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  • National Clergy From Episcopal Church to Visit Campus
  • Congressman David Price to Visit Campus
  • GlaxoSmithKline Recognizes Science Scholars
  • Falcon on the Move
  • Volleyball Team Defeats Virginia State
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Tickets are still available to attend Saint Augustine’s University historical fundraiser on Saturday, September 20 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. This very special fundraising event will showcase the rich legacy and highlight the contributions of Saint Augustine’s University locally, nationally and internationally.

Highlights of the day include short theatrical productions by SAU’s Department of Theatre, vocalist Barbara Weathers, a former member of Atlantic Starr whose hits included Secret Lovers and If Your Heart Isn’t in It, the smooth sound of the SAU jazz ensemble under the direction of Professor Al Strong and the SAU University choir under the director of Dr. Sevealyn Smith.

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The Rev. Canon Angela S. Ifill, Missioner for Black Ministries in the Episcopal Church, and the Rev. Canon James G. Callaway, D.D., General Secretary for The Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion (CUAC) of the Episcopal Church, will visit with Saint Augustine’s University faculty, staff and students this week. During their visit, they will make several classroom visits and be guests on a panel forum scheduled for Friday, September 19 at 10:30 a.m. in the Seby Jones Auditorium. The topic of discussion will be Living your Best Life in Challenging Circumstances. Rev. Canon Angela S. Ifill will also be the guest homilist for Sunday, September 21 chapel services at 10:30 in the historic chapel.

The Rev. Canon Angela S. Ifill served as a missionary in East Africa where she also studied African Christianity and completed a paper on the Revival of the Church in East Africa.  In her work with congregations, Rev. Ifill has developed the New Visions Initiative for Congregational Renewal and Vitality, The Rites of Passage resource Rising Stars Experiences (RISE), an alternative to the School to Prison Pipeline and the Values to Live By guide for young people.   She has established a Clergy Leadership Institute for the recently ordained; an Institute for Learning and Advancement for the Sudanese Community and holds an annual leadership skills training conference for youth and young adults and seminarians.   Rev. Ifill is also the Episcopal Church liaison for Saint Augustine’s University and Voorhees College.  In 2013, Rev. Ifill led the planning team to design conversations and workshops for the state of racism event hosted by the Episcopal Church in the diocese of Mississippi. 

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Congressman David Price will keynote the next Lyceum series program scheduled for Thursday, September 25 at 11 a.m. in Emery Gymnasium.  Congressman Price represents North Carolina's Fourth District - a rapidly growing, research-and-education-focused district that includes parts of Alamance, Orange, Durham, Wake, Harnett, Chatham and Cumberland counties.

Currently, Price serves on the House Appropriations Committee and is the ranking member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. He is also a member of the Appropriations subcommittees covering housing and transportation and military construction and veterans affairs appropriations. He is a recognized leader in foreign policy, co-chairing the House Democracy Partnership, which he initiated to help strengthen parliaments in emerging democracies. In North Carolina, his constituents know him as a strong supporter of education, accessible health care, affordable housing, clean air and water, and improved transportation alternatives.

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Junior biology majors Colleen Bramwell (Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies) and De’Asia Lewis (Carrollton, Ga.) in the School of Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering (SSME) were nominated by faculty in the Department of Biological and Physical Sciences and selected as the 2014-2015 GlaxoSmithKline Women in Science Scholars.

Since the inception of the program in the 1990’s,  the original endowments (at each university or college) were established to provide scholarship for full-time women students to recognize outstanding scholarship, provide an incentive for the students to enter the science profession, and provide students with a woman scientist mentor at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).  The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation hosts two annual events for Women in Science Scholars - an annual meeting in October and a conference in the spring - inviting scholars, mentors, faculty representatives and staff for a day of networking, learning and sharing.  The School of Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering has participated in the GlaxoSmithKline Women in Science Program for 10 years.  Several students in the SSME have benefited from the support and guidance of assigned mentors at GSK.  Dr. Doreen Cunningham, assistant professor and chair of the Department Chair, Biological and Physical Sciences, serves as the representative for the program.

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DeAsia Lewis, a junior majoring in biology from Carrollton, Ga. won two awards, best poster and overall presentation, at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Scholars Connect Program annual summer closing program.  The program is designed to provide an opportunity for highly-motivated science, technology, engineering and math undergraduate students from historically black colleges and universities and other academic institutions with students from underrepresented groups. The program allows students to connect with NIEHS and engage in many of its educational, informational, training and career-oriented outlets.

