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U.S. Department of Education
awards SAU a $1.5 million grant

  • LTC Michael Cimato is the new dean of Military Science
  • Professor Tyler's artwork will be on exhibit
  • Volleyball Team wins a major victory
  • Falcon membership has its benefits
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Saint Augustine’s University’s (SAU) Academic Achievers/TRIO Programs has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a five year period from 2015 to 2020. The University will receive an annual amount of $310,810, which totals to $1,554,050. 

Out of 1,476 proposals submitted, SAU was one of 1,071 that was selected to receive funding by the U.S. Department of Education.

According to Antonio C. Stephens, director of the SAU Academic Achievers/Office of TRIO Programs, the mission of the SAU Academic Achievers/TRIO Program provides academic services and a supportive environment in order to retain and graduate low-income, first generation and/or disabled college students.

The Academic Achievers/TRIO Programs has been at SAU since 1978. This federal grant will enable SAU to provide the motivation and advocacy necessary for low-income, first-generation, and disabled students to complete a program of study in the attainment of a bachelor’s degree.  Eligible students will be provided mandatory and permissible services which include including academic one-to-one tutoring, individual needs assessment, academic advisement, financial literacy and economic literacy, financial aid counseling, career and/or graduate school counseling, peer mentoring, assistance with writing and technology, academic progress checks, academic enrichment workshops, cultural enrichment, and supplemental grant-aid.

The University serves 190 participants annually through the Academic Achievers/TRIO Program.

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Saint Augustine’s University welcomes Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Michael Cimato as dean and professor of Military Science.  LTC Cimato received a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Texas A&M University in 1998 and the Master of Science degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in 2011.  LTC Cimato’s military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Combined Logistics Captain’s Career Course and the College of Naval Command and Staff.

LTC Cimato most recently served as the transportation officer for the 4th Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade located in Fort Carson, Colo.  He has served in a variety of leadership and staff assignments at the Battalion, Brigade and Division level.  

LTC Cimato stated, “We want our cadets to be the elite leadership development and service organization at Saint Augustine’s University as well as a strong commitment to excellence, discipline and high standards every day.  I look forward to developing competent and confident cadets capable of building teams and leading teams in service to our Army and our country.”

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Two of Associate Professor Virginia Tyler’s artwork were selected for the 61st Annual Juried Exhibition at the Durham Art Guild located at 120 Morris Street in Durham, NC. Tyler’s artwork was selected by Alice Gray Stites, museum director and chief curator of 21c Museum Hotels.

There were more than 600 entries and only 67 were chosen.

This is the Durham Art Guild largest and most competitive exhibition. The exhibit runs from Friday, September 4 through Saturday, October 17.

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The Saint Augustine’s University women’s volleyball team continues to excel in the classroom and the court.

The Lady Falcons recently received their plaque for winning the CIAA Highest Grade Point Average (GPA) Award in women’s volleyball for the 2014-15 season. This marks the fourth straight time and the fifth time in six years that the Lady Falcons have earned the league's top team academic award in their sport.

“I am extremely proud of our volleyball team,” Saint Augustine's University President Dr. Everett B. Ward said. “Winning the academic award four consecutive years is further evidence that student-athletes are committed to being “scholar-athletes” at Saint Augustine’s University.”

The volleyball team has claimed the award every year since Nikki Bynum Bumpass became the head coach in 2011. Their winning GPA of 3.5 was not only the highest in the CIAA, but topped all athletic teams at Saint Augustine’s University.

“We are honored to win this award for the fourth straight year,” said Bumpass, who guided the Lady Falcons to the CIAA volleyball title in 2011. “These young ladies work diligently to maintain their high GPAs.”

The plaque will be on display at the Prezell R. Robinson Library on campus. Saint Augustine's University also won the CIAA highest GPA award in baseball, women’s basketball and football for the 2014-15 season. Their plaques will also be in the library display case.

The volleyball team opens the season by hosting the Lady Falcon Challenge at Emery Gymnasium on Friday, September 4, and Saturday, September 5. Six teams including the Lady Falcons will compete in the event.

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The University is now offering two athletic membership packages: the Falcon Pride Package and the Falcon 100 Club. By joining one and/or both memberships, you can be part of an exciting group of alumni, friends and supporters of Saint Augustine’s University Athletics who proudly champion 14 men and women’s sports programs.

The annual membership for the Falcon Pride Package is $250 and it includes a Falcon Football game day pass, game day program, parking for home games and two Falcon basketball home game passes.

