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Honoring the Memory of Coach Heartley

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A scholarship fund in memory of Saint Augustine’s University’s (SAU) all-time coaching great Harvey Heartley Sr. has been established by his family.

“We felt it was the right thing to do by establishing this scholarship,” said Harvey Heartley Jr., son of the late Coach Heartley. “My father loved this school and we want his legacy to continue. Under the new leadership of Dr. Ward and with the major task he has at hand, we wanted to help make sure that donations flood the gateways of Saint Augustine’s University.”

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University Chaplain Mother Nita Byrd will attend the 8th International CUAC Triennial in South Korea at Sungkonghoe University on July 5 to explore the theme, “Education as Hope: Working toward transformation in our common world.” The conference will provide opportunities for delegates to form relationships and network with other Anglican colleges and universities among the participating vice chancellors, presidents, chaplains and faculty.

“Recognizing that transformation occurs at the individual and community levels we will explore personal, societal and ecological transformation as we attend plenary sessions led by Anglican educators from South Korea, Liberia, New Zealand, India, the United Kingdom and the United States,” Mother Byrd said.

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The George Williams Leadership Academy, sponsored by Duke Energy, is an opportunity for young men ages 15 to 17 to gain confidence and leadership skills in a collegiate environment. Along with their Saint Augustine’s University mentors, George Williams Leadership Academy participants will engage in cultural excursions, workshops, seminars and off-campus activities designed to mold young leaders.

The academy is named after legendary head track and field coach, George “Pup” Williams, athletic director at Saint Augustine’s University. Williams has built a dynasty in track and field and cross country at Saint Augustine’s University. Since he began coaching in 1976, his track and field programs have won an astounding 35 national championships including the 2014 and 2013 NCAA Division II Men’s Indoor Championships and the 2014 and 2013 NCAA Division II Men's Outdoor Championship.

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Saint Augustine’s University was awarded a two-year grant for $200,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program Research Initiation. Dr. Mark A. Melton, dean of the School of Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering, will serve as the principal investigator. The grant will help expose students to ‘cutting-edge’ bench research beyond summer internships, better prepare students for the rigors of graduate studies and increase the number of underrepresented minorities that elect to pursue advanced degrees and careers in the a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field.

Of the 72 research initiation proposals that were submitted to NSF for review, only 15 awards were funded.

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University leaders met to discuss university strategies and initiatives for the 2014-2015 academic year during a leadership retreat held at the university’s Meadowbrook Golf Course. The theme for the retreat was, “Creating an Intellectual Environment for Growth and Change.” The retreat was led by the One Step at a Time Consulting Group. The facilitators were Dr. Forrest Toms, Dr. Sylvia Burgess and Terry Willie-Surratt. Administrators, faculty and staff were engaged in various teambuilding activities throughout the intensive three-day retreat.

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Dr. Elizabeth Fournier, professor and chair of the Department of History, Government and Public Policy, has been elected the President-elect for the North Carolina Political Science Association. The mission of the association is to provide a forum for developing and learning about political science and all its sub-fields.

Her term will begin in 2015.

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Ann Brown, director of Director of Community Outreach and Volunteerism, has been named the president of the CIAA Cheerleading Coaches Association. She has been involved in cheerleading for more than 25 years at Saint Augustine’s University. Brown was instrumental with the CIAA Cheerleading Association by serving as vice president for many years and mentoring new coaches.

She feels that cheerleaders are great athletes and very disciplined in their studies.

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Saint Augustine’s University reopened its Tuttle Daycare Center to expand its relationship with the YMCA. Interim President Everett Ward along with faculty and staff welcomed the campers of Camp K and YMCA representatives.

“Saint Augustine’s University has enjoyed a seven-year partnership with the YMCA of the Triangle and we are proud to expand that partnership by hosting Camp K, a camp for 4 and 5 year olds at our very own Tuttle daycare center,” said Interim President Everett Ward. “The re-opening of Tuttle is especially significant for me because as a preschooler this was my center! Things have truly come full circle.”

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Dr. Mark A. Melton, dean of the School of Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering and Professor Alieu Wurie, department chair of Mathematics and Engineering, attended the 6th Annual Conference on Understanding Interventions that Broaden Participation in Research Careers in Baltimore, Md. on May 16-18, 2014.

The program agenda featured a variety of topics and formats under the umbrella of ‘Measuring Pathways to Participation’. Through the various workshops, plenary sessions, symposia and posters, the conference served as a platform to explore science interventions together over three intense days to discuss and formulate strategies that broaden participation in research careers in STEM disciplines, particularly in the areas of women in science and minority diversification. The primary goal of the workshop was to have meaningful dialogue/interactions that serve to help discover, synthesize, fill gaps and assist each other as the participants endeavor to renew the science workforce through inventive programs of research, education and training.

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Michael Thomas, a rising senior majoring in biology from Landover, Md., is participating in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry 2014 Summer Research Program at the University of Arkansas. The 10-week summer program allows undergraduate biology or chemistry majors to carry out research in a chosen area of their choice.

Thomas’ research for the summer will be in biochemistry and protein dynamics. He will present the results of his summer project at the conclusion of the program. During the course of the program, participants will visit the National Center for Toxicological Research or the Future Fuel Chemical Company in Batesville, Ark. Furthermore, Thomas will also receive a stipend and allowance to attend national or regional conferences to present my research.