Way to go DeAsia!

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The Meet the Falcons Pep Rally will go down in history as an event filled with Falcon energy and pride.  The Saint Augustine’s University family had an opportunity to meet and greet the 2014 Falcon football, volleyball and bowling teams.  Wade Banner, a radio personality with K-97.5, served as the MC and kept the party moving.  The BlueChips cheerleaders pumped up the Falcons with their show-stopping cheers followed by an energizing performance of SAU’s Superior Sound Marching Band which had everyone shouting that Falcon Pride that could be heard all over campus.

Interim President Everett Ward also participated in the pep rally by showcasing his Falcon Pride moves by dancing with students and encouraging all Falcons to support all student-athletes at each and every game.  

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Olivia Porter (So./Bakersfield, CA) tallied 14 kills as Saint Augustine’s University defeated Virginia State University in four sets for its first women’s volleyball victory of the season in the CIAA Round-Up I at the Helms Center on the Chowan University campus Saturday, September 13, 2014.

Mikayla Pettyjohn (Fr./Jamestown, NC) added eight kills and Juliseea Thomas (Jr./St. Croix, US VI) finished with 17 assists for the Lady Falcons, who won 26-24, 25-16, 24-26, 25-18. Marley Parker (Fr./Langley, British Columbia) had 20 digs in addition to six kills and Meghan Mahon (So./Houston, TX) registered 19 digs. Danyelle Noland (Fr./Nashville, NC) added six kills.

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Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach Michael Morand has been elevated to Interim Head Football Coach at Saint Augustine’s University. He has more than 14 years of coaching experience on the professional and collegiate levels.

Morand was selected for the NCAA Expert Coaches Forum in Orlando, Fla., in 2009. The Forum teaches upcoming coaches how to become effective Head Football Coaches. Morand also participated in an internship with the NFL Houston Texans in 2009 and worked closely with Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan. The Texans ranked fourth in total offense and first in passing offense in the NFL that season.

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Tickets are now available to attend Saint Augustine’s University historical fundraiser on Saturday, September 20 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. This very special fundraising event will showcase the rich legacy and highlight the contributions of Saint Augustine’s University locally, nationally and internationally.

Entertainment will be provided by vocalist Barbara Weathers, former member of Atlantic Starr whose numerous hits included Secret Lovers, If Your Heart Isn’t in It and Always. Prepare to also be dazzled by the smooth sound of the SAU jazz ensemble under the direction of Professor Al Strong. Strong has performed/recorded for artists such as Aretha Franklin, Phonte Coleman, Big Daddy Kane and comedian Sinbad.

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Interim President Everett B. Ward, Ph.D. will serve as the guest speaker for Voorhees College’s opening convocation program on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. in the Leonard E. Dawson Health and Human Resources Center. Voorhees College will officially welcome their Class of 2018 during the convocation.

Voorhees College and Saint Augustine’s University are the only higher educational institutions affiliated with the Episcopal Church.

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Dr. Steven E. Hairston of Raleigh, NC has been named the vice president for Institutional Advancement and chief operating officer at Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) effective September 8, 2014. In this role, he will report to Interim President Ward and has responsibility for all University development and fund-raising, alumni relations and external affairs. As chief operating officer, he will direct, administer and coordinate the internal operational activities of the University in accordance with policies, goals and objectives established by the President and the Board of Trustees.

Prior to SAU, he served as a public administrator with more than 25 years of experience in the state government and non-profit sectors. Most recently, he served as the strategic planning manager for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, where his role was developing and managing the agency’s strategic planning framework that aligns resources needed to deliver public safety programs and services of the Department. In addition, he was responsible for assisting the leadership of the Department develop outcome based performance plans that articulated the goals, objectives and vision of the agency, in order to better align resources to meets it mission. Prior to his role with the Department of Public Safety, he served in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services with the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services where he was the chief of the Operations Support Section.

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Alumnus Dr. Brian O. Hemphill, Class of 1992, will serve as the guest speaker for the 2014 fall convocation program. Dr. Hemphill is the 10th president of West Virginia State University in Institute, West Va. Fall convocation is scheduled for Thursday, September 18 at 10 a.m. in the University quadrangle.

