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Saint Augustine’s University Students Meet Poet Nikki Giovanni

Members of the Saint Augustine’s University's (SAU) Falcon Poetry Club traveled to Virginia Tech University on October 20, 2013 to meet poet Nikki Giovanni and participate in a poetry event. The members who participated were Donveyea Watson, Briana Arrington, Janae Franklin, Elijah Cain and Sayvon Stubbs. They were accompanied by their advisor Chris Massenburg, assistant professor of English.

The trip was a part of the ArtBus: A Moving Model for the Arts in Higher Education created and coordinated by Kimberly McCrae, program coordinator at the Duke Women's Center. McCrae is the advisor to Spoken Verb, Duke's poetry club. The vision was to begin a creative cultural exchange between students on various campuses. The SAU students met and traveled with students from Duke University to Virginia. While there, they met with members of VT Expressions, Virginia Tech University's poetry club. Members of Spoken Verb and the Falcon Poetry Club were able to share their original work as part of Virginia Tech's inaugural poetry slam.

WAUG-Power 750 AM will broadcast NewsOne Now with Roland Martin

WAUG-Power 750 AM will broadcast NewsOne Now hosted by award-winning journalist Roland Martin. It will air from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Martin is chief political editor for TV One Cable Network and host and managing editor of “Washington Watch with Roland Martin,” a one-hour Sunday morning news show. He is also a CNN Analyst appearing on a variety of the network's shows.

NewsOne Now will provide listeners with a morning news program that for the first time in history, will offer news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports and culture from an African-American perspective. The morning show, based in Washington, D.C., will feature a broad spectrum of experts, newsmakers and celebrities who will share their insights on current affairs with Martin. Additionally, the program will implement a “Skype Net” component giving various Radio One hosts a platform to provide daily weigh-ins on News One Now content, as well as inform the audience on hot topics in their respective regions.

“African Americans are some of the most highly engaged cable news consumers, and it’s vital that we meet that thirst with a daily morning show that speaks to our issues, our concerns, from our perspective,” Martin said. “NewsOne Now will launch as the pre-eminent destination for the pulse of Black America.”

Athletics Honors Faculty and Staff at Football Game

The Saint Augustine's University Department of Athletics honored its faculty and staff when the football team took on Winston-Salem State University. The department sponsored a tailgate for faculty and staff prior to the game and recognized 16 faculty and staff members at halftime.

“To me, it's just as important for my students to see me around campus supporting them in their events as it is to see me in the classroom,” said Harman Barnard, instructor of Marketing and Management. “It was nice to be recognized.”

Faculty and staff were selected by the coaches and athletic administrative staff for their service and commitment to the student-athletes. Each honoree was escorted by members of various sports teams and presented with a gift bag from Athletic Director George Williams. The honorees were as follows:

• Harman Barnard, Instructor of Marketing and Management

• Jane Bass, Director of Food Services (ABL Educational Enterprises)

• Leroy Butler, Financial Aid Counselor/Pell Grant Coordinator

• Harod Demby, Chief Information Officer

• Glestessa Ferrell, Fixed Assets Manager

• Nadine Ford, Director of Financial Aid

• Thomas Foreman, Automation Manager

• Deidra Gary, Program Director

• Thurman Hollins, Director of Bands

• Dr. Charles Ibeziako, Assistant Professor of Management

• Durrell Johnson, Production Manager, WAUG Power 750AM

• Terence Ross, Director of Mail Services

• Alpha Njai, Assistant Professor of Sociology

• Renee Swain, Assistant Professor of Physical Education

• Carla Washington, Assistant Director of Admissions

• Crystal Williams, University Registrar

The department plans to hold another Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day during basketball season which starts November 11.

Alumnae Donates Her Birthday Money to the University

Mrs. Maureen Brown, a graduate of the Class of 1955, recently celebrated her 80th birthday with family and friends. It was a beautiful celebration and she received many hugs and gifts which included $2,285. How did Brown spend her birthday money? She donated all of the money to Saint Augustine’s University in support of the stadium campaign.

When asked why she decided to donate, Brown said without hesitation and happiness in her voice, “Well, one good deed deserves another."

According to Brown, after she received the money for her birthday, she remembered getting a letter from the university asking for donations to complete the football stadium. While reading the letter, she had a flashback to 1953. In 1953, she was a sophomore at the then Saint Augustine’s College. She was faced with the situation of not having paid her tuition, which was extremely late.

“I remembered Dean Boyd calling me into his office and told me that my check for my tuition had not arrived,” Brown said. “I explained to him my situation and after I did, he looked at him and said, ‘I tell you what do not worry about it now.’ I was so happy,” Brown said with joy in her voice. “He probably looked at me and thought this poor child needs help.”

Brown continued by saying she could not think of a better way to support the university. “I believe it is best to give than to receive." Brown Said. "It was pleasure to give the university the money and I do not regret.”

Brown, a native of Wilson, N.C., is a retired elementary school teacher.

Freshman Writing Initiative Conference Opened the Minds of Many

If the success of the inaugural Freshman Writing Initiative Fall Conference is indication of next year’s conference, individuals may want to register as soon as they can. Between the workshops and presentations, the nearly 200 individuals that were in attendance were informed on ways to reach today’s student, how to integrate popular culture into curriculum, how to improve students writing and critical thinking skills and how culture affects students’ identity, expression, competency and learning.

“The 3 Rs conference was a transformative experience!,” said Dr. Erica Russell, executive director of the Freshman Success Initiatives. “The featured presenters and guest facilitators were engaging, and they provided the attendees with practical strategies for working with students across disciplines. They challenged our thinking and reminded us of the value of culture as a point of connection and as a teaching tool. The Freshman Writing Initiative team aims to introduce faculty, staff and students to innovative approaches to fostering the development of writing and critical thinking skills, and the 3 Rs conference embodied that mission.”

The featured presenters for the conference were Dr. James Peterson and 9th Wonder. Peterson is a critically-acclaimed writer, lecturer and speaker. He is also the director of Africana Studies and associate professor of English at Lehigh University and founder of Hip Hop Scholars, LLC. 9th Wonder, whose real name is Patrick Douthit, is a Grammy Award-winning music producer, record executive, DJ, lecturer, a Harvard University Fellow and an adjunct professor at Duke University.

9th Wonder kept attendees listening to his every word during his presentation on Hip Hop from the underground to the University. He shared with the audience that as a Fellow at Harvard University his responsibilities is to select the top 200 hip hop albums of all time to be catalogued in the Harvard library.

Throughout the conference, Saint Augustine’s University students as well as students who traveled from Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) were engaged and intrigued.

Quishawnya Parker, a senior from Wilmington, DEL majoring in psychology with a minor, expressed how excited she was that she attended the conference.

“This conference is very powerful and insightful,” Parker said. “I am very glad my professors encouraged me to attend. This [conference] truly was worthy of attending.”

Cheri Broussard, event coordinator for Student Activities and Engagement at WSSU, stated that her students had an awesome experience.

“The students of Winston-Salem State University were not only excited, but inspired!,” Broussard said.

The two-day conference was aligned with the goals and objectives of the Freshman Writing Initiative which aims to improve the writing proficiency and communication of first-year students and to train faculty in innovative writing and learning activities.

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