The annual membership for the Falcon 100 Club is $100 and it includes a certificate, lapel pin and recognition at athletic events. 

Join today and play an important role in building and sustaining a high-quality intercollegiate athletic program at the University. To sign up and for more information, contact Dr. Steven E. Hairston at 919.516.4410 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Normally, faculty and staff are teaching and mentoring students at Saint Augustine’s University, but this past summer, they learned a thing or two about their well-being at the Prezell R. Robinson Library.

Dr. Kenneth Banks, a local board certified family practice physician, was the guest speaker of the health awareness program hosted by the Joseph G. Gordon Health Center staff on campus. The program was held during Men's Health Month to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of diseases.

Tim Stevenson, the registered nurse at the Gordon Health Center, was pleased with the turnout of approximately 25 faculty and staff members. Stevenson along with medical assistant Mary Holt planned the event.

“It went great,” Stevenson said. “I didn’t expect this many people. I was glad that people interacted and asked questions.”

Dr. Banks discussed several topics with the audience including heart disease and cancer, which are the leading causes of death in the United States, especially among blacks. He emphasized that proper eating, exercise and regular visits to the doctor are important. Head Football Coach Michael Morand, who was in attendance, says the program was very informative.

“It was good to have a doctor come on campus and teach us how to live a healthy life,” Morand said.

If you missed the health awareness program, don’t fret. Stevenson says more health events will be held during the 2015-2016 school year.

“It will be nice to have a session with the students involved,” Stevenson said.

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Under the direction of Dr. Paul Norman, dean of first year experience, the University has established a Male Mentoring Program. The mission of the program is to create an environment through mentorship that transforms Saint Augustine’s University male scholars into intellectually-focused global leaders.

According to Dr. Norman, in April of 2014, President Everett B. Ward met with SAU‘s male students for suggestions on how to improve the lives of the students at the University. With the ideas and cooperation of faculty and staff, the male mentoring program was established. The first meeting was held on August 18 where 20 male faculty and staff members expressed interest in the initiative.

Still in its early stages, Dr. Norman expressed the importance of the mentoring program for the sons of Saint Augustine’s University.

“The program is important because it will increase the retention and graduation rate among our male students and prepare them for leadership and success,” Norman said.

The next meeting is scheduled for August 27 at 11 a.m. in the Prezell R. Robinson Library. For more information about the Male Mentoring Program, contact Dr. Norman at 919.516.4353.

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Individuals who want to learn more about black cinema can do so beginning Monday, September 14 at 11 a.m. Moses Alexander Greene, assistant professor in the Department of Media & Communications, will bring his History of Black Cinema course live through his Periscope Lecture Series. Greene will utilize the social media app, periscope, to livestream the first 10 minutes of his course every Monday at 11 a.m. for the fall 2015 semester.

Periscope is a social media app that allows individuals to create and share live video broadcasts.

Greene, who is a 2013 Fellow of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation, shared why he was inspired to incorporate periscope into classroom.

“This is an opportunity for my scholars’ parents, siblings and their community to learn alongside them,” Greene said. “Most importantly, it provides me with a greater platform to stress the importance and impact African Americans have in media and film.”

To experience this course through the eyes of Falcon scholars, make sure you download periscope today. For more information about periscope, click HERE.

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A 21-year veteran of the New York City Department of Corrections, William Headen is currently serving as acting chief of the Saint Augustine’s University Campus Police Department.  Civil service is a way of life for the Headen family. Following in his father’s footsteps, Acting Chief Headen served as a correction officer from 1989 to 2010 at the New York City Department of Corrections at Rikers Island in Queens, New York. In 2012, he began his career at Saint Augustine’s University as a security officer and later became a police officer in 2015.

As acting chief, Headen wants to move the police department into a new direction.

“I want to change the way the department is viewed and change some of the philosophies and methodologies of the department,” Acting Chief Headen said.  “It is important that the police department maintains a good rapport with students, faculty and community; therefore, I will continue the police department’s open door policy and promote and ensure the Falcon community that our campus is safe and secure.”

Headen will served as acting chief until Chief Boykin returns from medical leave in January 2016.

