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Professor Zane Publishes Fourth Book

  • A Falcon Day of Research
  • SAU Day in Georgia
  • Falcons Participate in Half Marathons
  • Professor Dukes to be a guest on UpFront
  • Falcons Stomp Out Sexual Assault
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J. Peder Zane, chairman of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, has just published his fourth book. “Off the Books: On Literature and Culture” (University of South Carolina Press) collects 130 columns he wrote as Book Review Editor for the Raleigh News & Observer between from 1997 to 2009.

Kirkus Reviews observes: “Organized into a dozen thematic sections—contemporary fiction, Southern writers, book culture and sensationalism, etc.—the book, writes the author, offers ‘an overview of a period of dazzling, and sometimes lamentable change…marked by the rise of the Internet and the confessional memoir as well as the decline of the independent bookstore and the continued marginalization of serious literature and ideas.’”

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On April 16, Saint Augustine’s University students participated in the 6th Annual Undergraduate Research Day. This year’s theme was Evolving Undergraduate Research and Creativity: Transforming the Future. The University celebrated the work of students engaged in research and creative endeavours.

“It has been an honor to participate in this collaborative initiative of faculty and staff who volunteer their time to organize a celebration of student endeavors in research and creativity,” said Dr. Elizabeth Fournier, chair of UR Day. “This year’s smaller number of presenters led to more robust audience participation in all three sessions, reminding us all that it is just as important to listen and respond as it is to speak first.”

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The Metro Atlanta Alumni Chapter hosted its annual Saint Augustine’s University Day and honors luncheon on Sunday, April 19. The event took place at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Decatur, Ga. Local alumni, officers of the National Alumni Association and supporters were in attendance.

President Everett B. Ward, Ph.D. was the speaker for the morning worship service. The theme of his message was the importance of supporting historically black colleges and universities. During his delivery, he emphasized a few of the successes of the students at Saint Augustine’s University.Everyone came away feeling really good about what he had to say about our beloved alma mater.

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A group of colleagues from Saint Augustine’s University donned their running shoes and took part in three different half marathons this past weekend. Ms. Tenisha Robinson, program assistant in the Office of the Provost, Ms. Valerie Evans, director of the Honors College, and Dr. Kristene Kelly, associate athletic director/senior woman administrator, ran 13.1 miles for the love of running. Yes, you read that right…for the love of running.

Robinson competed in the Charlotte RaceFest Half Marathon in Charlotte, N.C. Evans competed in the Raleigh Rock -n- Roll Half Marathon in Raleigh. Kelly competed in the Run Like a Diva Half Marathon in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Inside SAU sat down with the three runners and asked a few questions:


How many half marathons have you completed including this one?

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Assistant Professor Dr. Warren Dukes, assistant professor of Criminal Justice, has been invited to be a guest on Shaw University’s WSHA 88.9 FM for an UpFront! Conversation. The topic of discussion will be centered on the interim report from the President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing and Efficacy of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement.

UpFront is a weekly community program that serves as a voice and resource for citizens that are disenfranchised and underrepresented. The program’s guests are community leaders and elected officials that provide insight about the affairs of Raleigh, Wake County and North Carolina as related to underserved communities.

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More than 65 volunteers, runners and walkers participated the Title IX office and ROTC's Stomp Out Sexual Assault 5K Run/1 Mile Walk on Saturday, April 25 in observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The goal of the event was to promote bystander intervention, emphasize the importance of social courage and raise awareness to the epidemic of sexual assaults.

Some of the organizations included members of the American Legion Charles T. Norwood Post 157 and the Women’s Auxiliary, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Mu Delta, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority,Inc.

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The Saint Augustine’s University Board of Trustees voted unanimously to remove the interim status from Dr. Everett B. Ward’s title and name him the 11th president of Saint Augustine's University effective immediately.

Ward is the third alumnus to hold the post in the 148-year history of Saint Augustine’s University.

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The Falcon community recognized nearly 400 scholars during the annual University Honors Convocation on Thursday, April 9. Honors Convocation is an annual celebration where the University publicly recognizes and commends students for their distinguished academic achievements. The Honors Convocation is among the most important ceremonies of the University’s academic year.

The guest speaker for this year’s convocation was alumnus Xavier Donaldson, Esq. Throughout his speech, Atty. Donaldson emphasized that the St. Aug in him gave him the ability to be great and the ability to distinguish himself.

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Under the direction of President Ward, the University has begun to enhance and refine the research infrastructure of the institution. President Ward extended an invitation to individuals who would make a significant impact on the University by establishing the Saint Augustine’s University/External Research Advisory Committee (SAU/ERAC). The goal of the SAU/ERAC is to determine faculty expertise in research areas and recommend faculty that would benefit from mentorship and be groomed as researchers.

On Wednesday, April 8, members of the SAU/ERAC meet with some university administrative staff and STEM and public health faculty members along with Dr. Nadine Barrett, director of the Office of Health Equity and Disparities at Duke Cancer Institute on Wednesday, April 8. All engaged in a thoroughly lengthy conversation about the upside of research, the benefits of collaborations, and unifying and solidifying a research intense culture on the grounds of Saint Augustine’s University.

