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DeAsia Lewis, a junior majoring in biology from Carrollton, Ga. won two awards, best poster and overall presentation, at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Scholars Connect Program annual summer closing program. The program is designed to provide an opportunity for highly-motivated science, technology, engineering and math undergraduate students from historically black colleges and universities and other academic institutions with students from underrepresented groups. The program allows students to connect with NIEHS and engage in many of its educational, informational, training and career-oriented outlets.

Way to go DeAsia!

GlaxoSmithKline recognizes our Women in Science Scholars!

Junior biology majors Colleen Bramwell (Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies) and De’Asia Lewis (Carrollton, Ga.) in the School of Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering (SSME) were nominated by faculty in the Department of Biological and Physical Sciences and selected as the 2014-2015 GlaxoSmithKline Women in Science Scholars.

Since the inception of the program in the 1990’s, the original endowments (at each university or college) were established to provide scholarship for full-time women students to recognize outstanding scholarship, provide an incentive for the students to enter the science profession, and provide students with a woman scientist mentor at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation hosts two annual events for Women in Science Scholars - an annual meeting in October and a conference in the spring - inviting scholars, mentors, faculty representatives and staff for a day of networking, learning and sharing. The School of Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering has participated in the GlaxoSmithKline Women in Science Program for 10 years. Several students in the SSME have benefited from the support and guidance of assigned mentors at GSK. Dr. Doreen Cunningham, assistant professor and chair of the Department Chair, Biological and Physical Sciences, serves as the representative for the program.

GSK is a science-led global healthcare company. They research and develop a broad range of innovative products in three primary areas of Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare. They also have a significant global presence with commercial operations in more than 150 countries, a network of 86 manufacturing sites in 36 countries and large R&D centers in the UK, USA, Spain, Belgium and China.Junior biology majors Colleen Bramwell (Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies) and De’Asia Lewis (Carrollton, Ga.) in the School of Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering (SSME) were nominated by faculty in the Department of Biological and Physical Sciences and selected as the 2014-2015 GlaxoSmithKline Women in Science Scholars.

Come out and support SAU with national recording artist Barbara Weathers!

Tickets are now available to attend Saint Augustine’s University historical fundraiser on Saturday, September 20 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. This very special fundraising event will showcase the rich legacy and highlight the contributions of Saint Augustine’s University locally, nationally and internationally.

Entertainment will be provided by vocalist Barbara Weathers, former member of Atlantic Starr whose numerous hits included Secret Lovers, If Your Heart Isn’t in It and Always. Prepare to also be dazzled by the smooth sound of the SAU jazz ensemble under the direction of Professor Al Strong. Strong has performed/recorded for artists such as Aretha Franklin, Phonte Coleman, Big Daddy Kane and comedian Sinbad.

Another highlight of the event will be a live auction of a Mercedes SUV. Also, the University will honor legendary Coach George “Pup” Williams. It will be a day of great entertainment, great food and Falcon hospitality.

It will be a day of great entertainment, great food and Falcon hospitality.

For more information, visit http://sau1867.st-aug.edu/ and to purchase your tickets now!

National Clergy of the Episcopal Church to Visit Campus

The Rev. Canon Angela S. Ifill, Missioner for Black Ministries in the Episcopal Church, and the Rev. Canon James G. Callaway, D.D., General Secretary for The Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion (CUAC) of the Episcopal Church, will visit with Saint Augustine’s University faculty, staff and students this week. During their visit, they will make several classroom visits and be guests on a panel forum scheduled for Friday, September 19 at 10:30 a.m. in the Seby Jones Auditorium. The topic of discussion will be Living your Best Life in Challenging Circumstances. Rev. Canon Angela S. Ifill will also be the guest homilist for Sunday, September 21 chapel services at 10:30 in the historic chapel.

The Rev. Canon Angela S. Ifill served as a missionary in East Africa where she also studied African Christianity and completed a paper on the Revival of the Church in East Africa. In her work with congregations, Rev. Ifill has developed the New Visions Initiative for Congregational Renewal and Vitality, The Rites of Passage resource Rising Stars Experiences (RISE), an alternative to the School to Prison Pipeline and the Values to Live By guide for young people. She has established a Clergy Leadership Institute for the recently ordained; an Institute for Learning and Advancement for the Sudanese Community and holds an annual leadership skills training conference for youth and young adults and seminarians. Rev. Ifill is also the Episcopal Church liaison for Saint Augustine’s University and Voorhees College. In 2013, Rev. Ifill led the planning team to design conversations and workshops for the state of racism event hosted by the Episcopal Church in the diocese of Mississippi.

Rev. Canon James G. Callaway is widely known throughout the Anglican Communion, particularly for his work in forging enduring links with the Church in Africa and establishing mutual partnerships as a model for ministry.

CUAC is a worldwide association of more than 120 institutions of higher education and a network of the Anglican Communion. Its patron is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams. Along with its predecessor, the Association of Episcopal Colleges, which consists mostly of the Episcopal colleges in the US, CUAC’s mission is promoting cross-cultural contacts and educational programs.

The Rev. Canon Angela S. Ifill, Missioner for Black Ministries in the Episcopal Church, and the Rev. Canon James G. Callaway, D.D., General Secretary for The Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion (CUAC) of the Episcopal Church, will visit with Saint Augustine’s University faculty, staff and students this week. During their visit, they will make several classroom visits and be guests on a panel forum scheduled for Friday, September 19 at 10:30 a.m. in the Seby Jones Auditorium. The topic of discussion will be Living your Best Life in Challenging Circumstances. Rev. Canon Angela S. Ifill will also be the guest homilist for Sunday, September 21 chapel services at 10:30 in the historic chapel.

Scholar-athletes receive academic honors

Recently, five track & field/cross country scholar-athletes received their awards for earning national academic honors on Friday, August 29, 2014. They are Brittany Brown, Taffawee Johnson, John King Jr., Cherrisse Lynch and Fanta Fofana.

Brown and Johnson were selected to the Capital One Division II Academic All-America Second Team and King was a Capital One Division II Academic All-America Third-Team selection. The trio along with Lynch and Fofana were named to the All-Academic Team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Brown, from Akron, Ohio, was one of 31 All-Academic selections to post a 4.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA). A communications major, Brown graduated from Saint Augustine's University in May 2014. She was part of the women's 4x400 meter relay team which finished second at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Fofana is a senior with a 3.79 cumulative GPA. The Amines, France native played important roles on both the 2014 CIAA Women's Indoor Track & Field and 2013 CIAA Women's Cross Country Championship squads. She made the indoor All-Region team in the 800 meter run.

Johnson is a senior with a 3.64 cumulative GPA in sport management. The St. Ann, Jamaica native helped Saint Augustine's University win the 2014 NCAA Men's Outdoor title. He was a member of the winning men's 4x100 meter relay team and placed third in the 100 meter dash.

King is a senior with a 3.79 cumulative GPA in business administration. A native of Upper Darby, Pa., he competed in the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 400 meter hurdles. King, along with Johnson, helped the Falcons win the 2014 CIAA Men's Outdoor Crown. He is a member of the 2013 and 2012 CIAA Men's Cross Country Championship Team.

Lynch is a senior with a 3.83 cumulative GPA. A biology major, Lynch ran with Brown on the women's 4x400 meter relay team which placed second at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships. The St. Lawrence, Barbados native was a key runner on the women's cross country team which won the 2013 CIAA Championship.

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