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Staff Senate

  • The Urgency of Now
  • Falcons Go Red
  • SAU Increases its Study Abroad Opportunities
  • Zanni is a Member of the Preseason All-CIAA
    Softball Team
  • Falcons on the Move
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For the first in the history of Saint Augustine’s University, there is now a Staff Senate. On February 4, staff members from various offices and departments met in the Prezell R. Robinson library to start the process and pave the way to shared governance.
The purpose of the Staff Senate is to seek ways to improve communication and collaborative decisions made across the University.  The Senate may share ideas and concerns with President Everett B. Ward and members of the leadership team on any matters pertaining to the institution that are of interest and concern to the staff.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the Senate elected their chair, Mr. Tony Middleton, general manager for WAUG Network, who willing accepted the dutiful responsibility to be the lead voice of the Senate. Middleton is also an alumnus of the University. 

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In observance of Black History Month, the Office of the President in conjunction with the Department of Media & Communications in the School of Liberal Arts & Education present The Urgency of Now: The 2016 African American History Film & Discussion Series. On February 4, the University hosted the viewing of the documentary "Chisolm '72: Unbought & Unbossed.”

The next scheduled films are as follows:

February 11
6:30 p.m.
Wilmington on Fire

This is a feature-length documentary that gives a historical and present-day look at the "Wilmington Massacre of 1898" and how the descendants of its victims are asking for legal action in regards to compensation. The Wilmington Massacre of 1898 was a bloody attack on the African-American community by a heavily armed white mob on November 10, 1898 in the port city of Wilmington, N.C. Following the presentation, a post viewing discussion will feature the filmmaker Mr. Chris Everett along with President Ward and Assistant Professor Mr.  Moses T. Alexander Greene, Department of Media & Communications. Assistant Professor Mrs. Natalie Bullock-Brown, Department of Media & Communications, will serve as the moderator

February 18
6:30 p.m.
The Great Debaters

A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship.

Actor and alumnus Robert X. Golphin played the role of Dunbar Reed opposite Academy Award winner Denzel Washington in The Great Debaters.

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February is Heart Disease Awareness month and on February 5, the Joseph G. Gordon Health Center hosted a “Go Red” event in the Prezell R. Robinson Library.

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On February 5, Saint Augustine's University hosted Emma Coelho, partnership development manager at Anglo Educational Services based in London, England. Ms. Coelho was in the United States visiting schools to develop partnerships for the company's Study Abroad and Global Internship programs.  She visited the University as a guest of Dr. Kanton Reynolds, director of International Programs. The visit was a follow up from an initial visit Dr. Reynolds made to their offices in London last fall seeking international partners to facilitate opportunities for SAU students to study and work abroad. 
Saint Augustine's University was the only historically black college or university visited during the business development trip which included stops to Clemson University, North Carolina State University and East Carolina University.

During her visit to the University, Ms. Coelho met with Dr. Cindy Love, director of Professional Development and Career Services, to discuss summer employment opportunities at places such as the British Parliament, London Zoo and British Museum. In addition, she met with Dr. Sevelyn Smith, director of the Honors Program and Assistant Professor Moses Alexander Greene with whom she is helping to develop a faculty-led trip to Paris in late-April of this year focused on African-American culture.

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Pitcher Meranda Zanni (Jr./Phoenix, OR) was named to the 2016 Preseason All-CIAA Softball Team on February 5. She will lead a Lady Falcons’ squad picked to finish second in the Southern Division and third in the CIAA this season.
Zanni was an integral part of the Lady Falcons’ team which captured the CIAA championship for the first time since 1991 and advanced to its first-ever NCAA Division II Tournament last season. The Lady Falcons were also crowned co-Southern Division champions.
Zanni, also a second baseman, ranked second in the conference in earned run average (2.50) and batted .394 to earn All-CIAA first team honors a season ago. She also ranked first in the CIAA in doubles (13) and saves (2) and second in shutouts (3).
The exercise science major was named CIAA Tournament MVP after posting a 2-1 pitching record and a 1.93 earned run average during the Lady Falcons’ championship run. She also pitched the final inning, shutting out Chowan, in the Lady Falcons’ 8-2 title win.

