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  • Falcons inducted into Raleigh's Hall of Fame
  • Falcons participate in civic justice town hall meeting
  • Students organize and host political forum
  • New director of career counseling
  • University welcomes home a son of SAU
  • University choir gives another stellar performance
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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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Falcons were invited by the National Bar Association to attend its Civic Justice Town Hall meeting at North Carolina Central University on October 2. The goal of the meeting was to engage the community, especially young adults, in a candid discussion regarding the issues facing the African-American community.

Moderated by Sheryl Underwood, co-host of CBS’s “The Talk,” the town hall meeting was part of a series of civic justice meetings across college campuses across the country. The panelists were Benjamin Crump, president of the National Bar Association, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Cornell Brooks, president of the NAACP, Ed Gordon, journalist and TV personality and Attorney Willie E. Gary.

Associate Professors Dr. Lynne T. Jefferson and Dr. Elizabeth Fournier accompanied the following Falcon scholars: political science majors Henry Capers, RaeShawn White, and Tamiya Dortch as well as public health majors Carneisha Crosby, Shanise Merritt and Dwayne Martin.

“The Civil Justice Town Hall was an important and very worthwhile event,” Jefferson said. “I am happy that our students had the opportunity to be part of the discussion.”

The National Bar Association is the oldest and biggest organization of black lawyers and judges.

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Faculty, staff, students and members of the community attended a City of Raleigh Candidates’ Forum for City Council in the Martin Luther King Jr. Conference Center on September 29.  Presented by the Student Government Association, the political forum allowed individuals the opportunity to hear first-hand from candidates on various issues from the rezoning of Raleigh to education to the challenges facing historically black colleges and universities.

Below is the list of candidates who participated in the forum as well as their candidacy:

D. Buxton                    Raleigh City Council District A
Corey Branch               Raleigh City Council District C
Eugene Weeks             Raleigh City Council District C
Mary Anne Baldwin       Raleigh City Council At-Large
Russ Stephenson          Raleigh City Council At-Large
Matt Tomasulo             Raleigh City Council At-Large

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Dr. Cindy Register Love is the University’s new director of career counseling and professional development. Love has more than 20 years of professional development experience.  She has a proven track record in curriculum development, personnel and project management, and soft skills development and training.  Dr. Love has been recognized for achievements in curriculum design and student-centered initiatives that fostered both academic and early career success.   She is known among her colleagues as one who is passionate about student success, always seeking innovative methods to support students in reaching their fullest potential.

Under her leadership, the Student Professional Development Program in the School Business at North Carolina Central University became a model program in the areas of student success, corporate engagement and stakeholder partnerships. She is a certified emotional intelligence consultant. Her doctoral dissertation research “The Influence of Emotional Intelligence Management Curriculum to Improve College Students’ and Interpersonal Skills to Impact Leader Behavior and Team Effectiveness” was featured in The International Journal of Transformative Emotional Intelligence: Research, Theory, and Practice 2014. 

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A native of Charlotte, N.C., alumnus Christopher Withers is from Charlotte N.C. and is the new director of admissions. Withers received a B.S. Degree in organizational management from SAU and a Master of Public Administration from Strayer University.

Withers brings to this position eight years of experience in academic recruiting and has a background in accounting, sales and supply chain operations.

Withers’ office is located in Delany Hall on the first floor.  He can be reached at 919.516.4012.


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The University Choir performed at Allen Chapel AME Church in Roxboro, N.C. on Sunday, October 4. The Choir were the musical guests for their morning worship in celebration of the church’s 143rd Anniversary and Homecoming. 

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Inspirational is one word to describe this year’s fall convocation ceremony on September 24 in Emery Gymnasium. From the keynote address from guest speaker Venessa Harrison, president of AT&T North Carolina, to the musical selections from the University’s Choir and the Chamber Winds to the theatrical presentation from the Reader’s Troupe, faculty, staff and students applauded, gave standing ovations and sang throughout the convocation.

Before a full to capacity audience, Harrison directed most of her message to students. She challenged Falcons to take advantage of the opportunities they have at Saint Augustine’s University.

“Anything is possible because of the foundation you are receiving at Saint Augustine’s University,” said Harrison, who once attended the University.  “You can have it all if you want. Nothing is impossible.”

