Assistant Dean of the School of Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering and Associate Professor Dr. Doreen Cunningham was accepted to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Educators of Excellence: Tropical Ecology Institute.

She was one of only twelve accepted from numerous applications within the state of North Carolina.

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The Raleigh Chapter of the Link awarded Dr. M. Iyailu Moses, dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Education, the 2015 Emerald Award Honoree for International Trends and Services on April 25.

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Assistant Professor Moses T.A. Greene, Department of Film and Interactive Media, landed three roles in the Justice Theatre Project’s (JTP) upcoming production of “The Color Purple” the musical in June. Greene's three roles are as follows: Doris’ Husband/Grady/Ensemble.

Greene recently made his JTP debut as Joseph in the 2014 production of “Black Nativity.” Other television and movie credits include “The Best Man,” and “Cosby.” Greene has also been a writer’s assistant for “All My Children.”

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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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Assistant Professor of English Chris Massenburg has been awarded a Nasir Jones Fellowship at Harvard University for the 2015-2016 academic year. The fellowship is at the Hip Hop Archive & Research Institute at the Hutchins Center.

The Fellowship will provide selected scholars and artists an opportunity to show that “education is real power” as it builds upon the achievements of those who demonstrate exceptional capacity for productive scholarship and exceptional creative ability in the arts and in connection with hip hop.

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Dr. Paul Norman is the University’s new dean of men and director of the First-Year Experience Program. Prior to Saint Augustine’s University, Norman was the senior counselor at Wake Technical Community College (WTCC). While at WTCC, he also served as the dean of student development, dean of students and dean of admissions and counseling services.

Norman earned his B.S. degree in business administration from Elizabeth City State University, a M.A. degree in student personnel/counseling from North Carolina Central University and a Ed.D. degree in adult and community college education/higher education from North Carolina State University.

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Adriane Bowens is the executive assistant to the vice president of Marketing and Chief Communications Officer and the university relations and engagement coordinator. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business management with a concentration in human resources from North Carolina State University.

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Mr. Brian Floyd is now the executive director of facilities and asset management. In his new position, Floyd is in charge of physical plant, transportation, shipping and receiving and housekeeping. He previously served as the University’s facilities manager.

Floyd earned his bachelor’s degree in religion and philosophy from Shaw University. Currently, he is pursuing in master of divinity degree from Shaw.

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J. Peder Zane, chairman of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, will be a featured speaker at an interdisciplinary symposium at Western Carolina University (WCU) on April 10. “North Carolina in Dialogue: Our Past, Present, and Future,” will include speeches and panel discussions focusing on North Carolina’s politics, history, and culture. The keynote event will be provided by Harvey Gantt, pioneering civil rights activist, former Charlotte mayor, and US Senate candidate.

According to WCU’s web site, “The symposium will provide a platform for the public and WCU’s students, faculty, and staff to learn from distinguished scholars and public activists/intellectuals. The symposium will also build a dialogue between scholars, activists, and the audience so they may learn how they can work together to improve the future of North Carolina.

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University Chaplain Reverend Nita Byrd has been appointed to the Commission on Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. This appointment was made by the Right Reverend Michael B. Curry, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina.

The Commission on Ministry for The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina assists the bishop in the selection of persons for the ministry and in the pastoral care of all candidates for Holy Orders. The Commission also assists with the continuing education of the ministry and interviews each candidate for the diaconate and priesthood to ascertain personal readiness for that ordination.

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Dr. Warren Dukes, assistant professor of Criminal Justice, has been appointed as a 2015-2016 member of the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Criminal Justice Association.

The North Carolina Criminal Justice Association was founded in 1971 with the mission of keeping members informed on current issues and serving as a voice for those involved in the criminal justice field. The organization continues this tradition by organizing conferences on contemporary issues for members, students, faculty and practicing professionals.

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The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) named Professor Lucy Melbourne, Department of English, a Fulbright Scholar.

The prestigious Fulbright Scholars Program is a highly competitive international education exchange program that awards grants to students, faculty or professionals who wish to study, teach and conduct research abroad.

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Lynne T. Jefferson, associate professor and chair in the Department of English, has been selected to participate in the seminar on Slave Narratives that will be led by David Blight, Class of 1954 professor of American History at Yale University, on June 21–25, 2015.

The degree of competition for participation was intense—more than three times as many nominations were received as there are places—and Dr. Jefferson was only 27 faculty members selected for this seminar.

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Dr. Linda Hubbard Curtis has been appointed as the University’s coordinator for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Dr. Curtis will also continue as the director for the Center for Teaching, Research, and Leadership in the Office of Academic Affairs.

Some of Curtis’ key responsibilities as the coordinator include overseeing the University’s programs and responsibilities as it relates to ADA as well as coordinating the University’s policies and procedures relating to persons with disabilities.

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Saint Augustine’s University would like to welcome its newest members to the Falcon family. Below is a list of the new hires from January 7, 2015 through January 21, 2015.

Ms. Willistine L. Pearce - Office of Business and Finance

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Professor Natalie Bullock-Brown, chair and assistant professor, Department of Film and Interactive Media, will be a featured panelist during the Shondaland Symposium on January 29 and January 30 at Duke University. ShondaLand is the production company of television screenwriter and producer Shonda Rhimes, whose current series Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder (for which she serves as executive producer) comprise the Thursday Night prime-time block on ABC.

Co-Sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics and the Center for Arts, Digital Culture and Entrepreneurship at Duke University, the ShondaLand the Symposium will bring together a group of women scholars working in the fields of history, women’s studies, law, cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, black diaspora studies and media studies to explore the broad implications of Rhimes’ work.

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Ms. Tonya R. Hines is now the director of Purchasing at the University. Hines previously served as the University cashier since February 2012. She was also employed at the University from 1991-1999.

Hines is an alumna of Saint Augustine’s University where she earned her business management degree. In 2002, she received her Master of Science Degree from Central Michigan University in general administration with a concentration in human resources. Currently, she is pursuing a doctorate degree in leadership for higher education from Capella University.

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Tanya Barnes-Jones is the new assistant registrar. Previously, Mrs. Barnes-Jones served as the associate registrar at Shaw University. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in economics/finance from Elizabeth City State University.

The Prezell R. Robinson Library team welcomes Mea Warren, a second-year Master of Library Science candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mea, who is from Marietta, Ga., completed her undergraduate studies at Duke University majoring in history and African-American studies. Ms. Warren, who will assist the library team in reference and instructional services, will work January through May.

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Saint Augustine’s University has established a faculty senate, a first in the history of the institution.  The Faculty Senate represents all faculty at the University through the process of shared governance.
The purpose of the Senate is to seek ways to improve communication and collaborative decisions made across the University.  The Senate may advise the interim president on any matters pertaining to the institution that are of interest and concern to the faculty.

According to Dr. Harold Jeffreys, chair of the Faculty Senate Task Force, Saint Augustine’s University Board of Trustees Chairman Rodney Gaddy met with faculty in April 2014 and shared with faculty during a meeting the importance of establishing a faculty senate.

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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