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2014 Open House and Community Day was a Hit!

  • F.U.N. was the Message of Honors Convocation
  • Commencement is May 4!
  • A Fallen Falcon Honored
  • Falcons are Recycling!
  • Students Represent the University
  • A Great Day of Research!
  • Episcopal Women Honored
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Success has a new definition. It can be defined as Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) Open House and Community Day. On Saturday, April 12, the university began the day with its annual spring open house. Parents and prospective students traveled to the university to learn about the various academic programs as well as meet faculty, administrators and current students and tour the campus.

“The Office of Admissions welcomed more than 300 guests to our annual Spring Open House,” said Dean of Enrollment Management Jorge E. Sousa. “This year’s attendance for open house was a record turnout for the university. Our guests traveled from as far as Maryland, Virginia, Alabama, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York and across the state of North Carolina to join us. I personally want to thank everyone involved for making the open house so successful!”

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Alumnus Atty. Bruce Mount Jr. encouraged Saint Augustine’s University honors students to have F.U.N. during the university’s annual honors convocation.

“I’m going to take a few minutes to issue a call to action and implore each and every one of you to have F.U.N., the fierce urgency of now,” Mount said. “I encourage each of you to get involved here at our beloved institution. At a time like this, it is incumbent upon all of us to be a part of the solution and not the problem.”

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The Class of 2014 will walk across the stage during the commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 4 ready to embark on a new journey. Commencement is set to begin at 9 a.m. in the university quadrangle. This year’s commencement address will be given by Dr. Darryl Scriven. A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Scriven received a full scholarship to Florida A&M University and earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a joint degree in philosophy and religion. Scriven was awarded the prestigious Coca-Cola Foundation Fellowship to complete his graduate study. He earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Purdue University and was the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in philosophy from Purdue.

He is the author of seven books, executive producer of three documentaries and is the co-founder of the African American Family Enrichment Institute. He delivers dozens of lectures each year and continues to be active in the academic community. Dr. Scriven has been invited to speak to audiences in Africa, Europe, Australia, Hawaii and all across United States.

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The university mourned the loss of Falcon Ronald Cunningham Jr., a first-year student from Virginia, on Sunday, April 6. In his honor, the School of Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering recognized Cunningham, who was a science, technology, engineering and mathematics student-athlete, by establishing an award in his honor. The criteria for a student to be selected are he or she must be a student-athlete, exemplify Christian servant-hood, congeniality, character, responsibility and integrity. Faculty within the school will vote and select a student each year. This year, the faculty selected Shoquez Nelson, who is a senior from Lake City, S.C., to be the first recipient.

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Aurielle Jones, a senior majoring in biology from Alexandria, Va., is the Toyota Green Initiative Ambassador for Saint Augustine’s University. The Toyota Green Initiative is a movement to help individuals find smart, simple ideas that can make an environmental impact in the community and their lives. As an ambassador, Jones is leading a campaign to get the university to go “green” and recycle. Recently, Jones was a semifinalist winner and received $500 to implement her idea of starting a recycling program on campus. To kick start her mission, Jones has placed recycling bins in each building.

“We have to plan for now and for the future,” Jones said. “Recycling is important because it redefines a healthier future for generations to come.”

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Dr. Mark A. Melton, associate professor of biology and dean of the School of Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering, accompanied eight students to Elizabeth City, N.C. to participate in the 7th Annual Virginia-North Carolina Alliance Symposium at Elizabeth City State University. Dr. Daphne Rainey was the keynote speaker at the opening dinner. Currently, Rainey serves as the director of the Integrated Biosciences Ph.D. Program at North Carolina Central University.

The students who attended were Lindsay Baker, Laurian Bashay, Colleen Bramwell, Keniesha Donaldson, Richard Gilliam, Justin Jones and Derrick Williams. Three of the students participated in the poster presentations. Bashay, a senior Forensics Science major, won third place.

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On April 4, 2014, 37 Saint Augustine’s University students participated in the 5th Annual Undergraduate Research Day. It was a day filled with celebrating the work of students engaged in research and creative endeavours. Students from all disciplines and classifications presented their research to the campus community.

The following students were recognized for their excellence in research and presentation: Posters:

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In observance of National Women’s History Month, the staff of the Prezell R. Robinson Library created an exhibit, the Voices of Episcopal Women.  This exhibit documented the leadership roles of the Episcopal women and their relationship to the university. Some of the women that were featured included Emma Louise Perry Boyer, Dr. Selma Burke, June Elizabeth Kay Campbell, Dr. Anna Julia Cooper, Annie Elizabeth (Bessie) Delany, Julia Brown Delany, Julia Chester Emery, Sarah Hunter, Mabel Latham, Dr. Thelma Johnson Roundtree and more.

On April 13, the staff of the Prezell R. Robinson Library held a commemorative reception in honor of their legacy.

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Making a positive change in the world was the Most Reverend Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, message to the Saint Augustine’s University community on March 31. Bishop Jefferts Schori preached in the university’s historic chapel as part of her visit to Raleigh.

“We are all here to help this world become a better place, to heal what’s broken, to reconcile what’s divided, to bring the kind of justice and peace that Jesus taught,” said Bishop Katharine. “When we love our neighbors as ourselves, the kingdom of God can be found in our midst. The journeys of discovery that begin and grow here at Saint Augustine’s University can and do help to make that kind of transformation possible in the world around us.”

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In response to data collected by the 2013 Communications Survey administered by the Office of Marketing and Communications last fall, the Office of Marketing and Communications has implemented a few new channels to distribute information and improve internal communication.