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The first game is one week away, but the season is off to a rousing start for the Saint Augustine’s University football team.
The Falcons received a plaque Friday, August 21, 2015, for having the highest grade point average (GPA) of all the CIAA football teams during the 2014-15 athletic season. The honor is the third straight for the Falcons, who earned the award five of the last six seasons.
“This is further evidence that Saint Augustine’s University is dedicated to its mission of developing scholar-athletes,” said Saint Augustine’s University President Dr. Everett B. Ward.
The latest academic achievement comes under the direction of Head Coach Michael Morand. He says the accolade shows that Saint Augustine’s University is serious about education.
“I am proud of what our team has accomplished,” said Morand, whose squad posted a 2.7 cumulative grade point average in the 2014-15 season. “This says a lot about their commitment to academics.”
Morand praised Tim Chavous, the running backs coach who is also the team’s academic coordinator. The Falcons began their three-year streak of CIAA academic honors since Chavous joined the football staff. Much of the credit, Morand says, goes to the “scholar-athletes” who aspire to excel in the classroom as well as on the football field.
“Getting good grades is just as important as winning games,” Morand said.
The plaque will be on display at the Prezell R. Robinson Library on campus. Saint Augustine’s University also won the CIAA team highest GPA award in baseball, women’s basketball and women’s volleyball for the 2014-15 season. Their plaques will also be in the library display case.

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Kanton T. Reynolds has been appointed as the interim dean for the School of Business, Management & Technology.

A native of Columbia, S.C., Reynolds received his Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University.  He then matriculated to North Carolina A&T State University where he obtained a Master of Science degree in industrial engineering.  Dr. Reynolds later attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received his MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School. In May 2014, Kanton received his Doctor of Philosophy in leadership studies from North Carolina A&T State University with a focus on leadership development in post-conflict countries and emerging nations. 

Dr. Reynolds has nearly two decades of corporate leadership and industry experience at General Motors, Delphi Chassis Systems, IBM and Lenovo in a variety of roles including Quality, Process Improvement and Assurance, Performance, Signal Integrity and PC/Server Systems Development. 

In addition, Dr. Reynolds has international experience as a graduate intern at the United States Department of State where he was assigned to the political and economic sections of the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi. He has also worked as a graduate researcher at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Ga., where he was responsible for political and human rights issues in Malawi and Sudan as well as monitoring compliance with United Nations treaties and international elections standards for other countries of interest. Most recently, Dr. Reynolds served as an international election observer for The Carter Center in Mahdia, Guyana as a part of the 2015 Parliamentary and Presidential election cycle in the country. He has studied globally in a number of countries including Ghana, South Africa, Malawi and Argentina.

Dr. Reynolds’ office is located in the Cheshire Building, Room 107.

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Radio personality Donal Ware hosted the 10th anniversary of BOXTOROW, a national sports talk radio show, at Seby B. Jones Fine Arts Building on Thursday, August 20.

BOXTOROW airs every Saturday at 11 a.m. on WAUG-AM Power 750. WAUG is the only original affiliate that still carries BOXTOROW.


The campus of Saint Augustine’s University came alive on Wednesday, August 12 when the University welcomed its newest Falcons, the Class of 2019. From August 12 through August 18, these sons and daughters of Saint Augustine’s University had the opportunity to become acquainted with the University.  The students were engaged in various activities, events and meetings from laser tag to meetings with their peer mentors and university officials to motivational sessions on how to go from their freshman year to a career.

The Falcons were also welcomed by President Everett B. Ward, Ph.D. in their first assembly in Emery Gymnasium.

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Dr. Henry Ponder, who has served as president of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, helped the University kick off the University’s 2015 Faculty and Staff Institute on Monday, August 10. His topic of discussion focused on governance and its impact on historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

“Today, when we survey the landscape of governing agencies for higher education, it appears that the “deck” is stacked against HBCUs,” Ponder said.  “Whether this appearance is real or not does not matter. Whether we like it or not, those agencies are here to stay. The survival of HBCUs will depend on how successful we are at meeting their requirements. It is my hope and belief that HBCUs will become strong because our leaders will do what their predecessors did, make bricks without straw.”

Ponder, who is known in academia, has an extensive wisdom and knowledge about HBCUs. He has served as the president at three HBCUs: Benedict College, Fisk University and Talladega College.

Following Ponder’s message, faculty and staff were engaged in workshops, panel discussions and professional development seminars throughout the week in preparation for the 2015-2016 academic year. Another highlight of the institute included a presentation from Erica Miller, who was nominated by President Barack Obama as the assistant secretary for the Office of Postsecondary Education.