Harrison even provided students with advice to carry throughout their life.

“Never stop learning, be persistence, it is okay to be different, be honest and dependable and most importantly always pray,” Harrison said.

The fall convocation served as the officially opening of the 2015-2016 academic year.

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The weather may have been cloudy and rainy but that did not keep faculty, staff and alumni from attending a legacy affair to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the Historic Chapel on September 25.

The evening was filled with prayer, history and musical selections by the University choir. A highlight of the program was the unveiling of the Chapel’s donor recognition giving tree in support of the Chapel’s anniversary campaign. Interested individuals may purchase a leaf for $120.

President Everett B. Ward’s remarks stressed the importance of the chapel.

“We are here today to celebrate the spiritual growth and leadership of our Historic Chapel,” Ward said. “We want to make sure the Historic Chapel will continue to enjoy another 120 years by serving our students and the community.”

In December 1895, construction for a worship space on the campus was completed. On October 11, 1897, the chapel was consecrated “The Saint Augustine’s Chapel” by the Rt. Rev. Joseph Blount Cheshire, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina.  Throughout its history, SAU has maintained a close and enduring relationship with the Episcopal Church whose mission is “to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.” Several bishops and rectors have been SAU’s board of trustee members, with more than one-third of all-black priests in the Episcopal Church being graduates of the university including three African American bishops.

Since March of 2015, more than $7,000 has been donated in honor of the Chapel’s anniversary campaign. For information on how to donate or to purchase a leaf, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement and Development at 919.516.4092 or 919.516.4140.

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Dr. Zaphon R. Wilson, dean for the School of Social and Behavior Sciences and professor of political science, will be honored by Appalachian State University (ASU) on October 2 for his contributions to promote racial diversity at ASU. While at Appalachian, he founded the Black Faculty and Staff Association to help give black faculty and staff a more unified and stronger voice

Wilson is one of four people to be honored.

While at ASU, he was a member of the faculty in the former Department of Political Science and Urban Planning and Geography and the university’s first assistant to the provost for minority affairs. He was also the recipient to the Student Government Association’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award and the Trail Blazer Award for outstanding service to the university as assistant to the provost for minority affairs.

Wilson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1976 and a master’s degree in 1977, both in political science and both from Appalachian. Wilson has a doctorate degree in political science from Atlanta University, which now is Clark Atlanta University.

Wilson is a past member of the Executive Council and National Secretary for the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. He also served on the executive council the Association of Social and Behavioral scientists.

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Gentel Blair, who reigns as the 2015-2016 Miss Saint Augustine’s University, was one of the top five finalists on Saturday, September 26 for the Miss National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame competition in Atlanta, Ga. The competition was held as part of the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame conference. The Hall of Fame exists primarily to showcase the legacy of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and to promote their relevance and significance.

The queens were judged based on a private interview with the judges, talent, evening wear and an on-the-spot question and answer session. Some of the participating queens included Miss Tennessee State University, Miss Winston-Salem State University, Miss Alabama State University, Miss North Carolina A&T State University and Miss Johnson C. Smith University.

Ms. Blair is a senior from Lexington, Ky. majoring in mass communication.

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University Chaplain Mother Nita Byrd is excited to announce that Rev. Mycal Brickhouse will serve as the University’s ministerial intern.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to engage in ministry at Saint Augustine’s University,” Rev. Brickhouse said.  “I'm praying that my time at this wonderful institution will be uplifting, encouraging and inspiring. I'm excited to see all that God has in store for us.”

Rev. Brickhouse, who is a preacher, activist and advocate for social and economic justice, has traveled extensively as an evangelist, guest presenter and a herald for justice. He is dedicated to spreading the gospel of Jesus in a manner that encourages all to honor God, creation, and humanity’s diversity.

A native of Fayetteville, N.C., he is a 2012 graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in political science, a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in African American Studies and earned a minor in social and economic justice. Currently, he is in his final year of obtaining a Master of Divinity Degree at Duke Divinity School.

