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  • Gordon Health Center Receives a Donation
  • Award Winning Painter Visits Campus
  • The University Now Has an ADA Coordinator
  • SAU Welcomes its Newest Employees
  • SAU Finishes Second at CIAA Divisional II Bowling Event
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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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Ms. Tonya R. Hines is now the director of Purchasing at the University. Hines previously served as the University cashier since February 2012. She was also employed at the University from 1991-1999.

Hines is an alumna of Saint Augustine’s University where she earned her business management degree. In 2002, she received her Master of Science Degree from Central Michigan University in general administration with a concentration in human resources. Currently, she is pursuing a doctorate degree in leadership for higher education from Capella University.

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Diamonique Brooks, a senior majoring in sociology from Charlotte, N.C., was the winner of the Gordon Health Center’s healthy living promotion. For winning the competition, Brooks won a $50 gift card.

During a 30-day trial, more than 50 Saint Augustine’s University students competed to lose the most weight. The Center had more than 50 students to sign up.

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The foursome of Khari Herbert (So./Coral Springs, FL), Burkheart Ellis, Jr. (Jr./Raleigh, NC), Kevaughn Hewitt (Sr./Miamar, FL) and Omar Johnson (Jr./Jamaica) of Saint Augustine's University blazed to victory in the men’s 4x400 meter relay on the second day of the Virginia Tech Invitational indoor track & field meet at Rector Fieldhouse on January 17. They ran a time of 3:11.49 to automatically qualify for the NCAA Division II Championships, which will be held March 2015.

The relay team was one of several Falcons and Lady Falcons who stood out at the meet. In the men's events, Daniel Jamieson (Jr./Windsor, CT) was third in the 200 meter dash in a provisional qualifying time of 21.53 seconds. He also placed fourth in the 60 meter dash in a provisional qualifying time of 6.81 seconds. Johnson finished second in the 400 meter dash in a provisional qualifying time of 47.96 seconds. JaQuan Demiel (Sr./Suffolk, VA) placed fifth in the long jump with a provisional qualifying leap of 7.15 meters.

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The University will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 15, 2015 at 11 a.m. in the Emery Gymnasium. The guest speaker will be the Reverend Jonathan C. Augustine, pastor of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in New Orleans, La. He is also an adjunct member of the faculty at Southern University, a bi-vocational minister, public theologian and social justice advocate.

Rev. Augustine is author of The Keys Are Being Passed: Race, Law, Religion & the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement, an interdisciplinary book celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the American Civil Rights Movement, also focusing on contemporary social and civic responsibility in voting rights, environmental justice and education reform. The book has been featured by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

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On Sunday, January 25, the Founders’ Observance Chapel Service will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Historic Chapel. The guest homilist will be the Rev. Dr. N. Brooks Graebner of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Hillsborough, N.C. He will speak regarding Saint Augustine's University in the context of the civil war and reconstruction era.

The Reader's Theatre Troupe will perform a special presentation honoring the founders of Saint Augustine’s University at 7 p.m. in Seby Jones Auditorium on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Admission is free and the general public is invited to attend.

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Mr. Reginald Towns is Saint Augustine’s University new liaison for the Wake County Leadership Academies Early College High School. In 2013, The University secured a partnership with Wake County Public School System which allows Leadership Academy students to enroll in university courses to pursue the Early College portion of their rigorous academy experience. Students may earn a high school diploma while also earning transferable college credit.

Townes’ responsibilities will be to continue to foster this partnership by directly serving the students as well as the needs of the program.

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Tanya Barnes-Jones is the new assistant registrar. Previously, Mrs. Barnes-Jones served as the associate registrar at Shaw University. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in economics/finance from Elizabeth City State University.

The Prezell R. Robinson Library team welcomes Mea Warren, a second-year Master of Library Science candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mea, who is from Marietta, Ga., completed her undergraduate studies at Duke University majoring in history and African-American studies. Ms. Warren, who will assist the library team in reference and instructional services, will work January through May.

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Head Football Coach Michael Morand traded his whistle for a bell during the Christmas and New Year's Day holiday break for a good cause.

Morand was a volunteer bell ringer for the Salvation Army of Wake County at the North Hills Shopping Center on December 22, 2014. Standing outside next to the Salvation Army famed red kettle, Morand greeted people as he rang the bell in front of the Regal North Hills Stadium 14 movie theater.

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On December 11, 2LT Valshae McMillian, a senior from Charlotte, was commissioned as an officer of the United States Army during the University’s commissioning ceremony in the historic chapel.

“I feel great,” said 2LT McMillian, who majors was criminal justice.  “I had to face a lot of obstacles over the years; therefore, being commissioned is a great accomplishment for me.”

NC House Representative Grier Martin gave the oath of office.  Rep. Martin currently serves as a Lt. Col. with an airborne unit at Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, NC.

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Saint Augustine’s University theatre students along with other SAU majors volunteered their talents for An Evening with Elves on December 5, 2014 at the Marbles Kids Museum.  This is the second year that the Department of Theatre has participated.  

Dr. Kaye Celeste Evans, chair and assistant professor for the Department of Theatre, accompanied the students.

“Our students showcased their talents as Santa’s elves for approximately 1,200 children and their parents,” Evans said.  “Families enjoyed a wonderful dinner and holiday activities with the elves and the snowflake fairy.  They even made s’mores outdoors!”

The Marbles Kids Museum inspires imagination, discovery and learning through extraordinary adventures in play and larger-than-life IMAX experiences. To learn more, visit their web site at http://www.marbleskidsmuseum.org.

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Dr. Yvonne Moore Coston has been named provost and vice president of Academic Affairs.  Dr. Coston joined the faculty at Saint Augustine's University as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics. After earning her terminal degree in mathematics education and completing teaching, research, and service responsibilities, Dr. Coston moved through the faculty ranks to become a full professor with tenure in the Departments of Mathematics and Education. Prior to this new appointment, Dr. Coston was the vice president of Research and Innovation.

“Dr. Coston brings a full range of academic experience to the position as a tenured professor, researcher and administrator,” Interim President Everett B. Ward, Ph.D. said. “I have the fullest confidence in her academic integrity, commitment to quality teaching and her experience in working with accrediting organizations. At this critical juncture in the life of Saint Augustine’s University, having a seasoned and respected member of the academy lead our academic efforts is essential to the future of this institution.”

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The Department of Athletics named Michael Morand as the permanent Head Football Coach on December 12. Morand is the second football coach at the University since the football program restarted in 2002.

“We are very pleased to have Coach Michael Morand as the new football coach at Saint Augustine’s University,” SAU Athletic Director George Williams said. “He will bring a lot of stability to the program and University and continue to guide and lead our student-athletes in a very positive manner academically and athletically.”

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Campus Events


Thursday, Jan. 29: Founders' Observance Convocation; 11 a.m.; Emery Gymnasium; Guest Speaker: Wake County Commissioner Jessica Holmes