Ms. Miller is the daughter of the late Mr. A. Melvin Miller, J.D., who was a alumnus of Saint Augustine's University and served as a member of the University's Board of Trustees. Mr. Miller also served as chairman of the Board from 2007-2008 and interim president of the University from March 1999 to November 1999.

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Saint Augustine’s University will serve as a pilot participant for Haven (Helping Advocates for Violence Ending Now) for first-year students this fall.  Haven is an online educational module designed to recognize the various forms of sexual violence and harassment, how to prevent sexual violence and how to help a friend who has experienced interpersonal violence (harassment, stalking, abusive relationships and sexual assault).

“Haven is an outstanding customizable tool that addresses critical issues of sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence and stalking, said Breona Hayes, the University’s Title IX coordinator. “The online educational course provides our students at Saint Augustine’s
University with a positive path forward in the prevention of Title IX infractions.”

The Haven program is also a comprehensive compliance prevention program that will allow the University to utilize data to strengthen programming on campus. The program can be utilized by students, faculty and staff.

Other universities who are also serving as pilot participants include the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, Elizabeth City State University, Spelman College, Morehouse, Tennessee State University and Johnson C. Smith University.

The University plans to implement Haven for the entire student body in fall 2016.

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Saint Augustine’s University welcomes alumna Ms. Tiwanna Nevels as director of library services for the Prezell R. Robinson Library. Ms. Nevels received a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational management from SAU in 2007 and the Master of Library Science degree from North Carolina Central University in 2009.

Nevels brings to this position a profound knowledge of libraries, with a deep passion for scholarly research, and a keen understanding of the centrality of libraries in today's colleges and universities. She stated, “I am excited to return home to my dear alma mater. As I assess the needs of the 21st century student and library, it is my goal to provide innovative programs and services that will support the university's strategic goals. I look forward to building key relationships with faculty and staff that will enhance student learning and outcomes for both the traditional and non-traditional student.”

Nevels is a member of the American Library Association and the North Carolina Library Association.

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Professor Natalie Bullock-Brown, assistant professor in the Department of Media & Communication, will be a featured regular contributor for WUNCU-FM 91.5’s #Culture360,a new monthly radio series. The series debuted on Wednesday, August 5 and will air every Wednesday at noon. #Culture360 will examine the intersections of identity, culture, politics, media and technology. Frank Stasio, the long-time host of WUNC’s The State of Things, will serve as the moderator.

Bullock Brown is an award winning and Emmy nominated producer and consultant. She is currently working on Baartman, Beyoncé and Me, her first feature length documentary film as a director. Baartman, Beyoncé and Me will look at beauty standards and their impact on black females. Follow Brown on Twitter at @NatalieBB2.

WUNC-FM 91.5 also streams 24/7 online at http://wunc.org/stream-change#stream/0.

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The Falcon football team held its first football practice of the 2015 season on Wednesday, August 12. The Falcons will begin the regular season at Division I North Carolina Central University on Saturday, September 5 in Durham, N.C., at 6 p.m. Their first home contest is September 12 against Virginia Union University at the George Williams Athletic Complex at 1 p.m.

The women’s volleyball team will open their season by hosting the Lady Falcon Challenge in Emery Gymnasium on September 4 through September 5.

For the Falcons and Lady Falcons complete schedule for 2015, visit the Department of Athletics website at http://saintaugfalcons.com.

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The School of Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering hosted the 12th Annual Research Day in Penick Hall of Science on Thursday, April 30. The School had 16 seniors who conducted research in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics field with faculty research mentors on-site at Saint Augustine’s University. Three additional students completed their year and a half long research at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park. The students’ hard work and dedication were evident as they presented their work in either poster or oral format. Students were awarded certificates and monetary awards for best work.

The winners were as follows:


Assistant Dean of the School of Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering and Associate Professor Dr. Doreen Cunningham was accepted to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Educators of Excellence: Tropical Ecology Institute.

She was one of only twelve accepted from numerous applications within the state of North Carolina.


Campus Events

Friday, September 4 & Saturday, September 5: The Lady Falcon Challenge (Women's Volleyball Team); Emery Gymnasium

Saturday, September 12: Falcon Football: The Falcons vs. Virginia Union; 1 p.m.; George Williams Athletic Complex

Thursday, September 24: Fall Convocation; 11 a.m.; University's Quadrangle; Guest speaker: Venessa Harrison, president of AT&T North Carolina

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

Friday, October 30: Investiture Ceremony for President Dr. Everett B. Ward; 10 a.m.; Raleigh Convention Center