Rev. Brickhouse was nurtured in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, which has influenced his vocation to be rooted in the theology of missions and liberation. In October 2007, Rev. Brickhouse answered the call to ministry at the early age of 16.  He preached his initial sermon at St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church.  In November 2007, he became a licensed exhorted, which allowed him the ability to evangelize within the community. In November 2009, he became a licensed preacher and entered into the Board of Examiners; an instructional training program for ministers serving the A.M.E. Church.  In May 2014, Rev. Brickhouse was ordained an Itinerant Deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and is on track to be ordained an Itinerant Elder May 2016. Over the course of Rev. Brickhouse’s ministry, he has served as an associate minister at St. Luke A.M.E. Church in Fayetteville, N.C., the Sanford Circuit of the United Methodist Church in Sanford, N.C., St. Joseph A.M.E Church in Durham, N.C., and Clover Garden A.M.E Church in Burlington, N.C.

He has been selected as a 2015 Fellow of the Black Theology and Leadership Institute at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, N.J. He was also selected as a 2015 Fellow of the Millennial Leaders Project Summer Conference at Union Theological Seminary in New York, New York.

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The School of Liberal Arts and Humanities hosted a reception for faculty, staff, students and the general public on September 24 for the Beauty is Mine exhibit in the Seby Jones Fine Arts Center Art Gallery.  The exhibit features paintings and photographs in praise of plus-sized women by Carrie Nobles.

The exhibit will end Friday, October 9.

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The male and female students enrolled in the Wake Leadership Academies (WLA) for Men and Women at Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) set a record by scoring higher than the state average ACT scores in each subject area for the 2014-2015 academic year. The ACT is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students’ academic readiness for college.

The WLA male students ACT results showed that in English, WLA’s male students scored 22.2 compared to the state average score of 17.1. In math, WLA’s male students scored 24.4 compared to the state average of 19.0. In reading, the WLA’s male students scored 24.3 compared to the state average which was 18.8, and in science, the WLA’s male students scored 22.7 and the state average was 18.7.

Ian J. Solomon, principal of the Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy, noted that the early college African-American male students also scored higher in all subject areas on the ACT than the state average for African-American males.

In English, WLA’s African-American male students scored 16.9 while the state average score for African-American males was 13.8. In math, WLA’s African-American male students scored 20.6 compared to the state average of 16.6. In reading, WLA’s African-American male students scored 19.5, while the state average was 15.7. Lastly, in science WLA’s African-American male students scored 19.0 and the state average for African-American males was 16.0.
“While I am excited at our overall performance as a school, seeing the work and efforts that these young men have put forth and the results on this college readiness indicator is true confirmation of why this work is important,” said Solomon. “Their performance counteracts many of the stereotypes that are prevalent in our society as it relates to African-American males. It is my hope that these results can play at least a small part in reshaping that prevailing narrative into one that trumpets the true potential of African-American males.”

The WLA females also made their mark on the ACT. 

The WLA female students ACT results showed that in English, WLA’s female students scored 19.3 compared to the state average of 17.1. In math, WLA’s female students scored 20.9 compared to the state average of 19.0. In reading, WLA’s female students scored 20.5 compared to the state average which was 18.8 and in science, WLA’s female students scored 20.1 and the state average was 18.7.

Carla Jernigan-Baker, principal for the WLA women’s leadership academy, expressed how proud she is our students.

“I am very proud of our young women,” Jernigan-Baker said.  “These scores confirm and validate that these young women are college ready. I am also proud of our relationship with Saint Augustine’s University which proves that early college works.”

In the fall of 2013, the Wake County Board of Education secured Saint Augustine’s University as a college partner for the Wake Leadership Academies. The partnership allows Leadership Academy students to enroll in university courses to pursue the early college portion of their rigorous academy experience, through which they may earn a high school diploma while also earning transferable college credit.

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The Student Government Association held an installation ceremony for their new officers for the 2015-2016 academic year on September 15. The officers are as follows:

Student Government Association Board of Trustees Representative – Denard Haney
SGA President – Henry Capers
SGA Vice President – Stephon McLeon
Mr. Saint Augustine’s University – Ja’Quice Oates-Bethea
Miss Saint Augustine’s University – Gentel Blair
Senior Class President – Colliet Bramwell
Senior Class Vice President – Dondre Banks
Senior Class King – Craig Johnson
Senior Class Queen – Warel Smith
Junior Class President – Shakeisha Washington
Junior Class Vice President – Jermaine Goods
Junior Class King – Zamir Andrews
Junior Class Queen – Re’shae Green
Sophomore Class President – Kendrick Cunningham
Sophomore Class Vice President – Kyrie Givens
Sophomore Class King – Sterling Raynor
Sophomore Class Queen – Shidoris Williams
Freshman Class President – Freeman Devega
Freshman Class Vice President – Lorraine Henderson
Freshman Class King – Keyshawn Dunwoody-Spears
Freshman Class Queen – Giana Walton

Congratulations Falcons!

