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Nenfort Golit, a junior computer science major in the School of Business, Management and Technology, received Honorable Mention in the Beginner Level Chinese Writing Contest at the Confucius Institute Chinese Competition on Saturday, April 9.  Mr. Golit is currently in his second semester of elementary Chinese.  Saint Augustine’s University Chinese Instructor Ms. Jingjing Zhang stated that approximately 500 competitors from all over the state attended this competition, and this is the first year a student from Saint Augustine’s University competed in this State Level Chinese Contest. 

“I am very pleased with Nenfort Golit wining this reward with just one semester of learning Chinese!,” Zhang said. 

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On April 13, 2016, Dr. Lynne Jefferson, dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Education, attended A White House Convening of Operation Educating the Educators:  Sharing Successes and Setting Sights for the Future, which was sponsored by the Office of the Second Lady, Dr. Jill Biden.   Operation Educating the Educators is committed to recognizing and supporting our military-connected students. 

While there, Jefferson attended two general sessions: 1) Insights:  Operation Educating the Educator Guiding Principles in Practice and 2) Future of Children:  Military Children and Families – Fostering Resilience.  Following the general session, there was a Policy and Practice Brief followed by a working group session entitled “OEE-Rubber Meets the Road” in which attendees shared resources, experiences and research agendas in an effort to create action plans for next steps at our various institutions and organizations.

“Attending the White House Convening was an invaluable experience,” Jefferson said. “Operation Educate the Educator is a national effort to support military-connected students and their families.  And one of the overarching messages of the workshop was that military-connected students represent a very diverse population for university recruitment and that partnership opportunities are endless.”

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Members of the 2016-2017 Student Government Association are as follows:

Student Government Association Board of Trustees Representative - Kendrick D. Cunningham
Miss UNCF – Jazzmine Barnes
Miss Pre-Alum – Dane Smith
Senior Class President – Jermaine Goods
Miss Senior Class Queen – DeVashia Perry
Junior Class President – Alexander C. Anderson
Junior Class Vice President - Tay’Lor Lamar Eubanks
Miss Junior Class Queen – Courtney Knotts
Mr. Junior Class King – Sterling Raynor

The 2016-2017 Miss Saint Augustine’s University is Miss Re’Shae Green!

Congratulations Falcons!

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The Prezell R. Robinson Library kicked off its annual National Library Week April 10 through April 15. The library staff’s theme for this year was Libraries Transform.

“As the minds of the students begin to transform academically so do they!” said Tiwanna Nevels, director of Library Services. “It’s all about the academic success of each and every student. The role of the library will be to continually assess the way we provide services and resources to meet the student’s needs.”

Nevels continued by sharing how the Falcon community supported each and every activity.  

“What an amazing week had by all,” said Tiwanna Nevels, director of Library Services.  “To kick off the week, students began showing their appreciation for libraries by filling out transform cards expressing what the library means to them. The library shared those cards and pictures of students on social media. We were happy to have our alumni participated as well.”

Students, faculty, staff and alumni also participated in Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R). “This program was a promotion to foster a love of reading each and every day,” shared Nevels.

In another highlight of the week, on Wednesday, April 13, individuals had an opportunity to show their appreciation for their favorite librarian(s). Students, faculty and staff stopped by Prezell R. Robinson Library to visit with the library staff and to enjoy some refreshments.

Friday, April 15 was the closing of National Library Week with a special guest, Marcus D. Wiley. He is best known from his alter ego as Bishop Secular on the Yolanda Adams Morning Show. In addition to a radio personality, he is also an author, comedian and DJ.

“He was an amazing speaker,” said Tiwanna Nevels, director of Library Services.  “He captivated the students with his life story with a few jokes sprinkle in between.”

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Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Education Dr. Lynne Jefferson and Writing Center Director Margarett Herder-Hill represented Saint Augustine’s University at the College Composition and Communication’s (CCCC) Conference in Houston, Texas from April 6 through April 9.  They had an opportunity to attend various networking activities from the more than 600 sessions that were offered.

Presentation topics ranged from gamification of the classroom to the necessity of historically black colleges and universities. Among the many distinguished presenters was Saint Augustine’s very own Dr. Jefferson.  Her presentation titled, Embracing the Real: An Exploration of African American Male English Majors, was an insightful contribution to the overall session topic: African American Male Students Taking Actions to Embrace Their Literacies. In her presentation, Dean Jefferson relayed that the strongest impact on black male literacy occurs when they reach “the real,” a crucial period in black male development when once believed ideologies are met with an often harsh reality.

