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120 years of spiritual guidance

  • A Falcon in the Hornet’s Nest
  • STEM camp coming in July
  • Professor Zane is on the move
  • Faculty showcased their research to NSF
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More than 100 people gathered inside the Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) Historic Chapel for an evening of worship, Evensong, to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the Historic Chapel.

The Reverend Nita C. Johnson Byrd, university chaplain, gave the homily for the occasion, which was taken from the Book of Genesis about Jacob. The SAU University Choir sang musical selections such as Total Praise and In Bright Mansions.

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Gentel Blair, a junior majoring in mass communication with a concentration of broadcasting, was afforded the opportunity to job shadow Jerome Hubbard, the media coordinator for the Charlotte Hornets, on February 21. She was able to go behind the scenes and witness the Hornets live in action. Not only was she able to see how the media profession works on the NBA level, but she learned a great deal in the area of broadcasting, videoing and editing.

“It was a great experience,” said Blair, who is from Lexington, Ky. “I was able to see the fast pace of how media in the NBA is produced. I was also able to meet one of the FOX reporters, Stephanie Ready, who gave me great words of encouragement. There was never a dull moment and I will never forget this wonderful opportunity.”

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The University will offer a STEM Summer Enrichment Program from July 20 to July 31, 2015. This two-week (Monday-Thursday) non-residential program will introduce high school students to careers in the STEM field. Participants will be offered the opportunity to enhance their academic skills in chemistry, biology, earth science and physics through laboratory experiments, classroom instruction and field trips that will be both enjoyable as well as educational.

Applicant requirements are as follows:

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J. Peder Zane, chairman of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, will be a featured speaker at an interdisciplinary symposium at Western Carolina University (WCU) on April 10. “North Carolina in Dialogue: Our Past, Present, and Future,” will include speeches and panel discussions focusing on North Carolina’s politics, history, and culture. The keynote event will be provided by Harvey Gantt, pioneering civil rights activist, former Charlotte mayor, and US Senate candidate.

According to WCU’s web site, “The symposium will provide a platform for the public and WCU’s students, faculty, and staff to learn from distinguished scholars and public activists/intellectuals. The symposium will also build a dialogue between scholars, activists, and the audience so they may learn how they can work together to improve the future of North Carolina.

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Dr. Mark A. Melton, dean of the School of Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering, Dr. Doreen Cunningham, assistant dean of the School of Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering and Professor Alieu Wurie, chair of the Department of Engineering and Mathematics, presented a poster presentation at the National Science Foundation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU UP) Principal Investigator/Program Director Meeting in Washington, DC. February 18-19.

Their presentation demonstrated how the impact of increased exposure to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) opportunities, undergraduate research internships, assistance in the form of scholarships and faculty mentorship would have an impact on increasing students’ interest in pursuing graduate school in the STEM disciplines.

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  • Shortstop Danyelle Noland (Fr./Nashville, NC) was named CIAA Softball Defensive Player of the Week and pitcher Jeremy Sandifer (Sr./Virginia Beach, VA) was selected CIAA Baseball Pitcher of the Week on Monday, March 16.
  • Akera McPhaul (Fr./Greensboro, NC) was named CIAA Softball Defensive Player of the Week and Meranda Zanni (So./Phoenix, OR) was chosen CIAA Softball Pitcher of the Week on Thursday, March 19.
  • Roberto Rivera (Fr./Millville, NJ) was named CIAA Baseball Defensive Player of the Week and Philip Hathcock (Sr./Apex, NC) of Saint Augustine’s University was selected CIAA Baseball Pitcher of the Week on Thursday, March 19.
  • Saint Augustine's University won eight events including six on Saturday, March 21 in the Wake Forest Open outdoor track & field meet at Kenter Stadium.
  • Ten Saint Augustine’s University scholar-athletes were named Indoor Track & Field All-Americans by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
  • Nine Falcons and Lady Falcons were selected to the All-America First Team and one Falcon was placed on the All-America Second Team. The top eight finishers in their respective events at the 2015 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships were named to the first team. For the first time, scholar-athletes who finished ninth through 12th were named to the All-America Second-Team.
  • The Women's Bowling team tied for fifth at the CIAA Bowling Championship, which was held Friday, March 20, through Sunday, March 22, in Chesapeake, Va. Nicole Sciortino was named to the All-CIAA Team and All-CIAA Tournament Team. The senior bowler has made the All-CIAA and All-CIAA Tournament teams all four years at SAU.
  • The Falcons Baseball Team won all four games against Bluefield State in Cary, N.C. The Falcons won 5-1 and 1-0 on Saturday, March 22, and 7-2 and 9-2 on Sunday, March 23.
  • The softball team posted a 3-3 record in the CIAA Softball Round-Up at Walnut Creek Softball Complex in Raleigh, N.C.

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Members of the Saint Augustine’s University Pre-Alumni Council attended the UNCF 69th National Alumni Leadership Conference held in Charlotte, NC on February 19-21.

