The Office of First Year Experience and the Center for Global Engagement and Leadership spearheaded a Stop the Hunger Now community service project on Thursday, April 30. Within two hours, SAU students packaged 5,000 meals. Each package contained six meals.

The Stop Hunger Now’s meal packaging program is a volunteer-based program that coordinates the streamlined packaging of highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables, flavoring and 21 essential vitamins and minerals. The program targets school feeding and transformational development programs. For more information about Stop Hunger Now, visit www.stophungernow.org.

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The Department of Education in collaboration with Torchlight Academy presented “Teaching Eugenics: A Paradigm for the 21st Century” on Wednesday, April 29 in the Prezell R. Robinson Library. The presenter was Ms. Elaine Riddick, a North Carolina Eugenics victim.

Eugenics is a movement that is aimed at improving the genetic composition of the human race. Historically, eugenicists advocated selective breeding to achieve these goals.

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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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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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On Saturday, April 11, the University held its annual spring open house. Parents and prospective students traveled from near and far to the University to learn more about the various academic programs as well as meet faculty, administrators and current students and tour the campus.

The open house began in the Martin Luther King Jr. Conference Center where parents and students had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with faculty and staff from each academic school, the Department of Athletics, housing, admissions and more. Next, they were escorted to Emery Gymnasium and were entertained by the Superior Sound Marching Band.  The band and the BlueChips cheerleaders had everyone moving to the Falcon beat . Following all of the excitement, parents and prospective students attended a workshop.

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Marilyn Foote-Hudson, executive director of the NC GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Foundation announced GSK contribution of $10,000 toward an endowment for Saint Augustine’s University for participating in the Women In Science Scholars Program.

On March 27, GSK hosted its biannual Women In Science Scholars Program at the Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC. The theme was The Intersection of Art and Science. GSK mentors, student scholars and faculty representatives had the opportunity to network and learn how science has been incorporated into the arts for centuries. Additionally, participants were able to tour NC Museum of Art and witness the science first hand.

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The University will serve as the home for the John Hope Franklin: Imprint of an American Scholar Exhibit until May 8 in the Prezell R. Robinson Library. Dr. John Whittington Franklin, son of Dr. John Hope and Aurelia Franklin, was in attendance for the unveiling of the exhibit along with alumni, faculty, staff, students and members of the community on April 1.

According to the Duke University Libraries’ web site, the exhibit serves as an imprint of Franklin’s work of utilizing history and knowledge to cultivate a better human society. The exhibit was curated by John B. Gartrell, director of the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture at Duke University.

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Faculty, staff and students had the opportunity to learn how to start living a healthy lifestyle. On March 31, the Joseph G. Gordon Health Center hosted a nutrition wellness program focused on how to live a healthier lifestyle. Shelly Wegman, MS, RD, LDN, with Rex Wellness spoke to the Falcon community on how to eat smart and be more active.

According to the Gordon Health Center staff, good nutrition is vital to good health, disease prevention and essential for healthy growth. It reduces one’s risk for many chronic diseases.

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More than 100 people gathered inside the Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) Historic Chapel for an evening of worship, Evensong, to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the Historic Chapel.

The Reverend Nita C. Johnson Byrd, university chaplain, gave the homily for the occasion, which was taken from the Book of Genesis about Jacob. The SAU University Choir sang musical selections such as Total Praise and In Bright Mansions.

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The University will offer a STEM Summer Enrichment Program from July 20 to July 31, 2015. This two-week (Monday-Thursday) non-residential program will introduce high school students to careers in the STEM field. Participants will be offered the opportunity to enhance their academic skills in chemistry, biology, earth science and physics through laboratory experiments, classroom instruction and field trips that will be both enjoyable as well as educational.

Applicant requirements are as follows:

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Saint Augustine’s University will host an evening of worship and music in celebration of the Historic Chapel’s 120 years of spiritual guidance and service. The evening of “Evensong” is scheduled for Sunday, March 22 at 4 p.m. in the chapel. Faculty, staff, students, friends and supporters of the University as well as the general public are invited to attend this premier celebration.