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Jumpers Shakinah Brooks (Jr./Raleigh, NC) and Jumonne Exeter (Fr./St. Vincent) were honored by the CIAA on February 5. Brooks was named CIAA Indoor Women’s Field Athlete of the Week and Exeter was chosen CIAA Indoor Men’s Field Athlete of the Week.
Brooks broke her own facility record at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C., last weekend with a winning leap of 20-5¼ at the Camel City Invitational. Brooks is now ranked No. 2 in the nation in Division II after leaping a collegiate indoor personal best. She also solidified her No. 1 CIAA ranking with the jump, which automatically qualifies her for the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.
Exeter earned a No. 6 national ranking in Division II and a No. 1 CIAA ranking with his provisional leap of 49-6¼ in the triple jump at the Camel City Invitational. Exeter placed second in the event.
Brooks and Exeter are the latest scholar-athletes from Saint Augustine’s University to win CIAA weekly indoor track and field honors. Four Falcons and Lady Falcons in addition to legendary Head Coach George Williams have received CIAA weekly accolades this season. Brooks and Williams have won two conference awards each.

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When an employer interviews numerous college students for an internship, he or she looks for a candidate who is the right fit for their company.

However, what happens when an employer interviews 10 candidates and all candidates are exactly what their company wants? The
only thing that makes sense— hire all 10. In December of 2015, ten Falcons were hired by AT&T’s Area Manager for Network Operations
Mr. Robert Wilson to be part of the AT&T Operations Internship. The AT&T Operations Internship will provide each Falcon with the ins and outs of planning, designing, building and maintaining one of the largest networks in the world. The internship will also include challenging projects and the chance to work with multiple teams with different perspectives. Furthermore, they will interact with senior leaders and gain valuable insight as part of AT&T’s Executive Speaker Series. At the end of the internship, Falcons will have an opportunity to present their accomplishments to AT&T’s vice presidents and show the value their brought to the company.

“The AT&T Operations Internship is a professional development opportunity for our scholars to gain practical hands-on experience,” said Dr. Cindy Register Love, director of the University’s Professional Development and Career Services. “In order for each scholar to be selected for the internship, they were engaged in a rigorous process of a “Brand Called YOU” to include resume and interview preparation, and dress for success etiquette.”

The Falcon Elite 10 are as follows:

Beatrice Beaubrun
Freshman, Business Major
Sicklerville, NJ

Carneisha Cosby
Junior, Public Health Science Major
Richmond, Va.

Ashley Crawford
Sophomore, Elementary Education Major
Franklinton, NC

Kendrick Cunningham
Sophomore, Elementary Education Major
Charlotte, NC

Tamiya Dortch
Junior, Political Science Major
Goldsboro, NC

Stephen Gumbs
Junior, Exercise Science Major
Hartford, Conn.

Kyrie Givens
Sophomore, Business Administration Major
Washington, DC

Reshae Green
Junior, Theater Major
Upper Marlboro, MD

Carlisa Maxwell
Sophomore, Psychology Major
Charlotte, NC

Alexandria Saunders
Junior, Sport Management Major
Baltimore, MD

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On January 18, Saint Augustine’s University partnered with the United Way of the Greater Triangle to host a Community Baby Shower in observance of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through a day of service.

With the support of faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community donate more than 6,000 diapers, nearly 11,000 baby wipes and other baby essentials such as baby food, bibs, bottles, pacifiers, baby wash and baby formula to aid families in the Triangle area.

Ann Brown, dean of women and director of Camp Life, shared that statistics show that in the Triangle area, one in three families struggle to buy diapers for their children. Without basic items like diapers and wipes, infants and babies are at risk for health issues and are not able to enroll in child care centers, impacting their parents’ ability to work or attend school.

Brown, who spearheaded SAU’s Community Baby Shower, expressed that the community baby shower could not have been successful without the generosity of others.

“The University could not have reached our goal of donating 6,000 diapers without the support of our Falcons and the Raleigh community,” Brown said. “I truly thank our volunteers for their time. However, I was especially proud of two youngest volunteers, who were a sixth and seventh grader.”

Each volunteer received a T-shirt, a thank you card and SAU hand sanitizer wipes.

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On January 21, Saint Augustine’s University honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by hosting its annual Martin Luther King Jr. observance program. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and the members of the community packed Emery Gymnasium to commemorate the life and legacy of social activist Dr. King. The guest speaker for the program was Reverend Bankole Akinbinu, pastor Baptist Grove Church in Raleigh. Rev. Akinbinu gave a heartfelt, spiritual message by detailing throughout his message that one should not “squander their inheritance.”

“Each of us has received a great inheritance,” Rev. Akininu expressed. “Remember in Luke 12:48, reminds us that to whom much is given, much is required.  Dr. King did not squander his inheritance. What will you with your inheritance?”

The program ended with everyone in attendance locking hands and singing “We Shall Overcome,” which was a key anthem of the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

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President Everett B. Ward had the distinguished honor of being the guest of U.S. Rep. David Price, D-N.C., for President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on January 12. North Carolina’s members of Congress were allowed to bring just one guest to President Obama’s address before the joint session of Congress. It was President Obama’s final State of the Union as President of the United States.  

