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A Day of Research in STEM

  • Congratulations Dr. Cunningham
  • Dean Moses is the 2015 Emerald Award Honoree
  • Community service is a way of life at SAU
  • Phenomenal production of Before it Hits Home
  • Professor Greene to star in The Color Purple
  • Eugenics victim shares story with Falcons
  • Lady Falcons win CIAA Title
  • Falcons earn CIAA Highest Team GPA Award
  • Bumpass selected CIAA Softball Coach of the Year
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The School of Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering hosted the 12th Annual Research Day in Penick Hall of Science on Thursday, April 30. The School had 16 seniors who conducted research in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics field with faculty research mentors on-site at Saint Augustine’s University. Three additional students completed their year and a half long research at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park. The students’ hard work and dedication were evident as they presented their work in either poster or oral format. Students were awarded certificates and monetary awards for best work.

The winners were as follows:


Assistant Dean of the School of Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering and Associate Professor Dr. Doreen Cunningham was accepted to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Educators of Excellence: Tropical Ecology Institute.

She was one of only twelve accepted from numerous applications within the state of North Carolina.


The Raleigh Chapter of the Link awarded Dr. M. Iyailu Moses, dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Education, the 2015 Emerald Award Honoree for International Trends and Services on April 25.

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The Office of First Year Experience and the Center for Global Engagement and Leadership spearheaded a Stop the Hunger Now community service project on Thursday, April 30. Within two hours, SAU students packaged 5,000 meals. Each package contained six meals.

The Stop Hunger Now’s meal packaging program is a volunteer-based program that coordinates the streamlined packaging of highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables, flavoring and 21 essential vitamins and minerals. The program targets school feeding and transformational development programs. For more information about Stop Hunger Now, visit www.stophungernow.org.

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The Department of Theatre presented a Falcon stellar production of Before it Hits Home, by Cheryl L. West. Directed by chair and assistant professor Department of Theatre Dr. Kaye Celeste Evans, SAU students had the audience on the edge of their seats experiencing an explosion of emotions throughout the performance.

The play was centered the double life of a bisexual jazz musician who had to come to terms with his recent AIDS diagnosis. His reluctant admission of his illness and double life jeopardizes family and home.

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Assistant Professor Moses T.A. Greene, Department of Film and Interactive Media, landed three roles in the Justice Theatre Project’s (JTP) upcoming production of “The Color Purple” the musical in June. Greene's three roles are as follows: Doris’ Husband/Grady/Ensemble.

Greene recently made his JTP debut as Joseph in the 2014 production of “Black Nativity.” Other television and movie credits include “The Best Man,” and “Cosby.” Greene has also been a writer’s assistant for “All My Children.”


The Department of Education in collaboration with Torchlight Academy presented “Teaching Eugenics: A Paradigm for the 21st Century” on Wednesday, April 29 in the Prezell R. Robinson Library. The presenter was Ms. Elaine Riddick, a North Carolina Eugenics victim.

Eugenics is a movement that is aimed at improving the genetic composition of the human race. Historically, eugenicists advocated selective breeding to achieve these goals.


In the preseason, Head Coach Nikki Bynum Bumpass challenged the Saint Augustine's University softball team to make history.

The Lady Falcons listened as they capped a tremendous run in the conference tournament with an 8-2 victory over Chowan University for the CIAA Softball Championship at Walnut Creek Softball Complex on Sunday, May 3, 2015. They won their first title since 1991 and earned their first-ever NCAA Division II Tournament berth. The CIAA champions will meet California (Pa.) University in the first round of the NCAA Division II Softball Atlantic 1 Regional in Brownsville, Pa., on Friday, May 8 at 1 p.m.

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Saint Augustine's University won the CIAA Baseball Highest Team Grade Point Average (GPA) Award for the second straight year during the CIAA Softball and Baseball Awards Banquet at the MLK Building on the Saint Augustine's University campus Wednesday, April 29.

The Falcons posted a league-high 3.17 cumulative GPA among the conference's baseball teams. Head Coach Charles Whitaker and scholar-athletes Tyson McDonald (Jr./Magee, MS) and Brandon Pearson (Fr./Riverdale, GA) received the plaque when Saint Augustine's University was announced as the highest GPA winner. This is the third time in six years that the Falcons have captured the baseball academic honor.


Head Coach Nikki Bynum Bumpass of Saint Augustine's University was named CIAA Softball Coach of the Year during the CIAA Softball and Baseball Awards Banquet at the MLK Building on the Saint Augustine's University campus Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

Bumpass guided the Lady Falcons to a share of the CIAA Southern Division title this season. The division crown is the first for the Lady Falcons in recent memory. The Lady Falcons (18-12 overall) enter the CIAA Softball Championship tournament this weekend at Walnut Creek Softball Complex in Raleigh, N.C. as the Southern Division's top seed.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.”


Campus Events

Friday, May 15: Commencement Rehearsal; 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.; Seby Jones Auditorium

Friday, May 15: ROTC Commissioning Ceremony; 1 p.m.; Historic Chapel

Friday, May 15: Baccalaureate Program; 4:30 p.m.; Historic Chapel; Guest speaker: Assistant Professor Colin Adams

Saturday, May 16: Commencement; 9 a.m.; University's Quadrangle; Commencement speaker: Congressman Robert "Bobby" Scott

Sunday, July 19: Gospel Concert; 4 p.m.; Emery Gymnasium; Featuring Alumnus Luther Barnes and the Restoration Worship Center Gospel Ensemble