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Mr. Stephen McCleon, a sophomore from Raleigh majoring in sociology, has been selected to receive a $2,400 UPS Scholarship provided through the North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities (NCICU). NCICU is a statewide association for private colleges and universities that is affiliated with the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). At the national level, CIC teams up with the UPS Foundation to distribute funding of the UPS Scholarship. This year, CIC awarded nearly $1.5 million in scholarships from its UPS Educational Endowment Fund to private institutions of higher learning across the nation, including a grant of $87,300 to the North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of the students’ academic achievement and financial need.

“Through this national scholarship program, CIC and UPS are delighted this year to make it possible for 614 talented young men and women to attend the private college or university of their choice,” said Richard Ekman, president of CIC. “By directly assisting students with significant financial need, CIC and UPS are helping a new generation of students achieve their dreams of a college education.”

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On Saturday, April 11, the University held its annual spring open house. Parents and prospective students traveled from near and far to the University to learn more about the various academic programs as well as meet faculty, administrators and current students and tour the campus.

The open house began in the Martin Luther King Jr. Conference Center where parents and students had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with faculty and staff from each academic school, the Department of Athletics, housing, admissions and more. Next, they were escorted to Emery Gymnasium and were entertained by the Superior Sound Marching Band.  The band and the BlueChips cheerleaders had everyone moving to the Falcon beat . Following all of the excitement, parents and prospective students attended a workshop.

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Omar Johnson (Jr./St. Ann, Jamaica) won the men’s 100-meter dash in the Hampton Relays outdoor track and field meet at Armstrong Stadium on Saturday, April 11.

Johnson crossed the finish line first in an NCAA Division II provisional time of 10.42 seconds. Teammate Burkheart Ellis, Jr. (Jr./Raleigh, NC) was second in a provisional time of 10.49 seconds.

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The pitching trio of Meranda Zanni (So./Phoenix, OR), Korey Hill (So./Virginia Beach, VA) and Hannah Stutts (Sr./Statesville, NC) held Johnson C. Smith University scoreless as Saint Augustine’s University won 5-0 and 2-0 in a CIAA softball doubleheader at Buffaloe Road Park on Monday, April 13.

The Lady Falcons gained sole possession of first place in the CIAA Southern Division with the sweep. They are 4-0 in the Southern Division and 13-9 overall.

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Assistant Professor of English Chris Massenburg has been awarded a Nasir Jones Fellowship at Harvard University for the 2015-2016 academic year. The fellowship is at the Hip Hop Archive & Research Institute at the Hutchins Center.

The Fellowship will provide selected scholars and artists an opportunity to show that “education is real power” as it builds upon the achievements of those who demonstrate exceptional capacity for productive scholarship and exceptional creative ability in the arts and in connection with hip hop.

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The U.S. Army ROTC recognized Cadet Brandon Pitchford with a $36,000 ROTC scholarship in Charlotte, N.C. during the annual Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Basketball Tournament, which was held February 23-28, 2015.

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Marilyn Foote-Hudson, executive director of the NC GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Foundation announced GSK contribution of $10,000 toward an endowment for Saint Augustine’s University for participating in the Women In Science Scholars Program.

On March 27, GSK hosted its biannual Women In Science Scholars Program at the Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC. The theme was The Intersection of Art and Science. GSK mentors, student scholars and faculty representatives had the opportunity to network and learn how science has been incorporated into the arts for centuries. Additionally, participants were able to tour NC Museum of Art and witness the science first hand.

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The University will serve as the home for the John Hope Franklin: Imprint of an American Scholar Exhibit until May 8 in the Prezell R. Robinson Library. Dr. John Whittington Franklin, son of Dr. John Hope and Aurelia Franklin, was in attendance for the unveiling of the exhibit along with alumni, faculty, staff, students and members of the community on April 1.

According to the Duke University Libraries’ web site, the exhibit serves as an imprint of Franklin’s work of utilizing history and knowledge to cultivate a better human society. The exhibit was curated by John B. Gartrell, director of the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture at Duke University.

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On March 25, seventeen 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 achievements.

The new members were led 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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From March 17 through March 28, the artworks of Saint Augustine’s University scholars ​Kaili Ingram, Liz Eraderi and Blair Gray were on display as part of the “Center/Gallery: Feminist Legacy, Feminist Future” exhibit at the Carrack Gallery in Durham, N.C. Professor Virginia Tyler of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts coordinated the show and her artwork was also displayed during the exhibit.

On Saturday, March 28, Ingram also had some of her work featured as part of the “Art Share & Artist Videos” night at the Carrack Modern in Durham. Her motion graphic interpretation of Sojourner Truth's speech, "Ain't I a Woman?” was shown with artist videos by Bryant Holsenbeck, Pat Dougherty and others.

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In the Historic Chapel on March 27, nine Falcons in the School of Continuing Education were inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society – Sigma Pi Chapter. In front of family and friends, each scholar pledge to uphold the values of the Society.

In 1945, Dr. Rollin B. Posey, the dean of University College, founded Alpha Sigma Lambda to honor those dedicated adult students who, while handling their life responsibilities, achieve and maintain high scholastic standards. The Society serves as a vehicle for imparting appreciation for adult students’ academic achievements and contributions.

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Campus Events


Wednesday, May 6: Student Life Awards; 6 p.m.; Seby Jones Auditorium


Saturday, May 16: Commencement; 9 a.m.; University's Quadrangle