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Saint Augustine's University won its 16th consecutive men's title on the final day of the CIAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Rogers Stadium on the Virginia State University campus on Saturday, April 20, 2013.

In the men's events, St. Aug scored 213 points to run away with the championship. Virginia State was second with 123 points and Virginia Union was third with 101 points. The Falcons trailed Virginia Union 59-41 after the first day on Friday, but scored 172 points on Saturday to distance itself from the field.

In the women's events, Johnson C. Smith scored 146.50 points to claim first place. Winston-Salem State was second with 108 points and Virginia State was third with 101 points. St. Aug placed fourth with 92 points.

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President Dianne Boardley Suber announced today that Cynthia Marshall will address Saint Augustine’s University graduates at the 2013 Commencement ceremony to be held at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 5, 2013, on the campus quadrangle.

“We are delighted that Cynthia Marshall will join us to celebrate Commencement with Saint Augustine’s University’s 2013 graduates," said SAU President, Dianne Boardley Suber. "This will be a historic event for SAU as this will be the first graduating class since Saint Augustine’s College transitioned to university status August 1, 2012.”


Center fielder Daja White (Fr./Leland, N.C.) of Saint Augustine's University was named to the All-CIAA softball rookie team at the Spring Sports Festival Awards Banquet on the campus of Virginia State University on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

White has been spectacular for the Lady Falcons in her first season. She is ranked among the top 10 in Division II in three categories including second in runs per game (1.58). White is sixth in the nation in stolen bases per game and seventh in runs batted in per game. She is 12th in Division II in batting average and 18th in slugging percentage.

White is tied for the most home runs (8) in the CIAA and ranks second in the conference in RBIs (36), runs (41) and slugging percentage (.875). She is third in batting average (.489) and stolen bases (24).

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Shortstop Ariel Polanco (Sr./Harlem, N.Y.) of Saint Augustine's University was named CIAA baseball player of the year, and left fielder Jason Baytop of the Falcons was selected CIAA baseball rookie of the year at the CIAA Spring Sports Festival Awards Banquet held at the Gateway Dining & Event Center on the Virginia State University campus on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

Polanco heads five players on the All-CIAA teams including four in the first team. In addition to Polanco, the Falcons placed right-hand pitcher John Hailey (Sr./Rockingham, N.C.), catcher Clarence Peace (Jr./Creedmoor, N.C.) and first baseman Pat Hall (Sr./Virginia Beach, Va.) on the first team. Utility player Daveed Todd (Sr./Chicago, Ill.) landed on the second team.

Baytop was one of five Falcons on the All-CIAA rookie team. The others are right-hand pitcher Desmond Cheek (Fr./Asheboro, N.C.), utility player William Thomas (Fr./Yorktown, Va.), third baseman Carey Cheek (Fr./Baltimore, Md.) and center fielder Bobby Delly (Fr./Lancaster, S.C.).

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Saint Augustine's University's legendary track coach George Williams will take his place in Raleigh history as one of the newest members of the Raleigh Hall of Fame.

Representatives of the Raleigh Hall of Fame presented its list of 2013 inductees to Raleigh City Council at Council’s regular meeting on Tuesday.

Lacy Reaves, Raleigh Hall of Fame chairman of the board, Meredith McLaurin, vice–chair, and Genevieve Farmer, chair of the selection committee, announced that eight individuals and two organizations will be inducted for their contributions towards making Raleigh an outstanding place to live, work and play.


Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kay Hagan and Richard Burr hosted a summit with chancellors and presidents from North Carolina's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to discuss ways to strengthen HBCUs. The Senators sought input on important education and workforce development issues facing Congress and welcomed the chance to listen to North Carolina HBCUs' chancellors and presidents.

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Saint Augustine's University graduate Brianna Roach was recently featured on the NC Campus Compact VISTA View blog. Brianna is working with the Raleigh Colleges and Community Collaborative as part of the Americorps VISTA program. Click here to read all about how Brianna is helping make college accessible for Raleigh students.

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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. 


Catcher Clarence Peace (Jr./Creedmoor, N.C.), leftfielder Jason Baytop (Fr./Manchester, Md.) and Head Coach Charles Whitaker of Saint Augustine's University won CIAA Baseball Weekly Awards on Monday, March 25, 2013.

Peace was named CIAA co-offensive player of the week after hitting .778 on 7-for-9 batting in two games last week. He drove in two runs and hit two doubles. Peace was 4-for-5 with two RBIs, two runs scored and a double against Elizabeth City State on March 17, and he was 3-for-4 with one double and one run scored against Lenoir-Rhyne on March 20. He also had eight putouts and one assist at the catcher position. Peace leads the CIAA with a .456 batting average.

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Centerfielder Daja White (Fr./Leland, N.C.) and second baseman Ramadana Simmons (Sr./Atlanta, GA) of Saint Augustine's University were honored by the CIAA on Monday, March 25, 2013, for their softball performances last week. They helped the Lady Falcons post a 5-2 record last week including a 5-0 CIAA mark.

White was named CIAA player of the week after batting .571 with six home runs, 22 RBIs and 12 runs scored in seven games last week. She slammed five home runs in her last three games at the CIAA Roundup on March 21 including two against Lincoln (Pa.) and two against Bowie State. The Lady Falcons were 3-0 in the Round-Up. White was 9-for-12 with 18 RBIs and 8 runs scored in her last three games. She also had 13 putouts mostly in centerfield with 3 assists.