The highlight of the conference from Dean Jefferson was meeting other English faculty from various institutions and hearing common struggles and victories. Likewise, Mrs. Herder-Hill expressed that she enjoyed hearing the stories of other writing center professionals and gaining useful insight and techniques that can be used the University’s Writing Center.

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Marley Parker (So./Langley, British Columbia) fired a second consecutive no-hitter as Saint Augustine's University upended Shaw University 8-0 in both games of a CIAA softball doubleheader at Worthdale Park on April 16. The Lady Falcons have won eight in a row and nine of the last 10 contests against their crosstown rival under Head Coach Nikki Bynum Bumpass.
The victories moved the Lady Falcons into a second-place tie in the Southern Division at 4-2 with four conference games remaining in the regular season. The top eight teams – four in the Northern Division and Southern Division – qualify for the CIAA Softball Championship Tournament, which will be held April 28-30 at Walnut Creek Softball Complex in Raleigh, N.C.
The Lady Falcons, who began the day fifth in the division, took charge from the outset. Well rested after a six-day break, they were sharp against the Lady Bears.
In the first game, Parker stymied the Lady Bears for the pitching victory. She kept their bats quiet by striking out six and walking two in five innings. The contest was stopped in the fifth inning due to the eight-run mercy rule.
Parker also hurled a no-hitter in a 17-0 win over Livingstone College on April 10. She has recorded 26 strikeouts in her last three starts.
Parker also contributed at the plate against Shaw, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the first game. She ranks second in the CIAA in batting average (.485).
Meranda Zanni (Jr./Phoenix, OR) and Mikayla Pettyjohn (Fr./Jamestown, NC) led the Lady Falcons with two RBIs. Tyanna Petersen (Jr./Brooklyn Park, MN) was 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored.
To read more, click HERE.

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Dr. Janet Southerland encouraged and provided advice to Saint Augustine’s University honor students during the annual honors convocation to make sure their matriculation at the University is successful.

“Each one of you should make sure you have a mentor,” said Southerland. “It is also most important that you use all of the your resources available to you.” Southerland continued by stressing to the audience of scholars that “you should set goals where you would like to be and make sure that you not only but a plan ‘A,’ but also a plan ‘B’ and ‘C.’”

Dr. Southerland is a professor at Meharry Medical College’s School of Dentistry in Nashville, Tenn.

During the convocation, the University commended nearly 300 students for their distinguished academic achievements. Scholars were recognized for numerous honors such as being on the Dean’s list, being a presidential scholar as well as being a member of an honor society such as Alpha Kappa Mu, Alpha Psi Omega, Beta Kappa Chi, Alpha Sigma Lambda, Lambda Pi Eta, Sigma Tau Delta and Lambda Pi Eta, to name a few.

Several scholars were also recognized by each university deans for their success in each school.

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On behalf of the Voting Trustees of Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion (CUAC), it is with great pride that I announce that our General Secretary, the Rev. Canon Jamie Callaway, recently received the St. Augustine's Cross for Service to the Anglican Communion. On March 31, Canon Callaway was presented the award at Lambeth Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. Jamie was one of five recipients of the St. Augustine Award. Present for the ceremony was Jamie’s wife Dr. Mary Chilton Callaway and daughter Dr. Hannah Boone Callaway.

For more information on the awards ceremony, click HERE.

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Spring open house is one for the history books. On April 9, hundreds of parents and prospective students traveled to the University to learn about the various academic programs as well as meet faculty, administrators and current students and tour the campus.

“This year’s attendance for open house was a great turnout for the University,” said Chris Withers, director of Admissions.  “Our guests traveled from as far as South Carolina, Washington, DC, New York, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Illinois, New York and across the state of North Carolina to join us. I personally want to thank everyone involved for making the open house so successful.”

The open house began with the Superior Sound Marching Band having everyone in the jam packed Emery Gymnasium get on the feet and move to the Falcon Pride beat. They also moved to the cheers of the Blue Chips cheerleaders. Following all of the excitement, parents and prospective students attended workshops and had the opportunity to visit each school in their respective area.

The day of information and festivities ended with the Blue and White scrimmage game at George Williams Athletic Complex.

