share advice with the young women.

“I expressed that the number one thing that they should know is that they are solely responsible for their own future,” Ingram said. “I also shared with them that once they are college students they should take advantage of their professors’ office hours and make sure to develop a relationship with faculty and staff.”

Ingram, a 2015 graduate of Saint Augustine’s University, voiced that during her years as a student at Middle College, she admired her principal, Dr. Esther Coble, who is an alumna of Saint Augustine’s College (now University), who inspired her to attend Saint Augustine’s University.


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On October 21, Dr. Sheria Rowe, department Chair of Computer Information Systems in the School of Business, Management and Technology, served as a panelist on North Carolina Central University’s Business Law Society’s panel discussion centered on women in business. As a panelist, Dr. Rowe shared her viewpoint on discrimination, barriers and challenges for African-American women, work-life balance, the glass ceiling and more.

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On October 22, the School of Business, Management and Technology hosted its annual career fair for students. Students had an opportunity to network and discuss internships with various companies. Some of the participating companies were the U.S. Small Business Administration, Weichert Realtors, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, Mattress Firm, Nationwide Insurance and the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

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Last month, the Joseph G. Gordon Health Center held its annual flu shot clinic. The staff, along with the assistance with Rite Aid Pharmacy, administered 45 flu shot vaccinations to faculty, staff and students. 

Gordon Health Staff stresses that it is not too late to get a flu shot. They encourage everyone to follow up with their choice of pharmacy, physician of local health department to get the flu shot.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu activity typically occurs between October and May and it commonly peaks in the United States between December and February.    

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The Sons of Saint Augustine’s celebrated midterm week by hosting “Real Men Study” in Prezell R. Robinson Library on October 5.  This event provided an opportunity for the male scholars to interact with faculty and staff.  Secondly, by having this informal get together provided us an opportunity to converse with students to inquire about their academic plights and challenges.  Lastly, study tips information was available. 

Mentee Stephen McLeon, who serves as vice president of the Student Government Association, gave a presentation on study tips.

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On October 5 at the Raleigh Convention Center, the Raleigh of Hall of Fame inducted its Class of 2015. Three of the 10 individual honorees have ties to Saint Augustine’s University – Dr. Robert E. Bridges, Rev. Arthur James Calloway and Bishop Henry Beard Delany.  This recognition demonstrated how two former SAU professors and an alumnus have upheld SAU’s rich legacy by making significant contributions to the city.

The Raleigh Hall of Fame recognizes individuals and non-profit organizations, past and present, who have made significant and lasting contributions to the City of Raleigh.

Dr. Bridges’ service to the City of Raleigh began in 1961. Upon earning a degree in elementary education from Saint Augustine’s College (now University), he was hired by Raleigh City Schools to teach fourth grade at Hunter Elementary School.  In 1984, he became the school system’s first African-American superintendent.   During his 28-year career, he helped integrate the school system, participated in the merger of the Raleigh School System and Wake County School System into one, and oversaw unprecedented growth.  Aware of the need for African-American male children to have mentors and encouragement in achieving academic success, he created the Helping Hands Program which the school system still operates.  After retiring in 1989, Dr. Bridges served as provost at SAU and chaired the NC Advisory Commission on Raising Achievement and Closing Gaps.  He continues to work with the Helping Hands Program and mentor young African-American men.  His impact on the community and the school system has been recognized throughout the years by numerous awards including the Wake Education Partnership Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.

For thirty-nine years, Rev. Calloway served the citizens of Southeast Raleigh as rector of St. Ambrose Episcopal Church.  Under his leadership, the church established after-school programs, provided meeting space for Alcoholic Anonymous, and provided grants for senior citizen programing all to the benefit of Southeast Raleigh.  During this time, he also took on the role of community organizer, civil rights activist and college instructor at SAU.  During the 1960s, he helped organize efforts to integrate Raleigh City Schools and supported the election of African Americans to political office.  Rev. Calloway was elected to the Raleigh City Council representing Southeast Raleigh for three terms from 1979-1985.  He was also involved with the PTA, Save Our Community Association, Southside CAC and Southeast Optimist Club.  In 1998, Rev. Calloway retired from St. Ambrose.  He passed away in 2001.

Alumnus Delany, a centennial inductee, was born an enslaved person on February 5, 1858 and died April 14, 1928 as a Bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. Delany, a Georgia native, arrived in Raleigh in 1881 to enroll as a student at St. Augustine’s Normal School to study theology and music. After graduating in 1885, Delany immediately joined the staff. He served as the chaplain, vice principal and supervisor of building projects. He and his students helped construct several buildings on the campus including the Historic Chapel, which still is a place of place of spiritual guidance for the campus and the community. 

Ordained in The Episcopal Church in 1889, Bishop Delany’s legacy continues in the churches he helped found as well as the Saint Augustine’s Chapel.

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Campus Events

Tuesday, November 24: Women's Basketball Vs. Bluefield State College; 5:30 p.m.; Emery Gymnasium