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The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences along with the University family celebrated Constitution Day 2015 with a program in Seby Jones Auditorium on September 15. This year’s program honored the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The guest speaker was Dr. David C. Forbes Sr. of Shaw University’s Divinity School. Before a near capacity audience, Forbes discussed his experiences during the civil rights movement as well as the importance of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.

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The University kicked off its 2015-2016 Lyceum Leadership Speaker Series on September 17.  Mr. Rodney Ellis, who is the president of the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE), served as the guest speaker.

In August of 2014, the University reestablished its Lyceum Leadership Speaker Series to promote and enhance the academic, cultural and aesthetic aspects of student growth and development. 

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Saint Augustine’s University defeated Elizabeth City State University 3-0 on September 20 to cap a successful weekend in the CIAA Volleyball Round-Up I at Emery Gymnasium.

The Lady Falcons won two of three matches in the Round-Up. They defeated Virginia State University 3-0 and lost to Chowan University 3-0 on Saturday. Their record is 5-5 overall and 2-1 in the CIAA which is second-best among Southern Division teams.

The one-two punch of Olivia Porter (Jr./Bakersfield, CA) and Shakera Hall (Fr./Bridgetown, Barbados) keyed the Lady Falcons against Elizabeth City State. Porter led the team with 11 kills and Hall added seven kills in the 25-12, 25-14, 25-19 victory. As a unit, the Lady Falcons had a higher attack percentage (.261 to -.080) than their opponent.

The tandem of Meghan Mahon (Jr./Houston, TX) and Juliseea Thomas (Sr./St. Croix, US Virgin Islands) totaled 16 assists and 13 assists, respectively. CIAA digs leader Zoey Isom (Fr./Phoenix, AZ) added 20 digs.
For the Lady Vikings (0-6 overall, 0-3 CIAA), Chelsey Elliott collected 13 kills and Lauren Burgess had 21 assists. Krystal Sawyer finished with 11 digs.

The Lady Falcons will be searching for their third straight win when they visit Johnson C. Smith University on September 24 at 6 p.m. This will be the first Southern Division match for the Lady Falcons this season.

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Dean of First-Year Experience Dr. Paul Norman is now the chairman for the Elizabeth City State University’s (ECSU) Board of Trustees.

Norman, who is alumnus of ECSU, was originally appointed by the UNC Board of Governors to serve as trustee member.  His term as chairman will conclude in one year.

Norman earned his B.S. degree in business administration from ECSU, a M.A. degree in student personnel/counseling from North Carolina Central University and an Ed.D. degree in adult and community college education/higher education from North Carolina State University.

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On September 2, students, faculty, staff listened tentatively to Dr. Damon Tweedy, who did his first reading of his book “Black Man in a White Coat.” His book examines the complex ways in which both black doctors and patients must navigate the difficult and often contradictory terrain of race and medicine.

Following the reading, Tweedy had vivid discussions with SAU students.

“The students asked insightful questions that explored how Mr. Tweedy’s life lessons as a medical student could help them in their career paths of today,” said Tiwanna Nevels, director of the University’s Library Services, who attended the reading, “One such lesson he boasts was when a professor mistakes him for the handyman to come and change the classroom light bulbs. Although upset, he doesn’t make a fuss, rather he triumphs by earning the second-highest grade on the final exam. He then went on to share with the students that the same professor was so impressed that he offered him a job and but Tweedy declined.”

Dr. Tweedy is a graduate of Duke Medical School and Yale Law School. He is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and staff physician at the Durham VA Medical Center.

To learn more about “Black Man in a White Coat,” visit www.damontweedy.com.

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Campus Events

Sunday, October 25 - Saturday, October 31: Homecoming 2015

Friday, October 30: Investiture Ceremony for President Dr. Everett B. Ward; 10 a.m.; Saint Augustine’s Campus