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The Office of Marketing and Communications was awarded the Bronze award for marketing at the inaugural HBCUgrow Lead conference on April 8 at Bennett College in Greensboro. HBCUgrow is a consortium of people dedicated to helping HBCU’s grow enrollment and alumni giving, and tackle the changing landscape of marketing challenges.

To learn more about HBCUgrow, visit their website at

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Saint Augustine's University is ranked atop the NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field National Team Rankings for the second consecutive week according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), which released the rankings on April 12.

The three-time defending national champion Falcons are first in the men's rankings followed by Texas A&M University-Kingsville at No. 2 and Grand Valley State University at No. 3. The Lady Falcons head the women's rankings with Johnson C. Smith University second and West Texas A&M University third.

The Falcons achieved four provisional qualifying times and marks in the JCSU Invitational last week to lead the men's rankings. In the 200-meter dash, Burkheart Ellis, Jr. (Sr./Raleigh, NC) ran 20.99, Daniel Jamieson (Sr./Windsor, CT) ran 21.22 and La'Kai Whatley (Fr./Rome, GA) ran 21.55. Kirvano Handfield(Fr./Turks & Caicos Island) recorded a mark of 6-9¾ in the high jump.

The Falcons, led by their top-ranked 4x100 and 4x400-meter relay teams, are ranked among the top 10 in 13 men's events this week. The 4x100 and 4x400 squads lead their respective events with times of 39.52 and 3:07.22, respectively. The 4x100 squad consists of Brent Arceneaux (Sr./Snellville, GA), Ellis,Kendall Kee (Sr./Shelby, NC) and Jamieson, and the 4x400 team includes Shawn Rowe (Jr./West Palm Beach, FL), Ellis, Khari Herbert, Jr. (Jr./Coral Springs, FL) and Shaquille Dill (Fr./Pembroke, Jamaica).

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Standouts Quincy January (So./Atlanta, GA) and Anthony Gaskins (Jr./Greenville, NC) of Saint Augustine's University were named to the 2016 BOXTOROW Division II All-America men's basketball teams this week.

January was placed on the first team and Gaskins made the second team. The dynamic duo were among 14 players selected from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to the All-America squads.


On March 30, 31 scholars were inducted into the Alpha Kappa Mu National Honors Society. Officers of the Alpha Alpha chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu conducted the formal induction ceremony recognizing university students for their scholastic achievements.

The new members were led through the ceremony that emphasizes the Society’s values of character, scholarship, citizenship, service and leadership. Alpha Kappa Mu invitations are extended to upper-class students with 60 credit hours or more with a grade point average of at least 3.3.

Alpha Kappa Mu was founded in 1937 and its purpose is to recognize and reward high academic achievement and encourage young men and women to appreciate the roles they must play as participating citizens in a democratic social order.

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By Dr. Sheria Rowe, Department Chair, Computer Information Systems, School of Business, Management and Technology

On March 31 and April 1, Saint Augustine’s University hosted a women in business summit for Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and the surrounding area’s entrepreneurs, executives, community leaders and professional women. The event took place on the campus of Saint Augustine's University and brought to the city a professional networking opportunity for women in all facets of the business, including accounting, advertising, technology, entrepreneurship, project management, marketing and public relations.

The Women in Business Summit was a professional event and guests had the opportunity to enjoy an opening reception, vendors and networking. The opening reception included light appetizers, giveaways and a keynote by Kiesha Cousar, CEO of EmpowerHER. The conference took place on Friday, April 1st at the Saint Augustine’s University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Conference Center. The conference included a keynote speech featuring Mrs. Terry Spicer and panel discussion sessions from guest panelists Vinessia Hankins, Faith Bynum, Zakiya Leggett, Cherelle James, and Moni Singh.

Proceeds from the Women in Business Summit will be used to award a female student at Saint Augustine’s University with a scholarship to support her matriculation at the university.

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Moses T. Alexander Greene, an assistant professor in the Department of Media & Communications, has organized a California Pizza Kitchen FUNdraiser to raise funds to cover airfare for scholars to study abroad in Paris, France. The all-day fundraiser is scheduled for Wednesday, April 6 and Friday, April 15. California Pizza is located at Triangle Town Center, 5959 Triangle Town Road in Raleigh and at the Streets of Southpoint located at 6910 Fayetteville Road in Durham.

“My scholars will have the opportunity to take part in an eight-day experience in Paris from April 28 through May 6 sponsored by the University’s Office of International Programs,” Greene said. “For many African American college students, despite the best efforts of mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings and other caregivers, finances often prevent them from experiencing more than that which is offered in their programs of study and through student activities at their institutions. It is my hope for my scholars to defy these odds.”

