Falcons represent SAU in Houston

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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.

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