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  • Congratulations Dr. Dukes
  • Professor Winston to Keynote Lyceum
  • Gordon Health Center Promotes Living Healthy
  • Falcons competed in Ethics Bowl
  • Seven is a Charm for the Track & Field Team
  • Falcon Football Welcomes 14 New Players
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University Chaplain Reverend Nita Byrd has been appointed to the Commission on Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. This appointment was made by the Right Reverend Michael B. Curry, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina.

The Commission on Ministry for The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina assists the bishop in the selection of persons for the ministry and in the pastoral care of all candidates for Holy Orders. The Commission also assists with the continuing education of the ministry and interviews each candidate for the diaconate and priesthood to ascertain personal readiness for that ordination.

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Dr. Warren Dukes, assistant professor of Criminal Justice, has been appointed as a 2015-2016 member of the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Criminal Justice Association.

The North Carolina Criminal Justice Association was founded in 1971 with the mission of keeping members informed on current issues and serving as a voice for those involved in the criminal justice field. The organization continues this tradition by organizing conferences on contemporary issues for members, students, faculty and practicing professionals.

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Dr. Shirlkeymu L. Winston will serve as the guest speaker for the University’s Lyceum program scheduled for Thursday, February 19 at 11 a.m. in Emery Gymnasium. Dr. Winston is an assistant professor of African American History in the Department of History at Saint Augustine’s University.

Winston earned her undergraduate degree in history with a concentration in education and a master’s degree in history (African) both from North Carolina Central University. She recently earned her doctorate degree from Howard University in history (African Diaspora).

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In support of living and having a healthy lifestyle, the staff of the Gordon Health Center held two health awareness events for the Saint Augustine’s University campus community.

On February 4, the Carolinas CARE Partnership’s Mobile Testing Unit was on campus providing students with various healthy information as well as testing students for HIV/AIDS.

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The Saint Augustine’s University Ethics Bowl team competed in the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) 4th Annual Ethics Bowl competition this past weekend, February 6-7, 2015. The event was held at Campbell University School of Law in Raleigh.

Dr. Shirlkeymu L. Winston, associate professor of African American History in the Department of History, served as the team’s advisor. The team members were as follows:

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Saint Augustine's University prepared for the upcoming CIAA Indoor Track & Field Championships by winning seven events at the ETSU Buccaneer Invitational at the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center, which concluded on Saturday, February 7, 2015.

Each winner from Saint Augustine's University provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships at the ETSU meet. Brooks also qualified automatically for the NCAA Division II Championships, which will be held in March 2015.

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Head Coach Michael Morand announced on February 4, that 14 recruits signed National Letters of Intent to play football for Saint Augustine's University beginning with the 2015 season.

“I am very excited to sign scholar-athletes that fit the mold of a true Falcon,” Morand said. “There is so much joy in my heart to see a group of scholars that will set the foundation of my first recruiting class. This class puts the stamp on moving forward to greater things in the Falcon football program.”

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Students had more than good conversation to fill their lunch hour on Feb. 2 – the first edition of The Falcon Forum student newspaper.

Before a packed noonday crowd at the cafeteria, Interim President Everett B. Ward held up a copy of the full-color newspaper, congratulating the student editors and reporters who helped achieve this milestone.

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The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) named Professor Lucy Melbourne, Department of English, a Fulbright Scholar.

The prestigious Fulbright Scholars Program is a highly competitive international education exchange program that awards grants to students, faculty or professionals who wish to study, teach and conduct research abroad.

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Lynne T. Jefferson, associate professor and chair in the Department of English, has been selected to participate in the seminar on Slave Narratives that will be led by David Blight, Class of 1954 professor of American History at Yale University, on June 21–25, 2015.

The degree of competition for participation was intense—more than three times as many nominations were received as there are places—and Dr. Jefferson was only 27 faculty members selected for this seminar.

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The Saint Augustine’s University football team capped a busy week by helping Habitat for Humanity of Wake County build two homes in a Southeast Raleigh neighborhood on Saturday, January 31, 2015.

The players and coaching staff worked from morning through the afternoon. They spent time installing siding, framing and doors.

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Darnella Donée Donna Reeder, a graduating senior from Greensboro, N.C., is Miss Saint Augustine’s University 2014-2015. She is competing with other CIAA campus queens to be crowned the 2015 Miss CIAA. To vote for her, click HERE. Individuals can only vote once per day.