Individuals that cannot make it to California Pizza, can make this once in a lifetime adventure for these Falcons by making a donation online by clicking HERE. For more information, contact Professor Greene at 919.516.4447.

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J. Peder Zane, an assistant professor in the Department of Media & Communications, published two articles in the Museums section of the New York Times.

The first article, “A Park as an Extension of the Museum Itself,” reported on the North Carolina Museum of Art’s $13 million project to break down the walls of the traditional museum and attract new visitors by transforming some of the land that surrounds its art-filled buildings into a space that offers culture experiences.

His second article, “Framing Your Digital Art,” described a new iPad app that allows users to share their selfies with high-end style.

“Working in the field is one of the best ways to stay sharp in the classroom,” Zane said. “Journalism is ever-changing and writing for the New York Times helps me stay abreast of developments that our students must be aware of to thrive when they graduate.”

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Tia-Adana Belle (Jr./St. Michaels, Barbados) is having a breakout year after winning the NCAA Division II 400-meter hurdles title last season.

The All-American hurdler from Saint Augustine’s University was named NCAA Division II National Women’s Track and Field Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on April 5.

Belle earned the honor by posting the world’s third-best time this year in her signature event – the 400-meter hurdles – in the Florida Relays over the weekend (March 31-April 2). She ran a career-best 56.34 to win by a half-second over Autumne Franklin of Harvard University, a NCAA Division I All-America contender. Her time ranks second all-time on the NCAA Division II outdoor performance list and is currently the fastest collegiate time in the nation this season regardless of division.

Belle also helped the Lady Falcons achieve the fastest Division II time this season in the 4x400-meter relay in the Florida Relays. The Lady Falcons quartet of Belle, Ade Hunter (So./Philadelphia, PA), Ornella Livingston (Sr./St. Ann, Jamaica) and Leah Barker (So./St. Michaels, Barbados) placed third against mostly Division I relay squads in an automatic qualifying time of 3:39.32.

The standout hurdler is off to a sizzling start in the outdoor season. Two weekends ago in the Raleigh Relays, Belle ran a preliminary time of 13.47 in the 100-meter hurdles which is the fastest in Division II this season.

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Students, faculty and staff were welcomed to new the Timeout Grill in the Martin Luther King Jr. Conference Center on April 4. The grill went under major construction to continue to offer the Falcon community a variety of entrees such as hamburgers, Philly cheesesteaks, chef salads, hot dogs and chicken wraps.

Students were excited to see the grill back in operation as well as the new renovations.

“The grill looks really nice,” said Cianna Fisher, a senior majoring in visual arts from Raleigh. “I’m excited that it is back open. It’s great to have another option to get a meal besides the cafeteria.”

The grill is managed by ABL Educational Enterprise, Inc.

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Saint Augustine’s University received a 3.0, the highest score possible on the U.S. Department of Education’s Financial Responsibility Test.  The Department of Education recently released the report of grades of nearly 2,000 private universities in the nation on a formula that looks at debts and assets, among other factors, and assigns each institution a grade.

Saint Augustine’s University was one of the only two private historically black colleges or universities in North Carolina to score a 3.0. The score covers each institution’s fiscal year from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014.


Leah Waldo, a university writing center consultant, resident assistant for Weston Hall and a talented spoken word artist is now $1,000 richer, and her entry in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Essay Contest was the golden ticket. This year’s prompt asked students to write about the growing concern regarding school shootings across the nation. Campus safety is very important to Leah, who wrote: “Safety is just as important as the quality of the education offered.”

The CIAA, Food Lion and Coca-Cola Zero sponsored the essay contest. There were 420 entries from all of the colleges and universities that are part of the CIAA. Leah was one of 15 first prize winners.

When asked why she entered the contest, Ms. Waldo explained, “The Writing Center staff encouraged me to apply, and the prizes were very enticing.” She went on to add, “When I got the e-mail that said I won, I wondered if anyone else from Saint Augustine’s University was selected, then the excitement followed.”

Leah felt that her role as a writing center consultant helped her gain this victory, and she encouraged all students to visit the Center. She also expressed that “The faculty in the Saint Augustine’s University Department of English truly prepared me for this contest. They are exceptional teachers, who care about me, and ensure my writing only gets stronger and stronger.”

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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