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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.

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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?

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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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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.

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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.

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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.”

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Omar Johnson (Jr./St. Ann, Jamaica) won the men’s 100-meter dash in the Hampton Relays outdoor track and field meet at Armstrong Stadium on Saturday, April 11.

Johnson crossed the finish line first in an NCAA Division II provisional time of 10.42 seconds. Teammate Burkheart Ellis, Jr. (Jr./Raleigh, NC) was second in a provisional time of 10.49 seconds.

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The pitching trio of Meranda Zanni (So./Phoenix, OR), Korey Hill (So./Virginia Beach, VA) and Hannah Stutts (Sr./Statesville, NC) held Johnson C. Smith University scoreless as Saint Augustine’s University won 5-0 and 2-0 in a CIAA softball doubleheader at Buffaloe Road Park on Monday, April 13.

The Lady Falcons gained sole possession of first place in the CIAA Southern Division with the sweep. They are 4-0 in the Southern Division and 13-9 overall.

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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