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  • Dr.Yvonne Moore Coston - New Provost!
  • Coach Morand moves from Interim to Permanent
  • Falcon Football - Leaders on and off the Field
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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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Head Football Coach Michael Morand and eight members of the Saint Augustine’s University football team made an appearance at Fox Road Magnet Elementary School on December 11.

Their mission? To be role models to a group of third, fourth and fifth grade students.

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Saint Augustine’s University has established a faculty senate, a first in the history of the institution.  The Faculty Senate represents all faculty at the University through the process of shared governance.
The purpose of the Senate is to seek ways to improve communication and collaborative decisions made across the University.  The Senate may advise the interim president on any matters pertaining to the institution that are of interest and concern to the faculty.

According to Dr. Harold Jeffreys, chair of the Faculty Senate Task Force, Saint Augustine’s University Board of Trustees Chairman Rodney Gaddy met with faculty in April 2014 and shared with faculty during a meeting the importance of establishing a faculty senate.

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Dr. Lynne T. Jefferson, associate professor and chair of the Department of English, has been appointed as a Faculty Research Fellow to carry out research for enhancing the writing program at Saint Augustine’s University.

Dr. Yvonne Coston, vice president for Research and Innovative Programming, is excited about the appointment of Dr. Jefferson as a Faculty Research Fellow. According to Coston, the heart of the Fellows Program is the notion of growing a core of faculty who engage in scholarly research from across disciplines.

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Good holiday cheer filled the campus on December 3 as the University hosted a tree lighting ceremony and holiday reception. The University Choir opened the ceremony with holiday songs that had the audience singing along and getting into the holiday spirit. Next, Interim President Everett Ward, Ph.D. and his small Falcon helpers turned on the light switch for the Christmas trees that beautifully lit up the University quadrangle.

After the tree lighting ceremony, faculty and staff moved over to a holiday reception in the Martin Luther King Jr. Conference Center. Laughter, music, food and fellowship filled the building as the Saint Augustine’s University family had an opportunity to celebrate the holiday season.

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The holiday spirit was in full swing during the annual winter holiday concert. Administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community were wonderfully enchanted by the University Wind Ensemble and Choir. Several senior groups from throughout the community were special guests of the event. The concert ended with everyone in attendance singing Joy to the World.

To view photos from the concert, click HERE.

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The North Pole has a new location. It can now be found in the basement of the Boyer Building in the Office of Institutional Research and Planning, the winner of the door decorating contest.

This year, the University held a holiday door decorating contest. Each office had the opportunity to showcase their holiday spirit by decorating their office doors and/or office.

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Interim President Everett B. Ward, Ph.D. along with students, faculty and staff welcomed the Venerable Metlhayotlhe Rawlings Ogotseng Beleme, Bishop of the Diocese of Botswana, to campus on November 18. Bishop Beleme was in North Carolina visiting the Diocese of North Carolina.

“Bishop Beleme wanted to visit Saint Augustine’s University to learn more about the educational aspect of Episcopal Church,” University Chaplain the Reverend Nita Byrd said.

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Anthony Dixon, a freshman mass communications major, traveled to Atlanta November 19 to 21 to represent Saint Augustine’s University in the Black College Quiz (BCQ) Tournament sponsored by State Farm.

The Black College Quiz Show series features highly competitive students from more than 50 HBCU schools around the country. The show tests the students’ knowledge of African-American history and airs on select cable channels in February in observance of Black History Month.

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Gentel Blair, a junior from Lexington, Ky. majoring in mass communication with a concentration in broadcast, and Amber Aldridge, a senior from Denver, Colo., majoring in film, are interning with the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). Throughout their internship, they will be the face of the CIAA-TV, have the opportunity to work with the media, and travel to various CIAA athletic games and championships to record and report the games. Some of the latest events they have covered include basketball media day and the cross country, football and volleyball championship games.

“This experience that the CIAA has given Amber and I has been the highlight of our lives,” Blair said. “We are so humble and honored to have this opportunity to showcase our talents!”

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The School of Business and Technology was awarded the North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities Women’s Economic Empowerment program grant in the amount of $9,000.

The significant focus of the program is to encourage female students (first and second-year students who have note declared a major) to choose their majors and prepare them to think about jobs after graduation.

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On November 10, Mr. Richard Jaworkski, diplomat in residence for the Southern Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S., visited with students discussing the benefits and the process to become a part of Foreign Service. He also spoke about paid and unpaid internships with the Department of State for the summer and during the semester.

“Mr. Jaworkski spoke of the importance of international relationships with countries like Russia and China and the need to be globally engaged at a young age,” said Mr. Russell Brodie, director for the Center for Global Engagement and Leadership.

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International Education Week was a week full of numerous events showcasing international opportunities to celebrate the benefits of international education.

Throughout the course of the week, various events were scheduled. There was an international discussion with an alumnus about attending graduate school in London, students shared their international education experiences, there was a car

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The Raleigh Wake Alumni Chapter hosted movie night on November 29 in the Martin Luther King Jr. Conference Center for students that were unable to leave campus for the Thanksgiving holiday. Students and alumni enjoyed movies and popcorn as well as the warm fellowship. Each student left with a goody bag.

On behalf of the students, Saint Augustine’s University Student Trustee Justin Miller, a senior majoring in political science from Chicago, gave a very thoughtful thank you to the alumni chapter for showing students the true meaning of giving back.

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On November 13, 2014, 40 of Saint Augustine’s University scholars were inducted into the Alpha Kappa Mu National Honors Society. Officers of the Alpha Alpha chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu conducted the formal induction ceremony recognizing university students for their scholastic achievement.

Alpha Kappa Mu was founded in 1937 and its purpose is to recognize and reward high academic achievement and encourage young men and women to appreciate the roles they must play as participating citizens in a democratic social order. The presiding officers Darnella Reeder, Shaquitta Clark, and Shanyria Cook led the new members through the ceremony that emphasizes the Society’s values of character, scholarship, citizenship, service and leadership. Alpha Kappa Mu invitations are extended to upper-class students with 60 credit hours or more with a grade point average of at least 3.3.

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Interim President Everett B. Ward, Ph.D. hosted the New Bern Avenue Corridor Alliance (NBACA) committee meeting November 13 on campus. Dr. Ward serves as member of the Board of Directors.

The NBACA consists of a committed group of stakeholders, board of directors and board of advisors with the goal of assuring timely construction of essential infrastructure improvements along New Bern Avenue to the City of Raleigh from I-440 to Swain Street. The NBACA, which is a Section 501 (c) (3) public charity, meets regularly to discuss corridor initiatives and engage citizens, neighborhoods, businesses and institutions impacted by New Bern Avenue to:

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Several scholars in the School of Science, Mathematics and Engineering participated in the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in San Antonio, Texas from November 12 to November 15. Several Falcons presented their summer research project during the conference. They were Colleen Bramwell, Brianda Elzey, Richard Gilliam, Justin Jones, Harriet Ndlovu and Michael Thomas. Other Falcons to attend the conference included Jasmin Johnson, DeAsia L. Lewis, Michael Thomas, Derrick V. Williams, Tevin Williams and Malika Wood.

ABRCMS is one of the largest, professional conferences for underrepresented minority students and students with disabilities to pursue advanced training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Students from more than 350 U.S. colleges and universities attended the conference. ABRCMS serves as a key stepping stone enhancing the scientific and professional development of young scientists.

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Campus Events

Thursday, December 18: Women's Basketball hosts Barton College; 6:30 p.m.; Emery Gymnasium


Saturday, December 20: Women's Basketball hosts the University of Mount Olive; 2 p.m.; Emery Gymnasium