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President Everett B. Ward and the University Choir were invited to Mt. Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Williamston, N.C. on January 18 as part of their 28th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Observance. President Ward, who was introduced by alumna Crystal Williams, ’90, served as the guest speaker and the University Choir performed various musical selections. Members of the Office of Admissions were also in attendance to speak with prospective Falcons about the various degree programs offered at SAU, admission requirements, etc.

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Mr. Ja’Quice Bethea-Oates and Ms. Gentel Blair, the 2015-2016 Mr. and Miss Saint Augustine’s University, participated in the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in Smithfield, N.C. on January 8. Sponsored by the Johnston County Branch of the NAACP, members of the Falcon community joined hundreds of other spectators for the City’s annual parade.

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A company co-owned by former tennis great Andre Agassi made a heavy donation to the Saint Augustine’s University athletic department on Monday, January 25.

A truckload full of weight equipment from BILT by Agassi & Reyes was unloaded on campus Monday afternoon. The items, worth approximately $100,000, featured quad pulley machines, tricep presses, biceps curls, Olympic benches, a hip flexor and abdominal machine. The donation will help support the athletic program at Saint Augustine’s University, according to athletic director George Williams.

“This is a whole new life for us as far as athletics and training,” Williams said. “We are trying to make sure that our student-athletes have the best weight training possible. With this equipment, I am certain that they will have the best weight training of any school our size.”

The student-athletes will now have strength training options. A weight room with the new machines will open in Lynch Hall in two to three weeks. The current weight room in Atkinson Hall will consist of free weights. The Taylor Wellness Center also has area for weight training.
The donation stemmed from the friendship between Williams and Steve Miller, the CEO of Agassi Graf Holdings and Andre Agassi Foundation for Education. Miller runs the Las Vegas-based company started in 2012 by Agassi and Gil Reyes, who was Agassi’s longtime trainer.

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Led by Daniel Jamieson (Sr./Windsor, CT), Saint Augustine's University was impressive over the weekend at the Virginia Tech Invitational indoor track and field meet, which was held at Rector Fieldhouse on January 15 and January 16.

Jamieson posted a victory in the men's 200-meter dash and placed third in the men's 60-meter dash. The Falcons' sprinter blazed the track in 21.38 seconds to take the 200 over Anthony Bynum, who placed second as an unattached runner in 21.42. In the 60, Jamieson finished third in 6.778, barely missing second place by six-thousandth of a second.

Jamieson helped the Falcons and Lady Falcons amass 12 top-five finishes at the indoor meet. Overall, Saint Augustine's University recorded 16 top-10 finishes.

The Falcons were especially dominant in the men's 400-meter dash and 800-meter run. Omar Johnson (Sr./St. Ann, Jamaica) and Khari Herbert, Jr. (Jr./Coral Springs ,FL) placed second and third, respectively, in the 400. Johnson was timed in 47.56 followed by Herbert in 47.71. Former Falcons' standout Dane Hyatt, who ran unattached, was the 400 winner in 46.85. In the 800, Shaquille Dill (Fr./Pembroke, Bermuda) was second in 1:52.93 and Immanuel Hutchinson (Sr./San Jacinto, CA) was third in 1:52.95.

Burkheart Ellis, Jr. (Sr./Raleigh, NC) joined Jamieson as a top-5 finisher in the men's 60, placing fifth in 6.85. He also finished sixth in the men's 200 in 21.95. The foursome of Herbert, Hutchinson, Dill and Johnson crossed the finish line second in the men's 4x400-meter relay in 3:11.75. Taylor Eubanks (Jr./Everett, WA) was seventh in the triple jump with a leap of 46-2.

In the women's events, the trio of Ornella Livingston (Sr./Christiana, Jamaica), Tia-Adana Belle (Jr./St. George, Barbados) and Shakinah Brooks (Jr./Raleigh, NC) each placed fourth in their respective events. Livingston ran a time of 7.54 in the 60-meter dash and Belle posted a time of 8.59 in the 60-meter hurdles. Brooks leaped 18-10½ in the long jump.

The quartet of Ade Hunter (So./Philadelphia, PA), Livingston, Mylene Cannon (Jr./Dallas, TX) and Belle was fifth in the 4x400 relay in 3:53.62. Amenze Uhunmwangho (Sr./Ebo, Nigeria) placed seventh in the long jump with a leap of 18-5 and Shamia Lassiter (Sr./Chesapeake, VA) was seventh in the 60 hurdles in 8.81.