On Wednesdays, we host Falcons at 4, a radio show featuring faculty, staff, students and alumni as well as talk about current events at the university. You can listen online at http://www.waug-network.com/tv or on the radio, WAUG 750 AM.

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Dr. Roland Bullard, vice president for Student Development and Services, has been selected as a board member for the Adult Learners and Students with Children KC, National Association for Student Personnel Administrators Region III Board. His two-year term will conclude on March 15, 2016.

The Adult Learner and Students with Children KC increases awareness, disseminates information, identifies resources and tracks academic and demographic trends concerning these typically under-represented but growing, and frequently intersecting, populations of students.

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Professor Virginia Tyler is one of a select group of faculty members nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in a special week-long seminar on Teaching Pre-Modern European Art in Context. The seminar on “The Uses of Antiquity” is for full-time faculty members who regularly teach art history at smaller colleges and universities. It will be hosted by the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art in Chicago, Illinois, July 13–18, 2014. The goal of the seminar is to strengthen the teaching of art history to undergraduates at smaller colleges and universities.

CIC selected 21 faculty members to participate in the seminar Rebecca Zorach, professor of art history and the college at the University of Chicago, will lead the program, which is supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

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Eleven Saint Augustine’s University student-athletes earned 18 All-American men’s indoor track & field honors according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

To win All-American honors, a student-athlete has to finish among the top eight in his individual or relay event at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships. His school must also be a USTFCCCA member.

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Saint Augustine’s University is competing in the Toyota Green Initiative Promise Pledge, which is a movement to help you find smart, simple ideas that can make an environmental impact in the community and in one’s life. Working with historically black colleges and universities, Toyota will present the institution with the most pledges a $10,000 UNCF scholarship. Also, one pledge from the winning school will receive and iPad or tablet valued at $750.

Currently, Saint Augustine’s University is #3 among all participating institutions and #1 among the CIAA schools.

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Falcon Pride was seen throughout the City of Charlotte during the 2014 CIAA Basketball Tournament in Charlotte, NC. The Falcons were honored for their hard work on and off the court and President Dianne Boardley Suber hosted a brunch that was attended by alumni, corporations and friends of the university.

The Lady Falcons basketball team received an award for their performance in the classroom on Monday, February 24. They won the CIAA Highest Team Grade Point Average Award for women’s basketball during the CIAA Basketball Tournament Tip-Off Luncheon at the Charlotte Convention Center. This is the fifth consecutive league Highest GPA Award for the Lady Falcons including four straight years under St. Aug Head Coach Rachel Bullard, who is in her fourth season.

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The U.S. Army recognized Saint Augustine’s University Kelvin Mitchell, a freshman majoring in mass communication from North Charleston, S.C., with a $71,000 tuition and fees U. S. Army Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship on Saturday, March 1, in Charlotte, NC as part of the annual Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Basketball Tournament. The Army has partnered with the CIAA for four years to develop and promote leadership, teamwork and academic excellence.

Another Saint Augustine’s University Falcon, Jerrod White, a junior from Fayetteville, NC, also received a $38,416 ROTC scholarship. White is majoring in business.

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Four Saint Augustine’s University students have been selected to participate in the 25th Annual Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge National Championship Tournament from April 12 to April 16 at Honda’s headquarters in Torrance, Calif. The students are part of the Great 48 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that will compete for a $50,000 grant.

Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge is a knowledge game of quick recall for America’s HBCUs. Now in its 25th year, more than $7 million in grants have been awarded by Honda to participating HBCUs and nearly 100,000 students in 22 states have participated.

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Tune in Wednesday, March 4 for “Falcons at 4,” a new radio show launched by the Office of Marketing and Communications on WAUG-AM Power 750. The guests will be Falcons Russell Brodie, director of the Office of Global Study Abroad and International Programs, and Jill Ricks, a junior from High Point, NC majoring in psychology. They will discuss being selected as the recipients of the 2014 Lawrence M. Clark Awards for their academic excellence.

“Falcons at 4” highlights people, events and news at Saint Augustine’s University. Staff and faculty as well as students and alumni will be featured who are doing great things at the university and in the community. Individuals can tune in by listening to WAUG-AM Power 750 or online at www.waug-network.com.

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Russell Brodie, director of the Office of Global Study Abroad and International Programs, and Jill Ricks, a junior from High Point, NC majoring in psychology, are recipients of the 2014 Lawrence M. Clark Awards. They will be honored at the second annual Lawrence M. Clark Community Dinner on March 25 at the McKimmon Center located at 1101 Gorman Street. It is sponsored by the North Carolina State University’s African American Cultural Center.

The dinner celebrates a collaboration involving North Carolina State University, Saint Augustine’s University, Shaw University and diverse members in the community. The theme for this year is “Opening Doors” recognizing the humanitarian leaders, faculty and students for academic excellence and engaged scholarship.

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Dr. Eric Poole, director of Choral Activities, led the way at the 54th Annual Intercollegiate Music Association Concert Choir Conference in Elizabeth City, NC. Participating choirs comprised of students from Saint Augustine’s University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina Central University, Virginia State University and Winston-Salem State University. According to Poole, within a short time, the wonderful students and talented singers were blended into “one” he led them through two days of intensive rehearsals to a triumphant performance on February 8.

“These students set aside their rivalries and focused on a single goal, to make beautiful music,” Dr. Poole said. “I am thankful to my choral conducting colleagues for the opportunity to work with their students and most appreciative of the students’ cooperative spirit in the rehearsals and performance. My time with these singers was inspiring and renewing.”

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Campus Events


Thursday, April 3: United States Marine Corps Workshop and Networking Session; 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Martin Luther King Conference Center


Thursday, April 4: Undergraduate Research Day