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Chris Massenburg, assistant professor of English, led the Bull City Slam Team to a first place finish at the 22nd Annual Southern Fried Southeastern Regional Poetry Slam. Southern Fried is a four-day long festival, comprising competition and the camaraderie of poets from all over the southeast and beyond. This year, 32 teams, as well as 16 indie poetry slammers, competed for more than $5,000 in cash prizes and this year’s bragging rights.

The team consists of Massenburg and poets Brandon “Ishine” Evans, Eric “Lyrically Blessed” Thompson, Lejuane “El’Ja” Bowens, and Micah Romans. Massenburg is the founder and coach of the team.

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The City of Raleigh Museum’s has opened an exhibit to honor veterans of WW II and other wars titled “Our War: Voices of Raleigh’s World War 2 Veterans.” Alumnae Millie D. Veasey is featured in the exhibit. Veasey served in the Women’s Army Corps from 1942-1945 with the rank of Staff Sergeant. She was a past president for the NAACP of Wake County. Millie Veasey is 1953 graduate and retired from the university as the director of Career Planning and Placement /Cooperative Education.

The “Our War” exhibit tells how black and white Raleigh residents who went to war experienced two different Raleighs, and had vastly different experiences in the same conflict. The exhibit is the culmination of an oral history project that documented the experiences of 15 local veterans, whose interviews give a revealing look at growing up in Raleigh in the 1930s and ‘40s. It also confronts the reality of leaving their hometown, participating in WW II and then returning to Raleigh.

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Head Coach and Athletic Director George Williams was featured on the cover of WALTER magazine’s June/July 2014 issue. A featured profile on Coach Williams was written titled Coach George Williams: Run to believe. The profile highlights how Coach Williams has built the track & field program at Saint Augustine’s University.

To read the profile, click here.

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The Saint Augustine’s University men’s track & field team received a hero’s welcome on campus Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

Interim President Everett B. Ward and the campus community honored the Falcons, who captured the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championship over the weekend to match the NCAA Indoor Title they won in March 2014. The men’s track & field team is the two-time Division II national indoor and outdoor champion.

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The Office of Alumni Affairs along with Coach and Athletic Director George Williams have launched the Join the Race Scholarship Campaign. This goal of this campaign is to raise $250,000 for scholarships to support the scholars of Saint Augustine’s University.

Sheryl Harris-Ximines, director of Alumni Affairs, expressed the importance of this campaign. “My goal, in collaboration with Coach George “Pup” Williams, is to raise funds for scholarships to help keep our scholars enrolled at Saint Augustine’s University,” stated Harris-Ximines. “I would like to have 1,000 alumni as well as friends and supporters of the university to give at least $250 each for a total of $250,000. I want everyone to understand that any and all amounts are accepted, big or small. Whatever amount individuals choose to give will get us closer to our goal. I know we can do this!”

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WAUG Power 750 AM will soon launch a television show titled “Handle Your Business Girl.” The host for the show is Dr. Gail Hayes, who is an author of numerous and diverse books, articles and publications. Her portfolio consists of topics for professional development, leadership, character education, empowerment, literacy, entrepreneurship, publishing, writing, and organizational effectiveness. She initiated and launched the first faith-based newspaper column for the Triangle Tribune. She was the first African-American female law enforcement officer and firefighter in Chapel Hill, NC.

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Below is a message from the Mother Nita Byrd+, University chaplain

Thursday, May 29 was the 40th day of Easter, the day on which we observed the Feast of the Ascension, and offered praise for Christ’s glorious ascension as described in the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts.

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Saint Augustine’s University captured the CIAA Team Highest Grade Point Average Award in baseball, football, women’s basketball and women’s volleyball for the 2013-2014 athletic season, the conference office announced on May 19.

“This is what athletics is all about,” Saint Augustine’s University Athletic Director and Legendary Track & Field Head Coach George Williams said about the honors. “Academics first, athletics second and a controlled social life third.”

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Lauretta Ihenatu, a senior biology major from Charlotte, N.C., has been accepted into the East Carolina School of Dental Medicine’s Preparing Tomorrow’s Dentists Summer Program. This program, which will be held June 2-4, is designed for pre-dental students.  It is a unique gateway into the dental pipeline for underrepresented minority students. The format of the program will include an overview of the freshman year in dental school, hands-on lab experiences, seminars in time management and test-taking skills and more.

Ihenatu, an Honors College student, was also awarded two travel grants that will allow her to present her research, “Evaluating Screening Methods for Salt Tolerance in Soybeans.”  She will to go to Portland, Ore. to attend the American Society of Plant Biologists conference scheduled July 11 through July 17, and to Vancouver, Canada for the 25th International Conference on Arabidopsis Research from July 27 to August 1. Both awards are all-expenses paid opportunities.

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The School of Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering held a workshop titled “Faculty Instrumentation (HPLC) Workshop” on May 7.  The workshop was led by Mr. Ted Root of JSP Instrumentation and Controls, LLC.

The purpose of the workshop was to train all science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) faculty on the proper use and maintenance of High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) Instrumentation. HPLC is an analytical technique used for the separation of compounds and small soluble molecules in a particular solvent. HPLC has contributed to analytical solutions in diverse fields such as pharmaceuticals, food science, life sciences, environmental sciences, forensics, etc.

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Campus Events


 SOAR 2014: July 23, July 24, July 30 and July 31


Wednesday, August 13: First day of classes for fall 2014


Thursday, September 18: Fall Convocation


Saturday, September 20: Save the date for a unique experience on the historic campus of Saint Augustine' University