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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:

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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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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.

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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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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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Dr. Shirlkeymu L. Winston will serve as the guest speaker for the University’s Lyceum program scheduled for Thursday, February 19 at 11 a.m. in Emery Gymnasium. Dr. Winston is an assistant professor of African American History in the Department of History at Saint Augustine’s University.

Winston earned her undergraduate degree in history with a concentration in education and a master’s degree in history (African) both from North Carolina Central University. She recently earned her doctorate degree from Howard University in history (African Diaspora).

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Elizabeth Baird, director of Education with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, spoke with students in the School of Science, Mathematics and Engineering about the services the museum offers as well as internships opportunities.

According to Dr. Mark Melton, professor of biology and dean of the School of Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering, the visit from Ms. Baird stemmed from a collaboration that allowed six SAU students enrolled in the University’s environmental science course to complete their laboratory assignments at the museum.

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Ms. Lisa Long, Ms. Rachel Quinto and Mr. Claudis Polk, of the UNC-CH School of Medicine’s Office of Special Programs, spoke to students in the School of Sciences, Mathematics & Engineering about the medical and dentistry summer programs offered at the UNC-School of Medicine.

According to Dr. Mark Melton, professor of biology and dean of the School of Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering, representatives have come to SAU to recruit students for the past seven years.

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The university has reestablished its Lyceum Leadership Speaker Series to promote and enhance the academic, cultural and aesthetic aspects of student growth and development. Through a series of intellectually stimulating lectures, this series will contribute to the establishment of a wholesome and well-rounded environment for the university and the local community.

The series will commence on Thursday, August 28 at 11 a.m. with featured speaker NC Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley.

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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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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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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 Thursday, April 11, a group of Sport Management students visited the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The WakeMed Soccer Park is home to the Carolina RailHawks Football Club of the North American Soccer League. The students toured the newly renovated facility and met with David Vaught, the director of operations for the RailHawks.

SAU students visited the WakeMed Soccer Park during the week of its grand reopening, which would unveil new renovations to the facility. The $6.1 million renovations include North Endzone seating, a new building on the east side of the stadium featuring new team amenities, new suites, an open-air party deck, and second level terrace seating. During this field trip, students were able to meet with Vaught, ask questions concerning professional sport game day operations, and learn about the RailHawks’ internship program. 

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a1sx2_Original1_poet-laureate.jpgJoseph Bathanti, North Carolina's seventh poet laureate, visited Saint Augustine's University Tuesday, March 19, as part of the Department of History's Speak Literature Author Series. The “Speak Literature Author Series” seeks to bring established authors to campus to share their works, talk about their careers as writers, enhance student awareness, and foster greater appreciation for literature and its impact on society. The series will feature readings and workshops from writers in a variety of literary genres. The series will also feature student readings as an effort to showcase the writing talent of students at SAU.

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a1sx2_Original1_the-notebook.jpgOne Book, One University, the Presidential Reading Program at Saint Augustine's University, is designed to create a community of readers among freshman students and to foster their relationship with President Dianne Boardley Suber by experiencing a hosted book/reading discussion. The Prezell R. Robinson Library Group oversees this project.

The first book is Nicholas Sparks' "The Notebook." Read along and join the discussion at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the Seby Jones Auditorium.

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Georges Le Chevallier's "The Tanzania Project" exhibit will remain on display in the Seby Jones Art Gallery through Tuesday, March 5.  Le Chevallier will talk with students about his Tanzania Project at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 5.  The talk is open to the public.

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acct-students.jpgAccounting majors, Rodneisha Clark and Roy Cofield, were selected from a national pool of candidates to attend the Leadership Excellence in the Accounting Profession (LEAP) Program taking place February 8-10, 2013. This program is being hosted by the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

During this conference, Rodneisha, Roy, and other accounting scholars will enhance their career development skills, improve their leadership skills, and learn about graduate school opportunities. Beyond the conference, they will continue to receive one-on-one mentoring from accounting professionals employed by the "Big Four" international accounting firms (i.e., Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers). This network may lead to internship offers, graduate school fellowships, and full-time employment in audit or tax after earning their graduate degrees.

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Saint Augustine's University will host “The Tanzania Project,” a photography exhibition by local artist and world traveler, Georges Le Chevallier, Feb. 4-28 in the Seby Jones Art Gallery. The project will showcase a series of 45 photographs by Le Chevallier. This exhibition features multiple themes such as people, nature, places and architectural photography.

An artist reception is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in the Seby Jones Art Gallery.

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Campus Events


Sunday, May 8: Baccalaureate Program; 6 p.m.; Saint Augustine's Chapel


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


Saturday, May 14: Commencement; 9 a.m.; University Quadrangle