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Gov. McCrory congratulates three Falcons

Three Falcons of Saint Augustine’s University who interned with the North Carolina Department of Transportation this past summer were congratulated by Governor Pat McCrory. They are E'nasia Peterson, a senior business administration major from Ft. Washington, Md.; Henry Capers, a junior political science major from Raeford, NC; and Ronald Moore, a senior criminal justice major from Greensboro, NC.

The governor hosted the Falcons at the executive mansion on August 14 along with other students from Elizabeth City State University, Shaw University, North Carolina Central University, Bennett College and Winston-Salem State University. The interns served in various NCDOT departments throughout the state, including the DMV, Governor’s Highway Safety Program, Aviation and Information Technology.

“It’s these kinds of programs that are helping fuel our economic recovery by providing our students with the skills they will need to solve problems of the future and instill the value of public service in the next generation of engineers, managers, aviation specialists, information technology experts and more,” said Governor McCrory. “I want to thank all of the interns, their academic advisers and parents for going the extra mile by participating in this summer program, and I’m proud of the partnership between NCDOT and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”

While thanking the students for their service to the state, Governor McCrory also highlighted accomplishments of North Carolina’s 11 HBCUs and several HBCU alumni who serve in the governor’s administration.

Falcon researches sleeping disorder Falcon researches sleeping disorder

This summer, rising junior Colleen Bramwell, who is from Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies, participated in the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation (MCRF) Summer Student Research Internship Program. The goal of the 12-week program was to provide a mentored, hands-on research experience for college undergraduate and graduate students considering a career in research. Bramwell worked on a project titled “Modeling obstructive sleep apnea as a risk factor for venothrombotic events.” On August 14, Bramwell made a presentation regarding her research during a symposium at the MCRF Center in Marshfield, Wis.

Bramwell was one of 10 students selected from a pool of 1,000 national candidates for this clinical research study. She is an Honors College biology student. She plans to attend medical school after graduation.

Professor invited to discuss race, education and inequality

Professor Natalie Bullock-Brown, chair and assistant professor, Department of Film and Interactive Media, has been invited to participate in a roundtable discussion in the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of The Cosby Show’s debut. Sponsored by The Center for Arts, Digital Culture & Entrepreneurship (CADCE) at the Duke Consortium on Social Equity in conjunction with the John Hope Franklin Center, the roundtable discussion entitled, 30 Years After The Cosby Show: Reflections on Race, Education and Inequality, is scheduled for Thursday, September 18, 7 p.m. at the John Hope Franklin Center on the campus of Duke University.

The roundtable discussion is designed to discuss the significance of the series and its impact on the understandings of the intersections of race, class and gender. Among the themes that might be explored during the roundtable are black middle-class identity, the significance of HBCUs, representations of inequality on television, black parenting strategies, African-American art and performance and the role of black stereotypes.

Congratulations Professor Bullock-Brown!

Professor Evans attends a White House Summit

Valerie Evans, director of the Honors Program, attended a White House Summit in June focusing on creating a 21st century workplace that works for all Americans. The summit was co-hosted by the Center for American Progress and the U.S. Department of Labor. Evans was invited to attend the summit as a part of the Women AdvaNCe delegation. Women AdvaNCe is an independent nonpartisan educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of North Carolina’s women and families by providing education and encouraging constructive public dialogue about progressive ideas and public policy initiatives.

Recently, the Women AdvaNCe featured Evans’ article, School Vouchers: Enabling a Race to the Bottom, on their website. To read the article, click HERE.Professor Evans attends a White House Summit

Summer internship lands a Falcon at NBC Sports

This summer, Gentel Blair, a junior majoring in mass communications from Lexington, Kentucky, had an opportunity to intern with NBC Sports at the 2014 USA Track and Field Championship in Sacramento, Calif. where all of the top track athletes in the USA competed.

“I was honored when I got the chance to work with the amazing Ato Bolden,” Blair said. “It was such an honor job shadowing him and learning what it takes to be a real television broadcast analyst and seeing all the behind the scenes action. It was such a phenomenal internship. I would like to thank my mentor, Ato Boldon, for giving me this special opportunity.”

Boldon is a former athlete from Trinidad and Tobago and a four-time Olympic Medal winner.

Blair, who is a former track and field student-athlete, was part of the 2014 CIAA Indoor Track and Field Championship team. She was also a sideline reporter for Saint Augustine’s University football and basketball games. She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

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