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The best season in school history ended for Saint Augustine's University on Monday, March 25, 2013, at the CIAA Women's Bowling Championships.

The Lady Falcons lost 4-1 to Winston-Salem State University in bracket play at AMF Durham Lanes. It was the second loss for the Lady Falcons in the double-elimination tournament. They finished tied for fifth in the three-day event.

The Lady Falcons achieved several highlights at the tournament. They earned the top-seed in the seeding round which is the first in the program's history. A 4-2 victory over crosstown rival Shaw on Sunday placed the Lady Falcons in the championship round winner's bracket for the first time in recent memory.

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Saint Augustine's University capped a tremendous day by advancing to the final day of the CIAA Women's Bowling Championships after capturing its first No. 1 seed in the history of the bowling program at AMF Durham Lanes on Sunday, March 24, 2013.

The Lady Falcons are one of six teams left in the three-day tournament. They will face Winston-Salem State in the elimination bracket in the third round on Monday, March 25 at 9:35 a.m. Watch the Lady Falcons on the final day of the tournament on

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a1sx2_Original1_leveraging-up-1.jpgOn Monday, March 25, the Interactive Media and Film Department partnered with the Belk Professional Development Center to host a four-hour clinic focused on helping students launch their entertainment careers. The program, Leveraging Up! is the brain child of Stacy Milner, a 17-year veteran of the entertainment industry and Hollywood Insider. She shares the knowledge she’s gained by working alongside network and studio chairmen and is able to provide an inside look of the culture and environment of the industry that is essential for leveraging a career in this highly competitive job market.

“The Leveraging Up! Workshop was very informative and gave the student body a real look into the entertainment industry," said Steve Woods, a senior sports management major. "The workshop taught me that you have to do the small things to get your name out there and your face in the door. The workshop also gave me inspiration that no matter where you come from, if you follow the correct steps and do the thing in the correct way, you can be very successful.”


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a1sx2_Original1_clark-dinner.jpgSaint Augustine's University students Niaya Patterson (Psychology) and John Hargrave (Liberal Studies) were recently honored at North Carolina State University at the Mckimmon Center on March 21, 2013. The students received scholarships and a plaque as a part of the Lawrence M. Clark University Dinner. The students were honored because of their academic excellence. They were honored along side: Charlotte O'Neal (International Engagement); Margaret Rose Murray (Community Engagement); Dr. James Kiwanuka (Faculty Excellence).

Faculty and staff members in attendance were: Doris Bullock, Dr. Iyailu Moses, Dr. Roland Bullard, and Dean Dekhasta Rozier.


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The Episcopal Church's Office of Black Ministries visited Saint Augustine's University Tuesday, March 19, through Thursday, March 21, for a Campus Symposium. The Office of Black Ministries visits each of the three Episcopal historically black colleges — Saint Augustine’s University, Saint Paul’s College and Vorhees College — annually.  The purpose of the visit is to share the university experience with clergy from around the country. The Episcopal Church is dedicated to developing leadership from among the African Diaspora throughout the Church. The Campus Symposium is seen as a means to strengthen relationships as students connect with Episcopal Church leaders both ordained and lay.

The Symposium began with a jazz mass with the Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry as the celebrant, and music provided by the Jazz Mass Quartet of Saint Ambrose Episcopal Church in Raleigh. The clergy and lay team visited with students in their classrooms, conducted a forum to discuss the student experience, and attended the UNCF Governor’s Luncheon.


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Saint Augustine's University served as host for UNCF's Annual Governor's Luncheon on Wednesday, March 20. Gov. Pat McCrory was the keynote speaker for the event, which was a fundraiser for UNCF.

During his speech, McCrory highlighted three issues related to education he plans to work on during his term. Connecting commerce and education, reducing the cost of education, and taking advantage of technology to improve education will be a few of the issues the governor plans to take on, he said.

Click here to see photos from the luncheon.

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The Saint Augustine's University Community Development Corporation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, March 22, for a recently completed duplex unit at 307 Heck Street in downtown Raleigh. The Heck Street unit is part of a project funded by a $2.1 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant the University received from the N.C. Department of Commerce, Division of Community Assistance.

The Heck Street duplex features two 930-square-foot residential spaces, each with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The units will be rented to low and moderate income families.

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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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On Tuesday, March 12, Saint Augustine's University students voiced their opinion about a proposed voter identification requirement. Students attended a public hearing at the NC General Assembly on the topic.

Several students spoke with community activist Octavia Rainey on her radio show that morning about the potential impact, on college students in particular, of a new voter ID law. Back in 2011, many Saint Augustine's University students lobbied against a voter ID bill. The bill was not successful, but with new leadership in the state, the issue is up for discussion again.

Faculty, staff and students participated in the hearing, as well as a voter ID educational meeting at First Baptist Church (101 S. Wilmington St.) sponsored by the NAACP. The meeting was followed by a rally, where the Rev. William Barber and others spoke to a small crowd of concerned citizens. SAU Junior Class President Kamya Jabari was invited to speak at the podium during the rally.

The voter ID public hearing was held at the Legislative Office Building. SAU Senior class president Malcolm Richbourg and Communications major Johna Mitchell shared the microphone with Nathan Weeks, a political science major from Shaw University.

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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