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The rich history and legacy of Saint Augustine’s University is now on display at the Raleigh Convention Center until December 2015. There are twelve 10-feet long cases filled with a variety of items and informational material that represents the past, present and future of the University from the St. Agnes Hospital to the historic chapel to the founders and more. The cases are spread throughout the convention center’s main floor, which are attached to conference rooms.

Saint Augustine’s University is the first historically black college or university to be featured at the convention center.

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Saint Augustine’s University needs your vote as it competes against other historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to win a $50,000 campus improvement grant as part of The Home Depot’s Retool Your School program to renovate the Historic Chapel. Renovation of the chapel will include painting of the exterior and interior of the chapel where appropriate, including repair of the roof shingles, repair to the stained glass windows, upgrading the electrical wiring and repair or replacement of the sound system.

Falcons, VOTE NOW! Limit one vote per day, per device during the voting period. Voting will take place now through April 20, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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The Saint Augustine's University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) held a Project Life Bone Marrow Drive on February 14 in conjunction with the Shaw-SAU basketball games.

SAAC members along with sport management and PEESAT interns gave out valuable information on how signing up can save a life. Also on hand was David Lindsay, executive director of Project Life. David assisted with the drive and, in all, more than 100 students are now a part of the Bone Marrow registry.

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In support of living and having a healthy lifestyle, the staff of the Gordon Health Center held two health awareness events for the Saint Augustine’s University campus community.

On February 4, the Carolinas CARE Partnership’s Mobile Testing Unit was on campus providing students with various healthy information as well as testing students for HIV/AIDS.

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Otolaryngologist Dr. Eric Mansfield and his wife, Donna, donated examination tables to the Joseph Gordon Health Center. The new tables will increase patients’ comfort during medical examinations.

The Joseph G. Gordon Health Center staff is very thankful for the donations of the new exam tables received from Dr. and Mrs. Mansfield.

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Award-winning artist and author Kadir Nelson visited the campus on January 22. While on campus he spoke to all the art majors, participated in a met and greet open to the campus community and had lunch with administration and student leaders.

Nelson is noted for creating the artwork for the stamps featuring Saint Augustine’s University alumna Dr. Anna Julia Cooper, Mr. Ralph Ellison and Ms. Althea Gibson. He is also known for creating the artwork cover for Canadian rapper and songwriter Drake’s Nothing Was the Same album cover. Some of his most distinguished clients include the Coca-Cola Company, Sports Illustrated and, of course, the United States Postal Service.

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In honor and observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Saint Augustine’s University held or participated in events to commemorate the life and legacy of social activist Dr. King.

On January 15, which was Dr. King’s birthday, the University hosted an observance day of celebration. Administrators, members of the Board of Trustees, alumni, student, faculty and staff gathered in Emery Gymnasium to listen to guest speaker Reverend Johnathan C. Augustine, pastor of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in New Orleans, La. Rev. Augustine gave a heartfelt message by detailing throughout his message that one cannot receive his or her “Glory” until he or she has written his or her story.

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The University will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 15, 2015 at 11 a.m. in the Emery Gymnasium. The guest speaker will be the Reverend Jonathan C. Augustine, pastor of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in New Orleans, La. He is also an adjunct member of the faculty at Southern University, a bi-vocational minister, public theologian and social justice advocate.

Rev. Augustine is author of The Keys Are Being Passed: Race, Law, Religion & the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement, an interdisciplinary book celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the American Civil Rights Movement, also focusing on contemporary social and civic responsibility in voting rights, environmental justice and education reform. The book has been featured by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

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On Sunday, January 25, the Founders’ Observance Chapel Service will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Historic Chapel. The guest homilist will be the Rev. Dr. N. Brooks Graebner of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Hillsborough, N.C. He will speak regarding Saint Augustine's University in the context of the civil war and reconstruction era.

The Reader's Theatre Troupe will perform a special presentation honoring the founders of Saint Augustine’s University at 7 p.m. in Seby Jones Auditorium on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Admission is free and the general public is invited to attend.

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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