Hemphill is an active member on the Rotary Club of Charleston, West Virginia, Thomas Health System Board of Trustees, Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce, Charleston Area Alliance Board of Directors, West Virginia Roundtable Board of Directors and West Virginia KIDS COUNT Board of Directors. He is a published author, whose multitudes of writings cover topics related to gun violence and threat-preparedness on college campuses; emerging financial concerns affecting the collegiate sphere; STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)- and economic-related issues pertaining to education; and a myriad of additional scholarly perspectives pertinent to the higher education environment.

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On August 27, 2014, Dr. J. Alan Kendrick from Duke University Graduate School spoke to a group of Honors College students about navigating the process of applying to graduate school. Dr. Kendrick discussed the importance of the personal statement as well as what admissions committees look for in student applications. The students had the chance to play “Admissions Committee” by comparing two hypothetical student applications and choosing who to admit.

Dr. Kendrick’s program “Dressing (Your Graduate School Application) For Success: Tips on Applying to Graduate School and Navigating the Process” answered many of the students questions about applying to graduate schools in general. Among his key suggestions were the following: research the program you are applying to, secure three strong letters of recommendation and be aware of the “story” your transcript tells. Junior biology major DeAsia Lewis said, “I’m glad to know I’m on track and doing the right things” after she took some time to chat with Dr. Kendrick one-on-one after the program.

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Professor Virginia Tyler, Department of Visual and Performing Arts, showcased an item of her work titled Sun + Planet at the Skylight Gallery located in Hillsborough, NC. The event was a miniature museum titled the Triangle Women’s Art Museum on August 29. The work, which sold, was made of coal and a butterfly wing on a silver chain.

Way to go Professor Tyler!

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Recently, five track & field/cross country scholar-athletes received their awards for earning national academic honors on Friday, August 29, 2014. They are Brittany Brown, Taffawee Johnson, John King Jr., Cherrisse Lynch and Fanta Fofana.

Brown and Johnson were selected to the Capital One Division II Academic All-America Second Team and King was a Capital One Division II Academic All-America Third-Team selection. The trio along with Lynch and Fofana were named to the All-Academic Team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

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Antwoine L. Coleman Jr., a senior majoring in history from Richmond, Va., began his paid internship with the United States Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of North Carolina in June 2014. It is a yearlong internship/job.  He initially began interning in the Appellate Division, voluntarily, with the U.S. Attorney’s Office during the 2014 spring semester.  Currently, he is interning in the Administrative Division.  His duties consist of assisting paralegals and legal assistants to prepare court trial material.

“It has been a great experience,” Coleman said.  “I am so grateful for such a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

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On Sunday, August 31 at 10:30 a.m., the guest homilist will be the Rev. Dr. Eric Mansfield., who is a board certified ear, nose and throat physician.  The Falcon Football Team will be recognized during this service.

Rev. Mansfield studied medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga. and subsequently completed his residency specialty training in otorhinolaryngology at Charity Hospital of Tulane University in New Orleans, La.  In 1991, he answered his call to the ministry and was licensed under the Reverend Dr. Cameron Alexander of Atlanta's Antioch Baptist Church. He was ordained in the Union Baptist Association and is the former pastor of Poplar Springs Baptist Church in Rockingham, NC. Currently, he is the young adult minister at Lewis Chapel Baptist Church in Fayetteville, NC.

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On Saturday, September 20, 2014, Saint Augustine’s University will host a very special fundraising event......147 years in the making.   This event will showcase the rich legacy and highlight the contributions of Saint Augustine’s University locally, nationally and internationally. It is also a unique way to experience the history and support the future of Saint Augustine’s University.  It will be a day of great entertainment, great food and Falcon hospitality.

For more information, visit sau1867.st-aug.edu and reserve your tickets now!

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The Athletic Department accepted and completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at the George Williams Athletic Complex Friday, August 22. The department was challenged by the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association conference office.

“I’m glad we answered the challenge,” Athletic Director George Williams said. “Now we challenge anyone who wants to participate.”

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Dr. Kristene Kelly, associate athletic director/senior woman administrator at Saint Augustine's University, was recently elected as president of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association-Senior Woman Administrators Association (CIAA-SWAA). The 12-member association is comprised of senior woman administrators representing the 12-conference member institutions. Kelly will serve a two-year term as president of the CIAA-SWAA.

“It is a great honor and responsibility to be chosen as president of the CIAA-SWAA,” Kelly said. “I look forward to representing Saint Augustine's University and serving in this new leadership role.”

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