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Falcon holiday cheer was in the air on December 4 as the University hosted its tree lighting ceremony and Christmas dinner for students.  President Ward opened the ceremony with holiday greetings followed by Mr. & Miss SAU giving the Falcon command to turn on the light switch for the Christmas trees and decoration that beautifully lit up the University quadrangle.

After the tree lighting ceremony, President Ward and members of his executive staff along with student leaders moved over to the dining hall to serve students a Christmas dinner filled with all of the holiday trimmings in the Martin Luther King Jr. Dining Hall. The dinner was filled with good food, music and Falcon fellowship.

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The Falcon community had the opportunity to listen to Assistant Professor of History Shirlkeymu L. Winston, Ph.D. interview Mr. Lemuel T. Delany Jr. on December 3 in the Prezell R. Robinson Library. The topic of the interview was centered on HIStory: Combining the Life and Lineage of the Delany Family and the Saint Augustine’s University Legacy.

Mr. Delany is part a member of the distinguished Delany family. He is the grandson of the first black Episcopal bishop in North Carolina, Bishop Henry B. Delany. Two of his aunts, Sadie and Bessie Delany, are SAU alumnae. Their best-selling memoir, “Having Our Say,” was made into a hit Broadway play. His grandson is a recent graduate of SAU.

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Falcons had an opportunity to learn about studying abroad in China on December 3. The Office of International Programs presented Chinese Language & Culture in Nanjing featuring guest speaker Wenhua Zhou, a visiting professor at N.C. State University. Zhou shared information about the Nanjing Program, which is sponsored by the Confucius Institute at NC State. Zhou will serve as the program director for the 2016 Study Abroad Program to Nanjing Normal University.

The program is designed for students interested in studying Chinese language and culture. Students will have the opportunity to take part in various cultural activities such as lectures on topics of Chinese culture, attending Chinese art performances and excursions to Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou. The study abroad excursion will immerse Falcons into Chinese culture while earning up to six credit hours. Falcons would also have the opportunity to communicate and interact with local Chinese students.

A highlight of the event was a presentation made by three Falcons that had the opportunity to study in China this past summer. The students were Mr. Saint Augustine’s University JaQuice TyKwan Bethea, a senior from Laurinburg, N.C. majoring in mathematical engineering, Brittany Cottrell and Aaron Thomas, a senior from Newark, N.J. majoring in film.

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The holiday spirit was in full swing during the annual winter holiday concert in the Seby B. Jones Fine Arts Center Auditorium on December 4. Administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni and members of the community were wonderfully enchanted by the musical selections from the University Wind Ensemble. Following the wind ensemble, the Readers’ Theatre Troupe took the stage and gave the audience a visual image of all of the mouth-watering smells and food of a Christmas dinner as well as the real reason for the season. The end of the program featured the University Choir. The Choir performed Christmas songs from Christmas Time is Here to O Holy Night to Deck the Halls.

The holiday concert ended with everyone in attendance singing Joy to the World.

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Jessica Whitaker and Vivian Wooten, representatives with Duke Energy, hosted a session in the School of Business, Management and Technology discussing Duke Energy’s various internships and co-op positions with students on November 20. They shared with the Falcons that Duke Energy is looking for students from all majors and most importantly, how each major could help Duke Energy fulfill its mission. The representatives also shared information regarding the fact that Duke Energy is located in 25 states; therefore, opportunities for students were not limited to North Carolina and the east coast.

The University is currently working with Duke Energy through the Office of Professional Development and Career Services in securing students to work beginning in the summer of 2016. 

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Alumnus Dennis English, ‘01, director of the N.C.’s Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses, recently visited the School of Business, Management and Technology to speak with students who aspire to be business owners. He shared his expertise on establishing a mission statement, marketing oneself and one’s product and how to network effectively.

“A successful son of this great university, Mr. English instantly connected with the students who sat where he sat years ago,” said Evangeline Brodie, CPA, assistant professor of accounting.

Dr. Kanton Reynolds, interim dean of the School, thanked Mr. English for his faithful service and presented him with a certificate of appreciation.

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Campus Events

Wednesday, February 10: Men's and women's basketball doubleheader between SAU and Johnson C. Smith; Emery Gymnasium; Women's game will begin at 2 p.m. followed by the men's contest at 4 p.m.

Thursday, February 11: African-American History Film & Discussion: Featured film - Wilmington on Fire; Prezell R. Robinson Library; 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 19: UNCF Inaugural Mayor's Masked Ball; 6:30 p.m.; Raleigh Convention Center

Saturday, April 9: Spring Open House; Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Friday, May 13: Stone of Hope Gala; 7 p.m.; Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center, 4700 Emperor Blvd., Durham, NC; $100 per person