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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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The U.S. Army ROTC recognized Cadet Brandon Pitchford with a $36,000 ROTC scholarship in Charlotte, N.C. during the annual Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Basketball Tournament, which was held February 23-28, 2015.

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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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On March 25, seventeen 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.

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From March 17 through March 28, the artworks of Saint Augustine’s University scholars ​Kaili Ingram, Liz Eraderi and Blair Gray were on display as part of the “Center/Gallery: Feminist Legacy, Feminist Future” exhibit at the Carrack Gallery in Durham, N.C. Professor Virginia Tyler of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts coordinated the show and her artwork was also displayed during the exhibit.

On Saturday, March 28, Ingram also had some of her work featured as part of the “Art Share & Artist Videos” night at the Carrack Modern in Durham. Her motion graphic interpretation of Sojourner Truth's speech, "Ain't I a Woman?” was shown with artist videos by Bryant Holsenbeck, Pat Dougherty and others.

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In the Historic Chapel on March 27, nine Falcons in the School of Continuing Education were inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society – Sigma Pi Chapter. In front of family and friends, each scholar pledge to uphold the values of the Society.

In 1945, Dr. Rollin B. Posey, the dean of University College, founded Alpha Sigma Lambda to honor those dedicated adult students who, while handling their life responsibilities, achieve and maintain high scholastic standards. The Society serves as a vehicle for imparting appreciation for adult students’ academic achievements and contributions.

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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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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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The Saint Augustine's University foursome of Daniel Jamieson (Jr./Windsor, CT), Omar Johnson (Jr./St. Ann, Jamaica), Khari Herbert (So./Coral Springs, FL) and Immanuel Hutchinson (Jr./San Jacinto, CA) ran the world's fastest time this year to win the men's 1600 meter sprint medley in the Raleigh Relays at Paul Derr Track on Friday, March 27.

The Falcons' quartet crossed the finish line first in a time of 3:19.79 to beat Loyola (III.), which placed second in 3:23.54.The sprint medley team bettered this year's previous world top time of 3:24.09 set by Mississippi State, according to trackandfieldnews.com.

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Meranda Zanni (So./Phoenix, OR) and Korey Hill (So./Virginia Beach, VA) allowed one run combined and Saint Augustine's University amassed 29 hits in two games to topple Livingstone College 12-1 and 17-0 in a CIAA softball doubleheader at Walnut Creek Softball Complex on Sunday, March 29, 2015.

The Lady Falcons lead the CIAA Southern Division with a 2-0 mark. They are 5-3 in the CIAA and 11-9 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