Some of the various workshops that the scholars attended included: Philanthropy: The Giving Game, Finding Your Voice: Pathway to Greatness, How to Leverage Contacts and Career Readiness. Scholars also had the opportunity to attend a workshop which provided an overview of the history and mission of UNCF, its importance in American society and its relevancy today. Scholars gained a better understanding on the importance of supporting not only the UNCF schools but all historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

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Saint Augustine’s University will host an evening of worship and music in celebration of the Historic Chapel’s 120 years of spiritual guidance and service. The evening of “Evensong” is scheduled for Sunday, March 22 at 4 p.m. in the chapel. Faculty, staff, students, friends and supporters of the University as well as the general public are invited to attend this premier celebration.

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When the Saint Augustine’s University men’s golf program was eliminated after the 2013 season, golfer Antonio Deese (Jr./Laurinburg, NC) was understandably disappointed. Now that golf is back for the 2015 season, Deese is anxious to hit the links again for the University.

“It allows those who love the game of golf to get out and enjoy it again,” Deese said.

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Alumna Ashley Nelson has been accepted to two graduate schools to pursue a master’s degree in social work. Ms. Nelson has been accepted into the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University.

Nelson graduated in the Class of 2014 with a B.S. degree in sociology. She also served as the student government association for 2013-2014.

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Eleven student-athletes qualified for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships, which will be held at the Birmingham Crossplex in Birmingham, Ala., from March 13 through March 14, 2015. The championship meet begins at 9 a.m. both days.

Eight Falcons qualified for the men's events. They are JaQuan Demiel (Sr./Suffolk, VA), Burkheart Ellis Jr. (Jr./Raleigh, NC), Khari Herbert (So./Coral Springs, FL), Kevaughn Hewitt (Sr./Miramar, FL), Immanuel Hutchinson (Jr./San Jacinto, CA), Daniel Jamieson (Jr./Windsor, CT), Omar Johnson (Jr./Jamaica) and David Shaw (Sr./Red Springs, NC).

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The rich history and legacy of Saint Augustine’s University is now on display at the Raleigh Convention Center until December 2015. There are twelve 10-feet long cases filled with a variety of items and informational material that represents the past, present and future of the University from the St. Agnes Hospital to the historic chapel to the founders and more. The cases are spread throughout the convention center’s main floor, which are attached to conference rooms.

Saint Augustine’s University is the first historically black college or university to be featured at the convention center.

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Completing a hard-fought journey that began in the fall, four Falcon scholars representing Saint Augustine's University has qualified to compete at the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament to be held March 21-25 in Torrance, Calif. Now in its 26th season, HCASC is a unique academic competition that showcases the academic prowess of the best and brightest students from America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

With 76 HBCUs vying for a spot in the Nationals, teams competed in seven qualifying tournaments held in late January. 48 emerged from the group, including Saint Augustine's University, earning the opportunity to compete for the title of “National Champion” and a $50,000 institutional grant from Honda.

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Saint Augustine’s University needs your vote as it competes against other historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to win a $50,000 campus improvement grant as part of The Home Depot’s Retool Your School program to renovate the Historic Chapel. Renovation of the chapel will include painting of the exterior and interior of the chapel where appropriate, including repair of the roof shingles, repair to the stained glass windows, upgrading the electrical wiring and repair or replacement of the sound system.

Falcons, VOTE NOW! Limit one vote per day, per device during the voting period. Voting will take place now through April 20, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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The Saint Augustine's University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) held a Project Life Bone Marrow Drive on February 14 in conjunction with the Shaw-SAU basketball games.

SAAC members along with sport management and PEESAT interns gave out valuable information on how signing up can save a life. Also on hand was David Lindsay, executive director of Project Life. David assisted with the drive and, in all, more than 100 students are now a part of the Bone Marrow registry.

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Saint Augustine's University won its 18th consecutive men's crown at the CIAA Indoor Men's and Women's Track & Field Championships at JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem on February 16.

The Saint Augustine's University men scored 164 points to finish ahead of Virginia State University, which placed second with 96 points. Virginia Union University was third with 93 points.

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The prestigious CIAA Tournament was about more than basketball for the Saint Augustine’s University men’s and women’s teams last week.

The Falcons and Lady Falcons took a break from their busy schedules to visit Bruns Academy, a kindergarten through eighth grade school, on Monday, February 23, 2015, as part of their CIAA Community Service Project.

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Eighteen student-athletes earned 29 Division II All-Region Indoor Track & Field accolades from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on March 2, 2015.

Eleven Falcons were among the men’s honorees and seven Lady Falcons were among the women’s honorees. A total of 547 men and 519 women were All-Region selections.

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Freshman Quincy January was named CIAA Men's Basketball Rookie of the Year by the CIAA Sports Information Directors' Association on February 20.

An Atlanta, Ga., native, January is a big reason why the surprising Falcons are tied for third-place in the Southern Division with one game left in the regular season. The Falcons were picked to finish sixth by the CIAA coaches in the preseason.

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Guard Anthony Gaskins (So./Greenville, NC) was named to the All-CIAA Tournament Men's Basketball Team after the championship game concluded at Time Warner Cable Arena on February 28.

Gaskins led the Falcons in scoring in two CIAA Tournament games. He scored 14 points in a victory over Elizabeth City State University and 17 points in a loss to Chowan University. The standout guard averaged 15.5 points in both games.

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Campus Events


Thursday, April 9: Honors Convocation; 10 a.m.


Saturday, April 11: Spring Open House; 8:30 a.m. (Registration)


Thursday, April 16: Undergraduate Research Day