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Since the entering the office as Interim President, Everett Ward, Ph.D. has held several meetings with the general student body as well as student leaders across campus. On January 20, he hosted a town hall meeting the student body in Emery Gymnasium to kick off the 2015 spring semester.

During the town hall meeting, Interim President Ward encouraged students to take advantage of his “open door” policy and reinforced to them that they are his administration’s most important priority. Students also had the opportunity to share their thoughts and feedback with the administration regarding communicating information with the student body as well as improving school pride and the University’s academic standards.

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Otolaryngologist Dr. Eric Mansfield and his wife, Donna, donated examination tables to the Joseph Gordon Health Center. The new tables will increase patients’ comfort during medical examinations.

The Joseph G. Gordon Health Center staff is very thankful for the donations of the new exam tables received from Dr. and Mrs. Mansfield.

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Award-winning artist and author Kadir Nelson visited the campus on January 22. While on campus he spoke to all the art majors, participated in a met and greet open to the campus community and had lunch with administration and student leaders.

Nelson is noted for creating the artwork for the stamps featuring Saint Augustine’s University alumna Dr. Anna Julia Cooper, Mr. Ralph Ellison and Ms. Althea Gibson. He is also known for creating the artwork cover for Canadian rapper and songwriter Drake’s Nothing Was the Same album cover. Some of his most distinguished clients include the Coca-Cola Company, Sports Illustrated and, of course, the United States Postal Service.

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Dr. Linda Hubbard Curtis has been appointed as the University’s coordinator for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Dr. Curtis will also continue as the director for the Center for Teaching, Research, and Leadership in the Office of Academic Affairs.

Some of Curtis’ key responsibilities as the coordinator include overseeing the University’s programs and responsibilities as it relates to ADA as well as coordinating the University’s policies and procedures relating to persons with disabilities.

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Saint Augustine’s University would like to welcome its newest members to the Falcon family. Below is a list of the new hires from January 7, 2015 through January 21, 2015.

Ms. Willistine L. Pearce - Office of Business and Finance

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Saint Augustine’s University placed second at the CIAA Northern-Southern Divisional II Women’s Bowling Event, which was held January 23, through January 25, 2015, at Bowl America Midlothian.

The Lady Falcons posted an 8-4 record and recorded 11,700 total pins to finish behind Southern Division winner Fayetteville State University. Shaw University was third followed by Johnson C. Smith University in fourth place and Livingstone College in fifth place. In the overall standings, the Lady Falcons are second in the Southern Division with a 14-7 division record.

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In honor and observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Saint Augustine’s University held or participated in events to commemorate the life and legacy of social activist Dr. King.

On January 15, which was Dr. King’s birthday, the University hosted an observance day of celebration. Administrators, members of the Board of Trustees, alumni, student, faculty and staff gathered in Emery Gymnasium to listen to guest speaker Reverend Johnathan C. Augustine, pastor of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in New Orleans, La. Rev. Augustine gave a heartfelt message by detailing throughout his message that one cannot receive his or her “Glory” until he or she has written his or her story.

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Professor Natalie Bullock-Brown, chair and assistant professor, Department of Film and Interactive Media, will be a featured panelist during the Shondaland Symposium on January 29 and January 30 at Duke University. ShondaLand is the production company of television screenwriter and producer Shonda Rhimes, whose current series Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder (for which she serves as executive producer) comprise the Thursday Night prime-time block on ABC.

Co-Sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics and the Center for Arts, Digital Culture and Entrepreneurship at Duke University, the ShondaLand the Symposium will bring together a group of women scholars working in the fields of history, women’s studies, law, cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, black diaspora studies and media studies to explore the broad implications of Rhimes’ work.

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Campus Events

Wed., Feb. 11: Movie night: Black Magic, a documentary about a secret basketball game between Duke and NCCU; 7 p.m.; Prezell R. Robinson Library


Thurs., Feb. 12: WAUG and Lounge 22 will host a live broadcast on black love; 7 p.m.; Prezell R. Robinson Library


Feb. 16,17 & 18: ETS exam for juniors; For more information, call 919.516.4680. 


Wed., Feb. 18: School of Business and Technology will host a Career Fair; 10 a.m. - Noon; Cheshire Building